Welcome to another edition of Today in Boston ROCK, where I, Adam 12, spotlight Very Important Days In Rock History. June 21st is one.
June 21, 1950: Joseph Michael Kramer is born in the Bronx. Thankfully, Joey Kramer made his way to Boston as a youth, studying at Berklee College of Music, and eventually joining Aerosmith as their drummer. Fun fact: Kramer coined the name for the band two years before the band even existed.
June 21, 1985: Mötley Crüe releases their third full-length album, Theatre of Pain. It shares a release date–five years removed–with a band they’re touring with this summer.
June 21, 1990: Poison drops their third album, Flesh & Blood. Catch them both this summer, alongside Joan Jett and Def Leppard for the Stadium Tour at Fenway Park. Hopefully the bands will have their sets a little tighter by then.
June 7, 1963: Gordon James Gano is born in New York City. He’d move with his family to Wisconsin at the age of 10 and, by the age of 20, would release his first album with Violent Femmes. I talked to Gordon Gano just last year and he was an excellent interview.
June 7, 1967: David Michael Navarro is born in Santa Monica, CA. You could easily make an argument for Dave Navarro as the guitar god of the ’90s alternative rock era based solely on his work with Jane’s Addiction and that one Red Hot Chili Peppers album everyone likes to forget. No matter where you lie on the issue, one thing’s for certain: he is indeed an ageless wonder.