This Day in History: 2022-07-21

JULY 21st
Black Sabbath unfurl “Master Of Reality,” the group’s last album to debut in the Top 10 for over 40 years – until their ’13 reunion album “13.” The album goes double platinum. 1971
Guns N’ Roses release “Appetite For Destruction,” which sells over 28-million copies worldwide. 1987
“KorRn III: Remember Who You Are” is #1 on Billboard’s Rock and Alternative charts and #2 on the Top 200 Albums chart (behind Eminem’s “Recovery”). 2010
Stone Sour ’s sophomore album, “Come What(Ever) May,” is certified platinum in the U.S. for sales in excess of one-million copies.  2017
The Hooters guitarist/vocalist Eric Bazilian enters the world. 1953
Bassist Howie Epstein (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) is born. 1955
Billboard magazine claims that Elvis Presley “is the most controversial entertainer since Liberace.” 1956
Jim Martin, guitarist for Faith No More, has a birthday. 1961
The Byrds release a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.” The song’s popularity convinces the otherwise acoustic Dylan to use electric guitars.  1965
Skillett keyboardist/guitarist Korey Cooper (born Korene Marie Pingitore) has a birthday. 1972
Rod Stewart is on a roll with the release of “Never A Dull Moment” containing “You Wear It Well.” 1972
The movie “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is in theaters. Based on The Beatles’ album of the same name, it’s a film so bad that it tanks the careers of just about everyone involved including Peter Frampton, the Bee Gees and Billy Preston. Only comic-actor George Burns has enough showbiz savvy to escape the wreckage unscathed. 1978
Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux is seriously injured in a car wreck. He dies two days later. 1980
As the Police are recording the follow-up to their landmark “Synchronicity” album, Sting announces he’d rather go it alone, launching both solo recording and acting careers. The Police disband. 1986
Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) presents “The Wall” in-concert between Potzdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Over 350,000 attend the event. 1990
Influential British Blues musician Long John Baldry dies in Vancouver, B.C., at the age of 64. He was a mentor to Rod Stewart, Jimmy Page and Mick Jagger. If that’s not impressive enough, Baldry’s band, Bluesology, had a young pianist named Reginald Dwight, who went on to become Elton John. 2005
Please pass the syrup. Kid Rock enters a no-contest plea to assault charges stemming from an ’07 incident at an Atlanta-area Waffle House. Rock is slapped with a $1,000 fine and is put on a year’s probation. He also has to do 80 hours of community service and attend six anger-management classes. Rock was arrested after he and some associates scuffled with a fellow Waffle House customer. 2008
A settlement is announced in the ’08 lawsuit Jackson Browne launched after his song “Running On Empty” appeared in an Internet video promoting Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign. The singer-songwriter charged that Republicans had used the tune without authorization, and that its usage falsely implied that Browne endorsed the candidate. As part of the settlement, McCain and the other defendants issue an apology. The financial terms are kept confidential. 2009
Former New Riders Of The Purple Sage frontman John “Marmaduke” Dawson dies in Mexico after a battle with stomach cancer. He was 64. Dawson and late Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia co-founded the Psychedelic-Country act. 2009
Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge, who suffered from skin cancer on his chest the previous year, launches “” with Keep A to raise money for cancer awareness. 2011
After The Burial guitarist Justin Lowe is found dead after apparently falling from a bridge. He left the group the previous month suggesting he was suffering from mental trauma. Lowe was 32. 2015
In This Moment release “Ritual.” The band’s sixth studio album features a cover of Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” as well as “Black Wedding,” a duet with lead singer Maria Brink and Judas Priest’s Rob Halford. 2017
A Day To Remember’s single “If It Means A Lot To You” from their Homesick” album is certified platinum. 2017
 Dragonforce’s “Inhuman Rampage” album, an ’06 release, is certified gold for sales in excess of half a million copies.  2017
Guns N’ Roses own the attendance record for a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal act at Gothenburg, Sweden’s Ullevi Stadium. The band’s concert is attended by 64,289 people, surpassing the record previously set by Metallica (63,036 attendees). 2018
Rage Against The Machine donate $75,000 to Indigenous Peoples charities in Canada. The funds are the proceeds from the band’s concert in Hamilton, Ontario and are distributed by WhyHunger and Polaris Institute to support the Root of Justice and Indigenous Climate Action organizations in Hamilton.  2022