This Day in History: 2023-06-12

JUNE 12th
Megadeth’s “Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!” is released. While the album doesn’t chart on Billboard, it sells well enough for Capitol Records to sign the band.  1985
Blink 182 release “Take Off Your Pants and Jacket” featuring the single, “Rock Show.” It debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200.  2001


Queen Of The Stone Age’s sixth album, “… Like Clockwork” debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200. Selling 91,000 in its first week, the album pushes Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” to #2. 2013
The Trogg’s singer, Reg Presley, becomes his parent’s new “wild thing.” 1943
King Crimson, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep and, Asia have one thing in common.  It’s bassist/vocalist John Wetton who is born on this day.  1949
Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos (born Brad M. Carlson) has a birthday.  1951
More than a feeling.  The late Boston singer Brad Delp enters the world. 1951
The Zombies conduct their first recording session at Decca Studios in London. Among the tracks recorded is their hit, “She’s Not There.” 1964
Candlebox bassist Bardi Martin has a birthday. He was with the group from ’91 to ’99, then rejoined in ’06. 1969
“I am a man and so’s Lola.” The Kinks release their gender-bending hit “Lola.” 1970
Despite it being a relatively weak effort, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Mardi Gras” LP goes gold. 1972
“Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits,” released in ’73, goes gold. 1975
Guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd is born. 1977
Bruce Springsteen’s “Born To Run” becomes New Jersey’s ‘unofficial’ Youth Rock Anthem. Springsteen is from Asbury Park, NJ. 1979
Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt and others perform at a New York rally for nuclear disarmament. 1982
Velvet Revolver’s “Slither” slides past Jet’s “Cold Hard Bitch” to top Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks. 2004
KoЯn cancels the remaining dates on their European tour when singer Jonathan Davis reveals he is suffering from the blood disorder Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. “If I continued to headbang onstage, I could have dropped dead on the spot,” Davis says in London. 2006
Queens Of The Stone Age release their fifth studio album “Era Vulgaris.” The group gets help from the Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas (who sings and plays guitar on “Sick, Sick, Sick”). 2007
Coldplay deliver “Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends,” with the lead single “Violet Hill” (a Top 10 hit on the Modern Rock chart). 2008
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce selects a number of performers, including Rush, to have stars embedded on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 2008
Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson is the keynote speaker at the UCLA College of Letters and Science commencement ceremony in L.A. Delson, a UCLA grad (class of ’99), has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. “Brad Delson is a social activist who is committed to change through education,” says UCLA dean Judith L. Smith. 2009
Weezer make their first appearance at the Bonnaroo Festival in the Manchester, TN. Clad in an USA soccer jersey, frontman Rivers Cuomo bounces on a trampoline, climbs the stage’s rafters, and throws bananas into the crowd. They close with “Buddy Holly,” the group’s second single. 2010
Linkin Park headlines the Download Festival at England’s Donington Park. “Being American we never had many good Rock festivals to go to as kids,” says frontman Chester Bennington. “Donington is a place we all dreamed of playing when we were growing up. “It’s awesome.” 2011
Joe Walsh comes out against Joe Walsh. The Eagles guitarist endorses Tammy Duckworth in her bid to defeat Representative Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) in November’s Congressional election. 2012
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush receive honorary Doctorate of Music degrees from Nipissing University, a public liberal arts school in North Bay, Ontario. 2014
The Kinks’ Ray Davies and Donovan are among the inductees into Songwriters Hall Of Fame during a ceremony at NYC’s Marriott Marquis Hotel. 2014
Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl fractures his leg when he miscalculates a jump and falls into the security pit during a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden. After a trip to the hospital, Grohl returns and finishes the show. Now that’s commitment! 2015
Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody has an onstage meltdown. During a performance in Tilburg, Netherlands, he claims he’s out of the band and this is his last show with FFDP. The concert is marred by issues (personal and technical). Later, Moody, whose struggles with substance abuse are widely known, says “I am embarrassed and ashamed to admit that I have fallen off the wagon.”   2017
Crossing the blue line. Ozzy Osbourne was famously arrested in Memphis for public intoxication in ‘84. He had on a St. Louis Blues hockey jersey when police took his mug shot.  Thirty-five years later, after repeatedly posting his mug shot in support of the Blues during the seven game the NHL Stanley Cup, Ozzy tweets “Congrats St. Louis Blues on your Stanley Cup win.” 2019
While on a solo tour promoting his Country career Staind’s Aaron Lewis tells an audience in Redmond, OR, that the way to end school shootings is to arm teachers.  He makes this statement in the wake of a school shooting in Uvalde, TX where 19 students and two teachers were murdered.  2022