2022-05-31

MAY 31st
With Steve Winwood (Traffic) and Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) backing him, how could Joe Cocker miss? He couldn’t. His “With A Little Help From My Friends” album hits the charts. 1969
The title track is a cover of The Beatles classic. The set also includes a cover of Traffic’s “Feeling Alright.” Cocker’s debut album goes gold.
Steely Dan earn a gold record for “Can’t Buy A Thrill.” The album features the group’s first hit “Reeling In The Years.” 1979
Queen’s musical, “We Will Rock You,” closes after a 12-year run London’s Dominion Theatre. There were 4,600 performances for more than 6.5 million people. 2014

 

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Led Zeppelin’s unique and powerful drummer, the legendary John Bonham, enters the world. In early Zeppelin promotional materials he is tagged as the “champion beer drinker in England.” 1948
Jimi Hendrix signs up for a three-year Army hitch. It’s either that or jail time (for riding in a stolen car). 1961
The Who earn the title “the loudest Rock band ever.” Their concert at the Charlton Athletic Grounds in England hits 120 decibels according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Any wonder guitarist Pete Townshend constantly complains of hearing loss? 1976
Supertramp play Madison Square Garden. While on stage they are awarded a platinum album for “Breakfast In America.” 1979
Steely Dan earn a gold record for “Can’t Buy A Thrill.” The album features the group’s first hit “Reeling In The Years.” 1979
“Speaking In Tongues,” the Talking Heads first platinum album, is released. 1983
The first International Rock Awards are held in New York. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards picks up the Living Legend honor while Eric Clapton takes the trophy for Best Guitarist. 1989
Alan McGhee, head of Creation Records, sees Oasis perform in Glasgow. Thinking he’s found a cross between the Sex Pistols and The Beatles, he signs the group. 1993
Stevie Wonder receives the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. 1999
Get an ‘A’ for attitude. Billy Idol, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Alice Cooper are heard on the “Rock School” soundtrack. The documentary is about the Philadelphia music school for children who want to learn to Rock. 2005
U2 guitarist The Edge hosts the “Icons of Music Sale” in New York. The event benefits Music Rising, the Hurricane Katrina-relief charity he co-founded. The auction features rare memorabilia including two of The Edge’s guitars and a hand-written poem by The Doors’ Jim Morrison. 2008
Ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne transforms Battery Maritime Building in New York into a musical instrument by attaching devices that cause beams and pipes in the structure to vibrate and produce sound. It’s an 11-day exhibition. 2008
Gibson Guitar’s website names Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham the #1 Rock drummer of all time. “For this ability to make a band sway and groove like no other, never hogging the spotlight but remaining the subtle champion of Led Zeppelin, Gibson.com recognizes him as our Top Rock drummer, a talent unrivaled and irreplaceable,” reads the site. 2011
Alice In Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell is given the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the eighth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert at Club Nokia in L.A. The honor is for the guitarist’s dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process. 2012
Scott Weiland files a countersuit against his former band Stone Temple Pilots. He seeks in excess of $7 million in damages for what he believes was a conspiracy to oust him. In the documents Weiland asks, “How do you expel a man from the band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics, and was the face of for twenty years? You don’t, but three of the instrumentalists from the band Stone Temple Pilots tried.” 2013
Over $155,000 is raised during two fundraisers to benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. A celebrity bowling tournament and concert in the L.A. area marks the fifth anniversary of the singer’s passing due to stomach cancer. 2015
Members of Mastodon appear in an episode of the cable TV series “Game Of Thrones,” playing a group of wildings who are brutally murdered before getting resurrected by White Walkers. 2015
“Pistol” debuts.  The mini-series is based on guitarist Steve Jones memoir chronicling his experiences in the Sex Pistols, the notorious Punk band. 2022
Europe’s music video for their ’86 hit “The Final Countdown” surpasses one billion YouTube views. The clip, uploaded in ‘09, contains concert and soundcheck footage.  2022