2022-12-08

DECEMBER 8th
Singer/poet Jim Morrison, of The Doors, is born in Melbourne, FL. 1943
Traffic delivers their debut album “Mr. Fantasy.” The set has “Dear Mr. Fantasy, “Paper Sun” and “Heave Is On Your Mind”1967
You can check out anytime you like but you can never leave. The Eagles release their classic, “Hotel California.” The album contains the title track and “New Kid In Town.” 1976
Pat Benatar’s “In The Heat Of The Night” album goes platinum (one million sales).  The set features the song “Heartbreaker.” 1980
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Gregg Allman (Gregory Lenoir Allman), keyboardist/singer for the Allman Brothers Band and Cher’s ex-husband, has a birthday. Duane’s Allman’s kid brother is born in Nashville, TN. 1947
Def Leppard guitarist Philip Kenneth Collen is born in Hackney, East London, England. He joins the band in ‘82 following the firing of Pete Willis. 1957
Today is Marty Friedman’s birthday. The guitarist is with Megadeth for nearly ten years. 1962
The rolling Stones finish recording “19th Nervous Breakdown” in L.A. Seems appropriate. 1965
The Rolling Stones release the stoned-out “Their Satanic Majesties Request.” The album is recorded while Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones deal with their drug arrests and trials. 1967
At his Toronto trial for possession of hashish and heroin Jimi Hendrix lists the times he has used various drugs and tells the court he has “outgrown” them. He is found not guilty. 1969
Jim Morrison (The Doors) records his poetry on his 27th birthday (see above). In ’78, the surviving Doors compose music to go with the poetry and release the ill-advised “An American Prayer.” 1970
Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor is born in Des Moines, IA.  1973
Bob Dylan hosts “Night of the Hurricane,” a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden for imprisoned boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. Many believe, including Dylan, that Carter was wrongfully convicted of triple homicide. Dylan wrote the song “Hurricane” recounting Carter’s arrest and trial. Carter is freed ten years later. 1975
The maudlin ballad, “Babe,” written by Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung, is #1 and becomes the group’s biggest hit. Yes, even bigger than “Mr. Roboto.” 1979
The dream is over. John Lennon is fatally shot in New York. 1980
The sound system breaks down during a John Mellencamp concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. Mellencamp waits until the problem is fixed, resumes the show and offers anyone in the audience their money back if they’re not satisfied. 1985
Poison’s “Something To Believe In” peaks at #4 on the pop chart. 1990
Four months after the death of guitarist Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead declare their long, strange trip is over. They disband. 1995
On the 20th anniversary of John Lennon’s murder in New York, a statue of Lennon is unveiled in Havana. Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, who severely criticized The Beatles in the ‘60s as ‘decadent’ now says Lennon was a “revolutionary.” 2000
The Doors’ Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger attend a memorial at Jim Morrison’s gravesite in Paris on the Lizard King’s 60th birthday. 2003
An ATV accident on his U.K. estate sends Ozzy Osbourne to the hospital with a broken collarbone and six broken ribs. Concert appearances are subsequently cancelled. 2003
Reports surface that Christian bookstores have refused to carry P.O.D.’s “Payable on Death,” because they believe the disc’s cover has occult overtones. 2003
Damageplan guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, a former member of Pantera, is shot to death onstage in Columbus, OH. The deranged gunman also kills three other people and injures two more before being killed by a police officer. 2004
Dimebag’s family sues the venue where the guitarist was killed. The lawsuit claims that the Alrosa Villa nightclub did not provide adequate security for the gig, and that the staff could have done more to prevent the shooting. 2005
An acetate of the Velvet Underground’s first recording sells for $155,401 on e-Bay. The disc was purchased by a collector for 75-cents four years earlier.  This demo was rejected by Columbia Records with the Underground releasing their influential debut “The Velvet Underground & Nico” on Verve in March of ’67. 2006
L.A. eatery Barney’s Beanery unveils a plaque honoring The Doors’ Jim Morrison on what would have been the late singer’s 65th birthday (see above). The marker commemorates the spot where Morrison infamously urinated on the bar. Fellow Doors, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, attend. 2008
Featuring the single “Spaceship,” Puddle Of Mudd’s fourth studio album, “Volume 4: Songs In The Key Of Love & Hate,” is out. It’s the follow-up to ‘07’s “Famous.” Vocalist Wes Scantlin says the tracks “Keep It Together” and “Pitchin’ A Fit” were inspired by his wife, who doesn’t always approve of his songwriting technique. He is often on the couch at 5 AM with a pack of beer. “I get a song out of any mood that my wife is in,” Scantlin adds. 2009
Green Day rule the Rolling Stone Best of the Decade Readers Poll. “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” is the best single and “American Idiot” takes the finest album honor. The group is also named the most accomplished artist of the past 10 years. However, Rolling Stone editors, writers and select musicians name Radiohead’s “Kid A” as the album of the decade. 2009
Soundscan reports that The Beatles are second only to Eminem in album sales between 2000-2009. The Beatles sold over 30 million units including 11.5 million of their ’00 compilation “The Beatles #1’s.” That album, the decade’s best seller, moved more copies than either Linkin Park’s “Hybird Theory” or Creed’s “Human Clay,” the only other Rock albums to make the decade’s Top 10 sales list. 2009
Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker settles a lawsuit over the ’08 South Carolina plane crash that killed four and left Barker seriously injured. The defendants – Clay Lacy Aviation, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Global Exec Aviation, Bombardier Inc. and others — reach an undisclosed agreement with Barker during a mediation session. 2009
Nickelback donates $50,000 to Children’s Hospital as part of a challenge issued by Chilliwack, B.C. band Pardon My Striptease. “We’re moved by the efforts of Pardon My Striptease to raise money for B.C. Children’s Hospital and are happy and excited to take part,” writes Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger in a release. Pardon My Striptease’s lead singer Andrew Putt’s one-year-old daughter Lilee-Jean has already undergone two bouts of chemotherapy at the hospital. 2011
Former bandmates in The Clash, Paul Simonon and Mick Jones, perform together live for the first time since ’82 at the Hillsborough Justice Campaign benefit concert. Supported by backing musicians the pair play a dozen Clash songs including “London Calling” and “Should I Stay Or Should I Go.” The concert is for the victims of the Hillsborough football tragedy where 96 people were killed in ’89. 2011
Ringo Starr unveils his Knotted Gun statue for the Non-Violence Foundation in the Gibson Guitar Studio in London. The former Beatle calls for stricter weapons regulation at the anti-gun event held on the anniversary of John Lennon’s murder (see above). The statue depicts a large revolver, painted in a variety of pastel colors, with its barrel twisted into a knot. The word ‘imagine’ is emblazoned below the cylinder. 2011
Metallica perform in Antarctica as part of a Coca-Cola Zero-sponsored promotional event. They play in a dome near the heliport of the Argentine Antarctic Base Carlini. The concert makes Metallica the first band to play all seven continents in one year. The feat is recognized in the 2015 Guinness World Records book. 2013
Carlos Santana and Billy Joel are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture at the 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony in Washington, D.C. 2013
Saxon postponed the remainder of the 35th anniversary Warriors Of The Road UK tour after drummer Nigel Glockler is rushed to hospital where he undergoes surgery to repair a brain aneurysm. 2014
Former Creedence Clearwater Revival members Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, along with the wife of late CCR member Tom Fogerty, file a lawsuit against the band’s former leader, John Fogerty. The suit alleges that Fogerty violated the terms of a ‘01 agreement saying that he wouldn’t disparage Clifford and Cook’s Creedence Clearwater Revisited by mocking the band in interviews. 2014
Jared Leto (30 Seconds To Mars) files a lawsuit against TMZ and parent company Warner Bros. Entertainment after the site posts a video of the singer critiquing Taylor Swift’s music. Leto alleges TMZ knew it was stolen but published the video anyway. Leto also apologizes to the Pop/Country superstar for his harsh words. 2015
Eagles Of Death Metal return to Bataclan in Paris less than one month after terrorists killed at least eighty-nine audience members during a concert at the venue. The band adds flowers to the makeshift memorial site and read their own tributes. “The bad guys never take a day off, and therefore we Rock ‘n Rollers cannot either… and we never will,” the band writes on Facebook. 2015
Guns N’ Roses perform in Hawaii for the first time with a portion of the proceeds from the band’s Honolulu show donated to the Andy Irons Foundation (AIF), a charitable organization created to raise awareness and institute programs for young people pertaining to mental health, drug recovery, and learning disabilities.  2018