This Day in History: 2022-07-17

JULY 17th
Journey unfurls “Escape.”  The album, known for the songs “Who’s Crying Now,” “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Open Arms” and “Still They Ride” tops the Billboard 200 (two months after its release) on its way to selling over ten-million copies.  1981
Judas Priest release “Screaming For Vengeance.”  Their eighth studio album goes on to sell over 5=million copies.   1982
Bassist Terry “Geezer” Butler is born in Birmingham, England. He’s a founding member of Black Sabbath (with guitarist Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne). 1949
Spencer Davis is born. He lends his name and guitar talents to the Spencer Davis Group (best known for the ’60’s hit “Gimme Some Lovin'” – a song Davis co-wrote with Steve and Muff Winwood). 1942
Ron Asheton, guitarist and bassist for Igyy Pop & The Stooges (’72-’74), is born in Washington, D.C. 1948
The animated film “Yellow Submarine” premieres in the U.K. Based loosely on John Lennon/Paul McCartney songs, the animated Beatles take on the Blue Meanies to save Pepperland or some such thing. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison attend. Ringo Starr, who sang the title track, is absent. 1968
Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses begin a joint tour in Hoffman Estates, IL. What’s interesting is the Aerosmith rider that requires Guns N’ Roses to confine their drug and alcohol use (abuse) to their dressing room. The recovering Aerosmith don’t want temptation within sight. 1988
The first Lollapalooza Tour is launched Phoenix. The Alt. Rock trek, conceived by Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, features his band, Living Colour, Nine Inch Nails and Siouxsie & The Banshees. 1991
Metallica, Guns N’ Roses and Faith No More launch a misbegotten tour in Washington, D.C.  Before the tour is done, Metallica’s James Hetfield suffers severe burns from onstage pyrotechnics, GN’R’s Axl Rose has serious throat and vocal cord troubles and Faith No More, wanting off the trek, get fired before they have a chance to quit.  The stadium tour grosses more than $25 million and is a financial success for Metallica, not so for GN’R.  According to GN’R guitarist Slash about 80% of their earnings are lost due to Rose’s extravagant spending, which includes backstage parties at every show, as well as the band being fined heavily for their many late appearances.  1992
The Animals’ bassist and the man who discovered Jimi Hendrix (and became his manager), Chas Chandler, dies at age 57. 1996
Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is kicked out of the group following the death of keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin. Chamberlin and Melvoin were shooting heroin together when Melvoin OD’d. Later, a cleaned-up Chamberlin rejoins the Pumpkins for a brief stint before they break up. 1996
Onstage at the Aladdin casino in Las Vegas, Linda Ronstadt praises Michael Moore and his movie “Fahrenheit 9/11 “(which is highly critical of the Bush administration and the war in Iraq) and dedicates the song “Desperado” to the film maker. Some audience members complain and do damage, so the casino hastily ends Ronstadt’s performance. 2004
The Smashing Pumpkins comeback album, “Zeitgeist,” enters the Billboard 200 chart at #2 (behind Rapper T.I.’s “T.I. vs. T.I.P.”), selling 145,000 copies. This is the Pumpkins best showing since ’95’s “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness” made its debut at #1. 2007
Beck’s “Modern Guilt” moves 84,000 units in its first week to debut at #4 on the Billboard 200 chart.  2008
Santana plays Woodstock – again! During Carlos Santana’s first show in Bethel, NY, since the famous ’69 festival, he pauses to reminisce in front of 15,000 fans. “All of us who were here remember the magic,” says Santana. “Only love can conquer hate. This is Woodstock. This is the place where miracles can happen.” 2010
One year later, Santana becomes a shareholder and board member of the Casa Noble Tequila company. “Passion, dedication and integrity is what attracted me to Casa Noble Tequila,” says Santana in a statement. 2011
U2’s Bono receives the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, France’s highest cultural honor, for his contribution to music and commitment to humanitarian causes. Stating the award belongs to the entire group, Bono says, “I’ve got the biggest mouth and the loudest voice but the music we make comes from each other.” 2013
Imagine Dragons top the Billboard Pop songs chart for the first time with “Believer,” a track from their “Evolve” album.  2017   
Staind frontman Aaron Lewis’ “Am I the Only One,” a conservative-minded anthem, is #1 on the Country Digital Sales chart.   2021
Limp Bizkit are forced to cancel its planned European tour over “personal health concerns” related to the band’s frontman, Fred Durst. “(The decision was) based on medical advice given by my personal physician to take an immediate break from touring,” states Durst.  2022