This Day in History: 2022-08-15

Woodstock Music & Arts Fair: Three days of love, peace and understanding gets underway. Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Ten Years After, Crosby. Stills & Nash and Joe Cocker perform. 1969
Boston’s sophomore LP “Don’t Look Back” hits the charts. 1978
Led by the title track, the album sells over one million copies in ten days, on its way to moving over 7-million units.
Crossfade’s ’04 self-titled album is certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. “Our fans include all these young girls who think Ed (singer Ed Sloan) is hot and their dads who like our music,” says bassist Mitch James. 2005
Breaking Benjamin’s third album, “Phobia,” sells 125,000 copies in its first week to reach #2 on the Billboard 200 chart. “We kind of tried to bridge the gap between the first and second records,” says bassist Mike James. “A lot of our hard-core fans missed the heaviness and rawness of the first record.” 2006
Buddy Holly gets married. The bride is Maria Elena Santiago. They secretly marry at his parent’s home in Lubbock, TX. 1958
At Liverpool’s Cavern Club, Pete Best plays his last show with the Beatles. Of course, he unaware he’s about to be sacked in favor of Ringo Starr. 1962
The thinking must have gone “if The Beatles can make a great movie so can other Brit Invasion groups.” MGM signs the Dave Clark Five to a movie contract. The tepid (not bad) “Having A Wild Weekend” is the result. 1964
The Beatles set the mark for the largest audience at a single-act Rock concert with their appearance at New York’s Shea Stadium. 56,000 show up. 1965
Peter Gabriel announces he’s leaving Genesis. He wants more time with his family but suggests the group is dragging him down creatively. 1975
Led Zeppelin present their eighth and final studio album “In Through The Out Door.”  Though hardly top-drawer Zeppelin, the last album released while drummer John Bonham is still alive, sells over 6-million copies in the U.S.  1979
George Harrison (The Beatles) publishes his autobiography “I, Me, Mine.” 1980
“Precious Time,” Pat Benatar’s third album, is #1 on the Billboard 200.  1981
The Police’s most popular song, “Every Breath You Take,” is certified gold by the record industry. 1983
Ozzy Osbourne’s “Blizzard Of Ozz,” “No Rest For The Wicked” and “Tribute” are certified multi-platinum sellers. Leading the pack is Ozzy’s solo debut “Blizzard Of Ozz,” a quadruple platinum album (4-million in sales). 1997
“Heavier Than Heaven” is published. The result of over 400 interviews, the Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) biography was written by Charles R. Cross. 2001
United National Insurance Company sues to avoid paying court costs Limp Bizkit accrued defending itself from wrongful-death claims. A 16-year-old fan was crushed during the 2001 Big Day Out festival in Sydney, Australia. The case against the group was dismissed. The insurance company says it doesn’t have to cover the band’s legal fees because vocalist Fred Durst incited the crowd during the performance. 2005
System Of A Down team up with Amnesty International to call for the release of 30-year-old Christian evangelical church singer Helen Berhane. She is being detained in the African nation of Eritrea. “I’ve been a member of Amnesty for a long time and I appreciate what Amnesty does,” says SOAD vocalist Serj Tankian. 2005
Disturbed vocalist David Draiman goes under the knife to repair a deviated septum caused by three previous broken noses. The condition adversely affected the singer’s voice, forcing the band to cancel a number of gigs. 2006
Disappointed that 30 Seconds To Mars has failed or refused to deliver contracted albums, Virgin Records sues the band and frontman Jared Leto for $30 million. 2008
Marilyn Manson announce that former Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland has joined the group. Borland plays his first show with the band in Seoul, Korea. 2008
The Silversun Pickups issue a cease-and-desist letter demanding that Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign immediately stop the use of the group’s song “Panic Switch.” No problem. Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul writes in an email that the song was inadvertently played during the setup for an event before Romney arrived. 2012
“Gene Simmons Family Jewels” is canceled by A&E after seven seasons. The show chronicled the life of the KISS bassist and his family. Simmons’ business commitments, including a KISS tour, are listed among the reasons for the cancellation. 2012
“Rats,” from Ghost, enters its seventh consecutive week as the #1 song on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. The single is the longest-running #1 of the year on the chart. “Rats” accumulates over 25-million streams. 2018
A Pearl Jam poster promoting a Missoula concert depicts the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at President Donald Trump’s skeleton. The National Republican Senate Committee and Montana Senate candidate Matt Rosendale condemn the poster. PJ bassist Jeff Ament, the “sole conceptualist” for the artwork, says the role of an artist is to make people think and feel, and the current administration has people thinking and feeling.  2018
Metallica: The $24.95 Book” is available.  It looks at Metallica’s “cultural significance, with chapters devoted to each member, each album, touring, fashion, books, film, influences, fandom, history, and more, exploring the band’s ideologies along the way.”  2021
Rage Against The Machine reveal on Twitter that they’ve raised $1 million for charity during a five-night stand at Madison Square Garden. The money is donated to the Immigrant Defense Project, WhyHunger, Neighbors Together and to The Campaign Against Hunger in New York City.  2022