22 November

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2020 For the third consecutive year, Taylor Swift wins Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards. She accepts from a Nashville studio where she's re-recording her first six albums, which have been acquired by a holding company.

2011 At her concert in Madison Square Garden, Taylor Swift brings out James Taylor - whom she's named after - to perform "Fire And Rain" and "Fifteen."

2009 At the American Music Awards, Adam Lambert makes a statement with a lascivious performance of his debut single, "For Your Entertainment," where he drops a smooch on his (male) keyboard player.More

2008 Songwriter Alan Gordon (The Turtles' "Happy Together," Three Dog Night's "Celebrate") dies of cancer at age 64.

2006 After decades of living in California, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is finally naturalized as a citizen of the United States.

2005 A collection of poems written by Bob Dylan in 1959 and 1960 when he was a student at the University of Minnesota sells for $78,000 at auction. The poems are the first known time he used the name Bob Dylan - he was born Robert Zimmerman.

2005 Ne-Yo releases "So Sick," his first #1 single (as a singer) in both the US and UK.

2005 Just six months after their Mezmerize album, System Of A Down release Hypnotize, which also goes to #1 in America. The band splits up the next year; they re-form in 2010, but go that entire decade without another release.

2003 The Compaq Center in Houston closes with a final concert by ZZ Top, who performed there when it was known as The Summit. The venue is acquired by Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church.

2002 Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors announce plans to re-form with The Cult lead singer, Ian Astbury, and The Police drummer, Stewart Copeland. They initially tour as "The Doors of the 21st Century," but a lawsuit by original drummer, John Densmore (who declined to tour citing hearing loss), forces them to stop using the "Doors" moniker. They change their name to "Riders on the Storm" as a result of the litigation.

2001 Jazz musician Norman Granz, producer for Ella Fitzgerald, among others, dies at age 83.

2000 Ted Gardner, former manager of Tool, sues the members of the LA band, their corporation, and their publishing company, alleging breach of contract and fraud.

1994 Pearl Jam's third album, Vitalogy, is released, but only on vinyl. Two weeks later it is issued on CD.

1990 Two members of the Puerto Rican boy band Menudo, Ruben Gomez (16) and Sergio Gonzalez (18), are arrested for possession of marijuana at Miami International Airport and fired from the group. This does little to change the band dynamic, as Menudo regularly brings in younger members as others age out.

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My Chemical Romance Release Final Album


On their fourth and final album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, My Chemical Romance cast themselves as post-apocalyptic outlaws fighting corruption on the mean streets of California.

Danger Days started out as an entirely different album under the helm of noted rock producer Brendan O'Brien, who seemed to fit the bill for MCR's intentions of making a "down-and-dirty rock record." But the results were aimless, lacking the vision of their concept-driven predecessors, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge and The Black Parade. They swapped O'Brien for their previous producer, Rob Cavallo, who convinced them to scrap everything and start fresh. Really fresh. Instead of the vampire aesthetic that established them as a goth band, they chose bold and bright colors, and their trusty punk roots became infused with elements of pop and electronic rock. Reinvigorated, frontman Gerard Way started dreaming up the Fabulous Killjoys, a group of vigilante underdogs who take on a powerful corporation. "I had a vision," he explained. "I had always imagined this record took place in the desert but it didn't sound like it for some reason. I wrote a song called 'Na Na Na' and I realized that's what I wanted. I was writing all these crazy lyrics out and they were fearless and fucking reckless. I had this vision in my head – and everything I had been working on in the comic, the masks, the laser guns, the cars, everything, started to swirl around in my head." Not only does "Na Na Na" set the tone for the album, it's also the lead single and peaks at #1 on the US Rock chart. Danger Days, which ends up being the band's last album, also goes to #8 on the albums chart.



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