APRIL 10th
“Frampton Comes Alive!” is the #1 album in the U.S. 1976
Peter Frampton’s double-set sells over 25-million copies.
With the onslaught of disco and not much happening in Rock, “Frampton Comes Alive” turned out to be the best-selling double LP at the time.
U2’s 360 tour is the highest grossing tour of all time following their performance in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 2011
The group’s $558 million in earnings tops the Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang tour.
Nirvana enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. KISS, with original members fighting amongst themselves and refusing to perform together, Peter Gabriel and Linda Ronstadt are also inducted. 2014
Fool for the city. Foghat’s Dave Peveret is born. 1950
A major Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent fan, Brian Setzer is born in Massapequa, Long Island, NY. Setzer fronts the Stray Cats and The Brian Setzer Orchestra in addition to a solo career. 1959
“The Beatles Second Album” is out. The set is mostly covers but does hold “She Loves You.” The album subsequently knocks “Meet The Beatles!” from the #1 spot. It’s the first time an act replaces itself at #1 on the U.S. album chart. 1964
Having quit The Beatles the day before, Paul McCartney makes it official with a public announcement. In a statement, McCartney says he doesn’t know “whether the break will be temporary or permanent.” Ultimately, this only gets him blamed for breaking up the band. For the record The Beatles had 20 #1 singles and 13 #1 albums in the U.S. 1970
Staind’s Mike Mushok has a birthday. The lead guitarist is from Ludlow, MA. 1970
Led Zeppelin earn a gold record for “Houses Of The Holy.” It’s their first album not named after the group. 1973
Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin plays his first show with Smashing Pumpkins since being re-instated. He was kicked out three years earlier due to drug problems. 1999
Fans of the late, great Doors singer, Jim Morrison, petition Florida governor Charlie Crist to pardon the Lizard King who was convicted of exposing himself (among other charges) during the infamous Miami concert in ’70. The case was on appeal when Morrison died in Paris a year later. Surprisingly, Crist claims he’s seriously considering a pardon, which he eventually grants. 2007
Mired in a sex abuse scandal that won’t go away, the Vatican tries to change the topic by praising The Beatles. The Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano publishes their first-ever statement praising the group. The article acknowledges that The Beatles took drugs and lived an “uninhibited lifestyle,” but contends they also wrote powerful songs that “changed forever pop music.” To top it off, the paper pretty much dismisses John Lennon’s infamous “we’re bigger than Christ” statement (made forty-four years earlier) as a non-issue. 2010
Black Veil Brides’ “In The End” and The Pretty Reckless’ “Heaven Knows” are certified gold by the RIAA for sales of over 500,000 units. 2018