6th – Halestorm deliver its fifth studio album, “Back From The Dead” (pictured above) contains the title track which topped the Rock radio chart. 

6th – Three Days Grace release their seventh studio album, “Explosions.”  The set contains the single “So Called Life,” the first new original music from the band since “Outsider” album came out in ‘18. 

6th – After a leaked draft opinion penned by Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito arguing that the landmark ’73 Roe v. Wade abortion ruling was “egregiously wrong from the start,” Rage Against The Machine express outrage at the prospect of the Supreme Court overturning Roe. “Rage Against The Machine stands in support of reproductive justice and will continue to fight against any attempts to restrict or control reproductive freedoms,” the band’s statement reads.

12th – Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron misses the band’s concert in Oakland after testing positive for COVID-19. It was the first time Cameron misses a Pearl Jam show since joining the band 24 years ago. 

13th – “Minutes To Midnight,” Linkin Park’s third studio album is certified five-times platinum by the RIAA for over five million units sold. The ’07 album surpassed platinum status in a little over a month of its release.  

14th – Bryan “Dexter” Holland (The Offspring) delivers the commencement address at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in L.A. The singer has a Ph.D. in molecular biology.

17th – Ghost land their fifth #1 on the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart with “Call Me Little Sunshine.” 

19th – On the fifth anniversary of Linkin Park’s “One More Light” “Heavy,” the lead single with guest vocal by Kiiara, is certified a double platinum digital single with over 2-million units moved. Also, the title track is certified as a platinum digital single (1-million units). 

20th – The film “Good Mourning” starring Machine Gun Kelly is in theaters and on streaming platforms.  Kelly plays a movie star who has to make a decision between love and advancement.

22nd – Kurt Cobain’s ‘69 Fender Mustang guitar used to record Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (and featured in the accompanying music video) is sold at Julien’s Auctions’ for $4.5 million, far surpassing its original estimate of $600,000. The guitar is acquired by The Jim Irsay Collection in Indianapolis during a bidding war among collectors. 

24th – Metallica and the San Francisco Giants hold the eighth annual “Metallica Night” at Oracle Park — formerly AT&T Park — in San Francisco. “It’s a tradition that we’ve missed the last two seasons (due to COVID-19), so we’re really excited for the return of ‘Metallica Night’,” writes the band in a statement. 

25th – A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge dismisses an abuse lawsuit filed against Marilyn Manson by his former assistant, Ashley Walters, on the grounds of the statute of limitations. At issue are incidents that allegedly occurred in ’11 and ’12. 

27th – During an invitation-only concert at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Hollywood, Def Leppard receives Pandora’s Billionaire Plaque for tallying over 2.5 billion plays on the streaming service. 

31st – Europe’s music video for their ’86 hit “The Final Countdown” surpasses one billion YouTube views. The clip, uploaded in ‘09, contains concert and soundcheck footage. 

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