This Day in History: 2022-11-30

Pink Floyd release “The Wall.”   The ‘concept album’ tops the U.S. Billboard 200 chart for 15 weeks.  1979
Michael Jackson releases “Thriller,” which features guitarists Eddie Van Halen (the “Beat It” guitar solo) and Toto’s Steve Lukather. 1982
Creed’s power ballad “With Arms Wide Open,” off the band’s ‘99 album “Human Clay, is certified a double-platinum single by the RIAA with over a 2-million certified unit sales.  2020
The song was inspired by the pregnancy of frontman Scott Stapp’s then wife Hillaree Burns with their first child.
Shortly after its release the power ballad topped the Mainstream Rock charts and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Bassist Roger Glover is born. He leaves Deep Purple to produce but eventually joins his former Deep Purple bandmate, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, in Rainbow. 1945
David Sancious (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) has a birthday.  1953
With a rebel yell! Billy Idol begins life as William Michael Albert Broad. 1955
John Ashton (Psychedelic Furs) enters the world. The guitarist is born at Whips Cross Hospital, Forest Gate, East London. 1957
Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride” sits at #3 on the Billboard singles chart. The song is lodged behind Diana Ross & The Supremes’ “Love Child” and The Beatles’ former #1 hit “Hey Jude.” 1968
The BBC bans Wings’ “Hi, Hi, Hi” for “unsuitable lyrics” after just one play. Though group leader Paul McCartney tries to be subtle the sexual innuendo is just a bit too obvious for the broadcasters. Still, it hits the Top 10 in both the U.K. and U.S. 1972
Elton John’s “Greatest Hits” is #1 on the Billboard 200.  1974
Crooner Bing Crosby’s 42nd and final Christmas special airs.  The show features his odd duet with David Bowie on “Peace On Earth”/”Little Drummer Boy.”  1977
The Breeders guitarist Kelley Deal is arrested at her Ohio home after accepting a private-courier package containing four grams of heroin. A heroin addict since her teens, Deal later enters rehab in Minnesota. 1994
The City of New York officially names the corner of Bowery and Second Street “Joey Ramone Place.” It is the neighborhood where Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Ross Hyman) once lived and is close to CBGBs, the club where the Ramones played their first shows.  Ramone passed away two years earlier. 2003.
Hot enough for teacher? Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony’s signature barbecue sauces are featured at all U.S. Hard Rock Cafe locations. The chain adds a steak dish made with Mad Anthony’s sauce to its menu while collectable sauce bottles are available for purchase. Anthony also visits select Hard Rock eateries to sign autographs and greet fans. 2005
The Smashing Pumpkins settle a pair of lawsuits against their former label, Virgin Records, over the use of their music. Legal papers were filed in ‘08 regarding the band’s music in promotions and commercials, as well as royalty payments owed to former members James Iha and D’arcy Wretzky-Brown. 2009
The Killers issue their Christmas song “Boots.” The band has released a holiday single every year since ’06. This one, like the others, supports World AIDS Day (the following day – 12/1). 2010
The French Government awards Lenny Kravitz the honor of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. “(Kravitz) freed (himself) of the barriers between black and white sound,” says French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand. 2011
Metallica announce the launch of their record label, Blackened Recordings. The label administers Metallica’s catalog which is now owned by the group under a provision in their contract with Warner Music Group. “We would like to thank everyone at the Warner Music Group for 28 years of a fantastic relationship,” says Metallica’s James Hetfield. 2012
Daughtry and 3 Doors Down donate $15,000 to the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy charity “Hometown Heroes” after a performance in Asbury Park, NJ. Chris Daughtry dedicates the song “We’re Not Gonna Fall” to the audience. 2012
Nightwish singer Floor Jansen calls Slayer “dreadful,” “unbelievably boring” and “terrible” in a Metal Hammer magazine article. Slayer fans “implode” and respond like the “angel of death.”  Following a “season in the abyss,” Jansen states, “Thinking Slayer’s music is not my thing doesn’t mean I don’t respect the band for what they are and what they’ve done. I just won’t play it.” 2016
After calling for a more civil political discourse Kid Rock lashes out at The View co-host Joy Behar during a live interview on “Fox & Friends.” “People need to calm down, get a little less politically correct and I would say you know, love everybody. Except, screw that Joy Behar bitch,” states Rock.  Behar and Rock are political opposites, especially when it comes to President Trump.  FOX hosts apologize on-air for Rock’s comments while the singer claims he was just joking.  But the fallout from the incident gets Rock ousted as the Grand Marshall of the Nashville Christmas Parade. He is replaced by James Shaw Jr. who thwarted a mass shooting at a Waffle House in Nashville earlier in the year.  2018
Mötley Crüe announce that BMG has acquired the band’s entire music catalog, spanning their 40-year career totaling nine studio albums plus several platinum-selling live albums and compilation sets, for a reported $150 million.  2021
Hours after announcing a 16-city tour, the Foo Fighters cancel a concert in Minneapolis because the venue, Huntington Bank Stadium, refuses to agree to the band’s COVID-19 safety measures.  The concert is moved to U.S. Bank Stadium.  2021