2022-05-22

MAY 22nd
Firmly ensconced as the “World’s Greatest Rock N’ Roll Band,” the Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers,” containing “Brown Sugar,” begins a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart. 1971
Cheap Trick’s breakthrough album “Live At Budokan” featuring “I Want You To Want Me” goes platinum. The album does so well as an import, Epic Records releases it in the U.S. Smart move. 1979
Motley Crue publish their autobiography “The Dirt.” 2001
The book revitalizes interest in the band and leads to a Netflix film of the same name.
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Elton John’s lyricist, Bernie Taupin, starts his life in Lincolnshire, England. 1950
Steven Patrick Morrissey is born. Before launching an impressive, if moody, solo career, Morrissey is the lead singer for the Smiths (until ’87). 1959
Gin Blossoms singer Jesse Valenzuela has a birthday. 1962
The Beatles’ brilliant “Ticket To Ride” is #1 on the Billboard chart. But the song only holds that position for a week. 1965
At age 16, Bruce Springsteen records for the first time as a member of the Castilles. The song “That’s What You Get” is never released. 1966
Cream’s “Disraeli Gears” goes gold. Containing “Sunshine Of Your Love” it’s the group’s second album. 1968
The Doobie Brothers album, “Takin’ It To The Streets,” peaks at #8 and sells over a million copies. 1976
Led Zeppelin receive the Polar Music Prize, Sweden’s most prestigious music award. The award is the result of the group’s “playful and experimental music [whose] eclectic elements” helped “define the genre of Hard Rock.” 2006
Green Day earn the Creative Voice Award at the 23rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards. The award goes to the group or performer whose work has a sense of creativity and a desire to contribute to the community. 2006
Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Radiohead are recognized for their songwriting accomplishments at Britain’s prestigious Ivor Novello Awards in London. Gilmour takes a Lifetime Achievement trophy. “It’s been a long, bumpy and exhilarating road,” says Gilmour. Radiohead receive the Album Award for “In Rainbows.” 2008
U2 earns the Top Touring Act prize for their 360º tour at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. 2011
Vampire Weekend debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart with “Modern Vampires Of The City.” Selling 134,000 copies, the album is Vampire Weekend’s second #1, following ’10’s “Contra.” 2013
Neil Young previews “Rock Starbucks” on the Democracy Now website. The track, from his album “The Monsanto Years,” is highly critical of the ubiquitous coffee chain. “I am not going to support a company that actively tries to defeat the will of the people by fighting their right to know what is in the food they eat,” writes Young, explaining the song. 2015
“Gold On The Ceiling,” from the Black Keys ’11 album “El Camino,” goes platinum (one million sales).  The track achieves double platinum status three years later.  2018
Godsmack’s single “Bulletproof,” from the “When Legends Rise” album, is certified gold by the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA).  2019
Atreyu announces that vocalist Alex Varkatzas will not be on the European tour because he “aggravated a damaged disc.”   Varkatzas injured his back prior to the band’s “Spring Invasion” tour. The added complication of a hernia necessitated the need for time off. Drummer Brandon Saller—the group’s other lead vocalist—and bassist Marc McKnight fill in.  Varkatzaz promises, “it’s gonna be rippin’.”2019
Evanescence part ways with guitarist Jen Majura, who joined the band in ’15. Evanescence state the decision was made to go their “separate ways” while Majura’s own post says her exit was not “her decision.”  2022
Kurt Cobain’s ‘69 Fender Mustang guitar used to record Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (and featured in the accompanying music video) is sold at Julien’s Auctions’ for $4.5 million, far surpassing its original estimate of $600,000. The guitar is acquired by The Jim Irsay Collection in Indianapolis in a bidding war among collectors.  2022