2022-06-18

JUNE 18th
Fifteen months after its U.S. release, Ozzy Osbourne’s solo debut “Blizzard Of Ozz” earns a platinum certification. (for sales of one million copies). 1982
Melissa Etheridge’s self-titled debut album enters the U.S. chart. It stays on the chart for over a year. The set contains the classic “Bring Me Some Water.” 1988
One day after Neil Young criticizes Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for using “Rockin’ In The Free World” at a campaign event, Trump’s campaign manager states the candidate will refrain from any future use of Young’s music. 2015
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Paul McCartney’s birthday. The Beatle, Wings leader and solo artist is born at Walton Hospital, Liverpool. 1942
Dizzy Reed, keyboardist for Guns N’ Roses, starts life in Hinsdale IL, with the name Darren Arthur Reed. 1963
Mick Taylor is introduced as the Rolling Stones guitarist, replacing Brian Jones who was kicked out of the band for excessive drug use (among other issues). 1969
Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” is #1 on the U.S. pop chart. 1977
Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten gets his face and hands slashed by some thugs who apparently didn’t take to kindly to the group’s U.K. hit “God Save The Queen.” 1977
Talking Heads members Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth marry. 1977
Judas Priest is banned for life from New York City’s Madison Square Garden after concert goers trash the venue doing over $250,000 in damage. 1984
Mötley Crüe finds itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit for playing too loud when a woman claims her hearing was damaged at a Crue concert. She asks for $5,000 compensation. 1987
Mötley Crüe file a $20 million lawsuit against Carl Stubner, one of their managers. The suit, filed in L.A., accuses Stubner of damaging Crue’s reputation by deliberately promoting Tommy Lee’s solo projects ahead of the group’s in order to net a higher commission for himself. The suit asserts that the drummer’s involvement in the reality shows “Tommy Lee Goes to College” and “Rockstar: Supernova” harmed his image and lost revenue for the group. 2007
Ozzy Osbourne is honored with an Icon Award at Mojo’s Honours List ceremony in London. “Awards all mean something to me because I’ve survived the years both in my job and in my life,” says Ozzy. 2007
Crosby, Stills & Nash and Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The New York event also marks the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 40th anniversary. 2009
Hand-written lyrics by John Lennon of “A Day In The Life” are auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York. The auctioneer describes the closing track from The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” as “the revolutionary song that marked the Beatles’ transformation from pop icons to artists.” Estimated to sell for between $500,000 to $700,000, an undisclosed bidder pays $1.2 million for the lyrics. 2010
Bono’s opinion piece on Northern Ireland’s Bloody Sunday is published in the New York Times. On 1/30/72, British soldiers fired on a civil rights march in the majority Catholic area of the Bogside in Derry, killing 14 unarmed protesters. The violence was the inspiration for the classic U2 song “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” 2010
Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, passes away after suffering a stroke six days earlier. “(Clarence) loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage,” says Springsteen. “We are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years.” Clemons was 69. 2011
Slash (Guns N’ Roses) receives the inaugural Tom F. Mankiewicz Leadership Award from the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association at its 41st Annual Beastly Ball. The honor recognizes Slash’s longtime contributions to establishing environmental welfare programs. 2011
PETA sends a 70th birthday card to Paul McCartney (see above) recognizing his efforts to help raise awareness for ethical animal treatment. The card has people dressed as animals in a parody of the famous Beatles “Abby Road” album cover. A sign reads “Happy Birthday, Paul! Thank You for Loving Us, Not Eating Us.” 2012
Linkin Park is inducted into Guitar Center’s RockWalk on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. The ceremony comes the day after the band releases their sixth album, “The Hunting Party.” 2014
Pearl Jam bassist and skateboarder, Jeff Ament, donates $40,000 to enable a skateboarding park to open in Glendive, MT, where he grew up. 2014
An official sculpture of Jimi Hendrix by artist Karl Schaefer is unveiled at an art reception in Monterey. The event raises funds to inspire creativity in the arts and sciences. 2014
Blues great Willie Dixon and Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City. 2015
A mashup featuring Iron Maiden‘s “Trooper” and Michael Jackson‘s “Beat It” garners over 600,000 streams. The mashup is the work of Nightmare Lyra. 2017
Static-X kick off its reunion tour in Tempe, AZ. The North American trek, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of Static-X‘s platinum-certified “Wisconsin Death Trip” album also pays homage to late Static-X frontman Wayne Static. DevilDriver is the co-headliner. 2019
A larger-than-life statue of Lemmy Kilmister (Mötörhead) is unveiled at Hellfest in Clisson, France.  2022