This Day in History: 2022-08-13

Lynyrd Skynyrd release their debut album, “Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nerd.”  The set contains the iconic “Free Bird” and goes on to sell over 2-million copies.  1973
Cheap Trick’s breakthrough single, the exciting live version of “I Want You To Want Me” recorded at the Budokan in Tokyo, goes gold. 1979
With the availability of Tool’s music on streaming services for the first time, and in anticipation of the release of their long awaited fifth album, “Fear Inoculum,” their first in 13 years, all four Tool albums return to the Billboard Top 20 Album chart: “Ænima” #10 (pictured), “Lateralus” #16, “10,000 Days” #18 and “Undertow” #19.  2019
Drummer Pete Best begins a two year and two-day stint as The Beatles’ drummer. He is eventually sacked in favor of Ringo Starr just as The Beatles are about to crack the big time. 1960
The airplane takes off. Jefferson Airplane make their stage debut at San Francisco’s Matrix Club. 1965
“Summer In The City” begins a two-week run as the #1 song in the U.S. It’s the Lovin’ Spoonful’s only chart topper. 1966
The Clash give their first ‘official’ performance. It’s a media showcase at London’s Chalk Farm. 1976
Bachman-Turner Overdrive run out of gas and split up. 1977
Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones) and Jerry Hall divorce. Hall is awarded $25 million, saying that Jagger had been unfaithful during the entire course of their relationship. 1999
Lit’s Allen Shellenberger succumbs to brain cancer following chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Diagnosed with a malignant glioma brain tumor in ’08 the drummer passes away surrounded by family, bandmates and friends. 2009
Jimi Hendrix is inducted into the Fender Hall of Fame during the fourth annual induction ceremony. Since Hendrix and Fender are nearly inseparable it’s surprising it took so long. 2010
Metallica perform in China for the very first time when they play the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. “It is so rare for us to be able to say that we are visiting a country for the very first time, so this is an extra special announcement for us,” posts the band. 2013
Guitarist Chris Walla announces his departure from Death Cab For Cutie after seventeen years. An original member, along with Ben Gibbard, Walla fulfills tour commitments before actually leaving. 2014
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong condemns Charlottesville white nationalists.  “I f–king hate racism more than anything.” A day earlier, two opposing groups protested in response to the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Civil War general Robert E. Lee. A car driven by a white supremacist plowed into a group of people supporting the statue’s removal killing one and injuring 19 others.  2017
A collection of classic cars that belonged to late Rush drummer Neil Peart sell for a total of $3.9 million at Pebble Beach Auctions. 2021
The Cleveland based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors Machine Gun Kelly with “MGK Day.” Adding to the accolades, Cleveland’s Mayor Justin Bibb declares “Machine Gun Kelly Day” while handing Kelly a celebratory plaque outside of 27 Club Coffee (which Kelly owns).  2022