May 24, 2024

This Day in History: 2025-03-16

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.

Pearl Jam returns to #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart for the first time in 26 years with “Dark Matter.” The band last reached the top spot with “Given To Fly” in early ’98.  2024

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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

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

“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 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

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

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

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