2022-04-14

APRIL 14th
Led Zeppelin’s “Houses Of The Holy” begins a two week run at #1 of the Billboard album chart.  1973
The album contains the tracks “Dancing Days,” “The Ocean” “No Quarter” and “D’yer Mak’er.”
“Diver Down,” Van Halen’s fifth studio album, begins a two-week run at #1.  1982
Selling four-million copies it spends 65 weeks on the US album chart. The album cover displays the ‘diver down’ flag.
The Hollywood Reporter states that the Queen‘s biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody” has passed the $900 million mark at the box office worldwide – $216.2 million in North America and $685.2 million overseas (including over $110-million coming from Japan).  2019
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Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore, enters the world. 1945
Edwin Farnham ‘Win’ Butler III, lead vocalist and songwriter for Arcade Fire, has a birthday. 1980
Judas Priest release “British Steel.”  The group’s sixth album is the first to feature drummer Dave Holland  and contains the track “Breaking The Law.” 1980
Iron Maiden unleash their self-titled debut album.  Paul Di’Anno is the vocalist (Bruce Dickinson’s tenure begins in ’81).  1980
Drugs claim ex-Pretenders Pete Farndon. Kicked out of the Pretenders (for excessive drug use) the year before, Farndon had been forming a group at the time of his death. 1983
The video for Rage Against The Machine’s “Bulls On Parade” debuts on MTV. 1996
Staind’s “It’s Been Awhile,” from the album “Break The Cycle,” is released. The song peaks at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 but goes to #1 on both the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. 2001
The late George Harrison’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is unveiled. The guitarist’s widow, Olivia, and son, Dhani, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne (E.L.O.) attend the ceremony, which takes place in front of the Capitol Records building (The Beatles U.S. label). 2009
Kings Of Leon are on the cover of Rolling Stone for the first time. “It’s one of those things I’m pretty sure will sink in down the road, like, ‘holy s**t,” says frontman Caleb Followill. The accompanying article is titled The God-Fearing, Booze Swilling Rise of America’s Hottest Band. 2009
Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Small Faces/Faces are inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame at Cleveland’s Public Hall. As expected, frontman Axl Rose is a no-show. The flu keeps Rod Stewart from fronting the Faces during their induction. 2012
Prince plays what turns out to be his last show. It’s at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. He passes away a week later (4/21). 2016
Lemmy: The Definitive Biography, written by Mick Wall is available in the U.K. The book on the late Motorhead frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister contains original interviews with Lemmy, former bandmates, friends, managers, fellow artists and record industry staffers. 2016
Poison frontman Bret Michaels, who’s a Type 1 diabetic, backs the Affordable Insulin Now Act, which implements a price cap for insulin for those with certain health insurance and Medicare plans.  2022