April 12, 2024

This Day in History: 2024-09-22


Joan Marie Larkin, better known as Joan Jett, has a birthday.  1958

Her biggest hit, “I Love Rock N’ Roll,” goes to #1 on the Billboard chart in ’82.

“Living In The U.S.A.” is certified platinum. The Linda Ronstadt album is a chart topper. 1978

The first Farm Aid concert is held in Campaign, IL. Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young are the founders. 1985

“Toxicity,” the second studio album from System Of A Down,” holds the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 for a week.  2001


Vocalist David Coverdale (Deep Purple/Whitesnake) is born in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, England. 1951

Elvis Presley sets sail for Germany to begin his army tour of duty. 1958

While on a short Scandinavian tour, vocalist Roger Daltrey punches out drummer Keith Moon. The incident nearly gets Daltrey tossed out of The Who. 1965

The Beatles make the cover of Time magazine. But instead of a picture of the band the magazine uses a caricature drawing.  1967

The Band’s self-titled sophomore album with “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” is released.  Over two decades later the album is certified a platinum for selling over one million copies. 1969

David Bowie begins his first U.S. tour with the Spiders From Mars in Cleveland. 1972

Bruce Springsteen doesn’t buy the concept and plays an electric set during the filming of MTV Unplugged. The creative geniuses dub the show MTV Plugged. 1992

The Concert for Katrina Relief in Los Angeles has Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stoneage), Jesse Hughes (Eagles Of Death Metal) and Fiona Apple. All net proceeds go to the American Red Cross. 2005

Neil Young is named Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Association’s fifth annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The event recognizes outstanding achievements in American roots music. 2006

The Police top Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s best-paid musicians. Between June ’07 and June ’08, the group earned approximately $115 million. 2008

Though rumored for months and discussed for weeks, the official announcement arrives that Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is a Season 10 American Idol judge. He joins fellow newcomer Jennifer Lopez and the last standing original judge, Randy Jackson. 2010

Slayer’s “Repentless” debuts at #4 on the Billboard survey. To date, it’s the group’s highest-charting album in the U.S.  2015

It’s announced that The Tragically Hip’s last-ever tour has helped raise more than $1-million for cancer research charities. The tour came after frontman Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.  2016

As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis files a $35 million lawsuit against a medical team who he alleges denied him medication after he was jailed in ‘14 for plotting to have his wife murdered. Lambesis claims that negligent behavior and a failure to log his request for medication led to him suffer from gynecomastia—an enlargement of his breasts due to a hormonal imbalance.  2016

Ex-Corrosion Of Conformity singer Eric Eycke, passes away. He’s heard on the group’s ‘84 debut album, “Eye For An Eye.”  2017

“The corporate farms suck!,” Neil Young tells fans and reporters at a presentation prior the Farm Aid concert in Hartford, CT.  The annual event calls for public support of family farmers and condemnation of corporate and industrial agriculture. 2018

Thy Art Is Murder fire vocalist CJ McMahon having completely removed his vocals from their “Godlike” album and re-recorded them with another vocalist. The split was partially due to McMahon’s recent anti-trans comments, which the band notes was only a symptom of a larger problem.  2023