2022-08-29

AUGUST 29th
Three years in the making, Def Leppard issues “Hysteria.” The Mutt Lange produced album sells millions. 1987
An already contentious election year gets worse. Van Halen’s “Right Now” is played at the Dayton, OH, political rally where Republican presidential candidate John McCain announces his running mate is Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Eddie Van Halen is not pleased stating that the McCain camp never submitted a request to use the song, and “had they asked, permission would not have been granted.” Meanwhile, ex-Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar, who sang on the ’91 hit, issues a statement saying that he didn’t object to McCain using the song. 2008
AC/DC’s “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock And Roll)” is selected for inclusion in Australia’s National Registry Of Recorded Sound. Written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott, the song first appeared on the band’s ’75 album, “T.N.T.” 2012
“Take Me Down,” the first single from The Pretty Reckless’ album, “Who You Selling For,” is #1 on the Rock chart.  It’s their fourth consecutive #1. 2016
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John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison (Harrison being a recent addition) perform together for the first time. Dialing in the right drummer (Ringo Starr) will take The Beatles another three years. 1959
Velvet Underground founding member Sterling Morrison has a birthday. 1942
Chris Copping has a birthday. He played organ, piano and bass with Procol Harum. 1945
Roy Orbison’s last major pop hit “Oh, Pretty Woman,” is released. 1964
The Beatles last concert: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA. For a group with two incredible songwriters and another pretty good one, the group opens and closes with covers. Chuck Berry’s “Rock n’ Roll Music” starts the show and it ends with Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally.” The Beatles never tour again. 1966
“I am a man and so’s Lola.” The Kinks release their gender-bending hit “Lola.” 1970
(David) Kyle Cook, matchbox 20 guitarist, enters the world. He’s a Frankfort, IN, native. 1975
Three people are arrested for trying to steal Elvis Presley’s body from Forest Hills Cemetery in Memphis.  1977
Los Lobos top the pop chart with a cover of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba.” 1987
The Beastie Boys song “Brass Monkey” reportedly increases sales for the cocktail mix. 1987
Elton John checks into a Chicago rehab center to be treated for bulimia, alcohol and drug abuse. 1990
“Basket Case,” by Green Day, drops. The “Dookie” track spends five weeks at #1 on the Modern Rock chart.  1994
MTV Video Awards in Miami: Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” wins Best Rock Video honors. Linkin Park’s animated “Breaking The Habit” clip takes the Viewer’s Choice Award. 2004
Better man. Pearl Jam play a benefit concert in support of Jon Tester’s election to the U.S. Senate. “The future of Montana depends on keeping communities in rural Montana alive and well,” says bassist Jeff Ament. He adds that electing Tester, Montana Senate President, will accomplish that. 2005
Backbeat Books publishes “Eddie Van Halen: Know The Man, Play The Music.” The book deals with Van Halen’s guitar technique and career. 2005
Crossfade’s sophomore effort, “Falling Away,” drops. It’s the follow-up to their million selling debut. 2006
Rob Zombie signs a deal with Dimension Films to write and direct two movies. “(The partnership is a) natural step in the evolution of my film career,” says the former White Zombie leader. Dimension financed Zombie’s ’07 remake of Halloween. 2007
Guns N’ Roses vocalist Axl Rose is sued by a security guard who claims that the singer kicked him in the head during a gig in Universal City, CA. Rose’s lawyer insists that video exists proving Roses’ innocence. Perhaps ‘innocence’ is the wrong word to use in conjunction with Rose. A better term might be “lack of guilt.” 2007
Proceeds from Fall Out Boy’s show at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA, go to the victims of April’s Boston Marathon bombing. “We’d like to send our thoughts and prayers to the victims and everyone affected,” reads a band statement. 2013
Ron Bushy, of the Iron Butterfly, dies in Santa Monica. His drum solo in the band’s epic “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” is legendary.  In addition, he is the only band member who appeared on all six of the group’s albums – though the first three are the ones that really count. 2021