This Day in History: 2023-06-29

JUNE 29th
Skid Row’s “Slave To The Grind” is the top album on the Billboard 200.  1991
“Dancing In The Dark” peaks at #2 on the pop charts as Bruce Springsteen launches his “Born In The USA” tour in St. Paul. 1984
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Dokken’s vocalist and namesake, Donald Maynard Dokken, has a birthday. 1953
Drummer Ian Paice (Deep Purple/Whitesnake) is born in Nottingham, England. 1948
For the first time, a John Lennon/Paul McCartney composition is on the U.S. pop charts. It’s Del Shannon’s cover of “From Me To You,” a song that had already been a U.K. hit for John and Paul’s band, The Beatles. Earlier, Shannon toured England with The Beatles. 1963
Beatlemania hits Asia. The Beatles arrive in Tokyo for a series of concerts. 1966
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards get the one-two punch on the same day on drug related charges. First, Keith is found guilty of allowing his home to be used for smoking marijuana and is sentenced to a year in prison. Mick gets sentenced to three months for possession of illegal pep pills. Eventually, both sentences are dropped. 1967
Pink Floyd’s second album “A Saucerful Of Secrets” is released. The group also joins Jethro Tull for the first major free concert in London’s Hyde Park. 1968
The original Jimi Hendrix Experience (with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell) perform their last concert together. The show at the Denver Pop Festival is marred by police firing tear gas into the audience as the Experience plays “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return).” The band escapes in the back of a rental truck. 1969
Singer Ian Gillian quits Deep Purple after less than four years with the group. However, he sings on the group’s most memorable songs including “Smoke On The Water.” Gillian bails at the end of a tour of Japan (in Osaka) citing exhaustion. 1973
Drummer Neil Peart replaces John Rustey in Rush. 1974
Mick Jagger and David Bowie record their rendition of “Dancing In The Streets” (originally recorded by Martha & The Vandellas) for the upcoming Live Aid show. 1985
John Lennon’s psychedelic painted Rolls-Royce is auctioned by Sotheby’s for $2,299,000 (to a fellow named Jim Pattison from South Carolina). 1985
George Harrison announces he has undergone treatment for cancer caused by smoking. The ex-Beatle says he’s been given a clean bill of health and wryly adds “I’m not going to die on you folks just yet.” Cancer eventually does claim the ex-Beatle but not for a few years. 1998
When does the real-life end and the fantasy world begin? Gene Simmons, KISS bassist, appears in an Everclear video with numerous porn stars. Just another day in L.A. for Simmons. Everclear covered Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back In Town” for the “Detroit Rock City” soundtrack. The film is about rabid fans’ exploits trying to attend a ’78 KISS concert. 1999
On a down note, vandals damage the graves of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, even spilling some of Gaines’ ashes. 2000
“It’s A Business Doing Pleasure With You,” a song co-written by Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and recorded by Country’s Tim McGraw, goes to radio. 2009
Michael Bay’s film “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” is in theaters worldwide. Linkin Park’s single “Iridescent” is featured in the film’s closing credits. The band contributed songs to the previous two films in the franchise. The soundtrack also has Skillet, My Chemical Romance and Paramore. 2011
“Neil Young Journeys,” a collaboration between Young and director Jonathan Demme hits theaters. The documentary was filmed toward the end of Young’s ’11 solo tour. 2012
 Carol Hawkins, a former assistant to U2’s Adam Clayton, is found guilty of stealing $3.5 million dollars from the bassist’s bank accounts. 2012
 A scientific research vessel that monitors water quality in Puget Sound is named SoundGuardian in honor of Seattle’s Soundgarden. 2016
Shinedown tie the Foo Fighters for the most Top 10 songs on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay Chart when “Daylight” becomes Shinedown’s 29th Top 10 single.  2022
Ex-Three Days Grace singer Adam Gontier and current members, bassist Brad Walst and his younger brother vocalist Matt Walst, are inducted into the Norwood District High School Hall Of Honor in Norwood, Ontario.  All three attended school there.  2022
COVID is still around… Metallica cancel its headlining appearance at the Frauenfeld Rocks festival in Switzerland after a member of the band’s “family” tests positive for COVID-19.  2022