ON THIS DAY IN RADAR ROCK HISTORY JUNE 24:
1989 “Pop Song 89” by R.E.M. peaks at Number 86 on the pop chart.
1995 During a show at San Francisco’s Polo Grounds, Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder takes ill and leaves the stage after seven songs. He’s replaced for the rest of the concert byNeil Young.
1996 Van Halen announces that singer Sammy Hagar has left the band, and that original vocalist David Lee Roth is coming back temporarily to work on a new project.
1997 Motley Crue releases Generation Swine, its first new album since the return of lead singer Vince Neil.
2000 Jimmy Page & the Black Crowes kick off their tour with the Who at the New World Music Theatre in Tinley Park, Illinois.
2005 Metallica frontman James Hetfield meets Yankees closer Mariano Rivera at Yankee Stadium in a get-together arranged by the team. Rivera comes into games with Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” playing on the stadium’s loudspeakers.
2008 Shinedown issues its third studio effort, The Sound of Madness.
2008 Motley Crue releases Saints of Los Angeles, the first album in exactly 11 years to feature the band’s original lineup.