Welcome to another edition of Today in Boston ROCK, where I, Adam 12, spotlight Very Important Days In Rock History. May 10th is one.
May 10, 1960: Paul David Hewson is born in Dublin, Ireland. The man who would become Bono just joined his U2 bandmate The Edge for an intimate, moving performance in a Ukrainian bomb shelter. We’d expect nothing less from the birthday boy.
May 10, 1994: Twisted Sister release their third album, Stay Hungry. That’s the one with “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock,” as well as “Burn In Hell,” which scored the band a cameo in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.
May 10, 1994: Weezer releases their debut Blue Album. I cut class the day this one dropped and my buddy Chris and I went to the Burlington Mall, had breakfast at Brigham’s while we waited for Sam Goody to open, then Chris bought the tape and we cruised around in his 1986 Mercury Cougar, cranking it with the tinted windows down. This song never sounded so good.
May 10: 1994: Seattle emo rockers Sunny Day Real Estate release their debut album Diary. This is relevant to me because it’s one of my all-time favorite albums. And it’s relevant to you because the band’s rhythm section went on to be Dave Grohl’s first rhythm section.
Today in Boston ROCK: May 4
May 4, 1955: Robert Alan Deal is born in Terre Haute, Indiana. You know him as Mick Mars, lead guitarist and co-founder of Motley Crue. Let’s listen to the man himself shredding onstage in Boston back in 1984.
May 4, 1972: Michael Ryan Prichard is born in El Sobrante, CA. He is Mike Dirnt, who makes the bass guitar go “dirnt, dirnt, dirnt” for Green Day. And here he is doing just that in a fan-shot video from Fenway Park last month.
May 4, 2012: Adam Nathaniel Yauch, AKA MCA from the Beastie Boys, dies at the age of 47. It doesn’t fee like it’s been 10 years.