This Day in History: 2023-04-08
The Clash release their self-titled debut album. 1977
The importance of the Clash can’t be overstated. They were the lightning rod for the Punk movement preaching revolutionary politics. While they often appeared to be chasing the Sex Pistols, by the end of the game, they were far more successful, artistically. Their shows were ferocious.
Smash” is the third studio album by The Offspring. The effort sells six million copies in the U.S. 1994
Finally! Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller and Chicago are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame during a ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. 2016
Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple) and vocalist/bassist Peter Cetera (Chicago) are no-shows while guitarist Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) and Steve Miller are critical of event ticket prices. Miller also notes the absence of a single female inductee.
Fall Out Boy’s “So Much (for) Stardust” tops Billboard’s Rock Albums chart. 2023
The band’s first album in five years also debuts at #6 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 64,000 album-equivalent units. Fall Out Boy’s eighth album is their seventh consecutive Top 10 effort.
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Steve Howe, guitarist for Yes and Asia, is born in Holloway, North London. 1947
Rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin (born Jeffrey Dean Isbell) starts his life in Lafayette, IN. He is best known for his tenure with Guns N’ Roses. 1962
L7’s Donita Sparks is born. She’s the band’s singer/guitarist. 1963
Late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray is born in L.A. 1972
Late Children Of Bodom guitarist Alexi Laiho is born in Espoo, Finland. 1979
Dire Straits’ “Sultans Of Swing” peaks at #4 on the U.S. singles chart. 1979
The 1975 singer, Matty Healy, has a birthday. 1989