June 21st In Rock
"FLESH & BLOOD"
The second studio album released by Poison. The album's cover is one of Rikki Rockett's tattoos. At first, the cover featured an early version of the tattoo immediately following the inking process, showing Rockett's skin inflamed and the tattoo appeared to be dripping, reminiscent of blood. This was changed on release to the finished, cleaned tattoo. Early pressings in Japan, however, were shipped with the original cover. Later versions were subsequently changed. "Flesh & Blood" reached 2 on the Billboard 200 and has sold over 7.2 million copies since its release.
"THEATRE OF PAIN"
"Theatre of Pain" is Mötley Crüe's third studio album. It was the first record released following Vince Neil's drunk driving manslaughter charge. The album is dedicated to the victim of this accident, Nicholas Dingley, better known as Razzle from the band Hanoi Rocks. "Theatre of Pain" received two remastered releases. One in 1999, featuring 5 bosnus tracks and again in 2003, containing 1 extra song and 1 music video. In the US, the album reached 5 on the Billboard 200 and 36 on the UK Albums chart. It sold over 4 million copies in the US and 3,000,000 in Canada, attaining 4x platinum and 3x platinum in both countries respectively.
Deep Purple's third studio album. Bassist Nick Simper spoke about the recording process in interviews, saying: "By the third album, certain people were hiding themselves away creating stuff in secret, purely because they didn't want anybody to share in the finances... there was a lot of pressure from Jon Lord to do this kind of semi-classical stuff and we didn't actually rebel against it until the third album.". Jon Lord was also the only member of Deep Purple who communicated with the band's managers. Despite the more postiive outlook that retrospective reviews on "Deep Purple" hold, critics at the time of its release were not fond of the album. Additionally, the record charted relatively poorly, reaching just 162 on the Billboard 200. The album was reissued on CD, featuring 5 extra bonus tracks.