2022-09-03

SEPTEMBER 3rd
Judas Priest roll out their 12th album “Painkiller.” The set, which marks the debut of drummer the debut of drummer Scott Travis, enters the Billboard album chart at #26 on its way to moving more than 2-million units worldwide.  1990
Linkin Park’s “Breaking The Habit” takes over the top spot on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart replacing Three Days Grace’s “Just Like You.” “Breaking The Habit” also tops the Modern Rock Tracks. 2004
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The Beach Boys’ Al Jardine is born in Lima, OH. He’s the only original member who isn’t a cousin or a brother. 1942
Mike Harrison, vocalist for Spooky Tooth, has a birthday.  1945
One of Thin Lizzy’s founding members, guitarist Eric Bell, is born. 1947
Grand Funk Railroad’s drummer, Don Brewer, has a birthday. He sings the lead on the band’s major hit “We’re An American Band.” 1948
Never mind the bollocks – it’s Steve Jones’ birthday! The Sex Pistols’ guitarist is born in London. 1955
The Cure’s Perry Bamonte starts his life in London. 1960
A sort of Psychedelic Folk song, “Sunshine Superman,” is #1. It’s the title track from Donovan’s third album. 1966
Heart records the awesome “Barracuda.” 1977
Sum 41 bassist Cone McCaslin (Jason Paul McCaslin) is born in North York, Ontario.  1980
The US Festival in San Bernadino, California draws 400,000. The three-day festival features, the Police, the Cars, Jackson Browne, David Edmunds, the Ramones, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and the Grateful Dead. This shindig is financed by Steve Wozniak of Apple Computer fame. 1982
“Powerslave,” the follow-up to “The Number Of The Beast,” is unleashed.  The Iron Maiden album, like its predecessor, goes platinum (one million sales).  1984
John Mellencamp and Me’shell Ndegeocello’s remake of Van Morrison’s “Wild Night” gets up to #3 on the charts. 1994
The battle for hearts and minds… and money continues. Facing rampant downloading, Universal Music, the world’s largest record company, announces they are cutting their CD list price in an effort to boost sales. 2003
Slipknot’s “All Hope Is Gone” moves 239,000 units in its first week of release to become the group’s first #1 debut on the Billboard 200. Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus” sits at #3 (behind Rapper Game’s “LAX.”). 2008
The Martin Scorsese-directed documentary “George Harrison: Living In The Material World” makes its world premiere at the 38th annual Telluride Film Festival. Five-years-in-the-making, the lengthy (over 3 hours) two-part documentary coincides with the 10-year anniversary of Harrison’s death in ’01 from lung cancer. 2011
Noel Gallagher (Oasis) receives the Icon Award at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London. 2013
Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson receives the Prog God Award at the Progressive Music Awards in London. “The innocent voyage of restless souls: that’s Prog Rock,’ says Anderson. ‘Sometimes bombastic, self-indulgent and worse, it is also an honest, gut-felt reaction to the often simplistic and repetitive nature of much of Pop and Rock.” 2013
Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks is named the Prog God at the Progressive Music Awards in London. 2015
Walter Becker, Steely Dan guitarist and co-founder (with Donald Fagen).  2017
“Eden: A Skillet Graphic Novel,” a graphic novel based on a story idea created by Skillet frontman John Cooper is published by ZZ Comics. “I wrote a concept and some themes that I would want to say — and we were off to the races,” Cooper explains.  2019
Iron Maiden’s seventeenth studio album, “Senjutsu,” drops.  Maiden’s first full-length effort in nearly six years subsequently tops the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart. 2021
Whitechapel officially name Alex Rüdinger as their new drummer. Rüdinger is the ninth person, in 15-years, to sit behind the kit, either on a live, studio session or full-time basis. He originally signed on as the band’s live drummer in ‘19. 2021
Blink-182 bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus says he has finished his chemotherapy treatment for stage 4-A diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.  He adds the chemo “did the trick.” Hoppus began chemo treatment five months earlier.  2021
Virginia Tech’s use of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” as entrance music into Lane Stadium shows up on seismograph readings. 65,000 football fans shake the earth before the Hokies upset 17-10 victory over #10 North Carolina.  2021