This Day in History: 2022-08-06

AUGUST 6th
The Cars go platinum for the second time with their sophomore effort “Candy-O.” The Vargas cover art doesn’t hurt either. 1979
Following a long climb (52 weeks), Guns N’ Roses debut “Appetite For Destruction” is #1 on the U.S. Album Chart. 1988
“Welcome To The Jungle,” “Paradise City” and “Sweet Child ‘O Mine” are the drawing cards on GNR’s debut album.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker score their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 with “Hypnotic Eye.” It took the group a mere thirty-seven years to get to the top spot. 2014
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Rod Stewart makes his U.K. television debut as a member of the Hootchie Coo Men. 1964
The 5th National Jazz & Blues Festival in England virtually shunts aside the Jazz performers in favor of the Yardbirds, The Who and Moody Blues. 1965
The Concert For Peace in New York has Janis Joplin, Edgar Winter and Steppenwolf. The show is on the 25th anniversary of the first use of an atomic bomb-dropped on Hiroshima. 1970
Stevie Wonder is involved in a serious car accident near Winston-Salem. He’s in a coma for four days. Fortunately, he recovers. 1973
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band issues a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded By The Light.”  It goes gold.  1976
“Pink Floyd’s The Wall” premieres in New York. No dialogue, just music and disturbing images. Critics deservedly pan the surrealistic film. 1982
“American Idiot,” the lead single from Green Day’s album of the same name, is out. The song peaks at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100 but tops Modern Rock Tracks chart. 2004
Just a couple of hits shy of the big leagues. Bob Dylan launches a tour of minor-league ballparks across the U.S. Logically, the first show is in Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. 2004
“Patti Smith: Dream Of Life” opens in New York and other cities. Shot by photographer Steven Sebring between ’96 and ’07 the film captures Smith in candid moments throughout the decade. 2008
Creed’s reunion tour with their four original members kicks off in Pittsburgh. “We’re not looking at this as a reunion,” maintains vocalist Scott Stapp. “It’s more of a rebirth.” This is their first appearance since disbanding in ’02. 2009
Lamb Of God’s “VII: Sturm Und Drang” debuts at #1 on the Canadian and U.K.  charts, 2015
Jon Stewart closes out his sixteen-year run as the host of The Daily Show with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performing “Land Of Hope And Dreams” and “Born To Run.” Stewart introduces Springsteen by stating “here’s my moment of Zen.” 2015