This Day in History: 2023-08-27

AUGUST 27th

The acoustic “My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue)” is released as a single. The Neil Young song is famous for the line “it’s better to burn out than to fade away.” A Rock version, titled “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black),” is on the B-side. Both songs are on the live “Rust Never Sleeps” album. 1979

Featuring the song “Even Flow,” Pearl Jam release “Ten.” The album spends a total of 264 weeks on the Billboard charts. 1991

Pearl Jam’s “No Code” arrives. It goes straight to #1 on the Billboard 200. 1996

Staind’s five studio album, “Chapter V,” is #1 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales on 185,000 copies.  The lead single is “Right Here.” 2005

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No fudging on the age. Vanilla Fudge bassist/vocalist, Tim Bogert, is born. In addition to the Fudge, Bogert was in Cactus, and Beck, Bogert & Appice (that’s the one with Jeff Beck and fellow ex-Fudge drummer Carmine). 1944

Alexander Zivojinovich is born in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada. He grows up to become Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson. 1953

Glen Matlock, the Sex Pistols original bassist, has a birthday. He gets tossed in favor of Sid Vicious. 1956

The Beatles and Elvis Presley meet at the latter’s L.A. home. By all accounts an awkward meeting with John Lennon suggesting Elvis go back to playing Rock n’ Roll like he did in the ’50s. Sound advice. 1965

The Beatles manager Brian Epstein is found dead in his locked bedroom from what is ruled as an “accidental overdose of sleeping pills.” The Beatles are with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi when they hear the news. The Maharishi offers words of comfort dismissing the physical world as unimportant. 1967

Eve 6 guitarist/vocalist, Jon Siebels, is born. 1979

Making a public disturbance, peeing on the floor, verbally abusing a flight attendant and (worst of all) smoking in a non-smoking section, gets Gun N’ Roses Izzy Stradlin arrested at the Phoenix airport. The band’s publicist dismisses the incident as just Izzy’s way of “expressing himself.” The guitarist pleads guilty a couple months later, pays a fine and gets probation. 1989

Blues guitar great Stevie Ray Vaughn dies in a helicopter crash while on tour with Eric Clapton. 1990

John Mellencamp and Me’Shell Ndegeocello’s remake of Van Morrison’s “Wild Night” lands at #4 on the pop chart. 1994

Staind’s “The Illusion Of Progress” debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200. Despite moving 92,000 copies, it’s the first of the group’s last four albums not to debut at #1. 2008

Welcome to the jungle. Kevin Cogill, a 27-year-old blogger, is arrested by the FBI for leaking tracks from Guns N’ Roses long-overdue “Chinese Democracy” album online. Cogill is taken into custody at his home in Culver City, CA, on “suspicion of violating federal copyright laws.” 2008

Van Halen’s David Lee Roth calls out a fan for throwing a beer can onstage during the band’s concert in Camden, NJ. “In a younger day, I would’ve promised I would’ve slept with his girlfriend,” says Roth. “At this point in my career, the roughest, most f***ed insult I could probably make to this guy is that I probably already have slept with his wife.” 2015

Guns N’ Roses play the first-ever Rock concert in Las Vegas’s Allegiant Stadium (home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders). The show is part of the band’s U.S. tour.  2021

“Holy Fvck,” the eighth studio album Demi Lovato, is #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart. The album also debuts at #7 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 33,000 album-equivalent units, marking Lovato’s eighth consecutive Top 10 album.  2022