2022-07-05

JULY 5th
 
“Zooropa” is U2’s eighth studio album.
Though the album sells 7-million copies it’s seen as a bit of a “disappointment’.  None of the singles from the album are chart success. 1993
Queen‘s “Greatest Hits” is the biggest-selling album of all time in Britain, as compiled by the Official Charts Company. The ’81 compilation is the first record to pass the six-million sales mark. 2016
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
The Band’s Jaime Robert “Robbie” Robertson has a birthday. His last name at birth is Klegerman. 1943
Michael Monarch, Steppenwolf’s original guitarist, has a birthday. The L.A. native is heard on “Born To Be Wild.” 1950
Hip to be square. Huey Lewis is born. He lends his name to the ’80s group Huey Lewis & The News and serves as their singer and main attraction. 1950
Elvis Presley auditions for Sun Records in Memphis. The session looks like a bust until Elvis cuts loose on “That’s All Right,” a Blues number. The song becomes his first single and the rest is history. 1954
Animal’s bassist Chas Chandler sees Jimi Hendrix perform in NYC and decides to become Jimi’s manager. 1966
Concert promoter Bill Graham opens the Fillmore West Auditorium in San Francisco. It quickly becomes a preeminent Rock venue. 1968
The Rolling Stones play a free concert in London’s Hyde Park to introduce their new guitarist, Mick Taylor. But the death of former Stones guitarist Brian Jones just two days earlier turns the concert into a tribute. Jagger even reads a passage from Shelley and butterflies are released. 250,000 attend. 1
Stop the presses. EMI halts production of the Rolling Stones “Some Girls” cover. Seems some of the celebrities pictured on the cover have a problem with being associated with the group. 1978
Lifehouse frontman, Jason Wade is born in Camarillo, CA. 1980
Slayer’s “South Of Heaven” is out.  Though the album goes gold many fans are disappointed with the toned-down performances. 1988
Hootie & the Blowfish roll out “Cracked Rear View, their debut album.  It sells over 16 million copies.  1994
The Pearl Jam/Ticketmaster controversy ends (more or less) when the U.S. Justice Department decides not to pursue anti-trust actions against Ticketmaster. The company is free to add those surcharges to ticket prices. Which they do. 1995
VH-1’s Behind the Music: Guns N` Roses premieres. The fights, the drama and the road to ruin get reprised. Oh yes, there’s the music too. 2004
Pearl Jam top a USA Today Readers Poll as the “greatest American Rock group.” Aerosmith is #2, followed by Van Halen.   2005
A Dublin judge orders stylist Lola Cashman to return items taken from U2 during an ’87 tour when she was working for the group. Pants, earrings and a Stetson hat are among the articles listed. “The point of principle involved was of much greater significance to us than any item of memorabilia,” claims Bono. 2005
Jimi Hendrix regularly demolished guitars but a court ruling says the City of Seattle can’t demolish a house that Hendrix once called home in the ’50s. The house is spared the wrecking ball and the owners have a month to relocate the structure. 2005
Rock Star: Supernova premieres. The CBS talent-contest searches for a singer to front Supernova, which includes Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and one-time Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke. 2006
The legendary NYC Punk venue CBGBs may be gone but the first CBGB Festival gets underway with 300 bands at 30 locations across New York. The original CBGBs closed in ’06. 2012
Eric Clapton is voted the Greatest Guitarist in a fan poll held prior to annual Silverstone Classic Festival in England. 2013
Salon magazine publishes an article titled “Leave U2 Alone: Why Did One of Our Best Rock Bands Become So Loathed? “From their iTunes debacle to Bono’s ego, the Irish rockers catch their share of grief, but enough is enough.” That about sums it up. 2015
What a long, strange trip it’s been. The last of three Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead concerts take place at Chicago’s Soldier Field. The four surviving original Dead members; percussionists Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, bassist Phil Lesh and guitarist Bob Weir, are joined by Phish’s Trey Anastasio and pianist Bruce Hornsby (who toured with the Dead in ’92). The concerts set venue attendance records. 2015
More Dead news. A guitar played onstage and signed by Weir, Lesh, Hart and Kreutzmann is auctioned for $526,000. Part of the proceeds go to HeadCount, a non-profit that “works with musicians to promote participation in democracy.” 2015
Ghost is #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart with “Rats.”  It is the band’s second #1, following ‘17’s “Square Hammer.”  2018
Carlos Santana collapses onstage during a concert in Clarkston, MI and is taken to the hospital suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration.  Shows are postponed as he recovers.  2022
Manuel “Manny” Charlton, Nazareth guitarist (from ‘68 to ‘90), passes away at age 80.  The band is best remembered for the song “Love Hurts.”  2022