2022-07-08

JULY 8th
The record industry (RIAA) certifies that the Smashing Pumpkins “Adore” album is a million seller. 1998
“Redeemer Of Souls,” Judas Priest’s 17th studio album, is out. “From start to finish, ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ is 18 songs of pure classic Priest Metal,” claims guitarist Glenn Tipton. It is their first album without founding guitarist K.K. Downing, who quit the band in ‘11 and was replaced by Richie Faulkner.  The set peaks at #6 on the Billboard 200.  2014
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Allman Brothers drummer, Johnny Jai (Jaimoe) Johnson, is born. 1944
Guitarist Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot, Ratt) is born.  1957
One of the stranger double bills. The Jimi Hendrix Experience opens for The Monkees. The Experience play only eight shows before being dropped. They’re a little too “out there” for The Monkees’ audience. Nobody’s too upset, the incident garners the Experience a whole lot of notoriety. 1967
Just as the Byrds are about to embark on a South African tour, multi-instrumentalist Gram Parsons quits stating he does not want to perform in the racially segregated country. 1968
Pink Floyd’s first North American concert is in Chicago.  1968
Beck (Bek David Campbell) enters the world; but not with two turntables and a microphone or a devil’s haircut. 1970
Bob Dylan and The Band’s album “Before The Flood” goes gold. 1974
Arctic Monkeys co-founder (with Alex Turner), guitarist Jamie Cook, is born. 1985
Always leave them wanting more. During an encore Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers tumbles headfirst off the stage. He suffers severe bruises and requires stitches. Not only does that end the concert, it forces the cancellation of other shows in Germany. 2000
Touring Green. Incubus begin their tour in support of their “Light Grenades” album in Tucson. The group teams with Sustainable Minded Artists Recording & Touring to utilize biodiesel-powered tour vehicles, while offering fans organic food and merchandise, as well as information booths promoting environmental groups. “It’s incredibly important to us as a band to preserve the environment when we’re on tour,” says frontman Brandon Boyd 2007
Beck’s eighth album, “Modern Guilt,” co-produced by Gnarls Barkley’s Danger Mouse, arrives. 2008
“Ladies Of The Night” is published. The book, written by KISS’ Gene Simmons, explores the history of prostitution. 2008
Paul McCartney appears in a promotional TV commercial as part of a fundraising campaign for disabled U.K. athletes traveling to the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. 2008
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers announce they are auctioning off front-row and other quality seats on their North American tour to help rebuild communities affected by Midwest floods. 2008
Jon Bon Jovi returns to his hometown of Sayerville, NJ to donate $1-million to help with the hurricane Sandy relief fund. “I know that this million-dollars sounds like a lot, but it’s really just a drop in the bucket,” says Bon Jovi. “We are taking a step today to rebuild lives.” 2013
U2 kick off the European leg of their Joshua Tree tour in London, and are joined former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher for a rendition of that band’s “Don’t Look Back In Anger.”  U2’s Bono dedicates the performance to the victims of the Manchester and London Bridge terrorist attacks and those in the Grenfell Tower blaze.  2017
An acrobat plunges to his death at Madrid’s Mad Cool Festival just before Green Day takes the stage. The band is severely criticized for performing after the fatality. But Green Day does not hear about the accident until after their show is over. “We didn’t even know there was an acrobat performance at all,” writes frontman Billie Joe Armstrong on the band’s site.  2017
X Japan frontman Yoshiki donates nearly $89,000 (10 million yen) to the Red Cross Society to provide disaster relief for families affected by the heavy downpours and flooding, which caused severe damage in Western Japan.  2018