2022-10-18

ROCKTOBER 18th
The Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first gig.  They are a supporting act in Paris for French pop star Johnny Hallyday. 1966
Soundgarden’s “Superunknown” goes triple platinum (sales over 3-million). 1994
Sales of the band’s fourth album reaches the six-million mark 18 years later.
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The father of Rock n’ Roll, Chuck Berry, is born. 1926
Gary Richrath is born in Peoria, IL. The REO Speedwagon guitarist stays with the band from ’71 until ’89. 1949
Paul McCartney plays his first show with the Quarrymen. He blows the solo on “Guitar Boogie.” The Quarrymen eventually become The Beatles and Paul switches to bass. 1957
Huey Lewis & The News have the #1 album in the U.S. with “Fore.”  The band’s fourth effort contains “Stuck with You” and “Jacob’s Ladder.” 1986
Guns N’ Roses, opening for the Rolling Stones in L.A., are not up to par, due to drug use, and that sends vocalist Axl Rose around the bend leading him to threaten, onstage, to quit the group. 1989
Bob Seger is inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk. 1994
Marilyn Manson, opening for Nine Inch Nails, is banned (for moral reasons) from performing in Salt Lake City. Still, N.I.N. leader Trent Reznor invites Manson onstage and explains why Manson’s group isn’t playing that evening. In the process, Reznor shreds “The Book of Mormon” and tosses it into the crowd. 1994
George Michael (Wham!) buys the piano John Lennon used to write “Imagine” at auction for $2.1 million.   2000
Bono (U2) goes to Capitol Hill to address a group of House Democrats about his concerns over debt relief for impoverished nations and the ongoing global AIDS crisis. In his spare time, he and his bandmates perform a pair of D.C. concerts. 2005
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke says the band may refuse to continue touring if something isn’t done to reduce the environmental impact of a major act hitting the road. “The way that tours are structured now and the way it works is a ridiculous consumption of energy,” contends Yorke. 2006
Aerosmith play the first of two make-up shows required in a settlement that resulted from legal action instigated by fans over a canceled concert in Maui two years earlier.  Aerosmith’s management claimed the band bowed out of the show for logistical reasons. However, the lawyer involved in the suit countered that the band was able to play apparently more lucrative shows in Chicago and Honolulu that same week.  2009
“Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It” premieres on VH1. The reality series provides a behind-the-scenes look at the Poison vocalist. 2010
“The Sound Of Winter,” the second single from Bush’s album, “The Sea Of Memories,” is #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs. It’s the band’s first Alt. chart topper since ’99. 2011
L.A. Kiss, the arena football team owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, is one of a handful of teams that cease operations. 2016
During Disturbed’s concert Midland, TX, a woman in the audience tosses her bra on stage. “Jesus Christ, is that from you?” singer David Draiman asks. “Now, I want you to know, this woman’s boobs are so big, she could solve world hunger,” says Draiman. Later, he thanks the woman by handing her a t-shirt. A class act all the way. 2016
Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe reports that he’s auctioned off his Grammy medallion and certificate for the band’s ‘06 single “Redneck.” It goes for $3,050 with all funds going to Blythe’s sister-in-law Bianca, who is battling Stage 3 triple negative breast cancer.  2018