This Day in History: 2022-06-23

JUNE 23rd
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ “Mojo” holds the #2 spot on the Billboard 200 (just behind the debut studio album by Canadian Rapper Drake). “Mojo” sells 125,000 copies in its debut week, which is good, but not good enough for #1. 2010
Breaking Benjamin release “Dark Before Dawn.” The band features a new line-up: founding member Ben Burnley along with guitarists Jasen Rauch and Keith Wallen, bassist Aaron Bruch and drummer Shaun Foist. 2015
Imagine Dragons release “Evolve.” The album contains the singles “Believer,” “Thunder” and “Whatever It Takes.”  2017


Grateful Dead lyricist Robert C. Hunter is born in San Luis Obispo, CA. After volunteering to take LSD as part of the CIA’s early ’60s experiments, Hunter plays in a Bluegrass band with The Dead’s future founder, Jerry Garcia. Hunter composed the lyrics for Dead classics, “Uncle John’s Band,” “Truckin’,” “Casey Jones” and “Dark Star.” 1941
Testament vocalist Chuck Billy has a birthday. 1962
Trying to escape the trials and tribulations of “Living In A Material World,” George Harrison tops the Billboard 200.  The album includes “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) and his comment on The Beatles current financial affairs “Sue Me, Sue You Blues.”  1973
“The Reflex” (Duran Duran) begins a two-week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. 1984
Billy Idol’s “Cradle Of Love” is #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart. 1990
Actor Gary Busey pays $242,000 for a Buddy Holly guitar. The actor played Holly in the film “The Buddy Holly Story.” 1990
Paul Allen’s Experience Music Project opens in Seattle. The tribute to American music has performances by Metallica, Matchbox 20, Beck and No Doubt. 2000
The documentary “Festival Express” chronicling a ’70 cross-country Canadian tour (via train) is released in San Francisco. Janis Joplin, the Grateful, The Band and Buddy Guy are on board. The film, which was shot by Peter Bizou, was stored in the Canadian National Archives for almost 25 years. The Dead’s Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh provide commentary. 2004
Singer John Kay is added to the Canadian Walk Of Fame. Kay was actually born in East Germany (back when there was such a place) and immigrated to Canada. He joined Sparrow, which took him to L.A., where he became one of the founders of Steppenwolf. 2004
Paging Dr. Dylan. Bob Dylan gets an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of St. Andrews. The British university’s vice chancellor, Brian Lang, calls Dylan “an iconic figure for the 20th century.” 2004
Audioslave file an intellectual property suit against the Miller Brewing Company. Seems an ’04 ad in Rolling Stone magazine mentioned the band, apparently against their wishes. The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, says “Audioslave does not endorse commercial products . . . and does not agree to appear in advertisements for alcoholic beverages.”  2005
Former Red Hot Chili Pepper guitarist Dave Navarro and porn star Jenna Jameson co-host a three-day Erotica LA adult-film industry event. 2006
The legendary Carlos Santana is inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. Proceeds from the event at the famous venue benefit the Los Angeles Philharmonics Association’s Music Matters education program. 2006
The re-formed Smashing Pumpkins perform in the U.S. for the first time in seven years. Their tour begins with a nine-show stand in Asheville, NC. “Asheville was recommended as a very positive musical community,” says Corgan. 2007
The soundtrack for “Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen” is released. The lead track is Linkin Park’s “New Divide.” “The opportunity to be creatively involved with one of the most anticipated films of the summer is pretty exciting,” says Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda. The movie is in theaters the next day. 2009
The Library of Congress adds R.E.M.’s debut single “Radio Free Europe,” to their National Recording Registry, saying it’s “one of the cornerstones of ’80s College Rock.” Also added are Patti Smith’s “Horses,” Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti” and Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightning.” 2010
Pink Floyd publishes an editorial in USA Today regarding Pandora’s attempt to reduce artist royalties from internet radio. “It’s a matter of principle for us. We hope that many online and mobile music services can give fans and artists the music they want, when they want it, at price points that work,” write Floyd’s Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason. “But those same services should fairly pay the artists and creators who make the music.” 2013
Aerosmith pull the plug on a show in Kiev, Ukraine (scheduled for 7/2) due to the ongoing political upheaval in the country. “It is impossible to produce this show in Ukraine while there is civil war,” reads the statement from the group. “We can’t ensure safety to the artists, crew and the audience.” 2014
Nickelback cancel tour dates after lead vocalist Chad Kroeger is diagnosed with an operable cyst on his voice box. Kroeger undergoes surgery a short time later. 2015
Guns N’ Roses kick off their 14-month “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour.  By the time it’s done the tour generates over $230 million in revenue.  2016
Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Linkin Park, Courtney Love (Hole) and Beck are among the over 150 musicians and artists who sign an open letter to Congress pleading for an end to gun violence. The letter, drafted by the editors of Billboard magazine, comes in the wake of the murder of Voice contestant Christina Grimmie and the mass shooting at a gay bar in Orlando. 2016
A federal court jury in L.A. finds that Led Zeppelin did not steal a riff from Randy California’s instrumental “Taurus,” for the introduction of “Stairway To Heaven.” Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was accused of copying a passage the Spirit guitarist wrote in ’68 for the group’s debut album. 2016
A good day for sophomore releases…Lorde scores her first #1 album with “Melodrama,” her second LP.  It sells 109,000 total copies in its first week. 2017
In the U.K., Royal Blood‘s second album, “How Did We Get So Dark?,” debuts at #1. 2017
Blink-182 singer and bassist Mark Hoppus reveals that he is battling cancer. “For the past three months, I’ve been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer,” writes Hoppus. “It sucks and I’m scared, and at the same time I’m blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this.”  2021
Metallica (through its All Within My Hands foundation) and Universal Music Germany donate over $135,000 (130,000 €) to flood disaster victims in Germany. Severe flooding occurred the previous year.  To raise relief funds Metallica released a limited-edition “Enter Sandman” single available exclusively in Germany. 2022