2022-07-24

JULY 24th
Jefferson Airplane’s second album, “Surrealistic Pillow” goes gold. The record contains two Airplane classics “White Rabbit” and “Somebody To Love.” Both songs were originally recorded by singer Grace Slick’s previous band, The Great Society. Good idea to bring her onboard. 1967
Pantera unleashes “Cowboys From Hell.” Their fifth studio album is their major label (ATCO) debut.  Considered “one of the most influential albums” in ‘90s Metal it’s also their first platinum effort. 1990
“Sounding The Seventh Trumpet,” Avenged Sevenfold’s debut, is out.  With a budget of only $2,000, the album goes on to sell 300,000 copies in the U.S.  2001
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An advertisement in the London Times encourages the British Government to legalize marijuana. It is signed by all four Beatles and other British musicians. 1967
Having shortened their name from Paul Revere & The Raiders to simply The Raiders, they have a chart-topping hit (their only one) with “Indian Reservation.” 1971
“(Bang A Gong) Get It On” is #1 in the U.K. The T-Rex song only gets to #10 in the U.S. Still, it’s the group’s most notable chart success. 1971
Bobby Ramirez, drummer with Edgar Winter’s White Trash, is killed by thugs in a Chicago bar because his hair is too long. Ramirez was 24. 1972
Thin Lizzy’s classic, and biggest hit, “The Boys Are Back In Town,” peaks at #12 in the U.S. 1976
Led Zeppelin perform their final U.S. concert in Oakland. 1977
The film “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” premieres. The film is awful and nearly destroys the careers of just about everyone involved (Peter Frampton, Bee Gees, etc). 1978
Joel Stroetzel has a birthday.  He goes on to form Killswitch Engage with co-guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz. 1980
Survivor’s “Eye Of The Tiger” (from “Rocky III”) is #1 on the Hot 100. The song is the group’s biggest hit. 1982
“La Bamba,” the Ritchie Valens bio pic, opens. The film stars Lou Diamond Phillips and has appearances by Brian Setzer and Marshall Crenshaw. 1987
Judas Priest get blamed for teen suicides in Reno. The case goes to trial with the judge ruling in favor of the group. 1990
Jimmy Eat World deliver “Bleed American.”  The platinum album was re-released as “Jimmy Eat World” following the 9/11 attacks; that name remained until ’08,  2001
Ex-Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro appears on FOX’s America`s Most Wanted” He discusses how the show helped catch his mother’s murderer. Caroline Navarro was shot in ’83 and her killer was apprehended 13-years later on a tip from a viewer. 2004
Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and bassist D’arcy Wretzky-Brown file suit against Virgin Records over profits from the group’s digitally released music. They claim that the label signed an ’05 deal with frontman Bill Corgan that shut them out of royalties generated by downloads, ringtones and other electronic transmissions. Iha and Wretzky-Brown seek damages for breach of contract and other alleged violations. 2008
Blink-182 launch a reunion tour (following a four-year hiatus). “We used to walk onstage and forget our parts – we just wanted to play fast and look cool,” says bassist Mark Hoppus. “This time we want to be a little more artistic.” 2009
A doodle drawn by the late John Lennon raises nearly $56,000 at a London auction. The caricature was scribbled during the ’69 Montreal Bed-In demonstrations with his wife Yoko Ono to protest the Vietnam War. 2010
Rush’s show in Calgary, cancelled due to heavy flooding and damage, is moved to nearby Red Deer. The concert becomes a benefit for Alberta Flood Relief. “After seeing the devastation from the recent floods, we felt compelled to do what we could,” says bassist Geddy Lee. 2013
Puddle Of Mudd’s Wes Scantlin gets arrested after an altercation with a neighbor and defacing a concrete wall the singer claims was built on his property. Scantlin is booked into the Hollywood Community Police Department on the charge of felony vandalism. 2013
Lamb Of God roll out “VII: Sturm Und Drang” (German for “storm and stress”). The title indirectly refers to vocalist Randy Blythe’s arrest in Prague on murder changes (he is later acquitted). 2015