2022-08-31

AUGUST 31st
Papa Roach issues their third major-label effort, “Getting Away With Murder.”  Frontman Jacoby Shaddix says getting sober inspired him to write more upbeat songs. 2004
Though the album only gets to #17 on the Billboard 200 it goes platinum (one-million sales) in the U.S.
Canadian broadcasters reinstate Dire Straits ’85 hit, “Money For Nothing.” The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) pulled the song from national playlists in January, ’11, after a single listener complained about the use of the word ‘faggot’ on Newfoundland radio station. “It made us look silly in the eyes of the broadcast community around the world,” says broadcaster Alan Cross. 2011
Slipknot’s fifth studio album, “.5: The Gray Chapter,” is officially certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales of more than 500,000 copies. 2016
Foo Fighters earn platinum awards for their albums “Wasting Light” and “Echoes, Silence, Patience And Grace.” The single “Learn to Fly” also goes platinum while “The Pretender,” “Everlong” and “Best Of You” are double platinum. 2017
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Guitarist/singer Bob Welch is born in L.A. He’s in Fleetwood Mac but leaves in the early-70s for a short-lived solo career producing a pair of hits, the ballad “Sentimental Lady” and the uptempo “Ebony Eyes.” 1945
Eclectic singer Van Morrison is born in Belfast. 1945
Guitarist Rudolf Schenker (Scorpions) is born. He hails from Hildesheim, Germany. 1948
Baltimore native, Regina Ann Schock, has a birthday. She’s better known as Gina Schock, drummer with the Go-Go’s. 1957
Following manager Brian Epstein’s death, The Beatles announce they will handle their own business affairs. But soon control of the group’s business interests devolves into a struggle between Allen Klein (representing John Lennon, George Harrison & Ringo Starr) and Lee and John Eastman (representing Paul McCartney). 1967
Bob Dylan makes his first major concert appearance, following his motorcycle accident three years earlier, at England’s Isle of Wight Pop Festival. 1969
In federal court John Lennon testifies that the Nixon administration is trying to have him deported because of his involvement with anti-war (Vietnam) demonstrators. 1974
Pat Benatar’s “Crimes Of Passion” hits the charts. The album contains her signature song “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.” 1980
“Summer Of ’69” peaks at #5. The Bryan Adams song seems to reminisce about younger, carefree days in a Rock group and the inevitable changes that come with growing older but actually is about a certain sexual position. There’s no tongue-in-cheek here. 1985
Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Stevie Wonder sing “Amazing Grace” in Dallas at the memorial service for guitarist/singer Stevie Ray Vaughn, who was killed in a helicopter crash five days earlier. 1990
“American Idiot,” the lead single from Green Day’s album of the same name is out. The song peaks at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100 but tops Modern Rock Tracks chart. 2004
Lamb Of God’s fourth album, “Ashes Of The Wake,” drops. As for the album’s political bent, vocalist Randy Blyth says, “politicians were saying one thing, but it didn’t take a lot to see that what was really going on was something else entirely.” 2004
Disturbed drummer Mike Wengren asks his girlfriend to marry him during the band’s show in Milwaukee. She accepts. The couple met in that fair city. 2005
Blondie, Public Enemy and former Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, perform at a rally in New York to support a campaign to save CBGBs. “It’s such a legacy, it’s insane,” Rossdale says of legendary Punk club. CBGBs landlord says the lease has expired and will not be renewed. 2005
Rob Zombie’s remake of the ’78 horror classic “Halloween” is in theaters. 2007
Bruce Springsteen performs at Harley-Davidson’s 105th Anniversary Celebration in Milwaukee. The show culminates with a cover of Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild.” Perfect. 2008
Survivor frontman Jimi Jamison dies at his home in Memphis at age 63. The cause of death is listed as hemorrhagic brain stroke, with “acute methamphetamine intoxication contributing.” 2014
Imagine Dragons are the first band to earn three RIAA diamond song certifications (sales in excess of 10-million units). The songs are: “Radioactive” — (certified diamond on 7/6/15) plus “Believer” and “Demons” which are certified on this date. 2021