2022-10-15

ROCKTOBER 15th
“Alice Cooper’s Greatest Hits” goes gold (500,000 units) as frontman Alice (a.k.a. Vincent Furnier) plans to embark on a solo career. The rest of the group continues briefly as Billion Dollar Babies. 1974
“Life Is Peachy,” the second studio album from KoЯn, drops. Three months later, the set is certified gold (500,000 units sold) on its way to moving 6.5 million copies worldwide.  1996
Kings Of Leon’s “Come Around Sundown” is released in North America. The album goes to #1 on the Rock Albums chart and #2 on the Billboard 200.  2010
“Lightning Bolt” is the title of Pearl Jam’s 10th studio album. Produced by Brendan O’Brien, the set features “Mind Your Manners.” 2013
The album has 166.000 first week sales to top the Billboard 200.
Coldplay deliver “Music Of The Spheres.” The band’s ninth album tops Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Albums chart in its first week of release. 2021
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John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison back Lu Walters, of Rory Storm And The Hurricanes, during a recording session in Hamburg, Germany. Because The Beatles drummer Pete Best is unavailable, the Hurricanes’ Ringo Starr fills in. This marks the first time John, Paul, George and Ringo record together. 1960
Future Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick makes her debut with The Great Society. “White Rabbit” and “Somebody To Love” are two Great Society songs Slick takes with her to the Airplane. 1965
Vocalist Signe Anderson performs her final show with Jefferson Airplane. She leaves to take care of her infant daughter and is replaced by former Great Society singer Grace Slick. 1966
“If memories are all I sing, I’d rather drive a truck.” Former teen idol Rick (then known as “Ricky”) Nelson is booed when he tries to put the past behind him and play new material at a Madison Square Garden oldies show (a Rock N’ Roll Revival). The experience prompts Nelson to write and record his last major hit “Garden Party.” 1971
A 1971 Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.) directive that broadcasters censor songs with drug-oriented lyrics goes unchallenged by the Supreme Court when they refuse to review the case. So much for free speech. 1973
Despite not being as strong as the two preceding albums, The Cars third album, “Panorama” goes platinum. 1980
The self-titled “Genesis,” with the hit “That’s All,” is the #1 album in the U.K. 1983
“New Jersey,” Bon Jovi’s fourth studio album, is #1 on the Billboard 200.  1988
 Eric Clapton opens the Crossroads Center for drug abuse treatment in Antiqua. 1998
The legendary New York Punk Rock club CBGB (Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie etc.) has its final show after a 33-year run. Patti Smith, who played her first show at CBGB in February ’75, performs. CBGB closes some 14 months after a dispute with its landlord, the Bowery Residents Committee, left the club without a new lease. 2006
The reject is accepted! Rob Zombie’s “The Devil’s Rejects” wins the Killer Movie prize at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards in L.A. The event celebrates horror-themed cinema, music and television. 2006
AC/DC secure the rights to ACDC.com, which was previously held by a pornographic site. ‘Feel free to visit us from work, school or, for longtime visitors to the site, from the usual privacy of your basement,” reads an announcement from the band. 2007
Jon Bon Jovi joins the long list of music artists upset over Republican candidates using their songs without permission. Bon Jovi, a Barack Obama supporter, issues a statement complaining that vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin played his band’s “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” at two rallies. 2008
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is the voice of the Mad Hatter on Nickelodeon’s “The Wonder Pets” special Alice In Wonderland themed show. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do forever and to get a chance to do this is just another dream come true, another feather in the cap!” says Tyler 2010
Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore announce the end of their 27-year marriage. 2011
At BMI’s London Awards ceremony, Sex Pistols John Lydon receives the Icon Award for his songwriting. “John Lydon is a true icon whose influence on music, fashion and art has been felt around the world,” says Del Bryant, president of BMI. 2013
Speaking of awards, Led Zeppelin’s ’07 concert film, “Celebration Day,” picks up two honors at the Event Cinema Association’s inaugural awards in London. The Zeppelin documentary earns a Silver Box Office Award for 250,000 theatrical admissions, and another one for Excellence in Programming. 2013
“We Will Rock You,” a musical produced with Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, begins a North American tour at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre. The show features 24 Queen songs. 2013
U2’s Bono officially apologizes for his part in making the group’s album, “Songs Of Innocence” a compulsory free download on iTunes. “I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves,” says Bono. When the download controversy exploded iTunes offered an album delete option. 2014
After demanding that presidential candidate Donald Trump stop playing “Dream On,” Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler pens an essay for the Huffington Post calling for an update of copyright laws. “Songwriters, producers and artists can’t survive on what they are being paid.” 2015
The “Halloween Kills” soundtrack containing the Ghost track “Hunter’s Moon” is out.  2021
An original Grateful Dead T-shirt from ‘67 sells for $17,640 breaking the record for the most expensive vintage Rock shirt sold at auction. The shirt is from the act’s early period in San Francisco and was originally owned by an audio engineer who often worked with the Dead.  2021
“The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film By Todd Haynes” is in theaters and premieres on Apple TV+ along with the official soundtrack.  2021