2022-10-30

ROCKTOBER 30th
John Lennon’s “Imagine” is the #1 album in the U.S. and U.K. Produced by Phil Spector, Lennon and Yoko Ono, the set features contributions from fellow ex-Beatle George Harrison and members of Badfinger. 1971
“All That You Can’t Leave Behind” is U2’s tenth studio album. It garners critical acclaim and sells over 12-million copies. 2000
“Wasteland” by Seether tops Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart culminating a 14-week run.  2021
The song is from the band’s eighth studio album “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum. The title is Latin for “If You Want Peace, Prepare for War.”
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Singer and psychedelic sex symbol Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) enters the world. 1939
The man who made a career taking over from Randy Meisner, Timothy B. Schmit, is born in Oakland. In ’70, Schmidt replaced Meisner in Poco. Seven years later, he pulled the same trick only this time it was with The Eagles. He was there for the “Hotel California” tour and beyond. 1947
One-time Foo Fighters guitarist, Franz Stahl, has a birthday. 1962
Roy Orbison’s “Oh! Pretty Woman” goes gold. 1964
Birthday wishes for Bush lead singer and guitarist, Gavin Rossdale. 1967
The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones is sentenced to prison for possession of drugs. He gets nine months but is released on bail pending an appeal. 1967
MC5 play the first of two nights at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom. Performances from the two shows comprise “Kick Out The Jams.” 1968
The Doors’ singer Jim Morrison is convicted on charges (lewd behavior) stemming from the infamous Miami concert (at the Dinner Key Auditorium) the previous year. The case is on appeal when Morrison dies. 1970
John Lennon issues his “Mind Games” album, featuring the title track. 1973
“Spreading The Disease” is released.  It’s the first Anthrax album with vocalist Joey Belladonna.  1985
When just about everyone had given up on Meat Loaf, he comes roaring back (like a bat out of Hell).  “Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell” is #1 on the Billboard 200. Meat Loaf’s sixth studio album contains “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That),” “Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through” and “Good Girls Go To Heaven (Bad Girls Go Everywhere”).  1993
Melissa Etheridge’s album “Yes I Am” surpasses the 6-million sales mark. 1996
Children Of Bodom issue their third album, a fan favorite, “Follow The Reaper.”  2000
An early trick or treat. Elton John files a massive $20 million lawsuit against his ex-business manager and his accounting firm. He hits them with charges of misappropriation and negligence. 2000
Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland is ordered to spend six months in a live-in drug rehab program. The court ruling stems from a “driving under the influence” charge the day before. At the time, Weiland was on probation for heroin possession. 2003
VH1 begins a five-part countdown of the 100 Greatest Songs of the ’80s. At #3 is Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf” (’82), #2 is Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (’87).  And holding the #1 spot is Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” (’86). 2006
The self-titled “Avenged Sevenfold,” the follow-up to the group’s gold-certified ’05 album, “City Of Evil,” drops. “There’s no glitz or glamour – just a heavy-hitting record that encompasses all of,” says Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows. 2007
The Eagles “Long Road Out Of Eden,” their first complete studio effort since ’79, arrives. 2007
The soundtrack for the film “I’m Not There” is out. Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder does a rendition of “All Along the Watchtower” backed by members of Sonic Youth, Wilco and Television. 2007
Elvis Presley and John Lennon are #1 and #2, respectively. Only this time it’s on Forbes magazine’s annual tally of the highest-earning dead celebrities. Presley, earning $49 million, beats out Lennon by $5 million. The Lennon estate is boosted by the settlement of long-standing lawsuits regarding record royalties. 2007
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood’s memoir, “Ronnie: The Autobiography,” is published. Of course, there are a lot of Stones and stoned stories. 2007
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry states his support of Senator John McCain for President. “My mother and father drilled into me from the very start that if you work hard and be positive, you’ll get what you’re working for,” explains Perry. This is the first time the guitarist has publicly endorsed a presidential candidate. 2008
Weezer release their seventh album, “Raditude.” containing the single “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To.” 2009
Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy (with Mavis Staples of the Staples Singers) perform at the “Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear” in Washington D.C. Comedy Central hosts John Stewart (“The Daily Show”) and Stephen Colbert (“Colbert Report”) hold the rally to counter extremist ranting. 2010
“New Horizons,” Flyleaf’s third album, drops a week after vocalist Lacey Sturm’s departure from the group. 2012
Mötörhead’s 21st album, “Aftershock,” debuts at #22 on the Billboard 200 selling 11,000 copies in its first week. It’s the group’s highest charting debut. 2013
The intersection of 67th Avenue and 110th Street in New York is officially renamed The Ramones Way as a memorial to the legendary Punk band.  The intersection is in front of Forest Hills High School, where the band’s original lineup met. 2016
Airbourne’s “Breakin’ Outta Hell,” is an official theme song for the WWE’s “Hell In A Cell” event, which airs globally. 2016
Black Veil Brides vocalist Andy Biersack and his wife Juliet Simms are involved in a drunken altercation on an American Airlines flight from Charlotte to Los Angeles. Simms is handcuffed by authorities and is later turned over to the FBI. 2016
Just before the mid-term elections Slayer’s Tom Araya offers a ‘conservative vs. liberal’ comparison via the bassist’s own Instagram account. “If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed. If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat. If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone and if a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.”  2018
Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s and Tina Turner are officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland during the 36th annual induction ceremony in Cleveland.  Also, Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads posthumously receives the Musical Excellence Award.  “I only wish he was here in person to get this award and that we could all celebrate together,” states Osbourne. “It’s really great that Randy’s family, friends and fans get to see him honored this way.” 2021
Skillet go triple-platinum with “Monster” while “Hero” achieves double-platinum status. Both tracks are from the band’s “Awake” album (also double platinum).  2021