Just for making it through the week you should get a Congressional Medal! Congratulations on that!! Let's see what happened for June 20th, On This Day in Music!
We begin our look at today in 2009 with the Dave Matthews Band. Their seventh album, Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King, was at the top of the charts in the US today. The record was made after LeRoi Moore's death and it was recorded in four different cities. Many critics said it was their best album yet and it's hard to argue that it isn't.
Big Whiskey was nominated for Best Rock Album and Album of the Year at the Grammys in 2010 but it didn't win either. Still, Dave and the boys (plus the string section!) had a great night playing "You and Me" at the show!
Now we'll head to Russia on June 20th, 2004, where Sir Paul McCartney played his 3,000th show! That's an unreal number. Let's break it down: 2,535 with the Quarrymen / Beatles, 140 with Wings and 325 solo gigs. Of course he's played many since then, but 3,000 is a pretty special number!
From Paul McCartney: Live in Red Square, "Back in the USSR"!
One side note about this show. The organizers wanted this to go off without any incidents so three jets flew over the clouds and dropped dry ice into them to prevent any rain from happening. Whatever it takes I guess!
Next up we're in 2012, where June 20th gave us the release of the movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. What does that have to do with music? Well Linkin Park's song "Powerless" played during the credits, that's what!
Here's the official video for it.
Do we have birthdays? Of course, people are born everyday!
June 20th, 1942 is our first to discuss, belonging to Brian Wilson! Brian helped The Beach Boys become superstars with the songs he wrote and performed, though he wasn't in the band long before he decided to leave because of mental breakdowns due to touring and the pressures of making music. He did rejoin them for some tour dates in 2011 and 2012, plus he continues to make his own songs as well.
"Don't Worry Baby" is from their 2012 tour in Japan (and yes, The Beach Boys are still amazing)!
Who else was born today? Well, in 1960 John Taylor was. You know him as the man laying the bass notes down for Duran Duran! Check out "Rio", live from London at Hyde Park as part of the celebrations for the 2012 Olympics!
Another birthday for June 20th? Sure, we have it! 1973 was the year and the man is Deftones' singer and guitarist Chino Moreno. In 2010 they hit the stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live to play "Change (In The House of Flies)"!
We can do one more birthday but that's it!
Jerome Fontamillas is the final one for today, as he was born on June 20th, 1967. He wasn't an original member but has been the guitar player / keyboardist / backing singer with Switchfoot for many years now and we must say Happy Happy to him!
This performance of "Dark Horses" comes from the Hurley Studios in January of 2012. I love how they change the song completely with this version.
No mas! No mas! You now know everything about June 20th that you could ever hope to! Enjoy your day and your weekend.