April 22, 2024

This Day in History: 2024-10-30


John Lennon’s “Imagine” is the #1 album in the U.S.  1971

Lennon’s second solo effort contains his signature title track plus “Jealous Guy” and the Paul McCartney bashing “How Do You Sleep?”

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.”


Singer and psychedelic sex symbol Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) enters the world. 1939

AC/DC drummer Chris Slade is born in Wales.  1946

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

Rush’s “New World Man” is #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.  1982

Frontman Paul Weller says The Jam will disband.  1982

“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

Bill Berry leaves R.E.M. for health reasons. 1997

Carlos Santana’s ‘comeback album,” “Supernatural” is #1 on the Billboard 200. Santana collaborated with contemporary guest artists with the most impactful being Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty) for the mega-hit “Smooth.”  1999

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 is on probation for heroin possession. 2003

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

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

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

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