March 16, 1992 – A Metallica show at the Orlando Arena goes horribly wrong when fans dangle an usher by his ankles from the balcony. Luckily, he was pulled to safety. The band paid $38,000 to repair damaged seats and have all the arena seats steam cleaned after the rowdy concert. But, everyone ended up happy (well, maybe not the dangling usher) when it was revealed that Metallica broke Jon Bon Jovi’s arena record for a one-night rock concert, grossing $285,000.
March 16, 1979 – Twisted Sister become the first band to sellout New York City’s 3,000-seat Palladium without releasing an album. They didn’t gain a record deal until 1982.
March 16, 1993 – Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and Whitesnake singer David Coverdale release their first and only album together titled Coverdale and Page. The album went on to sell a million copies in the U.S.
March 16, 1972 –John Lennon lodged an appeal with the US immigration office in New York, after he was served with deportation orders arising from his 1968 cannabis possession conviction.
March 16, 1971 – Blues legend McKinley Morganfield, better known by his stage name of Muddy Waters, wins his first Grammy Award for his album They Call Me Muddy Waters. About time!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:
March 16, 1948 – Michael Bruce, guitarist, keyboards (Alice Cooper band)
March 16, 1954 – Nancy Wilson, vocalist (Heart)
March 16, 1951 – Ritchie Teeter, drums (Dictators, Twisted Sister)
March 16, 1963 – Jimmy Degrasso, drummer (Y&T, Suicidal Tendencies, Alice Cooper, Megadeth)
March 16, 1991 – Wolfgang Van Halen, bassist (Van Halen)
March 16, 2008 – Daniel MacMaster, former vocalist of Bonham, dies of a rare Group A streptococcus infection. He was 39.