This Day in History: 2022-08-02

Written by drummer Don Henley and guitarist Glenn Frey, The Eagles “One Of These Nights,” the title track from the band’s fourth studio album, is the #1 song in the U.S. 1975
Hair Metal rules, Poison’s debut, “Look What The Cat Dragged In,” lands on the album chart where it eventually rises to #3, selling 3-million copies in the process. 1986
Linkin Park has 23 titles on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart — less than three weeks following the death of the band’s lead singer, Chester Bennington, who committed suicide on 7/20. The ’01 track “Numb” is #1 on the survey.  2017
The Band’s organist and sax player Garth Hudson enters the world. 1943
Traffic drummer/vocalist Nicola James ‘Jim’ Capaldi is born in Evesham, Worcestershire, England to Italian immigrant parents. 1944
Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner is born in Hackensack, NJ.  1951
Butch Vig (Bryan David Vig) is born. The producer Nirvana/Smashing Pumpkins) and drummer (Garbage) hails from Viroqua, WI.  1955
Vocalist Neal Morse (Neal Morse Band/Flying Colors) has a birthday.  The son of a choral director, Morse is from Van Nuys, CA.  1960
The Beatles begin one of the longest residencies in Rock n’ Roll history, as headliners at Liverpool’s Cavern Club. They give over 275 performances before the big-time beckons. 1961
Bob Dylan shows up at his ten-year high school reunion. A drunk tries to pick a fight so Dylan leaves early. 1969
Soulfly guitarist Marc Rizzo is born in Carlstadt, NJ. 1977
Billy Joel plays a concert in Leningrad. The audience carries Joel out of the theatre on their shoulders. 1987
Marilyn Manson’s former keyboard player Stephen Gregory Bier Jr. (aka Madonna Wayne Gacy) files a lawsuit charging Manson with breach of contract. Bier alleges that the singer spent band funds on a series of bizarre personal purchases, including Nazi memorabilia. “The fact that (Bier is) claiming that I’ve treated him unfairly, financially, is really ridiculous,” says Manson. 2007
Lollapalooza in Chicago could use some crowd control. Rage Against The Machine’s set has to be halted three times as singer Zack de la Rocha pleads with fans to settle down. 2008
Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe is released from a Czech Republic prison after being held for over a month. The arrest stemmed from a ’10 incident where a fan allegedly jumped on stage and got into a physical altercation with Blythe. The fan later died. Blythe was never charged and posted bail of $200,000 which was eventually upped by the court to $400,000. 2012
The Who’s Pete Townshend and several other British musicians publish a letter in The London Times supporting the Russian female Punk collective Pussy Riot, who are on trial in Moscow for protesting against the government of President Vladimir Putin. “Dissent is a right in any democracy and it is entirely disproportionate that they face seven years in jail for what we consider a preposterous charge,” reads the letter. “We believe firmly that it is the role of the artist to make legitimate political protest and fight for freedom of speech.” 2012
Black Flag co-founder Greg Ginn launches legal action against his ex-bandmates saying they have no right to tour under the name Flag. Ginn tours as Black Flag. The lawsuit also targets former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins though he has nothing to do with either lineup. 2013
Frontman Dave Grohl promises to bring the Foo Fighters to Cesena, Italy where 1,000 musicians performed the group’s “Learn To Fly” in unison. A video of the performance logs over 15-million YouTube views in three days. 2015
Queensryche guitarist Michael Wilton endorses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Sort of.  “You know, I’m kind of disappointed in both of ’em (Trump and Hillary Clinton), but if I had to choose the leader of the world, I think I’d probably want Trump.” 2016
Drummer Pete Parada states that he has been fired by The Offspring for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine.  Parada’s doctor advised him not to get a shot due to pre-existing conditions.  He had been with The Offspring for over a decade-and-a-half.  2021
Guns N’ Roses’ merchandising company, Global Merchandising, files a lawsuit to allow the seizure of bootleg T-shirts and similar items during the band’s tour. According the complaint, unnamed defendants “sell unauthorized merchandise bearing the names, logos, likenesses, trademarks and artwork of musical performers without their permission and without payment of royalties to them.” 2021
Quiet Riot announce the return of bassist Rudy Sarzo after an 18-year absence. “Rudy was one of the original founding members of the legendary ‘Metal Health’ lineup,” writes the band in a statement. The album sold over ten million copies.  2021