This Day in History: 2022-12-22

DECEMBER 22nd
Radiohead’s ‘97 album “OK Computer” is named ‘the best album of the past 25 years’ in a poll conducted by Q Magazine. Nirvana‘s “Nevermind” is #2 while Oasis holds the #3 and #4 spots with “Definitely Maybe” and “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?,” respectively. 2010
 
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Big Brother & The Holding Company guitarist, James Gurley, is born in Detroit. 1939
Cheap Trick’s ace guitarist, Rick Nielsen, is born Rockford, Illinois. 1946
The Tornadoes become the first British group to top the U.S. pop chart. They do it with their instrumental “Telstar.” The song takes its name from the recently launched communications satellite. 1962
Declaring drummer Keith Moon irreplaceable, The Who replace him anyway with Kenney Jones, formerly of The Faces. The band also adds John Bundrick on keyboards. 1978
Duran Duran peak at #2 on the Hot 100 with “Wild Boys.” Two former wild boys, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, masquerading as the Honeydrippers land at #4 with a remake of Phil Phillips’ “Sea Of Love.” 1984
The Clash’s legendary guitarist, Joe Strummer, dies of heart failure at age 50. In response to Strummer’s passing, U2’s Bono issues a statement. “The Clash was the greatest Rock band. They wrote the book for U2.” 2002
White Stripes’ Jack White is charged with aggravated assault after a fight with the Von Bondies lead singer Jason Stollsteimer. The December 13th brawl between White and Stollsteimer began shortly before midnight at Detroit’s Majestic Theatre Center. 2003
Hinder vocalist Austin Winkler is arrested in Jonesboro, AR, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after being pulled over for operating an SUV with its headlights off. The police report says Winkler blew a 0.16, which is twice the legal limit in Arkansas. Winkler admitted to having “had a few glasses of wine at his own engagement party.” 2007
Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood receives an official warning from U.K. police for allegedly choking then-girlfriend, Ekaterina Ivanova, after a heated argument. The warning can be taken into account in future actions, which is probably unlikely since Wood and the 23-year-old cocktail waitress are history at this point. “I am greatly relieved that this matter is resolved and look forward to 2010 very positively,” says Wood in a statement. 2009
Late night talk show host Conan O’Brien and actor Jack Black engage in a guitar duel on O’Brien’s show. O’Brien cheats by miming solos performed by Slash (Guns N’ Roses) who is behind the stage curtain. 2010
Mike Scaccia, the guitarist for Ministry and Rigor Mortis, collapses while performing onstage at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, as part of a 50th birthday celebration for Rigor Mortis singer Bruce Corbitt. Scaccia is taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital where he is pronounced dead. Scaccia was 47. 2012
Roger Waters’ Op-Ed against the torture methods used by the U.S. government at Guantanamo Bay is published in the Daily Mail. The ex-Pink Floyd singer references London resident Shaker Aamer who was taken into custody by the U.S. while working in Afghanistan. “No human being should be subjected to such monstrous and prolonged treatment – 13 years, with no evidence produced to suggest a crime,” states Rogers. 2014
Singer Joe Cocker dies at age 70 after battling lung cancer. Over the course of his lengthy career Cocker is known for his renditions of “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “The Letter,” plus the hits “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong” (w/ Jennifer Warnes). 2014
“A7X Rock Classics” premieres on GHTV. With exclusive footage, Avenged Sevenfold take gamers through their songs featured in Guitar Hero Live. 2015
Thy Art Is Murder frontman CJ McMahon quits the band. “One of the biggest reasons is money,” says McMahon “We have been broke for years and I can’t live like this anymore.”  He was with the band for six years. 2015
After taking a German widow to court for attempting to sell her late husband’s bootleg CD copy of “Eric ClaptonLive USA” on eBay the guitarist’s management states that Clapton will no longer be seeking the damages awarded to him, approximately $4,000. The negative publicity surrounding the case likely led to the decision. The suit appeared to be part of an effort to crack down on “big time” bootleggers – which the widow was not. 2021