2022-08-23

AUGUST 23rd
The Beatles perform at the Hollywood Bowl. Selections from this concert and the one a year later comprise “The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl” album. 1964
“Nothing’s Shocking” from Jane’s Addiction is released. The album’s cover features two topless women with their hair on fire. Nothing’s shocking. 1988
“Be Here Now,” by Oasis, moves 696,000 copies in the first two days of its release becoming the fastest selling album in the U.K. Of course, it tops the chart. 1997
“Hail To The King,” the fifth album from Avenged Sevenfold, drops. It is first, and last, A7X album to feature drummer Arin Ilegay (who replaced the late Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan). 2013
The set goes to #1 on the Billboard 200 and reaches one-million sales (platinum level) eight-years later.
 
Halestorm’s Uncomfortable,” from its fourth album “Vicious,” tops Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. It’s the band’s fourth #1, and it ties them with The Pretty Reckless for the most chart toppers by a female-fronted act. Halestorm’s previous #1 songs are “Freak Like Me,” “Apocalyptic” and “Amen.”  2018
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
The Who’s cataclysmic drummer, Keith Moon, is born. 1946
Survivor vocalist Jimi Jamison is born in Durant, MS. 1951
Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) has a birthday. The guitarist hails from Point Pleasant, NJ. 1961
John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell in Liverpool. Lennon’s fellow Beatles, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, attend. 1962
The Beatles release “She Loves You” in the United Kingdom. It sets a British sales record remaining on the chart for thirty-one consecutive weeks. 1963
Britain’s Top Of The Pops rejects the Rolling Stones video for their song “We Love You.” They find the psychedelic-influenced clip unsuitable. 1967
Keith Moon drives a Lincoln Continental into a pool at the Holiday Inn in Flint, MI during his 21st birthday party.   The incident earns The Who a lifetime ban from the Holiday Inn chain.  1967
The Rolling Stones top the pop chart with “Honky Tonk Women.” It’s the group’s first hit with guitarist Mick Taylor (who replaced Brian Jones). 1969
The self-titled debut, “Blind Faith,” enters the U.S. album chart eventually reaching #1. With that success you’d think Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Ric Grech would give it another shot – but no. 1969
Lou Reed leaves the Velvet Underground.  The group’s final performance (for over two decades) is at New York City’s Max’s Kansas City club. 1970
The Strokes vocalist Julian Casablancas sees his first light of day. 1978
The Cars’ singer/guitarist Ric Ocasek, marries model Paulina Porizkova on the island of St. Bart’s. 1989
Duran Duran get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1770 Vine Street). 1993
Ravonettes issue “Chain Gang Of Love,” their full-length debut.  2003
Killer Queen. “Queen’s Greatest Hits” is released in Iran. Queen is the first Rock band to receive the official seal of approval in Iran even though Western music is strictly prohibited and homosexuality is considered a serious crime. Queen’s late singer, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDs in ’91, was of Iranian ancestry. 2004
The New York Supreme Court rules The Beatles may sue EMI and Capitol Records over $20 million in lost earnings. The suit which stems from a ’79 court case, claims the record labels secretly sold Beatles albums that they had incorrectly classified as destroyed or damaged. 2006
Dr. Brian May, if you please. The Queen guitarist finally earns his doctorate degree in astrophysics from London’s Imperial College. May aces a three-hour oral exam in which he discusses his thesis, “Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud.” “I’m going to be proud to call myself doctor from now on,” says May. He started work on his Ph.D 36-years earlier but was obviously sidetracked. 2007
Aerosmith’s “You Gotta Move,” from ’08’s “Honkin’ On Bobo,” is the theme song for World Wrestling Entertainment’s SummerSlam event at the Staples Center in L.A. 2009
Joan Jett files a lawsuit against a former Runaways bandmate, Jackie Fox (aka Jacqueline Fuchs –no kidding). Fox claims to own part of the group’s trademark and is trying to block the movie, “The Runaways, from being released. Jett initiates the legal action so the film can premiere on schedule. 2009
Bret Michaels (Poison) and The Today Show’s Natalie Morales host the Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas. Jimena Navarrete, Miss Mexico, is crowned Miss Universe. 2010
The Black Keys Dan Auerbach gets divorced from Stephanie Gonis. She gets a $5-million settlement. But here’s the kicker. Gonis is awarded one of Auerbach’s prized possessions… a lock of Bob Dylan’s hair. 2013
Rockastar Sports Group, with Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil, is awarded an Arena Football League expansion team franchise in Las Vegas. 2014
The Minnesota Wild hockey team announces that “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince will play every time the team scores a goal. 2016
Ted Nugent claims that Facebook is “lying” about the number of his followers due to his conservative politics.  He states he has more than seven times the 3.3 million fans that’s officially reported.    2017
Sex Pistols’ John Lydon loses his legal challenge over the right to use the band’s songs in “Pistol,” a six-episode biopic about Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. A judge rules that a longstanding contract between band members regarding song use is valid and active, and that the majority of the band (guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook) could overrule any individual (Lydon) member’s veto. 2021
Aerosmith and Universal Music Group (UMG) announce an expansive worldwide alliance covering the group’s entire discography, merchandise and audio-video projects. One goal is to promote the band’s musical legacy to new generations.  2021