2022-12-13

DECEMBER 13th
Badfinger release their third studio album “Straight Up” in the U.S The set includes the hit singles “Day After Day” and “Baby Blue.”  1971
Aerosmith’s “Draw The Line” earns a platinum award (sales in excess of 1-million). 1977
Coldplay’s seventh album, “A Head Full Of Dreams,” debuts at #2 on the Billboard 200 behind Adele’s “25.” 2015
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Guitar wildman Ted Nugent (the ‘Motor City Madman’ or just ‘Nuge’) is born in Detroit. 1948
Doobie Brothers guitarist, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, enters the world. 1948
The Knack’s (“My Sharona”) lead guitarist, Berton Averre, has a birthday. 1954
While on tour, George Harrison stops by the White House to meet President Gerald Ford. 1974
Blink 182’s vocalist/guitarist, Tom DeLonge, makes his debut in Poway, CA. 1975
The Chilean government (wisely) nixes plans for a Rolling Stones concert on Easter Island (yeah, the place with those “stone” faces). The idea was to fly and ferry 100,000 people to the island. That had disaster written all over it. 1975
Only three days after its release the “Wings Over America” live set goes gold. 1976
Evanescence’s leader and vocalist, Amy Lee, is born. 1981
The serious “The Way It Is” from Bruce Hornsby And The Range is #1 on the Billboard chart. But #2 is held by The Bangles’ goofy “Walk Like An Egyptian” and Huey Lewis & The News land at #3 with the comic “Hip To be Square.” 1986
It’s Late Night With David Letterman. Dave’s guest, making her national TV debut, is Melissa Etheridge. 1988
A protest in front of a Guess? store over alleged use of sweatshop labor and union busting gets Rage Against The Machine’s guitarist Tom Morello arrested. He, and 32 others, block the entrance to a Santa Monica shopping mall and are issued citations. 1997
Zal Yanovsky, Lovin’ Spoonful guitarist, succumbs to cancer. 2002
White Stripes’ Jack White and Von Bondies lead singer Jason Stollsteimer get into a dust up shortly before midnight at Detroit’s Majestic Theatre Center. White is later charged with aggravated assault. 2003
Nine Inch Nails announce that they have replaced drummer Alex Carapetis with A Perfect Circle’s Josh Freese. He played two shows with N.I.N. two months earlier when former drummer Jerome Dillon suffered health/heart problems. 2005
KISS release their “Rock The Nation Live!” DVD. The two-disc set has performances filmed in Washington, D.C. and Virginia Beach, during ’04’s R.T.N. tour. There’s also a Select-a-KISS feature, which allows viewers to watch video of individual bandmembers performing. “So if you happen to have the good taste to see me,” says singer-guitarist Paul Stanley, “you can watch pretty much solely that.” 2005
Billboard’s Boxscore states U2’s Vertigo tour is the top-grossing jaunt of the year taking in $260 million over the course of 90 shows, all of which were sold out. More than 3 million people saw the group live. 2005
According to Billboard The Police’s reunion tour, which earns more than $210 million, is the highest-grossing tour of the year.  2007
Bon Jovi’s world trek is named the most successful tour of the year by Billboard magazine (beating U2). The band earned $146.5 million from their 69-show “Circle” tour which spanned North America, England, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.  2010
Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC,” written by former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans, is available. The book covers Evans’ three-year stint with the band until he was unceremonious fired in ‘77. 2011
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich receives the HN Award from the Hede Nielsen Family Foundation. The award includes a cash prize of DKK 600,000, which he donates Danish charities.  2021
Brian “Head” Welch (KoЯn) partners with ethical social media app Pyvott to raise funds for the nonprofit Run Against Traffic, which supports aftercare initiatives for survivors of human trafficking.  2021
Evanescence postpones the remaining five shows on its U.S. tour with Halestorm due to multiple COVID-19 cases within the touring party. “We’ve done everything we could to try and make it work, but… it just wouldn’t be right to continue the show schedule as is,” says Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee.  2021
Guitarist Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory undergoes surgery for pheochromocytoma, a rare type of tumor that develops in the adrenal glands on the top of the kidneys. The surgery is deemed a success.  2021