This Day in History: 2022-08-09

Blind Faith (Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Rick Grech) release their only album, “Blind Faith.” Clapton and Baker came from Cream while Winwood was a key member of the Spencer Davis Group (“Gimmie Some Lovin’”) and Traffic.  They are a very short-lived supergroup. 1969
Staind release “Chapter V,” which becomes their third-straight studio album to reach #1 on the US Billboard 200. More than 10,000 people turn out at Boston’s City Hall Plaza to catch a free 75-minute concert celebrating the album’s arrival. 2005
Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” surpasses one billion streams on Spotify. As the third single from GN’R’s debut album, “Appetite For Destruction,” it topped Billboard’s Hot 100 becoming the band’s only #1 U.S. single. 2021
Third Eye Blind bassist Arion Salazar is born in Oakland, California. 1972
The Mutt Lange produced “Back In Black” tops the U.K. chart. It’s AC/DC’s first album with vocalist Brian Johnson. 1980
Survivor’s “Eye Of The Tiger” goes gold. The song is the theme for the Rocky III film. 1982
Queen headlines the Knebworth Park Festival in England. It turns out to be singer Freddie Mercury’s last performance with the band. 1986
“Live Forever” is the first Oasis single to crack the U.K. Top 10. Later, during a Newcastle (England) Oasis concert an audience member rushes the stage and punches Noel Gallagher. Noel, and brother Liam (the band’s vocalist), jump into the crowd in pursuit of the assailant. The concert is cancelled. Angry fans wreck the group’s van and Noel goes to the hospital. What will they do for an encore? 1994
While at a drug treatment center, Grateful Dead leader/guitarist/main force Jerry Garcia, goes to a better place (the great beyond). 1995
Having decided that day to call themselves Halestorm Lzzy Hale and her brother Arejay play their first show under that moniker.  It’s at the Schuylkill County talent show in PA. 1997
Eric Clapton is inducted into Rockwalk on Sunset Boulevard during a private ceremony. Clapton’s career spans the Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith and over 30 years as a solo artist. Rockwalk was established in ’85 to honor musicians who have made a significant musical contribution. 2004
Beastie Boys play their first-ever gig in Brooklyn. “When we came up none of the clubs (were) really in Brooklyn,” says Mike D. “My theory is that they didn’t really want to have Hip-Hop functions because they figured it would just end badly.” 2007
Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill is injured in Boston when the band’s tour bus stops abruptly to avoid hitting a pedestrian. Followill’s three broken ribs force concert postponements. 2014
Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine drives the honorary pace car at the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International in New York. 2015
Kid Rock, an ardent supporter of President Trump, takes aim at pop singer and anti-Trump adherent, Taylor Swift on Twitter claiming she “wants to be a democrat because she wants to be in movies… period. And it looks like she will suck the doorknob of Hollyweird to get there.”  The response from female celebrities ranges from Sheryl Crow telling him to “spread love, not hate” to model Chrissy Teigen calling him “pathetic.”  “Hey Kid – The 50’s called – they want their sexist, outdated thinking back,” is another Twitter response.  2019
“South Park,” celebrates its 25th anniversary with a two-day event at the Red Rocks Amphitheater (CO) featuring Primus, the band who wrote and recorded the animated show’s theme song.  Primus also backs Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson for a version of “Closer To The Heart.”  2022