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
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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
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman are denied use of a gas station men’s room so they take a whiz outside on the wall. Of course, they’re busted adding one more story to the Rolling Stones’ legend. 1965
“19th Nervous Breakdown” can’t make it to #1 in the U.S. The Rolling Stones song is lodged behind Barry Sandler’s “The Ballad Of The Green Berets.” 1966
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
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
Billy Squier kicks off his first arena headlining tour with Def Leppard as the opening act. Def Leppard, already popular in England, is promoting “Pyromania,” the soon to be multi-platinum album. A few months later, they are headliners.  1983
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
Fearing her husband Kurt Cobain’s suicidal tendencies Courtney Love calls the cops. They confiscate four guns. Less than a month later Cobain kills himself. It only takes one gun. 1994
The Rolling Stones announce that bassist Darryl Jones will replace Bill Wyman on tours. After announcing in the ’80s that he wants to leave, Wyman finally pulls the trigger. 1994
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
With the war in Iraq well underway, MTV’s Music Reacts play System Of A Down’s anti-war “Boom” back-to-back with 3 Doors Down’s “When I’m Gone” which contains footage of the group playing in front of American servicemen overseas. 2003
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
’07’s “Raising Sand,” Robert Plant’s collaborative album with Bluegrass performer Alison Krauss, is certified platinum (one million sales). 2008
Chickenfoot, the “supergroup” with Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), bassist Michael Anthony (also ex-Van Halen), guitarist Joe Satriani and drummer Chad Smith (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) play a private show, the group’s debut, for Best Buy employees in Anaheim, CA. 2009
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
Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher appears in an Adidas Originals commercial with soccer legend David Beckham and Rapper Snoop Dogg. Gallagher is seen briefly playing for a crowd in the party-themed spot. 2010
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
“Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead,” a documentary about The Damned, premieres at the SXSW Festival in Austin. The film features original members Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Rat Scabies and Brian James, along with appearances by Motorhead’s Lemmy and Offspring’s Dexter Holland. 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
KISS co-founder Gene Simmons states that Rap music will die and reiterates his two-year-old belief that Rock is already dead during a radio interview. “I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking,” says the bassist. 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
Judas Priest debuts at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart with Firepower.” It’s group’s highest charting effort ever on the U.S. album chart. 2018
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 LP, “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