March 18, 1978 – An estimated 350,000 rock fans attend the largest festival of the 70’s, California Jam II in Ontario, California. Performers include Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Santana, Heart, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush and Rubicon, featuring a young Jack Blades.
March 18, 2002 – The Ramones and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Ramones are inducted by Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam, and Wallflowers member Jakob Dylan inducts Tom Petty.
March 18, 1975 – The Who’s Tommy premieres in New York.
March 18, 2003 – Former Metallica member Jason Newsted becomes Ozzy Osbourne’s bassist, but it only lasts until the end of the year.
March 18, 1993 – Bassist Darryl Jones replaces Bill Wyman in The Rolling Stones.
March 18, 1983 – Billy Squier kicks off his first arena headlining tour in support of Emotions in Motion, featuring the huge hit “Everybody Wants You”. Newbies Def Leppard are the opening act.
March 18, 1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis is the first artist to sing three songs on American Bandstand – “Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “You Win Again” and “Breathless.”
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:
March 18, 1963 – Jeff Labar, guitar, vocals (Cinderella)
March 18, 1966 – Jerry Cantrell, guitar, vocals (Alice in Chains)
March 18, 1950 – John Hartman, drums (Doobie Brothers)
March 18, 1947 – B.J. Wilson, drums(Procol Harum) (d. 1990)
March 18, 2001 – John Phillips dies of heart failure in Los Angeles. He was 65. Phillips was the vocalist and guitarist of The Mamas & the Papas. He was also a promoter, most notably of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. His life was marked by many scandals including drug trafficking, alleged incest, and alcoholism after a liver transplant.