This Day in History: 2022-06-15

JUNE 15th
Nirvana issues their debut full-length set “Bleach.” The album, which sells over four-million copies worldwide, takes its title from an AIDS prevention poster in San Francisco: “Bleach your works,” advises heroin addicts to sterilize their needles before injections. 1989

 

Carlos Santana’s ‘comeback’ album, “Supernatural” is released.  The guitar great’s set features the hit “Smooth,” with vocals by Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas. 1999
Selling over 30-million copies worldwide (approximately one-third of that coming from the U.S.), the album was the band’s first to peak at #1 on the Billboard 200 (album chart) since “Santana III” in 1971.
Velvet Revolver’s debut album “Contraband” sells 256,000 copies in its first week of release to nail the top spot on the Billboard 200. 2004
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Noddy Holder (born Neville John Holder), vocalist for Slade, enters the world. 1946
Carry on wayward son. Steve Walsh (Kansas) starts his life in St. Joseph, MO (close to Kansas). 1951
Drummer Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche) is born. 1963
“Two girls for every guy.” Jan & Dean uncork “Surf City.” 1963
Ringo Starr rejoins The Beatles in Australia. He had been sidelined for nearly two weeks due to tonsillitis, then recovering from a tonsillectomy. His temporary replacement, Jimmy Nicol, returns to a life of anonymity. 1964
“One upon a time you dressed so fine.” Bob Dylan begins laying down tracks for his classic “Highway 61 Revisted” album in New York. One of the tracks recorded is the epic, “Like A Rolling Stone.” 1965
The Beatles release “Yesterday & Today.” Ticked that Capitol Records U.S. has been leaving off a track or two from previous Beatles albums and now has enough for this compilation, the group poses for the notorious ‘butcher block’ cover with them sitting among cuts of raw meat and decapitated dolls. Public outcry gets the cover changed to a standard group photo (three Beatles standing around a upright open trunk with Paul McCartney actually sitting in it). 1966
Peter Green leaves the John Mayall Blues Breakers. He goes on to form Fleetwood Mac with John McVie and Mick Fleetwood. 1967
Sexy Sadie, what have you done? The Beatles publicly admit that the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was a mistake. John Lennon writes “Sexie Sadie” as a veiled comment on the situation with a special reference to the Maharishi’s alleged ‘pass’ at actress Mia Farrow. Not the first nor last time Farrow attracts an older man’s attention. 1968
Hawkwind fires bassist Lemmy Kilmister after he is mistakenly arrested for drug possession at the US/Canada border. Lemmy returns to the U.K. and forms Mötörhead. 1975
A native of Redondo Beach, CA, Alien Ant Farm’s Dryden Vera Mitchell enters the world. 1976
The guitarist/keyboardist for Good Charlotte, Billy Martin, has a birthday. He gets his first guitar as a Christmas present when he’s in the 6th grade. He joins Good Charlotte in ’95. 1981
Tough life. The Police begin work on their fourth album, “Ghost In The Machine,” at AIR studios in the Caribbean. The set, which is co-produced by the Hugh Padgham, contains “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.” 1981
Bassist Pete Farndon is kicked out of The Pretenders due to his drug problems. He ODs the following year. 1982
Future MTV parents, Ozzy Osbourne and the former Sharon Arden, get hitched.  1982
Guns N’ Roses issue their debut single, “It’s So Easy.” Written by West Arkeen and GN’R, the song becomes a concert favorite and both guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagen perform it regularly in their post-GN’R bands. 1987
Meg and Jack White make their debut on the self-titled album, “The White Stripes.” 1999
The Beastie Boys issue “To The 5 Boroughs” album. 2004
A federal court jury in Detroit rules that the White Stripes do not have to pay Jim Diamond royalties from their first two albums. Diamond, credited with co-producing the duo’s ’99 self-titled debut and mixing the group’s ’00 release, “De Stijl,” filed suit against the Stripes in ’04, claiming that he helped shape their sound and deserves a share of the discs’ royalties. 2006
Joan Jett hits the Warped Tour. “She’s tougher than a lot of these Emo bands we get,” says Warped founder Kevin Lyman. “She’ll play every date.” Also on the tour are AFI, Academy Is and Saves The Day. 2006
Slipknot wins the Best Live Band and the Best International Band categories at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods in London. Also, Iron Maiden nails the Best U.K. Band honor, Def Leppard earns the Legend Award and Five Finger Death Punch take home the Best New Band trophy. 2009
Paul McCartney unveils a campaign encouraging vegetarianism in the United Kingdom. The Meat Free Monday initiative asks participants to refrain from eating meat on that day. “If this was to happen it could have a hugely beneficial effect on the climate,” says McCartney. The campaign is already in the U.S. and Australia. 2009
Ozzy Osbourne’s Prince of Darkness: Rock Band video game, is available at the Rock Band store. His Rock Band debut consists of career-spanning solo tracks. 2010
U2 takes the #1 spot Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid musicians for the second year in a row. The group’s ’10 earnings netted over $195 million. Bon Jovi is second with $125 million and Elton John captures third earning $100 million. 2011
“Van Halen: Exuberant California, Zen Rock N’ Roll” is in bookstores. Written by John Scanlan, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, the book follows the band’s pursuit of ‘Zen California’, a state of mind and way of being that above all celebrates ‘the now’. 2012
Of Mice And Men frontman Austin Carlile undergoes surgery for a cardiac issue related to Marfan syndrome. Meanwhile, Pierce The Veil guitarist Tony Perry is released from the hospital after surgery for injuries sustained in a mountain biking accident. 2015
Guitarist Dave Mustaine receives the Metal Hammer Golden God award in London for his work with Megadeth and Metallica. 2015
“Black Rose,” by Volbeat, is #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. 2017
A plaque honoring Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham is unveiled in his hometown of Redditch, England. 2017
Former 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell is arrested in his St. Martin, MS home on drugs and weapons charges. Harrell’s wife tells police that they had been arguing and that it had turned physical. Deputies see drugs and guns in the home and obtain a search warrant before arresting Harrell. 2018
Soundgarden and Vicky Cornell, the widow and personal representative of the estate of the band’s lead singer Chris Cornell, announce that they have come to a temporary agreement that will transfer the band’s social media accounts and web site to the surviving members, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd and their managers. They had filed papers in Washington state U.S. District Court claiming that Vicky Cornell had locked them out of their social media accounts. 2021
A handful of anti-vaccine protesters demonstrate outside Foo Fighters’ concert in in Agoura Hills, CA that allowed only vaccinated fans. Those wishing to attend the concert had to show photo ID as well as proof of vaccination in order to pick up their tickets. 2021
The Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) documentary, “Long Promised Road,” debuts at the Tribeca Festival. The film is “a lifetime of experiences that are equal parts dream and nightmare.” 2021
In conjunction with National Pride Month, Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale says  she is “unapologetically bi-sexual.”  Hale is also in a two-decade long relationship with Halestorm guitarist Joe Hottinger.  2022
“My Stupid Tribute Band,” a music documentary from the Dallas-based AC/DC tribute band Back In Black, premieres at the Dances With Films festival in Hollywood. The film culminates with Back In Black’s lead singer auditioning for AC/DC in ’16 when Brian Johnson’s hearing loss forced him to leave the “Rock Or Bust” tour.  2022