This Day in History: 2022-06-22

JUNE 22nd
“Rust Never Sleeps” is released. The Neil Young live album is half acoustic and half electric, and features “Hey Hey, My My.” 1979
Mötörhead’s live set “No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith” arrives.   The album goes to #1 in the U.K. 1981
Metallica’s sixth studio album “Load” tops the Billboard 200.  1996
Linkin Park’s “Minutes To Midnight” is certified platinum by the RIAA, the record-industry organization. The album takes less than a month to hit the 1 million-sales mark. The single “What I’ve Done” tops both the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and the Hot Modern Rock Tracks charts. 2007
The self-titled debut album from Mammoth WVH, the solo project of Wolfgang Van Halen (son of Eddie), is #1 on the Top Rock Albums charts.  It also rules the Hard Rock Albums and Independent Albums charts.  2021


Hello, it’s me. Singer, songwriter and producer, Todd Rundgren (Meat Loaf, Grand Funk Railroad, Cheap Trick), is born in Upper Darby, PA. 1948
The drug trials of Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards begin. Richards serves limited jail time. 1967
The Jeff Beck Group make their U.S. debut at New York’s Fillmore East. Singer Rod Stewart’s stage-fright is so bad he hides behind the speakers for the first song. 1969
Steven Page, vocalist/guitarist for the Barenaked Ladies, is born in Scarborough, Ontario. 1970
After losing the top spot on the Billboard 200 to Gordon Lightfoot’s “Sundown” album, “Band On The Run” (Paul McCartney & Wings) returns to #1 two-weeks later.  1974
Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to the murder of John Lennon. 1981
Featuring Glenn Frey’s “The Heat Is On,” the “Beverly Hills Cop” soundtrack tops the Billboard 200 for two weeks.  1985
Bryan Adams takes “Heaven” to the top of the singles chart. 1985
Billy Joel is the first Rock performer to appear in concert at Yankee Stadium. 1990
Black Sabbath release “Dehumanizer,” their first studio album with singer Ronnie James Dio since ‘81’s The Mob Rules.”  1992
Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain is rushed to a Northern Ireland hospital suffering from acute stomach pains. The group had just finished a show at King’s Hall in Belfast. 1992
Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters performs in Nevah Shalom, Israel, a community with a mixed population of Arabs and Jews. The show had been scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv but Waters, an outspoken critic of the dividing wall Israel’s government built to separate Palestinian villages, wants to promote a nonviolent solution to the country’s civil strife. 2006
Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger gets pulled over in Surrey, Canada, and faces charges of impaired driving and driving with a blood-alcohol level exceeding the legal limit of 0.08. Kroeger is stopped in the early morning, reportedly because he’d been speeding and driving erratically. 2006
Linkin Park celebrates the L.A. premiere of “Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen” by performing a brief concert outside Mann’s Village Theater following the screening. The band’s “New Divide” is on the film’s soundtrack. The movie goes national two days later. 2009
Ramones drummer Marky Ramone (Marc Bell) files suit in New York Supreme Court claiming he has not received any band royalties since ’08. He asks for $175,000 in back royalties and $1 million in punitive damages. 2010
“Africa Speaks,” the twenty-fifth studio album by Santana, is #1 on the Billboard Top Rock Album chart. Produced by Rick Rubin in L.A., the album also debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200.  As the title implies the album was inspired by music from of Africa and is a “unique fusion of Rock, Latin and Jazz.”   2019
A Day To Remember holds the top spot on Medibase’s Active Rock chart with “Everything We Need,” from the band’s album “You’re Welcome.” It’s the group’s first #1 on the survey. 2021