This Day in History: 2023-07-14

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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Following a disastrous Knots Berry Farm concert the Everly Brothers call it quits. Over a decade passes before they re-team. 1973

Eddie Van Halen performs “Beat It” live in concert with Michael Jackson at The Jackson’s concert at Texas Stadium in Dallas. This is the only time the pair play the song live.  Van Halen’s guitar solo is one of the song’s signature moments.   1984

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

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

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.  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 single. The song goes on to sell over two-million copies. 2009

Linkin Park’s “Living Things” debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. It’s the fourth consecutive Linkin Park album to debut in the top spot. 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. 2013

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