MAY 12th
The debut Jimi Hendrix Experience album, “Are You Experienced,” is released in the United Kingdom. Only The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” keeps it from reaching #1 on the U.K. charts. 1967
“The Oracle” is Godsmack’s third #1 on the Billboard 200 (’03’s “Faceless,” and ’06’s “IV” are the other two), selling 117,000 copies in the first week of its release. The single “Cryin’ Like A Bitch,” also lands at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. 2010
Faces keyboardist Ian McLagen is born. 1946
It’s Steve Winwood’s birthday. Winwood is in the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith before launching a solo career. 1948
Billy Squier (“The Stroke”) is born in Wellesley, MA. 1950
Steely Dan earns a gold record for their “Katy Lied” album. 1975
Amazing. Virgin Records announce they have signed the Sex Pistols. That’s the group’s third label in five months (EMI and A&M are the other two). 1977
At a free concert at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, singer Mickey Thomas makes his live debut with Jefferson Starship. 1979
Linda Ronstadt earns a gold record for “Mad Love” which contains three Elvis Costello tunes. Costello hates the covers and is very vocal about it. 1980
“Face Dances,” the first album by The Who without Keith Moon, goes gold. It has a weak Top 20 hit (#18) in “You Better You Bet.” 1981
The rumor mill has gone wild. It’s so bad that Judas Priest’s Rod Halford holds a press conference in L.A. to deny reports that he is HIV positive or has AIDS. 1992
U2’s Bono visits Prime Minister Paul Martin to applaud Canada’s funding to battle AIDS. 2004
Metallica’s James Hetfield is honored at the second annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in Hollywood. He receives the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his “devotion to helping other addicts with the recovery process.” 2006
Guns N’ Roses play the first of four shows at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. The concerts include songs from GN’R’s long delayed “Chinese Democracy” album. Ex-Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach makes guest appearance but more importantly, it’s guitarist Ron Thal’s (aka Bumblefoot) debut with the group. He replaces Buckethead who left in ’04. 2006
The Edge (U2’s guitarist) receives an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. He’s acknowledged “for enduring contributions to American and international culture.” “Collaborating with talented people is not easy,” says the guitarist. “But it’s the way to really shine.” 2007
Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland enters a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department jail to begin serving his sentence for a DUI conviction stemming from an arrest the previous November. The singer is in custody for ten hours but only spends 14 minutes behind bars before he’s released. 2008
Sweet home Alabama. Neil young gets a spider named after him. Officially known as a Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi, the trap door spider is named by biologist Jason Bond. According to Bond “Young is worthy of that honor.” The spider in question is found only in Alabama. Perhaps it should have been called Lynyrd Skynyrd. 2008
Kid Rock teams up with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Fox Theatre for a fundraising concert to benefit the orchestra. “As a musician, and of course a Detroiter, I am proud to be supporting this longstanding cultural institution,” says Kid Rock. The performance raises over $1 million. 2012
At MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert’s 10th anniversary in L. A., Joe Walsh (The Eagles) presents the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award to Ozzy Osbourne.  2014
Former Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan publishes “How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions)” along with a companion EP featuring Izzy Stradlin (GN’R) and Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains).   2015
Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron misses the band’s concert in Oakland after testing positive for COVID-19. It was the first time Cameron misses a Pearl Jam show since joining the band 24 years ago.  2022