This Day in History: 2022-06-24

JUNE 24th
“By the Way,” the title track from the Red Hot Chili Peppers eighth studio album, drops.  It becomes the band’s sixth #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, staying for 14 weeks.  2002
Mötley Crüe roll out their “Saints Of Los Angeles” album. “We were firing on all cylinders,” proclaims bassist Nikki Sixx. The album debuts at #4 on the Billboard Album chart on first week sales of approximately 100,000 copies.  2008
Shinedown release their third album, “The Sound Of Madness.” “When I am dead and gone, I want people to say that this was a record that the world needed,” says singer Brent Smith. 2008
The album holds one multi-platinum single (“Second Chance”) and two platinum singles (“Sound Of Madness” and (“If You Only Knew”).  It goes on to become double platinum (2 million units moved).
Mastodon unfurl “Once More ‘Round The Sun.” “We’re all over the world as far as themes go,” explains singer/bassist Troy Sanders. “But there are a few sprinkles of epic goodness.” 2014
I am the God of Hell fire! Arthur Brown (Crazy World Of…) has a birthday. He’s simply one of the coolest one-hit wonders that ever existed. “Fire” was the song.” 1942
Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck is born. Beck joins the Yardbirds and starts the Jeff Beck Group before embarking on a successful solo career. 1944
The late Christopher Gordon Blandford ‘Chris’ Wood, a founding member of Traffic, is born in Harborne, Birmingham, England. He was self-taught on flute and sax. 1944
The Zombies’ Colin Blunstone (great name) is born. 1945
Mick Fleetwood is born to eventually lend his name and drum talents to Fleetwood Mac. 1947
Patrick Moraz keyboardist for Yes and the Moody Blues has a birthday. 1948
Dire Straits founding member, bassist John Illsley, starts life in Leicester, England. 1949
Nashville native and Black Crowes guitarist, Jeff Cease has a birthday. 1957
John Lennon’s second book (his first was “In His Own Write”) is published. The tome is entitled “A Spaniard In The Works.” 1965
The Monkees “Headquarters” tops the Billboard chart. It only stays at #1 for a week – a shorter time than any of the band’s first three albums.  1967
“A Whiter Shade Of Pale” from Procol Harum lands on the U.S. charts. It climbs to #5. 1967
Turn it up. Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” is released as a single. The song peaks at #8 on the pop chart. 1974
“The Last Waltz,” The Band’s triple box-set farewell, peaks at #16 on the U.S. album chart. 1978
Pantera’s fourth album, “Power Metal,” is their first to feature Phil Anselmo on vocals. 1988
Singer Eddie Vedder, suffering from stomach flu, has to bail on a San Francisco Pearl Jam concert after only seven songs. Neil Young steps in to finish the show. 1995
Eric Clapton auctions off 100 guitars including Brownie, the guitar used to record “Layla,” to raise $5 million for the Crossroads Center, a drug rehab clinic Clapton founded. 1999
Ex-KoЯn guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch publishes his second book, “Washed By Blood: Lessons From My Time With KoЯn And My Journey To Christ.” “One day I just felt like the Lord said, ‘Leave everything, follow me’,” says the born-again musician.” 2008
Classical Rock. The audience attending a New York Philharmonic concert in Central Park are asked to vote by cell phone to select the encore. “Purple Haze,” by Jimi Hendrix beats “Flight Of The Bumblebee,” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. 2008
The Doors documentary “When You’re Strange” is screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film is narrated by actor Johnny Depp. 2009
A self-portrait caricature of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, drawn by Lennon in ’69 during the couple’s Bed-In for Peace in Montreal, sells for nearly $56,000 at Christie’s Auction House in London. 2010
Original Kinks bassist, Pete Quaife, dies at age 66 (he’d been on kidney dialysis for over a decade). “I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for him,” says Kinks frontman Ray Davies. Exhausted by the infighting, Quaife quit the band in ’69 but last played with the group at their ’90 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. 2010
Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyric sheet for “Like A Rolling Stone” goes on the auction block at Sotheby’s in New York. It sells for over $2 million. Also, Elvis Presley’s sweat stained ‘peacock’ jumpsuit nets nearly a quarter of a million dollars. 2014
Queen announces the launch of Queen Bohemian Lager to celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary. The label’s crest was originally designed by late frontman Freddie Mercury. 2015
Blur’s Damon Albarn says “democracy has failed us” following Britain’s vote to leave the Europe’s Economic Union (EU). 2016
The Toronto High Park Zoo names three baby capybaras, large South American rodents, after Rush’s Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart. This follows a poll conducted by the Friends of High Park Zoo where 32,500 votes were cast to give the capybaras the first names of the Rush members. 2017
Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock performs at the Peace Train Music Festival held in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. “I wanted to help them to build a bridge,” he says. “I wanted to show my solidarity.”  Matlock even sings the Pistols’ “God Save The Queen” in Korean.  “I don’t know how well I did it though.”  2018
Courtney Love (Hole) notes the similarities between the artwork for Olivia Rodrigo ’s “Sour Prom” concert film and Hole’s “Live Through This” album cover. “Stealing an original idea and not asking permission is rude,” writes Love.  Rodrigo acknowledges the similarities.  2021
The Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade in a 6-3 decision making it legal for states to ban abortions. The original ruling had established the constitutional right to abortion in 1973. There is an immediate response…  “No one, not the government, not politicians, not the Supreme Court should prevent access to abortion, birth control, and contraceptives. People should have the freedom to choose,” writes Pearl Jam. “The religious cults are one step closer to a theocracy. What a travesty. We have turned the clock back decades for women,” states Queensryche’s Todd La Torre. “And yet somehow I fear this year will only get worse,” adds Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace. 2022
Rage Against The Machine strongly opposes the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. “We are disgusted by the repeal of Roe v. Wade and the devastating impact it will have on tens of millions of people… which will have a disproportionate impact on poor, working class and undocumented BIPOC communities.” The band pledges to donate $475,00 in advance ticket sales from their tour kick-off shows in East Troy (Wisconsin), and Chicago (Illinois) to reproductive rights organizations in those states.  2022
During a concert in London, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong says that he is “renouncing” his American citizenship after the Supreme Court’s ruling. “There’s just too much f*cking stupid in the world to go back.” 2022
Green Day also receives the Icon Award during the annual Kerrang! Awards in London. Weezer enters the Kerrang! Hall of Fame and Fall Out Boy takes home the Inspiration Award. 2022