2022-08-16

AUGUST 16th
Red Hot Chili Peppers release “Mother’s Milk.”  Containing a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” the album goes platinum (1 million copies sold).  1989
Staind’s fifth album, “Chapter V,” sells 185,000 copies in its first week to top the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Itis the third straight time the group has had a #1 debut. 2005
Melissa Etheridge’s “Yes I Am” reaches the 5 million sales mark. The album was released in late ’93. 1995
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Barry Hay, vocalist for Golden Earring, starts his life.  1948
Drummer Scott Asheton (Iggy Pop And The Stooges) enters the world.  1949
Guitarist Tim Farriss (INXS) is born in Perth, Western Australia. 1957
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and manager Brian Epstein make the decision to fire their drummer Pete Best. Ringo Starr is Best’s replacement. The Beatles line-up is complete. Best had been with the group for two years. 1962
Jack Ely, the Kingsmen vocalist who sang “Louie, Louie,” leaves the group before the song becomes a hit. 1963
Hippie radical Abbie Hoffman is tossed off the stage by The Who’s guitarist Pete Townshend during the group’s Woodstock set. Hoffman tries to make a political statement to the masses. Townshend, thinking Hoffman is just some crazy, gives him the boot. 1969
Hey Ho. The Ramones take up residence at New York’s CBGB’s (Punk’s breeding ground). 1974
Peter Gabriel announces he’s leaving Genesis. He wants more time with his family but suggests the group is dragging him down creatively. 1975
Elvis Presley has left the building – permanently. A heart attack claims the King of Rock n’ Roll at the age of 42. 1977
A disco version of KISS’ “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” goes gold. It is the end of western civilization as we know it. 1979
The ’Knacks infectious summer hit “My Sharona” goes gold. 1979
Rainbow is the headliner at England’s first Monsters of Rock festival. After the show, drummer Cozy Powell, decides to leave the group. 1980
Drugs, alcohol and endless band pranks cause drummer Bill Ward to quit Black Sabbath for the first time.  1980
“I Am The Night” is released. The Pantera album is the last to feature lead singer Terry Glaze (who is subsequently replaced by Phil Anselmo). 1985
MTV airs the Rap/Rock hybrid “Walk This Way” with Run DMC and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. It revives Aerosmith’s career and brings Rap to a white audience. 1986
Guitarist Wes Borland officially rejoins Limp Bizkit (following a short stint with Marilyn Manson), replacing Mike Smith. According to frontman Fred Durst, who made the announcement online, Smith “wasn’t where we needed him to be mentally.” Borland left Bizkit in ’03. 2004
Where’s the party? NBC reality show Tommy Lee Goes To College debuts. The program follows the Mötley Crüe drummer as he attends University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Forget the ratings. Lee needs to keep his grades up if there’s going to be a second season. 2005
Green Day wins in the Choice Music: Single category with “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” at the Teen Choice Awards in L.A. 2005
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Staind’s Aaron Lewis, founding KISS guitarist Ace Frehley are among the performers at the Ride for Dime 5 BBQ & Bash All Star Jam in Dallas. The event honors late Pantera guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott and raises money for select charities. 2009
Ted Nugent, who is fervently anti-Obama, is fired from writing op-ed columns for the Waco Tribune-Herald. Since ’07 the Texas newspaper had regularly featured his work. Nugent was told by the paper’s new owners to curtail overt negative criticisms. “It is impossible for me to fathom any American to tone down what is in his heart and soul,” says Nuge. 2009
Paul McCartney joins other musicians in calling for clemency in the case of Russian punk group Pussy Riot. The three female band members are on trial for staging a protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral. “I would like you to know that I very much hope the Russian authorities would support the principle of free speech for all their citizens and not feel that they have to punish you for your protest,” McCartney writes in a open letter to the group. The next day, the group is convicted of “hooliganism driven by religious hatred and offending religious believers” and receive two-year sentence. 2012
Actor Johnny Depp joins Gene Simmons (KISS) and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke for a charity concert in Hollywood. Proceeds go to Mending Kids, an organization that helps provide free “life-changing surgical care to children worldwide.” 2015
Bad Wolves are the year’s first Rock group to score a platinum single (one million sales). They do it with their cover of The Cranberries song “Zombie.” 2018
The estate of “Dimebag” Darell Abbott (Pantera/Damageplan) wants out of an endorsement deal with Dean Guitars and files a lawsuit to accomplish that end.  The suit claims breach of contract, fraud and accounting irregularities related to the partnership. “(The) claims — across the board — are baseless, without any merit, and not grounded in reality,” states Dean Guitars in a statement.” Abbott started playing Dean Guitars when he was 14 and continued until he was fatally shot onstage in ’04.  2021