Today in Rock History – April 1

Happy April Fool’s Day! Are you ready to learn some stuff? It’s April 1st and here’s what happened Today in Rock History!

Some major releases to start the day including: Rush’s prog magnum opus, 2112. You got 20 minutes to kill right?

We also got Attack & Release from The Black Keys and Elephant from The White Stripes

We lost Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne in 2020

In 2016, Guns N Roses announce that original members Slash and Duff McKagen would be returning to the group. They would join Axl Rose for the Not In This Lifetime stadium tour. Speaking of GNR, as part of an April Fool’s prank in 2006, SPIN magazine publishes their review of GNR’s long gestating album Chinese Democracy. The album wouldn’t be released for another two years.

In 1992, Billy Idol pleads no contest to charges for assault and battery and is fined $2,000. The charges come from an incident in October 1991, where Idol allegedly punched a woman. Alcohol was involved in the altercation.

In 1976, AC/DC makes their live debut in the UK

In 1983, guitarist Kirk Hammett accepts an offer to audition for a new gig after getting a call from Mark Whitaker. That gig was for an opening in Metallica.

And finally in 1985, David Lee Roth quits Van Halen. That went real well for ya, didn’t it David?

This has been Today in Rock History! Keep on Rocking, keep on Rolling! Check back tomorrow for your next rock history lesson!