2022-06-19

JUNE 19th
Asia’s self-titled debut album tops the LP charts. The set contains their biggest hit, “Heat Of The Moment (#4 on the Billboard singles chart) and “Only Time Will Tell.” 1982
The White Stripes release their sixth album, “Icky Thump.” Frontman Jack White says his decision to record the album on vintage reel-to-reel equipment was a stylistic choice. “In the technological age, everyone wants to find out what the newest toy is,” says White. “That attitude doesn’t really coincide with what sounds the best.” 2007
Black Sabbath score their first U.S. #1 album with “13.” The set sells over 120,000 copies in its debut week. Sabbath had previously only reached the Billboard Top 10 once, when their ’71 album “Master Of Reality” peaked at #8. 2013
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Heart’s Ann Wilson, is born in San Diego. 1951
Verve Pipe vocalist, Brian Vander Ark, is born in Grand Rapids, MI. 1964
KoЯn guitarist, Brian “Head” Welch, has a birthday. 1969
Tim Curry begins the role of a lifetime. Curry heads the cast of the stage production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in London. Curry reprises his over-the-top vamp role for the ’75 film. 1973
Edgar Winter Group’s instrumental “Frankenstein” goes gold. 1976
Royal Blood’s Mike Kerr is born.  The singer/bassist is from West Sussex, England.   1990
U2’s Bono and The Edge are part of a human chain around the G8 Summit Centre in Cologne, Germany to advocate the elimination Third World debt. 1999
Red Hot Chili Peppers play the first of three shows at London’s Hyde Park. The concerts earn more than $17 million with tracks recorded for the group’s first official concert album, the double-disc “Live in Hyde Park.” 2004
Original Molly Hatchet guitarist Duane Roland dies at age 53 of natural causes at his residence in St. Augustine, FL. Roland was part of the Southern-rock group’s three-guitar attack from ’76 until ’90. 2006
Recorded in Nashville and Hollywood, “Lost Highway” is Bon Jovi’s 10th studio album. Thanks in part to the Country influences, it’s the first Bon Jovi album to debut at #1. 2007
“Wasted Time,” the first single from Fuel’s album, “Angels And Devils,” hits radio. The song marks the debut of Toryn Green as the group’s vocalist; he replaced Brett Scallions. 2007
The “Evan Almighty” soundtrack is released. ZZ Top contribute “Sharp Dressed Man” to the Steve Carell film. 2007
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis is the top male vote-getter in the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of poll conducted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. “Soon after I (went vegan) I saw some documentary footage of what happens in the factory farming of cows,” says the singer. “It sealed the deal.” 2008
Green Day perform at London’s Wembley Stadium before an estimated audience of 80,000. “Playing Wembley Stadium is kind one of those moments in your career when you just go holy s**t!,” says frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. 2010
Duff McKagan receives his diploma during a graduation ceremony at Seattle’s Roosevelt High School. The Guns N’ Roses bassist dropped out of the school while in 10th grade. “Finally got my high school diploma today, I did the not-so-popular 48-year plan,” tweets McKagen. 2012
Lyricist Gerry Goffin dies at his home in L.A. of natural causes. He co-wrote more than 50 pop hits, mostly with his ex-wife Carole King, including “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “The Loco-Motion” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” He was 75. 2014
An Australian study finds that listening to Heavy Metal and “extreme music” such as Punk and Death Core has a calming influence and does not make people more aggressive. “Listening to extreme music may represent a healthy way of processing anger for these listeners,” the study claims. 2015
Bad Wolves donate $250,000 to the family of the late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan, who died suddenly on 1/15/18, just hours before she was supposed to lend her voice to Bad Wolves cover of the Cranberries classic “Zombie.” The cover eventually becomes a huge hit.  The band invites O’Riordan’s children onstage in NYC to present the check.  2018
Marilyn Manson’s single “The Beautiful People” is certified silver in the U.K. for sales of 200,000 units.  2020