This Day in History: 2022-12-06

DECEMBER 6th
The Rolling Stones issue “Beggar’s Banquet.” The album contains “Sympathy For The Devil” and “Stray Cat Blues.” 1968
Having missed out on Woodstock, the Rolling Stones wanted to create what they hoped would be “Woodstock of the West” in San Francisco. But the City by the Bay declined to host the event (police, sanitation, traffic and crowd control were too expensive). So the event was moved to the Altamont Speedway – a long way from San Francisco.
The biggest flaw was hiring the Hells Angels (a motorcycle gang) to provide ‘security’. The Stones’ Mick Jagger is punched in the face by an Angel within moments of his arrival, while the Grateful Dead flee before their set. In addition to the Stones – Santana, Jefferson Airplane and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young perform.
The festival ends in violence with the murder of 18-year-old Meredith Hunter, stabbed to death by a Hells Angels. 1969 
One year later, “Gimme Shelter” is released. The film captures the Rolling Stones’ ’69 U.S. tour, including stark images of confusion and violence at Altamont. 1970
 
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Mike Smith, vocalist and organist for the Dave Clark 5, is born in North London. 1943
R.E.M.’s Peter Buck (a native of Berkeley, CA) begins his life. 1956
Guitar great Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot) is born in Santa Monica, CA. 1956
French authorities confirm that they have issued arrest warrants for Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg for violating the country’s drug laws. Richards claims he first he learned of the charges when he read about them in the morning newspaper. 1972
Rock music: The new fertility drug. A Tallahassee preacher conducts an unscientific survey of 1,000 unwed mothers and finds that 984 conceived while listening to Rock music. The preacher goes on to claim that the Rolling Stones are “sinful” (might have a point there) and has his congregation burn Stones (and Elton John) records in a bonfire. 1975
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band’s “Live Bullet” goes gold. It’s Seger’s biggest commercial success to date. It has live versions of “Beautiful Loser” and “Katmandu.” 1976
The Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious, out on bail after being charged with murdering his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, gets into an altercation at a New York club smashing a glass into another club-goer’s face. 1978
U2 play their first North American show. It’s at the Ritz in NY. 1980
Roy Orbison (“{Oh} Pretty Woman”) suffers a fatal heart attack and dies within minutes. 1988
Metallica’s “Re-Load” sits atop the Billboard 200.  The album is the follow-up to “Load” which dropped in ’96 and also went to #1. 1997
Singer Axl Rose is a no-show at the Philly Guns N’ Roses concert. Fans riot and the group cancels remaining tour dates. 2002
KoЯn unleash their 7th album, “See You On The Other Side.” “When we started this album we totally wanted to reinvent ourselves and do something different,” says singer Jonathan Davis. “It’s a bit more progressive and a lot more emotional,” claims guitarist Munky. “It’s not so much anger, anger, anger, like on previous albums.” Rappers Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Lil Jon and David Banner appear in the video for the disc’s first single, “Twisted Transistor. ” “It’s basically a video with Hip-Hop stars playing us,” explains Davis. 2005
Green Day are awarded a total of six trophies, including Rock Artist of the Year and Pop Group of the Year, at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. The group opens the show with “Holiday” from “American Idiot.” 2005
Drowning Pool bassist Stephen Benton is hospitalized in Eau Claire, WI, after experiencing paralysis and is diagnosed with the neurological malady Bell’s palsy, a condition that usually is temporary. The group is forced to cancel the remaining shows on their tour. “I’m really bummed that . . . we can’t perform this last string of shows,” says Benton. “We can’t wait to come back and rock out with you all again soon.” 2007
Nickelback’s “Dark Horse” is the #2 album in the U.S. (behind Beyonce). The set sells 326,000 units during its first week of release. 2008
Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo is injured after his tour bus hits a patch of ice in Upstate New York and crashes into a ditch. Cuomo suffers three cracked ribs and a lower leg injury. Emergency responders use the Jaws of Life to pry Cuomo from the wreck. The accident occurs as the band travels from Toronto to Boston. 2009
Bruce Springsteen is among the honorees at Kennedy Center Honors Gala fundraiser in Washington D.C. Actor Robert DeNiro, comedy director Mel Brooks and Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck are also honored. Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder uses the occasion to propose to longtime girlfriend Jill McCormick. 2009
The Black Keys issue their seventh studio album “El Camino.” Like ‘10’s “Brothers,” the set was produced by Danger Mouse. “Lonely Boy” is the lead single. 2011
“The Path Of Totality,”KoЯn’s dubstep album, is released in the U.S. It’s the band’s tenth full-length studio album and second for Roadunner Records. 2011
Chevelle roll out “Hats Off To The Bull” featuring the single “Face To The Floor.” 2011
“A Special Evening with Neil Young & Crazy Horse,” a Hurricane Sandy benefit is held at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. Young turned down the “12-12-12” Hurricane Sandy benefit at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, just days later, because it was stacked with enough stars already. 2012
Metallica signs with Spotify, the music streaming service, offering digitally restricted streaming of selected music. Sean Parker, the founder of Napster, is a Spotify exec. The signing is seen as a reversal for Metallica since they famously sued Napster in ‘00. 2012
Ed “Cass” Cassidy, the drummer and co-founder of the legendary Psychedelic Rock band Spirit, passes away at the age of 89. In ‘64, Cassidy formed the Rising Sons with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. That was followed by the Red Roosters who morphed into Spirit in ’67. 2012
Hawkwind guitarist Huw Lloyd Langton dies after a battle with cancer. “Huw had been bravely fighting cancer for a couple of years but was determined not to let the battle affect his day to day life,” reads a band statement. 2012
Bob Dylan’s sunburst Fender Stratocaster, played at the ’65 Newport Folk Festival, is sold at auction for a record-breaking $965,000. The previous record holder was Eric Clapton’s “Blackie,” which went for $959,500 in ’04. 2013
After canceling their Paris show following terrorist attacks three weeks earlier, U2 return to the City of Light where Eagles Of Death Metal join them onstage. “They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago (when a terrorist attack at an Eagles Of Death Metal concert left 89 dead), so we’d like to offer them ours tonight,” Bono tells the crowd. 2015
Sebastian Bach’s autobiography “18 And Life On Skid Row” is out. It’s billed as an ‘uncensored, unfiltered memoir’ of the Skid Row singer’s varied career. 2016
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Steven officially opens Janie’s House near Atlanta. The shelter for abused girls is in partnership with Youth Villages. 2017
Bon Jovi leads the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fan vote, amassing 1,162,146 votes, being the first act to pass the million-vote mark. A week later it’s announced that Bon Jovi will join the ’18 class of inductees. 2017
Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil is sued by his own lawyers over $187,000 in unpaid bills in an ongoing assault case stemming from an alleged ‘16 incident in Las Vegas that resulted in Kelly Guerrero suing Neil over an alleged assault outside the Aria Hotel. Guerrero claimed severe injuries to the tune of 150,000 while Neil’s team argued the case should be thrown out. Now they have a case of their own. 2018
Suicide Silence’s song “Subhuman” gets remixed following fan outcry directed at frontman Eddie Hermida over a sexual misconduct allegation from a year earlier. The track was featured in the video game “Devil May Cry 5.” After being confronted, the game developer drops Hermida’s vocals and replaces them with a new track by Volumes frontman Michael Barr. 2018
Pete Shelley, lead singer for The Buzzcocks, dies at age 63 in Estonia, where he was living. A heart attack is suspected as the cause of death. 2018
On the “Time To Walk: series (Apple Fitness +) Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and second in line of succession to the British Throne, proclaims his love for AC/DC– especially the song “Thunderstruck.” “It’s the best tonic for a Monday morning,” says the Prince. “It absolutely wakes you up, puts your week in the best mood possible.” “Time To Walk” encourages subscribers to walk more often. 2021
“Evenings With Led Zeppelin: The Complete Concert Chronicle” charts the 500-plus appearances Led Zeppelin made throughout its career. 2021