2022-08-23

AUGUST 23rd
“Fleetwood Mac,” with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks (for the first time), is released. The set contains “Over My Head,” “Say You Love Me” “Landslide” and “Rhiannon.” It is one of the all-time best sellers. 1975
“Be Here Now,” by Oasis, moves 696,000 copies in the first two days of its release becoming the fastest selling album in the U.K. Of course, it tops the chart. 1997
 
Halestorm’s Uncomfortable,” from its fourth album “Vicious,” tops Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. It’s the band’s fourth #1, and it ties them with The Pretty Reckless for the most chart toppers by a female-fronted act. Halestorm’s previous #1 songs are “Freak Like Me,” “Apocalyptic” and “Amen.”  2018
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
The Who’s cataclysmic drummer, Keith Moon, is born. 1946
Survivor vocalist Jimi Jamison is born in Durant, MS. 1951
Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) has a birthday. The guitarist hails from Point Pleasant, NJ. 1961
John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell in Liverpool. Lennon’s fellow Beatles, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, attend. 1962
The Beatles release “She Loves You” in the United Kingdom. It sets a British sales record remaining on the chart for thirty-one consecutive weeks. 1963
The Beatles perform at the Hollywood Bowl. Selections from this concert and the one a year later comprise “The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl” album. 1964
Britain’s Top Of The Pops rejects the Rolling Stones film for their song “We Love You.” They find the psychedelic-influenced clip unsuitable. 1967
Keith Moon drives a Lincoln Continental into a pool at the Holiday Inn in Flint, MI during his 21st birthday party.   The incident earns The Who a lifetime ban from the Holiday Inn chain.  1967
Ringo Starr, disgusted with how he`s being treated leaves The Beatles. He returns a week later and finds his drum set strewn with flowers. They missed him after all. 1968
The Rolling Stones top the pop chart with “Honky Tonk Women.” Released the day after Brian Jones’ funeral, it’s the group’s first hit with guitarist Mick Taylor (Jones’ replacement). 1969
The self-titled debut, “Blind Faith,” enters the U.S. album chart eventually reaching #1. With that kind of success you’d think Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Ric Grech would give it another shot – but no. 1969
Lou Reed leaves the Velvet Underground.  The group’s final performance (for over two decades) is at New York City’s Max’s Kansas City club. 1970
The Strokes vocalist Julian Casablancas sees his first light of day. 1978
The Cars’ singer/guitarist Ric Ocasek, marries model Paulina Porizkova on the Caribbean island of St. Bart’s. 1989
Duran Duran earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 1993
Killer Queen. “Queen’s Greatest Hits” is released in Iran. Queen is the first Rock band to receive the official seal of approval in Iran even though Western music is strictly prohibited and homosexuality is considered a serious crime. Queen’s late singer, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDs in ’91, was of Iranian ancestry. 2004
Dr. Brian May, if you please. The Queen guitarist finally earns his doctorate degree in astrophysics from London’s Imperial College. May aces a three-hour oral exam in which he discusses his thesis, Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud. “I’m going to be proud to call myself doctor from now on,” says May. He started work on his Ph.D 36 years earlier but was obviously sidetracked. 2007
Aerosmith’s “You Gotta Move,” from ’08’s “Honkin’ On Bobo,” is the theme song for World Wrestling Entertainment’s SummerSlam event at the Staples Center in L.A. 2009
Bret Michaels (Poison) and The Today Show’s Natalie Morales host the Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas. Jimena Navarrete, Miss Mexico, is crowned Miss Universe. 2010
The Black Keys Dan Auerbach gets divorced from Stephanie Gonis. She gets a $5 million settlement. But here’s the kicker. Gonis is awarded one of Auerbach’s prized possessions… a lock of Bob Dylan’s hair. 2013
Rockastar Sports Group, with Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil, is awarded an Arena Football League expansion team franchise in Las Vegas. 2014
The Minnesota Wild hockey team announces that “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince will play every time the team scores a goal. 2016
Ted Nugent claims that Facebook is “lying” about the number of his followers due to his conservative politics.  He states he has more than seven times the 3.3 million fans that’s officially reported.    2017
Sex Pistols’ John Lydon loses his legal challenge over the right to use the band’s songs in “Pistol,” a six-episode biopic about Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. A judge rules that a longstanding contract between band members regarding song use is valid and active, and that the majority of the band (guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook) could overrule any individual (Lydon) member’s veto. 2021
Aerosmith and Universal Music Group (UMG) announce an expansive worldwide alliance covering the group’s entire discography, merchandise and audio-video projects. One goal is to promote the band’s musical legacy to new generations.  2021