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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock History: February

Rock Birthdaysr
Feb. 1:
Jani Lane (Warrant, Saints Of The Underground, Liberty & Justice, solo) - b. 1964 - d. 8/11/11
Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show) - 80
Don Everly (Everly Brothers) - 80
Mike Campbell (Mudcrutch, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Blue Stingrays, worked with Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, Roger McGuinn, Tracy Chapman, Warren Zevon, George Harrison) - 67
Rich Williams (Kansas) - 67
Fran Christina (Fabulous Thunderbirds) - 66
Exene Cervenka (X, The Knitters, solo) - 61
Lisa Marie Presley - 49
Patrick Wilson (Weezer, The Special Goodness) - 48
Ron Welty (The Offspring, Steady Ground) - 46

Feb. 2:
Graham Nash (The Hollies, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash, solo) - 75
Ross Valory (Journey, The Storm, Steve Miller Band, Frumious Bandersnatch, The Vu) - 68
‎Rick Dufay‬ (Aerosmith, solo) - 65‬
Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots, Army Of Anyone, Talk Show, Hollywood Vampires) - 51
Ben Mize (Counting Crows) - 46

Feb. 3:
Angelo D'Aleo (Dion and the Belmonts, The Belmonts) - 77
Eric Haydock (The Hollies) - 75
Stan Webb (Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown, Canned Heat, solo) - 71
Dave Davies (Kinks, solo) - 70
Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth, The Cribs, Text of Light) - 61
Tony Butler (Big Country, DOG + more) - 60
Laurence Tolhurst (The Cure) - 58
Kristy Majors (Pretty Boy Floyd) - 49
Richie Kotzen (Poison, Greg Howe, Mr. Big, Vertú -project with Stanley Clarke and Lenny White, The Winery Dogs, solo) - 47

Feb. 4:
John Steel (The Animals, sessionist) - 76
Alice Cooper (Vince Fournier) - 69
John Schlitt (Petra, Head East) - 67
Phil Ehart (White Clover, Kansas) - 67
Jerry Shirley (Humble Pie, Fastway, Badfinger, Waysted) - 65
Noodles - Kevin John Wasserman (The Offspring) - 54
Duncan Coutts (Our Lady Peace) - 48
Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World) - 42

Feb. 5:
Hal Blaine (Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, The Ronettes, Jan and Dean, The Mamas & the Papas, The Byrds, Johnny Rivers, Elkie Brooks, The Association, Sonny & Cher, The Grass Roots, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, Neil Diamond, Simon & Garfunkel, John Denver, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Captain & Tennille, The Carpenters, Henry Mancini, The 5th Dimension, The Supremes, Barbra Streisand, Nancy Sinatra, Diana Ross, Dean Martin, The Partridge Family, The Wrecking Crew) - 88
Cory Wells (Three Dog Night) - 75
J.R. Cobb (Classics IV, Atlanta Rhythm Section) - 74
Chuck Winfield (Blood Sweat& Tears) - 73
Al Kooper (The Royal Teens, The Blues Project, Blood Sweat & Tears, Kooper played organ on 'Like A Rolling Stone' by Bob Dylan and wrote "This Diamond Ring" for Gary Lewis and the Playboys. He also discovered and produced Lynyrd Skynyrd and played with Alvin Lee, B.B. King, Bill Wyman, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Harry Chapin, Jimi Hendrix, Labelle, Michael Bloomfield, Mick Jagger, Mose Jones, Paul Butterfield, Ray Charles, Ringo Starr, Shuggie Otis, Stephen Stills, Ten Years After, The Animals, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band,solo, many others) - 73
David Denny (Frumious Bandersnatch, Steve Miller Band) - 69
Christopher Guest (Nigel Tufnel) (Spinal Tap) - 69
Nigel Olsson (Elton John) - 68
Tommy Skeoch (Tesla) - 55
Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, Loaded, Neurotic Outsiders, 10 Minute Warning, The Fartz, Fastbacks, The Gentlemen, Jane's Addiction, Kings Of Chaos) - 53
Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) - 49

Feb. 6:
1945: Bob Marley, singer/songwriter and guitarist who had a 1981 UK #8 single with ‘No Woman No Cry’, plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles and the 1976 US N#8 & UK #15 album ‘Rastaman Vibration’. Marley died of cancer on May 11th 1981. The 1984 ‘Best Of’ album spent 330 weeks on the UK chart. In 1990, February 6th was proclaimed a national holiday in Jamaica to commemorate his birth. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
Richie Hayward (Little Feat, Fraternity of Men, The Factory) - b. 1946 - d. 8/12/10
Punky Meadows (The Intruders, The English Setters, The Cherry People, BUX, Angel) - 66
Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Vantage Point, prolific session drummer: Jeff Beck, The Who, Judas Priest, Tears for Fears, Mike Oldfield, Michael Schenker, Gary Moore, Big Jim Sullivan, Pete Townshend, Big Country, Whitesnake, Jack Bruce, David Gilmour, Frank Zappa, Brian Eno, Jon Anderson, Bonnie Tyler, Trevor Rabin, 10cc, Mick Jagger, Joe Satriani, Russ Ballard, Mike Rutherford, John Wetton, Asia, Derek Sherinian, Jordan Rudess and many more) - 60
Axl Rose (William Bailey) (Guns N'Roses, Hollywood Rose, L.A. Guns, Rapidfire) - 55

Feb. 7:
Alan Lancaster (Status Quo, Party Boys and the Bombers) - 68
Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night) - 68
Joe English (Wings, Sea Level, Pieces of Eight, The Joe English Band, Jam Factory, Tall Dogs Orchestra, Kingfish, Compassion All Star Band) - 67
Mark St. John (KISS, Front Page, White Tiger) - b. 1956 - d. 4/5/07
Garth Brooks - 55
David Bryan (Bon Jovi) - 55
Jim Durki (Dark Angel) -
Sully Erna (Godsmack) - 49
Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit, Black Light Burns) - 42

Feb. 8:
Adolfo de la Parra (Canned Heat) - 71
Vince Neil (Motley Crue, solo) - 56
Mandy Lion (WWIII, Wicked Alliance, Mandy Lion Band) -
Mika Karppinen (H.I.M., To Separate the Flesh from the Bones) - 46
Will Turpin (Collective Soul, solo) - 46
Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (Linkin Park) - 41

Feb. 9:
Carole King - 75
Joe Ely (The Clash, Linda Ronstadt) - 70
Rachel Bolan (Skid Row) - 51
Mark Osegueda‬ (Death Angel) - 48
Jeremy Davis (Paramore) - 32

Feb. 10:
Don Wilson (Ventures) - 84
Kenny Edwards (Stone Poneys, Linda Ronstadt, Bryndle, Canned Heat, solo) - b. 1946 - d. 8/18/10
Nigel Olsson (Plastic Penny, Elton John, Uriah Heep, Spencer Davis Group, solo) - 68
Cliff Burton (Metallica, Agents of Misfortune, EZ-Street, Trauma) - b. 1962 - d. 9/27/86

Feb. 11:
Gene Vincent - b. 1935 - d. 10/12/71
Gerald "Gerry" Goffin - b. 1939 – d. 6/19/14)
Sheryl Crow - 55
“Brian Damage”/Brian Keats (Misfits, Genocide, Verbal Abuse, others) - b. 1963 - d. 1/12/10
Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park, Fort Minor) - 40

Feb. 12:
Ray Manzarek (Doors, Manzarek-Krieger, Rick & the Ravens, Nite City, The Manzarek-Rogers Band) - b. 1939 - d. 5/20/13
Joe Schermie (Three Dog Night) - b. 1946 - d. 3/26/02
Stanley Knight (Black Oak Arkansas) - b. 1949 - d. 2/16/13
Steve Hackett (Genesis. GTR, Quiet World, solo) - 67
Michael McDonald (The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, The Dukes of September, solo) - 65
Brian David "Robbo" Robertson (Thin Lizzy, Motorhead, Wild Horses, solo) - 61
Reed Mullin‬ (Corrosion Of Conformity) - 51
Paul Crook‬ (Anthrax‬, ‪Sebastian Bach‬, Meat Loaf) - 51
‎Reed Mullin‬ (Corrosion Of Conformity) - 51
Byron Stroud (City Of Fire, Fear Factory) - 48
Craig Jones‬ (Slipknot‬) - 45

Feb. 13:
Peter Tork (The Monkees, Shoe Suede Blues, George Harrison, James Lee Stanley, Release, Cottonmouth, The Peter Tork Project) - 75
Roy Dyke (Ashton Gardner & Dyke, Badger, Pat Travers, George Harrison, Remo Four) - 72
Peter Gabriel (Genesis, solo) - 67
Bob Daisley (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Uriah Heep, Gary Moore, Yngwie Malmsteen) - 67
Rebop Kwaku Baah (Traffic, Ginger Baker, Wings, others, solo) - b. 1944 - d. 1/12/83
Ed Gagliardi (Foreigner, Spys) - b. 1952 - d. 5/11/14
Scott Smith (Loverboy) - b. 1955 - d. 11/30/00
Tony Butler (Big Country, On the Air, The Pretenders, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend) - 60
Les Warner (The Cult, Batusis) - 56
Henry Rollins (Black Flag, Rollins Band, solo) - 56
Jeff Waters (Annihilator) - 51
Dave Padden‬ (‎Annihilator‬) - 41

Feb. 14:
Merl Saunders (The Dinosaurs, Legion of Mary, Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead, Taj Mahal, Tom Fogerty, solo + more) - b. 1934 - d. 10/24/08
Vic Briggs (Animals, Dusty Springfield, The Echoes + more) - 72
Doug Simril (Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, solo) - 71
Tim Buckley III - b. 1947 - d. 6/29/75
Roger Fisher (Heart, Alias, Clever Bastard, solo) - 67
Sylvain Sylvain/Sylvain Mizrahi (New York Dolls, The Criminals) - 66
Brian Slagel‬ (founder and CEO of ‪Metal Blade‬ Records) - 56
Jason Rainey (Sacred Reich) - 50
Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty, Carlos Santana, Itaal Shur, Tabitha's Secret, solo) - 45

Feb. 15:
Glyn Johns (UK producer, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Beatles - 'Let It Be' sessions), Joan Armatrading, Midnight Oil, The Eagles, The Faces and Led Zeppelin) - 75
Mick Avory (The Kinks) - 73
John Helliwell (Supertramp) - 72
David Brown (Santana) - 70
Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne, Badlands, Wicked Sensation, Red Dragon Cartel) - 60
Brandon Boyd (Incubus) - 41
Brooks Wackerman (Bad4Good, Infectious Grooves, Suicidal Tendencies, The Vandals, Bad Religion, Kidneys, Tenacious D, Korn, The Innocent, Fear and the Nervous Sytem) - 40
Gary Clark Jr. - 33

Feb. 16:
Otis Blackwell (songwriter and producer, wrote ‘All Shook Up’, ‘Return To Sender’, ‘Don't Be Cruel’, ‘Great Balls Of Fire’ and ‘Fever’) - b. 1935 - d. 5/6/02
Sonny Bono (Sonny & Cher) - b. 1935 - d. 1/5/98
Ice T (Body Count) - 59
Pete Willis (Def Leppard, Gogmagog, Roadhouse) - 57
Andy Taylor (Duran Duran, Power Station, Robert Palmer, Rod Stewart, The Almighty, Thunder (band), Mark Shaw, Love and Money, Paul Rodgers, C. C. Catch, solo) - 55
Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Testament, Philm, Grip Inc., Fantomas) - 52
Brad Walst (Three Days Grace) - 40

Feb. 17:
Doyle Bramhall (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chessmen, Nightcrawlers, Texas Storm, solo) - b. 1949 - d. 11/12/11
Ricky Medlocke (Blackfoot, Lynyrd Skynyrd) - 67
Rod Smallwood (Iron Maiden manager, he founded the Sanctuary Records Group in 1979, which became the largest independent record label in the UK and the largest independent music management company in the world until its closure in 2007) - 67
Michael Lepond (Symphony X) - 51
Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day, Pinhead Gunpowder, The Network, Foxboro Hot Tubs, The Boo) - 45
Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, Alanis Morissette, Stevie Salas) - 45
Arin Ilejay (Avenged Sevenfold) - 29

Feb. 18:
Yoko Ono (John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band) - 84
Clyde "Skip" Battin (The Byrds, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Skip & Flip, solo) - b. 1934 -d. 7/6/03
Dennis De Young (Styx, solo) - 70
Keith Knudsen (Doobie Brothers, Southern Pacific) - b. 1948 - d, 2/8/05
Robbie Bachman (Brave Belt, Bachman Turner Overdrive) - 64
Jamie West-Oram (The Fixx) - 63
Gar Samuelson (Megadeth) - b. 1958 - d. 7/22/99
Jason Sutter (Smash Mouth, American Hi-Fi, Marilyn Mason, Chris Cornell, others) - 48
Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace, solo) - 47
Merritt Gant (Overkill, Blood Audio, Faith or Fear) - 46

Feb. 19:
Paul Dean (Loverboy) - 71
Pierre van der Linden (Focus, Pierre van der Linden) - 71
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Earth, Velvett Fogg, Mythology, WhoCares, solo) - 69
Mark Andes (Canned Heat, Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne, Firefall, Heart) - 68
Eddie Hardin (Spencer Davis Group, Axis Point, Hardin & York, Jon Lord, solo) - 67
Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash) - 67
Francis Buchholz (Scorpions, Michael Schenker Group) - 63
Doug Aldrich (Lion, Hurricane, House Of Lords, Burning Rain, Bad Moon Rising, Dio, Whitesnake, Revolution Saints, Raiding The Rock Vault. The Dead Daisies) - 53
Jon Fishman (Phish, Pork Tornado, Jazz Mandolin Project + more) - 52
Todd LaTorre (Crimson Glory, Queensryche) - 43
Daniel Adair (3 Doors Down, Nickelback, Burn Halo) - 42

Feb. 20:
Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat & Tears, solo) - 73
J. Geils (J. Geils Band) - 71
Walter Becker (Steely Dan) - 67
Randy California (Spirit, The Blue Flame, solo) - 66
Kee Marcello (Europe) - 57
Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) - b. 1967 - d. 4/5/94
Paweł Maciwoda‬ (Scorpions) - 50
Terry Ilous‬ (Great White, XYZ‬) - 49

Feb. 21:
David Geffen - Geffen record label boss. Founder of Asylum records signed The Eagles, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell. Formed Dreamworks in 1995 - 74
Paul Newton (Uriah Heep, Shinn, Hensley Lawton Band) - 69
Jerry Harrison (The Modern Lovers, Talking Heads, Producer) - 68
Vince Welnick (The Tubes, Grateful Dead, Missing Man Formation, Mickey Hart Band, Todd Rundgren) - b. 1951 - d. 6/2/06
Lester Hunt (Climax Blues Band) - 61
Steve Nieve (Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, solo) - 59
Mark Arm (Mudhoney - born Mark McLaughlin at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, CA) - 55
Tommy Henriksen (Alice Cooper, Doro, Warlock, Underground Moon, P.O.L., Boink!, DiS ViciOuS, The Audio Club, War & Peace, Needle Park, Big Trouble, Ruffkut, Hollywood Vampires) - 51
Michael Ward (Wallflowers, School of Fish, Innocent Criminals, Ben Harper, Gogol Bordello) - 50
Eric Wilson (Sublime) - 47
Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God) - 46
Tad Kinchla (Blues Traveler, John Popper Project + more) - 44
Scott Griffin (LA Guns, Hookers N' Blow, Ratt) -

Feb. 22:
Jon Brant (Cheap Trick, Siren, solo) - 62
Dave Spitz‬ (Black Sabbath, White Lion, Great White) - 59
Akira Takasaki (Loudness, Lazy, solo) - 56
‎Glen Alvelais‬ (Forbidden‬, Testament, Hatriot, LD/50) - 49
Brad Nowell (Sublime) - b. 1968 - d. 5/25/96
Scott Phillips (Creed, Alter Bridge, Projected) - 44
Joe Hottinger (Halestorm) - 31

Feb. 23:
Johnny Winter - b. 1944 – d. 7/16/14
Rusty Young (Poco) - 71
Steve Priest (Sweet) - 69
Terry "Tex" Comer (Warm Dust, Ace) - 68
Brad Whitford (Aerosmith, Joe Perry Project, solo) - 65
Michael Angelo Batio - 61
Michael Wilton (Queensryche) - 55
John Norum (Europe, Dokken, Don Dokken, Glenn Hughes, UFO, Eddie Meduza, solo) - 53
Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails, Tweaker, Marilyn Manson + more) - 50
Jeff Beres (Sister Hazel) - 46

Feb. 24:
Paul Jones (Paul Pond) (Mannfred Mann's Earth Band, Eric Clapton's Powerhouse, The Blues Band, The Manfreds, solo) - 75
Nicky Hopkins (The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, The Who, The Easybeats, The Move, The Jeff Beck Group, Donovan, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Steve Miller Band, Cat Stevens, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Badfinger, Carly Simon, Joe Cocker, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, The Jerry Garcia Band, Peter Frampton, Art Garfunkel, Rod Stewart + many more) - b. 1944 - d. 9/6/94
Lonnie Turner (Steve Miller Band, solo) - b. 1947 - d. 4/28/13
Tim Staffell (Smile (became Queen), Humpy Bong, Morgan, aMIGO) - 69
George Thorogood (George Thorogood & the Destroyers) - 67
Ronnie Platt (Kansas, Shooting Star Band) -
Chris Fehn (Slipknot, Thunderbolt Gasoline, Shed, Will Haven) - 45
Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio, Heavens, The Hell, Matt Skiba and the Sekrets) - 41

Feb. 25:
George Harrison (The Beatles, Traveling Wilburys, solo) - b. 1943 - d. 11/29/01
John Doe (X, The Knitters + more) - 63
Dennis Diken (The Smithereens, Bell Sound, Dave Amels) - 60
Mike Peters (The Alarm, Big Country, solo) - 58
Pia Maiocco (Vixen, wife of Steve Vai) - 55

Feb. 26:
Fats Domino - 89
Johnny Cash - b. 1932 – d. 9/12/03
Bob Hite (Canned Heat) - b. 1943 - d. 4/5/81
Paul Cotton (Poco) - 74
Mitch Ryder (The Detroit Wheels, solo) - 72
Jonathan Cain (Journey, The Babys, Bad English, Michael Bolton, solo + more) - 67
Michael Bolton (singer, songwriter; Blackjack, solo) - 64
Tom Commerford (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Puscifer, solo) - 49

Feb. 27:
Eddie Gray (Tommy James & the Shondells) - 69
Robert Balderrama (Question Mark & The Mysterians, Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns, Robert Lee Revue) - 67
Neil Schon (Santana, Betty Davis, Azteca, Journey, Schon & Hammer, HSAS, Bad English, Paul Rodgers, Abraxas Pool, solo) - 63
Adrian Smith (Urchin, Iron Maiden, Psycho Motel, Bruce Dickinson + more) - 60
Johnny Van Zant (The Austin Nickels Band, The Johnny Van Zant Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Zant, .38 Special) - 58
Nasty Suicide/Jan Stenfors (Hanoi Rocks, The Suicide Twins, The Cherry Bombz + more) - 54

Feb. 28:
Brian Jones (Rolling Stones) - b. 1942 - d. 7/3/69
Ronnie Rosman (Tommy James & The Shondells) - 72
Geoff Nicholls (Black Sabbath, Quartz, Tony Martin) - 69
Eddie Manion (Southside Johnny, The Sessions Band, The Miami Horns, Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band, Little Steven, Robert Cray, solo) - 65
Randy Jackson (Zebra) - 62
Cindy Wilson (The B-52's) - 60
Justin Sane/Justin Meacham (Avenged Sevenfold, Suburban Legends, Pinkly Smooth) - 37

Feb. 29
David Williams (Drowning Pool) - 45

Today In Rock History
February 1
1949: RCA unveils the first 45-rpm record-playing system. It is the first time a record and record changer are made for each other. The invention of this size record made jukeboxes possible.
1954: Backed by his Jazz ensemble, Big Joe Turner records the original version of 'Shake, Rattle and Roll,' The tune will top the Billboard R&B chart next June, but did not cross over to the Pop chart. Some of the original lyrics, that would have been considered highly sexual at the time, were changed when Bill Haley recorded the song five months later.
1957: The Everly Brothers sign with Cadence Records. During their career, they will have 35 Billboard Hot 100 singles.
1958: It's Elvis Presley's final recording session before entering the Army. 'Wear My Ring Around Your Neck' is one of the tracks cut. It will reach #3 in the US and the UK.
1962: Brian Epstein's managerial contract with The Beatles officially goes into effect.
1963: Paul Simon graduates from New York City's Queens College.
1963: 17 year-old Neil Young performed his first professional gig with his then-group The Squires at the Riverview Community Club in Winnipeg.
1964: Indiana Governor Matthew Welsh claims the Kingmen's 'Louie, Louie' is pornographic. He says that his ears "tingled" when he heard the song. He asks the Indiana Broadcasters Association to ban the record, although stations claim it's impossible to accurately figure out the lyrics from "the unintelligible rendition as performed by the Kingsmen." Although much has been written about the controversy, Indiana was the only state to actually ban the record from radio play.
1964: 'Fun, Fun, Fun' by the Beach Boys is released. The single gets to #5.
1964: The Beatles get their first U.S. #1 with 'I Want To Hold Your Hand.' Billboard magazine's review says the song is a "driving rocker with surf on the Thames sound." The Beatles hold the top spot for three consecutive months. 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' stays for seven weeks, 'She Loves You' for two and 'Can't Buy Me Love' adds another five. That's fourteen straight weeks for The Beatles.
1965: The Beatles' '4-By The Beatles' (EP) is released. It included four tracks from the LP, 'Beatles '65.' Though the first Beatles' EP released by Capitol did not succeed as much as the label would have hoped, it did well on the singles chart, which enabled Capitol to create a new series called the "4-By" series, which acted like a "super single." The idea was to market a set of four songs to "complement the artist's singles and albums and not compete with the performer's current hit single."
1967: Beatles record the title song for the 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club' Band album. It wasn't until The Beatles had recorded the song that Paul McCartney had the idea to make the song the thematic pivot for their forthcoming album.
1967: Pink Floyd spent the day recording parts for the Syd Barrett songs 'Arnold Layne' and 'Candy And A Current Bun' at Sound Techniques Studios in Chelsea, London. Floyd also turned professional on this day after signing a deal with EMI Records.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played at The Cellar Club in South Shields, UK.
1968: The Doors are offered $500,000 to star in a Universal International film that never happens. The group says they will make a TV special for ABC. but that never happens. However, another project announced on this day, a book of singer Jim Morrison's poetry, does see the light of day.
1968: John Lennon ships his Rolls Royce to the U.S.
1968: Elvis Presley’s only child, daughter Lisa Marie was born in Memphis at the Baptist Memorial Hospital exactly nine months after Elvis married Priscilla.
1968: Simon & Garfunkel recorded 'America' at Columbia Studio A in New York City. The song was written by Paul Simon and concerns young lovers hitchhiking their way across the United States, in search of 'America,' one both literal and physical. It was inspired by a 1964 road trip with his girlfriend Kathy Chitty. The song has been regarded as one of Simon's strongest songwriting efforts and one of the duo's best songs. A 2014 Rolling Stone reader's poll ranked it the group's 4th best song.
1968: The Who kicked off their third North American tour at the Civic Auditorium in San Jose, CA.
1969: Tommy James And The Shondells hit the top spot on the pop chart with 'Crimson And Clover.' Meanwhile, The Doors' 'Touch Me' hits at #4.
1969: Led Zeppelin supports Iron Butterfly at the Fillmore East concert hall in New York. As Butterfly drummer Ron Bushy plays his lengthy solo on 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,' John Bonham launches a stage invasion, upsetting several Atlantic Records executives in the audience.
1969: Fleetwood Mac took a guitar-based instrumental called 'Albatross' to the top of the UK chart. It also made the Top 5 in Norway, Ireland, Sweden and Netherlands, but only rose to #104 in the US.
1969: Joni Mitchell makes her Carnegie Hall debut.
1970: The Doors release their 5th album, 'Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Cafe.' The album peaks at #4 on the charts.
1970: The Grateful Dead and Fleetwood Mac played a “Bust Fund” benefit at the Warehouse in New Orleans, to raise money for their arrest on January 31st. The incident is immortalized in the song 'Truckin'. Peter Green from Fleetwood Mac joined them for the song 'Turn On Your Love Light.'
1970: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at County Hall in Charleston, South Carolina.
1971: Yes appeared at the Palais des Sports in Paris.
1972: 13 innocent Irish citizens die when British troops open fire on a March in Dublin protesting imprisonment without trial. The event would help inspire the U2 song 'Sunday Bloody Sunday.'
1972: Chuck Berry had his first UK #1 single with a live recording of a song he'd been playing live for over 20 years 'My Ding-a-Ling.' UK public morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse attempted to have the song banned due to its innuendo-laden lyrics. The Average White Band members guitarist Onnie McIntyre and drummer Robbie McIntosh played on the single.
1972: Jethro Tull played at the Palaeur in Rome, Italy.
1974: Black Sabbath performed at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1974: Guitarist Eric Bell leaves Thin Lizzy due to ill health brought on by alcohol abuse.
1974: The Doobie Brothers 4th studio album, 'What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits' is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, bolstered by the #1 hit 'Black Water' and top 40 single 'Another Park, Another Sunday.'
1975: Elvis Presley arranges for daughter Lisa Marie to meet her favorite singer, Elton John, for her 7th birthday.
1977: Led Zeppelin's tour is postponed indefinitely because of vocalist Robert Plant's trouble with tonsillitis.
1977: Aerosmith appeared at Nagoya City Kokaido in Nagoya, Japan.
1978: Eric Clapton performed at PNE Coliseum in Vancouver.
1978: Bob Dylan's 'Renaldo and Clara,' a semi-documentary of his famous Rolling Thunder Revue tour, premieres in Los Angeles.
1979: Blondie performs 'Heart Of Glass' on Britain's Top Of The Pops T.V. as the song reaches #1 on the U.K. chart. The song will also rise to #1 in the US the following April.
1979: Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious was released on bail after attacking Todd Smith, singer Patti Smith's brother, at a Skafish concert. John Lydon has since stated that Mick Jagger stepped in and paid for the lawyers for Vicious.
1980: Iron Maiden head out on the 'Metal For Muthas Tour,' their first UK headling trek.
1980: Blondie released 'Call Me', the main theme song of the 1980 film 'American Gigolo.' It peaked at #1 for six consecutive weeks, and became the top-selling single of the year in the United States in 1980.
1980: ZZ Top played at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado.
1983: Eric Clapton's 'Money and Cigarettes' album is released. It reached #16 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The single 'I've Got a Rock 'n' Roll Heart' became a big hit in the U.S. for Clapton, peaking at #18, but was relatively unsuccessful in the UK, where it did not reach the Top 50.
1985: The Eagles' Glenn Frey makes his acting debut in an episode of NBC's 'Miami Vice.' He he played drug dealer Jimmy Cole.
1986: Music publisher Dick James died of a heart attack aged 65. Worked with many UK '60's acts including The Beatles. James signed Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin as unknown artists in 1967 and was the founder of the DJM record label.
1986: The second single from Pete Townshend’s solo album White City, 'Give Blood'/'Magic Bus (live)' is released. The 12″ version also has 'Won’t Get Fooled Again (live).' The single fails to chart.
1987: After the United Nations and the African National Congress removed him from their blacklist, Paul Simon kicks off his 'Graceland' tour in Rotterdam. He had been banned after he broke the cultural boycott on recording in South Africa.
1988: The Cars announced they were breaking up after 12 years of working together. The band placed 15 songs on the Hot 100 between 1978 and 1987.
1989: ‎Tesla‬ released the album 'Great Radio Controversy.'
1992: Elton John and George Michael went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me', also a #1 in the UK. All proceeds from the single went to Aids charities.
1993. Accept release their 'Objection Overruled' album.
1994: Green Day's third studio album 'Dookie' is released. The group's major label debut peaks at #2 on the U.S. Billboard 200. That night, they play a gig at Slim's in San Francisco with The Dead Milkmen.
1995: 21 years after it's release RUSH's self-titled debut finally achieves RIAA Gold certification. ‬
1996: The John Entwistle Band continue their Left For Dead tour of the U.S. performing at Club Bene in South Amboy, New Jersey
1999: Four hundred people were injured at an Australian concert by Marilyn Manson when he stormed off stage after being bombarded with missiles and abuse at the show in Perth. One of Manson's guitar technicians needed treatment for cuts to his head.
2001: A collection of Sir Elton John's private photos on display at a museum in Atlanta were withdrawn. The exhibition, which included snaps of nude men, was said to be too explicit, some school trips to the museum had been cancelled.
2002: Kirk Hammett‬ of ‪Metallica‬ received the first ‪Guitar World‬ magazine Hall of Fame Award.
2004: Aerosmith headlines the Super Bowl XXXVIII pre-game show. They play 'Baby Please Don’t Go' & Dream On.' Kid Rock hits the stage as part of the halftime show, though he later gets criticized for his U.S. flag poncho and throwing it into the audience. The MTV produced event is infamous for Janet Jackson's exposed right breast.
2004: Green Day's version of the Bobby Fuller Four classic 'I Fought the Law' is used in a Pepsi/iTunes Super Bowl XXXVIII commercial that premieres during the game. The ad, which features 16 teens who were sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for swapping music files, announces the soft-drink maker's 'iTunes 100 Million Song Giveaway' promotion.
2005: Motley Crue‬ released the compilation album 'Red, White & Crüe.' The album's lead single, 'If I Die Tomorrow,' was co-written by pop punk band Simple Plan.
2005: 59 year old Eric Clapton became a father for the fifth time when his 29-year-old wife, Melia McEnery, gave birth to a baby girl.
2006: Green Day drummer Tre Cool, ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke and Alice Cooper perform at a Hurricane Katrina benefit concert in Cerritos, CA. The show is organized by former Eagles guitarist Don Felder.
2006: 3 Doors Down singer Brad Arnold is injured in a car accident while traveling on a Mississippi highway. Arnold, a passenger in the vehicle, suffers several cuts and bruises to his face that require stitches. Because of Arnold's injuries, 3DD pulls out of their scheduled performance at the Bud Bowl event prior to Super Bowl XL in Detroit.
2007: In a Billboard interview, the Eagles' Don Henley defends his group's business partnership (which includes exclusive releases) with Wal-Mart. "They can't be any more evil than a major record label," he says.
2007: Mike Clark, owner/manager of Atlanta's Southern Tracks Recording Studio, died after an eight month illness. He was 63. For many years he played drums with such popular 1960's artists as Tommy Roe, Billy Joe Royal, Joe South, Ray Stevens and Roy Orbison, and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
2008: US space agency Nasa announced that 'Across the Universe' by The Beatles was to become the first song ever to be beamed directly into space. The track would be transmitted through the Deep Space Network (a network of antennas) on the 40th anniversary of the song being recorded, being aimed at the North Star, Polaris, 431 light-years from Earth. In a message to NASA, Paul McCartney said the project was an "amazing" feat. "Well done, Nasa," he added. "Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul."
2008: Paul McCartney said recent media reports that he had heart surgery last year are "entirely untrue". The 65-year-old former Beatle says that during a routine medical examination over a year ago, "there was a minor irregularity which I needed to have tests for and which I have now been assured is completely fine."
2009: Across the street from Super Bowl XLIII (43) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Journey is part of the pre-game celebration/party. They perform 'Don't Stop Believing,' 'Separate Ways' & 'Faithfully.' Also, Smashing Pumpkins tune 'FOL' is heard in a Hyundai commercial prior to the kickoff. Frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin composed the song specifically for the 30-second spot, for Hyundai's Genesis Coupe. But the big news is Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's halftime performance. They deliver a four-song set that includes 'Born To Run' and 'Glory Days.' The favored Pittsburgh Steelers win the game, defeating the Arizona Cardinals 27-23.
2010: Experience Hendrix and Sony Music issue the previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix song 'Valleys Of Neptune.' It's the title track of a 2010 album that was recorded between 1968 and 1970.
2010: Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Carlos Santana and other performers record a 25th anniversary cover of 'We Are The World' to help raise money for the earthquake relief effort in Haiti.
2010: 'Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980,' Bob Marley's final performance, is out on CD. "Bob's music has always conveyed a message of hope, unity and love," says Rita Marley, Bob's widow. "To hear that music today and to be able to share it with a new generation shows that Bob is as relevant today as he was 30 years ago."
2011: In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Elton John urged his longtime friend and tour mate Billy Joel to get serious about overcoming his alcoholism that has plagued him for years. Joel reacted by saying "Elton is just being Elton."
2012: It's 'National Rush Day' according to a handful of North American Hard Rock radio stations.
2012: Lisa Marie Presley celebrated her 44th birthday by opening up a new exhibit at Graceland that featured artifacts from her childhood, including baby footprints, a tricycle, her crib and a record player.
2015: Lenny Kravitz is part of pop singer Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime performance. Perry calls Kravitz "an incredible Rock & Roll icon, a guitar god." Kravitz has about one-minute onstage.

February 2
1956: The Coasters sign with Atlantic Records, where they will record ten US Top 40 hits.
1957: Fats Domino makes an appearance on 'The Perry Como Show,' singing his hits 'Blue Monday' and 'Blueberry Hill.'
1959: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper play their last show as part of the "Winter Dance Party" tour, stopping this night at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA. Admission: $1.25. The last song of the night: The Big Bopper's 'Chantilly Lace.'
1959: Frankie Avalon releases his biggest hit, 'Venus,' which will reach #1 in the US and #16 in the UK. Somewhat surprisingly, the record also reached #10 on the Billboard R&B chart.
1962: Bob Dylan plays harmonica on Harry Belafonte's album, 'Midnight Special.'
1962: The Beatles played their first professionally organized gig outside of Liverpool at The Oasis Club, Manchester. The groups set started with their version of 'Hippy Hippy Shake.'
1963: The Beatles played at the Gaumont Cinema, Bradford on the opening night of the nationwide Helen Shapiro UK tour. The Beatles were at the bottom of the six-act bill playing just four songs, 'Please Please Me’, ‘Chains’, ‘Keep Your Hands Off My Baby’ and ‘A Taste of Honey.' John, Paul, Ringo and George will split wages of 80 Pounds ($225) a week.
1964: In response to a storm of controversy, Max Firetag, the publisher of The Kingsmen's hit, 'Louie Louie,' offers $1,000 to anyone who can find suggestive lyrics in the song. The reward is small change considering that the disc cost less than $50 to record and has sold millions of copies.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Blue Pad Club in Darlington, England which was part of the Imperial Hotel Complex on Grange Road. The show was advertised as "Don't miss this man who is Dylan, Clapton, and James Brown all in one". After the show, as the roadies were loading up a van, one of Hendrix's Fender guitars was stolen.
1968: Simon And Garfunkel record 'Mrs. Robinson,' which will become their second US #1 and win a Grammy Award for Record Of The Year. Simon would later say that his inclusion of the phrase "coo-coo-ca-choo" is an homage to the Beatles' 'I Am the Walrus.'
1969: Yoko Ono divorced her husband Tony Cox, Yoko was granted custody of their daughter Kyoko. John Lennon married Yoko the following month on March 30th.
1970: The Faces play their first gig. It's in Southampton, England. The band consists of ex-Small Faces Ronnie Lane (bass), Ian McLagen (keyboards) and Kenney Jones (drums). They are augmented by former Jeff Beck Group members, Rod Stewart (vocals) and Ron Wood (guitar).
1971: Santana's 'Oye Como Va' b/w 'Samba Pa Ti' 45 single is released. Written by Latin musician Tito Puente in 1963, it was popularized by Santana's rendition on their album 'Abraxas.' It reached #13 on the Billboard Top 100. The song also reached #11 on Billboard's Easy Listening survey and #32 on their R&B chart.
1973: NBC debuts 'The Midnight Special' rock variety show, its response to ABC's popular 'In Concert' series. The first host is Helen Reddy, with Wolfman Jack later taking over hosting chores for the show's eight-and-a-half-year run.
1973: Emerson, Lake and Palmer keyboard player Keith Emerson injures his hands when a rigged piano explodes prematurely during a San Francisco gig, leaving him with minor cuts and a broken fingernail.
1973: Elvis Presley meets Muhammed Ali in Las Vegas. The two exchange gifts, and Ali later says, "I felt sorry for him because he didn't enjoy life the way he should. He stayed indoors all the time. I told him he should go out and see people."
1976: The Patti Smith Group releases their debut album 'Horses.'
1976: Lynyrd Skynyrd 'Gimme Back My Bullets' album is released. It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1976: Genesis released 'A Trick Of The Tail' in the UK (Feb. 20 in the U.S.), their 7th studio album and the first to feature drummer Phil Collins as full-time lead vocalist following the departure of original vocalist Peter Gabriel. After auditioning over 400 vocalists, which saw Collins teaching the potential lead singers the songs, the band decided that Collins should be the new vocalist. It reached #3 in the UK, remaining on the charts for 39 weeks, and #31 in the US.
1977: Producer Ted Templeman scouts Van Halen at Hollywood’s Starwood Club. ‬
1979: Ex-Sex Pistol Sid Vicious dies of a heroin overdose in the New York City apartment of his present girlfriend, Michelle Robinson An autopsy confirmed that Vicious died from an accumulation of fluid in the lungs that was consistent with heroin overdose. A syringe, spoon and heroin residue were discovered near the body. The death is ruled an accident. He was 21 years old.
1980: In honor of the first anniversary of the death of ex-Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, 1,000 punks march from London's Chelsea section to Hyde Park. Vicious' mother, Ann Beverly, was to have been at the head of the march, however, the night before she was sent to the hospital for a drug overdose.
1980: Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's single 'Don't Do Me Like That' peaks at #10 on Billboard's Hot 100. It's the band's 1st Top 10 in the U.S. ‬
1981: REO Speedwagon's 'Hi-Infidelity' album goes platinum. It stays at #1 on the charts for 14 weeks, and has since gone 10x platinum.
1981: Iron Maiden 'Killers' album is released.
1985: Foreigner's 'I Want To Know What Love Is' tops the U.S. singles chart. It stays there for two weeks.
1988: Frehley's Comet 'Live+1' EP is released.
1988: Lita Ford's 'Lita' album is released.
1988: UFO's 'Ain't Misbehavin' EP is released.
1988: Guns N' Roses with openers Great White play the RITZ in New York City. MTV films the show.
1991: Iggy Pop peaked at number twenty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Candy,' a duet with Kate Pierson of The B-52’s. This was Pop’s only top 40 single in the U.S.
1992: Todd Rundgren became a parent for the third time when his son Rebop was born. It was Rundgren’s first child with singer Michele Gray who later married Todd.
2002: Paul Baloff, who sang on Exodus' 1985 debut album 'Bonded Blood' dies from a stroke.
2003: Phil Spector is charged with murder after police are called to his home in Alhambra, California and discover Lana Clarkson dead from a gunshot wound. He was convicted of the crime in 2009.
2003: Brian Johnson of AC/DC joined The Scorpions onstage during a concert at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa to sing 'Rock You Like a Hurricane.'
2004: Led Zeppelin is the subject of a Classic's Headline Act episode on VH-1. Guitarist Jimmy Page discusses the band's formation, performances and dynamic.
2006: Nickelback perform in Detroit, where Super Bowl XL is played, as part of the Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Concert Series.
2006: It's announced that Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and wife Heather Locklear are ending their marriage after 11 years. Locklear was previously married to Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee.
2007: Van Halen announced that David Lee Roth would be rejoining them as their singer for a reunion tour which kicked off in September of that year. It was also announced that Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang would be replacing Michael Anthony as their bassist.
2008: Paul Rodgers, Journey guitarist Neal Schon, Pat Travers, Jefferson Starship drummer Donny Baldwin and Damn Yankees/Night Ranger singer-bassist Jack Blades perform at the Gridiron Greats Super Jam, a pre-Super Bowl function, in Scottsdale, AZ.
2009: Bruce Springsteen's 'Working On A Dream' tour tickets go on sale. Online glitches anger fans and Springsteen lashes out against Ticketmaster. New York Senator Charles Schumer joins New Jersey congressman Bill Pascrell in calling for the Federal Trade Commission to look into Ticketmaster's handling of the sales. Springsteen fans trying to buy tickets were redirected to the broker's TicketsNow subsidiary, which sells ducats above face value.
2009: Fifty years after Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper played their final gig at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, the Day the Music Died became the Day the Music Went On and On. A tribute concert at the original Surf raved on for six hours with a line-up of Rock acts that included Graham Nash, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Wanda Jackson, Delbert McClinton, Joe Ely, Peter And Gordon, Dave Mason, Bobby Vee and Holly's original band mates, The Crickets.
2010: Rob Zombie's 'Hellbilly Deluxe 2' is unleashed. The release was preceded by a supporting tour which marked the first time Zombie had worked under the "Hellbilly" moniker since the original run in 1998.
2010: A charity recording of R.E.M.'s 1992 hit, 'Everybody Hurts,' debuts on British radio. The track, produced by the American Idol judge Simon Cowell, features vocals by Jon Bon Jovi and Rod Stewart, plus several pop performers. The song sells 150,000 copies in two days with proceeds supporting the Helping Haiti fund.
2011: Gene Simmons hosts 1,000 Texas servicemen and women and approximately 3,500 partygoers in Dallas at the '2011 Aces and Angels Salute to the Troops,' a benefit supporting The Wounded Warrior Project and the USO.
2011: The White Stripes (Jack and Meg White) announce that they disbanded so as to preserve the band's legacy. "The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health," the statement reads. "It is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band." The White Stripes had been on hiatus since '07 but their final live performance occurred in '09 when they appeared on the final episode of 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien.'
2013: A 1960’s Beatles Record Player, produced for fans as a commercial Beatles memorabilia item, fetched $12,100 in an online auction. The Record Player, which was highly-sought by Beatles collectors worldwide, was manufactured in a limited quantity. Because of this, some believed there was still a strong possibility a few remaining players to be discovered.
2014: U2 airs an ad during the Super Bowl offering a free download of 'Invisible' on iTunes. For the first two million downloads, Bank of America, a partner in the effort, donates one dollar to (RED), an AIDS charity co-founded by Bono. The promotion raises $3 million and the bank pledges a guaranteed $8 million to the charity. Also, a Chrysler commercial, with Bob Dylan, makes its debut. Halftime features the Red Hot Chili Peppers (pre-taped music/live vocals) in a mash-up with pop singer Bruno Mars.
2015: ZZ Top and Weezer, billed as Wee-Z Top, perform 'Sharp Dressed Man' on the debut installment of Mash-Up Mondays for ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live.
2015: Limp Bizkit headline a five-day "ShipRocked" festival cruise from Miami to the Bahamas. But the band's Wes Borland is not completely onboard. "Can't wait to see some roided-out, tribal-tattooed, spray-tanned, Jell-O shot-filled bohunks do their best drunk MMA (mixed martial arts) impressions in the top-deck moshpit," writes the guitarist on Instagram.
2016: Lita Ford is featured in a commercial for Indeed, the online job site. In Music Teacher Celebration, Ford plays a straight-laced music teacher who celebrates her work satisfaction with a kick-ass guitar solo.

February 3
1959: 22 year old Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, aged 17, died in a crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa. The pilot of the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane was also killed. Holly hired the plane after heating problems developed on his tourbus. All three were traveling to Fargo, North Dakota, for the next show on their Winter Dance Party Tour which Holly had set - covering 24 cities in three weeks, to make money after the break-up of his band, The Crickets, the previous year. Don McLean would call it "The Day the Music Died" in his 1971 hit 'American Pie.'
1961: Bob Dylan makes his first recordings, versions of 'San Francisco Bay Blues' and 'Jesus Met the Woman at the Well,' at the home of friends Sid and Bob Gleason in East Orange, New Jersey.
1962: Gene Chandler's 'The Duke Of Earl' tops the Cashbox Best Sellers chart for the first of a five week stay. In 2002 the record was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and has also been selected by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.
1964: The Beatles' 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' b/w 'I Saw Her Standing There' and their 'Meet The Beatles!' album are both certified gold.
1964: The Beatles' 'Twist and Shout' is released in the Canada. It was The Beatles' 2nd album released in Canada by Capitol Records in mono. It consists of songs mostly drawn from 'Please Please Me,' the first LP released in the United Kingdom.
1964: The Beach Boys 'Fun, Fun, Fun' b/w 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love' single is released.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at Queens Hall in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
1967: Joe Meek, a British Pop and Rock producer, kills his landlady before shooting himself in the head. He is best remembered for the instrumental hit, 'Telstar,' which he wrote for the Tornadoes.
1966: Paul McCartney meets Stevie Wonder for the first time after Wonder's show at London's Scotch Of St. James nightclub.
1967: Jefferson Airplane performed at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, sharing the bill with Quicksilver Messenger Service.
1967: Producer Joe Meek shot his landlady Violet Shenton and then shot himself at his flat in London, Meek produced The Tornadoes hit 'Telstar,' the first #1 in the US by a British group. Meek was interested in spirituality and often attended séances. At one such meeting in 1958 he was warned that Buddy Holly would die on February 3. Meek tried his best to find Holly when he was in London to warn him but failed in his mission. Holly died on February 3, 1959.
1968: The Beatles started work on their new single 'Lady Madonna' at Abbey Road studios in London. Recording three piano and drum takes with overdub bass, fuzz guitars, drums, and vocals. The Fats Domino inspired tune will reach #1 in the UK and #4 in the US. Domino himself would release a cover version of the song that topped out at #100 on the Billboard chart later in the year.
1968: Jimi Hendrix played at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.
1969: John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison hired Allen Klein as The Beatles' business manager. Paul McCartney disagreed with the decision, leading to further divisions among the group. McCartney preferred his father-in-law Lee Eastman.
1969: Paul McCartney takes a break from all the tension at Abbey Road (with his Beatle bandmates) and plays drums and sings backing vocals on the Steve Miller Band's 'My Dark Hour.' The track appears on 'Brave New World.'
1970: Led Zeppelin II was in the Top 20 on both the UK & US album charts after peaking at #1. The album went on to spend 138 weeks on the UK chart. The album is now recognized by writers and music critics as one of the greatest and most influential rock albums ever recorded.
1970: Black Sabbath records the band's self-titled debut album in a single day. It's released four months later.
1971: Pink Floyd appeared at the Great Hall, Devonshire House, University of Exeter in Exeter, England.
1973: Elton John started a three-week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Crocodile Rock'. Elton's first of five US #1 singles.
1973: Neil Young's double-album 'Journey Through The Past' is released. It chronicles live performances from throughout Young's career, including stints with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
1973: Wings peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Hi, Hi, Hi' which was their second top 10 single in the U.S.
1974: Black Sabbath played at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1975: Led Zeppelin appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1976: David Bowie kicked off an American tour in Seattle at the Seattle Center Coliseum, showing off his new "Thin White Duke” persona. He's dressed in a black-vested suit with slicked-back hair. Bowie later described the persona as "a nasty character indeed."
1976: Black Sabbath release the 'We Sold Our Soul for Rock N' Roll' album in the US. It was released in the UK in Dec. of 1975.‬
1977: Elton John resumes live performing in Sweden a mere fifteen months after announcing his "retirement" from the stage.
1977: Producer Ted Templeman & Warner Brothers Records president Mo Ostin offer Van Halen a record deal at Hollywood’s Starwood Club.‬
1978: Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street' b/w 'Big Change in the Weather' 45 single is released. Named after the famous London street of the same name, the song was included on Rafferty's second solo album, 'City to City,' which was Rafferty's first release after the resolution of legal problems surrounding the formal break-up of his old band, Stealers Wheel, in 1975. It reached #1 in Canada, #2 in the US, and #3 in the UK.
1978: Harry Chapin meets with US President Jimmy Carter to discuss the world hunger situation.
1978: The TV-movie 'Dead Man's Curve,' the first to deal with the tragic Jan & Dean story, premieres on ABC. The film features cameo appearances by Dick Clark, Wolfman Jack, and Beach Boys' Mike Love and Bruce Johnston. Jan Berry himself and his parents appear in the audience at the end of the movie.
1978: Emerson, Lake & Palmer played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1978: Harry Chapin meets with US President Jimmy Carter and the pair announce the creation of The Presidential Commission on Domestic and International Hunger and Malnutrition.
1979: Blues Brothers 'Briefcase Full of Blues' is the #1 album in the U.S.
1979: Blondie had their first of five UK #1 singles, with 'Heart Of Glass,' taken from the band's 3rd studio album, 'Parallel Lines.' 'Heart of Glass' was originally recorded in 1975 under the name 'Once I Had a Love.'
1979: The British rock band The Babys break through to the Billboard Top 40 with 'Every Time I Think Of You.' Just like their first chart entry, 'Isn't It Time,' the song will peak at #13.
1979: 20 years after the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Del Shannon and The Drifters perform a tribute show at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, where their last concert took place.
1981: Rainbow​'s 'Difficult to Cure' album is released.
1981: The Who play two nights at the Rainbow Theatre in London. The two hastily scheduled shows are a benefit for Erin Pizzey’s Chiswick Family Rescue Organization and were requested by Pete’s wife Karen. At the first show, Pete drinks four bottles of brandy on stage, improvises songs and long guitar solos without informing the other band members and stops the show to harangue the crowd.
1984: ‎Metallica‬ opened for ‎Venom‬ in ‪Zurich‬, Switzerland‬ on their first ever European Tour.
1986: The Firm's 'Mean Business' album is released. It reached #22 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart and #46 on the UK Albums Chart. The single, 'All the King's Horses,' spent four weeks at the top of Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The album's title was intended to have a double meaning: that the music business is a hard one, and that the band was serious about its music ("The Firm mean business"). However, perhaps due to the lukewarm-at-best critical success with which the band met, Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers decided to disband The Firm within months of this album's release.
1986: Dire Straits were at #1 on the UK album charts with their 5th studio album, 'Brothers in Arms.' With ten weeks at #1, the album is the 7th best-selling album in UK chart history. It won two Grammy Awards in 1986, and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards. Brothers in Arms also spent nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 in the US, and 34 weeks at #1 on the Australian Album Chart.
1990: Skid Row's 'I Remember You' peaks at #6 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. It is their 2nd and final US Top 10 hit. ‬
1990: During a European tour Bob Dylan started a six-night residency at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
1991: INXS wins Best International Group (they are from Australia) at the 10th annual BRIT Awards in London.
1992: On their first Europe tour Pearl Jam played at The Esplanade Club in Southend, England to 300 people, the bands first ever UK show. The tour also took Pearl Jam to Norway, Sweden, Holland, France, Spain and Italy.
1992: It's announced that Nirvana's 'Nevermind' has sold over three million copies. It eventually moves over nine million.
1996: Ramones claimed to have played their last gig in the UK, at The Brixton Academy, after 22 years together.
1998: Pearl Jam released their fifth album, titled 'Yield.'
2002: Led Zeppelin's 'Rock And Roll' is used in a Cadillac commercial that debuts during the Super Bowl. It's the first Zep song licensed for a commercial.
2002: U2 performs during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVI (36) in New Orleans. Paul McCartney performs during the pre-game.
2003: Legendary producer Phil Spector was arrested in connection with the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion in Alhambra, California.
2004: Cornelius Bumpus dies from a heart attack on a flight from New York to Los Angeles. He was 58. Bumpus played saxophone with the Doobie Brothers, Moby Grape and Steely Dan.
2005: Hoobastank performs at the MTV Asia Aid concert in Bangkok. Several acts, including Green Day, tape messages for the show.
2005: Queensryche performs 'Operation: Mindcrime' in its entirety, for the first time in 15 years, at New York's Beacon Theatre.
2006: Former Dynasty star Heather Locklear filed for divorce from Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora after 11 years of marriage. Locklear who was previously married to Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and Sambora were married in 1994 and have an eight-year-old daughter called Ava.
2007: Daughtry were at #1 on the US album chart with their self-titled debut. Lead singer Chris Daughtry was the fourth-place finalist on the fifth season of American Idol. The album sold over a 1m copies after just five weeks of release, becoming the fastest selling debut rock album of all time.
2008: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are the halftime entertainment for Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.
2008: Alice Cooper and exercise guru Richard Simmons appear in a Bridgestone Tire commercial that's aired during the Super Bowl.
2008: Pinhead Gunpowder with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong plays the first of two club shows. The initial set is in Anaheim. Armstrong's long running side band has Cometbus editor Aaron Cometbus, Green Day guitar tech Bill Schneider and touring guitarist Jason White. The second show, the following day, is in L.A.
2010: AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, joined a growing group of critics of Bob Geldof and U2 singer Bono over their very public charity work, saying they should stop lecturing audiences about charity work and instead do their good deeds in private. Johnson said “When I was a working man I didn’t want to go to a concert for some bastard to talk down to me that I should be thinking of some kid in Africa. I’m sorry mate, do it yourself, spend some of your own money and get it done. It just makes me angry.”
2010: Mackenzie Phillips, daughter of Mamas And Papas' founder John Phillips, told TV host Oprah Winfrey that her decade-long sexual affair with her father was not consensual, even though she eventually agreed to having sex with her father.
2011: 'Fade to Black: Metallica' by Bill Hale, a photo exhibit at London's Proud Camden gallery, opens. The month long exhibition displays photographs taken by Hale between '82 and '84. Images of the band in its earliest guises include Dave Mustaine and Ron McGovney.
2012: Motley Crue is the first Hard Rock band to hold a Las Vegas residency when "Motley Crue in Sin City" opens at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. In honor of the band's milestone, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman proclaims it Motley Crue Day.
2014: Bruce Springsteen was at #1 on the US chart with his 18th studio album 'High Hopes.' His 11th #1 album in the US, placed him 3rd all-time for most #1 albums only behind The The Beatles and Jay-Z. The album is a collection of cover songs, out-takes and re-imagined versions of tracks from past albums, EPs and tours.
2015: Bob Dylan releases 'Shadows In The Night' containing 10 songs popularized by Frank Sinatra. Select AARP members receive a free copy in issues of the organization's monthly magazine. 50,000 copies of the album are distributed.
2016: Poison's Bret Micheals & Overstock.com announce his signature luggage collection (by Traveler's Choice).

February 4
1955: Elvis Presley played two shows (7:30pm and 9:30pm) at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1956: Elvis Presley appears again on CBS' Dorsey Brothers Stage Show, performing 'Baby, Let's Play House' and 'Tutti Frutti.'
1959: A day after the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper, the Winter Dance Party tour continues in Sioux City, Iowa, with Fabian, Frankie Avalon and Jimmy Clanton as the new headliners.
1964: Die Beatles 'Komm, gib mir deine Hand' b/w 'Sie liebt dich' 45 single is released in Germany in German language. 'Sie Liebt Dich,' along with the original 'She Loves You' B-side 'I'll Get You,' was released as a single in the United States on May 21, 1964. This release reached #97 in the Billboard Hot 100.
1966: The Who play their first show as headliners, at the Astoria in Finsbury Park, England. Also appearing are The Fortunes and The Merseys.
1966: Bob Dylan and The Band played at the Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky. This was the first date on a world tour which would become noted as Dylan's first that used electric instruments, after he had ‘gone electric’ at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
1966: The Rolling Stones '19th Nervous Breakdown' b/w 'As Tears Go By' 45 single is released in the UK. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards during their 1965 tour of the United States. The song was recorded during the Aftermath sessions between December 3rd and 8th, 1965 at RCA Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, at the conclusion of their 4th North American tour. It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and in the United Kingdom Record Retailer chart. However, it hit #1 in the NME chart and the BBC's Pick of the Pops chart, both of which were more widely recognized in Britain at the time.
1968: Billed as 'Tour 60 cities in 66 Days' The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Winterland in San Francisco.
1968: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded ‘Across the Universe.’ John and Paul decided the song needed some falsetto harmonies so they invited two girl fans into the studio to sing on the song. The two were Lizzie Bravo, a 16-year-old Brazilian living near Abbey Road and 17-year-old Londoner Gayleen Pease. The John Lennon composed song gets shelved, then remixed, before making its initial appearance on a '69 charity album. The track also appears on The Beatles' 'Let It Be' in '70.
1969: John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr select Allen B. Klein for management/legal representation. Paul McCartney counters by hiring Eastman & Eastman (his wife Linda's dad and brother).
1970: John Lennon & Yoko Ono donated a bag of their cut hair to Michael X for an auction to aid the Black Power movement. Michael X then gave them a pair of Muhammad Ali’s boxing shorts.
1972: In a memo to Attorney General John Mitchell, South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond suggested that John Lennon be deported.
1972: During sessions at Trident Studios in London, England, David Bowie recorded 'Rock 'n' Roll Suicide', 'Starman' and 'Suffragette City', the last songs recorded for the 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars' album.
1973: Elvis Presley's 'Aloha from Hawaii: Via Satellite' is released. It reached the top of both the Billboard 200 Top LP's and Top Country charts. Despite the satellite innovation, the United States did not air the concert until April 4, 1973.
1974: John Lennon begins his "Lost Weekend," which lasts 18 months. Separating from Yoko, he goes on an extended bender, often joined by his friend Harry Nilsson.
1974: KISS kicked off their first North American tour in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
1976: Ramones released their eponymous debut album. The front cover depicts the band members standing in a line leaning against a brick wall, taken by Roberta Bayley. The cover was ranked #58 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Album Covers.
1976: Fleetwood Mac's 'Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win)' single is released in the US.
1977: Fleetwood Mac’s 11th studio album 'Rumours' was released. It stayed at the top of the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for 31 non-consecutive weeks. Rolling Stone ranked it at #25 in "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. It has sold 45 million copies wordwide and stayed on the U.S. album chart for over 130 weeks. It also sets a record for most weeks at #1 with 31 and wins the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978.
1977: American Bandstand celebrated its 25th anniversary with an ABC special hosted by Dick Clark. The show features one of the first "all-star jams," as Chuck Berry is joined by Gregg Allman, Junior Walker, The Pointer Sisters, Charlie Daniels and several others on a performance of 'Roll Over Beethoven.' It also included Bo Diddley, Isaac Hayes, & Stevie Wonder.
1978: Queen's 'We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions' single peaks at #4 on Billboard's Hot 1000. It was their 2nd US Top 10.‬
1980: Ramones 5th studio album, 'End of the Century' is released. The album was produced by Phil Spector & went on to become their highest charting album in the U.S. reaching #44 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. It reached #14 on the UK Albums Chart.
1980: Eagles 'I Can't Tell You Why' b/w 'The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks' single is released in the U.S. The studio version became a Top 10 hit in April 1980, reaching #8 and also peaked at #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1982: Alex Harvey, leader of the 1970s glam rockers, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, died after suffering two heart attacks. His death came on the eve of his 47th birthday.
1983: Def Leppard release the 'Photograph' single.
1984: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble kicked off their 114-date 'Couldn't Stand the Weather tour' at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1984: Detroit quartet who call themselves The Romantics see their biggest hit, 'Talking In Your Sleep' peak at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The million selling single stayed on the chart for an amazing 15 weeks.
1989: Guns N'Roses become the first act for fiteen years to place two LPs in US Top 5 - 'Appetite for Destruction; (#2) and 'Lies' (#5). The last act was Jim Croce.
1989: A Rock and Roll oddity took place when a group that no longer existed had the top tune on the Billboard chart. 'When I'm With You' had been recorded in 1983 by a group called Sheriff, but they split up in 1985. The music director at a Las Vegas radio station began playing the song in late 1988 and the record soon surpassed its original #61 chart position. A couple of members of the group combined with three ex-Heart players and formed Alias, while the others had minor success in Canada as Frozen Ghost.
1991: Queen release the 'Innuendo' album.
1992: Pearl Jam appeared at The Borderline in London, England, tickets cost £5 ($8.50).
1992: Alice in Chains release the 'Sap' EP.
1997: The Offspring release their 'Ixnay On The Hombre' album. Debuting at #9 on the Billboard 200 chart, the album is later certified platinum in the U.S.
1998: Russian officials impound Garbage's equipment forcing the cancellation of a gig in Estonia.
1999: Rykodisc becomes the first music label to give its stamp of approval to MP3, the controversial Internet-based music distribution format that struck fear into the hearts of many music industry executives.
2001: Jimmy Buffett was ejected from a Miami Heat-New York Knicks game in Miami for cursing at a referee.
2003: Courtney Love was arrested at Heathrow airport for 'endangering an aircraft' on a transatlantic flight. The singer was said to have hurled abuse at the cabin crew on the flight from Los Angeles to London after her nurse who was in an economy seat was barred access to sit with Love in the upper class cabin.
2003: Doors drummer John Densmore filed an injunction against guitarist Robbie Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, Police drummer Stewart Copeland & The Cult singer Ian Astbury for touring as The Doors of the 21st Century.
2004: Police questioned Noel Gallagher after a photograph of him trespassing on a railway line appeared in a newspaper. The Oasis guitarist was in a studio in Cornwall recording the bands new album when he took a walk along the railway line. British Transport Police said 'he was setting a bad example.'
2004: The Veterans of Foreign Wars' commander-in-chief weighs in criticizing Kid Rock's "disgusting use of an American flag as a costume prop" during Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show. "The 1.6 million members of the VFW agree that Kid Rock's stunt was in poor taste and extremely disrespectful," says the VFW`s Edward S. Banas Sr. Rock wore a poncho fashioned out of a flag during his performance, then threw it into the audience.
2004: Exodus released the album 'Tempo Of The Damned.'
2005: It's announced that Puddle Of Mudd drummer Greg Upchurch has replaced Daniel Adair in 3 Doors Down for their tour. Adair left to join Nickelback.
2006: Ten-foot-tall guitar sculptures designed by Green Day, Stevie Nicks and Eddie Van Halen with his son are featured at the GuitarMania Auction in Phoenix. Proceeds benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona charity.
2006: Staind fills in for 3 Doors Down at the Bud Bowl event prior to Super Bowl XL in Detroit. 3 Doors Down singer Brad Arnold was injured in a car accident earlier in the week and 3DD was forced to cancel.
2006: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is assaulted at the Shady Bowl Super Party in Detroit. According to reports, a local Hip-Hop artist and his friends beat up Lee after he insulted Detroit's Kid Rock, who had been engaged to Lee's ex-wife, Pamela Anderson.
2007: Billy Joel sings the national anthem at Super Bowl XLI, in Miami Gardens, FL. Stevie Nicks appears on the pre-game show. But the big news is Prince's halftime performance in the pouring rain. He covers the Foo Fighters' 'Best Of You.' "Having been a massive Prince fan my whole life, I was flattered beyond words," says the Foo Fighters' founder Dave Grohl. "What an honor to be covered by one of your heroes!" A TV audience of 90 million watches the show which also includes Prince playing a snippet of Bob Dylan's 'All Along The Watchtower.'
2008: Iron Maiden release the 'Live After Death' DVD. It was released to coincide with the start their 'Somewhere Back In Time' World Tour‬.
2008: Guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and percussionist Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, play a benefit show for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama in San Francisco. The rally, dubbed Dead Heads for Obama, features the trio performing Dead tunes with backing musicians.
2008: John Mellencamp becomes the first of many artists to accuse soon-to-be-Republican presidential nominee John McCain of using their music without authorization. McCain also issues the first of many apologies to rockers.
2008: NASA beams The Beatles' 'Across the Universe' directly into deep space to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the day The Beatles recorded the song, as well as the 50th anniversary of NASA's founding. The transmission is aimed at the North Star, Polaris, a mere 431 light years away from Earth.
2008: Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones is a guest performer at the 2008 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in London. Jones plays mandolin alongside the evening's Lifetime Achievement Award winner, renowned guitarist John Martyn.
2008: The Ted Nugent 'Spirit Of The Wild' TV show wins the Fan Favorite Hunting Series trophy at the Outdoor Channel's eighth annual Golden Moose Awards in Las Vegas. Also, Nugent and his wife, Shemane, share the Fan Favorite Host prize. The awards honor the cable network's most popular programming and personalities.
2009: Bruce Springsteen's 'Working On A Dream' tops the Billboard 200. Moving 224,000 copies in its first week of release the album is Springsteen's ninth #1.
2009: The Allman Brothers Band announces the launch of a subscription-based website called Moogis. Fans can view high-definition streaming video of the group's stand at New York's Beacon Theatre. There's also archival video and audio.
2009: Metallica and Kid Rock appear on Katie Couric's 'All Access' Grammy Special on CBS.
2009: Robert Plant said he felt Led Zeppelin couldn't reunite for a full tour because the band feels incomplete without drummer John Bonham. In an interview on Absolute Radio Plant stated, 'The reason that it stopped was because we were incomplete, and we've been incomplete now for 29 years,' he said. He admitted: 'I think the thing about it is really, is that to visit old ground, it's a very incredibly delicate thing to do, and the disappointment that could be there once you commit to that and the comparisons to something that was basically fired by youth and a different kind of exuberance to now, it's very hard to go back and meet that head on and do it justice'.
2013: Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe's manslaughter trial begins in the Czech Republic. The singer is charged in the death of a fan who was allegedly injured at the band's concert in Prague in 2010. "I've kept my word. I said that I would come back to court today and I did," Blythe tells the court. "I'm not a person who runs away from problems. But I do not want to be punished for something I did not do."
2013: Dave Grohl begins a week-long guest host stint on E! television's 'Chelsea Lately' program, filling in for the vacationing Chelsea Handler. The first show features an interview with Rick Springfield.
2013: Vans unveil a line of shoes designed by each member of Metallica.
2013: Troggs frontman Reg Presley dies a year after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Hit singles, included 'Wild Thing,' 'I Can't Control Myself' and the UK #1 'With a Girl Like You,' He also wrote the song 'Love Is All Around',' which featured in the film 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and was a #1 hit for Wet Wet Wet in 1994. Presley used his royalties from that cover to fund research subjects such as alien spacecraft, lost civilisations, alchemy, and crop circles, and outlined his findings in the book Wild Things They Don't Tell Us, published in October 2002. He was 71.
2014: Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, two members of Pussy Riot, the Punk act that was jailed by the Russian government in '12 on trumped up charges, appear on Comedy Central's Colbert Report.
2015: The Black Keys track 'Howlin' For You' is featured in a PETA video ad campaign promoting animal adoption. The group donated the song to the campaign.
2016: Down singer Phil Anselmo advises his band mates "move on" without him following an incident at the Dimebash tribute honoring the late Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Anselmo shouted "white power" and made the Nazi salute on stage. As a result, the band was pulled from Netherlands FortaRock amid much controversy and criticism. "Never in my entire lifetime would I drag them down with me, and I've privately suggested to them that they move on without me," states Anselmo.
2016: A species of black tarantula discovered in California, near Folsom Prison, is named after the late Johnny Cash (Aphonopelma johnnycashi).
2016: Van Morrison described becoming a Sir as "amazing" and "exhilarating" after receiving a knighthood from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. He received his knighthood for services to the music industry and tourism in Northern Ireland.
2016: An updated version of The Mamas And Papas' 'California Dreamin' by a German DJ called Freischwimmer (real name: Sebastian Bernhardt) topped the Billboard Dance Chart. The original version made it to #4 nearly fifty years earlier in March of 1966.
2016: Signe Anderson, the original female vocalist for Jefferson Airplane passed away at the age of 74. Signe sang on the band's 1966 debut album, 'Jefferson Airplane Takes Off,' before leaving to care for her newborn baby, a decision she would later say that she never regretted.
2016: Elton John gave a surprise performance when he sat down at one of the pianos open to the public in London's St. Pancras subway station. He entertained the crowd with a few songs on a piano that he himself had donated to the station.
2017: Black Sabbath played the final show of their nearly fifty year career with a two hour send-off in their home town of Birmingham, England. Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, and bassist Geezer Butler played a fifteen song set, ending with their first hit, "Paranoid.' As ticker tape and balloons fell, Ozzy thanked the fans and waved goodbye.

February 5
1955:'Elvis Presley records 'Baby Let's Play House.' The song has a 'hiccup vocal' that will be widely imitated, exaggerated and mocked.
1957: 5,000 fans greeted Bill Haley when he arrived from New York on the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth at Southampton, for his debut UK concert tour. Haley was the first American rock artist to tour the UK.
1962: The Beatles played two shows, one at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and, in the evening, at the Kingsway Club in Southport. This was the first time Ringo Starr appeared live with the group after drummer Pete Best became ill.
1966: The Beach Boys' cover version of the The Regents' 1958 #13 hit, 'Barbara Ann' topped the Cashbox magazine chart and was listed at #2 by Billboard. The party atmosphere in the studio was staged and the lead vocal on the track is actually that of Dean Torrence of Jan And Dean.
1967: The News of the World reported that Mick Jagger had taken LSD at the home of a member of The Moody Blues. Jagger sued the paper for libel. News Of The World confuses Rolling Stones vocalist, Mick Jagger, with the group's guitarist, Brian Jones, in a story about Rock star drug use. Jones is overheard talking about drugs at a London club but they attribute the comments to Jagger. Mick threatens to sue. In the end, it's Stones guitarist, Keith Richards, whose house is raided by police.
1967: The Beatles filmed part of the promo clip for 'Penny Lane' around the Royal Theatre in Stratford, London and walking up and down Angel Lane in London. Together with the video for 'Strawberry Fields Forever', this was one of the first examples of what later became known as a music video.
1967: The Byrds 4th album, 'Younger Than Yesterday' is released. It reached #24 on the Billboard Top 200 LP's chart during its 24 week stay, and #37 on the UK Albums Chart. A preceding single, 'So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star,' was released in January 1967 and reached #29 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1968: Beatles go gold with 'Yellow Submarine' soundtrack.
1968: The Neil Young penned track 'I Am a Child' was recorded at Sunset Sound in LA. It is included on The Buffalo Springfield's 'Last Time Round' LP.
1969: Vanilla Fudge's 4th album, 'Near the Beginning' is released. It reached #16 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1969: Blood, Sweat & Tears 'You've Made Me So Very Happy' b/w 'Blues - Part II' 45 single is released. Written by Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Frank Wilson and Berry Gordy, and was released first as a single in 1967 by Holloway on the Tamla label. It became one of the group's biggest hits, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in April 1969 and #35 in the United Kingdom in May of that year.
1970: David Bowie recorded four songs at the BBC Paris Cinema, London, for the John Peel Sunday Concert radio show. This was guitarists Mick Ronson's first appearance with Bowie who went on to work with Bowie as one of the Spiders from Mars.
1971: Neil Young releases "Heart Of Gold.'
1971: Black Sabbath started recording what would be their 3rd album, 'Master Of Reality' at Island Studios in London. It would become their 1st US Top 10 album, peaking at #8.‬ Released in July of this year, it is sometimes noted as the first stoner rock album. Guitarist Tony Iommi, decided to down tune his guitar down three semi-tones, Geezer Butler also down tuned his bass guitar to match Iommi. The result was a noticeably 'darker' sound that almost two decades later would prove hugely influential on at least three of the biggest grunge acts, namely Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, and Nirvana.
1972: Paul Simon released his first new song without Art Garfunkel, 'Mother and Child Reunion', which peaked at #4 in the US. Simon got the idea for the song's title from a chicken-and-egg dish called Mother and Child Reunion that he saw on a Chinese restaurant's menu.
1972: Badfinger peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Day After Day' which was their third and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1972: Neil Young released 'Heart of Gold,' which went on to become his first and only #1 single in the U.S. Background vocals were provided by James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt.
1973: Elton John's 'Crocodile Rock,' recorded at Strawberry Studios in France, goes gold just two days after reaching #1 in the U.S.
1974: KISS‬ kicked off their first North American tour in ‪Edmonton‬ ‎Alberta‬, Canada.
1976: Saxophonist Rudy Pompilli died of lung cancer aged 52. Although not a smoker himself, it is believed he contracted the disease through second hand smoke. With Bill Haley and his Comets, he had the 1955 UK & US #1 single with 'Rock Around the Clock,' Pompilli released one solo album, 'Rudy's Rock: The Sax That Changed the World.'
1977: James Newell Osterberg, Jr. (aka Iggy Pop) signs to RCA Records.
1981: Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau inducted Joni Mitchell into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the 12th Juno Awards at the O’Keefe Centre in Toronto.
1983: Def Leppard's album, 'Pyromania,' started a 92-week run on the U.S. charts. It never reached #1, but sold over 6 million copies in the U.S. alone. It enters the Billboard 200 Album Chart at #69 and eventually reaches #2, spending 116 weeks on the chart. ‬
1983: Toto went to #1 on the US singles with 'Africa.'
1989: Metallica's concert at Reunion Arena in Dallas is broadcast on the Z-Rock radio network. The show is later released in Fan Can 4.‬
1991: Original KISS drummer Peter Criss confronts his imposter on the 'Phil Donahue Show.' ‬The Star tabloid had published a story titled “Kiss Star Hits The Skids” that featured the imposter.
1992: When the local cable company drops MTV as a cost cutting measure, John Mellencamp plays a free protest concert in Johnson City, TN. MTV is returned to the cable line-up the following month.
1992: Touring Australia and New Zealand for the first and only time Nirvana appeared at the ANU Bar in Canberra, Australia.
1993: Former Faces bandmates Ron Wood and Rod Stewart, tape an MTV Unplugged segment.
1994: 'Found Out About You' reaches #25 on the pop chart. It's the Gin Blossoms' second charting single. 'Hey Jealousy' was the first.
1995: Pearl Jam play the first of two private Seattle shows for fan club members and underprivileged kids.
1998: Slaughter guitarist Tim Kelly dies from injuries suffered in a collision on State Route 96 in Arizona. Kelly was 34.
1998: Rob Halford‬ of ‎Judas Priest‬ announced on ‎MTV‬ that he was gay.
1998: Elton John and Stevie Wonder perform at the White House for US President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
1999: The Smashing Pumpkins album 'Gish' goes platinum. It was originally released in 1991.
2002: KISS take part in New York City fashion week & play at the Lane Bryant Fashion show. ‬
2003: Courtney Love blamed her bad language for the alleged air rage incident that led to her arrest at London's Heathrow Airport. As she left Heathrow's police station the singer said, "I cussed at a lady. My daughter always said I had a potty mouth." When asked what it had been like inside the police station, the singer said, "It was fine. They were wonderful in there. It was like being on Prime Suspect."
2004: Cornelius Bumpus, sax player for the Doobie Brothers, and more recently Steely Dan, dies of a heart attack at age 58.
2005: Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras kick-off celebration has Eddie Money, Mark Farner, Dee Snider, Robin Zander, Rick Derringer, Dickey Betts and Richie Sambora. Proceeds go to the Musicians 4 Disaster Relief organization and the Red Cross. DiscLive immediately issues CDs and digital downloads from the concert.
2005: Paul McCartney performed during the half-time show at Superbowl XXXIX (39) in Jacksonville Florida and pocketed a cool $3.3 million for his 12 minute performance. That translates into $278,000 per minute. Sir Paul played in front of an estimated TV audience of one billion and sang the Beatles songs 'Drive My Car,' 'Get Back' and 'Hey Jude,' plus his Bond theme song 'Live and Let Die.'
2006: Bon Jovi takes the stage during the halftime show of the 'Super-Soul Sunday' Arena Football League game between the Philadelphia Soul and the Los Angeles Avengers in Philly. Jon Bon Jovi is a co-owner and co-CEO of the Soul.
2006: The Rolling Stones played three songs during the half-time show of the Super Bowl in Detroit. They open with 'Start Me Up,' then play 'Rough Justice.' Censors cut Mick's mic during two of the songs to avoid airing potentially offensive lyrics. "Here's one we could have done at Super Bowl I," notes Mick Jagger before the group launches into '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.' After the event, the Stones expressed their displeasure over having Jagger's microphone turned down to censor a line in 'Start Me Up.'
2007: Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler performs at the Peace Alliance's educational gala Turning Peace Into Political Force at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The effort supports a congressional campaign to create a U.S. Department of Peace.
2007: The Beatles business entity Apple Corps and the Apple computer company reach an agreement with regard to their longstanding trademark battle over their shared name and similar logos. The settlement gives the technology firm rights to the Apple moniker and logo, with the understanding that it will allow Apple Corps to continue to use the trademark for select purposes.
2007: AFI launch the '07 North American portion of their tour in support of the chart-topping 'Decemberunderground' album with four shows in New Orleans.
2007: Nine Inch Nails begin shooting the video for 'Survivalism,' a track from their 'Year Zero' album, in the Los Angeles area.
2007: Producer Phil Spector won $900,000 after settling an embezzlement claim. Spector said former assistant Michelle Blaine removed $425,000 from his pension and did not repay a $635,000 loan. Ms Blaine claimed the loan was a gift, and the pension funds were for a film aimed at improving Spector's image. As part of the settlement, she dropped a counter-claim of sexual harassment.
2008: Lenny Kravitz issues his 8th album, 'It Is Time For A Love Revolution.' "We've all got our voice," says Kravitz discussing the album. "And if I have this gift to play music, then I'm gonna talk about love."
2008: Sheryl Crow's releases'"Detours.'
2008: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Indian guru who introduced The Beatles (and others) to transcendental meditation dies at his home in Holland. He was influential in The Beatles lives during the '67/'68 period. After The Beatles broke with the Maharishi, John Lennon wrote the song 'Sexy Sadie' to sum up the whole experience. The Maharishi reportedly was 91.
2010: Staind frontman Aaron Lewis is inducted into Mohegan Sun Casino's Walk of Fame. Lewis is honored for playing more than 30 shows at the Connecticut venue, both acoustically and with Staind.
2011: The Pretenders and Country superstar Faith Hill appear in a special Super Bowl edition of CMT's Crossroad Series. The program pairs Country stars with top artists from other genres. The Pretenders & Faith Hill Live From the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam takes place at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX.
2012: A Budweiser Super Bowl ad features a mash-up of The Cult's 'She Sells Sanctuary' with Rapper Flo Rida's 'Good Feelin'. The ad recounts decades of good times since the end of Prohibition.
2013: The Misfits release 'Dea.D. Alive!,' their first 'proper' live album since the '80s.
2015: A blue heritage plaque on Platform 2 at Dartford Station marks the spot where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards properly met for the first time on 10/17/61. Jagger had a stack of Blues records and Richards was carrying his Hofner Cutaway guitar. The chance meeting of the former primary school classmates led to the formation of the Rolling Stones., knocking '
2015: INXS guitarist Tim Farriss said he may never play the guitar properly again after severing his finger in a boating accident. Farriss caught his left hand while operating a winch on his boat in Sydney, severing his ring finger. He had undergone surgery twice to try to reattach the finger but had been left with permanent hand damage.
2015: 70-year-old Gary Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was convicted of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of having sex with a girl under the age of 13, at Southwark Crown Court in London, England. He was held in custody for sentencing later in the month.
2016: A new species of black tarantula that lives near Folsom Prison, California, was named after Johnny Cash. Aphonopelma johnnycashi was among 14 new tarantula species from the southern US which were described by biologists in the journal ZooKeys.
2016: The Cult release their 10th album 'Hidden City.'
2016: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler sang a note so high that it shattered the glass on a camera during an appearance on the US TV show 'This Morning.'

February 6
1939: Elvis Presley's father, Vernon is released from the Parchman Farm penitentiary after serving eight months of a three year sentence for altering a check from 4 dollars to 40 dollars.
1945: Bob Marley is born Nesta Robert Marley in Jamaica. His mother was a native of Jamaica and his father was an officer in the British military.
1955: Elvis Presley meets his future manager, the already legendary Col. Tom Parker. The encounter takes place between Memphis shows.
1958: George Harrison joined Liverpool group The Quarrymen. The group who were named after Lennon's school featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Len Garry, Eric Griffiths and John Lowe.
1959: Buddy Holly was buried in Lubbock, Texas. His tombstone reads "Holley", the correct spelling of his given surname and includes pictures of a guitar.
1962: Decca Records turns down The Beatles.
1963: The first Beatles single 'Please Please Me' was released in the US on the Vee Jay label. Capitol Records, EMI's United States label, were offered the right to release the single in the US, but turned it down. Dick Biondi, a disc jockey on WLS in Chicago and a friend of Vee-Jay executive Ewart Abner, played the song on the radio from February 1963, thus becoming the first DJ to play a Beatles record in the United States.
1964: Tickets for the first Beatles appearance on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show sell out.
1964: Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 was greeted by over 5,000 Beatles fans as it arrived at New York's JFK airport, bringing The Beatles to the US for the first time and causing riotous scenes as they touched down.
1964: 'Die Beatles: please please me und andere Knuller (Please Please Me)' is released in Germany (only). Translation: "The central dance makers of the world famous Four from Liverpool."
1965: The Rolling Stones second album 'Rolling Stones No.2' started a three-week run at #1 on the UK charts, knocking 'Beatles for Sale out of the top spot on the UK Record Retailer chart. The album followed its predecessor's tendency to largely feature R&B covers. However, it did contain three compositions from the still-developing Mick Jagger - Keith Richards songwriting team.
1965: The Righteous Brothers started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with the Phil Spector produced 'You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’. According to the RIAA, the song has now been played on US radio stations over 8 million times, more than any other record in history.
1965: The Kinks peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'All Day and All of the Night' which was their second top 10 single in the U.S.
1966: The Who played at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, Merseyside, England.
1967: The Byrds issue their fourth studio album, 'Younger Than Yesterday.' The set contains a cover of Bob Dylan's 'My Back Pages.'
1967: Pink Floyd were photographed for the weekly British girls magazine Jackie. The magazine was the best-selling teen magazine in Britain for ten years.
1968: The Beatles record 'The Inner Light' and finish work on 'Lady Madonna.'
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents. John was named as Rolling Stone's Man Of The Year.
1969: The Who recorded 'Pinball Wizard' at Morgan Studio's in London, England.
1969: Doors singer Jim Morrison was arrested for drunk driving and driving with no license in Los Angeles.
1969: The Grateful Dead and Iron Butterfly performed at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1970: Eric Clapton played the first of two nights at The Fillmore East in New York City.
1970: John Lennon releases 'Instant Karma (We All Shine On)' in the U.K.
1970: Jack Bruce, Zephyr, and White Clover appeared at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1971: Neil Young records 'Heart Of Gold' at Quadrafonic Sound Studios in Nashville, TN. It appears on his 'Harvest' album released in 1972.‬
1971: Led Zeppelin announced a small UK club tour which would see the group playing Universities and small venues with ticket prices at 12 shillings. Zeppelin manager Peter Grant said 'We decided to do the clubs and forget about the bread and the big concert halls."
1971: Mountain's 2nd album, 'Nantucket Sleighride' is released. It reached #16 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1972: Allman Brothers Band performed at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
1973: Traffic played at Cobo Arena in Detroit.
1976: George Harrison's 'This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)' / 'Maya Love' single is released in the UK. The 3rd track on Harrison's 1975 studio album 'Extra Texture (Read All About It).' Lyrically, the song is a sequel to Harrison's 1968 song 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps,' released o: The Beatles' White Album. In December 1975, the song was released as the 2nd single from that album in the United States, failing to chart in any singles chart. The single met the same fate in the United Kingdom when it was released the following February. The single became the final release by Apple Records until the label was revived in the mid-1990s for The Beatles BBC sessions album 'Live at the BBC' and The Beatles Anthology project.
1975: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Montreal Forum, Montreal. Outside the arena, a police riot squad stood by ready to avoid a repeat performance of a riot which marked the visit of the Rolling Stones in the summer of 1972. However, there were no incidents. Tickets cost $7.50 (Canadian)
1976: T Rex appeared at St. Albans City Hall during a 15 date UK tour.
1976: Paul Simon started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover', the singers first solo US #1.
1977: Lynyrd Skynyrd played at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, England.
1979: Stephen Stills became the first rock performer to record on digital equipment in Los Angeles' Record Plant Studio.
1979: 'Tommy' opens as a musical in London’s West End. The script is based on the screenplay to the film written by Pete Townshend and Ken Russell. Chris Welch in Melody Maker gives it a positive review although he finds much of the story pretentious. Variety pans the production. It closes after 118 performances.
1979: Heart performed at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.
1980: Pink Floyd played the first of seven sold out nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
1980: Cheap Trick's 'Dream Police' album is certified Platinum by the RIAA. It was released in Sept. of 1979‬.
1981: According to the New York Post, the surviving Beatles will record a new album as a tribute to John Lennon. But it’s another false alarm brought on by Ringo Starr working with Paul McCartney on the latter’s 'Tug of War' sessions.
1981: Paul McCartney joins Ringo Starr and George Harrison in recording 'All Those Years Ago,' a tribute to Lennon.
1982: Joan Jett debuts on U.S. Hot 100 at #63 with 'I Love Rock & Roll.'
1982: The J. Geils Band started a 6 week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Centerfold', the bands only US #1. It was a #3 hit in the UK. The bands album 'Freeze- Frame' started a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart on the same day.
1982: Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey was hospitalized after being attacked after a gig in Belfast.
1982: J. Geils Band hits #1 on the charts with 'Centerfold.'
1982: Van Halen's remake of Roy Orbison's 'Oh, Pretty Woman' peaks at #12 becoming the group's biggest hit to date. In 1964, Orbison topped the charts with the song.
1984: 38 Special release their 6th studio album, 'Tour de Force.'
1984: KISS release their 31st single 'All Hell's Breakin' Loose.' It fails to chart in the U.S.
1985: Metallica with W.A.S.P. and Special Guests Armored Saint perform in Minneapolis, MN. Tickets are $7.50 at the door
1987: Featuring a title song written by Bruce Springsteen, the movie 'Light of Day' hits theaters. The film stars Joan Jett and Michael J. Fox as leaders of a struggling band called The Barbusters. A pre-Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor had a brief appearance.
1987: Sonny Bono announces he is running for mayor of Palm Springs, California. He would win the election and eventually win a seat in Congress.
1988: Bruce Springsteen peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Tunnel of Love. which was Springsteen’s 11th top 10 single in the U.S.
1989: Georgia state representative Billy Randall introduced a bill to make Little Richard's 'Tutti Frutti', the state's official rock song.
1990: Billy Idol has to give up a major role in Oliver Stone's film 'The Doors' after he breaks several bones in a serious motorcycle accident.
1990: Over 200 women filed court actions against Chuck Berry, alleging that he had been secretly filming them in the toilets of the restaurant he owned. Berry claimed that he had the camera installed to catch an employee who was suspected of stealing. Although the charges were never proven in court, Berry agreed to settlement with 59 women that cost him over $1.2 million plus legal fees.
1993: During a concert in Dublin, Van Morrison is joined by Bono and Bob Dylan (for a rendition of Dylan's 'It's All Over Now Baby Blue'). Also appearing onstage are Elvis Costello, Steve Winwood and Chrisse Hynde.
1994: Blind Melon's lead singer Shannon Hoon was forced to leave the American Music Awards ceremony for his loud and disruptive behaviour. Hoon was later charged with battery, assault, resisting arrest, and destroying a police station phone.
1994: Nirvana embarks on their final tour of Europe.
1998: Beach Boy Carl Wilson dies from cancer in Los Angeles at 51. Wilson was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in early 1997. He sang lead vocal on 'God Only Knows,' 'Good Vibrations,' and 'I Can Hear Music.' Wilson sang backing vocals on Elton John’s 'Don”t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.' The headstone over his grave in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles includes the inscription: "The World Is A Far Lesser Place Without You."
1998: The movie 'Blues Brothers 2000' opens, featuring Wilson Pickett, Jonny Lang and Eddie Floyd.
2000: Bachman-Turner Overdrive made a guest appearance on 'The Simpsons' as themselves performing at a state fair.
2001: Jeff Beck released his 8th studio album, 'You Had It Coming.'
2001: Eagles' guitarist Don Felder receives a phone call from manager Irving Azoff who tells him that the rest of the band has "decided to go on without you." He would later launch a $50 million law suit against drummer Don Henley and guitarist Glen Frey, alleging wrongful termination and breach of implied-in-fact contract. Henley and Frey then countersued Felder for breach of contract, alleging that Felder had written and attempted to sell the rights to a "tell-all" book. Both parties settled out-of-court for an undisclosed amount. In early 2008 Felder finally issues his autobiography, 'Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001).'
2001: U2 played a secret show at London's Astoria. Stars attending the show included actor John Hurt, Queen's Roger Taylor, Mick Jagger, Bob Geldof and more.
2002: Ratt guitarist Warren DeMartini and drummer Bobby Blotzer win the battle over ownership of the name "RATT" in a victory in the Lost Angeles Superior Court.
2003: Incubus files suit to get out of their contract with Epic Records with four albums to go. They object to deductions for video production and packaging.
2003: Courtney Love does a strip tease at a London charity function attended by Prince Andrew.
2003: Courtney Love arrived at a benefit concert at London's Old Vic Theatre dressed as Donald Duck. Courtney joined Elton John on stage for a version of 'The Bitch Is Back'.
2003: Bill Clinton makes an environmental speech at a Natural Resources Defense Council fundraiser. The Rolling Stones close the show with a set that includes 'Paint It Black.'
2003: Doors drummer John Densmore files a lawsuit against former bandmates Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger. Densmore claims Manzarek and Krieger's revival of the band degrades the group's legacy. Former Police drummer Stewart Copeland and Cult vocalist Ian Astbury are also in the 'new' Doors. The group eventually calls themselves "The Doors of the 21st Century."
2004: Ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic appears at a free concert in Longview, WA-a day before the state's Democratic presidential caucus (which Senator John Kerry won)-to encourage young people to register to vote. The Pre-Caucus Rockus gig is sponsored by the Music for America organization.
2005: Paul McCartney performs 'Drive My Car,' 'Get Back,' 'Live And Let Die' and 'Hey Jude' during the Super Bowl XXXIX half-time show at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville, FL.
2006: Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Bruce Springsteen and Sting perform at a James Taylor tribute in Los Angeles. The 'Fire And Rain' singer is MusiCares' Person of the Year.
2008: Four Pearl Jam members (guitarist/vocalist Stone Gossard, guitarist Mike McCready, bassist Jeff Ament and drummer Matt Cameron, but no Eddie Vedder) release 'Rock Around Barack' in support of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The track is set to the tune of the '50's hit 'Rock Around The Clock.'
2008: Singer Scott Weiland "voluntarily enters a rehab clinic" after Velvet Revolver's concert in Los Angeles. As a consequence, the group's scheduled performance in San Diego the next night is postponed. That would have been the last show of VR's U.S. tour.
2008: Former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty performs at the 10th annual Grammy Foundation Music Preservation Project - Sounds of Change. The L.A. event celebrates 50 years of music's ability to influence social transformations.
2009: Foo Fighters and Kid Rock perform at a gala honoring Neil Diamond as the 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year. The L.A. event is a fundraiser for the MusiCares charity, which provides medical and financial assistance to musicians.
2009: Axl Rose gives Billboard magazine his first major interview in nine years. The Guns N' Roses singer says he may perform with ex-GN'R members at some point but vows never to play again with Slash.
2009: Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler is ordered to enter a new rehabilitation program, following his January 2009, arrest for failing to complete a community-service requirement stemming from an 2008 drug charge.
2009: Hunting advocate Ted Nugent is inducted into the National Bowhunters Hall of Fame.
2010: Them Crooked Vultures make their first appearance on Saturday Night Live. After overcoming some technical problems, they play 'New Fang' and 'Mind Eraser, No Chaser.' Drummer David Grohl even appears in a comedy sketch.
2011: Ozzy Osbourne and teen heart throb Justin Bieber appear in a Best Buy ad that's broadcast during the Super Bowl (3rd quarter). The ad, targeted toward young viewers, has the pair dressed in futuristic black jumpsuits. Ozzy asks, "What's a Bieber?"
2011: Gary Moore is found dead at a hotel in Estepona. The 58-year-old died of a heart attack in his sleep while in Spain on vacation. Moore had been a member of Skid Row, Thin Lizzy, and Colosseum II, before going solo.
2013: It was announced that Warner Music was set to buy the record label Parlophone which was formerly a part of EMI Music from Universal Music for $765 million. The Parlophone label group also included the Chrysalis and Ensign labels, but The Beatles part of Parlophone, was exempted from the sale.
2013: HBO Films released a trailer promoting the upcoming TV biopic on imprisoned record producer Phil Spector. The film, starring Al Pacino, focuses primarily on the relationship between Spector and Linda Kenney Baden, his defense attorney during his two murder trials for the 2003 death of Lana Clarkson in his California mansion. It would be nominated for 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
2014: Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett hosts his first horror convention, 'Kirk von Hammett's Fear FestEvil,' in San Francisco. The three-day event includes 'Kirk's Crypt' private tours and special guest appearances by make-up artists and horror actors.
2014: The Flaming Lips and Sean Lennon cover The Beatles, 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,' as part of The Late Show With David Letterman's Beatles Week, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the group's arrival in the U.S.
2015: Bob Dylan is MusiCares Person of the Year. The honor is bestowed on him by the charity arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).
2015: Slash is the voice of Jerry Vandergeld in 'The SpongeBobMovie: Sponge Out Of Water.' The animated flick is in theaters.
2015: Jamaicans celebrated the 70th anniversary of the birth of Bob Marley with a free concert on the Kingston waterfront and a jam session at Marley's former home. The reggae legend died of cancer on May 11, 1981, in a Florida hospital at the age of 36.
2016: Metallica play the Super Bowl 50 pre-show 'The Night Before' in San Francisco.

February 7
1957: Iraq bans the film 'Rock Around The Clock' (featuring Bill Haley & His Comets and Little Richard) and 'Bus Stop,' because they "dangerous to teenagers and youths."
1959: Buddy Holly was buried in Lubbock, Texas. His tombstone reads "Holley", the correct spelling of his given surname and includes pictures of a guitar. Buddy's pallbearers were Joe Mauldin, Jerry Allison, Niki Sullivan, Bob Montgomery, Sonny Curtis and Phil Everly.
1959: Ritchie Valens is buried in San Fernando Mission Cemetery.
1960: Co-written by Motown founder Barry Gordy and recorded by Barrett Strong, 'Money' peaks at #23 on the pop chart and #2 on the R&B list. The song is revived by everyone from The Beatles to Souxie and the Banshees.
1963: The first Beatles single 'Please Please Me' was released in the US on the Vee Jay label. Capitol Records, EMI's United States label, were offered the right to release the single in the US, but turned it down. Dick Biondi, a disc jockey on WLS in Chicago and a friend of Vee-Jay executive Ewart Abner, played the song on the radio from February 1963, thus becoming the first DJ to play a Beatles record in the United States.
1964: The Beatles' 'All My Loving' EP is released in the UK. It was the Beatles 4th British EP, features four tracks from their albums 'Please Please Me' and 'With The Beatles' and was released only in mono. It was also released in Sweden, Australia and New Zealand.
1964: Beatles visit America for first time. 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' is #1, and thousands of screaming fans greet them at Kennedy airport.
1964: Jan and Dean's 'Dead Man’s Curve' b/w 'The New Girl In School' 45 single is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
1965: George Harrison is admitted to London's University College Hospital with an infected back molar which has also infected his tonsils, necessitating their removal. The tonsils are destroyed so that they can't be sold to fans.
1966: The Beatles released their single 'Nowhere Man.'
1966: First edition of the first rock magazine Crawdaddy is published in US.
1966: The Beach Boys' album 'Summer Days' is certified gold.
1967: The Monkees announce during an appearance on the British TV show Top of the Pops that they will play on their own records from now on instead of using session players.
1969: John and Yoko were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents, (2/6). John was named as Rolling Stone’s ‘Man Of The Year’.
1969: The Who recorded 'Pinball Wizard' at Morgan Studios in London.
1969: Doors singer Jim Morrison was arrested for drunk driving and driving with no license in Los Angeles.
1969: Vanilla Fudge, Led Zeppelin, and Jethro Tull play the first of two nights at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago. Admission was $5.
1969: The Who play the Top Rank Suite at the University in Bath, England.
1969: George Harrison enters London’s University College Hospital to have an operation on his infected back molar and tonsils.
1970: Joe Cocker's rendition of The Beatles' 'She Came In Through The Bathroom Window' peaks well outside the Top 20 yet it still becomes one of Cocker's best known songs.
1970: Johnny Cash's album 'Hello, I'm Johnny Cash' is certified gold.
1970: In London, Yes performed at Royal Festival Hall, while Pink Floyd appeared at Royal Albert Hall.
1970: Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull married record company secretary Jennie Franks.
1970: Led Zeppelin scored their first UK #1 album with 'Led Zeppelin II'. Featuring the US single 'Whole Lotta Love', it went on to stay on the chart for 138 weeks selling over 12 million copies in the US.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band played at Pappaliski’s in Dayton, Ohio.
1971: Tom Fogerty leaves Creedence Clearwater Revival to spend more time with his family. CCR continues for another year and a half as a trio.
1971: Edgar Winter and Grin appear at the Terrace Ballroom in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1972: Elton John's 'Tiny Dancer' b/w 'Razor Face' 45 single is released. In the U.S. it was certified Gold on May 19, 2005, and Platinum on August 19, 2011 by the RIAA. It was ranked #397 on the 2011 List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song was written by Taupin to capture the spirit of California in 1970 encapsulated by the many beautiful women he met. A common misconception concerning this song is that it was written for Maxine Feibelman, Bernie Taupin's first wife. Rather, the song was simply dedicated to her on the album 'Madman Across the Water.'
1973: The Stooges 3rd studio album, 'Raw Power' is released. Though not initially commercially successful (#183 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart), it has gained a cult following in the years following its release and, like its predecessor (1970's 'Fun House'), is generally considered an influential forerunner of punk rock. Raw Power was chosen as the 125th greatest album of all time by the editors of Rolling Stone magazine in Dec. 2003.
1973: Hawkwind played at Wandsworth Prison in London.
1975: Led Zeppelin performed at Madison Square Garden in New York. Tickets were $7.50 and $8.50.
1976: Paul Simon's 'Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover' hits #1 for the first of a three week run. It's his first solo #1 in the U.S.
1976: Bob Dylan reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the second time with 'Desire,' which spent five weeks on top.
1977: Television's debut album 'Marquee Moon' is released. It is ranked at 128th in Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time." The song 'Marquee Moon' was placed #372 on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
1977: Paul McCartney & Wings 'Maybe I'm Amazed' (LIVE) b/w 'Soily' 45 single is released. The studio version from the album has never been released as a single. A live recording from the 1976 album 'Wings over America' was released as a single on February 4 in the UK and February 7 in the US, and reached #10 in the US on the Billboard pop charts, and reached #28 in the UK.
1977: Genesis performed at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis.
1979: Stephen Stills completes the first digitally recorded rock LP, which is never released. These recordings were later scrapped & remain unreleased to this day.
1980: Pink Floyd premiere their concert 'The Wall' in Los Angeles. The ambitious production actually featured a 30-foot high wall made of styrofoam blocks constructed across the 160-foot stage built between band and audience during the first half of the concert. The first performance at Los Angeles' Sport Arena was held up after fireworks set fire to the stage curtains. Pink Floyd played the first of seven sold out nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. The Wall was also performed in its entirety in Uniondale, NY, London & Dortmund, Germany.
1980: AC/DC appear on 'Top of the Pops,' where they perform 'A Touch Too Much.' It would be lead singer Bon Scott's last appearance with the band. He passes away 12 days later.
1981: ABC begins airing the first installment of the mini-series 'Elvis and Me,' based on ex-wife Priscilla Presley's book of the same name.
1981: John Lennon was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Woman,' an ode to his wife Yoko Ono. It was Lennon’s 3rd #1 in seven weeks after his death on December 8, 1980.
1981: Steve Winwood's 'While You See A Chance' b/w 'Vacant Chair' 45 single is released in the UK. Steve Winwood wrote the song with Will Jennings. It was released on his album 'Arc of a Diver' and peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1981, and reached #45 in the UK.
1983: Led Zeppelin go platinum with 'Coda' LP.
1984: The Alan Parsons Project's 'Ammonia Avenue' is released. It reached #15 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1984: Neil Young and Crazy Horse played at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California.
1986: The Rolling Stones shot the video for 'Harlem Shuffle' in New York City.
1989: Metal Church's 3rd studio album 'Blessing in Disguise' was released.
1989: The Georgia State Representative Billy Randall introduces a bill to make Little Richard's 'Tutti Frutti' the official state rock song. It doesn't pass.
1992: Yngwie Malmsteen's 6th studio album, 'Fire & Ice' was released.
1993: Neil Young taped his appearance on MTV Unplugged at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Young was reportedly unhappy with the performances of almost everyone in his band. The performance that later aired & was released on CD the following June was their second attempt at recording a set suitable for airing and release.
1994: Blind Melon's singer Shannon Hoon is thrown out of the American Music Awards for loud and disruptive behavior. He is later charged with assault, battery, resisting arrest and destroying a police station phone.
1994: Aerosmith win the American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist, beating Metallica & Pearl Jam.
1999: Blondie went to #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Maria,' giving the group their 6th UK #1 single, 20 years after their first. At the age of 54, lead singer Debbie Harry became the oldest female to hit #1.
2000: Foghat guitarist and singer Dave Peverett succumbed to cancer. The 57-year-old singer and guitarist led the popular ‘70s hard rock quartet to the top 20 with the track 'Slow Ride.' He had also been a member of Savoy Brown.
2001: A court ruled that the Bruce Springsteen Club could keep the domain name BruceSpringsteen.com, much to the Boss' chagrin. He wanted the name for his own Web site.
2001: U2 played a secret show at London's Astoria. Stars attending the show included actor John Hurt, Queen's Roger Taylor, Mick Jagger, Bob Geldof, Chris Evans and members of Toploader.
2004: Queen's single 'We Will Rock You' topped a poll of music fans to find the greatest rock anthem of all time. The 1977 song beat the band's classic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' into second place in a survey of 1,000 people carried out for the UCI cinema chain. The poll was carried out to mark the release of new Jack Black comedy 'School of Rock.'
2005: Van Halen's home video, 'Live Without A Net' was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.
2006: A complete edition of the 'Dead Man Walking' soundtrack is issued containing Eddie Vedder's previously unreleased '04 studio rendition of 'Dead Man,' a song written by Pearl Jam's frontman for the '96 movie soundtrack but not featured on the album. The double-disc 'Dead Man Walking: Legacy Edition' also has a DVD with footage of Vedder and Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament at a '98 L.A. concert where many tunes from the soundtrack were performed.
2006: Fuel announce that singer Brett Scallions has left the group. Though throat problems are initially said to be the cause, Scallions actually departs for personal reasons.
2006: An expanded version of Santana's third studio effort, 'III' is out. One disc has the entire original album, as well as three previously unissued tracks and the single edit of the hit "No One To Depend On." The second disc contains 11 performances from a July '71 concert at San Francisco's Fillmore West.
2006: Bon Jovi release the six-track 'Live From The Have A Nice Day Tour' CD exclusively through Walmart. It was recorded in Boston.‬
2006: Whitesnake release their greatest hits compilation, 'The Definitive Collection.'
2006: Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Journey's Neal Schon, Toto's Steve Lukather and Edgar Winter perform with electric-guitar pioneer Les Paul at a charity concert in Universal City, CA. Proceeds from the 'Les Paul & Friends: 90th Birthday Salute,' benefit A Place Called Home, an organization that provides support for at-risk youth.
2006: Cream and David Bowie receive the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. They are also recognized the following night at the 48th annual Grammy Awards.
2007: Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale jams with The Who's Pete Townshend during an episode of the online show, 'In The Attic.'
2007: 'All My Life,' a Billy Joel song originally written as an anniversary gift to wife Katie Lee Joel, is available on People magazine's website. The release coincides with the kick-off of Joel's North American tour in Jacksonville, FL.
2007: A Vietnamese court reduced Gary Glitter's child molestation sentence, cutting his three-year term by three months as part of a nationwide Lunar New Year prison amnesty. The 62 year-old Glitter was convicted in March '06 of molesting two Vietnamese girls, aged 10 and 11.
2008: The world premiere of the Martin Scorsese-directed Rolling Stones documentary/concert film 'Shine A Light' is at the Berlin International Film Festival. Both Scorsese and the Stones attend.
2008: The Police win the Major Tour of the Year honor at the 19th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in L.A.
2008: Former Trapeze/Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley reveals that he has esophagus cancer. "It happens, but I've had a fantastic life," says Galley. "I have been very lucky. And I have enjoyed some tremendous experiences." He contributed to Whitesnake's 'Saints & Sinners' ('82) and 'Slide It In' ('84). He passed away July 1, 2008.
2009: Kansas celebrate their 35th anniversary by performing with the Washburn University Orchestra in Topeka, KS. Two former Kansas guitarists, founding member Kerry Livgren and Deep Purple's Steve Morse also take the stage.
2009: Motley Crue perform the final show at famed Las Vegas venue, The Joint.
2010: A cover of The Who's 1965 classic 'My Generation' by former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am makes its debut in the pre-game telecast of Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. The Who (Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend), perform snippets of four songs including 'Won't Get Fooled Again,' at half-time.
2010: The Air Force Reserve uses a version of the White Stripes "Fell In Love With A Girl" for their Grab Some Air recruitment campaign that premieres during the game. "We believe our song was re-recorded and used without permission of the White Stripes, our publishers, label or management," the band writes in a statement. "We plan to take strong action to stop the ad containing this music." Two days later, the Air Force pulls the spot from their site as the musician responsible for scoring the commercial takes full responsibility for the sound-alike track.
2011: The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History announces that it has acquired the "Frank 2" guitar that Eddie Van Halen used during Van Halen's 2007-08 North American tour with the group's original lead singer David Lee Roth. The red, white and black guitar is a replica of the original "Frankenstein" guitar that Van Halen used for more than 30 years. Museum director Brent Glass says the guitar reflebass player, songwriter, Joe B. Mauldin died aged 74. He was best known as the bassist for the early rock and roll group The Crickets and later became a recording engineer at Gold Star Studios, the Los Angeles studio which became the "hit factory" for Phil Spector, Brian Wilson and other major 1960s rock performers.cts Van Halen's innovation, talent and influence.
2012: Van Halen's 12th studio album 'A Different Kind of Truth' was released. It's the band's first original studio album with singer David Lee Roth since 1984.
2014: 'After The Dark,' a film co-scored by KoRn frontman Jonathan Davis, is in theaters. The film revolves around 21 college students who have to choose which 10 of them will be sheltered from theoretical nuclear devastation in order to restart the human race.
2014: John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City commemorates the 50th anniversary of the The Beatles arrival in the United States with a memorial plaque.
2015: The late George Harrison receives a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award during an invitation-only ceremony the day before the Grammy Awards.
2015: Bass player and songwriter Joe B. Mauldin died at age 74. He was best known as the bassist for the early rock and roll group The Crickets and later became a recording engineer at Gold Star Studios, the Los Angeles studio which became the "hit factory" for Phil Spector, Brian Wilson and other major 1960s rock performers.

February 8
1956: Buddy Holley signs a recording contract with Decca Records, one which mistakenly drops the "e" from his last name. Buddy, knowing a good thing when he sees it, drops the letter from his name as well.
1956: After placing nine previous records on the Billboard Pop chart, Bill Haley And His Comets enjoy their biggest hit when 'See You Later Alligator' peaks at #6.
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis releases 'Great Balls Of Fire.'
1958: The Quarrymen perform at the Wilson Hall in the Garston section of Liverpool, England. Afterwards, member Paul McCartney introduces his friend George Harrison to John Lennon.
1958: The Diamonds had the best selling record in the United States with their version of 'The Stroll,' The song also reached #4 on the Billboard Pop chart and #5 on the R&B chart.
1959: Johnny Cash performs his #1 Billboard Country chart hit, 'Don't Take Your Guns To Town' on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1960: Bobby Rydell's 'Wild One' makes its debut on the Billboard chart, where it will reach #2. It also made the Top 10 in the UK.
1960: The "payola" hearings begin, as the US government cracks down on the practice of paying for airplay on radio stations.
1962: The Beach Boys record 'Surfin' Safari,' and other tracks.
1963: On tour with Helen Shapiro in Carlisle, England, The Beatles were refused entry into a local ballroom because they were wearing leather jackets.
1964: On their first full day in New York, The Beatles (minus George who had a sore throat), went for a photo-opportunity walk around Central Park. Over 400 girl fans followed The Beatles and extra police were called in to control them. Later in the day The Ronettes interviewed The Beatles for radio.
1964: The Beatles' 'I Saw Her Standing There' enters the pop charts.
1964: The Beatles begin rehearsals for their performance on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show. On their first full day in New York, The Beatles (minus George who had a sore throat), went for a photo-opportunity walk around Central Park. Over 400 girl fans followed The Beatles and extra police were called in to control them. Later in the day The Ronettes interviewed The Beatles for radio.
1964: Responding to reports of the supposedly obscene lyrics in the Kingsmen's 'Louie Louie,' the song's publisher Max Firetag offers $1,000 to anyone who can prove it.
1965: The Dave Clark Five begin filming their movie 'Catch Us if You Can.' Although they perform the soundtrack music, the members of the group (unlike The Beatles) do not play themselves, but appear as a team of freelance movie stuntmen and extras, led of course, by Dave Clark.
1968: The Band Of Joy, featuring John Bonham and Robert Plant, made their first London appearance, supporting Edwin Starr at the The Marquee Club in London, England.
1969: George Harrison's tonsils were removed at London's University College Hospital. The tonsils were destroyed so they could not be sold.
1969: Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Steve Winwood announce plans for Blind Faith. They add Family’s Rich Grech on bass.
1971: A London performance of '200 Motels' by Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention is cancelled because Royal Albert Hall officials deem the material obscene. In 1975, Zappa lost a lawsuit against the Hall for breach of contract.
1971: Bob Dylan's documentary 'Eat the Document,' chronicling his 1966 tour of the UK, premieres at New York's Academy of Music. The film would only receive two other commercial showings. The ABC television network will buy the rights to the film, although they refuse to air it after deciding it doesn't contain enough concert footage.
1972: The Beatles' official fan club disbands.
1973: Max Yasgur died of a heart attack aged 53. He was the owner of the dairy farm in Bethel, New York at which the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held between August 15 and August 18, 1969.
1973: Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain' is certified gold.
1973: Poco's 'Go And Say Goodbye' b/w 'I Can See Everything' 45 single is released in the US. Written by Stephen Stills, originally performed and released as a single by Buffalo Springfield.
1974: KISS' self-titled debut is out. The gold album is also the first record released by Casablanca Records.
1975: Queen release their first hit single, 'Killer Queen.' It peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and comes from their 3rd studio album, 'Sheer Heart Attack.'
1975: Bob Dylan went to #1 on the US chart with his 15th studio album 'Blood On The Tracks,' his second US #1 album.
1978: Queen's 'We Will Rock You'/'We Are The Champions' peaks at #4 in the U.S.
1980: In London, David Bowie and his wife, Angie, were divorced after nearly ten years of marriage. David won custody of their nine-year-old son, Zowie. Zowie would later revert to going by his middle name, Duncan. At the time of David's death in January, 2016, Angie admitted that she hadn't spoken to her son in over twenty-eight years, saying "He decided he didn't want to see me and that was that, no problem."
1980: Iron Maiden‬ released their debut single 'Running Free.'
1981: R.E.M. have their first recording session at Bombay Studios in Smyrna, Georgia. Tracks included 'Gardening At Night,' 'Radio Free Europe' and '(Don't Go Back To) Rockville.' The band's debut single 'Radio Free Europe' which was released the following July on local Hib-Tone Records, which pressed 1,000 copies.
1983: Winners at the second annual Brit Awards held in London included Paul McCartney who won Best British Male Solo Artist, Kim Wilde won Best British Female Solo Artist, Dire Straits won British Group, British Breakthrough Act went to Yazoo, International Act was Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Best Selling Single Dexy's Midnight Runners 'Come On Eileen' and the Life Achievement Award went to Pete Townshend.
1988: The Who receive the Outstanding Contribution to British Music honor at the BPI Awards at Royal Albert Hall in London. They reunite at the awards leading to a full-fledged 25th anniversary tour the next year. Their three song medley of 'My Generation /Substitute /Who Are You' runs past their time slot, forcing Rick Astley to accept his award for Best British Single, off the air.
1990: Del Shannon commits suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Santa Clarita, CA. The 55 year old singer, an early '60s star, had been taking the anti-depressant drug Prozac. He had just appeared at the annual Buddy Holly memorial concert in Fargo, North Dakota and had recently completed recording a new album with the help of Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne called 'Rock On!' Shannon was rumored to be replacing Roy Orbison, who had recently died, in the Traveling Wilburys.
1990: The record industry certifies Green Day's 'Dookie' CD as selling ten million copies.
1993: Poison release 4th studio album, 'Native Tongue.'
1993: ‎Metallica‬ released their 12th single 'Sad But True' from their eponymous 5th album, Metallica or the "Black" album.
1994: Oasis were forced to cancel their first foreign tour after they were deported from Holland. The band were involved in a drunken brawl on a cross-channel ferry resulting in members of the band being arrested and locked in the brig on the ferry.
1999: Van Halen's '1984' is certified 10x Platinum by the RIAA.
2002: Bob Wooler died aged 76. He was the resident DJ and booker at The Cavern Club in Liverpool during the early 1960’s. Wooler introduced The Beatles to their manager, Brian Epstein.
2004: The Philadelphia Soul, the Arena Football League team co-owned by Jon Bon Jovi played their first game where they lost to the New Orleans VooDoo.
2004: White Stripes perform at the 46th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The Foo Fighters appear onstage with jazz artist Chick Corea while Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are among the presenters. Evanescence wins Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance honors, while the White Stripes take home awards for the Best Rock Song and Best Alternative Music Album. The evening's other winners include Foo Fighters (Best Rock Album) and Metallica (Best Metal Performance).
2005: The Doobie Brothers' drummer Keith Knudsen died of pneumonia at the age of 56 in San Francisco. Knudsen joined the Doobie Brothers in 1974 and stayed through their 1982 farewell tour.
2005: Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings of the Guess Who are inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame in a Toronto ceremony that features musical tributes from Three Days Grace and Ian Thornley.
2005: 3 Doors Down release their 'Seventeen Days' album. It features Bob Seger on 'Landing In London.'
2005: Puddle of Mudd explains in an online post that Greg Upchurch "is still a member of Puddle of Mudd." Upchurch was tapped to take over drums for 3 Doors Down on their tour. The rest of Puddle Of Mudd continues to write songs for their next studio album.
2006: U2 wins five Grammy awards including Album of the Year for 'How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb' and Song of the Year at the 48th annual Grammy Awards in L.A. Other winners are Green Day (Record of the Year - 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams'), System Of A Down (Best Hard Rock Performance), the White Stripes (Best Alternative Music Album) and Slipknot (Best Metal Performance). David Bowie is awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Sly Stone made his first major public appearance since his 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when he appeared at the Grammys. The 61 year old Sly joined in briefly during a multi-artist tribute to his music.
2006: David Bowie is awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. It's his 2nd and last Grammy, the first being for the 'Jazzin' for Blue Jean' video in 1985.
2007: Guns N' Roses perform two songs at a Rodeo Drive Walk of Style ceremony in Beverly Hills, CA. The band plays Bob Dylan's 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door' and 'Sweet Child O' Mine.' The show honors designer Donatella Versace and her late brother Gianni.
2007: Journey and Def Leppard's joint 2006 tour is honored at the 18th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in Universal City, CA. They win for Most Creative Tour Package beating out Aerosmith/Motley Crue and the Bon Jovi/Nickelback.
2007: John Mellencamp's promotes his 'Freedom's Road' album on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman. The next day he's on NBC's Today and Comedy Central's The Daily Show.
2007: The Who announce plans for a spring European tour. At the London press conference guitarist Pete Townshend and vocalist Roger Daltrey play four songs.
2007: Sevendust launch their tour in support of their sixth studio album, 'Alpha,' in Fort Wayne, IN.
2008: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry performs. backed by his two sons' group, TAB The Band, in Ledyard, CT. "This is something we will not do very often," explains Perry. "They want to have their own identity and not be seen as my band." The group has Adrian (vocals/bass) and Tony Perry (guitar).
2009: About 4 months after the plane crash that nearly killed their drummer Travis Barker, Blink-182 announce that they are getting back together during the Grammy Awards.
2009: Coldplay win Rock Song of the Year ('Viva La Vida') and Rock Album of the Year ('Viva La Vida') at the 51st Grammy Awards in L.A. Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Bluegrass singer Alison Krauss nab the Record of the Year ('Please Read The Letter') and Album of the Year ('Raising Sand') awards.
2010: Ringo Starr gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Several hundred Beatles fans attend the ceremony in front of the Capitol Records Tower. "I want to thank Capitol Records," Starr tells the crowd. "It's nice to look at a building that you helped pay for."
2010: U2's 360 tour is voted the year's best stage show in a poll conducted by Total Production International Magazine.
2010: E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg undergoes open heart surgery. The 12 hour operation takes place just two weeks after the end of Weinberg's run as music director for Conan O'Brien's Tonight Show on NBC.
2010: David Ellefson, a founding member along with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, returns to the group following an eight year absence.
2011: Nielsen SoundScan reported that since Steven Tyler started appearing on 'American Idol' on January 19th, sales of Aerosmith's Greatest Hits collections have shot up more than 250%.
2012: Ozzy Osbourne's radio channel 'Ozzy's Boneyard' premieres on Sirius.
2013: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler appeared at a Hawaii legislative hearing to promote a bill that would give celebrities the power to sue paparazzi who take photos or video of their private lives in an offensive way. In early March, the bill would be passed by the Senate, but received no support from the House Of Representatives.
2013: Bruce Springsteen is named the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year at a ceremony in L.A., two days before the 55th annual Grammy Awards. He is honored for both his creative accomplishments and charitable work over the years.
2013: Axl Rose loses his case against Activision. He claimed the video game company violated an agreement over the use of 'Welcome To The Jungle' in 2007's 'Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock.' Rose had stipulated that Slash not be included in the game but the former Guns N' Roses guitarist was the main image on the cover artwork. The court dismisses Rose's arguments.
2015: The 57th Grammy Awards take place at LA's Staples Center. The Rock Performance award goes to Jack White for his album 'Lazaretto.' Beck gets the Best Album and Best Rock Album statues for 'Morning Phase.' 'The Last In Line' by Tenacious D nails the Metal Performance honor. Paul McCartney and AC/DC (with drummer Chris Slade filling in for Phil Rudd) perform.
2016: Sick Puppies announce that Bryan Scott is their vocalist (replacing Shim Moore).

February 9
1957: Elvis Presley hits #1 on the pop chart with 'Too Much.'
1958: Ratings show that ABC's 'American Bandstand' is now America's top-rated daytime television program, with an average of 8,400,000 viewers per day.
1961: The Beatles play Liverpool's Cavern Club for the first time. John Lennon and Paul McCartney performed at the venue three years earlier but were then known as the Quarrymen. They would go on to make a total of 292 other appearances at the Club. They were paid £5 for this luchtime appearance and George Harrison was nearly denied admission to play because he was wearing jeans.
1964: Beatles make their US TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. A record setting 73 million Americans (60% of the viewing audience) watch them perform 'All My Loving,' 'Till There Was You,' 'She Loves You,' 'I Saw Her Standing There' and 'I Want To Hold Your Hand.' The show had received over 50,000 applications for the 728 seats in the TV studio. Also performing on the show is a future member of The Monkees, Davy Jones, who appeared as part of the cast of 'Oliver.'
1965: The Who play The Marquee Club in London.
1967: The film for the latest Beatles single 'Penny Lane' and 'Strawberry Fields Forever' was shown on BBC-TV's Top Of The Pops.
1967: The Beatles recorded 'Fixing a Hole' at Regent Sound Studio in London. This was the first time that The Beatles didn’t record at EMI Studios in London.
1967: Cat Stevens played at Assembly Hall in Worthing, West Sussex, England.
1968: Hal Cone former manager of The Monkees and Head of Jones Records was found guilty of theft, forgery, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.
1968: Paul Revere & the Raiders performed at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
1970: Simon and Garfunkel's album 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' is certified gold.
1970: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention's 'Burnt Weeny Sandwich' is released. It reached #94 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's. The album was essentially a 'posthumous' Mothers release having been released after Frank Zappa dissolved the band.
1970: Jack Bruce, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Renaissance played at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1972: Genesis performed at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1972: Paul McCartney’s Wings played the first night of a UK College tour in Nottingham. The group arrived unannounced, asking social secretaries if they would like them to perform that evening. The band’s intended first stop on the tour, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, refused to allow them to play so they drove on to Nottingham. Admission was 40p, British pub rock band Brinsley Schwarz was the opening act for the tour.
1973: The Grateful Dead performed at Roscoe Maples Pavillion at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
1974: Iggy Pop & the Stooges performed their final concert at the Michigan Palace in Detroit. Pop taunted & verbally abused the audience throughout the concert & had pieces of ice, eggs, & beer bottles thrown at him. The opening act was a young band called Aerosmith.
1974: The Who take Quadrophenia to Europe beginning at the Paris Pavilion supported by Speedy Keene and his band.
1974: Yes appeared at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
1975: The variety show 'Cher,' meant to take the place of the old 'Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour,' debuts on CBS with guests Elton John and Bette Midler.
1976: David Bowie performed at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1977: Black Sabbath played at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1977: David Coverdale's 1st solo album, 'White Snake' is released.
1980: Blue Oyster Cult headlined at the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1980: Peter Gabriel's 'Games Without Frontiers' b/w 'The Start'/'I Don't Remember' 45 single is released in the UK. It features Kate Bush on backing vocals (as would his later 'Don't Give Up,' which they recorded and released as a duet) and became his first Top 10 hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at #4. It ties with 1986's Sledgehammer as his highest-charting song in the UK; it peaked at #48 in the United States.
1981: Bill Haley dies from a brain tumor at age 55. With 'Rock Around The Clock' and other subsequent hits, Haley and his Comets sold 60 million records worldwide. He became known as the first Rock 'n' Roll star. Haley was blinded in his left eye as a child due to a botched operation and later adopted his distinctive spit-curl hairstyle to distract attention from his blind eye. He was still a big star in Europe and in Mexico where his 'Twist' album was the best selling LP of all time for many years. Haley was getting ready to release a new Country And Western album when he passed away in Harlingen, Texas. He had been suffering from a brain tumor and had given his last concert in South Africa in April of 1980.
1981: Phil Collins releases his debut solo album 'Face Value.' It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and topped the UK chart. The album includes the hit single, "In the Air Tonight,' whose dark mood was inspired by the fallout of Collins' first marriage.
1981: Riot's 3rd album, 'Fire Down Under' album is released.
1982: UFO's 'Mechanix' album is released.
1982: George Harrison presented UNICEF with a cheque for $9 million, ten years after the fundraising The Concert For Bangladesh.
1983: Frank Zappa conducts the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players at the Edgar Varese Memorial Concert to celebrate the composer's 100th birthday. Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) is the master of ceremonies.
1985: Don Henley peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'The Boys of Summer' which was his second top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1986: The Firm's 'All The Kings Horses' b/w 'Fortune Hunter' 45 single was released in the US. Written by Paul Rodgers, from the LP 'Mean Business,' it topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and reached #61 on the Hot 100.
1986: The Colombian Volcano Appeal benefit concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall for the November 1985 Nevada del Ruiz volcanic eruption in Colombia. The performers included David Gilmour, Chrissie Hynde, Pete Townshend & Annie Lennox.
1987: Eric Clapton is recognized for his Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the BPI Awards in London. Also, Dire Straits 'Brothers In Arms' is named Best British Album.
1990: Nirvana set out on a short west coast tour opening for Dinosaur Jr. at the Pine Street Theater in Portland, Oregon.
1992: Touring Australia and New Zealand for the first and only time Nirvana appeared at the Logan Campbell Center in Auckland, New Zealand.
1993: Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney both released solo albums. Mick’s 3rd solo album was called 'Wandering Spirit' and Paul’s was titled 'Off The Ground.'
1993: Jellyfish's 2nd and final album, 'Spilt Milk' is released. It reached the Billboard Heatseekers (#8) and 200 Top Albums (#164) charts.
1993: British broadcaster Bill Grundy died of a heart attack aged 69. He conducted the famous Sex Pistols interview on Thames Television on December 1, 1976; when Grundy provoked the band into using obscenities on live TV. The broadcast wrecked Grundy's television career. He was also the first television presenter to present The Beatles on Granada Television on October 17, 1962.
1997: Brian Connolly singer with the 1970's Glam rock group Sweet died of kidney and liver failure aged 51. Connolly replaced Ian Gillan (later of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath) in Wainwright's Gentlemen who became Sweetshop and then shortened to Sweet.
1997: The Simpsons,which has featured such guest stars as Aerosmith, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Peter Frampton. becomes the longest-running prime-time animated series. The record was previously held by 'The Flintstones.'
1997: Frustrated by an equipment failure on Soundgarden's final tour stop in Honolulu bassist Ben Shepherd throws his bass into the air and storms off the stage. The band follows with frontman Chris Connell returning to conclude the show with a solo encore. The band breaks up two months later.
1998: Fleetwood Mac get the Outstanding Contribution to British Music trophy at the 17th BRIT Awards in London. U2 is named Best International Group.
2001: Black Sabbath announce they will headline the 2001 Ozzfest Tour, despite having played what were billed as farewell gigs more than a year before.
2001: Testament announce they are reworking some older material from 'The Legacy' and 'The New Order,' with former guitarist Alex Skolnick, for a limited edition release called 'First Strike Is Deadly.'
2001: After being booted from the "reunion" lineup of the Eagles, guitarist and original member Don Felder files a lawsuit against the group.
2004: The retail chain Tower Records filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
2005: A Los Angeles court rules that Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx is entitled to $600,000 from a shoe company for using his likeness in a magazine ad without permission.
2005: Papa Roach launch their North American tour in Mexico City.
2005: Roger Daltrey receives one of the British Parliament's top honors, Commander of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace. Daltrey received the honor for his career in music & for his charitable work.
2006: KISS singer-guitarist Paul Stanley appears at the first of two New Jersey galleries to promote exhibitions of his artwork. The other appearance is the next day. Stanley's paintings and limited-edition prints are sold at the events.
2007: Don Henley is named the 2007 MusiCares Person of the Year at a Grammy Week in Los Angeles event. The award recognizes Henley's professional and charitable achievements. Former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald, Henley's Eagles bandmate Timothy B. Schmit and Henley perform.
2007: Three Days Grace headline West Coast tour that starts in Las Vegas. Texas group, Flyleaf, is the opener.
2007: KISS' Paul Stanley makes his 1st of 2 appearances at New Jersey's Wentworth Gallery to show his art.‬
2008: A fire alarm goes off at Airbourne's concert in Glasgow, Scotland, causing the venue to be evacuated. They were playing the title track from their debut album, 'Runnin' Wild' when the siren sounded.
2008: Paul Rodgers is at the Fender Center for Music Education in Corona, CA, to mark the opening of an exhibit dedicated to him.
2008: The Band receives the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. They are saluted at an invitation-only ceremony the night before the Grammy Awards.
2009: Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant took home five prizes for his collaboration with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss at this years Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles. The duo won album of the year for 'Raising Sand' and record of the year for 'Please Read The Letter.' John Mayer won Best solo rock vocal performance for 'Gravity,' Kings of Leon won Best rock performance by a group with 'Sex on Fire' and best rock song went to Bruce Springsteen for 'Girls in Their Summer Clothes.'
2009: Ringo Starr became the 2,401st person to be added to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame during a ceremony that marked the 50th anniversary of the attraction. The Beatles as a group were given a star in 1998.
2009: Ex-Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters performs at the eighth annual Cinema For Peace awards ceremony and benefit in Berlin. The event honors "directors and actors whose work has served to cast a new focus on the human condition and values." Waters plays Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here' and music from 'The Wall.'
2009: The Boston fan forum CoolTheEngines suspends their message board after an attorney for guitarist Tom Scholz sends a cease-and-desist letter to the moderator threatening to seek "substantial monetary damages" unless all mentions of the guitarist and his wife are erased. Messages protested Scholz's treatment of former Boston bandmembers, including late frontman Brad Delp. The attorney categorizes the statements as defamatory.
2010: The White Stripes were taking on the US Air Force, complaining that it used one of the group's songs ‘Fell In Love With A Girl’ in a TV advert without permission. In a statement on their website, the duo said they took "strong insult and objection, with the implication that we licensed one of our songs to encourage recruitment during a war that we do not support.
2010: Just in time for their 20th Anniversary 'Rust In Peace' tour the following month, guitarist Dave Mustaine announces that original Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is returning to the band after an eight-year absence.
2010: Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones leaves the band's headlining North American tour due to "unforeseen circumstances." All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte fills in.
2010: Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr became the 2,401st person to be added to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame during a ceremony that marked the 50th anniversary of the attraction's groundbreaking. The Beatles as a group were given a star in 1998.
2011: Kid Rock performs a show in Little Rock after the state of Arkansas is hit by heavy snowfall. The state patrol advises people to stay home and some fans are unwilling or unable to brave the conditions. Rock is later criticized for not canceling the show. He responds on his website saying that fans who were not able to travel to the show will receive refunds and emphasizes that he felt it was his duty to perform for those fans who had traveled to see him play. "I know there are people who drove here from Memphis and Oklahoma, been in [their] cars all day driving and dealing with this sh**ty weather, the same as me and my band have the WHOLE TOUR," writes Rock.
2011: Singer Ashlee Simpson and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz announce their divorce after two years of marriage.
2011: After nearly six years, Activision Blizzard Inc. pulls the plug on the once hugely popular 'Guitar Hero' video game.
2012: Paul McCartney is inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. McCartney's star (near Capitol Records, The Beatles U.S. label)-the 2,460th given-was approved in '93. He is the last Beatle to accept the honor.
2012: Guns N' Roses play the first of a handful New York dates during Fashion Week. The first stop is a surprise show at the John Varvatos store in Manhattan.
2012: Phish's Trey Anastasio launches the four-stop Winter Symphony Tour, his first-ever orchestral trek. The first concert is with the Atlanta Symphony at the Atlanta Symphony Hall. Pittsburgh, Denver and L.A. fill out the brief tour.
2013: A New England blizzard forces Bon Jovi to postpone the first concert of their North American tour. However, fans and employees at the Mohegan Sun Arena are treated to a free impromptu concert. A make-up show is scheduled for later in the year.
2014: 'The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles,' is broadcast on CBS to mark the 50th anniversary to the day of The Beatles debut appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Among the pop stars covering Beatles songs, Imagine Dragons perform an acoustic version of 'Revolution.' The show features performances by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and also covers of Beatles songs by Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl and a reunited Eurythmics. Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are interviewed by David Letterman in the Ed Sullivan theater.
2015: Metallica play a corporate show in San Francisco for cloud computing company Salesforce.com. The concert is later available as a free audio download.
2015: Bob Dylan turned the tables on his critics during a 30-minute speech, at the Musicares charity gala honouring his career. The 73-year-old, who rarely talks about his work, asked why critics complained he "can't sing" and sounds "like a frog" but do not "say that about Tom Waits?" The singer added, "Critics say my voice is shot, that I have no voice. Why don't they say those things about Leonard Cohen? Why do I get special treatment?"

February 10
1956: Little Richard records 'Long Tall Sally,' which will go on be his highest charting record in the US, climbing to #6 on Billboard's Pop chart and #1 on the R&B chart by next April. Rolling Stone magazine has listed the tune as #56 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.
1958: Elvis attains his 9th US #1 single with the double-sided hit 'Don't'/'I Beg of You.'
1959: Link Wray performs his controversial instrumental hit 'Rumble' on American Bandstand. Because of its title, many radio stations refused to play the record, but it still managed to sell over a million copies and reach #16 on the Billboard Pop chart.
1964: Beatlemania is in full swing following The Beatles Ed Sullivan Show appearance the night before, with the group giving another press conference and American newspapers reporting that "millions of teenage boys are spending extra time in front of the mirror trying to make their hair look like Paul McCartney's."
1966: Bob Marley married Rita Anderson a singer in the group The Soulettes. The couple had three children together.
1967: Heavy metal pioneers Blue Cheer, best known for their cover of Eddie Cochran’s 'Summertime Blues,' perform at a “Tribute to J. Edgar Hoover” in San Francisco.
1967: At a concert at the Golden Sheaf Bakery in Berkely, Janis Joplin meets Country Joe MacDonald, whose group, the Fish are also on the bill. Shortly afterwards, Janis moves in with Country Joe.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Leicester College Of Art and Technology in Leicestershire, England.
1967: The Beatles recorded the orchestral build-up for the middle and end of ‘A Day in the Life’. At the Beatles' request, the orchestra members arrived in full evening dress along with novelty items. One violinist wore a red clown's nose, while another a fake gorilla's paw on his bow hand. Others were wearing funny hats and other assorted novelties. The recording was filmed for a possible ‘Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band’ television special which was ultimately abandoned. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mike Nesmith from The Monkees and Donovan also attended the session.
1968: The Beatles close Beatles USA, their American fan club and business office and fire their US press agents, severing all American business connections. They also withdraw from the late Brian Epstein's NEMS Enterprises and turn all business affairs over to their newly formed record company, Apple.
1968: The Who played a Valentine Ball at Essex University in Colchester, England. They are supported by The Shell Shock Show, Yum Yum Band and Exploding Orange.
1968: Jefferson Airplane appears at the Terrace Ballroom in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1969: Led Zeppelin performed at the Field House on the campus of Memphis State University in Memphis, Tennessee.
1969: The Beach Boys '20/20' album is released. It reached #68 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and #3 in the UK. It was their last studio album to be released with Capitol Records for the next
1970: Neil Young appeared at the Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1970: ZZ Top played at a Knights of Columbus Hall on old U.S. 90, a gig booked by Beaumont radio personality Al Caldwell of KLVI, who would later also broadcast the band’s first recordings. This would be the band’s first show together with their now-iconic lineup of Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard.
1971: Carole King's 'Tapestry' is released. It was #1 on the Billboard 200 for 15 consecutive weeks, and has been listed on the Billboard 200 for over 300 weeks between 1971 and 2011. It is one of the best-selling albums of all time, with over 25 million copies sold worldwide. In the United States, it has been certified diamond by the RIAA with more than 10 million copies sold. It received four Grammy Awards in 1972, including Album of the Year. The lead single from the album — 'It's Too Late'/'I Feel the Earth Move' — spent five weeks at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Easy Listening charts. In 2003, Tapestry was ranked #36 on Rolling Stone list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1972: The Faces appeared at The Rainbow Theatre in London, England.
1972: David Bowie appeared at the Tolworth Toby Jug in London, on the opening date of his Ziggy Stardust tour. The character of Ziggy was initially inspired by British rock 'n' roll singer Vince Taylor.
1972: T-Rex kicks off their first headlining tour of the US in support of their current hit, 'Bang A Gong.' It starts in Seattle.
1973: Steely Dan's LP "Can't Buy a Thrill' hits US chart.
1973: Elton John had his first #1 album when 'Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player' started a six-week run at the top of the charts.
1973: King Crimson played at the Marquee Club in London.
1973: Liverpool's Cavern Club (where The Beatles were born) is given three months to close down by British Rail, who need the site to complete their new underground railway.
1974: Record producer Phil Spector was injured in a car crash. He needed extensive plastic surgery that dramatically altered his looks. Details of how the accident happened were kept secret.
1974: Deep Purple kicked off a 28 date North American tour at the Los Angeles Forum.
1975: Dave Alexander dies of pulmonary edema in Ann Arbor, MI after being admitted to a hospital for pancreatitis, which was linked to his drinking. He was 27. Alexander was the original bassist for The Stooges. He was fired from the band in 1970 after showing up at a music festival too drunk to play.
1975: Roxy Music performed at Massey Hall in Toronto.
1976: Elvis Presley was made a Captain in the Memphis police reserves.
1977: The Clash started recording their debut album at CBS studios in London, England. It is not initially released in the U.S. because CBS Records decides the content is unsuitable for radio. It finally drops two years later, after The Clash's follow-up studio album, 'Give 'Em Enough Rope,' is released in the U.S.
1977: Lydia Criss accepts the People's Choice Award for KISS as they win the #1 song for 1976 for 'Beth.' The band are in Chicago for a performance, but film a clip for airing on the show taken from their Jan. 28 concert in Detroit. It was the 3rd annual People's Choice Award.
1978: Van Halen release their self-titled debut album. The album goes on to sell over ten million copies in the U.S. and makes Van Halen one of only six rock bands to have two albums reach diamond status. It reached #19 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked number 415 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1978: Judas Priest‬ released their 4th album 'Stained Class.' It was the first Judas Priest album to reach the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart (#173). In 2004, UK magazine Metal Hammer named Stained Class the heaviest metal album of all time.
1979: The Grateful Dead played at Soldier’s and Sailors Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Missouri.
1979: Dire Straits released their debut single 'Sultans of Swing' in the U.S., which went on to reach #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
1979: Rod Stewart's 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?' is the #1 song in the U.S. and the album 'Blondes Have More Fun' also hits #1. The single also went to the top in ten other countries.
1980: ZZ Top played at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California.
1986: Bob Dylan appeared at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.
1987: ‎Dokken‬ released their 9th single 'Dream Warriors.'
1987: Cinderella released the single 'Somebody Save Me.' It peaks at #66 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1990: Eric Clapton played the last of a record-setting 18 nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
1990: Aerosmith's 'Janie's Got A Gun" peaks at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. It was their 5th top 10 single in the U.S.
1992: Pantera's 6th studio album, 'Vulgar Display Of Power' is released. The double platinum set considered "one of the most influential Metal albums of the '90's" and "one of the defining albums of the Groove-Metal genre."
1992. Def Leppard 'High N' Dry' album is certified 2x platinum by the RIAA
1993: Journey's 'TIME 3' box set is RIAA certified gold.
1995: Seventeen years after its initial release, 'Heaven Tonight' by Cheap Trick was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of one million copies.
1995: Guns N' Roses' 'G N'R Lies' is certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA.
1995: Aerosmith's 'Permanent Vacation' is certified 5x Platinum & 'Pump' 7x Platinum by the RIAA.
1998: Axl Rose is arrested and charged with verbally abusing an employee of Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Rose, who cursed and shook his fist at a supervisor who wanted to look at his bags at a security checkpoint, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace. He is later released on bail.
1999: Iron Maiden welcomed Bruce Dickinson back into the fold after a six-year absence, and Adrian Smith after a decade. The band announced a reunion tour & a new album. Both Dickinson & Smith are still in Iron Maiden to this day.
2002: Elton John performs at the NBA all-star game in Philadelphia, PA.
2003: The Rolling Stones played a free show in Los Angeles to raise awareness of global warming. Their support act was sax player (and former President) Bill Clinton.
2004: Nickelback undertake the first of four consecutive appearances on 'Late Night With Conan O`Brien' when the program tapes some shows in Toronto.
2004: Damageplan release their only studio album, 'New Found Power,'
2005: Courtney Love resolved charges of assault with a deadly weapon and drug possession by signing a plea agreement in Los Angeles. The assault charges stemmed from 2004, when she allegedly hit musician Kristin King with a whisky bottle.
2005: Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars is hit with a $10 million palimony lawsuit by an ex-girlfriend who claims he broke a promise to financially support her throughout her life. The couple broke up the previous December.
2005: Kid Rock, members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, and ex-Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickie Betts perform at the Jam Sessions Concerts in West Hollywood. Proceeds benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
2005: Who singer Roger Daltrey was awarded the CBE by The Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the music industry.
2005: Prince topped Rolling Stone magazine’s annual list of the years biggest money earners after his 2004 tour grossed over $90 million. Madonna came in second place after earning $54.9 million and Metallica came third with $43 million.
2006: Ex-Creed vocalist Scott Stapp weds former Miss New York, Jaclyn Nesheiwat, in Florida. They met at a benefit for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in New York.
2006: James LoMenzo replaces Jimmy MacDonough as Megadeth's bassist.
2006: Peter Gabriel and Yoko Ono are among the celebrities taking part in the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Prior to the lighting of the Olympic torch, Ono takes the stage, evoking the memory of her late husband, John Lennon, and making a plea for world peace. She is followed by Gabriel, who performs Lennon's 'Imagine.'
2006: The Rolling Stones top Forbes magazine's list of Music's Top Money Makers for 2005 by generating $168 million in music and concert-ticket sales in the United States. U2 finishes a close second, grossing $150 million. The Top 10 include Green Day (#4 - $99 million), the Eagles (#5 - $84 million), Paul McCartney (#6 - $83 million) and Elton John (#10 - $66 million).
2008: The 50th annual Grammy Awards takes place in L.A. John Fogerty, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis provide a Rock N' Roll tour de force. There's also a special tribute to The Beatles featuring a Cirque du Soleil troupe performance from its Las Vegas production, Love, as well as cast members from the movie Across The Universe. The winners are: The Foo Fighters' 'The Pretender' (Hard Rock Performance) and their album 'Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace' (Rock Album), Slayer's 'Eyes Of The Insane' (Best Metal Performance), the White Stripes' 'Icky Thump' (Alternative Music Album and Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal), The Beatles' 'Love' (Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media) and famous spaghetti western composer Ennio Morricone and Bruce Springsteen win the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental. Springsteen covered Morricone's classic 'Once Upon a Time in the West.' The Eagles won a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for 'How Long.' It was the band's fifth Grammy Award.
2009: Van Morrison's 'Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl,' the first-ever concert performances of the singer's acclaimed 1968 album is released. The songs were recorded during two 2008 L.A. shows.
2010: Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp headline a performance at the White House in celebration of Black History Month. The Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement is hosted by President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.
2012: Guns N' Roses launch their 49 date 'Up Close And Personal Tour' at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.
2012: Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform at the MusicCares Person of the Year Gala honoring Paul McCartney. The Grammy charity concert marks the first time Young has taken the stage with Crazy Horse in eight years.
2013: Black Keys, Sting, Jack White and Elton John perform at the 55th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in L.A. The winners are: Black Keys' 'Lonely Boy' with Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. The Keys also earn Best Rock Album for 'El Camino.' The Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance trophy goes to Halestorm for 'Love Bites (So Do I).' There are also tributes to The Band's Levon Helm and Reggae star Bob Marley.
2014: A Seattle woman was charged for allegedly sending Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell a number of chilling death threats and threats to harm his children. The singer was sent over 100 different messages by Elizabeth Walden who had nine different Twitter accounts. Prosecutors said the tweets constituted cyber-stalking and filed criminal charges against her.
2015: Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz wins over $51,000 in prizes as a contestant on the daily TV game show 'The Price Is Right.'
2017: Overkill release their album 'The Grinding Wheel.'

February 11
1956: For his third appearance on CBS' 'Dorsey Brothers Stage Show,' Elvis Presley is finally permitted to perform 'Heartbreak Hotel' and 'Blue Suede Shoes.'
1963: Beatles record all tracks for their first album 'Please, Please Me' with George Martin at Abbey Road Studios between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. The last song recorded is 'Twist And Shout.' Lennon nails the song in one take, despite a bad cold.
1964: Beatles play their first US concert at Washington Colosseum. Over 350 police surrounded the stage to keep the screaming fans in control. One police officer found the noise so loud, he stuck a bullet in each ear as earplugs. The Beatles had to stop three times and turn Ringo's drum kit around and re-position their microphones so that they could face all the audience. The Washington Colosseum was an indoor arena where professional and college basketball teams played. Originally built in 1941, it was first named the Uline Arena when it hosted hockey games. It was renamed the Washington Coliseum in 1959. It held a capacity crowd of about 7,000 people. Although the building still stands today near Washington’s Union Station, it is now used as an indoor parking garage. Brian Epstein had allowed CBS to film The Beatles' performance, which was shown by the National General Corporation in a telecast in US cinemas on March 14 and 15, 1964. The performance has since been released on DVD, and extracts were included in 'Anthology.'
1965: Ringo Starr marries his pregnant girlfriend, Maureen Cox in London. She gave birth to son Zak the following September. John and George attend but Paul is away on a Tunisian vacation.
1967: The Rolling Stones the 5th British and 7th American studio album, 'Between the Buttons' (US version) is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the American version of the album featuring 'Ruby Tuesday' and 'Let's Spend the Night Together' was ranked #355 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1967: 'More Of The Monkees' is the #1 album in the U.S. The group announces that from now on they'll play their own instruments.
1967: The Turtles release their biggest hit, 'Happy Together,' which will reach #1 in the US and #12 in the UK. Co-written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, the song had been rejected by several other performers.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at the Blue Moon in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England.
1968: The Who go into IBC Studios to complete the recording of “Glow Girl” as well as recording the backing tracks for 'Call Me Lightning' and 'Little Billy.' That evening they drive out to Crawley, West Sussex, to play the Starlite Ballroom. Their supporting group is Jo-Jo Gunne.
1969: The Monkees set a new record when their 2nd album, 'More Of The Monkees' jumped from #122 to the top of the US chart. The album then stayed in pole position for eighteen weeks.
1970: John Lennon pays 1,344 Pounds in fines for protesting the South African rugby team playing in Scotland.
1970: Fleetwood Mac, The Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead all performed at the Fillmore East in New York City.
1970: 'The Magic Christian' starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr debuts in New York. The disjointed comedy has the Paul McCartney composition 'Come And Get It' performed by Badfinger.
1971: Ry Cooder and Captain Beefheart performed at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1972: David Bowie unveils his Ziggy Stardust persona in concert for the first time in Tollworth, U.K..
1972: During their 'The Dark Side of The Moon' tour, Pink Floyd appeared at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. The show was abandoned after 25 minutes due to a power outage.
1972: Led Zeppelin scored their third US Top 20 hit single with 'Black Dog / Misty Mountain Hop', peaking at #15, and taken from their fourth album. The song's title is a reference to a nameless black Labrador retriever that wandered around the Headley Grange studios during recording. Robert Plant recorded his vocal for the track in two takes.
1973: A local charity raised over $850 selling bed sheets and pillowcases used by The Rolling Stones after a show at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
1973: Blue Oyster Cult's 2nd studio album, 'Tyranny and Mutation' is released. It reached #122 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, during its 12 weeks stay. This is the only album by Blue Öyster Cult which renders the band name as The Blue Öyster Cult.
1976: David Bowie performed at the Forum in Inglewood, California. In the audience are Linda Blair, Henry Winkler, Carole King and Cameron Crowe. In the dressing room after the show, Bowie chatted to Christopher Isherwood and David Hockney, who also attended.
1977: Jethro Tull released their 10th studio album, 'Songs from the Wood.'
1977: David Bowie released 'Sound and Vision' as a single, which was taken from his latest album 'Low.' 'Sound and Vision' was used by the BBC in the UK on trailers at the time, providing considerable exposure, much needed as Bowie opted to do nothing to promote the single himself, and helped the song to #3 on the UK charts.
1978: Eric Clapton appeared at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California.
1979: ABC airs the TV-movie 'Elvis,' starring Kurt Russell.w It gets ith an estimated audience of 43 million viewers.
1980: Blue Oyster Cult performed at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York.
1982: U2 kicked off a 32-date North American tour aboard the SS President Riverboat as it floated along the Mississippi River in New Orleans.
1983: The Rolling Stones documentary 'Let’s Spend the Night Together' opened in New York.
1983: Bob Seger's 'The Distance' album goes platinum.
1983: Eric Clapton took the stage at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
1984: 'Pink Houses' by John Cougar Mellencamp peaks at #8 on the pop charts.
1984: Genesis peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'That’s All' which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1985: The Police won Outstanding Contribution to British music at the fourth annual Brit Awards held in London.
1985: The Firm, featuring Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, Tony Franklin and Chris Slade, release their debut album. The album was recorded at Page’s Sol Studios & went on to be certified Gold in the U.S.
1986: Aerosmith played at Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi, Texas.
1989: U2's single 'Angel of Harlem' makes the Top 20 but not the Top 10. However, the album 'Rattle And Hum' stays atop the album chart for six weeks.
1989: Guns N' Roses Appetite For Destruction returns to #1 on Billboard's 200 Album chart. It was previously there on Oct. 8, 1988‬.
1992: Motley Crue fire singer Vince Neil when he turns up for rehearsals, claiming that his passion for the music had been overtaken by his involvement with racing cars. Neil counters by saying the split was prompted by the band’s desire to go in a bluesier direction. “We had been rehearsing for a few months but we didn’t do any recording. It just wasn’t sounding good to me. I’m not a blues singer and Mötley is a rock band — not a blues band. I think it’s a stupid idea that will alienate the fans. I would have tried the blues thing and tried to put my own spin on it, but I never got the chance.”
1995. Van Halen's 'Balance' album hits #1 on Billboard's 200 Chart. It stayed for one week.
1998: The hand-written lyrics to 'Candle in the Wind' by Bernie Taupin were auctioned off at Christie's in Los Angeles for $278,512. The proceeds benefitted the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
2002: Elton John performs at the National Basketball Association All-Star Game in Philadelphia.
2003: The British Phonographic Industry reported that the year 2002 saw the largest sales decline in decades, with the most severe slump in a single year since the birth of the CD market in the early 1980s. Piracy, illegal duplication and distribution of CDs by international criminals were blamed for the decrease.
2004: Bryan Adams performs for more than 15,000 thousand fans at a concert in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to promote peace efforts to end that nation's long civil war.
2004: Courtney Love fails to appear at a pretrial hearing concerning felony charges that she was in illegal possession of two painkillers. Attorney William Genego tells the judge that Love can't make the hearing due to a 'security' issue. It is the third postponement.
2005: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Jeff Beck and Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora pay tribute to Brian Wilson when he's honored as MusiCares 2005 Person of the Year in Los Angeles. The tribute dinner is held during the run up to the Grammy Awards. Wilson is recognized for musical and humanitarian accomplishments.
2006: Scott Stapp (Creed) marries a former Miss New York in Miami. The honeymoon is delayed when Stapp is arrested on suspicion of being drunk in a public place while trying to get on a plane to Hawaii. He is booked and released on $250 bail from an area jail the same day.
2006: Staind singer Aaron Lewis belts out the national anthem prior to NASCAR's 28th annual Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. Staind also performs after the race.
2007: The Doors and the Grateful Dead receive the 2007 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. "(The honorees') contributions exemplify the highest artistic and technical standards that have positively affected the music industry and music fans," says Academy president Neil Portnow.
2007: The Police reunite to perform during the opening of the Grammy Awards show. Prior to the Grammys, the last time the Police played in front of an audience was at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in March of 2003. Later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers receive four trophies, including Best Rock Album ('Stadium Arcadium') and Best Rock Song ('Dani California'). The Peppers also perform their hit 'Snow (Hey Oh).' Wolfmother win Best Hard Rock Performance ('Woman'). Bob Dylan wins in the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album categories as Bruce Springsteen nabs the Best Traditional Folk Album and Best Long Form Music Video honors.
2007: The Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde visits Dubai to stage a protest against the treatment of sheep being shipped from Australia to the region. Hynde, whose trip is sponsored by animal-rights organization PETA, charges that the animals suffer widespread illness and malnourishment during their lengthy journey to the Middle East. Aussie livestock-export group LiveCorp disputes the allegations noting that the shipping of sheep creates many jobs and that the creatures are treated in accordance with rules approved by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
2008: Lenny Kravitz is admitted to a Miami Beach, FL, hospital after exhibiting some severe symptoms of bronchitis. His aliment forces the postponement of a European promotional trip in support of his album, 'It Is Time For A Love Revolution.'
2008: Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney appeared at the High Court in London for a hearing to reach a financial settlement for their divorce. The couple, who had a four-year-old daughter, Beatrice, announced the end of their four-year marriage in 2006.
2008: Deep Purple performs in Moscow at a special concert organized by Russia's state gas company, Gazprom, as a parting gift to its soon-to-be-former chairman, Dmitry Medvedev. The executive, who is reportedly tabbed to be Russian president Vladimir Putin's successor, claims to own all of the band's albums.
2009: Chris Squire of Yes undergoes successful surgery on his leg. However, he is advised by his physician that he needs a one month rest period, hence the reason for the cancellation of the rest of the tour dates.
2010: Guns N' Roses give a late-night performance at the John Varvatos boutique in New York City (a.k.a. the former home of CBGB) as part of Fashion Week festivities. They play a 17-song set that lasts until 2:45 a.m.
2010: Jon Bon Jovi makes a guest appearance as himself on the comedy '30 Rock.' He even gets a couple of funny lines on the Valentine's Day themed TV show titled 'Anna Howard Shaw Day.'
2011: Bon Jovi land at #2 on Billboard's Top 40 Money Makers list with a yearly income of $30,441,776. Lady Gaga and her 'Monster Ball' tour tops the survey. Roger Waters is at #3 while Paul McCartney is at the #10 spot.
2011: The documentary 'Lemmy' about ‪Motorhead‬ frontman ‪Lemmy Kilmister‬ was broadcast on ‎VH1‬.
2013: Rick Huxley dies after a long struggle with emphysema. He was 72. Huxley was the bassist and co-founder of The Dave Clark Five and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. Regarding his stint in the band, Huxley said, “We ate good food, had lots of fun and played the concerts: it was a good life.”
2013: Adam Duce is fired from Machine Head. The bassist and founding member was with the group for twenty-one years. "Adam quit Machine Head well over a decade ago," writes vocalist/guitarist Rob Flynn. "He just never bothered to tell anyone but we all knew it."
2014: Queen made UK chart history by becoming the first act to sell six million copies of an individual album. Their first Greatest Hits collection had extended its lead after being Britain's highest-selling album for several years. The Official Charts Company said one in three British families now owned a copy of the 1981 compilation.
2015: Kings Of Leon headline the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue festival in Nashville. The two-day event celebrates the publication's annual swimsuit spread with models and music.
2016: Glenn Danzig appears in an episode of the IFC show 'Portlandia.'
2016: Guitarists Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) and Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne/Black Label Society) take part in the Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp's 20th anniversary.
2016: The Royal Oak school board announced that the road that runs adjacent to Royal Oak Middle School would be renamed Glenn Frey Drive. Frey was a student at the school when it was called Dondero High.
2016: The Rolling Stones were put under 24-hour armed guard after a worker at one of their shows in Argentina was shot dead in a botched robbery after a show at the La Plata stadium.

February 12
1956: Screamin' Jay Hawkins records his one and only classic 'I Put A Spell On You' in New York.
1958: The Monotones 'Book Of Love' b/w 'You Never Loved Me' 45 single is released. It attained a Billboard ranking of #5 for pop songs and #3 for R&B in 1958. It also reached #5 in Australia.
1964: Beatles round off American visit with gig at Carnegie Hall in New York. The Beatles returned to New York City by train from Washington, D.C. for two performances at Carnegie Hall. There was such a demand for tickets that some extra seating was arranged surrounding the stage. Tickets ranged from $1.65 to $5.50.
1965: Pye Records announced signing of the “British Bob Dylan,” when they added Donovan to the label. The Scottish singer-songwriter produced a series of hit albums and singles between 1965 and 1970 and became a friend of leading pop musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones, and The Beatles. He influenced John Lennon when he taught him a finger-picking guitar style in 1968.
1965: The Who audition for BBC Radio’s Light Programme. As The Detours, they had failed a BBC audition 10 months before. This time they pass with the approval of four of the seven judges. The other three call them “ponderous and unentertaining,” “at the limit of their capablilties,” and “overall not very original and below standard.”
1966: The Who had a gig at the Dreamland Ballroom in Margate but before that they were in a recording session at Olympic Sound Studios in Carton Street, Marble Arch to record their new single 'Substitute.' At the recording session The Who also did a slightly different vocal and mix of 'Substitute' for the US audiences, changing the offending line, "I look all white but my dad was black" to "I tried going forward but my feet walk back."
1966: The Rolling Stones fly to New York to tape an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1967: Keith Richards' West Sussex home, 'Redlands', is raided for drugs. 15 police officers raided the home during a weekend party. The police who were armed with a warrant issued under the dangerous drugs act took away various substances for forensic tests. George and Pattie Harrison had been at the house, but it was said that the police waited for them to leave before they raided the house in order not to bust the holder of an MBE.
1968: Billed as 'Tour 60 cities in 66 Days,' The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Centre Arena in Seattle, Washington.
1968: Jimi Hendrix returns home to Seattle where he plays for the students of Garfield High School (which he dropped out from at age fourteen) and is awarded an honorary high-school diploma and receives the key to the city. He sees his family for the first time in 7 years. His father, Al, meets him at the airport.
1968: Pink Floyd spent the day at EMI Studios on Abbey Road in London at a recording session for 'A Saucerful of Secrets.'
1969: Janis Joplin and her Kozmik Blues Band perform at the Fillmore East in New York to mixed reviews.
1969: The 'Steppenwolf The Second' album goes gold.
1970: John Lennon performed 'Instant Karma,' on BBC TV's 'Top Of The Pops,' becoming the first Beatle to have appeared on the show since 1966.
1970: The Grateful Dead performed a club date at Ungano’s in New York.
1970: The Guess Who performed at Independence Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina
1971: Deep Purple's 'Strange Kind of Woman' b/w 'I'm Alone' 45 single is released in the U.S. The song peaked at #8 on UK charts.
1971: Paul Revere & the Raiders 'Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian)' b/w 'Terry's Tune' 45 single is released. It went to #1 on the U.S. chart on July 24. The RIAA gold certification followed on 30 June 1971, for selling over a million copies. It was later certified platinum for selling an additional million copies.
1972: Genesis appeared at Guildhall in Portsmouth, England.
1972: David Bowie played at the Great Hall, Imperial College in London.
1972: Pink Floyd’s UK tour stops at City Hall in Sheffield, England.
1972: Led Zeppelin's 'Black Dog' peaks at #15 on the pop chart.
1972: Yes release 'Roundabout.'
1972: The Allman Brothers Band released their classic double album 'Eat A Peach.' It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and featured three singles that hit the Billboard Hot 100: 'Ain't Wastin' Time No More,' 'Melissa' and 'One Way Out.'
1973: Elton John's album 'Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player' album is certified gold.
1973: Montrose release their debut album featuring a young Sammy Hagar on vocals.
1974: The legendary rock club The Bottom Line opens in Greenwich Village, New York City.
1975: Led Zeppelin played at Madison Square Garden in New York. Tickets were $7.50.
1976: Sex Pistols play their first ever London at The Marquee Club as opener for Eddie and the Hot Rods.
1977: Blondie, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and the Ramones all performed at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles.
1977: Queen's 'A Day At The Races' album reaches #5 in the U.S.
1977: The Kinks 'Sleepwalker' album is released. It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart
1977: The Police recorded their first single, 'Fall Out' for £150 ($255) at Pathway Studios in London.
1977: Blondie, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and The Ramones all appeared at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles.
1977: Pink Floyd released their 10th studio album 'Animals.' It reached #3 on the charts. The album's cover image, a pig floating between two chimneys on Battersea Power Station, was conceived by bassist Roger Waters and realized by long-time design and photographic collaborators Hipgnosis.
1977: Styx appeared at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1977: Elvis Presley performed at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
1978: Rush appeared at the Birmingham Odeon in England, promoting their new single 'Closer To The Heart.'
1979: Frank Zappa played at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester, England.
1980: The Eagles performed at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.
1980: Bryan Adams releases his self-titled debut album.
1980: The Clash 'Train In Vain (Stand By Me)' b/w 'London Calling' 45 single is released in the U.S. It was the first Clash song to reach the United States Top 30 charts and in 2004, the song was ranked #298 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1981: Debbie Harry of Blondie announces her plans to record a solo album.
1981: Rush release their highest selling album 'Moving Pictures.' Their 8th studio album reached #3 on both the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart and the UK Album chart.
1982: Motley Crue played the first of three nights at the famous Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood.
1982: Iron Maiden‬ released their 6th single 'Run To The Hills' from their album 'The Number Of The Beast.'
1984: Prince & The Revolution appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1984: The Beatles 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' b/w 'I Saw Her Standing There' '20th Anniversary' 45 single is released. A cigarette was airbrushed from Paul McCartney's hand that was on the original 45 sleeve.
1986: Ozzy Osbourne tours the U.K. for the first time in three years.
1988: Axl Rose walks off the stage during a Guns N' Roses concert in Phoenix. Their subsequent shows supporting David Lee Roth are canceled.
1990: Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Don Henley perform at Rainforest Foundation benefit held at Hollywood's China Club. The event raises $1 million.
1994: Alice In Chains entered the US album chart at #1 with 'Jar Of Flies.'
1995: Van Halen, scored their first US #1 album with ‘Balance.’
1996: Smashing Pumpkins' single 'Bullet With Butterfly Wings' is a certified gold record.
1997: U2 held a press conference in the Lingerie Department at the Greenwich Village Kmart store in Manhattan, New York, to announce their 'Pop Mart' world tour. The tour was set to start in Las Vegas on April 25th of this year.
1997: David Bowie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2000: U.S. blues singer Screamin’ Jay Hawkins died aged 70. A Golden Gloves boxing champion at 16, he was married nine times, spent two years in jail, was temporary blinded by one of his flaming props on stage in 1976. He recorded 'I Put A Spell On You' in 1956, covered by The Animals, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Nina Simone.
2003: Former Doors drummer John Densmore took out legal action against The Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger for breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition. The band had reformed with Ex- Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Densmore said “It shouldn’t be called The Doors if it’s someone other than Jim Morrison singing.”
2004: Queens Of The Stone Age announce that bassist Nick Oliveri has left the band. This follows the exit of guitarist-singer Mark Lanegan.
2002: Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson unveils McFarlane Toys' Eddie figures at the American International Toy Fair in New York.
2003: Former Doors drummer John Densmore took out legal action against The Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger for breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition. The band had reformed with Ex- Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Densmore said "It shouldn't be called The Doors if it's someone other than Jim Morrison singing."
2005: Led Zeppelin receives the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. Jerry Lee Lewis and Janis Joplin are also honored. The awards are handed out the day before the L.A. Grammy ceremony.
2005: Hear and Now: A Concert to Benefit the Victims of the La Conchita Landslide has performances by Jackson Browne, Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers) and Jim Messina (Buffalo Springfield and Loggins & Messina). Proceeds from the Santa Barbara show go to the American Red Cross in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
2007: During a press conference at West Hollywood's Whisky a Go Go club Sting confirmed that The Police were getting back together. The band were set to kick off a world tour on May 28 in Vancouver, Canada, supported by Sting's son Joe Sumner's band, Fiction Plane.
2007: Heaven & Hell announces that veteran drummer Vinny Appice has replaced Bill Ward.
2008: The Stand Up For A Cure concert series supporting New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center kicks off with a Bon Jovi performance at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. Profits benefit the facility's research programs and patient support. The show is dedicated to guitarist Richie Sambora's father, who passed away in 2007 from lung cancer.
2009: Limp Bizkit announce that they have reunited to tour and record an album, with all five original members.
2009: Art Garfunkel makes a surprise appearance at a Paul Simon concert for a three song set in New York's recently refurbished Beacon Theater.
2009: Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen land in second and third place (behind Madonna) on Billboard's Moneymakers list, taking in more than $157 million and $156 million, respectively, in 2008 music sales and tour revenue. The Police are #4 earning just under $110 million.
2010: A commercial for Citroen's DS3 car model, using archival John Lennon footage discussing the creative process, creates a stir in the U.K. Fans question why Yoko Ono allowed the French automaker use of the clip. In the commercial Lennon says, "Do something of your own, start something new. Live your life now." Later, John's son Sean defends his mother's decision saying the intent was not financial but an effort "to keep him {Lennon} out there in the world. No new LPs, so {a} TV ad is exposure to young."
2010: A 25th anniversary cover of 'We Are The World' premieres on NBC. Brian Wilson and Carlos Santana are among the performers. The song is issued to raise money for the earthquake relief effort in Haiti.
2012: The Foo Fighters are big winners at the 54th annual Grammy Awards. 'White Limo' wins the trophy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. 'Walk' wins for Best Rock Song and for Best Rock Performance and 'Wasting Light' is honored as the Best Rock Album. The show's finale is a medley of 'Golden Slumbers'/'Carry That Weight'/'The End' is led by Paul McCartney. He is joined by Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh.
2015: Eddie Van Halen speaks at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and Zocalo Public Square in Washington D.C. As a Dutch immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen Van Halen discusses his American journey and the group he founded.
2015: Guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen is inducted into the Swedish Music Hall Of Fame.
2015: Sam Andrew, guitarist and a founding member of Big Brother And The Holding Company, passes away following complications from open-heart surgery. He was 73.

February 13
1914: ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, is formed in New York City. The organization collects licensing fees from users of music created by ASCAP members, then distributes them back to its members as royalties.
1955: Buddy & Bob open for Elvis Presley in Lubbock, TX. The Buddy is none other than Buddy Holly.
1957: Cuban officials announce a ban on all Rock and Roll programs on television, calling the music "offensive to public morals and good customs." They would soften their stance a couple of days later, but strict guide lines were put in place.
1961: Frank Sinatra launches Reprise Records. Interestingly, the label becomes the home of Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks and the Beach Boys.
1965: The Rolling Stones 3rd American studio album, 'The Rolling Stones, Now!' is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2012, the album was ranked #140 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1965: The Rolling Stones played the last night on a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Capital Theatre in Perth. Also appearing on the tour was Roy Orbison, The Newbeats and Ray Columbus and the Invaders.
1965: The Who make their US record debut with the release of 'I Can’t Explain,' backed with 'Bald Headed Woman.' It is ignored throughout most of the US, except in Detroit, Michigan where it becomes a big regional hit. This is enough to propel the single onto the Billboard charts where it reaches #93. Cash Box has the single rising all the way to the 57th spot. Detroit becomes the home of The Who’s first fan base in the US and a frequent stopping place for the band in years to come.
1965: Gary Lewis records 'Count Me In,' which will climb to #2 on the Billboard chart by next May.
1966: The Who play the Community Centre in Southall, West London.
1967: The Monkees announced that from now on they would be playing on their own recordings instead of session musicians.
1967: The Beatles released the double A sided single 'Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane' on Capitol Records in the US. The single spent 10 weeks on the chart peaking at #1. Both songs later appeared on the 'Magical Mystery Tour.'
1967: The Tremeloes 'Here Comes My Baby' b/w 'Gentleman Of Pleasure' 45 single is released. Written by Cat Stevens, the song was a #4 hit in the UK Singles Chart and a #13 hit in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967.
1968: Members of Pink Floyd were entrenched at EMI studios in London recording the 'Saucerful of Secrets' album.
1968: Simon & Garfunkel's 'Scarborough Fair/Canticle)' b/w 'April Come She Will' 45 single is released. It reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1968: The Union Gap Featuring Gary Puckett 'Young Girl' b/w 'I'm Losing You' 45 single is released. The song reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the UK Singles chart and Cash Box.
1969: A launch party was held for the release of Mary Hopkin’s album Postcard at the Post Office Tower in London. Guests included Jimi Hendrix, Donovan and Paul McCartney, with his new girlfriend Linda Eastman.
1969: Bob Dylan recorded versions of 'Lay, Lady, Lay,' at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. The song was originally written for the soundtrack of the movie 'Midnight Cowboy,' but wasn’t submitted in time to be included in the finished film. The song has gone on to become a standard and has been covered by numerous bands and artists over the years, including The Byrds, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, The Everly Brothers, Neil Diamond, Melanie, The Isley Brothers, Duran Duran, Hoyt Axton, and Isaac Hayes.
1969: The Doors earn a gold record for their single 'Touch Me.'
1969: Sly And The Family Stone's 'Everyday People' is awarded a Gold record.
1969: Bob Dylan recorded versions of 'Lay, Lady, Lay', at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. 'Lay Lady Lay' was originally written for the soundtrack of the movie Midnight Cowboy, but wasn't submitted in time to be included in the finished film.
1970: Black Sabbath's self-titled first album on Vertigo Records is released. It was recorded in three days and cost less than $2,000 to produce. The marketers make sure that it comes out on Friday the 13th. To add mystique to the band's image, new manager Patrick Meehan asked the band to stop giving interviews. It reached #23 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #8 on the UK Album chart. The album is one of the first to be considered part of the heavy metal genre.
1970: The Byrds, Steppenwolf, and Soul Messengers played at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1971: Pink Floyd played at show at Student Union Bar, Farnborough Technical College in Fanbororough, Hampshire, England.
1972: King Crimson performed at the Providence Coliseum in Providence, Rhode Island.
1972: Led Zeppelin is forced to cancel a concert in Singapore concert when officials won't let them off the plane because of their long hair.
1972: Black Oak Arkansas and JJ Cale performed at The Warehouse in New Orleans.
1973: After becoming ill during a concert in Las Vegas, Elvis Presley presented Doctor Sidney Bowers with a Lincoln Continental, to show his appreciation for all his work.
1973: 'Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite,' the soundtrack to an Elvis Presley TV special, goes gold. The program, broadcast two weeks earlier, was seen by one billion viewers.
1974: David Bowie turned down an offer from the Gay Liberation group to compose 'the world's first Gay National Anthem.'
1974: Stevie Wonder, Johnny Winter and Dr. John play at the Bottom Line opening in New York. Mick Jagger attends, but doesn't perform, at the club's inaugural event.
1975: Led Zeppelin appeared at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1976: The 101’ers featuring Joe Strummer played at The Town Hall in Hampstead, London.
1976: Peter Frampton's 'Frampton Comes Alive!' finally gets a UK release.
1976: Elvis Costello, appearing as DP Costello, played at The Half Moon in Putney, London supporting Vivian Stanshall.
1976: Genesis released their first album since the departure of Peter Gabriel, 'A Trick Of The Tail' featuring eight new tracks with drummer Phil Collins taking on the role of lead vocalist.
1977: KISS release their 13th single, 'Calling Dr. Love.' On May 14, 1977, it peaks at #16 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1977: Rush performed at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1978: Bruce Springsteen played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1978: Dire Straits began recording their first album at Basing Street Studios, London. The whole project cost $21,250 to produce. The album featured the group's breakthrough single 'Sultans of Swing.' The inspiration for 'Sultans of Swing' came from Mark Knopfler witnessing a mediocre jazz band playing in the corner of a practically deserted pub. At the end of their performance, the lead singer came up to the microphone and announced that they were the "Sultans of Swing."
1979: Dire Straits appeared at Philipshalle in Düsseldorf, Germany.
1979: The Police begin work on their sophomore album, 'Reggatta De Blanc,' which is released the following October.
1980: John Lydon's London house is raided by police. The Sex Pistols frontman confronts authorities by waving a ceremonial sword at them. The only illegal item found is a tear gas canister.
1980: Thin Lizzy singer and bassist Phil Lynott married Caroline Crowther, the daughter of British comedian Leslie Crowther.
1981: Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' celebrates 402 weeks in US Top 200 album chart, the longest run in chart history. It would go on to spend 741 consecutive weeks on the charts.
1981: Steve Winwood's 'Arc Of A Diver' becomes the first album to be released in Britain in the new "1+1" format, which contains the artist's music on one side, while the other is left blank for the consumer to record on.
1982: Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant's gravestone is stolen. Police later find it in a dry river bed.
1982: The 300 pound marble slab headstone of Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant was stolen from a cemetery in Orange Park, FL. It was found two weeks later by Orange Park police in a dry river bed.
1982: Nick Lowe performed at the Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois.
1982: Loverboy's 'Working For The Weekend' peaks at #29 on the pop chart.
1982: ‎Motley Crue‬ kick off three nights of shows at the famous ‪Whisky A Go Go‬ in ‎Los Angeles‬. ‪
1983: Aerosmith appeared at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
1988: The Grateful Dead performed at the Henry J. Kiser Auditorium in Oakland, California.
1990: The Black Crowes debut album 'Shake Your Money Maker' is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. Two of its singles, 'Hard to Handle' and 'She Talks to Angels,' reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. 'Jealous Again,' 'Twice As Hard' and 'Seeing Things' also charted.
1992: Motley Crue announces Vince Neil is leaving the heavy metal group.
1999: Blondie tops the UK chart with 'Maria,' giving them a British #1 single in the '70s, '80s and '90s.
2000: Oasis scored their 5th UK #1 single with 'Go Let It Out.' The first release on the band’s Big Brother label and the 1st single from their 4th studio album Standing on the 'Shoulder of Giants.'
2000: David Bowie announced that his wife Iman is pregnant with his baby. Their daughter was born August 15th, 2000.
2001: Peter Frampton receives the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award, considered the Oscar for the guitar industry. Frampton gets the award during ceremonies at L.A.'s Petersen Automotive Museum.
2002: Two sons of the late reggae star Bob Marley are arrested in North Florida after officers find marijuana in their car. Julian and Stephen Marley, also reggae musicians are released on $500 bail each.
2002: 64 year old Waylon Jennings died of complications from diabetes. At 21, he was a member of Buddy Holly's band who gave up his plane seat to the Big Bopper just before the doomed flight took off on February 3rd, 1959.
2002: AC/DC's 'Stiff Upper Lip Live' DVD is certified Gold by the RIAA.
2004: Led Zeppelin were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Grammys. Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham all attended. Robert Plant did not, since he was working on a new album and tour.
2005: U2 win Best Rock Song ('Vertigo') while Green Day wins the award for Best Rock Album ('American Idiot') at the 47th annual Grammy Awards in L.A. Velvet Revolver nab the Best Hard Rock Performance ('Slither') honor. The late Ray Charles earns Album of the Year ('Genius Loves Company'). Former Beach Boy's leader Brian Wilson won his first ever Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental for 'Mrs. O'Leary's Cow' from his CD 'Smile.' the album he was forced to delay for nearly 40 years because of emotional problems. Other classic rockers who took home statues were Rod Stewart - Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for 'Stardust...The Great American Songbook Volume III' and Bruce Springsteen - Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for 'Code Of Silence' from his album 'The Essential Bruce Springsteen.' Among the evening's highpoints is an all-star performance of the Beatles' 'Across The Universe,' with Velvet Revolver and vocals from Bono, Billie Joe Armstrong and Steven Tyler.
2005: The hat that Slash has worn for the past 15 years is stolen from the limousine that carried the Velvet Revolver guitarist to the Grammy Awards ceremony. Slash's wife also has some personal items stolen.
2005: The Rolling Stones' classic album 'Let It Bleed' makes it into the Grammy Hall Of Fame along with Bob Marley's 'No Woman No Cry.'
2006: It's announced that Fuel vocalist Brett Scallions has left the band and the remaining members are holding auditions for a new singer. Scallions tenure with Fuel lasted over a decade. He did later return to the group.
2007: 'Movies: The Soundtrack Hits,' a 19-track compilation of Van Morrison songs heard in films, is issued. The set has both studio and live recordings, including an '86 in-concert version of 'Moondance.''
2007: Rod Stewart was paid $1 million when he performed at a billionaire's birthday bash. Stewart was booked to play a one-hour gig to help Steve Schwarzman celebrate his 60th birthday held at New York's Park Avenue Armory. He's the CEO of the Blackstone Group, a billion dollar equity company.
2008: KISS' final 'KISSOLOGY - Volume 3 1992-2000' is RIAA certified 8x Platinum.
2008: The mayor of Sudbury, Canada, issues an apology to angry citizens for allowing city council members special access to tickets for an Elton John concert. "My decision to offer so many advance purchase tickets to (the) council was rushed and not given sufficient consideration," says Mayor John Rodriguez.
2008: Kinks frontman Ray Davies performs at the 18th annual Tibet House benefit concert at New York's Carnegie Hall. The event raises money to promote Tibetan civilization and culture. This is Davies fifth appearance at the event.
2010: Doug Fieger singer, songwriter with The Knack died after a long battle with cancer.
2010: Bob Dylan on Canvas opens at the Halcyon Gallery in London. The dozen acrylic paintings are based on drawings from Dylan's 'Drawn Blank Series,' which he made from '89-'92.
2010: Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck play a co-headlining gig at the O2 Arena in London.
2010: The Vatican newspaper L' Osservatore Romano publishes their "semiserious" list of desert island discs. They are: 'Dark Side Of The Moon' (Pink Floyd); 'Revolver' (The Beatles); 'Supernatural' (Santana); 'If I Could Only Remember My Name' (David Crosby); 'Rumours' (Fleetwood Mac); 'Achtung Baby' (U2) and '(What's The Story) Morning Glory' (Oasis). Non-Rock albums by Michael Jackson ('Thriller'), Paul Simon ('Graceland') and Donald Fagen ('Nightfly') also make the cut.
2010: Rockabilly legend Dale Hawkins passes away from colon cancer in Little Rock, AK, at age 73. Best known for 'Susie Q,' which was covered by Creedence Clearwater Revival in '68, Hawkins was a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
2011: The South African Roadies Association pickets U2's show in Johannesburg, at the FNB stadium near Soweto, claiming racist hiring policies by white-run production companies. Later, Bono faces criticism for publicly supporting an African liberation song that calls for shooting white farmers (Boers) in South Africa. White South African groups want the song banned as hate speech. In an interview with South Africa's Sunday Times, Bono compares the song to Irish rebel songs.
2011: Alice In Chains becomes the act with the most Grammy nominations (8) to never win an award when Them Crooked Vultures beat them for the Best Hard Rock Performance honor at the 53rd Grammys. Arcade Fire wins Album of the Year for 'The Suburbs' and Muse's 'The Resistance' takes home the trophy for Best Rock Album. The Black Keys win for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for 'Tighten Up.' Neil Young's 'Angry World' is the Best Rock Song and Paul McCartney gets the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance honor for 'Helter Skelter,' a cut from his live album 'Good Evening New York City.' Jeff Beck wins Best Rock Instrumental Performance with 'Hammerhead.'
2013: Hellyeah announce that guitarist Greg Tribbett and bassist Bob Zilla have left the band, and that Zilla's replacement is Kyle Sanders.
2013: Lynch Mob launch a West Coast tour with new vocalist Thadeus Gonzalez, formerly of Electric Sister. The first stop is Las Vegas.
2015: Bob Dylan's 36th studio album, 'Shadows in the Night,' debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart and #7 on the Billboard 200 with 50,000 units sold.

February 14
1957: The Cuban government bans Rock n' Roll calling it "immoral and profane" and "offensive to public morals."
1958: CBS' Walter Cronkite reports that the government of Iran has banned rock and roll for being unhealthy and anti-Islamic. The "unhealthy" claim is backed by Iranian doctors who warn of hip damage due to "extreme gyrations."
1961: The Beatles performed at the Cassanova Club, Liverpool, and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool where they play a special Valentine's Day show. Paul McCartney sang Elvis Presley's 'Wooden Heart,' wearing wooden heart pinned to his coat, covered with satin and embroidered with the names "John", "Paul", "George", and "Pete". The heart was raffled off, and the winner also won a kiss from Paul. The earliest video footage of The Beatles as a band is taken during their performance at this gig.
1964: The Dave Clark Five release 'Bits And Pieces.'
1966: Simon and Garfunkel's 'Sounds Of Silence' is certified gold.
1967: The Doors play the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appeared at Gray’s Club in Tilbury, Essex, England.
1968: Manfred Mann were at #1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song 'The Mighty Quinn.' It was a #10 hit in the US.
1968: Drumming up some publicity, Frank Zappa announces he’s working on two films with his Mothers of Invention. 'Uncle Meat' doesn’t see the light of day until 1987, while a proposed Japanese monster movie never comes to fruition.
1969: The Grateful Dead perform at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1970: Pink Floyd performed at King’s Hall in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
1970: The Who perform at Leeds University in England. The show was recorded for the bands forthcoming 'Live At Leeds' album. The University of Leeds refectory, has now been named a national landmark in the UK, commemorated with a blue plaque.
1970: Billboard Magazine reports that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is "Mounting Total War Against Tape Pirating of Prerecorded Music."
1970: Sly & The Family Stone land at #1 with 'Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin).'
1972: Steppenwolf announce they are splitting up. 'Steppenwolf Day' was declared in Los Angeles as the band announced their break up.
1972: John and Yoko begin a week-long stint as co-hosts of The Mike Douglas Show. For the next five days the pair will welcome the likes of Chuck Berry, The Chambers Brothers, activist Ralph Nader, comedian Louis Nye and the US Surgeon General.
1972: Neil Young's 4th studio album 'Harvest' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 album chart for two weeks, and included two hit singles, 'Old Man,' which peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100, and 'Heart of Gold,' which peaked at #1. In 2003, Rolling Stone named Harvest the 78th greatest album of all time.
1973: David Bowie collapsed on stage during a concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
1974: Bob Dylan tour ends at the Forum, Los Angeles. Ringo Starr, Carole King and Neil Young join him on stage. Much of the 'Before the Flood' album is recorded here.
1974: Keith Moon flies back to London to play drums at an all-star Roy Harper concert at The Rainbow. Jimmy Page, David Bedford, and John Bonham also take part under the band name Interglactic Elephant Band. Part of the show is later released as the Roy Harper album 'Flashes From The Archive Of Oblivion.'
1975: Rush played at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
1976: The Who's 'Squeeze Box' peaks at #16 on the singles charts.
1976: Electric Light Orchestra peaked at 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Evil Woman' which was their second top 10ten single in the U.S.
1976: Heart's 'Dreamboat Annie' album is released in the U.S. It originally released was in the summer of 1975 in Canada. It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart during its 100 week stay. Three singles also charted on the Billboard Hot 100 - 'Crazy On You' (#35), 'Magic Man" (#9), and 'Dreamboat Annie' (#42).
1977: The B-52’s made their first live performance, appearing in a Greenhouse at a Valentines Day party in Athens.
1978: Dire Straits began recording their first album at Basing Street Studios in London with producer Muff Winwood. The whole project cost $21,250 to produce.
1979: Dire Straits performed at the Rosengarten in Mannheim, Germany.
1980: Heart release their 5th studio album, 'Bebe le Strange.' It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart during its 22 week stay.
1980: Blue Oyster Cult played at Agricultural Hall in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
1980: Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott marries Caroline Crowther.
1980: Lou Reed married Sylvia Morales at a ceremony in his New York apartment.
1981: Billy Idol quits Generation X to go solo.
1981: Steely Dan peaked at 310 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Hey Nineteen' which was their third and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1982: Iron Maiden's 'Beast On The Road' tour opens.
1984: Elton John married recording engineer Renate Blauer in Sydney, Australia. Attendees include Olivia Newton-John and Rod Stewart. The couple divorced three years later.
1984: Joe Perry & Brad Withford met with Aerosmith backstage after their concert at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre & agreed to re-join the group, which was announced the following April. Perry left in 1979, and Whitford, the following year.
1986: Frank Zappa appeared on an episode of the television series Miami Vice. Zappa portrayed a crime boss named 'Mr. Frankie.'
1986: Europe release 'The Final Countdown' single.
1986: Honeymoon Suite release their 'The Big Prize' album.
1987: Boston peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'We’re Ready' which was their final top 10 single in the U.S.
1987: Bon Jovi hit sales of five million with 'Slippery When Wet'.
1987: Bon Jovi started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Livin’ On A Prayer,' the group’s second US #1, a #4 hit in the UK.
1989: Keyboard player Vincent Crane died. He was a member of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, and Atomic Rooster.
1990: The Rolling Stones played the first of ten nights at the Korakuen Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The shows were seen by over 500,000 fans, making the band $20 million.
1991: Poison's 'Flesh & Blood' is certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA.
1992: The movie 'Wayne's World opens. It features a cameo from Meatloaf.The use of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in the film propelled the song to #2 on the US singles charts nearly 20 years after its first release. Thanks to Alice Cooper's appearance in Wayne's World, we learn that "Milwaukee" is Algonquin for "the good land." The shock rocker performs "Feed My Frankenstein' in the film.
1993: Harry Nilsson suffers a heart attack. He recovers from this one, but another would kill him in January of 1994.
1994: Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia married moviemaker Deborah Koons.
1994: The Beatles' '1962-1966' & '1967-1970' albums are re-released by EMI in the UK on red and blue vinyl. These colored vinyl editions of the new digitally enhanced Red and Blue albums and pressed just 20,000 copies. E.M.I. then deleted the release immediately.
1995: Nevermore released their debut studio album.
1995: Slash's Snakepit release their first studio album, 'It's Five O'Clock Somewhere.'
1995: Lita Ford released her 6th studio album, 'Black.'
1996: 37 year old Prince Rogers Nelson, The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, marries 22 year old backup singer Mayte Garcia.
1998: Marilyn Manson begins a brief book signing tour on Valentine's Day at Tower Records in New York in support of his autobiography 'It's A Long Hard Road Out of Hell.'
1999: The Deftones, on the final stop of their tour opening for Black Sabbath, find that their truck has been stolen from the parking lot of the Holiday Inn in Dearborn, Michigan. Taken are all of the band's backline equipment and instruments, including several of Chi Chings' Precision Fender Bass guitars, and Stephen Carpenter's custom-made guitars and racks.
1999: Lenny Kravitz scored his first UK #1 single with 'Fly Away,' a #12 hit in the US.
1999: Elton John appeared as himself in a special episode of the animated series The Simpsons, where he does a re-worked version of 'Your Song.'
2000: Kiss announced that they were going to do a farewell tour in makeup and then sell off the stage props from their career in an auction.
2002: Mick Tucker, drummer for The Sweet dies at age 54 after a five-year battle against leukemia.
2003: Australian police uncovered Beatles album art and reel-to-reel tapes in a raid. All the material appeared to be from the White Album and Abbey Road sessions, which were stolen from the band's London studio in 1969.
2004: Dave Holland, former drummer with Judas Priest was jailed for eight years for indecent assault and the attempted rape of a 17-year old boy. The youth, who had learning difficulties, had been taking drum lessons from Holland.
2005: Queens Of The Stone Age announce that Dan Druff, their former guitar tech, has replaced ousted bassist Nick Oliveri. Druff played a secret show with the band the previous week and passed the 'audition'. In other QOTSA news, Mark Lanegan makes an unexpected appearance onstage with his former bandmates in Milan, Italy. Lanegan, who left the group in '04, sings eight songs, as the group launches its European tour.
2005: Patti Boyd, the former Mrs. George Harrison and Mrs. Eric Clapton, who inspired the songs 'Something' and 'Layla,' exhibits her photos of Harrison, Clapton, Mick Jagger and B.B. King at the San Francisco Art Exchange.
2005: John Mellencamp performs on ABC's 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.'
2005: Sammy Hagar and his wife Kari are the subjects of VH1's 'I Married.' Each show profiles the life of a famous musician and their spouse.
2005: Kerrang! magazine announced the results of its readers’ poll for the best British rock albums ever. The Top 10 were: #1, Black Sabbath’s 'Black Sabbath'; #2 Iron Maiden’s 'Number Of The Beast'; #3, Sex Pistols’ 'Never Mind The Bollock's, Here's The Sex Pistols;' #4, 'Led Zeppelin IV'; #5, Black Sabbath’s 'Paranoid'; #6, Muse’s 'Absolution'; #7, The Clash's 'London Calling'; #8, Queen’s 'Sheer Heart Attack'; #9, Iron Maiden’s 'Iron Maiden' and #10, Manic Street Preachers’ 'The Holy Bible.'
2006: Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson host VH1 Classic's special Valentine's Day programming. The sisters read romantic dedications sent in by viewers.
2007: Carlos Oliveira, from Portugal, is the winner of Incubus' video contest for their single 'Dig' (from 'Light Grenades'). "It's all animation. We're not in it, which is awesome," says guitarist Mike Einzinger. "He just did an amazing job of taking the artwork from our album and animating it into a story." Five finalists are flown to Hollywood for the announcement
2007: Aerosmith are featured in the music-themed Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. The band is pictured with model Bar Refaeli.
2007: Oasis won the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at the 27th annual Brit Awards at London's Earls Court.
2008: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher married his long-term partner, the ex-All Saints singer Nicole Appleton at a civil ceremony in London. The venue, Westminster Register Office, was where Gallagher married his first wife, Patsy Kensit, in 1997.
2008: Boston's Tom Scholz sends a letter to Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee demanding that he stop using 'More Than A Feeling' at campaign events. "You have taken something of mine and used it to promote ideas to which I am opposed," writes the guitarist, a Barack Obama supporter. Ex-Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau had performed the song with Huckabee at rallies.
2008: Pat Benatar and her guitarist husband, Neil Giraldo make the first of two appearances on the CBS soap 'The Young And The Restless.' The couple play themselves and perform 'Every Time I Fall Back.'
2009: Bruce Springsteen went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Working on a Dream,' his 16th studio album. It's his 9th #1.
2010: Doug Fieger singer, songwriter with The Knack died after a long battle with cancer. The Knack had the 1979 US #1 and UK #6 single 'My Sharona,' which he wrote for Sharona Alperin, who later became his girlfriend.
2011: Skillet's guitarist Ben Kasica announces that he is leaving the Christian Rock band to focus on other projects. "I had no idea how long the ride would last but have enjoyed it immensely," says Kasica in a statement.
2011: Motley Crue's Vince Neil surrendered to Nevada authorities to start serving 15 days behind bars for a DUI charge. Neil told People.com, "I've already learned my lesson. I just have to move on and get past it and get it behind me."
2012: Lillian Axe released the album 'XI: The Days Before Tomorrow.'
2012: Van Halen's A Different Kind Of Truth lands at #2 on Billboard's 200 Album Chart.
2012: Halestorm release the music video for their anti-love song 'Love Bites (So Do I)' for Valentine's Day. "The song is my little stab against the media's portrayal of love," says frontwoman Lzzy Hale. "Your heart cannot be measured or judged by the quizzes in magazines and scenes in movies. So for both boys and girls I tell you this, love who and how you want, and for god's sake when love bites, bite back!"
2013: Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo tells fans a financial dispute has resulted in his being replaced for the group's Australian tour. "(Slayer guitarist Kerry King) made it clear he wasn't interested in making changes and said if I wanted to argue the point, he would find another drummer," writes Lombardo, who claims the group only receives 10% or less of tour revenues. Slayer disputes Lombardo's accusations and brings back former member Jon Dette for the Aussie trek.
2014: KISS headline the Mending Kids All-Star Benefit Concert at The House Of Blues in L.A. The event raises more than $5 million for the charity.
2014: David Bowie and Rick Rubin are honored at the Producers Awards. Bowie is given the Innovation Award for his 2013 effort, 'The Next Day,' while Rubin earns the International Producer of the Year honor.
2014: Gibson debuts the Billy F. Gibbons Goldtop Les Paul guitar. It has a luminous goldtop finish adorned with a pinstripe designed by the ZZ Top axeman.
2014: Lacuna Coil announce via Facebook that guitarist Cristiano 'Pizza' Migliore and drummer Cristiano 'Criz' Mozzati have left after 16 years for personal reasons.

February 15
1954: Big Joe Turner records one of the first Rock songs, 'Shake, Rattle And Roll,' at Atlantic Records studios in New York.
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis performs'"Great Balls of Fire' and his latest release 'Breathless' on American Bandstand. Later in the day, he would appear on Dick Clark's Rock 'n' Roll program, Saturday Night Beechnut Show, along with Pat Boone, Chuck Willis, Connie Francis, The Royal Teens and Johnnie Ray.
1958: Elvis Presley's 'Don't' hits #1.
1964: The Dave Clark Five appeared on the UK TV show 'Thank Your Lucky Stars.'
1964: 'Meet the Beatles' begins an eleven-week run at top of US album chart. It was the first #1 album for the band.
1965: The Beatles 'Eight Days a Week' b/w 'I Don't Want to Spoil the Party' 45 single is released.
1966: The Beatles release 'Nowhere Man' in the U.S. Though credited to John Lennon/Paul McCartney, it was predominately written by John after he'd fruitlessly spent the night trying to come up with a song and decided to take a break."
1967: Music students at Chicago's DePaul University form a seven-piece rock ensemble called The Big Thing. Later, they would change their name to Chicago Transit Authority, and then, simply, Chicago.
1967: The first anti-bootlegging recording laws are enacted.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at the Dorothy Ballroom in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.
1968: US blues harmonica player Little Walter died from injuries incurred in a fight while taking a break from a performance at a nightclub in Chicago. First harmonica player to amplify his harp giving it a distorted echoing sound. He joined Muddy Waters’ band in 1948 and he was the first harmonica player to amplify his harp giving it a distorted echoing sound.
1968: John and Cynthia Lennon, along with George and Patti Harrison, fly to India to study meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Paul and Ringo joined them a few days later, but Starr would become bored and leave on March 1st comparing the experience to be like a 'Butlins holiday camp.' Much of the Beatles' 'White Album' was written during their stay.
1969: The Who performed at Dreamland Fun Park in Margate, Kent, England.
1969: The Monkees 7th studio album, 'Instant Replay' is released. Released six months after the cancellation of the group's NBC television series, it is also the first album released after Peter Tork left the group and the only album of the original nine studio albums that does not include any songs featured in the TV show from the original NBC run nor the CBS/ABC reruns. It reached #32 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1969: The Doors peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Touch Me' which was their third and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1969: Led Zeppelin played the second of two nights at Thee Image Club in Miami, Florida. Thee Image was a converted bowling alley, with all of the lanes stripped out and standing room only. The stages were on the center back wall.
1969: Sly and the Family Stone started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Everyday People,' their first chart topper.
1970: The Daughters of the American Revolution announce that there will be no more rock concerts at their Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Seems the organization was miffed that Sly & the Family Stone sparked a riot after turning up five hours late for a gig there.
1970: Grand Funk, Mountain, Chicago, Rare Earth, Cold Blood, Rotary Connection appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1971: The Who first perform 'Lifehouse Pete,' Townshend's new rock opera. It failed, although some songs were recorded for The Who's next album.
1971: George Harrison's 'What Is Life' b/w 'Apple Scruffs' 45 single is released. It peaked at #10 in the Billboard Hot 100, making Harrison the first member of the Beatles to log two Top 10 solo hits on that chart.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Cumberland County Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
1972: The US government's new anti-piracy laws are enacted, a response to widespread bootlegging of major artists.
1973: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1974: David Bowie's 'Rebel Rebel' b/w 'Queen Bitch' 45 single is released in the UK. It reached #5 in the UK and #64 in the USA. The latter release initially featured a different recording altogether.
1974: Yes performed at the New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut.
1974: Deep Purple release their 8th studio album 'Burn.' It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #3 on the UK album chart.
1975: Linda Ronstadt hits #1 on the pop chart with 'You're No Good.' It's the singers only solo chart topper out of 12 other top 40 hits. Her album 'Heart Like a Wheel' also goes to #1. The song first appeared on the chart in 1963 when Betty Everette took it to #81.
1975: After record executive Morris Levy releases an album called 'Roots - John Lennon Sings The Great Rock & Roll Hits' without Lennon's permission, Capitol Records rush releases John Lennon's 'Rock and Roll' album, which contains the completed versions of the songs. Lennon had given Levy some master tapes from the sessions as part of compensation for using a Chuck Berry lyric in 'Come Together': "Here come old flat-top, he come groovin' up slowly."
1975: Rush released their sophomore album 'Fly by Night' which was their first album with Neil Peart on drums. It reached #113 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1976: Roxy Music appeared at the Kent State University Memorial Gymnasium in Kent, Ohio.
1977: Sid Vicious joins the Sex Pistols, replacing Glen Matlock. The story goes Matlock was dumped because he 'liked' The Beatles. When the group reunited in 1996, 2002 & 2007, Matlock was their bassist.
1977: 'The Best Of George Harrison' is certified gold.
1977: SwangSong, Led Zeppelin’s label released the following: “For the fourth consecutive year, Led Zeppelin swept the top honors in the major U.S. and U.K. music polls. Zeppelin took five first places in Creem and Circus and six in Britain’s New Musical Express. Over 40,000 ballots were cast in the Circus readers poll determining that Led Zeppelin were 1976’s best group. Jimmy Page topped Jeff Beck and Queen’s Brian May to maintain his position as best guitarist. Robert Plant was voted number one male vocalist. The best songwriting award went to Page and Plant. Elton John and Bernie Taupin placing second. Jimmy Page won the top spot as producer of the year.”
1978: Billy Joel is a big winner at The Grammys, with 'Just The Way You Are' taking Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
1978: Frank Zappa played at Deutschlandhalle in Berlin, Germany.
1979: A&M ends its tenure as the US' largest indie record company as RCA records begins its new distributing deal with the label.
1980: Elvis Costello and the Attractions 'Get Happy!!' album is released. It's the 4th album by Elvis Costello, and his 3rd with the Attractions. It reached #11 on the Billboard Top Albums chart, and #2 on the UK Albums chart. In 1989, Rolling Stone placed it at #11 on its list of the 100 best albums of the 1980's.
1980: The Knack release their '...But the Little Girls Understand' single. It reaches #38‬ on the singles chart.
1980: Rush appeared at Roberts Municipal Stadium in Evansville, Indiana.
1981: American guitarist Mike Bloomfield was found dead in his car in San Francisco from an accidental heroin overdose. He was a member of the Paul Butterfield band and Electric Flag and had played on Bob Dylan's album 'Highway 61 Revisited.' He was 37. In 2003 he was ranked at #22 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
1982: Jimmy Page released his 'Death Wish II' soundtrack album on Swan Song Records.
1984: Van Halen played at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.
1988: After singer Joe Elliot had referred to El Paso, Texas as "the place with all those greasy Mexicans," Def Leppard were forced to cancel a concert in El Paso, after they received threats that the gig would be disrupted.
1991: Rod Stewart's ex-girlfriend, supermodel Kelly Emberg, files a $25 million palimony suit against the singer in Los Angeles Superior Court. Rod Stewart later said: "Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like and just give her a house."
1993: Little Richard expresses his anger after being told he will receive his Lifetime Achievement Award during the non-televised portion of the Grammy Awards. Richard said "This is the crowning achievement of my career and they want to give it to me secretly."
1994: Soundgarden released the single 'Spoonman.'
1995: ZZ Top filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Steridyne Corporation which made a $100 gel-filled mattress bed-sore product named the ZZ Topper.
1995: The Long Beach, California heavy metal radio station KNAC goes off the air and is replaced by the Spanish radio station KBUE on the same channel - 105.5FM. The station signs off at approximately 1:59PM after playing Metallica's 'Fade to Black.' Three years, later KNAC goes back on the air, this time on the internet at KNAC.com.
1997: U2 went to #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Discotheque,' the band’s 3rd UK chart topping single. The entire track was leaked onto the Internet in December 1996, forcing U2 to move up the release date.
1998: The Rolling Stones performed the final show of their Bridges to Babylon North American tour at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel. Mick Jagger called the crowd, which included Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Sting, “The best-dressed audience I've ever seen in my life.”
1999: Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura declared Rolling Stones Day in Minnesota before their concert in Minneapolis. Ventura was a bodyguard for the group.
2000: Fu Manchu released their 6th studio album, 'King of the Road.'
2000: Sting pulled-out of a concert in Vienna in protest at the inclusion of Jorg Haider's far right freedom party in Austria's new government. Lou Reed had also cancelled shows in the country.
2000: 'BBC Sessions,' the collection of live and studio Who tracks recorded for the BBC from 1965 to 1970, was finally released in the US and Europe. European purchasers get the extra tracks 'Man With Money' and the complete 'Shakin’ All Over/Spoonful' unavailable on the US disc. However, American purchasers have the option of getting a seven-track bonus disc unavailable in Europe if they buy BBC Sessions at Best Buy department stores. The CD peaks at #101 in the U.S., #24 in the UK and #50 in Japan.
2001: David Lee Roth sued VanHalenStore.com, claiming they were violating the Consumers Legal Remedies Act by selling merchandise with his image on it.
2001: Beatles principal George Harrison participates in his first-ever online chats via Yahoo! Chat and MSN Live.
2002: Tommy Lee was sued by the parents of the boy who drowned in his pool the previous year. They alleged there was no lifeguard provided at the pool. Lee was later cleared of any wrongdoing.
2003: System Of A Down film the video for 'Boom' while performing at an anti-war protest.
2003: Good Charlotte's 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' peaks at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest they would get on the chart.
2005: Sonny Mayo replaces Clint Lowery in Sevendust.
2006: U2's 2005 mega-tour wins the Major Tour of the Year honor, at the 17th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in Las Vegas. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers/Black Crowes joint tour is recognized in the Most Creative Tour Package category.
2006: Green Day nail the International Group and International Album ('American Idiot') categories at the Brit Awards in London.
2006: The gravesite of AC/DC singer Bon Scott in Fremantle, Australia, is classified as a historic site by the National Trust heritage organization.
2007: A group headed by former Vice President Al Gore announce plans for a series of concerts on July 7th to promote awareness of global warming. More than 100 performers, including Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, AFI, KoRn and Fall Out Boy are slated for Live Earth shows in London, Shanghai, Sydney, Johannesburg, the U.S., Brazil and Japan.
2007: The official announcement comes that singer Chris Cornell has left Audioslave, effectively ending the supergroup. The recent decision by other bandmembers to participate in a Rage Against The Machine (their former band) reunion tour is listed among the reasons.
2007: Yes singer Jon Anderson plays the first of two shows with the School of Rock All-Stars in Glenside, PA. The All-Stars are from a Philadelphia-based music-education program for young people aged 7-18. Anderson appeared in an 2003 documentary about the program.
2007: Tool's North American tour kicks off in Ls Vegas.
2008: Carlos Santana performs in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It's the guitarist's first concert in the Middle East.
2008: Richard Moore, who is running for governor of North Carolina holds a press conference saying his 'team' made a mistake using The Eagles 'Life In The Fast Lane' in campaign commercials without authorization. The song is pulled at the request of The Eagles' management. Moore apologizes but Don Henley and his wife donate $4,000 apiece (the maximum allowable amount) to Moore's rival, Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue.
2008: A flat once rented by The Beatles in London went up for sale for £1.75m. The band shared the three-bedroom top floor property in Green Street, Mayfair in the autumn of 1963. A publicity photo of the Fab Four peering over a banister, used as the cover for the December 1963 edition of The Beatles Book, was taken at the top of the property's communal stairwell.
2011: Deftones fans at the Thunder Dome in Bangkok, Thailand, riot after the band cancels a scheduled performance an hour and a half after the show was set to kick off. The venue reportedly experienced a power failure, leaving the band without the use of a P.A. system.
2011: The Rolling Stones, in partnership with Stern Pinball, announce the release of the Rolling Stones Pinball Machine. The machine takes the player on a tour of four decades of Rolling Stones albums and history while playing thirteen Rolling Stones songs.
2011: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil begins serving a two week sentence following a Las Vegas DUI conviction. Over 25 years earlier (1984) Neil served 20 days after pleading guilty to drunk driving and manslaughter that caused a wreck that killed Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas Dingley. Neil also paid $2.5 million in restitution after the initial conviction.
2011: Stryper released their 8th studio album, 'The Covering.'
2012: Van Halen's 'A Different Kind Of Truth,' is #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart after selling 187,000 copies in its debut week.
2012: The Foo Fighters host a fundraising concert for President Obama's re-election campaign at the home of soap opera writer/producer Bradley Bell in Holmby Hills, CA. "I would hate to hand the administration over to another party that is just focused on corporations, greed and money," says Foo Fighters frontman David Grohl. "You know, I'm a fun, peace-loving guy, but sometimes the right wing gets a little too selfish." 1,000 supporters attend.
2013: Chubby Checker launched a half-billion dollar lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard for including an app on its phones and tablets that used the same name as the 71-year-old musician to measure a man's penis length based on his shoe size. The app had already been removed in 2012 after it was downloaded just 84 times at a cost of 99 cents. In July, 2014, the suit would be settled out of court for undisclosed terms.
2015: Paul McCartney appears during the three-hour-plus Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special. He and Paul Simon perform The Beatles' 'I've Just Seen A Face.' Later in the show, after being introduced by the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, McCartney does 'Maybe I'm Amazed.'
2016: Among the winners at the 58th annual Grammy Awards were Best Blues Album: 'Born To Play Guitar' by Buddy Guy, Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: 'I'll Be Me' by Glen Campbell and Best Spoken Word Album: 'A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety' by Jimmy Carter.
2016: The Grammys paid tribute to the late Glenn Frey when Eagles co-founders Don Henley and Bernie Leadon, along with guitarist Joe Walsh, bassist Tim Schmit and Jackson Browne, took the stage for a rendition of 'Take It Easy,' After their performance, show producer Ken Ehrlich presented the band with the Grammy Award that they won for 'Hotel California' which were they were not on-hand to receive at the 1977 Grammys.
2016: Paul McCartney was denied access to a Grammy after-party which was being held at the Argyle club in Hollywood. McCartney, along with Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and Beck, then headed to another party hosted by Republic Records, and had no problem getting in. Alluding to the incident, Maca quipped, "How VIP do we gotta get? We need another hit."

February 16
1955: Elvis Presley plays at the Odessa Senior High School in Odessa, Texas. A young Roy Orbison is in the audience.
1957: Disc jockey Pete Murray begins hosting BBC television's first Rock 'n' Roll music program 'The Six-Five Special,' named for the time the show began, five minutes after six. The show was given air-time immediately after the abolition of what was called the Toddlers' Truce, which had seen television stop between 6 and 7pm so children could be put to bed.
1963: The Beatles saw their second release, 'Please Please Me,' reach the top of the UK singles chart. No one seemed to care that during one verse, John and Paul can clearly be heard singing different words.
1964: The Beatles made their second live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, exactly one week after the first. Before an audience of 3,500 at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, The Beatles performed ‘She Loves You,' ‘This Boy,' ‘All My Loving,' ‘I Saw Her Standing There,' ‘From Me to You,' and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand.' An estimated audience of 70 million were watching.
1965: The Who perform at the Marquee Club where they are filmed for French television performing 'Heatwave,' ';Tell Me More,' 'Shout and Shimmy,' and 'Smokestack Lightning.' The footage is later broadcast on the ORTF TV 2 program Seize Millions De Jeunes on March 18th. Pete and manager Kit Lambert are both interviewed, the latter in French. Sticking to English, Pete expresses his doubts about marriage and mocks religious belief.
1967: Pink Floyd played at Guildhall in Southampton, Hampshire, England.
1968: George and Patti Harrison, and John and Cynthia Lennon fly to India for two months of transcendental meditation study with Maharishi Mahish Yogi. Ringo and Maureen Starr, Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, Mia Farrow and Donovan join them two days later. The experience is later written about in song 'Sexy Sadie.'
1968: Jimi Hendrix played back to back shows during his US tour at the Music Hall at Fair Park, as well as at McFarlin Memorial Auditorium in Dallas, Texas.
1968: Elvis Presley's Gospel album, 'How Great Thou Art' is awarded a Gold record. It would go on to win a Grammy Award for Best Sacred Performance and by 2010 was certified Triple-Platinum. The L.P. includes Presley's 1965 #3 hit, 'Crying in the Chapel.'
1969: The Doors' single 'Touch Me' peaks at #3 on the pop charts.
1971: The Rolling Stones were sued by the Hell’s Angel who was accused of stabbing a concertgoer at Altamont in 1969. Alan David Pasaro alleged that the Stones invaded his privacy by including footage of the fatal attack in their documentary Gimme Shelter.
1971: Johnny Cash recorded his signature song, 'The Man In Black.'
1972: Rick Nelson begins his first British tour.
1972: Genesis played at Greens Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland.
1972: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watt's wife Shirley was arrested after an incident at Nice Airport for swearing and hitting custom's officials.
1972: Hell’s Angel Alan David Pasaro was acquitted of the murder of Rolling Stones fan Meredith Hunter at Altamont.
1972: Led Zeppelin made their Australian live debut when they kicked off a six date tour at the Subiaco Oval, Perth. Police battled with over 500 fans who rammed locked gates trying to get into the concert. Over 4,000 fans stood outside the venue without tickets and local residents jammed police phone lines to complain about the noise.
1972: John Lennon performed 'Memphis' & 'Johnnie B. Goode' with Chuck Berry on The Mike Douglas Show. Lennon and Yoko Ono were co-hosts of the afternoon talk show for the week.
1973: Grand Funk Railroad played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1974: During a tour of America the members of Emerson, Lake & Palmer were arrested in Salt Lake City after swimming naked in the hotel pool. They were each fined $75.
1974: Bob Dylan started a four week run at #1 on the album chart with 'Planet Waves.' The album was originally set to be titled 'Ceremonies Of The Horsemen,' a reference to the song 'Love Minus Zero / No Limit,' from the 1965 album 'Bringing It All Back Home.' When Dylan decided to change the title at the last minute, the release was delayed for two weeks. It's his first album to hit the top spot.
1974: Elton John releases 'Bennie And The Jets.'
1974: Winners in the UK music weekly Disc Readers Awards Poll included: Slade for Top UK group. Top musician, Roy Wood; David Bowie won UK and World male singer, as well as Top single with 'Jean Genie,' and album with 'Aladdin Sane.' Top female singer was Lynsey De Paul, and Brightest hope was won by David Essex.
1975: T. Rex 'Bolan's Zip Gun' album is released in the UK. A UK-only release, the album did not chart, however, the single 'Light of Love' reached #22 on the UK singles chart.
1975: Cher started her own weekly hour of a music and comedy show on CBS-TV. The singer had co-hosted The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour with her former husband. Cher’s new show featured a female guest each week. The first guests are Elton John, Bette Midler and Flip Wilson.
1975: Lou Reed's concert in Rome ends in a riot when a political group attempts to halt the show and the police use tear gas to control the crowd. During the melee, Reed is hit with a brick.
1976: David Bowie appeared at the Civic Auditorium in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1976: Sweet released their 4th album, 'Give Us a Wink.'
1977: ZZ Top performed at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1978: Santana played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1979: George Harrison's 'Blow Away' b/w 'Soft Touch' 45 single is released in the UK. The song is one of Harrison's most popular and beloved post-Apple singles and was included in 'Nuns on the Run,' a comedy starring Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane.
1980: Rush appeared at the University Of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
1982: The Grateful Dead performed at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco.
1982: Simon & Garfunkel's 'The Concert in Central Park' is released. The live reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single, 'Wake Up Little Susie' reached the Adult Contemporary (#5) and The Billboard Hot 100 (#27) chart.
1984: Jerry Lee Lewis surrendered to federal authorities on charges of income tax evasion. Lewis would later be acquitted.
1985: Bruce Springsteen went to #1 on the UK album chart with 'Born In The USA,' his first UK #1 album and the singer’s 7th studio album. It was the best-selling album of 1985 in the United States, and Springsteen’s most successful album ever. The album produced a record-tying string of seven top 10 singles.
1985: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo became parents for the first time as their daughter Haley Egeana was born.
1988: The Church 'Starfish' is released. It reached #41 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The single, 'Under The Milky Way' reached both the Billboard Mainstream Rock (#2) and Hot 100 (#26).
1990: The day before he turns 18, Billie Joe Armstrong drops out of high school. A week later, he releases the first album with his band 'Green Day: 39/Smooth.'
1990: Ike Turner was sentenced to four years in prison for possession & transport of cocaine. He would be released after serving 18 months.
1991: The Simpsons were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Do The Bartman.' The song was written by Michael Jackson and Bryan Lorenand. The Simpsons became the first cartoon characters to reach number one since the Archies hit 'Sugar Sugar' in 1969. Jackson was a massive fan of The Simpsons and had called the producers one night offering to write Bart a #1 single and do a guest spot on the show.
1992: Mick Jagger is refused entry to Japan because he didn't have proper papers to enter the country.He spends the night in a Tokyo airport hotel but eventually Japanese Immigration officials issue him with a visa.
1993: At the 12th Annual Brit Awards in London. Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan, Kenny Jones and Bill Wyman (who was filling in for the sick Ronnie Lane) play together in what turns out to be a Faces reunion. Nirvana wins the Best International Newcomer.
1993: Lynyrd Skynyrd releases 'The Last Rebel,' the band's 7th album, on which Kurt Custer appears for his first time and guitarist Randall Hall for his last.
2003: System Of A Down films the video for 'Boom' while performing at an anti-war protest. However, the Iraq war goes off as scheduled.
2004: Sir Paul McCartney telephoned the British tabloid The Sun to deny reports of a rift between his second wife, Heather Mills, and his daughter, Stella McCartney. “I'm sick of people saying Heather and Stella don't get on,” he said, adding, “The truth is they do.”
2004: Doris Troy (born Doris Elaine Higginsen) dies from emphysema at her home in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was 67. Discovered by James Brown, Troy was a session singer who sang on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon and was signed to the Beatles Apple Records label. She also sang backup vocals with The Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, George Harrison, Dusty Springfield, and Carly Simon. Her only U.S. solo hit was 'Just One Look,' co-written with Dionne Warwick.
2005: Yusuf Islam, the former Cat Stevens was awarded substantial damages from The Sunday Times and The Sun, after they had printed articles alleging he was involved in terrorism. Both newspapers apologized to the 56 year old musician for the "false and highly defamatory allegations." The papers also paid his legal bills and pledged not to repeat the allegations. The money awarded was given to Tsunami relief projects.
2005: Jack White appears on CBS' '60 Minutes Wednesday.' The White Stripes frontman claims he almost gave up Rock n' Roll to become a priest. He was accepted by a seminary but decided to go to public school instead. "I had just gotten a new amplifier and I didn't think I was allowed to take it with me," says White.
2005: Jimi Hendrix memorabila goes on the block with a 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar fetching nearly $190,000. The London auction also features a poem written by Hendrix in 1967 and an autographed copy of the Experience's first single, 'Hey Joe.'
2005: Kid Rock was arrested in Nashville on charges that he punched a DJ at a nightclub. Rock is charged with misdemeanor simple assault. Apparently, Rock thought the DJ had insulted his friend and insisted on an apology. When he didn't get one, Rock started swinging. Police were called to the incident but Rock escaped from the club. Shortly after, he was pulled over by an officer who got an autograph but did not do a breath test despite smelling alcohol. (The officer has since been fired). The star was eventually arrested a few hours later, taken to the night court and released on $3,000 bail.
2006: Kid Rock's two month U.S. tour starts Hollywood, FL.
2006: Elton John wins a libel case he filed against London's Sunday Times newspaper over an article it ran claiming that he exhibited rude behavior at an 2005 charity ball. The amount of damages is undisclosed.
2006: 'The Taste Of Chaos Tour' kicks off in San Diego with the Deftones as the headliner.
2007: North Dakota's House of Representatives rejects a resolution to formally honor Bono for his Third World advocacy following complaints that the U2 singer has no connection with the state. "This is something that does matter to us as citizens of North Dakota, the United States and the world at large," responds state Representative Scot Kelsh, who proposed the legislation.
2007: Singer Ian Astbury announces he's leaving Riders On The Storm, the band featuring two of the three surviving Doors members. "I have enjoyed performing and sharing the stage with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger immensely," reads Astbury's statement. The singer works on the relaunch of The Cult.
2009: Elton John's songwriting skills are auctioned off to benefit Vancouver General Hospital's effort to help patients with blood cancer. Two people pay $200,000 each to have John write music to their lyrics and record the finished song. The gala raises over $2 million.
2010: The Oasis 1995 album, '(What's the Story) Morning Glory?,' is voted the Best British Album of the Last 30 Years at the BRIT Awards. But frontman Liam Gallagher swears through his acceptance speech before throwing the microphone into the audience. As a result, show host Peter Kay calls Gallagher a 'knobhead' which gets a big laugh.
2010: Eric Clapton performs at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band. Also on stage with Ono are her son Sean Lennon, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, Paul Simon and Bette Midler. The event celebrates Ono's birthday, two days later.
2013: Tony Sheridan (born Anthony Esmond Sheridan McGinnity) dies in Hamburg after undergoing heart surgery. He was 72. Sheridan, an early collaborator with the Beatles, was one of only two non-Beatles (the other being Billy Preston) to receive label performance credit on a record with the group. As a session musician, he recorded with Eddie Cochran, Cliff Richard, Conway Twitty and many others.
2015: Jesse Carey begins listening to Nickelback constantly for a week to raise cash for charity Water. He calls it his 'ultimate test of human endurance' while raising more than $30,000 for Water, a non-profit organization that brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries.
2016: Eagles Of Death Metal play their first full concert in Paris since extremist gunmen killed 89 people at the Bataclan club during an EODM show on 11/13/15. The concert is at the Olympia Theatre.
2016: The Iowa Supreme Court hears arguments in the lawsuit filed against a Des Moines pain doctor in the fatal overdose of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, who passed away in 2010.'

February 17
1955: At the recommendation of R&B artist Lloyd Price, Richard Penniman, who is currently leading an ensemble called Little Richard And The Upsetters, sends a demo tape to Specialty Records founder Art Rupe. After some initial reluctance, Rupe will sign Penniman to a contract that will pay the singer a half cent for every record sold.
1960: After achieving more than 15 million in sales with Cadence Records, The Everly Brothers sign a ten year, $1 million contract with Warner Brothers records, where they will enjoy eight more US Top 40 hits over the next seven years.
1960: Elvis Presley receives his first gold album award for his second album 'Elvis,' originally released in 1956. It spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, making Presley the first recording artist to have both albums go straight to #1 in the same year.
1962: Gene Chandler had the top tune on the Billboard Pop chart with "The Duke Of Earl", the first of his six US chart hits.
1966: Brian Wilson begins recording The Beach Boys' 'Good Vibrations.' Multiple layered overdubs spread out over eleven sessions would make this the most expensive single ever recorded to date. Before the year is done, the song tops both the U.S. and U.K. pop charts. Although the record would top charts around the world and sell millions of copies, it would be The Beach Boys' last to reach the Billboard Top 10 for ten years.
1967: John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers 'A Hard Road' album is released. It reached #8 on the U.K. Album Chart.
1967: The Beatles started recording a new John Lennon song 'Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite'. at Abbey Road studios in London. John's lyrics for the song came almost entirely from an antique poster advertising a circus performance scheduled to take place in Rochdale, Lancashire, in February 1843. John had purchased the poster in Sevenoaks on January 31 while The Beatles were on location for the filming of the 'Strawberry Fields Forever' promotional film.
1967: The Electric Prunes, The Left Banke, and The Beach Boys performed at Robertson Memorial Fieldhouseon the campus of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
1968: Following their first New York performance at the Anderson Theatre, Big Brother & the Holding Company are signed by Columbia Records.
1968: Canned Heat appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record some duets in Nashville at CBS Studios, with 'Girl From The North Country' eventually ending up on Dylan's 'Nashville Skyline' album, which Cash writes liner notes for.
1970: Joni Mitchell announced she was retiring from live performances during a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall. Joni was on stage again by the end of the year.
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1971: Johnny Cash is the subject of TV's 'This Is Your Life.'
1971: James Taylor makes his TV debut on ABC's 'Johnny Cash Show.' Other guests included Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt and Tony Joe White.
1971: Elton John received his first Gold album in the U.S. for his self-titled U.S. debut album.
1972: Pink Floyd begin a four-night stand at London's Rainbow Theatre during which they premiere some material that was scheduled to appear on the 'Dark Side of the Moon' album, including the song 'Eclipse.' Tickets cost £1 ($1.70). Eventually the playing of live versions of songs yet to be released would have to be stopped as bootleg copies of their material started to appear before the studio releases.
1972: Los Angeles radio station KDAY played two new Rolling Stones tracks non-stop for a day after obtaining stolen tapes from a producer's home.
1972: The (Perth) West Australian wrote about the previous night’s concert by Led Zeppelin, “Perth has probably never seen a concert quite like it. Certainly, a Festival of Perth attraction has never been so “heavy”. That Led Zeppelin rock group’s only concert at Subiaco Oval last night at the beginning of an Australian Tour was unique. The pelting rhythm and distinctive brackets of the group – consisting of electric guitarist Jimmy Page, organist John Paul Jones, drummer John Bonham and lead vocalist Robert Plant – were different from any rock group that has appeared in Perth. And the 80000 people who went enjoyed every minute of the two and a half hour performance.”
1973: War started a two-week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with 'The World Is A Ghetto.'
1973: Free play their final live gig in Hollywood, Florida as Simon Kirke and Paul Rodgers leave to form Bad Company.
1974: KISS played Long Beach Arena.
1975: John Lennon released 'Rock n' Roll.' The album consists of Rock n' Roll covers. It was his last album before leaving the music business for five years.
1975: AC/DC release their debut album 'High Voltage.' The album, released only in Australia, was re-released internationally with a new cover and track listing. The album featured a cover of 'Baby, Please Don't Go' a blues song first recorded by Big Joe Williams and 'She's Got Balls,' which was written about singer Bon Scott's ex-wife Irene - the first AC/DC song for which he wrote lyrics.
1976: The Eagles released 'Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)' album. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for five weeks total. It's the #1 all-time best selling album in the U.S., having sold more than 29 million copies since its original 1976 release.
1976: David Bowie performed at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado.
1977: ‎Van Halen‬ performed at the ‪Pasadena Civic Auditorium‬ in ‪Pasadena, California‬ for just $2.75.
1977: Pink Floyd played the first of three nights at the Sportpaleis Ahoy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
1978: Rush appeared at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland.
1979: Clash begin their first American tour. Dubbed 'Pearl Harbor 79,' the tour opens at Palladium in new York. First song is 'I'm So Bored with the USA.'
1979: Blondie scored their first UK #1 album when 'Parallel Lines' started a four-week run at the top of the charts, featuring the singles 'Heart Of Glass,' 'Hanging On The Telephone' and 'Sunday Girl.'
1981: Eric Clapton's 'Another Ticket' album is released. It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and included the single 'I Can't Stand It.'
1981: Iron Maiden begin their first 'real' world tour dubbed the Killer World Tour.
1984: Megadeth‬ played their first-ever show at Ruthie's Inn in Berkeley, CA. The band included Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson, Kerry King and Lee Rausch.
1986: King Diamond released his debut album, 'Fatal Portrait.'
1987: Lee Aaron released her self-titled 4th studio album.
1987: Manowar release their 5th album, 'Fighting the World.'
1988: a 12-year old Hollywood, FL., Motley Crue fan set his legs on fire while trying to imitate a stunt in the group's 'Live Wire' video. The boy suffered burns over ten percent of his body. Motley Crue issued a statement saying the band's stunts should not be tried at home.
1989: Whitesnake's David Coverdale marries Tawny Kitaen in Bel Air. Kitaen starred in 5 Whitesnake videos including 'Here I Go Again,' 'Is This Love' and 'Still of the Night.' The couple divorce in 1991.
1989: R.E.M., Hoodoo Gurus, and The Go-Betweens all appeared at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Australia.
1990: Aerosmith appears on Saturday Night Live where they perform a version of the Wayne's World theme song during a skit in which they appeared as themselves where Tom Hanks plays their roadie. They also perform 'Monkey on My Back' and 'Janie's Got A Gun.'
1996: Deep Purple released their 15th studio album, 'Purpendicular.'
1996: A Platinum American Express card once belonging to Bruce Springsteen was sold for $4,500 at a New York memorabilia sale. The singer had given the expired card to a waiter in a LA restaurant by mistake and let them keep it as a souvenir.
2000: John Lennon’s Steinway piano, on which he composed ‘Imagine’, went on display at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, England. The piano was set to be auctioned on the Internet later in the year and was expected to fetch more than $1.7 million.
2004: The Recording Industry Association of America filed 531 "John Doe" lawsuits against suspected users of peer-to-peer file-sharing services. Once a John Doe suit has been approved by a judge, the record-label plaintiffs can subpoena the information necessary to identify the defendant by name.
2004: Don Henley of The Eagles attacked the music industry in a Washington Post editorial. “When I started in the music business, music was important and vital to our culture,” he wrote, adding, “Record labels signed cutting-edge artists, and FM radio offered an incredible variety of music. Music touched fans in a unique and personal way. Our culture was enriched and the music business was healthy and strong. That's all changed.”
2004: Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic pulled out of the race for lieutenant governor of Washington, his reason given was “I found out firsthand that it’s really considered bad form to run against an incumbent of your own party."
2004: The Darkness performs at the (NME) Brit Awards, but a planned duet with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry doesn't happen. Tyler and Perry reportedly had agreed to perform their classic 'Love In An Elevator' with The Darkness, but later backed out. No matter, The Darkness picks up three awards including Best British Group and Best British Album ('Permission To Land').
2004: Prosecutors in the murder case of producer Phil Spector demanded that a fingernail overlooked by police investigating Lana Clarkson's shooting should be put forward as evidence. They claimed the fingernail, blackened with gunpowder, could indicate that the 40-year old actress killed herself at Spector's Los Angeles mansion. Spector, had denied murdering Clarkson.
2004: After a pair of no-shows, Courtney Love finally makes it to a court hearing on a possession of illegal drugs charge.
2004: It's announced that a civil lawsuit accusing Marilyn Manson of sexual assault has been dismissed after the two sides reached a settlement. Security guard Joshua Keasler was working on the stage during a July 2001 performance in Detroit when Manson allegedly approached him, wrapped his legs around the guard's neck and gyrated against him while wearing only a leather thong and panty hose.
2004: The 'G3: Rockin' in the Free World' album by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen is released.
2005: A 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar belonging to Jimi Hendrix sold for £100,000 at an auction in London. Other Hendrix items sold included a poem written two weeks after his appearance at the Monterey Festival which went for £10,000 and the first Jimi Hendrix Experience's single ‘Hey Joe,' signed by all the band sold for £2,000.
2005: 3 Doors Down's 'Seventeen Days' sells 231,000 copies in its debut week. It's the first time the Mississippi group nails the top spot on the Billboard album chart.
2005: 'Dust N' Bones: The Untold Story of Izzy Stradlin' is in bookstores. The tome charts the guitarist's early years in Lafayette, IN, through his tenure with Guns N' Roses.
2005: The VH-1 and VH-1 Classic sponsored reunion tour, 'Motley Crue: Red White & Crue Tour-Better Live Than Dead' kicks off in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
2006: Elvis Presley's only child, Lisa Marie Presley, married guitarist and musical director Michael Lockwood in Japan. Lisa was formerly married to Danny Keough from 1988-1994, Michael Jackson from 1994-1996 and Nicolas Cage for a short time in 2002. She has two children with Danny Keough; Benjamin Storm and Danielle Riley. Lisa's mother, Priscilla Presley attended and was part of the traditional Japanese wedding service.
2006: The Rolling Stones topped Forbes Magazine’s list of the top moneymakers in U.S. music for 2005. The rockers made $168 million dollars in record and ticket sales that year.
2006: Heart films a 'Decades Rock Live' segment for VH-1 at the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. The surviving members of Alice in Chains; Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney and Mike Inez also appear.
2006: It's the premiere of the long-delayed puppet movie 'Live Freaky! Die Freaky!' in San Francisco. Co-produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong, the flick features characters voiced by members of Green Day, A Perfect Circle, White Zombie, Blink-182 and Rancid.
2006: 10 Years' 'Wasteland' claims the #1 position on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, replacing Weezer's 'Perfect Situation.' 'Wasteland' is on the group's debut album, 'The Autumn Effect.'
2007: KoRn's Unplugged set airs on MTV. The group gets help from Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee and the Cure. KoRn drummer, David Silveria, was not present at the taping, taking a hiatus from the group. "I just need a break for right now." The performance was taped the previous December. A CD documenting the show is issued three day later.
2007: Journey serves as one of the grand marshals for the annual Endymion Parade, as part of New Orleans' annual Mardi Gras festivities. They also perform with Styx at a related event in the Louisiana Superdome.
2008: Little Richard got a standing ovation from a crowd of 2,400 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville without playing a single note. The 75 year old Rock 'n Roll pioneer was seated at the rear of the auditorium during a concert by The Temptations and The Four Tops when he was introduced by The Temp's Otis Williams.
2009: Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland unveils Weiland for English Laundry. The men's clothing line makes its debut at the Magic Marketplace trade show in Las Vegas. "From early on, I was inspired by Rock icons like David Bowie and Keith Richards, who helped in molding my personal sense of style," says Weiland, who worked with designer Christopher Wicks to create the line.
2009: Electric Hendrix Spirits, producers of a vodka bearing the late Jimi Hendrix's name and image (used without permission), gets nailed for $3.2 million by a U.S. District Court in Seattle. Additionally, the court rules that the vodka must be removed from distribution and the company is banned from producing any other Hendrix related products. The suit was filed by businesses (Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix) that oversee the late guitarist's copyrights.
2010: Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck appear together on the cover of Rolling Stone. There's also a joint interview with the guitar greats to promote their U.S. tour.
2010: Hole plays their first show in eleven years at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire (theatre). With Courtney Love the only original member.
2011: The Beatles controversial Butcher Block Cover for 'Yesterday And Today' sells for more than $26,000 at the Heritage Auction in Beverly Hills. The album was almost immediately recalled after its release in '66 and every album cover was supposed to be destroyed. There are thought to be 25 copies with the original album cover which features blood-splattered and chopped up doll parts strewn about John, Paul, George and Ringo, who are dressed in white butchers' smocks.
2012: Michael Davis, the bassist for MC5, dies of liver failure at age 68. Davis joined the group in 1964.
2014: Devo guitarist Bob Casale died of heart failure at the age of 61. The band had a string of New Wave hits, including 'Whip It' and 'Girl U Want.' He also engineered the first solo album for Police guitarist, Andy Summers.
2014: U2 is the first musical guest when 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon' premieres on NBC. They perform on the rooftop of Rockefeller Center before joining Fallon for a quick interview and an acoustic version of 'Ordinary Love.'
2015: The Dave Murray (Iron Maiden) California Series Stratocaster (custom guitar) is introduced.
2015: Bring Me The Horizon take home the Innovation honor at the NME Awards. The group also performs 'Happy Song' from their album, 'That's The Spirit.' However, the evening is better remembered for frontman Oli Sykes jumping on Coldplay's table and knocking it over.
2016: Dodge introduces a commercial for their car line using Metallica's 'Fuel' on the soundtrack.

February 18
1956: In a low point not only for Rock n' Roll but music in general, Pat Boone's white-bread cover of 'Tutti Frutti' hits #12 on the pop charts. Little Richard's original only peaked at #17, though it is infinitely superior.
1956: Although she was reluctant to record it in the first place, 'Rock and Roll Waltz' by Kay Starr becomes the first #1 record by a female in the Rock era. The disc would go on to sell over a million copies, but Kay would later say that she was never asked to perform the record on TV and seldom sang it during a live show.
1959: While on leave from the US Army in Paris, Elvis Presley visits the famous Lido Club, performing an impromptu show there.
1962: Having joined the Marines, the Everly Brothers, perform in uniform on the Ed Sullivan Show. The duo sang their new single, 'Crying In The Rain,' which was currently #6 on the Billboard chart.
1963: A month after giving her a 2 1/2 caret diamond ring, Phil Spector marries his girlfriend, Annette Merar. The pair would split later in the year after she suspected him of cheating with Ronnie Bennett of The Ronettes, and divorced in late 1965.
1964: The Beatles attend the training site of heavy weight boxing champion Sonny Liston for a publicity photo-op. Liston however, refuses to pose with "those sissies" and the group is then driven to Cassius Clay's gym where they are welcomed with open arms. In an odd twist, it would be Liston, not Ali, who would later be included among celebrities on the cover of 'Sgt. Pepper"s Lonely Hearts Club Band.'
1965: Working at Abbey Road studio’s in London, The Beatles recorded two new songs: John Lennon's ‘You've Got to Hide Your Love Away’ and a new Paul McCartney song ‘Tell Me What You See.’
1965: The Beatles publishing company, Northern Songs, is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
1965: The Kinks were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Tired Of Waiting For You,' the group's second UK #1. According to Ray Davies, the music for 'Tired of Waiting for You' was written on the train to the recording studio and the words were written at a coffee shop during a break in the session.
1966: Beach Boy Brian Wilson recorded the future classic song 'Good Vibrations', which went on to become the band's third US number-one hit. As a child, his mother told him that dogs could pick up "vibrations" from people, so that the dog would bark at "bad vibrations" Wilson turned this into the general idea for the song.
1966: News breaks in Melody Maker that The Who are leaving Brunswick and U.S. Decca for the new Reaction label in Europe and Atco in the U.S. Former producer Shel Talmy threatens the group with payback that he soon delivers, launching a lawsuit against the band and its managers. 'Substitute' was to have been released on the 18th but is stopped because of the lawsuit. That night The Who are in Scotland, performing at the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels.
1966: The Rolling Stones kicked off an 11-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Commemorative Auditorium, Sydney, supported by The Searchers.
1967: After a short series of minor hits, The Buckinghams score their first US Top 10 smash when 'Kind Of A Drag' reaches #1.
1967: An L.A. garage band called The Seeds help to bring Psychedelic music to American A.M. radio when their only Billboard Top 40 hit, 'Pushin' Too Hard' peaks at #36 during a three week stay. Their next three releases, 'Mr. Farmer' (#90), 'Can't Seem To Make You Mine' (#41) and 'A Thousand Shadows' (#100) would not fare as well.
1968: Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, along with their female companions, head to Rishikesh, India, to join the other two members of The Beatles in studying under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1968: David Gilmour replaced Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd. Barrett had checked himself into a psychiatric hospital and later went into seclusion. Gilmour makes his film debut as a member of Pink Floyd as Belgian TV recorded several promotional clips over two days including filmed versions of 'Astronomy Domine,' 'Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun,' 'Apples and Oranges,' 'Corporal Clegg,' 'Paintbox,' 'Scarecrow,' and 'See Emily Play.'
1968: Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart enjoy their biggest success as recording artists when 'I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight' peaks at #8, where it will stay for three consecutive weeks. As songwriters, the duo wrote 'Last Train To Clarksville,' 'Come A Little Bit Closer,' 'Hurt So Bad,' 'Valleri,' and many more.
1968: The Byrds performed at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
1969: Pink Floyd and Fairport Convention appeared at the Manchester & Salford Students’ Shrove Rag Ball, held at the Main Debating Hall at Manchester University, in Manchester, England.
1970: Rare Earth's 'Get Ready' b/w 'Magic Key' 45 single is released. The song peaked at #4 on the U.S. pop charts and also peaked at #20 on the R&B chart.
1971: Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band made their New York debut at Unganos.
1972: Neil Young's album 'Harvest' is certified gold. It went on to sell four million copies in the U.S.
1972: Savoy Brown's 8th album, 'Hellbound Train' is released. It reached #34 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1972: On their first Australian tour, Led Zeppelin rescheduled to the following night their concert at the Memorial Drive in Adelaide, after heavy rain left the stage and equipment unsafe. Zeppelin had brought to Adelaide the largest PA system seen in Australia to produce what was expected to be the loudest rock show ever heard.
1972: David Bowie performed at Sheffield University in Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England.
1972: Pink Floyd played at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1973: The Rolling Stones appeared at the Kooyong Tennis Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
1973: Rory Gallagher released his 4th album, 'Blueprint.'
1973: The nationally syndicated radio concert series The King Biscuit Flower Hour premieres, featuring Blood, Sweat & Tears, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
1973: At Elvis Presley's concert in Las Vegas, 4 men climb on stage and try to shake his hand. They are quickly thwarted by security and Elvis' bass player Jerry Scheff. Elvis tells the crowd, " immobilize the men using karate moves. No charges are filed. Elvis tells the audience: "I'm sorry I didn't break his goddamned neck, is what I'm sorry about."
1974: KISS release their self-titled debut which barely cracks the Billboard Top 100, peaking at #87. The album was on Casablanca Records after Warner Bros. dissolved their deal with the record label after the band refused to remove their makeup. The album initially sold only 75,000 copies, although now it is certified Gold.
1974: Yes sold out the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden without any advertising. Fans learned of the show from listings at ticket outlets.
1974: Paul McCartney & Wings 'Jet' b/w 'Let Me Roll it' 45 single is released. The song peaked at #7 in both the British and American charts on March 30, 1974.
1977: Pink Floyd played at Oude Ahoy Hallen in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
1977: Triumph performs their first U.S. concert in San Antonio, TX.
1977: KISS play their first Madison Square Garden show in New York City.
1977: Manfred Mann's Earth Band's 'Blinded By The Light' hits #1 on Billboard's Pop charts.
1978: After scoring Top 40 hits with 'Carry On Wayward Son' (#11) and 'Point Of Know Return' (#28), 'Dust In The Wind' by Kansas entered the Billboard chart on its way to becoming the group's only Top 10 hit.
1978: Winners at the Grammy Awards included Fleetwood Mac, Album of the year for Rumours, The Eagles, Record of the year for 'Hotel California,' and Best pop vocal performance, The Bee Gees for 'How Deep Is Your Love.'
1980: Bill Wyman announced that he was leaving The Rolling Stones. After an intervention by the rest of the band, the bassist was convinced to stay. He quit in 1992.
1980: Filming begins on Ringo Starr's new comedy, 'Caveman.'
1983: Neil Young appeared Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1987: Bon Jovi's 'Livin' On A Prayer' hits #1 on Billboard's Pop charts.
1988: KISS' 'Crazy Nights' album gets RIAA certified Platinum.
1989: Bon Jovi's 'Born To Be My Baby' peaks at #3 on the pop charts.
1990: Freddie Mercury made his final public appearance on stage when he joined the rest of Queen to collect the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, held at the Dominion Theatre in London.
1992: Vince Neil quits as lead singer of Motley Crue, after 11 years with the group. The band reunited on the American Music Awards five years later only to break up again. They reunited once more in 2005.
1992: Guns N' Roses released their 10th single, 'November Rain.'
1995: Suffering from complications resulting from drug and alcohol abuse, The Replacements' Bob Stinson dies. He was just 35.
1995: Hootie and the Blowfish peaks at #10 with 'Hold My Hand.'
1998: Robert Smith of The Cure does battle with the forces of musical evil as embodied by a monstrous Barbra Streisand on the animated television show 'South Park.'
1998: Oasis' Noel Gallagher's Epiphone Supernova guitar raised £4,600 ($7,820) in aid of Children In Need at a Bonhams auction held in London.
1999: Bob Geldof wins substantial but undisclosed damages from The Sun newspaper in London in a libel case over a story in which it falsely alleges that he had "groped, fondled and kissed" a nightclub stripper.
2000: An American court ordered the release of FBI files relating to John Lennon's interests and activities including his support for the Irish Republican cause and the Workers Revolutionary Party. The British Government told the US that it wanted the files to remain secret. MI5 also had files on Lennon, which they had passed on the FBI during the 70's.
2001: Iron Maiden manager, Rod Smallwood, begins a 350 mile trek across Kenya by bicycle for SCOPE, the UK's largest charity for disabled people and their families, as part of the Kenya Bike-Away, which has been organised to help people with cerebral palsy.
2001: James Taylor marries his longtime girlfriend Kim Smedvig, the director of public relations and marketing for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, at a small ceremony in Boston. It's Taylor's third wedding, and later in 2001 the couple have twin boys through a surrogate mothe
2003: Jet plays their first of eight shows opening for the Rolling Stones on the Australian leg of their Licks World Tour. The band had to stop recording on their debut album 'Get Born' in Los Angeles to fly home and jump on the opportunity. The intimate gig is held at Sydney’s Enmore Theater in front of 2000 or so lucky fans.
2003: Styx released their 14th album, 'Cyclorama.' It's their first without founding member Dennis DeYoung. It contained guest appearances from Brian Wilson, Billy Bob Thornton, John Waite & Tenacious D & peaked at #127 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
2004: Adrenaline Mob released the album 'Men Of Honor.'
2004, On his official Web site, Billy Corgan blames the 2000 split of the Smashing Pumpkins on guitarist James Iha. “James Iha broke up the Smashing Pumpkins, not me,” he writes. “I would have gone on forever, the Smashing Pumpkins were essentially my entire life.”
2005: Cheap Trick's Rick Neilson appears on the Food Network's 'Inside Dish' providing a tour of the Chicago restaurant he owns, Piece Brewery and Pizzeria.
2005: Linkin Park (with Jay-Z), Story Of The Year, Gavin Rossdale, Rob Zombie, Filter's Richard Patrick, ex-Cult guitarist Billy Duffy and Camp Freddy perform at the Music For Relief organization's Concert for South Asia in Anaheim, CA. A family emergency forces Ozzy Osbourne to cancel his appearance. He later issues an apology. Proceeds aid tsunami victims.
2005: The film 'Constantine' with Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale and Keanu Reeves opens. Rossdale plays "Satan's Salesman."
2005: The three surviving members of Alice In Chains perform at a tsunami-relief benefit concert in Seattle and raise over $100,000. Filling in for the late Layne Stayley are Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan, Puddle of Mudd's Wes Scantlin and Damageplan's Pat Lachman. Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic hosts the event.
2006: The Rolling Stones play a free concert at Rio de Janeiro's, Copacabana Beach. "City Hall considers this show to be like another New Year," says a Rio official. "We will treat it like that." The concert is simulcast live over the Internet via AOL Music. It's the group's first Rio show in eight years.
2007: The Rolling Stones unveil a line of auto-racing-themed merchandise for the Daytona 500. The new products sport a variation on the Stones' tongue-and-lips logo, with the red of the tongue replaced by a checkered-flag design.
2007: The CBS drama 'Cold Case' features Bob Dylan's music. The plot for the episode, titled 'Blood on the Tracks,' is loosely based on the eight Dylan songs played during the show, including 'Like a Rolling Stone,' 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door' and 'All Along The Watchtower.'
2008: In San Francisco, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic performs with Flipper at the group's release party for their 'Flipper -- Live Target Video 1980-81' DVD.
2008: Bon Jovi launches their U.S. tour in Omaha. Daughty, fronted by former American Idol runner-up Chris Daughtry, is the opening act on the two-and-a-half month trek.
2009: Stage Three Music, the publisher that owns the rights to Aerosmith's 'Back In The Saddle' files a copyright-infringement claim against Virginia Republican congressman Eric Cantor. The #2 Republican in the House, used the '70's hit in a YouTube video celebrating his party's solidarity against President Obama's stimulus plan and to symbolize that "the House GOP is back" after major Election Day losses. The clip is quickly taken down.
2009: U2's Bono performs with Coldplay's Chris Martin and The Killers at a London charity show for War Child. The organization aids young people in war-stricken areas.
2010: Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton launch their North American tour at New York's Madison Square Garden. Though the two performed together sporadically over the years this is their first joint trek. Both were in the legendary Yardbirds but not at the same time. Beck was Clapton's replacement.
2010: The Federal Trade Commission and Ticketmaster (now part of Live Nation Entertainment) reach a settlement regarding the 'deceptive tactics' they used in '09 when they sent Bruce Springsteen fans to secondary-ticket retailer TicketsNow when regular-priced tickets were still available. Under the settlement, Ticketmaster refunds ticket buyers the difference between the regular cost of the tickets and the higher price they paid through TicketsNow.
2012: Slash, Lenny Kravitz and Chris Cornell appear at the 70th birthday celebration for boxing legend Muhammad Ali. "Muhammad Ali is and always has been a role model and a hero to me," says Slash. "It's a huge privilege to be able to perform in his honor. He is one of the great icons of American culture and history." The Ali tribute is at the 16th annual Power Of Love Gala, a charity fundraiser in Las Vegas.
2013: Kevin Ayers dies in his sleep in France at 68. Ayers was a founding member of the pioneering psychedelic band Soft Machine in the mid-1960s, and worked with many artists, including Brian Eno, Syd Barrett, John Cale, Elton John, Andy Summers and Nico. Critics have said, “Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett were the two most important people in British pop music. Everything that came after came from them.”
2014: Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose writes an open letter protesting the Copenhagen Zoo's killing of a two-year-old giraffe to feed to lions while visitors were watching. The letter followed a series of sarcastic tweets calling attention to the killing of the baby male giraffe named Marius.
2014: The 72-year-old David Crosby postponed the final dates of his solo tour in order to undergo heart surgery.
2015: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page is honored with a special one-off Rock n' Roll Soul award, at the NME Awards in Austin, TX. The actual ceremony takes place ln London at the O2 Academy Brixton.
2015: Iron Maiden reveals that frontman Bruce Dickinson has completed a seven-week cancer treatment program consisting of chemotherapy and radiology. A routine checkup the previous year showed a small tumor on the back of the singer's tongue. The tumor is caught in early stages.

February 19
1878: Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.
1949: John Lee Hooker's 'Boogie Chillen' hits #1 on the R&B chart.
1952: 17-year-old Gene Vincent, still known by his real name Vincent Craddock, enters the US Navy.
1958: Following his initial success on Sun Records, Carl Perkins moves to Columbia where he releases 'Pink Pedal Pushers.'
1962: Chuck Berry begins serving a three year sentence in the Indiana Federal Penitentiary after being convicted the previous October of transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes. He would be released twenty months later.
1963: The Beatles, Freddie Starr & The Midnighters, The Pathfinders and Curtis & The All Stars all perform at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
1964: A British company shipped a half a ton of Beatle wigs to the US. An American reporter later asked John Lennon, "How do you feel about teenagers imitating you with Beatle wigs?" John replied "They're not imitating us because we don't wear Beatle wigs."
1964: Simon and Garfunkel record 'The Sound Of Silence.' It is later overdubbed with electric instruments by producer Tom Wilson. This version is released as a single and shoots to #1 in America, launching the career of the duo.
1965: Rod Stewart plays his first major gig in a Harrow, England club, singing with his band, The Soul Agents.
1965: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song ‘You're Going To Lose That Girl’ in two takes. On his new song, John Lennon sang, and accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, backed by Paul and George. The band lip-synched to the recording for the movie 'Help!' The final album mix was made four days later.
1965: The Who learn by letter that J.E. Grant has given them the go-ahead to appear on the BBC 'Light Programme' after they pass their audition of the 12th with four votes out of seven. The same day is more good news as 'I Can’t Explain' makes its first appearance on a British chart, popping up at #45 in Record Mirror.
1966: The Who performed at Memorial Hall in Norwich, England.
1966: Lou Christie enjoys his only US 31 record with 'Lightnin' Strikes",' a song that his record company, MGM, hated so much, they initially refused to release. Label head Lenny Shear actually threw the tape in the wastebasket and said it was "a piece of crap." After Christie's management team promoted the record themselves, it started to gain attention and three months later, Billboard magazine featured a picture of Shear presenting Christie with a Gold record. It became a #11 hit in the UK.
1966: Bob Dylan appeared at Ottawa Auditorium in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at Brady’s Club in London.
1967: Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane performed at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
1968: Gerry Marsden of Gerry And The Pacemakers begins a 3 1/2 year run in the London stage production of 'Charlie Girl.'
1969: Yes appeared at the Marquee Club in London.
1970: Neil Young played an acoustic show at KQED-TV Studios, San Francisco. Back in the day, KQED was responsible for spotting the best new music via their live sessions. The song selection was from the 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere' era. The setlist reportedly was: 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere,' 'Everybody’s Alone,' 'Dance Dance Dance,' 'On The Way Home,' 'Wonderin #1,' 'Wonderin #2,' 'Instrumental Noodling (including – Out On The Weekend I – Don’t Want To Talk About It – Helpless – Country Girl – Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It),' Sugar Mountain.'
1970: Monkees song writers Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart guest-star on ABC-TV's 'Bewitched.'
1971: In London's Royal Courts of Justice, Paul McCartney's lawsuit against his fellow ex-Beatles begins. McCartney's suit seeks to remove Allen Klein as manager of the group's financial affairs.
1971: Yes released their third LP 'The Yes Album.' It was their first album with guitarist Steve Howe who replaced Peter Banks in 1970, and their last in the 1970's to feature keyboardist Tony Kaye.
1971: REO Speedwagon and Mountain played Robertson Memorial Fieldhouse at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
1971: Paul McCartney's 'Another Day' b/w 'Oh Woman, Oh Why' 45 single is released in the UK. It
1972: Paul McCartney releases 'Give Ireland Back to the Irish,' his commentary about the Britain-Ireland conflict. The song was immediately banned by the BBC, but the notoriety the song received from the banning only increased its popularity and the record soared into the UK Top 20.
1972: Produced by George Harrison and Todd Rundgren, Badfinger's 'Straight Up' album hits the charts. It includes their hit 'Day After Day.'
1972: Harry Nilsson started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Badfinger song 'Without You' (written by the group's Pete Ham and Tom Evans). His vocal was recorded in a single take and his performance was rewarded with Nilsson's second Grammy Award in 1973 for Best Male Pop Vocal.
1972: Led Zeppelin performed at the Memorial Drive, Adelaide in Australia. A local paper who reviewed the show printed: Singer Robin Plant (sic) overcame an “Australian bug” in his throat and broke into his own in “Black Dog” and “Stairway To The Stars” (sic.)
1972: Led Zeppelin achieve their second biggest single, 'Black Dog', which hits #15 and goes on to become an FM radio staple.
1972: Traffic's 'Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys' reaches #7 on the U.S. album chart.
1973: The Grateful Dead performed at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois.
1974: KISS makes their TV debut performing on 'Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.'
1974: To compete wioth the Grammys, Dick Clark launches the American Music Awards where the record buying public vote on the awards. Hosts include Smokey Robinson, Helen Reddy and Roger Miller. Among this year's winners are The Carpenters for Favorite Band, Jim Croce, Favorite Male Artist, and Tony Orlando And Dawn, Favorite Single for 'Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree.'
1974: Black Sabbath appeared at the Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland.
1976: Former lead singer with Tower Of Power, Rich Stevens was arrested in connection with the drug related murders of three men in San Jose, California. He is found guilty and initially sentenced to death, but given a life sentence when death penalty is ruled unconstitutional in California. He is released 36 years later, and in 2016 joins Tower of Power to play a prison concert.
1976: Cat Stevens performed at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1977: At the Grammys, Linda Ronstadt wins Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, for her album 'Hasten Down The Wind.'
1977: Manfred Mann's Earth Band scored a #1 single in the US with their version of the Bruce Springsteen song 'Blinded By The Light.' It spent one week on top which is Springsteen’s only #1 single as a songwriter. The Earth Band’s version features several changed lyrics. The most prominent change is in the chorus, where Springsteen’s “cut loose like a deuce” is replaced with “revved up like a deuce.” Springsteen himself has said that it was not until Manfred Mann rewrote the song to be about a “feminine hygiene product” that it became popular.
1977: ZZ Top played at Chicago Stadium.
1979: Frank Zappa performed at the Hammersmith Odeon, London.
1980: Bon Scott (born Ronald Belford Scott) died in the wee hours of February 19 in the back seat of a friends car following an alcholic binge in London. He went out with a friend, Alistair Kennear, to see a couple bands. He drinks heavily through the night and passes out in the car. Kennear decides to let Scott sleep it off in the car but finds him unconscious the following day. At the hospital, doctors are unable to revive Scott. His death comes just months after the band scores its first big American success with the album, 'Highway To Hell.' He was just 33 years old.
1981: ABKCO Music, owner of the publishing rights to the Chiffons hit 'He's So Fine,' is awarded $587,000 from George Harrison, who was found guilty of subconsciously plagiarizing the song in his composition 'My Sweet Lord.'
1982: Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in San Antonio, Texas for urinating on the Alamo. Osbourne was wearing a dress at the time of his arrest. He is banned from performing in the city until he donates $10,000 to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the group that maintains the monument. Osbourne doesn't make his donation until 1992 and finally apologizes for the incident in 2015.
1982: Alice Cooper appeared at The Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland.
1983: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers made their second appearance as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live where they performed 'Change of Heart' and 'The Waiting.'
1985: Mick Jagger releases his album 'She's The Boss.'
1987: Bon Jovi's second album '7800 Fahrenheit' goes platinum.
1987: Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty, and Jesse Ed Davis join bluesman Taj Mahal onstage during his concert at Hollywood's Palomino Club.
1992: During their 'Use Your Illusion Tour' Guns n' Roses played the first of three nights at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. The 55,000-seat baseball stadium (The Big Egg) is the largest concert hall in Japan.
1993: Lynyrd Skynyrd celebrated their 20th anniversary with a Lynyrd Skynyrd & Friends LYVE performance from Atlanta’s Fox Theatre that aired live on pay-per-view. Special guests included Peter Frampton, Charlie Daniels, Zakk Wylde, Poison singer Bret Michaels & Cinderella singer Tom Kiefer.
1994: Green Day's 'Dookie' begins a two year stay on the U.S. album chart. The group's third studio album rises to #2 and sells over 12 million copies.
1994: Despite staying on the album chart for over a year and a half, Rage Against The Machine's self-titled debut can only reach #45.
1994: Their acoustic cover of 'Because The Night' from MTV Unplugged becomes by far the biggest hit for 10,000 Maniacs when it peaks at #11 in the US. Natalie Merchant left six months earlier - the MTV performance was one of her last with the group.
1995: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee marries Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson on a beach in Cancun. She wore a white bikini. Anderson and Lee who married only four days after meeting had videotaped their sexual activities while on vacation which was later stolen and released on the Internet. After suing the video company who released the tape, the Lees entered into a confidential settlement agreement. The couple divorced in 1998.
1995: Jon Bon Jovi’s wife Dorthea gave birth to their second child, a son named Jesse James Louis.
1996: Oasis win Best Group, Best Video ('Wonderwall') and Best Album '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?' at the UK's Brit Awards. In their gracious acceptance speech they refer to record industry personnel as 'corporate pigs'. Other winners included Paul Weller who won British Male Solo Artist, British Female Solo Artist went to Annie Lennox, British Breakthrough Act went to Supergrass, International Group was Bon Jovi, International Breakthrough Act went to Alanis Morissette and David Bowie was awarded Outstanding Contribution to music. Pulp's Jarvis Cocker walked on stage during the BRIT Awards in an impromptu protest against Michael Jackson's performance. Jackson was singing 'Earth Song' (he also won Artist of a Generation) while surrounded by children and a rabbi and making 'Christ-like' poses. In the ensuing confusion, as security attempted to eject Cocker from the stage, three child performers received minor injuries. Cocker was questioned by police but later released without charges. Brian Eno wins for Best Producer. He won the same award in 1994.
1997: A New York judge dismissed a $7 million lawsuit a fan filed against Motley Crue for hearing loss suffered at one of their concerts. The judge ruled that the fan knew the concert would be loud when he purchased the ticket.
1998: The Stray Cats reunite to play a benefit for the Carl Perkins Foundation at L.A.'s House of Blues. Proceeds going to the Carl Perkins Center For The Prevention Of Child Abuse.
1999: Marilyn Manson files a defamation countersuit against former Spin executive editor Craig Marks. Manson's action is in response to a multimillion-dollar suit Marks filed the month before against defendants that included the singer, label Nothing/Interscope, and Manson's bodyguard agency.
1999: Fu Manchu released their 5th studio album 'Eatin' Dust.'
2002: Joey Ramone released his 1st solo album, 'Don't Worry About Me.'
2004: Johnny Cash's family blocked an attempt by advertisers to use his hit song 'Ring of Fire' to promote haemorrhoid-relief products. The idea is said to have been backed by Merle Kilgore, who co-wrote the song with Cash's wife, June Carter Cash. Cash's daughter Rosanne said the family "would never allow the song to be demeaned like that."
2004: Four years after the fact, Billy Corgan claims in an online post that he wasn't to blame for the Smashing Pumpkins' demise. "The truth of the matter is that (guitarist) James Iha broke up the Smashing Pumpkins." Corgan adds that bassist D'arcy Wretzky was axed from the band "for being a mean-spirited drug addict who refused to get help."
2005: John Fogerty teams up with Keith Urban on CMT's (Country Music Television) show, 'Crossroads.'
2006: Bon Jovi performs prior to the Daytona 500 stock car race at Florida's legendary Daytona International Speedway. The band's show is part of the Sprint Tribute to America, which honors men and women in the United States Armed Forces.
2007: Aerosmith celebrate the announcement of a European Tour by performing a set before a small audience at London's Hard Rock Cafe.
2008: Kinks frontman Ray Davies' solo album 'Working Man's Cafe,' is released in the U.S. The 12-song album was recorded in Nashville.
2008: Songs by Paul McCartney and Wings and Bob Seger are on track packs for 'Guitar Hero: World Tour.' McCartney and Wings contribute 'Junior's Farm' and 'Jet.' Seger is represented by 'Old Time Rock And Roll.'
2008: Two releases by Oasis were voted the best British albums ever recorded in a poll of 11,000 people. Their 1994 album 'Definitely Maybe' came top, while their 1995 follow-up '(What's the Story) Morning Glory' was 2nd in the vote for Q magazine and HMV. Radiohead's 'OK Computer' finished 3rd, followed by 'Revolver' by The Beatles and the Stone Roses' self-titled debut. The full list of 50 British albums included five by The Beatles.
2009: The Grammy Awards Charity Auction on eBay concludes. AC/DC's signed Gibson SG Standard guitar and autographed items from Robert Plant, Foo Fighters, Slash and 311 are auctioned off with proceeds going to MusiCares and the Grammy Foundation.
2009: Electric Light Orchestra bassist Kelly Groucutt dies in Worcestershire, England, after suffering a heart attack the previous day. Groucutt played with ELO from 1974 to '83. He was 63.
2010: It's announced that Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy will work on Avenged Sevenfold's next album - replacing James "The Rev" Sullivan who passed away the previous December.
2013: Buckcherry's sixth album, 'Confessions,' featuring the single 'Gluttony,' is released.
2013: U2, Paul McCartney and Coldplay appear on the benefit album, 'War Child 20: The Best Of,' a compilation celebrating 20 years of helping children in war zones.
2014: Just weeks after being released from prison, Pussy Riot band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are detained by police after a protest near the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Cossack militia armed with horsewhips strike the women who are also roughly handled. Photos of their wounds, taken at a hospital, goes viral.
2014: A second DUI in as many years gets 3 Doors Down baserst and founding member Todd Harrell suspended indefinitely from the band.
2014: David Bowie was named best British male at the Brit Awards in London, although he was not there in person to collect his award. It was the third time he has won such an award.
2015: Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson was being treated for cancer after a small cancerous tumor was found at the back of his tongue.
2015: After a further 15% decline in sales in 2014, Starbucks announced that they would stop selling CDs in their over 21,000 stores by the end of March of 2015.
2016: Last In Line, featuring Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, founding Dio members Vinny Appice and the late Jimmy Bain and singer Andrew Freeman (who previously fronted Lynch Mob), release its debut album, 'Heavy Crown.'
2016: The documentary 'We Are Twisted F***ing Sister' was released in theaters.

February 20
1958: Billed as 'The Big Gold Record Stars' Bill Haley and his Comets, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmie Rodgers all performed on the first date of a six day tour of Florida.
1959: A 16 year old Jimi Hendrix made his stage debut when he played a show at the Temple De Hirsch Sinai synagogue in Seattle.
1960: Jimi Hendrix made his first stage appearance with his band The Rocking Kings at the National Guard Armory in Seattle.
1963: The Beatles drove through the night from Liverpool to London to appear on the live lunchtime BBC radio program 'Parade of the Pops.' Performing ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘Please Please Me’, the appearance lasted just over 4 minutes. They then drove another 180 mile trip back north for their performance that night at the Swimming Baths in Doncaster, Yorkshire.
1964: The Beach Boys record 'Don't Worry Baby.'
1965: Gary Lewis and the Playboys started a two week run at #1 on the singles chart with 'This Diamond Ring.' Session musicians were used on the track instead of the band and Gary's voice was heavily over dubbed with other singers. When it came time to perform the song 'live' on The Ed Sullivan Show, Gary sang along with pre-recorded tracks as the Playboys pretended to play their instruments. Lewis is the son of actor Jerry Lewis.
1966: The Who play the Oasis Club in Manchester. After the show photographer Colin Jones meets The Who at Manchester Airport and shoots the color photo of Pete in the foreground wearing the Union Jack jacket with the rest of The Who lined across the back. Used a month later in the Sunday Observer, it becomes one of the most famous Who portraits.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the Adelphi Ballroom, West Bromwich, England.
1968: Pink Floyd performed 'Astronomy Domine,' 'Flaming,' 'Set The Controls for the Heart of the Sun,' and 'Let There Be More Light' at ORTF TV Studios in Buttes Chaumont, France for the music program Bouton Rouge. It was broadcast four days later.
1969: 'Goodbye Cream' premieres in Baltimore. It’s a documentary of the power trio’s farewell concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall from the previous year.
1969: Blind Faith (Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech) begin recording their self-titled debut (and only) album at Morgan Studios in London. The album was finished at Olympic Studios.
1969: A film called 'Candy,' which stars Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, James Coburn, John Huston, Walter Matthau, Sugar Ray Robinson and Ringo Starr (in his first non-musical role), makes it premiere. The film received an X rating because of a scene where Candy (played by Ewa Aulin) and the Mexican gardener, Emanuel (Ringo Starr), have sex.
1970: The single 'Instant Karma' by The Plastic Ono Band was released in the US. John Lennon had written, recorded and mixed the track all in one day on the January 22, 1970. Produced by Phil Spector, the single features George Harrison, Klaus Voormann (bass), Billy Preston, Alan White (drums) and Yoko Ono. It is the third solo single issued by Lennon, and it peaked at #3 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box Top 100 singles charts in the US, #2 on Canada's Singles Chart and #5 on the UK Singles Chart. The song's first appearance on album was the 1975 compilation 'Shaved Fish.' In the US, the song peaked at #3 as The Beatles' single 'Let It Be' was rising to #1. While both songs competed for position in the Top 3, the Beatles officially announced their dissolution.
1971: Yes appeared at Kingston Poly in London, England. Support act was Queen. Tickets cost 50p ($0.85c).
1971: Canned Heat and ZZ Top perform at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1971: The soundtrack to 'Jesus Christ Superstar' went to #1 on the album chart.
1971: Judy Collins enjoys her biggest chart success as her rendition of 'Amazing Grace' reaches #15 in the US and #5 in the UK. The record enjoyed one of the longest UK chart runs ever, with an initial stay of 32 weeks, and coupled with many re-entries, totaled 67.
1972: Alice Cooper and Badfinger appeared at The Convention Hall in San Diego, California.
1972: During their only tour of Australia, Led Zeppelin perform at the Kooyong Tennis Courts in Melbourne, Australia.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band performed at The Barn in Peoria, Illinois. REO Speedwagon was the opening act.
1973: Santana appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1974: Black Sabbath and The James Gang played at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY.
1974: Yes sell out Madison Square Garden in New York. They didn't advertise and tickets sold in two days on word of mouth.
1974: Cher files for divorce from Sonny Bono after ten years of marriage.
1975: 'Johnny Cash Day' is declared in Los Angeles.
1975: Alice Cooper released his first solo album 'Welcome to My Nightmare' which went on to reach #5 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell one million copies in the U.S.
1976: David Bowie’s ISOLAR tour stops at the Mecca in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1976: KISS have their footprints added on the sidewalk outside Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theater.
1977: Winners at this years Grammy Awards included Stevie Wonder for Best album with 'Songs In The Key Of Life,' and Best Vocal performance for 'I Wish.' Best album went to Chicago for 'Chicago X,' Linda Ronstadt won Best Pop Vocal Performance - Female for 'Hasten Down The Wind' and Best new artist went to the Starland Vocal Band.
1978: Rush performed at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1979 George Harrison issues his 8th, self-titled album.
1980: Bon Scott, singer from AC/DC was pronounced dead on arrival at a London hospital after a heavy night’s drinking. Scott was found in the passenger seat of a friend’s parked car. The official coroner’s report stated that he had “drunk himself to death,” after suffocating on his own vomit.
1981: Bruce Springsteen appeared at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
1981: Rush kicked off their tour in support of 'Moving Pictures' at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, MI.
1982: King Crimson played at the Columbus Agora in Columbus, Ohio.
1982: Pat Benatar marries her guitarist Neil Gerado on the Hawaiian island of Maui. It was Benatar’s second marriage & they’re still married to this day.
1982: The Genesis single 'ABACAB' (the title is the song's chord progression) peaks at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. It was their 4th single to reach the top 40 in the U.S.
1982: 'Death Wish II' is released in the USA with a soundtrack by Jimmy Page.
1986: Bon Jovi begin recording their third album, 'Slippery When Wet' in Vancouver. It goes on to sell over 10 million copies.
1988: Alice Cooper with special guest Motorhead played in Edmonton, Alberta at the Northlands Coliseum.
1988: Foreigner peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Say You Will' which was their eighth top 10 single in the U.S.
1991: Bob Dylan was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 33rd annual Grammy Awards. He delivers a perplexing acceptance speech. It's a loose paraphrase of Psalm 27, which is traditionally recited prior to Yom Kippur. Aerosmith won their first Grammy for Best Rock Performance for 'Janie’s Got A Gun' & performed 'Come Together' as part of the tribute to Lennon. Other winners include Roy Orbison, Aaron Neville, Eric Clapton, Bette Midler, Linda Ronstadt, Mariah Carey and Quincy Jones.
1993: More than 34 years after his death, Buddy Holly had the #1 album on the UK chart with the 'Words of Love' compilation album. Holly reached the Top 10 of the UK album chart for five straight decades.
1996: Sepultura released their 6th studio album, 'Roots.'
2000: The biographical TV movie 'Little Richard' airs on NBC. Actor Leon plays the title role.
2002: D.A.D. released their 8th album, 'Soft Dogs.'
2003: At a Great White show in The Station Nightclub in West Warwick, RI, while the band opens with 'Desert Moon,' a fire erupts when pyrotechnics ignite the soundproof insulation at back of the stage, which spread to the ceiling. In the ensuing chaos, fans rush toward the main entrance. Of the 462 concertgoers, 100 are killed (including Great White guitarist Ty Longley, and WHJY DJ Mike "The Doctor" Gonsalves, the concert's MC). In addition, 230 are injured from smoke inhalation, burns or being trampled in crowd. As a result, Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele is sentenced to 10 years for involuntary manslaughter (he was paroled in 2008).
2003: Red Hot Chili Peppers won International Group at The Brit Awards.
2004: Brian Wilson kicked off an 11-date UK tour at London's Royal Festival Hall. The shows saw Wilson performing the full suite of songs from his unreleased masterpiece 'Smile.'
2006: Motley Crue kick off a North American tour in Columbus, GA.
2006: Elton John and pop diva Celine Dion perform onstage for the first time to help raise money for hurricane Katrina relief efforts at a benefit show in Las Vegas. The pair sing two duets together, 'Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)' and 'Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word.' The show raises $2.1 million.
2007: The Who's Pete Townshend and Lou Reed perform together for the first time in New York. During the Attic Jam, Townshend plays a four-song solo acoustic set before being joined onstage by Reed. The two roll through a trio of Velvet Underground songs.
2007: Nickelback start yet another tour in support of their 2005 album 'All The Right Reasons' in Tacoma, WA. The four-week arena trek has Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin opening.
2007: Dave Navarro's divorce from actress Carmen Electra is finalized. They announced their separation seven months earlier after nearly three years of marriage.
2007: Crosby, Stills & Nash's postpone a planned U.S. tour. David Crosby unspecified medical issues are the reason. The group had just dropped out of an Australia-New Zealand tour.
2008: Paul McCartney earns the Outstanding Contribution to Music trophy at the BRIT Awards. During the London ceremony he performs 'Live And Let Die,' 'Hey Jude,' 'Lady Madonna' and 'Get Back.' Foo Fighters win the Best International Group and Best International Album honors. Ozzy Osbourne and his wife, Sharon host the awards.
2008: Foo Fighters sue Marvel Studios over the alleged unauthorized use of two of their songs, 'Best Of You' and 'Free Me,' in a trailer for the Wolverine And The X-Men animated series.
2008: Devon Townsend, the woman guilty of stalking and harassing Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and his wife, Talinda, gets a two-year sentence. Townsend used her work computer to obtain personal information about the couple.
2008: Linkin Park performs a surprise show at an Apple Store in New York.
2008: A 1976 Rolling Stones album bought for £2 at a car boot sale sold for £4,000 at an auction. The 'Black and Blue' LP was signed by John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul and Linda McCartney and George Harrison as well as members of the Rolling Stones. The seller obtained the album after haggling the cost down from £3.
2009: The White Stripes appear on the final episode of 'Late Night' in New York before host Conan O'Brien takes over 'The Tonight Show' in Los Angeles.
2010: An event was staged at The Barbican in London where 40 zebra finches made music by landing on guitars and cymbals. The flock of finches would land on Gibson Les Paul guitars, which were plugged into amplifiers and land on upturned cymbals being used as bird feeders to make random sounds. A video clip of the installation, on YouTube had been watched more than 520,000 times.
2011: Tom Morello performs in Madison, WI., in support of protesters railing against a bill Republican governor Scott Walker proposed that would effectively exclude state employees from collective bargaining.
2011: Davy Jones confirmed that The Monkees were reuniting to tour the UK for the first time in 12 years.
2012: The Songwriters Hall Of Fame announced that Bob Seger and Gordon Lightfoot would be inducted on June 14th in New York.
2013: Pearl Jam's 1991 debut album 'Ten,' reaches the 10 million mark in U.S. sales.
2014: It's Kurt Cobain Day in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington. "Aberdeen residents may justifiably take pride in the role our community played in the life of Kurt Cobain," says mayor Bill Simpson. For the record, Cobain made no secret of his animosity toward his hometown. Also, a statue is unveiled showing the Nirvana frontman shedding a single tear.
2014: Sales of Blue Swede's 'Hooked On a Feeling' went through the roof following its use in the new trailer for the film 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' The song originally became a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 6, 1974.
2015: Scorpions release their 18th studio album, 'Return to Forever.'
2015: Black Star Riders release their 'Killer Instinct' album.
2015: With ticket prices ranging between $125 and $195 each, Fleetwood Mac led the Hot Tours list by taking in $3.8 million for three shows during the previous week. The 'On With The Show' tour was slated to run until April, followed by a six week European trek starting in May.
2016: A lock of John Lennon's hair, cut from his head in 1966 for his role in the film 'How I Won the War,' sold at an auction to a U.K. based memorabilia dealer for $35,000.

February 21
1952: A 17-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis marries his first wife, preacher's daughter Dorothy Barton, in what is rumored to be a shotgun wedding.
1958: Gibson's first "Flying V" guitar is shipped from a factory in factory in Kalamazoo, MI.
1961: The Beatles played three gigs in one day. The first was a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club, then at night they appeared at the Cassanova Club, Liverpool and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.
1964: The Beatles leave the US and return to England after their triumphant first visit.
1964: The Rolling Stones crack the U.K. Top 10 for the first time with a cover of Buddy Holly's 'Not A Fade Away.' It was their first Top 5 hit in Great Britain, reaching #3. In March 1964 it was also the Rolling Stones' first single release in the United States, on the London Records label, with 'I Wanna Be Your Man' as the B-side (briefly preceded by 'Stoned,' which had immediately been withdrawn). The single reached #48 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
1964: Billy Joel joins his first rock band The Echoes, who specialize in playing the hits by UK bands. The quartet would play cover songs under the names The Lost Souls, The Commandos and The Emerald Lords before Billy split two years later to join The Hassles. He would make his breakthrough in 1973 with 'Piano Man.'
1966: Written largely by John Lennon about himself, The Beatles release 'Nowhere Man.' The song appears on the 'Yellow Submarine' soundtrack.
1966: Elvis Presley begins filming his 22nd movie, 'Spinout.' He also tells a local Los Angeles paper about the gospel album he's currently working on, eventually titled 'How Great Thou Art.'
1967: Pink Floyd started their first sessions at the EMI Studios in St. John's Wood, London on their debut album 'The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn,' working on the song 'Matilda Mother'. While Pink Floyd were recording their album with former Beatles engineer Norman Smith, The Beatles themselves were working in the studio next door, recording 'Fixing A Hole' for their Sgt. Pepper album. Micky Dolenz from The Monkees attended the mixing session during the day.
1968: McGraw-Hill Publishing wins the rights to Hunter Davies' authorized bio of The Beatles. Lennon later complains the book glossed over what they were really like and how they lived.
1968: Blood, Sweat & Tears released their debut LP 'Child Is Father to the Man.' It reached #47 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #264 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1968: The Who play the Civic Auditorium in San Jose, California. Sagittarius and Blue Cheer open. For this show, the first of a six-week North American tour, The Who introduce extended jams of 'Shakin’ All Over,' 'Relax' and 'My Generation.'
1969: Elvis Presley purchases a Kodak microfilm reader and begins microfilming over 4,000 personal items.
1970: Simon And Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' entered the UK album chart at #1, where it would stay for 12 consecutive weeks. It would return to the top seven times, spending a total of 41 weeks there over the next two years. In the US, the LP spent 10 weeks at #1 on the strength of three Top 10 singles and was the #7 album of the decade in America.
1970: Having been in release for only 15 weeks, 'Led Zeppelin II' approaches sales of 2 million.
1970: Alice Cooper played at the Uptown Palladium 12 Theatre‎ in Birmingham, Michigan.
1971: Alice Cooper's 3rd album, 'Love It to Death' was released. It reached #35 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #460 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The hit 'I'm Eighteen' reached #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, and subsequently been included on the Rolling Stone list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" at #482; and selected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
1972: Yes played at Sunshine Inn in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
1972: Led Zeppelin released 'Rock And Roll/Four Sticks' as a 7 inch single in the US, peaking at #47 on the chart. The song was written as a spontaneous jam session, whilst the band were trying to finish 'Four Sticks'. Drummer John Bonham played the introduction to Little Richard's 'You Keep A-Knockin' and Page added a guitar riff. With the tapes rolling the basic song was finished fifteen minutes later.
1973: The Rolling Stones played at Memorial Drive Park in Adelaide, Australia.
1975: Genesis performed at the Folkoner Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1975: David Bowie releases 'Young Americans' as a single, which became a breakthrough hit in the U.S. The backing vocal arrangement came at the suggestion of soul singer Luther Vandross.
1975: Status Quo released their 8th studio album, 'On the Level" is the
1976: David Bowie played Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
1976: The Four Seasons were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'December ’63 (Oh What A Night'), the group’s only UK chart topper.
1977: Fleetwood Mac released 'Rumours.' The album went on to sell more than 15 million copies world-wide and spent 31 weeks at #1 on the US chart.
1977: Neil Diamond plays a televised concert at the Greek theater in Los Angeles. The show was released as the live album 'Love At The Greek.'
1979: The Dire Straits album is certified gold.
1979: Bad Company's 'Run with the Pack' album was released.
1981: REO Speedwagon went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Hi Infidelity'. The album spent a total of 15 weeks at #1.
1982: American DJ Murry The K died. Murray is thought to be the first person to play a Beatles record on radio in America. During the early days of Beatlemania, he frequently referred to himself as "the Fifth Beatle". Married six times, he died of cancer a week after his 60th birthday.
1983: Rick Wakeman of Yes and girlfriend Nina Carter become the proud parents of their first child, daughter Jemma.
1986: Metallica released their third album, the highly influential, 'Master of Puppets,' considered by many in the metal community to be the best metal album of all time. This was the last Metallica album with bassist Cliff Burton.
1987: Sly Stone is jailed for possession of cocaine in Los Angeles, an arrest which sends the singer into retirement and virtual seclusion upon his release.
1990: Gamma Ray's 1st studio album, 'Heading for Tomorrow' is released.
1990: Bonnie Raitt has a big night at the 32nd Grammy Awards in L.A. She wins Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female and Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female for 'Nick Of Time.' Paul McCartney is honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
1990: Bruce Hornsby and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band win the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Recording.
1991: ZZ Top performed at The Palace Of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
1995: For the first time in seven years, Bruce Springsteen performed live with the E Street Band. They play the new song 'Murder Incorporated' at a club in New York City.
2001: The RIAA certifies Aerosmith 'Rocks' at 4x Platinum, 'Classic Live' Platinum & 'Get Your Wing's 3x Platinum.
2001: Steely Dan's 'Two Against Nature,' the group's first studio album in nearly 20 years, wins Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammys. It's the first time the group wins a Grammy. U2's 'Beautiful Day' is awarded Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Rock Performance while Foo Fighters get the Best Rock Album nod for 'There Is Nothing Left To Lose' and Best Short Form Music Video for 'Learn To Fly.'
2001: Johnny Cash gets out of the hospital, where he is treated for pneumonia, and makes it to the Grammy Awards that night, where he wins for Best Male Vocal Country Performance for 'Solitary Man,' his 10th Grammy.
2002: Elton John accused the music industry of exploiting young singers and dumping talented artists for manufactured group's. He said 'There are too many average and mediocre acts, it damages real talent getting airplay. It's just fodder.'
2003: Ringo Starr and Mark Hudson announce a new indie label startup of theirs, named pumkinhead.
2005: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil releases a DVD that documents his stint co-hosting the world's sexiest stripper contest held annually in Las Vegas. 'Girls, Girls, Girls Volume I' features women competing in categories like Best Strip Tease and Best Lap Dance for the Sexiest Stripper title.
2005: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler is separating from Teresa, his wife of 17 years. No reason is given and Tyler, in a prepared statement, requests privacy and sensitivity.
2005: Bono is one of the 166 nominees for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. It's for his charity and human rights activism.
2006: Kid Rock filed a lawsuit to prevent the distribution of a videotape featuring himself and Creed’s Scott Stapp being “serviced” by four women. "We don't deny the authenticity of the tape," says an attorney for Rock. "But they're using this without his permission."
2007: EMI Music (The Beatles' label) and Apple Corps (The Beatles' company) sue a cleaning firm for approximately $1.3 million, claiming a janitor in their employ tossed original photos of The Beatles shot in 1963. The suit states the firm was negligent, failed to follow instructions, failed to take reasonable care and failed to properly train or supervise their employee. The photos were in two boxes marked 'Not Rubbish - Do Not Remove.'
2007: Tool drummer Danny Carey undergoes surgery for a torn bicep. The operation is a success but Tool is forced to postpone their North American tour that was scheduled to begin in three weeks. Carey suffered the injury a few days earlier.
2007: Killswitch Engage headline the 35-city 'No Fear Music' Tour in support of their 'As Daylight Dies' disc. Ex-Damageplan singer/guitarist Pat Lachman fills in for Adam Dutkiewicz who underwent emergency back surgery the previous month. "Pat definitely shreds, and we can't thank him enough for helping us out," reads a band statement.
2008: In what is reported as one of eBay's most expensive sales yet, the online auction house brokers a deal between an unnamed US music collector and an unnamed Irish collector for three million albums and singles in various formats, for a grand total of about one dollar per item.
2008: A computer expert was jailed for two years for electronically stalking Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. Devon Townsend worked at a US national security laboratory in New Mexico, where she used a computer to track Bennington, she admitted to obtaining family photos, accessing e-mail and voicemail, and threatening his wife Talinda.
2009: Kid Rock is the Grand Marshal of New Orleans' 2009 Endymion Parade during Mardi Gras. Rock later performs at the Superdome.
2009: The Black Crowes play the first of four intimate sold-out Cabin Fever Winter 2009 live shows in Woodstock, NY, at former Band drummer Levon Helm's barn studio. The shows are culled for an album.
2009: After receiving $1.5 billion in federal bank bailout money (and laying off 450 employees), Northern Trust of Chicago throws a huge L.A. party for clients and employees, paying $50,000 to have the House of Blues shut down for a private Sheryl Crow concert.
2011: Econoline Crush sue Nickelback because they feel 'Figured You Out' is a knock-off of their single 'All That You Are.'
2011: The Cars announced that May 10th would be the release date for their first new album in 24 years.
2012: To protest the Russian Orthodox Church's endorsement of a third term for President Vladimir Putin, the female Punk band Pussy Riot perform 'Mother Of God, Chase Putin Away!' on the altar of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, the holiest site in Russian Orthodoxy. The performance lasts a little over a minute before Church security drag the band out. A couple weeks later, the group is arrested on charges of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred', which has nothing to do with their political protest.
2012: President Barack Obama joins Mick Jagger and B.B. King for a performance of 'Sweet Home Chicago' at a White House Black History Month Blues concert.
2012: The US Supreme Court refused to review Phil Spector's murder conviction. The disgraced producer was jailed for 19-years-to-life in 2009 for the second-degree murder of Lana Clarkson.
2014: A crew member working on a biopic about Gregg Allman died after being hit by a train during filming. Police in south Georgia said the woman was struck after the crew for Midnight Rider placed a bed on the railway tracks in Doctortown. Wayne County Sheriff John Carter said several other people had been injured, two of them seriously.
2014: The Rolling Stones played their 1st show ever in the United Arab Emirates at the du Arena, Abu Dhabi.
2015: Killer Be Killed, with former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, make their live debut at Australia's Soundwave Festival in Adelaide.
2015: Iron Maiden's 1977 line-up reunites for a London club show. Dennis Willcock (vocals), Terry Wapram (guitar), Tony Moore (keyboards) and Barry 'Thunderstick' Purkis (drums) take the stage. The only person missing is bassist Steve Harris, the band's only constant member. This edition came and went before Iron Maiden's 1980 self-titled debut.
2015: Paul McCartney takes the Major Tour of the Year Prize at the 26th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. The award for the 'Out There World Tour' is the third time McCartney has won the honor (1990 and 2002 were the other two).
2015: Rush frontman Geddy Lee is the featured guest on the season fourteen debut of VH1 Classic's 'That Metal Show.'

February 22
1956: Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel' cracks the Top 10. It's the first Elvis song to do so.
1963: The Beatles formed their Northern Music Publishing Company. Michael Jackson eventually purchased it.
1963: 'Please Please Me' by The Beatles becomes the group's first Number One hit in the UK.
1965: Beatles begin filming second movie, 'Help.'
1966: During an 11-date tour of Australia and New Zealand The Rolling Stones played at the Centennial Hall in Adelaide, supported by The Searchers.
1968: Genesis releases their first single 'The Silent Sun.' Vocalist Peter Gabriel, keyboardist Tony Banks and guitarist Mike Rutherford are there at the beginning.
1969: Tyrannosaurus Rex appeared at The Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. Support act was David Bowie performing a one-man mime act.
1970: The first live performance of the new band, David Bowie and the Hypetakes place at The Roundhouse Spring Festival in Camden, London,
1974: Former David Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson plays first of two nights at London's Rainbow.
1974: Ten Years After play their final live gig, in London.
1975: John Lennon's '#9 Dream' peaks at #9.
1975: Average White Band's 'Pick Up the Pieces' hits #1, as does their album 'AWB.'
1978: The Police appeared in a Wrigley's Chewing Gum commercial, with the band dyed their hair blonde for the appearance.
1978: Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen were arrested in New York and charged with drug possession.
1979: Rolling Stone reports that Budweiser has developed an advertising relationship with Journey. Banners, T-shirts and even the "Bud stage" soon become concert mainstays.
1980: Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, featuring Roger Glover, Graham Bonnet and Cozy Powell perform at The Royal Highland Exhibition Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1985: Carl Perkins plays a nightclub bouncer in the John Landis directed film Into The Night. It would be Perkins' only film role as an actor.
1986: Ozzy Osbourne released 'The Ultimate Sin' album.
1986: The INXS album 'Listen Like Thieves' enters the charts.
1986: Having acquired all 45 episodes of The Monkees, MTV aired them all in a 22-hour marathon in celebration of the group's 20th anniversary, sparking a completely unexpected career revival for the group.
1987: Andy Warhol, pop artist and producer died after a gall bladder operation. The founder of the Pop Art movement, produced and managed The Velvet Underground, designed the 1967 Velvet Underground And Nico 'peeled banana' album cover and The Rolling Stones 'Sticky Fingers' album cover. During the 60s, he produced paintings of iconic American objects such as Campbell’s Soup Cans, Coca-Cola bottles and celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Elvis Presley. His most expensive painting sold for $105.4 million in 2013. Warhol donated his entire estate to The Andy Warhol Foundation, which remains one of the largest grant-giving organizations for the visual arts in the U.S.
1989: Jethro Tull win the first Hard Rock/Metal Grammy Award. Metallica performs on stage, but the award goes to Jethro Tull. The Grammy voters picked Jethro Tull’s 'Crest of a Knave' over Metallica’s 'And Justice For All.' Tull’s record label tries to make light of the faux pas by placing a Billboard ad that reads, “The flute is a heavy, metal instrument.”
1992: Bonnie Raitt is named MusiCares Person of the Year at the foundation's dinner in New York.
1992: When the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform 'Under The Bridge' on 'Saturday Night Live,' their guitarist John Frusciante sabotages the song, playing unevenly and screaming into the microphone during his background part. His frustrations would lead him to quit the band in May.
1993: Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson announced he was leaving the group in order to pursue a solo career. He returned in 1999.
1994: “Papa” John Creach dies of congestive heart failure at 76. Creach was a blues violinist who played with Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship and also recorded a number of solo albums. He was also a frequent guest at Grateful Dead and Charlie Daniels Band concerts up until his death.
2001: Winners at the 43rd Grammy Awards included U2 for record of the year and song of the year with 'Beautiful Day', with Steely Daninningalbum of the year for 'Two Against Nature'
1997: Offspring's 'Ixnay On The Hombre' enters the U.S. album chart coming in at #9.
2002: Little Richard gets the NAACP Image Award.
2003: Sir Paul McCartney played a private show in San Diego for the 50th birthday of Wendy Whitworth, the executive producer of CNN’s Larry King Show. Sir Paul donated his $1 million fee to the Adopt-a-Minefield charity.
2004: Wes Scantlin is arrested for disorderly conduct and other infractions in Toledo, OH, after showing up to a Puddle Of Mudd concert intoxicated. The frontman heckles and abuses concertgoers when his bandmates walk offstage after only four songs.
2005: An online post by KoRn announces that founding guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch has left the band after 12 years. The statement adds that Welch "has chosen Jesus Christ as his savior, and will be dedicating his musical pursuits to that end."
2005: Blink-182 announce they are going on an indefinite hiatus, which lasts four years.
2007: Van Morrison is honored for his contributions to movie music at the US-Ireland Alliance's second annual Oscar Wilde: Honoring Irish Writing in Film pre-Academy Awards bash in L.A. A collection of his songs used in films was released the previous week.
2007: Peter Frampton donates the guitar he used to compose both 'Baby, I Love Your Way' and 'Show Me The Way' to the Musicians Hall Of Fame in Nashville.
2007: Sammy Hagar, participates in a variety of NASCAR-related events, including a performance, at the California Speedway in Fontana, CA.
2007: Puddle Of Mudd announce they have recruited drummer Ryan Yerdon to replace Greg Upchurch, who quit the band in 2005 to join 3 Doors Down.
2008: Styx singer-guitarist Tommy Shaw is one of the inductees into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Shaw performs at a gala event in his hometown of Montgomery.
2008: The U2 concert film 'U2 3D' is released worldwide.
2010: AC/DC, on their 'Black Ice' tour, break U2's record for playing before the largest audience in Australia. AC/DC sells 212,729 tickets for three shows at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney. The total tops U2 by less than 1,000.
2011: The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde writes a letter to the Country group Lady Antebellum asking them to take a stand for animal rights when they perform at a KFC franchisee's meeting in San Diego two weeks later. The letter is sent to the group through PETA, and it asks them to tell KFC to adopt less cruel slaughter practices as recommended by the restaurant chain's own advisory board. "My friends at PETA and I are hoping that you will use your unique position to appeal to the company," writes Hynde. "With your influential public platform, KFC might not so easily turn a deaf ear to you."
2012: Tommy Lee settles his court battle with former assistant Michael 'Tony' Sullivan who accused the Motley Crue drummer of being 'the boss from hell'. Lee is ordered to pay over $400K to Sullivan and deliver 'a public apology'.
2012: Guitarist Billy Strange, who worked with Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, Rick Nelson, the Everly Brothers and Phil Spector, dies in Nashville at age 81. Strange, a member of the Wrecking Crew, a top tier L.A. session group, was also in the Musicians Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
2013: Styx sues A&M Records over what they claim were deceptive accounting practices that deprived the band of royalties. The suit contends that, "for every one dollar the band has received from A&M they should have been paid anywhere from two to five dollars."
2015: Kid Rock performs at the Daytona 500. His set includes songs from his recent 'First Kiss' album plus 'Bawitdaba.'

February 23
1964: The Beatles appeared on a prerecorded segment for The Ed Sullivan Show. It was the first time Sullivan had an act on three times. They also appeared on the front cover of Newsweek.
1965: Filming began on The Beatles follow up to 'A Hard Days Night' on location in the Bahamas with the working title of 'Eight Arms To Hold You.'
1966: During an 11-date tour of Australia and New Zealand The Rolling Stones played the first of four nights at the Palais Theatre in St Kida, Melbourne.
1970: 'Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Cafe' becomes The Doors' fifth straight gold album.
1970: Ringo Starr makes his first solo TV appearance, on NBC's 'Laugh In.'
1972: Humble Pie's "Rockin' at the Fillmore" goes gold.
1972: Pink Floyd began a week-long recording session at Château d'Hérouville studios near Paris, working on 'Obscured by Clouds,' music for the soundtrack to More director Barbet Schroeder's next film, 'La Vallée.'
1972: After nearly five years of marriage, Priscilla Presley moved out of Elvis Presley's California home and into a two bedroom apartment near the Pacific Ocean. Their divorce would be finalized on October 9, 1973, with Priscilla being awarded an outright cash payment of $725,000 as well as spousal support, child support, 5% of Elvis' new publishing companies and half the income from the sale of their Beverly Hills home.
1974: Gregg Allman's version of 'Midnight Rider' (originally recorded by the Allman Brothers Band) peaks at #19.
1976: AC/DC shot the video clip for 'It's A Long Way To The Top, (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)' for the Australian music television program 'Countdown.' It featured the band's then-current lineup, along with members of the Rats of Tobruk Pipe Band, on the back of a flat-bed truck traveling on Swanston Street in Melbourne.
1978: David Coverdale's Whitesnake made their debut at the Sky Bird Club in Nottingham, England.
1978: Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols and Nancy Spungen were arrested in New York for possession of drugs.
1978: The Eagles received the Grammy for Record of the Year for 'Hotel California.' The band refused to perform during the ceremony because they didn’t think they were going to win.
1978: Fleetwood Mac win the Best Album of the Year for 'Rumours' at the Grammy Awards.
1978: The Police sign with A&M Records.
1979: Dire Straits played their first American show when they appeared in Boston.
1979: The Police released their single 'Roxanne.' It became their first American hit.
1980: U2 appeared at The Moonlight Club, at The Railway Hotel in London, tickets cost £2.
1980: Queen's 'Crazy Little Thing Called Lovei is the #1 US single. Freddy Mercury's tribute to Elvis Presley was supposedly written while he was in the bath.
1985: The Honeydrippers, featuring former Led Zep members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, peak at #25 with their version of 'Rockin' At Midnight.'
1986: The Rolling Stones play live for the first time in five years. At London's 100 Club they join a tribute to late keyboardist, Ian Stewart. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Pete Townshend also played.
1993: Van Halen released their first live album 'Live: Right Here, Right Now.'
1993: Little Richard gets a Lifetime Achievement Award from NARAS (the Grammys).
1994: Among the guests for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas are Eddie Van Halen, Chris Isaak and B.B. King.
1995: Foo Fighters play their first club show at the Jambalaya Club in Arcata, CA.
1998: Oasis vocalists Liam Gallagher's bad behavior on a flight to Hong Kong gets him banned from Cathay Pacific Airlines.
2000: Carlos Santana ties Michael Jackson’s record of eight Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for his album 'Supernatural,' and Record of the Year and Song of the Year for 'Smooth,' his collaboration with Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20. 'Supernatural' sells 30 million records worldwide.
2001: Linkin Park peaks at #5 on the pop chart with 'In The End.'
2003: Simon & Garfunkel sing together for the first time in ten years as they receive a Lifetime Achievement Grammy award.
2003: Howie Epstein bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers died of a suspected drug overdose in New Mexico. He had replaced The Heartbreakers original bassist Ron Blair, Epstein also worked with Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Linda Ronstadt and Del Shannon.
2003: The winners at the 45th Grammy Awards, held at Madison Square Garden, New York, included: Best male pop vocal, John Mayer, 'Our Body Is A Wonderland'. Best male rock vocal, Bruce Springsteen, 'The Rising', Best female rock vocal, Sheryl Crow, 'Steve McQueen', Best rock performance by group, Coldplay,
2005: Disturbed headlines a benefit concert in Chicago with Drowning Pool, Soil and Anthrax for the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund.
2005: Beatallica, a cover band that plays Metallica and The Beatles, are hit with a cease-and-desist order by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company who owns The Beatles catalog. They want the removal of all music and lyrics from the tribute act's website.
2006: The surviving members of Alice in Chains announced they were reforming for a series of concerts. Singer Layne Staley died in 2002.
2006: Twenty people were injured when ticketless fans try to gatecrash a Rolling Stones concert in Buenos Aires. Police used rubber bullets and tear gas to control the unruly crowd.
2006: Ted Nugent, Jason Bonham, Sebastian Bach, Scott Ian and Evan Seinfeld participate in a VH1 reality series called Supergroup. Based in Las Vegas, cameras record the musician's attempts to write and record original material while living in a house together.
2007: KoRn's MTV Unplugged performance premieres online. The show airs a week later.
2008: Guitarist James 'Munky' Shaffer rejoins KoRn on the Milan stop of their European tour. Shaffer left the trek the previous month citing 'personal and family reasons'.
2008: George Thorogood & The Destroyers begin their '08 North American tour at a NASCAR event in Fontana, CA.
2009: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles launches an auction of autographed construction hardhats by Linkin Park, Green Day, U2 and ex-Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.
2009: Ticketmaster reaches a settlement with the New Jersey Attorney General's office regarding its controversial handling of sales of Bruce Springsteen concert tickets. As part of the deal, the company pays the state $350,000 in legal fees and promises, for one year, to stop automatically linking to its TicketsNow subsidiary, which re-sells ducats at inflated prices. Ticketmaster also offers restitution to Springsteen fans who had filed complaints about their difficulties buying tickets.
2010: The British Culture Minister declares Abbey Road studios, where The Beatles recorded nearly all their albums, an official historic landmark due to "the historic merit of the studios" and because of its "huge cultural importance."
2011: Ginger Fish (known to his mom as Kenneth Robert Wilson) announces his departure from Marilyn Manson via Facebook and Twitter: "I am regretful to inform the fans that I have decided to step down as a member of Marilyn Manson, and see where my life, and the knowledge of my availability cares to take me." He was with Manson from '95-'11. After some fill-in shows, he lands a full-time gig with Rob Zombie (replacing Joey Jordison who returned to Slipknot).
2012: Hip-Hop label Cash Money Records announces the signing of Limp Bizkit. Only a year earlier, the group was dropped by Interscope following disappointing sales of their album 'Golden Cobra.'
2016: ‎Lita Ford‬ releases her memoir 'Living Like A Runaway.'

February 24
1956: Police in Cleveland shut down a Rock concert under an obscure law that prohibits people under 18 from dancing in public without a guardian.
1963: The Rolling Stones started a Sunday night residency at The Station Hotel, Richmond, Surrey. The Stones were paid £24 for the gig ($41) and played on the first night to 66 people.
1965: The first full day of filming took place for The Beatles movie ‘Help!’ with the group riding bicycles on location near London Airport.
1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their last ever-British performance when they appeared at the Royal Albert Hall.
1971: Janis Joplin's 'Pearl,' released after her death, goes gold.
1973: The Byrds play their final show in Passaic, N.J.
1975: Led Zeppelin releases the legendary 'Physical Graffiti' album. t’s a double album featuring 8 new songs, and songs left over from their previous albums Led Zeppelin III, Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy. Featuring an intricate die-cut cover of a New York City brownstone, the album goes on to sell over 8 million copies in the U.S.
1976: Eagles 'Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975' becomes the first album in history to be certified platinum. The album becomes the all-time best seller.
1978: 'Follow You Follow Me" by Genesis released.
1979: The Police released their single 'Roxanne.' It became their first American hit.
1982: 'Fire and Ice' wins Pat Benatar a Grammy for best rock performance of 1981.
1982: Winners at the Grammy Awards included John & Yoko Album of the year with 'Double Fantasy.'
1987: 'Higher Love' earns Steve Winwood Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance trophies at the 29th Grammy Awards in L.A.
1987: Fats Domino, Ray Charles and B.B. King win Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Grammies.
1987: Bruce Hornsby and the Range take home the Grammy award for Best New Artist, winning over Glass Tiger, Nu Shooz, Simply Red, and Timbuk3.
1988: Alice Cooper announces he is going to run for Governor of Arizona, as a member of the "Wild Party." He is looking to replace impeached governor Evan Mecham. Cooper’s slogan: “A troubled man for troubled times.”
1990: The Roy Orbison Concert Tribute To Benefit The Homeless features Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby, Dwight Yoakam and Bob Dylan. The show takes place in Universal City, CA. The Byrds' David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, and Chris Hillman also reunite for the first time in years, performing 'Mr. Tambourine Man' and 'Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season).'
1992: The U.S. Postal Service allows Elvis fans to vote on two proposed designs for a commemorative stamp, an early Elvis and a later bloated seventies version. Eventually, the younger Elvis wins and is issued on January 8, 1993.
1992: Kurt Cobain married Courtney Love in Waikiki, Hawaii, with a non-denominational, female minister conducting the ceremony. The press reported that the couple were expecting a baby on Sept 10th of this year.
1993: Eric Clapton wins six Grammy's including included Record of the Year for 'Tears in Heaven.' The Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Give It Away' earns a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Song. The band also performs. Melissa Etheridge's 'Ain't It Heavy' takes Best Rock Performance, Female. Peter Gabriel opens the L.A. show.
1998: Elton John receives his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
1998: Tommy Lee is arrested and charged with hitting his wife Pamela Anderson Lee.
1998: Virgin Records sues the Smashing Pumpkins claiming non-compliance with their contact. The label contends an album was due three months earlier. Meanwhile, the group is trying to get out of the deal.
2000: Carlos Santana won eight awards at this year Grammy Awards. Before the 'Supernatural' album, the guitarist had not had a Top 10 album since 1981. Sting won two awards, one for best pop album and another for best male pop vocalist. Sir Elton John won the legend award and Phil Collins the best soundtrack award for 'Tarzan'.
2002: Paul McCartney performed 'Yesterday' at a special Liverpool concert tribute to George Harrison on what would have been the late Beatles guitarist’s 59th birthday.
2003: Robert Trujillo‬ joined ‎Metallica‬.
2006: The side street behind Rabobank Arena in the group's hometown of Bakersfield, CA, is officially designated 'Korn Row'. The group gets a bronze plaque honoring their musical achievements during a ceremony outside the arena before the band kicks off its tour with Mudvayne.
2006: 'Every Day Is Exactly The Same' is the third consecutive single from Nine Inch Nail's With Teeth to reach #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock Chart. The other two are 'The Hand That Feeds' and 'Only.'
2006: U2's Bono is one of a 191 nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize.
2007: Sammy Hager, serves as the grand marshal for the Stater Bros. 300 race at the California Speedway in Fontana, CA, the Red Rocker's hometown.
2008: ZZ Top play a pre-race show at the Auto Club 500, the debut West Coast event of the NASCAR season, at the California Speedway.
2008: The 16th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party happens in L.A. Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Harrison Ford and Sean Penn attend. Hosted by John and his partner, David Furnish, the dinner and auction raises $5.1 million for the nonprofit foundation.
2008: A statue of departed AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott is unveiled in his hometown of Fremantle, Australia.
2009: Comcast and U2 announce an agreement to present high-definition performances to subscribers. There's HD footage from concert and promotional clips from throughout the band's career.
2010: The personal assistant to former Ramones manager Linda Stein was convicted in a New York court of bludgeoning her boss to death at her Manhattan apartment on 30 October 2007. Prosecutors said Natavia Lowery, 28, stole more than $30,000 from Stein, then clubbed her with a piece of exercise equipment. Jurors spent less than a day reaching a second-degree murder verdict.
2011: Stevie Wonder and Sheryl Crow are among the performers at the White House tribute to Motown. Motown was 'the soundtrack of the civil rights era', says President Obama.
2011: Suze Rotolo, the companion of Bob Dylan pictured on his famed "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" album cover, dies at the age of 67. Dylan and Rotolo dated between 1961 and '64.
2011: 'Sixx Sense‬' radio with ‎Nikki Sixx‬ was launched.
2012: Keith Richards leads an all-star tribute to Howlin' Wolf's late guitarist Hubert Sumlin. In addition to Richards, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons and Derek Trucks perform at New York City's Apollo Theater. The show benefits the Jazz Foundation of America.
2012: Kid Rock is featured on the fourth season of PBS' Live from the Artists' Den. His performance was taped at Elvis Presley's Automobile Museum in Graceland, which had previously never been filmed for television.
2013: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler admits he's used over $5 million dollars worth of cocaine. "Realistically, $5 or $6 (million), easy," says Tyler during an interview on Australia's 60 Minutes.
2016: ‎Iron Maiden‬ starts 'The Book Of Souls World Tour" in ‪Sunrise, Florida.

February 25
1957: Buddy Holly recorded a new version of 'That'll Be The Day', at Norman Petty Recording Studio in Clovis, New Mexico. In September, it will hit #1 in the U.S.
1961: Elvis Presley plays the first of two charity shows in Memphis. It's his concert since entering the army in 1958.
1963: 'Please Please Me' became the first Beatles single to be released in the United States. It was issued on the Vee Jay record label and went relatively unnoticed.
1964: George Harrison attended a birthday party in his honor, but when he saw that the press had been invited, he smashed the cake and walked out.
1964: The Beatles finished recording their next single 'Can't Buy Me Love', at Abbey Road studiosin London, (they had first recorded the song on January 29, 1964 at Path Marconi Studios in Paris). They also recorded the B-side, 'You Can't Do That' and another new song 'I Should Have Known Better'.
1965: The Rolling Stones performed their just-released single 'The Last Time' on the British rock show 'Ready! Steady! Go!.'
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at Sweden’s Goteborg Courthouse. While Jimmy Page played the instrumental 'White Summer,' a fan in the audience decided to accompany him on harmonica. When the song was over, Page spat on him.
1972: Led Zeppelin performed in front of over 25,000 fans at the Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand, the group's first ever gig in New Zealand, (and the largest crowd ever to attend a concert on the island). A special train was chartered from Wellington to bring fans to the concert. News reviews the next day reported the band could be heard over five miles from the Stadium.
1978: Jefferson Airplane declared it to be 'Earth Day.'
1978: Styx's 'The Grand Illusion' album peaks at #6. It's the first platinum album for the band.
1980: Bob Seger releases his 11th studio album 'Against the Wind.' The album sells five million copies in the U.S. and wins two Grammy Awards.
1981: Winners at this years Grammy Awards included Bob Seger who won Best Rock performance for 'Against The Wind', Pat Benatar won Best female performance for 'Crimes Of Passion.'
1982: Bad Religion release their first full-length studio album, 'How Could Hell Be Any Worse?'
1982: Iron Maiden launch their extensive 'Beast On The Road Tour.' They play 179 shows in 16 countries before one million fans.
1983: Having won same category the previous year, Pat Benatar is awarded Grammy for 'Shadows of the Night.'
1983: Toto awarded record-equalling five Grammys for the 'Toto' album and 'Africa' single.
1984: 'Jump', by Van Halen started a five-week run at #1 on the US singles chart, a #7 hit in the UK.
1985: U2 began their first full north American arena tour, starting at the Dallas Reunion Arena in Texas.
1985: Sting makes his solo debut at the Ritz Club in New York.
1986: Don Henley wins Best Rock Male Vocal Performance for 'The Boys Of Summer' at the 28th annual Grammy Awards.
1991: Director Cameron Crowe brings members of the cast and crew of his movie 'Singles' to the Off Ramp in Seattle, where Pearl Jam, who appear in the film, is playing. Matt Dillon and Campbell Scott hang out with the band all night.
1993: Toy Caldwell dies from a cocaine overdose in South Carolina. He was 45. Caldwell was the lead guitarist, main songwriter and a founding member of The Marshall Tucker Band. He was also the lead vocalist on their biggest hit 'Can’t You See.' Sadly, both of his brothers died within a month of each other in car accidents in 1980.
1992: Pantera releases their 'Vulgar Display Of Power' album. It goes on to sell over 2 million copies.
1992: Muddy Waters (born McKinley Morganfield) receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys.
1992: The Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo, goes to Bonnie Raitt for her 'Luck Of The Draw' album. She also wins Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, for 'Something To Talk About.'
1998: Bob Dylan won three Grammys, including Album of the Year for 'Time Out of Mind.' During Dylan’s performance at the 40th annual ceremony, an audience member, with the words “soy bomb” painted across his chest, jumped on stage. Bob's son Jakob and his band The Wallflowers' 'One Headlight' earn Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance By A Group.
1998: Bo Diddley and Roy Orbison receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Grammys.
2002: Riverhead Books bought the rights to publish Kurt Cobain’s journals.
2002: Billy Joel was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year in Los Angeles.
2003: Paul McCartney and his band performed at the 50th birthday of fan Wendy Whitworth in San Diego. Whitworth's husband paid one-million dollars to McCartney, who donated his fee to the Adopt-a-Minefield charity.
2003: Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd undergoes emergency heart surgery. The guitarist has a successful bypass operation in Atlanta after a routine screening finds him to be suffering from coronary artery disease. Rossington is the last original member still with the band.
2004: The Rolling Stones topped a U.S. Rich List of music’s biggest money makers. The list was based on earnings during 2003 when the band played their 'Forty Licks' tour, which made them $212 million in ticket, CD, DVD and merchandise sales. The three million fans who went to the shows spent an average of $11 each on merchandise. Bruce Springsteen was listed in second place and The Eagles in third.
2005: Shinedown and Tesla headline a benefit concert in Providence for survivors of the February 2003 fire (caused by Great White's pyro show) at the Station nightclub.
2006: Green Day, My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy collect trophies at MTV's 4th Annual TRL Awards. Winners are determined by votes placed through the network's website. Green Day receive the Roc Da Mic prize, My Chemical Romance earn the Best Group That Actually Plays Instruments honor and FOB nail Best New Artist.
2006: Carlos Santana is inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame at the 37th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles.
2007: A Bon Scott Celebration Concert attracts more than 10,000 fans to Perth, Australia's, Claremont Showgrounds. Performers include former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans and Dave Evans, the singer who preceded Scott in the band. Organizers raise more than the $80,000 needed to fund a statue of Scott in his hometown of Fremantle, Australia.
2007: Elton John's 15th annual fundraising party in honor of the Academy Awards is in West Hollywood, CA. The event raises nearly $4.2 million for Elton's AIDS Foundation. Jon Bon Jovi and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are among those in attendance.
2007: Melissa Etheridge gets an Oscar for her song, 'I Need To Wake Up.' The Best Original Song is in Al Gore's documentary 'An Inconvenient Truth.'
2007: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil makes a pair of appearances at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami Beach, FL. Neil demonstrates his margarita-making technique using his own Tres Rios brand of tequila before presiding over an auction offering a variety of Neil-themed offerings.
2008: Guitarist Eddie Van Halen's ex-wife, actress Valerie Bertinelli, discusses the couple's ill-fated marriage on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
2008: Eric Clapton and former Blind Faith bandmate Steve Winwood play the first of three shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. The two had previously performed together a few months earlier at Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival.
2009: Nickelback's 'Dark Horse' supporting tour, with Saving Abel and Seether kicks off in Nashville, TN.
2010: Bob Dylan is awarded the National Medal of Arts, which recognizes 'the breadth and depth of American architecture, design, film, music, performance, theater and visual art'.
2011: Black Label Society announce that drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative) has replaced Will Hunt, who returned to Evanescence for the recording of that band's third studio album.
2013: 'Amok,' from Atoms For Peace, is released. The group includes Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Radiohead producer and multi-instrumentalist Nigel Godrich.
2015: The Foo Fighters get the International Group trophy BRIT Awards at London's O2 Arena. The Best British Group honor goes to Royal Blood.

February 26
1955: Billboard reported that for the first time since their introduction in 1949, 45rpm singles were outselling the old standard 78's.
1956: Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel' (his first million-seller) debuts on the Billboard charts.
1964: The Beatles worked on the final mixes for ‘Can't Buy Me Love’ and ‘You Can't Do That’ tracks. The single, which was released the following month, topped the charts all over the world.
1964: Elvis Presley begins filming his sixteenth movie, 'Roustabout,' in Hollywood.
1965: Guitarist Jimmy Page released a solo single called 'She Just Satisfies' in the UK. Page played all the instruments on it except for the drums, and produced the track, as well as singing lead vocals.
1966: The Beatles 'Rubber Soul' was at #1 on the US album chart, the group's seventh US album chart topper.
1966: David Bowie & The Buzz appeared at The Corn Exchange in Chelmsford, England.
1967: After buying a ranch in Mississippi, Elvis Presley spends a lot of time on horses and gets saddlesores. He is referred to Dr. George Nichopoulos, who becomes his personal doctor and supplies his prescription drugs.
1973: Alice Cooper and artist Salvador Dali pose for a photo session. The finished result hangs in the Knoedler Gallery in New York.
1975: The Eagles 'Best Of My Love' is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit
1977: The Eagles 'New Kid In Town' hits #1 on the charts.
1979: The Sex Pistols and their manager, Malcolm McLaren, go to court to split up the group's earnings. But nearly all the money is gone.
1980: Van Halen's 'Women And Children First' album is released. It's the first album to contain compositions written solely by the band.
1980: After seeing U2 play at Dublin's National Boxing Stadium in front of 2,400 people; Rob Partridge and Bill Stewart from Island Records in the UK offered the band a recording contract.
1985: 'Dancing In The Dark' earns Bruce Springsteen a Grammy for Best Rock Male Performance. Tina Turner's 'What's Love Got To Do With It' gets Best Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year.
1987: In the U.S. Capitol Records releases the first 4 Beatles albums on CD.
1990: Frank Zappa hosts the first of three T.V. programs entitled Frank Zappa's 'Wild Wild East' on the Financial News Network.
1992: The video 'Nothing Else Matters' by ‪Metallica‬ premiered on ‪MTV.
1995: Billed as Piss Bottle Men, Neil Young and Pearl Jam perform together at Seattle's Moore Theater.
1995: Former Led Zeppelin duo Jimmy Page and Robert Plant kick off a year-long world tour in Pensacola, Florida, supporting their live No Quarter reunion album.
1996: Pearl Jam wins a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance ('Spin The Black Circle').
1997: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart of Rush receive the Order of Canada, the highest civilian award from the Canadian government, for significant achievement in important fields of human endeavor. They are the first rock band to receive the award.
1997: At the Grammys ceremony, Eric Clapton and The Beatles each win three awards the Beatles win two for 'Free As A Bird' and another for their Anthology video.
1998: Rocker Tommy Lee of Motley Crue fame is formally charged with abusing his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee, and one of their sons, Dylan.
2002: Four Concerts for Artists' Rights take place in the L.A. area. The concerts raise funds to repeal or change sections of the California Labor Code that hurt recording artists. The Eagles (drummer Don Henley is a prime mover behind the effort), Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, No Doubt, Eddie Vedder and Beck perform.
2005: 'Some Kind Of Monster' wins the Best Documentary honor at the 20th annual Independent Spirit Awards, held in Santa Monica, CA. The Metallica film charts the recording of the album of the same name.
2006: Elton John earns the Best New Musical trophy at the United Kingdom's prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards in London. The award is for his work on the stage adaptation of Billy Elliot.
2006: Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme's side project, the 5:15ers with Masters Of Reality's Chris Goss makes its live debut in Los Angeles.
2006: U2 frontman Bono receives the Pablo Neruda medal of honor, Chile's highest award for the arts, from Chilean President Ricardo Lagos in Santiago. Later U2 are awarded Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award from Chile's president-elect, Michelle Bachelet.
2007: Lou Reed, Kinks frontman Ray Davies and Patti Smith perform at the 17th annual Tibet House benefit concert in New York. The event supports the organization's efforts to promote and preserve Tibet's cultural heritage.
2008: Ex-Jimi Hendrix drummer Buddy Miles dies at age 60 at his home in Austin, TX. Miles played on the legendary 'Electric Ladyland' album and co-founded, with Hendrix, the short-lived Band Of Gypsys in 1969.
2009: A 10-minute version of The Beatles 'Revolution 1' was leaked onto the internet, giving fans a never-before-heard listen of what 'The White Album' sessions must have been like. Only two copies of the take were made when the song was completed on June 4th, 1968. One copy left the studio with Lennon that day and the other remained behind. It was unclear which copy appeared on the bootleg, nor how anyone acquired it.
2010: 'American VI: Ain't No Grave,' the sixth and final installment of Johnny Cash's American Recordings series is issued on what would have been the legend's 78th birthday. Produced by Rick Rubin, the set list includes covers of Sheryl Crow's 'Redemption Day' and Kris Kristofferson's 'For The Good Times.' There's also the Cash original 'I Corinthians: 15:55.'
2010: White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights appears in theaters. The documentary, directed by Emmett Malloy, chronicles the group's 2007 tour across Canada. The film made its debut at 2009's Toronto Film Festival.
2010: Iggy Pop and Patti Smith perform at the 20th annual Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert at New York's Carnegie Hall.
2011: It was announced that Queen's 'We Will Rock You' was still the most-played song at US sporting events, according to a new survey from BMI, the royalty-distribution service. According to its data, based off of MLB, NFL and NHL games in 2009-2010, We Will Rock You was the #1 song overall, as well as for the NFL specifically.
2011: The Art of John Lennon exhibit, with drawings not previously displayed, opens at London's Mandeville Hotel.
2011: The Doobie Brothers make their debut at the Grand Ole Opry in support of their 'World Gone Crazy' album which features a guest performance by Willie Nelson.
2011: Mark Tulin collapses and dies while helping out at the Avalon Underwater Clean-Up in Avalon, CA. He was 62. Tulin was the bassist for The Electric Prunes who became famous with the release of the Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968 compilation album in 1972 with their song 'I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night).' In 2009, Tulin began work with the Smashing Pumpkins, recording and touring. He somehow also found time to get a PhD in Psychology.
2012: Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen are the first two recipients of PEN New England's Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. In an email read during the ceremony, Bob Dylan states that Berry is "the Shakespeare of Rock n' Roll."
2013: Ten fans of The Who, who bought tickets to a show in Providence, RI, which was canceled, get redeemed tickets for the band's Quadrophenia tour stop. The '79 show was nixed by then-Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr. after the fatal audience stampede at the group's Cincinnati concert two weeks earlier.
2014: Tim Lambesis, the singer for U.S. metal band As I Lay Dying, pleaded guilty to attempting to hire an undercover agent to murder his estranged wife. He was arrested in May 2013 after prosecutors said he met a sheriff's deputy posing as a hitman, called Red, and handed over $1,000 along with his wife's address and front door security code.
2015: The childhood home of former Beatle Paul McCartney sold for £150,000 ($231,000) at an auction in Liverpool. McCartney moved into the house, in Western Avenue, Speke, aged four with his parents Jim and Mary in 1947, and lived in the three-bedroom house for six years.
2016: Bonnie Raitt delivers her 20th studio album, 'Dig In Deep' via her own Redwing Records.
2016: 'For All Kings' by Anthrax is released. The album marks the debut of former Shadows Fall lead guitarist Jon Donais, who replaced Rob Caggiano, following his departure in 2013.

February 27
1956: Little Richard hits the top of the R&B chart for the first time with 'Slippin' And Slidin'.
1959: Jerry Lee Lewis and his third wife (and first cousin once removed) Myra have a son, Steve Allen Lewis, who is named after the TV host. The boy dies in a swimming pool accident three years later.
1964: The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on BBC TV show Top Of The Pops performing ‘Not Fade Away.’
1967: Pink Floyd recorded their first single 'Arnold Layne', with producer Joe Boyd at Sound Techniques studio in Chelsea, England. The song cracks the U.K. Top 20.
1969: Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record 'Girl From The North Country' for Dylan's 'Nashville Skyline' album. Other Dylan/Cash duets are recorded but not released.
1970: Jefferson Airplane is fined $1,000 for onstage profanity in Oklahoma City.
1971: Five months after her death, Janis Joplin started a nine-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Pearl.'
1972: T. Rex performed at New York's Carnegie Hall.
1972: Led Zeppelin performed at Sydney Showgrounds in Australia. Over 25,000 fans attending the show. Jimmy Page appeared clean shaven having shaved of the beard he had grown since the summer of 1970.
1974: Cher filed for divorce from Sonny Bono. Cher married Gregg Allman from The Allman Brothers band on June 27, 1975.
1976: Mick Jagger is hospitalized in New York with a respiratory infection.
1977: Keith Richard was busted for dope in Toronto. Police find heroin, cocaine and narcotics paraphernalia. Authorities accuse Richards of intending to traffic the drugs but Keith's attorney claims his client's drug problem is so extreme all the drugs are for his personal use. Keith ultimately gets off with a fine and community service.
1980: Winners at the Grammy Awards included: song of the year, 'What A Fool Believes' from The Doobie Brothers and album of the year, Billy Joel's '52nd St.'
1981: A little over six weeks after its U.S. release, the Police's 'Zenyatta Mondatta,' their third album, is a certified million seller.
1990: Armored Saint guitarist Dave Prichard dies of leukaemia.
1996: Green Day's 'Insomniac' album earns a platinum award for selling two-million copies.
1996: Bad Religion release their ninth full-length studio album 'The Gray Race.' This is the first Bad Religion album to feature Brian Baker on guitar, replacing Brett Gurewitz, who left the band two years earlier.
1998: A day after his wife Pamela Anderson Lee files for divorce for the second time Tommy Lee of Motley Crue pleads innocent in court on charges that he abused her.
1998: Motley Crue member Vince Neil, not to outdone by Tommy Lee, announces an agreement with Internet Entertainment Group and Vivid Video to distribute a 60-minute home video of him having sex with two adult film models while on vacation in Hawaii.
2000: 'The Beach Boys: An American Family' TV mini-series begins on ABC.
2001: Elektra Records state that the second leg of the North American 'Stiff Upper Lip' tour is the fastest selling AC/DC tour ever.
2002: U2 win Grammys for Best Rock Album for 'All That You Can't Leave Behind.' They also pick up trophies for Record of the Year ('Walk On'), Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group ('Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of') and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group ('Elevation').
2004: Minnesota State University cancels a Mar. 29 Puddle Of Mudd concert in the wake of frontman Wes Scantlin's arrest on Feb. 22 in Toledo, OH, on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. "Safety is our first and foremost concern," says an MSU official. Scantlin spit on and threw a bottle at audience members during the drunken performance.
2005: Carlos Santana takes the stage at the 77th annual Academy Awards. He and singer Enrique Iglesias perform the Oscar nominated song 'Al Otro Lado Del Rio' from 'The Motorcycle Diaries.' Also, Elton John's annual Oscar party is held to benefit his AIDS Foundation. Elton plays and then autographs an $80,000 cherry red piano before it is auctioned off.
2005: Less than a week after his departure from KoRn, guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch addresses more than 10,000 people during three services at the Valley Bible Fellowship Church in Bakersfield, CA.
2006: Monster Magnet frontman Dave Wyndorf is hospitalized due to a drug overdose. As a result, the group cancels their European tour.
2008: Maxim magazine apologizes for running a lukewarm review of the Black Crowes' 'Warpaint' album. Seems the magazine's music critic didn't listen to the entire disc before assigning a two-and-a-half-star rating (pretty low). Maxim admitted that it hadn't followed editorial policy. The Crowes' manager, Pete Angelus, calls the publication's statement 'self-serving damage control' and wants Maxim to 'issue a public apology' to the band.
2008: Linkin Park and Coheed & Cambria take a day off from their joint North American tour to help build homes in New Orleans for families affected by Hurricane Katrina.
2009: Having blasted former Gun N' Roses guitarist Slash just a month earlier in a Billboard magazine interview, Axl Rose is at it again. He tells Spinner magazine that Slash is "a cancer, and better removed," and claims the guitarist's attempt "to take over Guns" was a reason for the disintegration of the classic GN'R lineup. "There's zero possibility of me having anything to do with Slash other than by ambush, and that wouldn't be pretty."
2009: U2 play a surprise 20-minute set on the roof of the BBC Broadcasting House in London to promote their 'No Line On The Horizon' album. An estimated 5,000 people witness the concert.
2010: U2 raked in more money than any other music act in the US in 2009 making $109 million from touring, record sales and other royalties, almost twice as much as the second best, Bruce Springsteen who took home $58 million, followed by Madonna with $47 million and AC/DC with $44 million.
2011: Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and co-composer Atticus Ross win an Academy Award for their score for The Social Network, the David Fincher-directed film about the founding of Facebook.
2012: Kid Rock formally endorses Mitt Romney in the Michigan Republican presidential primary. Rock performs 'Born Free,' Romney's campaign theme song, at a rally. Prior to the endorsement, Rock sought assurances from Romney that he would look out for Michigan and the city of Detroit if elected President.
2012: Slash's single, 'You're A Lie,' goes to radio. The track is from his second solo album, 'Apocalyptic Love.'
2013: "Stone Temple Pilots announce they have officially terminated Scott Weiland," reads a terse statement from the band. Weiland, who has a history of drug abuse and run-ins with the law, had only recently denied rumors the group was breaking up. "Not sure how I can be 'terminated' from a band that I founded," Weiland says in a statement that threatens legal action.
2013: The Rolling Stones win Best Live Band and Best Music Film (for Crossfire Hurricane) honors at the NME Music Awards at London's Troxy. Stones' guitarist Ronnie Wood is on hand to pick up the award.
2013: AC/DC Premium Lager Beer, a German lager that contains 5.0% alcohol, is available in Germany.
2014: Lamb Of God's documentary 'As The Palaces Burn' is screened in the U.S. The film tells the story of frontman Randy Blythe's arrest and trial for manslaughter after a fan died falling from the stage during a 2010 concert in Prague. The singer was acquitted.
2014: Rick Rubin (Def Jam founder and producer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and Johnny Cash, to name a few) receives the David Lynch Foundation's Lifetime of Harmony Award at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
2014: Slash, Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, Matt Sorum, Vince Neil of Motley Crue and System Of A Down's John Dolmayan perform at the Kerry Simon Says Fight MSA benefit concert in Las Vegas. The night features 'creative tastes' from celebrity chefs. Chef Simon is battling MSA, 'an aggressive form of Parkinson's disease'.

February 28
1964: The Yardbirds played at the Rhythm and Blues Festival at The Town Hall in Birmingham, England.
1966: Police were called after over a 100 music fans barricaded themselves inside Liverpool's Cavern Club to protest at the clubs closure. The club had run up debts of over £10,000.
1970: Van Morrison's 'Moondance' album is released.
1970: Led Zeppelin perform in Copenhagen under the pseudonym Nobs, because of a threat of suit by Count Evan von Zeppelin, a relative of the airship designer Ferdinand, if the band play under the name Zeppelin in Denmark.
1970: In an interview with the New Musical Express, Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green talked about his plans to give all his money away. The following year Green confronted his accountant with a gun after he sent him an unwanted royalty check. The guitarist went to jail briefly before being transferred to an asylum and was committed to a mental hospital in He re- launched his career in the 1990's.
1970: The title track of Simon & Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' album hits #1 on the Hot 100, where it will remain for six weeks, longer than any other song in 1970.
1970: Billed as David Bowie's New Electric Band, they played at the Basildon Arts Lab experimental music club at the Basildon Arts Centre in Essex, England.
1972: George and Patti Harrison were injured in a car crash; Patti was unconscious for several days.
1976: Paul Simon's 'Still Crazy After All These Years' was named Best Pop Vocal Performance and Album Of The Year at the 18th annual Grammy Awards. In his acceptance speech, Simon told the audience "I'd like to thank Stevie Wonder for not releasing an album this year."
1976: The Eagles 'Lyin' Eyes' wins a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.
1981: Iron Maiden release their 'Killers' album.
1982: Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham collapsed during the bands European tour suffering from heroin withdrawal.
1983: U2's third studio album, 'War' is released.
1984: The Police win Grammys for 'Every Breath You Take' (Best Pop Performance and Song of the Year) and Best Rock Performance ('Synchronicity').
1985: David Byron, singer with Uriah Heep died from an epileptic fit and liver disease aged 38. Had a hit with ‘Easy Livin' from the 1972 album 'Demons and Wizards.'
1985: Bruce Springsteen wins for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year in the Rolling Stone reader's poll.
1989: Bob Dylan recorded the first sessions for the 'Oh Mercy' album at The Studio, New Orleans, Louisiana. What became Dylan's 26th studio album, released by Columbia Records in September 1989 was produced by Daniel Lanois.
1994: Eric Clapton played his 100th performance at London's Royal Albert Hall, in aid of the 'Children In Crisis' charity.
1996: At the 38th annual Grammy Awards in L.A, Nirvana's 'Unplugged' wins best alternative album, Hootie & The Blowfish win Best New Artist and the Allman Brothers Band's 'Jessica' earns the Best Rock Instrumental trophy. They also perform the song.
2001: Courtney Love sues to get out of her contract with Vivendi Universal, on the grounds that music industry contracts are too lengthy.
2005: Legendary New York recording studio the Hit Factory closes. John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder are among the illustrious performers who recorded there.
2007: The Doors receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Drummer John Densmore, who is feuding with guitarist Robby Krieger (bottom right) and keyboardist Ray Manzare (top left), skips the ceremony.
2007: KoRn announce that Clint Lowery (Sevendust/Dark New Day) is their touring guitarist.
2007: The Carlos by Carlos Santana shoe line and the Spirit of Women Health Network partner to launch the Red Shoe Celebrity Auction campaign. Red shoes from Santana's footwear company are autographed by celebrities and sold on eBay. The initiative benefits the Peripheral Arterial Disease Coalition and various other health-related charities.
2008: Mike Smith, singer and keyboardist for British Invasion group the Dave Clark Five, dies at age 64 after a bout with pneumonia. His passing comes just 11 days before the DC5 are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2009: Singer Rome makes his debut as Sublime's frontman at a show in Sparks, NV. The group hadn't performed since the 1996 drug-overdose death of original frontman Bradley Nowell.
2010: 60,000 people hear hometown band Nickelback perform 'How You Remind Me'and 'Burn It To The Ground' at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. Fellow Canadian Neil Young plays his classic 'Long May You Run.' Avril Lavigne and Alanis Morissette also take the stage at the event.
2010: Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, who played bass for nearly 30 years with Daryl Hall And John Oates died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 58. He had also recorded with Carly Simon, Jellyfish, Squeeze, Elvis Costello, Shawn Colvin and Billy Joel over the course of his career.
2012: Corrosion Of Conformity issue their self-titled comeback album. Recorded at Dave Grohl's Studio 606 in L.A., the offering is their first release in seven years.
2012: U2's Adam Clayton sues his former assistant, Carol Hawkins, for misappropriating $7.5 million of his money over a five-year period beginning with the launch of the 2005 Vertigo Tour. The bassist seeks full restitution.
2014: Rickey Charles Goodrich, Pearl Jam's former accountant, admits in court that he stole over $380,000 over a four-year period as chief financial officer for the group's management company. Goodrich is sentenced to 14 months in prison.
2014: Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) plays a free eight-hour concert that's an interpretation of Hermann Hesse's 1922 novel Siddhartha. The show, at Madame ZuZu's Tea Shop and Art Studio in Highland Park, IL, is a 'modular synthesis, on the fly'.

February 29
1956: Carl Perkins' 'Blue Suede Shoes' enters the pop charts.
1968: The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper' won album of the year, best cover and best-engineered and recorded album at this year's Grammy Awards.
1972: John Lennon's U.S. visa expires, sparking a four-year fight for immigrant status. The couple are viewed as political radicals by the Nixon Administration who wants them deported. John and Yoko eventually win the right to stay.
1972: On the last date of an Australian tour Led Zeppelin played at the Festival Hall in Brisbane.
1977: Two members of Lynyrd Skynyrd were knocked unconscious after a scuffle broke out between the band and members of the metropolitan police boxing team, who were holding a dinner at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
1980: Buddy Holly's iconic glasses, which were lost in the plane crash that killed him in Iowa, are found in evidence by a local sheriff. The glasses were found two months after the crash and turned in to police, where they stayed for the next 21 years.
1988: Robert Plant released his fourth solo album, 'Now And Zen.'The tracks 'Heaven Knows' and 'Tall Cool One' featured Jimmy Page.
1992: Mr Big started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'To Be With You.'
1992: U2 premieres their Zoo TV tour in Lakeland, Florida, making their first US concert appearance in four years.
2000: Smashing Pumpkins release "MACHINA/The Machines of Gods," their last studio LP before pulling the plug.
2000: Dennis Danell, founding guitarist of the Southern California Punk Rock band Social Distortion, dies of a brain aneurysm at age 38.
2000: Steely Dan release 'Two Against Nature,' the group's first studio album in nearly 20 years (their last was 'Gaucho' in 1980).
2000: Eric Clapton was banned from driving for six months after speeding at 45mph in a 30mph zone near his UK home in Surrey.
2000: Sir Elton John stormed out of the opening of his new Broadway musical show, 'Aida', after 15 minutes complaining that his songs had been ruined.
2012: Davy Jones, lead singer of The Monkees, dies of a heart attack at age 66.
2012: Slash and actress Betty White appear in the first of a series of commercials promoting a new exhibit, The Lair (featuring reptiles), at the L.A. Zoo. Both Slash and White are long time zoo supporters.
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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock History: January

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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock History: January

Rock Birthdays
Jan. 1
Country Joe McDonald (Country Joe and the Fish) - 75
Morgan Fisher (Mott The Hoople, Love Affair, Hybrid Kids, Morgan) - 67
Andy Johns (producer and engineer: Led Zeppelin, (Led Zeppelin II and all albums through to Physical Graffiti), the Rolling Stones, (Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main Street, Jimi Hendrix (Axis: Bold as Love), Van Halen and more) - b. 1952 - d. 4/7/13
David Wayne (Metal Church, Reverend, Wayne) - b. 1958 - d. 5/10/05
Richie Faulkner (Dirty Deeds, Voodoo Six, Ace Mafia, Lauren Harris, Judas Priest) - 37

Jan. 2
Richard Cole (UK tour manager: Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Black Sabbath, Lita Ford, Ozzy Osbourne, Three Dog Night and more) - 71
Chick Churchill (Ten Years After) - 71
Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones, Herbie Hancock, Bootsy Collins, Tackhead, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Waddy Wachtel, Little Axe, IMF's, solo) - 58
Doug Robb (Hoobastank) - 42

Jan. 3
Sir George Martin (producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician) - b. 1926 - d. 3/8/16
Stephen Stills (CSNY, CSN, Buffalo Springfield, Manassas, The Rides, The Stills-Young Band, Au Go Go Singers, The Continentals, solo) - 72
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin, Them Crooked Vultures, Donovan, Seasick Steve, solo, producer, session work + more) - 71
Ross the Boss/Ross Friedman (Manowar, The Dictators, Manitoba's Wild Kingdom + more) - 63
David C. Lewis (Ambrosia, Shadowfax, Edgar Winter, Billy Preston, Al Stewart, Stephan Bishop, Gary Wright, Terry Sylvester (The Hollies), John Ford Coley, The Doobie Brothers, Heart, Michael Hedges, Missing Persons, Dale Bozzio) -
Tracy "G" Grijalva‬ (WWIII, ‎Dio‬, Love/Hate) - 58

Jan. 4
John McLaughlin (Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Carlos Santana, Stanley Clark, Jaco Pastorius + more) - 75
Brian Ray (Paul McCartney, solo + more) - 62
Michael Stipe (R.E.M., The Golden Palominos) - 57
Peter Steele (Type O Negative, Carnivore, Fallout) - b. 1962 - d. 4/14/10
Till Lindemann (Rammstein) - 54
Michael Olivieri (Leatherwolf) - 53
Michael Fast (Pretty Maids) - 53
Benjamin Darvill aka Son of Dave (Crash Test Dummies, solo) - 50

Jan. 5
Sam Phillips (founder of Sun Records + more) - b. 1923 - 7/30/03
Phil Ramone (Legendary recording engineer, record producer, composer. Among those whose music he has produced are Ray Charles, B. B. King, Paul McCartney, Chicago, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, The Guess Who, Julian Lennon, Clay Aiken, Burt Bacharach, Laura Branigan, Karen Carpenter, Peter Cincotti, Natalie Cole, Sheena Easton, Melissa Errico, Gloria Estefan, Quincy Jones, Patricia Kaas, Madonna, Barry Manilow, Richard Marx, George Michael, Liza Minnelli, Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John, Sinéad O'Connor, Fito Páez, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Paul and Mary, Andre Previn, Diane Schuur, Dionne Warwick and many more. He is also credited with recording Marilyn Monroe's rendition of "Happy Birthday to You" to President John F. Kennedy) - b. 1941 - d. 3/30/13
Chris Stien (Blondie) - 65
Kelly Nickles (Sweet Pain, L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat) - 55
Grant Young (Soul Asylum) - 54
Ted Poley (Danger Danger) - 53
Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner) - 48
Robbie Crane (Lynch Mob, Ratt, Vince Neil, Vertex, Adler's Appetite, Angel City Outlaws, Tuff, Black Star Riders) - 47
Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age, Desert Sessions, Enemy, Failure, The Wondergirls, A Perfect Circle, The Gutter Twins, Eagles of Death Metal, Mark Lanegan, Sweethead, Puscifer) - 47
Matt Wachter (30 Seconds to Mars, Angels & Airwaves) - 41

Jan. 6
Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd) - b. 1946 - d. 7/7/06
Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds, solo) - 66
Malcolm Young (AC/DC, Marcus Hook Roll Band) - 64
Neil Simpson (Climax Blues Band) - 58
Muzz Skillings (Living Colour, Medicine Stick) - 57
Michael Houser (Widespread Panic) - b. 1962 - d. 8/10/02
Pete Loran (Trixter) - 50
Gary Wiseman (Bowling for Soup) - 46
Eric Taylor (Saving Abel) -
‪Morgan Lander‬ (‎Kittie) - 35
James Durbin - 28

Jan. 7
Paul Revere (Paul Revere and The Raiders) - b. 1938 - d. 10/4/14
Rory Storm / Alan Caldwell (Rory Storm & The Hurricanes) - b. 1938 - d. 9/28/72
Jann Wenner (Founder, editor, publisher; Rolling Stone magazine) - 71
Kenny Loggins (Loggins & Messina, USA for Africa, Michael McDonald, Blue Sky Riders, solo) - 69
Ivan Moody (Motograter, Five Finger Death Punch) - 37
Jinxx (Black Veil Brides) - 31

Jan. 8
Elvis Presley - b. 1935 - d. 8/16/77
Bill Graham (concert promoter) - b. 1931 - d. 10/25/91
Robby Kreiger (The Psychedelic Rangers, The Doors, The Butts Band, Manzarek–Krieger, Robby Krieger Band, Experience Hendrix, solo) - 71
David Bowie (The Riot Squad, Tin Machine, The Hype, The Lower Third, The Konrads, solo) - b. 1947 - d. 1/10/16
Terry Sylvester (The Escorts, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Hollies, solo) - 69
Mike Reno (Loverboy, Moxy, solo) - 62
Alan Krigger (Ike & Tina Turner, Carl Wilson, Giuffria, London, D'Priest, Hollywood Allstarz + more) -
Andrew Wood (Malfunkshun, Mother Love Bone) - b. 1966 - d. 3/19/90
Jeff Abercrombie (Fuel) - 47
Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch, W.A.S.P.) - 44
Torry Castellano (Donna C. - The Donnas) - 38
Maya Ford (Donna F. - The Donnas) -

Jan. 9
Joan Baez - 76
Jimmy Page (The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Honeydrippers, The Firm, solo, Coverdale/Page, Page and Plant, Herman's Hermits, XYZ, Joe Cocker, The Edge, Jack White, Donovan, The Black Crowes) - 73
Cassie Gaines (Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Honkettes) - b. 1948 - d. 10/20/77
David Johansen (New York Dolls, solo) - 67
Steve McRay (38 Special, Ted Nugent, Mose Jones, Atlanta Rhythm Section + more) - 67
Phil Lewis (Girl, L.A. Guns, New Torpedos, Tormé, Liberators, Filthy Lucre) - 60
Eric Erlandson (Hole, Rodney & the Tube Tops + more) - 54
Janis Tanaka (Femme Fatale) - 54
Rocky George (Suicidal Tendencies, Fishbone, Cro-Mags) - 53
Dave Matthews (Dave Matthews Band, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Dave Matthews & Friends+ more) - 50
Carl Bell (Fuel) - 50
Steve Harwell (Smash Mouth) - 50

Jan. 10
Jerry Wexler (producer and record company executive. One of the main record industry players behind music from the 1950s through the 1980s. He coined the term "rhythm and blues", and was integral in signing and/or producing many of the biggest acts of the last 50 years, including Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers, Chris Connor, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Wilson Pickett, Dire Straits, Dusty Springfield and Bob Dylan. Wexler was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987) - b. 1917 - d. 8/15/08
Scott McKenzie (The Singing Strings, The Journeymen, solo) - b. 1939 - d. 8/18/12
Jim Croce - b. 1943 - d. 9/20/73
Rod Stewart (Shotgun Express, The Steampacket, The Jeff Beck Group, The Hoochie Coochie Men, Faces, solo) - 72
Anysley Dunbar (The Jeff Beck Group, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, UFO, Whitesnake, Journey, Jefferson Starship, Lou Reed, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Sammy Hagar, Michael Schenker, Jake E. Lee, The Mojos, Flo & Eddie) - 71
Donald Fagen (Jay and the Americans, Steely Dan, New York Rock and Soul Revue, The Dukes of September, solo) - 69
Scott Thurston (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Jackson Browne, The Cult, Melissa Etheridge, Glenn Frey, Hokus Pokus, Iggy Pop And The Stooges, Jump, Nils Lofgren, The Motels, Ron Asheton's The New Order, Bonnie Raitt, John Trudell) - 65
Pat Benatar - 64
Michael Schenker (MSG, Scorpions, UFO, McAuley Schenker Group, Ratt, Contraband, Schenker Pattison Summit, The Plot) - 62
Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets, Eyes Adrift, Volcano) - 58
Parramore McCarthy (Warrior, Rough Cutt, Steve Steven's Atomic Playboys) - 54
John Fenton "Johnny Dwarf" (Killer Dwarfs) - 46
Matt Roberts (3 Doors Down) - 39
Brent Smith (Shinedown) - 39
Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance) - 37

Jan. 11
Laurens Hammond (inventor of the Hammond organ. The sound of the Hammond was used by many rock artists including; Procol Harum, Keith Emerson, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers and The Faces) - b. 1895 - d. 7/3/73
Clarence Clemons (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, solo) - b. 1942 - d. 6/18/11
Tony Kaye (Yes, Badfinger, Circa, Yoso, Badger, The Iveys, Detective, Cinema, Flash) - 71
Terry Williams (Dire Straits, Bob Dylan, Rockpile, Tina Turner + more) - 69
Frederick Dennis Greene (Sha Na Na) - 68
Vicki Peterson (The Bangles, Continental Drifters, Psycho Sisters) - 59
Tom Dumont (No Doubt) - 49

Jan. 12
Long John Baldry - b. 1941 - d. July 21, 2005
Howard Stern - 63
Charlie Gillingham (Counting Crows) - 57
Rob Zombie (White Zombie, solo) - 52
Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine) - 47
Matt Wong (Reel Big Fish) - 44
Jason Freese (performed on over 50 albums by more than 35 different artists, including albums by Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, Jewel, NOFX, and Zebrahead) -

Jan. 13
Cornelius Bumpus (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) - b. 1945 - d. 2/32/04
Trevor Rabin (Yes, Rabbitt, Mr. Mister, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Roger Hodgson, solo, film composer) - 63
Don Snow (Squeeze) - 60
James LoMenzo (Clockwork, Rondinelli, White Lion, Megadeth, Pride & Glory, Slash's Snakepit, Lynch Mob, Ozzy Osbourne, David Lee Roth, Black Label Society, HAIL!, Hydrogyn, John Fogerty) - 58
Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips, solo) - 56
Tim Kelly (Hellion, Slaughter) - b. 1963 - d. Feb. 5, 1998
Malcolm Foster (Pretenders, Simple Minds, others) -

Jan. 14
Johnny Grande (Bill Haley and The Comets) - b. 1930 - d. 6/3/06
T-Bone Burnett (singer, songwriter, Producer) - 69
Geoff Tate (Queensryche, Hear N' Aid, Operation: Mindcrime) - 58
Mike Tramp (White Lion, Freak Of Nature, solo) - 56
‎Ian Mayo‬ (Stoned Alice, Hericane Alice, Bangalore Choir, Bad Moon Rising, Burning Rain‬) - 51
Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Pride and Glory, Black Label Society, Steel Dragon) - 50
Steve Bowman (Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind, John Wesley Harding, Penelope Houston, Luce) - 50
Dave Grohl (Scream, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, session work) - 48
Kenn Jackson‬ (Pretty Maids‬) - 45
Caleb Followill (Kings Of Leon) - 35

Jan. 15
Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) - b. 1941 - d. 12/17/10
Ronnie Van Zandt (Lynyrd Skynyrd) - b. 1949 - d. 10/20/77
Biff Byford (Saxon, Fastway, Freedom Call) - 66
Melvyn Gale (Electric Light Orchestra, Wilson Gale & Co) - 65
Conrad Lant / Cronos (Venom, Probot) - 65
Adam Jones (Tool) - 52
Chris Julke‬ (‎Helix‬) - 50

Jan. 16
Bob Bogle (The Ventures) - b. 1934 - d. 6/14/09
Bob Kulick (Lou Reed, KISS, Paul Stanley, Skull, W.A.S.P., Murderer's Row, Michael Bolton, Doro, Alice Cooper, Balance, Meatloaf, Blackthorne) - 67
Tommy Crain (Charlie Daniels Band + more) - b. 1951 - d. 1/13/11
Paul Raven (Ministry, Killing Joke) - b. 1961 - d. 10/20/07
Kane Roberts (Robert William Athas) (Alice Cooper, solo) - 55
Rich Ward‬ (Fozzy‬) - 48

Jan. 17
Jim Ladd (Legendary DJ "The Lonesome Cowboy" - KMET, KLOS, KLSX, SiriusXM) - 69
Mick Taylor (John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Rolling Stones, The Gods, Angel Witch, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, solo) - 68
Fernando Von Arb (Krokus) - 64
Steve Earle - 62
John Crawford (Berlin, The Big F) -
Kai Hansen (Helloween, Gamma Ray) - 54
Kid Rock (solo, Uncle Kracker, Yelawolf) - 46
Jon Wysocki (Staind) - 46

Jan. 18
Dave Greenslade (Colosseum, Greenslade, Chris Farlowe's Thunderbirds, solo) -
Steve Lynch (Autograph, Network 23) - 62
Chris Hager (Mickey Ratt, Sarge, Rough Cutt, Woop and the Count, Stephen Pearcy) - 58
Jonathan Davis (Sexart, Korn, Jonathan Davis and the SFA, Killbot) - 46
Quinn Allman (The Used) - 35

Jan. 19
Phil Everly (The Everly Brothers) - b. 1939 - d. 1/3/14
Janis Joplin (Big Brother & The Holding Company, solo) - b. 1943 - d. 10/4/70
Rod Evans (Deep Purple, Captain Beyond, The Maze, The Horizons) - 70
Robert Palmer (Power Station, Vinegar Joe, Andy Taylor, John Taylor, Duran Duran, Chic, solo) - b. 1949 - d. 9/26/03
Martha Davis (Motels, solo) - 66
Dewey Bunnell (America) - 66
Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio, War & Peace, Foreigner, Steel Dagon, McAuley Schenker Group, T&N, producer) - 58
Gina Stile (Vixen) - 52
Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe, Another Animal, Life of Agony, Medication, Hail!) - 49
Zyon Cavalera (Soulfly) - 24

Jan. 20
Eric Stewart (Mindenders, Hotlegs, 10cc, Paul McCartney) - 72
George Grantham (Poco) - 70
Herman Frank (Accept, Victory, Hazzard) - 67
Ian Hill (Judas Priest) - 66
Paul Stanley (KISS, Wicked Lester, solo) - 65
Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group, Micheal Schenker Group, Grand Prix, Far Corporation, Survivor, Raiding the Rock Vault) - 64
Scott Thunes (Frank Zappa, Wayne Kramer, Steve Vai, Andy Prieboy, Mike Keneally, The Mother Hips, Fear, The Waterboys, Big Bang Beat + more) - 57
Phil Hilborne (performed with many artists including: John Entwistle, Glen Hughes, Keith Emerson, Bruce Dickinson, Brian May, Narada Michael Walden, Uli Jon Roth and many others, solo + more)
Greg K. (Greg Kriesel) (The Offspring) - 52
Tracii Guns (Guns N' Roses, L.A. Guns, Contraband, Hollywood Rose, Brides of Destruction, Quiet Riot, Devil City Angels) - 51
Derrick Green (Sepultura, Musica Diablo + more) - 46
Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) - 38
Matt Tuck‬ (‎Bullet For My Valentine) - 37

Jan. 21
Wolfman Jack - b. 1938 - 7/1/95
Richie Havens - b. 1941 - d. 4/22/13
Edwin Starr (The Future Tones, Blinky Williams, solo) - b. 1942 - d. 4/2/03
Chris Britton (Troggs) - 73
Jimmy Ibbotson (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Wild Jimbos, John McEuen, solo) - 70
Richie Ranno (Starz, Stories, Ian Lloyd, Fallen Angels, solo) - 67
Rob Brill (Berlin, Big F, solo) - 61
Cordell Crockett (Ugly Kid Joe) - 52
Chris Kilmore (Incubus) - 44

Jan. 22
Sam Cooke - b. 1931 - d. 12/11/64
Steve Perry (Journey, Ice, Alien Project, solo) - 68
Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols manager, writer, solo artist) - b. 1946 - d. 4/8/10
Steven Riley (W.A.S.P., L.A. Guns, Steppenwolf, Keel, Cherry People) - 61
Michael Hutchence (INXS) - b. 1960 - 11/22/97
Steve Adler (Guns N' Roses, Hollywood Rose, Adler's Appetite, Adler) - 52
Ben Moody (Evanescence, We Are the Fallen, The Halo Method) - 36
Orianthi Panagaris (Alice Cooper, Michael Jackson, solo) - 32

Jan. 23
Danny Federici (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) - b. 1950 - d. 4/17/08
Bill Cunningham (The Box Tops) - 67
Robin Zander (Cheap Trick, solo) - 64
Greg Hinz (Helix) - 57
Kirk Arrington (Metal Church) - 55
Louis Clemente (Testamment) - 52

Jan. 24
David Getz (Big Brother and the Holding Company, Country Joe and the Fish) - 77
Neil Diamond - 76
Warren Zevon - b. 1947 - 9/7/03
Michael DesBarres (Detective, Silverhead, Chequered Past, solo, Power Station, Michael Des Barres Band, actor) - 69
John Belushi (Blues Brothers) - b. 1949 - 3/5/82
Nigel Glockler (Saxon) - 64
Clive Edwards (Rococo, UFO, X-UFO, Bronz, Wild Horses, Pat Travers, Phil Lynott, Dave Stewart, Annie Lennox, John Cale, Ollie Halsall, Micky Moody, Bernie Marsden, SOS, Chris Thompson, Lionheart, Uli Jon Roth, Electric Sun, Neil Merryweather,Grand Prix, others) - 64
Jools Holland (Squeeze, Rhythm & Blues Orchestra) - 59
John Myung (Dream Theater, Platypus, The Jelly Jam + more) - 50
Michael Kiske (Helloween, Unisonic) - 49
Beth Hart (singer, songwriter, solo, collaborations) - 45

Jan. 25
Etta James - b. 1938 - d. 1/20/12
Michael Cotten (Tubes) - 67
Tony Catania (Jason Bonham, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, The Tony Catania Project, solo)
Jesse Harte‬ (‎South Gang‬) -
Mercedes Sherida Lander (Kittie) - 33

Jan. 26
Corky Laing (Mountain, West, Bruce & Laing, Corky Laing & The Memory Thieves) - 69
Chris Rhyne (Santana, Jean-Luc Ponty, Gino Vannelli, others)
Derek Holt (Climax Blues Band, Foxhole) - 68
Andy Hummel (Big Star) - b. 1951 - d. 7/19/10
Billy Greer (Kansas, Streets, Seventh Key, Native Window) - 66
Christopher North (Ambrosia + more) - 66
Edward Van Halen (Van Halen) - 62
Charlie Gillingham (Counting Crows, Train, Matt Nathanson, Low Stars, Feeder + more) - 57
Tom Keifer (Cinderella) - 56
Mark Trojanowski (Sister Hazel) - 47
William Adler (Lamb Of God, Megadeth) - 41
Matt Heafy (Trivium) - 31

Jan. 27
Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) - 73
Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy, Funky Junction, Gary Moore, Phil Lynott) - 66
Seth Justman (J Geils Band) - 66
Janick Gers (Gillen, Iron Maiden, White Spirit, Gogmagog, Fish, Bruce Dickinson) - 60
Jaime St. James (Black 'N Blue, Cold Gin, Warrant, Freight Train Jane, Let It Rawk) - 57
Tim Smith (Jellyfish + more) -
Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) - 56
Marc Ferrari (Keel, Cold Sweat, Medicine Wheel, Ferrari) - 55
Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Fantomas) - 49

Jan. 28
Dick Taylor (The Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things) - 74
Rick Allen (Box Tops) - 71
Dan Spitz (Anthrax, Red Lamb, Overkill, DeuxMonkey, Paige-Spitz) - 54
Ashley Purdy (Black Veil Brides) - 33

Jan. 29
Andrew Loog Oldham (record producer, manager, author, The Rolling Stones) - 73
David Byron (Uriah Heap, Spice, solo) - b. 1947 - d. 2/28/85
Tommy Ramone (Ramones, Uncle Monk) - b. 1952 - d. 7/11/14
Richard Manitoba (The Dictators, Manitoba's Wild Kingdom, MC5, Manitoba, The Dictators NYC) - 63
Eddie Jackson (Queensryche) - 56
Ron Young (Little Caesar) - 54
Jeff Duncan (Odin, Lost Boys, Armored Saint, DC4, Let It Rawk) -
Jonny Lang - 36
‎Eloy Casagrande‬ (Sepultura) - 26

Jan. 30
Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, KBC Band) - 75
Steve Marriott (Small Faces, Humble Pie, Majik Mijits, Packet of Three, solo) - b. 1947 - 4/20/91
Phil Collins (Genesis, Flaming Youth, Brand X, solo) - 66
Bill Leverty (Firehouse, solo) - 50

Jan. 31
Charlie Musselwhite - 73
Terry Kath (Chicago) - b. 1946 - d. January 23, 1978
William "Curly" Smith (Jo Jo Gunne, Spirit, Boston, solo, sessions) - 65
Adrian Vandenberg (Vandenberg, Teaser, Manic Eden, Little Caesar, solo, Whitesnake, Vandenberg's Moon Kings) - 63
John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) (Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd, The Lydons and The O'Donnells, Time Zone, solo) - 61
Jeff Warner (Black 'N Blue) - 55
Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) - b. 1964 - d. 5/2/13
Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars, The Fire Ants, Redband, East Of The Equator, The Methodists) - 50
Jeff Cooper (The Cure) - 49

Today In Rock History:
January 1
1940: W2XDG in New York becomes the first licensed FM station and begins broadcasting from the Empire State Building.
1955: Elvis Presley appeared at The Eagles Hall in Houston Texas. Presley went on to play over 250 shows in 1955.
1956: Carl Perkins 'Blue Suede Shoes' 45 single is released. Written and first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955 and is considered one of the first rockabilly (rock and roll) records and incorporated elements of blues, country and pop music of the time. The song was notably covered by Elvis Presley.
1956: Bill Haley's 'Rock Around the Clock' went to #1 on the UK singles chart for the second time. The single is often cited as the biggest-selling vinyl rock and roll single of all time with sales over 25 million.
1959: For the first time, ABC-TV's teen dance program 'American Bandstand' leads the U.S. daytime television ratings.
1960: Johnny Cash plays the first of several shows (over the years) at San Quentin Prison in CA. He later records a live album there. Among those in the captive audience is Merle Haggard, who was serving time for burglary.
1962: Beatles flunk their audition when Decca Records A&R man Dick Rowe isn't impressed with Fab Four version of 'Please Mr. Postman' and several other songs. Rowe tells manager Brian Epstein that "Guitar groups are on the way out"!|
1963: Beatles begin a tour of Scotland to promote 'Love Me Do.'
1964: Top Of The Pops premieres on British T.V. with Dusty Springfield, The Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies and The Swinging Blue Jeans. Over the years, this landmark weekly music program presents nearly all the major British Rock groups.
1965: The Yardbirds (with Eric Clapton,) played two shows at The Odeon Cinema, Hammersmith in London. One at 6:15 and 8:45pm.
1965: The Beatles (on Capitol Records) have three albums in the Billboard Top 10.
1966: The Beach Boys, with help from Dean Torrence (Jan & Dean), hit #2 on the charts with 'Barbara Ann.'
1966: Simon & Garfunkel's 'The Sound Of Silence' started a two week run at #1 on the charts.
1967: The Doors made their first live television appearance lip-synching their first single ‘Break on Through’ on 'Shebang,' airing on KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles.
1967: As a thank you to the citizens of San Francisco who helped raise bail money for two of their members who were jailed the previous day during a parade, the Hell's Angels stage a concert at Golden Gate Park with performances by the Grateful Dead and Big Brother & the Holding Company. The event is christened 'The New Year's Wail.'
1968: Billboard magazine reported that for the first time albums had outsold singles in the US with album sales reaching over 192 million units.
1969: Following a New Year's Eve concert featuring the Grateful Dead and The Blues Brothers, the Winterland Theatre closes. The San Francisco venue, run by Bill Graham, featured The Dead no less than 48 times.
1970: Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsys appeared at the Fillmore East in New York.
1971: Radio Luxembourg aired over seven hours of continuous Beatles music to celebrate the group’s tenth year in the music business. Every track played was a single or LP track by The Beatles plus tracks from solo albums.
1972: Carole King started a three week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Music,' her second chart topper.
1972: Marc Bolan signed a deal with EMI to release records in the UK on his own T Rex Wax co. label.
1972: Three Dog Night becomes the first rock band to ride on a float in the Rose Bowl parade. Three of their hits (including 'Joy To The World') play on a loop as they traverse the route.
1972: The Rolling Stones release 'Hot Rocks.'
1973: The Allman Brothers Band performed at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1975: Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham join Fleetwood Mac.
1976: Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant walks for the first time following his horrible car accident in Greece the previous year. “I’m going to need physiotherapy so I should think it’ll be the beginning of the next soccer season before I’m running about again,” Plant tells reporters.
1976: Procol Harum, John Miles, Barclay James Harvest, Baker Gurvitz Army and Snafu all appeared at the Great British Music Festival, London.
1976: Fleetwood Mac release 'Go Your Own Way' in the U.S. It goes on to become their first American Top 10 hit.
1977: The Clash opens the Roxy Club in London's Covent Garden.
1977: Genesis played the first of three nights at the new-look Rainbow Theatre in London.
1977: Wings were at #1 on the singles chart in the UK with 'Mull Of Kintyre.'
1979: Bill Graham closes the San Francisco Winterland Theatre. Grateful Dead have played there 48 times.
1979: Bruce Springsteen's 'Darkness At The Edge Of Town' Tour ends in Cleveland after 109 shows in 86 cities.
1980: RUSH release their 7th studio album, 'Permanent Waves.' It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart and featured the stand out hits 'The Spirit of Radio' and 'Freewill.'
1982: Black Sabbath played at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1983: U2's 'New Year's Day' b/w 'Treasure (Whatever Happened To Pete The Chop)' 45 single is released in the UK. It is on their 1983 album 'War' and it was released as the album's lead single on this date in January 1983. New Year's Day was voted #6 in the Best Single category in the New Musical Express poll and #9 in the Best Single category in the Sounds poll and became U2's first top 10 single in the UK. It reached #53 on the Billboard charts. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed the single at #427 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
1984: Alexis Korner died of lung cancer aged 55. He was known as “the Founding Father of British Blues”, he was a major force behind the UK early 60’s R&B scene. Formed Blues Incorporated; members at various times included Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Long John Baldry, Graham Bond and Charlie Watts. Had hits with CCS, including a version of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ which was used as the theme for BBC’s Top Of The Pops for several years. Became a radio host in the ’70s.
1985: VH1 makes its debut.
1986: Metallica release their classic 'Master Of Puppets.'
1986: Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley have a daughter, Alexa Ray. She will eventually become a singer like her dad.
1987: In Sydney, Australia, Elton John announces that he is canceling the remainder of his tour to undergo throat surgery to remove a non-malignant tumor. It's four months before he's on stage again.
1987: Anthrax released the EP 'I'm The Man.'
1988: The 'classic' lineup of Skid Row play their 1st show at Toronto's Rock N' Roll Heaven.
1988: Prince played an after midnight New Years Eve charity gig in aid of the homeless in Minnesota. Miles Davis joined him on stage.
1989: Nirvana signed a one-year recording contract with Sub Pop records. The Seattle based label began not as a record label but as a fanzine (called Subterranean Pop), in the early 80’s. They are also notable for having signed Soundgarden and Mudhoney.
1990: New American radio station WKRL in Florida played the Led Zeppelin track 'Stairway To Heaven' for 24 hours, as a prelude to an all Zeppelin format.
1990: 'Fleetwood: My Life and Adventures in Fleetwood Mac,' written by Mick Fleetwood and Stephen Davis ('Hammer Of The Gods'), is in bookstores.
1993: Melissa Etheridge performs at the Voters For Change benefit then appears at the Triangle Ball, a gay and lesbian event. At the latter, Etheridge announces she's gay.
1993: Elton John cracks the Top 40 with 'The Last Song,' making it 23 consecutive years he's had a song on the charts. It breaks Elvis Presley's previous record of 22.
2000: George Harrison is informed that he will be able to play guitar again following knife injuries to his hand during Michael Abram's recent home invasion.
2002: 56-year-old Eric Clapton marries the 25-year-old American graphic designer Melia McEnery, who will be the mother to three of his children: Julie Rose, Ella, and Sophie. It's a surprise wedding which takes place at St. Mary Magdalen church near London, where his 16-year-old daughter Ruth and 6-month-old Julie Rose are getting baptized. After the baptism, the vicar turns around and marries the couple to the astonishment of the 20 guests.
2006: Godsmack singer Sully Erna performs the national anthem prior to the New England Patriots - Miami Dolphins game in Foxborough, MA.
2006: Green Day are named Male Artist of the Year in a poll conducted by AOL Music.
2009: Ron Asheton, guitarist and bassist (1972-74) for Iggy Pop And The Stooges, dies in Ann Arbor, MI. at age 60.
2010: The Flaming Lips ring in the New Year by performing Pink Floyd's 1973 classic, 'Dark Side Of The Moon' in its entirety at the Cox Center in Oklahoma City.
2010: Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell confirms via Twitter that the band is reuniting. The group originally disbanded in 1997.
2011: An 84-year-old Chuck Berry collapses on stage in Chicago at a New Year's Day concert. He makes a full recovery.
2011: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong reprises his role as St. Jimmy in the musical American Idiot (based on the Green Day albums 'American Idiot' and '21st Century Breakdown') on Broadway. Armstrong appeared in the musical for one week a few months earlier and that resulted in a 93.4 percent increase in ticket sales.
2011: The Ted Lapidus-designed white suit that John Lennon wore on the cover of 'Abbey Road' is auctioned at the Braswell Galleries in Norwalk, CT. It sells for $46,000.
2012: Steven Tyler's interview with Oprah Winfrey airs on the premiere episode of Oprah's Next Chapter on OWN TV.
2014: Black Label Society announce that they have selected Lizzy Borden guitarist Dario Lorina as a replacement for Nick Catanese, who left the previous month.
2015: Billy Idol performs during the pre-game festivities at the outdoor NHL Winter Classic where the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Idol sings 'White Wedding' and 'Rebel Yell.'

January 2
1926: The first edition of the legendary British music magazine Melody Maker is published, promising news and information for "all who are interested in the production of popular music."
1950: Sam Phillips opens the Memphis Recording Service, which he will later rename Sun Studio. Among the artists to record there is Elvis Presley, who gets his start recording with Phillips.
1964: The Rolling Stones perform 'I Wanna Be Your Man' (written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney) on the first edition of the landmark British TV music show 'Top Of The Pops.'
1965: Elvis Presley's soundtrack album 'Roustabout' hits #1. It was Presley's eighth #1.
1965: 'The Beatles Story,' yet another US-only collection of Fab Four releases, goes to #7 in the album charts. The Beatles are currently #1 in the singles charts with “I Feel Fine.”
1966: 'We Can Work It Out' by the The Beatles takes over the top spot from Simon & Garfunkel’s 'Sounds of Silence.' It remains for two weeks, then falls to second once again behind “Sounds of Silence,” after which it reclaims the top spot for one more week.
1968: The entire shipment of John and Yoko's album 'Two Virgins' was seized by authorities in New Jersey due to the full frontal nude photograph of the couple on the cover. The album was eventually wrapped in plain brown paper in record stores.
1969: Led Zeppelin played the first of four nights at the Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles during the bands first North American tour. Support group was the Alice Cooper band. The group is billed as “Led Zeppelin featuring Jimmy Page, formerly of the Yardbirds.” Page suffers from a fever and is forced to eliminate the 2nd set from this series of shows.
1969: Filming began at Twickenham studios in England of The Beatles rehearsing for the 'Let It Be' album. The project ran into several problems including George Harrison walking out on the group on January 10th. The sessions are later described by George Harrison as "the low of all-time" and by John Lennon as "hell ... the most miserable sessions on earth." The Beatles leave it to producer Phil Spector to salvage things while they start over with 'Abbey Road.'
1970: Poco appeared at the Terrace Ballroom in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1971: The George Harrison album 'All Things Must Pass' started a seven week run at #1 on the US album chart, making Harrison the first solo Beatle to score a US #1 album.
1972: Syd Barrett plays an unannounced solo gig at King’s College Cellar in Cambridge.
1973: Led Zeppelin performed at City Hall in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
1975: U.S. District Court judge Richard Owen allows John Lennon and his counsel access to his FBI files in his ongoing deportation case, on Lennon's suspicion that the deportation attempt is politically motivated because of his remarks about President Richard Nixon.
1976: Bad Company, Nazareth, Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance, The Pretty Things and Be Bop Deluxe all appeared at the second day of the Great British Music Festival at London's Olympia.
1977: Genesis played at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1978: Ozzy Osbourne rejoins Black Sabbath.
1979: Sex Pistol's bass player Sid Vicious went on trial in New York accused of murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungen three months earlier. The former Sex Pistol ODs before the verdict is in.
1980: Singer Larry Williams was found dead from a gunshot wound to his head in his Los Angeles, California home. He was 45. Williams had the 1957 #5 and UK #21 single 'Short Fat Fannie.' He was also known for 'Bony Moronie' and 'Dizzy Miss Lizzy.’ The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dr. Feelgood, Flying Burrito Brothers, Johnny Winter, Little Richard, The Who, Ritchie Valens and Bill Haley & His Comets all covered his songs.
1982: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York.
1985: Aerosmith appeared at the Broome County Arena in Binghamton, New York.
1985: Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones marries his second wife, Jo Karslake, in Buckinghamshire, England, with guests Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, and the other members of the Stones (except Mick).
1994: Meat Loaf started a three-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with 'Bat Out Of Hell 2-Back Into Hell.'
1997: Spirit's founding guitarist Randy California drowns while surfing off the coast of Hawaii. His son gets caught in the riptide and though California is able to push him to safety, the guitarist ends up losing his own life.
2005: Green Day were at #1 on the UK album chart with their 7th album American Idiot. The album went on to be nominated for seven Grammy Awards, winning the Best Rock Album of 2005.
2006: The Rolling Stones are recognized for having the highest grossing '05 North American tour. According to Pollstar magazine, the Stones took in $162 million from 42 shows. The average ticket price was $134. U2 lands in second place with $138.9 million from 78 concerts.
2007: Rod Stewart is named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his musical contributions.
2007: Guitarist Jason Truby says he's "no longer a member of P.O.D." He claims that he decided to leave before founding guitarist Marcos Curiel announced he was rejoining the group.
2008: The Smashing Pumpkins issue 'American Gothic,' a four-track acoustic EP, via iTunes.
2009: The Eagles tour in support of their album 'Long Road Out Of Eden' ranks #3 in Pollstar's 2008 tally of the highest-grossing North American tours of the year (behind Madonna and Celine Dion). The trek earned more than $73 million. Bon Jovi landed at #5. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and the Police are at #6 and #8
2010: Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer confirms that he has joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers, replacing John Frusciante. Klinghoffer previously worked with Gnarls Barkley and Beck and was recording with RHCP prior to the announcement.
2012: Slash receives the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from Guitar International Magazine, with Joe Bonamassa getting the Guitarist of the Year honor.
2012: Iron Butterfly/Captain Beyond guitarist Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt dies at the age of 63, due to sclerosis of the liver.
2014: A judge dismisses a lawsuit over the rights to Tommy Lee's rollercoaster drum set. Howard Scott King claimed he originated the design and sought $400,000 in damages from the Motley Crue drummer. The judge rules that King never had exclusive rights to the idea and that Lee designed his version on his own.
2015: Arizona's departing state superintendent of public education, John Huppenthal, claims the Tucson Unified School District has violating the state's ban on ethnic studies by using Rage Against The Machine's 1992 song 'Take The Power Back' in a Mexican-American history class. Huppenthal threatens to reduce state funding for the district by 10 percent if they do not comply with the law. Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello tweets that his band's lyrics are "only dangerous if you teach [them] right."

January 3
1956: Elvis Presley plays a show at the Von Theater in Booneville, Mississippi, where he is advertised as 'The Folk Music Fireball.'
1957: Fats Domino records 'I'm Walkin' in New Orleans.
1963: Rick Nelson signs a twenty year deal with Decca Records.
1963: The Beatles began their first headlining tour with four nights in Scotland appearing at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom in Elgin. Two of the dates were cancelled due to bad weather.
1964: A month before the Beatles' historic appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' NBC-TV's 'The Jack Paar Show' showed a portion of a Beatles concert filmed at the Winter Gardens Theatre in Bournemouth, England.
1964: The Beatles get an early positive review from Billboard magazine for 'I Want To Hold Your Hand.'
1964: The Rolling Stones appeared at Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill, England, supported by The Detours (later to become The Who).
1966: First Acid Test held at Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1966: The Beatles appear on NBC's 'Hullabaloo!' in a taped performance of 'Day Tripper' and 'We Can Work It Out.'
1967: Declaring himself a conscientious objector, The Beach Boys's Carl Wilson refuses to be sworn in after receiving an induction notice from the US Army.
1969: Appearing live on UK TV's 'Lulu Show,' Jimi Hendrix was booked to perform two songs, 'Voodoo Child,' which is performed in its entirety. Then, he stopped midway through the performance his new single “Hey Joe,” announcing, “We’d like to stop playing this rubbish and dedicate this song to The Cream.” The Experience then launched into a version of “Sunshine Of Your Love” as a tribute to the group who had split a few days earlier. Hendrix then proceeded to continuing jamming, running over their allocated time slot on the live show, preventing the show’s host Lulu from closing the show properly.
1970: Four days after learning that their movie 'Let It Be' will be released in theaters, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr meet at Abbey Road Studios and record 'I Me Mine' for the film and soundtrack. John Lennon was away in Denmark at the time. A decade later it became the title of George Harrison’s auto-biography.
1970: Davy Jones announces that he's leaving The Monkees, essentially dissolving the group, which had dwindled to a duo.
1970: Syd Barrett's first solo album, ' The Madcap Laughs is released
1972: Two weeks of rehearsals for Pink Floyd’s 'Dark Side Of The Moon' tour began at the Bermondsey in London, England (the venue was owned by The Rolling Stones).
1972: Don McLean's "American Pie" is certified gold.
1973: Two thousand international fashion editors and experts voted Mick and Bianca Jagger two of the top dozen best-dressed men and women of 1972.
1973: Bruce Springsteen played the first of a 4 night run at The Main Point in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, opening for the comedy rock duo Travis Shook & The Club Wow.
1973: After seeing an ad in the Village Voice for a lead guitarist with "flash and ability," Paul "Ace" Frehley auditioned to play guitar in a band called Wicked Lester. Ace showed up wearing different colored sneakers and despite being unimpressed with his visual appearance, Ace's playing got him hired (they reportedly jammed to 'Deuce' during the session). Shortly thereafter, the foursome officially changed their name to KISS.
1974: Jim Croce's 'Time In A Bottle' is certified gold.
1974: Bob Dylan begins a 6-week tour in Chicago with The Band, who do double duty: backing Dylan and then playing their own set. On the tour's opening night in Chicago, Dylan performs 'All Along The Watchtower' live for the first time, even though he recorded the song seven years earlier. In July, the double album 'Before The Flood' is released, featuring highlights from the shows.
1976: Bob Dylan's song, 'Hurricane', peaks at #33 on the Billboard singles chart, helping to cause enough publicity to eventually get former boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter released from jail. The song promoted Carter's innocence and a movie about Carter's life, starring Denzel Washington, was released in 2000.
1976: Gary Wright (formerly of Spooky Tooth) hits US chart for first time with 'Dream Weaver.'
1977: Rush performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1978: Angel released their 4th album, 'White Hot.'
1979: The Hype, (later to be known as U2) appeared at McGonagils in Dublin, Ireland.
1980: American rhythm and blues singer Amos Milburn died aged 52. He was famous for his drinking songs including, 'Let Me Go Home, Whiskey' and 'One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer.'
1981: It's the final night of David Bowie's performance of 'The Elephant Man' on Broadway.
1981: The New York chapter of NOW (the National Organization of Women) begins a call-in campaign against Bruce Springsteen. They find his music "sexist" due to his use of the term "little girls" in his music.
1987: The second class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is announced, and it includes the first woman: Aretha Franklin. The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, Clyde McPhatter, Rick Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson, and Jackie Wilson also enter.
2007: A pair of Red Hot Chili Peppers tunes are on the soundtracks of rollercoasters at two Disney SoCal amusement parks. A remix of the Peppers' 1989 cover of Stevie Wonder's 'Higher Ground' is heard at Disneyland's Space Mountain in Anaheim while riders of the California Screamin' coaster at California Adventure Park hear a customized version of the 1999 track 'Around The World.' The songs are used through April.
2007: A live rendition of Pink Floyd's 'Arnold Layne' recorded at a London concert by Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, with vocals by David Bowie, gets to #19 on the U.K. chart, one place higher than the original version did in 1967.
2008: Gene Simmons is one of 14 contestants on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice. He ends up hearing "you're fired" by Donald Trump.
2008: Stephen Stills undergoes prostate-cancer surgery in Los Angeles. "Stephen's procedure went remarkably well and he couldn't be better," says Stills' wife, Kristen.
2009: 3 Doors Down perform during halftime of the NFL playoff game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Atlanta Falcons in Glendale, AZ. Singer Brad Arnold also sings the national anthem.
2010: U2 frontman Bono writes in the New York Times about illegal music downloading. "A decade's worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators...benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business," Bono states. He suggests tracking down file-sharers, something he says has been proven possible by China.
2011: Rob Zombie Hellbilly Brew coffee starts shipping to customers. Zombie's coffee comes in French Roast Organic and Peru Organic varieties. It's 100% Fair Trade Certified.
2013: Jack White's solo debut album, 'Blunderbuss,' is named the biggest selling vinyl album of 2012 according to Nielsen Soundscan's vinyl charts. Selling 33,000 copies, 'Blunderbuss' knocks The Beatles "Abbey Road" from the top spot, which it had held the previous three years.
2014: 2014, Phil Everly, one half of the Everly Brothers, died of complications from lung disease aged 74, in California. In their heyday between 1957 and 1962, the Everly Brothers had 19 Top 40 hits, including 'Bye Bye Love,' 'Wake Up Little Susie,' and 'All I Have to Do Is Dream.' They influenced acts such as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Simon & Garfunkel.
2015: Kid Rock states he's in favor of legalizing and taxing "pot, cocaine,(and) heroin," in an interview published in the Guardian. "Has it not been proven that people will always find a way to get what they want," asks Rock.

January 4
1936: Billboard Magazine introduced the first ever-pop music chart that ranked records on national sales; big band violinist Joe Venuti was the first #1.
1950: Two years after Columbia Records introduces the long-playing record, RCA announces its intention to follow suit.
1954: A young truck driver named Elvis Presley enters the Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, TN., to record a song for his mother's birthday. He records 'Casual Love Affair' and 'I’ll Never Stand in Your Way.' It was this recording that would lead MRS head Sam Phillips to call Presley back to record for his Sun Records label.
1957: Elvis Presley reports for his pre-induction Army physical in Memphis. He gets his draft notice later in the year and begins his two-year Army hitch in 1958.
1965: Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars to CBS for $13 million.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of what would be over 240 gigs in this year when they appeared at the Bromel Club in Bromley, England. (Many of the concerts were two shows per night).
1967: The Doors released their self-titled debut album 'The Doors.' Unique packaging of the album included each band member’s bio. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single, 'Light My Fire,' topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks in the summer of 1967. The album is #42 on "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" and is on "The Rolling Stone Hall Of Fame".
1968: Jimi Hendrix spends the night in a Swedish jail after trashing a hotel room, reportedly during a fight with his bandmate Noel Redding.
1968: The University of California, Los Angeles announced that students taking music degrees would have to study the music of The Rolling Stones saying they had made such an important contribution to modern music.
1969: Jimi Hendrix Experience played on the BBC show 'Happening For Lulu.' His refusal to go along with the programming caused him to be banned from the network. Hendrix sing his first song and, at the end, the camera goes to Lulu in the audience to introduce the second song. Right in the middle of the intro, Hendrix lets out a blast of feedback then launches into his second song but, in the middle, stopped and said "We'd like to stop playing this rubbish and dedicate a song to Cream" launching into 'Sunshine of Your Love.'
1970: Chauffeur Neil Boland was accidentally killed when The Who's drummer Keith Moon ran over him. Moon was trying to escape from a Gang of skinheads after a fight broke out at a pub in Hatfield, England. Moon had never passed his driving test.
1970: The Beatles (without John Lennon) re-record vocals and a new guitar solo on the Paul McCartney song ‘Let It Be’ at Studio Two, EMI Studios, London. This session will be the final studio appearance for The Beatles, as a group. (The final date that all four of The Beatles were in the studio together is August 20, 1969).
1971: The film 'Performance,' starring Mick Jagger, premieres in London two years after its completion.
1971: At London’s Abbey Road studios, Pink Floyd begin sessions for 'Meddle,' the follow-up to their 1970 album 'Atom Heart Mother.' The same month director Stanley Kubrick asks the band if he can use 'Atom Heart Mother' as the soundtrack for his movie 'A Clockwork Orang'e. The band say no.
1972: Yes' 'Roundabout" b/w "Long Distance Runaround' 45 single is released. It's the opening track from the 1971 album 'Fragile.' The song was written by singer Jon Anderson and guitarist Steve Howe. In January 1972, an edited version of the song was released as a single. With its #13 peak on the Billboard Hot 100, 'Roundabout' ranks as the second highest charting US single for Yes, after their 1983 #1 hit 'Owner of a Lonely Heart.' The single version was edited down to 3:27 for American pop radio airplay, although many stations played the full version of the song. Anderson has said the lyrics to the song were inspired by a long tour van ride from northern Scotland to north England, which featured many traffic-clogged roundabouts along with mountain and lake scenery.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band publicly announce Lamar Williams as their replacement for recently deceased bassist Berry Oakley.
1973: Roxy Music appeared at My Mother’s Place in Washington, DC.
1974: Elton John goes gold with 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.'
1974: Bruce Springsteen played the first of a three night run at Joes' Place in Cambridge MA., supported by Peter Johnson & The Manic Depressives. On the ticket it stated: Because of the energy crisis all our outside lights except for one will be shut off.
1975: Elton John started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with his version of The Beatles 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds'. His third US #1, the song featured John Lennon on guitar.
1976: Longtime Beatles roadie/bodyguard Mal Evans is shot and killed by police in Los Angeles, who apparently mistake his air gun for the real thing. Evans' girlfriend had called the police, claiming he was upset and despondent.
1976: Blue Oyster Cult appeared at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1977: The Sex Pistols shocked passengers and airline staff at Heathrow Airport when they spat and vomited boarding a plane to Amsterdam.
1978: Rush performed at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
1979: Due to renewed interest in The Beatles, the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany reopens to the public. The club had been an important stepping stone for the band. The Beatles do not attend.
1980: ZZ Top played at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey.
1983: Aerosmith performed at the Neal S. Blasidell Center Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1984: Judas Priest release their 9th studio album 'Defenders of the Faith.'
1984: Motley Crue released their 3rd single, 'Looks That Kill.'
1986: Guitarist Andy Summers joins former Police bandmate Sting on his 'Dream of the Blue Turtles' World Tour.
1986: Thin Lizzy singer/bassist Phil Lynott died at the young age of 36. His longtime abuse of cocaine, heroin and booze led to his collapse on Christmas day, at his home in London. Kidney and liver infections complicated by pneumonia and, finally, heart failure took his life too soon. A life-size bronze statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Dublin in 2005.
1988: L.A.Guns released their self-titled debut album.
1991: Nirvana signs with Geffen Records. In September, their album 'Nevermind' is released.
2001: Courtney Love filed a lawsuit against her alleged stalker claiming that Lesley Barber, the ex-wife of her current boyfriend Jim Barber, drove over her foot. This had forced her to forfeit her role in a forthcoming film and lost her the $340,000 fee that went with it.
2006: The house where Johnny Cash lived for 35 years was bought by Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb. The rustic house near Nashville, Tennessee went on the market in June 2005 with an asking price of $2.9 million. Gibb said he planned to preserve the house to honor the Cash memory. Unfortunately Gibb's ownership of the house was short-lived. In April 2007, the house burned to the ground. Gibb was having the house renovated when a flammable spray sealer caused fire to break out during construction.
2008: The Eagles 'Long Road Out Of Eden' is the best-selling album issued by any band in 2007 according SoundScan's annual tally. Released on Oct. 30, the album sells 2.6 million units before the year's end.
2009: Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant was voted the Greatest Voice In Rock by listeners of radio station Planet Rock. Plant beat Queen's Freddie Mercury, Free's Paul Rodgers and Deep Purple's Ian Gillan to the top spot in the UK poll.
2010: Godsmack's Sully Erna reaches a multimillion-dollar court settlement with an accident victim. In 2007, 27 year-old Lindsay Taylor was riding in the back seat of a car that was rear-ended by Erna's Hummer. According to court documents, Taylor suffered a severe traumatic brain injury.
2010: Pollstar.com says the Dave Matthews Band was the top North American concert money earner between 2000-2009 taking in $529.1 million. Pop singer Celine Dion and Country vocalist Kenny Chesney are second and third. Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones round out the Top 5.
2010: Marilyn Manson proposes to his girlfriend, Evan Rachel Wood, while onstage in Paris. The 22-year-old accepts. But the pair call off the engagement eight months later.
2010: Bono's lyrics get the approval of Pope Benedict XVI. L'Osservatore Romano, a newspaper tied to the Vatican publishes an article praising the Christian themes in U2 songs.
2011: Jane's Addiction announces that TV On The Radio guitarist Dave Sitek is the band's bassist, replacing Guns 'N Roses/Velvet Revolver vet Duff McKagan who left in 2010 citing creative differences.
2011: Gerry Rafferty dies of liver failure in England at 63. Rafferty was a member of Stealers Wheel, who had the 1973 hit 'Stuck In The Middle With You' and then also went on to solo success with 'Baker Street' and 'Right Down the Line.'
2011: It's announced that Pink Floyd has resigned with EMI. The group and label overcame long standing differences, including how digital music services would sell Floyd songs, to ink a five year deal.
2013: Rob Caggiano, longtime lead guitarist for the band Anthrax, announces he's quitting the band. The split was affirmed by all members to be amicable, with Caggiano hinting that he'd like to work on other projects. He soon joined Volbeat.
2014: U2 receives the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), "for their unparalleled humanitarian work against extreme poverty, disease, and social injustice" and for the song 'Ordinary Love' from the film 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.'

January 5
1940: The FCC hears the first demonstration of FM radio.
1959: Coral Records releases 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore' which turns out to be Buddy Holly's last record issued while he is alive. The plane crash in Clearwater, Iowa ("the day the music died"), is just weeks away.
1961: The Beatles played at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool. In the audience are two members from Rory Storm & the Hurricanes: Johnny Guitar and Ringo Starr who have just returned from Hamburg, Germany.
1964: The Rolling Stones performed at the Ricky Tick club at the Olympia Ballroom in Reading, England. During the 1960s, the club was host to many important acts such as The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Cream.
1967: Pink Floyd and Eyes of Blue performed at The Marquee Club in London.
1967: During The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper' sessions at Abbey Road in London, Paul McCartney recorded his vocal track on 'Penny Lane.'
1968: Jimi Hendrix was jailed for one day in Stockholm, Sweden on drink charges after going berserk and destroying everything in his room at the Goteberg Hotel.
1968: Bob Dylan's 'Greatest Hits' album is certified gold.
1968: Status Quo's 'Pictures of Matchstick Men' b/w 'Gentleman Joe's Sidewalk Café' 45 single is released in the UK. It was the first hit single by Status Quo. It reached #7 on the UK charts, and #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their only hit single in the United States.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival's 2nd studio album, 'Bayou Country' album is released. It was the first of three albums CCR released in that year. It reached both the Billboard 200 Top LP's (#7) and Top R&B LP's (#41) charts. The single 'Proud Mary,' reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1969: During the band's first North American tour, Led Zeppelin played the last of four nights at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles, with Alice Cooper as the opening act. Zeppelin were billed as 'Led Zeppelin featuring Jimmy Page, formerly of the Yardbirds'.
1973: Aerosmith release their self-titled debut studio album.
1973: Bruce Springsteen released his debut album 'Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.' Recorded in a single week the album only sold about 25,000 copies in the first year of its release. Both 'Blinded By The Light' and 'Spirit In The Night' were released as singles but neither made a dent in the charts. It entered the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart in 1975 and reached #60. It was ranked at #379 by Rolling Stone on its list of 500 greatest albums of all time.
1974: Bruce Springsteen performs 'Rosalita' for the first time at a concert at Joe's Place in Boston. The song would become a live favorite and Bruce would often play it as an encore.
1976: Former roadie for The Beatles Mal Evans was shot dead by police by police at his Los Angeles apartment. His girlfriend called police when she found Evans upset with a rifle in his hands, he later pointed the gun at police who opened fire. Friends later said that Evans was depressed about his separation from his wife Lil Evans, who had asked for a divorce before Christmas.
1976: Bob Dylan's 17th studio album, 'Desire' was released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for five weeks, while reaching #3 in the UK. In 2003, Rolling Stone named Desire #174 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1978: Sex Pistols start their only US tour in Atlanta, Georgia before an estimated audience of 500 people.
1979: The Blues Brothers' 'Briefcase Full of Blues' album hits #1.
1979: Joe Jackson's debut album,'Look Sharp!' is released in the UK. Being released in the US in April 1979, it reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The single, 'Is She Really Going Out With Him?' reached #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1979: Elvis Costello and the Attractions 3rd album, 'Armed Forces' is released. It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #482 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album had the working title 'Emotional Fascism.'The US version of the album deleted 'Sunday's Best' and substituted Costello's version of '(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding,' which had been released the previous November as the B-side of Nick Lowe's 'American Squirm' single.
1995: Offspring launch their first tour of Japan. The five-stop trek begins in Nagoya.
1997: Johnny Cash plays Coyote, Homer Simpson's imaginary guru on The Simpsons. Coyote tells Homer to buy more material possessions.
1998: Sonny Bono (Sonny & Cher) dies in a skiing accident in Nevada, near South Lake Tahoe, California, at age 62.
1998: Ken Forssi (original bassist for Love) dies of a brain tumor in Tallahassee, Florida, at age 54. He was also in the late-period lineup of The Surfaris and worked on a record with Jimi Hendrix.
2003: Green Day's lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after being stopped in California speeding in a black BMW convertible. He failed a breath test and was taken to Berkeley county jail and was later released on $1,053 bail.
2003: Little Richard guest stars on the 'Special Edna' episode of The Simpsons.
2004: Kinks singer Ray Davies was shot in the leg while on vacation in New Orleans. The 59-year-old singer-songwriter was shot when running after two men who stole his girlfriend's purse at gunpoint. Davies was admitted to the Medical Centre of Louisiana but his injuries were not considered serious. New Orleans police said one person had been arrested, and police were still searching for the second.
2005: Danny Sugerman, longtime manager of the Doors, dies in Los Angeles of lung cancer. He was 50. Sugerman became the manager of The Doors at the young age of 17, after working with them for five years answering fan mail. He was a prolific writer, penning 'No One Here Gets Out Alive' about the Doors, and 'Appetite For Destruction: The Days of Guns N’ Roses.' In 1991, he married Fawn Hall (who shred documents for Lt. Colonel Oliver North in the Iran-Contra affair) and allegedly got her hooked on crack cocaine. Sugerman himself was a former heroin addict.
2005: Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland and ex-Alice In Chains guitarist-singer Jerry Cantrell are guest performers during Camp Freddy's show in Las Vegas. Camp Freddy, with Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum and ex-Jane's Addiction members Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney, performs at the release party for Sony's PSP portable game system.
2006: Coheed and Cambria postpone a portion of their European tour after frontman Claudio Sanchez breaks his hand while at home over the holidays. The injury occurs during a sparring match between the Coheed singer and his younger brother, boxer Matthew Sanchez.
2007: Journey guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and the group's current lead singer, Jeff Scott Soto, are among the musicians who take part in the ARF Rocks benefit concert in Walnut Creek, CA. The show, which also features Ronnie Montrose, benefits the Animal Rescue Foundation, a charity founded by baseball manager Tony La Russa (St. Louis Cardinals) that aids abandoned and abused pets.
2009: Carlos Santana launches the website, Architects Of A New Dawn (www.aoand.com), that promotes positive global change through online social interaction. "My vision for [the website] is a multi-tiered media company whose approach to building a new reality for the planet is based on inspiration, creativity, love and forgiveness," says the guitarist. "I wish to bring it forth by combining music, sacred thoughts and inspirational media."
2009: During halftime at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, AZ, the Texas marching band pays tribute to Led Zeppelin, playing 'Kashmir' and 'Stairway To Heaven.' That performance totally overshadows the Texas win over Ohio (24-21).
2011: Nielsen SoundScan reports that Nickelback's 'Dark Horse' is the best-selling Hard Rock album of 2010, even though the set was released in Novemberof 2008. At #2 is Linkin Park's 'A Thousand Suns,' followed by AC/DC's 'Iron Man 2.' Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown and Them Crooked Vultures make the Top 10. At #10 is the Jimi Hendrix album 'Valleys Of Neptune.'
2011: Elton John is a presenter at People's Choice Awards. He hands the Favorite Country Artist trophy to Taylor Swift. Otherwise, Queen Latifah is the only bright spot in an evening cluttered with pop stars and reality show celebrities.
2012: Jon Bon Jovi, a member of the Summer Jobs initiative, visits the White House to brainstorm ways to put the nation's youth to work. "The White House Council met with youth, corporate representatives, various White House staff and the President as we discussed the Summer Jobs initiative...good day," writes Bon Jovi on Facebook.
2015: Good Charlotte's Benji Madden marries actress Cameron Diaz.
2016: Donald Fagen, lead singer and founder of Steely Dan, was arrested by New York police and charged with assaulting his wife at their home. Fagen was accused of pushing Libby Titus into a marble window frame, knocking her to the ground at their Manhattan apartment.

January 6
1956: Elvis Presley performed in the gym at Randolph High School, Mississippi. This was the last time he ever appeared in a small auditorium.
1957: Elvis Presley makes his third and final appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, where he performs seven songs in three segments, 'Hound Dog,' 'Don't Be Cruel,' 'Love Me Tender,' 'Heartbreak Hotel,' 'Peace in the Valley,' 'Too Much' and 'When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again.' He is only seen from the waist up, leaving viewers to speculate as to what the screams in the audience are about.
1958: Gibson guitars launched it' 'Flying V' electric guitar. Guitarists who played a Flying V include, Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top. Shipping records show that only 81 Flying V guitars shipped in 1958 and only 17 in 1959. In early 1959, the Flying V was phased out of production.
1958: Danny and the Juniors' 'At The Hop' hits #1.
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis' 'Great Balls of Fire' hits #2, where it would stay for four weeks before dropping down. It is held out of the top spot all four weeks by 'At The Hop' by Danny & the Juniors.
1962: Elvis Presley had his 3rd #1 album with Blue Hawaii. It spent a total of 18 weeks at the top of the charts.
1964: The first night of a 14 date UK tour 'Group Scene 1964,' featuring The Rolling Stones, The Ronettes, Marty Wilde, The Swinging Blue Jeans and Dave Berry and The Cruisers, played at the Granada Theatre, Harrow on The Hill in Middlesex.
1966: The Beatles' 'Day Tripper' b/w 'We Can Work It Out' single is certified gold.
1967: The Who played their first gig of this year when they appeared at Morecambe, Central Pier in England. Pete Townshend failed to show up after he was involved in an accident on the M6. Mike Dickinson, guitarist with support group The Doodlebugs sat in for him for part of the set and Roger played guitar too. John remembered that they performed 'Boris The Spider' twice that night and for the closing number, 'My Generation.' Pete's guitar part was played by Who roadie Alan Oates while Roger and Keith smashed up a bit of stage gear.The band played over 200 gigs in this year, including their first ever U.S. tour.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the UFO Club, 31 Tottenham Court Road in London.
1968: Dick Clark's rock show 'Happening '68' premieres on ABC.
1968: The Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour' started an eight week run at #1 on the US album chart, the group's 11th U.S. chart topper.
1969: Elvis Presley decides to record at Chips Moman's American Studio in Memphis. He would eventually record many of his "comeback" hits there.
1970: Crosby Stills Nash & Young made their UK live debut at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
1973: Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain', (with Mick Jagger on backing vocals), started a three week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart. In 2015, after keeping quiet for more than 40 years, Carly Simon admitted that 'You're So Vain' was about Warren Beatty, but only one verse of it. Simon said the other verses were about two other men.
1973: David Bowie appeared at the Empire Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1974: Hawkwind played at the New Theatre in Oxford, England.
1975: Boston Mayor Kevin White cancels a Led Zeppelin show after over 2,000 fans rioted trying to buy tickets, causing an esimated $50,000 to $75,000 damage at Boston Garden when they riot, breaking seats and doors. The gig during the bands North American tour was rescheduled for Feb 4th.
1975: Pink Floyd started sessions start at Abbey Road Studios London for their next album 'Wish You Were Here.'
1976: Peter Frampton's 'Frampton Comes Alive!' album is released. It would go on to sell over 8 million copies. The double live album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 the week ending April 10, 1976, and was in the top spot for a total of 10 weeks. It was voted Album of the Year in the 1976 Rolling Stone readers poll. It stayed on the chart for 97 weeks and was still #14 on Billboard's 1977 year-end album chart.The album was recorded in summer and fall 1975, primarily at Winterland in San Francisco, California and the Long Island Arena in Commack, New York.
1977: EMI Records dropped The Sex Pistols giving the band $68,000 to release them from their contract.
1977: KISS go platinum in the U.S. with 'Rock and Roll Over' album.
1978: Rush played at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
1979: Boston performed at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
1980: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1984: John Lennon's 'Nobody Told Me' b/w 'O'Sanity' 45 single is released. It was was recorded (but uncompleted) shortly before Lennon’s death in 1980, the song was later completed by Lennon's widow Yoko Ono in 1983 and released as the first single from Lennon and Ono's album 'Milk and Honey' in 1984. It was originally written for Ringo Starr to include on his 1981 album 'Stop and Smell the Roses,' but Lennon died before the song could be used. It was Lennon's last new single to reach the UK Top 10, peaking at #6 (although a reissue of 'Imagine' reached #3 in December 1999). The single was also Lennon's last US Top 10 hit, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was his 3rd single to enter the US Top 10 posthumously.
1987: Eric Clapton started what became an annual event by playing six shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
1989: Blue Oyster Cult appeared at The Ritz in New York.
1990: Phil Collins started a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart with '...But Seriously'.
1993: It was reported that David Bowie had lost over $4.25 millio n in unpaid royalties to an Italian Mafia-linked bootleg fraud.
1993: Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman announces his upcoming departure from the group after thirty years.
1997: Two bronze busts worth £50,000 were stolen from a garden at George Harrison's estate in Henley-on- Thames, Oxfordshire. Thieves had climbed a 10 foot wall and cut the figures of two monks from their stone plinths.
1997: Metallica release their 16th single, 'King Nothing.'
2001: Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour won the right to his dot com name. Dave took legal action in his battle to reclaim davidgilmour.com from Andrew Herman who had registered the URL and was selling Pink Floyd merchandise through the site.
2005: U.S. CD sales rose for the first time in four years. The CD format accounted for 98% of the 666 million albums sold, according to research company Nielsen Soundscan. A total of 140 million digital tracks were legally downloaded during 2004, equivalent to 14 million albums.
2006: Alex St. Clair (born Alexis Clair Snouffer) dies of a massive heart attack. He was 64. St. Clair was an original member of Captain Beefheart and a contemporary of Frank Zappa who he met in his high school.
2007: Peter E. “Sneaky Pete” Kleinow dies in California after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 72. Kleinow was best known as a member of the band the Flying Burrito Brothers but was also a busy session musician, recording with such artists as Jackson Browne, The Byrds, Joe Cocker, the Eagles, The Everly Brothers, George Harrison, The Steve Miller Band, Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, Spencer Davis and many others. Kleinow was one of the first pedal steel players to work in a rock context, and his style of playing influenced players such as Jerry Garcia.
2009: Ron Asheton is found dead at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, apparently having died of a heart attack a couple of days earlier. He was 60. Asheton formed the Stooges with Iggy Pop and was the lead guitarist on the Stooges’ first two albums, and later appeared as the bassist on their third release, before being replaced.

January 7
1946: A tornado rips through Tupelo, Mississippi, forcing a ten-year-old Elvis Presley into the cellar with his mother, Gladys.
1954: In Chicago, Muddy Waters recorded 'Hoochie Coochie Man,' a blues standard written by Willie Dixon. The song references hoodoo folk magic elements and makes novel use of a stop-time musical arrangement. It became one of Waters' most popular and identifiable songs and helped secure Dixon's role as Chess Records' chief songwriter.
1955: 'Rock Around the Clock' by Bill Haley and his Comets, entered the UK chart for the first time. The original full title of the song was 'We're Gonna Rock Around the Clock Tonight!' and is often cited as the biggest-selling vinyl rock and roll single of all time with sales over 25 million.
1958: Gibson introduces the Flying V electric guitar.
1963: Gary "U.S." Bonds sues Chubby Checker for copyright infringement to the tune of $100,000, claiming that Checker's 'Dancing Party' is a thinly veiled rewrite of Bonds' recent hit 'Quarter To Three.' The suit is eventually settled out-of-court for an undisclosed sum.
1964: The Beatles recorded a seven-song appearance for the BBC Radio program Saturday Club. They played ‘All My Loving’, ‘Money’, ‘The Hippy Hippy Shake’, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ‘Johnny B. Goode’, and ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’. The show was broadcast on February 15, while the Beatles were in the US.
1966: The Dave Clark Five's 'At The Scene' b/w 'I Miss You' 45 single is released in the US. Written by Dave Clark and Lenny Davidson, "At The Scene" reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. From the LP, 'More Greatest Hits.' 'I Miss You' is a non-LP B-side written by Clark and Denis Payton, and features vocals from Payton.
1967: The Young Rascals, The Doors, and Sopwith Camel play at Winterland in San Francisco.
1968: San Francisco’s influential underground FM station KMPX holds a ballot among its listeners to find out who would be the best candidate on a pro-grass ticket. The people say they want Bob Dylan for president, Paul Butterfield for vice-president, George Harrison as U.N. ambassador, Jefferson Airplane as the Secretary of Transportation, and the Grateful Dead as attorney general.
1968: Jimi Hendrix appears at Tivolis Koncertsal in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1970: Max Yasgur, whose farm in upstate New York played host to the original Woodstock Festival, is sued for $35,000 in property damages by neighboring farmers.
1970: Led Zeppelin kicked off an 8-date UK tour at Birmingham Town Hall.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Georgia Southern Gym in Statesboro, Georgia.
1971: Black Sabbath released their 2nd studio album in the U.S.'Paranoid.'The album was originally titled 'War Pigs,' but allegedly the record company changed it to 'Paranoid,' fearing backlash from supporters of the ongoing Vietnam War.
1972: The St. Cleve Chronicle reports that a "Major Beat Group" will put music to the epic poem 'Thick As A Brick,' written by 8-year-old Gerald Bostock. The Society for Literary Advancement and Gestation (SLAG) had disqualified Bostock's poem from their competition, citing an "extremely unwholesome attitude towards life, his God and Country."
1972: Badfinger's 'Day After Day' b/w 'Sweet Tuesday Morning' 45 single is released in the UK. The song was written and sung by Pete Ham and produced by George Harrison, who plays some of the slide guitar parts of the song along with Ham. The record also features Leon Russell on piano. As the song was unfinished at the time Harrison left the 'Badfinger' album to produce the Concert for Bangladesh, the final mix was done by Todd Rundgren, who took over 'Straight Up' after Harrison's departure. Released as a single in the US in November 1971 (January 1972 elsewhere), it would become the group's highest charting single there, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. It also peaked at #10 on the UK Singles Chart in January 1972. It remains the band's best-known song, most notably for the slide guitar solos. It went Gold in March 1972, becoming the band's first and only gold single.
1972: David Bowie released 'Changes' as a single in the UK. The track peaked at #49 on the UK chart and later at #41 on the US chart. The lyrics are often seen as a manifesto for his chameleonic personality, the frequent change of the world today, and frequent reinventions of his musical style throughout the 1970s. This was the last song Bowie performed live on stage before his retirement from live performances at the end of 2006.
1972: Cat Stevens 'Morning Has Broken' b/w 'I Want To Live In A Wigwam' 45 single is released in the UK. It is a popular and well-known Christian hymn first published in 1931. It has words by English author Eleanor Farjeon and is set to a traditional Gaelic tune known as "Bunessan" (it shares this tune with the 19th century Christmas Carol 'Child in the Manger'). It is often sung in children's services. Cat Stevens included a version on his 1971 album 'Teaser and the Firecat.' The song became identified with Stevens when it reached #6 on the US pop chart and #1 on the US easy listening chart in 1972.
1973: David Bowie appeared at City Hall, in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.
1973: Black Sabbath performed at The Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival in Ngaruawahia, New Zealand.
1974: Carly Simon and James Taylor’s daughter Sarah Maria was born.
1974: Aerosmith played at the Michigan Theatre in Detroit, the first date on their 56 date North American 'Get Your Wings' Tour.
1975: KISS performed at the Pavilion, Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada.
1976: Former record exec Kenneth Moss is sentenced to 120 days in the Los Angeles County Jail and four years probation for his role in the accidental overdose death of Average White Band drummer Robbie McIntosh.
1977: Jefferson Airplane release 'Flight Log (1966–1976),' a compilation of Jefferson Airplane and Airplane-related tracks, including tracks by Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna, as well as solo tracks by Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, and Jorma Kaukonen.
1978: The Rod Stewart album 'Foot Loose And Fancy Free' peaks at #2. It contains 'You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)' and 'Hotlegs.'
1978: Rush played at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
1979: Def Leppard released their debut EP 'The Def Leppard E.P.' The first pressing was limited to a run of only 1000 copies, which the band sold for $1/each at their shows (they also gave them away to anyone who could help give them more exposure). The EP was sold out by the summer of '79, and after a few reissues, the band was signed to a major label and asked to re-record 'Getcha Rocks Off' and 'The Overture' for On Through The Night ('Getcha Rocks Off' was renamed 'Rocks Off' for the LP). The original pressing of the EP, however, continues to be a highly collectible item among hardcore Leppard fans.
1980: Led Zeppelin's 'In Through the Out Door' album goes platinum. it will be the last Zep album issued while drummer John Bonham is alive.
1980: Foreigner's 'Head Games' album goes gold.
1980: Pink Floyd released the 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)'single in the U.S. The single peaked at #1 on both the US and UK charts, giving Pink Floyd their first and only #1 hit single. The single also went to #1 in many other countries, including Australia, Germany and Italy.
1981: The 'Eagles Live' album goes platinum. It will be 13 years until the next Eagles album is released.
1981: The Police played the first night of a North American tour at The University of Montreal in Quebec, Canada during their 'Zenyatta Mondatta' World Tour.
1981: Cheap Trick appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1984: The 'Metal Health' single from Quiet Riot debuted at number #72 on the Billboard charts.
1987: Elton John undergoes throat surgery at a hospital in Sydney, Australia, to remove nodules on his vocal cords. He cancels his upcoming American tour, but is thrilled with the results, later claiming that his voice became stronger and more resonant after the procedure.
1993: R.E.M. played a Greenpeace Benefit show at the 40 watt Club in Athens, Georgia, for 500 people. The show was recorded on a solar powered mobile recording studio.
1994: Oasis started recording their debut album 'Definitely Maybe' at Monnow Valley Studio in South Wales. When released in August 1994, it became the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK, and went on to sell over 12 million copies worldwide.
1994: Nirvana plays the Seattle Arena. It is the band’s last US show.
1999: Rod Stewart and supermodel Rachel Hunter publicly announce the dissolution of their eight-year marriage.
2004: Guitar World readers name Limp Bizkit the "worst band of 2003" in the magazine's annual poll. Creed and the Strokes check in at #2 and 3 respectively.
2004: Drummer John Guerin died of pneumonia at age 64. He worked with Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, Linda Rondstadt, Gram Parsons, Todd Rundgren and more. He also played on the original title tune for the television series 'Hawaii Five-O.'
2004: Dr. Gilbert Lederman offers to donate a George Harrison autographed guitar to charity. This comes one day after Lederman is sued by Harrison's estate for coercing the ex-Beatle into signing a guitar on his death-bed. The case is settled when its agreed that the guitar will be disposed of privately. Lederman was treating Harrison who died in November '01.
2006: Gary Glitter was formally charged with committing obscene acts with two girls aged 11 and 12 in Vietnam, the prosecutor in the southern province of Ba Ria Vung Tau said the charges would carry prison terms of three to seven years. Glitter, (Paul Gadd), had been held since November as he tried to flee the country over child sex allegations.
2008: Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood receives the Best Composer trophy for his soundtrack to the film 'There Will Be Blood' at the Critics' Choice Awards held in Santa Monica, CA.
2008: Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder makes his first solo video appearance in the clip for 'Guaranteed' when it premieres on VH1. The Golden Globe Award winning track (Best Original Song) is from the movie 'Into The Wild.'
2009: Kid Rock wins Favorite Rock Song award for 'All Summer Long' at the 35th annual People's Choice Awards in L.A.
2010: Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Rolling Stones, The Clash, Pink Floyd, Coldplay and Blur have their album artwork displayed on a set of Royal Mail (U.K.) stamps. The covers include 'Zeppelin IV' (aka "Untitled"), 'Ziggy Stardust' (David Bowie), 'London Calling' (The Clash) and 'Let It Bleed' (Rolling Stones), among others.
2011: Bassist Phil Kennemore died at the age of 57 after a short battle with lung cancer.
2012: Original KISS drummer Peter Criss is honored with the Drum Legend award during the grand finals of Guitar Center's annual Drum-Off event at Club Nokia in LA. The award goes to those who have "paved the way for today's drummers."
2016: A plaque is unveiled in honor of drummer Cozy Powell in his hometown of Cirencester, U.K. Powell died in a 1998 car crash. His resume includes stints with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Jeff Beck and Thin Lizzy. "Cozy really helped to define the whole genre of rock drumming as we know it today," says Queen's Brian May.
2016: Megadeth released the single 'Dystopia.'
2016: Autograph released the EP 'Louder.'

January 8
1957: Bill Haley & His Comets started the first ever 'rock & roll tour' of Australia, playing two sold out nights in Sydney.
1958: The Everly Brothers kicked off a 17 date North American tour at the Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Also on the bill, Buddy Holly, The Rays, Royal Teens, Shepherd Sisters, Paul Anka, Margie Rayburn and
Danny & The Juniors.
1960: Eddie Cochran makes his last recording, 'Three Steps To Heaven.' He dies in a car accident later in the year.
1963: The Beatles appeared live on Scottish TV's 'Round Up,' transmitted live from The Theatre Royal, Glasgow. They mimed to 'Please Please Me.'
1966: The Who and The Kinks perform on the last showing of 'Shindig' on ABC-TV.
1966: The Beatles 'We Can Work It Out' tops the Billboard pop chart (the group's 11th US #1 single) and the 'Rubber Soul' album started a six week run at #1 on the US album charts. It jumps 59 slots, from #60 to #1 and is the group's seventh US chart topper.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Mojo Club in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
1968: David Gilmour rehearsed for the first time with Pink Floyd prior to recording and touring commitments.
1969: Mike Jagger and Keith Richards were both barred from an exclusive hotel for wearing "op art" pants and nothing else. They were both asked to leave the Hotel Crillen in Lima, Peru after refusing to change clothes.
1970: Led Zeppelin appeared at Colston Hall in Bristol, England.
1971: Black Sabbath played at Town Hall in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.
1971: Yes played at Stadsschouwburg in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
1973: The Beach Boys' 19th studio album, 'Holland' is released. It reached #36 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #20 in the UK. At the end of the year, Rolling Stone named Holland as one of their picks for Album of the Year. It was famously (and expensively) recorded in Baambrugge, Netherlands over the summer of 1972 using a reconstructed studio sent from home, and with two Brian Wilson tracks rush-recorded in Los Angeles and added to the album at the last minute.
1973: Yoko Ono releases 'Approximately Infinite Universe,' a double album whose highlights include songs like 'I Felt Like Smashing My Face in a Clear Glass Window.' Ono explains she felt she should make a double LP because “if George Harrison can put out a triple album, then I can put out a double album.”
1974: KISS is signed to its first recording contract. KISS drum up some press by performing a “dress rehearsal” shortly after signing to Casablanca Records and honing their carnival-esque image. Rolling Stone‘s reporter says, “The group plays very heavy, loud and ultimately monotonous rock in the Black Sabbath tradition. ...A sure crowd-pleaser. The crowds of kiddies, that is.”
1975: Three Led Zeppelin concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden sell out in a record four hours. 60,000 tickets sell in all.
1976: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
1976: Queen's 'A Day At The Races' is the U.K.'s #1 album.
1977: 'Radio Ethiopia,' from the Patti Smith Group, is released.
1978: Black Sabbath made their only live performance with Dave Walker on vocals, playing an early version of the song 'Junior's Eyes' on the BBC Television program 'Look! Hear!'
1979: Rush are named Official Ambassadors of Music by the Canadian Government.
1980: Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick In The Wall Part II' b/w 'One Of My Turns' 45 single is released in the US. 'Another Brick in the Wall' is the title of three songs set to variations of the same basic theme, on Pink Floyd's 1979 rock opera, 'The Wall,' subtitled Part 1 (working title 'Reminiscing'), Part 2 (working title 'Education'), and Part 3 (working title 'Drugs'). All parts were written by Pink Floyd's bassist, Roger Waters. Part II is a protest song against rigid schooling in general and boarding schools in the UK in particular. It was also released as a single and provided the band's only #1 hit in the United Kingdom, the United States, West Germany and many other countries.
1981: Linda Ronstadt makes her Broadway debut alongside Rex Smith and Kevin Kline in the revival of 'The Pirates of Penzance,' which runs for 787 performances.
1983: ZZ Top appeared at the Riverside Centroplex in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1985: The U.S. Postal Service begins selling Elvis stamps on what would have been The King's 50th birthday.
1991: Steve Clark guitarist with Def Leppard, was found dead at his Chelsea flat by his girlfriend, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption combined with prescription drugs. Clark, who was 30 at the time of his death, had been in and out of rehab a half-dozen times.
1994: Nirvana's last U.S. show is a hometown gig at the Seattle Center Arena.
1997: Rage Against The Machine's self-titled debut has sold over 2 million copies since its release four years earlier.
2001: Creed wins Favorite Artist Alternative Music and Favorite Album Pop/Rock (for 'Human Clay') at the 28th American Music Awards.
2001: A woman who believed that Axl Rose communicated with her via telepathy was arrested for stalking the Guns N' Roses singer for a second time. Police detained Karen Jane McNeil after she was spotted loitering outside his house.
2002: The Black Crowes announce they are on hiatus.
2004: George Harrison's estate sues Dr. Gilbert Lederman of Staten Island University Hospital for $10 million, alleging he forced a dying Harrison to sign souvenirs for him.
2005: Aussies to the rescue. Jet frontman Nic Cester, members of the Living End and ex-Silverchair vocalist Daniel Johns (with his band the Dissociatives) perform at Reach Out To Asia, a tsunami-relief benefit concert and telethon in Sydney, Australia.
2006: Santana is a surprise guest performer at a star-studded San Francisco benefit concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of late legendary promoter Bill Graham's birth. Graham is the one who launched the legendary Fillmore West in San Francisco and the Fillmore East in New York. Santana often performed at both venues.
2007: On his 60th birthday, David Bowie's wife, Iman, claims her husband "isn't freaking out" about his age. "I guess that's because he's happy," she says. "We just lead a very simple family life."
2007: It's announced that Van Halen, R.E.M. and Patti Smith will be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Five Van Halen members are honored: the original four (brothers Alex and Eddie, Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth) plus second frontman Sammy Hagar. The official ceremony takes place the following March at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
2008: The Police beat out Van Halen and Genesis to win the Favorite Reunion Tour trophy at the 34th annual People's Choice Awards in Hollywood. There is no live ceremony because of the ongoing writers strike. Earlier, guitarist Andy Summers makes an in-store appearance in Hollywood to promote his photo book 'I'll Be Watching You.'
2008: U2's Bono meets with French president Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris to discuss France's monetary contributions to developing countries. The U2 frontman lobbies the president to make good on his country's '06 promise to the DATA advocacy organization, which Bono co-founded, that it will raise its financial aid to 0.7 percent of its gross national product by 2012.
2009: Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel vie for the Best Song honor at the 14th Annual Critic's Choice Awards in Santa Monica, CA. Springsteen wins for 'The Wrestler,' from the film of the same name.
2009: An exhibition of art paying tribute to the Beastie Boys titled 'Under the Influence' opens at Gallery 1988 in L.A.
2010: KISS founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley speak out against drug use saying it's for "losers" and blame drugs for destroying the band's original line-up. "All of the bullshit we had to go through with the drugs and booze and lack of self esteem that Ace and Peter had just sucked the life out of us," says Simmons.
2011: The Black Keys are the musical guest for their first time on Saturday Night Live's first episode of 2011.
2013: Newsted released their debut EP 'Metal.'
2013: U2's the Edge launches a charitable fund, through the existing Music Rising effort, to help rebuild the music programs in schools throughout the area affected by Hurricane Sandy.
2013: David Bowie releases the single 'Where Are We Now?,' from his upcoming album 'The Next Day.' The date of the release also coincides with his birthday. It is his first release in over a decade.
2014: Allman Brothers guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announce that they will be leaving the band at the end of 2014. "We've had the honor and pleasure of playing, living, learning, and traveling with the Allman Brothers Band, one of the truly legendary Rock and Roll bands," says Haynes and Trucks in a joint statement.
2014: It was reported that vinyl record sales had increased 32% in 2013, while CD sales declined 14.5% in the last last year, vinyl sales grew 32% from 4.5 million units sold in 2012 to 6 million sold in 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
2015: Courtney Love (Hole) begins a ten-day run in the "experimental opera" Kansas City Choir Boy at the Manhattan Art Centre.
2015: On what would have been Elvis Presley's 80th birthday, an acetate of Presley's versions of 'My Happiness' and 'That's When Your Heartaches Begin' is sold at auction for $300,000 to an unknown bidder who turns out to be Jack White (White Stripes). The songs were recorded in 1953 by an 18-year-old Presley at Sam Phillips' Sun Records in Memphis.
2016: David Bowie released his 25th and final studio album 'Blackstar,' on Bowie's 69th birthday and two days before his death. It became his first and only album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the U.S.

January 9
1956: A trio known as Buddy Holly And The Two-Tunes kick off a two week tour of the Southern United States as a supporting act for George Jones and Hank Thompson.
1957: On the very first rock n roll tour of Australia, Bill Haley and the Comets The Platters LaVern Baker Big Joe Turner Freddie Bell and the Bell Boys played the first of two nights at Brisbane Stadium.
1959: Dion & The Belmonts perform 'A Teenager In Love' on 'American Bandstand.' The song will reach #5 in the US and #28 in the UK.
1960: Eddie Cochran makes his last recording, 'Three Steps To Heaven.' He flies to England to tour with Gene Vincent. He dies in a car accident later in the year.
1961: Orchestra leader Bert Kaempfert knocked Elvis Presley out of the #1 spot on the US charts after six weeks with a sleepy instrumental called 'Wonderland By Night.' Later in the year, Kaempfert would hire The Beatles to back Tony Sheridan on their first commercial recording, 'My Bonnie.'
1963: Drummer Charlie Watts joined The Rolling Stones after leaving Blues Incorporated.
1965: The Beatles started a nine week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 200 album chart with 'Beatles 65,' the group's 4th US #1 LP. The record jumped from #98 the week before, making the biggest gain in chart history to that point.
1965: John Lennon makes a guest appearance on the British satirical TV show 'Not Only,' opposite comedians Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
1966: The Who played at the Cosmopolitan Club in Carlisle in Cumbria, England.
1967: The Monkees also release 'More of The Monkees,' the 2nd full-length album by The Monkees, released on this date in January 1967. It topped the chart in the US (Billboard 200 Top LP's for 18 weeks) and on the UK Album chart. The second single, "I'm a Believer", written by Neil Diamond, topped the Billboard Hot 100.
1967: The Beatles record the flutes, trumpets, piccolos and flugelhorn for 'Penny Lane.'
1967: The Byrds 'So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star' b/w 'Everybody's Been Burned' 45 single is released. It reached #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 but failed to chart in the United Kingdom.
1969: Jimi Hendrix appeared at the Concert House in Stockholm, Sweden.
1970: During a UK tour Led Zeppelin appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in London, the night of Jimmy Page's 26th birthday. (John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck were all in the audience). The two and a quarter hour set was recorded and filmed but shelved for several decades, eventually seeing a release on a 2003 official DVD.
1970: Black Sabbath released their first single 'Evil Woman.'
1971: The Allman Brothers Band score their first chart single. It's 'Revival (Love Is Everywhere).' The song climbs all the way to #92.
1971: Pink Floyd are at EMI Studios in London recording the forthcoming album 'Meddle.'
1971: Santana peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s 'Black Magic Woman' which was their second top 10 single in the U.S.
1971: The Jaycees name Elvis Presley one of the "ten outstanding young men of America."
1973: Lou Reed marries a cocktail waitress named Betty. Not much is known of this union, but apparently it doesn't last very long.
1973: The Rolling Stones' plans for a Far Eastern tour are disrupted when Mick Jagger is refused a Japanese visa on account of a 1969 drug bust. Jagger is quoted as saying, "I don't take drugs. I don't approve of drugs and I don't approve of people taking drugs, unless they're very careful."
1973: Bob Dylan and The Band performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1974: The L.P. 'The Early Beatles' turns Gold nine years after its release and nearly four years after the group split up.
1975: Nearly five years after The Beatles' break up, the group's partnership is officially dissolved in court proceedings. Meanwhile, Paul McCartney & Wings start work on the 'Venus And Mars' album in New Orleans.
1975: Elton John’s version of The Beatles’ 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' is #1 in the US. John Lennon makes good on a promise to Elton for appearing on his recording of 'Whatever Gets You Through The Night.' He is credited on the record as Dr. Winston O’Boogie, Winston being Lennon’s middle name.
1975: Bad Company's 'Movin' On' b/w 'Easy On My Soul' 45 single is released in the US. Written by Mick Ralphs - from the LP, 'Bad Company,' It reached #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. B-side is a non-LP track written by Paul Rodgers, and was first recorded by Free.
1975: Deep Purple gets a gold record for 'Strombringer,' their 11th album and first with vocalist David Coverdale (taking over from Ian Gillan).
1975: KISS played at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, Canada.
1976: Graham Parker of Graham Parker & the Rumour signs his first recording contract.
1976: Queen were at #1 on the on the UK singles chart with 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' The single enjoyed a nine week run on the charts, selling more than a million copies by the end of the month. It reached #1 again in 1991 for five weeks following Mercury's death, eventually becoming the UK's third best selling single of all time.
1977: Peter Frampton releases the 'I'm In You' album, the follow up to 'Frampton Comes Alive.'
1977: Rush appeared at Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas.
1979: A fund-raising concert for UNICEF, the world hunger organization, was held in New York at the United Nations General Assembly. Performers included Rod Stewart, ABBA, The Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, Rita Coolidge, Olivia Newton-John, Earth, Wind And Fire, Kris Kristofferson, John Denver and others. The show raised about half a million dollars, but an album of the concert was a flop.
1980: Carl White, a member of The Rivingtons and co-writer of 'Papa Oom Mow Mow' and 'The Bird Is The Word,' died of acute tonsillitis at the age of 47. A group called The Trashmen combined his two songs into 'Surfin' Bird' and gained a #4 hit in 1964.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland.
1983: Blue Oyster Cult played at My Father’s Place in Roslyn, New York.
1984: Van Halen's '1984' album is released. It's one of Van Halen's most popular albums in terms of sales (12 million copies sold in the U.S. alone). It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and features four singles which reached the Billboard Hot 100: 'Jump' (#1), 'I'll Wait' (#13), 'Panama' (#13), and 'Hot for Teacher' (#56) It's the last, full-length Van Halen album to feature frontman David Lee Roth until 2012's 'A Different Kind Of Truth.'
1988: Whitesnake's 'Is This Love" peaks at #4 on the singles chart.
1989: Rush 'A Show of Hands' album is released. It's the band's 3rd live album.
1992: Sting made a guest appearance on 'The Simpsons' as himself recording a charity single. Sting’s appearance to this day is credited as one of the best celebrity guest appearances on the program.
1996: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson released his first solo album under the name Victor. The album reached #99 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
1996: Melissa Etheridge and Courtney Love make Mr. Blackwell's annual Worst Dressed List.
1997: David Bowie performed his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, New York with guests Frank Black, Sonic Youth, Robert Smith of The Cure, The Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, and Billy Corgan and Placebo. Proceeds from the concert went to the Save The Children fund. Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan sings 'All The Young Dudes' and 'The Jean Genie' with Bowie who closes the show with 'Space Oddity.'
1998: Cher gives an emotional eulogy at Sonny Bono's funeral in Palm Springs, California, where she praised the man who had been a husband, friend, partner, father figure and rival, calling him "the most unforgettable character I've ever met." The event was broadcast live to millions of people on CNN.
2001: Apple Inc. introduces the iTunes media player.
2001: Rush began recording what became their 17th studio album 'Vapor Trails' at Reaction Studios in Toronto. It took approximately 14 months to finish, which was the longest time they spent writing & recording an album.
2001: Winners at the 28th annual American Music Awards: Favorite Album - Creed, 'Human Clay', Male Artist - Kid Rock, Favorite Female Artist - Faith Hill, Favorite Group - Backstreet Boys, Favorite New Artist - 3 Doors Down.
2002: Elton John was honored in London by the UK Coalition of People Living with HIV and AIDS, which presented the artist with its Hero award. The honor acknowledged his contributions to the fight against HIV and AIDS through the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
2003: A grand piano once owned by Elvis Presley was sold for $685,000. Music producer Robert Johnson and partner Larry Moss sold the piano to the chairman of the Blue Moon Group, Michael Muzio who was planning to take the piano on a casino-sponsored promotional tour. He was then planning for the piano to be shown at the proposed rock museum at Walt Disney World.
2004: Jon Bon Jovi and football legend John Elway appear in an Arena Football promo that runs in movie theaters. Bon Jovi owns the Philadelphia Soul while Elway has the Colorado Crush.
2004: Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres became a father for the first time when his third wife Maria Alejandra gave birth to a son named Hector Alexander.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne cancels a 20-date British tour because he is still recovering from a near-fatal ATV accident a month earlier. "I am deeply disappointed, but it's out of my control," says Ozzy. Meanwhile, Osbourne and his daughter Kelly go gold in Britain with their version of Black Sabbath's 'Changes.'
2004: Sammy Hagar and his band, the Waboritas, part ways with keyboardist Jesse Harms who wants to spend more time songwriting and producing. The Waboritas continue as a quartet.
2005: Elvis Presley went to #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Jailhouse Rock.' The single sold just 21,262 copies to reach #1, the lowest sales ever for a UK chart topper since data began in 1969. The single was released to celebrate the 70th anniversary of his birth, a previous Elvis chart topper was re-released each week.
2005: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil marries longtime girlfriend Lia Gerardini in Las Vegas. Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx attend, and the wedding ceremony was performed by Neil’s fellow Surreal Life cast member MC Hammer. The couple would separate in 2010.
2005: U2 nabs the Favorite Group honor at the 31st annual People's Choice Awards in Pasadena, CA.
2007: Green Day's first two albums, 1991's '1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours' and '92's 'Kerplunk!,' are re-issued. The albums were originally on the Lookout imprint.
2007: The Beatles appear on British postage stamps for the first time. The Royal Mail (the British postal system) begins distribution of an initial set of six stamps depicting Beatles album covers including 'Revolver,' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' and 'Abbey Road.'
2007: Bon Jovi and Nickelback are winners at the 33rd annual People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles. The Favorite Rock Song is Bon Jovi's 'Who Says You Can't Go Home,' while Nickelback takes home the Favorite Group trophy.
2007: Evanescence's Amy Lee announces she's engaged (to a psychiatrist named Josh). "I got engaged last night," Lee gushes during an appearance on MuchMusic's Live@Much that airs from the Canadian cable-music network's studios in Toronto. "It was awesome."
2007: John Mayer joins Apple CEO Steve Jobs onstage at the Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco to introduce the new iPhone.
2008: Radiohead's 'In Rainbows' tops the Billboard 200 Album Chart moving 122,000 copies during its first official week of release in the CD format. The song was originally available only as a download.
2009: Saxon released their 18th studio album, 'Into the Labyrinth.'
2010: Long lost Pink Floyd footage, including two episodes from the BBC's Top Of The Pops program, is shown at the British Film Institute's Missing and Presumed Wiped event. Originally taped in 1967, there's a performance of 'See Emily Play.' "Footage of Pink Floyd from this era is extremely rare," says Steve Bryant, curator of the British Film Institute. "This is an enormously significant discovery that will generate huge interest amongst music fans all over the world."
2010: Radiohead's Phil Selway, the Police's Stewart Copeland and Pink Floyd's Nick Mason contribute to Beat for Peace, a movement aimed at raising awareness of the perilous political situation in Sudan. They perform at a London demonstration near the offices of Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
2010: Gilby Clarke, a former Guns N' Roses guitarist, is hospitalized following a hit-and-run crash while riding his motorcycle. Clarke, who joined Guns N' Roses in 1991 and stayed three years, suffers a broken leg.
2012: The White Stripes frontman Jack White appears on the History Channel show American Pickers. In the episode, White buys a stuffed elephant head for the sticker price of $12,500.
2012: Stern Pinball announce an AC/DC pinball machine complete with 12 classic AC/DC songs (including 'Back In Black,' 'Highway To Hell' and 'You Shook Me All Night Long'). "The combination of Classic Rock and pinball can't go wrong," says Gary Stern, founder, CEO and chairman of Stern Pinball, in a release.
2012: Former CCR frontman John Fogerty told Billboard.com that contrary to his 2011 overture about a reunion with his former band mates, "I've heard through the grapevine the other fellas were really upset or something over that. So I sent back, 'Oh. I guess there's no reunion then.'"
2012: It's revealed that Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the "early stages of lymphoma." "His bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time," reads Sabbath's statement.
2013: The estate and family of late guitarist Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot) file a lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court against the authors and publisher of an unauthorized coffee table book titled 'Randy Rhoads.' The family contends that documentary film producer Peter Margolis and author Andrew Klein stole materials to create the book which was co-authored by Klein and Steven Rosen with the assistance of Margolis.
2013: Three Days Grace announce that singer Adam Gontier has left the group due to an undisclosed health issue and that Matt Walst (My Darkest Days) has replaced him for the group's co-headlining North American tour with Shinedown.
2014: Dream Theater release their first 360 App (iOS) on iTunes. The app offers an interactive experience of a concert recorded at Luna Park in Buenos Aires using multi-camera video technology.
2014: Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin' tops a best car song poll conducted by Insurance.com. Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and AC/DC's 'You Shook Me All Night Long' round out the Top 3. Isurance.com offered a list to choose from but write-ins were allowed. AC/DC's 'Highway To Hell,' Golden Earring's 'Radar Love' and 'I Can't Drive 55' by Sammy Hagar top the submissions.
2014: Rolling Stone magazine published their Readers Poll: The 10 Greatest Double Albums of All Time. The top 5 were: 5. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti, 4. Bruce Springsteen - The River, 3. The Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street, 2. Pink Floyd - The Wall, #1 was The Beatles - The White Album.
2015: Timothy B. Schmit rejoins Poco, his pre-Eagles group, for a one-night-only reunion in Denver. The performance celebrates the Country Rock group's induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.
2016: Puddle Of Mudd's Wes Scantlin is arrested on vandalism and trespassing charges after he trashes the Hollywood Hills house he lost in foreclosure the previous year. He is released on bail.
2016: Tool launch their U.S. tour in San Diego. For $500, fans get a ticket to the concert, admission into a VIP event, a VIP merchandise pack, early purchase of tour merchandise, refreshments, a photo opportunity and a live question-and-answer session with guitarist Adam Jones. Such a deal.
2016: A memorial service for Motorhead frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister is held at the Rainbow Bar & Grill (a favored haunt) in West Hollywood. Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and Slash are among those who pay tribute.

January 10
1949: Columbia and RCA introduce vinyl albums and singles. RCA introduces the 45 RPM, 7 inch record. It would eventually replace the 78 RPM record for "singles" - one song on each side. The format takes off in the early years of the rock era.
1955: Alan Freed hosted his first New York stage show, featuring The Clovers, The Drifters and Fats Domino.
1956: Elvis Presley has his first recording session for RCA Records. He records 'Heartbreak Hotel,' his first hit. Along with Scotty Moore and Bill Black, guitar-great Chet Atkins participates in the Nashville session. Floyd Cramer is on piano.
1958: The Quarry Men (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Griffiths, Colin Hanton, and Len Garry) played at the New Clubmoor Hall in Norris Green, Liverpool.
1959: Jerry Lee Lewis has his only UK #1 single with 'Great Balls Of Fire.'
1963: On his second visit to the UK in less than a month Bob Dylan played at the Troubadour Club in London.
1964: The Rolling Stones recorded 'Not Fade Away' at Regent Sound Studios in London.
1964: The Rolling Stones' 'The Rolling Stones (EP)' is released in the UK. It reached #1 in the UK EP charts in February 1964. It was released both to capitalize on their first Top 20 hit 'I Wanna Be Your Man' and to test the commercial appeal of the band before their UK label Decca Records would commit to letting them record an album. It includes four songs recorded at two separate sessions in August and November 1963 and R&B covers of some of the band's favorite artists, and some recent American hits. Impact Sound is officially listed as the EP's producer. Eric Easton is possibly involved, Andrew Loog Oldham produced the opening track 'Bye Bye Johnny.' The tracks 'Bye Bye Johnny' and 'Money' did not see official US release until 1972's retrospective 'More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies).'
1964: The first US Beatles album, 'Introducing The Beatles' was released on Vee-Jay records. The album cover showed John, Paul and George with their now famous "mop top" haircuts, but Ringo had yet to convert. Vee-Jay would be forced to stop selling the disc by the end of the year because of legal complications, but by then over 1.3 million copies had been sold and it reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
1965: American promoter Sid Bernstein telephones Beatles manager Brian Epstein to propose the Fab Four play Shea Stadium.
1965: John Lennon appeared on the UK TV Peter Cook and Dudley Moore show, 'Not Only But Also.'
1966: The Byrds 'Set You Free This Time" b/w 'It Won't Be Wrong' 45 single is released.
1967: The Beatles record 'Penny Lane.'
1968: In New Delhi, India, the General Secretary for the Movement for the Spiritual Regeneration announces that the Beatles are coming to India to study transcendental meditation. George Harrison is currently in Bombay recording the soundtrack to 'Wonderwall.'
1969: Jimi Hendrix performed at Falkoner Centret in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1969: Frustrated at Paul McCartney's dominance during the filming of 'Let It Be,' George Harrison nonchalantly tells the rest of the band that he is quitting immediately and sarcastically says as he walked out, "See you around the clubs." George would later say that while he had a growing backlog of new material, he constantly had to work on Lennon and McCartney's songs before the group would work on his. John Lennon suggests getting Eric Clapton as Harrison's replacement. Harrison returns less than a week later.
1970: The Amboy Dukes, featuring Ted Nugent played at the Uptown Palladium 12 Theatre‎ in Birmingham, Michigan.
1971: Bob Dylan appears on an NBC documentary accompanying bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs on Dylan's 'East Virginia Blues' and 'Nashville Skyline Rag.'
1971: The suit to officially dissolve The Beatles as a group gets underway in London’s High Court. Ringo testifies, “Paul behaved like a spoiled child.”
1972: R.E.O. Speedwagon 'Sophisticated Lady' b/w 'Prison Women' 45 single is released.
1973: The Edgar Winter Group release the 'Frankenstein' b/w 'Hangin' Around' 45 single is released. It topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for a week starting in May 1973, and sold over one million copies.
1973: Bob Dylan and The Band appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto.
1974: Rod Stewart/Faces 'Coast to Coast: Overture and Beginners' live album is released. It reached #63 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It was recorded live in October 1973 at the Anaheim Convention Center and Hollywood Palladium, and was mixed at Island Studios in London.
1975: Genesis performed 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway' at the Convention Centre, in West Palm Beach, Florida, a show popular among tape collectors.
1976: Deep Purple break up (but will get back together eight years later.)
1976: Blues artist Howlin Wolf, (Chester Burnett), died of cancer at the age of 66. The guitarist, singer and harmonica player's well known songs included 'Smoke Stack Lightning', 'Little Red Rooster' and 'Spoonful.' Although he never gained mainstream popularity, the legendary American Blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine at #51 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
1976: Foghat's 'Slow Ride' becomes the first of their five Billboard chart entries and the only one to crack the Top 20.
1977: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is found guilty of cocaine possession.
1977: The Ramones release their 2nd studio album, 'Leave Home.'
1977: The litigation between Beatles, Apple, Allen Klein and ABKCO is declared settled in court.
1978: The Sex Pistols make their US TV debut on the show 'Variety'.
1978: Mr. Blackwell speaks. Linda Ronstadt nails the #2 spot on the Worst Dress List behind Farrah Fawcett Majors.
1981: John Lennon's 'Double Fantasy' album goes platinum, a month after Lennon's assassination. The album stays at #1 for eight weeks. 'Just Like Starting Over' was also at #1 on the US singles chart.
1981: The Police sell out Madison Square Garden in New York to kick off the first stop on their two month North America/Japan/Australia/New Zealand tour.
1981: Heart peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of Aaron Neville’s 'Tell It Like It Is,' their 2nd top 10 single.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Ocean State Theater in Providence, Rhode Island.
1984: Motley Crue played their opening show on the first leg of Ozzy Osbourne’s 'Bark At The Moon' tour in front of 9,500 in Portland, Maine. Ozzy instantly took a liking to them and he rarely spent an evening on his own tour bus because he preferred to travel on the Crue's party bus instead. This is the infamous tour in which Nikki Sixx and Ozzy decided to have a contest to see who could gross the other one out the most. Nikki set himself on fire. Ozzy snorted a line of ants off the sidewalk. Then Nikki decided to pull out all the stops (and his dick) and piss all over the sidewalk where Ozzy had just snorted the ants. As soon as he holstered his love gun, he bent down to try and drink his own pee, but before he could do it, Ozzy threw himself on the ground and started lapping it up.
1985: The eleven-day Rock In Rio gets underway. AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Queen, B-52s, and the Go-Go's appear.
1985: Chris Isaak releases his debut album, 'Silvertone.'
1986: Ted Nugent made a guest appearance on 'Miami Vice' where he played the villainous Charlie Basset.
1989: U.D.O.'s 2nd studio album, 'Mean Machine' is released.
1989: Metallica released their 7th single, 'One.' The B-Side is 'The Prince' (Diamond Head cover).‬
1990: Bon Jovi played the first of seven sold-out nights at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on their 'New Jersey Syndicate Tour.'
1990: Bill Ward of Black Sabbath's debut solo album, 'Ward One: Along the Way" is released.
1995: Rory Gallagher plays his last concert, in the Netherlands. Five months later he will be dead after complications from a liver transplant.
1997: James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1999: The Moody Blues made a guest appearance as themselves on 'The Simpsons' where they recited a poem based of Late Lament from their song 'Nights in White Satin.'
2000: Singer Melissa Etheridge announced that David Crosby was the sperm donor of her two children with girlfriend Julie Cypher.
2000: While on tour in Kelowna, BC, a thief broke into Def Leppard’s tour bus. The thief stole $5000 worth of personal items, including singer Joe Elliot’s videotapes.
2003: British and Dutch police recover 500 stolen Beatles master tapes in the Netherlands. They were from the 'Let It Be' period and were missing since a theft some thirty or so years earlier.
2005: A woman was suing Gene Simmons from Kiss for slander, alleging a documentary made her out to be a "sex-addicted nymphomaniac". Georgeann Walsh Ward, 53, of New York, said during a VH1 documentary her photo was flashed up as Simmons talked about his past sexual encounters. Ms Walsh Ward had dated Simmons for three years when he was a student. In the documentary, Simmons boasted of having sex with over 4,600 women.
2005: American drummer Spencer Dryden died from colon cancer at his home in California at age 66. He was the drummer for Jefferson Airplane, (replaced Skip Spence), New Riders of the Purple Sage and The Dinosaurs. Dryden was the Nephew of Charlie Chaplin.
2005: Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart receive the Best Song Honor for 'Old Habits Die Hard' from the film Alfie at the 10th annual Critic's Choice Awards in L.A.
2006: Green Day is named America's Favorite Group at the 32nd annual People's Choice Awards. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt are on hand to accept the trophy. U2 nabs the Favorite Tour award.
2006: System Of A Down's 'Hypnotize' claims the #1 position on Billboard's Modern Rock singles chart, beating out the Foo Fighters' 'DOA.' Shinedown's 'Save Me' tops the Mainstream Rock chart.
2006: The 'Underworld: Evolution' soundtrack is unveiled. It has a solo recording from Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, a song by My Chemical Romance, a version of Slipknot's 'Vermillion Pt. 2' remixed by former Nine Inch Nails programmer Chris Vrenna and a tune by Puscifer, a project featuring Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan and ex-NIN guitarist Danny Lohner.
2007: The Recording Academy announces the year's additions to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Albums inducted are 'Who's Next' by The Who, 'London Calling' by the Clash and 'Cheap Thrills' by Big Brother & the Holding Company. Singles getting the nod are Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' and Van Morrison's 'Brown Eyed Girl.'
2007: The Eagles' Don Henley and Glenn Frey file a $537,000 lawsuit against a South Korean insurance company that they accuse of using their group's ballad 'Desperado' illegally. A representative for Korea Life Insurance claims that the company believed an agreement with the Eagles had been reached when it aired a commercial featuring the song. "We thought the deal was closed." the official said.
2008: Airbourne's 'Stand Up For Rock 'n' Roll' is the theme song for World Wrestling Entertainment's 21st annual Royal Rumble.
2008: The first of the two part concert film 'Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live From Gainesville' is broadcast on PBS. It documents the group's 30th anniversary celebration in 2006. The second part is shown a week later.
2008: A deluxe, 40th anniversary edition of Jethro Tull's 1968 debut effort, 'This Was,' is released. The two-CD set features remastered stereo and mono mixes of the 10-song album and rare singles.
2008: Genesis' three-disc 'When in Rome '07' DVD which is sold exclusively via Wal-Mart and Sam's Club outlets (plus the band's website). The DVD was filmed at the historic Circo Massimo at the close of the group's European comeback tour.
2009: Shinedown's 'Second Chance' tops Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
2009: 22-year-old Jerome Flood II of Atlanta wins Guitar Center's Drum-Off 2008 Grand Finals in Hollywood. Jane's Addiction stickman Stephen Perkins hosts the event while Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins, Tool's Danny Carey and Avenged Sevenfold's the Rev are the judges. Papa Roach perform and late Jimi Hendrix Experience member Mitch Mitchell is inducted into Guitar Center's "Drum-Legends" Hall of Fame.
2009: "Fully inhabiting the moment during that tiny dot of time after you've pressed 'record' is what makes it eternal," writes U2's Bono about Frank Sinatra in the first in a series of op-ed columns for the New York Times.
2009: The Stamford, CN, home owned by Rich Robinson is sold at a foreclosure auction for $1.2 million. The Black Crowes guitarist and his ex-wife, who divorced in '08, purchased the five-bedroom house five years earlier. Foreclosure proceedings were initiated after the couple had run up more than $400,000 in outstanding federal and local property taxes.
2010: Ronnie Wood's relationship with his 26-year-old Russian girlfriend, Hannah Kamelmacher, ends after only one week. His previous Russian love interest, Ekaterina Ivanova, lasted over a year before the romance disintegrated amid assault charges.
2011: Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor again speaks out in defense of illegal music downloading, insisting that no one wants to pay for "crap" new music. "People wanna blame the decline of album sales on downloading," says Taylor. "I think it's actually the record companies' fault. If record companies would stop giving any f**king mook on the street with a fringe a record deal or their own record label, maybe you would sell more f**king albums, dipshits."
2012: Van Halen issue 'Tattoo,' the lead track from the album 'A Different Kind Of Truth.' It's also the group's first single with singer David Lee Roth in 28 years.
2012: An AC/DC fan beats out 27 other bidders and pays $1,225 for a copy of "Can I Sit Next To You Girl," the debut single from AC/DC (released in '75). Only released in the band's native Australia, it features lead vocals by original singer Dave Evans. The b-side is another original, 'Rockin' In The Parlour.' AC/DC re-recorded 'Can I Sit Next To You Girl' for their second album 'TNT.'
2012: Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Weston is found dead at 64 in his North London home. He joined Fleetwood Mac in late 1972, replacing Danny Kirwan. Weston's departure in 1974 paved the way for the arrival of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
2013: Claude Nobs the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival died at age 76. During a 1971 Frank Zappa concert, at the Montreux Casino the venue caught fire. Nobs saved several young people who had hidden in the casino, thinking they would be sheltered from the flames. This act earned him a mention (as Funky Claude in the line "Funky Claude was running in and out pulling kids out the ground") in the Deep Purple song Smoke on the Water, which is about the incident.
2013: Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) is named chief creative officer of the music streaming service Daisy, created in collaboration with Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics. "(Reznor will) bring an emotional connection back to the act of music discovery," says Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine in a statement.
2013: Asia co-founder Steve Howe announces he has left the group in order to devote his attention to other projects.
2014: "All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman" is held at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. The tribute concert features the Allman Brothers Band, Jackson Browne, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and Widespread Panic.
2015: The AC/DC single, 'Play Ball,' is featured in commercials for Beats By Dre headphones. The ads, which feature NFL players, debut during the NFL playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers.
2016: David Bowie died two days after his 69th birthday and the release of the studio album 'Blackstar,' Bowie died from liver cancer in New York City. He had been diagnosed 18 months earlier, but chose to not disclose his illness to the public.

January 11
1956: After changing their name from The Robins, The Coasters record their first single, 'Down In Mexico,' for Atlantic Records in Hollywood. The L.A. quintet would crack the Hot 100 the following year with the double sided hit 'Young Blood' / 'Searchin' and place six consecutive hits in the Top 10.
1958: The release date for the Elvis Presley single 'Jailhouse Rock' was put back a week after Decca Records pressing plant in the UK were unable to meet the advance orders of 250,000 copies. Some of the characters named in the song are real people. Shifty Henry was a well-known LA musician, not a criminal. The Purple Gang was a real mob. "Sad Sack" was a U.S. Army nickname in World War II for a loser.
1963: The legendary Whiskey-A-Go-Go opens on the Sunset Strip. The club serves as a launching pad for several L.A. bands including The Doors & Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. Johnny Rivers, Alice Cooper and Kansas have recorded live albums there. Rivers also recorded two Top 10 singles, 'Memphis' and 'Seventh Son,' live at The Whiskey.
1963: The Beatles recorded their first national TV show 'Thank Your Lucky Stars.' They mimed to their new single 'Please Please Me' which was released on this day.
1963: The Beatles 'Please Please Me' b/w 'Ask Me Why' 45 single is released in the UK. The second single released by The Beatles in the United Kingdom, and the first to be issued in the United States. It was also the title track of their first LP, which was recorded to capitalize on the success of the single.
1964: 'Louie Louie' by The Kingsmen was the #1 song on the US Cash Box music chart. For a while, the record was banned by a handful of US radio stations because of its indecipherable lyrics, which were rumored to contain some naughty words. Even the F.B.I. investigated the song, but finally concluded that they could find nothing wrong.
1964: 'Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash' becomes the first album to top Billboard's new Country L.P. chart. It would peak at #17 on the Hot 200.
1966: Herman's Hermits receive a Gold record for the album 'The Best of Herman's Hermits.'
1966: The Who were at BBC Lime Grove Studios taping an appearance which was later inserted into that Thursday's edition of 'Top Of The Pops.' They performed their current single, 'Happy Jack.' After the taping Pete and John were at the Bag O' Nails club in Kingly Street to watch the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Jimi and his group had that day signed a contract at New Action's offices with Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp's record label Track Records. Pete went to the Bag O' Nails with Eric Clapton.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded 'Purple Haze' at De Lane Lea studios in London. Hendrix later stated 'The Purple Haze,' was about a dream he had and that he was walking under the sea." In concert, Hendrix sometimes substituted lyrics for comic effect; "'scuse me while I kiss the sky" was rendered "'scuse me while I kiss this guy" (while gesturing towards his drummer Mitch Mitchell). Jimi also signed to the new record label Track Records on this day.
1968: Jimi Hendrix moves into the London townhouse where George Frederick Handel is believed to have composed 'Water Music' and the 'Messiah.' Hendrix says that he "will not let the tradition down." and will also compose in the house.
1969: Jethro Tull's debut album 'This Was' released in US.
1969: The Rolling Stones go to #5 in the American album charts with their new release 'Beggars Banquet.'
1969: Led Zeppelin played at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1969: ‘Love Is,’ by Eric Burdon and The Animals, enters the US charts shortly after the band performs a farewell concert in the British city of Newcastle, where The Animals had begun seven years earlier.
1970: Yes performed at The Olympia Theatre in Paris.
1971: Janis Joplin's 4th album, 'Pearl' is released posthumously. It topped the Billboard 200 LP's chart, holding that spot for nine weeks. 'Pearl' was the final album with her direct participation, and the only Joplin album recorded with the Full Tilt Boogie Band, her final touring unit.
1971: Chicago's 'Chicago III' album is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart during a chart stay of 63 weeks, and #9 on the UK chart. It is also the band's third consecutive double album of new studio material in less than two years, a feat that has yet to be repeated by any major artist or group.
1972: A notice in the British Government publication The London Gazette states that Reginald Dwight is abandoning his name and taking the name Elton Hercules John.
1973: It was confirmed that the forthcoming Rolling Stones tour of Japan had been cancelled, despite record breaking ticket sales. Mick Jagger had earlier been informed that he was banned from entering the country because of a drugs conviction.
1974: Released the previous October, 'The Joker,' by the Steve Miller Band goes gold.
1974: Mike Bloomfield appeared at The Egress in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1975: The Alan Freeman BBC Radio 1 show broadcast a Pink Floyd show recorded at the Empire Pool in Wembley, London, England on Nov. 16, 1974. The band had played four nights at Wembley on their 'Dark Side Of The Moon' tour and tapes from these shows have been remixed.
1975: Genesis appeared at the Lakeland Theater in Lakeland, Florida on the 'Lamb Lies Down on Broadway' tour.
1975: Led Zeppelin played their first concert in 18 months when they appeared at the Ahoy, Rotterdam, Holland, playing one of two warm-up shows for their forthcoming North American tour. The set list included some new songs: 'Sick Again,' 'The Rain Song,' 'Kashmir,' 'No Quarter' and 'Trampled Under Foot.'
1977: AC/DC played at Town Hall in Horsham, Australia.
1978: Elvis Costello and the Attractions appeared at Newcastle City Hall in England.
1979: The Grateful Dead performed at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1980: Foreigner appeared at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.
1985: The first ever 'Rock In Rio,' the Brazilian rock Festival held in Rio, claimed to be the biggest ever staged. The 10 day festival featured Queen, Rod Stewart, AC/DC, Whitesnake, Yes and Iron Maiden. Iron Maiden performed to over 400,000 people. About 1.4 million people attend the shows.
1990: Motley Crue and Warrant played in Tulsa, OK during the Dr. Feelgood World Tour.
1992: Nirvana appeared on NBC-TV's 'Saturday Night Live,' performing two songs, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' and 'Territorial Pissings'. At the end of a song, Krist Novoselic hurls his bass into the airand it comes down right on top of him. Also on this day 'Nevermind' went to #1 on the US album chart. It returns to #1 on Feb. 1st for a 2nd and final week. ‬
1992: Paul Simon becomes the first international performer to perform in Johannesburg, South Africa, since the lifting of the UN boycott. Simon had violated the UN ban by working with South African musicians years earlier.
1993: Ted Nugent was fined $1,000 for shooting off two flaming arrows during a Damn Yankees concert at Cincinnati Gardens. Nugent was also given a three-day suspended sentence for a misdemeanor fire-code violation.
1996: In an ominous preview of his demise, Sonny Bono collides with another skier near Big Bear Lake, California, causing a chin injury that would require eleven stitches.
1998: Rolling Stone magazine readers poll picked 'Be Here Now' by Oasis as album of the year.
1999: Blondie make their first network T.V. appearance in 16 years on the American Music Awards.
2000: Sharon Osbourne resigns as the Smashing Pumpkins manager for 'medical reasons.' "(Frontman) Billy Corgan was making me sick," says Osbourne, who was the group's manager for less than four months.
2000: Gary Glitter is released from prison in Britain after serving half of a four month sentence on child pornography charges. He is driven to Heathrow Airport and then flown to Cuba.
2002: Mickey Finn percussionist and sideman to Marc Bolan in Tyrannosaurus Rex (T Rex), died of kidney and liver problems at age 55.
2003: Britain’s oldest rockers came out winners in The Pollstar listing of the Top 10 grossing US tours of 2002: Paul McCartney $68 million, The Rolling Stones $58 million, Elton John $47 million, The Who $20 million, Ozzy Osbourne $18 million, Peter Gabriel $10 million, Yes $6 million, Elvis Costello $5 million, The Moody Blues $4 million and Jethro Tull $3 million.
2003: Pete Townshend issued a public statement denying being a paedophile after his name was linked with a police Internet porn inquiry. But The Who guitarist did admit studying child pornography for research into a campaign against it.
2004: Ted Nugent cuts himself with a chainsaw while filming his VH1 reality series 'Surviving Nugent: The Ted Commandments.' Nugent was cutting down a tree to create a stump when the tree fell in an unexpected direction. It takes 40 stitches to close the wound. The contest has city slickers living off the land and enduring Ted for a $100,000 prize.
2005: A federal appeals court dismisses a 2001 lawsuit filed against Kid Rock by former business associates sought half of Rock's earnings and accused him of violating trademark and copyright-infringement laws.
2005: Jefferson Airplane and New Riders of the Purple Sage drummer Spencer Dryden dies after a long battle with colon cancer at age 66. Dryden, nephew of Charlie Chaplin, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the rest of Jefferson Airplane in 1996, playing with the band for the first time since 1970.
2006: Green Day are named Artist of the Year, Best Band and earn the nod for Best Single ('Boulevard Of Broken Dreams') in Rolling Stone magazine's 2005 Readers' Poll. Audioslave gets Best Hard Rock/Metal Band, U2 is awarded Best Tour and Fall Out Boy is the Best New Artist.
2006: The Beach Boys launched a law suit seeking millions of dollars in damages from two California men, claiming they stole a collection of photos, recordings and other band memorabilia from a warehouse with the intent to put the items up for auction.
2007: Sammy Hagar becomes a co-owner of Team KMA Racing. "I've been a car fanatic for as long as I can remember, and I'm really looking forward to being a part of Indy Racing," says Hagar.
2007: Grace Slick's artwork is presented at the first of several showings at a gallery near Washington D.C. The ex-Jefferson Airplane/Starship singer says she's given up performing in favor of painting. "I sort of have to be doing some form of the arts, but I don't really care which one it is," volunteers Slick. "If you said, 'You can't paint anymore,' I'd be a character actress."
2007: My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero bails on the Japanese leg of the group's world tour and returns to the U.S. after suffering "a sudden attack of illness." He's replaced by Drive By's Todd Prince.
2008: Ringo Starr helped launch the celebrations for Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture. He was joined by acrobats who dangled on wires from cranes as the opening party kicked off a year-long programme of more than 350 events. Organisers hoped the Capital of Culture tag would attract an extra two million visitors to Liverpool and boost the economy by £100m.
2009: Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel are Golden Globe Award nominees for the Best Original Song - Motion Picture category. Springsteen gets the award the title track from 'The Wrestler' (the song also picked up a Critic's Choice Award just days earlier).
2009: Styx perform the national anthem and an acappella version of 'Renegade' in Pittsburgh at the NFL playoff game between the Steelers and the San Diego Chargers. Steelers fans embraced "Renegade" as an anthem for their team's defense.
2011: Bon Jovi takes the top spot on the Los Angeles Times' "Ultimate Top 10" list for 2010. The list combines the overall earnings from touring and album sales, both physical and digital. The group garnered an impressive $120.5 million in earnings.
2011: AMA Supercross announces that they have teamed with Bret Michaels (Poison) for the 'Rock Hard - Ride Hard' award. Michaels has survived both career and health crashes.
2011: Cake's 'Showroom Of Compassion' album is released.
2011: Handwritten Beatles lyric sheets are included in the British Library's Treasures app for iPhone, iPad and Android.
2012: The 38th annual People's Choice Awards is held at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arcade Fire, Beastie Boys, Coldplay, Florence + the Machine, Foo Fighters, Linkin Park, Maroon 5 and Radiohead are nominated for Favorite Band of the Year. Maroon 5 wins it. U2 and Bon Jovi are nominees for the Favorite Tour Headliner honor. They lose to Katy Perry.
2012: The Velvet Underground file a lawsuit in a Manhattan federal court against the Andy Warhol Foundation over the iconic banana image on the cover of the band's 1967 debut album, 'The Velvet Underground And Nico.' Band leaders Lou Reed and John Cale claim the foundation has illegally licensed the image in an attempt to "deceive the public" into believing that the band has given their "sponsorship or approval" to the merchandise.
2013: Just a day after announcing the departure of founding member Steve Howe, Asia names guitarist Sam Coulson as Howe's replacement.
2013: Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish became parents for the second time after their California-based surrogat gave birth to a baby boy. The child was named Daniel Furnish-John.
2013: John Wilkinson, a guitar player who accompanied Elvis Presley for more than a thousand shows as a member of the TCB Band, died at the age of 67 after a long battle with cancer.
2014: Linkin Park, Offspring and Bad Religion perform at Club Nokia in L.A. to raise money for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the central Philippines. Linkin Park's Music for Relief works with the International Medical Corps to deliver food, water and medical assistance.
2015: Iron Maiden, Bullet For My Valentine, Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead publish an open letter in the Independent On Sunday calling on the U.K. government to crack down on secondary sales of concert and event tickets.
2016: Food and Beverage magazine officially renames a Jack & Coke "The Lemmy" in honor of Motorhead's recently deceased legendary bassist Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister. He made the drink famous at the Rainbow Bar And Grill on the Sunset Strip.
2016: David Bowie topped the UK album chart with his latest release 'Blackstar' less than 24 hours after his death. With sales of over 43,000 units the collection outpaced its nearest competitor, Elvis Presley's 'If I Can Dream,' by 25,000.

January 12
1962: The Beatles second single 'Please, Please Me' is released in England. It hits #2. Written mostly by John Lennon, the song made it to the top in just three weeks and would sell over 1.5 million copies world wide. Despite this success, the record wouldn't appear on the US charts for another year.
1963: 'The Madhouse on Castle Street' was broadcast on the BBC as part of the 'Sunday Night Play' series on this night in 1963. The play featured a young Bob Dylan performing the part of the Greek chorus, singing three folk songs with altered lyrics plus his own 'Blowin’ in the Wind' -one of the first times it was ever heard.
1964: The Beatles appeared on the ATV show 'Sunday Night At The London Palladium' performing 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand,' 'This Boy,' 'All My Loving,' 'Money,' and 'Twist And Shout.' The compare for the evening was Bruce Forsyth. When The Beatles appeared on this show on October 13, 1963, their fee had been £250 ($400.) Three months later, their fee was £1,000 ($1600.)
1965: A Rock 'n' Roll variety show called 'Hullabaloo' premieres on NBC TV. Hosted by Jack Jones, the show’s guests include the New Christy Minstrels and a comedian called Woody Allen. In a taped segment, Beatles manager Brian Epstein introduced performances by the Zombies and Gerry & the Pacemakers from London.
1968: The Doors sophomore album 'Strange Days' goes gold.
1968: The Beatles Film Productions changed its name to Apple Film Limited and Apple Music Limited changed its name to Apple Corps Limited.
1968: Pink Floyd appeared at the University of Aston in Birmingham, England. It is generally accepted that this was the first show to include David Gilmour as a permanent part of the group. They performed as a five-piece band until Syd Barrett’s dismissal.
1968: Manfred Mann's 'Mighty Quinn' b/w 'By Request - Edwin Garvey' 45 single is released in the UK. It reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart for the week of February 14th and remained there the following week. It also peaked at #10 on the Billboard chart and reached #4 in Cash Box.
1969: Led Zeppelin released their self-titled, debut album in the UK, which is now seen as one of the most impressive and important debuts in Rock music history. Recorded at Olympic Studios in Barnes, London, the album was completely funded by Jimmy Page (who was also the producer) and the album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of just £1,782 ($2851). Most of the tracks being recorded “live” in the studio with very few overdubs. Page also picked out the image of the burning Hindenburg (the “lead zeppelin”) on the cover.Rolling Stone wrote that “The cover of Led Zeppelin … shows the Hindenburg airship, in all its phallic glory, going down in flames. The image did a pretty good job of encapsulating the music inside: sex, catastrophe and things blowing up.” It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart during its 73 weeks stay, and held a 79-week run on the British charts. In 2003, the album was ranked #29 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The name of the band had recently been changed from The New Yardbirds after drummer Keith Moon of The Who predicted the band's music would "go over like a lead zeppelin."
1970: Badfinger's 'Come And Get It' b/w 'Rock Of All Ages' 45 single is released. Composed by Paul McCartney for the 1969 film 'The Magic Christian,' was a hit single for the band, peaking at #7 in the United States, and #4 in the United Kingdom. It was the opening theme for the film starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr (it was also repeated during the movie's closing credits, with an additional string arrangement added).
1971: Alice Cooper released their 3rd album 'Love It to Death' which went on to become their breakthrough album reaching #35 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & selling one million copies in the U.S.
1971: Deep Purple performs at Town Hall in Birmingham, England.
1971: Janis Joplin's 'Me And Bobby McGee' b/w 'Half Moon' 45 single is released. The song written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, originally performed by Roger Miller. It topped the charts to become her only #1 single and only the second posthumous #1 single in rock & roll history (the first was '(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay' by Otis Redding). In 2004, the Janis Joplin version of this song was ranked #148 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1974: The Steve Miller Band were at #1 on the US singles chart with 'The Joker', the group's first of three #1's.
1974: Jim Croce started a 5 week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'You Don’t Mess Around With Jim.'
1975: KISS appeared at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, Washington.
1975: The Warner Bros. Looney Tunes package tour kicks off in Europe, featuring the Doobie Brothers, Little Feat, Graham Central Station, Bonaroo, Montrose and Tower of Power. Also released was an album sampler featuring all the acts that was priced at 69p ($1.17).
1977: The 'Long May You Run' album from he short-lived Stills-Young Band goes gold.
1977: Keith Richards is fined £1000 for possession of cocaine found in his wrecked car. At the same court appearance, he is found not guilty of possession of LSD.
1977: EMI Records issued a statement saying it felt unable to promote The Sex Pistols' records in view of the adverse publicity the band had generated over the last two months.
1977: The Police had their first rehearsal, held at drummer’s Stewart Copeland’s London flat, with Henri Padovani on guitar.
1978: Rush performed at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1981: The Record Industry Association of America donates 800 albums, including Bob Dylan's 'Blonde On Blonde,' KISS 'Alive' and 'Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols' to the Library of Congress.The Recording Industry Association of America donated to the White House library.
1981: Determined to blast into bankruptcy court, Casablanca Records releases 'The Best of the Solo Albums.' It culls tracks from the solo efforts of KISS members released three years earlier.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band played at Calderone Concert Hall in Hempstead, New York.
1981: John Lennon & Yoko Ono 'Woman' b/w 'Beautiful Boys' 45 single is released. It was the second single released from the Double Fantasy album, and the first Lennon single issued after his death on December 8, 1980. The B-side of the single is Ono's song 'Beautiful Boys.' The single debuted at #3 in the UK, then moving to #2 and finally reaching #1, where it spent two weeks, knocking off the top spot his own re-released 'Imagine.' In the US the single spent three consecutive weeks at #2.
1981: April Wine released their 9th studio album, 'The Nature of the Beast.'
1981: KISS release 'Best Of Solo' Albums in Europe. It had been previously released in others territories. ‬
1983: Rebop Kwaku Baah, percussionist for Traffic died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Stockholm. He was 38 years old. He also worked with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Can and The Rolling Stones.
1987: Deep Purple released their 12th studio album, 'The House of Blue Light.'
1987: Malice released their 2nd studio album, 'License to Kill.'
1991: The Damn Yankees reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'High Enough.' The song was their only top 10 single in the U.S. It was also the highest charting single of Ted Nugent’s career.
1992: Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall have their 3rd child, Georgia May Jagger.
1992: Bob Geldof was arrested after a disturbance on a Boeing 727, which had been grounded for 5 hours at Stansted Airport.
1993: Triumph released their last studio album 'Edge Of Excess.' It includes current Bon Jovi guitarist, Phil X.
1993: The original members of Cream reunite to perform at the 8th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony held for the 1st time in Los Angeles. Other inductees include Van Morrison, CCR, Sly and the Family Stone, Frankie Lymon, The Doors (inducted by Eddie Vedder), Dinah Washington and Etta James. The Doors performed with Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder & John Fogerty performed Creedence Clearwater Revival songs with Bruce Springsteen & Robbie Robertson as his fellow surviving bandmates were barred from the stage. Robbie Robertson inducts Van Morrison into the Hall as Morrison is the first living inductee not to attend the ceremony. Instead, he sends a fax saying, “I am unable to attend this induction dinner, and personally receive my award. However, thank you very much for inviting me, and I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you all a very enjoyable evening, and hope that everything goes well. Best Wishes, from Van Morrison.”
1995: At the Rock and Roll Induction Ceremonies the inductees include Neil Young, The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Al Green, Martha and the Vandellas and Frank Zappa. Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry do the honors for Zeppelin. The pair also jam with Zep's surviving members (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones). Melissa Etheridge inducts Joplin and sings 'Piece Of My Heart.' "I just really wish she was up here instead of me," says Michael Joplin, the late singer's brother, who accepts the accolades on her behalf.
1996: AC/DC played the first date on their 'Ballbreaker' World Tour in Greensboro, North Carolina. The world tour would last for 11 months finishing on November 30, 1996 in Christchurch, New Zealand. This tour featured the return of drummer Phil Rudd who previously left the band in 1983.
1998: Gene Vincent, Carlos Santana, The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with The Mamas And The Papas, Lloyd Price, Allen Toussaint and Jelly Roll Morton. One of the highlights is Fleetwood Mac founding member, guitarist Peter Green, performing 'Black Magic Woman,' a song he wrote that Santana covered. The Eagles Don Henley and Glenn Frey add a few "priceless" comments. "I want to thank (manager) Irving Azoff, without whom we wouldn't be here today," says Henley. "Well, we might still be here," blurts out Frey. "But we wouldn't have made as much money." The event marked the first time that all seven current and past members of The Eagles were photographed together. Former band mates Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, who had quit the group, were virtually ignored by Don Henley and Glenn Frey and were forced to the extreme edges of the stage when the band played a short set of past hits.
1998: On his birthday, Rage Against The Machine's vocalist, Zach de la Rocha, joins a protest against the Mexican government and paramilitary repression in Chiapas. The previous month, 45 people were murdered in the town.
1999: The Black Crowes release their 5th studio album, 'By Your Side.'
2001: The 3rd Rock in Rio festival kicked off in Rio de Janeiro. The seven day festival featured artists such as Guns N’ Roses, Rob Halford, Iron Maiden, James Taylor, Neil Young, R.E.M., & Sting.
2001: British Airways staff complained about Oasis singer Liam Gallagher after he had grabbed a stewardess' bottom, refused to stop smoking and threw objects around the cabin during a flight from London to Rio De Janeiro.
2004: Metallica released the single 'The Unnamed Feeling.'
2004: Gail Zappa, Frank Zappa`s widow, appears in a Canadian court to sue Tanguay, a 10-store Quebec furniture chain. The suit is over the unauthorized use of Zappa's instrumental 'Watermelon In Easter Hay' in a 1995 Tanguay commercial. Tanguay claims it is all a misunderstanding. The lawsuit would be settled out of court the following day.
2005: Green Day donates royalties earned from the iTunes sale of 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams' through the end of the year to the American Red Cross. The funds aid Asian and African tsunami victims.
2005: A Los Angeles Juvenile Court judge grants Courtney Love full custody of her daughter Frances Bean Cobain. Love lost custody of the 12-year-old, daughter of Nirvana's late Kurt Cobain, following an October 2003 arrest for suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.
2005: It was announced that the Strawberry Field children's home immortalized by The Beatles was to close. The home in Woolton, Liverpool was made famous when John Lennon wrote 'Strawberry Fields Forever' after playing there as a child.
2006: Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose sues a Beverly Hills auto dealer. The lawsuit against Beverly Hills Classic Cars, alleges that the enterprise violated an oral agreement with Rose by failing to deliver two luxury vehicles. Rose also charges the dealership with not paying $135,000 it owes after selling his 1999 Ferrari on consignment.
2008: Kid Rock performs at an invitation-only General Motors-organized event in Detroit as part of the run-up to the North American International Auto Show.
2008: Liverpool is designated the European Capital of Culture. Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr (who was born in Liverpool) is on hand for the opening ceremonies.
2010: Ringo Starr's 'Y Not' is out. Former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney plays on the album's lead single 'Walk With You' which was co-written by Ringo and Van Dyke Parks (best known for his work with the Beach Boys).
2010: Fans get to choose which song Bon Jovi will perform at the 52nd Grammys (two-and-a-half weeks later). 'Livin' On A Prayer' wins, it's the first Grammy appearance by the group.
2011: Rage Against The Machine announce their support for dismissed workers in South Korea - many of whom have been protesting the loss of their jobs since 2007. Guitarist Tom Morello meets with the workers, who produced parts for guitar companies, including Fender and Gibson. They claim that they were "padlocked out of their factory and forced to sign resignation papers," after they tried to form a trade union.
2011: Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a bass player in addition to being a politician and TV show host (FOX News), jams with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen at the opening of the National Association of Music Merchants convention in Anaheim, CA.
2012: Eddie Van Halen, in collaboration with the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, donates 75 guitars to L.A.-area schools. "Music education and families are dealing with the economic times," says the guitarist in a statement. "I wanted to help them."
2012: Bob Dylan performs at the 17th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in honor of film director Martin Scorsese, who is awarded the Music + Film Award. Dylan was the subject of Scorsese's 2005 documentary 'No Direction Home.' Also, Scorsese's 'George Harrison: Living in the Material World' wins the Best Documentary Feature award.
2012: Scott Weiland rejoins his Velvet Revolver band mates, for the first time in four years, for a one-off charity show titled 'Love You Madly: A Concert for John O'Brien' at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. O'Brien, who passed away on 8/20/11, composed music for the films (Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Pineapple Express and Four Christmases) and had several television credits.
2012: Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin is arrested after police discover narcotics on him when he's stopped for a traffic violation in Culver City, CA. Police suspect Scantlin is intoxicated but a search leads a felony possession of a controlled substance charge. Scantlin makes the $10,000 bail a few hours later.
2013: David Bowie's first album in 10 years, 'The Next Day,' is released.
2013: Eric Clapton releases 'Old Sock,' his 21st studio album. Essentially a covers set, Clapton gets help from Paul McCartney, JJ Cale, Steve Winwood, Chaka Khan, and Jim Keltner.
2013: The Beatles first single, 'Love Me Do,' entered the pubic domain in Europe, thanks to copyright laws in the European Union that said copyright for recorded music expires after 50 years.
2013: The 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow used by Freddie Mercury until his death in November 1991, sold at auction for £74,000 to a Russian businessman. The 62,000-mile classic Rolls-Royce which had a guide price of just £9,000-£11,000 features grey leather, wood trim, electric windows, automatic gearbox, a car phone and radio cassette player and a 6.75-litre V8 engine. It was sold as part of the Coys auction at Autosport International.
2013: Bon Jovi's 12th album, 'What About Now?' is released. The lead single 'Because We Can' serves as the title of the group's 15th major tour.
2013: Black Sabbath, complete with their newly reunited original frontman Ozzy Osbourne, officially announce the upcoming release of the album '13,' the first Black Sabbath album in 18 years (since 1995's 'Forbidden').
2014: U2 play 'I Will Follow,' 'Desire' and 'Vertigo' at Sean Penn's third annual Help Haiti benefit at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.
2014: Bruce Springsteen's songs 'High Hopes,' 'Hunter Of Invisible Game' and a rerecorded 'The Ghost Of Tom Joad' are heard during the CBS legal drama 'The Good Wife.' The tracks are from the album 'High Hopes.'
2015: Milwaukee Rock radio station 94.5 The Lake launches 'Say No to Seattle!', which bans Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Jimi Hendrix and Heart from being played during the run up to the NFC Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. Doesn't help. Seahawks win the game later in the week.
2016: Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson is one of the guest speakers the ATTI technology conference in Santiago, Chile.

January 13
1958: Radio station KWK in St. Louis declares Rock n' Roll dead. After giving their Rock records a final play, the station staff breaks them.
1958: Little Richard's 'Good Golly Miss Molly' 7” 45 rpm single and 10” 78 rpm single is released. The song, a 12-bar blues, was written by John Marascalco and producer Robert "Bumps" Blackwell. Although it was first recorded by Little Richard, Blackwell produced another version by The Valiants, who imitated Little Richard, but sang the song even faster. Although the Valiants' version was released first, Little Richard had the hit. Like all his early hits, it quickly became a rock 'n' roll standard and has subsequently been covered by hundreds of artists. The song is ranked #94 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1962: Chubby Checker went back to #1 on the US singles chart with 'The Twist'. The song first went to #1 in Sept 1960 and became the only record in American chart history to top the charts on two separate occasions.
1963: Bob Dylan appears on British television in a play called 'The Madhouse on Castle Street,' where he has the role of a wandering musician. We'll have to take the word of those who saw it since no recording exists, but Dylan supposedly played 'Blowin' In The Wind' during the show, which would be the first media appearance of the song.
1963: The Beatles recorded a TV appearance on the ABC Television program 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' in Birmingham playing their new single, 'Please Please Me' The show was broadcast on January 19.
1964: Beatles release 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' in the U.S.
1964: Bob Dylan's 3rd studio album, 'The Times They Are a-Changin' is released. It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1965: The first day of recording sessions for Bob Dylan's 'Bringing It All Back Home' album were held at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. Dylan recorded 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' and 'It's All Over Now, Baby Blue'.
1966: George Harrison and his girlfriend Patti Boyd met up with Mick Jagger and Chrissie Shrimpton at Dolly's nightclub on Jermyn Street in London's west End.
1966: Ringo Starr and John Lennon leave England for a vacation in Trinidad.
1967: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both went to the Bag O'Nails Club, London, England to see the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
1967: Pink Floyd plays the UFO, at The Blarney, Tottenham Court Road, in London with Marilyn Monroe films and Dave Tomlin’s The Giant Sun Trolley. The set was filmed by Peter Whitehead.
1968: Cream debut on US chart with 'Sunshine of Your Love.' Their biggest American hit, it peaks at #5.
1968: Dr. K.C. Pollack of the University of Florida reports that tests have found that the noise generated at rock & roll concerts is harmful to hearing.
1968: Against the advice of Columbia Records executives, Johnny Cash visits Folsom State Prison in California to record a live album. The resulting LP, 'Live At Folsom Prison' would become one of Johnny's biggest selling records, reaching #1 on the Country album chart and #13 on the Hot 200. It also produced one of his most memorable hit singles, 'Folsom Prison Blues.' In 2003, 'Live At Folsom Prison' was certified Triple Platinum by the RIAA for sales of over three million and was ranked #88 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1969: Elvis Presley began a ten day recording session that would produce his final US #1 record, 'Suspicious Minds'. The tracks were laid down at American Sound Studios in Memphis and marked the first time Presley had recorded in his hometown since his Sun Records days in 1956.
1969: The Beatles 'Yellow Submarine' soundtrack album is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, kept from the top by 'The Beatles' (White Album), which had been released two months before.
1970: Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) played at The Matrix in San Francisco, California. Boz Scaggs was the scheduled headliner but he cancelled at that last minute due to illness. Rock critic Philip Elwood, who turned up intending to review Scaggs ended up writing a highly favorable review of Steel Mill for The San Francisco Examiner.
1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono have their hair cut and donate it to a charity auction.
1970: Led Zeppelin played at Guildhall, in Portsmouth, England.
1971: Yes appears at Greens Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland.
1971: Poco's 3rd album and 1st live album, 'Deliverin' is released. It reached #26 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1973: Pete Townshend of The Who helped Eric Clapton to overcome some personal problems by getting him involved in a show at the Rainbow Theatre in London he called The Rainbow Concert. Pete had discovered Clapton’s heroin addiction the previous August and devises a scheme with Clapton’s girlfriend’s father, Lord Harlech, to force Clapton to work so he can escape his narcotic-induced reclusion. Townshend recruited Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood, Jim Capaldi, Jim Karstein. Jim Capaldi and Rick Grech with support from The Average White Band and others. Clapton is late but manages to make it through both shows. They are recorded by Glyn Johns and later released on album.
1973: Aerosmith release their self-titled debut album. It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, but not until 1976. The single, 'Dream On' also charted on the Billboard Hot 100 (#6) after being released for the second time (It was released as a single on June 27, 1973 and reached #59 on the Billboard Hot 100).
1973: Deep Purple release their 7th studio album, 'Who Do We Think We Are.'
1973: Slade scored their first #1 album with 'Slayed.'
1973: Carly Simon's album 'No Secrets' hits #1.
1974: Genesis performs at the Hippodrome in Bristol, England.
1976: Black Sabbath plays at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1977: Queen kicked off a 59-date world tour at Dane County Coliseum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Opening act was Thin Lizzy.
1978: The Police begin recording their debut album at Surrey Sound Studios, Surrey, England with producer Nigel Gray. The album 'Outlandos d'Amour' which was released in November of '78 featured the hits 'So Lonely,' 'Roxanne' and 'Can't Stand Losing You.'
1978: Elvis Presley's version of Paul Anka's 'My Way' goes Gold five months after the King's death.
1980: An Oakland Coliseum concert to benefit the people of Kampuchea has the Grateful Dead, the Beach Boys and Jefferson Starship.
1980: Bob Dylan appears at the Paramount Northwest Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
1983: Todd Rundgren's 10th studio album, 'The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect' is released. It reached #66 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. It was an album as well as the broadcast of the documentary of the same name. The documentary was filmed for UK Televisions Channel 4 and compiled and written by Todd, with interview footage and song visuals that illustrated Todd's career and personal life until this point. The album was very much a straight forward rock album and contained 'Bang the Drum All Day' - a popular hit for Todd and a song still played at concerts.
1984: ‎W.A.S.P‬. and ‪Slayer‬ played ‪The Troubadour‬ in ‎West Hollywood‬ on a Friday the 13th.
1985: KISS release their 33rd single, 'Thrills in the Night.'
1986: Ozzy Osbourne is taken to court by the parents of John McCollum, a depressed teenager who shot himself while listening to Ozzy's song 'Suicide Solution.' The parents claim that their son was driven to suicide by Ozzy's song. The court later throws the case out.
1986: Sex Pistols members John Lydon, Steve Jones and Paul Cook, as well as the mother of Sid Vicious, sued former manager Malcom McClaren for £1 million ($1.7 million). They later settled out of court.
1987: Iron Maiden filmed their 'Somewhere In Time' concert in Philadelphia, PA.
1988: 'Need You Tonight' is INXS' first #1 U.S. single.
2003: British police arrest The Who guitarist Pete Townshend as part of their "Operation Ore" sting operation to crack down on child pornography. Townshend admits to having indecent images of children, but insists that he was doing research for an upcoming book dealing with his own experience with sexual abuse. He is placed on the sex offenders' register for five years.
2005: A report showed that more songs had been written about Elvis Presley than any other artist. It listed over 220 songs including: ‘Graceland’ by Paul Simon, ‘A Room At The Heartbreakhotel’ by U2, ‘Calling Elvis,' Dire Straits, ‘Happy Birthday Elvis,' Loudon Wainwright III, ‘There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis,' Kirsty MacColl, ‘I Saw Elvis in a UFO,' Ray Stevens. ‘Elvis Has Left the Building’ by Frank Zappa and 'My Dog Thinks I'm Elvis' by Ray Herndon.
2005: Crossfade appears on NBC's 'Tonight Show With Jay Leno.' Their breakthrough single, 'Cold,' also claims the top spot on Billboard Radio Monitor's Most-Played Active Rock Song list for 2004.
2005: Rush headline a Canada for Asia tsunami-relief telethon in Toronto. Proceeds go to several charities.
2006: Rush's 'R30' DVD makes its television debut on VH1 Classic as part of a weekend of Rush-related programming. R30 documents an 2004 concert in Frankfurt, Germany, that was part of the trio's 30th anniversary tour.
2006: KoRn holds a press conference at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles to unveil the dates and cities of their upcoming North American tour which gets under way the following month.
2006: It's announced that The Jimi Hendrix Experience's 'Axis: Bold as Love' and Bob Dylan's 'Bringing It All Back Home' albums will be added to the Grammy Hall of Fame. The inductees represent "the most significant recorded musical masterpieces that have had a profound impact on our culture," says Recording Academy president Neil Portnow.
2007: Eddie Van Halen won the Best Music trophy at the Adult Video News (AVN) Awards in Las Vegas for his musical contributions to the X-rated movie 'Sacred Sin.'
2007: Killswitch Engage postpone the first of three European dates (in London, Bristol and Paris) because guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz aggravated his injured back and has to undergo emergency surgery. Also, singer Howard Jones is hampered with a chest infection. The tour continues when Jones recovers. Peter Wichers fills in for Dutkiewicz.
2007: Hinder's North American tour, with Black Stone Cherry, begins in Ketchum, ID, as part of the Ski Tour/Base Camp Music Experience trek.
2007: Grammy Award winning jazz saxophonist, Michael Brecker, dies in New York after battling leukemia. Over the course of his lengthy career Brecker was heard on albums by Steely Dan, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, John Lennon and Ringo Starr.
2008: Eddie Vedder's 'Guaranteed,' from the 'Into The Wild' soundtrack, wins the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
2008: Elton John tours South Africa for the first time. The trek starts in Cape Town.
2008: Glen Drover‬ left ‎Megadeth‬ to focus time with his family.
2009: Pearl Jam partners with Verizon Wireless to release remastered tracks from the band's 1991 debut, 'Ten,' to users of the V Cast With Rhapsody service. Starting with 'Once,' one song from the album is available each week for ten consecutive weeks.
2009: The Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band compilation 'Greatest Hits,' is released exclusively via Wal-Mart. After receiving criticism, Springsteen admits the deal was a mistake.
2009: The soundtrack for 'Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans' with remixed versions of songs by Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell, Deftones, AFI, ex-Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland's Black Light Burns and Tool singer Maynard James Keenan's side band Puscifer, is in stores.
2010: A plaque of The Beatles iconic yellow submarine, which was stolen six months prior from Liverpool's Albert Dock, was set to be replaced by a new creation. The 5 foot design featured the faces of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison peering through its portholes. The new submarine would hang outside the museum dedicated to the band, 'The Beatles Story.'
2010: Nickelback's 'Dark Horse' is #1 (again) on Billboard's Hard Rock Albums chart. The band's 6th studio release made its debut in 2008 and charted for 61 weeks, with much of that time spent at #1.
2011: Tommy Crain, guitarist for The Charlie Daniels Band on their Grammy-winning single 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' and more than twenty albums, died in his sleep at the age of 59.
2011: Dire Straits 1985 hit 'Money For Nothing' is banned by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council because a homophobic epithet in the song is no longer acceptable. "The panel concludes that, like other racially driven words in the English language, 'faggot' is one that, even if entirely or marginally accepted in earlier days, is no longer so," says CBSC chair Ron Cohen in an official statement. Some Canadian stations ignore the ban.
2011: The Who, guitarist Jeff Beck, Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry and former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft appear at the Killing Cancer charity concert at London's Hammersmith Apollo.
2011: Just two months after The Beatles back catalogue became available on iTunes, their sales figures topped 5 million songs according to Hudson Square Research. During that period, the legendary group also moved more than a million full-length albums.
2011: Five days after a Tucson assassination attempt on US Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D), AZ, that left six people dead (including a nine-year old girl) and over a dozen wounded, the critically injured Congresswoman among them, Drowning Pool responds to widespread suggestions that their song 'Bodies' inspired the nutcase shooter Jared Loughner. In a statement they explain that the track was never intended to have a violent message. "'Bodies' was written about the brotherhood of the mosh pit and the respect people have for each other in the pit," writes the band. "If you push others down, you have to pick them back up. It was never about violence. It's about a certain amount of respect and a code." The band concludes by stating, "We support those who do what they can to keep America safe. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families of this terrible tragedy."
2014: Switchfoot singer Jon Foreman is treated for a face wound sustained while surfing. "I had a little conversation with my board and it turned into an argument. The board won," jokes Foreman. Though he makes a full recovery the injury forces the cancellation of a hometown appearance.
2014: U2 win the Best Original Song Award for 'Ordinary Love' at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards. The track is from the Nelson Mandela biopic, 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.'
2014: Oasis' back catalog is available on the streaming services Spotify, Deezer and Rdio. Oasis was one of the more famous holdouts from free music streaming.
2016: Led Zeppelin top Rolling Stone magazine's Reader's Poll of band's they would like to see reunite.
2016: Avenged Sevenfold is sued for breach of contract by their label, Warner Bros. Records. The suit claims the band has refused to honor its contract.
2016: Nickelback sues Lloyd's Of London for non-payment of $13 million dollars after the group's tour was cancelled due to singer Chad Kroeger's medical issues. A month earlier, Lloyd's sued Kroeger for allegedly failing to disclose that he had a pre-existing throat condition.
2016: The Heavy Metal documentary 'Hair I Go Again' opened in Denver, Colorado.
2016: The Rolling Stones' first manager, Giorgio Gomelsky, passed away at the age of 82. After he was replaced by Andrew Loog Oldham in May, 1963, Gomelsky went on to manage The Yardbirds, Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger before moving to New York in 1978 and opening The Green Door nightclub. Those who knew him said that he never quite got over losing his job as The Stones' manager.

January 14
1956: Little Richard's 'Tutti Frutti' enters the pop charts, giving him his first hit. Pat Boone's version of the song ends up charting higher, peaking at #12 to Richard's #17.
1960: United States Army Corporal Elvis Presley receives a promotion to Sergeant. He receives a pay increase of $22.94 per month.
1963: Charlie Watts made his live debut with The Rolling Stones at The Flamingo Jazz Club in Soho in London. Before joining the Stones, Watts played regularly with Blues Incorporated.
1964: The Beatles (minus Ringo Starr who was fog-bound in Liverpool) left from Liverpool for Paris for an 18-day run at the Olympia Theatre. Arriving in Paris, John, Paul, and George were met by 60 fans. Ringo, accompanied by roadie Neil Aspinall, arrived the next day.
1965: Bob Dylan starts recording 'Bringing It All Back Home' in New York. The set is known for 'Mr. Tambourine Man,' 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' (Dylan's first Top 40 hit, peaking at #39) and 'It's All Over Now, Baby Blue.'
1966: David Jones changes his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones from the Monkees, just in time for the release of his single, 'Can't Help Thinking About Me.' The single is credited to David Bowie and the Lower Third. would later say that he chose "Bowie" because he likes that "big American bear-killin' knife."
1966: The Who play Municipal Hall in Pontypridd, Wales, United Kingdom.
1967: Over 25,000 people attend The Human Be-In-A Gathering Of The Tribes at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The event was a forerunner of major, outdoor rock concerts and featured The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother and The Holding Company. It's one of the key events leading up to the 'Summer of Love.'
1967: The Rolling Stones 'Ruby Tuesday' b/w 'Let's Spend the Night Together' 45 single is released. The US release was one day later than the UK. Due to the then-controversial nature of the lyrics (with its suggestion of casual sex) most radio stations opted to play the flip side 'Ruby Tuesday' instead. The two songs charted separately on the US Billboard Hot 100, 'Let's Spend the Night Together' stalling at #55 while 'Ruby Tuesday' became a #1 hit.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Coming-Up Hop, held at The Great Hall, University of Reading in Whiteknights, Reading England.
1969: The Monterey Pop Concert film opens in Los Angeles.
1969: Jimi Hendrix performed at Halle Münsterland in Muenster, Germany.
1970: John Lennon's erotic 'Bag One' lithographs are exhibited publicly in London (and removed by Scotland Yard two days later).
1971: Black Sabbath performed at City Hall in Sheffield, England.
1972: Paul Simon's self-titled solo album is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and topped the charts in the UK and Japan.
1972: Yes played the first of two nights at the Rainbow Theatre, London.
1972: Jefferson Airplane landed at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
1973: Pink Floyd played two shows at the Palais des Sports de la Porte de Versailles in Paris.
1973: Led Zeppelin performed at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, Merseyside, England.
1973: Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is charged with possession of drugs in California.
1973: Elvis Presley nails the record for the largest worldwide audience for his 'Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii' concert telecast. It is broadcast live on the Intelsat IV satellite to an estimated one billion people in forty countries around the world, but not the United States or England. The concert is released as a double album later in the year. American fans had to wait until April to watch the program.
1975: 'So What' from Joe Walsh goes gold. Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Randy Meisner of The Eagles contributed background vocals.
1975: Three Dog Night's 'Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits' is certified gold. It's their 12th and final Gold record.
1976: The Allman Brothers Band played at Municipal Auditorium Music Hall in Kansas City, Missouri.
1977: Bob Seger performed at Cobo Arena in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.
1977: David Bowie released his 11th studio album 'Low,' the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno termed the "Berlin Trilogy." It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #2 on the UK Album chart. In 2003, the album was ranked number 249 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The track 'Sound and Vision' was released as a single and used by the BBC in the UK on trailers at the time, providing much needed exposure, as Bowie opted to do nothing to promote the single himself, and helped the song reach #3 on the UK charts.
1978: Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' album logs its 31st week at #1 in America. It's the longest run for an album until 'Thriller' in 1984.
1978: Sex Pistols play their last live gig at Winterland in San Francisco. Johnny Rotten yelled to the crowd at the outset, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated.” It was the last time the band played with bassist Sid Vicious.
1978: The Grateful Dead appeared at Municipal Auditorium in Bakersfield, California.
1979: Rush played at The Palladium in New York.
1980: Rush release their 7th studio album, 'Permanent Waves.' It was recorded at the now defunct Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec.‬
1980: Bob Dylan performed at the Paramount Northwest Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
1981: Roxy Music appeared at the Apollo in Manchester, England
1982: The Kinks played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1984: Paul McCartney was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Pipes Of Peace.' With this release McCartney made chart history by becoming the first artist to have a #1 in a group, (The Beatles), in a duo, (with Stevie Wonder) in a trio, (with Wings) and as a solo artist.
1989: U2 goes platinum with the 'Rattle and Hum' album.
1989: Paul McCartney releases his album 'Back In The U.S.S.R.' exclusively in Russia. Bootleg copies sold for as much as $1,000 in the U.S.
1992: Jerry Nolan of The Heartbreakers and New York Dolls died at the age of 45. He was being treated for bacterial meningitis and bacterial pneumonia at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York, when he suffered a stroke and went into a coma from which he never recovered.
1995: Drummer Jack Irons makes his debut with Pearl Jam when the group plays the first of two Voters For Change concerts in Washington, D.C.
1996: Oasis went to #1 on the UK album chart with '(What's The Story) Morning Glory', the group's second UK #1 spent a total of 145 week's on the chart.
1996: Ruby Starr, vocalist for Black Oak Arkansas on their 1974 hit 'Jim Dandy' as well as having her own solo career, died of cancer at the age of 45.
1997: The Beach Boys guest star on an episode of ABC-TV's Home Improvement. They played the cousins of Wilson, Tim 'The Tool Man' Taylor's next door neighbor and sang 'Barbra Ann' with the show's cast.
1998: Less than two months after its release, Ozzy Osbourne's career retrospective, 'The Ozzman Cometh,' is certified platinum.
1999: Model Jerry Hall files for divorce from her husband, The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger. They had been together since 1977 & married since 1990.
1999: Metallica file suit in L.A. federal court vs. Victoria's Secret seeking injunctive relief and damages after VS used the name Metallica on lip pencils without permission. ‬
2000: ‎Marty Friedman‬ played his last concert with ‪Megadeth‬.
2000: Rolling Stone magazine reveals that David Crosby is the biological father of Melissa Etheridge and her partner Julie Cypher's child.
2001: Guns N' Roses perform before 200,000 fans at the Rock In Rio Festival.
2003: Linda Gail Lewis the sister of Jerry Lee Lewis, dropped a claim of sex discrimination against Van Morrison. Lewis had claimed that Morrison had 'publicly humiliated' her on stage and had tried to ruin her life by asking her for sex. She withdrew her claim after discussions with her lawyer. Morrison denied all the allegations.
2004: White Stripes frontman Jack White pleads innocent to aggravated assault charges stemming from a December 13th run-in with Von Bondies singer Jason Stollsteimer.
2004: The Beastie Boys defunct record label Grand Royal LLC goes on the auction block.
2005: A $100,000 statue honoring the late punk guitarist Johnny Ramone was unveiled by his widow Linda at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Johnny died from prostate cancer in September 2004 at the age of 55. Hundreds turned out for the ceremony, including Tommy Ramone. Nicolas Cage, Rob Zombie and Eddie Vedder are among those who commemorate his life. He died the previous September of prostate cancer at the age of 55. Dee Dee Ramone died of a drugs overdose in 2002 and Joey died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer.
2005: Green Day's 'American Idiot' reclaims the #1 spot on the Billboard Album chart, with U.S. sales exceeding 100,000 in the previous week. The last time the album topped the chart was a week after its September 2004 debut.
2005: A show is held in Columbus, OH, to benefit the victims and their families of the 12/8/04 shooting at the Alosa club that took the life of Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and two others.
2006: Former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek performs with poet Michael McClure and flutist Larry Kassin at a spoken word and music event in San Francisco. The show marks the start of the 25th annual Noe Valley Music Series.
2008: Daughtry creates an uproar when he bad-mouthes American Idol, saying the show is on the "decline." Randy Jackson refutes Daughtry's comment, but the show would later suffer yet another season of declining ratings.
2009: Scott Weiland kicks off his U.S. tour in support of his solo album, 'Happy In Galoshes,' in Kansas City, MO.
2010: The BBC admitted coverage of the launch of U2's album 'No Line On The Horizon' in 2009 went too far - giving "undue prominence" to the band. RadioCentre, the trade body for commercial radio companies, had made a formal complaint over the coverage saying the BBC had given U2 "the sort of publicity money can't buy".
2010: Guitarist Jimmy Page was honored with the United Nations' first ever Pathways To Peace Award. Pathways To Peace is an international peace building, educational and consulting organization which has consultative status with the United Nations.
2010: Incubus DJ Chris Kilmore is granted another restraining order against former band DJ Gavin Koppell, who Kilmore replaced in 1998. Kilmore was granted an initial restraining order in 2003 and that appeared to be at the root of a 12/28/09 incident where Koppell confronted Kilmore and his girlfriend allegedly threatening "you will get killed if you don't lift that (restraining) order, people get killed in the street for that."
2011: SoundScan reports that The Beatles 'Abbey Road' album is 2010's best-selling vinyl album in the U.S. Arcade Fire's 'The Suburbs' and Black Keys 'Brothers,' are #2 and #3, respectively. 'Abbey Road' was also #1 in 2009.
2012: Roger Waters weds his fiancee of seven years, Laurie Durning, in a private ceremony at the pair's home in Southampton, NY.
2014: Altitudes & Attitude members David Ellefson (Megadeth), Frank Bello (Anthrax) and Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle) release their self-titled debut EP.
2014: After being leaked online less than two weeks earlier, Bruce Springsteen's solo album 'High Hopes' is released. The set is a mix of originals and covers, including the title track which was originally recorded by Havalina.
2014: Black Sabbath's 1970's catalog is added to the iTunes store for the first time. "It's about f*cking time," says Ozzy Osbourne.
2014: Bruce Springsteen appears on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,' where he performs a reworked version of 'Born To Run' titled 'Gov. Christie Traffic Jam.' In the song, Springsteen mocks a scandal where New Jersey governor Chris Christie's staff shut down parts of a road to retaliate against a mayor who didn't endorse him. "You're killing the working man who's stuck in the Governor Chris Christie Fort Lee, New Jersey, traffic jam," Springsteen sings.
2015: According to a poll conducted by Forbes magazine, Fleetwood Mac tickets were the highest priced by scalpers.
2016: The National Music Publishers' Association announce that Aerosmith frontman and songwriter Steven Tyler has joined the NMPA SONGS (Supporting Our Next Generation of Songwriters) foundation board of directors. "Everyone knows about Steven Tyler's music, but not everyone knows what a passionate advocate he is for the people behind the songs," says NMPA SONGS foundation president David Israelite.

January 15
1958: The Everly Brothers made their debut on British TV appearing on 'The Perry Como Show.'
1958: Elvis Presley records 'Hard Headed Woman,' 'Trouble,' 'New Orleans,' 'King Creole,' and 'Crawfish.'
1962: Drummer Charlie Watts joins the Rolling Stones. The band's original line-up is now complete.
1964: Capitol Records, Vee-Jay and Swan Records go to court over the rights to The Beatles. Capitol, a subsidiary of EMI, The Beatles label in England, had passed on the group resulting in Vee-Jay and Swan releasing, unsuccessfully, several Beatles tracks in the U.S. In the end, Capitol wins.
1964: Johnny Rivers begins a one year stand at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip in L.A.
1964: The Beatles performed live at the Cinema Cyrano in Versailles, France, before an audience of 2,000. The show was a warm-up for a three-week engagement at the Olympia Theatre that would start the next day in Paris.
1965: The Who release their first single, 'I Can't Explain' in the UK. With Jimmy Page on guitar and The Ivy League on backing vocals, it went on to reach #8 on the UK chart. While oldies stations in America still give it a fair amount of air-play, the song only made it to number 93 on Billboard's Hot 100. In a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, Pete Townshend referred to "I Can't Explain" as "a song, written by some 18-year-old kid, about the fact that he can't tell his girlfriend he loves her because he's taken too many Dexedrine tablets." The song is ranked #9 on Pitchfork Media's list of the "200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s", #59 on Spin's list of the "100 Greatest Singles of All Time", and #371 on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
1965: The Rolling Stones' 'The Rolling Stones No. '2 is released in the UK. It spent 10 weeks at #1 in early 1965, during its 37 week run, becoming one of the year's biggest sellers in the UK.
1965: The Kinks 'Tired of Waiting for You' single is released in the UK. It was released in the U.S. on February 17.
1965: Bob Dylan completed recording his 5th studio album 'Bringing it all Back Home' at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. It went on to be Dylan’s first album to reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200 Album Chart, peaking at #6.
1966: The Beach Boys enter Billboard's Hot 100 for the 23rd time with their version of 'Barbara Ann,' previously a #13 hit for the Regents in 1961. The song was recorded 'live' at a party staged in a recording studio and actually features the voice of Dean Torrence of Jan And Dean on lead vocal. The record will peak at #2 in the US and stay on the charts for 11 weeks. In the UK, it reached #3.
1966: The Who play at The Two Puddings Club in Stratford and the In Crowd Club in Hackney, London, England.
1966: 'December's Children' by the Rolling Stones goes gold. The album features 'Get Off My Cloud.'
1967: US television censorship hits Rolling Stones when they appear on Ed Sullivan show singing 'Let's Spend The Night Together.' They change the lyrics to "let's spend some time together." Jagger rolls his eyes derisively when he sings the altered line, resulting in host Ed Sullivan announcing that The Rolling Stones would be banned from performing on his show ever again.
1967: The Who, with Eric Burdon and The Animals, flew to Hamburg, Germany to appear on Radio Bremen's 'Beat Club' TV special 'Dag Swing Time Party.' The Who mimed to 'I'm A Boy,' 'Heat Wave' and their current single 'Happy Jack.' The show was presented by Uschi Nerke and The Who's appearance helped get them their only #1 in Germany. The show was broadcast on January 21st.
1967: The film 'The Fastest Guitar Alive,' starring Roy Orbison and Sheb Wooley, premieres in New York City. In his only acting role, Orbison is a Confederate spy who carries a bullet-shooting guitar and a bag of gold to smuggle across the Wild West.
1967: Donovan appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in London. Paul McCartney and George Harrison both attended the show.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played in Kirklevington, North Yorkshire, England.
1968: The Byrds 5th album, 'The Notorious Byrd Brothers' released. It reached #47 on the Billboard 200 Top LPs chart, and #12 on the UK Album Chart. In 2003, the album was ranked at #171 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" and #32 on the NME's list of the "100 Best Albums".
1969: After George Harrison announced he was quitting The Beatles and failed to show up for recording sessions on January 13th, 14th or 15th, the band held a meeting at Ringo Starr's house, where they urged Harrison to come back. George agreed to re-join the band under the provision that the they give up on the idea a live concert and move the filming of 'Let It Be' to the Beatles' new studio in their Apple headquarters.
1969: Atlantic Records trades CBS Records - Richie Furay for Graham Nash. Furay is now free to work with Poco and Graham can partner with David Crosby and Stephen Stills for CS&N.
1970: MC5's 'Back in the USA' 1st studio album and 2nd overall is released. It reached #137 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1970: 'Bag One,' an exhibition of John Lennon’s lithographs, opens at the London Arts Gallery.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
1971: George Harrison releases 'My Sweet Lord.' It's sometimes referred to as "He's So Fine - Take II" since Harrison is later found guilty of "unconscious plagiarism" of the Chiffon's tune.
1971: John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat's 'Hooker 'n Heat' double album is released. It reached #78 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1972: Don McLean's 'American Pie' hits #1 in the US for the first of four weeks. The single runs 8:36 and you have to flip the 45 over to hear all of it. The song is a recounting of "The Day the Music Died" (a term taken from the song) the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.), and the aftermath. The song was listed as the #5 song on the RIAA project Songs of the Century. Although Don McLean never actually said so, most assumed he was singing about Buddy Holly's death as "The day the music died". When asked what 'American Pie' meant, McLean replied, "It means I never have to work again." He later said "You will find many interpretations of my lyrics, but none of them by me... sorry to leave you all on your own like this, but long ago I realized that songwriters should make their statements and move on, maintaining a dignified silence."
1972: Led Zeppelin's 'Black Dog' made its debut on the US singles chart. The group's third single peaked at #15 and spent 8 weeks on the chart. The song's title is a reference to a nameless, black Labrador retriever that wandered around the Headley Grange studios during recording.
1973: Led Zeppelin appeared at Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.
1973: The Rolling Stones announce a benefit concert for Managua, Nicaragua. The hometown of Bianca Jagger had been recently devastated by an earthquake.
1973: Genesis performed at Stadthalle, Heidelberg, Germany.
1974: Brownsville Station's 'Smokin' In The Boys' Room' is certified gold. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart & later covered by Motley Crue in 1985, which became the Crue’s first top 40 single.
1974: With '50s nostalgia trending, 'Happy Days' premieres on ABC with 'Rock Around The Clock' as its theme song.
1976: Pink Floyd’s 'Wish You Were Here' was on the UK album chart. The album’s packaging, designed by Storm Thorgerson, featured an opaque black sleeve inside which was hidden the album artwork. Thorgerson had noted that, in the US, Roxy Music’s 'Country Life' was sold in an opaque green cellophane sleeve – censoring the cover image – and he adopted the idea, concealing the artwork for 'Wish You Were Here' in a dark-colored shrink-wrap.
1976: Paul Simonon auditioned for The London SS, the band went on to become The Clash.
1976: Guitarist Joe Walsh makes his debut with the Eagles. He's joins the group for an Australia/Japan tour. Glenn Frey would later say "I personally thought that adding Joe Walsh was a dangerous move. 90% of the people who heard about it couldn't figure out how it was ever going to work."
1977: David Bowie releases 'Low.' It the first of three albums produced with the help of Brian Eno in which Bowie explores electronic music. Much of the album is instrumental.
1977: Eagles 'Hotel California' is the Top US Album. It was the group's third US #1 album. In the 2013 documentary History of the Eagles, Don Henley said the song was about "a journey from innocence to experience...that's all". The L.P. was nominated for album of the year, but lost to Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours.'
1979: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Center Arena in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1979: Scorpions released their 6th studio album, 'Lovedrive.'
1980: The Ramones appeared live on UK BBC TV music show' The Old Grey Whistle Test'.
1980: Aerosmith played at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.
1981: Roxy Music performed at the Odeon in Birmingham, England.
1982: The Police kicked off the North American leg of their 119-date 'Ghost In The Machine' world tour at Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, supported by The Go-Go's.
1982: In what turned out to be Ace Frehley's last live ever appearance with Eric Carr and ultimately KISS (until 1996), the band did a trio of songs from 'The Elder' on ABC's 'Fridays.'
1982: Hall And Oates album, 'Private Eyes' was awarded a Platinum disc. The Top 5 LP featured the title track as well as the Top 10 hits 'I Can't Go For That' and 'Did It In A Minute.'
1983: Phil Collins had his first UK #1 single with his version of 'You Can’t Hurry Love,' a hit for The Supremes in 1966. Collins’ version was the first track on the very first 'Now That’s What I Call Music' CD.
1984: Ozzy Osbourne‬, ‎Motley Crue‬ and Waysted played at ‪The Spectrum‬ in ‪Philadelphia‬.
1985: AC/DC‬ headlined the “Rock In Rio” festival at the Rockdrome.
1985: John Fogerty's 'Centerfield' album is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart and reached #7 on the Top Country Albums chart.
1989: Ozzy Osbourne‬ with special guest ‎Anthrax‬ played the Oakland Coliseum Arena.
1991: Slayer‬ and ‪Testament‬ performed at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
1991: Sean Lennon's updated version of his father John's 'Give Peace A Chance' was released to coincide with the United Nation's midnight deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait. The lyrics were updated to reflect the concerns of the day.
1991: David Lee Roth‬ released 3rd full-length studio album, 'A Little Ain't Enough.'
1992: Neil Young inducts Jimi Hendrix Experience into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Band's guitarist/vocalist, Robbie Robertson, does the honors for Blues great Elmore James. Johnny Cash, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Booker T. & the MG's, The Isley Brothers, Sam & Dave, and The Yardbirds also make it into the Hall.
1992: On an episode of the TV variety show Entertainment Tonight, pop star Brenda Lee criticizes the selections for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, noting the lack of female talent - such as The Shirelles, Dionne Warwick, and Connie Francis. She calls them "the women who pioneered rock and roll" and points out that they're just as important as the men. Lee's remarks and others like her do eventually break the "glass ceiling" of rock recognition and Lee herself goes on to be included in several halls of fame recognizing her music talents. It never hurts to ask, does it?
1992: Elton John's early bass player Dee Murray dies in Nashville after suffering a stroke at age 45. He first appeared with Elton on the 1970 album 'Tumbleweed Connection' and the milestone albums 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' and 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.'
1994: Harry Nilsson dies of heart failure at the age of 52, nearly one year after suffering a massive heart attack. His wife would later say that the last thing he ever said to her was "I love you so much." He recorded 'Everybody's Talkin' from the film 'Midnight Cowboy' and wrote hits for Three Dog Night and The Monkees. He also had the UK & US #1 single with his version of the Badfinger Evans & Ham song 'Without You.' When John Lennon and Paul McCartney held a press conference in 1968 to announce the formation of Apple Corps, John was asked to name his favorite American artist. He replied, "Nilsson". Paul was then asked to name his favorite American group. He replied, "Nilsson."
1994: Counting Crows are the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, performing 'Mr. Jones' and 'Round Here.' The appearance sparks sales of their debut album and sends radio stations scrambling to add the songs to their playlists. Despite this breakthrough appearance, the band was never asked back for the show.
1994: Bryan Adams began a two night stand at the Le Let Theatre in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Adams was the first major Western artist to perform in Vietnam since James Brown in 1971.
1996: Accept released their 11th studio album, 'Predator.'
1998: Harmonica player Junior Wells died, (born Amos Blakemore). He worked with Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt and The Rolling Stones.
2004: KoRn's 'Play Me,' a track from 'Take A Look In The Mirror,' is featured on the 'NFL Street' video game. The game also features Fuel.
2005: 'Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope' airs on NBC. The program features Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder. Showbiz celebrities include Halle Berry, Kevin Spacey, George Clooney and Uma Thurman.
2007: A lyric sheet to the Beatles 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps,' handwritten by George Harrison, goes for $300,000 at an auction in Scottsdale, AZ. Producer George Martin's score for the version of 'Weeps' created for The Beatles 'Love' soundtrack album is also sold. A military tunic worn by John Lennon sells for $350,000 while a set of Beatles suits dating from 1964 go for $30,000.
2008: Ronnie Wood was recovering following an operation for a hernia after he sustained the injury during the band's recent 'Bigger Bang' tour. The 60-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist was told to rest for two months after the procedure.
2008: Ringo Starr's 'Liverpool 8' is issued. The former Beatles drummer co-wrote all the tracks and co-produced with Mark Hudson and Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart.
2009: Jon Bon Jovi performs at a New York fundraiser to help Hillary Clinton pay off the debt she amassed during her failed 2008 presidential campaign. According to reports she's over $6 million in the red. The Secretary of State and Bon Jovi are longtime friends.
2009: Ozzy Osbourne's wife, Sharon, wins a libel suit brought against British newspaper The Sun. An 2007 article claimed that she was driving her husband "to destruction." Sharon receives an apology and undisclosed monetary damages from The Sun.
2009: ESP Signature Series guitars from Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett make their debut at the NAMM Show conference in Anaheim, CA. The limited edition guitars are replicas of custom-made instruments played by the two musicians.
2010: 73 year old Charlie Daniels is rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke while snowmobiling in Durango, Colorado. Daniels will recover and be released from the hospital two days later.
2011: Kid Rock's birthday concert at Detroit's Ford Field takes place. The venue is renamed '40 Field' for the day in honor of Rock's 40th birthday. Over 45,000 attend the show, which sold out in 19 minutes.
2013: Something Unto Nothing (S.U.N.), a group with singer Sass Jordan and multi-instrumentalist Brian Tichy, release their debut full-length, self-titled album on CD (the set was already available digitally).
2013: 'From Can To Can't' a song from the Dave Grohl directed documentary 'Sound City,' the legendary recording studio located in Van Nuys, CA. The track features Grohl, Slipknot/Stone Sour's Corey Taylor, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and Kyuss' Scott Reeder.
2014: Black Sabbath's 'War Pigs' is heard in a commercial promoting the film '300: Rise Of An Empire.'
2014: The Eagles play the first of three shows to reopen the remodeled Los Angeles Forum. "The building is a grand dame of all these [arenas]," states guitarist/vocalist Glenn Frey. The Forum is the largest venue built in the U.S. specifically for music and live entertainment.
2015: Following years of internal strife, guitarist Rich Robinson issues a statement announcing the end of the Black Crowes after 24 years.
2015: California Breed call it quits. Formed in 2013, the group's line-up was bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Andrew Watt.
2015: Legendary record producer and music business maven Kim Fowley dies at age 75 following a long battle with bladder cancer. Fowley is best known for his work with the Runaways, which included Joan Jett and Lita Ford. Starting in the early 1960s, he produced a string of successful records such as 'Alley Oop' by The Hollywood Argyles, 'Nut Rocker' for B. Bumble And The Stingers and 'Popsicles and Icicles' by The Murmaids. He also co-wrote songs for KISS, Helen Reddy, Alice Cooper, Leon Russell and Kris Kristofferson. During his career, he was involved with records that sold over 102 million copies.
2015: During a Dead Kennedys show a pair of fans at the Belly Up Tavern in San Diego perform a sex act onstage. "Of course, we don't condone this activity in our establishment and security stopped it right away," states the tavern's management.
2015: Marilyn Manson released is the 9th studio album 'The Pale Emperor.'
2016: Five Finger Death Punch's single, 'Wash It All Away,' tops Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart, marking the band's fourth #1 on the list but their first since 'Battle Born' in 2013.
2016: David Bowie's album 'Blackstar,' which was released just days before the artist's death, goes to #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 181,000 copies in its debut week. Just days after his death on January 10th, albums by David Bowie made up 25% of the UK album chart and thirteen of his singles were in the Top 100. In total, Bowie sold 241,000 albums and 167,000 singles in less than a week, while his tunes were streamed more than 19 million times on services like Spotify and Apple Music, jumping by 2,822% following news of his passing.

January 16
1957: Little Richard records 'Lucille.'
1957: The Cavern Club opened in Liverpool, England in a cellar that had been used as an air raid shelter during World War II. It became the home of many Liverpool bands including The Beatles who appeared at the club 292 times. The place starts as a Jazz hang-out but in the early '60s The Beatles become the house band.
1961: Del Shannon records his hit 'Runaway' in New York.
1964: The Beatles played two shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France, the first of an 18-night engagement. This first show was attended mostly by Paris' 'top society' members (all dressed in formal evening attire). The French press had little good to say about The Beatles in the next day's papers, but The Beatles didn't care, because they'd just received news that their single 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' had hit #1 in the US, selling 10,000 copies an hour in New York City alone.
1965: The Beatles played the last of a 16 night run billed as 'Another Beatles'
Christmas Show' that had started on Jan. 1st at The Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1965: Beatles manager Brian Epstein, in Britain's Melody Maker magazine, is quoted as saying "I give The Beatles two or three years more at the top."
1965: The Guess Who release 'Shakin' All Over.'
1967: The Young Rascals 'I've Been Lonely Too Long' b/w 'If You Knew' 45 single is released in the US. Wriiten by Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere, from the LP 'Collections,' the song reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1969: Fleetwood Mac, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Albert Collins all perform at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, California.
1970: Two days after it opened, the Bag One Gallery in London, England was raided by Scotland Yard. The police remove eight John Lennon lithographs under the Obscene Publications Act.
1971: At a press conference in Memphis, TN., Elvis Presley declares that "I don't go along with music advocating drugs and desecration of the flag. I think an entertainer is for entertaining and to make people happy."
1971: 'ZZ Top’s First Album' is released. Although the album did not chart, the single '(Somebody Else Been) Shakin' Your Tree' reached #50 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1972: Blue Oyster Cult released their self-titled debut album. Despite positive reviews, it only reached #172 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1973: Bruce Springsteen performs at Villanova University in Philadelphia to an audience of 25 people. Due to a strike at the time by Villanova's school newspaper The Villanovan, this concert went unadvertised, so this is probably the smallest crowd Bruce and The E Street Band have ever played in front of.
1975: Paul McCartney & Wings arrive in New Orleans to record 'Venus and Mars' at Allen Toussaint's Sea Saint studios. They would stay through Mardi Gras.
1976: The Who's 'Squeeze Box" b/w 'Success Story' 45 single is released in the US. It peaked at #10 on the UK charts and #16 in the US.
1978: Sex Pistol Sid Vicious falls through a glass door at a San Francisco hotel, due to a drug overdose and was rushed to hospital.
1978: Linda Ronstadt's 'Poor Poor Pitiful Me' b/w 'Simple Man, Simple Dream' 45 single is released. Written by the Warren Zevon, it first appeared on Zevon's eponymous 1976 album 'Warren Zevon' with backing vocals by Lindsey Buckingham. Ronstadt recorded a gender-altered version of the song during 1977. Ronstadt's interpretation was released on her multi-platinum album 'Simple Dreams.' Released as a single, Linda's passionate version of the song debuted on the Hot 100 charts the week of January 28, 1978, and reached #31 position in several weeks. It had already been a hugely popular radio hit as an album cut.
1979: Gregg Allman and Cher are divorced.
1979: Accept released their self-titled debut album.
1980: Paul McCartney was jailed for nine days in Tokyo for marijuana possession after being found with 219 grams on his arrival at Narita Airport in Japan. The tour is cancelled. He had the weed in New York and wanted to bring it with him to smoke on tour, saying, "This stuff was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I'd take it with me."
1984: Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Barbados for drug possession and were each fined $200.
1984: The Rolling Stones venture to Mexico City to film the videos for 'She Was Hot' and 'Too Much Blood.' The tracks appear on the 'Undercover' album.
1985: David Bowie's schizophrenic half-brother Terry Burnes killed himself after laying down on the railway lines at Coulsdon South station, London. He was killed instantly by a passing train. He was 47.
1986: KISS and W.A.S.P. play the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1988: Tina Turner gave herself a place in the record books when she performed in front of 182,000 people in Rio De Janeiro. The largest audience ever for a single artist.
1988: George Harrison becomes the act with the longest span of #1 US hits in the rock era as 'Got My Mind Set On You' tops Billboard chart 24 years after he hit the top with Beatles 'I Want to Hold Your Hand.' George's record is subsequently broken by Beach Boys when "Kokomo" hit #1. It's his first solo #1 in 13 years, since he hit the top spot with 'Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth).'
1988: Elton John gets his 22nd US Top 10 hit as 'Candle in the Wind' moves to #7.
1989: The Rolling Stones, Phil Spector and Stevie Wonder are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Stevie Wonder is the youngest inductee ever at age 38.
1990: Joan Jett released her 7th studio album, 'The Hit List. It was her 1st cover album.
1991: The Sixth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include LaVern Baker, The Byrds, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed, and Ike and Tina Turner. Bonnie Raitt inducts John Lee Hooker into the Hall and during the post-ceremony jam session, Raitt performs with John Fogerty and Bruce Springsteen. A pall was cast over the evening when a declaration was issued by President George Bush, informing Americans that the nation’s military forces had entered into armed conflict in Iraq and Kuwait.
1992: Mick Jagger attends the premiere of his film 'Freejack' at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
1992: Eric Clapton recorded his unplugged session for MTV. The subsequent album earned six Grammy Awards for the album including Record of the Year.
1993: Nirvana release 'Incesticide,' a collection of early material, live recordings, out-takes and BBC sessions.
1996: Jimmy Buffett and U2 singer Bono escape unhurt when Jamaican authorities open fire on Buffetts's seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker's plane. The incident inspired Buffett to write a song called 'Jamaica Mistaica'.
1997: As part of the 'Big Day Out,' Soundgarden tours Australia and New Zealand.
1999: At the inaugural ball for Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, America plays 'Ventura Highway.' Warren Zevon and Delbert McClinton also perform.
2000: It was reported that Mick Jagger had lost the chance of a knighthood because of his errant ways. British Prime Minister Tony Blair was having doubts about the message it would give about family values. This decision was changed and on December 12, 2003, Mick Jagger was made a Knight Bachelor by The Prince of Wales for services to music, as Sir Michael Jagger.
2001: Black Label Society released their 'Alcohol Fueled Brewtality Live!! +5' album.
2004: Linkin Park kick off their 'Meteora Tour' in Washington D.C. with P.O.D. and Hoobastank as the opening acts.
2004: Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee says Cold guitarist Terry Balsamo is the permanent replacement for departed guitarist Ben Moody.
2004: The estate of George Harrison settles its lawsuit against Dr. Gilbert Lederman, who treated the ex-Beatle. He is accused of coercing the dying Harrison into signing a guitar belonging to his son. The settlement comes 10 days after the lawsuit was filed against Dr. Gilbert Lederman, his three children and his employer, Staten Island University Hospital.
2007: Bob Dylan and his brother bought Aultmore House a mansion in the Scottish Cairngorms National Park, near Nethybridge, Inverness-shire.
2007: 'Rock Star: Supernova,' the manufactured TV supergroup (with the contest winning lead singer Lukas Rossi) featuring Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted (Johnny Colt temporarily filling in until Newsted recovers from a recent accident) and ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, begin a six week arena tour in Hollywood, FL. The Panic Channel, with ex-Jane's Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro, is the opening act.
2007: Godsmack frontman Sully Erna is presented with the key to his hometown of Lawrence, MA. "There is always going to be a place in my heart for Lawrence," says an emotional Erna. "It molded me into the man I have become." The singer grew up in the trouble-plagued area and expressed his desire to be a positive role model.
2007: Carlos Santana and his wife, Deborah, open Santana House in Los Angeles. The facility, run by the Violence Intervention Program, aids victims of physical abuse. It's named after the couple to honor their support of the VIP.
2008: KoRn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer bows out of the group's ongoing European tour for "family and personal reasons." "We fully support Munky's need to be home right now," writes frontman Jonathan Davis. "The tour will go on. It's what Munky wants us to do, too."
2008: The Foo Fighters start their U.S. tour in Miami (actually Sunrise, FL). Against Me! opens all dates while Jimmy Eat World are on select stops.
2009: Disturbed, with Sevendust as opener, begin a month-and-a-half-long U.S. tour in Milwaukee.
2011: Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor wins the Best Score trophy at the Golden Globes (Hollywood's Foreign Press Association) in Beverly Hills. Reznor composed the film score for 'The Social Network' with Atticus Ross.
2012: Marilyn Manson announces that Jason Sutter is the band's drummer, replacing Chris Vrenna who left a few months earlier.
2013: Heart's performance of the Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven,' recorded at Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Zeppelin, is released. "My main goal was to please Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones...especially Plant, since all these many years he has taught me so much about singing from the soul," says Heart vocalist Ann Wilson.
2013: It was announced that Joe Strummer was to have a city square named after him in Spain following a Facebook campaign. More than 2,000 residents of Granada, where The Clash frontman became a frequent visitor, signed a petition calling for him to be honored. City hall officials agreed to the proposals and a square in the area was set to be renamed Plaza de Joe Strummer.
2014: Neil Young's four-city concert run to benefit 'Honor The Treaties' came to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where the singer grew up.
2015: Puddle of Mudd frontman Wesley Scantlin is arrested at the Denver International Airport after he takes a baggage carousel for a joyride into a restricted area. A local fan bails him out, but the band is still hours late for their performance, and an angry promoter tells the audience he will never book the act again.

January 17
1963: The Beatles played at The Cavern Club at lunchtime and then an evening show at the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead. At the Majestic, every ticket had been sold in advance, leaving 500 disappointed fans waiting outside.
1963: The Velvets appeared at The Marquee Club London with the Cyril Davies All Stars. At the bottom of the bill is The Rolling Stones. Tickets cost 4 shillings, ($0.56).
1964: The Rolling Stones released their first EP, which included, ‘You Better Move On,' ‘Poison Ivy,' ‘Bye Bye Johnny’ and ‘Money.'
1964: The Rolling Stones record 'The Last Time' and 'Play With Fire' in Hollywood.
1966: NBC-TV bought The Monkees series, placing it on their 1966 autumn schedule.
1966: Simon & Garfunkel release their 2nd album, 'Sounds of Silence' album. It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1967: John Lennon picked up a London Daily News newspaper and read a story about potholes in Blackburn, Lancashire. It was this article that inspired the line in 'A Day In The Life.'
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a session for Radio Luxembourg's Ready Steady Radio. The band ran up a bar bill of £2.5 shillings, ($6.21), which they were unable to pay.
1967: A 40-year-old David Mason recorded the piccolo trumpet solo for The Beatles 'Penny Lane' at Abbey Road Studios in London. He was paid £27, 10 shillings ($42) for his performance. In August, 1987, the trumpet he used was sold at a Sotheby's auction for $10,846.
1969: 'Led Zeppelin I' is released coinciding with the band's first headlining US concert tour. It was to peak at #10 in the US chart, and at #36 in the UK. The RIAA in the US has now certified it as having sold over 10 million copies in the US alone.
1969: Elton John's 'Lady Samantha' b/w 'All Across the Havens' 45 single is released in the UK. It was released six months before his first album, 'Empty Sky' came out. It appeared on its 1995 reissue as a bonus track. Recorded in December 1968 along with its b-side, 'All Across the Havens,' it was performed on several radio broadcasts (including John's first BBC radio airing) in 1969, but forgotten afterward. John has apparently never played it in concert.
1970: The Doors played the first of foundshows at the Felt Forum in New York City. The shows were recorded for the bands forthcoming 'Absolutely Live' album.
1972: A section of Bellevue Boulevard in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard. The remaining length of road kept its original name after protests from the Bellevue Baptist Church.
1972: Neil Young 'Heart Of Gold' b/w 'Sugar Mountain' single is released. It was Young's only U.S. #1 single. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it #297 on their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
1973: Ace Frehley auditions for KISS.
1974: Bad Company is formed, with Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke from Free, Mick Ralphs from Mott the Hoople, and Boz Burrell from King Crimson.
1974: Joni Mitchell's 6th studio album, 'Court and Spark' is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The album was kept from the top spot by three #1 albums—in order Bob Dylan's Planet Waves, Barbra Streisand's 'The Way We Were' and John Denver's 'Greatest Hits.' In 2003 it was listed at #111 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1975: Bob Dylan's 15th studio album, 'Blood on the Tracks' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for two weeks in the beginning of March 1975. The single "Tangled Up in Blue" peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #16 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1976: Sweet peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Fox on the Run' which was their third top 10 single in the U.S.
1978: Warren Zevon released his third album 'Excitable Boy.' Besides the title track, the record included 'Werewolves of London' as well as 'Lawyers, Guns and Money.'
1981: Wendy O'Williams of the Plasmatics is arrested during performance in Milwaukee for 'simulating masturbation with a sledgehammer in front of an audience'.
1981: Cheap Trick made their first and only appearance on 'Saturday Night Live' where they performed 'Baby Loves to Rock' & 'Can’t Stop it But I’m Gonna Try.'
1981: The Police get their first Top 10 album in the U.S. as 'Zenyatta Mondatta' hits #5.
1981: Mötley Crüe formed when bass guitarist Nikki Sixx left the band London and began rehearsing with drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist, guitarist Greg Leon, (who later left). Sixx and Lee then added guitarist Bob "Mick Mars" Deal. Vince Neil accepted an offer to join (after turning them down) in April of this year.
1984: Pretenders 'Learning to Crawl' album is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. It came out after a two-year hiatus, during which time James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon both died of drug overdoses.
1985: Iron Maiden play the first of five sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
1989: 'Addicted to Love' by Robert Palmer was certified Gold by the RIAA, making it Palmer’s only Gold certified single.
1990: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at New York's Waldorf Astoria. The inductees include The Who, Hank Ballard, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, Simon and Garfunkel, the Platters and The Kinks.
1993: President William Jefferson Clinton's Inauguration ceremonies feature a free outdoor concert at which Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Michael Bolton, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross and others perform.
1994: Guns N' Roses release their 15th single, 'Estranged.'
1996: David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Jefferson Airplane, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Pete Seeger, The Shirelles, Tom Donahue, Little Willie John and the Velvet Underground are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Pink Floyd is inducted by the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, who performs 'Wish You Were Here' with the group.
1999: At the American Music Awards, Billy Joel is given the Special Award of Merit for his "inspired songwriting skills" and "exciting showmanship."
2001: Metallica bassist Jason Newsted leaves the band. Newsted's statement revealed his departure was based on "private and personal reasons and the physical damage I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love."
2001: Iron Maiden surprise former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page with an autographed Fender guitar during a Rock In Rio press conference in Brazil.
2003: A long-lost recording featuring John Lennon and Mick Jagger was set to spark a biding war at a London auction. The acetate record was recorded in 1974 with Jagger singing the blues song 'Too Many Cooks' and Lennon playing guitar. The track had never been released because the two artists were both signed to different record companies.
2003: The All-American Rejects released their self-titled debut album.
2005: Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Queens Of The Stone Age leader Josh Homme and Beck perform at a tsunami-aid benefit concert in Los Angeles. Proceeds go to Music For Relief, an organization founded by Linkin Park to assist the Red Cross.
2005: Incubus announces they will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund via their nonprofit Make Yourself Foundation.
2005: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne put their Beverly Hills mansion up for sale. It's the house where The Osbournes MTV series was filmed.
2006: A piece of paper on which John Lennon first wrote the lyrics to The Beatles' tune 'A Day in the Life' goes on the block in New York via a sealed-bid auction.
2006: Zakk Wylde is inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk.
2006: Nickelback kick off their North American tour in support of 'All the Right Reasons' in Prince George, Canada. Live (for the first nine dates) and Trapt are the opening acts.
2006: The puppet-animation movie 'Live Freaky! Die Freaky!' premieres at a private party in Los Angeles. The film features the voices by members of Green Day, Blink 182, A Perfect Circle and Rancid, who perform live. The movie opens in select theaters 10 days later.
2006: Gene Simmons delivers the keynote speech at 'The Next Big Idea: The Future of Branded Entertainment' in Hollywood, CA. His address is filmed for the A&E reality series, 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels.'
2007: 'Snow (Hey Oh)' FROM THE Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Stadium Arcadium" album, is #1 on Billboard's Modern-Rock Singles Chart. It's the Peppers' 11th chart-topping song, more than anyone else. Their first was 'Give It Away' from their multiplatinum 1991 album, 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik.'
2007: Ted Nugent performs in a cutoff T-shirt adorned with a Confederate flag at the inaugural ball for second-term Texas Governor Rick Perry. Using machine guns as props, Nugent shouts offensive remarks about illegal aliens at the Austin event. A spokesman says the Governor does not approve.
2007: Slash, Ronnie James Dio and Missing Persons drummer Terry Bozzio are inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk on Sunset Blvd.
2008: The Police played the first nine dates in Australian and New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, on their 152-date Reunion tour.
2008: Custom model Gibson guitars are introduced at the NAMM music-equipment trade show in Anaheim, CA. A series of instruments are designed to look like guitars played by Jimmy Page, Slash, Alex Lifeson and Steve Jones.
2008: Gene Simmons is fired at the end of the third episode of NBC's 'Celebrity Apprentice,' after his team fares poorly in the week's task to create and manage a mobile printing station for Kodak.
2009: The Doors documentary 'When You're Strange,' directed by Tom DiCillo, makes its world premiere at Utah's Sundance Film Festival.
2010: Paul McCartney presents the award for the best-animated feature at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony in L.A. "Hello, I'm Paul McCartney. Or as I'm now known, that guy from Rock Band." McCartney, whose likeness is also in The Beatles cartoon classic Yellow Submarine says animation isn't just for kids. "It is also for adults who are on drugs."
2011: Don Kirshner, who hosted the late night TV program Don Kirshner's Rock Concert from 1973 to 1981, passes away in Boca Raton, FL., at age 76. The songwriter, manager, publisher and music executive helped launch the careers of The Monkees,Neil Diamond, Bobby Darin, Carole King, Neil Sedaka, The Archies and Kansas.
2011: John Mellencamp filed for divorce from his wife Elaine after 18 years.
2012: The Cure, Linkin Park and Evanescence are featured on the soundtrack album for the film 'Underworld: Awakening.' The film is in theaters three days later.
2012: Van Halen's single 'Tattoo,' from the band's 'A Different Kind Of Truth' album, enters the Billboard Rock Songs chart at #16. It's the band's first single with singer David Lee Roth in 28 years.
2012: Johnny Otis, bandleader and songwriter who was often called the "Godfather of R & B," dies at his suburban Los Angeles home. Otis, best-known for the song "Willie And The Hand Jive," helped pave the way for Rock n' Roll in the early '50s. He was 90.
2013: Original Lacuna Coil guitarist, Claudio Leo, passes away. He left after performing on the group's self-titled debut EP.
2015: Bruce Springsteen performs at the 15th Annual Light of Day Concert at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ. The event raises funds to battle Parkinson's Disease.
2016: David Bowie's final album, 'Blackstar,' debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, giving the late music legeas released.
2016: Dale Griffin, drummer and founding member of Mott The Hoople, passed away at the age of 67.

January 18
1960: Johnny Preston's Indian love song 'Running Bear' reached #1 and became the first song to do so after it had fallen off the Billboard chart completely. Penned by J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), the tune originally entered the chart in October 1959, then quickly vanished, but re-entered in November and slowly climbed to the top. It was also #1 in the UK.
1964: The Beatles made their US chart debut when 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' entered the chart at #45 just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. It went on to spend 7 weeks at the #1 position. Capitol had earlier turned down "Love Me Do,' 'Please Please Me,''"From Me to You' and 'She Loves You,' which were then released by Vee Jay Records. After a nasty lawsuit, Capitol Records was granted an injunction, restraining Vee Jay Records from further manufacturing, distributing, advertising or otherwise disposing of recordings by the Beatles.
1964: 'Glad All Over' by The Dave Clark Five rose to the top of the UK chart, replacing The Beatles' 'I Want To Hold Your Hand.' Keyboard player Mike Smith wrote the song after he came across an old Carl Perkins' record with the same title. It would reach #6 in the US.
1965: Paul Simon drops out of law school to pursue music full-time.
1965: The Rolling Stones recorded 'The Last Time' and 'Play With Fire' at the RCA studio in Hollywood, California. Phil Spector played acoustic guitar on 'Play With Fire.'
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded an appearance on UK TV show Top Of The Pops performing a live version of 'Hey Joe.' They also played a show at the Seven and a Half Club in Mayfair in London that evening.
1969: The Beatles' album 'Yellow Submarine' enters the charts.
1969: Former Beatles drummer Pete Best wins a defamation suit against his former group. Best sued over remarks Ringo made in an interview implying that Best was kicked out of the band because of drug use. He had sought 8 million dollars, but won a considerably less, though undisclosed amount.
1969: Yes appeared at the Portsmouth College Of Education in Portsmouth, England
1969: Pink Floyd plays two gigs. An afternoon show at Homerton College in Cambridge, and an evening performance at the London College of Printing, Elephant and Castle, London.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy played at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1970: Pink Floyd appeared at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, England.
1971: In a move to help promote Canadian musicians in their own country, Canada passes a law known as CanCon, that requires that from 6 am to 12 am, 30% of all music aired on the radio must be by a Canadian artist. They count as Canadian if two of the following four characteristics are met: *Music composed entirely by a Canadian, *Artist is Canadian, *Produced in Canada, *Lyrics written entirely by a Canadian.
1973: Pink Floyd complete sessions for 'Dark Side of the Moon' at EMI studios, Abbey Road.
1973: Rolling Stones hold benefit for Nicaraguan earthquake victims at Los Angeles Forum. Santana are also on the bill. Mick Jagger's wife Bianca is from Nicaragua. The concert raises $200,000 and the Stones add $150,000 of their own money.
1974: Bad Company is formed, featuring Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke from Free, Mick Ralphs from Mott the Hoople, and Boz Burrell from King Crimson. The band went on to score a #1 album with their self-titled debut release.
1975: Elton John’s 'Greatest Hits' remain atop the US album charts for the 8th consecutive week.
1975: KISS played at Swing Auditorium San Bernardino, California.
1976: President-elect Jimmy Carter has his Inaugural Concert. Linda Ronstadt, Paul Simon, Gregg Allman, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Charlie Daniels Band all appear. John Lennon is in the audience.
1977: Rush performed at the County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas.
1978: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Auditorium in Stockton, California.
1978: Warren Zevon's 'Excitable Boy' is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1980: Famous Southern-rock record label Capricorn files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
1981: Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics was arrested on stage at Milwaukee and was charged with the offence of simulating sex with a sledgehammer. Williams later filed a multimillion dollar civil suit against the Milwaukee Police, claming they sexually assaulted and beat her during the arrest, but a jury rejected her claims.
1981: Styx appeared at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1982: The Allman Brothers Band played at University of Miami in Miami, Florida.
1983: Bryan Adams 3rd album, 'Cuts Like a Knife' is released. Three singles, that hit the Top 10, were released from the album: 'Straight from the Heart' (#10), 'Cuts Like a Knife' (#15) and 'This Time' (#24).
1984: Van Halen kicked off their 103-date '1984' North American tour at Jacksonville Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida.
1985: USA Today readers select Cleveland, Ohio, as their choice for the permanent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1985: Deep Purple's 'Perfect Strangers' tour open. It's first Mk II show in 11 years.
1986: The Replacements play 'Bastards Of Young' and 'Kiss Me On The Bus' on Saturday Night Live. The drunken, chaotic performances get the group banned from the show "for life." It's 28 years (2014) before The Replacements appear on the NBC network again (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon).
1986: Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Gladys Knight saw their recording of 'That's What Friends Are For' hit #1 in the US. The song was originally on the soundtrack to the movie, 'Night Shift,' as performed by Rod Stewart. Warwick suggested doing it as a duet with Stevie Wonder and then Gladys Knight was added to the mix. To finish off the song, Elton John was asked to sing the final chorus. It became the biggest selling song of the year and all proceeds raised were donated to AIDS research.
1986: Tina Turner set a world record when 182,000 people attended one of her concerts at Maracana Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Paul McCartney broke Turner's record two years later on his 'Flowers in the Dirt' tour.
1987: Steve Winwood got married for the second time. He married Eugenia Crafton with whom he remains married to this day.
1988: AC/DC release their 11th studio album, 'Blow Up Your Video.'
1989: Ink Spots, Soul Stirrers, Bessie Smith, Phil Spector, Stevie Wonder, Rolling Stones, Dion, Otis Redding and Temptations join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the ceremony held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. The Who's Pete Townshend does the honors of inducting The Stones but claims they "ripped off" Blues musicians. "So much of what I am I got from you, the Stones, and I had no idea most of it was already secondhand." Stevie Wonder becomes the youngest living person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the age of 38. Later, in 2012, Josh Klinghoffer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers becomes the youngest Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ever inducted at the age of 32.
1990: Eric Clapton kicks off an unprecedented 18 night concert stay at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
1991: AC/DC's show in Salt Lake City, UT is catastrophic when a general admission audience of 13,000 stampede, killing three individuals. One of the fathers brings suit against the band, but by spring of '91 the case is dismissed.
1991: Guns N' Roses, Joe Cocker, Santana, Prince, INXS, Billy Idol, Judas Priest, Faith No More, Queensrÿche and Sepultura are among the performers as the 10 day 'Rock In Rio Two' festival opens in Brazil.
1992: Bob Dylan performed 'Like a Rolling Stone' at the taping of David Letterman’s 10th anniversary special at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
1993: Elton John resigned his directorship of Watford Football Club. Having supported Watford Football Club since growing up locally, Elton John became the club's chairman and director in 1976, investing large sums of money as the club rose three divisions into the English First Division.
1994: King's X release their 5th studio album, 'Dogman.'
1994: ZZ Top release their 11th studio album, 'Antenna.'
1995: Jerry Garcia escapes without a scratch as he crashes his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California.
1996: Lisa Marie Presley divorced Michael Jackson after less then two years of being married.
1998: The Nick Broomfield documentary 'Kurt and Courtney' premieres at the Slamdunk Film Festival in Utah. The film about the Nirvana frontman and his wife, the ever-charming Ms. Love, had been pulled from the earlier Sundance Festival.
2000: Spencer Goodman was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas. Goodman was convicted of kidnapping and murdering the wife of ZZ Top manager Bill Ham in 1991. Ham was present for the execution.
2001: Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher was granted a quickie divorce from Meg Matthews at the High Court in London. The couple had split the previous September, eight months after Meg had given birth to their daughter, Anais.
2002: Gerry Marsden of Gerry And The Pacemakers flew to America after his youngest daughter, Victoria, was injured in a hit-and-run crash in Miami Beach, Florida the day before. She was released from an area hospital but her female companion suffered serious head injuries in the accident.
2005: Fuel's Brett Scallions shouts "Welcome to the greatest f**king country in the world," at the America's Future Rocks concert, a Washington D.C. pre-inaugural event aimed at a young people. He quickly apologizes. Hillary Duff and Ruben Studdard are also on the bill. Kid Rock was originally selected but he got axed due to his 'inappropriate' songs. Later, President Bush takes the stage saying he thought Duff was fantastic. He also thanks 3 Doors Down (who are performing a couple nights later) for their appearance.
2005: Fozzy released the album 'All That Remains.'
2006: The 2nd annual Raven's Heart Foundation Benefit Concert in Los Angeles features a long list of Rockers including former Eagles guitarist Don Felder and ex-Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner. Also on hand are members or ex-members of Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue, Queens Of The Stone Age, Danzig, Whitesnake and Dio. The Raven's Heart charity gives support to children with heart illnesses and their families.
2006: Members of Metallica, Linkin Park, KoRn, Foo Fighters, Godsmack, Audioslave and Disturbed contribute to an art exhibit in remembrance of late Damageplan/Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. "Six-String Masterpieces: The Dimebag Darrell Art Tribute," features 50 guitars hand-painted by numerous Rock stars and artists. It debuts at the NAMM Show music-products conference in Anaheim, CA.
2007: Islington Green School in North London was fighting plans to turn it into an academy. The school, which found fame when some of its pupils sang on Pink Floyd's hit 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)' wrote a new version of the song to sing outside Islington Town Hall as part of their protest. They hoped lyrics such as 'We don't need no business control' and 'Hey bankers leave our kids alone' could persuade authorities to reject the proposal.
2007: Social Distortion bassist Brent Liles is killed when he's hit by a truck while riding a dirt bike in Placentia, CA. Liles played on Social Distortion’s debut album, before quitting and forming the band Agent Orange. Strangely, Liles is the 4th member of Social Distortion to have died.
2007: Ted Nugent caused a stir at the inaugural ball of Texas Governor Rick Perry when he appeared on stage wearing a T-shirt adorned with the Confederate flag and then embarking on an angry monologue about people who don't speak English. The 58-year-old rocker also brought a fake machine gun on stage with him.
2009: U2, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Pete Seeger, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp and more perform at the 'We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration' at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The event kicks-off the celebration of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration (two days later).
2009: Donovan is awarded the distinguished medal as an officer of arts and letters by France's Minister of Culture Christine Albanel at the MIDEM Music Fair in Cannes.
2011: Pearl Jam release the compilation 'Live On Ten Legs.' The 18 songs, recorded by the band's engineer John Burton between 2003 and 2010, is the follow-up to Pearl Jam's '98 live album, 'Live On Two Legs,' and also marks the 20th anniversary of the Seattle-based band. The set has live favorites plus covers of songs by Public Image Limited and Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros.
2011: The largest collection of Beatles memorabilia went on display in a new museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rodolfo Vazquez, a 53-year-old accountant, turned his mammoth Beatles collection into a museum with more than 8,500 objects, setting the new world record for the largest collection of Beatles memorabilia. Some of the items included a box of condoms bearing the names of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, a brick from the Cavern Club, a chunk of the stage from the Star Club in Hamburg, and certified copies of the band members' birth certificates. Among his favorite items were 64 boxes of chewing gum in the form of Beatles records.
2011: Social Distortion's 'Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes' album was released.
2011: Gregg Allman releases 'Low Country Blues.' Allman says that the album was largely influenced by listening to late night radio as a kid growing up in Florida.
2011: R.E.M. offers a download of 'Mine Smell Like Honey,' the first single from their 15th studio album 'Collapse Into Now.'
2011: Helix released the album 'Smash Hits....Unplugged!'
2013: Helloween release their 14th studio album, 'Straight Out of Hell.'
2013: Soundgarden begin their reunion tour in support of their comeback studio album, 'King Animal,' in Washington D.C.
2013: Pennywise play the first of two reunion shows with singer Jim Lindberg (who left the group in 2009) at the Palladium in L.A. The shows commemorate the group's 25th anniversary and lead to a full-fledged tour.
2013: Dave Grohl's (Foo Fighters/Nirvana) directorial debut, 'Sound City,' premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary examines the Van Nuys recording studio's relatively obscure yet important history. Grohl's first experience with Sound City came in 1991 when Nirvana laid down the tracks for 'Nevermind.'
2014: Former Toto frontman Dennis Hardy 'Fergie' Frederiksen dies at age 62 after succumbing to inoperable liver cancer. He sang on Toto's 1984 album, 'Isolation,' taking over from Bobby Kimball. He also was a studio singer with Angel, Survivor and others.
2015: Alice In Chains perform during halftime of the Green Bay Packers/Seattle Seahawks NFC Championship.
2015: Dallas Taylor, a key sideman for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, dies at age 66. He played Woodstock and appeared on seven top-selling albums and he also played with The Doors, Van Morrison and others.
2016: The Eagles' Glenn Frey passes away at age 67 due to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia, while recovering from gastrointestinal tract surgery. Frey started his career with the help of his friend, Bob Seger, playing acoustic guitar and performing background vocals on 'Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.' After moving to Los Angeles from Detroit and playing with Don Henley in Linda Ronstadt’s backup band, Frey and Henley formed the Eagles. Frey was also a successful solo artist and occasional actor. "Glenn was the one who started it all," says bandmate Don Henley. "He was the spark plug; the man with the plan." Along with helping the band place 18 songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1972 and 1995, Frey also reached the chart seven times as a solo artist.
2016: 'American Pie' singer Don McLean was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred at his home in Camden, Maine. He was later released on $10,000 bail.
2017: The First annual Hall Of Heavy Metal awards show happens in Anaheim, California.
2017: Paul McCartney filed a lawsuit against Sony/ATV seeking to regain the publishing rights to 267 of The Beatles' classic tunes. As part of the US 1976 Copyright Act, songs in the Lennon-McCartney catalogue, composed between September 1962 and June 1971, become eligible for copyright termination in the US after 56 years.

January 19
1957: Johnny Cash appears for the first time on national TV when he appears on 'The Jackie Gleason Show.'
1959: Arbitron ratings reveal that ABC's 'American Bandstand' is now the nation's most popular daytime show.
1963: The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the UK on 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' performing 'Please Please Me'.
1967: The Beatles began recording ‘A Day in the Life’ at Abbey Road studio’s London, recording four takes of the new song. According to Lennon, the inspiration for the first two verses was the death of Tara Browne, the 21-year-old heir to the Guinness fortune who had crashed his Lotus Elan on December 18, 1966 in Redcliffe Gardens, London.
1966: Simon & Garfunkel's 'Homeward Bound" b/w 'Leaves That Are Green' 45 single is released. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart on February 12, 1966, peaking at #5 and remained on the charts for 12 weeks.
1967: Pink Floyd and Marmalade played at The Marquee Club in London.
1970: 'Easy Rider' starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper is released. The soundtrack album features Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf and The Byrds.
1971: The Beatles 'White Album' was played in the courtroom at the Sharon Tate murder trial to find out if any songs could have influenced Charles Manson and his followers to commit murder.
1971: During court proceedings held to dissolve The Beatles' partnership, Ringo testifies under oath that "Paul behaved like a spoiled child."
1974: Black Oak Arkansas appeared at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. The support act was Bruce Springsteen. Tickets cost $4.00.
1974: Two Miami shows featuring Bob Dylan and The Band prove so popular that they cause a nine-mile-long traffic jam. Many ticket holders only get to see half of the show(s).
1974: Brownsville Station peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Smokin’ in the Boys Room' which was their only top 10 single in the U.S.
1976: American promoter Bill Sargent issues a $30 million offer to The Beatles to re-unite for one show. He proposes that the band play together for at least twenty minutes at any venue they choose on July 5th. The former members of the group wasted no time in turning him down, but Sargent would later say that he was shocked by the refusal.
1977: Charlie Daniels and The Marshall Tucker Band perform at President Jimmy Carter's inauguration ceremonies.
1978: Johnny Rotten was fired from the Sex Pistols for 'not being weird enough anymore.'
1980: 'Pink Floyd: The Wall' started a 15-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart. The group's third U.S. #1, it went on to sell over 23 million copies in the US alone. The Wall is still the third largest grossing album in the US, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Eagles’ 'Greatest Hits.'
1980: The self-titled debut album from The Pretenders is released. It topped the UK Album charts, and reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album #155 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and, in 1989, ranked it the 20th best album of the 1980's.
1980: The Pretenders reached #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart for the first and only time with 'Brass in Pocket,' which spent two weeks on top of the chart. It peaked #14 in the U.S.
1981: Styx's 10th album 'Paradise Theatre' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart for three non-consecutive weeks beginning April 4, 1981. 'The Best of Times,' written by Dennis DeYoung, went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. 'Too Much Time on My Hands,' written by Tommy Shaw, went to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, Shaw's only top 10 hit for Styx. 'Rockin' The Paradise,' written by DeYoung, Shaw and James Young went to #1 on the Top Rock Track Chart.
1985: Bruce Springsteen peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Born in the U.S.A.,' Springsteen’s 4th top 10 single in the U.S.
1985: Metallica and Armored Saint opened for WASP in Toronto, Canada.
1985: Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Scorpions and Whitesnake played at Rock In Rio 1985 in Rio De Janeiro.
1988: Doc McGhee current manager for Kiss & former manager for Bon Jovi & Motley Crue pleaded guilty to importing more than 40,000 lbs. of marijuana into the U.S.
1988: Megadeth's 'So Far, So Good... So What!' album is released.
1993: The US Supreme Court rules that Tom Waits can keep all of the $2.5 million awarded him by a lower court. Waits had sued Frito-Lay for using a soundalike of him in a 1988 snack commercial.
1993: Fleetwood Mac reunites to perform at Bill Clinton's inauguration. The band's 'Don't Stop' was used as the theme for his campaign. Others appearing were Aretha Frqnklin, Michael Jackson, Michael Bolton, Judy Collins, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
1994: The Ninth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley, and Rod Stewart. Stewart can’t make it there due to the massive earthquake that hit LA that week, and Jerry Garcia and Eric Burdon are also no-shows. Axl Rose inducts Elton John, and then performs 'Come Together' with Bruce Springsteen in honor of Lennon. Paul McCartney inducts John Lennon, saying "The thing you must remember is, that I'm the number one John Lennon fan. I love him to this day and I always did love him."
1995: Extreme released the album 'Waiting For The Punchline.'
1998: Carl Perkins died at age 65 from throat cancer. He wrote 'Blue Suede Shoes', the first record on the Sun label to sell a million copies. Blue Suede Shoes' went to #2 for him in 1956, selling 2 million copies. The Elvis Presley version topped out at #20 the same year.
1998: Joey Ramone from the Ramones was admitted to hospital in New York suffering from a blood related illness.
2000: Tourism chiefs in Liverpool were barred from placing signs on highways in Liverpool saying “Liverpool, Birthplace of the Beatles."
2001: It was reported that Paul McCartney was set to become the world's first pop star billionaire. McCartney was expected to become a billionaire after huge sales from The Beatles compilation hits album.
2006: Wilson Pickett died in hospital near his Ashburn, Virginia home of a heart attack at age 64. Pickett recorded the soul classics ‘Mustang Sally’, ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love’ and ‘In The Midnight Hour’ plus Pickett scored 15 other US Top 40 singles.
2007: Denny Doherty, the angelic voice that carried the '60s Folk-Pop group The Mamas And Papas through such memorable hits as 'California Dreamin' and 'Monday, Monday,' died after suffering an aneurysm in his abdomen. He was 66.
2008: John Stewart, singer/ songwriter who was a member of The Kingston Trio in the early '60s, but more often remembered for writing The Monkees' hit,'"Daydream Believer,' died following a brain aneurism. Stewart also had a successful solo career which included four dozen albums and a Billboard #9 hit single with 'Gold' in 1979.
2009: The 12th annual Maple Blues Awards, the event honoring excellence among Canadian blues artists, is held by The Toronto Blues Society in Toronto, Canada. Jeff Healey sweeps three Maple Blues Awards including Entertainer of the Year.
2012: The documentary 'Searching for Sugar Man' is premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul, the film traces the seemingly unbelievable-but-true musical career of Sixto Rodríguez.
2016: After 8 years, 'That Metal Show' with Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson & Jim Florentine on VH1 Classic was cancelled.

January 20
1958: The management of St. Louis radio station KWK had all Rock 'n' Roll music removed from its play list. The disc jockeys gave every Rock 'n' Roll record in the station library a "farewell spin" before smashing it to pieces. The station manager, Robert T. Convey felt that Rock 'n' Roll had dominated the airwaves long enough and called the action "a simple weeding out of undesirable music."
1958: Elvis Presley receives his draft notice in Memphis, Tennessee. It allows a sixty-day deferment for the King to finish his film 'King Creole.'
1958: 'Get A Job' by The Silhouettes was released. The song will climb to #1 in the US and is considered to be a Rock and Roll classic, although the Philadelphia quartet who sang it never had another Top 40 hit.
1958: Rick Nelson started a two-week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with 'Ricky,' which featured his #3 hit single 'Be-Bop Baby.'
1962: Dick Dale's guitar instrumental 'Let's Go Trippin' hits #60, becoming the first Surf Rock song to chart. Many groups, including The Beach Boys, would subsequently cover the song.
1964: 'Meet the Beatles' album is released in the U.S. It reached the #1 on the Billboard 200 Top album charts on February 15th, 1964 and remained there for 11 weeks before being replaced by 'The Beatles' Second Album,' In 2003, 'Meet The Beatles!' was ranked #59 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1965: The Byrds cover Bob Dylan's 'Mr. Tambourine Man.' However, only group leader/guitarist Jim McGuinn is allowed to play on the track. CBS Records decides to use Hollywood session musicians rather than the group.
1965: The Rolling Stones appear on the season premiere of ABC's pop music show 'Shindig.' They bring Blues great Howlin' Wolf along as special guest. The Kinks also make their debut on Shindig! along with guests Dave Clark Five, Petula Clark, Bobby Vee, Bobby Sherman and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
1965: Alan Freed dies from uremia and cirrhosis brought on by alcoholism at 43. Freed was a Cleveland disc jockey who started promoting dances that featured the top artists of the day, including, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis. He coined the term “rock and roll” and was extremely influential in the careers of early rock stars, in particular African-American artists. After moving to New York and appearing in the movies 'Rock Around the Clock,' 'Go, Johnny Go!' and others, he was caught up in the payola scandal of 1959 for accepting money for playing certain records on his radio show. His career was destroyed by the scandal. Freed's brother says he "died of a broken heart because they took his microphone away." In 1986, he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1967: The Rolling Stones 'Between the Buttons' is released in the UK. It was the 5th British and 7th American studio album (US version released in February 1967). It reached #3 on the UK Album chart.
1967: The Monkees TV show was shown for the first time in the UK.
1968: Bob Dylan makes his first public appearance since his motorcycle accident in 1966. He appears with the Band at the Woody Guthrie Memorial Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1969: Bruce Springsteen had two of his poems published in the Ocean County College Literary Yearbook Seascapes. Springsteen was in his second semester at the Toms River, New Jersey College.
1969: Led Zeppelin allegedly play a live show at the Wheaton Youth Center in Wheaton, Maryland during their first North American tour. Some reports say only 55 fans attend the show, making it the smallest U.S. audience Zeppelin ever played for. Tickets were only sold at the door, fliers weren’t produced and no one can definitively prove that this did or did not happen as there are conflicting reports. Zeppelin were paid $250 to appear. It was also on the same night as Richard Nixon’s inauguration.
1970: Janis Joplin's 'Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)' b/w 'One Good Man' 45 single is released.
1972: On the first date of a UK tour, Pink Floyd premiered their new album 'Dark Side Of The Moon' at The Dome in Brighton, England. Due to technical problems this was abandoned after a performance of the track 'Money.'
1973: Jerry Lee Lewis makes his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, telling the crowd at the end of his set: "Let me tell ya somethin' about Jerry Lee Lewis, ladies and gentlemen; I am a rock 'n' rollin', country-and-western, rhythm 'n' blues-singin’ motherf---er."
1977: Jimmy Buffett's 'Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes' album is released. It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and #2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Two singles from the album charted including 'Margaritaville' (#8 on the Billboard Hot 100; #13 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart; #1 on the Billboard Easy Listening chart) and 'Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes' (#37 Hot 100; #24 Country; #11 Easy Listening).
1978: Gerry Rafferty's 'City to City' album is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and reached #9 on the UK album chart. The single, 'Baker Street,' reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1978: Journey's 4th album, 'Infinity' is released. It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1979: Eric Clapton peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Promises' which was Clapton’s 3rd top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1980: The Police launch their first world tour in Buffalo, NY.
1982: Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a live bat at a show in Des Moines, Iowa, thinking it was a rubber bat thrown on the stage. In his memoir, he says, “Immediately, though, something felt wrong. Very wrong. For a start, my mouth was instantly full of this warm, gloopy liquid, with the worst aftertaste you could ever imagine. I could feel it staining my teeth and running down my chin. Then the head in my mouth twitched.” After the show Ozzy was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital for rabies shots.
1983: Def Leppard release their third album 'Pyromania.' It contains the hits 'Photograph.' 'Foolin' and 'Rock of Ages' and goes on to sell over ten million copies in the U.S. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 and #18 on the UK Albums Chart. In 2004, the album ranked #384 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2006, Q magazine placed the album at #35 in its list of "40 Best Albums of the '80s".
1984: Metallica released their 2nd single, 'Jump in the Fire.'
1986: Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder appeared at a concert to celebrate the first Martin Luther King day in the US.
1988: Mike Love of the Beach Boys insulted just about everybody in the music business, including Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger at the third Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. Of Jagger, he says, “I know Mick Jagger won’t be here tonight…because he’s always been chickenshit to get on stage with the Beach Boys.” Jagger was actually in the audience. Paul McCartney was a no-show, stating, “After 20 years, the Beatles still have some business differences, which I had hoped would have been settled by now. Unfortunately, they haven’t been, so I would feel like a complete hypocrite waving and smiling with them at a fake reunion.” The Beach Boys were inducted along with the Beatles (George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Yoko, Sean, and Julian Lennon all attend. Paul McCartney does not attend, sending instead a letter stating that continuing business differences with the other ex-Beatles was the reason for his absence), the Drifters, Bob Dylan, Berry Gordy, Jr., Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Les Paul and the Supremes. Due to continuing legal issues among the ex-Beatles, Paul McCartney does not attend but George Harrison does. "I don't have much to say 'cause I'm the quiet Beatle'," deadpans Harrison in his speech.
1990: Tesla peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Love Song' which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1993: Soundgarden's 'Badmotorfinger' album goes platinum.
1996: KISS announce that there will be a reunion tour the upcoming spring featuring the original lineup with make-up. The band plan to use the vintage Love Gun stage show and won't play anything past 1983. The KISS unplugged record is scheduled for March, but a current legal battle between the band and MTV saw that date get pushed back again.
1997: Ben and Jerry's introduced 'Phish food', a new flavor of ice cream named after the rock group Phish. The ingredients were chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge.
1999: Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland was arrested for failing to provide a urine sample to his live-in drug treatment center. Weiland was on probation for a 1997 heroin case.
2001: The Ozzfest '99 documentary film, 'We Sold Our Souls For Rock & Roll,' directed by Penelope Spheeris, premiers at the Sundance Film Festival.
2002: George Harrison had the posthumous UK #1 single with the re-release of the 1971 former #1 'My Sweet Lord'. Harrison's single replaced Aaliyah's 'More Than A Woman', the only time in chart history that one deceased artist had taken over from another at #1.
2005: A New York federal court rules that former Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson had relinquished his share of the group's royalties in a prior agreement. Ellefson sued the group' founder and frontman Dave Mustaine for $18.5 million claiming he deserved a greater share of the group's royalties.
2005: Members of AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, Disturbed, Danzig and Ministry appear at a concert in West Hollywood, CA. The proceeds benefit the Raven's Heart Foundation, a charity organization that raises money to aid a 4-month-old girl who was born with a serious heart defect.
2005: 3 Doors Down perform at the RIAA's (Record Industry Association of America) inauguration party (for President Bush) in Washington, D.C.
2006: U2 are named the top-earning music act of 2005, according to Billboard's inaugural Money Makers chart which ranks the most profitable artists of the past year based on album sales, digital downloads and box-office receipts. The group earns more than $255 million. The Rolling Stones are #2.
2009: Bon Jovi sings the civil rights anthem 'A Change Is Gonna Come' at President Barack Obama's inauguration in D.C. The Dead continues the celebration by giving a headlining performance at the Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball. "[Obama] picked us specifically, so it was quite an honor," said Mickey Hart. During the campaign, the group (which features four founding Grateful Dead members), played benefit shows to raise funds for Obama. Across town, Graham Nash and Jackson Browne co-headline the Health For All Blue Diamond Ball. The event seeks to encourage the President to make domestic and international health care a priority during his term of office.
2010: Three Days Grace's 'Break,' the lead single off the band's third album, 'Life Starts Now,' tops the Billboard Rock Songs chart for the eighth straight week.
2010: Weezer returns to the stage at Florida State University seven weeks after frontman Rivers Cuomo was seriously injured in a tour bus accident. Cuomo suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs and cut spleen in the 12/6/09 accident that occurred while the band was traveling from Toronto to Boston.
2011: Avenged Sevenfold announce via Facebook that Arin Ilejay, formerly of the Christian group Confide, will join them on tour. Mike Portnoy temporarily replaced original A7X drummer "The Rev" Sullivan, who died of a drug overdose in 2009. Portnoy's departure was announced the previous December, just three and a half months after becoming a full band member.
2010: T-Mobile teams with Eric Clapton to promote the myTouch 3G Fender phone. The android phone ships preloaded with 'Layla' and other Clapton classics.
2010: Linkin Park, Slash and Dave Matthews Band donate songs to raise funds for Haiti earthquake relief efforts. The Music for Relief organization, founded by Linkin Park - joins the United Nations foundation, Habitat for Humanity and Dave Matthews Band's BAMA Works to offer the music in exchange for donations.
2012: Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins) dies from complications of leukemia. She was 73. James is most often remembered for her signature song, 'At Last,' but also won three Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. James dated B.B. King when she was a teenager, was discovered by Otis Redding, and was a heroin addict for over a decade.
2013: P.O.D. perform 'Higher' during the halftime show at the Falcons vs. 49ers NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
2014: Ex-Machine Head bassist Adam Duce files a lawsuit against his former bandmates alleging trademark infringement, breach of partnership agreement and defamation. Duce was fired by the band nearly a year earlier.
2014: Ringo Starr receives the David Lynch Foundation's Lifetime of Peace and Love Award at L.A.'s El Rey Theater.
2014: Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' is featured in a video promoting the MV Agusta's Dragster 800 motorcycle.
2015: Marilyn Manson's 10th album, 'The Pale Emperor,' is released.
2015: Linkin Park cancel the remaining dates on their Hunting Party tour following frontman Chester Bennington's leg injury. The leg requires immediate medical attention. "I'm really disappointed this injury has made it impossible to continue with this tour," the singer says in a statement.
2015: KISS release the animated/live action video for 'Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina,' their collaboration with Japanese band Momorio Clover Z.
2015: A memorial concert for late Static-X frontman Wayne Static at the Whisky-a-Go-Go in West Hollywood is streamed online. Static passed away a few months earlier (11/1/14).
2015: Motley Crue announced that they would perform for the last time on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles. The band went so far as signing a Cessation of Touring contract during a press conference to promise they will play no more gigs after 2015.
2016: Black Sabbath embark on the North American leg of their farewell tour in Omaha. Tommy Clufetos replaces original drummer Bill Ward who is sidelined due to any one or all of the following: a) ill health, b) a contractual dispute, and/or c) bitter exchanges with frontman Ozzy Osbourne.
2016: Sixx: AM, the band featuring Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, announce that Dustin Steinke is their permanent drummer. Steinke made his live debut with the band nearly a year earlier.

January 21
1957: Filming begins on Elvis Presley's second movie, 'Loving You.' The soundtrack contains '(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear.'
1961: Del Shannon records his first single, "Runaway", which will top the US charts by April. The song was written by Shannon and keyboardist Max Crook, and would later be rated as #466 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1963: The Beatles made their third appearance on the Radio Luxembourg program 'The Friday Spectacular.' The Beatles were interviewed by the host and played two tracks, 'Please Please Me' and 'Ask Me Why.'
1964: Peter And Gordon record the Lennon / McCartney tune 'A World Without Love,' which will top the UK chart next June. Peter Asher's sister Jane was currently dating Paul McCartney.
1965: The Animals are forced to cancel a show at New York City's famous Apollo Theater after US Immigration officials force the group to leave the country. Instead, the English group appears on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.'
1965: Over 3,000 screaming fans met The Rolling Stones and Roy Orbison at Sydney Airport when they arrived for a 16 date tour of Australia and New Zealand.
1965: The Byrds record Bob Dylan's 'Mr. Tambourine Man.' The only actual member of the band who performs on the record is lead guitarist/singer Jim McGuinn. Musicians from the fabled “Wrecking Crew,” including Larry Knetchel on bass, Leon Russell on piano, Hal Blaine on drums, Jerry Cole and Bill Pittman on guitar, replace the rest of the band. These musicians provided the backing track over which McGuinn, Crosby, and Clark sang. By the time the sessions for their debut album began in March 1965, however, producer Terry Melcher (Doris Day's son) was satisfied that the band was competent enough to record its own music.
1966: Them's 2nd album, 'Them Again' is released in the UK. In the U.S. it was released in April 1966 (with different tracklisting) where it peaked at #138 on the Billboard charts.
1966: George Harrison married Patti Boyd at Leatherhead Register Office in Surrey with Paul McCartney as Best man. George had first met Patti on the set of The Beatles movie ‘A Hard Days Night.’ Eric Clapton would later fall in love with Pattie, inspiring the song 'Layla.'
1967: The Rolling Stones hit the USA charts with 'Ruby Tuesday' on way to #1.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Birdcage Club in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
1967: It was to have been The Who’s first performance at Leeds University, but Pete Townshend doesn’t make it, because his car ran out of gas and the date was canceled. 'Happy Jack' reaches its U.K. peak at #3. Brian Epstein’s NEMS officially announces their amalgamation with the Robert Stigwood Organization taking over concert bookings for Stigwood’s acts including The Who.
1968: Canned Heat's 2nd album, 'Boogie with Canned Heat' is released. It reached #16 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. And features the single, 'On the Road Again,' reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1968: Jimi Hendrix recorded his version of the Bob Dylan song ‘All Along the Watchtower’ at Olympic Studios in London. Rolling Stone Brian Jones and Dave Mason from Traffic both played on the session. The track was released in the US as a single in 1968, peaking at #20.
1969: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1970: Elvis Presley’s last film 'Change Of Habit' was released.
1971: Neil Young performed at the Music Hall in Boston.
1972: Pink Floyd appeared at The Guildhall in Portsmouth, England. This was the first time that they were able to perform the whole of what became the 'The Dark Side of The Moon' album in its entirety, the previous night's performance in Brighton having been halted for technical reasons.
1973: Led Zeppelin performs at Gaumont Theatre in Southampton, England. Tickets cost £1 ($1.60).
1973: The Rolling Stones kicked off an 11-date Pacific tour at Honolulu International Centre.
1974: Bob Dylan meets future president Jimmy Carter at a gathering in Georgia, where Carter is serving as governor. "Carter has his heart in the right place," Dylan would later say. "He has a sense of who he is." Carter later remarks, “He never initiates conversation, but he’ll answer a question if you ask him.”
1975: Led Zeppelin played at Chicago Stadium in Chicago. A floor seat cost $8.50.
1977: Genesis performed at De Montfort Hall in Leicester, England.
1979: The Grateful Dead perform at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan.
1979: Lynyrd Skynyrd reunite at the Volunteer Jam in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the first time the band have played since the 1977 plane crash which killed three of their members. Lynyrd Skynyrd perform an instrumental version of 'Free Bird' alongside The Charlie Daniels Band.
1980: Rush appeared at the Forum in Montreal.
1981: Black Sabbath took the stage at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1982: B.B. King donates his entire record collection to the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture. The 20,000-record collection includes 7,000 discs King aired as a disc jockey at Memphis' WDIA in the 50's.
1984: Jackie Wilson passed away at the age of 49. He had suffered a heart attack while singing 'Lonely Teardrops' at the Latin Casino in New Jersey during a performance in 1975 and hit his head in the fall. Wilson suffered brain damage and required permanent care the rest of his life.
1984: Bon Jovi's debut album is released. It reached #43 on The Billboard 200 Top albums chart.
1984: Yes score their first (and only) Top 10 U.S. single, 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart,' which spent two weeks at #1. They also peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with '90125' which went on to become their biggest selling album in the U.S. where it sell three million copies. It reached #28 on the charts in the UK.
1985: Loudness released their 5th studio album, 'Thunder in the East.'
1987: The Second Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, B.B. King, Clyde McPhatter, Rick Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson, Big Joe Turner, Muddy Waters, and Jackie Wilson. Roy Orbison inducted by Bruce Springsteen. Keith Richards inducted Aretha Franklin and later took part in a jam with Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Roy Orbison, Sting, and Daryl Hall.
1989: Steve Wahrer, drummer and vocalist for The Trashmen on their 1964 hit 'Surfin' Bird,' died of throat cancer at the age of 47.
1989: Guns N'Roses becomes the first act for six years to have two Top 10 American LPs, with 'Appetite for Destruction' at #2 and 'Guns N'Roses Lies' at #10.
1989: Def Leppard peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Armageddon It' which was their 4th and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1991: Squeeze are the first performers as the MTV show 'Unplugged' makes its debut.
1992: Billy Idol pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges after an incident outside a West Hollywood restaurant. He was fined $2,700 and ordered to appear in a series of anti-drug commercials.
1995: The Melissa Etheridge tune, 'I'm The Only One' cracks the Top 10, peaking at #8.
1997: 'Colonel' Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager and agent died of a stroke in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the age of 87. Born Andreas van Kuijk, a Dutch immigrant who changed his name as soon as he arrived in the US, Parker never applied for a green card and feared deportation his entire life. He briefly managed country singers Eddy Arnold and Hank Snow.
1999: Gary Glitter appeared at Bristol crown court charged with eight sexual offences on girls dating back to 1976 and 50 charges relating to indecent photographs.
2001: During the 58th Golden Globe Awards, Bob Dylan took home a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for 'Things Have Changed' from the movie 'Wonder Boys.'
2003: David Palmer, former keyboard player for Jethro Tull changed his name to Dee Palmer after a successful sex change operation. Palmer was the keyboard player for Jethro Tull between 1969 and 1980.
2004: Following the departure of guitarist Terry Balsamo, who left to join Evanescence, Cold singer Scooter Ward insists his group will continue. "We are looking for a new guitarist," says Ward. Evanescence's Amy Lee adds she's sorry for implying earlier that Balsamo's absence meant the end of Cold.
2004: The MTV reality series 'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave' premieres. The series offers a behind-the-scenes look at Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro's wedding to Baywatch actress/Playboy model Carmen Electra.
2004: Courtney Love is sued by the California law firm that represented her in a two-year legal battle against her former record label. The Cappello & McCann firm files a $228,926 breach-of-contract suit alleging they haven't been paid for their services.
2005: Journey gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Past and present band members, including vocalist Steve Perry, are on hand. 2005: System Of A Down kick off a two year road trip to support their 'Mesmerize/Hypnotize' CD in Auckland, New Zealand, at the annual Big Day Out festival.
2006: A chartered plane carrying Bon Jovi skidded off the runway at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport in Hamilton, ON. Nobody was injured.
2007: The Who's Pete Townshend and the Eagles' Joe Walsh appear in London at concert paying tribute to late Traffic drummer-singer Jim Capaldi. The event, dubbed Dear Mr. Fantasy, also features appearances by Capaldi's Traffic bandmate Steve Winwood, former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, founding Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord and Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke. The show benefits the U.K. charity Julilee Action, a group that supports children at risk and families in need.
2007: To promote his album 'Liverpool 8,' Ringo Starr guests on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman. It's the first of several telly appearances by the ex-Beatle.
2009: Five Finger Death Punch announce that guitarist Darrell Roberts has exited the group and has been replaced by Jason Hook, who previously played with Alice Cooper and Vince Neil. According to a statement the split "was a mutual agreement between the band and Darrell. It was a swift and smooth transition and we all remain good friends."
2010: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry issued a statement that said global government legislation is essential to the survival of recorded music. The IFPI said that "Copyright holders cannot hope to micro-manage the behavior of every consumer" and "there is a growing threat to local artists posed by piracy."
2011: Marilyn Manson appears as a guest judge and coach on an Austrian talent show 'Helden von Morgen' (Tomorrow's Heroes).
2011: Mr. Big release their 7th full-length studio album, 'What If...'
2013: Soundgarden's Chris Cornell performs at the Commander-in-Chief's Ball as part of President Barack Obama's second term inauguration. The Ball recognizes Medal of Honor recipients and Wounded Warriors. Then Soundgarden plays 'Been Away Too Long,' 'Outshined' and 'Rusty Cage' at the Inaugural Ball.
2014: Neil Young is honored by the Recording Academy Producers and Engineers in L.A. "We pay tribute to a musical icon who has been tireless in his own efforts to draw attention to the importance of hearing music as the artists who created it intended," says Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow in a statement.
2014: Casino game developer NetEnt unfurls a Guns N' Roses-themed slot machine. The game's set list includes 'Welcome To The Jungle,' 'Sweet Child O' Mine,' 'Paradise City' and 'November Rain.'

January 22
1889: Columbia Phonograph Company, later to become CBS formed in Washington.
1959: Alone with an acoustic guitar and tape recorder in his New York City apartment Buddy Holly made his last recordings, including ‘Peggy Sue Got Married,' ‘Crying, Waiting, Hoping,' ‘That's What They Say,' ‘What To Do,' ‘Learning The Game’ and ‘That Makes It Tough.' The recordings would be overdubbed posthumously and were later released by Coral Records.
1963: The Beatles appeared on three UK radio programs. First The Beatles recorded a session for the show Pop Inn at the BBC Paris studio, they then went to the Playhouse Theatre also in London, to tape a radio appearance on Saturday Club, recording five songs. Then the Beatles went back to the BBC Paris studio to record an appearance on The Talent Spot recording 'Please Please Me', 'Ask Me Why' and 'Some Other Guy' before a live audience.
1964: The Yardbirds featuring Eric Clapton appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
1965: The Rolling Stones began a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Manufactures' Auditorium in Sydney with Roy Orbison, The Newbeats and Ray Columbus and the Invaders.
1965: The Animals were set to record their live album 'The Animals at the Apollo at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre.' Before the concert, the U.S. Immingration Department ordered the concert to be cancelled.
1965: The Who pre-tape their first appearance on Radio Luxembourg’s 'Ready Steady Radio!' at the Marquee Club. The show is broadcast on January 31st.
1966: The Beatles peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Day Tripper.'
1966: Brian Wilson produced the instrumental track for the Beach Boys' 'Wouldn't It Be Nice' at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood. None of the Beach Boys played on the session. Most of those who participated were members of the L.A. group of studio musicians known as the "Wrecking Crew." Vocals were added on March 10 at Columbia Studios and the track was completed on April 11.
1966: After a rare four-inch snowfall in Memphis, Elvis Presley and members of his "Memphis Mafia" build a snowman in front of Graceland (and have a snowball fight as well).
1966: The Grateful Dead, the Loading Zone and Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters all perform at the Trips Festival, held in San Francisco’s Longshoremen’s Hall. Also on the bill, Big Brother, who plays their first official gig. Aided by Donald Buchla’s synthesizer, their repertoire consists of freak jazz – Sun Ra, Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders – R&B, music of the Mystic East and fuzz tone/feedback distortion.
1967: Janis Joplin and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, appeared at the Matrix in San Francisco.
1967: The Monkees performed live for the very first time at The Cow Palace in San Francisco to a sell-out crowd.
1967: The Rolling Stones appear on the British TV program 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium,' performing 'Let’s Spend the Night Together,' 'Ruby Tuesday,' 'It’s All Over Now,' and 'Connection.' However, they refuse to join the rest of the line-up for the closing credits, during which the band were supposed to wave to the audience from a revolving stage. Press outrage follows.
1968: During the bands first Australian tour The Who played the first of two nights at Sydney Stadium with the Small Faces and Paul Jones.
1968: Apple Corps (home of the boutique and the label) opens its offices at 5 Wigmore Street in Marylebone, London.
1968: Spirit released their self-titled debut album. It reached #32 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1969: The Beatles moved from Twickenham Film Studios to Apple studios in London to start recording the 'Get Back' album. Billy Preston was brought into the sessions (John, Paul, and George knew Preston from 1962, when he was a member of Little Richard's backing group). The Beatles were determined to record the album "live", flaws and all.
1969: Jimi Hendrix performed at Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria.
1970: Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) opened for The Elvin Bishop Band at The Matrix in San Francisco, California. Steel Mill were paid only $5 for the gig, The Elvin Bishop Band received $90 as headliner.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles.
1971: The Joe Cocker film 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen,' featuring performances by Cocker, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, and others, premieres at London’s Festival Palace.
1972: David Bowie 'came out' as bisexual during an interview in the British music weekly Melody Maker. Bowie says, "I'm gay and I always have been."
1972: Don McLean's album 'American Pie' started a seven week run at #1 in the US album chart.
1973: Led Zeppelin performed at Southampton University in Southampton, England. A popular Zeppelin bootleg show.
1974: Carly Simon's album 'Hotcakes' is certified gold.
1975: Genesis appeared at the Community Theater in Berkeley, California.
1977: EMI Records and the Sex Pistols part company. The group receives a cash settlement (around $75,000).
1977: 'Best Of The Doobie Brothers,' a compilation of the group's early and mid-70s work, peaks at #5.
1977: Wings triple live album 'Wings Over America' is #1 in the US. It was Paul McCartney's 6th US #1 after The Beatles.
1977: James Taylor and Carly Simon celebrate the birth of their second child, a son, Ben Taylor. Ben would later become a singer/songwriter, and sometimes have both his mother and father tour with him, and on occasions, his older sister, Sally.
1977: Rush appeared at the Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas.
1977: Peter Green, who had earlier left Fleetwood Mac, was institutionalized after firing a pistol in the general direction of a delivery boy who was attempting to deliver a $30,000 royalty check. Green had renounced Rock and Roll in 1970 and didn't want the money. He later worked as a hospital porter and a gravedigger, but came back in 1979 to record "In the Skies,' which did manage some moderate success.
1978: Ted Nugent played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1981: The John Lennon tribute issue of Rolling Stone is published with the famous Annie Leibovitz photo of a naked Lennon embracing a fully-clothed Yoko Ono. Lennon's full interview was not published by the magazine until 2010.
1983: The new 24-hour music video network MTV started broadcasting to the West Coast of America after being picked up by Group W Cable in Los Angeles.
1983: The Clash peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Rock the Casbah' which was their first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1984: ZZ Top performed at the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita, Kansas.
1985: Queensryche appeared at Slipped Disc Records in Valley Stream, New York for a meet and greet to promote the album 'The Warning.'
1988: Faith No More made their live UK debut at Dingwalls in London at the start of a 13-date tour.
1989: KISS' Gene Simmons and former Playboy model Shannon Tweed have a son named Nicholas.
1990: Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash swore numerous times on live television while accepting an American Music Award. Viewers swamped the ABC-TV switchboard with irate calls and the network apologized. Due to this incident, every subsequent American Music Awards show was on broadcast delay.
1991: Twenty-three years after it was released in America, the LP 'Elvis' Gold Records' is made available in China on cassette only.
1991: Sting's 3rd studio album, 'The Soul Cages' is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top albums chart, and topped the UK chart. The title track won the 1992 Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.
1993: Metallica kicked off their 77-date 'Nowhere Else To Roam' world tour at Wings Stadium in 'alamazoo, Michigan.
1994: Rush kicked off their tour in support of 'Counterparts' at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, FL.
1994: Rhett Forrester of Riot was shot and killed at a Northwest Atlanta intersection on the corner of Lovejoy and Merrit off Techwood Drive after he refused to give up his vehicle in an attempted carjacking. He was just 37 years old.
1994: The #1 song on Billboard's Hot 100 was 'All For Love' by Bryan Adams, Sting and Rod Stewart. The tune was the first #1 for Sting since 1983's 'Every Breath You Take' by The Police and the first for Stewart since 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?' from 1978. The track was written for the movie 'The Three Musketeers.'
1996: Offspring's 'Ignition' earns a gold record.
1998: Rolling Stone's Reader's Poll names Jakob Dylan Sexiest Male Artist.
2001: Chubby Checker guest stars on Fox's 'Ally McBeal.'
2001: Santana started a three week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart with 'Supernatural.' The album spent a total of 9 weeks at the top during the year.
2002: Bad Religion release their twelfth full-length studio album 'The Process of Belief.' This is their first recording with Brett Gurewitz on guitar since 1994's 'Stranger Than Fiction' and their debut with current drummer Brooks Wackerman. It's also their first studio album released on Epitaph Records since 1993's 'Recipe for Hate.'
2004: Famed New York nightclub the Bottom Line closes the doors forever at its Greenwich Village location. Opened nearly 30 years previously by Allan Pepper and Stanley Snadowski, the club is forced to close after failed negotiations with its landlord, New York University.
2004: Metallica conducts a satellite press conference for the launch of their 'Some Kind Of Monster' documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.
2005: One of the biggest charity concerts since Live Aid raised $2 million for victims of the tsunami disaster in Asia. The concert held at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff featured Eric Clapton, Manic Street Preachers, Keane, Charlotte Church, Snow Patrol, Embrace, Feeder, Craig David and Liberty X, who appeared before 60,000 fans at the sold-out concert.
2005: The SnoCore 2005 Tour with headliner Chevelle logically starts in Vail, CO. Helmet, Crossfade, Future Leaders of the World and Strata are also on the trek.
2008: Burnout Paradise, a road-racing video, with Guns N' Roses 'Paradise City' on the soundtrack is released on PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 systems. Tunes by Seether, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Operator, Airbourne, Killswitch Engage and Jane's Addiction are also heard on the in-game soundtrack.
2008: Linkin Park's Music for Relief charity funds the planting of 100,000 trees to help the environment. The donation goes to the ecologically minded American Forests organization on behalf of the band's LP Underground fan club.
2008: Ringo Starr walks off the set of Live With Regis and Kelly rather than radically edit (shorten) the title track of his album 'Liverpool 8.' The TV people want the song to come in at two-an-a-half minutes. Ringo, rightfully, feels the tune deserves more time. "We still love Regis," is Ringo's parting line.
2009: Peter Gabriel scores his first-ever Oscar nomination (in the Music: Song category) for his musical contribution to the animated film 'WALL-E.' 'Down to Earth,' which Gabriel co-wrote.
2009: AC/DC is #2 on Forbes magazine's Top-Selling Musicians of 2008 (behind Taylor Swift). Metallica (#5), Kid Rock (#6) and Nickelback (#9) also make the Top 10.
2009: Prosecutors in the Phil Spector murder trial rested their case after testimony from Donna Clarkson, mother of 40-year-old actress Lana Clarkson, who died of a gunshot at Spector's California mansion in February 2003.
2010: Bono, The Edge (U2), Chris Martin (Coldplay) and Sting appear on the Hope for Haiti Telethon. The commercial-free live telecast of the fundraiser for the earthquake ravaged country runs on MTV, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and CNN, among others, without commercial interruption.
2010: Evanescence and frontwoman Amy Lee announce they have teamed with the United Nations to raise money for Haiti. A previously unreleased track, 'Together Again,' is sold via download to support the effort. "I am deeply moved by the tragic loss and devastation in Haiti," says Lee.
2012: A Volkswagen Jetta commercial uses Ted Nugent's 'Stranglehold.' The ad shows a young man's the vehicle purchases before becoming a mature father buying a Volkswagen.
2012: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler embarrasses himself singing the National Anthem prior to the AFC Championship game in Foxborough, MA. New England squeaks out a victory over Baltimore to go to the Super Bowl.
2013: Voivod release their 13th studio album, 'Target Earth.'
2013: Camper Van Beethoven release 'La Costa Perdida.' "The songs have great energy, but we're more relaxed and stately and a lot more confident," claims the band's Victor Krummenacher. "The songwriting here has elements of vintage Camper along with grown-up Camper."
2013: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page appears in a spread for menswear designer John Varvatos. The photos were shot at London's Rivoli Ballroom.
2014: Bruce Springsteen scores his 11th #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with 'High Hopes.' Opening week album sales totaled 99,000 copies.
2015: A '65 Mosrite Ventures V1 guitar once owned by the late Johnny Ramone (Ramones) is auctioned for $71,875 by Boston-based RR Auction.
2015: Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and his Anthrax counterpart Charlie Benante are named thrash legends at the annual Bonzo Bash in California. The event honors Led Zeppelin's John Bonham.
2016: Megadeth release their 15th studio album, 'Dystopia.' "I knew from the start that I wanted to go back to my roots, and I wanted to make a thrash record," says frontman Dave Mustaine. This is first record with guitarist Kiko Louriero and Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler.
2016: Pearl Jam launch an effort that raises $300,000 for the victims of the Flint, MI water crisis, where for two years dangerous amounts of lead contaminated the drinking water. The group also starts crowdfunding campaign to help Flint residents purchase water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts.
2016: Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss co-hosts the Women's International Music Network's (the WiMN) She Rocks Awards in Anaheim, CA. The event honors women who stand out as role models in the music industry.
2016: The Monster Energy Ride For Dime Dimebash 2016, a benefit honoring late Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, takes place at the Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood. Proceeds benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. However, there is controversy. Ex-Pantera singer Philip Anselmo's "white power" salute, while performing Pantera's "Walk," has some calling Anselmo a racist. Anselmo later states that he "deserves completely" the "heat" that he has taken and apologizes for his actions.
2017: Peter Overend Watts, the original bassist for Mott the Hoople who played on the band's only Billboard Top 40 hit, 'All The Young Dudes", died of throat cancer at the age of 69. Watts helped start the Buddies with guitarist Mick Ralphs, a band that evolved into Mott the Hoople after periods in which it was known as the Doc Thomas Group, the Shakedown Sound, then Silence. They became Mott the Hoople after Ian Hunter joined in 1969.

January 23
1956: Rock 'n' Roll fans in Cleveland aged under 18 were banned from dancing in public (unless accompanied by an adult), after Ohio Police introduced a law dating back to 1931.
1957: Bill Haley & his Comets attend the Australian premiere of their movie 'Don't Knock The Rock' while on tour there.
1958: The Crickets featuring Buddy Holly 'Maybe Baby' is released.
1959: 6,000 teenagers attend the first night of the 24 date ill-fated Winter Dance Party with Buddy Holly (with Richie Valens and The Big Bopper) at the Million Dollar Ballroom in Milwaukee (despite temperatures of 17 below and 13 inches of snow). Holly's backing band included
1964: The Searchers were at #1 on the singles chart with the Sonny Bono song 'Needles And Pins.'
1965: The Who play the Corn Exchange at Chelmsford and then an all-night rave at the Club Noreik in Tottenham. Opening for The Who at the all-night rave is The Muleskinners featuring future Small Faces’ keyboardist, Ian McLagan.
1966: Big Brother & the Holding Company play their first gig on the second day of the Trips Festival at San Francisco’s Longshoreman’s Hall, this show did not include Janis Joplin, who would join the band in June of that year.
1966: The Who appeared at Coop Hall in Warrington, Cheshire, England.
1967: Pink Floyd spent the first of three days recording the Syd Barrett songs 'Arnold Layne' and 'Candy And A Current Bun' at Sound Techniques Studios in Chelsea, London. According to Roger Waters, Arnold Layne was based on a real person - a transvestite whose primary pastime was stealing women's clothes and undergarments from washing lines in Cambridge.
1968: John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers performed at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan
1969: Working at Apple studios in London, The Beatles, with Billy Preston on keyboards, recorded ten takes of a new song called 'Get Back.' Alan Parsons makes his debut as the Beatles’ engineer.
1969: Led Zeppelin played at Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Sportpalast in Berlin, Germany.
1970: Yes appeared at King’s Hall, Stoke, England.
1971: 'My Sweet Lord' gives George Harrison the distinction of being the first former Beatle with a #1 solo single. The song from his 'All Things Must Pass' album stayed at #1 for five weeks.
1971: Steel Mill played their final show when they appeared at the Upstage Club, Asbury Park, New Jersey. Singer Bruce Springsteen formed new bands during the rest of the year known under such names as the Bruce Springsteen Jam, Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom, and finally the Bruce Springsteen Band.
1972: Pink Floyd performed 'Dark Side of The Moon' at Guildhall, in Southampton, England. The entire show was filmed by the BBC in an effort to test some new equipment. However, the film was not supposed to be broadcast, and the tapes were wiped clean.
1973: Neil Young announces at a concert in New York that the Vietnam War had ended, reading a note that says 'an accord has been reached for peace in Vietnam." Young tells the Madison Square Garden crowd, "Peace has come." Of course, like most things in the world, it doesn't last. North Vietnamese troops overrun South Vietnam in two years.
1973: Rick Wakeman's 1st solo album, 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII' is released. It reached #7 on the UK charts, and #30 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1974: Bob Dylan and The Band played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1975: Supertramp kick off a 13 date British tour to promote their 3rd album 'Crime Of The Century.' The LP will spawn the single 'Dreamer,' which will reach #13 in the UK and #15 in the US.
1976: David Bowie's 10th studio album, 'Station to Station' is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #323 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1976: The Sex Pistols played at Watford College in Watford, England. The first of 65 gigs for band in 1976.
1976: Roxy Music performed at Konserthaus in Stockholm, Sweden.
1977: Pink Floyd's 10th studio album, 'Animals' is released in the UK (February 10, 1977 in the US). It reached #2 on the UK Albums chart, and #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1977: Carole King's landmark LP, 'Tapestry' became the longest-running album of all time on the Billboard chart, as it reached its 302nd week on the list.
1977: While on tour opening for Bob Seger, Patti Smith broke her vertebra when she fell off the stage at a gig in Tampa, Florida. She also suffers cuts to her head and is rushed to the hospital for 22 stitches. The accident takes Smith off the tour.
1978: Terry Kath, guitarist with Chicago accidentally shot himself dead while cleaning (with what he believed) was an unloaded gun. Kath's last words were "Don't worry it's not loaded" as he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The guitarist and singer was killed instantly.
1979: Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys divorces his wife Marilyn (one-time member of the Honeys and mother of W"ndy and Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips).
1979: Rush played at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.
1980: The B-52's 'Rock Lobster' b/w '6060-842' 45 single is released. It was the band's first single to appear on Billboard's Hot 100, where it reached #56. A major hit in Canada, the single went all the way to #1 in the RPM national singles chart. It placed at #147 on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
1981: Joan Jett released her debut solo studio album 'Bad Reputation.' Originally self-released in 1980 as 'Joan Jett' after The Runaways disbanded, then re-issued on Boardwalk Records
1982: 'Waiting For A Girl Like You" is Foreigner's first Top 10 U.K. hit. It makes it to #8.
1982: The Allman Brothers Band appeared on 'Saturday Night Live,' playing 'Midnight Rider,' 'Southbound,' and 'I’m Leaving.' It was to be their last performance until 1986.
1982: Stevie Nicks and Don Henley peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their duet 'Leather and Lace.'
1984: The Rolling Stones' 'She Was Hot' b/w 'I Think I'm Going Mad' 45 single is released.
1984: Blue Oyster Cult performed at Sporthalle in Augsburg, Germany.
1986: The first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held in New York City. Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis are selected from a nominee list of forty-one performers. "It's hard for me to induct Chuck Berry," says Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones' guitarist. "Because I lifted every lick he ever played!"
1988: George Harrison peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Cloud Nine' which was Harrison’s 6th and final top 10 album as a solo artist in the U.S.
1988: Nirvana recorded a 10-song demo with Seattle producer Jack Endino. Sub P'p records boss Jonathan Poneman hears the tape and offers to put out a Nirvana single.
1990: Allen Collins guitarist from Lynyrd Skynyrd died of pneumonia after being ill for several months. Collins who was one of the founding members also co-wrote most of the band's songs (including 'Free Bird'), with late front man Ronnie Van Zant. He survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed two other band members. Collins was behind the wheel in a car accident in 1986 that killed his girlfriend and left him paralyzed from the waist down. He later pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter as well as driving under the influence of alcohol.
1990: David Bowie announced his forthcoming and final world tour, 'Sound And Vision 1990,' during which he will invite each local audience to decide on a 'greatest hits' running order, organised through local radio stations.
1991: John Sebastian, owner and general manager of KLSK FM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, played the Led Zeppelin song 'Stairway To Heaven' for 24 solid hours to inaugurate a format change to Classic Rock. It played more than 200 times, eliciting hundreds of angry calls and letters. Police showed up with guns drawn after a listener reported that the DJ had apparently suffered a heart attack, later because of suspicion that, this being 8 days into the Gulf War, the radio station had been taken hostage by terrorists dispatched by Zeppelin freak Saddam Hussein. Weirdest of all, lots of listeners didn't move the dial: "Turns out a lot of people listened to see when we would finally stop playing it."
1993: The Van Halen video for 'Live: Right Here, Right Now' was released.
1994: Rage Against The Machine headlined the Rock For Choice benefit at The Palladium, Hollywood, California. Also appearing: Screaming Trees, Eddie Vedder, Mary's Danish, 7 Year Bitch and Green Apple Quick Step.
1994: Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'All For Love.'
1995: William Horton of the Philadelphia vocal group, The Silhouettes, died at the age of 65. The group topped the Billboard chart in 1958 with 'Get A Job.'
1996: The City Council in Johnson City, Tennessee, withdrew permission for White Zombie to hold a show there. Several town residents had complained that the band advocated Satan worship.
1996: The Smashing Pumpkins single '1979' is released. It goes on to top the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks Charts.
1997: Rage Against The Machine is named Best Hard Rock/Metal Band in Rolling Stone magazine's critic poll. Garbage is named Best New Artist in the poll.
1997: 63 year old Richard Berry, who wrote The Kingsmen's 'Louie Louie,' died from an aneurysm while sleeping at his home in South Central Los Angeles.
1998: Bret Michaels attorney files a temporary restraining order against the Internet Entertainment Group to halt the release of a Michaels/Pam Anderson home video sex tape.
2000: Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson gave birth to twin boys, Willia3rdes Crowe & Curtis Wilson Crowe. These were her first two children with husband Cameron Crowe.
2000: Santana started a three week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Supernatural', the album which went on to win 8 Grammy awards spent a total of 9 weeks at #1 during this year.
2001: A lawsuit alleging Slayer's music caused a trio of the band's fans to commit murder was dismissed by a California court.
2004: Jethro Tull keyboardist David Palmer announced that he had undergone a sex change & now goes by the name Dee.
2004: A ju'ge in Pasadena, CA. orders Scott Weiland to return to a live-in drug detoxification facility after it is learned that he left, or was discharged, only one month into the program. He is to stay in the facility until July and then participate in a six-month program.
2007: John Mellencamp releases his 'Freedom Road' album with the single 'Our Country,' used in a commercial campaign for Chevy trucks.
2007: Panic Channel officially announced that bassist Chri Chaney has left the group after "family obligations" prevented him from touring. A post on the group's website says the split was amicable. Powerman 5000's Siggy Sjursen is tapped to replace Chaney during Panic Channel's trek supporting Rock Star Supernova.
2007: Saliva release 'Blood Stained Love Story.' The disc's first single, 'Ladies And Gentleman,' is heard in promotional spots for Wrestlemania 23. "We wrote (the song) for sports and movies," says singer Josey Scott. "It's got that real violent dynamic to it. It was premeditated. I'm not going to lie."
2007: The Grateful Dead's historic New Year's Eve '76 concert at the Cow Palace near San Francisco is officially issued as a three-CD set. 'Grateful Dead: Live at the Cow Palace' features the band's entire 22-song performance (previous available only as a bootleg).
2009: Slipknot's headlining U.S. arena tour in support of 'All Hope Is Gone' starts in St. Paul. "2009 is the 10-year anniversary of the world's first taste of this band," says frontman Corey Taylor, referring to Slipknot's '99 self-titled debut. "To celebrate, we are coming back out with a killer tour." Coheed & Cambria are among the opening acts.
2009: Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea plays trumpet with the Caltech Jazz Band during a concert at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.
2009: Doro released her 11th studio album, 'Fear No Evil.'
2010: While Aerosmith is actively looking for a lead singer, Steven Tyler, the man who held the job for over three decades, performs 'Dude Looks Like A Lady' and 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing' over the loudspeaker of a Home Depot in Rancho Mirage, CA. This bizarre moment follows a karaoke performance in a bar a few days earlier. Aerosmith decide to keep Tyler.
2011: Former Beatles drummer Richard Starkey filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to register the name "Ringo."
2012: Exhibit A Gallery's 'Obey Your Master: A Tribute to Metallica,' opens in L.A. The exhibit features artists' interpretations of Metallica songs.
2013: Jimmie Vaughan suffers a heart attack in Mumbai, India where he is scheduled to perform at a festival. He is later released from the hospital and recovers at his home in Texas.
2015: Representatives for Bob Dylan announced that 50,000 copies of his latest album, 'Shadows in the Night,' would be randomly included in the February issue of AARP The Magazine.
2016: '31,' written and directed by Rob Zombie, makes its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The film tells the story of five carnies kidnapped and held hostage in a remote industrial Hell.
2016: Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is joined onstage by the band's former members Jeff Young (guitar) and Jimmy DeGrasso (drums) at the 'Ronnie Montrose Remembered' memorial celebration at the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA.
2016: Bassist Jimmy Bain (Dio, Rainbow, Last In Line) dies of lung cancer, while in his cabin on Def Leppard's 'Hysteria on the High Seas' cruise. He was due to perform on the cruise with his group Last In Line the following day.

January 24
1961: Bob Dylan arrives in New York. The 19-year-old Folk singer (who had recently dropped out of the University of Minnesota) traveled by car to the Big Apple with other seekers. In his 2004 memoir 'Chronicles: Volume 1.' Dylan wrote, "I didn't know a single soul in this dark freezing metropolis but that was all about to change-and quick."
1962: The Beatles signed a contract to have Brian Epstein manage the group, giving him 25% of what they earned. Epstein never added his signature to the document.
1962: Chubby Checker had four albums in the Top Ten of the Billboard LP chart. They were 'For Twisters Only,' 'Your Twist Party,' 'Bobby Rydell / Chubby Checker' and 'Let's Twist Again.' The single, 'The Twist' sat at the top of Cashbox Best Sellers chart.
1965: The film 'Ferry Cross the Mersey' premieres at the Liverpool Odeon. It was the first to be shot on location in Liverpool after the city’s emergence into the music mainstream For authenticity, many scenes were shot in clubs near the home of Gerry and the Pacemakers’ frontman Gerry Marsden. Marsden wrote nine new songs for the film which also starred Julie Samuel, Cilla Black, Jimmy Savile, and The Fourmost.
1966: The Byrds make a second attempt at recording 'Eight Miles High' at Columbia Studios in Hollywood. They finish the song the next day. This version is released as a single and appears on the album 'Fifth Dimension.' The original version, which band members claim is superior, was rejected because it wasn't recorded at a Columbia owned studio.
1967: The Doors self-titled debut is released.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: The Beatles work on recording 'On Our Way Home,' 'Teddy Boy,' 'Maggie Mae,' 'Dig It,' 'Dig A Pony,' and 'I’ve Got A Feeling' at the Apple Studios in London.
1969: New Jersey state prosecutors issue a warning to US record dealers that they would be charged with distributing pornography if they were caught selling the John Lennon / Yoko Ono album ‘Two Virgins.' The front cover of the album showed the pair frontally nude, while the back cover showed them from behind. The album still managed to reach #124 on the US, but failed to chart at all in the UK, where only 5,000 copies were ever pressed.
1969: The Doors appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York City, They were paid over $50,000 for the gig making them one of the highest paid acts of the year.
1969: Jethro Tull plays their first show in the US. They are openers for Led Zeppelin at New York City’s Fillmore East.
1970: The Who play in Copenhagen at Det Kunglige Teater. They had been turned down for hotel reservations at the Copenhagen Inn because of that establishment’s policy against “long-haired pop groups.” The Dutch Royal family does not have a problem with The Who’s hair as they attend that night’s show. Due to the cold weather Pete announces their opera as “Tommy On Ice!”
1970: Led Zeppelin appeared at Leeds University, Leeds, England. It was at this show when Zeppelin had a meeting with fine arts lecturer Zacron to discuss their ideas for the album sleeve of the band’s next album, 'Led Zeppelin III.' Zacron, born Richard Drew, had studied at Kingston College of Art with members of the Yardbirds.
1970: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Auditorium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1970: The mini-moog synthesizer was introduced by Dr. Robert Moog. Artists could now have the sound of strings and horns on stage without having a full orchestra with them. The American Federation of Musicians considered banning the $2,000 keyboard, fearing that its ability to simulate acoustic instruments could put musicians out of work, but later relented.
1971: Neil Young performed at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, Missouri.
1972: Black Sabbath played at Town Hall in Birmingham, England.
1973: Ringo Starr has the #1 song in the U.S. with 'Photograph.'
1974: Emerson, Lake & Palmer appeared at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia.
1975: Genesis performed 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway' at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The show was included in the Genesis box set release.
1976: Bob Dylan started a 5 week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Desire' his 3rd US chart topper.
1976: The live version of KISS' 'Rock & Roll All Nite' (from 'Alive I'), peaks at #12 on the chart.
1977: George Harrison's 'Crackerbox Palace' b/w 'Learning How to Love You' 45 single is released.
1979: The Clash released their first single in the US, 'I Fought The Law' (written by Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly's Crickets).
1979: Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys divorced his wife Marilyn after 15 years together. She was a member of the Honeys, and mother of Wendy and Carnie Wilson, who would go on to sing in Wilson-Phillips.
1980: A billboard was erected on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California to promote Pink Floyd’s new album ‘The Wall’. A blank wall was pasted up and each day a brick was ‘removed’ to slowly reveal the inside spread and title of the album.
1981: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler is hospitalized for two months after being involved in an accident on his motorcycle.
1982: ZZ Top appeared at the Huntington Civic Center in Huntington, West Virginia.
1982: The Beach Boys' cover of The Dell-Vikings 1957 hit, 'Come Go With Me,' peaks at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. They would have to wait four more years until they cracked the Top 40 again with 'Getcha Back.'
1984: Bon Jovi release their self-titled debut album.
1984: Eric Clapton performed at the Teatro Tenda Lampugnano in Milan, Italy.
1989: Skid Row's self-titled debut album is released.
1989: Dark Angel released the album 'Leave Scars.'
1990: The Black Crowes release their debut studio album, 'Shake Your Money Maker.'
1992: Nirvana played their first ever show in Australia at the Phoenician Club in Sydney. Also on the bill, Tumbleweed and The Meanies.
1995: Van Halen released their 10th studio album 'Balance,' their final album with Sammy Hagar singing for them. The album would reach #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart & sell three million copies in the U.S.
1997: 'Louie Louie' composer Richard Berry dies.
1998: Oasis went to #1 on the UK singles chart with 'All Around The World.' The longest running-time for a UK chart topper with a total duration of 9 minutes 38 seconds. It was one of the first songs to be written by Noel Gallagher.
1999: The Offspring went to #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Pretty Fly, For A White Guy.' Taken from their 5th studio album 'Americana' the single was a #1 hit in ten other countries.
2000: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young kicked off their reunion tour at the Palace of Auburn Hills outside of Detroit. This was Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s first tour together since 1974.
2001: AC/DC made-up their scheduled show from the previous night in Adelaide, Australia. The previous night’s concert was postponed due to drummer Phil Rudd being diagnosed with a kidney infection.
2004: In New York, an overzealous concertgoer throws a beer that lands on the mixing board, blowing out the sound system, ending Iron Maiden's performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The concert is only one of six U.S. performances the group makes in support of their 'Dance Of Death' CD. Fans exit the venue without incident.
2008: KISS bassist-singer Gene Simmons appears on an episode of ABC's 'Ugly Betty.'
2008: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry reported that although music downloads rose by 40% in 2007, global music sales fell by an estimated 10%.
2009: Queen drummer Roger Taylor performs with his son, Rufus, at a concert in London headlined by Queen touring keyboardist Spike Edney's SAS Band. This is the first time the father-son team play drums onstage together.
2010: A Beatles iPhone app is available. It's the first official Beatles content to be featured on iTunes. The program includes lyrics and chords to more than 160 Beatles songs.
2011: Bret Michaels (Poison) undergoes surgery to close a hole in his heart. Doctors insert a closure device that remains in Michaels' heart permanently to stop abnormal blood flow between two chambers of his heart which is thought to have caused a warning stroke. The operation is deemed a success.
2012: 'Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years Of Amnesty International,' is released. The 4-CD compilation has Dylan covers performed by Patti Smith, Pete Townsend (The Who), Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Sting (The Police) and Elvis Costello. The collection recognizes the organization's fight against censorship and activities on behalf of free speech.
2012: 'Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman,' a documentary about the making of The Doors' last album with Jim Morrison, is released. The film contains interviews with the three surviving Doors: Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore plus contributions from their manager and the album's engineer/co-producer.
2012: Lamb Of God released the album 'Resolution.'
2013: Steven Tyler and Roger Daltrey appear at the 'Raise Your Voice' charity benefit for the Voice Health Institute. The Beverley Hills event honors VHI founder Dr. Steven Zeitels' work in voice restoration.
2013: Fleetwood Mac announced that the re-issue their 1977 album 'Rumours' would be packed with unreleased material from the studio and live versions of old favorites. They were slated to hit the road for their first tour since 2009, starting in April.
2014: Todd Rundgren receives the Les Paul Award at the 29th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards in Anaheim during the NAMM (the National Association of Music Merchants) Show. The award honors outstanding progress in professional audio technology.
2015: The premiere of the documentary 'Cobain: Montage Of Heck' is at the Sundance Film Festival. Courtney Love, and her and Kurt's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, the executive producer on the project, attend. Directed by Brett Morgen, the film is the first authorized film about the late Nirvana frontman.
2015: 'The Last Ship,' the Broadway musical written by Sting closes after a three month stint at NYC's Neil Simon Theater. The show ran for 105 performances.
2015: INXS guitarist and founding member Tim Farriss catches his hand in an electric boat anchor winch. "The accident has caused permanent damage to Tim's left hand and one of his fingers has been severed. He has undergone two extensive operations to reattach his finger," posts the group's label.
2016: David Bowie was at #1 on both the UK & US album charts with his 25th and final studio album 'Blackstar,' Bowie's only album to top the Billboard 200 in the US. Bowie was the biggest-selling vinyl artist of 2016 in the UK, with five albums in the vinyl Top 30, including 'Blackstar' as the #1 selling vinyl album of the year.
2017: Butch Trucks, a drummer and founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away at the age of 69. His real name was Claude Hudson Trucks.
2017: The Ludwig drum set used by Andy White to record The Beatle's first hit, 'Love Me Do,' while Ringo played a tambourine, was scheduled to be sold at an auction. The kit, which included the bass drum head with White's name and The Beatles' logo, was expected to bring a bid of $75,000.

January 25
1957: Elvis Presley's 'Strictly Elvis' EP is released in the US.
1958: Elvis Presley's 'Jailhouse Rock' becomes the first single to enter the U.K. pop chart at #1.
1961: The House of Representatives Special Sub-committee on Legislative Oversight opens hearings on disc jockey payola. Legendary Cleveland DJ Alan Freed would eventually be convicted, while Philadelphia's Dick Clark would be cleared.
1963: EMI awards the US record label Vee Jay the right to distribute Beatles records in America.
1963: The Rolling Stones played at the Ricky Tick Club at the Star and Garter Hotel, Windsor, Berkshirehire, UK. This was the first time The Rolling Stones, including Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman, played at this venue. All the walls in the club were painted black and the lighting was made out of old ice-cream tins.
1963: Janis Joplin performs in San Francisco for the first time, singing at the North Beach coffeehouse. In lieu of money, Janis passes the hat for beers. She often sings a cappella at the Coffee Confusion and the Coffee Gallery, occasionally accompanied by Jorma Kaukonen (future guitarist with Jefferson Airplane). Joplin sings Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey blues with folksingers Roger Perkins and Larry Hanks, and hangs out with David Crosby and Nick Gravenites.
1964: The Beatles score their first #1 single on the U.S. charts with 'I Want To Hold Your Hand.' The Beatles 'She Loves You' also enters the pop charts. The Fab Four would eventually rack up 25 number ones in America.
1964: Phil Spector appears as a panelist on Britain's 'Juke Box Jury' program. Earlier in the day, he calls famous English producer Joe Meek to arrange a meeting. Meek accuses Spector of stealing his ideas and hangs up the phone so hard he breaks the receiver.
1967: The Beatles made a last-minute remix of 'Penny Lane' before the pressing of their next double A sided single 'Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane'. Both songs were originally intended for the forthcoming Beatles album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.'
1967: The Who played at the Kingsway Theatre in Hadleigh, Essex, supported by The Roulettes, Sound Around, the She Trinity, and the Sovereigns.
1967: Jimi Hendrix perfromed at Oxford Cellar in Norwich, Norfolk, England.
1968: David Gilmour plays his first show with Pink Floyd at Southampton University. He replaces Syd Barrett whose behavior had become increasingly unpredictable.
1968: The Who played at Festival Hall in Melbourne, Australia.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival hit the US charts for third time with 'Proud Mary.'
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival releases their 'Born On The Bayou' album.
1969: The Grateful Dead perform at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
1969: Pink Floyd appeared at the Sixty Nine Club, Royal York Hotel, Ryde, Isle of Wight, England. Support band was The Cherokees, who had had a minor hit single in 1964 with 'Seven Golden Daffodils' produced by Mickie Most. They later changed their name to New York Public Library.
1970: Yes performed at Fox At Greyhound in Croyden, England.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles.
1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono completely shave their heads and declare 1970 as 'Year One'. Their hair is then donated to 'Black House', an interracial community centre in North London, and is auctioned.
1971: Grace Slick and Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane welcome a baby girl they name "God." Her name is later changed to "China," and as "China Kantner" becomes a VJ on MTV.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta, Georgia.
1973: The Kinks 'The Great Lost Kinks Album' is released. The album of unreleased material was issued by Reprise Records after The Kinks had moved to RCA. It reached #145 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. Davies and the Kinks management first learned of the album's existence from the US Billboard record chart. Davies instituted legal action against Reprise, which resulted in Reprise discontinuing the album in 1975.
1973: David Bowie finished a week of rehearsals at the Royal Ballroon in Tottenham, London, for the forthcoming UK leg of his Ziggy Stardust tour. Bowie had already played dates in North America and Japan, the tour saw the singer playing a total of 182 dates.
1974: Bob Dylan performed at the Tarrant County Convention Center Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
1974: Led Zeppelin perform at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana in front of 17,000 fans. Tickets cost $8.50.
1975: The last Sunbury Rock Festival in Victoria, Australia was held. The promoters who had made heavy losses only paid Deep Purple. AC/DC were scheduled to play after Deep Purple but a fight started on stage between road crews after Purple's set when they began packing up the lights and PA and denied AC/DC use of them, who then left the festival site without playing at all.
1975: A year and a half after its initial release, Lynyrd Skynyrd peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Free Bird,' which became the band’s anthem.
1976: KISS played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1978: Elvis Costello and Rockpile (featuring Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds) tour the U.S. Austin is the first stop.
1978: Ted Nugent autographs a man's arm with a bowie knife as the the fan requested it.
1979: Rolling Stone magazine's Reader's Poll names The Cars as the year's best new band.
1980: Paul McCartney is released and deported from Japan after spending 9 days in a Tokyo jail. He was busted at the airport after officers find a half-pound of marijuana in his luggage. Paul's Japan tour is cancelled and the government requests he not return. After his release McCartney flew to Amsterdam.
1981: Black Sabbath appeared at Bingley Hall in Stafford, England.
1983: Lamar Williams dies of lung cancer at 34. Williams replaced original Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley in the band in 1972. Williams was thought to have contracted his cancer by exposure to Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam.
1984: John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, donates $375,000 to Liverpool's Strawberry Field, an orphanage which served as the inspiration for the Beatles song 'Strawberry Fields Forever.'
1984: Van Halen performed at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1985: Metallica, WASP and ArmoredSaint played the legendary L'Amour night club in Brooklyn.
1985: Phil Collins 3rd solo album, 'No Jacket Required' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top Album chart for seven weeks throughout 1985, and reached #26 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart. The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1985.
1986: Bruce Springsteen's 'My Hometown' climbs from #11 to #6, giving him his 7th top 10 single released from the album 'Born in the USA,' equalling the record set by Michael Jackson with 'Thriller.'
1986: Albert Grossman dies of a heart attack while flying on the Concorde from New York to London at 59. Grossman managed Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Band, Janis Joplin, Gordon Lightfoot and Todd Rundgren. He also built the Bearsville Recording Studio near Woodstock in 1969 and in 1970 he founded Bearsville Records.
1986: Dire Straits reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Walk of Life,' their final top 10 single in the U.S.
1987: Neil Diamond sings the national anthem at Superbowl XXI (21).
1988: Bon Jovi take top honors at The American Music Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group. ‬
1988: Nearly twelve years after its release, 'Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers,' the group's debut album, goes gold.
1988: George Harrison's 'When We Was Fab' b/w 'Zig Zag' 45 single is released. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at #25 in the UK Singles Chart, and in the United States, the song peaked at #23 in Billboard magazine's Hot 100 singles chart. It is Harrison's last Top 40 hit in the U.S., and the second such hit in which the lyrics reflect on his years as a Beatle - the other being 'All Those Years Ago.'
1989: Gary Moore released his 8th studio album, 'After the War.'
1990: CBS TV's '48 Hours' program profiles Paul McCartney.
1990: Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers appears on NBC-TV's 'Cheers.'
1991: Paul McCartney records an acoustic set in London for 'MTV Unplugged.' He performed such Beatles songs as 'Here, There and Everywhere' & 'And I Love Her' for the first time.
1992: U2 peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Mysterious Ways' which was their 4th top 10 single in the U.S.
1993: Metallica win the American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist over Def Leppard & Red Hot Chili Peppers.
1994: 'Jar Of Flies,' the 2nd studio EP by Alice in Chains is released. It becomes the first EP in music history to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200. The set contains 'No Excuses' and is later certified double-platinum by the RIAA.
1996: Tom Petty's career retrospective 'Playback 1973-1993' is certified gold.
1997: The Red Hot Chili Peppers cover of the Ohio Player's classic 'Loverollercoaster' peaks at #20 on the U.S. pop chart.
1999: The Rolling Stones kick off their 'No Security Tour' at the Oakland Coliseum. This was their first arena tour in twenty years.
2003: Billy Joel crashes his Mercedes while driving in Long Island, New York. The singer would later say that he was in a "mental fog" around this time, caused by relationship issues and a lingering depression after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
2004: Bob Dylan was paid by ladies underwear company Victoria’s Secret to fly to Venice in Northern Italy, to film a TV advertisement in an ancient palazzo with a scantily dressed model.
2005: Adrian Belew, former singer guitarist with King Crimson, releases "Side One" with help from Primus bassist Les Claypool and Tool drummer Danny Carey. "You're only as good as your rhythm section," says Belew. "I can't imagine a better rhythm section than Les and Danny."
2005: The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, led by the Smashing Pumpkins drummer, release their debut album, 'Life Begins Again.'
2005: Breaking Benjamin announce they've added drummer Chad Szeliga.
2005: The DVD of Metallica's 'Some Kind of Monster' documentary is released.
2006: Metallica perform at a private party in Park City, UT, to celebrate the premiere of the movie 'The Darwin Awards' at the Sundance Film Festival. The group appears in footage shot at a 2004 concert in Salt Lake City.
2006: Motley Crue receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The group and 600 fans turn out for the ceremony. "We're across the street from the Erotica Museum and Frederick's of Hollywood. This is a perfect place for us to be," says bassist Nikki Sixx.
2007: Jon Bon Jovi and designer Kenneth Cole co-host the 'R.S.V.P. To Help' in New York. Bon Jovi performs an acoustic set to raise funds for Habitat For Humanity, Help USA and the Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation. This is Bon Jovi's second initiative with Cole to benefit homeless charities.
2007: Roger Waters kicked off the Australian leg of his 119-date The Dark Side of The Moon Live world tour at Acer Arena in Sydney.
2007: The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule and Bruce Hornsby perform on the tribute album 'Endless Highway - The Music Of The Band.' An Allmans' rendition of 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,' Hornsby's version of 'King Harvest (Has Surely Come)' and Gov't Mule's take on 'The Shape I'm In' are among the set's 19 tracks.
2007: Ted Nugent claims reports by the 'hyper-liberal media' stating he made racially offensive remarks during his performance at Texas Governor Rick Perry's inauguration ball are untrue. "In total defiance to the vicious lies and hateful allegations of 'racism' leveled at me by irresponsible, unprofessional and downright goofy media punks, I never said a word . . . against 'illegal immigrants' or 'non-English-speaking' anyone," writes Nugent in a Waco Tribune-Herald guest column. "I will intensify my fight for a united America by demanding all Americans speak English."
2007: Satellite Party, with ex-Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, perform at the Winter X Games 11 in Aspen, CO.
2008: Kid Rock's 'Rock N' Revival Tour' starts in Evansville, IN. Run DMC's Rev. Run and J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf are on the bill of the package tour. Later in the tour, founding Allman Brothers Band singer-guitarist Dickey Betts is a supporting act.
2008: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young attend the Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of 'CSNY Deja Vu' documentary about the quartet's 2006's antiwar-themed 'Freedom of Speech tour.' Neil Young directed (under his Bernard Shakey alias) and co-wrote the film. It examines the group's opposition to the Iraq war.
2010: KISS ring the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange.
2010: Eddie Vedder's (Pearl Jam) cover of Bruce Springsteen's 'My City Of Ruins' is available as a digital download with proceeds benefiting Artists for Peace and Justice Haiti Relief (raising funds to aid earthquake victims). The track was recorded at the 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors in '09 when Springsteen was recognized for his lifetime contributions to American culture.
2011: A former Miss Canada finalist became the first person in the world to graduate with a Masters degree in The Beatles. Canadian singer Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy, 53, was one of the first students to sign up for the course on the Fab Four when it launched at Liverpool Hope University in March 2009. The ground-breaking course looked at the studio sound and composition of The Beatles and how Liverpool helped to shape their music as well as examining the significance of the music of The Beatles and their impact on Western culture.
2011: Rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson releases 'The Party Ain't Over.' The Jack White (White Stripes/The Raconteurs) produced set was recorded at White's Nashville studio with help from his fellow Raconteurs.
2012: Van Halen's single, 'Tattoo,' hits #1 on Billboard's Hard Rock Singles chart. The track is also the Most Played Song at Classic Rock Radio and the Most Added song at Mainstream and Active Rock Radio. It'splayed on more than 160 stations across the U.S. "Tattoo" is also heard on the CBS television series 'CSI.'
2012: A viral infection sends Anthrax's Scott Ian to the hospital and temporarily off the group's tour. Also, drummer Charlie Benante leaves to be near his terminally-ill mother in New York. Members of Testament (Alex Skolnick, Eric Peterson and Gene Hoglan), Anthrax tour mates, fill in.
2012: Riot founder and guitarist Mark Reale dies in San Antonio following a near lifelong battle against Crohn's Disease. He was just 56 year old.
2013: Without offering an explanation, Tina Turner revealed that she was giving up her US citizenship to become a citizen of Switzerland. Her reasons were probably was not tax related, as Switzerland itself is a high tax environment for its citizens.
2013: Aria Guitars introduce the Cliff Burton Aria Pro II signature bass at the NAMM Show in Anaheim.
2013: The Who's Pete Townshend receives the Les Paul Award at the 28th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in Anaheim, CA. The award recognizes people or institutions that have made a significant impact on the world of audio production and technology.
2013: Esquire magazine presents 'The 10 Craziest Drummers Ever'. Ginger Baker (Cream), Keith Moon (The Who), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Topper Headon (The Clash), Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Josh Freeze (Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle), Bill Ward (Black Sabbath), Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa/Missing Persons) and Vinnie Paul (Pantera) make the list.
2014: A US jury decided that a tweet posted by Courtney Love about a lawyer she hired was not defamatory. The case against Love claimed she had committed libel by falsely suggesting in a 2010 tweet that Rhonda Holmes had been "bought off." Jurors found that Love's tweet included false information, but the singer did not know it was not true.
2014: KISS perform during the pre-game festivities and at the end of the first period of the first outdoor classic NHL game in L.A. at Dodger Stadium.
2014: 'Randy Rhoads Remembered - A Celebration of a Legend,' a tribute honoring the late iconic Ozzy Osbourne guitarist takes place at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA.
2015: In an interview for Australian TV Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan says Pop and Rock should go their own way. "Everybody belongs on their own side of the street for a good reason. By definition a Rock star is supposed to be an independent individual who pursues a vision to an end; an Axl Rose, an Elton John. And a Pop star is supposed to do whatever they can do to pray at some horrible idol of fame which is ubiquitous and fleeting."
2016: 'Red White & You' by Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler's goes to radio. His label calls the track an "American up-tempo Country anthem."

January 26
1956: In Nashville, Buddy Holly has his first recording session for Decca Records. Backing Buddy on four songs are Grady Martin on guitar and Doug Kirkham on drums.
1958: Buddy Holly performs 'Oh Boy!' on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York.
1961: Elvis Presley was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Are You Lonesome Tonight'. The singers sixth UK #1.
1962: Bishop Burke of the Buffalo, New York Catholic Diocese bans the Twist, in any form, from all of his school's functions.
1963: The Beatles played two gigs, the first was at the El Rio Club/Dance Hall in Macclesfield, Cheshire, supported by Wayne Fontana and the Jets. Then The Beatles drove 20 miles to their next gig at King's Hall, Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire.
1963: The Four Seasons' 'Walk Like A Man' is released. Five weeks later, it will become their 3rd Billboard #1 single.
1965: During a Rolling Stones tour of Australia and New Zealand, guitarist Keith Richards had his shirt torn off after 50 fans invaded the stage during the gig at The Town Hall in Brisbane.
1966: The Byrds finish recording 'Eight Miles High' at Columbia Studios in Hollywood. The song is release a couple months later.
1966: When Manfred Mann's lead singer, Paul Jones, falls ill, The Animals' Eric Burdon fills in at this evening's concert at the Marquee in London.
1966: The Who played at the Locarno Ballroom in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England.
1968: Pink Floyd played their first gig without Syd Barrett at Southampton University. They were supported by Tyrannosaurus Rex, featuring Marc Bolan and percussionist Steve Peregrine Took. Members of Floyd decided not to pick up Syd Barrett on the way to the show due to his ongoing troubles and a mere two weeks after David Gilmour officially became a member of the band. That was the end of Syd Barrett as part of Pink Floyd.
1969: Led Zeppelin played the last of three nights at Boston Tea Party in Boston.
1970: John Lennon, wrote, recorded and mixed 'Instant Karma!' which was produced by Phil Spector and released 11 days later.
1970: Ringo Starr's film 'The Magic Christian' premieres in Beverly Hills, CA.
1970: Chicago 'Chicago II' album is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #6 on the UK Album chart. While The Chicago Transit Authority was a success, Chicago is considered by many to be Chicago's breakthrough album, yielding a number of Top 40 hits, including 'Make Me Smile' (#9), 'Colour My World' (#7), and '25 or 6 to 4' (#4).
1970: Simon & Garfunkel's 5th and final studio album, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' is released in the US. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart on March 7 and remained there for ten consecutive weeks. It won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, as well as for Best Engineered Recording, while its title track won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in the Grammy Awards of 1971. In 2003, it was ranked at #51 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.
1970: The Who play the Stadt Opera House in Cologne, Germany. Their $2500 salary for the two nights is donated to the Save The Children Fund and the taxes on their shows are also excused as the German government declares The Who to be a “cultural attraction.” Both German President Heinemann and Chancellor Willie Brandt attend the show and visit The Who backstage afterwards.
1970: Elvis Presley played the first night of a four-week engagement playing 2 shows every night at The International Hotel in Las Vegas.
1971: Elvis Presley kicked off a 31 date stint at The Las Vegas Hilton. Elvis played an 8:30 and midnight show.
1972: Elvis Presley begins wearing one-piece jumpsuits during his gigs at the International Hotel, Las Vegas.
1973: Deep Purple's 7th studio album, 'Who Do We Think We Are' is released. It reached #15 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It was Deep Purple's last album with the Mark II lineup of the group until 'Perfect Strangers' in 1984.
1973: Elton John's 6th studio album, 'Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player' is released. It was Elton's second straight # 1 album on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and yielded his first # 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 – 'Crocodile Rock.'
1974: Ringo Starr hits #1 on the pop chart with the Richard Perry produced cover of Johnny Burnette's 'Your Sixteen.' It's Ringo's second chart topper ('Photograph' was the first). The track featured Paul McCartney on kazoo and Harry Nilsson on background vocals. It reached #3 in the UK.
1974: The Doobie Brothers launch their first European tour in London.
1974: Genesis appeared at the Forest National in Brussels, Belgium.
1975: The BBC airs the David Bowie documentary 'Cracked Actor.' At the time of filming, Bowie was addicted to cocaine and the footage shows Bowie's fragile mental state.
1975: In Austin, Texas, Bob Dylan makes a surprise guest appearance at a Joni Mitchell concert.
1976: The Beatles’ nine-year contract with EMI expires.
1977: The Clash sign a six-album deal with CBS Records. The Clash sign a 100,000 Pound contract with CBS Records, a remarkable amount for a band that had played a total of about thirty gigs and very few as a headliner.
1977: Patti Smith falls off the stage during a performance, sustaining a head injury that requires 22 stitches.
1977: Ginger Alden, who was Elvis Presley's fiance at the time of his death, claims that Elvis proposed to her on this day.
1977: Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green was committed to a mental hospital following an incident when he threatened his accountant Clifford Adams with an air rifle when he was trying to deliver a $51,000 royalty check to him. Green became the ultimate acid casualty and spent years in mental hospitals and clinics undergoing electroconvulsive therapy. He gave away much of his money and has since acknowledged that his illness was brought on by hallucinogenic drugs.
1978: Rush played at the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1979: Bob Dylan formed his record label Accomplice Records.
1980: Three years after signing with Warner Brothers Records, 21 year old Prince makes his US television debut on 'American Bandstand' where he performs his R&B chart topping hit, 'I Wanna Be Your Lover.'
1984: Blue Oyster Cult performed at Friedrich Ebert Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
1986: Allen Collins, guitarist from Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed his car, paralyzing him from the waist down and killing his girlfriend Debra Jean Watts. Collins had survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed two other band members. He can't play with the re-formed band the next year, but chooses his replacement: Randall Hall.
1988: David Lee Roth‬ released his 2nd full-length album, 'Skyscraper.'
1989: Bon Jovi kicked of the North American leg of their 'New Jersey Syndicate Tour' at the Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. Skid Row was the opening band.
1991: Queen had their second UK #1 with 'Innuendo.' At 6 minutes 30 seconds, it exceeded their epic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by 35 seconds and became the third longest UK number song of all time, behind The Beatles’ 'Hey Jude' and Simple Minds’ 'Belfast Child,' At a later date, 'All Around The World' by Oasis, at 9 minutes 38 seconds took over the top slot and demoted 'Innuendo' to 4th place. For ‘Innuendo’s’ flamenco guitar solo, Brian May was joined by Yes guitarist Steve Howe.
1993: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Oakland-Alemeda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.
1994: Dio‬ released their 6th studio album, 'Strange Highways.'
1995: Soundgarden is named the Best Metal Band in Rolling Stone magazine's 1995 Music Awards. The group nails both the Readers and Critics' Polls.
1997: The halftime show at Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans is titled 'Blues Brothers Bash' and features actors Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, and James Belushi as the Blues Brothers, along with ZZ Top and singer James Brown.
2001: There are serious injuries and at least one death when Limp Bizkit perform at the Big Day Out Festival in Sydney, Australia. The group delays their performance for 15 minutes while police and festival staff try to sort out and rein in the mosh pit chaos. A later investigation places blame squarely on the concert promoters for not providing adequate security but also singles out Bizkit frontman Fred Durst for not taking the situation seriously.
2003: Billy Joel was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital after he lost control of his car in Long Island & smashed it into a tree.
2004: Sex Pistols singer John Lydon appeared on the U.K. reality show 'I’m a Celebrity...Get Me out Of Here' set in the Australian outback. Lydon left after four days earning $42,500 to appear on the program.
2004: Yes release the Roger Daltrey narrated film 'YESSPEAK.' It was recorded during their 35th anniversary tour.‬
2004: Yes record and eventually release 'Yes Acoustic: Guaranteed No Hiss.'
2005: Members of Papa Roach, P.O.D., A Perfect Circle, Trapt and Static-X perform on the tsunami-relief charity single 'Forever In Our Hearts.' Proceeds from the track, which is sold via Apple's iTunes Music Store, benefit the Linkin Park-established Music For Relief organization.
2005: It's announced that drummer Ryan Vikedal had left Nickleback after five years.
2006: U2 frontman Bono introduces Product Red to help raise funds to combat HIV and AIDS in Africa. He teams up with several companies to sell a range of items, including T-shirts, shoes and sunglasses, with proceeds going toward anti-AIDS programs.
2007: The Rolling Stones topped the US music rich list for the second year running after making $150.6 million in 2006. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were second in the poll with a combined fortune of $132 million and country band Rascal Flatts appeared third, having earned $110.5 million in the past year.
2007: 'Screamers,' a movie that documents System Of A Down's ongoing campaign for the recognition of Armenian genocide, opens in New York.
2007: Nickelback announce they are donating profits from their single, 'If Everyone Cared,' to charity. For six months, proceeds from download sales and accompanying video, which features humanitarians Nelson Mandela and Bob Geldof, go to Amnesty International and International Children's Awareness Canada.
2007: Tommy Dee, who reached #11 on the Billboard chart in 1959 with 'Three Stars,' a song dedicated to Richie Valens, Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper, died at the age of 70 after a long illness.
2008: Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo scores a goal during the Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge charity game in Carson, CA. "It was a dream come true," said Cuomo. "It's just unreal." The match raises money for L.A.'s Children's Hospital.
2008: The first of a two-part Jimi Hendrix exhibition premieres at Seattle's Experience Music Project. 'Message To Love,' features two iconic Hendrix guitars housed in a gallery with blank walls on which visitors are encouraged to write their thoughts about the guitar great. 'Jimi Hendrix: An Evolution of Sound,' offers an interactive look at the guitarist's influence on popular music.
2008: Billy Joel performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra to mark the 151st anniversary of the city's Academy of Music. It's Joel's first time fronting a major orchestra. He plays his hits plus a classical piece he composed. A portion of the proceeds benefit the orchestra's Billy Joel Endowment Fund for Education.
2010: Fozzy released the album 'Chasing The Grail.'
2010: iTunes issues Wanda Jackson's cover of Amy Winehouse's 'You Know I'm No Good' and Johnny Kidd And The Pirates' 'Shakin' All Over.' The Rockabilly legend's single was produced by Jack White (White Stripes) and is also available on vinyl via White's Third Man Records.
2011: Motley Crue's Vince Neil pleads guilty to a Las Vegas drunk driving charge from the previous summer and is sentenced to fifteen days in jail. "He pled guilty to DUI. The vast majority of people facing a first offense DUI in Nevada don't face jail time," says Clark County, Nevada District Attorney David Roger.
2012: Staind frontman Aaron Lewis earns a Country Music Association (CMA) nomination for Vocal Event of the Year. 'Country Boy,' from his EP 'Town Line,' featured Charlie Daniels and George Jones.
2013: 'Muscle Shoals,' a documentary about the music that was recorded at the Alabama city's legendary studios (FAME Recording Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio) premieres at the Sundance Film Festival.
2013: Green Day screen their documentary 'Cuatro!' at the X Games in Aspen. The film chronicles the making of the band's album trilogy, 'Uno!,' 'Dos!,' and 'Tre!'
2014: Motley Crue's ballad, 'Home Sweet Home,' premieres in a commercial for Coldwell Banker Real Estate on the Grammy Awards broadcast. The track first appeared on 1985's 'Theatre Of Pain.'
2014: At the 56th annual Grammy Awards in L.A. Paul McCartney nabs five Grammy trophies, including Best Rock Song for 'Cut Me Some Slack,' his collaboration with the surviving members of Nirvana. Black Sabbath gets the Best Metal Performance award for their song 'God Is Dead?' And Led Zeppelin is handed the Best Rock Album Grammy for their documentary 'Celebration Day.' Imagine Dragons takes home Best Rock Performance for their track 'Radioactive.'
2014: Black Sabbath win a Grammy - Best Metal Performance for the song 'God Is Dead?"'
2015: Tom Petty and E.L.O.'s Jeff Lynne are given a song writing credit for Sam Smith's hit 'Stay With Me,' because of the similarities to Petty's 1989 song 'I Won't Back Down,' co-written by Petty and Lynne. Smith 'acknowledged the similarity', but the likeness was 'a complete coincidence'. 'I Won't Back Down' was released three years before Smith was born.
2015: Blink-182 announces Tom DeLonge's resignation, the same day that bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker slam DeLonge in a tell-all Rolling Stone interview. They claim the vocalist/guitarist will only communicate with them via email or through his manager, and his constant flakiness has kept them from recording new music. Barker adds: "It's hard to cover for someone who's disrespectful and ungrateful."
2016: Enfield High School in Connecticut cites sex, drugs and foul language as the reasons for cancelling a production of the musical 'American Idiot,' based on the Green Day album of the same name. "This production tackles issues in a post-9/11 world, and I believe the kids should be heard and most of all be creative in telling a story about our history," states Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.

January 27
1956: Elvis Presley's RCA Records debut, 'Heartbreak Hotel,' is released. RCA had just purchased Presley's contract from Sun Records for $35,000. The song sold 300,000 copies in its first week and would eventually sell over a million.
1958: Little Richard entered The Oakwood Theological College in Huntsville, where he was ordained as a seventh day Adventist Minister. Richard explained that while flying over the Philippines on tour, the wing of his plane caught fire and his prayers that the flames go out were answered, so he decided to dedicate the rest of his life to God. Some of the members of his touring band found work with James Brown's Famous Flames. During his four years in school, Richard still had hit records with previously recorded material like 'Good Golly Miss Molly.' By the time he returned to music in 1962, the British Invasion had started and the best Richard could do was a minor UK hit, 'He Got What He Wanted.' In 1965, Jimi Hendrix backed him on 'I Don't Know What You've Got, But It's Got Me,' but the song barely cracked the US Hot 100, topping out at #92.
1962: Elvis Presley received his 29th Gold record for 'Can't Help falling in Love,' just weeks after getting one for the soundtrack to his seventh movie, 'Blue Hawaii.'
1962: The Beatles performed at the Aintree Institute in Aintree, Liverpool. The group had played here many times before but this was their last performance at the venue. Brian Epstein became infuriated when the promoter paid The Beatles' fee (£15 pounds) with handfuls of loose change. Epstein took this as an insult to the group, and made sure that The Beatles never played for that promoter again.
1964: The Rolling Stones appear on the BBC's 'Juke Box Jury' show as panelists. Their impolite behavior, including referring to Elvis' latest single as "dated," causes a furor in the British press.
1965: John and Cynthia Lennon fly to the Alps for a ten-day-long skiing vacation.
1967: The Beatles signed a new, 9 year contract with EMI Records.
1967: The Grateful Dead played at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appeared at Chislehurst Caves in London, England.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the UFO, held at the Blarney Club, Tottenham Court Road in London. Also on the bill were AMM, Five Acre Light, Dave Brown, Plight of the Erogenius, and Chapter 1. The Floyd’s performance was filmed and clips of two songs were used in a Granada TV documentary program.
1967: Donovan'a 'Epistle To Dippy' b/w 'Preachin' Love' 45 single is released. Musicians featured are Donovan on vocals and acoustic guitar, Jimmy Page on electric guitar, John Cameron on keyboards and arrangement, Danny Thompson on bass and Tony Carr on drums. Strings provided by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Chart positions were: # 19 (USA Billboard), # 10 (USA Cashbox), # 10 (USA Record World)
1967: General Motors begins offering an eight-track tape player as an option in their Buick line. They had been available from Ford since September, 1965. Although they were very popular for awhile, the tapes would be phased out of US retail stores by late 1982.
1968: Melody Maker became the first music publication to report that David Gilmour had become a member of Pink Floyd.
1968: Otis Redding's 'Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay' is released, six weeks after he was killed in a plane crash. It will become the first posthumous #1 single in US chart history. Otis had intended to return to the studio at a later date to add lyrics in place of the whistling that is heard during the closing bars.
1969: The Who begin five days of rehearsals at the Whitehall Theatre working on a new set.
1970: John Lennon’s 'Instant Karma!' was written, recorded and released within a period of ten days, making it one of the fastest-released songs in pop music history. The UK release was on February 6th, while the US release took place fourteen days later. The recording was produced by Phil Spector, marking a comeback for the American producer after his self-imposed retirement in 1966, and leading to him being offered the producer’s role on the Beatles’ 'Let It Be' album (1970). The song was recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios, 'Instant Karma!' employs Spector’s signature Wall of Sound technique and features contributions from George Harrison, Klaus Voormann, Alan White and Billy Preston.
1970: The Who played at the Operettenhaus in Hamburg, Germany.
1971: Neil Young performed at Macky Auditorium, at the University Of Colorado in Boulder.
1971: David Bowie arrives in US for his first visit. He’s held up for hours by Customs officials, “maybe because I look so strange.” He does not play live, but does multiple interviews. In order to cultivate an attention-getting androgynous look, Bowie wears a purple maxi-coat and white chiffon scarf, and his luggage contains two dresses.
1972: Pink Floyd performed 'Dark Side of the Moon' at City Hall, in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England. Also in the performance was 'One of These Days / Set The Controls For The Heart of The Sun / Echoes,' and the encore was 'A Saucerful of Secrets.'
1973: Originally given to guitarist Jeff Beck but not immediately released, Stevie Wonder's take on his own song, 'Superstition' hits #1 on the charts.
1975: The J Geils Band appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1976: David Bowie sues his former agent, attorney Michael Lippman, for charging too much and withholding funds. Bowie claims Lippan took a 15% fee instead of the customary 10% and adds that after his dismissal, Lippan withheld $475,000 from the musician.
1976: Glam rocker Gary Glitter announces his retirement, which he is forced to end when he files bankruptcy.
1976: Queen kick off a four month tour of the U.S., Japan and Australia. The first show is in Waterbury, CT.
1977: The Clash sign with CBS Records in the UK.
1977: AC/DC performed at The Haymarket in Sydney, Australia.
1980: Def Leppard played the first of two nights at The Marquee Club in London. Tickets cost £2 ($3.40).
1980: At the Gaumont theater in Southampton, England, AC/DC play their last show with Bon Scott. Bon would die on February 19 after a night of excessive drinking.
1980: Bob Dylan performed at the Uptown Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri.
1984: John Lennon and Yoko Ono 'Milk and Honey' is released. It is the first posthumous release of Lennon's music, having been recorded in the last months of his life during and following the sessions for their 1980 album Double Fantasy. It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #3 in the UK. 'Nobody Told Me,' a song Lennon had intended for Ringo Starr's 1981 'Stop and Smell the Roses,' was released as a single and became a worldwide Top 10 hit.
1984: Blue Oyster Cult played at Ausstellungshalle, Sindelfingen, Stuttgart, Germany.
1987: Alice Cooper with Megadeth rocked the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center in Oakland, California.
1990: Tom Petty Day was declared in Petty’s birthplace of Gainesville, FL. Petty also peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Free Fallin’ which was Petty’s only top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1990: Eric Clapton peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with Journeyman' which went on to sell two million copies in the U.S. & was heralded as a return to form.
1990: Foreigner singer Lou Gramm peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Just Between You and Me' which was Gramm’s second and final top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1990: Slaughter‬ released their debut album 'Stick It To Ya.'
1992: Van Halen win the American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album for 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge,' beating Guns NR & Metallica‬.
1992: Firehouse win Favorite Heavy Metal new artist at the American Music Awards, beating out Nirvana & Alice In Chains.
1993: Warner Brothers Records announces that it is releasing rapper Ice-T (real name Tracy Marrow) from his contract due to "creative differences." The previous summer the record company found itself in the middle of controversy over Ice-T's song, 'Cop Killer.' Marrow would go on to co-star in the police drama, 'Law and Order' in 1999.
1994: Oasis made their London live debut when the played at King's Cross Water Rats. The UK gig was by invite only.
1997: The reunited Motley Crue perform on the American Music Awards.
1997: At the 24th annual American Music Awards, Pat Boone and Alice Cooper present Metalica the award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock artist. Boone appears in leather pants and a studded collar to promote his new album, 'In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy,' which features cover songs of metal and hard rock songs. The show also featured performances by Metallica & Motley Crue, performing with Vince Neil for the first time since 1991. Metallica win the award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist over The Smashing Pumpkins & Stone Temple Pilots‬.
2002: Brian Wilson played the first of four sold-out nights at The Royal Festival Hall in London.
2004: The Offspring closes out the 2004 edition of the ESPN Winter X Games with a free outdoor concert in Aspen, Colorado.
2004: The Osbournes publish their book 'Ordinary People: Our Story' which chronicles the lives of Ozzy, Sharon and the kids.
2005: U2's Bono joins British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland to address the issue of poverty in Africa.
2005: R.E.M. had to cancel a concert for the first time in ten years due to their crew and gear being held up at the Estonia/Russia border. They were scheduled to play the Ice Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia.
2008: Marilyn Manson rocks the Electric Factory in Philadelphia.
2009: Bruce Springsteen releases 'Working On A Dream,' his 16th studio album. Produced by longtime collaborator Brendan O'Brien, the set was recorded with the E Street Band during downtime on their tour. The album contains 'The Last Carnival,' a song that pays tribute to late E Street Band member Danny Federici.
2009: Seether's cover of Wham!'s '80's pop hit 'Careless Whisper' is available on Rhapsody and Verizon Wireless (V Cast Music With Rhapsody service).
2009: Paul McCartney's 'Amoeba's Secret' vinyl EP, recorded in 2007 at L.A.'s Amoeba Music store, is released.
2009: 'The Secret Policeman's Balls,' a three-DVD set featuring Eric Clapton, Sting, Mark Knopfler, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Jackson Browne, The Who's Pete Townshend and Lou Reed is released. The collection has footage from a series of comedy and music events held in London during the 1970s and '80s to raise money for the Amnesty International organization.
2010: 'Hope For Haiti Now,' a compilation album designed to raise money for Haitian earthquake victims tops the Billboard 200 with debut week sales in excess of 150,000. It's the first digital-only production to top the chart. The set includes songs by Bono and The Edge, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young and Sting.
2012: Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir celebrates the opening of his Sweetwater Music Hall. The original Sweetwater closed in 2007 but Weir decided the area's local arts scene needed to be revamped.
2014: Legendary Folk singer Pete Seeger dies of natural causes in New York. He had a string of hit records during the early 1950’s as a member of the Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly’s 'Goodnight, Irene.' The song was a #1 for 13 weeks in 1950. Members of the Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. As a member of The Weavers, he recorded other hits as 'On Top of Old Smokey' and would go on to write 'If I Had a Hammer,' 'Turn, Turn, Turn,' 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone' and 'Kisses Sweeter Than Wine.' In the 1960's, he re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture and environmental causesHe influenced countless musicians including Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Seeger wrote the music and adapted the lyrics for 'Turn! Turn! Turn!' from the Book of Ecclesiastes. Originally released as 'To Everything There Is a Season' by The Limeliters in 1962, the song became a #1 hit for The Byrds three years later. Seeger was 94.
2015: Papa Roach release their eighth album, 'F.E.A.R.'
2015: Sweet & Lynch, featuring Michael Sweet of Stryper and George Lynch of Dokken/ Lynch Mob, unfurl their debut album 'Only To Rise.' The group also has James Lomenzo and Brian Tichy.
2015: Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne were given a song writing credit on Sam Smith’s hit 'Stay With Me,' because of the similarities to his 1989 track 'I Won’t Back Down.' 'Stay With Me' had been nominated for three Grammy awards, including Song of the Year. The parties made an out of court settlement.
2015: Black Sabbath bassist, 65-year-old Geezer Butler, was arrested in California after a bar fight following an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation. Police said he was released after detox and citation.
2015: Sweet And Lynch released their self-titled debut album.
2017: Stephen Pearcy releases his solo album 'Smash.'
2017: Jack Russell's Great White releases their debut album 'He Saw It Comin.'

January 28
1956: Elvis Presley makes his television debut on CBS' 'Dorsey Brothers Stage Show.' Program producer, comedian Jackie Gleason, flatly predicts Elvis won't last. Backed by the house band, he sings 'Blue Suede Shoes' and 'Heartbreak Hotel.' It was the first of six appearances on the show and the first of eight performances recorded and broadcast from CBS TV in New York City. After the success of their first appearance they were signed to five more in early 1956. The national furor over Presley would not erupt, however, until subsequent appearances on Milton Berle and Steve Allen's shows.
1963: Touring the UK The Beatles played at the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in Northumberland.
1965: The Who make their TV debut on 'Ready Steady, Go.' They play 'I Can't Explain' on the British pop program. The hand-picked audience consisted only of teens dressed in the current Mod fashion.
1965: The Moody Blues were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Go Now!'
1966: The Cavern Club in Liverpool closes, having run up debts of 10,000 pounds. The club became world famous as one of The Beatles’ earliest venues.
1968: During a tour of Australia, a plane carrying members of The Who & the Small Faces landed in Melbourne en route from Adelaide to Sydney & was delayed for three hours amidst claims of drunkenness & unruly behavior. The flight continued with two security guards on board.
1968: Jim Morrison of The Doors was arrested and charged with public drunkenness after harassing a security guard at a Las Vegas adult movie theater.
1969: After the Beatles cut versions of 'Get Back' and 'Don”t Let Me Down' for single release, John Lennon and Yoko Ono meet Allen Klein for the first time at London’s Dorchester Hotel.
1970: Jimi Hendrix performed at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1970: The Who played at the Theater des Westens in Berlin, Germany.
1971: Genesis appeared at St. George’s Hall in Bradford, England.
1972: Pink Floyd played at Town Hall in Leeds, England.
1972: Deep Purple performed at Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California.
1973: Bruce Springsteen appeared at Villanova University appearing to an audience of 25 people.
1974: Paul McCartney And Wings 'Jet' single is released in the US. The song peaked at #7 in both the British and American charts on March 20, 1974.
1975: Genesis performed at Civic Hall in Phoenix, Arizona.
1978: The Doobie Brothers guest star on an episode of ABC's 'What's Happening!'
1978: ‪Van Halen‬ released their first single 'You Really Got Me.'
1978: The Fleetwood Mac album 'Rumours' went to #1 on the album chart. The album sold over 15 million copies worldwide and spent over 440 weeks on the album chart.
1978: Ted Nugent was approached by a fan to autograph his arm with a Bowie knife, in which Nugent obliged.
1978: Styx peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Come Sail Away' which was their second top 10 single in the U.S.
1980: J. Geils Band's 11th album, 'Love Stinks' is released. It reached #38 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1982: AC/DC appeared at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1983: Triumph's 6th studio album, 'Never Surrender' is released.
1983: The first Narara Music Festival was held near Somersby, New South Wales over the Australia Day weekend, the line-up included Men At Work, The Church, The Choirboys, Cold Chisel and INXS.
1983: Radio station WDHA, 105.5 in New Jersey, claims to be the first US station to play music from a compact disc.
1983: Billy Fury, the British rock-a-billy artist who scored a major hit in Great Britain in 1961 with 'Halfway To Paradise,' died from heart and kidney problems at the age of 42. Fury was a major star in his homeland, but couldn't catch the break he needed to become a part of the British Invasion.
1984: The Romantics peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Talking in Your Sleep' which was their only top 10 single in the U.S.
1984: Billy Idol made his first and only appearance on 'Saturday Night Live' where he performed 'White Wedding' and 'Rebel Yell.'
1984: Van Halen's album '1984' (including the hit 'Jump') hits the US charts.
1984: Backstage after a Motley Crue show in Buffalo, New York, Tommy Lee found out that his girlfriend has posed for the current issue of Penthouse magazine without his knowledge, after a fan passes comment on the pictures. Tommy punched the fan unconscious with one hit, Motley’s manager Doug Thaler convinced the fan not to press any charges.
1985: David Lee Roth releases the 'Crazy from the Heat' EP.
1985: With the stars in town for the American Music Awards, 'We Are The World' is recorded in Los Angeles, with cameras rolling for the video. Among those taking part: Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates, The Jacksons, Billy Joel, Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler, Willie Nelson, The Pointer Sisters, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder and Bob Geldof.
1986: Black Sabbath release their 12th studio album, 'Seventh Star.'
1987: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Center in San Francisco.
1988: Eleven years after it was released, The Sex Pistols album 'Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols,' went Gold in the US with sales over 500,000.
1988: Metalica enters One On One Studios in Los Angeles to begin recording of '...And Justice for All.'
1989: The 'Traveling Wilburys' album hits the Top 3 in the U.S.
1991: ‎Motley Crue‬ won favorite Hard Rock/Metal album at the American Music Awards for 'Dr. Feelgood.' Slaughter grab the American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist. Aerosmith take home the American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist, beating Poison & Mötley Crüe. ‬
1993: Geffen Records files a $30 million breach of contract suit against Don Henley, claiming that he failed to deliver the final two albums that he agreed to in his contract. The suit would be settled before coming to trial with undisclosed terms.
1994: Paul and Linda McCartney attended the premiere of 'Wayne's World II' in London. The couple then went on to Hard Rock Cafe, where the film star Mike Myers presented them with a cheque for LIPA (the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) for £25,000 ($42,500) from the sale of Linda's vegetarian burgers.
1995: Yoko Ono recorded 'Hiroshima Sky is Always Blue' at Paul McCartney’s Mill Studio in Sussex, U.K with Paul, Linda McCartney & Sean Lennon.
1996: Chris Isaak guest-stars in the 'Friends' episode 'The One After the Superbowl.' Isaak plays Phoebe's date, Rob Donnen.
1997: Pat Boone releases an album of Heavy Metal tunes called 'In A Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy,' a tongue-in-cheek collection of tunes like 'Smoke on the Water' and 'Stairway to Heaven.' When the religious community failed to get the joke, he was dismissed from his Trinity Broadcasting Network program, 'Gospel America.' He would later make an appearance on TBN with the president of the network, Paul Crouch, and his pastor, Jack Hayford, where he explained that the album was a "parody of himself." Trinity Broadcasting then reinstated him and 'Gospel America' was brought back
1997: MCA Records announces that it has come to an agreement with Jimi Hendrix's family to acquire the rights to the entire Jimi Hendrix catalog.
1998: Guitarist Chris DeGarmo leaves Queensryche. He begins working with Peter Cornell (Chris Cornell's brother) on a future project.
1998: Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher played a 20-minute solo gig at the King Head, an English pub in Santa Monica in front of 250 fans.
2001: Aerosmith are joined onstage by pop stars 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Nelly and Mary J. Blige to sing 'Walk This Way' during the Super Bowl Halftime Show Sunday in Tampa, FL.
2001: Limp Bizkit started a two-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with 'Chocolate Starfish.'
2004: Elvis Presley fans expressed their anger at plans to cut up a rare tape of the singer's early songs and sell the snippets at auction. The tape, which featured a recording made by Presley during the early 1950s, was now too fragile to play. US firm Master Tape Collection said the tape would be cut into two-inch snippets and sold for $460 each.
2004: Tony Iommi is named the World's Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarist according to a Guitar World tally of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time.
2005: Traffic drummer/vocalist/songwriter Jim Capaldi, dies of stomach cancer at age 60. He was a co-founder of the group (along with Steve Winwood, Dave Mason and Chris Wood).
2006: Long standing issues cause keyboardist Eddie Hawrysch to part ways with the Black Crowes. The rift takes place before the group's concert in Orlando, FL.
2008: The reunited Police top Forbes magazine's list of 2007's top musical earners, bringing in more than $140 million in U.S. music sales and concert tickets.
2008: Papa Roach announce, via an online post, that they have parted ways with drummer Dave Buckner. "It was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do," writes Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix. "He's taking this time to get his life together." Buckner bailed on the group's '07 tour to enter a rehab facility. "The road is a hard place to live and if you're falling apart it will destroy you," concludes Shaddix.
2009: Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player Billy Powell died at the age of 56 of a suspected heart attack in Florida. Powell called police saying he was having trouble breathing and emergency services tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead an hour later. Powell had missed a doctor’s appointment on the day before his death; the appointment was for a checkup on his heart. He played piano on Kid Rock's ‘All Summer Long’ (which sampled the Lynyrd Skynyrd song ‘Sweet Home Alabama’).
2009: Halloween Jack makes its live North American debut in Los Angeles. The 'supergroup' features ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, ex-Alice Cooper/Slash's Snakepit singer-guitarist Eric Dover and former Garbage bassist Daniel Schulman. According to their press release, "Halloween Jack are laying down an old-school glitter party that will cook your eardrums, blow your mind, and Rock your world."
2009: Duff McKagan announces that he's a financial columnist for Playboy magazine. The former Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver bassist says the column is "just some no-nonsense plain talk about things that can usually get real confusing." McKagan adds that he wants to "shed some light and maybe even bring down some of the criminals on Wall Street."
2009: Rise Against is named 2008's Most Animal-Friendly Band by U.S. animal-rights organization peta2. Weezer's song "Pig" nabs the Best Animal Rights Song prize.
2009: Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player Billy Powell died at the age of 56 of a suspected heart attack in Florida. Powell called police saying he was having trouble breathing and emergency services tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead an hour later. Powell had missed a doctor's appointment on the day before his death; the appointment was for a checkup on his heart. He played piano on Kid Rock's 'All Summer Long' (which sampled the Lynyrd Skynyrd song 'Sweet Home Alabama'). Powell, who joined Skynyrd in 1972, survived the band's tragic 1977 plane crash.
2011: Foo Fighters Dave Grohl uses Twitter to announce a surprise Santa Barbara show that evening at Velvet Jones, a small club, where the band debuts new songs, along with their classics. The concert quickly sells out.
2014: Motley Crue announce their farewell tour at an event in L.A. billed as 'RIP: All Bad Things Must Come To An End.' "It's time for us to throw the towel in," says guitarist Mick Mars. The tour features Alice Cooper as the opening act.
2015: Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler was arrested after officers were called to the Corkscrew Saloon on the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley National Park, CA. The 65 year-old bassist was arrested for misdemeanour assault, public intoxication and vandalism after a fight broke out in the bar.
2015: Sly Stone was awarded $5 million in missed royalties by a Los Angeles court. The singer claimed his former manager, Gerald Goldstein, and lawyer, Glenn Stone, had cheated him out of earnings dating back more than 20 years. In 2011, it was reported he was homeless and living in a camper van after falling on hard times, and fighting drug addiction problems.
2016: Jefferson Airplane co-founder/vocalist/guitarist Paul Kantner dies at the age of 74 due to multiple organ failure following a heart attack. And in a strange coincidence, original Jefferson Airplane vocalist Signe Anderson (later replaced by Grace Slick) also dies at the age of 74. In the 1960s, he and Grace Slick led the band to five Gold albums including 1967's 'Surrealistic Pillow' and 1968's 'Crown of Creation.' Even greater success came in the 1970s as Starship with the Double Platinum 'Red Octopus' LP.
2017: Longtime Black Sabbath keyboardist James "Geoff” Nicholls passed away. He played on the following Black Sabbath albums: Heaven And Hell, Mob Rules, Born Again, Seventh Star, The Eternal Idol, Headless Cross, Tÿr, Dehumanizer, Cross Purposes, Forbidden, Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, Live Evil, Cross Purposes Live, and Reunion.

January 29
1958: A band called The Champs release 'Tequila,' an instrumental that will hit #1 in mid-March. The group included sax player Jim Seals and drummer Dash Crofts, who would go on to score several hits in the seventies, including 'Summer Breeze' as Seals And Crofts.
1961: Bob Dylan visits Woody Guthrie at Greystone Park Psychiatric hospital in New Jersey, where Guthrie is being treated for Huntington's disease. Dylan plays him 'Song To Woody,' which would appear on his first album the following year. Dylan told him; "I was a Woody Guthrie jukebox." Guthrie gave Dylan a card which said: "I ain't dead yet."
1962: Warner Brothers Records signed Peter, Paul And Mary to their first recording contract. Their self-titled album would stay in the US Top 10 for ten months, remained in the Top 20 for two years and did not drop off the Hot 100 album chart until three-and-a-half years after its release. Their only single to make it all the way to number one was 1969's, Leaving On a Jet Plane, written by John Denver.
1964: The Beatles' 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' hits #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart - their first #1 in America.
1964: The Beatles record 'Sie Liebt Dich' (the German version of 'She Loves You'), spenting the day at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France, The Beatles' only studio recording session for EMI held outside the UK. They recorded new vocals for ‘She Loves You’, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and ‘Can't Buy Me Love’, after EMI's West German branch persuaded Brian Epstein that they would be unable to sell large quantities of records in Germany unless they were recorded in the German language. A translator coached John, Paul, and George, although their familiarity with the German language from their Hamburg days made things much easier.
1966: 'I Fought The Law' by The Bobby Fuller Four is released. It will enter the Hot 100 two weeks later and eventually reach #9 during an eight week chart run.
1967: The Monkees self-titled debut album started a 7 week run at #1 on the UK album chart.
1967: Jimi Hendrix and The Who appeared at The Saville Theatre in London. 20 year-old future Queen guitarist Brian May was in the audience.
1968: The Doors appeared at The Pussy Cat A Go Go in Las Vegas. 
After the show singer Jim Morrison taunts a security guard in the parking lot by pretending to smoke a joint, resulting in a fight. The police arrive who arrest Morrison and charge him with vagrancy, public drunkenness, and failure to possess sufficient identification.
1969: Fleetwood Mac had their only UK #1 single with the instrumental 'Albatross' which was composed by guitarist Peter Green. 'Albatross' is the only Fleetwood Mac composition with the distinction of having inspired a Beatles song, 'Sun King' from 1969's Abbey Road.
1971: Deep Purple kicked of a 21-date UK tour at Leeds Town Hall in Yorkshire.
1971: Hot Tuna, The Allman Brothers Band, and the Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band played the first of a three night engagement at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1972: Henry McCulloch joins Wings.
1972: David Bowie performed at Borough Assembly Hall in Aylesbury, England.
1972: The triple album 'The Concert For Bangla Desh' went to #1 on the UK album chart. The event was organized by George Harrison to raise funds for the people caught up in the war and famine from the area. The set featured; Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar and members from Badfinger.
1973: Johnny Rivers received a Gold record for the Billboard #6 hit single, 'Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu.' Huey "Piano" Smith And The Clowns had a #52 hit with it in 1957.
1974: Grand Funk records 'The Loco-Motion' after Mark Farner comes in singing the song.
1974: Genesis played at Eulachhalle in Winterthur, Switzerland.
1975: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. A total of 39 people were arrested, mostly on drug charges.
1977: The Runaways 2nd studio album, 'Queens of Noise' is released. It reached #172 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1977: Aerosmith hit the top 10 on the charts with 'Walk This Way,' peaking at #10. The song is inspired by a line in Mel Brooks' comedy 'Young Frankenstein.' It was their 2nd ever Top 10 on the chart. ‬
1977: Aerosmith played at Gunma Sports Center in Maebashi, Japan.
1977: Pink Floyd appeared at Deutschlandhalle, West Berlin, Germany.
1978: Whitesnake is formed by David Coverdale.
1978: Rush performed at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1979: 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine others when she fired from her house across the street onto the entrance of San Diego’s Grover Cleveland Elementary School. Spencer fired the shot’s from a .22-caliber rifle her father had given her for Christmas. When asked why she did it, she answered “I don’t like Mondays.” Bob Geldorf of The Boomtown Rats went on to write and recorded a song based on the event.
1979: Emerson, Lake and Palmer disband following a financially disastrous tour of America.
1980: Rush played at Boutwell Memorial Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama.
1981: Bruce Springsteen appeared at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
1982: ZZ Top performed at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
1982: Joe Walsh, backed by a band billed as the Hollywood Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue performed a benefit concert in Santa Barbara, CA. The benefit was the Pacific Alliance Presents A Water For Life Benefit Concert For A Non-Nuclear Future.
1983: Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks marries the husband (Kim Anderson) of her deceased best friend (Robin Anderson). The couple would be divorced in April 1984.
1983: 'Shock the Monkey' by Peter Gabriel peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, which was Gabriel’s first top 40 single & his first single to chart higher in the U.S. than the U.K.
1983: Men At Work top the UK and US singles charts with 'Down Under' and the UK and US album charts with 'Business As Usual.' This feat had not been accomplished since Rod Stewart did it in 1971.
1984: Members of ‪Motley Crue‬ received a Gold album for ‪'Shout At The Devil‬' at the Limelight Club in ‪New York City.
1984: Blue Oyster Cult played at Hydepark Circus in Osnabrück, Germany.
1986: Pete Townshend performed at Gala du Midem in Cannes, France.
1989: Billy Joel sings the US national anthem at Superbowl XXIII in Miami.
1991: Pearl Jam enters a Seattle recording studio to cut a handful of demos. These tracks eventually help them land a deal with Epic Records.
1992: Blues legend Willie Dixon passes away. A musician, songwriter ('Back Door Man,' 'Hoochie Coochie Man' and 'I Ain't Superstitious'), arranger and record producer, Dixon is recognized as one of the founders of the Chicago Blues sound and his influence on Rock, especially the British vein, is immeasurable. Dixon was a major influence on The Rolling Stones, Cream, The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin.
1997: The Paul Simon musical 'The Cape Man,' opens on Broadway (it lasts only 68 performances).
2001: A New York based data company issued a chart listing sales of posthumous albums. The idea came about after radio stations wanted to distinguish between proper recordings when the artists were alive and CD's released after they died. Mike Shalett founder of SoundScan said there was only one problem. What to call the chart. The Top 5 chart had The Doors at #5, Eva Cassidy at #4, Jimi Hendrix at #3, Bob Marley at #2 and 2Pac at #1.
2002: Dream Theater's 6th full-length studio album, 'Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence' album is released.
2002: King Diamond released his 10th studio album, 'Abigail II: The Revenge.'
2005: David Lerchey, a founding member of The Dell-Vikings who reached the Billboard Top 40 with 'Come Go With Me' (#4), 'Whispering Bells' (#9) and 'Cool Shake' (#12), all in 1957, died of cancer at the age of 67.
2006: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry appears on Animal Planet's 'Trail MIX.' The TV show focuses on "the special bond that some musicians have with horses."
2006: Bryan Adams became the first Western artist to perform in Karachi, Pakistan, where he performed a benefit concert to raise money for underprivileged children to go to school and for victims of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake.
2007: 'The Paths We Choose,' written by Sully Erna, ships to bookstores. In the memoir, Godsmack's frontman recalls his youthful experiences with drugs, crime and spent dreams. He says he feels grateful for his tough upbringing.
2007: KISS' 'Rock The Nation Live!' DVD is certified 2x platinum by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). ‬
2008: Carlos Santana helps lead a campaign to have late United Farm Workers Union founder Cesar Chavez's birthday, March 31, recognized as a U.S. holiday.
2008: Airbourne release 'Runnin' Wild' in the U.S. The debut set from the Aussie band includes the title track, 'Stand Up For Rock n' Roll' and 'Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast.'
2008: Nickelback, Green Day, U2, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, White Stripes and Daughtry are featured on the 21-track '08 Grammy Nominees compilation.
2009: Singer-songwriter John Martyn died in the hospital in Ireland at the age of 60. The folk, blues and funk artist was widely regarded as one of the most soulful and innovative singer-songwriters of his generation and had been cited as an influence by artists as varied as U2, Portishead and Eric Clapton.
2009: Pearl Jam's Mike McCready appears in front of the Washington state legislature to promote a bill that would require local businesses to give sufferers of Crohn's disease and other digestive disorders emergency access to private restrooms.
2010: Roy Orbison gets a posthumous star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame (on Vine Street in front of the Capitol Records building, next to John Lennon and George Harrison) at a ceremony attended by Jeff Beck, Chris Isaak, Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh & Dwight Yoakam.
2010: MusiCares 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center pays tribute Neil Young for his achievements in both music and philanthropy (Farm Aid and the Bridge School benefit concerts). During the Grammy-related awards show, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer makes his first public appearance as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A string of artist including Elton John, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Elvis Costello, John Forgarty, Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crowe performed his songs as he was honored by the US Recording Academy at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
2010: The Gillette UNCUT music film series premieres on Fuse TV. Blink-182's Mark Hoppus is one of the subjects. "I'm not a high fashion guy," claims Hoppus in his documentary. "There are a lot of dudes who can pull off the scruffy look, but I'm not one of them. Every night before I go onstage, I have a moment where I think, 'Can I pull this off tonight?'"
2010: Sly Stone filed a $50 million lawsuit against his former manager Jerry Goldstein, alleging fraud and 20 years of stolen royalties. Goldstein later filed a countersuit for slander following a rant by Stone at the Coachella Festival in California.
2010: Pete Townshend's 2003 child pornography scandal came back to haunt him just days before he was to perform during the half-time show at The Super Bowl in Miami, Florida. Protect Our Children officials distributed flyers to local homes, warning parents that The Who's guitarist admitted using his credit card to view images on a child porn website. Townshend was placed on a British sex offenders list following his arrest, but was not convicted after protesting that he was only researching a book.
2010: Overkill released their 15th full-length studio album, 'Ironbound.'
2010: Keel released their 7th studio album, 'Streets of Rock & Roll.'
2011: 'Tighten Up' by the Black Keys tops the Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.
2012: Elton John took another swipe at his Pop rival Madonna. When asked if he had any advice for her before she played the half-time show at The Super Bowl, Elton replied "Make sure you lip-sync good. Of course you have to play live, but I don't think you can."
2013: Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac) and Country's Lady Antebellum perform together in L.A. for the CMT series 'Crossroads.' The show includes the Fleetwood Mac classics and selections from Nicks' solo career. It airs eight months later.
2016: Dream Theater's 13th album, 'The Astonishing,' is released.
2016: Tedeschi Trucks Band's 3rd album, 'Let Me Get By' is released.
2016: KISS' Gene Simmons grants a dying teenager's wish by visiting him at the Children's Hospital of Nevada in Las Vegas. Dilan Kohn, who idolized Simmons and saw the bassist as an inspiration, passes away just days after Simmons' visit.
2016: Three weeks after his death, David Bowie had twelve albums in the UK top 40, equaling a record set by Elvis Presley in 1977.
2016: Resurrection Kings released their self-titled debut album. The band features Craig Goldy (guitar), Vinny Appice (drums), Sean McNabb (bass) and Chas West (Red Dragon Cartel, Tango Down)

January 30
1955: Although more than half a million jukeboxes were scattered around North America, US manufacturer AMI finally introduces the pay-for-play devices in the UK. Company president John Haddock says he intended to target the ever growing coffee house market first.
1956: Elvis Presley started recording what would be his first album at RCA's New York Studios. Songs recorded included his version the Carl Perkins song 'Blue Suede Shoes.' Johnny Cash planted the seed for the song in the fall of 1955, while Perkins, Cash, Elvis Presley, and other Louisiana Hayride acts toured throughout the South. Cash told Perkins of a black airman, C. V. White, whom he had met when serving in the military in Germany, who had referred to his military regulation airmens shoes as "blue suede shoes."
1958: On the first nig't of a six date Australian tour, Buddy Holly Paul Anka, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jodie Sands and Johnny O'Keefe all appeared at Sydney Stadium in Sydney, New South Wales.
1959: Elvis Presley had his third UK #1 single 'One Night / I Got Stung' a double A side, (originally written and recorded under the title 'One Night of Sin') a revival of the Smiley Lewis's R&B hit. Presley was in the army by the time this song reached #1.
1961: Songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller announce that they are forming their own independent production company.
1964: Muddy Waters 4th album, 'Folk Singer is released. In 2003, the album was ranked #280 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album features Waters on acoustic guitar, backed by Willie Dixon on string bass, Clifton James on drums, and Buddy Guy on acoustic guitar. The record is Waters' only all-acoustic album. The recording took place at the Tel Mar Recording Studios in Chicago, Illinois on September 1963, and was produced by Willie Dixon.
1967: The Beatles shoot a promotional clip for 'Strawberry Fields Forever' in Kent, England.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience are filmed at London’s Saville Theatre to promote their next single.
1967: The Beatles went to Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, for the first day of filming for the ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ promotional video. The film was shot in color, for the benefit of the US market, (UK television was still broadcasting only in black and white).
1968: The Velvet Underground's 2nd studio album, 'White Light/White Heat' is released. It just made the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart (#199) in 1968, however, despite its poor sales, the distorted, feedback-driven, and roughly recorded sound on White Light/White Heat became a notable influence on punk and experimental rock. In 2003, the album was ranked #293 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, alongside other releases by the group.
1969: The Beatles played their lunchtime rooftop gig on top of the Apple building on Savile Row in London. Lasting for just over 40 minutes it was the last time The Beatles performed live. A portion appears in the film 'Let It Be.' They played ‘Get Back,' ‘Don’t Let Me Down,' ‘I’ve Got A Feeling,' ‘The One After 909’ and ‘Dig A Pony.' The session is stopped when the law arrives responding to neighbors complaints about the noise. It is the last public performance by the group. John Lennon ended the performance by saying “I’d like to say ‘Thank you’ on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition.”
1970: The Who performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
1970: The Flock, Fleetwood Mac, and The Grateful Dead appeared at the opening of The Warehouse in New Orleans.
1970: T. Rex singer & guitarist Marc Bolan married girlfriend June Child at the Kensington Registry Office in the U.K. They would divorce in 1975.
1971: Bob Seger played at the Uptown Palladium 12 Theatre‎ in Birmingham, Michigan.
1971: George Harrison became the first solo Beatle to have a #1 when ‘My Sweet Lord' went to the top of the singles charts. The song from his 'All Things Must Pass' album stayed at number one for five weeks. The track returned to the top of the UK charts in 2002, following his death.
1972: Paul McCartney wrote and recorded his protest song 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish' within 24 hours of Bloody Sunday, when 13 Catholics were killed by British paratroopers.
1973: After recently changing their name from Wicked Lester, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss made their first appearance as Kiss at the Popcorn Club in Queens, New York (soon to be renamed the Coventry). The group's make-up and identity is a 'work in progress.' They have the make-up but it's leaning toward Glam (eye shadow, glitter and rouge). Less than ten people catch the show.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1974: Aerosmith played at The Brewery in East Lansing, Michigan.
1974: Greg Lake arrested for swimming nude in a Salt Lake City hotel pool, clearly visible from the street.
1977: Pink Floyd performed at Deutschlandhalle in Berlin, Germany.
1978: The Grateful Dead played at Chicago’s Uptown Theatre.
1980: Rush appeared at the Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia.
1981: Queen's 'Another One Bites The Dust' wins Favorite Pop/Rock Single at the American Music Awards in Hollywood.
1982: American blues guitarist, singer Sam Lightnin' Hopkins died of cancer aged 70. Influenced Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. R.E.M. recorded a song named after him on their 'Document' album.
1982: Hall And Oates' 'I Can't Go for That' hit #1 on the Billboard Pop chart and the R&B chart simultaneously, one week after reaching number one on the Disco chart. It becomes only the 4th single by a white act to reach the top of the R&B chart since 1965. The record was also a #8 hit in the UK.
1982: Paul McCartney guested on BBC radios 'Desert Island Discs.' His selections include, Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel,' Chuck Berry's 'Sweet Little Sixteen,' John Lennon's 'Beautiful Boy' and Little Richard's 'Tutti Frutti.'
1984: Blue Oyster Cult played at Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany.
1988: KISS single their 'Reason To Live.' It reaches #64 on Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1988: 'Need You Tonight' by INXS is the #1 song in the U.S.
1988: 'Everywhere' gives Fleetwood Mac their 4th Top 10 single from the 'Tango in the Night' album in U.S.
1988: Robbie Robertson of The Band appears on 'Saturday Night Live.' It's his first live TV appearance in 12 years.
1989: During Guns N’ Roses’ performance of 'Patience' at the 16th annual American Music Awards at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, Don Henley filled in on drums due to drummer Steven Adler having the flu.
1989: Def Leppard win the American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album for 'Hysteria' and the award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist, beating Van Halen & Guns N' Roses
1989: Exodus releases their 3rd studio album, 'Fabulous Disaster.'
1990: The Black Crowes released their debut album 'Shake Your Money Maker' which went on to reach #4 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell five million copies in the U.S.
1990: Bob Dylan is awarded France's highest cultural honor when he is named Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by The Minister of Culture, Jack Lang.
1990: Unhappy with the re-issue of the bands early single 'Sally Cinnaman,' The Stone Roses trashed their former record company Revolver FM’s offices and threw paint over cars. The band were arrested and charged with criminal damage.
1992: Touring Australia and New Zealand for the first and only time Nirvana appeared at the The Barton Theater in Adelaide.
1992: Soundgarden earns a platinum record for 'Badmotorfinger.'
1995: Led Zeppelin received the International Artist Award at the 22nd American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Jimmy Page & Robert Plant performed 'Black Dog' via satellite from London on the program.
1998: Tim 'Ripper' Owens‬ performed first concert as lead singer of ‪Judas Priest‬ in ‪Norfolk‬, ‎Virginia‬.
1999: Offspring's 'Pretty Fly For A White Guy' makes it to #1 in the U.K.
2007: Jim Morrison was enlisted to help fight global warming more than 35 years after his death. ‘Woman in the Window’, a previously unreleased poem written and recorded by The Doors frontman shortly before he died in 1971 was being set to music and used to publicise the Global Cool campaign. The Global Cool campaign, from ex-Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell's Satellite Party project, serves as the theme song for the initiative aimed at fighting global warming.
2007: 'Freedom's Road' lands at #5 becoming John Mellencamp's best chart debut.
2007: Saliva's 'Blood Stained Love Story' enters the Billboard 200 at #19 making it the group's highest-ever first-week showing on the album chart.
2008: System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian announces that he is working with Reverb, a nonprofit group, to help make his upcoming solo tour as environmentally friendly as possible. Green measures include recycling backstage garbage, offsetting the carbon produced by tour buses and encouraging the use of local products.
2008: The song and video, 'Fired Up, Ready To Go,' inspired by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, makes its debut. Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron worked with a gospel choir on the track.
2010: Sting plays songs from the Police catalog and his solo career with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music's 153rd Anniversary concert. The performance takes place in the Academy of Music's restored ballroom with proceeds helping with the continued restoration of the venue.
2010: Neil Young was named the Musicares person of the year for his "influential artistic accomplishments and philanthropic work." A string of artist including Elton John, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Elvis Costello, John Fogerty, Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crow performed his songs as he was honored by the US Recording Academy at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
2011: Publishing industry insiders reported that Bob Dylan had signed a six-book deal with Simon & Schuster that includes two follow-ups to his 2004 best-selling memoir 'Chronicles: Volume One.'
2011: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil said that he was ready to serve his 15-day jail term for a driving under the influence conviction, insisting he's learned his lesson. "I just have to move on and get past it and get it behind me." Neil was to surrender to authorities at the Clark County Detention Center on February 15th.
2012: "Listening to Metallica could help stimulate the brain," claims Professor Galina Mindlin of New York's Columbia University. "It's (about) how music affects you, how it can improve your memory, how it can relieve anxiety, enhance your mood, how we can use playlists for specific tasks," explains Mindlin. "The idea is to activate as many brain areas as you can."
2012: Noel and Liam Gallagher (both formerly of Oasis) are nominated for XFM New Music Awards, which are chosen by a panel of music industry insiders to honor the best album by a British act for the previous year. Noel's High Flying Birds are nominated for their self-titled debut while Liam's Beady Eye earns a nod for their first album, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding.' A month later, The Vaccines and their album 'What Do You Expect From The Vaccines?' wins.
2013: Even though two members of Pussy Riot already languish in prison, Russian authorities order Internet providers to block videos of the group's February, 2012 anti-Putin protest performance in a Moscow cathedral. Pussy Riot videos are banned under Russia's 'extremism' law.
2013: Mick Jagger was named the most stylish rock star of all time by lifestyle website Complex. Jagger lead their top 50 list ahead of Prince, David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Sid Vicious and Keith Richards. Complex stated “Even today, he wears silk scarves and suits with more rakish appeal than most men – and he’s pushing 70.
2014: Metallica's IMAX 3D concert film, 'Metallica Through The Never,' wins the Best 3D Documentary award at the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society's Creative Arts Awards.
2015: Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, accompanied by former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagen, perform with the Seattle Symphony. Later in the show, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron appear for a near complete, except without Eddie Vedder, reunion of Temple Of The Dog. The Sonic Evolution series features local Pop, Rock and Hip-Hop musicians playing with the symphony to provide a different perspective on the music.
2015: Metal Hammer readers name Iron Maiden's Steve Harris the greatest bassist of all time. Cliff Burton (Metallica) and Geddy Lee (Rush) round out the top 3.
2016: Puddle Of Mudd's concert at The Adelphia Music Hall in Marietta, OH ends abruptly when lead singer Wes Scantlin walks off stage after berating an audience member for "stealing" his house. Earlier in the year, Scantlin was arrested for trespassing on a property he once owned. To help assuage fan's disappointment, the venue issues concertgoers a ticket to the next show of their choice.
2016: David Bowie left an estate valued at about $100 million, according to his will which was filed in New York. Half would go to his widow, Iman, along with the home they shared in New York. The rest was shared between his son and daughter. Bowie's personal assistant, Corinne Schwab, was left $2m and another $1m went to a former nanny, Marion Skene.

January 31
1956: Elvis Presley signs with the William Morris Agency in order to make himself available to film studios.
1957: Decca Records announced that Bill Haley & His Comets, 'Rock Around the Clock' had sold over a million copies in the UK, mostly on 10 inch 78's. The version of 'Rock Around the Clock' that was used in the movie 'Blackboard Jungle' differs from the hit single version. The difference is in the two solo breaks.
1959: 17-year-old Bob Dylan (known then as Robert Zimmerman) sees Buddy Holl, yRitchie Valens & the Big Bopper played at The Armory in Duluth, MN. Three days later, the three die in a plane crash.
1961: At 24 years old, Bobby Darin becomes the youngest performer at that time to headline a TV special as 'Bobby Darin & Friends' airs on NBC.
1963: A 17-year-old Neil Young makes his stage debut at a country club in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1963: The Beach Boys record 'Surfin' USA,' which will climb to #3 in the US by mid-April. Although it was credited as being composed by Brian Wilson, the tune was a note-for-note cover of Chuck Berry's 'Sweet Little Sixteen.' Following a lawsuit, Berry was granted writing credit and royalties from the record. 'Shutdown' was also recorded on this day.
1964: Sales figures show that the Beatles’ 'She Loves You' has sold 1.3 million copies in England, while 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' has sold 1.5 million.
1967: While in Sevenoaks, Kent, England, John Lennon visits an antique shop and purchases a circus poster from 1843. It is this poster which inspires most of the lyrics to The Beatles 'Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite.' The Beatles spent a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete filming for the 'Strawberry Fields Forever' promotional video. The film was shot in color, for the benefit of the US market, since UK television was still broadcasting only in black and white.
1968: The Who performed at Town Hall in Wellington, New Zealand.
1969: Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at The Fillmore East in New York City during the band's first North American tour. Porter's Popular Preachers opened the night, then Led Zeppelin took the stage. Zeppelin opened for the Iron Butterfly and kicks ass so much that the headliners refuse to go on.
1969: Billy Preston signs with Apple Records.
1969: The Beatles record 'Two Of Us,' the opening track on 'Let It Be,' at Apple Studios in London. This version is used in the 'Let it Be' film and on the album.
1970: Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' peaks at #4 on the U.S. pop chart. It was their only top 10 single in the U.S.
1970: In New Orleans, the Grateful Dead are arrested for possession of LSD and barbiturates, an incident which would inspire one of their most famous songs, 'Truckin'.' (Apparently the band had fun afoul of mob interests in Texas, and the mob alerted the NOPD. This explains lines like "Houston, too close to New Orleans" and "Set up, like a bowling pin.")
1970: American blues musician Slim Harpo died of a heart attack while recording in London aged 46. Had the 1966 #16 single ‘Baby Scratch My Back.' The Rolling Stones, Pretty Things, Yardbirds and Them all covered his songs.
1971: Bobby Darin walks off the 'Jackie Gleason Show' set when he is not allowed to sing 'Long Line Rider,' a song about the poor treatment of prisoners in America.
1971: Genesis appeared at City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1972: Yes played at Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1972: Less than a day after an incident now known as "Bloody Sunday" in which British soldiers killed twelve Irish civil rights demonstrators, Paul McCartney writes and records 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish.' After some resistance from EMI, the song will finally be released on February 25th, but was immediately banned by the BBC, Radio Luxembourg and the Independent Television Authority. Despite the lack of air-play, the song would reach #1 on the singles charts in the Republic of Ireland and Spain, also climbing to #16 on the UK singles chart and #21 in the US.
1974: Bob Dylan performed at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1975: Led Zeppelin played at Olympia Stadium in Detroit.
1976: Black Sabbath's double album 'We Sold Our Souls For Rock N' Roll' peaks at #48 on the U.S. chart.
1976: Daryl Hall & John Oates' 'Sara Smile' b/w 'Soldering' 45 single is released. It was the duo's first Top Ten hit, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked at #23 on Hot Soul Singles (now Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs) and #18 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts. 'Sara Smile' was the second single released from Hall & Oates' 1975 self-titled album for RCA Records. It was written about Hall's then-girlfriend, Sara Allen.
1977: Elton John won awards for Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Single ('Don't Go Breaking My Heart' with Kiki Dee), at the 4th American Music Awards held in California.
1978: Greg Herbert, saxophone player with Blood Sweat & Tears died of an accidental drug overdose in Amsterdam, Holland at the age of 30.
1977: Aerosmith headlined at the famous Budokan in Tokyo.
1978: Talking Heads made their UK TV debut on the 'The Old Grey Whistle Test.'
1979: The Clash kicked off their first North American tour in Vancouver, with Bo Diddley as the support act throughout the tour.
1980: Bob Dylan appeared at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee.
1981: Blondie tops the Cashbox Best Sellers list and The Billboard Hot 100 with 'The Tide Is High.' a song written and recorded in 1967 by John Holt and his Kingston, Jamaica band, The Paragons. It was the group's 3rd U.S. #1. It was also a #1 in the UK.
1984: Blue Oyster Cult played at Hall Polyvalent in Schifflange, Luxembourg.
1985: Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty gives his first live performance in fourteen years at the Chaplin Stage in Hollywood, California.
1987: Paul Simon went back to #1 on the UK album chart with Graceland, the album stayed on the chart for a total 101 weeks. Graceland later won the 1987 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, while the title song won the 1988 Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
1987: Genesis peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Land of Confusion' which was their 4th top 10 single in the U.S.
1987: Paul Simon's 'Graceland' went to #1 on the UK album chart. The LP would stay on the list for 101 weeks.
1989: Warrant release their debut studio album, 'Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich'
1994: Black Sabbath released their 17th studio album, 'Cross Purposes.'
1997: David Bowie released part of his holdings in intellectual property for sale on the stock market, becoming the first Rock star to offer Wall Street stock options on his career.
1998: The 'Come Together' benefit concert becomes an E Street Band reunion, with Max Weinberg, Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons joining in. The show, held at a small New Jersey theatre, was a benefit for the family of Sgt. Patrick King, a Long Branch, NJ, police officer killed in the line of duty. It turns into a 3 1/2 hour jam with Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny, Little Steven and other New Jersey musicians.
1998: The Presidents of the United States of America play their last show before disbanding. It's a charity gig at Seattle's Paramount Theater. They eventually get back together.
1998: Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett gets married to his wife Lani in Kailua, Hawaii.
1999: After a performance by the classic lineup of KISS during the pregame ceremonies, Cher sings the national anthem at Superbowl XXXIII. Stevie Wonder provided half-time entertainment.
2001: Asia release their 9th studio album, 'Aura.'
2001: Avenged Sevenfold released their debut album 'Sounding The Seventh Trumpet.'
2001: KISS announce that Eric Singer will finish the band's Farewell tour replacing without explanation about Peter Criss.‬ The band issues the following statement via their official website: "Eric has been a member of our family, and his drumming and singing have been the cornerstone of past KISS tours. We are stoked that we can bring our ultimate spectacle to KISS fans worldwide." Singer's first show with the band since 1995 takes place in Japan in March.
2005: The Edge takes Ireland's Sunday World newspaper to court over its naming a seriously ill relative in an article about U2 postponing the start of its tour. The Edge gets a temporary injunction keeping the tabloid from printing the relative's name again.
2005: It takes Cream (Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker) a mere two hours to sell out four shows (May 2nd through 6th) at London's Royal Albert Hall. The last time the group played together was at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
2007: Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Eric Burdon And The Animals are part of a lineup for the 'Beat It Wally' concert in Glendale, CA. The event benefits veteran drummer Wally Ingram who is fighting throat cancer.
2007: The widow of Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia files a civil lawsuit in a California Superior Court against the corporation that manages her late husband's estate. Deborah Koons Garcia seeks access to unreleased Garcia recordings, which she wants to have professionally restored. Koons Garcia belongs to the limited-liability group she is suing, which is made up of Garcia's beneficiaries, some of whom oppose her plans.
2007: An unreleased poem written and recorded by Jim Morrison titled 'Woman in the Window' was set to music & given to Global Cool to raise awareness of global warming.
2008: Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton donates a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and other memorabilia to the Hard Rock Boston. In return, the Hard Rock company presents $30,000 to Massachusetts General Hospital's YouthCare behavioral-therapy program, which Hamilton and his wife support.
2008: The Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde participates in a PETA demonstation in New York. The animal-rights organization is protesting the use of horse-drawn carriages in the city. "I love horses and hate seeing them reduced to beasts of burden," says Hynde.
2009: AC/DC win the Major Tour of the Year trophy at the 20th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in L.A. The duo of Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Bluegrass singer Alison Krauss ('Raising Sand') receive the Most Creative Tour Package prize.
2009: VH1 airs a documentary on the recording of Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band's 'Working On A Dream' album.
2009: Dewey Martin dies in his Van Nuys, CA, home at 68. The drummer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997. The Canadian musician had worked with The Monkees as well. In 1971, Martin retired from the music industry to become a car mechanic.
2009: David Gilmour appeared at Coldfall Primary School in Muswell Hill, London, during a charity show with The Seat Of The Pants Band. The black-tie dinner dance, at which Bob Hoskins, Suggs from Madness and comedian Les Dennis also appeared, raised over £50,000 for a cancer charity.
2010: The 52nd Grammy Awards ceremony at Staples Center in L.A. opens with a duet by Lady Gaga and Elton John, doing her 'Speechless' and his 'Your Song.' Green Day and the cast of American Idiot perform '21 Guns' and Bon Jovi play 'We Weren't Born To Follow.' The fan-selected song (through online voting), 'Living On A Prayer' closes their performance. Kings Of Leon win Record of the Year, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance honors for 'Use Somebody.' Green Day's '21st Century Breakdown' lands the Best Rock Album award. Jeff Beck is honored for the Best Rock Instrumental Performance and AC/DC earns the trophy for Best Hard Rock Performance.
2011: A torn bicep and subsequent surgery on the right arm of Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill forces the group to cancel dates in Australia and South Africa. The dates are rescheduled.
2012: Metallica release their four-track 'Beyond Magnetic' EP on CD in the U.S. (the set was originally available as a download only release). The songs are leftovers from the 2007 and '08 "Death Magnetic" sessions.
2012: Former Mountain guitarist Leslie West plays his first public performance since his lower right leg was amputated as a result of complications from diabetes. West, who performs while sitting in a wheelchair, gets a standing ovation at New York's BB King Blues Club.
2013: Dave Grohl's directorial debut, 'Sound City' opens in theaters. The film chronicles the story of the legendary Van Nuys, CA, recording studio. Nirvana, Grohl's old band, recorded 1991's 'Nevermind' at Sound City.
2014: The Spin Doctors frontman Chris Barron offers to buy fans a pint if they are not impressed with the group's U.K. shows to promote the Blues oriented album, "If The River Was Whiskey." "If you come to one of our shows you can expect us to play our guts out and if you honestly don't think we played our hearts out, I'll buy you a pint," states Baron.
2015: Phil Anselmo (Pantera) receives the Musical Artist Of The Year Award at the 10th annual President's Arts Awards in his hometown of Covington, LA.
2015: R&B singer and songwriter Don Covay passed away at the age of 78. Among the songs he wrote were Chubby Checker's hit, 'Pony Time,' Aretha Franklin's 'Chain Of Fools' and The Rolling Stones' 'Mercy Mercy.'
2017: English singer, bassist, and songwriter John Wetton died in his sleep at his home in Bournemouth, Dorset, UK from colon cancer. He rose to fame with bands Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, and Wishbone Ash. After his period with King Crimson, Wetton formed UK, and later he was the frontman and principal songwriter of the supergroup Asia. Their biggest hit 'Heat of the Moment,' reached #4 in the US in 1982.
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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock History: December

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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock History: December

Rock Birthdays
Dec. 1
Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult, Soft White Underbelly) - 72
John Densmore (Doors, The Butts Band, Riders on the Storm, Tribaljazz) - 72
Jaco Pastorius (The Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, solo) - b. 1951 - d. 9/27/87
Chris Poland (Megadeth, The Circle Jerks, Damn the Machine, Mumbo's Brain, OHM, OHMphrey, Dave Reffett) - 59
Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper) - 51
Brad Delson “Big Bad Brad” (Linkin Park) - 39

Dec. 2
Tom McGuinness (Manfred Mann, McGuinness Flint, Manfreds, Paul Jones Blues) - 75
Ted Bluechel, Jr. (The Association) - 74
Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley (Hanoi Rocks) - b. 1960 - d. 12/8/84
Rick Savage (Def Leppard) - 56
Chris Heilman (Shark Island, Tormé) -
Nate Mendel (Sunny Day Real Estate, Foo Fighters) - 48

Dec. 3:
John Cale (Velvet Underground) - 76
Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath, solo) - 68
Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starship, Starship, Elvin Bishop Group) - 67
Duane Roland (Molly Hatchet, Southern Rock Allstars, Gator Country) - b. 1952 - d. 6/19/06
Don Barnes (38 Special) - 64
Richard Black (Sharks, Shark Island, Contraband) -
Tal Wilkenfeld (solo, performed and recorded with: Herbie Hancock, Jackson Browne, Trevor Rabin, Lee Ritenour, Steve Lukather, Ryan Adams, Macy Gray, Wayne Krantz, David Gilmour, The Allman Brothers Band, Toto and more) - 30

Dec. 4
Bob Mosley (Moby Grape, solo) - 74
Dennis Wilson (Beach Boys) - b. 1944 - 12/28/83
Chris Hillman (Scottsville Squirrel Barkers, The Hillmen, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, Souther Hillman Furay Band, McGuinn Clark and Hillman, Desert Rose Band, Herb Pedersen, Tony Rice, Larry Rice, Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen Desert Rose Band, solo) - 72
Southside Johnny - born John Lyon (Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes) - 68
Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band, The Rossington Band) - 65
Bob Griffin (The BoDeans) - 57
Dave Beste (Rival Sons) -

Dec. 5
Little Richard - 84
J.J. Cale - b. 1938 - d . 7/26/13
Jim Messina (Loggins & Messina, Poco, Buffalo Springfield) - 69
Mark Boals (Savoy Brown, Ted Nugent, Yngwie Malmsteen, Billionaires Boys Club, Ring of Fire, Royal Hunt, Seven the Hardway, Dokken) - 58
Jack Russell (Great White) - 56
Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls) - 51
Glen Graham (Blind Melon) - 48
Todd Kerns (Sin City Sinners, The Age of Electric, Slash) - 47

Dec. 6
Mike Smith (Dave Clark Five) - b. 12/5/43 - d. 2/28/08
Randy Rhoads (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne) b. 1956 - 3/19/82
Peter Buck (R.E.M., Hindu Love Gods) - 60
Jeff Blando (Left For Dead, Saigon Kick, Slaughter, Vince Neil, others) - 52
Nita Strauss (Iron Maidens, Alice Cooper) - 30

Dec. 7
Harry Chapin - b. 1942 - d. 7/18/81
Tom Waits - 67
Tim Butler (Psychedelic Furs) - 58
Dennis Chick (VVSI, House of Lords, Freak of Nature)

Dec. 8:
Bobby Elliott (The Hollies + more) - 75
Jim Morrison (Doors) - b. 1943 - d. 7/3/71
Mike Botts (Bread, Linda Ronstadt, Bill Medley, Karla Bonoff, Andrew Gold + more) - b. 1944 - d. 12/9/05
Dan Hartman (Edgar Winter group, 3V, solo) - b. 1950 - d. 3/22/94
Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers Band, The Hour Glass, Gregg Allman Band, The Allman Joys, solo) - 69
Ray Shulman (Gentle Giant) - 67
Warren Cuccurullo (Frank Zappa, Missing Persobs, Duran Duran) - 60
Phil Collen (Girl, Def Leppard, Manraze, Delta Deep) - 59
Johnny Rod (W.A.S.P., King Kobra) - 59
Marty Friedman (Megadeth, Cacophony, Hawaii, Shout, solo) - 54
Ryan Newell (Sister Hazel) - 44
Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) - 43

Dec. 9
Junior Wells (a big star of Chicago Blues, and he later enjoyed a long partnership with Buddy Guy) - b. 1934 - d. 1/15/98
Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper) - 70
Michael Foster (Firehouse) - 21
Paul Landers‬ (‎Rammstein) - 52 ‬
Jacob Dylan (The Wallflowers, solo) - 47
Tre Cool - Frank Edwin Wright III (Green Day, The Lookouts, The Network, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Samiam) - 44

Dec. 10
John Hammond (Producer, A&R scout. Worked with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, George Benson and Janis Joplin) - b. 1910 - d. 7/10/87
Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones (New Orleans blues guitar player from the 1940s and 1950s best known for the million-selling song ‘The Things That I Used to Do’, a song that is listed in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.) - b. 1926 - d. 2/7/59
Ace Kefford (The Move, solo) - 70
Wolf Hoffman (Accept) - 57
J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis + The Fog, Witch, Deep Wound, Upsidedown Cross, Sweet Apple, Heavy Blanket, solo) - 51
Scot Alexander (Dishwalla) - 45
Meg White (The White Stripes) - 42

Dec. 11
David Gates (Bread, solo) - 76
Chester Thompson (Santana, Zappa, Weather Report, Air Pocket, Genesis, solo + more) - 68
Stevie Young (AC/DC) - 60
Mike Mesaros (The Smithereens) - 59
Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue, Sixx:A.M., Brides of Destruction, 58, London, Sister) - 58
Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones) - 55
Justin Currie (Del Amitri, solo) - 52
Dave Schools (Widespread Panic, The Stockholm Syndrome, J Mascis and the Fog, Gov't Mule, others) - 52
Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold) - 35
John Fred Young (Black Stone Cherry) - 32

Dec. 12
Terry Kirkman (Association) - 77
Dicky Betts (The Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Dickey Betts Band) - 73
Paul Harris (Stephen Stills, B. B. King, Judy Collins, Al Kooper, ABBA, Eric Andersen, Rick Derringer, Nick Drake, John Sebastian, Joe Walsh, Seals & Crofts, Dan Fogelberg, Manassas, Souther Hillman Furay Band) - 72
Michael Lang (Woodstock promoter) - 72
Rob Tyner (Rob Tyner Band, MC5) - b. 1944 - d. 9/17/91
Dave Meniketti (Y&T) - 63
Bruce Kulick (Billy Squier, Blackjack, Kiss, Union, Eric Singer Project, Daniel McCartney, Grand Funk Railroad, Meat Loaf, Lordi) - 63
Dan Baird (Homemade Sin, The Georgia Satellites, The Yayhoos) - 63
Cy Curnin (The Fixx, solo) - 59
Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) - 53
Dan Hawkins‬ (The Darkness‬) - 40

Dec. 13
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, Jimmy James and the Blue Flames, Ultimate Spinach, Holy Modal Rounders, Willy DeVille, Bryan Adams, Hoyt Axton, Eric Clapton, Gene Clark, Sheryl Crow, Freddie Hubbard, Tim Weisberg, Joni Mitchell, Rick Nelson, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, Gene Simmons, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Vera and the Beaters, The Best) - 68
Ted Nugent (Damnocracy, The Amboy Dukes, solo, Damn Yankees) – 68
Berton Averre (The Knack) - 63
Dana Strum (Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Slaughter, Vince Neil) - 58
Pat Torpey (Mr. Big) - 57
Robb Rivera‬ (Nonpoint‬) - 47
Joel Hoekstra‬ (Night Ranger, Whitesnake, solo) - 46
Tom DeLonge (Blink-182, Angels & Airwaves, Box Car Racer) - 41
Amy Lee (Evanescence) - 35

Dec. 14
Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper, The Frost, Bossmen, Ursa Major, has played lead guitar or written songs for Aerosmith, Lou Reed, Burton Cummings, KISS, Meat Loaf, Steve Perry, Ringo Starr, Etta James, Peter Gabriel, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Air Supply, Hall & Oates, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and many more) - b. 1942 - d. 7/30/14
Lester Bangs (music journalist, critic, author, and musician. He wrote for Creem and Rolling Stone magazines and was known for his leading influence in rock music criticism; The music critic Jim DeRogatis called him "America's greatest rock critic") - b. 1948 - 4/30/82
Cliff Williams (AC/DC) - 67
Mike Scott (The Waterboys) - 58
C.J. Snare (Firehouse) - 52

Dec. 15
Alan Freed - b. 1921 - d. 1/20/65
Max Yasgur (Owner of a dairy farm in Bethel, N.Y., site of Woodstock Festival 1969) - b. 1919 - d. 2/8/73
Dave Clark (Dave Clark Five) - 74
Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck, Bogart & Appice, Rod Stewart, Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus, Ted Nugent, King Kobra, Blue Murder, Mother's Army, Travers & Appice, KGB, Ozzy Osbourne, MSG, Pappo, Paul Stanley, Marty Friedman, DBA, Hear 'n Aid, solo, Rated X) - 70
Paul Simonon (Clash, Havana 3am, The Good, the Bad and the Queen, Gorillaz) - 61
Tim Gaines (Stormer, Stryper) - 54

Dec. 16
Tony Hicks (The Hollies) - 71
Billy Gibbons (The Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top) - 67
Robben Ford (Discovering the Blues, Charles Ford Band, Yellowjackets, Gregg Allman Band, L.A. Express, others, solo) - 65
Chris Howarth (In This Moment) - 46
Christopher Thorn (Blind Melon, Unified Theory, Sonny Boy Thorn, AWOLNATION + more) - 38

Dec. 17
James Booker (Jerry Garcia Band, sessions, solo) - b. 1937 - d. 11/8/83
Carlo Little (The Rolling Stones, Screaming Lord Sutch, The Savages, Cyril Davies' All Stars, The Flower Pot Men + more) - b. 1938 - d. 8/6/05
Paul Butterfield (Paul Butterfield Blues Band) - b. 1942 - d. 5/4/87
Ron Geesin (composer, orchestrator, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, The Original Downtown Syncopators + more) - 73
Jim Hodder (Steely Dan, sessionist) - b. 1947 - d. 6/5/90
Jim Bonfanti (Raspberries, Dynamite) - 68
Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Free, The Firm, The Law, Queen + Paul Rodgers) - 67
Carlton Barrett (Bob Marley, The Wailers, Upsetters) - b. 1950 - d. 4/17/87
Mark Simon (Grim Reaper) - 60
Earl Hudson (Bad Brains) - 59
Mike Mills (R.E.M., Hindu Love Gods, The Backbeat Band, Automatic Baby) - 58
Bob Stinson (The Replacements) - b. 1959 - d. 2/18/95
David "Ginger" Walls aka Ginger Wildcat (The Wildhearts, Michael Monroe Band, solo) - 52
Craig "DJ Homicide" Bullock (Sugar Ray) - 44
Sam Loeffler (Chevelle) - 42
Maria Brink (In This Moment) - 39
Neil Sanderson (Three Days Grace, others) - 38
Ryan Key (Yellowcard, Bothers) - 37

Dec. 18
Allen Klein (Record industry executive; Rolling Stones, Beatles, ABKCO label) - b. 1931 - d. 7/4/09
Lonnie Brooks (blues guitarist, singer) - 83
Bryan "Chas" Chandler (The Animals, producer) - b. 1938 - d. 7/17/96
Sam Andrew (Big Brother and the Holding Company, Kozmic Blues Band, Sam Andrew Band) - 75
Keith Richards (Rolling Stones, The Dirty Mac, The New Barbarians, The X-Pensive Winos, solo) - 73
Bobby Keys (Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Delaney & Bonnie, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Warren Zevon, Joe Ely, Sheryl Crow, John Lennon, Leon Russell, Plastic Ono Band, Harry Nilsson) - b. 1943 - d. 12/2/14
Randy Castillo (The Offenders, Lita Ford, Stone Fury, Ozzy Osbourne, Bone Angels, Red Square Black, Bret Michaels, Vince Neil, Motley Crue) - b. 1950 - d. 3/26/02
Elliot Easton (The Cars, The Empty Hearts, The New Cars, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, solo) - 63
Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions, Electric Sun) - 62
Greg D’Angelo (White Lion, Anthrax, Pride & Glory, Steven Pearcy, Burning Star, Lynyrd Skynhead) - 53
‎Mille Petrozza‬ (‎Kreator‬) - 50
Roman Glick‬ (Brother Cane, Jackyl, Slave to the System‬) - 46
‪Raymond Herrera‬ (Fear Factory) - 44

Dec. 19
Alvin Lee (Ten Years After, The Jaybirds, solo) - b. 1944 - d. 3/6/13
Zal Yanovsky (Lovin' Spoonful) - b. 1944 - d. 12/13/02
John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, solo, played or recorded with: Levon Helm, Dolly Parton, Steve Martin, Willie Nelson, Bill Wyman, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Jerry Garcia, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Phish, Jerry Jeff Walker, Asleep at the Wheel and more) - 71
Jimmy Bain (Rainbow, Phil Lynott, The Babys, Wild Horses, Gary Moore, Dio, Hear 'n Aid + more) - b. 1947 - d. 1/23/16
Doug Johnson (Loverboy) - 59
Klaus Eichstadt (Ugly Kid Joe) - 489
Kevin Shepard (Tonic) - 48

Dec. 20
Bobby Colomby (Blood, Sweat & Tears + more) - 72
Peter Criss (Wicked Lester, Chelsea, KISS, solo) - 71
Alan Parsons (Alan Parsons Project, Producer, Engineer) - 68
Guy Babylon (Elton John) - b. 1956 - d. 9/2/09
Mike Watt (Minutemen, Dos, fIREHOSE, The Stooges, Banyan, solo) - 59
Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Dweezil, Steve Vai, Metropole Orkest, Beer for Dolphins, The Mike Keneally Band, The Mistakes, Marco Minnemann, KMB, Joe Satriani) - 55
Ray Coburn (Honeymoon Suite) - 54
Chris Robinson (Black Crowes, New Earth Mud, Phil Lesh and Friends, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, solo) - 50

Dec. 21
Frank Zappa (Mothers of Invention) - b. 1940 - d. 12/4/93
Albert Lee (Heads Hands & Feet, Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroes, solo) - 73
Carl Wilson (The Beach Boys) - b. 1946 - d. 2/6/98
Nick Gilder (Sweeney Todd, solo) - 65
Brett Scallions (Fuel) - 45
Steve Mazur (Our Lady Peace) - 39

Dec. 22
Ernest "Barry" Jenkins (Eric Burton & The Animals) - 72
Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) - 70

Dec. 23
Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) - 76
Duster Bennett (Alexis Korner, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, B.B. King) - b. 1946 - d. 3/26/76
Ron Bushy (Iron Butterfly) - 75
Harry Shearer/Derek Smalls (Spinal Tap) - 73
Ariel Bender (Luther Grosvenor) (Mott The Hoople, Spooky Tooth, Stealers Wheel, Widowmaker, The V.I.P.'s, solo) - 70
Ray Tabano (founding member of Aerosmith. Tabano was a childhood friend of Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler and was in Steven's first band, The Strangeurs. Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford in Aerosmith in 1971.) - 70
Graham Bonnet (The Marbles, Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz, Impellitteri, Anthem, solo) - 69
Adrian Belew (King Crimson, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, The Bears, Tori Amos, solo) - 67
Doug Stegmeyer (Billy Joel, Hall and Oates, The Carpenters + more) - b. 1951 - d. 8/25/95
Dave Murray (Urchin, Iron Maiden) - 60
Munetaka Higuchi (Loudness) - b. 1958 - d. 11/30/08
Sass Jordan (solo, Something Unto Nothing, actress + more) - 54
Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam, Bad Radio, Temple of the Dog, Hovercraft) - 52

Dec. 24
Lemmy Kilmister (Hawkwind, Motorhead) - b. 12/24/45- d. 12/28/15
Jan Akkerman (Focus, Johnny and The Cellar Rockers, The Hunters, Brainbox, solo) - 69
Brent Doerner‬ (Helix) -
Neil Turbin (Anthrax, DeathRiders, Bleed The Hunger) - 53
Millard Powers (Counting Crows, The Semantics, Majosha, Ben Folds) - 51
Doyle Bramhall II (Fabulous Thunderbirds, Arc Angels, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters) - 48

Dec. 25
Henry "The Sunflower" Vestine (Canned Heat, Mothers of Invention + more) - b. 1944 - d. 10/20/97
Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix Experience, Fat Mattress) - b. 1945 - d. 5/11/03
Jimmy Buffet – 78
Alannah Myles - 57
Darren Wharton (Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott, Dare) - 54
Stix Zadinia (The Thornbirds, Steel Panther) - 44
Josh Freese (Vandals, Devo, Viva Death, A Perfect Circle, Guns N' Roses, Nine Inch Nails) - 44

Dec. 26
Phil Spector (songwriter, record producer) - 77
Les Maguire (Gerry & the Pacemakers, Hog Owl) - 75
Bob Carpenter (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) - 70
Paul Quinn (Saxon) - 65
James Kottak (Kingdom Come, Scorpions, Kottak, Buster Brown, Montrose, Warrant) - 54
Lars Ulrich (Metallica) - 53
J / Jay Noel Yuenger (Rights of the Accused, Ruined Eye, White Zombie) - 50
Peter Klett (Candlebox) - 47
Jared Leto (Thirty Seconds to Mars, actor) - 45
Zach Blair (Hagfish, Gwar, Rise Against) - 43
Chris Daughtry (Cadence, Daughtry, Absent Element) - 37

Dec. 27
Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley) - 85
Mike Pinder (El Riot and the Rebels, Krew Kats, The Moody Blues) - 75
Peter Sinfield (King Crimson, ELP, Roxy Music, PFM, solo) - 73
Mick Jones (Foreigner, Wonderwheel, Leslie West Band, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Spooky Tooth, sessions) - 72
Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group, Jim Carroll Band, Lenny Kaye Connection, others) - 70
Larry Byrom (Steppenwolf, Ratchell) - 68
Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, UK, Missing Persons, HoBoLeMa, Jeff Beck, Korn, Fantômas, Debbie Harry + more) - 66
David Knopfler (Dire Straits, solo) - 64
Rik Fox (Steeler, Surgical Steel, SIN) - 61
Jerry Gaskill (King's X, Galactic Cowboys, solo) - 59
Gary Shea (Alcatrazz, TALK, New England)
Scott Holiday (Rival Sons) -
Ace Von Johnson (Faster Pussycat) - 34
Hayley Williams (Paramore) - 28

Dec. 28
Edgar Winter (Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, The Edgar Winter Group, Sawbuck, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, solo) – 70
Alex Chilton (The Box Tops, Big Star) - b. 1950 - d. 3/17/10
Hugh McDonald (Bass; Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, sessions including Cher, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Lita Ford, Michael Bolton, David Bromberg Band, David Bromberg, The Big Dogs + more) - 65
Rik Fox (Sister, Circus Circus, W.A.S.P, Steeler, SIN, Thunderball, Surgical Steel, Burn, Hellion) - 61
Matt Jp Walst (My Darkest Days) -
Parker Lundgren (Queensryche) - 30

Dec. 29
Matt "Guitar" Murphy (The Blues Brothers) - 89
Ray Thomas (The Moody Blues) - 75
Rick Danko (The Band, solo) - b. 1942 - d. 12/10/99
Marianne Faithfull (Singer, songwriter, Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones, solo) - 70
Cozy Powell (Bedlam, Cozy Powell's Hammer, Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Micheal Schenker Group, Whitesnake, Emerson, Lake & Powell, Blue Murder, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath, The Brian May Band, Suzi Quatro, Peter Green Splinter Group, Yngwie Malmsteen, Thin Lizzy, solo) - b. 1947 - d. 4/5/98
Neil Giraldo (Derringer, Pat Benatar) - 61
Dexter Holland (Clowns of Death, The Offspring) - 51
Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard, Damnocracy, Attika7, The Spyderz) - 4
Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper, Vasco Rossi, Sixx: A.M., Beautiful Creatures, Impellitteri, SX-10, Gary Hoey, Jennifer Batten, Tony MacAlpine) - 46
Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket, Mutual Admiration Society, Works Progress Administration, Plover, solo) - 46

Dec. 30
Bo Diddley - b. 1928 - d. 6/2/08
Del Shannon - b. 1934 - d. 2/8/90
Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary) - 79
Felix Pappalardi (Mountain) - b. 1939 - d. 4/17/83
Mike Nesmith (The Monkees, First National Band, solo) - 74
Davy Jones (The Monkees) - b. 1945 - d. 2/29/12
Patti Smith - 70
Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Blodwyn Pig, Robin Trower, Jude, Aviator, Jeff Pain (aka Dicken, formerly of the UK band Mr Big), Jack Bruce, Gordon Giltrap, Anna Ryder, Uli Jon Roth, Electric Sun, Steve Hillage, Vikki Clayton, Solstice, Glenn Hughes, Jerry Donahue, solo) - 70
Jeff Lynne (The Move, The Idle Race, ELO, Traveling Wilburys, solo, Producer) - 69
Bruce Fairbairn (Musician, Record producer: Loverboy, Blue Öyster Cult, Bon Jovi, Poison, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Scorpions, Van Halen, Chicago, The Cranberries, INXS, KISS, Yes and more) - b. 1949 - d. 5/17/99
Joe Hasselvander‬ (Pentagram, The Boyz, Raven‬) - 60
Tommy Clufetos (Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath) - 37

Dec. 31
Pete Quaife (Kinks) - b. 1943 - d. 6/23/10
Andy Summers (Police, solo) - 74
Burton Cummings (The Guess Who, The Carpet Frogs, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, solo) - 69
Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) - 65
Alan St. Jon (Billy Squier, Alice Cooper, Cher, The John Entwistle Band, Steve Forbert, Leslie West, Twisted Sister, Ted Nugent, others, solo) -
Paul Westerberg (Replacements, Grandpaboy, solo) - 57
Scott Ian / Scott Ian Rosenfeld (Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death, Damnocracy, Pearl, The Damned Things) - 53
Bob Bryar (My Chemical Romance, Gerardolopoly, The Used) - 37
Sean Kelly (Helix) - 34

Today In Rock
Dec. 1
1956: One of the first Rock movies, 'The Girl Can't Help It,' opens in America. Featuring performances by Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, the Platters and Fats Domino, the film starred Jayne Mansfield as an aspiring singer.
1957: Three rock and roll acts made their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show: Buddy Holly & the Crickets ('That'll Be the Day'), Sam Cooke ('You Send Me'), and the Rays.
1961: The Beatles performed a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. That night they headlined a six-group Big Beat Session at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton in Wallasey. Between 1961 - 1963, The Beatles played at The Tower Ballroom 27 times.
1959: Chuck Berry meets a young lady named Janice Escalante in Juarez, Mexico (his band has a show in El Paso that night). After learning she is a runaway, Berry invites her on the tour and takes her back to St. Louis to work at his restaurant. She's just 14, which puts Berry in violation of a law against transporting minors across state lines. He would be arrested and serve 20 months in jail.
1964: Beatles drummer Ringo Starr booked into University College Hospital to have his tonsils removed.
1964: The Who played the first of 22 consecutive Tuesday night gigs at The Marquee Club in London, the band were paid £50 for each gig. The Marquee Club saw the rise of some of the most important British artists in the 60's such as Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Cream, Manfred Mann, The Nice, Yes, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, King Crimson and many others who all appeared at the club.
1965: During a North America tour The Rolling Stones appeared at the Vancouver Auditorium in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1966: The Mamas and The Papas' 'Cass, John, Michelle and Denny' album is certified gold.
1966: Jimi Hendrix signed an exclusive management deal for four years with Mike Jeffrey, Kit Lambert & Chris Stamp’s Yameta Company.
1967: The 16 date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, Nice, Outer Limits and Amen Corner played at the Central Hall, Chatham. The Chatham Standard later reported: ‘Hendrix opened his act with the Beatles’ number Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the three-piece group made as much of an impression as a studio full of musicians. Once upon a time this sort of noise could not be reproduced outside a studio. He did several of his own numbers, including unfaultable versions of 'Hey Joe' and 'Purple Haze' and The Troggs’ 'Wild Thing.'
1967: Jimi Hendrix's 2nd studio album, 'Axis: Bold as Love' is released.
1967: The Who end their first headlining tour of the US, playing the Long Island Arena in Commack, New York. Vanilla Fudge is the supporting act.
1968: Janis Joplin made her final appearance with Big Brother & the Holding Company, at a Family Dog show in San Francisco.
1968: The Beatles 'White Album' started a seven-week run at #1 on the UK chart. The double set was the first on the Apple label,
1968: The Rolling Stones release 'Beggars Banquet.'
1969: George Harrison and Ringo Starr turn up at London’s Royal Albert Hall to watch Delaney & Bonnie perform with Eric Clapton.
1971: John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir's 'Happy Xmas(War is Over)' b/w "Listen, the Snow Is Falling' 45 single is released.
1971: Yes appeared at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut.
1972: Pink Floyd performs at the Centre Sportif, in Ile Des Vannes, St. Ouen, Paris. The show was broadcast live by RTL Radio.
1973: Aerosmith's 'Dream On' only makes it to #59 on the pop chart. When it's re-released three years later it lands in the Top 10, peaking at #6.
1973: Black Sabbath's 5th studio album, 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' is released.
1974: Genesis performed at the Lyric Theater in Baltimore, Maryland.
1975: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1975: Black Sabbath 'We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll' compilation album was released.
1975: The 5th album from Styx, 'Equinox' was released.
1975: AC/DC released the album 'T.N.T.'
1976: The Sex Pistols appeared on ITV's live early evening 'Today' show (in place of Queen who had pulled out following a trip to the dentists by Freddie Mercury). Taunted by interviewer Bill Grundy who asked the band to say something outrageous, guitarist Steve Jones says: 'You dirty bastard...you dirty fucker...what a fucking rotter!' The result was the Sex Pistols being banned in several British cities.
1977: During a North American tour Queen appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1977: Rush played at the Montreal Forum.
1977: Aerosmith release their 5th studio album, 'Draw the Line.'
1977: Billy Joel's 'The Stranger' gets to #2. It's Joel's 5th album and contains a couple of his best known ballads ('Just The Way You Are' and 'She's Always A Woman') but also includes Rockers in 'Movin' Out' and 'Only The Good Die Young.'
1979: U2 perform outside of Ireland for the first time, as they begin a series of London dates.
1979: Motorhead released their 6th single, 'Bomber.'
1979: The Police track 'Walking On The Moon,' is the #1 single in the U.K. It was written by Sting.
1979: The Grateful Dead performed at Stanley Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1980: The Talking Heads kick-off their tour of the U.K. at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Support on this tour would come from U2.
1981: King Crimson appeared at The Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, British Columbia.
1982: Aerosmith played at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
1983: Neil Young was sued by Geffen Records because his new music for the label was ‘not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums’. His latest album 'Everybody's Rockin' featured a selection of rockabilly songs (both covers and original material) which ran for just 25 minutes, Young's shortest album.
1984: Billy Squier made his first and only appearance as a musical guest on 'Saturday Night Live.'
1986: Queen release their 2nd live album, 'Live Magic.'
1987: A Kentucky teacher lost her appeal in the US Supreme Court over her sacking after showing Pink Floyd's film 'The Wall' to her class. The court decided that the film was not suitable for minors with its bad language and sexual content.
1989: Sly Stone was sentenced to 55 days after pleading guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of cocaine, (two weeks later he also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to spend 9-14 months in rehab).
1990: C.C. Deville of Poison spent six hours in jail after being arrested for public drunkenness and criminal mischief after a concert in Louisville that night.
1991: The Band's self-titled sophomore album is certified a platinum selling album. It only took 22 years.
1992: Pearl Jam's 'Ten' album passes the 6 million sales mark.
1992: The Journey 'Time3' box set is released.
1993: Ray Gillen dies from AIDS in New York City. He was 34. Gillen replaced Glenn Hughes in Black Sabbath, choosing the band over an offer to play the lead role in Cats on Broadway, as he was a trained opera singer. But, he was only in the band for one year. He followed that stint with three albums for the group Badlands, with Jake E. Lee and Eric Singer.
1993: Pink Floyd held a press conference to announce their 1994 world tour, which proved to be the band’s last tour.
1999: Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil & Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra performed a concert at the Show Box in Seattle to protest the World Trade Organization summit.
2005: Pearl Jam plays the first of two shows at Pacaembu stadium in Sao Paulo. Mayor Jose Serra had suspended the shows after complaints from nearby wealthy residents about the noise and mess. He later reverses his decision when the group complies with some ground rules. The shows mark Pearl Jam's Brazilian debut.
2005: The White Stripes are the first group to perform on Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show.'
2005: It's World AIDS Day. Bidding begins on Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica signed guitars for the LIFEbeat organization's Bid 2 Beat AIDS auction. There are also items from Green Day, Foo Fighters, Godsmack, KoRn, Linkin Park, 3 Doors Down, Coheed and Cambria, Hoobastank, Kid Rock, Sevendust, Zakk Wylde, My Chemical Romance, Guns N' Roses, Tool and U2.
2005: 'Memories Of John Lennon' is in bookstores. The 300-plus page book, compiled by Yoko, contains prose, poetry and drawings from Lennon's friends, associates and admirers, including the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, the Who's Pete Townshend, U2's Bono, Carlos Santana and Elton John.
2005: Rocky Horror Picture Show is entered into the National Film Registry.
2006: Paul McCartney admits he's been seeing a psychiatrist to help him get through his divorce from second wife, Heather Mills.
2006: An Oasis fan enjoyed “the best day of his life” when Noel Gallagher came to his house in Poynton, Cheshire to play an intimate gig. Lucky listener Ben Hayes won a BBC Radio 1 competition to have the star play in his front room as part of a week of gigs compered by DJ Jo Whiley. 15 people packed into his lounge for the tiny gig, with his mother on hand making cups of tea for the crew.
2007: Killswitch Engage are the Act of the Year and Outstanding Metal/Hardcore Band of the Year at the '07 Boston Music Awards. They do not attend. But Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton does and receives a Personal Achievement Award. The bassist is honored for his successful bout against cancer and his help in supporting the community.
2007: 3 Doors Down's fourth annual Better Life Foundation concert/auction is in Biloxi, MS. On the block are a custom 3 Doors Down Bourget motorcycle along with guitars autographed by 3DD's members, Chris Cornell, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin and Seether.
2007: A World AIDS Day benefit concert in Johannesburg, South Africa, features Peter Gabriel.
2008: U2, Elton John, the Police, Bob Dylan and R.E.M. contribute music to (RED)WIRE, a subscription-based music-download service launched in conjunction with U2 singer Bono's Product Red initiative. Funds raised combat HIV and AIDS in Africa.
2008: 'The Lennon Prophecy' is in bookstores. Joseph Niezgoda claims The Beatles' popularity and John Lennon's death were the result of a 20-year pack Lennon made with the devil in December of 1960 well before The Beatles were international stars. The author cites historical events and hidden messages (in songs, album art, etc.) as proof.
2010: In recognition of World AIDS Day, Elton John is a guest editor for The Independent, a U.K. newspaper. "I'm pleased to get the chance to put the subject of AIDS at the top of the editorial agenda," says Elton in a statement. Proceeds from the day's circulation revenues benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Meanwhile, U2 frontman Bono says that the global recession is hampering efforts to combat AIDS. "In recessionary times, people have to tell their politicians this is important to them."
2010: Bon Jovi 'Greatest Hits' tops Billboard's Hard Rock Albums chart. The compilation also peaks at #24 on the Billboard 200 and at #3 on the Rock Albums chart.
2010: Sean Yseult's 'I'm In the Band: Backstage Notes from the Chick in White Zombie' is out in paperback. Yseult was White Zombie's bassist.
2011: Opening bids are taken online by Gotta Have Rock And Roll for a to-do list written by John Lennon for May 22nd (the year is not specified). The list includes letting the cable man into his apartment to fix his HBO and getting books back from friends.
2013: Artist Martin Sharp, designer of the groundbreaking album covers for Cream's 'Disraeli Gears' and 'Wheels Of Fire,' passes away from emphysema at his home in New South Wales, Australia. He also designed album covers and concert posters for Jimi Hendrix, Donovan and Bob Dylan, and co-wrote the lyrics to Cream's 'Tales Of Brave Ulysses.' He was 71.
2013: Bob Dylan was placed under judicial investigation in France for allegedly provoking ethnic hatred of Croats. It followed a legal complaint lodged by a Croat association in France over a 2012 interview Dylan gave to Rolling Stone magazine. In the interview Dylan allegedly compared the relationship between Jews and Nazis to that of Serbs and Croats.
2014: Phil Rudd of AC/DC pleaded not guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs. Phil Rudd was excused from appearing in New Zealand's Tauranga District Court, with his lawyer entering his plea. The 60-year-old Australian-born musician was originally charged with attempting to procure the murder of two men.
2014: U2 Minus 1 (less Bono) perform in Times Square on World AIDS Day (RED) benefit. Because Bono is recuperating from a bicycle injury, Coldplay's Chris Martin ('Beautiful Day' and 'With Or Without You') and Bruce Springsteen ('Where The Streets Have No Name' and 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For') fill in. Former President Bill Clinton talks about the battle against AIDS and introduces the band.
2014: 'Megadeth - The Countdown To Extinction Auction' kicks off. Original stage back props, guitars, amps, apparel, set lists, lyrics, tour programs, and signed items are on the block.
2015: Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is guest star on ABC's 'The Muppets.' Grohl appears as himself on the episode titled 'Going, Going, Gonzo.' He performs 'Learn To Fly' and challenges Animal to a drum-off.
2015: The bike U2's Bono was riding in 2014 when he was seriously injured in New York City's Central Park goes on the auction block as part of Shopathon, a campaign for his organization (RED), which raises money to battle AIDS. The auction coincides with World AIDS Day.
2015: Former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman, Scott Weiland, plays what turns out to be his last concert at Toronto's Adelaide Hall with his solo band The Wildabouts. The singer dies two days later.

Dec. 2
1957: Al Priddy, a disc jockey at the Portland, Oregon, radio station KEX, is fired for playing the Elvis Presley version of 'White Christmas,' which the station has banned. Their program manager says it "desecrates the Spirit of Christmas and transgresses the composer's intent." The story makes national news, but it turns out to be a publicity stunt. Priddy was back on the air two weeks later, with the station claiming letters were pouring in to support the DJ. As part of the stunt, Priddy recorded the GM calling in to "fire" him for playing the song and played the conversation on his show before he left.
1963: The Beatles recorded an appearance on the UK TV comedy program 'The Morecambe and Wise Show.' The Beatles played ‘This Boy,' ‘All My Loving,' and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. The program was broadcast on April 18, 1964.
1966: David Bowie released 'Rubber Band,' his first single on the Deram label. It was part of a three-track audition tape Bowie's new manager Kenneth Pitt used to persuade the label to sign him. Despite some good reviews in the music press, the single was a flop, once more failing to break into the UK charts.
1967: The Monkees' 'Daydream Believer' hits #1 on the US charts.
1967: The Monkees' 'Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones' album hits #1. It was their 4th to sell over a million copies.
1967: Bill Wyman's 'In Another Land' b/w The Rolling Stones 'The Lantern' 45 single is released. It's the third track on The Rolling Stones album 'Their Satanic Majesties Request.' It was released as a single a week before the album and peaked at #87 on the United States pop chart.
1967: Pink Floyd play at The Dome in Brighton, England.
1968: The Beach Boys 'Bluebirds Over The Mountain' b/w 'Never Learn Not To Love' 45 single is released.
1968: Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention's 'Cruising with Ruben & the Jets' album is released.
1969: George Harrison performs anonymously with Delaney, Bonnie & Friends in Bristol, England, after having watched them play with Eric Clapton the night before in London. He tours the UK with their ensemble, marking the first series of live performances by a Beatle since 1966.
1970: Former Animal Eric Burdon launched his new initiative, 'Curb the Clap,' by distributing bumper stickers. Burdon said he wanted to raise awareness of the “number one sickness in the record business today – VD” and raise money for the Los Angeles Free Clinic. Burdon’s manager, Steve Gold, denies that it has anything to do with MGM Records president Mike Curb’s recent announcement that he was dropping eighteen acts from his roster because their music advocated drug use. “It’s because Eric has the clap,” says Gold. “He says from age fifteen to twenty-six he only had it once, but it’s happened three or four times since. For every donation to the L.A. Free Clinic, Eric will send out a CURB THE CLAP bumpersticker. VD has more effect on this industry than any drug.”
1971: Led Zeppelin appeared at The Royal Ballroom in Bournemouth, England.
1971: Led Zeppelin released 'Black Dog' b/w 'Misty Mountain Hop' 45 single is released as a single in the United States and Australia. It reached #15 on Billboard and #11 in Australia.
1971: Taj Mahal performs for the men on death row at Wilmington State Penitentiary.
1972: David Bowie performed at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.
1972: Carly Simon releases 'You're So Vain.'
1973: The Who arrive in Montreal, Canada, disembarking from the plane wearing paper hats made out of French in-flight newspapers and singing the French national anthem. That evening they perform at the Montreal Forum. Early the next morning The Who and twelve members of their entourage are jailed in Montreal after Pete and Keith wreck their hotel suites. They manage to post bail at 1:15pm when the local promoter pays $5,995.34 (£3746.88) in cash to the police station and they perform that night at the Boston Garden, where they rail to the audience about the Montreal police. John Entwistle later wrote the song 'Cell Block Number Seven' about the incident.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band appear at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia.
1973: Bob Dylan fans start mailing in ticket requests for his latest tour today. Dylan sells 658,000 seats through the mail, but not before San Francisco witnesses traffic jams as people rush to send in their applications.
1973: The Grateful Dead performed at the Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.
1974: Yes played at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas.
1974: Ravi Shankar is hospitalized after suffering chest pains while touring with George Harrison.
1975: Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' b/w 'I'm In Love With My Car' 45 single is released.
1975: The Who perform at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Des Moines, Iowa.
1976: Elvis Presley played the first of an 11-night run at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas.
1976: The British press is in an uproar the day after The Sex Pistols appeared on the 'Today' programme on London regional TV and swore repeatedly. The front page headline of the Daily Mirror reads "THE FILTH AND THE FURY!"
1976: Linda Ronstadt is on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone magazine.
1976: The first day of the photo shoot for the forthcoming Pink Floyd 'Animals' album cover took place at Battersea Power Station in London, England, with a giant inflatable pig lashed between two of the structure’s tall towers. A trained marksman was hired ready to fire if the inflatable escaped, but was not needed on this, the first day. Unfortunately the following day the marksman hadn’t been rebooked, so when the inflatable broke free from its moorings, it was able to float away. It is spotted by airline pilots at thirty thousand feet in the air causing flights at Heathrow Airport to be cancelled. It eventually lands in Kent where it was recovered by a local farmer, reportedly furious that it had scared his cows. The pig (known as Algie), is later withdrawn from auction in 2015 due to the band’s interest in restoring it.
1977: Rush play at the Fitchburg Theater in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
1978: Rod Stewart reached #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart for the 5th time with 'Da Ya Think I’m Sexy' which spent one week on top. The song would also reach #1 in the U.S. in February the following year. A plagiarism lawsuit by Brazilian musician Jorge Ben Jor confirmed that the song had been derived from his composition 'Taj Mahal.' Stewart agreed to donate all his royalties from the song to the United Nations Children’s Fund.
1978: Aerosmith appeared at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
1980: Bob Dylan performed at The Armory in Salem, Oregon.
1982: Def Leppard filmed the music video for 'Photograph' in Battersea, London. This video was the video debut of guitarist Phil Collen.
1982: Van Halen played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1982: US folk singer David Blue died of a heart attack aged 41 while jogging in New York's Washington Square Park. He was a member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue during the late 70's and wrote ‘Outlaw Man’ covered by The Eagles on their 1973 'Desperado' album.
1986: Jerry Lee Lewis checks into the Betty Ford Clinic for addiction to painkillers.
1988: Geraldo Rivera welcomed Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Willie Nelson on his talk show to talk about sex on the road.
1991: The US Supreme Court rules that The Shirelles, Gene Pitney and B.J. Thomas are owed $1.2 million in unpaid royalties.
1994: Warner Music Group acquires a 49% share of Seattle "Grunge" record label Sub Pop.
1997: At a Rolling Stones concert at the Pontiac Silverdome outside of Detroit, 31 year old Eric Zylema fell 23 feet to his death while dancing on a handrail.
1998: Jimmy Buffett gave Mobile, Alabama a hand in recovering from Hurricane George. He performed a benefit concert, his first in his hometown in eight years.
1999: Sir Paul McCartney confirmed that he would play Liverpool’s Cavern Club for the first time since The Beatles said farewell to the club in 1963.
1999: David Bowie played his first UK show in over two years when he appeared at the Astoria Theatre in London in front of 2,000 fans.
2000: The Smashing Pumpkins played their “final” concert when they appeared at the Metro Club in Chicago. They would not play again until May 2007, with founder Billy Corrigan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlain as the only other original members to participate.
2002: Singer Peter Garrett leaves Midnight Oil for a political career in his native Australia.
2003: The reunited Simon & Garfunkel performed at Madison Square Garden. It was their first New York gig in 10 years.
2003: Alice Cooper receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Cooper’s star is the 2,243rd on the Walk of Fame and lies between those of Gene Autry and Hugh Hefner. He says, “We would walk over the names of Vincent Price, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, never, ever thinking that our names would ever be on the Walk of Fame. That is really quite a privilege to be here.”
2003: Darkness singer Justin Hawkins was held for two hours at JFK Airport in New York after police mistook him for a wanted man with the same name and looks. The police agreed to let him go after Justin's fiance and manager Sue Whitehouse produced a tour schedule to prove that he was in England on July 4th when the crime was committed.
2004: Panic Channel, with former Jane's Addiction members Dave Navarro, Chris Chaney and Stephen Perkins, plus vocalist Steve Isaacs, play their first publicized performance in Los Angeles. Two "secret" gigs preceded this show.
2005: The legendary Living Colour begin a U.S. tour of clubs and theaters prior to the release of their first-ever concert DVD. The DVD documents an '04 performance in South America.
2006: Bruce Springsteen makes an unscheduled appearance in Sayreville, NJ, at an annual Light Of Day concert to benefit the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
2006: 3 Doors Down hold their rd annual benefit concert for The Better Life Foundation in Mobile, AL. Staind also performs. Proceeds from the event aid victims of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in the Gulf Coast region. "This concert...is just another way for us to try and give back to the area we so dearly love," says 3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold. Also in Mobile, Staind start a brief eight day tour of the southeast.
2007: Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne made more than $800,000 for charity after they sold off some of their possessions from their former US home. Items sold included the family's custom pool table for $11,250 and a pair of Ozzy's trademark round glasses went for $5,250. The beaded wire model of the Eiffel Tower that adorned the kitchen fetched $10,000, while skull-adorned trainers worn by Ozzy sold for $2,625.
2008: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx and his girlfriend, L.A. Ink tattoo artist Kat Von D, attend a benefit at a West Hollywood art gallery featuring sixty-six portraits of Sixx created by Von D. Proceeds go toward the Covenant House teen shelter and its affiliated 'Running Wild in the Night' music program that Sixx founded.
2008: Kid Rock's request to have his performances for overseas U.S. troops count toward the 80 hours of community service required from his 2007 Waffle House brawl is denied in court. In retaliation, Rock posts the judge's contact information online, and encourages fans to voice their disapproval.
2009: Paul McCartney launches his first European tour in five years in The Beatles old stomping ground, Hamburg, Germany.
2009: It's the Grammy Nomination Concert in L.A. Linkin Park and Ringo Starr are among the presenters announcing the 2010 Grammy nominees. Kings Of Leon's 'Use Somebody' receives 4 nominations. The song is up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Rock song. Also nominated for Best Rock song are Pearl Jam's 'The Fixer,' U2's 'I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight,' Green Day's '21 Guns' and Bruce Springsteen's 'Working On A Dream.'
2009: Eric Woolfson, co-founder of the Alan Parsons Project, dies of cancer at 64. He wrote all the band's lyrics and contributed some lead vocals. After his 10 albums with the Alan Parsons Project, he moved into musical theater and wrote five musicals. In total, he sold over 50 million albums worldwide.
2010: Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Cliff and Sheryl Crow appear at a benefit for the human rights organization WITNESS at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. WITNESS is a group that was co-founded by Gabriel and provides training for human rights activists worldwide.
2011: Limp Bizkit announce they have left Interscope Records, the label that issued all six of their albums. Frontman Fred Durst admits the split came down to creative differences over their comeback record 'Gold Cobra,' which suffered disappointing sales.
2012: Led Zeppelin’s three surviving members, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page, receive the Kennedy Center Honors from President Barack Obama. In his tribute to the band, Mr Obama said: "When Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham burst onto the musical scene in the late 1960s, the world never saw it coming." The president thanked the former band members for behaving themselves at the White House given their history of "hotel rooms being trashed and mayhem all around". Their tribute is performed by the Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Jason Bonham, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. Blues guitarist Buddy Guy is also honored.
2013: Iron Maiden LLP, the band's holding company, is named one of the fastest-growing music companies in the UK, by the London Stock Exchange.
2013: Roger Taylor and Brian May opened the 'Queen Studio Experience - Montreux,' an exhibition of Queen memorabilia at Mountain Studios in Switzerland, where they had recorded many classic tracks spanning seven albums and where Freddie Mercury recorded his last vocal. The exhibition would open to the public a day later.
2014: AC/DC release their 'Rock Or Bust' album. It's the first AC/DC album recorded without cofounder Malcolm Young.
2014: Saxophonist Bobby Keys, who started touring at age fifteen with fellow Texan Buddy Holly, and more famously with the Rolling Stones (he soloed on the Stones' 'Brown Sugar'), passed away as a result of cirrhosis at his home in Franklin, TN. He he also played with artists ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Harrison and Eric Clapton to Sheryl Crow, Humble Pie and Barbra Streisand.

Dec. 3:
1955: Elvis Presley's first release on RCA Victor Records was announced. The first two songs ‘Mystery Train’ and ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’ had been purchased from Sun Records owner am Phillips.
1960: Elvis Presley's 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' hits #1.
1961: The Beatles meet Brian Epstein for the first time, at his Liverpool record store, NEMS. John Lennon, George Harrison and Pete Best arrived late for the 4pm meeting, (they had been drinking at the Grapes pub in Matthew Street), but Paul McCartney was not with them, because, as Harrison explained, he had just got up and was "taking a bath." Later they meet again to discuss Brian's management of the group.
1964: The Rolling Stones had their second UK #1 single with their version of 'Little Red Rooster.' The Stones had recorded the song at Chess Studios in Chicago, the same studios where Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and Little Walter had recorded their blues classics.
1965: The debut studio album by The Who, 'My Generation' is released in the U.K. by Brunswick Records
1965: Keith Richards is knocked unconscious by electric shock when his guitar makes contact with his microphone during the song 'The Last Time' at a Rolling Stones show in Sacramento. Richards takes about ten minutes to get back up to speed, but he finishes the show.
1965: Beatles release ‘Rubber Soul’ album in the U.K. This edition includes 'Nowhere Man' which does not appear on the U.S. version, which is released on Dec. 6.
1965: The Beatles kick off what would be their last ever UK tour at Glasgow's Odeon Cinema. Also on the bill, The Moody Blues The Koobas and Beryl Marsden. The last show was at Cardiff's Capitol Cinema on December 12.
1966: The Monkees make their live concert debut at the Honolulu International Center Arena before a sold out crowd of 8,000.
1966: One of Paul Revere & the Raiders biggest hits 'Good Thing' enters the charts.
1968: Iron Butterfly's 'In-a-Gadda-da-Vida' album is certified gold.
1968: Cream gets a gold record for their 1967 debut 'Fresh Cream.'
1968: 'Singer (program sponsor) Presents Elvis' airs on NBC. This soon becomes known as the 'Comeback Special.' The soundtrack album was released simply as 'NBC-TV Special.' It was directed by Steve Binder and produced by Binder and Bones Howe. The program featured a taped, semi-unplugged performance given earlier at Burbank Studios in front of a live audience. This was Elvis' first appearance before a live audience since 1961. According to his friend Jerry Schilling, the special reminded Presley of what "he had not been able to do for years, being able to choose the people, being able to choose what songs and not being told what had to be on the soundtrack....He was out of prison, man."
1969: John Lennon was offered title role in the rock opera 'Jesus Christ, Superstar.' The offer was withdrawn the following day.
1969: 'Led Zeppelin II' hits #1 on U.S. album charts. It sells over eight million copies.
1969: The Rolling Stones recorded 'Brown Sugar' at Muscle Shoals studios. The single went on to be a UK & US #1. The song was written by Mick Jagger with Marsha Hunt in mind; Hunt was Jagger's secret girlfriend and mother of his first child Karis.
1969: Grand Funk Railroad's 'Mr. Limousine Driver' b/w 'High Falootin' Woman '45 single is released.
1971: Switzerland’s Montreaux Casino burns to the ground during a gig by Frank Zappa. Someone shoots off a flare gun which hits the wooden roof and quickly spreads. It eventually reaches the building’s heating system, causing an explosion. Luckily, everyone escapes. Deep Purple, in town at the time recording an album, commemorate the incident in the song ‘Smoke On The Water’.
1972: French authorities confirm that they have issued arrest warrants for Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg for violating the country's drug laws. Richards claims the first he learned of the charges was when he read about them in the morning newspaper.
1973: Ringo Starr releases 'You're Sixteen.'
1975: Ronnie Wood's wife Krisse was arrested for alleged possession of marajuana and cocaine after a raid on the couple's house. Krissie’s friend Audrey Burgon was also arrested, with newspapers reporting that the two women were found "sleeping together."
1976: The forty-foot inflatable pig being photographed for the cover of Pink Floyd's 'Animals' albums breaks free. The pig flies from London to Kent before crash landing.
1976: Bob Marley is shot in the upper arm when intruders storm his house in Kingston, Jamaica, attempting to assassinate the singer. Also shot were his wife Rita, manager Don Taylor and Lewis Griffiths, a member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. The attack was motivated by politics, as elections in Jamaica were days away and Marley was seen as supporting the ruling party. Marley made a full recovery and never had the bullet removed, as he was told that the operation could cause him to lose movement in his fingers.
1977: Paul McCartney & Wings topped the U.K. Singles Chart for the first of 9 weeks with 'Mull of Kintyre' which became the first single to sell more than two million copies in the U.K.
1978: A soccer team co-owned by Peter Frampton, Paul Simon and Mick Jagger called The Philadelphia Furies kicked off their first match in the North American League with a 3-0 loss to the Washington Diplomats.
1979: Eleven fans are trampled to death at a Who concert at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, with another 26 fans injured. At 7:05, after the Who had finished their sound check, 5 of the Coliseum’s 134 doors were opened, because only nine ticket takers had been hired. The Coliseum said enlisting ushers would be a union violation. For nearly an hour, people were jammed together up against the glass doors, unable to move or, in some cases, even breathe. The concert was using “festival seating” where seats are available on a first come-first served basis. This is later banned at virtually all venues.
1980: Photographer Annie Leibovitz takes the last known photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono together at their apartment in New York's Dakota building.
1980: KISS performed their last concert with original guitarist Ace Frehley at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand until their 1996 reunion tour.
1981: At a show in Hartford, AC/DC is prohibited from firing their cannons during 'For Those About To Rock (We Salute You),' as police enforce an ordinance banning stage weaponry.
1983: Slayer release their debut studio album, 'Show No Mercy.'
1986: Judas Priest and CBS Records were sued by James Vance and the family of Raymond Belknap alleging that they were responsible for Vance & Belknap forming a suicide pact and shooting themselves in the head after listening to Judas Priest’s records for six hours. The parents and their legal team alleged that a subliminal message of 'do it' had been included in the Judas Priest song 'Better By You, Better Than Me' from the 'Stained Class' album and alleged the command in the song triggered the suicide attempt. The lawsuit would later be dismissed in 1990.
1987: R.E.M.'s album 'Document' breaks into the U.S. Top 10. As a result, Rolling Stone magazine calls them "America's Best Rock & Roll Band."
1988: Carole King and Gerry Goffin receive a Lifetime Achievement award from the US National Academy of Songwriters.
1988: Will To Power's medley of 'Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird' is the #1 song in the U.S. Peter Frampton fans are relatively silent but Lynyrd Skynyrd fans get mighty riled about one of the all time great Southern Rock songs getting a pop treatment.
1991: Gilby Clarke replaces Izzy Stradlin as Guns and Roses’ rhythm guitarist.
1991: Guns N' Roses release their 9th single, 'Live and Let Die.'
1992: In an MTV Europe interview, Rolling Stones' frontman Mick Jagger says bassist Bill Wyman has left the group.
1994: Adam Sander performs 'The Chanukah Song' on the Weekend Update segment of 'Saturday Night Live.' Released as a single the following year, it reaches #10 on the charts US and is now a seasonal favorite.
1999: Bono of U2 had his missing laptop computer returned after losing it. A young man had bought it for £300 and discovered he had the missing laptop, which contained tracks from the forthcoming U2 album.
2000: Mick Jagger and U2 formed a £100 million offshore investment trust to buy commercial property. Based in the Channel Islands the fund planed to invest in small offices and shops in London, England.
2003: Limp Bizkit cancels the Southeast Asian leg of their tour for security reasons. The U.S. State Department had warned of "increased security risks" in the region.
2005: Marilyn Manson and his longtime girlfriend, striptease artist Dita Von Teese (Heather Sweet), wed at a castle in Kilsheelan, Ireland. About 60 people attend the ceremony that is officiated by underground movie director Alejandro Jodorowsky. The bride and groom read self-penned vows.
2006: A program documenting Sammy Hagar and the Wabos' summer concert in St. Louis premieres on HDNet. The gig, part of Hagar's 'Livin' It Up' tour, features a set with ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony.
2007: The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and Diana Ross both collected awards for contributions to US culture a ceremony in Washington, DC attended by President Bush. Hootie and the Blowfish paid tribute to Brian Wilson with a medley of some of the Beach Boys' best-known songs.
2008: Nickelback's 'Dark Horse' is the #2 album in the U.S. (behind Beyonce). The set sells 326,000 units during its first week of release. Checking in at #3 is Guns N' Roses' comeback album 'Chinese Democracy.'
2008: 'Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...,' a performance-and-interview show, makes its debut on the Sundance Channel with an appearance by the program's executive producer, Elton John.
2008: Elmer Valentine, co-founder of the legendary Whiskey a Go Go on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard, dies at age 85. Valentine launched the Whiskey in 1964. Johnny Rivers, The Byrds, Love, Buffalo Springfield, and The Doors made a name for themselves at the venue.
2009: Scott Weiland (Velvet Revolver/Stone Temple Pilots) released a cover of 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.'
2009: Nickelback are the first major contributors to the Obakki Foundation which helps orphaned children in Cameroon, Africa. The band donates $1 of every ticket sold during their previous summer tour for a total contribution of $500K. "Through the ongoing support of our incredible fans, Nickelback has the opportunity to step up, contribute and make a difference," says Ryan Peake, who founded the organization with his wife Treana. "I will personally be making the trip to Africa this weekend and I'm really looking forward to visiting the villages and communities to see where we can make the largest impact."
2009: Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood was arrested in Esher, Surrey on suspicion of assault. A passer-by dialed 999 after witnessing a violent argument taking place between Wood and his 21-year-old on and off girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova. He was later cautioned by police.
2009: Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker settles a lawsuit over the '08 South Carolina plane crash that killed four and left Barker seriously injured. The defendants - Clay Lacy Aviation, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Global Exec Aviation, Bombardier Inc. and others reach an undisclosed agreement with Barker during a mediation session.
2009: A version of '21 Guns,' featuring Green Day with the cast from 'American Idiot,' debuts on Spinner.com. The track was recorded in an Oakland studio just days after the musical's final performance at the Berkeley Rep in November. "They sung the hell out of it," says frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. "It's great to have something out there for people to hear who didn't get to see the show." The song goes to radio the next day.
2010: An extensive collection of John Lennon and The Beatles memorabilia goes on the auction block over two-days in Beverly Hills. A white and gold braided jacket worn by Lennon in 1966 for a Life magazine photo shoot and a guitar played by both Lennon and Elvis Presley during a Los Angeles jam session (at Elvis' house) are among the items.
2012: Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe is indicted on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic for the death of a fan who died two weeks after being allegedly injured at the band's 2010 concert in Prague. "Obviously, we intend to fight vigorously against these charges as we feel that in no way did Randy intend to cause bodily harm on the young fan who subsequently died from injuries sustained at the show," says Larry Mazer, the band's manager. Blythe is later acquitted.
2013: Bob Dylan is investigated in France after a Croatian community organization alleges that comments he made the previous year amounted to an incitement of racial hatred when he compared Croatians treatment of Serbs to the Nazis slaughter of Jews.
2013: Mastodon launch their "Black Tongue Brew" beer. Named after a track on their fifth album 'The Hunter,' the brew is described as a balance of "rumbling smoky notes and misbehaving punchy hops."
2013: U2's 'The Joshua Tree,' Neil Young's 'After The Gold Rush,' George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' and Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Cosmo's Factory' are among the entrees into the 2014 Grammy Hall Of Fame.
2014: Ian McLagan, dies from a stroke in Austin, TX. at 69. McLagan started his career as a keyboardist and sometime guitarist with the Small Faces, later the Faces. After the Faces split up in 1975, McLagan worked as a sideman for the Rolling Stones. He was also an active session player, working with Chuck Berry, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Westerberg, Chuck Berry, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, Izzy Stradlin, John Hiatt, John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen and many more. McLagan had been married to Keith Moon’s ex-wife, Kim Kerrigan, for 28 years, prior to her death in 2006.
2014: A fake MSNBC report claims that Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has been found dead in his West Hollywood home. The band's official Facebook page posts photos of the singer with the caption "Ha! They say I'm dead -- again… Wait, what? WTF? It's a hoax. Guys. Get a life at ParadiseCity.com." The link references the band's online fan community.
2015: Former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland dies in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, MN, with his band The Wildabouts. The troubled singer was 48.

Dec. 4
1956: The 'Million Dollar Quartet' impromptu jam session took place at Sun Studios in Memphis with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. The sessions were later released as The Million Dollar Quartet & weren’t released until 1981.
1960: The Crickets released the single 'I Fought the Law' on Coral Records. Written by Sonny Curtis of the Crickets, a remake by the Bobby Fuller Four became a top 10 hit for the band in 1966 and was also recorded by The Clash in 1979 after Joe Strummer and guitarist Mick Jones heard the song on a jukebox in San Francisco.
1961: Gene Chandler 'Duke Of Earl' b/w 'Kissin' In The Kitchen' 45 single is released.
1962: The Beatles made their London-area debut on television when they appeared in a live broadcast from Wembley on 'Tuesday Rendezvous,; airing on ITV station Rediffusion. The Beatles lip-synced performances of 'Love Me Do' and 45 seconds of ‘P.S. I Love You.’
1964: The Beatles released their 4th album 'Beatles For Sale' in the UK. It went to #1 in the UK and retained that position for eleven of the 46 weeks that it spent in the Top Twenty. Beatles for Sale did not surface as a regular album in the U.S. until 1987.
1965: The Byrds started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Turn! Turn! Turn!' the group's second #1. Unlike their first chart topper, ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’, the entire band was allowed to play on the recording, instead of studio musicians.
1965: The Rolling Stones 5th American studio album, 'December's Children (and everybody's)' is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard Top LP's chart, and has two singles that reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart - 'Get Off of My Cloud' (#1) and 'As Tears Go By' (#6). The title of the album came from the band's manager, Andrew Loog Oldham. According to Jagger, it was Oldham's idea of hip, Beat poetry.
1967: This was the penultimate night of a 16-date UK package tour played at City Hall, Newcastle-Upon-Tyneon. Pink Floyd joined The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move, The Nice, The Eire Apparent, The Outer Limits and Amen Corner. Hendrix was having equipment problems, and in his frustration rammed his Gibson Flying V into his speaker cabinets. Like an enormous arrow, the guitar became stuck in the amplifier, which the audience greeted as all was part of the act.
1969: Jimi Hendrix signed a contract for $12,500 to perform at the Fillmore East in New York.
1969: Santana go gold with their debut album.
1969: President Richard Nixon, Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew, and forty US governors view "simulated acid trip" films and listen to rock music in order to comprehend the generation gap.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1970: Johnny Winter and Rick Derringer played at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia, South Carolina. The Allman Brothers Band were the opening act.
1970: Iron Butterfly played at Edmonton Gardens in Edmonton, Alberta.
1970: Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Steven Stills' Supersession album is certified gold.
1970: Wishbone Ash released their self-titled debut album.
1971: Don McLean's ‘American Pie’ enters the US Hot 100. The eight and a half minute song would eventually sell over 3 million copies.
1971: T Rex scored their first #1 album with their 6th release 'Electric Warrior.' The album, which became the biggest seller of the year in the UK, contained two of T. Rex’s most popular songs, 'Get It On' and 'Jeepster.'
1971: Sly and the Family Stone started a five-week run at #1 on the singles chart with 'Family Affair,' their third chart topper.
1971: The Montreux Casino in Switzerland burnt to the ground during a gig by Frank Zappa. The incident is immortalized by Deep Purple’s 1973 hit, 'Smoke On The Water,' which includes the line, “some stupid with a flare gun, burned the place to the ground.” In 1967 the Casino became the venue for the Montreux Jazz Festival, which was the brainchild of music promoter Claude Nobs. On the night of the blaze, Nobs saved several young people who, thinking they would be sheltered from the flames, had hidden in the casino from the blaze. A recording of the outbreak and fire announcement can be found on a Frank Zappa Bootleg album titled 'Swiss Cheese/Fire.'
1971: Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at #1 on the chart with the Four Symbols album, otherwise known as 'Led Zeppelin IV.' Featuring the 8-minute track 'Stairway To Heaven,' the album stayed on the US chart for one week short of five years, selling over 23 million copies in the US alone.
1971: Pink Floyd were at Decca studios in West Hampstead, London composing, writing, and making initial demos for what would become 'Dark Side of the Moon.'
1972: Led Zeppelin played to a crowd of 3500 at Green’s Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland. Admission was £1.00 ($1.60).
1973: The Who perform at Spectrum in Philadelphia. The show is recorded and later broadcast in quadraphonic sound on 'The King Biscuit Flower Hour' syndicated radio show in the U.S. So far, the only track officially released from this concert is 'Won’t Get Fooled Again' on the 1998 CD 'King Biscuit: Best Of The Best.' However, the broadcast has been widely bootlegged under such titles as 'Tales From The Who,' 'American Tour ’73,' 'Decidedly Belated Response,' 'Mods and Rockers,' 'Moon Life,' 'Taking The Capitol' and 'Who Are You.'
1973: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1974: Genesis performed at the Mosque Theater in Richmond, Virginia.
1975: The Who appeared at the Chicago Stadium in Chicago.
1975: The 'KISS Alive!' album is certified gold. It was the 4th straight KISS album to go gold.
1976: Rush appeared at the Auditorium Arena in Denver, Colorado.
1976: Deep Purple’s Tommy Bolin dies from an overdose of heroin and other substances, including alcohol, cocaine and barbiturates at the age of 25 the day after opening a show for Jeff Beck in Miami, Florida. Bolin was a guitarist and vocalist with the James Gang, Deep Purple, Zephyr, and Moxy and released two highly acclaimed solo albums.
1976: Rod Stewart's 'A Night On The Town' album, with the chart topping single, 'Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright),' hits #2 on the U.S. album chart.
1976: Kiss peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Beth” which was their first top ten single in the U.S.
1976: Workers at EMI Records in the U.K. went on strike refusing to package The Sex Pistols’ single 'Anarchy in the U.K.'
1977: Yes appeared at the Palais des Sports in Lyon, France.
1977: Scorpions release their 5th studio album, 'Taken By Force.'
1978: Black Sabbath performed at the Civic Arena in Long Beach, California.
1979: U2 appeared at The Hope and Anchor in Islington, London. Misnamed ‘The U2s,’ they played to only nine people and the show ended abruptly after The Edge broke a guitar string.
1979: The Who play at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, the security staff is doubled and doors are opened three hours before the concert. Roger says from the stage “You all heard what happened yesterday. We feel totally shattered. We lost a lot of family yesterday. This show’s for them.”
1980: Prince played the first night on his 31-date 'Dirty Mind' North American tour at Shea’s in Buffalo, New York. After being told by his managers he couldn’t wear spandex pants without any underwear, Prince began performing in a long trench coat, black high heeled boots and leggings, and bikini brief trunks.
1980: Led Zeppelin issue the following statement about the death of John Bonham: “The loss of our dear friend, and the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were.”
1982: Aerosmith appeared at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1983: Blue Oyster Cult performed at McNichols Arena, Denver, Colorado.
1987: Foreigner's 'Inside Information' is released. The band's 6th sixth studio reached #15 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, and features five tracks that reached the Billboard charts - 'Heart Turns to Stone' (Mainstream Rock Tracks #7 and Hot 100 #56), 'Say You Will' (Mainstream Rock Tracks #1), 'Can't Wait' (Mainstream Rock Tracks #18), and 'I Don't Want to Live Without You' (Adult Contemporary #1, Mainstream Rock Tracks #18, Hot 100 #5).
1988: Roy Orbison played his final ever gig when he appeared at the Front Row Theatre in Highland Heights, OH outside of Cleveland. Orbison died of a heart attack two days later.
1991: Van Halen plays a free concert in Dallas. Singer Sammy Hagar lost his voice during a concert three years earlier and promised another show for fans.
1993: Frank Zappa dies of prostate cancer at the age of 52. Zappa was a self-taught composer and performer, and his diverse musical influences led him to create music that was often difficult to categorize. He recorded 60 albums, many with The Mothers Of Invention as well as a solo artist. Zappa recorded one of the first concept albums, 'Freak Out' released in 1966. It was also one of the earliest double albums in rock music. In 1985, he testified before the United States Senate against PMRC censorship alongside Dee Snider and John Denver. Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
1993: Founding Gin Blossoms guitarist, Doug Hopkins, is found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Tempe home. He wrote the group's first two hits, 'Hey Jealousy' and 'Found Out About You.'
1995: The Beatles 'Free As A Bird' b/w 'Christmas Time (Is Here Again)' 45 single is released in the UK (December 12 in the U.S.).
1997: The first of two Black Sabbath reunion shows take place at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Center. The band plays again the following night.
2014: The day after a fake MSNBC story reports the death of Axl Rose, the very much alive Guns N' Roses frontman tweets: "if I'm dead do I still have to pay taxes?"
2005: Green Day wins the Big Music Artist honor at VH1's Big In '05 Awards. The band was also nominated for Big Download (which Gwen Stefani took with 'Hollaback Girl'). Def Leppard, Fall Out Boy and Audioslave perform.
2006: Nickelback takes home three trophies at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. They earn Artist Duo/Group of the Year, Hot 100 Artist Duo/Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year ('All the Right Reasons'). Three Days Grace are awarded Rock Single of the Year for 'Animal I Have Become.'
2006: A page of Paul McCartney's working lyrics for the Beatles tune 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' nets $192,000 at Christie's memorabilia auction in New York. A 1968 Fender Stratocaster guitar once owned by Jimi Hendrix goes for $168,000. A handwritten poem by late Doors singer Jim Morrison sells for $50,400.
2006: Evanescence is the musical guest on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman.
2007: Godsmack releases 'Good Times, Bad Times -- 10 Years Of Godsmack.' The hits compilation includes their version of the track originally recorded by Led Zeppelin.
2008: Paul McCartney and Nobel Prize-winning scientist Rajendra Pachauri write a joint letter encouraging people to embrace vegetarianism for environmental reasons. "We are writing this letter not because vegetarianism is . . . an emotional issue but because it is a very attractive option for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and stabilizing the Earth's climate."
2009: R.E.M. launch an iPhone application that automatically updates users with news and tour dates. There are also 30-second R.E.M. song clips, photos and videos. The "R.E.M. & You" feature allows fans to interact with one another and the band directly.
2012: Randy Blythe, frontman of Lamb of God, is charged with the death of a 19-year-old fan at a concert in Prague in 2010 after he pushed him off the stage. The fan, Daniel Nosek, hits his head when he falls to the concrete floor and dies of his injuries 2 weeks later. Blythe is later acquitted, but spends five weeks in jail.
2014: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry releases a four song Christmas EP, 'Joe Perry's Merry Christmas,' via Unison and iTunes. The set contains a rendition of 'Run Run Rudolph' with actor Johnny Depp on rhythm guitar.
2015: A new statue of The Beatles was unveiled in Liverpool - 50 years after their last show in Merseyside. The bronze sculpture, by Andy Edwards which weighed 1.2 tonnes, had been given to the city by The Cavern Club the venue synonymous with the Fab Four in the 1960s.

Dec. 5
1932: Little Richard is born in Macon, GA.
1958: Ritchie Valens returns to his old school, Pacoima Junior High, for a performance that is recorded and later released.
1959: Gene Vincent arrives in England on his way to entertain U.S. troops in Germany over the holidays. Fans greet him at Heathrow Airport. He is interviewed on the BBC and makes a couple TV appearances.
1960: Billboard reports that five "answer records" to Elvis Presley's 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' have been released -- four versions of 'Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight' and one 'Oh, How I Miss You Tonight.'
1960: Elvis Presley started a ten-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'G.I. Blues'. His fifth US #1 album.
1960: Paul McCartney and Pete Best were arrested for pinning a condom to a brick wall and then igniting it. The two were told to leave Germany and The Beatles returned home
1964: The Rolling Stones had their second U-K number one with their cover of Willie Dixon’s 'Little Red Rooster.' In the U.S., their version of Irma Thomas’ 'Time is on My Side' went to #6.
1964: Kinks enter US chart with ‘You Really Got Me.’
1964: The Beach Boys' 'Beach Boys Concert' album hits #1 for the first of 4 weeks, claiming the top spot for the rest of December.
1964: The Zombies' 'She's Not There' enters the pop charts.
1965: The Beatles played their last ever show in their hometown of Liverpool when they appeared at The Liverpool Empire during the group's final UK tour. Only 5,100 tickets were available, but there were 40,000 applications for tickets.
1966: Buffalo Springfield's self-titled debut album is released. It reached #70 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's list. The single 'For What It's Worth' reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1967: It was the final night of a 16-date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice, The Outer Limits, The Erie Apparent and Amen Corner at Green's Playhouse, Glasgow. All performances had two shows per night, one at 6.15pm, the second at 8.45pm. Jimi Hendrix had the curtains closed on him halfway through his set, after the management at the venue regarded his movements with his guitar as having sexual overtones.
1967: The Beatles throw a party to celebrate the opening of the Apple Boutique.
1968: Graham Nash quits the Hollies. He announces the formation of Crosby, Stills & Nash just three days later.
1968: Rolling Stones hold a ‘Beggar’s Banquet’ at Elizabeth Rooms to mark release of their album of the same name. An ill Keith Richards was not in attendance, as a custard pie foo fight was a higlight of the event.
1969: 'Let It Bleed,' the last Rolling Stones album to feature Brian Jones (autoharp on 'You Got The Silver' and percussion for 'Midnight Rambler') and his subsequent replacement, Mick Taylor (guitar on 'Country Honk' and 'Live With Me'), is released. It's the 8th British and 10th American album by The Rolling Stones and reached both the Billboard 200 Top LP's (#3) and Top R&B (#19) charts, and topped the UK Album chart. In 2003, it was listed as #32 on the "List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time."
1969: Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant prevented Atlantic from releasing 'Whole Lotta Love' as a single in the U-K. John Bonham said, “We refused because they wanted to take the middle section out and we didn't like it. We don't want kids to think we are releasing an LP track just to get into the chart. I'm dead against that sort of thing – we feel it's conning the public.”
1972: Mott the Hoople's 'One Of The Boys' b/w 'Sucker' 45 single is released.
1973: Paul McCartney released 'Band On The Run,' his 5th album since his departure from The Beatles. It topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart, and features three Billboard Hot 100 charting singles - 'Band On The Run' (#1),'"Helen Wheel'" (#10) and 'Je'" (#7). In early 1975, Paul McCartney & Wings won the Grammy award for "Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus" for 'Band on the Run.' In 2003, the album was ranked #418 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1973: REO Speedwagon's 'Ridin' The Storm Out' b/w 'Whiskey Night' 45 single is released.
1974: Yes 'Relayer' is released. It's the 7th studio album from Yes and reached #5 in the U.S. (remaining 16 weeks in the Top 200).
1975: The first Fleetwood Mac album with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and vocalist Stevie Nicks goes gold.
1976: Two days after he is shot in an assassination attempt, Bob Marley performs at the Smile Jamaica concert, which he organized in an effort to promote peace in the country. The concert becomes more of a political event after the shooting, which was carried out by a political party who saw Marley as a threat. About 80,000 Jamaicans attend the concert, where Marley takes the stage for 90 minutes.
1976: Days after gunmen shot up his home, Bob Marley performed at the Smile Jamaica Concert in Kingston, Jamaica.
1980: John Lennon gave his final Rolling Stone interview to Jonathan Cott. On the same day, Mark David Chapman left Honolulu, Hawaii, to fly to New York, where he would shoot Lennon three days later.
1980: Just 3 days before John Lennon is killed, U2 play their first show in the US when they perform at The Ritz Ballroom in New York City.
1982: Bob Seger's 'The Distance' album is released. It's the 12th album by Bob Seger and his 4th with The Silver Bullet Band. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top albums chart, and features the hit, 'Shame on the Moon,' which reached #2 for four weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 behind Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean.' It also hit #1 Adult Contemporary and crossed over to #15 Country.
1983: Accept‬ released their 5th studio album, 'Balls to the Wall.'
1995: Pearl Jam released a two-song single that featured Neil Young called 'Merkin Ball.'
1998: Offspring's 'Americana' debuts at #6 on the U.S. album chart in the first week of its release.
1998: Billboard changes the way they calculate the Hot 100, finally accounting for airplay. Previously, if a song wasn't available for purchase as a single, it couldn't chart.
2000: Alice Cooper released the 'Brutally Live' DVD of his concert on July 19, 2000 at the Labatts' Apollo Hammersmith in London, England.
2000: Alice In Chains released their 2nd live album simply titled, 'Live.'
2000: Rage Against The Machine released their 4th studio album , 'Renegades.'e
2001: David Crosby and Don Henley headline a benefit concert that raises $300,000 for children of the victims of the 9/11 attacks.
2003: Original Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore undergoes surgery to repair a subdural hematoma.
2002: Elton John guest stars on NBC's 'Will and Grace.'
2004: Elton John received a Kennedy Center honor in Washington, D.C. During the ceremony, Secretary of State Colin Powell performed a rap to celebrate another onoree, Warren “Bulworth” Beatty.
2004: Steven Tyler, Motley Crue's Vince Neil and Bon Jovi`s Richie Sambora participate in South Florida`s 17th annual Christmas Toys In The Sun Run. The motorcycle rally and toy drive benefits the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation.
2004: A Bob Dylan interview is aired on CBS. It's Dylan's first on-camera interview in two decades. The chat with Ed Bradley helps promote Dylan's book, 'Chronicles: Volume One.'
2005: Actress Valerie Bertinelli, Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen's estranged wife, files divorce papers in a Los Angeles court seeking to officially end their 24 year marriage (they separated over four years earlier). Wolfgang is their only child.
2006: The piano that John Lennon used to pen "Imagine" is on view at a special antiwar photography exhibition in Dallas. The instrument is on loan from its owner, pop singer George Michael, who paid $2.1 million for it in 2000.
2007: The Police's Stewart Copeland apologizes to Chilean President Michelle Bachelet after her government objects to comments the drummer made about her. Copeland was quoted saying Argentinean president-elect Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was "good for one beer" while Bachelet was good "for four." He sends a message to Bachelet expressing his regrets and invites her to the Police's concert in Santiago, Chile, that evening.
2009: '3 Doors Down & Friends,' the sixth annual concert and silent auction hosted by The Better Life Foundation, takes place at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi, MS. Sponsored by the Mississippi Army National Guard the show features performances by 3 Doors Down and Aaron Lewis of Staind.
2009: Papa Roach and Shinedown headline a tour that begins at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights, KY. Both acts donate a portion of the tour proceeds to charitable organizations. Shinedown - Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) and Papa Roach - the World Hunger Year organization.
2010: Paul McCartney is an award recipient at the 33rd annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.
2011: Metallica's six-hour celebration at the Fillmore in San Francisco honoring the band's 30th anniversary features an appearance by the group's former bassist Jason Newsted.
2011: Forever 21 pull their copy of the Flipper T-shirt that Nirvana's Kurt Cobain designed using a Sharpie pen. Cobain wore the original T-shirt during Nirvana's 1992 'Saturday Night Live' performance.
2012: The Black Keys 'El Camino' and Jack White's 'Blunderbuss' are nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammy's nomination ceremony. Record of the Year nominations go to 'Lonely Boy' by Black Keys.
2012: The Eddie Vedder Radio Show premieres on Sirius/XM satellite radio for a limited run.
2012: Yngwie Malmsteen releases his 19th studio album, 'Spellbound.'
2013: KISS, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil perform at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas to benefit the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy, an organization that offers "children of the Boys and Girls Club a unique opportunity to not only learn about musical instruments, but to also grow and gain confidence by performing and working in groups."
2013: Eddie Van Halen makes a surprise visit at L.A. Unified School District's Foshay Learning Center. "I wasn't born 'Eddie Van Halen,' successful or famous, it took years of dedication and practice, practice, practice," Van Halen tells the music students. Van Halen and the Fender Musical Instruments Company donate one of his signature amplifiers to the class.
2013: Bruce Springsteen's handwritten working lyric sheet for his 1975 hit 'Born To Run' sells for $197,000 at Sotheby's in New York City. "Although Springsteen is known to have an intensive drafting process," said Sotheby's, "few manuscripts of 'Born To Run' are available, with the present example being one of only two identified that include the most famous lines in the song."
2014: Debbie Harry (Blondie) headlines 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute at New York's Symphony Space. David Johansen, the B-52s' Kate Pierson and Marshall Crenshaw perform.
2014: Smashing Pumpkins released their 9th studio album, 'Monuments to an Elegy.'

Dec. 6:
1949: American blues artist, Lead Belly (born Huddie William Ledbetter) dies in New York City. Lead Belly wrote many songs including 'Goodnight Irene' and 'The Midnight Special' and was an influence for artists as varied as Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead and Nirvana. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
1961: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best met with Brian Epstein for further discussions about his proposal to manage them. Epstein wanted 25% of their gross fees each week.
1962: During sessions for the 'Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan' album, Dylan records 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall' and versions of 'Hero Blues,' 'Whatcha Gonna Do,' 'Oxford Town,' and 'I Shall Be Free,' at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.
1963: Beatles send out the first of the specially recorded Christmas records to fans in the UK.
1965: Rolling Stones begin sessions for ‘19th Nervous Breakdown' and 'Mother’s Little Helper’ at RCA Hollywood studios.
1965: The Beatles 'Rubber Soul' is released in the U.S.
1965: The Beatles release their 10th E.P., 'Million Sellers' is released in the UK.
1965: The Byrds release their 2nd album, 'Turn! Turn! Turn!' It reached #17 on the Billboard Top 200 LPs chart and #11 on the UK Albums chart. The single, 'Turn! Turn! Turn!' preceded the album by two months and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1966: The Beatles performed two takes of 'When I’m 64,' marking the first session for 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band' at Abbey Road Studios.
1968: The Rolling Stones release their 7th studio album, 'Beggars Banquet' album. It includes the tracks 'Street Fighting Man' and 'Sympathy For The Devil.' It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #3 on the UK Album chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #57 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1968: President Richard Nixon sent out 66-thousand letters to supporters who could hold office in his administration, including Elvis Presley.
1968: James Taylor's eponymous debut album was released in the UK (February 17, 1969 in the US). It was the first recording by a non-British artist released by The Beatles' Apple Records. It reached #62 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart in 1969.
1969: The Rolling Stones performed a free concert at Altamont Speedway in San Francisco with Jefferson Airplane as the opening act. The Grateful Dead refused to perform after they heard stories of violence at the gig, including a Hell’s Angels security guard beating up Airplane singer Marty Balin. While the Stones performed 'Under My Thumb' in pitch darkness, another Hell’s Angel killed a fan by stabbing him in the back. Four die at the concert, including Meredith Hunter, who is stabbed to death by Hell’s Angels security guards. It is all later documented in the film 'Gimme Shelter.'
1969: Led Zeppelin made their debut on the US singles chart with 'Whole Lotta Love' it went on to make No.4 on the chart and was the first of six Top 40 singles for the group in the US. During the bands career, Zeppelin never released any singles in the UK.
1970: Rolling Stones film of 1969 tour, ‘Gimme Shelter’ premieres
1973: Steve Miller Band goes gold with ‘The Joker’ album.
1975: A Tallahassee preacher conducts an unscientific survey of 1,000 unwed mothers and finds that 984 conceived while listening to Rock music. The preacher goes on to claim that the Rolling Stones are "sinful" and has his congregation burn Stones (and Elton John) records in a bonfire.
1976: The Sex Pistols 'Anarchy In The U.K.' Tour gets underway with the Clash and the Damned, who get dumped early on. Only three of nineteen scheduled shows actually happen.
1977: Jackson Browne releases his 5th album, 'Running on Empty.' The album reached #3 on the Billboard Top 200 LP's chart, and remained on the chart for 65 weeks. The single for the title track, 'Running on Empty,' peaked at #11 and the follow-up single, 'The Load-Out"/"Stay,' reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album produced two Grammy Award nominations in 1979: one for Album of the Year (the winner being 'Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track') and the other for Pop Male Vocalist for the lyrics to the song 'Running on Empty' (the winner being Barry Manilow for the lyrics to his song 'Copacabana (At The Copa)').
1978: The Sex Pistols Sid Vicious, out on bail after being charged with murdering his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, gets into an altercation at a at New York City club Hurrah, smashing a glass into Patti Smith's brother Todd Smith during the fight.
1979: AC/DC release their fifth album, 'Highway to Hell.' It turns gold and happens to be the last album recorded with original vocalist Bon Scott, who dies two months later.
1980: In the studio, John Lennon mixed 'Walking on Thin Ice.' He was also interviewed by British DJ Andy Peebles. Meanwhile, Mark David Chapman arrived in New York from Honolulu. He checked into a YMCA nine blocks from John Lennon’s apartment.
1980: U2 play their first North American show at the Ritz in New York.
1983: ‘Asia in Asia’, a live TV concert from Budokan Theatre in Tokyo, has an audience of 20 million in US (via MTV).
1985: The sound system breaks down during a John Mellencamp concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. Mellencamp waits until the problem is fixed, resumes the show and offers anyone in the audience their money back if they're not satisfied.
1986: Ringo Starr agreed to become a spokesman for Sun Country wine cooler, which made him the first Beatle to get into advertising. He was paid “in the seven figures.”
1988: Roy Orbison died from a cardiac arrest in Madison, Tennessee at 52. Known for his songs 'Only the Lonely' (1960), 'Crying' (1961), and 'Oh, Pretty Woman' (1964), Orbison was revered by many musicians, including the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Tom Petty, Van Halen and Bob Dylan. His career was revived in the 80s by many artists covering his songs, and for his inclusion in the rock supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
1994: Pearl Jam's 'Vitalogy' is released.
1995: Four months after the death of guitarist Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead disband.
1997: AC/DC make a cameo appearance in Howard Stern's bio flick, 'Private Parts.'
1999: Paul McCartney fans lined up overnight to get a chance to see their hero play Liverpool’s Cavern club for the first time in more than 35 years. McCartney was giving away tickets to the December 14th performance via a special lottery.
2000: Bruce Dickinson and Queensryche’s Geoff Tate join Rob Halford onstage in London for a rendition of ‘The One You Love To Hate’.
2002: Axl Rose is a no-show at the Philadelphia Guns N' Roses concert. Fans riot and the group cancels remaining tour dates.
2004: Mötley Crüe announced they were reforming for their first tour in five years.
2005: Former One Day at a Time actress Valerie Bertinelli filed for divorce from her husband, guitarist Eddie Van Halen.
2005: KoRn unleash their 7th album, 'See You On The Other Side.'
2005: Green Day wins six trophies, including Rock Artist of the Year and Pop Group of the Year, at the 2005 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
2006: Incubus' 'Light Grenades' debuts at #1 on the Billboard album charts, selling 165,000 copies. It marksthe first time the group has scored a #1 album.
2007: Elton John is given a rare bird-feather cloak by members of a Maori community during a concert in the New Zealand city of New Plymouth. The gift denotes John as an "honored member of (the) Ngati Te Whiti (sub-tribe)," says a spokesman.
2009: Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo is injured after his tour bus hits a patch of ice in Upstate New York and crashes into a ditch. Cuomo suffers three cracked ribs and a lower leg injury. Emergency responders use the Jaws of Life to pry Cuomo from the wreck. The accident occurs as the band travels from Toronto to Boston.
2009: Bruce Springsteen is among the honorees at Kennedy Center Honors Gala fundraiser in Washington D.C. Actor Robert DeNiro, comedy director Mel Brooks and Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck are also honored. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder uses the occasion to propose to longtime girlfriend Jill McCormick.
2011: The Black Keys release their 7th studio album 'El Camino.'
2011: KoRn released their 10th studio album, 'The Path of Totality.'
2012: 'A Special Evening with Neil Young and Crazy Horse,' a Hurricane Sandy benefit is held at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.
2012: Metallica signs with Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service offering digitally restricted streaming of selected music. Sean Parker, the founder of Napster, is a Spotify exec. The signing is seen as a reversal for Metallica since they famously sued Napster in 2000.
2012: Ed "Cass" Cassidy, the drummer and co-founder of the legendary Psychedelic Rock band, Spirit, passes away at the age of 89. In 1964, Cassidy formed the Rising Sons with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. That was followed by the Red Roosters who morphed into Spirit in 1967.
2012: Hawkwind guitarist Huw Lloyd Langton dies after a battle with cancer.
2013: Bob Dylan's sunburst Fender Stratocaster, played at the '65 Newport Folk Festival, is sold at auction for a record-breaking $965,000.
2014: Sting (Police) and R&B singer Al Green are among honorees at the 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington D.C.

Dec. 7
1956: 'Rock! Rock! Rock!,' one of the earliest Rock and Roll movies, opens in theaters. The film features the popular disc jockey Alan Freed along with Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers and Lavern Baker.
1962: Bassist Bill Wyman auditions for the Rolling Stones. He is performing with the group a week later.
1963: 'The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite' does a story on the rising popularity of The Beatles in England. There's footage of The Beatles performing and their fans reaction. It's the group's first appearance on U.S. network television.
1963: The Beatles appear as panelists on the BBC show Juke Box Jury to rate records. Elvis' new single, 'Kiss Me Quick,' is declared a "hit."
1964: Brian Wilson had a nervous breakdown while he was on a flight from Los Angeles to Houston. Five minutes into the flight, Wilson “started crying and making shrieking noises. He screamed into a pillow, spun out of his seat and sobbed on the cabin floor.” He decided soon after to stop touring with The Beach Boys.
1968: The Beatles self-titled double album, often referred to as 'The White Album' because of its cover, topped the British album charts.
1967: The Beatles' Apple Boutique officially opens its doors at 94 Baker Street in London. Seven months later, they would close the boutique and give away the remaining merchandise.
1968: Eric Burdon announces that Eric Burdon & The Animals are done but will fulfill remaining concert obligations. Burdon later moves to L.A. to pursue an acting career but ends up fronting War.
1968: Janis Joplin's last "official" performance with Big Brother and the Holding Company is in Hawaii.
1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival release their 6th album, 'Pendulum.' It reached both the Billboard 200 Top LP's (#5) and Top R&B LP's (#25) charts, and features the single 'Have You Ever Seen The Rain,' which reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. 'Pendulum' was the only studio album by the group that did not contain any cover songs; all tracks were written by John Fogerty. It was the last album the band did with Tom Fogerty, who would leave the band to start a solo career. It was also the last album to feature John Fogerty as the record's solo producer.
1971: Paul McCartney & Wings release their debut album in the UK, 'Wild Life' (December 8 in the US). It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1972: While reading the morning newspaper in Nice, France, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was surprised to learn that arrest warrants had been issued for him and his girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg for drug possession.
1973: Fleetwood Mac manager Clifford Davis declared that he owned the rights to the band’s name and assembled a second Fleetwood Mac to tour around the country. Legal proceedings ensue but the tour is cancelled because nobody cares. After a lengthy legal fight, the second Fleetwood Mac changed its name to Stretch. The whole business is a low point for the group but they see their fortunes drastically improve in just two years.
1973: Paul McCartney & Wings released the album 'Band on the Run.'
1973: Yes released their 6th studio album, the double LP 'Tales from Topographic Oceans.'
1973: Todd Rundgren performs his hit 'Hello It's Me' on 'The Midnight Special' wearing a bizarre, bird-like outfit.
1975: Paul Simon gets his first US #1 solo album on the US album chart with 'Still Crazy After All These Years.'
1976: Bob Seger releases 'Night Moves.'
1976: Eagles release the 'New Kid In Town' b/w 'Victim Of Love' 45 single. Written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther, it was released as the first single from the 'Hotel California' album. The song became a #1 hit in the US, and #20 in the UK.
1976: "We'll do everything we can to restrain their public behavior," says EMI Records chairman Sir John Read of the Sex Pistols. He makes the statement at the company's annual general meeting.
1979: Queen's 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' b/w 'Spread Your Wings' 45 single is released in the US. It was written by Freddie Mercury in 1979, and featured on their 1980 album The Game. The song peaked at #2 in the UK Singles Chart in 1979, and hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. on February 23, 1980, remaining there for four consecutive weeks.As reported by Freddie Mercury in Melody Maker (May 2, 1981) he composed 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' on the guitar in just five to ten minutes.“'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' took me five or ten minutes. I did that on the guitar, which I can't play for nuts, and in one way it was quite a good thing because I was restricted, knowing only a few chords. It's a good discipline because I simply had to write within a small framework. I couldn't work through too many chords and because of that restriction I wrote a good song, I think.”
1979: Led Zeppelin release 'Fool In The Rain' b/w 'Hot Dog' 45 single in the U.S. It was the final U.S. single released during the band's tenure, reaching #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1980.
1980: Having recently arrived in New York, Mark David Chapman moved from a YMCA to the Sheraton Centre Hotel. The next day he fatally shot John Lennon.
1980: Darby Crash (born Jan Paul Beahm), commits suicide by intentional heroin overdose. He was 22. Crash was the lead singer of Germs, who were an L.A. punk band well known for their violent and tumultuous performances which resulted in the band being banned from nearly every rock club in Los Angeles. They were a big part of The Decline of Western Civilization movie, and in fact the promotional poster featured a close-up of Darby lying drugged-out on a stage with marker graffiti on him from the audience. Darby’s female friend, Casey “Cola” Hopkins, was supposed to have died with him as part of a suicide pact, but ended up surviving. She was in and out of mental institutions over the next few years.
1981: The Beach Boys compilstion album, 'Ten Years of Harmony is released.
1981: 'The Beatles E.P. Collection' (15 Disc Box Set) is released. A complete collection of the Beatles' twelve original mono EPs, along with the two-record stereo 'Magical Mystery Tour 'set and a bonus EP containing four supposedly true stereo tracks. All EPs were issued on the Parlophone label with their original catalog numbers. All records were packaged in their original full-color, laminated covers and came complete with any original enclosures (Magical Mystery Tour's twenty-four-page story booklet with lyrics). The EPs were encased in a blue, textured cardboard box with a fold-open top, identical in style to the Beatles album package. The set's title and facsimiles of the Beatles' autographs were embossed on the front of the box in gold lettering.
1984: Foreigner release their 5th studio album 'Agent Provocateur.' It goes on to sell three million copies in the U.S. It reached both the Billboard 200 Top LP's (#4) and Top R&B LP's (#49) charts on the strength of the 'I Want To Know What Love Is,' their chart-topping hit. It was the band's first and only #1 album in the UK.
1987: Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Judy Collins and others) appear onstage at Carnegie Hall to pay tribute to Harry Chapin, who would have been celebrating his 45th birthday.
1990: Originally billed as Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie's final performance with Fleetwood Mac, it isn't. However, it is still an emotional show at L.A.'s Great Western Forum.
1991: Michael Jackson's 'Black Or White' tops the pop chart. Slash plays the song's guitar intro.
1991: U2 hit #1 on the U.S. album charts with 'Achtung Baby.'
1991: Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' peaks at #7 on the U.K. singles chart.
1993: Guns N’ Roses announce they will keep the Charles Manson penned tune, ‘Look At Your Game, Girl’ on their album, 'The Spaghetti Incident?' because the royalties from the song will go to the son of one of Manson’s victims.
1994: Offspring play 'Bad Habit' to open the the 5th annual Billboard Music Awards in Universal City, CA. Melissa Etheridge performs 'I'm The Only One.'
1999: The Eagles held a press conference to announce that their first Greatest Hits package had become America’s best-selling album. Glenn Frey said, “I hated popularity contests when I was in high school, and I hate them now.”
2000: The 31st annual Kennedy Center Honors salutes Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who. Also feted are Morgan Freeman, George Jones, Barbra Streisand and Twyla Tharp. Rob Thomas, Dave Grohl and Chris Cornell honor them with a live performance.
2002: Police were called to a Philadelphia Guns N’ Roses concert after the band failed to appear and the show was abruptly cancelled. Two people were hospitalized from the resulting furor and G N’ R’s tour was called off completely the following week.
2003: Ozzy Osbourne told the Los Angeles Times that his stuttering and physically unstable condition was caused by a cocktail of prescription medicines. Osbourne was put on an array of tranquilizers and amphetamines to combat depression after his wife was diagnosed with cancer.
2005: The MBE medal that John Lennon returned to the Queen was found in a royal vault at St James' Palace. Lennon returned his medal in November, 1969 with a letter accompanying saying, "Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts. With Love, John Lennon." Historians were calling for the medal to be put on public display.
2005: Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee files a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against her band's former manager, Dennis Rider of Rider Management, for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and sexual assault. Earlier, Rider filed a suit against Lee for unpaid commissions. 2006: A couple who witnessed the Damageplan show on 12/08/04 in Columbus, OH, where five people were shot and killed, including guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, file a lawsuit against the club's owners. The plaintiffs claim club security was inadequate and that they suffered severe and permanent emotional injuries from witnessing the shooting.
2006: Former Sublime bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Floyd "Bud" Gaugh file a trademark-infringement lawsuit against Southern California tribute band Sublime Remembered for allegedly claiming to include original Sublime members. "I've got two of their fliers and both of them actually said 'featuring' former members of the band," says the attorney for Wilson and Gaugh, who also requested that the cover band remove any references to Sublime from its promotional campaigns.
2006: Guitars autographed by Slash, Scott Weiland, Dave Navarro and the Edge are among the items up for bid in the online Grammy Charity Holiday Auction. VIP tickets to see Aerosmith in concert, signed memorabilia by Rod Stewart and Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and a signed, life-size KISS banner, are also on the block. Proceeds go toward MusiCares and the Grammy Foundation.
2006: Ex-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, Queen's Brian May and David Bowie donate footwear to an online charity auction that benefits the Give Landmines the Boot campaign. Proceeds go toward the MAG organization, which works to clear land mines and unexploded bombs in war-torn countries.
2006: Paul McCartney and U2 are among more than 4,000 artists who sign a full-page ad in the Financial Times demanding "fair play for musicians" in the United Kingdom. Record companies and performers lobby the U.K. government for an extension of copyrights on sound recordings from 50 years to 95 years. 95 years is the copyright protection length offered in the United States.
2007: Foo Fighters, Kid Rock and ex-Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro perform at the Video Game Awards in Las Vegas.
2007: The Lunchbox Auction with personalized lunch boxes designed by David Bowie, Elton John and R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe takes place in New York. Proceeds raised benefit the Food Bank for New York City and the Lunchbox Fund Food Bank for New York and the Lunchbox Fund of South Africa.
2007: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler delivers an anti-drugs statement at the ninth annual Fort Lauderdale Harley-Davidson Bikers Bash. "I want to pass the message to kids that it is so easy to smoke a joint, quit school and get into trouble, but that leads to nowhere," says Tyler, whose acoustic set at the charity event includes a duet with Motley Crue's Vince Neil on 'Chip Away The Stone.'
2007: Yoko Ono issues a statement encouraging world peace on the eve of the 27th anniversary of husband John Lennon's murder. "Let's not waste the lives of those we have lost," writes Ono. "Let's, together, make the world a place of love and joy."
2008: The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are saluted at the 31st annual Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington, D.C. The Kennedy Center's chairman, Stephen A. Schwarzman, praises Daltrey and Townshend for transforming "the sights and sounds of Rock & Roll." Ex-Soundgarden/Audioslave singer Chris Cornell and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl perform renditions of The Who anthems 'Won't Get Fooled Again' and 'Who Are You,' respectively.
2008: Metallica's 'All Nightmare Long' video debuted.
2008: Cream's Ginger Baker is the main honoree at the 2008 Zildjian Drummers Achievement Awards in London. Zildjian manufactures percussion instruments.
2008: Dennis Yost dies of respiratory failure, after two years of complications after falling down a flight of stairs and suffering serious brain trauma. He was 65. Yost was the lead singer of The Classics IV, a group that had Top 10 hits with the songs 'Stormy,' 'Spooky,' and 'Traces.' Most of his band later left to form the Atlanta Rhythm Section.
2009: Wes Scantlin, frontman for Puddle of Mudd, breaks his right foot after jumping off of a stool following a New York radio station interview. "I was kind of hoping it was more serious than it is," jokes Scantlin. "So much for a sexy explanation of what happened."
2009: Rolling Stone magazine readers vote U2's 'No Line On The Horizon' the "most overlooked album" following the announcement of the 2010 Album of the Year Grammy nominations the previous week. #2 is Mastodon's 'Crack The Sky' with Bruce Springsteen's 'Working On A Dream' coming in 3rd. Albums by Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Dave Matthews Band and the Black Eyed Peas were nominated instead.
2010: The Beatles' 'Penny Lane,' the Box Tops' 'The Letter,' the Animals' 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place' and Hank Williams' 'Lovesick Blues' are inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The Hall, founded in 1973, honors recordings at least 25 years old that made a lasting impact on society and in the world of music.
2011: After numerous elections where performers vocally complained about Republican candidates using their songs without authorization comes the announcement that Kid Rock's 'Born Free' is Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's official campaign song. "I said he could use it and I would say the same for any other candidate. I have to have a little faith that every candidate feels like he or she can help this country," writes Rock on his official website. "PS: Any candidate who makes 'So Hott' their theme song has a good chance of getting my vote."
2011: The Black Keys, who won three Grammy Awards in 2011, appear on 'The Colbert Report.' They play 'Lonely Boy' and 'Gold on the Ceiling.'
2013: Alice Cooper's 13th Annual Christmas Pudding concert in Phoenix features KISS, Rob Zombie and Vince Neil of Motley Crue. Proceeds benefit Solid Rock Teen Center, which reaches out to teens through free music, dance, and voice lessons.
2014: Ex-Judas Priest guitarist K. K. Downing announces the launch of his own fragrance line, 'Metal For Men.' The product's slogan is: "Be Metal. Be Men."
2015: Thom Yorke (Radiohead) publishes a heartfelt note to Father Christmas, in celebration of National Letter Writing Day. He requests that no presents be given to "oil company executives and the politicians whose influence they buy."
2015: Opeth celebrate their 25th anniversary by launching a beer with Leeds, U.K. based brewery Northern Monk Brew Co. 'XXV Anniversary Imperial Stout' is a one-off brew.

Dec. 8
1961: The Beach Boys first single 'Surfin' was released on Candix Records, a small label based in Los Angeles.
1962: Legendary DJ and promoter Alan Freed appears at his payola trial in New York City and testifies to receiving money from labels to play their records on the air. He is found guilty, fined $300, and given six months probation, but the irreparable damage to his career has been done.
1966: At Abbey Road in London, Paul McCartney overdubbed his lead vocal for ‘When I'm Sixty-Four.' Then The Beatles set about remaking a new John Lennon song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’
1967: The Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour (E.P.') is released in the UK as a special double E.P. package. It entered the UK charts on December 13, and spent 12 weeks in the top 40. Its highest chart position was #2 on the singles chart, the dedicated EP chart having been abandoned at the start of December 1967. It was held off the top spot by The Beatles' own 'Hello, Goodbye.' It contained two 3 track E.P.'s and was advertised as being complete with; "A 32 page full colour book packed with exclusive pictures, a strip cartoon of the original story, plus the words to the songs in the show!"
1967: Traffic release their debut album, 'Mr. Fantasy.' It features Jim Capaldi, Dave Mason, Chris Wood and Steve Winwood. Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones are featured as backup singers.
1967: The Rolling Stones released the 'Their Satanic Majesties Request' album. It was the 6th British and 8th American studio album by The Rolling Stones, reaching #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart during its 13 weeks stay; and #2 on the UK album chart during its 30 weeks stay. The title is a play on the "Her Britannic Majesty requests and requires..." text that appears inside a British passport. It includes 'She’s a Rainbow' which made #2 in America and second record that was released as a single in America as, Bill Wyman’s 'In Another Land,' Bill wrote the track and it features Steve Marriott from the Small Faces on vocals. There were no UK single releases from the album.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the Royal College of Art in London.
1968: Graham Nash announces the formation of Crosby, Stills & Nash. The former Hollie is now partnered with an ex-Byrd and an ex-Buffalo Springfield. They are quickly heralded as a super group.
1969: Jimi Hendrix appeared in front of the Toronto Supreme Court to answer charges of hashish and heroin possession. Hendrix admitted he had used pot, hashish, LSD and cocaine a handful of times. But he told the judge he had “outgrown” drugs. The jury found him not guilty.
1969: Mick Jagger was quoted saying "I don't really like singing very much, I enjoy playing the guitar more than I enjoy singing and I can't play the guitar either."
1970: Yes performed at City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1971: This weeks Top selling 8-Track cartridges chart, #5: 'Frank Sinatra’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2,' #4: Carole King, 'Tapestry,' #3: Simon and Garfunkel, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water,' #2: 'Motown Chartbusters Vol. 6,' and #1: John Lennon, 'Imagine.'
1972: King Crimson played at the Odeon in Newcastle, England.
1972: Carly Simon's 'No Secrets' album is certified gold.
1972: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Hardrock Concert Theatre in Manchester, England. Ticket price was £1.25 ($2).
1972: Free's 'Wishing Well' b/w 'Let Me Show You' 45 single is released in the UK.
1973: The Grateful Dead performed at Cameron Indoor Stadium on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
1973: Roxy Music had their first UK #1 album when 'Stranded' went to the top for one week. The sleeve featured Playboy's Playmate of The Year, model Marilyn Cole, (who was the magazines's first full-frontal nude centerfold).
1974: Genesis appeared at the Palace Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island.
1975: George Harrison's 'This Guitar (Can't Keep from Crying)' b/w 'Maya Love' 45 single is released. The single became the final release by Apple Records until the label was revived in the mid-1990s for The Beatles BBC sessions album 'Live at the BBC' and 'The Beatles Anthology' project.
1975: Bob Dylan hosts 'Night of the Hurricane,' a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden for imprisoned boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. Many believe, including Dylan, that Carter was wrongfully convicted of triple homicide. Dylan wrote the song 'Hurricane' recounting Carter's arrest and trial. Carter was freed ten years later.
1975: Gary Thain dies of respiratory failure due to a heroin overdose at 27. Thain was best known as the bassist in Uriah Heep. The year prior to his death, Thain had suffered a severe electrical shock during a concert in Dallas. After the incident, Thain, who had always been frail and prone to ill-health, sunk deeper into addiction.
1976: The Eagles release their classic album 'Hotel California.'
1977: Four people were arrested after a riot broke out when Blondie didn’t arrive for a gig in Brisbane. Over 1,000 Australian fans had waited more than an hour for the group to appear on stage, but the gig was cancelled due to singer Debbie Harry being ill.
1979: Styx 'Babe' is the #1 U.S. Single. Written by Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung, is #1 and becomes the group's biggest hit.
1979: The Police reached number one on the U.K. Singles Chart for the second time with 'Walking on the Moon' which spent one week on top of the chart.
1980: Queen released thir 9th studio album, and 1st soundtrack album for 'Flash Gordon.'
1980: Annie Leibovitz photographs John Lennon and Yoko Ono at their apartment in New York City for a feature in Rolling Stone. Lennon would be shot and killed hours later.
1980: John Lennon was shot five times by 25 year old Mark Chapman outside the Dakota building in New York City where John and Yoko lived. Chapman had been stalking Lennon for days outside the Dakota apartments and asked for an autograph as Lennon walked through the courtyard. As he signed a piece of paper Chapman fired five shots, four of which struck the ex-Beatle. Lennon was rushed to Roosevelt hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival shortly after 11p.m.
1980: Pat Benatar's 'In The Heat of the Night' album goes platinum.
1981: A year after her husband’s death, Yoko Ono published a letter in Rolling Stone that said, “I think of John’s death as a war casualty – it is the war between the sane and the insane.”
1981: The Rolling Stones performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1983: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Ron Wood, Joe Cocker, Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers were among the participants at the Ronnie Lane ARMS Appeal concert at Madison Square Garden.
1984: Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle (Nicholas Dingley) is killed when the car he’s riding in, driven by intoxicated Motley Crue singer Vince Neil, hits another vehicle. Two occupants in the other car were seriously injured; Razzle was pronounced dead at the hospital. He was just 24 years old.
1984: Bryan Adams made his second appearance on American Bandstand where he performed 'Run to You' & 'Kids Wanna Rock.'
1984: Hall & Oates 'Out Of Touch' hits the top spot, giving the duo their sixth and final #1.
1984: The 'KISS: Animalize Live Uncensored' video by KISS was recorded at Cobo Hall in Detroit.
1986: Tesla‬ released their debut album 'Mechanical Resonance.'
1987: Foreigner released their 6th studio album, 'Inside Information.'
1990: Poison's 'Something To Believe In' peaks at #4 on the pop chart.
1995: The Grateful Dead announced they were disbanding in the wake of Jerry Garcia’s death. Their statement read, “After four months of heartfelt consideration, the remaining members of the band met yesterday and came to the conclusion that the ‘long strange trip’ of the uniquely wonderful beast known as the Grateful Dead is over.”
1995: Courtney Love appeared on the ABC TV show '10 Most Fascinating People', telling the presenter that she wished she had done "eight thousand million things differently" to have prevented the death of her husband Kurt Cobain.
1998: Yoko Ono spreads some Christmas cheer via a billboard in New York's Times Square. Her message: "War is Over! If you want it. Happy Christmas from John & Yoko."
1999: Santana told a press conference in Mexico City that while he prayed in church the “Virgin of Guadalupe” spoke to him. He added, “Marijuana is not a drug and if factories are set up here to make clothes, tofu cheese, medicine and paper from marijuana, we won’t have to chop down so many trees.”
2000: On his Web site, Julian Lennon did his best to remember the father who was never there for him. On the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's murder, he wrote: “I had a great deal of anger towards Dad because of his negligence and his attitude to peace and love. That peace and love never came home to me.”
2000: On the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's murder in New York, a statue of Lennon is unveiled in Havana. Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, who severely criticized The Beatles in the 1960s as "decadent" now says Lennon was a "revolutionary."
2000: The FBI arrested a man who had threatened to kill 'Valley Girl' singer Moon Unit Zappa. The man allegedly decided to murder Moon Unit after concluding she stole the lyrics to the song from him.
2000: A plaque to commemorate the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's death was unveiled outside his childhood home in Liverpool.
2000: Sting gets a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Hllywood Mayor Johnny Grant declared the day Sting Day in Hollywood.
2003: David Bowie postponed the opening of his first North American tour in 8 years after he came down with the flu.
2003: Ozzy Osbourne broke his collarbone and several ribs after he crashed an ATV on the grounds of his Buckinghamshire estate in England.
2003: Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors attend a memorial at Jim Morrison's gravesite in Paris on the Lizard King's 60th birthday.
2003: Christian bookstores refuse to carry P.O.D.'s 'Payable on Death,' because they believe the disc's cover has occult overtones.
2004: Damageplan, a supergroup founded by brothers Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul Abbott in the wake of Pantera's breakup, performs at a concert in Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, when Nathan Gale climbs on stage and shoots Darrell in the head multiple times. Also killed are the band's Head of Security, Jeffery Thompson as he scuffled with Gale, a fan who attempted to give CPR to Thompson and Darrell, and roadie Erin Halk, who also tried to stop Gale. Gale is shot and killed by police. Investigation reveals no motive, although some claimed that Gale blamed the brothers for Pantera's breakup and believed they had stolen his lyrics. Dimebag was just 38 years old. He was a huge fan of Kiss, Joe Satriani, Pete Willis and Tony Iommi, and was buried with his friend Eddie Van Halen’s famous “bumblebee” guitar in a Kiss Kasket.
2005: Dimebag's family sues the venue where the Damageplan guitarist was killed. The lawsuit claims that the Alrosa Villa nightclub did not provide adequate security for the gig, and that the staff could have done more to prevent the shooting.
2005: Online bidding closes on the Grammy Charity Holiday Auction. Autographed instruments and memorabilia from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Tommy Lee, Slash, Dave Navarro, Cold and members of U2 are on the block. Proceeds benefit MusiCares health and human service initiatives.
2006: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong performs 'The Saints Are Coming' with U2 during the group's concert at Oahu's Aloha Stadium. The song was released as a charity single to help Hurricane Katrina victims.
2006: Green Day, Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver, Rancid and U2 are on 'CBGB Forever,' a compilation available exclusively at Best Buy. It's the first album released by Little Steven Van Zandt's Wicked Cool Records.
2007: Lou Reed is the guest of honor at an invitation-only dinner in Miami Beach, FL. The event is held in conjunction with the Art Basel Miami Beach exhibition. There's a screening of the concert film Lou Reed's Berlin which documents a series of 2006 New York shows where Reed performed his 1973 'Berlin' album in its entirety.
2008: Kid Rock lashes out at animal-rights organization PETA, declaring that he'll always wear fur. "I'm willing the animal-rights protesters to chuck red paint on me," says Rock. "To throw paint on someone is just wrong. They do it to little Hollywood actresses who can't defend themselves." PETA counters saying it's time for Rock to "grow up and grow out of his cruel wardrobe." They also contend that Rock's divorce from well-known PETA supporter, Pamela Anderson, is the true cause of his behavior. "I want to go to war with PETA," concludes Rock. "My biggest extravagance is fur coats - I've got every kind of animal in my wardrobe."
2008: Mike McCready's Jimi Hendrix tribute band Shadow '86 perform in the Pearl Jam guitarist's hometown of Seattle. The club show raises money for the Treehouse for Kids organization for foster children.
2008: L.A. eatery Barney's Beanery unveils a plaque honoring The Doors' Jim Morrison on what would have been the late singer's 65th birthday. The marker commemorates the spot where Morrison infamously urinated on the bar. Fellow Doors, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger attend.
2009: KISS released their 56th single, 'Say Yeah.'
2009: Puddle Of Mudd release their 4th studio album, 'Volume 4: Songs In The Key Of Love & Hate.' It's the follow-up to 2007's 'Famous.' Scantlin says the tracks 'Keep It Together' and 'Pitchin' A Fit' were inspired by his wife, who doesn't always approve of his songwriting technique. He is often on the couch at 5 AM with a pack of beer. "I get a song out of any mood that my wife is in," Scantlin adds.
2009: 'A Song For A Son,' is a free download at the Smashing Pumpkins official website. It's the first single off the 44-song project 'Teargarden By Kaleidyscope.' "My desire is to release a song at a time, until all 44 are out," says Billy Corgan. "Each song will be made available absolutely for free, to anyone anywhere. There will be no strings attached."
2009: Green Day's 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams' is the best single and 'American Idiot' wins the finest album honor in the Rolling Stone Best of the Decade Readers Poll. The group is also named the most accomplished artist of the past 10 years. However, Rolling Stone editors, writers and select musicians name Radiohead's 'Kid A' as the album of the decade and select U2's 'No Line On The Horizon' as 2009's best album. Meanwhile, over at iTunes, Apple's digital music service, Kings Of Leon score with 'Only By The Night.' It's both the top-selling album and the Editor's Pick as Album of the Year.
2009: 7dayBinge with 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell, MusikMafia guitarist Jon Nicholson, former Kid Rock guitarist Kenny Olson and drummer Shannon Boone, make their self-titled debut album available for downloads.
2009: Soundscan reports that The Beatles were 2nd only to Eminem in album sales between 2000-2009. The Beatles sold over 30 million units including 11.5 million of their 2000 compilation 'The Beatles #1's.' That album, the decade's best seller, moved more copies than either Linkin Park's 'Hybird Theory' or Creed's 'Human Clay,' the only other Rock albums to make the decade's Top 10 sales list.
2009: Former the Velvet Underground members Lou Reed, Doug Yule and Maureen "Moe" Tucker take part in the Live from the NYPL series at the New York Public Library. The discussion is moderated by Rolling Stone magazine's David Fricke.
2010: Kid Rock's 'Born Free' tops Billboard's Rock Albums chart after spending the previous week at #2. 'Born Free' is also #13 on the Billboard 200.
2010: Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose is named the top lead singer of all time by the readers of MusicRadar.com. He tops Freddy Mercury, Robert Plant, Ronnie James Dio, John Lennon, and Bruce Dickinson. According to MusicRadar, "{Rose is} the hotheaded, horny ginger stepchild of Steven Tyler and Robert Plant, a born Rock star who made being fashionably late a lifestyle choice and started riots in the process."
2011: Nickelback donates $50,000 to Children's Hospital as part of a challenge issued by Chilliwack, B.C. band Pardon My Striptease. "We're moved by the efforts of Pardon My Striptease to raise money for B.C. Children's Hospital and are happy and excited to take part," writes Nickelback singer/guitarist Chad Kroeger in a release. Pardon My Striptease's lead singer Andrew Putt's one-year-old daughter Lilee-Jean has already undergone two bouts of chemotherapy at the hospital.
2011: Former bandmates Paul Simonon and Mick Jones perform Clash material together live for the first time since 1982 at the Hillsborough Justice Campaign benefit concert. Supported by backing musicians the pair plays a dozen Clash songs including 'London Calling' and 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go.' The concert is for the victims of the Hillsborough football tragedy where 96 people were killed in 1989.
2011: Ringo Starr unveils his Knotted Gun statue for the Non-Violence Foundation in the Gibson Guitar Studio in London. The former Beatle calls for stricter weapons regulation at the anti-gun event held on the anniversary of John Lennon's murder. The statue depicts a large revolver, painted in a variety of pastel colors, with its barrel twisted into a knot. The word 'imagine' is emblazoned below the cylinder.
2012: Alice Cooper hosts the 12th annual Christmas Pudding concert at the Comerica Theater in Phoenix. Johnny Depp, Sebastian Bach, L.A. Guns and Don Felder of The Eagles are among the performers. Proceeds go to Cooper's Solid Rock, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of teens through music, dance, and self expression.
2013: Metallica perform in Antarctica as part of a Coca-Cola Zero-sponsored promotional event. They play in a dome near the heliport of the Argentine Antarctic Base Carlini. Metallica's performance is transmitted to the audience via headphones with no amplification. The concert also makes Metallica the first band to play all seven continents in one year. The feat is recognized in the 2015 Guinness World Records book. It was only the second ever gig to take place on the continent, following a performance in 2007 from a group of musical scientists, called Nunatak, at British Antarctic Survey's Rothera Research Station as part of the Live Earth climate change awareness concerts.
2013: Carlos Santana and Billy Joel are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture at the 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
2014: Saxon postponed the remainder of the 35th anniversary Warriors Of The Road UK tour after drummer Nigel Glockler is rushed to hospital where he undergoes surgery to repair a brain aneurysm.
2014: Former Creedence Clearwater Revival members Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, along with the wife of late CCR member Tom Fogerty, file a lawsuit against the band's former leader/singer/songwriter, John Fogerty. The suit alleges that Fogerty violated the terms of a 2001 agreement saying that he wouldn't disparage Clifford and Cook's Creedence Clearwater Revisited by mocking the band in an interview.
2014: Yes release their 14th live album 'Like It Is: YES at the Bristol Hippodrome.' It was released for CD and DVD.
2015: Jared Leto (30 Seconds To Mars) files a lawsuit against TMZ and parent company Warner Bros. Entertainment after the site posts a video of the singer critiquing Taylor Swift's music. Leto alleges TMZ knew it was stolen, but published the video anyway. Leto also apologizes to the Pop/Country superstar for his harsh words.
2015: Eagles Of Death Metal return to Bataclan in Paris less than one month after terrorist killed at least eighty-nine audience members during a concert at the venue. The band adds flowers to the makeshift memorial site and read their own tributes. "The bad guys never take a day off, and therefore we Rock 'n Rollers cannot either...and we never will," the band writes on Facebook.

Dec. 9
1955: Elvis Presley performs at the B&I Club in Swifton, Arkansas, introducing his new song, 'Heartbreak Hotel,' by claiming "It's gonna be my first hit."
1961: The Beatles played their first concert in the south of England with Ivor Jay & the Jaywalkers at The Palais Ballroom in Aldershot, England. The gig was billed as a “Battle of the Bands – Liverpool vs. London.” The show was not advertised properly and, as a result, only 18 people attended, (local newspaper, The Aldershot News, failed to publish the advertisement for the show). However, the band and friends had their own fun after the show, including a mock funeral for Paul McCartney.
1962: Future Beatles producer George Martin was taken to the Liverpool Cavern by the group’s manager Brian Epstein to see the band perform live.
1964: In the second week it was available in the UK, The Beatles’ 'I Feel Fine' became a million seller.
1964: The Kinks 'All Day And All Of The Night' b/w 'I Gotta Move' 45 single is released.
1966: The Who released their 2nd studio album, 'A Quick One' in the UK (May 1967 in the US). In the US, Decca Records released the album under the title'“Happy Jack,' rather than the sexually suggestive title of the original UK release, and due to 'Happy Jack' being a top 40 hit in the US it replaced a cover of the Holland–Dozier–Holland hit Heat Wave) which was included on the original UK version of the album. In 2003, the album was ranked #383 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1966: Cream release their debut album, 'Fresh Cream' in the UK (January 1967 in the US). It reached #6 on the UK charts. Upon release in the US, it reached #39 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart is later certified Gold. In 2003, the album was ranked #101 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. They also released their 2nd single 'I Feel Free' on the same day.
1967: Doors lead singer Jim Morrison arrested in New Haven, Connecticut following backstage fight when security guard mistakes him for a fan. Before the show a policeman found Morrison making out with an 18 year-old girl in a abckstage shower and after an argument the policeman sprayed mace in Morrison's face. Once onstage, Morrison told the audience the story of what happened backstage and started taunting the police who then dragged him off stage and arrested him. The crowd then rioted, leaving the venue in disarray and many concert goers arrested. Later, over 100 protestors gathered at the police station in demonstration and more arrests were made.
1967: Cream enters the US chart with their ‘Disraeli Gears’ album.
1967: The Beatles 'Hello Goodbye' topped the British singles charts.
1968: Free appeared at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band appears at Ungano’s in New York.
1970: Yes performs at Hull University in Hull, England.
1971: Richie Havens receives a role in the orchestral stage version of the Who’s rock opera 'Tommy.'
1971: Ten Years After's 'Baby Won't You Let Me Rock 'N Roll You' b/w 'Once There Was A Time' 45 single is released.
1972: The Moody Blues hit #1 on the U.S. album charts with 'Seventh Sojourn.' It stays there for five weeks.
1972: Neil Diamond released the live double album 'Hot August Night,' from a concert on August 24, 1972, which was one of ten sold out concerts that Diamond performed that month at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The album peaked at #5 on the US chart and spent 29 weeks at #1 on the Australian chart.
1972: An All-Star Orchestra version of ‘Tommy’ was performed at the Rainbow Theatre London's Rainbow Theatre. Advance tickets went for the then princely sum of $50, but the show itself was a major disappointment, with most of the "actors" floundering (except Who singer Roger Daltrey and Steve Winwood as Tommy's father). Narrator Pete Townshend, for his part, was observed to be drunk. None of this stopped the cast recording from being recorded and eventually becoming a hit in 1973.
1972: Elton John get his first #1 hit in the US with ‘Crocodile Rock.’
1972: Pink Floyd performs at Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland.
1973: David Coverdale plays his first live show with Deep Purple, replacing Ian Gillan, at the KB Hallen in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1973: Yes played at City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1974: George Harrison released 'Dark Horse,' his first album on the label of the same name. His cover of The Everly Brothers 'Bye Bye Love' was a backhanded farewell to wife Patti Boyd, who took up with his friend Eric Clapton.
1974: On Monday Night Football, John Lennon stopped by the booth during a game between the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins. While he was there, guest Ronald Reagan explained the rules of football to him.
1974: After clearing the shelves of unreleased material, The Who gets a gold record for 'Odd and Sods.'
1975: The Sex Pistols appeared at Ravensbourne College in Chistlehurst, London.
1976: Black Sabbath performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1976: ‪‎Y & T‬ released their debut album 'Yesterday And Today.'
1976: John Lennon purchased a Renoir painting valued at half-a-million dollars.
1978: The Blues Brothers release 'Soul Man.'
1978: Steely Dan’s ‘Greatest Hits’ hits the US charts.
1978: While on bail for allegedly murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious is charged with assault after attacking Todd Smith, singer Patti Smith’s brother, at a Skafish concert at a New York club. Vicious is sentenced to 55 days on Rikers Island for rehab. He died the night of his release after OD’ing on heroin his mother had procured for him.
1979: Motorhead‬ released their debut album 'On Parole.'
1979: 'Let There Be Rock - Live in Paris' by AC/DC was recorded live at the Pavillon de Paris in Paris, France, during the 'Highway to Hell' World Tour.
1979: Marshall Tucker Band played at the Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1979: The Grateful Dead performed at the Kiel Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
1981: King Crimson appeared at the Shibuya Kokaido in Tokyo.
1984: Blue Oyster Cult performed at The Bacchanal in San Diego, California.
1984: Jimmy Page and the Firm recorded an MTV Special at London’s Hammersmith. Odeon. Producers convinced Page and the band to perform 'Stairway to Heaven.'
1988: Metallica played the first of two nights at Cow Place in San Francisco, during their 222-date 'Damaged Justice' world tour,
1989: Billy Joel's 'We Didn't Start The Fire,' is the #1 single in the U.S. It's lyrics are made up from rapid-fire brief allusions to over a hundred headline events between 1949 (Joel was born on May 9 of that year) and 1989, when the song was released on his album 'Storm Front.'
1991: After a long legal battle, Bob Marley’s $11.5 million estate is awarded to his wife Rita and her children. Ziggy Marley’s daughter is born on this day and he names her Justice in honor of the verdict.
1991: Guns N’ Roses made their debut at Madison Square Garden in the first of a three night stand. All three concerts were sold out, drawing over 54,000 fans & grossing over $1.3 million.
1992: Bill Wyman leaves the Rolling Stones after being a member for over 30 years.
1992: George Harrison is the first recipient of Billboard magazine's Century Award. Tom Petty handles the honors at the ceremony in Universal City.
1993: Country singer Travis Tritt's video of the Eagles 'Take It Easy' has appearances by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Don Felder, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit. An Eagles reunion happens the following year.
1995: The Beatles 'Anthology Vol. 1' hits the top of the charts. It sells 855,000 copies in its first week of release.
1997: Following an Oasis show in Cardiff, Wales vocalist Liam Gallagher pours lager over the head of a reporter in a local hotel bar. Oddly, the reporter is in town to cover Gary Glitter and has nothing to do with Oasis.
1999: Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic reunited with drummer Dave Grohl during a Foo Fighters performance in Seattle. The Foo Fighters own bassist was suffering from the flu.
2000: Sting received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2000: U2 made their first appearance on 'Saturday Night Live' where they performed 'Beautiful Day' & 'Elevation.'
2003: In the case surrounding the February 2003 fire at a Great White concert, a Rhode Island grand jury gave three indictments of involuntary manslaughter to the club’s two owners as well as Great White's road manager.
2003: Offspring's 'Splinter' album is released. Produced by Brendan O`Brien, the group's 7th album features drummer Josh Freese.
2005: A man charged with stealing more than $300,000 worth of Elvis Presley's jewelry from the Elvis-A-Rama museum appeared in a Las Vegas court. 30 year old Eliab Aguilar was arrested on November 3rd after police said he approached a retired Elvis impersonator and offered to sell him several items including Presley's 1953 class ring from Humes High School worth $32,000, a 41 carat ruby and diamond ring worth $77,000 and a gold-plated Smith & Wesson .38 special.
2005: Alice In Chains guitarist-singer Jerry Cantrell undergoes surgery at an L.A. orthopedic clinic to correct a problem that was causing acute pain in his left shoulder. "It's tough not being able to play for a while but I'm really looking forward to... performing without being in constant pain," says Cantrell.
2005: Mike Botts dies of colon cancer at 61. Botts was the drummer for Bread and died one day after his birthday. In addition to Bread, Botts was an active session musician who worked with hundreds of artists including Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John, Peter Cetera, Warren Zevon, Dan Fogelberg, Eddie Money, J.D. Souther and Eric Carmen. He also worked on numerous soundtracks including Batman Beyond, The Simpsons, Footloose and Urban Cowboy.
2006: U2 wrap up their 'Vertigo' '06 tour in Honolulu. They are joined onstage by Green Day'S Billie Joe Armstrong and members of show openers Pearl Jam.
2006: A monument is unveiled on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, NJ, honoring musicians, including Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's past and present members, who helped develop the local sound and music scene.
2006: An acetate LP of the Velvet Underground's first recording sells for $155,401 on e-Bay. The record was purchased by a collector for 75 cents four years earlier. Acetates were generally used as demos since they were cheap and of inferior quality to commercial albums. How the acetate got into 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' sleeve remains a mystery.
2006: The "Red Rocker Chopper," a custom-designed motorcycle boasting artwork inspired by Sammy Hagar, is raffled off online for charity. Proceeds go to the First Candle organization, which works to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and stillbirth.
2008: Steve Isham,‬ former keyboardist with ‪‎Autograph‬ and ‪Vince Neil‬ died of liver cancer.
2008: Former Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner files a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court charging his old group with breach of contract and other improprieties. He also seeks to dissolve the Papa Roach partnership and related corporations. Buckner claims that his relationship with his ex-bandmates has become "strained and antagonistic" since being fired from the group ON Christmas Eve, 2007.
2008: The U.S. Military releases a list of songs they use to break down detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay (Cuba). 'Enter Sandman' by Metallica, 'Bodies' by Drowning Pool, 'Born In The U.S.A.' by Bruce Springsteen and a double shot, 'Shoot To Thrill'/Hell's Bell's' by AC/DC, top the list which also includes tracks by Nine Inch Nails. "It's difficult for me to imagine anything more profoundly insulting, demeaning and enraging than discovering music you've put your heart and soul into creating has been used for purposes of torture," writes frontman Trent Reznor in an online post. In addition, Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello backs the Reprieve organization's Zero dB initiative protesting the use of music to torture political prisoners. The campaign promotes periods of silence during concerts and festivals to show solidarity for the victims of this psychological torture method. Among those supporting the effort are RATM, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails and AC/DC.
2009: The second season of 'Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...' begins on the Sundance Channel. Guests for season two include U2 members Bono and the Edge, Nick Lowe and Levon Helm (The Band). "I wasn't looking for a career in TV," says Costello. "It's something I did as a side project from my real career."
2010: Jim Morrison is posthumously pardoned for a 1969 indecent exposure conviction in Florida. Outgoing Governor Charlie Crist leads the pardon effort, which the Clemency Board unanimously grants. The Doors frontman, a Florida native, was appealing the conviction when he was found dead in a Paris bathtub in 1971.
2010: Eric Clapton announced he was to sell off part of his extensive guitar collection to raise money for his Crossroads rehab Center in Antigua. Highlights of the sale would include a guitar Clapton played at the Cream reunion shows in 2005, estimated to sell for more than £13,000 ($20,800). The sale to be held by Bonhams in New York would also feature a vast collection of amps and speakers, including a pair of Marshall speaker cabinets.
2011: A copy of The Beatles 'Love Me Do' 1962 Demonstration Record sold for $17,339.31 during a 10-day eBay auction. According to the seller, this original demo was the ‘Holy Grail’ of Beatles items.
2011: 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' is in theaters. The soundtrack is by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. "We laughed, we cried, we lost our minds and in the process made some of the most beautiful and disturbing music...," writes Reznor on the Nine Inch Nails website.
2011: 'New Year's Eve,' a romantic comedy with Jon Bon Jovi, is in theaters.
2012: Megadeth leaves Roadrunner Records.
2013: Recipients honored at the 36th annual national John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts were: pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer Herbie Hancock; singer and songwriter Billy Joel and guitarist and songwriter Carlos Santana.
2014: Sting joins the cast of his struggling Broadway musical 'The Last Ship.' His month long run is an attempt to save the show from closing.
2014: Blink-182's Travis Barker is named the Best Rock Drummer of the Year by readers of Rhythm magazine. He beat out Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), John Fred Young (Black Stone Cherry) and Brent Fitz (Slash's solo band).
2014: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is named GQ Magazine's Rock God Of The Year.
2014: Lynch Mob release their 6th studio album, 'Sun Red Sun.'
2015: The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones are the biggest-earning Rock acts of 2015. According to Forbes, The Eagles made $73.5 during the past 12 months but that figure was dwarfed by a pair of pop acts - Katy Perry netted $135 million while One Direction took in $130 million.
2015: Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe has harsh words for Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. "He could just be a clown," states Blythe. "If he is the president, though, I am leaving America 'till he's gone."

Dec. 10
1949: Fats Domino recorded his first tracks for Imperial Records. One of those songs was called ‘The Fat Man,' which later became his nickname.
1961: The Beatles appeared at Hambleton Hall, Huyton in Liverpool after returning to Liverpool from their first live performances in south England and London. The Beatles arrived so late for their appearance in Huyton that they only had time to play for 15 minutes. The promoters, having to pay The Beatles their full £15 were very unhappy.
1965: 18-year-old David Bowie recorded 'Can't Help Thinking About Me' at Pye Studios, London, England, which was later released as a single under the name David Bowie with The Lower Third. It became the first David Bowie record to be released in the US as well as the first time the name "Bowie" appeared under the songwriters credit.
1965: The first Bill Graham promoted show takes place at the Fillmore Auditorium (later to be known as Fillmore West). The performers include Jefferson Airplane and The Great Society, with future Airplane vocalist, Grace Slick.
1965: Grateful Dead played their first show at the Fillmore in San Francisco for concert promoter Bill Graham. It was only the 2nd time they had played under that name having recently changed it from The Warlocks.
1966: The Beach Boys 'Good Vibrations' hits #1 on the pop charts. It's the group's 3rd US #1. As a child, his mother told him that dogs could pick up "vibrations" from people, so that the dog would bark at "bad vibrations" Wilson turned this into the general idea for the song.
1966: The Who performed at the Odeon Theatre in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England.
1966: The Who's 'I'm A Boy' b/w 'In The City' 45 single is released.
1966: The Rolling Stones 1st live album, 'Got LIVE If You Want It!' is released. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1967: Pink Floyd play the Teenagers Sunday Club, at The Birdcage, in Harlow, Essex, England.
1967: The Byrds played the first of an eight night run at the Whisky-a-go-go in Hollywood.
1967: American soul singer, songwriter Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash. He was just 26. Redding and his band had made an appearance in Cleveland, Ohio on the local ‘Upbeat’ television show the previous day. The plane carrying Otis Redding and his band crashed at 3:28pm into icy waters of Lake Monoma near Madison. Redding was killed in the crash along with members from the The Bar-Kays, Jimmy King, Ron Caldwell, Phalin Jones and Carl Cunningham. Trumpet player Ben Cauley was the only person to survive the crash. Redding had only three days earlier recorded '(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,' which he co-wrote with Steve Cropper. It went on to become the first posthumous #1 Billboard single in U.S. chart history.
1967: Steve Miller (Blues) Band, a previously almost unknown San Francisco group, signs with Capitol Records for unprecedented $750,000. Blues is almost immediately dropped from the name.
1968: Led Zeppelin perform at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Ungano’s in New York.
1969: Janis Joplin, Grand Funk, and opener Fat Jessie appeared at the Rochester Community War Memorial Arena in Rochester, New York.
1969: Sly And The Family Stone 'Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)' b/w 'Everybody Is A Star' 45 single is released.
1970: Yes played at Teesside Polytechnic in Middlesborough, England.
1971: Playing the first of two nights at London's Rainbow Theatre, Frank Zappa was pushed off stage by jealous boyfriend Trevor Howell. Zappa fell onto the concrete-floored orchestra pit - the band thought Zappa had been killed. He suffered serious fractures, head trauma and injuries to his back, leg, and neck, as well as a crushed larynx, which ultimately caused his voice to drop a third after healing. This accident resulted in him using a wheelchair for an extended period, forcing him off the road for over half a year. Later, Zappa says, “The band thought I was dead. My head was over on my shoulder, and my neck was bent like it was broken. I had a gash in my chin, a hole in the back of my head, a broken rib, and a fractured leg. One arm was paralyzed.”
1971: At the "Free John Sinclair Rally" in Ann Arbor, Michigan, John Lennon debuts his new song, fittingly called 'John Sinclair.' Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger and Phil Ochs also appear at the rally, which is an effort to get Sinclair, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of two marijuana joints, out of jail. Sinclair was released two days later.
1972: King Crimson appeared at Town Hall in Birmingham, England.
1973: The CBGB Club (Country, BlueGrass, and Blues), opened in the lower eastside of New York City. Founded by Hilly Kristal, it was originally intended to feature its namesake musical styles, but became a home for American punk and New Wave bands such as Blondie, Television, Patti Smith and the Ramones. There were two rules: 1) bands had to move their own equipment, and 2) bands had to play mostly original songs – no cover bands – because the owner couldn’t afford to pay ASCAP royalty fees.
1974: Deep Purple's 9th studio album, 'Stormbringer' is released. It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #6 on the UK chart.
1974: KISS performed at the Davenport Auditorium, Davenport, Iowa.
1975: The Who's 7th album, 'The Who By Numbers' goes gold. It was released two-months earlier.
1976: The 'Wings Over America' album is released. The triple live album goes on to sell over four million copies in the U.S.
1976: Queen release their 5th studio album, 'A Day at the Races.'
1976: Billy Idol's Generation X play their first live performance, at London's Central College of Art.
1976: Rush played at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey.
1978: Bob Dylan appeared at the Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1980: Dire Straits performed at City Hall inNewcastle, England
1980: John Lennon's body is cremated.
1983: Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's 'Say, Say Say' hits #1 in the US, the first of 6 weeks at the top spot. Billy Joel's 'Uptown Girl' is #3 and Pat Benatar's 'Love Is A Battlefield' sits at #5.
1983: Pat Benatar peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Love is a Battlefield,' Benatar’s second top 10 single in the U.S.
1983: Stevie Nicks made her first appearance as a musical guest on 'Saturday Night Live' where she performed 'Stand Back' and 'Nightbird.'
1984: Band-Aid releases 'Do They Know It's Christmas' to raise money for African famine relief.
1985: Three Dog Night's Danny Hutton and Cory Wells fire third vocalist Chuck Negron.
1987: Joe Satriani's second full-length solo album, 'Surfing with the Alien,' is released.
1988: Killer Dwarfs opened for Iron Maiden at Wembley Arena in London on the 'Seventh Tour Of A Seventh Tour.'
1988: Chicago started a two week run at #1 on the singles chart with 'Look Away,' the group’s third chart topper.
1991: Alan Freed, the man who coined the term "Rock and Roll” is posthumously awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
1993: Matthew Trippe finally dropped his lawsuit against Doc McGhee claiming he was the real Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue. Trippe claims that in June 1983, Mötley Crüe's managers Doc McGhee and Doug Thaler decided to bring him in as the new Nikki Sixx after Nikki was unable to continue due to a serious car crash. In January 1988, he filed a lawsuit against McGhee Enterprises, Inc. citing civil theft and other relief, claiming royalties that were never paid for songs he said he wrote. These included 'Danger,' 'Knock 'Em Dead Kid,' "Girls Girls Girls,' 'You're All I Need,' 'Dancing on Glass,' and 'Wild Side.' In March 1989, Mötley Crüe recorded a demo for 'Dr. Feelgood' called 'Say Yeah.' The song's lyrics, written by Nikki Sixx, are supposedly about Trippe and the lawsuit. The track later turned up on 'Supersonic and Demonic Relics' (1999).
1994: BBC2's 'Later With Jools Holland' has Oasis performing 'Whatever' and their take on The Beatles 'I Am The Walrus.'
1998: Bruce Springsteen won a $3 million legal battle in the U.K. with two companies that wanted to release previously unreleased songs from his early career. Masquerade Music wanted to release an album titled 'Before the Fame' & Flute International wanted to release an album of 19 unreleased songs.
1998: A recording of a 1963 Beatles concert was sold at auction at Christies in London for £25,300 ($41,500). The tape of The Beatles’ 10-song concert was recorded by the chief technician at the Gaumont Theatre in Bournemouth during one of six consecutive nights which The Beatles had played. Also sold for £5,195 ($8500), was a set of autographs of five Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best, and Stuart Sutcliffe. The autographs had been obtained by a fan in Liverpool in 1961.
1999: The day after his 56th birthday, The Band's bassist, Rick Danko, dies in his sleep in Woodstock, NY. The Canadian guitarist and singer joined The Hawks in 1963 who went on to work as Bob Dylan’s backing band, (with Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson). They later became The Band. After The Band performed its farewell concert, 'The Last Waltz,' at Winterland in 1976, Danko was the first Band member offered a solo contract. His self-titled debut featured each of his former bandmates in addition to Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton and Danko’s brother, Terry. Danko also sang on the Pink Floyd songs 'Comfortably Numb' and 'Mother.' In 1994, he was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Band.
2003: Audioslave captures Modern Rock Artist of the Year and Rock Artist of the Year 2003 at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Trapt`s 'Headstrong' nails Track of Year honors in both the Rock and Modern Rock categories. Evanescence gets New Group Artist of the Year and Soundtrack Single of the Year ('Bring Me to Life'). Foo Fighters and Evanescence perform. Jane`s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro is among the presenters.
2003: Metallica announces their complete catalog is available for download on select websites, but fans must purchase albums rather than individual songs.
2004: One of three RCA microphones used by radio station KWKH for the historic Elvis Presley appearance at the Louisiana Hayride was sold for $37,500. The microphone was one of three used during 50 performances by Elvis Presley when he performed for the radio show in Shreveport from 1954 to 1956.
2005: Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk weds Seven Year Bitch vocalist Selene Vigil in Lake Tahoe, CA. The small ceremony is the culmination of a 10 year courtship.
2005: U2 receives Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award in recognition of their work on human-rights issues and fighting global debt over the past two decades.
2007: Led Zeppelin take the stage of London's O2 arena as the headliners of a tribute concert for Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, who passed away the previous December. He was the one who signed Zeppelin in 1968. John Bonham's son Jason is on the drumkit. Zeppelin start with 'Good Times Bad Times,' the first track from their debut album. Their set includes 'Stairway to Heaven,' 'Black Dog,' 'Kashmir,' and a song that had never been performed live previously, 'For Your Life,' from their 'Presence' album. Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Jeff Beck, Brian May, David Gilmour, The Edge, Peter Gabriel, Queen drummer Roger Taylor and Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott are in the audience. More than one million people had taken part in a ballot for the 20,000 tickets available for the show with all proceeds going to Ahmet's own charity.
2007: Eddie Van Halen's backyard is swamped when a water main bursts. Firefighters are able to prevent the ensuing mudslide from harming the guitarist's L.A. home but his swimming pool and driveway gate are damaged.
2008: The Associated Press reported that the US military used loud music to "create fear, disorient and prolong capture shock" for prisoners at military detention centers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Among the songs blasted 24 hours a day were 'Born In The USA' by Bruce Springsteen, 'Hell's Bells' by AC/DC, 'White America' by Eminem, 'The Theme From Sesame Street' and 'I Love You' from the Barney and Friends children's TV show.
2009: Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose punches a photographer while boarding a flight at Los Angeles International Airport. The singer, reportedly traveling to a performance in Taipei, Taiwan, warns the photographer and tells bystanders he's going to "break this guy's f*cking neck," before knocking the photographer to the ground. Footage of the incident lands online.
2009: In an interview with Q magazine, Paul McCartney was asked if his marriage to Heather Mills was the worst mistake of his life. He replied "OK, yeah. I suppose that has to be the prime contender." The divorce settlement had cost McCartney £24m ($38.9m), plus annual payments for his daughter, Beatrice.
2009: Slipknot's 'Psychosocial' and 'Sulfur,' from 'All Hope Is Gone,' and 'Duality' from 2006's 'Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses' are available for download for the 'Rock Band' video game.
2010: The original hand-written lyrics to Bob Dylan's 'The Times They Are A-Changin' sold at a New York auction. Expected to go for $300,000, hedge-fund manager Adam Sender pays $422,500 beating out a handful of other bidders. Dylan wrote the classic protest song in 1963.
2011: A copy of The Beatles 'Love Me Do' 1962 Demonstration Record sold for $17,339.31 during a 10-day eBay auction. According to the seller, this original demo was the ‘Holy Grail’ of Beatles items.
2011: Sublime with Rome (Ramirez) drummer Bud Gaugh announces he has quit the band prior to a performance at the Almost Acoustic Christmas Concert in L.A. "The story is that I'm gonna be a dad here again real soon, and I just wanna be there for my family," says Gaugh.
2012: Guitarist Stacey Blades announces that he has left L.A. Guns due to "extenuating circumstances and musical differences."
2014: Foo Fighters perform in South Africa for the first time at Cape Town Stadium.
2014: Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn condemns "mosh pit bullying." "I think, especially in America, moshing has turned into a form of bullying. The big guy stands in the middle and just trucks any small kid that comes near him. Those guys need to be kicked out. A proper mosh pit is a great way to be as a group and dance, and just do your thing."
2014: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble top the public poll for induction into the 2015 class of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. They get 18 million votes, one-third of the total votes cast.
2014: Pink Floyd's 'Comfortably Numb' is named the best song of all-time to have playing during surgery, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Among the worst songs are Queen's 'Another One Bites The Dust,' Bob Dylan's 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door' and R.E'M.'s 'Everybody Hurts.'
2015: Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche sells for $1.76 million at RM Sotheby's 'Driven By Disruption' car auction in New York. Joplin bought the car secondhand in 1968. The pearl white auto was painted by a Big Brother & The Holding Company roadie.
2015: Funeral services for former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland are held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in L.A. Weiland died in his sleep a week earlier. Members of both bands attend.
2016: 'Hair Metal Holiday' featuring BulletBoys, Kix, Lynch Mob, King's X, Pretty Boy Floyd, Lillian Axe and Tuff and others happens in Dallas, Texas.

Dec. 11
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis marries 13-year-old Myra Gale Brown, who is the daughter of his cousin (and bass player), J.W. Brown. That makes her his first cousin once removed. Besides creating one of the most shocking scandals of its time, the marriage is further complicated by the fact that Lewis was still technically married to his previous wife, Jane Mitcham. Lewis and Brown divorce 14 years later after Myra claims, “I have been subject to every type of physical and mental abuse imaginable.”
1961: Elvis Presley started a 20-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Blue Hawaii', his seventh US #1 album.
1964: Sam Cooke is killed at age 33 when the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles (where rooms cost $3 a night) shoots him three times. The manager claims that Cooke assaulted her and that he tried to rape his companion. The incident was ruled a justifiable homicide.
1966: Elton John's band Bluesology opens for Little Richard at a show in London. Elton would later say, "When I saw Little Richard standing on top of the piano, all lights, sequins and energy, I decided there and then that I was going to be a rock and roll piano player."
1966: The Lovin’ Spoonful performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Also on the bill, The Children, and The Paupers.
1968: Blood, Sweat & Tears self-titled 2nd album is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for seven weeks throughout 1969, and features three singles that reached various Billboard charts - 'And When I Die' (Hot 100 #2, Adult Contemporary #4), 'Spinning Wheel' (Hot 100 #2, Adult Contemporary #1, R&B Singles #45), and 'You've Made Me So Very Happy' (Hot 100 #2, R&B Singles #46). It won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
1968: Filming begins on 'The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus' movie. Conceived by Mick Jagger, the event was comprised of two concerts on a circus stage and included such acts as John Lennon and his fiancee Yoko Ono performing as part of a supergroup called The Dirty Mac, along with Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell, Keith Richards, Jethro Tull and The Who, as well as clowns and acrobats. It was originally meant to be aired on the BBC, but the Rolling Stones withheld it because they were unhappy with their performance. Many believe the real reason was because the Who completely upstaged the Stones. As a footnote, this is the only footage of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi performing as a member of Jethro Tull. The film was eventually released in 1996.
1968: Deep Purple released their 2nd album, 'The Book of Taliesyn.'
1969: Yes appeared at LCP Fletcher Hall in Leicester, England.
1970: The Doors performed at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas.
1970: King Crimson released their 3rd album, 'Lizard.'
1970: John Lennon releases ‘Plastic Ono Band’ LP, containing ‘Mother’ and ‘Working Class Hero.’ It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, it placed at #22 in their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1970: The film 'The Magic Christian' starring Ringo Starr, premieres in London.
1971: Yes played at the Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York.
1971: UK comedian Benny Hill was at #1 on the UK singles chart with the innuendo-laden novelty song, 'Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West),' giving Hill his only #1 and the Christmas #1 hit of 1971. The song was originally written in 1955 as the introduction to an unfilmed screenplay about Hill's milkman experiences.
1972: Genesis play their first-ever US concert at Brandeis University in Massachussetts.
1972: The Grateful Dead played the first of two nights at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.
1972: The Rolling Stones 'More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies)' is released. It was the second compilation album of Rolling Stones music by former manager Allen Klein's ABKCO Records (who usurped control of the band's Decca/London material in 1970), released on December 11, 1972, after the band's departure from Decca and Klein. It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP"s chart.
1973: KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is nearly electrocuted during a concert in Florida when he touches a short circuited light. He is carried from the stage but returns 10 minutes later to finish the show. This incident inspires the song 'Shock Me,' which is Frehley’s first lead vocal in Kiss.
1973: Bobby Darin has an operation to repair his artificial heart valves at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles. He would die nine days later at age 37.
1974: Deep Purple played at the Mecca Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1976: Al Stewart's 'Year Of The Cat' enters the pop charts.
1976: Bob Seger releases his breakthrough album 'Night Moves.' It sells over 5 million copies.
1977: Queen played at The Summit in Houston, Texas.
1978: David Bowie appears at NHK Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
1979: The Cars 'Double Life' b/w 'Candy-O' 45 single is released.
1979: King Crimson released their 3rd studio album, 'Lizard.'
1980: U2 appeared at The Mudd Club in New York City, the first date of four US shows which also took the band to Boston and Washington DC.
1981: The Rolling Stones performed at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.
1988: Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre plays host to a Roy Orbison tribute concert, featuring Don Henley, Tom Petty, Graham Nash and Bonnie Raitt. Orbison passed away a week earlier.
1989: The Recording Industry Association of America certified four Led Zeppelin albums as multi-platinum: 'Presence' (2 million), 'Led Zeppelin' (4 million), 'Physical Graffiti'
(4 million) and 'In Through The Out Door' (5 million).
1998: During a gig in Tuscon, Arizona, a bottle thrown from the audience hit Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson. A security guard was then stabbed trying to eject a man from the crowd.
2000: A Perfect Circle’s debut album, 'Mer de Noms,' is approved for release in China by the country’s government' It's the first Western rock album since Guns N’ Roses 'Use Your Illusion I and II' were permitted in 1997. 'Mer de Noms' is required to display an “explicit language” warning in China.
2000: David Lee Roth files a lawsuit against Warner Bros. Records and his former bandmates in Van Halen, claiming he was underpaid royalties. Roth argues that the 1996 agreement was instituted without his knowledge and was a “plan to divert royalties” due to him. Roth claims to be owed 25% of Van Halen’s royalties, per a contract he signed upon leaving the band.
2001: Paul McCartney performs 'Let It Be' as part of the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize celebrations in Oslo, Norway.
2004: Artworks created by 3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold and his wife, Terika, are auctioned on eBay. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Nature Preservation Society. The organization assists injured and orphaned animals in Mississippi.
2006: Courtney Love has two drug-possession cases and an assault charge dismissed by a Los Angeles Superior Court justice after successfully completing her court-mandated drug-rehab program. "Thank you for giving me (another) opportunity," Love tells the judge.
2006: A keyboard signed by Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, U2's Bono, David Bowie and ex-Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones is auctioned in New York to benefit the Witness human-rights organization co-founded by Gabriel.
2007: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards issues a digital single (via iTunes) featuring two rare cover songs, his 1976 rendition of Chuck Berry's, 'Run Rudolph Run' and an 2003 version of 'Pressure Drop,' which was originally recorded by Toots and the Maytals. 2008: Bon Jovi's 'Lost Highway' tour tops Billboard's Boxscore (an annual list of the highest-grossing tours). The trek earned $210.6 million. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band land at #2 ($205 million).
2008: 3 Doors Down and Hinder appear in "teen service announcements" to promote Best Buy's @15 platform for social change. "My advice to any teenager would be...aim for your future and start it now," says 3DD singer Brad Arnold.
2009: Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo leaves an Albany, NY, hospital following a tour bus accident that left him with a punctured lung, lacerated spleen and broken ribs. In what looks to be a classic mess-up his management arranges for a bus to transport him back to LA. Actually, doctors order Cuomo not to get on an airplane for a month because the air pressure changes would be bad for his healing punctured lung.
2009: Time magazine ranks Mastodon's 'Crack The Skye' as the third best album of 2009. The Progressive Metal set is the last of four in a cycle that focuses on the concept of Earth's elements. "Nods to European Folk, Free Jazz and Prog Rock...the ambition and tenacity of Mastodon's music makes 'Crack The Skye' sonically unforgettable," writes Time. Brad Paisley's 'American Saturday Night' and Dirty Projectors' 'Bitte Orca,' are #1 and #2, respectively.
2009: Marilyn Manson settles a $20 million lawsuit filed against him by former bandmate Stephen Bier. The keyboardist, also known as Pogo/Madonna Wayne Gacy, sued Manson for breach of contract, claiming he was deprived of his share of the band's earnings due to Manson's questionable acquisitions. The suit is settled for $175,000. "After being dismissed from the band, Bier could have focused on resurrecting or attempting to pursue a music career," says Manson's lawyer. "Instead, he devoted the last several years to complaining about Manson's alleged spending habits and extravagant behavior to anyone who would listen."
2010: Good Charlotte's Joel Madden marries Nicole Richie at the home of Richie's dad, Lionel Richie, in Los Angeles.
2011: Evanescence performs at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway.
2011: Kid Rock is on CNN's 'Heroes: An All-Star Tribute' recognizing everyday people changing the world. Playing a piano, Rock sings a special version of his single 'Care.'
2012: Metallica released their 'Quebec Magnetic' Blu-Ray/DVD.
2012: Ravi Shankar (born Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury) dies in La Jolla, CA after undergoing heart valve replacement surgery at 92. Shankar was an Indian musician well known for introducing the sitar to George Harrison of the Beatles. Shankar performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock, and toured up until his death. He was awarded five Grammy Awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score for Gandhi. He was the father of musician Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones, who has sold upwards of 50 million albums.
2012: 'Tre!,' the eleventh studio album by Green Day, drops. It is the third and final installment in the 'Uno!,' 'Dos!,' 'Tre!' trilogy that was released over a three month period.
2012: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2013 is announced. Rush and Heart make the cut. "It's a terrific honor and we'll show up smiling," Rush's singer/bassist, Geddy Lee, tells Rolling Stone. "It made my mom happy, so that's worth it." Heart's Ann Wilson offers an observation on why it took so long for the Hall to honor her band. "Some people have an idea of what the shape of Rock & Roll is supposed to look like," says Wilson. "We're not really it. Personally, that's why I think it's taken quite a while." Joan Jett and Deep Purple are passed over. "To be frank, I am disappointed that Deep Purple is not included in that group," adds Lee. "Certainly Heart and Rush would not sound the way we sound without Deep Purple." The formal induction comes in April, 2013.
2012: The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger makes a guest appearance on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' to deliver the Top 10 list based on "10 Things I, Mick Jagger, Have Learned After 50 Years In Rock N' Roll." At #1: "You start out playing Rock 'n' Roll so you can have sex and do drugs. But you end up doing drugs so you can still play Rock 'n' Roll and have sex."
2012: A paperback version of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi's memoir, 'Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven And Hell With Black Sabbath,' is in bookstores. "It's got new chapters bringing everything up to date, including my battle with lymphoma," states Iommi. The hardcover version came out in 2011.
2013: Led Zeppelin officially release their first two albums, I and II, for streaming via Spotify. The legendary band had been a conspicuous hold out. The remaining Zep catalog follows.
2014: AC/DC score their 9th Top 10 album when 'Rock Or Bust' debuts at #3 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The album sells 174,00 copies during its opening week to land behind Pentatonix ('That's Christmas To Me') and Taylor Swift ('1989').
2015: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil and his Rockstar Investment Group, is sued for allegedly helping defrauded investors in the ill-fated Las Vegas Outlaws Arena Football League franchise, which folded earlier in the year.
2015: KISS frontman Paul Stanley sings the 'The Star-Spangled Banner' when the San Antonio Spurs host the L.A. Lakers at the AT&T Center.
2015: Motorhead played their last concert ever in Berlin.

Dec. 12
1901: Guglielmo Marconi sent out and received the very first radio signal.
1955: Bill Haley and His Comets record 'See You Later Alligator.'
1955: Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley all appeared at the National Guard Armory in Mississippi.
1957: A Portland, Oregon, DJ is fired for violating the station's ban of Elvis Presley's version of 'White Christmas.' Presley's straight-ahead rendition of the Christmas classic is considered in poor taste by some. The station management said, "it's not in the spirit we associate with Christmas."
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis marries his second cousin, Myra Gale Brown, in Hernando, MS. She's the daughter of J.W. Brown, Jerry Lee's bass player and cousin. Myra is 13 years old, though she claims to be 20 on the marriage license. When her age and family ties are discovered it leads to a major scandal that wrecks Jerry Lee's career for several years. Also, Jerry Lee is still married to his second wife, Jane Mitchum. Though separated, the divorce didn't become final until May of 1958.
1961: Mike Douglas begins his TV variety/talk show in Cleveland, Ohio.
1964: The Rolling Stones’ second American album, '12x5,' went to #3 on the chart.
1964: 'The Beatles Story' enters the albums chart.
1966: Pink Floyd perform their first concert at Oxfam benefit at Royal Albert Hall. They would play the RAH three more times, with the last performance there in 1970.
1966: Jimi Hendrix performs at the RamJam Club in London.
1967: Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was let off the hook by a London appeals court. He faced nine months in prison after he was found guilty of possessing cannabis, but three psychiatrists testified that his nerves would be unable to handle such a lengthy incarceration, and the court agreed to commute his sentence.
1967: Jefferson Airplane appears at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
1968: The Rolling Stones 'Rock and Roll Circus' was filmed at Wembley TV Studios. John and Yoko, Eric Clapton, Who Jethro Tull and Mitch Mitchell are among the performers. Rumors circulate that the group feels overshadowed by The Who, who are guests on the show. It is never shown. It was eventually released on DVD in 1996.
1969: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band 'Live Peace in Toronto 1969' is released. It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It was recorded at the Toronto Rock ‘n Roll Revival concert which took place on September 13th.
1969: The Ringo Starr/Peter Sellers film 'The Magic Christian' premieres in London.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Woodrose Ballroom in Deerfield, Massachusetts.
1970: The Doors played what would be their last ever live show with Jim Morrison when they played at the Warehouse in New Orleans.
1970: Steven Stills releases 'Love The One You're With.'
1970: Neil Young peaked at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' Young’s first top forty single in the U.S.
1970: 'Abraxas' by Santana enters it’s 4th week at #1 on the US album charts. It hit the top spot for a week on October 24th, then returned for the last five weeks of 1970 on November 28th.
1971: The Who performed at the Civic Auditorium, San Francisco.
1972: Genesis appeared at Philharmonic Hall in New York.
1973: Emerson, Lake and Palmer's 'Brain Salad Surgery' is certified gold.
1973: The Grateful Dead played at the Omni, in Atlanta. Georgia.
1974: KISS performed at the I.M.A. Sports Arena in Flint, Michigan.
1974: The Rolling Stones second guitarist, Mick Taylor, announced he was quitting the band. The Stones carried on recording their album 'Black and Blue' in Munich with a variety of guitarists, including Taylor’s eventual replacement, Ron Wood.
1975: Rush played at War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York.
1976: Uriah Heep appeared at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1978: Van Halen entered the studio to begin work on their 2nd album.
1978: David Bowie played the last show of his world tour at NHK Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
1979: Paul McCartney & Wings performed in Birmingham, England, the latest stop on their farewell tour. Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and John Bonham, who performed on the Wings album 'Back to the Egg,' attended the show.
1980: Four days after John Lennon's murder, thousands of marchers make their way from down Fifth Avenue to the Dakota Building, where he lived and was killed.
1980: The Clash's 4th 'Sandinista!' is released. It reached #24 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and was voted the best album of the year in The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop critics poll. It was ranked #404 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003.
1981: King Crimson performed at Expo Hall in Osaka, Japan.
1982: Judas Priest 'Live Vengeance '82' by was recorded at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee and originally released on VHS as 'Judas Priest Live.'
1984: Krokus, W.A.S.P. and Helix played at the Long Beach Arena.
1985: Keyboardist Ian Stewart died in London. Stewart was a founding member of The Rolling Stones. Stewart was the first to respond to Brian Jones's advertisement in Jazz News seeking musicians to form a rhythm & blues group. However, Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham kicked him out of the band because he didn’t have “the right look.” Stewart became the band’s road manager and their indispensable sideman. He played on all The Rolling Stones albums between 1964 and 1983. Also played piano on Led Zeppelin's ‘Rock and Roll’ and ‘Boogie With Stu’ from 'Physical Graffiti.'
1987: Whitesnake go platinum with ‘Slide it In.’
1987: 'Dude (Looks Like A Lady),' Aerosmith's first chart single in seven years, climbs to #14.
1994: Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love is awarded songwriting credits on 35 Beach Boys songs. Love claimed that Murry Wilson, the father of Beach Boys Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, administered the publishing rights and left him uncredited for many songs for which he contributed lyrics.
1997: John Fogerty plays live on a Hollywood (actually Burbank) soundstage for an MTV special. Not only does he play songs from his new album 'Blue Moon Swamp,' he plays Creedence Clearwater Revival classics. Fogerty had refused to play CCR songs due to a major falling out over song ownership with Fantasy Records, CCR's label.
1998: Pearl Jam's 'Live On Two Legs' reaches #15 on the U.S. album chart.
1998: A seven inch single by the Quarry Men featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison was named as the rarest record of all time, only 50 copies were made with each copy being valued at $20,500.
2000: Guns N' Roses announced their long-awaited album 'Chinese Democracy' was due for release in June 2001. It actually came out in November of 2008.
2001: Arthur Lee guitarist and singer from Love, was released from prison after serving almost six years of an eleven-year sentence. Lee had been convicted of possession of a firearm and for allegedly shooting a gun in the air during a dispute with a neighbor.
2001: Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic filed a countersuit against Courtney Love involving future releases of Nirvana material. The suit was in response to a lawsuit Love filed earlier in the year claiming Nirvana’s contract with the Universal Music Group was null & void & that all rights pertaining to Nirvana would revert to her.
2002: The Boring Institute of America declared Ozzy Osbourne the most boring celebrity of the year.
2002: At a New York radio show, Kelly Osbourne re-ignited her family’s feud with Billy Corgan. She claimed Corgan’s new band, Zwan, was only on the bill because Corgan orally serviced the radio station’s program director. Kelly’s mom managed The Smashing Pumpkins briefly before quitting because, she claimed, Corgan made her sick.
2003: Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger was knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Jagger brought his 92-year-old father Joe to the ceremony.
2006: Don Henley and Dallas Mayor Laura Miller appear at a Mt. Vernon, Texas, City Council meeting to speak in favor of the city's continued membership in a coalition that promotes restrictions on coal-fueled power plants built in the state.
2006: The all-star covers group Camp Freddy, featuring Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland and drummer Matt Sorum, release a version of Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody" via iTunes.
2007: Scott Weiland is formally charged with driving under the influence of drugs. The charges stem from the singer's 11/11/07 arrest following a car crash in L.A.
2007: The Eagles 'Long Road Out Of Eden' is certified triple platinum, signifying U.S. shipments in excess of 3 million units. It's also the #1 album on Billboard's Top Country chart.
2007: John Mellencamp receives the ASCAP Foundation Champion Award "for music in the service of humanity" in New York. Farm Aid is but one of the singer's social and humanitarian efforts.
2007: A copy of John Lennon's book, 'A Spaniard in the Works,' which contained a lock of Lennon's hair, sold at Gorringes Auction House for $48,000. Lennon gave the book and the hair to Betty Glasgow, the Fab Four's hairdresser during their heyday. He wrote in the book, "To Betty, Lots of Love and Hair, John Lennon xx."
2007: Students singing Guns N' Roses 'Welcome To The Jungle' after hours over the school's P.A. system are handcuffed and questioned by Roxbury, CT, police. A teacher mistakes the lines "You're in the jungle baby / You're gonna die" for a threat and barricades herself in her classroom before calling the cops.
2007: Guitar Center stores sell a replica version of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan's 1965 Stratocaster.
2007: Ike Turner dies at his home in San Diego of a cocaine overdose at age 76. He was also struggling with emphysema and cardiovascular disease. A notorious wife beater and drug abuser, Turner is credited with recording the first Rock N' Roll song, 'Rocket 88' (released in 1951). Later, he married Tina and the pair led the Ike & Tina Revue from 1958 through the mid-70's when the couple's troubles led to a split and subsequent divorce.
2008: Bono receives the Man of Peace award in Paris at a gathering of Nobel peace laureates. The U2 singer is honored for his efforts to combat global poverty and the HIV/AIDS crisis.
2008: The town where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards grew up announced it was to name streets in a new estate after Rolling Stones hits. The 13 streets in Dartford, Kent, were to be given names such as Angie Mews, Babylon Close, Sympathy Street, Little Red Walk and Satisfaction Street. Leader of the council, Jeremy Kite, said he thought Ruby Tuesday Drive sounded a "fantastic" place to live, but police were concerned the street signs might be stolen by fans.
2008: The 20th edition of Allman Brothers Band/Gov't Mule guitarist Warren Haynes' annual Christmas Jam gets underway in Asheville, NC. All proceeds from the two-day event go to Habitat for Humanity. In addition to the Allmans and Gov't Mule, John Paul Jones, ex-Black Crowes member Audley Freed, Blues-Rock veteran Johnny Winter and the Derek Trucks Band all take part.
2009: Three Days Grace hit #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart with 'Grace.'
2009: As part of their Artist In Residence stint on NBC, Bon Jovi perform 'Superman Tonight' and 'When We Were Beautiful' (from 'The Circle') on Saturday Night Live. "In a shrinking media environment, you have to kind of reinvent the wheel," says Jon Bon Jovi regarding the first-ever exclusive deal between a Rock band and a TV network.
2009: David Bowie's 1972 album, 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars,' is voted as the greatest, gayest album of all time by a panel assembled by Out magazine. 100 actors, comedians, musicians, writers, critics, performance artists, label reps and DJs were asked to list the most important albums of their lives. The Smiths self-titled 1984 set is #2.
2011: Billy Joel becomes the first non-Classical performer to have his portrait displayed at the Steinway Hall, home to legendary piano makers Steinway and Sons.
2012: The 12-12-12 Concert For Sandy Relief takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show was in response to Hurricane Sandy, which devastated portions of Northeastern United States. Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel are all on the bill. Nirvana's Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic also perform together for the first time since Nirvana's final concert 18 years earlier.
2013: Joey Jordison announces his departure from Slipknot.
2014: The Eagles are named the top-earning Rock Band of the Year (third overall behind Dr. Dre and Beyonce), grossing approximately $100 million between June 2013 and June 2014.
2015: A benefit show for guitarist Tony McAlpine, who was diagnosed with colon cancer, features Tom Morello, Zakk Wylde, Billy Sheehan, John 5, Mike Portnoy and Nuno Bettencourt. Following the show at the Wiltern Theater, the guitar played by Steve Vai is stolen.

Dec. 13
1959: Singing a translated version of a French song, the Everly Brothers record their timeless ballad, 'Let It Be Me,' in Nashville.
1961: The Beatles performance at Liverpool's Cavern was witnessed by Mike Smith, an A&R man from the Decca record label.
1966: Jimi Hendrix records 'Foxy Lady.'
1966: Jimi Hendrix, who is quickly gaining momentum in England, makes his first UK TV appearance when he performs on 'Ready Steady Go.'
1967: Jimi Hendrix Experience release their 7th single, 'Foxy Lady.'
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Wedding Album entered the Billboard album chart at #182.
1969: Bob Dylan was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents.
1971: Badfinger released their 3rd album, 'Straight Up.' It reached #31 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and features two Billboard Hot 100 hits - 'Baby Blue' (#14) and 'Day After Day' (#4).
1974: George Harrison had lunch with President Gerald Ford at the White House.
1974: Bachman-Turner Overdrive go gold with ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.’
1975: Chicago started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Chicago IX-Chicago's Greatest Hits', the group's 5th #1 album.
1975: The Chilean government nixes plans for a Rolling Stones concert on Easter Island. The idea was to fly and ferry 100,000 people to the island.
1975: David Bowie releases 'Golden Years.'
1975: Foghat release their epic track 'Slow Ride.'
1976: Robin Trower's 'Long Misty Days' album goes gold. It's the 5th solo album by the former Procol Harum guitarist.
1976: Only three days after its release the live 'Wings Over America' goes gold.
1977: Aerosmith's 'Draw The Line' album earns a platinum award.
1983: During a solo concert at London's Hammersmith Odeon, Robert Plant was joined by his old Led Zeppelin cohort Jimmy Page. The two performed 'Treat Her Right,' a song that was originally a hit for Roy Head in 1965.
1984: Bruce Kulick joins KISS.
1985: An episode of Miami Vice, 'Phil The Shill,' features Phil Collins in the role of a drug dealer airs on NBC.
1986: 'The Way It Is' from Bruce Hornsby And The Range hits #1. Written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother John Hornsby, it made explicit reference to the American Civil Rights Movement. The song was heavily sampled by Tupac Shakur in his song, 'Changes' from 1998.
1987: A Madison Square Garden concert to benefit the New York Children's Health Project has performances by Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed and Billy Joel.
1988: Bruce Springsteen's divorce from Julianne Phillips became final. He later married his back-up singer, Patti Scialfa.
1988: 'Celebration of Life,' a Roy Orbison tribute concert, is held at the Wiltern Theatre in L.A. Bonnie Raitt and the Stray Cats perform. The legendary singer died of a heart attack a week earlier.
1993: Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash joined Billy Joel on stage in Los Angeles to play a solo on the tune 'Shameless.'
1997: A protest in front of a Guess? store over alleged use of sweatshop labor and union busting gets Rage Against The Machine's guitarist Tom Morello arrested. He, and 32 others, block the entrance to a Santa Monica shopping mall and are issued citations.
2000: Sir Paul McCartney held his first-ever London book signing at Waterstone's in Piccadilly. Sir Paul was in the store to sign copies of his new book, Paul McCartney Paintings.
2000: After former Democratic presidential hopeful Al Gore delivered his concession speech to George W. Bush in Washington, D.C., he held a party in his home with a performance by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It featured guest appearances by Jon Bon Jovi and Stevie Wonder and others. Petty performed 'I Won’t Back Down' with Jon Bon Jovi accompanying him on vocals, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper on harmonica and Tipper Gore on percussion. Stevie Wonder joined in for a song later in the show.
2000: Aerosmith and Queen make it into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, while AC/DC and Black Sabbath are overlooked again.
2002: Canadian guitarist and singer Zal Yanovsky of The Lovin Spoonful died of a heart attack. He was a member of The Mugwumps with Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot and formed Lovin Spoonful with John Sebastian in 1964.
2003: Jack White assaults Von Bondies frontman Jason Stollsteimer in a Detroit nightclub, possibly because Stollsteimer badmouthed White in the press. Three months later, White pleads guilty to assault and battery and is forced to pay $750 and take anger management classes.
2005: 3 Doors Down's second annual benefit concert for their Better Life Foundation takes place in Mobile, AL. All proceeds from the sold out event go to aid Hurricane Katrina victims along the Gulf Coast. Alter Bridge also performs.
2005: Nine Inch Nails replace drummer Alex Carapetis with A Perfect Circle's Josh Freese. He played two shows with N.I.N. two months earlier when former drummer Jerome Dillon suffered health/heart problems.
2005: Aerosmith announces they will appear in an ad campaign for Target, which is offering an exclusive expanded edition of the band's live disc 'Rockin' the Joint.' Guitarist Joe Perry claims these ad deals are a great way to attract new fans.
2005: Billboard Magazine's Boxscore claims U2's Vertigo tour is the top-grossing jaunt of the year taking in $260 million over the course of 90 shows, all of which were sold out. More than 3 million people saw the group live.
2007: Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, performing under his Nightwatchman moniker, is joined onstage at Hollywood's Hotel Cafe by ex-Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, System Of A Down's Serj Tankian, Velvet Revolver's Slash, Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell and William DuVall, Filter's Richard Patrick and Motley Crue's Mick Mars.
2007: Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' tops VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s special. The online poll places U2's 'One,' Pearl Jam's 'Jeremy' and Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Under The Bridge' in the Top 20. All 100 songs are featured in a five-night countdown on the cable channel.
2010: Bon Jovi's world tour is named the most successful tour of the year by Billboard magazine (beating out U2). The band earned $146.5 million from their 69-show Circle tour which spanned North America, England, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.
2010: Just two days after making his third appearance on NBC's 'Saturday Night Live,' Paul McCartney stays in town for his first ever show at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem.
2011: Frontman Axl Rose and Guns N' Roses are presented the key to West Valley City, Utah by Mayor Mike Winder during a concert at the Maverik Center.
2011: 'Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC,' written by former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans, is released. The book covers Evans three year stint with the band until he was unceremonious fired in 1977.
2011: Metallica's 'Beyond Magnetic' EP was released as a digital download only on iTunes to coincide with the band's 30th anniversary shows.
2012: Songwriting legend Carole King, whose career dates back to the Brill Building, wins the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize in recognition of her lifetime achievement. She is the first woman to have been awarded this honor
2013: Mick Jagger's passionate letters to his former lover Marsha Hunt are auctioned off for over $300,000 at Sotheby's in London. Hunt inspired the Rolling Stones' 1971 hit 'Brown Sugar' and she gave birth to Jagger's first child (Karis Hunt Jagger).
2013: Foo Fighters perform their first concert in Mexico at Foro Sol in Mexico City. They use a video with former CHiPs actor Erik Estrada to promo the show.
2014: Alice Cooper's annual Christmas Pudding show raises funds for Cooper's Solid Rock Foundation. The show has performances by members of Rainbow, Night Ranger and the E Street Band.

Dec. 14
1959: The Ohio State University Research Center issues a report showing that rock and roll is the overwhelming favorite music of people aged 14-18. However, most over the age of eighteen who were polled considered it their least favorite form of music.
1962: Bill Wyman made his live debut with The Rolling Stones at the Ricky Tick Club, Star and Garter Hotel in Windsor, England. The group were know as The Rollin' Stones during this period.
1963: The Beatles 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' replaces 'She Loves You' at #1 on the U.K. pop chart. It's the first time in U.K. chart history an act replaces itself at the top. The Beatles 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' replaces 'She Loves You' at #1 on the U.K. pop chart. It's the first time in U.K. chart history an act replaces itself at the top.
1963: The Beatles played a show for their Southern Area Fan Club at Wimbledon Palais in London. To prevent damage to the stage from fans the management of the Palais constructed a platform for The Beatles to perform on, surrounded by a steel cage.
1966: Elvis Presley's film 'Spinout' premieres in Los Angeles.
1967: Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was rushed to St Georges hospital in London after collapsing. A doctor reported Jones was tired and suffering from over strain and was also recovering from having some teeth out.
1967: Dick Clark announces that he's filming a movie about hippies, 'The Love Children,' starring Jack Nicholson and Dean Stockwell and featuring the music of The Strawberry Alarm Clock and the Seeds.
1968: Iron Butterfly's 'In-A-Gadda-Da Vida' album goes gold. The album sells three million copies as it stays on the album chart for nearly three years.
1968: Tommy James and the Shondells release 'Crimson and Clover.'
1968: Deep Purple played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1970: John Lennon's 'Instant Karma!' is certified gold.
1970: George Harrison's 'My Sweet Lord' is certified gold.
1970: Grand Funk Railroad performed at Park Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1971: The Grateful Dead were in Ann Arbor, Michigan where they played at Hill Auditorium.
1971: 'Led Zeppelin IV' was riding high in the Top 10 of the US album charts. In 2006, the album was rated #1 on Classic Rock magazine's '100 Greatest British Albums' poll, and #1 in a poll conducted by Guitar World. The album has now sold over 23 million copies in the US. The typeface for the lyrics to 'Stairway to Heaven,' printed on the inside sleeve of the album, was Jimmy Page's contribution. He found it in an old arts and crafts magazine from the late 19th century. He thought the lettering was interesting and arranged for a designer to create a whole alphabet
1972: Seals and Crofts' 'Summer Breeze' is certified gold.
1972: 'Born To Boogie,' a film about T-Rex and Marc Bolan, makes its London debut. The film was produced and directed by Ringo Starr. The film was based around a concert at Wembley Empire Pool, London, England and was released on The Beatles Apple Films label.
1972: Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1973: Bruce Springsteen appeared at the Pinecrest Country Club in Shelton, Connecticut. Only 200 tickets were sold for the show.
1973: Roger Daltrey of The Who performs the second of two nights as Tommy in the second all-star concert version of the orchestral 'Tommy' at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1973: Yes' 6th studio album, 'Tales from Topographic Oceans' is released in the UK (January 9, 1974 in the US). It topped the UK albums chart and reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart during a chart stay of 27 weeks after its US release in January 1974.
1974: Mick Taylor leaves Rolling Stones to form new group with Jack Bruce.
1974: Styx re-released'“Lady' which went on to become their first top ten hit in the U.S. peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1974: Pink Floyd played the last show of the 1974 British Winter Tour at the Hippodrome in Bristol. These shows were notable for the concert debut of 'You Gotta Be Crazy,' an early version of 'Dogs' that would subsequently appear on the 'Animals' album.
1975: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1976: AC/DC played at the Civic Centre in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia.
1978: Rush appeared at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1979: ZZ Top performed at Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City, Tennessee.
1979: The Clash's 3rd studio album, 'London Calling' is released in the UK (January 1980 in the US). It reached #27 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and #9 on the UK chart. In 2003, it was ranked at #8 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1980: Steely Dan’s ‘Gaucho’ hits US LP chart.
1980: Yoko Ono asked for a ten-minute silent vigil to take place around the world at 2 p.m. EST. Over 100,000 people gathered in Central Park & 30,000 people assembled in observance in Liverpool. Lennon was murdered