APRIL 26th
Van Halen’s “5150,” their first album with Sammy Hagar, is #1. Hagar replaced David Lee Roth who left to pursue a solo career. 1986
Van Halen’s label, Warner Records, suggested that the group, absent Roth, should change its name.
Understandably, the Van Halen brothers nixed that idea. They brought in Hagar, the former Montrose guitarist/singer, and “5150” carried on as if nothing had happened. The single “Why Can’t This Be Love” rode right up the charts.
Three Days Grace score their tenth #1 single on Billboard’s Active Rock chart. “The High Road,” from their ’12 album “Transit To Venus,” gives Three Days Grace the record for the most #1’s on the chart. They had been tied with Linkin Park and Shinedown. 2013
Gary Wright starts his life in Cresskill, NJ. From there he becomes the singer-keyboardist with Spooky Tooth(from ’67 to ’74) before going solo (“Dream Weaver”). 1943
Exhaustion causes Joe Strummer to disappear. The Clash is forced to cancel a show. Strummer returns and The Clash are performing live again by the end of the month. 1982
Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick pleads guilty to pointing a shotgun at police. She chalks it up to stress. Her house has recently burned down destroying nearly all her possessions. Slick is sentenced to community service and must attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. 1994
The ABC TV special U2: A Year in POP is the lowest rated prime time program in history of network television. That’s gotta hurt. Maybe they were up against a Simpsons rerun. 1997
Eric Clapton is named the ambassador for the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s National Arts and Music Education Initiative. “Slowhand” is featured in a public-service announcement promoting a campaign to help fund arts and music programs for young people. 2006
Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck’s air-sea-land performance, the first of its kind in the world, is the subject of a short Jagermeister documentary video. Tuck performed continuously during a skydive, a speedboat ride and a sled drive for the German herbal liqueur maker’s publicity stunt. 2016