2022-05-05

MAY 5th
Cleveland is selected as the sight of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. They build it right on the Lake Erie shoreline. 1986
U2’s “Pop” goes platinum in the U.S. Even so, the album’s sales are among the lowest in U2’s catalog. 1997
The band’s ninth studio album employed a variety of production techniques that were relatively new to U2.
According to a poll conducted by Co-Op Funeral Care, the U.K.’s largest funeral provider, Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” is the most popular Rock song played at memorial services. The song was also #1 in 2016.  Overall, Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” is the top selection. 2019
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Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) is born. The drummer is from Aston, England. 1948
“Heartbreak Hotel” tops the U.S. charts for the first of seven weeks. Elvis Presley’s major label debut is also #1 on the Country & Western charts. It only makes it to #5 on the R&B survey. 1956
Vocalist Ian McCulloch (Echo & The Bunnymen) is born. 1959
Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie (born Kevin James LaBrie) has a birthday. 1963
Devin Garrett Townsend, of Strapping Young Lad and the Devin Townsend Project fame, is born.  1972
Elvis Presley’s live concert “Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite” tops the Billboard 200. 1973
David Bowie’s “Aladdin Sane” tops the U.K. album chart. 1973
Bruce Springsteen is awarded the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm, Sweden. 1997
During a Denver radio interview Ted Nugent spouts racist remarks (against Blacks and Asians). The DJs stop the interview. As a result, Nugent is dropped from the upcoming Summer Celebration Festival in Michigan. 2003
Rush receive the 2012 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, a recognition of lifetime artistic achievement. The award, presented in Ottawa, includes $25,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and a commemorative medallion struck by the Royal Canadian Mint. 2012
Former KoЯn guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch performs with the group for the first time in seven years at the Carolina Rebellion Festival. “I want to bring out one of my dearest, oldest and most beloved friends to have some fun with us,” says vocalist Jonathan Davis. Welch left KoЯn in ’05 to focus on his sobriety and his faith. 2012
Slash’s guitar solo on Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” is #1 on the NME editors’ list of the 50 Greatest Guitar Solos. Jimmy Page’s fretwork on Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” and the Jimi Hendrix solo “All Along The Watchtower” are second and third, respectively. 2015
Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann’s memoir Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and Drugs With The Grateful Dead is out. 2015
The Rolling Stones demand that presidential candidate Donald Trump stop playing their music (“Start Me Up,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Sympathy For The Devil” and “Brown Sugar”) at his rallies. A Stones spokeswoman says Trump did not ask for permission to use the songs. 2016
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo, both avid surfers, take part in a cleanup at San Francisco’s popular Ocean Beach as part of an event sponsored by the San Francisco Giants. The fourth annual Metallica Night at AT&T Park is the following evening. 2016
Slipknot surpass one billion views on their YouTube channel. 2017
Mother Love Bone reunites during a benefit show for SMASH (Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare) at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle.  Featuring Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Amet, it is the first time the band performs together in eight years.  2018