2022-05-04

May 4th
The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) certifies that the Gin Blossoms’ album “New Miserable Experience” has sold over four million copies. The album, released three years earlier, has “Hey Jealousy” and “Found Out About You.” 1994

 

“Evil Empire,” Rage Against The Machine’s sophomore album, is #1 in the U.S. selling 250,000 copies in the week of its release. 1996
U.S. President Ronald Reagan made the Evil Empire” speech in ’83 during the Cold War. In that speech, Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire” and as “the focus of evil in the modern world”. He asserted that the conflict was a battle between good and evil.

 

Shinedown release their 6th studio album “Attention Attention.”   Lead single “Devil” has already gone to #1 on the Active Rock chart.  2018
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Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars (Robert Alan Deal) is born.  1951
Four students are shot a killed by Ohio National Guard troops at Kent State University during an anti-Vietnam War demonstration. In response, Neil Young composes “Ohio,” one of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s best songs. 1970
Green Day’s Dirnt (Michael Ryan Pritchard), is born in Rodeo, CA. 1972
Led Zeppelin launch the “biggest and most profitable Rock & Roll tour in the history of the United States.” Predicted to gross over $3 million, the tour actually takes in $4 million.  Not much today but huge then.  1973
C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, do the loco-motion with me. For some strange reason Grand Funk Railroad’s cover Little Eva’s ’62 hit “Loco-Motion” goes to #1. 1974
Former Guns N’ Roses members, Slash and Duff McKagan, file a lawsuit against GN’R frontman Axl Rose alleging he nixed movie music licensing deals that would have generated at least $1 million. 2004
Jon Bon Jovi is honored for his charitable efforts during the Help USA organization’s annual Tribute Awards Dinner in New York. Help USA provides services to the nation’s homeless. 2006
Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger punches a man in the face outside a Vancouver, BC, nightclub. According to reports the ‘victim’ harassed Kroeger by shouting ” Nickelback sucks.” Well, that’s just wrong. 2007
Poison frontman Bret Michaels is discharged from Barrow Neurological Institute in Arizona after suffering a brain hemorrhage two weeks earlier. He receives on-going physical therapy at another facility. 2010
Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, the founding member of the Beastie Boys, dies at age 47 following a 3-year battle with a rare cancer. 2012
A federal judge dismisses a lawsuit that claims Ozzy Osbourne swindled  former band member Bob Daisley out of at least $2 million in songwriting royalties for songs composed in the ‘80s.  The ruling stipulates that the dispute must be decided through arbitration.  2017