2022-04-20

APRIL 20th
Aerosmith release Get A Grip.” It sells 7 million copies in the U.S. and becomes their first #1 album.  1993
The band’s eleventh studio album became its first to reach #1 in the U.S. and is their third consecutive album with U.S. sales of at least five million.
“Wasting Light,” the Foo Fighters seventh full-length effort, is their first #1 album in the U.S. 2011
“Wasting Light” won the Album of the Year trophy at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards (2012). In addition, the band took home statues for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance (“Wasting Light”), Best Rock Performance (“Walk”), Best Rock Album (“Wasting Light”), Best Rock Song (“Walk”) and Best Long Form Video (Foo Fighters: Back and Forth).
Three Days Grace extend its record for the most #1s on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs Airplay chart with “Right Left Wrong.” The group’s 15th chart topper is on “Outsider,” their sixth full-length album and fifth consecutive Top 40 set on the Billboard 200. 2019
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Organist Craig Frost is born in Flint, MI. A late arrival to Grand Funk Railroad (well after they were famous and basically added to augment their sound), Frost later joins Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band. 1948
Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up,” written by Otis Blackwell (who also composed “Don’t Be Cruel”), starts an eight-week run at #1. 1957
The Rolling Stones release their “Black And Blue” album. The most interesting and controversial thing about the album is the cover that features a ‘battered and bruised’ model in bondage. 1976
Deep Purple play their first concert in Tastrump, Denmark. Deep Purple (Mark I) has Ian Paice (drums), John Lord (organ) and Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), along with Rod Evans (vocals) and Nicky Simper (bass). 1968
Though it became a Rock radio staple, Neil Young & Crazy Horse can’t get near the Top 40 with their riff-driven “Cinnamon Girl.” Go figure. 1970
Small Faces and Humble Pie guitarist Steve Marriott dies in a house fire. He is 44. 1991
A Concert For Life, celebrating the life of Queen‘s Freddie Mercury, is held in London. Metallica, Def Leppard, and Guns N’ Roses perform. Also, Queen’s surviving members back David Bowie, Robert Plant and Roger Daltrey for a set of Queen songs. 1992
Radiohead’s “Pablo Honey” is released in the U.S. The set contains “Creep” (the band’s most successful single) and goes platinum in a couple years. 1993
Green Day’s musical, “American Idiot,” opens on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. 2010
The Revolver Golden Gods Awards show is held at L.A.’s Club Nokia. Avenged Sevenfold take home the Album of the Year trophy (presented by Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez of Alice In Chains). The band’s M. Shadows earns the Best Vocalist Award. Alice Cooper picks up the Golden God honor. 2011
Judas Priest announce that legendary guitarist K.K. Downing has left the band. They name 31-year-old Richie Faulkner as Downing’s replacement for their upcoming Epitaph tour. 2011
Rush — Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart — receive the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award at the annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner.  The honor is for the group’s achievements and longstanding career in the music industry, social activism and support of humanitarian causes.  2017
Prince’s complex-turned-museum Paisley Park in Chanhassen, MN marks the one-year anniversary of his death with the four-day “life and legacy” celebration. 2017
Three Days Grace extend its record for the most #1s on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart with “Right Left Wrong.” The group’s 15th chart topper is on “Outsider,” their sixth full-length album and fifth consecutive Top 40 set on the Billboard 200. 2019
Linkin Park’s “Somewhere I Belong” single is certified silver in the U.K. for selling 200,000 units.  The song appears on Linkin Park’s 2003 album “Meteora,” which has been certified double platinum in the U.K.  2020
Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOF) reveals that late guitarist Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) made at least a $1 million donation to the organization that helps kids get music education in schools throughout the U.S. Van Halen passed away in ’20. 2022