This Day in History: 2022-07-16

JULY 16th
 Judas Priest’s “Redeemer Of Souls” lands at #6 on the Billboard 200 to become the group’s first album to debut in the Top 10. 2014
The Foo Fighters’ “Sonic Highways” documentary receives four Emmy nominations while the Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) bio “Montage Of Heck” earns five. 2015
“Sonic Highways” wins two technical Emmys while “Montage Of Heck” gets shut out.
Stewart Copeland, drummer for the Police, is born. 1952
Jack Bruce (bass), Ginger Baker (drums) and Eric Clapton (guitar) form Cream. 1966
The Who issue “I’m Free.” “We’re Not Gonna Take It” is on the b-side. Both songs are from the Rock opera “Tommy.” 1969
Ed Kowalczyk, lead singer for Live, is born in York, PA. 1971
One-time Drowning Pool singer, Ryan Combs, is born in Muncie, IN. He is heard on two studio albums (“Full Circle” and “Drowning Pool”) and the live set (“Loudest Common Denominator”). 1974
When Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton accepts the Democratic Presidential nomination Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop” (“Don’t stop thinkin’ about tomorrow”) is played repeatedly. Spoiler alert:  He wins. 1992
Styx drummer John Panozzo dies of gastrointestinal hemorrhage at age 47. 1996
The Pretenders Chrissie Hynde is detained by police following a PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) protest outside a Paris KFC. Despite the efforts of Hynde and others, the chickens inside, original recipe and extra crispy, remain dead. 2003
The Raconteurs kick off their headlining North American summer tour in support of debut album “Broken Boy Soldiers.” Denver is the first stop. “(The songs) are going to keep changing over and over again,” says singer/guitarist Brendan Benson. “The last thing I want to do is play songs like they are on the record.” 2006
Ronnie Wood’s spokeswoman announces that the Rolling Stones guitarist has entered a rehabilitation facility to treat his ongoing battle with alcohol. “His close family and friends say he is seeking help and look forward to his recovery,” says a rep. An alcohol-fueled trip to Ireland and fling with a young Russian waitress appear to have triggered the return to rehab. 2008
Billy Joel plays the first of two shows at New York’s Shea Stadium; the final concerts the ballpark. John Mellencamp, Don Henley and Tony Bennett join Joel onstage. Joel performs Beatles songs as a tribute the famous ’60s concerts at the stadium. 2008
U2, thanks to their 360° World Tour, is #1 on Forbes annual report of top-earning musicians. The list is based on net income from ticket sales, record sales and endorsement deals between June ’09 and June ’10. 2010
Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord dies in London from a pulmonary embolism after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Lord co-wrote many Deep Purple classics including “Smoke On The Water.” He was 71. 2012
Texas Blues singer/guitarist Johnny Winter dies in Zurich, Switzerland, while on tour. He was 70. 2014
Pop Evil perform at the Upheaval Festival in Grand Rapids, MI.  It’s the band’s first show with drummer Jason Hartless and bassist Joey “Chicago” Walser. The previous week, Pop Evil drummer Hayley Cramer, a U.K. based musician, stated she would miss the first couple of weeks of the band’s U.S. tour because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.  Days later, bassist Matt DiRito announced his departure from the band.  2021