Archive for June, 2014
The second Summer season of concerts kicked off in fine fashion at at the beautiful Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, California on Friday night (May 30) with Cheech and Chong and War making a stop on their 2014 tour. The in-concert combo immediately strikes as an obvious fit, and that it was, as War not only played a set of their greatest songs, but backed up Cheech and Chong on their material that required musical accompaniment.
Shelby Chong, Tommy's still stunning wife of 39 years and a comedian, actress and producer in her own right, opened the show with a funny short set, before bringing out Tommy & Cheech for a hilarious question-and-answer session that covered everything from the early days, the era of their popular movies, each of their roles on the shows Nash Bridges and That ’70s Show, their breakup in the mid ’80s, Chong’s nine-month jail term in the early 2000s, and then their reunion in 2002.
WAR backed up on the classic Cheech & Chong musical comedy numbers including 1973's “Basketball Jones,” and “Me and My Old Lady,” from the Cheech and Chong movie "Things Are Tough All Over." WAR moved into the night rocking their own set with original member Lonnie Jordan leading the band that has seemingly gotten better over time, much as the vino at this picturesque winery. "Me and Baby Brother," "Summertime," "Cisco Kid," all were entertaining, with Jordan even jumping off the stage and getting some audience involvement on vocals during "Cisco Kid."
After a brief intermission, Cheech and Chong returned to the stage for more classic comedy sketches including updated renditions of "Dave’s Not Here" and the "Stoned in the Car" scene from their 1978 film “Up in Smoke.” The pot jokes and references were in abundance, as was apparently the herb itself as the aroma from the crowd and exhaled clouds of smoke in the Amphitheatre increased as well.
WAR continued with two more classics "Spill The Wine," and "Low Rider," and with the audience already on their feet, out came blues legend Blind Melon Chitlin (Chong) to jam with the band on "Get It Legal."
Cheech Marin's Alice Bowie followed that up in the pink tutu for "Earache My Eye," complete with piped in comedic crowd noise and Tommy bringing out a walker for Alice Bowie to make his way off stage with upon performance completion. Chong then put the spotlight on harmonica player Stanley Behrens, who delivered a fantastic instrumental version of "The Star Spangled Banner."
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Cheech also had WAR's backing on "Mexican American" and "Born In East L.A.," as Chong and his wife danced to the beat. The band kept the feel-good vibes coming with a rendition of "Sunshine," and the show ended on a high note as WAR performed "Why Can't We Be Friends" with everyone on stage, each singing a chorus and putting a great evening of music and comedy to rest. There has been talks of a new Cheech and Chong movie in the works for awhile now, but regardless if that happens or not, the duo have obviously firmly imbedded themselves into our popular culture, and we are all the better for it. It was truly great to see these comedy legends still doing their thing and let's hope with legalization seemingly around the corner in most areas of the U.S., Cheech and Chong will be there "Up In Smoke" for as long as they can be.
Thanks to Yvette Shearer/Cheech & Chong and Jessica Puchli/Nederlander
For more info on future shows at Vina Robles Amphitheatre visit their website: www.vinaroblesamphitheatre.com/concerts
Rock On the Talks June 2-13:
June 2: Birds Of Satan - Last Call With Carson Daly
June 3: Soundgarden - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
June 4: Bob Mould - Conan
June 4: Chrissy Hynde - The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon
June 4: Afghan Whigs - Late Show With David Letterman
June 5: Chrissy Hynde - The Colbert Report
June 5: Daughtry - Live With Kelly & Michael
June 5: Damon Alban - The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon
June 6: War featuring Cheech & Chong - The Arsenio Show (R-5/19/14)
June 6: Birds Of Satan - Jimmy Kimmel Live (R-5/14/14)
June 6: Keb 'Mo - Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
June 10: Fall Out Boy - The Ellen DeGeneres Show (R-10/10/13)
June 13: Jack Osbourne - The Ellen DeGeneres Show (R-10/4/13)
June 13 - Ben & Ellen Harper - Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
Jim McCarty (Cactus, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Buddy Miles Express, The Rockets, Mystery Train, Hell drivers, also recorded with Jimi Hendrix and Bob Seger) - 69
Ron Wood (Jeff Beck Group, The Faces, The Rolling Stones) - 67
Mike Levine (Triumph) - 65
Simon Gallup (The Cure) - 54
Alanis Morissette - 40
Charlie Watts (Blues Incorporated, The Rolling Stones, The Charlie Watts Tentet) - 73
Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople, Hunter/Ronson, solo) - 75
Mickey Finn (T. Rex) b. 1947 - d. 1/11/03 from apparent alcohol related liver problems
Michael Clarke (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers) - b. 1947 - d. 12/19/93
Suzy Quatro - 64
Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd) - b. 1952 Died at the age of 56 of a suspected heart attack in Florida on Jan. 28th, 2009. Powell called police saying he was having trouble breathing and emergency services tried to resuscitate the musician but he was pronounced dead an hour later.
Kerry King (Slayer) - 50
Doro Pesch (Warlock, Doro) - 50
Michelle Phillips (The Mamas & the Papas) - 70
Roger Ball (Average White Band) - 70
JoJo Garza (Los Lonely Boys) - 33
Chris Robertson (Black Stone Cherry) - 29
Michael Davis (MC5, Blood Orange, Destroy All Monsters) b. 1943 - d. 2/17/12
Nicko McBrain (Streetwalkers, Pat Travers, Trust, Iron Maiden) - 62
Jon Butcher - 58
Richard Butler (Psychedelic Furs, Love Spit Love, solo) - 58
Paul Taylor (Alice Cooper, Winger) - 54
Eric Stacy (Faster Pussycat) - 50
Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) - 34
Nick Bowcott (ex-Grim Reaper) - 55
Steve Vai (Frank Zappa, Whitesnake, David Lee Roth) - 54
Tom Araya (Slayer) - 53
James Shaffer (Korn) - 44
Prince - 56
Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots) - 48
David Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers) - 47
Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night) - 72
Boz Scaggs - 70
Mick Box (Uriah Heep) - 67
Les Paul - b. 1915 - Paul died in hospital in White Plains, New York at the age of 94 suffering from severe pneumonia on Aug. 12th, 2009.
Jon Lord (Deep Purple, Whitesnake) - b. 1941 - In 2011, Lord was found to be suffering from pancreatic cancer. He died on July 16th, 2012 at the London Clinic after suffering from a pulmonary embolism.
Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience) b. 1947 - Mitchell was found dead in his US hotel room on Nov. 12th, 2008 at age 61.
Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Ringo Starr's All Starr Band) - 55
Patrick Young (Black 'N Blue) -
Jimmy Chamberlin (ex-Smashing Pumpkins) - 50
Frank Beard (ZZ Top) - 65
Joe Holmes (ex-Ozzy Osbourne) - 51
Brad Delp (Boston) b. 1951 - Committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in at his home in the New Hampshire on March 9th, 2007.
John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson, Uriah Heep, Roxy Music) - 65
Bun E Carlos (Cheap Trick) - 63
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - 37
Howard Lees (Heart, Bad Company) - 63
Mike Vescera (Loudness, Obsession, Yngwie Malmsteen) - 52
Robbie Merrill (Godsmack) - 51
Ann Boleyn (Hellion) -
Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) - 44
Rod Argent (The Zombies, Argent) - 69
Alan White (Plastic Ono Band, Yes) - 65
King Diamond (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond) - 58
Chris DeGarmo (Queensryche) - 51
Muff Winwood (The Spencer Davis Group) - 71 - Became a producer and A&R man for Sony Records.
Noddy Holder (Slade) - 64
Steve Walsh (Kansas) - 63
Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche) - 51
Glenn Buxton (Alice Cooper Band) - 67
Greg Rolie (Santana )- 67
Michael Monroe (ex-Hanoi Rocks, solo) - 52
Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings, solo) - 72
Oz Fox (Stryper) - 53
Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) - 51
Ann Wilson (Heart) - 64
Luke Morley (Thunder) - 54
Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC, Dio Disciples) - 51
Brian Welch (Korn) - 44
Don Airey ( Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Whitesnake, Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, Rainbow, Deep Purple) - 64
Micheal Anthony (Van Halen, Chickenfoot) - 60
Kelly Johnson (Girlschool) - 56
Jimmy Chalfant (KIX) -
John Taylor (Duran Duran, Power Station) - 54
Amir Derakh (Rough Cutt/Jailhouse) - 51
Chino Moreno (Deftones) - 41
Grace Potter (Grace Potter & the Nocturnals) - 31
Ray Davies (The Kinks) - 70
Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) - 64
Nils Lofgren (Neil Young, E Street Band, Ringo Starr All Star Band) - 61
Kip Winger (Winger) - 53
Mike Enzinger (Incubus) - 38
Todd Rundgren - 66
Stuart Sutcliffe, original bassist of The Beatles for eighteen months (January 1960 - June 1961). Sutcliffe was living in Hamburg, Germany at the time of his death, he died of a brain haemorrhage in an ambulance on the way to hospital on April 10th 1962, aged 22.
Myles Goodwyn (April Wine) - 66
Glenn Danzig (Danzig) - 59
Chris Holmes (ex-W.A.S.P.) - 56
Phil Soussan - (ex-Ozzy Osbourne/Beggars & Thieves) - 53
Chuck Billy (Testament) - 52
Lizzy Borden - 51
Joey Allen (Warrant) - 50
Jeff Beck - 70
Colin Blunstone (The Zombies) - 69
Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) - 67
Patrick Moraz (Refugee, Yes, Moody Blues) - 66
John Illsley (Dire Straits) - 65
Jeff Cease (The Black Crowes) - 57
Allen Lanier (Blue Oyster Cult) - 68
Ian McDonald (King Crimson, Foreigner) - 68
David Paich (Toto) - 60
Mike Kroeger (Nickelback) - 42
1910: Born on this day, Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager. Before working in the music business Parker ran a troupe of dancing chickens. He died on January 21st 1997.
Mick Jones (The Clash) - 59
Nathan Followill (Kings Of Leon) - 35
Steven Morse (Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple) - 60
Ian Paice (Deep Purple/Whitesnake) - 66
Don Dokken - 61
Tim McCord (Evanescence) - 35
Andy Scott (Sweet) - 65
Yngwie Malmsteen - 51
Amir Derakh (Rough Cutt, Jailhouse, Orgy, Julien-K, Dead By Sunrise) - 51
Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down) - 46
Today In Rock History:
1961: FM stereo was heard for the first time by listeners in Schenectady, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The FCC would adopt the standard a year later.
1964: The Rolling Stones arrived on BA flight 505 at Kennedy Airport for their debut US tour. The first date was on 5th June in San Bernardino, California.
1966: During a 12 hour session at Abbey Road studios, The Beatles added overdubs on ‘Yellow Submarine’, with John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water and shouting "Full speed ahead Mister Captain!" Roadie Mal Evans played on a bass drum strapped to his chest, marching around the studio with The Beatles following behind (conga-line style) singing "We all live in a yellow submarine."
1968: Guitarist Dave Mason rejoined Traffic after quitting the band six months earlier
1969: The Plastic Ono Band recorded 'Give Peace A Chance' during a 'bed-in' at the Hotel La Reine in Montreal, Canada.
1972: Pink Floyd were working at Abbey Road studios, London on their 'Dark Side Of The Moon' album.
1975: The Rolling Stones kicked off their biggest ever U.S. tour at Louisiana State University. The tour would take in 45 shows in 26 cities. Guitarist Ron Wood joined The Stones on tour for first time, replacing Mick Taylor.
1977: 28 year old, Long Island native, Billy Joel wraps up a four month tour of the US by appearing at Carnegie Hall in New York.
1977: Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of four nights at the Rainbow Theatre in London. There were six nights booked at the Rainbow, but the last two shows were cancelled due to a serious toe injury Marley received, (in a friendly football game with French journalists just before the tour's start in Paris). Subsequently the tour's second leg in the United States was postponed and then cancelled.
1981: The first issue of the Heavy Metal magazine Kerrang! was published as a special pull-out by UK weekly music paper Sounds. AC/DC had the front cover plus features on Motorhead, Girlschool and Saxon.
1997: Bob Dylan is discharged from a Los Angeles hospital after being treated for histoplasmosis, a potential life threatening fungal infection that causes swelling of the sac surrounding the heart. Dylan was quoted as saying, "I'm just glad to be feeling better. I really thought I'd be seeing Elvis soon."
1999: Napster, the file sharing program invented by 18 year-old Northeastern University drop-out, Shawn Fanning, becomes available on the internet.
2003: Paul McCartney wrapped up his lucrative world tour with a show in Liverpool, birthplace of The Beatles.
2003: Staind were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘14 Shades Of Gray’, the bands second US No.1,
2003, Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was arrested on drugs and drink-driving charges after he collided with a car after going through a red light in his home town of Des Moines, Iowa. Gray, (who wears a pig mask on stage) then tried to write a cheque for $1,000 to the other driver, who then called the police. Gray failed two alcohol tests at the scene and was arrested for possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia, as well drink-driving.
2005: White Stripes singer Jack White married his girlfriend, British model Karen Elson in a canoe on the Amazon in Brazil.
1896: Guglielmo Marconi was granted a patent for his electro-magnetic wave communication system, later to be called radio.
1964: The Rolling Stones played their first American show at a Lynn, Massachusetts high school football stadium. They also made their American television debut on WABC's The Les Crane Show.
1967: David Bowie released his first album, which contained the single, "Love You 'Til Tuesday". Although the LP got positive reviews, neither it or the single sold well
1967: The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released in the U-S.
1973: Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham dumps a bucket of water on legendary concert promoter Bill Graham following an argument at a show in San Francisco, CA.
1973: Paul McCartney, backed by his new group Wings, was back on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with a song he wrote for his wife Linda, "My Love".
1973: The Electric Light Orchestra began their first US tour, a 40-date trek in San Diego, California.
1976: Wings set a new world record when they performed in front of 67,100 fans in Seattle, the largest attendance for an indoor crowd.
1978: Bruce Springsteen released Darkness on the Edge of Town, the hotly anticipated follow-up to 1975’s Born to Run.
1984: Aerosmith played at the Capitol Theater in Concord, New Hampshire, the first night on their 59 date North American Back In The Saddle Tour.
1987: Billy Idol sold out a concert at Madison Square Garden. Unfortunately, the gig had to be canceled when it was discovered that repairmen were doing asbestos-removal work.
1989: 52 year old Rolling Stones bass guitarist Bill Wyman married 19 year old Mandy Smith in a secret ceremony in the eastern English town of Bury St. Edmonds. Wyman's son and the bride's sister were the only guests. The couple divorced two years later after Wyman said they had spent only five days together as man and wife. Wyman agreed to an $800,000 divorce settlement.
1992: Rachel Hunter gives birth to Rod Stewart's daughter, Renee.
1992: Guns N’ Roses released “November Rain.”
1993: Iron Maiden perform the first of three nights in Moscow on their first trip to Russia.
1993: Aerosmith appeared at the Landon Arena in Kansas, the first night on their 169 date Get A Grip world tour.
1999: Junior Braithwaite from Bob Marley and the Wailers was shot dead aged 46. Braithwaite was one of the founders of, and the first lead singer of The Wailers.
2000: Napster threatens lawsuits against The Offspring if they don't stop selling merchandise with the Napster logo on it.
2002: It was reported that Paul McCartney had thrown his fiancée Heather Mills’ engagement ring out of a hotel window during an argument. Guards at Miami’s Turnberry Isle Resort combed the grounds using metal detectors and later found the $25,500 ring.
2002: MTV announces that The Osbournes show will run for another 20 episodes beginning in the fall.
2002: Motorhead frontman Lemmy's trademark hat is stolen at a recent gig in San Francisco.
2002: Phil Collins, Joe Cocker, The Corrs and Queen’s Brian May were evacuated from England’s Buckingham Palace after a fire broke out in the west wing. The musicians were
rehearsing for the Queen of England’s Golden Jubilee concert.
2003: Former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland pled innocent to drug possession charges in Los Angeles. Court officials said Weiland would enter a rehab facility to combat cocaine and heroin addiction.
2003: Following a dispute over songwriting credits with John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney agreed to let “Lennon-McCartney” be. McCartney outraged many Beatles fans by demanding “Yesterday” and other McCartney songs be credited to “McCartney-Lennon.”
2004: Paul McCartney told Uncut magazine that he tried heroin without realizing it. He said, “I was just handed something, smoked it, then found out what it was. It didn’t do anything for me.”
2008: US guitarist and singer Bo Diddley died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Florida aged 79. The legendary singer and performer was known for his homemade square guitar, and influenced artists from Buddy Holly, to Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and U2.
1959: Billboard Magazine splits its album chart into two separate sections: Best Selling Stereophonic LPs and Best Selling Monophonic LPs.
1964: The Rolling Stones first U.S. tour opens.
1964: Ringo Starr was hospitalized after he collapsed during a photo session for the Saturday Evening Post. He was treated for tonsillitis and pharyngitis and rested for a couple of weeks. During his ten day absence, Jimmy Nicol sat in on drums for shows in Denmark, Holland, Hong Kong and Australia.
1967: The Doors' "Light My Fire" is released. Two months later, it will be number one in the US.
1967: Jefferson Airplane appeared on American Bandstand and performed “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love.”
1970: The Kinks' Ray Davies flies 11,000 Km round trip to England from America to re-record the words "cherry cola" in the song "Lola" after the BBC refuses to air the song with the original words, "Coca-Cola".
1970: Jimi Hendrix's live album "Band of Gypsies" is awarded a Gold record.
1972: The Eagles' "Take It Easy" is released. It will crack the Billboard chart three weeks later and become their first hit single, reaching #12.
1972: The Rolling Stones begin their eight week Exile On Main Street North American tour in Vancouver. Stevie Wonder and Martha Reeves are the opening acts.
1972: Jethro Tull started a two week run at #1 on the US album chart with "Thick As A Brick".
1981: Iron Maiden performs their first US concert in Las Vegas in support of Judas Priest.
1983: US session drummer Jim Gordon murdered his mother by pounding her head with a hammer. A diagnosed schizophrenic, it was not until his trial in 1984 that he was properly diagnosed. Due to the fact that his attorney was unable to use the insanity defense, Gordon was sentenced to sixteen years-to-life in prison in 1984. A Grammy Award winner for co-writing Layla with Eric Clapton, Gordon worked with The Beach Boys, John Lennon, George Harrison Frank Zappa and many other artists.1998: Van Halen cancels a show at the Docks club in Hamburg, Germany, after a piece of ceiling plaster fell and hit Alex Van Halen. He suffered a bruised arm.
1988: Guns N’ Roses released their breakthrough single “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”
1989: Pink Floyd performed in Moscow.
1993: U2 signs a 10 year, six album deal with Island Records. The deal includes a 25% royalty rate.
1998: Alex Van Halen bruised his arm after a chunk of plaster fell from the ceiling of the Docks Club in Hamburg, Germany. Van Halen cancelled their concert as a result.
1999: Guitar legend Steve Vai is inducted into the Rock Walk outside Guitar Center in Hollywood, CA.
2000: Former Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts was arrested after he threatened his wife with a knife, destroyed his living room in Florida and disappeared. When discovered by police after a helicopter search, he was sent to a psychiatric unit.
2002: Rush's Vapor Trails album debuts at #6 on the Billboard charts (selling 108,000 units).
2002: The Queen of England’s Golden Jubilee concert featured performances from Paul McCartney, Phil Collins and Joe Cocker. Queen guitarist Brian May played “God Save the Queen” from the roof of Buckingham Palace.
2003: The Doors announced they had settled a lawsuit launched by Stewart Copeland. Copeland filed a breach of contract lawsuit after the reunited group replaced him with drummer Ty Dennis.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers were at No.1 on the US album charts with Stadium Arcadium the bands ninth studio album.
1942: Capitol Records opens for business, becoming the first major record label based on the US west coast. The company had been established earlier in the year by singer Johnny Mercer and investor Buddy De Sylva as Liberty Records. It was Capitol's manager, Glenn Wallichs, who invented the art of record promotion by sending free copies of new releases to disc jockeys.
1966: Janis Joplin joins Big Brother & the Holding Company.
1974: David Bowie kicked off his 73 date Diamond Dogs Tour at the Montreal, Forum in Canada.
1975: The Rolling Stones became the first rock band to receive royalties for sales of their records in Russia.
1983: Police hit US Hot 100 at No. 36 with "Every Breath You Take".
1984: Bruce Springsteen releases the album "Born In The USA", which will top the Billboard Hot 200 chart for seven weeks and spawn seven Top-10 singles. The LP went on to sell over 15 million copies in the US alone
1986: The first of a six date ‘Conspiracy of Hope’ tour was held at Cow Palace, San Francisco, California. The benefit concerts on behalf of Amnesty International were held to increase awareness of Amnesty on the 25th anniversary of its work for human rights. The shows were headlined by U2 and Sting, and also featured Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Joan Baez, and The Neville Brothers.
1993: Kurt Cobain was arrested after a dispute at his house in Seattle; the disagreement allegedly concerned the Nirvana's guitarist's collection of firearms.
1996: Metallica releases the highly anticipated "Load" album
1997: Ronnie Lane of The Small Faces died from multiple sclerosis, 18 years after being diagnosed with the disease. He was 51.
1999: Megadeth film a video for 'Crush 'Em' with WCW champion Bill Goldberg and film star Jean-Claude Van Damme.
2010: Billboard magazine reported that weekly album sales may have hit its lowest point since the early 1970s. According to the RIAA, album shipments in 1973 totaled an average of 7.47 million per week, while last weeks sales totaled 4.98 million units. One industry executive described the situation as "pretty scary."
1959: Bob Zimmerman graduated from high school in Hibbing, Minnesota. Zimmerman was known as a greaser to classmates in the remote rural community, because of his long sideburns and leather jacket.
1964: The Rolling Stones played their first-ever live date in the US when they appeared at the Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, California.
1966: At the Marquee Club, London “The Bowie Showboat”, a lunchtime performance from David Bowie, “three hours of music and mime”, plus a Top Ten disco. Admission was 3 shillings, ($0.42
1971: Grand Funk Railroad smashed the record held by The Beatles when they sold out New York's Shea Stadium in 72 hours.
1975: During recording sessions for Wish You Were Here at Abbey Road Studios, London, England, Syd Barrett turned up out of the blue as Pink Floyd were listening to playbacks of ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’, (a tribute to former band member Barrett). This was the last time any member of Pink Floyd saw Barrett.
1976: Rolling Stones become first group to receive record royalties from the USSR when copyright laws are changed.
1977: Alice Cooper's pet boa constrictor was bitten by a rat it was trying to eat, and died. Cooper held a public audition to replace the snake, which was featured in his act.
1983: During a 48-date North American tour U2 played at Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver. The show was recorded and released as 'U2 Live At Red Rocks: Under A Blood Red Sky.'
1984: Twisted Sister release their North American debut, "Stay Hungry".
1984: Slayer release their debut "Show No Mercy".
1988: Eric Clapton's wife Patti applied for a divorce, the couple had married in 1979.
1990: American drummer Jim Hodder drowned in his swimming pool aged 42. He was the original drummer with Steely Dan and also worked with Sammy Hagar and David Soul.
1992: Iron Maiden's Fear Of The Dark tour opens in Helsinki.
1996: Motley Crue's Tommy Lee and wife Pamela Anderson have their first child, Brandon Thomas Lee.
1999: Aerosmith wins best song in a movie honors at the MTV Movie Awards for 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing' from the Armageddon movie soundtrack.
2005: Audioslave were at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Out of Exile.'
2007: Jurors in the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector were shown the bloody revolver that was found at the feet of Lana Clarkson, the actress he was accused of killing at his home in the early hours of February 3rd, 2003. She had accompanied Spector to his Alhambra, California mansion after meeting him at her job as a hostess at the House of Blues just hours earlier.
2007: Sir Paul McCartney released his 21st solo album, ‘Memory Almost Full’ on the new Hear Music Starbucks label. It was later announced that all copies sold through UK Starbucks would not be eligible for the UK charts as the 533 stores were not registered with the Official Chart Company. The album was being played non-stop in more than 10,000 Starbucks outlets across 29 countries.
1962: The first Beatles recording session took place at Abbey Road studios. The group recorded four tracks, one of which was ‘Love Me Do’, the four musicians received payments for the session of £7.10 ($12.07) each.
1966: Roy Orbison's first wife, Claudette, was killed when a truck pulled out of a side road and collided with the motorbike that she and her husband were riding on in Gallatin, Texas, she was 25.
1966: Paperback Writer promotion film gets first showing on The Ed Sullivan Show
1968: The Rolling Stones added new lyrics to their soon-to-be-released single “Sympathy for the Devil,” which referred to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
1969: Rod Stewart signed as a solo artist to Mercury Records.
1969: Feast of Friends, a Doors documentary, premieres in Los Angeles
1970: Syd Barrett played his first gig since leaving Pink Floyd at the Extraveganza '70, at London's Olympia. He was joined on stage by Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.
1971: John & Yoko jammed live on stage with Frank Zappa at The Filmore East in New York.
1972: Jethro Tull: Thick as a Brick #1 US LP
1976: Rolling Stones become first group to receive record royalties from the USSR when copyright laws are changed.
1977: The Doobie Brothers pioneered the Fairway to Heaven format with a golf classic and concert to benefit The United Way.
1979: Def Leppard played at Crookes Workingman's Club in Sheffield. The gig was reviewed in UK music paper 'Sounds' and led to a recording contract with Phonogram Records.
1982: Tom Petty, Crosby Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks and Jackson Browne all appeared at The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California for The Peace Sunday: We Have a Dream concert for nuclear disarmament to a crowd of 85,000 fans.
1986: A&R man Dick Rowe died of diabetes. Rowe became famous for not signing The Beatles to Decca records and made the classic quote 'Nobody cares about guitar group's anymore.' He did however sign The Rolling Stones to Decca.
1987: Genesis becomes the first group to spend a full year on Hot 100 with track from one LP, Invisible Touch.
1989: Singer Ray Gillen, along with ex-Ozzy Osbourne axeman Jake E. Lee release their self-titled debut collaboration called Badlands.
1992: After it had been determined that the vows they traded in Switzerland did not constitute a legal marriage, David Bowie and his supermodel spouse Iman repeated their wedding ceremony in Florence, Italy.
1992: The Broadway musical "Tommy." wins 5 Tony awards. Pete Townshend wins Award for Best Original Score.
1995: Pink Floyd releases the live album "Pulse"
1997: Following Phil Collins' departure, Genesis announced that his replacement was Ray Wilson, formerly with the band Stiltskin.
2003: Officials at Six Flags in Darien Lakes, New York banned Marilyn Manson's Ozzfest appearance in August. The amusement park invoked a contract clause that allows them to restrict artists from performing.
2004: ZZ Top was nearly swept offstage by a rainstorm at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival in Dallas. Other performers included James Taylor, Santana, John Mayer and Robert Randolph, as well as Clapton himself.
1963: In England, The Rolling Stones released their first single – a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On" backed with Willie Dixon's "I Wanna Be Loved." The band had to change Berry's line "some stupid jerk" to "some stupid guy" in order to get the song played on the radio.
1963: The Beatles, touring with Roy Orbison, performed at the Odeon Cinema in Glasgow, Scotland.
1964: During their first ever US tour The Rolling Stones were booed off stage at the San Antonio Teen Fair in San Antonio, Texas. Some performing Monkeys who had been the act on before the Stones were brought back on stage for another performance. Only three thousand of 20-thousand seats were sold in the venue for their appearance.
1968: Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane all appeared for the first of a three night run at the Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, California.
1969: Blind Faith made their live debut at London’s Hyde Park. 120-thousand people turned up to see the super-group of Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech strut their stuff at the free show.
1969: Keith Richards and his partner Anita Pallenburg were involved in a car crash near their home in Sussex. Richards escaped serious injury but Pallenburg was taken to hospital with a broken collarbone and the car was a write-off.
1969: Bob Dylan played with Johnny Cash on the debut of ABC’s The Johnny Cash Show.
1970: The Who played Tommy at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House.
1975: Elton John's album 'Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboys', went to No.1 on the US album chart, the first album ever to enter the US chart at No.1.
1977: Led Zeppelin played the first of six sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, in New York City.
1980: Iron Maiden's 'Sanctuary' single is released.
1984: Lita Ford releases "Dancing On The Edge".
1987: David Bowie played a concert in West Berlin in front of the Reichstag with the speakers pointing towards the nearby Berlin Wall where thousands of young East Berliners stood and listened.
1990: The Black Crowes played their debut UK gig at the Marquee in London.
1991: During their Use Your Illusion Tour, Guns n' Roses played the first of two nights at the CNE Stadium in Toronto, Canada.
1993: Pete Townshend, Chuck Berry and Billy Joel are among those present for the "breaking ground" ceremony for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland - 7 years after the city won the right to build the building.
1997: Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher played a five-song set at the Tibet Freedom Concert, Downing Stadium in New York City. U2, Patti Smith and Radiohead also appeared at the concert.
1999: Poison are inducted into Dick Clark's Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1999: Rod Stewart was supposed to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange but he arrived late and decided to toss some soccer balls onto the trading floor instead
2000: Twisted Sister reunite for the first time in 14 years for a triple threat of the band's biggest hits, in honour of industry mogul Jason Flom, the man instrumental in signing the band.
2001: During their 'The Tour of Brotherly Love' tour, Oasis, The Black Crowes and Spacehog played the first of three nights at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
2004: Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry canceled two fundraising concerts featuring supporters like Jon Bon Jovi, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Wyclef Jean, Barbra Streisand and Willie Nelson, out of respect for the passing of President Ronald Reagan.
2008: 3 Doors Down were at No.1 on the US album chart with their self titled second US No.1.
2010: Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh was granted a restraining order against an elderly neighbor who allegedly threatened to kill him. The man was also ordered to pay more than $1,500 in legal fees.
1954: US record labels started to supply radio stations with 45rpm discs for the first time, replacing the 78 records.
1967: The Beatles were in studio when Rolling Stone Brian Jones joined them to play sax on "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)."
1969: Founder member of The Rolling Stones Brian Jones announced that he was leaving the group, saying that he no longer saw 'eye to eye' with the rest of the band.
1970: Deep Purple had their van and equipment impounded by East German police while on an European tour, after mistakenly driving too close to the border.
1974: Bill Wyman became the first Rolling Stone to release a solo album with 'Monkey Grip', (it peaked at No.39 in the UK and No.99 in the US).
1974: Keyboard player Rick Wakeman announced that he was leaving Yes. He rejoins two years later.
1974: Paul McCartney and Wings went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Band On The Run', his third solo US No.1.
1989: At a Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior's press conference, vegetarian Chrissie Hynde claimed that she once firebombed a McDonalds restaurant. The following day a McDonalds in Milton Keynes, England was firebombed and Hynde was threatened with legal action.
1991: Bruce Springsteen married Patti Scialfa, at their Beverley Hills home in California.
1991: Extreme went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'More Than Words'.
2001: AC/DC, The Offspring, Queens Of The Stone Age and Megadeth all appeared at the Milton Keynes Bowl, England; tickets cost £28.50 ($48.45).
2003: Led Zeppelin were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘How The West Was Won’, the bands seventh US No.1 album.
2003: Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner announced his engagement to Mia Tyler, daughter of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler.
2008: Rolling Stone magazine published a list of the Top 50 guitar songs of all time. No.5 was ‘Brown Sugar’ by The Rolling Stones, No.4 , ‘You Really Got Me’ By The Kinks, No.3, ‘Crossroads’, by Cream, No.2 ‘Purple Haze’, by Jimi Hendrix and No.1 ‘Johnny B Goode’, Chuck Berry.
1963: The Beatles, on the last night of their tour with Roy Orbison, performed at King George's Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire. It was during this tour that The Beatles' fans started throwing jelly babies at them while they were on stage, after an off-the-cuff remark on television that George Harrison enjoyed eating them.
1964: During an evening session Bob Dylan recorded ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.
1967: Pink Floyd played two gigs in one day, the first at the College of Commerce in Hull, and then the UFO at The Blarney Club, Tottenham Court Road, London, England.
1970: Bob Dylan awarded honorary Doctorate of Music by Princeton University
1972: Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust LP by David Bowie released
1972: John Hammond signs Bruce Springsteen to Columbia 1972, and Bruce started to assemble the E Street Band from various Asbury Park ex-band mates.
2002: It was announced that Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was to be given a knighthood for his services to music.
1964: On their first world tour The Beatles took a flight from Hong Kong to Australia making an unscheduled fuel stop in Darwin, where over 400 fans greet their aircraft. The Beatles then fly on to Sydney, where they arrive in the middle of a heavy downpour. The group were required to appear in an open-top truck in the pouring rain to wave at the 1,000’s of fans greeting them at the airport.
1964: Rolling Stones visit Chess Studios for the first time, recording It's All Over Now among others
1964: Beatles' Hard Day's Night LP and single released in US
1966: Rain by Beatles (flip of Paperback Writer), the first record to use backward tapes, released
1966: Steve Marriott of The Small Faces collapsed while performing on UK TV show Ready Steady Go! The group were forced to cancel the following weeks gigs.
1966: Janis Joplin plays for the first time with Big Brother and the Holding Company, at Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco
1967: 15,000 people gather at Mt Tamalpais in California for the Magic Mountain Music Festival, where performers include Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Smokey Robinson and Byrds. The first event of its kind, it is a prototype for Monterey the following week.
1974: The Who began a four-night sold-out run at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1977: Joe Strummer and Nicky Headon from The Clash were each fined £5 ($8.50) by a London court for spray-painting “The Clash” on a wall.
1991: Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr kicked off an 8-date tour at the Gothic Theater in Denver.
2001: Journey is forced to cancel a concert due to severe flooding in Houston
2006: The surviving members of Led Zeppelin met at a secret rehearsal space in England to run through songs for the forthcoming 02 Arena benefit tribute to Atlantic Records co-founder, the late Ahmet Ertegun. It was the first time the three members had been in the same room with instruments since their four-song set at Led Zeppelin's 1995 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
2007: The Rolling Stones played their first UK festival in over 30 years when they appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival. The Stones arrived at the Isle of Wight on their own privately chartered ferry for their 200-strong entourage including five Winnebago trailers and private security team. The Stones last UK festival appearance was Knebworth Fair in 1976.
1960: Drummer Tommy Moore makes the fateful decision to quit The Beatles and return to his job of driving a forklift at Garston bottle works. He would briefly be replaced by Norman Chapman, who was called into National Service after just three gigs. After going drummerless and mostly jobless for a few weeks, the band would hire Pete Best on August 12th, only one day before they were to go to Hamburg to play a string of club dates.
1966: The Rolling Stones started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Paint It Black', the group's third US No.1 single.
1966: European radio stations mistakenly report that The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey is dead. Actually, it was guitarist Pete Townshend who had been injured in a car accident a few days earlier.
1968: Working at Abbey Road studios in London on The White Album, John Lennon worked on ‘Revolution 9’ in studio 3, while Paul McCartney recorded ‘Blackbird’ in studio 2.
1968: Fire breaks out at Olympic Studios while Rolling Stones are recording Beggar's Banquet
1970: American tour planned for Ginger Baker's Airforce cancelled eight days before it is due to begin. Only 3,000 tickets have been sold
1976: AC/DC appeared at Glasgow City Hall, Scotland, on the first night of their Lock Up Your Daughters 19 date UK tour.
1977: Joe Strummer and Topper Headon were detained overnight in prison in Newcastle upon Tyne having failed to appear at Morpeth Magistrates on May 21st. Both Clash members were to answer a charge relating to the theft of a Holiday Inn pillowcase. They were both fined £100 ($170).
1983: Drummer Alex Van Halen married Valeri Kendall in Los Angeles, California. Brother Eddie Van Halen was best man.
2000: Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee and two members of the English band's entourage were arrested after a disturbance at a Holiday Inn in downtown Denver.
2000: Motley Crue ask Hole drummer Samantha Maloney to rehearse with them for their upcoming Maximum Rock tour while Randy Castillo recovers from emergency stomach surgery.
2001: Ozzy Osbourne records new versions of 'No More Tears', 'Crazy Train', 'See You On The Other Side', and the Black Sabbath staples 'War Pigs' and 'Paranoid' for the soundtrack of Black Skies, a video game based on his vision.
2001: Sir Paul McCartney married Heather Mills at St Salvator Church, Ireland. Guests included Ringo Starr, David Gilmour, Jools Holland and Chrissie Hynde. Heather walked down the aisle clutching a bouquet of 11 'McCartney' roses.
2004: Courtney Love surrendered to US police after allegedly assaulting a woman at the home of her former manager and ex-boyfriend. Ms Love was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. She was later released on bail. The charges related to an incident on 25 April 2004, when Ms Love allegedly assaulted a woman with a bottle and a torch at the LA home of Jim Barber.
1964: The Beatles arrived in Adelaide, Australia and were greeted by an estimated 250,000 fans, (the biggest welcome the band would ever receive), who lined the ten mile route from the airport to the city centre. The group gave their first four shows in Australia at the Centennial Hall, Adelaide over two nights, playing: I Saw Her Standing There, I Want To Hold Your Hand, All My Loving, She Loves You, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, Can't Buy Me Love, This Boy, Long Tall Sally and Twist And Shout. Temporary member Jimmy Nicol was standing in for Ringo on drums who was recovering from having his tonsils removed.
1972: Creedence Clearwater Revival awarded gold disc in the US for Mardi Gras LP
1972: Sometime in New York City LP released by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, featuring Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
1973: Grand Funk record "We're An American Band", which will become their first US number one single by the following September.
1982: Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Gary 'US' Bonds all appeared at a rally for nuclear disarmament in Central Park, New York to over 450,000 fans.
1990: David Bowie appeared at Deer Creek, Indianapolis, on the North American leg of his Sound & Vision tour.
2000: Sammy Hagar forms his own label, Cabo Wabo Records, a joint venture with Beyond Records.
2001: W.A.S.P.'s Chris Holmes once again splits with the band. Former touring guitarist Doug Blair is brought in to fill the void.
2001: Bassist Mike Inez temporarily teams up with Black Label Society for the remaining dates of Ozzfest 2001, replacing S.O.B., who left the tour to deal with a personal situation.
2005: Pink Floyd announced they would reunite with former bassist Roger Waters, who left the band in 1985, on July 2 for the Live 8 London concert. This would be the first time the band had played together as a quartet since The Wall tour in 1981.
2006: Korn frontman Johnathan Davies is diagnosed with a rare blood disorder.
1964: The Beatles performed another two shows at Centennial Hall, Adelaide, South Australia. For the four shows that The Beatles performed in Adelaide there were 12,000 tickets, for which 50,000 requests had been placed. The two shows on this day were drummer’s Jimmy Nicol's last as a "temporary Beatle". Ringo Starr (who had been ill), re-joined The Beatles in Melbourne the next day.
1964: The Rolling Stones make a television appearance on Hollywood Palace, a show hosted by Dean Martin. Dino made some jokes at the Stones' expense -- after a trampolinist's act, Dean quipped, "that's the father of The Rolling Stones; he's been trying to kill himself ever since."
1969: The Rolling Stones held a press conference and photo-op in Hyde Park to introduce new guitarist Mick Taylor. The 20 year-old former John Mayall's Bluesbreakers member made his live debut with The Stones the following month at a free concert at Hyde Park London.
1970: The Beatles had their last original single, "The Long and Winding Road" hit number 1 in the US. The album 'Let It Be' started a four-week run at No.1 the US album chart on the same day. Since then, they've reached the top of the charts with re-releases of "Got to Get You Into My Life" and "Back in the USSR" (1976), "The Beatles' Movie Medley" (1982), "Twist and Shout" (1986, included in the movies, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Back to School), "Baby It's You" and "Free As a Bird" (both 1995) and "Real Love" (1996).
1970: Grand Funk Railroad, supported by Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) appeared at the Ocean Ice Palace in Bricktown, New Jersey, tickets $5.00.
1980: The film "Roadie", featuring Meatloaf, Blondie and Roy Orbison, Pat Benatar, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper and Styx
opens in US.
1980: Pat Benatar performed a short set and danced with team mascot, “The Phillie Phanatic,” before a Philadelphia Phillies game.
1982: Pink Floyd began sessions for The Final Cut.
1985: The Live 8 concert takes place.
1987: Motley Crue debut at No. 5 on US LP chart with "Girls Girls Girls".
1988: The biggest charity Rock concert since Live Aid three years earlier took place at London's Wembley Stadium, to denounce South African apartheid. Among the performers were Sting, Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams, George Michael, Whitney Houston and Dire Straits. Half the money raised went towards anti-apartheid activities in Britain, the rest was donated to children's charities in southern Africa.
1991: Mick Jagger announced that he and Jerry Hall were expecting their third child together.
2000: The New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association held a rally to protest Bruce Springsteen’s song “American Skin,” the subject of which was the police shooting of Amadou Diallo.
2001: KISS enter an agreement with WhiteLight to produce official KISS Kaskets.
2001: Sebastian Bach is named as Favorite Male Replacement, as part of Broadway.com's 2001 Audience Awards.
2001: Reb Beach is officially out of Dokken, opening the door for John Norum to join the group on a full-time basis.
2007: Widely hailed by critics as one of the best albums in Paul McCartney's solo career, "Memory Almost Full" sold 160,541 copies across all retail outlets in the US in its debut week, landing the record at #3 on Billboard Top 200 chart.
1964: 12-year-old Carol Dryden was discovered by railway workers packed in a tea chest on a station platform addressed to The Beatles.
1964: Touring Australia The Beatles arrived in Melbourne and were greeted at the airport by over 5,000 fans. Another 20,000 fans lined the route from the airport to the hotel, army and navy units were brought in to help control the crowds, cars were crushed, hundreds of girls fainted and over 50 people were admitted to hospital with broken bones.
1965: Paul McCartney records "Yesterday" by himself, after trying unsuccessfully to fit in the rest of the Beatles. The song would later be recorded by over 3,000 other artists and become the most covered tune in music history. In describing it, Paul has said "I did the tune easily and then the words took about two weeks."
1967: The Doors appeared at Steve Paul's Scene, New York City, Jimi Hendrix was in the audience.
1968: 23 year old Rod Stewart got his first major exposure in the US when he opened a tour with The Jeff Beck Group at The Fillmore East in New York. Stewart had a bad case of stage fright and hid behind a speaker cabinet through the first song.
1970: Grand Funk Railroad spends $100,000 for a block long billboard in New York's Times Square to advertise its latest record, "Closer to Home".
1970: Eric Clapton's Derek and the Dominoes made their live debut in Britain. The group was joined by Dave Mason, who played the guitar parts performed by Duane Allman on Derek and the Dominoes' only studio album, "Layla".
1970: The sponsors of the original Woodstock Festival announce that they lost more than $1.2 million on the actual concert. They would eventually profit from the sale of the Woodstock sound track and related memorabilia.
1970: Derek and the Dominoes played their first gig when they appeared at London's Lyceum. (David Mason plays second guitar)
1971: The first Hard Rock in London opens.
1972: Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York.
1974: David Bowie begins Diamond Dogs tour in Montreal
1980: Billy Joel started a six-week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with his second chart topping LP, "Glass Houses", his second US No.1 album..
1986: Three fans died during an Ozzy Osbourne gig at Long Beach Arena, California after falling from a balcony.
1991: Nirvana appeared at The Palladium, Hollywood, California.
1995: Several residents of Columbus, Ohio call the police to complain about the volume of a Ted Nugent concert. The Motor City Madman refused to quiet down because the music was within legal noise limits.
2002: Mick Jagger became a Sir when he was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
1962: Elektra label opens West Coast office in Los Angeles, from where they sign Love and Doors
1964: Ringo Starr re-joins The Beatles in Melbourne, Australia after being released from a London hospital where he was treated for tonsillitis and pharyngitis. In his absence, drummer Jimmy Nicol, formerly of Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames, filled in admirably.
1965: Bob Dylan records Like A Rolling Stone, his first 'electric' hit, with Mike Bloomfield on guitar and Al Kooper on piano and organ.
1966: The Beatles L.P., "Yesterday and Today" is released by Capitol with the controversial "butcher" cover, with the Beatles smiling amongst a group of decapitated baby dolls. The original photo became a huge publicity problem for Capitol and was quickly replaced by a more conventional cover.
1967: Guitarist Peter Green quit the John Mayall Band. Green went on to form Fleetwood Mac.
1969: The Doors appeared at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1971: The Guess Who's "Best of the Guess Who" LP goes Gold.
1985: Dire Straits started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with, 'Brothers In Arms'.
1986: U2 and Sting headlined a concert in New Jersey celebrating 25 years of Amnesty International.
1988: During Bruce Springsteen's stay in Rome during a world tour a photographer took a shot of Bruce in his underpants sharing an intimate moment with his backing singer Patti Scialfa. The picture confirmed the rumours that Bruce and Patti were having an affair.
1989: Nirvana's debut album 'Bleach' was released in the US. The title for the album came from a poster 'Bleach Your Works' urging drug users to bleach their needles.
1990: The Rolling Stones song, "Paint It Black", hit number 1 in the Netherlands for the second time, twenty-four years after it first topped the singles chart. The song was included on their "Singles Collection" box set the previous year.
1992: Bruce Springsteen starts his first tour in four years with a show in Stockholm, Sweden. The tour, the first time he has ever toured without the E Street Band, is in support of his "Human Touch" and "Lucky Town" LP's
1996: George Martin, the producer of most of the Beatles' recordings, received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.
2002: A rare autographed copy of The Beatles' album "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" sold at a UK auction for £34,000 ($57,800), more than five times the expected price.
2003: Metallica were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘St Anger’, the bands fourth US No.1.
1964: The Rolling Stones paid £1,500 ($2,500) in return air fares from America back to the UK to honour a booking made a year earlier for £100 ($170) at Magdalen College Oxford.
1966: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (featuring guitarist Eric Clapton), appeared at The Marquee Club, London, England.
1967: Over 200,000 people attended the first Monterey Pop Festival this week in 1967. Many of the leading Rock acts of the time appeared, including Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Simon and Garfunkel, Canned Heat, The Mamas and The Papas, The Grateful Dead, Eric Burdon and The Animals, The Association, Booker T. and The MGs, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, David Crosby and Steve Miller,. John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas would later write, "San Francisco" (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) about the festival, which became a big hit for Scott McKenzie later in the year. Tickets cost $3.50–6.50.
1968: Janis Joplin, Steve Miller and Santana played a benefit at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium.
1970: The promoters of the Woodstock music festival announced that they ended up losing 1.2-million dollars on the venture.
1975: John Lennon sues the US government, charging that officials tried to deny his immigration through selective prosecution.
1977:The musical Beatlemania hit Broadway. It ran for more than one-thousand performances.
1980: The Blues Brothers film starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd premiered in Chicago. The film also featured Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Ray Charles in the role of a streetwise storeowner.
1982: Pretenders guitarist, 25 year old James Honeyman Scott, died in his sleep in London, England. The official cause of death is "cocaine related heart failure."
1982: Donny Van Zant of .38 Special is arrested on stage in Tulsa, Oklahoma for public drinking. Tulsa was a dry town.
1987: Lawyers for Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia gave the Ben & Jerry ice cream company permission to market a flavor called “Cherry Garcia.”
1988: Vince Neil of Motley Crue married mud wrestler Sharisse Rudell.
1988: Pink Floyd played Berlin. In East Berlin, two-thousand fans gathered at the wall to listen to the concert.
1990: The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black” went to number one in the Netherlands, 24 years after it was first released.
1994: Kristen Pfaff, bassist with Hole, died of a heroin overdose.
1995: Pearl Jam kicked off their first tour without the involvement of Ticketmaster. The Seattle band had accused the company of monopolizing the ticket industry.Instead, tickets were sold through a mail-order service.
1996: Rage Against The Machine, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Fugees, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lee Hooker, Beck, Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono, De La Soul and Richie Havens all appeared at the two-day Tibetan Freedom Concert, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: A sell-out crowd of over 100,000 made it the largest US benefit concert since Live Aid in 1985.
2001: Four-year-old Daniel Karven-Veres drowned in Tommy Lee's swimming pool while attending a birthday party for Lee's 5-year-old son, Brandon. His parents, James Veres and Ursula Karven, sued Lee for negligence, claiming they should have been told that a swimming pool was involved, (their son could not swim). Lee was cleared by a jury in April 2003.
1965: Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles completed work on the new Paul McCartney song ‘Yesterday’ with the overdubbing of an additional vocal track by McCartney and a string quartet. They also recorded ‘Act Naturally’ for Ringo's vocal contribution on the ‘Help!’ album and the song ‘Wait’, in four takes. ‘Wait’ will not be included on ‘Help!’, it was included on the following LP, ‘Rubber Soul’.
1965: The Kinks and the Moody Blues made their US concert debut at the Academy of Music in New York City.
1971: Carole King saw her "Tapestry" album hit number 1 in the US for the first of 15 consecutive weeks. The LP contained such classic tracks as "It's Too Late", "I Feel the Earth Move", "So Far Away", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" and "You've Got a Friend". The Grammy Award winning disc is considered by many to be one of the best Rock 'n' Roll albums of all time.
1972: Keyboardist Ron (Pigpen) McKernan played his final gig with the Grateful Dead at the Hollywood Bowl. He would die the following March of alcohol-induced liver failure and internal bleeding.
1972: The Rolling Stones album 'Exile On Main Street' started a four-week run at the top of the US charts.
1973: Joe Saylers, business manager for Three Dog Night and Steppenwolf, is shot in the arm after a confrontation with two strangers in his West Hollywood apartment.
1977: Michael Schenker disappears after UFO concert in Leeds, England.
1978: Grace Slick's alcoholism prevented her from going on stage with Jefferson Starship at a concert in St. Goarhausen, West Germany. Fans rioted, causing more than $1 million in damage. Two days later, Slick quit the Starship and Marty Balin took over as lead vocalist.
1980: Led Zeppelin begins three week's worth of shows in Europe. It will prove to be the group's last tour.
1987: A St. Petersburg, Florida real estate agent named Vittoria Holman sued Mötley Crüe and a concert promoter for hearing loss allegedly incurred at a concert in December 1985. Holman and her daughter had front row seats less than 10 feet (3 meters) from a wall of speakers. The case was settled out of court when the band's insurance company paid Holman over $30,000.
1989: Ringo Starr announces that he will tour again as Ringo and the All-Starr Band. Members of the group include Clarence Clemons, Joe Walsh and Billy Preston.
1997: Ozzy Osbourne cancelled his solo set and his reunion with Black Sabbath, scheduled for an Ozzfest tour stop at the Polaris Amphitheatre near Columbus, Ohio. Osbourne claimed he had lost his voice. Other groups on the bill performed as scheduled but disappointed fans set fires and damaged the outdoor facility. Twenty-three people were arrested and three were slightly hurt. Osbourne and Black Sabbath played a make-up date two weeks later.
2007: 62 year old Rod Stewart married his girlfriend of nearly seven years, 36 year old Penny Lancaster in a small town just outside the Italian Riviera resort of Portofino. The couple, who have a 1½ year old son together, were wed during a private ceremony attended by a small gathering of family and friends.
1948: Columbia Records begins the first mass production of the 33 1/3 RPM LP. The new format could contain a maximum of 23 minutes of music per side versus the approximately three minutes that could be squeezed on to a 78 RPM disc.
1977: Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten was slashed on his face and hands by knife-wielding youths on a London street. They objected to the Pistols' anti-monarchist song "God Save the Queen". The next day, another member of the Pistols, Paul Cook, was beaten by a gang armed with iron pipes.
1977: Fleetwood Mac score their only Billboard number one hit with "Dreams". Over the next dozen years, they would reach the US Top 40 thirteen more times.
1977: The Beatles' "Live At The Hollywood Bowl", recorded in August, 1964 and August, 1965, rose to the top of the UK album chart. Across the pond, it would climb to #2 on the Billboard Hot 200.
1993: A&M Records chairman Jerry Moss and vice-chairman Herb Alpert announced they were leaving the company they founded more than 30 years earlier. They had sold A&M in 1990 to Polygram for $500 million. Moss and Alpert started the label in the garage of Alpert's Los Angeles home in 1962. The label was the home to such acts as The Police, Bryan Adams, Joan Baez, Flying Burrito Brothers, The Carpenters, Joe Cocker, Supertramp and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.
1994: The Beastie Boys entered the US album chart at No.1 with 'III Communication'.
1997: During a North American tour U2 played the first of two nights at Oakland Coliseum, San Francisco supported by Oasis.
2000: Jani Lane leaves the Warrant tour with 10 days remaining after falling off the wagon.
2000, It was reported that sales of pirate music CDs had now exceeded more than 500 million a year and accounted for one in every five sold. The Phonographic Industry estimated it was costing the music industry $5.1 billion in lost sales.
1967: Having admitted to taking LSD four tines during an interview with Life Magazine, Beatle Paul McCartney told The Daily Mirror that he didn’t regret that he'd spoken out and hoped that his fans would understand.
1973: Edgar Winter Group awarded a gold disc for Frankenstein single.
1974: KISS' Paul Stanley collapses on stage from exhaustion at the Electric Ballroom in Atlanta.
1976: Blue Oyster Cult releases "Agents of Fortune"
1978: The Rolling Stones played the Palladium, in New York City during their summer tour of North America.
1987: Motley Crue's Girls, Girls, Girls tour kicks off in Tuscon, Arizona.
2000: The new Motley Crue full length animated video clip for 'Hell On High Heels' has it's world premiere on VH1.
2001: Aerosmith inked a multi-million dollar deal with Dodge to plug the auto company in print ads, TV and radio commercials, at NASCAR events and on the group's Just Push Play tour.
2003: Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) introduces himself as the vocalist for Velvet Revolver.
2006: Duane Roland, a founding member of the Southern Rock band Molly Hatchet died of natural causes at the age of 53.
1969: The first of a three day Festival in Newport, California, featuring: Ike And Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds, The Rascals, Steppenwolf, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, Eric Burdon and Love. A three day ticket cost $15. Hendrix received $125,000 for his appearance, at the time it was the highest fee ever paid to a rock act for a single appearance.
1987: Aerosmith appeared at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, the first night on their Permanent Vacation 147 date world tour.
1988: Deep Purple release Nobody's Perfect
1996: The Furthur Festival kicks off in Atlanta. The show marks the first time the members of The Grateful Dead perform together since the death of Jerry Garcia.
1999: The reunited Armored Saint commence work on their forthcoming album featuring the Symbol Of Salvation line-up - John Bush (vocals), Joey Vera (bs), Gonzo Sandoval (drums), Jeff Duncan (guitar), and Phil Sandoval (guitar).
1999: Ace Frehley tells WNEW 102.7 in New York that there will NOT be another KISS record with the original four members and that this is without a doubt the FINAL KISS tour with makeup and original members.
2004: Organizers at a Paul McCartney gig hired three jets to spray dry ice into the clouds so it wouldn’t rain during the concert. The gig in Petersburg, Russia, was McCartney’s 3,000 concert appearance. He had performed 2,535 gigs with the Quarrymen and the Beatles, 140 gigs with Wings and 325 solo shows.
2008: American singer songwriter Jimmy Buffett announced that his Margaritaville Holdings has partnered with New York gambling company Coastal Marina to buy the Trump Marina Hotel Casino for $316 million. His vast business empire also included tequila, beer, frozen food, footwear, restaurants, a resort, a record label and a recording studio. In 2006, Rolling Stone magazine estimated Buffett's earnings at $44 million.
1966: Jimmy Page made his live debut with The Yardbirds at the Marquee Club, London.
1966: After a North American tour The Rolling Stones sued 14 hotels over a booking ban in New York, claiming that the ban was violating civil rights laws.
1966: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded from start to finish, a new John Lennon song ‘She Said She Said’. The song was reportedly based on a bizarre conversation that Lennon had with Peter Fonda while John and George Harrison were tripping on LSD.
1972: Led Zeppelin appeared at Denver Coliseum, Denver on their North American tour.
1975: Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple to form Rainbow - his replacement is Tommy Bolin.
1975: The Eagles and The Doobie Brothers both appeared at the Oakland Coliseum, California, Elton John made a surprise appearance with both groups during the concert.
1976: Touring North America for the first time Wings played the last dates of their 31-date tour with three nights at the Los Angeles Forum.
1977: Aerosmith played at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, on their 81 date Draw The Line Tour.
1981: Just after signing a multi-album contract with Warner Brothers, the Pop group Steely Dan announced they were breaking up. Donald Fagan and Walter Becker, the driving forces behind the band, said their 14 year musical partnership was over. Steely Dan's hits included "Reeling in the Years" and "Rikki Don't Lose That Number".
1988: Jimmy Page releases his first solo album, Outrider.
1999: Def Leppard's Euphoria debuts on the Billboard Top 200 at #11, selling just under 99,000 copies.
1968: The Jeff Beck group featuring Rod Stewart made their US debut at the Fillmore East, New York.
1969: Super-group Blind Faith released their self-titled album.
1975: At New York’s Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton joined The Rolling Stones onstage to jam on “Sympathy for the Devil.”
1981: Mark Chapman pleaded guilty to the charge of murdering John Lennon in 1980. He was later sentenced to 20 years to life.
1983: Ozzy reunites with Black Sabbath for a small tour.
1985: Bryan Adams started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Heaven', his first No.1 single,
1990: Billy Joel becomes the first Rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium.
1991: Actor Eddie Murphy spends $30,800 on JIMI HENDRIX memorabilia at a Sotheby's auction.
1991: Jimi Hendrix’s handwritten lyrics to “Room Full of Mirrors” sold for 35-hundred dollars at a New York auction.
1992: Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was rushed to hospital after a gig in Belfast, Northern Ireland suffering from acute stomach pains brought on by ulcers.
1993: Ozzy Osbourne changed his mind about retirement and said he would reunite with Black Sabbath for a tour.
1995: R.E.M. performed “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” with Dan Rather at a sound check in New York. The song was inspired by the words a mugger shouted at Rather years earlier.
1998: In London, a memorial service was held for Linda McCartney. Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr all attended.
2000: Mick Jagger was ordered to reveal his financial worth and income to a New York court in his child support battle with the mother of his last child, Brazilian model Luciana Morad.
2002: U2 guitarist 'The Edge' married his girlfriend of ten years Morleigh Steinberg in Eze in the south of France. The couple first met when she was a belly dancer on the bands Zoo TV tour. Guest's included Bono, Eurythmics Dave Stewart and Lenny Kravitz.
1966: The Beatles flew to Germany where they began their final world tour.
1973: George Harrison started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Living In The Material World', his second US No.1.
1975: Jefferson Starship's LP "Red Octopus" was released. The album, marking the return of singer Marty Balin, went to number one in the US and became the band's biggest seller.
1975: Alice Cooper falls of the Welcome to my Nightmare stage and breaks several ribs.
1975: Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of 14 shows over 7 nights at Paul's Mall in Boston, Massachusetts, as part of their Natty Dread Tour.
1976: Paul McCartney and Wings played the last date on their Wings Over America tour at the Forum in Los Angeles. At a Forum show two days earlier, Ringo Starr appeared on stage during the band's final number and presented his old friend with flowers.
1977: Keith Moon joined Led Zeppelin onstage in Los Angeles.
1979: The Knack released “My Sharona.”
1979: Supertramp's album, "Breakfast in America" rose to the top of the US album chart on the strength of three hit singles, "The Logical Song" (#6), "Goodbye Stranger" (#15), and "Take the Long Way Home" (#10). The LP would win two Grammys and sell in excess of 18 million copies worldwide.
1982: Judas Priest release Screaming For Vengeance.
1990: Actor Gary Busey, who played Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story, pays $237,419 for one of Holly's acoustic guitars at an auction at Sotheby's in New York. The guitar came in a tooled leather case made by Holly himself.
1996: Metallica went to No.1 on the US album chart with their sixth studio album 'Load'. The album has now sold over five million copies in America alone.
1998: The DLR BAND releases their self-titled debut.
2002: The top pop earners from US sales during 2001 were listed by Rolling Stone magazine as: Madonna at No.5 with $49.5 million; Dave Matthews Band at No.4 with $52.7 million; The Beatles at No.3 with $58 million; Dr. Dre at No.2 with $63 million and, top of the list, U2 with $75 million.
2004: A statement which appeared on Dave Navarro’s website claimed Jane’s Addiction had split for good. Navarro wrote: “The deal is that it simply didn't work out. In all honesty, we have broken up and rejoined roughly four times over the years. Perhaps that should shed some light as to where we are now.”
2010: 62-year-old Gregg Allman underwent a successful liver transplant operation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Allman had begun a series of treatments for Hepatitis C, but chronic damage of his liver led doctors to recommend a transplant. In a statement to the press, Allman said "I changed my ways years ago, but we can't turn back time. Every day is a gift."
1965: John Lennon's second book of poetry and drawings, 'A Spaniard In The Works', was published. The book consisted of nonsensical stories and drawings similar to the style of his 1964 book 'In His Own Write'
1966: The Rolling Stones kicked off their fifth North American tour at the Manning Bowl, Lynn, Massachusetts, support acts; The McCoys and The Standells. The crowd became so rowdy that the police used tear gas on them, and rock gigs were banned at the Manning Bowl until 1985.
1967: Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" enters the Billboard chart, where it will peak at #5. The song was written by the band around a melody composed by the group's organist, Matthew Fisher, who was inspired by the chord progression of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Orchestral Suite in D", composed between 1725 and 1739.
1967: Jefferson Airplane hit US chart with White Rabbit.
1969: The Doors appeared at The Roach, New Orleans, Louisiana.
1972: In Fort Worth, Texas, The Rolling Stones filmed the concert that would later be released as Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones.
1973: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon.
1975: The US Attorney in Newark, New Jersey hands down indictments to 19 music industry executives after a two year investigation. Counts of income tax evasion and payola are leveled against Clive Davis, former president of Columbia Records and Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, architects of the Philadelphia sound of the 70's. Fines and private settlements followed.
1984: In Dortmund, Germany, Yes were joined onstage by Jimmy Page, who played on a rendition of The Beatles’ “I’m Down.”
1989: The Who kicked off their latest reunion tour in Toronto.
1989: A Lennon-McCartney song topped the country charts for the first time. It was Roseanne Cash’s cover of “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party.”
1994: Metallica appeared at Ionia Free Fair, Ionia, Michigan during a North American tour.
1995: In San Francisco, Eddie Vedder called short a Pearl Jam concert because of stomach flu. Neil Young came out to finish the show, but the fans were not happy.
1996: Van Halen announced that Sammy Hagar had left the band, and that David Lee Roth was back as a temporary replacement.
1999: Eric Clapton put 100 of his guitars up for auction at Christie's in New York to raise money for his drug rehab clinic, the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. His 1956 Fender Stratocaster named Brownie, which was used to record the electric version of "Layla", was sold for a record $497,500. The auction helped raise nearly $5 million for the clinic.
2000: KISS auctions off old stage gear and raises appx. $876,000.
2001: Blink 182 scored their second US No.1 album with 'Take Off Your...'
2002: A London court of appeals ruled against Elton John, who hoped to revive a lawsuit against his former accountants PriceWaterhouseCoopers. John claimed the firm failed to advise him that he would have to pay his own touring costs when he signed a management contract in 1986.
2004: A Fender Stratocaster that Eric Clapton nicknamed “Blackie” sold at a Christie’s auction for $959,500 in New York, making it the most expensive guitar in the world. The proceeds of the sale went towards Clapton’s Crossroads addiction clinic, which he founded in 1998.
2006: AFI were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Decemberunderground’ the American bands seventh and first No.1 album.
1966: The Beatles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Paperback Writer', the group's 12th US No.1. The track is marked by the boosted bass guitar sound throughout, partly in response to John Lennon demanding to know why the bass on a certain Wilson Pickett record far exceeded the bass on any Beatles records. It was also cut louder than any other Beatles record, due to a new piece of equipment used in the mastering process.
1966: The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Love, Captain Beefheart, The Lovin Spoonful and Percy Sledge all appeared at The Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California.
1966: Yardbirds hit US chart with "Over Under Sideways Down."
1967: During a north American tour The Jimi Hendrix Experience gave a free afternoon concert in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. They then played another two shows that evening at the Fillmore West.
1967: 200 million people saw The Beatles perform 'All You Need Is Love', live via satellite as part of the TV global link- up, 'Our World', Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, Keith Moon and Gary Leeds provided backing vocals.
1978: Cream briefly re-form for concert at Ginger Baker's Polo Club, but advance publicity is so great they call it off
1980: Billy Joel is awarded a Gold Ticket for performing in front of 100,000 fans at New York's Madison Square Garden. Crowds flocked to see the piano man sing the tunes from his "Glass Houses" album, which currently sat atop the Billboard Hot 200.
1988: Hillel Slovak original guitarist and founding member of The Red Hot Chili Peppers died from a heroin overdose shortly after the band returned from a European tour. Slovak recorded two albums with the band, Freaky Styley and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan.
1988: Van Halen started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'OU812'.
1992: Billy Joel gets his diploma, twenty-five years after leaving high school. The piano man had overslept and missed his English and Gym finals in 1967.
1993: Bruce Springsteen was a surprise guest on David Letterman's final show as host of NBC's Late Night. After more than 11 years at NBC, Letterman began a similar show on CBS two months later.
1994: Stone Temple Pilots "Purple" started a three week run as the #1 US Album.
1995: Pearl Jam is forced to cancel several concerts due to its ongoing legal battles with Ticketmaster.
1995: Pink Floyd were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Pulse’ the bands fifth US No.1.
1999: Santana, with Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas on lead vocals, perform "Smooth" on The Late Show With David Letterman. Santana had not had a Billboard hit since "Hold On" reached #15 in 1982, but "Smooth" would top the Hot 100.
2004: Eric Clapton raised about $7.5 million for a drug addiction center he set up in the Caribbean by auctioning off some more of his favorite guitars. The items that were sold were the "Blackie" Stratocaster that Clapton played from 1970-1985 for $1 million, a 1964 cherry-red Gibson for $847,000 and a 1939 Martin acoustic that Clapton played on his "Unplugged" album went for $800,000.
2009: A Sgt Pepper souvenir poster bearing the signatures of all four Beatles sold for $52,500 at a pop memorabilia auction in New York City. Other musical items that went under the hammer were a set of Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics, which made $25,000 and a bass guitar owned by Kurt Cobain sold for $43,750.
1965: The Byrds went to No.1 on the US singles chart with their version of Bob Dylan's 'Mr Tambourine Man'. Only Roger McGuinn from the band played on the song, the drummer Hal Blaine played on the track also played on 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'.
1966: During a North American tour, The Rolling Stones played two shows, a matinee show at The Coliseum in Washington DC and an evening show at The Baltimore Civic Centre in Maryland. The McCoys and The Standells were the support acts.
1973: Rolling Stone Keith Richards and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg were arrested at their home in Chelsea, London on drugs and gun charges.
1974: Cher divorced Sonny Bono after 10 years of marriage. Four days later, Cher married guitarist Gregg Allman, the couple split 10 days after that, got back together and split again. They did stay married for three years, producing Elijah Blue Allman.
1986: James Hetfield breaks wrist in concert. John Marshall fills in on guitar for the rest of the tour with James doing just vocals.
1967: Mick Jagger was found guilty of illegal possession of two drugs found in his jacket at a party given by Keith Richards. He was remanded overnight at Lewes jail, England (prison number 7856). Jagger requested books on Tibet and modern art and two packs of Benson & Hedges cigarettes.
1968: Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles recorded seven takes of ‘Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey’ for their forthcoming White album.
1969: Denver Pop Festival begins at Mile High Stadium, featuring Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joe Cocker and Creedence Clearwater Revivial
1969: During a North American tour Jimi Hendrix appeared at Boston Gardens, Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: The Doors appeared at the Forum, Mexico City, Mexico.
1970: The Trans-Continental Pop Festival (better known as the Festival Express) set off. The tour was unique in that rather than flying to each city, most of the acts traveled on a chartered CN train. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers and, Buddy Guy Blues Band all traveled together on the train playing shows in Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Calgary.
1970: Freddie Mercury made his live debut with Smile (guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylors' group) at Truro City Hall, Cornwall, England.
1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released “Ohio” in response to the Kent State shootings on May 18th.
1971: The Beach Boys and The Allman Brothers Band performed the final concert at New York City’s Fillmore East.
1976: After much legal wrangling, John Lennon finally received his green card.
1980: John Bonham, drummer with Led Zeppelin collapsed on stage during a gig in Nuremberg, West Germany.
1989: The Who performs the rock opera, "Tommy" in its entirety for the first time in 17 years at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The show raised money for a children's charity as well as the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
1991: Carlos Santana was arrested at Houston Airport when officials found Cannabis in his luggage.
1994: Aerosmith became the first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet.
2002: One day before the scheduled first show of The Who's 2002 US tour, bass player John Entwistle, died aged 57 in his hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Entwistle had gone to bed that night with a stripper, who woke at 10am to find Entwistle cold and unresponsive. The Las Vegas medical examiner determined that death was due to a heart attack induced by an undetermined amount of cocaine.
2004: Beastie Boys were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘To The 5 Boroughs.’ the rappers fourth US No.1.
2005: The Supreme Court ruled that file-sharing networks are liable for copyright infringements when they create and distribute software that allows users to illegally swap MP3s. The ruling came in the case of MGM v. file-sharing company Grokster.
2006: Guns N’ Roses star Axl Rose was arrested after brawling with a hotel security guard in Stockholm. It was alleged that Rose bit the guard’s leg.
1968: Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles recorded ‘Good Night’, John Lennon’s lullaby for his 5-year-old son Julian with Ringo singing the lead vocal. The track appeared on the White Album.
1969: Crosby Stills and Nash LP enters US chart
1969: Jimi Hendrix announces new bassist, old army buddy Billy Cox
1975: David Bowie hits US chart with Fame, on way to No. 1.
1975: The Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'One Of These Nights'.
1975: Roger Waters spat on the audience during a Pink Floyd performance. He later
wrote The Wall about the experience.
1978: UNICEF picked Kansas as their first musical ambassadors of goodwill.
1980: Paul McCartney's ‘Coming Up’ became one of the few 'live' recordings to reach the top of Billboard's Hot 100. American disc jockeys preferred it to the studio version on the flip side of the record.
1990: At a concert in Liverpool, Paul McCartney performed John Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Help!” and “Give Peace a Chance” live in public for the first time.
1994: David Lee Roth kicked off a solo tour in Los Angeles.
1996: Def Leppard kicked off the North American leg of their 133-date Slang world tour at The Blossom Music Centre, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
1997: The classic Pink Floyd album ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ spent its 1056th week on the US album chart. It was rumoured at the time that if the album was played while watching The Wizard of Oz movie, and started exactly when the MGM lion roared the third time during the movie’s intro, very interesting connections could be made between the two.
1997: Bob Seger crashed in his BMW on the Trans-Canada Highway in Nipigon, Ontario. The singer later appeared in court charged with dangerous driving.
1997: George Harrison had an operation to remove a growth from his neck. The tumor proved to be benign.
1965: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts bought the 16th century house that once belonged to an Archbishop of Canterbury.
1966: 500 police officers were needed to contain the crowd when The Beatles played Tokyo.
1967: Rolling Stone Keith Richard was found guilty of allowing his house to be used for the illegal smoking of cannabis. He was sentenced to one year in jail and a $850 fine, (prison number 5855). Mick Jagger was also fined $170 and given three months in jail on drug charges. Jagger and Richards were both released and granted bail of £7,000 the following day.
1968: Pink Floyd released A Saucerful of Secrets. The band celebrated by performing a free show in London’s Hyde Park with Jethro Tull, Roy Harper, and T. Rex.
1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their last concert together at the Denver Pop Festival in Mile High Stadium.
1973: Ian Gillian leaves Deep Purple
1974: There was a change in the lineup of Rush as Neal Peart replaced John Rustey on the drum stool.
1975: Elton John makes a surprise appearance at Eagles/Doobie Brothers concert at Oakland Coliseum, California
1977: During a North American tour Fleetwood Mac appeared at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
1978: Peter Frampton broke his arm and cracked several ribs when he was involved in a car crash in the Bahamas.
1984: Bruce Springsteen kicked off the first leg of his Born in the USA Tour with a three night run at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Springsteen would play a total of 156 shows ending on October 2, 1985 in Los Angeles.
1985: David Bowie and Mick Jagger recorded a version of the Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 1964 hit 'Dancing In The Street.'' for the forthcoming 'Live Aid' fundraising event.
1985: John Lennon’s 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine, with psychedelic paintwork, sold for a record sum of $3,006,385 at a Sotheby's auction in New York.
1988: The Guardian newspaper reported that many music CD's would fade and distort over the next few years due to manufacturing faults, sending shock-waves through the music industry.
1988: Nirvana, Mudhoney and Tad all appeared at the Moore Theatre, Seattle.
1991: Skid Row entered the US album chart at No.1 with 'Slave To The Grind'.
1996: It was reported that US record company bosses were considering random drug tests for pop stars similar to those carried out on athletes to try and reduce the drug death toll in the industry.
1998: George Harrison announced that he was having treatments for throat cancer and said, “I'm not going to die on you folks just yet.”
2000: Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood checked into a rehab center to treat alcohol addiction. It was believed Wood was hoping to dry out in time for a Rolling Stones world tour.
2000: Vandals pulled Ronnie Van Zant’s casket out of the Lynyrd Skynyrd mausoleum, but were unable to open it. Guitarist Steve Gaines’ ashes were also spilled during the rampage. Both Van Zant and Gaines were killed in a 1977 plane crash.
2004: Courtney Love was reprimanded by Los Angeles Judge Melissa Jackson for turning up five hours late to a hearing. Love pleaded guilty to a single charge of disorderly conduct and was given a discharge, on condition she paid the victim's medical bills, joins a drug programme and stayed out of trouble.
1966: The Beatles played the first of three concerts at the Nippon Budokan Hall, Japan. The concert was filmed with The Beatles wearing black suits. The following day's first performance was also filmed; with The Beatles wearing white suits. There was a strict police presence with 3,000 police observing each concert played in front of 10,000 fans.
1971: San Francisco’s Fillmore West closed.
1973: George Harrison knocked Paul McCartney from the top of the US singles chart with 'Give Me Love, Give Me Peace On Earth'. His second US No.1
1975: Cher married Greg Allman four days after her divorcing Sonny Bono, the couple split after ten days, followed by a three year on and off marriage.
1975: David Bowie began filming The Man Who Fell to Earth.
1977: The first KISS comic book is released.
1985: At a New York auction, John Lennon’s psychedelic Rolls Royce sold for two-million dollars.
1986: Steve Winwood released Back in the High Life.
1989: The surviving Beatles took out an injunction against Dave Clark, formerly of The Dave Clark Five, and banned him from selling copies of the old Ready Steady Go! TV show which featured “The Fab Four.” The case was later settled out of court.
1994: Virgin Records rushed The Rolling Stones’ Voodoo Lounge into stores early after the album was played over the radio.
1999: Eric Clapton performed a benefit concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden for his Crossroads rehab center in Antigua. His guests included Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige and Bob Dylan.
2000: At Denmark’s Roskilde Festival, nine people were crushed to death during a crowd surge during Pearl Jam’s set.
2004: David Bowie cancelled the remainder of his Reality tour after he suffered what was reported as a pinched nerve in his shoulder. Later, it would be discovered that Bowie needed emergency heart surgery.
2004: Kinks founder member Dave Davies was left paralysed on the right-hand side of his body after suffering a stroke. The 57-year-old guitarist and brother of fellow Kinks star Ray Davies had been promoting his solo material when he collapsed.