June 15, 2024

This Day in History: 2025-05-07

MAY 7th

In a Clearwater, FL hotel room, Keith Richards (picture lower front) comes up with the “Satisfaction” riff. The Rolling Stones are on tour and an exhausted Richards is noodling around on his guitar. The riff powers one of the ’60s best songs, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” 1965

“We are just prisoners here of our own device.” “Hotel California” tops the Billboard Hot 100. 1977

Don Felder composed the hypnotic 12-string guitar intro on the Eagles classic – though he didn’t initially receive a writing credit. 1977

Don Henley and Glenn Frey wrote the lyrics while Joe Walsh developed the descending arpeggio that ends the song.

Pantera’s eighth studio album, “The Great Southern Trendkill,” is out. Due to tension and conflicts within the band, Phil Anselmo records his vocals in New Orleans while the rest of the band lays down tracks in Dallas. 1996

Pantera scored their first success with “Cowboys From Hell” in ‘90 featuring Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott’s vicious guitar attacks and Anselmo’s blast furnace vocals. Having dialed in a winner, Pantera released “Vulgar Display of Power” (‘92), “Far Beyond Driven” (‘94), and “The Great Southern Trendkill” (‘96).


Marty Wilson-Piper, guitarist for The Church, enters the world. 1958

Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell enters the world. 1961

Paul Revere & The Raiders anti-drug song, “Kicks,” peaks at #5 on the U.S. chart. The song was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil for The Animals, who passed on it. 1966

George Harrison releases “Give Me Love.” It goes to #1. 1973

“Back In The Saddle” lands in the Top 40, but just barely. The Aerosmith track peaks at #38. 1977

Aerosmith’s “Angel” gets to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. 1988

A judge rules that Ozzy Osbourne and his music (especially “Suicide Solution”) can’t be held responsible for the suicide of a Georgia couple’s son.  Ozzy is also protected by the 1st Amendment.    1991

John Frusciante leaves the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As a result, he is airbrushed out of a Rolling Stone magazine cover shot of the band. The guitarist rejoins RHCP six years later but departs again in ’08 (though it is not announced until ’09). 1992

U2’s ninth studio album, “Pop,” goes platinum in the U.S. Even so, the album’s sales are among the lowest in U2’s catalog. 1997

Hoobastank land their first Top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “The Reason.” It anchors the #10 spot. 2004

KoЯn frontman Jonathan Davis appears as a crack dealer in the romantic comedy “Seeing Other People,” which stars Jay Mohr and Julianne Nicholson. The film makes its premiere in Beverly Hills, CA. Limited national release follows the next day. 2004

Davide Campari-Milano, an Italian beverage corporation, agrees to purchase an 80-percent share of Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Tequila company for $80 million. The 11-year-old Cabo Wabo ships 70,000 cases annually. 2006

The announcement is made that Evanescence guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray have left the band. “We shared some great times together playing live, but they were ready to move on and so we have parted ways,” claims singer Lee in a written statement. But there are always two sides. LeCompt says he was fired “without any warning.” Gray states that he quit. Later, Lee returns to the subject adding, “They didn’t really care about Evanescence at all and just stayed around for the money.” 2007

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band play a benefit concert at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. They perform “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” and “Born To Run” albums in their entirety. That is “something we’ve never done before and you’re not gonna see anywhere else,” claims The Boss. The event raises more than $3 million with proceeds going to support and pay for renovations to the historic venue, which hosted numerous Springsteen concerts. 2008

“Iron Man 2” opens in U.S. theaters. The soundtrack features AC/DC‘s “Highway To Hell,” and “Let There Be Rock.” There are also soundtrack contributions from Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello. 2010

As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis is arrested after he asks an undercover detective to murder his estranged wife. 2013

Guitarist Slash (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver) and singer Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) partner with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to raise awareness of the slaughter of African elephants. They composed the song “Beneath The Savage Sun” after witnessing the devastation of the elephants first-hand. 2015

Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) makes his debt fronting AC/DC. Rose steps-in for Brian Johnson who suffers from severe hearing loss. The concert takes place in Lisbon, Portugal. Rose gets good reviews. 2016

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor takes part in a special guitar auction on eBay For Charity to benefit Direct Relief in support of their COVID-19 response effort. The $75,000 bid is matched by eBay For Charity bringing the total to $150,000. 2020

King Charles III’s official Coronation Celebration playlist list begins with The Beatles’ “Come Together” and includes Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” and The Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me.” The Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle features a 27-song playlist picked on the monarch’s behalf by the U.K.’s Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport. 2023

Anders Fridén (In Flames) says music venues and promoters should eliminate fees they charge bands to sell merchandise at shows. Taking a cut of merch sales riles touring bands, especially those acts who rely on that income to make a tour profitable.  2023

“Rock For Ronnie Concert In The Park” at Los Encinos Historic Park in Encino, CA raises $50,000 for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.  It’s the cancer charity’s first post-COVID-19 gathering back in the park.  2023

Steve Albini, groundbreaking musician and audio engineer (Nirvana, Pixies, PJ Harvey), dies at age 61.  2024