2022-08-05

AUGUST 5th
Dismissed (at the time) as relics from a bygone era, the Rolling Stones prove the critics wrong when “Miss You” tops the pop chart. 1978Metallica tops Nielsen’s list of the top 100 Recordings of the SoundScan Era (starting in ’91). Their self- titled “Black” album has sold over 15 million copies. 2013Rise Against score their first platinum album certificates for  (’06) and “Appeal To Reason” (’08).  Both sold over one million units.  2021
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Rick Derringer (born Richard Zehringer) has a birthday. The Fort Wayne, OH, native starts with the McCoys (“Hang On Sloopy”) then plays with both Johnny and Edgar Winter before embarking solo career and scoring with “Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo.” 1947
Guitarist Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister) enters the world.  1955
“It’s got a good beat and I can dance to it. I give it a 95.” American Bandstand, with host Dick Clark, debuts on national TV (ABC). Teens dance to the hits of the day. The show originates from Philadelphia before moving to L.A. 1957
Guitarist Pat Smear (born Georg Ruthenberg in West L.A.) has a birthday. He was Nirvana’s backing guitarist (’93-’94) and member of the Foo Fighters (’94 – ’97). He rejoined the Foos in ’06 as their touring guitarist and was eventually made a full band member. 1959
Adam Yauch is born in Brooklyn. He becomes the Beastie Boys’ M.C.A. 1964
Stevie Wonder resigns with Motown Records. At $13 million over seven years (one album per year), it’s the richest contract to date. 1975
The hypnotic and haunting “So Alive” (Love & Rockets) peaks at #3 on the pop chart. 1989
Hundreds of KISS fans, some in full face paint, protest outside the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, demanding that the band be inducted. According to a Rock Hall rep, the half-hour demonstration was the first of its kind. KISS became eligible for inclusion in the Rock Hall ten years earlier. Not to worry, they eventually get inducted. 2006
Pearl Jam headline the closing night of Lollapalooza in Chicago. During the show, lyrics criticizing President Bush are censored from a live webcast by AT&T Inc. The lines are cut from a rendition of “Daughter” (with a part to the tune of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall”) include “George Bush, leave this world alone,” the second time it was sung, and “George Bush find yourself another home.” Days later AT&T says they made a mistake. Following the incident Pearl Jam posts a notice. “This troubles us as citizens concerned with the issue of censorship and the increasingly consolidated control of the media,” writes the band. They also promise to “work harder to ensure live broadcasts or webcasts are ‘free from arbitrary edits’.” 2007
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler suffers serious injuries when he falls off a catwalk during the band’s concert at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. Tyler is airlifted to a hospital for treatment. He has a broken shoulder, gashes in his back and his head needs stitches. 2009
Don Henley (The Eagles), along with fellow songwriters Mike Campbell and Danny Kortchmar, settle their lawsuit against California Republican Senate candidate Chuck Devore after the politician used “The Boys Of Summer” and “All She Wants To Do Is Dance” in promotional videos without asking permission. “The court’s ruling in this case confirms that political candidates, regardless of affiliation, should seek appropriate license authority before they use copyrighted works,” says Devore in a statement. 2010
Lollapalooza, with headliners Coldplay, Foo Fighters, and Muse, celebrates its 20th anniversary. “I take great delight in knowing that for the past 20 years we’ve given so many new artists a prestigious stage and a massive audience to play in front of,” says Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), the founder of Lollapalooza. 2011
Godsmack issue “1000hp.” It sells 58,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at #3 on The Billboard 200 chart. 2014
For the second time in less than a month, Puddle Of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin is arrested for driving under the influence. He’s pulled over in South Dakota for speeding and is cited for possession of marijuana. 2015
Skillet’s “Unleashed” is out.  The album features the single “Feel Invincible.” 2016
“Suicide Squad” is in theaters. The film, about a group of imprisoned DC villains who are enlisted by the government to complete a deadly mission, features 30 Seconds To Mars’ Jared Leto as The Joker. 2016
Shinedown drummer Barry Kerch drops off the band’s tour due after testing positive for COVID-19, even though he’s fully vaccinated. Dustin Steinke of Sixx: AM fills in.  A month-and-a-half later, bassist Eric Bass tests positive forcing Shinedown to perform a couple shows as a trio. 2021
While on tour in Bonner Springs, KS the Foo Fighters perform on flatbed truck for members of the Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church who are demonstrating with signs proclaiming what God hates. “The way I look at it is I love everybody,” says frontman Dave Grohl. “Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do? You know what you should be doing?” The Foo Fighters then break into the Bee Gees’ song “You Should Be Dancing.”  2021