This Day in Rock History 6/12

Join Gunner as he goes over all the important Rock dates in history weekdays at 3:50. Relive all the chart-topping moments, milestones, bad breakups and first times again.

There will be no hall pass today. Here’s what happened today in Rock N’ Roll.

1973 Kiss enters Electric Ladyland studios in New York City for the first time to record some demos with producer-engineer Eddie Kramer.

1978 David Berkowitz, New York City’s “Son of Sam” killer, is sentenced to 365 years in prison for six murders.

1981 Raiders Of The Lost Ark, starring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, opens in theatres.

1982 Diver Down by Van Halen peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1993 Sound Of White Noise by Anthrax enters the album chart at its peak position of Number Seven.

1994 Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are murdered outside her home in Los Angeles, California. O.J. Simpson is later acquitted of the killings, but is held liable in a civil suit.

1996 Metallica‘s Load debuts at Number 1 on the Billboard album chart, selling 680,000 copies in its first week, the eighth best first week of all time.

1999 Actors Courtney Cox and David Arquette are married.

2003 Actor Gregory Peck (Moby DickOn The BeachThe Guns Of NavaroneTo Kill A MockingbirdThe OmenThe Boys From Brazil) dies at age 87.

2006 U.K. band Snow Patrol postpones the rest of a U.S. tour, after missing nine shows in two weeks, when frontman Gary Lightbody is diagnosed with polyps on his vocal chords and ordered not to sing again for a month.

2007 The White Stripes play a surprise acoustic show at the Royal Chelsea Hospital in London for an audience of what are known in England as the Chelsea Pensioners, elderly retired military men who live full-time at the hospital.

2007 Queens Of The Stone Age release their fifth album, titled Era Vulgaris.

2008 Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland and drummer Eric Kretz are sued by the band’s label, Atlantic Records, which alleges that Weiland and Kretz have threatened to stop performing and terminate their contract unless it is changed.

2008 Metallica performs a surprise warm-up show for 175 people in the basement of a tiny record store called Grimy’s in Nashville, Tennessee, ahead of the band’s headlining appearance at theBonnaroo festival the following night.

2013 Queens Of The Stone Age earn their first Number One debut on the Billboard album chart, with the band’s sixth CD, . . . Like Clockwork, selling 91,000 copies in its first week of release.

Today’s Birthdays

  • Jason Mewes (actor, he plays Jay in movies including ClerksDogma, and Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back) (44)
  • Timothy Busfield (actor, thirtysomethingField Of DreamsThe West Wing) (61)
  • George H.W. Bush (former U.S. president; father of George W. Bush) (94)
  • Marv Albert (sportscaster) (77)
  • DJ Qualls (actor, Road Trip, Hustle & Flow, The New Guy) (40)
  • Adriana Lima (Brazilian supermodel) (37)
  • Dave Franco (actor, 21 Jump Street, Fright NightWarm Bodies, brother of actor James Franco) (33)


And that’s what happened today in Rock.

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