APRIL 25th
“Heaven And Hell,” Black Sabbath’s ninth studio album, is their first to feature Ronnie James Dio as lead singer, replacing Ozzy Osbourne. The album goes platinum. 1980
Papa Roach release “Infest.” Recorded in Hollywood, the group’s second album peaks at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart selling more than 3 million copies in the U.S. 2000
The Red Hot Chili Peppers song “Dani California” tops Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart, while still lodged at #1 on the Modern Rock tally. 2006
The song, which is on RHCP’s 9th album, “Stadium Arcadium,” goes on to win two Grammy Awards: Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
Wings bite the dust with Denny Laine’s departure. From here on Paul McCartney works as a solo. 1981
The guitar (a Fender Stratocaster) that Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock is auctioned off for $295,000. The guitar was played on his legendary rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” 1990
Soundgarden’s “Batmotorfinger” enters the U.S. album chart landing at #39. 1992
“Parklife,” Blur’s third studio album, contains the U.K. hits “Girls & Boys,” and the title track. 1994
The Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz is sentenced to 200 hours of community service for attacking a television cameraman during funeral services for actor River Phoenix in November ’93. 1994
The Eagles perform their first reunion concert. Though having previously said it would never happen, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmitt, play for an invited audience at Warner Burbank (CA) Studios. The concert is taped and shown on MTV later in the year. 1994
Just as Metallica is going to the mat with Napster (over alleged copyright infringement), Limp Bizkit announce that their Back To Basics Tour will be sponsored by Napster. 2000
Godsmack’s “IV” is out. Vocalist Sully Erna admits that he “was in a very dark place” while recording the album due to a lawsuit and girlfriend troubles. That would get to anybody. 2006
Jon Bon Jovi’s duet with Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” nails the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country chart. Bon Jovi is the first Rock act to ever top the Country chart. 2006
“Year Zero” hits #2 on the Billboard 200 chart just one week after its release. Nine Inch Nails sixth studio album, sells 187,000 copies. 2007
The Sunday Times’ annual list of the Top 20 richest British music millionaires includes Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting (Police), Mick Jagger, Keith Richards (Rolling Stones), Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton. McCartney leads all other musicians with a net worth of over $700 million. For contrast, fellow ex-Beatle Starr has a ‘modest’ $215 million. 2010
R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe authors an op-ed in USA Today asking Georgia governor Nathan Deal to veto a bill that would allow students to carry guns on college campuses. “If the governor signs the bill on his desk, he’ll be going against the 78% of Georgians who say they oppose guns on campus, as well as a host of college administrators and prominent student and faculty organizations that have spoken out against the bill,” writes the Georgia native. 2016
Vicky Cornell, wife of the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden). announces the launch of Addiction Resource Center (ARC), an online resource for individuals and families struggling with addiction, as well as the Addiction Resource Line (ARL), that connects addicts with clinicians and recovery support advocates. The singer’s substance abuse clearly led to his ’17 suicide. 2018