July 15, 2024

This Day in History: 2024-09-21


 Deep Purple’s debut single, a cover of Joe South’s “Hush,” peaks at #4 on the U.S. singles chart. It stays there for two-weeks. 1968

Sheryl Crow’s third album, “The Globe Sessions,” is out. The album was recorded at and named for the sessions recorded at Globe Recording Studio in New York. 1998

The album peaks at #5 on the Billboard 200 and sells over 2-million copies.

Green Day’s “American Idiot” is out. Singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong describes the album as a “Punk-Rock opera.” “I think this record has more in common with ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ than it does with “London Calling.” 2004.

R.E.M. call it quits after 31 years. “A wise man once said ‘the skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave’,” singer Michael Stipe writes on remhq.com. R.E.M. (Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry) were one of the first popular Alternative Rock bands. 2011


Don Felder is born in Gainsville, FL. The Eagles guitarist from ’74 to ’80 and from ’94 to ’01 was a co-writer (with Glenn Frey and Don Henley) of “Hotel California” and the song’s primary soloist. 1947

Late Motorhead drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor is born.  1954

A salary dispute with Col. Tom Parker causes Scotty Moore (guitar) and Bill Black (bass) to leave Elvis Presley. Black soon forms the moderately successful Bill Black Combo. 1957

The Beatles get to #12 with the single (uptempo) version of “Revolution.” 1968

Oasis vocalist Liam Gallagher (William John Paul Gallagher) is born in Burnage, Manchester, England. His erratic behavior and abrasive attitude leads to dust-ups (especially with older brother Noel) and tons of rancorous press. 1972

KoЯn’s David Silveria has a birthday. He hails from Bakersfield, CA and starts playing drums at age 9. 1972

The Rolling Stones’ “It’s Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)” hits #16 on the pop chart. 1974

The first “No Nukes” concert takes place. The official name is Musicians United For Safe Energy (MUSE). There’s a second show the following day. Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne perform at the Madison Square Garden event co-organized by Bonnie Raitt. 1979

Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing” is #1 for the first of three weeks. Inspired by a shopping trip to an appliance store, group leader Mark Knopfler composes the lyrics based on the critical comments he overhears a guy spew while watching display TVs all tuned to MTV. Coincidentally, the song is aided by an animated video that lands on MTV’s heavy rotation. 1985

The Bangles call it quits… but regroup a decade later. 1989

‘The Razor’s Edge,” AC/DC’s 12th studio album, arrives. Sales eventually top 5-million copies. 1990

Nine Inch Nails release their double album set “The Fragile.” 1999

Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., the commercial-free “America: A Tribute To Heroes” is broadcast live.  Bruce Springsteen opens the show that features U2, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Sting and Sheryl Crow. $150 million is pledged to help victims. 2001

Guitarist Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) is honored for his charity work with underprivileged young people in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Page helps support Casa Jimmy, a shelter for orphans, teenage mothers and other poverty-stricken young people that is administered by the Task Brazil organization. 2005

An internationally renowned drug expert speaks! In a Q magazine interview, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards claims that he’s kicked his legendary drug habit. “I think the quality’s gone down,” offers Richards. “I don’t like the way drugs now are working on your brain area instead of just through the bloodstream.” 2006

Queensrÿche present a full production of Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II at New York’s Nokia Theatre. Frontman Geoff Tate wears a straightjacket, a double-breasted suit and an assassin’s bulletproof vest (not all at once) during the tale of drug-fueled anarchy, revenge and redemption. 2006

“Into The Wild,” a Sean Penn film, opens in theaters. The soundtrack is composed and performed by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. 2007

Canadian clothing designer, Treana Peake, and her husband, Nickelback’s Ryan Peake, form the Obakki Foundation to benefit orphaned children in Cameroon, Africa. 2009

Kings Of Leon are inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame. “Kings Of Leon was created and discovered in Nashville, and the band still proudly calls the city home,” says Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau. 2012

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has on stage meltdown in Las Vegas during the iHeartRadio Festival. Producers notify Green Day – via teleprompter – that they have one minute left on stage, causing the group to abruptly stop playing while Armstrong calls out the show’s producers, flips them off and smashing his guitar before storming off stage. Two days later, Armstrong enters rehab for substance abuse. 2012

Linkin Park is the first Rock group to garner more than one-billion plays on YouTube. They join Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Rihanna in the Billion Hits Club. 2012.

Vocalist Geoff Tate’s departure from Queensryche gets nasty. The group files a motion for a partial summary judgment in a Seattle court to declare that Tate “has no right to the Queensryche band name, marks and media assets since he has no grant of authority from the TriRyche Corporation that owns them.” 2012

The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th annual Americana Honors & Awards in Nashville.  2016

A disgruntled fan gets kicked out of the Zydeco Bar in Birmingham, AL. where P.O.D. and From Ashes To New are performing.  He returns driving a car into the bar then flees the scene before being taken into custody.  2021