This Day in History: 2022-07-18

JULY 18th
Featuring “It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me,” Billy Joel‘s “Glass Houses” tops the album chart. 1980
 “Armageddon: The Album” (the soundtrack to the film of the same name) is #1 on the Billboard 200.  The album has Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” 1998
What do Pearl Jam and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have in common? Drummer Jack Irons. It’s his birthday. He becomes Pearl Jam’s drummer in ’94. 1962
One of the Beach Boys all-time great songs, “God Only Knows,” is released as the B-side of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” The A-side is a Top 10 hit while the much better flip side barely grazes the Top 40. 1966
The Grateful Dead issue their second album, “Anthem Of The Sun.” 1968
The U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service says John Lennon must leave the country by September 10th. A drug bust in England is officially cited but the real reason is the government suspects Lennon is a dangerous radical. Further appeals and other legal action transpires. Though it looks bad, Lennon does finally get his Green Card two years later. 1974
System Of A Down s lead guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian is born in Hollywood. Like other members of the group, he is of Armenian ancestry. 1975
Underoath’s singer/guitarist Aaron Gillespie has a birthday.  1983
A California court dismisses a suit against Ozzy Osbourne and CBS Records that claims a teen was driven to take his life by Osbourne’s song “Suicide Solution.” 1988
“Ram It Down,” the 11th studio album by Judas Priest, earns gold certification (500,000 sales).  1988
Ike Turner (Ike & Tina Turner) is sentenced to one year in jail for possessing and transporting cocaine.  In a Santa Monica CA courtroom, the judge says, “You’re not just abusing yourself, you’re abusing others.” 1988
Rage against the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC). On the Philadelphia stop of the Lollapalooza tour, Rage Against The Machine appear nude onstage for a 25 minute silent protest (with duct tape across their mouths) of the PMRC’s censorship efforts. PMRC is scrawled across band member’s chests. 1993
Ex-Jane’s Addiction /Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro and wife Carmen Electra say they are “amicably separating” after less than three years of marriage. The couple wed on MTV’s reality show “‘Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave”. 2006
Bon Jovi is named the top-grossing live act in the world according to Billboard Boxscore’s midyear report. The New Jersey group earns approximately $112.4 million in tour revenue from 11/14/07 to 5/13/08. The Police are #3. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band and Van Halen are also in the Top 10. 2008
Ben & Jerry’s offers limited-edition ice cream in honor of Elton John called Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road. The flavor’s Vermont only introduction coincides with the musician’s first concert in the state – at Essex Junction. Proceeds from the week-long promotion benefit the Elton John   AIDS Foundation. Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road has chocolate ice cream, peanut butter cookie dough, butter brickle and white chocolate pieces. 2008
Ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler is arrested in Hollywood. He is charged with narcotics possession and being under the influence. Just to ice the case, there’s also an outstanding warrant. Adler has struggled with substance abuse. 2008
The last concert at Shea Stadium is held. The Billy Joel show features an appearance by Paul McCartney. The two perform renditions of The Beatles “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Let It Be.” The Beatles played Shea in the ’60s. 2008
R.E.M. and Maroon 5 officially support the First Fans Coalition. The not-for-profit organization’s mission is to protect music fans from deceitful ticket-selling practices. “Our band wants our tickets to be sold at the face value that we set, so that the real fans can get the tickets — not scalpers,” says Maroon 5’s Adam Levine. 2011
Three original members of Live sue singer Ed Kowalczyk accusing him of trademark infringement. Kowalczyk named his solo album “Alive” and advertised his shows as “Ed Kowalczyk of Live.” The band, remembered for ’94 album “Throwing Copper” and hit single “I Alone,” split with Kowalczyk in ’09 and sued him in ’10 for using the band’s name and declaring himself the sole recipient of the group’s publishing income. 2012
Following an onstage anti-war tirade days earlier, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder performs John Lennon’s “Imagine” at the Super Rock Festival in Portugal. Before performing, Vedder says he won’t pick sides in the Israeli-Palestine conflict. 2014
Billy Joel gives his 100th concert at Madison Square Garden.   Bruce Springsteen joins Joel onstage for “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” and “Born to Run.”  2018