This Day in History: 2022-07-31

JULY 31st
Elvis Presley performs his first live concert in over eight years (since ’61) at the Showroom of the International Hotel in Las Vegas. It’s the birth of ‘Vegas Elvis’ and those rhinestone jumpsuits. 1969
KoЯn’s “Untitled” is released. It’s actually untitled, as in no title at all. “We didn’t want to label this album,” states singer Jonathan Davis. “It has no boundaries. It has no limits and why not just let our fans call it whatever they wanna call it?” 2007
Shinedown’s “The Crow And The Butterfly” begins a three-week run at #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart.  2010
Bill Berry has a birthday. The drummer is with R.E.M. for 17 years, before retiring for health reasons. 1958
Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker perform under the Cream moniker for the first time. It’s at the 6th Annual National Jazz & Blues Festival in Windsor. They performed together once before but were billed under their individual names. 1966
John 5 (John William Lowery) is born. The guitarist works with Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, among others. 1971
“Chicago V” goes gold. The album contains the summer favorite, “Saturday In The Park.” 1972
Matthew Charles Sanders, known as M. Shadows frontman for Avenged Sevenfold, has a birthday. 1981
Ozzy Osbourne’s solo debut, “Blizzard Of Ozz,” featuring the guitar work of the late Randy Rhoads, goes gold in the U.S. The album eventually achieves multi-platinum status with sales of 6-million copies worldwide. 1981
Alissa White-Gluz, lead vocalist of Arch Enemy, and former lead vocalist and founding member of The Agonist, has a birthday.  1985
Pearl Jam is a great band. “Last Kiss,” is a sappy, early ’60s cornball tune. Put the two together and a pop hit results. PJ’s remake gets to #4. 1999
Sun Records becomes a National Historic Landmark.  Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Johnny Cash and, of course, Elvis Presley started their careers there. It’s the first recording studio to be named a Historic Landmark. 2003
Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose visits the Teenage Cancer Trust Ward in London to talk to patients about their illnesses and interests. “We were so touched that Axl wanted to visit,” says the ward’s CEO, Simon Davies. The visit comes at the end of a GN’R European tour. 2006
Five Finger Death Punch present their debut album, “The Way Of The Fist.”  It debuts at #199 on the Billboard 200 Album chart, but eventually is certified gold (500,000 units sold).  2007
Little, Brown and Company win a bidding war for the rights to Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards’ autobiography. The publisher reportedly shells out more than $7 million for the memoir (titled “Life”), which Richards pens with author James Fox; providing he still remembers any of it. 2007
It’s Mötley Crüe Saints Of Los Angeles Day in L.A. Why? Because the mayor says so. And “Saints Of Los Angeles” is the title of their latest album. 2008
U2 wrap up an eight-show stand at New York’s Madison Square Garden with a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen. The Boss and U2 perform “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Stand By Me.” 2015
John Mayer’s “Sob Rock” rules Billboard’s Top Rock Albums Sales chart (#2 on the Billboard 200) selling 61,000 copies in its first week. 2021