LONDON - OCTOBER 6: Evan Dando of The Lemonheads performs live on October 6, 2006 at The Forum in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
Welcome to another edition of Today in Boston ROCK, where I, Adam 12, spotlight Very Important Days In Rock History. March 4th is one.
March 4, 1963: Jason Curtis Newstead is born in Battle Creek, MI. Yes, he spent 15 years as the bass player for Metallica, from 1986-2001. And he has gone on since then to play in Echobrain and Voivod and to tour with Ozzy Osbourne. But do you remember the band he started his careers as a bassist with? I do.
March 4, 1967: Evan Griffith Dando is born in Essex, MA. Growing up north of Boston in the ’80s and ’90s, Evan was a sort of hero to me: I loved The Lemondheads and thought it was cool as hell that he got paid to make out with Liv Tyler in the movie Heavy. So imagine how stoked I was when, in 2014, The Lemonheads were booked to play a show, Evan needed an acoustic guitar to warm up on, and I got to lend him mine. Here’s some footage from that show, live on Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor.
March 4, 2003: Evanescence releases their debut album, Fallen. Almost 20 years on, it has sold 17 million copies worldwide, and the band is still going strong with Amy Lee at the helm. We chatted recently; take a listen.
March 3, 1986: Metallica releases Master Of Puppets. Yeah, I know. The anniversary was yesterday. But I wanted to work it into the mix because it’s my favorite Metallica album. I wrote about the big 35th anniversary last year.