2022-08-20

AUGUST 20th
“Empire,” the fourth full-length studio album by Queensryche, is released. The album stands as the band’s most commercially successful release, reaching triple-platinum status.   1990  
The Recording Industry Association of America says The Eagles’ album — “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” — now certified 38x platinum is the best-selling album of all-time. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” at 33x platinum, is second. The Eagles’ “Hotel California,” released in 1977, is now 26x platinum and the third best-selling album of all-time.  2018
 
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, the result of a whole lotta love, is born. 1948
Thin Lizzy bassist/singer Phil Lynott enters the world. The group is known for “The Boys Are Back In Town” and “Jailbreak.” 1949
Doug Fieger, the lead singer for The Knack and co-writer of the ’79 hit “My Sharona” (with lead guitarist Berton Averre), is born in Detroit. 1952
Pantera/Damageplan guitarist, “Dimebag” Darrell (born Darrell Lance Abbott), enters the world. 1966
Tax dollars at work. The University of Tennessee does a study showing that music at 120 decibels (the volume of The Who at their loudest) harms guinea pig’s hearing. NY club owner Steve Paul has the last word when he tells an inquiring reporter, “should a major increase in guinea pig attendance occur, we’ll certainly bear their comfort in mind.” 1968
The last time all time all four Beatles are in the Abbey Road studio together. They finish “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” 1969
Frank Zappa disbands the Mothers Of Invention. Seems Zappa has grown tired of playing for people who clap for all the wrong reasons. 1969
Fred Durst (William Frederick Durst), Limp Bizkit’s vocalist, is born in Jacksonville, FL. 1970
Miguel “Meegs” Rascon, guitarist for Coal Chamber, has a birthday. 1970
Carlos Santana gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 1996
While on tour in England, Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins overdoses (painkillers or heroin, stories differ) and goes into a coma. “I’ve been into rehab and cleaned up,” Taylor later states. “It’s all in the past.” 2001
Seether deliver the debut album, “Disclaimer.” 2002
Velvet Revolver play drummer roulette as Matt Sorum recovers from a fractured hand. First, they enlist veteran Brian Tichy, now they recruit Mark Schulman whose first gig with the band is an Ozzfest show in Vegas. Meanwhile Sorum undergoes physical therapy. 2005
Drummer Joey Jordison’s broken ankle forces Slipknot to cancel the remaining shows on their European tour, including performances at England’s Reading and Leeds festivals. “Doctors have advised Joey to stay off his leg for 4-6 weeks to prevent further injury or permanent and more serious damage,” reads a band statement. 2008
Ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler pleads not guilty in a Los Angeles court to charges stemming from his drug-related arrest the previous month. 2008
Led Zeppelin’s ‘03 DVD is certified thirteen times platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) for sales in excess of 1.3 million copies in the U.S. alone. The double-DVD set features over five hours of never-before-available footage from ’69 to ’79. 2012
Bruce Springsteen sends his first tweet ever prior to a South American tour. “Bruce here… looking forward to seeing friends in Chile, Argentina & Brazil on tour next month. Any requests?” 2013
The film soundtrack “Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1” with songs by David Bowie and the Runaways is #1 on the Billboard 200. It’s the first soundtrack album consisting entirely of previously released songs to top the chart. 2014
Megadeth end their show in Paraguay after five songs when fans break through the barricades protecting the stage, leaving several of them injured (and almost killing one person).  2016
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends the Tragically Hip’s concert in Kingston, Ont. The show is the final stop of the band’s farewell tour which launched after lead singer Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.  2016
Imagine Dragons win Best Rock Video at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). 2018
A monument honoring Thin Lizzy mainman Phil Lynott is unveiled in his hometown of West Bromwich where he was born and lived before moving to Dublin. The unveiling is on what would have been Lynott’s 72nd birthday (see above again). 2021
“The Metal Tour Of The Year,” co-headlined by Megadeth and Lamb Of Godmarks the return of Megadeth bassist James LoMenzota (‘06 – ’10), taking over from David Ellefson, who was fired from the band for illicit social media contact with a minor.  2021