This Day in History: 2023-06-06

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.

 Linkin Park’s “In the End” surpasses one billion streams on Spotify, making it the first Nu-Metal song to reach the milestone.  The track has already reached the one billion mark on YouTube.  2021

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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

In reaction to the murder of Presidential candidate Senator Robert Kennedy in L.A., David Crosby composes “Long Time Gone.” 1968

KoЯn guitarist James ‘Munky’ Shaffer is born in Rosedale, CA. 1970

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

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

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 NASCAR.com. 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

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 TimesOnline.co.uk. Though drug-addled for decades, Osbourne is an avid jogger and works out. 2010

Woodstock, site of the legendary ’69 festival, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 2017

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