This Day in History: 2022-06-21

JUNE 21st
Mötley Crüe issue their third album, “Theater Of Pain.”  Thanks, in  large part, to the tracks “Home Sweet Home” and “Smokin’ In The Boys Room,” the set sells four million copies.  1985
Shinedown’s “Monsters” is their 14th #1 single on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart.  The track, off the “Attention Attention” album, nearly reaches 15 million streams.  2019
The Kinks leader Ray Davies, begins the life of a well-respected man. For his birthday, thirteen years later, he gets a guitar. The rest is history. 1944
Badfinger guitarist Joey Molland arrives on the scene. He’s a Liverpool native. 1948
It wouldn’t be Aerosmith without him. Drummer Joseph (Joey) Michael Kramer has a birthday. He’s the one who names the band ‘Aerosmith’ in ’73. 1950
E Street Band guitarists Nils Lofgren has a birthday. 1951
The Rolling Stones sue 14 New York hotels that won’t let the group on the premises. The Stones claim the ban hurts their reputation. 1966
Noted session guitarist and future founder of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page makes his live debut with the Yardbirds at the Marquee Club in London. As a replacement for Paul Samwell-Smith, Page plays bass. He later shares guitar duties with Jeff Beck before becoming the group’s sole lead guitarist. 1966
Rolling Stones guitarist, Brian Jones, gets nailed a second time for marijuana possession. 1968
Released after Traffic had disbanded, “Last Exit,” a combination of studio and live material, reaches #19 on the Billboard 200. 1969
Anette Olzon, onetime lead vocalist of Finnish symphonic Metal band Nightwish (’07 – ’12), has a birthday.  1971
Singer/actress Juliette Lewis is born in L.A. 1973
Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple to start Rainbow. 1975
“Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)” peaks at #11. The Doobie Brothers hit is a cover of a Holland/Dozier/Holland song originally recorded by Kim Weston. 1975
L.A. is where Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger is born. 1976
The Killers’ Brandon Flowers has a birthday. He’s from Henderson, NV. 1981
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker announce the dissolution of Steely Dan. The group released seven studio albums including “Aja” (’77), the band’s most popular set. Of course, Fagen and Becker re-form the group and even win a Grammy. 1981
Little Richard gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. What took them so long? 1990
The first Bonnaroo Music Festival is held in Tennessee. The three-day festival features Widespread Panic and Gov’t Mule. 2002
Metallica’s “St. Anger” is #1 on the Billboard 200. It’s Metallica’s only album as an official trio since bassist Jason Newsted departure prior to the recording sessions.  Producer Bob Rock fills in.  2003
Pretty fly for white guys. The Offspring roll out their “Greatest Hits.” The collection contains one previously unreleased tune, “Can’t Repeat.” 2005
“TheFutureEmbrace” is the title of Billy Corgan’s debut solo album. Concurrently, he takes out a full-page ad in two Chicago newspapers saying he wants the Smashing Pumpkins to reform. “I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams,” writes Corgan. The Pumpkins split in ’00. 2005
Elton John raises over $215,000 with a rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” at a charity karaoke party held in London. At The Karaoke With the Stars event celebrity guests bid to have Bryan Adams, The Clash’s Mick Jones, The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde and others perform songs of their choice. Nearly $770,000 is collected for the HOPING Foundation, which provides health and education support for young Palestinian refugees. 2007
Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer invites 20 wounded soldiers to attend the band’s performance in Bristow, VA, to help him celebrate his 59th birthday. “I can’t think of a better gift to receive on my birthday than to have the privilege of sharing a night of our music with these brave and heroic warriors,” says Kramer. The troops are Iraq/Afghanistan veterans and patients from the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. 2009
The Video of the Year honor for “Gotta Be Somebody” is one of three trophies Nickelback receives at Canada’s MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. The band closes out the show with “Burn It To The Ground,” a single from their sixth album “Dark Horse.” 2009
An autopsy report states that Slipknot bassist Paul Gray’s death was caused by an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, a narcotic analgesic that is 100 times more potent than morphine. According to the Polk County, Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office, Gray also had “significant heart disease” at the time of his death (on 5/25/10). 2010
The Black Keys file lawsuits in L.A. against Home Depot and Yum! Brands Inc., parent company of Pizza Hut, over unauthorized use of their songs in commercials. They allege Home Depot played “Lonely Boy” to promote power tools and that “Gold On The Ceiling” was featured in a Cheesy Bites pizza ad. The suit is settled five months later.  Terms are not disclosed. 2012
An open letter, signed by Jack White, U2, Paul McCartney and over 150 other artists, calls on Congress to rewrite legislation that would affect online content providers. The letter states there are inadequacies in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which governs how Internet companies can use material uploaded by users. 2016
KoЯn bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu says he will sit out the band’s tour while taking an indefinite hiatus to work on “bad habits.” “It’s been suggested to me to take some time off to heal,” writes Fieldy on Facebook. “I’m going to respect what was asked of me and take that time.” Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz fills in.  2021
Foo Fighters’ “All My Life” is certified platinum in the U.K. for equivalent sales of 600,000 units. The track appeared on the band’s ‘02 album “One By One” which was certified double platinum in the U.K. in ‘13. 2021
Bassist Mia Wallace announces she has rejoined Abbath after being fired in January ’20.  2021
Motionless In White’s “Scoring The End Of The World” debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Top Hard Rock Albums, #2 on the Top Rock Albums and #12 on the Billboard 200 selling a total of 23,000 units in its first week.  2022