Released November 18, 1981.

Welcome to another edition of Today in Boston ROCK, where I, Adam 12, spotlight Very Important Days In Rock History. November 18th is one.

  • 1950

    November 18, 1950: the man with the greatest real name in rock history is born. Why he chose the stage name “Rudy Sarzo” is beyond my comprehension, seeing as he was born as Rodolfo Maximiliano Sarzo Lavieille Grande Ruiz Payret y Chaumont. You know him best as Quiet Riot’s bass player.

  • 1962

    November 18, 1962: Kirk Lee Hammett is born. And thanks to Dave Mustaine being so wild he got fired from Metallica (which shouldn’t actually be a thing, but was), we’ve been enjoying Kirk’s axework with the metal giants since 1983. To celebrate Kirk’s 59th trip around the sun, here’s his “oh face.”

    Kirk Hammett on New Metallica Album: " I have a ton of I'm ready to go anytime"

    INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 16: Kirk Hammett performs at I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell at the Forum on January 16, 2019 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 1981

    November 18, 1991: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts release I Love Rock ‘n Roll. It was Jett’s second album, her first with The Blackhearts, and 40 years on and it’s sold 10 million copies, cementing her legacy as one of the greatest rockers of all-time.

    Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - ‘I Love Rock ‘n Roll’ - Released November 18, 1981

    Released November 18, 1981.

  • 1991

    November 18, 1991: U2 releases Achtung Baby. You’d forgotten, right? Because when you think ’91, you think Nevermind and Ten and Blood Sugar Sex Magik. U2’s seventh album dropped that year, too, and made our list of The 14 Biggest Rock Albums of 1991. Now, see how many cuts from the release made it on our ranking of U2’s 50 Best Songs.

    U2 - ‘Achtung Baby’ - Released November 18, 1991.

    Released November 18, 1991.

  • 1993

    November 18, 1993: Nirvana records what would become MTV Unplugged in New York. Of course, Cobain’s death in April of 1994 pushed the release back to almost a year after it was recorded: November 1, 1994. Watch remastered videos of the performance here.

    Nirvana 'Unplugged in New York'

    Released November 1, 1994

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