This Day in History: 2022-07-12

JULY 12th
The Beach Boys release their home state tribute, “California Girls.” The song peaks at #3. 1965
Seattle’s Sub Pop label (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Sleater-Kinney) celebrates its 20th Anniversary. The two-day party has a reunion performance by Green River, the ’80s grunge band that featured Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. “There’s been a few e-mails exchanged and a few jokes about how we’ll get our hair that big and long again,” quips Ament. “We might all have to go in for weaves.” 2008
“The Stealth” soundtrack is out. Incubus contributes three songs to the Jamie Foxx action flick. “Neither Of Us Can See” is a duet with frontman Brandon Boyd and The Pretenders Chrissie Hynde. 2005
Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie (Christine Anne Perfect) has a birthday. She hails from Greenodd, Cumbria (that’s in northeast England). 1943
John Wetton, bassist for Uriah Heep and Asia, is born. 1949
Just six days after recording his first single, “That’s All Right,” Elvis Presley signs a contract with Sun Records. The song has already been played on a local radio station (WHBQ in Memphis. The first thing Elvis does is quit his day job at Crown Electric. 1954
Soul Asylum’s guitarist, Dan Murphy, is born in Duluth, MN. 1962
The Rolling Stones play their first gig at London’s Marquee Club. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones are there. But on bass and drums are Dick Taylor and Mick Avory respectively, rather than eventual Stones Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts. Also, Ian Stewart plays piano. 1962
Singer Robin Wilson (Gin Blossoms) has a birthday. He’s a native of the Motor City. 1965
Guitarist John Petrucci (Dream Theater) is born.  1967
A sold-out show at New York’s Madison Square Garden kicks off Blind Faith’s only U.S. tour. 1969
Within Temptation vocalist Sharon den Adel has a birthday.  She is a founding member of the band.  1974
Chicago Rock DJ Steve Dahl’s “disco demolition” promotion is held between games of a Chicago White Sox double-header at Comiskey Park. Disco records are blown up in center field. The damage to the field and the riot that follows cause the second game to be cancelled with Chicago forfeiting. Nothing like this would have ever happened at Wrigley. 1979
Alcoholism and drug addiction, leading to pneumonia, takes the life of Traffic sax and flute player Chris Wood. 1983
Music to drive trucks by. Bob Seger’s “Like A Rock” fails to crack the Top 10 (peaks at #12) but the song has an extended life as the soundtrack for Chevy truck commercials. 1986
Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose is busted in New York on charges of inciting a riot during a St. Louis concert the previous year. 1992
Smashing Pumpkins tour keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin ODs on heroin in New York. Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain is with Melvoin at the time. He is charged with heroin possession and soon gets kicked out the band. Chamberlain goes into rehab and eventually rejoins the group. 1996
A statue erected in memory of John Lennon is unveiled in London’s Trafalgar Square. 2000
Metallica and Napster settle their copyright dispute. Unfortunately, it comes too late to help either party. Metallica’s lawsuit disillusioned fans and Napster had already ceased being what it was. 2001
Buckcherry break up following lead singer Josh Todd’s decision to quit the group. They reunite three years later. 2002
U2’s Bono receives a medal from Chilean President Ricardo Lagos in conjunction with the celebration of poet Pablo Neruda`s centenary. Bono is one of 100 cultural personalities honored. 2004
Would you like some prunes with that lawsuit? Nearly four decades after their major hit “I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night,” two former members of the Electric Prunes, vocalist James Lowe and bassist Mark Tulin, file separate suites against their record label and music publisher claiming $1 million in owed royalties. 2004
Beating the rap. Velvet Revolver vocalist Scott Weiland gets a drug charged dismissed in a Pasadena, CA., court because he has completed a court-ordered rehab program. The charge originated from an ’03 drug possession bust in Burbank. 2005
The Rolling Stones are paid $5.5 million (or $67,500 per minute) to perform a 14-song set at a private Deutsche Bank party for top-level employees held at the National Art Museum of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain. 2007
The VH1 Rock Honors take place in L.A. with a tribute to The Who. Incubus, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and the Flaming Lips perform at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. The concert raises more than $1 million for various charities. VH1 broadcasts the show five days later. 2008
A brawl with drunken bar patrons causes members of Collective Soul to be banned from Myrtle Beach, SC, for one year. The fight spilled out into the streets before the “cops came and escorted everyone away,” reported guitarist Dean Roland. 2009
Former Queens Of The Stoneage bassist Nick Oliveri is arrested for felony domestic violence following a stand-off with a S.W.A.T. team at his L.A. home. An altercation between Oliveri and his girlfriend result in Oliveri locking them both inside his duplex. The police are called. Following tense negotiations the girlfriend is released and Oliveri surrenders to police. He is later cut loose after posting a $100,000 bail. 2011
“Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be: The Story of Bon Scott,” a play based on the life of the late AC/DC frontman, opens at the Athenaeum Theater in Melbourne. “The impact that AC/DC had on me as a teenager was huge,” says actor Nick Barker, who plays Scott. “Even growing up as a musician I spent a lot of my time playing in pubs and AC/DC was the benchmark.” The play’s title comes from an AC/DC song. 2011
AC/DC tops Forbes magazine’s annual earning list for Rock acts netting an estimated $67.5 million between June ’15 and June ’16. The business magazine says the group brought in average of $185,000 daily in music, ticket and merchandise sales – despite losing guitarist Malcolm Young, drummer Phil Rudd and vocalist Brian Johnson (who was replaced on tour by Axl Rose of Guns N; Roses). 2016
“Pam & Tommy,” Hulu’s limited series about Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson’s infamous leaked sex tape, receives ten nominations for prime-time Emmy Awards. There are individual performance nominations for Lily James (as Anderson) and Sebastian Stan (as Lee).  2022
Craig Inciardi, a curator for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and two others, are charged with a conspiracy to allegedly sell more than $1-million worth of stolen lyrics and handwritten notes by The Eagles vocalist/drummer Don Henley. Attorneys for the accused say we will “fight these unjustified charges vigorously.”  2022
Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider teams up with T-Mobile to promote the company’s “Carrier Callout” campaign in an effort to win over AT&T and Verizon customers after the two carriers announce that they are raising prices on select plans. Snider is at Times Square in New York City singing his band’s signature song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” to sway the masses to switch to T-Mobile. 2022