2022-05-02

MAY 2nd
Living Colour release their debut album “Vivid.”  Containing “Cult Of Personality,” the album sells over 2-million copies.  It peaks at #6 on the Billboard 200. 1988
Godsmack’s “IV,” tops the Billboard 200 chart. Selling 211,000 copies in its debut week it is the second album from the Boston group to debut at #1. ’03’s “Faceless” was the first. 2006
Tool unveils “10,000 Days.” The group also launches a North American tour in support of the album. It debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 564,000 copies during its first week and goes on to be certified platinum.  2006

 

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Foreigner vocalist, Lou Gramm (Lou Grammatico), is born in Rochester, NY. 1950
Elvis Presley records one of his best songs, “Jailhouse Rock.” 1957
“The Beatles Second Album,” with “She Loves You” tops the U.S. album chart just two weeks after its release. It makes it to #1 faster than any other album to date. Meanwhile, the Rolling Stones self-titled debut rules the U.K. album chart displacing “With The Beatles.” 1964
It took three and a half years but Bruce Springsteen’s “The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle” goes gold. 1977
The Who’s film “Quadrophenia” premieres in London. 1979
The South African government bans Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)” because the “we don’t need no education” line has become an anthem for black children receiving inferior schooling. 1980
Adam and the Ants call it quits when Adam Ant departs for a solo career. 1982
Poison’s sophomore album, “Open Up And Say… Ahh,” enters the LP chart where it rises to # 2. 1988
Bonnie Raitt is awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in Boston. 1992
Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” peaks at #32 on the pop chart. 1992
Beginning of the end or the end of the beginning? It’s announced that Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has split with his wife, Samantha, due to ‘irreconcilable differences’. In other Linkin Park news, seeks an end to their contract with Warner Music Group. They are distraught over the label’s financial condition and commitment (or lack thereof) to its artists, like Linkin Park who sold more than 35 million CDs, represents 10% of WMG’s worldwide sales. Ouch! 2005
Cream reunites for the first of four shows in London’s Royal Albert Hall. 2005
Shinedown help rebuild homes for those affected by Hurricane Katrina, and raise awareness for the New Orleans Habitat for Humanity initiative. They also serve up an acoustic set. 2006
U2 frontman Bono offers his support to a bipartisan group of U.S. legislators who are pushing a bill to add $10 billion to a global-education fund. “I can’t vote for any of them, but I’m thankful for what they’re doing,” says Bono. Also, the singer presents the Front Line Award for Human Rights Defenders to Gege Katana, an activist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, at a ceremony in Dublin, Ireland. For once Bono is giving an award rather than receiving one! 2007
Iron Man is in theaters. Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello makes a brief cameo as a terrorist-and meets an untimely demise. He’s Insurgent #5 in the movie and his guitar work is heard on the soundtrack. 2008
Maryland’s Consumer Protection Division settles with both Ticketmaster and TNOW Entertainment Group over allegations that the two companies knowledgeably misled consumers looking to purchase tickets to a ’09 Bruce Springsteen concert in Washington, D.C. The companies are fined. According to Maryland’s protection division, Springsteen fans looking for tickets on Ticketmaster’s website were misled and directed to the TicketsNow resale site where tickets were sold at inflated prices. 2011
Slayer  co-founder Jeff Hanneman dies at the age of 49. Though a near-fatal spider bite had sidelined Hanneman since ’11, the guitarist actually dies of liver failure due to alcohol abuse. Hanneman co-wrote “Angel Of Death” and “Raining Blood” for the group’s breakthrough album, “Reign In Blood.” 2013
Red Sun Rising land their second #1 single on the Rock Radio Chart with “Emotionless.” “The Otherside” was the first. The song is from the group’s debut album, “Polyester Zeal.” 2016
Steven Tyler… Out On A Limb at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall in New York City is a collaboration between the Aerosmith frontman and director Brett Ratner to benefit Janie’s Fund, Tyler’s charity that helps girls overcome the trauma of abuse and neglect. The performance includes stories from Tyler’s childhood to life with Aerosmith. 2016
Lamb Of God guitarist Willie Adler discovers that his “Wairbird” guitar and a hand painted bass were stolen prior to a Phoenix concert.  In an Instagram post he strongly suspects the thief is associated with the venue.  Following a tour production day they apparently “waited around for all to leave, and made their way into the back of our semi to commit this felony.”  2019