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This Day in Music History: December 19th

2003: Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi & Nils Lofgren were among the mourners attending the funeral of Wall Street tycoon John Mulheren. Springsteen led the assembly in Christmas carols & Lofgren sang “Wind Beneath My Wings”.

1999: E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons made a guest appearance on The Simpsons as the narrator of The Simpsons’ Christmas.


This Day in Music History: December 18th

2004: A guitar played by George Harrison & John Lennon sold for $570,000 at a New York auction. The Gibson SG guitar was used by Harrison during the recording of Revolver & by Lennon during sessions for The White Album.

1992: A Toronto radio station removed the Beatles’ song “Run for Your Life” from their playlist, 27 years after its release saying that promoted violence against women.


This Day in Music History: December 17th

1999: Keith Richards stole a guitar from a fan outside of Richards’ party at the Russian Tea Room in New York City. The fan never pressed charges.

1995: Sting’s wife Trudie Styler gave birth to their fourth child, a son named Giacomo Luke was born at a London hospital.

1987: Robert Plant performed Led Zeppelin songs for the first time as a solo artist at a concert in Folkstone, U.K. He performed “Misty Mountain Hop” & “Trampled Underfoot”.


This Day in Music History: December 16th

2005: U2’s Vertigo tour was declared the top grossing tour of 2005 grossing $260 million & drew 3 million people to 90 sellout concerts.

1989: Bon Jovi peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Living in Sin” which was their eighth top ten single in the U.S.


This Day in Music History: December 15th

2001: Joe Walsh received an honorary Doctorate of Music in recognition of his musical achievement & involvement in environmental & humanitarian causes from Kent State University in Kent, OH where Walsh attended from 1965 through 1967.

1994: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora married Heather Locklear in a civil ceremony at his Red Bank, NJ home. The couple would later divorce in 2006.


This Day in Music History: December 12th

2003: Mick Jagger was knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Jagger brought his 92 year old father Joe to attend the ceremony.

2001: Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic filed a countersuit against Courtney Love involving future releases of Nirvana material. The suit was in response to a lawsuit Love filed earlier in the year claiming Nirvana’s contract with the Universal Music Group was null & void & that all rights pertaining to Nirvana would revert to her.


This Day in Music History: December 11th

2002: David Lee Roth filed a lawsuit against his then-former bandmates in Van Halen & Warner Bros. Records for unpaid royalties, claiming he was not included in their 1996 contract renegotiation with Warner Brothers Records.

2002: The remaining dates of Guns N’ Roses’ North American tour was cancelled by promoters after a riot in Philadelphia six days earlier due to Axl Rose no-showing the concert. 35 concerts were scheduled, but only 16 took place.


This Day in Music History: December 10th

2009: While boarding a flight to Taipei, Taiwan at Los Angeles International Airport to kick off Guns N’ Roses tour in support of Chinese Democracy singer Axl Rose attacked a paparazzi for allegedly getting too close to a woman in Rose’s entourage. The photographer didn’t file charges against Rose.

2007: Led Zeppelin performed their first concert in 19 years at London’s O2 Arena. Jason Bonham filled in on drums for his father, the late John Bonham. Over one million people applied for a chance at the 9,000 pairs of tickets.


This Day in Music History: December 9th

2006: U2 ended their year and a half tour in support of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI. Pearl Jam opened the concert & during U2’s set, there were guest appearances from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong & Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder & Mike McCready.

2000: U2 made their first appearance on Saturday Night Live where they performed “Beautiful Day” & “Elevation”.


This Day in Music History: December 8th

2003: Ozzy Osbourne was rushed into emergency surgery at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, U.K. Osbourne broke his collarbone & several ribs after he crashed an ATV on the grounds of his Buckinghamshire estate.

2000: Sting received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant declared the day Sting Day in Hollywood.