2022-07-27

JULY 27th
Metallica’s “Ride The Lightning,” their second studio album, drops. It takes three years for the effort go gold (500,000 units moved) but it eventually sells over six million copies. 1984
Smashing Pumpkins’ “Siamese Dream,” with the classic “Disarm,” rolls out. 1993
Van Halens’s “Jump,” from their “1984” album, beats out the Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up” to be named the world’s best sporting song by the music rights organization PRS For Music. A poll of the organization’s members was taken to mark the Olympic Games. 2012
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Pantera bassist Rex Brown is born.  1964
One of Soul Asylum’s founding members, bassist Karl Mueller, is born in Minneapolis. 1967
The self-titled debut by the New York Dolls is released and serves as an influential precursor of Punk Rock.  1973
“Hope Neil Young will remember, southern man don’t need him around anyhow.” Lynyrd Skynyrd release “Sweet Home Alabama,” a response to Neil Young’s critical “Southern Man.” 1974
John Lennon wins the right to stay in the U.S. Following three years of legal wrangling, Judge Ira Fieldsteel grants Lennon a Green Card. 1976
Bruce Springsteen sues his manager Mike Appel for fraud and breach of contract. Of course, Appel counter-sues. End result: Springsteen wins his freedom but has to sit out a year while the legal maneuvers are carried out. 1976
Tina Turner finally files for divorce from abusive husband Ike. 1976
Alice Cooper’s Indian art store in Scottsdale, AZ, is fire-bombed. No arrests are made. Cooper, who’d been making anti-disco remarks, chalks it up to the work of a “disco freak.” 1979
Bryan Adams begins a string of ballads that go to #1 with “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.” The others are “All For Love” (with Rod Stewart and Sting) and “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?” 1991
Ozzy Osbourne speaks out about his demonic reputation in a USA Today article. “It’s a wonder I haven’t been blamed for the outbreak of AIDS,” says Ozzy. 1992
Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkerson dies in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, at age 49 of from cirrohsis of the liver. 2001
Courtney Love avoids jail time on drug charges in L.A. but is sentenced to an 18-month drug rehab program. “I’ve got to stop drinking,” says Love. “It’s gonna be fun.” Is she in denial or what? 2004
An animated Green Day appears in “The Simpsons Movie.” Of course, hardly anyone goes to the opening just to see an inked Green Day. The group already has a lot of ink in real life. Green Day dies (drown like ‘American Idiots’ in a polluted Lake Springfield) though their funeral gets the plot rolling. Prior to their demise, they perform a killer version of “The Simpsons Theme” but the film’s breakout song is “Spider Pig.” D’Oh! 2007
Bruce Springsteen may be The Boss but Jon Bon Jovi is The Champ. The Philadelphia Soul, an Arena Football team co-owned by Jon Bon Jovi, wins the Arena Bowl XXII championship in New Orleans. They beat the San Jose SaberCats 59-56.  2008
“Nightmare,” Avenged Sevenfold’s fifth studio album, is out. It’s the band’s first album since the passing of drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan the previous December. They brought in Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy to finish the album. The title track is the lead single. 2010
A film chronicling Eric Clapton’s 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival is screened in 475 North American theaters. The one night only showing is hosted by Clapton and features performances by ZZ Top, Steve Winwood, B.B. King, Jeff Beck and Sheryl Crow. 2010
Aretha Franklin plays a benefit concert at Philadelphia’s Mann Center for the Performing Arts to raise funds for inner-city youth programs and education initiatives. Accompanying Franklin on piano is former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. “We do have some things in common, but I am a Democrat forever,” says Franklin. 2010
Foo Fighters’ “Walk,” the second single off of their album, “Wasting Light,” replaces the set’s lead single, “Rope” at #1 on the Billboard Top Rock Songs chart. “Rope” had a 20-week run in the top spot. 2011
Paul McCartney and Arctic Monkeys (doing a rendition of The Beatles “Come Together”) are among the acts performing at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.  2012
Guitarist DJ Ashba announces his departure from Guns N’ Roses after six years. Ashba states he plans to focus on Sixx: AM (led by Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx). “I want to take a moment to thank Axl (Rose, GN’R frontman) from the bottom of my heart for not only the most incredible experience of my life, but for truly believing in me,” writes Ashba, in a handwritten letter to fans. 2015
Between The Buried And Me drummer Blake Richardson walks off the stage during the band’s set in Salt Lake City. “I’ve been battling with a nerve issue in my left leg this entire tour,” states Richardson who later apologizes for his actions. “The pain in my leg, coupled with a night full of technical difficulties, caused me to lash out in frustration.” 2015
Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil pleads not guilty in a Las Vegas courtroom after being charged for assaulting a female autograph seeker four months earlier. 2016
Slayer’s Kerry King says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is “the biggest liar I’ve ever seen in politics.”  2016
Kid Rock, a possible candidate for a Michigan senate seat, launches a non-profit organization to encourage voter registration.  People are “are just simply tired of the extreme left and right bulls–t.,” says Rock.  He doesn’t run and laughs the whole thing off. 2017
Stone Sour bassist Johny Chow proposes to his longtime girlfriend Christi Allen during the band’s concert in Toronto.  She says ‘yes’.  2017
Godsmack’s “Under Your Scars” tops Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart. Bad Wolves’ former #1, “Remember When,” drops to #3 with Volbeat’s “Last Day Under The Sun” jumping into the #2 slot.  2019
Mammoth WVH, the solo project of Wolfgang Van Halen, plays its first-ever concert at Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS. The show is a warm-up for their supporting trek with Guns N’ Roses. 2021
“Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography” arrives. Covering the life of Ronnie James Dio (Dio, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Elf), it’s co-written by British music journalist Mick Wall and Dio’s widow and longtime manager Wendy Dio. Prior to his death in ‘10, Dio had been writing his autobiography.  2021