This Day in History: 2022-08-12

“Metallica” (aka “The Black Album”) is out. The group’s fifth studio album contains “Enter Sandman” and “The Unforgiven.” Staying on the Billboard 200 for 307 weeks, the album sells over 30 million copies worldwide. 1991
Dire Straits’ leader Mark Knopfler is born. 1949
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham play together in a London studio for the first time.  The first song is a cover of Johnny Burnette’s “Train Kept A-Rollin’.”  It sounds promising.  The musicians later decide to call themselves Led Zeppelin.  1968
Janis Joplin performs her final concert at Harvard University.  The show closes with her version of Gershwin’s “Summertime.” Joplin fatally overdoses on heroin less than two months later.  1970
Bad Company’s “Can’t Get Enough” is released. 1974
“The Last Temptation Of Christ” opens. David Bowie plays Pontius Pilate. 1988
A cover of Ian Hunter’s “Once Bitten Twice Shy” puts Great White into the Top 10 (#5) on the pop chart. 1989
Neil Young begins a U.S. tour with Soundgarden as the opening act. 1993
MTV airs the Fleetwood Mac reunion concert that was filmed on a Warner soundstage in Burbank months earlier. 1997
Scott Weiland, frontman for Stone Temple Pilots, pleads guilty to felony heroin possession and is sentenced to three months in a drug treatment facility and three-year’s probation. The judge tells Weiland to “Please get your life together.”  1998
Green Day debut the song “American Idiot” on Madden NFL 2005, the football video game. 2004
Ozzy Osbourne announces he will no longer headline Ozzfest. “After 10 years, the Ozzfest’s name and reputation has been established,” says Osbourne in an online statement. Plagued by voice/throat problems while fronting Black Sabbath on an ’05 trek, Osbourne says he will only play selected Ozzfest dates in the future. 2005
Long time indie band, Sleater-Kinney, go on ‘indefinite hiatus’ following a show at Portland’s (OR) Crystal Ballroom. 2006
Guitarist and innovator, Les Paul, dies of complications from pneumonia at age 94. His development of the electric guitar (the ‘Gibson Les Paul’ is one of Rock’s most popular guitars) and multi-track recording techniques had a profound impact on Rock music. 2009
The Who perform “Baba O’ Riley” and “My Generation” during the closing ceremonies of the London Olympics. In the U.S., NBC decides not to broadcast The Who or other acts. Instead, they offer a commercial-free airing of a new show called “Animal Practice.” 2012
Blur headline a show at Hyde Park. The concert is “for the human beings celebrating the Games and not the corporations behind it,” says frontman Damon Albarn. 2012
Glenn Danzig’s trademark infringement lawsuit against former bandmate Jerry Only is thrown out of court. The Misfits founder alleged that Only signed deals with retailers insisting he was the sole owner of the rights “for everything Misfits-related.” Judge Gary Klausner dismisses the suit, stating that Danzig could not prove his case. 2014
KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are featured in the AMC series, “4th And Loud.” The 10-episode series chronicles the pair’s Arena Football League team, the L.A. KISS. 2014
The Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols) version of “My Way,” originally recorded by Frank Sinatra, is used in a Honda commercial to promote their TLX sedan luxury automobile. 2014
North York Community Council in Toronto approves changing the name of Willowdale Park to the Lee Lifeson Art Park, after Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. The renaming acknowledges the musicians’ contributions to their hometown’s culture and the community. Lee says he and Lifeson are “humbly honored.” 2014
Impact Ventures, the parent company of TNA Wrestling and Impact Wrestling, announce the appointment of Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) as its president. Corgan, a major wrestling fan, is responsible for leading day-to-day operations for Impact and its affiliated brands.  2016
Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again is heard in a Walmart in a “Back To School” commercial.  2016
The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) debuts the exclusive presentation of It’s Alive! Classic Horror And Sci-Fi Art From The Kirk Hammett Collection.” Hammett, Metallica’s lead guitarist, is an avid collector of classic horror and sci-fi movie posters. 2017
Canadian cannabis and fertilizer company Invictus states that Gene Simmons (KISS) has left his position as the company’s “chief evangelist officer.”  He joined the company in March ‘18 and continues to be an Invictus shareholder. “I have enjoyed my time with Invictus,” says Simmons. “I remain a big fan!”  2019
Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson says he has tested positive for COVID-19 after being vaccinated.  He abruptly postpones a spoken-word tour when a member of his immediate household contracts the novel coronavirus.  2021
Shinedown vocalist Brent Smith donates $10,000 to Spiritbox to help cover expenses related to an aborted tour with Limp Bizkit.  A planned four-week trek was scrapped after three shows due to COVID-19 leaving Spiritbox with bills but no revenue.  2021
Singer Michelle Branch files for divorce from Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, just days after cheating allegations and her domestic assault (of Carney) arrest. She states irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.  2022