This Day in History: 2022-06-08

JUNE 8th
Red Chili Peppers issue “Californication” their biggest-selling album worldwide – 15 million copies worldwide – 7-million in the U.S. alone. The band’s seventh album marks the return of guitarist John Frusciante.  1999
Velvet Revolver arrive with “Contraband.”  The album debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and is later certified double platinum.  2004
The band consists of Guns N’ Roses alum: Slash (guitar), Duff McKagen (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums). Guitarist Dave Kushner was brought along with former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland.
You Shook Me All Night Long. The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) says AC/DC‘s “Back In Black” has sold more than 21-million copies in the U.S. The ’80 release was the group’s first with singer Brian Johnson (following the death of original vocalist Bon Scott). 2005
One-time member of the Steve Miller Band, but better known as a solo artist, Boz Scaggs is born. 1944
Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn has a birthday.  1954
Duran Duran keyboardists Nick Rhodes is born. 1962
Brian Jones is officially booted from the Rolling Stones – a band he founded. His input had been waning due to excessive drug use and emotional issues.  Also, the Stones want to tour but Jones’ catalog of drug busts prevent him from obtaining a U.S. visa. Less than a month later, Jones drowns in his swimming pool.  1968
After losing the top spot on the Billboard 200 eight weeks earlier, “Band On The Run” (Paul McCartney & Wings) returns to #1 as the album’s title-track ascends to #1 on the U.S. pop survey. 1974 
Keyboardist Rick Wakeman says he’s leaving Yes for a solo career. Patrick Moraz fills the slot. However, Wakeman does return on occasion. 1974
Guitarist Derek Trucks (Allman Brothers Band) is born.  1979
The Who release “The Kids Are Alright” soundtrack album. 1979
Cole Alexander, vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the Black Lips, has a birthday. 1982
The film biography “Great Balls Of Fire” opens in U.S. theaters. Dennis Quaid plays Jerry Lee Lewis. 1989
Bruce Springsteen marries fellow Jersey native and member of the E Street Band, Patti Scialfa. It’s his second marriage and her first. 1991
A pre-Van Halen Gary Cherone leads Extreme to the top of the U.S. singles chart with “More Than Words.” 1991
“Angel Dust,” the fourth album from Extreme, is out.  The album sells 2.5 million worldwide.  1992
“Down On The Upside” enters the U.S. album chart. The Soundgarden effort is kept out of the top spot by The Fugees’ “The Score.” Guess they did. 1996
Pearl Jam’s cover of “Last Kiss” (originally recorded by Wayne Cochran in ’61) for the charity album “No Boundaries: A Benefit For The Kosovar Refugees,” is released as a single with all of the proceeds going to aid refugees of the Kosovo War. The song peaks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming the group’s highest charting single. 1999
Warped And Driven. Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo receives his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. It only took 11 years (and a few albums, tours, etc.) after he enrolled in the Ivy League school. Cuomo is also inducted into Harvard’s prestigious Phi Beta Kappa academic honors society. 2006
Elton John’s stage version of the film “Billy Elliot” wins big at the Tony Awards, snagging 10 trophies, including Best Musical. Poison performs in support of the ’80’s based musical “Rock Of Ages.” During the show’s opening number singer Bret Michaels is hit by a descending piece of scenery fracturing his nose and cutting his lip. And that’s why you show up for rehearsals! 2009
KoЯn calls for a boycott of oil giant BP, which is responsible for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “We need to do our part to let BP know there are consequences for causing something like this,” writes frontman Jonathan Davis via a press release. “The more costly their punishment, the more money they will spend to make sure disasters like this don’t happen again.” Disturbed, Rise Against and Godsmack join the boycott. 2010
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor speaks at Oxford University. “(It) is very ironic seeing as I didn’t graduate from high school,” says Taylor. “They took a vote about who they would want to speak at their student union and I was the number one pick.” 2011
Kid Rock returns as the host of the CMT (Country) Awards in Nashville. “Hosting the CMT Awards was a wonderful bridge to a great afterparty,” says Rock, who also hosted the awards the previous year. 2011
Following a stint at an L.A. rehab facility (for alcohol addiction and exhaustion) Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora rejoins the band for their European tour-which is already underway. His first show back is in Croatia. 2011
A reunited Stone Roses play their first official concert together in 16 years in Barcelona, Spain. A couple weeks earlier the group did a secret warm-up gig in their hometown of Manchester. 2012
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are sent off stage by a fire marshal who claims the L.A. concert audience is 100 people over the Fonda Theater’s capacity-despite evidence suggesting that wasn’t the case. Petty offers fans a refund. 2013
Ghost’s “Prequelle” debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart.  The band’s highest charting record to date, falls behind Kayne West’s “Ye” and Post Malone’s “beerbongs & bentleys.”  2018
Early Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies at age 68.  He played on five Fleetwood Mac albums between ’68–’72.  2018
Trying to snap a lengthy losing streak the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (baseball) use Nickelback songs as “walk-up” music as batters go to the plate against the Boston Red Sox. It doesn’t work.  The Angels lose their 14th in a row.  2022