This Day in History: 2023-03-18

MARCH 18th
Having landed at #1 just two and a half months earlier, Steppenwolf’s politically oriented “Monster” album goes gold. 1970
The Clash release their first single “White Riot.” 1977
Released nearly two years earlier, Soundgarden’s “Superunknown” is credited with selling over 5-million copies. 1996
B.J. Wilson enters the world.  A drummer of some repute with Procol Harum (“Whiter Shade Of Pale” and other hits), he is notable for turning down guitarist Jimmy Page’s offer to be the drummer for Led Zeppelin. John Bonham subsequently lands the gig. 1947
Doobie Brothers co-founder and drummer, John Hartman, is born in Falls Church, VA. 1950
Cinderella guitarist Jeff LeBar has a birthday. 1953
Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr., guitarist for Alice In Chains, is born in Tacoma, Washington. 1966
Paul McCartney’s sentimental “Penny Lane” (The Beatles) tops the Billboard survey. 1967
Melody Maker announces the formation of Traffic (with Steve Winwood and Dave Mason). 1967
Neil Young’s “Heart Of Gold,” off his “Harvest” album, is the #1 song in the U.S. 1972
Ringo Starr (The Beatles) puts down the drumsticks to direct Marc Bolan (T-Rex) in the film “Born To Boogie.” 1972
Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Santana and Heart are among the performers at California Jam II at the Ontario Motor Speedway.  An estimated 350,000 fans attend the largest festival of the decade.  The original California Jam was four years earlier.  1978
U2 wins the Limerick Civic Week Pop Competition in Dublin. They get money and an audition for CBS Ireland. 1978
Adam Noah Levine enters the world. The L.A. native is the lead singer and guitarist for Maroon 5. 1979
Ozzy Osbourne’s legendary guitarist Randy Rhoades plays his last concert in Knoxville, TN. He dies the following day in a Florida plane crash. 1982
When the Irish Family Planning Association is found guilty of illegally selling condoms in Dublin, U2 steps in to pay the fine – about $900. 1991
Bruce Springsteen’s “Greatest Hits” is #1 on the Billboard 200.  1995
The second installment of The Beatles’ “Anthology” is released. It contains “Real Love,” a Lennon demo with tracks added by Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. 1996
The Sex Pistols announce they are reforming for their 20th anniversary. Unfortunately, the news fails to rivet the world. 1996
Punk, New Wave and good ol’ Rock N’ Roll are represented by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. The Ramones, Talking Heads and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are welcomed to the Hall. 2002
Ozzy Osbourne’s late guitarist Randy Rhoads is inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne attend the ceremony. Rhoads died in a plane crash in the early ’80s while on tour with Ozzy. 2004
Courtney Love is arrested in New York and charged with reckless endangerment and third-degree assault after throwing a microphone stand at an East Village nightspot, striking a man in the head. This incident adds to Love`s legal troubles. 2004
One-time Steppenwolf guitarist, Kent Henry, dies in Portland, OR. He was a member of Blues Image (“Ride Captain Ride”) prior to replacing Larry Byrom in Steppenwolf. He was 60. 2009
30 Seconds To Mars’ “Up In The Air” debuts on the SpaceX cargo mission where it’s played by astronauts at the International Space Station. Meanwhile, back on earth, Houston mayor, Annise D. Parker, proclaims 30 Seconds To Mars Day. 2013
The Beastie Boys settle their lawsuit against toy maker GoldieBlox over the unauthorized use of “Girls.” The company created a parody of the ’87 track in an ad where three girls were seen singing the melody with altered lyrics. The Beastie Boys get a monetary settlement and a public apology from GoldieBlox. 2014
Blink 182 perform their first show without co-founding guitarist Tom DeLonge. In his place at the Roxy in West Hollywood is Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba. It’s the culmination of an acrimonious and public rift between DeLonge and his bandmates (drummer Travis Barker and bassist Mark Hoppus). 2015
Stone Sour confirm that guitarist Christan Martucci is the permanent replacement for Jim Root. Martucci had been Sour Sour’s touring guitarist. 2015
At The Drive-In guitarist Jim Ward parts ways with the band he co-founded just days before they head out on their world reunion tour. “As our ship prepares for voyage, we announce that Jim Ward will not be joining us on future journeys,” a band post reads. No explanation is given for Ward’s departure. 2016
Quiet Riot makes its live debut with the band’s seventh lead singer, “American Idol” finalist James Durbin, in Wichita.  2017
The legendary Chuck Berry dies at his home in St. Louis at age 90.  Berry’s songwriting (“Roll Over Beethoven,” Johnny B. Goode,” etc.), singing (exuberant), guitar playing (the ‘Chuck Berry riff’) and showmanship (duck walking across the stage) left an indelible imprint on Rock n’ Roll.  2017
This comes as no surprise.  Just days after Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn files a lawsuit disputing the band’s accounting and distribution of earnings, Slipknot announces Fehn’s departure.  “Chris knows why he is no longer a part of Slipknot,” reads a band statement.  “We are disappointed that he chose to point fingers and manufacture claims, rather than doing what was necessary to continue to be a part of Slipknot.”   2019
“Impera,” the fifth album from Ghost, is #1 in both Sweden (the band’s native country) and Germany.  2022
Machine Head celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band’s second studio album, “The More Things Change…”, with a special full-album play-through with original “The More Things Change…” guitarist Logan Mader, who left the band in ’98. 2022