This Day in History: 2022-08-03

August 3rd
Stevie Wonder releases his 16th studio album, “Innervisions.” The set is known for the tracks “Higher Ground,” “Living For The City” and “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing.”  1973
Def Leppard release “Hysteria.” The band’s fourth studio album sells over 20 million copies worldwide, including 12 million in the US, and goes to #1 on The Billboard 200.  1987
“Tuesday Night Music Club” is the debut album from singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow. Containing the hit single, “All I Wanna Do,” the album sells over 5-million copies. 1993
Billboard magazine reports that Jack White’s album “Lazaretto” has sold 60,000 vinyl copies (25% of its 238,000 total) to become the biggest selling vinyl LP of the year, and the biggest mover of any year since Pearl Jam’s “Vitalogy” in ’94. 2014
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Metallica’s James Hetfield is born in L.A. 1963
Ed Roland has a birthday.   He is best known as the lead vocalist and primary songwriter for Collective Soul.  1963
The Beatles play their farewell performance at Liverpool’s Cavern Club. They made a total of 274 appearances at the venue. 1963
Light on material for their third album, “Waiting For The Sun,” The Doors resurrect an early demo called “Hello, I Love You.” The re-recorded version is #1 in the U.S. 1968
Paul McCartney announces the formation of Wings with ex-Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine. Of course, Paul’s wife Linda is also onboard (keyboards/backing vocals – sort of).  1971
Ringo Starr gets a gold record for the best song of his solo career, “It Don’t Come Easy.” 1971
The Knack’s “Get The Knack” and the song “My Sharona” top the album and singles charts. 1979
Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days,” from his “Born In The U.S.A.” album, peaks at #5. 1985
Power Station’s “Get It On” reaches #9 on the U.S. pop chart. That’s one position higher than the T-Rex (with Marc Bolan) original in ’72 – when the song was known as “(Bang A Gong) Get It On.” 1985
The Stone Temple Pilots’ debut album, “Core,” lands at #3 on the U.S. album chart. 1993
Dave Matthews Band’s “Busted Stuff” goes to #1 on the Billboard 200.  2002
Audioslave’s Tom Morello and System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian lend their names to the World Can’t Wait organization’s full-page ad in The New York Times opposing President George W. Bush’s policies. 2006
Arthur Lee, frontman for the influential late ’60s group Love (best known for their album “Forever Changes”), dies at age 61 in Memphis, TN, following a bout with leukemia. There had been a New York benefit concert for Lee only weeks earlier. 2006
Felony drug charges against ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler are dismissed by a Los Angeles judge after Adler finishes a court-ordered narcotics program. Adler’s lawyer says that the case’s outcome is “about the best you can get.” 2009
The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie” knocks the Foo Fighters’ “Walk” from the #1 slot on the Billboard Rock Songs chart. The song is the lead single from RHCP’s tenth studio album, “I’m With You.” On the Alternative Songs chart, “The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie” is #2, behind “Walk.” 2011
Another one bites the dust. It’s revealed that No Doubt singer and The Voice star Gwen Stefani has filed for divorce from Bush mainman Gavin Rossdale due to irreconcilable differences. The couple married in ’02. 2015
The Red Hot Chili Peppers single “Dark Necessities” is their 13th #1 hit on the Billboard Modern Rock chart, and also their 14th chart topper on the Alternative chart. A record.  2016
Alkaline Trio launches their first tour in three years.  The band, largely inactive since guitarist Matt Skiba replaced Tom DeLonge in Blink-182, starts the trek in Dallas.  2018
KISS frontman Paul Stanley takes to Twitter to call out the bias on cable news channels stating the “poisonous bickering & slanted distortions on both sides” is dividing the country. “How can we form educated points of view when we’re not getting the unbiased truth? We don’t need networks pushing opinions. We need accuracy. We need facts.”  2022
Metallica launch a “Hellfire Club” merchandise line inspired by the Metallica-loving Eddie Munson who wears a “Hellfire Club” t-shirt on Season 4 of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” series.  2022