This Day in History: 2022-06-27

JUNE 27th
With his career at its nadir, Elvis Presley begins taping his first TV special at NBC studios in Burbank. The show was originally conceived as a Christmas special. But Elvis updates his ’50s image and once again displays the raw magnetism that made him world famous, singing both his early hits and new material. When the show airs in December Presley is clearly on the comeback trail. 1968
Sum 41 unfurls their “Half Hour Of Power” CD. The set contains “Grab The Devil By The Horns,” “Makes No Difference” and “What I Believe.” 2000
Bon Jovi’s “Lost Highway” drives straight to the #1 on the Billboard 200. It moves 288,000 copies in its debut week, well ahead of the White Stripes “Icky Thump,” which sells 223,000 units to land at #2. 2007
Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” surpasses one-billion streams on Spotify, making it the band’s first song to reach that milestone.  2021
“Women’s rights have been taken away,” writes Stevie Nicks on social media in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe v. Wade. “I would like for everyone to watch the documentary called “The Janes.”  It is a huge Déjà Vu for me as it is about my generation leading up to Roe v. Wade. It will blow your mind. History is repeating itself…and it’s even more frightening this time…”  “The Janes” is about seven women in the late ‘60’s/early ‘70’s (pre-Roe v. Wade) who were arrested for being part of clandestine underground service for women seeking safe, affordable, illegal abortions.  2022
Bruce Johnston is born in Peoria, Illinois. He joins the Beach Boys in ’65 providing bass and vocals. His first recording session with the group produces “California Girls.” 1942
Go Granny, Go Granny, Go Granny, Go. Jan & Dean give the world the humorous “Little Old Lady From Pasadena.” 1964
The Denver Pop Festival features Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Winter and the Iron Butterfly. 50,000 are at Mile High Stadium. Violence breaks out and the law moves in with clubs and tear gas. 1969
Tin soldiers and Nixon’s comin’, we’re finally on our own. Crosby. Stills, Nash & Young release “Ohio.” The song was written by Young in response to the shooting deaths of four Kent State students by the Ohio National Guard. The students were protesting the Vietnam War. 1970
The Last Fillmore East show. The Allman Brothers, J. Geils Band and Albert King (who performed on the theatre’s opening night) are featured. 1971
“Live And Let Die” opens in the U.S. with the theme song written and performed by Paul McCartney (and his band Wings). It’s the eighth James Bond movie and Roger Moore’s debut as 007. 1973
On the strength of the smash single “Tush,”  ZZ Top earns a gold record for their “Fandango” album. 1975
Motorhead’s “No Sleep Til Hammersmith” is #1 on the U.K. album chart. It is a rare live album chart topper. 1981
To raise money for a children’s charity and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Who perform “Tommy” in its entirety for the first time in seventeen years. The show takes place at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. 1989
Got 60 minutes for a 3-minute song? Aerosmith is the first major label group to have a song available for legal downloads. The previously unreleased, “Head First” is distributed via CompuServe. The song takes over an hour to download. 1994
“These Days” is Bon Jovi’s sixth studio album. Produced by Peter Collins, Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi, the album later lands at #2 two on Q magazine’s list of the Top 50 Albums of the Year. 1995
The Who’s bassist, John Entwistle, dies of an apparent heart attack in Las Vegas just prior to a North American tour. Later, the coroner concludes drugs were involved. 2002
Slipknot is booed offstage while headlining Fury Fest in Le Mans, France. The group’s prolonged sound check forces the event’s other 12 bands to shorten their performances. As a result, the audience tosses trash and taunts Slipknot when they hit the stage. Slipknot responds by shortening their show. 2004
“Rockin’ The Corps” all-star concert film hits theaters. The 4/1 Camp Pendleton (Oceanside, CA) concert features Godsmack, KISS, Ted Nugent and Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora performing for an audience of military personnel and their families. Proceeds from the screening benefit the Support The Corps charity. 2005
Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose is arrested in Stockholm, Sweden, after a drunken scuffle with security personnel at the band’s hotel. Rose argues with a woman at a GN’R party, then fights guards who try to intercede. Rose is charged with damaging property, assault and threatening a police officer. Rose is deemed too intoxicated to be questioned and held overnight. He is freed after paying a $5,500 fine. Of course, Rose claims it was all a misunderstanding. 2006
The Family Values Tour starts in Virginia Beach, FL. The co-headliners are KoЯn and Deftones with support from Stone Sour and Flyleaf. “We haven’t toured with  them (Deftones) since ’97 or ’96, and we’re really excited,” says KoЯn singer Jonathan Davis. 2006
False gods? A French appeals court sides with Elton John in his claim against a Paris antique shop. In his lawsuit, John claims sculptures of four Greek gods that he purchased in ’96 for $360,000 were forgeries of 18th century works. John is awarded $500,000 in damages. 2007
Linkin Park’s “New Divide” replaces Green Day’s “Know Your Enemy” to become the second song to top the newly created Rock Songs chart.  “New Divide” rules the chart for 12 weeks.  2009
Eddie Van Halen marries publicist, Janie Liszewski, at his L.A. estate. Eddie’s son, Wolfgang, is the best man. Eddie’s ex-wife, actress Valerie Bertinelli, attends the ceremony. 2009
Lilith Fair, founded by Canadian musician Sarah McLachlan and consisting solely of female solo artists and female-led bands, ramps up for the first time in over a decade. Sheryl Crow is one of the headliners. The first stop is in Calgary but due to the sluggish economy several shows are canceled. 2010
The Summer Olympic Games in London select Muse’s song “Survival” as the official song of the Games. “I wrote it (“Survival”) with the Games in mind as it expresses a sense of conviction and determination to win,” says Muse’s Matt Bellamy. 2012
Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe is arrested in Prague and charged with manslaughter following the death of a fan.  Blythe pushed the man off the stage during a concert. The fan sustains head injuries leading to a coma and his subsequent death. Blythe is acquitted the following year.  2012
Sully Erna’s vocal issues force Godsmack to end their first European tour in nearly nine years. “On the advice of his doctors he (Erna) has been advised to not sing for the next several weeks to allow time for his vocal chords to heal,” reads a statement on the band’s website. 2012
Elton John’s annual White Tie & Tiara gala raises over $4.5 million for the AIDS Foundation. One of the auction items is a $180,000 Audi RS 6 Avant car autographed by actress Gwyneth Paltrow. 2013
Adam Levine (Maroon 5) plays a songwriter in the film “Begin Again.” The movie, which stars Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley, opens. 2014
Dave Rosser, guitarist for the Afghan Whigs, dies following a battle with inoperable colon cancer. He was 50.  2017
Iron Maiden is sued for £2 million by ex-Maiden singer Dennis Willcock and Terry Wilson-Slesser. Willcock claims the band lifted five songs he composed while Wilson-Slesser says he wrote the lyrics used on a sixth track. Maiden’s chief songwriter/bassist Steve Harris, guitarist Dave Murray and their publishing company Imagem are named as defendants. Willcock quit Iron Maiden in ’78, two years before the band’s debut album. The disputed songs include: “Prowler,” “Charlotte The Harlot,” “Phantom Of The Opera” and “Iron Maiden.” 2018
John Cooper, the frontman and bassist for Skillet, calls the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade a “miracle.” “I have actually believed that one day Roe was gonna be overturned,” says Cooper during a podcast. “I actually believe that abortion is going to become illegal altogether in every state in America. 2022
Responding to Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and others who threaten to leave the U.S. over the Supreme Court’s nullification of Roe v. Wade, Five Finger Death Punch bassist Chris Kael says, “No one cares about anything enough to pack up and move out of the country. It’s easy to say onstage, on TV and on social media; Stop bullshittin’.” 2022