This Day in History: 2022-12-16

DECEMBER 16th
Incubus’ “Light Grenades” sells 165,000 copies in its first week to debut on top of the Billboard 200, marking the first time the group has scored a #1 album. 2006
All American Rejects release their third studio album, “When The World Comes Down.” The album sells 112,000 copies in its first week to land at #15 on the Billboard 200.  2008
The album peaks at #4 on Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums and #6 on Top Rock Albums charts.  The set achieves gold status (500,000 copies shipped) in ’09.
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Sharp dressed man. ZZ Top guitarist, Billy Gibbons, is born. Nicknamed Reverend Willie G, he’s the vocalist/guitarist for that ‘Little Ol’ band from Texas’. 1949
A New York Episcopal minister predicts that the whole “Elvis Presley craze” will pass. He calls Presley a “whirling dervish of sex.” Did Col. Parker pay him to say that? 1956
The Jimi Hendrix Experience release their debut single in the U.K. It’s a cover of the Leaves “Hey Joe” (bw “51st Anniversary’). The song goes to #6 in the U.K. but nowhere in the U.S. 1966
Billy Joel’s “Storm Front” is #1 on the Billboard 200.  The album is best known for the song “We Didn’t Start A Fire,” a cataloging of mid-20th century historical events.  1989
Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne perform in Sioux City, ND, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the massacre at Wounded Knee. 1990
Blur play a fundraiser at England’s Colchester Sixth Form College. The school’s orchestra plays with the group on “Parklife” and other songs. The event raises about $5,000 for an orphanage in India. 1994
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
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi sues music promoters Live Nation for trademark infringement. He claims a subsidiary, Signatures Network Inc., is selling merchandise containing images of Sabbath, despite the expiration of a licensing agreement between the parties. 2008
Billboard magazine names the Rolling Stones the top touring act of the decade: 2000-2009. The group grossed $869 million from 264 shows before 8.2 million people. U2 made $822 million with 288 shows – all of which sold out. 2009
Rumors that John Frusciante had left the Red Hot Chili Peppers are confirmed on the guitarist’s MySpace blog. “To put it simply, my musical interests have led me in a different direction.” According to Frusciante, this isn’t exactly new news. He writes that he left the band over a year earlier when the Peppers were on indefinite hiatus. At the time of the announcement, RHCP are in the studio recording a follow-up to ‘06’s “Stadium Arcadium” with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. It’s the second time Fusciante has parted company with the RHCP. 2009
Mike Portnoy confirms that he is no longer in Avenged Sevenfold. The drummer joined the band to fill in for Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan, who passed away unexpectedly in ‘09. “I had a great time with them (AX7) throughout 2010, but it was their choice to end the relationship at the end of 2010 as was always the initial plan,” writes Portney on his website. He left Dream Theater only months earlier to work full-time with AX7. 2010
‘Tis the season. Sting is paid £1-million (approximately $1.5 million U.S.) to play a Christmas office party for Czech tycoon Petr Kellner’s finance firm PPF in Prague. 2011
Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell performs on CBS-TV’s The Late Show With David Letterman. “Cornell plays “Misery Chain”, which appears on “Music From And Inspired By 12 Years A Slave,” the pre-Civil War story of Solomon Northup. “I was moved by this film and the story in a way that transcends any film experience I have ever had,” says Cornell.” 2013
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officially announce the class of ‘15: Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. 2014
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Fall Out Boy perform on the Season 7 finale of NBC’s The Voice. The eventual winner, Craig Wayne Boyd, teams with Skynyrd for “Sweet Home Alabama. 2014
Joe Strummer of The Clash is the inspiration for the name of a newly discovered snail, Alviniconcha strummeri. The golf ball-sized invertebrates have a “spikey shape that resembles the look of many classic Punks.” 2014
“(Presidential candidate) Donald Trump is the hellraiser America has needed for a very long time,” posts Ted Nugent on Facebook, well in advance of the ’16 election. “He and (Senator) Ted Cruz may be the only hope to end the criminal jihad on America by our own corrupt punkass government, media and bigBiz goons. Are there enough Americans smart enough to end the nightmare?” Meanwhile, Disturbed’s David Draiman says he supports Senator Bernie Sanders, but admits that the Democratic candidate needs ‘a miracle’ to win the White House. 2015
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine plays a selection of Christmas classics during an acoustic show titled “Thrashing Through The Snow.” The Boston concert benefits Music Drives Us, an organization that provides “grants to music programs designed to effect positive change for people of all ages.” 2016
Scientists name a plant is found only in a small area of Baja California, after the late Jimi Hendrix. Dudleya hendrixii is described as a thin, stalky plant less than a foot tall with succulent leaves and brilliant pinkish white flowers. 2016
The late David Bowie is named England’s most popular male musician in a poll commissioned by CamRate, an online rating company.   2016 
Atreyu Superhero DIPA with Orange Zest makes its debut at a tasting in Anaheim.  The beer was created in partnership with the Atreyu and Noble Ale Works.  It contains “soft notes of lychee, tropical fruit and butterfly kisses, while bright California navel oranges keep the party going.” 2018
San Francisco mayor London Breed proclaims “Metallica Day” in the city.  The Bay Area based band is celebrating their 40th anniversary. 2021