April 22, 2024

This Day in History: 2024-09-07

SEPTEMBER 7th

The Doors third album “Waiting For The Sun” tops the Billboard 200.  The set contains the hit “Hello, I Love You” plus “Unknown Solider” and “We Could Be So Good Together.”  1968

In an odd twist, the song “Waiting For The Sun” is not on this album but rather a later one, “Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Cafe.”

“…And Justice For All” is the fourth studio album by Metallica. The multi-platinum set is the group’s first full studio album with bassist Jason Newsted, following the death of Cliff Burton in ’86. 1988

Linkin Park’s “Shadow Of The Day” is named the Best Rock Video at the MTV Video Music Awards in L.A. Clip director and Linkin Park DJ Joseph Hahn and singer Chester Bennington are on hand to accept the trophy. 2008

“No More,” the third single from Disturbed’s “Evolution,” #1 on Billboards Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart.  It’s the band’s seventh straight chart topper.  2019

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Buddy Holly enters the world. True, Holly did not look like a Rock n’ Roll star with his skinny frame and horn-rimmed glasses. But looks can be deceiving. All Holly did, over his twenty-two months of fame, was write and record groundbreaking Rock n’ Roll that influenced the next generation and beyond. 1936

The Pretenders’ frontwoman and driving force, Chrissie Hynde, is born in Akron, OH. 1951

Benmont Tench, keyboards for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, has a birthday. 1954

The late LeRoi Moore, sax player and founding member of the Dave Matthews Band, is born in Dunn, NC. 1961

The Zombies release their haunting “She’s Not There.” 1964

Billed as “The New Yardbirds” (to fulfill the Yardbirds contractual obligations), Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham play their first show together at the Gladsaxe Teen Club in Copenhagen, Denmark. The band becomes Led Zeppelin. 1968

Elton John plays the Hollywood Bowl. He is introduced to the 25,000 in attendance by porn-star Linda Lovelace. That by itself is worth the price of admission. 1973

The Who’s legendary drummer Keith Moon dies at age 31 before he has a chance to get old. The spectacular drummer overdoses on Hemenephirin which was supposed to help him battle his long-term alcohol problem. Turns out the cure is worse than the disease. 1978

INXS clean up at the 5th annual MTV Video Music Awards in Universal City, CA. “Need You Tonight” earns trophies for Best Video, Best Group, Breakthrough Video and Viewer’s Choice. 1988

John Mellencamp’s “Human Wheels” is released. The album reaches #7 in the U.S. 1993

White Zombie’s “More Human Than Human” wins the Best Hard Rock Video statue at the 12th MTV Video Music Awards in New York. R.E.M. get the lifetime achievement award while, at the other end of the spectrum, Hootie & The Blowfish earn the Best New Artist Video for “Hold My Hand.” 1995

Rage Against The Machine’s Tim Commerford climbs the set during the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) to protest Limp Bizkit getting the Best Rock Video trophy for “Break Stuff.” 2000

In what may have been the last time the World Trade Center was used as a backdrop, Ryan Adams films the video for his song “New York, New York” near the Brooklyn Bridge with the WTC in the background. The WTC is destroyed by terrorist (flying commercial jet planes into both buildings) four days later. 2001

Coldplay’s “A Rush Of Blood To The Head” is the #1 album in eleven countries – but not in the U.S. where it peaks at #5.   2002

Singer/songwriter Warren Zevon succumbs to lung cancer at the age of 56. He is best remembered for ’70s hit “Werewolves Of London” and writing “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me.” 2003

Jon Bon Jovi marks the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by visiting a Manhattan firehouse to pay tribute to firefighters. He performs “America The Beautiful” which is taped by NBC for their football season kick off show. 2011

MoneyBag soda announces it has shipped over 1-million bottles. Launched in ’18 by KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons the sodas are produced in cooperation with Rock Steady Sodas Inc.  2022

Ghost‘s single “Mary On A Cross” is certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) for accumulating one million certified units. A slowed down version is also a hit on TikTok (over one billion views).  2023