Released November 19, 2002.

Welcome to another edition of Today in Boston ROCK, where I, Adam 12, spotlight Very Important Days In Rock History. November 19th is one.

  • 1960

    November 19, 1960: Drummer extraordinaire Matt Sorum is born. To celebrate his birthday, I’m going to play songs from three bands that he played in for the 3-Way @ 3: The Cult, Guns N’ Roses, and Velvet Revolver. Watch him smash those skins on a vintage Cult cut below.


  • 1979

    November 19, 1979: After cancelling the date twice, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers finally made it to Boston to headline the Orpheum Theatre. You can see the reason why here, in my 40th anniversary write-up of the gig. (Spoiler alert: it has to do with the clip below.)

  • 2002

    November 19, 2002: Audioslave drops their debut album. On paper, Rage Against The MachineZack de la Rocha + Chris Cornell looked pretty compelling, remember? Then remember the first time you heard it? Mind. Blown. I was working at a rock station in Salt Lake City and we cuffed a leaked 4-song demo. We didn’t even know what the song titles were yet (I remember playing “Cochise” and calling it “Save Yourself”). The whole album still crushes.

    Audioslave 'Audioslave'

    Released November 19, 2002.

  • 2007

    November 19, 2001: Quiet Riot lead singer Kevin DuBrow is found dead in his apartment at the age of 52. I remember seeing the report live on TV; I was even able to find the clip on YouTube.

  • 1965

    BONUS BEATS! November 20, 1965: Mike Louis Diamond, aka Mike D of the Beastie Boys, is born in New York City. I remember being up late one Sunday night, watching 120 Minutes on MTV, and here was Mike D freestyling over Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth‘s guitar feedback and Beck playing a noisemaking keychain. The ’90s were wild.

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