APRIL 15th

Poison’s cover of Loggins and Messina’s ’70s hit, “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” reaches #10 on the pop chart. That’s as high as it goes. 1989

Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Ross Hyman) goes to that great Rockaway Beach in the sky. The Ramones lead vocalist dies of lymphoma at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Ramone was 49. 2001

Metallica continues touring Europe despite the eruption of an Iceland volcano that spews so much ash into the air that all Euro flights are cancelled. So? Well, the band relies on bus travel, a mode of transportation they have avoided since ’86 when a tour bus accident took the life of original bassist Cliff Burton. “When we boarded the bus again… I realized that those bad memories are still here,” says Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett. “I still haven’t overcome the fear of buses.” The 28-hour trek takes Metallica from Oslo to their next show in the Latvian capital of Riga. 2010


Dave Edmunds is born in Cardiff, Glamorgan, South Wales. The singer, guitarist and producer is best known for his ’71 solo hit “I Hear You Knocking” and as a founder (with Nick Lowe) of Rockpile. 1944

CBS broadcasts an ‘in-depth’ look at the impact Rock n’ Roll is having on America’s youth. DJ and Rock promoter, Alan Freed, says the media is overreacting. 1956

Radiohead guitarist, Edward ‘Ed’ John O’Brien, is born in Oxford, England. 1968

 A car plows into Billy Joel’s motorcycle on Long Island breaking the singer’s left wrist. Surgery is required. 1982

The award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music goes to Queen at the 32nd Ivor Novello Awards in London. 1987

Here’s the story of a poor working girl. Andrea ‘TrixXxie Blue’ Terry, a Nevada brothel worker, files a civil suit against ex-Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil. The singer earlier pleaded no contest to assault charges. Neil became violent when Terry refused to have sex with him for free. Terry seeks 20K for lost wages and other costs. 2004

What’s the prime minister having for breakfast? Radiohead’s Thom Yorke performs a five-song acoustic set for thousands of London protesters at an all-night rally organized by the Trade Justice Movement. The group favors revised trade sanctions for the world’s poor countries. The protest concludes the following morning with a march on PM Tony Blair’s residence. 2005

A ’61 Mosrite guitar once owned by late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain sells for $118,000 in an online auction. Cobain purchased the guitar in ’90 in San Francisco and it reportedly was one of his favorites. The original case bears the words ‘Nirvana’ and ‘F**k Elvis’. 2006

Bruce Springsteen auctions off four pairs of tickets and backstage passes to his concerts in Boston. Bidders who exceed $10,000 are automatically invited to a meet-and-greet with the Boss and his E Street Band. All proceeds benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank. 2009

Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley collapses due to years of alcohol abuse.  He’s rushed to the hospital when he is put in an induced coma.  Near death, Whibley recovers.  2014

Montreal, Canada is officially recognized, by its own city council, for its Heavy Metal scene. Councillor Craig Sauvé’s motion to have Montreal hailed as a “city of excellence” in Heavy Metal music is formally approved during a city council meeting. The city hosts an annual the Metal festival dubbed Heavy Montreal. “The Heavy Metal music that we make is really well-regarded by many people all over the world because there’s a certain technical edge that we have here,” states Sauvé2019