2022-07-19

JULY 19th
 Do the charts really matter? The best track on Van Halen’s “5150” album, “Dreams,” can only get to #22 on the pop charts. Meanwhile “Invisible Touch,” the title track from Genesis’ thirteenth album, is #1. 1986
Marilyn Manson release “Portrait Of An American Family.” The album was produced by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Teznor. The album goes gold. 1994
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Guitarists Bernie Leadon (The Eagles) and Brian May (Queen) share a birthday. 1947
Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux is born. 1948
Allen Collins (Larkin Allen Collins Jr.), guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd is born in Jacksonville, FL.  1952
The title track from The Beatles second film, “Help!” is released as a single. 1965
The Rolling Stones classic “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” is certified gold by the RIAA (U.S. record industry). 1965
The Rolling Stones release one of their biggest hits “Honky Tonk Women.” The song is nearly banned due to lyrical content but a quick-thinking promo guy claims Mick Jagger sang “played a divorcee” not “laid a divorcee.” 1969
Robert Conrad “Robb” Flynn, lead vocalist/guitarist for Machine Head, is born on Oakland.  1967The Paul McCartney composed, “Listen To What The Man Says,” is a U.S. #1 for his band, Wings. 1975
Deep Purple pull the plug after numerous personnel changes. They went through three lead singers (Rod Evans, Ian Gillian and David Coverdale), three bass players (Nicky Simper, Roger Glover and Glenn Hughes) and two guitarists (Ritchie Blackmore and Tommy Bolin). Only organist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice make whole trip. 1976
Guns N’ Roses made him do it. Steven Alder sues his former bandmates claiming they forced him to use heroin, then bounced him from the group when he tried to kick the habit. The drummer is later paid $2 million and 15% of royalties for everything he recorded up until his dismissal.  1991
Ellie Rowsell, singer with Wolf Alice Archway, U.K.  1992
It’s announced Metallica’s James Hetfield has entered rehab for alcoholism and “other addictions.” 2001
Original Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkenson becomes a free bird (passes away). Wilkenson, 49, survives the ’77 plane crash that takes Skynyrd’s lead singer Ronnie Van Zant. 2001
The third time the charm? The New York Post reports that Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee proposed to the former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson in Las Vegas. Normally, this stuff wouldn’t rate a mention, but after all, this is Tommy Lee and Pamela! Both parties later deny the rumor. Anderson even claims that she is committed to two (yes, two) other men. Lee and Anderson were wed in ’95 and ’96. 2005
Guns N’ Roses exit the stage abruptly at their concert in Newcastle, England. Singer Axl Rose is hit twice by objects thrown from the crowd. Keyboardist Dizzy Reed calls the show “one of the best gigs of the entire tour,” and says the early ending was due to “two morons who obviously don’t know how to behave at a Rock concert.” Does anybody?  2006
Queen guitarist Brian May is awarded an honorary fellowship from England’s Liverpool John Moores University. “It is a very nice birthday party for me and wonderful to be recognized,” says May on his 60th birthday (see above). The honor notes his contributions to astronomy. 2007
REO Speedwagon’s flood relief efforts earn a certificate of recognition from the Des Moines, Iowa, chapter of the National Weather Service. REO’s Ridin’ Out The Storm benefit concert raised more than $550,000 for area flood victims. 2008
Warrant’s lead singer Jani Lane is ordered to serve 120 days in jail after pleading no contest to his second DUI charge in less than a year. Officers at the scene reported that Lane blew twice the legal limit in a Breathalyzer test and failed field sobriety tests. Lane also loses his license for three years and is required to complete a 30-month alcohol education program. 2010
KISS play a private show for veterans at the Jiffy Lube Live Arena in Bristow, VA. Prior to the show, KISS and opening act Mötley Crüe present a check for $250,000 to the National Chamber Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program. “A free country’s greatest national treasure are the people that make that country free,” says KISS’ Paul Stanley. “God bless our troops. God bless America.” 2012
An article titled “The Memory Remains: How Heavy Metal Fans Buffer Against The Fear Of Death” claims Heavy Metal music helps fans deal with the idea of their own death. Researchers from universities in the Netherlands and Germany write that listening to Metal is an “escape from depression and even helpful against death-related thoughts.” 2016
Third Eye Blind perform at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame charity event before an audience filled with Republican National Convention attendees. Frontman Stephan Jenkins continually blasts the GOP and antagonizes the crowd. He gets booed a lot. 2016
System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian writes on Facebook that “civilization in its current form has run its course.” He continues stating “reason seems to have taken a back seat to xenophobia, extremism and fanatical thinking and action.” 2016
The Columbus (OH) City Council passes legislation to turn the Alrosa Villa nightclub where Pantera/Damageplan guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was murdered into affordable apartments. For four decades, the Alrosa Villa hosted local and national acts, including Slipknot, KoЯn and Buckcherry.  2021