This Day in History: 2023-06-20

JUNE 20th

Foreigner release their multiplatinum album, “Double Vision.”  The set features the title track hit single.  1978

“De Stijl,” the Dutch word for ‘the style’, is the title of the White Stripes sophomore album. During the supporting tour, frontman Jack White closes his Detroit upholstery shop to focus on the band full-time. 2000

Florence + The Machine’s “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 selling 137,000 units in its first week, It’s the group’s first effort to top the Billboard survey. 2015

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The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson is born. As a songwriter, arranger, singer and musician he creates some incredible Rock n’ Roll but at an extreme personal and professional price. 1942

Van Halen bassist, Michael Anthony, enters the world. 1954

Duran Duran bassist, John Taylor (Nigel John Taylor), starts life in Birmingham, England. 1960

Jeordie White, more commonly known as Twiggy Ramirez, Marilyn Manson’s one-time bassist, enters the world. 1971

“The Real Thing,” Faith No More’s first album with Mike Patton (replacing Chuck Mosley) is released.  The set contains the hit “Epic.”  1989

Green Day’s bassist Mike Dirnt gets his skull fractured in a backstage fight in Irvine Meadows, CA. Though Third Eye Blind’s Arion Salazar is involved, it remains uncertain who smacked Dirnt with a beer bottle. 1998

“White Pony,” the third studio album from the Deftones is released. The set is certified platinum two years later.  2000

Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Surrey in Guildford, England. The guitarist is presented with a degree in recognition of his “services to the music industry.” He is also acknowledged for his work with the Action for Brazil’s Children Trust charity. 2008

Founding Offspring bassist Greg Kriesel (aka Greg K.) files a lawsuit in Orange County (CA) Superior Court against Dexter Holland and Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman alleging trademark infringement and breach of (the) partnership agreement. Kriesel alleges that they sought to divest him without fair compensation and denied his continued status as a general partner of the band. 2019

The Foo Fighters headline the first concert at Madison Square Garden in over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Comedian Dave Chappelle joins the band for a version of Radiohead’s “Creep.” The show grosses $1.4 million.  2021