This Day in History: 2022-09-06

SEPTEMBER 6th
On the way to selling millions and millions of copies, “Fleetwood Mac” with “Say You Love Me” and “Rhiannon” goes gold. It is the group’s first album with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. 1976

“The Dance,” with Fleetwood Mac’s most successful line-up, tops the Billboard 200.  The live album revisits the band’s hits and popular album tracks.  1997
The Darkness release “Permission To Land.” The band’s debut album tops the U.K. Album Charts but peaks only at #36 on the Billboard 200.   2003
“The Beatles 1,” a collection of singles released between ’63 and ’70, is released digitally for the first time via iTunes. The album debuts at #1 on iTunes albums charts in the U.S., Canada and around the world.  2011
“Highway Tune,” the debut single from Greta Van Fleet, is #1 on the U.S. Active and Mainstream Rock Radio charts, and #1 on the Canadian Active Rock Radio survey.  2017
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Roger Waters, Pink Floyd’s bassist-singer, is born in Surrey, England. He helps launch the group in ’65. 1944
John Lennon begins filming his role as Private Gripeweed for “How I Won The War.” The film is directed by Richard Lester who also directed The Beatles’ films “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!” 1966
Alice In Chains’ William DuVall, starts his life. He is the late Layne Staley’s replacement in the group. 1967
Eric Clapton records the guitar solo for George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” The song appears on The Beatles “White Album.” 1968
The last Jimi Hendrix concert. It’s at the “Love & Peace Festival” at Fehmarn, Germany. 1970
Late singer Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries) is born.  1971
“Red Octopus,” the second album by Jefferson Starship (a Jefferson Airplane spin-off), lands at #1 on the Billboard 200. It spends four non-consecutive weeks at the top.  Marty Balin’s “Miracles” is the standout track.  1975
One of Rod Stewart’s best performances, “Sailing,” spends the first of four weeks at #1 in the U.K. The song does next to nothing in the U.S. (#58). Go figure. 1975
ZZ Top’s good-time boogie “Tush” peaks at #20. 1975
Originally banned (or just not played because of its anti-commercialism message) by MTV, Neil Young’s “This Note`s For You” wins the MTV Best Video Award. 1989
Former Creedence Clearwater Revival rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty dies at age 48. 1990
Session keyboardist extraordinaire Nicky Hopkins passes away.  Among his more notable sessions was playing piano on the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil.  1994
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx speaks at the 18th annual National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month luncheon in Washington, DC. He discusses his struggle with drug abuse which led to writing of his memoir, “The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star.” 2007
VH1 begins a countdown of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. To no one’s surprise, The Beatles top the list. 2010
U2 play their first ever show in Istanbul, Turkey. Prior to the concert they meet Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 2010
PJ Harvey becomes the first artist to win the prestigious Mercury Prize for a second time. Harvey is honored for her album “Let England Shake.” She also won the prize in ’01 for “Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea.” The Mercury Prize is given each year to an English or Irish artist. 2011
Courtney Love fills in for Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil, who lost his voice, at the New York Fashion Week launch event at the Hiro Ballroom. Always the thoughtful mom, Love dedicates the song “Skinny Little Bitch” to her daughter Frances Bean Cobain. 2011
Coldplay takes home the Best Rock Video trophy for “Paradise” at the MTV Video Music Awards. 2012
Charles Bolfrass files papers in Manhattan Federal Court accusing Muse and their label Warner Brothers of copyright infringement, unfair trade practices and unfair competition. Bolfrass claims to have written a “cinematic science-fiction Rock opera” called Exogenesis that Muse lifted for the tracks “Exogenesis I (Overture),” “II (Cross-Pollination)” and “III (Redemption)” on the group’s ’09 album “The Resistance.” “The claim is complete nonsense, and is categorically denied,” says a Muse spokesperson. Bolfrass seeks a $3.5 million settlement. 2012
Eddie Van Halen’s emergency surgery for a life-threatening case of diverticulitis forces Van Halen to cancel a tour of Japan. 2012
“Trampled Under Foot: The Power And Excess Of Led Zeppelin,” written by British music critic Barney Hoskyns, is published. It chronicles the “parties, the fights, and the unmitigated, unapologetic bad behavior.” 2012
The Foo Fighters perform “My Hero” and “Walk” on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. 2012
“Roger Waters’ The Wall” tour documentary debuts at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film chronicles the four-year run of The Wall Live tour. 2014
“Janis: Little Girl Blue,” with Chan Marshall (Cat Power) reading Janis Joplin’s personal letters, debuts at the Venice Film Festival. 2015
Kid Rock delivers a heated political speech during his concert in Grand Rapids, MI. He’s against “deadbeat dads” and those who “take a knee” during the national anthem and concludes with “If ‘Kid Rock for Senate’ has got folks in disarray, wait ’til they hear ‘Kid Rock for President of the U.S.A.!’”  2017
“Rainier Fog,” Alice In Chains sixth studio album, is #1 Billboard’s Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts on first week sales of 31,000 equivalent album units.  2018
Blink-182 announce the cancellation of their fall tour dates because drummer Travis Barker remains unable to perform due to blood clots in his arms.  2018
Cheap Trick: This Band Has No Past” is available.  The title is a bit of a joke since the book chronicles the band’s history.  2022