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HC's Rock Rewind

A look back at the past two weeks in Rock History


by  Anne Erickson


Week of March  18th - 24th


It’s a rocky week in rock history, with the tragic deaths of Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads and Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood to the release of iconic albums Let There Be Rock by AC/DC and Van Halen II from Van Halen.




1945 –  The first LP Chart was officially published by Billboard in the U.S.

1969 – John Lennon wed Yoko Ono in Gibraltar.

1975 – The film version of the Who's rock opera Tommy debuted in America.

1975 – Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti hit No. 1 on the U.S. album chart and stayed there for a lengthy six-week run.

1976 – Alice Cooper gets married for the first, and only, time to Sheryl Goddard.

1978 – Billy Joel performs for the first time in the UK at London's Theatre Royal.





1996, Barenaked Ladies: Born on a Pirate Ship

1975, Kiss: Dressed to Kill

1962, Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan

1963, The Beatles: Please Please Me

1963, The Beach Boys: Surfin' U.S.A.

1965, Bob Dylan: Bringing it All Back Home

1970, Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsys

1972, Deep Purple: Machine Head

1974, Eagles: On the Border

1975, Lynyrd Skynyrd: Nuthin' Fancy

1976, Wings: Wings at the Speed of Sound

1977, AC/DC: Let There Be Rock

1979, Van Halen: Van Halen II

1982, Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast

1983, ZZ Top: Eliminator



1986, Van Halen: 5150



1994, Pantera: Far Beyond Driven

1995, Monster Magnet: Dopes to Infinity

2003, Linkin Park: Meteora






John Phillips – March 18, 2001

Chuck Berry – March 18, 2017

Paul Kossoff, March 19, 1976

Randy Rhoads, March 19, 1982

Andrew Wood, March 19, 1990

Jeff Ward, March 19, 1993

J. Pero, March 20, 2015

Dan Hartman, March 22, 1994

Rod Price, March 22, 2005

Neil Aspinall, March 23, 2008

Buck Owens Jr., March 25, 2006




Charlie Pride – March 18, 1938

Wilson Pickett – March 18, 1941

Jerry Cantrell – March 18, 1966

Ricky Helton Wilson, March 19, 1953

Paul Atkinson, March 19, 1946

Jimmie Vaughan, March 20, 1949

Chester Bennington, March 20, 1976

Solomon Burke, March 21, 1940

Deryck Whibley, March 21, 1980

Randy Hobbs, March 22, 1948

Damon Albarn, March 23, 1968

Jimmy Miller, March 23, 1942

Chad Butler, March 24, 1974



Linkin Park photo by Anne Erickson


Week of March  25th - 31st

From the birth of Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell to Kirk Hammett famously joining Metallica - this last week of March is full of significant events in Rock 'n' Roll history.




1967 – The photo shoot for the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band happened at Chelsea Manor Studios in London.

1967 – Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire for the first time at a gig at The Astoria in London. He would do it again many times throughout his career.

1974 - The Ramones played their first gig in front of an audience.

1983 - Kirk Hammett became a member of Metallica.

1985 – David Lee Roth exited Van Halen.

1986 – Sammy Hagar played his first gig as Van Halen’s lead singer at a show in Louisiana.

1987 – U2 performed a rooftop concert in Los Angeles to film their music video for “Where the Streets Have No Name.”

1990 – Nirvana began work on demos with producer Butch Vig at Smart Studios in Wisconsin. Some of the tracks would end up on Nevermind.

1996 - Phil Collins announced he would exit Genesis to focus on a solo career.

2005 - U2 set off on their Vertigo Tour in San Diego, California.





1958, Chuck Berry: “Johnny B. Goode,” single



1973, Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy

1975, Jeff Beck: Blow by Blow

1976, Led Zeppelin: Presence

1976, Rush: 2112

1980, Scorpions: Animal Magnetism

1985, Bon Jovi: 7800° Fahrenheit

1987, Bryan Adams: Into the Fire

1992, Bruce Springsteen: Human Touch

1992, Bruce Springsteen: Lucky Town

1992, Def Leppard: Adrenalize



1993, Suede: Suede

1994, Pink Floyd: The Division Bell


2003, The White Stripes: Elephant


2004, Aerosmith: Honkin' on Bobo

2007, Kings of Leon: Because of the Times

2008, The Black Keys: Attack & Release

2014, Band of Skulls: Himalayan




Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, March 28, 1974

O'Kelly Isley, March 31, 1986

Selena, March 31, 1995

Phil Ramone, producer, March 30, 2013

Duster Bennett, March 26, 1976

Randy Castillo, March 26, 2002




Elton John, March 25, 1947

Jeff Healey, March 25, 1966

Rufus Thomas, March 26, 1917

Steven Tyler, March 26, 1948

James Iha, March 26, 1968

Kenny Chesney, March 26, 1968

Tony Banks, March 27, 1950

Andrew Farriss, March 27, 1959

Johnny April, March 27, 1965

Dave Keuning, March 28, 1976

Chad Allan, March 29, 1943

Perry Farrell, March 29, 1959

Eric Clapton, March 30, 1945

Joey Castillo, March 30, 1966

Mick Ralphs, March 31, 1948

Angus Young, March 31, 1955

Jack Antonoff, March 31, 1984






Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A

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