Archive for June, 2016
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Chicago made a return visit to the beautiful Vina Robles Amphitheatre in the Wine Country of Paso Robles, CA. and it was yet another stellar display of the musicianship that continually is delivered by this revered band.
Fresh off their induction into the Hall just over a month prior, the 9 man band is riding a high that showed in this performance. All of the classic tracks from the band were featured, as the band has crossed generations with the distinct different eras that defines them.
It really is as if the band was a different one in the 70's from the one it became in the 80's. The rock leaning tracks of the 70's definitely had a much different appeal that the adult contemporary tracks of the 80's had for some. And while some fans may not have been able to completely palate the top charting ballads of the 80's, the entire catalog has morphed into an evening that appeals to everyone, whatever era you were into. It is a perfect storm that makes for an entire enjoyable evening of music.
There was one missing Chicago piece, as bassist and vocalist Jason Scheff was not on the tour, having announced in early May that he would be taking a leave from the band due to a family medical issue. His shoes were filled more than admirably by bassist Jeff Coffey. Jeff is an Orlando, FL. based musician/singer/songwriter who has toured and performing with such artists as Hootie and the Blowfish, Edwin McCain, Sixpence None the Richer, Vertical Horizon & Brian Howe (from Bad Company) just to name a few. He has been a in demand session player, with recording credits include working with such great producers as Keith Olsen, John Kurzweg, Justin Niebank, and Stan Lynch, as well as being an award winning solo artist. I did not know this going into the night, but am glad the band found someone as accomplished as Coffey.
Opener Rita Wilson, wife of actor Tom Hanks (who I was hoping would make it to the show and be sitting near me to no avail) provided opening music to set the Chicago table, and she did join the band for their 'If You Leave Me Now,' early in their set.
This was the second visit to Vina Robles Amphitheatre by Chicago, and hopefully there will be many more. Check out the band this summer if you can. For all their tour dates go to www.chicagotheband,com.
Click here for all upcoming shows at the beautiful Vina Robles Amphitheatre, and enjoy some amazing nights of music.
1. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
2. Dialogue (Part I & II)
3. Questions 67 & 68
4. If You Leave Me Now
5. Old Days
6. Call on Me
7. (I've Been) Searchin' So Long
9. Ballet For a Girl In Buchanon
10. Make Me Smile
11. So Much to Say, So Much to Give
12. Anxiety's Moment
13. West Virginia Fantasies
14. Colour My World
15. To Be Free
16. Now More Than Ever
17. Hard Habit to Break
18. You're the Inspiration
20. I'm a Man (The Spencer Davis Group cover)
21. Just You 'n' Me
22. Hard to Say I'm Sorry / Get Away
23. Saturday in the Park
24. Feelin' Stronger Every Day
25. Encore: 25 or 6 to 4
Jim McCarty (Cactus, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Buddy Miles Express, The Rockets, Mystery Train, Hell drivers, also recorded with Jimi Hendrix and Bob Seger) - 71
Ron Wood (Jeff Beck Group, The Faces, The Rolling Stones) - 68 - On his 28th birthday, he performs his first gig with the Rolling Stones.
Mike Levine (Triumph) - 67
Simon Gallup (The Cure) - 56
Alanis Morissette - 42
Charles Miller (War) - b. 1939 - d. 6/14/80
Charlie Watts (Blues Incorporated, The Rolling Stones, The Charlie Watts Tentet) - 75
Steve Brookins (38 Special) - 65
Bubba Keith (James Gang, Point Blank, solo) -
Micki Steele / Susan Thomas (Runaways, Bangles + more) - 61
Pete Farndon (The Pretenders) - b. 1952 - d. 4/14/83
Jason Falkner (Three O'Clock, Jellyfish, The Grays, solo) - 48
Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes, Little Joy + more) - 36
Jimmy Rogers (Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, solo band) - b. 1924 - d. 12/19/97
Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople, Hunter/Ronson, solo) - 77
Mickey Finn (T. Rex, Hapshash & the Coloured Coat, Mickey Finn's T. Rex, The Blow Monkeys) b. 1947 - d. 1/11/03 from apparent alcohol related liver problems
Michael Clarke (The Byrds, Firefall, Byrds Celebration, Flying Burrito Brothers, Dillard & Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker + more) - b. 1947 - d. 12/19/93
Dave Alexander (Iggy Pop & The Stooges) - b. 1947 - d. 2/10/75
Suzy Quatro (The Pleasure Seekers, Cradle, Chris Norman, solo, actress) - 66
Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Vision, Kid Rock) - b. 1952 Died at the age of 56 of a suspected heart attack in Florida on Jan. 28th, 2009. Powell called police saying he was having trouble breathing and emergency services tried to resuscitate the musician but he was pronounced dead an hour later.
Kerry King (Slayer) - 52
Doro Pesch (Warlock, Doro) - 52
Michelle Phillips (The Mamas & the Papas) - 72
Roger Ball (Average White Band) - 72
Paul Samson (born Paul Sanson)(Samson) - b. 1953 - d. 8/9/02)
Jimmy McCulloch (Wings, Thunderclap Newman) - b. 1953 - d. 9/27/79
Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, Tin Machine, The Cure) - 60
Paul Taylor (Winger, Aldo Nova, Steve Perry, Alice Cooper, Eric Martin, Tommy Shaw) - 57
JoJo Garza (Los Lonely Boys) - 35
Chris Robertson (Black Stone Cherry) - 31
Liv Jagrell (Sister Sin) -
Michael Davis (MC5, Blood Orange, Destroy All Monsters) - b. 1943 - d. 2/17/12
Tom Evans (Badfinger) - b. 1947 - d. 11/19/83
Nicko McBrain (Streetwalkers, Pat Travers, Trust, Iron Maiden) - 64
Jon Butcher (Jon Butcher Axis, solo) - 60
Richard Butler (Psychedelic Furs, Love Spit Love, solo) - 60
Eric Stacy (Faster Pussycat) - 52
Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) - 36
Gary U.S. Bonds - 77
Peter Albin (Big Brother & the Holding Company) - 72
Tony Levin (King Crimson, Liquid Tension Experiment, Peter Gabriel, Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, Head, Bozzio Levin Stevens, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe) - 70
Dwight Twilley - 65
Nick Bowcott (Grim Reaper, Marshall Director of Marketing and Artist Relations) - 57
Steve Vai (Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, Whitesnake, David Lee Roth, Public Image Ltd., solo, G3) - 56
Tom Araya (Slayer) - 55
Jay Bentley (Bad Religion) - 52
Sean Yseult (White Zombie, Ruined Eye, Rock City Morgue, Famous Monsters, Star & Dagger) - 50
James "Munky" Shaffer (Korn, Fear and the Nervous System + more) - 46
Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) - 44
Uncle Kracker / Matthew Shafer (Kid Rock, solo) - 42
Tom Jones - 76
Clarence White / Clarence LeBlanc (The Kentucky Colonels, Nashville West, The Byrds, Muleskinner) - b. 1944 - d. 7/14/73
Mark Reale (Riot) b. 1955 - d. 1/25/12
Prince - 58
Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal, earthlings?, Queens of the Stone Age + more) - 55
Michael Cartellone (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Damn Yankees, Accept) - 54
Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots, Talkshow, Spiralarms) - 50
David Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Camp Freddy, Spirits in the Sky, solo + more) - 49
Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night) - 74
Boz Scaggs (Steve Miller Band, Dukes of September Rhythm Revue, solo) - 73
Mick Box (Uriah Heep) - 69
Mark Tornillo (Accept, T.T. Quick) - 63
Jeff Rich “Worzel” (Climax Blues Band, Status Quo, Def Leppard, others) - 63
Mick Hucknell (The Frantic Elevators, Simply Red, Faces) - 56
P.J. Farley (Trixter) - 44
Derek Trucks (The Allman Brothers Band, The Derek Trucks Band, Soul Stew Revival, Tedeschi Trucks Band) - 37
Les Paul - b. 1915 - Paul died in hospital in White Plains, New York at the age of 94 suffering from severe pneumonia on Aug. 12th, 2009.
Trevor Bolder (David Bowie, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, Mick Ronson) - b. 1940 - d. 5/21/13
Jon Lord (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Paice Ashton Lord, The Artwoods, The Flower Pot Men, Santa Barbara Machine Head) - b. 1941 - In 2011, Lord was found to be suffering from pancreatic cancer. He died on July 16th, 2012 at the London Clinic after suffering from a pulmonary embolism.
Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience) b. 1947 - Mitchell was found dead in his US hotel room on Nov. 12th, 2008 at age 61.
George Bunnell (The Strawberry Alarm Clock) - 67
Pete Gill (The Glitter Band, Saxon, Motorhead, Son Of A Bitch) - 65
Paul Chapman (UFO, Gator Country, Universe, Skid Row, Ghost, Lone Star, Kimla Taz) - 62
Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, Joe Satriani, ELO, Spinal Tap, Steve Vai, solo, session player: Robin Zander, Jason Becker, Larry Carlton, Andy Summers, Don Henley, Ray Charles and many others, TV and Movie soundtracks) - 57
Patrick Young (Black 'N Blue) -
Tracey "Spacey T." Singleton (Sound Barrier, Gangland, Fishbone, Mother's Finest, Praise the Dead) -
Dean Dinning (Toad The Wet Sprocket) - 50
Dean Felber (Hootie & The Blowfish) - 49
Matthew Bellamy (Muse) - 38
Howlin’ Wolf (born Chester Arthur Burnett) - b. 1910 – d. 1/10/76
Rick Price (Sight and Sound, The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, Wizzard, Wizzo Band, Price and Lee) - 72
Terry Luttrell (REO Speedwagon, Starcastle) - 69
Kim Deal (The Pixies, the Amps, the Breeders) - 55
Kelley Deal (The Breeders, The Last Hard Men, The Kelley Deal 6000, solo) - 55
Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan, Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, The Last Hard Men, Starchildren, Skysaw) - 52
Bernard Purdie (solo, session drummer for James Brown, B.B. King, ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Jeff Beck, Hummingbird, Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Gil Scott-Heron, King Curtis, The Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Brecker, Quincy Jones, Hall & Oates, The Animals, Isaac Hayes, Joe Cocker, Todd Rundgren, The Monkees, Cat Stevens, Hair, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (soundtrack) and many more) - 77
Richard Palmer-James (Supertramp, Tetrad, King Crimson, solo) - 69
Frank Beard (ZZ Top, American Blues, The Cellar Dwellars, The Hustlers, The Warlocks) - 67
Donnie Van Zant (.38 Special, Van Zant, Lynyrd Skynyrd) - 64
Joe Holmes (Terriff, Lizzy Borden, Ozzy Osbourne, David Lee Roth, Farmikos) - 53
Dan Lavery (Tonic) - 47
Roy Harper (Folk singer, keyboards, guitar, bass, songwriter) - 75
Reg Presley (born Reginald Maurice Ball)(The Troggs) - b. 1941 - d. 2/4/13
Brad Delp (Boston, RTZ, Beatlejuice) b. 1951 - Committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in at his home in the New Hampshire on March 9th, 2007.
Barry Bailey (Atlanta Rhythm Section) - 68
John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson, Uriah Heep, Roxy Music, Wishbone Ash, U.K.) - 67
Pete Farndon (Pretenders, Cold River Lady, The Bushwackers) - b. 1952 - d. 4/14/83
Bun E Carlos (Cheap Trick) - 66
Rocky Burnette - 63
Bobby Sheehan (Blues Traveler) - b. 1968 - d. 8/20/99
Bardi Martin (Candlebox) - 47
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - 39
Dennis Locorriere (Dr Hook, solo) - 67
Howard Leese (Heart, Bad Company, The Paul Rodgers Band, solo, Raiding The Rock Vault) - 65
Mike Vescera (Loudness, Obsession, Yngwie Malmsteen, Animetal USA) - 54
Robbie Merrill (Godsmack) - 53
Paul De Lisle (Smash Mouth) - 53
Rivers Cuomo (Weezer, Avant Garde, Zoom, solo) - 46
Spooner Oldham / Dewey Oldham (songwriter, organ, keyboards; Bob Dylan, Delaney Bramlett, Willy DeVille, Joe Cocker, the Hacienda Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, the Everly Brothers, Dickey Betts, J. J. Cale, Frank Black, Drive-By Truckers. Amos Lee, Neil Young, others) - 73
Rod Argent (The Zombies, Argent, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band) - 71
Barry Melton (Country Joe and the Fish) - 69
Alan White (Plastic Ono Band, Yes) - 67
Jimmy Lea (Slade) - 64
King Diamond (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond) - 60
Chris DeGarmo (Queensryche) - 53
Ann Boleyn (Hellion) -
Harry Nilsson - b. 1941 - d. 1/15/94
Muff Winwood (The Spencer Davis Group) - 72 - Became a producer and A&R man for Sony Records.
Noddy Holder (Slade) - 70
Mike Lutz (Brownsville Station) - 67
John Lawry (Petra) - 66
Craig Gruber (Elf, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Black Sabbath, The Rods, Gary Moore, Raven Lord, Bible Black, ED3N, others) - b. 1951 - d. 5/5/15
Steve Walsh (Kansas) - 65
Bernie Shaw (Uriah Heep) - 60
Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche) - 53
Brad Gillis (Night Ranger, Ozzy Osbourne) - 53
John Dawson IV (New Riders of the Purple Sage, Grateful Dead, Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions) - b. 1945 - d. 7/21/09
Iain Matthews (Matthews Southern Comfort, Fairport Convention, Plainsong) - 70
Charlie Dominici (Dominici, Dream Theater, Frankie and the Knockouts) - 65
Ian Mosley (Marillion, solo) - 63
Garry Roberts (Boomtown Rats) - 62
Doane Perry (Jethro Tull + more) - 62
Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth, Angra) - 44
Chris Spedding (born Peter Robinson) (Donovan, Paul McCartney, Roxy Music, Sharks, JJ Cale + more) - 72
Paul Young (Sad Cafe, Mike & The Mechanics, solo) - b. 1947 - d. 7/15/00
Glen Buxton (Alice Cooper Band) - b. 1947 - d. 10/19/97
Greg Rolie (Santana, Journey, The Storm, Abraxas Pool, Gregg Rolie Band, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band) - 69
Jello Biafra (born Eric Reed Boucher) (Dead Kennedys, Lard, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, solo + more) - 58
Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks, Demolition 23, Jerusalem Slim, solo) - 54
Don "Sugarcane" Harris (Don & Dewey, John Mayall, Tupelo Chain Sex, Frank Zappa, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Pure Food and Drug Act, many other sessions/collaborations) - b. 1938 - d. 11/27/99
Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings, solo) - 74
Carl Radle, bassist (Derek and the Dominoes, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Dave Mason, Delaney & Bonnie, Dr. John, George Harrison, J.J. Cale, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Art Garfunkel, Donovan + many more) - b. 1942 - d. 5/30/80
Rick Griffin (American artist and one of the leading designers of psychedelic posters in the 1960s. As a contributor to the underground comix movement, his work appeared regularly in Zap Comix) - b. 1944 - d. 8/18/91
Ricky Gazda (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes) - 64
Oz Fox (Stryper, Bloodgood, SinDizzy, Let It Rawk) - 55
Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses, The Dead Daisies, Slash's Snakepit, Hookers & Blow, Let It Rawk) - 53
Ray LaMontagne - 43
Tommy DeVito (Four Seasons) - 88
Ann Wilson (Heart, solo) - 66
Luke Morley (Thunder) - 56
Simon Wright (Tyton, Dio, AC/DC, UFO, Rhino Bucket, Dio Disciples, Hellion) - 53
Brian "Head" Welch (Korn, Love and Death) - 46
Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) - 74
Micheal Anthony (Van Halen, Chickenfoot, The Circle) - 62
Kelly Johnson (Girlschool) - b. 6/20/58 - d. 7/15/07
Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant (KIX) - 58
John Taylor (Duran Duran, The Power Station, Neurotic Outsiders, Robert Palmer, solo) - 56
Amir Derakh (Rough Cutt, Jailhouse, Julien K, Dead By Sunrise) - 53
Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam, Green River, Brad, Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog + more) - 50
Chino Moreno (Deftones, Palms, Team Sleep, Crosses) - 43
Grace Potter (Grace Potter & the Nocturnals) - 33
Ray Davies (The Kinks, solo) - 72
Jon Hiseman / Philip John Hiseman (Colosseum, Tempest, Colosseum II, John Mayall, Graham Bond Organisatio + more) - 72
Joey Molland (Badfinger, Natural Gas, Gary Walker and The Rain, The Masterminds, The Merseys) - 69
Don Airey (Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Whitesnake, Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, Wishbone Ash, Saxon, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Steve Vai, Colosseum II, Sinner, Empire, Cozy Powell's Hammer, Thin Lizzy, Brian May, Living Loud + more) - 68
Greg Munford (Strawberry Alarm Clock) - 67
Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) - 66
Nils Lofgren (Neil Young, Crazy Horse, E Street Band, Ringo Starr All Star Band, Lou Reed, Lou Gramm, Grin, solo) - 65
Mark Brzezicki (Big Country, The Cult, Procol Harum, Casbah Club, Ultravox, From The Jam) - 59
Marcella Detroit / Marcy Levy (Eric Clapton, Shakespears Sister, Marcy Levy Band, Siobhan Fahey, solo + more) - 57
Kip Winger (Alice Cooper, Winger, Alan Parsons, Jordan Rudess) - 55
Mike Enzinger (Incubus) - 40
Brandon Flowers (The Killers, solo) - 35
Bobby Harrison (Procol Harum) - 77
Peter Asher (Peter & Gordon, Club Owner, Producer, Manager, Record Label Executive) - 72
Howard Kaylan (The Crossfires, The Turtles, The Mothers of Invention, Flo & Eddie) - 69
Todd Rundgren (Nazz, Utopia, Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, solo) - 68
Larry Junstrom (38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd) - 67
Gary Moffet (April Wine) - 67
Garry Gary Beers (INXS) - 59
Louie Mayorga (Suicidal Tendencies) - 52
Mike Edwards (Jesus Jones) - 52
Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies, The Vanity Project) - 46
Niki Sullivan (The Crickets) - b. 1937 - d. 4/6/04
Stuart Sutcliffe - b . 1940 - original bassist of The Beatles for eighteen months (January 1960 - June 1961). Sutcliffe was living in Hamburg, Germany at the time of his death, he died of a brain haemorrhage in an ambulance on the way to hospital on April 10th 1962, aged 22.
Robert Hunter (born Robert Burns) - lyricist/poet (Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan). When the Dead were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, Hunter was included as a band member, the only non-performer ever so honored. - 75
Bobby Messano (Starz, Joe Lynn Turner, Franke & The Knockouts, Lou Gramm, Steve Winwood, Tycoon, Fiona, Gloria Gaynor, Benny Mardones, Clarence Clemmons, Peter Criss, others, solo) -
Myles Goodwyn (April Wine) - 68
Glenn Danzig (Misfits, Danzig, Samhain, Son of Sam) - 61
Randy Jackson (bassist, A&R executive, producer, Journey, Breakfast Club, Methods of Mayhem, The SignBoston, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan American Idol judge + more) - 60
Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P., Animal, Secret Society, Where Angels Suffer, solo) - 57
Brendan O’Brien - producer of 14 #1 albums (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Stone Temple Pilots, Bruce Springsteen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Danzig, Jackyl, Our Lady Peace, Andrew Dice Clay, Mick Jagger, Paul Westerberg, King's X, Matthew Sweet, Pete Droge, The Jayhawks, Limp Bizkit, Lifehouse, The Wallflowers, Seether, Mastodon, AC/DC, Incubus, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Train, Audioslave, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Kansas, The Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Soundgarden, The Offspring, Korn, Papa Roach, Trey Anastacio, The Nightwatchman, Velvet Revolver, The Fray, Gaslight Anthem, The Killers, My Chemical Romance, Killswitch Engage, Blackberry Smoke + more) - 56
Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Beggars & Thieves, Johnny Halliday, Steve Lukather, Big Noize, Tracii Guns + more) - 55
Chuck Billy (Testament, Legacy, Dublin Death Patrol + more) - 54
Lizzy Borden (Lizzy Borden, Starwood) - 53
Joey Allen (Warrant) - 52
Arthur Brown (Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, many collaborations) - 74
Jeff Beck (Upp, The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Honeydrippers, solo) - 72
Colin Blunstone (The Zombies, Argent, The Alan Parsons Project, Keats, solo) - 71
Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Mick Fleetwood's Zoo, The Zoo, Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band) - 69
Patrick Moraz (Refugee, Yes, Moody Blues) - 68
John Illsley (Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler) - 67
Jeff Cease (The Black Crowes, Bitter Pills, Bucky Covington, Eric Church) - 59
Dennis Danell (Social Distortion) - b. 1961 - d. 2/29/00
Curt Smith (Tears For Fears, Graduate) - 55
Simon Daniels (Autograph) - 54
Richard Z. Kruspe (Rammstein, Emigrate + more) - 49
Clint Warwick / Albert Clinton Eccles (Moody Blues) - b. 1940 - d. 5/15/04
Carly Simon - 71
Allen Lanier (Blue Oyster Cult, Jim Carroll) - b. 1946 – d. 8/14/13
Ian McDonald (King Crimson, Foreigner, Giles Giles and Fripp, McDonald and Giles, Keith Tippett's Centipede, Fruupp, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, 21st Century Schizoid Band, solo) - 70
David Paich (Grammy award winning songwriter, Toto, Boz Scaggs) - 62
Mike Kroeger (Nickelback) - 44
Mario Calire (The Wallflowers, Ozomatli) - 42
Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager. Before working in the music business Parker ran a troupe of dancing chickens. - b. 1910 - d. 1/21/97
Larry Taylor (Canned Heat) - 74
Mick Jones (London SS, The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite, Carbon/Silicon, Gorillaz, The Justice Tonight Band) - 61
Chris Isaak - 60
Patty Smyth (Scandal, solo) - 59
Laurie McAllister / Laurie Hoyt (Runaways, Orchids) - b. 1957 - d. 8/25/11
Stef Burns (born Stephen Birnbaum) - (the Omega, Pablo Cruise, Berlin, Sheila E., Michael Bolton, The Vu, Y&T, Alice Cooper, Huey Lewis and the News) - 57
Teri Nunn (Berlin) - 55
Jürgen "Ventor" Reil (Kreator) - 50
Nathan Followill (Kings Of Leon) - 37
Bruce Johnston (The Beach Boys, The Rip Chords, Bruce & Terry, solo) - 74
Joey Covington (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship, Quicksilver Messenger Service + more) - b. 1945 - d. 6/4/13
Camile Baudoin (The Radiators) - 68
Lisa Germano (OP8, John Mellencamp, Eels, Yann Tiersen, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, solo + more) - 58
Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) - 55
Bobby Harrison (Procol Harum) - 73
David Knights (Procol Harum, Ruby) - 71
David "Frankie" Toler (Allman Brothers, The Gregg Allman Band, Marshall Tucker + more) - b. 1951 -d. 6/4/11
Steven Morse (Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple, Flying Colors, Kansas, Living Loud, Angelfire, The Dregs) - 61
Kurdt Vanderhoff (Metal Church)- 55
Charlie Clouser (Nine Inch Nails, Burning Retna, Rob Zombie, White Zombie, 9 Ways to Sunday, solo + more) - 53
Bob Brunning (Fleetwood Mac, Savoy Brown, Tramp) - b. 1943 - d. 10/18/11
Ian Paice (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Green Bullfrog, Paice, Gary Moore, Paice Ashton Lord + more) - 68
Don Dokken (Dokken, solo) - 63
Colin Hay (Men at Work, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Lazlo Bane, solo) - 63
Tim McCord (The Revolution Smile, Evanescence) - 37
Andy Scott (Sweet) - 67
Hal Lindes (Dire Straits) - 63
Brian Vollmer (Helix) - 61
Doug Sampson (Iron Maiden) - 59
Russ Dwarf (Killer Dwarfs) - 56
Yngwie Malmsteen (Steeler, Alcatrazz, Rising Force, Arson Anthem, solo)- 53
Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual + more) - 48
Tom Drummond (Better Than Ezra) - 47
Today In Rock History:
1961: FM stereo was heard for the first time by listeners in Schenectady, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The FCC would adopt the standard a year later.
1964: The Rolling Stones arrived on BA flight 505 at Kennedy Airport for their debut US tour. The first date was on June 5th in San Bernardino, California.
1966: During a 12 hour session at Abbey Road studios, The Beatles added overdubs on ‘Yellow Submarine’, with John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water and shouting "Full speed ahead Mister Captain!" Roadie Mal Evans played on a bass drum strapped to his chest, marching around the studio with The Beatles following behind (conga-line style) singing "We all live in a yellow submarine."
1967: The Beatles landmark 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' is released in the U.K.
1968: Guitarist Dave Mason rejoined Traffic after quitting the band six months earlier. He is gone again by October.
1967: David Bowie released his self titled debut studio album. Two singles were released from the album, 'Rubber Band' and 'The Laughing Gnome'.
1968: Simon And Garfunkel reached the top of the US charts with 'Mrs. Robinson,' which was featured in the soundtrack of the film 'The Graduate,' starring Dustin Hoffman and Ann Bancroft. The song went on to win a Grammy Award for the Best Contemporary Pop Performance by a Vocal Duo or Group.
1968: The Rolling Stones 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' b/w 'Child Of The Moon' 45 single is released.
1969: The Plastic Ono Band recorded 'Give Peace A Chance' during a 'bed-in' at the Hotel La Reine in Montreal, Canada. Holed up in room 1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel with John and Yoko are acid guru Timothy Leary, singer Petula Clark, comedian Dick Gregory, poet Allen Ginsberg and comedian Tommy Smothers (who plays acoustic guitar with Lennon).
1969: Martin Lamble, drummer for Fairport Convention, dies in a van crash in England. He was 19. Lamble and most of the band were traveling back to London from a gig in Birmingham when their van veered off the road and crashed down an embankment. Fashion designer and magazine columnist, Jeannie Franklyn, who’d been dating guitarist Richard Thompson, was also killed.
1970: The Byrds begin recording 'Chestnut Mare' at Columbia Studios in Hollywood. Recording is completed a week-and-a-half later.
1971: Elvis Presley's birthplace, a two room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, was opened to the public.
1972: Pink Floyd were working at Abbey Road studios in London on their 'Dark Side Of The Moon' album.
1972: The Eagles released their self-titled debut.
1975: The Rolling Stones kicked off their biggest ever U.S. tour at Louisiana State University. The tour would take in 45 shows in 26 cities. Guitarist Ron Wood joined The Stones on tour for first time, replacing Mick Taylor.
1976: The Runaways self-titled debut album is released.
1977: 28 year old, Long Island native, Billy Joel wraps up a four month tour of the US by appearing at Carnegie Hall in New York.
1977: Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of four nights at the Rainbow Theatre in London. There were six nights booked at the Rainbow, but the last two shows were cancelled due to a serious toe injury Marley received, (in a friendly football game with French journalists just before the tour's start in Paris). Subsequently the tour's second leg in the United States was postponed and then cancelled.
1978: U2 appeared at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, Ireland.
1981: The first issue of the Heavy Metal magazine Kerrang! was published as a special pull-out by UK weekly music paper Sounds. AC/DC had the front cover plus features on Motorhead, Girlschool and Saxon.
1982: The Rolling Stones release their live album, 'Still Life.' It’s certified platinum in the U.S.
1982: The Rolling Stones 'Going To A Go Go' b/w 'Beast Of Burden' 45 single is released,
1982: Genesis 'Three Sides Live' is released.
1983: The Police 'Synchronicity' is released.
1985: Bruce Springsteen kicked off the European leg of his Born in the USA world tour at Slane Castle in Dublin, Ireland.
1985: Sting releases his first solo album, 'The Dream of the Blue Turtles.' It sells over 3 million copies in the U.S. and is nominated for two Grammy Awards.
1987: White Lion released the single 'Wait.'
1991: Queensryche's 'Silent Lucidity' peaks at #9 on the pop charts.
1996: Soundgarden's 'Down On The Upside' album enters the U.S. charts at #2.
1997: Bob Dylan is discharged from a Los Angeles hospital after being treated for histoplasmosis, a potential life threatening fungal infection that causes swelling of the sac surrounding the heart. Dylan was quoted as saying, "I'm just glad to be feeling better. I really thought I'd be seeing Elvis soon."
1998: Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots is arrested with about $100 worth of heroin at a New York City housing project prior to what was supposed to be his first solo show.
1999: Napster, the file sharing program invented by 18 year-old Northeastern University drop-out, Shawn Fanning, becomes available on the internet.
1999: Blink 182 release'"Enema Of The State.'
2003: Paul McCartney wrapped up his lucrative world tour with a show in Liverpool, birthplace of The Beatles.
2003: Staind were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘14 Shades Of Gray’, the bands second US #1.
2003: Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was arrested on drugs and drink-driving charges after he collided with a car after going through a red light in his home town of Des Moines, Iowa. Gray then tried to write a check for $1,000 to the other driver, who then called the police. Gray failed two alcohol tests at the scene and was arrested for possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia, as well drunk-driving. Gray later dies of a morphine overdose in 2010.
2004: Bono speaks to European Union development ministers at Dublin Castle about living up to foreign aid commitments and combating the spread of AIDS in Africa.
2005: White Stripes singer Jack White married his girlfriend, British model Karen Elson in a canoe on the Amazon in Brazil. Elson appeared in the White Stripes' video 'Blue Orchid.'
2006: Pink Floyd reunites onstage when drummer Nick Mason makes a surprise appearance during the last of guitarist David Gilmour's solo concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall. Gilmour, Mason and Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright perform during the encore.
2008: Alton Kelley, designer of hundreds of classic psychedelic rock posters, dies after a long illness. He was 67. Along with his life-long collaborator Stanley Mouse, Kelly designed the “skull and roses” logo for the Grateful Dead and the “wings and beetles” art for all of the Journey album covers. He was also a founding member of the Family Dog, a loose confederation of artists, poets and musicians who staged some of the earliest psychedelic dance concerts, mainly at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
2008: Dave Grohl joins Paul McCartney onstage at the Liverpool Sound Concert at the 2008 European Capital of Culture.
2008: ZZ Top appears on the two-hour NBC special' America United: In Support of Our Troops.' The show's finale features ZZ Top teaming up with soul legend Sam Moore.
2009: Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr make a surprise appearance at the E3 electronics-industry expo in L.A. to mark the unveiling of 'The Beatles: Rock Band.' The video game goes on sale a few months later.
2009: Pearl Jam is the first musical guest on the premiere of NBC's Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien. They play 'Get Some,' a track off their 'Backspacer' album.
2010: A California judge rules that Republican senatorial candidate Chuck DeVore violated copyright laws by recording parody versions of two Don Henley songs for a YouTube video campaign. DeVore turned 'The Boys Of Summer' into 'Hope Of November' (an attack on President Obama and Hollywood's liberalism) and 'All She Wants To Do Is Dance' became 'All She Wants To Do Is Tax' (a slam against incumbent California Senator Barbara Boxer).
2011: Buffalo Springfield (with surviving members Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay) launch their U.S. reunion tour at the Fox Theater in Oakland. It's the band's first tour in 43 years.
2011: Elton John writes Florida Governor Rick Scott requesting that he protect an AIDS/HIV funding initiative. John states that lowering income eligibility for the program would result in over 1,600 people losing their antiviral treatments. "Given that life-saving HIV/AIDS medications can cost between $10,000 and $30,000 per year, this proposal would put these low-income individuals with HIV/AIDS in the untenable position of being completely unable to afford treatment for an incurable, communicable disease," states the singer. The governor does not respond.
2013: Sammy Hagar's hometown of Fontana, California name a street after him: Hagar Way. "All over the world, they can give you honors and Grammy Awards and all them things, but something about-in your hometown, having a street named after you-that warms my heart," says Hagar. The Red Rocker is also the Honorary Grand Marshal of the Fontana Days Parade. 2015: The Foo Fighters pay tribute to Thin Lizzy by performing 'Jailbreak' at Slane Castle, Ireland. "If I could be in any other Rock band in the f***ing world," says Foo fronter Dave Grohl, "it would be Thin Lizzy."
2015: Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has hip replacement surgery.
1896: Guglielmo Marconi was granted a patent for his electro-magnetic wave communication system, later to be called radio.
1953: Elvis Presley leaves IC Humes High School in Memphis, TN.
1958: Alan Freed, who popularized R&B music by playing it for a white audience, moves from WINS in New York to WABC. Freed put on a lot of concerts featuring the artists he played, and WINS had suspended him over a show in Boston where a riot broke out. His show runs from 7:15 PM to 11:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
1963: The Rolling Stones played two gigs in one day. The first at Studio 51, Ken Colyer Club in Soho, London. The Stones played a regular Sunday afternoon gig at the club from 4 until 6.30 and were billed as Rhythm and Blues with The Rolling Stones. That evening they appeared at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, Surrey.
1964: The Rolling Stones played their first American show at a Lynn, Massachusetts high school football stadium. They are part of a package tour with numerous forgettable pop acts. They also made their American television debut on WABC's 'The Les Crane Show.'
1966: The Who kick off a 10-date European tour at the Grona Lund in Stockholm, Sweden.
1967: David Bowie released his first album, which contained the single, 'Love You 'Til Tuesday.' Although the LP got positive reviews, neither it or the single sold well.
1967: The Beatles’ 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band' was released in the US.
1972: Former teen idol Dion performs in a reunion concert with The Belmonts at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The performance was recorded and released as a live album the following year. They had parted company a dozen years earlier after which Dion had a successful solo career, while The Belmonts managed to chart only a couple of times.
1973: Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham dumps a bucket of water on legendary concert promoter Bill Graham following an argument at a show in San Francisco, CA.
1973: Paul McCartney, backed by his new group Wings, was back on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with a song he wrote for his wife Linda, 'My Love.' McCartney's 'Red Rose Speedway' album also hits the top of the album charts in the US.
1973: The Electric Light Orchestra began their first US tour, a 40-date trek in San Diego, California.
1976: Wings set a new world record when they performed in front of 67,100 fans in Seattle, the largest attendance for an indoor crowd.
1978: Bruce Springsteen released 'Darkness on the Edge of Town,' the hotly anticipated follow-up to 1975’s 'Born to Run.' The album marks the end of a three-year forced hiatus due to legal battles with former manager Mike Appel.
1978: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers make their American television debut on 'The Midnight Special.'
1978: Thin Lizzy released the live double album 'Live And Dangerous.' It was recorded in Philadelphia, London and Toronto in 1977, during the tours accompanying the albums Johnny The Fox and Bad Reputation.
1980: Accept released their second album, 'I'm a Rebel.'
1984: Aerosmith played at the Capitol Theater in Concord, New Hampshire, the first night on their 59 date North American 'Back In The Saddle' Tour.
1984: Van Halen rose to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 with I'll Wait.'
1987: Billy Idol sold out a concert at Madison Square Garden. Unfortunately, the gig had to be canceled when it was discovered that repairmen were doing asbestos-removal work.
1989: 52 year old Rolling Stones bass guitarist Bill Wyman married 19 year old Mandy Smith in a secret ceremony in the eastern English town of Bury St. Edmonds. They had been dating since she was 13 and he was 47. Wyman's son and the bride's sister were the only guests. The couple divorced two years later after Wyman said they had spent only five days together as man and wife. Wyman agreed to an $800,000 divorce settlement. Just prior to the couple being divorced in 1993, things got even stranger when Wyman’s oldest son, Stephen, announced his engagement to Mandy Smith’s mother, Patsy.
1992: Rachel Hunter gives birth to Rod Stewart's daughter, Renee.
1992: Guns N’ Roses released 'November Rain.'
1993: U2 re-signs with Island Records.
1993: Iron Maiden perform the first of three nights in Moscow on their first trip to Russia.
1993: Aerosmith appeared at the Landon Arena in Kansas, the first night on their 169 date 'Get A Grip' world tour.
1998: The Smashing Pumpkins 'Adore' album is released.
1999: Junior Braithwaite (born Franklin Delano Alexander Braithwaite) and original lead vocalist of Bob Marley’s Wailers, is shot and killed in Kingston, Jamaica. He was 47. Braithwaite had recently returned to Jamaica after more than 20 years in Chicago.
2000: Napster threatens lawsuits against The Offspring if they don't stop selling merchandise with the Napster logo on it.
2002: It was reported that Paul McCartney had thrown his fiancée Heather Mills’ engagement ring out of a hotel window during an argument. Guards at Miami’s Turnberry Isle Resort combed the grounds using metal detectors and later found the $25,500 ring.
2002: MTV announces that 'The Osbournes' show will run for another 20 episodes beginning in the fall.
2002: Motorhead frontman Lemmy's trademark hat is stolen at a recent gig in San Francisco.
2002: Phil Collins, Joe Cocker, The Corrs and Queen’s Brian May were evacuated from England’s Buckingham Palace after a fire broke out in the west wing. The musicians were
rehearsing for the Queen of England’s Golden Jubilee concert.
2003: Former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland pled innocent to drug possession charges in Los Angeles. Court officials said Weiland would enter a rehab facility to combat cocaine and heroin addiction.
2003: Following a dispute over songwriting credits with John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney agreed to let “Lennon-McCartney” be. McCartney outraged many Beatles fans by demanding 'Yesterday' and other McCartney songs be credited to “McCartney-Lennon.”
2004: Paul McCartney told Uncut magazine that he tried heroin without realizing it. He said, “I was just handed something, smoked it, then found out what it was. It didn’t do anything for me.”
2004: "The First World Guitar Congress" takes place in Baltimore. The weeklong event includes concerts, classes, symposiums and exhibits by leading manufacturers of guitar equipment.
2004: Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan is banned from driving for 16 months after police pull him over May 22nd and find him intoxicated-more than twice the alcohol limit. Gillan pleads guilty and is fined 500 pounds (approximately $800 US).
2004: Rob Halford rejoins Judas Priest after a 10-year hiatus when the band kicks off their reunion tour in Hannover, Germany.
2005: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, along with his son and daughter-in-law, file suit against the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, FL, the hotel's security director and three local police officers over an altercation that took place during an 2004 New Year's celebration. They seek financial reparations for alleged injuries and mental anguish suffered - not to mention legal costs. Earlier in the year, Lifeson and his son pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest stemming from the incident.
2006: Cirque du Soleil previews 'Love,' The Beatles-themed production, at the Mirage Theater in Las Vegas.
2006: Vince Welnick, keyboardist for The Tubes and the Grateful Dead, commits suicide by He slitting his own throat, allegedly despondent over not being included in a 'Grateful Dead Family Reunion' concert. Welnick was 55. After battling depression for over 10 years, this was Welnick’s second known suicide attempt. In 1994, he was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Grateful Dead. Welnick is the fourth Dead keyboardist to die prematurely. The other three were Rod 'Pigpen' McKernan ('73), Keith Godchaux ('80) and Brent Mydland ('90).
2006: Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Sheffield, Alabama is added to the National Historic Register. The studio opened in 1969 and many famous acts, including Paul Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Rolling Stones recorded there in the 70’s. After being abandoned, the studio was bought in 1999 and two Grammy-nominated albums were recorded there in 2010.
2006: Jackson Browne performs the first of four shows to raise money for the New York congressional campaign of Democratic candidate John Hall (who wins the election). Hall was a founding member of Orleans ('Still The One').
2007: The 'For The Arts' benefit concert features Jackson Browne and David Crosby. The musicians also donate autographed guitars for an auction. For The Arts is a program of Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (California).
2007: Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello (performing as the Nightwatchman) has to escape by boat when violence breaks out at the Move Against G8 rally in Rostock, Germany.
2007: 1,683 guitarists set a world record by simultaneously playing Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' at a baseball park in Kansas City, KS. But this record only stands for three weeks before it's shattered by 1,800 guitarists in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany. The previous mark was set in '94 when 1,323 musicians played the riff in Vancouver, BC.
2008: Van Halen's North American tour comes to a close at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI. The trek grosses more than $93 million over 74 shows, a band record. "We send our thanks to the countless new and longtime fans that helped make this tour our most successful," writes the group in a joint statement.
2008: Bo Diddley died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Florida at 79. The legendary singer and performer was known for his homemade square guitar, and influenced artists from Buddy Holly, to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bruce Springsteen and U2. Also known as “The Originator”, Diddley was a key musical figure in the transition from blues to rock and roll. In 1987, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2010: Paul McCartney receives the U.S. Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the highest honor given for pop music, at a concert hosted by President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House. "After the last eight years, it's great to have a president who knows what a library is," says McCartney getting in a dig at former President George W. Bush. Of course, that comment sets off some Republicans.
2011: The video for the Foo Fighters single 'Walk' premieres on MTV. Frontman Dave Grohl plays a role similar to Michael Douglas's disenchanted office worker in the film Falling Down.
2011: Metallica is named the most influential Rock band of the last 30 years by Kerrang! Magazine (celebrating their 30th anniversary). Following Metallica in the poll are Green Day (2), Iron Maiden (3), Slipknot (4) and My Chemical Romance (5).
2014: Slash performs an acoustic set with Myles Kennedy in the U.K. Parliament to support MP Mike Weatherley's Rock The House, which seeks to encourage and support young musical talent.
1949: Elvis Presley receives an 'A' in language but only a 'C' in music on his 8th grade report card at Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee.
1950: Brothers Leonard and Phillip Chess launch Chess Records in Chicago. The label releases countless influential Blues recordings.
1953: Elvis Presley graduated from J.C. Hulmes High School in Memphis; his graduation photo shows him to have a split curl in the middle of his forehead, later to become his trademark. He was the first member of his family to graduate high school.
1955: Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley appeared together at an autograph session at a Lubbock, Texas car dealership.
1959: Billboard Magazine splits its album chart into two separate sections: Best Selling Stereophonic LPs and Best Selling Monophonic LPs.
1964: The Rolling Stones make their first U.S. TV appearance on the variety show Hollywood Palace playing Buddy Holly’s 'Not Fade Away.' The show was guest-hosted by a very condescending Dean Martin, who as Bill Wyman says “almost got popped by Keith Richards with his guitar."
1964: Ringo Starr was hospitalized after he collapsed during a photo session for the Saturday Evening Post. He was treated for tonsillitis and pharyngitis and rested for a couple of weeks. During his ten day absence, Jimmy Nichol sat in on drums for shows in Denmark, Holland, Hong Kong and Australia.
1967: The Doors' 'Light My Fire' is released. Two months later, it will be number one in the US.
1967: Jefferson Airplane appeared on American Bandstand and performed 'White Rabbit' and 'Somebody to Love.'
1968: Valerie Solanas shoots Andy Warhol and art critic and curator Mario Amaya at Warhol's studio in New York City. Solanas had been to see Warhol after asking for the return of a script which had apparently, been misplaced. Warhol is seriously wounded in the attack and barely survives.
1970: Deep Purple released their fourth studio album 'Deep Purple In Rock'. This was the first album to feature the classic Mk II lineup of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.
1970: The Kinks' Ray Davies flies 11,000 Km round trip to England from America to re-record the words "cherry cola" in the song 'Lola' after the BBC refuses to air the song with the original words, "Coca-Cola."
1970: Jimi Hendrix's live album 'Band of Gypsies' is awarded a Gold record.
1971: The Band appear at London's Royal Albert Hall during a European tour.
1972: The Eagles' 'Take It Easy' is released. It will crack the Billboard chart three weeks later and become their first hit single, reaching #12.
1972: The Rolling Stones begin their eight week 'Exile On Main Street' North American tour in Vancouver. Stevie Wonder and Martha Reeves are the opening acts. The 32 date tour grossed $4 million, making it the richest rock tour in history.
1972: Jethro Tull started a two week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Thick As A Brick.'
1977: Bob Marley & the Wailers released 'Exodus.' The album featured the hits, 'Jamming', 'Waiting In Vain', 'Three Little Birds' and 'One Love'. In 1999, Time magazine named Exodus the best album of the 20th century.
1977: After 19 minutes, Led Zeppelin cancels a concert in Tampa and 100 people get hurt in riot that followed.
1981: Iron Maiden performs their first US concert in Las Vegas in support of Judas Priest.
1982: Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion is opened to the public for the first time. It has since become the second most-visited private home in America with over 600,000 visitors a year. Only the White House has more.
1983: US session drummer Jim Gordon murdered his mother by pounding her head with a hammer. A diagnosed schizophrenic, it was not until his trial in 1984 that he was properly diagnosed. Due to the fact that his attorney was unable to use the insanity defense, Gordon was sentenced to sixteen years-to-life in prison in 1984. A Grammy Award winner for co-writing Layla with Eric Clapton, Gordon worked with The Beach Boys, John Lennon, George Harrison, Frank Zappa, John Lennon, Tom Petty, Alice Cooper, The Byrds and too many others to list.
1992: Bill Clinton, campaigning for US president, makes a whistle stop on The Arsenio Hall Show where he plays the Elvis Presley hit "Heartbreak Hotel" on the saxophone to a cheering, youthful audience. The appearance is later seen by historians as the definitive moment when Clinton captured the trust and support of young voters, and locked the election on charisma points. Amongst many cultural references, the opening theme to the WB Network cartoon Animaniacs includes the line "while Bill Clinton plays the sax" at the start of every episode.
1998: Van Halen cancels a show at the Docks club in Hamburg, Germany, after a piece of ceiling plaster fell and hit Alex Van Halen. He suffered a bruised arm.
1988: Guns N’ Roses released their breakthrough single 'Sweet Child O’ Mine.'
1989: Pink Floyd performed in Moscow.
1993: U2 signs a 10 year, six album deal with Island Records. The deal includes a 25% royalty rate.
1994: Soundgarden launch a North American headlining tour in San Jose.
1998: Alex Van Halen bruised his arm after a chunk of plaster fell from the ceiling of the Docks Club in Hamburg, Germany. Van Halen cancelled their concert as a result.
1999: Guitar legend Steve Vai is inducted into the Rock Walk outside Guitar Center in Hollywood, CA.
2000: Former Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts was arrested after he threatened his wife with a knife, destroyed his living room in Florida and disappeared. When discovered by police after a helicopter search, he was sent to a psychiatric unit.
2001: Staind's 'Break The Cycle' starts a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart.
2002: Rush's 'Vapor Trails' album debuts at #6 on the Billboard charts (selling 108,000 units).
2002: The Queen's Jubilee "Party at the Palace" celebrates Elizabeth II's 50th year on the throne. Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Eric Clapton, Ozzy Osbourne, Joe Cocker, Phil Collins, Rod Stewart and Steve Winwood are among the performers. Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) steals the show with touching version of 'God Only Knows.' Proceeds are donated to the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Trust. Queen guitarist Brian May played 'God Save the Queen' from the roof of Buckingham Palace.
2003: The Doors announced they had settled a lawsuit launched by Stewart Copeland. Copeland filed a breach of contract lawsuit after the reunited group replaced him with drummer Ty Dennis.
2004: Nickelback's Chad Kroeger shows up at a McDonald's restaurant in Toronto to help launch a joint campaign to give out free music downloads from PureTracks with every Big Mac purchase.
2004: Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen announces that he's running for president. He`s the first to admit that his bid is "to be considered for entertainment purposes only." Still, Kaukonen promotes a nonviolent, anti-hatred and pro-compassion platform with a foreign policy based on the need for "visual peace."
2005: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler receives an honorary doctorate degree from University of Massachusetts - Boston during the commencement ceremony. The degree is awarded in recognition of Tyler's musical achievements and contributions to Boston-area charities.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers were at #1 on the US album charts with 'Stadium Arcadium,' the bands ninth studio album.
2008: Disturbed release their fourth studio album "Indestructible.'
2008: Weezer's self-titled disc (aka 'The Red Album') is released earlier than originally planned because several tracks were leaked online.
2008: 'Wanderlust," Gavin Rossdale's solo debut, is released. According to Rossdale the set "was nearly a Bush" album, but his former bandmates turned him down when he suggested working on it with them.
2008: Man Raze, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen's side band, release their debut album, 'Surreal.' Man Raze also features Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.
2008: Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 releases his fourth solo album, 'Requiem.'
2009: Koko Taylor (born Cora Walton), died after suffering complications from surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding. She was 80. Taylor was known as the "Queen of the Blues” and influenced artists like Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin. She won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album in 1985.
2009: Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic files for the position of county clerk in Washington State's Wahkiakum County. His campaign objects to what he calls a "confusing" law that allows candidates to list any party affiliation they choose on the ballot. Novoselic's preferred party is Grange, which is not a party but actually the Grays River Grange; a nonpartisan, progressive organization that he leads. Novoselic later withdraws. "My protest is over," he writes in a blog post. "I [was] just trying to make a point."
2010: A cover version of The Beatles' 'All Together Now' is heard in a Nike commercial during the NBA Finals. Andre 3000, from the Hip-Hop duo OutKast, performs and acoustic version of the song in an ad starring the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant. 'All Together Now' was originally recorded in 1967 and released on the 'Yellow Submarine' soundtrack.
2012: Actor Johnny Depp performs 'Gold On The Ceiling' with the Black Keys at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards. The song is from the Keys' 2011 album 'El Camino.' Introduced by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Depp is awarded the MTV Generation Award.
2015: Led Zeppelin announced on their official website that they would issue remastered, expanded versions of their final three albums later this year, concluding a project that began in 2014 with 1969's self-titled debut.
2016: Volbeat release their sixth full-length album, 'Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie.'
1942: Capitol Records opens for business, becoming the first major record label based on the US west coast. The company had been established earlier in the year by singer Johnny Mercer and investor Buddy De Sylva as Liberty Records. It was Capitol's manager, Glenn Wallichs, who invented the art of record promotion by sending free copies of new releases to disc jockeys. The company did not call the iconic Capitol Records Tower home until 1956.
1956: Elvis Presley receives a Billboard award for 'Heartbreak Hotel.' The song tops the pop, R&B and Country & Western charts.
1956: Gene Vincent makes his stage debut, performing in his hometown of Norfolk, VA.
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis renews his marriage vows to cousin Myra, since he wasn't actually divorced from his first wife when he married her.
1962: The Beach Boys released their 2nd single 'Surfin' Safari.' It was their first release on Capitol Records. The flip side was the song '409.'
1962: The Beatles sign their first record contract with EMI, though it's merely to produce a series of demos. The band will have to pass its upcoming audition to get signed to make actual records.
1963: The first 'Pop Goes The Beatles' program is aired on the BBC in the UK. The band plays a version of 'Pop Goes The Weasel' on the show.
1964: The Beatles begin their first world tour, playing the K.B. Hallen Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark. Session drummer Jimmy Nicol, wearing Ringo's suit, sits in for the ailing drummer for this and the next five dates.
1966: Janis Joplin joins Big Brother & the Holding Company.
1967: The Monkees win two Emmy Awards, one for Outstanding Comedy Series.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Procol Harum, Denny Laine and The Chiffons all appeared at The Saville Theatre in London. Both Paul McCartney and George Harrison were in the audience to see Hendrix perform the title track from 'Sgt. Pepper' which had been released just 3 days earlier.
1969: Nicky Hopkins leaves The Jeff Beck group.
1969: Hundreds of people in Glenrowan, Australia signed a petition protesting against the casting of Mick Jagger in the role of the Australian folk hero, Ned Kelly.
1970: Carlos Santana records 'Black Magic Woman.'
1970: Elvis Presley began five days of recording at RCA's studio B in Nashville, starting each day at 6pm and working until dawn.
1972: Pink Floyd, 'Eclipse' was recorded. It would eventually be released as 'Dark Side of the Moon.'
1973: Father of three Beach Boys, Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson and the group's first manager, Murray Wilson, dies of a heart attack at the age of 55. Because of earlier differences, neither Brian or Dennis would attend the funeral.
1974: Randy Newman appears on this week's UK TV show 'The Old Grey Whistle Test.'
1974: David Bowie kicked off his 73 date 'Diamond Dogs Tour' at the Montreal, Forum in Canada. As part of the elaborate stage show, a giant diamond opens up to reveal Bowie.
1975: The Rolling Stones became the first rock band to receive royalties for sales of their records in Russia.
1976: Blondie, Mink DeVille, Talking Heads, Laughing Dogs and Tuff Darts perform at the new wave venue GBGB. Live recordings are made of the performances and are featured on the album Live At CBGB'S New York.
1976: The Sex Pistols appeared at The Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. The now legendary night is regarded as a catalyst to the punk rock movement. In the audience was, Morrissey, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook (soon to form Joy Division) and Mark E Smith, (The Fall). Tickets cost £1.
1979: US President Jimmy Carter hosts Chuck Berry, who plays a concert for The First Family at the White House.
1983: Police hit the US Hot 100 at #36 with 'Every Breath You Take.'
1983: Stevie Nicks releases 'Stand Back.'
1984: Bruce Springsteen releases the album 'Born In The USA,' which will top the Billboard Hot 200 chart for seven weeks and spawn seven Top-10 singles. The LP went on to sell over 15 million copies in the US alone.
1985: Elton John begins a high court battle with Dick James Music, seeking the rights to early songs and recordings plus damages estimated at more than $51 million.
1986: After a years-long court battle, the producers of The Beatles' tribute 'Beatlemania!' are forced to pay Apple $10 million in royalties.
1986: The first of a six date ‘Conspiracy of Hope’ tour was held at Cow Palace in San Francisco, California. The benefit concerts on behalf of Amnesty International were held to increase awareness of Amnesty on the 25th anniversary of its work for human rights. The shows were headlined by U2 and Sting, and also featured Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Joan Baez, and The Neville Brothers.
1988: Van Halen's 'OU812' is the #1 album in the U.S.
1988: Tracy Chapman's self-titled debut album hits #1 on the US chart.
1989: Ozzy Osbourne donates $15,000 for AIDS research.
1990: American punk rock singer Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys and The Lords of the New Church died after being hit by a taxi in Paris, France. Bators had been out drinking when he was hit by a taxi while crossing the road; he was taken to hospital but left before seeing a doctor. He died in his sleep as the result of a concussion.
1992: Iron Maiden plays a gig at the Oval pub, Norwich before 400 fans as The Nodding Donkeys, as a thank you to the pub's landlord Chris Hiles.
1992: The US Postal Service announces the results of a poll conducted to see which picture of Elvis Presley should be used on a commemorative stamp. Priscilla Presley announced that young Elvis won by a landslide, getting more votes by a factor of three to one.
1993: Kurt Cobain was arrested after a dispute with Courtney Love at his house in Seattle; the disagreement allegedly concerned the Nirvana's guitarist's collection of firearms. Love says the two were playing loud music and wrestling, and she denies Cobain had assaulted her.
1994: Derek "Lek" Leckenby, lead guitarist for Herman's Hermits, died of cancer at the age of 51. Although studio musicians were used on some of the band's recordings, Leckenby played on all their US and UK number one hits and was regarded as a highly accomplished musician.
1994: Oasis have their first ever front cover when UK music weekly NME features the band.
1994: The alt-rock supergroup who performed The Beatles' songs in the biopic 'Backbeat' reconvenes for a performance at the MTV Music Awards.
1994: The Soundtrack from the film 'The Crow' hits #1 on the US album chart.
1996: Metallica releases the highly anticipated 'Load' album. It sells 680,000 units in its first week (making it the biggest opening week for Metallica) to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200.
1997: Ronnie Lane of The Small Faces died from multiple sclerosis, 18 years after being diagnosed with the disease. He was 51. His musician friends Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood paid for his medical care. For his work in Small Faces and Faces, Lane was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
1997: Jeff Buckley's body was discovered floating in the Mississippi River. Buckley had disappeared when swimming on May 29th in Wolf River Harbor, while wearing boots, all of his clothing, and singing the chorus of 'Whole Lotta Love' by Led Zeppelin. A roadie in Buckley's band, had remained on shore. After moving a radio and guitar out of reach of the wake from a passing tugboat, he looked up to see that Buckley had vanished.
1998: The Wallflowers perform their cover of David Bowie's 'Heroes' at the MTV Movie Awards. The song is featured in the film 'Godzilla.'
1999: Megadeth film a video for 'Crush 'Em' with WCW champion Bill Goldberg and film star Jean-Claude Van Damme.
2000: Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker gets into a fight outside a fast food restaurant in Cuyahoga, Ohio and suffers a broken finger. The injury sidelines the drummer.
2001: Spinal Tap tours the U.S. for its 'Back From the Dead Tour' and appears at New York’s Carnegie Hall with a 20-song, 90-minute performance as part of the annual Toyota Comedy Festival.
2002: Gene Simmons launches his Tongue Magazine, which is one of his few failed business projects, lasting only five issues before folding.
2004: Zakk Wylde and Jerry Cantrell host guitar clinics during the first day of the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas. The event is organized by Eric Clapton to benefit the Crossroads Centre, an Antigua drug-rehabilitation facility. It also marks the launch of Clapton's tour in support of his 'Me and Mr. Johnson' LP.
2004: Three Days Grace kicks off a tour to support their self-titled debut in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Also,
2004: An A&E special featuring Aerosmith airs with live concert footage.
2004: Creed officially announces their spilt after eight years and sales of 30 million albums. Guitarist Mark Tremonti cites differences between himself and singer Scott Strapp as the reason. Strapp works on a solo effort while Tremonti, Creed drummer Scott Phillips and the group's original bassist Brian Marshall form Alter Bridge.
2007: U2's Bono is honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America with the Board of Directors Special Tribute at the CFDA Fashion Awards ceremony.
2009: Rise Against and Rancid begin a joint tour. "This tour is the face of Punk today," says Rise Against's Tim McIlrath.
2009: Metallica plays the first of three sold-out shows in Mexico City. The concerts, part of the 'World Magnetic Tour,' are filmed for a DVD. Avenged Sevenfold is the opener.
2009: Aerosmith are the subject of A&E's Biography series. The episode features conversations with guitarists Brad Whitford and Joe Perry, as well as the group's ex-manager Tim Collins. Vocalist Steven Tyler reportedly declined to participate in the program.
2009: Eddie Money's autobiographical musical 'Two Tickets To Paradise' premieres at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY. Money narrates the show, which features his well-known tunes along with six new compositions.
2010: Rush warns Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul to stop using 'Spirit Of Radio' at rallies and on web ads, since he neglected to ask permission. "This is not a political issue; this is a copyright issue," says a Rush attorney.
2010: Billboard magazine reported that weekly album sales may have hit its lowest point since the early 1970s. According to the RIAA, album shipments in 1973 totaled an average of 7.47 million per week, while last weeks sales totaled 4.98 million units. One industry executive described the situation as "pretty scary."
2010: U2 bassist Adam Clayton files a negligence lawsuit against the group's financial manager. The allegation is that Gaby Smyth initiated the highly-publicized and controversial 2007 decision to relocate the band's publishing company to Holland, to avoid paying high taxes in Ireland. That led to extensive criticism, especially in light of the Bono led anti-poverty initiatives. Clayton launches the action without the rest of the band.
2010.: The comedy 'Get Him To The Greek' is in theaters. Metallica's Lars Ulrich appears as himself and plays the lover of singer Jackie Q, the ex-girlfriend of Infant Sorrow frontman Adlous Snow (Russell Brand). For trivia buffs, Infant Sorrow is also the title of a William Blake poem.
2012: Paul McCartney, Elton John and Stevie Wonder perform at the Diamond Jubilee Concert celebrating 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. The Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales attend the London concert.
2013: Megadeth release 'Super Collider,' their fourteenth studio album.
2013: Queens Of The Stone Age release their sixth studio album '...Like Clockwork.' Produced by the group, the set has Dave Grohl on drums with guest appearances by Elton John, Mark Lanegan, Trent Reznor and former bassist Nick Oliveri.
2013: Filter release their sixth album 'The Sun Comes Out Tonight.' Produced by Bob Marlette (Seether, Shinedown) and recorded at Blue Room Studios in L.A.
2013: Joey Covington (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship) died in an automobile accident in Palm Springs, California after slamming into a retaining wall. He was 67. No drugs or alcohol were involved. Covington was a beloved figure in Palm Springs, sitting in with local bands, and was heavily involved in philanthropic endeavors.
2013: Slayer launches an international tour at the Impact Festival in Warsaw, Poland. It's Slayer's first show with returning drummer Paul Bostaph, who had left the group in 2002. 2013: 'Beach 119,' a short documentary about Hurricane Sandy, with music by Foo Fighters, Gaslight Anthem and Staind guitarist Mike Mushok, debuts online. "This documentary is to give these survivors a voice to tell their story," explains director Marcie Allen.
2014: The Rolling Stones perform in the Holy Land for the first time in their career at Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park. The crowd exceeds 40,000.
2014: Handwritten letters, notes, poems and sketches by John Lennon all exceeded pre-sale estimates at an auction at Sotheby's in New York. The Fat Budgie, a nonsensical poem, sold for $143,000, having been valued at up to $35,000. A handwritten manuscript called I Sat Belonely went for $137,000, four times its estimate. The pieces, part of an 89 lot sale, came from Lennon's books 'In His Own Write' and 'A Spaniard in the Works.'
2015: Jack White is inducted into Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame.
2015: Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello announces the launch of Firebrand Records. "One-stop shopping for all your rebel-music needs."
2015: The U.S. Postal Service announced that on August 12th they would issue a brand new Elvis Presley commemorative stamp as part of their music icons series. In 1993, the post office issued the first stamp of Elvis which went on to become the largest selling sticker in the organization's history.
1942: Capitol Records first recording session takes place when 'The General Jumped at Dawn' by Paul Whiteman's New Yorker Hotel Orchestra is recorded at Radio Recorders Studio in Los Angeles. The record flops, but Capitol soon becomes the most successful record company of the era.
1956: Gene Vincent releases 'Be-Bop-A-Lula.' It peaks at #5 and sells over a million copies.
1956: Elvis Presley made his second appearance on Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theatre, where his hip swinging gyrations during his performance of "Hound Dog" provoked howls of outrage. TV critics panned him, saying his performance looked 'like the mating dance of an aborigine', while others said he had 'no future in the music business.' Jack Gould of The New York Times declared, 'Mr. Presley has no discernible singing ability', while John Crosby of the New York Herald Tribune called Elvis 'unspeakably untalented and vulgar'.
1959: Bob Zimmerman graduated from high school in Hibbing, Minnesota. Zimmerman was known as a greaser to classmates in the remote rural community, because of his long sideburns and leather jacket.
1961: Roy Orbison had his first US #1 hit with 'Running Scared.' Earlier, he had placed 'Only the Lonely' and 'Blue Angel' into the Top 10. Orbison had to be coaxed into the soaring vocal climax at the end of the song because he was being drowned out by the instrumental build-up. Roy and his songwriting partner Joe Melson would later say that they wrote the song in about five minutes.
1964: The Rolling Stones played their first-ever live date in the US when they appeared at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California.
1964: David Jones and the King Bees release 'Liza Jane,' their first recording. Jones later becomes David Bowie.
1966: At the Marquee Club in London “The Bowie Showboat”, a lunchtime performance from David Bowie, “three hours of music and mime”, plus a Top Ten disco. Admission was 3 shillings, ($0.42).
1966: Gladys Presley, Elvis' mother, awakens suddenly in Memphis, convinced that her boy is in danger; at that moment, Elvis' first pink Cadillac catches on fire while en route from Fulton, AR. Elvis is unharmed.
1968: In reaction to the slaying of Presidential candidate Senator Robert Kennedy in L.A., David Crosby composes 'Long Time Gone.'
1968: The Rolling Stones begin recording 'Sympathy For The Devil' at London's Olympic Sound Studios. Also responding to Senator Kennedy's assassination, Mick Jagger later adds the line "who killed the Kennedys?" The Stones finish the track in less than a week.
1969: 'Feast Of Friends,' The Doors documentary, premieres in L.A. The film isn't that great but clips are used in the 1980's promote the band's catalog.
1969: Donovan and Joan Baez perform at a rally for nuclear disarmament in London.
1971: Grand Funk Railroad smashed the record held by The Beatles when they sold out New York's Shea Stadium in 72 hours. The concert grossed more than $300,000. That was about $2,000 more than The Beatles made at their 1965 Shea concert.
1971: James Taylor's 'You've Got A Friend' is released. Of the 14 US Top 40 hits he will achieve, this will be his only #1.
1974: Patti Smith's version of 'Hey Joe' (originally by the Leaves and covered Jimi Hendrix and others) is her first recording.
1975: During recording sessions for 'Wish You Were Here' at Abbey Road Studios in London, Syd Barrett turned up out of the blue as Pink Floyd were listening to playbacks of ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’, (a tribute to former band member Barrett). This was the last time any member of Pink Floyd saw Barrett. At the time, he was not initially recognized by his former bandmates because he had shaved off all of his hair, including his eyebrows, and had gained a lot of weight.
1976: Rolling Stones become first group to receive record royalties from the USSR when copyright laws are changed.
1977: Alice Cooper's pet boa constrictor was bitten by a rat it was trying to eat, and died. Cooper held a public audition to replace the snake, which was featured in his act. Cooper held auditions for a replacement and a snake named Angel got the job.
1979: 64 year old Muddy Waters, whose real name is McKinley Morganfield, married 25 year old Marva Jean Brooks. Eric Clapton served as a witness.
1983: During a 48-date North American tour U2 played at Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver. It's raining and foggy which only adds to the atmosphere. The show was recorded and released as 'U2 Live At Red Rocks: Under A Blood Red Sky.'
1984: Twisted Sister release their North American debut, 'Stay Hungry.'
1984: Slayer release their debut album 'Show No Mercy.'
1987: The two-day Prince's Trust Concerts begin in London. Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Phil Collins, Dave Edmunds, Ben E. King and Bryan Adams take the stage at the charity event. George Harrison and Eric Clapton perform 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' and Jeff Lynne backing Ringo Starr on 'A Little Help From My Friends.'
1988: Eric Clapton's wife Patti applied for a divorce, the couple had married in 1979.
1989: The Doobie Brothers reformed their original hit making line-up and hit the concert trail to promote the newly released, 'Cycles' album. The first single from the album, 'The Doctor,' made it into the US Top 10, while the follow-up, 'Need a Little Taste of Love' reached #45. Other members of the group performed live vocals on songs previously sung by Michael McDonald, who wasn't invited to re-join the group.
1990: Drummer Jim Hodder drowned in his swimming pool aged 42. He was the original drummer with Steely Dan and also worked with Sammy Hagar and David Soul.
1992: Iron Maiden's 'Fear Of The Dark' tour opens in Helsinki.
1996: Motley Crue's Tommy Lee and wife Pamela Anderson have their first child, Brandon Thomas Lee.
1998: Van Halen cancelled their concert at Hamburg Docks in Germany after drummer Alex Van Halen was injured when some chunks of plaster from the ceiling fell on him. The accident occurred during a sound check and caused only minor bruising to his arm.
1999: Aerosmith wins best song in a movie honors at the MTV Movie Awards for 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing' from the 'Armageddon' movie soundtrack.
2002: Dee Dee Ramone (born Douglas Glenn Colvin), dies of a heroin overdose in Hollywood. He was 50. Ramone was the bass guitarist of The Ramones and the group’s primary songwriter. Ramone was found unconscious by his wife Barbara at approximately 8:25 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene by fire department paramedics approximately 15 minutes later.
2003: Keyboardist Dave Rowberry dies in London at age 62. Rowberry joined The Animals after the group had a falling out with founder/leader Alan Price. Rowberry stayed until the original group disbanded in the mid-60s.
2003: Singer Scott Weiland is picked to be the singer for a new project featuring ex-Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum which later becomes Velvet Revolver.
2003: Metallica release their 8th studio album. 'St. Anger.'
2004: Ted Nugent performs for soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen at a U.S. installation in Iraq. He had previously entertained U.S. service members in Kosovo, Germany and Italy.
2004: Bruce Springsteen's sax player Clarence Clemons marries Dr. Meng Yanhong in Fushun City, China, the bride's home town. Even though Gina is a Chinese citizen, she lives in Dublin operating a clinic for traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and massage. The couple met in Dublin the previous year during the European leg of Springsteen's tour.
2005: Audioslave were at #1 on the US album chart with 'Out of Exile.'
2006: Carlos Santana stops by the Macy's store in New York's Herald Square to promote his new men's fragrance. A portion of the proceeds raised from the event benefit Santana's Milagro Foundation.
2006: 'No Direction Home,' the Martin Scorsese-directed documentary on Bob Dylan, gets an trophy at the 65th annual Peabody Awards. The Peabodys honor accomplishments in TV and radio broadcasting.
2006: Elton John is inducted into Mojo magazine's Hall of Fame at the third annual Honours List ceremony in London. David Gilmour (Lifetime Achievement Award), Queen's Brian May (Les Paul Award) and the Pretenders Chrissie Hynde (Songwriter Award) are also recognized.
2006: Elliot Easton of The Cars breaks his clavicle when their tour bus swerves to avoid an accident, and Easton falls out of the bunk. Performing with "The New Cars" fronted by Todd Rundgren, he plays four shows in a brace before getting surgery, which ends the tour.
2007: Dream Theater release 'Systematic Chaos,' their ninth studio album but first on Roadrunner Records. Recorded in New York, the album is co-produced by drummer Mike Portnoy and guitarist John Petrucci.
2007: Chris Cornell releases his second solo album, 'Carry On.'
2007: Marilyn Manson releases his sixth studio album, 'Eat Me, Drink Me.' It was recorded by Manson and guitarist/bassist Tim Skold in a rented home-recording studio in Hollywood.
2007: Jurors in the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector were shown the bloody revolver that was found at the feet of Lana Clarkson, the actress he was accused of killing at his home in the early hours of February 3rd, 2003. She had accompanied Spector to his Alhambra, California mansion after meeting him at her job as a hostess at the House of Blues just hours earlier.
2007: Sir Paul McCartney released his 21st solo album, ‘Memory Almost Full’ on the new Hear Music Starbucks label. It was later announced that all copies sold through UK Starbucks would not be eligible for the UK charts as the 533 stores were not registered with the Official Chart Company. The album was being played non-stop in more than 10,000 Starbucks outlets across 29 countries.
2007: Lucy O'Donnell, a former schoolmate of John Lennon's son Julian, claims that she was the subject of a painting by Julian that inspired The Beatles song 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.'
2008: James Taylor sings the US national Anthem at Game One of the NBA finals in Boston.
2008: Ozzy Osbourne is awarded undisclosed libel damages from the Daily Star over an article in the British tabloid that claimed he was physically unfit to host the previous February's Brit Awards. The newspaper reported that Osbourne was in such poor health that he collapsed twice before the show and needed an electric scooter to move around the set. The publication also issues a formal apology. Osbourne donates a portion of the settlement to his wife's colon cancer charity.
2009: The Dave Matthews Band appears on NBC's Today show. It's the band's first appearance on the program.
2009: Chickenfoot's self-titled debut album is released exclusively in the U.S. through Best Buy outlets. Chickenfoot is Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith. To promote the album the band makes their television debut on the Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien.
2010: Three Days Grace hit #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart with 'The Good Life.'
2010: Living Colour headlines a show at the Central Park Summerstage in New York to celebrate the Black Rock Coalition's 25th anniversary. The Black Rock Coalition was founded in '85 by Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, and others, as a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the complete creative freedom of Black artists.
2011: Following a five-year hiatus, The Darkness play a concert at the Waterfront, a venue near their hometown of Lowestoft. The group disbanded in 2006 following the departure of singer Justin Hawkins. The band (guitarist Dan Hawkins, drummer Ed Graham and original bassist Frankie Poullain) perform songs from their 2003 debut 'Permission To Land.'
2011: Foo Fighters perform 'Walk' during the 2011 MTV Movie Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City.
2012: 'Banga' is the title of Patti Smith's 11th studio album. Recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, the set is Smith's first collection of original material in eight years.
2012: The Beach Boys album 'That's Why God Made the Radio' is released to coincide with the band's 50th anniversary. It's the first new, all-original Beach Boys LP since the 1998 death of co-founder Carl Wilson and features core members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine. It would go on to reach #3 on the Billboard 200 chart and became their highest charting studio album of new material since 1965.
2012: Neil Young and Crazy Horse release 'Americana,' their first album with the full Crazy Horse line-up of Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank "Poncho" Sampedro since 1996. 'Americana' contains classic American folk songs.
2012: Joe Walsh releases his 'Analog Man' album.
2012: Guns N' Roses play a private show in Paris where an unidentified model steals three necklaces worth $200,000 from singer Axl Rose. The woman voluntarily reports to the police the following day.
2013: Nine Inch Nails release 'Came Back Haunted,' their first music in five years. The track is from the album 'Hesitation Marks.'
2014: Beastie Boys win a $1.7 million verdict in their copyright lawsuit against Monster Beverage over the company's use of the group's music in a promotional video. Monster calls the case "illogical," but admits an employee inadvertently believed Monster had permission to use the music.
2014: John Lennon's original poetry and drawings for 'In His Own Write' and 'A Spaniard in the Works' are auctioned for more than $2.9 million, better than double the pre-sale estimate. It's the largest-ever private collection of Lennon's work, over 100 items, put on the block.
2014: The cover art for the Jimi Hendrix Experience's sophomore album, 'Axis: Bold As Love,' is banned in Malaysia 47 years after its release. The cover shows the Experience standing in front of various forms of Lord Vishnu, the Hindu deity. The music is fine, but not the cover art.
2015: 'Love & Mercy,' the biopic about the life of Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson, is released in theaters. Paul Dano portrays the young Wilson, while John Cusack plays the singer-songwriter in later life.
2015: The Replacements reunion tour comes to an end when frontman Paul Westerberg tells the crowd at the Primavera Sound Festival in Spain that they'd just seen the band's final performance. He calls his bandmates "lazy bastards to the end."
1962: The first Beatles recording session took place at Abbey Road studios. The group recorded four tracks, one of which was ‘Love Me Do’, the four musicians received payments for the session of £7.10 ($12.07) each.
1964: An anonymous ad taken out in six American music trade papers states: "In the public interest, watch The Rolling Stones crush The Beatles!"
1965: The Rolling Stones released their classic single 'Satisfaction' in the US, which went on to give the band their first #1. In the UK, (where it was released in August 1966), the song initially played only on pirate radio stations because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive.
1966: Roy Orbison's first wife, Claudette, was killed when a truck pulled out of a side road and collided with the motorbike that she and her husband were riding on in Gallatin, Texas, she was 25.
1966: The Beatles 'Paperback Writer' promotion film gets first showing on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1968: The Rolling Stones added new lyrics to their soon-to-be-released single 'Sympathy for the Devil,' which referred to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
1969: Rod Stewart signed as a solo artist to Mercury Records.
1969: 'Feast of Friends,' a Doors documentary, premieres in Los Angeles.
1970: Syd Barrett played his first gig since leaving Pink Floyd at the Extraveganza '70, at London's Olympia. He was joined on stage by Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.
1971: John Lennon makes his first stage appearance since 1969 when he and Yoko Ono jam with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention at the Fillmore East in New York. The show is recorded and released as a bonus disc with the Lennon/Ono album 'Some Time In New York City.'
1972: Jethro Tull's 'Thick as a Brick' album hits #1.
1972: David Bowie's seminal album, 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars,' is released.
1973: The Elvis Presley concert documentary 'Elvis On Tour' opens nationwide.
1976: Rolling Stones become first group to receive record royalties from the USSR when copyright laws are changed.
1977: The Doobie Brothers pioneered the Fairway to Heaven format with a golf classic and concert to benefit The United Way.
1979: Def Leppard played at Crookes Workingman's Club in Sheffield. The gig was reviewed in UK music paper 'Sounds' and led to a recording contract with Phonogram Records.
1982: Tom Petty, Crosby Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks and Jackson Browne all appeared at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California for The Peace Sunday: We Have a Dream concert for nuclear disarmament to a crowd of 85,000 fans.
1986: A&R man Dick Rowe died of diabetes. Rowe became famous for not signing The Beatles to Decca records and made the classic quote 'Nobody cares about guitar group's anymore.' He did however sign The Rolling Stones to Decca.
1987: Genesis becomes the first group to spend a full year on Hot 100 with track from one LP, 'Invisible Touch.'
1987: Heart release their 9th studio album, 'Bad Animals.'
1988: Britny Fox release their debut album.
1989: Singer Ray Gillen, along with ex-Ozzy Osbourne axeman Jake E. Lee release their self-titled debut collaboration called Badlands.
1989: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble release their 4th studio album, 'In Step.'
1989: During a London press conference, The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, a well-known environmentalist and animal rights activist, says her contribution to the environment would be "firebombing McDonald's restaurants." The fast-food corporation confronts Hynde, threatening legal action, forcing her to sign a document vowing to never repeat the statement again.
1991: The record industry (RIAA) dishes out six platinum and multi-platinum album awards to Bob Seger. They're for 'Beautiful Loser,' 'Against The Wind,' 'Live Bullet,' 'Night Moves,' 'Nine Tonight' and 'Stranger In Town.'
1992: After it had been determined that the vows they traded in Switzerland did not constitute a legal marriage, David Bowie and his supermodel spouse Iman repeated their wedding ceremony in Florence, Italy.
1992: The pay-per-view 'Guns N' Roses Invade Paris!' is broadcast. The show also has Soundgarden, Jeff Beck, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and Lenny Kravitz.
1992: The Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Under The Bridge' peaks at #2 on the U.S. pop chart.
1992: The Broadway musical 'Tommy' wins 5 Tony awards. Pete Townshend wins Award for Best Original Score.
1993: The Velvet Underground reform for the first time in 24 years for a show at London's Wembley Arena.
1995: Pink Floyd releases the live album 'Pulse".'
1996: Billy Preston, the Grammy-winning keyboard player, dies of kidney failure in Scottsdale, AZ. He was 59. Preston was the only non-Beatle credited on any of the Fab Four’s records – the group’s #1 hit 'Get Back' was billed as 'The Beatles with Billy Preston.' In the 70s, he toured and recorded consistently with the Rolling Stones. His solo singles include 'Will It Go Round in Circles,' 'Nothing From Nothing' and 'You Are So Beautiful.'
1997: Following Phil Collins' departure, Genesis announced that his replacement was Ray Wilson, formerly with the band Stiltskin.
2001: Elton John auctions off 20 vehicles in his car collection, earning $2.75 million. He says he "doesn't have time to drive them anymore."
2002: Robbin Crosby of Ratt passes away. Reported causes of his death include AIDS-related complications, and accidental heroin overdose. Robbin was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.Crosby was the co-founder and guitarist in Ratt, and co-wrote many of their biggest hits. At some point, Crosby contracted AIDS and suffered many complications due to the disease, including a pancreatic condition that altered his metabolism.
2003: Officials at Six Flags in Darien Lakes, New York banned Marilyn Manson's Ozzfest appearance in August. The amusement park invoked a contract clause that allows them to restrict artists from performing.
2003: Dave Rowberry, keyboard player with The Animals, dies of an ulcer hemorrhage. He was 62. Rowberry played on many of the group’s big hits, including “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” “It’s My Life,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” and “C. C. Rider.” He also arranged many of the songs, and sang backup vocals.
2004: ZZ Top was nearly swept offstage by a rainstorm at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival in Dallas. Other performers included James Taylor, Santana, John Mayer and Robert Randolph, as well as Clapton himself.
2004: Green Day take home Most Downloaded Song honors for 'I Fought The Law' at the California Music Awards in Oakland. Other winners include A.F.I. (Outstanding Group), Red Hot Chili Peppers (California Favorite), the Offspring (Outstanding Alternative Album), Metallica's Kirk Hammett (Outstanding Guitarist) and Tesla (Spirit of Rock Award).
2004: Metallica play a rare gig at the Download Festival in England’s Donington Park without drummer Lars Ulrich, who is sidelined with an “undisclosed illness.” Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo opens the show by playing on 'Battery' and 'The Four Horsemen,' followed by Slipknot’s Joey Jordison playing the rest of the set apart from “Fade to Black” which is played by Metallica’s drum technician, Flemming Larsen. Later, Ulrich blames his non-appearance on exhaustion, caused by an unrelenting tour schedule and the break-up of his seven-year marriage to Skylar Satenstein. He says, “About halfway over to Midlands Airport (in England)… I don’t know what the f**k happened, but all of a sudden I just f**king lost it. It was pretty f**king scary to be in a little f**king metal tube at 41,000 feet. I’ve never had anxiety attacks of any kind ever.”
2007: The video for Hinder's take on Steppenwolf's classic 'Born To Be Wild' debuts on NASCAR.com. The song promotes TNT's coverage of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.
2007: U2's Bono meets with President George Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to the start of the G8 Summit in Heiligendamm, Germany, to discuss the G8's commitment to helping Africa. Talks with Merkel prove difficult. "It was a tough meeting and we're now having a row with the chancellor's office about their aid numbers," writes Bono in a statement.
2007: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora checks into an L.A. detox facility following the taping of Bon Jovi's MTV Unplugged in New York. Sambora was visibly inebriated, missed notes and his backing vocals were off-key. Later, Sambora says, "I did detox, I didn't check into rehab. I was just drinking too much and I needed to get my life together."
2007: Aerosmith's European tour starts in Randers, Denmark. It's the group's first European trek since 1999.
2007: Former Soundgarden/Audioslave singer Chris Cornell makes a solo appearance to promote his 'Carry On' album on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
2008: Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Randall Amplifiers introduce Hammet's own signature amp. The KH-15 Hammett Signature Practice Amplifier has control labels written in the guitarist's own handwriting.
2010: Rage Against The Machine play Finsbury Park in front of 40,000 fans. The free event is a 'thank you' for the successful Facebook campaign which saw fans buy the band's '92 track 'Killing In The Name,' successfully stopping pop singer Joe McElderry (a Simon Cowell creation) from obtaining the 2009 Christmas #1 spot on the U.K. charts.
2010: Ozzy Osbourne becomes a health columnist for The U.K.'s Sunday Times. "When the Sunday Times magazine asked me to be its new health-advice columnist I thought they were taking the p**s, to be honest with you," Osbourne tells the TimesOnline.co.uk. Though drug-addled for decades, Osbourne is an avid jogger and works out.
2010: Washington, D.C.'s legendary 9:30 Club celebrates its 30th anniversary with Henry Rollins, Husker Du's Bob Mould and Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters).
2010: Neil Young, an outspoken critic of digital recording technology and the MP3 music format in particular, files the first of three patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a high-resolution audio alternative to the MP3.
2011: Iron Maiden released the compilation album 'From Fear To Eternity.'
2012: An unidentified model is arrested in France following the theft of three necklaces worth $200,000 from Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose. The woman voluntarily goes to the police claiming she isn't sure how the necklaces wound up in her possession. Meanwhile, U2 bassist Adam Clayton appears in court at the trial of his former housekeeper, Carol Hawkins, who's accused of stealing from him on multiple dates between 2004 and 2008.
2013: Guitarist Adrian Belew quits Nine Inch Nails saying that "no one is at fault" but "it just was not working." Bassist Eric Avery bowed out of the reconfigured N.I.N. just weeks earlier.
2014: Tesla release their 8th studio album, 'Simplicity.'
2015: Metallica partner with ESPN and Circuit Of The Americas to assist the victims of the floods in Texas. They donate all download revenue from their X Games show to the American Red Cross of Central Texas.
1954: With Big Joe Turner's 'Shake, Rattle and Roll' riding high on the Billboard R&B chart, Bill Haley And His Comets enter Decca Records' New York studio to record the same number. Haley's version will enter the Pop chart next August for an amazing 27 week run and rise to #7, becoming the first Rock 'n' Roll tune to sell a million copies.
1958: The movie 'High School Confidential,' featuring Jerry Lee Lewis opens.
1963: In England, The Rolling Stones released their first single – a cover of Chuck Berry's 'Come On' backed with Willie Dixon's 'I Wanna Be Loved.' The band had to change Berry's line "some stupid jerk" to "some stupid guy" in order to get the song played on the radio. That same night, the group makes their TV debut on the BBC's 'Thank Your Lucky Stars.' After the show, its producer is reported to have told Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham to get rid of "that vile looking singer with the tire-tread lips."
1963: The Beatles, touring with Roy Orbison, performed at the Odeon Cinema in Glasgow, Scotland.
1964: During a world tour, The Beatles flew from Amsterdam to Hong Kong. When the plane stopped to refuel in Beirut, police turned firefighting foam on hundreds of fans who had invaded the runway at the airport.
1964: During their first ever US tour The Rolling Stones were booed off stage at the San Antonio Teen Fair in San Antonio, Texas. Some performing Monkeys who had been the act on before the Stones were brought back on stage for another performance. Only three thousand of 20-thousand seats were sold in the venue for their appearance.
1966: Roy Orbison's wife, 25 year old Claudette, was killed when her motorcycle collided with a truck in Gallatin, Texas. Orbison witnessed the accident. She and Roy had recently reconciled after a short split. The Everly Brothers' 1958 hit, 'Claudette' had been written for her by Roy.
1968: Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane all appeared for the first of a three night run at the Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco, California.
1969: Blind Faith made their live debut at London’s Hyde Park. 120-thousand people turned up to see the super-group of Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech strut their stuff at the free show.
1969: Keith Richards and his partner Anita Pallenburg were involved in a car crash near their home in Sussex. Richards escaped serious injury but Pallenburg was taken to hospital with a broken collarbone and the car was totaled.
1969: Bob Dylan played with Johnny Cash on the debut of ABC’s The Johnny Cash Show.
1970: The Who played 'Tommy' at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House. The show is the first time The Who play this venue and the last time they perform 'Tommy' in its entirety for nearly two decades.
1971: Carole King's album 'Tapestry' is awarded a Gold record. The album was number one in the US for fifteen straight weeks and would remain on the charts for three years, producing her biggest selling single, 'It's Too Late.' On July 17, 1995 the LP was certified Diamond in the United States by the RIAA for 10 million copies sold in the US and has sold over 25 million copies worldwide
1975: Elton John's album 'Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboys', went to #1 on the US album chart, the first album ever to enter the US chart at #1.
1976: Capitol Records re-issues some of The Beatles' hits in a package called, 'Rock 'N' Roll Music.' Even though Ringo Starr speaks out against it, the album would reach #2 in the US.
1977: Led Zeppelin played the first of six sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, in New York City during their 11th and final North American tour. Playing a 3 hour set, tickets cost $8.50 - $10.50.
1979: The US Internal Revenue Service charges Chuck Berry with three counts of tax evasion. Just hours later, he performs for President Carter on the front lawn of the White House. Berry later pled guilty and was ordered to perform a series of benefit shows after serving four months in prison.
1980: Rocky Burnette's 'Tired of Toeing the Line' peaks at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rocky bills himself as The Son Of Rock and Roll as his father, Johnny Burnette had scored a 1960 number one hit with "You're Sixteen". The feat of father and child both scoring a Top Ten hit has also been accomplished by Ozzie and Rick Nelson, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, Nat and Natalie Cole as well as Pat and Debbie Boone.
1980: Iron Maiden's 'Sanctuary' single is released.
1982: Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion opens for public tours.
1983: David Ellefson meets Dave Mustaine for the first time and soon afterwards they form Megadeth.
1984: Lita Ford releases 'Dancing On The Edge.'
1987: David Bowie played a concert in West Berlin in front of the Reichstag with the speakers pointing towards the nearby Berlin Wall where thousands of young East Berliners stood and listened.
1990: The Black Crowes played their debut UK gig at the Marquee in London.
1991: During their Use Your Illusion Tour, Guns n' Roses played the first of two nights at the CNE Stadium in Toronto, Canada.
1993: Pete Townshend, Chuck Berry and Billy Joel are among those present for the "breaking ground" ceremony for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland - 7 years after the city won the right to build the building. Guests stood on a guitar shaped stage at the construction site on the shore of Lake Erie.
1994: Stone Temple Pilots release their 2nd studio album, 'Purple.'
1994: Boston release their 4th studio album 'Walk On.'
1994: Grace Slick is sentenced to 200 hours of community service and four Alcoholic's Anonymous meetings a week for three months after being convicted of pointing a gun at police the previous March.
1997: Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher played a five-song set at the Tibet Freedom Concert, Downing Stadium in New York City. U2, Patti Smith and Radiohead also appeared at the concert.
1999: Poison are inducted into Dick Clark's Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1999: Rod Stewart was supposed to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange but he arrived late and decided to toss some soccer balls onto the trading floor instead
2000: Twisted Sister reunite for the first time in 14 years for a triple threat of the band's biggest hits, in honour of industry mogul Jason Flom, the man instrumental in signing the band.
2001: During their 'The Tour of Brotherly Love' tour, Oasis, The Black Crowes and Spacehog played the first of three nights at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
2003: Former Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett is made a Member of the Order of Australia by Queen Elizabeth II. He is given the award “For service to the community as a prominent advocate for environmental conservation and protection, and to the music industry.”
2004: Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry canceled two fundraising concerts featuring supporters like Jon Bon Jovi, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Wyclef Jean, Barbra Streisand and Willie Nelson, out of respect for the passing of President Ronald Reagan.
2004: Metallica nab the Best International Act honor and The Darkness win the Best Video trophy for their 'Love Is Only a Feeling' clip at the second annual Metal Hammer Golden God Awards held in London.
2005: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is one of the headliners at the eighth annual White Ribbon Concert in Toronto. The event supports the White Ribbon Campaign to end violence by men against women.
2007: Jackson Browne enters Songwriters Hall of Fame at the 38th annual induction and awards dinner in New York.
2007: The funeral of guitarist, singer Bo Diddley took place in Gainesville, Florida. Many in attendance chanted 'Hey Bo Diddley' shortly after family members had passed by his coffin as a gospel band played Bo Diddley's music. At the service, they presented a floral tribute in form of his trademark square guitar.
2007: The Rolling Stones' European tour kicked off in Belgium to a crowd of over 33,000, many of whom were stuck for hours in a 30-mile traffic jam caused by the show.
2008: 3 Doors Down were at #1 on the US album chart with their self titled second US #1.
2008: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones make a surprise appearance to jam with Foo Fighters during their Wembley Stadium gig in London. They play 'Rock And Roll' and 'Ramble On.'
2009: After performing the Poison hit 'Nothin' but a Good Time' at the Tony Awards, Bret Michaels has a run-in with the set, and the set wins. He cuts his lip and fractures his nose in the incident.
2010: Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh was granted a restraining order against an elderly neighbor who allegedly threatened to kill him. The man was also ordered to pay more than $1,500 in legal fees.
2011: Def Leppard release their first ever live album 'Mirrorball.'
2012: Bob Welch, a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974, died of an apparent suicide at the age of 66. After his time with the band, he went on to enjoy a successful solo career with hits such as 'Sentimental Lady' and 'Ebony Eyes.'
2012: Black Sabbath and Slash Take home Kerrang! Awards. Slash picks up the magazine's Icon Award and Sabbath nabs the Kerrang! Inspiration honor which Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi accept.
2015: Carlos Santana plays the national anthem in San Francisco before Game 2 of the NBA finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
1954: US record labels started to supply radio stations with 45rpm discs for the first time, replacing the 78 records.
1961: Elvis Presley's movie, 'Wild In The Country' premieres in Memphis.
1966: The Beatles begin work on 'Good Day Sunshine.' The song is finished the next day.
1967: The Beatles were in studio when Rolling Stone Brian Jones joined them to play sax on 'You Know My Name (Look Up the Number).'
1969: Brian Jones is asked to leave The Rolling Stones by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, who visit him at his home to deliver the news personally. His firing was due to his erratic behavior and his excessive drug use, which made him incapable of playing music. He released a statement saying, “I no longer see eye-to-eye with the others over the discs we are cutting.” Jones died about a month later from an accidental drowning.
1970: Deep Purple had their van and equipment impounded by East German police while on an European tour, after mistakenly driving too close to the border.
1971: Jerry Lee Lewis marries his fourth wife, 29-year-old Jaren Elizabeth Gunn Pate, a divorcee who worked as a secretary for the Memphis sheriff's department. The pair would split just two weeks later, but never divorced. They would remain married, seeing each other only occasionally until she was found dead, floating in her backyard swimming pool on June 8th, 1982.
1974: Bill Wyman became the first Rolling Stone to release a solo album with 'Monkey Grip,' (it peaked at #99 in the US and #39 in the UK). The album featured guest appearances by, Dr John, Leon Russell and Lowell George.
1974: Keyboard player Rick Wakeman announced that he was leaving Yes. Wakeman rejoined Yes in 1976, but split from the group again in 1980.
1974: Paul McCartney and Wings went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'Band On The Run,' his third solo US #1.
1974: Keyboardist Rick Wakeman announces he's leaving Yes for a solo career. Patrick Moraz fills the slot in Yes. However, Wakeman does return on occasion.
1982: Survivor released their 3rd album, 'Eye Of The Tiger.'
1984: Bruce Springsteen plays a surprise gig at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J., going on after the scheduled act to warm up for his Born In The U.S.A. tour.
1989: At a Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior's press conference, vegetarian Chrissie Hynde claimed that she once firebombed a McDonalds restaurant. The following day a McDonalds in Milton Keynes, England was firebombed and Hynde was threatened with legal action.
1991: Bruce Springsteen married Patti Scialfa, at their Beverley Hills home in California. They had one son together already, and a daughter on the way. It was Springsteen’s second marriage.
1991: Extreme went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'More Than Words.'
1992: Faith No More release their 4th studio album, 'Angel Dust.'
1993: The future Donnas perform their first show ever under the name Screen (soon to be Ragady Anne) at Jordan Middle School. They're 8th graders.
1996: Soundgarden's 'Down On The Upside' enters the U.S. album chart.
1998: Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr appear in public together for the first time in 30 years to attend the memorial service for Paul's wife, Linda, who succumbed to cancer following a long battle.
1999: Def Leppard release their 7th studio album, 'Euphoria.'
1999: Pearl Jam's cover of 'Last Kiss' (originally recorded by Wayne Cochran in 1961) for the charity album 'No Boundaries: A Benefit For The Kosovar Refugees,' is released as a single with all of the proceeds going to aid refugees of the Kosovo War. The song peaks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming the group's highest charting single.
2001: AC/DC, The Offspring, Queens Of The Stone Age and Megadeth all appeared at the Milton Keynes Bowl, England; tickets cost £28.50 ($48.45).
2002: Months of secrecy surrounding Paul McCartney's wedding plans were blown when John Leslie the owner of the 17th century Castle Leslie in Co Monaghan, let slip to reporters that Sir Paul had booked the Castle for the wedding.
2003: Led Zeppelin were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘How The West Was Won,' the bands seventh US #1 album. The performances were from the band's 1972 tour of the United States, recorded at the LA Forum on June 25, 1972 and Long Beach Arena on June 27, 1972.
2003: Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner announced his engagement to Mia Tyler, daughter of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler.
2003: Billy Joel won a Tony award for the orchestration of his musical, 'Movin' Out.'
2003: Former Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett is made a Member of the Order of Australia by Queen Elizabeth II. He is given the award “For service to the community as a prominent advocate for environmental conservation and protection, and to the music industry.”
2004: Velvet Revolver release their debut studio album 'Contraband.'
2004: Bad Religion release their thirteenth full-length studio album 'The Empire Strikes First.'
2004: Mojo Magazine, edited by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, hits newsstands. The band asked the magazine to write about them and were offered the job by the publication's editor. The Peppers also appear on the cover. So that's how the publishing business works.
2005: The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) says AC/DC's 'Back in Black' has sold more than 21 million copies in the U.S. The 1980 release was the group's first with singer Brian Johnson (following the death of original vocalist Bon Scott).
2006: Weezer's Rivers Cuomo receives his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. It only took 11 years (and a few albums, tours, etc.) after he enrolled in the Ivy League school. Cuomo is also inducted into Harvard's prestigious Phi Beta Kappa academic honors society.
2007: Recorded in Nashville and Hollywood, Bon Jovi's 10th studio album, 'Lost Highway' is released. is. It's the first Bon Jovi album to debut at #1.
2007: A street in Nijmegan, Netherlands, is named after the Rolling Stones. The group is presented a street sign, Rolling Stonesstraat, by the city's mayor.
2008: Rolling Stone magazine published a list of the Top 50 guitar songs of all time. #5 was ‘Brown Sugar’ by The Rolling Stones, #4 , ‘You Really Got Me’ By The Kinks, #3, ‘Crossroads’, by Cream, #2 ‘Purple Haze’, by Jimi Hendrix and #1 ‘Johnny B Goode' by Chuck Berry.
2008: Eric Clapton leads a celebrity-filled team in a charity cricket game in Cranleigh, England. Roger Waters, ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman and Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford also take the field. The event raises money for several organizations, including the CHASE Children's Hospice and the Crossroads Centre, the rehabilitation facility Clapton helped start on Antigua.
2009: Elton John's stage version of the film 'Billy Elliot' wins big at the Tony Awards, snagging 10 trophies, including Best Musical. Poison performs in support of the '80's based musical 'Rock Of Ages.' During the show's opening number singer Bret Michaels is hit by a descending piece of scenery fracturing his nose and cutting his lip.
2009: Jon Bon Jovi sings at the second annual ''Always Remember' concert in New York. The event benefits the Voices of September 11 organization's 9/11 Living memorial, an interactive website that honors the victims of the 2001 terror attacks. "I'm proud to continue to lend my voice in the support of this event to build a meaningful tribute to those who lost their lives," says Bon Jovi.
2010: KoRn calls for a boycott of oil giant BP, which is responsible for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "We need to do our part to let BP know there are consequences for causing something like this," writes frontman Jonathan Davis via a press release. "The more costly their punishment, the more money they will spend to make sure disasters like this don't happen again." Disturbed, Rise Against and Godsmack join the boycott.
2010: Saving Abel release their sophomore album, 'Miss America.'
2010: 'Green Day: Rock Band' is released. The video game features nearly four-dozen songs.
2011: Alan Rubin dies from lung cancer in New York City. He was 68. Rubin was a member of The Blues Brothers, touring with them and appearing with them in movies as 'Mr. Fabulous.' Rubin was a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and played the trumpet. He was also a long-time member of the Saturday Night Live band.
2011: Slipknot's Corey Taylor speaks at Oxford University. "(It) is very ironic seeing as I didn't graduate from high school," says Taylor. "They took a vote about who they would want to speak at their student union and I was the number one pick."
2011: Kid Rock returns as the host of the CMT (Country) Awards in Nashville. "Hosting the CMT Awards was a wonderful bridge to a great afterparty," says Rock, who also hosted the awards the previous year.
2011: Following a stint at an L.A. rehab facility (for alcohol addiction and exhaustion) Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora rejoins the band for their European tour-which is already underway. His first show back is in Croatia.
2012: The '80's-themed film musical 'Rock Of Ages' has a star-studded premiere in Hollywood with cast members Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Russell Brand as well as REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin and Lita Ford (solo and the Runaways).
2013: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are sent off stage by a fire marshal who claims the L.A. concert audience is 100 people over the Fonda Theater's capacity-despite evidence suggesting that wasn't the case. Petty offers fans a refund.
2014: Metallica's James Hetfield narrates 'The Hunt' on the History Channel. The multi-part program chronicles the annual controlled hunt in Alaska for Kodak brown bears. His contribution to the program is criticized by animal rights advocates.
1963: The Beatles, on the last night of their tour with Roy Orbison, performed at King George's Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire. It was during this tour that The Beatles' fans started throwing jelly babies at them while they were on stage, after an off-the-cuff remark on television that George Harrison enjoyed eating them.
1964: During an evening session Bob Dylan recorded ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.
1967: Pink Floyd played two gigs in one day, the first at the College of Commerce in Hull, and then the UFO at The Blarney Club, Tottenham Court Road, London, England.
1970: Bob Dylan receives an honorary Doctorate in Music from Princeton University. In part, his citation reads, “Paradoxically, though he is known to millions, he shuns publicity and organizations, preferring the solidarity of his family and isolation from the world. Although he is approaching the perilous age of 30 his music remains the authentic expression of the disturbed and concerned conscience of Young America.” Dylan leaves immediately after the event accompanied by his friend David Crosby, who had been inexplicably licking half an orange throughout the ceremony.
1972: Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust LP by David Bowie released
1972: John Hammond signs Bruce Springsteen to Columbia 1972, and Bruce started to assemble the E Street Band from various Asbury Park ex-band mates.
1978: The Rolling Stones release Some Girls, the first studio album recorded with Ronnie Wood. The album went on to sell over 6 million in the U.S. alone.
1979: The 2nd annual Texxas Jam takes place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The bill includes bands in this order: TKO, Sammy Hagar, Nazareth, Van Halen, Boston, Heart and Blue Oyster Cult.
2002: It was announced that Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was to be given a knighthood for his services to music.
1964: On their first world tour The Beatles took a flight from Hong Kong to Australia making an unscheduled fuel stop in Darwin, where over 400 fans greet their aircraft. The Beatles then fly on to Sydney, where they arrive in the middle of a heavy downpour. The group were required to appear in an open-top truck in the pouring rain to wave at the 1,000’s of fans greeting them at the airport.
1964: Rolling Stones visit Chess Studios for the first time, recording It's All Over Now among others
1964: Beatles' Hard Day's Night LP and single released in US
1966: Rain by Beatles (flip of Paperback Writer), the first record to use backward tapes, released
1966: Steve Marriott of The Small Faces collapsed while performing on UK TV show Ready Steady Go! The group were forced to cancel the following weeks gigs.
1966: Janis Joplin plays for the first time with Big Brother and the Holding Company, at Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco
1967: 15,000 people gather at Mt Tamalpais in California for the Magic Mountain Music Festival, where performers include Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Smokey Robinson and Byrds. The first event of its kind, it is a prototype for Monterey the following week.
1971: The Red Rocks Amphitheatrte in Denver bans rock concerts for 5 years when chaos ensues after police fire tear gas into the crowd at a rowdy Jethro Tull concert. The band keeps playing, although many of them couldn’t even see their instruments through the haze. 28 people were hospitalized.
1974: The Who began a four-night sold-out run at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1977: Joe Strummer and Nicky Headon from The Clash were each fined £5 ($8.50) by a London court for spray-painting “The Clash” on a wall.
1984: The annual Texxas Jam takes place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The bill includes bands in this order: 38 Special, Bryan Adams, Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne and Rush.
1991: Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr. kicked off an 8-date tour at the Gothic Theater in Denver.
2001: Journey is forced to cancel a concert due to severe flooding in Houston
2004: Ray Charles dies of acute liver disease in Beverly Hills, California. He was 73. Charles, who became blind at the age of 7, had one of the most recognizable voices in American music. He won almost every award a musician could get, including Grammys, the National Medal of Honor, an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and even his likeness on an American stamp. He was portrayed by Jamie Foxx in the movie 'Ray,' who went on to win an Academy Award for the performance. He left behind a large family – he was married twice but fathered twelve children by ten different women.
2006: The surviving members of Led Zeppelin met at a secret rehearsal space in England to run through songs for the forthcoming 02 Arena benefit tribute to Atlantic Records co-founder, the late Ahmet Ertegun. It was the first time the three members had been in the same room with instruments since their four-song set at Led Zeppelin's 1995 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
2007: The Rolling Stones played their first UK festival in over 30 years when they appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival. The Stones arrived at the Isle of Wight on their own privately chartered ferry for their 200-strong entourage including five Winnebago trailers and private security team. The Stones last UK festival appearance was Knebworth Fair in 1976.
2010: Slash is tackled by a fan in Milan while playing the classic solo in the middle of 'Sweet Child o’ Mine.' He handles it perfectly and even continues the song after changing guitars. He says, “What’d I say? Rowdy crowd for sure. But amazing! The guy who nailed me didn’t take me down but he busted my poor . Ah well, it was a kick-ass rock show in the first order!”
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis finds that the marriage scandal involving his 14-year-old second cousin has migrated back to the States when he is booed off a New York stage. The second show is canceled due to poor ticket sales, and Lewis' career, for the time being anyway, is ruined.
1960: Drummer Tommy Moore makes the fateful decision to quit The Beatles and return to his job of driving a forklift at Garston bottle works. He would briefly be replaced by Norman Chapman, who was called into National Service after just three gigs. After going drummerless and mostly jobless for a few weeks, the band would hire Pete Best on August 12th, only one day before they were to go to Hamburg to play a string of club dates.
1962: The Beatles recorded a BBC radio program, 'Here We Go,' at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester, in front of a studio audience composed largely of loyal Cavern fans. This was the last recording on which Pete Best played drums.
1964: Chicago police break up a Rolling Stones press conference in the middle of Michigan Avenue.
1965: The British government announces The Beatles will receive the MBE (Members of the British Empire). Some conservative MBE holders grumble that the honor shouldn't go to a Rock band and turn in their awards. The Beatles get their MBEs just the same. After all, they about single-handedly saved the British economy. Later, John Lennon returns his award to protest the British government's support of the war in Vietnam.
1965: The Rolling Stones release their 'Got Live If You Want It' album.
1966: The Rolling Stones started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Paint It Black', the group's third US #1 single. It's the first #1 Pop single to feature a sitar.
1966: European radio stations mistakenly report that The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey is dead. Actually, it was guitarist Pete Townshend who had been injured in a car accident a few days earlier.
1966: Elvis Presley begins shooting his 26th film, 'Double Trouble,' in Hollywood.
1966: Melody Maker reports that guitarist Eric Clapton (Yardbirds/John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers), Jack Bruce (Manfred Mann) and Ginger Baker (Graham Bond Organization) have formed the first "Rock supergroup." Cream is born.
1967: Printed in this week's music weekly Melody Maker's ad's pages, 'Freaky lead guitarist, bass and drummer wanted for Marc Bolan's new group. Also any other astral flyers like with car's amplification and that which never grows in window boxes, phone Wimbledon 0697.' The band who formed as Tyrannosaurus Rex, went on to release four underground folk albums before becoming known as T Rex.
1968: Working at Abbey Road studios in London on 'The White Album,' John Lennon worked on ‘Revolution 9’ in studio 3, while Paul McCartney recorded ‘Blackbird’ in studio 2.
1968: Fire breaks out at Olympic Studios while Rolling Stones are recording 'Beggar's Banquet.'
1969: David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' single is released. It's rush-released in the hope to capitalize on the attention surrounding the planned moon landing in July.
1970: An American tour planned for Ginger Baker's Airforce is cancelled eight days before it is due to begin. Only 3,000 tickets had been sold.
1971: Dennis Wilson, drummer for The Beach Boys, severs the nerves in his hand after crashing through a glass door while he was drunk. It stops him from playing music for about three years.
1976: AC/DC appeared at Glasgow City Hall in Scotland, on the first night of their 'Lock Up Your Daughters' 19 date UK tour. The tour, which ends in London, is the group's first U.K. trek as headliners.
1976: Santana's 'Amigos' album goes gold.
1977: Joe Strummer and Topper Headon were detained overnight in prison in Newcastle upon Tyne having failed to appear at Morpeth Magistrates on May 21st. Both Clash members were to answer a charge relating to the theft of a Holiday Inn pillowcase. They were both fined £100 ($170).
1979: Chuck Berry is convicted of income tax evasion and ends up serving about 3 months in prison.
1979: The Knack released their debut LP 'Get The Knack.'
1981: Van Halen kicked off 3 sold out nights in Oakland during the 'Fair Warning' tour.
1983: Drummer Alex Van Halen married Valerie Kendall in Los Angeles. Brother Eddie Van Halen was best man. The couple divorce less than a year later.
1986: A year after Sting released his debut solo album 'Dream Of The Blue Turtles,' the Police reunite for an Amnesty International concert in Atlanta.
1988: The Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute is held in London. Mandela, a South African political prisoner, has been jailed for 24 years. The concert, features Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder and Phil Collins, in addition to several pop and R&B performers. It is broadcast worldwide and seen by over one billion people.
1991: Skid Row release their 2nd studio album, 'Slave to the Grind.'
1992: ABBA's Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus join U2 during the their Zoo TV Tour to perform a Rock version of 'Dancing Queen' in Stockholm, Sweden. .
2000: Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee and two members of the English band's entourage were arrested after a disturbance at a Holiday Inn in downtown Denver.
2000: Motley Crue ask Hole drummer Samantha Maloney to rehearse with them for their upcoming 'Maximum Rock' tour while Randy Castillo recovers from emergency stomach surgery.
2001: Ozzy Osbourne records new versions of 'No More Tears,' 'Crazy Train,' 'See You On The Other Side,' and the Black Sabbath staples 'War Pigs' and 'Paranoid' for the soundtrack of 'Black Skies,' a video game based on his vision.
2002: KoRn release their fifth studio album, 'Untouchables.' It debuts at #2 on the Billboard 200 selling 434,000 copies in its first week.
2002: Sir Paul McCartney married Heather Mills at St. Salvator Church in Ireland. Guests included Ringo Starr, Elton John, David Gilmour, Jools Holland and Chrissie Hynde. Heather walked down the aisle clutching a bouquet of 11 'McCartney' roses. After a nasty court battle, they divorce in 2008.
2004: Van Halen began an ill-fated reunion tour with Sammy Hagar. The band had been hibernating for six years since its Van Halen III album and tour with Gary Cherone. After paying Eddie a surprise visit at his 5150 studio, the band made plans to tour again. Eddie was struggling with addiction at the time, and his relationship with Hagar soured quickly. When the tour finally ended in Tucson, Arizona in November, they went their separate ways. They haven't spoken since.
2004: Courtney Love surrendered to police after allegedly assaulting a woman at the home of her former manager and ex-boyfriend. Ms Love was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. She was later released on bail. The charges related to an incident on April 25, 2004, when Ms. Love allegedly assaulted a woman with a bottle and a torch at the LA home of Jim Barber.
2005: Jimmy Page was awarded an OBE in the Queen of England's Birthday Honours list and Queen guitarist and founding member Brian May was awarded a CBE.
2006: A bass guitar autographed by Van Halen's Michael Anthony is auctioned at a benefit for an aspiring musician suffering from bone cancer. Days earlier, Anthony went to the home of Brian Mammen of San Dimas, CA. During the visit, which was arranged by the Helping Heroes Productions charity, Anthony jammed for an hour with the 18-year-old, even doing a version of 'Panama.'
2006: After singer Jonathan Davis falls ill, Avenged Sevenfold's M Shadows, 10 Years' Jesse Hasek and Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor fill in on vocals during KoRn's appearance at the U.K.'s Download Festival. Davis is diagnosed with blood disorder, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, which forces the cancellation of KoRn's European tour.
2006: Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose invites former GN'R guitarist Izzy Stradlin onstage to perform three songs at the U.K. Download Festival. Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach also joins the group for 'My Michelle.' It's a chaotic set with Rose slipping during 'Sweet Child O' Mine' and leaving the stage twice for extended periods.
2007: Slash is named Riff Lord for his work with Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver at the Metal Hammer's Golden Gods Awards in London. Heaven & Hell (the Black Sabbath-related group) earn the Resurrection Award for best comeback.
2007: Motley Crue's Tommy Lee skips a London show after injuring his left arm. Evanescence drummer Will Hunt fills in. Though far from 100%, wearing an ice pack on his shoulder, Lee doesn't appear in pain during several on-stage appearances. During one such excursion he blurts out, "Who wants a goddamn swig of Jagermeister?"
2007: The Genesis reunion tour of Europe begins in Helsinki, Finland. The line-up is singer-drummer Phil Collins, guitarist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks. It's the group's first tour in 15 years.
2007: Journey's 1981 hit 'Don't Stop Believin' is used in the finale of the final episode of HBO's 'The Sopranos.' Former Journey singer Steve Perry, who co-wrote the tune with keyboardist Jonathan Cain and guitarist Neal Schon, says the way the song was utilized in the last scene "blew my mind."
2007: Jackson Browne receives World Hunger Year's annual Harry Chapin Award at a dinner in New York. The anti-poverty organization honors Browne for his involvement in humanitarian causes.
2008: Disturbed's 'Indestructible' debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. It sells 252,000 copies in its first week. The album marks the third straight time the group has topped the survey.
2009: Late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott receives the Icon Award while ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons takes home the Les Paul Award at the Mojo Honours List in London. The Zombies' 'Odessey And Oracle' earns the Classic Album Award.
2010: Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, a major soccer fan, releases his band's 'Represent!' to inspire the U.S. team in their first World Cup game against England since 1950. A day later, the match ends in a tie.
2010: Puddle Of Mudd announce that bassist Doug Ardito has left the group. Ardito joined in 1999. "It's been a great 9 years of Rocking the music of Puddle Of Mudd with Doug," says frontman Wes Scantlin. The group installs Damien Starkey, a friend of the band, as Ardito's 'temporary' replacement.
2010: Ozzy Osbourne releases his 11th studio album, 'Scream.'
2010: Ozzy Osbourne sets a Guinness World Record: the world's loudest and longest scream during an appearance at a Los Angeles Dodgers game. The record setting endeavor also helps the annual Think Cure weekend which raises money for cancer research. Ozzy's wife Sharon is a cancer survivor.
2010: It may be the eighth annual Download Festival in England but it's also the 30th anniversary of Rock festivals at Donington, starting with the Monsters of Rock bash in 1980. The three-day U.K. event features AC/DC, Megadeth, Motorhead, Them Crooked Vultures, Stone Temple Pilots and Wolfmother.
2010: Cheap Trick's take on The Beatles, 'Sgt. Pepper Live,' begins its run at the Paris Las Vegas Resort and Casino. The audio production is supervised by engineer Geoff Emerick, who worked on the 1967 'Sgt. Pepper's' album.
2010: The Flaming Lips perform Pink Floyd's 1973 album, 'Dark Side Of The Moon,' in its entirety on the opening night of the annual Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, TN.
2011: Pink Floyd's 1973 album 'The Dark Side Of The Moon,' re-entered the Billboard Album chart at #47, and reached the milestone of 1,000 weeks on Billboard's charts.
2012: Lisa Marie Presley, who owns Graceland and a minority stake in Elvis Presley Enterprises, gave her approval for her father's image to be turned into a hologram, with possible uses that range from a duets album and a TV drama series to appearances at the Graceland mansion in Memphis and perhaps on the road.
2013: Black Sabbath release their album '13.' The set has original Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, plus drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave) in place of the absent Bill Ward who sat out the reunion due to a contract dispute. The Rick Rubin produced set marks the first time the trio has recorded an album since 1978's 'Never Say Die.'
2014: Remastered versions of Led Zeppelin's first three albums land on Billboard's Top 10: 'Led Zeppelin I' (#7), 'II' (#9) and 'III' (#10). These are the first of a remastering project undertaken by Zep guitarist/producer Jimmy Page.
2014: Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose appears in a Budweiser World Cup commercial. In the spot, famous soccer players perform GN'R's 'Paradise City.' Rose, who is standing in the audience alongside some models, catches a tossed guitar pick and uses it to open his Bud, and then raises his can in salute to the mock band.
2014: The Ramones' self-titled debut album is certified gold by the RIAA, signifying sales of over 500,000 units. Released in 1976, the landmark Punk album initially peaked at #111 on the Billboard 200.
2015: The Kinks' front man and principle song writer Ray Davies was honored with a London Legend Award at a ceremony held at the Camden Roundhouse.
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis' 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On enters the country charts. It's on the C&W charts a week before the pop charts pick it up.
1959: Chess Records release two LPs in US, Chuck Berry's third album 'Chuck Berry Is On Top' and Bo Diddley's first release, 'Go Bo Diddley.'
1964: The Zombies record 'She's Not There' at their first recording session for Decca Records. The song would reach #2 in the US and #12 in the UK.
1964: The Beatles arrived in Adelaide, Australia and were greeted by an estimated 250,000 fans, (the biggest welcome the band would ever receive), who lined the ten mile route from the airport to the city centre. The group gave their first four shows in Australia at the Centennial Hall, Adelaide over two nights. Temporary member Jimmy Nicol was standing in for Ringo on drums who was recovering from having his tonsils removed.
1965: The Rolling Stones' clasdsic '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' is released.
1966: After buying pot from an undercover cop posing as a student at his high school, Steven Tallarico is arrested and charged with drug possession. He is given a year's probation and labelled a "Youthful Offender," which later keeps him from getting drafted. Tallarico later becomes Steven Tyler and forms Aerosmith.
1966: The Dave Clark Five break a record by becoming the first rock band to make 12 appearances on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show.
1966: Pink Floyd appeared at The Marquee Club in London. It was at this show that future co-manager Peter Jenner saw the band live for the first time. Floyd went on to sign a management contract with Peter Jenner and Andrew King on Oct. 31st of this year.
1967: Bob Dylan's album 'Greatest Hits' peaked at #10 on the US chart. The cover photograph of the album was taken by Rowland Scherman at Dylan's November 28th, 1965, concert in Washington, D.C., winning the 1967 Grammy award for Best Album Cover, Photography. The original album package also included Milton Glaser's now-familiar psychedelic poster depicting Dylan.
1968: Elvis Presley's 27th film, 'Speedway,' starring Nancy Sinatra, premieres in Charlotte, NC.
1969: Mick Taylor is introduced to the media as the new guitarist of The Rolling Stones. He replaces Brian Jones.
1970: David Bowie released the single 'Memory of a Free Festival', which featured guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Mick Woodmansey's studio debut with Bowie's band, bringing together the line-up that would shortly record The Man Who Sold the World. The track also featured Marc Bolan on lead guitar and backing vocals.
1972: Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Mardi Gras' LP goes gold.
1972: John Lennon and Yoko Ono release 'Some Time In New York City.'
1973: Grand Funk record 'We're An American Band,' which will become their first US number one single by the following September.
1975: 'Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits,' released in 1973, finally goes gold.
1979: Bruce Springsteen's 'Born To Run' becomes New Jersey's 'unofficial' Youth Rock Anthem. Springsteen is from Asbury Park, NJ.
1982: 'No Nukes,' the largest political rally in US history took place when about 750,000 people went to New York's Central Park for the Rally for Nuclear Disarmament, which featured performances by Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and Gary "U.S." Bonds.
1985: Megadeth release their 'Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!' album.
1987: The Los Angeles Coroner's Office rules that blues legend Paul Butterfield died from a heart attack caused by decades of drug and alcohol abuse.
1989: Graceland opens the Elvis Presley Autoland Museum, which contains over 20 cars owned by The King, including his famous Pink Cadillac, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Stutz Blackhawks, a 1975 Dino Ferrari, a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, and the red MG that Elvis drove in the film 'Blue Hawaii.'
1990: Bad Company release their 9th studio album, 'Holy Water.'
1991: Ozzy Osbourne released the 'No More Tears' single.
1999: It was reported that Oasis had paid Gary Glitter £200,000 ($340,000) as an out-of-court settlement after being accused of using the Gary Glitter lyric, 'Hello, hello, it's good to be back' in the song 'Hello.'
2000: Bruce Springsteen debuts his new song, 'American Skin (41 Shots),' which protests the NYPD killing of unarmed suspect Amadou Diallo, to resounding boos at Madison Square Garden.
2001: Blink 182 release their 'Take Off Your Pants and Jacket' album, featuring the single, 'Rock Show.'
2003: Van Morrison, Queen, Little Richard and Phil Collins were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in a New York City ceremony.
2004: Adrian Belew joins Primus on stage during their set at Bonnaroo 2004 for three songs: Primus' 'Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers,' Belew's own 'The Lone Rhinoceros,' and King Crimson's 'Thela Hun Ginjeet.'
2004: U2's Bono joins a California based entertainment venture capital firm, Elevation Partners, as a managing director.
2004: Velvet Revolver's 'Slither' tops the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks.
2005: Pink Floyd announced they would reunite with former bassist Roger Waters, who left the band in 1985, on July 2 for the Live 8 London concert. This would be the first time the band had played together as a quartet since The Wall tour in 1981.
2006: KoRn cancels the remaining dates on their European tour when singer Jonathan Davis reveals he is suffering from the blood disorder Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. "If I continued to headbang onstage, I could have dropped dead on the spot," Davis says in London.
2007: The John Lennon tribute album 'Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur' is released. Jackson Browne, Green Day, U2, Aerosmith and R.E.M. cover Lennon songs. Proceeds go to Amnesty International's initiative against the Darfur genocide.
2007: The Traveling Wilburys (George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne) two studio albums are reissued together with extras (including a DVD with videos and a group documentary). Contractual problems kept the group's work out of distribution for several years.
2007: The White Stripes perform a surprise six-song acoustic set at a London veterans hospital for retired military personnel. That evening proceeds from a Jack and Meg concert go to the Chelsea Pensioners' Appeal and charities supported by the London Pearly Kings and Queens Society, a charity fundraising organization.
2007: Ex-Pink Floyd singer-bassist Roger Waters discusses the Millennium Villages project, a U.N. initiative he's involved with that aids impoverished African peoples. "The basic idea (of the campaign) is to tackle all the things that cause extreme poverty at once in simple, cost-effective ways," explains Waters.
2007: Jackson Browne plays benefit concert in Red Bank, NJ, to raise funds for the Joan Dancy and PALS support group, which helps sufferers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease).
2008: The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce selects a number of performers, including Rush, to have stars embedded on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009.
2009: At the Bonnaroo festival, Beastie Boys play together for the last time, as Adam Yauch (MCA) would soon be diagnosed with cancer.
2009: Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson is the keynote speaker at the UCLA College of Letters and Science commencement ceremony in L.A. Delson, a UCLA grad (class of '99), has a bachelor's degree in communication studies. "Brad Delson is a social activist who is committed to change through education," says UCLA dean Judith L. Smith.
2010: Weezer make their first appearance at the Bonnaroo Festival in the Manchester, TN. Clad in an USA soccer jersey, frontman Rivers Cuomo bounces on a trampoline, climbs the stage's rafters, and throws bananas into the crowd.
2010: Elton John sings at a birthday celebration for conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh. Considering Limbaugh's gay bashing it was bit of a surprise. "Elton, during the performance made a lot of cracks," says Sir Elton's partner, David Furnish. "But ultimately, it's a bit like an olive branch, I guess."
2011: Linkin Park headlines the Download Festival at England's Donington Park. "Being American we never had many good Rock festivals to go to as kids," says frontman Chester Bennington. "Donington is a place we all dreamed of playing when we were growing up. "It's awesome."
2011: Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, suffers a stroke at his home in Florida. The 69-year-old musician is initially listed as "responsive and in stable condition" after two brain surgeries. However, he passes away six days later. 2012: Rush release their 'Clockwork Angels' album. Co-produced by Rush and Grammy Award winner Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones), it is the group's 19th full-length studio album.
2012: Joe Walsh comes out against Joe Walsh. The Eagles guitarist endorses Tammy Duckworth in her bid to defeat Representative Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) in November's Congressional election.
2014: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush receive honorary Doctorate of Music degrees from Nipissing University, a public liberal arts school in North Bay, Ontario.
2014: The Kinks' Ray Davies and Donovan are among the inductees into Songwriters Hall Of Fame during a ceremony at NYC's Marriott Marquis Hotel.
2015: Foo Fighters' frontman Dave Grohl fractures his leg when he miscalculates a jump and falls into the security pit during a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden. After a trip to the hospital, Grohl returns and finishes the show.
2015: Van Morrison is awarded an honorary knighthood for his "services to the music industry and to tourism in Northern Ireland" by Britain's Queen Elizabeth during her annual Birthday Honours celebration.
1958: Frank Zappa gets his diploma from Antelope Valley High, in Lancaster, CA.
1958: Ed Sullivan phones Colonel Tom Parker and says he wants Elvis to make a fourth appearance on his show as soon as he is discharged from the Army. Unfortunately for Sullivan, Elvis would never return to his program as The Colonel chose to book his client on Frank Sinatra's variety show on May 12th, 1960 for a then unheard of fee of $125,000.
1964: The Beatles performed another two shows at Centennial Hall, Adelaide, South Australia. For the four shows that The Beatles performed in Adelaide there were 12,000 tickets, for which 50,000 requests had been placed. The two shows on this day were drummer’s Jimmy Nicol's last as a "temporary Beatle". Ringo Starr (who had been ill), re-joined The Beatles in Melbourne the next day.
1964: The Rolling Stones make a television appearance on 'Hollywood Palace,' a show hosted by Dean Martin. Dino made some jokes at the Stones' expense -- after a trampolinist's act, Dean quipped, "that's the father of The Rolling Stones; he's been trying to kill himself ever since."
1965: The Yardbirds released their debut LP in the states. The album was titled 'For Your Love.' The album was released as The Yardbirds were getting ready for their first US tour. The album is a mix of US-only tracks and previously released singles compiled by The Yardbirds.
1969: The Rolling Stones held a press conference and photo-op in Hyde Park to introduce new guitarist Mick Taylor. The 20 year-old former John Mayall's Bluesbreakers member made his live debut with The Stones the following month at a free concert at Hyde Park London.
1970: The Beatles had their last original single, 'The Long and Winding Road' hit #1 in the US. The album 'Let It Be' started a four-week run at #1 the US album chart on the same day. Since then, they've reached the top of the charts with re-releases of 'Got to Get You Into My Life' and 'Back in the USSR' (1976), 'The Beatles Movie Medley' (1982), 'Twist and Shout' (1986, included in the movies, 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' and 'Back to School'), 'Baby It's You' and 'Free As a Bird' (both 1995) and 'Real Love' (1996).
1970: Christine McVie releases her solo album and announces her retirement from music. Less than a year later she's in Fleetwood Mac.
1970: Uriah Heep release their debut album '...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble.'
1970: Grand Funk Railroad, supported by Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) appeared at the Ocean Ice Palace in Bricktown, New Jersey, tickets $5.00.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band, Traffic, the Mothers Of Invention and Ike & Tina Turner perform at the Cosmic Carnival at Atlanta Stadium.
1975: In San Francisco, Peter Frampton played the first of two nights at the Winterland Ballroom. Recordings from the two shows were used for his double album 'Frampton Comes Alive.'
1975: Lemmy was fired from his former band, Hawkwind.
1979: The Cars release their second album, 'Candy-O,' which goes on to sell over four million copies in the U.S.
1980: Billy Joel's 'Glass Houses' is #1 on the Billboard 200.
1980: The film 'Roadie,' featuring Meatloaf, Blondie and Roy Orbison, Pat Benatar, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper and Styx opens in the US. Other stars in the movie include Art Carney and Hank Williams, Jr. The film was marketed with the tagline “Bands make it rock...Roadies make it roll.”
1980: Pat Benatar performed a short set and danced with team mascot, 'The Phillie Phanatic,' before a Philadelphia Phillies game.
1980: Paul McCartney releases the single, 'Waterfalls.' It stiffs becoming the first McCartney single ever to miss the Billboard Hot 100 chart, only reaching #106 despite being the follow-up to the #1 hit 'Coming Up.'
1982: Pink Floyd began sessions for 'The Final Cut.'
1983: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble release their debut album 'Texas Flood,' which was recorded in only three days at Jackson Browne’s personal studio. The album is later certified double platinum.
1985: Ratt release their 2nd full-length album, 'Invasion of Your Privacy.'
1985: 'Heavy Metal Mania premiered on MTV featuring Dee Snider as host.
1985: The Live 8 concert takes place in The concerts coincided with the 20th anniversary of Live Aid.
1987: Motley Crue debut at #5 on US LP chart with 'Girls Girls Girls.'
1988: The biggest charity Rock concert since Live Aid three years earlier took place at London's Wembley Stadium, to denounce South African apartheid. Among the performers were Sting, Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams, George Michael, Whitney Houston and Dire Straits. Half the money raised went towards anti-apartheid activities in Britain, the rest was donated to children's charities in southern Africa.
1989: Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1991: Mick Jagger announced that he and Jerry Hall were expecting their third child together.
1995: Alanis Morissette releases 'Jagged Little Pill.' The album, which sells over 33 million copies, wins four Grammys, including "Album of the Year," and is ranked #1 on the Billboard 200 list of the best-selling albums of the '90s.
1998: During the Dave Matthews Band set at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington, DC's RFK Stadium, concert-goer Lysa Selfon is struck by lightning. With help from an off duty paramedic, she is revived and eventually makes a full recovery.
2000: The New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association held a rally to protest Bruce Springsteen’s song 'American Skin,' the subject of which was the police shooting of Amadou Diallo.
2000: Bon Jovi release their 7th studio album, 'Crush.'
2001: KISS enter an agreement with WhiteLight to produce official KISS Kaskets.
2001: Sebastian Bach is named as Favorite Male Replacement, as part of Broadway.com's 2001 Audience Awards.
2001: Reb Beach is officially out of Dokken, opening the door for John Norum to join the group on a full-time basis.
2003: Elton John implores people to practice safe sex as he opens a memorial garden at a British clinic that treats AIDS and HIV.
2003: Metallica's 'St. Anger' debuts at #1.
2003: David Gilmour of Pink Floyd and Sting receive a CBE award (Commander of the British Empire) at the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Sting states, “I’m surprised and flattered to receive this honour…If my mum and dad were still here they would be made up.” Gilmour was cited for his charity work. He had recently donated nearly $6 million to the homeless organization Crisis.
2004: Elton John begins a series of concerts at New York's Radio City Music Hall backed by students from London's Royal Academy of Music and the Juilliard School. Proceeds from the first performance are donated to the Elton John Musical Scholarship and a program at Juilliard. John is a Royal Academy alum.
2004: Two die during at the third annual Bonnaroo Music Festival. Toxicology tests show both victims used drugs. There are numerous drug related arrests among the 150,000 who see Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews and The Dead on a farm halfway between Nashville and Chattanooga.
2004: The fourth single from Green Day's 'American Idiot' album, 'Wake Me Up When September Ends' is released. The track goes to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Alternative Songs chart.
2005: Billy Joel's album, '12 Gardens Live' is released. The two-disc set documents the Piano Man's record-breaking 12-night run of sold-out concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden.
2006: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts release 'Sinner,' their first new studio album in nearly 12 years. On the album, Jett gets political for the first time.
2006: Three Days Grace release their second album, 'One-X,' with the single 'Animal I Have Become.'
2006: Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and the E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt and Clarence Clemons tape cameos for the video that opens ESPN's Monday Night Football games. It is filmed in Orlando, FL.
2006: KoRn's Jonathan Davis is released from a London hospital where he was treated for a blood disorder. "The doctors have determined that this was an isolated incident," says Davis.
2006: Elliot Easton (The Cars and New Cars) undergoes surgery to repair the collarbone he broke the previous week from a fall on a tour bus.
2006: Three of the original Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine, along with Bruce Johnston, who joined the touring lineup in 1965, gathered at the Capitol Records office tower for the presentation of double-platinum plaques marking US shipments of more than 2 million copies of the band's 2003 collection, "Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys".
2006: The Gold Cause Marketing Halo Awards in New York honors the Music Rising initiative (Best Transactional Campaign), which was co-founded by U2 guitarist the Edge. The event is part of the fourth annual Cause Marketing Forum conference. Music Rising assists musicians affected by 2005's Gulf Region hurricanes.
2007: Bob Dylan receives the 2007 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, one of Spain's most prestigious honors. "He's a living legend of popular music," says Jose Llado Fernandez-Urrutia, president of the judging panel.
2007: Paul Rodgers performs at a benefit for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation. Proceeds aid the families of police officers killed or injured while on duty.
2007: Styx and ZZ Top perform on Spike TV's first annual Guys Choice awards show. Styx takes part in a salute to comic actor Adam Sandler.
2007: Widely hailed by critics as one of the best albums in Paul McCartney's solo career, 'Memory Almost Full' sold 160,541 copies across all retail outlets in the US in its debut week, landing the record at #3 on Billboard Top 200 chart.
2008: Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland and drummer Eric Kretz are sued by Atlantic Records for allegedly threatening to prematurely end their recording contract with the label. "The band never threatened anything more than remaining away from the studio until equitable terms could be arranged," says STP in a statement. So they weren't trying to end the deal just holding out.
2010: Paul McCartney closes the Isle of Wright Festival with a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Toward the end of 'Let Me Roll It' he plays the riff from 'Purple Haze.' "I was really lucky to know Jimi and hang out with him a little bit in the '60s, he was a great guy," McCartney tells the audience.
2010: Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan wins a Tony Award for his score and orchestration for the musical 'Memphis,' which examines the relationship between race and music in the South during the '50s. Bon Jovi is playing the O2 Arena in London which also means that Bryan misses his first concert in 30 years to attend the awards. Green Day's musical 'American Idiot' gets two Tony Awards; Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design.
2012: IDW Publishing issues 'Dressed To Kill, Part 1.' Written by Chris Ryall (Zombies vs Robots) with art by Jamal Igle (The Ray), it's the first in a series of KISS comic books.
2012: The Beach Boys' first album of all-new material since 1992, 'That's Why God Made the Radio,' raced up the Billboard 200 chart to number 3. Their span of Billboard Top Ten LP's stretched to 49 years and one week since they first graced the chart with 'Surfin' U.S.A.' the week of June 15, 1963.
2012: Ringo Starr's birthplace at Nine Madryn Street, in Dingle, was spared from demolition by Liverpool City Council. Housing Minister Grant Shapps said "a tide of community support" had saved the home, which he described as a "beacon of Beatlemania".
2013: Iron Maiden is named the Kerrang! Inspiration Award winner at the magazine's annual event in London.
2013: The Songwriters Hall of Fame inducts Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry at their 44th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner in New York. Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner are also inducted. It's the first time Jones and Gramm share a stage in over a decade.
2014: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan announces that drummer Mike Byrne has left the group. "Mmm. Let's just say that Mike, like Elvis, has left the building," states Corgan. Byrne, who was heard on '09's 'Teargarden By Kaleidyscope' and '12's 'Oceania,' had been benched by Corgan in favor of Motley Crue's Tommy Lee for the album 'Monuments To An Elegy.'
1953: Elvis Presley graduates from L.C. Humes High in Memphis.
1961: After a performance at the Majestic Theatre in Newcastle, England, Gene Vincent is mobbed by admirers who accidentally push him down a flight of stairs, where he is knocked out.
1961: Elvis Presley's 7th movie, 'Wild In The Country,' premieres in his hometown of Memphis.
1964: 12-year-old Carol Dryden was discovered by railway workers packed in a tea chest on a station platform addressed to The Beatles.
1964: Touring Australia The Beatles arrived in Melbourne and were greeted at the airport by over 5,000 fans. Another 20,000 fans lined the route from the airport to the hotel, army and navy units were brought in to help control the crowds, cars were crushed, hundreds of girls fainted and over 50 people were admitted to hospital with broken bones.
1964: The Manish Boys, (featuring David Bowie) auditioned for the UK television talent show 'Opportunity Knocks.'
1965: The 'Beatles VI' album is released. The LP is released in both mono and stereo versions.
1965: Paul McCartney records 'Yesterday' by himself, after trying unsuccessfully to fit in the rest of the Beatles. The song would later be recorded by over 3,000 other artists and become the most covered tune in music history. In describing it, Paul has said "I did the tune easily and then the words took about two weeks."
1966: The original 'butcher block' cover for The Beatles 'Yesterday And Today' album is officially recalled by Capitol Records due to "extreme negative feedback," just prior to its release. The cover, with the group placed among cuts of meat and decapitated dolls, soon becomes a collector's item. A standard group photo is used instead.
1967: The Doors appeared at Steve Paul's Scene in New York City. Jimi Hendrix was in the audience.
1967: The Monkees began recording 'Daydream Believer.' It was completed on August 9, with Davy Jones singing lead, Micky Dolenz on harmony vocals, Michael Nesmith on lead guitar, and Peter Tork on piano.
1968: Iron Butterfly release their 2nd studio album, 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.'
1968: 23 year old Rod Stewart got his first major exposure in the US when he opened a tour with The Jeff Beck Group at The Fillmore East in New York. Stewart had a bad case of stage fright and hid behind a speaker cabinet through the first song.
1970: The Grateful Dead release 'Workingman's Dead,' which contains 'Casey Jones.' It is the Dead's most commercially successful LP to date.
1970: Grand Funk Railroad spends $100,000 for a block long billboard in New York's Times Square to advertise its latest record, 'Closer to Home.'
1970: Eric Clapton's Derek and the Dominoes made their live debut in Britain. They told the promoter they were "The Dynamics," but he convinced them to add the "Derek," which was a nickname for Clapton. His mangled name interpretation stuck. The group was joined by Dave Mason, who played the guitar parts performed by Duane Allman on Derek and the Dominoes' only studio album, 'Layla.'
1970: The sponsors of the original Woodstock Festival announce that they lost more than $1.2 million on the actual concert. They would eventually profit from the sale of the Woodstock sound track and related memorabilia.
1970: Blood, Sweat & Tears begins a tour of Romania, Poland and Yugoslavia on behalf of the US State Department. Working as government ambassadors under the Nixon administration put the band in bad standing with the protest movement they were part of when they played Woodstock.
1971: The first Hard Rock in London opens.
1971: Emerson, Lake & Palmer release their 2nd album, 'Tarkus.'
1972: Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1972: Gate crashers at a Tucson Rolling Stones concert are greeted with tear gas.
1972: Actor Warren Beatty organizes his fifth benefit concert for Presidential candidate George McGovern at Madison Square Garden, featuring, among others, Simon & Garfunkel and Peter, Paul and Mary.
1974: David Bowie begins his Diamond Dogs tour in Montreal.
1975: Peter Frampton's concert at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael is recorded. This performance along with a show the following night at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco comprise 'Frampton Comes Alive,' one of the best selling double albums of all time.
1975: America's 'Sister Golden Hair' hits #1.
1976: 'Rock N' Roll Music,' a Beatles compilation, goes gold six years after the group disbanded.
1977: Led Zeppelin played the last of six sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, in New York City during their 11th and final North American tour.
1979: Little Feat announce their breakup.
1980: Billy Joel started a six-week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with his second chart topping LP, 'Glass Houses,' his second US #1 album.
1980: Blue Oyster Cult release their 7th studio album, 'Cultösaurus Erectus.'
1981: Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Steven Stills and Bonnie Raitt, among others, perform at the No Nukes concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
1982: The 'Metal Massacre' album is released from Metal Blade Records.
1986: One fan dies at an Ozzy Osbourne/Metallica show at the Long Beach Arena after falling from a balcony. Long Beach Police say the man “fell over backwards because he was probably overdosing, hit his head, broke his neck and died.” Three others also jumped from the balcony and sustained life-threatening injuries.
1986: Bob Geldof receives an 'honorary' knighthood (for organizing Live Aid). Being Irish, he can't be knighted by the Queen.
1987: 30 hired hands moved 800 rented NHS beds onto Saunton Sands in North Devon for Storm Thorgerson to shoot what would be the cover of the forthcoming Pink Floyd album 'A Momentary Lapse Of Reason.' Rain interrupted the shoot and the team were forced to repeat the exercise two weeks later.
1989: Carole King gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1991: Nirvana appeared at The Palladium in Hollywood.
1994: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts release their 9th studio album, 'Pure and Simple.'
1995: Several residents of Columbus, Ohio call the police to complain about the volume of a Ted Nugent concert. The Motor City Madman refused to quiet down because the music was within legal noise limits.
1996: Beatles producer George Martin is made a knight by Queen Elizabeth II.
1995: Rory Gallagher died after a chest infection set in following a liver transplant. Rory was only 47 years old when he passed. Gallagher sold over 30 million albums worldwide and was a major influence on guitarists including Brian May, The Edge, Slash and and Glenn Tipton.
2002: Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones is made a knight by Queen Elizabeth II.
2003: Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers is awarded a Member of the British Empire medal by Queen Elizabeth in London.
2003: VH1 list the Top 100 songs of the past 25 years (roughly '78 to '03). Nirvana's 'Smell's Like Teen Spirit' is #1.
2005: The Foo Fighters release the double album 'In Your Honor.'
2006: Heather Mills announces that she and Sir Paul McCartney will divorce after four years of marriage.
2006: Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell delivers the keynote speech on the first day of the CMJ Rock Hall Music Fest in Cleveland.
2006: The JCPenney Jam: The Concert for America's Kids featuring 3 Doors Down, Sting and Jon Bon Jovi takes place in L.A. It's an all-star benefit for the JCPenney Afterschool Fund.
2006: Bruce Springsteen plays Milwaukee's non-union Bradley Center in support of his 'We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions' album. This upsets local union officials with a representative calling the Boss' decision to play the venue "bafflingly ironic and somewhat infuriating," seeing that he was performing the music of pro-union folk singer Pete Seeger.
2006: The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood checks into the same English rehab center that he spent some time at in April 2005. "He needs some rest but he will definitely be fit for the first night of the European tour," says Wood's spokesman.
2007: The Rolling Stones are #4 (down from #2 in '06) on Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 list. The survey rates stars based on their earnings and media visibility during the previous year. The Stones are the highest rated Rock group. Oprah Winfrey, Tiger Woods and Madonna are 1,2 and 3, respectively.
2007: Bob Dylan won Spain's Prince of Asturias Arts Award, one of the country's most prestigious honors. Jury chairman Jose Llado called Dylan a "living legend of popular music and the guiding star of a generation that dreamed of changing the world."
2007: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora completes his detox stint at UCLA Medical Center in L.A. after spending a little over a week at the facility. "I was just drinking too much and I needed to get my life together," says the guitarist.
2007: Finger Eleven takes the stage during the 2006-07 edition of the NHL Awards Show in Toronto. The annual ceremony honors professional hockey's best.
2008: Paul McCartney performs a free concert in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. More than 350,000 people turn out for two-and-a-half-hour show (reportedly the biggest concert in the country's history). Organizers ask citizens and businesses to donate to Ukraine's National Cancer Institute's children's department; approximately $600,000 is pledged.
2008: Paul Rodgers is presented with a congressional proclamation in Corona, CA, prior to his benefit concert for the Fender Center's Kids Rock Free program. The document specifically praises the singer for helping to raise $200,000 for the music-education initiative. "(Music) connects us to our emotions and to each other," says Rodgers.
2008: An exhibit of Bob Dylan's artwork titled 'The Drawn Blank Series' opens at London's Halcyon Gallery. The collection features more than 200 of the singer-songwriter's adaptations of photolithographs from his 1994 book, 'Drawn Blank.' "If it pleases the eye of the beholder...There's no more to it than that, to my mind," says Dylan. "Or even if it repels the eye. Either one is fine."
2009: At The Dave Matthews Band concert held at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in New York, Dave Matthews is arrested because he allegedly “forcibly touched and groped a 20-year-old woman” at the show. However, the man was not the performer but an 18-year-old suspect who shares the same name as the band's leader.
2009: Trent Reznor tells a Bonnaroo Festival audience in Manchester, TN, that the concert is the Nine Inch Nails's "last show ever in the United States." The group still has a European tour scheduled. "I'll keep going," adds Reznor. "But I think I'm going to lose my mind if I keep doing this." Reznor ends up changing his mind.
2009: The Ventures guitarist Bob Bogle dies after a fight against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The Ventures were inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
2010: The announcement is made that Ozzy Osbourne's genetic code will be analyzed and mapped by U.K. scientists for Knome, a Cambridge, MA, based company. "Sequencing and analyzing individuals with extreme medical histories provides the greatest potential scientific value," says Nathan Pearson, Knome's director of research. Ozzy has survived years of drug and alcohol abuse, a near fatal ATV accident and reality television. Now researchers will attempt to discover how and why.
2010: Tim Bachman, one of the founders of the '70s Rock group Bachman-Turner Overdrive, was charged by Abbotsford, British Columbia police with sexual interference of a person under 14, touching a young person for a sexual purpose and sexual assault. Police charged Bachman for incidents that allegedly began 10 years ago in Abbotsford when the complainant was 11 years old. In May, 2013, he would be found not guilty. Bachman was again arrested by Abbotsford police on May 26, 2014 on new charges relating to incidents from the 1990s involving a different alleged victim.
2011: Black Country Communion (Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Hughes, Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham) release their sophomore album, '2.'
2011: 'A Treasure,' collection of live Neil Young recordings from '84-'85, is released. The album contains previously unreleased tracks.
2011: Despite accidents, injuries (actors falling while swinging about in Spider Man fashion), bad reviews, cost overruns, rewrites (of a wayward plot) and firings (including director and co-writer Julie Taymor), 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' opens on Broadway at Foxwoods Theater (following a record 183 previews). The songs for the musical are by U2's Bono and The Edge, first-time Broadway composers. Also, the album, 'Music From Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark,' recorded by the Broadway cast, is released.
2011: The Elton John AIDS Foundation launches an online petition to urge Florida Governor Rick Scott and state legislators not to reduce income eligibility requirements for the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program. Over 4,200 people sign the petition before it's sent to Scott.
2012: Bob Seger and Jim Steinman (best known for his work with Meat Loaf) are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the 43rd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner in New York City.
2012, Ringo Starr's birthplace in Liverpool was saved from the threat of demolition. The house, a run-down three-bedroom Victorian terrace, was one of 400 buildings marked for demolition in the Dingle area of Liverpool, but Beatles fans and city residents had successfully lobbied to save the house, along with 15 others in the area. The Liverpool City Council has agreed to give locals the opportunity to fix up the properties.
2013: 'B.B. King: The Life of Riley' makes its North American premiere at the NXNE Film Festival in Toronto. Actor Morgan Freeman narrates the documentary with appearances by Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Slash, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Ringo Starr and Bono.
2014: Amnesty International's Belgian affiliate apologizes for the unauthorized use Iggy Pop's image in an ad. He is shown with his face beaten and bloody and quote him saying, "The future of Rock & Roll is Justin Bieber." The ad reads, "Torture a man, and he will tell you anything." The ad is pulled.
2014: Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who reunite with former drummer Kenney Jones at the Hurtwood Park Polo Club for Prostate Cancer UK, the organization that helped Jones fight the disease in 2013.
2015: Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett perform 'The Star Spangled Banner' before Game 5 of the NBA Finals in San Francisco as the Golden State Warriors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Warriors win.
2015: Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Barrett Martin (Mad Season, Screaming Trees) and Peter Buck (R.E.M.) perform at a tribute concert in Seattle for Bluesman CeDell Davis. The show highlights the influence Mississippi Delta music had on the Seattle Grunge scene.
2016: 'Motley Crue: The End' is in theaters for a special engagement. The film documents the band's final tour.
1957: After UK radio stations started playing copies of Elvis Presley's 'All Shook Up' which were intended for US servicemen, the tune debuts at #24, a week before its official release date.
1962: The Elektra label opens West Coast office in Los Angeles, from where they sign Love and The Doors.
1963: Jan & Dean release 'Surf City.' The song featured Brian Wilson on backing vocals and would prove to be the duo's only US #1 record.
1964: Ringo Starr re-joins The Beatles in Melbourne, Australia after being released from a London hospital where he was treated for tonsillitis and pharyngitis. In his absence, drummer Jimmy Nicol, formerly of Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames, filled in admirably.
1965: The Rolling Stones kicked off an 8-date mini-European tour at The Odeon Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland, supported by The Hollies.
1965: Bob Dylan records 'Like A Rolling Stone,' his first 'electric' hit, with Mike Bloomfield on guitar and Al Kooper on piano and organ.
1966: The Beatles LP, 'Yesterday and Today' is released by Capitol with the controversial "butcher" cover, with the Beatles smiling amongst a group of decapitated baby dolls. The original photo became a huge publicity problem for Capitol and was quickly replaced by a more conventional cover.
1967: Guitarist Peter Green quit the John Mayall Band. Green went on to form Fleetwood Mac with John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.
1968: The Beatles publicly admit that the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was a mistake. John Lennon writes 'Sexie Sadie' as a veiled comment on the situation with a special reference to the Maharishi's alleged 'pass' at actress Mia Farrow. Not the first nor last time Farrow attracts an older man's attention.
1969: The Doors appeared at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1970: Jimi Hendrix opens his new Electric Ladyland Studios in New York.
1971: The Guess Who's 'Best of the Guess Who' LP goes Gold.
1974: Geoff Britton is selected as the new drummer for Paul McCartney and Wings, replacing Denny Seiwell.
1974: Elvis Presley played the first night of an 18 date US tour by playing four shows at the Tarrant County Center, Forth Worth, Texas.
1975: Hawkwind fires bassist Lemmy Kilmister after he is mistakenly arrested for drug possession at the US/Canada border. Lemmy returns to the UK and forms Motorhead.
1976: The Sex Pistols recorded their first demos in Clapham's Majestic studios followed by a gig that night at The 100 club in London.
1977: The Sex Pistols held a party on a boat as it sailed down The River Thames in London. The Pistols performed 'Anarchy In The UK' outside The Houses Of Parliament resulting in members from the party being arrested when the boat docked later that day.
1978: During a European tour Bob Dylan played the first of six sold out nights at London's Earl Court.
1981: Iron Maiden released the single 'Purgatory.' It would be their last with singer Paul Di'Anno.
1981: The Police begin work on their fourth album, 'Ghost In The Machine,' at AIR studios in the Caribbean.
1982: Bassist Pete Farndon is kicked out of The Pretenders due to his drug problems. He ODs the following year.
1982: Ozzy Osbourne and the former Sharon Arden, get married.
1985: Dire Straits started a nine-week run at #1 on the US album chart with, 'Brothers In Arms.'
1986: U2 and The Police headlined a concert at Giants Stadium in New Jersey celebrating 25 years of Amnesty International. It's the last concert on the Conspiracy of Hope tour. The Police have plans to record an album, but scrap them after drummer Stewart Copeland is injured in a polo match. The trio does not tour again until 2007.
1987: Guns N' Roses released the single 'It's So Easy.'
1988: During Bruce Springsteen's stay in Rome during a world tour a photographer took a shot of Bruce in his underpants sharing an intimate moment with his backing singer Patti Scialfa. The picture confirmed the rumours that Bruce and Patti were having an affair.
1989: The Offspring's self-titled debut album is released only on vinyl. A CD and cassette reissue would eventually be released in 1995.
1989: Nirvana's debut album 'Bleach' was released. The title for the album came from a poster 'Bleach Your Works' urging drug users to bleach their needles.
1990: The Rolling Stones song, 'Paint It Black,' hit #1 in the Netherlands for the second time, twenty-four years after it first topped the singles chart. The song was included on their 'Singles Collection' box set the previous year.
1992: Bruce Springsteen starts his first tour in four years with a show in Stockholm, Sweden. The tour, the first time he has ever toured without the E Street Band, is in support of his 'Human Touch' and 'Lucky Town' LP's.
1994: Disney releases The Lion King, an animated musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Elton John. The soundtrack was the first animated film soundtrack to ever be certified Diamond. However, the use of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" in the film resulted in a lawsuit from the family of composer Solomon Linda seeking $1.6 million for the song's use.
1996: George Martin, the producer of most of the Beatles' recordings, received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.
1996: The first of two Tibetan Freedom Concerts take place in San Francisco. The Smashing Pumpkins perform on the first day. Beck, Rage Against The Machine and the Red Hot Chili Peppers play the second. The Beastie Boys host the first Tibetan Freedom Concert, with about 100,000 attending the 2 shows, raising money for the Milarepa Fund.
1999: Carlos Santana's 'comeback' album, 'Supernatural' is released. The set features matchbox 20's Rob Thomas on the hit 'Smooth.'
1999: Jack and Meg White make their debut on 'The White Stripes.'
2001: Bad Religion drummer Bobby Schayer leaves the group after a decade long run.
2002: A rare autographed copy of The Beatles' album 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' sold at a UK auction for £34,000 ($57,800), more than five times the expected price.
2003: Metallica were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘St Anger’, the bands fourth US #1.
2004: Velvet Revolver's debut album 'Contraband' sells 256,000 copies in its first week of release to nail the top spot on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
2004: Johnny Winter kicks off a nine-date tour in Phoenix to support 'I'm A Bluesman,' his first album in eight years.
2004: The Beastie Boys release their 'To The 5 Boroughs' CD.
2005: A judge in Mississippi approved a divorce settlement between Jerry Lee Lewis and his sixth wife, Kerrie Lynn McCarver Lewis. She would receive $250,000 immediately and $30,000 a year for five years.
2006: A federal court jury in Detroit rules that the White Stripes do not have to pay Jim Diamond royalties from their first two albums. Diamond, credited with co-producing the duo's 1999 self-titled debut and mixing the group's 2000 release, 'De Stijl,' filed suit against the Stripes in 2004, claiming that he helped shape their sound and deserves a share of the discs' royalties.
2006: Joan Jett is part of the Warped Tour. Also on the tour are AFI, Academy Is and Saves The Day.
2007: Strong winds cause amplification towers to fall canceling performances by Linkin Park, Pearl Jam, the Killers and My Chemical Romance on the second day of the Heineken Jammin' Festival in Venice, Italy. The towers crash into the crowd sending nineteen fans to the hospital. Only one person suffers a serious injury.
2007: Keyboardist Richard Bell, one-time member of Janis Joplin's Full Tilt Boogie Band, dies in Toronto at age 62 after a battle with cancer. Bell is heard on Joplin's 'Pearl' album. He also recorded with Joe Walsh and Bonnie Raitt.
2007: Linkin Park wins the Best International Video (group) honor for 'Bleed It Out' at Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards.
2009: Slipknot wins Best Live Band and Best International Band categories at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods in London. Also, Iron Maiden gets Golden God and Best U.K. Band awards, Def Leppard earns the Legend Award and Five Finger Death Punch grabs the Best New Band trophy.
2009: Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford launches Metal Go Apparel. The business' initial offering is a collection of graphic T-shirts.
2009: Paul McCartney unveils a campaign encouraging vegetarianism in the United Kingdom. The Meat Free Monday initiative asks participants to refrain from eating meat on that day. "If this was to happen it could have a hugely beneficial effect on the climate," says McCartney. The campaign is already in the U.S. and Australia.
2010: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers release 'Mojo.'
2010: 'Ozzy Osbourne's Prince of Darkness: Rock Band' video game, is available at the Rock Band store. His Rock Band debut consists of career-spanning solo tracks.
2010: The case against a man accused of threatening Elton John's life was withdrawn just hours before his trial was due to begin. Neal Horsley had responded to Elton's suggestion that Jesus Christ was gay in a Parade magazine interview by writing an angry online response entitled "Why Elton John Must Die". After being held in an Atlanta, Georgia jail since last March, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams dismissed the case against Horsley because his actions did not warrant criminal charges.
2011: U2 takes the #1 spot Forbes list of the world's highest-paid musicians for the second year in a row. The group's 2010 earnings netted over $195 million. Bon Jovi is second with $125 million and Elton John captures third earning $100 million.
2014: Casey Kasem, longtime radio disc jockey, host of American Top 40 and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo, dies of complications of Lewy body dementia, similar to Parkinson’s disease. He was 82. After an exemplary career and beloved by millions, Kasem’s death was the stuff of tabloid fodder, pitting his wife Jean Kasem against his three children from a previous marriage. He was not interred until six months after his death, in Oslo, Norway.
2015: Guitarist Dave Mustaine receives the Metal Hammer Golden God award in London for his work with Megadeth and Metallica.
1953: Elvis Presley graduated from IC Hulmes High School in Memphis. His graduation photo shows him with a split curl in his hair, which would later become his trademark.
1964: The Rolling Stones paid £1,500 ($2,500) in return air fares from America back to the UK to honour a booking made a year earlier for £100 ($170) at Magdalen College Oxford.
1966: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (featuring guitarist Eric Clapton), appeared at The Marquee Club in London.
1967: Over 200,000 people attended the first Monterey Pop Festival this week in 1967. Many of the leading Rock acts of the time appeared, including Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Simon and Garfunkel, Canned Heat, The Mamas and The Papas, The Grateful Dead, Eric Burdon and The Animals, The Association, Booker T. and The MGs, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, David Crosby and Steve Miller. John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas would later write, 'San Francisco" (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)' about the festival, which became a big hit for Scott McKenzie later in the year. Tickets cost $3.50–6.50.
1967: Pink Floyd released their second single 'See Emily Play' which was written by original frontman Syd Barrett. The slide guitar work on the song was done by Barrett using a plastic ruler.
1968: Janis Joplin, Steve Miller and Santana played a benefit at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium.
1968: The Elvis Presley/Nancy Sinatra movie 'Speedway' premieres in Charlotte, North Carolina, where much of it was filmed.
1969: The Steve Miller Band release their third album, 'Brave New World.' The set is notable for the songs 'Space Cowboy,' 'Celebration Song' and 'My Dark Hour.' The latter two tracks feature Paul McCartney on backing vocals, drums and bass-credited as Paul Ramon.
1970: Woodstock Ventures, the company that provided the financial support for the original Woodstock festival announces they lost more than $1.2 million. They hope an album with Woodstock performances and souvenirs will get them to the break even point.
1975: Former Beatle John Lennon sues the U.S. government (Attorneys General John Mitchell and Richard Kleindienst) charging it with "selective prosecution." Seen as a dangerous radical whose immigration efforts must be halted, the U.S. government hit Lennon with various deportation actions.
1977: The musical 'Beatlemania' hit Broadway, opening at the Winter Garden Theatre. It ran for more than one-thousand performances.
1979: Supertramp's 'The Logical Song' reaches #6 on the pop chart.
1980: The Blues Brothers film starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd premiered in Chicago. The film also featured Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Ray Charles in the role of a streetwise storeowner. The film goes on to gross over $115 million and becomes a cult classic.
1982: Pretenders guitarist, 25 year old James Honeyman Scott, died in his sleep in London, England. The official cause of death is "cocaine related heart failure."
1982: Donny Van Zant of .38 Special is arrested on stage in Tulsa, Oklahoma for public drinking. Tulsa was a dry town.
1987: Lawyers for Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia gave the Ben & Jerry ice cream company permission to market a flavor called “Cherry Garcia.”
1988: Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil marries his second wife, Sharisse Rudell, who is infamously labeled a “mud wrestler.” She is the mother of Neil’s daughter, Skylar, who tragically passes away from cancer at the age of 4.
1988: Pink Floyd played Berlin. In East Berlin, two-thousand fans gathered at the wall to listen to the concert.
1989: Skid Row release their 2nd single, '18 and Life.'
1990: The Rolling Stones’ 'Paint It Black' went to number one in the Netherlands, 24 years after it was first released.
1991: Type O Negative released their debut album 'Slow, Deep And Hard.'
1992: FireHouse released the album 'Hold Your Fire.'
1993: The U.S. Postal Service issues a booklet of commemorative rock and roll stamps featuring Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Bill Haley, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, and Dinah Washington.
1994: Kristen Pfaff, bassist with Hole, died of a heroin overdose. She was 27. Pfaff had gone to a Minneapolis detox center for heroin addiction in February and had decided to leave Hole and return to her hometown of Minneapolis permanently. She overdosed in Seattle while she was packing up her apartment.
1995: Pearl Jam kicked off their first tour without the involvement of Ticketmaster. The Seattle band had accused the company of monopolizing the ticket industry.Instead, tickets were sold through a mail-order service.
1996: Rage Against The Machine, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Fugees, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lee Hooker, Beck, Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono, De La Soul and Richie Havens all appeared at the two-day Tibetan Freedom Concert, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: A sell-out crowd of over 100,000 made it the largest US benefit concert since Live Aid in 1985.
1996: Van Halen and Sammy Hagar parted ways.
1998: Metallica released the single 'Fuel.'
1999: Phil Collins gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2001: Four-year-old Daniel Karven-Veres drowned in Tommy Lee's swimming pool while attending a birthday party for Lee's 5-year-old son, Brandon. His parents, James Veres and Ursula Karven, sued Lee for negligence, claiming they should have been told that a swimming pool was involved, (their son could not swim). Lee was cleared by a jury in April 2003.
2003: Shinedown and Soil tour the U.S. The first stop is Evansville, IN.2004: The three surviving original members of the New York Dolls perform together for the first time since 1975 at the first of two shows at London Royal Festival Hall. The concerts are spearheaded by The Smiths frontman, Morrissey, who was once the president of the Dolls' UK fan club. The band continues to record and perform in various incarnations after the reunion.
2004: A number of Led Zeppelin items go on the block at the Rock Legends auction to benefit the ABC Trust charity, which serves disadvantaged youth in Brazil. The organization was founded in 1998 by guitarist Jimmy Page's wife, Jimena Gomez-Paratcha.
2004: The Newark Museum hosts 'Springsteen: Troubadour of the Highway.' Featuring over 60 photos, the exhibit examines Springsteen's "use of cars and highways as motifs in his music and in related visual imagery."
2005: Motorhead celebrate their 30th anniversary with a concert at the Hammersmith Apollo that is later released on DVD.
2005: Nashville DJ Jeremy Campos files a $500,000 lawsuit against Kid Rock. Rock was charged with assault on February 16th after reportedly punching the DJ in the face following an argument. The incident occurred at the club where Campos worked.
2006: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Radiohead and Beck perform at the fifth annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN.
2006: Def Leppard are proclaimed Sheffield Legends by their hometown of Sheffield, England. A star is unveiled outside the town hall. "Def Leppard have been great ambassadors for the city wherever they have performed throughout the world," says Sheffield Council leader Jan Wilson.
2006: Seether announces they have parted ways with touring guitarist Pat Callahan, who officially joined the band's lineup two years earlier. "Seether has since decided to keep it running as a three-piece unit," says an online post.
2006: The Rolling Stones are the most powerful Rock act in the world, according to Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 list. The band sits at #2 behind actor Tom Cruise, on the survey, which rates stars on their earnings and media visibility during the past year. Other Rock artists landing on the Celebrity 100 include U2 (#4), Bruce Springsteen (#11) and Paul McCartney (#14).
2006: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are recognized for their contributions to the music world by the U.K. based Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy organization, which aids ailing children and adults. The couple are presented with a trophy at the annual Silver Clef Lunch in London. Also, the Eagles receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
2007: The Black Crowes perform at the King of the Blues competition in L.A. The annual Guitar Center-sponsored contest promotes guitarists "with deep passion and commitment to the craft." The winner performs at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival the following month.
2007: Peter Frampton performs prior to the start of the Meijer 300 auto race in Sparta, KY. He's also the race's Grand Marshall.
2007: E!'s True Hollywood Story focuses on the relationship between Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and his actress daughter Liv.
2007: Rod Stewart marries model Penny Lancaster, his third wife. Stewart has two children with Lancaster, and eight in total from five different women.
2010: The Big Four (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) performed for the first time ever at the Sonisphere Festival.
1933: 21-year-old Gladys Love Smith marries 17-year-old Vernon Elvis Presley. On January 8th, 1935, she would give birth to Elvis Aaron Presley and a stillborn identical twin named Jesse Garon Presley.
1954: Guitarist Danny Cedrone died following a freak accident; 10 days after he had recorded the lead guitar break on 'Rock Around the Clock' with Bill Haley and His Comets. Session player Cedrone was paid $21 for his work on the session, as at that time Haley chose not to hire a full-time guitarist for his group. He died of a broken neck after falling down a staircase.
1955: After a month of booking gigs in larger venues in Dallas and Houston, Colonel Tom Parker arranges a meeting with Elvis Presley's manager, Bob Neal, which results in an agreement that will see the Colonel handle Presley's show dates and career strategy from now on.
1957: Billboard magazine discontinues the Most Played in Jukeboxes chart, as the popularity of jukeboxes was on the decline and radio stations were incorporating more and more Rock 'n' Roll into their play lists.
1963: The Rolling Stones released their first UK single, 'Come On,' which would peak at #21.
1964: The Elvis Presley's 15th movie, 'Viva Las Vegas,' co-starring Ann-Margret, opens nationally.
1965: Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles completed work on the new Paul McCartney song ‘Yesterday’ with the overdubbing of an additional vocal track by McCartney and a string quartet. They also recorded ‘Act Naturally’ for Ringo's vocal contribution on the ‘Help!’ album and the song ‘Wait’, in four takes. ‘Wait’ will not be included on ‘Help!’, it was included on the following LP, ‘Rubber Soul’.
1965: The Kinks and the Moody Blues made their US concert debut at the Academy of Music in New York City.
1966: Paul McCartney buys the farm in Kintyre, Scotland, that would later inspire his 1977 megahit ballad "Mull Of Kintyre."
1966: Peter Green joins John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
1967: The Hollies' 'Carrie Ann' is released in the US, where it will reach #9.
1967: CBS Records releases 5 Moby Grape singles concurrently. It worked for The Beatles only three years earlier. All it does this time is buy the group a lot of criticism and accusations of hype.
1969: Featuring 'In the Ghetto' (a #3 pop hit) and 'Any Day Now,' Elvis Presley's 'From Elvis In Memphis' is released. Recorded at American Sound studios in Memphis, the album only reaches #13 on the Billboard 200 but tops the U.K. chart.
1971: Carole King saw her 'Tapestry' album hit #1 in the US for the first of 15 consecutive weeks. The LP contained such classic tracks as 'It's Too Late.' 'I Feel the Earth Move,' 'So Far Away,' 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow?' and 'You've Got a Friend.' The Grammy Award winning disc is considered by many to be one of the best Rock 'n' Roll albums of all time.
1972: Keyboardist Ron (Pigpen) McKernan, founding member of the Grateful Dead, plays his final gig with the band at the Hollywood Bowl. He would die the following March of alcohol-induced liver failure, internal bleeding, complications of Crohn’s disease in March of 1973 at the age 27.
1972: The Rolling Stones album 'Exile On Main Street' started a four-week run at the top of the US charts.
1973: Joe Saylers, business manager for Three Dog Night and Steppenwolf, is shot in the arm after a confrontation with two strangers in his West Hollywood apartment.
1976: Blondie released their debut single 'X Offender'. Written by Gary Valentine and Debbie Harry, the title of the song was originally 'Sex Offender', written about an 18-year-old boy being arrested for having sex with his younger girlfriend. Debbie Harry changed the lyrics so that the song was about a prostitute being attracted to the police officer that had arrested her. Private Stock, the band’s label insisted that the single be changed to 'X Offender' because they were nervous about the original title.
1977: After Jimmy Helms pulled out of a gig at Shoreditch College, the members of the social committee decided to call upon famous local, Elton John who lived up the road and ask if he would perform. Elton did the gig for two bottles of wine.
1977: Michael Schenker disappears after UFO concert in Leeds, England.
1977: KISS release 'Love Gun' is out. The platinum album is originally released with a paper toy gun.
1977: Steve Winwood releases his solo self-titled LP.
1978: Grace Slick's alcoholism prevented her from going on stage with Jefferson Starship at a concert in St. Goarhausen, West Germany. Fans rioted, causing more than $1 million in damage. Two days later, Slick quit the Starship and Marty Balin took over as lead vocalist.
1980: Led Zeppelin begins three week's worth of shows in Europe. It will prove to be the group's last tour.
1985: The famously reclusive Bob Dylan opens up on the syndicated radio show Rockline, taking calls from fans.
1985: Marillion released their 3rd studio album, 'Misplaced Childhood.'
1987: A St. Petersburg, Florida real estate agent named Vittoria Holman sued Mötley Crüe and a concert promoter for hearing loss allegedly incurred at a concert in December 1985. Holman and her daughter had front row seats less than 10 feet (3 meters) from a wall of speakers. The case was settled out of court when the band's insurance company paid Holman over $30,000.
1988: The documentary 'The Decline Of The Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years' was released.
1989: Ringo Starr announces the second annual line-up of his All-Starr Band, featuring Billy Preston, Joe Walsh, Dr. John, Nils Lofgren and Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, and The Band's Levon Helm and Rick Danko.
1989: Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford's Metal ballad 'Close My Eyes Forever' peaks at #8 in the U.S.
1991: Van Halen releases their 9th album, 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge,' also known as F.U.C.K. Sammy Hagar titles the album, allegedly wanting to push the issue of censorship. The album goes on to sell over 3 million in the U.S. alone.
1994: Megadeth is kicked off the Aerosmith tour after just seven dates, when Dave Mustaine says, “We don’t have much time to play because Aerosmith don’t have much time left to live.” Jackyl and 4 Non Blondes open the remaining dates on the US tour.
1995: Rod Stewart sets an attendance record at Wembley Stadium in London when 83,000 fans attend his concert. The record holds until 2009, when U2 draws 88,000 on their 360 tour.
1997: Attempting to cash-in the hype surrounding the 20th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death (just two months away), RCA issues a 100 track compilation titled, 'Platinum: A Life In Music.' The set features early recordings, live tracks, out-takes and demos.
1997: Ozzy Osbourne cancelled his solo set and his reunion with Black Sabbath, scheduled for an Ozzfest tour stop at the Polaris Amphitheatre near Columbus, Ohio. Osbourne claimed he had lost his voice. Other groups on the bill performed as scheduled but disappointed fans set fires and damaged the outdoor facility. Twenty-three people were arrested and three were slightly hurt. Osbourne and Black Sabbath played a make-up date two weeks later.
1997: Megadeth release their 7th studio album, 'Cryptic Writings.'
1999: A teenage girl was crushed to death during a gig by Hole at the Hultsfred Festival, Sweden.
2005: Throat cancer claims the life of Soul Asylum bassist Karl Mueller at age 41. One of the group's founding members, Mueller passes away in his hometown, Minneapolis.
2005: U2 receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 30th annual Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef Awards in London.
2006: The Who return to the scene of one of their most famous gigs, England's Leeds University ('Live At Leeds'), to launch their 2006 tour. A commemorative plaque marking the '70 concert is unveiled.
2006: Eddie and Alex Van Halen join Country singer Kenny Chesney during his show in Carson, CA. The brothers play 'Jump' and 'You Really Got Me' with Chesney and his band.
2006: Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones enters rehab to kick his drinking habit, but will recover in time to join the band on its latest world tour in a month.
2007: 62 year old Rod Stewart married his girlfriend of nearly seven years, 36 year old Penny Lancaster in a small town just outside the Italian Riviera resort of Portofino. The couple, who have a 1½ year old son together, were wed during a private ceremony attended by a small gathering of family and friends.
2008: The Offspring release their eighth studio album, 'Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace.'
2008: Judas Priest release 'Nostradamus.' The limited edition deluxe double CD is housed in a 48-page hardbound book package with an insert containing an exclusive code for one free general admission ticket to see Judas Priest on the Metal Masters Tour.
2008: A basketball injury forces Weezer drummer Patrick Wilson to sit out the first stop on the band's Hootenanny Tour. He needs surgery to fix his knee.
2009: Kings Of Leon and the L.A. based music publisher Bug Music announce the creation of their own record label imprint.
2009: 60-year-old Billy Joel and his third wife, 27-year-old Katie Lee Joel announced that were splitting up after nearly five years of marriage.
2010: Slash is chosen to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2010: Phil Collins receives the Johnny Mercer Award at the 17th Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards in New York City. The award is the organization's highest honor.
2011: Slipknot performs their first concert since the death of Paul Gray (from a drug overdose). With original bassist Donnie Steele (who left in '95 and was replaced by Gray), Slipknot play the Sonisphere Festival in Athens, Greece. "As you know, tonight is very emotional show for us but it is not, not, a negative day. It is a positive day. A day for celebration. This is our first show-with you," frontman Corey Taylor tells the audience.
2012: Bruce Springsteen played his longest show when he turned in a three-hour-and-48-minute, 32-song, set at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. This surpassed the previously longest show, Dec. 31, 1980 at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York.
2013: Black Sabbath's '13' is their first #1 on the UK album chart since 1970's 'Paranoid.' "I'm in shock," says Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne. "The success of this album has blown me off my feet. We've never had a record climb the charts so fast."
2013: Motorhead receive the 2013 Golden God Award in recognition of their contributions to Rock and Metal. Also, Alice In Chains pick up the Icon award as an undisputed legend and Black Sabbath earn the Best UK Band and Best Album (for '13') honors during the ceremony held in London.
2013: Pink Floyd's entire catalog is available on Spotify. The band said their catalog would be unlocked if fans were successful in pushing the 1975 track 'Wish You Were Here' past a million spins. The effort took less than four days.
2014: Linkin Park release their sixth album, 'The Hunting Party.'
2014: An acoustic cover of Guns N' Roses classic 'Sweet Child O' Mine' is featured in a Northern Ireland road safety ad. A car speeding along a country road flips killing a group of children. Due to the ad's disturbing nature it is banned from airing on TV before 9 p.m. 2014: The Piano Man, Billy Joel, speaks out against the slaughter of elephants for ivory. He supports a proposed New York State law which would ban illegal ivory sales. "I realize that ivory piano keys are preferred by some pianists," writes Joel in a statement. "But a preference for ivory keys does not justify the slaughter of 96 elephants every day."
2014: The late Lou Reed's guitars, amps, and effects are auctioned to fund a Lou Reed Archive.
2015: The Beastie Boys are awarded $668,000 to cover legal fees accrued during their long running copyright infringement litigation against Monster energy drink. They originally sought $2.4 million.
2015: In an interview with Forbes magazine, former Cream drummer Ginger Baker had some unkind words for Led Zeppelin. "Jimmy's [Page] a good player, I don't think Led Zeppelin filled the void that Cream left, but they made a lot of money." About Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Baker said that he wasn't "anywhere near what I am. He wasn't a musician." Baker also lashed out at the entire genre of Heavy Metal, saying "I loathe and detest Heavy Metal. I think it is an abortion."
1948: Columbia Records begins the first mass production of the 33 1/3 RPM LP. The new format could contain a maximum of 23 minutes of music per side versus the approximately three minutes that could be squeezed on to a 78 RPM disc.
1963: Paul McCartney celebrates his 21st birthday at the home of his Aunt Ginny (referred to as Aunty Gin in 'Let 'Em In'), along with various friends, relatives and the other Beatles.
1964: Touring Australia The Beatles played at Sydney Stadium in Sydney. This was Paul McCartney 22nd birthday and after the show his guests included 17 girls who were winners of the Daily Mirrors 'Why I would like to be a guest at a Beatles birthday party' competition.
1967: The Monterey International Pop Festival concludes it’s 3-day stand with performances by Ravi Shankar, The Blues Project, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Group With No Name, Buffalo Springfield (w/David Crosby), The Who, the Grateful Dead, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Scott McKenzie and The Mamas & The Papas. Janis Joplin and Big Brother and The Holding Company returned to the stage after originally playing on Saturday the 17th, but their management decided that they didn't want the band filmed. Janis and the band blew everybody away with their performance. The film makers knew they had to have it filmed. After some negotiation, it was agreed that they would perform a couple of songs again on Sunday afternoon so it could be filmed. Jimi Hendrix followed The Who, who had destroyed their equipment at the end of their set. Wanting to upstage The Who, Jim Hendrix 'set the world on fire' when he doused his guitar with lighter fluid and ignited it.
1972: Alice Cooper released the album 'School's Out.'
1973: Joe Walsh released his second LP with Barnstorm 'The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get.' on June 18, 1973. It featured his Top 40 hit single, 'Rocky Mountain Way,' which helped propel the album into the Top 10.
1974: Peter Hoorelbeke of Rare Earth is arrested after throwing his drumsticks into the crowd.
1975: Elvis Presley was reported to have had some cosmetic surgery done to his face at Mid South hospital in Memphis.
1976: Electric Light Orchestra's greatest hits collection, 'OLE ELO' goes Gold, just as they begin their first major British tour.
1977: Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten was slashed on his face and hands by knife-wielding youths on a London street. They objected to the Pistols' anti-monarchist song 'God Save the Queen.' A tendon in his arm is sliced, causing damage to his guitar playing hand.The next day, another member of the Pistols, Paul Cook, was beaten by a gang armed with iron pipes.
1977: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, supported by The Boomtown Rats appeared at Friars in Aylesbury, England.
1977: Fleetwood Mac score their only Billboard number one hit with 'Dreams.' Over the next dozen years, they would reach the US Top 40 thirteen more times. Stevie Nicks has stated she wrote the song at the Record Plant studio in Sausalito, California, in about 10 minutes.
1977: The Beatles 'Live At The Hollywood Bowl,' recorded in August 1964 and August 1965, rose to the top of the UK album chart. Across the pond, it would climb to #2 on the Billboard Hot 200.
1977: Talking Heads members Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth marry. They eventually form Tom Tom Club and have two children.
1977: James Taylor enters the Billboard chart with an update of Jimmy Jones's 1960 #1 hit, 'Handy Man.' Taylor's version will reach #4.
1978: 'Almost Summer,' from the movie of the same name, peaks at #28 on the Hot 100. The song was recorded by a band called Celebration featuring Mike Love and was co-written by Love along with fellow Beach Boys members Brian Wilson and Al Jardine.
1982: Fifteen months after its U.S. release, Ozzy Osbourne's solo debut 'Blizzard Of Ozz' earns a platinum album.
1983: The Cotton Bowl in Dallas hosts The Texxas Jam, with Uriah Heep, Ted Nugent, Triumph, Sammy Hagar and Styx performing in that order.
1984: Judas Priest fans take the song 'Breaking The Law' to heart when they destroy over $250,000 worth of seat cushions at Madison Square Garden, causing the band to be banned for life from the venue. But, guitarist Glenn Tipton has been back. He and K.K. Downing snuck in for a tennis match and thought they were incognito but an usher recognized them and said, “Thanks for the new seats.”
1984: Van Halen released the single 'Panama.'
1988: Melissa Etheridge's self-titled debut album enters the U.S. chart. It'll stay on the chart for over a year.
1993: A&M Records chairman Jerry Moss and vice-chairman Herb Alpert announced they were leaving the company they founded more than 30 years earlier. They had sold A&M in 1990 to Polygram for $500 million. Moss and Alpert started the label in the garage of Alpert's Los Angeles home in 1962. The label was the home to such acts as The Police, Bryan Adams, Joan Baez, Flying Burrito Brothers, The Carpenters, Joe Cocker, Supertramp and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.
1993: Lollapalooza kicks off its tour in Vancouver, BC. The main stage acts include Primus, Alice in Chains, Dinosaur Jr., Fishbone, Arrested Development, Front 242, Babes in Toyland (first half), Tool (second half), and Rage Against the Machine.
1994: The Beastie Boys entered the US album chart at #1 with 'III Communication'.
1997: During a North American tour U2 played the first of two nights at Oakland Coliseum, San Francisco supported by Oasis.
2000: Jani Lane leaves the Warrant tour with 10 days remaining after falling off the wagon.
2000: It was reported that sales of pirate music CDs had now exceeded more than 500 million a year and accounted for one in every five sold. The Phonographic Industry estimated it was costing the music industry $5.1 billion in lost sales.
2002: U2 lost a bid to prevent the demolition of Hanover Quay studio in Dublin.’Over 8,000 fans signed an online petition to preserve the studio, where the group recorded ‘All That You Can't Leave Behind’ and some of their 'Pop' album.
2004: David Gilmour and Jimmy Page perform at the French version of the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Paris.
2005: Foo Fighters mark the release of their fifth album, 'In Your Honor,' with a private, invite-only, free concert for 500 fans near Roswell, NM., where an alleged UFO crashed in 1947.
2005: Green Day begin filming CD/DVD "'In A Bible" at t'e National Bowl in Milton Keynes, England. They play to over 130,000 fans during the two day shoot.
2006: Green Day wins the Best International Group category, while Nickelback scores the MuchLoud Best Rock Video trophy for 'Photograph' at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. 2006: Paul McCartney turns 64, a mere 39 years after whimsically singing about it on 'When I'm 64' (on The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album).
2007: Motley Crue initiate a $20 million lawsuit against Carl Stubner, one of their managers. The suit, filed in L.A., accuses Stubner of damaging Crue's reputation by deliberately promoting Tommy Lee's solo projects ahead of the group's in order to net a higher commission for himself. The suit asserts that the drummer's involvement in the reality shows 'Tommy Lee Goes to College' and 'Rockstar: Supernova' harmed his image and lost revenue for the group.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne is honored with an Icon Award at Mojo's Honours List ceremony in London. "Awards all mean something to me because I've survived the years both in my job and in my life," says Ozzy. Also, Slash presents Alice Cooper with the U.K music magazine's Hero Award. The Doors earn the Hall of Fame Award while the Stooges get a Lifetime Achievement Award.
2007: The Red Hot Chili Peppers select the winner of a contest where they asked fans to create the official video for 'Charlie.' 420 submissions were uploaded on YouTube with Omri Cohen, a 25-year old aspiring filmmaker from Tarzana, CA, getting the nod. "After watching dozen and dozens of admirable efforts, I finally saw a video for 'Charlie' that made me cry," says lead singer Anthony Kiedis. Cohen gets $5,000 and a trip to Paris to meet the band and see them perform.
2008: A Los Angeles hotel filed a lawsuit against Phil Spector, his wife and agent for failing to pay for accommodations for lawyers and expert witnesses in his murder trial. The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites claimed that by the time Spector's trial ended with a hung jury, the defendants owed the hotel more than $104,000.
2009: Crosby, Stills & Nash and Bon Jovi's Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The New York event also marks the Songwriters Hall of Fame's 40th anniversary.
2010: Hand-written lyrics by John Lennon of 'A Day In The Life' are auctioned at Sotheby's in New York. The auctioneer describes the closing track from The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" as "the revolutionary song that marked the Beatles' transformation from pop icons to artists." Estimated to sell for between $500,000 to $700,000, an undisclosed bidder pays $1.2 million for the lyrics.
2010: Bono's opinion piece on Northern Ireland's Bloody Sunday is published in the New York Times. On 1/30/72, British soldiers fired on a civil rights march in the majority Catholic area of the Bogside in Derry, killing 14 unarmed protesters. The violence was the inspiration for the classic U2 song 'Sunday Bloody Sunday.'
2011: Slash receives the inaugural Tom F. Mankiewicz Leadership Award from the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association at its 41st Annual Beastly Ball. The honor recognizes Slash's longtime contributions to establishing environmental welfare programs.
2011: Beady Eye, led by former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, launch their maiden U.S. tour in Chicago to promote their debut album, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding.' Meanwhile, Liam's older brother and former Oasis guitarist, Noel, marries Sara MacDonald at the Lime Wood Hotel in New Forest, England. Liam is not invited to the ceremony. It's the second marriage for Noel.
2011: Clarence Clemons, saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, dies of complications caused by a stroke. He was 69 years old. Clemons was beloved by seemingly everyone in the music industry, along with millions of fans. He had appeared on dozens of recordings, with everyone from Great White and Jackson Browne to Lady Gaga, and was also a sporadic actor. Clemons was married 5 times and was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.
2012: Bono presents Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with Amnesty International's highest honor. The award, given in Dublin, comes just a day after Suu Kyi received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.
2012: PETA sends a 70th birthday card to Paul McCartney for his help in raising awareness for ethical animal treatment. The card has people dressed as animals in a parody of the famous Beatles 'Abbey Road' album cover. A sign reads "Happy Birthday, Paul! Thank You for Loving Us, Not Eating Us."
2014: Linkin Park is inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. The ceremony comes the day after the band released their sixth album, 'The Hunting Party.'
2014: The Illinois State Crime Commission presents Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan with the Jesse White Award for a wrestling-focused outreach program he helped create for Chicago children.
2014: Pearl Jam bassist and skateboarder, Jeff Ament, donates $40,000 to enable a skateboarding park to open in Glendive, MT, where he grew up.
2014: An official sculpture of Jimi Hendrix by artist Karl Schaefer is unveiled at an art reception in Monterey. The event raises funds to inspire creativity in the arts and sciences.
2015: Van Morrison, Blues great Willie Dixon, Cyndi Lauper and Toby Keith were among the inductees into the Song Writers Hall Of Fame at a star-studded gala in New York. The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia was also inducted posthumously alongside the band's lyricist Robert Hunter.
2015: One day after Neil Young criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for using 'Rockin' In The Free World' at a campaign event, Trump's campaign manager states the candidate will refrain from any future use of Young's music.
1958: Buddy Holly enters Coral Record's studios in New York to record for the first time without The Crickets. None of the tracks he laid down would become hits.
1965: The Who, Solomon Burke, Zoot Money, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Spencer Davis Group, Marianne Faithful, Long John Baldry, The Birds, (featuring a young Ronnie Wood), Dave Witting and the Ray Martin Group all appeared at Uxbridge Blues Festival in England.
1967: Having admitted to taking LSD four tines during an interview with Life Magazine, Beatle Paul McCartney told The Daily Mirror that he didn’t regret that he'd spoken out and hoped that his fans would understand.
1971, Carole King started a five week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'It's Too Late/I feel The Earth Move'. Both songs were from her 'Tapestry' album.
1973: Edgar Winter Group awarded a gold disc for the 'Frankenstein' single. Winter named the song because of how many cuts and patches were contained in the original studio tape.
1974: KISS' Paul Stanley collapses on stage from exhaustion at the Electric Ballroom in Atlanta.
1976: Blue Oyster Cult releases 'Agents of Fortune.'
1976: The Beach Boys' cover of Chuck Berry's 'Rock And Roll Music' enters the Billboard Top 40 where it would peak at #5 during a thirteen week run. That was one spot higher than Berry's 1957 original.
1977: Six men wielding knives and iron bars outside Shepherd's Bush underground station beat up Paul Cook from the Sex Pistols. Cook required 15 stitches to a head wound.
1978: The Rolling Stones played the Palladium, in New York City during their summer tour of North America.
1987: Motley Crue's 'Girls, Girls, Girls' tour kicks off in Tuscon, Arizona.
1987: Guns N’ Roses perform their first concert outside of the U.S. at London’s legendary Marquee Club.
1992: The Greenpeace Stop Sellafield, campaign concert took place at G-Mex in Manchester, England with U2, Big Audio Dynamite II, Public Enemy and Kraftwerk.
2000: The new Motley Crue full length animated video clip for 'Hell On High Heels' has it's world premiere on VH1.
2001: Aerosmith inked a multi-million dollar deal with Dodge to plug the auto company in print ads, TV and radio commercials, at NASCAR events and on the group's 'Just Push Play' tour.
2003: Scott Weiland introduces himself as the vocalist for Velvet Revolver.
2004: A stick from a thrown lollipop somehow becomes wedged in between David Bowie’s left eyeball and his eyelid. It’s the same eye that caused Bowie trouble in the past, when, as a kid, he got in a now-legendary fight with schoolmate George Underwood that left his eye permanently dilated — causing many to think that his eyes are two different colors. Bowie stops the show and shouts, “You f—ing wanker! You little f—er!” It is later revealed that a woman was pushed in the crowd and the lollipop flew from her hand while she was dancing. Luckily, Bowie escapes serious injury.
2006: Duane Roland, a founding member of the Southern Rock band Molly Hatchet died of natural causes at the age of 53.
2012: The former chief financial officer for Pearl Jam was charged with 33 counts of theft for allegedly stealing at least $380,000 from the Seattle band's management company. According to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Rickey Goodrich allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of several years, spending the money on lavish family vacations, spa treatments, life insurance and pricey California wines.
2014: Gerry Goffin, lyricist, dies in Los Angeles. He was 75. During his career, Goffin wrote over 100 Billboard Hot 100 hits. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, with his ex-wife Carole King.
2016: Artists including Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Pearl Jam, U2 and Sir Paul McCartney called for online copyright laws to be reformed. More than 180 artists signed an open letter criticising the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). They claimed the law benefits companies that "exploit music for their financial enrichment", but not artists.
1956: Elvis Presley appears on Wink Martindale's local Memphis TV show to promote a benefit concert.
1965: The Beatles began a 14-day European tour with two performances at the Palais Des Sports in Paris, France.
1969: David Bowie signs with Philips Records and then enters Trident Studios in London to record 'Space Oddity,' a song he wrote after seeing the 1968 Stanley Kubrick movie '2001: A Space Odyssey.'
1969: The first of a three day 2nd Newport Pop Festival in Newport, California, kicked off at Devonshire Downs, formerly a racetrack and multi-purpose event and entertainment facility, is now part of the North Campus of California State University at Northridge. The artists/bands who appeared were, Friday, June 20, 1969: Ike & Tina Turner, Albert King, Edwin Hawkins Singers, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Joe Cocker, Southwind, Spirit and Taj Mahal. Saturday, June 21, 1969: Albert Collins, Brenton Wood, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charity, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Burdon and War, Friends of Distinction, Jethro Tull, Lee Michaels, Love, Steppenwolf and Sweetwater. Sunday, June 22, 1969: Booker T. & the M.G.'s, The Chambers Brothers, The Flock, The Grass Roots, Johnny Winter, Marvin Gaye, Mother Earth, Jimi Hendrix jam with Buddy Miles, Eric Burdon and Mother Earth, Poco, The Byrds, The Rascals and Three Dog Night. A three day ticket cost $15. Hendrix received $125,000 for his appearance, at the time it was the highest fee ever paid to a rock act for a single appearance.
1970: The Neil Young single 'Cinnamon Girl' goes gold.
1973: Dick Clark's American Bandstand 20th Anniversary Special has Cheech And Chong, Neil Diamond, Three Dog Night, Little Richard and Paul Revere & The Raiders.
1978: Foreigner release their 2nd studio album, 'Double Vision.'
1981: After topping record charts around the world, a medley of hits credited to Stars On 45 reaches number one in America.
1983: Duane Eddy performs in San Francisco, kicking off his first US tour in fifteen years.
1985: Scorpions released their 2nd live album, 'World Wide Live.'
1986: The Prince's Trust concert has Eric Clapton, Elton John, Paul McCartney and David Bowie. Both Prince Charles and Princess Diana attend the 10th annual fundraiser.
1987: Aerosmith appeared at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, the first night on their Permanent Vacation' 147 date world tour.
1988: Deep Purple release 'Nobody's Perfect.'
1988: Saxon release their Destiny album
1989: Faith No More release their 3rd studio album, 'The Real Thing.'
1989: Mr. Big release their self-titled debut album.
1994: The Walden Woods benefit in Nashville has Don Henley and Melissa Etheridge.
1995: A judge in Los Angeles awarded ownership of The Kingsmen's recordings to the group itself and away from Scepter-Wand Records. The court ruled that the company breached its contract by not paying The Kingsmen their proper royalties. The main song in question was 'Louie, Louie,' recorded in 1963.
1996: The Furthur Festival kicks off in Atlanta. The show marks the first time the members of The Grateful Dead perform together since the death of Jerry Garcia.
1998: Green Day's bassist Mike Dirnt gets his skull fractured in a backstage fight in Irvine Meadows, CA. Though Third Eye Blind's Arion Salazar is involved, it remains uncertain who smacked Dirnt with a beer bottle.
1999: The reunited Armored Saint commence work on their forthcoming album featuring the Symbol Of Salvation line-up - John Bush, Joey Vera, Gonzo Sandoval, Jeff Duncan, and Phil Sandoval.
1999: Ace Frehley tells WNEW 102.7 in New York that there will not be another KISS record with the original four members and that this is without a doubt the final kiss tour with makeup and original members.
2000: Mick Jagger was forced to reveal his financial worth and income to a New York court during his child support battle with the mother of his last child, Brazilian model Luciana Morad.
2001: The Cult release their seventh studio album, and first new recording in seven years, 'Beyond Good and Evil'.
2004: Organizers at a Paul McCartney gig hired three jets to spray dry ice into the clouds so it wouldn’t rain during the concert. The gig in Petersburg, Russia, was McCartney’s 3,000 concert appearance. He had performed 2,535 gigs with the Quarrymen and the Beatles, 140 gigs with Wings and 325 solo shows.
2004: Bassist Alec John Such auctions some 300 Bon Jovi related memorabilia items. The bassist left the group in the mid-90s and wanted to unload the stuff so he could move into a smaller house. The auction nets $30,000.
2004: Linkin Park (People's Choice Favorite International Group) and Finger Eleven (Best Video) are winners at the 15th annual MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. The event has live sets by Evanescence, Three Days Grace, Hoobastank and the Beastie Boys (who are honored with the special Trail Blazer Award).
2008: Jimmy Buffett announced that his Margaritaville Holdings has partnered with New York gambling company Coastal Marina to buy the Trump Marina Hotel Casino for $316 million. His vast business empire also included tequila, beer, frozen food, footwear, restaurants, a resort, a record label and a recording studio. In 2006, Rolling Stone magazine estimated Buffett's earnings at $44 million.
2008: Jimmy Page receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Surrey in Guildford, England. The guitarist is presented with a degree in recognition of his "services to the music industry." He is also acknowledged for his work with the Action for Brazil's Children Trust charity.
2008: Puddle Of Mudd and Flyleaf perform at the Boost Mobile RockCorps in L.A. RockCorps distributes 3,000 tickets to youths who volunteer a minimum of four hours on projects like cleaning beaches and rebuilding parks.
2009: Green Day's 'Know Your Enemy' hits #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart.
2010: AC/DC earn the Songwriter of the Year award at the 2010 APRA Music Awards in Sydney. The Australasian Performing Rights Association annually honors Australian and New Zealand songwriters.
2012: Rush's 'Clockwork Angels' debuts at the top of the Canadian charts. Selling 19,600 units in its first week, it's the group's first #1 studio album debut in the SoundScan era. In the U.S., 'Clockwork Angels' sits at #2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with sales of 103,000 copies.
2012: Nickelback perform at the National Hockey League Awards show.
2013: Deep Purple's first studio album in eight years, 'Now What,' enters the Billboard 200 album chart where it would peak at #110. The LP did better in Europe, reaching the Top Ten in 19 countries
1948: The Columbia label announces its new technological breakthrough, a "long-playing" vinyl phonograph record that can hold up to 23 minutes of music on a side.
1955: Elvis Presley played two shows in Beaumont, Texas, with bassist Bill Black and guitarist Scotty Moore.
1963: The Rolling Stones played at Ricky Tick Club, Star and Garter Hotel in Windsor, Berkshire, England. The influential 1960s rhythm & blues club was the host to many important acts such as The Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Cream.
1966: In what ended up being the Yardbirds last show at the Marquee Club in London, Jimmy Page made his live debut with the band. With Jeff Beck playing lead, Jimmy did this show as the band's bass player.
1966: After a North American tour The Rolling Stones sued 14 hotels over a booking ban in New York, claiming that the ban was violating civil rights laws.
1966: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded from start to finish, a new John Lennon song ‘She Said She Said’. The song was reportedly based on a bizarre conversation that Lennon had with Peter Fonda while John and George Harrison were tripping on LSD.
1967: A free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park celebrating the Summer Solstice takes place. The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service all perform.
1968: Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones gets busted a second time for marijuana possession.
1969: Traffic released 'Last Exit' after they had disbanded. A combination of studio and live material, the album reaches #19.
1969: Deep Purple release the self-titled 'Deep Purple.' It's their 3rd studio album.
1970: Jim Morrison marries author Patricia Kennealy in a celtic pagan hand fasting ceremony. She claims to be a Dame of the Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani, a High Priestess in a Celtic Pagan tradition.
1970: Pete Townshend of The Who caused a stir at Memphis International Airport. He was overheard saying 'Tommy' seems to be "going down a bomb." meaning the group's song 'Tommy' was a hit. Officials however, only heard the term 'bomb' and police and FBI reacted.
1972: Led Zeppelin appeared at Denver Coliseum on their North American tour.
1975: Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple to form Rainbow. His replacement is Tommy Bolin. Blackmore says, “I wasn’t interested in the direction they were going. I thought it was only proper of me to say: ‘Look, I’m going. I don’t want to break up the band, but I’m off. Get another guitarist and do your thing.’ I just didn’t want to be around for all that cool pseudo … They were shocked. My music was upfront music, hate music. Their music was becoming much more like ‘if you don’t like it, just click your fingers’”.
1975: The Eagles and The Doobie Brothers both appeared at the Oakland Coliseum., Elton John made a surprise appearance with both groups during the concert.
1975: The Doobie Brothers hit, 'Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)' peaks at #11.
It's a cover of a Holland/Dozier/Holland song originally recorded by Kim Weston.
1976: Touring North America for the first time, Wings played the last dates of their 31-date tour with three nights at the Los Angeles Forum.
1977: Aerosmith played at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, on their 81 date 'Draw The Line' Tour.
1977: Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten was attacked in a brawl outside the live music venue Dingwalls in Camden, London, England.
1979: Four years after leaving the Rolling Stones, guitarist Mick Taylor finally releases his self-titled debut LP. It stiffs.
1979: Angus MacLise, Velvet Underground's first drummer dies of hypoglycemia and pulmonary tuberculosis in Kathmandu. He was 41. Malnutrition also played a part in his death, as MacLise was a heavy drug user who was never particularly mindful of his physical health. He quit the band in 1965, accusing them of “selling out.” MacLise’s wedding ceremony was presided over by renowned LSD guru Timothy Leary, and his son was recognized as a reincarnation of a Tibetan saint and became a Buddhist monk at the age of four. He was also a student of Aleister Crowley and was working on the film version of Crowley’s Diary of a Drug Fiend before he died.
1981: Just after signing a multi-album contract with Warner Brothers, Steely Dan announced they were breaking up. Donald Fagan and Walter Becker, the driving forces behind the band, said their 14 year musical partnership was over. Of course, Fagen and Becker later re-form the group and even win a Grammy.
1985: AC/DC released the single 'Danger.'
1985: Motley Crue's 3rd studio album, 'Theatre of Pain' is released. It goes on to sell over four million copies in the U.S. and spawns the hits 'Home Sweet Home' and the remake 'Smokin’ In The Boys Room.'
1987: Judas Priest release 'Priest...Live!,' their 2nd live album. It was recorded at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia on June 15, 1986 and the Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas on June 27, 1986.
1987: White Lion release their 2nd studio album, 'Pride.'
1987: Helix release their 6th album, 'Wild in the Streets.'
1987: Keel released their 4th album, the self-titled 'Keel.'
1988: The Rascals reunite onstage for the first time in eighteen years.
1989: The Who's 25th anniversary trek begins at the Glen Falls Civic Center in New York.
1990: Poison release their 3rd studio album, 'Flesh & Blood.'
1990: Little Richard gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Says Richard: "Like everything I got, it took a long time to get."
1990: Exodus release their 4th studio album 'Impact Is Imminent.'
1991: Guns 'N Roses released the single 'You Could Be Mine,'featured on the 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day' soundtrack.
1994: The 'KISS My Ass: Classic KISS Regrooved' album was released.
1999: Def Leppard's 'Euphoria' debuts on the Billboard Top 200 at #11, selling just under 99,000 copies.
2000: 39 year-old Karen McNeil who claimed she was the wife of Axl Rose and that she communicated with him telepathically was jailed for one year for stalking the singer.
2001: Blues legend John Lee Hooker passes away of natural causes at his Los Altos home at the age of 83. Hooker’s songs have been covered by many artists including AC/DC, ZZ Top, The Yardbirds '“Boom Boom'), Led Zeppelin ('Boogie Chillen' sampled in 'Whole Lotta Love') and The White Stripes ('Boogie Chillen'), Jimi Hendrix ('Red House'), The Doors ('Road House Blues') and George Thorogood ('One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer'). He appeared and sang in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers, won four Grammy Awards, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
2002: The first Bonnaroo Music Festival is held in Tennessee.
2004: Forbes Celebrity 100 list of who earned the most includes the Rolling Stones (#5), Bruce Springsteen (#8), the Eagles (#21) and Fleetwood Mac (#28). Actor/director Mel Gibson takes the top spot thanks to his film 'The Passion of Christ.'
2005: Billy Corgan takes out a full page ad in two Chicago newspapers saying he wants the Smashing Pumpkins to reform. "I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams," writes Corgan. Smashing Pumpkins split in 2000.
2007: Elton John raises over $215,000 with a rendition of Elvis Presley's 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' at a charity karaoke party held in London. At The Karaoke With the Stars event celebrity guests bid to have Bryan Adams, the Clash's Mick Jones, the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde and others perform songs of their choice. Nearly $770,000 is collected for the HOPING Foundation, which provides health and education support for young Palestinian refugees.
2009: Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer invites 20 wounded soldiers to attend the band's performance in Bristow, VA, to help him celebrate his 59th birthday. "I can't think of a better gift to receive on my birthday than to have the privilege of sharing a night of our music with these brave and heroic warriors," says Kramer. The troops are Iraq/Afghanistan veterans and patients from the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.
2009: The Video of the Year honor for 'Gotta Be Somebody' is one of three trophies Nickelback receives at Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. The also nab the MuchLOUD Rock Video of the Year and Post Production of the Year awards. The band closes out show with 'Burn It To The Ground.'
2010: An autopsy report states that Slipknot bassist Paul Gray's death was caused by an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl, a narcotic analgesic that is 100 times more potent than morphine. According to the Polk County, Iowa Medical Examiner's Office, Gray also had "significant heart disease" at the time of his death (on 5/25/10).
2012: The Black Keys file lawsuits in L.A. against Home Depot and Yum! Brands Inc., parent company of Pizza Hut, over unauthorized use of their songs in commercials. They allege Home Depot played 'Lonely Boy' to promote power tools and that 'Gold On The Ceiling' was featured in a Cheesy Bites pizza ad.
2015: James Taylor enjoyed his first number one album on the Billboard Hot 200 when 'Before This World' sold 97,000 units during its debut week. In the forty-five years since 'Sweet Baby James' was released in 1970, Taylor had achieved eleven Top Ten albums.
1946: In Paris, France, 32 year old Adolphe Sax, a Belgian musician and musical instrument designer, patents the saxophone. Sax continued to make instruments throughout his life, however, rival instrument makers challenged the legitimacy of his patents and initiated a campaign of litigation against him and his company, driving him into bankruptcy twice, in 1856 and 1873.
1956: Elvis Presley started a three-day run playing 10 shows at the Paramount Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. The stage manager was told; "Pull all white lights. Presley works all in color, Presley act has no encore. When he leaves the stage, immediately close curtains."
1957: The Quarrymen played twice on this day, both in Liverpool's Rosebery Street. It was at the city's Empire Day celebrations for the 750th anniversary of King John granting Liverpool a Royal Charter.
1959: Chuck Berry's 'Memphis' is released. The song recounts a father's attempts to contact his daughter by phone. It's another of Berry's brilliant story-songs that is often covered.
1961: The Beatles (working under the name 'The Beat Brothers') back singer Tony Sheridan during a recording session in Hamburg. Five songs are recorded with Sheridan but two additional tracks, a cover of 'Ain't She Sweet' and a John Lennon/George Harrison original 'Cry For A Shadow,' are by The Beatles only.
1961: Elvis Presley's 'Wild In The Country' movie opens nationally.
1963: The Safaris' 'Wipe Out' is released. The surf instrumental opens with maniacal laughter followed by the dismissive "wipe out." The song would be re-issued in 1966 and climb to #16 on the Billboard Top 40 and again in 1970 when it failed to chart.
1964: The Beatles played their first ever show in New Zealand at Wellington Town Hall. The local Chief Constable refused a police escort for The Beatles leaving just two policemen to control over 5,000 fans.
1967: The drug trials of Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards begin. Richards serves limited jail time.
1968: The Jeff Beck group featuring Rod Stewart made their US debut at the Fillmore East in New York.
1969: Super-group Blind Faith (Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Rick Grech) release their only album.
1970: Led Zeppelin appeared at Laugardalsholl Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland on the group's one and only visit to Iceland. It is suggested that Robert Plant was inspired to write the lyrics to 'Immigrant Song' during this trip."
1975: At New York’s Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton joined The Rolling Stones onstage to jam on 'Sympathy for the Devil.'
1977: Gallup Poll named KISS the #1 band in America.
1979: Queen release their 1st live album, 'Live Killers.'
1981: Mark Chapman pleaded guilty to the charge of murdering John Lennon in 1980. He was later sentenced to 20 years to life. Chapman says that “God has told me to plead guilty." At his parole hearing in 2014 he boasted that the killing involved “incredible planning, absolutely, incredible stalking.”
1983: Ozzy reunites with Black Sabbath for a small tour.
1985: Bryan Adams started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Heaven', his first #1 single.
1987: Marillion release their 4th studio album, 'Clutching at Straws.'
1988: Jesse Ed Davis, Native American session guitarist, dies of a heroin overdose after collapsing in a laundry room in Venice, California. He was 43. Davis worked with some of the biggest stars of the time, everyone from Leon Russell, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty, The Monkees, John Lennon, Leonard Cohen, Keith Moon, Steve Miller, Harry Nilsson and Taj Mahal. He also appeared on most of the solo works from the Beatles.
1990: Billy Joel becomes the first Rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium.
1991: Actor Eddie Murphy spends $30,800 on Jimi Hendrix memorabilia at a Sotheby's auction.
1991: Jimi Hendrix’s handwritten lyrics to 'Room Full of Mirrors' sold for 35-hundred dollars at a New York auction.
1992: Black Sabbath release their 16th studio album, 'Dehumanizer.'
1992: Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was rushed to hospital after a gig in Belfast, Northern Ireland suffering from acute stomach pains brought on by ulcers.
1993: Ozzy Osbourne changed his mind about retirement and said he would reunite with Black Sabbath for a tour.
1995: R.E.M. performed 'What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?' with Dan Rather at a sound check in New York. The song was inspired by the words a mugger shouted at Rather years earlier.
1998: In London, a memorial service was held for Linda McCartney. Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr all attended.
1998: Todd Rundgren marries Michele Gray on his 50th birthday. The wedding takes place in Hawaii, the 50th state.
2000: Mick Jagger was ordered to reveal his financial worth and income to a New York court in his child support battle with the mother of his last child, Brazilian model Luciana Morad.
2002: U2 guitarist 'The Edge' married his girlfriend of ten years Morleigh Steinberg in Eze in the south of France. The couple first met when she was a belly dancer on the bands Zoo TV tour. Guest's included Bono, Eurythmics Dave Stewart and Lenny Kravitz.
2004: Jet, Train, Dashboard Confessional and Hoobastank are among the groups featured on the 'Spiderman 2' soundtrack.
2004: Motorhead releases their 17th studio album, 'Inferno.'
2005: Atlanta is the first U.S. stop on Billy Corgan's tour in support of his debut solo CD, 'TheFutureEmbrace.'
2005: Ted Nugent is ordered to pay $3,500 per month in child support to Karen Gutowski of Dover, NH. While married to his current wife, Shemane, with whom he has 4 children, Nugent fathered a son with Gutowski in 1994.
2006: Founding Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters performs in Nevah Shalom, Israel, a community with a mixed population of Arabs and Jews. The show had been scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv but Waters, an outspoken critic of the dividing wall Israel's government built to separate Palestinian villages, wants to promote a nonviolent solution to the country's civil strife.
2006: Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger gets pulled over in Surrey, Canada, and faces charges of impaired driving and driving with a blood-alcohol level exceeding the legal limit of 0.08. Kroeger is stopped in the early morning, reportedly because he'd been speeding and driving erratically.
2007: Linkin Park's 'Minutes To Midnight' is certified platinum by the RIAA, the record-industry organization. The album takes less than a month to hit the 1 million-sales mark. The single 'What I've Done' tops both the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and the Hot Modern Rock Tracks charts.
2007: The film 'Evan Almighty' opens with songs by ZZ Top, Creedence Clearwater Revival and former frontman John Fogerty.
2009: Bruce Springsteen lands at #4 on a Forbes magazine list ranking the top-earning musicians of the last 12 months. Madonna, Celine Dion and Beyonce are #1, #2 and #3 respectively, but The Boss still earned approximately $70 million from music sales and touring income.
2009: Linkin Park celebrates the L.A. premiere of 'Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen' by performing a brief concert outside Mann's Village Theater following the screening. The band's 'New Divide' is on the film's soundtrack. The movie goes national two days later. 2009: We Are The Fallen make their debut in L.A. The band has Evanescence co-founder Ben Moody, two other Evanescence vets (Rocky Gray and John LeCompt, plus Marty O'Brien) and former American Idol contestant Carly Smithson. "We're really going to take this thing to a level that Evanescence never touched," says Moody, still grinding an axe regarding Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee.
2010: Ozzy Osbourne's 10th studio album, 'Scream' is released. The Kevin Churko produced set contains the single 'Let Me Hear You Scream.'
2010: A Big Four (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax) concert in Sofia, Bulgaria, is broadcast to 450 U.S. theaters; 800 theaters worldwide.
2010: Hole launch their first tour in 12 years (after shows in NY and LA) to support their album 'Nobody's Daughter.' The first stop is Philadelphia.
2010: Ramones drummer Marky Ramone (Marc Bell) files suit in New York Supreme Court claiming he has not received any band royalties since 2008. He asks for $175,000 in back royalties and $1 million in punitive damages.
2010: Peter Gabriel releases a cover of Tom Waits' '83 track 'In The Neighborhood' to help raise awareness for Voice Project, a charity co-founded by Gabriel's daughter Anna, that helps bring relief to those affected by the ongoing conflicts in Northern Uganda, Southern Sudan and Eastern Congo. 2011: Bono’s peahen (a female peacock) is reported to be driving neighbors crazy by escaping into their yards. One newspaper runs the headline: “Bono’s cock drives me nuts”.
2012: Sass Jordan is appointed a Honorary Colonel of 417 Combat Support (CS) Squadron. "Ms. Jordan is a strong supporter to the military and the RCAF, and her support is greatly appreciated by all members of 417 (CS) Squadron," says Lieutenant-General Andre Deschamps, the Commander of the RCAF.
2012: The crypt in which Elvis Presley was first buried was withdrawn from a Los Angeles auction after more than 10,000 fans protested it should be kept as a shrine. Presley was temporarily interred there alongside his mother, Gladys, for two months after he died before being reburied at his Graceland home.
2013: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry, are inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame.
1960: Eddie Cochran was at #1 in the UK with the single 'Three Steps To Heaven'. The American singer had been killed 3 months earlier in a car crash while touring the UK.
1963: Del Shannon's cover of The Beatles 'From Me to You' hits the bottom of the Billboard Hot 100, thus becoming the first Lennon-McCartney composition to ever make the US charts.
1965: The Yardbirds played at The City Hall in Salisbury, England. Admission was 10 shillings ($1.40).
1965: The Kinks play a show in Springfield, Illinois and later learn that it was promoted by serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Allegedly, they were invited to his house after the show, where he got them drunk and took a shine to Dave Davies, but the rest of the band thought the place smelled and left.
1966: The Beatles flew to Germany where they began their final world tour.
1966: The Beatles had their tenth consecutive UK #1 single with 'Paperback Writer'/'Rain.' The track is marked by the boosted bass guitar sound throughout, partly in response to John Lennon demanding to know why the bass on a certain Wilson Pickett record far exceeded the bass on any Beatles records. It was also cut louder than any other Beatles record, due to a new piece of equipment used in the mastering process.
1967: John Entwistle of The Who marries his first wife, childhood sweetheart Alison Wise.
1970: Chubby Checker and three passengers are arrested in Niagara Falls after police discover marijuana and other, unidentified capsules in the rocker's car. The charges are later dropped, however.
1973: George Harrison started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Living In The Material World', his second US #1.
1974: The first World Series of Rock sponsored by WMMS in Cleveland takes place at Cleveland Stadium. The bill includes The Beach Boys, Joe Walsh & Barnstorm, Lynyrd Skynyrd and REO Speedwagon and attracts over 80,000 fans. The stadium is demolished in 1996, but not before fifteen more festivals.
1975: Jefferson Starship's LP 'Red Octopus' was released. The album, marking the return of singer Marty Balin, went to number one in the US and became the band's biggest seller.
1975: Alice Cooper falls of the 'Welcome to my Nightmare' stage in Vancouver, Canada. He breaks six ribs and suffers a concussion, but continues the show after getting bandaged up. Eventually, he is driven to the local hospital where he gets 15 stitches in his head.
1975: Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of 14 shows over 7 nights at Paul's Mall in Boston, Massachusetts, as part of their 'Natty Dread' Tour.
1976: Paul McCartney and Wings played the last date on their 'Wings Over America' tour at the Forum in Los Angeles. At a Forum show two days earlier, Ringo Starr appeared on stage during the band's final number and presented his old friend with flowers.
1977: Keith Moon joined Led Zeppelin onstage in Los Angeles. During their encore, Moon joined them for the song 'Rock and Roll.' Keith played tympani drums for the song.
1979: The Knack released 'My Sharona.'
1979: Supertramp's album, 'Breakfast in America' rose to the top of the US album chart on the strength of three hit singles, 'The Logical Song' (#6), 'Goodbye Stranger' (#15), and 'Take the Long Way Home' (#10). The LP would win two Grammys and sell in excess of 18 million copies worldwide.
1980: The Rolling Stones release 'Emotional Rescue.'
1982: Judas Priest release 'Screaming For Vengeance.'
1983: American Red Cross presented the W.A.S.P. Blood Drive at The Troubadour in Hollywood. The three concerts on consecutive nights offer a half price ticket for each pint of blood given.
1990: Actor Gary Busey, who played Buddy Holly in 'The Buddy Holly Story,' pays $237,419 for one of Holly's acoustic guitars at an auction at Sotheby's in New York. The guitar came in a tooled leather case made by Holly himself.
1995: Rod Stewart headlined the Rock Over Germany festival, along with Joe Cocker and Elton John.
1996: Metallica went to #1 on the US album chart with their sixth studio album 'Load.' The album has now sold over five million copies in America alone.
1998: The DLR BAND releases their self-titled debut.
2002: The top pop earners from US sales during 2001 were listed by Rolling Stone magazine as: Madonna at #5 with $49.5 million; Dave Matthews Band at #4 with $52.7 million; The Beatles at #3 with $58 million; Dr. Dre at #2 with $63 million and at the top of the list, U2 with $75 million.
2003: Metallica released the single 'St. Anger.' It went on to win Best Metal Performance at the 46th Grammy Awards.
2004: A statement which appeared on Dave Navarro’s website claimed Jane’s Addiction had split for good. Navarro wrote: “The deal is that it simply didn't work out. In all honesty, we have broken up and rejoined roughly four times over the years. Perhaps that should shed some light as to where we are now.”
2004: The University of St. Andrews in Scotland gives Bob Dylan an honorary doctorate in music. University principal, Dr. Brian Lang, describes Dylan as an “iconic figure for the 20th Century,” adding, “His songs, and in particular his lyrics, are still part of our consciousness.”
2005: Four people are stabbed, one fatally, at a Corrosion Of Conformity show at the Masquerade club in Ybor City, FL. According to police, a fight between two women broke out in the mosh pit in front of the stage but spread to other members of the audience. Michael Pyne, a tattoo artist, later pleads guilty to the stabbings and is sentenced to 25 years in prison.
2006: Robert Plant headlines the 'We’re Doing It For Love' fundraising benefit for Arthur Lee of Love, who is uninsured and suffering from acute myeloid leukemia. Plant performs 12 songs, including five Led Zeppelin songs and five recorded by Love in the 60’s. Sadly, Lee died later that year in August after putting up a courageous fight.
2010: 62-year-old Gregg Allman underwent a successful liver transplant operation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Allman had begun a series of treatments for Hepatitis C, but chronic damage of his liver led doctors to recommend a transplant. In a statement Allman said "I changed my ways years ago, but we can't turn back time. Every day is a gift."
2010: Pete Quaife, the original bassist for The Kinks, died of kidney failure at the age of 66. Quaife played on such early hits as 'You Really Got Me,' 'All Day and All of the Night' and 'Tired of Waiting for You' before leaving the group in 1969. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with the rest of the original band in 1990.
2016: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin won a copyright lawsuit that claimed they had plagiarized the music to their most celebrated song, 'Stairway to Heaven.' A Los Angeles jury determined that the lawyer representing the estate of late guitarist Randy Wolfe, who played with the group Spirit, did not prove that the band lifted the song's intro from Spirit's 1968 instrumental 'Taurus.'
1964: The Beatles played the first of a two night stay in Auckland, New Zealand and although fans were enthusiastic, Auckland police were not. An inspector was quoted as saying "We didn't want 'em here and I don't know why you brought 'em." Only three officers were assigned to a mob of several thousand fans, held just 10 meters from the band's hotel entrance. John Lennon was so angry at the lack of security that the Auckland shows were nearly called off.
1965: John Lennon's second book of poetry and drawings, 'A Spaniard In The Works', was published. The book consisted of nonsensical stories and drawings similar to the style of his 1964 book 'In His Own Write'
1966: The Rolling Stones kicked off their fifth North American tour at the Manning Bowl in Lynn, Massachusetts, with support acts; The McCoys and The Standells. The crowd became so rowdy that the police used tear gas on them, and rock gigs were banned at the Manning Bowl until 1985.
1967: The beginning of the end came for The Lovin' Spoonful when guitarist Zal Yanovsky quit after a performance in New York at the Forest Hills Music Festival. One year later, John Sebastian would also leave the band to go solo. Although he made several unannounced guest appearances during John Sebastian concerts, Yanovsky gradually withdrew from music altogether and eventually became a restaurateur. He was 58 years old when he suffered a fatal heart attack on December 13th, 2002 at his farm near Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
1967: Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' enters the Billboard chart, where it will peak at #5. The song was written by the band around a melody composed by the group's organist, Matthew Fisher, who was inspired by the chord progression of Johann Sebastian Bach's 'Orchestral Suite in D,' composed between 1725 and 1739.
1967: Jefferson Airplane hit the US chart with 'White Rabbit.'
1967: The Monkees went to #1 on the US album charts with 'Headquarters.' It's the group's third chart topper.
1969: The Doors appeared at The Roach in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1969: Led Zeppelin recorded 'Whole Lotta Love,' 'What Is And What Should Never Be,' 'Traveling Riverside Blues' and 'Communication Breakdown' for BBC Radio 1 at Maida Vale Studios, London. The session was broadcast on June 29, 1969.
1972: The Rolling Stones' began a series of four shows over two days that were filmed for 'Ladies And Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones.' The Stones played two shows each on Saturday June 24 (3pm & 8pm) in Fort Worth, TX. and Sunday June 25 (4pm & 9pm) in Houston which were filmed for the quadrophonic concert documentary.
1973: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Portland Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama' is released as a single. The song peaks at #8 on the pop chart.
1975: The US Attorney in Newark, New Jersey hands down indictments to 19 music industry executives after a two year investigation. Counts of income tax evasion and payola are leveled against Clive Davis, former president of Columbia Records and Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, architects of the Philadelphia sound of the 70's. Fines and private settlements followed.
1977: Madison Wisconsin Police Detective Bruce Frey witnessed one of the strangest events of his career when he saw Elvis Presley jump out of his limo and stop two teenagers who were beating up a younger lad at a local gas station. Elvis said, "I'll take you on." Frey remembers; "They looked up at him, froze in mid-punch and the victim ran into the gas station." The pair quickly apologized and Elvis got back into the limo and headed for his hotel room at the Sheraton.
1978: 'The Last Waltz'" The Band's triple box-set farewell, peaks at #16 on the U.S. album chart.
1978: Genesis, Jefferson Starship, Jeff Beck, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Devo, Brand X and The Atlanta Rhythm Section all appeared at Knebworth Park, England, tickets cost £6 ($10).
1984: In Dortmund, Germany, Yes were joined onstage by Jimmy Page, who played on a rendition of The Beatles 'I’m Down.'
1985: Saxon release their 7th studio album, 'Innocence Is No Excuse.'
1987: Def Leppard kick off their 'Hysteria' Tour at the Nooderligt in Tilburg, Holland.
1988: INXS sells out Wembley Stadium.
1989: The Who kicked off their latest reunion tour in Toronto.
1989: A Lennon-McCartney song topped the country charts for the first time. It was Roseanne Cash’s cover of 'I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party.'
1991: Frank Zappa took part at the concert 'Adieu Soviet Army,' organized in Prague, as the farewell to the last soldiers of Soviet Red Army, leaving free Czechoslovakia (the Red Army had occupied Czechoslovakia since the Prague spring). This was probably Zappa's last rock appearance on the stage and it is recorded on the album Adieu C. A. (Soviet Army).
1992: Billy Joel finally gets his high school diploma from Hicksville High School in Long Island, New York. He didn't graduate with his class in 1967 because of missed gym and English credits.
1994: Metallica appeared at Ionia Free Fair in Ionia, Michigan during a North American tour.
1994: Weezer releases 'Undone - The Sweater Song,' the first single from their debut album, 'Weezer' (aka The Blue Album).
1995: In San Francisco, Eddie Vedder called short a Pearl Jam concert because of stomach flu. Neil Young came out to finish the show, but the fans were not happy.
1995: The 'Batman Forever' soundtrack is released, containing Offspring's version of The Damned's 'Smash It Up.'
1996: Van Halen announced that Sammy Hagar had left the band, and that David Lee Roth was back as a temporary replacement.
1997: Motley Crue released the album 'Generation Swine.'
1999: Eric Clapton put 100 of his guitars up for auction at Christie's in New York to raise money for his drug rehab clinic, the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. His 1956 Fender Stratocaster named Brownie, which was used to record the electric version of 'Layla,' was sold for a record $497,500. The auction helped raise nearly $5 million for the clinic.
2000: KISS auctions off old stage gear and raises $888,000, including $32,200 for Gene Simmons’ Psycho Circus costume (including codpiece).
2000: Brownsville Station leader, singer and guitarist Cub Koda dies from complications due to kidney failure. Coda co-wrote, along with bassist Michael Lutz, the great 'Smokin' In The Boy's Room.'
2001: Blink 182 scored their second US #1 album with 'Take Off Your...' The group's fourth studio album has sold over 12m copies worldwide and contains the singles 'The Rock Show,' 'Stay Together for the Kids,' and 'First Date.'
2002: A London court of appeals ruled against Elton John, who hoped to revive a lawsuit against his former accountants PriceWaterhouseCoopers. John claimed the firm failed to advise him that he would have to pay his own touring costs when he signed a management contract in 1986.
2004: Cardboard Vampyres, featuring ex-Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell and former members of the Cult and Motley Crue, begin their debut tour in New York.
2004: A Fender Stratocaster that Eric Clapton nicknamed 'Blackie' sold at a Christie’s auction for $959,500 in New York, making it the most expensive guitar in the world. The proceeds of the sale went towards Clapton’s Crossroads addiction clinic, which he founded in 1998. Eric Clapton raised about $7.5 million also auctioning off a 1964 cherry-red Gibson for $847,000 and a 1939 Martin acoustic that Clapton played on his 'Unplugged' album that went for $800,000.
2006: Peter Frampton performs his songs with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at the city's Riverbend Music Center.
2006: AFI were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Decemberunderground’ the American bands seventh and first #1 album.
2008: Shinedown release their third album, 'The Sound Of Madness.'
2008: Motley Crue released the album 'Saints Of Los Angeles.' The Crue also appear on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman.
2008: A blogger who had thought it would be a good idea to leak some finished tracks from Guns N' Roses 'Chinese Democracy' receives a visit from the FBI and a cease-and-desist letter.
2008: Ex-KoRn guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch publishes his second book, 'Washed By Blood: Lessons From My Time With KoRn And My Journey To Christ.' "One day I just felt like the Lord said, 'Leave everything, follow me'," says the born-again musician."
2008: The audience attending a New York Philharmonic concert in Central Park are asked to vote by cell phone to select the encore. 'Purple Haze,' by Jimi Hendrix beats 'Flight Of The Bumblebee,' by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
2008: Motley Crue release their 9th and final studio album, 'Saints of Los Angeles,'
2009: 'Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen' hits theaters. Linkin Park's 'New Divide' is on the soundtrack.
2009: The Doors documentary 'When You're Strange' is screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film is narrated by actor Johnny Depp.
2010: JoJo Billingsley (born Deborah Jo Billingsley) dies of cancer in Alabama. She was 58. Billingsley, background singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, was the only member of the group who was not on the plane that tragically crashed in 1977. She later stated that she had dreamed of the plane crash two nights before and had tried to warn the other band members not to get on the plane.
2010: A double self-portrait caricature of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, drawn by Lennon in 1969 during the couple's Bed-In for Peace in Montreal, sells for nearly $56,000 at Christie's Auction House in London.
2010: Original Kinks bassist, Pete Quaife, dies at age 66 (he'd been on kidney dialysis for over a decade). "I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for him," says Kinks frontman Ray Davies. Exhausted by the infighting, Quaife quit the band in 1969 but last played with the group at their 1990 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
2010: A rare oversized two-part poster featuring Led Zeppelin, The New Barbarians and others at Knebworth Park on August 4th & 11th August, 1971, sold for £5,000 ($7,480) at a Christie’s Rock & Roll auction held in South Kensington, London. At the same auction, a print of Led Zeppelin backstage in front of blackboard taken at Tampa Stadium, June 3rd, 1977 sold for £1,500, ($2,244).
2012: Billboard.com named Olivia Newton-John's 1982 hit, 'Physical' as The Sexiest Song Of All Time. Other classic Rock songs that made the top ten were Rod Stewart's 'Tonight's The Night,' Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get It ON,' Donna Summer's 'Hot Stuff' and another Rod Stewart contribution, 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy.'
2013: Queensryche released the self-titled album 'Queensrÿche.'
2014: Mastodon released the album 'Once More 'Round The Sun.'
2014: Bob Dylan's handwritten lyric sheet for 'Like A Rolling Stone' goes on the auction block at Sotheby's in New York. It sells for over $2 million. Also, Elvis Presley's sweat stained 'peacock' jumpsuit nets nearly a quarter of a million dollars.
2014: Slade's Noddy Holder becomes an honorary freeman of the borough in his home town of Walsal (England). During the ceremony Holder is presented with a silver casket containing a record of his admission.
2015: Motley Crue's Vince Neil stars in an episode of ABC's 'Celebrity Wife Swap', trading partners with Gunner Nelson (of Nelson).
2015: Queen announce the launch of Queen Bohemian Lager to celebrate the group's 40th anniversary. The label's crest was originally designed by late frontman Freddie Mercury.
1955: Bo Diddley's two-sided hit, 'Bo Diddley' and 'I'm A Man,' top the R&B chart. Both songs become Rock N' Roll staples.
1957: Egyptian government officials announce that Rock 'n' Roll music can no longer be played in public, calling it an "imperialist plot."
1966: The Beatles started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Paperback Writer', the group's 12th US #1. The track is marked by the boosted bass guitar sound throughout, partly in response to John Lennon demanding to know why the bass on a certain Wilson Pickett record far exceeded the bass on any Beatles records. It was also cut louder than any other Beatles record, due to a new piece of equipment used in the mastering process.
1966: The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Love, Captain Beefheart, The Lovin Spoonful and Percy Sledge all appeared at The Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California.
1966: Yardbirds hit the US chart with 'Over Under Sideways Down.'
1967: During a north American tour The Jimi Hendrix Experience gave a free afternoon concert in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. They then played another two shows that evening at the Fillmore West.
1967: 400 million people saw The Beatles perform 'All You Need Is Love' live via satellite as part of the TV global link-up, 'Our World.' The BBC commissioned The Beatles to write a song for the program and requested that it contain a message that would easily translate across the globe. The now famous opening bars are from the French national anthem, 'La Marseillaise,' written and composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, Keith Moon and Gary Leeds provided backing vocals.
1968: The Rolling Stones finish recording their classic 'Beggar's Banquet' album in London.
1969: The Hollies record 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother,' accompanied by Elton John on piano. It will become a #3 hit in the UK and climb to #7 in the US. The track which features Elton John on piano was re-released in late 1988 in the UK following its use in a television advertisement for Miller Lite beer, where it reached #1.
1975: Tim Buckley, a popular performer and song writer during the 1960s and early '70s, died from a drug overdose at the age of 28.
1976: Johnny Mercer, co-founder of Capitol Records and a prolific songwriter, dies of an inoperable brain tumor. He was 66. Mercer won numerous honors for his large body of work. He had his portrait placed on a U.S. stamp in 1996, in 2009 Clint Eastwood produced a documentary on his life and work titled 'The Dream’s on Me,' and he also won four Academy Awards after being nominated 18 times for Best Original Song.
1976: Uriah Heep performs its last show with David Byron in Bilbao, Spain. The singer is fired a short time later.
1976: Alice Cooper released his 2nd solo LP 'Alice Cooper Goes To Hell.' The album was written almost exclusively by Cooper with guitar player Dick Wagner and producer Bob Ezrin.
1978: Cream briefly re-form for a concert at Ginger Baker's Polo Club, but advance publicity is so great they call it off.
1980: Billy Joel is awarded a Gold Ticket for performing in front of 100,000 fans at New York's Madison Square Garden. Crowds flocked to see the piano man sing the tunes from his 'Glass Houses' album, which currently sat atop the Billboard Hot 200.
1982: 140,000 show up at London's Wembley Stadium to see the first British concert appearance by the Rolling Stones in six years.
1983: For the first time in the history of the Billboard charts, there are more foreign acts in the top 100 than American artists.
1984: The future Mrs. Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, joins the E Street Band as a back up singer just prior to the launch of the Born In The USA tour.
1988: Hillel Slovak original guitarist and founding member of The Red Hot Chili Peppers died from a heroin overdose shortly after the band returned from a European tour. He was 26. Slovak had battled his addiction for years but had recently tried to get sober. He was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Slovak recorded two albums with the band, 'Freaky Styley' and 'The Uplift Mofo Party Plan.'
1988: Van Halen started a four-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'OU812.'
1991: L.A. Guns release their 3rd album, 'Hollywood Vampires.'
1991: Anthrax release 'Attack of the Killer B's,' a compilation album of B-sides, covers and rarities.
1992: Billy Joel gets his diploma, twenty-five years after leaving high school. The piano man had overslept and missed his English and Gym finals in 1967.
1993: Bruce Springsteen was a surprise guest on David Letterman's final show as host of NBC's Late Night. After more than 11 years at NBC, Letterman began a similar show on CBS two months later.
1993: The first of the three day Glastonbury Festival in England featured Suede, Belly, Lemonheads, The Orb, Red Hot Chili Peppers The Black Crowes, Lenny Kravitz, Verve, Porno For Pyros and Teenage Fan Club. Tickets cost £58 ($98.60) for the three days.
1994: Stone Temple Pilots 'Purple' started a three week run as the #1 US Album.
1995: Pearl Jam is forced to cancel several concerts due to its ongoing legal battles with Ticketmaster.
1995: Pink Floyd were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Pulse’ the bands fifth US #1.
1996: KISS released the live album 'You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best!'.
1999: Santana, with Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas on lead vocals, perform 'Smooth' on The Late Show With David Letterman. Santana had not had a Billboard hit since 'Hold On' reached #15 in 1982, but 'Smooth' would top the Hot 100.
2002: Ozzy Osbourne released his 4th live album, 'Live at Budokan.'
2003: The Recording Industry Association of America disclosed its plans to fight Internet piracy by suing hundreds of individual computer users who illegally share music files online.
2004: After a final encore of 'Ziggy Stardust,' David Bowie goes backstage and collapses at the Hurricane Festival in Germany. He was helicoptered to a hospital and underwent immediate surgery for a blocked artery that required emergency angioplasty. The rest of the tour was cancelled.
2004: The Red Hot Chili Peppers play the last of three shows at London's Hyde Park. 258,000 fans attend the concerts.
2008: Elton John is a guest at a 90th birthday party for Nelson Mandela held in London. John sings 'Happy Birthday To You' and his own 'Border Song' for the ex-South African president.
2009: A Sgt Pepper souvenir poster bearing the signatures of all four Beatles sold for $52,500 at a pop memorabilia auction in New York City. Other musical items that went under the hammer were a set of Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics, which made $25,000 and a bass guitar owned by Kurt Cobain sold for $43,750.
2010: Rush receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Musicians Institute. They are inducted by Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan and Donna Halper, a former music director at Cleveland’s WMMS-FM who was among the first to champion the band on their debut album.
2011: Kings Of Leon documentary 'Talihina Sky,' is screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and at more than 150 British theatres. The film features footage from live shows, recording sessions, and early home videos.
2012: Rush's Geddy Lee is among 600 Ontario residents to receive a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee commemorative medal at Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall. The special medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne.
2012: During a Moscow press conference, Yevgeny Bryun, the Russian Ministry of Health's chief alcohol and drug abuse specialist, claims that The Beatles are responsible for a worldwide increase in drug use. "After The Beatles went to expand their consciousness in Indian ashrams, they introduced that idea-the changing of one's psychic state of mind using drugs-to the population."
2013: Queensryche release their first album with vocalist Todd La Torre, who replaced Geoff Tate. The self-titled album contains the single 'Redemption.'
2013: Rush pledge to donate $1 for every ticket sold at five Canadian shows to the Unison Benevolent Fund, a non-profit charity that takes care of music industry professionals who run into hardship.
2013: The Eagles catalog, a long-time holdout, is available on streaming platforms: Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio and Deezer.
2013: Atlantic City mayor Lorenzo Langford supports James Hetfield's criticism of area hotel prices that resulted in moving the Metallica curated Orion Festival to Detroit. "I thought Atlantic City was going to be a lot better than it was," says Metallica's frontman. "There was some gouging going on in hotels, ripping people off, crap like that."
2014: Amnesty International apologized to Iggy Pop after it had used an image of the singer in its latest anti-torture campaign without the singer's permission. The Belgian advert featured the Stooges frontman's face bloodied and beaten, quoting him as saying Justin Bieber was "the future of rock and roll" and the slogan: "Torture a man and he will tell you anything."
2015: Disturbed singer David Draiman says that he is "done with social media" after dealing with Twitter trolls who baited him about his views. Draiman, the son of Israelis and the grandson of Holocaust survivors, often spoke out against anti-Semitism.
2015: James Taylor scored his first Billboard number one album after 'Before This World' moved 97,000 units during the previous week, edging out Taylor Swift's '1989,' which was knocked down into the number two spot.
2015: B.B. King's longtime business manager, LaVerne Toney, was named sole executor of his estimated five to ten million dollar estate, despite objections from a lawyer representing four of the late Blues icon's daughters.
1955: Decca Records announces that Bill Haley And His Comets have sold more than 3 million units in thirteen months. Both 'Rock Around The Clock' and 'Shake Rattle and Roll' sold a million copies, while 'Dim, Dim the Lights' and 'Mambo Rock' sold about 500,000.
1955: Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black) played the first of three nights at the Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. The local paper ran a preview which read; ‘A good looking youngster who has become a juke-box favorite with his 'That's Alright,' 'Mama,' and 'Blue Moon of Kentucky.' Presley is expected to repeat some of his hit tunes at the Airmen's Club show in addition to mixing up a few country tunes with some "bop" and novelty numbers.’
1956: In an article in LOOK magazine entitled, 'The Great Rock 'n' Roll Controversy,' Swing Band leader Benny Goodman makes this comment about Rock 'n' Roll; "I guess it's okay, man. At least it has a beat."
1961: Gary 'U.S.' Bonds scores his only #1 single, 'Quarter To Three.'
1963: John Lennon and Paul McCartney compose 'She Loves You' in a hotel room in Newcastle, England, while on tour there.
1964: The Beatles release 'A Hard Day's Night,' the soundtrack to their first film, in the U.S.
1964: During a world tour, The Beatles played two shows at Town Hall, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand. The flight from Auckland to Dunedin was tense due the receipt of an anonymous threat that a "germ bomb" had been placed on board the aircraft.
1964: The Rolling Stones release 'It's All Over Now' single.
1965: The Byrds went to #1 on the US singles chart with their version of Bob Dylan's 'Mr Tambourine Man.' The only member of the group to actually play on the record was Roger McGuinn on vocals and 12 string guitar. Studio musicians Leon Russell, Glen Campbell, Larry Knechtel and Hal Blaine recorded the other instruments, while The Byrds' David Crosby and Gene Clark sang background vocals
1966: During a North American tour, The Rolling Stones played two shows, a matinee show at The Coliseum in Washington DC and an evening show at The Baltimore Civic Centre in Maryland. The McCoys and The Standells were the support acts.
1969: Joni Mitchell appeared on the ABC TV Mama Cass Television Program from Los Angeles, California.
1970: The 3-day Bath (in England) Festival of Blues and Progressive kicks off. The line-up included, Santana, The Flock, Led Zeppelin (headlining act), Hot Tuna, Country Joe McDonald, Colosseum, Jefferson Airplane (set aborted), The Byrds (acoustic set), Dr. John, Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, Canned Heat, It's a Beautiful Day, Steppenwolf, Johnny Winter, John Mayall with Peter Green, Pink Floyd, (who premiered their new suite, 'Atom Heart Mother,' which at that time was announced as the 'Amazing Pudding'), Pentangle, Fairport Convention, and Keef Hartley.
1970: Free release their 3rd studio album, 'Fire and Water.'
1971: Don McLean's 8:36 long epic'"American Pie' debuts on WNEW-FM radio in New York. McLean would later say, "The song starts off with my memories of the death of Buddy Holly. But it moves on to describe America as I was seeing it and how I was fantasizing it might become, so it's part reality and part fantasy, but I'm always in the song as a witness or as even the subject sometimes in some of the verses." The single would rise to #1 in the US, #2 in the UK and reached the Top Ten in fifteen other countries.
1972: During sessions at Olympic Studios in London, England, David Bowie recorded 'John, I'm Only Dancing', with Mick Ronson on lead guitar and Lou Reed on rhythm guitar. The track which was released and became a hit single in the UK in September of this year but was not released in America, being judged too risqué by RCA Records. The original video directed by Mick Rock, featuring androgynous dancers from Lindsay Kemp's mime troupe, was banned by British music show Top Of The Pops.
1973: Mick Jagger is named in a paternity suit by a woman named Marsha Hunt. She claimed that Jagger is the father of her two year old daughter, however, after Jagger takes a blood test and she is proved wrong.
1973: Rolling Stone Keith Richards and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg were arrested at their home in Chelsea, London on drugs and gun charges. During the police search, grass, cannabis resin, “Chinese” heroin, mandrax tablets, burnt spoons, syringes and pipes were found, in addition to a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver, a shotgun and 110 rounds of ammunition. Richards received only minor fines during his court trial.
1974: Cher divorced Sonny Bono after 10 years of marriage. Four days later, Cher married guitarist Gregg Allman, the couple split 10 days after that, got back together and split again. They did stay married for three years, producing Elijah Blue Allman.
1974: Bad Company release their self-titled debut album on Swan Song Records, which was launched by Led Zeppelin. The album becomes a #1 record in the U.S. and goes on to sell over five million copies.
1976: Peter Frampton releases the live version single of 'Baby I Love Your Way.' It peaks at #12.
1977: Elvis Presley makes his last ever live stage appearance when he appears at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis in front of a crowd of 18,000. Before the show, he was presented with a plaque commemorating the 2 billionth record to come out of RCA's pressing plant. The last song the King ever performed publicly was 'Can't Help Falling In Love.' The show also included a rendition of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water.' Elvis appears pale, weak, and overweight and would die less than two months later.
1977: Lou Reizner, prolific producer, dies of colon cancer. He was 43. Reizner produced Rod Stewart’s first two albums, in addition to the seminal 'Tommy,' the Who’s rock opera.
1979: Elvis' father, Vernon Presley, died of a heart attack in Tupelo, Mississippi at the age of 63. Nearly two years earlier, he cried at Elvis' coffin, "Son, Daddy will be with you soon. Daddy will be with you soon." Vernon is buried next to his son at Graceland.
1986: James Hetfield breaks wrist in concert. John Marshall fills in on guitar for the rest of the tour with James doing just vocals.
1986: Steve Winwood releases his 'Back in the High Life' album. It goes on to sell over 3 million copies.
1990: Danzig releases their 2nd album 'Danzig II: Lucifuge.'
1992: Elton John and Eric Clapton team up for three sold-out shows at London's Wembley Stadium. It is the first public outing for John since undergoing painful hair transplants.
1994: Oasis perform on the NME (New Musical Express) stage at the Glastonbury Festival before an audience of 30,000. It's their biggest show of the year.
1996: Van Halen announce that Sammy Hagar is leaving the band and that David Lee Roth will again become the lead singer. Hagar reunites with the Van Halen brothers for a 2004 tour, but once again, the two factions split.
1997: The Gin Blossoms' album 'Congratulations, I'm Sorry" is certified platinum album. It features 'Til I Hear It From You' and 'Follow You Down.'
1999: Elton John was reported to be in talks with a City finance house to secure a £25 million ($42.5 million) loan, using his back catalogue of hits as security. It had been reported that Elton had been spending £250,000 ($425,000) a week on credit cards.
2004: One of Eric Clapton's prize guitars, "Blackie," a black-and-white Fender Stratocaster, sells for $959,500 at an auction that raises more than $7.4 million for Crossroads Centre, a drug treatment facility. "Lenny," the guitar Stevie Ray Vaughan played from the 1970s until his death in 1990, sells for $623,500. The guitar was donated by Vaughan's estate.
2004: Paul McCartney performs the Glastonbury Music Festival. He opens the set with 'Jet.' The concert marks the end of McCartney's month long European tour but it is his first appearance at Glastonbury.
2007: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend a Las Vegas event marking the one-year anniversary of the Cirque du Soleil troupe's Beatles-themed stage production, 'Love.'
2007: A seven-CD box set chronicling three Pearl Jam concerts played at the breathtaking Gorge Amphitheatre (in George, WA) is released. 'Live At The Gorge 05/06' runs over seven hours.
2007: Beastie Boys issue their instrumental album 'The Mix-Up.' "There are no vocals, no samples," says Mike D. "We played everything."
2009: It's Def Leppard Day in Hamburg, NY. The proclamation urges locals to enjoy the group's music "today and for years to come." The group is in town for a show with Cheap Trick and Poison.
2010: Eric Clapton's third Crossroads Guitar Festival takes place at Toyota Park just outside of Chicago. "I can go to one place and hear all of my favorite musicians in one day, says Clapton." Those musicians include B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, John Mayer, Buddy Guy and Z.Z. Top. Proceeds benefit the Crossroads Centre.
2012: Offspring's release their ninth studio album, 'Days Go By.'
2012: Linkin Park release their fifth full-length album, 'Living Things.'
2012: Everclear release their first album of original material in six years, 'Invisible Stars.'
2012: Slash scores his first #1 hit on Rock Radio with 'You're A Lie,' the lead track from his second solo album 'Apocalyptic Love.'
2013: John Fogerty performed 'Mystic Highway' from the album 'Wrote a Song for Everyone' on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
2015: Sirius XM Holdings Inc agreed to pay five record companies $210 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the satellite radio company of broadcasting songs made before 1972 without permission and without paying royalties.
2015: Billboard's gate revenue branch, Boxscore announced that The Rolling Stones had grossed over $360 million on tour since 2012.
1885: Chichester Bell and Charles Tainter applied for a patent on their invention the gramophone.
1964: Jan And Dean's 'The Little Old Lady From Pasadena' was released. It will climb to #3 in the US by August.
1965: In a rare setback, The Beatles perform two shows in Rome which were both sparsely attended. An Italian newspaper commented that they were "no more than four ugly faces, four heads of long hair, four sublime idiots, four barefoot bums."
1966: Pete Townshend visits New York for the very first time to meet up with Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham and Allen Klein, Oldham's US advisor. They had expressed an interest in taking over The Who's recording contract. Pete traveled first class "incognito with Herman's Hermits, whom Klein represented in America." Pete joined Herman's Hermits for a press luncheon in their honor where he was photographed by Linda Eastman, later to become Linda McCartney.
1967: Mick Jagger was found guilty of illegal possession of two drugs found in his jacket at a party given by Keith Richards. He was remanded overnight at Lewes jail in England (prison number 7856). Jagger requested books on Tibet and modern art and two packs of Benson & Hedges cigarettes.
1967: The Doors perform at The Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn, New York.
1968: Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles recorded seven takes of ‘Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey’ for their forthcoming White album.
1968: Elvis Presley appeared on an NBC-TV show that was billed as his "Comeback Special". The show featured the king performing on a small, square stage, surrounded by a mostly female audience. Presley was outfitted in black leather and belted out many of his early recordings, including 'That's All Right Mama,' 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' and 'Blue Suede Shoes.'. The highlight of the show was his final number of the evening, which featured Elvis, alone on the stage, dressed in a white suit, singing 'If I Can Dream.' The show was originally conceived as a Christmas special. But Elvis updates his '50s image and once again displays the raw magnetism that made him world famous, singing both his early hits and new material.
1969: Denver Pop Festival begins featuring Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joe Cocker, Creedence Clearwater Revivial, Johnny Winter and Iron Butterfly. 50,000 attend at Mile High Stadium. Violence breaks out and the law moves in with clubs and tear gas.
1969: During a North American tour Jimi Hendrix appeared at Boston Gardens in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: The Doors appeared at the Forum in Mexico City, Mexico.
1970: The Trans-Continental Pop Festival (better known as the Festival Express) set off. The tour was unique in that rather than flying to each city, most of the acts traveled on a chartered CN train. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers and, Buddy Guy Blues Band all traveled together on the train playing shows in Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Calgary.
1970: Freddie Mercury made his live debut with Smile (guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylors' group) at Truro City Hall in Cornwall, England.
1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released 'Ohio.' The song was written by Neil Young in response to the shooting deaths of four Kent State students by the Ohio National Guard on May 18th.
1971: Allman Brothers, Edgar Winter, The Beach Boys, Country Joe McDonald, J. Geils Band, Mountain and Albert King (who played on the theater's opening night) performed the final concert at New York City’s Fillmore East.
1973: 'Live And Let Die' opens in the U.S. with the theme song written and performed by Paul McCartney (and his band Wings). It's the eighth James Bond movie and Roger Moore's debut as 007.
1973: Aerosmith release their 3rd single, 'Dream On.'
1975: ZZ Top earn their second Gold record for their fourth album, 'Fandango.'
1976: After much legal wrangling, John Lennon finally received his green card from the U.S. Department of Naturalization.
1980: Led Zeppelin appeared at Messehalle in Nuremberg, Germany during their last ever tour. After the group had played just three songs, drummer John Bonham collapsed on stage, causing the remainder of the show to be cancelled.
1981: Motorhead scored their only UK #1 album with 'No Sleep Til Hammersmith'. The live album was recorded at Leeds and Newcastle shows during their Short, Sharp Pain In The Neck tour in 1981. The name of the tour was a reference to the injury sustained by Phil Taylor when he was dropped on his head during some after-show horseplay. Despite the title of the album, the London venue the Hammersmith Odeon was not played on the tour.
1982: Virgin Publishing and Sting reach a settlement regarding a '77 contract over recordings by The Police.
1983: Twisted Sister release their 2nd studio album, 'You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll.'
1986: Queensryche release their 2nd studio album, 'Rage for Order.'
1989: King's X release their 2nd studio album, 'Gretchen Goes to Nebraska.'
1989: The Who performs the rock opera 'Tommy' in its entirety for the first time in 17 years at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The show raised money for a children's charity as well as the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
1989: Don Henley releases his third solo album, 'The End Of The Innocence.' The LP will reach #8 on the Billboard chart and sell over six million copies in the US alone.
1989: Danger Danger released their self-titled debut album.
1991: Carlos Santana was arrested at Houston Airport when officials found Cannabis in his luggage.
1991: Paul McCartney's first Classical work, the semi-autobiographical 'Liverpool Oratorio' is performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Liverpool Cathedral.
1994: Aerosmith became the first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet. The previously unreleased, 'Head First' is distributed via CompuServe. The song takes over an hour to download.
1998: Bryan Adams, Anne Murray and Gordon Lightfoot each officially received a granite star on Canada's Walk of Fame, on King Street in Toronto. They were the first three pop artists to be honored inot the newly recognized group of Canadian stars.
2000: A San Francisco appeals court ruled that The Rolling Stones violated Robert Johnson's copyright of 'Love in Vain' and 'Stop Breakin' Down.' The Stones' former record label had wrongly assumed that the songs were public domain.
2002: Timothy White, the influential editor-in-chief of Billboard Magazine, dies of a heart attack. He was 50. White typically wore a bow tie, even to concerts.
2002: One day before the scheduled first show of The Who's 2002 US tour, bass player John Entwistle, dies at aged 57 in his hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Entwistle had gone to bed that night with a stripper, who woke at 10am to find Entwistle cold and unresponsive. The Las Vegas medical examiner determined that death was due to a heart attack induced by an undetermined amount of cocaine. He was voted the greatest bassist of all time in a Rolling Stone reader's poll In 2011.
2004: Beastie Boys were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘To The 5 Boroughs.’ the rappers fourth US #1.
2004: Slipknot is booed offstage while headlining Fury Fest in Le Mans, France. The group's prolonged sound check forces the event's other 12 bands to shorten their performances. As a result, the audience tosses trash and taunts Slipknot when they hit the stage. Slipknot responds by shortening their show.
2005: Rockin' The Corps all-star concert film hits theaters. The April 1st Camp Pendleton (Oceanside, CA) concert features Godsmack, KISS, Ted Nugent and Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora performing for an audience of military personnel and their families. Proceeds from the screening benefit the Support The Corps charity.
2005: The Supreme Court ruled that file-sharing networks are liable for copyright infringements when they create and distribute software that allows users to illegally swap MP3s. The ruling came in the case of MGM v. file-sharing company Grokster.
2006: Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose is arrested in Stockholm, Sweden, after a drunken scuffle with security personnel at the band's hotel. Rose argues with a woman at a GN'R party, then fights guards who try to intercede. Rose is charged with damaging property, assault and threatening a police officer. The singer is freed after paying a $5,500 fine. Rose claims it was all a misunderstanding.
2006: The Family Values Tour starts in Virginia Beach, VI. The co-headliners are KoRn and Deftones with support from Stone Sour and Flyleaf. "We haven't toured with (Deftones) since '97 or '96, and we're really excited," says KoRn singer Jonathan Davis.
2006: The KISS Coffeehouse opens in Myrtle Beach, SC. KISS singer-guitarist Paul Stanley and bassist-singer Gene Simmons cut the ribbon at the cafe and meet fans. There's even a performance by the tribute act KISS Army. The eatery features KISS memorabilia.
2007: Paul McCartney gives a free performance at the Amoeba Music store in Hollywood to promote his album, 'Memory Almost Full' (released on Starbucks' Hear Music label). About 900 fans attend, including ex-bandmate, Ringo Starr. "It's got to be the most surreal gig ever," says McCartney.
2007: A French appeals court sides with Elton John in his claim against a Paris antique shop. In his lawsuit, John claims sculptures of four Greek gods that he purchased in '96 for $360,000 were forgeries of 18th century works. John is awarded $500,000 in damages.
2007: At the Phil Spector murder trial, Dr. Vincent DiMaio, a noted forensic expert on gunshot wounds, testified for the defense that actress Lana Clarkson committed suicide by shooting herself in the mouth at the record producer's mansion. These hearings would later end in a mistrial, but Spector would be convicted in May of 2009 and sentenced to 19 years to life in prison.
2007: Bon Jovi's 'Lost Highway' debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200. It moves 288,000 copies, well ahead of the White Stripes 'Icky Thump,' which sells 223,000 units to land at #2.
2008: Queen + Paul Rodgers perform at the 90th birthday celebration for former South African President Nelson Mandela in London's Hyde Park . The concert calls attention to Mandela's 46664 campaign to raise awareness about the AIDS epidemic.
2009:: Linkin Park's 'New Divide' is #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart.
2009: A version of Ben E. King's classic 'Stand By Me' recorded by Bon Jovi and bandmate Richie Sambora and exiled Iranian singer Andy Madadian premieres on producer Don Was' My Damn Channel. Bon Jovi and Madadian duet in Farsi and English. The song is intended as "a musical message of worldwide solidarity with the Iranian people"; many of whom are protesting their government's alleged election fraud.
2009: Eddie Van Halen marries publicist, Janie Liszewski, at his L.A. estate. Eddie's son, Wolfgang, is the best man. A string quartet plays Van Halen's 'When It's Love' as the bride proceeds to the altar. Eddie's ex-wife, actress Valerie Bertinelli, attends the ceremony.
2009: Neil Young performs in London's Hyde Park. He is joined on stage by Paul McCartney for a duet of 'A Day In The Life.'
2010: Lilith Fair, founded by Canadian musician Sarah McLachlan and consisting solely of female solo artists and female-led bands, ramps up for the first time in over a decade. Sheryl Crow is one of the headliners. The first stop is in Calgary but due to the sluggish economy several shows are canceled.
2011: Despite protests from local residents, a larger-than-life statue of Chuck Berry was approved by University City Council. The initial objections stemmed from the singer's time behind bars for his 1962 conviction for illegally transporting a teenager across state lines.
2012: In what is probably the only case of a musician being said to cause someone's death while performing onstage, police in Czechoslovakia arrest Randy Blythe, frontman for heavy metal band Lamb of God, for manslaughter. The arrest alleges that when Blythe pushed a fan off the stage during a 2010 concert, said fan hit his head and died from the injury two weeks later. Blythe had not been aware that there was an arrest warrant for him until returning to Czechoslovakia on a later concert tour. Blythe is held and released on bail, with a later trial set.
2012: Sully Erna's vocal issues force Godsmack to end their first European tour in nearly nine years. "On the advice of his doctors he (Erna) has been advised to not sing for the next several weeks to allow time for his vocal chords to heal," reads a statement on the band's website.
2012: Robert Plant headlines the 30th annual WOMAD festival. The three-day event, founded by Peter Gabriel, is in Charlton Park, Wiltshire, U.K.
2012: AC/DC wines are available online in the U.S. through Vinport. There are four varietals; Back In Black Shiraz, Highway To Hell Cabernet Sauvignon, Thunderstruck Chardonnay and Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc.
2013: Elton John's annual White Tie & Tiara gala raises over $4.5 million for the AIDS Foundation. One of the auction items is a $180,000 Audi RS 6 Avant car autographed by actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
2015: The surviving members of the Grateful Dead perform the first in a series of multiple venue 'farewell' concerts (Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead) in Santa Clara, CA.
2015: Chris Squire, the bass guitarist and co-founder of 1970s British progressive rock band Yes, died at the age of 67 after battling leukemia. He was the only member to appear on each of their 21 studio albums, released from 1969 to 2014.
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis makes his first appearance on The Steve Allen Show, performing 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On.' After the program airs, sales of the record soar, pushing it to #3 on the Billboard pop chart and #1 on the Billboard R&B chart.
1965: Dick Clark's afternoon teen music show, 'Where The Action Is,' makes its debut on ABC. Guests include Jan And Dean, Dee Dee Sharp and house band Paul Revere And The Raiders.
1968: Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles recorded ‘Good Night’, John Lennon’s lullaby for his 5-year-old son Julian with Ringo singing the lead vocal. The track appeared on the White Album.
1968: The Jefferson Airplane make the cover of Life magazine under the headline: "Jefferson Airplane, Top Rock Group, With Music That's Hooked the Whole Vibrating World."
1968: The Rascals are awarded their third Gold record for the Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati composition, 'A Beautiful Morning.' The record rose to number 3 in the US.
1968: Pink Floyd released their second album 'A Saucerful Of Secret's in the UK. It is both the last Pink Floyd album on which Syd Barrett would appear and the only studio album to which all five band members contributed. The album sleeve was designed by Hipgnosis, a new company formed by the band's friends Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey 'Po' Powell.
1969: Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, The Nice, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Ten Years After, Taste, The Liverpool Scene and Chicken Shack all appeared at The Bath Festival of Blues in England.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Bad Moon Rising' peaks at #2 on Billboard Hot 100. The 'Love Theme From 'Romeo & Juliet' by Henry Mancini and his Orchestra beats out everyone else at #1, while The Beatles' "Get Back' is just'behind at #3.
1969: Neil Young joins Crosby, Stills and Nash on their tour. Young's addition comes at the suggestion of Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegun. CSN becomes CSN&Y.
1969: Jimi Hendrix announces his new bassist, old army buddy Billy Cox.
1969: Elvis Presley had the best selling single in America with the Mac Davis written 'In The Ghetto.' The track had been recorded at the American Sound Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, along with 'Suspicious Minds,' 'Kentucky Rain,' and 'Don't Cry Daddy.' The last time The King had topped the Cashbox chart was in December of 1962, with 'Return To Sender.'
1973: One of the first British Invasion revival concerts was held at Madison Square Garden in New York. The show featured Gerry And The Pacemakers, Wayne Fontana, The Searchers and Herman's Hermits. The last time any of them were on the US record charts was in early 1968 when 'I Can Take or Leave Your Loving' was a #22 hit for Herman's Hermits.
1975: David Bowie hits the US chart with 'Fame,' on the way to #1.
1975: The Eagles started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'One Of These Nights'.
1975: Roger Waters spat on the audience during a Pink Floyd performance. He later
wrote 'The Wall' about the experience.
1977: Elton John achieved a life long ambition when he became the Chairman of Watford Football Club.
1978: UNICEF picked Kansas as their first musical ambassadors of goodwill.
1980: Paul McCartney's ‘Coming Up’ became one of the few 'live' recordings to reach the top of Billboard's Hot 100. American disc jockeys preferred it to the studio version on the flip side of the record.
1982: Robert Plant releases his debut solo album, 'Pictures at Eleven.'
1984: Bruce Springsteen shoots his 'Dancing In The Dark' video in front of 200 extras at the St. Paul Civic Center. Courtney Cox, later of 'Friends' fame, plays the front row fan who gets to dance on stage with Bruce. The single (propelled by massive MTV airplay) sells over 1 million copies and also garners Springsteen his first Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance in 1985.
1985: AC/DC release 'Fly On The Wall.' It's their 9th internationally released studio album and the 10th to be released in Australia.
1988: Stryper release their 4th studio album, 'In God We Trust.'
1990: At a concert in Liverpool, Paul McCartney performed John Lennon’s 'Strawberry Fields Forever,' 'Help!' and 'Give Peace a Chance' live in public for the first time.
1993: Ozzy Osbourne releases his 3rd live album, 'Live & Loud.'
1994: David Lee Roth kicked off a solo tour in Los Angeles.
1996: Def Leppard kicked off the North American leg of their 133-date 'Slang' world tour at The Blossom Music Centre in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
1996: KISS begin their reunion tour in Detroit before a sellout crowd of over 43,000. It's been 15 years since the original line-up performed together. The 13-month tour included 200 shows in 26 countries, playing to over two million people and set a record for the top-grossing tour of the year.
1996: At a Burt Bacharach concert at The Royal Albert Hall in London, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher joined him on-stage for a version of 'This Guy's In Love With You.'
1997: The classic Pink Floyd album ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ spent its 1056th week on the US album chart. It was rumoured at the time that if the album was played while watching The Wizard of Oz movie, and started exactly when the MGM lion roared the third time during the movie’s intro, very interesting connections could be made between the two.
1997: Bob Seger crashed in his BMW on the Trans-Canada Highway in Nipigon, Ontario. The singer later appeared in court charged with dangerous driving.
1997: George Harrison had an operation to remove a growth from his neck. The tumor proved to be benign.
1997: The Verve's hit 'Bittersweet Symphony' sampled an orchestral version of the Rolling Stones hit, 'The Last Time' created by Andrew Oldham, the Stones' original producer. As a result, all the song's royalties go to the Stones' publishing company, ABKCO, and Oldham comes after the Verve for money as well.
2004: Jimi Hendrix's brother Leon and stepsister Janie Hendrix go to court to battle over who should receive money from Jimi's posthumous releases, royalties and merchandise. Janie runs Experience Hendrix LLC, with Jimi's cousin, Robert Hendrix. Leon wants a cut but ends up cut out.
2004: Courtney Love shows up five hours late for a court appearance and is scolded by a Manhattan judge who says her tardiness is grounds for arrest. Charges of assault and reckless endangerment stem from an East Village incident earlier in the year.
2005: U2 sue Lola Cashman, one of their former stylists, to regain possession of about $6,000 worth of memorabilia, which includes a cowboy hat and a pair of pants worn by Bono. The band claims Cashman wrongly appropriated the items during the band's '87 Joshua Tree tour. "They sound like trivial items, they're really not," says Bono in a Dublin court. The judge rules in U2's favor.
2005: Weezer score their first #1 single on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks with 'Beverly Hills.' The song exceeds 100,000 digital downloads.
2007: Rod Stewart receives ten stitches in his leg after slipping onstage in Manchester, England.
2005: Megadeth released their greatest hits album "'Greatest Hits: Back to the Start.'
2007: 'I Don't Wanna Stop' is Ozzy Osbourne's first #1 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. The song ends an eight-week run by Linkin Park's 'What I've Done.'
2007: Daughtry's self-titled debut is certified triple platinum (3 million sales) by the Recording Industry Association of America. Released in November of 2006, the album is the #5 all-time best digital seller while the songs, 'It's Not Over' and 'Home,' are downloaded over 1 million times as digital tracks and ringtones.
2009: The Who's Roger Daltrey joins the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, at the opening of a hospital unit in Cardiff, Wales, designed specifically for teenage cancer sufferers. The wing is funded by the Teenage Cancer Trust.
2010: Bill Aucoin dies in Florida of prostate cancer. He was 66. Aucoin is credited with discovering Kiss, and was their manager for over a decade. “It was Bill who said, ‘Let’s take this to the nth degree,’” said Gene Simmons. “Let’s breathe fire. Let’s have explosions, and all sorts of things.”
2010: Metallica's 'Death Magnetic,' released in 2008, is certified double platinum by the RIAA having sold over two million copies in the U.S. alone.
2010: AC/DC's 'Black Ice' tour wraps up in Bilboa, Spain, becoming the second highest-grossing concert trek in history; earning nearly $441.6 million. But the Rolling Stones 'A Bigger Bang' tour is still #1.
2010: Fuel announce that former Shinedown guitarist Jasin Todd has joined the group. Todd replaces Yogi Lonich.
2010: Vince Neil is released on $2,000 bail after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in Las Vegas. Neil, who owns a bar in the Las Vegas Hilton hotel, has a record that includes pleading guilty to manslaughter and drunk driving in '84 and arrests for assault and violence in '02, '03 and '04.
2011: 'Rave On,' a tribute to Buddy Holly, is released with covers by Paul McCartney and Black Keys.
2011: Queensryche released the album 'Dedicated To Chaos.'
2012: Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe is arrested in Prague and charged with manslaughter. According to reports, a fan jumped up on the stage at a 2010 show and after Blythe threw him off, the fan sustained head injuries leading to a coma and his subsequent death. After spending time in jail, he is later acquitted in 2013.
2013: Kid Rock kicks off a North American summer tour only charging fans $20 per ticket. "Everyone knows the economy is still hurting people across the country, but I didn't want that to be a reason why everyone couldn't get out and enjoy themselves on a summer night," says Rock of his 'Best Night Ever Tour'.
2013: Boston founder Tom Scholz is ordered to pay the Boston Herald $132,000 in court costs after losing a defamation suit against the newspaper, who suggested the guitarist was responsible for the 2007 suicide of the band's singer Brad Delp.
2013: Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer announces the launch of Kramer's Rockin' & Roastin' coffee.
2014: Metallica are the first Metal band to headline the Glastonbury Festival. There's a controversy over the group's inclusion but a sold out show settles the issue. The 44-year old annual U.K. event also features Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys and Jack White.
2015: During her set at Glastonbury, Patti Smith brings out the Dalai Lama so festivalgoers can wish him a happy 80th birthday.
2015: U2 pay tribute to their LGBT fans in Chicago by playing 'Pride' following the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Bono says the decision is a moment to remember for the gay rights movement.
1928: The famous Winterland Ballroom opens in San Francisco, California. It's an ice-skating rink that can be converted into a general entertainment venue for opera, boxing, and other events, costing a whopping (for 1928) $1 million to build. It will go on to become a concert location for many famous acts, including The Sex Pistols, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, and Pink Floyd, to name just a few.
1957: Police in Iran close all dance halls and prosecute their owners after laws are passed that rule Rock and Roll dancing as "harmful to health."
1959: Dick Clark announces his first Caravan of Stars tour, which would feature The Skyliners, Chubby Checker, Duane Eddy, Bobby Darin, Fabian, Buddy Holly, Annette Funicello and Bo Diddley and others.
1962: The U.S. Army grants Jimi Hendrix an honorable discharge on the basis of unsuitability. A month earlier his platoon sergeant filed a report that said: "He has no interest whatsoever in the Army....It is my opinion that Private Hendrix will never come up to the standards required of a soldier. I feel that the military service will benefit if he is discharged as soon as possible." Hendrix would later falsely claim that he had received a medical discharge after breaking his ankle during his 26th parachute jump.
1963: A John Lennon/Paul McCartney composition hits the U.S. charts for the first time. It's Del Shannon's cover of 'From Me To You.' Earlier Shannon toured England with The Beatles. The song stayed on the charts for four weeks, reaching #77. The Beatles' rendition climbed only to #116.
1964: At Brian Epstein's insistence, The Beatles reluctantly record German versions of 'She Loves You' and 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' in Rue de Seures, Paris, under the direction of George Martin.
1965: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts bought the 16th century house that once belonged to an Archbishop of Canterbury.
1966: Neil Diamond plays American Bandstand for the first time, performing his hit 'Cherry, Cherry.'
1966: 500 police officers were needed to contain the crowd when The Beatles played Tokyo.
1967: Rolling Stone Keith Richard was found guilty of allowing his house to be used for the illegal smoking of cannabis. He was sentenced to one year in jail and a $850 fine, (prison number 5855). Mick Jagger was also fined $170 and given three months in jail on drug charges. Jagger and Richards were both released and granted bail of £7,000 the following day.
1967: While on tour with The Hollies, Graham Nash writes a song called 'Marrakesh Express' which will later be a hit with his new band, Crosby Stills and Nash.
1968: The Small Faces started a six week run at #1 on the UK album chart with 'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake.' A concept album with a round cover designed to look like a tobacco tin.
1968: Donovan's 'Hurdy Gurdy Man' enters the Billboard chart, where it will reach #5. The song featured former Yardbirds guitarist, Jeff Beck.
1968: Pink Floyd released 'A Saucerful of Secrets.' The band celebrated by performing a free show in London’s Hyde Park with Jethro Tull, Roy Harper, and T. Rex.
1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their last concert together at the Denver Pop Festival in Mile High Stadium. Noel Redding announces he is quitting the band.
1969: The Status Quo achieve their only hit record in America when 'Pictures Of Matchstick Men' enters the Billboard Top 40, where it will top out at #12. Guitarist Francis Rossi said he wrote most of the song while sitting in a toilet, trying to get away from his wife and mother-in-law. Shortly after the song became a hit, the band dropped "The" from their name.
1969: Led Zeppelin, The Liverpool Scene and Mick Abraham's Blodwyn Pig all played two shows (5:30 and 8:30pm) on this Sunday night at The Royal Albert Hall in London.
1973: Ian Gillian leaves Deep Purple. Gillan bails at the end of a tour of Japan (in Osaka) citing exhaustion. Graham Bonnet will briefly take his place before David Coverdale comes on board.
1974: Neal Peart replaced John Rustey on drums in Rush.
1975: Tim Buckley dies of a heroin overdose. He was 28. Buckley released nine albums and was the father of two sons, including singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley.
1975: Elton John makes a surprise appearance at Eagles/Doobie Brothers concert at Oakland Coliseum on the Doobies hit 'Listen To The Music'.
1976: The Memphis City Council votes to change Elvis' home street, Highway 51 South, to 'Elvis Presley Boulevard.'
1977: During a North American tour Fleetwood Mac appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1978: Peter Frampton broke his arm and cracked several ribs when he was involved in a car crash in the Bahamas.
1978: David Bowie played the first of three nights on his Low / Heroes world tour at Earl's Court in London.
1979: Lowell George of Little Feat dies of a heart attack, possibly compounded by his drug addiction and obesity. He was 34. At the time of his death, George was trying to reform the band. He was found dead at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. George joined Zappa's Mothers of Invention as rhythm guitarist in 1968, played guitar on John Cale's 1973 album 'Paris 1919,' Harry Nilsson's 'Son of Schmilsson' album and Jackson Browne's 'The Pretender'.
1980: Brian Johnson played his first show with AC/DC in Namur, Belgium.
1984: Bruce Springsteen kicked off the first leg of his 'Born in the USA Tour' with a three night run at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Springsteen would play a total of 156 shows ending on October 2, 1985 in Los Angeles. Nils Lofgren replacing the newly departed Steve Van Zandt on guitar. Van Zandt would return to the E Street Band when it was reformed briefly in 1995.
1985: David Bowie and Mick Jagger recorded a version of the Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 1964 hit 'Dancing In The Street' for the forthcoming 'Live Aid' concert. The original plan was to perform a track together live, with Bowie performing at Wembley Stadium and Jagger at John F. Kennedy Stadium, until it was realized that the satellite link-up would cause a half-second delay that would make this impossible unless either Bowie or Jagger mimed their contribution, something neither artist was willing to do.
1985: John Lennon’s 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine, with psychedelic paintwork, sold for a record sum of $3,006,385 at a Sotheby's auction in New York.
1987: Great White released the album 'Once Bitten.'
1988: The Guardian newspaper reported that many music CD's would fade and distort over the next few years due to manufacturing faults, sending shock-waves through the music industry.
1988: Nirvana, Mudhoney and Tad all appeared at the Moore Theatre, Seattle.
1991: Skid Row entered the US album chart at #1 with 'Slave To The Grind'.
1995: The first TV commercial of Ringo Starr’s career airs for Pizza Hut, as does a similar spot by the newly-reformed Monkees.
1996: It was reported that US record company bosses were considering random drug tests for pop stars similar to those carried out on athletes to try and reduce the drug death toll in the industry.
1996: MasterCard Masters of Music Concert for the Prince's Trust Fund in London is headlined by Eric Clapton (who received an OMB from the Prince the previous year). There's also a performance of The Who's 'Quadrophenia' with Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Enwistle and Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. Daltrey wears an eye patch during the performance due to an accident during a rehearsal (Gary Glitter hit him in the face with a mic).
1996: It was reported that US record company bosses were considering random drug tests for pop stars similar to those carried out on athletes to try and reduce the drug death toll in the industry.
1996: Record producer George Martin received a Knighthood, also music promoter Harvey Goldsmith became an MBE and Van Morrison an OBE.
1998: George Harrison announced that he was having treatments for throat cancer and said, “I'm not going to die on you folks just yet." He passes away three years later.
1999: Gene Simmons appears in an Everclear video with numerous porn stars. Everclear covered Thin Lizzy's 'The Boys Are Back In Town' for the 'Detroit Rock City' soundtrack. The film is about rabid fans' exploits trying to attend a '78 KISS concert.
1999: Slipknot release their self titled debut studio album.
2000: Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood checked into a rehab center to treat alcohol addiction. It was believed Wood was hoping to dry out in time for a Rolling Stones world tour.
2000: Vandals pulled Ronnie Van Zant’s casket out of the Lynyrd Skynyrd mausoleum, but were unable to open it. A plastic bag containing Steve Gaines’ ashes had also been removed from a metal urn and had been torn, but only a tiny fraction was spilled. Both Van Zant and Gaines were killed in a 1977 plane crash.
2001: 'Dream A Little Dream: The Almost-True Story of the Mamas & the Papas,' a stage musical penned by former Papas member Denny Doherty, premieres in Toronto.
2002: Billy Joel checked out of Silver Hill Hospital, a substance abuse and psychiatric center in New Canaan, Connecticut, that he had entered earlier in the month for treatment.
2004: Courtney Love was reprimanded by Los Angeles Judge Melissa Jackson for turning up five hours late to a hearing. Love pleaded guilty to a single charge of disorderly conduct and was released, on condition she paid the victim's medical bills, joins a drug program and stayed out of trouble.
2007: George McCorkle of The Marshall Tucker Band dies of cancer. He was 59. McCorkle was a founding member and guitarist for the band and wrote their first top 40 hit 'Fire on the Mountain.'
2008: 'Guitar Hero: Aerosmith' is out. "(Working on the game) was just the best experience of our lives," says frontman Steven Tyler. "It lets people outside play along with all the Aerosmith songs and dance between the notes."
2009: 'It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You,' a song co-written by Nickelback's Chad Kroeger and recorded by Country's Tim McGraw, goes to radio.
2010: Mastodon's six-song soundtrack EP for 'Jonah Hex,' a film based on the DC Comics series, is released. "We sacrificed another two weeks away from home to give away an album's worth of material for nothing in return but satisfaction in being a part of something incredible," says bassist Troy Sanders. Even so, the movie bombs.
2010: Forbes magazine unfurls their list of the 100 most powerful celebrities. U2 is #7 while Bruce Springsteen holds the #17 slot. Not surprisingly, Oprah Winfrey is #1.
2012: Michael Bay's film 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' is in theaters worldwide. Linkin Park's single 'Iridescent' is featured in the film's closing credits. The band contributed songs to the previous two films in the franchise. The soundtrack also has Skillet, My Chemical Romance and Paramore.
2012: 'Neil Young Journeys,' a collaboration between Young and director Jonathan Demme hits theaters. The documentary was filmed toward the end of Young's 2011 solo tour.
2012: Carol Hawkins, a former assistant to U2's Adam Clayton, is found guilty of stealing $3.5 million dollars from the bassist's bank accounts.
2015: Neil Young and Promise Of The Real, a band featuring Lukas and Micah Nelson (sons of the legendary Willie Nelson), release 'The Monsanto Years,' with songs critical of the food industry giant and those of its ilk.
1956: 25 people are hospitalized after a melee at a Bill Haley concert in Asbury Park, NJ. City council will later vote to ban all Rock 'n' Roll concerts.
1957: Buddy Holly records 'Peggy Sue,' which will go on to reach #3 on the Billboard chart and #6 in the UK. In real life, she was Peggy Sue Gerron, the girlfriend of Crickets drummer Jerry Allison. The song was initially titled 'Cindy Lou' after Buddy's niece, but Allison convinced Buddy to change the title just before the recording session. Allison and Gerron were later married.
1966: The Beatles played the first of three concerts at the Nippon Budokan Hall, Japan. The concert was filmed with The Beatles wearing black suits. The following day's first performance was also filmed, with The Beatles wearing white suits. There was a strict police presence with 3,000 police observing each concert played in front of 10,000 fans. Amateur recordings of the performance quickly became available as a bootleg album known as 'Three Nights in Tokyo.'
1971: San Francisco’s Fillmore West closed.
1971: Paul Revere And The Raiders receive a Gold record for their only US #1 hit, 'Indian Reservation.' The song, written by John D. Loudermilk, had been a US #20 hit and had reached #3 in the UK for Don Fardon in 1968.
1973: George Harrison knocked Paul McCartney and Wings 'My Love' from the top of the US singles chart with 'Give Me Love, Give Me Peace On Earth.' His second US #1.
1973: Doobie Brothers get their first Top 10 hit, 'Long Train Runnin,' from 'The Captain And Me' album. It peaks at #8.
1975: Cher married Greg Allman four days after her divorcing Sonny Bono, the couple split after ten days, followed by a three year on and off marriage. They had one son together, Elijah Blue.
1975: David Bowie began filming 'The Man Who Fell to Earth.'
1975: The Eagles 'One Of These Nights' album goes gold.
1976: Police raid Neil Diamond's house and find less than an ounce of marijuana. The arrest is struck from his record when he agrees to attend a drug aversion program.
1977: The first KISS comic book is released by Marvel Comics and has a vial of their blood mixed into the ink. It’s the beginning of Kiss becoming a one billion dollar licensing brand.
1977: KISS release their 6th studio album, 'Love Gun.'
1978: The Sex Pistols, now in "crash and burn mode," release 'My Way,' a song Frank Sinatra made famous.
1980: Queen release their 8th studio album, 'The Game.'
1980: Krokus release their 4th studio album, 'Metal Rendez-vous.'
1981: Jerry Lee Lewis is hospitalized with a hole in his stomach and internal bleeding. He nearly dies. Given a 50/50 chance of survival he leaves the hospital two weeks later.
1983: After a ten year split, The Everly Brothers announced that they would be reuniting. The pair had parted company after Phil smashed his guitar and walked off the stage during a 1973 performance.
1984: Huey Lewis and the News went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Sports.'
1986: Savatage released their 3rd full-length album, 'Fight for the Rock".'
1989: 'Great Balls Of Fire!,' a biographical film about the life of Jerry Lee Lewis, debuts in theaters across America. The movie would fizzle at the box office, but critics gave it mostly positive reviews. Jerry Lee was unhappy with the bumpkin-like portrayal of himself by actor Dennis Quaid and later said, "They really fouled it up, the way they did it."
1989: The surviving Beatles took out an injunction against Dave Clark, formerly of The Dave Clark Five, and banned him from selling copies of the old Ready Steady Go! TV show which featured “The Fab Four.” The case was later settled out of court.
1990: Chuck Berry’s estate in Missouri is raided by the police, who seize marijuana, rifles, a shotgun, over $120,000 in cash and homemade porn movies.
1994: Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam testify before a House of Representatives subcommittee claiming Ticketmaster has a monopoly. The federal investigation was eventually dropped.
1994: Virgin Records rushed The Rolling Stones’ 'Voodoo Lounge' into stores early after the album was played over the radio.
1998: System of a Down release their debut album.
1999: Eric Clapton performed a benefit concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden for his Crossroads rehab center in Antigua. His guests included Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige and Bob Dylan.
1999: Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst is named senior vice-president of Interscope Records.
2000: At Denmark’s Roskilde Festival, nine people were crushed to death during a crowd surge during Pearl Jam’s set. Police say the victims had all slipped or fallen in the mud in front of the stage. Lead singer Eddie Vedder stopped the show and got the crowd to move back in an orderly fashion, but it was too late. The Pearl Jam song "Love Boat Captain" refers to the events with the line "Lost nine friends we'll never know...two years ago today."
2001: Legendary guitarist and producer Chet Atkins dies in Nashville of cancer. He was 77. Atkins recorded over 100 albums during his career, and was a major influence on numerous artists, including George Harrison and Mark Knopfler. In 2002, he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2011 Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 21 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
2002: Al Jardine sued the remaining members of The Beach Boys for $4 million, alleging that they were excluding him from playing in the band. The suit would prove unsuccessful and Jardine was later prevented from touring as Beach Boy's Family and Friends.
2004: David Bowie cancelled the remainder of his 'Reality' tour after he suffered what was reported as a pinched nerve in his shoulder. Later, it would be discovered that Bowie needed emergency heart surgery.
2004: Kinks founder member Dave Davies was left paralyzed on the right-hand side of his body after suffering a stroke. For a time, he recovers at his brother Ray’s house, as Ray himself is recovering from being shot by a mugger. Dave is eventually able to walk, talk and play the guitar again.
2004: A Michigan court of appeals rules that Limp Bizkit did not act irresponsibly and is not liable for the injuries sustained by a paramedic during a 2000 performance. According to the lawsuit, Christopher Dickinson was kicked in the head after lead singer Fred Durst encouraged concertgoers to move closer to the stage during an Auburn Hills concert.
2005: Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland injures his ankle as the group performs 'Slither' at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Weiland manages to perform at the Live 8 show in London a few days later but is eventually confined to his bed while he's on the mend.
2005: The record industry says Led Zeppelin has sold 107.5 million albums in the U.S. That secures the #3 spot on the all-time list. Only The Beatles (168.5 million) and Elvis Presley (116.5 million) have done better.
2006: Jackson Browne performs at a Santa Monica High School benefit concert. Proceeds go to Artists for the Arts and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District's music programs. 2006: President George Bush meets with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, a major Elvis Presley fan, at Graceland in Memphis.
2006: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are honored in an exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. 'Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Thirty Years of Rock and Roll' displays the flowered shirt Petty wore for the 'Free Fallin' video and a gray jacket from his time in the Traveling Wilburys.
2006: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are on hand for the premiere performance of 'Love,' the Beatles-themed Las Vegas production featuring the Cirque du Soleil troupe.
2007: R.E.M. played a five-night series of shows at Dublin's Olympia Theatre. Dubbed ‘working rehearsals’ by the band, many songs from their forthcoming album ‘Accelerate’ were debuted, with many of them still as works in progress.
2008: A long lost 1964 interview with John Lennon and Paul McCartney is broadcast on the BBC. In the interview McCartney expounds on their songwriting technique. "Normally, we sit down and try and bash one out," says The Beatles' bassist. He adds that sometimes each writes a complete song on his own; though they both take credit for it.
2009: U2's worldwide stadium tour in support of 'No Line On The Horizon' begins in Barcelona, Spain. U2 360 features an innovative in-the-round configuration. The 90,000 in attendance hear a 22-song set.
2009: A previously unreleased live version of Nickelback's 'Something In Your Mouth' is offered for free to people who download Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 browser.
2009: 'Hit Hard: A Story Of Hitting Rock Bottom At The Top,' a memoir by Aerosmith's Joey Kramer is published. The book details the drummer's struggle with anxiety and depression, which led to a nervous breakdown in '95.
2009: Music licensing agency, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), determines that Queen's 'We Will Rock You' was the most played song at NFL (football), MLB (baseball) and NHL (hockey) games during the previous 12-month period.
2010: Pearl Jam's video for 'Amongst The Wave' (from 'Backspace')is released. The clip, released in conjunction with the launch of their Oceans website, features footage of crashing waves juxtaposed with shots of the band performing. Video proceeds resulting from iTunes sales benefit Conservation International's Marine Programs.
2010: The Kings Of Leon play their biggest U.K. concert to date at London's Hyde Park before an estimated audience of 65,000. The Black Keys are among the opening acts.
2010: All Pink Floyd albums released after 'Dark Side Of The Moon' are unavailable at digital stores because the band failed to renegotiate a contract with EMI. This follows a prolonged legal battle in which Pink Floyd successfully stopped EMI from selling individual album or remastered tracks.
2012: Queen and Adam Lambert perform at the Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation charity concert at Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kiev. The show is part of Euro 2012 and is seen by millions of TV viewers throughout the Ukraine and Poland.
2012: Slipknot guitarist Jim Root is sidelined by a burst appendix just as the group launches their Mayhem tour.
2012: One of Paul McCartney's iconic violin shaped Hofner bass guitars sold for more than $64,000 US at a fundraiser for music charity Nordoff Robbins. Exactly which one of Macca's guitars it was is unclear, as he has been known to have acquired several copies of the Hofner 500/1 over the years.
2014: Singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh announces he's resigned from Kansas after 41 years. The group carries on.
2014: The United States Postal Service unveils a Janis Joplin commemorative stamp. Joplin is shown wearing pink tinted glasses and Forever Janis Joplin USA is printed around the border.