Why May 30th Matters In Rock History

By Dave Basner

May 30, 2024

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It’s May 30th and here are some reasons why this day matters in rock history:

In 1997, West Arkeen, who played guitar on Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion albums and was known unofficially as GN’R #6, died in L.A. of a drug overdose at age 36.

In 2007, a Chicago radio station played a leaked copy of the new White Stripes album Icky Thump. Even though he was touring in Spain, Jack White personally called the station to voice his displeasure.

In 1992, the Black Crowes went to number one on the album chart with The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion

In 2005, Coldplay’s new album, X&Y, was illegally put on the Internet a week before its release, even though the band didn’t send journalists copies of the record, holding album playbacks instead, and the copies they did send out went with the false name The Fir Trees, to throw off would-be pirates.

And in 2009, Ozzy Osbourne sued his Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi for lack of royalty payments after the guitarist falsely claimed sole ownership to the rights of the band’s name. 

And that’s what happened today in rock history.

(H/T: This Day in Music)

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