This Day in History: 2022-06-06

JUNE 6th
The Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under The Bridge” peaks at #2 on the U.S. pop chart (Kris Kross’ “Jump” is #1). 1992
“Under The Bridge” is on the Peppers’ fifth studio album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik.” According to vocalist Anthony Kiedis he wrote the lyrics while reflecting on loneliness and the struggles of being clean from drugs.”
Avenged Sevenfold’s City Of Evil” drops. 2005
Four years after its release the album,” featuring the track “Bat Country,” was certified platinum with sales of 1.5 million copies in the U.S. and 2.5 million worldwide.
Guitarist Steve Vai (Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake) is born.  1960
Slayer vocalist-bassist, Tom Araya, celebrates his birthday. The fourth of nine kids, he is born in Viria del Mar, Chile. His family immigrates to L.A. while Araya is a child. 1961
The Beatles conduct their first EMI-Abbey Road recording session in London.  1962
Sean Yseult (real name, Shauna Reynolds), White Zombie bassist for 12 years, is born in North Carolina. She meets Rob Zombie at the New York Punk club CBGBs in ’85. 1966
After steering clear of Rock n’ Roll for nearly a decade, Columbia Records sees “Just Like Us!” by Paul Revere & The Raiders become the first Rock album on the Columbia imprint to go gold. 1967
KoЯn guitarist James ‘Munky’ Shaffer is born in Rosedale, CA. 1970
Cristina Adriana Chiara Scabbia, best known as one of the two vocalists in Lacuna Coil is born in Milan, Italy. 1972
During a London press conference, The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde, a well-known environmentalist and animal rights activist, says her contribution to the environment would be “firebombing McDonald’s restaurants.” The fast-food corporation confronts Hynde, threatening legal action, forcing her to sign a document vowing to never repeat that statement again. 1989
The record industry (RIAA) dishes out six platinum and multi-platinum album awards to Bob Seger. They’re for “Beautiful Loser,” “Against The Wind,” “Live Bullet,” “Night Moves,” “Nine Tonight” and “Stranger In Town.” 1991
Pete Townshend picks up a Tony Award for “Best Original Score” for the Broadway production of The Who’s “Tommy” (even though the score is a couple of decades old). 1993
Following an announcement that he has AIDS, former Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby passes away. However, it’s later determined that he died from a heroin overdose. 2002
Dave Rowberry (The Animals) dies of a hemorrhaging ulcer in London at age 62. 2003
Keyboardist Billy Preston dies at age 59 in Scottsdale, AZ. He worked with The Beatles (he’s credited on the song “Get Back”), Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, among many others. He also had a successful solo career (“Nothing From Nothing'” and “Will It Go Round In Circles”). Preston suffered from kidney failure and other problems as a result of high blood pressure. 2006
The video for Hinder‘s cover of Steppenwolf‘s classic “Born To Be Wild” debuts on The song promotes TNT’s coverage of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. 2007
U2’s Bono meets with President George Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to the start of the G8 Summit in Heiligendamm, Germany, to discuss the G8’s commitment to helping Africa. Talks with Merkel prove difficult. “It was a tough meeting and we’re now having a row with the chancellor’s office about their aid numbers,” writes Bono in a statement. 2007
Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora checks into an L.A. detox facility following the taping of Bon Jovi’s MTV Unplugged in New York. Sambora was visibly inebriated, missed notes and his backing vocals were off-key. Later, Sambora says, “I did detox, I didn’t check into rehab. I was just drinking too much and I needed to get my life together.” 2007
Rage Against The Machine play Finsbury Park in front of 40,000 fans. The free event is a ‘thank you’ for the successful Facebook campaign which saw fans buy the band’s ’92 track “Killing In The Name,” successfully stopping pop singer Joe McElderry (a Simon Cowell creation) from obtaining the ’09 Christmas #1 spot on the U.K. charts. 2010
Ozzy Osbourne becomes a health columnist for the U.K.’s Sunday Times. “When the Sunday Times magazine asked me to be its new health-advice columnist I thought they were taking the p**s, to be honest with you,” Osbourne tells the Though drug-addled for decades, Osbourne is an avid jogger and works out. 2010
Neil Young, an outspoken critic of digital recording technology and the MP3 music format in particular, files the first of three patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a high-resolution audio alternative to the MP3. 2011
An unidentified model is arrested in France following the theft of three necklaces worth $200,000 from Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose. The woman voluntarily goes to the police claiming she isn’t sure how the necklaces wound up in her possession. Meanwhile, U2 bassist Adam Clayton appears in court at the trial of his former housekeeper, Carol Hawkins, who’s accused of stealing from him on multiple dates between ’04 and ’08. 2012
Metallica partner with ESPN and Circuit Of The Americas to assist the victims of the floods in Texas. They donate all download revenue from their X Games show to the American Red Cross of Central Texas. 2015
Woodstock, site of the legendary ’69 festival, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 2017
Deftones and Belching Beaver Brewery introduce “Digital Bath,” a New England style IPA with notes of citrus.  2018
Iced Earth, Decide and Obituary guitarist Ralph Santolla dies in a Tampa Bay hospital after suffering a heart attack and falling into a coma a week earlier. He was 48.  2018
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson (both of Rush) present the Humanitarian Award to The Tragically Hip at Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys. The Tragically Hip broke up in 2018 after death of frontman Gord Downie from brain cancer, the same disease that took Rush drummer Neil Peart.  2021