September 3rd: Today in Rock ‘n’ Roll History

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The Beach Boys’ Al Jardine is born in Lima, OH. He’s the only original member who isn’t a cousin or a brother. 1942

Steppenwolf bassist (’69 to ’72 & ’74 to ’76), George Biondi, enters the world. 1945

One of Thin Lizzy’s founding members, guitarist Eric Bell, is born. 1947

Grand Funk Railroad’s drummer, Don Brewer, has a birthday. 1948

Never mind the bollocks – it’s Steve Jones’ birthday! The Sex Pistol’s guitarist is born in London. 1955

A sort of Psychedelic Folk song, “Sunshine Superman,” is #1. It’s the title track from Donovan’s 3rd album. 1966

Rolling Stone magazine reports that the Bob Dylan bootleg “Great White Wonder” has sold over 350,000 copies. 1970

The Dave Clark Five disbands. 1970

Heart records the awesome “Barracuda.” 1977

The US Festival in San Bernadino, California draws 400,000. The festival features, the Police, the Cars, Jackson Browne, David Edmunds, the Ramones, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and the Grateful Dead. This shindig is financed by Steve Wozniak of Apple Computer fame. 1982


SRV04Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble hit the album charts with “Double Trouble.” 1983

The Beach Boys “Kokomo” is #1. The song, written by John Phillips (Mamas & Papas), Mike Love (Beach Boys), is the first Beach Boys hit not to include Brian Wilson. 1988

John Mellencamp and Me’shell Ndegeocello’s remake of Van Morrison’s “Wild Night” gets up to #3 on the charts. 1994

No doubt looking for something to keep himself occupied between the Stray Cats and The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Brian Setzer marries. The bride is Christine Schmidt. 1994

System Of A Down’s scheduled free promotional concert in L.A. is canceled because too many people show up. A riot follows with cops on horseback dispersing the crowd. 2001

Linkin Park’s “Breaking the Habit” takes over the top spot on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart replacing Three Days Grace’s “Just Like You.” “Breaking The Habit” also tops the Modern Rock Tracks. 2004

“Songs For Sudan” is issued in Europe. Aimed at raising money for the hundreds of thousands of people driven from their homes in Sudan’s Darfur region, the album has tracks from R.E.M., Jet and Ash. 2004

judas priestJudas Priest tours Latin America. Whitesnake is the opening act. The trek begins in Mexico City. 2005

Don Henley plays the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival. John Mellencamp was originally scheduled but had to drop out. The Labor Day weekend show is in Snowmass Village, CO. Yes, there really is such a place. 2006

Slipknot’s “All Hope Is Gone” moves 239,516 units in its first week of release to become the group’s first #1 debut on the Billboard 200. Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus” sits at #3. 2008

Rage Against The Machine play show at Minneapolis’ Target Center that coincides with the Republican National Convention taking place in St. Paul (across the river). RATM played the ’00 and ’08 Democratic National Conventions in Los Angeles and Denver, respectively. But this time they are definitely ‘outsiders’. 2008

Chicago is the first stop on Chevelle’s North American trek in support of their “Sci-Fi Crimes” album. 2009

Brandon Flowers, The Killers frontman, unfurls his solo debut album, “Flamingo.” 2010

Mike Edwards, a founding member of Electric Light Orchestra, is killed in a traffic accident in Southwest England. A 1,300 lbs. bale of hay falls off a truck and rolls down a steep hill landing on Edwards’ van. The van is then struck by another vehicle. 2010

Pearl jam01Pearl Jam celebrate their 20-year anniversary with the PJ20 Festival – a “destination festival” that draws 37,000. The two-day event in Alpine Valley, WI, features a Pearl Jam Museum with frontman Eddie Vedder’s handwritten and typed lyric sheets and appearances by Queens Of The Stone Age, Mudhoney and The Strokes. 2011

The Martin Scorsese-directed documentary George Harrison: Living In The Material World makes its world premiere at the 38th annual Telluride Film Festival. Five-years-in-the-making, the lengthy (over 3 hours) two-part documentary coincides with the 10-year anniversary of Harrison’s death in ’01 from lung cancer. 2011

Seether launch their Rise Above Fest in Laconia, NH. The event is named after their popular track “Rise Above.” Puddle Of Mudd, Buckcherry and Black Stone Cherry also perform. A portion of the proceeds benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 2012

“Hesitation Marks” is Nine Inch Nails’ first album in five years. 2013

Noel Gallagher (Oasis) receives the Icon Award at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London. Arctic Monkeys get the Band honor while Elton John takes home the magazine’s Genius Award. 2013

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson receives the Prog God Award at the Progressive Music Awards in London. “The innocent voyage of restless souls: that’s Prog Rock,’ says Anderson. ‘Sometimes bombastic, self-indulgent and worse, it is also an honest, gut-felt reaction to the often simplistic and repetitive nature of much of Pop and Rock.” 2013

Rubber Soul, written by musician Greg Kihn, is out. The novel centers around The Beatles in the ’60s. For the book, Kihn interviewed Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Patti Harrison (George’s ex), Yoko Ono (John Lennon’s widow) and (The Beatles original drummer) Pete Best. 2013

Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks is named the Prog God for 2015 at the Progressive Music Awards in London. 2015

Avril Lavigne reveals that she is separated from Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger after two years of marriage. “It is with heavy heart that Chad and I announce our separation today,” writes Lavigne on Instagram (where else?). 2015

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