This Day in History: 2022-06-16

JUNE 16th
“Brave New World” is the third album by The Steve Miller Band. The set is notable for the songs “Space Cowboy,” “Celebration Song” and “My Dark Hour.” The latter two tracks feature Paul McCartney (backing vocals, bass and drums) – credited as Paul Ramon. 1969
David Bowie’s seminal album, “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars,” is released. “Ziggy Stardust” was recorded in London and featured Mick Ronson (guitar, piano, backing vocals, string arrangements), Trevor Bolder (bass) and Mick Woodmansey (drums). A true classic. 1972
“Born Free” is certified platinum by the RIAA for shipments in excess of one million copies. The Kid Rock album holds the title track, “Slow My Roll” and “Collide” (featuring Sheryl Crow with Bob Seger on piano). 2011
Nickelback unveil “Feed The Machine,” their ninth album. “(It) is definitely heavier, as a whole, than a lot of our previous records,” states frontman Chad Kroeger. 2017
The three-day Monterey Pop Festival begins. The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin (with Big Brother & the Holding Company) make their first major appearances. Also on the bill are, the Byrds, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Eric Burdon & the Animals and Buffalo Springfield. Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones attends and introduces Jimi Hendrix. Later, Burdon & the Animals record a hit song about the event, aptly titled “Monterey.” 1967
It’s a free concert from now on. Or is it breakfast in bed for 500,000? Woodstock Ventures, the company that provided the financial support for the original Woodstock festival announces they lost more than $1.2 million. They hope an album with Woodstock performances and souvenirs will get them to the break-even point. Good luck. 1970
Former Beatle John Lennon sues the U.S. government charging it with “selective prosecution.” Seen as a dangerous anti-war (Vietnam)) radical whose immigration efforts must be halted, the U.S. government hit Lennon with various deportation actions. 1975
It’s a bad day for heroin users. The Pretender’s guitarist James Honeyman-Scott dies from wounds resulting from cocaine and heroin addiction. 1982
Hole bassist Kristen Pfaff dies from a heroin overdose. 1994
Pearl Jam begin touring without Ticketmaster handling sales. Feeling the concert ticket company’s surcharges are out of line the band initiates a mail-order ticket service. 1995
“The Big Four,” MetallicaMegadeth, Slayer and Anthrax, perform on the same bill for the first time in front of 81,000 fans at the Sonisphere festival.  2010
Radiohead ‘s stage collapses during construction in Toronto killing the group’s drum tech, Scott Johnson. Obviously, the show is cancelled as authorities investigate. 2012
Black Sabbath’s “13” is their first #1 on the U.K. album chart since ’70’s “Paranoid.” “I’m in shock,” says Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne. “The success of this album has blown me off my feet. We’ve never had a record climb the charts so fast.” 2013
U2’s Bono visits the Canadian Parliament and the country’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, in Ottawa to discuss foreign aid and development policy. “The world needs more Canada,” says Bono. 2015
As I Lay Dying’s classic lineup, including singer Tim Lambesis, play their first comeback concert in San Diego.  In ‘14, Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty of paying an undercover San Diego police officer, posing as a hit man, $1,000 to kill his wife. Lambesis served two years before being paroled.  2018
“The Stadium Tour” kicks off in Atlanta with Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard. Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.  Def Leppard endures heavy rain at Truist Stadium and Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, who broke four ribs just prior to the tour, plays five songs against his doctor’s orders, before turning over the sticks to Tommy Clufetos to finish out the set.  The long-delayed (due to COVID-19) North American trek has over 30 shows.  2022
Quiet Riot urges fans not to buy a re-issued version of their “Alive & Well” album stating Cleopatra Records is prohibited from re-issuing the band’s material.  The ’99 album, which features a reunion of the Quiet Riot’s classic line-up, drops the following day. 2022