2022-11-11

 

NOVEMBER 11th
KISS releases “Rock And Roll Over” which contains “Hard Luck Woman” and “Calling Dr. Love.” 1976
 The album goes platinum.
The Smashing Pumpkins’ double album, “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness,” debuts at #1 on the Billboard  200. 1995
Creed’s “With Arms Wide Open” tops the Billboard Hot 100. The song is from the group’s second album, “Human Clay.” 2000
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Yardbirds rhythm guitarist and later bassist, Chris Dreja, is born. Jimmy Page asks Dreja to join what would become Led Zeppelin but he declines preferring a career as a photographer. His claim to fame is the back cover photo on the band’s self-titled debut. 1944
Guitarist Vince Martell (born Vincent Martemucci) has a birthday. He does a stint in the Navy before joining Vanilla Fudge. 1945
It a birthday for XTC’s Andy Partridge. A founding member, the Malta-born Partridge serves as the group’s guitarist and chief songwriter. 1953
Jerry Lee Lewis releases his biggest song of the ’50s, the salacious “Great Balls Of Fire.” The track lands in the upper reaches of the pop, Country and R&B charts. Written by Otis Blackwell (composer of “Don’t Be Cruel”), it’s Sun Records’ best-selling disc. 1957
The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison is busted for causing trouble on a flight from L.A. to Phoenix. The charges are eventually dropped. 1969
Allman Brother’s bassist Barry Oakley is killed in a motorcycle accident only a few blocks from where Duane Allman’s fatal motorcycle accident occurred a year earlier. 1972
Copenhagen is where Sharin Foo, vocalist for The Ravonettes, is born. 1973
Despite Roger Waters effort to legally dissolve Pink Floyd, the remaining band members (David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright) issue a press release saying they plan to carry on. The court eventually allows them to do just that. 1986
Following a stock market crash, U2 give a “Save The Yuppies” concert in San Francisco. Bono, who is wearing a hat, promises to pass it around (for contributions) later. 1987
With the Berlin Wall (separating West and East Berlin) coming down just days earlier Melissa Etheridge and Joe Cocker are there to perform. 1989
“Wonderwall,” the majestic Oasis ballad, peaks at #2 on the U.K. singles chart. 1995
Metallica leads the “Million Decibel March” in Philly. The free concert also celebrates the upcoming release of the “Re-Load” album.  1997
Green Day’s in-store appearance at a New York Tower Records turns into a riot. First, Billie Joe Armstrong paints “Nimrod” (their album’s title) on the walls, incites the crowd to cut loose, body surfs the audience and moons people on the street. For some reason, Tower cancels the group’s planned post-concert appearance. 1997
“Holy Wood (In the Shadow Of The Valley Of Death)” is released.  Though the album eventually goes gold it is the least commercially successful of a trilogy of Manson albums that includes “Antichrist Superstar” and “Mechanical Animals.” One reason is that Manson suffers a severe backlash following the ’99 shooting at Columbine High School.  Manson is signaled out as a negative, warping influence on the shooters who killed 12 classmates, a teacher, and injured 21.  2000
A New York judge rules that a defamation lawsuit filed the previous January against KISS’ Gene Simmons can move forward. Georgeann Walsh Ward claims that she was depicted as a “sex-addicted nymphomaniac” in the VH1 documentary “When KISS Ruled The World” because photos of her are shown as Simmons discusses his many sexual conquests. Ward seeks unspecified financial reparations. 2005
Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland is arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. Police say Weiland failed a sobriety test following a car crash in California and posted $40,000 bail after refusing to give a blood or urine sample. 2007
Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour receives an honorary doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University in England. The Doctor of Arts degree is bestowed for Gilmour’s “outstanding contribution to music as a writer, performer and innovator.” 2009
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is divorced from his wife Jo after 24-years on the grounds of his admitted adultery (with Russian cocktail waitress Ekaterina Ivanova). 2009
Having announced their break-up a couple months earlier, R.E.M. issue their first career spanning retrospective “Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011.” The set includes tracks recorded after the completion of the band’s final studio album, “Collapse Into Now.” 2011
Jack White (White Stripes) and his record label, Third Man Records, launch the Great Third Man Turkey Drive, with proceeds going to the Nashville Rescue Mission, a non-profit organization that offers assistance to the homeless in Nashville. The goal is to provide 1,000 turkeys for the mission’s “massive” annual Thanksgiving banquet. Also, fans who donate a collection of canned goods and clothing items that total $25 to get the free Third Man album. 2013
Metallica, Black Keys, Bruce Springsteen and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl perform at the Concert for Valor in Washington D.C. The Veterans Day event, organized by Starbucks and HBO, raises funds for veterans’ charities. 2014
Rock & Brews, a restaurant chain co-founded by KISS’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, offers veterans, active military personnel and first responders a complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a choice of a side on Veterans Day in the U.S. 2015
The Black Crowes play their first reunion show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Joining brothers Chris and Rich Robinson are guitarist Isaiah Mitchell, bassist Tim Lefebvre, keyboardist Joel Robinow and drummer Raj Ojha. The group perform songs from “Shake Your Money.” 2019
Slipknot percussionist M. Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown) undergoes surgery for a torn bicep tendon that occurred during the band’s Knotfest L.A. concert six days earlier. As a result, he misses the band’s “Welcome To Rockville” festival tour date in Daytona, FL. Crahan reports that “everything went great and I am recovering peacefully.”  2021
Elton John becomes member of the Order of the Companions of Honour during a ceremony at Windsor Castle officiated by Prince Charles. The Order is one of the highest awards that can be bestowed by the Queen to citizens in Britain and across the Commonwealth. 2021
Rush drummer Neil Peart posthumously receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis. Peart’s wife Carrie Nuttall and daughter Olivia accept the award on his behalf.  2021
Graeme Edge, co-founder and drummer of the Moody Blues (“Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon”), passes away at age 80.  2021