2022-05-25

MAY 25th
Dio release their debut album “Holy Diver.” Having been kicked out of Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio forms his own band.  The album goes gold a year later but takes six years to achieve platinum status (one million sales).  1983
Slipknot unfurl “Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses).  Produced by Rick Rubin, the group’s third album peaks at #2 on the Billboard 200 and goes platinum.  2004
System Of A Down’s “Mezmerize” tops the Billboard 200 Album chart after selling 453,000 copies in its first week. Four years earlier, “Toxcity” pulled the same feat. 2005
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Rock you like a hurricane. Vocalist Klaus Meine (Scorpions) starts his life in Wedemark, Hanover, Germany. 1948
Birthday wishes to Paul Weller (The Jam and The Style Council). 1958
A native of Ottawa, Glen Drover, Megadeth guitarist, enters the world. 1969
The Who perform a concert in London as part of the documentary movie on the band’s history, “The Kids Are Alright.” It is Keith Moon’s last performance with the group. 1978
Vocalist, lead guitarist and one of the founding members of Airbourne, Joel O’Keeffe, is born in Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia. 1985
Bradley Nowell, Sublime’s lead singer, is found dead in a San Francisco motel room of a drug overdose. He was 28. 1996
Eddie Van Halen undergoes tests in Houston. The hospital denies reports that Van Halen suffers from cancer but that’s what he has. 2000
Courtney Love pleads guilty to a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance and agrees to enter a drug rehabilitation program. The plea is the result of an incident the previous October. 2004
What a shorter but strange trip it’s been. Phish, often regarded as a younger version of The Grateful Dead, announce they are breaking up. The group releases an album and rolls through a summer tour before they are gone. Naturally, a few years later, they reform and roll on. 2004
The Kinks leader Ray Davies and Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson are honored at the United Kingdom’s prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, held in London. Davies nabs the Outstanding Contribution to British Music honor, while Anderson receives the International Achievement trophy. 2006
Queen, Def Leppard, KISS and Judas Priest are recognized for their musical achievements at the inaugural VH1 Rock Honors in Las Vegas. The show airs six days later. 2006
“Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End” opens. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards plays the father of Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp’s role). “(It was) just something to do,” says Richards, who sees similarities between being a pirate and life in a Rock group. “Both are ways to make a good dishonest living.” 2007
The self-titled Stone Temple Pilots comeback album is out. “(Guitarist) Dean (DeLeo) really stepped up,” says frontman Scott Weiland. “His playing is amazing.” The album is the band’s first studio effort since ’01’s “Shangri-La Dee Da.” It features the #1 single (on Rock and Alternative charts) “Between The Lines.” 2010
Rush’s “Countdown” is used as the wake-up call to astronauts on the space shuttle Endeavor. A one-minute clip of the ’82 hit is beamed from Earth to the shuttle. 2011
Against Me! singer/guitarist Tommy Gabel makes her live debut as Laura Jane Grace, performing with the band for the first time since coming out as transgender. The San Diego show is the first stop in a month-long U.S. tour. 2012
Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee retires his roller coaster drum set following a concert at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. During Lee’s drum solos, the rig spun him around upside down while he played. “A bottle of Champagne smashed on the coaster last night as it sets sail for the scrap yard!,” tweets Lee. 2013
Metallica’s ’91 self-titled album (“The Black Album”) surpasses 16 million in U.S. sales. It’s the biggest seller of the SoundScan era (which began in ’91). 2014
Linkin Park’s “One More Light” debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. It’s their first chart-topper since ‘12’s “Living Things.” And it comes after the group suffered severe criticism for changes in their sound. 2017
A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge dismisses an abuse lawsuit filed against Marilyn Manson by his former assistant, Ashley Walters, on the grounds of the statute of limitations. At issue are incidents that allegedly occurred in ’11 and ’12.  2022