September 22, 1951: David Coverdale is born. He fronted Deep Purple from 1973-1976, founded Whitesnake (a band named after his penis) in 1978, went 8-times platinum with their self-titled album in 1987, and teamed up with Jimmy Page for another platinum-selling album in 1993. Quite the career! Oh, and he was married to Tawny Kitaen. You probably remember their videos.
September 22, 1958: Joan Marie Larkin is born. You know her as Joan Jett, one of the most important and influential women in rock history. Whether it’s as founding member of The Runaways, or through her chart-topping solo records, her multiple on-screen credits, or her production work, Joan Jett is a proper legend. Let’s watch her take her rightful place in the Rock Hall back in 2015.
September 22, 1969: Matt Sharp, Weezer‘s founding bass player, is born. If you love the first two Weezer albums the most, you have Matt to thank, in part. He was a driving force in Weezer’s early years, tempering Rivers Cuomo’s creativity with focus and motivation. And he played a mean hacky sack in the “Say It Ain’t So” video.
September 22, 1992: Blind Melon releases their self-titled debut album. I maintain that, if Shannon Hoon hadn’t died in 1995, Blind Melon would have survived well past the ’90s as a vital and relevant alternative rock act. And it all starts with this magnificent album with all its musical layers. You know “No Rain,” so let’s flash back to “Tones of Home.”
September 21, 1947: Eagles guitarist Don Felder is born in Gainesville, Florida. Much like Eddie Van Halen and Living Colour‘s Vernon Reid, Felder was self-taught. The Eagles recruited him to add slide guitar to “Good Day in Hell” and solo work to “Already Gone” for their On the Border album. They liked his licks so much they asked him to join the band in 1974. The fights started shortly thereafter.
September 21, 1978: Road to Ruin, the Ramones fourth album, is released. It’s the one with “I Wanna Be Sedated,” which has gone on to become one of the band’s best-known songs. Their cover of “Needles and Pins” is on the album, too.
September 21, 1990: AC/DC releases The Razor’s Edge. Gun to my head, I’m picking this one as my all-time favorite AC/DC album. I was thirteen when it came out and I think it’s the first album of theirs I really took the time to sit down with. I wrote a bit about it for the 30th anniversary in 2020.
Released September 21, 1990.
September 21, 1993: Nirvana releases In Utero, their third and final full-length studio album. They played the Wallace Civic Center in Fitchburg that December when touring for the album. Were you there?