This Day in History: 2022-09-09

John Lennon’s solo career peaks early with the release of the “Imagine” album. 1971
R.E.M.’s “New Adventures In Hi-Fi” arrives.  It debuts at #2 on the U.S. Album Chart and goes on to sell seven-million units.1996
John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Willie Nelson headline Farm Aid – A Homegrown Festival on Randall’s Island in New York. The event promotes family farms and features urban growers. “Farm Aid is a force for change that works hard to keep farmers on the land so that we’ll have good food on our tables,” says Mellencamp. 2007
Iron Butterfly leader, singer, songwriter and organist, Doug Ingle, is born. He is the one who wrote and sang “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.” 1946
Doobie Brothers guitarist John McFee begins his life. 1950
Elvis Presley makes the first of three appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. He is shown from the waste up so his gyrations don’t offend. The power still comes through. 1956
Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” is lodged at #3 on the pop chart. 1957
The Beatles get the final version of Paul McCartney’s “Helter Skelter” recorded. After the 18th take, Ringo Starr flings his drumsticks across the studio and screams, “I got blisters on me fingers!,” which is included on the song’s stereo mix. The song appears on “The Beatles” aka “The White Album.” 1968
Peaking at #3 on the Billboard Album Chart is “Closer To The Edge” by Yes. 1972
Slade’s “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” is #1 in the U.K. Slade is definitely a British thing. 1972
Guitarist Marcos Curiel has a birthday. The San Diego native subsequently co-founds P.O.D. in ’92.  1974
Wings launch a 13-month world tour that is seen by over two-million fans. 1975
During a Rolling Stone magazine interview, Elton John publicly discloses he is bisexual. The article is published the following month.  1976
Concert promoter Sid Bernstein (he put on The Beatles Shea Stadium shows) takes out a full-page ad in the New York Times in hopes of luring The Beatles to reunite. They don’t bite. 1976
Foreigner’s sophomore album, “Double Vision” peaks at #3 on the U.S. chart. 1978
Warrant ascends to #4 on the Hot 100 with “Heaven.” 1989
It’s the MTV Music Awards! Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” wins Best Alternative Music Video and Best New Artist Video. The group performs “Lithium.” Krist Novoselic launches his bass skyward only to have it land on him. Later, frontman Kurt Cobain gets into a backstage argument with Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses). As all this is happening, the Best Video Award goes to Van Halen for “Right Now” and the Red Hot Chili Peppers earn the Viewer’s Choice trophy for “Under The Bridge.” 1992
Don’t do me like that. Tom Petty’s 22-year marriage ends. Wife Jane files for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences.” 1996
Things they don’t teach you in law school. Ex-Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten appears on the Judge Judy TV show. If that’s not absurd enough, Rotten is accused of using a head-butt to resolve a contract dispute. 1998
Foo Fighters and U2 perform on “Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast.” The live one-hour benefit special to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina airs on NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, UPN and the WB. 2005
Kid Rock gets into a dust up with Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee at the MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas. The former spouses of ‘actress’ Pamela Anderson exchange words before Rock throws a punch (according to witnesses) sending Lee to the turf. Rock also takes a blow when he is slapped with a misdemeanor battery charge. The following month the Clark County District Attorney’s Office decides not to pursue any charges against Rock after Lee himself requests that Rock not be prosecuted for the incident. 2007
On a more pleasant note, Fall Out Boy wins Best Group honor at the MTV Video Music Awards. But this is overshadowed by pop singer Britney Spears. She stumbles through the show opener and that’s the big news (figures). 2007
Founding Outlaws guitarist-singer Hughie Thomasson dies after apparently suffering a heart attack at his home in Brooksville, FL. Thomasson, 55 years old, was also a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd from ’96 to ’05. 2007
John Mellencamp performs at a $1,000-a-plate benefit event in New York City to raise funds for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the site of the World Trade Center. “The hope is that this national memorial will remind us… about how much we all have in common and at stake,” says Mellencamp. 2008
Peter Buck’s signature Rickenbacker guitar is stolen after an R.E.M. concert in Helsinki, Finland. Buck used the guitar both live and in-studio since ’82. R.E.M. offers a “no questions asked” reward for the guitar’s return. 2008
Scott Weiland plays a free show at the Roxy in West Hollywood to celebrate the debut of the clothing line he designed (with Christopher Wicks) for English Laundry. 2009
John Mellencamp is one of the recipients of the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is specifically recognized for his contributions as a songwriter. The AMA Honors & Awards event at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. 2010
“We Need To Talk About Kevin” premieres at the Toronto Film Festival. The score was composed by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood (who also composed tracks for “There Will Be Blood” and “Norwegian Wood”). 2011
Paul McCartney is the world’s richest singer according to Celebrity Net Worth. At $800 million, the former Beatle has $200 million more than U2’s Bono, who comes in second. 2012
KISS perform at the Fashion Rocks show during Fashion Week in New York City. 2014
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and his daughter Theodora Richards publish “Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar,” which was inspired by Richards’ grandfather. The younger Richards illustrated the children’s book. 2014
Former Primal Scream guitarist Robert ‘Throb’ Young dies at age 49 at his home in Sussex, UK. He was in the group from ’84 to ’06. 2014
“The Diary Of Jane,” the lead single from Breaking Benjamin’s third album, “Phobia,” is certified 2× platinum in the U.S. over nine years after its June ’06 release.   2015
Hours after Survivor co-founder Frankie Sullivan rebukes Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for the unauthorized use of the band’s “Eye Of The Tiger” at a campaign rally, R.E.M. slams politicians who play the group’s music without permission. Another Republican candidate, Donald Trump, featured R.E.M.’s ’87 hit “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” at a campaign appearance where he was critical of President Obama’s nuke deal with Iran. 2015
More political news. Bon Jovi’s first tour in China is abruptly canceled “due to unforeseen reasons.” Speculation is the group’s support of the Dalai Lama led to the action. 2015
“The Party’s Over,” the debut EP from Prophets Of Rage, featuring members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real, lands at #5 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart.  2016
Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross serve as the music supervisors for the documentary “Before The Flood,” which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival.   The environmental call-to-action film is helmed by Leonardo DiCaprio. 2016
Four years, to the day, that Breaking Benjamin’s “The Diary Of Jane” goes double platinum (see above), the song is certified triple platinum by the RIAA.  2019
Wes Scantlin (Puddle OF Mudd) is arrested at LAX (L.A.) for having a BB gun on him as he is getting on the plane for a show in Keller, TX.  2017
Ozzy Osbourne’s album, “Ordinary Man” (released in ’20) is certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales in excess of half a million copies. 2021
The Rolling Stones launch global retail fashion flagship store, RS No.9 Carnaby, at 9 Carnaby Street in London that sells a collection combining the Tommy Jeans streetwear aesthetic with tour merchandise-inspired apparel. 2020
Tom DeLonge (Blink-182, Angels & Airwaves) reveals his secret to playing guitar at lightning speed when playing Punk Rock. “It’s all about masturbating,” DeLonge explains. “That’s the only one way to do it, and if you don’t masturbate, you can’t play Punk Rock.  2021