This Day in History: 2022-06-25

JUNE 25th
Stone Temple Pilots’ second album “Purple” is #1 on the Billboard 200.  The album sells 252,000 copies in its first week, eventually moving over six-million copies. 1994
Queensryche release their first album with vocalist Todd La Torre, who replaced Geoff Tate. The self-titled album contains the single “Redemption.” 2013
Former Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is ordered to pay $25,000 to a company owned by Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan to settle a lawsuit stemming from Huckabee’s unauthorized use of the band’s “Eye Of The Tiger” at a rally in support of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was imprisoned after refusing a court order to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples. 2016
Keyboardist/guitarist Allen Lanier (Blue Oyster Cult) enters the world. 1946
Multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald is born in Osterley, Middlesex, England. He is known for his work with Foreigner and King Crimson. 1946
David Paich starts his life in L.A. The son of Jazz composer, Marty Paich, David works as a session musician (keyboards) prior to fronting Toto. 1954
Bo Diddley’s two-sided hit, “Bo Diddley” and “I’m A Man,” top the R&B chart. Both songs become Rock N’ Roll staples. 1955
Paul McCartney’s “Paperback Writer” is yet another #1 song for The Beatles. 1966
Four-hundred million people watch The Beatles perform “All You Need is Love” on Our World, the first international satellite television program. The BBC commissioned The Beatles to write a song for the program and requested that it contain a message that would easily translate across the globe. 1967
Michael Douglas Henry Kroeger, bassist for Nickelback, is born in Hanna, Alberta. He is the half-brother of frontman Chad Kroeger. 1972
140,000 show up at London’s Wembley Stadium to see the first British concert appearance by the Rolling Stones in six years. 1982
The future Mrs. Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, joins the E Street Band as a back-up singer just prior to the launch of the Born In The USA tour. 1984
Van Halen’s “OU812” is the #1 album on the Billboard 200.  The album features the tracks “When It’s Love” and “Finish What Ya Started.”  1988
Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist and co-founding member, Hillel Slovak, dies from a heroin overdose at age 26.  1988
Better late than never. Billy Joel gets his high school diploma. He overslept and missed his English and Gym finals twenty-five years earlier. 1992
Pearl Jam’s feud with Ticketmaster results in the cancellation of the group’s tour. They contend the ticket company’s surcharges are excessive. 1994
David Bowie collapses backstage at the Hurricane Festival in Germany.  He immediately undergoes surgery for a blocked artery that requires emergency angioplasty. 2004
“X&Y,” Coldplay’s third album, tops the Billboard 200.  2005
Elton John is a guest at a 90th birthday party for Nelson Mandela held in London. John sings “Happy Birthday To You” and his own “Border Song” for the ex-South African president. 2008
Sky Saxon (born Robert Marsh), leader of the ’60’s Garage-Rock group the Seeds, dies in Austin TX. The Seeds are best known for their proto-Punk “Pushin’ Too Hard,” a Top 40 hit in ’67. 2009
The outlandish Sacha Baron Cohen comedy “Bruno” premieres in L.A. The film closes with a parody of “We Are The World” that features Bono (U2), Sting and Elton John. 2009
Michael Jackson dies after suffering a heart attack. The King of Pop had one of the most successful yet downright weird careers in music history. He was 50. 2009
The documentary “Talihina Sky: The Story Of Kings Of Leon,” is screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and at more than 150 British theatres. The film features footage from live shows, recording sessions, and early home videos. 2011
During a Moscow press conference, Yevgeny Bryun, the Russian Ministry of Health’s chief alcohol and drug abuse specialist, claims that The Beatles are responsible for a worldwide increase in drug use. “After The Beatles went to expand their consciousness in Indian ashrams, they introduced that idea – the changing of one’s psychic state of mind using drugs – to the population.” 2012
Atlantic City mayor Lorenzo Langford supports James Hetfield’s criticism of area hotel prices that resulted in moving the Metallica curated Orion Festival to Detroit. “I thought Atlantic City was going to be a lot better than it was,” says Metallica’s frontman. “There was some gouging going on in hotels, ripping people off, crap like that.” 2013
Disturbed singer David Draiman says that he is “done with social media” after dealing with Twitter trolls who baited him about his views. Draiman, the son of Israelis and the grandson of Holocaust survivors, often spoke out against anti-Semitism. 2015
Yellowcard announce they will disband following the release of their self-titled tenth album and a world tour. 2016
Blur’s Damon Albarn performs with the Syrian National Orchestra at London’s Southbank Centre. Albarn hopes to bring attention to the civil war in Syria, a country he visited in ’08. 2016
Metallica are the face of a Brioni advertising campaign. The band appears in ads wearing Brioni suits and tuxedos as well as sunglasses from the fashion designer’s eyewear collection. 2016
An electric guitar owned by Prince and a lock of David Bowie’s hair are sold at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills. Prince’s Yellow Cloud guitar is bought for $137,500 by the owner of the Indianapolis Colts. Bowie’s hair, which sells for $18,750, came from a former employee of Madame Tussauds in London. 2016
“German Metal Machine: Scorpions In The 70s” is available. The book’s title says it all. 2016
The day after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Coheed & Cambria announce they will donate all profits (a minimum of $25,000) from its upcoming concert in Oklahoma City to the Center For Reproductive Rights, a legal advocacy group that represented the clinic at the center of the case.  2022
 “The overturning of Roe v. Wade does not represent the many corners of America we have spent over 20 years touring through,” writes Rage Against The Machine in a statement. “It represents the few ruling over the many, something we rail against in our songs.” 2022