This Day in History: 2022-07-14

JULY 14th
“More Songs About Buildings And Food,” the Talking Heads’ sophomore set and first gold album, is out. 1978
 
“Countdown To Extinction” is released. The Megadeth album debuts at #2 on the Billboard album chart on its way to going double platinum.  1992
The “November Rain” video passes one billion views on YouTube.  The Guns N’ Roses clip is the first created before the YouTube era to do so. The song was released in ’92.  2018
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The Who launch their first U.S. tour as the opening act for Herman’s Hermits. 1967
A drunk driver kills former Byrds guitarist Clarence White. The 29-year-old White was loading equipment following a show in Palmdale, CA. 1973
Following a disastrous Knots Berry Farm performance the Everly Brothers call it quits. Over a decade passes before they re-team. 1973
Elvis Costello & The Attractions, who have already recorded “My Aim Is True,” play their first gig. They are, as expected, an opening act (for a long-forgotten headliner). 1977
Daniel “Dan” Coulter Reynolds, the frontman for Imagine Dragons, is born is Las Vegas. 1987
Steve Miller goes Hollywood and gets a star on the Walk of Fame. 1987
The White Stripes perform their first live show during an open-mic night at the Gold Dollar in Detroit. They perform a version of “Jimmy The Exploder,” which later appears on the White Stripes self-titled debut. 1997
Garbage is nominated in eight, count ’em eight, categories for the 15th annual MTV Music Awards in September. When the awards are handed out Garbage comes up empty. 1998
The Vines “Highly Evolved” is released.  The album subsequently goes gold (500,000 units) in the U.S. 2002
Carlos Santana wraps up his 23-city “American Shaman Tour.” Tour proceeds are donated to fight the AIDS epidemic in South Africa. 2003
More turnover for Evanescence. Almost three years after guitarist/founding member Ben Moody departed it’s announced in an online post that bassist Will Boyd has left. Singer Amy Lee writes that Boyd was reluctant to undertake another lengthy tour, preferring to spend more time with his family. “We love Will very much and wish him nothing but happiness in everything he does,” adds Lee. “We’ve been playing music together since I was in junior high.” 2006
Ex-Vice President Dan Quayle exits John Mellencamp’s concert in Stateline, NV, after the singer criticizes the Bush administration while introducing the song “Walk Tall.” Quayle’s publicist says the “performance was not very good to begin with, and the comment put it over the top.” “It’s kind of telling that he chose to walk out as I was doing a song about tolerance,” says Mellencamp. 2006
“21 Guns,” from Green Day’s eighth album “21st Century Breakdown,” is released as a CD single. The song goes on to sell over two-million copies. 2009
Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney perform together for the first time during the encore of Springsteen’s Hyde Park concert in London. “I gotta tell you, I’ve been trying to do this for 50 years,” says Springsteen as he introduces McCartney. 2012
Stevie Wonder tells a Quebec City audience that he will not perform in Florida until the state modifies its Stand Your Ground law. His comments are a reaction to the acquittal of George Zimmerman who was charged with murdering Trayvon Martin, a black youth Zimmerman found threatening. “Wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world,” Wonder adds. 2013
Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe’s memoir, “Dark Days,” is published. The book chronicles his ordeal in the Czech Republic after being accused and later acquitted of manslaughter, following the death of a fan at a ’10 concert. 2015
Adrenaline Mob bassist David Zablidowsky (David Z) is killed in an accident near Micanopy, FL. The band’s RV is on the side of the road to fix a flat tire when it is struck by a tractor-trailer.  Others are seriously injured. 2017
Buckcherry postpone upcoming shows after two band members test positive for COVID-19.  Foo Fighters also cancel a show because a member of their organization tests positive.  2021
Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar dies in Nashville at age 58.  2021
After announcing her departure from the Alice Cooper Band just days earlier guitarist Nita Strauss makes her live debut backing Demi Lovato on ABC’s late-night “Jimmy Kimmel Live!  2022
Queen‘s Brian May receives an honorary degree from the University Of Hull. May is presented with Doctor Of Science, honoris causa.  2022