2022-08-07

August 7th
Neil Young with Pearl Jam as his backing band release “Mirror Ball.” Young’s 21st album is subsequently certified gold (500,000 units moved) by the RIAA in the United States. 1995
Evanescence’s “Call Me When You’re Sober” clip debuts on MTV. Singer Amy Lee plays a modernized Little Red Riding Hood in the company of live wolves. “The song is so literal that we felt like the video would have the freedom to go in a less literal direction,” says Lee. She later adds that the track is about her relationship with ex-boyfriend, Shaun Morgan (Seether). The song is the first single from “The Open Door.” 2006
“The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell: Volume 1” debuts at #2 on the Billboard 200 (behind Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”). The Five Finger Death Punch album sells 112,000 copies in its first week of release. 2013
Arcade Fires “Everything Now” is #1 on the Billboard 200. It sells over 100,000 copies during its debut week.  2017
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Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickenson is born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England. 1958
Time magazine pans “A Hard Day’s Night” saying the public should “avoid this film at all costs.” Later, critics call The Beatles film the best Rock n’ Roll movie of all-time. 1964
During a Chicago concert, Dave Clark 5 singer Mike Smith is pulled off the stage by excited fans and breaks two ribs. 1965
J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf marries actress Faye Dunaway. 1974
Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta has a birthday.  He was born in New Haven, CT.  1977
Cult classic “Heavy Metal” is released.  The soundtrack features Sammy Hagar, Blue Öyster Cult and Black Sabbath.  1981John Cougar (aka John Mellencamp) lands at #2 on the U.S. chart with the million selling “Hurts So Good.” It’s kept out of the top spot by the Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me.” 1982
Black Sabbath release their 11th studio album “Born Again.”  It is the only Sabbath album with former Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan. Released to mixed reviews the album later becomes a fan favorite.  1983
Was Ozzy Osbourne’s “Suicide Solution” the reason for a teen’s suicide? A Los Angeles judge doesn’t think so and throws out the case against Osbourne filed by the teen’s parents. 1987
Over the four years after its release, Poison’s debut, “Look What The Cat Dragged In” has, according to the record industry, sold 3-million copies. 1990
Too much information. Gene Simmons Family Jewels reality series featuring the KISS bassist-singer premieres on the A&E network. The show documents the lives of Simmons; his longtime partner, actress-model Shannon Tweed; and their teenage children Nick and Sophie. 2006
When it’s 2 against 1, the majority splits. It’s announced that bassist Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskitt have left Wolfmother after “longstanding frictions within the group.” Frontman Andrew Stockdale plans recruit new musicians to continue on as Wolfmother. Ross and Heskitt say they will work together on another project. 2008
Elvis Presley’s favorite stage attire (he really hated that gold suit from the ’50s), the so-called ‘peacock jumpsuit’, is sold at an auction for $300,000. Presley bought the rhinestone embroidered outfit for $10,000. 2008
Cuba’s first Beatles Club, named Yellow Submarine (Submarino Amarillo), opens in Havana. For decades Beatles music was banned in Cuba. 2011
Thirty-two years after Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) presented the first No Nukes concerts at Madison Square Garden, many of the original performers; Crosby, Stills and Nash, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt, plus Tom Morello ( Rage Against The Machine), hold a No Nukes event in Mountain View, CA, in response to the nuclear disasters in Japan, “The goal is to raise money so we can fund all the anti-nuclear power groups who have been working so long and so hard for sanity,” says Graham Nash (CSN). Proceeds go to MUSE to support disaster relief efforts. 2011
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California rules in favor of Green Day regarding the band’s use of illustrator Dereck Seltzer’s “Scream Icon,” in the ’09 video “East Jesus Nowhere.” Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain calls it a “close and difficult case.” Despite the ruling, Green Day still gets stuck with over $200,000 in legal fees. 2013
The Rolling Stones score their 50th Billboard 200 chart entry with “Hyde Park Live.” The set, culled from their live London shows, debuts at #19. It also marks the Stones’ 45th Top 40 chart entry. 2013
Evanescence guitarist Terry Balsamo is replaced by Jen Majura. “After two albums, countless adventures around the world and on the stage, Terry’s time has come to an end,” states frontwoman Amy Lee. She goes on to describe Majura as the “missing piece.” 2015
It’s the fifth annual “Metallica Night” at AT&T Park in San Francisco as the Giants take the field against the world-champion Chicago Cubs. Metallica is on hand for the National Anthem which they perform and throwing out the first pitch. 2017
The Arizona Lottery has a scratch ticket featuring Alice Cooper. “We are proud of the work Alice is doing with the Solid Rock teen center to provide incredible resources, positivity and excellence for Arizona youth,” said Gregg Edgar, executive director of the Arizona Lottery.  2018
“Nowhere Generation” from Rise Against takes the top spot on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart.  It’s the title track from the band’s ninth album.  2021
Soulfly announce that guitarist Marc Rizzo has left the band just prior to their U.S. tour.  He is replaced by Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares.  2021