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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock History: April

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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock History: April

Rock Birthdays
April 1
Adolph Rickenbacker - b. 1886 - d. 3/76
Johny Barbata (The Sentinals, The Turtles, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, many others) - 71
Ronnie Laine (Faces) - b. 1946 - d. 6/4/97
Henry Gross (Sha Na Na, solo) - 65
Jeff Porcaro (Toto, session drummer) - b. 1954 - d. 4/5/92
Eric Meyer (Dark Angel) - 50
Jesse Tobias (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morissette, Splendid, Morrissey) - 44
Michael Poulson (Volbeat) - 41
Adrian Patrick (Otherwise) -
Arejay Hale (Halestorm) - 28

April 2
Kurt Winter (Guess Who) - b. 1946 - d. 12/14/97
Leon Wilkerson (Lynryd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band, The Allen Collins Band) - b. 1952 - d. 7/27/01
Dr. Demento - 75
Leon Russell (Asylum Choir, solo) - 74
Emmylou Harris (solo, has worked with many other artists including Gram Parsons, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, The Band, Mark Knopfler, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Rodney Crowell, Little Feat, and Neil Young) - 69
Joe Vitale (Joe Walsh, Barnstorm, Amboy Dukes, Michael Stanley Band, Stills-Young Band, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Eagles, Dan Fogelberg, Peter Frampton, John Entwistle, Zakk Wylde, solo + more) - 67
Dave Bronze (Procol Harum, Robin Trower, Dr. Feelgood, Eric Clapton, Nik Kershaw, Art of Noise + more) - 64
David Robinson (The Modern Lovers, The Cars) - 62
Tony Franklin (Roy Harper, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Blue Murder, The Firm, Kenny Wayne Shepherd) - 54
Phil Demmel (Machine Head, Vio-Lence) - 49
Greg Camp (Smash Mouth) - 49
Tony Fredianelli (Third Eye Blind) - 47

Apr. 3
Jan Berry (Jan & Dean) - b. 1941 - d. 3/26/04
Richard Manuel (The Band, Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks, The Revols, Bob Dylan, The Pencils) - b. 1943 - d. 3/4/88
Dee Murray (Elton John band, Spencer Davis Group) - b. 1946 - d. 1/15/92
Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention, Linda Thompson, Kamila Thompson, French Frith Kaiser Thompson, Danny Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Golden Palominos, solo) - 67
John Siegler (Utopia, sessionist)
Dave Ragsdale (Kansas, solo) - 58
Mike Ness (Social Distortion, Easter, solo) - 54
Sebastian Bach (Skid Row, solo, Frameshift, Damnocracy) - 48
Chris Oliva (Savatage) - b. 1963 - d. 10/17/93
Andrew Shirley (Switchfoot, All Together Separate) - 42
Corky Gainsford (Otherwise) -

Apr. 4
Muddy Waters - b. 1913 - d. 4/30/83
Dave Hill (Slade) - 70
David "Pick" Withers (Dire Straits, Dave Edmunds) - 68
Berry Oakley (Allman Brothers Band) - b. 1948 - He was killed in a motorcycle accident November 11, 1972.
Gary Moore (Skid Row, Coliseum II, Thin Lizzy, solo) - b. 1952 - He died on February 6, 2011 of a heart attack while on vacation in Spain.
Peter Baltes (Accept, Don Dokken) - 58
Craig Adams (Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission, The Cult, Coloursound, The Alarm) - 54
Dean Roberts (Leatherwolf) -
Mike Starr (Alice in Chains, Sun Red Sun, Days of the New, Gypsy Rose, SATO) - b. 1966 - d. 3/8/11
Josh Todd (Buckcherry) - 46
Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) - 39

Apr. 5
Peter Grant (Manager of Led Zeppelin, Yardbirds and Bad Company. Died from a heart attack on 1995 at age 60. Known as being one of the shrewdest and most ruthless managers in rock history, Grant secured 90% of concert gate money and intimidated record store owners who dealt in bootlegs. The former wrestler, also worked as a film extra and bodyguard. During the early 60's Grant worked as a tour manager for Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and The Animals.) - b. 1935 - d. 11/21/95
Alan Clarke (The Hollies) - 74
James 'Les" Binks (Judas Priest) - 68
Kent Henry (born Henry Plischke) (Blues Image, Steppenwolf) - 68
Dave Holland (Trapeze, Justin Hayward, Judas Priest) - 68
Peter Case (The Nerves, Plimsouls, solo) - 62
Mike McCready (Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Mad Season, The Rockfords, Shadow '86, Flight to Mars, Walking Papers, M.A.C.C) - 50
Jon Donais‬ (Anthrax‬, Shadows Fall‬) - 36

Apr. 6
Udo Dirkschneider (Accept & U.D.O.) - 64
Warren Hayes (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule, The Warren Haynes Band, Dickey Betts Great Southern Band, The Dead, Dave Matthews Band, Coheed and Cambria, David Allan Coe, Phil Lesh & Friends) - 56
Johnny Dee‬ (Britny Fox‬, Doro‬) - 52

Apr. 7
Ravi Shankar (Indian sitar player) - b. 1920 - 12/11/12
Spencer Dryden (The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Jefferson Airplane, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Dinosaurs) - b. 1938 - 1/11/05
Mick Abrahams (Jethro Tull, Blodwyn Pig, Screaming Lord Sutch) - 73
Wells Kelly (Orleans, Meatloaf, Clarence Clemmons, others, sessions) - b. 1949 - d. 10/30/84
Dallas W. Taylor (Clear Light, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Neil Young, Manassas, Ohiho Knox, sessions) - b. 1948 - d. 1/18/15
John Oates (Hall & Oates) - 67
Janis Ian - 65
Bruce Gary (The Knack) - b. 1951 - d. 8/22/06
Adam Woods (The Fixx) - 63

Apr. 8
Keef Hartley (Little Big Band, Dog soldier, The Artwoods, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Keef Hartley Band, solo) - b. 1944 - d. 11/26/11
Steve Howe (Yes, Asia, GTR, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Bodast, Tomorrow, The Syndicats, Explorer's Club, solo) - 69
Mel Schacher (Question Mark and the Mysterians, Grand Funk Railroad, Flint) - 65
Izzy Stradlin (born Jeffrey Dean Isbell) (Guns N' Roses, Izzy Stradlin & The Ju Ju Hounds, Hollywood Rose, London) - 54
Julian Lennon - 53
Donita Sparks (L7, Donita Sparks and The Stellar Moments) - 53
Paul Gray (Slipknot) - b. 1972 - d. 3/24/10

Apr. 9
Carl Perkins - b. 1932 - d. 1/19/98
Terry Knight / Richard Terrance Knapp (Producer, singer, Grand Funk Railroad) - b. 1943 - d. 11/1/04
Steve Gadd (Kate Bush, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Al Jarreau, Joe Cocker, Stuff, Bob James, Chick Corea, Eric Clapton, Pino Daniele, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Eddie Gomez, The Manhattan Transfer, Michal Urbaniak, Steps Ahead, Al Di Meola, Manhattan Jazz Quintet, Carly Simon, Richard Tee, Jon Bon Jovi, Chet Baker, Paul Desmond, The Bee Gees, and Michael McDonald) - 71
Glen Burtnik (Styx, Liverpool, solo) - 61
Mark Kelly (Marillion) - 55
Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few, The Hiwatts) - 47
Gerald Way (My Chemical Romance) - 39
Albert Louis Hammond, Jr. (The Strokes) - 36

Apr. 10
Bunny Wailer / Neville Livingston (Bob Marley, Wailers) - 69
Fred Smith (Blondie, Television, others) - 68
Brian Setzer (The Brian Setzer Orchestra, The Bloodless Pharoahs, Stray Cats, The Tomcats, Drake Bell, solo) - 57
Joe Cole (Black Flag, Rollins Band) - b. 1961 - d. 12/19/91
Warren DeMartini (Ratt) - 53
Tim "Herb" Alexander (Primus, Laundry + more) - 51
Mike Mushok (Staind) - 46
Bryce Soderberg (Lifehouse) - 36

Apr. 11
Tom Hill (Geordie) - 66
Doug Hopkins (Gin Blossoms, The Chimeras) - b. 1961 - d. 12/5/93
Nigel Pulsford (Bush) - 53
Tom Hunting (Exodus) - 51
Michael O'Mara (L.A. Guns/Gunzo, Pyromania, True 2 Crue, Zepidemic)
Oliver Riedel (Rammstein) - 45
Tom Thacker (Sum 41) - 39
Christopher James Gaylor (All American Rejects) - 37
Josh Stone (solo, SuperHeavy) - 29

Apr. 12
John Kaye (Steppenwolf) - 72
Jakson Spires (Blackfoot) - b. 1951 - d. 3/16/05
Pat Travers (Pat Travers Band) - 62
D.D. Verni (Overkill) - 55
Art Alexakis (Everclear) - 54
Nicholas Lofton Hexum (311, The Nick Hexum Quintet) - 46

Apr. 13
Jack Casady (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane) - 72
Lowell George (Little Feat) - b. 1945 - One time member of Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention. Lowell died from a heart attack on June 29, 1979.
Riff West (Molly Hatchet) b. 1950 - 11/19/14
Max Weinberg (Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) - 65
Randy Piper (Sister, Circus Circus, W.A.S.P., Animal, F-4) - 63
Jimmy Destri (Blondie) - 62
Butch Taylor (Dave Matthews Band) - 55
Marc Ford (Black Crowes, Burning Tree, The Neptune Blues Club, Jefferson Steelflex, Fuzz Machine, The Sinners, Blue Floyd, The Steepwater Band, Ryan Bingham, Ben Harper, The Scarecrows) - 50
Hillel Slovak (The Red Hot Chili Peppers) b. 1962 - Died from a heroin overdose on June 27, 1988.
Aaron Lewis (Staind) - 44

Apr. 14
Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow) - 71
Kenny Aaronson (Dave Edmunds, Chuck Leavell, Michael Shrieve, Steve Cropper, Brian Setzer, Lita Ford, Tony Iommi, Dave Gilmour, Billy Idol, Billy Squier, Foghat, Brian Setzer, Dave Edmunds, HSAS (Sammy Hagar, Neil Schon, Kenny Aaronson, Michael Shrieve), Mick Taylor, Graham Parker, Hall and Oates, Edgar Winter, Robert Gordon, Leslie West Band, Rick Derringer, Joan Jett + more) - 64
Daniel "Danny" Bowes (Thunder, Terraplane) - 56
Vinnie Moore (UFO, Red Zone Rider, Alice Cooper, Vicious Rumors, solo) - 52
Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season, solo) - 49
Martyn LeNoble (Thelonious Monster, Porno for Pyros, Jane's Addiction, The Cult, Soulsavers, Dave Gahan, Mark Lanegan) - 47
Adam Duce (Machine Head) - 44
Win Butler (Arcade Fire) - 36

Apr. 15
Dave Edmunds (solo, Love Sculpture, Rockpile, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band) - 72
Phil Mogg (UFO) - 68
Jeff Golub (Billy Squier) - 61
Gene Allen (ex-Lizzy Borden) -
Frankie Poullian (The Darkness) - 49
Phil Labonte (Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, All That Remains) - 41

Apr. 16
Dusty Springfield - b. 1939 - d. 3/2/1999
"Lonesome" Dave Peverett (Savoy Brown, Foghat, The Gods) - b. 1943 - d. 2/7/2000
Gerry Rafferty - (Stealers Wheel, Humblebums, solo) - b. 1947 - Died on Jan. 4, 2011 at the age of 63 after suffering a long illness.
Lee Kerslake (Ozzy Osbourne, Uriah Heep, The Gods, Toe Fat, Head Machine, National Head Band,Ken Hensley, David Byron, Ozzy Osbourne, Living Loud) - 69
Michael Bruce (Alice Cooper) - 68
Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil) - 63
Dave Pirner (Murphy & Pirfinkle, Soul Asylum) - 52

Apr. 17
Don Kirshner - b. 1934 - d. 1/17/11 - (Songwriter, producer, impresario and publicist -the bands: The Monkees, The Archies and Kansas - Don Kirschner's Rock Concert TV show)
Roy Estrada (Little Feat, Frank Zappa, Mothers of Invention, Captain Beefheart, Lowell George) - 73
Jan Hammer (solo, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tommy Bolin, Carlos Santana, Joni Mitchell, Mick Jagger, Neil Schon, Jeff Beck, Al Dimeola, Clarence Clemons, Steve Lukather) - 68
Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Green Jelly) - 52
Liz Phair - 49
Vassilios Metropoulos (Otherwise) -

Apr. 18
Glen Hardin (The Crickets, Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, John Denver, Ricky Nelson, Gram Parsons + many more) - 77
Mike Vickers (Manfred Mann) - 76
Skip Spence (Moby Grape, Jefferson Airplane) - b. 1944 - He died on April 16, 1999
Tommy Shannon (Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Double Trouble, Arc Angels, Storyville) - 70
Mick Sweda (Bulletboys, King Kobra) - 57
Kelly Hanson (Hurricane, Foreigner) - 56
Bernie K (Sound Barrier) -
‪Mike Mangini‬ (Dream Theater, Extreme, Annihilator, MullMuzzler, Tribe of Judah, Mourning Widows) - 53
Greg Eklund (Everclear) - 46
Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alter Bridge, Tremonti) - 42

Apr. 19
Alexis Korner (“The Father of British Blues") - b. 1928 - d. 1/1/84
Eddie Kramer (Producer and Engineer: Jimi Hendrix, Traffic, Blue Cheer, John Mayall, Led Zeppelin, Humble Pie, Peter Frampton, Derek and the Dominoes, KISS, Mott the Hoople, April Wine, Angel, Ace Frehley, Robin Trower, Foghat, Fastway, Triumph, Alcatrazz, Anthrax, Loudness, Buddy Guy, Icon, Pretty Maids, Carl Perkins, Brian May + more) - 74
Alan Price (The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, The Alan Price Set, Price and Fame, Alan Price and Friends, The Animals, Eric Burdon, The Electric Blues Company, Bobby Tench, Zoot Money) - 74
Bernie Worrell (Parliament, Funkadelic, Talking Heads) - 72
Mark Volman (The Turtles, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Flo & Eddie) - 69
Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs, Winger, Fiona, Platypus, Jelly Jam, Rudess/Morgenstein Project) - 63
Bob Rock (The Payola$, Rock and Hyde, Metallica - Producer and Engineer - Loverboy, Honeymoon Suite, Black 'N Blue, Kingdom Come, The Cult, Blue Murder, Mötley Crüe, Little Caesar, Electric Boys, David Lee Roth, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, Bryan Adams, Our Lady Peace, Quireboys, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Veruca Salt, Colin James, Tal Bachman, Econoline Crush, American Hi-Fi, Tonic, The Tragically Hip, Michael Bublé, Gavin Rossdale, Bush, The Offspring, Prism, Survivor, Loverboy, Krokus, Chilliwack, Aerosmith, Simple Plan, 311) - 62
Tony Martin (Black Sabbath, Cozy Powell's Hammer, Misha Calvin, Rondinelli, Aldo Giuntini, Phenomena) - 59
Joe Floyd (Warrior) -
Pamela Moore (Queensrÿche, Radar, Solna, Eden's Curse, solo) -
Bekka Bramlett (Fleetwood Mac, The Zoo, Faith Hill, Delaney and Bonnie, Bekka & Billy, Sessions as a backing vocalist for: Belinda Carlisle, Warrant, Richie Sambora, Faster Pussycat, Mitch Malloy, Joe Cocker, Vince Gill, Bad Company, Iris DeMent, Delbert McClinton, Jonny Lang, Hank Thompson, Bryan White, Kenny Rogers, Jim Horn, Buddy Guy, Travis Tritt, Rita Coolidge, Lee Ann Womack, Billy Burnette, Jewel, Dwight Yoakam, Brooks & Dunn, Tanya Tucker, Amy Grant, Jim Lauderdale, 3 Doors Down, Bob Seger, Albert Lee, Robert Plant, Bonnie Bramlett + more) - 48
Jon Dette (Slayer, Testament, Anthrax, Iced Earth, Animetal USA, Killing Machine) - 46

Apr. 20
Jimmy Winston (The Moments, Small Faces) - 71
Ken Scott (British record producer/engineer widely known for being one of the five main engineers for the Beatles, as well as engineering Elton John, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Duran Duran, the Jeff Beck Group) - 69
Craig Frost (Flint, Grand Funk Railroad, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band) - 68
Jon Hyde (Hokus Pokus, Detective, Monarch) -
Kal Swan (Tyton, Lion, Bad Moon Rising) - 53
Joe Floyd (Warrior, producer) -
Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Transatlantic, Liquid Tension Experiment, Neal Morse, OSI, Avenged Sevenfold, Adrenaline Mob, Stone Sour, Flying Colors, Bigelf, The Winery Dogs) - 49
Mikey Welsh (Weezer, The Rivers Cuomo Band + more) - b. 1971 - d. 1/8/11

Apr. 21
Iggy Pop (James Osterberg) - 69
Robert Smith (The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Glove, Easy Cure, Crystal Castles, Malice, 65daysofstatic, solo) - 57
Oni Logan (Lynch Mob, Dio Disciples) -
Branden Steineckert (The Used, Rancid, Apocalypse Radio) - 38

Apr. 22
Glen Campbell singer, songwriter, member of the legendary “Wrecking Crew” (playing on recordings by Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, The Monkees, Nancy Sinatra, Merle Haggard, Jan and Dean, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Phil Spector + more), Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, The Champs, The Forte' Four, The Green River Boys, The Beach Boys, Bobbie Gentry, Anne Murray, John Hartford, Jimmy Webb, Kenny Rogers, Leon Russell, Roy Clark, Linda Ronstadt, Andy Williams, solo) - 80
Peter Frampton (The Herd, Humble Pie, Frampton's Camel David Bowie, George Harrison, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, solo) - 66
Paul Carrack (Warm Dust, Ace, Roxy Music, Squeeze, Nick Lowe, Mike + The Mechanics, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters + many others, solo) - 65
Kenny Lyon (Lemonheads) - 60
Robb Reiner (Anvil) - 58
Hook Herrera (Gov't Mule, Kevin Kinney, Mötley Crüe, The Reverend Horton Heat, Willy DeVille + more) - 56
Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down) - 42
Kimberley Dahme (Boston, solo) -
Daniel Johns (Silverchair) - 37

Apr. 23
Roy Orbison (solo, Traveling Wilburys, Teen Kings, The Wink Westerners, Class of '55) b. 1936 - Orbison died on December 6, 1988
Glenn Cornick (Jethro Tull, Wild Turkey, Paris, Carthago) - b. 1947 He died in Hilo, Hawaii, on August 28, 2014 due to congestive heart failure at 67
David Cross (King Crimson, Radius, Electric Chamber Music, David Cross Band, solo) - 67
John Miles (Tina Turner, The Alan Parsons Project, Influence, The John Miles Set, solo, + more) - 67
Steve Clark (Def Leppard) b. 1960 - Clark died on January 8, 1991 after a night of heavy alcohol consumption combined with prescription drugs.
Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat, Sin City Sinners) - 49
Stan Frazier (Sugar Ray) - 48

Apr. 24
Tony Visconti (Producer, Arranger, Musician; David Bowie, T. Rex, The Moody Blues, Sparks, Kristeen Young, Morrissey, Richard Barone, Thin Lizzy, Alejandro Escovedo, Kaiser Chiefs, many more) - 72
Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Don Harrison Band) - 71
Jack Blades (Rubicon, Night Ranger, Damn Yankees, Shaw/Blades, Revolution Saints, solo) - 62
Boris Williams (The Cure, Thompson Twins, Strawberry Switchblade, Shelleyan Orphan, Babacar) - 59
David J / David Jay Haskins (Bauhaus, The Jazz Butcher, Love & Rockets) - 59
Billy Gould (Faith No Man, Faith No More, Brujeria, Fear And The Nervous System, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Harmful) - 53
Joey Vera (Fates Warning, Armored Saint, Anthrax, Engine, Motor Sister + more) - 53
Patty Schemel (Hole) - 49
Shannon Larkin (Ugly Kid Joe, Godsmack) - 49
Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) - 48
Brian Marshall (Creed, Alter Bridge) - 43
Tyson Ritter (The All-American Rejects) - 32

Apr. 25
Albert King - b. 1923 - 12/21/92
Jerry Leiber, (& Stoller) (songwriter and producer for Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Monkees, Cliff Richard. Among their hit songs: Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, King Creole, Don't, There Goes My Baby, Searchin', Yakety Yak and Kansas City) - b. 1933 - d. 8/22/11
Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Southern Pacific, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, The Don Harrison Band) - 71
Steve Ferrone (Average White Band, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Scritti Politti + more) - 66
Fish (Derek Dick - Marillion, Tony Banks, Ayreon, solo) - 59
Billy Rankin (Nazareth, solo + more) - 57
Paul Baloff (Exodus, Piranha, Hirax, Heathen) - b. 1960 - d. 2/2/02
Eric Avery (Jane's Addiction, Garbage, Nine Inch Nails, Deconstruction, Polar Bear, Smashing Pumpkins, solo + more) - 51

Apr. 26
Duane Eddy - 78
Bobby Rydell / Robert Louis Ridarelli (singer) - 74
Gary Wright (Spooky Tooth, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Wonder Wheel, solo) - 71
Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie, Jeff Beck, Hank Williams Jr, others, solo) - 67
John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream, Ratt, Brides of Destruction, Angora, E.S.P. - The Eric Singer Project, Union, Angel City Outlaws, Twenty 4 Seven, Tuff, The Dead Daisies) - 57
Chris Mars (Golden Smog, The Replacements) - 55
Joey Jordison (Slipknot, Murderdolls, Scar The Martyr + more) - 41
Jose Antonio Pasillas II (Incubus) - 40

Apr. 27
Casey Kasem (Legendary DJ, host of America's Top 40 radio countdown) - b. 1932 - d. 6/15/14
Jerry Mercer (Mashmakhan, Roy Buchanan, The Wackers, April Wine) - 77
Peter Ham (Badfinger, The Iveys) - b. 1947. - d. 4/24/75
Jim Keltner (Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Delaney Bramlett, John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band, George Harrison, Traveling Wilburys, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, The Manhattan Transfer, Steve Miller Band, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Harry Chapin, others) - 74
Gordon Haskell (Ravens, League of Gentlemen, King Crimson, solo) - 70
Ace Frehley (Cathedral, Molimo, Wicked Lester, KISS, Frehley's Comet, solo) - 65
Wally Palmar (The Romantics, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band) - 63
Whitey Kirst (Iggy Pop, The Web of Spider, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Goon Moon, solo) - 49
Will Boyd (Evanescence) - 37
Tara McLeod‬ (Kittie) - 32

Apr. 28
John Wolters (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) - b. 1945 - d. 6/16/97
Steve Khan (Steely Dan, Billy Joel, Michael Franks, Hubert Laws, Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, James Brown, Maynard Ferguson, Weather Report, solo) - 69
Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers Band, The Rolling Stones, Sea Level, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Gov't Mule, John Mayer + more) - 64
Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth, Ciccone Youth, Mirror/Dash, Free Kitten, Harry Crews, CKM, Anxious Rats, Body/Head) - 63
Eddie Jobson (Jethro Tull, UK, Yes, Curved Air, Roxy Music, Frank Zappa + more) - 61
Jimmy Barnes (Cold Chisel, solo) - 60
Doug Marks (Hawk, founded Metal Method Guitar Lessons and instructional videos) -
Karl Logan (Manowar) - 51
Daisy Berkowitz (Marilyn Manson) - 48

Apr. 29
Otis Rush - 81
Joe Porcaro (Pink Floyd, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Freddie Hubbard, Don Ellis, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, Natalie Cole, The Monkees, Gladys Knight, Madonna, James Newton Howard, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Danny Elfman, John Frizzell, Steve Porcaro) - 86
Klaus Voormann (Artist, Musician; The Beatles, Manfred Mann, Plastic Ono Band, Badfinger, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, Carly Simon, many others) - 78
Tommy James (Shondells, solo) - 69
Joel Larson (The Grass Roots, Gene Clark Group, The Turtles, The Merry-Go-Round, Lee Michaels) -
Mark Kendall (Dante Fox, Great White) - 59
Greg Christian‬ (Testament‬) - 50

Apr. 30
Wayne Kramer (MC5, Air-Raid, Mudhoney, The Gun Club, Pere Ubu) - 68
Bob "Willard" Henke (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, Goose Creek Symphony) - 65
Paulo 'Destructor' Xisto Pinto, Jr (Sepultura) - 47
Chris Henderson (3 Doors Down) - 45
J.R. Richards (Dishwalla) - 44

Today in Rock History
April 1
1877: Thomas Edison devises a telephone design that becomes the basis for his later claim to the invention of the microphone.
1955: 29-year-old George Martin, became the head of A&R for EMI's Parlophone label. In a career that spanned more than six decades, the future Beatles' producer, is considered one of the greatest record producers of all time, with 30 number-one singles in the UK and 23 in the US.
1955: Elvis Presley releases his fourth single 'Baby, Let's Play House' backed with 'I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone.'
1956: Elvis Presley does a screen test in Hollywood, a scene from 'The Rainmaker.' Elvis gets a three-picture deal from Paramount out of it. He ends up starring in 31 movies.
1956: Little Richard and Fats Domino are on the 'Rhythm and Blues of 1956' tour. It kicks off in Richmond, VA, and winds up in Canada.
1957: After being rejected by no less than 30 labels, the Everly Brothers' 'Bye Bye Love' is released on Cadence Records. It hits #2 on the pop chart and tops the Country & Western chart.
1957: Elvis Presley played two concerts before 23,000 people at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Presley performed outside the US only four times in his career - the two concerts in Toronto, one the next night in Ottawa and a later performance in Vancouver.
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis' third Top 10 single, 'Breathless,' peaks at #7.
1961: The Beatles began a three-month residency at The Top Ten Club in Hamburg, playing 92 straight nights. The group played for seven hours a night on weekdays and eight hours at weekends with a fifteen-minute break every hour. It was during this visit that Astrid Kirchherr cut Stuart Sutcliffe's hair into the style destined to become known as the "Beatle haircut" which The Beatles later adopted themselves.
1964: John Lennon was reunited with his absentee father, Fred.
1965: The Who recorded an appearance for 'Top Of The Pops' at the Manchester, UK television studio. The band then played a gig supporting Donovan at The Town Hall in Wembley, with Rod Stewart & the Soul Agents appearing at the bottom of the bill.
1966: David Bowie releases his first solo single, 'Do Anything You Say.' Bowie had previously recorded as David Jones and The Lower Third.
1966: The Troggs use 45 minutes of spare studio time to record 'Wild Thing' at Regent Sound Studio in London. The raw, simple little tune would climb to #2 in the UK and #1 in the US, selling over a million copies by the following June.
1966: John Lennon bought a copy of Timothy Leary's 'The Psychedelic Experience and The Tibetan Book Of The Dead,' where he read near the beginning of the book's introduction; "When in doubt, relax, turn off your mind, float downstream," which captured Lennon's imagination and became the first line of 'Tomorrow Never Knows', (which he recorded 5 days later).
1967: The Beatles recorded the song 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' It was the last they recorded for the album of the same name.
1967: An audience rioted at a Rolling Stones gig in Vienna. 154 fans were arrested.
1969: Ambrose Slade (Slade) made their live debut in the UK at Walsall Town Hall in Walsal, England.
1969: The Beach Boys sue their label, Capitol Records, for $2 million in unpaid royalties and for 'general mismanagement'. They also announce the formation of Brothers Records, distributed by Warner/Reprise Records.
1969: The Atlantic City Pop Festival has Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Little Richard and Joe Cocker on the bill.
1970: 50 musicians recorded the orchestral scores for The Beatles tracks ‘The Long And Winding Road’ and ‘Across The Universe’ for the Phil Spector produced sessions. The bill for the 50 musicians was £1,126 and 5 shillings, ($1,914).
1970: As an April Fool's joke, John Lennon and Yoko Ono issued a statement to the press that they were having dual sex change operations.
1970: Earls Court in London received over one million postal ticket applications for The Rolling Stones forthcoming six concerts as part of the group's European tour.
1970: Ringo Starr goes into the studio to lay down the final drum tracks for the 'Let It Be' album. In the studio only with producer Phil Spector, he is the last Beatle to record anything for the group (until he, Paul and George work on 'The Beatles Anthology').
1970: The Woodstock movie premieres in Hollywood. It eventually grosses $50 million in the United States and goes on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
1971: Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' is played on the radio for the first time. The song is part of a London concert recording that is broadcast on the BBC's 'John Peel Rock Hour.' Over the ensuing decades it becomes the most played song on the radio.
1971: 'The Cry of Love' album goes gold six months after Jimi Hendrix's death.
1972: Following a successful run as a Country performer, Jerry Lee Lewis returns to Rock n' Roll with 'The Killer Rocks On.'
1972: The three-day Mar Y Sol festival in Puerto Rico took place, featuring Rod Stewart, Dr John, The Allman Brothers, Osibisa, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Alice Cooper, The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Security was simple as the event took place on an island accessible by ticket only.
1974: The Who sell out a record 80,000 seats in 60 hours for Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1974: Tom Petty leaves Gainesville, FL, headed for L.A. with a Mudcrutch demo in hand. Labels show interest and Petty signs with Shelter Records and forms the Heartbreakers.
1976: Rush's classic '2112' album is released.
1976: Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s house is robbed and over $50,000 of guitars are taken.
1976: Jimmy Buffett released one of his most popular songs,'Margaritaville.'
1976: John Lennon's father Freddie died of stomach cancer in Brighton General Hospital at the age of 63. Just days before, after being told of his father's condition, John had sent a huge bouquet of flowers with a card that read "With much love from John, Yoko and Sean."
1977: Elvis Presley is admitted to a Memphis hospital suffering from fatigue and intestinal flu (he stays there for six days).
1978: The Philadelphia Fury soccer team (owned by Paul Simon, Peter Frampton, James Taylor and others) makes its debut (it lasts three seasons).
1979: The Who released their album 'The Kids Are Alright.'
1980: Iron Maiden perform their first major headline gig at the Rainbow in London.
1981: John Lennon's 'Woman' goes gold. It's the third Top 10 single from 'Double Fantasy.' The other two are 'Starting Over' and 'Watching The Wheels.'
1983: Kirk Hammett joins Metallica after Dave Mustaine is let go.
1985: Rolling Stone Magazine declares U2 "The Band of the Eighties."
1985: Slayer‬ appeared at Slipped Disc Records in ‪NYC‬ for a meet and greet to promote the album 'Hell Await.'
1985: David Lee Roth officially leaves Van Halen to start a solo career. Roth later reconsiders and joins Van Halen briefly in 1996 and in 2000, before re-joining permanently in 2006.
1986: Bruce Hornsby and the Range release 'The Way It Is,' an album that would produce four hits (including the title track) and be certified multi-platinum.
1989: Living Colour are the musical guests on Saturday Night Live, performing 'Cult of Personality' and 'Open Letter to a Landlord.'
1992: Billy Idol pleads no contest to charges of misdemeanor assault and battery and is fined $2,000. The incident happened in October of 1991, when Idol ended up in a car with two women and allegedly punched one of them.
1992: Nigel Preston dies of a heroin overdose. He was 28. Preston was the drummer and founding member of the Cult, who missed the filming of the video 'She Sells Sanctuary' because he had been booked for armed robbery the previous evening.
1992: Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' is their first certified platinum album.
1992: Nirvana's classic single, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' goes platinum (one million sales).
1993: Neil Young, David Crosby, Kenny Loggins and the Wilson sisters were among the performers at a pro-environment rally in Portland, Oregon. Thousands of people listened in the rain.
1993: Melissa Etheridge appears at the 'March On Washington' event in the nation's capital.
1994: Kurt Cobain jumps a six foot wall at a rehab center in Marina del Rey and returns to Seattle. He kills himself four days later.
1995: A former Led Zeppelin fan was arrested for trying to stab Jimmy Page at a Page & Plant concert.
2000: Carlos Santana earns his second #1 single with 'Maria, Maria' from his 'Supernatural' album. It had a nione week run at #1.
2000: Ted Nugent, opening for KISS, tells the Houston audience, "If you're not gonna speak English, get the f**k out of America." This anti-Latino rant gets a Nugent show slated for next August canceled.
2002: Paul McCartney kicked off the first leg of his 19 date ‘Driving USA’ North American tour at The Oakland Arena in Oakland, CA. While promoting his 'Driving Rain' album, McCartney also performs Wings and Beatles classics. It's the highest grossing tour of the year taking in more than $100 million.
2003: Pearl Jam kicked off their first North American tour in three years at Denver’s Pepsi Center. During the show, Eddie Vedder took a George W. Bush mask and impaled it with his microphone stand, and a few fans walked out.
2003: As an April Fool's gag, Bruce Springsteen Web site,, reported that “The Boss” would take part in a Bruceapalooza show with Cream's Jack Bruce, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson and Bruce Cockburn.
2003: White Stripes release their fourth album, 'Elephant.'
2004: Paul Atkinson dies of liver and kidney disease. He was 58. Atkinson was the guitarist in the Zombies and a successful A&R rep who received the President’s Merit Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for his work. He worked for Columbia and RCA discovering and signed such bands as ABBA, Bruce Hornsby, Mr. Mister, Judas Priest, and Michael Penn.
2005: During the first leg of their 'Vertigo' World tour, U2 performed at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Southern California, with Kings Of Leon as the opening act. By the end of the 131 date tour, 4,619,021 tickets had been sold with a total gross of $389 million.
2005: 'Rockin' The Corps,' a show for an audience of more than 25,000 military personnel and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station in Oceanside, CA, features Godsmack, KISS and Ted Nugent. The concert celebrates the return of armed forces from overseas (Iraq, Afghanistan and other nations).
2006: Rare memorabilia from The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, and Van Halen is auctioned to benefit the cancer-treatment center at Phoenix Children's Hospital.
2006: A Buckcherry episode of DirecTV's 'CD USA' airs.
2006: Concert tickets are auctioned off to benefit Music Rising, the instrument-replacement initiative co-founded by U2's the Edge. Tickets are for shows by Nine Inch Nails, Def Leppard, Sammy Hagar and Queensryche.
2007: Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford, Steven Tyler, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, and Robert Plant appear in public-service announcements on VH1 Classic as part of Autism Awareness Month.
2007: REO Speedwagon sing the national anthem at the opening-day baseball game in St. Louis.
2008: The last televised interview granted by John Lennon is released on DVD. The two-disc set, titled 'The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder: John, Paul, Tom and Ringo,' features a 1975 Lennon interview plus Snyder's chats with Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney and videos by Starr and Wings.
2008: Theory Of A Deadman release their third full-length studio album 'Scars & Souvenirs.'
2008: It's Cheap Trick Day in Illinois. Guitarist Rick Nielsen and drummer Bun E. Carlos attend a news conference celebrating the event in the band's hometown of Rockford, IL.
2008: Nickelback's Chad Kroeger is found guilty of drunken driving in a Canadian court. The conviction stems from an early-morning June 2006 traffic stop in Surrey, British Columbia. Kroeger's blood-alcohol level tested at nearly twice the legal limit when he was pulled over for speeding in his Lamborghini.
2008: Scott Weiland officially leaves Velvet Revolver. "This band is all about its fans and its music and Weiland isn't 100 percent committed to either," says guitarist Slash in a statement. "Among other things, his increasingly erratic onstage behavior and personal problems have forced us to move on." On the same day, STP reveal plans for an extensive reunion tour.
2009: 'The Imagine A Better World' collection, a line of ecologically friendly plush toys based on sketches John Lennon made for his son Sean, are available. The collection includes stuffed elephants, rhinoceroses and giraffes made from organic terry cloth, natural corn fibers and other 'green' fabrics.
2009: Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band launch their tour in support of the 'Working On A Dream' album in San Jose, CA.
2009: The Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame (in Cleveland) unveils a Bruce Springsteen exhibit titled 'From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen.'
2009: Carlos Santana announced that he has been booked to perform about 36 concerts per year at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The show was to be called 'The Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits.'
2010: Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke reform Bad Company for a U.K. tour. Birmingham is the first stop.
2012: KISS are presenters at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. They hand the Vocal Group award to Lady Antebellum.
2012: Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) is "fired" from the TV show Celebrity Apprentice by host/boss Donald Trump. For his brief efforts, Snider nets $325,000 for the March of Dimes.
2013: A signed copy of The Beatles' album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' sold at Dallas-based Heritage Auctions for $290,500 (£191,000). The selling price far exceeded the $30,000 (£19,700) originally estimated for the rare LP record. The UK Parlophone copy of the album included a high gloss cover and vinyl gatefold sleeve.
2014: Recordings by U2, ('The Joshua Tree'), the Everly Brothers, ('Cathy's Clown'), Jeff Buckley, ('Hallelujah'), Linda Ronstadt, ('Heart Like a Wheel') and Creedence Clearwater Revival's('Fortunate Son') were among those newly selected for induction into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
2015: Cynthia Lennon [née Powell] dies of cancer in Mallorca, Spain. She was 75. Cynthia was the first wife of John Lennon, and Julian Lennon’s mother. The couple, who met just before Beatlemania swept the music world, divorced in 1968 after Cynthia discovered her husband's affair with Japanese artist Yoko Ono.
2016: Black Stone Cherry release their fifth studio album 'Kentucky.'
2016: A "reunited" ‎Guns N' Roses‬ perform at ‪The Troubadour‬ in ‎West Hollywood‬.

April 2
1955: Elvis Presley at the Louisiana Hayride broadcast from Shreveport Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, and shown on KWKH Television.
1964: The Beach Boys record 'I Get Around.' It becomes their first US #1 single by the following July, selling nearly two million copies.
1965: The Who made their first radio appearance on the UK BBC's 'Joe Loss Pop Show.'
1966: The Who 'Substitute' b/w 'Waltz For A Pig' 45 single is released.
1966: Bob Dylan 'Rainy Day Women #12 And 35' b/w 'Pledging My Time' 45 single is released.
1966: A charity concert at The Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California, took place featuring, Jan and Dean, Sonny & Cher, The Mamas And The Papas, The Turtles, Otis Redding, Donovan and Bob Lind.
1967: Steve Winwood officially leaves the Spencer Davis Group to form the band Traffic with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason.
1967: An overzealous audience member throws a smoke bomb onto the stage at The Rolling Stones concert at the Town Hall in Vienna, Austria, leading to a riot and the arrest of 154 fans.
1969: Bruce Springsteen’s new group Child made their live debut at the Pandemonium Club in Wanamassa, New Jersey.
1970: Janis Joplin get tattoos on her wrist and heart, the one on her chest reading "One For The Boys."
1970: Phil Spector completed final editing and mixing for The Beatles Let It Be album, 16 months after the ‘Get Back’ project had begun.
1971: Janis Joplin was at #1 on the US album charts with 'Pearl.'
1971: Rod Stewart begins recording his third solo album, 'Every Picture Tells A Story.' The album, which contains the hit 'Maggie May,' is Stewart's breakthrough effort.
1971: Ringo Starr releases his best solo effort and biggest chart success, 'It Don't Come Easy.' The track was written by Ringo and produced by George Harrison. It climbs to #4 in both the US and the UK and was the first of ten Billboard Top 40 hits he will enjoy over the next ten years.
1973: The Beatles '1962-1966' and '1967-1970' albums are released. Fans call them "the red album" and "the blue album."
1975: Bad Company release their 'Straight Shooter' album.
1977: Fleetwood Mac went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Rumours,' less than two months following its release. The album stays on the chart for over a year-and-a-half. Along with winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, the record has sold over 45 million copies worldwide. Also on this day Fleetwood Mac kicked off a 7-date UK tour at the Odeon in Birmingham, England.
1978: Cheap Trick performs at Tokyo's Budokan Hall with the album recorded, 'Live At Budokan" eventually selling over three million copies. It's Cheap Trick's best seller.
1983: Pink Floyd's 'The Final Cut' tops the U.K. album chart. It cracks the Top 10 in the U.S.
1983: U2's 'War' album hits the US LP charts.
1987: U2's fifth studio album, "The Joshua Tree," makes its debut at #7 on the U.S. album chart.
1987: U2 kicked off their 29-date North American 'Joshua Tree' tour at Arizona State Activity Center.
1987: One of the greatest jazz drummers of all time, Buddy Rich died aged 69 due to complications caused by a brain tumor.
1990: Nirvana went into Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin and started work on demo versions of ‘In Bloom’, ‘Dive’, ‘Lithium’, ‘Pay To Play’, ‘Imodium’, ‘Sappy’ and ‘Polly’ with Butch Vig producing.
1990: Eric Clapton was fined £300 with £10 costs by Walton-on-Thames Magistrates court, after being booked for speeding at 105 mph. Clapton was also banned from driving for three months.
1991: White Lion's 'Mane Attraction' album is released.
1991: Lenny Kravitz releases his 'Mama Said' album.
1992: Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' is certified platinum by the record industry.
1993: The London press announces that the son of Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman is engaged to the mother of Bill's ex-wife Mandy Smith. The engagement is called off a few months later.
1997: Joni Mitchell is reunited with Kilauren Gibb, the daughter she gave up for adoption 32 years earlier.
1999: The Black Crowes played a concert in Knoxville, Tennessee. Joshua Harmon, a teenager sitting in the second row sued the band a year later for $5,000 claiming significant hearing loss.
2004: Paul Atkinson, guitarist for The Zombies, lost his battle with liver and kidney disease. He was just 58.
2005: Green Day is named Favorite Music Group at the 18th annual Kids Choice Awards. The event is held in Los Angeles and broadcast on Nickelodeon.
2006: Bryan Adams gets into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The formal presentation is during the Juno Awards
2006: A John Lennon schoolbook containing the 12-year-old's drawing of Lewis Carroll's poem The Walrus and the Carpenter was sold at auction for $239,733. The poem inspired Lennon to write The Beatles' 1967 song ‘I Am the Walrus.’ Also sold for $22,741, was a ship's log book written by Lennon during a stormy trip to Bermuda in 1980, and a letter from Paul McCartney to his bandmates Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr failed to reach its $94,742 reserve price.
2006: Ex-Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Queen's Brian May, Alice Cooper, Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde donate footwear to an online auction to benefit the Mines Advisory Group. The organization helps clear land mines.
2006: Foo Fighters perform during the 'Election Day (Part 1)' episode of the NBC political drama 'The West Wing.' The group also appears on the show a week later.
2006: KISS bassist-singer Gene Simmons is the grand marshal of the Honda Grand Prix auto race in St. Petersburg, FL. He gets to wave the checkered flag at the IndyCar event.
2006: Green Day receive the Favorite Music Group honor for the second year in a row at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.
2008: The Martin Scorsese-directed Rolling Stones film 'Shine A Light' hits theaters as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Jack White hit Rolling Stone's cover.
2009: Ace Frehley performs at the grand opening of the Hard Rock Cafe in Yankee Stadium. He plays his solo hit 'New York Groove' during the private event.
2010: Two men received minor injuries and a third suffered a broken leg when part of the stage being set up for a concert by Elton John at the Chichen Itza ruins in Mexico collapsed during construction.
2011: The U.S. Festival makes its overseas debut at O'Higgins Park in Santiago, Chile. The two day event features headliners Jane's Addiction and the Killers, plus 30 Seconds To Mars, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Deftones.
2011: Robbie Robertson is inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in Toronto. Robertson has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
2011: For the first time since 1982, Sir Elton John appears on the Saturday Night Live. He's the host and musical guest, along with Leon Russell, his collaborator on the 2010 album 'The Union.'
2012: Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson appears at the Buddy Rich 25th Anniversary Memorial Concert at the London Palladium. Dickinson joins Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, Cream/Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker and the Buddy Rich Orchestra in paying tribute to the Jazz drummer and bandleader.
2012: U2's Bono and the Edge announce that they are investors in the file-hosting service Dropbox, a service that provides users with online file storage designed to be a tool of collaboration.
2012: Slayer's 'Reign In Blood' wine, named after their 1986 album, is available in Sweden and online. The Cabernet Sauvignon is made in California.
2013: A decade after its physical release, the stripped-down, Phil Spector-free version of The Beatles' 'Let It Be' made its debut on iTunes.
2013: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora exits the band's tour to deal with "personal issues."
2013: 'In Your Dreams,' a documentary about Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks, is screened in over 50 North American theaters. The flick tracks Nicks as she records the album of the same name.
2013: Late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott is named the second greatest Australian singer of all-time in a Herald Sun newspaper survey. Pop singer John Farnham tops the list.
2013: Rush frontman Geddy Lee, a long-time Toronto Blue Jays fan, throws out the first pitch at the Jays home opener.
2013: A grand piano used in the Motown Records studios was fully restored and put on display at a museum dedicated to the legendary record label in Detroit. Sir Paul McCartney helped fund the restoration of the 1877 Steinway, which was originally in Motown's Studio B. and was used to create hits for names including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Edwin Starr.
2014: William Brockie, the father of late Gwar frontman Dave Brockie (stage name Oderus Urungus), sues the band for allegedly holding onto his son's musical equipment, artwork and ashes. He also seeks $1 million in compensatory damages plus punitive damages for a supposed breach of contract and the unauthorized use of Brockie's image. The group denies all charges in a statement. Brockie died from a heroin overdose in March of 2014.
2015: Brazilian guitarist ‪Kiko Loureiro‬ officially joined ‎Megadeth‬.

April 3
1956: Elvis Presley appears on The Milton Berle Show live from the flight deck of the USS Hancock. He earns $5,000 and performs 'Heartbreak Hotel' and 'Blue Suede Shoes.' It's estimated that one out of every four Americans sees the show.
1960: Elvis Presley enters a Nashville studio where he records 'It's Now Or Never' and 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?'.
1960: The Everly Brothers kick off their first U.K. tour in London, where they were supported by The Crickets.
1963: Elvis Presley's 'It Happened At The World's Fair' movie opens in Los Angeles (it opens nationally a week later).
1966: Pink Floyd perform at The Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London, England.
1967: Working on The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper' album at Abbey Road studios in London, George Harrison recorded his lead vocal on his song 'Within You Without You'. as well as a sitar part, and some acoustic guitar parts.
1968: Simon & Garfunkel's 'Bookends' album is released.
1969: The Doors' Jim Morrison turns himself in to the FBI in Los Angeles. He is charged with inter-state flight to avoid prosecution on six charges of lewd behavior and public exposure at a concert in Miami on March 2nd, 1969. He is later released on $2000 bail.
1973: A artistic photo of Alice Cooper and kindred spirit, 'soft watch' painter Salvador Dali, is hung in the Knoedler Gallery in New York.
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd record their classic 'Free Bird' (often written as 'Freebird') at Studio One in Doraville, GA. The song comes out six months later.
1975: Steve Miller was charged with setting fire to the clothes of a friend, Benita Diorio. When police arrived at Miller's house, Diorio was putting out the flames, Miller then got into a fight with some of the policemen and was charged with resisting arrest.
1976: A then-unknown Sex Pistols opened for The 101'ers at The Nashville Rooms in London. The 101ers were a pub rock band, notable as being the band that Joe Strummer left to join The Clash.
1978: The 'FM' soundtrack is released with songs by Tom Petty, Steely Dan and a Linda Ronstadt version of 'Tumbling Dice.'
1979: The 'Van Halen II' album is released and goes gold. The group spent eighteen days recording their debut but only six for their sophomore effort.
1983: After completing a 29-date UK tour, U2 appeared on BBC TV's 'Top Of The Pops' performing their latest single 'Two Hearts Beat As One.'
1988: The Traveling Wilburys record 'Handle With Care' in Malibu, Florida. The Quintet is comprised of Nelson (George Harrison), Lucky (Bob Dylan), Otis (Jeff Lynn), Charlie (Tom Petty) and Lefty (Roy Orbison).
1989: 23 people were arrested after several thousand fans without tickets tried to crash a Grateful Dead concert at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena.
1991: Paul McCartney recorded his unplugged session for MTV.
1994: A forthcoming tour by Nirvana and Hole was cancelled amid continuing speculation about Kurt Cobain's drug problems.
1998: Dave Navarro announces he is leaving the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
2002: Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine announces that due to an injury to his left arm and hand he has decided to exit the band and explore other areas of the music business where he might make a contribution without being able to play his instrument.
2005: Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr is arrested in Seattle for "investigation of property destruction and theft" after allegedly pulling a hood ornament off a car. Starr left Alice In Chains in 1993.
2006: Nickelback wins Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year honors at the Juno Awards. Neil Young is also a two time winner earning the Adult Alternative Album of the Year honor for 'Prairie Wind,' and the Producer of the Year trophy for his work on 'The Painter,' a song on the CD. Bryan Adams is also inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
2006: U2's Bono charges Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with exploiting the singer's image to win support for his re-election campaign. In an editorial that appears in Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper, Bono takes exception to his picture being used in a brochure promoting Berlusconi's work on behalf of the world's poorest countries. Bono claims Italy is not doing its share to aid the Third World.
2006: 'Dani California,' the first single from the Red Hot Chili Peppers' ninth studio album, 'Stadium Arcadium' makes its radio premiere when KTBZ/Houston's Don Jantzen plays the song continuously for his three hour show. The single peaks at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
2007: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards denied that he snorted the ashes of his late father. Jane Rose, Richards' manager, told MTV News the remarks were made ‘in jest’, and she could not believe they had been taken seriously. Richards had said in an interview with the NME: ‘He was cremated and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow.’ But NME interviewer Mark Beaumont was convinced that Richards was not joking when speaking to him about the alleged incident. ‘He did seem to be quite honest about it. There were too many details for him to be making it up,’ he later told BBC news.
2007: Jon Bon Jovi is in Brooklyn to assist in the renovation of an energy-smart condominium complex. The restoration of the low-income housing facility is sponsored by the Force for Global Good initiative launched by Delta Air Lines in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International.
2007: World Wide Red Light District agrees to cease distribution of a sex-tape with Ex-Creed frontman Scott Stapp, Kid Rock and four women. Stapp filed an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against adult-film company.
2008: The MTV reality show 'Rock The Cradle' features the offspring of Eddie Money, the Eagles' Joe Walsh and the Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston, and the son of Twisted Sister's Dee Snider. They compete against one another, demonstrating their vocal chops, in eight live weekly competitions.
2011: Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea are the victims of a robbery at their New Jersey home. The thief, later apprehended, reportedly makes off with over $100,000 worth of Dorothea's jewelry.
2012: Elton John and Sting perform at a Carnegie Hall charity benefit for the Rainforest Fund.
2015: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong opens a music store, Broken Guitars, in Oakland, CA.
2015: Robert Burns Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd's original drummer, was killed in a single car accident in Georgia at the age of 64. He played on the band's first two albums, 1973's 'Pronounced 'Leh-'nerd 'Skin-'nerd' and 1974's 'Second Helping' before leaving due to the rigors of touring. He rejoined Skynyrd on stage at the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony performance in 2006 where he was enshrined alongside his former band mates.
2016: The iHeartRadio Music Awards honor U2 for their contributions to the music industry and social causes with an Innovator Award.

April 4
1956: Elvis Presley played the first of two nights in San Diego Arena in San Diego, California. The local Police chief issued a statement saying if Elvis ever returned to the city and performed like he did, he would be arrested for disorderly conduct.
1960: RCA Victor decides to release all future singles, starting with its next, Elvis Presley's 'Stuck On You,' in both mono and stereo versions.
1963: The Hollies cut test recordings at London's Abbey Road Studios.
1964: The Beatles held the top five places on the US singles chart, at #5 'Please Please Me', #4 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', #3, 'Roll Over Beethoven', #2 'Love Me Do' and at #1 'Can't Buy Me Love.' They also had another nine singles on the chart, bringing their total to fourteen singles on the Hot 100. Billboard magazine wrote, “Just about everyone is tired of Beatles. Disc jockeys are tired of playing the hit group, the writers of trade and consumer publications are tired of writing about them and the manufacturers of products other than Beatles records are tired of hearing about them. Everyone's tired of the Beatles – except the listening and buying public.”
1964: The Rolling Stones released their self-titled debut album.
1967: Paul McCartney advised Beatles publicist and Monterey Pop Festival organizer Derek Taylor that they should book a young guitarist called Jimi Hendrix for their gig.
1967: Jimi Hendrix guests on the first broadcast of the BBC show 'Dee Time,' hosted by Kiki Dee. Cat Stevens is also on the show.
1968: Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Joni Mitchell, Al Kooper and Ted Nugent met up for an all night blues, folk and rock session at The New Generation Club, New York after hearing the news of Martin Luther King's assassination.
1969: Slade was formed in Wolverhampton, England.
1970: Brinsley Schwarz's promotion company sent 133 UK journalists, by plane to New York to see the band supporting Van Morrison at the Fillmore East, at a cost of £120,000 ($204,000). The event turned into a disaster. The group planned to leave a few days before the show to rehearse, but were denied visas on a technicality. They were finally given visas on the morning of the show, and arrived hours before the concert. The plane carrying the journalists developed a mechanical fault, delaying the flight and when the journalists arrived In New York 18 hours later, they were all hung over. Brinsley Schwarz gave a underwhelming live performance, resulting in a flood of scathing reviews.
1970, Crosby Stills Nash & Young went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Deja Vu.'
1970: Janis Joplin reunites with Big Brother & the Holding Company in San Francisco for a one-off reunion concert.
1973: A taped Elvis Presley concert entitled 'Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii' is telecast on NBC and proves to be a huge success. The total worldwide audience for the show, the first commercial worldwide satellite broadcast, amounts to over a billion people.
1974: Van Halen make their Sunset Strip debut at Gazzarris. The group later becomes the house band at the West Hollywood club.
1976: The Sex Pistols played the first night of a residency at the El Paradiso club in Soho, London, England.
1977: The Clash release their self-titled debut album.
1981: Styx went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Paradise Theatre,'
1987: U2 entered the US album chart at #7 with 'The Joshua Tree' making it the highest chart new entry in America for seven years.
1992: Beastie Boys make their first concert appearance playing instruments at a show at The Palladium in Los Angeles.
1992: The film soundtrack from 'Wayne's World' started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart.
1994: Kurt Cobain’s mother filed a missing persons report about her son.
1994: Pink Floyd's 'The Division Bell' album is released.
1994: 'No Excuses,' the lead single from Alice In Chains' third EP, 'Jar Of Flies,' is released. The track peaks at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, making it Alice In Chains' only Top 50 song. It is also their first #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks.
1996: Jerry Garcia's widow, Deborah, and Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir scatter part of Jerry's ashes in the Ganges River in India.
1998: 'Van Halen III,' the first and last album with vocalist Gary Cherone (Extreme), enters the U.S. chart at #4.
2003: Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach was sacked from the touring production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar.' He wrote on his Web site, “The producers of the show have elected to let my understudy go on in place of me.” He vowed to return to rock 'n' roll.
2003: The Rolling Stones played their first ever gig in India, in the middle of a monsoon before a crowd of 30-thousand fans.
2004: Disturbed holds an open audition in Chicago to replace Fuzz. The bassist left a few months earlier. A L.A. audition session was held in March.
2005: Eric Clapton, Robert Plant and The Who's Roger Daltrey perform at the fifth Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concert series at London's Royal Albert Hall.
2005: Kurt Cobain's Washington hometown adds a sign below their "Welcome to Aberdeen" that reads "Come As You Are." The sign is up in time for the 11th anniversary of the Nirvana leader's death.
2005: The reunited Queen performed at Rome's Palalottomatica, in spite of a request from city officials to postpone their concert out of respect for Pope John Paul II, who died earlier in the week.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers' video, 'Dani California,' premieres on MTV and the MTV Overdrive broadband service.
2006: Rob Zombie's fourth solo album, 'Educated Horses,' is #1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chsrt. The set sells over 100,000 copies in its first week. That lands the CD at #5 on the Billboard's Top 200.
2006: Queensryche release 'Operation: Mindcrime II.' The original 'Operation: Mindcrime' was issued in 1988.
2006: The double-disc compilation, 'The Essential Judas Priest,' is released. Also, they roll out 'Live Vengeance '82' concert DVD. The 95-minute film was shot in Memphis, TN.
2007: A Swedish couple ran into trouble with authorities after trying to name their baby Metallica. Michael and Karolina Tomaro went to court with the country's National Tax Authority about naming their daughter after the rock band. The six-month-old has been baptised Metallica, but tax officials said the name was "inappropriate". Under Swedish law, both first names and surnames need to win the approval of authorities before they can be used.
2007: Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards issued a statement that said he was joking when he told NME magazine that the strangest thing he ever snorted was his father's ashes. "It was an off-the-cuff remark, a joke and it is not true. File under April Fools' joke".
2008: Eleven Seven Records announce that Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx has been named the label's president. The artist roster includes Buckcherry, Trapt and Drowning Pool.
2008: The Rolling Stones concert film, 'Shine A Light,' opens at 93 IMAX theaters in the U.S.
2008: Procol Harum founder Gary Brooker won his court battle over royalty rights to the band's most famous hit, 1967's 'A Whiter Shade of Pale.' In 2006, London's High Court awarded former keyboard player Matthew Fisher 40 percent of the copyright of the track, which has sold an estimated 10 million copies worldwide, after he successfully argued that he wrote the organ music to the song. Brooker appealed and judge John Mummery said that while Fisher should be credited with co-authorship, the fact that it took him 38 years to take the case to court meant he should not benefit financially.
2009: Metallica's single, 'Cyanide,' from 'Death Magnetic,' is #1 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
2009: Cleveland's Public Hall, site of historic concerts by The Beatles in 1964 and The Doors in 1968, is center stage again as the site of the 24th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The class of 2009 inductees includes Jeff Beck, Metallica, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Run-DMC and Bobby Womack. Early Influence inductee Wanda Jackson and Sidemen inductees Bill Black, DJ Fontana and Spooner Oldham. Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine is invited to the ceremony but his Megadeth obligations prevent it. However, Mustaine does pen an open letter to the band congratulating them. Ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted does perform with the group.
2009: Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder performs at the David Lynch Foundation's 'Change Begins Within' benefit concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall. But even he is eclipsed as Ringo Starr joins Paul McCartney at the end of the latter's event-closing set for a rendition of 'With a Little Help From My Friends.' Paul introduces Ringo as Billy Shears, the fictional singer of the song on 'Sgt. Peppers.' The show raises approximately $3 million for the foundation.
2010: The Boston Red Sox opened their 2010 campaign in style by having Neil Diamond sing 'Sweet Caroline.' which plays over the loudspeakers during the 8th inning of every Red Sox home game. Aersomith front man Steven Tyler took the field during the 7th inning stretch to sing 'God Bless America.'
2010: Bob Dylan is refused permission to play in Beijing and Shanghai by China's Ministry of Culture. Dylan's involement in the '60s counterculture movement is reportedly the reason. The decision forces Dylan to cancel plans for a Southeast Asia tour.
2011: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne owe over $1.7 million in back taxes ($718,948 from '08, and $1.024 million from 2009) according papers filed at the Los Angeles County Recorder's Office. Ozzy's wealth is estimated at well over $100 million.
2011: Beady Eye (with former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher) release a cover of The Beatles' 'Across The Universe' to raise funds for the British Red Cross' Japan tsunami relief. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, where The Beatles produced the original, Beady Eye's version is downloadable through the band's official website.
2011: Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr reached out to cancer survivor Alexx Kipp through the Make-A-Wish Foundation by meeting him at the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles, where they chatted and played drums together. Ringo later surprised Kipp by giving him his drum set.
2011: Manowar drummer Scott Columbus died. He was 54. The exact cause of his death is still unknown.
2012: Shinedown's 'Amaryllis,' debuts at #1 on Billboard's Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts. Selling over 105,000 copies in its first week, the album is #4 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Digital Albums chart.
2012: The Eagles perform their first concert in South Africa. More than 60,000 fans see the show at Cape Town Stadium.
2012: Three former members of Absent Element, the band which featured one-time American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry, file suit in Guilford County Superior Court seeking royalties for 'Home' and three other songs. "The songs listed in this lawsuit were written solely by me and no one else," replies Daughtry. Former band members counter that they are entitled to a share of the royalties because they, along with Daughtry, had agreed to split revenues equally.
2013: Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman turned himself in to British police after reports emerged suggesting he began a sexual relationship with his second wife, Mandy Smith, when she was 14 years old. After a brief meeting, the authorities decided not to pursue charges.
2013: Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) cancels planned shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg over the Russian government's crackdown on human rights groups; Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, among them.
2015: Marilyn Manson is sucker punched by a fellow patron at a Denny's in Alberta, Canada. The rocker, who stopped by the restaurant for a late-night meal after a show promoting his 'Pale Emperor' album, denies claims that he insulted the assailant's girlfriend and spurred the incident.

April 5
1962: The Beatles performed at the Cavern Club in Liverpool as part of a special night presented by the Beatles' fan club. The Beatles wear their black leather outfits for the first half of the performance, for old time's sake, then change into their new suits for the second half of the show.
1964: The Beatles film the famous opening scene from their first movie, 'A Hard Day's Night,' running away from several rabid female fans at London's Marylebone train station.
1964: Jerry Lee Lewis plays at The Star Club in Germany and records an LP called 'Live At The Star Club,' backed by The Nashville Teens (who were neither from Nashville or in their teens). Unfortunately, due to legal constraints, the album would only be available in Europe for several decades.
1965: The Beach Boys, with a rare Al Jardine lead vocal, release their #1 hit, 'Help Me, Rhonda.'
1967: Elvis Presley's 24th movie, 'Double Trouble,' premieres in Hollywood.
1967: Paul McCartney flies to America to attend girlfriend Jane Asher's 21st birthday party in Denver, Colorado. He gave her a large diamond ring, which she later lost.
1967: Monkees fans march in London in protest of band member Davy Jones' announced induction into the Army. The teen heartthrob is eventually exempted from duty for being his family's main provider.
1968: Simon & Garfunkel's 'Mrs. Robinson' b/w 'Old Friends/Bookends' 45 single is released.
1969: 'These Eyes' by The Guess Who enters the Billboard chart on its way to #6 a month later. Guitarist Randy Bachman wrote the basic piano chords with an original title of 'These Arms.' Vocalist Burton Cummings changed the title to 'These Eyes' and added the middle eight bars.
1971: Chicago became the first American Rock group to perform at Carnegie Hall. They played six sold out shows and recorded the concerts for the four-record album, 'Chicago at Carnegie Hall,' which became their third album to make the top 5 in the US.
1972: Elvis Presley kicked of a 15 date US tour at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1974: The Guess Who host a celebrity tennis tournament in Toronto to benefit Ballet of Canada.
1977: David Bowie and Iggy Pop perform together on Dinah Shore's daytime show on NBC.
1980: R.E.M. makes its debut at an Athens, GA, party under the name Twisted Kite.
1981: Canned Heat's vocalist/harmonica player, Bob 'The Bear' Hite, dies between sets at a North Hollywood club at the age of 36.
1982: The record industry trade magazine Record World folds after 36 years.
1983: The Beach Boys and The Grass Roots are banned from playing a 4th of July concert in Washington, D.C. by Interior Secretary James Watt who states the group attracts the "wrong element of people." Watt picks Wayne Newton as the replacement. President Ronald Regan would overturn the decision two days later.
1984: At the American Video Awards, the Best Group Video honor goes to the Police for 'Every Breath You Take.' The black and white clip was the handy work of the team of Godley & Creme.
1986: John Mellencamp's 'R.O.C.K. In the USA' peaks at #2 on the U.S. charts.
1991: The Grateful Dead wrap up their three-day stand at Atlanta's Omni. Here's the tally: 57 arrests and 4,556 LSD tabs confiscated; along with 29 bags of 'shrooms and 24 lids of marijuana.
1993: Construction began on the Roll and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
1994: Kurt Cobain committed suicide by shooting himself in the head at his home in Seattle. Cobain’s body wasn’t discovered until April 8, by an electrician who had arrived to install a security system, who initially believed that Cobain was asleep, until he saw the shotgun pointing at his chin. A suicide note was found that said, "I haven't felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing...for too many years now". A high concentration of heroin and traces of Valium were found in Cobain’s body. His death was officially ruled as suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.
1995: Jimi Hendrix's former girlfriend, Monika Danneman, committed suicide after losing a court case brought by another former lover, Kathy Etchingham. The two had been in dispute over the circumstances of Hendrix's death, leading to the police reopening their inquiries into the incident in 1993.
1998: Drummer extraordinaire Cozy Powell, who had played with acts including Jeff Beck, Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath and more, died in a car crash. He reportedly was going 104 mph in bad weather on the M4 in England while talking with his girlfriend on the phone when a rear tire blew out and he lost control of the car. Cozy was driving under the influence of alcohol and not wearing a seatbelt and he died at the scene. He was 50 years old.
2000: The Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek reunited with guitarist Robby Krieger at a Los Angeles tribute to their legendary band.
2002: R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was acquitted of air rage charges. Buck was alleged to have gone on a drunken rampage after drinking 15 glasses of wine during a transatlantic flight to London in 2001. U2's Bono testified on Buck's behalf.
2002: Layne Staley died of a drug overdose, eight years to the day after Kurt Cobain committed suicide. Like Cobain, the Alice in Chains singer's body was not found until several days later. Staley struggled throughout his adult life with depression and a severe drug addiction. He died from a combination of heroin and cocaine, commonly known as a “speedball.”
2002: The Calling's guitarist Aaron Kamin is electrocuted during a soundcheck prior to a Bangkok concert. He is hospitalized.
2004: Nirvana fans held a vigil in Seattle's Viretta Park on the 10th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death.
2005: Aberdeen, Washington added the phrase "Come As You Are" to their "Welcome to Aberdeen” sign on the 11th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death.
2006: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee bows out of the group's Alberta, Canada, show due to an ongoing bout of tendonitis. The band enlists Harvey Warren, from the Canadian tribute act Broken Toyz. He calls the gig 'a chance of a lifetime'.
2007: A Bruce Springsteen tribute concert, that features a Springsteen performance, is held at New York's Carnegie Hall. Proceeds benefit Music For Youth, which provides music education to unprivileged kids.
2007: Former KISS guitarist Mark St. John died of a brain hemorrhage. He was 51 years old. According to the Orange County Coroner, the cause of death was a brain hemorrhage brought on by an accidental overdose of methamphetamines. St. John was Kiss' third official guitarist, having replaced Vinnie Vincent in 1984 and appeared on the album 'Animalize.'
2008: Apple's iTunes overtook supermarket group Wal-Mart to become the largest music retailer in the US. Market research firm NPD said iTunes surpassed Wal-Mart in January and February if 12 downloads are considered equal to the sale of one CD album. iTunes had sold more than four billion songs since its launch in 2003.
2008: Toto breaks up after performing its final concert in Seoul.
2009: Deftones are at the Bamboozle Left Festival in Irvine, CA. It's the band's first show since a November 2008 car crash left bassist Chi Cheng in a coma.
2009: 'Itch, Love Stories About Heroin,' author Tanya Vece's biography about the life and tragic death of Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley, is in bookstores. "The perception that he was just this junkie who got caught up in the music business, that's not it at all," says Vece, the eldest daughter of Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx. "I want people to know Layne for who he really was."
2009: Kid Rock performs at WrestleMania's 25th anniversary event in Houston. AC/DC's 'Shoot To Thrill' and 'War Machine' (from 'Black Ice') are the official theme songs.
2010: Atoms For Peace began their first proper U.S. tour with two sold-out shows at New York City's Roseland Ballroom. Joining the Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke are Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, producer Nigel Godrich and session musicians, drummer Joey Waronker and percussionist Mauro Refosco.
2011: An online EMI artists auction benefiting the Red Cross's Japan earthquake and tsunami aid efforts gets underway. The two-week auction features an exclusive Iron Maiden limited edition Ed Force One A2 print (signed by the band). Megadeth donates a guitar signed by frontman Dave Mustaine. Items from The Beatles, the Beach Boys, Coldplay and 30 Seconds To Mars are also on the block.
2011: Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is charged with battery and disorderly conduct for allegedly jabbing his ex-girlfriend, Alicia Jacobs, in the Shimmer Cabaret lounge at the Las Vegas Hilton twelve days earlier. Neil's arraignment is the following month.
2011: Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong reprises his role as St. Jimmy for the final Broadway performances of 'American Idiot,' the musical inspired by the Green Day album of the same name.
2011: A statue in tribute to Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain was unveiled in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, The unveiling marked the 17th anniversary of Cobain's death, which occurred on April 5, 1994. The statue designed by local artists Kim and Lora Malakoff was of his signature Fender Jag-Stang guitar. The concrete guitar was eight and a half feet tall and also featured a ribbon with lyrics written on it from Nirvana's 'On a Plain'. It reads: "One more special message to go and then I'm done and I can go home."
2012: The Philip Lynott Exhibition opens at the 02 in London, celebrating the legacy of the Thin Lizzy frontman.
2012: Jim Marshall, also known as The Father of Loud or The Lord of Loud, died at age 88. Marshall was an English businessman and pioneer of guitar amplification. His company, Marshall Amplification, created equipment that is used by some of the biggest names in rock music, producing amplifiers with an iconic status. In 2003 Marshall was awarded an OBE for “services to the music industry and to charity”. Marshall is considered to be one of the four fathers of rock music equipment along with Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover.
2013: Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna sings the national anthem at the Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic game at the United Center in Chicago.
2013: Mark Knopfler cancelled two shows in Russia in protest over what he called the country's "crackdown" on human rights groups. The former Dire Straits frontman pulled out of the gigs in June after Russian authorities searched the offices of organizations including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Critics said the raids were an attempt to crush government dissent.

April 6
1956: The iconic Capitol Records Tower opens at the corner of Hollywood and Vine in LA. The 13-story building is said to be designed to look like a stack of records, but the architect says that is just a coincidence. More trivia – the blinking red light on top of the building spells out H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D in morse code.
1956: Paramount signs Elvis Presley to a three picture deal just five days after his first screen test in Hollywood. Elvis was to be paid $100,000 for his first movie, $150,000 for the second and $200,000 for the third.
1957: The classic Elvis single 'All Shook Up' is released.
1960: The Everly Brothers started their first UK concert tour at London's New Victoria Theatre, supported by The Crickets.
1962: Russia's official newspaper, Pravda, warns Soviet teens of the decadent dangers of the new "twist" dance craze.
1963: Fats Domino moves from Imperial to ABC Paramount Records.
1965: The Beach Boys record 'California Girls,' which will reach number three in the US by August. In 2004, the song was ranked #71 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1966: The first session of what would become The Beatles album 'Revolver' started in the evening at Abbey Road studios London, with the recording of the basic track of 'Tomorrow Never Knows.'
1967: The first master tape of The Beatles new album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' was made. The song order on side one is different from the final product at this point, the last five songs on that side being initially ordered as follows: ‘Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite’, ‘Fixing a Hole’, ‘Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds’, ‘Getting Better’, and ‘She's Leaving Home’. The Beatles had specified that there were to be no gaps between songs - a unique idea at the time.
1967: The Young Rascals 'Groovin’ b/w 'Sueno' 45 single is released.
1968: The Beatles Apple Corps Ltd. record company, management and publishing firm, opened their offices in London.
1968: Simon and Garfunkel went to #1 on the US album chart with the soundtrack of Mike Nichols' movie 'The Graduate,' on the strength of the hit single 'Mrs. Robinson.'
1968: Pink Floyd announces that founder Syd Barrett has officially left the group, saying that he is suffering from psychiatric disorders compounded by drug use.
1969: The first and last Palm Springs Pop Festival is held. Expecting 15,000 to see Ike & Tina Turner, John Mayall and others, 25,000 show up. Crowd control troubles and rioting result.
1969: Original bassist Pete Quaife leaves The Kinks. Nobby Dalton takes his place.
1971: After her performance at the Troubadour club in Los Angeles, 25 year old Carly Simon is introduced to 23 year old James Taylor. The pair would marry the following year, but split in September of 1981.
1971: The Rolling Stones release 'Brown Sugar,' the first single on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, which introduces the infamous licking-tongue-and-lips logo designed by John Pasche.
1972: The Monkees' Micky Dolenz guest stars in tonight's 'Barbara Lost' episode of ABC-TV's 'My Three Sons.'
1973: Queen sign their first recording contract.
1973: The Smothers Brothers win over $750,000 from CBS Television in a lawsuit over the cancellation of their TV show.
1974: 'Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones,' the first film with quadrophonic sound, premiers at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York.
1974: The California Jam 1 festival took place in Ontario, California, featuring The Eagles, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Earth Wind and Fire, ELP, Black Oak Arkansas and Seals & Croft. Over 200,000 fans attended. Deep Purple were identified at the time as the loudest band in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records.
1974: Billy Joel scores his first Top 40 hit with 'Piano Man.'
1978: Peter Frampton guest-stars on NBC-TV's 'Black Sheep Squadron.'
1979: Rod Stewart marries Alana Hamilton, the ex-wife of actor George Hamilton. They would be together for five years.
1984: E-Street Band member Steve “Little Steven” Van Zandt announces that he’s exiting the band. He rejoins the band in 1999 when they reunite with Springsteen.
1987: Roger Waters says he will contest the use of the name “Pink Floyd” by anyone else other than himself as he believes he is the creative driving force behind the band.
1988: ‎Poison‬ released the single 'Nothin' But A Good Time.'
1991: Ringo Starr guests as himself on Fox TV's "Brush With Greatness" episode of The Simpsons.
1992: George Harrison appeared in his first British post-Beatles solo concert, 22 years after the break-up of the group. The London show was a benefit for the Natural Law party, a fringe group with several candidates in the British election three days later.
1992: Pearl Jam's 'Even Flow' single is released. The song eventually peaks at #3 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
1993: Bruce Hornsby releases his first solo album, 'Harbor Lights.' Jerry Garcia, Pat Metheny, Bonnie Raitt, Branford Marsalis, and Phil Collins all make appearances on this jazzy recording.
1993: Peter Criss, former drummer for the rock group KISS, settles a libel lawsuit against Star magazine for portraying him as a homeless alcoholic. ”At least now I can go on with a clearer head, now that this is over,” he said. “I could write a song about this whole thing. Maybe I will.” A Jan. 8, 1991, story in the Star said Criss was “living like a dog,” getting his meals on bread lines and sleeping in a men’s room at the Santa Monica Pier. It was all a hoax.
1994: Soul Asylum's 'Grave Dancers Union' album, with 'Runaway Train,' is certified double platinum (2 million sales).
1998: On the TV show 'Murphy Brown,' Candice Bergen's lead character turns 50, and her coworkers celebrate by recreating an episode of American Bandstand. Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, Fabian and Lesley Gore all make appearances.
1998: Wendy O. Williams former singer of The Plasmatics died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Williams was known for her wild stage theatrics which included blowing up equipment, near nudity and chain-sawing guitars. In January 1981 police in Milwaukee arrested her for simulating sex on stage, later that same year in Cleveland, Ohio Williams was acquitted of an obscenity charge for simulating sex on stage wearing only shaving cream.
1999: An All-Star Tribute To Johnny Cash is held in New York with performances by Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Dave Matthews and, of course, Rosanne Cash. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and U2 appear via satellite.
1999: Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of Grateful Dead appear at an Al Gore Presidential fundraiser, with Gore's wife, notorious anti-rock crusader Tipper, playing congas.
2000: An all-star tribute to Joni Mitchell was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City featuring performances by Elton John, Bryan Adams, Shawn Colvin, James Taylor, Cyndi Lauper, Richard Thompson, k.d. Lang, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
2003: Linkin Park started a two week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Meteroa’ the bands first US and UK #1 album.
2004: Nickelback, 3 Doors Down, Hoobastank, Saliva and Bon Jovi are among the acts contributing songs to the compilation 'There's A Rumble in the House! The Greatest Hits Of The Arena Football League--Volume 1 CD.' Jon Bon Jovi co-owns the AFL's Philadelphia Soul.
2004: 66 year old Niki Sullivan, one of the original Crickets, passed away at his home in Independence, Missouri. Sullivan joined up with Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison and Joe Mauldin in 1956 and played on most of the songs the band recorded. He co-wrote a number of his hit songs and sang back-up vocals on 27 of the 32 songs Buddy recorded over his brief career. The hassle of touring finally forced him to drop out of the group in 1957. He retired from the music business, but occasionally performed at Holly tribute events.
2005: Based on their cultural or historical significance, James Brown's 'Live At The Apollo' ('65), the Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' ('66), 'The Allman Brothers Band At The Fillmore East' ('77) and Nirvana's 'Nevermind' ('91) are added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.
2005: A Polish government decree relating to the recent death of Pope John Paul II forces Judas Priest to cancel their concert in Katowice. John Paul was the first Polish Pope.
2006: Alice In Chains confirm that William DuVall of the Atlanta-based Comes With The Fall is the group's new frontman, replacing the late Layne Staley.
2006: Tom Morello is honored during the second annual Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards at the National Museum of Women in Washington, D.C. The guitarist is recognized for his ongoing activism as a champion of workers' rights.
2006: Bruce Springsteen enters the Freehold High School Hall of Fame. The Boss' mother, Adele, accepts the honor during the inaugural induction ceremony and reads a note on her son's behalf. Springsteen is unable to attend because "he was working on a new record."
2007: Chris Cornell's solo North American tour starts in Las Vegas.
2007: Walt Disney Pictures says Rolling Stones guitarist, Keith Richards, won't publicize the movie 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.' Richards has a cameo, as Capt. Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp) father.
2007: White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, who is battling colon cancer, receives a guitar autographed by The Who's Roger Daltrey, KISS' Paul Stanley and Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson.
2008: Triumph is inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards.
2008: Jethro Tull commemorates their 40th anniversary with a U.K. tour that begins in Swindon and concludes in London.
2009: CBS' telecast of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game opens with a 90-second snippet of Green Day's 'Know Your Enemy,' the first single off the band's album, '21st Century Breakdown.'
2009: Divorce proceedings begin in London to officially end Pete Townshend's 40-year marriage to Karen Astley. According to court documents, Astley claims that The Who's guitarist's actions are "no longer tolerable." Townshend is in a long-term relationship with Rachel Fuller, a musician with whom he frequently collaborates.
2010: 'Slash & Friends,' the debut solo album from the former Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist, is released in the U.S. The set features guest vocals by the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie, Iggy Pop, Chris Cornell and Ozzy Osbourne.
2010: The Scorpions are added to Hollywood's Rock Walk of Fame during a ceremony at the Hollywood Guitar Center store.
2011: Bob Dylan plays his first-ever concert in China at the Beijing Worker's Gymnasium. His set consists of pre-approved songs submitted to the government's Culture Ministry and approved by communist leaders.
2014: Bruce Springsteen kicks off his performance at the NCAA March Madness Music Festival in Dallas with a cover of Van Halen's 'Jump.'
2014: Former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan plays his first full show with the band in 17 years. The Buenos Aires stop is the first of five concerts McKagan performs with the group. "Our regular bass player, Mr. Tommy Stinson, is doing a show at Coachella with The Replacements, so we had to try to find a new guy," says GN'R frontman Axl Rose.
2015: Singer-songwriter Don McLean's original manuscript and notes to his anthem 'American Pie' are auctioned to anonymous bidder for $1.2 million.
2015: Singer Johnny Solinger announces he has left Skid Row after 15 years so that he can focus on his solo career. However, bassist Rachel Bolan claims Solinger was let go. Solinger replaced original vocalist Sebastian Bach when the band reformed in 1999. TNT frontman Tony Harnell takes over from Solinger.
2015: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler officially signs with Dot Records to release his debut Country solo album.

April 7
1956: The CBS Radio Network premiered the first regularly scheduled national broadcast rock & roll show, Alan Freed's 'Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party.'
1956: Little Richard's 'Long Tall Sally' enters the US Pop chart, where it would climb to #6. The record would top the R&B chart and became the first of his three US Top 10 hits.
1958: The Alan Freed's Big Beat Show played two shows at the Memorial Hall in Canton, Ohio, It featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Frankie Lymon, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors, The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins and The Pastels.
1958: Capitol Records officially abandons the sale of 78 RPM singles in the UK, choosing to issue all new releases as 45 RPM only.
1959: As the snow melts in Mason City, Iowa, Buddy Holly's glasses are found from the plane crash that killed him two months earlier. They are turned in to police, where they stay until 1980, when a sheriff finds them and returns them to Holly's widow.
1962: The Rolling Stones began to take shape when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met guitarist Brian Jones at the Ealing Jazz Club. Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts came into the picture in January of 1963.
1962: The Beatles played at the Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool without George Harrison who was ill. This was the group's last performance before leaving for their third extended engagement in Hamburg, West Germany.
1966: Working at Abbey Road studio’s in London, The Beatles recorded overdubs on the new John Lennon song ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ and the new Paul McCartney song ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’ for the forthcoming 'Revolver' album.
1967: Paving the way for what would become an FM radio format, Tom Donahue, a San Francisco DJ, starts to program 'progressive' music on San Francisco's KMPX-FM. KMPX begins playing Rock 'n' Roll album cuts instead of 45 RPM singles.
1969: John Lennon recorded 'Give Peace a Chance' in his Toronto hotel room. It became his first solo single.
1975: Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quit Deep Purple to form his own band Rainbow. Tommy Bolin replaced Blackmore.
1978: The Police released 'Roxanne.' The single didn’t chart in England or the U.S. until the following year.
1978: The Band's 'The Last Waltz' album is released. The triple-album documents the Band's "farewell" concert which took place at Bill Graham's Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving Day 1976. The event included an actual Thanksgiving dinner for 5000 attendees, with ballroom dancing and a stage set for La Traviata borrowed from the San Francisco Opera.
1979: 24 year old Rickie Lee Jones performs her upcoming single 'Chuck E's In Love' on 'Saturday Night Live.' The song would rise to #4 on the Billboard chart and help bring Jones a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
1979: The Doobie Brothers' 'Minute By Minute' is the #1 album in the U.S. It sells three-million copies.
1979: The California Music Festival took place in front of 110-thousand fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Aerosmith, Van Halen, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick, April Wine, The Boomtown Rats and more performed.
1981: The Who's former manager Kit Lambert died after falling down a flight of stairs in his mother's home in London, England. Along with his partner, Chris Stamp, Lambert guided The Who from 1964 through 1967 and produced many of their albums including 'The Who Sell Out' and 'Tommy.'
1981: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their first full-scale tour in Hamburg, Germany. This was Springsteen's first tour outside North America, which would take in 10 countries.
1986: Elton John is recognized for his Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the 31st Ivor Novello Awards.
1987: Roger Waters' lawyers issued a statement that Roger believed himself to be the creative driving force behind Pink Floyd and therefore he would contest the use of the name by anyone else and any former members of Pink Floyd.
1987: Pastor Oral Roberts says that God will kill him if he doesn’t raise $1 million in donations. In response, Ozzy Osbourne sends him one dollar to use toward psychiatric treatment.
1987: Whitesnake releases their self-titled CD which goes on to sell over 8 million copies in the U.S. alone.
1988: Alice Cooper nearly hanged himself while rehearsing his act when a safety rope broke and left him swinging by his neck. He was promptly rescued by a quick thinking roadie.
1988: Ritchie Blackmore leaves Deep Purple to form Rainbow with Ronnie James Dio. He is replaced by Tommy Bolin. Blackmore rejoins Deep Purple in 1984 but leaves permanently in 1993.
1990: After a year on the album chart, Bonnie Raitt's 'Nick Of Time' finally reaches #1.
1990: Guns N’ Roses perform their last concert with the Appetite For Destruction lineup at Farm Aid IV in Indianapolis. Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Elton John, Bruce Hornsby, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Don Henley, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson also perform.
1990: At Farm Aid IV in Indianapolis, Elton John sings 'Candle In The Wind' for 18 year old Ryan White, who is suffering from AIDS. White will die just hours after the show and Elton will act as a pallbearer at his funeral four days later.
1990: Motley Crue's Tommy Lee was injured when performing a stunt during a concert, falling 20 feet from a lighting rig. Tommy was descending as usual on a bungee rope but panicked when he thought his roadie wouldn’t pull the brake in time. He was turned upside down and smashed heads with a person in the audience, before he hit the ground head-first and blacked out. He was immediately rushed to the hospital in New Haven, CT.
1994: Courtney Love was arrested on drugs and theft charges after a reported overdose. At this time, Love was unaware that her husband Kurt Cobain was dead at their home, (his body wasn’t discovered until April 8, by an electrician who had arrived to install a security system at their house).
1995: Eddie Van Halen had a loaded pistol taken away from him after airport police discovered the handgun in his carry-on luggage.
1997: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher married actress Patsy Kensit at Marylebone Registry office in London. They divorced three years later.
1997: U2's 'Discotheque' is certified gold by the record industry.
1997: Soundgarden's Chris Cornell informs the group's label, A & M, that the band is history.
2001: Paul McCartney bought the four-bedroom Beverly Hills home of Courtney Love for $3.995m. The gated 1930's house had it's own swimming pool and 1.5 acres of land.
2003: Jury selection began in a wrongful-death suit brought against Tommy Lee in connection with the 2001 drowning death of a boy at a pool party.
2004: Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil had a misdemeanor battery case dismissed after he completed 100 hours of community service. Neil was charged after a 2002 scuffle outside a Sunset Strip nightclub.
2004: Kid Rock hosts a New York City event celebrating the Ford Mustang's 40th anniversary.
2005: Velvet Revolver performs 'Dirty Little Thing,' from their 'Contraband' album, on NBC's Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
2005: Canadian born Mighty Mike, the diminutive emcee on Motley Crue's 2005 tour is refused entry into the United States following the band's show in Winnipeg, Canada. Not the type to take things too seriously, the Crue lets the one-liners fly. "This could set U.S./Canadian relations back a couple of weeks," quips singer Vince Neil. Drummer Tommy Lee jokes, "It's no big deal, hopefully Mighty Mike will grow from this experience."
2005: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne revealed that their eldest daughter Aimee had surgery after a breast cancer scare.
2006: An internet fan site broke the news that Love front man Arthur Lee was battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He would succumb to the disease on August 3rd.
2008: 66 year old Bob Dylan received an honorary Pulitzer Prize for his "profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."
2006: Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton performs at the 11th annual Banned In Boston event. Hamilton dresses as former first lady Barbara Bush for a musical number. "I always seem to find myself cast in drag," jokes the bassist. "I seem to be getting kind of good at it, which worries me." The fund-raiser supports the city's Urban Improv violence-prevention program.
2007: Pearl Jam guitarist, Mike McCready, performs with his UFO tribute band, Flight To Mars, at the fifth annual Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America benefit concert in Seattle. McCready has long suffered from Crohn's disease.
2007: Judas Priest singer Rob Halford appears on the debut episode of Rocknation, a syndicated weekly cable TV Heavy Metal program.
2008: The newly reunited Stone Temple Pilots announce a 65-date reunion tour and play for the first time since 2002.
2009: 'Sick,' from Duff McKagan's band Loaded, is released. It's the band's follow-up to 2001's 'Dark Days.' Two songs are streamed on Playboy's official site where McKagan writes a financial column.
2009: Chickenfoot, the "supergroup" with Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith appear on the cover of the June issue of Guitar World.
2009: The Bob Dylan documentary DVD, 'Never Ending Tour Diaries,' is released. Former Dylan drummer Winston Watson recorded home-video footage during a five-year run with Dylan in the '90s. There are on-stage collaborations with Neil Young, George Harrison and the Rolling Stones.
2009: Green Day perform their '21st Century Breakdown' album in its entirety at a 500-capacity club in San Francisco. The trio is augmented by two extra guitarists and a keyboardist at the surprise show.
2009: Slipknot takes home Best Live Band and Monster Riff of the Year trophies at the first-ever Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards in L.A. Ozzy Osbourne receives a lifetime achievement honor. Other winners include Metallica, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and Pantera/HellYeah drummer Vinnie Paul. The ceremony celebrates Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.
2010: Public Image Ltd. make their first television appearance in over 18 years when they perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) tells Kimmel "it just annoys me to see how much I've influenced modern music without any appreciation."
2010: The Top 9 American Idol finalist perform songs from The Beatles' "Lennon-McCartney Songbook." Paul McCartney makes a brief cameo.
2012: The first Lollapalooza Brasil in Sao Paulo is headlined by the Foo Fighters. Arctic Monkeys, Foster The People and Joan Jett are among the performers at the two-day event. Over 70,000 attend to support the expansion of the festival to South America.
2013: Former AC/DC bassist Neil Smith dies after a battle with cancer. He was 60.
2013: Andy Johns, the legendary producer and engineer, dies of complications from a stomach ulcer. He was 62. Johns worked on classic albums that have sold in excess of 160 millions copies by bands ranging from Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones to Van Halen and Cinderella.

April 8
1956: During a tour of Colorado, Texas and New Mexico, Elvis Presley played two shows at Denver Coliseum in Colorado, (1 matinee and 1 evening).
1963: John and Cynthia Lennon become the proud parents of a baby boy who they name Julian, after John's late mother, Julia. He grow up to have a music career of his own, scoring Top Ten hits with 'Valotte' (#9 in 1984) and 'Too Late for Goodbyes' (#5 in 1985).
1967: John Lennon took his Rolls Royce to coachbuilders J.P. Fallon Ltd. in Surrey to inquire if they could paint his car in psychedelic colors. This was based on an idea by Marijke Koger ("The Fool" who was a member of Dutch team of gypsy artists). J.P. Fallon commissioned Steve Weaver's pattern of scroll and flowers for the Phantom V. The cost for having the work done came in at £2,000. A custom interior/exterior sound system was also installed as well as a Sony television; telephone (WEYBRIDGE 46676) and a portable refrigerator.
1972: Written after the 'Bloody Sunday Massacre', in Northern Ireland Paul McCartney and Wings released 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish.' The song was banned by the BBC and the IBA. It peaked at #16 in the UK and #21 in the U.S.
1973: During his 'Ziggy Stardust' world tour, David Bowie played the first of three sold out nights at Shinjuku Koseinenkin, Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan.
1973: 'Journey Through The Past' Neil Young's filmed autobiography premieres at a Dallas Film Festival.
1974: Paul McCartney & Wings 'Band On The Run' b/w 'Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five' 45 single is released.
1975: Aerosmith released 'Toys in the Attic.'
1975: John Lennon was a guest on the Tomorrow Show on NBC with Tom Snyder. It was later broadcast on April 29.
1976: The Rolling Stones 'Fool To Cry' b/w 'Hot Stuff' 45 single is released.
1977: The Damned became the first English punk group to play New York’s famed venue CBGB. At their hotel, they discovered that The Rolling Stones left a birthday cake, seven meringue pies and three prostitutes for them.
1977: Clash release their self-titled debut album on CBS.
1977: Judas Priest‬ released their album 'Sin After Sin' featuring the single 'Diamonds & Rust.'
1978: Eddie Money saw his first U.S. hit, 'Baby Hold On' enter the Billboard chart, where it would reach #11. He would go on to place nine more songs in the Top 40, including two Top 10 hits 'Take Me Home Tonight' (#4 in 1986) and 'Walk On Water' (#9 in 1988).
1979: Aerosmith played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the first night on their 38 date 'Night In The Rut' Tour.
1979: Van Halen began their first world tour.
1980: Brian Johnson fills the vacant vocalist slot in AC/DC, 6 weeks after the death of Bon Scott. Scott himself had spoken about Johnson to his bandmates when he saw him onstage in England in the early 1970s.
1988: R.E.M. left IRS Records and signed with Warner Brothers records.
1988: Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force 'Odyssey' album is released.
1989: 26-year-old David Hirsch replaced 59-year-old Dick Clark on American Bandstand. His debut also marked Bandstand's move to the USA cable network from national syndication. Clark had been the host of the program for 33 years.
1994: The Recording Industry Association of America announced that Pink Floyd's 1973 album 'Dark Side of the Moon' had become the fourth biggest-selling album in U.S. history and had passed the 13 million mark in sales. Worldwide, 'Dark Side of the Moon' has sold more than 25 million copies.
1994: The Offspring's breakthrough album 'Smash' is released. Thanks to the success of the singles 'Come Out and Play' and 'Self Esteem,' 'Smash' eventually becomes one of the best selling independent records of all time, selling at least 15 million copies worldwide.
1994: An electrician hired to install a security system at Kurt Cobain's residence finds the body of the 27 year old Nirvana front man lying on the floor of a room above the garage with a shotgun on his chest and a suicide note nearby. Not everyone was convinced his death was a suicide and The Mystery Of Kurt Cobain's Death is still a hotly debated topic today.
1998: The Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood was exploring islands near Rio de Janeiro in a small boat when one of the engines caught fire. He, along with ten other passengers were rescued when nearby journalists came to their aid.
1998: Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee is sentenced to at least six months in County Jail after pleading no contest to a felony charge of beating his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee. He was released after 90 days for good behavior. Concurrently, he completed a 30-day sentence for beating a security guard at a Crüe concert in Phoenix.
2000: Santana returned to the top of the US singles chart for the second time in six months with 'Maria Maria,' another track pulled from the Grammy Award winning album 'Smooth.'
2000: At the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California, Santana recreated tracks from his 'Supernatural' album with Dave Matthews, Lauryn Hill, Sarah McLachlan and Rob Thomas for a TV special.
2002: Marilyn Manson denied claims that he was responsible for the death of a woman after a party at his mansion in 2001. Jennifer Syme, a former girlfriend of actor Keanu Reeves, died when her Jeep Cherokee hit three parked cars. Her mother, Maria St John, was suing the singer for wrongful death, claiming Manson was negligent in "instructing the woman to operate a motor vehicle in her incapacitated condition".
2003: Godsmack's third album, 'Faceless,' is released.
2003: Jet play their first L.A. concert. Just 50 people show up. Exactly one year later, the group gives two sold out L.A. shows at the legendary Wiltern theater.
2004: Vince Neil pleads no contest to battery charges stemming from an 2003 incident in which he allegedly assaulted a prostitute at a legal Nevada brothel. The judge gives Neil a 30-day suspended jail sentence, orders him to complete anger-management sessions and fines him $1,000.
2005: Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash performs the U.S. and Canadian national anthems at the Toronto Blue Jays' home opener against the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
2006: The Rolling Stones play their first-ever concert in mainland China with a gig in Shanghai at Shanghai's Grand Stage Theatre. The Stones were banned from performing three songs ('Brown Sugar,' 'Honky Tonk Women,' 'Rough Justice'). Chinese rock star Cui Jian joined the band on stage for a duet with Mick Jagger on 'Wild Horses.'
2008: Led Zeppelin topped the list of Classic Rock magazine’s ‘Best Live Acts Of All Time’. The Who were voted in at #2 and AC/DC at #3.
2008: P.O.D. release 'When Angels & Serpents Dance.' The album marks the band's first effort since original guitarist Marcos Curiel returned to the band.
2010: Slipknot's Joey Jordison makes his debut as Rob Zombie's drummer during a performance at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards at Club Nokia in L.A. And the winners are: Album of the Year - Alice In Chains' 'Black Gives Way To Blue'; Best Live Band - Metallica; Best Vocalist - Ronnie James Dio (Heaven & Hell); Best Guitarist - Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society); Best Drummer - Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan (Avenged Sevenfold).
2010: Malcolm McLaren former manager of the Sex Pistols, the New York Dolls and Bow Wow Wow died from cancer at age 64. As a solo artist he scored the 1983 UK #3 single 'Double Dutch.' He set up the fashion store Let It Rock in the late 60's with Vivienne Westwood selling rubber and fetish gear. He recruited local kids who frequented his Kings Road boutique 'Sex' and dubbed them the Sex Pistols.
2011: Ozzy Osbourne provides the voice for the Earth Troll character in an installment of the Disney Channel's 'Fish Hooks.' The segment focuses on the importance of recycling.
2012: It was reported that organizers for the 2012 ceremony had recently asked the manager of The Who if legendary drummer Keith Moon would be able to perform at the forthcoming London Olympics Games. Who manager Bill Curbishley, told The Times how he responded to the request. "I emailed back saying Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to The Who's anthemic line 'I hope I die before I get old,'" he said. "If they have a round table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him."
2013: 'Bill Wyman's Scrapbook' is available. The limited-edition book by the former Rolling Stones' bassist has letters, photographs and memorabilia from his musical career.
2014: A documentary that chronicled the history of one of the British Invasion's most popular bands called, 'The Dave Clark Five and Beyond -- Glad All Over,' premiered on PBS' Great Performances.
2014: KISS frontman Paul Stanley publishes his autobiography, 'Face The Music: A Life Exposed.'
2014: 'Catacombs Of The Black Vatican,' the ninth studio album by Black Label Society, is released. It is the first BLS set to feature former Breaking Benjamin drummer Chad Szeliga.
2015: Sixx A.M., with Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, launch their first North American headlining tour in San Francisco.
2016: Zakk Wylde's solo album 'Book Of Shadows II' is released. The set from the Black Label Society guitarist marks the 20th anniversary of the first 'Book Of Shadows' release
2016: Guns N' Roses begin their 'Not In This Lifetime' tour in Las Vegas featuring original members Slash, Duff McKagan and Axl Rose.

April 9
1860: What is believed to be the world's oldest recording was made by French inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville when he recorded a young lady, believed by historians to be his daughter, singing "Au Clair de la Lune". The song was captured on a "phonautograph", a device that engraved sound waves onto a sheet of paper blackened by the smoke of an oil lamp. The event took place 17 years before Thomas Edison invented his phonograph.
1953: Elvis Presley performs at the L.C. Humes High School talent contest, singing 'Keep Them Cold, Icy Fingers Off Of Me.'
1956: Gene Vincent records 'Be-Bop-A-Lula' (and 'Race With The Devil') in Norfolk, VA.
1964: Capitol and Vee Jay Records settle their feud out of court over the rights to recordings by The Beatles. Capitol contended in the suit that Vee Jay's rights to the Beatles had been cancelled on August 8th 1963, for non-payment of royalties. Vee Jay was forced to stop selling 'From Me To You,' 'Please Please Me,' 'Love Me Do' and other early Beatle releases.
1964: The Rolling Stones make their first live appearance on British TV's Ready Steady Go!
1965: Rolling Stones' dress sense attacked by E.M. Roberts, a Welsh headmaster, who is particularly critical of corduroy trousers. He said it was a 'disservice to the young if adults interpret freedom as a complete disregard of the rules'.
1965: Bruce Johnston joins The Beach Boys as the permanent replacement for Brian Wilson. Glen Campbell had been briefly been playing bass on the road and singing Brian Wilson's vocal parts.
1965: The Yardbirds 'For Your Love' b/w 'Got To Hurry' 45 single is released.
1966: Jeff Beck collapsed on stage during a Yardbirds gig in Marseilles, France.
1967: The Doors and The Jefferson Airplane appeared at Cheetah on the Santa Monica Pier in Venice, California. This was the largest show The Doors had played to date with a crowd of over 3,000.
1969: King Crimson makes its debut performance at the Speakeasy in London.
1969: Emerson, Lake and Palmer perform their first concert at the Speakeasy in London
1970: Paul McCartney announces a "temporary break with The Beatles," citing "personal differences" and adding that he will no longer record with John Lennon. Paul disapproved of Yoko Ono and of Beatles financial advisor Allen Klein. When a reporter called Lennon to comment upon McCartney's resignation, John said, "Paul hasn't left. I sacked him." A week after McCartney's announcement, he released his first solo album, spelling the end of the Beatles.
1970: Pink Floyd kicked off their second North American tour at The Fillmore East, Manhattan, New York City.
1973: Newly signed to EMI Records, Queen played a showcase gig for their new record label at the Marquee Club, London.
1977: Peter Gabriel scores debut solo hit with 'Solsbury Hill.'
1978: Rainbow's 'Long Live Rock 'n' Roll' album is released.
1982: Iron Maiden releases 'The Number Of The Beast.' The album goes straight into the UK charts at #1.
1983: ‎Dave Mustaine‬ played his last concert in Brooklyn with ‪Metallica‬.
1983: David Bowie was at #1 on the UK singles chart with the title track from his latest album 'Let's Dance', his fourth UK #1 and featuring blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. A US #1 hit, it was Bowie’s first single to reach number one on both sides of the Atlantic.
1986: 'Time,' a musical co-written and produced by one-time drummer, Dave Clark (former namesake of the Dave Clark Five), makes its debut in London.
1989: The Rolling Stones' 52-year-old bassist, Bill Wyman, reveals his plans to marry 19 year old Mandy Smith. The two had been dating since she was 13 with the consent of her mother. The pair divorced in 1991.
1992: Fort Smith, Arkansas resident Sean Pierce is walking home wearing a T-shirt he purchased the day before at a Van Halen concert when he's arrested for 'violating a statute against wearing a smutty shirt'. The shirt has the title of the group's album 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge' printed on it. Van Halen offers to pay Pierce's fine.
1993: Nirvana headline a concert in San Francisco to benefit the Tresnjevka Woman's Group in Zagreb. Bassist Kirst Novoselic (who is of Croatian descent) says, "I was really pissed off by everything I'd been reading and nobody was doing anything about it." Civil war and 'ethnic cleansing' crippled the former Yugoslavia (Balkans region).
1994: Pantera entered the US album chart at #1 with 'Far Beyond Driven.'
1997: Soundgarden announce that they are to disband. The group reforms thirteen years later.
2004: Pearl Jam receive an IMPACT Award from the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy. The honor recognizes musicians who "have crossed all musical boundaries and who have been recognized as an asset to the music community."
2007: Action figures of singer Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora are unveiled. The Sambora doll plays a double-neck guitar, while the Bon Jovi figurine is at a microphone stand. Makes sense. The dolls are in stores a few months later.
2008: R.E.M.'s 'Accelerate' sells 115,000 copies in its first week to land at #2 on the Billboard 200. The album makes its debut at #1 in the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and the Czech Republic and #2 in Germany, Italy, Holland and Austria.
2008: Green Day admits (in an email to MTV) that they are also the Garage Rock band Foxboro Hot Tubs. The group posted a downloadable EP titled 'Stop Drop and Roll!!!' for free a couple months earlier.
2008: 'Idol Gives Back,' American Idol's charity effort, features Heart performing a shortened version of "Barracuda" with pop singer Fergie. U2's Bono, former Idol contestant Chris Daughtry and actor Brad Pitt also appear. Though the show fails to earn the previous year's ratings it does raise millions of dollars for various U.S. charities that help disadvantaged children.
2008: Elton John's benefit concert for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in New York nets $2.5 million for her campaign. "There is no one more qualified to lead America," Elton tells the crowd at Radio City Music Hall.
2008: Steve Miller receives the ASCAP Golden Note Award at the performing-rights organization's 25th annual Pop Music Awards at L.A.'s Kodak Theatre. ASCAP president Marilyn Bergman calls Miller an "iconic music creator whose enduring and instantly recognizable songs say 'America' around the world."
2009: Duff McKagan's Loaded celebrate the release of their 'Sick' album (issued two days earlier) with a release party in their hometown of Seattle, the first date of Loaded's U.S. tour.
2010: 'When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors' is shown in select U.S. theaters. The biographical film, charting the group's rise and fall, is narrated by actor Johnny Depp.
2010: Eddie Vedder wins a copyright infringement case revolving around the lyrics to a song the singer performed for the 2007 Sean Penn-directed movie 'Into The Wild.' The song's composer sued the Pearl Jam frontman for changes made to 'Hard Sun.' But a U.S. District Court judge rules that some lyric changes are allowed under the law.
2010: Based on a true story of an Army vet who snapped and stole a tank, Megadeth unveil the video for 'The Right To Go Insane.' The clip features frontman Dave Mustaine sneaking onto a military facility, stealing a tank and crashing into things. Filming caused a stir a month earlier because no one informed authorities of the tank so the police stormed the set assuming it was some terrorist activity.
2011: A self-portrait by late Pink Floyd vocalist Syd Barrett is stolen from the Syd Barrett Arts and Letters Exhibition at the Idea Generation Gallery in London. The 12-inch by 9-inch self-portrait is later returned, in the mail, undamaged and intact.
2012: Ron Wood's painting exhibit, 'Faces, Time and Places,' opens at the 498 Broome St. Gallery in New York City.
2012: KISS make the first of two appearances on ABC-TV's 'Dancing With The With The Stars' competition. The performances promote their tour with Motley Crue. A second stint comes the following night.
2012: A ballet based on the life Elton John, 'Love Lies Bleeding,' makes its television debut on the CBC. The one-hour ballet was filmed by director Moze Mossanen at the Banff Centre's Eric Harvie Theatre.
2013: Stone Sour release 'House Of Gold & Bones Pt. 2,' the conclusion of their two part concept album.
2013: Volbeat release their 'Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies' album. It features former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano and is co-produced by Caggiano and Jacob Hansen.
2015: The Replacements launch their 'Back By Unpopular Demand' Tour, their first U.S. trek in 24 years. It begins at Seattle's Paramount Theatre.

April 10
1956: Leo Fender patents the successor to his popular "Telecaster" model of electric guitar, this time called the "Stratocaster."
1957: Rick Nelson sings 'I'm Walkin' on his parent's TV show, 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,' beginning his Rock n' Roll career. Originally done to impress a date, the record sells half a million copies in the next week alone.
1958: Dick Clark devoted an hour of his American Bandstand TV show to the memory of Chuck Willis, who had died earlier in the day from peritonitis. Willis recorded hits that included: 'C.C. Rider' (#12), 'What Am I Living For' (#9) and "'Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes' (#24).
1961: Del Shannon is the guest on ABC-TV's American Bandstand, singing his recent breakthrough hit, 'Runaway.'
1962: The Beatles former bass player Stuart Sutcliff died. (original bassist for eighteen months from January 1960 to June 1961). Sutcliff had stayed in Hamburg Germany after leaving the group. He died of a brain haemorrhage in an ambulance on the way to hospital at age 22.
1964: 'The Beatles Second Album' is released. The album subsequently knocks 'Meet The Beatles!' from the #1 spot. It's the first time an act replaces itself at #1 on the U.S. album chart.
1965: A British school in Wrexham, North Wales, asked parents to please keep children in school uniform and not to send them to school in 'corduroy trousers', like the ones worn by The Rolling Stones.
1967: Paul McCartney attends a Beach Boys recording session in Hollywood.
1967: The Who begins a six-day season at Brian Epstein's Saville Theatre, with Jimi Hendrix on the bill.
1968: Bill Kreutzmann invites Mickey Hart to join Grateful Dead as its second drummer.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival agree to perform at the upcoming Woodstock Festival in New York. They play but for contractual reasons, do not appear in the accompanying film.
1970: Doors singer Jim Morrison was dragged off stage by keyboardist Ray Manzarek during a concert in Boston, after Morrison asked the audience, "Would you like to see my genitals?". Theater management quickly switched off the power. Morrison had been arrested in Miami a year earlier for "lewd and lascivious behavior" during a performance.
1970: 27 year-old Paul McCartney issued a press statement, announcing that The Beatles had split, (one week before the release of his solo album). McCartney said, "I have no future plans to record or appear with The Beatles again, or to write any music with John". John Lennon, who had kept his much-earlier decision to leave The Beatles quiet for the sake of the others, was furious. When a reporter called Lennon to comment upon McCartney's resignation, Lennon said, "Paul hasn't left. I sacked him."
1970: Emerson, Lake And Palmer was formed when drummer Carl Palmer joined keyboardist Keith Emerson and singer/guitarist Greg Lake.
1973: Led Zeppelin's fifth album, 'Houses of the Holy' was certified Gold.
1976: Peter Frampton went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Frampton Comes Alive', one of the biggest selling live album in rock history. The LP would stay on the chart for 97 weeks.
1976: Three years after its initial release, Aerosmith's classic, 'Dream On,' peaks at #6 on the U.S. pop chart.
1978: Gene Simmons and Cher appear on the cover of Rolling Stones as a couple.
1982: Iron Maiden scored their first UK #1 album with 'The Number Of The Beast.' The bands third studio album saw the debut of vocalist Bruce Dickinson and the final appearance of the late drummer Clive Burr. This was their first album to reach #1 in the UK Albums Chart, and be certified platinum in the US.
1989: The Cult release their fourth album, 'Sonic Temple.' It will go on to peak at #10 on the US chart. The album features the tracks 'Fire Woman,' 'Sun King,' 'Edie (Ciao Baby)' and 'Sweet Soul Sister.'
1991: Peter Noone guest stars as a rock star on the "Glitter Rock - April 12, 1974" episode episode of NBC-TV's 'Quantum Leap.'
1992: Sam Kinison died at the age of 38 after his Pontiac Trans Am was struck head-on on U.S. Route 95, around 15 miles northwest of Needles, California, by a pickup truck driven by 17-year-old Troy Pierson, who had been drinking alcohol. The pickup truck crossed the center line of the roadway and went into Kinison's lane. At the time of the collision, Kinison was traveling to Laughlin, Nevada to perform at a sold-out show.
1994: A public memorial service is held for Nirvana's Kurt Cobain at the Seattle Center. Cobain shot himself five days earlier.
1998: Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland married Heather McMillan. The honeymoon was spent visiting amusement parks across the country.
1999: Offspring release their single, 'Why Don't You Get A Job?'.
1999: The all-star tribute concert 'Here There and Everywhere: A Concert For Linda' is held at London's Royal Albert Hall, where Paul McCartney, George Michael, Chrissie Hynde, Elvis Costello and Sinead O'Connor raise money for animal charities while remembering Paul's wife Linda, who has recently succumbed to breast cancer.
1999: Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin plays his first show with Smashing Pumpkins since being re-instated. He was kicked out three years earlier due to drug problems.
2001: Bruce Springsteen won a court battle to keep the rights to his early songs. Ronald Winter of Masquerade Music had released the album 'Before The Fame' was found to be in breach of copyright
2006: Bon Jovi and Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles win the Collaborative Video of the Year trophy for 'Who Says You Can't Go Home' at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville.
2007: The Hendersonville, Tennessee house once owned by Johnny Cash burns to the ground. It had been purchased after Cash's death by Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees, who planned to renovate it.
2008: Whitesnake singer David Coverdale and guitarist Doug Aldrich treat an invitation-only crowd to an acoustic performance at a New York club to celebrate the release of the band's "Good To Be Bad" album.
2010: Mired in a sex abuse scandal that won't go away, the Vatican tries to change the topic by praising The Beatles. The Vatican's official newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano publishes its first-ever statement praising the group. The article acknowledges that The Beatles took drugs and lived an "uninhibited lifestyle," but contends they also wrote powerful songs that "changed forever pop music." To top it off, the paper pretty much dismisses John Lennon's infamous "we're bigger than Christ" statement (made forty-four years earlier) as a non-issue.
2011: U2's 360 tour is the highest grossing tour of all time following their performance in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The group's $558 million in earnings tops the Rolling Stones' 'A Bigger Bang' tour.
2011: Just days after performing his first concert in China, Bob Dylan debuts in Vietnam playing at the RMIT University in Ho Chi Minh City for approximately 4,000 fans.
2012: Halestorm release their second album 'The Strange Case Of...'.
2012: Zakk Wylde's 'Bringing Metal To The Children: The Complete Berzerker's Guide To World Tour Domination' book is released.
2015: Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett's 'Fear FestEvil' convention gets underway. Slash, Corey Taylor and John 5 appear as horror panelists during the three day event.

April 11
1956: While flying from Amarillo to Nashville, Elvis Presley's plane is forced to make an emergency landing in Arkansas. The incident will leave him with a permanent fear of air travel.
1957: Elvis Presley's 'All Shook Up' hits #1 on the Billboard Pop charts.
1961: A 19 year old Bob Dylan plays his first New York gig at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village, when he opens for John Lee Hooker.
1962: Elvis Presley's 'Follow That Dream' movie premieres in Ocala, Florida, near where it was filmed. It opens nationally six weeks later.
1963: 'From Me To You,' by The Beatles, is released in the U.K.
1964: The Beatles set a new chart record when they had 14 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. The songs ranged from ‘Can't Buy Me Love’ at #1 to ‘Love Me Do’ at #81.
1965: In a rare joint appearance both The Beatles and Rolling Stones perform at the New Musical Express concert at London's Wembley Empire Pool. The show put on by the most important music trade paper in Britain features the magazine's poll winners. Also on the bill are the Animals, The Kinks, The Moody Blues, Them, Tom Jones, The Seekers, Freddie And The Dreamers, Herman's Hermits, Cilla Black and Donovan.
1966: Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Dewey Martin, and Bruce Palmer make their public debut as Buffalo Springfield at the Troubadour in Hollywood, California. They got their name after seeing it on the side of a steamroller.
1967: Flying back to London from the U.S. after participating in The Beach Boys' aborted 'Smile' sessions, Paul McCartney writes 'Magical Mystery Tour' and sketches the ideas for the film of the same name.
1968: Janis Joplin, along with Big Brother And The Holding Company, made their national TV debut on ABC-TV's Hollywood Palace.
1969: Credited to The Beatles with Billy Preston, 'Get Back' is released as a single. An alternate mix appears on the 'Let It Be' album.
1970: Peter Green quit Fleetwood Mac while on tour in Germany, to avoid breach of contract he agreed to finish the current tour.
1970: Norman Greenbaum's 'Spirit In The Sky' tops out at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although the song would sell over two million copies, it would be his only U.S. Top 40 hit.
1970: The Beatles started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with 'Let It Be'. It became the group's 19th U.S. #1 in 6 years. It displaced Simon & Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Waters' at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Meanwhile, John Lennon's 'Instant Karma (We All Shine On)' sits at #3 on the pop chart.
1972: Argent's 'Hold Your Head Up' b/w 'Keep On Rollin' 45 single is released.
1973: The Beach Boys appeared at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia. The Beach Boys were at a very low ebb in popularity in America and this show proved a financial disaster for the promoter, with less than 3,000 tickets sold for the 16,000 capacity venue. Opening act was Mothers Finest and middle of the bill was Bruce Springsteen who played a 60-minute set.
1977: Alice Cooper played to an audience of 40,000 in Sydney, Australia, the largest crowd to attend a rock concert in the country's history. After the show Cooper was placed under house arrest at his hotel until he posted a bond for $59,632. That amount was the sum that a promoter claimed to have paid Cooper for a 1975 Australia tour he never made. The two settled when it was found that the promoter did not fulfill his part of the agreement either.
1981: The Police's 'Don't Stand So Close To Me' peaks at #10 on the U.S. pop scharts.
1981: Eddie Van Halen married actress Valerie Bertinelli, co-star of the 1980's television hit, 'One Day at a Time.' The two had met eight months earlier when Bertinelli's brother took her to a Van Halen concert in Shreveport, Louisiana. They would separate in 2001 and divorce in 2005.
1983: Iron Maiden's 'Flight of Icarus' single is released.
1983: R.E.M. release their 'Murmur' album.
1983: Metallica fires original guitarist Dave Mustaine due to Mustaine’s alcoholism, drug abuse and personality clashes with the rest of the band. Mustaine says, “I would drink and have fun until someone would refute something I had said. And then that was war, baby. I’d be aggressive and confrontational because I was a violent drunk. I lost all inhibitions when I was drinking, and that didn’t go over to well in the end.” Mustaine later formed Megadeth.
1987: Robert Cray Band's 'Strong Persuader' album moves to #13 on the charts, becoming the highest-charting blues LP for 24 years.
1988: Iron Maiden's 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son' album is released.
1990: Elton John plays at the funeral for Ryan White, the 18-year-old got AIDS from a blood transfusion.
1992: Pearl Jam where the musical guest on NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' in New York City.
1995: ‎White Zombie‬ released their last album 'Astro-Creep: 2000.'
1997: Grand Funk reformed for a three concert tour to raise money for the Bosnian-American Relief Fund. Further gigs were booked over the following eighteen months and a 3 CD collection was released in 1999.
1997 : Paul McCartney gives a twenty-minute concert from the roof of a building he owns in London.
1999: Carlos Santana receives the Special Achievement Award at the American Latino Media Arts Awards in Pasadena.
2002: Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock are engaged after he proposes to her in the desert outside Las Vegas.
2005: It's revealed that Green Day, along with Marilyn Manson and Eminem, are on a list of musicians banned from performing at the Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University in Carson. Two Green Day shows are in jeopardy. But calm heads prevail and the concerts are allowed. However, Metallica remains on the list along with more than two dozen others.
2005: Eagles Of Death Metal play the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. What's unique is the show's first two songs are performed without amps and transmitted via radio to audience members listening on miniature receivers. The final three songs get the full speaker treatment. The event is held to promote the prevention of hearing loss.
2006: 10,000 Elton John related items, including clothing and accessories, go on sale to benefit Elton John AIDS Foundation. The event, dubbed Elton's Closet, is held in New York's Rockefeller Center.
2006: Queen appear on American Idol in pre-taped segments working with and encouraging the contestants.
2006: Buckcherry releases 'Fifteen,' the band's first album in four years.
2007: Richie Sambora and wife, actress Heather Locklear, divorce after 11 years of marriage.
2007: Linkin Parks' 'What I've Done' hits #1 on Radio and Records Alternative National Airplay. The first single from the group's 'Minutes To Midnight' album is their sixth consecutive #1.
2007: Godsmack singer Sully Erna is involved in an automobile accident in Methuen, MA. One woman is seriously injured. According to police, Erna's Hummer rear-ended another vehicle causing it to smash into a third car.
2007: Bassist Tommy Stinson's hand injury resulting from a tumble down a flight of stairs causes Guns N' Roses to postpone a tour of Japan.
2008: Dave Matthews performs at the kick-off for the Seeds of Compassion Festival in Seattle. The Dalai Lama speaks at the event the following day.
2008: Shinedown singer Brent Smith reports that Silvertide guitarist Nick Perri has replaced Jasin Todd. The announcement comes two days after Todd was arrested in Jacksonville, FL, on charges of disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer. Smith adds that Todd's departure from the group "all went down awhile ago." The singer also announces that Eric Bass is the band's bassist.
2008: Finger Eleven perform 'Paralyzer' at the Miss USA Pageant in Las Vegas.
2009: Perry Farrell celebrates his 50th birthday with a belated (he was born on 3/29) bash in Las Vegas that includes performances by his bands Porno For Pyros and Jane's Addiction. The set marks Porno For Pyros' first appearance in 12 years.
2011: Former Florida governor Charlie Crist and ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne reach an out of court settlement over the politician's illegal use of 'Road To Nowhere' during his 2010 Senatorial campaign. Crist makes a formal video apology that is posted on YouTube.
2012: Axl Rose announces that he has no plans to attend Guns N' Roses induction ceremony into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "I won't be attending ... and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N' Roses to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," Rose writes on Facebook.
2012: Rush receives The Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award at the 4th annual Revolver Golden God Awards held at Club Nokia in L.A. Duff McKagan also presents the inaugural edition of the Riff Lord award to Slash.
2013: Stern Pinball introduce a Metallica pinball machine.
2014: KISS, Beatles manager Brian Epstein, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens and the E Street Band are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. KISS is inducted by former Rage Against the Machine guitarist and obsessive Kiss fan Tom Morello. He closes his speech by saying, “Tonight proves, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that the high school bullies and the critics were mistaken. We Kiss fans were right. So let’s celebrate.”
2014: 'Chasing the Sun: Oasis 1993-1997,' a two-day exhibition of art and memorabilia commemorating the twentieth anniversary of Oasis's first single, 'Supersonic,' opens in London.
2015: The Coachella Music Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, where AC/DC play their first show in six years. Retired rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young is replaced by his nephew Stevie Young, while drummer Chris Slade takes over from Phil Rudd.
2015: Vince Neil's Las Vegas Outlaws take on the L.A. KISS in an Arena Football League matchup in Anaheim. The Motley Crue frontman's Outlaws beat the winless KISS 61-48.

April 12
1954: Big Joe Turner releases 'Shake, Rattle And Roll.'
1954: Bill Haley & His Comets record '(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock' at Pythian Temple studios in New York City. The record will become a modest hit, selling 75,000 copies, but would become a national sensation when it was featured in the movie 'The Blackboard Jungle' twelve months later. It went on to be a world-wide #1 and the biggest selling pop single with sales over 25 million. Written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers, 'Rock Around The Clock' was first recorded by Italian-American band Sonny Dae and His Knights.
1957: Alan Freed's Rock 'n' Roll Easter Jubilee opens for a ten-day run at Brooklyn's Paramount. Buddy Knox, Charlie Gracie and Bo Diddley are also included on the show.
1963: Bob Dylan plays his first major solo concert at New York's Town Hall.
1963: Billed as 'A Shot Of Rhythm and Blues', The Beatles were one of eight other groups who appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
1964: 22-year-old Chubby Checker marries 21-year-old Catharina Johanna Lodders, who had won the Miss World Pageant in 1962. She is said to be the subject of his 1963, Billboard #12 hit, 'Loddy Lo.'
1966: Jan Berry of Jan and Dean is almost killed when he crashes into a parked truck near Dead Man’s Curve in Los Angeles. Berry is partially paralyzed and suffers brain damage after being in a coma for almost two months.
1967: Mick Jagger was punched in the face by an airport official during a row at Le Bourget Airport in France. Jagger lost his temper after The Stones were being searched for drugs resulting in them missing their flight.
1967: Greyhound bus company begins a guided tour service of 'Hippyland' in San Francisco.
1968: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention play a National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammy people) dinner. Zappa calls the shindig a "load of pompous hokum." He tells the audience tells the audience, "All year long you people have manufactured this crap, now for one night you're gonna have to listen to it!".
1968: Life magazine does a story on The Doors but, like so many others, focuses on Jim Morrison. They push the singer's myth right over the top with the quote "he appears in public and on his records to be moody, temperamental, enchanted in the mind and extremely stoned on something."
1969: After scoring a series of instrumental hits in the early 1960's, The Ventures were back on Billboard's Hot 100 for the last time with the theme from the TV show, 'Hawaii Five-0.'
1969: John Lennon changes his middle name to Ono from Winston on the roof of the Apple Records building in London.
1971: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's album 'Four Way Street' is certified gold.
1973: The movie musical 'That'll Be The Day,' starring David Essex, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Billy Fury and Dave Edmunds premieres in London.
1975: David Bowie announced his second career retirement, saying, 'I've rocked my roll. It's a boring dead end, there will be no more rock 'n' roll records from me.'
1975: Elton John started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Philadelphia Freedom', his fourth U.S. #1. The song was inspired by Billie Jean King's World Team Tennis League entry.
1975: During a North American tour, Pink Floyd played the first of two nights at The Cow Palace in San Francisco.
1975: The film version of The Who's 'Tommy' opens.
1975: Linda Ronstadt has a major hit with the release of an Everly Brothers cover, 'When Will I Be Loved.'
1979: Mickey Thomas replaces Marty Balin as the lead singer for Jefferson Starship.
1984: 'Louie Louie Day' is held in Olympia, Washington as an unsuccessful attempt is made to make it the official state song.
1984: Rush release their 'Grace Under Pressure' album.
1989: Great White release their '...Twice Shy' album.
1990: The Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ announced that Asteroids 4147-4150 were named Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr. Astronomer Dr. Bowell says, “My colleague and I have been fans of the Beatles for 25 years. We thought this would be an unusual distinction for them.”
1990: During their 'Behind The Mask' World Tour, Fleetwood Mac played the first of five nights at Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.
1992: The Eagles' Don Henley leads 6,000 fans through Walden Woods in Massachusetts as part of a benefit walk to save the literally significant woods popularized by Henry Thoreau's work.
1993: The Grateful Dead sang the US national anthem before the San Francisco Giants' home opener.
1996: The John Mellencamp Pavilion at Indiana University is dedicated. Mellencamp contributes $1.5 million toward the building's construction.
1996: The Hollywood Rock Walk inducts Jan & Dean, The Ventures, the Chantays and The Surfaris.
2000: Metallica filed a suit against Napster, Yale University, The University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright infringement. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says, “We take our craft — whether it be the music, the lyrics, or the photos and artwork — very seriously, as do most artists. It is therefore sickening to know that our art is being traded like a commodity rather than the art that it is.”
2006: The Jimi Hendrix Experience's 1967 debut album, 'Are You Experienced,' is among 50 recordings chosen to be preserved in the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. Honorees are selected annually for their cultural or historical importance.
2007: Aerosmith kicks off their world tour in San Paulo, Brazil. This trek marks the return of bassist Tom Hamilton who missed the previous trek recovering from throat cancer.
2007: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is in New Orleans to help build houses for Habitat for Humanity.
2007: The Beatles' company, Apple Corps, settled a 30 million pound ($59.2 million) royalties dispute with the band's label, EMI. The suit alleged unpaid royalties on Beatles albums based on an audit of sales between 1994 and 1999, a period which included the release of three Anthology compilations. Details of the settlement were not disclosed.
2008: Lou Reed marries singer Laurie Anderson in Boulder, CO. They had lived together for the previous 10 years.
2009: The Dead, the group featuring the four main surviving Grateful Dead members, launch their first tour since 2004. The trek starts in Greensboro, NC. The Dead's touring lineup includes Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes.
2010: Faith No More perform their first local show in 12 years at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco.
2010: Bret Michaels is rushed to a San Antonio hospital after suffering abdominal pain. There he undergoes an emergency appendectomy. This is the first of several serious medical issues.
2010: The Vatican's official newspaper L'Osservatore Ramano published a story praising The Beatles and saying that it forgives John Lennon's 1966 comment that the group was "bigger than Jesus."
2011: The auction house Profiles In History announced that they would be placing the handwritten lyrics for John Lennon's "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" up for auction. The expected price was to be $200,000.
2011: The Foo Fighters release their seventh studio album, 'Wasting Light.' Produced by Butch Vig ('Nevermind'), the set has a guest appearance by ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic (bass and accordion on 'I Should Have Known').
2011: 'Bob Dylan In Concert - Brandeis University 1963,' a previously unknown concert recording, is released by Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings. The performance was just two weeks prior to the release of 'The Freewheeling Bob Dylan' album.
2011: 'This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx,' a collection of photography and stories by the Motley Crue bassist, is in bookstores.
2012: The Eagles perform at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai. It's their first Middle-Eastern concert.
2013: Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival is at New York City's Madison Square Garden for the first time.
2014: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine is the featured soloist with the San Diego Symphony. Mustaine plays music by Classical composers Richard Wagner, Antonio Vivaldi and Antonin Dvorak.
2015: 'Sunny Afternoon,' a play based on Ray Davies' early years in The Kinks, is named Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards in London. Davies is given an Outstanding Achievement Award.

April 13
1957: Elvis Presley's 'All Shook Up' went to #1 on the Cash Box best seller list and The Billboard Pop chart, where it would stay for the next eight weeks.
1962: The Beatles made their third trip to Germany for a 48-night residency at The Star Club in Hamburg. Gene Vincent joins them for two weeks of the run. During the seven week run The Beatles had only one day off.
1963: 'Surfin' USA' by the Beach Boys was released in the U.S., where it will become the group's second Billboard chart-maker, reaching #3. The song was a note-for-note copy of Chuck Berry's 'Sweet Little Sixteen' with new lyrics. After Berry sued, he was granted royalties and all further issues of the song gave him writing credit.
1965: The Beatles record the song 'Help!' during an evening recording session at Abbey Road in London.
1965: The Beatles win their first Grammy Awards, taking Best New Artist and Best Performance by a Vocal Group for 'A Hard Day's Night.'
1967: Rolling Stones perform behind Iron Curtain for the first time at the Palace of Culture in Warsaw. Police use tear gas to subdue 2,000 fans.
1970: Led Zeppelin becomes the first band in history to sell out the Montreal Forum.
1970: Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' goes gold.
1970: The debut album from Chicago Transit Authority goes gold.
1971: The Rolling Stones released 'Brown Sugar,' the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, which introduces the infamous licking tongue and lips logo.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band's classic album, 'Eat A Peach,' goes gold.
1973: Roger Daltrey releases first solo LP, produced by Adam Faith, entitled 'Daltrey.'
1973: David Bowie's 'Aladdin Sane' album is released. It was recorded at London's Trident Studios. The name of the album is a pun on "A Lad Insane".
1974: Elton John went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with 'Bennie And The Jets,' his second U.S. #1.
1974: Paul McCartney's 'Band On The Run,' went to #1 on the U.S. album charts. McCartney's third US #1, which went on to sell over 6 million copies world-wide.
1979: Five days into Van Halen's latest tour, David Lee Roth collapsed from exhaustion on stage at Spokane Coliseum in Washington.
1979: Thin Lizzy releases their 'Black Rose: A Rock Legend' album.
1981: Billy Squier's 'Don't Say No' album is released.
1982: David Crosby was arrested when police found him preparing cocaine backstage in his dressing room before a show in Dallas.
1983: Pete Farndon, bassist for The Pretenders died of a drug overdose. He was just 30 years old.
1985: 'We Are The World' is #1. The song, which raises money for Africa relief, has performances by Bob Geldof (organizer and member of Boomtown Rats), Lindsey Buckingham, Steve Perry, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder.
1993: The first ‘Aerosmith Day’ was observed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts after the band were given their very own holiday.
1993: Bruce Springsteen's 'In Concert/MTV Unplugged' album is released.
1994: The Los Angeles Times reported that Kurt Cobain’s drug overdose in Italy a month earlier was in fact a failed suicide attempt.
1994: Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley announced they had separated after nine years of marriage.
1996: Rage Against The Machine appeared on NBC's 'Saturday Night Live.' Their two-song performance was cut to one song ('Bulls On Parade') when the band attempted to hang inverted American flags from their amplifiers. They were protesting the show's host Steve Forbes of Forbes Magazine and General Electric, owner of NBC, SNL's network.
1999: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers released their album 'Echo.'
2001: After the conclusion of the KISS 'Farewell' Tour, Ace Frehley once again left the band lineup.
2003: For the first time since Jimmy Carter was in the White House, Lynyrd Skynyrd had a hit single on the radio. Rock stations across the country played the band's 'Red White and Blue,' an anti-protest song that includes the line "If they don't like it, they can just get the hell out." The song's success prompted the band to rush out its new album 'Vicious Cycle' in May.
2005: Johnnie Johnson, a Rock 'n' Roll pioneer who teamed with Chuck Berry on 'Roll Over Beethoven' and 'No Particular Place to Go,' died of natural causes at the age of 80.
2006: The Black Crowes' Chris and Rich Robinson embark on their first acoustic tour, called 'Brothers Of A Feather.' They play covers, Crowes classics and new material. The first stop on the two week trek is Brooklyn, NY.
2007: Julian Lennon sold a 'significant' stake of his share in the songs his father John wrote for The Beatles to US music publishing company Primary Wave. The firm would now receive payments when any Lennon compositions were sold on CD, performed live or played on the radio. The company, who were about to market Julian Lennon's new music project, declined to reveal how much the deal was worth.
2008: Founding Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke, ex-Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter and former Boston axeman Barry Goudreau (collectively called Super Group) back Chuck Berry at a benefit concert in Boston. The event raises money for the Right Turn organization that supports New England musicians fighting substance abuse and other health issues.
2008: The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend play a special acoustic set during the final night of the Teenage Cancer trust's 2008 concert series at London's Royal Albert Hall.
2008: Queen guitarist Brian May begins his tenure as chancellor of England's Liverpool John Moores University. "I am passionate about education and lifelong learning," says May in a statement. "It is never, ever too late to start learning. I proved that by completing my Ph.D., 30 years after I started it."
2008: Producer and drummer Clifford Davies, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home in Atlanta. He was 59. Davies had worked with Ted Nugent from 1979-1982. It was reported that Davies was "extremely distraught" over outstanding medical bills.
2009: Phil Spector was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion six years before. The verdict would send the 69 year old music producer to prison for at least 18 years.
2010: Jeff Beck releases his first solo album in seven years, 'Emotion & Commotion.'
2010: Brian May launched a major new campaign to try to prevent the return of legalised blood sports to the British Countryside. The 'SAVE-ME' campaign - named after May's song, called on the British public to consider how their vote will affect the welfare of animals; and in particular fox-hunting, stag hunting and hare-coursing. The first 'SAVE-ME campaign poster was unveiled by Brian at a prime advertising site on London's West Cromwell Road.
2011: After learning from the press that America's Internal Revenue Service had placed a lien on one of their Los Angeles-area residences, Ozzy and Sharron Osbourne moved quickly to pay off their $1.7 million U.S. tax debt. Sharon pointed the finger directly at their financial advisors for not doing their job properly.
2012: Five of Tom Petty's guitars were stolen from a soundstage in Culver City, California, where Petty and his band, the Heartbreakers, were rehearsing for their upcoming worldwide tour. The stolen gear included a 1967 Blonde Rickenbacker, a 1967 Epiphone Sheridan, a 1965 Gibson SG TV Jr., a Fender Broadcaster and a Dusenberg Mike Campbell Model, which belonged to Campbell himself. Petty was offering a "no questions asked" reward bounty of $7,500 to anyone with information leading to the guitars' recovery.
2012: The Black Keys make their fifth appearance at Coachella Festival but their first as a headliner.
2013: Keith Richards makes a surprise appearance on the second night of Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival. Clapton and Richards guitarist play the Blues standard, 'Key To The Highway' and 'Sweet Little Rock n' Roller.'
2013: Deftones bassist Chi Cheng passes away. He had been in a coma-like semi conscious state since an 2008 car accident.

April 14
1955: Fats Domino's 'Ain't It A Shame' b/w 'La-La' 45 single is released in the US. The 45 single listed the song as 'Ain't It A Shame,' despite the real title 'Ain't That A Shame.'
1963: The Beatles meet The Rolling Stones for the first time after one of the Stones’ concerts at The Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England.
1964: The King Bees, (featuring a young David Bowie then David Jones), played at a wedding reception at the Jack Of Clubs in London.
1965: The Elvis Presley/Shelley Fabares movie, 'Girl Happy' opens.
1966: The Beatles record 'Paperback Writer' and the vocals for 'Eleanor Rigby.'
1967: David Bowie's novelty record 'The Laughing Gnome' was released in the UK. The track consisted of the singer meeting and conversing with the creature of the title, whose sped-up voice (created by Bowie and studio engineer Gus Dudgeon) delivered several puns on the word "gnome". The song became a hit when reissued in 1973, despite it being radically different to his material at the time, the single made #6 in the UK charts.
1968: During a performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Pink Floyd demonstate 'Azimuth co-ordinator', a device for projecting sound from anywhere in the concert hall, called 'more furious madness from the massed gadgets of Auzimenes's.
1969: The recording of 'The Ballad Of John and Yoko' took place, with just two Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars and lead vocals. The song was banned from many radio stations as being blasphemous. On some stations, the word 'Christ' was edited in backwards to avoid the ban.
1969: 'In the Ghetto,' the lead single from Elvis Presley's 'From Elvis In Memphis,' is released. The song reaches #3 on the pop chart to become Presley's first Top 10 hit in four years.
1969: The Monkees' TV special, '33 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee,' aired on NBC. The plot featured Rock musicians Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll as mad scientists looking for something to rot the minds of young people. It ended up being The Monkees' final performance as a quartet until 1986, as Peter Tork quit the group at the end of the production.
1969: At Abbey Road Studios, John Lennon and Paul McCartney record 'The Ballad of John and Yoko,' The Beatles' single that didn't include George and Ringo. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars.
1970: Stephen Stills broke his wrist in a car accident, resulting in the cancellation of an American tour by Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young. Stills drove into a parked car while watching a police patrol car in his rear-view mirror.
1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival made their live UK debut when they played the first of two nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
1971: The Illinois Crime Commission issued a list of 'drug-oriented records' including 'White Rabbit' by Jefferson Airplane, 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' by Procol Harum and The Beatles 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.'
1972: The first single from David Bowie's 'The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust' is released, 'Starman' b/w 'Suffragette City.'
1973: Led Zeppelin start a two-week run at #1 on the album charts with 'Houses of the Holy.' The six kids pictured on the cover are actually a collage of two child model siblings, Stefan (5) and Samantha (7) Gates. The photo shoot lasted 10 days at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
1974: Pete Townshend plays solo for the first time at Roundhouse in London.
1975: After rumour's that Jimmy Page, Steve Marriott, Jeff Beck and Chris Spedding would replace Mick Taylor as guitarist in The Rolling Stones, a press release confirmed that former Faces guitarist Ron Wood would be joining the band for their forthcoming American tour.
1975: The Doobie Brothers get their first gold single for "Black Water.'
1979: The Doobie Brothers went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'What A Fool Believes', the group's second U.S. #1. The record, sung by Michael McDonald, would win Grammy Awards in 1980 for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year.
1980: A bill is introduced to make Bruce Springsteen's 'Born To Run' New Jersey's state song. After some consideration, the song was eventually cited by legislators as the state's "rock anthem."
1980: The debut self-titled album from Iron Maiden was released.
1980: Judas Priest's 'British Steel' album was released.
1980: The Knack release their second album, 'But The Little Girls Understand.'
1980: The Who's Pete Townshend offers his solo album, 'Empty Glass.'
1980: Blondie's 'Call Me' hits #1 Billboard Pop charts.
1982: Van Halen release their fifth album, 'Diver Down,' which goes on to sell four million copies in the U.S., and spends 65 weeks on the album chart.
1983: The Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon died from a drug overdose. He was fired from the group on June 14, 1982 (two days before Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott was found dead of heart failure). Farndon was in the midst of forming a new band with former Clash drummer Topper Headon when he died.
1986: 'Stars' is released from the Hear N' Aid benefit album, featuring 40 artists from the Metal community (led by Ronnie James Dio), aiding in the fight against African famine relief.
1986: Judas Priest release their 'Turbo' album.
1989: Tom Petty's 'Full Moon Fever' album is released. It's credited just to him, although members of The Heartbreakers play on it.
1994: Kurt Cobain was cremated at the Bleitz Funeral Home, Seattle. The death certificate listed Cobain's occupation as Poet/Musician and his type of business as Punk Rock.
1996: Rage Against The Machine's video for 'Bulls On Parade' debuts on MTV.
1999: Metallica filed suit against Napster Inc, Yale University, the University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright infringement. Yale and Indiana were dropped from the suit after they blocked access to Napster on campus servers.
2001: Staind's 'It's Been Awhile,' from the album 'Break The Cycle,' is released. The song peaks at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 but goes to #1 on both the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.
2002: Nickelback score Juno Awards for Best Group, Best Single ('How You Remind Me') and Best Album ('Silver Side Up').
2004: Former American Bandstand host, Dick Clark, revealed that he has had type 2 diabetes since 1994, but kept it a secret from everyone except close friends and family.
2004: A card featuring the mug shot of White Stripes frontman Jack White is added to an updated edition of Starz Behind Barz, a deck of novelty playing cards. Other celebrities with arrest pictures featured in the set are Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland, Marilyn Manson, Kid Rock, Ozzy Osbourne and Tommy Lee.
2006: The Heritage Auction Galleries' Signature Music and Entertainment auction in Dallas features Kurt Cobain's '60s Mosrite Gospel guitar. When the late Nirvana frontman's guitar first was put on the block in 2004 it sold for $117,500.
2006: The Offspring's Greg K (Kriesel) and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington are among the musicians teeing off at the Punk Rock Pro-Am charity golf tournament in Jamul, CA. The event raises funds for the Surfrider Foundation and the Music For A Cure organization.
2007: Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello and Zack de la Rocha perform together in Chicago at the Coalition of Immokalee Worker's 2007 Truth Tour.
2008: The Robert Plant/Alison Krauss collaboration 'Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)' wins the Wide Open Country Video of the Year trophy at the CMT Awards in Nashville. Bon Jovi's duet with LeAnn Rimes, 'Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore,' wins the Collaborative Video prize, and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and bassist Timothy B. Schmit are also award presenters.
2008: Dr. Brian May of Queen was appointed The Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University in Liverpool, UK. The title Chancellor is an honorary title and is the titular head of the university who is appointed on the approval of the board of governors. The duties of the chancellor include the conferring of degrees at graduation ceremonies and being an ambassador for the university both nationally and internationally. May stepped down at the end of his five year term in 2013.
2009: Former Beatle George Harrison was honoured with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Sir Paul McCartney attended the unveiling outside the landmark Capitol Records building, joining Harrison's widow Olivia and son Dhani. Eric Idle, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty also attended the ceremony.
2009: Kings Of Leon are on the cover of Rolling Stone for the first time.
2009: The EVH Brand Signature Striped Sneakers, a line modeled after Eddie Van Halen's favored footwear, is announced. The design mimics Van Halen's Frankenstein guitar.
2010: Ozzy Osbourne's song 'Let Me Hear You Scream,' from his album 'Scream,' makes its debut on the CBS series 'CSI: New York.' The song is heard in a scene depicting a prison riot.
2010: ‎Peter Steele,‬ former singer with ‪‎Type O Negative‬ died of heart failure. He was just 48 years old.
2011: The Beatles first recording contract is auctioned for over $114,000 at London's Theater Royal. Signed in 1961 by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and the group's original drummer Pete Best, while band was performing club dates in Hamburg, Germany, the contract with Kaempfert Productions on behalf of Polydor Records was for the group's early recording and publishing rights.
2012: The Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood and drummer Kenney Jones appear in-person at John Varvatos 315 Bowery Boutique in New York City to promote the publication of a limited edition book by Wood, Jones and keyboardist Ian McLagan simply titled 'Faces 1969-1975.' It tells the group's story incorporating over 200 photographs from start to finish.
2012: Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Small Faces/Faces, Donovan, Laura Nyro, The Miracles and The Midnighters are inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame at Cleveland's Public Hall. As expected, frontman Axl Rose is a no-show. The flu keeps Rod Stewart from fronting the Faces during their induction. Also, Rock and Roll's first generation of backing bands get their due. The Blue Caps (Gene Vincent), The Comets (Bill Haley) and the Crickets (Buddy Holly) are inducted.
2013: The inaugural Fort Rock Festival takes place at JetBlue Park in Ft. Myers, FL. 3 Doors Down, Stone Sour and the Offspring are the headliners.
2015: Halestorm release their third studio album 'Into The Wild Life.'
2015: To commemorate the 35th anniversary of their 'British Steel' album, Judas Priest team with Chicago's Dark Matter Coffee to present a limited-edition British Steel blend that is available at Dark Matter locations.
2015: 65-year-old Billy Joel announced that he and his 33-year-old girlfriend, Alexis Roderick, were expecting a baby. The child would be her first and his second.
2016: Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed the National Anthem at Staples Center in Los Angeles for Kobe Bryant's LA Lakers farewell game.

April 15
1956: Mitch Miller, music director of Columbia Records, engages in a spirited debate with Allan Freed over the "potentially negative effects of Rock 'n' Roll on teenagers" on Eric Sevareid's news program on CBS-TV. Two psychiatrists also joined the discussion. Miller made no secret of the fact that he hated Rock music, and was quoted as saying, "It's not music. It's a disease."
1960: Dick Clark's movie 'Because They're Young,' a friendlier 'Blackboard Jungle' of sorts with appearances by James Darren and Duane Eddy, premieres in New York.
1962: Elvis Presley's 'Good Luck Charm' is Billboard's #1 Pop Hit.
1964: The Beatles filmed outside shots at the Scala Theatre in Tottenham Street London for their forthcoming movie ‘A Hard Day's Night.' Ringo Starr famously tells the other Beatles after a long day of filming, that it's been "a hard day's night." John Lennon turns the phrase into a song, and the movie title is changed from Beatlemania! to 'A Hard Day's Night.'
1965: Simon & Garfunkel's 'I Am A Rock' b/w 'Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall' 45 single is released.
1966: Buffalo Springfield made their live debut when they opened for The Byrds at a concert in San Bernardino, CA.
1966: In England, The Rolling Stones release 'Aftermath,' their first LP to feature all original material. It would soar to the top of the UK album chart and stay there for eight weeks.
1966: Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Englebert Humperdinck appear live at the Blackpool Odeon. Tickets cost 5 and 10 shillings, ($0.70 and $1.40).
1967: The Who hit the U.S. Top 40 for the first time with 'Happy Jack.' It peaks at #24.
1971: The Beatles won an Oscar for Best Film Music (Original Song Score) for 'Let It Be.'
1972: Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen entered the Billboard Top 40 for the first and only time with 'Hot Rod Lincoln,' which will climb to #9. The record is a re-worked version of 'Hot Rod Race,' a #29 hit for Tiny Hill in 1951.
1972: Billy Joel performs before a small invited audience at Philly's Sigma Sound Studios which is broadcast on WMMR. After the show, the station puts his performance of 'Captain Jack' in rotation, and Joel builds a following. This leads to a contract with Columbia Records, which releases Joel's breakthrough album, 'Piano Man,' in 1973.
1972: The Rolling Stones 'Tumbling Dice' b/w 'Sweet Black Angel' 45 single is released.
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Second Helping' album is released.
1975: Kiss, Rush and the Heavy Metal Kids all appeared at Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA.
1976: Former Spooky Tooth keyboardist Gary Wright releases 'Love Is Alive.'
1977: Lynyrd Skynyrd gave a gold album for 'One More for the Road' to Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson. The band donated another gold record to Atlanta's Fox Theatre, where the double live album was recorded.
1982: Billy Joel suffered a broken wrist when the motorcycle he was driving was hit by a car. He has surgery on his hand and stays in the hospital for over a month.
1982: Anvil release their sophomore album, 'Metal on Metal.' Produced by Chris Tsangarides, the album spawns the anthemic title track, which instantly becomes an Anvil concert standard.
1985: During his 'Born In The USA' world tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the fourth of five sold out nights at Yoyogi Olympic Pool in Tokyo, Japan.
1985: Overkill release their debut studio album 'Feel The Fire.'
1987: Queen were presented with an award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the 32nd annual Ivor Novello Awards held in London.
1988: Pink Floyd kicked off a 27-date North American tour at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA.
1989: Poison's cover of Loggins and Messina's 1970s hit, 'Your Mama Don't Dance,' peaks at #10 on the pop chart.
1989: W.A.S.P. release their 'The Headless Children' album.
1989: Roy Orbison had his final Top 10 single on the US chart with 'You Got It,' four months after he passed away. The song was written by Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty and appeared on Orbison's 'Mystery Girl' album that was released posthumously.
1989: Bonnie Raitt's album 'Nick Of Time' enters the U.S. charts. It rises to #1.
1992: The three surviving members of Queen raised over $15 million at a charity concert in memory of the late Freddie Mercury, who died in November, 1991. They were joined by David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Elton John, Guns N' Roses, Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, Paul Young and others.
1992: Vivian Campbell‬ played his first show with ‎Def Leppard‬.
1996: The rest of Jerry Garcia's ashes were scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A small portion had been scattered in the Ganges River in India 11 days earlier. The Grateful Dead leader had died on Aug. 9, 1995.
1999: U2 make their film debut when the indie flick 'Entropy' premieres in L.A. The band play themselves but Bono is the only one with a speaking part.
2001: Punk pioneer Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Ross Hyman) singer of The Ramones died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital after losing a long battle with lymphatic cancer, He was 49. Ramone died listening to the U2 song “In A Little While” which Bono later called an honor. On Nov. 30, 2003, a block of East 2nd Street in New York City was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place.
2004: Andrea 'TrixXxie Blue' Terry, a Nevada brothel worker, files a civil suit against ex-Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil. The singer earlier pleaded no contest to assault charges. Neil became violent when Terry refused to have sex with him for free. Terry seeks 20K for lost wages and other costs.
2006: A 1961 Mosrite guitar once owned by late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain sells for $118,000 in an online auction. Cobain purchased the guitar in 1990 in San Francisco and it reportedly was one of his favorites. The original case bears the words 'Nirvana' and 'F**k Elvis'.
2006: Pearl Jam is the musical guest on NBC's Saturday Night Live for the first time in 12 years.
2008: The film 'Totally Baked' is released directly to DVD with three original tunes by AC/DC's Brian Johnson. The singer also serves as the stoner comedy's executive producer.
2008: Metallica release vinyl versions of 'Kill 'Em All' and 'Ride The Lightning.' The albums are available as a single LP and as a double-disc, 45-rpm package for superior sound quality.
2008: Tom Morello, operating under his Nightwatchman alias, kicks off is Justice Tour in L.A. During each stop of the seven-city trek, the Rage Against the Machine guitarist focuses on a different social cause, such as homelessness, affordable housing and veterans care.
2008: Rush release 'Snakes & Arrows Live.' The two-CD concert album was recorded the previous October in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
2009: Bruce Springsteen auctions off four pairs of tickets and backstage passes to his concerts in Boston. Bidders who exceed $10,000 are automatically invited to a meet-and-greet with the Boss and his E Street Band. All proceeds benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank.
2010: Metallica continues touring Europe despite the eruption of an Iceland volcano that spews so much ash into the air that all Euro flights are cancelled. The band relies on bus travel, a mode of transportation they have avoided since 1986 when a tour bus accident took the life of original bassist Cliff Burton. The 28-hour trek takes Metallica from Oslo to their next show in the Latvian capital of Riga.
2011: Five Finger Death Punch have two albums simultaneously go gold. They are the band's debut, 'The Way Of The Fist' and sophomore effort 'War Is The Answer.'
2012: Ted Nugent makes inflammatory comments about President Barack Obama during a radio interview at the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention is St. Louis. Nugent tells the gun rights group he will be 'dead or in jail' if Obama is re-elected. His rant leads to a meeting with the Secret Service and the controversy causes the NRA to pull video of Nugent's interview from their website.
2013: 'Led Zeppelin: Sound and Fury,' a digital book, is released exclusively through the Apple iBookstore.
2014: Neil Young's Kickstarter campaign to fund his PonoMusic player nets over $6 million, eight times the goal, to become the third highest-funded campaign in Kickstarter history.
2014: Shane Gibson, a former touring guitarist for KoRn, passes away from a rare blood clotting disorder in Birmingham, AL. Hewas best known as the man who replaced original KoRn guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch. Gibson was 35.
2015: The Who's farewell tour of North American, 'The Who Hits 50!,' begins in Tampa, FL.
2015: Faith No More kick off their tour in Vancouvr, BC following a five-year break. The trek supports 'Sol Invictus,' their first album in 18 years.
2016: The 'Santana IV' album is released. It reunites Carlos Santana with guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Gregg Rolie, percussionist Michael Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve. They are on record together for the first time in 45 years (since 'Santana III').
2016: Lita Ford releases her 'Time Capsule' album.

April 16
1955: Elvis Presley was the headliner on The Big D Jamboree, a live radio show on KRLD in Dallas, Texas. Tickets for the show at the Sportatoriumwere $.60 for adults, $.30 for children.
1956: Buddy Holly's 'Blue Days, Black Nights' b/w 'Love Me' 45 single is released in the U.S. Holly’s first U.S. 45, also included in his 1958 album 'That'll Be the Day.'
1964: The Rolling Stones' self-titled, debut album was released in Great Britain. It sold over 200,000 copies, hitting number one two weeks later and was the first non-Beatles album to reach the top in over a year. Six weeks later it would be issued in America where it would reach #11.
1964: The Beatles filmed the "chase scenes" for 'A Hard Days Night' with actors dressed as policemen in the Notting Hill Gate area of London. In the evening they recorded the title track for the film, ‘A Hard Day's Night’ at Abbey Road. John and Paul had the title first, and had to write a song to order, completing the track in nine takes.
1965: The Hollies began their first US tour in New York. It wasn't until the following year that the group cracked the US Top Ten with 'Bus Stop.'
1966: Bob Dylan's 'Rainy Day Women #12 & 35' is released.
1967: Cream appeared at the 'Daily Express Record Star Show' at The Empire Pool in Wembley, England.
1969: Elektra Records dropped Detroit's MC5 from their label after the band took out an advertisement in a local paper that included the company logo and said; "Fuck Hudsons." The band were protesting at the Michigan department store's refusal to stock their albums.
1970: The Led Zeppelin single 'Whole Lotta Love' was certified Gold in the U.S. after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at #4 on the U.S. singles chart. In the UK Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on December 5, 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a 'no-singles' approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK, and he halted the release.
1971: The Rolling Stones release 'Brown Sugar,' which is the first single out on their own label, Rolling Stones Records.
1972: The Electric Light Orchestra made their debut at The Fox and Greyhound in Croydon, London, promoting their debut album, 'No Answer.' The concert didn't get very good reviews and founding member Roy Wood split several months later, leaving Jeff Lynne to write and produce most of the band's material.
1972: Pink Floyd performed at the Township Auditorium in Columbia, South Carolina.
1972: The legendary ‪Rainbow Bar & Grill‬ opened in ‎West Hollywood, CA.‬
1973: Paul McCartney's first television special, 'James Paul McCartney,' airs in America on the ABC. The show featurES a few Beatles songs, new Wings tracks, sketches, and a final performance of a song called 'Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance,' originally written for Twiggy. It would be broadcast in the UK on May 10th.
1973: During his Ziggy Stardust World tour, David Bowie appeared at the Kobe in Kobe Kokusai Kaikan, Japan.
1974: Queen make their U.S. live debut at Regis College in Denver, CO.
1976: Aerosmith played at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, the first date on their 76 date North American 'Rocks' Tour. Opening acts included Jeff Beck, Rush, and Nazareth.
1976: Boz Scaggs goes to visit friend Bobby "Blue" Bland backstage at the famed Antone's in Austin, TX, and is beaten unconscious by two bouncers.
1977: Fleetwood Mac release 'Dreams.'
1982: Motorhead release their 'Iron Fist' album.
1983: Styx 'Mr. Roboto,' rises to #3 on the pop chart.
1983: Kirk Hammett played his very first gig with Metallica at The Showplace in Dover, New Jersey.
1984: Saxon release their 'Crusader' album.
1985: During the North American leg of their 'Unforgettable Fire' tour U2 played the first of three nights at The Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1987: Deep Purple's 'House Of Blue Light' tour opens.
1988: INXS single 'Devil Inside' peaks at # 2 in the U.S.
1988: Scorpions release their 'Savage Amusement' album.
1990: Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Tracy Chapman, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt perform at the Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute To A Free South Africa concert at London's Wembley Stadium.
1990: Nirvana appeared at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1991: The Temple Of The Dog self-titled album is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The album is a tribute to Andrew Wood, the former lead singer of Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone. Wood died on March 19, 1990 of a heroin overdose. The line-up included former Mother Love Bone members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, Wood's former roomate Chris Cornell, drummer Matt Cameron, Mike McCready and Eddie Vedder. McCready and Vedder were featured on the album due to their involvement with Ament and Gossard's next project, which became Pearl Jam.
1992: Guns N' Roses launch a European tour with Soundgarden as the opening act.
1992: Nirvana appears on the cover of Rolling Stone with Kurt Cobain wearing a T-shirt that says, "Corporate Magazines Still Suck."
1993: David Lee Roth was arrested in New York's Washington Square Park for allegedly buying a $10 bag of marijuana.
1993: Billy Burnette leaves Fleetwood Mac to pursue a country music career.
1993: Paul McCartney headlined a concert at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate 'Earth Day' along with Ringo Starr, Don Henley and Steve Miller. McCartney had last performed there as a member of the Beatles in 1965.
1995: Bob Seger has his second child, a daughter named Samantha Char.
1996: Rage Against The Machine release their 'Evil Empire' album.
1996: Kiss appeared in full make-up at the 38th Grammy Awards, where they announced a reunion tour. It would mark the first time all four members had appeared together in over fifteen years.
1996: Having been released four years earlier, Soundgarden's 'Badmotorfinger' is recognized for selling 2-million copies.
1997: Elton John is awarded an honorary membership in the Royal Academy of Music with the likes of Classical composers Franz Liszt and Richard Strauss. John is also re-appointed chairman of the Watford Football Club.
1999: Original Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape drummer Skip Spence dies from lung cancer at the age of 52. He had battled schizophrenia and alcoholism and had been on a ventilator for 11 days before his death.
2003: Jerry Lee Lewis files for divorce from his sixth wife, former Jerry Lee Lewis fan club president Kerrie McCarver
2004: Jet's 'Cold Hard Bitch' moves to the #1 spot on Billboard Magazine's Mainstream Rock chart, ending the 13-week run at the top by Nickelback's 'Figured You Out.'
2005: Def Leppard auctions off a meeting with band members along with attending a private rehearsal in Los Angeles before the start of their U.S. tour. Proceeds benefit the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre and the T.J. Martell Foundation.
2007: Bon Jovi performs at the CMT (Country Music Television) Awards ceremony.
2008: Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh announces a performance-oriented scholarship for Ohio's Kent State University, which he attended in the late '60s. Walsh donates $50,000 to the institution's College of the Arts.
2009: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan appears in a video ad for TNA Wrestling's Lockdown event in Philadelphia. In the commercial, Corgan recites an altered version of the lyrics to 'Bullet With Butterfly Wings' while standing in a steel cage.
2010: Soundgarden play a 'secret show' reunion gig at Seattle's Showbox Theater. For their first stage appearance in thirteen years, the band appears under the name Nudedragons-an anagram of Soundgarden.
2010: KISS launch an auction for a fan 'meet and greet' (concert tickets, photo with the group and money to spend on the KISS online store) in the U.K. to raise money for Brazilian children. The ten-day eBay auction is held in conjunction with the ABC Trust's Action For Brazil's Children campaign.
2011: A Nirvana exhibit at Seattle's Experience Music Project opens. 'Taking Punk To The Masses' has frontman Kurt Cobain's famous yellow sweater, a smashed Univox guitar and handwritten lyrics. "There's a story with Nirvana at its center, but it's a story that also includes the many people, bands and institutions that make up a music community," says Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, who adds that Cobain was "a visionary artist who touched people all over the world."
2011: Jack White (White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather) is honored with Nashville's first ever Music City Ambassador award. Originally from Detroit, White relocated to Nashville. 2011: Rob Zombie announces that he has just finished directing a commercial for a fabric softener. "A very scary TV commercial for Woolite called 'The Torturer,," Zombie writes on his website. The commercial was shot in Vancouver, B.C.
2012: Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer launches his own organic coffee brand, called Rockin' & Roastin. It's an organic, fair traded coffee that is available in four different roasts.
2013: Skid Row release their first new material in seven years when the EP 'United World Rebellion Chapter One' is released.
2014: Black Label Society's, 'Catacombs Of The Black Vatican,' debuts on top of Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart (#5 on the Billboard 200) selling 26,000 copies its first week of release.
2014: Bassist Nick Oliveri performs with Queens Of The Stone Age for the first time in 10 years. He sings lead vocals on 'You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire' during the encore at a Portland, OR show.
2015: Alice Cooper performs at the grand opening of John Varvatos fashion store in Detroit, his home town.
2015: Nielsen SoundScan released figures that showed vinyl album sales were up 53% during the first three months of the year, compared to last year. The top selling album during that period was The Beatles' 'AbbEy Road,' which sold 172,000 copies. Vinyl unit sales rose to 9.2 million in 2014, up from 6.1 million in 2013.
2016: Metallica are Record Store Day Ambassadors. Their Berkeley, CA in-store concert is streamed live.

April 17
1955: Fats Domino's 'Ain't That a Shame' is released on Imperial Records. It will rise to the top of the Billboard R&B chart and #10 on the Pop chart, becoming the first of 37 Top 40 hits The Fat Man will have over the next eight years.
1960: 21-year-old Eddie Cochran dies from injuries sustained in a car accident while on tour in the United Kingdom. Cochran died as a result of a traffic accident in a taxi traveling through Chippenham, Wiltshire, on the A4. The speeding taxi blew a tire, lost control, and crashed into a lamp post on Rowden Hill, where a plaque now marks the spot.
1964: Them (with Van Morrison) make their first concert appearance, at Belfast's Maritime Hotel.
1965: RCA and LearJet Corporation announce the development of the combination 8 track tape player and car radio that will become available in next Fall's new cars.
1965: The Beach Boys release 'Help Me Rhonda,' featuring rhythm guitarist Al Jardine on lead vocal. The song will become the group's second Billboard #1.
1966: 'Wild Thing" by The Troggs is released. By June, it will be number one in the U.S. and number two in the UK.
1969: The Band make their solo stage debut at the Winterland, San Francisco
1970: Paul McCartney releases his first solo album 'McCartney.'
1970: Johnny Cash performs at the White House. President Nixon requests 'Okie From Muskogee,' a Merle Haggard song, but Cash plays 'A Boy Named Sue' instead.
1970: Santana began sessions for what would be their breakthrough album 'Abraxas' at Wally Heider Recording Studio in San Francisco, California. When released in September of this year, Abraxas peaked at #1 on the U.S. chart.
1971: Three Dog Night started a six week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with 'Joy To The World'. The group's second U.S. #1.
1971: Each of the four ex-Beatles has a solo single on the UK chart. Paul McCartney with 'Another Day', John Lennon 'Power To The People', George Harrison 'My Sweet Lord' and Ringo Starr 'It Don't Come Easy.'
1972: Keith Richards Girlfriend Anita Pallenberg gave birth to their second child, daughter Dandelion.
1972: Elton John's 'Rocket Man' b/w 'Suzie (Dramas)' 45 single is released. It rises to #2 in the UK and #6 in the U.S.
1973: Pink Floyd's album 'The Dark Side of the Moon' went gold in the U.S. The LP went on to stay in the U.S. chart for more than ten years and become the longest charting rock record of all time.
1973: Eagles: 'Tequila Sunrise' b/w 'Twenty-One' 45 single is released.
1974: Vinnie Taylor, guitarist with Sha Na Na was found dead in a Holiday Inn hotel room in Charlottesville, Virginia from a drug overdose.
1975: Ritchie Blackmore plays his last concert with Deep Purple (during their initial run) at the Palais des Sports in Paris. The guitarist has already formed Rainbow.
1975: Elvis Presley bought a Convair 880 Jet formally owned by Delta Airlines for $250,000, which he re-christened Lisa Marie. Presley spent a further $600,000 refurbishing the Jet to include personal quarters, a meeting area and a dance floor.
1976: Thin Lizzy's 'Jailbreak' album is released.
1976: Queen's 'A Night At The Opera' peaks at #4 on the U.S. album charts.
1979: Written by Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins, the Doobie Brothers' 'What A Fool Believes' tops the U.S. singles chart.
1980: Bob Marley performs at the Independence Day celebration in Salisbury, Zimbabwe.
1980: ‎Black Sabbath‬ performed first ever live show with ‪Ronnie James Dio‬ on vocals in ‪Aurich‬, ‎Germany.
1980: Pink Floyd's 'Run Like Hell' b/w 'Don't Leave Me Now' 45 single is released.
1982: Van Halen's cover of Roy Orbison's '(Oh) Pretty Woman' just misses the U.S. Top 10, peaking at #12.
1983: Felix Pappalardi, producer and bass player with American rock band Mountain was shot dead by his wife Gail Collins during a jealous rage. Collins was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and sentenced to four years in prison. Pappalardi who was 43 had produced the Cream albums 'Disraeli Gears' and 'Wheels of Fire.'
1986: Hear N' Aid's 'Stars' video premieres.
1986: Bruce Hornsby and the Range 'The Way It Is is' album is released.
1987: Carlton Barrett, drummer for Bob Marley And The Wailers, was shot and killed outside his home in Kingston, Jamaica. Barrett's widow, her lover and an accomplice were charged with murder two weeks later.
1989: Ozzy Osbourne's 'No Rest For The Wicked' is certified platinum by the record industry.
1989: Annihilator‬ released their debut album 'Alice In Hell.'
1991: Nirvana appeared at the OK Hotel in Seattle, Washington, where they played a new song, ‘Smell’s Like Teen Spirit’ live for the first time.
1993: Aerosmith‬ released the single 'Eat The Rich.'
1998: Linda McCartney died at 56 after a long battle against cancer, while vacationing with her family near Tucson, Arizona. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995. Paul was at her bedside, speaking to her when she passed away. She married Paul in 1969 when she was working as a photographer. As well as a being a member of Wings, she became an animal rights campaigner and launched her own brand of vegetarian food.
2004: Kurt Cobain's Mark IV-style Mosrite Gospel guitar sold for $100,000 at the Icons of 20th Century Music auction held in Dallas, Texas. Other items sold included Elton John and Bernie Taupin's song writing piano which sold for $140,000 and a 1966 Rickenbacker guitar owned by The Byrds Roger McGuinn's sold for $99,000.
2004: ABC News reports that AC/DC's 'Shoot To Thrill' is among the Rock tracks that U.S. Marines play in Fallujah, Iraq, to rattle Iraqi insurgents.
2006: A charity performance of Lestat, a vampire-themed musical composed by Elton John and Bernie Taupin is held in New York. Lyricist Taupin appears at the special pre-Broadway opening event to benefit John's AIDS Foundation.
2007: 'Year Zero' from Nine Inch Nails, is released. Trent Reznor cites the Bush administration as the chief inspiration behind the album's bleak vision of the future. "As an American, I'm appalled by the behavior of our government and the direction that it has taken and its arrogance," says Reznor.
2008: Danny Federici, the longtime keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen and a member of The E Street Band, died of cancer at the age of 58. Federici had worked with Springsteen for over 40 years, starting with Steel Mill and Child with Springsteen.
2008: Van Halen resume their '08 tour in Reno. This comes after guitarist Eddie Van Halen has a battery of unspecified tests, likely checking for the recurrence of cancer).
2009: 'Crank 2: High Voltage' opens. Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and Tool's Maynard James Keenan both appear in the film. Bennington is a veteran of the first Crank movie. The soundtrack contains songs written and performed by Faith No More's Mike Patton.
2009: Ted Nugent reunites with the other members of his late-60s group, the Amboy Dukes, for the Detroit Music Awards. The psychedelic band, which is best-known for its 1968 hit 'Journey To The Center Of The Mind,' receives a distinguished achievement honor at the event. The band also performs for the first time in over 30 years.
2009: Don Henley sues California politician Charles DeVore over the unauthorized use of his songs 'The Boys Of Summer' and 'All She Wants To Do Is Dance.' DeVore used the songs in videos promoting his U.S. Senate campaign. Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, who co-wrote 'Boys,' is also plaintiff.
2010: 'Between The Lines,' the lead single from Stone Temple Pilots self-titled comeback album, is #1 on Billboard's Rock Songs chart.
2010: Record Store Day has the Smashing Pumpkins giving a special performance at Space 15 Twenty in L.A. Fans receive the EP 'Teagarden By Kaleidyscope Vol 1: Songs For A Sailor.'
2013: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inducts Heart, Rush, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and Donna Summer along with Lou Adler and Quincy Jones.
2013: Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor launches a comic book series, 'House Of Gold & Bones' (also the name of the Stone Sour concept double album).
2013: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry receive the ASCAP Founders Award during the 30th annual Pop Music Awards (presented by the performance rights organization) at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.
2013: The Doors' drummer John Densmore publishes his memoir 'The Doors: Unhinged.' This is Densmore's second shot at chronicling The Doors. His first was 1991's 'Riders On The Storm.'
2013: The Rascals reunited for three weeks worth of shows on Broadway called Once Upon A Dream. It was the first time they had been together for any extended period of time since 1970.
2014: The bio flick 'Super Duper Alice Cooper' has its world premiere at New York's Tribeca Film Festival.
2015: Don Henley settled his lawsuit with the Duluth Trading Company after the Wisconsin apparel makers sent promotional emails to their customers urging them to "Don a Henley and Take It Easy" last Fall. Duluth Trading posted an apology on its website and made an undisclosed contribution to the Walden Woods Project, the not-for-profit organization founded by Henley in 1990.

April 18
1957: Buddy Knox, whose 'Party Doll' was a recent number one, is called up for six months of active duty with the US Army Reserve. Roulette Records rushed Knox to the studio to cut over 20 songs to ensure his career does not stall while he's in uniform. He does anyway.
1963: The Beatles and Del Shannon perform on 'Swinging Sound '63' at London's Royal Albert Hall. The show is broadcast live on the BBC. Backstage at the show Paul McCartney meets an actress and TV personality named Jane Asher. She would become his fiancee but never his wife.
1964: American Bandstand airs a taped telephone interview with The Beatles.
1964: The Beatles held the UK and U.S. #1 position on this day with 'Can't Buy Me Love.'
1964: The Beatles appeared on the UK TV comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show, playing ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.
1966: The famous Cavern Club in Liverpool was sold to restaurant owner Joseph Davey for 55-hundred pounds.
1966: In London, John Lennon and George Harrison turned up at a concert by The Lovin’ Spoonful at the Marquee Club.
1968: During a European tour, Pink Floyd played 2 shows at the Piper Club in Rome, Italy.
1970: Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) played in the Main Gym at Ocean County College in New Jersey. Tickets cost $2.00.
1970: Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant collapsed onstage in Phoenix, Arizona due to exhaustion. The band cancelled their subsequent show in Las Vegas.
1973: The Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young documentary 'Journey Through The Past,' directed by Neil Young, debuts at the Dallas Film Festival.
1975: Alice Coopers 'Welcome to my Nightmare: The Making Of A Record Album' debuts on National Television.
1976: The Steve Miller Band album 'Fly Like An Eagle; goes gold after being released a little over a year earlier.
1978: The movie 'FM,' which will become the basis for the TV show 'WKRP in Cincinnati,' makes it's debut. Linda Ronstadt and Jimmy Buffett both appear in the film.
1980: 'Another Brick In The Wall (part II)' becomes Pink Floyd's only #1 single in the U.S.
1981: Yes’ rhythm section – Alan White and Chris Squire – began rehearsals with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Although their planned super-group never recorded anything, it spelled the temporary end of Yes. Yes would reform 2 1/2 years later, releasing '90125,' which contained the #1 single, 'Owner of a Lonely Heart.'
1984: The Pretender's 'Learning To Crawl' is certified platinum.
1987: Lou Gramm, taking a solo turn from Foreigner, takes 'Midnight Blue' to #5 on the singles charts..
1987: On the 1st leg of their 'Joshua Tree' tour, U2 played the second of five nights at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in California.
1987: MTV's Headbangers Ball made its debut.
1988: Eric Clapton's 'Crossroads' (Box Set) is released.
1992: Def Leppard started a five-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with 'Adrenalize,'
1995: Oasis drummer Tony McCarrol was told by phone that he was being sacked from the group. McCarrol sued the Manchester group for millions in unpaid royalties and in 1996 Oasis agreed to pay him a one-off sum of £550,000 ($935,000).
2000: Four Monkee look-alikes were signed to play the 60's pop legends in a TV movie about the group's meteoric rise. The film called 'Daydream Believers' was set to start filming in Toronto.
2003: Kiss and Aerosmith announced a co-headlining tour.
2005: Singer Clare Torry wins a lawsuit over royalties and songwriting credit for the Pink Floyd song 'The Great Gig In The Sky.' She contributed improvised vocals to the 1973 creation.
2006: 'Sir Elton John -- Elements of an Icon,' a free exhibit featuring outfits and accessories owned by John opens in New York.
2006: A sale of clothes belonging to Sir Elton John raised more than $700,000 for the singer's Aids charity. Over 10,000 pieces were sold during a five-day sale in New York City at the specially-created shop, Elton's Closet, at New York's Rockefeller Center.
2007: Clarence Clemons is inducted into the Legends of Music Walk of Fame in his hometown of Norfolk, VA. The saxophonist (with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) also performs at a concert following the ceremony.
2007: Paul McCartney and his hometown of Liverpool, England, are jointly presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism prize at the 2007 Enjoy England Awards for Excellence in London. "It's great to think that in some small way I've done something to help tourism for the place of my birth, which I'm so proud of," says Sir Paul.
2008: R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard and ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic endorse Oregon's Steve Novick for the U.S. Senate. Supporters who contribute to the Democrat's campaign are eligible for free tickets to a Pearl Jam concert.
2008: Whitesnake‬ released the album 'Good To Be Bad.'
2009: Shinedown performs an acoustic version of 'Second Chance' on CBS' The Early Show. They also appear in a few teaser segments throughout the program. Later in the day, they give an acoustic performance and do an autograph-signing session in New York as part of Record Store Day.
2009: Yes drummer Alan White, bassist Chris Squire and Cars guitarist Elliot Easton perform John Lennon compositions at an all-star concert in Snoqualmie, WA. Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, a charity that supports the fight against breast cancer.
2010: Atoms Of Peace play the third night of the Coachella festival. Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is joined by Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, producer Nigel Godrich, and session musicians Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco.
2011: Elton John announced that he'll return to The Coliseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with his 'Million Dollar Piano' show starting in September. His first stay at Caesars Palace ended in April 2009, but was extended to a five-year run because of audience demand.
2012: TV/Music icon Dick Clark died following a heart attack at age 82.
2012: An original and extremely rare 1963 mono copy of The Beatles ‘Please Please Me’ album, signed by the Fab Four, sold on an eBay auction for nearly $25,000. Paul McCartney and John Lennon both signed their names with “love” in royal blue ink whereas George Harrison and Ringo Starr signed their names in midnight blue ink. The autographs were signed in May of 1963.
2012: ASCAP, the performing rights organization, honors Peter Frampton and Trent Reznor at their annual Pop Awards in L.A.
2012: A collection of five vintage guitars belonging to Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, worth a reported $175,000, are recovered by law enforcement after they were stolen the previous week. Petty took to Twitter to help recover them, offering a $7,500 reward, no questions asked.
2012: Legendary host of American Bandstand and television producer Dick Clark dies of a massive heart attack at Saint John's hospital in Santa Monica. Clark was 82.
2013: Storm Thorgerson, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of The Moon died aged 69. A childhood friend of the founding members of the band, he became their designer-in-chief. His credits also include albums by Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse. In 2003, Thorgerson suffered a stroke, from which he recovered. He was later diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer, which he battled for several years.
2013: Rush and Heart are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Nokia Theater in L.A. "They (Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson) blasted any sexist barriers in front of them," says Soundgarden's Chris Cornell in his induction speech.
2015: Ringo Starr was inducted into Cleveland's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, becoming the last of The Beatles to receive that honor. Also inducted into The Hall were Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lou Reed, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bill Withers, The 5 Royals and Green Day.
2015: Metallica‬ released its early cassette 'No Life 'Til Leather' on ‪Record Store Day 2015‬.
2015: Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is the Record Store Day Ambassador and The Foo Fighters play a set for 150 fans during at The Record Connection in Niles, OH.
2015: Eddie Vedder makes a surprise appearance at Seattle's Easy Street Records to perform 'Leaving Here' with the Sonics for that band's Record Store Day performance. The legendary Garage Rock group's show benefits Seattle's public radio station KEXP.
2015: That Metal Show‬ aired on ‪VH1 Classic‬ featuring ‪Kirk Hammett‬ and ‎Michael Schenker‬.

April 19
1965: The Beatles single ‘Ticket to Ride’ b/w 'Yes It Is' 45 single was released on Capitol Records in the U.S. The single's label stated that the song was from the upcoming movie 'Eight Arms to Hold You' (the original name for the movie 'Help!').
1965: The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) Show featuring The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Four Tops, James Brown, The Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles opened in London, England under the title Teenage Command Performance.
1967: Jimi Hendrix The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens, played two shows at The Odeon in Birmingham, England.
1968: John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study was complete. Ringo and Paul had already left.
1969: Smile (later to be known as Queen) perform at the Revolution Club in London, England.
1969: A cover of Otis Redding's classic, 'Try A Little Tenderness' is Three Dog Night's first charting single. It peaks at #29.
1971: The Doors sixth studio album, 'L.A. Woman,' is released. It's their last with lead singer Jim Morrison, who dies just two-and-a-half months later.
1974: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band appeared at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The gig was unadvertised by its promoter, who gambled that word-of-mouth would be enough to fill the 550-seat venue, only 250 people attended. Tickets cost $4.50 and $5.50 in advance.
1975: During a 29 date North American tour Pink Floyd performed at the Tucson Community Center Arena in Tuscon, Arizona.
1975: The Raspberries split up.
1978: More than forty musicians, including The Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen, Carly Simon, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Daryl Hall, petition Jimmy Carter to halt the USA's commitment to nuclear power.
1978: 'Because The Night' is released by the Patti Smith Group. Composed by Smith and Bruce Springsteen, it is the group's most successful recording making it to #13.
1980: 32 year old English singer with Geordie Brian Johnson joined Australian group AC/DC, replacing the late Bon Scott.
1980: Blondie's 'Call Me' (from the American Gigolo soundtrack) is the #1 song in the U.S. Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick In The Wall' is #2.
1980: R.E.M. played their first gig as R.E.M. at the 11:11 Koffee Club in Athens, Georgia to 150 people. The show ended at 2am when police closed it down due to the venue being unlicensed.
1982: Paul Simon And Art Garfunkel reunite for a European tour after the success of their New York Central Park concert the year before. Tensions between the pair cause them to split again before they can tour the US and by the time the album they were working on came out 18 months later, all traces of Garfunkel's contributions had been electronically removed.
1990: Aerosmith is the big winner at the Boston SKC Awards. Joe Perry is voted Outstanding Guitarist, Tom Hamilton is the Outstanding Bassist, 'Pump' is the Outstanding Pop/Rock Album, 'Janie's Got A Gun' earns the Outstanding Song/Songwriter honor and the group earns Outstanding Pop/Rock Band trophy.
1990: The TV movie, 'Summer Dreams: The Story Of The Beach Boys' airs on ABC.
1997: Taylor Hawkins makes his debut as the Foo Fighters' drummer at the Alligator Lounge in Santa Monica, CA.
2000: Phil Collins wins a royalties lawsuit against Louis Satterfield and Rahmlee Michael Davis. The two members of Earth, Wind and Fire's horn section were overpaid $390,000 in royalties when they backed Collins on his 1990 tour. Five songs on which the pair performed were later included on the 'Serious Hits... Live!' album, but royalties were paid based on all fifteen tracks.
2002: Alice In Chains' frontman Layne Staley is found dead. Drug overdose is listed as the probable cause. Coroner says he may have been dead for up to two weeks before his body was discovered.
2004: A stage musical version of the film, 'Jailhouse Rock' opens in London.
2004: Billy Corgan performs his first-ever-solo acoustic show in his native Chicago. The 90 minute set features new songs.
2005: Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. announced that two 30-second TV commercials designed to attract vacationing families to Graceland to experience the "real" Elvis Presley would air nationally in the U.S. starting in April 2006. It was the first time that the company has used television advertising to promote Graceland tourism.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea denounces President George W. Bush in an online message. "Bush should definitely be impeached," writes Flea. "He is a liar and his lies have (brought) misery to millions of people."
2006: A Florida judge throws out an invasion-of-privacy suit brought against Scott Stapp and video distributor World Wide Red Light District by a woman who appeared in a 1999 sex tape with the ex-Creed singer and Kid Rock. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Gerald Hubbart rules that the woman cannot sue while remaining anonymous. She is given 20 days to re-file under her own name.
2006: A school exercise book hand-illustrated by a 12-year-old John Lennon is among the Beatles-related memorabilia up for bid during a London auction. There's also a logbook of a 1980 trip to Bermuda and Lennon's christening bracelet.
2007: The De-Faced Value art exhibit featuring images of Phil Collins reworked by various artists and musicians opens at a London gallery. Robert Plant, Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman and ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman created portraits by painting over copies of the Collins albums 'Face Value' and 'No Jacket Required.' Proceeds benefit the U.K. charity Children In Hunger.
2007: KoRn announces that Slipknot's Joey Jordison is their drummer for their 'Family Values' Tour. The announcement is made at a KoRn hosted costume ball held in a Los Angeles cemetery.
2007: Nine Inch Nails perform a secret gig for a small group of fans in an abandoned Los Angeles warehouse. The attendees are summoned by cell phone to an Art Is Resistance meeting. It's part of the 'Year Zero' album promotional campaign.
2008: Van Halen take the stage in Las Vegas at Tiger Woods' annual Tiger Jam charity event, which raises approximately $1.5 million.
2008: Metallica visit at Rasputin Music shop in Mountain View, CA, as part of Record Store Day, a national celebration of independent record retailers. The group signs autographs and talks with fans. 2009: A tribute concert for Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Ean Evans, who has cancer, takes place in Columbus, MS. Called the 'Mississippi Kid Festival,' there are performances by Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke, as well as members of 38 Special, the Marshall Trucker Band and Molly Hatchet. Evans joined Skynyrd in 2001.
2010: The soundtrack to 'Iron Man 2' is released. It features 15 AC/DC tracks including 'Shoot To Thrill,' which a video is shot for. There's also a special edition with a 50-minute DVD featuring AC/DC footage and movie clips.
2010: 'Man On A Train' begins shooting in Orangeville, Ontario. The film features U2 drummer Larry Mullen who plays a bank robber. The movie is a remake of an 2002 French flick.
2010: A week after Catholic Church officials published an article in the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano newspaper that said they forgive John Lennon's remarks about The Beatles being "bigger than Jesus", Ringo Starr rejected their forgiveness. The newspaper's editors had written, "The Beatles said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysterious messages, that were possibly even Satanic... (but) what would Pop music be like without the Beatles?" Ringo was unimpressed and replied "Didn't the Vatican say we were Satanic or possibly Satanic? And they've still forgiven us? I think the Vatican, they've got more to talk about than the Beatles."
2011: Jon Bon Jovi opens Covenant House, a homeless shelter in Philadelphia. The development has 10 two-bedroom units which houses 20 formerly homeless people aged 18 to 21.
2012: "Headlong Flight,' the lead single from Rush's 'Clockwork Angels' album goes to radio.
2012: Members of Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, KISS and Metallica begin an unprecedented South American tour called Titans of Rock. The line-up has Duff McKagan, Joe Elliot, Steve Stevens, Gene Simmons, Matt Sorum, Jason Newsted, and Vince Neil. The trek starts in Lima, Peru.
2012: Ted Nugent meets with the Secret Service over comments he made about President Barack Obama during the National Rifle Association convention the previous week. Nugent told the gun rights group he would be "dead or in jail" if Obama is re-elected. The Secret Service decides to let the matter drop determining that Nugent doesn't pose a threat to Obama.
2012: Disgraced music mogul Phil Spector launched a lawsuit against City of Alhambra officials in California for allegedly destroying the home where he murdered actress Lana Clarkson almost a decade ago. Spector claimed a city-commissioned construction project on the hill where his home stands caused significant damage to his property.
2012: Levon Helm, a member of Ronnie Hawkins' Hawks, who became Bob Dylan's backup group before going out on their own as the Band, died of throat cancer at age 71. Helm was the drummer and lead vocalist of The Band and sang on classics such as 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,' 'Up on Cripple Creek,' and 'The Weight.' He also had a successful career as an actor, appearing as Loretta Lynn’s father in Coal Miner’s Daughter and as Captain Jack Ridley in The Right Stuff, plus others. In 1994, Helm was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Band. Elton John and Bernie Taupin named their song “Levon” in his honor.
2013: 'Ain't In It For My Health,' a documentary about Levon Helm debuts in New York City on the first anniversary of the drummer's passing. Directed by Jacob Hatley, the film combines archival footage along with sequences shot during the last few years of Helm's life.
2013: 3 Doors Down bass player Robert Todd Harrell is arrested on vehicular homicide and drug charges after he being involved in a fatal crash in Nashville. As a result, 3 Doors Down cancel tour plans. Harrell was arrested the previous year for driving under the influence.
2014: Stephen Pearcy leaves Ratt after performing with them for 30 years.
2014: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong joins The Replacements on stage at the Coachella festival.
2014: As part of Record Store Day, Jack White nails the record for the world's fastest single release. The first pressings of 'Lazaretto' arrive in fans' hands 3 hours, 55 minutes and 21 seconds after being recorded live in Nashville. The B-side is a cover of Elvis Presley's 1969 song 'Power Of My Love.'Also released: Bruce Springsteen's four-song vinyl EP, 'American Beauty' and R.E.M.'s 'Unplugged: The Complete 1991 And 2001 Sessions.' That collection comes from a pair of MTV Unplugged appearances plus 11 tracks not originally included.
2015: 'Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck,' a documentary about the Nirvana frontman, premieres at the TriBeCa Film Festival.

April 20
1957: Elvis Presley's 'All Shook Up' starts an eight week stay at the top of the U.S. record charts. Songwriter Otis Blackwell would later say that he wrote the tune at the suggestion of an associate who was shaking a bottle of Pepsi. The song went on to be the biggest single of 1957, selling over 2 million copies.
1961: Del Shannon's Runaway is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1963: Rick Nelson marries his first wife, Kris Harmon, daughter of college football legend Tom Harmon and brother of actor Mark Harmon, in Los Angeles. A pregnant Kris gives birth to daughter Tracy only six months later. The couple divorce in 1982.
1966: During a 12 hour session at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles worked on a new John Lennon song ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’, and a new George Harrison song ‘Taxman’.
1968: Deep Purple made their live debut in Tastrup, Denmark. Originally known as Roundabout, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore renames the band Deep Purple after his grandmother’s favorite song.
1968: The Rolling Stones record 'Jumpin' Jack Flash,' which will reach #1 in the UK and #3 in the US by next July.
1968: Apple Music, the Beatles' new label, runs their famous 'This Man Has Talent' ads in Britain's New Musical Express, seeking demo tapes from unknown artists. Most are never heard but pile up in Apple's offices, and the majority of the label's signings are acquired through more conventional means.
1970: Neil Young With Crazy Horse 'Cinnamon Girl' b/w 'Sugar Mountain' 45 single is released.
1970: The New York Times reported that Catholic and Protestant youth group's had adopted The Beatles 'Yellow Submarine' as a religious symbol.
1971: Five friends at San Rafael High School in California coin the term "4:20" as a euphemism for smoking pot. April 20th becomes a popular day to spark one up, as does 4:20 pm. Note that the Boston song 'Smokin' clocks in at 4 minutes, 20 seconds, and if you multiply the title numbers in Bob Dylan's 'Rainy Day Women #12 And #35,' you get 420.
1974: Paul McCartney releases their 'Band on the Run' single in the U.S.
1974: Robin Trower's 'Bridge of Sighs' album is released.
1976: George Harrison, who is good friends with Eric Idle, joins Monty Python on stage at the comedy troupe's show at New York's City Center. Dressed as a Canadian Mountie, Harrison joins the chorus for 'The Lumberjack Song.' No mention is made of Harrison's appearance, and few in the audience recognize him. The next night, Nilsson shows up to perform the same feat, but with disastrous results, as he falls into the audience and breaks his arm.
1976: The Rolling Stones finally released their long-awaited album 'Black and Blue.'
1981: John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas is sentenced to 5 years in jail after pleading guilty to drug possession charges. His five year sentence will be suspended after thirty days in exchange for 250 hours worth of community service.
1987: In Rhode Island, police considered charging a youth who was said to have bitten the head off a gerbil in tribute to Ozzy Osbourne.
1991: John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival marries his second wife, Julie Lebiedzinksi, in Bristol, IN. The two are still married.
1991: Steve Marriott leader of Small Faces and Humble Pie, died in a fire at his home in Essex. His work became a major influence for many 90's bands. Small Faces had the 1967 UK #3 & U.S. #16 single 'Itchycoo Park', plus 1968 #1 UK album 'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake', Humble Pie, 1969 UK #4 single 'Natural Born Bugie'. As a child actor he played parts in Dixon of Dock Green and The Artful Dodger in Oliver. Marriott was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Small Faces.
1992: 'A Concert For Life' took place at Wembley Stadium as a tribute to Queen singer Freddie Mercury and for aids awareness. Acts appearing included; Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi, David Bowie, Mick Ronson, James Hetfield, George Michael, Seal, Paul Young, Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield, Robert Plant, Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Axl Rose and Slash.
1993: Aerosmith released the album ‘Get a Grip’, which became their first album to debut at #1. It went on to sell 7 million copies in a 2-year timespan in the United States alone and sold 20 million copiesworldwide as well as winning the band two Grammy awards.
1995: Eddie Van Halen pleads no contest to trying to board a plane with a semi-automatic pistol in his carry-on luggage. He was detained at Burbank Airport, and later fined $300 and given one year’s probation.
1996: Tickets went on sale for KISS’ Reunion Tour.
1999: Billy Joel performs what he says is his last Rock music concert at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. He planed on devoting his efforts to Classical music, but later returned to touring and singing his hits.
2000: Robert Plant appeared at Disney's Theatre of the Stars in Orlando, Florida to leave his handprints outside the theater.
2001: A memorial concert for former Small Faces and Humble Pie front man Steve Marriott took place at the London Astoria with Peter Frampton, Midge Ure, Chris Farlowe and Humble Pie.
2002: In the dispute over who owned the rights to Nirvana's recordings former members Dave Grohl and Kirst Novoselic asked a Seattle Court to prove that Courtney Love was mentally stable. They told the court that Love was 'irrational, mercurial, self-centered, unmanageable, inconsistent and unpredictable.' They also claimed a contract was invalid because Love was 'stoned' at the time.
2003: Godsmack were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Faceless.’
2004: U2 frontman Bono makes Time magazine's 2004 list of the 100 most influential people.
2006: David Gilmour, performs the title track from his solo release 'On An Island' on NBC's Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
2006: Bob Dylan wins the DVD of the Year trophy for the Martin Scorsese-directed 'No Direction Home' documentary at the sixth annual Jammy Awards in New York.
2007: Bob Seger's 'Face The Promise' takes home the Outstanding National Major Label Recording prize, while the song 'Wait for Me' and its accompanying video also earn honors at the 2007 Detroit Music Award.
2007: Guitars played by Eric Clapton's (including his famous 'Blackie'), Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana are displayed at the Holy Grail Guitar Exhibition in Dallas. It's part of the 30th annual Dallas International Guitar Festival.
2009: 'Know Your Enemy' the first single from Green Day's '21st Century Breakdown' album goes to radio.
2010: Green Day's musical, 'American Idiot,' opens on Broadway at the St. James Theatre.
2010: Ratt release their 7th studio album, 'Infestation.'
2011: The Beastie Boys' 'Fight For Your Right Revisited' premieres on VH1. Directed by the Beastie's Adam Yauch, the short film is about the group's '87 Rap/Rock anthem '(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party).'
2011: Elton John performs during the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival. There is a screening Cameron Crowe's documentary 'The Union,' which features John and Leon Russell, followed by a live performance.
2011: Kid Rock makes a surprise visit to Romeo High School, his old stomping ground, and presents the music program with a donation of $5,000. He appears at the end of the Detroit area school's Get Up and Get Moving pep assembly. Rock's donation is matched by a contribution from Best Buy Mobile and the Grammy Foundation.
2011: K.K. Downing, guitarist and founding member of Judas Priest, announces he is leaving the band. The band name 31-year-old Richie Faulkner as Downing's replacement for their upcoming 'Epitaph' tour.
2011: The Foo Fighters seventh album 'Wasting Light' is their first #1 album in the U.S.
2011: The Revolver Golden Gods Awards show is held at L.A.'s Club Nokia. Avenged Sevenfold take home the Album of the Year trophy (presented by Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez of Alice In Chains). The band's M. Shadows earns the Best Vocalist Award. Alice Cooper picks up the Golden God honor.
2012: 'The Grateful Dead: The Epic Tour' online video game is out. It is based on 10 especially memorable Dead shows staged between '70 and '90. "What we're doing is creating an adventure by traveling through Grateful Dead history, Grateful Dead time and space," states Adam Blumenthal of Curious Sense, the digital media company that created The Epic Tour.
2013: Jack White is Record Store Day Ambassador 2013. The day features special releases by David Bowie, Black Keys, Iggy & the Stooges, Linkin Park, Deftones and Avenged Sevenfold offer special releases. Record Store Day, an internationally celebrated event to celebrate the art of music, spurred sales of 244,000 vinyl LPs according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was the largest one-week total for vinyl albums since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.
2013: Kings Of Chaos, featuring three Guns N' Roses vets - drummer Matt Sorum, bassist Duff McKagen and guitarist Gilby Clarke - make their live debut at the Stone Music Festival in Sydney.
2015: Jack White performs the first of a series of low key acoustic shows. The first stop is at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.

April 21
1956: Elvis Presley gets his first #1, as 'Heartbreak Hotel' moves into the top spot on the charts.
1960: Dick Clark testifies before a Congressional committee investigating the payola scandal. He admits he had a financial interest in 27 percent of the records he played on the show over a two year period, but is cleared of all charges.
1961: The Beatles played their first-ever gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.
1962: Elvis Presley's 'Good Luck Charm' hits #1.
1963: Beatles and Rolling Stones meet for the first time during a Rolling Stones performance at Crawdaddy Club. 'We got all nervous', says Bill Wyman, 'but then we had a chat with them afterwards and stayed up all night rapping and became really good mates.'
1965: The Beach Boys appear on ABC-TV's 'Shindig!,' performing their current hit, 'Do You Wanna Dance?,' which will reach #12 in the U.S.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' The final recordings were a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow ‘A Day in the Life’, in the run-out groove. They recorded assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cut-up and randomly re-assembles and edits backwards. At John Lennon’s suggestion, they also added a high-pitch 15 kilocycle whistle audible only by dogs. These were omitted from the American version of the album.
1969: Janis Joplin performed at The Royal Albert Hall, London, (her first London appearance). The opening act was Yes.
1969: Andy Warhol agrees to design the artwork for the Rolling Stones 'Sticky Fingers' record. The iconic design includes a working zipper, which is very difficult to produce, but makes it one of the most memorable album covers of all time.
1970: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax, Elton John (making his solo concert debut) and Heavy Jelly all appeared at The Roundhouse in London. Tickets cost 25 shillings.
1971: Rolling Stones release the 'Sticky Fingers' album.
1973: Alice Cooper went to #1 on the U.S. album chart with 'Billion Dollar Babies.' The effort also topped the chart in the UK. In keeping with the band's controversial style, the lyrics covered topics such as necrophilia, the fear of dentists, horror, and sexual harassment. The album would be certified Platinum in 1986.
1976: Women Against Violence Against Women called for a boycott of all Warner Communications albums because of the promotional campaign for The Rolling Stones' new album 'Black and Blue.' The album was being promoted with a controversial advertising campaign that depicted the model Anita Russell, bruised and bound, under the phrase ‘I'm Black and Blue from the Rolling Stones - and I love it!’
1976: A night after George Harrison joins Monty Python during their performance of 'The Lumberjack Song' at a New York show, Harry Nilsson tries it. While Harrison blended in as a member of the chorus (dressed as a Mountie), Nilsson wears dark glasses and makes a spectacle. When he goes to the front of the stage to shake hands with audience members, he falls into the crowd and breaks his arm.
1977: Elvis Presley begins his last concert tour in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1978: Fairport Convention singer Sandy Denny died at age 31 after she fell down a flight of stairs. She was the only guest vocalist to ever appear on a Led Zeppelin album, dueting with Robert Plant on the song 'Battle of Evermore.'
1980: Pete Townshend's 'Empty Glass' album is released.
1982: Clash frontman Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in the group cancelling a tour. The singer was found living rough in Paris, France.
1984: 'Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)' hits #1 on the Hot 100, giving Phil Collins his first solo chart-topper. He would go on to have six more.
1986: Accept release their 7th studio album, 'Russian Roulette.'
1987: Testament release their debut studio album 'The Legacy.'
1987: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 'Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)' album is released.
1990: Paul McCartney played in front of 184,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, creating a new world record for the largest crowd attending a rock concert.
1990: Van Halen christen the opening night of their Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with a live performance. Sammy Hagar would eventually buy out the rest of the band due to the club’s early financial failure. In later years, Cabo Wabo became a huge success.
1992: Slaughter‬ released the album 'The Wild Life.'
1993: Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann rescues a 17-year-old surfer in Mendocino, CA after noticing him drowning in a riptide.
1993: Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman married for the third time when he tied the knot with 33-year-old fashion designer Suzanne Accosta in the medieval French village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence.
1994: Courtney Love turned in the shotgun Kurt Cobain used to kill himself with to a guns-for-tickets trade-in program.
1996: The Wallflowers release their sophomore album, 'Bringing Down The Horses.' Entirely composed by frontman Jakob Dylan, the set peaks at #4 on the album chart the following month and sells 3 million copies.
1998: Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant released their 'Walking into Clarksdale' reunion album.
2000: Neal Matthews of The Jordanaires died of a heart attack. He sang back-up on Elvis Presley's 'Don't Be Cruel' and 'Hound Dog' and also worked with Ricky Nelson, Patsy Cline, Red Foley, Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, George Jones, Marie Osmond, Tom Jones and Merle Haggard.
2001: R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was charged by police at Heathrow airport with being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting British Airways crew. Buck was taken into custody after landing on a flight from Seattle and questioned by police for 12 hours. He is accused of drinking 15 glasses of wine, overturning a service cart and engaging in other bad behavior, but charges are eventually dropped. Buck claimed that ingesting both a sleeping pill and wine caused him to lose it.
2003: EMI and Universal Music sue the file-sharing service Napster for copyright violations.
2003: Brother Records launched a lawsuit against former Beach Boy Al Jardine for using the band's name when he tours, contrary to a January 28th court ruling. Jardine appeared under variations of the Beach Boy name, including Beach Boys Family and Friends and Al Jardine of the Beach Boys. Jardine would win the lawsuit the following November
2005: Alex Lifeson of Rush pleads no contest to a charge of resisting arrest in Florida from an incident involving his son at the Ritz Carlton hotel. He is sentenced to 12 months of probation, and later receives a confidential settlement from the hotel.
2006: A musical centering on Kinks songs premieres at Arts Bank Theater in Philadelphia. 'The Kinks: A Rock 'n Roll Fantasy' is about a London Rock musician in the early 1990's.
2007: Eddie Van Halen is an honorary race official at the Subway Fresh Fit 500 (part of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series) in Phoenix.
2007: Graham Nash's photography is exhibited at New York's Morrison Hotel Gallery. The presentation includes portraits of Nash's bandmates David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Neil Young.
2007: The Icons of Music Auction in New York to benefit Music Rising, the Hurricane Katrina-relief charity co-founded by U2's the Edge, raises over $2.4 million. The Edge is on hand to witness a final bid of $410,000 for a guitar once owned by the late Jimi Hendrix. A pair of axes donated by the Edge go for $240,000 and $105,000, respectively, while a signed guitar by U2 frontman Bono sells for $187,500.
2007: Doris Richards died of cancer. The 91-year-old mother of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards bought her son his first guitar for his 15th birthday. He learned some chords from her father, Gus Dupree, a musician who instilled him with an early passion for music.
2009: Bob Seger was named in a negligence lawsuit filed by a man who says he suffered injuries when his motorcycle was struck by the rocker's 2004 Lexus driven by Seger's bass player Christopher Campbell. Campbell was ticketed for failure to stop after the accident, which happened about 30 miles northwest of Detroit.
2009: Don Henley filed a lawsuit against Republican politician Charles DeVore for using two of his songs, 'The Boys of Summer' and 'All She Wants To Do Is Dance' in campaign ads that appeared on YouTube.
2009: Tinted Window's self-titled debut album is out. The 'supergroup' has Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Fountains Of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger and Hanson's Taylor Hanson. They also perform on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman
2009: Jane's Addiction release 'A Cabinet Of Curiosities,' a limited-edition box set of rarities. There are demos, live cuts, covers and videos.
2009: Jon Bon Jovi is honored for his charity work by the Food Bank for New York at the nonprofit organization's sixth annual Can-Do Awards Dinner. The singer is recognized, in part, for his support of efforts to provide housing to low-income families.
2009: Rod Stewart makes a surprise appearance at Jeff Beck's L.A. concert. It's the first time they perform together in over 25 years. "It is a privilege to be onstage with this guy," says Stewart. The two first worked together in the shortlived Jeff Beck Group in the late 1960's.
2009: Iron Maiden‬'s first feature-length film, 'Flight 666' was released in theaters around the world.
2010: In a NME interview Courtney Love declares that she wants to be known as Courtney Michelle (Michelle being her middle name). The Hole frontwoman says the 'Love' moniker has too much baggage.
2010: Patti Smith receives the ASCAP Founders Award at the 27th annual Pop Music Awards in L.A. "Patti fused raw Rock energy with the heart of a poet and ignited the 1970s New York Punk scene," says ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams.
2010: Elton John headlines American Idol's 'Idol Gives Back' program. He performs 'Your Song' on behalf of his Elton John AIDS Foundation. Jeff Beck and Joss Stone play a rendition of Screamin' Jay Hawkins 'I Put A Spell On You.'
2011: 'Talihina Sky: The Story Of Kings Of Leon' premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film has band interviews and live footage.
2011: Alter Bridge provides live recordings from their tour on USB flash drives. The USB drive is in the shape of Mark Tremonti's PRS guitar.
2012: Iggy Pop is the official ambassador for Record Store Day 2012 which celebrates independent record stores. "I got my name, my musical education and my personality all from working at a record store during my tender years," says Pop in a statement.
2013: Christina Amphlett, lead singer of the Divinyls, dies of breast cancer in New York City at 53. Her cancer treatment was complicated by her multiple sclerosis, making her unable to receive radiation or chemotherapy. Amphlett was also a stage and screen actress.
2013: Rush get their ninth Juno Award when 'Clockwork Angels' is named Rock Album of the Year.
2013: Former Krokus drummer Dani Crivelli dies. The drummer performed on the 'Heart Attack' album and subsequent tour before leaving the group.
2015: 60-year-old Phil Rudd, drummer for the Australian rock band AC/DC, plead to guilty to a charge of making a threat to kill, at a court in Tauranga, New Zealand. A month after firing a number of employees over a lack of security at a launch party for his latest solo album in August, 2014, Rudd admitted he telephoned an associate and said he wanted one of the people he fired "taken out." Rudd was released on bail until his next hearing in June.
2016: The Ramones self-titled debut set tops Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time. Second place goes to The Clash's self-titled debut.

April 22
1957: Elvis Presley had his custom built 'Music Gates' installed at Gracelands. The gates were designed by Abe Saucer and custom built by John Dillars Jr, of Memphis Doors inc.
1959: Alan Freed premieres his last Rock 'n' Roll movie, 'Go Johnny Go,' starring Chuck Berry, Jackie Wilson, Ritchie Valens, Eddie Cochran, Jimmy Cavallo and The Flamingos.
1962: Jerry Lee Lewis' three-year-old son, Steve Allen Lewis (named after the TV host and good friend), drowned in the shallow water of a still under construction swimming pool at the Lewis home near Coro Lake, Tennessee.
1964: In the UK, the President of the National Federation Of Hairdressers offered a free haircut to the next group to reach the top of the Pop chart. He was quoted as saying 'The Rolling Stones are the worst, one of them looks as if he's got a feather duster on his head.'
1966: 'Wild Thing" by the Troggs, is released in the U.S. on both the Fontana and ACTO labels.
1966: Two dozen local group's appeared at a “battle of the bands” gig in Matawan Keyport Roller Drome in New Jersey. All acts performed three songs each. The Rogues won first place, second was Sonny & The Starfires, and third place went to The Castiles, (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals). The three winners were given an opportunity to perform at the Roller Drome the following week as part of a major concert headlined by The Crystals.
1966: With Andy Warhol producing, the Velvet Underground start recording their debut, 'Velvet Underground & Nico.'
1967: Elvis Presley's 23rd film, 'Easy Come, Easy Go,' premieres in Hollywood.
1968: The Monkees 'The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees' album is released.
1969: John Winston Lennon legally changed his name to John Winston Ono Lennon during a short ceremony on the roof of the Apple Records building in London. John always hated his middle name, given to him by his mother in honor of Winston Churchill, but British law did not allow him to change it. He could however add Ono, and would never use Winston again, except for legal documents.
1969: In Dolton, England, The Who performed their rock opera 'Tommy,' live in its entirety for the first time.
1971: Pink Floyd premiered their song 'Return of the Son of Nothing.' The song was later re-titled 'Echoes.'
1974: It was Tina Turner’s first day on the set of 'Tommy.' Her part was the 'Acid Queen.'
1974: The L.A. group Redbone earned a Gold record for the single 'Come and Get Your Love,' which was currently #5 on the Hot 100.
1978: John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their first ever musical appearance as The Blues Brothers when they appeared on 'Saturday Night Live'. They play a cover of 'Soul Man' by Sam & Dave, who they used as the basis for their characters.
1978: Former Stealers Wheel vocalist Gerry Rafferty releases his biggest solo hit, 'Baker Street.' It will reach #2 on the Hot 100 and #3 in the UK and was written about one of London's most famous streets, home to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes.
1978: Bob Marley And The Wailers perform at the 'One Love Peace Concert' in Jamaica. It was Marley's first public appearance in Jamaica since being wounded in an assassination attempt a year and a half earlier. At the concert, Marley manages to unite Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley with rival Edward Seaga, who had both been using local warlords to battle for power.
1978: Linda Ronstadt's 'Tumbling Dice' b/w'"I Will Never Marr' 45 single is released. In an interview with Hit Parader magazine, Ronstadt said that her band played 'Tumbling Dice' for soundchecks, but nobody knew the words. Jagger suggested that Ronstadt should sing more rock songs and suggested 'Tumbling Dice.' Ronstadt made him write down the lyrics.
1979: The Rolling Stones played two concerts for the blind at the Civic Auditorium in Oshawa, Ontario. The shows were done in lieu of a jail sentence for guitarist Keith Richards, who was convicted of heroin possession in Toronto two years earlier.
1980: The J. Geils Band release their most successful album to date, 'Love Stinks.'
1981: Two days after being released from a St. Paul, Minnesota hospital following a month-long treatment for bleeding ulcers, Eric Clapton is involved in a car accident and is hospitalized in Seattle, Washington, suffering bruised ribs and a lacerated shin.
1989: Guns N’ Roses released the single 'Patience.'
1990: Sammy Hagar opened his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Mexico.
1991: The Dave Matthews Band played their first ever-live show when they appeared at The Earth Day festival in Charlottesville, Virginia.
1993: The Who's 'Tommy' opened on Broadway at the St James Theatre. It is performed 899 times until it closes in June of 1995.
1996: Pantera release 'The Great Southern Trendkill.' It turns out to be the group's last platinum album.
1997: Offspring's 'Ixnay On The Hombre' goes platinum. It's the group's first album for Columbia Records.
1998: Faith No More announces they are splitting up.
1999: Marilyn Manson released a statement on the Columbine High School shootings. “It's tragic and disgusting anytime young people's lives are taken in an act of senseless violence. My condolences go out to the students and their families.”
2003: Songwriter Felice Bryant died of cancer at 78. Along with her husband Boudleaux, she wrote The Everly Brothers hits, 'Bye Bye Love,' 'All I Have To Do Is Dream' and 'Wake Up Little Susie.' Other acts to record their songs include Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Tony Bennett, Simon And Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, The Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ruth Brown, Cher, R.E.M. and Ray Charles.
2004: Metallica quashed an Internet rumor that James Hetfield committed suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills. They releases a statement that read, “Contrary to what you may have read on message boards, James Hetfield is alive and doing extremely well.”
2004: It was reported that U.S. Marines were blasting AC/DC’s 'Shoot to Thrill' at high volumes in the hopes of driving insurgents from their homes in Iraq.
2006: Ozzy Osbourne is interviewed on IFC's Henry Rollins Show.
2006: Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington throws a party to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Club Tattoo shops he co-owns. The Tempe, AZ., event features performances by Bennington's Bucket of Weenies side group, Linkin Park Rapper Mike Shinoda's Fort Minor Project, and Story Of The Year.
2006: Tom Petty is a special guest at ASCAP's 'I Create Music Expo.' Petty is interviewed and takes questions from musicians and composers.
2008: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora pleads no contest to a drunken-driving charge stemming from an arrest the previous month in Laguna Beach, CA. A related DUI count is dropped as part of the deal, which calls for the guitarist to pay penalties totaling $1,600, attend an alcohol-education class and undergo three years probation.
2008: It was revealed that 60's singer Tommy Steele took Elvis Presley on a secret tour of London in 1958 after Presley struck up a friendship with Steele. When the rock legend flew into London for a day, Steele apparently took him round the city, showing him famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament. For more than 50 years, Presley fans had believed the only time Elvis ever set foot in the UK was during a stop-over at Prestwick Airport in Scotland in March of 1960.
2009: 3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold performs at the Nashville4Africa benefit concert in Music City. The event raises money for African charities.
2009: Elton John ends his Red Piano residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas following five years of on-and-off performances.
2009: Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson receive the Founders Award at ASCAP's 26th annual Pop Music Awards in L.A. The performing rights organization's president Marilyn Bergman describes the Wilsons as "music trailblazers" whose "success and influence helped pave the way for other female artists.
2009: A reunited Poco performs at The Maverick in Santa Ynez, CA. Bassist Timothy B. Schmit, now with The Eagles, joins in. The Poco lineup also includes singer-guitarist (and Buffalo Springfield co-founder) Richie Furay. Poco plays the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, CA, four days later.
2009: Jeff Beck is joined onstage by Rod Stewart for the first time in over 25 years at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
2010: Following an emergency appendectomy ten days earlier, Poison frontman Bret Michaels suffers a severe headache caused by bleeding at the base of his brain stem and is rushed to the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix for treatment.
2010: Bruce Springsteen receives the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award. Presented by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, the honor goes immigrants or their descendants "who have made a major contribution to the American experience." Springsteen's maternal great-grandmother, Raffaela Zerilli, arrived at Ellis Island from Vico Equense, Italy in 1900. "You can't really know who you are and where you're going unless you know where you came from," says Springsteen.
2010: 'James Hetfield: The Wolf At Metallica's Door,' the biography of Metallica's frontman was published.
2011: At age 51, Bryan Adams becomes a father for the first time when his baby girl Mirabella Bunny is born.
2011: Ginger Fish (Kenneth Robert Wilson) joins Rob Zombie as a permanent band member (replacing Joey Jordison who returned to Slipknot).
2011: Elton John appears on '20/20,' the ABC TV news magazine show. In an interview with Barbara Walters, John and his partner David Furnish discuss the raising of their son, Zachary.
2011: Kings Of Leon guitarist Matthew Followill and his wife, musician Johanna Bennett, welcome son Knox Cameron Patrick into the world. Matthew is the first Followill to become a father. Knox is born in Nashville and weighs 6 lbs., 10 oz.
2011: Pearl Jam receive the Planet Defender award from Rock the Earth, a not-for-profit environmental advocacy organization.
2012: Killswitch Engage play a reunion show in Worcester, MA. It's their first concert since the return of frontman Jesse Leach four months earlier.
2012: Cheap Trick perform at the Earth Day concert at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Bad weather keeps the attendance low.
2013: Richie Havens, who rose to fame as the opening act at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, died following a heart attack at the age of 72. Havens legendarily opened the 1969 Woodstock rock festival, playing for nearly three hours. The promoters kept extending his set because other performers could not get to the site, due to traffic congestion. Later, he dabbled in acting, performed at Bill Clinton’s inauguration, and co-headlined the 1996 Tibetan Freedom Concert for an audience of more than 100,000. During his lengthy career he scored just one Billboard Top 40 hit, a cover of George Harrison's 'Here Comes The Sun,' which reached #16 in 1971.
2014: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil becomes a part owner of the Arena Football League's Jacksonville Sharks. Neil plans to move the franchise to his adopted hometown of Las Vegas.
2016: Candlebox release their sixth album, 'Disappearing In Airports.'

April 23
1956: Elvis Presley, accompanied by Bill Black and Scotty Moore, made his Las Vegas debut at the New Frontier Hotel when he opened for the Freddie Martin Orchestra and comedian Shecky Greene. Despite having 'Heartbreak Hotel' at the top of the charts, Elvis was not well-received by the middle-aged audience. Management of the Frontier was so unimpressed, they gave Elvis his walking papers after one week of a two-week engagement. Presley wouldn't play Las Vegas again for almost 13 years.
1960: The Nerk Twins appeared at The Fox And Hounds in Caversham, Berkshire, England. The Nerk Twins being John Lennon and Paul McCartney.The pub is owned by McCartney's cousin and her husband. The duo play another set the next day.
1962: A song called 'My Bonnie' by Tony Sheridan and The Beatles was issued in America on the Decca label. It was the first commercial release anywhere in the world to carry The Beatles name. John Lennon would later say "It's just Tony Sheridan singing with us banging in the background. They're flogging it, but I wish they'd just shut up! It's terrible! It could be anybody." The mono 45 failed to chart on Billboard or Cashbox.
1963: Jan And Dean record 'Surf City' with The Beach Boys providing background vocals. The Brian Wilson penned tune became the first surf song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and even crossed over to the R&B chart where it reached #3.
1963: Bob Dylan performs his first major solo concert in New York City at NYC's Town Hall.
1964: The Beatles shoot the 'Can't Buy Me Love' scene for their movie 'A Hard Day's Night.'
1965: The Rolling Stones kicked off their third North American tour at the Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal, Canada. The 4,750-seat, multi-purpose arena was built in 1962.
1969: The Beatles were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Get Back' the group's 16th UK #1. Credited to "The Beatles with Billy Preston", it was the Beatles' only single that credited another artist, 'Get Back' was also the Beatles' first single release in true stereo in the U.S.
1969: Los Angeles' famed folk and rock club The Ash Grove, launching pad for everyone from Linda Ronstadt to Canned Heat, catches fire and nearly burns to the ground.
1970: Norman Greenbaum's 'Spirit in the Sky' is awarded a Gold record. The single sold two million copies in 1969 and 1970 and reached #3 in the U.S. and #1 in the UK.
1971: The Rolling Stones 'Sticky Fingers' album is released.
1973: Lou Reed's 'Walk On The Wild Side' is released. Herbie Flowers plays the hypnotic bass line.
1974: Mama Cass Elliot collapses before an appearance on The Tonight Show where she had been scheduled to host the program. She was later taken to hospital on a stretcher.
1975: During a North American tour Pink Floyd played the first of five sold out nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California.
1975: The Doobie Brothers 'Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)' b/w 'Slat Key Soquel Rag' 45 single is released.
1975: Bob Seger's 'Beautiful Loser' album is released.
1975: Pete Ham of Badfinger hangs himself in his London home. Ham, who was the group's lead singer and primary songwriter, was despondent over the business dealings that saw the bands album 'Wish You Were Here' pulled from stores and his income cut off.
1976: The Ramones released their debut album. The cover depicts the band members standing in a line leaning against a brick wall, taken by Roberta Bayley. The cover was ranked #58 on the top 100 greatest album covers of all-time by Rolling Stone. The set, which peaks at #111, features the single 'Blitzkrieg Bop.'
1976: The Rolling Stones release their 'Black and Blue' album.
1976: AC/DC embarked upon their first U.K. tour with a gig at London's Red Cow Pub.
1977: Joan Jett supported by Blondie perform at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles.
1977: Van Halen‬ & Quiet Riot rock Glendale College Auditorium in Glendale, CA. Tickets were $3.75.
1978: Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious filmed his version of 'My Way' for the Sex Pistols film 'The Great Rock n Roll Swindle.'
1979: David Bowie premiered his new single 'Boy's Keep Swinging', on the BBC's TV's 'Kenny Everett Video Show.'
1979: Blondie's Heart Of Glass is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1981: Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, who are all in Germany appearing at different festivals, join Johnny Cash on stage in Stuttgart for a performance that is recorded and released as the album The Survivors. The trio toured together back in 1957.
1983: U2 kicked off their 48-date ‘War’ North American tour at The Carolina Concert For Children benefit in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
1987: Carole King sues her record label for breach of contract, claiming that owner Lou Adler owes her over $400,000 in royalties. She also asks for rights to her old recordings.
1988: Roy Orbison celebrated his 52nd birthday at a Bruce Springsteen concert, during which the audience sang happy birthday to him. Orbison died that December of a heart attack.
1988: Iron Maiden's 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son' is the #1 album in the U.S.
1991: Founder member of The New York Dolls Johnny Thunders (John Anthony Genzale, Jr), died of a drug overdose. He renamed himself Johnny Thunders, after a comic book of the same name. The influential New York Dolls formed in 1972 and made just two albums. A teenage Morrissey acted as president of the UK branch of the New York Dolls fan club. Formed The Heartbreakers with Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan, and Television bassist Richard Hell.
1993: During their 'Use Your Illusion' Tour, Guns n' Roses played the first of two nights at Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, Mexico.
1994: Pink Floyd's 'The Division Bell' is the #1 album in the U.S.
1994: An Earth Day concert in Minneapolis features Melissa Etheridge, Robert Cray and Natalie Merchant.
1995: Peter Hodgson, from Liverpool found a tape in his attic containing 16 of The Beatles' earliest recordings made in 1959. The tape included ‘Hello Little Girl’, a Lennon-McCartney composition that the Beatles never recorded and Ray Charles' ‘Hallelujah, I Love Her So’. The sessions had been made on a reel-to-reel recorder that Hodgson's father had lent to Paul McCartney.
2003: Twisted Sister announce their reformation for their first tour in 16 years. The following month they kick off the tour on USO military bases in South Korea.
2004: Green Day is forced to send out a press release proving to people that Billie Joe is still alive after several rumors on the internet had him dead.
2004: The White Stripes are winners at the 2004 Detroit Music Awards. The Stripes take home the Outstanding National Major Label Recording honor (for 'Elephant') and the Outstanding National Single award (for 'Seven Nation Army').
2005: Slipknot's North American tour experiences another casualty when exhaustion forces bassist Paul Gray to be hospitalized and miss the band's homecoming show in Ames, IA. Earlier in the month, vocalist Corey Taylor's illness forced the cancellation of a couple shows. Gray rejoins the group when they start their European tour.
2006: System Of A Down perform at the fourth annual Souls benefit concert in Los Angeles. The event is designed to draw people's attention to the Armenian genocide that was committed during the early 20th century.
2006: Phil Walden, founder of Capricorn Records, one of the linchpins of 1970's Southern Rock, dies at age 66. Capricorn's best known act was the Allman Brothers Band.
2007: U2's The Edge is honored for his contributions to the Food Bank for New York City at the Can-Do Awards Dinner. The NYC event raises more than $1 million for the Food Bank, an organization that feeds 250,000 people a day. The guest list includes Bill Clinton, David Bowie, U2 bassist Adam Clayton, Patti Smith and members of R.E.M. The guitarist is a longtime supporter of the organization's battle against hunger.
2008: Jane's Addiction is awarded the Godlike Genius Award for Extraordinary Services to Music at the first U.S. NME Awards in L.A. The original line-up performs for the first time since 1991. Also, Foo Fighters 'Echoes, Silence, Patience + Grace' wins Album Of The Year while The Killers take home the Best Indie/Alternative Group and Best Indie/Alternative Track ('Tranquilize') trophies. And finally, Mick Jones (The Clash) receives the Inspiration Award.
2008: Smashing Pumpkins are inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk in L.A. Frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin (the only original members left) are on hand.
2008: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was sentenced to three years probation after admitting to driving under the influence of alcohol. 48-year-old Sambora who was not at the court hearing would also have to attend first offender alcohol awareness classes. He was arrested in Laguna Beach after his car was seen weaving between traffic lanes.
2008: Nine Inch Nails release 'Discipline' to radio. The track reportedly is delivered to radio stations within 24 hours of being mixed in the studio.
2008: The Grateful Dead donate 40-plus years of music and memorabilia to the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dead Central, located in the school's library, houses recordings and exhibits.
2009: Carlos Santana is honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at Billboard's 20th annual Latin Music Conference & Awards in Miami Beach, FL. Santana is recognized for helping to spread the influence of Latin music across other genres, including Pop and Rock.
2010: U2's seventh studio album, 'Achtung Baby,' is #1 on Spin magazine's list of the best albums of the past 25 years (to celebrate the publication's 25th anniversary).
2011: Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth (collectively known as "Big Four") play their first U.S. concert together in Indio, CA.
2012: Ted Nugent was axed from a concert at U.S. military base Fort Knox following the controversy over his rant against President Barack Obama when he insisted Americans had to rise up against Obama and the Democrats when America goes to the polls in November.
2012: Chris Ethridge, bassist and co-founder of The Flying Burrito Brothers, passed away at the age of 65.
2013: Rob Zombie releases his album 'Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.'
2013: Glen Campbell's publicist told members of the press that his client is no longer capable of performing on stage due to advancing Alzheimer's disease. Sandy Brokaw went on to say that the 77-year-old Campbell planned on recording one final album called 'See You There,' which would feature new renditions of old songs.
2014: Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose receives the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in L.A. GN'R, with founding bassist Duff McKagan, headline the event.
2014: Winger release their album 'Better Days Comin'.

April 24
1954: Billboard magazine featured a headline that read: "Teenagers Demand Music with a Beat - Spur Rhythm and Blues." It was a sign of things to come. Within a year, R&B music by both Black and White artists caught the public's fancy.
1956: Elvis Presley signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures that allowed him one film a year with other studios.
1957: 16 year old Ricky Nelson releases his first record, 'Teenager's Romance,' with his cover of Fats Domino's 'I'm Walkin' on the flip side. The disc sold nearly 60,000 copies within three days and eventually went over a million.
1961: Del Shannon releases 'Runaway.' The high pitched keyboard sound is produced by a musitron. It has since been ranked at #466 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1961: Bob Dylan makes his recording debut when he plays harmonica on the Harry Belafonte song 'Calypso King.' Dylan makes $50 for the session.
1968: The Beatles new company Apple Records turned down the offer to sign new artist David Bowie.
1968: Enjoying a wild birthday party Keith Moon drummer with The Who drove his Lincoln car into a Holiday Inn swimming pool.
1970: Tricia Nixon, President Richard Nixon's daughter, invites Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick to the White House. Slick chooses revolutionary Chicago Seven defendant Abbie Hoffman as her escort. Hoffman doesn't get past the Secret Service and Slick leaves, missing the social connection of a lifetime.
1971: Fleetwood Mac announce that guitarist Bob Welsh will be the replacement for the departed Jeremy Spencer.
1971: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's '4 Way Street' album hits #1.
1972: John Lennon's controversial single, ‘Woman Is the Nigger of the World’ was released in the U.S. The song peaked at #57, despite virtually every radio station in the country refusing to play it. Yoko Ono said the phrase during a magazine interview in 1967 and Lennon later explained that he was making a point that women deserved higher status in society.
1974: Grand Funk Railroad's cover of Little Eva's early '60s pop hit 'Locomotion' hits #1. It is one of the few times a song tops the chart by two different performers.
1974: Pamela Courson the long-term companion of the late Jim Morrison died of a drugs overdose. It was Courson who found The Doors singer dead on July 3, 1971 in the bathtub of their apartment in Paris, France.
1975: Peter Ham, British singer, songwriter with Badfinger committed suicide by hanging himself in the garage of his Surrey home, aged 27. Ham co-wrote 'Without You', with band mate Tom Evans (who also later committed suicide). The song won an Ivor Novello award for Song Of The Year in 1973, and was a hit for Harry Nilson and Mariah Carey. Ham was a founder member of The Iveys, who became Badfinger, were signed to the Beatles' Apple label, their first hit 'Come And Get It' was written by Paul McCartney.
1976: 'Wings At The Speed Of Sound' went to #1 on the US album chart. Paul McCartney's fifth #1 after The Beatles.
1976: Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday Night Live on TV. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a cab to the studio, but decided they were too tired. This was the last time Lennon and McCartney were together.
1976: Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' makes it into the U.S. Top 10 at #9.
1977: Talking Heads begin their first European tour, supporting The Ramones.
1977: Following in Johnny Cash's footsteps, Santana and others perform a California's Soledad Prison.
1981: Motley Crue played their very first gig at the Starwood in West Hollywood. It was two sets opening for Y&T.
1982: John Cougar's 'Hurts So Good' is released. It's his first Top 10 song and peaks at #2.
1984: 48 year old Jerry Lee Lewis married wife number six, 22 year old Kerrie McCarver. They would split in 2002.
1990: The road crew for Roger Waters discovered an unexploded World War II bomb while constructing the set for 'The Wall' concert in Potsdamer Platz, Germany.
1992: David Bowie married Somali born model and actress Iman in Switzerland.
1992: 'Elvis -- The Great Performances' airs on CBS-TV.
1993: At Farm Aid 6, Willie Nelson, John Cougar Mellencamp and Neil Young were among 40 artists who played in front of 40,000 people at the concert in Ames, Iowa.
1996: After being forced to cancel shows, Stone Temple Pilots issue a statement saying that lead singer Scott Weiland has "become unable to rehearse or appear for these shows due to his dependency on drugs. He is currently under a doctor's care in a medical facility."
2003: Creed is sued by several fans after a series of concerts where they were to intoxicated to perform.
2004: System Of A Down headline the SOULS, 2004 concert in Los Angeles. The event benefits the Armenian National Committee of America, which seeks to raise awareness about Armenian genocide. System Of A Down also raise money for Amnesty International by auctioning off three pairs of tickets to their show.
2004: David Bowie invites fans to create a mash up; namely taking a track from his 'Reality' album and mixing it with a classic Bowie song. The record industry views this as a form of bootlegging but Bowie's web site offers prizes for creativity.
2005: After 94 performances, the Broadway musical and Beach Boys tribute Good Vibrations closes.
2006: System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian and drummer John Dolmayan launch a three-day rally in Washington, D.C. to urge politicians to pass legislation recognizing the Armenian genocide of the early 1900s. The campaign kicks off with a demonstration outside of the Turkish Embassy. More than 1,000 people attend.
2007: David Bowie and Robert De Niro are photographed smiling together in New York at the opening party for the renowned actor's Tribeca Film Featival. There had been speculation that De Niro was fuming over Bowie's supposedly competing High Line Festival which is a couple weeks later.
2007: Sheryl Crow said a ban on using too much toilet paper should be introduced to help the environment. The singer suggested using "only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required". Crowe made the comments on her website after touring the US on a biodiesel-powered bus to raise awareness about climate change. Crow had also designed a clothing line with what she called a "dining sleeve". The sleeve is detachable and can be replaced with another "dining sleeve" after the diner has used it to wipe his or her mouth.
2007: 'One Man Revolution,' the first album by the Nightwatchman, guitarist Tom Morello's solo acoustic persona, is released. The disc is produced by Brendan O'Brien, a veteran of both Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave projects.
2007: US President George W. Bush is denied a luxury suite at the Imperial Hotel in Vienna when Mick Jagger, in town with The Rolling Stones on a tour, books it first.
2008: Filter hits the road for the first time in nearly six years to promote 'Anthems For The Damned.' The six-week tour starts in Austin.
2008: Jane's Addiction reunite to rock the NME Awards.
2009: The video for Green Day's 'Know Your Enemy,' the first single from '21st Century Breakdown,' premieres on MTV, VH1 and all other worldwide MTV Networks platforms.
2009: Aerosmith settles a class-action lawsuit brought against them after they pulled out of a sold-out concert on Maui, Hawaii, in September 2007. As part of the deal, the group gives a free performance on Maui in 2009. The suit claimed that the cancellation cost ticket buyers up to $3 million in various expenses.
2009: Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne is presented with ASCAP's Golden Note Award on during the performing-rights organization's "I Create Music" Expo in L.A.
2010: The Rascals reunite for only the second time since breaking up four decades earlier. The group performs at Robert De Niro's Tribeca Grill in New York to raise money for the Kristen Ann Carr Fund.
2011: 'American Idiot,' the Green Day musical inspired by the album of the same name, ends its Broadway run at the St. James Theatre after 13-months (421 performances). Following the final curtain, Green Day performs a ten-song set at the theater. Ticket sales dropped after Armstrong left the cast but he rejoined the musical, playing St. Jimmy, for the final performances.
2011: 'God Bless Ozzy Osbourne' premiered at the ‪Tribeca Film Fest‬ival.
2012: Jack White's debut solo album, 'Blunderbuss' is released.
2012: The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour begins in Tucson, AZ.
2012: Ozzy Osbourne became a grandfather when his son Jack's fiancee, Lisa Stelly, gave birth to the couple's first child.
2013: Steven Van Zandt introduces Rock And Roll: An American Story, a multimedia-based curriculum for middle and high school students. The program also covers Rock's roots and social impact.
2014: Stephen Pearcy announces he has quit Ratt. "I am officially done with having anything to do with them, due to the constant turmoil, unresolved business, personal attacks and threats in the public forum, and most of all, disrespect to the fans," explains Pearcy.
2015: Two and a half years after a video of the Louisville Kids Band performing an all-percussion version of Ozzy Osbourne's 'Crazy Train' surfaced on YouTube, Ozzy donates $10,000 to the non-profit musical project. The video garnered over 800,000 views.
2015: Rufus Taylor, the son of Queen drummer Roger Taylor, plays his first show with The Darkness. It is in London. Taylor replaces Emily Dolan Davies, who left the previous month, after a short stint with the band.

April 25
1949: An article by Deac Aylesworth in Look Magazine predicted that radio was doomed and that within three years, TV would overshadow radio completely.
1955: The UN's commission on narcotics releases a report stating "definite connection between increased marijuana smoking and that form of entertainment known as bebop and rebop."
1960: Eddie Cochran is laid to rest in Cypress, CA. He was killed in a London car accident a week earlier while on tour with Gene Vincent.
1960: Elvis Presley started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Stuck On You', his first hit single after his two-year stint in the US Army. It became his first #1 single of the 1960's and thirteenth overall.
1961: Elvis Presley makes his last stage appearance for nearly eight years, at Bloch Arena in Hawaii.
1965: During a North American tour, The Rolling Stones appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to over 16,000 fans.
1966: The Who release the 'The Who Sings My Generation' album.
1967: Just days after the completion of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' The Beatles embark upon their next project, recording the theme to 'Magical Mystery Tour' at Abbey Road studios in London.
1968: The Beatles turn down a chance to perform before the Queen at a British Olympic Appeal Fund show. They'd already performed before the queen.
1970: The Who 'The Seeker' b/w 'Here For More' 45 single is released.
1973: Sweet's 'Little Willy' is certified gold.
1978: Queen's 'We Are The Champions' is certified gold.
1974: Pamela Courson the long-term companion of the late Jim Morrison died of a drugs overdose. It was Courson who found the Doors singer dead on July 3, 1971 in the bathtub of their apartment in Paris, France.
1974: The streaking fad hits its peak as Rolling Stone reports that Yes and Greg Allman concerts have been interrupted by naked people running around.
1975: The original New York Dolls break up after Jerry Nolan and Johnny Thunders leave the band in the middle of a tour in Florida. They carry on with replacements into 1976, but disband that year, returning again in 2004.
1975: The Alice Cooper horror/music special 'Alice Cooper: The Nightmare' (featuring Vincent Price) airs on ABC.
1977: Elvis Presley made the last recordings of his life during a concert at the Saginaw, Michigan Civic Center. Three songs from the show appeared on the posthumously released Presley album, 'Moody Blue'.
1978: Queen's single 'We Are the Champions' was certified Platinum.
1979: The Police made their debut on BBC TV's 'Top Of The Pops' performing 'Roxanne'. The single which was taken from their album Outlandos d'Amour was written from the point-of-view of a man who falls in love with a prostitute.
1979: The movie 'Rock and Roll High School' starring the Ramones is released.
1980: Black Sabbath release their ninth studio album, 'Heaven and Hell'. It’s the first Sabbath album to feature Ronnie James Dio as lead singer, replacing Ozzy Osbourne. The album goes on to reach platinum status in the U.S.
1981: Wings disband when guitarist Denny Laine quits.
1985: During their ‘The Works’ world tour, Queen played the first of four nights at Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.
1985: Exodus' first studio album 'Bonded by Blood' is released.
1987: U2 started a five-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with 'The Joshua Tree.'
1988: Bon Jovi's manager Doc Mcgee was convicted on drug offences arising from the 1982 seizure of 40,000lb of marijuana smuggled into north Carolina from Colombia. McGee was sentenced to a five year suspended prison term and a $15,000 fine, and is ordered to set up an anti-drug foundation. He gives back to the community by organizing the Moscow Music Peace Festival, an all-star hard rock event dedicated to promoting world peace and helping curb illegal drug use in the Soviet Union. Ironically, several of the headliners at the time were heavy drug users, including Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row and Mötley Crüe..
1989: The self-titled debut album from Blue Murder was released.
1990: The Fender Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix played at the Woodstock festival was auctioned off for a record $295,000.
1992: Soundgarden's 'Batmotorfinger' enters the U.S. album chart at #39.
1993: Legendary album artist Stanley "Mouse" Miller, designer of Grateful Dead's "skull and roses" logo, has his upcoming liver transplant financed by the band.
1994: Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys was sentenced to 200 hours of community service for attacking a TV cameraman during the memorial services for actor River Phoenix the previous November.
1994: The Eagles played the first of two shows where they recorded their ‘Hell Freezes Over’ album. Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmit first got back together the previous December for the making of a Travis Tritt video of their song, ‘Take It Easy.’ The name of the album was taken from an earlier quote by Glen Frey, who responded to the question "When will the Eagles get back together?" The concert is taped and shown on MTV later in the year.
1996: A pair of skin-tight trousers owned by Queen singer Freddie Mercury was sold at a pop memorabilia sale in London.
1997: U2's 'Pop Mart' world tour kicked off at The Las Vegas San Boyd Stadium in front of 35,000 fans. The tour featured the largest video screen in the world and would visit 80 cities around the planet.
1999: Paul Simon performs 'Mrs. Robinson' and receives loud cheers following the line "Where have you gone Joe Di Maggio?" during a ceremony honoring the Yankee Clipper at New York's Yankee Stadium.
2000: Limp Bizkit announce that their Back To Basics Tour will be sponsored by Napster.
2000: Papa Roach release 'Infest.' The album will go on to become the 20th highest-selling album of 2000 in the United States. The album also earns Papa Roach two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Music Video (for 'Broken Home').
2000: Eric Clapton is reunited with his former Derek and the Dominos keyboard player Bobby Whitlock for their first performance together in 29 years. The setting is the London-based BBC TV series Later With Jools Holland.
2003: The parents of the late Doors frontman Jim Morrison sue the remaining members for touring with a new singer as "The Doors 21st Century" using the band's image and logo.
2004: Billy Joel lost control of his car on a rain-slicked road in Bayville, New York and crashed into a house. No one in the building was injured and the piano man walked away unscathed.
2005: Bruce Springsteen played the opening show on his Devils & Dust Tour North American Tour at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.
2006: Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland and Duff McKagan are guest hosts on 'Nashville Star.' They participate in the jam session that is a regular feature of the show.
2006: The Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Dani California' tops Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, while still at #1 on the Modern Rock charts.
2006: Jon Bon Jovi's duet with Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles, 'Who Says You Can't Go Home,' hits the #1 spot on Billboard's Hot Country chart. Bon Jovi is the first Rock act to ever top the Country chart.
2006: A New York bankruptcy court rules that Creative Trains, a company owned by Neil Young, may proceed in establishing a joint business entity with the cash-strapped model-train maker Lionel. The new venture, known as Liontech Trains, develops an upgraded control system for Lionel. The latter corporation's creditors had opposed the partnership because Young also owns a stake in Lionel, but a judge decrees that the venture can move forward.
2006: Godsmack's 'IV' album is released.
2006: Bruce Springsteen's 'We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions' is released.
2007: Aides to George Bush were told they couldn’t book a luxury five star hotel suite because Mick Jagger had already booked it during The Rolling Stones current world tour. Jagger had splashed out £3,600 a night for the suite at the five-star Imperial Hotel in Vienna, Austria, in advance of the band appearing in Vienna. President Bush had sent U.S. secret service agents to vet the hotel before finding it was booked.
2007: U2's Bono appears on FOX's 'American Idol' during the second night of the program's two-part Idol Gives Back charity special. The U2 singer meets with the finalists to discuss the mission of the ONE campaign, which he co-founded to combat poverty in the world's underprivileged nations.
2008: Phil Collins announces his retirement from releasing albums and touring. A few years later, he would retire from the business completely to spend time with his family
2012: Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor) appear on 'American Idol' to perform with the top six Idol finalists.
2015: Anthrax launch a U.S. tour with Volbeat but they do it without drummer Charlie Benante due to ongoing problems with his hand. He is replaced by Jon Dette, who covered for Benante in 2013 while he underwent surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome.
2015: Motorhead cancel appearances at the Monsters Of Rock festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil due to frontman Lemmy Kilmister's illness. He is sent to the hospital for "a serious gastric disorder, followed by dehydration."
2015: Eagles' drummer Don Henley lashed out on his Facebook page against fans using cell phones to capture images and video at the band's concerts. "The madness, the rudeness, the thoughtlessness must stop. Constantly looking at the world through a viewfinder is not seeing. Listening to live music while recording on a smartphone is not hearing. Experiencing life second-hand is not living. Be here now." At Eagles' shows on their most recent tour, ushers were instructed to reprimand those who ignored the ban and remove repeat offenders.

April 26
1960: Production begins on Elvis Presley's first post-Army movie, 'G.I. Blues' in Los Angeles.
1962: Four days after his three year old son drowned in the family swimming pool, Jerry Lee Lewis arrives in London to begin a tour of England. It has been four years since Lewis fled the UK because of the disclosure that he was married to his thirteen year old cousin, Myra Gale Brown. Lewis would perform thirty-two times and gross nearly $50,000.
1964: The Beatles attended a London birthday party for Roy Orbison, who had turned 28 a few days earlier.
1965: The Rolling Stones’ concert in Ontario, Canada came to an early end when the police chief unplugged their microphones and amps.
1966: At Abbey Road, The Beatles recorded 32 takes of 'Octopus’s Garden.'
1967: Mama Cass Elliot gives birth to a daughter she names Owen Vanessa. She never told anyone who the father is.
1969: During the bands second North American tour Led Zeppelin played the second of two nights at The Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. It was during this show that 'Whole Lotta Love' was played live for the first time.
1969: The Bob Seger System's 'Ramblin' Gamblin' Man' album is released.
1969: The fortunes of Canada's Guess Who were about to change as their latest single 'These Eyes' entered the Billboard Top 40. It would climb to #6 and was followed by twelve more hits over the next five years. Lead singer Burton Cummings would later recall; "We fought RCA tooth and nail not to release that as a single because we wanted to be a Rock band."
1970: Jimmy Page's solo appearance on the BBC's Julie Felix Show revealed an interesting change of direction for Led Zeppelin. While the band was pegged as a purveyor of blues bombast, his performance of the acoustic 'White Summer/Black Mountain Side,' influenced by folk guitarist Bert Jansch, was a good indication of the gentler direction of 'Led Zeppelin III.'
1971: John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison officially end their plans to appeal Paul McCartney's efforts to legally disolve The Beatles.
1972: Alice Cooper 'School’s Out' b/w 'Gutter Cat' 45 single is released.
1977: Grateful Dead performed at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.
1977: Studio 54 opens in New York City, owned by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager. Within a month of opening, the New York State Liquor Authority raids the club for selling liquor without a license, and closes it temporarily.
1977: Jim Steinman's play 'Neverland' opens at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Five months later, three of the songs he wrote for the production appear on Meat Loaf's seminal album 'Bat Out Of Hell,' which would become one of the 10 best-selling albums of all time.
1978: Ringo Starr's TV special, 'Ringo,' a musical version of The Prince and the Pauper aired on American television. Ringo played both characters, George Harrison provided the narration. The special finishes 53rd out of 65 shows for thst week.
1982: Out on a day's shopping, Rod Stewart was robbed by a gunman of his $50,000 Porsche on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.
1982: Meat Loaf played the first of four sold out nights at Wembley Arena in London.
1982: Iron Maiden's 'The Number of the Beast' single is released.
1982: Exhaustion causes Joe Strummer to disappear. The Clash is forced to cancel a show. Strummer returns and The Clash are performing live again by the end of the month.
1984: Mike McCartney unveiled the £40,000 statue of The Beatles by John Doubleday at the new £8 million Cavern Walks shopping centre in Liverpool, England. John's first wife, Cynthia, was also in attendance.
1986: Van Halen started a three-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with '5150'.
1988: A jury in White Plains, New York ruled that Mick Jagger did not pirate an unknown reggae musician's song and turn it into his 1985 hit, 'Just Another Night'. Patrick Alley of New York City had accused Jagger of copyright infringement.
1990: Nirvana appeared at the Pyramid Club in New York City. The bands label Sub Pop filmed the show and the performance of ‘In Bloom’ was later used as a promo clip.
1994: Grace Slick pleaded guilty to pointing a shotgun at police in her California home. She claimed she was under stress because her home had burned down the previous year. She was later sentenced to 200 hours of community service and told to attend four Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week for three months.
1994: Live's 'Throwing Copper' album is released.
1995: Courtney Love reportedly turned down an offer of $1 million from Playboy to pose nude for the magazine.
1995: Tony McCaroll, Oasis' original drummer, is fired from the group following an altercation with Noel and Liam Gallagher nearly a week earlier.
1997: ABC's telecast of 'U2: A Year in POP' becomes the lowest-rated prime-time program in the history of major network television.
2003: The Morgan Creek Bridge in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is renamed the James Taylor Bridge in honor of the singer, who mentioned it in his song 'Copperline.'
2003: David Lee Roth apprehended and detained a knife-wielding man he discovered trespassing on his Southern California estate. The former Van Halen frontman kept the felon at bay with a shotgun. Says Roth: “Anyone found bearing arms here at night...will be found here in the morning.” It later turns out the man is his neighbor, and is booked on possession of the knife and methamphetamines.
2005: Bruce Springsteen's 13th studio album 'Devils & Dust' is released. The album debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
2006: Eric Clapton is named the ambassador for the Entertainment Industry Foundation's National Arts and Music Education Initiative. He's featured in a public-service announcement promoting a campaign to help fund arts and music programs for young people.
2007: During opening statements in Phil Spector's murder trial, defense attorney Bruce Cutler told the jury that before police even had a cause of death, they had murder on their mind. "Fame and success come back to haunt you." After months of testimony, jurors would announce a deadlock of ten for guilty and two for not guilty. The judge then declared a mistrial and a new trial was slated to begin in August, 2008. Spector was convicted on April 14th, 2009.
2009: Alice Cooper, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and ex-Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau perform at the second annual Rock & Roll Supergroup Benefit Concert in Boston. The show raises money for the Right Turn addiction-recovery organization, which provides support and rehabilitation to artistic people dealing with alcoholism, drug addiction and mental-health problems.
2010: Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie launch a limited North American tour starting in Winnipeg. "The dream or the nightmare comes true!," Zombie writes on his website.
2010: Linkin Park offer an iPod, iPhone and iPad app where users play through multiple levels to eventually unlock a lost track, 'Blackbirds,' that was written specifically for the Linkin Park: 8-Bit Rebellion game. "They were able to turn my sketches and our creative ideas into a living, breathing world," says frontman Mike Shinoda in a statement.
2012: Paul McCartney appears in a special live episode of NBC's '30 Rock.' After wandering on to the set looking for a bathroom, McCartney returns claiming to have hit his head and lost his memory. At that point, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) claims to be Paul's girlfriend and leads him away.
2013: Three Days Grace score their tenth #1 single on Billboard's Active Rock chart. 'The High Road,' from their 2012 album 'Transit To Venus,' gives Three Days Grace the record for the most #1's on the chart. They had been tied with Linkin Park and Shinedown.
2014: Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble are on the list of inaugural inductees into the Austin City Limits Hall Of Fame.

April 27
1956: Capitol Records signs Gene Vincent, intending to market him as the next Elvis.
1957: Elvis Presley makes his first concert appearance outside the U.S. It's in Toronto.
1963: The Beatles performed at The Memorial Hall, Northwich, Cheshire, England. The Beatles made a total of six concert appearances at this venue in Northwich.
1964: The Beatles 'Love Me Do' b/w 'P.S. I Love You' 45 single is released.
1964: John Lennon’s book 'In His Own Write' was published in the United States. Newsweek declared that The Beatles’ singer-guitarist is “an unlikely heir to the English tradition of literary nonsense.”
1966: The Beatles started recording the new John Lennon song 'I'm Only Sleeping' at Abbey Road studios in London. The song features the then-unique sound of a reversed guitar duet played by George Harrison.
1966: The Kinks 'Dedicated Follower Of Fashion' b/w 'Sittin' On My Sofa' 45 single is released.
1967: Traffic enters U.S. charts with debut album 'Mr. Fantasy.'
1969: A court found John Lennon’s erotic lithographs “unlikely to deprave or corrupt,” and his exhibition in London was re-opened.
1969: Pink Floyd performed at Mothers Club in Erdington, Birmingham, England. Recordings from this show were included in the group’s 1969 album 'Ummagumma.'
1969: Joe Cocker made his debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, singing 'Feelin' Alright.'
1970: David Bowie and The Hype, Barclay James Harvest, High Tide and The Purple Gang all performed at Stockport Grammar School, England.
1971: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Fillmore East in New York City. The Beach Boys also appeared on stage with the Dead, who together performed a short set of Beach Boys songs.
1972: New York mayor John Lindsey stepped into the John Lennon immigration furor and asked that the radical Beatle not be deported.
1974: A free afternoon event was held in the parking lot of the University of Connecticut, Ice Hockey Arena in Storrs. The four acts that appeared were Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Fairport Convention and Fat Back. Springsteen then went on to play another gig that evening at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.
1974: The Cherry Blossom Music Festival in Richmond, Virginia, turns into a riot when police start busting fans for drugs. Over 70 people are arrested. Steve Miller and Boz Scaggs are on the bill.
1975: Pink Floyd played the last of a four night run at Los Angeles' Sports Arena. A total of 511 fans were arrested over the four nights, most for possession of marijuana. L.A. Police Chief Ed Davis says "They have a dope festival. It"s called a Rock concert or something."
1976: Customs officers on a train at the Russian/Polish Border detained David Bowie, after Nazi books and mementoes were found in his luggage. Bowie claimed that the material was being used for research on a movie project about Nazi propaganda leader Joseph Paul Goebbels.
1979: Ozzy Osbourne is fired from Black Sabbath and replaced by Ronnie James Dio. Osbourne first reunites with the band at Live Aid in 1985 and then many times after.
1980: Three years and a day after opening its doors, New York's legendary Studio 54 was closed for liquor license violations. Several months earlier, owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager were jailed for tax evasion. The club would reopened under new management in 1981.
1981: Ringo Starr married actress and one time 'Bond girl' Barbara Bach. The pair met while filming the movie, 'Caveman,' with Dennis Quaid and Shelley Long. In attendance at the wedding were George Harrison and Paul McCartney.
1984: Twisted Sister‬ released the single 'We're Not Gonna Take It.'
1985: USA For Africa started a three-week run at #1 on the US chart with 'We Are The World'. The US artists' answer to Band Aid had an all-star cast including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes and Ray Charles, along with the composer's of the track, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.
1986: Robert Palmer's 'Addicted To Love' is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1987: U2 makes the cover of Time magazine with the headline "Rock's Hottest Ticket."
1987: ‎Ace Frehley‬ released the album 'Frehley's Comet.'
1990: The American leg of David Bowie's 'Sound and Vision' world tour starts. Bowie says this tour will be the last time he will perform his old hits like 'Golden Years' and 'Fame.'
1994: The Fillmore re-opened in San Francisco. Acts that played there were Smashing Pumpkins and American Music Club.
1999: R.E.M. makes its television series debut on Fox’s 'Party of Five.'
1999: The Lollapalooza festival tour is cancelled for the second consecutive year.
2003: Iggy Pop reunited with The Stooges for the first time in 30 years on the closing night of California's Coachella Festival. Other performers included The White Stripes, The Hives, Primal Scream, Blur, Hot Hot Heat, The Libertines and Queens of the Stone Age.
2004: The Recording Industry Association of America filed 477 more lawsuits against accused file sharers. Sixty-nine of the accused had allegedly been using university networks to distribute music through peer-to-peer services.
2005: U2 films the video for 'City Of Blinding Lights' at General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada. More than 3,500 people are recruited to be the audience as the group runs through the song seven times to get all the angles. U2 then plays a few other songs from 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.'
2005: Motley Crue's performance in Grand Rapids, MI, is filmed for a TV special and DVD.
2005: The Foo Fighters begin work on the 'Best Of You' video with director Mark Pellington. The song is the first single from the group's 'In Your Honor' album.
2006: Keith Richards is taken to hospital with a head injury after falling out of a palm tree on vacation in Fiji. He suffered a brain hemorrhage and later undergoes cranial surgery in New Zealand.
2006: Slash and his second wife, Perla, file for divorce in Los Angeles. Married in '2001, they have two sons. Perla worked as Velvet Revolver's manager.
2006: Members of Cheap Trick and the Allman Brothers Band initiate a class-action suit against Sony BMG claiming that the music company hasn't paid them what's due from digital-download sales. The action also includes ring tone sales. Cheap Trick and the Allmans ask for more than $25 million in damages.
2007: John Mellencamp entertains wounded military personnel at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The performance is televised live on HDNet. "You can support the troops and not support the war," says Mellencamp, a vocal critic of the Iraq invasion.
2008: A giant inflatable pig, covered with political slogans, that was part of Roger Waters stage set during his performance at the Coachella Festival in Indio, CA, breaks free from its mooring. Festival organizers offer $10,000 cash and four lifetime passes to Coachella to whoever tracks it down. The pig crash-lands a few miles away and is found two days later. The two couples split the reward.
2008: Prince makes the crowd go crazy by covering Radiohead during an epic headlining set after being a last-minute addition to the Coachella Festival.
2009: Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament was the victim of a robbery outside Southern Tracks Recording studios in Atlanta, where the band were recording. Ament and a band employee had arrived at the rear of the studio when three assailants brandishing knives emerged from the woods wearing black masks and smashed the windows of a rented Jeep. The robbers grabbed a BlackBerry and Ament’s passport and stole $3,000 in cash and $4,320 worth of goods.
2009: The RIAA agreed to accept $7,000 to settle a piracy lawsuit it brought against a suburban New York family. The settlement ended a four-year battle between record companies and a 46 year old mother of five, who was accused of illegally downloading and distributing music.
2011: Rod Stewart was honored at the 28th annual ASCAP Pop Awards in Los Angeles.
2012: Bob Dylan receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, which is the highest honor awarded to a United States civilian citizen. Dylan is only the 29th musician to receive the award.
2012: Motley Crue singer Vince Neil appears in the season finale of Ghost Adventures, the paranormal series airing on The Travel Channel. Vince joins the show's team of paranormal investigators.
2012: Neal Schon, Sammy Hagar and Joe Satriani perform at the Ronnie Montrose tribute, A Concert for 'Ronnie Montrose - a Celebration of His Life in Music,' at San Francisco's Regency Ballroom. Hagar was an original member of Montrose.
2013: Slash appears in a PSA style video calling attention to the crisis facing sharks.
2013: A blue plaque was unveiled at Swansea railway station in Wales, honoring Peter Ham who co-wrote 'Without You', a hit for both Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey. Ham who was a member of Badfinger were signed to The Beatles Apple Records label. Ham took his own life in 1975 at the age of 27.
2014: KISS frontman Paul Stanley's autobiography 'Face The Music: A Life Exposed' debuts at #2 on The New York Times print hardcover non-fiction Best Sellers list.
2015: Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, is named a Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development for TNA Wrestling. A huge wrestling fan, part of his job is to "develop characters and create story lines" for TNA's flagship program Impact Wrestling.
2015: Guns N' Roses leader Axl Rose is unsuccessful in a last-minute appeal to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to halt the executions of two Australians on decade-old drug charges. The pair and six others are executed by a firing squad two days later.

April 28
1958: Alan Freed's Big Beat Show played 2 shows at the Central High School Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The tour featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, Buddy Holly, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors, The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins and The Pastels.
1963: Andrew Oldham saw The Rolling Stones for the first time in London’s Crawdaddy Club. He agreed to manage the band the next day. Oldham, who worked for Brian Epstein (The Beatles' manager), later produces the Stones' first recording session even though he has no prior experience.
1964: Elvis Presley released his recording of 'Viva Las Vegas' from the movie of the same name.
1964: The Beatles recorded the TV special ‘Around The Beatles’ at Wembley studios England. As well as performing songs they played Act V Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ with John playing the female role of Thisbe, Paul as Pyramus, George as Moonshine and Ringo as Lion. Paul later named his cat Thisbe.
1966: The Kinks perform at the Mecca Ballroom in Nottingham, England.
1966: The Young Rascals's 'Good Lovin' hits #1 on Billboard's Pop Charts.
1967: Mama Cass Elliot of the Mamas and the Papas gives birth to her only child, Owen Vanessa Elliot. She keeps the identity of the girl’s father a mystery during her lifetime. In later years, Owen tracks down her biological father with the help of Cass Elliot’s bandmate, Michelle Phillips.
1968: The Broadway musical 'Hair' opened at the Baltimore Theatre in New York City. The show featured the songs ‘Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In’, ‘Good Morning Starshine’ and the title song. The production ran for 1,729 performances, finally closing on July 1, 1972. The show is made into a movie in 1979. The show returns to Broadway in 2009.
1969: The Chicago Transit Authority released their self-titled first album. After a legal problem with the actual train system in Chicago by the same name, they shortened their name to simply "Chicago."
1973: Pink Floyd's album 'Dark Side Of The Moon' went to #1 on the US chart, it went on to enjoy a record breaking 741 weeks, selling over 20 million copies world-wide.
1975: John Lennon is the guest on tonight's episode of NBC-TV's Tonight Show, while Ringo Starr appears on NBC's Smothers Brothers Show to sing his latest hit, 'No No Song.'
1978: AC/DC release 'Powerage.'
1978: Cheap Trick played a couple of shows in Japan (Apr. 28 & 30) at the Budokan arena. The shows were recorded for a live album to be released in Japan. The US division of their label wanted to release it in the US, but rumor has it the bands management didn't want it released. The reasons: the band wouldn't get any advance on it and the recording was missing some very important parts. The label won the argument and it became Cheap Trick's best-selling recording, ranking number 426 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of "the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". The album peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 and became the group's best selling album with over three million copies sold.
1979: Blondie's 'Heart Of Glass' is the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. They would score three more chart toppers over the next two years.
1980: Marshall Tucker Band bass player Tommy Caldwell died of injures from a car accident aged 30 in his hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was the original frontman for the Marshall Tucker Band between 1973 and 1980.
1981: Former member of T Rex, Steve Currie was killed in a car crash returning to his home near Vale de Parra, Algarve, Portugal, he was 33 years old. Joined T. Rex (recently renamed from Tyrannosaurus Rex) as bass guitarist in late 1970, also worked as a session player, played on 'Motorbikin' by Chris Spedding.
1982: The California State Assembly consumer-protection-committee heard testimony from "experts" who claimed that when ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was played backward, contained the words: "I sing because I live with Satan. The Lord turns me off, there's no escaping it. Here's to my sweet Satan, whose power is Satan. He will give you 666. I live for Satan."
1983: During the second leg of their 'War' North American tour, U2 performed at the Rochester Institute Of Technology Ice Rink in Rochester, New York.
1983: Iron Maiden release the single for 'Flight Of Icarus'.
1985: Bryan Ferry releases his 'Slave To Love' single.
1987: Ozzy Osbourne found himself on a plane bound to Boston with returning spring-breakers from Miami. He bought three rounds of drinks for all and entertained the passengers with a rendition of 'Crazy Train' over the PA system.
1988: During a North American tour, Pink Floyd perform at Texas Stadium in Irving, Dallas, Texas.
1989: Jon Bon Jovi marries his high school sweetheart, Dorothea Hurley, at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.
1990: Guns N' Roses leader Axl Rose married Erin Everly, daughter of The Everly Brothers Don at Cupid's Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. They divorced in January of 1991 after a stormy nine months of marriage. Erin later files a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Axl for domestic violence, which is settled out of court.
1991: Bonnie Raitt marries her first husband, actor Michael O'Keefe, in New York. The couple would divorce in 1999.
1995: Bob Seger receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Motor City (Detroit) Music Awards. Seger was born in nearby Dearborn.
1999: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1999: Marilyn Manson cuts short a concert in Des Moines, IO, and abruptly walks offstage after he realizes that someone stuck a large yellow smiley face on one of his stage props. The resulting rowdiness ends in 23 arrests.
2002: Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil assaults a record producer outside of the Rainbow Bar and Grill on the Sunset Strip. He later pleads guilty to a misdemeanor charge of battery.
2003: Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack went into rehab. The 17 year old was a patient at Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, California.
2003: Apple launches iTunes and so starts the decline of CD sales. It becomes the first widely-successful legal music download site, thanks to the emergence of the iPod, which lets people take their music with them. At first, the service was available only to Mac users and the music files were encoded in Apple's proprietary format restricting where they could be played.
2005: Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society takes a baseball bat to the Big Easy nightclub in Boise, Idaho. The show is cancelled. Wylde and another man are briefly detained by police, but the case is dropped when no one wants to press charges.
2006: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx gets served papers, as one-time Baywatch babe Donna D'Errico, files for divorce to end their nine year marriage, reportedly because of irreconcilable differences.
2006: The Edge (U2) makes two surprise onstage appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. "(Being here) is a chance to see some of the things that have been happening as a result of the work that Music Rising has been doing," says the guitarist of the post-Hurricane Katrina charity initiative he helped start.
2006: Neil Young streams his album 'Living With War' for free on his official web site. The 10-track effort includes the song 'Let's Impeach The President.'
2007: Aerosmith headline A Concert for Lili Claire in Las Vegas. The annual event raises money for the Lili Claire Foundation, which provides support to children with neurogenetic conditions.
2007: Jonathan Davis of Korn's wife Devn gives birth to the couple's second child, Zeppelin.
2008: Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) is sentenced to 192 hours in jail after pleading no contest to a DUI charge stemming from his arrest on a L.A. freeway on-ramp the previous November. Weiland, who had originally entered a not-guilty plea is also ordered to enter an 18-month alcohol-treatment program and pay $2,000 in fines.
2009: Heaven & Hell's 'The Devil You Know' album is released. The lead sing'e is "Bible Black.' Aside from Dio, the band also includes Sabbath vets Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi and Vinny Appice.
2009: A TV commercial for insurance featuring Iggy Pop was ruled as misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority. In the advert, the singer was seen exclaiming that he had an insurance policy with Swiftcover but the company did not cover musicians at the time of the ad being shown. Swiftcover had since started to offer policies to musicians, and stated that Mr Pop would continue to endorse the company.
2009: The Black Crowes release 'Warpaint Live,' a two-CD set recorded in L.A. The 2008 concert features songs from 'Warpaint' plus older material.
2010: Metallica's 'Master Of Puppets' tops's list of The 50 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time. The 1986 album is followed by Iron Maiden's 'The Number Of The Beast' (#2) and Guns N' Roses' 'Appetite For Destruction' (#3).
2011: "Our support for Richie (Sambora) is absolute," Bon Jovi says in a statement. "Although he will be absent from upcoming shows for the time being, we very much look forward to his healthy return." The 52 year-old guitarist, who is coping with two breakups and the death of his father, enters rehab. Bon Jovi's tour continues with guitarist Phil 'X' Xenidis filling in.
2011: Recording equipment seller MJQ Ltd. announced that it would be auctioning off microphones and equipment from John Lennon's home studio, on which he recorded early solo albums and his hit song "Imagine". The microphones were expected to fetch at least 5,000 pounds each.
2012: 'AC/DC: Australia's Family Jewels,' an exhibit about the band, opens at the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle. The display features 400 pieces of memorabilia related to the band and its 40-year history.
2014: Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell appeared in court after being arrested over a domestic dispute. The arrest came after a caller from the singers' home phoned the emergency services and then hung up. Simon told a Superior Court judge in Norwalk, Connecticut, he had a rare argument with his wife on Saturday night at their home and they were now fine.
2014: Scorpions drummer James Kottak is sentenced to one month in a Dubai jail for being intoxicated and drinking without a license, flipping off passengers on his flight from Russia, and allegedly exposing himself. He is also convicted of insulting Islam. Kottak spent time in prison, forcing the Scorpions to find a fill-in drummer for the tour. He later said, “I am determined to come to grips with my alcoholism and am doing everything on a daily basis to beat this relentless disease.”
2014: Members of Queensryche and their former singer Geoff Tate announce they have reached a settlement in their dispute over the use of the band's name. Original Queensryche members Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton plus recent members, Todd La Torre and Parker Lundgren, are the sole entity recording and touring as Queensryche. Tate wins the exclusive rights to perform 'Operation: Mindcrime I' and 'II' in their entirety as a unique performance.
2015: Stone Sour release their covers EP 'Meanwhile In Burbank' on iTunes. The set contains their versions of songs by Metallica, Black Sabbath, Alice In Chains, Judas Priest and KISS.
2015: Motorhead's five-day Motorboat cruise from Miami to the Bahamas with Slayer, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies and Corrosion Of Conformity gets underway.
2015: Jack Ely, best known for singing the Kingsmen’s hit 'Louie Louie,' dies of an unknown illness in Oregon at 71. His son Sean said that Ely was a Christian Scientist and he believed that his father suffered from skin cancer. During the recording of the song, the band tried to replicate a live performance, leading Ely to practically shout the words. He was also wearing braces at the time of the performance, which famously slurred his words.
2015: Paul McCartney played Japan's famed Nippon Budokan where he included a performance of 'Another Girl' live'for the first time ever. The song, included on The Beatles' 1965 album 'Help,' had never been played on stage anywhere by the band or any of its members solo.

April 29
1960: With the payola scandal still in the news, Dick Clark relinquished the rights to music publishing that he owned. The value of those rights, Clark indicated later, amounted to about $80 million.
1963: Publicist Andrew Oldham and agent Eric Easton signed a management deal with The Rolling Stones after buying the rights to the bands first recordings for £90. They also persuade keyboard player Ian Stewart to drop out of the line up and become the bands road manager, (and still play piano at the back of the stage).
1965: Jimmy Nicol, the drummer who stood in for Ringo Starr during a Beatles Australian tour in 1964, appeared in a London Court faced with bankruptcy with debts of 4,000 pounds. Later in the year he would join the successful Swedish group, The Spotnicks, recording with them and twice touring the world. As for his eight show stint with The Beatles, Nicol would later say "Standing in for Ringo was the worst thing that ever happened to me. Until then I was quite happy earning thirty or forty pounds a week. After the headlines died, I began dying too."
1967: The 14 hour Technicolour Dream benefit party for The International Times was held at Alexandra Palace in London. Seeing the event mentioned on TV, John Lennon called his driver and went to the show. Coincidentally, Yoko Ono was one of the performers. Other acts to appear included The Flies, Pink Floyd, Arthur Brown, The Move and Suzie Creamcheese.
1967: Jimi Hendrix The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens played two shows at Bournemouth Winter Gardens in England.
1967: The Turtles' Happy Together' album is released.
1969: Working on tracks for the forthcoming Beatles 'Abbey Road' album, Ringo Starr added his vocal to 'Octopus's Garden.' It was only the second time that one of Ringo's own compositions had been recorded by the band, the first being 'Don't Pass Me By' in 1968.
1970: As he announced the upcoming release of his first solo album 'All Things Must Pass,' George Harrison said he expected The Beatles would one day re-form. They never did.
1971: Promoter Bill Graham announced he was closing The Fillmore in both San Francisco and New York.
1972: New York Mayor John Lindsay intervened in the immigration proceedings against John Lennon. Lindsay called attempts by the U.S. government to deport Lennon "a grave injustice in light of Lennon's unique contributions to music and art." Lennon was granted permanent resident status in the U.S. in 1976.
1973: In Stockton, California, police fired tear gas on a crowd that had come to see Fleetwood Mac, Canned Heat, Elvin Bishop and Buddy Miles play a festival. In the ensuing chaos, 28 cops were hurt and 50 people were arrested.
1975: Hawkwind begin their North American Warrior On The Edge Of Time tour at the Ambassador Theatre in St. Louis.
1976: Bruce Springsteen jumps the fence at Graceland in an attempt to meet Elvis Presley. Security guards catch him. Springsteen tells them who he is but the guards are unimpressed and escort 'The Boss' off the premises without ever meeting 'The King'.
1977: Eric Clapton concludes his tour at London's Rainbow Theatre. After walking off stage during his set, then returning and admitting that he's "tired and emotional," Pete Townshend joins Slowhand for 'Layla' and 'Crossroads.'
1977: The Grateful Dead played the first of five nights at the New York Palladium.
1979: Van Halen release their single, 'Dance The Night Away.'
1980: Bob Seger goes gold with 'Against The Wind.'
1980: Black Sabbath starts their first world tour with new lead singer Ronnie James Dio.
1981: Van Halen release their fourth studio album 'Fair Warning.' It goes on to sell over 2 million copies.
1983: Michael Jackson's 'Beat It' (with Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo) is the #1 song in the U.S. It has a 3-week stay at the top.
1985: Freddie Mercury releases his solo album 'Mr. Bad Guy.' Although it sells okay in the UK, in the US it doesn't make even the top 150.
1988: Eric Clapton's wife, Patti "Layla" Boyd, files for divorce, citing Clapton's affair with an Italian TV personality, who bore his child.
1990: The TV movie 'Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys' airs on ABC.
1993: Mick Ronson, guitarist for David Bowie's band Ziggy Stardust's Spiders From Mars, died of liver cancer at the age of 46. He also worked with other artists ranging from Lou Reed to Elton John, Ian Hunter, Bob Dylan and Morrissey.
1998: Steven Tyler broke his knee at a concert in Anchorage, Alaska delaying Aerosmith's 'Nine Lives' tour and necessitating camera angle adjustments for the filming of the video for 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing.'
1999: Tommy Lee quits Mötley Crüe after his reunion with Pamela Anderson Lee. He says, “I wish the guys all the best of luck this summer. I will miss them and the fans, but it’s time for me to totally embrace my family and my new projects.” His new project is Methods of Mayhem.
2001: Rod Stewart announces that “I think [marriage] vows should be changed, because they’ve been in existence for 600 years, when people used to live until they were only 35. So they only had to be with each other for 12 years, then they would die anyway. But now, it’s a big commitment because you’re going to be with someone for 50 years. It’s impossible. The vows should be written like a dog’s license that has to be renewed every year.”
2002: A car crash in Orlando involving vocalist Scott Stapp forces the cancellation of the final twenty dates on Creed's Weathered Tour. Stapp suffers neck and back injuries.
2003: A $5 million lawsuit against former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty was dismissed after a personal-injury lawyer claimed that he suffered hearing loss in his left ear from attending a Fogerty concert. The Judge said the plaintiff assumed the risk of hearing damage when he attended the concert in 1997.
2003: Great White played their first gig since a fire at one of their Rhode Island shows killed 100 people. The concert established a scholarship fund for the son of guitarist Ty Longley, who died in the fire.
2003: Jack Osbourne entered the Las Encinas rehab clinic in Pasadena, California. He was suffering from insomnia and depression following the success of the The Osbournes TV show.
2004: Metallica wins a Prism Award (Music Video category) in Los Angeles for their "Frantic" clip. The honors are handed out to acknowledge accurate portrayals of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction in various entertainment fields.
2006: Incubus members Brandon Boyd, Mike Einziger and Ben Kenney play an acoustic set at Amnesty International USA's Make Some Noise for Darfur benefit concert in Portland, OR. The Nightwatchman (Audioslave's Tom Morello) and Collective Soul also perform. The goal is to heighten awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur region of western Sudan.
2006: Courtney Love performs at a Los Angeles benefit. She is accompanied by Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan and producer-songwriter Linda Perry. Both contributed to Love's album, 'How Dirty Girls Get Clean.'
2007: Rage Against The Machine take the stage on the last day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (in Indio, CA). It's their first show since disbanding in 2000. According to guitarist Tom Morello, Rage Against The Machine decided to perform at the festival "to deliver a knockout blow to the Bush administration. Hopefully, one night in the desert is all it will take."
2007: Mick Jagger, Elton John and ex-Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler participate in the Global Day for Darfur campaign in London. A statement is issued, endorsed by the performers, accusing the international community of providing inadequate protection to more than 200,000 civilians "slaughtered" in Sudan's Darfur region.
2007: Sammy Hagar receives Recording Academy Honors Awards for his musical achievements and artistic contributions to the community at the San Francisco Chapter Recording Academy Honors. Metallica frontman James Hetfield is a presenter.
2007: Police guitarist Andy Summers appears at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to promote his autobiography, 'One Train Later'.
2008: Mudcrutch's self-titled debut is released. The band is Tom Petty's pre-Heartbreakers unit. The album "has an edgy Country-Rock feel," says Petty.
2008: Steve Winwood issues his album 'Nine Lives' with ;'Dirty City'" a track that features Winwood's former Blind Faith bandmate, Eric Clapton.
2008: Def Leppard's 'Songs From The Sparkle Lounge' is released. 'Nine Lives' is the first single. Also, the group performs the track on ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars.'
2009: The documentary 'Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful' makes its debut as a work in progress during the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
2009: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler headlines the Rock n' Roll Fantasy Camp in Hollywood. The camp's itinerary includes a recording session at Capitol Studios and a live performance at the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip.
2014: The Quiet Riot movie 'Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back'‬ premiered at the Newport Film Festival. The film, which was made possible by a Kickstarter campaign, revolves around drummer Frankie Banali's struggles to keep the group going following the 2007 drug overdose death of frontman Kevin DuBrow.
2016: Rob Zombie's 'The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispense' album" is released. Produced by Chris 'Zeuss' Harris, the album features guitarist John 5 and drummer Ginger Fish.

April 30
1957: Elvis Presley recorded the Leiber and Stoller song 'Jailhouse Rock' as featured in his third motion picture of the same name. In the movie, Mike Stoller had a small role as a piano player. The song went on to top the Cashbox Best Sellers list, the Billboard Pop music chart, the R&B chart and even the Country And Western chart. 'Jailhouse Rock' later became the first song to debut at #1 in Great Britain.
1960: The Everly Brothers started a seven week run at the top of the UK singles chart with 'Cathy's Clown,' giving Warner Brothers Records a #1 hit with their very first release.
1964: The Beatles receive $140,000 for the rights to having their pictures included in packages of bubble gum in the USA.
1964: During a UK tour The Beatles played two shows at The Odeon Cinema in Glasgow. They were also interviewed by BBC Scotland and STV for the evening news programs.
1965: Bob Dylan begins the tour immortalized in the documentary 'Don't Look Back,' performing at the City Hall in Sheffield, England.
1965: Herman’s Hermits make their U.S. stage debut with The Zombies as their opening act.
1965: The Kinks kick off their first UK tour as headliners, with The Yardbirds as one of the opener.
1966: The Young Rascals went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'Good Lovin'.
1967: Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens all appeared at the Granada Theatre in Tooting, London.
1968: The Kaleidoscope Ballroom opens on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles with Jefferson Airplane and Canned Heat.
1968: Blood, Sweat & Tears founder Al Kooper leaves the band after the recording of the group's debut album 'Child s Father To Man.'
1970: Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager for the Allman Brothers Band, was arrested for murder after he stabbed a club manager during an argument over a contract. At the ensuing trial, Lyndon's lawyers argued that he had been temporarily insane at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman Brothers would drive anyone insane. Lyndon was acquitted.
1971: The New York Times says promoter Bill Graham plans to close down the Fillmore East after a four year run. Changing concert economics is blamed.
1973: Paul McCartney & Wings 'Red Rose Speedway' album is released.
1976: The Who's drummer Keith Moon paid nine cab drivers to block-off both ends of a New York street so he could throw the contents of his hotel room out of the window.
1976: KISS‬ released the single 'Flaming Youth.'
1976: AC/DC put out their 1st internationally released studio album 'High Voltage.'
1976: Bob Marley & The Wailers 'Rastaman Vibration' album is released.
1977: Steve Miller's 'Jet Airliner' is released. It will become his fourth U.S. Top Ten hit.
1977: Led Zeppelin broke a new world attendance record at a concert when they played to 76,229 people at a gig at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. The Who held the previous record at the same venue with 75,962 people.
1980: The film 'McVicar' with Roger Daltrey from The Who in the title role premiered in London. John McVicar was a 1960's armed robber turned writer who Scotland Yard publicly announced to be Public Enemy Number One and "wanted dead or alive".
1982: American music journalist, author and musician Lester Bangs died of a heart attack aged 33. Bangs worked for Rolling Stone, Creem and The Village Voice.
1982: Cheap Trick releases their 6th studio album 'One on One.'
1983: Muddy Waters, born McKinley Morganfield, dies of heart failure at his home in Westmont, Illinois. He was 68. Dubbed the “Father of Chicago blues” he influenced countless rock acts including Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, AC/DC, Humble Pie and so many more. The Rolling Stones got their name from his song 'Rollin’ Stone.'
1983: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of London's legendary Marquee Club, Manfred Mann reforms in their original Sixties incarnation to play the venue they (and so many others) started in.
1984: Motley Crue‬ released the single 'Too Young To Fall In Love.'
1984: Roger Waters 'The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking' album is released.
1986: Keel's third studio album 'The Final Frontier' is released.
1988: For the first time since its release 11 years earlier, Pink Floyd's landmark LP 'Dark Side Of The Moon' leaves the Billboard charts, only to return a few months later.
!991: Yes release their 13th studio album 'Union.'
1991: Nirvana signed a recording contract with Geffen's DGC label for $290,000.
1999: 51 year old Darrell Sweet, drummer of the Scottish Rock group Nazareth, suffered a fatal heart attack just as the band was embarking on the second leg of a US tour. The band had arrived at the Amphitheater in New Albany, Indiana, when Sweet began feeling ill and within minutes went into cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the New Albany Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
1999: All five members of Aerosmith visit shooting victim Lance Kirklin in a Colorado hospital before their show in Denver that evening. The band dedicates 'Living On The Edge' to the student, who was one of 28 wounded and 13 killed by two deranged classmates at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado on April 20th.
2001: A light aircraft carrying Sting went off the runway as it landed in Florence. None of the four aboard, Sting a friend and two pilots were hurt. Brake failure was suspected as the cause of the accident.
2002: Roger Daltrey of The Who stars as a music teacher on the 'That '70s Musical' episode of 'That 70's Show'.
2002: Linkin Park's 'Hybrid Theory' album is certified 8x platinum,
2003: ‎Metallica‬ played at ‎San Quentin‬ prison while filming title track of band's ‎St. Anger‬ album.
2004: Gene Simmons of KISS plays an angry mob king in the NBC crime drama 'Third Watch.'
2005: The Dave Matthews Band agreed to pay $200,000 after their tour bus dumped human waste on a boatload of tourists in Chicago in August 2004. Bus driver Stefan Wohl who was alone on board the bus at the time the sewage was dumped was fined $10,000, the band had already donated $100,000 to two group's that protect the Chicago River and its surrounding area. The Dave Matthews Band offered their "deepest apologies" to more than 100 boat passengers who were on an architectural tour.
2006: Tool headline at the second night of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA. It's the band's first scheduled U.S. performance since 2002.
2006: Bruce Springsteen performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It's his first appearance at the event and he is critical of the government's response to Hurricane Katrina, saying "I saw sights I never though I would see in an American city. The criminal ineptitude makes you furious."
2008: A giant inflatable pig which floated away during a Roger Waters concert was recovered in tatters in California. Two families from La Quinta who found what was left of the inflatable, decided to share four life tickets to the Coachella festival that were offered as part of the reward.
2008: Gail Renard, who was given the hand written lyrics to 'Give Peace A Chance' by John Lennon in 1969, announced plans to sell the lyric sheet at a Christie's auction. At the time, Lennon told Renard to hang on to the piece of paper, saying "It will be worth something someday." The piece of music history was expected to fetch around $400,000, but when it was actually sold in July of this year, it went for $790,000.
2013: Iggy Pop And The Stooges release their fifth studio album, 'Ready To Die.' It's the first to feature guitarist James Williamson since the band's classic 1973 album 'Raw Power.'
2013: Deep Purple release their 19th studio album, 'Now What?!' It's their first release in seven years.
2013: Fleetwood Mac release 'Extended Play,' that includes their first new music in 10 years.
2014: 'Super Duper Alice Cooper' screens in more than 250 theaters across the U.S. The film documents Cooper's rise, fall and eventual resurrection.
2015: John Fogerty paid a visit to The Late Show With David Letterman during a week-long farewell to the legendary host who was set to retire on May 20th. Fogerty performed a medley of his CCR hits.
2015: The U2 album cover 'Songs Of Innocence' is called out by Russian politician Alexander Starovoltov, a member of the conservative LPDR Party. He asks the country's attorney general to investigate Apple for distributing "gay propaganda" to Russian youth. The physical edition of the album features drummer Larry Mullen Jr. hugging the waist of his 18 year old son. Both are shirtless, so Starovolotov to assume it's promoting gay sex.
2016: A fan-funded statue of AC/DC frontman Bon Scott is unveiled at the 10th annual Bonfest in the singer's hometown of Kirriemuir in Scotland. After Scott was born, his family moved to Australia.
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