This Day in History: 2022-09-29

 SEPTEMBER 29th
Rush delivers their million selling live double album “All The World’s A Stage.” 1976
Alice In Chains release their sophomore album, “Dirt.”  It peaks at #6 on the Billboard album chart and sells over 5-million copies worldwide.  1992
“Core,” the debut album from Stone Temple Pilots, arrives.  The album peaks at #3 on the Billboard 200 album chart and is subsequently certified eight times platinum by the RIAA. 1992
Alice In Chains release their comeback album, “Black Gives Way To Blue.” Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush), the set features singer William DuVall (replacing the late Lane Staley). It’s the band’s first album in nearly 14 years. 2009
Breaking Benjamin release their fourth album “Dear Agony.” The lead single “I Will Not Bow,” is featured in the Bruce Willis sci-fi thriller “Surrogates.” 2009
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“The Killer” Jerry Lee Lewis is born in Ferriday, LA. 1935
Closer to home. Grand Funk Railroad’s Mark Farner is born in Flint, MI. Injury spells the end of Farner’s high school football career. While laid up he starts playing the guitar. 1948
Mike Pinera, guitarist for Blues Image (“Ride Captain Ride”) and the Iron Butterfly (on the group’s “Metamorphosis” album) has a birthday. He’s from Tampa, FL.  1948
Bob Dylan gets his first press notice. The New York Times music critic says Dylan is “a cross between a choir boy and a beatnik.” 1961
Primus bassist, Les Claypool, is born in Richmond, CA. 1963
The Rolling Stones, one of the most successful touring acts of all time, begin their first ever British trek opening for the Everly Brothers and Bo Diddley. 1963
Drummer Mickey Hart joins the Grateful Dead. 1967
Bassist Brad Smith (Blind Melon) has a birthday. 1968
Guitarist Alex Skolnick is born. The Testament guitarist is from Berkeley, CA.  1968
We’re comin’ to your town. Grand Funk Railroad own the #1 spot on the pop chart with “American Band.” 1973
As part of his birthday celebration Jerry Lee Lewis attempts to shoot a bottle out bass player Norman Owens hand. Other versions of the story state Lewis was attempting to shoot a bottle in the distance or holes into his office door. Take your pick. Lewis plants two slugs in Owens’ chest. Fortunately, Owens recovers (and sues). Lewis is charged with discharging a firearm within city limits. 1976
Billy Joel’s fifth album, “The Stranger,” arrives.  It contains a couple of his best-known ballads (“Just The Way You Are” and “She’s Always A Woman”) but also includes the uptempo “Movin’ Out” and “Only The Good Die Young.” 1977
The Cars ballad “Drive,” with bassist Benjamin Orr singing, peaks at #3. 1984
Paramore lead guitarist, Josh Farro, has a birthday. 1987
On a motorcycle trip from L.A. to the Grand Canyon, Bruce Springsteen stops in bar in Prescott, AZ. Overhearing a waitress’ dire financial situation Springsteen latter mails her a check for $100,000. 1989
MTV premieres the video for Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The clip and song have an enormous impact defining the burgeoning Grunge movement. 1991
Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee is charged with attacking a photographer outside an L.A. club when the fellow tries to take a picture of Lee and then-wife Pamela Anderson. 1996
The Clinton White House awards Don Henley of The Eagles a National Medal of the Humanities for his environmental preservation work on the Walden Woods Project and as a supporter of the Thoreau Institute.  1997
Bono calls on Europe and the United States to commit more resources to stemming poverty and AIDS in Africa. He addresses the annual conference of the U.K.’s governing Labour Party. “This is not about charity, this is about justice,” says U2’s vocalist. 2004
PBS Great Performances honors Jerry Lee Lewis. 2006
Bono appears with former President Bill Clinton for Giving: Live at the Apollo (at New York’s Apollo Theater). The U2 frontman and other entertainers describe their efforts to spur social change. The program is broadcast at Think.MTV.com and later on MTV networks. 2007
Travis Barker checks out of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, GA. The former Blink 182 drummer spent nine days in the facility being treated for severe burns he sustained in the South Carolina plane crash that killed four and seriously injured his musical partner DJ AM. “My biggest fear ever is to be involved in a plane crash, so when that happened… well, I’m just thankful to be alive,” states Barker. 2008
On Josh Farro’s birthday (see above), Paramore drop their third album, “Brand New Eyes” which debuts at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling 175,000 copies in the first week.  2009
Melissa Etheridge plays an in-flight concert for cancer survivors to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. “I think I’ve joined some kind of mile-high club,” jokes Etheridge, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in ’04 (she is in remission). “Raising awareness and raising funds for research: Those are two things that matter to me,” adds Etheridge. The concert is part of Hard Rock Hotel’s PINKTOBER month. 2009
R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” is the #1 song that makes men cry according to a poll by UK’s PRS For Music. 2010
Scientists at Goldsmiths University claim Queen’s “We Are The Champions” is the catchiest song ever written. They conducted research to find out what makes a great sing-along song. The criteria was based on four key elements: Long and detailed musical phrases, multiple pitch changes in a song’s ‘hook’, male vocalists, and voices making a noticeable vocal effort. 2011
Jack White plays for only 55-minutes at Radio City Music Hall. Upset by an inferior sound system and/or a heckling audience member, White storms off the stage after only twelve songs. Fans are outraged. Two nights later, White returns to the same venue and rolls through a 21-song set. 2012
A year later, White takes part in a special NYC benefit concert for the National Recording Preservation Foundation, a non-profit organization working in conjunction with the Library of Congress to “help preserve America’s recorded sound history.” 2013
The final episode of Breaking Bad, which tells the fate of suburban meth maker Walter White, features Badfinger’s ’71 hit “Baby Blue.” Streaming of the song on Spotify rises 9,000%. Rhapsody, Slacker, AOL Radio, VidZone, Rdio, and Xbox Music report streams are up over 20,000%. One week earlier, Badfinger sold only 200 albums. 2013
Neil Young appears at the Global Festival in New York’s Central Park. “We’re joining forces up here for you,” says Young. Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and Dan Auerbach (Black Keys) join Young for a 10-minute rendition of “Rockin’ In The Free World.” 60,000 plus attend the event that raises money and awareness for global poverty. 2013
KISS bassist Gene Simmons performs the U.S. national anthem at the NFL International Series game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings at London’s Wembley Stadium. Despite the performance, England remains a U.S. ally and the Vikings beat the Steelers. 2013
The ’62 contract that officially bound The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein sells at auction for $553,121 as part of a Sotheby’s exhibition in London. Technically it’s the group’s second contract with Epstein, but the first to include Ringo Starr, who had recently replaced Pete Best on drums. 2015
Ratt guitarist Warren DeMartini files a suit in Los Angeles Superior Court to prevent Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer’s band from performing as Ratt. “(He is) trying to take over the band and pawn himself and a cast of substitutes off as the genuine article,” claims DeMartini’s lawsuit. 2015
Led Zeppelin’s “The Complete BBC Sessions,” live recordings from select appearances between ‘69 and ’71, enters the U.K.’s Official Album Charts at #3. It’s their highest chart spot since ‘79’s “In Through The Out Door” went to #1. 2016
Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Ringo Starr, Elvis Costello and Peter Gabriel are among the artists in the “We Are Not Afraid” video, a global campaign aimed at raising funds for the refugee crisis and victims of religious and political violence.  2016
Deftones partner with San Diego’s Belching Beaver Brewery to present Phantom Bride IPA, an India Pale Ale with hops handpicked by frontman Chino Moreno. 2016
The soundtrack to the documentary “Let’s Play Two” is released. The film chronicles Pearl Jam’s ‘16 sold-out performances at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.  PJ singer Eddie Vedder is a major Cubs fan.  2017
Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe) partners with the Los Angeles Times in an op-ed taking on America’s opioid epidemic from a recovering addict’s perspective.  The bassist, clean for 16 years, has advocated for addicts for over a decade.  2017