May 7, 1998 – Steve Perry officially leaves Journey. He is replaced by Steve Augeri, after an agreement made with the rest of the band that if Perry decided not to tour, a new singer could be hired. Augeri lasts 8 years but must retire after recurring vocal issues.
May 7, 2003 – Pete Townshend is cleared of possessing child pornography, after he uses a credit card to view a child porn website. He claims that he accessed the site for research on child abuse while he was writing his autobiography. Forensic analysis of his computer hard drive backs up his story. Townshend asserts he was sexually abused as a child.
May 7, 1972 – Reginald Dwight changes his name to Elton Hercules John.
May 7, 1994 – Randy Bachman sets a world record for “largest number of people playing the same song simultaneously” when he leads 1,322 guitarists in a performance of his song “Takin’ Care of Business”. The performance lasts 68 minutes.
Classic Rock Birthdays
May 7, 1963 – Johnny Lee Middleton, bass (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
May 7, 1961 – Phil Campbell, guitar (Motörhead)
May 7, 1946 – Jerry Nolan, drummer (The New York Dolls) (d. 1992)
May 7, 1950 – Prairie Prince (born Charles Lempriere Prince), drummer (The Tubes)