2022-07-09

JULY 9th
Steve Winwood’s “Roll With It,” containing the chart topping title track, starts its climb up the Billboard Album chart. It goes to #1 in the U.S. on its way to selling 3-million copies.  1988
“By The Way,” Red Hot Chili Peppers’ eighth studio album, drops.  The album peaks at #2 on the Album Chart, and is subsequently certified double platinum in the U.S.  2002
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
AC/DC’s original wailer Bon Scott is born. 1946
Mitch Mitchell (John Ronald Mitchell), drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, is born in Ealing, Middlesex, England.  1946
The revolution is now! “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock” by Bill Haley And His Comets is #1 in the U.S. The song, which failed to crack the Top 20 in its initial run, is re-released after being used in the opening credits of the film” Blackboard Jungle.” It’s the first Rock n’ Roll song to top the pop chat. 1955
Vocalist Jim Kerr is born.  Though the Simple Minds were successful Kerr’s most notable accomplishment was being married to Chrissie Hynde, of The Pretenders, from ’84 – ’90. 1959
The Animals reworking of a traditional Blues song, “House Of The Rising Sun,” tops the U.K. charts. 1964
The widow-Cobain, actress and Hole leader, Courtney Love, rocks into the world. 1964
Bassist Frankie Bello is born.  Bello is originally a roadie and guitar technician for Anthrax, but later replaces Dan Lilker.  1965
The Doors’ Jim Morrison is buried at P’ere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. The cemetery is also the final resting place for several famous contributors to the arts and letters including Oscar Wilde and Frederic Chopin. 1971
Detroit native John Anthony Gillis, better known as Jack White (White Stripes, The Raconteurs), has a birthday. 1975
Hoobastank guitarist, Dan Estrin, celebrates his birthday. 1976
“Love Gun” from KISS enters the Album chart. 1977
Elvis Costello quits his day job at Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics to pursue a music career full-time. 1977
“Every Breath You Take” tops the pop chart. The Police song remains at #1 for eight weeks. 1983
Though producer Richie Zito had to work like a demon to convince Cheap Trick to record it, “The Flame” becomes the #1 song in the U.S. 1988
Grunge label Sub-Pop presents the first Lame Fest at Seattle’s Moore Theater. The headliners are Tad and Mudhoney. The opening act is a little-known band called Nirvana. 1989
The Operation Rock N’ Roll Tour, with Judas Priest, Alice Cooper and Motorhead starts in Salt Lake City, of all places. The tour is vocalist Rob Halford’s last with Priest in the ’90s. 1991
Jerry Garcia plays his last concert with the Grateful Dead. It’s at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Garcia suffers a fatal heart attack a month later. 1995
Melbourne’s city council honors AC/DC when they unanimously agree to rename a local alleyway (Corporation Lane) AC/DC Lane but some locals object, delaying the process. 2004
While playing the Oxegen festival near Dublin, Green Day remembers the victims of London’s terrorist attacks two days earlier. “This is for all the innocents,” says singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong prior to the group’s performance of “Wake Me Up When September Ends.” 2005
Slipknot DJ Sid Wilson (a.k.a. +0) breaks both his heels while jumping offstage during the first show of the inaugural Rockstar Mayhem Festival tour in Auburn, WA. Wilson continues to perform onstage in a wheelchair. 2008
Carlos Santana proposes to his band’s drummer, Cindy Blackman, onstage in Tinley Park, IL. Santana pops the question following Blackman’s drum solo on “Corazon Espinado.” She says ‘yes’. 2010
Former Motorhead guitarist Michael “Wurzel” Burston dies following a battle with heart disease. He joined the band in ’84 and left in ’95. He was 61. 2011
Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno announces that ‘13 will be his final year as a performer. “I am gonna be ‘Pulling The Plug’ and making it my ‘Farewell Tour’. It was good whilst it lasted,” writes Di’Anno on Facebook. 2012
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson is awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Northumbria, located in Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. 2014
The Outfield’s John Spinks dies after a long battle with liver cancer. He was 60 years old. 2014
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is sentenced to 8-months of home detention. The Tauranga District Court in New Zealand rules after Rudd pleads guilty to drug charges and of threatening to kill an assistant. 2015
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor slaps a phone out of the hand of a front row audience member during a concert. The singer later urges fans to “stay home” if they want to text during a Slipknot set. 2016
Journey guitarist Neal Schon announces that he is donating a portion of his personal guitar and memorabilia collection to the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP). Born at Oklahoma’s Tinker Air Force Base, Schon was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame in ‘13 and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, as a member of Journey, in ‘17.  2018
Candlebox release “In Your Hands,” which honors victims of gun violence in the U.S. “When people read the words ‘gun violence awareness,’ a lot of folks just see the word ‘gun’ and get up in arms about the government coming to try and take their firearms, as opposed to taking a step back to think about the reality of the situation,” states vocalist Kevin Martin.  2021
Fuel unfurl the single “Hard,” which marks the return of Carl Bell, the guitarist and principal songwriter of the band’s first four records. Bell left in ’10. 2021
“KoЯn: Follow The Leader” is published.  The book offers an in‐depth perspective on KoЯn’s massive commercial breakthrough album (“Follow The Leader”) which debuted at #1 on Billboard, selling 5-million copies in the U.S. on the strength of two hits singles “Got The Life” and “Freak On A Leash.”  2021