This Day in History: 2022-06-17

JUNE 17th
“Synchronicity,” the fifth and final studio album by The Police, is released.  The album, containing the mega-hit “Every Breath You Take,” goes to #1 on the Billboard 200 selling over eight million copies.  1983
Van Halen issue their ninth album “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.” It debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. 1991
Muse’s seventh album “Drones” is the band’s first-ever #1 on the U.S. album chart. 2015
An original member of Santana and a founding member of Journey, keyboardist Gregg Rolie, is born.  1947
Jello Biafra (Eric Reed Boucher) vocalist for the Dead Kennedys enters the world.  1958
Hanoi Rocks vocalist Michael Monroe is born with the name Matti Antero Kristian Fagerholm.  1962
Featuring “In the Ghetto” (a #3 pop hit) and “Any Day Now,” Elvis Presley’s “From Elvis In Memphis” is released. Recorded at American Sound studios in Memphis, the album only reaches #13 on the Billboard 200 but tops the U.K. chart. 1969
“Exile On Main Street” is #1 on the Billboard 200.  The Rolling Stones twelfth album has “Tumbling Dice,” “Rip This Joint” and “Happy.”  1972
Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, founding member of the Grateful Dead, plays his last show with the band at the Hollywood Bowl. He dies of complications from Crohn’s disease within a year.  1972
Steve Winwood (Traffic and Blind Faith) goes the solo route with his self-titled album. 1977
Led Zeppelin launch a short three-week European tour that turns out to be their last. 1980
Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford’s epic Metal ballad “Close My Eyes Forever” peaks at #8 in the U.S. 1989
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine says, “We don’t have much time to play because Aerosmith don’t have much time left to live.” That comment gets Megadeth kicked off the Aerosmith tour after seven dates.  1994
Fans riot at an Ozzfest concert in Columbus, OH, after Ozzy Osbourne cancels his performance due to throat issues.  1997
Throat cancer claims the life of Soul Asylum bassist Karl Mueller at age 41. One of the group’s founding members, Mueller passes away in his hometown, Minneapolis. 2005
U2 receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 30th annual Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Awards in London. 2005
Slash is selected to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Guns N’ Roses guitarist (initially from ’85 to ’96) goes on to be a co-founder of Velvet Revolver.  2010
Slipknot perform their first concert since the death of Paul Gray (from a drug overdose). With original bassist Donnie Steele (who left in ’95 and was replaced by Gray), Slipknot play the Sonisphere Festival in Athens, Greece. “As you know, tonight is very emotional show for us but it is not, not, a negative day. It is a positive day. A day for celebration. This is our first show – with you,” frontman Corey Taylor tells the audience. 2011
Mötörhead receive the 2013 Golden God Award in recognition of their contributions to Rock and Metal. Also, Alice In Chains pick up the Icon award as an undisputed legend. 2013
Pink Floyd’s entire catalog is available on Spotify. The band said their catalog would be unlocked if fans were successful in pushing the ’75 track “Wish You Were Here” past a million spins. The effort took less than four days. 2013
The Piano Man, Billy Joel, speaks out against the slaughter of elephants for ivory. He supports a proposed New York State law which would ban illegal ivory sales. “I realize that ivory piano keys are preferred by some pianists,” writes Joel in a statement. “But a preference for ivory keys does not justify the slaughter of 96 elephants every day.” 2014
Muse’s seventh album “Drones” is the band’s first-ever #1 on the U.S. album chart. 2015
The Beastie Boys are awarded $668,000 to cover legal fees accrued during their long running copyright infringement litigation against Monster energy drink. They originally sought $2.4 million. 2015
A group of radical Islamists storm the Velvet IndieGround, a record store in Istanbul, and beat Radiohead fans attending a listening party with pipes for drinking alcohol during the holy month of Ramadan. “We hope that someday we will be able to look back on such acts of violent intolerance as things of the ancient past,” Radiohead says in a statement. 2016
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich takes part in a virtual meeting with a Canadian fan, Milan Rossignol, who is living with a rare type of cancer. The meeting takes place after doctors at the Montreal Children’s Hospital launch a Twitter campaign requesting a meeting with the band. 2021