This Day in History: 2022-06-07

JUNE 7th
Led by the single “Vasoline,” Stone Temple Pilots release their sophomore album, “Purple.” 1994
Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun” returns to #1 on the Rock Songs chart.  The song had topped the chart for a week before being replaced by Coldplay’s “A Sky Full Of Stars.”
This time “Ain’t It Fun” has 10-week run in the top slot.  2014
 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 had already reached the one billion mark on YouTube.  2021
Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson), is born in Minneapolis, MN. 1958
Guitarist Dave Navarro (Red Hot Chili Peppers/Jane’s Addiction) enters the world. 1967
Blind Faith play a free show in London’s Hyde Park in front of 120,000. It’s the group’s first major concert. 1969
The Who perform “Tommy” at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House. It’ the first time The Who play this venue and the last time they perform “Tommy” in its entirety for nearly two decades. 1970
“Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy” tops the Billboard 200. Elton John (Captain Fantastic) and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin (Brown Dirt Cowboy) have a six-week run at #1.  1975
Chuck Berry is charged with three counts of tax evasion. This comes a day before he performs at the White House. 1979
There’s a groundbreaking ceremony for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame building in Cleveland. 1993
Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship) has to attend Alcoholics Anonymous and perform 200 hours of community service for pointing a shotgun at police officers earlier in the year. 1994
Staind find the top of the Billboard 200 with “14 Shades Of Grey.”  2003
Former Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett is made a Member of the Order of Australia by Queen Elizabeth II.  The honor recognizes his “service to the community as a prominent advocate for environmental conservation and protection, and to the music industry.” 2003
Metallica nab the Best International Act honor at the second annual Metal Hammer Golden God Awards held in London. 2004
Jackson Browne enters Songwriters Hall of Fame at the 38th annual induction and awards dinner in New York. 2007
During the encore at the Foo Fighters concert at London’s Wembley Stadium Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones come onstage for renditions of Zep’s “Rock And Roll” and “Ramble On.” “This is the greatest f-in’ night in our band’s life,” Grohl tells the audience. 2008
Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist/vocalist Bob Welch dies after shooting himself at his Nashville home. Welch was with the band from ’71 until ’74 and had experience health issues in recent months. “He was a very, very profoundly intelligent human being and always in good humor, which is why this is so unbelievably shocking,” says Mick Fleetwood. 2012
Queen guitarist Brian May states he doesn’t want presidential candidate Donald Trump playing “We Are The Champions” at his rallies. 2016
The 50th anniversary reissue of The Beatles‘ landmark ‘67 album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200 behind Bryson Tiller (“True To Self”) and Kendrick Lamar (“Damn”) at #1 and #2, respectively.  2017
Ghost fans raise over $9,500 via a crowdfunding drive for the family of Jeffrey Allan Fortune, a 52-year old man who died after collapsing in the mosh pit at a Ghost concert in Milwaukee. 2018
Metallica sues Lloyd’s of London in L.A. Superior Court for allegedly refusing to compensate the band for financial losses suffered when the band was forced to postpone six shows in South America in ‘20 because of the coronavirus. 2021
Three Ghost singles are certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) for accumulating 500,000 certified units moved. The songs are Cirice” (from Ghost’s third album, ‘15’s “Meliora”),”Dance Macabre” (from ‘18’s “Prequelle”) and “Square Hammer” (from ‘16’s “Popestar” EP). These are Ghost’s first RIAA certifications.  2022
The Sex Pistols top the U.K. music streaming charts with “God Save The Queen,” 45 years after its initial release. The anti-government protest song originally dropped in ’77 to mock Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee. It’s return to #1 coincides with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration.  2022