2022-12-07

DECEMBER 7th
Foreigner release their fifth studio album “Agent Provocateur.” Featuring the mega-hit ballad, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” the effort sells three million copies in the U.S.  1984
Rolling Stone magazine readers vote U2’s “No Line On The Horizon” the “most overlooked album” following the announcement of the ‘10 Album of the Year Grammy nominations the previous week. 2009
Kid Rock’s “Born Free” is Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s official campaign song. “I said he could use it and I would say the same for any other candidate. I have to have a little faith that every candidate feels like he or she can help this country,” writes Rock on his official website. “PS: Any candidate who makes ‘So Hott’ their theme song has a good chance of getting my vote.” 2011
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Tim Butler (Psychedelic Furs) begins his life. The bassist is born in Teddington, Middlesex, England. 1958
Bassist Bill Wyman auditions for the Rolling Stones. He is performing with the group a week later. 1962
The Apple Boutique, a retail store located in a building on the corner of Baker Street and Paddington Street in London, opens. The shop is one of the first business ventures by The Beatles ‘ fledgling Apple Corps. It closes less than a year later (7/31/68).  1967
Janis Joplin’s last “official” performance with Big Brother and the Holding Company is in Hawaii. 1968
“We’ll do everything we can to restrain their public behavior,” says EMI Records’ chairman Sir John Read of the Sex Pistols. He makes the statement at the company’s annual general meeting. 1976
Guitar shredder Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper and solo) is born. On her father’s side of the family, Strauss is related to Johann Sebastian Strauss, the Austrian Classical composer. 1986
Originally billed as Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie’s final performance with Fleetwood Mac, it isn’t. However, it is still an emotional show at L.A.’s Great Western Forum. 1990
Michael Jackson’s “Black Or White” tops the pop chart. Slash (Guns N’ Roses) plays the song’s turbulent (yet catchy) guitar intro. 1991
There are a lot of songs that stink but not too many named after a deodorant. Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” peaks at #7 on the U.K. singles chart. 1991
When it’s announced (or slips out) that Guns N’ Roses has recorded a tune, “Look At Your Game, Girl,” written by cult leader Charlie Manson for their upcoming “The Spaghetti Incident” album, a major controversy breaks out. The group announces they will keep the song on their covers album because the royalties will go to the son of one of Manson’s victims. 1993
Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee files a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against her band’s former manager, Dennis Rider of Rider Management, for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and sexual assault. Earlier, Rider filed a suit against Lee for unpaid commissions. 2005
Paul McCartney and U2 are among more than 4,000 artists who sign a full-page ad in the Financial Times demanding “fair play for musicians” in the United Kingdom. Record companies and performers lobby the U.K. government for an extension of copyrights on sound recordings from 50 years to 95 years which is the copyright protection length offered in the United States. 2006
Elton John is given a rare bird-feather cloak by members of a Maori community during a concert in the New Zealand city of New Plymouth. The gift denotes John as an “honored member of (the) Ngati Te Whiti (sub-tribe),” says a spokesman. 2007
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler delivers an anti-drugs statement at the ninth annual Fort Lauderdale Harley-Davidson Bikers Bash. “I want to pass the message to kids that it is so easy to smoke a joint, quit school and get into trouble, but that leads to nowhere,” says Tyler. 2007
The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are saluted at the 31st annual Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington, D.C. The Kennedy Center’s chairman, Stephen A. Schwarzman, praises Daltrey and Townshend for transforming “the sights and sounds of Rock & Roll.” 2008
Kid Rock lashes out at animal-rights organization PETA, declaring that he’ll always wear fur. “I’m willing the animal-rights protesters to chuck red paint on me,” says Rock. “To throw paint on someone is just wrong. They do it to little Hollywood actresses who can’t defend themselves.” PETA counters saying it’s time for Rock to “grow up and grow out of his cruel wardrobe.” They also contend that Rock’s divorce from well-known PETA supporter, Pamela Anderson, is the true cause of his behavior. “I want to go to war with PETA,” concludes Rock. “My biggest extravagance is fur coats – I’ve got every kind of animal in my wardrobe.” 2008
Ex-Judas Priest guitarist K. K. Downing announces the launch of his own fragrance line, Metal For Men. The product’s slogan is: “Be Metal. Be Men.” 2014
Thom Yorke (Radiohead) publishes a heartfelt note to Father Christmas, in celebration of National Letter Writing Day. He requests that no presents be given to “oil company executives and the politicians whose influence they buy.” 2015
Opeth celebrate their 25th anniversary by launching a beer with Leeds, U.K. based brewery Northern Monk Brew Co. “XXV Anniversary Imperial Stout” is a one-off brew. 2015
Disturbed is the most played act of the year on Active Rock radio, according to Mediabase, which monitors and analyzes airplay in the U.S. and Canada. The band’s success is bolstered by singles from its ‘15 comeback album, “Immortalized.”  2016
Kid Rock, a dedicated supporter of President Donald Trump during the election, sells a line of Trump-themed T-shirts. The first says that the “Red States’ that voted for Trump are ‘The United States of America’ while the Blue States that didn’t are ‘Dumbf*ckistan’.” 2016
Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Greg Lake dies following a battle with cancer at age 69. 2016
Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Graham Nash (CSN) are among the dozens of musicians who sign an open letter to Congress asking that the government stop the Federal Communication Commission’s upcoming vote to end net neutrality.  But a week later, the F.C.C. does just that.  2017
Bon Jovi leads the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fan balloting amassing 1,162,146 votes, becoming 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
Greta Van Fleet set a Canadian Airplay chart record for the most weeks at #1 in a calendar-year. The combination of 3 #1’s – “When The Curtain Falls,” “Highway Tune” and “Safari Song” – Greta Van Fleet held the top spot for a total of 27 weeks breaking a three-way tie between them, Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers.  2018
Kid Rock contributes over $80,000 to settle all of the holiday layaway accounts at a Nashville Walmart.  “Kudos to Kid Rock for making such a gesture in our community,” states store manager Tom Meyer.  Rock got the idea from actor Tyler Perry, who made a similar donation at two Georgia Walmart locations.  2018