This Day in History: 2022-07-22

JULY 22nd
Just nineteen days after lead singer Jim Morrison’s untimely departure (death), The Doors are awarded a gold record for their “L.A. Woman” album. 1971
“My Aim Is True,” Elvis Costello’s debut album is issued in the U.K. The set is released the following November in the U.S. 1977
“Bent,” by Matchbox Twenty is the #1 song in the U.S. 2000
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Supertramp keyboardist Richard Davies is born in Wiltshire, England. 1944
Take it to the limit. The Eagles drummer and singer Don Henley is born in Gilmer, TX. 1947
Rolling Stones Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman appear in court on charges of “insulting behavior” for relieving themselves on a gas station wall after the attendant denied them access to the Men’s Room. They are fined. 1965
Woodstock ’99 begins in Rome, NY. Fire, rain and riots – in other words, a disaster. Limp Bizkit, Rage Against The Machine, Metallica, Dave Matthews Band and Counting Crowes provide the soundtrack for the destruction. 1999
Peter Frampton sues Billabong clothing company for using “baby I love your waves” as a marketing slogan. Frampton claims it is “an obvious reference” to his hit song “Baby, I Love Your Way.” No kidding. 2004
Yikes. The Kerry/Edwards ticket faces another onslaught from the left when David Crosby and Graham Nash announce they are running to be co-presidents. Regardless of the fact the Nash, born in England, can’t be president, vice president or even co-president, the pair have an interesting agenda which includes: the cleaning out of Area 51 “to address the illegal alien issue,” free money and a night in the Lincoln bedroom for donors who can pay $200-grand for the privilege. Thankfully, Stephen Stills has the good sense to stay home. 2004
Rob Zombie’s gore flick, “The Devil’s Rejects,” is in theaters. It’s Zombie’s second horror film. 2005
Boston leader Tom Scholz receives the Celebrity Animal Advocate of the Year award at the Animal Rights National Conference in L.A. The guitarist dedicates the honor to late Boston singer Brad Delp, who took his own life the previous March. “(Brad’s) commitment to ethical vegetarianism over 30-years ago was a major factor in my emerging awareness of the unnecessary cruelty to animals in our society,” says Scholz. 2007
Candlebox issue their comeback album, “Into The Sun.” This is the Seattle group’s first studio effort since 98’s “Happy Pills.” “Making this record reminded me of the first album,” says guitarist Peter Klett. “We didn’t feel that we needed to find the sound, it was there and the goal was to capture it in the recording.” 2008
Dream Theater’s “Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory” is named the Best Prog Rock Album of all time in a Rolling Stone readers’ poll.  2012
Tragically Hip launch their farewell tour following news that frontman Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The brief trek begins in Victoria, B.C. 2016
Billboard reports that Queen’s original 1975 promo video for “Bohemian Rhapsody” has garnered more than one-billion views on YouTube. It’s the first pre-1990s music video to hit that mark.  2019
Seether’s Shaun Morgan lists his “top three commandments of Rock.” (1) Gotta be true to yourself; (2) Write from the heart lyrically; (3) Have fun. So many people that take themselves so seriously, and they drink their own Kool-Aid.  2021
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, Paramore pledges to donate $1 from every ticket sale on their fall tour to organizations that deal with providing reproductive care, providing financial assistance for those in need of support and helping women and children that are fleeing violent situations.  2022
Ozzy Osbourne makes his Comic-Con International debut in San Diego, when he and Todd McFarlane reveal artwork for the limited-edition special McFarlane-designed comic book and alternate cover for the limited-edition variant of Osbourne’s album “Patient Number 9.”  Also, Comic-Con attendees are greeted by a 25-foot inflated ‘Ozzy’. 2022
Kid Rock cancels his sold-out outdoor performance at the North Dakota State Fair citing concerns over high winds shortly before it was scheduled to start.  Some fans don’t take the news well with a few arrests for unruly behavior. “I know it sucks but none of us can control mother nature,” writes Rock on Twitter. 2022
Want the best seats in the house?  Start a fight. Shinedown’s Brent Smith stops the band’s performance in Toronto to break up an altercation in the audience. The singer physically enters the crowd to subdue the scuffle.  To quell the violence Smith has the fight participants ‘chill’ while watching a portion of the show from the side of the stage.  2022