2022-07-23

 

JULY 23rd
The Police’s “Synchronicity,” with “Every Breath You Take,” begins a 17-week run at the top of the U.S. album chart. 1983
After 49 weeks on the U.S. chart, De Leppard’s “Hysteria” album finally is #1. It’s one of the longest climbs in chart history. However, their current single, “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” peaks at #2. 1988
Five Finger Death Punch’s “A Little Bit Off” is certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) for accumulating sales of 500,000 certified units. The track appears on the band’s “F8” album.  2021
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Rock on. David Essex is born to do one thing. 1947
Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO) guitarist Blair Thornton is born. 1950
Nick Menza is born in Munich, Germany. When Megadeth needs a drummer in ’89, Menza is asked by Dave Mustaine to join the band. He stays for 10 years. 1964
Saul Hudson is born in London. Because he “was always in a hurry, zipping around from one thing to another” a friend nicknamed him ‘Slash’. His family moved to L.A. where Slash joined Guns N’ Roses (and later founded Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver). 1965
Led Zeppelin manager, Peter Grant and drummer, John Bonham beat up a couple of promoter Bill Graham’s employees backstage at an Oakland concert. Just a little misunderstanding over payment. Grant and Bonham plead guilty and after an out of court settlement they cough up $2 million. 1977
Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice” comes out. 1977
Although his real name is Stephen, most know him as Stevo 32 or just Stevo. Sum 41 drummer Steve Jocz is born in Ajax, Ontario. 1981
Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux dies in Marin County from injuries sustained in a car accident two days earlier. 1980
Billy Squire nails his first gold album with his second record “Don’t Say No.” 1981
Prior to a scheduled performance at the New Music Seminar in New York, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain ODs in a hotel bathroom. He’s rushed to a hospital and survives yet another close call. 1993
So good you could eat them alive. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood are selected as PETA’s 2005 World’s Sexiest Vegetarians. 2005
Weezer’s 11-week run with “Pork And Beans” at the top of Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks ends. Foo Fighters’ “Let It Die” takes over at #1. 2008
“Nightmare,” Avenged Sevenfold’s fifth studio effort, is out. It’s the band’s first album since the passing of drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan the previous December (Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy filled in). 2010
Rage Against The Machine play in their L.A. hometown for the first time in over a decade. The benefit concert at the Hollywood Palladium protests Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 immigration law. De la Rocha calls Arizona’s law, which allows police to demand identification documents from anyone they suspect may be an illegal immigrant, “part of an entire state’s campaign to humiliate and to criminalize an entire population.” 2010
Pigeons are rats with wings – and they hate Rock. Kings Of Leon cut short their concert in St. Louis because they are tagged by pigeon droppings. “Jared [Followill] was hit several times during the first two songs,” says band manager Andy Mendelsohn in a statement. “It’s not only disgusting – it’s a toxic hazard. They really tried to hang in there.” The concert is rescheduled a couple of months later. 2010
Slipknot’s compilation “Antennas To Hell” is available in the U.S.  The set is dedicated to late bassist Paul Gray – “to celebrate what we call the Paul years,” says Slipknot’s Corey Taylor. 2012
Rod Stewart sings his ’91 hit “Rhythm Of The Heart,” during the opening ceremony for Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games. 2014
Avenged Sevenfold announce that drummer Arin Ilejay has left the group. Ilejay joined A7X in ’11 when he replaced Mike Portnoy. “Arin has been nothing but a positive energy and monster drummer for us,” the band writes in a statement. “Creatively though, we felt we needed to move in a different direction.” 2015
The festival everyone would just a soon forget debuts on HBO. “Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, And Rage” tells how counterculture idealism of the original ‘69 concert devolved into riots, looting and sexual assaults leading to the infamous distinction of it being “the day the nineties died.”  2021
KnuckleBonz and Calicraft Brewing Company launch a three-day tap room event in Walnut Creek, CA to present two AC/DC officially licensed beers: AC/DC PWR UP Juicy IPA and AC/DC TNT Double IPA.  2021
Aaron Lewis (Staind) vents while performing solo in Roanoke, VA.  The conservative musician tells the audience, “We have all lost our connection with the Constitution. Because if we knew the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights, we would know that it clearly states that it’s our responsibility as we the people to take back a country governed by tyrannical people.”  2022