2022-05-07

MAY 7th
Rolling Stones release their double album “Exile On Main Street.” 1972
Recording began in ‘69 in England and continued in mid-‘71 at a rented villa in the south of France.
The album is originally met with mixed reviews before a positive critical reassessment during the ‘70s. It has since been viewed by many critics as the Rolling Stones’ best work.

 

“We are just prisoners here of our own device.” “Hotel California” tops the Billboard Hot 100. Don Felder is responsible for the hypnotic 12-string guitar intro on the Eagles classic – though he didn’t initially receive a writing credit. 1977
Don Henley and Glenn Frey wrote the lyrics while Joe Walsh developed the descending arpeggio that ends the song.

 

Pantera’s eighth studio album, “The Great Southern Trendkill,” is out. Due to tension and conflicts within the band, Phil Anselmo records his vocals in New Orleans while the rest of the band lays down tracks in Dallas. 1996
Pantera scored their first success with “Cowboys From Hell” in ‘90 featuring Darrell  “Dimebag” Abbott’s vicious guitar attacks and Anselmo’s blast furnace vocals. Having dialed in a winner, Pantera released “Vulgar Display of Power” (‘92), “Far Beyond Driven” (‘94), and “The Great Southern Trendkill” (‘96).

 

“Holiday,” the third single from Green Day’s seventh studio album, “American Idiot,” is out. The track goes on to top both the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and Alternative Song charts. 2005
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Marty Wilson-Piper, guitarist for The Church, enters the world. 1958
Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell enters the world. 1961
George Harrison releases “Give Me Love.” It goes to #1. 1973
“Back In The Saddle” lands in the Top 40, but just barely. The Aerosmith track peaks at #38. 1977
Aerosmith’s “Angel” gets to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. 1988
A Georgia couple sues Ozzy Osbourne claiming his music (especially “Suicide Solution”) drove their son to take his life. The judge tosses the case. 1991
John Frusciante leaves the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As a result, he is airbrushed out of a Rolling Stone magazine cover shot of the band. The guitarist rejoins RHCP six years later but departs again in ’08 (though it is not announced until ’09). 1992
Steve Perry officially leaves Journey. 1998
Hoobastank land their first Top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “The Reason.” It anchors the #10 spot. 2004
The announcement comes that Evanescence guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray have left the band. “We shared some great times together playing live, but they were ready to move on and so we have parted ways,” claims singer Lee in a written statement. But there are always two sides. LeCompt says he was fired “without any warning.” Gray states that he quit. Later, Lee returns to the subject adding, “They didn’t really care about Evanescence at all and just stayed around for the money.” 2007
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band play a benefit concert at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. They perform “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” and “Born To Run” albums in their entirety. That is “something we’ve never done before and you’re not gonna see anywhere else,” claims The Boss. The event raises more than $3 million with proceeds going to support and pay for renovations to the historic venue, which hosted numerous Springsteen concerts. 2008
Blur drummer Dave Rowntree loses his bid to become an MP in England’s parliamentary elections. Rowntree stood as the Labour Party candidate for the Cities of London and Westminster and received 8,188 votes. His opponent, Conservative Party candidate Mark Field, obtained 19,264 votes. “I came second, vote held up well,” says Rowntree. 2010
“Iron Man 2” opens in U.S. theaters. The soundtrack features AC/DC‘s “Highway To Hell,” and “Let There Be Rock.” There are also soundtrack contributions from Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello. 2010
As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis is arrested after he asks an undercover detective to murder his estranged wife. 2013
Guitarist Slash (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver) and singer Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) partner with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to raise awareness of the slaughter of African elephants. They composed the song “Beneath The Savage Sun” after witnessing the devastation of the elephants first-hand. 2015
Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) makes his debt fronting AC/DC. Rose steps-in for Brian Johnson who suffers from severe hearing loss. The concert takes place in Lisbon, Portugal. Rose gets good reviews. 2016
Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor takes part in a special guitar auction on eBay For Charity to benefit Direct Relief in support of their COVID-19 response effort. The $75,000 bid is matched by eBay For Charity bringing the total to $150,000. 2020