This Day in History: 2023-07-22

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


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

Rob Zombie’s gore flick, “The Devil’s Rejects,” is in theaters. It’s Zombie’s second horror film. 2005

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is selected as one of PETA’s 2005 World’s Sexiest Vegetarians. 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

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

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