This Day in History: 2023-09-16

SEPTEMBER 16th

Stone Sour’s “Through Glass” is #1 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. “None of us knew how big [the song] was gonna be,” says singer Corey Taylor. 2006

Buckcherry issue their fourth album, “Black Butterfly.” The set is named after a song that didn’t make it on to the album. “In the big picture of the record that piece just didn’t seem to fit,” explains guitarist Keith Nelson. 2008

“Black Butterfly” debuts at #8 on the Billboard 200, making it the band’s highest-charting album in the U.S.

“Popestar” by Ghost materializes. It’s a covers EP that is “a short, to-the-point little gem right at the jugular” that debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart, becoming the first EP to reach the chart’s top slot.  2016

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B.B. (“Blues Boy”) King is born in Itta Bena, Mississippi. 1925

The Who’s Kenney Jones is born. The drummer joins following Keith Moon’s untimely demise. 1948

Ron Blair is born in San Diego. The bassist is in Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers from ’76 to ’81. In ’02, he returns to the group after a 21-year hiatus, taking over from his own replacement, the late Howie Epstein. 1948

Guitarist/vocalist David “The Snake” Sabo (Skid Row) begins his life in Perth Amboy, NJ.  1964

A change has come. A Melody Maker poll claims Led Zeppelin is more popular than The Beatles in the U.K.  The Beatles had won the poll for eight straight years.  1970

Jimi Hendrix jams with Eric Burdon and War in London. It’s his last public appearance. 1970

The Who’s “Who’s Next,” goes gold. 1971

An auto accident claims the life of T-Rex mainman Marc Bolan. He was 29. 1977

Boston’s sophomore album “Don’t Look Back,” riding the success of the title track, is #1 on the Billboard 200.  1978

“Mother’s Milk” makes its debut on the U.S. album chart (#52). The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ set contains a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.” 1989

A bad day for Love. A Los Angeles judge orders Courtney Love to spend 180-days in a live-in drug-rehab facility for violating the terms of her probation set after she pleaded no contest to various assault and drug charges earlier in the year. As that is happening, a separate civil lawsuit is filed against the former Hole frontwoman by musician Kristen King, who is seeking unspecified financial restitutions from Love for assault, battery and other allegations. 2005

Bob Dylan’s “Modern Times” moves more than 192,000 copies in its first week to land at #1 on the Billboard 200. This is the fourth time a Dylan album has topped the chart. But it’s been 30 years since his last #1. “Modern Times” is also #1 in seven other countries. 2006

The Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s production of “American Idiot,” the musical based on Green Day’s ’04 album, begins an eight-week run in Berkeley, CA. Originally planned as a five-week show, ticket demand following a preview a week-and-a-half earlier, results in extending the musical another three weeks. 2009

“Almost Famous” director Cameron Crowe and Heart’s Nancy Wilson file for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. In the document Wilson lists their official separation as 6/15/08. 2010

Radical Christian group, the Westboro Baptist Church, pickets the Foo Fighters performance in Kansas City, MO. “The entertainment industry is a microcosm of the people in this doomed nation: hard-hearted, hell-bound, and hedonistic,” writes Church leader Fred Phelps on the church’s website. The band mocks the protesters by arriving at the concert on the back of a truck dressed as the characters from their homoerotic “Hot Buns” video. 2011

Tim Lambesis, frontman for As I Lay Dying, is ordered to stand trial on charges that he solicited an undercover police officer to kill his estranged wife. He is later found guilty and serves time. 2013

Tired of listening to her roommate play The Eagles endlessly, Vernett Bader of North Charleston, SC grabs a serrated knife from the kitchen and repeatedly stabs her male 65-year-old roommate. The gent suffers wounds on his arm, hand and elbow. And here’s the shocker, according to police, both parties appeared intoxicated. 2013

Don Henley (The Eagles) receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americana Music Honors and Awards Ceremony at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. 2015

Rob Zombie rolls out his film “31.” He wrote and directed the horror film that stars Malcolm McDowell and Sheri Moon Zombie.  2016

Nearly twenty years after its release, Weezer’s “Pinkerton” album officially goes platinum (sales of one-million units). It was the group’s ’96 follow-up to their self-titled debut.  2016

“Villains,” by Queens Of The Stone Age, debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart, even though at 69,000 units they have the top selling disc.  Rappers Lil Uzi Vert and XXXTentacion are #1 and #2 based on streaming numbers.  2017

Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour) is honored during the second annual Rock To Recovery benefit at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood.  Rock To Recovery is a “transformative program for those in treatment and recovery.”  2017

Megadeth’s “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!” is #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart (#3 on the Billboard 200).  The album contains the title track, “Night Stalkers” (featuring Ice-T) and “Soldier On.”  2022

Following the London tribute concert for the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins two Foo songs return to the upper reaches of the Billboard Rock charts. “Everlong” is #1 on the Hot Hard Rock Songs chart while “My Hero” sits at #3. 2022