This Day in History: 2022-08-25

AUGUST 25th
“Born To Run” is Bruce Springsteen’s third album but his first to go platinum. 1975
More than a feeling. Boston’s self-titled debut is released. It becomes the fastest selling debut album for any American group – logging sales in excess of seventeen million copies. 1976
“Get The Knack” and the single “My Sharona” rule… #1 album, #1 single. The Knack’s biggest single has a six-week run at the top of the pop chart. 1979
The Rolling Stones “Tattoo You,” featuring the inescapable “Start Me Up,” arrives. It goes to #1. 1980
Eric Clapton’s “Unplugged” arrives. 1992
Recorded for the MTV Unplugged series the album contains an acoustic version of “Layla.”
It sells 26-million copies worldwide and even wins a Grammy.
Godsmack’s’s self-titled debut, essentially a remastered version of “All Wound Up,” a local (Boston) release, is available nationally. The multi-platinum album features the songs “Whatever,” “Keep Away” and “Voodoo.” 1998
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KISS demon Gene Simmons is born Chaim Witz in Haifa, Israel. 1949
Robert John Arthur Halford, better known as Rob Halford, has a birthday. The Judas Priest vocalist’s multi-octave range, high-pitched screams and leather-clad image (not to mention his straddling a motorcycle on stage) made him a Metal prototype. 1951
Keyboardist Geoff Downes (Yes/Asia) begins his life in Stockport, Cheshire, England. 1952
Declan Patrick McManus is born in London. Taking the most famous first name in Rock and his grandmother’s maiden name, he becomes Elvis Costello. 1954
Def Leppard guitarist, Vivian Campbell (he joined in ’92 well after Leppard’s prime), is born in Belfast. 1962
Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian has a birthday. 1966
The Beatles attend a Spiritual Regeneration League conference in Bangor, Wales to study meditation with Marharishi Mahesh Yogi. So begins the group’s relatively brief flirtation with Eastern mysticism. 1967
Powerman 5000 vocalist Spider One (Michael David Cummings) is born. 1968
Elton John plays his first U.S. show. It’s at the Troubadour in L.A. 1970
After getting bounced from the top of the Billboard 200 by Jethro Tull’s “A Passion Play,” Chicago’s “VI” returns to #1 one week later.  1973
The Allman Brothers release “Ramblin’ Man.” On the same day their “Brothers and Sisters” LP hits the charts. 1973
Rod Stewart’s solo career is taking off and bassist Tetsu Yamauchi can’t get a U.K. work permit so it’s a good time for the Faces to call it quits; which is exactly what they do. Guitarist Ron Wood eventually lands with the Rolling Stones. 1973
Billed as a “diary of life on the road,” Jackson Browne’s “Running On Empty” goes platinum (one million copies). 1978
Fleetwood Mac’s “Mirage” album goes platinum. “Hold Me” and “Gypsy” are hits. 1982
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards sign a contract with Columbia Records. The deal provides the Rolling Stones $28 million for four albums. 1983
Aerosmith release their “comeback” album “Permanent Vacation.” Featuring the songs “Rag Doll” and “Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” the album sells five-million copies in the U.S.  1987
Billy Joel and model Christie Brinkley get a divorce. Now, you knew that wasn’t going to last. 1994
Rob Zombie’s solo debut, “Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales Of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside the Spookshow International,” drops. The former White Zombie leader sees the album rise to #5 on the Billboard 200.  It goes platinum. 1998
So you don’t want to be elected anymore? Alice Cooper, criticizes the near countless number of Rock musicians supporting Democratic presidential nominee, John Kerry. Cooper, a Republican, tells Canadian Press that fans shouldn’t get their political views from musicians. “Why are we Rock stars? Because we’re morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night.” 2004
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richard lights a cigarette during a concert in Glasgow and is charged with violating the city’s anti-smoking ordinance. But Richards escapes a fine because city officials determine “the stage for the concert was not of the dimensions to be covered by the smoking ban legislation in Scotland.” Gotta figure nicotine is probably one of the least harmful drugs Richards has ever ingested. 2006
Black Label Society leader Zakk Wylde is hospitalized in Eugene, OR, suffering from blood clots in both lungs and one leg. The illness forces the band to cancel the remaining dates of their ‘Pedal To The Metal’ tour. “[I] can’t sing because pushing can cause an embolism,” writes Wylde on his Twitter page. 2009
“Halloween II” soundtrack is released containing songs by The Moody Blues (“Nights In White Satin”), MC5 (“KIck Out The Jams”) and Foghat (“I Just Want To Make Love To You”). The film, in theaters three days later, was written and directed by Rob Zombie. 2009
U2 give their first concert in Russia at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. But before the show police arrest Amnesty International activists who are handing out leaflets, and force volunteers for other non-profits, including Greenpeace Russia and U2’s own ONE Campaign Against AIDS, to leave the area. All those arrested are later released. 2010
Publisher Little, Brown and Company announce that Keith Richard’s memoir, “Life,” the critically acclaimed autobiography by the Rolling Stones guitarist, has sold over 1-million copies in less than a year since publication. 2011
Laurie McAllister (aka Laurie Hoyt), one-time bassist for the Runaways and the Orchids, passes away from asthma in Eugene, OR. She joined the Runaways in ’78 and performed on the band’s final tour. 2011
Brian May, guitarist for Queen and animal rights activist, writes an editorial in the Daily Mail, protesting the mass slaughter of badgers by the British government, due to an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis in the country. May writes that the campaign is “demonstrably unjustifiable by science.” 2012
30 Seconds To Mars take home the Best Rock Video statuette for “Up In The Air” at the MTV Video Music Awards. 2013
The Replacements play live for the first time in 22-years when they perform at the Chicago stop of Riot Fest. Their last show before breaking up in ’91 was at Grant Park, also in Chicago. 2013
Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” is voted the greatest guitar riff of all time by listeners of BBC Radio 2. The ’69 track tops a list that includes “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (Guns N’ Roses), “Back In Black” (AC/DC) and “Smoke On The Water” (Deep Purple). 2014
Glenn Danzig (Misfits and Danzig) films an episode of IFC’s Portlandia with show principals Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag). “I had a blast,” exclaims Danzig. 2015
Metallica and Mastodon are among the artists taking part in the Ten Bands One Cause project by reissuing their albums on limited edition pink vinyl to benefit Gilda’s Club NYC, an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers. 2017
Hinder file a trademark infringement lawsuit against the group’s former lead singer Austin John Winkler, claiming he unlawfully used the band’s trademark to promote his solo career after leaving Hinder in ‘13.  2017
We Came As Romans singer Kyle Pavone dies at age 28 of an “accidental overdose.” 2018
Metallica’s All Within My Hands foundation donates $50,000 to Direct Relief’s Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund following a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake twelve days earlier that left at least 2,207 people dead, more than 12,200 injured, and over 50,000 homes destroyed. 2021
Better Noise Music sues ex-Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext for copyright infringement. He is accused of encroaching on the label’s intellectual property by allegedly posting unreleased recordings and videos related to Bad Wolves without the company’s permission. The action comes weeks after Vext filed suit against the head of the label over his ouster from the band. 2021
Prosecutors decide not to move forward with criminal charges against singer Michelle Branch after her alleged assault of husband Patrick Carney of The Black Keys. Earlier, the couple revealed their separation amid Branch’s claims that Carney had been unfaithful. She then filed for divorce.  2022