This Day in History: 2022-07-30


JULY 30th
The R&B influenced “Roll With It” (Steve Winwood) is #1 on the pop chart. 1988
Offspring’s “Come Out And Play” tops the U.S. Modern Rock chart. 1994
Sublime release their third and biggest studio album. The self-titled effort peaks at #13 on the Billboard 200. However, due to a heroin addiction frontman Bradley Nowell passes away two months prior to the album’s release. 1996
“The Rising” is released. Centered around Bruce Springsteen’s reflections on the 9/11 attacks, his 12th studio album is his first studio effort in seven years, and his first with the E Street Band in eighteen years. 2002
Elvis Presley gives his first ‘promoted’ concert in Memphis. He opens two shows for Slim Whitman. The afternoon appearance goes okay but for the evening set Presley is advised to perform his more upbeat material – which he does, complete with the leg-hip gyrations. The crowd goes wild. 1954
Wild thing, I think I love you. According to the Billboard pop chart, “Wild Thing” (The Troggs) is the top song in the U.S. 1966
The Beatles “Yesterday & Today” tops the Billboard chart.  The album consists of tracks left off American releases (which have fewer songs than the British counterparts).  “Drive My Car,” “We Can Work It Out,” “Nowhere Man” and “Yesterday” are on the album. 1966
Led Zeppelin’s Madison Square concert is filmed. Portions appear in “The Song Remains The Same.” 1973
The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Rush headline a benefit concert in Toronto, to prove that the city is safe from SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). 450,000 attend the largest concert in Canadian history. 2003
Sun Records founder Sam Phillips dies at age 80 from respiratory failure. Sun Records served as the launching pad for Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and numerous others. 2003
Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose leaves the stage after falling ill during the band’s performance at London’s Wembley Arena. Ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach steps in for the show’s final two songs, “Night Train” and “Paradise City.” “Low blood pressure and low blood sugar” are blamed for Rose’s early exit. 2006
Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) sues filmmaker Lester Cohen for more than $100,000 in damages for withholding footage in an effort to receive additional payment and unlawfully posting portions of the footage on the Internet. Corgan hired Cohen to document his recording sessions and performances from ’03 to ’05. Just to put a fine point on things, Corgan says the submitted work isn’t up to professional standards. Ouch! 2008
England’s House of Lords rules that ex-Procol Harum keyboardist Matthew Fisher, who originated the organ melody for “A Whiter Shade Of Pale,” should receive portion of the royalties for co-writing the ’60s hit. Fisher sued bandmate Gary Brooker over the long-running copyright dispute. “(It was) never about money,” insists Fisher. “This was about making sure everyone knew about my part in the authorship.” Fisher is awarded a 40% stake in future royalties. 2009
U2 bring down the curtain on their 360º world tour, the highest grossing tour of all time. The trek begins in Barcelona in June, ’09, and concludes over two years later in Moncton, Canada. 2011
John Mellencamp receives the John Steinbeck award, given to those individuals who exemplify the spirit of “Steinbeck’s empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of the common man.” 2012
“The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1,” the first installment of a Five Finger Death Punch double album, is released. The set includes the track “Lift Me Up” with Judas Priest’s Rob Halford. “If life dealt you all the wrong cards, you still have to play,” explains Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody. “The song’s intent is to inspire; if you play that hand right you might just come out on top anyway.” 2013
Dick Wagner, a guitarist known for his work with Alice Cooper, KISS and Lou Reed, dies at age 71. Wagner succumbs to respiratory failure after two weeks in intensive care following a cardiac procedure. 2014
The Washington State’s Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation approves Kurt Cobain’s childhood home in Aberdeen for inclusion on the state’s Heritage Register. The house where the Nirvana frontman lived from ‘68 to ’84 becomes a tourist exhibit.  2021
Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne) and Death Wish Coffee announce Valhalla Java Odinforce, a three-roast blend made from Arabica and Robusta coffee beans.  “Valhalla Java is as strong and loud as Zakk himself,” according to Death Wish Coffee. 2021
Ozzy Osbourne, with help from guitarist Jeff Beck (Yardbirds/Jeff Beck Group), is #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart with “Patient Number 9,” the title track of his thirteenth solo album.  2022
Slipknot headlines the inaugural Knotfest Germany in Oberhausen. Knotfest events have been held in the U.S., Japan, Mexico and Colombia.  2022
Metallica guitarist and horror aficionado Kirk Hammett moderates “The Original Monster Kids” panel at Midsummer Scream, the Halloween and horror convention in Long Beach, CA. The panel includes the offspring of Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price.  2022