2022-12-02

DECEMBER 2nd
The Band’s self-titled sophomore album with “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” is certified a platinum selling album (over one million sales). It only took 22 years. 1991

Green Day’s single “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” is released. The acoustic ballad sells over 2-million copies. 1997

MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
It’s Rick Savage’s birthday. The Def Leppard bass player is born in Sheffield, England. 1960
Foo Fighters bassist, Nate Mendel, has a birthday. Born in Richland, WA, he joined the band in ’95. 1968
George Harrison (The Beatles) performs anonymously with Delaney, Bonnie & Friends during a London concert. But it’s Eric Clapton who’s the ‘big name’ that eventually tours with the group. 1969
Following their Montreal concert, The Who (and friends) are tossed into jail after doing $6,000 damage to a hotel. 1973
Linda Ronstadt graces the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. 1976
After much haggling Pearl Jam play the first of two shows at Pacaembu stadium in Sao Paulo. Mayor Jose Serra had suspended the shows after complaints from nearby wealthy residents about the noise and mess. He later reverses his decision when the group complies with some ground rules. The shows mark Pearl Jam’s Brazilian debut. 2005
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx and his girlfriend, L.A. Ink tattoo artist Kat Von D, attend a benefit at a West Hollywood art gallery featuring sixty-six portraits of Sixx created by Von D. Proceeds go toward the Covenant House teen shelter and its affiliated “Running Wild in the Night” music program that Sixx founded. 2008
Eric Woolfson, co-founder of the Alan Parsons Project, dies of cancer. He wrote all the band’s lyrics and contributed some lead vocals. He was 64. 2009
Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Cliff and Sheryl Crow appear at a benefit for the human rights organization WITNESS at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. WITNESS is a group that was co-founded by Gabriel and provides training for human rights activists worldwide. 2010
Limp Bizkit announce they have left Interscope Records, the label that issued all six of their albums. Frontman Fred Durst admits the split came down to creative differences over their comeback record “Gold Cobra” – which suffered disappointing sales. 2011
The three surviving members of Led Zeppelin— John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant— receive Kennedy Center Honors during a ceremony in Washington D.C. “We owe a large debt to the vitality and variety of the music of the American people,” Jones, Plant and Page offer in a statement. Blues guitarist Buddy Guy is also honored. 2012
Saxophonist Bobby Keys, who toured with the Rolling Stones (he soloed on “Brown Sugar”), passes away at his home in Franklin, TN. 2014
“Blur: New World Towers,” a documentary of the British band’s ’15 London Hyde Park concert, as well as footage on the making of the album, “Magic Whip,” is released in the U.K. 2015
The Rolling Stones’ first album in a decade is a collection of Blues covers titled “Blue & Lonesome.”  With a guest appearance by Eric Clapton, the set has songs by Willie Dixon and Howlin’ Wolf, among others.  2016
British musician Kate Nash submits an open letter to President Barack Obama condemning the treatment of Standing Rock Sioux tribe members protesting the Dakota Access (oil) Pipeline.  Co-signers on the letter include Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, Queen’s Brian May and Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs’ Karen O.  2016
Stevie Wonder gives a speech about human rights violations at the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities. “Politicians must end hatred, bigotry of any kind,” states Wonder.  The musician, blind since birth, was appointed a U.N. Messenger of Peace from the United States in ‘09.  2016
Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) makes a surprise appearance at the NASCAR Sprint Series Awards Banquet in Las Vegas to pay tribute to the recently retired driver Tony Stewart.  Also, the NASCAR community makes a donation of $1.8 million on behalf of Stewart to EB Research Partnership, Vedder’s non-profit organization which aims to cure Epidermolysis Bullosa, a devastating skin disorder that affects children.  2016