2022-08-28

AUGUST 28th
Two Neil Young records are certified gold. The “best of” compilation “Decade” (a compilation) and the live (acoustic and electric) “Rust Never Sleeps.” 1979
Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) makes his Broadway debut in American Idiot, the musical that he co-authored. Armstrong plays the role of St. Jimmy for a six-day run at St. James Theatre in New York. Tony Vincent who was cast as St. Jimmy left the production to deal with family matters. 2010
“Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness” goes Diamond (10 million units sold).  The Smashing Pumpkins album came out in ’95.  2012
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Molly Hatchet guitarist Dave Hlubek is born.  1951
Bob Dylan turns The Beatles on to marijuana. This is after The Beatles perform at New York’s Forest Hills Tennis Stadium. 1964
Dylan gets booed for playing an “electric” set at a Forest Hills concert. He had also suffered an earlier negative audience reaction at the Newport Folk Festival. 1965
The Rolling Stones sign a five year recording contract with Decca Records and announce that Allen B. Klein will co-manage the group with Andrew Loog Oldham. Before he’s done, Klein ties up the Stones finances and later performs the same trick on The Beatles. 1965
The Doors score a major hit with “Hello, I Love You.” The Kinks Ray Davies accuses The Doors of ripping off his “All Day And All The Night.” However, drummer John Densmore later admits to lifting Ginger Baker’s beat from Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love.” With all that, how could it miss? 1968
Procol Harum goes gold with “Live In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.” 1972
Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water,” a song about a Swiss casino burning down, goes gold. 1973
Peter Frampton’s “Baby, I Love Your Way,” from “Frampton Comes Alive” peaks at #12. 1976
Cove Reber, the former lead vocalist for Saosin (’04 to ’10), is born in Vista, CA. 1985
Slipknot unleash their second album, Iowa.”  It marks the first-time guitarist Jim Root is significantly involved in the recording.  He was only featured on two songs from their debut album, due to his joining very late in recording process.  2001
Duran Duran get a Lifetime Achievement Award at the MTV Video Music Awards. Typically, the Madonna/Britney Spears on-air kiss gets all the attention. It was some kiss. 2003
The Beastie Boys headline a Miami Beach concert, MTV2 Presents: A LIFEbeat Benefit, organized to raise HIV/AIDS awareness among young fans. 2004
Green Day are big winners at the MTV Video Music Awards in Miami. The group earns trophies for Video of the Year (“Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”) and Viewer’s Choice (“American Idiot”). “It’s great to know Rock music still has a place on MTV,” says frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. 2005
Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher announces that he’s left the group over conflicts with his sibling bandmate, Liam. “It’s with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight,” says Noel in a statement. “I simply could not go on working with Liam.” Earlier in the day, Oasis canceled a sold-out appearance in Paris because of “an altercation within the band.” 2009
“Halloween II” is in theaters. The film was written and directed by Rob Zombie. 2009
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder takes part in a rally and concert for the West Memphis 3 at the Robinson Center Music Hall in Little Rock, AK. The rally is in support of getting Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley, three men thought to be wrongly convicted of murder, released from prison; and Echols off of death row. 2010
A toilet once owned by John Lennon sells for $14,700 at an auction of Beatles memorabilia in the U.K. Lennon reportedly gave the bathroom fixture to a contractor after moving out of his home in Berkshire in ’71. Lennon is said to have told the contractor to “put flowers in it or something.” It’s actually very nice with impressive artwork in blue (against the white porcelain). 2010
The Foo Fighters “Walk” takes home the trophy for Best Rock Video at the MTV Video Music Awards. 2011
3 Doors Down debut “One Light” at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, taking the stage after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gives the keynote address to party delegates. 2012
CelebrityNetWorth.com says Ringo Starr is the richest drummer in the world. The former Beatle is said to be worth about $300 million. 2012
Ozzy Osbourne sets his L.A. home on fire while attempting to make himself a bacon sandwich. Firefighters are called and later determine that an unattended candle was the cause. 2013
Gibson.com, the guitar maker’s website, present their list of the top Metal songs of all-time.  Heading the list are: #3. “Crazy Train,” (Ozzy Osbourne – guitar by Randy Rhoads), #2. “Ace of Spades” (Motorhead) and #1. “Master Of Puppets” (Metallica).  2017
Hinder file a trademark infringement lawsuit against the group’s former lead singer Austin John Winkler, claiming he unlawfully used the band’s trademark to promote his solo career after leaving Hinder in ‘13.  2017
After the Foo Fighters start promoting an Oasis reunion, former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, who has been adamantly against Oasis getting back together, asks a San Diego audience just prior to the 25th anniversary of the classic Oasis album, “Definitely Maybe,” “Is anyone gonna sign that petition (Foo Fighters founder) Dave Grohl wants to get together to get us back together?”  He then jokingly adds, “I’d like to start a petition to get the Foo Fighters to split up.”  2019
The 1975 are criticized by Welsh Member of Parliament David Davies for their climate change activism exemplified on the track “The 1975” which features climate change activist Greta Thunberg delivering a monologue over the music. MP Davies takes aim at the band on Twitter for using carbon-based transportation for their upcoming world tour. “Preach on the evils of carbon emissions one minute — then jet across the globe the next!”  1975 do not respond but fans do, savaging the MP, with the band’s manager accusing the MP of “looking for clout on Twitter.”  2019
X Japan’s Yoshiki donates $100,000 to Earth Alliance and its Amazon Forest Fund in support of local efforts on the ground working to support the indigenous and local communities that are protecting the land and biodiversity as fires rage throughout the region.  2019