This Day in History: 2023-03-16

MARCH 16th
Guitarist Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) and singer David Coverdale (Deep Purple/Whitesnake) release their only album together “Coverdale and Page.” It sells a million copies in the U.S.  1993
The record industry acknowledges that a pair of Dave Matthews Band albums are multi-platinum: “Crash” at seven million copies sold while “Under The Table Dreaming” sits at six million. 2000
Greta Van Fleet’s “You’re The One” tops Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. It’s the second single off the band’s first studio album “Anthem Of A Peaceful Army.”  2019
“You’re The One” is the band’s fourth #1 on the survey. “Highway Tune,” “Safari Song” and “When The Curtain Falls,” are the other three.
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Michael Bruce (guitar/keyboards), a founding member of Alice Cooper, is born.  1948 
Heart’s Nancy Wilson is born. She uses sibling rivalry to her advantage. When older sister Ann gets a guitar Nancy wants one too. Ann loses interest, focusing on singing, but Nancy keeps working on chords and riffs. 1954
Legendary early Rock n’ Roll promoter (and the man who coined the term) Alan Freed gets nailed for tax evasion. 1964
John Lennon files an appeal with the U.S. immigration office in New York, after being served deportation orders arising from his ‘68 cannabis possession conviction. 1972
The Sex Pistols’ ‘antics’ cause them to be dropped by A&M Records (who endured internal protests over signing the group six days earlier). The Pistols are allowed to keep their six-figure advance and sign with Virgin Records two months later. 1977
Following a show in Columbus, OH, Bonnie Bramlett (Delaney & Bonnie and Friends) takes exception to Elvis Costello’s comments (laced with racial overtones) and punches him. A brief brawl ensues. 1979
“Face Dances,” the first effort by The Who without late drummer Keith Moon, drops. The gold album has a weak Top 20 hit (#18) in “You Better You Bet.” 1981
The Firm, with guitarist Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), takes “Radioactive” to the top of Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.  1985
Playing spring break in Daytona Beach doesn’t turn out too well for two members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Drummer Chad Smith and bassist Flea are arrested for sexually harassing a woman. They plead guilty, apologize and pay fines. 1990
Fans dangle an usher by his ankles from the balcony during Metallica show in Orlando.  The usher is pulled to safety but Metallica ends up paying $38,000 to repair and clean damaged seats.  1992
The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) creates the Diamond Award for album sales in excess of 10-million copies. Bands who have already hit the mark are AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Boston, Journey, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Van Halen and ZZ Top. 1999
Godsmack’s all-acoustic “The Other Side” EP finally rolls out. The set was originally slated for release the previous fall but with the full-length “Faceless” still selling strong it was postponed. 2004
The Archdeacon of Trinidad and Tobago recommends that Elton John be banned from performing at the upcoming Plymouth Jazz Festival. Elton is the scheduled headliner. The clergyman claims that Elton’s sexual orientation conflicts with biblical teachings and that his presence may spread homosexuality throughout the island. “(John) is not coming here to preach about what lifestyle people should have,” says a festival official. 2007
Going full throttle. KISS performs at the opening event of the Formula One auto racing season in Melbourne, Australia. 2008
Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes, makes a surprise appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin to mark the launch of his Third Man Rolling Record Store. 2011
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, suffering the effects of a kidney stone, collapses before a show in Russia but manages to play an abbreviated set. “Two hours before the show I started to feel like I had a hernia, or I’d been hit in the groin,” explains Mustaine. 2011
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) takes his SXSW show (at the Swan Dive) to the street and turns it into an “Occupy SXSW” event. Police arrive and shut down the performance. 2012
No good can come of this. Guns N’ Roses have a working tap onstage. “We’re Rocking the Sidney Myer Music Bowl (an outdoor venue in Melbourne, Australia) with some ice-cold beer on tap off the riser,” writes the band on their website. 2013
Free bassist Andy Fraser dies in Temecula, CA, after suffering a heart attack. The musician had been dealing with AIDS and cancer in recent years. He was 62. 2015
Also, Molly Hatchet’s original drummer Bruce Crump passes away at age 57. 2015
Tom Hane announces his departure from In This Moment. “I have had an amazing four years with some amazing people and wouldn’t trade it for anything,” says the drummer in a statement. “However, I have struggled to be truly happy creatively.” 2016
The “We Are X” is #1 on the U.K. Rock and Metal Charts. The Japan X documentary soundtrack also tops the charts in several other counties.  2017
Ray Davies (The Kinks) is knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Davies previously received a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – by Queen Elizabeth in ‘04.  2017
Legendary Surf Rock guitarist Dick Dale passes away at age 81.  While he had numerous instrumental hits in the early 1960’s, he is likely best remembered for “Miserlou,” which was featured in the opening scene of the Quentin Tarantino-directed crime thriller “Pulp Fiction.”  2019
Slipknot officially confirm the identity of the percussionist nicknamed Tortilla Man. It is Michael Pfaff who joined Slipknot in May ‘19 replacing Chris Fehn.  2022
Fozzy earn a gold record (500,000 units sold) for the single “Judas.” It’s the title track from the band’s seventh album (released in ’17). 2022
Greta Van Fleet guitarist Jake Kiszka is hospitalized with pneumonia forcing the postponement of the remaining two Michigan concerts on the band’s “Dreams In Gold” world tour.  2022