2022-05-16

MAY 16th
“Peace Of Mind” arrives.  It’s Iron Maiden’s first album with drummer Nicko McBrain, who replaced Clive Burr.  The album peaks at #14 on the Billboard 200 and goes platinum three years later.  1983
“On a bed of nails she makes me wait.” U2’s epic and tormented “With Or Without” is the #1 song in the U.S.  1987
The track is on the “Joshua Tree” album.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ninth album, “Stadium Arcadium,” sells 442,000 copies in its debut week to earn the group its first #1 on the Billboard 200 monitor. The album tops the charts in 16 other countries as well. 2006
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King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp has a birthday.  1946
“Déjà Vu,” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, holds the top spot on the Billboard 200 for a week.  1970
Queen cancels the remaining dates on their U.S. tour when guitarist Brian May collapses with hepatitis. 1974
Foreigner’s self-titled debut album goes gold. Guitarist Mick Jones and Ian McDonald, from Spooky Tooth and King Crimson respectively, formed the group a year earlier. 1977
Joe Walsh delivers his fourth studio album “But Seriously, Folks... ” The set, which is Walsh’s best-selling solo effort, contains “Life’s Been Good (To Me So Far),” one of the all-time great songs about Rock excess.  1978
After losing the #1 slot on the Billboard 200 to Styx’s “Paradise Theater,” REO Speedwagon’s “Hi Infidelity” regains the top spot for the next six weeks.  1981
Take It Easy or cashing The Long Run. The Eagles’ “Hell Freezes Over Tour” ends. It’s seen by over 2 million fans and earns $135 million. 1995
Before These Crowded Streets,” the third album by the Dave Matthews Band, is #1 on the Billboard 200 knocking the “Titanic” soundtrack from the top spot after sixteen consecutive weeks at the top.  1998
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards takes a tumble breaking some ribs. The fall occurs in Richards’ Connecticut home as he reaches for a book of nude art. The accident forces the postponement of several “Bridges To Babylon” tour dates. 1998
Prince announces that he will resume using his name (Prince) rather than a symbol to identify himself. The use of the symbol was his response to all sorts of corporate dealings that he had a problem with (to put it mildly). Now that the contracts have expired he’s back to being Prince again. 2000
Trent Reznor gets his day in a New York courtroom when he testifies in the lawsuit he filed the previous year against former Nine Inch Nails business associate John Malm. Reznor accuses Malm of bilking N.I.N. out of millions through deception and shady business tactics. 2005
Paul McCartney and his second wife, Heather Mills McCartney announce they’re separating, confirming a spate of rumors. “Both of us still care about each other very much,” the couple claim in a joint statement. The couple married in ’02 and had a daughter, Beatrice Milly, the following year. 2006
Busy guy. Bono serves as guest editor for the London newspaper, The Independent. The publication donates half of the day’s profits to the U2 singer’s RED initiative to fight HIV/AIDS in impoverished nations. Bono interviews British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U2 guitarist The Edge covering the revival of New Orleans’ music scene. Bono then embarks on a 10-day mission to Africa to monitor the success of a campaign that seeks to fight poverty and disease on the continent. The trip is promoted by the DATA advocacy organization, which Bono co-founded. 2006
Money for injuries. Mark Knopfler files suit against the female motorist who knocked him off his motorcycle in London some three years earlier. The former Dire Straits frontman broke his collarbone, his shoulder and seven ribs in the accident. He also had to cancel a scheduled European tour while he recovered. The woman was convicted of careless driving and later deported to Ecuador. Knopfler seeks approximately $566,000 in damages. 2006
Hellyeah announce that ex-Damageplan bassist Bob “Zilla” Kakaha has replaced Jerry Montano, who left the group. 2007
Vocalist Ronnie James Dio dies in a Houston hospital where he was being treated for stomach cancer. He replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and later fronted Heaven & Hell and Dio, 2010
This is not good. A backlash ensues after a YouTube video showing Olivia Douglas, a nine-year-old girl being encouraged to swear on stage by Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody, goes viral. Filmed and posted by Douglas’ father, it shows Moody hugging the girl while trying to make her chant “Burn motherf***er burn,” a lyric from “Burn MF.” She appears uncomfortable and looks towards her father, behind the camera, for reassurance. There are strenuous objections to using a child as a ‘stage prop’. 2014
This is really not good. Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley reveals in an online post that he was hospitalized after he “collapsed to the ground unconscious” when his “liver and kidney’s collapsed” due to alcohol abuse. “The reason I got so sick is from all the hard boozing I’ve been doing over the years,” writes Whibley. “It finally caught up to me.” 2014
This is bad! Tim Lambesis, singer for As I Lay Dying, is sentenced to six years in prison for attempting to hire a hit man to kill his wife of eight years, Meggan Lambesis. 2014
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith receives the “Livin’ the Dream” award at Little Kids Rock’s first ever Family Jam. The event, which raises over $85,000 for music education, takes place at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. 2015
Women’s advocacy group UltraViolet wants Spotify to remove the Red Hot Chili PeppersAerosmith‘s Steven Tyler, The Eagles‘ Don Henley, Ted Nugent and other artists from the streaming service, for being “glorified despite allegations of abuse.” 2018