May 24, 2024

This Day in History: 2025-04-11

APRIL 11th

One ballad replaces another. The Beatles “Let It Be” displaces Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Meanwhile, John Lennon’s powerful “Instant Karma (We All Shine On)” sits at #3 on the pop chart. 1970

White Zombie release “Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs Of Love, Destruction And Other Synthetic Delusions Of The Electric Head.”  1995

The group’s fourth album is their only one to feature drummer John Tempesta. The set peaks at #6 on the Billboard 200.


Sum 41 singer/guitarist, Tom Thacker, is born.  1974

All-American Rejects co-founding member and drummer, Christopher James Gaylor, has a birthday. 1979

Eddie Van Halen marries T.V. actress Valerie Bertinelli. 1981

Dave Mustaine gets kicked out of Metallica.  The band has already hired Kirk Hammett as their new lead guitarist. “I’d be aggressive and confrontational because I was a violent drunk… and that didn’t go over to well in the end,” Mustaine later offers.  He goes on to launch Megadeth. 1983

Iron Maiden’s seventh album, “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son,” arrives. The effort debuts at #1 on the U.K. album chart and at #12 on the Billboard 200.  1988

Carlos Santana receives the Special Achievement Award at the American Latino Media Arts Awards in Pasadena. 1999

Making a list and checking it twice. It’s revealed that Green Day, along with Marilyn Manson and Eminem, are on a list of musicians banned from performing at the Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University in Carson. Two Green Day shows are in jeopardy. But calmer heads prevail and the concerts are allowed. However, Metallica remains on the list along with more than two dozen others. The excuse is Green Day are now mainstream having sold millions of copies of their “American Idiot” CD. 2005

Godsmack singer Sully Erna is involved in an automobile accident in Methuen, MA. One woman is seriously injured. According to police, Erna’s Hummer rear-ended another vehicle causing it to smash into a third car. 2007

You give love a bad name. Actress Heather Locklear’s divorce from Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is finalized. 2007

Former Florida governor Charlie Crist and ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne reach an out of court settlement over the politician’s illegal use of “Road To Nowhere” during his ’10 Senatorial campaign. Crist makes a formal video apology that is posted on YouTube. “My hope is that by standing up to this practice maybe it can be made to be a less common option, or better yet an option that is never taken in the future,” Byrne says in a statement. 2011

People hate Nickelback because the group appears to “lack authenticity.” That’s what Finnish doctoral student Salli Anttonen claims in her paper Hypocritical Bullsh*t Performed Through Gritted Teeth: Authenticity Discourses in Nickelback’s Album Reviews in Finnish Media. The price of success. 2016

Bring Me The Horizon joins Spotify’s one-billion streams club (which includes Metallica and Linkin Park) with the album, “Sempiternal.” Bring Me The Horizon‘s fourth studio album, contains the singles “Can You Feel My Heart,” “Go To Hell, For Heaven’s Sake,” “Sleepwalking” and “Shadow Moses.”  2022

Paul McCartney backed by The Eagles perform “Let It Be” during the “Keep the Party Going: A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett” concert at the Hollywood Bowl.  The concert also features Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Sheryl Crow, Jon Bon Jovi and Buffett’s own Coral Reefer Band. Buffett passed away the previous September. 2024