This Day in History: 2022-06-11

JUNE 11th
Skid Row’s second album, “Slave To The Grind,” drops. Selling 134,000 copies in its opening week it becomes the first Heavy Metal album to top the Billboard 200.  1991
KoЯn issue their fifth studio album, “Untouchables.” It debuts at #2 on the Billboard 200 selling 434,000 copies in its first week. 2002
The Ramones’ self-titled debut album is certified gold by the RIAA, signifying sales of over 500,000 units. Released in ’76, the landmark Punk album initially peaked at #111 on the Billboard 200. It only took them 38 years! 2014
Richard Palmer-James (King Crimson) starts his life.  1947
ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard has a birthday. Despite the last name and his fellow bandmates, Beard’s facial hair is relatively tidy. 1949
Donnie Van Zandt, younger brother of Ronnie (Lynyrd Skynyrd), has a birthday. The .38 Special frontman is from Jacksonville, FL, just like his brother. 1952
The British government announces The Beatles will receive the MBE (Members of the British Empire). Some conservative MBE holders grumble that the honor shouldn’t go to a Rock band and turn in their awards. The Beatles get their MBEs just the same. After all, they about single-handedly saved the British economy. Later, John Lennon returns his award to protest the British government’s support of the war in Vietnam. 1965
I see a red door and I want it painted black. The Stones score a #1 U.S. hit with “Paint It Black.” Charlie Watts’ opening drum line is incredible and that’s Brian Jones on sitar. 1966
Melody Maker reports that guitarist Eric Clapton (Yardbirds), Jack Bruce (Manfred Mann) and Ginger Baker (Graham Bond Organization) have formed the first “Rock supergroup.” They’re right. Cream is the result. 1966
Santana’s “Amigos” goes gold. The band’s seventh album is their first Top 10 (#10) in four years. 1976
The Sex Pistols’ “God Save The Queen” peaks at #2 on the U.K. charts. It’s shut out of the top spot by Rod Stewart’s ballad “I Don’t Want To Talk About It.” 1977
Chuck Berry is convicted of income tax evasion. He serves approximately about 3 months in prison.  1979
The Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute is held in London. Mandela, a South African political prisoner, was jailed for 24 years. The concert, featuring Stevie Wonder, is broadcast worldwide and seen by over one billion people. 1988
Slash is named Riff Lord for his guitar work with Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver at the Metal Hammer’s Golden Gods Awards in London. 2007
Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee skips a London show after injuring his left arm. Evanescence drummer Will Hunt fills in. Though far from 100%, wearing an ice pack on his shoulder, Lee doesn’t appear in pain during several on-stage appearances. During one such excursion he blurts out, “Who wants a goddamn swig of Jagermeister?” Once a Rock star, always a Rock star. 2007
It goes on and on and on. Journey’s ’81 hit “Don’t Stop Believin’” is heard during the finale of HBO’s The Sopranos. Former Journey singer Steve Perry, who co-wrote the tune with keyboardist Jonathan Cain and guitarist Neal Schon, says the way the song was utilized in the last scene “blew my mind.” 2007
Jackson Browne receives World Hunger Year’s annual Harry Chapin Award at a dinner in New York. The anti-poverty organization honors Browne for his involvement in humanitarian causes. 2007
Disturbed’s “Indestructible” debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Selling 252,000 copies in its first week the album marks the third straight time the group has topped the survey. 2008
“Scream,” Ozzy Osbourne’s 10th studio album, is available in the U.S. The Kevin Churko produced set contains the single “Let Me Hear You Scream.” 2010
Ozzy Osbourne, the Prince of Darkness, sets a Guinness World Record: the world’s loudest and longest scream during an appearance at a Los Angeles Dodgers game. The record setting endeavor also helps the annual Think Cure weekend which raises money for cancer research. Ozzy’s wife Sharon is a cancer survivor. 2010
Remastered versions of Led Zeppelin’s first three albums land on Billboard’s Top 10: “Led Zeppelin I” (#7), “II” (#9) and “III” (#10). These are the first of a remastering project undertaken by Zep guitarist/producer Jimmy Page. 2014
Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose appears in a Budweiser World Cup commercial. In the spot, famous soccer players perform GN’R’s “Paradise City.” Rose, who is standing in the audience alongside some models, catches a tossed guitar pick and uses it to open his Bud, and then raises his can in salute to the mock band. 2014
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder speaks out against a controversial transgender “bathroom bill” during the group’s appearance at the Bonnaroo Festival. The Tennessee proposal would have public school students use the bathroom corresponding with their sex at birth. 2016
Mitch Ryder (who fronted Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels in the ‘60s) is inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame during the during the 5th annual ceremony and concert event in Detroit.  2017
Ozzy Osbourne receives the Golden God honor at the Golden Gods Awards ceremony in London. Previous honorees include Megadeth‘s Dave Mustaine, Motorhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister and Rob Zombie. Maynard James Keenan (Tool) picks up the Icon Award. 2018  
KISS take the stage for a special performance at the Tribeca Festival in NYC. The band plays following the screening of part 1 of its 2-part A&E documentary “Biography: KISStory.”  2021
Judas Priest: Decade Of Domination” is published. Metal historian Martin Popoff examines the Priest’s legacy from 1974 to 1984, album by album.  2021
Keyboardist Rick Wakeman (Yes) is awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, which is one rank below a knighthood, as part of the Queen’s birthday honors list. 2021
Five Finger Death Punch hold the #1 slot on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart with “AfterLife.”  It’s the title track from the band’s ninth studio album.  2022