APRIL 18th
The Pretender’s “Learning To Crawl” is a certified million seller. 1984
After just two albums drug abuse led to the departure of both bassist Pete Farndon and guitarist James Honeyman-Scott (overdoses would claim both). Only frontwoman Chrissie Hynde and drummer Martin Chambers were left. They started working with Rockpile guitarist Billy Bremner and bassist Tony Butler producing “My City Was Gone” and “Back On The Chain Gang.” Then Robbie McIntosh and his pal Malcolm Foster were installed on guitar and bass. This line-up the recorded the remaining tracks for the group’s premier album.
Creed’s power ballad, “With Arms Wide Open,” off the band’s “Human Clay” album, is released.  The song tops the Mainstream Rock chart, goes to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reaches double platinum status in a little over two decades.  2000
“From Cradle To Stage: Stories From The Mothers Who Rocked And Raised Rock Stars” by Virginia Grohl, arrives.  The book’s forward is by her son, Dave, of Foo Fighters fame. 2017
The book consists of interviews with the mothers of music stars discussing what it’s like to raise a creative child.  There is also a TV series of the same name.


The battle between REO Speedwagon and Styx for dominance of the Billboard 200 continues. “Paradise Theater” (Styx) is pushed from the top by the return of “Hi Infidelity” (REO Speedwagon) which has another extended stay at #1.  1981
“Adrenalize,” Def Leppard’s fifth studio album, is #1 on the Billboard 200.  The band’s first album since the death of guitarist Steve Clark stays at the top for five weeks.  1992
Foo Fighters are #1 on the U.K.’s Album Chart with “Wasting Light.” It’s the Foo Fighters third U.K. chart topper. 2011
A poll conducted by the British Forces Broadcasting Service finds that Queen‘s ’75 hit “Bohemian Rhapsody,” is the favorite song of the British Army. “It makes me feel very, very proud,” says Queen drummer Roger Taylor in a statement. “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol is #2. 2011.
A collection of five vintage guitars belonging to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, worth a reported $175,000, are recovered by law enforcement after they were stolen the previous week. Petty took to Twitter to help recover them, offering a $7,500 reward, no questions asked. 2012
The “world’s oldest teenager” is gone. Legendary host of American Bandstand and television producer Dick Clark dies of a massive heart attack at Saint John’s hospital in Santa Monica. Clark was 82. 2012
Rush and Heart are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Nokia Theater in L.A. “They (Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson) blasted any sexist barriers in front of them,” says Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell in his induction speech. 2013
Lou Reed, Green Day, Ringo Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Starr is the last Beatle inducted for his solo career. 2015