This Day in History: 2022-07-07

JULY 7th

Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.” is #1 on the Billboard 200. The set features the title track, “Glory Days” and “Dancing In The Dark.”  1983David Lee Roth (Van Halen) releases his debut full-length solo album, “Eat ‘Em And Smile.”  It sells over 2-million copies in the U.S.  1986Metallica’s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” is certified platinum for selling over 1-million albums.  2017
Stone Sour’s “Hydrograd” debuts at #8 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. It’s their 5th straight Top 10 album.  “Hydrograd” also debuts at #1 on the Top Current Albums chart, the Top Rock Albums chart and the Top Hard Rock Albums Chart.  2017
Ringo Starr, one of the all-time great drummers and an integral (and affable) part of The Beatles success, has a birthday. He’s born Richard Starkey in Liverpool. 1940
The late Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt, guitarist for the latter-day Iron Butterfly and Captain Beyond, is born. 1948
The Rolling Stones make their TV debut on ITV’s Thank Your Lucky Stars. They perform “Come On” in horrid matching suits (The Beatles  obviously had better tailors). 1964
The Lovin’ Spoonful’s Steve Boone and Zal Yanovsky are busted for drugs. To save themselves from prison they nark on their supplier. The controversy virtually tanks the group. 1967
The Yardbirds play their final show. The quintet that gave the world guitarists Clapton and Jeff Beck (Beck replaced Clapton) is now a quartet consisting of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Keith Relf, bassist Chris Dreja and drummer Jim McCarty. They perform at the Luton Technical College in Bedfordshire, England. The New Yardbirds, with Page, roll out a short time later to fulfill some concert obligations. The New Yardbirds morph into Led Zeppelin (who coincidentally, also play their final concert on this date twelve years later – see below). 1968
Billy Preston’s “Will It Go Round In Circles” is #1. 1973
Led Zeppelin’s final concert with their original line-up is at Eissporthalle in Berlin. 1980
Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates is born with the name Brian Elwin Haner Jr.   1981
“Metallica: Some Kind of Monster” premieres in New York City. The film chronicles the band’s bitter in-fighting and visits to a therapist while recording the “St. Anger” album. Years later, drummer Lars Ulrich calls the film a mistake. “I am aware a lot of other musicians seem to have lived a lot of those moments. They weren’t necessarily stupid enough to film them like we were and share them with the rest of the world.” 2004
The Clincher. Chevelle bassist Joe Loeffler claims the group axed him. An earlier announcement said Loeffler would not be on the summer tour because he wanted to take “a break to be home with family.” He says he is looking for another gig. 2005
All because of you. U2 tops Pollstar’s 2005 Mid-Year Top 100 Tours List grossing $48.4 million in North American concert revenues. 2005
Former Pink Floyd leader Syd Barrett passes away at age 60 following a long battle with diabetes. The singer-guitarist was a founding member and wrote the majority the group’s ’67 debut album, “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.” He left Floyd the following year after suffering a drug-induced mental breakdown. “Syd was the guiding light of the early band lineup and leaves a legacy which continues to inspire,” reads a statement from the group. 2006
The Smashing Pumpkins, Bon Jovi, KoЯn, The Police and ex-Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters perform in East Rutherford, NJ at the U.S. edition of the Live Earth concert series. The London line-up has Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Beastie Boys, Gensis and Metallica. The international concerts, co-organized by former vice president Al Gore, raise awareness about global climate change. The concerts are on the 7th day of the 7th month and take place in 7 cities. Nifty. 2007
Hinder participates in Stage Z, a virtual festival that coincides with the Live Earth shows to promote positive action regarding the climate-change crisis. “We’re going out there to fight the complacency and apathy people have about what’s going on in the world,” says frontman Austin Winkler. 2007
KoЯn touring guitarist Clint Lowery (who replaced Brian “Head” Welch) is arrested in Piestany, Slovakia, after getting drunk and trashing his hotel room. “I pulled some Rock 101 stuff,” says Lowery, who’s also a member of Dark New Day and a former member of Sevendust. Lowery pays for damages and is released. The KoЯn tour moves to the next show. 2007
Slipknot unleash “Psychosocial,” the first single from their “All Hope Is Gone” album. 2008
Construction begins on the first of five Detroit area low-income homes funded by Jon Bon Jovi’s Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation, the Saturn car company and Detroit’s branch of Habitat for Humanity. Bon Jovi calls the construction “dreams in the making.” 2008
A three-song track pack from Green Day: “Know Your Enemy,” “21 Guns” and “East Jesus Nowhere,” arrive as downloadable content on Rock Band. “Rock Band is a really cool way for fans of all ages to experience our music,” says Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. 2009
Linkin Park post their third U.K. #1 album, “Living Things.” The set debuts at the top of the British album chart beating out Maroon 5’s “Overexposed.” 2012
Dave Grohl’s hometown of Warren, OH present their favorite son with two 900-pound drumsticks during a Foo Fighters concert at the Warren Amphitheater. The poplar drumsticks are initially housed at the theater before being moved to the city’s Dave Grohl Alley. The sticks are also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. 2012
Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor rolls out his third book, “You’re Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left.” 2015
A collection of 10 stamps in honor of Pink Floyd are issued by Royal Mail in the UK “to celebrate one of the most successful and influential British Rock bands of all time.” The stamps arrive of the tenth anniversary of Syd Barrett’s passing (see above). 2016
Eyehategod drummer Aaron Hill is robbed and assaulted prior to the band’s scheduled performance in Guadalajara, Mexico.  He is attacked by three men and a woman not far from the Forum Independence, the venue where the band is slated to play. He suffers a five-centimeter gash on his left side from a knife and his belongings are taken, but he is okay.  2019
NOFX’s music video for “The Big Drag” drops.  The animated track from the band’s “Single Album” has band members gathering to mourn the seeming loss (fictional) of their longtime leader “Fat” Mike Burkett. 2021
The Pretty Reckless announce the cancelation of three concerts on its co-headlining tour with Halestorm after singer Taylor Momsen tests positive for COVID-19. “Despite our best efforts, COVID finally bit,” reads the band’s statement.  2022