This Day in History: 2022-07-01

JULY 1st
Released the previous month, The Beatles classic “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” begins a fourteen-week run at #1 on the Billboard Album Chart.  1967
Five weeks after it debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, Green Day’s “21st Century Breakdown” is certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of 500,000 copies. 2009
Breaking Benjamin’s first album in six years, “Dark Before Dawn,” is also the group’s first U.S. #1 album, selling 144,000 copies in its first week. 2015
Panic! At The Disco earns its second #1 on the Billboard 200 with “Pray For The Wicked” (‘16’s “Death Of A Bachelor” was the first). Opening week sales of 180,000 equivalent album units includes 151,000 traditional album sales. 2018
Shinedown release “Planet Zero.”  2022
The album debuts at #5 on the Billboard 100.  The band’s seventh studio effort is their fifth Top 5 title.
Legendary Bluesman William James “Willie” Dixon is born. His songs were covered by the Rolling Stones, Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and The Yardbirds.  1915
One way or another. Blondie‘s Debbie Harry has a birthday. 1945
Fred Schneider, B-52’s lead singer and solo performer (“Monster In My Pants”), enters the world. 1954
Faith No More’s keyboardist, Roddy Bottum, is born in L.A. 1963
A London Times editorial suggests Mick Jagger’s sentence for possessing illegal drugs (pep pills) was too severe (three months in prison) and that the courts are trying to make an example of him. Eventually, the sentence is dismissed. 1967
“Aqualung,” becomes Jethro Tull’s first Top 10 U.S. hit. 1971
The first Texxas Jam takes place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, with Aerosmith, Van Halen, Ted Nugent and Heart, It’s so hot that the 100,000 in attendance are cooled down using fire hoses.  1978
Former Steppenwolf bassist (on “Steppenwolf” and “II”) Rushton Moreve dies from injuries sustained in a Santa Barbara, CA, motorcycle accident. He co-wrote, with the band’s vocalist John Kay, the classic “Magic Carpet Ride.” He was 32. 1981
Sebastian Danzig, guitarist for Palaye Royale, is born.  1992
“Three Dollar Bill, Y’All” from Limp Bizkit (or limpbizkit, if you prefer) drops. 1997
John Popper of Blues Traveler suffers a near-death heart attack and undergoes angioplasty for a blocked artery at a L.A. hospital. He recovers.  1999
Brownsville Station leader, singer and guitarist Cub Koda dies from complications due to kidney failure. Coda co-wrote, along with bassist Michael Lutz, the great “Smokin’ In The Boy’s Room.” 2000
As “Spider-Man 2” hits theaters a dispute concerning the original film’s soundtrack gets an airing. Saliva singer Josey Scott, who collaborated with Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger on the ’02 mega-hit “Hero” says he was paid only $5,000 for his work on the song. Scott claims he was promised $80,000 for studio time and a video appearance. 2004
Backbeat Books publishes “Eddie Van Halen: Know The Man, Play The Music.” The book deals with Van Halen’s guitar technique and career. 2005
The first Hyde Park Calling festival takes place in London. Headliner Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) plays “The Dark Side Of The Moon” in its entirety.  Floyd’s Nick Mason is on drums.  2006
Elton John, Rod Stewart and former Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson are among the artists who perform at a Princess Diana memorial concert at London’s Wembley Stadium marking the 10th anniversary of their Diana’s death on what would have been her 46th birthday. 2007
Pearl Jam raise nearly $3 million for the Robin Hood Foundation, an anti-poverty charity, playing a private benefit show at NY’s Beacon Theater. 2008
U2 sells the Jean-Michel Basquiat painting Untitled (Pecho/Oreja) for $10.1 million at a Southeby’s auction in London. The group collectively bought the artwork in ’89 and hung it in the band’s Dublin studio. 2008
Brian May (Queen) has his doctoral thesis published. A Survey of Radical Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud cover’s the guitarist’s study of Zodiacal Light. “It felt so good to see it, feel it, smell it – a kind of public record of all that work,” writes May. Next, he studies the gravitational pull of fat bottomed girls. 2008
Singer-keyboardist Natasha Shneider dies of cancer. She played with Queens Of The Stone Age and collaborated with Chris Cornell on his ’99 solo debut, “Euphoria Morning.” Schneider was 52. 2008
One-time Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley passes away at his residence in Heath Hayes, England, after battling cancer of the esophagus. Galley played on Whitesnake’s “Saints And Sinners” and “Slide It In” albums. He was 60. 2008
Staind, with opening act, Chevelle, Shinedown and Halestorm, launch their Stimulate This! Tour in Peoria, IL. Tickets for the tour are generally less than $40. “Wall Street got its bailout; now it’s time for Rock fans to get theirs,” says Staind singer Aaron Lewis. 2009
“To Live Is To Die,” a biography about the late Metallica bassist, Cliff Burton, is in bookstores. The forward is by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett. 2009
A ’58 Hofner Senator guitar once owned by John Lennon goes for more than $340,000 at a London memorabilia auction. The owner also gets an ’82 note from George Harrison confirming its authenticity. In addition, a guitar that once belonged to late Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones is sold for $132,000. 2009
The Pixies announce that bassist/backing vocalist Kim Shattuck has replaced original bassist Kim Deal, who left the group in June. Previously, Shattuck fronted the Muffs who released five studio albums. 2013
Motorhead cancel the remaining eight shows of their summer European festival tour as mainman Lemmy Kilmister battles a haematoma (where blood collects outside of a blood vessel) and heart problems. 2013
Blink-182 issue “California.” The group’s seventh album is their first without Tom DeLonge (replaced by Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba). The album comes out on the 182nd day of the year. 2016
Prince’s Purple Rain wardrobe goes for $192,000 at a Profiles in History auction in L.A. The late singer’s white ruffled shirt and black-and-white, leather-sleeved blazer worn in the film sell for $96,000 each. 2016
Of Mice & Men begin a partnership with Twitch to stream live on a regular basis.  2021