2022-06-30

JUNE 30th
The Eagles’ “One Of These Nights” album goes gold. The band’s fourth album includes the title track, “Lyin’ Eyes” and “Take It To The Limit.”  1975
System Of A Down release their self-titled debut album.  It goes gold and thanks to the group’s growing popularity it eventually reaches platinum status.  1998
Breaking Benjamin’s single “I Will Not Bow” goes double platinum (2 million sales). The song is from the group’s ’09 set “Dear Agony.”  2017
The Raconteurs’ first album in over a decade, “Help Us Stranger,” debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. “Help Us Stranger” has first week sales of 88,000 equivalent album units, 84,000 were in actual album sales. 2019
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Hal Lindes has a birthday. Though born in the U.S. (Monterey) he becomes the guitarist for the British band Dire Straits. 1953
Guitarist Yngwie J. Malmsten (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck) enters the world.  1963
The Beatles perform the first of three concerts at Tokyo’s Budokan Hall. 1966
Vocalist Philip Anselmo (Pantera) is born New Orleans. 1968
It’s Tom Drummond’s birthday. At age 17 he is the first to answer Better Than Ezra’s Bass Player Wanted ad. 1969
Following a difficult show at the Denver Pop Festival (police firing tear gas into the audience and a narrow escape) bassist Noel Redding announces his departure from the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He is replaced by Jimi’s longtime friend Billy Cox. 1969
George Harrison gets preachy but it takes the former Beatle  to the top. “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” is #1 on of the U.S. pop chart. 1973
“Long Train Runnin’,” from “The Captain And Me,” is the Doobie Brothers first Top 10 (#8) single. 1973
Greg Allman (Allman Brothers Band), attempting to shed any credibility, marries Cher. The union proves to be a mistake for both parties. Though it would be an on again/off again affair for over three years, the first split happens in ten days. 1975
“Love Gun” is out. The KISS album is originally released with a paper toy gun. It’s the band’s first Top 5 album on the Billboard 200. 1977
Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols), now in “crash and burn mode,” releases “My Way,” a song Frank Sinatra made famous. 1978
Jerry Lee Lewis is hospitalized with a hole in his stomach and internal bleeding. He nearly dies. Given a 50/50 chance of survival he leaves the hospital two weeks later. 1981
Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament testify at a congressional hearing regarding escalating concert ticket prices. 1994
Climbing the corporate ladder, Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst is named senior vice-president of Interscope Records. 1999
An Eric Clapton & Friends concert with Sheryl Crow and Bob Dylan at NY’s Madison Square Garden raises $1 million for Clapton’s drug rehab clinic in Antiqua. 1999
Nine people are crushed to death at a Copenhagen Pearl Jam concert. People push forward because they can’t hear due to broken speakers. Vocalist Eddie Vedder tells the audience to move back but to no avail. 2000
Limp Bizkit score a win. A Michigan court of appeals rules that the group did not act irresponsibly and is not liable for the injuries sustained by a paramedic during an ’00 performance. According to the lawsuit, Christopher Dickinson was kicked in the head after lead singer Fred Durst encouraged concertgoers to move closer to the stage during an Auburn Hills concert. 2004
Chevelle announce that bassist Joe Loeffler will not make the group’s U.S. summer tour. “Joe is taking a break to be home with family,” reads a statement. Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo fills in. A couple weeks later, the group finally bites the bullet and admits Loeffler was sacked due to “irreconcilable differences.” 2005
The record industry says Led Zeppelin has sold 107.5 million albums in the U.S. That secures the #3 spot on the all-time list. Only The Beatles (168.5 million) and Elvis Presley (116.5 million) have done better. 2005
President George Bush meets with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, a major Elvis Presley fan, at Graceland in Memphis. The PM is given several souvenirs, eliminating any chance of reducing the huge trade deficit the U.S. has with Japan. Next time, make the PM buy the DVDs of “Clambake” and “Viva Las Vegas!” 2006
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are honored with an exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Thirty Years of Rock and Roll” displays the flowered shirt Petty wore for the “Free Fallin'” video and a gray jacket from his time in the Traveling Wilburys. 2006
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend the premiere performance of “Love,” the Beatles-themed Las Vegas production featuring the Cirque du Soleil troupe. 2006
U2’s worldwide stadium trek in support of “No Line On The Horizon” begins in Barcelona, Spain. The stage has an innovative in-the-round configuration. The 90,000 in attendance hear a 22-song set. 2009
“Hit Hard: A Story Of Hitting Rock Bottom At The Top,” a memoir by Aerosmith’s Joey Kramer is published. The book details the drummer’s struggle with anxiety and depression, which led to a nervous breakdown in ’95. “If my story can help even one person, then the four years I’ve spent writing this book is well worth the effort,” says Kramer. 2009
Music licensing agency, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), determines that Queen’s “We Will Rock You” is the most played song at NFL (football), MLB (baseball) and NHL (hockey) games during the previous 12-month period. 2009
The Kings Of Leon play their biggest U.K. concert to date at London’s Hyde Park before an estimated audience of 65,000. “It’s something that a band can only dream of,” says bassist Jared Followill.  2010
All Pink Floyd albums released after “Dark Side Of The Moon” are unavailable at digital stores because the band failed to renegotiate a contract with EMI. This follows a prolonged legal battle in which Pink Floyd successfully stopped EMI from selling individual albums or remastered tracks. 2010
Slipknot guitarist Jim Root is sidelined by a burst appendix just as the group launches their Mayhem tour. Regardless, the Slipknot trek continues. 2012
The United States Postal Service unveils a Janis Joplin commemorative stamp. Joplin is shown wearing pink tinted glasses and “Forever Janis Joplin USA” is printed around the border. 2014
Weezer’s “I Love The U.S.A.” is one of eight tracks released celebrating NASA’s mission to Jupiter. 2016
“Hydrograd,” from Stone Sour, arrivesThe group’s sixth album was recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, with producer Jay Ruston. 2017
“Vinnie Paul: A Public Celebration Of Life,” a memorial service for the late Pantera drummer (who died on 6/22 at age 54) is held in Dallas. He is laid to rest in a KISS casket next to his brother and Pantera guitarist Darrell Abbott in nearby Arlington. 2018
Bon Jovi’s music video for “It’s My Life” crosses the billion-views mark on YouTube, more than two decades after its premiere on the channel.  The track, released as the lead single off the band’s seventh studio album “Crush,” is their first video to cross the billion threshold.  2021
Puck Hcky, the hockey-based fashion marketer, unveils a collection of System Of A Down bran gear (jerseys, shirts, etc.).  2021