June 15, 2024

Today in Rock History

JUNE 15th

Nirvana issues their debut full-length set "Bleach." The album, which sells over four-million copies worldwide, takes its title from an AIDS prevention poster in San Francisco: "Bleach your works," advises heroin addicts to sterilize their needles before injections. 1989

The White Stripes release their sixth album, "Icky Thump." Frontman Jack White says his decision to record the album on vintage reel-to-reel equipment was a stylistic choice. "In the technological age, everyone wants to find out what the newest toy is," says White. "That attitude doesn't really coincide with what sounds the best." 2007

Carlos Santana's 'comeback' album, "Supernatural" is released.  The guitar great’s set features the hit "Smooth," with vocals by Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas. 1999

Selling over 30-million copies worldwide (approximately one-third of that coming from the U.S.), the album was the band's first to peak at #1 on the Billboard 200 (album chart) since “Santana III” in 1971.

Five Finger Death Punch land their fifteenth #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart with “This Is The Way,” a mash-up of DMX’s ’09 song “The Way It's Gonna Be” and FFDP’s “Judgement Day.”  2024


Noddy Holder (born Neville John Holder), vocalist for Slade, enters the world. 1946

Carry on wayward son. Steve Walsh (Kansas) starts his life in St. Joseph, MO (close to Kansas). 1951

Drummer Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche) is born. 1963

"One upon a time you dressed so fine." Bob Dylan begins laying down tracks for his classic "Highway 61 Revisited" album in New York. One of the tracks recorded is the epic, "Like A Rolling Stone." 1965

The Beatles release "Yesterday & Today." Ticked that Capitol Records U.S. has been leaving off a track or two from previous Beatles albums and now has enough for this compilation, the group poses for the notorious 'butcher block' cover with them sitting among cuts of raw meat and decapitated dolls. Public outcry gets the cover changed to a standard group photo (three Beatles standing around a upright open trunk with Paul McCartney actually sitting in it). 1966

A native of Redondo Beach, CA, Alien Ant Farm's Dryden Vera Mitchell enters the world. 1976

The guitarist/keyboardist for Good Charlotte, Billy Martin, has a birthday. He gets his first guitar as a Christmas present when he's in the 6th grade. He joins Good Charlotte in '95. 1981

Bassist Pete Farndon is kicked out of The Pretenders due to his drug problems. He ODs the following year. 1982

Meg and Jack White make their debut on the self-titled album, "The White Stripes." 1999

The Beastie Boys issue "To The 5 Boroughs" album. 2004

A federal court jury in Detroit rules that the White Stripes do not have to pay Jim Diamond royalties from their first two albums. Diamond, credited with co-producing the duo's '99 self-titled debut and mixing the group's '00 release, "De Stijl," filed suit against the Stripes in '04, claiming that he helped shape their sound and deserves a share of the discs' royalties. 2006

U2 takes the #1 spot Forbes list of the world's highest-paid musicians for the second year in a row. The group's '10 earnings netted over $195 million. Bon Jovi is second with $125 million and Elton John captures third earning $100 million. 2011

Of Mice And Men frontman Austin Carlile undergoes surgery for a cardiac issue related to Marfan syndrome. Meanwhile, Pierce The Veil guitarist Tony Perry is released from the hospital after surgery for injuries sustained in a mountain biking accident. 2015

The Beastie Boys are awarded $668,000 to cover legal fees accrued during their long running copyright infringement litigation against Monster energy drink. They originally sought $2.4 million. 2015

A plaque honoring Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham is unveiled in his hometown of Redditch, England. 2017

Soundgarden and Vicky Cornell, the widow and personal representative of the estate of the band's lead singer Chris Cornell, announce that they have come to a temporary agreement that will transfer the band’s social media accounts and web site to the surviving members, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd and their managers. They had filed papers in Washington state U.S. District Court claiming that Vicky Cornell had locked them out of their social media accounts. 2021

A handful of anti-vaccine protesters demonstrate outside Foo Fighters' concert in in Agoura Hills, CA that allowed only vaccinated fans. Those wishing to attend the concert had to show photo ID as well as proof of vaccination in order to pick up their tickets. 2021

In conjunction with National Pride Month, Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale says she is “unapologetically bi-sexual.”  Hale is also in a two-decade long relationship with Halestorm guitarist Joe Hottinger.  2022

Metallica close their Copenhagen, Denmark concert with “Master Of Puppets” for the first time in 25 years.  The last time they closed with “Master Of Puppets” was also in Copenhagen.  2022

"My Stupid Tribute Band," a music documentary from the Dallas-based AC/DC tribute band Back In Black, premieres at the Dances With Films festival in Hollywood. The film culminates with Back In Black’s lead singer auditioning for AC/DC in ’16 when Brian Johnson’s hearing loss forced him to leave the "Rock Or Bust" tour.  2022

Alkaline Trio announce that Atom Willard is their drummer replacing Derek Grant who had a 22-year run with the band.  2023

Jeff Lynne (E.L.O.) is inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.  Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson and Steve Winwood (Traffic/Blind Faith) are among nominees but fail to make the cut.  2023