This Day in History: 2022-06-04

JUNE 4th
The Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” a song written by Sting, tops the U.K. singles chart. It stays there for four weeks. 1983
The song, which is on the “Synchronicity” album, was named Song of the Year at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards.
Bruce Springsteen unfurls his seventh studio album, “Born In The U.S.A.” It’s #1 on the Billboard album chart for seven weeks and is Springsteen’s commercial triumph. 1984
Van Halen’s “OU812” is the #1 album in the U.S. 1988
The album received generally mixed reviews.  Though this was the second successful Van Halen album with Sammy Hagar handling vocals some critics still lamented the departure of David Lee Roth.
“Load” is the sixth studio album by Metallica. It debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200. 1996
“Mesmerize,” the fourth studio album from System Of A Down, is the first half of the “Mesmerize”/”Hypnotize” double album. It shoots to #1 on the album chart and is eventually certified platinum (over one million copies sold). “Hypnotize” arrives six months later. 2005


Wings guitarist Jimmy McCulloch is born.  1952
The Beatles begin their first world tour. Ringo Starr misses the early dates while recovering from a tonsillectomy. He is temporarily replaced by Jimmy Nicol (formerly of Georgie Fame & The Flames). 1964
The Monkees win an Emmy for Outstanding TV Comedy Series. 1967
The Rolling Stones are the first Western Rock group to receive royalty payments from the Soviet Union.  1975
Black Stone Cherry vocalist/guitarist, Chris Robertson, is born.  1985
Ozzy Osbourne donates $15,000 for AIDS research. 1989
Paramore’s drummer, Zac Farro, celebrates his birthday. 1990
Young Elvis (Presley) beats out the Vegas Elvis for the Postal Services’ commemorative stamp. 1992
No I don’t have a gun.  Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) is arrested after a heated dispute with Courtney Love over Cobain’s gun collection. 1993
The soundtrack to the superhero film “The Crow,” featuring The Cure, Violent Femmes, Pantera, Helmet and Nine Inch Nails, is #1 on the Billboard 200.  1994
Faces bassist Ronnie Lane dies of multiple sclerosis, following an 18-year battle, at the age of 51. 1997
The Wallflowers perform their cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” at the MTV Movie Awards. The song is featured in the film “Godzilla.” 1998
Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker gets into a fight outside a fast-food restaurant in Cuyahoga, OH and suffers a broken finger. The injury sidelines the drummer. 2000
Though they decided to break-up months earlier, Creed officially announce the spilt after eight years and sales of 30-million albums. Guitarist Mark Tremonti cites differences between himself and singer Scott Strapp as the reason. Strapp works on a solo effort while Tremonti, Creed drummer Scott Phillips and the group’s original bassist Brian Marshall form Alter Bridge. 2004
“Mezmerize,” the fourth studio album by System Of A Down, is #1 on the Billboard 200.  2005
U2’s Bono is honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America with the Board of Directors Special Tribute at the CFDA Fashion Awards ceremony. 2007
Eddie Money’s autobiographical musical “Two Tickets To Paradise” premieres at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY. Money narrates the show which features his well-known tunes along with six new compositions. 2009
Rush warns Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul to stop using “Spirit Of Radio” at rallies and on web ads, since he neglected to ask permission. “This is not a political issue; this is a copyright issue,” states a Rush attorney. 2010
U2 bassist Adam Clayton files a negligence lawsuit against the group’s financial manager. The allegation is that Gaby Smyth initiated the highly -publicized and controversial ’07 decision to relocate the band’s publishing company to Holland to avoid paying high taxes in Ireland. That led to extensive criticism, especially in light of the Bono led anti-poverty initiatives. Clayton launches the action without the rest of the band. 2010
The comedy “Get Him To The Greek” is in theaters. Metallica’s Lars Ulrich appears as himself and plays the lover of singer Jackie Q, the ex-girlfriend of Infant Sorrow’s Adlous Snow (Russell Brand). For trivia buffs, Infant Sorrow is also the title of a William Blake poem. 2010
Queens Of The Stone Age unfurl their sixth studio effort “…Like Clockwork.” Produced by the group, the set has Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) on drums with guest appearances by Elton John, Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees), Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and former bassist Nick Oliveri. About recording the album, frontman Josh Homme says, “like clockwork was the only thing that didn’t happen.” 2013
Slayer launch an international tour at the Impact Festival in Warsaw, Poland. It’s Slayer’s first show with returning drummer Paul Bostaph, who had left the group in ’02. 2013
Jack White (White Stripes) is inducted into Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame. 2015
Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello announces the launch of Firebrand Records; “One-stop shopping for all your rebel-music needs.” 2015
Coldplay perform Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger” with pop singer Ariana Grande at the “One Love Manchester” concert. The Oasis classic is an anthem for the city following the 5/22 terror attack that killed 22 following a Grande concert in Oasis’ hometown.  2017
Tool plays their first New York City concert in eleven years as the headliner of the Governors Ball, a three-day music festival on Randall’s Island. “Fox News, Huffington Post, the left, the right, Trump, Breitbart, Facebook – none of these things are your enemy,” Tool’s Maynard James Keenan tells the audience. “Your enemy is ignorance. That’s the fight.”  The band then performs “Opiate.”  2017
Staind frontman and solo Country performer Aaron Lewis tells a concert audience in Doswell, VA, that he blames the U.S. Democratic Party for “every racist law” in America.”  His remarks come before playing his conservative anthem “Am I The Only One.  Seventy years ago, Southern Democrats supported segregation and other forms of racism but that has changed significantly. 2021
The guitar line heard in Led Zeppelin‘s “Whole Lotta Love” is named the greatest riff of all time by the readers of Total Guitar and Guitar World magazines. Ozzy Osbourne‘s Crazy Train” (with Randy Rhodes on guitar),” AC/DC‘s “Back In Black” and Deep Purple‘s “Smoke On The Water” are next in line.   2021
“The Steeple” by Halestorm is #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.  It’s the second single from the band’s fifth studio album “Back From The Dead.” 2022
Six years after being released from prison for attempting to hire an undercover police officer to murder his wife As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis marries for the third time.  The bride is model Dany Ciara.  2022