This Day in History: 2022-12-18

DECEMBER 18th
The Rolling Stones legendary guitarist, Keith Richards, is born in Dartford, Kent. 1943
The Beatles begin a 5-week run atop the U.K. single chart with “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”1963
“Tell Me I’m Pretty” is Cage The Elephant’s fourth album. Produced by Dan Auerbach (Black Keys), the set was recorded at Easy Eye Sound in Nashville. 2015
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The Animals’ bassist and one-time Jimi Hendrix manager, Chas Chandler, is born. 1938
The Cars left-handed lead guitarist, Elliot Easton, enters the world (via Brooklyn). 1953
Carl Perkins records “Blue Suede Shoes.” Decades later it is selected as one of the “500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll” by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  1955
The New York Times estimates that the “youth audience” accounts for $750 million of the $1 billion a year music industry. 1969
Limp Bizkit’s DJ Lethal (Leor Dimant) starts life in Riga, Latvia. 1972
Rod Stewart announces he’s leaving The Faces. Stewart pursues his solo career full-time and guitarist Ron Wood heads for The Stones. 1975
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards marries model Patti Hansen in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Mick Jagger is the best man. 1983
The Smashing Pumpkins/Garbage tour ends at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA. It’s the last Garbage concert of the year (following more than 140 shows in less than 12 months). 1996
The Red Hot Chili Peppers publicist says that Dave Navarro is using hard drugs. The admission helps explain the guitarist’s recent strange behavior. 1997
Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea are among the artists who perform at an Axis of Justice-organized benefit concert for striking California grocery-store workers in Hollywood, CA. 2003
Led Zeppelin, the Doors, the Grateful Dead and Carlos Santana (or at least their representatives) file a suit in U.S. District Court demanding Wolfgang’s Vault stop streaming footage of the group’s live shows taped during the ‘60s at the Fillmore auditoriums (in SF and NY). Wolfgang’s began streaming the videos the previous month. They also produced posters and T-shirts with the artist’s images. 2006
Shinedown announce that they have parted ways with lead guitarist Nick Perri and have named the band’s rhythm guitarist, Zach Myers, his replacement. “Zach is one of the most phenomenal guitarists I know,” says frontman Brent Smith in an online post. “This is a personal matter and has nothing to do with the band,” adds Perri, addressing his departure. 2008
“Dogs Eating Dogs” is the title of Blink-182’s EP. “‘Dogs Eating Dogs’ (is) nothing like ‘Neighborhoods’, but it’s also not just a return to the band’s early releases,” explains the band’s Tom DeLonge to Billboard. The album debuts at #23 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 57,000 copies. 2012
Caleb Shomo officially announces his departure from Attack! Attack!, as the band confirms Phil Druyor as their vocalist.  2012
Rush releases an iBook to coincide with the re-release of their seminal “2112” album. The work features a 40-page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges (Star Wars – The Clone Wars, The Simpsons), unpublished pictures, black and white ink art and pencil sketches. 2012
Ted Nugent’s reality show, Gun Country, is canceled by the Discovery Channel following the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, CT. The network also cancels another series, American Guns. 2012
Disgraced Lostprophets vocalist Ian Watkins is sentenced to 29 years in jail for 13 child sex offences. 2013
AC/DC sell out their Wembley Stadium concert moving 72,500 tickets in under 60 minutes. The show is more than six months away (7/4/15). 2014
Baroness release “Purple.” Joining John Baizley and Peter Adams are Nick Jost (bass) and Sebastian Thomson (drums). It is the first album released following the band’s involvement in the ‘12 bus accident that left nine people injured.  2015
Blast from the past. The Kinks’ Ray and Dave Davies perform together onstage for the first time in nearly 20 years at Dave’s concert at London’s Islington Assembly Hall. The brothers play the Kinks’ classic “You Really Got Me.” 2015
Jeremy Spencer announces his exit from Five Finger Death Punch following a second back surgery. Having played drums since he was six years old, Spencer suffers major physical ailments. “As with professional athletes, when the body and mental state don’t achieve the standard required to meet the rigorous demands necessary to perform at a high level, the choice is clear,” writes Spencer in a statement.  2018
Rush vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee issues “Geddy Lee’s Big Book Of Beautiful Bass,” showcasing his collection of bass guitars and the stories behind them.  2018
Charli XCX pulls out of NBC’s Saturday Night Live because of COVID related staffing issues. “Due to the limited crew at tonight’s taping of SNL my musical performance will no longer be able to go ahead. I am devastated and heartbroken,” she writes on social media.  2021
Shadows Fall reunite to play a one-off show, following a six-year absence, at The Palladium in their native Worcester, MA. 2021
Alice Cooper serves as one of the Fiesta Bowl Parade’s grand marshals at the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade in Phoenix.  It’s the Fiesta Bowl’s 50th Anniversary. 2021