2022-10-09

ROCKTOBER 9th
The Beatles founder and leader, John Winston (later “Ono”) Lennon enters the world. 1940
Bruce Springsteen peers down the “Tunnel Of Love.” His eighth studio album is later ranked #25 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s. 1987
“American Idiot” is Green Day’s first album to top the U.S. chart. It’s the group’s fifth studio effort and first release in four years. 2004
Kid Rock releases “Rock N Roll Jesus” with the single, “So Hott.” Co-produced by Rock and Rob Cavallo, the album features Rock’s longtime backing group, the Twisted Brown Trucker Band. 2007
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The Who’s late bassist, John Entwistle, is born. 1944
Singer/songwriter Jackson Browne has a birthday. 1948
Ozzy’s better half (that wouldn’t be difficult), manager and mother of his children, Sharon Osbourne, is born in Brixton (London). She’s daughter of Rock and Roll entrepreneur Don Arden and becomes a co-founder (with Ozzy) of Ozzfest. 1952
BoDeans guitarist, Kurt Neumann, enters the world. 1961
“Hit The Road Jack,” by Ray Charles, is the #1 song in the U.S. for the first of two weeks. 1961
Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday” (though credited to The Beatles) knocks off the McCoys “Hang On Sloppy” to become the #1 song in the U.S. It has a four-week run at the top. 1965
Bridgeport, England has a new resident, Polly Jean (PJ) Harvey. It’s her birthday. 1969
Elvis and Priscilla Presley divorce after six years and one child, Lisa Marie. Despite the divorce Priscilla becomes the “keeper of the flame” reviving the Presley estate and turning Graceland into a tourist attraction. She also has a moderately successful acting career. 1973
Though he was a one-time model for The Gap, Alexander Greenwald is better known as the frontman for Phantom Planet. It’s his birthday. 1979
On what would have been John Lennon’s 45th birthday his widow, Yoko Ono, opens Strawberry Fields in New York City’s Central Park. Ono donated $1 million to the memorial.  1985
“Seasons In The Abyss” arrives.  The Slayer album peaks at #40 on the Billboard chart, the group’s best showing to date, and goes gold three years later.  1990
Linkin Park’s “In The End” is released.  Lead singer Chester Bennington initially dislikes the song and doesn’t want it included on “Hybrid Theory.”  However, the fourth single from that album goes to #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. 2001
Only Guitar World magazine would come up with a list of ‘the 100 worst guitar solos’. The winner (?) is C.C. Deville for his work on Poison’s ’91 album “Swallow This… Live.” Congratulations. 2004
Sting (The Police) is named music’s worst lyricist by Blender magazine. According to the magazine his lyrics are “mountainous pomposity (and) cloying spirituality.” Rush drummer Neil Peart lands at #2 on the list.  2007
Imagine Peace Tower is dedicated in Reykjavik, Iceland. Built in honor of John Lennon, it’s unveiled on what would have been the late Beatle’s 67th birthday. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend the ceremony. 2007
George Harrison’s solo catalog is available via iTunes. He’s the last Beatle to have his music go on sale digitally. 2007
Def Leppard perform before the Detroit Red Wings raise their Stanley Cup Championship banner. When the band’s Joe Elliot is handed the Stanley Cup he inadvertently places it upside down on a nearby table. Hockey fans are appalled. 2008
Nine Inch Nails announce they will part ways with drummer Josh Freese following the completion of group’s North American “Lights In The Sky” tour. Freese, who had been with N.I.N. since ’05, leaves for personal reasons. 2008
Rob Felicetti officially quits Ataris following an incident two nights earlier when the drummer was accused of being too drunk to play onstage by frontman Kris Roe. Felicetti admits to having “an off night” but flatly denies he has a drinking problem. “Never have I felt more violated or betrayed,” says Felicetti. 2012
Following the televised debate between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Royal Blood tweet “Donald Trump + Hilary Clinton = Nickelback.” Nickelback responds with “Nickelback jokes are like Royal Blood – they were a lot cooler a couple of years ago. Don’t drink and tweet fellas. Stay safe.”  2016
Tom Petty’s “Greatest Hits” is #2 on the Billboard chart in the week following Petty’s death.  The ’94 compilation is lodged behind Country singer Shania Twain’s comeback album “Now.”  2017
Lindsey Buckingham, the former Fleetwood Mac singer and guitarist, files a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court.  He claims that being kicked out of the band cost him at least $12 million in tour proceeds and asks unspecified damages, attorney’s fees and interest on money Buckingham claims he’s owed as a legal “partner” of the act. He had been a part of Fleetwood Mac on and off for 33 years.  2018