June 15, 2024

This Day in History: 2024-11-03


“Long Run” is #1 on the Billboard 200. It’s the first Eagles album to feature bassist Timothy B, Schmit (replacing Randy Meisner) and the last full studio effort with guitarist Don Felder.  The title track, “Heartache Tonight” and Schmit’s “I Can’t Tell You Why” are the main attractions.  1979

Bon Jovi’s fifth studio album, “Keep The Faith,” is their first studio set in five years but last with bassist Alec John Such.  It features three Top 40 hits: the title track, “Bed Of Roses” and “In These Arms.”  The album sells over 2 million copies in the U.S.  1992

Green Day snag two trophies at the MTV Europe Music Awards held in Lisbon, Portugal. The trio earn Best Album honor for “American Idiot” and also take the Best Rock category. 2005

“Sweet Southern Sugar,” by Kid Rock, is out.  It‘s his first album recorded in Nashville.  2017

Rock’s 11th studio album contains the singles “Po-Dunk,” “Greatest Show On Earth”, “Tennessee Mountain Top”, and “American Rock ‘n Roll.”


Don’t drink, don’t smoke, what do you wanna do? Adam Ant (Stuart Leslie Goddard) is born. 1954

Following a Rolling Stones concert in Cleveland, where a fan suffers minor injuries, Mayor Ralph S. Locher bans all future pop concerts saying, “Such groups do not add to the community’s culture or entertainment.”  1964

Local Zero frontman James Patrick Costello is born in Ft. Dodge, IA.  Though remembered for the song “Welcome Back.” he is better known as the father of “Pretty Punk” singer/songwriter Ainsley Costello. 1970.

Mickael Gordon Thomson, Slipknot guitarist (#7), is born in Des Moines, IA.  1973

Tim McIlrath, guitarist/singer for Rise Against, has a birthday.  1978

Rage Against The Machine present their self-titled debut album. Rather than a picture of the band on the album’s front cover there’s a photo of the ’63 self-immolation of Thich Quang Duc, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, in Saigon. Confrontational politics front and center. 1992

Rage Against The Machine’s sophomore effort, “Evil Empire,” is certified double platinum by the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album was released the previous year. 1997

The RIAA confirms that Oasis’ “Be Here Now,” with the single “Champagne Supernova,” has sold over a million copies. 1997

It’s not an MBE but it’s nice. Eric Clapton becomes a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE.  The honor is conferred by Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. 2004

Springsteen is #1 – again. Bruce Springsteen’s “Magic” album made its debut as the best-selling album on the Billboard 200 chart but dropped to second a week later (behind Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus”) only to return to the top slot again. The sales margin between the two albums is in the hundreds – close, real close. 2007

Deftones bassist Chi Cheng is hospitalized following a serious car accident in Santa Clara, CA. He is listed in “serious but stable condition” but the injuries eventually claim his life. 2008

Slayer unleash “World Painted Blood,” their tenth studio effort. “Things were kept as pure as possible, and I think it shows on this record,” says drummer Dave Lombardo. 2009

Say Anything issue their self-titled third album. According to frontman Max Bemis, the album is “more concise and… a bit more original” than the group’s previous effort, “In Defense Of The Genre.” 2009

A Los Angeles County judge rules that the former members of Sublime are not to perform under that name. Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh appeared as Sublime at the Cypress Hill Smokeout Festival just 11 days earlier. The group was slapped with an injunction for illegal use of a trademark by the estate of deceased frontman Bradley Nowell. “Prior to his untimely passing, both Bud and Eric acknowledged that Brad Nowell was the sole owner of the name Sublime,” a Nowell family representative posts on MySpace. 2009

Corey Smoot, the Gwar guitarist known as Flattus Maximus is found dead by his bandmates as they prepared to cross the border into Canada. The coroner finds that Smoot died from “a coronary artery thrombosis brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease.” Smoot joined band in ’02. 2011

SOiL frontman Ryan McCombs is hospitalized after suffering a stroke. 2014

The Foo Fighters are in the Italian town of Cesena. Previously, one-thousand fans performed the Foo’s hit, “Learn To Fly,” in hopes of convincing the group to play a concert in their city. It worked. 2015

Metallica celebrate the first-year anniversary of their “All Within My Hands” non-profit foundation with an auction and acoustic concert.  The San Francisco event raises more than $1.3 million for partners at Feeding America and the American Association of Community Colleges.  2018

Rage Against The Machine, Sheryl Crow, Kate Bush, Missy Elliott, George Michael, Willie Nelson and The Spinners are officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the “performer” category during a ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  2023

Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page appears on stage for the first time in eight years to play the classic Link Wray guitar instrumental “Rumble,” during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction tribute to the late American guitarist and songwriter.  2023

KISS perform for the first time at the legendary Hollywood Bowl as part of the final leg of the “End Of The Road” farewell tour. They open with “Detroit Rock City” and close their three-song encore with “Rock And Roll All Nite.”  2023