Rock N’ Roll Diary: December 1

Carter Alan /

Happy birthday to John Densmore, drummer of The Doors, who has often been at odds with the other surviving members over use of the band’s name and image over the years. He wrote a book about the band in 1991; what was its title?

Answer: Riders on the Storm: My Life with Jim Morrison and the Doors

Here’s the rest of today’s Rock N’ Roll Diary!

  • 1973: Aerosmith’s “Dream On” peaked on the US charts at #59. It was reissued in 1976 and then reached #6 to become the band’s first record to sell a million copies.
  • 1983:Neil Young was sued by Geffen records, who claimed that his albums were “Not commercial in nature, and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums.” The suit came on the heels of Young’s “Everybody’s Rockin” album – his least successful release since 1969.
  • 2007:Ozzy Osbourne and his family raised more than $800,000 dollars with a 2-day auction, selling hundreds of their personal possessions including a number of items featured on their MTV series “The Osbournes” including the 4-wheeler on which Ozzy suffered a near-fatal accident. The auction took place in Beverly Hills, California. A portion of the money brought in through the sale went to the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation.

From the WZLX ticket stashThe Grateful Dead played the Psychedelic Supermarket in 1967 and also in 1971, 1973, and 1974. And in 1980 The Cars played the Boston Garden.

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