This Day in History: 2022-07-28

JULY 28th
When The Beatles’ “Revolution” is heard in a Nike commercial, the group sues Nike for using the song and Capitol Records for licensing it. 1987
Calling the lyrics to Fall Out Boy’s “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” (a disemvoweling of “Thanks for the Memories”) ‘trashy’ and ‘inappropriate’ for teens the school board bans Pennsylvania’s Garden Spot High School marching band from performing the song, even though they would only play an instrumental version. FOB’s Pete Wentz speaks out against the ban during a concert a few days later and offers to perform with the students at the school. 2014
Another brick in the wall. Keyboardist Rick Wright (Pink Floyd) is born in London. 1945
Drummer Simon Kirke (Free/Bad Company) enters the world. 1949
Guitarist Steve Morse is born in Hamilton, OH. Aside from a solo career, Morse has a short stint with Kansas and a lengthier stay with Deep Purple following Ritchie Blackmore’s second departure from the band in ’94. 1954
Jerry Lee Lewis makes his network television debut on The Steve Allen Show performing “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On.” Afterwards, the song’s sales go through the roof. The appearance is a ratings triumph for Allen. A win-win all the way around. 1957
Guitarist Michael Amott (Arch Enemy) enters the world.  1969
“Ned Kelly,” starring Mick Jagger in his acting debut, premieres. This Aussie western is so bad it makes “Love Me Tender” look like “Gone With The Wind.” 1970
Mott The Hoople release “All The Young Dudes,” a song written by David Bowie. 1972
“Chicago VI” is #1 on the Billboard 200.  The album contains “Just You And Me” and “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day.”  1973
One of the largest and most successful Rock festivals is held at Watkins Glen raceway. 600,000 turn out to see The Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead and The Band. 1973
Jacoby Shaddix, Papa Roach vocalist, is born in Mariposa, CA.  1976
On its way to platinum status, Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like An Eagle” LP goes gold. 1976
Singer/Keyboardist Stephen Christian (Anberlin) has a birthday.  1980
Jimi Hendrix’s dad, Al, finally gains the rights to his son’s name, likeness, image and music after prolonged legal actions. It puts an end to the rampant Hendrix exploitation that had occurred. 1995
The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform in Boston at a Creative Coalition-sponsored fundraiser dubbed Seconding The First: A Celebration of the First Amendment. The concert coincides with the Democratic National Convention. 2004
Ozzy Osbourne and his wife, Sharon, are at New York’s Hard Rock Cafe to unveil a T-shirt he designed to benefit the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program. 2006
There are probably no more than a half-dozen photos of Iggy Pop wearing a shirt. Yet the Punk legend appears at Barney’s Co-Op in New York to promote his Archive 1887 line of T-shirts. “There’s tons of irony,” explains Pop. 2010
Smashing Pumpkins perform at a sold-out benefit show in Chicago that raises $80,000 to help alleviate Madina Lake musician Matthew Leone’s medical bills. Leone suffered brain trauma when he was assaulted after helping a beating victim on the street. “I was blown away by the Chicago community coming together to put this benefit on so quickly,” says Pumpkins mainman Billy Corgan. To kick start the fund-raising effort, Corgan auctions off his guitar for $10,000. 2010
Helping recession-era fans without a whole lot of green in their wallets Creed launches their 20-10 Tour. Not only is that the year the tour takes place it also refers to the ticket prices-$20 and $10 each night. Bristow, VA, is the first stop. 2010
Evanescence singer Amy Lee gives birth to her first child – Jack Lion. 2014
Good Charlotte perform at Annapolis Rising: A Benefit for the Capital Gazette and Free Press that honors the memory of the five Capital Gazette employees killed by a deranged shooter who had disputes with the paper. Good Charolette’s Joel and Benji Madden grew up in nearby Waldorf, MD.  2018
Organizers of the Lollapalooza music festival launch the Lollapalooza Arts Education Fund in partnership with Ingenuity, an arts education nonprofit.  They pledge to invest $2.2 million to support arts education in Chicago Public Schools.   2021
Joseph Michael “Dusty” Hill, the bassist and secondary lead vocalist of ZZ Top dies his sleep at his home in Houston at age 72. ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in ’04.  2021
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi takes part in the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Birmingham, England. Iommi contributes to a “dream sequence” piece, titled “Hear My Voice.”  2022