This Day in History: 2022-12-19

DECEMBER 19th
Bruce Springsteen returns to Saturday Night Live as the musical guest for the first time since ‘02. During his rendition of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town,” Springsteen is joined by Paul McCartney. 2015
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I’d love to change the world. Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) is born in Nottingham, England. 1944
James ‘Jimmy’ Bain, bassist for Rainbow, Dio and Last In Line, is born in Newtonmore, U.K. 1947
One for the money, two for the show. Carl Perkins records his lasting contribution to Rock ‘n’ Roll, “Blue Suede Shoes,” in Memphis. The idea for the song comes from Sun Records labelmate Johnny Cash. 1955
Santana play San Francisco’s Fillmore West for the first time. The group regularly appears at the venue. 1968
The Byrds drummer Michael Clarke dies of liver failure (due to a long-term over-consumption of alcohol) at his home in Treasure Island, FL. 1993
Aerosmith conclude their U.S. tour at Boston’s Mama Kin Complex. It’s the first show at the 250-seat venue that’s co-owned by the group. If the name “Mama Kin” sounds familiar it’s because it’s also the title of a song on Aerosmith’s ’73 debut album. 1994
As many as 30 concertgoers are treated for minor injuries received at a Music As A Weapon tour stop in Ashwaubenon, WI. Two fans are transported to a local hospital for treatment during the event headlined by Disturbed. Many mosh pit mavens suffer cuts, bruises or overheating. 2006
Marilyn Manson initiates a countersuit against former bandmate Stephen Bier (aka Madonna Wayne Gacy) alleging that the keyboardist failed to fulfill his obligations in the group. Bier hit Manson with a breach-of-contract lawsuit the previous August. The action, filed in L.A., accuses Bier of turning up late for shows and promotional appearances, among other complaints. 2007
Christine Grahame, a member of Scotland’s parliament, files a parliamentary motion recognizing AC/DC’s achievements. Founding members Angus and Malcolm Young were born in Glasgow before the family moved to Australia in ‘63. Also, the late vocalist Bon Scott and his successor, Brian Johnson, are Scottish natives. 2008
A vicious dig like this one is hard to ignore. Slipknot’s Corey Taylor slams Coldplay’s hugely successful “Viva La Vida.” “That (album) is one of the most self-celebratory pieces of s**t I’ve ever f**king heard in my entire f**king life,” proclaims Taylor. “I f**king hate that album. It’s music to wipe your a** to.” 2008
Coldplay perform the first of two U.K. shows for the homeless charity Crisis. The so-called ‘Hidden Gigs’ take place in Liverpool and Newcastle. The shows draw attention to the “hidden problem of homelessness” and collect money (over £238,000) for the charity. “To have the backing of Coldplay brings something unique to Crisis this Christmas,” says Leslie Morphy, Chief Executive of Crisis. 2010
After the Black Crowes perform their last show of a six-night stand in San Francisco, they announce that they are going on an “indefinite hiatus.” 2010
Tony Iommi, guitarist and founding member of Black Sabbath, joins The National Guitar Museum’s board of advisors. NGM is the first museum dedicated to the history, science, and cultural impact of the guitar. “There is so much more to the guitar than six strings and a slab of wood,” says Iommi. “Everything about it is fascinating, from how it is crafted to the legion of people who have played it.” 2012
Vampire Weekend’s “Modern Vampires Of The City” tops Rolling Stone magazine’s Albums of the Year list. 2013
Godsmack’s Sully Erna announces, on behalf of The Scars Foundation, a $12,500 donation to the Inner-City Youth Boxing Program at Thrive Boxing & Fitness in Londonderry, NH.  “The Scars Foundation was established to raise money and bring awareness on a global level to mental health issues,” states Erna, a boxing enthusiast and the foundation’s founder. 2019
Foo Fighter’s “Shame, Shame” is #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart.  It stays at the top for six weeks.  2020