May 19, 2024

This Day in History: 2024-08-10


Creamwheelsoffire.jpegCream’s double album (one studio and the other live) is #1 on the Billboard 200.  The album is known for “White Room” and a live version of “Crossroads” (Eric Clapton vocals).  1968

Red Hot Chili Peppers release their debut self-titled album.  The original line-up is Anthony Kiedis (vocals) and Flea (bass), Hillel Slovak (guitar) and Cliff Martinez (who was soon replaced by future Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons).  1984

While the set failed to chart it is recognized as the first Funk Metal album.

Alter Bridge (guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall, all formerly of Creed, and vocalist Myles Kennedy) issue their debut set, “One Day Remains.” 2004


Jethro Tull’s vocalist/flutist, Ian Anderson, has a birthday. 1947

Stevie Wonder scores a #1 hit with “Fingertips (Pt. II)” 1963

Todd Nichols of Toad The Wet Sprocket has a birthday. 1967

The trial of Doors singer Jim Morrison begins. He faces numerous charges (lewd and obscene behavior) resulting from a ’69 Miami concert. Morrison is found guilty but files an appeal which is still pending at the time of the singer’s death less than a year later. 1970

Guitarist-songwriter Aaron Kamin (The Calling) has a birthday. He’s a native of Studio City, CA. 1977

Bryan Adams “Reckless” is #1 on the Billboard 200.  The album, which goes on to sell over 12-million copies contains “Run To You,” “Heaven” and “Somebody.”  1985

Michael Jackson pulls off the deal of the century. For a mere $47.5 million he buys ATV Music right out from under Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, who bid less. The ATV catalog includes 250 Lennon/McCartney songs. 1985

Simon LeBon’s sailboat capsizes during a race. The Duran Duran singer, a sailing enthusiast, and members of his 24-person crew, are rescued by the Royal Navy. 1985

Guitarist Paul “Bonehead” Arthur leaves Oasis.  1999

All his taste is in his mouth. Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx announces a new line of high-end menswear. Sixx teams with Kelly Gray, a former executive of the luxury women’s apparel company St. John Knits, for the Royal Underground brand. The line features $100 T-shirts and $900 cashmere sweaters. 2006

Three Days Grace launch a series of free concerts, called Three Days To Change, at select rehab centers and treatment facilities. It starts in Orem, UT. Singer Adam Gontier shares his own experiences as a recovering addict. 2006

Jet’s Nic Cester collapses during a London concert and is rushed to a nearby hospital. The band’s website says the singer is “suffering from dehydration and severe low blood pressure.” But just two days later, Cester is back on stage with the band performing an acoustic set. “Nic is resilient and doesn’t like to cancel a show,” says bassist Mark Wilson. 2009

Black Label Society released their eighth studio album, “Order Of The Black.” The album sells 33,000 copies in the U.S. during its first week to land at #4 on the Billboard 200.  2010

Nickelback guitarist Ryan Peake and his wife, Treana Peake, founder of the Obakki Foundation, participate in the South Sudan Basic Needs Challenge. Over a five-day period, they undertake a series of challenges focused on the necessities of food, water and shelter. Their experiences are shared online. The Obakki Foundation has built or rehabilitated over 700 water wells in the South Sudan. 2015

W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless undergoes successful surgery to treat two herniated discs and a broken vertebra.  He was injured during the European leg of W.A.S.P.‘s 40th-anniversary tour. 2023