May 19, 2024

This Day in History: 2024-06-30

JUNE 30th

“Sports” is the #1 album on the Billboard 200.  The Huey Lewis & The News album has “The Heart Of Rock & Roll,” “Heart And Soul” and “I Want A New Drug.”  1984

“Burn It Down,” by Linkin Park, is #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart.  It’s the lead single from their fifth studio album “Living Things.” 2012

The song was written by the band and produced by co-lead vocalist Mike Shinoda and Rick Rubin, who co-produced the band’s studio albums “Minutes To Midnight.”

Stone Sour’s “Hydrograd” arrives.  The group’s sixth album was recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, with producer Jay Ruston. 2017



Hal Lindes has a birthday. Though born in the U.S. (Monterey) he becomes the guitarist for the British band Dire Straits. 1953

Guitarist Yngwie J. Malmsten (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck) enters the world.  1963

The Beatles perform the first of three concerts at Tokyo’s Budokan Hall. 1966

Vocalist Philip Anselmo (Pantera) is born New Orleans. 1968

It’s Tom Drummond’s birthday. At age 17 he is the first to answer Better Than Ezra’s Bass Player Wanted ad. 1969

George Harrison’s “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” is #1 on of the U.S. pop chart. 1973

“Long Train Runnin’,” from “The Captain And Me,” is the Doobie Brothers first Top 10 (#8) single. 1973

Greg Allman (Allman Brothers Band), attempting to shed any credibility, marries Cher. The union proves to be a mistake for both parties. Though it would be an on again/off again affair for over three years, the first split happens in ten days. 1975

“Love Gun” is out. The KISS album is originally released with a paper toy gun. It’s the band’s first Top 5 album on the Billboard 200. 1977

Jerry Lee Lewis is hospitalized with a hole in his stomach and internal bleeding. He nearly dies. Given a 50/50 chance of survival he leaves the hospital two weeks later. 1981

Steve Winwood’s fourth solo album, “Back In The High Life,” featuring “Higher Love” and “The Finer Things,” is released.  1986

The film biography “Great Balls Of Fire” opens in U.S. theaters. Dennis Quaid plays Jerry Lee Lewis. 1989

The “Singles” soundtrack with contributions by Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden, plus a solo track (“Seasons”) from the latter’s lead singer, Chris Cornell, is released. The film and soundtrack bring Grunge to the forefront. 1992

Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament testify at a congressional hearing regarding escalating concert ticket prices. 1994

System Of A Down release their self-titled debut album.  Thanks to the group’s growing popularity it eventually reaches platinum status.  1998

Climbing the corporate ladder, Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst is named senior vice-president of Interscope Records. 1999

An Eric Clapton & Friends concert with Sheryl Crow and Bob Dylan at NY’s Madison Square Garden raises $1 million for Clapton’s drug rehab clinic in Antiqua. 1999

Nine people are crushed to death at a Copenhagen Pearl Jam concert. People push forward because they can’t hear due to broken speakers. Vocalist Eddie Vedder tells the audience to move back but to no avail. 2000

“Take Off Your Pants And Jacket,” the fourth album from Blink-182, is #1 on the Billboard 200.  2001

Limp Bizkit score a win. A Michigan court of appeals rules that the group did not act irresponsibly and is not liable for the injuries sustained by a paramedic during an ’00 performance. According to the lawsuit, Christopher Dickinson was kicked in the head after lead singer Fred Durst encouraged concertgoers to move closer to the stage during an Auburn Hills concert. 2004

Chevelle announce that bassist Joe Loeffler will not make the group’s U.S. summer tour. “Joe is taking a break to be home with family,” reads a statement.  A couple weeks later, the group finally bites the bullet and admits Loeffler was sacked due to “irreconcilable differences.” 2005

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend the premiere performance of “Love,” the Beatles-themed Las Vegas production featuring the Cirque du Soleil troupe. 2006

Bon Jovi’s music video for “It’s My Life” crosses the billion-views mark on YouTube, more than two decades after its premiere on the channel.  The track, released as the lead single off the band’s seventh studio album “Crush,” is their first video to cross the billion threshold.  2021

Puck Hcky, the hockey-based fashion marketer, unveils a collection of System Of A Down brand gear (jerseys, shirts, etc.).  2021

New York governor Kathy Hochul signs a law to combat hidden ticket fees as well as “anti-consumer ticketing practices.” The bill is the result of a legislative investigation. “Live entertainment has long been a critical sector in our economy,” states the governor. “It is important that we make the ticket-buying experience easier and more transparent.”   2022