This Day in History: 2022-06-02

June 2
1937: Guy Lombardo tops Billboard’s chart with “September In The Rain.”

1956: Frankie Venom from Teenage Head is born in Glasgow, Scotland as Francis Kerr.

969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono record “Give Peace A Chance” while at Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel during their “bed-in.”

1967: Buffalo Springfield are in Boston for a show at Where It’s At. They’re supposed to play two nights but are so bad they’re fired after the first show. It’s also Neil Young‘s last show before returning awhile later, and Bruce Palmer’s first since being abandoned in New York after he was busted with drugs, again.

1969: The National Arts Centre in Ottawa opened with a performance by the National Ballet of Canada.

1973: Edward Bearpeak at #37 on Billboard with “Close Your Eyes.”

1975: Rush is at the Winterland in San Francisco, California, opening for KISS and The Tubes for the second straight night.

1979: Rush‘s show with Max Webster in Munich, Germany is cancelled when Alex Lifeson breaks a finger in Hamburg earlier in the week.

1979: Prism opens for Cheap Trick at the Halifax Forum.

1980: 2,000 fans stormed the gate at Ontario Place in Toronto after being locked out of a Teenage Headconcert. Opening act is Bob Segarini, tho he apparently had nothing to do with the riot.

1981: Stonehenge is in Halifax’s Audio Atlantic Studios to record their only single, “Endlessly” b/w “Coke Avenue.”

1981: Nash The Slash releases his DECOMPOSING EP.

1982: Headpins release the LINE OF FIRE album.

1983: Folk singer Stan Rogers dies in a plane fire in Hebron, Kentucky.

1983: Blue Peter is in Oakville, Ontario for a show at Riverside.

1988: David Wilcox is in Toronto for a show at Ontario Place.

1990: Killer Dwarfs see DIRTY WEAPONS peak at #151 on Billboard’s albums chart.

1992: KD Lang publicly declares her homosexuality in an interview with The Advocate, an American gay and lesbian publication.

1994: UHF release their second album, entitled coincidentally UHF II.

1998: Great Big Sea release the US-only album, RANT & ROAR.

2000: Gaye Delorme is the inaugural artist to be honoured in the Pacific Music Industry Association’s new “Celebrate” Series.

2004: Avril Lavigne enters the American album charts at No. 1 with her second album, UNDER MY SKIN.

2007: Yorkville hosts the Toronto Music Festival, celebrating 50 years since the “Summer of Love.” Luke & The Apostles , Shawne & Jay Jackson with The Majestics, and Jon Lee & The Checkmates are among those performing.

2008:  Theory of a Deadman‘s new single “All or Nothing” is released.

2010: Randy Bachman and Fred Turner reunite in Belleville, Manitoba at the Empire Theatre. It’s their second time together again on the tour. Former BTO mates Robin Bachman and Blair Thornton refused to sign on for the reunion.

2011: Neil Young is on stage in Oakland at the Fox Theatre for the second of a two night stand with a reformed Buffalo Springfield.

2012: Monster Truck release their new single and video, “Righteous Smoke.”

2016: Spirit of the West‘s John Mann is among the performers in Toronto at the Horseshoe Tavern for an Alzheimer’s Benefit.

2017: Five Man Electrical Band and Toronto are in Oshawa, Ontario for a show at The Regent Theatre.

2018: Tegan and Sara are given the Governor General’s Performing Arts awards during a gala in Ottawa. Pianist Angela Hewitt and Murray McLauchlan are awarded Lifetime Artistic Achievement awards.