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This Day in Music History: July 23rd

2003: Sun Studios in Memphis was declared a national landmark by the U.S. National Registry of Historic Places.

1993: Nirvana played a surprise concert at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City showcasing material from their upcoming album In Utero.

1989: Ringo Starr kicked off his first solo tour with his All-Starr band in Dallas, TX, which featured Joe Walsh, Billy Preston, Clarence Clemons & Dr. John.

1988: Def Leppard reached number one of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time with Hysteria. Hysteria went on to spend six non-consecutive weeks at number one & sell twenty million copies worldwide. They also peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart on this day with “Pour Some Sugar on Me”. Read more...

This Day in Music History: July 22nd

2005: John Densmore won a permanent injunction to keep Robby Krieger & Ray Manzarek from touring under the name The Doors of the 21st Century.

1983: Dire Straits began a two night stand at London’s Hammersmith Odeon where they recorded & filmed their first live album & concert video Alchemy: Dire Straits Live which was released the following year.

1979: Little Richard, now known as Rev. Richard Penniman told a congregation in California “If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody.”

1978: Elvis Costello released his debut album My Aim Is True. The backing band was not The Attractions, instead it was Clover based out of California.

This Day in Music History: July 21st

2007: Don Arden, the man once dubbed “the Al Capone of pop”, father of Sharon Osbourne & manager of acts such as The Small Faces, Black Sabbath, & Electric Light Orchestra died of Alzheimer’s disease in Beverly Hills. He was 81 years old.

1990: Roger Waters staged a live performance of The Wall at the Berlin Wall along with such guests as Bryan Adams, Joni Mitchell, The Band, Van Morrison, & The Scorpions.

This Day in Music History: July 18th

2007: Sting was ordered to pay his former chef $50,000 after being sued for sexual discrimination for being fired because she was pregnant. 

1991: The first Lollapalooza tour kicked off at the Compton Terrace Amphitheatre in Tempe, AZ. The tour was headlined by Jane’s Addiction & conceived by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell. 

1988: Nico, former singer for The Velvet Underground died of a cerebral hemorrhage after falling off of her bike in Ibiza. She was 49 years old.

1988: A California appeals court upheld a decision to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne by the parents of a suicide victim who claimed Osbourne’s Suicide Solution led their son to kill himself.


This Day in Music History: July 17th

2006: Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro announced that he was splitting up with his third wife Carmen Electra. Electra filed for divorce the following month.

1996: Chas Chandler, bassist for The Animals & manager for The Jimi Hendrix Experience died of an aortic aneurysm. He was 58 years old. 

1994: Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley made a surprise appearance at a Kiss convention in Pontiac, MI to reclaim Kiss costumes stolen from more than a decade ago.

1993: Guns N’ Roses performed the last concert of their 26 month tour in support of Use Your Illusion I and II in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It would also be their final full concert with original members Slash & Duff McKagan. Read more...

This Day in Music History: July 16th

2012: Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord died after suffering a pulmonary embolism at the London Clinic. He was 71 years old.

2008: Rush made their first appearance on American television in 33 years when they appeared on The Colbert Report. They were interviewed by Stephen Colbert & they performed “Tom Sawyer”.

2007: A Dunkin’ Donuts commercial featuring Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley taking part in their America Runs on Dunkin’ campaign debuted. The commercial featuring Frehley promoted Dunkin’ Donuts’ Iced Latte.

1996: John Panozzo, drummer for Styx died of gastrointestinal hemorrhaging after a long bout of cirrhosis of the liver. He was 47 years old.


This Day in Music History: July 15th

2002: Bob Seger won the 78th annual sailboat race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island, MI with his 62 foot boat Lightning.

1999: Grateful Dead singer & guitarist Bob Weir married girlfriend Natascha Muenter. This was Weir’s first marriage. 


This Day in Music History: July 14th

2011: Triumph had a street named after them in their hometown of Mississauga, ON. The dedication of Triumph Lane was attended by all three members of the group.

1992: Motley Crue began writing & rehearsing with their new singer John Corabi. Their first and only album with Corabi was released in March of 1994.

1984: Billy Idol peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Eyes Without a Face” which was Idol’s first top ten single in the U.S.

This Day in Music History: July 11th

2002: More than 200 mourners attended the funeral of The Who’s bassist John Entwistle at St. Edward’s Church in Gloucestershire, U.K. 

2000: Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich & The Byrds’ guitarist Roger McGuinn testified at a U.S. Senate hearing over copyright law issues concerning songs being downloaded for free on the internet. 

1999: Iron Maiden kicked off their first tour in six years with Bruce Dickinson singing for them at the Harbour Station in St. John, NB.

1995: R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills underwent abdominal surgery while in Germany in the midst of their tour in support of Monster. Several shows were cancelled.


This Day in Music History: July 10th

1997: Chrissy Hynde married sculptor Lucho Brieva, an artist from Colombia 14 years her junior. They would separate in 2002.

1993: Bob Seger got married for the third time when he married Juanita Dorricott. They are still married to this day & have had two children together.

1989: David F. Persall of Manchester, NH was charged with stealing Richie Sambora’s $2,000 white Kramer guitar during a Bon Jovi concert two days earlier at Riverfront Park in Manchester. Persall was released on $1,000 bail.

1987: John Hammond, producer and record executive who brought Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Columbia Records died after a series of strokes.