More of today’s rock history lesson:
1991: Metallica’s self-titled album, also known as the Black Album entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart at number one for the first of four weeks on top of the chart. The album cost $1 million to record, was remixed three times, three members of Metallica were divorced after the album was completed & would be Metallica’s commercial breakthrough, selling over 15 million copies in the U.S.
1991: The Scorpions peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Wind of Change” which was their only top ten single in the U.S.
1989: The Rolling Stones kicked off their first tour in seven years at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia in support of Steel Wheels. When the tour finished one year later, it became the most financially successful tour in history up to that point.
1985: Dire Straits reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first and only time with Brothers in Arms which began a nine week run at number one.
1984: Much Music, Canada’s first music video channel launched & the first video to air was “The Enemy Within” by Rush.
1980: Rush entered Phase One Studios in Toronto to begin work on Moving Pictures which was released the following February.
1969: Bob Dylan made his first live appearance in three years since his motorcycle accident at the Isle of Wight Festival in the U.K.
1968: Cream peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Sunshine of Your Love” which was their first top ten single in the U.S.
1968: Vanilla Fudge peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” which was their only top ten single in the U.S.
Van Morrison born in 1945
Rudolf Schenker-guitarist for The Scorpions born in 1948