2022-08-24

AUGUST 24th
Microsoft pays the Rolling Stones $12 million to use “Start Me Up” in the Windows ’95 ad campaigns. 1995
Lorde wins the Best Rock Video for “Royals” at the MTV Video Music Awards. 2014
Alice In Chains release “Rainier Fog.” The set was recorded in L.A., Nashville, and for the first time in more than 20 years, in the band’s hometown of Seattle. 2018
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Traffic’s late drummer/vocalist Jim Capaldi is born. 1944
Uriah Heep’s keyboardist Ken Hensley enters the world. 1945
Anthrax vocalist, John Bush, is born in L.A. He joins Anthrax in ’92, replacing Joey Belladonna. 1963
Stevie Wonder has the #1 single in the U.S. He’s the ripe old age of 13. 1963
The Doors begin recording their self-titled debut album at Sunset Sound Recording Studios in L.A. The album is released the following January. 1966
Guitarist Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) is born. 1968
Steppenwolf’s landmark single “Born To Be Wild” peaks at #2 on the U.S. pop chart (behind the Rascals “People Gotta Be Free”). The song, written by Mars Bonfire (aka Dennis Edmonton, the brother of Steppenwolf drummer Jerry Edmonton), soon becomes a classic. 1968
Bruce Springsteen makes the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. This is three years after Springsteen’s face was featured on Time and Newsweek. 1978
Love is all around. “The Power Of Love” ( Huey Lewis & The News) powers to #1 on the Billboard chart. Also, Heart makes a comeback with the single “What About Love.” It peaks at #10. 1985
At the Universal Amphitheater, The Who performs “Tommy” with help from Elton John, Steve Winwood, Patti LaBelle, Phil Collins and Billy Idol. Sure, it’s overblown, but it’s opera. 1989
In the old days KISS painted the town. Now, guitarist Paul Stanley has his original artwork exhibited in Wailea, Hawaii. The paintings are subsequently shown at other U.S. galleries. 2005
During the three-day Reading and Leeds Festivals begin in England Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor takes a shot at the Smashing Pumpkins reunion. “I think trying to resurrect the name Smashing Pumpkins… it’s all a bit corporate for me,” says Reznor. 2007
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler participates in the Rock Ride Boston motorcycle event. The 15-mile charity jaunt is a FORGE fundraiser. FORGE, with Opportunity International (who also receives proceeds from the ride), provide aid to refugees and support communities in war-torn African nations. 2008
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and pop star Leona Lewis perform a lyrically altered rendition of Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” at the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. As a Brit, Page symbolically helps pass the torch from Beijing to London, which hosts the 2012 Summer Olympics. 2008
U2’s Bono meets with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow. Over tea they discuss world issues, including HIV/AIDS efforts in Africa. But there are also great differences. “I come here to cross the great divide between me, a Led Zeppelin fan, and you, the Deep Purple fan,” Bono tells Medvedev. Fortunately, the pair avoids a ‘communication breakdown’. U2 is in Moscow for their first-ever Russian concert. 2010
The documentary “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” hits theatres. Directed by Ozzy’s son, Jack Osbourne, the film explores Ozzy’s music, addictions, marriages and rehab. There are live performance clips and rare behind the scenes footage. 2011
The 10th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute is held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Rob Zombie hosts and leads a tribute band. Proceeds from the event benefit the Johnny Ramone Foundation. 2014
A full-size statue of late Motorhead icon Lemmy is unveiled in his favorite haunt, the Rainbow Bar & Grill in L.A.  2016
Former Of Mice & Men vocalist Austin Carlile is discharged from hospital care following two spine procedures necessitated by complications from his Marfans Syndrome condition.  Carlile left Of Mice & Men to deal with his ailment.  2018
Moody’s Medicinals, founded by Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody, announce donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Food Recovery Network and USA Skateboarding!  The donations are a response to the success of “Moody’s Sizzling Summer Mayhem Sale” with 10K going to St. Jude’s. Moody decides to match that donation (“because I can”) to the Food Recovery Network and USA Skateboarding (“because of my love for the sport”).  2021
Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album cover of a naked baby in a pool reaching for a dollar bill is classic.  Spencer Elden, the four-month-old baby pictured, now an adult, files a suit against the band and the photographer in United States District Court in the Central District of California claiming child sexual exploitation and asserts that the image is child pornography. He also seeks a large sum in damages.  A judge later rules in Nirvana’s favor. 2021
Pop singer Olivia Rodrigo retroactively adds two members of Paramore (singer Haley Williams and former guitarist Josh Farro) to the writing credits of her hit single “Good 4 U” which is similar to Paramore’s ’07 song “Misery Business.”  Earlier in the year, “Good 4 U” topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.  2021
Legendary Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies in London at the age of 80.  Originally trained as a graphic artist, he started playing drums in London’s R&B clubs before joining the Stones in ’63. 2021