MAY 21st
Aerosmith receives a gold album (500,00 units sold) for “Rocks.” 1976
With “Back In The Saddle” and “Last Child,” how could the album not be a commercial success?
Soundgarden’s fifth album, “Down On The Upside,” is released. Frontman Chris Cornell describes some of the songs as “self-affirming.” Even so, it’s the group’s last album before they initially disband (they do reform later). 1996
The Wallflowers’ sophomore effort, “Bringing Down The Horses,” is released. 1996
Produced by T-Bone Burnett the album includes the singles: “6th Avenue Heartache,” “One Headlight” and “The Difference.”
“OK Computer,” from Radiohead, is released. Though deemed uncommercial by the band’s label (EMI) it goes double platinum in the U.S. 1997
Green Day blasts retail chain Wal-Mart for refusing to stock “21st Century Breakdown” due to explicit lyrics. “They won’t carry our record because they wanted us to censor it,” explains frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. “We just said no.” Despite Wal-Mart’s ban, “21st Century Breakdown” is the #1 album in the U.S. 2009
The Animals original guitarist, Hilton Valentine (born Hilton Stewart Paterson Valentine), starts his life in North Shields, England. 1943
Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones is arrested, a second time, for possession of cannabis in his London flat. 1968
Credited to Paul & Linda McCartney “Ram,” McCartney’s second post-Beatles album goes to #2 in the U.S. 1971
“Agents Of Fortune,” one of Blue Oyster Cult’s best albums, is released. The set contains the darkly majestic “Don’t Fear The Reaper.” 1976
British Punks label the Rolling Stones ‘dinosaurs’. Heck, the Stones are still relatively young. 1976
“Sir Duke,” Stevie Wonder’s tribute to Jazz great Duke Ellington, is the #1 song in the U.S. 1977
Elton John plays the Soviet Union. The first stop is Leningrad where Soviet officials monitor the show to make sure that Elton doesn’t kick over his piano stool during “Bennie And The Jets.” Don’t want people to get too excited. 1979
David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” knocks off Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” to become the #1 song in the U.S. It stays at the top for all of one week. 1983
Velvet Revolver’s “She Builds Quick Machines,” the first single from their “Libertad” album, hits the airwaves. “It’s a great f**kin’ rock song,” says bassist Duff McKagan. “It has a kick-ass guitar riff, a great chorus, a really big bridge and a great Slash solo.” 2007
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler enters rehab. He checks himself into a Pasadena, CA clinic for treatment of unspecified substance-abuse problems. Tyler battled drug addiction throughout much of Aerosmith’s early career, undergoing rehabilitation in the ’80s. 2008
Pink Floyd win the Polar Music Prize, the Swedish music award. The honor recognizes Floyd’s “monumental contribution over decades to the fusion of art and music in the development of popular culture.” Previous award winners include Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. 2008
At BMI’s Film & Television Awards in L.A. the performing-rights organization bestows trophies on The Who’s Pete Townshend for composing the theme songs to CBS’ “CSI,” “CSI: NY” and “CSI: Miami.” 2008
Sting and Sheryl Crow perform at the “One Night Live” concert in Toronto. The event raises more than $1.8 million for the Women & Babies Program at the city’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. 2009
Uriah Heep and Spiders From Mars bassist Trevor Bolder dies of cancer at the age of 62. Bolder joined David Bowie’s backing band in ’71 before replacing John Wetton in Heep five years later. “Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with,” says Bowie. “But he was foremostly a tremendous guy, a great man.” 2013
Jack White (White Stripes) appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The accompanying article is titled: “The Strange World of a Rock & Roll Willy Wonka.” 2014
Late ’60’s Rock group Spirit files a lawsuit against Led Zeppelin claiming the guitar arpeggio opening of “Stairway To Heaven” infringes Spirit’s ’68 instrumental track “Taurus.” Zeppelin opened for Spirit in ’69. As far as the suit goes, Zeppelin prevails. 2014
Jon Bon Jovi performs his song “Reunion” during the graduation ceremony at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ. The singer also receives an honorary doctor of letters for his work in philanthropy. The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation addresses issues of hunger, homelessness and poverty. 2015
Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza dies after collapsing on stage during an L.A. performance with his progressive Jazz trio OHM. The 51-year-old succumbs to heart failure. 2016