2022-12-27

DECEMBER 27th
“Led Zeppelin II” is #1 on the U.S. album chart. The set, which features “Whole Lotta Love,” “Heartbreaker” and John Bonham’s “Moby Dick” drum solo, sells over six million copies in the U.S. 1969
Nice Christmas present. Queen’s “A Night At The Opera” is the #1 album in the U.K. To celebrate (or jump on the bandwagon), BBC1-TV and Radio 1 simultaneously broadcast Queen’s show from London’s Hammersmith-Odeon Theatre. The concert marks the first live performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” 1975
The Queen album stays on the chart for nearly a year. 1975
Sevendust release their “Best Of (Chapter One 1997-2004)” retrospective compilation. The set contains a cover of Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.” 2005
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Elvis Presley’s original guitarist, Scotty Moore, is born near Gadsden, TN. Moore begins playing guitar at age eight and is instrumental in Presley’s early recordings. 1931
The Moody Blues Mike Pinder is born Erdington, Birmingham, England. 1941
Foreigner guitarist, Mick Jones, has a birthday. Born in Horsell, Surrey, England, he’s the ‘other’ Mick Jones – not to be confused with The Clash guitarist. 1944
Guitarist Larry Byrom is born. He joins Steppenwolf late in their career. 1948
Dire Straits guitarist and Mark Knopfler’s kid brother, David, is born in Glasgow, Scotland. 1952
The Dave Clark Five release their first hit, “Glad All Over,” in the U.S. The song has already knocked The Beatles “I Want To Hold Your Hand” from #1 on the U.K. singles chart.  1963
The London Times names John Lennon and Paul McCartney (of The Beatles) the “Outstanding Composers of the Year.” 1963
“There must be some kind of way out of here, said the joker to the thief.” “John Wesley Harding” is released. The Bob Dylan album contains the original version of “All Along The Watchtower,” which is later covered by Jimi Hendrix. 1967
Having taped “Light My Fire” and “Moonlight Drive” just days earlier (12/24) for the Jonathan Winters Show, The Doors wheel a TV on stage during their concert at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom so they can watch themselves on the Winters Show (and the audience can watch the band watching themselves). When the segment is over keyboardist Ray Manzarek turns off the TV and it’s rolled off the stage. The concert continues. Far out. 1967
Less than three weeks after his death, John Lennon’s ironically titled, “(Just Like) Starting Over,” begins a 5-week run at the top of the Hot 100. 1980
Billy Joel performs a benefit concert in Allentown, PA. The city’s economic plight is the subject of Joel’s current hit “Allentown.” 1982
Paramore’s vocalist, Hayley Nichole Williams, is born in Meridian, MS. 1988
Marilyn Manson (the person), whose band is opening for Nine Inch Nails, performs a portion of a Jacksonville (FL) show naked. Arrested for violating something called the Adult Entertainment Code, Manson spends 16-hours in jail. 1994
Garbage vocalist Shirley Manson is named Best New Female Singer by Entertainment Weekly. 1996
Marilyn Manson’s two-year marriage to burlesque performer Dita Von Teese (Heather Sweet to her mom and dad) is legally dissolved. Von Teese filed divorce papers nearly a year earlier, citing irreconcilable differences. 2007
Gregg Allman’s residence in Richmond Hill, GA, is robbed. A pistol, collectible coins, knives, and unreleased concert recordings are taken. Two days later a man and woman are arrested and confess to the crime. The culprits are apprehended days later. All articles, except for the pistol which was apparently sold, are returned.  2008
Delaney Bramlett dies in Los Angeles due to complications from a gallbladder operation. One half of the husband-and-wife duo, Delaney & Bonnie (and Friends), Bramlett also co-wrote tunes for Eric Clapton’s ‘70 self-titled album (Clapton had toured as part of the group). Bramlett is also credited with teaching George Harrison (The Beatles) slide guitar. He was 69. 2008
Light My Fire? A 29-year-old Texas woman claims that the music of Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails inspired her to torch her parent’s home. Christina Paz, of Cielo Vista, is arrested after lighting a bed and curtains covered with flammable glue. Convinced her parents are trying to kill her she starts the fire as an evasive measure. 2011
Bluewater Comics issue the 32-page book “Orbit: John Lennon.” “We all know the importance of John Lennon as part of The Beatles,” says the book’s author, Mark Shapiro. “But I felt it was more important to concentrate on his post-Beatles’ life and career, both good and bad, so that readers would get the clearest possible idea about who he was as a creative entity, husband and father.” 2011
Mike Malinin is out as the Goo Goo Dolls drummer after 19-years with the group. “It was not my decision to leave the band,” Malinin posts online. “But no grudges held. I wish them all the best.” However, he later files a lawsuit seeking damages for wrongful dissociation from the partnership and breach of fiduciary duty.  2013
Paul McCartney nabs the #1 spot on Billboard’s final Hot Tours ranking of the year, racking up $40.6 million in ticket sales from the final six shows of his ‘Out There!’ tour. 2013
Ozzy Osbourne announces his first foray into the crypto industry with the launch of Cryptobatz, a collection of 9,666 non-fungible tokens that commemorate his infamous ’82 bat-biting incident which Ozzy feels, sadly, will be the one thing he’ll be most remembered for. He decides to launch his own NFTs after his wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, talks him out of buying a Bored Ape NFT.  2021