2022-04-07

APRIL 7th
Whitesnake release their self-titled album which sells over 8 million copies in the U.S. 1987
Despite the sales success, the effort was kept out of the #1 slot on the Billboard 200 by a trio of albums:  U2’s “The Joshua Tree”, Whitney Houston’s “Whitney,” and Michael Jackson’s “Bad.”
Pearl Jam, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and Yes are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during a ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  2017
There is also a tribute to the late, great Chuck Berry who’d passed away weeks earlier.
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Mick Jagger and Keith Richards meet Brian Jones at London’s Ealing Club. Jones performs “Dust My Blues” which impresses Jagger and Richards. They ask him to join their group, which eventually becomes the Rolling Stones. 1962
You don’t have to turn on your red light. The Police release “Roxanne.” 1978
The Doobie Brothers “Minute By Minute” is the #1 album in the U.S. It sells three-million copies. 1979
Elton John is recognized for his Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the 31st Ivor Novello Awards. 1986
After a year on the album chart, Bonnie Raitt’s “Nick Of Time” finally reaches #1. 1990
A High Court judge rules that a trademark battle between Apple Computer Inc. and The Beatles’ record company Apple Corps Ltd. should be heard in London. The record company is suing Apple Computer claiming the American company violated a ’91 agreement by entering the music business with its iTunes online store. 2004
Bob Dylan receives an honorary Pulitzer Prize for his “profound impact on popular music and American culture.”  2008
Public Image Ltd. make their first television appearance in over 18 years when they perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  
John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) tells Kimmel “it just annoys me to see how much I’ve influenced modern music without any appreciation.” 2010
Elton John and Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) release a joint statement in support of transgender prisoners in the state of Georgia, where the issue had come to the forefront. “Transgender women in male prisons have an equal right to protection from violence and abuse in prison, yet they continue to face horrific injustices.” 2015
Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum’s autobiography, “Double Talkin’ Jive: True Rock ‘N’ Roll Stories From The Drummer Of Guns N’ Roses, The Cult, And Velvet Revolver,” arrives.  After being delayed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic, the autobiography chronicles Sorum’s dodgy early years (selling pot and smuggling large quantities of cocaine) to his long-term success as a musician.  2021
Ben Winston, the executive producer of the 64th Annual Grammy Awards apologies for omissions during the “In Memoriam” portion of the show – most notably the late Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison. Winston says the Recording Academy picks the names for the tribute — not the show’s producers but adds that in addition to Jordison the show should have recognized the Moody Blues’ Graeme Greene and the victims in the fatal crowd crush at ‘21’s Astroworld Festival.  2022
Kid Rock plays a video message from former U.S. president Donald Trump, during the kick-off concert of his “Bad Reputation” tour in Evansville, IN. In the video Trump praises Kid Rock and calls his fans “the true backbone of our great country — hard-working, God-fearing rock and roll patriots.”  2022