2022-08-01

 

   

AUGUST 1st
George Harrison kicks off the concerts for Bangladesh. Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton perform to raise money to feed the people of that war-torn nation. 1971
Guns N’ Roses debut, “Appetite For Destruction,” is released. With the singles “Welcome To The Jungle,” “Paradise City” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” the album becomes one of the best sellers of all time topping 30 million copies.  1987
Stone Sour, with Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and Jim Root, release their second album, “Come What(ever) May.” “It’s good, heavy Rock that’s going to kick you in the face,” says Taylor. He goes on to claim that the set is superior to its predecessor. “The songs are better, the performance is better, the production is better,” he adds. 2006
Metallica’s music video for “Nothing Else Matters” is recognized for surpassing one billion views on YouTube. The third single from Metallica’s self-titled fifth studio album was uploaded to YouTube in ’09 and is the first Metallica track to reach the billion milestone.  2021
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Grateful Dead guitarist and guiding spirit, Jerry Garcia, enters this world. 1942
Blues guitarist/singer Robert Cray has a birthday. 1953
Bachman-Turner Overdrive guitarist and a founding member, Tim Bachman, is born in Manitoba, Canada. He’s Randy’s kid brother and eventually goes on to sell real estate in Abbotsford, British Columbia. 1951
Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot begins his life. 1959
The East German ‘youth’ oriented Young World declares Elvis Presley Public Enemy #1. And this is way before “Kissin’ Cousins” is released! 1960
Counting Crowes vocalist Adam Duritz is born in Baltimore, MD. 1964
Dan Donegan, guitarist for Disturbed, is born in Oak Lawn, IL. 1968
MTV debuts. It changes just about everything in music and video. “I want my MTV” is heard throughout the land even though the network launches with only 120 videos (approximately 8 hours-worth of material). J.J. Jackson, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Martha Quinn and Alan Hunter are the original VJs. The Buggles “Video Killed The Radio Star” is the first video. 1981
The Grateful Dead issue one of their more commercially successful albums (thanks to the single “Touch Of Grey”), “In The Dark.” 1987
Bob Seger’s “Shakedown” is #1. Glenn Frey was originally lined up to record the song for the “Beverly Hill Cop II” soundtrack but he came down with laryngitis. Seger steps in, rewrites some of the lyrics to the Harold Faltermeyer-Keith Forsey song and the rest is, as they say, history. 1987
MTV Europe rolls out. The first video is Dire Straits “Money For Nothing.” 1987
“The Last Temptation Of Christ” opens. David Bowie plays Pontius Pilate. 1988
News arrives that former Soil singer Ryan McCombs has joined Drowning Pool, replacing Jason ‘Gong’ Jones, who quit the band in June. 2005
Someone’s knocking at the door. Paul McCartney files for divorce from his second wife, Heather Mills. The couple says they plan an amicable divorce. Less than a week later, McCartney changes all the locks on their house. 2006
Lollapalooza gets underway in Chicago. More than 100 bands hit the stages over three days. Radiohead is the first to sell out their show. “Their production is just incredible,” raves Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell, the festival’s organizer. 2008
An exhibition of Led Zeppelin memorabilia opens at Knebworth House, the historic home in Hertfordshire, England. Proceeds go toward the Action For Brazil’s Children Trust, a charity supported by guitarist Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. 2008
Kings Of Leon cancel the remainder of their summer tour in the wake of an awful show in Dallas three days earlier. That concert was cut short after lead singer Caleb Followill left the stage to vomit. A band representative claimed Followill was “suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion,” and the band has opted to scrap the tour rather than play subpar gigs. However, bassist Jared Followill writes on Twitter, “there are internal sicknesses & problems” and “there are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.” 2011
J. Geils sues the J. Geils Band. The group’s namesake contends that his bandmates “planned and conspired” to exclude him from an upcoming tour. “These guys (Peter Wolf, Seth Justman, Danny Klein and Richard ‘Magic Dick’ Salwitz) performed in Mr. Geils’s band, but that doesn’t give them the right to grab the name,” states Geils’ attorney. 2012
A lawsuit filed against Daniel Baldi, the doctor who prescribed drugs to the late Paul Gray, is dismissed. A judge rules that Brenna Gray, the Slipknot bassist’s widow, waited too long and the statute of limitations had passed on her chance to file suit. In an earlier proceeding, Baldi’s legal team successfully argued that at the time of Gray’s death no drugs which Baldi had prescribed were found in his system. 2014
Neil Young announces via his website that he is boycotting non-organic cotton and urges his fans to do the same. “Today, I have taken the steps to remove sales of non-organic t-shirts and other products that damage the Earth from my concerts and my web stores,” Young writes. 2014
“Get On Up,” a James Brown biopic produced by Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones), is in theaters. 2014
Prior to a concert in Charlotte, Slipknot partners with Equality NC, an organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians following the passage of the so-called “bathroom bill.”  “We believe that regardless of who you are, or what you believe in… everyone should be given access to equal opportunities they need to succeed,” writes the band in a statement on social media. 2016
Goldy McJohn (John Raymond Goadsby), organist and a founding member of Steppenwolf (“Born To Be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride,”) dies of a heart attack at age 72.  2017
Chevelle and Revolution Brewing present La Gargola, a classic German-style Helles Lager and the band’s first brewer collaboration.  2019