May 19, 2024

This Day in History: 2024-06-22

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

Queen Of The Stone Age’s sixth album, “… Like Clockwork” debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200. Selling 91,000 in its first week, the album pushes Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” to #2. 2013

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

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, 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