2023-04-28

APRIL 28th
Chicago, then known as Chicago Transit Authority, release their self-titled debut double album which contains “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?,” “Beginnings,” South California Purples” and “I’m A Man.”  It stays on the Billboard Album Chart for 171-weeks and goes platinum. 1969
Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets” tops Musicradar.com’s list of The 50 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time. The ’86 album is followed by Iron Maiden’s “The Number Of The Beast” (#2) and Guns N’ Roses’ “Appetite For Destruction” (#3). 2010
Halestorm issue their self-titled debut album featuring the single “I Get Off.”  2009
While issuing EPs prior to the release of their full-length effort, Halestorm logged a lot of road time. There was the ’06 Winterfresh Sno-Core Tour with Seether, Shinedown and Flyleaf. That was followed by the Equinox Tour headlined by Shinedown (again) and Trapt. The Shinedown connection led to a Lzzy Hale/Shinedown version “Shed Some Light.”
Breaking Benjamin’s “Ember” debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart moving 88,000 units, with 80,000 of those coming in traditional album sales.  2018
“People have always really liked the heavier side of the band. But we also make sure to explore our melodic and softer side too,” noted vocalist Benjamin Burnley.  “We decided to give everybody what they want to the furthest degree.”
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Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) has a birthday. 1953
Scott Mitchell Putesky a.k.a. Daisy Berkowitz enters the world. His claim to fame is being a guitarist and co-founder of Marilyn Manson. He leaves the group in ’96, during the recording of “Antichrist Superstar.” 1968
Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” tops the Billboard album chart for just one week. However, it stays on the chart for over 700 weeks. 1973
Cheap Trick perform at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo. The concert album, containing a killer version of “I Want You To Want Me,” serves as the group’s North American launching pad. 1978
“Heart Of Glass” (Blondie) is the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. 1979
Wait! The party is just starting. On the plane taking students home to Boston after spring break, Ozzy Osbourne buys drinks and sings “Crazy Train” over the plane’s PA system. Thought to be Ozzy’s all-time best performance. 1987
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 1999
Something in the water? Just a day after Slash and his wife file for divorce, it’s Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx who gets served papers. One-time Baywatch babe Donna D’Errico, files for divorce to end their nine-year marriage, reportedly because of irreconcilable differences. 2006
Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) is sentenced to 192 hours in jail after pleading no contest to a DUI charge stemming from his arrest on a L.A. freeway on-ramp the previous November. Weiland, who had originally entered a not-guilty plea is also ordered to enter an 18-month alcohol-treatment program and pay $2,000 in fines. 2008
Bassist Gene Simmons tells Britain’s Daily Telegraph in an interview that KISS is among the world’s most recognizable brands. “You don’t know how big the image is,” says Simmons. “By some experts, it is believed to be the most recognized pop culture image on Earth — even above Mickey Mouse.” 2010
Fox News Channel anchor Glenn Beck blasts an episode of the Fox TV show Glee in which the cast performs My Chemical Romance’s anthem, “Sing.” “I’ve watched it with a sense of horror, combined with a sense of admiring awe,” says Beck of the musical comedy-drama. “Pay attention to the lyrics. This is propaganda.” A few days later, MCR’s frontman Gerard Way responds, dismissing Beck’s criticism. “I can’t tell what he’s angrier about, the fact that it’s how I feel about the persistent sterilization of our culture, or the fact that it’s on network television for everyone to hear.” 2011
Members of Queensryche and their former singer Geoff Tate announce they have reached a settlement in their dispute over the use of the band’s name. Original Queensryche members Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton plus recent members, Todd La Torre and Parker Lundgren, are the sole entity recording and touring as Queensryche. Tate wins the exclusive rights to perform “Operation Mindcrime I” and “II” in their entirety as a unique performance. 2014
Jack Ely, former singer of The Kingsmen (“Louie, Louie”), dies at the age of 71. 2015
Sony Music sues Applebee’s restaurant chain for the unauthorized use of AC/DC’s “Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” in an advertising campaign. Applebee’s claim that they made the licensing payment to the third parties who set up the deal.  2017
Dio‘s “Holy Diver” is certified double platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales in excess of two million copies. Released in ’83, the album went gold (500,000 units) in ‘84 and platinum in ‘89.  2022