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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock: July

by on Jul.01, 2017, under ROCK B-DAYS/TODAY IN ROCK

July 1
Willie Dixon – b. 1915 – d. 1/29/92
Bobby Day (had the 1958 hit ‘Rockin Robin’, one half of the duo, Bob And Earl – recorded ‘Harlem Shuffle’ in 1963). b. 1928 – d. 7/27/90
James Cotton (In Howlin’ Wolf’s band in the early 1950s. In 1955, he was recruited by Muddy Waters to come to Chicago and join his band. In 2006, Cotton was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame) b. 1935 – d. 3/16/17
Delaney Bramlett (Delaney, Bonnie & Friends + music producer, session musician and music teacher) – b. 1939 – d. 12/27/08
Debbie Harry (Blondie, Wind in the Willows, solo) – 72
Marc Benno (The Doors, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Lightnin Hopkins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rita Coolidge, Asylum Choir) – 70
John Farnham (solo, Little River Band) – 68
Fred Schneider III (The B-52’s, The Superions, solo + more) – 66
Dan Aykroyd (The Blues Brothers, actor, screenwriter, House of Blues Founder + more) – 65
Randall Hall (Running Easy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Randall Hall Band, Allan Collins Band) –
Vito Bratta (White Lion) – 56
Roddy Bottom (Faith No More, Imperial Teen) – 54
Adam MacDougall (The Black Crowes) – 46
Liv Tyler (born Liv Rundgren) (actress) – 39 – Liv was raised by Todd Rundgren and her mother Bebe Buell until she was 11, when she found out that Steven Tyler was her biological father.
Dhani Mansworth‬ ‪(The Treatment) – 24

July 2
Lee Allen (saxophonist, solo, worked with Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, Little Richard, Shirley & Lee, The Rolling Stones, Stray Cats, The Blasters) – b. 1927 – 10/18/94
Roy Bittan (Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band, David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Dire Straits, Peter Gabriel, Meat Loaf, Stevie Nicks, Bob Seger) – 68
Duncan Mackay (Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Colosseum II, 10cc, Alan Parsons Project, Kate Bush) – 67
Joe Puerta (Ambrosia, Bruce Hornsby and the Range + more) – 65
Johnny Colla (Huey Lewis and The News, The Furlanders, Cottonmouth, Sound Hole, Sly and the Family Stone, solo) – 65
Mark Hart (Combonation, Supertramp, Crowded House) – 64
Pete Briquette (The Boomtown Rats) – 63
Paul Geary (The Dream, Extreme, band management) – 56
Dave Parsons (Sham 69, Bush, Transvision Vamp, The Partisans) – 52
Shawn Sonnenschein (Black ‘N Blue) –
Rocky Gray (Evanescence) – 43
Michelle Branch – 34
Daron Malakian (System of a Down) – 33

July 3
Tommy Tedesco (Legendary Wrecking Crew session guitarist) – b. 1930 – d. 11/10/97 – Described by Guitar Player magazine as the most recorded guitarist in history recording with The Beach Boys, Everly Brothers, The Supremes, The Monkees, The Association, Ricky Nelson, Barbra Streisand, Jack Nitzsche, The Mamas & the Papas, Jan and Dean, The 5th Dimension, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Cher, Nancy and Frank Sinatra and many more.
Anthony “Top” Topham (The Yardbirds, Duster Bennett, The Fox, Christine McVie, Topham-McCarty Band, solo) – 70
Paul Barrere (Little Feat, Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett Duo) – 69
John Verity (Argent, Kinks, Charlie, Saxon, solo) – 69
Sandy Gennaro (Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett, Michael Bolton, The Monkees, Pat Travers Band, Bo Diddley, Blackjack, Rock n’ Roll Fantasy Camp + more) –
Andy Fraser (Free, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Sharks, Andy Fraser Band, songwriter) – b. 1952 – d. 3/16/15
Mike Corby (The Babys) – 66
Stephen Pearcy (Mickey Ratt, Ratt, Arcade, Vertex, Vicious Delite, solo) – 58
Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure) – 47
Mitch Perry (Talas, Heaven, Steeler, MSG, Bad Boyz, Edgar Winter, Lita Ford, The Sweet + more) –
Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage) – 39

July 4
Bill Withers – 79
Dave Rowberry (Animals, Mike Cotton, Shut Up Frank) – b. 1940 – d. 6/6/03
Al “Blind Owl” Wilson (Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker + more) – b. 1943 – d. 9/3/70
Harvey Brooks (Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, The Doors, Electric Flag, Richie Havens, Seals & Crofts, Fabulous Rhinestones, Fontella Bass + more) – 73
Jeremy Spencer (Fleetwood Mac, Steetly, solo) – 69
John Waite (The Babys, Bad English, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, solo) – 65
Terry Chimes (The Clash, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Cowboys International, Generation X, Hanoi Rocks, Black Sabbath, The Cherry Bombz, The Crunch) – 61
Kirk Pengilly (INXS) – 59
Rob “Wacko”‘Hunter (Raven) – 57
Michael Sweet (Stryper, Boston, Sweet & Lynch, solo) – 54
Matt Malley (Counting Crows) – 54
Mark Slaughter (Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Slaughter, Scrap Metal, Xcursion, Roz Parade) – 53
Christian Giesler (Kreator) – 47
William Goldsmith (Sunny Day Real Estate, The Fire Theft, Real Estate, Foo Fighters) – 45
Chris Sanders (Northern Light Orchestra, Lizzy Borden, London, Nadir D’Priest, Happenin’ Harry and the Haptones, Britny Fox, Knight Fury, solo) – 33

July 5
Robbie Robertson (The Band, solo) – 74
Michael Monarch (Steppenwolf) – 67
Huey Lewis (Huey Lewis & the News, Clover) – 67
Jimmy Crespo (Sin City Sinners, The Jimmy Crespo Project, Aerosmith, Adam Bomb, Rod Stewart, Meat Loaf, Billy Squier, Stevie Nicks, Stress) – 63
Marc Cohn – 58
Jason Wade (Lifehouse) – 37

July 6
Bill Haley (Bill Haley & the Comets) – b. 1925 – d. 2/9/81
Jet Harris (The Shadows, The Jeff Beck Group, The Vipers Skiffle Group) – b. 1935 – d. 3/18/11
Rik Elswit (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show) – 72
Michael Shrieve (Santana, HSAS, Klaus Schulze, Spellbinder) – 68
Graham Oliver (Saxon, Son of a Bitch, Oliver/Dawson Saxon, Bullrush, solo) – 65
Jesse Harms (Sammy Hagar, REO Speedwagon) – 65
John Jorgensen (Desert Rose Band, The Hellecasters. Has also recorded or toured with many artists including Elton John, The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Hank Williams Jr., Barbra Streisand, Luciano Pavarotti, Roy Orbison, Patty Loveless, Michael Nesmith and Bonnie Raitt) – 61
Vic Johnson (Bus Boys, Sound Barrier, Total Eclipse, Sammy Hagar, The Circle) –
Nicholas (Nic) John Cester (Jet) – 38
Jay Buchanan (Rival Sons) –

July 7
Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) (Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, The Beatles, Plastic Ono Band, solo, Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band) – 77
Jim Rodford (The Kinks, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Argent, The Zombies, The Kast Off Kinks, Blue Bishops, Moon Dogs) – 76
Warren Entner (Grass Roots) – 73
Rhino Rheinhardt (born Larry Reinhardt) (Iron Butterfly) – b. 1949 – d. 1/2/12
Tony Mills (TNT, Shy, solo) – 55
Mark White (Spin Doctors) – 55
Perry Richardson (Nantucket, Firehouse) – 54
Dan Whitesides (The Used, The New Transit Direction + more) – 40
Synyster Gates (Brian Elwin Haner Jr.) (Avenged Sevenfold, Pinkly Smooth + more) – 36
Ilan Rubin (Angels & Airwaves, Lostprophets, Nine Inch Nails, Fenix*TX, The New Regime, Denver Harbor, Paramore) – 29

July 8
Jaimoe Jai Johanny Johanson (The Allman Brothers Band, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Sea Level, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band) – 73
Greg T. Walker (Blackfoot, Lynyrd Skynyrd) – 66
Carlos Cavazo (Snow, Quiet Riot, 3 Legged Dogg, Hollywood Allstarz, The Dirty Rats, Ratt, Hear ‘n Aid, Big Noize + more) – 60
George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (Cannibal Corpse) – 48
Beck Hansen – 47

July 9
Bon Scott (AC/DC, Fraternity, The Valentines, The Spektors) – b. 1946 – d. 2/19/80 at the age of 33.
Mitch Mitchell (Ramatam, Jimi Hendrix Experience) – b. 1946 – d. 11/12/08
Jim Kerr (Simple Minds, solo) – 58
Courtney Love (Hole, Babes in Toyland, Sugar Babydoll, Pagan Babies, Emilie Autumn) – 53
Frank Bello (Anthrax, Helmet, Altitudes & Attitude) – 52
Jack White (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, Goober & the Peas, solo, Producer, Record Label Owner) – 42
Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse, Ugly Casanova, Wolf Parade) – 42
Lucia Micarelli (Jethro Tull, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Chris Botti, Josh Groban, solo) – 34

July 10
Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, Hear n’ Aid, Heaven & Hell) – b. 1942 – d. 5/16/10, at age 67.
Jerry Miller (Moby Grape) – 74
Denny Seiwell (Film composer, Wings, Billy Joel, Janis Joplin, Art Garfunkel, Donovan, John Denver + more) – 74
Arlo Guthrie (Shenandoah, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, solo) – 70
Bruce Fowler (Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Ed Mann, solo + more) – 70
Greg Kihn (The Greg Kihn Band) – 68
Dave Smalley (The Young Rascals, The Raspberries) – 68
Kim Mitchell (Max Webster, solo, radio DJ) – 65
Rik Emmett (Triumph, Strung-Out Troubadours) – 64
Sandy West (The Runaways) – b. 1959 – d. 10/21/06
Derry Grehan (Honeymoon Suite) – 60
Peter DiStefano (Porno For Pyros) – 52
Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint) –

July 11
John Lawton (Uriah Heep, Lucifer’s Friend, Les Humphries Singers, Zar, Deiggj, Diana Express) – 71
Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) – 670
Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi, solo) – 52
Scott G Shriner (Weezer, PusherJones) – 52
Bryan Jay (Keel) –
Ricky Warwick (The Almighty, New Model Army, Circus Diablo, Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders) – 51
Gerry “Dwarf” Finn (Killer Dwarfs, Helix) – 50
Daniel Macmaster (Bonham) – b. 1968 – d. 3/16/08 – MacMaster died from a Group A streptococcal infection, at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, on March 16, 2008. He was married and had two children; Kaleb and Aryanna.
Al Sobrante (born John Kiffmeyer, former drummer in Green Day)- 48

July 12
Christine McVie (Chicken Shack, Spencer Davis, Fleetwood Mac) – 74
Walter Egan – 69
John Wetton (Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, UK, Jack-Knife, Wishbone Ash, Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash, Asia, Phenomena, Renaissance, Qango, Brian Eno) – b. 1949 – d. 1/21/17
Eric Carr (KISS) – b. 1950 – d. 11/24/91
Philip Taylor Kramer (Iron Butterfly) – b. 1952 – d. 2/12/95
Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum, Golden Smog) – 55
Robin Wilson (Gin Blossoms) – 52
John Petrucci (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, Periphery, Explorers Club, Eric Johnson, Jon Finn Group, Nightmare Cinema, G3) – 50

July 13
Pete Escovedo (Escovedo Bros Latin Jazz Sextet, Santana, Azteca, El Chicano, solo + more) – 82
Roger McGuinn (The Byrds, McGuinn-Hillman, solo) – 75
Stephen Jo Bladd (J. Geils Band) – 75
Cheech Marin (Cheech & Chong, Actor, comedian) – 71
Mark “The Animal” Mendoza (Twisted Sister) – 62
Bobby Rock (Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Nitro, Slaughter, Nelson, Hardline, Lita Ford) – 54
Damon Johnson (Brother Cane, Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders) – 53
Steve Brown (Trixter) – 47
Casey Walker (Cavo) –

July 14
James Beck “Jim” Gordon (Derek and the Dominos, Little Richard, and Delaney & Bonnie, The Every Brothers, The Byrds, Souther–Hillman–Furay Band, George Harrison, Joe Cocker, Harry Nilsson, Frank Zappa, Steely Dan, Alice Cooper + many more) In 1983, Gordon, at the time an undiagnosed schizophrenic, murdered his mother and was sentenced to sixteen years to life in prison – 72
Tommy Mottola (Former Head of Sony Music, starts out as a talent manager helping acts like Hall & Oates and Carly Simon secure record deals. Was married to Mariah Carey – 68
Bob Casale (born Robert Edward Pizzute, Jr., aka Bob 2 – Devo) – b. 1952 – d. 2/17/14)
Bebe Buell – November 1974 Playmate of the Month and Liv Tyler’s Mom from a brief relationship with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. Filmmaker Cameron Crowe based the part of Penny Lane (played by Kate Hudson) in his 2000 movie ‘Almost Famous’ on Bebe. In 1981, Buell recorded a four song EP on Rhino Records, produced by Rick Derringer and Ric Ocasek, with The Cars serving as her band on two tracks. Buell has dated various people including musicians beginning with Paul Cowsill of the Cowsills when she was 16. She dated rock musicians including Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Page, and Steven Tyler. From 1972 to 1979, Bebe Buell had a longterm relationship with Todd Rundgren. During their cohabitation, sometimes they were on-and-off. In 1976, Buell became unexpectedly pregnant from her brief relationship with Steven Tyler. On July 1, 1977, Buell gave birth to future actress/model Liv Tyler. But Buell initially named the daughter Liv Rundgren and claimed that Todd Rundgren was the biological father to protect the child from Tyler’s drug addiction. Rundgren and Buell ended their romantic relationship shortly after Liv’s birth, but Rundgren put his heart and soul into the “white lie”. At age nine, Liv found out that she is Steven Tyler’s biological daughter – 64
Jos Zoomer (Vandenberg) – 63
John Maurer (Social Distortion + more) – 56
Jeff Olson (Trouble) – 55
Igor Khoroshev (Yes, solo + more) – 52
Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, The Breeders, Belly, solo) – 51
Lexxi Foxx (Steel Panther) – 33

July 15
Johnny Thunders – b. 1952 – d. 4/23/91
Peter Lewis (Moby Grape) – 72
Linda Ronstadt – 71
Peter Banks (born Peter William Brockbanks) (Yes, The Syn, Flash, After the Fire) – b. 1947 – d. 3/7/13
Roky Erickson (The 13th Floor Elevators, Roky Erickson & the Aliens, The Explosives, Okkervil River, The Black Angels, The Spades) – 70
Artemis Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Artimus Pyle Band) – 69
Trevor Horn (Yes, The Buggles, Art Of Noise, Producer) – 68
Jeff Carlisi (38 Special) – 65
David Pack (Ambrosia) – 65
Marky Ramone (The Ramones, Marky Ramone and the Intruders, Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys, Dust, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Misfits, Michale Graves, Teenage Head) – 65
Joe Satriani (solo, Mick Jagger, Deep Purple, Chickenfoot, G3, session work + more) – 61
Bobby Gustafson (Overkill, Grip Inc., Skrew) – 53
Jason Bonham (Airrace, Virginia Wolf, Bonham, Led Zeppelin, Motherland, Debbie Bonham, UFO, Foreigner, Black Country Communion, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, California Breed, The Circle) He also appeared in the movie ‘Rock Star’ in 2001. Bonham played drummer A.C., of the fictional band Steel Dragon. In 2006 he starred with Ted Nugent, Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), and Scott Ian (Anthrax) on the VH1 reality television show, Supergroup. The made for TV band ended up calling themselves Damnocracy – 52
John Dolmayan (System Of A Down) – 45
Ray Toro (My Chemical Romance, Rodneys) – 41

July 16
Alan Fitzgerald (Night Ranger, Sammy Hagar, Montrose, Gamma) – 69
Stuart Copeland (The Police, Animal Logic, Oysterhead, Gizmo, Curved Air, Manzarek-Krieger, Stan Ridgway, Mike Rutherford, Peter Gabriel, Tom Waits, Snoop Lion, Spyro The Dragon, composer) – 66
Sonny Mayo (Ugly Kid Joe) –
Ed Kowalczyk (Live, solo) – 46
Ryan McCombs (Drowning Pool) – 43

July 17
Spencer Davis (The Spencer Davis Group) – 78
Michael Thomas “Mick” Tucker (Sweet) – b. 1947 – d. 2/14/02
Ron Asheton (Iggy Pop And The Stooges, The New Order, Destroy All Monsters, New Race, Dark Carnival, Iggy Pop) – b. 1948 – d. 1/1/09
Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, G/Z/R, Geezer Butler Band, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Rare Breed) – 68
Mike Vale (Tommy James and the Shondells) – 68
Chet McCracken (The Doobie Brothers) – 65
Bruce Crump (Molly Hatchet) – b. 1957 – d. 3/16/15
Nicolette Larson (Steve Wariner, Neil Young, solo) – b. 1952 – d. 12/16/97
Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, The Folk Implosion) – 51

July 18
Papa Dee Allen/Thomas Sylvester Allen (War) – b. 1931 – d. 8/30/88
Ian Stewart (pianist, keyboard, road manager, Rolling Stones) – b. 1938 – d. 12/12/85
Dion Dimucci (Dion and the Belmonts, Dion and the Del-Satins, The Timberlanes, The Wanderers) – 78
Lonnie Mack – 76
Danny McCulloch (Eric Burdon & the Animals, Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages + more) – 71
Cesar Zuiderwijk (Golden Earring) – 69
Nigel Twist (The Alarm) – 69
Phil Harris (Ace) – b. 1948 – d. August 2010
Wally Bryson (The Raspberries, Flyer, Tattoo, Fotomaker, solo) – 68
Richard Branson (founder of Virgin Records and the Virgin Empire) – 67
Keith Levene (The Clash, The Flowers of Romance, Public Image Ltd, Pigface) – 60
Danny Vaughn (Tyketto, Waysted, Vaughn) – 56
Jack Irons (Mark Lanegan Band, Spinnerette, Chain Reaction, What Is This?, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Latino Rockabilly War, Redd Kross, Eleven, Courtney Love, Raging Slab, Pearl Jam, The Wallflowers, The Les Claypool Frog Brigade) – 55
Daron Malakian (System Of A Down, Scars On Broadway) – 42
Tony Fagenson (Eve 6) – 39

July 19
Thomas Allen/Papa Dee (War) – b. 1931 – d. 8/30/88
Commander Cody/George Frayne (Lost Planet Airmen) – 73
Allan Gorrie (Average White Band, solo) – 71
Brian May (Smile, Queen, The Brian May Band, Queen + Paul Rodgers, solo) – 70
Bernie Leadon (Eagles, Flying Burrito Brothers, Dillard & Clark, Hearts & Flowers, Scottsville Squirrel Barkers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Run C&W, Ever Call Ready, Maundy Quintet) – 70
Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rossington-Collins Band, The Allen Collins Band) – b. 1942 – d.- 1/23/90. Collins was behind the wheel in a car accident in 1986 that killed his girlfriend and left him paralyzed from the waist down. He died of chronic pneumonia on January 23, 1990 at 37.
Keith Godchaux (Grateful Dead) – b. 1948 – d.7/23/80. Died after being involved in a car crash on July 23, 1979.
Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, Love & Rockets, Messy) – 57
Tom Warrior (Triptykon, Hellhammer, CelticFrost) – 54
Robb Flynn (Machine Head, Vio-Lence, Forbidden, Roadrunner United) – 49
Ged Lynch (Black Grape, Icicle Works, Ruthless Rap Assassins, Peter Gabriel + more) – 49
Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob) – 36

July 20
John Lodge (The Moody Blues) – 72
Carlos Santana – 70
Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister) – 65
Paul Cook (Sex Pistols, The Professionals, Chiefs of Relief, Man Raze, Vic Godard and Subway Sect + more) – 61
Mick MacNeil (Simple Minds) – 59
Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog, Center for Disease Control Boys, Alice Mudgarden, M.A.C.C., solo) – b. 1964 – d. 5/18/17
Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam, Green River, Brad, Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog) – 51
Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother) – 41
Mike Kennerty (The All-American Rejects) – 37

July 21
Kim Fowley (record producer, singer and musician, Skip & Flip, The Hollywood Argyles, B. Bumble and the Stingers, The Runaways, Pretty Boy Floyd + more) – b. 1939 – d. 1/15/15
Barry Whitwam (Herman’s Hermits) – 71
Yusuf/Cat Stevens – 70
Eric Bazilian (The Hooters) – 65
Howie Epstein (Tom Petty + more) – b. 1955 – d. 2/23/03
“Big” Jim Martin (Faith No More, Voodoocult + more) – 57
Lee Aaron – 55
Emerson Hart (Tonic) – 48
Damian Marley (Bob Marley’s son, SuperHeavy, solo + more) – 39

July 22
Rick Davies (Supertramp) – 73
Don Henley (The Eagles, solo) – 70
Brian Howe (White Spirit, Ted Nugent, Bad Company) – 64
Al Di Meola (Return to Forever, solo) – 63
Mick Pointer (Marillion, Arena) – 61
Jon Oliva (Savatage, Jon Oliva’s Pain, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) – 57
Will Calhoun (Living Colour, Black Rock Coalition, Stone Raiders) – 53
Pat Badger (Extreme, Tribe of Judah, Badger + more) – 50
Jason Becker (Cacophony, David Lee Roth, solo) – 48

July 23
Tony Joe White – 74
Dino Danelli (The Rascals, Fotomaker, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, New Rascals, Dino Danelli’s Rascals) – 73
Keith Ferguson (Fabulous Thunderbirds) – b. 1946 – d. 4/29/97
David Essex/David Albert Cook (singer, actor) – 70
Andy Mackay (Roxy Music) – 69
Blair Thornton (Bachman Turner Overdrive) – 67
Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) – 56
Nick Menza (Megadeth, Memorian, solo) – b. 1964 – d. 5/21/16
Slash (Guns N’ Roses, Hollywood Rose, Slash’s Blues Ball, Slash’s Snakepit, Velvet Revolver, many guest appearances, solo, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) – 52
David Resch (Pandemonium) –
Chad Gracey (Live) – 46
Steve Jocz (Sum 41) – 37

July 24
Jim Armstrong (Them, Van Morrison Band, solo + more) – 73
Paul Geary (Extreme, artist management) – 56

July 25
Manny Charlton (Nazareth, From Behind, Manny Charlton Band, solo) – 76
Jim McCartney (The Yardbirds, Renaissance, Shoot, Illusion, Pilgrim, Box Of Frogs, Jim McCarty Band + more) – 74
Jose Chepito Areas (Santana) – 71
Rita Marley (Bob Marley and the Wailers) – 71
Mark Clarke (Colosseum, Uriah Heep, Mountain, Rainbow, Natural Gas, Tempest, Ken Hensley, Ian Hunter, Billy Squier, solo) – 67
Ken Greer (Red Rider, producer) – 63
Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth, Chelsea Light Moving, solo + more) – 59

July 26
Dobie Gray / Lawrence Darrow Brown (Singer, songwriter) – b. 1940 – d. 12/6/11
Neil Landon (The Flowerpot Men, The Ivy League) – 76
Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones, SuperHeavy, solo) – 74
Roger Taylor (Queen, Queen + Paul Rodgers, The Cross, Smile) – 68
Duncan Mackay (10cc) – 67
Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen, Tribe of Judah, Hurtsmile) – 56
Scott Francis Crago (session drummer, worked with The Eagles since 1994 as well as Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Bryan Adams, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger and Chris Isaak) – 54
Andy Timmons (Danger Danger, G3) – 52
Dan Konopka (OK Go) – 43
Dave Baksh (Sum 41) – 37
Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless) – 24

July 27
Al Ramsey (Gary Lewis & the Playboys) – b. 1943 – d. 11/27/85
Mick Vaughan (Paper Lace) – 67
Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, Quiet Riot, Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult, Rondinelli, The Lizards, Leslie West, Axel Rudi Pell) – 62
Karl Mueller (Soul Asylum) – b. 1963 – d. 6/17/05
Rex Brown (Pantera, Crowbar, Down, Kill Devil Hill) – 53
Abe Cunningham (Deftones + more) – 44

July 28
George Cummings (Dr. Hook) – 79
Rick Wright (Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, The Screaming Abdabs, Sigma 6) – b. 1943 – d. 9/15/08
Mike Bloomfield (The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bob Dylan, Electric Flag, Janis Joplin, Dr. John, was part of the Super Session album with Al Kooper and Stephen Stills and many others) – b. 1943 – d. 2/15/81
Garald Casale (Devo, He also directed most of Devo’s videos and has also directed videos for The Cars, Rush, Foo Fighters and Soundgarden) – 69
Simon Kirke (Free, Bad Company, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band) – 68
Jürgen Rosenthal (Scorpions) – 68
Steve Took (co-founder of T-Rex with Marc Bolan, Shagrat, Steve Took’s Horns) – b. 1949 – d. 10/27/80
Gregg Giuffria (Angel, Giuffria, House Of Lords, White Sister) – 66
Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs, Kansas, Deep Purple, Living Loud, Angelfire, Flying Colors, others) – 63
David Huff (Giant) – 56
Michael Amott (Arch Enemy) – 48
Dan Warton (Neds Atomic Dustbin) – 45
Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach) – 41

July 29
Mike Garson (David Bowie, Spiders from Mars, The Smashing Pumpkins, solo + more ) – 72
Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon) – 71
Lenny Zakatek (The Alan Parsons Project, Gonzalez, others, solo) – 70
Geddy Lee (Rush) – 64
Patti Scialfia (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, solo) – 64
John Sykes (Streetfighter, John Sloman’s Badlands, Tygers of Pan Tang, Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott, Whitesnake, Blue Murder) – 58
Woody Weatherman‬ (Corrosion Of Conformity‬) – 52

July 30
Buddy Guy – 81
David Sanborn (Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, James Taylor, saxophonist, flautist; session player) – 72
Jeffrey Hammond (Jethro Tull) – 71
Brad Hargraves (Third Eye Blind) – 45

July 31
Ahmet Ertegun (Turkish-American co-founder of Atlantic Records and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) b. 1923 – d.12/14/06.
Bob Welch (Fleetwood Mac, solo) – b. 1945 – d. 6/7/12
Gary Lewis (Gary Lewis & the Playboys) – 71
Karl Green (Herman’s Hermits) – 70
Hugh McDowell (Wizzard, Electric Light Orchestra, Radio Stars, ELO Part II, many others, sessions) – 64
Daniel Ash (Love & Rockets) – 60
Bill Berry (REM, Love Tractor, Hindu Love Gods, others, solo) – 59
John 5 (K.D. Lang, David Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, solo) – 46
M. Shadows (Matthew Charles Sanders) (Avenged Sevenfold) – 36
‎Alissa White Gluz‬ (Arch Enemy‬) – 32

Today In Rock History:
July 1
1956: Elvis Presley appeared on The Steve Allen Show where he wore a tuxedo and sang ‘Hound Dog’ to a basset hound. Many Elvis fans thought it was a deliberate attempt to humiliate Elvis and ridicule Rock ‘n’ Roll music, but Allen insisted for years that he meant no disrespect and that Elvis was in on the gag from the beginning and thought it was hilarious. The King earned $5,000 for the performance and headed for the studio the next day to record the song for a single release.
1957: The headlines of Billboard magazine say, “Good music may be making a comeback on the bestseller charts…but rock & roll discs continue to dominate the pop market.”
1962: Gene Vincent was the featured act at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, along with an up and coming local group called The Beatles.
1963: The Beatles recorded their next single ‘She Loves You’/‘I’ll Get You,’ at EMI Studios in London, completing the two songs in less than four hours. ‘She Loves You’ will be released in August and become the group’s second UK #1 hit. Adding to the song’s popularity among young people was the phrase “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah,” which was looked down upon by British establishment and in some quarters was seen to hail “the collapse of civilized society.”
1965: John Lennon published ‘A Spaniard in the Works’ in the United States.
1966: Janis Joplin moved into Big Brother & The Holding Company’s house in California’s San Geronimo Valley in Marin County.
1967: Jefferson Airplane’s ‘White Rabbit’ entered the Billboard chart, where it eventually reached #8. The song became one of the first records to sneak drug references past radio censors. It uses imagery found in Lewis Carroll’s 1865 book ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and its 1871 sequel ‘Through the Looking-Glass,’ such as changing size after taking pills.
1967: The Association scored their 2nd and last #1 single with ‘Windy.’ Strangely, the record failed to chart at all in the UK. The song’s writer, Ruthann Friedman said that she wrote it in about 20 minutes when she started to fantasize about what kind of a guy she would like to be with.
1967: The Mama’s & The Papa’s performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at The Swan, Yardley in Birmingham, England.
1967: The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first of 15 weeks.
1968: John Lennon opened an exhibition of his drawings titled ‘You Are Here.’
1968: The Band’s ‘Music from Big Pink’ album is released. The album, which features their first hit single ‘The Weight,’ was recorded in studios in New York and Los Angeles in 1968, and followed the group’s backing of Bob Dylan on his 1966 tour (as The Hawks). It reached #30 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The single, ‘The Weight’ reached #63 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The album was ranked #34 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1968: The Rascals ‘People Got To Be Free’ b/w ‘My World’ 45 single is released in the U.S. It spent five weeks atop the Billboard Pop Singles chart, the group’s longest such stay. It was also the group’s second-most successful single on the Billboard Black Singles chart, reaching #14 and trailing only the previous year’s ‘Groovin’. ‘People Got to Be Free’ was RIAA-certified as a gold record on August 23, 1968, and eventually sold over 4 million copies. It later was included on the group’s March 1969 album ‘Freedom Suite.’
1968: James Brown played at the Rhode Island Auditorium in Providence, Rhode Island.
1969: Sam Phillips sells the legendary Sun Records Studio in Memphis to Shelby Singleton. Sun, more than other record company, was responsible for the emergence of White Rock ‘n’ Roll in the mid-1950’s.
1969: John Lennon and his son Julian, along with Yoko Ono and her daughter Kyoko, are injured in a car crash in Scotland. John receives 17 stitches for a facial injury, Yoko receives 14 stitches and the children are badly shaken. Lennon later had the car crushed into a cube and exhibited it on his lawn at Tittenhurst Park.
1969: Blind Faith’s self-titled album is released. It reached #1 on both the Billboard Top LP’s chart (2 weeks) and UK Albums chart.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band appear at the Civic Auditorium and Coliseum in Knoxville, Tennessee.
1970: Traffic’s 4th album ‘John Barleycorn Must Die’ is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1970: Cactus release their self-titled debut album.
1970: Jimi Hendrix recorded for the first time in his Electric Ladyland studios.
1970: Casey Kasem broadcasts his first American Top 40 radio show in several markets around the U.S.
1971: Jethro Tull’s first U.S. Top 10 album, ‘Aqualung’ goes Gold. It has since sold over 15 million copies world wide, making it the band’s most successful LP.
1971: Yes performed at San Antonio Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas.
1971: The Who’s “unpublicized” tour of the UK resumes at the Assembly Rooms in Worthing, England.
1972: Neil Diamond went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Song Sung Blue,’ his 2nd chart topper. It went to #14 in the UK. It was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1973, Record of the Year and Song of the Year, but lost both to Roberta Flack’s rendition of ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.’
1972: Slade went to #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Take Me Bak ‘Ome’, the group’s 2nd #1. The song was produced by the bands manager Chas Chandler.
1973: Slade and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band appeared at Earl’s Court in London, tickets cost £1.00-£2.00 ($1.50 – $3.00.) Special trains ran form Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester to take fans to the show.
1973: Bob Dylan releases his soundtrack to ‘Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.’
1973: The Grateful Dead played at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California.
1973: Jethro Tull performed at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1973: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ closes after its 720th Broadway performance.
1975: Ringo Starr divorces his first wife, Maureen.
1975: Lou Reed releases ‘Metal Machine Music,’ a double album of distortion and guitar feedback.
1975: 10cc were at #1 on the singles chart with ‘I’m Not In Love.’ The instrumental break featured the repeated spoken phrase: “Be quiet, big boys don’t cry…”, which was uttered by Kathy Warren, the receptionist at Strawberry Studios, Stockport, Cheshire where the band recorded the track.
1976: Elton John played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1977: ZZ Top appeared at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1977: During a North American tour, Pink Floyd played the first of four sold out nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1978: The Rolling Stones performed at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.
1978: The very first Texxas Jam takes place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, with Aerosmith, Van Halen, Journey, Ted Nugent, Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush, Heart, Head East, Eddie Money, Atlanta Rhythm Section and Walter Egan performing. Over 100,000 fans brave temperatures which reach up to 120 degrees on the field. The crowd is cooled down by fire hoses. For Aerosmith, it marks a low point in their career as drug use and infighting are about to break up the band, and their performance suffers.
1978: Foreigner’s ‘Hot Blooded’ b/w ‘Tramontane’ 45 single is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart that September. The single was also certified Platinum (one million units sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America.
1979: Sony introduced the Walkman, a portable cassette tape player.
1979: The Doobie Brothers celebrated their 10th anniversary by jamming at Los Angeles’ Friar’s Club.
1979: Foreigner releases their ‘Hot Blooded’ b/w ‘Tramontane’ 45 single. It was released as a single in July 1978 and reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart that September. The single was also certified Platinum (one million units sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America.
1979: Van Halen appeared at the Seattle Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington.
1980: Roxy Music performed at Rhine Neckar Halle in Heidelburg, Germany.
1981: Steppenwolf bassist Rushton Moreve (born John Rushton Morey) is killed in a car accident in Santa Barbara, California at 32 years of age. Moreve co-wrote ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ but left the band in the late 60’s. He had been kicked out of the group in 1969 when he refused to return to California, fearing it was about to sink into the Pacific Ocean.
1983: Bon Jovi signs with Mercury Records, and goes on to sell over 130 million records worldwide. Initially, they had considered calling themselves “Johnny Electric.”
1983: Manowar released their 2nd studio album, ‘Into Glory Ride.’
1984: Loudness released their 4th studio album, ‘Disillusion.’
1987: The Grateful Dead release one of their more commercially successful LPs, ‘In The Dark.’
1987: Napalm Death released their debut album, ‘Scum.’ It’s widely acknowledged as the first grindcore album. It peaks at #7 in the UK Indie chart.
1989: Lou Reed, Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello, The Robert Cray Band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tanita Tikaram, Pixies, R.E.M., and Texas all appeared at the Rock Torhout Festival in Torhout, Belgium.
1990: Mark Knopfler & John Illsley met over lunch with manager Ed Bicknell at the Halcyon Hotel in London & decided to reform Dire Straits for one more album & tour.
1990: Napalm Death released their 3rd album, ‘Harmony Corruption.’
1991: Napalm Death released their 2nd studio album, ‘Butchered at Birth.’
1995: DJ and TV personality Wolfman Jack dies of a heart attack in North Carolina at 57 years of age. Wolfman Jack was the host of The Midnight Special on NBC from 1973-1981, appeared in numerous movies like ‘American Graffiti,’ and was the radio voice of a generation. He had risen to fame in the mid-1960s and was immortalized in 1974 by The Guess Who’s ‘Clap For The Wolfman,’ on which hisvoice is heard in the background.
1995: R.E.M. The Cure, Therapy, Offspring, PJ Harvey, dEUS, Senser, Bodycount, Channel Zero, Jeff Buckley, Spearhead, Belly, Morphine and The Cranberries all appeared at the Rock Torhout Festival, Torhout, Belgium.
1996: Lynyrd Skynyrd releases their 3rd live album, ‘Southern Knights.’
1997: ‘Three Dollar Bill, Y’All’ from Limp Bizkit is released.
1997: GZR released their 2nd studio album, ‘Black Science.’
1998: White Zombie’s song ‘Thunder Kiss ’65’ is played at ear-splitting levels repeatedly for four hours straight to ward off paparazzi and camouflage any sound coming from Barbra Streisand’s property, as she weds James Brolin. The photographers and assorted media are incensed.
1999: John Popper of Blues Traveler suffers a near-death heart attack and undergoes angioplasty at a Los Angeles hospital, discovering later that he had 95% arterial blockage.
1999: Jamaican reggae singer Dennis Brown died aged 42. The official cause of his death was a collapsed lung. During his career, he recorded more than 75 albums and had the 1979 UK #14 single ‘Money In My Pocket.’ Bob Marley cited Brown as his favorite singer, naming him “The Crown Prince of Reggae.”
2000: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s Reunion Tour came to a close with the last of a 10-date run at Madison Square Garden. The final two shows were recorded and released as ‘Live in New York City.’
2000: Cub Koda, the leader of Brownsville Station and composer of their hit ‘Smokin’ in the Boys Room,’ passed away from complications arising from kidney dialysis, at the age of 51.
2001: Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood was commissioned to paint a group portrait of diners who are regulars at the West End London restaurant The Ivy. Elton John and Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant were two pop stars to be included in the portrait.
2002: Six postage stamps designed by Paul McCartney went on sale on the Isle of Man to raise money for his anti-landmines charity.
2003: ‘Our Lady Peace Live’ is released in the U.S. The career-spanning album features ‘Naveed,’ ‘Clumsy’ and ‘Somewhere Out There.’
2004: As ‘Spider-Man 2’ hits theaters a dispute concerning the original film’s soundtrack gets an airing. Saliva singer Josey Scott, who collaborated with Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger on the ’02 mega-hit ‘Hero’ says he was paid only $5,000 for his work on the song. Scott claims he was promised $80,000 for studio time and a video appearance.
2005: Four Tops singer Renaldo “Obie” Benson died aged 69 in a Detroit hospital from lung cancer. He was diagnosed after having a leg amputated due to circulation problems. The Four Tops sold over 50 million records and had hits including ‘Reach Out (I’ll be There)’ and ‘I Can’t Help Myself.’ Benson also co-wrote ‘What’s Going On’ which became a #2 hit for Marvin Gaye
2005: R&B and soul singer-songwriter, as well as record producer Luther Vandross died at the age of 54 at the JFK Medical Centre in New Jersey, two years after suffering a major stroke. His ‘Never Too Much,’ was a #1 R&B hit, worked with Diana Ross, Carly Simon, Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey and David Bowie. Vandross had won four Grammys for his final album ‘Dance With My Father.’
2006: The first Hyde Park Calling festival takes place in London. Roger Waters headlines the first day and plays ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ in its entirety. The Who headline Day 2.
2006: Bonnie Raitt appears at the China Care’s Foundation’s annual gala dinner in Greenwich, CT. The nonprofit organization assists orphaned children in China.
2006: During the brief time when American Idol Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks is the most popular Taylor in music, his first single ‘Do I Make You Proud?’ hits #1 in America.
2007: Elton John, Rod Stewart and former Supertramp singer-keyboardist Roger Hodgson are among the artists who perform at a Princess Diana memorial concert at London’s Wembley Stadium. Elton was a friend and Diana was reportedly a Supertramp fan. Also, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry backs ’60s pop star Tom Jones. Concert for Diana is organized by Princes William and Harry to mark the 10th anniversary of their mother’s death on what would have been her 46th birthday.
2008: A Beatles interview from April 30, 1964, in which John Lennon and Paul McCartney discussed how they met and the way they composed songs together, was broadcast by the BBC after it was discovered in a film can in a damp garage in south London.
2008: Live Nation continue their pursuit of music industry domination by preparing to roll out their own ticketing venture.
2008: Crüe Fest kicks off in West Palm Beach, Florida. The tour features Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx:A.M., and Trapt. The tour will go on to earn $40 million.
2008: Mel Galley, Whitesnake guitarist, dies of esophageal cancer at 60 years of age. Galley also played with Trapeze, Glenn Hughes, Cozy Powell and the Blue Jays. While in Whitesnake, he injured his arm in an accident which forced him to leave the band, as he was unable to play guitar because of nerve damage. He later played with “The Claw,”, a specially developed spring and wire device fitted to his hand.
2008: Beck’s 8th album ‘Modern Guilt,’ co-produced by Gnarls Barkley’s Danger Mouse, is released via TouchTunes digital jukeboxes (in bars and clubs) a week before the CD is out.
2008: John Mayer releases his ‘Where The Light Is: Live In Los Angeles’ album and concert DVD/Blu-Ray. It documents Mayer’s performance at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California on December 8, 2007, during the promotional tour for his 2006 third studio album ‘Continuum.’
2008: My Chemical Romance release the 2nd live album, ‘The Black Parade Is Dead!’
2008: Slipknot unleash ‘Psychosocial,’ the first single from their ‘All Hope Is Gone’ album.
2008: Pearl Jam raises nearly $3 million for the Robin Hood Foundation, an anti-poverty charity, playing a private benefit show at NY’s Beacon Theater.
2008: U2 sells the Jean-Michel Basquiat painting Untitled (Pecho/Oreja) for $10.1 million at a Southeby’s auction in London. The group collectively bought the artwork in ’89 and it had hung in the band’s Dublin studio.
2008: A video with Paul McCartney voicing his support of a European Union ban on the seal-product trade is screened at a rally in Brussels, Belgium.
2008: Brian May has his doctoral thesis published. A Survey of Radical Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud cover’s the guitarist’s study of Zodiacal Light. “It felt so good to see it, feel it, smell it – a kind of public record of all that work,” writes May. Next, he studies the gravitational pull of fat bottomed girls.
2008: Singer-keyboardist Natasha Shneider dies of cancer. She played with Queens Of The Stone Age and collaborated with Chris Cornell on his ’99 solo debut, ‘Euphoria Morning.’ “She was a brilliant, beautiful and ballsy woman who will be missed deeply by all those who knew her,” writes her ex-QOTSA bandmate Troy Van Leeuwen. Schneider was 52.
2009: Five weeks after it debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, Green Day’s ’21st Century Breakdown’ is certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of 500,000 copies.
2009: Stone Temple Pilots kick-off their tour in Los Angeles with a benefit performance for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
2009: Staind, with opening acts Chevelle, Shinedown and Halestrom, launch their Stimulate This! Tour in Peoria, IL. Tickets for the tour are generally less than $40. “Wall Street got its bailout; now it’s time for Rock fans to get theirs,” says Staind singer Aaron Lewis.
2009: ‘To Live Is To Die,’ a biography about the late Metallica bassist, Cliff Burton, is in bookstores. The forward is by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett.
2009: A ’58 Hofner Senator guitar once owned by John Lennon goes for more than $340,000 at a London memorabilia auction. The owner also gets an ’82 note from George Harrison confirming its authenticity. In addition, a guitar that once belonged to late Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones is sold for $132,000.
2010: Items that once belonged to Jimi Hendrix are featured in ‘Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture,’ a Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian exhibit. Hendrix had Cherokee, as well as African American ancestors. A leather coat, a leather necklace and a leather pouch are part of the collection.
2011: John Wetton released his the 6th and final solo studio album, ‘Raised in Captivity.’
2013: Boston guitarist Tom Scholz was ordered to pay $132,000 in court fees to the Boston Herald after he unsuccessfully sued the newspaper. The Herald had suggested that Scholz was responsible for the 2007 suicide of Boston lead singer Brad Delp, but a Superior Court judge ruled that the paper could not be held liable for defaming Scholz because it’s impossible to know what caused Delp to kill himself.
2013: The Pixies announce that bassist/backing vocalist Kim Shattuck has replaced original bassist Kim Deal, who left the group in June. Previously, Shattuck fronted the Muffs who released five studio albums.
2013: Motorhead cancel the remaining eight shows of their summer European festival tour as bassist/vocalist Lemmy Kilmister battles a haematoma (where blood collects outside of a blood vessel) and heart problems. “Things are improving with Lemmy, but the doctors in Berlin are recommending that he rests for another couple of weeks,” says drummer Mikkey Dee.
2013: Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger of Nickelback get married in Cannes, France.
2014: Guns N’ Roses‬ released the DVD ‘Appetite For Democracy 3D.’
2015: Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at Brian Wilson’s show in Holmdel, New Jersey where he joined the Beach Boys legend on ‘Barbara Ann’ and ‘Surfin’ USA.’
2016: Blink-182 their 7th album, ‘California.’ It’s the group’s first without Tom DeLonge (replaced by Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba). The album comes out on the 182nd day of the year.
2016: Prince’s Purple Rain wardrobe goes for $192,000 at a Profiles in History auction in L.A. The late singer’s white ruffled shirt and black-and-white, leather-sleeved blazer worn in the film sell for $96,000 each.

July 2
1956: At the RCA Studios in New York City, Elvis Presley recorded ‘Hound Dog,’ ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ and ‘Any Way You Want Me (That’s How I Will Be).’ It was also the first time Elvis worked with the Jordanaires as his vocal backup group. The ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ single sold over 10 million copies globally, became his best-selling song and topped the pop chart for 11 weeks, a record that stood for 36 years.
1959: Elvis Presley’s movie ‘King Creole’ opens.
1962: After getting hurt during a jump, Jimi Hendrix gets an honorable discharge from the Army. Over the next three years, he will play numerous gigs and studio sessions with such R&B stars as Little Richard, the Isley Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner and Sam Cooke.
1965: The Yardbirds ‘Heart Full Of Soul’ b/w ‘Steeled Blues’ 45 single is released. It was written by Graham Gouldman, who would later have a successful career as a member of 10cc. It charted in the United States at #9 and at #2 the UK. The song makes an early use of the fuzz box by guitarist Jeff Beck during the guitar solo. Originally, a sitar was going to be used, in keeping with the “Eastern-exotic” atmosphere of the song, but the sound was too thin, and eventually Beck produced a sitar-like effect on the electric guitar. An outtake exists, with the sitar part intact.
1966: The Rolling Stones: ‘Mothers Little Helper’ b/w ‘Lady Jane’ 45 single is released. It first appeared as the opening track to the United Kingdom version of their 1966 album ‘Aftermath.’ It was released as a single in the United States and peaked at # 8 on the Billboard Singles Charts in 1966. The B-side ‘Lady Jane’ peaked at # 24.
1966: David Bowie and The Lower Third appeared at The Lion Hotel in Warrington, England, (they were paid £30 for the gig). Also appearing was The Powerhouse which featured Eric Clapton Jack Bruce, Steve Winwood and Paul Jones.
1967: Rick Nelson stars in the short-lived (it lasts three months) TV series, ‘Malibu U’ on ABC.
1967: Jeff Beck, Cream and John Mayall all appeared at London’s Saville Theatre.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles, California.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared in concert at Digbeth Civic Hall in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.
1968: The Human Beinz, Gary Pucket & The Union Gap, plus The Beach Boys played at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, Iowa.
1969: Working at Abbey Road Paul McCartney recorded ‘Her Majesty.’ Then Paul, George, and Ringo record 15 takes of ‘Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight.’ John Lennon was absent, in hospital in Golspie, Scotland, following a car accident the previous day.
1969: Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi form Mountain.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the National Guard Armory in Auburn, Alabama.
1969: Bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience after completing the three-day Denver Pop Festival. Hendrix and drummer Mitch Mitchell would later team with bassist Billy Cox to form the short-lived Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, who played at the Woodstock Festival.
1969: The British trio Thunderclap Newman enjoyed their only hit when ‘Something In The Air’ started a three week run at the top of the UK singles chart. It would stall at #37 in the US, but still gets airplay in many commercials. The band featured guitarist Jimmy McCulloch who went on to work with Wings.
1969: U.S. consumer advocate Ralph Nader issued a warning that loud Rock music threatened to produce a nation of hearing-impaired people.
1970: The Who performed at Freedom Palace in Kansas City, Missouri.
1971: Queen’s performed their first concert with John Deacon on bass at Surrey College in the U.K.
1971: The Grateful Dead play only one of two shows they did in the month of July, at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, California.
1972: David Bowie appeared at the Rainbow Pavilion in Torquay, England.
1973: Brian Eno quits Roxy Music over a spat with lead singer Bryan Ferry.
1973: King Crimson played at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
1974: Eric Clapton performed at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1975: David Bowie’s ‘Young Americans’ LP featuring the title track and ‘Fame’ goes gold.
1975: The Rolling Stones played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1976: Brian Wilson rejoins the Beach Boys for the first time on stage for the first time in twelve years in a Anaheim, CA. performance. He’s mostly motionless at his piano, but he does sing the lead vocal on ‘In My Room.’
1979: Neil Young and Crazy Horse released his 14th album, ‘Rust Never Sleeps.’ The album was half acoustic & half electric. It went on to be one of Young’s most acclaimed albums. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and won the 1979 Rolling Stone Critics Poll for Album of the Year. In 2003, the album was ranked #350 on the same magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1979: Sony introduced the Walkman, the first portable audio cassette player. Over the next 30 years they sold over 385 million Walkmans in cassette, CD, mini-disc and digital file versions, and were the market leaders until the arrival of Apple’s iPod and other new digital devices.
1979: Aerosmith appeared at the Canadian National Exhibition Stadium in Toronto.
1980: Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead are arrested with their manager, Danny Rifken, on charges of inciting a riot. They were alleged to have interfered with a drug-related arrest during a concert at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1981: Foreigner released their fourth album ‘4’ which went on to become their first and only album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It reached #1 for a total of ten non-consecutive weeks between August 22, 1980 through January 30, 1982, and featured the hits ‘Urgent,’ ‘Waiting for a Girl Like You,’ and ‘Juke Box Hero.’
1981: Bruce Springsteen plays his first show at New Jersey’s Brendan Byrne Arena. He sold out six shows at the venue in the space of an hour.
1982: Clash drummer Topper Headon is charged with stealing a bus stop sign.
1982: Blue Oyster Cult performed at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
1982: Elvis Costello’s ‘Imperial Bedroom’ album is released. It reached #30 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #6 on the UK Albums chart. In 1998 readers of Q magazine named it the 96th greatest album ever. In 2003, the album was ranked #166 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1983: Rod Stewart started a three week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Baby Jane,’ his 6th UK chart topper.
1983: Iron Maiden appeared at the Cow Palace in Daly City, CA. Saxon and Fastway are the opening acts.
1984: Dio release their 2nd album ‘The Last in Line.’ It reached #24 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #4 on the UK Albums chart and featured the tracks ‘We Rock,’ ‘Mystery,’ ‘I Speed At Night,’ ‘Evil Eyes,’ and the epic album closer ‘Egypt (The Chains Are On).’
1986: The second Prince movie, ‘Under the Cherry Moon,’ hits theaters. Unlike the first, ‘Purple Rain,’ Prince directs it himself.
1986: Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead perform together at a show in Akron, Ohio. Dylan joins the Dead on three songs.
1986: Metallica release their 4th single, ‘Master of Puppets.’
1987: Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones emerges from retirement to begin producing the Mission’s album ‘Children.’
1987: Linda Duke filed a lawsuit against David Lee Roth & the Great Western Forum claiming she suffered acoustic trauma at Roth’s concert at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA the previous December.
1988: Tracy Chapman started a three-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with her self-titled debut LP. She was buoyed by her performance at the Nelson Mandela’s 70th Birthday Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium. The album was also a chart topper in the US.
1990: Tesla records their album ‘Five Man Acoustical Jam’ live at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia. Their cover of ‘Signs’ becomes a surprise hit and starts an acoustic rock trend including MTV’s Unplugged series.
1991: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 8th studio album, ‘Into the Great Wide Open’is released. It reached #13 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #3 on the UK Albums chart. The first single, ‘Learning to Fly,’ spent six weeks at #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
1991: Alice Cooper releases his 19th studio album, ‘Hey Stoopid.’ The album features bassist Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi) and drummer Mickey Curry (Bryan Adams) plus guests Slash, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Steve Vai, and more.
1991: Axl Rose incites a riot at a Guns N’ Roses show at the Riverpoint Amphitheatre in St. Louis, Missouri. Dubbed the ‘Rocket Queen Riot’ because it took place during the song ‘Rocket Queen,’ Rose jumps into the audience when he sees a fan photographing the show. After being hauled back onstage by the crew, he says, “Well, thanks to the lame-ass security, I’m going home!”, slams his microphone on the stage and leaves. The crowd is infuriated and over 50 people are injured and 15 fans are arrested.
1992: ‘MTV Unplugged’ is recorded for the first time in mainland Europe. Joe Cocker, Was Not Was and Annie Lennox are the artists featured in live performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
1992: Mick Jagger’s daughter Jade gives birth to a daughter. She is the first grandchild for the then 48-year-old Rolling Stone.
1993: Deep Purple release their 14th studio album, ‘The Battle Rages On…’
1994: Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong marries Adrienne Nesser. The next day, Adrienne discovers she is pregnant with their son, Joseph.
1995: Grateful Dead fans riot outside a Noblesville, Ind., concert. Seventeen arrests are made after gates are torn down and rocks thrown.
1997: After he is awarded Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, Bruce Springsteen gives the cash portion of the award to a Swedish school program that keeps teenagers off the streets.
1998: A bipartisan group of Michigan legislators is successful in defeating a restrictive live music performance bill. S.B. 1100, introduced earlier in the year, would have allowed Michigan community governments to determine whether a live performance at a music venue is harmful to minors and to restrict access to minors unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
1999: R.E.M., Skunk Anansie, Barenaked Ladies, Blur, Blondie, Built To Spill, The Chemical Brothers, Marilyn Manson, Metallica, Placebo, Suede and Wilco all appeared at the Oskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark.
2000: Pete Townshend announces via his Web site that he contacted Eddie Vedder after learning about the deaths of nine people during a Pearl Jam performance at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. In 1979, 11 people were killed before a Who concert in Cincinnati. “I spoke yesterday to Eddie Vedder,” Townshend’s posting reads. “I don’t want to say anymore than that. I passed on what I knew The Who had done wrong after the Cincinnati disaster – in a nutshell, I think we left too soon, and I spoke too angrily to the press and without proper consideration of the fact that the people who deserved respect were the dead and their families. Luckily Pearl Jam and their management have stayed in Denmark, and cancelled subsequent shows. Other bands have also marked some respect by refusing to play. If you have a faith, please pray for the victims and their families, and for everyone who was involved. It was a horrific experience for them.”
2001: Liverpool renames its airport “Liverpool John Lennon Airport.” The new logo for the airport includes Lennon’s famous self-portrait drawing. Yoko Ono was on hand and said John would have been very proud. “Thank you very, very much for remembering John and for loving John.”
2001: Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher welcomes his first child, Gene Gallagher, with girlfriend (and future wife) Nicole Appleton (of All Saints).
2002: ‘Shenanigans,’ a collection of Green Day rarities and B-sides, is released.
2003: Great White are forced to cancel their tour to benefit the victims of the Rhode Island club fire due to money troubles and insurance issues.
2004: Staind, Shinedown and Powerman 5000 are on a DVD chronicling the 2003 Locobazooka! Festival in Fitchburg, MA. Money raised goes to Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit group that constructs modified homes for disabled veterans.
2004: Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland enters a no-contest plea in L.A. to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. The count stems from an incident the previous October, where the singer crashed his vehicle into a parked van.
2005: The Live 8 concerts take place in 10 cities in the G8 states and in South Africa. The concerts also coincide with the 20th anniversary of Live Aid. A TV audience of several hundred million watches the shows. Green Day and Audioslave play Berlin while Pink Floyd, The Who, Paul McCartney, U2, Sting, Velvet Revolver and R.E.M. appear in London. Pink Floyd’s London performance is the original lineup’s first show since The Wall tour in ’81. Linkin Park and Bon Jovi perform in Philadelphia as Neil Young, Motley Crue, Bryan Adams and Jet hit the stage in Barrie, north of Toronto. Rome, Moscow, Tokyo and Paris also host Live 8 concerts which raise awareness of the extreme poverty across Africa.
2005: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Weezer headline a free concert in Las Vegas to celebrate the Sin City’s centennial. Vegas Rocks 100 takes place on soccer fields next to Sam Boyd Stadium. It was moved from the Strip due to concerns about heat and overcrowding.
2006: Elton John performs at a EuroPride Day concert in London called The Show. The event is part of the city’s gay-pride festivities. “He (Elton) is one of the most generous stars in the world,” says actor Ian McKellen, the Show’s creative director. 2006: Fans of The Who watch the group’s entire Hyde Park (London) Calling concert online for 99 cents. Proceeds benefit guitarist Pete Townshend’s Double O charity.
2006: Motley Crue’s ‘Saints Of Los Angeles’ album debuts at #4 on the Billboard 200 chart with 99,000 copies sold in its first week of release.
2006: Fans of The Who watch the group’s entire Hyde Park (London) Calling concert online for 99 cents. Proceeds benefit guitarist Pete Townshend’s Double O charity.
2006: ‘Saints Of Los Angeles’ debuts at #4 on the Billboard 200 chart with 99,000 copies of the Motley Crue album sold in its first week of release.
2008: Paul McCartney’s ‘Live And Let Die’ is used in a promotional TV commercial as part of a fundraising campaign for disabled U.K. athletes traveling to the ’08 Paralympic Games in Beijing.
2009: A brief announcement on Thin Lizzy’s MySpace blog entry says John Sykes is a former band member.
2009: It’s the last day to bid on framed and autographed Rolling Stone magazine covers featuring the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Crowes, Slash, Rob Zombie and Bon Jovi. The collectibles are auctioned off to benefit the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares charity.
2010: Faith No More play their first New York show in 12 years. The band performs their hit ‘Epic’ plus covers of songs by the Bee Gees (‘I Started A Joke’) and the Commodores (‘Easy’) in addition to their own catalog.
2012: Jon Bon Jovi announces two new fragrances in his Unplugged perfume line. The scents distributed through Avon, are ‘Unplugged for Her’ and ‘Unplugged for Him.’
2013: Kings Of Leon give their first performance in Norway in a decade when they headline the Hove festival on the island of Tromoya, situated on the south coast of Norway.
2014: In Grand Rapids, Michigan, a new group called The Raskins play their first show on the Mötley Crüe Final Tour, a five month trek sponsored by Dodge, which also includes Alice Cooper. They later süe the Crüe, claiming they paid $1 million for the privilege, but received heaps of abuse in return. ‘The Final Tour’ ends Dec. 31, 2015 at Staples Center in L.A.
2015: Buddy Holly’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, announced that she had entrusted the publishing rights to her late husband’s influential catalog to the artist’s performance rights group, BMG. The company was now authorized to administer royalties worldwide of nearly all of Holly’s recordings.
2015: Rod Stewart, Universal Music and Capitol Records were named in a lawsuit brought by the heirs of songwriter Armenter “Bo Carter” Chatmon over a song written in 1928 called ‘Corrine, Corrina.’ The complaint asserted that a number that Stewart included on his 2013 album, ‘Time,’ was “nearly identical” and “contains substantially similar defining compositional elements, including, but not limited to lyrics, melody, rhythm, tempo, meter, key, and title.”
2016: Sammy Hagar delivers a check for $100,000 to the Pediatric Cancer Program at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco. The money was raised earlier in the year at Hagar’s Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert.

July 3
1956: Elvis Presley meets Gene Vincent at Grand Central Station in New York City.
1965: The Beatles played the final night of a two week European tour at the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Barcelona, Spain.
1965: The Beach Boys ‘Summer Spectacular’ tour stops at the Hollywood Bowl. This date includes performances by The Byrds, Sonny & Cher, The Righteous Brothers, and of course, The Beach Boys. Also on the bill is The Kinks, who are having a miserable time in America and at odds with their manager Larry Page, who flies back to England the next day.
1965: The Yardbirds peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘For Your Love’ which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1966: The Grateful Dead played the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.
1967: The Beatles throw a private party for The Monkees at the Speakeasy club in London. Allegedly, Micky Dolenz gets so high on psychedelics that he trips out until 6:00AM, when he starts wandering around Hyde Park and eventually sings and hangs out with hundreds of Monkees fans. Party attendees include the Monkees (minus Davy, who was out of town to visit his family), the Beatles (minus Ringo who was with his pregnant wife Maureen), Pattie Harrison, Jane Asher, Cynthia Lennon, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Eric Clapton, The Who, Procul Harum, Manfred Mann, Jeff Beck and others.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at The Scene in New York City.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Bath Pavilion in Bath, Somerset, England.
1967: A Stamford, Connecticut band called The 5th Estate reaches #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 with a Rock and Roll version of ‘Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead” from the 1939 movie The Wizard Of Oz.’
1967: The Young Rascals ‘A Girl Like You’ b/w ‘It’s Love’ 45 single is released. Written by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, from the album ‘Groovin’, ‘A Girl Like You’ reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1968: Joni Mitchell was known for gathering lots of creative people at her home on Lookout Mountain off of Laurel Canyon in LA. On this day, she introduces David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash and they play together for the very first time.
1969: John Lennon holds a press conference to announce the release of ‘Give Peace a Chance,’ but can’t show up as he and Yoko are recovering from a car crash in Scotland. Ringo fills in instead.
1969: The Beatles’ ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’ hits #8 on the US singles chart despite being banned by many radio stations because of the lyrics, “Christ, you know it ain’t easy …”
1969: The Grateful Dead appeared at Reed’s Ranch in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
1969: Brian Jones, ex-member of the Rolling Stones, drowns while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He was 27. The coroner’s report stated “death by misadventure,” but noted that his liver and heart were heavily enlarged by drug and alcohol abuse. Later, there were many reports that Jones had been murdered, which caused the police to review the case in 2009. His death was still ruled an accident.
1969: Some 78,000 people show up for this year’s 4 day Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island. The big weekend crowd may have had a bit to do with the non-jazz headliners James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, Sly and the Family Stone, Johnny Winter, Ten Years After, Buddy Guy Blues Band, Mothers Of Invention, Savoy Brown and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, Johnny Winter, Mountain, Procol Harum and Rare Earth perform at the 3-day Atlanta Pop Festival. Over 200,000 music fans attended the festival. The festival serves as a launching pad for Grand Funk Railroad. On a more interesting note, Jimi Hendrix plays his famous version of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ prompting Georgia Governor Lester Maddox to seek legislation banning Rock festivals in the state.
1970: James Gang’s 2nd album ‘James Gang Rides Again’ is released. It featured the classic track ‘Funk #49’ and spent 66 weeks and reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1971: Jim Morrison of The Doors is found dead by longtime companion Pam Courson in the bathtub of the Paris apartment they shared. He was 27. The official cause of death was listed as “heart failure,” but no autopsy was ever performed. News of his death wasn’t made public until after his burial in a Paris cemetery on July 9th. He is also a member of the “27 Club,” referring to musicians who died at the age of 27 – Brian Jones, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse.
1971: The Doors hit the U.S. charts with ‘Riders on the Storm.’
1971: Melody Maker reports on the appearance of a new Who bootleg in the U.S., ‘Who Unreleased.’ Seven of the ten tracks are British Who releases that had not yet come out in the States.
1972: “Mississippi” Fred McDowell, a blues singer and guitarist dies of cancer. He was 68. McDowell was flattered by The Rolling Stones covering his song ‘You Got To Move’ on their ‘Sticky Fingers’ album, and he also coached Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar technique. At first, he played slide guitar using a pocket knife, then a slide made from a beef rib bone, finally settling on a glass slide for its clearer sound.
1973: David Bowie appears as Ziggy Stardust for the last time at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. The show was later made into a movie directed by D.A. Pennebaker called ‘Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars.’ Just before the encore, he shocks the crowd by saying, “This night shall always be special in my memory. Not only is it the last show of my British tour… but it is the last show I will ever do.” He disbanded his backing group, The Spiders From Mars, and went to Paris to record a solo album. Bowie’s retirement was short-lived however. Less than a year later, he was back on stage in the US with the Diamond Dogs tour.
1973: Laurens Hammond, the inventor of the Hammond organ, dies. He was 78. In addition to the Hammond organ, he also invented a silent spring-driven clock and designed guided missile systems that were used during World War II. In all, he held 120 patents at the time of his death.
1975: Yes performed at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri.
1975: Lead singer from Three Dog Night Chuck Negron was arrested at his Louisville hotel room on the opening night of the bands tour and charged with possession of cocaine. The charge is dropped in October when a Kentucky court determines the warrant used for the bust was granted on the basis of unfounded information. Negron’s drug addiction, which he chronicled in his book Three Dog Nightmare, would eventually lead to him being kicked out of the band for good.
1976: Brian Wilson returns to stage for first time in twelve years at a Beach Boys concert in front of 74,000 people at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, CA.
1976: Pete Townshend opens his Meher Baba Oceanic Centre with a week-long convention for his followers and gives away copies of the new Meher Baba tribute LP With Love. It features Pete’s ‘His Hands,’ ‘Sleeping Dog,’ and ‘Lantern Cabin,’ a Pete vocal on “Meher” as well as a Billy Nicholls’ song ‘Without Your Love,’ that will later be a solo hit for Roger.
1977: Aerosmith appeared at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.
1977: The Marshall Tucker Band’s Country cross-over hit ‘Heard It In a Love Song’ peaks at #14 in the US. Interestingly, there is no one named Marshall Tucker in the band. The group named themselves after the previous tenant of their rehearsal hall, after finding a key tag with his name on it.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at the Pavillon De Paris in Paris.
1979: James Taylor played at Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1980: Roxy Music appeared at Oberschwabenhalle in Ravensburg, Germany.
1981: On the 10th anniversary of Jim Morrison’s death, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and John Densmore lead fans in a graveside memorial for Jim in Paris.
1981: Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman releases the single ‘(Si Si) Je Suis un Rock Star’ on his own label. When it goes to #1 in Europe, Wyman becomes the Stone with the most successful solo career at the time.
1981: Blue Oyster Cult performed at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.
1981: Van Halen perform at Cobo Arena in Detroit.
1981: Rush played at the Metropolitan Sports Center in Bloomington, Minnesota.
1981: Bruce Springsteen performed at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
1982: Foreigner headlined a festival at Rich Stadium in Buffalo which also included Loverboy, Ted Nugent & Iron Maiden as the openers.
1982: Billy Idol first hit the charts on this date when ‘Hot in the City’ debuted.
1982: The Stray Cats’ ‘Built For Speed’ LP enters the charts.
1982: Demon released their 2nd studio album, ‘The Unexpected Guest.’
1982: As a “thank you” for sandbagging during floods, John Mellencamp plays a free concert for 20,000 high school students in Fort Wayne, IN.
1982: 38 Special peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Caught Up in You,’ which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1983: Iron Maiden appeared at Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California. Saxon and Fastway are the opening acts.
1985: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first of three sold out shows at Wembley Stadium in London.
1985: Universal Pictures releases ‘Back to the Future,’ which features the hit ‘The Power of Love’ by Huey Lewis and the News. The single went on to be certified Gold. Also featured on the soundtrack are tracks by Eric Clapton and Lindsey Buckingham. The film garnered enormous success, and was even quoted in Ronald Reagan’s 1986 State of the Union address.
1986: U2 crew member Greg Carroll was killed in a motorcycle accident in Dublin while running an errand for Bono. The song ‘One Tree Hill’ on the band’s ‘Joshua Tree’ album is dedicated to Carroll.
1986: Van Halen appeared on their first cover of Rolling Stone.
1988: The final Texxas Jam takes place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas – it is now called the “Monsters of Rock.” The headliners are Van Halen, the Scorpions, Dokken, Metallica and Kingdom Come. During Van Halen’s set, Sammy Hagar loses his voice and promises the crowd Van Halen will play a free concert in Dallas at a later date. They make good three years later.
1988: Cheap Trick hit #1 on the Pop Charts with ‘The Flame.’
1990: Suicidal Tendencies release the 5th studio album, ‘Lights…Camera…Revolution!’
1990: Allman Brothers Band release their 9th studio album, ‘Seven Turns.’
1995: Stone Temple Pilot Scott Weiland is in court pleading not guilty to drug charges.
1995: Courtney Love’s request to spread the ashes of late husband Kurt Cobain is turned down by Lake View Cemetery in Seattle.
1996: AC/DC played the second of two nights at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain on their Ballbreaker world tour.
1996: Foreigner, REO Speedwagon & Peter Frampton kicked off a tour at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, NY outside of Buffalo.
1998: Bob Dylan plays the 1,000th show on the ‘Neverending Tour’ at the 32nd annual Montreux Jazz Festival.
1998: The Ozzfest ’98 tour kicks off in Holmdel, NJ. It has Motorhead, Tool, Megadeth, Limp Bizkit and, of course Ozzy Osbourne.
2000: DirecTV broadcasts ‘The Wizard Of Oz,’ with Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ in sync on the alternate Second Audio Program (SAP). While Pink Floyd has never admitted to any link between their 1973 album and the classic film, urban legend purports that the album was conceived as an alternate soundtrack to the movie. The synchronicity between the album and film is based upon repeated plays of Pink Floyd’s album by starting the first track of the album on the third MGM Lion roar in the opening sequence of the film. Dubbed, “Dark Side of the Rainbow,” “Dark Side of Oz” or “The Wizard of Floyd,” there are an incredible number of coincidences – more than 80, between the film and the music. The synchronicity theory between the two classics has now become so well-known that some colleges include it in their music curriculum.
2001: American singer, songwriter Johnny Russell died aged 61. Wrote ‘Act Naturally’ covered by The Beatles and Buck Owens. Jim Reeves, Jerry Garcia, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt all covered his songs.
2001: The White Stripes ‘White Blood Cells’ album is released.
2001: Sum 41 release their debut single, ‘Fat Lip.’ The song will go on to top US’s Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
2002: Sir Elton John became the first person to be made an honorary doctorate from the Royal Academy Of Music.
2004: David Crosby was fined $5,000 by a US court after admitting attempted criminal possession of a weapon. It followed his arrest in New York in March when a gun, knife and marijuana were found in his luggage.
2004: Glenn Danzig gets in a brawl backstage after a Danzig show in Tuba City, AZ. After unceremoniously dumping a band that was supposed to be on the bill, Danzig screamed, “F— you, motherf—er,” and shoved a band member, Danny Marianino. Danny responded by punching Glenn in the face and knocking him to the floor.
2007: Velvet Revolver’s ‘Libertad’ album is released.
2007: The ‘Evan Almighty’ soundtrack is released. ZZ Top contribute ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ to the Steve Carell film.
2007: Boots Randolph, known for the 1968 hit ‘Yakety Sax,’ dies of a brain hemorrhage a month after his 80th birthday.
2008: Colin Cooper (leader of The Climax Blues Band) dies of cancer at age 69.
2009: Deep Purple is found guilty in a Russian court of illegally performing their songs. The group purportedly failed to apply for a license from the Russian Authors Society, which covers the rights of international artists, before playing an 2008 concert in the city of Rostov-on-Don.
2009: Queen are presented with Hard Rock International’s Ambassadors of Rock honor at the 2009 02 Silver Clef Awards luncheon in London. Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor accept the honor, which acknowledges their charitable work.
2009: ‘Woodstock: The 40th Anniversary’ opens at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. The exhibit features memorabilia including Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s performance contract.
2011: Unable to walk since a botched operation two years earlier, Little Richard is wheeled in with a piano to perform at the ‘A Capitol Fourth’ concert at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It’s his first performance since the operation.
2012: Meat Loaf launched a legal battle against tribute artist Dean Torkington who had registered the domain name meatloaf.org in 2000. Although he was seeking $100,000 in damages, Meat Loaf would later settle for $25,000 and control of the website, which now re-directs to meatloaf.net.
2012: KISS announced that they were set to release a guitar size book containing unseen photographs from their 40-year career. The limited edition called ‘Monster’ carried a $4,299 price tag and at 3 feet tall, 2.5 feet wide, was reported to be the largest music book ever published.
2012: KISS release their 58th single ‘Hell or Hallelujah’ from the album ‘Monster.’ The album later peaks at #3 on Billboard’s 200 album chart.
2012: Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin pleads guilty to a felony cocaine possession charge. As a result, Scantlin avoids any jail time and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office drops two misdemeanors: under the influence of a controlled substance and driving without a license. All three charges stemmed from an arrest in L.A. six months earlier.
2012: ‘Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good’ by Corey Taylor is in bookstores.
2012: Linkin Park posts their 3rd #1 U.K. album, ‘Living Things.’ The set debuts at the top of the British album chart beating out Maroon 5’s ‘Overexposed.’
2013: The Church of England decides the lyrics “It’s only rock n’ roll, but I like it” are too flippant for a tombstone. Brothers Darren and Rick Clapham wanted the words to the 1974 Rolling Stones hit ‘It’s Only Rock N’ Roll’ to be an epitaph for their musician father Charles, who passed away and was buried at All Saints Church in Standon near Stoke-on-Trent.
2014: Machine Head settle a $1.8 lawsuit filed by their former bass player Adam Duce. The band was sued for breach fiduciary duty and interference with prospective economic advantage, while singer guitarist Robb Flynn was hit with a defamation suit. Settlement terms are not disclosed.
2015: Iron Maiden receive the O2 Silver Clef Award from Nordoff Robbins, a music therapy charity, in recognition of the band’s “outstanding contribution to U.K. music.” Iron Maiden has sold more than 90 million albums sold worldwide.
2015: My Chemical Romance’s Mikey Way joins Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley for the first in a series of shows under the moniker Deryck Whibley And The Happiness Machines.
2015: Steven Tyler debuts the video for his solo Country single, ‘Love Is Your Name,’ on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America.
2016: Bonfire trade lead singer David Reece (formerly of Accept) due to “personal and professional differences” for Michael Bormann, who was previously with the group in ’93-’94.
2016: The theatrical production of The SpongeBob Musical debuts in Chicago. Songs by David Bowie, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Cyndi Lauper and the Flaming Lips are part of the score.

July 4
1828: ‘Hail to the Chief’ is performed by the United States Marine Band for President John Quincy Adams during the opening of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
1955: Gene Vincent’s leg is crushed when his motorcycle is struck by a car in Franklin, Virginia.
1956: With his popularity rising to new heights daily, Elvis Presley returns to Memphis for a charity concert.
1958: Buddy Holly And The Crickets set out on a Summer Dance Party tour in Angola, Indiana, with Holly at the wheel of his brand new Lincoln Continental. Frankie Avalon was also on the bill.
1958: The Everly Brothers held the UK #1 position with ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream.’ The Duo’s first #1 single was recorded in just two takes and features Chet Atkins on guitar. The song was written by the husband and wife songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.
1964: The Beach Boys get their first U.S. #1 single for ‘I Get Around.’ In the UK, it would be the band’s first Top 10 hit, reaching #7. The B-side of the single was ‘Don’t Worry Baby,’ which itself charted at #24 in America. Although all of the Beach Boys either played or sang on the record, noted session man Hal Blaine was brought in to play drums.
1964: The Rolling Stones are this week’s panelists on the UK music show ‘Juke Box Jury,’ where they determine that most of the new records played are “misses” and not “hits.” Their boisterous behavior and crude language cause a stir among many viewers.
1966: The Beatles played two shows at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, Manila, in the Philippines to over 80,000 fans. They were booed by fans at the airport in Manila, Philippines after they failed to make a private appearance before President Marcos, his wife and 300 Filipino children. The group claims they were not told of the engagement. Marcos then makes a statement regretting the airport incident. The Philippine media misrepresent this as a deliberate snub and when Brian Epstein tries to make a televised statement, his comments are disrupted by static. The next day, as The Beatles make their way to the airport they were greeted by angry mobs, the Philippine government had retaliated by refusing police protection for The Beatles. After paying taxes on their gate receipts, the band leaves the country, vowing never to return.
1966: Spencer Dryden makes his debut as Jefferson Airplane’s drummer, replacing Skip Spence, at the Berkeley Folk Festival.
1966: The Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘Summer In The City’ b/w ‘Butchie’s Tune’ 45 single is released. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1966, for three consecutive weeks. The song features a series of car horns during the instrumental bridge, starting with a Volkswagen Beetle horn, and ends up with a jackhammer sound, in order to give the impression of the sounds of the summer in the city. The song is ranked #401 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1968: Elvis Presley donated a Rolls Royce to a Hollywood women’s charity, which raised $35,000.
1969: The Doors appeared at the Willingdon Juvenile Detention Home For Girls in Vancouver, Canada.
1969: The first Atlanta International Pop Festival was a music festival held at the Atlanta International Raceway on the July 4th and 5th, 1969, more than a month before Woodstock. It was organized by Alex Cooley, who later went on to organize the Texas International Pop Festival. The crowd numbered in the high tens of thousands, with some estimates as high as 125,000. With temperatures nearing a hundred degrees, local fire departments used fire hoses to create “sprinklers” for the crowd to play in and cool off. It was a peaceful, energetic, hot and loud festival with few (if any) problems other than heat related. ARTISTS: Chuck Berry, Al Kooper, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Canned Heat, Chicago Transit Authority, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dave Brubeck, Delaney, Bonnie & Friends, Grand Funk, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, Led Zeppelin, Pacific Gas & Electric, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Johnny Rivers, Spirit, Sweetwater, Ten Wheel Drive. The Allman Brothers Band were booked onto the festival by a phony promoter who had no authority to book them. When they showed up, they were not allowed to play. Chuck Berry was advertised as being a performer, but he did not make an appearance at the festival. Concession stands were woefully inadequate. Attendees frequently stood in line for an hour to get a soft drink. Alcohol was not sold and, for the most part, not consumed at the festival. (A number of people brought in their own alcoholic beverages and consumed them openly. The legal drinking age then was 18 years old. Marijuana could be found, but was not smoked openly.) The second, and last Atlanta International Pop Festival, was held the next year. This time the Allman Brothers and Jimi Hendrix were featured performers.
1969: The Rolling Stones single ‘Honky Tonk Women’ b/w ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ is issued the day after the death of former Stones guitarist Brian Jones. The song goes to #1.
1969: The Doors appeared at the Willingdon Juvenile Detention Home For Girls in Vancouver, Canada.
1970: Casey Kasem hosted radio’s ‘American Top 40’ for the first time.
1970: Grand Funk Railroad play the 2nd (and last) Atlanta Pop Festival. Capitol Records is impressed and signs the group. The Allman Brothers Band, Terry Reid, B.B. King, Procol Harum, Jimi Hendrix, Chambers Brothers, Poco, Ravi Shankar, Ten Years After, Johnny Winter, John Sebastian, Mountain, Bloodrock, and Spirit are part of the festival lineup.
1970: The Who performed at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
1971: On the way to a gig in Leicester, England, The Who are discussing Stanley Kubrick’s film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ when they spy concrete “monoliths” in a slag heap. These monoliths had been placed there to keep the slagheap from shifting. The Who run out to a monolith and pretend to be apes “discovering” it while photographer Ethan Russell, who had accompanied them to the show, shoots pictures. One of the pictures shows The Who walking away from the monolith after apparently urinating on it. However, with the exception of Pete, the urine is actually water poured down the monolith from film cans. It later becomes the cover of the Who’s Next album.
1971: Tower of Power, Santana and Creedence Clearwater Revival perform the last show at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. A jam session featuring numerous bay area musicians closes the show.
1972: The Rolling Stones performed at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
1973: Don Powell, drummer with Slade, is badly hurt in the car crash that kills his girlfriend Angela Morris.
1974: Steely Dan give up live performing after a show in Santa Monica so they can focus on studio work, including the album ‘Katy Lied.’ They wouldn’t tour again until 1993.
1975: Yes played at Chicago Stadium in Chicago.
1975: Eric Clapton appeared at the Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland, Ohio.
1976: The Clash made their live debut, opening for the Sex Pistols at the Black Swan in Sheffield, U.K.
1976: The Ramones make their European debut at London’s Roundhouse. The Stranglers and The Flamin Groovies also were on the bill, tickets cost £1.60.
1976: Paul Revere is married at King’s Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati on the fourth of July, on America’s Bicentennial.
1976: Elton John and Kiki Dee’s ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ is released in the U.S., where it will reach #1.
1977: Blondie bassist Gary Valentine quits the band.
1977: Aerosmith appeared at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at the Pavillon De Paris in Paris.
1978: The first Texxas Jam took place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Aerosmith & Ted Nugent were the headliners on a bill that also included Van Halen, Heart, Journey, Eddie Money, Cheech & Chong, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush. Ted Nugent passed out during his set due to excessive heat.
1980: The Beach Boys perform at a free Fourth of July concert (for the first time) in front of 500,000 people in Washington, D.C.
1981: Ozzy Osbourne with Randy Rhoads performed at Day On The Green in Oakland, California. Other artists on the bill: Loverboy, Pat Travers Band, Blue Oyster Cult and Heart.
1981: George Harrison peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘All Those Years Ago.’ The song was a tribute to John Lennon & featured appearances by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
1981: The Grateful Dead played at Manor Downs in Austin, Texas.
1982: Ozzy Osbourne and his manager, Sharon Arden get married in Maui, Hawaii. She is the daughter of music mogul Don Arden, and a keen businesswoman. Ozzy’s drummer, Tommy Aldridge, serves as Best Man. The union results in an MTV reality show, Ozzfest, and three children: Aimee, Kelly and Jack.
1984: The Beach Boys are joined by Ringo Starr on drums, John Lodge and Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues on guitars as well as Cory Wells, Chuck Negron and Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night during an Independence Day concert in Washington D.C. The all star ensemble rocked their way through ‘Back In The U.S.S.R.,’ ‘Good Vibrations,’ ‘Help Me Rhonda’ and ‘Fun Fun Fun.’ Wolfman Jack was the emcee for the event that also included America, Hank Williams Jr., La Toya Jackson The O’Jays and Julio Iglesias, in front of a crowd estimated to be 750,000. From 1980 through 1982, the Beach Boys and The Grass Roots performed Independence Day concerts at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., attracting large crowds. However, in April 1983, James G. Watt, President Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of the Interior, banned Independence Day concerts on the Mall by such groups. Watt said that “rock bands” that had performed on the Mall on Independence Day in 1981 and 1982 had encouraged drug use and alcoholism and had attracted “the wrong element”, who would mug people and families attending any similar events in the future. During the ensuing uproar, which included over 40,000 complaints to the Department of the Interior, the Beach Boys stated that the Soviet Union, which had invited them to perform in Leningrad in 1978, “obviously …. did not feel that the group attracted the wrong element”. Vice President George H. W. Bush said of the Beach Boys, “They’re my friends and I like their music”. Watt later apologized to the band after learning that President Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan were fans of the band. White House staff presented Watt with a plaster foot with a hole in it, symbolizing his having shot himself in the foot with his decision.
1984: King Crimson played at The Agora in West Hartford, Connecticut.
1985: The Beach Boys played to an afternoon crowd of over one million people in Philadelphia, where they were joined on stage by Mr. T, who sat in on drums. Later the same evening they performed for over 750,000 people on the Mall in Washington, D.C.
1985: Dire Straits begin ten consecutive nights of concerts at Wembley Arena. The entire run of dates is thirteen shows.
1986: The second Farm Aid benefit concert took place at Manor Downs Racetrack, Manor, Texas. Held to raise money for family farmers in the U.S., the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Alabama, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Grateful Dead, Emmylou Harris, Jason & the Scorchers, Joe Walsh, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Bon Jovi, Tom Petty, Steppenwolf, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Vince Neil, War and more.
1986: Flotsam and Jetsam’s only full-length studio album with bassist Jason Newsted, ‘Doomsday for the Deceiver,’ is released via Metal Blade Records. Doomsday is co-produced by the band with the label’s head, Brian Slagel, and is the only album in the history of Kerrang! Magazine to receive a “six K” review (out of a possible five “K’s”).
1987: Genesis close out their ‘Invisible Tour’ with a sold-out show at Wembley Stadium in London. They played the venue the previous three nights as well, also to sell-out crowds.
1987: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers peaked at #20 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough).’ The album went on to go Gold in the U.S.
1987: Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead kicked off their co-headlining tour at Foxboro Stadium outside of Boston.
1987: John Fogerty headlines a Vietnam veterans’ benefit concert at the Capital Center in Landover, Maryland broadcast by HBO. Performers include Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder and Kris Kristofferson.
1992: The Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Under The Bridge’ peaks at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1992: John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas receives a liver transplant in Los Angeles.
1992: Jackyl‬ released their self-titled debut album.
1992: The Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Under The Bridge’ lands at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s slotted behind Sire Mix-A-Lot (‘Baby Got Back’) and Mariah Carey (‘I’ll Be There’).
1993: The Smashing Pumpkins played an acoustic show at the strip club Raymond’s Revue Bar in London.
1995: At Lollapalooza in George, WA, Courtney Love hit Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill). Love received a suspended one-year sentence and was required to take courses in anger management.
1995: Foo Fighters release their self-titled debut album.
1995: Brother Cane releases their 2nd album, ‘Seeds.’
1995: The Ramones released their final studio album ‘Adios Amigos.’ Joey Ramone stated it would be their final album due to their disappointment of their modest commercial success.
2000: TVT Records release the double live album ‘Jimmy Page And The Black Crowes – Live At The Greek: Excess All Areas’ album.
2000: A man fell 80 feet to his death during a Metallica concert at Raven Stadium in Baltimore.
2001: In a major victory for record companies, a U.S. federal judge orders file sharing service Napster to cease all operations.
2002: The man who attacked and nearly murdered George Harrison, Michael Abram, is given a conditional release by a Mental Health Review Tribunal, to the fury of George’s widow, Olivia. Says Abram: “If I could turn back the clock I would give anything not to have done what I did. But I have come to realize that I was very ill at that time, really not in control.”
2005: U2 won their court fight for the return of items of memorabilia, including a Stetson hat which they accused a former stylist of stealing. Judge Matthew Deery at Dublin’s Circuit Court ordered Lola Cashman to return the items, which also include earrings, within seven days. Ms Cashman, had worked as U2’s stylist during the 1980s and wrote an unauthorised book called ‘Inside the Zoo’. Judge Deery said he found Ms Cashman’s version of how she had been given the items at the end of a US tour doubtful, particularly her description of Bono running around in his underpants backstage.
2005: Alice Cooper releases his 24th studio album ‘Dirty Diamonds’ internationally (August 2 in the U.S.). It includes Damon Johnson (Black Star Riders), Ryan Roxie, Chuck Garric, & Tommy Clufetos (Black Sabbath).
2006: Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Steven Tyler perform ‘I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing,’ ‘Dream On’ and ‘Walk This Way’ at the Boston Pops’ nationally televised concert in front of an estimated audience of half a million.
2006: Guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench (both of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), appear on the Johnny Cash album ‘American V: A Hundred Highways.’ The posthumous release has a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Further On (Up the Road).’ Campbell and Tench also played on other Cash discs.
2006: Pink Floyd’s latter-day lineup, David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Nick Mason, appear together in London for a premiere screening of the band’s ‘Pulse’ DVD.
2007: Bill Pinkney, the last surviving member of the original Drifters passed away at the age of 81.
2007: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.
2007: Former laboratory worker Devon Townsend admitted to a court in Albuquerque, New Mexico of stalking Chester Bennington lead singer with Linkin Park. Townsend used US government computers to obtain his personal information, accessing Bennington’s e-mail account and mobile phone voicemail. The court was told how she travelled to Arizona solely for the purpose of trying to see the singer and monitored Chester Bennington’s voicemails as a means of trying to locate where he might be eating.
2008: Ted Nugent plays the 6,000th live show of his career in his Detroit hometown (at the DTE Energy Music Theatre), as part of the Rolling Thunder ’08 tour. Nugent starts the show with a version of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ as a group of National Guardsmen join him onstage. He is also presented with a giant red-white-and-blue cake.
2009: Foo Fighters headline an Independence Day barbecue on the White House lawn in front of a crowd that includes President Obama, wounded military personnel and their families. “It’s an honor to be playing here for you people,” says frontman Dave Grohl.
2009: Guitarist Drake Levin dies at his San Francisco home. Levin was member of Paul Revere & The Raiders during their mid-60s hit-making prime. He was 62.
2009: Former manager of both The Beatles and Rolling Stones, Allen B. Klein dies in New York of Alzheimer’s at age 77. Klein, who had a ruthless reputation, managed ABKCO Records and music publishing businesses and significantly contributed to The Beatles demise.
2010: The Killers perform at the White House in front of President Barack Obama and US troops. “It is a monumental honor for us to be a part of this 4th of July celebration at the White House,” says frontman Brandon Flowers. “We could never repay the servicemen and women of this country for their contributions and sacrifice.”
2011: Sting cancels his concert in the Kazakh capital city of Astana as a show of solidarity with picketing Kazakh oil and gas workers. “The Kazakh gas and oil workers and their families need our support and the spotlight of the international media on their situation in the hope of bringing about positive change,” says Sting in a statement.
2011: Sly Stone announced an August 16th release for his first album since 1982. When it arrived, the LP contained just three new songs along with a dozen re-makes of his old hits, which garnered predictably bad reviews.
2012: Linkin Park’s ‘Living Things’ debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. It’s the 4th consecutive Linkin Park album to debut in the top spot.
2012: Bonhams of London announced that Freddie Mercury’s black and white harlequin stage cost:me had sold for £22,500 at their Entertainment Memorabilia sale. The harlequin costume was one of Freddie’s most recognizable stage designs, which he wore at a number of high-profile concerts in the 1970s. Also a pair of Freddie’s ballet pumps exceeded the pre-sale estimate of £1,500 – 2,000, selling for £4,000 to an overseas internet bidder. Freddie had worn the white leather ballet shoes during Queen’s legendary Hyde Park performance in 1976.
2012: KISS play a show in London to support UK armed forces charity Help For Heroes. KISS has long supported US troops, but this concert marks the first time they do the same for British forces.
2012: For the second year in a row, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is a winner at the annual Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards in London. He gets the Specialist Program of the Year award for his Absolute Radio show, and his weekly guest slot is named the Best Feature.
2013: For the third time, Ronnie Wood takes the Specialist Program of the Year trophy at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards.
2013: After years of feuding over the right to use the name The Doors, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore announced that they would come together one last time to honor keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who died from cancer in May at the age of 74. Speaking about the lawsuits that flowed between the two, Krieger said, “It was a very stupid idea. We had the worst lawyers.”
2013: Cheap Trick file a $1 million lawsuit against the Ottawa Bluesfest over a stage collapsing during their 2011 performance at the Canadian festival.
2014: Faith No More preview two new songs, ‘Leader Of Men’ and ‘Motherf****r,’ during a Big day at London’s Hyde Park festival appearance. The songs represent the band’s first new material since 1997. Also, Black Sabbath receive a worldwide Platinum Award for their ’13 reunion album “13.” It’s presented prior to their taking the stage.
2014: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and Black Sabbath are honored at the 02 Silver Clef Awards in London. Page receives an award for his outstanding contribution to U.K. music. Sabbath earns the AEG Live Ambassadors Of Rock Award.
2015: Billy Joel married former Morgan Stanley executive Alexis Roderick in an intimate ceremony at his estate in Long Island, N.Y. The couple were expecting their first child together later in the Summer.
2015: Foo Fighters celebrate their 20th anniversary with an Independence Day concert in the nation’s capital. Frontman Dave Grohl performs seated on a ‘throne’ having broken his leg during a concert in Sweden three weeks earlier. It is also the group’s first show since the accident.

July 5
1954: Rock and roll history is made when Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black spontaneously perform bluesman Arthur “Big Boy” Cruddup’s ‘That’s All Right’ in romping, uptempo style. The next day, bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe’s ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’ is given a similarly playful treatment. On July 19th, the two songs are released as Elvis Presley’s first single, which bears the legend “Sun 209.”
1955: Chuck Berry’s song ‘Maybellene’ is copyrighted in Berry’s name alone, but Alan Freed’s name is added as a form of payola.
1958: Ray Charles and Chuck Berry perform at the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island.
1960: Elvis Presley’s ‘It’s Now Or Never’ b/w ‘A Mess Of Blues’ single is released. It was a #1 record in the U.S., spending five weeks at #1 and the U.K., where it spent eight weeks at the top in 1960 and an additional week at #1 in 2005 as a re-issue, and numerous other countries, selling in excess of 25 million copies worldwide, his biggest international single ever. Its British release was delayed for some time because of rights issues, allowing the song to build up massive advance orders and to enter the UK Singles Chart at #1, a very rare occurrence at the time. “It’s Now or Never” peaked at #7 on the R&B charts. In early 2005, the song was re-released along with the other Presley singles in the UK, and again reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for the week of February 5, 2005.
1963: The Beatles played at the Plaza Ballroom in Dudley in the West Midlands. Appearing with The Beatles are Denny and the Diplomats, led by Denny Laine, who went on to join the Moody Blues and eventually, Paul McCartney’s group Wings
1963: Bob Dylan performed ‘Only a Pawn in Their Game’ at a voters’ registration rally in Greenwood, Mississippi.
1964: The Irish band Them, featuring Van Morrison, record ‘Gloria.’
1964: U.S. President Lyndon Johnson invites The Four Seasons to play at the White House.
1964: Them (with Van Morrison) release the single ‘Gloria.’
1964: U.S. President Lyndon Johnson invites The Four Seasons to play at the White House.
1965: Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed a Folk-Rock group that would evolve into the Jefferson Airplane, the premier San Francisco psychedelic band of the late ’60s. The Airplane made its debut the following month at a Haight-Ashbury club, and was signed to RCA later in the year.
1965: The Yardbirds ‘For Your Love’ album is is released. It reached #96 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and the title song reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1965: The Beach Boys release their 9th studio album, ‘Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!).’ It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart during its 33 week stay, and reached #4 on the UK Albums chart.
1965: Dick Clark launches a musical variety show called ‘Where The Action Is,’ with Paul Revere & the Raiders as the house band. The show lasts 3 seasons on ABC and features many top musical acts of the era.
1966: On the recommendation of Rolling Stone Keith Richards’ girlfriend, Chas Chandler from The Animals went to see Jimi Hendrix play at The Cafe Wha in New York City. Chandler suggests that Hendrix should come to England, which he does and Chandler became his manager.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at Wollman Skating Rink Theater in New York City.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at The Dance Hall, Eel Pie Island Hotel in Twickenham, England.
1968: The Doors played The Hollywood Bowl supported by Steppenwolf and The Chambers Brothers. The concert was recorded for posterity as The Doors at the Hollywood Bowl.
1968: Bill Graham opened the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1968: Creedence Clearwater Revival released their self-titled debut album which went on to peak at #52 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. The single ‘Suzie Q’ reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1968: The Jeff Beck Group appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: The Rolling Stones ‘Honky Tonk Women’ b/w ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ 45 single is released. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks from starting on August 23. The single was released in the UK the day after the death of founder member Brian Jones where it remained on the charts for 5 weeks peaking at #1. ‘Honky Tonk Women’ was ranked #116 on the list of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004. The song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards while on holiday in Brazil from late December 1968 to early January 1969.
1969: The Rolling Stones turned their free Hyde Park concert into a memorial service for Brian Jones, who died in his swimming pool on July 3rd. Mick Jagger read an extract from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ‘Adonais’ and released 3,500 butterflies. It was also guitarist’s Mick Taylor’s debut with the Stones. King Crimson, Family, The Third Ear Band, Screw and Alexis Korner’s New Church also appeared on the day.
1969: The Who’s ‘I’m Free’ b/w ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ 45 single is released. It reached #37 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1969: The Who & Chuck Berry co-headlined the Pop Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
1969: Vanilla Fudge performed at Place des Nations in Montreal, Quebec.
1970: Georgia Governor Lester Maddox says he will seek legislation banning Rock festivals from the state. It was Jim Hendrix’s version of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ that pushed Maddox over the edge. Nothing comes of all this feedback.
1971: A Led Zeppelin gig in Milan turned violent when police fired tear gas at the crowd. The band escaped unharmed, but numerous arrests were made and a roadie was hit in the head with a bottle.
1972: Frank Zappa released his ‘Waka/Jawaka’ album. It reached #152 on the Billboard 200 Top LP”s & Tape chart.
1972: David Bowie appeared on the UK music show ‘Top Of The Pops’ playing his new single ‘Starman,’ his first hit since 1969’s ‘Space Oddity’ three years before. The single peaked at #10 and stayed on the charts for 11 weeks.
1972: The Rolling Stones performed at the Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, Virginia.
1972: Procol Harum and The Eagles appeared at the Golden Hall in San Diego, California.
1973: Dobie Gray is awarded a Gold record for the biggest hit of his career, ‘Drift Away.’ In 2002, Gray re-recorded this as a duet with Uncle Kracker. When the track reached the Billboard Top 10 in 2003, 30 years after the original, Gray broke the record for the biggest gap between US Top 10 appearances.
1974: David Bowie played at the Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1975: Bad Company’s ‘Feel Like Making Love’ was released.
1975: Yes performed at Roberts Municipal Stadium in Evansville, Indiana.
1975: Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones was charged with possession of an offensive weapon and reckless driving in Arkansas. Hundreds of teenage girls gathered at the jail where he was being held.
1976: Elvis Presley appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1975: Guitarist Steve Miller showed off his new band (featuring ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer, Doug Clifford) in his first live appearance in 14 months, as he supported Pink Floyd at England’s Knebworth. The Floyd premiered their ‘Wish You Were Here’ album in a performance that displayed fireworks, Spitfire planes flying over head and even a model plane that crashed into the stage.
1976: Elvis Presley appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1978: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Civic Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
1978: Electric Light Orchestra performed at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1978: EMI halted production on The Rolling Stones ‘Some Girls’ album after some of the celebrities (including Lucille Ball) featured in the cover art complained about the use of their images.
1979: Foreigner played at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
1980: ZZ Top performed at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
1980: At a concert in Munich, Simon Kirke of Bad Company joins Led Zeppelin to provide a two-drum assault on the song ‘Whole Lotta Love.’ Kirke is the last guest musician to perform with the band, as the tour ends two days later and John Bonham dies in September.
1981: Van Halen played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1981: Rush appeared at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin.
1981: The Rolling Stones shot the ‘Neighbors’ video. The band hung out of a window in the high concept promo.
1981: At the “Rock Werchter” festival in Belgium, The Cure play a 9-minute version of ‘A Forest’ when they are told to hurry off stage so Robert Palmer can begin his set.
1982: Sun records musical director Bill Justis died of cancer aged 55. He worked with Sam Phillips at Sun Records, worked with also worked with Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich and Jerry Lee Lewis. Had the 1957 US #2 single ‘Raunchy’ (the first Rock and Roll instrumental hit). Also had a #1 hit in Australia in 1963 with ‘Tamoure.’
1983: Suicidal Tendencies release their self-titled debut album. The album spawns Suicidal Tendencies’ biggest hit to date, ‘Institutionalized.’
1983: Kansas released their 9th studio album, ‘Drastic Measures.’
1983: Eric Clapton played at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
1984: Van Halen performed at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1984: David Gilmour appeared at the Sunrise Musical Theater in Sunrise, Florida.
1984: The Everly Brothers launch their first tour together in eleven years, in Cincinnati.
1986: Police had to be called to calm a rowdy crowd after Rocker Ted Nugent cancelled a concert in Williamsburg, Virginia. So many fans jammed the lobby for refunds that box office workers ran short of cash.
1988: A movement to ban Grateful Dead concerts in the town of Oxford, Maine crumbled after the protestors learned that they would have to ban concerts held at the county fair.
1988: Slayer release their 4th studio album, album ‘South Of Heaven.’
1988: Overkill release their 3rd studio album, ‘Under the Influence.’
1989: The Replacements kicked off their tour supporting Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at the Miami Arena.
1989: Rod Stewart is knocked unconscious after hitting his head onstage.
1990: Kiss had to cancel a scheduled concert in New Haven, CT due to Paul Stanley sustaining neck & back injuries in a car accident the previous day in Pelham, NY.
1993: U2’s release their 8th studio album, ‘Zooropa.’
1992: RIP Helix guitarist Paul Hackman, who died when the band’s tour van rolled off the road in southern British Columbia.
1993: Guns N’ Roses play Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in Barcelona, Spain. The Brian May Band opens.
1994: Hootie & the Blowfish release ‘Cracked Rear View.’ It’s their debut album, and it takes off at the beginning of 1995, becoming the best-selling album in the history of Atlantic Records.
1995: The Justice Department announced that it would be dropping its investigation of antitrust charges brought on against Ticketmaster by Pearl Jam.
1995: More than 100 Grateful Dead fans were hurt when a wooden deck collapsed at a campground lodge in Wentzville, Missouri. Hundreds of people were on or under the deck sheltering from heavy rain. More than 4,000 Deadheads were staying at the campground while attending Grateful Dead concerts in the St. Louis suburb.
1997: ‘Rock Of Nations: KAOS In The Park’ concert in London features a diverse line-up that includes both KISS and Rage Against The Machine.
2000: Cub Koda (Michael “Cub” Koda), founder member of Brownsville Station died of complications from kidney failure. Wrote the 2 million selling 1974 hit ‘Smokin’ In The Boys Room’, (which Motley Crue covered). He took his nickname from Cubby on television’s Mickey Mouse Club.
2002: Styx threw a picnic for members of the Port Authority Police Department, who lost three percent of their numbers during the September 11th attacks. The PAPD gave Styx an iron cross forged from the World Trade Center’s steel beams.
2003: After various delays, Lollapalooza kicks off again after a five year hiatus aT Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, IN. Headliners Jane’s Addiction lead a line-up that includes Incubus, Audioslave, Queens of the Stone Age, A Perfect Circle, Jurassic 5, The Donnas and Jurassic Five.
2003: Johnny Cash made his last ever live performance when he appeared at the Carter Ranch. Before singing ‘Ring of Fire,’ Cash read a statement about his late wife that he had written shortly before taking the stage: “The spirit of June Carter overshadows me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her. We connect somewhere between here and heaven. She came down for a short visit, I guess, from heaven to visit with me tonight to give me courage and inspiration like she always has.” Cash died on Sept 12th of this year.
2004: VH-1’s ‘Behind the Music: Guns N` Roses’ premieres.
2004: Elvis Presley’s ‘That’s All Right’ is played simultaneously on radio stations around the world to mark the 50th anniversary of The King’s first professional record. Scotty Moore, Presley’s first guitarist, hits the button on a control board at Sun Studios to begin the satellite broadcast to over 1,200 stations.
2005: Iron Maiden release ‘The Essential Iron Maiden.’ It was sold exclusively in North America.
2005: The second Waxploitation Sudan Charity Auction begins. The online fundraiser features rare and autographed items donated by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, System Of A Down, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, Rob Zombie, Radiohead and the Beastie Boys. The proceeds help victims of Sudan’s conflict.
2005: Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour said artists who had seen album sales soar after the Live 8 concerts should donate their profits to charity, saying: “This is money that should be used to save lives.” UK sales figures released two days after the London concert showed Pink Floyd’s ‘Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd’ had risen by 1343%, The Who’s ‘Then and Now’ by 863% and Annie Lennox ‘Eurythmics Greatest Hits’ by 500%.
2005: Velvet Revolver, Alter Bridge, Breaking Point, Submersed and Jet’s Chris Cester appear on the ‘Fantastic Four’ soundtrack. ‘Everything Burns,’ collaboration between ex-Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody and pop singer Anastacia, is the first single.
2005: A court ruling says the City of Seattle can’t demolish a house that Jimi Hendrix once called home in the ’50s. The house is spared the wrecking ball and the owners have a month to relocate the structure.
2005: Pearl Jam top a USA Today Readers Poll as the “greatest American Rock group.” Aerosmith is #2, followed by Van Halen, The Eagles, Journey, at #5, ahead of both The Doors (#9) and R.E.M. (#10).
2006: ‘Rock Star: Supernova’ premieres. The CBS talent-contest series searches for a singer to front Supernova, which includes Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and one-time Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke.
2010: Pop Evil release ‘War Of Angels,’ their first album on the eOne music label.
2012: The legendary NYC Punk venue CBGBs may be gone but the first CBGB Festival gets underway with 300 bands at 30 locations across New York. The original CBGBs closed in 2006.
2013: Eric Clapton is voted the Greatest Guitarist in a poll held prior to annual Silverstone Classic Festival in England. Fans chose from five Gibson guitar artists: Clapton, Jimmy Page, Angus Young, Pete Townshend and Keith Richards.
2015: Van Halen launch their first U.S. tour in three years at White River Amphitheater in WA.
2015: Salon magazine publishes an article titled Leave U2 Alone: Why Did One of Our Best Rock Bands Become So Loathed? “From their iTunes debacle to Bono’s ego, the Irish rockers catch their share of grief, but enough is enough.”
2015: The last of three ‘Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead’ concerts takes place at Chicago’s Soldier Field. The four surviving original Dead members; percussionists Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, bassist Phil Lesh and guitarist Bob Weir, are joined by Phish’s Trey Anastasio and pianist Bruce Hornsby (who toured with the Dead in ’92). The concerts set venue attendance records.
2015: A guitar played by Weir onstage and signed by Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann is auctioned for $526,000. Part of the proceeds go to HeadCount, a non-profit that “works with musicians to promote participation in democracy.”
2016: Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle/Zwan) is named The Pixies bassist. He began working with the group on their ’14 tour, taking the place of Kim Deal.
2016: Queen’s best-of collection ‘Greatest Hits’ is named the biggest-selling album of all time in Britain, as compiled by the Official Charts Company. The ’81 compilation is the first record to pass the six-million sales mark.

July 6
1954: WHBQ in Memphis becomes the first radio station to play an Elvis Presley record when they give ‘That’s Alright Mama’ a spin.
1955: After three previous releases on Sun Records had only minor success, ‘Baby Let’s Play House’ becomes Elvis Presley’s first single to reach the U.S. national charts when it hits #5 on the Country And Western chart.
1957: John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at The Woolton Church Parish Fete where The Quarry Men were appearing. As The Quarry Men were setting up for their evening performance, McCartney eager to impress Lennon picked up a guitar and played ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ (Eddie Cochran) and ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ (Gene Vincent). Lennon was impressed, and even more so when McCartney showed Lennon and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars, something they’d been paying someone else to do for them.
1963: Two weeks after being released, The Surfaris’ classic surf tune ‘Wipe Out’ cracks the Billboard Hot 100 on its way to #2. The song was recorded as a “filler” in just two takes, but would stay in the Top 40 for ten weeks and become one of the most popular instrumentals in Rock ‘n’ Roll history.
1963: James Brown went to #2 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Live At The Apollo.’ The LP spent a total of 33 weeks on the chart.
1964: The Beatles film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ premiered at The Pavilion in London. Filmed during the height of Beatlemania, and written by Alun Owen, the film was made in the style of a mockumentary, describing a couple of days in the lives of the group.
1965: Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed the group that a month later would be called Jefferson Airplane. A “Jefferson Airplane” is slang for a roach clip, but guitarist Jorma Kaukonen says their name came from a nickname given to him by a friend, “Blind Thomas Jefferson Airplane’” a tribute for blues pioneer Blind Lemon Jefferson.
1965: The #1 album in the United States was ‘Beatles VI’ and the number one single was The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.’
1966: The Rolling Stones played Syracuse’s War Memorial Hall. During the performance, the band allegedly desecrated the American flag by dragging it across the stage.
1966: Elvis Presley’s ‘Paradise Hawaiian Style’ movie opens nationwide.
1966: Mike D’abo replaces Paul Jones as lead singer of Manfred Mann.
1967: The Byrds ‘Lady Friend’ b/w ‘Old John Robertson’ 45 single is released. It reached #82 on the Billboard Hot 100 but failed to chart in the United Kingdom.
1967: Pink Floyd performed for the first time on the BBC’s Top of the Pops, promoting their successful ‘See Emily Play’ single. Singer Syd Barrett showed up in a psychedelic outfit, but for the actual televised performance, changed into a costume of rags. A badly damaged home video recording recovered by the British Film Institute of this show was given a public screening in London on January 9, 2010 at an event called ‘Missing Believed Wiped’ devoted to rec’vered TV shows. It was the first time any footage was seen of the performance since its original broadcast.
1967: Rolling Stone Brian Jones collapsed and entered the hospital while awaiting trial on drugs charges.
1968: The Rolling Stones scored their 5th U.S. #1 single when ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’ hit the top of the charts. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards’ country house, where they were awoken one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded: “Oh, that’s Jack – that’s jumpin’ Jack.”
1968: The Woburn Music Festival in Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire took place. A two-day affair featuring Donovan, Fleetwood Mac, Pentangle, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Alexis Korner, Family, Taste, Tim Rose, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Duster Bennett and Tyrannosaurus Rex, two-day tickets were priced at £2.
1968: The Jeff Beck Group played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono were released from a hospital following a car crash in Scotland.
1969: Mick Jagger flies to Australia to begin filming ‘Ned Kelly’ with his girlfriend Marianne Faithfull. Two days later Jagger will tell her it’s over.
1971: MC5’s 3rd and final album, ‘High Time’ is released. After losing money on this and the group’s previous album, Atlantic dropped the group, which broke up not long afterwards.
1971: Louis Armstrong dies of a heart attack in Queens, New York City. He was 69. Armstrong was a jazz trumpeter, singer and bandleader whose influence on the development of jazz is unparalleled. He also bridged the gap between the highly segregated black and white world at the time, a privilege reserved for very few African-American public figures. He was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. New Orleans’ airport is named after him and in 1995 the U.S. Post Office issued a commemorative stamp featuring his image.
1972: David Bowie appeared on the UK music show Top Of The Pops playing his new single ‘Starman,’ his first hit since 1969’s ‘Space Oddity’ three years before. The single peaked at #10 and stayed on the charts for 11 weeks.
1972: Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s 3rd studio album, ‘Trilogy’ is released. The album reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #2 on the UK album chart.
1973: Queen ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ b/w ‘Son And Daughter’ 45 single is released in the UK. The band’s debut single was largely ignored upon its release, it failed to chart on either side of the Atlantic. In 2008, Rolling Stone rated the song #31 on its list of The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.
1973: Jethro Tull release their 6th studio album, ‘A Passion Play’ in the UK (July 23 in the U.S.). It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s & Tape chart for one week (August 18, 1973), and reached #13 on the UK Albums chart.
1974: The Faces, Mott The Hoople, Humble Pie, Greenslade, Lindisfarne, Man, Trapeze, and Chapman and Whitney all appeared at Buxton Pop Festival in Derbyshire, England.
1974: David Bowie appeared at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1975: Keith Richards and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones are arrested by the highway patrol in Arkansas on charges of reckless driving and possessing an offensive weapon, a seven-inch hunting knife. Hundreds of people gather outside city hall as word spreads. British Embassy officials are called, and no one spends time behind bars after posting bail.
1977: In Montreal, Pink Floyd become so disenchanted with the crowd that David Gilmour refuses to play the encores, and Roger Waters spits at fans climbing the mesh that separates the crowd from the band. This show lays the groundwork for Pink Floyd’s next album The Wall. Waters later says, “I loathed playing in stadiums…I kept saying to people on that tour, ‘I’m not really enjoying this…there is something very wrong with this.”
1977: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Don’t Stop’ b/w ‘Never Going Back Again’ 45 single is released. In the UK market, ‘Don’t Stop’ followed ‘Go Your Own Way’ as the 2nd single from ‘Rumours’ and peaked at #32. In the U.S, it was the 3rd single released, and peaked at #3 in October 1977.
1978: New York Police Academy cadet Eddie Mahoney changes his name to Eddie Money.
1979: The B-52’s released their self-titled debut album. It reached #59 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and the single, ‘Rock Lobster’ reached #56 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2003, the album was ranked #152 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1980: In Hollywood, Florida, 36 Ted Nugent fans were arrested for throwing bottles and smoking pot at the rocker’s concert.
1984: The Grateful Dead perform at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI, outside Milwaukee.
1985: Heart release their self-titled 8th studio album. It went on to become their first and only #1 album in the U.S. & sell five million copies in the U.S. It topped the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart for one week during its 92 week stay. An incredible four singles hit the Top Ten, including the #1 hit, ‘These Dreams.’ ‘Nothin At All’ (#10), ‘Never’ (#4), ‘What About Love?’ (#10), while ‘If Looks Could Kill’ reached #54.
1985: Phil Collins went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Sussudio’, his 3rd U.S. #1, it made #12 in the UK. His ‘No Jacket Required’ album was also at #1.
1986: Quiet Riot release their 5th studio album, ‘QR III.’
1987: The Grateful Dead released their 12th studio album In the Dark which went on to peak at #6 on the Billboard 200 album chart & sell two million copies in the U.S. This was their highest charting album in the U.S.
1987: Kris Kristofferson makes a public apology after a plaque that was given to him by a Vietnam veteran’s group is found in a trash can. Kristofferson was given the plaque for playing at a welcome home benefit concert for veterans two days earlier, along with John Fogerty, Neil Diamond and Stevie Wonder. Kristofferson would later donate $1,000 to the Vietnamese Veterans Association.
1988: Poison released their 7th single, ‘Fallen Angel.’ It peaks at #12 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1989: Byrds founder Roger McGuinn joins Tom Petty onstage in St. Petersburg, FL. They play four Byrds songs.
1991: Van Halen’s album ‘For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge’ debuted at #1. It’s Van Halen’s 3rd straight chart topping album (‘5150’ and ‘OU812’ are the other two).
1992: Megadeth release their 5th studio album, ‘Countdown to Extinction.’
1993: Robin Zander released his self-titled 1st solo album. Guests include Don Felder, Stevie Nicks, Mike Campbell from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers & Zander’s Cheap Trick bandmates Rick Nielsen and Tom Petersson.
1999: Great White release their 9th studio album, ‘Can’t Get There from Here.’ Night Ranger’s Jack Blades produces.
1999: Ratt release their self-titled 6th studio album. It peaks at #57 on Billboard’s 200 album chart.
1999: ‎Dokken‬ released the compilation album ‘The Very Best Of Dokken.’
2001: A pair of Sir Elton John’s sandals was set to become the most expensive shoes in history when they went under the hammer for charity. Offers over £20,000 were invited for the Salvatore Ferragamo sandals to raise funds for Elton’s Aid Trust.
2002: George Harrison’s widow Olivia put the couple’s home up for sale for £20m saying she couldn’t bear to live with the memories of the attack by schizophrenic Michael Abram who broke into the house in 1999.
2003: Skip Battin bassist and songwriter with The Byrds died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. (1965 US & UK #1 single ‘Mr Tambourine Man’). Also played with New Riders Of The Purple Sage and The Flying Burrito Brothers.
2004: On the 40th anniversary of the world premiere of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, a private reunion of the cast and crew was hosted in London by DVD producer Martin Lewis. The screening was attended by Paul McCartney, actors Victor Spinetti (the television director), John Junkin (the band’s road manager), David Janson (the small boy met by Ringo on his “walkabout”) and many of the crew members.
2004: Nearly a quarter-century after its release, AC/DC’s classic ‘Back In Black’ album is certified double diamond by music-industry for shipment of 20 million units. The disc moved its first 10 million copies by 1990. The album was the group’s first with Brian Johnson, who replaced original singer Bon Scott, after his alcohol-related death in 1979.
2004: Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl plays an acoustic show in L.A. to support Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Grohl is joined by Liz Phair at the Henry Fonda Theatre.
2005: The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in Wildwood, N.J. inducted The Jordanaires, The Ronettes, The Dells, The O’Jays and The Tokens.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne is the first celebrity honored with a plaque on Birmingham, England’s Walk of Stars. “This means more to me than any f***ing Hollywood thing,” says Ozzy of the hometown tribute. He also has a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
2007: The documentary ‘Punk’s Not Dead,’ a history of Punk music and culture, begins a two-and-a-half month screening tour in Milwaukee; not exactly the Punk capital of the world. The film has Green Day, Offspring, Billy Idol, My Chemical Romance, Social Distortion and the Ramones.
2007: Ex-KoRn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch appears on Fox & Friends TV show to discuss his autobiography, ‘Save Me From Myself: How I Found God, Quit KoRn, Kicked Drugs and Lived To Tell My Story.’ Welch reveals that he left the band after going to a church under the influence of methamphetamine. “Within a week I had a spiritual encounter that was higher than the drugs,” he says.
2009: Aerosmith’s Joey Kramer conducts the first of a handful of signing events (this one is in Brookline, MA) to promote his memoir, ‘Hit Hard.’ The autobiography details Kramer’s long battle with depression.
2010: Smashing Pumpkins embark on an “intimate” tour. “We are going to do something unique, which is play an invite-only set during sound check of almost all new, unreleased songs,” says Billy Corgan, the band’s sole original member. The line-up includes Jeff Schroeder (guitar), Nicole Fiorentino (bass) and Mike Byrne (drums). The first stop is Cleveland’s House of Blues.
2010: Trent Reznor’s How To Destroy Angels release their 6-track self-titled EP on CD.
2010: Bret Michaels’ solo album ‘Custom Built’ is released.
2011: Nielsen SoundScan’s sales figures for the first six months of the year showed a 1% improvement over the same period in 2010. More CDs were sold than downloads, but digital sales were up by 19% compared to the same time last year.
2012: Carol Hawkins, the former personal assistant of U2 bassist Adam Clayton was jailed for seven years for embezzling 2.8m euros (£2.2m) of his money to fund a lavish lifestyle. Hawkins was convicted on 181 counts of theft from the bassist’s bank accounts over a four-year period. The judge said Hawkins’ crimes were “rooted in greed and nothing else”.
2013: The Rolling Stones perform the first of two shows at London’s Hyde Park as part of their ’50 & Counting’ tour. The concerts mark the band’s first appearance at the U.K. venue since their legendary free concert on 7/5/69.
2013: Metallica return to Denmark’s Roskilde Festival for the first time in 10 years. Metallica first played the Danish festival in 1986 on their Master Of Puppets tour.
2013: Sammy Hagar performs at Country singer Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert in Norman. Proceeds benefit Oklahoma’s tornado-relief efforts. Twenty-four people were killed when a series of tornadoes hit the state six weeks earlier.
2013: John Mayer launches his first tour in three years. During the time between tours, the singer/songwriter underwent two rounds of surgery to repair a granuloma in his throat and a public break-up with pop singer Katy Perry. Milwaukee is the first stop.
2015: After the killing of nine African-Americans by a white racist photographed many times with the Confederate flag, there’s a protest outside the Detroit Historical Museum, which houses a Kid Rock exhibit, because the Stars and Bars are prominently displayed at his concerts. “Please tell the people who are protesting to kiss my ass,” snarls the Michigan native.
2015: Metallica perform at the 2015 X Games in Austin, TX. It’s the group’s first appearance in the Lone Star state in six years.
2016: Iron Maiden’s ‘Legacy Of The Beast,’ a free mobile RPG game inspired by the band’s music and art, is released.
2016: Steven Adler performs with Guns N’ Roses for a pair of songs in Cincinnati during the group’s own ‘Not In This Lifetime’ reunion tour. Adler, GN’R’s original drummer makes his first appearance with the group since he was fired for excessive drug use in ’90.
2016: Danny Smythe, drummer for The Box Tops on their hits ‘The Letter’ and ‘Neon Rainbow,’ passed away at the age of 67.

July 7
1950: Johnny Cash joins the U.S. Air Force.
1954: Two versions of ‘Sh-Boom’ hit the U.S. Top 10. The original version by a Black group called The Chords was at #9 and the cover version by a White group from Canada called The Crew Cuts was at #5.
1956: A riot breaks out at a Fats Domino concert in San Jose, CA, with twelve injured.
1956: Johnny Cash makes his first appearance on the Grand Old Opry show in Nashville.
1956: Elvis Presley’s 18th film, ‘Tickle Me,’ opens in the U.S.
1957: Elvis Presley scored his first UK #1 with ‘All Shook Up,’ (his 10th UK single release). It stayed at #1 for seven weeks.
1958: Ricky Nelson’s ‘Poor Little Fool’ enters the U.S. charts, where it will eventually reach #1. The record holds the distinction of being the first number-one song on Billboard’s newly created Hot 100 chart, replacing the magazine’s Jockeys and Top 100 charts.
1962: The Beatles played at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight, in Birkenhead. The show was a dance for the local golf club, the capacity of the hall was 450, but 500 people squeezed in to hear and see The Beatles.
1963: The Rolling Stones make their TV debut on ITV’s ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars.’ They perform ‘Come On’ in horrid matching suits. The Stones made a total of 13 appearances on the show between 1963 and 1966.
1965: Sonny And Cher perform their new single ‘I Got You Babe’ on U.S. TV’s Rock and Roll show, ‘Shindig.’
1965: The Who played at a gala opening of The Manor House club in London.
1966: The Who played at the Locarno Ballroom in London.
1966: The Kinks were at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sunny Afternoon,’ the group’s 3rd and last chart topper. It spent two weeks at #1.
1967: The Lovin’ Spoonful’s Steve Boone and Zal Yanovsky are busted for drugs. To save themselves from prison they nark on their supplier. The controversy virtually tanks the group.
1967: The Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’ b/w ‘Baby You’re A Rich Man’ 45 single is released in the UK. The Beatles’ 15th UK single, it was rush-released in the wake of the Our World satellite broadcast.
1968: The Yardbirds finally called it quits, after they perform at the Luton Technical College in Bedfordshire, England. Jimmy Page goes on to form The New Yardbirds, who later became Led Zeppelin.
1969: George Harrison recorded his new song ‘Here Comes the Sun’ with just two other Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at Abbey Road in London. John Lennon was absent recovering from a car crash in Scotland.
1969: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band ‘Give Peace a Chance’ b/w ‘Remember Love’ is released in the U.S. (July 4 in the UK). It is the first solo single issued by Lennon, and became an anthem of the American anti-war movement during the 1970s. It peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the British singles chart.
1969: Arlo Guthrie and Joni Mitchell appeared in Edwardsville, Illinois.
1970: Iggy Pop & The Stooges ‘Fun House’ is released. It’s the 2nd album by The Stooges. Upon release, the release never charted, however, in subsequent years it has been cited as very influential on later musicians, notably in punk rock. In 2010, Fun House was ranked #25 in Gibson’s Top 50 Guitar Albums list. In 2003, the album was ranked #191 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1970: The Who headline at the Tanglewood Music Amphitheater in Lenox, Massachusetts with Jethro Tull and It’s a Beautiful Day opening. It is one of The Who’s very best performances and is projected on a 15′ X 21′ television screen on the lawn outside the venue. The show is videotaped and intended for use on a Fillmore at Tanglewood television special that never airs. ‘Heaven and Hell,’ ‘I Can’t Explain’ and ‘Water’ are later released on the first video edition of 30 Years Of Maximum R&B and the surviving section of the concert on YouTube in 2014.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
1971: Yes appeared at the Orlando Sports Stadium, also known as the Eddie Graham Sports Complex, an indoor venue which opened in 1967, and closed in 1995.
1972: Chicago performed at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1972: Jimmy Cliff ‘The Harder They Come’ soundtrack album is released in the UK (February 1973 in the U.S.). It reached #140 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #119 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1973: Led Zeppelin appeared at Chicago Stadium.
1973: Hawkwind played at the Sports Centre in Bletchley, England.
1973: Paul McCartney released ‘Live and Let Die, ‘ the theme from the James Bond movie of the same name. It will reach #2 in the U.S. and #9 in the UK.
1973: Billy Preston’s ‘Will It Go Round In Circles’ hits #1 for the 1st of two weeks. It’s his 1st of two chart toppers.
1974: David Bowie performed at the Scope in Norfolk, Virginia.
1975: In Arkansas, Keith Richards was charged with weapons possession and reckless driving. He was later cleared.
1975: Keith Moon has “Happy Birthday Ringo” written in the sky above Los Angeles in honor of his fellow drummer’s 35th birthday. He then sends the bill to Ringo.
1976: Neil Young appeared at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
1977: Rainbow release their 1st live album ‘On Stage.’
1977: Styx released their LP ‘The Grand Illusion.’ It was their 7th album, released on 7-7-77 and the band wrote 7 new songs for it. (The track listing shows 8 songs, but the last song on side 2, ‘The Grand Finale’ is a combinations of other songs on the record, hence 7 new songs written). It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s & Tape chart, and had two singles chart – ‘Come Sail Away’ (#8) and ‘Fooling Yourself’ (#29).
1978: The Grateful Dead played the first of four nights at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.
1978: Talking Heads released their 2nd studio album ‘More Songs About Buildings And Food.’ The first of three Talking Heads LPs produced by collaborator Brian Eno, featured the group’s first Top 30 single, a cover of Al Green’s ‘Take Me to the River.’
1979: The Boomtown Rats made a personal appearance at the opening of the new Virgin Megastore in London.
1980: Twelve years after they formed as The New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin played their final concert together at West Berlin’s Eissporthalle. Drummer John Bonham died that September. They close the set with a 17-minute version of ‘Whole Lotta Love.’ Unofficially, the band labeled it the ‘Cut The Waffle’ tour.
1980: The Who perform at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
1982: Metallica entered Chateau East Studio in Tustin, CA., to record the seven-song demo ‘No Life ‘Til Leather.’
1984: Helix release their 4th studio album, ‘Walkin’ the Razor’s Edge.’
1984: Icon release their self-titled debut album.
1984: The Cars peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Magic.’
1984: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born In The USA’ went to #1 on the Billboard album chart for the first of a four week stay. On the strength of seven single releases, the LP would stay in the Top Ten for a remarkable 84 weeks. It eventually reached a 15 Times Platinum certification on April 19, 1995 and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
1984: Prince started a five week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘When Doves Cry,’ his first U.S. chart topper, which went on to sell over two million copies. It reached #4 in the UK.
1986: David Lee Roth releases his debut full-length solo album, ‘Eat ‘Em and Smile,’ which features Steve Vai, Gregg Bissonette and Billy Sheehan. The album sells over 2 million copies in the U.S. alone. Roth would later release a Spanish version of ‘Eat ‘Em and Smile’ titled ‘Sonrisa Salvaje.’
1986: Bob Dylan performed a second gig with The Grateful Dead at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC and joined them for three songs. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers were also on the bill.
1987: Warren Zevon’s Sentimental Hygiene album is released. It reached #63 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and the self-titled single reached #9 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.
1987: ‎Ace Frehley‬ and Frehley’s Comet play in Toronto at the Rock ‘N Roll Heaven Festival.
1987: Faster Pussycat release their self-titled debut album.
1988: MTV banned Neil Young’s music video for the corporate sponsorship attacking ‘This Note’s For You’ which featured a Michael Jackson-lookalike with hair on fire. Over one year later it would win Best Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards.
1989: It was reported that CDs were outselling vinyl albums for the first time. The dominance of CDs virtually wiped out the 45 RPM single format, as nothing ended up replacing them. The 3 1/2 inch CD single would die out after record companies refused to offer them at a reasonable price.
1990: The Rolling Stones played the last of three sold out nights at Wembley Stadium, London as part of the bands ‘Urban Jungle’ tour.
1992: The Red Hot Chili Peppers headed the MTV Video Music Awards with eight nominations.
1992: Spinal Tap cap their reunion tour with a sold-out show at Royal Albert Hall in London.
1992: Dream Theater release their 2nd studio album, ‘Images and Words.’
1994: The 4th Lollapalooza tour kicked off in Las Vegas.
1995: Rod Stewart’s jet was forced to land at Landvetter Gothenburg International Airport in Sweden after it collided with a bird. Stewart melodramatically declared, “I almost crashed.” Aviation officials described the event as “undramatic.”
1998: Iced Earth released their 5th studio album, ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes.’
2001: Fred Neil, a folk singer-songwriter known for writing Harry Nilsson’s hit ‘Everybody’s Talkin’, dies during a battle with skin cancer at age 65.
2003: John Mayer and Counting Crows kicked off their co-headlining summer tour. They were on the road until September.
2003: During a Vienna show, R.E.M. played the unreleased ‘Permanent Vacation,’ which was last featured in their set 20 years ago.
2003: Darkness released their debut studio album ‘Permission To Land,’ which topped the UK chart for four weeks. Five singles were released from the album including ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love,’ the most successful, reaching #2 on the UK Singles Chart. The band won three BRIT Awards in 2004 in response to the album, Best Group, Best Rock Group and Best Album. They also won two Kerrang! awards in 2004 for Best Live Act and Best British Band.
2004: A judge ruled that the independent Cleopatra Records label could release ‘Hollywood Rose: The Roots of Guns N’ Roses,’ an album of early recordings and demos, over the objections of singer Axl Rose.
2004: Having announced they are breaking up, Phish sell out their last concert. The show is held at the Newport State Airport and surrounding fields in Coventry, 8/14-15. Scalpers get as much as $915 for tickets which were originally priced at $150. Of course, Phish later regroups.
2004: ‘Metallica: Some Kind of Monster’ premieres at Loews 19th Street Theatre in New York City. The film chronicles the band’s bitter in-fighting and visits to a therapist while recording the ‘St. Anger’ album. Years later, drummer Lars Ulrich calls the film a mistake. “I am aware a lot of other musicians seem to have lived a lot of those moments. They weren’t necessarily stupid enough to film them like we were and share them with the rest of the world.”
2005: Chevelle bassist Joe Loeffler claims the group axed him. An earlier announcement said Loeffler would not be on the summer tour because he wanted to take “a break to be home with family.” He says he is looking for another gig.
2005: U2 tops Pollstar’s 2005 Mid-Year Top 100 Tours List grossing $48.4 million in North American concert revenues.
2005: Members of The Hollies asked High Court judge to jail one of their founder members claiming bass player Eric Haydock had flouted a court order made in 1998 not to play under their name. Haydock formed the group in Manchester, England in the early 1960’s with Allan Clarke and Graham Nash (who left in 1966). Haydock was working in a group calling itself Eric Haydock’s Hollies.
2006: Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett died at the age of 60. Barrett was one of the founding members of Pink Floyd and wrote most of the original material on the first two albums. He left the band in April of 1968, releasing two solo albums before becoming a recluse. He may have suffered from schizophrenia, exacerbated by his use of psychedelic drugs. He defined British psychedelic eccentricity with songs like ‘Arnold Layne’ and ‘See Emily Play.’
2007: Live Earth, a series of concerts to initiate action against global warming, takes place around the world in London, New York, Washington, D.C., Sydney, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Kyoto, Hamburg, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Rome and Antarctica. The Smashing Pumpkins, Bon Jovi, KoRn, The Police and ex-Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters perform in East Rutherford, NJ at the U.S. edition. The London line-up has Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Beastie Boys, Genesis and Metallica. The international concerts, co-organized by former vice president Al Gore, raise awareness about global climate change. The concerts are on the 7th day of the 7th month and take place in 7 cities.
2007: Hinder participates in Stage Z, a virtual festival that coincides with the Live Earth shows to promote positive action regarding the climate-change crisis. “We’re going out there to fight the complacency and apathy people have about what’s going on in the world,” says frontman Austin Winkler.
2007: KoRn touring guitarist Clint Lowery (who replaced Brian “Head” Welch) is arrested in Piestany, Slovakia, after getting drunk and trashing his hotel room. “I pulled some Rock 101 stuff,” says Lowery, who’s also a member of Dark New Day and a former member of Sevendust. Lowery pays for damages and is released.
2007: Avenged Sevenfold release their ‘All Excess’ DVD.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne became the first artist to be honored on a Hollywood-style Walk of Fame in Birmingham, England. The singer, from Aston, told more than 1,000 fans on Broad Street that the brass paving star meant more to him that than any Hollywood accolade.
2008: Nickelback announce they have inked a deal with concert promoters Live Nation. The global agreement covers three albums and three tours, plus merchandising, and reportedly is worth between $50-70 million. Nickelback still has to deliver two more albums to their current label Roadrunner before this deal goes into effect.
2008: Construction begins on the first of five Detroit area low-income homes funded by Jon Bon Jovi’s Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation, the Saturn car company and Detroit’s branch of Habitat for Humanity. Bon Jovi calls the construction “dreams in the making.”
2009: A three-song track pack from Green Day: ‘Know Your Enemy,’ ’21 Guns’ and ‘East Jesus Nowhere,’ arrive as downloadable content on ‘Rock Band.’
2010: Ringo Starr’s 70th birthday concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York has an All-Starr cast of Yoko Ono, Joe Walsh, Steve Van Zandt, Brian Johnson, Jeff Lynne, Nils Lofgren, Max Weinberg and Mick Jones, performing ‘With A Little Help From My Friends.’ Paul McCartney then comes out to sing ‘Birthday.’
2012: Ringo Starr celebrates his 72nd birthday by holding a special “Peace and Love” demonstration outside the Nashville Hard Rock Cafe.
2012: Dave Grohl’s hometown of Warren, OH present their favorite son with two 900-pound drumsticks during a Foo Fighters concert at the Warren Amphitheater. The poplar drumsticks are initially housed at the theater before being moved to the city’s Dave Grohl Alley. The sticks are also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
2015: Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson launch their the ‘End Times’ tour at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA. They team up with Easter Seals Dixon Center to raise awareness and “change the conversation” about veterans. The show also marks drummer Jimmy Chamberlin’s the 4th stint with the Smashing Pumpkins.
2015: Climate scientists from five leading universities found that 163 of Bob Dylan’s 542 songs reference the climate – almost a third – making him the musician most likely to mention the weather in his lyrics. The Beatles came in at number two, mentioning the weather in 48 of the 308 songs they wrote.
2016: A collection of 10 stamps in honor of Pink Floyd are issued by Royal Mail in the UK “to celebrate one of the most successful and influential British Rock bands of all time.” The stamps arrive of the tenth anniversary of Syd Barrett’s passing.
2016: AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams announces that he will retire from touring and recording, explaining that “it’s the right thing.”

July 8
1954: Dewey Phillips of Memphis’ WHBQ radio plays a new song, ‘That’s Alright Mama,’ and its flip, ‘Blue Moon Of Kentucky,’ on his Red Hot & Blue R&B show. An instant hit, the song is immediately played 14 more times. Callers to the station insist that the singer, a local boy named Elvis Presley, must be a black man. Elvis himself, who knew of the airplay in advance, hides out at a local movie show, but response is so immediate and positive that Dewey tracks him down for a live radio interview later that evening.
1957: Elvis Presley’s ‘(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear’ begins the first of seven weeks in the #1 slot on the Billboard singles survey. It’s his 8th U.S. number #1 in the past fifteen months. It even led the R&B and Country chart for a week.
1958: The first Gold record album certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is awarded to the soundtrack ‘Oklahoma.’ At the time, a Gold record represented one million records sold. It now represents sales of 500,000 copies.
1958: Hank Ballard records a self-penned tune called ‘The Twist’ at Vee-Jay Records’ studios in Gary, Indiana. A re-recorded version released by King Records would make a modest splash on the R&B charts in 1959, but it would take Chubby Checker to make a giant hit out of it in 1960.
1965: The Dave Clark Five’s first movie, ‘Having A Wild Weekend,’ opens in London. (For American audiences, it’s entitled ‘Catch Us If You Can,’ after their hit of the same name.)
1966: The Beatles released the ‘Nowhere Man’ 4-track EP in the UK, which included’“Drive My Car,’ ‘Michelle,’ and ‘You Won’t See Me.’ All four tracks were taken from The Beatles’ 6th UK studio album, ‘Rubber Soul.’
1966: The Who appeared at Top Rank Suite in Cardiff, Wales.
1966: The Rolling Stones performed at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan.
1967: UK music weekly the Melody Maker ran a front-page comment condemning the 3-month jail sentence given to Rolling Stone Mick Jagger for possession of Benzedrine tablets. Jagger was later given a conditional discharge.
1967: The Monkees start their tour with The Jimi Hendrix Experience as the opening act in Jacksonvile, Florida. Not surprisingly, Hendrix is dropped after seven shows when he is told his act is not suitable for the young audience.
1967: The Who play their first full-length show in New York City. It happened at the Village Theater on 2nd Avenue at 6th Street. Also on the bill were Blues project, Chrysalis, the New Life and Richie Havens. The Who previously did several nights as part of Murray the K’s Music In The Fifth Dimension shows back in March 1967.
1968: Pink Floyd kicked off their second North American tour at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago. Visa problems meant a delayed start to the tour, and the band had to spend time in Canada while the paperwork was sorted out. Syd Barrett had just exited the band, replaced by David Gilmour.
1968: Just as the Byrds are about to embark on a South African tour, multi-instrumentalist Gram Parsons quits stating he does not want to perform in the racially segregated country.
1968: The Beach Boys ‘Do It Again’ b/w ‘Wake The World’ 45 single is released. The single hit the charts on July 27 and peaked at the #20 position on September 14. It would be the band’s last single to peak in the top 20 on the charts until ‘Rock and Roll Music’ in 1976 (which is a total of 14 singles without charting inside the top 20), which peaked at the #5 position.Released on July 19, 1968 in the United Kingdom the single, forty days after its release, peaked at #1 on the chart on August 28, 1968, and thus becoming the band’s second #1 hit in the United Kingdom after ‘Good Vibrations’ two years earlier. The single had knocked “Mony Mony” by Tommy James and the Shondells off the top position. However, the single only remained at the top position for one week after it was knocked off by the song ‘I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You’ by The Bee Gees.
1968: The Beatles ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ single is released.
1969: The Beatles ‘Here Comes The Sun’ single is released.
1969: Canned Heat released their 4th album, ‘Hallelujah.’ It reached #37 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1969: Marianne Faithfull, girlfriend of Mick Jagger and a singer and actress, attempts suicide with pills while filming the movie Ned Kelly. Allegedly, when she awakes from her coma, she says that “wild horses couldn’t drag me away,” which the Rolling Stones later incorporate into their song ‘Wild Horses.’ Faithful was dropped from the production, which starred Jagger, and entered a hospital for heroin addiction two days later.
1970: The Everly Brothers Summer TV series debuts on ABC-TV for the first of a 11 week run. It began as a summer replacement in 1970 for The Johnny Cash Show.
1971: Yes performed at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.
1971: A mini-riot during a Mott The Hoople concert prompts London’s Royal Albert Hall to temporarily ban rock groups from the venue.
1972: The Who’s ‘Join Together’ b/w ‘Baby Don’t You Do It’ 45 single is released. The song was released as a non-album single in 1972, backed with a live and unedited version of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Baby Don’t You Do It,’ recorded at San Francisco’s Civic Auditorium on December 13, 1971. The single was successful, reaching #9 on the British singles chart and #17 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
1972: David Bowie performs as Ziggy Stardust for the first time at a ‘Save The Whales’ benefit concert in London. He announces on stage, “I’m Ziggy.”
1972: Bill Withers started a three week run at #1 on the singles chart with ‘Lean On Me.’
1972: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
1972: The Concert 10 Festival was held at Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Acts performing included, Claire Hamill, The Groundhogs, Edgar Winter, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Faces with Rod Stewart, Humble Pie, The J. Geils Band, and Three Dog Night. The event attracted an estimated 200,000 people who were met with cold inclement weather, replete with rain and mud. The general atmosphere of the concert was compared to the Woodstock Festival of 1969. Concert 10 represented a successful revival of the American summer rock festival after the repeated failure of U.S. festivals during the previous two years. The July 8th concert was scheduled from 1-11 p.m. but due to intermittent weather-related delays, ended at 8:45 a.m. on July 9th. Black Sabbath and Badfinger were scheduled to appear, but canceled.
1974: David Bowie played Philadelphia’s Tower Theatre. The weeklong series of concerts was recorded and later released as ‘David Live.’ Bowie later remarked that the album should have been called David Bowie Is Alive and Living Only in Theory.
1974: Bob Dylan and The Band’s album ‘Before The Flood’ goes gold.
1975: The Doobie Brothers ‘Sweet Maxine’ b/w ‘Double Dealin’ Four Flusher’ 45 single is released. The track stalled at #40 on the Billboard charts.
1976: Lynyrd Skynyrd played at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
1976: Aerosmith appeared at the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1977: ZZ Top performed at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1977: KISS’ ‘Love Gun’ Tour began in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with Cheap Trick as the openers. The band performed thirty-three shows in the U.S. & Canada. This was the first tour where Ace sang lead vocals (Shock Me), and the three Los Angeles Forum shows were recorded for ‘Alive… II.’
1978: The Clash’s Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon are arrested on drunk an disorderly charges following a concert at The Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland.
1978: Gerry Rafferty’s album ‘City To City’ went to #1 on the U.S. charts knocking off ‘Saturday Night Fever,’ which had reigned supreme at the top of the charts for almost six months.
1979: After signing with Island Records, the B-52s make their live debut at London’s Lyceum Ballroom.
1980: Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra announced his intention to run for mayor of San Francisco. He placed fourth.
1980: Roxy Music appeared at the Tendastrisce in Rome.
1981: The Grateful Dead perform at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1981: The Go-Go’s release their debut album, ‘Beauty and the Beat.’ The album reaches #1 on the U.S. charts, becoming the first by an all-girl band to do so.
1983: Iron Maiden played at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1984: Bob Dylan’s current European tour came to an end at Slane Castle, County Meath in Ireland. Dylan was joined on stage by Van Morrison and they dueted on ‘It’s All Over Now Baby Blue.’ U2’s Bono, who was sent to interview Dylan for the Irish rock magazine Hot Press, ended up dueting with Dylan on ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ and ‘Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat.’ Carlos Santana also joined Dylan on stage and played guitar on the last seven songs of the set.
1985: Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night is admitted to the psychiatric ward of a Los Angeles hospital because of drug-induced problems. He would eventually recover, but was denied re-admission to the band and would be forced to tour as a solo act.
1989: Tom Petty peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with his first solo album ‘Full Moon Fever’ which went on to sell five million copies in the U.S.
1994: Helloween released their 6th studio album, ‘Master of the Rings.’
1994: Billy Joel and Elton John kicked off their Face 2 Face tour at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. They would tour with each other again in 1995, 1998, 2003 & 2009 and has been labeled by many as the most successful touring package of all time.
1997: Weezer fan club founders Mykel Allan, 31, and her sister Carli, 29, are killed along with their younger sister, Trysta, in a car accident in Colorado on the way back from one of the band’s shows. The girls, who had befriended many up-and-coming Los Angeles-based bands, are honored through many tribute songs, including Weezer’s ‘Mykel and Carli.’ That song, however, was penned four years before the tragedy.
1997: Exodus released their 2nd live album, ‘Another Lesson in Violence.’
1998: Roy Orbison’s estate files a suit seeking $12 million in unpaid royalties from Sony, owners of the star’s famous Monument label recordings.
1998: The record industry certifies that the Smashing Pumpkins ‘Adore’ album is a million seller.
2000: Janick Gers of Iron Maiden falls headfirst off the stage during their encore at a show in Mannheim, Germany. He is knocked unconscious and receives a gash across his forehead which requires six stitches. He also sprains his back, forcing several cancelled tour dates.
2003: David Lee Roth released his 6th full-length studio album, ‘Diamond Dave.’ It included cover songs of Savoy Brown, the Steve Miller Band, The Beatles, The Doors & The Jimi Hendrix Experience along with a remake of ‘Ice Cream Man’ which Van Halen covered on their debut album. It includes guitarist Brian Young & current Korn drummer Ray Luzier.
2003: A tooth from the mouth of Elvis Presley, once the property of former girlfriend Linda Thompson, goes up for auction on eBay. The tooth was owned by Thompson until it went to the Elvis Presley Museum which later sold the tooth. The current owner said he’d been contacted by a European company that wanted to extract DNA from the tooth, but he refused. The opening bid on the tooth, a lock of hair from his Army induction haircut and a Gold record for ‘Love Me Tender’ was $100,000.
2004: Scott Weiland, formerly of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, was given three years probation after being found guilty of DUI.
2006: Ozzy Osbourne makes his first appearance on Ozzfest’s second stage in San Bernardino, CA. “After 10 years of headlining Ozzfest’s main stage, I think it’s time for a change,” says Ozzy.
2006: Queen guitarist Brian May made a “substantial” donation to save hedgehogs from slaughter in the Outer Hebrides. Although the exact amount was not revealed it was said to be enough to pay for the rescue of hundreds of hedgehogs from the Uists, where Scottish Natural Heritage has been culling the animals for the past four years. May’s money would go towards funding cash rewards for islanders so hundreds more hedgehogs can be saved.
2007: Incubus begin their tour in support of their ‘Light Grenades’ album in Tucson. The group teams with Sustainable Minded Artists Recording & Touring to utilize biodiesel-powered tour vehicles, while offering fans organic food and merchandise, as well as information booths promoting environmental groups. “It’s incredibly important to us as a band to preserve the environment when we’re on tour,” says frontman Brandon Boyd.
2007: Prince was forced off stage by police halfway through his set at the First Avenue nightclub during a late-night gig in his home town of Minneapolis. The club was only allowed to stay open until 3 am, but Prince took to the stage at 2.45 am. Prince had already played two concerts in Minneapolis before his late-night club appearance. His first performance was at a department store, where he promoted his new cologne with a nine-song, 45-minute set.
2008: ‘Bon Scott: The Early Years,’ album with pre-AC/DC material is released.
2008: Paul McCartney appears in a promotional TV commercial as part of a fundraising campaign for disabled U.K. athletes traveling to the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.
2008: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers announce they are auctioning off front-row and other quality seats on their North American tour to help rebuild communities affected by Midwest floods.
2008: ‘The Future Is Unwritten,’ a 2007 documentary about the late Clash singer-guitarist Joe Strummer is released on DVD with extra interview footage.
2008: ‘Ladies Of The Night’ is published. The book, written by KISS bassist-singer Gene Simmons, explores the history of prostitution.
2008: Beck’s 8th album, ‘Modern Guilt,’ co-produced by Gnarls Barkley’s Danger Mouse, is released.
2010: Sean Lennon tweets a photo of Lady Gaga, dressed in a leotard and fishnet stockings, playing John Lennon’s famous white piano during a visit to Yoko Ono’s house. It causes such a stir that Sean is soon forced to take the photo down.
2013: Jon Bon Jovi returns to his hometown of Sayerville, NJ to donate $1 million to help with the hurricane Sandy relief fund.
2014: Judas Priest release their 17th studio album, ‘Redeemer Of Souls.’ It’s the band’s first studio album with guitarist Richie Faulkner.
2016: Gone Is Gone, with singer and bassist Troy Sanders (Mastodon), guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens Of The Stone Age), multi-instrumentalist Mike Zarin and drummer Tony Hajjar (At The Drive-In) release their self-titled debut album.
2016: Chevelle’s 8th album, ‘The North Corridor’ is released.

July 9
1954: Elvis Presley recorded ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’, (the B-side for his first single) at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Presley had recorded the A-side ‘That’s Alright’ four days earlier.
1955: Bill Haley and the Comets ‘Rock Around The Clock’ becomes the first Rock song to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it stays there for 8 weeks. The song was originally released as a the B-side of ‘Thirteen Women,’ but became a massive hit after it appeared in the film ‘Blackboard Jungle.’
1955: Les Paul and Mary Ford enter the Billboard charts with ‘Hummingbird,’ which will reach #7 and become the first of their five Pop chart entries.
1955: Pat Boone releases his cover version of Fats Domino’s ‘Ain’t That A Shame.’ Domino’s recording reached #10 in the U.S. while Boone’s version went to #1.
1956: In the broadcast equivalent of Lou Gehrig taking over for Wally Pipp at first base, Dick Clark replaces Bob Horn as host of the TV show Bandstand, which runs on the Philadelphia TV station WFIL. Horn had been charged with driving while intoxicated during a highly-publicized police crackdown. The show’s name would be changed to American Bandstand when it went to ABC-TV in 1957. The show goes national the next year, with Clark hosting it until 1989.
1956: After the June 30th trouble at Asbury Park, Bill Haley And His Comets are denied permission to play at the Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City. A city ordnance was passed that read: “Rock and roll music encouraged juvenile delinquency and inspired young females in lewd bathing suits to perform obscene dances on the city’s beaches.”
1957: Elvis Presley’s second film, ‘Loving You’ has its U.S. premiere (Elvis does not attend since he got a special showing the night before).
1958: Johnny Cash leaves Sun Records for Columbia Records (where he stays for over 25 years).
1962: Bob Dylan recorded ‘Blowin’ In the Wind’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City during an afternoon session. Dylan originally wrote and performed a two-verse version of the song, as in its first public performance, at Gerde’s Folk City on April 16th, 1962. Shortly after this, he added the middle verse.
1964: The Animals reworking of a traditional Blues song, ‘House Of The Rising Sun,’ tops the UK charts.
1966: Rod Allen, lead vocalist and bassist for English group The Fortunes (‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’ and ‘Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again’), is pulled from the stage by frenzied fans during a gig in Lincoln, NE, and sent to the hospital with minor injuries.
1967: On a tour supporting The Monkees, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appear at the Convention Hall in Miami, Florida. After it becomes plainly apparent that the group is not suited to teenybopper audiences, the tour’s promoter Dick Clark and Hendrix’s manager Chas Chandler concoct a story saying that the conservative Daughters of the American Revolution group had complained at Jimi’s act and so the Experience left the tour after just six shows.
1969: John Lennon’s ‘Give Peace A Chance’ marks his solo debut on the U.K. charts.
1969: Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles recorded ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.’ John Lennon returned to the studio after recovering from a car crash in Scotland, and a bed was installed in the Abbey Road studio for Yoko, who was pregnant, and who had been more seriously injured in the car accident.
1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young played their last show at Bloomington, MN. before splitting up and doing their solo stuff. Four years later they got back together and went on tour. Their first concert back together was 41 years ago on July 9, 1974. ‘4 Way Street,’ a double album was released in April 1971, there were recordings taken from the 1970 tour.
1971: David Bowie started recording sessions at Trident Studios in London, for what would become the concept album ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.’ The character of Ziggy was initially inspired by British rock ‘n’ roll singer Vince Taylor, whom Bowie met after Taylor had had a breakdown and believed himself to be a cross between a god and an alien.
1971: The Doors’ Jim Morrison is buried at P’ere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. The cemetery is also the final resting place for several famous contributors to the arts and letters including Oscar Wilde and Frederic Chopin.
1972: The Who’s ‘Join Together’ b/w ‘Baby Don’t You Do It’ 45 single is released.
1972: Paul McCartney and Wings played their very first show when they appeared in the small French town of Chateauvillon. The band included Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell, Henry McCullough and Paul’s wife, Linda. It was McCartney’s first time on the road since The Beatles quit touring in 1966.
1974: Crosby, Stills, and Nash start their reunion tour in Seattle in front of a crowd of 15,000.
1976: The Pretty Things, Supercharge, and third on the bill, The Sex Pistols, all appeared at The Lyceum in London. Tickets are £1.75 ($2.63.)
1977: The Steve Miller Band hits #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Jet Airliner,’ a song written by the blind folk singer Paul Pena.
1977: Elvis Costello quits his day job at Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics to become a full time musician. He said, “My duties included printing out invoices for the moustache waxes of the occasional Duchess who visited the company’s West End salon.”
1978: The Rolling Stones played in front of almost 80,000 people at Soldier Field in Chicago and up on the North Side, Muddy Waters was playing at a 700 seat club called The Quiet Knight. Also at the club were Willie Dixon and Pinetop Perkins. Just after Muddy had finished his set, the people who were there were told that if they had to leave in the next hour or so, they had to leave now as the doors were going to be locked and no one was coming in or going out. They didn’t want word getting out of what was about to happen. Stones members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts came on stage for a jam session with Muddy. Willie Dixon joined in. The set ended with Mick and Muddy switching off on vocals on ‘Got My Mojo Workin.’
1979: The Pretenders kicked off a 23-date UK tour at Smatyz, Chester. The band’s single ‘Kid’ was released that week.
1981: Jerry Lee Lewis undergoes surgery for a bleeding stomach ulcer. Doctors only give him a 50/50 chance of survival. Within months he’s back out on the road and recording.
1983: ‘Every Breath You Take’ tops the pop chart. The Police song remains #1 for eight weeks. Sting won Song of the Year and The Police won Best Pop Performance for the song at the 1984 Grammy Awards.
1983: Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing,’ peaks at #12.
1988: Poison’s ‘Nothin’ but a Good Time’ peaks at #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It spends 19 weeks on the chart.
1988: Cheap Trick went to #1 (for the first of two weeks) on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with the song ‘The Flame.’ It was the first and only time the band would have a #1 song. When guitarist Rick Nielsen first heard the song, he smashed the tape & the song was initially recorded by them just to appease their record label at the time.
1989: Sub-Pop Records presents the first Lame Fest at Seattle’s Moore Theater. The headliners are Tad and Mudhoney. The opening act is a little known band called Nirvana.
1990: The Rolling Stones were forced to cancel a show for the first time ever when Keith Richards’ index finger becomes inflamed in Glasgow, Scotland.
1990: Billy Idol joined Tom Jones onstage at the Los Angeles nightclub Spice singing ‘Great Balls of Fire,’ ‘Babaloo’ & ‘To Be a Lover.’
1991: The Operation Rock N’ Roll Tour, with Judas Priest, Alice Cooper and Motorhead starts in Salt Lake City, Utah. This would be Rob Halford’s last tour with Judas Priest before he re-joined the band in 2003.
1991: Kix release their ‘Hot Wire’ album.
1994: The KISS tribute album ‘KISS My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved’ entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart at its peak position of #19. The album featured Kiss songs covered by Lenny Kravitz and Stevie Wonder, Anthrax, Garth Brooks, Gin Blossoms, Tod the Wet Sprocket, Dinosaur Jr, Lemonheads, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Extreme.
1995: Hootie & the Blowfish play the first-ever concert at the Meadows Music Theater in Hartford, Connecticut, drawing a crowd of 17,000.
1995: Jerry Garcia performs his last concert with the Grateful Dead at Chicago’s Soldier Field. At the time, no one knew this would be Garcia’s last show, even Garcia himself. Although he’d been clean for several years, Garcia had returned to using drugs to ease some physical ailments. He died exactly one month later at a rehab center after suffering a heart attack.
1996: Deep Purple performed ‘Smoke on the Water’ in Montreux for the first time. ‘Smoke on the Water’ was written after the band survived a nightclub fire in Montreux.
1999: Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall annul their Balinese wedding. Hall started the proceedings in January after learning that the Brazilian model Luciana Morad was pregnant with Jagger’s child. After hearing evidence on behalf of Hall, the judge ruled their marriage in Bali in 1990 was not valid either in Indonesia or under English law, and a decree of nullity was granted.
1999: Elton John has a pacemaker installed in an operation at a London hospital after collapsing on a jet as he flew to sing at the wedding of Posh Spice and David Beckham. He was suffering from an irregular heartbeat.
2002: Red Hot Chili Peppers release their 8th studio album, ‘By The Way.’
2003: White Stripes guitarist/vocalist Jack White suffers a compound fracture of his index figure in a Detroit car accident. The injury forces the cancellation of several concerts.
2004: Keith Richards performs at the first of two Return To Sin City: A Tribute To Gram Parsons concerts in the Santa Barbara Bowl. Norah Jones, Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams, John Doe and Jay Farrar also perform.
2004: David Bowie is forced to cancel a string of European shows after emergency heart surgery the previous month for an acutely blocked artery.
2004: Melbourne’s city council honors AC/DC when they unanimously agree to rename a local alleyway (Corporation Lane) AC/DC Lane but some locals object, delaying the process.
2004: Metallica’s documentary ‘Some Kind Of Monster’ opens in select theaters. The project began as a short promotional clip that eventually evolved into a full-length feature.
2004: Country Music Television premiered an episode of ‘CMT Crossroads’ which featured Heart and Wynonna Judd.
2005: While playing the Oxegen festival near Dublin, Green Day remembers the victims of London’s terrorist attacks two days earlier. “This is for all the innocents,” says singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong prior to the group’s performance of ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends.’
2007: The reformed Smashing Pumpkins perform on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman, their first late-night television appearance in seven years, and a day before the release of their ‘comeback’ album ‘Zeitgeist.’ They are also on the show four nights later.
2008: Slipknot DJ Sid Wilson (a.k.a. +0) breaks both his heels while jumping offstage during the first show of the inaugural Rockstar Mayhem Festival tour in Auburn, WA. Wilson continues to perform onstage in a wheelchair.
2009: Megadeth released the Grammy nominated single ‘Head Crusher.’
2010: Jon Bon Jovi rips a calf muscle during a cover of the Dave Clark 5 hit ‘Glad All Over’ toward the end of his band’s concert at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The show continues as Bon Jovi limps across the stage and leans on his microphone stand for support.
2010: Carlos Santana proposes to his band’s drummer, Cindy Blackman, onstage in Tinley Park, IL. Santana pops the question following Blackman’s drum solo on ‘Corazon Espinado.’ She says ‘yes’.
2010: Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd releases his debut album ‘The Wild Trapeze’ exclusively through iTunes. Produced by David Fridmann (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips), the set features the single ‘Runaway Train.’
2011: Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant joined three local musicians at a fundraising charity show in Monmouth Wales, where tickets cost £3. The event was a tribute to his friend, former Led Zeppelin producer Pat Moran, who died of a rare dementia in January. Plant delighted the small crowd in the Monmouthshire town with songs from his Led Zeppelin days as well as tunes from his solo career.
2011: Motorhead guitarist Wurzel died after suffering from heart disease. He was 61. He joined the band in ’84 and left in ’95.
2011: Matt Bellamy of Muse and his fiancé Kate Hudson welcome a baby boy. Hudson had a boy with Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson seven years earlier.
2012: Iron Maiden’s Paul Di’Anno announces that 2013 will be his final year as a performer. “I am gonna be ‘Pulling The Plug’ and making it my ‘Farewell Tour’. It was good whilst it lasted,” writes Di’Anno on Facebook.
2013: Elton John told the British tabloid The Sun that he considered himself lucky to be alive after unknowingly battling appendicitis. The Rocket Man played through the pain during a series of concerts before seeking medical attention. He told the press, “I’m lucky to be alive. I was a ticking time bomb. I guess I could have died at any time.”
2013: Whitesnake released their 6th live album ‘Made in Britain / The World Record.’
2014: AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson is awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Northumbria, located in Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.
2014: Bruce Springsteen debuts a short film, ‘Hunter Of Invisible Game,’ on his website (brucespringsteen.net). Springsteen is seen working with director Thom Zimny, who has directed a number of Springsteen videos.
2014: The Outfield’s guitarist/songwriter John Spinks dies after a long battle with liver cancer. He was 60 years old.
2015: Transport for London, the government body that runs the metro rail system, banned posters promoting The Rolling Stones’ forthcoming exhibition, ‘Exhibitionism,’ at London’s Saatchi gallery, because of its artwork. The neon advert showed Rolling Stones iconic tongue and lips design plastered over a woman’s bikini bottoms.
2015: The Huffington Post published a story that detailed a previously unreported rape of Runaways bassist Jackie Fuchs by her now-deceased, former band manager, Kim Fowley. According to the graphic account, the alleged attack occurred on New Year’s Eve 1976 when Fuchs, known then as Jackie Fox, was only 16.
2015: AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is sentenced to 8 months of home detention. The Tauranga District Court in New Zealand rules after Rudd pleaded guilty to drugs charges and of threatening to kill an assistant. The court heard how Rudd had fired several employees after the failure of his solo album, ‘Head Job,’ in August last year, Rudd had also called one victim saying: “I’m going to come over and kill you.” His sentence would be served at his beachfront home in Tauranga, with Judge Thomas Ingram warning he would be face jail if he breached the conditions.
2016: During Slayer’s appearance in Jarocin, Poland, band members are presented with gold-record plaques for Polish sales of their ‘Repentless’ album.
2016: Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor slaps a phone out of a front row audience member’s hand during a concert. The singer later urges fans to “stay home” if they want to text during a Slipknot set.

July 10
1900: The Victor Talking Machine Company trademarks the phrase “His Master’s Voice,” which refers to the dog in their logo (Nipper) listening to a record player because he thinks it is his owner. The company later becomes the record label RCA Victor.
1950: The nation’s favorite popular music countdown, ‘Your Hit Parade,’ gets its own home on NBC TV to match its longtime radio counterpart. The program, which featured vocalists covering the top hits of the week, had been on radio since 1935. It moved to CBS in 1958 but was canceled the following year, unable to cope with the rising popularity of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
1954: Producer Sam Phillips took an acetate of Elvis Presley singing ‘That’s All Right’ to DJ Dewey Phillips at Memphis radio station WHBQ. After Dewey played the song on the air around 9:30 that evening, listeners flooded the phone lines requesting to hear the song again.
1954: New York radio station WINS announced the hiring of pioneer Rock disc jockey Alan Freed to be the host of their Rock ‘n’ Roll Party. As he did on his earlier Moondog’s Rock ‘n’ Roll House Party Show on WJW in Cleveland, Freed programmed records by Black R&B artists that many White teenagers had never heard before. Freed is often credited with popularizing the term “Rock and Roll”, although the phrase was first used in 1942 by Billboard magazine columnist Maurie Orodenker to describe upbeat recordings.
1963: Martha And The Vandellas release ‘Heatwave,’ which will reach #4 on the Billboard Pop chart and #1 on the R&B chart by mid-August. The song became their first million-seller and eventually won the group their only Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.
1964: The Beatles premiere their film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ in their hometown of Liverpool where over 200,000 fans (a quarter of the population) line the streets to welcome them. John Lennon later said, “We couldn’t say it, but we didn’t really like going back to Liverpool. Being local heroes made us nervous. When we did shows there, they were always full of people we knew. We felt embarrassed in our suits and being very clean. We were worried that friends might think we’d sold out – which we had, in a way.”
1964: The Beatles ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ (album) is released in the UK. The soundtrack to their film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ topped the UK Albums chart for 21 weeks. In 2000, Q placed A Hard Day’s Night at #5 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 2003, the album was ranked #388 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1965: The Kinks play the Seattle Center Coliseum. It will be their last show on American soil until December of 1969, as the powerful American Federation of Musicians union bans them. Ray Davies would later blame their manager Larry Page for the ban, claiming he bungled contracts and didn’t make proper payments.
1965: The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ hits #1. In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine placed ‘Satisfaction’ in the#2 spot on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and in 2006 it was added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
1965: Wilson Pickett’s ‘In The Midnight Hour’ is released.
1966: Johnny Tilotson, The Jive Five, The Tymes, The Shangra-Las and local band The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals) all appeared at the Surf ‘n See Club in Seabright New Jersey.
1966: Cat Stevens cuts his first record, ‘I Love My Dog’ at Decca Records’ studio in London.
1967: The Monkees ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’ b/w ‘Words’ 45 single is released. Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, the single peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was featured in the second season of their television series. The song also appeared on the fourth Monkees album, ‘Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.’, in November 1967. While the mono copies of the album had the same version as heard on the single, stereo copies had a version using a different take of the first verse.
1967: Albert King’s ‘Born Under a Bad Sign’ album is released. Although it did not chart at the time of release, it has been subsequently (and rightfully) taken its place as a Blues classic. In 1985, it was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in the “Classics of Blues Recordings” category. It received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999. In 2012, it was ranked #491 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. The 2002 reissue of the album by Stax Records received a 2003 Blues Music Award for “Historical Blues Album of the Year”.
1968: Early prog-rockers The Nice are banned from London’s Royal Albert Hall after burning an American flag on stage as an antiwar protest. Two years later, Keith Emerson, leader of the Nice, joined Greg Lake and Carl Palmer in Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
1968: Eric Clapton announces the breakup of the supergroup Cream, currently finishing up its last tour.
1968: The Beatles begin work on the single version of ‘Revolution.’
1969: The funeral is held for The Rolling Stones founding member Brian Jones in his home town at Hatherley Road Parish Church, Cheltenham. Canon Hugh Evan Hopkins read Jones’ own epitaph, “Please don’t judge me too harshly.” Bill Wyman, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts from The Stones attended the funeral. Jones was found dead in his swimming pool on July 3.
1969: Bob Dylan, Iron Butterfly, and Blues Image all appeared at the Mississippi River Festival at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band played at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York.
1970: Blues Image peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Ride Captain Ride’ which was their only top 10 single in the U.S.
1970: The Who single ‘Summertime Blues’ backed with ‘Heaven and Hell’ is released. The A-side comes from the album Live at Leeds while the B-side is a quickly recorded mono studio version of the Entwistle song done for the BBC, with a new vocal slapped on. It reaches #38 in Britain and in the U.S., it makes #27 in the Billboard charts.
1971: The Who performed during their “unpublicized” tour of the UK at Civic Hall, Dunstable, England.
1971: Three Dog Night’s ‘Liar’ is released. It would become their 6th Billboard Top 10 song, topping out at #7.
1972: Peter Frampton released his ‘Wind of Change.’ It reached #177 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s & Tapes chart.
1972: Chicago release their 4th studio album (fifth overall), ‘Chicago V.’ It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for nine weeks, bolstered by the #3 Billboard Hot 100 hit, ‘Saturday In The Park.’
1972: Harry Nilsson’s 8th album, ‘Son of Schmilsson’ is released. It featured George Harrison under the name George Harrysong and Ringo Starr, listed as Richie Snare, on some of the tracks. Peter Frampton also played guitar on most of the album. It peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. Two singles reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart; ‘Spaceman’ (#23) and ‘Daybreak’ (#39).
1972: Pink Floyd release ‘Free Four’/’Stay’ as a 7″ single in the U.S.
1973: Led Zeppelin performed for two hours and forty minutes to 11,000 fans at the Milwaukee Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1974: David Bowie played the first of five dates at The Tower Theatre in Philadelphia the recordings of which made up the ‘David Live’ album released later that year.
1975: Gregg Allman and Cher’s famously rocky marriage almost ends in divorce after only ten days. Cher changes her mind three weeks later.
1975: The Rolling Stones played at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1976: Aerosmith performed at Comiskey Park in Chicago, home of the White Sox baseball team. The stadium was demolished in 1991, when a new stadium was opened next door.
1976: A 16 year-old girl is stabbed to death at a Yes concert in Jersey City, New Jersey.
1977: Cher gave birth to a baby boy Elijah Blue. Gregg Allman was the father.
1978: Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman falls from the stage at a gig St. Paul, MN and is knocked unconscious.
1979: Chuck Berry is sentenced to five months in jail after being found guilty of income tax evasion in 1973. He owed the I.R.S. $200,000. This is Berry’s 3rd time in prison – the first time was for armed robbery in 1947, and the second was for “transporting an underage female across state lines for immoral purposes.”
1979: The Kinks released their ‘Low Budget’ album. It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1979: Los Angeles’ Bruin Theatre hosted the premiere of Neil Young’s concert film ‘Rust Never Sleeps.’
1980: Bob Marley and the Wailers began what would be Marley’s last ever UK tour when they appeared in Dublin, Ireland.
1980: During their 23 date ’11 O’Clock Tick Tock’ tour U2 appeared at The Clarendon Hotel in London.
1981: The Moody Blues performed at Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, Michigan.
1981: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
1984: King Crimson appeared at Le Spectrum in Montreal, Quebec.
1984: Session drummer and former member of Derek and the Dominos, Jim Gordon, was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering his mother. It was after he was arrested that he was properly diagnosed with schizophrenia and, although at the trial the court accepted that Gordon had acute schizophrenia, he was not allowed to use an insanity defense because of changes to California law.
1986: Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead slips into a diabetic coma. He recovers five days later.
1987: John Hammond, record producer and talent scout, dies after a series of strokes. He was 76. Hammond was instrumental in the careers of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen. He also worked as a producer with Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and Count Basie and is largely credited for the revival of blues guitarist Robert Johnson’s music. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
1989: The Monkees get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the ceremony, all four Monkees reunite for the first time – Mike Nesmith was a holdout on their reunion tour. The star is located in front of the Vogue Theatre, where their movie ‘Head’ (co-written by Jack Nicholson) premiered in 1968. The counter-culture movie destroyed their reputation at the time and was a total box office flop, but has since developed a cult following.
1990: Guns N’ Roses fired original drummer Steven Adler due to Adler’s drug addiction. Adler filed a lawsuit against them the following year which was settled out of court in 1993.
1993: Bob Seger marries his third and wife, Juanita Dorricott. They remain married and have two children together.
1995: Offspring’s ‘Smash’ album is certified 5 times platinum.
1995: R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills underwent abdominal surgery while in Germany in the midst of their tour in support of ‘Monster.’ Several shows were cancelled.
1997: Chrissie Hynde marries Lucho Brieva, a Colombian artist. Singer Annie Lennox is in the wedding party. The couple separate in 2002 and then divorce soon after.
1999: Iron Maiden kicked off their first tour in six years with Bruce Dickinson singing for them at the Harbour Station in St. John, NB.
2000: Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich & The Byrds’ guitarist Roger McGuinn testified at a U.S. Senate hearing over copyright law issues concerning songs being downloaded for free on the internet.
2002: David Bowie, Suede, Divine Comedy, Green Day, No Doubt, Paul Weller, Ian Brown, Joe Strummer, New Order, Doves and Shed 7 all appeared at the four day Move festival, Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester, England.
2004: Ozzfest 2004 begins. It has Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest and a ton of Black Sabbath reunion rumors, which turn out to be true.
2005: The four members of Led Zeppelin were voted the UK’s ideal supergroup after 3,500 music fans were asked to create their fantasy band for Planet Rock Radio. Jimmy Page won best guitarist, followed by Guns N’ Roses’ Slash and Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore. John Paul Jones was named top bassist, with John Bonham, who died in 1980, winning best drummer and Robert Plant beat the late Freddie Mercury for best singer.
2005: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry heads to the Summer Fancy Foods Show in New York to promote his signature Rock Your World hot sauces. The sauces are up for a couple awards. Perry graces show attendees with an impromptu rendition of Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B. Goode.’ 2007: Queen’s Brian May receives an honorary doctor of science degree from England’s University of Exeter for his “outstanding contribution to academic endeavor and to society.”
2006: Pearl Jam announce the launch of their ’06 Carbon Portfolio Strategy which earmarks $100,000 in donations from the band to nine environmental-related organizations to help offset carbon emissions produced through touring and other activities. “We (are investing) in the future health of our planet and its delicate ecosphere,” says guitarist Stone Gossard.
2007: The Smashing Pumpkins release their 7th album, ‘Zeitgeist,’ the group’s first studio album since 2000’s ‘MACHINA/The Machines Of God'” They celebrate the album’s release with a club show in Washington, D.C.
2007: Black Crowes brothers Chris and Rich Robinson release ‘Brothers Of A Feather…Live At The Roxy’ The album features Crowes songs, covers and songs from the brother’s solo ventures on their 2006 acoustic-duo tour.
2007: Queen’s Brian May receives an honorary doctor of science degree from England’s University of Exeter for his “outstanding contribution to academic endeavor and to society.”
2007: Breaking Benjamin frontman Benjamin Burnley’s undisclosed ailment forces the group to cancel the final two dates (in Myrtle Beach, Greensboro) of their tour. “I would like to keep my personal health to myself but I wanted to go on the record and tell everyone that this is nothing drug or alcohol related,” writes Burnley. “I have been completely clean and sober for seven months.” He also refutes rumors that the group is breaking up.
2008: VH1’s Rock Honors pays tribute to The Who.
2008: The drum pictured on the cover of The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album nets over $1 million at an auction in London. Other items sold included John Lennon’s lyrics for ‘Give Peace a Chance’ which sold for £421,250 ($832,257.) A pair of tinted prescription sunglasses belonging to Lennon, which he wore for the cover of the single ‘Mind Games,’ sold for £39,650 ($79,000.) A rare 1/4 inch reel to-reel master tape recording of the Jimi Hendrix Experience performing at the Woburn Music Festival in 1968 went for £48,050 ($95,00), a Marshall amplifier used by Hendrix in concert fetched £25,000 ($50,000).
2008: It’s Beatles Day in Liverpool. The event celebrates the 44th anniversary of the band’s return to their hometown after a breakthrough 1964 U.S. tour.
2009: Robert Plant is officially a Commander of the British Empire after being bestowed with the title by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
2010: The audience attending a benefit for Palestinian children in Oxfordshire, England knew they were going to be entertained by David Gilmour. What they didn’t know was that Gilmour’s onetime Pink Floyd bandmate, Roger Waters was going to drop in for a surprise four-song set. Waters said in a Facebook posting that he agreed to do it after Gilmour agreed to join him for a performance of The Wall in March 2011 in Europe. The last time the two had been on stage together was at the 2005 Live 8 London concerts. The concert raises $525,000 for the Hoping Foundation, which raises money for young Palestinian refugees.
2010: A US judge drastically reduced a $675,000 US verdict against a Boston University graduate student charged with illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs. The student admitted in court to downloading songs between 1999 and 2007 and a jury assessed the damage award last July. The US District Court judge in Boston cut the damage award to $67,500, stating the original fine was “unconstitutionally excessive” and “wholly out-of-proportion.”
2010: Prince’s ’20Ten’ CD is available via inserts in England’s Daily Mirror, Scotland’s Daily Record and Belgium’s Het Nieuswsblad. The album, not available in stores or online, is also in the German edition of Rolling Stone 12 days later.
2010: Paul McCartney gives his first San Francisco show since The Beatles last concert in ’66 (8/29). He’s at the AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants.
2011: Coheed & Cambria bassist Michael Todd is arrested for armed robbery in Attleboro, MA. He is also charged with drug possession. Though Todd pleads not guilty, he is replaced by Wes Styles on the band’s tour.
2011: A pub in Dundee, Scotland called Lennon’s Bar was forced to change the name of the venue and remove all Beatles memorabilia after Yoko Ono threatened legal action for copyright infringement.
2012: Slash gets the 2,473rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Charlie Sheen is master of ceremonies at the event, and comments, “It seems quite fitting that Slash is getting a star on the very street Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on.”
2012: At their first rescheduled show following June’s fatal stage collapse in Toronto, Radiohead pay tribute to their late drum tech Scott Johnson, who was killed in the accident. In Nimes, France for a third encore, the band plays ‘Reckoner’ (from the group’s seventh album, ‘In Rainbows’) while a screen behind them shows images of Johnson.
2013: Frontman Austin Winkler drops out of Hinder’s North American tour for personal reasons. The tour continues with Saving Abel’s Jared Weeks and Drankmore’s Marshal Dutton filling-in.
2013: The Midwest Rock N’ Roll Express tour with Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent announce they’ve raised $108,000 for the victims of the Boston marathon terrorist bombings.
2015: Paul McCartney speaks out against the British government’s proposed amendment to bring back fox hunting in England and Wales. The animal rights advocate calls fox hunting “cruel and unnecessary.”
2015: John Fogerty filed a breach of contract lawsuit against two of his former Creedence Clearwater Revival band mates, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, alleging that the pair were not honoring their earlier agreement that the name could only be used when the pair appeared on stage together.
2015: The original Veruca Salt line-up release ‘Ghost Notes,’ their first album since ’97.
2016: Aerosmith’s Joe Perry collapses during a Hollywood Vampires show at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island. The guitarist, touring with the Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp), leaves the stage before going into cardiac arrest. Police revive Perry and he is rushed to the hospital where he’s listed in stable condition.
2016: Belarus customs officials mistake the Red Hot Chili Peppers for Metallica and insist they autograph Metallica photos and CDs – even after RHCP explain they aren’t Metallica. RHCP are touring Europe in support of ‘The Getaway’ album.

July 11
1951: On WJW in Cleveland, Alan Freed broadcasts his first “Moondog House Rock and Roll Party,” marking the first radio show with the phrase “Rock and Roll” and giving Freed a claim on the origin of the term. More importantly, Freed plays R&B music, which introducing the sound to a new (and mostly white) audience. The broadcast ran from 11:15 PM until 2 AM and enjoyed a loyal following by Freed’s fans who called themselves Moondoggers.
1960: The novelty song ‘Alley-Oop’ sat at the top of Billboard’s chart, credited to a then fictitious group called The Hollywood Argyles. The song was actually sung by Gary Paxton, who had been the latter half of Skip And Flip and was recorded after he had been advised that he was still under contract to Brent Records. Gary made up the group’s name and then had to put a band together when the song became a hit.
1964: After being recorded on May 18th in just one take, The Animals’ ‘House of the Rising Sun’ topped the UK chart.
1964: The Beatles appeared live on the ABC Television program ‘Lucky Stars (Summer Spin),’ performing ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘Long Tall Sally’, ‘Things We Said Today’ and ‘You Can’t Do That’. To avoid the crowd of fans waiting for them, The Beatles arrived at the Teddington Studio Centre by boat, traveling down the River Thames.
1965: The Who performed two shows on this Sunday, first at St. George’s Ballroom in Hinkley, and later at the Savoy Ballroom, South Parade, Southsea, Portsmouth. The second show was supported by the Crow and promoted by Rikki Farr of the Birdcage Club Portsmouth.
1966: Elvis Presley begins filming his 24th motion picture, ‘Double Trouble.’
1968: The Doors ‘Waiting for the Sun’ album is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for four weeks, bolstered by their second Billboard Hot 100 #1 single, ‘Hello, I Love You.’ The title track ‘Waiting for the Sun’ was left off this album, but would be included on the 1970 album ‘Morrison Hotel.’
1968: Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: The Velvet Underground performed at the Boston Tea Party in Boston.
1969: The Rolling Stones released ‘Honky Tonk Women.’ The band started recording the tune as a Country song based on Hank Williams’ ‘Honky Tonk Blues,’ but found that it made a better rocker.
1969: David Bowie released ‘Space Oddity.’ The song would rise to #5 in the UK but would not become a hit in the US until it was re-released in 1973 when it would reach #15.
1969: The Grateful Dead appeared at the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows, New York.
1969: Led Zeppelin performs at The Laurel Pop Festival along with Jethro Tull, Johnny Winter, Al Kooper, Buddy Guy, and the Edwin Hawkins Singers at the Laurel Race Couse on the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland. Ticket prices ranged from $4.75 – $10 (£3 – £6.75).
1970: The soundtrack to the film Woodstock hits #1. It is the first triple-LP to do so.
1970: Three Dog Night’s version of Randy Newman’s ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’ hits #1 for the first of two weeks. It was a song that took singer Cory Wells over two years to convince the rest of the band to record.
1970: The Who release their version of ‘Summertime Blues.’ It appeared on the 1970 album ‘Live at Leeds.’ The single from this album peaked at number 38 in the UK and number 27 in the US.
1971: The Bruce Springsteen Band opened for Humble Pie at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey. After the show an impressed Peter Frampton from Humble Pie, tells Springsteen and the band he’d like to have them open for them on a national basis. Frampton also said he would be happy to get the band an audition with his record label, A&M Records. For no logical reason Springsteen’s manager Tinker West declined both offers on the spot.
1971: Creedence Clearwater Revival played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1971: The first stage performance of ‘Jesus Christ, Superstar’ is in Pittsburgh.
1972: The Rolling Stones played at the Rubber Bowl in Akron, Ohio.
1973: Brownsville Station performed at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
1973: Alice Cooper’s ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ b/w ‘Mary Ann’ 45 single is released. It peaked at #57 on the Billboard HOT 100 chart.
1974: KISS was at the West Palm Beach Auditorium in West Palm Beach, Florida.
1974: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The site is now a parking lot for the new baseball and football stadiums in Pittsburgh.
1974: The Grateful Dead earn gold records for two albums they released in 1970, ‘Workingman’s Dead’ and ‘American Beauty’ LPs.
1975: Fleetwood Mac released ‘Fleetwood Mac,’ their first album which featured the songwriting couple Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 over a year after entering the chart, spent 37 weeks within the top 10, and more, than fifteen months within the top 40. It launched three top 20 singles, ‘Over My Head,’ ‘Rhiannon,’ and ‘Say You Love Me,’ the last two falling just short of the top 10, both at number 11. In 2003, the album was ranked #183 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1975: Gary Wright’s ‘The Dream Weaver’ album is released. It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and has two hits that reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart – ‘Dream Weaver’ and ‘Love is Alive.’
1975: Yes performed at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.
1976: ZZ Top played at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
1977: This was opening night of a new punk venue, The Vortex Club, on Wardour Street, London, with Siouxise, Adam And The Ants, The Slits and Sham 69.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at Scandinavium in Göteborg, Sweden.
1979: Van Halen played at the Music Hall in Houston, Texas.
1979: The space station Skylab crashes to Earth after 6 years in space. Leading up to the event, Electric Light Orchestra take out ads in trade magazines dedicating their new single, ‘Don’t Bring Me Down,’ to Skylab.
1979: Los Angeles’ Bruin Theatre hosted the premiere of ‘Rust Never Sleeps,’ a Neil Young concert film directed by Young himself. The show featured in the film took place October 22nd, 1978 at San Francisco’s Cow Palace.
1980: The Rolling Stones filmed a promo video for the single ‘Emotional Rescue.’
1981: Def Leppard release their 2nd studio album, ‘High ‘n’ Dry.’ It was the last to feature Pete Willis as a full member. He was fired during the ‘Pyromania’ sessions in July 1982.
1982: Phil Collen, former guitarist with the glam rock band Girl, replaced Pete Willis in Def Leppard who was fired due to excessive alcohol consumption on the job. “Things were going too fast for me.” says Willis. “I was still enjoying it, but I was using drink as a crutch. It wasn’t nice to go that way, but it was something that needed to happen for them and the best thing to happen health-wise for me. If I’d stayed, there was a good chance that I’d have ended up going the same way as Steve Clark.”
1982: The Rolling Stones played at Stadio Comunale in Turin, Italy.
1983: Robert Plant released his 2nd solo album, ‘The Principle of Moments.’ His supporting players include Robbie Blunt, Paul Martinez, Jezz Woodroffe, Phil Collins and Barrimore Barlow. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #7 on the UK Albums chart. Both ‘Big Log’ (#20) and ‘In the Mood’ (#39) reached the Billboard Hot 100. The most popular track on album-oriented rock radio in the US was ‘Other Arms,’ which reached #1 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart.
1984: David Gilmour appeared at the Stanley Theater, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1987: Heart’s ‘Alone’ is alone at the top of the pop chart. It has a three week run at #1.
1988: Magnum released their 7th studio album, ‘Wings of Heaven.’
1989: Nike’s Bo Jackson/Bo Diddley ads air. The sports shoe/apparel maker creates a buzz.
1989: At a press conference at Grand Central Station in New York, the Rolling Stones announce their Steel Wheels North American tour and preview their ‘Steel Wheels’ album.
1990: Steven Adler is fired from Guns N’ Roses because of his drug use. He is replaced by Matt Sorum, who was previously with The Cult.
1991: American singer and lyricist Roger Christian died. Worked with The Beach Boys and co-wrote songs recorded by Jan and Dean. Christian worked as a radio personality in the 1960s.
1992: Jerry Garcia, who has a passion for painting and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, introduces a line of neckties he designed. President Bill Clinton bought a set. The collection grossed millions in the U.S. by the end of the year.
1992: ‘November Rain’ by Guns N’ Roses becomes the longest single (8 minutes, 57 seconds) to reach the U.S. Top 20.
1994: The Rolling Stones release ‘Voodoo Lounge,’ their 20th British and 22nd American studio album. It’s also the Stones’ first album without long-time bassist Bill Wyman, who left the band in early 1993. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart during its 38 weeks stay, and topped the UK Albums chart for one week during its 24 week stay. ‘Voodoo Lounge’ won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.
1995: Motorhead release their 12th studio album ‘Sacrifice.’
1995: Kyuss released their 4th and final studio album, ‘…And the Circus Leaves Town.’
1995: R.E.M.’s Mike Mills underwent abdominal surgery while the band was in Germany. Earlier in the year, drummer Bill Berry suffered an aneurysm while on stage in Switzerland.
1996: Garbage makes their network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman.
1996: Jonathan Melvoin keyboard player with the Smashing Pumpkins died from a drug overdose in New York City aged 34. Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin who was with Melvoin tried but failed to revive him after Chamberlin was allegedly advised by 911 operators to put Melvoin’s head in the shower. Several songs were inspired by his death, including Sarah McLachlan’s hit single ‘Angel.’ He was the brother of Susannah and Wendy Melvoin of Prince and the Revolution. Melvoin had also been a member of The Dickies.
1999: Iron Maiden kicked off the Ed Hunter Tour in New Brunswick, Canada,t heir first with Bruce Dickinson in 6 years.‬
1999: Limp Bizkit started a three week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Significant Other’ the bands first US #1.
2000: Motley Crue release 8th studio album, ‘New Tattoo.’
2000: Kansas released their 14th studio album, ‘Somewhere to Elsewhere.’
2000: Lars Ulrich of Metallica appears before a US Senate panel to testify against websites like Napster, that allowed people to trade music for free over the Internet.
2002: Over 200 people attend the funeral for Who bassist John Entwistle in St. Edward’s Church in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, England. Entwistle was found dead in his Las Vegas hotel room on June 27th.
2003: Rob Halford is in and Ripper Owens is out as Judas Priest announces they are reuniting with their original vocalist. Plans for an 2004 album and world tour are in the works.
2005: After claiming bassist Joe Loeffler was “taking a break” from Chevelle, the group finally bites the bullet and admits Loeffler was sacked due to “irreconcilable differences.” Chevelle, with Joe’s brothers Sam and Pete, carries on.
2005: Alter Bridge plays ‘Open Your Eyes’ at the Home Run Derby, a day before Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. “(The) Derby is something we’ve watched since we were kids,” gushes guitarist Mark Tremonti. The Detroit performance airs live on ESPN. Phillie Bobby Abreu wins the derby with 41 homers.
2005: Tony Iommi released his 3rd solo album, ‘Fused.’ It featured Glenn Hughes on vocals.
2006: Seether issue a live CD/DVD package ‘One Cold Night.’ It’s an acoustic show taped at a Philadelphia club earlier in the year.
2006: The Muse issue their fourth album, ‘Black Holes And Revelations,’ in the U.S.
2006: The Rolling Stones kick off their delayed European Tour in Milan, Italy. The tour had to be re-scheduled after guitarist Keith Richards was injured on Fiji Island when he fell out of a “little tree,” not a palm tree, as had been widely reported.
2006: Foo Fighters launch their first-ever acoustic tour. The six week jaunt starts in Seattle and includes original Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear. The tour results in the live ‘Skin & Bones’ LP.
2006: Veteran California Pop-Punk group Supernova files a trademark-infringement lawsuit against Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee, ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, one-time Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, the CBS network and the producers of the ‘Rock Star: Supernov’a series. The suit claims that the show’s producers were fully aware that the band name was already taken. The original Supernova demands financial compensation as well as the destruction of all promotional materials relating to the TV creation.
2006: Soul Asylum release ‘The Silver Lining.’ Guitarist Dan Murphy says the set is a tribute to their late bass player, Karl Mueller, who died the previous year of throat cancer.
2007: Mark Knopfler is awarded an honorary degree by England’s University of Sunderland. The former Dire Straits singer-guitarist is presented with a Doctorate of Music in recognition of his 30-year career.
2008: Wildfires that decimated large portions of California force the cancellation of Sacramento’s Rockstar Mayhem Festival. The Disturbed/Slipknot co-headlining event is re-scheduled.
2011: Rob Grill, lead singer and bassist for the 1960s rock band The Grass Roots, whose hits included ‘Midnight Confessions,’ ‘Temptation Eyes’ and ‘Let’s Live for Today,’ died after suffering a head injury from a fall caused by a stroke. He was 67. Grill also recorded a solo album, with appearances by his friends Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and John McVie of Fleetwood Mac.
2011: Frontman Dave Grohl kicks out an unruly fan for fighting during a Foo Fighters concert at London’s Roundhouse. Ghrol stops mid-song to make sure the person is ejected. “You don’t f*****g fight at my show, you a*****e,” Grohl shouts at the offender.
2012: Aerosmith release ‘Legendary Child,’ their first new music video in 8 years. The song was originally recorded during the sessions for the band’s ’93 album, ‘Get A Grip.’
2012: Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora issues ‘Every Road Leads You Home.’ The single coincides with Sambora’s 53rd birthday.
2013: Pearl Jam released their 10th studio album ‘Lightning Bolt’ which went to No.1 on the U.S. album chart.
2014: Tommy Ramone dies of bile duct cancer at age 65. Ramone immigrated to the U.S. with his family in ’57 and was originally a guitarist who later served as the Ramones original manager before becoming their drummer. Heard on the Ramones first three albums, Tommy was the last surviving original member.
2015: Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman You’re Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left.’

July 12
1954: A 19-year-old Elvis Presley officially quits his job as a truck driver for Crown Electric in Memphis after signing a one-year contract with Sun Records. He also inked a one year, personal management deal with Scotty Moore, who would receive 10% of all earnings from Presley’s live appearances.
1957: Alan Freed’s show ‘The Big Beat’ debuts on ABC-TV with guests The Everly Brothers, Frankie Lymon, Buddy Knox and Connie Francis. The show was later canceled after an episode in which Frankie Lymon was seen dancing with a White girl, which reportedly offended the management of ABC’s local affiliates in the southern states.
1962: The Rolling Stones make their live debut at the Marquee Club in London subbing for Long John Baldry’s Blues Incorporated. The band at this point features Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Dick Taylor, Ian Stewart and future Kink Mick Avory. They were a last minute fill-in for Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, who had been plucked to appear on BBC radio’s Jazz Club program. Billed as The Rollin’ Stones, culled from a song by one of their heroes, Muddy Waters. They were paid £20 for the gig. Ian Stewart’s appointment diary noted that the band played songs by Jimmy Reed, Chuck Berry, and Bo Diddley.
1963: The Beatles’ ‘Twist and Shout’ (EP) is released in the UK. It contains four tracks The Beatles first British album, ‘Please Please Me.’ At the time of release, ‘Please Please Me’ had been at the top of the charts for 10 weeks, but it still did not stop this release from selling over 800,000 copies and to remain in the EP charts a record 64 weeks.
1964: George Harrison crashes his Jaguar on New Kings Road in London heading to a Beatles concert in Brighton, suffering minor injuries. A few fans gather wreckage as souvenirs. The concert goes on with The Fourmost and the Shubdubs (whose drummer, Jimmy Nicol, would later fill in for an ill Ringo Starr on The Beatles’ world tour) opening.
1964: The Ed Sullivan Show re-broadcast The Beatles’ first live television appearance on the Sullivan show (from February 9).
1965: The Beach Boys ‘California Girls’ b/w ‘Let Him Run Wild’ 45 single is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included the song in its of the “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it 71st on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1968: Micky Dolenz of The Monkees marries the model Samantha Juste, who is the “disc girl” on the BBC show Top Of The Pops. Dolenz, who met her on the show, wrote some of The Monkees song ‘Randy Scouse Git’ about her. They divorced in 1975.
1968: Pink Floyd played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: The supergroup Blind Faith begin their first (and only) U.S. tour with a sellout performance at Madison Square Garden.
1969: After being released just three weeks earlier, the futuristic ballad ‘In The Year 2525’ was Billboard’s number one song. After getting a lot of requests to sing the song that they included in their live act, Denny Zager and Rick Evans had invested just $500 to press 1000 copies of the tune. After a Texas radio station added it their play list, RCA signed the duo, but the record would prove to be their only US chart entry. It did however stay at #1 in the US for 6 weeks, which was longer than any other song that year and earned it the distinction of #1 record of the year 1969.
1969: Led Zeppelin headline the Summer Pop Festival, alongside with Johnny Winter, Jethro Tull, Al Kooper and Buddy Guy at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tickets cost $3.75 – $6.75.
1969: Elvis Presley was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 cents
1969: Yes and King Crimson appeared at the Nottingham Racecourse, Nottingham, England.
1970: Pink Floyd headlined on the third and final day of the 1st Open Air Pop Festival, at Reiterstadion Soers, in Aachen, West Germany. Among the other acts on the bill were Deep Purple, Amon Duul II, Traffic, and Tyrannosaurus Rex.
1970: Janis Joplin performs her first live gig with her new backing group, Full Tilt Boogie Band before 4,000 people in Louisville, Kentucky. Less than three months later, she would be dead from a heroin overdose.
1972: The Rolling Stones appear at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana.
1973: Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at Detroit’s Cobo Hall.
1973: The Edgar Winter Group’s ‘Free Ride’ b/w ‘When It Comes’ 45 single is released. Written by Dan Hartman, it was a top 20 U.S. hit in 1973, hitting No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
1974: Frank Zappa plays the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
1974: Eric Clapton performed at Madison Square Garden in New York
1975: Yes appears at Rich Stadium in Buffalo, New York.
1976: The Grateful Dead played the first of six nights at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, California.
1976: The J. Geils Band ‘(Ain’t Nothin’ But A) House Party’ b/w ‘Give It To Me’ 45 single is released.
1977: Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1978: Aerosmith headlines at the Long Beach Civic Arena in Long Beach, California.
1978: Kenny Loggins’ 2nd solo album, ‘Nightwatch’ is released. It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. It features the hit single ‘Whenever I Call You Friend’ featuring Stevie Nicks (co-written with Melissa Manchester), which reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1979: American singer songwriter Minnie Riperton died of cancer aged 31. The Stevie Wonder produced ‘Loving You’ gave Minnie a US #1 single in 1975. She worked at Chess records singing backup for various artists such as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. She also sang lead for the experimental rock/soul group Rotary Connection, from 1967 to 1971. Also a member of Wonderlove in 1973, a backup group for Stevie Wonder.
1979: Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice joined Whitesnake. He would stay with the band until late 1981.
1979: WLUP-FM Chicago disc jockeys Steve Dahl and Gerry Meir staged a “disco demolition” night at Comiskey Park with a public bonfire of disco vinyl records between games of a White Sox-Detroit Tigers doubleheader. A bonfire was started into which disco records were pitched while the crowd chanted, “Disco sucks.” The plan is to blow up a bunch of disco albums between games, but it goes horribly wrong when fans become unruly and rush the field, forcing the White Sox to forfeit the second game.
1980: Billy Joel had the best selling single in America with ‘It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me,’ a number he wrote in the back of a car on the way to a recording session. The lyrics are sung from the prospective of a manager and an artist, arguing about remaining hip for the younger crowd vs. staying the course and letting the music speak for itself. The song would go on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA.
1980: During their 23-date 11 O’clock Tick Tock tour, U2 played at The Moonlight, West Hampstead in London.
1980: Electric Light Orchestra went to number one on the U.K. Singles Chart with ‘Xanadu’ a duet with Olivia Newton-John from the movie of the same name which spent two week on top the chart. It would be ELO’s only number one single.
1981: Van Halen played at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1983: David Bowie kicked off his North American Serious Moonlight Tour in Montreal.
1983: Chris Wood, sax and flute player with Stevie Winwood’s band Traffic, died in London of liver failure after a long illness. He was 39. He also played with Jimi Hendrix in 1968, appearing on the ‘Electric Ladyland’ album and worked with both John Martyn and the Small Faces.
1983: U2 guitarist The Edge marries his high school girlfriend Aislinn O’Sullivan. They welcome three daughters before separating in 1990.
1986: Bob Seger’s ‘Like A Rock’ fails to crack the Top 10 (peaks at #12) but the song has an extended life as the soundtrack for Chevy truck commercials.
1986: Destruction released their 2nd full-length album, ‘Eternal Devastation.’
1991: The ‘Operation Rock & Roll’ concert take place at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California with the lineup of Judas Priest, Alice Cooper, Motörhead, Dangerous Toys and Metal Church.
1992: Axl Rose was arrested at New York’s Kennedy Airport on charges of inciting a riot following a disastrous 1991 Guns N’ Roses concert in St. Louis. He gets 2 years probation and a $50,000 fine.
1994: Fight released ‘Mutations,’ featuring live recordings alongside studio remixes of songs from ‘War of Words.’
1994: Alice Cooper released his 20th studio album, ‘The Last Temptation.’
1996: Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was charged with drug possession after the death of the band’s keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin in his New York Hotel room.
1997: The French magazine Le Figaro publishes an interview with George Harrison where he blasts modern music, taking aim at U2 and the Spice Girls.
2000: London’s Trafalgar Square unveils a sculpture of John Lennon, created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward, which also features a handgun twisted into an unusable shape.
2001: Metallica and Napster settle their copyright dispute. Unfortunately, it comes too late to help either party. Metallica’s lawsuit disillusioned fans and Napster had already ceased being what it was.
2002: Buckcherry breaks up following lead singer Josh Todd’s decision to quit the group. They reunite three years later.
2003: Rob Halford announced that he would rejoin Judas Priest for a new album and tour, their first together in 13 years.
2003: REM, The White Stripes, Idlewind, The Cardigans, The Proclaimers, The Music, The Charlatans, Coldplay, Supergrass, The Darkness, Turin Brakes, The Coral and Feeder all appeared at the two-day T In The Park festival in Scotland.
2004: U2’s Bono receives a medal from Chilean President Ricardo Lagos in conjunction with the celebration of poet Pablo Neruda`s centenary. Bono is one of 100 cultural personalities honored.
2004: Nearly four decades after their major hit ‘I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night,’ two former members of the Electric Prunes, vocalist James Lowe and bassist Mark Tulin, file separate suites against their record label and music publisher claiming $1 million in owed royalties.
2005: Incubus contributes three songs to the soundtrack of the Jamie Foxx action flick, ‘Stealth.’ ‘Neither Of Us Can See’ is a duet with frontman Brandon Boyd and the Pretenders Chrissie Hynde.
2005: Al Kooper, the legendary producer, musician and founder of Blood, Sweat And Tears, releases his first solo album in nearly thirty years.
2005: Velvet Revolver vocalist Scott Weiland gets a drug charged dismissed in a Pasadena, CA., court because he has completed a court-ordered rehab program. The charge originated from an 2003 drug possession bust in Burbank.
2006: Even after his death, Johnny Cash was still popular enough to top The Billboard 200. ‘American V: A Hundred Highways’ earned the Man in Black his first #1 album since 1969’s ‘Johnny Cash at San Quentin.’
2006: All That Remains released their album ‘The Fall Of Ideals.’
2007: Rod Stewart is awarded the CBE Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
2007: The E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt is named the head of an advisory group to decide what music appears in the Rock Band video game (from Harmonix). The Who, Metallica, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Rush, Bon Jovi, Mountain and Blue Oyster Cult are included.
2007: The 24-stop Ozzfest 2007 tour begins in Auburn, WA (south of Seattle). The Ozzy Osbourne-headlined extravaganza is free, with tickets available at special sponsor websites. The lineup included Lordi, Lamb Of God & Behemoth.
2007: The Rolling Stones are paid $5.5 million (or $67,500 per minute) to perform a 14 song set at a private Deutsche Bank party for top-level employees held at the National Art Museum of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain.
2007: Sara Caplan, a former attorney for Phil Spector, agreed to testify in his murder trial about evidence allegedly withheld by a defense expert rather than go to jail for contempt of court. Caplan says she saw a forensic expert pick up a small white object about the size of a fingernail at the scene and put it in a vial. Autopsy pictures of Clarkson show a small piece of acrylic fingernail missing from her right thumb.
2008: Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood left his wife of 23 years and moved in with an 18-year-old Russian cocktail waitress. The 61 year-old dad-of-four had met the teenager while out drinking and had taken her away to his luxury pad in Ireland.
2008: Jeff Beck and Michael McDonald honor legendary Beatles producer George Martin at the Grammy Foundation’s annual Starry Night benefit. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, help chair the L.A. event. Martin receives the organization’s Leadership Award.
2008: Seattle’s Sub Pop label celebrates its 20th Anniversary. The two day party has a reunion performance by Green River, the ’80s grunge band that featured Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. “There’s been a few e-mails exchanged and a few jokes about how we’ll get our hair that big and long again,” quips Ament. “We might all have to go in for weaves.”
2009: Gene Simmons serves as the Grand Marshall of the Honda Indy Toronto auto race in Rama, Canada.
2009: A brawl with drunken bar patrons causes members of Collective Soul to be banned from Myrtle Beach, SC, for one year. The fight spilled out into the streets before the “cops came and escorted everyone away,” reported guitarist Dean Roland.
2011: Incubus release their first studio album in five-and-a-half years, ‘If Not Now, When?’. It’s Produced by Brendan O’Brien.
2011: Sublime With Rome release their debut album ‘Yours Truly.’ The set marks the return of ’90s Ska/Rock band Sublime (bassist Eric Wilson, drummer Bud Gaugh) plus singer Rome Ramirez, the replacement for late vocalist Bradley Nowell, who died in ’96.
2011: Theory Of A Deadman release ‘The Truth Is…’ The Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, 3 Doors Down) production features the song ‘Lowlife.’
2011: Kid Rock appears on the Daily Show. No big deal, except Rock and host Jon Stewart talk about the singer raising his young daughter. “We have unmasked and outed Kid Rock tonight as a responsible, caring, diligent, professional parent,” says Stewart. “And in the process, totally f****d your career.”
2011: Former Queens Of The Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri is arrested for felony domestic violence following a stand-off with a S.W.A.T. team at his L.A. home. An altercation between Oliveri and his girlfriend result in Oliveri locking them both inside his duplex. The police are called. Following tense negotiations the girlfriend is released and Oliveri surrenders to police. He is later released after posting $100,000 bail.
2011: ‘Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be: The Story of Bon Scott,’ a play based on the life of the late AC/DC frontman, opens at the Athenaeum Theater in Melbourne. “The impact that AC/DC had on me as a teenager was huge,” says actor Nick Barker, who plays Scott. “Even growing up as a musician I spent a lot of my time playing in pubs and AC/DC was the benchmark.”
2011: ‘Seven Deadly Sins: Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good,’ written by Corey Taylor, is in bookstores. The Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman says the work is “a candid, outrageous manifesto on the subject and nature of sin.”
2011: Responding to constant criticism over their financial affairs, U2 guitarist The Edge defends the group’s tax situation in a letter to the Baltimore Sun. “For the record, U2 and the individual band members have a totally clean record with every jurisdiction to which they are required to pay tax and have never been and will never be involved in tax evasion,” writes The Edge. The band had been accused of moving a part of their business activities to Holland solely to avoid paying taxes in Ireland.
2012: ‘The Rolling Stones: 50,’ which celebrates the group’s half-century together is in bookstores.
2012: Pollstar magazine announced that former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters had racked up $158.1 million in concert ticket sales worldwide so far this year with ‘The Wall Live’ show. Bruce Springsteen was a distant second with $79.9 million.
2013: Bon Jovi tops Pollstar’s mid-year tour survey raking in $142 million over six months. That’s more than Bruce Springsteen or the Rolling Stones, though the latter netted nearly $9 million per show; three times what Bon Jovi earned.
2014: Johnny Winter plays the Lovely Days Festival in Wiesen, Austria. It was his last ever performance.
2014: Accept released their single ‘Stampede.’
2016: Jeff Beck publishes his first book, ‘Beck01.’ The limited-edition work explores his passions for hot-rods and Rock n’ Roll. It is available in hand-bound leather personally signed by the guitarist.

July 13
1897: Guglielmo Marconi receives a patent from the U.S. government for the invention of the radio.
1956: Elvis Presley’s ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ b/w ‘Hound Dog’ 45 single is in the US.’Don’t Be Cruel,’ written by Otis Blackwell, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2004, it was listed #197 in Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song is currently ranked as the 92nd greatest song of all time, as well as the 5th best song of 1956, by Acclaimed Music. Within a few weeks ‘Hound Dog’ had risen to #2 on the Pop charts with sales of over one million. ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ went on to become Presley’s biggest selling single recorded in 1956, with sales over six million by 1961. ‘Hound Dog’ is a twelve-bar blues written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and originally recorded by Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton in 1952. Other early versions illustrate the differences among blues, country, and rock and roll in the mid-1950s. The 1956 remake by Elvis Presley is the best-known version; it is his version that is No. 19 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1962: The Everly Brothers begin their first U.S. tour since being discharged from the Marines. The jaunt starts in Salt Lake City.
1963: The Rolling Stones played their first ever gig outside London when they appeared at The Alcove Club in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire supporting The Hollies.
1964: The Animals went to top the UK singles charts with ‘The House Of The Rising Sun.’ Recorded in one take, this was the first number one to have a playing time of more than four minutes.
1964: The Beach Boys release their 6th studio album, ‘All Summer Long.’ It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart during a 49 week stay. ‘I Get Around’ preceded the album’s release by some two months and quickly raced to become their first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.
1964: The Beatles ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ b/w ‘I Should Have Known Better’ 45 single is released in the U.S. In 1965, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ won The Beatles the Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group. In 2004, this song was ranked number 153 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
1965: The soundtrack to ‘Help!,’ The Beatles second film, is released in the US. Though it contains orchestrated soundtrack ‘filler’ it does have the title track and ‘Ticket To Ride.’
1965: Paul McCartney was presented with five Ivor Novello Awards at a lunch party at The Savoy, London. John Lennon refused to attend and Paul was 40 minutes late after he had forgotten about the engagement.
1966: The Turtles with openers The Doors start a stint of multiple concerts at the Whisky a Go Go.
1967: Pink Floyd made their second appearance on BBC Top Of The Pops to promote their new single ‘See Emily Play’ which was hosted by Pete Murray.
1968: Pink Floyd, supported by The Rationals, performed at Fifth Dimension in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
1968: Black Sabbath play their first gig at a club called The Crown in Birmingham, England. At the time, they were still known as Earth.
1968: Steppenwolf released ‘Born to Be Wild.’ It goes on to peak at #2. A line from the song which includes the words “heavy metal thunder” is often credited with popularizing a new term for that type of music.
1968: Simon & Garfunkel’s Bookends is number one for the 3rd week on the album charts.
1969: New York’s Flushing Meadows Singer Bowl played host to a festival that had sets from the Jeff Beck Group, Vanilla Fudge, Jethro Tull, Ten Years After and Led Zeppelin. Zeppelin literally play a set that no one can follow, and Vanilla Fudge pull out of the lineup rather than try to top the heavy metal quartet. During the Jeff Beck Group’s set, John Bonham strips off his clothes and has to be bundled off stage. The evening ends with various musicians performing “Jailhouse Rock.
1969: The Beatles single ‘The Ballad Of John and Yoko’ is banned by over 100 U.S. radio stations because of the lines, “Christ, you know it ain’t easy” and “they’re going to crucify me” calling them offensive. This comes in the wake of John Lennon’s remarks that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus.”
1969: Iron Butterfly played at Musicarnival in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Musicarnival was a music “tent” theater, among the first of its kind. The theater was used for performances of musicals, operettas and operas, but also hosted a number of famous musicians and rock bands, and had a capacity of 2,563.
1972: During a North American tour The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan.
1973: Queen released their self-titled debut album in the UK on July 13, 1973 (September 4 in the U.S.). It reached #24 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s & Tape chart. In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked the single ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ 31st in the “100 Greatest Guitar Songs Of All Time”, describing it as “an entire album’s worth of riffs crammed into a single song”.
1973: Grateful Dead ‘History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear’s Choice)’ is released. The band’s 9th album and the 4th live album reached #60 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. It is concert highlights from the band’s performances of February 13 and 14, 1970 at the Fillmore East in New York City. The album was compiled as a tribute of sorts to Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, the band’s original keyboard player and blues aficionado, who died while the album was being prepared. The “Bear” of the title is Owsley Stanley, underground chemist turned Dead sound man. The album was originally intended to be a first in a series, but Volume Two never came to be as this was the band’s last album on their record contract with Warner Bros. Records.
1973: Tensions between The Everly Brothers spill over at a show in Hollywood, where Phil Everly smashes his guitar in frustration. Don Everly continues the show on his own, announcing, “The Everly Brothers died ten years ago.” (The duo would reunite in 1983.)
1973: Bob Dylan releases his soundtrack to ‘Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.’
1973: Blue Oyster Cult ‘Hot Rails To Hell’ b/w ‘7 Screaming Diz-Busters’ 45 single is released.
1974: Eric Clapton released his version of ‘I Shot the Sheriff.’ It will become his only U.S. #1. Clapton would later say “I tried to ask him (Marley) what the song was all about, but couldn’t understand much of his reply. I was just relieved that he liked what we had done.”
1974: Eric Clapton invites Todd Rundgren to play guitar during the encore of Clapton’s concert at Madison Square Garden. Todd’s guitar rig isn’t working. Clapton takes off his guitar, hands it to Todd, and steps aside to listen.
1974: Elton John started a two-week run at number one on the UK album chart and a four-week stint on the U.S. album charts with ‘Caribou,’ his third chart topping album.
1974: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first of a three night, six show residency at the newly-opened Bottom Line in New York City. The shows received rave reviews and created a buzz in the music industry.
1974: Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young play the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California.
1975: Aerosmith appeared at the International Center Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1976: The first issue of UK punk fanzine Sniffin’ Glue was published, with features on The Stranglers, Ramones and Blue Oyster Cult. Former bank clerk Mark Perry edited the fanzine.
1976: Elvis Presley has his father Vernon fire three of his security crew, Sonny West, Red West and Dave Hebler. No reason for the dismissal was ever given to the trio. Sonny West and his cousin Red had been with Elvis since 1960. Hebler had been his self-defense instructor and personal bodyguard for four years.
1977: The infamous New York City black-out prematurely ends a Boz Scaggs concert.
1978: The BBC banned The Sex Pistols’ song ‘No One Is Innocent,’ which features vocals performed by Ronnie Biggs, a British criminal notorious for his part in the Great Train Robbery of 1963. At the time of the recording, Biggs was living in Brazil, still wanted by the British authorities but immune from extradition. Despite the lack of radio play, the song would still reach number seven on the UK chart. As for Biggs, he voluntarily returned to the United Kingdom in 2001 and spent several years in prison before being released on compassionate grounds in 2009.
1978: The Rolling Stones performed at the Superdome in New Orleans.
1979: Pete Townshend played at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1979: Dire Straits ‘Lady Writer’ b/w ‘Where Do You Think You’re Going?’ 45 single is released. It reached #45 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1983: ‎Grim Reaper‬ released their debut album ‘See You In Hell.’
1984: During The Jacksons’ concert at Texas Stadium in Dallas, Eddie Van Halen came onstage to perform ‘Beat It’ with the group. This would be the only time Eddie performed the song in concert with Michael Jackson.
1985: Elton John re-signed with MCA Records in America, his five-album deal being worth $8 million, the biggest advance in history at the time.
1985: Robert Plant peaked at number 20 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘Shaken ‘n’ Stirred,’ which would go Gold in the U.S.
1985: Live Aid took place as concerts were held in Philadelphia and London to raise money for Ethiopia’s starving. At 12.01 Status Quo started the Live Aid in London. Over a billion people around the world listened in or watched the concerts on TV. Performers included U2, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Judas Priest, Santana, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Dire Straits, Queen, David Bowie, The Who, Elton John, Black Sabbath, Bryan Adams, The Four Tops, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, The Cars, Hall And Oates, Phil Collins, Pretenders, Simple Minds, Lionel Richie and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. In Philadelphia, Bob Dylan suggested that some of the money raised be set aside to help America’s farmers, which angered Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof, but inspired Willie Nelson to come up with Farm Aid.
1985: Black Sabbath‬ reunited for the ‪Live Aid‬ Festival to fight hunger in Africa.
1985: INXS appears on the Australian version of Live Aid.
1985: David Bowie and Mick Jagger debut their video for ‘Dancing in the Street’ at Live Aid. Bowie also performs ‘Heroes’ at Wembley Stadium.
1985: Duran Duran became the first artists to have a number one on the US singles chart with a James Bond theme when ‘A View To A Kill,’ went to the top of the charts.
1985: Elton John re-signed with MCA Records in America, his five-album deal being worth $8 million, the biggest advance in history at the time.
1988: Sting rocked Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center to benefit the rainforests.
1991: Bryan Adams went to number one on the UK singles chart with ‘Everything I Do I Do It For You,’ which was featured on the soundtrack for the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. It stayed at number one for a record-breaking 16 weeks, breaking a record held since 1955. It was also a chart topper in the U.S. for 7 weeks, and a hit in 16 other countries. It won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture in 1992.
1992: ‘George Harrison: Live in Japan’ is released. It’s his 2nd live album. It reached #126 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. Although unbeknown to anyone at the time, ‘Live in Japan’ would prove to be Harrison’s last solo release in his lifetime. It was credited to George Harrison, Eric Clapton & Band.
1992: Guns N’Roses release their 11th single, ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.’
1993: At the All-Star baseball game in Baltimore, Rush’s Geddy Lee treated the audience to his interpretation of ‘Oh Canada.’
1994: KISS performed with Garth Brooks on The Tonight Show for a rendition of ‘Hard Luck Woman.’
1996: Over 2,000 guitar players, including Chet Atkins and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, set a new world record for the largest jam session ever when they played “Heartbreak Hotel” for 75 straight minutes at Nashville’s Riverfront Park. The previous record was set in Vancouver, Canada on May 7th, 1994, when Randy Bachman led 1,322 mostly-amateur guitarists in a performance that lasted 68 minutes.
1997: Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers undergoes five hours of surgery to repair his right hand after a motorcycle accident. A car pulls a U-turn in front of him. He is given painkillers for his injury which end up being a gateway back to heroin.
1999: Paul McCartney displayed 73 paintings at the Kunstforum Lyz gallery in the German town of Siegen. McCartney had been painting for the past 16 years (since he turned 40).
2004: Arthur “Killer” Kane, bass player with The New York Dolls, dies after checking himself into a Los Angeles emergency room, complaining of fatigue. He was quickly diagnosed with leukemia, and died within two hours. He was 55. His death came just three weeks after the New York Dolls reunited for a concert after being apart for almost 30 years. Kane was known for wearing outlandish outfits like hot pants and one piece stretch onesies on stage. He was also volatile. In 1988, when Kane happened to see Dolls frontman David Johansen starring in the movie Scrooged on TV, Kane was sent into such a jealous rage that he beat his wife with cat furniture and then jumped out of a third story window, attempting to kill himself. In later years, he became a devout Mormon.
2004: Ringo Starr’s ‘Postcards from the Boys’ is published. It’s a collection of postcards from John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison to their drummer. Ringo adds his comments beneath each card. The regular edition cost a mere $495 while a deluxe edition goes for $840. All proceeds are donated to the Lotus foundation, which provides funding for women’s and children’s causes.
2004: Metallica‬ released the single ‘Some Kind Of Monster.’
2004: Dokken release their 9th studio album, ‘Hell to Pay.’ It’s their 1st album to feature former Doro guitarist Jon Levin.
2004: Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck appear together in the U.K.’s Mojo magazine. The issue comes with a CD, “The Roots Of Led Zeppelin,” featuring 15 Blues and early Rock tracks that inspired the group.
2004: Scabeba Entertainment purchases the film and television rights to Rush drummer Neil Peart’s biography ‘Ghost Rider.’ The company is run by Cathy Rich, daughter of legendary jazz drummer, Buddy Rich.
2006: Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen announces that he has signed on as a celebrity spokesperson for animal-rights group PETA. “Not only is a vegetarian lifestyle healthier, it’s better for the animals and for the environment,” says Collen. Drummer Rick Allen is the group’s other vegetarian, while singer Joe Elliott doesn’t eat pork, beef, chicken or turkey.
2007: Rod Stewart is presented with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire medal by Prince Charles at London’s Buckingham Palace. “It’s a marvelous occasion,” says Stewart, who is recognized for his musical contributions to the United Kingdom.
2008: Joan Jett plays a murder victim on the “Reunion” episode of ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent.’ Her character hosts a show called ‘Rock ‘n Talk’ before she meets her demise.
2009: Gibson introduces a limited-edition signature Les Paul Standard guitar that replicates ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons “Pearly Gates” axe. Only 350 of the $15K instruments are made.
2010: KoRn release their 9th album, ‘KoRn III: Remember Who You Are.’ “Ray is like the missing KoRn member we never had,” says Fieldy of new drummer Ray Luzier. The album was produced by Ross Robinson, who was running the boards on KoRn’s first two releases. It’s the 1st to feature former David Lee Roth drummer Ray Luzier.
2010: Hellyeah present their sophomore album, ‘Stampede.’
2010: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.’s ’85 college Rock classic ‘Fables Of The Reconstruction,’ the album is re-released with a bonus CD containing demos and unreleased tracks. Guitarist Peter Buck calls the band’s third release, “a personal favorite.”
2011: Songwriter Jerry Ragovoy dies of a stroke at age 80. Under the pseudonym Norman Meade, he co-wrote ‘Time Is On My Side,’ made famous by the Rolling Stones.
2012: Motley Crue‬ released the single ‘Sex.’
2012: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler announces he is leaving American Idol to focus his attention back on the band. “After some long, hard thoughts I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress, American Idol, before she boils my rabbit,” says Tyler. He was a judge on the show for two seasons.
2012: Roger Waters’ tour The Wall Live, topped worldwide concert ticket sales for the first half of 2012. The show based Pink Floyd’s hit 1979 album, took in $158.1 million beating Bruce Springsteen and Madonna. Waters sold 1.4 million tickets according to Pollstar magazine.
2013: The Rolling Stones close out their 50 & Counting tour with the second of two shows in London’s Hyde Park. 65.000 turn out.
2013: Iron Maiden gives the first Rock concert at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. “It is a great honor to play the new national stadium,” says Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson.
2014: Neil Young & Crazy Horse announce that they have been forced to cancel their concert at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv due to the security situation in Israel. “We’ll miss the opportunity to play for our fans and look forward to playing in Israel and Palestine in peace,” reads a statement. In lieu of a performance, Young makes donations to the Louse Tillie Alpert Youth Music Center of Israel and Heartbeat, “two organizations that teach music to Palestinian and Israeli youth simultaneously by enabling them to play music together.”
2015: Metal Allegiance released the single ‘Can’t Kill The Devil.’
2015: Clark County medical examiners issued a statement that said they had found no evidence to prove allegations by two of B.B. King’s adult children that the Blues legend had been poisoned, hastening their father’s death last May.
2016: Nashville mayor Megan Barry names Jack White (White Stripes) to a Council on Gender Equality during an executive order-signing. The 45-member Council is tasked with studying gender equality in the Nashville metro.
2016: Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland and his fiancee Carre Callaway star in a DIY Network reality TV show about their restoration of a house in Detroit.

July 14
1958: The Quarrymen, featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John “Duff” Lowe on piano and Colin Hanton on drums, record a vanity disc at a small studio in an electronics shop owned by a man named Percy Phillips. The band recorded ‘That’ll Be The Day’ and ‘In Spite Of Danger’ in one take each. With the names of the tunes and the song’s writers hand written on the label, each band member was to keep the 10-inch 78 rpm disc for a week before passing it on. Both recordings eventually ended up on ‘Anthology 1.’
1961: Billboard magazine reports that the teenage dance craze, ‘The Twist,’ is being picked up by the adult crowd in Philadelphia.
1962: The Beatles played their first ever gig in Wales when they appeared at The Regent Dansette in Rhyl. Tickets cost five shillings, ($0.70).
1964: The Rolling Stones score their first #1 hit in the UK with their cover ‘It’s All Over Now.’ The original Valentinos version of the song was played to the Rolling Stones during their first North American tour in June 1964 by New York radio DJ Murray the K. It was originally written by Bobby Womack and Shirley Womack. The Stones recorded their version nine days later at Chess Studios in Chicago.
1964: The Beach Boys performed at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, Iowa.
1965: The Who performed at the Locarno Ballroom in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England.
1967: The Who launch their first large-scale American tour, playing the first of 55 dates with Herman’s Hermits at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.
1967: David Bowie released the single ‘Love You Till Tuesday’ which failed to reach the charts. Bowie’s 1969 showpiece film ‘Love You till Tuesday’ took its name from the song, which also featured over the opening credits.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appears at the Stadium in the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, New York. Hendrix was the opening act for The Monkees. He got so tired of the boos and screams from impatient fans of the group that he flipped a finger at the crowd and stormed off stage.
1968: Promoter Bill Graham leaves the Fillmore Auditorium to take over San Francisco’s Carousel Ballroom. Electric Flag and Blue Cheer play the final Fillmore concerts.
1969: The landmark counterculture film ‘Easy Rider,’ starring Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda was released.
1969: Procol Harum performs at the Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: At the Mississippi River Rock Festival, The Band were joined them onstage for three songs. He was introduced as “Elmer Johnson.”
1970: The Grateful Dead play at the Euphoria Ballroom in San Rafael, California.
1971: The Byrds, James Taylor, Steeleye Span, Sandy Denny, Tom Paxton and The Incredible String Band all appeared at the UK Lincoln Folk Festival
1971: Blood, Sweat & Tears ‘Go Down Gamblin’ b/w ‘Valentine’s Day’ 45 single is released. It was the first single from the ‘Blood, Sweat & Tears 4’ album. Written by singer David Clayton-Thomas, it peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1973: Clarence White, guitarist with the Byrds, is killed by a drunk driver while loading equipment following a show in Palmdale, California. He was 29. White replaced Gram Parsons in the Byrds, and helped to make them a more formidable live act. He also was an in-demand session player, appearing on albums by The Everly Brothers, Ricky Nelson, Joe Cocker, The Monkees, Randy Newman, Linda Ronstadt, Arlo Guthrie, Jackson Browne and many others.
1973: An Everly Brothers’ concert at Knott’s Berry Farm’s John Wayne Theatre is the last that the duo will perform for nearly ten years. The show is stopped by entertainment director Bill Hollingshead because he felt Don was giving a poor performance. Phil smashed his guitar and walked off the stage, leaving Don to perform the third set by himself. The pair announced their break-up on the spot and they would not get together again until September of 1983.
1973: Gary Glitter and the Glitter Men made their live debut at Mecksham in Wiltshire, England.
1974: Eric Clapton played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1977: Elvis Costello & The Attractions play their first gig, supporting Wayne County at The Garden in Penzance, Cornwall, England.
1978: Marshall Tucker Band played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1979: Cheap Trick peaked at #4 for four weeks on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘Cheap Trick at Budokan’ which was their first top 10 album in the U.S.
1980: Blue Oyster Cult appeared at the Convention Center Arena in San Antonio, Texas.
1980: In France, Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry contracts a kidney infection and is flown to London after collapsing in his hotel room.
1980: Allen Klein, the man who had managed both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, began a two month jail sentence for falsifying income tax documents. For years Klein had control over ABKCO (Allen and Betty Klein Company) Music and Records and was responsible for the lack of CD releases by such artists as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, The Rays, The Dovells and many others from the 1960s.
1982: Van Halen kicked off their 105-date North American ‘Hide Your Sheep Tour’ at Richmond County Civic Center (now called the James Brown Arena) in Augusta, Georgia.
1982: Alan Parker’s film, ‘Pink Floyd’s The Wall,’ premiered at the Leicester Square Empire in London. The film which centers around a confined rocker named Floyd “Pink” Pinkerton earned $22 million in its first year and won two British Academy Awards.
1984: Heart singer Ann Wilson & Loverboy singer Mike Reno reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their duet ‘Almost Paradise’ from the Footloose soundtrack. The producers’ original male choice was Foreigner singer Lou Gramm who turned down the project.
1984: For the first and only time, Eddie Van Halen performs ‘Beat It’ live in concert with Michael Jackson, at The Jacksons concert at Texas Stadium in Dallas. Jackson screams, “You got it, Eddie, Eddie, Eddie!”
1984: Billy Idol peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Eyes Without a Face’ which was Idol’s first top 10 single in the U.S.
1986: Queensryche release their 2nd studio album, ‘Rage for Order.’
1986: Bon Jovi kick off their ‘Slippery When Wet Tour’ in Vancouver, BC with Cinderella opening most dates.
1987: The Steve Miller Band receives a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in front of the Capitol Records Tower.
1988: At the height of “Elvis is Alive” mania, Nashville radio station WYHY offers a million dollars to anyone who shows up at the studios with the King.
1989: Alice Cooper released his ‘Poison’ comeback single. It peaks at #7, his biggest hit since 1972’s ‘School’s Out.’
1989: At The Peach Festival, South Carolina, 432 guitarist’s broke the world record for the most guitar players appearing in unison for the longest period of time, when they performed ‘Louie Louie’ for 30 minutes.
1992: Megadeth’s 5th studio album, ‘Countdown to Extinction’ was released.
1992: Danzig release their 3rd album, ‘Danzig III: How the Gods Kill.’
1992: KISS release their home video ‘X-treme Close Up,’ featuring the history, facts and stories of KISS, up to the time of filming in 1992.
1992: Motley Crue began writing & rehearsing with their new singer John Corabi. Their first and only album with Corabi was released in March of 1994.
1996: Saxon released their 4th live album, ‘The Eagle Has Landed – Part II.’
1997: The White Stripes perform their first live show during an open-mic night at the Gold Dollar in Detroit. They perform a version of ‘Jimmy The Exploder,’ which later appeared on the White Stripes self-titled debut.
1998: Garbage is nominated in eight categories for the upcoming 15th annual MTV Music Awards in September. When the awards are handed out Garbage comes up empty.
1998: Bruce Dickinson released his 5th solo album, ‘The Chemical Wedding.’
1998: Night Ranger release their album ‘Seven.’ Great White singer Jack Russell is credited with background vocals. Tommy Shaw of Styx fame co-wrote the track ‘Kong’ with Jack Blades.
1999: Gary “Gar” Samuelson former drummer with ‪Megadeth‬ passed away at age 41 in Orange city, Florida of reported liver failure.
2003: Plans for Sting to write an official anthem for Tuscany came under fire by locals who insisted the job should go to an Italian and not a foreigner. The British pop star owned a house in Tuscany and had been nominated to compose the anthem by Franco Banchi who lived nearby.
2003: Carlos Santana wraps up his 23-city ‘American Shaman Tour.’ Tour proceeds are donated to fight the AIDS epidemic in South Africa.
2004: Former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and his wife, Jimena, introduce a new geography teaching resource called Streets of Brazil in London. The CD-ROM provides U.K. students with information about the plight of homeless or needy Brazilian children. Jimena is the founder of Action For Brazil’s Children Trust and her husband is a patron of the charity organization.
2004: Planet Waves wine is introduced. The name comes from the ’74 Bob Dylan album. An Italian winery, Fattoria La Terrazze, produces 415 cases with only 125 of them available in the US. The wine sells for $65 a bottle.
2006: Alice Cooper makes a cameo appearance on the USA network detective series ‘Monk.’ Coop plays himself in an episode titled ‘Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike.’
2006: Almost three years after Evanescence guitarist/founding member Ben Moody departed it’s announced in an online post that bassist Will Boyd has left. Singer Amy Lee writes that Boyd was reluctant to undertake another lengthy tour, preferring to spend more time with his family. “We love Will very much and wish him nothing but happiness in everything he does,” adds Lee. “We’ve been playing music together since I was in junior high.”
2006: Ex-Vice President Dan Quayle exits John Mellencamp’s concert in Stateline, NV, after the singer criticizes the Bush administration while introducing the song ‘Walk Tall.’ Quayle’s publicist says the “performance was not very good to begin with, and the comment put it over the top.” “It’s kind of telling that he chose to walk out as I was doing a song about tolerance,” says Mellencamp.
2007: A pair of glasses worn by former Beatle John Lennon sparked a bidding war after being offered for sale online. The circular sunglasses were worn by Lennon during the Beatles 1966 tour of Japan, where the band played some of their last ever live dates. Anonymous rival bidders had pushed the price as high as £750,00.
2007: A Rolling Stones concert scheduled at a racetrack in Belgrade, Serbia, is relocated to a city park. Animal-rights activists claim the group’s music (as melodic and tasteful as it is) will distress horses sheltered in nearby stables. 2007: Genesis give a free concert in Rome at the ancient Circo Massimo Hippodrome. The show is the last stop on the European leg of the band’s Turn It On Again reunion tour.
2007: Genesis give a free concert in Rome at the ancient Circo Massimo Hippodrome. The show is the last stop on the European leg of the band’s ‘Turn It On Again’ reunion tour.
2008: 3 Doors Down perform prior to Major League Baseball’s ’08 State Farm Home Run Derby at New York’s Yankee Stadium. The band plays ‘It’s Not My Time’ and ‘Kryptonite.’
2008: ‘Rock Band 2′ reveal that new Guns N’ Roses song ‘Shackler’s Revenge’ is to appear in the game.
2009: Daughtry release their sophomore album, ‘Leave This Town.’
2009: The Dead Weather, with Jack White (White Stripes/Raconteurs) on drums, release their debut ‘Horehound.’
2009: Green Day release the ’21 Guns’ single from the band’s 8th album ’21st Century Breakdown.’ The song goes on to sell over two-million copies.
2009: Judas Priest release their 5th live album, ‘A Touch Of Evil: Live.’ The collection features songs that have never appeared on any of the group’s previous concert discs.
2011: In their hometown of Mississauga, Ontario, Triumph has a street named after them. All three members attend the ceremony, and in true rock and roll style, they cut the ribbon with a chainsaw.
2011: Jimmy Page launches his official website: www.jimmypage.com. “I’ve had the domain name for a number of years,” says the former Led Zeppelin guitarist. “It got to a point that it felt it was the right time.”
2011: Blink-182 release ‘Up All Night,’ their first song in eight years.
2012: Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney perform together for the first time during the encore of Springsteen’s Hyde Park concert in London. “I gotta tell you, I’ve been trying to do this for 50 years,” says Springsteen as he introduces McCartney.
2015: Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe’s memoir, ‘Dark Days,’ is published. The book chronicles his ordeal in the Czech Republic after being accused and later acquitted of manslaughter, following the death of a fan at a 2010 concert.
2015: 3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold has a concert goer ejected after seeing him push a woman out of his way near the stage at a concert in Broomfield, CO. Arnold stops the show to call the man out. “Hey, hey homie. You don’t hit a woman!” Security does the rest.
2015: Dave Somerville, lead singer for The Diamonds, died of cancer at the age of 81. The Canadian quartet charted sixteen times on Billboard’s various charts in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including the Top 10 hits ‘Little Darlin’, ‘Silhouettes’ and ‘The Stroll.’
2016: Megadeth announce that Dirk Verbeuren is the band’s drummer. Verbeuren, formerly of Soilwork, takes over from Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler.

July 15
1958: John Lennon’s mother, Julia, is killed by a drunk driver who is an off-duty police officer in Liverpool, England while she was crossing Menlove Avenue towards a bus stop. She was 44 and John was 17 at the time. 24-year-old Constable Eric Clague was later acquitted of the offence by a jury who attributed Julia’s demise to “death by mis-adventure.” He was however suspended from duty and later resigned from the Liverpool Constabulary to take a job as postman. As a baby, Lennon was taken away from his mother and raised by her sister, as Julia lived a tumultuous and scandal-ridden life, becoming pregnant by another man while she was still married to Lennon’s father, and then “living in sin” with a man who fathered her next two children. Lennon and his mother became quite close though when Lennon was a young teenager.
1963: Paul McCartney was busted for speeding and fined 17 English pounds for the offense.
1963: Elvis begins filming the movie ‘Viva Las Vegas’ with Ann-Margaret. When the wedding scene was filmed, many tabloid magazines published still photos and suggested that Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret really had gotten married. Although critics bashed the film, it finished at #11 on the list of the Top 20 Movie Box Office hits of 1964. The title track was released as a single, but could only climb to #29.
1965: This weeks U.S. Top three singles, #3 The Byrds, ‘Mr Tambourine Man,’ #2 The Four Tops, ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ and at #1 The Rolling Stones with ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.’
1966: David Bowie & the Buzz appeared at the Loughton Youth Centre in Loughton, England.
1966: The Yardbirds ‘Roger the Engineer’ is released in the UK. In 2003, the album was ranked #349 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It was produced by bassist Paul Samwell-Smith and Simon Napier-Bell.
1967: Jefferson Airplane and The Doors both performed both played an afternoon and evening show to over 8,000 fans at Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at the Stowmarket Carnival, held at The Cricket Meadow, in Stowmarket, England. Feel for Soul, The Ketas, and other bands were also on the bill.
1968: The Beatles’ new enterprise, Apple, enters its new corporate headquarters on 3 Savile Row in London, later the site of their famous “rooftop concert.”
1971: Yoko Ono appears at the London department store Selfridges, where she signs copies of her book ‘Grapefruit’. John Lennon turns up to lend a wrist.
1971: King Crimson played at Town Hall in Watford, England.
1971: Pink Floyd’s ‘Relics’ album is released. The compilation album reached #152 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #32 on the UK Albums chart.
1972: Black Sabbath appeared at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
1972: Elton John’s ‘Honky Chateau’ hits #1, his first U.S. chart topper. The album has a 5 week run at the top. John also peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Rocket Man,’ John’s second top 10 single in the U.S.
1973: Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘We’re An American Band’ b/w ‘Creepin’ 45 single is released. It was the group’s first #1 Billboard Hot 100 single. Written by Don Brewer and produced by Todd Rundgren, its huge chart success broadened Grand Funk’s appeal. It was sung by Don Brewer rather than Mark Farner, who usually took lead vocals. It is the 99th song on VH1’s 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.
1973: Grand Funk Railroad’s 7th studio album, ‘We’re An American Band’ is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard Top 200 LP’s chart, bolstered by two Billboard Hot 100 hit singles, the title cut (#1), and ‘Walk Like a Man’ (#19).
1973: A depressed Ray Davies, balancing a beer can on his head, announced he was retiring from the music scene at London’s White City Stadium during a Kinks concert. He checks into a local hospital for exhaustion, but a week later, he returns to the band. Other acts on the bill include The Edgar Winter Group, Sly & The Family Stone, Canned Heat and Lindisfarne.
1973: Led Zeppelin played at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York. Tickets were $4.50.
1974: Elton John re-signed with the record label MCA. Elton received eight-million dollars for delivering his next five albums to them, which included ‘Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy.’
1975: Yes performed at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1977: Yes released their 8th studio album, ‘Going for the One.’
1978: Bob Dylan played to an audience of 200,000 at his open-air concert with special guest Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading and Graham Parker all appeared at “The Picnic at Blackbushe” at Blackbushe Aerodrome in Surrey, England.
1978: The Rolling Stones ‘Some Girls’ hits #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the 7th time for a two week run on top of the chart. Some Girls would later go on to be their biggest selling album after it was certified Platinum six times in 2000.
1980: Linda Ronstadt makes a well-received dramatic debut in Joseph Papp’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance in New York’s Central Park, setting off a “Pirates” fad that would last for the next three years.
1980: Donnie Iris releases his ‘Back on the Streets’ album. It includes KISS’ ‘Psycho Circus’ drummer Kevin Valentine.
1985: The Talking Heads release their ‘Little Creatures’ album.
1986: Columbia Records dumps Johnny Cash after 28 years. Cash hitches up with Polygram and later American for an artistically rewarding period in his lengthy career.
1986: The city of El Cerrito, California, declares this day to be John Fogerty Day in honor of one of their hometown heroes.
1987: Trouble released their 3rd studio album, ‘Run to the Light.’
1988: Robert Palmer was the musical guest on Late Night with David Letterman.
1988: MTV bans Neil Young’s video ‘This Note Is For You,’ which parodied corporate Rock by showing a Michael Jackson look-alike whose hair catches fire. The ban would soon be lifted and the video was put into heavy rotation, resulting in it eventually winning the MTV Video Music Award for Best Video of the Year in 1989.
1989: Atlantic Records executive Nesuhi Ertegun dies following a cancer surgery at age 71.
1989: Pink Floyd performed in Venice on a floating stage. 200-thousand people gathered to see them and an estimated worldwide audience of 100 million watched, courtesy of a live broadcast to more than 20 countries. The crowd ended up causing damage to the city’s bridges and made marble crumble from centuries-old buildings. Two Venice councilors were later ordered to stand trial for the costs incurred by the concert.
1989: The Doobie Brothers return to the U.S. Top 10 for first time in nine years as ‘The Doctor’ climbs to #9.
1991: Warrant lead singer Jani Lane marries Bobbie Brown, the girl from the ‘Cherry Pie’ video. They divorce two years later.
1993: Minneapolis’ own Soul Asylum own the Minnesota Music Awards. They win Best Artist, Best Album (‘Grave Dancers Union’) and Best Song (‘Runaway Train’).
1994: In Detroit, Pink Floyd performed ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ in its entirety for the first time in almost 20 years.
1994: Overkill released their 7th full-length album, ‘W.F.O.’
1995: Neil Young, with Pearl Jam as his backing band, releases ‘Mirror Ball.’
1998: Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer narrowly escapes serious injury when his Ferrari convertible catches on fire at a gas station. He is admitted to the hospital with second-degree burns on his arms and hands. The Ferrari is destroyed.
1999: Bruce Springsteen kicked off the North-American leg of his reunion tour with The E Street Band at New Jersey’s Continental Airlines Arena.
1999: The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir married Natasha Muenicr. This was Weir’s first marriage.
1999: The Rolling Stones report income of $337 million in the last two years, a result of 147 concerts in front of nearly six million fans.
1999: A couple of American radio stations got their hands slapped by Capitol Records for playing a bootlegged Paul McCartney single called ‘I Got Stung.’ The song was taken from a BBC broadcast and distributed over the Internet.
2000: Paul Young, frontman with Sad Café and lead singer on the Mike + the Mechanics hit ‘All I Need Is A Miracle,’ dies of a heart attack at age 53.
2000: An Oasis fan was killed when he tried to walk home along the M61 motorway in Manchester, England after Oasis had played a sold-out gig at The Reebok stadium.
2002: Bob Seger’s 62 foot boat, Lightning of St. Clair Shores, finished first in its division in the Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race in Michigan.
2002: Good Charlotte film their ‘The Lifestyles Of The Rich and Famous’ video.
2004: Three generations of Presley women appear in Vogue. They are Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla, daughter Lisa Marie and grand-daughter Danielle Riley.
2004: Former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson sues David Mustaine for $18.5 million in missing profits after the singer-guitarist allegedly backs out of a deal to hand over control of the band’s marketing company, Megadeth Inc. Ellefson claims that Mustaine cheated him out of merchandise and publishing royalties after the group’s 2002 split. (Megadeth later re-formed with a different lineup).
2004: ‘A&E In Concert: Paul McCartney In Red Square’ earns five nominations for the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Filmed in May 2003, the two-hour special records McCartney’s first visit to Russia. A similar A&E program featuring Sting only gets four nominations.
2004: U2 called in police after thieves stole a copy of the bands latest album ‘Vertigo.’ The CD was stolen during a photo shoot with the band in the south of France.
2004: It’s announced that David Bowie’s ‘A Reality Tour’ is the top-grossing show for the first-half of 2004. But emergency heart surgery knocks Bowie off the road and out of the lead. According to Billboard Boxscore, Bowie earned $45.4 million from 82 shows that drew 722,158 fans.
2004: Ozzfest kicks off in Mansfield, MA. Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Mudvayne are on the main stage. Rob Zombie is backed by former Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 as he headlines Ozzfest’s second stage.
2005: After being postponed due to terrorist bombings the previous week, The Darkness’ Justin and Dan Hawkins join Queen and vocalist Paul Rodgers onstage at London’s Hyde Park.
2006: Sum 41 front man Deryck Whibley ties the knot with Avril Lavigne in Montecito, California. The marriage will last just over three years.
2007: Kelly Johnson (born Bernadette Jean Johnson), lead guitarist and vocalist of Girlschool, dies of spinal cancer. She was 49. Johnson left Girlschool for almost 10 years to learn sign language and work with the deaf, before returning triumphantly for a well-received reunion tour.
2007: Prince gives away free copies of his latest album ‘Planet Earth’ with the UK newspaper Mail On Sunday. The unconventional distribution rankles record retailers, but helps promote his run of 21 shows at the O2 Arena in London, which sell out.
2007: Bret Michaels, lead singer of the band Poison, launches the VH1 reality TV show ‘Rock of Love.’ In it, dozens of women compete in a voting competition to get engaged to Bret Michaels, who never takes off his head rag or cowboy hat the entire time. The show runs for three seasons, during each of which, twenty-some women get eliminated and one woman gets the right to be Bret Michaels’ girlfriend, but breaks it off with him shortly after the end of each season. Nobody sees anything weird about this at all.
2008: Bruce Springsteen releases ‘Magic Tour Highlights,’ a four-song, digital EP recorded during his U.S. trek with the E Street Band. The collection includes late E Street keyboardist Danny Federici’s last performance with the group, a rendition of ‘4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy).’
2008: Tunes by Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Wolfmother, Faith No More, KISS, the Ramones, Queens Of The Stone Age and Weezer are on the Rock Band video game. ‘Rock Band Track Pack Volume 1’ is available for the Wii and PlayStation2 systems.
2008: John Mellencamp’s ‘Life, Death, Love And Freedom’ is released using the CODE audio format. The album’s producer T-Bone Burnett, along with a group of engineers, developed the high-fidelity technology. The set is available at Starbucks stores, as well as other locations.
2009: 45 years after he played at the Ed Sullivan Theater with The Beatles, Paul McCartney returns to the venue to appear on The Late Show With David Letterman. Earlier in the day, McCartney plays a few songs from the theater’s marquee, surprising the onlookers in Manhattan.
2010: Izzy Stradlin released his 11th studio album (only on iTunes), ‘Wave of Heat.’
2010: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is hospitalized and treated for minor injuries following a motorcycle accident in Middleborough, MA. Hit from behind by a sedan, Perry is treated at Morton Hospital and Medical Center.
2011: Disturbed frontman David Draiman confirms that the band is planning to go on indefinite hiatus at the conclusion of their tour in support of their ‘Asylum’ album. “We have some things going on internally, we have some personal things going on,” says Draiman.
2012: Elton John is presented the Medal of Gratitude during a performance in Sopot, Poland, The honor commemorates Elton’s anti-communist efforts and public statements in support of the resistance in the ’80s, despite the illegality of such pronouncements.
2012: Jon Lord, who founded Deep Purple and co-wrote their biggest hit, ‘Smoke On The Water,’ died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 71.
2012: Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is the UK’s favorite #1 of all-time according to a nationwide poll conducted by Official Singles Chart and ITV. While pop performers rule the charts, ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ by Oasis is #4, edging out The Beatles ‘Hey Jude’ (#5) and John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ (#6). The survey marks 60 years of the Official Singles Chart.
2013: Michael Nesmith appeared on stage with The Monkees for the first time since 1997 when he quit after just a handful of European gigs.
2014: ESPN broadcast their ‘This Is Sports Center’ promotional ad featuring Metallica during the network’s coverage of the All-Star Game Home Run Derby. Retired New York Yankee ace Mariano Rivera used Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ as his entrance music so the ad begins with the band’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich pitching athletes and coaches on using their songs as entrance music.
2014: Rise Against release their album,’The Black Market.’ it debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200.
2014: Loverboy released their 9th studio album, ‘Unfinished Business.’
2015: The Rolling Stones complete their 15-date North American Zip Code tour at Le Festival d’ete de Quebec. The Stones, who play before a record-breaking crowd of 102,000 fans, open their set with ‘Start Me Up’ and close with an encore consisting of ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ and ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.’
2015: Neil Young announced on his Facebook page that he intended to remove his music from all streaming services because he was unsatisfied with the quality of the sound. Young said his songs have been “devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting.”
2016: Good Charlotte’s ‘Youth Authority’ is released via band founders Benji and Joel Madden’s own label MDDN.
2016: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler releases his Country-leaning debut solo album, ‘We’re All Somebody From Somewhere.’
2016: As he’s done since 1972, Alice Cooper announces he’s running for president and Prime Minister of Britain, this time with the campaign slogan “A Troubled Man for Troubled Times.” His Make America Sick Again campaign platform includes “Adding Lemmy to Mount Rushmore,” changing the name of Big Ben (in London) to Big Lemmy and “Getting Brian Johnson back in AC/DC.” He loses to Donald Trump, but gains more exposure for his song ‘Elected,’ as it is his campaign theme song of course.
2016: Ozzy Osbourne returns to the silver screen with a cameo appearance in the Ghostbusters film franchise reboot.
2016: Megadeth cancel an appearance at the Rockmaraton festival in Dunaujvaros, Hungary after bassist, David Ellefson, fractures his foot. Ellefson “was walking across the ground (backstage before the show) and fell.”
2016: Drowning Pool fan John Hetlinger, 82, who sang the band’s trademark track ‘Bodies’ on America’s Got Talent, joins the group onstage during their performance at Chicago Open Air.

July 16
1900: ‘His Master’s Voice,’ the logo of the Victor Recording Company and later RCA Victor, is registered with the U.S. Patent Office. The logo features Nipper the dog looking into the horn of a gramophone.
1955: Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on the national charts as ‘Baby, Let’s Play House’ enters the Cash Box country charts at #15. It peak at #5. The song had been written and recorded a year earlier by Arthur Gunter, but Presley’s version used some altered lyrics and a different arrangement.
1959: The Coasters record ‘Poison Ivy’ at the Atlantic studios in New York. The song would become their sixth consecutive Billboard Top Ten hit. A later biography of the song’s writers, Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, claims that the lyrics are actually referring to sexually-transmitted disease and not to the poisonous, itch-causing plant.
1960: Hank Ballard And The Midnighters become the first group to place three records on The Billboard Hot 100 at the same time – ‘Finger Poppin’ Time,’ ‘Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go’ and ‘The Twist.’
1962: The Beach Boys sign to Capitol Records following the success of their independently released 45, ‘Surfin’, and a four-song demo recorded the previous month, featuring work versions of ‘Surfer Girl,’ ‘409,’ and ‘Surfin’ Safari.’ The band, along with their acting manager, Murry Wilson, attend the Capitol Records office on Vine St. in Hollywood, California, where they receive a $300 bonus for signing a seven year recording contract. Each of the five members, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Carl Wilson, David Marks and Dennis Wilson would receive one cent for each single sold and three cents for each album.
1965: The Who play the Cheltenham Festival in Gloucestersire, England, along with The Yardbirds, Shades of Blue and The Hellions. It is one of the oldest music festivals in Britain, held annually in Cheltenham in June/July since 1945.
1966: A supergroup is born. Former Yardbirds guitarist Eric Clapton teams up with bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker of the Graham Bond Organization to form Cream.
1966: The Lovin’ Spoonful released the single ‘Summer In The City.’ Although they would place seven straight songs in Billboard’s Top Ten, this would be their only #1.
1966: Tommy James And The Shondells started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hanky Panky,’ a song first recorded by The Raindrops in 1963. A Pittsburgh DJ had begun playing the two year old recording and regional record sales had reached over 80,000. James called the members of his now defunct band, but they were no longer interested. He recruited a group called The Raconteurs to be the new Shondells and took the master tape of ‘Hanky Panky’ to Roulette Records, who released it. Despite being a huge hit in the US, it could only reach #38 in the UK. Tommy would later say, “One night I was playing for 20 drunks in a bar in Michigan, and the next night I’m playing for 10,000 screaming fans in Pittsburgh. It was literally overnight.”
1967: Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, Janis Ian, and Tom Paxton play the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.
1967: Arlo Guthrie’s signature song ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacree’ debuts at the 1967 Newport Folk Festival. The song spans 18 minutes and mixes humorous narrative story-telling in which Guthrie relates a real-life experience of how a littering ticket on his record made him ineligible for the later draft to go fight in the Vietnam War. The song has since become one of the most iconic landmarks of the ’60s folk music scene, often broadcast by radio stations every Thanksgiving due to the time of year of the original incident.
1968: Big Brother & the Holding Company and Sly & the Family Stone open the Fillmore West, the new name given to San Francisco’s Carousel Ballroom since Bill Graham took over.
1969: The Beatles worked on two new George Harrison songs, ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and ‘Something’ during recording sessions at Abbey Road studios in London. ‘Here Comes The Sun’ was composed at Eric Clapton’s house in Surrey on a “beautiful spring morning” earlier that year.
1969: The Beatles’ ‘The Ballad Of John And Yoko’ is certified gold.
1970: Janis Joplin joins Pigpen McKernan for a duet on ‘Turn On Your Love Light’ at a Grateful Dead concert in California.
1970: Pink Floyd recorded a show at the BBC Paris Cinema, in London, England for broadcast on the John Peel Sunday Concert, on BBC Radio 1.
1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival release their 5th studio album, ‘Cosmo’s Factory.’
1971: Hawkwind played at Northcote Arms in Southall, England.
1972: The Grateful Dead performed at Dillon Stadium in Hartford, Connecticut.
1973: The ‘Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid’ soundtrack is released. It contains Bob Dylan’s mournful “Knocking On Heaven’s Door.” The film stars Dylan and Kris Kristofferson.
1973: NBC broadcasts David Bowie’s TV special.
1974: Neil Young released his 5th studio album, ‘On the Beach.’ It reached #16 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s & Tape chart.
1975: The Rolling Stones performed at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California, just outside San Francisco.
1976: Due the bi-coastal distance (and increasing differences) between Gregg Allman and the other band members, The Allman Brothers call it quits (they will reunite two years later). Allman had testified against a drug-dealing road manager.
1976: After six years, Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina decide to split up their partnership, which had three big hits in ‘Thinking Of You,’ ‘My Music,’ and ‘Your Mama Don’t Dance.’
1977: Led Zeppelin played the Kingdome in Seattle.
1977: Peter Frampton peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘I’m in You,’ Frampton’s first album since Frampton Comes Alive! The album spent four weeks at #2 behind Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours.’
1979: Gary Moore left Thin Lizzy during a U.S. tour and was replaced by former Slick guitarist, Midge Ure.
1982: Warren Zevon’s album ‘The Envoy’ is released. It reached #93 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1981: Jefferson Starship is awarded a Gold record for the album ‘Modern Time.’ Grace Slick only made a few vocal appearances on the LP because it was nearly finished when she rejoined the group.
1981: Harry Chapin, folk rock singer, is killed after suffering a heart attack either before or after being hit by a truck while driving on a New York expressway. He was 38. Chapin donated an estimated third of his income to charitable causes and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his campaigning on social issues. His #1 song ‘Cat’s In The Cradle’ has been covered by everyone from Tori Amos to Ugly Kid Joe and remains a staple on radio and in TV shows and movies.
1990: Trial begins for Judas Priest after they are accused of implanting subliminal messages in their song ‘Better By You, Better Than Me.’ The suit alleges that the messages caused two teenage boys to enter a suicide pact (one of the boys killed himself instantly; the other died three years later from complications related to the suicide attempt). The case is dismissed August 24 after the judge determines that the supposed subliminal message is just an accidental recording oddity.
1990: Ian Gillan released his 2nd solo album, ‘Naked Thunder.’
1992: When Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton accepts the Democratic Presidential nomination Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Don’t Stop’ is played repeatedly.
1992: The Charlie Watts Quintet walked off the set of Late Night with David Letterman after a disagreement with the show’s producer.
1993: The first of the three day Phoenix Festival in England started, featuring Sonic Youth, Faith No More, The Black Crowes, Julian Cope, Pop Will Eat Itself, Radiohead, Living Colour, Manic Street Preachers, Pulp, tickets £49 ($83.)It was held at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon.
1993: Guns N’ Roses had a case of drug possession against them thrown out by a Buenos Aires judge when the “drugs” turn out to be vitamins.
1996: John Panozzo, drummer for Styx, dies of gastrointestinal hemorrhaging after a long bout with cirrhosis of the liver. He was 47. Panozzo and his twin fraternal brother, Chuck, formed Styx with Dennis DeYoung.
1996: Chas Chandler, who was the bassist for The Animals as well as Jimi Hendrix’s manager, died in a British hospital at age 57. He had been undergoing tests related to an aortic aneurysm.
2000: Matchbox 20 went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Bent.’ The single was taken from their 2nd album ‘Mad Season.’
2001: Judas Priest release their 14th studio album ‘Demolition.’ It’s the last album to feature singer Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens.‬
2002: The Vines ‘Highly Evolved’ album is released.
2003: The Pretenders Chrissie Hynde is detained by police following a PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) protest outside a Paris KFC.
2003: White Stripes cancel upcoming concerts. A week earlier guitarist/vocalist Jack White suffered a compound fracture of his index finger in a Detroit car accident.
2004: Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills & Nash) donates his guitar to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame’s Guitar Mania II, Encore exhibit. On the back of Nash’s guitar are handwritten lyrics to ‘Teach Your Children.’
2005: Theory Of A Deadman perform at HyperFest. Held in Summit Point, WV, the show is part of a U.S. Drift and National Auto Sport Association pro road-racing event.
2005: Mudvayne headlines the second annual Aggressive Music Festival in Glen Falls, NY. Killswitch Engage also perform.
2005: The Vocal Group Hall of Fame inducts its seventh annual group of honorees in Wildwood, New Jersey: The Angels, Brooklyn Bridge, The Chiffons, The Chi-Lites, the Del-Vikings, Fleetwood Mac, The Hilltoppers, the Mel-Tones, The Neville Brothers, The Pointer Sisters, The Rascals, The Righteous Brothers, the Sons of the Pioneers, and The Tymes.
2006: The Raconteurs kick off their headlining North American summer tour in support of debut album ‘Broken Boy Soldiers.’ Denver is the first stop.
2007: The White Stripes played their shortest live show ever at George Street, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Jack White played a single C# note accompanied by a bass drum/crash cymbal hit from Meg. At the end of the show, Jack announced, “We have now officially played in every province and territory in Canada.” They then left the stage and performed a full show later that night in St John’s.
2007: Pollstar’s Top 100 North American Tours list for the first half of ’07 puts Rod Stewart at #1 grossing $48.1 million and The Police at #3 taking in $41.9 million. 2008: Ronnie Wood’s spokeswoman announces that the Rolling Stones guitarist has entered a rehabilitation facility to treat his ongoing battle with alcohol. “His close family and friends say he is seeking help and look forward to his recovery,” says a rep. An alcohol-fueled trip to Ireland and fling with a young Russian waitress appear to have triggered the return to rehab.
2007: A Dunkin’ Donuts commercial featuring Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley taking part in their America Runs on Dunkin’ campaign debuted. The commercial featuring Frehley promoted Dunkin’ Donuts’ Iced Latte.
2008: Rush performs ‘Tom Sawyer’ on Comedy Central’s ‘The Colbert Report.’ The Canadian trio’s last U.S. television appearance was on a ’75 episode of Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.
2008: Billy Joel plays the first of two shows at New York’s Shea Stadium; the final concerts the ballpark. John Mellencamp, Don Henley and Tony Bennett join Joel onstage. Joel performs Beatles songs as a tribute the famous ’60s concerts at the stadium.
2008: REO Speedwagon headline the ‘Ridin’ The Storm Out: Flood Relief Concert’ in Altoona, Iowa. Proceeds aid local flood victims. “Hopefully we can raise money, as well as morale, for those in need,” says REO singer Kevin Cronin.
2008: Ronnie Wood’s spokeswoman announces that the Rolling Stones guitarist has entered a rehabilitation facility to treat his ongoing battle with alcohol. “His close family and friends say he is seeking help and look forward to his recovery,” says a rep. An alcohol-fueled trip to Ireland and fling with a young Russian waitress appear to have triggered the return to rehab.
2009: At the Latitude Festival, held every year in Henham Park in Suffolk, England, Noah and the Whale debut their feature-length film The First Days of Spring. The film accompanies their new record of the same name due out in August. Written and directed by lead singer Charlie Fink, the film stars model Daisy Lowe, the daughter of fashion designer Pearl Lowe and Gavin Rossdale, lead singer for the alt-rock band Bush.
2010: U2 is #1 on Forbes annual report of top-earning musicians. The list is based on net income from ticket sales, record sales and endorsement deals between June ’09 and June ’10.
2012: Jon Lord, longtime Deep Purple keyboardist, dies from a pulmonary embolism and complications of pancreatic cancer. He was 71. Lord was a prolific symphonic composer and also worked with Whitesnake sculpting their commerical sound.
2013: Trouble released their 8th album, ‘The Distortion Field.’
2013: Former Pantera frontman Philip Anselmo presents his debut full-length solo album, ‘Walk Through Exits Only.’ “I don’t see anybody else out there screaming about the same sh*t I’m screaming about,” says Anselmo.
2013: The Beatles-inspired musical ‘Let It Be’ makes its Broadway debut with a preview performance at St. James Theater. The show takes The Beatles from Liverpool’s Cavern Club to international fame.
2013: Aerosmith’s documentary ‘Rock For The Rising Sun’ is released in select cinemas across the UK. The film chronicles the band’s 2011 tour of Japan following the nation’s devastating tsunami.
2014: Judas Priest’s ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ lands at #6 on the Billboard 200 to become the group’s first album to debut in the Top 10.
2014: Johnny Winter, famed blues guitarist, dies in Switzerland of complications of emphysema combined with pneumonia at 70. Johnny and his brother Edgar were born with albinism and both became accomplished musicians with the support of their family. Winter worked closely with Muddy Waters and produced 3 Grammy Award winning albums for him, in addition to winning a Grammy in 2015 for his own blues album.
2015: The Foo Fighters ‘Sonic Highways’ documentary receives two Emmy nominations while the Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) bio ‘Montage Of Heck’ earns five. The nominations are predominately in the Nonfiction categories but also include nods for mixing and editing.
2016: A two-page, handwritten letter from Paul McCartney to Prince was sold by Boston’s RR Auction for nearly $15,000. The note, which begins “Dear Princely person,” shows the former Beatle asking for a donation to help establish the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, which McCartney co-founded in 1996.

July 17
1958: Elvis Presley’s ‘Hard Headed Woman’ hits #1.
1967: Jimi Hendrix plays his 8th and final show as the opening act for The Monkees, which understandably does not go well as Monkees fans want nothing to do with Hendrix.
1967: The Who performed at the Agrodome in Vancouver, Canada.
1967: The Beatles ‘All You Need Is Love’ b/w ‘Baby, You’re A Rich Man’ 45 single is released. It became The Beatles 14th U.S. #1.
1968: The Beatles’ 4th film, the animated fantasy ‘Yellow Submarine,’ premieres in London. Although the four band members in the picture are voiced by professional actors, the band itself makes a cameo in the finale, leading movie audiences through the song ‘All Together Now.’
1970: The Guess Who perform at the White House for President Richard Nixon and his royal guests, Prince Charles and Princess Anne. They do not play their hit ‘American Woman,’ as they are asked to refrain from performing it “as a matter of taste.”
1971: John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared on the BBC late night talk show, ‘Parkinson,’ where John chastised the British media for calling Yoko “ugly” and for saying that she broke up The Beatles.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta, Georgia.
1972: While touring in Montreal, a bomb goes off under one of The Rolling Stones’ trucks. There are no injuries, and the show goes on as planned. Stevie Wonder opens.
1974: The Moody Blues opened their own 32 track recording studio in London. It was the first in Britain to be equipped for quadraphonic recording, a now almost-forgotten form of stereo which required a playback system with four speakers.
1974: John Lennon’s appeal for US citizenship is denied by the government and he is given sixty days to leave the country.
1975: Bob Marley and the Wailers play a historic concert at London’s Lyceum Theater which would feature the acclaimed ‘Legend’ version of ‘No Woman No Cry.’
1975: The divorce between Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox is finalized in London. Starr would marry current wife Barbara Bach in 1981.
1976: Heart releases the ‘Magic Man’ single.
1976: The Grateful Dead played the 5th of six shows that week at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco.
1978: Simple Minds made their live debut at The Satellite Club in Glasgow.
1979: Gary Moore leaves Thin Lizzy for the final time to support his solo career, with the blessing of Phil Lynott. He is replaced by Midge Ure.
1982: Foreigner headline The Summer Strut at Anaheim Stadium. Loverboy, Scorpions and Iron Maiden are the openers.
1982: Judas Priest release ‘Screaming For Vengeance,’ their 8th studio album. It goes on to sell over 5 million copies worldwide.
1982: Chicago’s ‘Chicago 16’ album enters the Hot 200. The L.P. featured the #1 hit ‘Hard To Say I’m Sorry’ and ultimately went Platinum, peaking at #9.
1985: Dio‬ released the single ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Children.’
1987: Keith Richards signs a solo deal with Virgin Records.
1987: Ozzy Osbourne begins a six week U.K. prison tour. Not surprising, a Metal version of ‘Jailhouse Rock’ is a big hit.
1988: Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses begin a joint tour in Hoffman Estates, IL. What’s interesting is the Aerosmith rider that requires Guns N’ Roses to confine their drug and alcohol use to their dressing room. The recovering Aerosmith don’t want temptation within sight.
1991: The 1991 version of Lynyrd Skynyrd starts a world tour in the city they never reached 14 years before: Baton Rouge, Louisiana. That’s where the band was headed on October 20, 1977 when a plane crash took the lives of three band members, their assistant road manager, and two pilots. Anyone still holding a ticket to the unperformed Baton Rouge concert was admitted free, along with a guest, and presented with the tour record ‘Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991.’ A hundred people produced such tickets and attended along with some nine thousand others.
1991: The first Lollapalooza Tour is launched Phoenix. The tour, conceived by Perry Farrell, frontman for Jane’s Addiction, features Farrell’s band, Living Colour, Nine Inch Nails and Siouxsie & The Banshees.
1992: Guns N’ Roses were about a year and a half into their two-and-a-half-year ‘Use Your Illusion’ tour when they hooked up with Metallica and Faith No More for a two-and-a-half-month run of North America stadiums, kicking off at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C. They originally wanted Nirvana as the opening act, but refused due to Kurt Cobain’s dislike of Axl Rose’s “macho rock persona”.
1993: Guns N’ Roses played the final show of the ‘Use Your Illusion Tour’ in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A highlight of the night was English drummer Cozy Powell playing drums with Matt Sorum, dressed as a Domino’s Pizza delivery boy. It would end up being the last time that Slash, Matt Sorum, and Gilby Clarke would ever play a live show with Axl Rose. After 194 shows played over 28 months, the longest tour in rock history came to an end, as did that incarnation of the band.
1994: Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley made a surprise appearance at a Kiss convention in Pontiac, MI to reclaim Kiss costumes stolen from more than a decade ago.
1995: Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’ album is certified Diamond for sales of 10 million in the US.
1996: Chas Chandler (born Bryan James Chandler) dies of an aortic aneurysm in Newcastle, England at 57. Chandler was the original bass player with The Animals. After the group broke up, he became the manager of Jimi Hendrix and then of Slade. Chandler was instrumental in the making of the first two Hendrix albums and also got Jimi to revert back to using his original name from his moniker of Jimmy James.
1996: Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is kicked out of the group following the death of keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin. Chamberlin and Melvoin were shooting heroin together when Melvoin OD’d. Later, a cleaned up Chamberlin rejoins the Pumpkins for a brief stint before they break up.
1997: Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ enters the U.S. charts, landing at #21.
2001: Buffalo Springfield’s 4D box set is released.
2003: Slow ticket sales and increased production costs result in the cancellation of the Vernon, NY, stop on the Lollapalooza tour. Audioslave, The Donnas, Incubus and Queens Of The Stone Age are on the bill but it’s not enough.
2004: At the end of her show at the Aladdin Hotel in Vegas, Linda Ronstadt dedicates her encore, a cover of the Eagles’ ‘Desperado,’ to filmmaker Michael Moore, urging fans to go see his current movie, ‘Fahrenheit 9/11.’ Nearly half of the 4500 people in the audience walked out, so the casino hastily ends Ronstadt’s performance.
2006: Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro announced that he was splitting up with his 3rd wife Carmen Electra. Electra filed for divorce the following month.
2006: System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian joins Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk for an Axis Of Justice concert in L.A. Also performing are Tool/A Perfect Circle singer Maynard James Keenan and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. The nonprofit organization, founded by Tankian and Morello, works for social justice.
2007: The Smashing Pumpkins comeback album, ‘Zeitgeist,’ enters the Billboard 200 chart at #2, selling 145,000 copies. This is the Pumpkins best showing since 1995’s ‘Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness’ made its debut at #1.
2008: Izzy Stradlin released his iTunes-exclusive 9th studio album, ‘Concrete.’
2008: Ageing rock stars and session musicians would keep receiving royalties for their old recordings for the rest of their lives under a European Union plan. Performers currently lost the rights to their recordings after 50 years. Veteran artists like Sir Cliff Richard and Roger Daltrey were among those who campaigned for it to be extended. The EU had announced a scheme for copyright on recordings to last for 95 years.
2008: Beck’s ‘Modern Guilt’ moves 84,000 units in its first week to debut at #4 on the Billboard 200 chart. While that’s good, his previous effort ‘The Information’ sold 99,000 copies in the first week but only made it to #7 on the chart.
2009: Interview, a ‘supergroup’ with former Chevelle bassist Joe Loeffler, ex-Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner, P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel and frontman Lukas Rossi, best known as the winner of the ‘Rock Star Supernova’ TV talent show, play their debut gig at the Viper Room in L.A.
2009: Kid Rock’s American Badass Beer is introduced at his concert in Detroit’s Comerica Park.
2009: Paul McCartney headlines the first concert held at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets. As a member of The Beatles, McCartney performed at the Mets old ballpark, Shea Stadium, in 1965. He also performed at the final Shea show in 2008.
2009: The six-week VH1 series ‘Live & Loud Fridays’ premieres with performances by tour-mates Def Leppard and Poison. Each 30-minute episode features an act playing three of its popular songs, as well as extras such as behind-the-scenes footage, fan reactions and interviews.
2009: Manowar released their 3rd EP ‘Thunder in the Sky.’
2009: Gordon Waller (of Peter and Gordon) dies of a heart attack at age 64.
2010: The official video for ‘Nightmare,’ the single and title track from Avenged Sevenfold’s 5th studio album, premieres on MTV2, MTV.com, and MTV2.com.
2010: One Day As A Lion, with Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against The Machine) and drummer Jon Theodore (formerly of Mars Volta), perform their debut show in Pomona, CA. The group released a self-titled EP in 2008.
2010: During Carlos Santana’s first show in Bethel, NY, since the famous Woodstock festival, he pauses to reminisce in front of 15,000 fans. “All of us who were here remember the magic,” says Santana. “Only love can conquer hate. This is Woodstock. This is the place where miracles can happen.”
2011: Carlos Santana becomes a shareholder and board member of the Casa Noble Tequila company. “Passion, dedication and integrity is what attracted me to Casa Noble Tequila,” says Santana in a statement.
2011: Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at a tribute to Clarence Clemons at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, N.J. The boss played a 45 minute set to an intimate crowd of 400.
2011: Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale gets wasted at the Archive Bar in Brisbane, where a local Beatles tribute band is performing. After crashing the stage and drunkenly screeching along to “Let It Be,” he refuses to leave and is arrested when police arrive. He spends a night in jail and is fined $350.
2012: Soul Asylum release their 10th studio album, ‘Delayed Reaction.’ It’s their first new album in six years, their first with 429 Records and also the first without bassist Karl Mueller, who passed away in ’05.
2013: U2 frontman Bono receives the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, France’s highest cultural honor, for his contribution to music and commitment to humanitarian causes. Stating the award belongs to the entire group, Bono says, “I’ve got the biggest mouth and the loudest voice but the music we make comes from each other.”
2015: Alice In Chains begin a North American headline tour at the Starlight Theatre in Pala, CA. The band donates $2 from presale tickets to provide a memorial for Stefan Dayne-Ankle, who lost a courageous battle with Leukemia.
2015: Kid Rock and Ted Nugent release ‘Kiss My Rebel Ass,’ a song recorded in support of the Confederate Flag, which was removed from the South Carolina capitol after the murder of nine African-Americans by a white racist who embraced the Stars and Bars. The track is available on their websites.

July 18
1953: Truck driver Elvis Presley made his first ever recording when he paid $3.98 at the Memphis recording service singing two songs, ‘My Happiness’ and ‘That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.’ The so-called vanity disc, was a gift for his mother. It would surface 37 years later as part of an RCA compilation called ‘Elvis – the Great Performances.’
1960: Roy Orbison saw his first record, ‘Only The Lonely’ climb into the Top 5 in the United States after The Everly Brothers and Elvis both turned the song down. Over the next six years, Orbison would have 22 Top 40 hits.
1963: The Beatles started recording ’Til There Was You,’ ‘You Really Got a Hold on Me’ and ‘Money (That’s What I Want).’
1964: The Rolling Stones cover of the Valentinos ‘It’s All Over Now,’ written by the Womack Brothers, tops the UK singles chart. Two months later, the song peaks at #26 in the U.S.
1964: The Rolling Stones score their first American hit when their cover of Buddy Holly’s ‘Not Fade Away’ peaks at #48 on the Hot 100.
1964: The Four Seasons started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rag Doll’, the group’s fourth #1. Co-writer Bob Gaudio said that he got the inspiration for the song from a young girl in tattered clothes that cleaned his car windows at a stop light.
1966: Bobby Fuller leader of The Bobby Fuller Four was found dead in his car in Los Angeles. 22. Fuller died mysteriously from gasoline asphyxiation, while parked outside his apartment. He was just 22. Police labelled it a suicide, but the possibility of foul play has always been mentioned. Had the 1966 US #9 single ‘I Fought The Law’ written by Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly’s Crickets and covered by The Clash.
1966: One of the Beach Boys all-time great songs, ‘God Only Knows,’ is released as the B-side of ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice.’ The A-side is a Top 10 hit while the much better flip-side barely makes the Top 40. It entered the Billboard chart on July 30 and remained there for 11 weeks, peaking at #8 in September 1966. The single also peaked at #7 on the Cashbox chart and #5 in Record World.
1966: The Byrds release their 3rd album, ‘Fifth Dimension.’ It reached #24 on the Billboard Top LP’s chart, during a chart stay of 28 weeks, and reached #27 on the UK Albums chart. Three singles reached the Billboard Hot 100 – ‘Eight Miles High’ (#14), ‘5D (Fifth Dimension)’ (#44), and ‘Mr. Spaceman’ (#36).
1968: The Grateful Dead released their 2nd album, ‘Anthem of the Sun.’ It reached #87 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #287 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1968: The Beatles record ‘Cry Baby Cry’ and ‘Helter Skelter’ at Abbey Road Studios. One take of ‘Helter Skelter’ lasted 27 minutes, 11 seconds, the longest Beatle recording ever.
1969: During sessions at Abbey Road studios, London, Ringo Starr recorded his vocal to ‘Octopus’s Garden.’ Starr had written the song when he ‘quit’ The Beatles the previous year and was staying on actor Peter Seller’s yacht in the Mediterranean.
1969: Janis Joplin and her Kozmic Blues Band made their first appearance on The Dick Cavett Show.
1969: The Doors release their 4th studio album, ‘The Soft Parade.’ It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, bolstered by four Billboard Hot 100 singles – ‘Touch Me’ (#3), ‘Runnin’ Blue’ (#64), ‘Tell All The People’ (#57) and ‘Wishful Sinful’ (#44).
1969: Yes performed at Ulster Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1970: Pink Floyd and Deep Purple played a free concert at London’s Hyde Park that attracted an audience of 20,000 people. Also on the bill are Third Ear Band, Kevin Ayers And The Whole World, and the Edgar Broughton Band. For their final song, ‘Atom Heart Mother,’ the band augments the performance with the Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble and the John Aldiss Choir. It was one of the few times the song has been performed with choir and orchestra in an open air setting.
1971: Black Sabbath played at Borough Of York Stadium in Toronto, Canada
1972: After Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were thrown in jail for rumbling with a photographer in Rhode Island, the mayor of Boston intervened so they could play a concert at the Boston Garden.
1972: Members from Sly and the Family Stone were arrested after police found two pounds of marijuana in the group’s motor home.
1972: The Grateful Dead appear at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, New Jersey.
1973: Bruce Springsteen played the first of four nights at Max’s Kansas City in New York City, supported by Bob Marley and The Wailers who were on their first ever North American tour.
1973: Jethro Tull sold out three nights at the Los Angeles Forum in an hour and a half.
1974: The U.S. Justice Department ordered John Lennon out of the country by September 10th. The Immigration and Naturalization Service denied him an extension of his non-immigrant visa because of his guilty plea in England to a 1968 marijuana possession charge. The US Court of Appeal would overturn the deportation order in 1975 and Lennon was granted permanent resident status the following year.
1974: Aerosmith played Municipal Auditorium Music Hall in Kansas City, Missouri.
1975: At London’s Lyceum Theater, Bob Marley & the Wailers recorded the concert that is featured on their album ‘Live!’
1978: Def Leppard make their live debut at Westfield School, Sheffield, England in front of about 150 students. They are paid 5 pounds (about $6) by a teacher. They also have a Spinal Tap moment. Guitarist Steve Clark “plugged in and walked to the front of the stage, looking brilliant in his tight jeans and long blond hair,” Elliott recalled. “All ready to go into the first song, ‘World Beyond the Sky,’ he did his windmill arm motion, just like Pete Townshend, for the big opening chord and nothing happened. No power. Everybody in the audience was laughing. After a few seconds, we started all over again.”
1978: Gerry Rafferty, once a member of Stealers Wheel, earns a Gold record for ‘Baker Street,’ which reached #2 in the US and #3 in the UK.
1978: Kenny Loggins’ ‘Whenever I Call You “Friend”‘ b/w ‘Angelique’ (with Stevie Nicks) 45 single is released in the U.S.
From Kenny Loggins’s 1978 album, ‘Nightwatch,’ the song was written by Loggins and Melissa Manchester, it reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1980: Billy Joel held the top position of both the U.S. albums and singles charts. His album ‘Glass Houses’ contained his first and biggest number #1 hit, ‘It’s Still Rock ‘n’ Roll to Me.’
1981: Guitarists Scott Ian and Danny Lilker form Anthrax. After two demos, a single, and several personnel changes, the band released their debut album (‘Fistful of Metal’) two and a half years later.
1981: The Texxas Jam is held at the Astrodome in Houston. The lineup includes headliner REO Speedwagon, Heart, Foghat, Blue Oyster Cult and The Rockets.
1983: Following up on momentum from their free Central Park reunion concert, Simon and Garfunkel start a 19-city tour in Akron, Ohio.
1983: Abbey Road Studios in London is opened to the public, making it one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.
1987: Talking Heads’ singer & guitarist David Byrne married actress Adelle Lutz. This was Byrne’s first marriage & the couple would divorce in 2004.
1987: Whitesnake’s ‘Still Of The Night’ peaks at #79 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It spends 7 weeks on chart.
1988: Nico died after suffering a minor heart attack while riding a bicycle on holiday with her son in Ibiza Spain. The German born singer-songwriter and keyboard player with Velvet Underground, had also worked as a fashion model and actress.
1988: A California court upheld an earlier decision clearing Ozzy Osbourne’s song ‘Suicide Solution’ of being responsible ‘or a teenager taking his own life in 1984.
1988: Ike Turner is sentenced to one year in a Santa Monica, California, jail for six grams of crack found in his car during a traffic stop in August 1987.
1989: Jefferson Airplane reformed. Paul Kantner, Marty Balin and Grace Slick were joined by Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, who had left the Airplane to play with Hot Tuna.
1991: The very first Lollapalooza music festival kicks off at Compton Terrace in Tempe, AZ. Bands and artists include Jane’s Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nine Inch Nails, Living Colour, Ice-T, Butthole Surfers, Rollins Band, Violent Femmes, Fishbone, Emergency Broadcast Network, and Rage Against The Machine.
1992: The ‘Singles’ soundtrack with contributions by Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden, plus a solo track from the latter’s lead singer, Chris Cornell, enters the U.S. chart.
1993: Rage Against The Machine protests music censorship by appearing at their Lollapalooza set in Philadelphia completely nude except for duct tape over their mouths. The refuse to play any music, and simply stand for 25 minutes with the letters PMRC written on their chests, a reference to the Parents Music Resource Center.
1994: Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss raid a Kiss convention in Michigan to reclaim their Kiss costumes that were stolen more than a decade ago.
1995: Neil Young formed the Vapor Records label with his manager, Elliot Roberts.
1995: The Ramones 14th and final studio album ‘¡Adiós Amigos!” is released.
1998: The Beastie Boys went to #1 on the UK album chart with ‘Hello Nasty,’ only the 2nd rap album to make #1 in the UK, the first being Wu-Tang Clan.
2001: Kiss added another product to their ever-growing merchandising universe: the “Kiss Kasket.” The coffin featured the faces of the four founding members of the band, the Kiss logo and the words “Kiss Forever.” Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was buried in one after he was shot and killed on-stage in Dec 2004. Endorsing the item, Gene Simmons quipped, “I love livin’, but this makes the alternative look pretty damn good.”
2001: Weezer releases ‘Hash Pipe,’ the first single from Weezer (aka The Green Album).
2002: The Rolling Stones crew chief, 54 year old Royden Magee, who had worked with the band for 30 years, died during a rehearsal in Toronto. A spokesman for the band said Magee had said that he wasn’t feeling well and went to another room to take a nap. The Stones had just finished dinner and resumed rehearsing when they got word that Magee had collapsed and stopped breathing. He was taken by ambulance to nearby Sunnybrook Hospital. He was pronounced dead on arrival. The members of the band said they were devastated by his death.
2005: Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party makes its debut at the Key Club in West Hollywood. The band has No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal, ex-Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt and percussionist Gabriele Corcos. Gavin Rossdale, Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst and Audioslave’s Tom Morello are in the audience.
2006: The self-titled debut album by Black Stone Cherry is released. Also, it’s announced that the band’s ‘Lonely Train’ has been chosen as the official theme song for World Wrestling Entertainment’s Great American Bash pay-per-view event in Indianapolis. The group is honored. “Growing up in South Central Kentucky you either work on the farm, play music or watch wrestling,” says BSC drummer John Fred Young.
2006: Alien Ant Farm release their ‘Up In The Attic’ CD.
2006: Pollstar releases its list of the Top 100 highest-grossing U.S. tours for the first half of 2006. The Rolling Stones land at #2 earning $52.5 million with Billy Joel 3rd, making $47.2 million. Madonna tops the list raking in over $54 million.
2006: KoRn give an acoustic performance on ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live.’ They play ‘Coming Undone’ and ‘Twisted Transistor’ from their ‘See You On The Other Side’ CD.
2006: Ex-Jane’s Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro and wife Carmen Electra say they are “amicably separating” after less than three years of marriage. The couple wed on MTV’s reality show ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave.’
2006: Original Fleetwood Mac guitarist Jeremy Spencer releases his first solo album in more than a quarter century, ‘Precious Little.’
2007: Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler were ordered to pay their former chef compensation after losing a sexual discrimination case. Jane Martin, 41, was awarded £24,944 at an employment tribunal in Southampton, England after she was evicted by Miss Styler from the couple’s estate in Wiltshire because she became pregnant.
2007: Paul Simon filed a law suit against Rhythm USA Inc. a Georgia-based subsidiary of a Japanese firm, claiming the company never had his permission to sell wall clocks that played ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. The suit claimed that as one of the best known songs throughout the world, a proper licensing agreement would earn at least a $1 million licensing fee.
2008: Bon Jovi is named the top-grossing live act in the world according to Billboard Boxscore’s midyear report. The New Jersey group earned approximately $112.4 million in tour revenue from 11/14/07 to 5/13/08. The Police are #3. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band and Van Halen are also in the Top 10.
2008: Ben & Jerry’s offers limited-edition ice cream in honor of Elton John called Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road. The flavor’s Vermont only introduction coincides with the musician’s first concert in the state – at Essex Junction. Proceeds from the week-long promotion benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road has chocolate ice cream, peanut butter cookie dough, butter brickle and white chocolate pieces.
2008: Ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler is arrested in Hollywood. He is charged with narcotics possession and being under the influence. There’s also an outstanding warrant.
2008: Billy Joel plays the ‘Last Play at Shea’ concert – the final show before Shea Stadium is closed down. Joel is joined on stage by Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, and The Who’s Roger Daltry.
2008: Rolling Stone guitarist Ronnie Wood was ‘seeking help’ with his battle with alcohol in a rehabilitation center. The move followed tabloid speculation over the state of his 23-year marriage to former model Jo Wood. ‘Following Ronnie’s continued battle with alcohol he has entered a period of rehab,’ his spokeswoman said.
2008: Paul Simon filed a law suit against Rhythm USA Inc., a Georgia-based subsidiary of a Japanese firm, claiming the company never got his permission to sell wall clocks that play ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water.’ The suit claimed that as one of the best known songs throughout the world, a proper licensing agreement could command at least a $1 million licensing fee.
2010: Heat exhaustion and dehydration are given as the reasons Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell collapses during a show in Maryland Heights, MO. Following a ten minute break Campbell returns to finish the show.
2011: The Red Hot Chili Peppers release, ‘The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie,’ the lead single from their LP ‘I’m With You.’
2011: R.E.M. and Maroon 5 officially support the First Fans Coalition. The not-for-profit organization’s mission is to protect music fans from deceitful ticket-selling practices. “Our band wants our tickets to be sold at the face value that we set, so that the real fans can get the tickets — not scalpers,” says Maroon 5’s Adam Levine. 2011: U2’s video for Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday is shown at a special gala in his honor at the Four Seasons in New York. The band’s sing-along rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ was recorded the previous week during the encore of their Philadelphia concert.
2012: Three original members of Live sue singer Ed Kowalczyk accusing him of trademark infringement. Kowalczyk named his solo album ‘Alive’ and advertised his shows as “Ed Kowalczyk of Live.” The band, remembered for 1994 album ‘Throwing Copper’ and hit single ‘I Alone,’ split with Kowalczyk in 2009 and previously sued him in 2010 for using the band’s name and declaring himself the sole recipient of the group’s publishing income.
2012: The Who announce the launching of a tour to revive their rock opera ‘Quadrophenia.’ The original run of the film of ‘Quadrophenia’ debuted in 1979; the album in 1973. Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, as the surviving members of the group, are also tapped to perform the ending song for the 2012 Olympic games in London.
2014: Following an onstage anti-war tirade days earlier, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder performs John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ at the Super Rock festival in Portugal. Before performing, Vedder says he won’t pick sides in the Israeli-Palestine conflict.
2014: Tygers Of Pan Tang release the ‘Crazy Nights Sessions’ EP.
2015: Megadeth’s updated line-up debuts at the Quebec City Summer Festival. Founding members Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson are joined by guitarist Kiko Loureiro and Lamb Of God’s drummer Chris Adler.
2016: Twenty One Pilots win Artist of the Year and Album of the Year, for ‘Blurryface,’ at the third annual Alternative Press Music Awards in Columbus, OH. Marilyn Manson receives the Icon Award. Also, The Ghost Inside appear onstage together for the first time since a fatal tour bus crash several months earlier.
2016: Prophets Of Rage, with members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real, perform at the End Poverty Now: March For Economic Justice rally on opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

July 19
1954: Sun Records released the first Elvis Presley single, ‘That’s All Right’, a cover of Arthur Crudup’s 1946 tune ‘That’s All Right, Mama’. Only about 7,000 original copies were pressed, but the disc became a local hit in Memphis. It is #112 on the 2004 Rolling Stone magazine list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. Rolling Stone Magazine argued in a 2004 article that Presley’s recording of ‘That’s All Right’ was the first rock-and-roll record.
1958: The Coasters have the top selling single in America with ‘Yakety Yak.’ Featuring the sax solo of King Curtis, the 1 minute, 52 second song also topped the Billboard R&B chart for seven weeks.
1964: During a UK tour The Rolling Stones appeared at the Hippodrome in Brighton with The Echoes, Marty Wilde, Kenny Lynch and Julie Grant.
1965: The Rolling Stones classic ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ is certified gold by the RIAA.
1965: The title track from The Beatles 2nd film, ‘Help!’ is released as a single with ‘I’m Down’ on the b-side. It went to #1 on both the UK and US singles charts in late summer 1965. It was the 4th of six #1 singles in a row on the American charts. In 2004, ‘Help!’ was ranked #29 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
1965: The Who were recorded for broadcast on Radio Luxembourg’s Ready Steady Radio!
1966: Johnny Rivers begins recording ‘Poor Side Of Town,’ which will become the 10th of his 17 US Top 40 hits and his only #1.
1966: The Monkees record the theme song to their TV show, which will begin airing next Fall. Although the tune appeared as an album track on their self-titled debut LP and got some AM radio play, it was not released as a single.
1967: The Beatles were at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All You Need Is Love’ the group’s 12th UK #1 single. The Beatles had been selected to represent the UK for the first-ever global-wide satellite broadcast. The group agreed to be shown in the studio recording a song written especially for the occasion, (which was aired on June 25). John Lennon wrote ‘All You Need is Love’ which was thought to sum up the 1967 ‘summer of love.’
1967: Elvis Presley was working on his latest movie ‘Speedway’ co-starring Nancy Sinatra at the MGM Soundstage, Hollywood, California. (It was Presley’s 27th film).
1967: The Who played at Patio Gardens in Farmington, Utah.
1968: Pink Floyd played the 2nd of three nights at the Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1968: Bo Diddley played the first of two nights at the Hippodrome in San Diego, California.
1968: Spirit appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: The Who performed at Mothers in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.
1969: Led Zeppelin played at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago.
1969: The Spencer Davis Group breaks up. Steve and Muff Winwood left the band in 1967, but the band continued on with less success without them before calling it quits.
1969: The Rolling Stones release ‘Honky Tonk Women.’ The song is nearly banned due to lyrical content but a quick thinking promo guy claims Jagger sang “played a divorcee” not “laid a divorcee.” It will become the fifth of their eight Billboard number one hits.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band played on the final day of the Love Valley Festival, which brought almost 100,000 people to the small North Carolina town of Love Valley.
1971: Queen performed at the Rugby Club in Hayle, West Cornwall, England.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Barton Coliseum in Little Rock, Arkansas.
1972: Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were arrested in Warwick, Rhode Island on charges of assault after a fight broke out with a newspaper photographer. Charges are filed and the Stones are four hours late for their concert.
1972: The Doobie Brothers ‘Listen To The Music’ b/w ‘Toulouse Street’ 45 single is released. The song peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1972. Its commercial success helped the album ‘Toulouse Street’ skyrocket on the charts.
1973: Hawkwind appeared at the Paradiso in Amsterdam.
1974: The Ozark Music Festival was held over three days on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri. One of the largest music festivals ever held, some estimates have put the crowd count at 350,000 people. Acts who appeared included, Bachman–Turner Overdrive, Blue Öyster Cult, The Eagles, America, Marshall Tucker Band, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Boz Scaggs, Ted Nugent, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Electric Flag, Joe Walsh, Aerosmith and Spirit.
1974: David Bowie wrapped up his tour supporting ‘Diamond Dogs’ in at Madison Square Garden in New York. The shows are videotaped for MainMan by John Dove.
1974: Eric Clapton appeared at the Long Beach Civic Arena in Long Beach, California.
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd performed at Memorial Auditorium in Dallas, Texas.
1974: The Grateful Dead play at Selland Arena in Fresno, California.
1975: The Rolling Stones played Denver, where Elton John joined them on stage.
1975: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band rehearsed for a full 19 hours at The Record Plant in New York City the day before their ‘Born To Run Tour’ kicked off.
1975: Paul McCartney and Wings went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Listen To What The Man Said’, his 4th U.S. #1, and #6 hit in the UK, (the track features Tom Scott playing the saxophone solo). It would go on to sell a million copies in America and reach #6 in the UK. Wings also had the US #1 album chart with ‘Venus And Mars.’ Paul McCartney’s fourth #1 album since The Beatles.
1975: Aerosmith’s ‘Sweet Emotion’ barely makes a dent in the Top 40, peaking at #36.
1976: Deep Purple split up for the first time. David Coverdale went on to form Whitesnake, Jon Lord and Ian Paice formed a band with Tony Ashton. The classic line up of Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord & Paice reformed in 1984. Glenn Hughes returned to Trapeze and Tommy Bolin put together his own band, (but would die before the end of the year).
1976: The Beatles ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Music’ is certified gold.
1977: Steve Martin appears on ‘The Muppet Show.’ He performs ‘Dueling Banjos’ and makes balloon animals.
1978: The Rolling Stones played at Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, Texas.
1979: Van Halen performed at Century II Convention Hall in Wichita, Kansas.
1980: Queen scored their 3rd UK #1 album with ‘The Game,’ featuring the single ‘Another One Bites The Dust.’
1980: A production of ‘The Elephant Man,’ which starred David Bowie, opened in Denver. The show does well, and Bowie takes the lead in the Broadway production later that year.
1980: Billy Joel gets his first gold record, for ‘It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me.’ It also hits #1 on its way to selling over a million copies.
1980: Laguna Beach, CA’s Vorpal Gallery opens a new exhibit featuring paintings by Joni Micthell, John Mayall, Klaus Voorman, and Ron Wood.
1980: The final World Series of Rock in Cleveland takes place at Municipal Stadium. The bill includes Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, The J. Geils Band, Eddie Money and Def Leppard.
1981: The mayor of Odessa, Texas declares today Roy Orbison Day in honor of the singer. (Orbison was actually from Wink, a microscopic town about 35 miles west.)
1981: Bruce Springsteen headlined at The Spectrum in Philadelphia.
1983: ZZ Top played at the Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland, Ohio.
1983: Big Country’s debut album ‘The Crossing’ is released. It reached #18 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart and featured two Billboard Hot 100 singles – ‘In a Big Country’ (#35) and ‘Fields of Fire’ (#52).
1985: Joan Jett calls up-and-coming heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson before his fight with Larry Sims, which Tyson wins handily. The superstitious Tyson insists on getting a call from Jett before every fight, which he does until breaking tradition for his bout against Buster Douglas on February 11, 1990 – Tyson’s first loss.
1986: Genesis went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Invisible Touch.’ It was their first & only time on Billboard’s Hot 100. The bands former lead singer Peter Gabriel was at #2 with ‘Sledgehammer.’
1986: Van Halen headline the Texxas Jam at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, preceeded by Dio, Loverboy, Krokus, Keel and Bachman-Turner Overdrive who are joined by Leslie West on ‘Mississippi Queen.’
1986: Van Halen’s ‘Dreams’ from ‘5150″ album, peaks at #22 on the pop charts.
1988: Bruce Springsteen played his first ever show behind the Iron Curtain when he appeared in East Berlin in front of 180,000 people. The show was broadcast on East German TV.
1989: Residents of Washington, Connecticut formed a ‘Roll the Stones Out of Town,’ action group after they were unhappy with the Rolling Stones and their entourage setting up in the town for rehearsals for their forthcoming tour. Residents said it was like the army had moved in and taken over, with security guards stopping locals and asking them what they were doing there.
1990: Mother Love Bone released their one and only album ‘Apple.’
1991: Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler sued the band, alleging that they encouraged his heroin habit. Adler had been fired from the band the previous year because of his problems with drugs.
1993: Quiet Riot releases their 7th album ‘Terrified.’ It features the return of Kevin DuBrow on vocals.
1994: Steve Perry released his 2nd studio album, ‘For the Love of Strange Medicine.’
1994: Marilyn Manson released his debut full-length studio album, ‘Portrait of an American Family.’
1994: The Rolling Stones played a secret gig in a Toronto nightclub for their fans.
1995: Elvis Presley’s former doctor, Dr. George Nichopoulous, loses his medical license for being “too liberal” in prescribing addictive drugs. Nichopoulos called the decision “idiotic” and suggested it stemmed from resentment over Presley’s death in 1977.
1997: Oasis went to #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘D’You Know What I Mean.’ The first single from their 3rd album ‘Be Here Now.’
2001: ‘Hysteria – The Def Leppard Story’ premieres on VH1.‬ The film revolves around the humble beginnings of the band, their rise to stardom, Pete Willis’ struggle with the bottle and eventual firing, drummer Rick Allen’s car accident, Steve Clark’s battle with alcoholism and the making of their most successful album to date, ‘Hysteria.’ Among other errors in the movie, the story does not represent the reality about Allen’s accident. Rick and Miriam did not take any drugs before it happened. They were driving on a sunny morning just after breakfast, and Rick was showing his girlfriend Miriam the beautiful nature around Sheffield.
2001: Metallica’s James Hetfield has entered rehab for alcoholism and “other addictions.”
2001: Original Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkenson passes away. Wilkenson, 49, survived the 1977 plane crash that took Skynyrd’s lead singer Ronnie Van Zant.
2002: ‘Movin’ Out,’ a stage musical dedicated to the songs of Billy Joel, premieres in Chicago.
2004: James Lowe and Mark Tulin of the Electric Prunes, famous for their 1967 garage-psych hit “I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night,” sue their former label and publishing company for over one million dollars in unpaid royalties.
2005: The New York Post reports that Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee proposed to the former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson in Las Vegas. Both parties later deny the rumor. Anderson even claims that she is committed to two (yes, two) other men. Lee and Anderson were wed in ’95 and ’96.
2005: Weezer takes the stage at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando to tape a concert that airs the following month on MTV.
2006: Bon Jovi is interviewed and gives an in-studio performance on CNN’s Larry King Live.
2006: Quicksilver Messenger Service reunites for a 40th anniversary tour. The first stop is Mill Valley, CA. Quicksilver’s lineup features two founding members, singer David Freiberg and guitarist Gary Duncan, as well as ex-Tubes drummer Prairie Prince. Jefferson Starship is along on most dates.
2006: Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson begins a limited series of U.S. solo concerts that feature him performing with an orchestra. It starts in Interlochen, MI, and wraps up less than two weeks later in Boston.
2006: Guns N’ Roses exit the stage abruptly at their concert in Newcastle, England. Singer Axl Rose is hit twice by objects thrown from the crowd. Keyboardist Dizzy Reed calls the show “one of the best gigs of the entire tour,” and says the early ending was due to “two morons who obviously don’t know how to behave at a Rock concert.”
2006: Queen guitarist Brian May is awarded an honorary fellowship from England’s Liverpool John Moores University. “It is a very nice birthday party for me and wonderful to be recognized,” says May on his 60th birthday. The honor notes his contributions to astronomy.
2007: ‘Remember That Night: Live at the Royal Albert Hall,’ a chronicle of David Gilmour’s 2006 London performances makes its U.S. premiere on the Sundance Channel.
2008: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers headline the first day of the inaugural Mile High Music Festival outside of Denver. Steve Winwood and the Black Crowes also appear during the two-day event.
2008: REO Speedwagon’s flood relief efforts earn a certificate of recognition from the Des Moines, Iowa, chapter of the National Weather Service. REO’s Ridin’ Out The Storm benefit concert raised more than $550,000 for area flood victims.
2009: Stevie Nicks is the subject of the debut episode of ‘NewNowNext Icons,’ a Logo Network series that profiles “timeless music legends” who have impacted the gay community. The singer discusses different aspects of her life, including her solo career and her work with Fleetwood Mac.
2009: ‘Motley Crue’s Crue Fest 2: The White Trash Circus’ kicks off in Camden, NJ. They perform ‘Dr. Feelgood’ in its entirety on all tour stops in honor of the ’89 disc’s 20th anniversary. “We figured what better way to celebrate than to play it live top to bottom every night,” says bassist Nikki Sixx. Godsmack, Theory Of A Deadman, Drowning Pool & Charm City Devils round out the bill.
2009: Limp Bizkit give a free show at the Pearl Concert Theater in Las Vegas. It’s the band’s first U.S. show in eight years to feature the group’s original lineup.
2010: Ozzy Osbourne and his former Black Sabbath band mate Tony Iommi settled a long-running legal dispute over the use of the group’s name. Ozzy had filed suit against the guitarist in May of last year, accusing Iommi of falsely proclaiming to be the sole owner of the Black Sabbath name by lodging an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office. The pair released a joint statement confirming they have settled the dispute “amicably.”
2010: Warrant’s lead singer Jani Lane is ordered to serve 120 days in jail after pleading no contest to his second DUI charge in less than a year. Officers at the scene reported that Lane blew twice the legal limit in a Breathalyzer test and failed field sobriety tests. Lane also loses his license for three years and is required to complete a 30-month alcohol education program.
2010: Big Star bassist Andy Hummel, who performed on the group’s first two albums, dies in Weatherford, TX, following a two-year battle with cancer. Hummel was 59. Big Star frontman Alex Chilton passed away only a few months earlier.
2012: KISS play a private show for veterans at the Jiffy Lube Live Arena in Bristow, VA. Prior to the show, KISS and opening act Motley Crue present a check for $250,000 to the National Chamber Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program. “A free country’s greatest national treasure are the people that make that country free,” says KISS’ Paul Stanley. “God bless our troops. God bless America.”
2013: Paul McCartney brings out Nirvana’s surviving members-Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and touring guitarist Pat Smear-during the encore of his show at Seattle’s Safeco Field. It is only the second time that Grohl, Novoselic and Smear perform together in Nirvana’s hometown since Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994, and the first time they play there in more than 15 years. The encore features ‘Cut Me Some Slack,’ Little Richard’s ‘Long Tall Sally’ and Beatles classics ‘Get Back,’ ‘Helter Skelter’ and ‘The End.’
2013: Rush, The Guess Who and The Tragically Hip are honored as part of the Canadian Recording Artist stamp series. “Each band has achieved national acclaim, along with international radio air-time and extensive tours,” says Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services for Canada Post. It’s the first time the collection features Canadian bands.
2013: Metallica appear at Comic-Con to promo Metallica ‘Through The Never.’ They present the world premiere of the 3-D film’s theatrical trailer along with an exclusive preview of footage from the movie.
2013: Pearl Jam plays a sold-out show at Wrigley Field in Chicago, the first American stop touring behind their 10th studio album, ‘Lightning Bolt.’ Seven songs in, the show is delayed by lightning. After midnight, the band returns to the stage and plays a rousing set, as the place was still packed.
2016: An article titled “The Memory Remains: How Heavy Metal Fans Buffer Against The Fear Of Death” claims Heavy Metal music helps fans deal with the idea of their own death. Researchers from universities in the Netherlands and Germany write that listening to Metal is an “escape from depression and even helpful against death-related thoughts.”
2016: Third Eye Blind perform at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame charity event before an audience filled with Republican National Convention attendees. Frontman Stephan Jenkins continually blasts the GOP and antagonizes the crowd. He gets booed a lot.
2016: System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian writes on Facebook that “civilization in its current form has run its course.” He continues stating “reason seems to have taken a back seat to xenophobia, extremism and fanatical thinking and action.”
2017: Heavy Metal comic issue #287 featuring ‘Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast’ is released.
2017: The Judas Priest mobile game ‘Road To Valhalla’ is released.

July 20
1940: The industry publication Billboard combines their sales charts for the first time, including all major labels. The first #1 is Tommy Dorsey’s ‘I’ll Never Smile Again,’ with vocals by Frank Sinatra.
1954: The Blue Moon Boys made their live debut appearing on the back of a flatbed truck outside a new drug store for its grand opening in Memphis. The band line up was Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black. The name was taken from a song they had recorded just two weeks previously, ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky.’
1957: John Lennon invites Paul McCartney to join the Quarrymen.
1960: Roy Orbison’s ‘Only The Lonely’ peaks at #2 on the U.S. pop chart. The song was originally offered to both Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers who passed.
1961: The Beatles, known as The Beat Brothers, get some press in the British paper Mersey Beat, which announces their first record deal.
1963: The Beatles get their first UK #1 LP with ‘Please Please Me.’
1963: Jan and Dean’s ‘Surf City’ hits #1 only two weeks after its release. Written by Beach Boy Brian Wilson, with the Beach Boys on backing vocals. The pair had recorded the song in a converted garage underneath their apartment in Bel Air, California.
1964: Capitol Records issues The Beatles ‘Something New,’ in the U.S. The Beatles album includes eight songs from the original British release of ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’
1964: The Beatles ‘And I Love Her’ b/w ‘If I Fell’ 45 single is released. It reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Beatles performed ‘And I Love Her’ just once outside Abbey Road Studios – on 14 July 14, 1964 they played it for an edition of the BBC’s Top Gear radio show, which was broadcast two days later. The song was written mainly by McCartney, though John Lennon claimed in an interview with Playboy that his major contribution was the middle eight section (“A love like ours/Could never die/As long as I/Have you near me”)
1964: The Beatles ‘I’ll Cry Instead’ b/w ‘I’m Happy Just To Dance With You’ 45 single is released. Recorded for the ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ soundtrack, it reached #25, and was in the Billboard Top 30 for two weeks and in the Top 100 for seven weeks. It was also on the album ‘Something New.’
1965: Bob Dylan released ‘Like a Rolling Stone.’ The single became his first major hit, reaching #2. The song remained on the charts for twelve weeks. It was recorded on June 15th and 16th at Columbia Studio A, on Seventh Avenue in New York. Then session musician Al Kooper improvised the organ riff for which the track is known.
1965: The Lovin’ Spoonful release their first single, ‘Do You Believe in Magic,’ from the album of the same name. It will reach #9 on the U.S. Pop chart and was later ranked #216 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1966: The Kinks ‘Sunny Afternoon’ b/w ‘I’m Not Like Everybody Else’ 45 single is released. It went to #1 on the UK singles charts, remaining there for two weeks. In America, it peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart early autumn 1966. It was placed at #200 on Pitchfork Media’s list of The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s.
1967: Jerry Lee Lewis kicks off his first English tour since he was hounded out of the country for being married to his 13-year-old cousin in May 1958.
1968: Paul McCartney’s girlfriend, Jane Asher, announced on British TV’s ‘Dee Time,’ that her engagement to Paul McCartney was off. Paul reportedly was watching at a friend’s home and was surprised by the news. McCartney met Linda Eastman on a business trip the previous month.
1968: Iron Butterfly’s classic album, ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ entered Billboard’s Hot 200 chart at #117. It was the band’s second LP and contained the 17 minute title track that filled the entire second side of the disc. A shortened, single version of the song only made it to #30, but the album climbed to #4 and went on to sell over four million copies in the U.S. alone. A remastered edition was released by Rhino Records in 1995 that contains the single version as well as a live version of ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.’
1968: Cream started a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Wheels Of Fire.’ It reached #3 in the UK.
1968: The Who and The Troggs played at the Virginia Beach Dome in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
1968: Big Brother and the Holding Company and Blue Cheer performed at Patio Gardens in Farmington, Utah.
1969: Led Zeppelin performed in front of 2500 fans at Musicarnival in Warrensville Heights, Ohio.
1969: King Crimson played at the Marquee Club in London..
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appear at Century’s Huntington Theater in Huntington, New York.
1972: The Rolling Stones performed at The Spectrum in Philadelphia.
1972: Jefferson Airplane’s ‘Long John Silver’ album is released. It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1973: Mott the Hoople’s ‘Mott’ album is released. It reached #35 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #7 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #366 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1973: Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin’s ‘Love Devotion Surrender’ album is released. It reached #14 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #7 on the UK Album chart.The album was inspired by the teachings of Sri Chinmoy and intended as a tribute to John Coltrane. Both men had recently become followers of Sri Chinmoy, and for both the album came at a transitional moment spiritually and musically, and Love Devotion Surrender was a “very public pursuit of their spiritual selves.”
1973: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Boston Garden. Tickets were $4.50 – $6.50.
1974: The Doobie Brothers played England’s Knebworth Festival with The Allman Brothers and Van Morrison.
1974: Bob Dylan’s ‘Before The Flood’ enters the album chart.
1974: The Ramones decided to make their drummer Joey Ramone the lead vocalist.
1974: Tim Buckley, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Van Morrison, The Doobie Brothers and The Allman Brothers all appeared at Knebworth Park in England.
1975: Motorhead played their first gig at the Roundhouse in London.
1975: On Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’ tour stop in Providence, Rhode Island, The E Street Band played their first gig with “Little Steven” Van Zandt on guitar.
1975: The Summerfest concert lineup at Rich Stadium in Buffalo, New York was Judy Collins, Dan Fogelberg, Seals & Crofts, with The Eagles as headliners.
1975: Yes played at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
1977: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Arizona State University Activities Center in Tempe, Arizona.
1977: Gary Kellgren studio engineer at the Los Angeles Record Plant studio drowned in a Hollywood Swimming pool. Kellgren had worked with John Lennon, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Barbra Streisand and Rod Stewart.
1979: Van Halen played at the Convention Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1979: E.L.O. takes out advertisements in several U.S. magazines dedicating the release of ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ to NASA’s Skylab project, which re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere nine days earlier. It went on to become their biggest hit in the U.S., peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1979: REO Speedwagon release their 8th studio album, ‘Nine Lives.’ It reached #33 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1980: Blue Oyster Cult performed at the Salem Fairgrounds in Salem, Oregon.
1981: The Ramones release their 6th studio album, ‘Pleasant Dreams.’
1983: ZZ Top played at Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland, Ohio.
1983: The British security services foil a terrorist plot by the Irish Republican Army to detonate a bomb at a Duran Duran concert in London’s Dominion Theatre. Their intended targets are Prince Charles and Princess Diana, but bomber Sean O’Callaghan informs the Police instead of going through with the plan.
1983: Diana, Princess of Wales meets Duran Duran for the first time at a charity event in London for the Princes Trust. She has been widely quoted in the tabloid press as saying they are her favorite band.
1986: To celebrate his 39th birthday and his band’s 20th anniversary, Carlos Santana played a reunion concert with the 17 current and original members of his band in San Francisco.
1986: Van Halen manager Ed Leffler was beaten up by an unknown assailant in a Dallas hotel elevator.
1986: ‘Sid and Nancy,’ the biopic about The Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious, premieres. Gary Oldman stars as Vicious.
1987: Mick Jagger shot the video for ‘Let’s Work’ in New York. The track came from for his solo album, ‘Primitive Cool.’
1991: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ‘Into The Great Wide Open’ enters the charts.
1994: The Grateful Dead’s only performance on this date in history took place at Deer Creek Music Center, just outside of Indianapolis, Indiana
1993: Candlebox release their self-titled debut. The set sells more than three million copies.
1999: The Rolling Stones reported a gross income of $337 million from almost two years of touring from their ‘Bridges to Babylon’ and ‘No Security’ tours. The Stones had played to over 5.6 million people, selling out all but 20 shows.
1999: Paul McCartney had an upcoming single bootlegged when ‘I Got Stung’ was taken from a BBC broadcast and distributed over the Internet. The track was from his forthcoming release ‘Run Devil Run’ album. Capitol Records put a stop to radio stations in Detroit & Cleveland playing the track
1999: The Ramones make their final public appearance together to promote their release ‘Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! The Ramones Anthology.’ Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, Tommy, Marky and C.J. Ramone all sign CDs at the Virgin Megastore in New York City.
2000: The Evergreen Ballroom in Lacey, Washington was destroyed by a fire. During the ballroom’s heyday in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, many of music’s greats played there: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Duke Ellington, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Ike & Tina Turner and Fats Domino. Glen Campbell had lived in the kitchen at the venue for a while before he became famous.
2003: A tooth said to have been pulled out of Elvis’s mouth after an injury failed to sell on the auction site eBay. The tooth had been put on a 10-day sale with a reserve price of $100,000. Bids had pushed the price up to $2m but they were later found out to be fraudulent.
2004: Van Halen release ‘The Best of Both Worlds,’ a compilation featuring material recorded with lead vocalists David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar. Three new recordings with Hagar are the last to feature bassist Michael Anthony.
2004: For the first time in his career, Jimmy Buffett had the #1 album on Billboard’s Hot 200 album chart when ‘License To Chill’ debuted at the top spot during its first week of U.S. sales, selling over 239,000 copies.
2004: The Hives released their ‘Tyrannosaurus Hives’ album.
2006: Pearl Jam plays a benefit for the Northwest Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America in Portland, OR. Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has been battling Crohn’s disease for about 20 years.
2006: Three Days Grace’s ‘Animal I Have Become’ ends an 11-week run of Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Dani California’ at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Meanwhile, the Raconteurs ‘Steady, As She Goes’ pushes ‘Dani’ out of the top spot on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks after a 13 week run.
2006: Pink Floyd’s ‘P.U.L.S.E.’ DVD, an expanded version of the ’94 concert film, debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Top Music Video survey after moving almost 93,000 units in its first week out.
2007: Eric Clapton teams with the Fender Guitar Company to design a limited-edition line of guitars and amplifiers to raise money for the Crossroads Centre, the rehab facility he founded in Antigua. An Eric Clapton Crossroads Stratocaster with ’57 Twin-Amps sells for $30,000. Without the amp it’s 10-grand less.
2007: It’s KISS Appreciation Day in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. The group is presented with the Key to the City prior to their concert.
2009: Jackson Browne settled his lawsuit against U.S. Senator John McCain and the Republican Party after his 1977 hit ‘Running On Empty’ was used without permission in a 2008 McCain presidential campaign ad that aired on TV and the Internet. McCain and the Republican Party apologized for using the song in the ad and said that McCain himself “had no knowledge of, or involvement in, the creation or distribution of the video.”
2009: It’s announced that Beastie Boys Rapper Adam Yauch (aka MCA) has a cancerous tumor in his parotid salivary gland and lymph node that requires surgery followed by several weeks of localized radiation. “This is something that is very treatable,” says Yauch in a video message. As a result, the group cancels all scheduled shows, including All Points West and Lollapalooza festivals. Yauch battles the disease for three years.
2009: U2 launches an initiative offering music and vocal lessons to Irish youth. The band pledges more than $7 million to the program, which is administered by the Music Network nonprofit group. “The Music Network scheme is really well thought out and (U2 decided) that we should just get behind it,” says guitarist the Edge.
2009: A digital EP featuring four versions of David Bowie’s seminal 1969 hit ‘Space Oddity’ is issued through the U.K. iTunes store. The collection is released in honor of the 40th anniversary of both man’s first walk on the moon and the song’s original drop date.
2010: Though a settlement had been reached over a month earlier, Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi issue a joint statement announcing that they have “amicably resolved” their legal battle over the rights to the Black Sabbath name. “Both parties are glad to put this behind them and to cooperate together for the future and would like it to be known that the issue was never personal, it was always business,” said the statement. The suit was filed in ’09 by Ozzy who claimed that Iommi had illegally assumed sole ownership of the Black Sabbath moniker.
2010: Sheryl Crow releases her 7th album ‘100 Miles From Memphis.’ Guests on the album include the Stones’ Keith Richards and Justin Timberlake. ‘Summer Day’ is the lead single.
2011: Incubus’ ‘If Not Now, When?’ beats out ‘The Truth Is…’ by Theory Of A Dead Man to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Alternative and Rock Album Chart.
2011: Pictures of The Beatles’ first U.S. concert in Washington DC on February 11th, 1964, taken by a then 18-year-old Mike Mitchell, sold at Christie’s auction house for $361,938. Security in those days was very casual and Mitchell was just feet from the band as he snapped the black and white photos which he stored for years in a box in his basement.
2012: Roger Waters ‘The Wall’ world tour is the highest-grossing show of the year, according to Boxscore Billboard. The trek earned $131.4 million in six months, far outdistancing tours by Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen and Pearl Jam.
2012: The inaugural three-day Firefly Music Festival, featuring Jack White, The Killers, The Black Keys, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse and the Flaming Lips, is held at Dover’s International Speedway in Delaware. 30,000 watch shows on the festival’s four stages.
2013: KISS perform at Rock Fest in Cadott, WI where they introduce a wounded military veteran named Ramon Rivera and present him and his wife with a brand new, mortgage-free house. The donation is made possible by the festival, Military Warriors Support Foundation and co-sponsors Impact Gel.
2015: Slash lists his Tuscan-style estate for almost $11 million. He and his wife, Perla Hudson, filed for divorce the previous year.
2015: Pretty Green, the men’s fashion brand and high-street chain founded by Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, turns a profit for the first time in its six year history. Growth came from both store sales and a wholesale business.
2015: Wayne Carson died at the age of 72 after suffering congestive heart failure. He co-wrote ‘Always on My Mind,’ a hit for Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and others. He also penned ‘The Letter,’ recorded by The Box Tops, Joe Cocker and Leon Russell, ‘Soul Deep’ and ‘Neon Rainbow.’
2016: Slipknot’s sophomore album, ‘Iowa,’ tops Metal Hammer magazine’s poll of the 100 Greatest Albums Of The 21st Century.
2016: Speaking at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, Elton John announced a $10 million fund that will lend medical and legal support to the African LGBT community. “I know that certain governments in Africa will not respond to someone like me telling them ‘You should do this, you should do that’,” said John. “I count for nothing as far as that goes. What I can do is ensure that people who are LGBT, if their clinics are closed down because they are LGBT, we can give them medicine. If they are arrested, we will get them legal aid.”
2017: Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington died aged 41. His body was found at a private home, Bennington apparently hanged himself. The singer was said to be close to Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell (who’s Birthdate is ironically on this date), who took his own life in May of this year. Formed in 1996, Linkin Park had sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and won two Grammy Awards.

July 21
1956: Billboard magazine claims that Elvis Presley “is the most controversial entertainer since Liberace.” The article also notes that Ed Sullivan, who once said Presley would never appear on his show, just signed the singer for three appearances.
1958: ‘Hard Headed Woman’ by Elvis Presley hits #1 on the Billboard chart. At the time, the King was in Fort Hood Texas, doing basic training in the U.S. Army.
1958: Eddie Cochran’s ‘Summertime Blues’ b/w ‘Love Again’ 45 single is released. It was written in the late 1950’s by Cochran and his manager Jerry Capehart. Originally a single B-side, it peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 29, 1958 and #18 on the UK Singles Chart. The song is ranked #73 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It has been covered by many artists, including being a #1 hit for country music artist Alan Jackson, and a notable hit for the English rock band, The Who and the first heavy metal band Blue Cheer.
1960: Elvis Presley receives a first degree black belt in karate.
1963: Birth of Beatlemania? 4,000 fans without tickets try to crash a Beatles gig in Blackpool, England. The only way the band can get in is via the roof.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of three nights at the Cafe-a-Go-Go in New York City. The club featured many well known acts including: Grateful Dead, Tim Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Jefferson Airplane, and Cream who all appeared at the club.
1968: The Who appeared at Virginia Beach Dome in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
1969: The Beatles started work on the John Lennon song ‘Come Together’ at Abbey Road studios in London. The track became the opening song on The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ album and was later released as a double A-sided single with ‘Something,’ their 21st single in the UK and 26th in the U.S. where it reached the top of the charts.
1969: Sly & The Family Stone’s ‘Hot Fun In The Summertime’ b/w ‘Fun’ 45 single is released. The song peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and #3 on the U.S. Billboard soul singles chart in autumn of 1969. Rolling Stone ranked the song #247 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and it also has been named in lists by Yahoo! Music and AskMen as an all-time “summer anthem.”
1969: Led Zeppelin with special guest BB King played the Schaefer Music Festival held at the 5000-seat Wollman Skating Rink Theater in Central Park in New York City.
1970: The Allman Brothers appeared at the Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park, New York. They would return exactly a year later.
1971: Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’ is certified gold. The LP, released four months earlier, was the #1 album in the US for 15 weeks and would stay on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart for 292 weeks.
1971: Carole King’s ‘It’s Too Late’ hits #1.
1971: Black Sabbath’s 3rd album, ‘Master of Reality’ is released in the UK. It was released in the U.S. in August. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #5 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, Rolling Stone placed the album at #298 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.
1971: Black Sabbath released their 10th single, ‘Children of the Grave.’
1971: Creedence Clearwater Revival played the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1972: The Rolling Stones performed the 2nd of two nights at The Spectrum in Philadelphia.
1972: Rod Stewart releases his ‘Never A Dull Moment’ album. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and topped the UK Albums chart for two weeks. The track ‘You Wear It Well,’ co-written by Stewart and Martin Quittenton, reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the UK Singles chart.
1972: T. Rex released their 7th studio album, ‘The Slider.’ It reached #17 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #4 on the UK Albums chart. Two singles were released to promote The Slider – ‘Telegram Sam’ reached #67 on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the UK Singles chart, and ‘Metal Guru,’ which did not chart in the U.S. but also topped the UK chart. Produced by Tony Visconti, it was the band’s second record released with their new glam rock style opposed to the band’s previous folk oriented music.
1973: Jim Croce started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.’ Jim said that the Leroy Brown character was inspired by a tough guy that he had met in the Army a few years earlier. Croce was killed in a plane crash three months later.
1973: While Billboard listed it at #4, Cashbox magazine said that Three Dog Night’s version of ‘Shambala’ was the hottest selling single in the country. A simultaneous release by B.W. Stevenson was also a hit on the U.S. Country charts.
1973: Canned Heat, Chuck Berry, Nazareth, Edgar Broughton Band, Groundhogs, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Medicine Head, all appeared at the Buxton Festival in Derbyshire, England. Hell’s Angels arrived in force and proceeded to drink the site dry. Initially they paid for the booze, but when the money ran out a deputation was sent into the audience to collect donations of 10p per person. About 20 minutes into his set Chuck Berry was showing one of the Angels how to do his duck-walk properly. He did a magnificent one from one end of the stage to the other and disappeared into the wings. The band played on, the Angels bopped, and Chuck bolted to his car and drove off at high speed, never to return.
1974: Rory Gallagher released his 6th album, ‘Irish Tour ’74.’ The double live album reached #110 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and was compiled from live recordings made at concerts on an Irish Tour in January 1974 at Belfast Ulster Hall, Dublin Carlton Cinema and Cork City Hall. ‘Back on My Stompin’ Ground (After Hours)’ was taken from a jam session during the tour on the Lane Mobile Unit.
1974: The Grateful Dead played at the Hollywood Bowl. Maria Muldaur Band and Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen opened the show.
1975: Yes played at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.
1976: To capitalize on the multi-platinum success of their past two releases, KISS released ‘The Originals,’ a specially priced box set containing their lesser-known first three studio albums. The paper sleeves holding each disc were duplicates of the original album covers. It was packaged with a 16-page history booklet, a color KISS Army sticker, and a sheet of six trading cards.
1976: AC/DC appeared at the Glädjehuset in Stockholm, Sweden.
1978: Linda Ronstadt, who’s just released a cover version of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Tumblin’ Dice,’ joins the band onstage at their Tucson, AZ concert to sing it with them.
1977: Despite protests, The Sex Pistols made their first appearance on the UK music show Top Of The Pops, where they lip-synched to their 3rd single, ‘Pretty Vacant.’ The performance helped push the song up the charts to #7.
1978: Aerosmith appeared at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.
1979: Robert Palmer’s cover of Moon Martin’s ‘Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)’ is released.
1979: Cheap Trick peaked at #7 for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘I Want You to Want Me’ their first top 10 single.
1979: Triumph’s 3rd studio album, ‘Just A Game’ is released. It was Triumph’s commercial breakthrough, reaching #48 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. It featured the band’s first Billboard Top 40 hit single, ‘Hold On,’ and ‘Lay It On the Line,’ which was a smash at rock radio.
1980: Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’ b/w ‘Hey You’ 45 single is released. It is one of only three songs on the album for which writing credits are shared between Roger Waters and David Gilmour. The chorus melody was written by Gilmour while Waters contributed the lyrics and the music for the verses. The song had the working title of ‘The Doctor.’ In 2004, the song was ranked number 321 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2005, it became the last song ever to be performed by Waters, Gilmour, Wright, and Mason together. In 2011, the song was ranked #5 in the BBC Radio 4’s listeners’ Desert Island Discs choices.
1980: Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux is seriously injured in a car wreck. He dies two days later. Godchaux and his wife, Donna, a background vocalist, had been with the Dead from 1971 until 1979.
1981: Bryan Adams releases his 2nd studio album, ‘You Want It You Got It.’
1982: Loudness release their 2nd studio album, ‘Devil Soldier.’
1982: Queen kicked off their final North American tour with Freddie Mercury at the Montreal Forum, in support of their album ‘Hot Space.’
1984: The debut album from Stryper ‘The Yellow and Black Attack’ is released.
1984: ZZ Top peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Legs,’ which was their first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1986: As the Police are recording the follow-up to their ‘Synchronicity’ album, Sting announces he’d rather go it alone, launching both solo recording and acting careers. The Police disband.
1987: Dio release their 4th studio album, ‘Dream Evil.’
1987: Lion release their debut album, ‘Dangerous Attraction.’
1987: Guns N’ Roses released ‘Appetite for Destruction,’ their debut album on Geffen Records. Featuring the singles ‘Welcome to the Jungle,’ ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine,’ and ‘Paradise City,’ the album now has worldwide sales in excess of 28 million, 18 million of which are in the U.S., making it the best-selling American debut album of all time. It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart on September 24, 1988, 50 weeks after its first appearance. It spent four weeks at the top of the chart, and a total of 147 weeks on the Billboard 200. In 2003 Rolling Stone ranked Appetite for Destruction at #61 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1987: Paul McCartney finished recording Russian versions of rock and roll songs for his Soviet-only release ‘Choba B CCCP.’
1989: ‘UHF,’ a comedy film written by and starring Weird Al Yankovic, debuts. The soundtrack features many of Yankovic’s signature song parodies, as well as a few of his original songs. While the film does poorly in box office due to bad timing at the beginning of summer just before blockbuster season, the film has since accumulated a huge cult following. “UHF” stands for “Ultra High Frequency,” an archaic method of television broadcast in the United States which tended to feature local, mom-and-pop stations and shoestring-budget content.
1990: Roger Waters performs the classic Pink Floyd album ‘The Wall’ at the Berlin Wall. The concert was staged on vacant terrain between Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate, a location that was part of the former “no man’s land” of the Berlin Wall. Having left Pink Floyd, he is joined by the Scorpions, Van Morrison, Bryan Adams, Joni Mitchell, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Carrack, Sinéad O’Connor, Rick Danko, The Hooters, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of The Band, Marianne Faithfull and Thomas Dolby. The show had a sell-out crowd of over 350,000 people, and right before the performance started the gates were opened which enabled at least another 100,000 people to watch. The show was also available on pay-per-view.
1994: Oasis make their U.S. debut at Wetlands Preserve Festival as part of the New Music Seminar in New York.
1996: Soundgarden’s usually sedate Kim Thayil is arrested for hitting a fan who was trying to take his picture in a North Carolina hotel.
1998: Anthrax released their 8th studio album ‘Volume 8: The Threat Is Real.’
2002: Producer Gus Dudgeon, who worked with artists including Elton John, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Kiki Dee, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Strawbs, XTC, and Joan Armatrading, was killed in a car accident near Reading, England, together with his wife Sheila. He was 59 years old. Elton John dedicates his 2004 album, ‘Peachtree Road,’ to the couple.
2003: Black Sabbath removed images from a film that played during their Ozzfest set that associated George W. Bush with Adolf Hitler after drummer Bill Ward posted his disapproval on his Web site.
2004: Composer Jerry Goldsmith died after a long battle with cancer aged 75. Created the music for scores of classic movies and television shows Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Dr. Kildare.
2005: Long John Baldry (born John William Baldry) dies of a chest infection. He was 64. Baldry (who got his nickname because of his 6’7″ stature) was an English singer who worked with Rod Stewart, Elton John, The Kinks and The Beatles. Baldry’s band, Bluesology, had a young pianist named Reginald Dwight, who went on to become Elton John. He was later a successful voiceover artist. In the 1960’s, he was perhaps one of the few openly gay performers in Britain.
2005: Megadeth’s ‘Gigantour’ kicks off at Selland Arena in Fresno, CA. Dream Theater, Anthrax, Fear Factory and more are on the bill.
2006: The Rolling Stones were the top touring band in the world for the first half of 2006, reporting $147.3 million in grosses from 45 shows in US arenas and international stadiums.
2006: Breaking Benjamin hit the road to promote their 3rd album, ‘Phobia.’ The first stop is in Philadelphia.
2007: Sharon Osbourne’s music mogul father Don Arden died in a Los Angeles nursing home at the age of 81. Dubbed the “Al Capone of Pop” for his uncompromising business practices, he steered The Small Faces, Black Sabbath and ELO to stardom.
2008: The Police played the first of two nights at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado during the final leg of their 152-date world Reunion tour. The tour became the third highest grossing tour of all time, with revenues reaching over $340 million.
2008: Kid Rock enters a no-contest plea to assault charges stemming from a 2007 incident at an Atlanta-area Waffle House. Rock is slapped with a $1,000 fine and is put on a year’s probation. He also has to do 80 hours of community service and attend six anger-management classes. Rock was arrested after he and some associates scuffled with a fellow Waffle House customer.
2009: Our Lady Peace release their album ‘Burn Burn.’ The lead single is ‘All You Did Was Save My Life.’
2009: Stryper release their album ‘Murder by Pride.’ It includes the Boston cover ‘Peace of Mind’ and features Kenny Aronoff on drums.
2009: Former New Riders Of The Purple Sage frontman John “Marmaduke” Dawson dies in Mexico after a battle with stomach cancer. He was 64. Dawson and late Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia co-founded the psychedelic-Country act.
2009: A settlement is announced in the lawsuit Jackson Browne launched ’08 after his song ‘Running On Empty’ appeared in an Internet video promoting Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign. The singer-songwriter charged that Republicans had used the tune without authorization, and that its usage falsely implied that Browne endorsed the candidate. As part of the settlement, McCain and the other defendants issue an apology. The financial terms are kept confidential.
2010: ‘KoRn III: Remember Who You Are’ is #1 on Billboard’s Rock and Alternative charts and #2 on the Top 200 Albums chart.
2010: Prior to a hometown show at Long Island’s Jones Beach, John Mayer doles out free samples ice cream samples from a Ben & Jerry’s truck. “We had an idea of catering to the tailgating crowd, and the epitome of the sound of summer is ice cream truck bells,” says Mayer’s manager Michael McDonald.
2010: Police in Auburn, IN, find marijuana and other drugs on Bret Michaels two tour buses. One bus is initially stopped for a problem with its tail lights, but police later call in a K-9 team who sniff out the drugs.
2011: Never-before seen photographs of the Beatles’ first U.S. concert in Washington DC sold in New York for more than $360,000. The Fab Four played their first U.S. concert on February 11 1964, at the Washington Coliseum, two days after their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Mike Mitchell, of Washington, was 18 at the time and took photographs just feet away. Among the highlights was a backlit photograph Mitchell shot while standing directly behind the Fab Four which sold for more than $68,000 dollars.
2011: Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge, who suffered from skin cancer on his chest the previous year, launches “boomerlovesboobies.com” with Keep A Breast.org to raise money for cancer awareness.
2013: Joe Satriani performs the national anthem at the U.S. Grand Prix in Laguna Beach, CA.
2014: Slash is the first recipient of the Guitar Legend Award at the inaugural AP Music Awards in Cleveland. Joan Jett nabs the AP Icon Award and during her performance she brings Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace onstage to help with ‘Soulmates To Strangers.’
2014: Billy Joel wins Newsday’s That’s So Long Island competition to determine the area’s most iconic person, place or thing.
2014: Tim “Herb” Alexander, drummer with Primus and Puscifer, undergoes successful open heart surgery following a heart attack.
2015: After The Burial guitarist Justin Lowe is found dead after apparently falling from a bridge. He left the group the previous month suggesting he was suffering from mental trauma. Lowe was 32.
2016: Slayer give a an intimate live performance at the House Of Blues during the San Diego Comic-Con International (SDCC). An audience member is ejected for spitting on the group’s frontman, Tom Araya.
2017: Mr. Big release their 9th studio album, ‘Defying Gravity.’

July 22
1956: Buddy Holly cuts ‘That’ll Be The Day’ in Nashville. The track is credited to Buddy Holly & The Three-Tunes (his backing band before the Crickets). The song is re-recorded before becoming a hit.
1961: The Everly Brothers had the UK’s number one record with ‘Temptation,’ a song that was first introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1933 film Going Hollywood. The tune reached #27 in America during a three week run on the Billboard Top 40 a month earlier.
1963: The Beatles’ first U.S. album, ‘Introducing The Beatles’ was pressed by Vee-Jay Records, who thought they had obtained the legal rights from EMI affiliate, Trans-Global Records. When it was finally released in January, 1964, Capitol Records would hit Vee Jay with an injunction against manufacturing, distributing, advertising, or otherwise disposing of records by the Beatles. After a trial, Vee-Jay was allowed to release any Beatles records that they had masters of in any form until October 15th, 1964. After that time, they no longer had the right to issue any Beatles product.
1963: The Beatles kicked of a UK tour with Gerry and the Pacemakers and Tommy Quickly, at the Odeon Cinema in Weston-Super-Mare.
1963: The Beach Boys ‘Surfer Girl’ b/w ‘Little Deuce Coupe’ 45 single is released. The single entered the Billboard chart on August 3 and it would then hit the Top 40 on August 17 at the #28 position. After the single had been on the charts for six weeks it peaked at #7 on September 14, 1963. It placed at #5, for three weeks, in Cash Box and #3 in the UPI weekly survey used by newspapers. Its regional performances belie even these higher national peaks, having risen to #1 in playlists in Los Angeles (four weeks), San Francisco (six weeks), Philadelphia, Boston and Dallas—all major markets where it was among the very biggest hits that year; and runner-up or top three in Washington DC, Toronto, Montreal, Sacramento, Minneapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh. The single also peaked in the U.S. Billboard R & B chart at #18 in September 1963.
1964: The Beach Boys performed at Assembly Hall at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois.
1965: The Rolling Stones were found guilty of insulting behavior after they urinated on the wall of a gas station in East Ham, England, earlier in the year. Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman and Brian Jones were all fined five British pounds each. The owner of the gas station said that to add insult to injury, the band drove off “making a well-known gesture.”
1965: The Moody Blues debut album, ‘The Magnificent Moodies’ is released in the UK. It reached #5 in August 1965 on the New Musical Express (UK) album chart. It is the first and only album featuring their R&B lineup of guitarist Denny Laine, bassist Clint Warwick, keyboardist Mike Pinder, flute player–percussionist Ray Thomas, and drummer Gray Edge. Laine and Warwick left the group in 1966, and were replaced by guitarist Justin Hayward and bassist John Lodge respectively.
1966: John Mayall with Eric Clapton ‘Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton’ album is released. It reached #6 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #195 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1966: The Who played at Central Pier in Morecambe, Lancashire, England.
1967: The Who play their first American live gig at New York’s Paramount Theater.
1967: The Doors made their debut on American Bandstand, performing/lip-synching ‘Light My Fire’ and ‘Crystal Ship.’
1967: Vanilla Fudge plays its debut concert in New York City.’
1967: Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother & the Holding Co. appeared at the Convention Hall in San Diego, California.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at The Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen, Scotland. The venue is home to one of Scotland’s finest dance floors, famous for its bounce, which floats on fixed steel springs. During the 1960s The Beatles, (in 1963), The Small Faces and Cream all appeared at the Beach.
1967: Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother & the Holding Company appeared at the Convention Hall, San Diego, CA.
1968: The ‘Mike Bloomfield/Al Kooper/Stephen Stills: Super Session’ album is released. Kooper and Bloomfield had previously worked together on the sessions for the ground-breaking classic Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan, as well as playing in support of his controversial appearance at the Newport Folk Festival in July 1965. Kooper had recently left Blood, Sweat & Tears after recording their debut album with them, and was now working as an A&R man for Columbia. Bloomfield was about to leave Electric Flag, and at relative loose ends. Kooper telephoned Bloomfield to see if he was free to come down to the studio and jam; Bloomfield agreed, leaving Kooper to handle the arrangements. Needing to have something to show for the second day of sessions, to sit in for Bloomfield Kooper hastily called upon Stephen Stills, also in the process of leaving his band Buffalo Springfield.
1968: Elvis Presley begins filming the movie ‘Charro!,’ which is the only one where he has a beard. Only one Elvis song is used in the film, and it is a commercial failure.
1969: The Doors perform at the Aquarius Theater in Hollywood, California, portions of the show appear on ‘Absolutely Live.’ Later the entire concert was released on CD as well.
1969: Elvis Presley’s NBC-TV Special soundtrack (a/k/a ‘The ’68 Comeback Special’) is certified gold.
1971: Thirteen days after lead singer Jim Morrison passed away, The Doors ‘L.A. Woman’ is certified gold.
1971: John and Yoko spent the second day filming the ‘Imagine’ promotional film at their home in Tittenhurst Park Ascot, England. Today’s footage included the morning walk on the grounds though the mist and John Lennon singing ‘Imagine’ in the white room on his white piano.
1972: The Who release the single ‘Join Together.’
1972: Roxy Music appeared at Civic Hall in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England.
1972: The Grateful Dead play the Paramount Northwest Theater in Seattle, Washington.
1972: Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Sweden for possession of drugs.
1972: The Rolling Stones performed at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1973: Humble Pie and Mountain appear at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1973: Van Morrison appeared at Birmingham Town Hall, playing his first UK show for over 2 years.
1973: David Bowie released the single ‘Life On Mars,’ which peaked at #3 on the UK chart. The track which was first released in 1971 on the album Hunky Dory, features guest piano work by Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. The line “Look at those cavemen go” is a reference to the song “Alley Oop,” a one-off hit in 1960 for American doo-wop band The Hollywood Argyles.
1975: Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti is hits #1 on the Billboard album charts.
1975: Three Dog Night appear at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1975: The Rolling Stones go into the Musicland Studios in Munich to begin recording Black and Blue.
1976: On the campaign trail, Jimmy Carter tells the National Association of Record Merchandisers’ Scholarship Foundation Dinner his musical inspiration as governor of Georgia was Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, and Led Zeppelin. He makes pertinent quotations from Dylan’s ‘Blowin’ in the Wind.’
1977: Elvis Costello’s debut album, ‘My Aim Is True’ is released in the U.K. The set is later released in March of 1978 in the U.S. It reached #14 on the UK Albums chart, and #32 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart when released in the U.S. In 2003, the album was ranked #168 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1977: Yes’ 8th studio album, ‘Going for the One’ is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s & Tape chart, and topped the UK Albums chart.
1978: The Police sign with A&M Records.
1979: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1979: The Sony Walkman went on sale to the public.
1979: Little Richard, now known as Reverend Richard Penniman, tells a California congregation, “If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody.”
1980: A reunited Allman Brothers Band announced that they’d signed with Clive Davis’ Arista label.
1980: Paul McCartney’s ‘Waterfalls’ b/w ‘Check My Machine’ 45 single is released. It reac#106 despite being the follow-up to the number one hit “Coming Up
1981: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1982: Van Halen performed at BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
1982: Motley Crue begin a 2 night stand on this day and the next at the Country Club in Reseda, California.
1984: Helix released their ‘Rock You’ single.
1989: The soundtrack album ‘Batman’ by Prince started a six-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart.
1989: Courtney Love marries her first husband, James Moreland, who is the singer of the band Leaving Trains. The marriage ends with an annulment only three months later, after Love is allegedly forced to have an abortion due to her drug abuse. Love says that “Moreland was a transvestite and that their marriage was ‘a joke’”, and Moreland contends that “most people would want to kill themselves just waking up to her.”
1994: More than 54,000 fans packed Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as Billy Joel and Elton John performed the first of five concerts together.
1995: Oasis and R.E.M. perform at Slane Castle in Dublin. More than 75,000 attend.
1995: Canadian singer David Clayton-Thomas angered patrons at a Blood, Sweat And Tears concert in the heavily Jewish Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield. Halfway through the show he remarked that the weather was “as hot as the last train car going to Auschwitz.” Clayton-Thomas later apologized, saying he spoke “in the heat of the moment.”
1996: Donovan has to cancel a North American tour when he is denied entry to the US because of a 1966 marijuana possession conviction.
1997: Kreator released their 8th studio album ‘Outcast.’
1999: Woodstock ’99 begins in Rome, New York. The first day lineup includes: George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars, Bernie Worrell and the Woo Warriors, The String Cheese Incident, G. Love and Special Sauce, Vertical Horizon, 3rd Bass and more.
2000: Oasis appeared at London’s Wembley Stadium, the gig was broadcast live around the world on TV.
2000: ‘Bent,” by Matchbox 20, is the #1 song in the U.S.
2003: The soundtrack to the Bob Dylan movie ‘Masked And Anonymous’ is released. It contains new Dylan material and an eclectic collection of performers covering Dylan songs.
2003: Jane’s Addiction release their 3rd studio and “comeback” album ‘Strays.’
2003: KISS release their ‘Symphony: Alive IV’ CD(the two-disc version).
2004: Peter Frampton sues Billabong clothing company for using “baby I love your waves” as a marketing slogan. Frampton claims it is “an obvious reference” to his hit song ‘Baby, I Love Your Way.’
2004: David Crosby and Graham Nash announce they are running to be co-presidents. Regardless of the fact the Nash, born in England, can’t be president, vice president or even co-president, the pair have an interesting agenda which includes: the cleaning out of Area 51 “to address the illegal alien issue,” free money and a night in the Lincoln bedroom to donors who can pay $200 grand for the privilege.
2004: American singer, songwriter and producer Arthur Crier died of heart failure. Member of The Chimes and had worked with Little Eva, Gene Pitney, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Ben E. King, Johnny Nash and The Coasters.
2005: Rob Zombie’s 2nd horror film, ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ is in theaters.
2006: Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US album chart with ‘American V: A Hundred Highways.’ Released posthumously on July 4, the vocal parts were recorded before Cash’s death, but the instruments were not recorded until 2005.
2007: Boston leader Tom Scholz receives the Celebrity Animal Advocate of the Year award at the Animal Rights National Conference in L.A. The guitarist dedicates the honor to late Boston singer Brad Delp, who took his own life in March. “(Brad’s) commitment to ethical vegetarianism over 30 years ago was a major factor in my emerging awareness of the unnecessary cruelty to animals in our society,” says Scholz.
2008: One Day As A Lion with Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha and former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore issue their self-titled five track debut EP. In an online post the group is described as “a sonic reflection of the visceral tension between a picturesque fabricated cultural landscape, and the brutal socioeconomic realities it attempts to mask.” The name is taken from the infamous ’70 black and white photo taken by Chicano photographer George Rodriguez containing the caption “It’s better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb.”
2008: Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor foots the bill for the band’s 7th studio album, ‘The Slip,’ which is released digitally on their website for free with the tag, “This one’s on me.” Fans wanting a physical copy, however, will have to shell out their money for a limited-edition two months later. (NIN also did this four months earlier with the free digital release of ‘Ghosts I–IV,’ an album made up of almost entirely instrumental, unnamed tracks).
2008: Candlebox release their comeback album, ‘Into The Sun.’ It’s the Seattle group’s first studio effort since 1998’s ‘Happy Pills.’
2008: Seether’s ‘Burrito’ (a previously unreleased acoustic version recorded in 2005) appears on ‘The Lost Boys: The Tribe’ soundtrack. Airbourne and Blind Melon songs are also on the straight-to-DVD film, a sequel to the 1987 teen vampire movie ‘The Lost Boys.’
2008: The Neil Young-directed Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tour documentary, ‘CSNY: Deja Vu’ is out. “It’s got rough spots all the way through it, which I think is refreshing,” says Young. Acting as the project’s promo guy Young claims that it’s the “best album the quartet has ever made.”
2008: Black Sabbath release Dio era box set, ‘The Rules Of Hell,’ in conjunction with the ‘Metal Masters Tour.’
2010: Jim James (My Morning Jacket) is one of the featured performers on the nine stop Appalachian Voices tour. The Louisville native raises awareness of eco-unfriendly mountaintop removal (MTR) to extract coal. “People’s lives are being drastically ruined,” says James. “They put all the rubble down into the valleys and rivers so they don’t have to dig mines. It affects wildlife and plants. People are turning on their water and having sludge come out of the faucet. It’s horrible. Most people aren’t ever going to hear about it because the people being affected don’t have any voice or money to get the word out.”
2010: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan collapses onstage during a show in Tampa while performing ‘Bullet With Butterfly Wings.’ “That wasn’t a stage move or clumsiness,” Corgan tweets. “I have no memory of falling against the drum riser and my guitar cabinet, but I can tell you I’ve got quite a good bruise [and] am moving slow.”
2012: Dream Theater’s “Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory” is named the Best Prog Rock Album of all time in a Rolling Stone readers poll. The 1999 set beat out Rush’s ‘2112,’ ‘Close To The Edge’ by Yes and Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon.’
2013: Estranged Cheap Trick drummer Bun E Carlos sues the band for hundreds of thousands of dollars, saying they have no right to keep using the band’s name without him. Carlos claims his ex-colleagues failed to stick to an agreement that saw him leave the performing lineup while remaining a full member of the band for business purposes. But he drops the suit two years later
2013: The Rolling Stones celebrated their homecoming in London with an iTunes-only live album titled ‘The Rolling Stones – Hyde Park Live,’ which featured many of the band’s greatest hits.
2014: Weezer releases ‘Back to the Shack,’ the lead single from ‘Everything Will Be Alright in the End.’
2014: Fozzy released their ‘Do You Want To Start A War’ album.
2016: Luxury menswear designer John Varvatos and Bravado, the merchandising arm of Universal Music, launch a Guns N’ Roses pop-up shop inside the John Varvatos store in NYC’s Bowery (at the former location of the legendary club CBGBs).
2016: The Tragically Hip launch their farewell tour following news that frontman Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The brief trek begins in Victoria, B.C.
2016: Joe Perry (Aerosmith) rejoins the Hollywood Vampires tour after collapsing days earlier from combination of dehydration and exhaustion.

July 23
1955: Chuck Berry and His Combo ‘Maybellene’ b/w ‘Wee Wee Hours’ 78 and 45 rpm singles are released. Billboard’s year end charts ranked ‘Maybellene’ as #3 on 1955’s Top R&B Records Retail Sales and the Juke Box Plays charts. In 1988 ‘Maybellen'” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame Award for its influence as a rock and roll single. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum included ‘Maybellene’ in their list of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll list.
1963: High school student Neil Young and his band, the Squires, enter a Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada studio to record their first single, a surf instrumental called ‘The Sultan.’
1964: The Beatles were atop the UK singles chart with ‘A Hard Days Night,’ the group’s fifth They would be #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in August.
1964: The Beatles take part in the ‘Night of a Hundred Stars’ at the London Palladium.
1965: The Kinks perform ‘You Really Got Me’ on the TV show, ‘Where the Action Is.’
1965: The Dave Clark Five played at Independence Arena in Charlotte in North Carolina.
1966: The Troggs led the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with their version of ‘Wild Thing.’ Lead singer Reg Presley would later say that after hearing the song for the first time, he was hesitant to record it because the words were “so corny.”
1966: The Rolling Stones played at Patio Gardens in Farmington, Utah.
1966: Napoleon XIV releases the perennial novelty favorite “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” In reality he was record engineer Jerry Samuels.
1967: The Who performed at McFarlin Memorial Auditorium in Dallas, Texas.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the Cosmopolitan Club in Carlisle, Cumbria, England.
1968: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded ‘Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey’ for their forthcoming double album ‘The Beatles.’
1968: The Iveys, later known as Badfinger, sign with Apple Records after a persistent campaign by longtime Beatles associate Mal Evans, who will produce their first sessions.
1969: Three Dog Night’s ‘One’ is certified gold.
1969: The Rolling Stones were at #1 on the singles chart with ‘Honky Tonk Women,’ the group’s 8th and last chart topper.
1971: Moody Blues 7th album, ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Favour’ is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and topped the UK Albums chart. The single ‘The Story in Your Eyes,’ reached #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Alan B. Sheppard Civic Center in, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
1971: The Rolling Stones and Brian Jones’ father sue former manager Allen Klein for $29 million, alleging that he mismanaged the band’s funds.
1972: Roxy Music appeared at the Black Prince in Bexley, England.
1973: Queen play at the Marquee Club in London.
1975: Yes appeared at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
1976: Aerosmith performed at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1977: Led Zeppelin’s drummer John Bonham was charged with assault after a concert at the Oakland Coliseum in California. Bonham and band manager Peter Grant had the help of their bodyguard in roughing up a security employee at the venue. After pleading guilty to misdemeanors, the accused settle out of court for two million dollars. The tour would eventually be cancelled after Robert Plant’s son died a few days later.
1977: ‪Judas Priest‬ began their first American tour in ‪Oakland‬, ‎California‬ opening for ‪Led Zeppelin.
1977: Foreigner ‘Cold As Ice’ b/w ‘I Need You’ 45 single is released. It became one of the best known songs of the band in the U.S., peaking at #6 in the Billboard Hot 100. It was initially the B-side of some versions of the ‘Feels Like the First Time’ 45 rpm single.
1977: Peter Frampton had the best selling single in America with ‘I’m In You.’ Both the song and the album of the same name would go on to reach Platinum status.
1978: Van Halen, Aerosmith, Foreigner, Pat Travers, and AC/DC performed in front of 57,000 fans at Bill Graham’s Day On The Green at Oakland Coliseum.
1978: The Rolling Stones performed at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California.
1979: Keith Godchaux, ex-keyboard player with The Grateful Dead, dies in an automobile accident. He was 32. Godchaux mainly played piano with The Dead for the 7 years he was in the band. In 1994, he was posthumously inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Grateful Dead member.
1979: Iran’s new leader, the Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini, bans rock and roll as a corruptive influence on the people, a decision that eventually inspires both the graphic novel Perseopolis and the Clash song Rock The Casbah.
1980: Black Sabbath appeared at the County Fairground in, Ventura, California.
1981: Blue Oyster Cult played at Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California.
1981: Billy Squire gets his first gold album with his 2nd record ‘Don’t Say No.’
1983: The Police kicked off the North American leg of their Synchronicity 107-date world tour at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The Police also went to #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Synchronicity’, which spent a total of 17 (non-consecutive) weeks at #1. It is replaced for a final time in November by Quiet Riot’s Metal Health.
1984: The Cars ‘Drive’ b/w ‘Stranger Eyes’ 45 single is released. It was The Cars’ highest charting single in the United States, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. On the Adult Contemporary chart, the song went to #1. It reached #5 in the UK Singles Chart on its initial release; following the Cars’ performance at Live Aid, as the background music to a montage of clips showing poverty-stricken Africa.
1984: Sammy Hagar released his 8th solo album, ‘VOA.’
1986: ‎Bon Jovi‬ released the single ‘You Give Love A Bad Name.’
1988: After 49 weeks on the U.S. album chart, ‘Hysteria’ by Def Leppard went to the #1 position
1988: Def Leppard peak at #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me.’
1988: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ fell off the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart for the first time since March 17, 1973 (736 weeks).
1988: The Billboard Hot 100 reads this way: #5 – ‘The Flame’ (Cheap Trick), #4 – “Roll With It” (Steve Winwood), #3 – ‘New Sensation’ (INXS), #2 – ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ (Def Leppard) and the #1 song in the U.S. is ‘Hold On To The Night’ (Richard Marx).
1989: Ringo Starr kicked off his first “All-Starr Band” tour since the break-up of the Beatles with a show in Dallas. His backup band included guitarist Joe Walsh, organist Billy Preston and Bruce Springsteen’s sax man Clarence Clemons.
1990: The Grateful Dead played at the World Music Theater in Tinley Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. This would be Brent Mydland’s last show. He died three days later of an overdose.
1992: Bruce Springsteen begins his first tour in four years.
1993: Prior to a scheduled performance at the New Music Seminar in New York, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain ODs in a hotel bathroom. He’s rushed to a hospital and survives yet another close call.
1994: The International Astronomical Union names an asteroid in Mars’ orbingit ZappaFrank, after the musician Frank Zappa, who’d passed away from cancer the year before.
1995: Two R.E.M. fans died at Dublin’s Slane Castle gig, one drowned in the River Boyne and the other was allegedly pushed from a bridge.
1996: Iced Earth released their 4th studio album, ‘The Dark Sag.’
1996: The Black Crowes released their 4th album, ‘Three Snakes and One Charm.’
1999: Day two of the Woodstock ’99 Festival in Rome New York included performances by: Bush, Korn, The Offspring, Dmx, Sheryl Crow, Live, Jamiroquai, G. Love and Special Sauce, James Brown, George Clinton & The P Funk All Stars, Insane Clown Posse, Buckcherry, The Roots, Lit, moe, Oleander, Beth Hart Band, Moby and more.
2001: 59 year old Paul McCartney, who lost his first wife Linda to cancer three years ago, became engaged to 33 year old Heather Mills, an activist for the disabled. It was the first marriage for the 33-year-old Mills, a former swimwear model whose left leg was amputated below the knee after she was run down by a police motorcyclist in 1993. The pair would split in 2006 and divorce in 2008 with a settlement that cost McCartney millions.
2001: Megadeth is banned from playing in Malaysia. Their imagery is deemed “unsuitable for the youth.” The band was scheduled to perform in the Southeast Asian country three weeks later but was forced to cancel because authorities thought their albums contained “unsuitable imagery.”
2003: The U.S. National Registry of Historic Places declares Memphis, Tennessee’s Sun Studios, at 706 Union Avenue, a historic landmark.
2003: Cheap Trick release their 14th studio album, ‘Special One.’
2004: Bill Brown of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils and The Titanic Blues Band dies of smoke inhalation from a house fire at 44. In the home at the time was his friend and fellow musician Don Shipps, who was also killed.
2004: The Projekt Revolution Tour kicks off with Linkin Park, KoRn and Rapper Snoop Dogg.
2004: Legendary producer Eddie Kramer auctions off more than 2,000 pieces of Rock-related memorabilia online, including rare recordings by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and KISS.
2005: The two-day Lollapalooza 2005 kicks off in Chicago with Billy Idol, Dashboard Confessional, Liz Phair and Weezer. Also at Lollapooza, former Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell performs portions of his musical-theater production The Satellite Party. Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and bassist Flea help out.
2005: Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood are selected as PETA’s 2005 World’s Sexiest Vegetarians. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Green Day’s Mike Dirnt and System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian were finalists.
2005: Queen’s 1985 Live Aid performance was voted the best rock concert ever by over 7,000 UK Sony Ericsson music fans. Radiohead were voted the best festival act for their 1997 Glastonbury performance and Bob Dylan’s 1966 Manchester Free Trade Hall gig won the best ever solo gig.
2007: It’s announced that guitarist Nuno Bettencourt and drummer Kevin Figg have left Satellite Party (prior to the group’s North American tour). “Although I am very proud of the music and production of (debut album) ‘Ultra Payloaded’, I have always felt uncomfortable with the direction of the lineup and live show,” says Bettencourt. Nick Perri (guitar) and Jordan Plosky (drums) are their replacements.
2007: Incubus auction off VIP meet-and-greet packages for select dates on their North American tour to benefit the band’s nonprofit Make Yourself Foundation. A portion of the proceeds raised benefit the Prevent Child Abuse Oklahoma organization.
2007: Peter Criss released his 5th studio album, ‘One for All.’
2008: Weezer’s 11-week run with ‘Pork And Beans’ at the top of Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks ends. Foo Fighters ‘Let It Die’ takes over at #1.
2008: Kid Rock was sentenced to a year on probation and fined $1,000 for his part in a fight in an Atlanta waffle restaurant in 2007. The 37-year-old, also received 80 hours community service and six hours of anger management counceling. He pleaded no contest to one count of battery. Four other assault charges were dropped. Kid Rock had been performing at a gig in Atlanta before stopping off in his tour bus in the early hours of the morning. The fight took place when an argument broke out with another customer at the restaurant.
2009: On the afternoon of tonight’s concert at First Energy Park, Lakewood, New Jersey, Bob Dylan was picked up by a young policewoman who had been alerted of a man who was ‘acting suspiciously’. The police officer drove up to Dylan, who was wearing a blue jacket, and asked him his name, but she did not recognize him. When he was unable to produce any identification, Dylan was driven to his hotel where staff were able to vouch for him. The incident happened when Dylan decided to go for a walk in the afternoon while on tour with Willie Nelson who were due to perform at the local baseball stadium with John Mellencamp.
2009: Danny “Dirty Dan” McBride (lead guitarist for Sha Na Na) dies in his sleep at age 63.
2010: Rage Against The Machine play in their L.A. hometown for the first time in over a decade. The benefit concert at the Hollywood Palladium protests Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 immigration law. De la Rocha calls Arizona’s law, which allows police to demand identification documents from anyone they suspect may be an illegal immigrant, “part of an entire state’s campaign to humiliate and to criminalize an entire population.”
2010: Surgical instruments allegedly used to conduct Elvis Presley’s autopsy were removed from an upcoming auction amid doubts about their authenticity. Forceps, needle injectors, rubber gloves and a toe tag were among the items that were expected to fetch about $14,000 at Chicago, Illinois’ Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. The so-called “memorabilia” was supposedly kept by a senior embalmer at the Memphis Funeral Home where the singer’s body was stored prior to his funeral, but the claims were questioned after another employee revealed that the equipment was sterilized and used again ‘n other autopsies.
2010: Kings of Leon have a strange encounter during a show in St. Louis when just a few songs into their set, they abruptly leave the stage, complaining about a flurry of bird poop coming from a flock of pigeons chilling in the rafters. The band never returns, and a full refund is made available to all concertgoers.
2011: Amy Winehouse was found dead at her north London home, she was 27. A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that a 27-year-old woman had died in Camden and that the cause of death was as yet unexplained. London Ambulance Service said it had been called to the flat at 1554 BST and sent two vehicles but the woman died. The troubled singer had a long battle with drink and drugs which overshadowed her recent musical career.
2011: A yellow Ferrari previously owned by Eric Clapton sold for £66,500 at auction. The rare 2003 Ferrari 575 Maranello, which had only 10,000 miles on the clock, was snapped up by a private buyer at a sale at the Classic Car Sale at Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England. The yellow Maranello was bought new by Mr Clapton, who signed its service book, was later sold to BBC radio presenter Chris Evans.
2011: Amy Winehouse was found dead at her north London home, she was 27. A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that a 27-year-old woman had died in Camden and that the cause of death was as yet unexplained. The troubled singer had a long battle with drink and drugs which overshadowed her musical career.
2013: Fight Or Flight, with Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren, release their debut album, ‘A Life By Design?’
2013: The Winery Dogs‬ released their self-titled debut album.
2014: Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin gets a speeding ticket in her hometown of Wasilla. She blames her excessive speed (63mph in a 45) on Sammy Hagar’s ‘I Can’t Drive 55,’ which was playing on her radio. When Hagar gets word, he Tweets Palin offering to cover the ticket.
2014: Rod Stewart sings his ’91 hit ‘Rhythm Of The Heart,’ at the opening ceremony for Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games.
2015: Avenged Sevenfold announce that drummer Arin Ilejay has left the group. Ilejay joined A7X in 2011 when he replaced Mike Portnoy.
2016: Artwork created by the late Megadeth drummer Nick Menza is for sale on what would have been the musician’s 52nd birthday.

July 24
1960: The Ventures instrumental ‘Walk Don’t Run’ hits the charts.
1964: A riot broke out during a Rolling Stones gig at The Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, Lancashire, after Keith Richards noticed a man with his hands on the stage exhorting the crowd to spit, and warned him, but the spitting continued. Richards is then reported to have stood on his hands and kicked him in the face, whereupon some of the 7000 fans in attendance started fighting, causing over 4,000 Pounds in damage. Blackpool City Council later voted to ban The Stones from playing in the city. 44 years later, the 2008 council voted to lift the ban, but a spokesman for the group said they had no plans to return.
1964: The Rolling Stones ‘It’s All Over Now’ b/w ‘Good Times Bad Times’ 45 single is released. ‘It’s All Over Now’ was written by Bobby Womack and Shirley Womack. It was first released by The Valentinos featuring Bobby Womack. The Valentinos version entered the Billboard Hot 100 on June 27, 1964, where it stayed on the chart for two weeks, peaking at #94. The Rolling Stones’ version of ‘It’s All Over Now’ is the most famous version ever cut of the song. It was first released as a single in Great Britain, where it peaked at #1 on the Disc Weekly charts, giving the Rolling Stones their first #1 hit ever. It was the band’s 3rd single released in America, and stayed in the Billboard Hot 100 for ten weeks, peaking at #26. Months later it appeared on their 2nd American album ’12 X 5.’ The song was a big hit in Europe and was part of the bands live set in the 1960s.
1965: The Byrds hit the charts for the first time with an electric cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Mr. Tambourine Man.’ The song convinces the otherwise acoustic Dylan to use electric guitars.
1965: In the UK ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones began the third of it’s four week run at number one.
1965: The Beach Boys record ‘California Girls.’ It reaches #3 in September. The song was the first Beach Boys recording to include vocals from Bruce Johnston who had joined the group to substitute for Brian Wilson on concert tours.
1966: The Beatles’ Liverpool home, the Cavern Club, reopens after bankruptcy forced it to close.
1966: The Who played at Brittania Pier in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.
1967: The Yardbirds ‘Little Games’ album is released. It reached #80 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, bolstered by three Billboard Hot 100 singles: one from the album – ‘Little Games’ (#15), and two non-album singles – ‘Ha Ha Said the Clown’ (#45) and ‘Ten Little Indians’ (#96).
1967: Jefferson Airplane’s ‘Surrealistic Pillow’ LP is certified gold. The record contains two Airplane classics ‘White Rabbit’ and ‘Somebody To Love.’ Both songs were originally recorded by singer Grace Slick’s previous band, The Great Society.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at The Maryland Ballroom in Glasgow, Scotland.
1967: The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein, among other celebrities, take out a full-page ad in The Times newspaper in Britain calling for the legalization of marijuana. On the same day, Asia’s edition of Life Magazine features The Beatles on the cover, sporting a new look featuring long hair and facial hair, a major stylistic statement at the time, and carrying the headline “The New, Far-Out Beatles.”
1967: Encouraged by Pattie Harrison, The Beatles and their partners – minus Ringo and Maureen Starkey, whose second child Jason had been born five days previously – attend a lecture on Transcendental Meditation (TM) by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, London. TM involved the silent repetition of a word or sound to produce a state of mind that reduces stress, calms the mind, and energizes both mind and body. They later travel with him to Wales to attend more lectures.
1968: Pink Floyd, along with Friends of the Family, play at the Philadelphia Music Festival, held a JFK Stadium. The Who, The Troggs, and The Mandala were unable to perform as a lightning strike hit the set just as The Mandala were to take the stage, forcing the cancellation of the rest of the event.
1969: Pink Floyd appeared at Nederland 1 TV Studios in Zaandam, The Netherlands for the last of three European TV appearances. This performance was for the program ‘Apollo 11.’
1969: Paul McCartney recorded a demo of his new song ‘Come and Get It’ at Abbey Road studios in London. McCartney gave the song to The Iveys, (soon to become known as Badfinger). The song was later used as the theme for the movie The Magic Christian. The Beatles also recorded ‘Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard’ for their forthcoming ‘Abbey Road’ album.
1969: Free and Jethro Tull performed at Boston Tea Party in Boston.
1970: Yes release their 2nd studio album, ‘Time and a Word’ in the UK. It reached #45 on the UK Albums chart. It was released in the U.S. in November of 170.
1970: Iggy & the Stooges performed at the Uptown Palladium 12 Theatre‎ in Birmingham, Michigan.
1971: ‘(Bang A Gong) Get It On’ hits #1 in the U.K. The T-Rex song peaks at #10 in the U.S.
1971: Paul Revere and the Raiders went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Indian Reservation.’ The song was first recorded in 1959 by Marvin Rainwater and released as ‘The Pale Faced Indian’ and then later by Don Fardon in 1968.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Superball Fest, held at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, Minnesota.
1971: Queen appeared at the Young Farmers Club in Wadebridge, England.
1972: Bobby Ramirez, drummer with Edgar Winter’s White Trash, is killed in a bar fight in Chicago. He was 24. Ramirez was playing that night in a band that opened for Uriah Heep. He was beaten and kicked to death by thugs who thought his hair was too long. Rick Derringer, who launched a successful solo career after White Trash ended, says, “Bobby had the best groove of any drummer I’ve ever played with. When I hear the recordings of our rhythm section it blows my mind how tight we are. I miss him even now.”
1973: Led Zeppelin performed at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The band drew 40,000 fans in attendance, earning a reported $120,000 for the show. The band’s film crew capture some footage of the event, in preparation for the three night finale at Madison Square Garden.
1976: Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Boys Are Back In Town,’ peaks at #12 in the U.S. It was their only top 40 single in the U.S.
1975: Aerosmith appeared at the Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, Texas.
1976: Aerosmith played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada.
1976: Yes performed at Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington.
1976: The Beach Boys ’20 Golden Greats’ album started a 10 week run at #1 on the album chart.
1976: Elton John, who had already achieved stardom in the United States, had his first hit in the UK with ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,’ a duet with Kiki Dee. Like many of Elton’s singles from his early career, the song was never included on an original album.
1976: Two years after it peaked at #60 in the US, Hall And Oates’ ‘She’s Gone’ is re-issued by Atlantic Records. This highly edited, remixed version would climb to #7.
1977: Led Zeppelin perform their final concert in the U.S. at Bill Graham’s Day On the Green festival in Oakland, CA. Rick Derringer and fellow Birmingham, England friends Judas Priest were the opening acts.
Led Zeppelin manager, Peter Grant and drummer, John Bonham beat up a couple of promoter Bill Graham’s employees backstage after a misunderstanding over payment. Grant and Bonham plead guilty and in an out of court settlement cough up $2 million. Two days after the concert at the Oakland Coliseum, Robert Plant learns that his son Karac has died, which cancels the rest of their tour.
1977: The Rolling Stones play the second of two days at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, CA. The Outlaws and Peter Tosh open the shows.
1978: The Robert Stigwood film ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ is released to scathing negative reviews and it becomes a legendary Hollywood flop. The movie stars The Bee Gees, Peter Frampton and Steve Martin. Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Earth Wind & Fire and Billy Preston are also featured performers in the movie. Mainly forgotten are the almost 100 guest appearances from stars like Keith Carradine, Bonnie Raitt, Helen Reddy, Rick Derringer, Minnie Riperton, Al Stewart, Heart, Etta James, Johnny Winter, Wolfman Jack, Nils Lofgren, and Gary Wright.
1979: Van Halen played at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
1980: Blue Oyster Cult performed at the Convention Center Rotunda in Las Vegas.
1981: ZZ Top appeared at the Seattle Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington.
1982: ‎Twisted Sister‬ performed in the UK for the first time at the Wr exum Football Club. Other bands on the bill include Budgie, Tank, Raven and more.
1982: Survivor started a six week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Eye Of The Tiger’, taken from the film ‘Rocky III’. It also hits #1 in the UK. Survivor won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance for the song.
1982: John Cougar (Mellencamp) topped the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with ‘Hurts So Good.’ Two weeks later the record would climb to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stay in the Top 10 for 16 weeks, longer than any other song in the 1980s.
1983: The Police’s ‘Synchronicity’ begins a 17 week run at the top of the U.S. album chart.
1987: The movie ‘La Bamba,’ about the late teen star Ritchie Valens, opens in the U.S. Lou Diamond Phillips stars as Valens, who died in the infamous plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. It’s generally well-received, especially the soundtrack by Los Lobos. Marshall Crenshaw appears as Buddy Holly and Brian Setzer as Eddie Cochran. The production had the full support of the Valenzuela family and Bob and Connie Valenzuela even came to the set to help the actors portray their characters correctly.
1988: After 49 weeks on the U.S. chart, Def Leppard’s ‘Hysteria’ finally reaches #1. It’s one of the longest climbs in chart history.
1990: Magnum released their 8th studio album, ‘Goodnight L.A.’
1990: Pantera released their 5th studio album, ‘Cowboys from Hell.’
1990: Winger released their 2nd album ‘In the Heart of the Young.’
1990: Judas Priest gets blamed for teen suicides in Reno, as they were accused of planting subliminal messages in their album ‘Stained Class’ which led two fans to attempt suicide. They would later be cleared of wrongdoing. The case goes to trial with the judge ruling in favor of the group.
1992: Bruce Springsteen begins his first tour in four years.
1993: U2 started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Zooropa’ the Irish bands 4th U.S. #1. ‘Zooropa’ won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1994.
1993: UB40 started a seven week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love.’ Elvis Presley had the first hit with the song, in 1961, Corey Hart was next up with a top 30 hit in 1987, and Hall and Oates recorded the song for 1990’s, ‘The Last Temptation of Elvis’ charity album. UB40 originally covered the song for the ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ soundtrack, but Bono’s version was chosen instead. Also on the same day UB40 went to #1 on the UK album chart with ‘Promises And Lies.’
1994: The Grateful Dead performed at Soldier Field in Chicago. Traffic was the opening act.
1995: Performing in the heavily Jewish suburb of West Bloomfield, Michigan Blood, Sweat And Tears lead singer David Clayton-Thomas makes an inappropriate comment about the weather, saying it was “as hot as the last train car going to Auschwitz.” The press make sure to find an Auschwitz survivor in the crowd to declare the remark “stupid.”
1997: Police gave Oasis singer Liam Gallagher a formal caution after he admitted criminal damage following an incident with a cyclist in Camden, north London. Gallagher had grabbed the rider from the window of his chauffeur driven car and broken the man’s Ray-Bans sunglasses.
1999: Phil Collins married for the third time. The 48-year-old drummer wed marketing consultant Orianne Cevey in Lausanne, Switzerland. Guests at the wedding included Elton John, Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler.
1999: On the 2nd day of the Woodstock ’99 Festival in Rome, New York violent actions occurred during and after the Saturday night performance by Limp Bizkit, which included fans tearing plywood from the walls during a performance of the song ‘Break Stuff.’ Several sexual assaults were also reported in the aftermath of the concert The band’s vocalist, Fred Durst, stated during the concert, “People are getting hurt. Don’t let anybody get hurt. But I don’t think you should mellow out. That’s what Alanis Morissette had you motherfuckers do. If someone falls, pick ’em up.” Durst said during a performance of the band’s hit song, ‘Nookie”, ,’e already let all the negative energy out. It’s time to reach down and bring that positive energy to this motherfucker. It’s time to let yourself go right now, ’cause there are no motherfucking rules out there.” Other performers on this day included: Metallica, Rage Against The Machine, Alanis Morissette, Kid Rock, Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, Wyclef Jean with the Refugee Allstars, The Tragically Hip, Mickey Hart/Planet Drum, Los Lobos, Everclear, The Chemical Brothers, Ice Cube, Bruce Hornsby, Guster, Fatboy Slim and more.
2001: Jimmy Eat World release their 4th studio album, ‘Bleed American.’
2002: A garden centre was sued over claims it killed a collection of the late singer Freddie Mercury’s prized koi fish. Mercury’s former partner, Mary Austin who inherited the Japanese koi collection claimed 84 fish died when the electricity powering a temporary pond was accidentally turned off by a worker from Clifton Nurseries, of Maida Vale, West London. At the time of Mercury’s death he had amassed one of the best collections of the fish in the UK. One koi can be worth £250,000.
2003: Ozzy Osbournes long-standing tour manager, Bobby Thompson, was found dead in his Detroit hotel room. Thompson had been battling throat cancer.
2003: ‘Masked And Anonymous’ starring Bob Dylan premieres in NY. The L.A. screening is the following dThe movie also starred Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Penelope Cruz & Val Kilmer.
2004: Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro appears on FOX’s ‘America`s Most Wanted.’ He discusses how the show helped catch his mother’s murderer. Caroline Navarro was shot in 1983 and her killer was apprehended 13 years later on a tip from a viewer.
2005: Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, The Darkness’ Dan Hawkins and Queen’s Brian May judge the Riffathon finals in London. The annual competition raises money for the ABC Trust charity, which helps disadvantaged Brazilian youths.
2007: Sum 41 release their 4th studio album, ‘Underclass Hero.’
2007: KoRn’s spoof film trailer, ‘Devolution: Nature’s U-Turn’ gets a tongue-in-cheek slam from Devo keyboardist-singer Gerald Casale. Devo, short for devolution-the idea that humans are evolving backwards-has been around for decades. On the band’s site Casale writes: “We denounce this as imposters playing with fire.” All that earns him is the wrath of KoRn fans who bury him in abusive messages. “Gee, I’m sorry we thought all this up 30 years ago,” quips Casale.
2008: Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and bassist D’arcy Wretzky-Brown file suit against Virgin Records over profits from the group’s digitally released music. They claim that the label signed an 2005 deal with frontman Billy Corgan that shut them out of royalties generated by downloads, ringtones and other electronic transmissions. Iha and Wretzky-Brown seek damages for breach of contract and other alleged violations.
2009: Billy Corgan fronts a one-off outfit called Spirit In The Sky at a Los Angeles remembrance of the late Sky Saxon, lead singer for the 60’s Garage Rock band the Seeds (‘Pushin’ Too Hard’). It’s Corgan’s first public performance with Pumpkins drummer Mike Bryne, who replaced Jimmy Chamberlin.
2009: Following a four-year hiatus, Blink-182 launch a reunion tour.
2009: Mudvayne and Black Label Society headline the Pedal to the Metal U.S. festival tour. The first stop on the six-week trek is Portland, ME.
2010: A doodle drawn by the late John Lennon raises nearly $56,000 at a London auction. The caricature was scribbled during the 1969 Montreal Bed-In demonstrations with his wife Yoko Ono to protest the Vietnam War.
2010: Heaven & Hell play their final show in tribute to Dio at the High Voltage Fest in London. Glenn Hughes and Jorn Lande do the singing.
2011: Dan Peek, who sang lead vocals and played guitar, bass, keyboards and harmonica for the band America, dies of fibrinous pericarditis at his home in Missouri. Peek wrote ‘Lonely People’ and ‘Today’s The Day’ which both became #1 hits. He later became a successful Christian pop music artist.
2011: Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant joined three local musicians at a fundraising charity show in Monmouth Wales, where tickets cost £3. The event was a tribute to his friend, former Led Zeppelin producer Pat Moran, who died of a rare dementia in January. Plant delighted the small crowd in the Monmouthshire town with songs from his Led Zeppelin days as well as tunes from his solo career.
2012: Slipknot’s compilation ‘Antennas To Hell’ is released. The set is dedicated to late bassist Paul Gray. “To us, (the album) was just a compilation to celebrate the fact that our fans have been with us since day one, and to basically celebrate what we call the Paul years,” says Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor.
2012: The Beatles release ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ exclusively through iTunes. The set presents the group’s “most influential Rock songs” (such as the title track, ‘Revolution’ and ‘Helter Skelter’).
2013: ‘Hyde Park Live’ is #1 on iTunes in 11 Western European countries. Available exclusively via iTunes the set captures the final shows of the Rolling Stones ’50 & Counting’ tour.
2013: Rush’s show in Calgary, cancelled due to heavy flooding and damage, is moved to nearby Red Deer. The concert becomes a benefit for the Alberta Flood Relief. “After seeing the devastation from the recent floods, we felt compelled to do what we could,” says bassist Geddy Lee.
2013: Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin gets arrested after an altercation with a neighbor and defacing a concrete wall the singer claims was built on his property. Scantlin is booked into the Hollywood Community Police Department on the charge of felony vandalism.
2014: Chubby Checker settles his lawsuit with Hewlett-Packard over their app: “The Chubby Checker.” The app, which sold for 99 cents, purported to estimate a man’s penis size based on his shoe size.
2014: Duran Duran took legal action against a U.S. company charged with running their fan club over unpaid revenues. The group claimed they are owed $40,000 by the Illinois-based outfit WorldWide Fan Clubs. The company had been charged with managing subscriptions and fan records for Duran Duran, with 75% of profits going to the musicians.
2015: Lamb Of God release out ‘VII: Sturm Und Drang’ (German for “storm and stress”). The title indirectly refers to frontman Randy Blythe’s arrest in Prague on murder changes (he was later acquitted).
2015: Joe Satriani released his 15th studio album, ‘Shockwave Supernova.’

July 25
1925: The first 50,000-watt radio station, WDY from Schenectady, NY, begins transmission.
1956: Songwriter Mike Stoller, the co-writer of ‘Hound Dog,’ survives the sinking of the ship Andrea Doria after it collided with the MV Stockholm, near Nantucket, Massachusetts. 51 others died.
1960: Roy Orbison reached #2 on the US singles chart with ‘Only the Lonely,’ his first hit. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself
1960: The Ventures ‘Walk Don’t Run’ enters the U.S. Pop chart and introduces the instrumental Surf sound to Rock ‘n’ Roll. The song will peak at #2 a month later.
1960: Elvis Presley’s ‘It’s Now or Never’ debuted on Billboard’s Pop music chart. The song was adapted from the Italian tune ‘O Sole Mio,’ written in 1899.
1962: The Beatles played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool at lunchtime, at night they performed again at the Cavern Club, and then they appeared at the Cabaret Club, Liverpool. The Cabaret Club booking was Brian Epstein’s attempt to get The Beatles into the cabaret circuit, but it is a miserable failure with no response from the audience.
1964: The Beatles 3rd album ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ started a 21 week run at the top of the UK charts. It was simultaneously #1 in the U.S. This was the first Beatles album to be recorded entirely on four-track tape, allowing for good stereo mixes.
1964: A first in cross-marketing history: Billboard reports that The Beatles’ new film, ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ has already made its production costs back on the soundtrack album.
1964: The Zombies ‘She’s Not There’ b/w ‘You Make Me Feel Good’ 45 single is released. It reached #12 in the UK Singles Chart in September 1964, and reached #1 on the Cashbox chart (#2 on the Billboard Hot 100) in the United States at the beginning of December 1964. Rolling Stone magazine ranked ‘She’s Not There’ #297 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1965: Bob Dylan plugged in for his headlining set backed by the Butterfield Blues Band at The Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. Folk music ‘purists’ tried to boo him off the stage, while the rest of the audience gave him an enthusiastic response. It is usually said that the reason for the crowd’s hostile reception was Dylan’s ‘abandoning’ of the folk orthodoxy, or poor sound quality on the night (or a combination of the two). After being urged by Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) to return to the stage and go acoustic, Dylan sang two songs to the now-silent audience – ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’ and ‘Mr. Tambourine Man.’
1966: Bob Dylan is seriously injured when he crashes his motorcycle. He is rumored to be in a coma, a vegetable or dead. Of course, he recovers.
1966: The Monkees record their debut single, ‘Last Train To Clarksville.’
1966: The Troggs ‘From Nowhere – The Troggs’ album is released in the UK. It was also released in the US as ‘Wild Thing’ in July of 1966 with different tracklisting but exact date is unknown. It reached #52 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s and #6 on the UK Albums chart. Two singles from the album and one non-album single reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart – the legendary ‘Wild Thing’ (#1), ‘I Can’t Control Myself’ (#43), and ‘With A Girl Like You’ (#29).
1966: Brian Jones plays his last U.S. concert date with the Rolling Stones. It’s in San Francisco, the same city where The Beatles permanently concluded their touring the same year.
1967: Pink Floyd played at The Palladium Ballroom in Greenock, Scotland.
1967: An advertisement advocating the legalization of marijuana appeared in the London Times, signed by all four Beatles.
1968: The Beatles record Take 1 of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ for The White Album.
1969: The Beatles record a slew of songs for ‘Abbey Road’: ‘Sun King,’ ‘Mean Mr. Mustard,’ ‘Come Together,’ ‘Polythene Pam’ and ‘She Came In Through the Bathroom Window.’
1969: Yes released their self-titled debut album in the UK. It was released the following October 15 in the U.S. It reached #36 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart upon release in the U.S.
1969: Neil Young appeared with Crosby, Stills and Nash for the first time when they played at The Fillmore East in New York. Young was initially asked to help out with live material only, but ended up joining the group on and off for the next 30 years. Graham Nash recalls that, “A lot of people asked, ‘Was it great that Neil Young joined CSN or did that kill CSN?’ It was like lobbing a hand grenade in a vacuum.” Stephen Stills also says he tried to convince Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, and George Harrison to be their fourth member prior to Young joining.
1969: The Seattle Pop Festival took place at the Gold Creek Park, Woodinville, Washington. Acts who appeared over three days included, Chuck Berry, Tim Buckley, The Byrds, Chicago Transit Authority, Albert Collins, Bo Diddley, The Doors, The Flock, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Guess Who, It’s A Beautiful Day, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Spirit, Ten Years After, Ike & Tina Turner, Vanilla Fudge, Alice Cooper and The Youngbloods.
1969: Led Zeppelin play Milwaukee at the Midwest Rock Festival at State Fair Park, in West Allis, Wisconsin. Also on the bill were Buffy Saint Marie, First Edtion, Pacific Gas & Electric, and more. Former Yardbird Eric Clapton, who is playing with Blind Faith the next day, catches the set by fellow former Yardbird Jimmy Page’s new band. “They were very loud,” he later remembers. “I thought it was unnecessarily loud. I liked some of it; I really did like some of it. But a lot of it was just too much. They overemphasized whatever point they were making, I thought.”
1969: The Doors performed at Cow Palace in San Francisco. The openers are Lonnie Mack and The Elvin Bishop Band.
1970: The Who performed at Civic Hall in Dunstable, Bedfordshire England.
1970: Jimi Hendrix performs at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1970: Chicago released their single ’25 or 6 to 4.’
1970: Dave Mason’s ‘Only You Know And I Know’ b/w ‘Sad And Deep As You’ 45 single is released. It reached #42 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. From his debut solo album, ‘Alone Together’ was the debut solo album by Dave Mason that included performances with Mason was a roster of guest musicians, including Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell, Jim Capaldi, Rita Coolidge, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon.
1970: The English quartet, Mungo Jerry cracked the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut single, ‘In The Summertime,’ which will go on to reach #3. The song had already topped the UK chart in mid-June.
1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival released their 5th album, ‘Cosmo’s Factory.’ The name of the album comes from the warehouse in Berkeley where the band rehearsed early in their career. It was dubbed “The Factory” by drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, due to the fact that bandleader John Fogerty made them practice there almost every day. It hit #1 the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for nine consecutive weeks beginning on the August 22nd chart. In 2003, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked ‘Cosmo’s Factory’ #265 on its list of 500 Greatest Albums. In January 1970, the double A-sided single, ‘Travelin’ Band’/’Who’ll Stop the Rain,’ reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. In April, the band released their next double-sided single, ‘Run Through the Jungle’/’Up Around the Bend,’ which reached #4 and #2 on the Hot 100, respectively, and started their first tour of Europe.
1970: The English quartet, Mungo Jerry cracked the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut single, ‘In The Summertime,’ which will go on to reach #3. The song had already topped the UK chart in mid-June.
1971: The Beach Boys release ‘Surf’s Up.’ The #29 position is their highest chart placement since 1966’s ‘Pet Sounds.’
1972: Genesis plays at the Civic Hall in Solihull, England.
1972: Punk goddess Patti Smith goes to see the Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder at Madison Square Garden and remembers it as, “My brain cracked like an egg. The gold liquid spurted all over the stage. Mick bathed in it. Keith got his feet wet.”
1973: Hawkwind played at Top Rank in Southampton, England.
1973: The Doobie Brothers ‘China Grove’ b/w ‘Evil Woman’ 45 single is released.
1974: The Grateful Dead appear at Chicago’s International Amphitheatre.
1975: ZZ Top perform at the Civic Center in San Antonio, Texas.
1976: Yes play the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.
1976: Jon Anderson released his debut solo album, ‘Olias of Sunhilllow.’ It reached #47 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #8 on the UK Album chart.
1978: After splitting from the Sex Pistols earlier in the year, John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) returns with Public Image Limited.
1978: Aerosmith appeared at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada.
1978: Kansas performed at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan.
1979: Van Halen headlined at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
1980: KISS unveiled Eric Carr as their new drummer at New York City’s Palladium. Paul Stanley says, “Originally, he was going to be the Hawk. We had a costume built with a protruding chest and feathers all over it. But he looked like the mascot for a high school football team. All that was missing were the big foam chicken feet. It was horrible. Fortunately, he came up with the idea of the Fox. He wore the same size boots as Peter, so we used existing boots and had the platforms built up even more. The boots ended up being like stilts, and he still looked tiny next to us.”
1980: AC/DC released their 6th internationally released studio album ‘Back In Black,’ the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and topped the UK Albums chart. Four singles reached various Billboard charts: ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ (Hot 100 – #35), ‘Back in Black’ (Hot 100 – #37 and Top Rock Tracks – #51), ‘Hells Bells’ (Top Rock Tracks – #52) and ‘Shoot to Thrill’ (Top Rock Tracks – #60). In 2003, the album was ranked #73 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Selling over 22 million copies in the United States and 49 million copies worldwide, it is the highest selling album by any band and the highest selling hard rock album of all time.
1981: A Bob Dylan show in Avignon, France ended in tragedy when a fan was killed after falling on a tangle of electrical cables, knocking the power out. In the midst of the blackout, another fan fell off a wall she was standing on and later died.
1981: Rick Springfield’s ‘Jesse’s Girl’ was the top selling single in America. It would go on to be named Best Male Rock Vocal Performance at next year’s Grammy Awards.
1981: Pat Benatar’s 3rd album, ‘Precious Time’ is released. It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. Four singles reached Billboard charts: ‘Fire And Ice’ (Mainstream Rock #2) ‘Just Like Me’ (Mainstream Rock #15), ‘Promises In The Dark’ (Mainstream Rock #16 and Hot 100 #38), and ‘Take It Anyway You Want It’ (Mainstream Rock #32).
1982: Queen appeared at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1983: Metallica release their debut album ‘Kill ‘Em All.’ It is recorded in 17 days and goes on to sell over three million copies in the U.S. It reached #120 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. In 1989, it ranked #35 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 100 Greatest Albums of the ’80s, and is listed by Kerrang! magazine at #29 among the “100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time.”
1984: Original ‘Hound Dog’ singer Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton dies at age 57 in Los Angeles after a long-time struggle with alcohol abuse. Thornton often dressed as a man while performing and was unabashedly gay, a brave move at the time. She sold two million copies of her single ‘Hound Dog’ prior to Elvis Presley recording it, and also recorded ‘Ball ‘n’ Chain,’ later covered by Janis Joplin.
1985: Bob Dylan appeared at the 12th World Festival of Youths and Students in Moscow.
1986: Loudness‬ released their 6th studio album, ‘Lightning Strikes.’
1989: Beastie Boys release their 2nd album, ‘Paul’s Boutique,’ which is named after a store in Brooklyn.
1989: ‎Alice Cooper‬ released his 18th studio album, ‘Trash.’
1990: Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa became the proud parents of Evan James.
1994: Alice In Chains bail as Metallica’s opening act for the Shit In The Sheds Tour. The decision comes one day before the 20-stop trek is slated to start. Though vigorously denied by the band’s management, singer Layne Staley’s heroin problems are seen as the cause.
1999: On the third day of the Woodstock ’99 festival on Griffiss Air Force Base, overpriced water, overflowing toilets and a Limp Bizkit performance of ‘Break Stuff’ (on the 2nd day – July 24) leads to riots, groping and injuries. Conditions deteriorated as the festival raged on, and by the final day, MTV was covering the event with the tagline “Apocalypse Woodstock.” 120 people being arrested and three people died during the 3-day festival in separate incidents and many were hospitalized after drinking polluted water. Other performers on this day included: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Megadeth, Godsmack, Collective Soul, Sevendust, Creed featuring Robbie Krieger, Rusted Root, Our Lady Peace Elvis Costello, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Mike Ness, Jewel, Everlast, Willie Nelson and more.
2000: Fates Warning released their 9th album, ‘Disconnected.’
2001: The Doors’ John Densmore, Bonnie Raitt, and others are arrested in Itasca, IL, for demonstrating against a company which they claim destroys the rainforest.
2002: ‎Ozzy Osbourne‬ appeared on the cover of ‪‎Rolling Stone.
2002: Stone Sour released the single ‘Inside Out.’
2003: Erik Braunn of Iron Butterfly died of cardiac failure at the age of 52. Braunn was just 16 years old when he joined Iron Butterfly who had the 1968 US #14 single ‘In-A- Gadda-Da-Vida.’ He later discovered the Southern Rock band Black Oak Arkansas.
2004: Jimmy Buffett went to #1 on the US album chart with ‘License To Chill’, the singer songwriters first #1 album.
2005: Megadeth lead singer Dave Mustaine sued David Ellefson, alleging the bassist used the name of the group without his permission. An ad in Bass Player magazine allegedly breaks the terms of a settlement agreement that restricted Ellefson’s use of the Megadeth moniker. Mustaine seeks unspecified damages.
2006: Voivod released their 11th studio album, ‘Katorz.’
2006: Metallica’s back catalog is finally available online via Apple’s iTunes service. A long time hold out, the group got into a legal dispute with file-sharing site Napster in ’20
2006: Tom Petty’s solo album ‘Highway Companion’ is released. The Jeff Lynne/Tom Petty/Mike Campbell produced disc features first single, ‘Saving Grace.’
2006: ‘The Essential Alice In Chains,’ a two-CD compilation, is released.
2006: Loverboy release their ‘Get Lucky’ 25th Anniversary Remaster.
2007: Rolling Stones donate part of the proceeds from a concert in Warsaw, Poland, to the families of 26 people killed in a bus crash three days earlier in France. The vehicle was returning to Poland from a trip to a Catholic shrine when it plummeted into a ravine. Poland holds a three-day mourning period for the victims with a moment of silence during the Stones show.
2008: ‘CSNY: Deja Vu,’ a documentary about Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s ’06 tour is released in theaters. Neil Young, who directed, says the film’s anti-war themes are controversial. “I saw families fighting within the families,” says Young.
2008: Nine Inch Nails ‘Lights In The Sky’ tour gets underway at the Pemberton Festival (in Pemberton, British Columbia-north of Vancouver). Tickets are pre-sold in extremely limited allotments to curb illegal scalping.
2008: The Rolling Stones split with longtime label EMI and signed a new deal with the Universal Music Group, which covers not only future studio albums but the band’s lucrative back catalog from 1971’s ‘Sticky Fingers’ onward.
2008: A Memphis, Tennessee auction house announced that a collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia, including his grand piano, gold-rimmed sunglasses and his Triumph TR-6 sports car would be among the items up for bid at an upcoming sale
2008: Paul McCartney addresses the outgoing class at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts. McCartney is the institution’s main financial supporter.
2009: Doors drummer John Densmore performs with the Native American band Burning Sky at a Grand Canyon-area site that’s considered sacred by the Havasupai tribe. The Gathering at Red Butte protests a nearby uranium-mining project that’s threatening to encroach on the land.
2010: Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed a one-off 40th anniversary concert headlining the initial High Voltage Festival at London’s Victoria Park.
2010: Paul McCartney’s former wife, Heather Mills, told the press that the trauma and pain she went through after losing her leg in a traffic accident was nothing compared to the way she felt after she and the former Beatle split up. The two separated in 2006 after four years of marriage and went on to fight an bitter public divorce battle which saw her gain a $38.9 million settlement.
2010: John Fogerty’s ‘Centerfield’ is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The title track from Fogerty’s 1985 album is a mainstay at baseball games and features the lyrics “Put me in coach, I’m ready to play, today.” He takes the stage at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and performs the song before the start of the annual induction ceremonies.
2013: Black Sabbath launch their comeback North American tour in Houston. The trek supports ’13,’ the band’s first album with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s ‘Never Say Die!’
2013: Circa Zero, with The Police’s Andy Summers, make their debut at the El Rey Theatre in L.A.
2014: Courtney Love (Hole), Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Pussy Riot and Yoko Ono back a Kickstarter campaign to launch the School of Doodle, a self-directed learning lab dedicated to activating girls’ imaginations through entertainment, education and community. Each supporter teaches an online class.
2014: Metallica’s Kirk Hammett debuts his zombie action figure at Comic Con in San Diego. Only 300 of the toys are produced in support of the indie Metal label, Nuclear Blast USA. Hammett autographs each toy sold.
2014: A disturbed Soundgarden fan, Jessica Leigh Robbins, 32, is arrested accused of stalking Chris Cornell and his family for months.
2014: The pop star parodist, Weird Al Yankovic became the first comedy act to hit the top spot for more than 50 years. ‘Mandatory Fun,’ Yankovic’s 14th album, and his best-selling since ‘Straight Outta Lynwood,’ which was released in 1991 went to #1 on the US album chart. The last comedy album to reach #1 in the US was Allan Sherman’s ‘My Son, the Nut’ in 1963.
2016: Don McLean plead guilty to a number of charges related to a domestic violence incident in January, 2016. He was fined $3,000 in court costs, was ordered to have no contact with his now ex-wife and to undergo a mental health evaluation in the next sixty days.

July 26
1962: The Beatles appeared at Cambridge Hall, Southport, Lancashire supporting of Joe Brown & the Bruvvers.
1965: Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson marries Carol Freedman, the first of what would be four wives in Los Angeles.
1966: The Rolling Stones played San Francisco. The concert was their last American live performance with founding guitarist Brian Jones.
1968: Decca pulled The Rolling Stones ‘Beggars Banquet’ from its release schedule and cited the sleeve as the problem. The design featured a graffiti-covered toilet. It was one of the first disagreements between the band and the label. Mick Jagger angrily pointed out that Decca released Tom Jones’ A-tom-ic Jones with a nuclear explosion printed on its jacket sleeve.
1968: Moody Blues 3rd album, ‘In Search of the ‘Lost Chord is released. It reached #23 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #5 on the UK Albums chart. In the Q & Mojo Classic Special Edition ‘Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock,’ the album came #37 in its list of “40 Cosmic Rock Albums”.”
1969: Brian Jones was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine following his death on July 3rd.
1969: Elvis Presley opened at the Showroom of the International Hotel in Las Vegas for a four week engagement which netted him $1 million dollars. The concerts were universally acclaimed as a triumph.
1970: Jimi Hendrix played in his home town of Seattle for the last time when he appeared at Sicks Stadium. He reminded the audience how disappointed he was that he had to go to the U.K. to make it in the music business before his home country accepted him.
1973: ZZ Top’s 3rd album, ‘Tres Hombres’ is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The single ‘La Grange’ reached #41 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #498 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1974: The first Beatles Convention was held in Boston.
1974: Graffiti artists were hired to spray paint sites in London to promote the UK release of The Rolling Stones new single ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll.’
1974: The Rolling Stones ‘It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll’ b/w ‘Through The Lonely Nights’ 45 single is released in the UK. It reached #16 in the United States and #10 on the UK Singles Chart. The B-side was the ballad ‘Through the Lonely Nights,’ which was not featured on any album until the 2005 compilation ‘Rarities 1971-2003.’
1974: The Allman Brothers appeared at Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts with The Eagles as the support band.
1975: The Eagles started a five-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘One Of These Nights.’
1976: Ted Nugent’s self-titled album is certified gold.
1976: With three of the four original backing musicians now departed, the last Three Dog Night concert is held in Los Angeles. When they would re-unite in 1981, all the original members except bassist Joe Schermie came back onboard.
1977: Elvis Costello is arrested while performing outside the London Hilton. CBS Record executives are meeting there and Elvis wants an audition for a U.S. deal. Costello is taken away and fined but CBS invites him back for a proper audition, which he nails.
1977: Led Zeppelin cut short their 11th North American tour after Robert Plant’s five-year-old-son Karac died unexpectedly of a virus at their home in England. The tour is immediately cancelled, and for a time, Plant considers retiring and taking a teaching job at a Rudolph Steiner training college in Sussex. Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones do not attend Karac’s funeral, which causes a permanent rift between them and Plant. Plant later says that only John Bonham was there for him during this painful time.
1979: Two years after it was originally released in Britain, The Clash’s self-titled debut album received an American release. In the meantime, The Clash had become one of the biggest-selling import albums ever.
1980: The Rolling Stones started a seven week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Emotional Rescue,’ the group’s 8th U.S. #1. ‘Emotional Rescue’ was the first Rolling Stones album recorded following Keith Richards’ exoneration from a Toronto drugs charge that could have landed him in jail for years.
1980: Motorhead, Saxon, Girlschool, Angel Witch, Mythra, Vardis & White Spirit all play the ‘Over The Top H.M.B.D. Mayhem Party at Bingley Hall in Stafford, England.
1982: Pink Floyd [The Wall – Music From The Film] ‘When The Tigers Broke Free’ b/w ‘Bring The Boys Back Home’ 45 single is released.
1983: Asia release their 2nd studio album, ‘Alpha.’
1986: Peter Gabriel went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Sledgehammer’, a #4 hit in the UK. The song’s music video has won a number of awards, including a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and Best British Video at the 1987 Brit Awards. Gabriel was also nominated for three Grammy Awards. As of 2011, ‘Sledgehammer’ is the most played music video in the history of MTV.
1987: With the Cold War winding down, American export Billy Joel plays a concert in Leningrad – something that would be impossible a few years earlier. The show is released as the album KOHUEPT (Concert).
1990: Brent Mydland from The Grateful Dead was found dead on the floor of his home from a drug overdose. He was 37. Mydland’s vocal and keyboard contributions were an integral part of The Dead for over 11 years. In 1994, he was posthumously inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the band.
1992: Paul Stanley of Kiss married model Pamela Bowen. They would divorce in March 2001.
1994: Fates Warning released their 7th studio album, ‘Inside Out.’
1995: Jimi Hendrix’s father Al Hendrix regains control of his son’s estate which includes the rights to Jimi’s name, likeness, image and music. The intellectual rights to the estate are pulling in roughly $4 million annually at the time.
1997: There’s heavy rain, mud and high winds but Rage Against The Machine still perform at the Fuji Rock Festival held in Japan at a mountain resort.
2000: Oasis were booed of stage during a show at the Paleo Festival in Switzerland after singer Liam Gallagher had insulted the 35,000 strong audience.
2000: The file-sharing service Napster is ordered by a US federal judge to cease trading copyrighted music files in the next 48 hours.
2003: Mick Jagger celebrated turning 60 at a private party in Prague. Among the invitees was former Czech president Vaclev Havel, who gave Jagger a two-foot-high crystal vase.
2003: Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain was arrested outside of a Wantagh, New York gig after allegedly running over a parking attendant in his 2004 Jaguar. McBrain was asked for his backstage credentials by the parking attendant, and when the attendant couldn’t see them clearly he asked to view them again. Instead, McBrain drove his car into the man, knocking him onto the hood of his car. McBrain is charged him with third-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangerment, which is later reduced to a fine. He is allowed to play the show.
2003: Limp Bizkit appear at the Hawthorne Racetrack in Chicago as part of Metallica’s Summer Sanitarium tour with Deftones, Linkin Park and Mudvayne. But the crowd soon shows how they feel about frontman Fred Durst and his crew: Limp Bizkit are reportedly booed as soon as they hit the stage. It gets worse from there as Durst is pelted with coins and bottles, leading him to launch into homophobic taunts, according to local papers. As a result, Limp Bizkit leaves the stage after 30 minutes and only six songs, but not before Durst challenges audience members to a fight.
2004: A Staples back-to-school campaign commercial starring Alice Cooper humorously utilizing Cooper’s ‘School’s Out’ premiered nationally. The commercial depicted Cooper in the role of a father shopping for back-to-school supplies with his daughter who is unhappy about returning to school.
2004: Metal Church released their 7th studio album, ‘The Weight of the World.’
2005: Courtney Love blasts ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl in Spin magazine. “Dave gets to walk away unscathed and be the happy guy in Rock, when he’s one of the biggest jerks,” says the widow Cobain. “He’s been taking money from my child (that would be Francis Bean Cobain) for years.” Grohl wisely declines to respond.
2005: ‘Stricken,’ the first single from Disturbed’s 3rd studio album, ‘Ten Thousand Fists,’ is released.
2005: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 15th studio album, ‘Unleash the Fury.’
2005: Fans attending a Billy Corgan concert in Melbourne, Australia, shout requests for Smashing Pumpkins songs. The ex-Pumpkins frontman, who is touring to support his solo album ‘TheFutureEmbrace,’ gets angry when the shouting doesn’t subside and walks off the stage.
2006: Ric Ocasek made his second appearance on ‘The Colbert Report’ where he volunteered to lead a commando mission to “rescue” Stephen Jr., the baby eagle at the San Francisco Zoo named after Stephen Colbert.
2006: A press release announces that Seether frontman Shaun Morgan will check himself into rehab for a “dependence on a combination of substances”” This news leads the group to cancel their participation on Staind’s summer tour. Seether fulfills a week’s worth of scheduled appearances before Morgan enters rehab.
2006: The guitar on which Sir Paul McCartney learned his first chords sold for £330,000 at an auction at London’s Abbey Road Studios. The Rex acoustic guitar helped McCartney persuade John Lennon to let him join his band, The Quarrymen, in 1957.
2006: The final edition of ‘Top of the Pops’ was recorded at BBC Television Centre in London. Just under 200 members of the public were in the audience for the show which was co-hosted by veteran disc jockey Sir Jimmy Savile, its very first presenter. Classic performances from the Spice Girls, Wham, Madonna, Beyonce Knowles and Robbie Williams featured in the show alongside the Rolling Stones, who were the very first band to appear’on ‘Top of the Pops’ on New Year’s Day in 1964.
2007: Jimmy Page takes the stand at a music-bootlegging trial in Glasgow, Scotland. The defendant, Robert Langley, is accused of attempting to sell unauthorized Led Zeppelin recordings (among other charges). Defense lawyers argue that Page had previously shown a flexible attitude toward bootlegging, but the legendary guitarist insists there’s a difference between trading pirated recordings and selling them. “What is unacceptable with this passing off is when somebody is trying to make a huge profit and is making it look official when it’s substandard quality,” says Page. Following Page’s testimony Langley changes his plea to guilty. He is eventually sentenced to 20 months in prison.
2009: AC/DC singer Brian Johnson appeared as the “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car” on the BBC television program ‘Top Gear.’ His time of 1:45.9 tied him with Simon Cowell for the second fastest time. He was introduced by host Jeremy Clarkson as “a man who has sold more albums than The Beatles, and I bet almost none of [the audience] have ever heard of him.”
2010: ‘Sex, Drugs and Bon Jovi’ is in bookstores. Authored by Bon Jovi’s original tour manager Rich Bozzett, the unauthorized biography is presented as a first-hand account of the band’s early years. “I lived with the band and saw it all, from the incredible fan support to how Jon and the band dealt with the drugs, alcohol and sex that were all part of that world,” says Bozzett.
2010: SPIN magazine celebrates its 25th anniversary with concerts. SPIN25 in New York City features the Smashing Pumpkins, Black Keys and the Flaming Lips.
2010: Creed gives a charity performance at the Hard Rock to benefit Nashville flood victims. All concert proceeds go to Hands On Nashville, a group that supports volunteers in the area.
2011: Sheryl Crow is named an ambassador for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Her goal is to mobilize musicians and fans to help children with cancer and their families. “A cancer diagnosis is a complete and total show stopper that leaves a family feeling completely helpless,” says Crow, a cancer survivor and mother-of-two. “By uniting the music industry through Music Gives, we are going to help give these families hope by raising funds for St. Jude, a place that is on the cutting edge of cancer research and always looking for a cure.”
2011: Ford became the first major auto manufacturer to announce plans to ditch the CD player in favor of a USB port. A company spokesperson said “The in-car CD player, much like pay telephones, is destined to fade away in the face of exciting new technology.” GM and Chrysler would follow in 2015, although the devices were still available on some models. CD players have been estimated to cost auto makers about $30 to install.
2013: JJ Cale died of a heart attack at the age of 74. He became famous in 1970, when Eric Clapton covered his song ‘After Midnight.’ In 1977 Clapton also popularized Cale’s ‘Cocaine.’ The two worked together on an album which won a Grammy award in 2008. Cale was averse to fame and later lived as a recluse in a trailer in California. Neil Young says of Cale, “Of all the players I ever heard, it’s gotta be Hendrix and J.J. Cale who are the best electric guitar players.”
2013: Iron Maiden top Billboard’s weekly Hot Tours list with $19 million (US) in box office revenue from their Maiden England summer European tour.
2015: Puddle Of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin is arrested following a 100 mile per hour police chase in Minnesota. Police say Scantlin slurred his words and had “very watery and bloodshot eyes.” He’s charged with DUI and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.
2015: In a field just outside of Cesena, Italy, 1000 musicians and singers play Foo Fighters ‘Learn to Fly’ simultaneously with the dream of attracting the band to play a show in their city for the first time in nearly 20 years. They did play a show in Cesena that following November.

July 27
1955: Chuck Berry’s first hit record, ‘Maybellene’ enters the Billboard R&B chart where it will reach #1 during an 11 week run. The song, adapted from the traditional fiddle tune ‘Ida Red,’ tells the story of a hot rod race and a broken romance. It also climbed to #5 on the Pop chart.
1957: The Everly Brothers had the best selling song in America with ‘Bye Bye Love.’ The tune has been ranked 210th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and has also been recorded by Connie Francis, Roy Orbison, Ray Charles, Trini Lopez, Ray Stevens and Simon And Garfunkel.
1958: Fan’s of rock & roll music were warned that tuning into music on the car radio could cost you more money. Researchers from the Esso gas company said the rhythm of rock & roll could cause the driver to be foot heavy on the pedal, making them waste fuel.
1963: During a UK tour The Beatles played the last night of a six night run at The Odeon Cinema, Weston-super-Mare. The Beatles spent the day with photographer Dezo Hoffman, who took photos and 8mm movies of The Beatles at their hotel, on the beach dressed in Victorian bathing suits, and go-karting.
1968: The Who’s ‘Magic Bus’ b/w ‘Someone’s Coming’ 45 single is released. It has become one of the band’s most popular songs and has been a concert staple, although when released, the record only reached #26 in the UK and #25 in the U.S.
1968: The Steve Miller Band appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: The Rascals switched from light Rock to making a political statement when they released ‘People Got To Be Free.’ The song entered the Hot 100 six weeks after Bobby Kennedy was shot and would go on to #1 for five weeks, ending up the 5th most popular song of the year.
1968: A riot erupts at Chicago’s Grant Park after Sly & the Family Stone fail to appear for a free concert.
1968: Cass Elliot releases her first solo single following the break up of The Mamas And Papas. ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’ had been around since 1931 and had been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Kate Smith, Frankie Laine and many others. Cass’ version would be the most successful as it rose to #12 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1969: Led Zeppelin and The Doors played at the Seattle Pop Festival. Robert Plant stated that he was not impressed by Jim Morrison’s bizarre performance. “He hung on the side of the stage and nearly toppled into the audience and did all those things that I suppose were originally sexual things, but as he got fatter and dirtier and more screwed up they became more bizarre. So it was really sickening to watch.”
1969: Pink Floyd’s ‘More (Soundtrack from the Film More)’ is released. It reached #153 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #9 on the UK Albums chart. It was Pink Floyd’s first full album without founding member Syd Barrett. It is the only Pink Floyd album to feature David Gilmour as the sole lead vocalist, except for 1987’s ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason.’ The film ‘More’ was made in Luxembourg in 1969 and was directed by Barbet Schroeder.
1970: Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘Closer To Home’ b/w ‘Aimless Lady’ 45 single is released. Ten minutes in duration, it is the band’s longest studio recording. It reached #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as the group’s first top 40 hit single. It was far more successful on progressive rock radio stations, where its length and epic feel were an asset and where it became a mainstay that appealed to a broad spectrum of rock fans outside Grand Funk’s immediate listener base. Its airplay helped the album reach the Top 10 of the U.S. albums chart within a month of its release.
1973: The New York Dolls release their self-titled debut album. Produced by Todd Rundgren, it’s released to critical acclaim and mediocre sales. The album does serve as an influential precursor to the developing punk rock scene with such songs as ‘Personality Crisis,’ ‘Trash,’ and ‘Jet Boy.’ It reached #116 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #213 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The track ‘Personality Crisis’ is ranked #267 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
1972: Hawkwind played at the Pier Pavillon, Hastings, England.
1973: Led Zeppelin played the first of three nights at New York”s Madison Square Garden. Top ticket price was $7.50
1973: ‘Genesis Live, ‘ the band’s 1st live album is released. It reached #105 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and was the band’s first top 10 hit in the UK reaching #9 and remaining on the charts for 10 weeks.
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd released ‘Sweet Home Alabama.’ It was a response to Neil Young’s critical ‘Southern Man,’ and included the line “Hope Neil Young will remember, southern man don’t need him around anyhow.” It became the band’s highest charting single, reaching #8.
1974: Wings started a seven-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with Band On The Run, featuring the title-track, ‘Jet’ and the American hit ‘Helen Wheels.’ The album sold over 6 million copies world-wide.
1974: Aerosmith performed at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1974: Eric Clapton appeared at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa.
1974: The Grateful Dead played the Civic Center in Roanoke, Virginia.
1975: The Rolling Stones perform at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1976: Tina Turner filed for divorce from her husband, Ike.
1976: Bruce Springsteen sued his former manager, Mike Appel, for fraud and breach of contract. Appel later filed a countersuit and tied up Springsteen’s recording of the follow-up to ‘Born to Run’ for the next two years.
1976: John Lennon received his green card and was granted permanent residency status in the US after a four-year court battle. He survived FBI surveillance, including being followed, wire-tapped and harassed for his outspoken beliefs on many subjects, including politics, religion, sexual freedom and women’s rights. Sadly, he was murdered 7 months before he could apply for full citizenship.
1977: AC/DC appeared at Amarillo World Headquaters in Austin, Texas.
1977: Grateful Dead’s 9th studio album, ‘Terrapin Station’ is released. It reached #28 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1978: Kansas played at the Pine Knob Music Theatre, in Clarkston, Michigan, just outside of Detroit.
1979: AC/DC release their 6th studio album, ‘Highway to Hell.’
1979: Alice Cooper’s Indian Art Store in Scottsdale, Arizona was hit by a fire bomb that destroyed $200,000 worth of in artwork and jewelry. Cooper says interest in Native American art was a family affair. “My mom and dad both did missionary work with the Apache Indians. All my friends were Apache kids growing up. It’s funny because my mom was releases her Cherokee and my dad was Sioux.” Regarding the attack, he says, “Maybe it was some disco-music freak. I’ve been making some positive anti-disco remarks lately.”
1979: Blondie appeared at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee.
1980: Van Halen headlined at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1980: Journey headlined the Day on the Green festival at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland. The bill also included Cheap Trick, Black Sabbath & Molly Hatchet.
1981: Ozzy Osbourne played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario.
1981: Stevie Nicks debut solo album, ‘Bella Donna’ is released. It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums, and produced four Billboard Hot 100 hit singles: ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’ (#3), ‘Leather and Lace’ (#6), ‘Edge of Seventeen’ (#11), and ‘After the Glitter Fades’ (#32).
1981: Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry releases her first solo album, ‘KooKoo.’ Its highest charting single is ‘Backfired,’ which hits #43 in the U.S., but the album still sells over 500,000 copies.
1983: Metallica‬ began first major tour supporting ‎Raven‬ playing at Royal Manor in ‪‎New Brunswick,‬ ‪‎New Jersey‬.
1984: Quiet Riot release their 4th studio album, ‘Condition Critical.’
1984: Pantera release their 2nd album, ‘Projects In The Jungle.’
1984: Metallica’s release their 2nd studio album, ‘Ride The Lightning.’ It takes three years for the effort go gold but it eventually sells over six million copies. It reached #100 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and considered by many one of the greatest metal albums of all time.
1984: ‘Purple Rain,” the first film from Prince, opened in theaters across the US. The premiere was the night before in Hollywood.
1986: Nancy Wilson of Heart marries screenwriter Cameron Crowe at her sister Ann’s home. They remain married until 2010.
1986: Queen became the first western act since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to perform in Easton Europe when they played at Budapest’s Nepstadion in Hungary, the gig was filmed and released as ‘Queen Magic in Budapest.’
1987: Triumph release their 9th studio album, ‘Surveillance.’
1990: Bobby Day, known for his 1958 hit ‘Rockin’ Robin,’ died of cancer at the age of 60. Day was also an accomplished songwriter who had success with ‘Over and Over,’ made popular by the Dave Clark Five in 1965 and ‘Little Bitty Pretty One’ by Thurston Harris in 1957.
1991: Bryan Adams begins a string of ballads that go to #1 with ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.’ The others are ‘All For Love’ (with Rod Stewart and Sting) and ‘Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?’ Jesus Jones’ hit, ‘Right Here, Right Now’ is #2.
1991: Jani Lane of Warrant married Bobbie Brown, who appeared in the band’s ‘Cherry Pie’ video.
1992: Ozzy Osbourne speaks out about his demonic reputation in a USA Today article. “It’s a wonder I haven’t been blamed for the outbreak of AIDS,” says Ozzy.
1993: Steve Vai’s 3rd solo album, ‘Sex & Religion’ is released. It’s credited simply to “Vai,” and is his first to feature traditional vocals, which were provided by a then-unknown Devin Townsend.
1993: Smashing Pumpkins release their 2nd studio album ‘Siamese Dream’ album.
1993: George Thorogood & The Destroyers released their 9th studio album, ‘Haircut.’
1994: Bob Seger serves jury duty in Michigan and, as the foreman in a criminal trial, finds the defendant guilty.
1995: In Montpelier, France, The Rolling Stones were joined onstage by support act Bob Dylan for a version of his ‘Like a Rolling Stone.’
1999: Eric Clapton’s ‘Blues’ compilation album is released. It reached the Billboard 200 Top Albums (#52), Top Blues Albums (#1), and Top Internet Albums (#8). It features songs from Clapton’s 1970s RSO albums, as well as some unreleased material from the same era. The second disc features live recordings.
2001: Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkeson died from chronic liver and lung disease in a hotel room in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. He was 49. Wilkeson was a survivor of the deadly Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash in 1977, but never completely recovered from his injuries – he broke his jaw, had most of his teeth knocked out, suffered a crushed chest (with a punctured lung), and broke his left arm so badly that it was almost amputated. In another strange twist of fate, he again almost died in the early 1990’s when bandmate Ed King found him on the group’s tour bus, sleeping, but with his throat cut and bleeding. He was taken to the hospital and recovered but it is still a mystery as to who was responsible, although Wilkeson’s girlfriend at the time was a suspect. He was also a member of the Rossington-Collins Band. Wilkeson was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
2002: John Entwistle of The Who dies in Paradise, Nevada from a cocaine-induced heart attack at age 57.
2004: Courtney Love avoids jail time on drug charges in L.A. but is sentenced to an 18 month drug rehab program. “I’ve got to stop drinking,” says Love. “It’s gonna be fun.”
2004: Linkin Park releases a DVD/comic book/T-shirt set in conjunction with their single, ‘Breaking The Habit.’ The disc includes the song’s video and behind-the-scenes footage.
2006: Sharman Networks, the company that produced software called Kazaa, which made it easy for an estimated 389 million computer users to download music and movies over the Internet, agreed to pay more than $115 million to music companies and the movie industry to settle global piracy lawsuits.
2007: An animated Green Day appears in ‘The Simpsons Movie.’ Green Day dies (drown like American idiots in a polluted Lake Springfield) though their funeral gets the plot rolling. Prior to their demise, they perform a killer version of ‘The Simpsons Theme.’
2007: KISS perform as a trio for the first time ever. Paul Stanley misses the concert in San Jacinto, CA, after experiencing an irregular heartbeat prior to the show. Paramedics stopped and restarted his heart to give it a regular rhythm after his heart spontaneously jumped to 190 plus beats per minute.
2008: The Philadelphia Soul, an Arena Football team co-owned by Jon Bon Jovi, wins the Arena Bowl XXII championship in New Orleans. They beat the San Jose SaberCats 59-56. “We worked very hard, and we have a great organization that I’m very proud of,” says Bon Jovi.
2010: ‘Growing Up Twisted’ with Dee Snider, premieres on the A&E Network. The show also features Dee kids Jesse, Shane, Cody and Cheyenne, and wife Suzette.
2010: Avenged Sevenfold’s 5th studio album, ‘Nightmare’ is released. It’s the band’s first album since the passing of drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan the previous December. They brought in Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy to finish the album.
2010: A film chronicling Eric Clapton’s 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival is screened in 475 North American theaters. The one night only showing is hosted by Clapton and features performances by ZZ Top, Steve Winwood, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy and John Mayer.
2011: Foo Fighters ‘Walk,’ the second single off of their album, ‘Wasting Light,’ replaces the set’s lead single, ‘Rope’ at #1 on the Billboard Top Rock Songs chart. ‘Rope’ had a 20 week run in the top spot.
2012: Testament release their 10th studio album, ‘Dark Roots of Earth.’
2012: Paul McCartney and Arctic Monkeys are among the acts performing at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
2012: Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ beats out the Rolling Stones ‘Start Me Up’ to be named the world’s best sporting song by the music rights organization PRS For Music. A poll of the organization’s members was taken to mark the Olympic Games.
2012: The Gold and Silver editions of ‘Clockwork Angels: The Novel,’ a side project based on the Rush album of the same name, is available. Written by Kevin J. Anderson and Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart, both Gold and Silver are limited editions-approximately 300 copies each. The standard edition is issued days later.
2012: The Beatles were headed back to the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 albums chart with the iTunes-exclusive compilation ‘Tomorrow Never Knows.’ The set includes 14 classic songs by the band and marked the first time The Beatles released an album exclusively to iTunes that had never been previously issued.
2015: Guitarist DJ Ashba announces his departure from Guns N’ Roses after six years. Ashba states he plans to focus on Sixx: AM (led by Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx). “I want to take a moment to thank Axl (Rose, GN’R frontman) from the bottom of my heart for not only the most incredible experience of my life, but for truly believing in me,” writes Ashba, in a handwritten letter to fans.

July 28
1954: The Crew Cuts reached the top spot of the Billboard Pop singles chart with ‘Sh-Boom,’ a song that many consider to be the premier forerunner of 1950’s Rock and Roll. The tune stayed at the top for seven weeks.
1954: The first press interview with 19-year-old Elvis Presley was published in the Memphis Press-Scimitar. Columnist Edwin Howard had quickly spoken with Elvis the day before while the singer took a lunch break from his truck driving job at Crown Electric. In his column Howard wrote, “This boy has something that seems to appeal to everybody…equally popular on Popular, Folk and Race Record programs.”
1956: Gene Vincent made his first appearance on national TV by performing on The Perry Como Show. His first single, ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ was still climbing the US charts and would eventually make it into the Top 10. Vincent bought the song from a fellow hospital patient while he was recovering from leg injuries. A demo was sent in to Capitol Records as part of an Elvis sound-alike contest and a re-recorded version gave Vincent his first big hit.
1956: Elvis Presley’s ‘I Want You, I Need You, I Love You’ became the #1 song in the U.S. On the way to the recording session the previous April, an already nervous Elvis had his fear of flying re-enforced when one of the engines of his chartered plane cut out and the crew was forced to make an emergency landing on a small, deserted runway.
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis makes his first national TV appearance, singing ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’ on NBC’s The Steve Allen Show. He went over so well, he was booked for two more appearances.
1958: Billboard magazine reports on a claim from the Esso Research Center “…tuning in Rock ‘n’ Roll music on a car radio can cost a motorist money, because the rhythm can cause a driver to unconsciously jiggle the gas pedal, thus wasting fuel.”
1958: Billboard magazine publishes the Most Played By Jockeys chart and the Top 100 for the final time. They would be combined into the Hot 100 a week later.
1960: Roy Orbison entered the UK chart with ‘Only The Lonely,’ which went on to give Roy his first of three UK chart toppers.
1961: The Tokens record ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight,’ which will reach the US Pop chart in November and climb to number one by Christmas. The song was originally a hit in South Africa in 1939 for its writer, Solomon Linda, under its original title “Mbube” (pronounced EEM-boo-beh) which means “Lion”.
1964: On their second visit to Sweden, The Beatles played two shows at an ice hockey arena, the Johanneshovs Isstadion in Stockholm. During the first show, both Paul McCartney and John Lennon received mild electrical shocks from ungrounded microphones. Supporting acts included The Kays, The Moonlighters, and The Streaplers.
1965: The Who pre-tape an appearance on Radio Luxembourg’s Ready Steady Radio! at The Marquee followed by a gig at the Pontiac Club in southwest London’s Putney, where the band’s PA blows up after the first set. The Who’s first live performance of ‘My Generation’ may have taken place at this explosive set.
1965: Rolling Stone Charlie Watts buys a 16th century wooden mansion in Sussex, England. His father tells the press, “We can’t understand why he prefers an old place like this to something modern.”
1968: The Beatles hold their “Mad Day Out,” an all-day group photography session across London, which produces most of their well-known latter-day photographs, including the cover of Life and the inside gatefold of their Beatles 1967-1970 album.
1968: Pink Floyd plays a Friday night gig at UFO, The Blarney Club, on Tottenham Court Road in London. On the bill were Fairport Convention and Shiva’s Children. From Melody Maker, “In a cacophony of sound played to a background of multi-coloured projected lights the Pink Floyd proved they are Britain’s top psychedelic group. In two powerful sets they drew nearly every conceivable note from their instruments, but ignored their two hit singles…..Bass player Roger Waters gave the group a powerful depth and the lights played on to them to set an impressive scene.” This was the last show at the “intimate” Blarney Club. The landlord kicked producer Joe Boyd out of the space, and they relocated to the much larger Roundhouse venue.
1969: Yes play at the Old Granary in Bristol, England.
1969: Police in Moscow reported that thousands of public phone booths had been vandalized after thieves were stealing parts of the phones to convert their acoustic guitars to electric. A feature in a Russian youth magazine had shown details on how to do this.
1970: ‘Ned Kelly,’ the film starring Mick Jagger in the title role, opened in Australia. Halliwell’s Film Guide fumed, “Obstinately unlikable action picture with some kind of message which never becomes clear amid all the cleverness.”
1970: The Kinks ‘Lola’ b/w ‘Mindless Child Of Motherhood’ 45 single is released. It reached #2 in the UK charts and #9 in the U.S. It was ranked #422 on the List of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1971: George Harrison’s ‘Bangla-Desh’ b/w ‘Deep Blue’ 45 single is released. It was inspired by Ravi Shankar and written in response to the disasters, both political and natural, that had occurred in East Pakistan from November 1970 through the first half of 1971. Released as a non-album charity single at the end of July ’71 − just days before the Harrison-sponsored Concert for Bangladesh shows at Madison Square Garden − the single peaked at #10 in the United Kingdom and #23 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1972: Mott the Hoople’s ‘All The Young Dudes’ b/w ‘One Of The Boys’ 45 single is released in the UK. It was written by David Bowie. In 2004, Rolling Stone rated ‘All the Young Dudes’ No. 253 in its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and on its 2010 update was ranked at #256. It is also one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Mott the Hoople’s single was released in July 1972 and made #3 in the UK charts, #37 in the U.S. (in November) and #31 in Canada, and appeared on their album of the same name in September of that year.
1973: MCA Records introduces the newly signed Lynyrd Skynyrd to the press and explains how to pronounce the band’s name.
1973: Chicago’s ‘Chicago VI’ LP hits #1 for the first of five weeks in the U.S.
1973: Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘We’re An American Band’ is released. It will top the Billboard chart near the end of September.
1973: The Watkins Glen outdoor summer jam was held outside of Watkins Glen, New York with The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead and The Band. Over 600,000 rock fans attended. 150,000 tickets were sold for $10 each, but for all the other people it was a free concert. The crowd was so huge that a large part of the audience was not able to see the stage.
1973: Deep Purple peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Smoke on the Water’ which was their second and final top ten single in the U.S.
1974: Peter Frampton appears at the Boston Garden.
1975: Black Sabbath release their 6th studio album, ‘Sabotage.’ It reached #28 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s & Tape chart, and #7 on the UK Albums chart. Black Sabbath toured in support of ‘Sabotage’ with openers KISS, but were forced to cut the tour short in November 1975, following a motorcycle accident in which Osbourne ruptured a muscle in his back.
1975: Bob Dylan played his first session for the ‘Desire’ album. On ‘Romance in Durango,’ he was joined by Eric Clapton on dobro, while Emmylou Harris played steel guitar on ‘Abandoned Love.’
1975: The Rolling Stones perform at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Tickets were $9.50.
1976: The Steve Miller Band’s ‘Fly Like An Eagle’ LP is certified gold.
1976: KISS release their 10th single,’Detroit Rock City.’
1978: In response to a fan’s request, Ted Nugent autographed his arm with a Bowie knife.
1978: An episode of the sitcom ‘What’s Happening!’ featured a guest appearance by The Doobie Brothers.
1978: The lineup for Buffalo’s Summerfest at Rich Stadium was Bob Welch, Pablo Cruise, Foreigner, and the headliner was Welch’s former mates, Fleetwood Mac.
1979: Van Halen plays the Fieldhouse in Dayton, Ohio.
1979: ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ gave The Boomtown Rats their 2nd UK #1 single. Bob Geldof wrote the song after reading a report on the shooting spree of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who fired at children playing in a school playground across the street from her home in San Diego, California. She killed two adults and injured eight children and one police officer. Spencer showed no remorse for her crime, and her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t like Mondays, this livens up the day.”
1979: Rainbow release their 4th studio album, ‘Down to Earth.’ It reached #66 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and featured the single ‘Since You Been Gone’ (a cover of the Russ Ballard penned tune), which reached #57 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1979: The World Series of Rock gets underway in Cleveland with Aerosmith, AC/DC, Journey, Ted Nugent, Thin Lizzy & The Scorpions, who performed their first concert in the U.S. After the show Joe Perry quits Aerosmith when he gets in screaming match with Steven Tyler. He is replaced by Jim Crespo, but rejoins the band in 1984.
1980: The Police, U2 and Squeeze all appeared at the Dalymount Festival in Dublin, Ireland.
1980: Max Webster & Rush recorded the song ‘Battle Scar’ at Phase One Studios in Toronto for Max Webster’s final album ‘Universal Juveniles.’
1985: Portland, OR, declares today “Kingsmen Day” in honor of their garage-rock native sons, who scored a legendary hit with their version of ‘Louie Louie.’
1986: R.E.M. release their 4th album, ‘Lifes Rich Pageant.’ It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #43 on the UK albums chart.
1987: The Beatles’ company, Apple, sues shoemaker Nike, Capitol Records, EMI, and Wieden Kennedy advertising agency for $15 million for unauthorized use of the Beatles song ‘Revolution’ in one of their ‘Nike Air’ TV ads. Nike claimed it had paid their U.S. label, Capitol, $250,000 for the rights, and also that Yoko Ono had given her blessing. The suit was eventually settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
1987: Ozzy Osbourne performs ‘Jailhouse Rock’ at Wormwood Scrubs prison in London, England, causing an audience full of murderers to storm him on stage.
1991: The Psychedelic Celebration in Hoffman Estates, IL, has Steppenwolf, Dave Mason, Robbie Krieger (The Doors), Three Dog Night and Arlo Guthrie.
1992: Prince trademarks the male/female symbol he has been using on various album covers and promotional materials. He later re-designs the symbol and uses it as his name.
1992: Rapper Ice T announced that Warner Brothers Records would pull the controversial song ‘Cop Killer’ from all future copies of his ‘Body Count’ album. The song had been the target of protests by law enforcement groups who said it encouraged the killing of police. Ice T said he would give away recordings of “Cop Killer” at his concerts. In an ironic twist, he would later join the cast of the NBC police drama, ‘Law and Order: SVU.’
1993: Pink Floyd singer and bassist Roger Waters married Priscilla Phillps at the Romsey Registry Office in Hampshire, U.K. It was Waters’ third marriage & they would later divorce in 2001.
1995: After decades of legal wrangling, James Al Hendrix, surviving father of Jimi, is once again granted legal use of his son’s name and likeness for merchandising.
1996: Marge Ganser Dorste of the Shangri-Las died of breast cancer at the age of 48. They are best known for their hits ‘Leader of the Pack’ and ‘Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand).’
1998: Fear Factory released the album ‘Obsolete.’
1999: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith told the New York Daily News he was trying to prevent his ex-wife from printing naked photos of him in a new book. He said, “She has some old pictures we took one night in a toxic psychosis and she thought it would be very funny to put them in her book.”
1999: Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder joined Pete Townshend onstage at New York’s Supper Club during Townshend’s concert for The Who’s ‘Magic Bus’ & ‘I’m One’ & Pearl Jam’s ‘Better Man.’
2004: Courtney Love is sentenced to 18 months probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance. She also agrees to enter a drug rehab program. Love was arrested in October after she allegedly tried to break into the home of former manager and boyfriend Jim Barber. Authorities said cocaine and other opiates were found in her system.
2006: Ozzy Osbourne and his wife, Sharon, are at New York’s Hard Rock Cafe to unveil a T-shirt he designed to benefit the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program.
2006: Prince’s second wife Manuela Testolini Nelson filed for divorce. His first marriage, to dancer Mayte Garcia, took place in 1996 but only lasted two years.
2007: Following his Ozzfest performance in Greenwood Village, CO, Ozzy Osbourne undergoes surgery at a Denver hospital to treat a blood clot in his leg. He is released the following day and resumes the tour.
2006: Listen Live Now! allows Rolling Stones fans to hear a direct feed from the soundboard at each of the Stones’ last 15 stops of their European tour (starting with their Paris show) via both cell phones and land lines, at $1.99 for seven minutes. This is for people with too much money or a major Stones fixation.
2007: A 2nd edition of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival is in Chicago. also on the bill is B.B. King, the Allman Brothers Band’s Derek Trucks, fellow Blind Faith vet Steve Winwood, ex-Band guitarist Robbie Robertson, ex-Yardbirds axeman Jeff Beck and Blues legend Buddy Guy. “Some of it’s mapped and some of it isn’t,” says Eric Clapton, the festival’s founder. Proceeds go to the Crossroads Centre, a rehab facility founded by Clapton on the island of Antigua.
2007: Three-fifths of Guns N’ Roses’ classic lineup perform songs from “Appetite For Destruction” at a West Hollywood club to commemorate the album’s 20th anniversary. Founding GN’R guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler are backed by Adler’s Appetite (obviously, Steven’s band). Slash also attends but leaves early. Axl Rose is a no show.
2008: Scars On Broadway, the System Of A Down offshoot that features singer/guitarist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan, celebrate the arrival of their self-titled debut album by performing at Union Station in downtown L.A. The album is issued the following day.
2008: George Thorogood & the Destroyers release ‘The Dirty Dozen.’ The 12-track effort has six new recordings and a selection of fan favorites.
2008: Amy Winehouse was rushed to hospital after she started to have fits at her home in Camden North London. A spokesman said it appeared the singer had suffered a reaction to medication she was taking to help her off hard drugs.
2009: One-time Faith No More frontman Chuck Mosley’s debut solo album, ‘Will Rap Over Hard Rock For Food’ is released. KoRn singer Jonathan Davis, Rob Zombie/ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 and Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum are heard on the set.
2009: ‘At Woburn,’ a Jimi Hendrix Experience concert CD recorded in ’68 at the Woburn Music Festival in Bedfordshire, England, is released.
2010: There are probably no more than a half-dozen photos ever of Iggy Pop wearing a shirt. Yet the Punk legend appears at Barney’s Co-Op in New York to promote his Archive 1887 line of T-shirts. “There’s tons of irony,” explains Pop.
2010: Smashing Pumpkins perform at a sold-out benefit show in Chicago that raises $80,000 to help alleviate Madina Lake bassist Matthew Leone’s medical bills. Leone suffered brain trauma when he was assaulted after helping a beating victim on the street. “I was blown away by the Chicago community coming together to put this benefit on so quickly,” says Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. To kick start the fund raising effort, Corgan auctions off his guitar for $10,000.
2010: Helping recession-era fans without a whole lot of green in their wallets Creed launches their 20-10 Tour. Not only is that the year the tour takes place it also refers to the ticket prices-$20 and $10 each night. Bristow, VA, is the first stop.
2011: Meatloaf passed out onstage at Pittsburgh’s Trib Amphitheater during an apparent asthma attack. After about ten minutes he regained his composure and finished the show.
2014: Linda Ronstadt was honored with a National Medal of Arts at the White House in Washington, D.C. The honor was a particularly special moment for Ronstadt, who didn’t make it to her induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (in April of this year), since Parkinson’s disease limited her ability to travel. The singer was brought into the East Room by wheelchair, but she walked onto the stage to receive her award. During the ceremony, President Barack Obama revealed, “I had a little crush on her back in the day.”
2014: Ted Nugent had some of his upcoming casino dates canceled over remarks he made earlier about U.S. President Barack Obama.
2014: Calling the lyrics to Fall Out Boy’s ‘Thnks Fr Th Mmrs’ “trashy” and “inappropriate” for teens the school board bans Pennsylvania’s Garden Spot High School marching band from performing the song, even though they would only play an instrumental version. FOB Frontman Pete Wentz speaks out against the ban during a concert a few days later and offers to perform with the students at the school.
2014: Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee gives birth to her first child, Jack Lion.

July 29
1956: Carl Perkins was on the UK singles chart with his debut UK hit ‘Blue Suede Shoes.’ Johnny Cash planted the seed for the song in the fall of 1955, while Perkins, Cash, Elvis Presley toured throughout the South. Cash told Perkins of a black airman whom he had met when serving in the military in Germany. He had referred to his military regulation air shoes as “blue suede shoes.” Cash suggested that Carl write a song about the shoes.
1960: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rejected proposals that it set up specific controls over radio and TV programs.
1961: Bob Dylan performed at New York’s Riverside Church as part of a ‘Saturday Of Folk Music’ 12-hour radio broadcast on New York’s WRVR-FM
1961: Dick Clark presents his very first Caravan of Stars revue at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ, featuring The Jive Five, The Shirelles, and Clarence “Frogman” Henry.
1963: The Newport Folk Festival was held after a four-year layoff. Headliners included Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary. With a good sense of timing, Peter, Paul & Mary also released their interpretation of Dylan’s ‘Blowin’ in the Wind,’ which later went to #2.
1963: With the U.S. charts full of Hot Rod songs, Capitol Records sent disc jockeys a list of car terms and phrases to help promote The Beach Boys latest release ‘Little Deuce Coupe.’
1963: Peter, Paul And Mary’s version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ is released. It will enter the Hot 100 two weeks later on its way to #2. In 1999, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and in 2004 it was ranked #14 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1963: Elvis Presley was at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘(You’re The) Devil In Disguise,’ his 14th UK #1. In 1963, when the song was debuted to a British audience on the BBC television show Juke Box Jury, the celebrity guest John Lennon voted the song “a miss” stating on the new song that Elvis Presley was “like Bing Crosby now.”
1965: The Beatles second feature film ‘Help!’ had its UK premiere at The Pavilion in London. The Beatles later said the film was shot in a “haze of marijuana”. According to Starr’s interviews in The Beatles Anthology, during the Austrian Alps film shooting, he and McCartney ran off over the hill from the “curling” scene set to smoke a joint.
1966: A U.S. magazine targeted to teenagers called Datebook causes an uproar when they reprint some of John Lennon’s interview 4 months earlier in the London Evening Standard, where Lennon said, “We’re more popular than Jesus now.” The American media jumps on the quote and turns it into a major story.
1966: Cream make their unofficial live debut as Cream at The Twisted Wheel in Manchester, England. The official unveiling came two nights later at the Sixth Annual Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival.
1966: Bob Dylan crashed his motorcycle in Woodstock, New York. The incident immediately passed into myth, with many wondering if Dylan was hurt at all or simply used the accident to disappear from public life. Middletown Hospital admitted him with a concussion and broken neck vertebrae. Dylan continued to suffer from paralysis and mild amnesia for the next month. It is eight years until he tours again. In his memoir Chronicles, he writes, “I had been in a motorcycle accident and I’d been hurt, but I recovered. Truth was that I wanted to get out of the rat race. Having children changed my life and segregated me from just about everybody and everything that was going on. Outside of my family, nothing held any real interest for me and I was seeing everything through different glasses.”
1966: The Association’s debut album ‘And Then… Along Comes the Association’ is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and produced two top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 – ‘Cherish’ (#1), and ‘Along Comes Mary’ (#7).
1966: Datebook published Maureen Cleave’s interview with John Lennon in which he said ‘We’re bigger than Jesus now.” American Christians reacted with outrage, organizing bonfires and burning the group’s records.
1966: The Grateful Dead played their first ever show outside the US when they appeared in Vancouver.
1967: The Doors started a three week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with an edited version of ‘Light My Fire.’ The group’s first U.S. #1, it only reached #49 on the UK chart. Eventually, many radio stations in the U.S. would start playing the full six minute and fifty second album cut, which features a longer instrumental break.
1967: Procol Harum peaked at 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ which was their first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1967: Pink Floyd played two shows. First, an early show supported by The Void at The Wellington Club, The Dereham Exchange in East Dereham. Then, they appeared at the Love in Festival at Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill in London. Also on the bill were Eric Burdon & The Animals, Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll & The Treinity, Crazy World of Arthur Brown, The Creation, Blossom Trees, Sam Gopal’s Dream, and Apostolic Intervention.
1968: The first recording session of The Beatles seven-minute epic ‘Hey Jude’ took place at Abbey Road studios London. The Paul McCartney song was written about John Lennon’s son Julian. Working with an orchestra of ten violins, three violas, three cellos, two flutes, one contra bassoon, one bassoon, two clarinets, one contra bass clarinet, four trumpets, four trombones, two horns, percussion, and two string basses, the seven-minute song (featuring a long coda) is finished four days later. They would complete the recording at Trident Studios, which had eight-track recording facilities. Abbey Road still was a four-track studio
1968: Gram Parsons leaves The Byrds after refusing to play to segregated audiences on their upcoming tour of South Africa. Although this was the “official” reason, both Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn say Parsons wanted to stay in London because he was enamored with the “rock star” lifestyle and his new friendship with the Rolling Stones.
1969: The Byrds leave for a tour of South Africa without guitarist Gram Parsons who refuses to set foot in the country due to its apartheid policy.
1969: The Byrds ‘Preflyte’ album is released. It reached #84 on the Billboard Top LPs chart. The album is a collection of demos recorded by The Byrds (then named The Jet Set) at World Pacific Studios in Los Angeles during 1964, before the band had signed to Columbia Records.
1970: The Rolling Stones’ contract with Decca ended. The band informed manager Allen Klein that “neither he nor ABKCO Industries have any authority to negotiate recording contracts on their behalf.” Delivering one more song to the label to fulfill its obligation, the famously unreleasable ‘C********* Blues’ (aka Schoolboy Blues), they also begin the process of forming their own label, Rolling Stones Records (which will feature the debut of the band’s “tongue and lip” logo).
1971: The Who appear at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York.
1972: Alice Cooper peaks at #7 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with ‘School’s Out.’ It’s their first U.S. top 10 single.
1972: Roxy Music performed at the Crystal Palace in London.
1972: Screaming Lord Sutch was arrested in London after jumping from a bus in Downing Street with four nude women. Sutch was publicising his forthcoming London gigs.
1973: Led Zeppelin play the last of three nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Although their 33-date North American tour grosses over 4 million, about $203,000 in cash is stolen that night from the safe at The Drake Hotel in New York where the band is staying. Tour manager Richard Cole is arrested as a suspect but later released. The money is never recovered and no one is ever arrested. The gigs at MSG were filmed and recorded for the group’s feature movie ‘The Song Remains the Same.’
1974: Neil Peart officially joins Rush, replacing John Rutsey, who leaves the band due to health problems and creative differences. Peart has to learn the band’s entire live repertoire in only two weeks, as their American debut is on August 11 in Pittsburgh, opening for Manfred Mann and Uriah Heep.
1974: Cass Elliot (born Ellen Naomi Cohen; also known as Mama Cass) dies in her sleep in London, England. She was 32. Elliot was the powerful and charismatic singer in the Mamas And The Papas. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Contrary to urban legend, she did not choke on a ham sandwich, but had a heart attack after playing a sold out show. Sadly, drummer Keith Moon died in the same room four years later. Elliot was married twice and had a daughter who was seven when she died.
1974: Grateful Dead played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1975: Kansas appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1976: Eric Clapton began his first English tour in five years at Hempstead’s Pavilion Theatre.
1978: Publicist Peter Meaden (former manager of The Who) dies from a barbiturate overdose at age 36 in Edmonton, London, England.
1978: Kenny Loggins and Stevie Nicks release their ‘Whenever I Call You ‘Friend’ single.
1978: Prince appeared on the U.S. charts for the first time with ‘Soft and Wet.’
1978: Genesis plays at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1978: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.
1978: The film soundtrack to ‘Grease’ featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John went to #1 on the U.S. album chart.
1980: David Bowie opened on stage in Denver in the title role of Elephant Man to critical acclaim.
1980: Hall & Oates 9th studio album, ‘Voices’ is released. It reached #17 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The album slowly became a massive hit, spinning off four singles into the top 40 of the American pop charts: ‘How Does It Feel to Be Back’ (#30 in fall, 1980), ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (#12 in winter, 1980), ‘Kiss on My List’ (#1 for three weeks in spring, 1981), and ‘You Make My Dream'” (#5 in summer, 1981). Although ‘Everytime You Go Away’ was not released as a single, it was covered by Paul Young in 1985 when it went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
1980: Van Halen played at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1981: Blue Oyster Cult appeared at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1982: The Asgard Hotel in Dublin which was owned by Thin Lizzy singer/bassist Phil Lynott was completely destroyed in a fire.
1983: Duran Duran guitarist, Andy Taylor, marries the group’s hairdresser, Tracey Wilson, in L.A.
1987: Ben and Jerry’s introduces “Cherry Garcia,” named after the Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia. It is their first flavor named after a rock star. It was agreed that 50% of royalties went to the Grateful Dead’s Rex Foundation, which continues to this day.
1988: Pete Drake, pedal steel guitar player and record producer, dies of emphysema in Brentwood, TN. Drake was always in demand and worked with Elvis Presley, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr and many Nashville stars. He was instrumental in using the “talk box”, later popularized by Peter Frampton and Joe Walsh.
1989: Bon Jovi peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Lay Your Hands on Me’ which was their 4th top 10 single off of New Jersey.
1989: Guns N’ Roses released the single for ‘Nightrain.’
1990: Elton John checked into a Chicago clinic to cure bulimia and an addiction problem, taking over a year off from touring and recording.
1991: During their ‘Use Your Illusion Tour,’ Guns n’ Roses played the first of four nights at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California.
1991: Metallica released their single, ‘Enter Sandman.’
1993: Eddie Guzman, percussionist for Rare Earth, dies of complications due to diabetes. He was 49. Guzman was a “working man’s” percussionist, with heavily bandaged fingers that worked the congas relentlessly. Guzman also appeared on the 1997: Pantera release their only live album, ‘Official Live: 101 Proof.’
1997: Alice Cooper releases his 4th live album, ‘A Fistful of Alice.’ It features guest appearances by Slash & Sammy Hagar.
1998: Miramax Films bought the rights to The Beatles’ landmark movie ‘Hard Day’s Night.’ The DVD was released later that year, complete with new footage and digitally re-mastered stereo sound.
2002: Ozzy Osbourne started a three-week break from Ozzfest as his wife, Sharon, began chemotherapy treatments. System of a Down took over as headliners. To compensate for any disappointment, Sharon arranged for the fans to receive a free treat from the food concession stands.
2003: Bobby Thompson, Ozzy Osbourne’s longtime tour manager, died in his hotel room in Birmingham, Michigan after a long battle with throat cancer.
2003: Slayer’s ‘War at the Warfield’ DVD is released.
2003: The ‘Audioslave’ DVD EP is released.
2004: Cincinnati-born singer, songwriter, and musician Huby Heard dies of a heart attack at age 53. As a keyboardist, he played with Billy Preston’s group The God Squad, Leon Russell’s Gap Band, and toured with The Rolling Stones.
2005: An anonymous bidder plays one million dollars for the original handwritten lyrics to The Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’ at the Hippodrome nightclub in London.
2005: The White Stripes headline the San Diego Street Scene Festival. The two-day event includes performances by the Killers, the Pixies, 311, the Used, Social Distortion, Garbage and Unwritten Law.
2006: Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson were married on a luxury yacht in San Tropez. Among the guests Elton John’s partner David Furnish and photographer Dave LaChappelle. She wears a white string bikini and he wears a white t-shirt and hat. They both file for divorce in November after only four months of marriage.
2007: Jackson Browne performs in Agoura Hills, CA, at a benefit show for Boarding House Mentors, a nonprofit youth-mentoring organization.
2008: Scars On Broadway release their self-titled debut album. The System Of A Down offshoot features singer/guitarist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan. “I’ve tried at times to get away from the System sound with this record,” says Malakian. “But I didn’t want to completely get away, because that’s part of me.”
2008: Alice Cooper‬ released the album ‘Along Came a Spider.’ The concept album tells the story of a serial killer named Spider. Guests on the album feature Slash and Ozzy Osbourne.
2008: Phil Spector’s defense team lost a series of pretrial motions for his murder charge, including a bid to exclude a videotape of testimony from a witness who had since died.
2010: ‘Elvis On Tour: 75th Anniversary Celebration’ (Presley was born in ’35), is shown in theaters across the U.S. The film features remastered concert footage and interviews from the ’72 documentary Elvis On Tour.
2011: Chuck Berry throws out the first pitch at the St. Louis Cardinals baseball game on the same day his statue is unveiled on Delmar Boulevard in the city.
2011: At a Dallas concert, Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill leaves the stage after complaining about the heat. He never returns, and the band cancels the rest of their tour. The incident is officially blamed on “dehydration,” but Caleb’s brother (and bass player) Jared later Tweets: “There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.”
2013: Jack White makes a $200,000 donation to the National Recording Preservation Foundation who preserve sound libraries and cultural institutions from recorded music history. White is a foundation board member.
2013: Celebrating the 50th performance of his show, ‘Rod Stewart: The Hits’ at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Rod Stewart announced that he will extend his contract for two more years starting next November.
2014: Theory Of A Deadman issue their 5th album, ‘Savages.’ “We went back to where we belong on this record, back to the angst, back to the darkness,” says frontman Tyler Connolly.
2014: Adelitas Way’s 3rd studio album,'”Stuck,’ is released.
2014: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers release their 13th studio album, ‘Hypnotic Eye,’ containing the single ‘American Dream Plan B.’
2014: Neil Young files for divorce from Pegi Young, his wife of 36 years and frequent musical collaborator. A petition for dissolution of marriage is filed by Young in their hometown of San Mateo, CA.
2014: Jack White throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Tigers-White Sox MLB game at Detroit’s Comerica Park. White is a Detroit native.
2014: ‘Amen’ is Halestorm’s 3rd #1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. ‘Freak Like Me’ and ‘Apocalyptic’ were the first two. Lzzy Hale’s band and the Pretty Reckless are the only female-fronted bands to top Mainstream Rock Songs.
2015: Anthrax are joined by Rapper Chuck D during the final Metal show at Hollywood’s House Of Blues. The venue closes days later (8/7).
2015: The Gaslight Anthem announce that they are going on hiatus to focus on individual projects. The break begins after the band completes their European tour.
2015: The Eagles play their last concert with Glenn Frey. The show takes place in Bossier City, Louisiana, the final date of their ‘History of the Eagles’ tour. The set features 27 songs and two encores, closing with ‘Desperado.’ Founding member Frey dies six months later. The band continues on with his son, Deacon, in his stead.

July 30
1954: Elvis Presley made his first advertised concert appearance, opening for Slim Whitman at the “Hillbilly Hoedown,” held outdoors at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis. He was billed 3rd as “Ellis Presley” and performed ‘That’s All Right,’ Mama,’ ‘Blue Moon Of Kentucky,’ and ‘I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’).’ Elvis was so nervous he stood up on the balls of his feet and shook his leg in time with the music, when he came offstage he asked why people were yelling at him. Someone told him it was because he was shaking his leg, which with the baggy pleated pants created a wild gyrating effect in time with the music. The crowd of mostly girls went absolutely wild, confusing Elvis and his band.
1955: Johnny Cash recorded his first version of ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Cash was inspired to write this song after seeing the movie ‘Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison’ (1951) while serving in West Germany in the United States Air Force at Landsberg, Bavaria (itself the location of a famous prison).
1960: The Elvis Presley L.P. ‘Elvis is Back’ hit #1 on the UK album chart. The disc, which was Presley’s first album to be released in true stereo, would reach #2 in the U.S.
1965: The Rolling Stones 4th U.S. album, ‘Out of Our Heads’ is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for three weeks during its 66 week stay. In 2003 the U.S. edition was listed as #114 on the List of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Three singles reached the Billboard charts – ‘The Last Time’ (Hot 100 – #9), ‘Play with Fire’ (Hot 100 – #96), and ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ (Hot 100 – #1 and R&B Singles – #19).
1966: The Beatles started a five week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Yesterday…And Today,’ the group’s 8th #1 album. Issued only in the United States and Canada, the album is remembered primarily for the controversy surrounding its original cover image, the “butcher cover” featuring the band dressed in white smocks and covered with decapitated baby dolls and pieces of meat.
1966: The Troggs started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Wild Thing.’ Because of a distribution dispute, The Troggs’ single was available on two competing labels: Atco and Fontana. Because both pressings were taken from the identical master recording, Billboard combined the sales for both releases, making it the only single to simultaneously reach #1 for two companies.
1966: Jerry Samuels, a recording engineer at Associated Recording Studios in New York who billed himself as Napoleon XIV, had the best selling single in America with a novelty tune called ‘They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!’ Several radio stations, including WABC and WMCA in New York, would ban the song because it seemed to ridicule the insane.
1967: The Who appeared at the Miami Beach Convention Hall in Miami, Florida.
1968: Buffalo Springfield’s 3rd and lat album, ‘Last Time Around’ is released. It reached #42 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and was released to fulfill contractual commitments. The group had already disbanded; nowhere do all members appear together on any track, and even the cover photo of the group is a montage, however, that fact is not apparent in retrospect.
1968: The Beatles’ Apple Boutique, a psychedelic clothing store located at 94 Baker Street in London, closes for business after seven months of bad business practices and rampant theft. With the group and its intimates having had the pick of the remaining inventory the night before, Apple Boutique employees are instructed to simply let people in off the street to take whatever merchandise they like. The store was closed that evening for good.
1969: The Beatles continued working on their forthcoming album ‘Abbey Road,’ recording overdubs on ‘Come Together.’ ‘Polythene Pam/She Came In Through the Bathroom Window,’ ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’ and ‘Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight.’ The Beatles began to assemble the “medley” that would make up side two of the album. Paul McCartney told tape operator John Kurlander to discard ‘Her Majesty,’ but Kurlander tacked it onto the end of the tape, about 20 seconds after the end of ‘The End.’ Hearing it like this, Paul decides to keep it, including the lengthy silence preceding it.
1969: Grateful Dead’s ‘Dupree’s Diamond Blues’ b/w ‘Cosmic Charlie’ 45 single is released.
1973: Led Zeppelin’s Madison Square concert is filmed. Portions appear in ‘The Song Remains The Same.’
1973: The Mamas & the Papas Papa John Phillips calls a press conference to accuse his old label ABC-Dunhill of “the systematic, cold-blooded theft of perhaps up to $60 million, stolen from each and every artist who ever recorded for the company during a seven-year period.”
1974: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California on a double bill with Roger McGuinn from The Byrds.
1975: The Charlie Daniels Band goes gold with ‘Fire On The Mountain.’
1977: Peter Frampton peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for three weeks with ‘I’m in You,’ which went on to be Frampton’s highest charting single in the U.S.
1978: Fleetwood Mac and Steve Miller Band appeared at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.
1983: Journey headline the Day on the Green festival for the 3rd and final time at the Oakland Coliseum. Other acts on the bill include Triumph, Eddie Money, Bryan Adams and Night Ranger.
1987: David Bowie kicked of the North American leg of ‘The Glass Spider Tour’ at the Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. The tour’s set, described at the time as “the largest touring set ever,” was designed to look like a giant spider. It was 60 feet (18.3m) high, 64 feet (19.5m) wide. A single set took 43 trucks to move from each city.
1988: Steve Winwood started a four week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Roll With It.’ Later Motown songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland were credited with co-writing the song due to its resemblance to the Junior Walker hit ‘(I’m a) Roadrunner.’
1989: Eric Clapton concludes an extensive tour (Europe and Africa) in Maputo, Mozambique, playing to over 100,000.
1989: Guns N’ Roses‬ released the single for ‘Nightrain.’
1991: Axl Rose throws a fit when his limo driver is cited for an illegal left turn as he was driving the singer to a Guns N’ Roses show at the Forum in Los Angeles. Axl tells the Inglewood policeman that he will cancel the concert unless he tears up the ticket. Police say they agreed, fearing a riot might erupt if the show did not go on. Axl’s publicist later says, “Before a show, Axl is volatile. It’s a sensitive time and…someone had told the limo driver to turn left.” Later, the police reviewed the case and issue the driver a $60 ticket.
1991: Metallica release their 8th single, ‘Enter Sandman.’
1994: The Rolling Stones entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart at #2 with ‘Voodoo Lounge,’ which was their first studio album without bassist Bill Wyman.
1994: Offspring’s ‘Come Out And Play’ tops the U.S. Modern Rock chart.
1994: Aerosmith peaks at #17 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with ‘Crazy.’ It spends 23 weeks on the chart and was their 17th top 40 hit. The music video for the song featured Steven Tyler’s daughter Liv.
1994: Rage Against The Machine, Bjork, Blur, Manic Street Preachers, Del Amitri, Primal Scream, Crowded House, Oasis and Aimee Mann all appeared at the two-day ‘T In The Park’ festival in Scotland.
1996: The ‘MTV Unplugged’ album by Alice In Chains was released.
2002: Def Leppard release their 8th studio album, ‘X.’
2002: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band release ‘The Rising.’ Centered around Springsteen’s reflections on the 9/11 attacks, his 12th studio album is his first studio effort in seven years, and his first with the E Street Band in 18 years.
2002: FOZZY released their 2nd album, ‘Happenstance.’ It includes covers by Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Accept, Judas Priest, W.A.S.P. and the Scorpions.
2003: The Rolling Stones headline a one-day festival in Toronto to help quell the fears of the SARS virus, which is decimating the city’s tourism industry following an outbreak of the virus. It’s billed as the biggest concert ever in Canada with over 450,000 people in attendance. Other performers include AC/DC, Rush The Guess Who, Sass Jordan and Justin Timberlake, who was booed by the crowd, who were expecting more hard rock acts.
2003: Sam Phillips, the founder of both Sun Studio and Sun Records, dies in Memphis, TN of respiratory failure. He was 80. He died just one day before the original Sun Studio was designated a National Historic Landmark. Phillips played an important role in the emergence and development of rock and roll and rockabilly as the major form of popular music in the 1950’s. He also recorded what some consider to be the first rock and roll record, ‘Rocket 88’ by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats in 1951. In 1986, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2004: Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil pleads no contest to charges that he assaulted a prostitute at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel in Nevada. A sex worker accuses Neil of grabbing her around the throat and throwing her against the wall. The judge fines him $1000 and orders him to complete anger management courses in 60 days.
2005: A new book published to mark the 35th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix claimed the guitarist pretended to be gay so he would be discharged from the army. ‘Room Full of Mirrors’ by Charles Cross said army records showed Hendrix was discharged from the 101st Airborne Division aged 19 in 1962 for “homosexual tendencies.”
2005: Chuck Berry, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler and former Van Halen and Extreme frontman Gary Cherone perform at the Celebration of the Sea Music & Film Festival in Key Largo, FL. Celebration of the Sea Foundation, a Florida based not-for-profit dedicated to producing educational programs designed to raise public awareness of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, sponsors the festival.
2006: Axl Rose is unable to finish a concert at London’s Wembley Arena due to low blood pressure. Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach sings the final two songs of Guns N’ Roses’ set.
2006: After 42 years, the Top of the Pops airs for the final time on the BBC. The show had featured virtually every pop star during its run.
2007: Shortly after Jimmy Page testified, Robert Langley pleaded guilty to trademark & copyright infringements after having more than $22,000 worth of bootleg Led Zeppelin cd’s & dvd’s seized at a record convention in Glasgow in 2005.
2008: Billy Corgan sues Illinois filmmaker Lester Cohen for more than $100,000 in damages for withholding footage in an effort to receive additional payment and unlawfully posting portions of the footage on the Internet. Corgan hired Cohen to document his recording sessions and performances from ’03 to ’05. Just to put a fine point on things, Corgan says the submitted work isn’t up to professional standards. 2008: Queen: The Unseen Archive, a collection of previously unreleased photographs taken by Peter Hince, the head of the band’s road crew in the ’70s and ’80s, is unveiled at London’s Proud Central gallery.
2009: ‘Queen: The Unseen Archive,’ a collection of previously unreleased photographs taken by Peter Hince, the head of the band’s road crew in the ’70s and ’80s, is unveiled at London’s Proud Central gallery.
2009: Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher won his long battle to be recognized as co-writer of the band’s hit ‘Whiter Shade of Pale.’ England’s House of Lords ruled that Fisher, who claimed he wrote the song’s organ melody, was entitled to a share of future royalties. In 2006, the High Court ruled he was entitled to 40% of the copyright, but the Court Of Appeal overturned the ruling in 2008 saying he waited too long, 38 years, to bring the case to court.
2009: A representative for Phil Spector reported that the former music producer was struggling to adapt to life in prison and was “not doing great”, calling the situation “a devastating turn in his life.” The 69 year old was sentenced to 19 years to life behind bars last May after he was found guilty of fatally shooting actress Lana Clarkson at his Alhambra, California home in 2003.
2010: Bullet For My Valentine win awards for Best Live Band and Best British Band at the 17th annual Kerrang! Awards in London. The Best Album nod goes to Paramore for ‘Brand New Eyes’ and 30 Seconds To Mars takes home the Best International Band honor. The Kerrang! Services to Metal Award is given to the late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray; the Icon Award to the late Ronnie James Dio; and Motley Crue enters the Kerrang! Hall of Fame.
2011: Rage Against The Machine perform at the L.A. Rising concert at Memorial Coliseum. “L.A. is the city that we love, and it’s got rebellion in its blood!” says frontman Zack de la Rocha. The band’s first major hometown performance in a decade is also their only live date celebrating their 20th anniversary.
2011: U2 wrap up their 360 world tour, the highest grossing tour of all time. The trek began in Barcelona in June of 2009, and concludes over two years later at the Magnetic Hill Concert Site, in Moncton, Canada.
2012: John Mellencamp receives the John Steinbeck award, given to those individuals who exemplify the spirit of “Steinbeck’s empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of the common man.” Previous recipients include Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne and Joan Baez.
2013: Five Finger Death Punch released the first installment of a double album, ‘The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1.’ The set includes the track ‘Lift Me Up’ with Judas Priest’s Rob Halford.
2014: Guitarist Dick Wagner dies of respiratory failure. He was 71. Wagner worked with many rock artists, including Lou Reed, Kiss, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith and Alice Cooper. He may be best known for writing the song “Only Women Bleed.” After suffering two heart attacks, a stroke, a paralyzed left arm, a diagnosis of hydrocephalus, two brain surgeries, installation of a pacemaker and more in the previous six years, in 2013 he was completely recovered and started playing and touring again.

July 31
1845: France’s army gives legitimacy to Belgian Adolphe Sax’s latest invention, the saxophone, by including it in their marching band.
1955: Elvis Presley performed three shows at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida, (2 matinee and 1 evening). A full scale riot broke out after the show when Elvis announced to the 14,000 strong crowd, “Girls, I’ll see you backstage.” Fans chased Elvis into the dressing room tearing off his clothes and shoes. Other acts who appeared here include Tom Jones, The Animals, James Brown, Buddy Holly, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash and the Doors.
1957: Richard Starkey (later known as Ringo Starr) is thought to have made his debut at the Cavern Club, playing drums with the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group. John Lennon made his first appearance at the club a week later with The Quarry Men Skiffle Group. Paul McCartney made his first appearance in January 1958 with The Quarry Men.
1965: ‘Beatles VI’ enters the 4th of its six weeks atop the U.S. album charts. ‘Beatles VI’ includes two tracks recorded specifically for the North American market, ‘Bad Boy’ and ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzy,’ both covers of Larry Williams songs.
1965: In England, the Yardbirds with Jeff Beck perform at the Cleethorpes Jazz Festival.
1966: Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker play under the Cream moniker for the first time. It’s at the 6th Annual National Jazz & Blues Festival in Windsor. They performed together once before but were billed under their individual names.
1966: The Who perform at Brittania Pier in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.
1967: The Beach Boys ‘Heroes and Villains’ b/w ‘You’re Welcome’ 45 single is released. Originally intended by Wilson to be the centerpiece of the ambitious but shelved album ‘Smile,’ a re-recorded version of the song was released on ‘Smiley Smile’ (1967). This version was also released as a single, with ‘You’re Welcome’ on the B-side, which charted at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1967: An appeal court in London, England, gave Mick Jagger a conditional discharge and quashed Keith Richard’s conviction for permitting his house to be used for the purpose of smoking cannabis resin.
1968: Working at Trident studios in London, England, (with its 8-track equipment, EMI was still using 4-track recorders), The Beatles recorded four takes of a new Paul McCartney song ‘Hey Jude.’ The song, inspired by John Lennon’s son Julian, is finished the following day.
1968: Tommy James and The Shondells were at #1 on the singles chart with ‘Mony Mony.’ The song was also a hit for Billy Idol in 1987.
1968: Iron Butterfly’s ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ b/w ‘Iron Butterfly Theme’ 45 single is released. The single reached #30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. At slightly over 17 minutes, it occupies the entire second side of the ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ album. It was released as a 45 in the US and other territories. The 17 minute original version was edited down to 2:53 minutes.
1969: Elvis Presley kicked off a four week run at the Las Vegas International Hotel, (his first live show since 1961). He reportedly netted $1.5 million for the shows. On the menu was an Elvis special, polk salad with corn muffins & honey.
1969: Ten Years After played at the Boston Tea Party in Boston. Magic Terry & The Universe were the support act.
1970: After Decca Records demands a final single from the Rolling Stones to make them fulfill their contract, Richards and Jagger deliver the unreleasable ‘Cocksucker Blues.’ The single becomes the title of a Stones documentary that the band decides is also unreleasable.
1970: The Powder Ridge Festival was supposed to take place from July 31st through August 2nd in Middlefield, Connecticut. None of the advertised acts performed due to a last minute court injunction initiated by the local township. Only Melanie performed on a small stage. In addition to the Allman Brothers Band, Janis Joplin, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Jethro Tull, Joe Cocker, Little Richard and others were on the intended lineup.
1971: Pink Floyd leave England to set out on their first tour of the Far East.
1971: The documentary ‘Gimme Shelter’ premieres at London’s Rialto cinema. The film includes footage from the infamous concert at Altamont.
1971: James Taylor went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with the Carole King song ‘You Got A Friend,’ (included in her album ‘Tapestry’ and James Taylor’s album ‘Mud Slide Slim’). The song would go on to win the 1971 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal male Performance and Song Of The Year.
1971: After being denied entrance to a Who concert in New York City’s Forest Hills Stadium, an ex-convict stabs and kills a 22 year old security guard.
1972: Chicago’s ‘Chicago V’ LP is certified gold. A single from the LP, “Saturday in the Park”, would reach #3 in September.
1972: Yes appeared at Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston, Texas.
1974: The Grateful Dead performed at Dillon Stadium in Hartford, Connecticut.
1975: Aerosmith played at Market Hall in Dallas, Texas.
1975: The Rolling Stones appeared at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1976: Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’ single is released.
1977: KISS release the single for ‘Love Gun.’ The B-side is the album track ‘Hooligan,’ a song written by Peter Criss‬.
1977: Yes played at the Civic Center in Wheeling, West Virginia.
1979: AC/DC appeared at The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana on their ‘If You Want Blood Tour.’
1979: James Taylor plays New York’s Central Park for free to show his support for a campaign to restore the park’s Sheep Meadow.
1980: The Eagles perform their last concert at the Long Beach Arena before splitting up. They reunite in 1994. The concert, a benefit gig, no less – is played out amid muttered onstage threats between Glen Frey and Don Felder, who spend the entire show describing to each other the beating each plans to administer backstage. “Only three more songs until I kick your ass, pal,” Frey tells Felder. The group’s next album was mixed by Frey and Felder on opposite coasts after the two decided they couldn’t bear to be in the same state, let alone the same studio.
1980: The Mamas & The Papas founder and vocalist “Papa” John Phillips is arrested for possession of cocaine and running a phony prescription scam with a local pharmacy and eventually sentenced to eight years in prison (though this sentence would later be reduced to 30 days in jail and community service).
1980: Van Halen performed at the Checkerdome in St. Louis, Missouri.
1981: Journey release their 7th studio album (and 8th overall), ‘Escape.’ It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and features four Billboard Hot 100 singles – ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ (#9), ‘Who’s Crying Now’ (#4), ‘Still They Ride’ (#19) and ‘Open Arms’ (#2). It was the band’s first album with keyboardist Jonathan Cain who replaced founding keyboardist Gregg Rolie after he left the band at the end of 1980 to begin a family (Rolie recommended his replacement).
1981: Ozzy Osbourne’s solo debut, ‘Blizzard Of Oz,’ goes gold in the U.S. The album eventually achieves multi-platinum status with sales of 6 million copies worldwide. 1981: Debbie Harry’s first solo album is released in the U.K. ‘KooKoo’ was recorded during Harry’s year-long hiatus from Blondie. The cover art, a stark, black-and-white image of Harry’s face sliced with four spikes, is the creation of Swiss artist H.R. Giger. Though a U.K. hit, the album fails to make the U.S. Top 20.
1982: Survivor’s ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ was at #1 on the US album chart. The song, which was commissioned by actor Sylvester Stallone for the theme for the movie ‘Rocky III,’ received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song and go on to sell over five million copies.
1982: King Crimson appeared at The Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
1983: David Bowie played at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1984: Eric Clapton, touring as part of Roger Waters’ backing band left Waters’ tour in Montreal. Waters was touring in support of his solo album ‘The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking,’ which Clapton played on alongside David Sanborn & Michael Kamen.
1990: Motley Crue released their single for ‘Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S).’ The song peaked at #78 on the Bilboard 100.
1993: Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is arrested at a hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY after he gets into a shoving match with two police officers. His wife had called the police from a motel after she said Betts became drunk and abusive.
1995: Jamaica issues a commemorative series of postage stamps honoring local native and reggae legend Bob Marley.
1999: Pearl Jam’s remake of the 60’s song’Last Kiss’ peaks at #4 on the pop charts.
2000: The Mamas and the Papas founder and vocalist “Papa” John Phillips is arrested for funding his drug habit by trading books of stolen prescriptions for bottles of pharmaceutical drugs at a Manhattan pharmacy, then trading those with his drug dealers for cocaine. Phillips is later sentenced to 8 years in prison, but serves only 30 days in jail and commits to a high-profile publicity tour, visiting schools and appearing on talk shows accompanied by his daughter Mackenzie, to talk about the perils of drug and alcohol addiction.
2001: BBC producer John Walters died at age 63. Walters produced and worked with Radio 1 DJ John Peel. Peel teamed up with Walters to broadcast some of the most groundbreaking music of an era. He joined the BBC in 1967, and became producer on John Peel’s Top Gear show two years later. Walters played the trumpet with the Alan Price Set in the 1960’s.
2004: Simon and Garfunkel closed out the European leg of their second reunion tour by performing a free concert at Rome’s Coliseum in front of 600,000 fans.
2004: Judas Priest appeared on Headbangers Ball with host Jamey Jasta.
2005: Saliva singer Josey Scott debuts his TNT show ‘Wanted.’
2006: Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose visits the Teenage Cancer Trust Ward in London to talk to patients about their illnesses and interests. “We were so touched that Axl wanted to visit,” says the ward’s CEO, Simon Davies. The visit comes at the end of a GN’R European tour.
2007: KoRn’s ‘Untitled’ album is released. It’s actually untitled, as in no title at all. “It’s not going to be titled,” states singer Jonathan Davis. “We didn’t want to label this album. It has no boundaries. It has no limits and why not just let our fans call it whatever they wanna call it?”
2007: Little, Brown and Company wins a bidding war for the rights to Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards’ autobiography. The publisher reportedly shells out more than $7 million for the memoir, which Richards pens with author James Fox.
2007: Lynyrd Skynyrd headline a benefit concert in Aspen, CO for the Doug Flutie Foundation for Autism. Flutie, an ex-NFL QB, has a son who suffers from autism.
2007: Five Finger Death Punch released their debut album ‘The Way Of The Fist.’
2008: It’s Motley Crue Saints Of Los Angeles Day in L.A. ‘Saints Of Los Angeles’ is the title of their latest album.
2008: Attorneys representing the Black Crowes claim that Country singer Gretchen Wilson’s ‘Work Hard, Play Harder,’ infringes on the copyright of the band’s ‘Jealous Again.’ “I expect all parties to reach a relatively quick resolution to avoid litigation,” says the Crowes’ manager.
2008: Alice Cooper breaks a rib and damages some ligaments after falling during a concert in Redmond, OR. but continues to tour.
2008: A limited-edition print of John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ is among the items sold through the Grammy Charities online auction. Memorabilia from The Beatles, Ringo Starr, ex-Doobie Brothers singer Michael McDonald and Crosby, Stills & Nash are also auctioned.
2008: Def Leppard are featured on ‘Live From Abbey Road,’ the music series on the Sundance Channel.
2009: With Adam Yauch (MCA) diagnosed with cancer, Beastie Boys cancel their appearance at the All Points West festival at Liberty State Park in New Jersey. In tribute, Jay-Z opens his set with a cover of ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn.’
2009: Jackson Browne’s ‘Here’ plays during the end title credits in the Kevin Spacey movie ‘Shrink.’ “(The song is) about trying to be here in the present, even if you don’t really care for the present,” explains Browne.
2010: Switchfoot perform at the 2010 Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree final arena show in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.
2010: A KISS LED television is unveiled. The TV set is adorned with the official KISS logo and an image of KISS that remains on the screen for eight seconds.
2010: The Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan and Godsmack’s Sully Erna join the cover/jam band Camp Freddy: Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Billy Morrison (The Cult), Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver), Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) and Donovan Leitch (son of the ’60s Folk singer) on stage at the Nokia Theater in L.A. for the X-Games/ESPN party. Corgan delivers a version of Poison’s ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn’ (as well as the Pumpkins’ classic ‘Bullet With Butterfly Wings’).
2012: Sheryl Crow was granted a temporary restraining order against a man accused of threatening to shoot her. The order stated that Phillip Gordon Sparks had to stay 90 metres away from Crow and must not contact her, her family or anyone who works with her.
2012: Appearing at the Helsinki Olympiastadion in Finland, at the end of a European tour, Bruce Springsteen played his longest show ever up to that point – 4 hours and 6 minutes.
2013: Maxwell’s, the Hoboken Rock club/restaurant closes. “After much thought, given the changing nature of Hoboken and the difficulties of trying to run a business in this town, we decided it was time,” says co-owner Todd Abramson. Founded in ’78, the venue hosted The Replacements, Husker Du and Sonic Youth in the ’80s and Nirvana, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the ’90s.
2015: Teenage Time Killers debut album, ‘Greatest Hits Volume 1,’ with appearances by Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe and Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, is out. The all-star group is the brainchild of Corrosion Of Conformity vocalist Reed Mullin and guitarist Mick Murphy.
2015: Lollapalooza Chicago begins in Grant Park tonight with Paul McCartney headlining. Metallica headlines on August 1.
2015: U2 wrap up an eight show stand at New York’s Madison Square Garden with a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen. The Boss and U2 perform ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ and ‘Stand By Me.’
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