July 15, 2024

This Day in History: 2024-09-18


The Who issue their only U.S. Top 10 single (peaked at #9), “I Can See For Miles.” Recorded in London and New York, it’s one of the greatest Rock songs of all-time. 1967

Jimi Hendrix dies in London. Barbiturate intoxication is listed as the cause. 1970

Black Sabbath deliver “Paranoid.” The multi-platinum album contains the tracks “War Pigs,” the album’s original title, “Iron Man” and the title track.  1970  

The Doors are hot. Their “Greatest Hits” goes platinum even though lead singer Jim Morrison has been dead for a decade and the rest of the group ceased recording together shortly thereafter. 1981

Nikki Sixx’s biography, “The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star,” is in bookstores. “It’s given me some closure on a lot of different issues, to be able to discover, through the book, what was driving me,” says the Mötley Crüe bassist. He makes a bookstore tour in L.A. to promote the tome’s publication. 2007

Disturbed’s “Asylum” is #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album moves 179,000 copies in its first week to become their fourth consecutive chart topper. Disturbed is only the third group, following Metallica and the Dave Matthews Band, to achieve that feat. 2010


Guitarist/keyboardist Kerry Livgren (Kansas) starts his life. 1949

Bassist Douglas Colvin a.k.a. Dee Dee Ramone (the Ramones) enters the world. 1952

Singer Keith Morris (Black Flag) starts his life.  1955

A Fats Domino concert at a naval station in Rhode Island ends in a riot. As a result, the base commander bans Rock n’ Roll shows saying the damage was caused by the “excitement accompanying the fever-pitched Rock n’ Roll.” 1956

Boston releases the single “More Than A Feeling.” It goes to #5 on the pop chart. 1976

Each member of KISS releases a solo album. This promotional stunt is best remembered for guitarist Ace Frehley’s hit “New York Groove.” 1978

The Eagles’ release “Heartache Tonight.” It’s on their multi-platinum “The Long Run” album. 1979

Genesis releases their 11th studio album, “Abacab.”  Their first U.S. Top 10 effort sells over 2-million copies.  1981

KISS appear on MTV “unmasked,” (without their make-up). Real bad career move. 1983

The New York Times says U2’s Bono is “the most politically effective figure in the recent history of popular culture.”  2005

“Colors,” the fourth studio album from Between The Buried And Me, drops.   Considered a Prog Rock classic the album is described by the band as “adult contemporary Progressive Death Metal.”  2007

Nine Inch Nails play Honolulu, the final stop on their “Year Zero” world tour. It’s also the last show with the current N.I.N. line-up. “At this point, I want to switch things around a bit,” says mainman Trent Reznor. “I see other ways I can present the material in concert, more challenging, something new. I don’t want it to go stale.” 2007

Hope Neil Young will remember. “Sweet Home Alabama,” is chosen as the official slogan of Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel. “The phrase is cheerful, happy and warm,” says Alabama Governor Bob Riley of the ’74 Lynyrd Skynyrd song. “It brings a smile to your face.” 2007

“Under Great White Northern Lights,” a documentary about the White Stripes ’07 Canadian tour, premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. 2009

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder marries his longtime girlfriend Jill McCormick in Hawaii. They already have two daughters together. 2010

Queen + Adam Lambert headlines the opening night of Rock In Rio’s 30th anniversary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Queen played the inaugural event in ’85 with original lead singer Freddie Mercury. 2015

A special premiere screening of the documentary film “Kneeling at the Anthem D.C.” is held at L.A.’s Theatre at Ace Hotel.  In the film, Jack White (White Stripes/Raconteurs) performs a career-spanning set during the second sold-out night at the D.C venue. There is also footage of him exploring the nation’s capital and giving a surprise show for students at Woodrow Wilson High School.   2018

Tom DeLonge (Blink 182) publishes “Sekret Machines Book 2 – A Fire Within,” the second offering in a three-volume series of fiction novels penned with A.J. Hartley. 2018

Iron Maiden’s seventeenth studio album, “Senjutsu,” enters the Billboard 200 chart at #3, moving 64,000 equivalent album units in its first week, making it the band’s highest-charting album ever. “Senjutsu” (loosely translated as “tactics and strategy” in Japanese), Iron Maiden’s first album in nearly six years also tops Billboard’s Top Rock Album chart. 2021

After 14-weeks on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Airplay chart “Making A Fire” (Foo Fighters) tops the survey. It’s the band’s 11th #1 on the chart.  2021

Guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer, who sat out some of KoЯn’s shows after being diagnosed with COVID-19, rejoins his bandmates on stage in Del Valle (an Austin, TX suburb).  2021

Marilyn Manson is sentenced to 20 hours of community service and fined more than $1,400 ($200 suspended) after pleading no contest to blowing his nose on a videographer during a ‘19 concert in New Hampshire.  2023

A reworked version of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” is unveiled as the theme song for the NFL’s Monday Night Football on ESPN. The updated rendition features Country’s Chris Stapleton, Rapper Snopp Dogg and drummer Cindy Blackman Santana (wife of Carlos).  2023

ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons receives the Troubadour Award during a BMI reception in Nashville. The honor recognizes a songwriter who has made a profound impact on the creative community. As his band’s main songwriter, Gibbons’ credits include “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs,” “Cheap Sunglasses” and “La Grange.”  2023