2022-05-15

MAY 15th
Asia’s self-titled debut is the #1 album in the U.S. The supergroup has guitarist Steve Howe (Yes), keyboardist Geoff Downes (Yes), bassist John Watton (King Crimson) and drummer Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer). 1982
Mötley Crüe release their fourth album “Girls, Girls, Girls,” which becomes their third straight album to go quadruple platinum. But it wasn’t easy.  Vocalist Vince Neil’s attempts at sobriety fail, bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee are addicted to heroin and guitarist Mick Mars is suffering from ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic and painful type of arthritis.  1987
Green Day release their eighth studio album, “21st Century Breakdown.” The set goes to #1 in fourteen countries and is certified gold or platinum in each becoming Green Day’s best chart performance to date. 2009
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Eclectic musician and producer (U2), Brian Eno, is born in Woodbridge, England. 1948
The Byrds debut on the pop charts with their electric cover of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.” The single’s success prompts Dylan to go electric. 1965
Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks play their first concert as members of Fleetwood Mac. The show is in El Paso, TX.  1975
Five Finger Death Punch rhythm guitarist, Zoltan Bathory, is born in Hungary. 1978
Brad Shultz, rhythm guitar/keyboards for Cage The Elephant, is born in Kentucky.  1982
Guitarist Nils Lofgren joins Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band just prior to the “Born In The U.S.A.” tour. Long-time guitarist Miami Steve Van Zandt leaves to pursue a solo career. 1984
Never buy drugs in a Pasadena motel parking lot. Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots is busted for doing just that. 1995
The Eagles’ Don Henley leads a dedication ceremony for a trail called Thoreau’s Path at Massachusetts’ historic Walden Pond. “Walden has come to represent a powerful way of thinking,” says the drummer. In ’90, Henley founded the Walden Woods Project to help conserve the area where 19th century author Henry David Thoreau wrote his classic treatise. 2006
Founding Styx bassist Chuck Panozzo publishes his autobiography, “The Grand Illusion.” 2007
Kid Rock makes a donation to a Boy Scout troop from Oviedo, FL., who had their equipment stolen the previous week. A trailer and camping gear was taken, jeopardizing a planned summer expedition to Tennessee. “I will cut them a check for the difference and hopefully (that) will allow the boys to make their trip,” writes Rock in an e-mail. 2008
Elton John receives the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award at the 75th annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel. The honor recognizes John’s contribution to the Broadway musical “Billy Elliot”. 2009
“Neil Young: Long May You Run: The Illustrated History” is in stores. The book contains photos, concert posters and a discography. 2010
Carlos Santana accepts Major League Baseball’s “Beacon of Change” award in Atlanta then blasts the controversial immigration laws of Arizona and Georgia. “This is the land of the free,” says Santana. “If people want the immigration laws to keep passing, then everybody should get out and leave the American Indians here.” 2011
John Lennon’s original handwritten lyric sheet for The Beatles “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” is auctioned for $384,148 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. The lyrics were sketched out on a single sheet of paper and have crossed-out words and phrases. The song first appeared on the ’67 album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” 2011
Bob Dylan officially becomes an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His citation reads, “For more than 50 years, defying categorization in a culture beguiled by categories, Bob Dylan has probed and prodded our psyches, recording and then changing our world and our lives through poetry made manifest in song-creating relationships that we never imagined could exist between words, emotions and ideas.” Dylan is unable to attend the event. 2013
KoЯn begin their first U.S. headlining tour with their original guitarist, Brian ‘Head’ Welch, since ’04. It starts in Belle Vernon, PA. 2013
George Harrison’s Maton Mastersound guitar, used for ’63 live performances, is auctioned for $485,000 by Julien’s Auctions in New York. Elvis Presley’s ’67 marriage license to Priscilla Presley (nee Beaulieu) sells for over $41,000 and his ’76 MCI Crusader tour bus goes for $263,000. 2015
Ozzy Osbourne and the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Anthony Kiedis appear in a video promoting Animals Asia’s campaign to raise awareness of moon, sun and brown bears that are caged and farmed for their bile, which is used in traditional medicines. Supporters can pick up a shirt with the slogan, “Let a Bear Shit In the Woods.” 2015
The thrill is gone. Blues great B.B. King dies peacefully in his sleep in Las Vegas at the age of 89 after being ill for a lengthy period. 2015
Sammy Hagar and Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) co-host the fifth annual “Acoustic-4-A-Cure” concert in San Francisco to benefit The Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF’s Benioff Children’s Hospital.  2018