July 23, 2024

June 9th  – June 15th 

6/9 Peter Frampton receives the annual Les Paul Spirit Award (in partnership with Gibson Gives). The award is presented each year to a musician “who exemplifies the spirit of the late, great Les Paul through innovation, engineering, technology and/or music.” “Frampton Comes Alive!,” released in ’76, featured a talk box to create an unprecedented sound. 

6/14 Black Country Communion releases its fifth studio album V, featuring the single “Stay Free.’ “The camaraderie is immediately evident,” notes album producer Kevin Shirley. “Once they start playing, everyone is deadly serious, and the music sounds like this band, and nothing else sounds like it.”

6/13 Metallica becomes the first band to take center stage across all Fortnite experiences, with Metallica-themed gameplay coming to Fortnite Festival, Battle Royale, LEGO Fortnite and Rocket Racing.

6/13 R.E.M.’s founding members give their first public performance since ’07 to mark their induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The quartet delivers an acoustic version of “Losing My Religion” at the Marriott Marquee Hotel, New York, NY.

6/14 Edu Cominato is named the temporary replacement for Mr. Big drummer Nick D’Virgilio on the final European leg of the band’s “The BIG Finish” tour. D’Virgilio’s absence is due to commitments with his band Big Big Train.

6/14 The Black Keys reportedly sign a management deal with Red Light Management. The move comes after the band parted ways with Full Stop Management after the cancellation of the Black Keys arena tour amid reports of low-ticket sales.

6/14 The Melissa Etheridge docu-series “I’m Not Broken” premieres at the Beacon Theater in New York as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.

6/15 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 Five Finger Death Punch’s “Judgement Day.”

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