2023-03-22

MARCH 22nd
“Physical Graffiti” begins a six-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart.  The Led Zeppelin album goes on to sell more than 16-million copies.  1975
Iron Maiden issue “The Number Of The Beast.” The group’s third studio album, their first album with vocalist Bruce Dickinson, is considered one of the most influential Heavy Metal albums of all time.  1982
 “Far Beyond Driven,” Pangtera’s seventh album, is released. The set debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 becoming the first Extreme-Metal album to top the chart. It is also the first album where Darrell Abbott is credited as ‘Dimebag Darrell’. 1994
The film adaptation of Mötley Crüe’s biography, “The Dirt – Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band,” premieres on Netflix. “It’s not just sex, drugs and car crashes,” says Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx.  “Those things happen – and, in our case, more than usual. But what’s at the core of it all is the creativity and the personal relationships between each band member.”  2019
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Yardbirds’ vocalist/harmonica player, Keith Relf, is born.  1943
At Memphis Recording Service (also home of Sun Records) Johnny Cash has his first session. Not much results except for “Hey Porter” but at least it’s a start. 1955
Carl Perkins is seriously injured in a car accident while on his way to New York to sing his new single “Blue Suede Shoes” on The Ed Sullivan Show. Though Perkins recovers his career doesn’t. 1956
The Beatles release their debut album, “Please Please Me,” in the U.K. The set contains 14 songs including eight John Lennon/Paul McCartney originals; the title track and the group’s first single “Love Me Do” among them. 1963
Bob Dylan’s 5th studio album, “Bringing It All Back Home” is released (the album includes “Subterranean Homesick Blues”). 1965
The Allman Brothers Band gets busted in Jackson, Alabama. At a truck stop state troopers notice band members acting ‘erratically’. A search turns up heroin and marijuana. The charges are later reduced to disturbing the peace with over $5,000 in fines and expenses. 1971
The Eagles’ “On The Border” is their third studio album but the first to feature guitarist Don Felder.  The set includes “Already Gone,” “James Dean” and “Best Of My Love.”1974
While on the campaign trail, presidential candidate Jimmy Carter announces that he listens to the Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin for inspiration while working late nights as Georgia’s governor. Despite quoting Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday” he is elected president. 1976
Limp Bizkit drummer John Otto is born. 1977
The BBC airs “The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash.” It’s the ultimate (and very funny) Beatles parody. 1978
“We don’t need no education.” Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall” is the top song on the Hot 100. The track is from the group’s epic album, “The Wall.” 1980
Bob Dylan and Liberace appear on Late Night With David Letterman. And no, they don’t perform together. Too bad, that image might have shocked a lot of late-night viewers off drugs. 1984
Heart’s “These Dreams” tops the pop chart. At #2 is another Rock ballad, “Sara” (Starship). John Mellencamp’s “R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.” holds the #5 spot. 1986
“Among The Living” is the third album from Anthrax and their second with singer Joey Belladonna.  The set enters the Billboard album chart at #62, which at the time is impressive for a Thrash Metal band. 1987
Dick Clark steps down as host of American Bandstand after a mere 33 years. 1989
Dan Hartman (Edgar Winter Group) dies of a brain tumor – he wrote “Free Ride.” 1994
Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is charged with two counts of battery more than three months after a New Year’s Eve scuffle with sheriff’s deputies at a Naples, FL, hotel. Deputies say the fight started when the guitarist’s son refused to get off the stage at The Ritz-Carlton, where the house band was performing. Lifeson tried to intervene when deputies escorted his son off the property. 2004
The Who’s Pete Townshend, appearing on a BBC documentary, says he considered suicide after his ’03 arrest on suspicion of possessing child pornography. He was eventually cleared of the charges. 2004
A ‘serious’ bomb threat forces the cancellation of a Limp Bizkit concert in Katowice, Poland, just minutes before the band is scheduled to take the stage. The crowd exits without incident and frontman Fred Durst vows that “Bizkit will return to Poland.” 2004
“Nirvana: Nevermind,” a documentary DVD on the making of the “Nevermind” album, is released. Bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl and producer, Butch Vig appear. 2005
Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger reports that the band’s charity single “If Everyone Cared” raised more than $200,000 for Amnesty International and International Children’s Awareness Canada. “If you can take that power and turn it toward positivity and awareness and trying to make a world a better place that’s a great motive,” says Kroeger. 2007
Soundgarden unfurl their first live album, “Live On I-5” (named after the West Coast interstate). 2011
The Foo Fighters play the first of two shows that raise over $1-million for victims of the Australian floods and New Zealand earthquakes. The show at the Auckland Town Hall is followed five days later by a performance at the Riverstage in central Brisbane. “The Foo Fighters were determined to help New Zealand and Australia in the aftermath of these terrible disasters,” comments charity show organizer Michael Gudinski. 2011
My Chemical Romance announce they’ve broken up. “We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible,” reads a band statement. “We shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends.” Frontman Gerald Way adds that the band wanted to end it before moving in uncomfortable directions.  2013
A rare set of 61 black-and-white photos photographs taken during The Beatles’ ’65 concert at Shea Stadium are auctioned for approximately $46,000. Photographer Marc Weinstein used a fake press pass to get backstage. 2013
Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl posts an open letter asking local authorities in Cornwall, England to lift restrictions on a teen Metal band, Black Leaves Of Envy, who are deemed too loud to jam in a family garage. “I believe that in doing so, you will be sending a message that Cornwall is not only a home to music and the arts, but a place that encourages children to follow their dreams,” writes Grohl. 2016
A 10-inch vinyl record cut by The Beatles in ’62 is bought by an anonymous British collector for $110,000. It features “Hello Little Girl,” the first song John Lennon ever wrote. 2016
Former Boston drummer John Thomas “Sib” Hashian dies at the age of 67 while performing on the Legends Of Rock cruise. 2017
Megadeth release a greatest-hits album, “Warheads On Foreheads.” The disc features remastered tracks selected by frontman Dave Mustaine.  “Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good,” “A Tout Le Monde,” “Public Enemy No. 1,” “My Darkest Hour” and “Dystopia” are among songs included.  2019
The Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” is screened in China despite the country’s restrictions on LGBT content. The film is approved for a limited release with gay references and scenes deleted.  2019
The Offspring rework their ‘94 classic, “Come Out And Play” to promote COVID vaccines (“you gotta go get vaccinated” replaces the original line “keep ‘em separated”). The revised version is shared on Instagram.  2021
Linkin Park’s “Numb” surpasses the one-billion streams on Spotify. It’s the band’s second track to reach that mark, following “In The End.” Four years earlier, the video for “Numb” surpassed one-billion views on YouTube. 2022
Jon Bon Jovi endorses a video that shows the citizens of Odessa (in Ukraine) ready to battle the Russian invasion spurred on by Bon Jovi’s ‘00 hit, “It’s My Life.” “This is for the ones who stood their ground…” states Bon Jovi, a native of New Jersey, that has the fourth largest Ukrainian population in the U.S.  2022
Rush’s Geddy Lee makes a guest appearance on the long-running Canadian TV mystery drama “Murdoch Mysteries.” In the episode titled “Devil Music” Lee plays “Tom Sawyer,” a carriage driver.  2022