June 13, 2024

This Day in History: 2024-09-10


The Beatles “Revolver” tops the U.S. Album Chart. The band’s seventh studio effort is “regarded as one of the greatest and most innovative albums in the history of popular music.” 1966

“Good Day Sunshine,” “Got To Get You Into My Life” and “Tomorrow Never Knows” are among the standout tracks.

“Alive!” by KISS is out. The double-set is the band’s first platinum album. 1975

Foreigner’s third album, “Head Games,” drops. The album goes on to sell five million copies in the U.S. 1979

Guns N’ Roses hold the #1 spot with “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” a song inspired by Erin Everly, briefly Axl Rose’s wife and daughter of Don Everly (Everly Brothers). 1988

The track is on GNR’s debut album “Appetite For Destruction.”

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” is released.  The classic Nirvana track from the band’s “Nevermind” album peaks at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on Mainstream Rock and #1 on Alternative Airplay.   Twenty-years after its release the song goes nets one-billion streams on Spotify.  1991



Dream on. Founder of the Joe Perry Project, but far better known as Aerosmith’s lead guitarist, Joe Perry, enters the world. He’s a native of Lawrence, MA. 1950

Cracker frontman Dave Lowry greets the world. The guitarist is also a founding member of Camper Van Beethoven. 1960

Buckcherry guitarist Stevie D. (Stevie Dacanay), Fastball guitarist/vocalist Miles Zuniga and Bush drummer Robin Goodridge share a birthday. 1966

Bassist Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance) is born.  1980

Paul Simonon and Joe Strummer kick Mick Jones out of The Clash. It’s the usual personality conflicts, musical differences, etc. Jones forms Big Audio Dynamite while The Clash crash and burn. 1983

“Simply Irresistible,” a Robert Palmer single, peaks at #2 on the Billboard pop chart. Considering the “appealing” backing band in the video it should have gone higher. 1988

Oasis’ debut album “Definitely Maybe” is #1 in the U.K. 1994

Sheryl Crow’s “guns/Wal-Mart” reference in “Love Is A Good Thing” gets her self-titled sophomore album banned by the retail chain. 1996

When there’s a catastrophe it’s all guitars on deck. Green Day, U2, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, Audioslave, 3 Doors Down, Kid Rock, Staind, Nine Inch Nails fronted by former New Orleans resident Trent Reznor) and many others, perform at ReAct Now: Music & Relief, for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The massively destructive hurricane rolled through New Orleans. The program airs live on MTV, MTV2, VH1, VH1 Classic and CMT. Viewers call-in donations to the American Red Cross and other relief organizations. 2005

Peter Gabriel is awarded the ’08 Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award in recognition of his extensive human-rights campaigning. Gabriel is presented the honor by U2 guitarist The Edge (U2 received the award in ’05) at a London gala. 2008

Alice Cooper tones down his performance on CBS’ Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson after network officials deem a planned segment too graphic. Cooper initially intended to re-enact a scene from his “Vengeance Is Mine” video by pretending to strangle a female audience member with a scarf. That was a no-go. Why didn’t he just hang himself like in the old days?  2008

The surviving members of Nirvana, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, release a statement expressing their dismay over the use of Kurt Cobain’s image in Activision’s Guitar Hero video game. “It’s hard to watch an image of Kurt pantomiming other artists’ music alongside cartoon characters,” reads the statement. “We feel he deserves better.” 2009

Songs by AC/DC and Queen are banned at Catholic funerals in Australia. The Archbishop of Melbourne announces the ban claiming that the widespread use of secular pop music is not a proper “celebration of the life of” the deceased. 2010

“Walk,” by the Foo Fighters, is #1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart for a four-week run.  2011

Five Finger Death Punch land their third consecutive #2 album on the Billboard 200 with “Got Your Six,” moving 119,000 units in the first week.  2015

Green Day’s “Bang Bang” is their first #1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart.  2016

Triumph’s first feature documentary about the band’s career, “Triumph: Rock & Roll Machine,” receives its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).  2021

Megadeth’s “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!” debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200 album chart moving 48,000 units (45,000 are pure albums sales) in the first week of release. It’s Megadeth‘s third Top 5 album. ‘92’s “Countdown To Extinction” and ‘16’s “Dystopia” are the other two.  2022