2022-06-02

JUNE 2nd
The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band” is released in the U.S. 1967
Praised for its innovations in songwriting, production and graphic design, the album spends 15-weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Albums chart.  1967
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One of Rock’s all-time great drummers, the late Charlie Watts, is born. He turns down several offers to join the Rolling Stones before finally relenting. 1941
The Bangles bassist Michael Steele starts her life in Pasadena, CA. Born Susan Thomas she begins her professional career as Micki Steele before replacing Annette Zilinskas in ’83. 1955
The Rolling Stones make their U.S. television debut on The Les Crane Show. Later, they play their first U.S. concert. It’s in Lynn, MA, of all places. They are part of a package tour with numerous forgettable pop acts. 1964
Paul McCartney’s second solo studio album “Red Rose Speedway” tops the Billboard 200.  In addition, his best post-Beatles ballad, “My Love,” tops the U.S. pop survey. Though the song is credited to McCartney & Wings, McCartney writes, produces, plays bass and piano, and sings lead. Not much left for anybody else. 1973
“Darkness On The Edge Of Town” is the fourth album by Bruce Springsteen. The album marks the end of a three-year forced hiatus due to legal battles with former manager Mike Appel. 1978
The Smashing Pumpkins “Adore” is available. The album goes platinum (1-million sales) five weeks later. 1998
Tool’s third album “Lateralus” tops the Billboard 200.  2001
“Hanging By The Moment” (Lifehouse) reaches #4 on the pop chart. 2001
Not exactly space truckin’. Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan is banned from driving for 16 months after police pull him over May 22nd and find him intoxicated-more than twice the alcohol limit. Gillan pleads guilty and is fined 500 pounds (approximately $800 US). 2004
Guitarist Chris D’abaldo announces his departure from Saliva “due to creative differences.” “I wish all the remaining bandmembers the best of luck and fortune,” D’abaldo writes in an online post. 2005
The Grateful Dead’s last keyboard player, Vince Welnick, dies in Forestville, CA. Suicide is listed as the cause. He joins the Dead in ’90 and stays to the end (’95). Here’s the weird part. Welnick is the fourth Dead keyboardist to die prematurely. The other three were Rod ‘Pigpen’ McKernan (’73), Keith Godchaux (’80) and Brent Mydland (’90). Welnick was 55. 2006
Jackson Browne performs the first of four shows to raise money for the New York congressional campaign of Democratic candidate John Hall (who wins the election). If Hall’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s a founding member of Orleans (“Still The One”). 2006
Exactly one year later: For The Arts benefit concert features Jackson Browne and David Crosby. The musicians also donate autographed guitars for an auction. For The Arts is a program of Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (California). 2007
1,683 guitarists set a world record by simultaneously playing Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water” at a baseball park in Kansas City, KS. But this record only stands for three weeks before it’s shattered by 1,800 guitarists in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany. The previous mark was set in ’94 when 1,323 musicians played the riff in Vancouver, BC. 2007
Van Halen’s (David Lee Roth, Alex and Eddie Van Halen and Eddie’s son Wolfgang –   playing bass) North American tour comes to a close at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI. The trek grosses more than $93 million over 74 shows-a band record. “We send our thanks to the countless new and longtime fans that helped make this tour our most successful,” writes the group in a joint statement. 2008
Rock N’ Roll pioneer, Bo Diddley (Ellas Bates McDaniel), dies of heart failure at his home in Archer, FL at age 79. He was elected to the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in ’87. “An entire rhythm is owed to just one guy and that’s pretty rare,” says Guns N’ Roses’ Slash. 2008
Dave Matthews Band issues “Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King.” GrooGrux King was the band’s nickname for late saxophonist LeRoi Moore who passed away in ’08. It’s DMB’s first studio album since Moore’s death. The set also marks the return of guitarist Tim Reynolds and the addition of Jeff Coffin (Moore’s replacement). 2009
Paul McCartney receives the U.S. Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the highest honor given for pop music, at a concert hosted by President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House. “After the last eight years, it’s great to have a president who knows what a library is,” says McCartney getting in a dig at former President George W. Bush. Of course, that comment sets off some Republicans. Former Bush press secretary Dana Perino, calls the remark “ungracious and undignified.” 2010
The Darkness issue their fourth album “Last Of Our Kind.” It’s their first studio effort with drummer Emily Dolan Davies, who replaced Ed Graham in ’14. “The new album is brutal,” singer Justin Hawkins states. It goes to #2 on the U.S. Top Hard Rock Albums chart. 2015
Bad Wolves cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie’ is #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs Chart. 2018
Having already topped the Active Rock Radio chart, Halestorm’s ‘The Steeple” is #1 on the Mainstream Rock Airplay Chart.  The song is from the “Back From The Dead” album.  2022
Halestorm’s sophomore album “The Strange Case Of…” is certified platinum (one million sales) by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  The album was released ten years earlier. 2022
 “Misery Business,” the lead single from Paramore‘s ‘07 “Riot!” album, is certified six-times platinum by the RIAA. 2022