MAY 24th
“Van Halen” their self-titled debut goes gold. 1978
That was just the beginning… the band’s debut has sold over 10-million copies and features the songs “Runnin’ With The Devil,” “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘bout Love,” Jamie’s Cryin’ and the classic cover of The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me.”
Van Halen’s second album with Sammy Hagar (“5150” was the first), “OU812,” is out. 1988
It goes to #1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the second of four consecutive chart-topping albums.
Containing the singles “Finish What Ya Started,” “When It’s Love” and “Black And Blue,” the album sells over four-million copies.
Rage Against The Machine’s “Evil Empire” is certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.  2000
Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun” is #1 on the Rock Songs chart.  2014
It is the fourth and final single from the band’s self-titled fourth album.
Florence + The Machine’s “Dance Fever” debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums charts, #2 on Top Album Sales and #7 on the Billboard 200— the band’s fourth consecutive Top 10 album.  2022
“The Foundations Of Decay,” by My Chemical Romance, tops the Hot Hard Rock Songs chart.  It’s the band’s first-ever #1 hit on a Billboard chart.  2022
Robert Zimmerman is born in Hibbing, MN. He becomes Bob Dylan. 1941
Blue Oyster Cult’s Albert Bouchard is born in Watertown, NY. A founding member, Bouchard plays drums. Legend has it he’s responsible for the cowbell on “Don’t Fear The Reaper.” 1947
The Black Crowes’ guitarist, Rich Robinson, has a birthday. His older brother, Chris Robinson, is the band’s lead singer. 1969
David Bowie releases his 8th studio album “Diamond Dogs,” with the controversial Guy Peellaert cover art of Bowie as half-man, half-dog.  1974
In Hamburg, Germany, a battle between The Clash and the audience results in Joe Strummer’s arrest. Nobody said the Punk thing was going to be easy. Strummer strikes an audience member in the head with his guitar. 1980
The Byrds’ singer/percussionist Gene Clark dies at age 46. 1991
Poison lead singer Bret Michaels crashes his Ferrari into a Burbank telephone pole. He suffers multiple injuries. 1994
Paul McCartney plays a show in Moscow’s Red Square. Yes, he performs The Beatles “Back In The U.S.S.R.” (which he wrote) even though the U.S.S.R. no longer exists. 2003
Creed disbands with guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and ex-Creed bassist Brian Marshall forming Alter Bridge with singer Myles Kennedy. 2004
Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away). Motley Crue file a lawsuit against NBC for allegedly banning the group from appearing on the network after singer Vince Neil slips in an expletive during the group’s New Year’s Eve performance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Crue claims the action violates their free speech rights. “This is a discrimination issue,” says bassist Nikki Sixx. 2005
Elton John is awarded about $188,000 in damages from a libel suit against U.K. newspaper The Daily Mail. The paper had falsely printed that John had told guests at one of his charity balls not to approach him. John donates the money to his Elton John AIDS Foundation. 2006
David Byrne (Talking Heads) sues Florida governor and independent candidate for the U.S. Senate, Charlie Crist, for using his group’s ’85 hit “Road To Nowhere” in a campaign ad slamming his then-Republican primary opponent Marco Rubio. Byrne claims Crist didn’t ask for or receive permission to use the song; Byrne also asserts that such use wrongfully insinuates his endorsement of Crist’s candidacy. “I was pretty upset by that,” Byrne tells Billboard. Byrne sues for $1 million because it’s the amount he is typically offered for use of his songs in commercials. 2010
Slipknot bassist Paul Gray is found dead in a hotel near Urbandale, IA. Known to fans as ‘#2’ and ‘The Pig’, Gray co-founded Slipknot in ’95 with drummer Joey Jordison and percussionist Shawn Crahan. He was 38. 2010
“Rockers And Rollers: A Full Throttle Memoir,” a book by AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson, chronicles the close relationship between Rock and Roll and the automobile-two of Johnson’s passions. It’s in bookstores. 2011
Stone Temple Pilots file a lawsuit against their former lead singer, Scott Weiland, following their recruitment of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. The band accuses Weiland of “hijacking its name and songs to promote his solo career.” The band also claims sole rights to the name Stone Temple Pilots, their music, copyrights and trademarks. 2013
Tragically Hip announce that lead singer Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Despite the news, the group plans a tour. 2016
U2 pay tribute to the “undefeatable spirit” of Manchester just hours after an attack on fans at pop singer Ariana Grande’s concert left 22 dead and many more injured. “They (terrorists) hate everything that we love,” says frontman Bono.  2017
Five Finger Death Punch debut at #4 on the Billboard 200 chart with its seventh studio album, “And Justice For None.”  The set moved 71,000 equivalent U.S. album units in its first week.  2018
Megadeth officially part ways with bassist David Ellefson. This news comes two weeks after a leak of the bassist’s messages and videos to a young woman who is not his wife. “We do not take this decision lightly,” writes band leader Dave Mustaine. “While we do not know every detail of what occurred, with an already strained relationship, what has already been revealed now is enough to make working together impossible.” 2021
Iggy Pop receives the prestigious Polar Music Prize, Sweden’s highest music award. The prize honors two laureates every year to “celebrate music in all its various forms.”  2022
Metallica and the San Francisco Giants hold the eighth annual “Metallica Night” at Oracle Park — formerly AT&T Park — in San Francisco. “It’s a tradition that we’ve missed the last two seasons (due to COVID-19), so we’re really excited for the return of ‘Metallica Night’,” writes the band in a statement.  2022