2022-05-17

MAY 17th
3 Doors Down’s “Here Without You” wins Song Of The Year at the 53rd annual BMI Pop Awards in Los Angeles. The performing-rights organization honors the tune that received the most airplay. 2005
The power ballad is the third single from the band’s second studio album, “Away From The Sun.”
Nickelback, Linkin Park, Audioslave, Fuel and Evanescence are also recognized for having heavily played songs.
“Mesmerize,” the fourth studio album from System Of A Down, is the first half of the “Mesmerize”/”Hypnotize” double album. It shoots to #1 on the album chart and is eventually certified platinum (over one million copies sold). “Hypnotize” arrives six months later. 2005
Lamb Of God receive gold plaques for their third album, “Ashes Of The Wake.” The ’04 album sells more than 500,000 copies. 2016
Lamb Of God’s third studio album is their first major-label release.
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Phish keyboardist Page Samuel McConnell is born in Philly. 1963
It’s drummer Dave Abbruzzese’s birthday. A high school drop-out, Abbruzzese joins Pearl Jam in ’91, replacing Matt Chamberlain. The Stamford, CT native plays on “Vs” and “Vitalogy.” 1964
Nine Inch Nails mastermind, Trent Reznor, is born in Mercer, PA (it’s between Pittsburgh and Cleveland). Figures he’d play ‘industrial’ Rock. 1965
“Don’t Look Back,” a film documentary of Bob Dylan’s ’65 British tour, debuts at the Presidio Theater in San Francisco. 1967
The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” is named the Best Selling ‘A’ Side at the annual Ivor Novello Awards in London. 1969
Josh Homme celebrates his birthday. The Palm Springs native is the founder and only continuous member of Queens Of The Stone Age (QOTSA). 1973
Yes receive gold records for both “Yessongs,” their live set, and “The Yes Album.” 1973
Elton John receives a platinum award for his album “Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy.” 1975
“Killer Queen,” Queen’s first U.S. single, gets to #12. 1975
Lou Reed starts a week-long series of shows at the Bottom Line club in New York City. Several tracks are used on his live album, “Take No Prisoners.” 1978
Peter Criss leaves KISS. Of course, he eventually returns (and leaves again). Criss is replaced by Eric Carr. 1980
Van Halen’s “Why Can’t This Be Love” reaches #3 on the pop chart. 1986
“Ram It Down,” the 11th studio album by Judas Priest is released.  The last album to feature drummer Dave Holland goes on to earn gold certification (500,000 sales).  1988
An arson fire at Tom Petty’s L.A. home causes $800,000 worth of damage. 1987
Is there a doctor in the house? U2`s Bono delivers the commencement address to the graduating class of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The U2 frontman also gets an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the school. In a prepared statement Penn president Judith Rodin says “Bono has been a powerful force for change.”
Good works continue as 3 Doors Down announce the creation of The Better Life Foundation, to benefit children in need of food, shelter and medical assistance. 2004
Motley Crue’s Vince Neil introduces his new wine, Vince Vineyards, in Las Vegas. He also performs with the Pussycat Dolls dancers. Class act. 2005
The Exies start a petition to keep Paris Hilton in jail for her full term. A few days earlier, a petition drive was launched to appeal the trash celebrity’s 45-day sentence for drunk driving, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license. While the Free Paris petition receives 27,000 signatures, the Jail Paris petition garners 76,000 signers. Still, Hilton’s sentence is cut in half for ‘good behavior’. 2007
Scott Weiland’s ironically titled autobiography “Not Dead & Not for Sale” is in bookstores. The Stone Temple Pilots frontman wrote the tome with David Ritz. 2011
“Nothing Like I Planned: The Art of John Mellencamp,” a collection of the singer/songwriter’s paintings, opens at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. 2012
U2’s Bono performs at the annual benefit to support the Jazz Foundation of America’s efforts to raise funds and awareness for artists who have fallen into financial despair. Producer Quincy Jones brings Bono onstage at the Apollo Theater in Harlem to sing, appropriately enough, “Angel Of Harlem.” 2012
Alice Cooper is the keynote speaker at the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music’s commencement ceremony at the Wiltern Theater in L.A. 2012
One year later, Scottsdale (AZ) firefighter Todd Pendleton takes an autographed Alice Cooper guitar with him as he climbs to the summit of Mt. Everest to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “After a week-long climb, 24 hours in a tent in 60 miles winds, and 16 grueling hours on summit day. We reached the summit at 7:30 in the morning.” 2013
A New Musical Express (NME) reader’s poll of the Greatest Britpop Anthem Of All Time is dominated by Oasis, who hold the Top 5 spots with “Live Forever” at #1. Pulp’s “Common People” is #6. 2013
George Harrison’s ’62 Rickenbacker 425 is auctioned at Julien’s Auctions for $657,000. Harrison used the guitar for The Beatles first appearance on the television programs “Ready Steady Go!” and “Thank Your Luck Stars” in ’63. Harrison is said to have originally paid between $400 and $500 for the guitar in ’63. 2014
Stone Sour announce they have fired Jim Root but the guitarist is still a member of Slipknot. “We feel it’s best for both bands and hope that is reflected in the days to come,” reads a Stone Sour statement. 2014
“With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles And Mistakes On My Way Back To Korn” chronicles Brian ‘Head’ Welch’s departure from KoЯin ’05, and his subsequent struggles before rejoining the group in ’13. 2016
Musician James Frost-Winn accuses former Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.  He sues for damages due to a “loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, and humiliation.”  2018
Arcade Fire’s “We” sits atop Billboard’s Rock Albums chart.  2022
Ghost land their fifth #1 on the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart with “Call Me Little Sunshine.”  2022