Albert Collins – b. 1932 – d. 11/24/93
Michael “Cub” Koda (Brownsville Station, solo) – b. 1948 – d. 6/30/2000
Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash) – 69
Earl Slick (Phantom, Rocker & Slick, New York Dolls, Little Caesar, Dirty White Boy, John Waite, David Bowie, solo) – 64
Lolly Vegas/Lolly Vasquez (Redbone) – b. 1939 – d. 3/4/10
Don McLean – 71
Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike & the Mechanics, Red 7, solo) – 66
Coco Montoya (Albert Collins, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cate Brothers, solo) – 65
Sting (The Police, solo) – 65
Bud Gaugh (Sublime) – 49
Jim Root (Slipknot, Stone Sour) – 45
Mike Rodden (Hinder) –
Eddie Cochran – b. 1938 – d. 4/17/60
Chubby Checker – 75
Lindsey Buckingham (Buckingham/Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, solo) – 67
Keb Mo’ (Kevin Roosevelt Moore) – 65
Jack Grondin (.38 Special) – 65
Stevie Ray Vaughan – b. 1954 – d. 8/27/90
Douglas Allen Woody (The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule + more) – b. 1955 – d. 8/25/2000
Dawayne Bailey (Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Chicago, Véronique Sanson) –
Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe, Methods of Mayhem, Rock Star Supernova, Jack’s Mannequin, solo) – 54
Frank Hannon (Tesla, Frank Hannon Band, Moon Dog Mane) – 50
Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dot Hacker, Ataxia, Warpaint, The Bicycle Thief) – 37
Jim Fielder (Buffalo Springfield, Mothers of Invention, Blood, Sweat & Tears) – 69
Ronnie Leahy (Stone The Crows, Jack Bruce, Jon Anderson, Nazareth) – 69
Duke Robillard (Duke Robillard Band, Roomful of Blues, The Fabulous Thunderbirds) – 68
Gil Moore (Triumph) – 63
Steve Miller (Goldberg-Miller Blues Band, Steve Miller Band) – 73
Brian Connolly (Sweet) – b. 1945 – d. 2/9/97
Brian Johnson (AC/DC, Geordie) – 69
Ronni Le Tekro (TNT) – 69
‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke (Motorhead, Fastway) – 66
Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats, Band Aid, USA for Africa, Live Aid, Live 8) – 65
Leo Barnes (Hothouse Flowes) – 61
Troy Luccketta (Tesla, Eric Martin Band + more) – 57
David Bryson (Counting Crows) – 55
Dave Dederer (Presidents Of The U.S.A., Loaded, The Gentlemen, Subset) – 50
Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) – 65
David Hidalgo (Los Lobos, Los Super Seven, Latin Playboys, Houndog) – 62
Robert Sarzo (Hurricane, Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime) – 58
Matthew Sweet (Community Trolls, Oh-OK, The Thorns, Susanna Hoffs, solo) – 52
Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Bash & Pop, Perfect, Guns N’ Roses, Soul Asylum, Alien Crime Syndicate, solo) – 50
William Butler (Arcade Fire) – 34
Dino Valente / Chester William Powers Jr. (Quicksilver Messenger Service, solo) – b. 1937 – d. 11/16/94
Colin Cooper (Climax Blues Band) – b. 1939 – d. 7/3/08
Kevin Godley (10cc, Hotlegs, Godley & Creme, Doctor Father, The Magic Lanterns) – 71
Dave Hope (Kansas, AD, Kerry Livgren) – 67
John Cougar Mellencamp – 65
Marc Storace (Krokus) – 65
Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) – 63
Ricky Phillips (The Babys, Bad English, Coverdale/Page, Ted Nugent, Styx) – 63
Sam Brown (Jules Holland Band, Homespun, solo, sessions including Deep Purple, The Firm, Gary Moore, George Harrison, Nick Cave + more) – 52
Thom Yorke (Radiohead, solo) – 48
Bobbie Brown (model, actress, ex-wife of Jani Lane) – 47
Taylor Hicks – 40
Ray Royer (Procol Harum, Freedom) – 71
Johnny Ramone (The Ramones) – b. 1948 – d. 9/15/04
Hamish Stuart (Average White Band, Paul McCartney, Chaka Khan + more) – 67
John Gallagher (Raven) – 58
C.J. Ramone (The Ramones) – 51
John Lennon (The Beatles, solo) – b. 1940 – d. 12/8/80
John Entwistle (The Who) – b. 1944 – d. 6/27/02
Jackson Browne – 68
Caleb Quaye (Elton John, Hookfoot, Mick Jagger, Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Hall & Oates, solo) – 68
Sharon Osbourne – 64
Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden, Praying Mantis) – 64
Michael Lee Smith (Starz, Fallen Angels, solo)
Kurt Neumann (BoDeans) – 55
Mark Edwards (Steeler, Lion) –
Sean Lennon (Singer, songwriter, film composer; Albert Hammond, Jr., Cibo Matto, With The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band) – 41
Alan Cartwright (Procol Harum, Freddie Mack) – 71
Jerry Lacroix (Boogie Kings, Blood Sweat & Tears, Edgar Winter’s White Trash, Rare Earth + more) – 71
Midge Ure (Slik, The Rich Kids, Visage, Thin Lizzy, Ultravox, Band Aid, solo) – 63
David Lee Roth (Van Halen, solo) – 62
Eric Martin (Eric Martin Band, Mr. Big, Tak Matsumoto Group) – 56
Simon Townshend (The Who, Casbah Club, Roger Daltrey, solo) – 56
Mike Malinin (Goo Goo Dolls, Forty Marshas) – 49
Dean Roland (Collective Soul, Magnets and Ghosts) – 44
Gary Mallaber (Steve Miller Band, Eddie Money, Bruce Springsteen, Raven, sessions player) – 71
Daryl Hall (Hall & Oates, solo) – 70
Al Atkins (Judas Priest, Holy Rage, Atkins/May Project, sessions, solo) – 69
George McCorkle (The Toy Factory, Pax Parachute, The Marshall Tucker Band) – b. 1947 – d. 6/29/15
Greg Douglass (Steve Miller Band, The Greg Kihn Band) – 68
Blair Cunningham (Drummer, session player, toured with The Pretenders, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Ray Davis, Roxy Music, Tina Turner, Andy Taylor, Haircut One Hundred, Echo & The Bunnymen, Alison Moyet, Sade, Paul Rutherford, the Indigo Girls, Lionel Richie, Marius Müller-Westernhagen, Kevin Rowland, The Big Dish) – 59
Jeff Kathan (Paul Rodgers, Ronnie Montrose, Howard Leese, Spike and The Impalers + more) –
Andy McCoy (Hanoi Rocks, The Suicide Twins, Shooting Gallery, The Cherry Bombz, U.K. Subs, The 69 Eyes, Grease Helmet, solo) – 54
Scott Johnson (Gin Blossoms) – 53
Mike Smith (Limp Bizkit) – 43
Joe Olivier/ Cappy Bianco (Bll Haley And His Comets) – b. 1927 – d. 12/25/01
Rick Parfitt (Status Quo) – 68
Pat DiNizio (The Smithereens) – 61
Jeff Keith (Tesla) – 58
Gonzo Sandoval (Armored Saint) – 53
Chris Farlowe/John Henry Deighton (Atomic Rooster, Colosseum, solo + more) – 76
Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel, Art Garfunkel, Ladysmith Black Mombazo, solo) – 75
Robert Lamm (Chicago) – 72
Sammy Hagar (Montrose, HSAS, Van Halen, Chickenfoot, The Circle) – 69
Craig MacGregor (Foghat) – 67
Rick Vito (Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood’s Island, Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, solo toured with or session player for: Bob Seger, Bonnie Raitt, John Mayall, Jackson Browne, Little Richard, Roger McGuinn, Bobby Whitlock, Dobie Gray, John Fogerty, Delaney & Bonnie, Albert Collins, Dolly Parton, Maria Muldaur and more) – 67
Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention) – 66
Joey Belladonna (Anthrax) – 56
Zak Starkey (The Who, Oasis) – 51
Billy Harrison (Them) – 73
Colin Hodgkinson (Whitesnake) – 71
Dan McCafferty (Nazareth, solo) – 70
Justin Hayward (Moody Blues, solo) – 70
A.J. Pero (Twisted Sister, Adrenaline Mob) – b. 1959 – d. 3/20/15
Barry McGuire (The New Christy Minstrels) – 80
Don Stevenson (Moby Grape) – 74
Frank DiMino (Angel, Paul Raymond Project, solo) – 65
Tony Cavazo (Hurricane, Snow) – 62
‘Dizzy’ Dean Davidson (Britny Fox, Blackeyed Susan, solo) –
Fred Turner (Bachman Turner Overdrive) – 73
Roger Hawkins (drummer for Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Alabama) – 71
Bob Weir (Grateful Dead, The Other Ones, The Dead, Kingfish, the Bob Weir Band, Bobby and the Midnites, Scaring the Children, RatDog, Furthur) – 69
Tony Carey (Rainbow) – 63
Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar) – 56
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Atoms for Peace, Antemasque, Pigface, Rocket Juice & the Moon) – 43
Jay Reynolds (Malice, Metal Church) –
Chad Gray (Hellyeah, Mudvayne) – 45
John Mayer (solo, John Mayer Trio) – 39
Jim Seals (Seals & Crofts) – 75
Gary Puckett (Union Gap) – 74
David St. Hubbins/Michael McKean (Spinal Tap) – 69
Pino Palladino (The Who, John Mayer Trio, The Law) – 58
Ziggy Marley – 49
Chuck Berry – 90
Billy Cox (The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Band of Gypsys) – 75
Keith Knudsen (Doobie Brothers) – b. 1948 – d. 2/8/05
Gary Richrath (REO Speedwagon, Richrath, solo) – b. 1949 – d. 9/13/15
Laura Nyro – b. 1947 – d. 4/8/97
Dan Lilker (Anthrax, Brutal Truth, S.O.D., Nuclear Assault) – 52
Peter Tosh (The Wailers, solo) – b. 1944 – d. 9/11/87
Keith Reid (Procol Harum) – 70
Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers, solo) – 68
Karl Wallinger (The Waterboys, World Party)- 59
Pete Loeffler (Chevelle) – 40
Ric Lee (Ten Years After) – 71
Tom Petty (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys, solo) – 66
Al Greenwood (Foreigner) – 65
Phil Kennemore (Y&T) – b. 1953 – d. 1/7/11
Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett, Ricky Byrd and The Skeleton Crew) –
David Ryan (Lemonheads) – 52
Jim “Soni” Sonefeld (Hootie & the Blowfish, solo) – 52
Fred Coury (Cinderella, Arcade, London) – 49
Manfred Mann (Manfred Mann, Manfred Mann Chapter Three, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) – 76
Steve Cropper (Booker T & the MGs, Blues Brothers, Otis Redding, Tower of Power, Ringo Starr, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Levon Helm + many more) – 75
Elvin Bishop (Butterfield Blues Band, solo) – 74
Lee Loughnane (Chicago) – 70
Tetsu Yamauchi (Faces, Free, Kossoff Kirke Tetsu and Rabbit) – 70
Brent Mydland (Grateful Dead, Bobby and the Midnites, Go Ahead, Kokomo, Silver) – b. 1952 – d. 7/26/90
Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go’s) – 63
Steve Lukather (Toto, Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band) – 59
Kenny Chaisson (Keel) – 53
Nick Steven Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss) – 45
Leslie West (Mountain, West, Bruce and Laing, The Vagrants, solo) – 71
Eddie Brigati (Young Rascals, Brigati) – 71
Greg Hawkes (The Cars, The New Cars, solo) – 64
Bobby Blotzer (Ratt, Contraband) – 58
Cris Kirkwood (Meat Puppets) – 56
Dave McClain (Machine Head) – 51
Jon Foreman (Switchfoot, Fiction Family, solo) – 40
Greg Ridley (Humble Pie, Spooky Tooth) – b. 1943 – 11/19/03
Wurzel (Michael Burston) (Motorhead) – b. 1949 – d. 7/9/11
Michael Burston (Motorhead) – 65
‘Weird’ Al Yankovic – 57
Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves, Mass Mental, Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne, Medication, Jerry Cantrell, Metallica, Himantha Kumarasinghe, The Trujillo Trio) – 52
Brian Nevin (Big Head Todd And The Monsters) – 50
Eric Bass (Shinedown) – 21
J.P. Richardson “The Big Bopper” – b. 1930 – d. 2/3/59
Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, Wilie & the Poor Boys, solo) – 80
Ted Templeman (Harpers Bizarre, Producer: Doobie Brothers, Van Morrison, Captain Beefheart, Little Feat, Montrose, The Beau Brummels, Carly Simon, Van Halen, Nicolette Larson, Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, Allan Holdsworth, Patrick Simmons, Sammy Hagar, David Lee Roth, Eric Clapton, Aerosmith, Honeymoon Suite, Bulletboys, Steve Stevens Atomic Playboys, Cheap Trick, Bette Midler, Robben Ford, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts + more) – 72
Jerry Edmonton (Steppenwolf, The Sparrows, Manbeast, Green Wheels, Steel Rose) – b. 1946 – d. 11/28/93
Dale “Buffin” Griffin (Mott The Hoople, Mott, British Lions) – 68
Ben Gillies (Silverchair, Tambalane) – 37
Jon Anderson (Yes, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, The Warriors, Jon & Vangelis, solo) – 72
Phil “Fang” Volk (Paul Revere & The Raiders) – 71
Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) – 69
Matthias Jabs (Scorpions) – 61
Robbie McIntosh (The Pretenders, 70% Proof, Paul McCartney, John Mayer, The Foster Brothers, The Robbie McIntosh Band, Filthy McNasty) – 59
Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot) – 55
John Leven (Europe) – 53
Alan Henderson (Them) – 73
Keith Hopwood (Herman’s Hermits) – 70
Bootsy Collins (James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band + more) – 65
Tommy Mars (Frank Zappa + more) – 65
Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs, s70o) – 53
Byron Allred (The Steve Miller Band) – 67
Garry Tallent (E Street Band) – 66
KK Downing (Judas Priest) – 65
Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, Art Of Anarchy, solo) – b. 1967 – d. 12/3/15
Charlie Daniels (Charlie Daniels Band) – 80
Rickie Lee “Ricochet” Reynolds (The Knowbody Else, Black Oak Arkansas, others) – 68
Desmond Child (Producer/Songwriter) – 63
Dave Wyndorf (Monster Magnet) – 60
Sharise Neil –
Ben Harper – 47
Mike Clark (Suicidal Tendencies, No Mercy) –
Denny Laine (Paul McCartney, Wings, Moody Blues, Mike Pinder, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, solo ) – 72
Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Peter Green Splinter Group, Gass, Peter B’s Looners) – 70
James Williamson (The Stooges, Iggy Pop) – 67
Kevin Dubrow (Quiet Riot, DuBrow, Hear ‘n Aid, Heat) – b. 1955 – d. 11/19/07
Guy Gelso (Zebra) –
Steven Sweet (Warrant) – 49
Eric Gales – 42
Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship) – 77
Chris Slade (Toomorrow, Uriah Heep, AC/DC, Manfred Mann, The Firm, Gary Moore, Asia, Tom Jones, Michael Schenker Group, Paul Rodgers) – 70
Timothy B. Schmidt (Poco, Eagles) – 69
Freddy Curci (Sheriff, Alias, Zion, The Cranberries, solo) –
Joey Belladonna (Anthrax, Belladonna) – 56
Gavin Rossdale (Bush) – 51
Russ Ballard (Argent) – 71
Bob C Benberg / Bob Seibenberg (Bees Make Honey, Heads Up, Supertramp) – 67
Larry Mullen (U2) – 55
Mikkey Dee (Motorhead, Don Dokken, King Diamond) – 53
Johnny Marr (The Smiths, Electronic, Johnny Marr and the Healers, Modest Mouse, The The, The Cribs) – 53
Carey Howe (Leatherwolf) –
Adam Horovitz aka Ad-Rock (Beastie Boys) – 50
Rogers Stevens (Blind Melon, Extra Virgin, The Tender Trio) – 46
Johnny Moeller (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) – 46
Today in Rock History:
1956: After test audiences gave a negative reaction to Elvis Presley dying at the end of the film ‘Love Me Tender,’ he is called back to re-shoot the scene. In the new ending, he lives.
1958: Elvis Presley is transported from Bremerhaven, Germany to the US Army base at Friedberg, where he will join his outfit, Company D, 32nd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armored Division.
1962: The Beach Boys release their classic debut album ‘Surfin’ Safari.’
1962: The Beatles sign their first real management contract with Brian Epstein, with George and Paul’s fathers signing for their sons, who are still minors. Epstein gets 25 percent of the group’s earnings.
1964: The Beatles’ debut film, ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ becomes the first movie to debut behind the “Iron Curtain” of Communist countries when it is shown in Prague.
1964: Vee Jay Records packaged its Introducing the Beatles album together with The Golden Hits of the Four Seasons, calling the collection ‘The Beatles Vs. The Four Seasons,’ released October 1, 1964. It reached #142 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1965: At Carnegie Hall, Bob Dylan presents his new backup band, formerly Ronnie Hawkins’ backup band, known as the Hawks. Eventually, they will simply become known as (and famous as) The Band.
1965: The Byrds released the single ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!.’
1965: The Rolling Stones played at The ABC Regal in Chester, Cheshire, England.
1966: Jimi Hendrix makes his UK stage debut when he jumps onstage to jam with Cream at London Polytechnic.
1966: Denny Laine left the Moody Blues.
1966: The Who performed at Imperial Ballroom in Nelson, Lancashire, England.
1967: Traffic makes its stage debut at London’s Saville Theatre.
1967: Mick Jagger’s apartment in London is burglarized, with girlfriend Marianne Faithfull’s furs and jewelry being among the items listed stolen.
1967: Pink Floyd arrived in New York City to begin their first tour of the United States.
1967: Thieves broke into Mick Jagger’s London flat and stole jewellery and furs belonging to his then girlfriend Marianne Faithfull.
1967: Pink Floyd, supported by Tomorrow, The Incredible String Band, and Tim Rose performed two shows for Sunday’s At the Saville, at the Saville Theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue in London.
1967: The Grateful Dead get busted. The law raids the group’s communal home in San Francisco. They find marijuana, big surprise. After a mere six hours in jail the group makes bail, a bigger surprise, and are released.
1968: John Sebastian leaves the Lovin’ Spoonful.
1969: The Beatles released ‘Abbey Road’ in the United States, five days later than its England release date.
1970: Jimi Hendrix is laid to rest at Seattle’s Greenwood Cemetery, under a headstone that reads “Forever In Our Hearts, James ‘Jimi’ Hendrix 1942 – 1970.” Mourners and attendees included Jimi’s father Al and stepmother June, brother Leon, sister Janie, grandmother Nora, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Eddie Kramer, Miles Davis, Johnny Winter, members of Derek and the Dominoes and his manager Steve Paul, Michael Jeffreys (Jimi’s manager – who many believe was behind Jimi’s death). One notable absence was Jimi’s close friend Eric Burdon, who stated “Jimi hated Seattle” and felt it was inappropriate for him to be buried there.
1971: John Lennon’s LP ‘Imagine’ is certified gold.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Community Concourse Convention Hall in San Diego, California.
1972: David Bowie performed at the Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.
1972: The Eagles were in concert at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa for their first tour.
1973: Pink Floyd began recording the album ‘Wish You Were Here’ at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London.
1973: King Crimson played at the Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
1975: Al Jackson, drummer of Booker T. & the MG’s, was shot and killed by an intruder in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 39. His wife was questioned about the killing because she was arrested in July for shooting her husband in the chest during a domestic dispute. He wasn’t badly hurt and the charges were dismissed when his wife claimed self-defense. On October 1st, Jackson returned home to what police describe as a botched robbery attempt. According to Jackson’s wife, an intruder made her answer the door and then threw her husband to the floor demanding money. Jackson was forced to lie face down and then was shot in the back five times. The identity of the culprit remains a mystery.
1976: In an attempt to end his cocaine addiction, David Bowie leaves England and moves to West Berlin, where he begins collaborating with Iggy Pop and Brian Eno. The song ‘Heroes’ comes from this stay.
1976: Styx release their 6th album, ‘Crystal Ball.’
1976: The Grateful Dead played at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1977: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Paramount Theater in Portland, Oregon.
1977: The Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame inducts its first musician, singer/songwriter Elton John. Elton is the first rock artist inducted and he holds the all-time record with 62 performances at the Garden.
1977: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ spent a 21st week at #1 on the Album charts. They had already set a Rock Era record when they got to 19 weeks.
1978: Golden Earring released ‘Grab It For A Second,’ their 13th studio album. They had been touring with Ted Nugent the previous year and wanted to make a hard rock album. Unfortunately, the label chose Jimmy Iovine, a pop producer. It was the last Golden Earring album to feature Eelco Gelling on second guitar.
1978: Rory Gallagher released ‘Photo-Finish,’ his 7th solo studio album. The band was stripped back down to a power trio and featuring Ted McKenna, ex- Sensational Alex Harvey Band on drums. Stand out tracks were ‘Shin Kicker,’ ‘Shadow Play’ and ‘Overnight Bag.’ It been said this album was influenced by Rory attending a Sex Pistols gig in 1977, with Rory saying “That was the worst gig I ever saw and it was also the best I ever saw.”
1978: Yes performed at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
1979: Styx released the single ‘Babe.’
1980: Paul Simon’s semi-autobiographical film ‘One Trick Pony,’ in which he stars, is released in the US. The song ‘Late in the Evening,’ from the film’s soundtrack, hit #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1980: Joe Lynn Turner signs on as Rainbow’s vocalist. He replaces Graham Bonnet, who took over when Ronnie James Dio leaves the group.
1980: Rush played at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.
1981: The Pretenders were forced to cancel the last leg of a US tour after drummer Martin Chambers put his hand through a windowpane, cutting tendons and arteries.
1982: John Cougar hits #1 on both the US album and singles chart with the album ‘American Fool’ and the single ‘Jack And Diane.’
1982: Sony introduces the world’s first digital compact-disc player in Tokyo, which sells for about $650. Albums that have been converted to CD are slow to reach the North American market and the first to go on sale is Billy Joel’s ’52nd Street.’
1983: The first worldwide David Bowie convention is held in London’s Cunard Hotel. Speakers at the convention include Bowie’s former dance teacher, Lindsay Kemp; Bowie’s former manager, Ken Pitt; guitar player, John Hutchinson; Bowie archivist, Kev Cann; and photographer, Ray Stevenson.
1983: Robert Plant concluded a solo tour at the PNE Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
1984: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts release their 4th studio album, ‘Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth.’
1984: The Ramones release their 8th studio album, ‘Too Tough to Die.’
1984: Bruce Kulick makes his live debut with KISS in Brighton, England.
1984: U2 release their 4th studio album, ‘The Unforgettable Fire.’
1987: Def Leppard kick off the North American leg of their Hysteria world tour at Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, New York. When the tour ended in October of 1988, they played 243 concerts, 172 in North America alone.
1988: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘I Hate Myself for Loving You’ which was their 3rd and final top ten single in the U.S.
1988: Bon Jovi scored their first #1 album with ‘New Jersey,’ their 4th release. The follow-up to ‘Slippery When Wet’ produced five Billboard Hot 100 top ten singles, the most top ten hits to date for a hard rock album. ‘Bad Medicine’ and ‘I’ll Be There for You’ both hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100.
1990: Iron Maiden their 8th studio album, ‘No Prayer for the Dying.’
1991: Motley Crue release their ‘Decade of Decadence’ greatest hits album. It also featured the single ‘Primal Scream.’
1992: Ozzy Osbourne began a two night stand in San Antonio at the Joe & Harry Freeman Coliseum, Osbourne’s first concerts in San Antonio in a decade after his arrest for urinating on the Alamo.
1993: Wilson Pickett is sentenced to one year in jail for hitting an 86 year-old man with his car while drinking. During his time in jail, he will get into a fight with another inmate and a resulting eye injury will require a number of surgeries to repair the damage.
1994: Eric Clapton entered the US album chart at #1 with ‘From The Cradle.’
1994: Accept release their 10th studio album, ‘Death Row.’
1995: John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, the Dave Matthews Band and Hootie and the Blowfish performed at the Farm Aid concert in Louisville, Kentucky.
1995: Iron Maiden released the album ‘The X Factor.’
1995: Noel and Liam Gallagher, and drummer Andy White, perform a midnight acoustic show at the London Virgin Megastore to promote Oasis’ album ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory'”
1996: Nirvana’s collection of live recordings ‘From The Muddy Banks of Wishkah’ is released.
1996: Warrant released the album ‘Belly To Belly.’ It’s the last Warrant album of all original material to feature Jani Lane on vocals.
1996: Matchbox Twenty release ‘Yourself Or Someone Like You.’ The album contains the group’s first hit ‘Real World.’
1998: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty is awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
2000: INXS, Men at Work and John Paul Young performed at the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
2002: The White Stripes play a free show in New York’s Union Square Park, treating a large lunchtime crowd to a set full of covers and tunes from the group’s three albums.
2002: The Rolling Stones release Forty Licks.
2004: The street “AC/DC Lane” was opened in Melbourne, Australia. The Lord Mayor erected the street sign to cheers and bagpipes playing the bands song ‘Long Way To The Top’. The City of Melbourne had extra copies of the sign made, in anticipation of fans stealing them.
2004: Bruce Palmer of Buffalo Springfield died of a heart attack in Belleville, Ontario, Canada at the age of 58.
2004: John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen and R.E.M. launched the Vote for Change tour in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Dave Matthews Band performed in State College, Pennsylvania and the Dixie Chicks appeared in Pittsburgh.
2004: Helmet finally starts touring again with a show in Buffalo. Singer-guitarist Page Hamilton suffered a broken collarbone in a mountain-biking accident that delayed both the release of their album, ‘Size Matters’ and their tour.
2004: ‘Stoners’ premieres at New York’s Coney Island Film Festival. Music from Pink Floyd’s 1994 release ‘The Division Bell’ is on the film’s soundtrack. The documentary revolves around an elaborate Internet-based puzzle game called The Stone, which was inspired by the Floyd CD.
2004: ‘Smoke on the Water: The Deep Purple Story’ is published. The tome covers the group from inception in 1968 to 2003. There are interviews with band members and lifelong fans. 2004: Courtney Love is sued by a Los Angeles travel agency for almost $50,000 worth of unpaid airline tickets and services. This kind of thing could get a person banned from first class.
2005: Rush’s Alex Lifeson is countersued by two police officers who allege that the guitarist assaulted them at an 2003 New Year’s Eve celebration in Naples, FL. The altercation resulted in the arrest of Lifeson and his son. Lifeson’s suit claims the deputies used excessive force during the incident. Both sides seek unspecified financial reparations.
2005: Disturbed appear at a National Hot Rod Association race in Joliet, IL, where they are co-sponsoring one of the drivers.
2005: Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley joined Pearl Jam onstage during their concert at the Borgata Events Center in Atlantic City for a rendition of Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ in the Free World.’
2006: Eddie Van Halen performs several Van Halen hits at a party for ‘Sacred Sin,’ an adult movie with his compositions on the soundtrack. Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed, Motley Crue singer John Corabi and many X-rated actors attend the gathering at Van Halen’s Hollywood Hills mansion.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne and his wife, Sharon, announce they have a suicide agreement which will come into effect should either of them suffer from a neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s, which took the life of Sharon’s father. “We believe 100 percent in euthanasia, so (we) have drawn up plans to go to the assisted suicide flat in Switzerland if we ever have an illness that affects our brains,” reveals Sharon.
2007: The Police are honored by the French minister of culture for their contribution to music. Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland are each named chevaliers of the Order of the Arts and Letters. “We are very touched because we deeply admire French culture,” says Sting. The group is in Paris as part of their European tour.
2007: The Visions Of Dylan photo exhibition opens in London. There are photos taken by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, Bryan Adams and Patti Smith.
2008: Phish confirms they’d be reuniting for a three-night run in March 2009 at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.
2008: Elton John is featured in a series of television and radio spots promoting the seventh annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days. During the month-long performance project musicians from all over the world, including John, stage concerts to support the initiative’s Harmony for Humanity theme.
2010: ‘The Social Network,’ chronicling the founding of Facebook, is in theaters. The score for the David Fincher film is the work of Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails/How To Destroy Angels) and collaborator Atticus Ross. “Atticus Ross and I have been on a creative roll so I asked him if he wanted to work on this with me and we signed on,” says Reznor.
2010: The first of two Plastic Ono Band performances takes place at the Orpheum Theater in L.A. Fronted by Yoko Ono there are appearances by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and Iggy Pop.
2010: Soundgarden’s ‘best of’ compilation ‘Telephantasm,’ out for less than a week, goes platinum (selling one million copies).
2011: Bands perform Nirvana’s classic 1991 single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ 144 times consecutively at the Toronto Underground Cinema to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ‘Nevermind’ album. The event, A Brief History Of Rebellion, includes a performance by Tokyo Police Club.
2011: Former Police frontman Sting performs a special concert at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan to celebrate the 25th anniversary of solo career on the eve of his 60th birthday. Guests include Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder. Proceeds benefit the Robin Hood Foundation, an organization that fights poverty in New York City.
2011: KISS bassist Gene Simmons marries his longtime girlfriend Shannon Tweed. Their children Sophie, 19, and Nick, 22, are in attendance.
2011: Burton Cummings, keyboardist and lead singer of the Guess Who, was inducted into the Canada Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario.
2013: Kings Of Leon headline a NHL Face Off event in Montreal where the home team plays the Toronto Maple Leafs. KOL’s performance kicks off the NHL season.
2013: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is featured in the Kidney Foundation of Canada’s awareness campaign. Lifeson’s father passed away from kidney failure ten years earlier.
2013: Nickelback, Slipknot and KoRn are featured on Roadrunner Records’ anniversary compilation, ‘XXX: Three Decades Of Roadrunner Records.’
2014: Judas Priest kick off their 40th Anniversary tour. The six week trek begins in Rochester, NY.
2015: Motorhead unveil their own branded whisky (even though lead vocalist and bassist Lemmy Kilmister has dropped whiskey in favor of vodka for ‘health reasons’). Motorhead Drinks (which already includes beer, wine and vodka) is a collaborative effort between the band and Mackmyra, a Swedish distillery. Initially, the whiskey is only available in Sweden.
2015: Megadeth released the single ‘Fatal Illusion.’
1945: Elvis Presley, then just ten years old, makes his first public appearance at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show singing “Old Shep” in a talent contest. He comes in second and is awarded 5 dollars and free admission to the fairground rides.
1954: Elvis Presley bombs at the Grand Ole Opry, which does not approve of his take on traditional country music. The Opry’s talent director, Jim Denny, famously tells Presley he should go back to driving a truck. Elvis swears never to return.
1955: Elvis Presley’s ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’ hits #2 on the Memphis record charts. After being picked up by RCA Victor it would go on to reach #1 on the Billboard Country And Western chart in February, 1956 during a 39 week stay, and #4 on the Billboard Most Played by Jockeys chart. It was the first record to give Elvis national exposure.
1958: At a press conference in Germany, a reporter asks Elvis if he is afraid of being forgotten by music fans while he is in the Army. Presley responds “It makes you wonder, but if people forget me, I can’t complain. I had it once.”
1959: Fifteen Elvis Presley fans were arrested in Germany after marching through the streets of Leipzig shouting “Long live Elvis Presley” and making unkind remarks about German music.
1960: ‘Stay’ by Maurice Williams And The Zodiacs enters the US chart on its way to #1. At just 1:37, it becomes the shortest US chart topper in Rock and Roll history.
1965: Manfred Mann plays Prague in Czechoslovakia, becoming the first Western band to take the stage behind the infamous Communist “Iron Curtain.”
1965: A quartet from Ohio who called themselves The McCoys’ had the #1 song on Billboard’s singles chart with ‘Hang On Sloopy.’
1965: The Who make their U.S. TV debut on ‘Shindig’ and perform ‘My Generation.’
1967: The entire Grateful Dead are arrested for marijuana possession at the groups’ 710 Ashbury Street House in San Francisco, California.
1970: Pink Floyd release their 5th studio album, ‘Atom Heart Mother.’
1970: Pink Floyd played the first of two dates at the Moore Theater in Seattle, WA.
1970: Chicago played at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles.
1971: Rod Stewart’s ‘Maggie May’ b/w ‘Reason To Believe’ hits #1, as does his album ‘Every Picture Tells A Story.’ Although Maggie May was not her real name, the song was co-written by Stewart about the first woman he had sex with. Rod later revealed that he was surprised by the song’s success, saying, “I still can’t see how the single is such a big hit. It has no melody.” Rolling Stone magazine seemed to disagree when, in 2004, they ranked the song #131 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1971: John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ LP enters the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, where it will reach #3. Early editions included a postcard featuring a photo of Lennon holding a pig, in mockery of Paul McCartney’s similar pose with a sheep on the cover of his album ‘Ram.’
1971: The J. Geils Band released their 2nd album, ‘The Morning After.’
1972: Led Zeppelin opened a six-date tour of Japan at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo.
1973: The Rolling Stones performed at Ernst Merck Halle in Hamburg, Germany.
1974: Eric Clapton appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario.
1975: A bomb scare cancels a Bruce Springsteen concert in Milwaukee. The show is re-scheduled for midnight, but before the show Springsteen has a few drinks at the hotel and rides on the hood of a car back to the concert hall. A journalist writes “I have seen the future of Rock & Roll and he’s on my windshield.
1975: ZZ Top played at the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1976: In response to John Belushi’s popular caricature of himself on Saturday Night Live, Joe Cocker appears on the show, singing a dual-Cocker duet with Belushi on ‘Feelin’ Alright.’
1976: Rod Stewart’s ‘Tonight’s The Night’ is released. It will become his second US #1 hit and reach #5 in the UK. The song features whispers from Britt Ekland who was Stewart’s girlfriend at the time.
1976: ‘Frampton Comes Alive’ begins its next to last week at #1 on the USA album charts.
1977: The Grateful Dead played the second of two nights at the Paramount Theater in Portland, Oregon.
1977: After a plot is uncovered to steal it, Elvis Presley’s body is moved from its Memphis mausoleum to its final resting place in the Meditation Garden at Graceland.
1977: Gene Simmons receives a Platinum record for his solo LP, one of four released concurrently by the members of KISS. Simmons’ charts the highest in the US, reaching #22.
1978: AC/DC appeared at the Sports Arena in Toledo, Ohio.
1978: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley & Peter Criss’ solo albums were each certified Gold & Platinum by the RIAA.
1978: Neil Young released his 9th album, ‘Comes A Time.’
1979: Van Halen performed at the Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona.
1980: Yes played at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California.
1981: The Police released their 4th album, ‘Ghost in the Machine.’
1982: Accept release their 4th studio album, ‘Restless and Wild.’ Self-produced by the band, it includes two different front covers (one of two Flying V’s aflame, the other a live shot of the band) and spawns a track which many consider the birth of speed metal, ‘Fast as a Shark.’
1982: Peter Gabriel and Steve Hacket joined their former band mates in Genesis (Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks) for a one-time benefit performance at The Milton Keynes Bowl in Buckinghamshire, England to help raise money for Gabriel’s WOMAD project (World of Music, Arts and Dance).
1982: John ‘Cougar’ Mellencamp’s ‘Jack And Diane’ begins a four week run at #1 on the U.S. pop chart. His earlier release, ‘Hurts So Good’ was still at #10.
1982: Bruce Springsteen’s acoustic ‘Nebraska’ album enters the LP chart. There are no hits but it cements Springsteen’s reputation as an important songwriter.
1982: Rush’s ‘Signals’ enters the LP charts.
1982: Aerosmith’s ‘Rock In A Hard Place’ album enters the album chart for a brief stay. 1982: The Clash’s ‘Rock The Casbah’ hits the singles charts.
1982: Dire Straits reached the top of the U.K. Album Chart for the first time with their fourth album ‘Love Over Gold’ which went on to spend four weeks at #1.
1982: Jethro Tull performed at The Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1985: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA’ tour ends with the last of four shows at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
1986: The Everly Brothers are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
1989: Neil Young released his 19th solo album, Freedom.’
1993: Meat Loaf’s ‘Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell’ enters the Billboard LP chart, where it will go on to reach #1. It also topped the charts in the UK and Australia and sold over 14 million copies worldwide.
1994: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers drummer Stan Lynch performed with the group for the last time at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, CA.
1994: 42 year-old John Mellencamp confirms he recently had a mild heart attack brought on by an 80-cigarettes-per-day habit and a cholesterol level of 300.
1995: Oasis release their second album ‘(What’s The Story), Morning Glory.’ The album sold over 18 million copies worldwide, and it won the award for the best British Album of the last 30 Years at the 2010 Brit Awards.
1995: Iron Maiden release their 10th studio album, ‘The X Factor.’
1995: Journey announced that the Escape-era lineup had reunited. The following year they released ‘Trial by Fire,’ but by 1998 Steve Perry & Steve Smith had left Journey.
1995: Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ reaches the top of the Billboard 200 in its 15th week, giving the Maverick label, founded by Madonna, its first #1. She’s the third female artist to have a debut album reach #1 in the 1990s.
1996: A Pearl Jam show in Hartford Connecticut ended in a riot when mass fighting broke out among the 30,000 strong crowds.
1998: Cheap Trick was inducted into Hollywood’s Rockwalk. The induction was hosted by Los Angeles DJ Jim Ladd and all members of the band added their handprints except for singer Robin Zander who wasn’t feeling well.
1998: Paul McCartney conducts an “incognito” live Internet Q&A session and “music remix” in the guise of the Fireman at www.fire-man.com
1999: David Bowie offers a virtual guided tour of the controversial art show “Sensation: Young British Artists From The Saatchi Collection,” at www.davidbowie.com. The show includes Damien Hirst’s shark suspended in formaldehyde (titled ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’) and Tracey Emin’s tent (titled ‘Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995’).
1999: Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas married model Marisol Maldonado. Marisol appeared in the Santana video ‘Smooth’ with Thomas.
2001: Actor Kevin Spacey hosted ‘Come Together: A Night for John Lennon’s Words and Music’ at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Performers include, Alanis Morrisette, Moby, Stone Temple Pilots and the Dave Mathews Band. The evening was closed with those present singing ‘Give Peace A Chance.’
2002: At the 2002 Jammy Awards, Trey Anastasio picks up two awards; his band Phish wins one.
2003: A pair of pants worn in 1984 by the late Queen star Freddie Mercury were sold to the Hard Rock Cafe for £4,230 at a Christie’s auction of pop memorabilia held in London, England. A wooden sculpture of a cupboard, designed by John Lennon, claimed the highest price of the day, £28,200. Hundreds of items related to The Beatles The Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix also went under the hammer at the sale.
2003: Police were called to a suspected burglary at the Los Angeles house of Courtney Love’s former boyfriend and ex-manager Jim Barber. She was picked up in the street outside and detained, with officers noting “Miss Love’s behavior was consistent with being under the influence of a controlled substance”. Love was subsequently taken to hospital with a suspected drug overdose.
2003: Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx sues Thrasher skateboarding magazine and Vans shoe company for allegedly using his image in an ad without his permission. Sixx is later awarded $600,000 for the commercial use of his likeness without his permission.
2004: 55-year-old Billy Joel causes a stir by marrying his third wife, the 22-year-old cooking student Katie Lee, at his Long Island home.
2004: After much debate and a postponement, the Melbourne City Council names a street after AC/DC. The street, more like an alley, was known as Corporation Lane. It is now AC/DC Lane.
2004: During a Pearl Jam concert in Toledo, OH as part of the Vote for Change tour, Neil Young & Peter Frampton made surprise appearances to perform ‘All Along the Watchtower,’ ‘Act Of Love,’ ‘Cortez The Killer,’ & ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ with Pearl Jam.
2006: Supreme Court justices uphold lower-court decisions dismissing guitarist Vinnie Vincent’s claims against KISS over alleged unpaid royalties. Vincent played with the group from 1982 until 1984 and sued for money he said he was owed for co-writing several songs that appeared on the band’s 1983 album ‘Lick It Up.’
2006: Queens Of The Stone Age, Stone Sour, Slipknot and Motley Crue contribute songs to the in-game soundtrack for ‘The Sopranos: Road To Respect.’ The video game is based on the mob-themed HBO series.
2006: ‘Four On The Floor,’ an album by actress Juliette Lewis’ group Juilette & The Licks, with Foo Fighters’ David Grohl on drums, is released in the U.K.
2007: Bruce Springsteen releases ‘Magic.’ The 11-track album is his first in five years with the E Street Band. Springsteen and Co. also kick off a North American tour in Hartford, CT.
2007: John Fogerty’s ‘Revival,’ with the single, ‘Don’t You Wish It Was True,’ is released. Recorded in L.A., the disc’s title references his former band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, as does the track, ‘Creedence Song.’ Fogerty also appears on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman to promote the album.
2007: Songs by Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan are free at Starbucks locations via ‘Song of the Day’ cards that are redeemable at iTunes. During the month-long promotion Starbucks issues 1.5 million free downloads per day.
2007: Matchbox 20 release their ‘Exile On Mainstream’ album.
2007: An eBay auction to help pay the medical bills of founding Poco drummer George Grantham, who suffered a debilitating stroke in ’04, gets underway. Items for sale during the weeklong auction are contributed by ex-Poco/Buffalo Springfield member Richie Furay, Graham Nash (CS&N) and the Eagles’ Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit.
2009: Mott The Hoople’s five original members reunite for the first of two London concerts to commemorate the band’s 40th anniversary. A second show is the following day.
2010: Farm Aid celebrates its 25th anniversary with a concert at Milwaukee’s Miller Park. Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) and Dave Matthews are among the performers. 35,000 people attend the show raising over $2 million for the owners of family-run farms.
2011: ‘George Harrison: Living In The Material World,’ has its U.K. debut. The documentary, produced by Martin Scorcese along with Harrison’s widow Olivia, features home movies, interviews and unseen footage. Harrison’s former Beatle bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend the festivities.
2012: Josh Freese officially parts ways with A Perfect Circle.
2012: KISS debut their slot game at the 12th annual Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley attend the unveiling.
2012: Scott Stapp’s autobiography, ‘Sinner’s Creed,’ is out. The Creed frontman discusses his career and his battle with alcoholism, and depression. “It’s definitely a cathartic process for me, and I really hope that those who read it can walk away knowing more about my life,” says Stapp.
2012: British session guitarist Big Jim Sullivan (born James George Tomkins) died at the age of 71. Sullivan started his career in 1959 as a member of Marty Wilde’s band and when Wilde bought Sullivan a Gibson Les Paul guitar, it was allegedly the first in Britain. Sullivan taught future Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore to play guitar, as well as helping Yes and Asia guitarist Steve Howe on his road to success. He was featured on 55 #1 hits, and worked with George Harrison, Frank Zappa, Thunderclap Newman, Love Affair, Long John Baldry, Marmalade, and The Tremeloes. During Jimmy Page’s session career, he was known as “Little Jim,” to differentiate him from Big Jim.
2013: 42 year-old John Mellencamp confirms he recently had a mild heart attack brought on by an 80-cigarettes-per-day habit and a cholesterol level of 300.
2013: Kings Of Leon’s ‘Mechanical Bull’ debuts at #2, behind Drake, on the Billboard 200. The album sells 110,000 copies in its first week.
2014: Metallica are Artists In Residence for Mill Valley Film Festival 37. Each band member hosts a screening of a film they have selected.
2015: The Winery Dogs – guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big/Poison), bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big/Steve Vai) and drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) – release their second album, ‘Hot Streak.’
2015: Slipknot’s Scream Park, a haunted house attraction in Sacramento, begins a one month run concluding on All Saints Day (that’s the day after Halloween for all you heathens), with three haunted houses: Prepare For Hell, Clown’s Playhouse and Skin Ticket.
2015: Queensryche release their ‘Condition Human’ album.
2015: W.A.S.P.s first studio album in six years, ‘Golgotha’ is released. Golgotha, where Christ was crucified, is Hebrew for ‘the place of the skull.’
1901: The Victor Talking Machine Company is The first record company incorporated, later merging with the Radio Corporation of America to become RCA-Victor.
1945: A 10 year old Elvis Presley made his first ever-public appearance in a talent contest at the Mississippi Alabama Dairy Show singing ‘Old Shep.’ He comes in second.
1952: The long-running radio hit ‘The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet,’ now featuring a 12-year-old Rick Nelson, debuts on CBS-TV, where it will run for another 14 years, bringing the total life of the show to 22 years
1958: The Biggest Show Of Stars 1958 Tour kicks off at the Worcester Auditorium in Worcester, Massachusetts. This Autumn Edition featured: Buddy Holly, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Darin, The Olympics, Dion & The Belmonts, Bobby Freeman, The Elegants, Jimmy Clanton, The Danleers, Duane Eddy, Clyde McPhatter and The Coasters.
1961: A group of teens from Hawthorne California calling themselves The Pendletones recorded three songs for Hite and Dorinda Morgan, who ran a publishing business and two small record labels. One of those songs was called ‘Surfin’, which, when pressed on to a Candix Records 45 rpm disc, was credited to The Beach Boys, a name made up by promotion man Russ Reagan, who had taken it upon himself to re-christen the band. ‘Surfin’ would get to #75 on the Billboard chart and sold 50,000 copies, launching the career of one of America’s most successful Rock ‘n’ Roll acts.
1964: John Lennon writes ‘I Feel Fine.’
1964: The Animals’ self-titled debut album enters the charts.
1965: Johnny Cash is stopped by US Customs officials at the Mexican border on suspicion of heroin smuggling and found to be holding over 1,000 prescription narcotics and amphetamines. He receives a suspended sentence.
1967: Woody Guthrie dies after suffering from Huntington’s Chorea disease. Guthrie was a major influence on Bob Dylan and American folk music. The 70’s film ‘Bound For Glory’ is based on his life. His best-known song is ‘This Land Is Your Lan,’, which is regularly sung in American schools.
1967: Keith Richards had his guard dogs blessed by a priest.
1968: Working at Trident Studios in London, The Beatles recorded the new George Harrison song ‘Savoy Truffle.’ George, Paul, and Ringo recorded just one take of the basic track (drums, bass, and lead guitar). The song was inspired by Eric Clapton’s love of chocolates, particularly Mackintosh’s Good News.
1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Lookin’ Out My Back Door’ which was their 9th top ten single in the U.S.
1970: Rare Earth peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of ‘(I Know) I’m Losing You’ which was their second top ten single in the U.S.
1975: The Who release their 7th album, ‘Who By Numbers.’
1977: The TV event ‘Elvis In Concert,’ filmed just weeks before the King’s death, is shown on CBS, with good friend Ann-Margret hosting. It shocks many with the depiction of a bloated and drug-addled Elvis Presley in his final days.
1978: Aerosmith posts bail for 30 fans convicted of smoking pot during their show at the Fort Wayne Coliseum in Ft. Wayne, IN.
1980: Bruce Springsteen kicks of his tour for ‘The River’ in Ann Arbor, MI. He forgets the words to his anthem ‘Born To Run,’ and is joined by Bob Seger in a performance of ‘Thunder Road.’
1980: Diamond Head release their debut album, ‘Lightning to the Nations.’
1980: The Police released their 3rd album, ‘Zenyattà Mondatta.’
1981: Seventeen years into their career, The Kinks performed at Madison Square Garden in New York for the first time.
1981: Saturday Night Live begins its season on this date with a three-minute film by Yoko Ono showing footage of John Lennon.
1981: E.L.O.’s ‘Hold On Tight’ peaks at #10.
1981: Journey’s breakthrough ballad ‘Who’s Crying Now’ peaks at #4.
1981: Billy Joel released the first digitally recorded, live album, ‘Songs in the Attic,’ a collection of tunes he had recorded before his big breakthrough, ‘Just The Way You Are.’
1983: Genesis released their self-titled 12th album.
1987: ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ is the second single (following ‘It’s So Easy’) from Guns N’ Roses’ debut studio album, ‘Appetite For Destruction.’ A top 10 hit (#7) the song is later named “the greatest Hard Rock song of all time” by VH1.
1988: Keith Richards released his solo debut album, ‘Talk Is Cheap.’
1988: Girlschool released their 7th studio album, ‘Take a Bite.’
1991: Texas governor Ann Richards proclaimed October 3 to be “Stevie Ray Vaughan Day”. An annual motorcycle ride and concert in Central Texas benefits the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund.
1988: Hollywood premiers the acclaimed documentary ‘Imagine: John Lennon.’
1989: The Rolling Stones played the last of 3 nights in Foxboro, MA.
1994: Eric Clapton opened his ‘Nothing but the Blues’ tour in Montréal.
1994: Twisted Sister released their 1st live album, ‘Live at Hammersmith.’
1997: Sugar Ray postpones their European tour after frontman Mark McGrath injures his leg at the first date in Bologna, Italy.
1999: It was announced that Jimi Hendrix’s sister Janie was planning to exhume Jimi’s body and move it to a pay-to view mausoleum. Other plans included a chance for fans to buy burial plots around Jimi’s new resting place.
1999: Ozzy Osbourne issued a press release asking the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to remove Black Sabbath from the ballot. Black Sabbath was later inducted in 2006.
2000: After being questioned for nearly an hour by his parole board, John Lennon’s killer is denied release on his first eligible parole, with the board stating that letting him free would “deprecate the seriousness of the crime.”
2000: Benjamin Orr (The Cars) dies of pancreatic cancer in Atlanta, Georgia at the age 53.
2000: Green Day release their 6th studio album ‘Warning.’ Going to #4 on the Billboard 200, it is the group’s first major label release not to go multi-platinum – but it eventually sells over a million copies.
2000: John Lennon’s assassin, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole after serving 20 years in prison. Chapman was interviewed for 50 minutes by parole board members, who concluded that releasing Chapman would ‘deprecate the seriousness of the crime.’
2002: Original Iron Butterfly guitarist and vocalist Darryl DeLoach died of liver cancer at the age of 56.
2003: Ted Nugent’s reality show ‘Surviving Nugent’ premiered on VH1. The show took city dwellers to Nugent’s Michigan ranch to survive “backwoods” activities including building an outhouse and skinning a boar.
2003: The film of the benefit concert ‘The Concert For George,’ an all-star tribute to the recently deceased ex-Beatle George Harrison, opens in US theaters.
2004: Teenage English soul star Joss Stone becomes the youngest female solo artist to top the British album survey as ‘Mind Body & Soul’ debuts at #1. The 17-year-old’s second release, and first full-length album, bows ahead of Top-10 entries by Marilyn Manson, Tom Jones and Brian Wilson.
2005: A Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese replaces the ailing Jerome Dillon for the remainder of Nine Inch Nail’s North American Tour. N.I.N. had been forced to postpone shows due to Dillon’s persistent heart troubles.
2005: Cream release their 4th live album, ‘Royal Albert Hall London May 2-3-5-6, 2005.’
2006: Evanescence release ‘The Open Door,’ the follow-up to their 2003 smash ‘Fallen.’ The songs represent singer Amy Lee’s maiden effort with former Cold guitarist Terry Balsamo. “(After Ben Moody’s departure), I didn’t have somebody – I don’t want to be mean – holding me back,” says Lee. ‘Call Me When You’re Sober’ is the lead single.
2006: The Who’s Pete Townshend is honored at BMI’s London Awards. The performing-rights organization recognizes Europe’s leading songwriters and composers. Townshend receives TV Music Awards for penning tunes used on the three CSI TV series. Elton John, the Zombies’ Rod Argent, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Paul Rodgers, Sting and Peter Gabriel nab Million-Air certificates for writing tracks earning the most plays on American TV and radio.
2006: ‘We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions: American Land Edition,’ a CD/DVD version of Bruce Springsteen’s Folk album, drops. The set contains songs not previously released, behind-the scenes footage and a pair of performance clips of Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band.
2006: Ex-Police guitarist Andy Summers’ autobiography, ‘One Train Later,’ is published.
2006: Former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent lost a Supreme Court appeal in a dispute with former bandmates over royalties for his contributions in the group’s 1983 album ‘Lick It Up.’
2007: The Rolling Stones set a new record for the top grossing tour of all time when their ‘A Bigger Bang’ tour, which ran from the Fall of 2005 to August 26, 2007, earned the band a staggering $558,255,524. The previous high was set by U2’s Vertigo tour, which took place in 2005 and 2006, earning $389,000,000.
2007: Foo Fighters’ sixth album, ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace,’ enters Billboard 200 chart at #3 (behind Rascal Flatts and Keyshia Cole), after selling over 165,000 copies in its first week out.
2009: The Fifth Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute takes place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the Ramones’ guitarist is buried. Over 3,000 fans in attendance raise funds for the cancer research fund at University of Southern California Westside Prostate Cancer Center.
2011: Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen and the band’s manager Dave Frey appear in Washington D.C. to urge Congress to seek legislation regarding temporary stages. Band members narrowly escaped a stage collapse in Canada at the Ottawa Bluesfest the previous July.
2011: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album, Gibson USA introduces the Krist Novoselic Signature RD Bass. It has glued-in neck of solid maple and a tonewood known for its ability to add punch, clarity and sustain.
2014: ‘Gone Girl’ is in theaters with a mostly ambient soundtrack composed by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross.
2014: Neil Peart’s work on Rush’s 1981 album ‘Moving Pictures’ gets him named Prog’s Most Influential Drummer by readers of Rhythm Magazine.
2014: A mint-condition copy of The Beatles’ ‘Please Please Me’ album, signed by George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr sold for $36,655 at an auction held in the US.
2015: Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor’s “deep and terrifying roar to the alien warlord known as Fisher King” is heard during an episode of the BBC series ‘Doctor Who.’
1961: Bob Dylan debuts at Carnegie Hall, playing for a grand total of 53 fans. He earned $20 for the night.
1963: A 17-year-old Eric Clapton, late of the Roosters and Casey Jones and the Engineers, joins the Yardbirds for tonight’s gig at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England, replacing original guitarist Anthony “Top” Topham.
1963: The Beatles make their first appearance on the British teen pop music show ‘Ready Steady Go!’ They are interviewed by fellow performer, Dusty Springfield and lip-synch ‘She Loves You’ and ‘Twist And Shout.’
1963: Billboard magazine reports that hot-rodding songs are the latest teen fad, replacing surfing songs. Among the top tunes is The Beach Boys’ ‘Little Deuce Coupe,’ which sits at #15 on the Billboard chart. Capitol Records starts supplying DJs and record retailers with a book of hot-rod terms
1963: Faced with parental disapproval and the anxiety of abandoning his art studies, 16-year-old Anthony Topham is replaced in The Yardbirds by 18-year-old Eric Clapton. After a career as a interior designer, painter and musician, Topham would rejoin The Yardbirds from 2013 to 2015.
1968: Cream begins their announced farewell tour with a performance at Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CA.
1968: On the first night of a UK club tour Led Zeppelin (billed as The Yardbirds featuring Jimmy Page) appeared at the Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, supported by Terry Reid’s Fantasia.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival begin a four week run at #1 on the US album chart with their album ‘Green River.’ It was the group’s first #1. In 2003, was ranked #95 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1969: Crosby, Stills & Nash release their ode to Judy Collins, ‘Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.’
1969: ‘Abbey Road,’ the last album recorded by The Beatles, enters the UK charts at #1. The L.P. would go on to be the group’s biggest seller in Britain, although ‘The Beatles’ (the white album) sold more in North America. The final studio recordings from the group supposedly contained clues adding to the ‘Paul Is Dead’ phenomenon: Paul is barefoot and the car number plate ‘LMW 281F’ supposedly referred to the fact that McCartney would be 28 years old if he was still alive. ‘LMW’ was said to stand for ‘Linda McCartney Weeps.’ And the four Beatles, represent; the priest (John, dressed in white), the Undertaker (Ringo in a black suit), the Corpse (Paul, in a suit but barefoot), and the Gravedigger (George, in jeans and a denim work shirt).
1970: Janis Joplin was found dead at the Landmark Hotel Hollywood after an accidental heroin overdose. Joplin had the posthumous 1971 US #1 single ‘Me And Bobby McGee,’ and the 1971 US #1 album ‘Pearl.’ She was known as “The Queen of Psychedelic Soul” and as “Pearl” to her friends, Joplin remains one of the top-selling musicians in the United States, with over 15.5 million albums sold in the USA.
1971: The soundtrack to Frank Zappa’s film ‘200 Motels’ was released.
1973: A San Francisco Stephen Stills & Manassas concert turns into a reunion when David Crosby and Graham Nash join Stills onstage. A bit later Neil Young also joins them.
1973: The BBC broadcast the 500th edition of the Rock ‘n’ Roll show, ‘Top Of The Pops.’ The featured acts were Slade, Gary Glitter and The Osmonds.
1974: Thin Lizzy debut their new twin-guitar attack with new additions Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson at tonight’s concert in Wales.
1974: ‘Utopia: Todd Rundgren’s Utopia’ debut album is released.
1974: The Who’s ‘Odds & Sods’ album consisting of studio outtakes and rarities is released.
1974: John Lennon releases his 5th album, ‘Walls And Bridges,’ which would go on to top the Billboard album chart a few weeks later. Recorded during his estrangement from Yoko Ono, it turned out to be the last record that Lennon recorded without input from her.
1975: Pink Floyd’s album ‘Wish You Were Here’ hits #1 on the Billboard charts.
1976: Elvis Presley attracts a crowd at a gas station in Memphis, Tennessee when he stops to fill up his Harley. After chatting with fans for a few minutes, the King calmly drives away.
1980: Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ hits #1 on the US singles charts. It stays there for three weeks.
1980: On stage during a concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carly Simon collapses from “nervous exhaustion.”
1980: For their work on the recent Fleetwood Mac single ‘Tusk,’ the University of Southern California Country marching band is presented with a platinum version of the album of the same name by three members of the rock band.
1982: Bruce Springsteen releases ‘Nebraska,’ an album made up of tunes Bruce recorded on a 4-track tape machine in his home studio.
1982: Hall & Oates released their 11th studio album, ‘H2O.’
1986: CBS Newsman Dan Rather is attacked by a man who hits him from behind and repeats the phrase “Kenneth, what is the frequency,” prompting REM to write the song ‘What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?’
1987: Whitesnake hit #1 on the Billboard singles chart with ‘Here I Go Again.’
1988: Determined to finally clean his system of the alcohol and drugs he’s been abusing for years, Ringo Starr, along with wife Barbara Bach, flies to Tucson, AZ to enter the Sierra Tucson Rehabilitation Clinic. He will stay six weeks.
1990: Bonnie Raitt plays the Vote Choice concert sponsored by the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee.
1990: Two separate lawsuits are combined on appeal against CBS Records and Ozzy Osbourne by the parents of 17 year old Harold Hamilton and 16 year old Michael Waller, both of whom are alleged to have committed suicide after listening to Osbourne’s ‘Suicide Solution.’ The Supreme Court would refuse to reinstate the case. A California court had already dismissed a separate suit in 1988, ruling that suicide was not a foreseeable result of Osbourne’s song.
1991: Savatage release their 6th studio album, ‘Streets: A Rock Opera.’
1994: Singer Glenn Frey’s stomach surgery causes the Eagles to postpone their much-anticipated reunion tour, titled ‘Hell Freezes Over.’
1994: Smashing Pumpkins release their ‘Pisces Iscariot’ album.
1994: Dream Theater release their 3rd studio album, ‘Awake.’
1994: Danny Gatton, who was ranked 63rd on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time in 2003, locked himself in his garage in Newburg, Maryland and shot himself with no explanation. He was 49.
1996: ‘That Thing You Do!,’ starring Tom Hanks as the manager of fictional ’60s band The Wonders, is released in theaters. The title-track to the film was written by Adam Schlesinger, bass player for Fountains of Wayne.
1996: Following the cancellation of several Oasis U.S. tour dates due to a disagreement between Liam and Noel Gallagher, Noel is interviewed in a pub (a bad sign) by a New Musical Express reporter. Asked if he thinks Oasis will ever tour the U.S. again, Noel says, “No. F*ck ’em.” Of course, Oasis does return to the U.S.
1996: Gary Cherone, a former member of Extreme, becomes Van Halen’s new, if short lived, vocalist.
1996: Dio release their 7th studio album, ‘Angry Machines.’
1997: Farm Aid returns to Illinois for the first time since it started in 1985, selling out the New World Music Theater in Tinley Park. Performers include The Dave Matthews Band and Beck.
1999: Paul McCartney releases his first album since the death of his wife Linda in April 1998. Entitled ‘Run Devil Run,’ the CD is a collection of Rock oldies along with new McCartney songs.
1999: Jimi Hendrix’s half-sister Janie announces her plans to exhume the body of her famous brother and move it to a mausoleum where curious onlookers can view it for a price. The public outcry forces her to shelve the idea.
2003: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band wrap up their 2002-03 world tour at New York’s Shea Stadium. It’s the 120th show of the 14 month tour. Bob Dylan joins the band up to perform ‘Highway 61 Revisited.’
2004: Elton John rips Madonna for allegedly lip-synching in concert. “Anyone who lip-synchs in public on stage when you pay to see them should be shot,” states John.
2005: Nickelback’s ‘All The Right Reasons’ is released.
2005: Exodus releases their 7th studio album, ‘Shovel Headed Kill Machine.’
2006: The Beastie Boys headline ‘Gimme Shelter: Rock & Rescue NYC’ at the Hiro Ballroom. The benefit concert raises money for local animal-rescue shelters.
2005: Badfinger’s Mike Gibbins died in his sleep at his Florida home at the age of 56.
2005: Testament release their 7th studio album, ‘Shovel Headed Kill Machine.’ e
2006: Dave Grohl fulfills his promise to drink a beer with an Australian miner named Brant Webb who asked to hear Foo Fighters music while he was trapped underground for nearly two weeks. Grohl performs a new instrumental song called ‘The Ballad Of Beaconsfield Miners’ during the Foo Fighters’ acoustic concert in Sydney. After the show Grohl hooks up with Webb and his friends for a brew or two.
2007: Gibson Guitar unveils a custom guitar inspired by the Trini Lopez signature model played by Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl.
2008: Nearly 50,000 fans attend Bruce Springsteen’s free performance in Philadelphia, the first of a three-rally series at which he appears in support of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. “(Our country) needs someone with Senator Obama’s understanding, temperateness, deliberativeness, maturity, compassion, toughness, and faith, to help us rebuild our house once again,” says the Boss during his set. Springsteen also plays at Obama events in Columbus, OH, and Ypsilanti, MI.
2008: The documentary ‘Johnny Cash’s America’ receives its theatrical premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival in Bearsville, N.Y. John Mellencamp, Bob Dylan and Ozzy Osbourne appear in the film.
2008: Nearly 50,000 fans attend Bruce Springsteen’s free performance in Philadelphia, the first of a three-rally series at which he appears in support of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. “(Our country) needs someone with Senator Obama’s understanding, temperateness, deliberativeness, maturity, compassion, toughness, and faith, to help us rebuild our house once again,” says the Boss during his seven-song set. Springsteen also plays at Obama events in Columbus, OH, and Ypsilanti, MI.
2009: Farm Aid takes place in Maryland Heights, MO. Founders/mainstays Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Country legend Willie Nelson perform. Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised over $34-million for family farmers.
2010: After being blasted by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for allegedly using anti-Semitic images during his ‘The Wall Live’ tour, former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters writes a letter that’s published in Britain’s The Independent. “(This is a) serious charge that demands a response,” writes Waters. “The song to which he (the ADL’s director Abe Foxman) refers, ‘Good Bye Blue Sky,’ describes how ordinary people, military and civilians alike, suffer trauma in the aftermath of war. There is no anti-Semitism in The Wall Show.” In the end though, Waters tweaks the song’s accompanying video so the controversial images; a Star of David and dollar signs, are separated.
2011: Duff McKagan’s memoir, ‘It’s So Easy: And Other Lies’ is released in bookstores.
2012: Deep Purple and Rush are finally nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Both were eligible for years (20 for Deep Purple and 15 for Rush) before being nominated. Rush gets in, but not Deep Purple.
2013: ‘Nothing To Fear,’ the first horror movie from Slash’s production company, Slasher Films, is in theaters. The plot revolves around a Kansas town which, according to legend, is one of the seven gateways to Hell.
2014: Folsom city officials dedicate the Johnny Cash Trail and Overpass in honor of the classic ‘At Folsom Prison’ album Cash recorded live in ’68.
2014: Paul Revere, organist and leader of Paul Revere & The Raiders, passes away at his home in Idaho at the age of 76.
2015: ‘Cass Country,’ the first solo album in 15 years from the Eagles singer and drummer Don Henley, debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200. Selling 89,000 copies in the first week, the album also goes to #1 on both the Top Album Sales and the Top Country Albums charts.
2015: Joe Walsh and Steven Tyler perform at the Unite to Face Addiction, a Washington, D.C. rally. They both had well documented addiction problems. Sheryl Crow, the Fray and Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik also hit the stage.
1947: The first taped radio show is broadcast on ABC, a performance by Bing Crosby that demonstrated the capabilities of the new Ampex 200 recorder.
1961: As a follow up to their US #1 smash, ‘Blue Moon,’ The Marcels release a similar sounding tune called ‘Heartaches,’ which will climb to number seven on the US Pop chart.
1962: The Beatles release their first single, ‘Love Me Do’ b/w ‘P.S. I Love You,’ in the UK. That night, it is played on Radio Luxembourg, owned by EMI, representing the first time a Beatles song is ever heard on the airwaves. It spent 26 week’s on the chart peaking at #17. Beatles producer George Martin has said when ‘Love Me Do’ was released, it was the day the world changed.
1965: Johnny Cash was arrested crossing the Mexican border into El Paso, Texas after customs officials found hundreds of pills in his guitar case. He would receive a suspended jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.
1966: Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding played together for the first time. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was formed shortly thereafter.
1967: The Doors played the final night of a five night run at Steve Paul’s Scene in New York City.
1968: Cream release their single ‘White Room.’
1968: Steppenwolf release theoir single ‘Magic Carpet Ride.’
1968: The Rolling Stone’s ‘Street Fighting Man’ peaks without reaching the Top 40. It is banned in some cities out of fear the song might incite riots or civil unrest.
1969: The Who appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1970: The Guess Who release their 8th studio album, ‘Share the Land.’
1970: ‘Led Zeppelin III’ was released in the UK on Atlantic records. The album peaked at #1 on both the UK and US charts. It has now been certified 6 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 6 million copies.
1973: Elton John’s 7th studio album ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ is released.
1974: The Beach Boys ‘Endless Summer’ greatest hits album hits #1. The collection would spend 155 weeks on the Billboard Hot 200, selling over 3 million copies.
1974: The Guess Who peak at #6 with the novelty song ‘Clap For The Wolfman.’ It’s a tribute to legendary DJ Wolfman Jack, who is heard on the song.
1974: Bon Scott performs with AC/DC for the first time at Le-Sands Masonic Hall in Australia.
1975: The three original Wailers: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer perform together for the last time at Stevie Wonder’s benefit concert, the Wonder Dream Concert, in Kingston, Jamaica.
1975: Harry Chapin’s ‘Cats in the Cradle’ is released. It will enter the Hot 100 in November and top the chart just before Christmas.
1976: Hall And Oates’ second album, ‘Abandoned Luncheonette,’ which contained the hit single ‘She’s Gone,’ is certified Gold just three weeks after its release.
1976: The Doobie Brothers ‘It Keeps You Runnin’ b/w ‘Turn It Loose’ 45 single is released.
1977: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘You Make Loving Fun’ b/w ‘Gold Dust Woman’ 45 single is released.
1979: A little more than a year after the death of drummer Keith Moon, The Who’s ‘The Kids Are Alright’ album is certified platinum.
1979: The Police release their ‘Reggatta de Blanc’ album.
1979: Riot released their 2nd album, ‘Narita.’ It was previously released in Japan, but was only available in the U.S. as an import.
1981: Saxon release their 4th studio album, ‘Denim and Leather.’
1982: Twenty years after its first release, EMI Records re-issues The Beatles’ ‘Love Me Do’ in the UK. It will rise to #4 by the end of the month.
1984: Queen played the first of nine concerts at the Sun City Super Bowl, Sun City, Republic of Bophuthatswana (integrated into South Africa’s North West Province in 1994).
1988: Def Leppard’s ‘Love Bites’ hits number one on the Billboard singles chart.
1989: Motley Crue plays a warm-up show for their upcoming Dr. Feelgood tour at the Whisky a Go Go, in Hollywood, under their pseudonym The Foreskins. The band also films their next video, ‘Kickstart My Heart’ at the gig.
1990: Deep Purple release their 13th studio album, ‘Slaves and Masters.’
1991: Guns N’ Roses ‘Use Your Illusion II’ debuts at #1, followed by ‘Use Your Illusion I’ on Billboard’s albums chart. ‘Use Your Illusion II’ spent two weeks at #1 and was the band’s second and last #1 album in the U.S.
1991: Ozzy Osbourne debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘No More Tears’ which went on to sell four million copies in the U.S. Alongside ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ it is Osbourne’s highest selling album in the U.S. as a solo artist.
1992: Metallica’s video for ‘Sad But True’ debuted. It was directed by Wayne Isham and was the fifth and final single from ‘The Black Album.’
1993: The Beatles 1962-1966 (Red) and 1967-1970 (Blue) are released on CD.
1996: Joan Osborne, Soul Asylum, Jewel, Extra Fancy, The Presidents of the United States of America, and Dog’s Eye View, among others, perform at the first annual ‘Concert to Benefit The Pedro Zamora Foundation.’ The show raises money for the PZF to use toward educating kids about AIDS.
1999: After breaking up “permanently” in 1983, the Who reform with an announcement by singer Roger Daltrey that the trio will re-form for a Las Vegas concert. The show was also to be broadcast live on the Internet.
2000: The book ‘The Beatles Anthology,’ some twenty years in the making, is published in the US. Price: $60.
2000: The Cars bassist, Benjamin Orr, succumbs to pancreatic cancer at age 53.
2002: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were the musical guest on the season premiere of season 28 of Saturday Night Live.
2003: Ted Nugent’s reality show, ‘Surviving Nugent’ premieres on VH1. Set on Nugent’s 2000-acre Michigan ranch, it has seven contestants competing in a series of challenges, like building an outhouse and skinning a boar, for a new pickup truck and $25,000.
2004: Neil Young shows up again on the Vote For Change tour. in St. Paul, MN. Wearing a Homeland Security T-shirt, Young joins R.E.M. on their song ‘Country Feedback’ and performs Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along The Watchtower’ with Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M. and John Fogerty.
2004: Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars undergoes hip-replacement surgery after suffering from a degenerative disease that damages ligaments, tendons and bones.
2004: R.E.M. unfurls their 15th album, the politically oriented ‘Around The Sun.’
2004: Dream Theater released their 4th live album, ‘Live at Budokan.’
2004: The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction are featured on ‘Left Of The Dial: Dispatches From The ’80s Underground,’ a four-disc collection. The box set takes its name from a Replacements song and features covers ’80s Alternative-Rock songs.
2004: Peter Frampton, Santana, Slash, Vernon Reid and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan appear on the ‘Sing A Song With Six Strings’ compilation. The songs are inspired by children, fatherhood and family. Several tracks are new releases.
2004: Neil Young shows up again on the Vote For Change tour. This time it’s in St. Paul. Wearing a Homeland Security T-shirt, Young joins R.E.M. on their song ‘Country Feedback’ and performs Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along The Watchtower’ with Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M. and John Fogerty.
2004: Fates Warning release their 10th studio album, ‘FWX.’
2005: Pearl Jam plays an intimate show at Chicago’s House Of Blues to help raise funds for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. They are joined by ex-Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant for renditions of Zeppelin’s ‘Fool In The Rain’ and Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ In The Free World.’ Tickets for the one-off charity gig go for $1,000 each with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross and Jazz Foundation of America.
2006: Jon Bon Jovi is named Habitat For Humanity’s worldwide ambassador at an event held in Philadelphia. Bon Jovi also announces the formation of the Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation, which partners with Habitat, the Philly-based Project H.O.M.E. charity and Saturn automakers for an initiative to renovate houses in the city.
2006: Reggae legend Bob Marley was honoured with a heritage plaque at his former north London home at 34 Ridgmount Gardens in Camden. The event was part of Black History Month, a season of events promoting the contribution of African-Caribbean communities in London.
2007: John Mellencamp’s ‘Jena’ video is “so inflammatory, so defamatory, that a line has been crossed and enough is enough,” writes Murphy R. McMillin, the mayor of Jena, LA, in a fax to the press. The song/video refer to the ‘Jena Six,’ a group of black students accused of beating a white classmate after nooses were hung from a tree where black students congregated. Mellencamp sings “Jena, take your nooses down” and says the song is a condemnation of racism, not indictment of the people of Jena.
2007: The recording industry won a key fight against illegal music downloading when a federal jury found a Minnesota woman guilty of sharing copyrighted music online and levied $220,000 in damages against her. In the first such lawsuit to go to trial, the record companies accused the woman of downloading the songs without permission and offering them online through a Kazaa file-sharing account. The Recording Industry Association of America has filed over 26,000 similar lawsuits since 2003.
2008: After 17 years living as a couple, Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night are married. At their wedding, guests wear 14th-century attire and jesters, knights and minstrels provide the entertainment. Night and Blackmore were brought together through a shared love of Renaissance music and together form the band Blackmore’s Night.
2009: Elvis Presley’s grandson, 17-year-old Benjamin Keough, was offered a $5 million contract by Universal Records to record up to five albums, according to Britain’s Daily Telegraph.
2010: Bret Michaels bares all on the cover of Billboard magazine. Michaels, wearing nothing more than his signature bandana, is partly hidden behind a headline that reads “maximum exposure.” The Poison frontman and solo artist is promoting his VH1 reality series called ‘Life As I Know It.’ He calls the show “an all-access backstage pass into my everyday life.”
2010: ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ (The Beatles), ‘Losing My Religion’ (R.E.M.) and ‘Only The Good Die Young’ (Billy Joel) are performed on FOX’s hit teen musical show, ‘Glee.’. In the episode, titled Grilled Cheesus, members of the McKinley High School glee club have religious experiences that inspire them to take on spiritually oriented songs.
2010: The three surviving members of John Lennon’s first band The Quarrymen were booked to play a special charity concert for Amnesty International, just yards from the late Beatle’s former home at the Dakota Apartments in New York, to mark his 70th birthday.
2010: Joe Satriani released his 13th studio album, ‘Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards.’
2011: Scottish Folk-Guitar master Bert Jansch dies at age 67. He was a big influence on Led Zeppelin and Neil Young.
2011: The Martin Scorsese documentary ‘George Harrison: Living in the Material World’ premieres on HBO.
2012: The Beatles issue a limited-edition 45 rpm of their first single ‘Love Me Do,’ to mark the 50th anniversary of the song’s release. ‘P.S. I Love You’ is on the B-side.
2012: Stone Sour announce via their Facebook page that bassist Johnu Chow has replaced Shawn Economaki.
2012: Art Garfunkel was forced to scrap the remainder of his comeback tour due to ongoing voice problems. The singer was diagnosed with vocal paresis in 2010, prompting he and his former partner Paul Simon to cancel a planned reunion tour.
2013: John Lennon’s star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame was discovered to have been defaced with graffiti. After a call to Walk Of Fame authorities, the damage was quickly repaired.
1958: Billboard magazine runs an article that states “Payola, that under-the-turntable device whereby record companies win plugs and influence disc jockeys, is fast growing into a monster that may yet destroy its creators. According to key record execs, jockey payola is so widespread that it’s no longer possible to measure its effectiveness.” Disc jockey Alan Freed’s career will soon be ended by the scandal.
1962: The Beatles make their first personal appearance. They sign copies of ‘Love Me Do’ at a record store in Widnes.
1964: The Beatles record ‘Eight Days A Week’ in 13 takes at Abbey Road Studios in London. It was the first time Lennon & McCartney went into the studio with an incomplete song & then finished it during the recording process.Later that evening they partied with The Ronettes and Mick Jagger at The Ad Lib Club in London.
1965: The Yardbirds ‘I’m A Man’ b/w ‘Still I’m Sad’ 45 single is released.
1966: British rocker Johnny Kidd was killed in a car crash in Manchester, England at the age of 26. The car was being driven by the husband of the secretary of his fan club. Although he never made a dent in the US record charts, Kidd had several hits in the UK. He is best remembered on the North America music scene for writing The Guess Who’s 1965 chart debut, ‘Shakin’ All Over.’
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the Miss Teenage Brighton Contest, Top Rank Suite, Brighton, England, playing the musical interlude during the contest.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performs on the new BBC 1 radio show Top Gear, with Stevie Wonder, who was visiting the studios, sitting in on drums for a jam called (appropriately enough) ‘Jammin’ and a version of Stevie’s ‘I Was Made To Love Her.’
1967: The Doors appeared in concert at the Cal State Los Angeles Gymnasium. California, with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and The Sunshine Company opening the show.
1968: ‘The Doors Are Open’ airs on British T.V. The special coincides with the Doors European tour.
1968: The Beatles ‘Hey Jude’ promotional film, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, is broadcast for the first time in the U.S. on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
1969: The Beatles released a double A-sided single which feature the songs ‘Something’ And ‘Come Together.’ Both songs were from the band’s 1969 album ‘Abbey Road.’ It is George Harrison’s first A-side single with The Beatles and the only song written by him to top the U.S. charts while he was in the band.
1972: During sessions at RCA Studios, New York City, David Bowie recorded ‘The Jean Genie,’ which became the lead single from his 1973 album ‘Aladdin Sane.’
1972: Chicago ‘Dialogue (Part I And II)’ b/w ‘Now That You’ve Gone’ 45 single is released.
1972: Genesis release their 4th studio album, ‘Foxtrot.’
1973: The Doobie Brothers ‘China Grove’ peaks at #15 on the pop charts.
1976: Rick Dees And His Cast of Idiots receive a Gold record for one of the more bizarre novelty hits of the decade, ‘Disco Duck.’ In December, it will become only the 4th single ever to be certified Platinum. Dees was fired from his broadcasting job at WMPS in Memphis, Tennessee, when he mentioned that his song, ‘Disco Duck,’ was almost #1, and that his own radio station would not let him play it. He was soon hired by a rival Memphis station and went on to a highly successful radio career, being inducted into both the National Radio Hall of Fame, and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall Of Fame.
1977: Rod Stewart is named in a $15 million “palimony” suit by actress Britt Eklund.
1977: Aerosmith release their 17th single, ‘Draw The Line.’
1978: The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger apologizes to activist Jesse Jackson, who raised a public outcry over the lyrics of the Stones’ recent song ‘Some Girls,’ specifically the line “black girls just want to get——all night.” Jagger refuses calls to change the lyrics.
1978: Johnny O’Keefe dies from a heart attack induced by prescribed drugs in Darlinghurst, Australia. He was 43. He allegedly had been depressed over the death of Elvis Presley and was quoted saying, “I’ll be next.” O’Keefe was the first Australian rock ‘n’ roll performer to tour the United States. He was known for his hits ‘Wild One,’ ‘She’s My Baby’ and his cover of ‘Shout!,’ ‘Wild One’ was revived in 1986 and recorded by Iggy Pop as ‘Real Wild Child.’
1979: The Eagles release their single ‘Heartache Tonight.’ It will become their 5th Billboard #1 single, but stall at #40 in the UK.
1979: Fleetwood Mac`s release the single ‘Tusk.’
1979: Led Zeppelin’s ‘In Through The Out Door’ was at #1 on the US album chart. Six versions of the cover were released, each depicting the same bar scene photographed from one of six different angles.
1979: ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’ gave Bob Dylan his twelfth US top 40 hit when it entered the chart for the first time. Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the song won Dylan the Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Male in 1980.
1980: John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols) is sentenced to 3 months in prison for a bar brawl. Lydon says, “On my arrival the warders decided to make an example of me. They stripped me down, threw me into the yard and hosed me down…Inside there, it was tough — really really tough and hard – and a punishing regime. The warders would wake me up all night long with their truncheons…The embarrassment. I just wanted to crawl under the concrete.”
1984: David Bowie’s ‘Tonight’ album peaks at #11.
1986: Metal Church released their 2nd full-length album, ‘The Dark.’
1990: ‘Ragged Glory,’ a brilliant Neil Young & Crazy Horse LP, can only get to #31 on the album chart.
1990: ‘A Gathering of Tribes,’ a two-day concert said to be the inspiration behind Lollapalooza, is staged in Mountain View, CA and Costa Mesa, CA by The Cult’s Ian Astbury and promoter Bill Graham. Artists on the bill include Soundgarden, Ice-T, Indigo Girls, Queen Latifah, Joan Baez, Steve Jones, Michelle Shocked, Iggy Pop, The Cramps, London Quireboys,The Mission UK, Crash Vegas and The Charlatans UK. The event raises money for Native-American-related causes and also gives concertgoers a chance to learn about organizations like Act Up, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Rock the Vote, and local animal rights groups.
1990: Queensryche peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘Empire’ which went on to become their biggest selling album selling three million copies in the U.S.
1990: Billy Idol peaked at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with his cover of The Doors’ ‘L.A. Woman.’ It was Idol’s final single to chart in the U.S.
1992: R.E.M. released their eighth studio album ‘Automatic for the People.’ It goes on to sell over four million copies in the U.S.
1994: Eagles singer and guitarist Glenn Frey undergoes abdominal surgery to relieve pain from diverticulitis. The Eagles postpone their Hell Freezes Over reunion tour for the remainder of the year. It is their first concert tour in 14 years.
1995: ‘Grind,’ the first track from Alice in Chains’ eponymous album is released to radio via satellite uplink to stem the excessive spread of taped copies of the song. Earlier in October, the song had been leaked to radio prematurely.
1998: Bruce Springsteen wins in British court to stop the release of early recordings.
1998: Sepultura release their 7th studio album, ‘Against.’
2002: Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones donates 100,000 pounds ($184,000) to the school he once attended in Dartford, England, for musical instruments and a band director. The musical center is named after the singer.
2004: Incubus singer Brandon Boyd is arrested at NYC’s LaGuardia Airport after screeners find a switchblade in the bottom of his bag. Boyd is charged with criminal possession of a weapon but allowed to take a later flight to Raleigh, NC, for a performance that night. “I totally forgot it was at the bottom of my bag, and when the security person pulled it out, I thought, ‘Oh, no,’” says Boyd.
2004: On his radio show, Howard Stern announces his move to satellite radio, where he will broadcast on Sirius. The popular DJ gives the service a huge bump in subscribers, and the move to satellite means he can do his show with fewer commercials and restrictions.
2004: Red Hot Chili Pepper`s vocalist Anthony Kiedis publishes his autobiography, ‘Scar Tissue.’
2004: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disturbed and Metallica are heard on the in-game soundtrack of ‘Tony Hawk`s Underground 2’ video game.
2005: U2 is the only guest NBC’s ‘Late Night With Conan O’Brien.’
2005: Green Day performs as the Network. The latter is a New Wave incarnation. Both groups play Vegas with the Network opening for Green Day. Also, Green Day plays Halo 2 against Xbox Live members. Participating gamers play for Green Day stuff.
2005: A bomb scare interrupts the Rolling Stones concert in Charlottesville, VA. Eight songs into the show Mick Jagger informs the crowd that authorities have directed the group to temporarily stop. Audience members in the first 20 rows vacate their seats while bomb-sniffing dogs check the area. Nothing is found so the concert resumes.
2005: Jimmy Page visits a Cork, Ireland, museum to open an exhibition celebrating the 19th century English architect William Burges.
2006: An audio tape Bob Dylan recorded in 1959 with a high-school friend in his hometown of Hibbing, MN, is up for auction. The cassette features Dylan singing three tunes.
2006: Mumbai-based EMI Virgin India Ltd announces that it will recall all copies of Slayer’s most recent album ‘Christ Illusion’ following protests by a Christian group, Mumbai-based Catholic Secular Forum (CSF)
2006: Martin Scorsese’s film, ‘The Departed,’ opens featuring two Rolling Stones songs, ‘Gimme Shelter’ and ‘Let It Loose,’ on the soundtrack. The movie stars Matt Damon, Leonardo Di Caprio and Jack Nicholson.
2007: John Kay & Steppenwolf play the Dreamcatcher rally in Aberdeen, MD. The show closes out the group’s 40th Anniversary Farewell Tour.
2007: Bruce Springsteen was being sued for $850,000 by a man who claimed he backed out of a contract to buy a horse. Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa were both named in legal documents filed in Florida by Todd Minikus. He claimed the couple pulled out of a deal to pay $650,000 for a horse, named Pavarotti.
2008: Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour receives the Outstanding Contribution to Music trophy at the Q Awards 2008 in London. The guitarist pays tribute to the recently deceased Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright. “He deserves this just as much as I do,” says Gilmour. “His work was vitally important to (Floyd’s) entire career.”
2009: KISS releases their 19th studio album ‘Sonic Boom.’ The album is part of a three-disc set that is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores and their online outlets. The collection contains KISS Klassics, 15 re-recorded hits and a DVD with footage of an 2009 concert in Buenos Aires. As part of their Halloween promotion Wal-Mart stores offer special KISS merchandise – T-shirts, wigs, makeup, limited edition M&M’s and even versions of Mr. Potato Head. And that evening, the group is on The Late Show with David Letterman. “Our next guests are here to blow the roof off the dump, ladies and gentlemen,” says Letterman. The “dump” would be the Ed Sullivan Theater.
2009: Chris Cornell joins Pearl Jam onstage in L.A. The appearance is a reunion of Temple Of The Dog, an early 1990s band that consisted of Cornell and future Pearl Jam members. Cornell started the band as a tribute to his friend, the late Andrew Wood, vocalist for Mother Love Bone. Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament were in Mother Love Bone. Cornell performs ‘Hunger Strike’ and plays guitar on ‘Alive’ to close the show.
2009: ‘Strange Things That Happen: A Life With The Police, Polo And Pygmies,’ a book by Police drummer Stewart Copeland, is published.
2009: ‘Led Zeppelin: Shadows Taller Than Our Souls’ is in stores. Written by Charles R. Cross, the book has nine chapters named after Zeppelin albums. The title comes from a line in ‘Stairway To Heaven.’
2010: Just a year after ruling out a reunion with his former group, singer Davy Jones announced plans to reform The Monkees for a 2011 tour.
2010: John Lennon’s 1976 application for U.S. residency with his fingerprints and signature is seized by the FBI. “This really has nothing to do with John Lennon per se,” but rather “with a government document,” FBI Agent James Margolin tells the BBC. That form was scheduled to be part of an online auction conducted by GottaHaveRockAndRoll.com which still offers Paul McCartney’s original handwritten lyrics for ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer,’ and a brown suede jacket worn by Elvis Presley.
2011: Starship’s ‘We Built This City’ was named ‘The worst song of the 1980s’ in a poll by Rolling Stone magazine. ‘The Final Countdown’ by the Swedish band Europe came in second and ‘Lady in Red’ by Chris de Burgh was third.
2012: The Shins perform at Jack White’s Third Man Studios facility in Nashville. The show is mixed, mastered, and immediately pressed to vinyl for sale on the spot. The event marks Third Man’s expanded facilities and their state of the art vinyl cutting lathe.
2012: The BBC airs The Beatles 1967 film ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ for the first time in 33 years.
2012: The Beatles issue a limited-edition 45 rpm of their first single ‘Love Me Do,’ to mark the 50th anniversary of the disc’s release (see above). In ’62, the song reached #17 on the British pop chart. ‘P.S. I Love You’ is on the B-side.
2013: A piece of gum chewed by Gene Simmons (KISS) during an interview on the U.K.’s Soccer AM show sells for $247,000 on eBay. In addition to the gum, the winning bid takes home the original gum wrapper, along with a transcript from the program. All of the proceeds from the auction go to the Street League which helps sports fans get jobs across the U.K., while fighting homelessness.
2014: Former Journey singer Steve Perry leads San Francisco Giants fans through ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ during the team’s playoff game against the Washington Nationals. Despite Perry’s efforts the visiting Nationals win.
2015: Former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman and solo artist John Fogerty publishes his memoir, ‘Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music.’
2015: System Of A Down, Disturbed, Halestorm, Paramore, Foo Fighters and Avenged Sevenfold are among the artists on Rock Band 4’s tracklist. With 1,500 songs, the game is available on Xbox One and the PlayStation4.
2015: Megadeth play Beijing. Even though many of the songs are performed as instrumentals to avoid censorship problems, Chinese government officials halt the concert because of comments made by frontman Dave Mustaine after performing ‘Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?’ Also, drummer Tony Laureano makes his live debut with the band.
2015: Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale dresses up as a nun for an onstage appearance during Ghost’s performance at The Pageant in St. Louis.
2015: Former Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge debuts his novel ‘Poet Anderson…Of Nightmares’. It’s the first in a trilogy of teen-oriented books written in collaboration with novelist Suzanne Young.
2015: ‘The 20 Years Queer Tour,’ a Garbage 20th anniversary trek, begins in San Diego.
2015: Johnny Cash was inducted into the Music City Walk Of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.
1952: The Philadelphia dance show ‘Bandstand,’ hosted by Bob Horn and, later, by Dick Clark as ‘American Bandstand,’ debuts on WFIL-TV.
1957: The idea of expanding his gospel album into a Christmas album works out when Elvis Presley’s Elvis’ Christmas Album has pre-orders of 500,000 copies, going gold before it is even released. It eventually becomes the best-selling Christmas album of all time.
1957: Little Richard’s “‘Keep A Knockin’, featuring the wailing sax of Grady Gaines, enters the Billboard Top 40 on its way to #8 during a twelve week chart run. It was the seventh time Richard had reached the Pop chart in the last two years.
1963: The Beach Boys release their car themed 4th album, ‘Little Deuce Coupe.’
1963: The Rolling Stones recorded the Lennon and McCartney penned song ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ at De Lane Lea Studios in London. The song which was primarily written by Paul McCartney, was finished by Lennon and McCartney in the corner of a room while Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were talking.
1964: The Beatles appear (on tape) during a special British Invasion-themed episode of the popular ABC-TV variety show Shindig!, performing ‘Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!,’ ‘I’m A Loser,’ and ‘Boys.’
1967: After a London hotel accuses the Mamas and the Papas’ Cass Elliot of running out on her bill, the singer is jailed overnight and strip-searched, forcing the cancellation of both an upcoming gig and television appearance. After a trial at West London Magistrates Court, at which no evidence was offered for the prosecution, she was released without charge and left the courtroom munching on a hash cookie that she found in her purse.
1967: Promoter Sid Bernstein, who had promoted the Beatles at their first two Shea Stadium concerts, offers one million dollars to the group, who is retired from the road, to perform a third concert there. They refuse.
1968: At the fifth game in baseball’s World Series (Detroit vs. St. Louis), Jose Feliciano stuns and outrages the attendees with his jazzy acoustic take on the US National Anthem. Among those joining the uproar are Tigers starting pitcher Mickey Lolich, who complains that the overly long rendition screwed up his pregame routine.
1969: The Youngbloods’ ‘Get Together’ is certified gold.
1975: The US Court of Appeals overturns the longstanding deportation order for John Lennon, ruling that Lennon, in being held accountable for violating a foreign law (a 1968 charge for possession of marijuana in England), had been denied due process.
1976: John Lennon is awarded his Green Card and permanent residency status in the U.S. His deportation was said to be politically motivated. Lennon friend Geraldo Riviera said, “There was a fear that John could imperil the political existence of Richard Nixon.”
1977: Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett announces he is leaving the group to start a solo career, after much of his songwriting contributions are ignored in favor of Phil Collins songs.
1977: Queen releases ‘We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions’ as a single. Written by Freddie Mercury, it peaks at #4 on the U.S. Billboard chart.
1978: The Rolling Stones perform their new single, ‘Beast Of Burden,’ on an episode of NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live.
1978: Heart release their 4th studio album ‘Dog & Butterfly.’ It’s their final album with guitarist Roger Fisher and went on to peak at #17 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & sells over 2 million copies in the U.S.
1978: Toto releases their first hit ‘Hold The Line.’
1978: Boston release the first single off their second album. ‘Don’t Look Back’ peaks at #4.
1978: Dire Straits release their self-titled debut album.
1981: Loverboy’s 2nd album, ‘Get Lucky’ is released.
1982: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is given a one year suspended sentence for cocaine possession.
1984: Dee Snider is arrested after a concert in Amarillo, TX for using “profane and abusive” language. According to Snider, a mom who had escorted her daughter to the show filed a complaint after Snider screamed, “Suck my mutha-f****n’ d**k!” at a concertgoer who was harassing him. Snider paid a fine of $75.
1986: The Talking Heads release their 7th studio album ‘True Stories.’
1986: The memorial service for Metallica bassist Cliff Burton is held in his hometown of Castro Valley, CA.
1986: Slayer release their 3rd album, ‘Reign in Blood.’
1987: Exodus release their 2nd studio album, ‘Pleasures of the Flesh.’
1989: Melissa Etheridge’s album ‘Brave And Crazy’ enters the U.S. album chart and stays on the survey for 58 weeks.
1989: Jefferson Airplane play a concert where admission is a can of food for the San Francisco Food Bank.
1989: The Rolling Stones peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with what many considered their comeback album ‘Steel Wheels’ which went on to sell two million copies in the U.S.
1990: Soundgarden performs at the ‘Gathering of the Tribes’ festival in Costa Mesa, California. In the crowd is Eddie Vedder, who the next day flies to Seattle and meets what will become his Pearl Jam bandmates for the first time. Vedder and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden end up recording vocals together that day for the song ‘Hunger Strike’ as part of the Temple of the Dog project.
1992: R.E.M. release their album ‘Automatic for the People.’ It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1995: Peter Frampton kicks off a tour in Boston three days before the release of ‘Frampton Comes Alive II,’ the sequel to his best-selling live album in history ‘Frampton Comes Alive’ from 1975.
1993: Metal Church released their 5th album, ‘Hanging in the Balance.’
1995: Alanis Morisette becomes the first Canadian female artist to top the Billboard album chart when ‘Jagged Little Pill’ reaches #1. The record produced six successful singles, including ‘You Oughta Know,’ ‘Ironic,’ ‘You Learn,’ ‘Hand in My Pocket,’ and ‘Head over Feet’ and went on to become the biggest selling album ever by a female artist with sales over 30 million.
1996: Bruce Springsteen sells out at the 2,600 capacity Charlotte’s Ovens Auditorium in eight minutes during his solo acoustic tour.
1996: The ‘Rock the Vote’ campaign to get young people registered in the United States gets some NFL involvement, with quarterbacks Jeff Blake, Drew Bledsoe, Jim Kelly and Steve Young recording public service announcements.
1997: Everclear release their album ‘So Much For The Afterglow.’
1997: Jimi Hendrix ‘South Saturn Delta’ is released. It is a compilation from the Hendrix estate that consists of material such as demo tapes, unfinished takes and alternate mixes, previously released material, most of which Hendrix had been working on prior to his death in 1970.
1998: Ozzy Osbourne, Elton John, Meat Loaf & Joe Strummer of The Clash were among the guest stars on ‘South Park.’ They appeared as musicians whose careers were boosted by Chef’s advice & played a benefit concert for him.
1999: Korn is a multiple winner at the inaugural ARTISTdirect Online Music Awards at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.
1999: Don Henley and Eagles Ltd. file a federal suit against Lovearth, a Sarasota, Florida-based Internet company, alleging that its registration of the domain names don-henley.net, don-henley.org, donhenley.org, theendoftheinnocence.com, and e-a-g-l-e-s.com constitutes copyright infringement.
2000: Howard Stern is named nationally syndicated personality of the year at the Billboard/Airplay Monitor Radio Awards.
2004: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne host a star-studded charity fund-raising dinner at their Beverly Hills mansion. Called ‘An Evening at Home With the Osbournes,’ the event features a performance by Elton John and a live auction. Proceeds go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Los Angeles` Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
2004: Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, suffering from the chronic degenerative illness ankylosing spondylitis undergoes hip surgery to ease the pain of the damaged joint.
2004: The reality show ‘Tommy Lee Goes To College’ premieres on NBC. Tommy, who was a high school dropout, begins classes in chemistry, literature and the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll at the University of Nebraska.
2005: Avenged Sevenfold begin a North American tour in support of their “City Of Evil” album. The 33 date trek starts in San Diego.
2006: Rob Zombie’s ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ is named Best Horror Movie at Spike TV’s Scream Awards 2006 in L.A. Four of the film’s cast members, including Zombie’s wife, Sheri Moon, are collectively named Most Vile Villain for their portrayal of the Firefly Clan. Marilyn Manson presents Ozzy Osbourne with the Scream Rock Immortal Award during a special tribute. Also, KoRn and My Chemical Romance perform during the ceremony, which celebrates “horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comic books.”
2006: Former Genesis frontman Phil Collins performs at tennis star Andre Agassi’s Grand Slam for Children event in Las Vegas.
2006: Lynyrd Skynyrd shares the stage with several Country acts at a fund-raising concert in Atlanta. Proceeds go toward a memorial at Fort Benning, GA, honoring the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Brigade soldiers fought in World War II and Vietnam.
2006: The Doobie Brothers reunite with their former frontman, singer-keyboardist Michael McDonald, during the first day of the B.R. Cohn winery’s 20th annual Charity Fall Music Festival in Glen Ellen, CA.
2006: The Queen musical ‘We Will Rock You,’ which features many of the band’s classic songs, ends its four-year London run.
2007: Bruce Springsteen is interviewed on ’60 Minutes.’ He talks about his political beliefs in relation to the songs on his ‘Magic’ album. There’s also concert footage and interviews with members of the E Street Band.
2008: The Pretenders unveil their first studio album in six years, ‘Break Up The Concrete.’ With the exception of bassist Nick Wilkinson, Chrissie Hynde has a new Pretenders line-up backing her.
2008: Tesla release ‘Forever More,’ the band’s first full-album of original material recorded with guitarist Dave Rude.
2008: The Clash’s 1982 show at New York’s Shea Stadium opening for The Who is released on CD. It was a bootlegger’s favorite for decades.
2009: Monkees vocalist Davy Jones ruled out ever reuniting with his former band mates after launching a scathing attack on each of his old pals in The National Enquirer. “It’s not a case of dollars and cents. It’s a case of satisfying yourself. I don’t have anything to prove. The Monkees proved it for me.”
2014: The TV series ‘The Wonder Years,’ which went off the air in 1993, is finally released on DVD. The distributor spent years clearing most of the 285 songs that were used on the show, including the theme, Joe Cocker’s version of ‘With A Little Help From My Friends.’
2014: Sixx A.M., with Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx, release thier third album ‘Modern Vintage.’
2014: Joe Perry releases his book ‘Rocks: My Life In and Out.’ The guitarist co-wrote the book with David Ritz.
2014: Billy Idol’s memoir ‘Dancing With Myself’ is released.
2014: On-line streaming service Spotify announced that it had secured the rights to John Lennon’s solo catalog, including his eight proper solo albums and three official compilations.
2014: Weezer releases their 9th studio album, ‘Everything Will Be Alright in the End.’ It’s the band’s first album to be released by Republic Records.
2015: 70-year-old Gail Zappa, wife of Frank Zappa and executrix of the Zappa Family Trust, passed away after a long battle with cancer. Since his passing in 1993, Gail put out dozens of posthumous albums by Frank and carefully licensed his image where she deemed appropriate.
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis records ‘Great Balls Of Fire.’ He almost passes on the song, which became a huge career defining hit, because he found it blasphemous. Jerry Lee had to be convinced to record the song by Sun Records owner Sam Phillips. When released a month later it will sell over a million copies in the first ten days, eventually selling five million more. The record will peak at #2 in January, 1958, being kept out of the top spot by Danny And The Juniors’ ‘At The Hop.’
1962: Little Richard returns to Rock n’ Roll (he’d given up secular music for the ministry) launching a U.K. tour, sharing the bill with Sam Cooke.
1964: The Beatles recorded their next single ‘She’s a Woman’ in seven takes plus overdubs at Abbey Road studios in London. They record the song from start to finish in five hours.
1965: The Florescents supported by The Castiles, which featured a young singer named Bruce Springsteen performed at the I.B. Club in Howell, New Jersey. This was The Castiles first publicly advertised nightclub appearance. Admission was $1.00.
1965: During a UK tour The Rolling Stones appeared at The ABC in Stockton on Tees. Also on the bill, Spencer Davis Group, Unit Four + 2, The Checkmates, The End, and Charles Dickens and The Habits.
1966: Cream drummer Ginger Baker collapses while on stage at a Sussex University gig in England, just after completing his epic 20-minute solo on ‘Toad.’
1966: The U.S. government decides to make LSD an illegal.
1967: Jimi Hendrix Arthur Brown and John’s Children all appeared at the Saville Theatre in London, England.
1968: “Mama” Cass Elliot’s initial solo engagement at Caesars’ Palace is a disaster, with Elliot collapsing from exhaustion and her backup band ill-rehearsed. While hospitalized, she contracts tonsillitis, forcing the cancellation of the entire two-week engagement.
1969: David Bowie played the first of a 10 date tour supporting Humble Pie at Coventry Theatre, Coventry, England. Fronted by former Small Faces singer Steve Marriott and featuring Bowies old school friend Peter Frampton. Frampton’s father, Owen taught Art at Beckenham Technical School were Bowie was a pupil. Another of his pupils was George Underwood, who became a painter and designed three David Bowie album covers, ‘Space Oddity,’ ‘Hunky Dory’ and ‘Ziggy Stardust.’
1971: Hawkwind’s 2nd studio album, ‘In Search of Space’ is released.
1971: The Move’s 4th and last album, ‘Message from The Country’ is released.
1971: John Lennon records the signature song of his solo career, ‘Imagine.’
1971: ‘Led Zeppelin II’ was enjoying its 100th week on the UK album charts. It was the band’s first album to hit #1 in the US, knocking The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ twice from the top spot, where it remained for seven weeks. When first released the album had advance orders of 400,000 copies in the USA, (the advertising campaign was built around the slogan Led Zeppelin II Now Flying).
1976: EMI Records signs the Sex Pistols, who receive a 40,000 Pound ($68,000) signing bonus. “Here at last is a group with a bit of guts for younger people to identify with,” says an EMI spokesman. The relationship quickly disintegrates and the Pistols are bounced from the label.
1977: NBC airs The Paul Simon Special, which again reunites the singer with old friend Art Garfunkel.
1977: Billy Joel’s album ‘The Stranger’ enters the charts. The LP contained four US Top 30 singles (‘Just The Way You Are’ – #3, ‘Movin’ Out’ – #17, ‘Only The Good Die Young’ – #24 and ‘She’s Always A Woman’ – #17)
1979: Warner Brothers Records rush releases Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Tusk’ album weeks ahead of schedule when tracks begin mysteriously popping up on US radio stations. It’s their first double album and the follow-up to ‘Rumours.’ Costing over $1 million to record, at the time it was the most expensive rock album ever made. It sold 4 million copies worldwide, and featured the USC Trojan Marching Band on the title song ‘Tusk.’
1980: During his performance at Pittsburgh’s Stanley Theater, Bob Marley collapses on stage and is rushed to New York’s Sloan-Kettering Hospital for treatment, then flown to Ethiopia for rest. It was to be his last stage performance before losing his battle with cancer in 1981.
1980: Talking Heads 4th studio album, ‘Remain in Light’ is released.
1983: The Police’s ‘King Of Pain’ rises to #3 on the pop chart. It was their 5th top ten single in the U.S.
1985: Little Richard crashes his sports car into a telephone pole in West Hollywood and is taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital with a broken right leg, bruised ribs and head and facial injuries. Little Richard was driving his car at approximately 60 mph in a 30 mph zone, and was trapped in the car for 30 minutes while county firefighters used the “jaws of life” to pry him loose. Police determine that he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
1986: Elton John, David Lee Roth and Cher appear on the opening night of ‘The Late Show starring Joan Rivers.’ At the end of the program, the hostess stood next to Elton and joined him in singing ‘The Bitch .’ Back”. Joan’s decision to host her own show without telling Johnny Carson, for whom she filled in for on ‘The Tonight Show,’ would permanently sour the friendship between the two.
1987: The acclaimed Chuck Berry documentary ‘Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll’ premieres in US theaters on the same day that Berry himself is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 1777 N. Vine.
1987: Promoting their space-themed ‘Afterburner’ record, ZZ Top book passage on what is announced as the first passenger flight to the moon.
1988: The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards performs his first solo single, ‘Take It So Hard,’ on Saturday Night Live.
1988: Metallica peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘…And Justice for All’ which was their first album to reach the top ten in the U.S. & would go on to sell eight million copies in the U.S.
1988: U2 reached #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart for the first time with ‘Desire’ which spent one week on top of the chart. The song would go on to reach #3 in the U.S.
1988: Def Leppard’s ‘Love Bites’ is the #1 song in the U.S. It was their 5th single off of their album ‘Hysteria.’ The song spent one week on top of the chart.
1988: Cheap Trick’s Elvis Presley cover of ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ peaks at #4. It was the first Elvis Presley cover to reach the Top 10 in the U.S. since Presley’s death.
1988: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side of The Moon’ finally left Billboard’s Hot 200 Album Chart after a record breaking 741 weeks.
1989: After Rolling Stone Ron Wood suggested the Who were reforming for the money alone, Who guitarist Pete Townshend publicly answered: “Mick needs a lot more than I do. His last album was a flop,” referring to the Stones’ legendary miscue ‘Dirty Work.’
1990: Eddie Vedder flies from his home in San Diego to Seattle, where he meets his Pearl Jam bandmates for the first time and starts a week of recording that becomes the bulk of their debut album, Ten. Vedder was chosen based on vocals he added to a 3-song instrumental demo the band made.
1990: B.J. Wilson (born Barrie James Wilson), dies of pneumonia. He was 43. Wilson, who had been the drummer in Procol Harem during their formative years, collapsed after a drug overdose in 1987 and was in a vegetative state until his death from pneumonia three years later. During his career, Wilson played briefly with AC/DC after Phil Rudd left in 1983 and also played on the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ soundtrack. He was also asked to be the original drummer for Led Zeppelin by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
1991: Soundgarden released their 3rd studio album, ‘Badmotorfinger.’
1992: The US Postal Service issues a booklet of commemorative rock and roll stamps featuring Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Bill Haley, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, and Dinah Washington.
1994: ‘Elvis Aaron Presley: The Tribute’ is broadcast live on pay-per-view TV in the US. In attendance at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis are Lisa Marie Presley and her husband, Michael Jackson.
1996: Former drummer for Smashing Pumpkins, Jimmy Chamberlin, pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with the heroin-related death of late former touring bandmate, Jonathan Melvoin.
1996: Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne play a benefit show for environmental groups at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville, Oregon. They are greeted by the roar of chainsaws wielded by loggers upset at their efforts to stifle their livelihood.
1996: Marilyn Manson released his 2nd full-length studio album, ‘Antichrist Superstar.’
1998: Bruce Springsteen gives evidence in London’s High Court in his case against Masquerade Music over that company’s attempt to release some of his early ’70s recordings in the UK. The artist says that he was living hand-to-mouth at the time the songs in question were written, relying on handouts from Mike Appel, his co-manager at the time.
2002: Bon Jovi release their 8th studio album, ‘Bounce.’ It is a reference to the U.S.A.’s ability to bounce back from the World Trade Center attacks.
2003: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend the London premiere of ‘A Concert For George.’ The Harrison tribute was filmed the previous year at the Royal Albert Hall.
2003: Slayer heads the third annual Jagermeister Fall Music Tour. The first stop is Minneapolis.
2004: ‘Genius: A Night For Ray Charles’ concert takes place at the Staples Center in L.A. Hosted by actor Jamie Foxx, who played Charles in a bio film, the show has performances by Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, B.B. King, Al Green and Billy Preston. The concert airs a couple weeks later on CBS. Charles passed away earlier in the year.
2004: Hootie and the Blowfish hold their second annual ‘Homegrown Concert’ in Charleston. The show is the first in a series designed to improve schools in the Carolinas.
2006: Buckcherry play a festival-closing set at the 2006 Lake Havasu RockFest, in Lake Havasu City, AZ. The Black Crowes, Lit and Live also perform at the three-day event.
2007: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan asks musicians and fans to donate money to the Bob Moog Foundation. The nonprofit organization preserves the archives of the late electronic synthesizer pioneer and provides scholarships. “He was an American original,” says Corgan.
2007: On the day before his album ‘Rock N Roll Jesus’ is released, Kid Rock performs on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman.
2008: Republican presidential nominee John McCain who had already been roundly criticized by Heart, John Mellencamp, Van Halen and Jackson Browne for unauthorized use of their songs, has the Foo Fighters taking issue with the candidate’s use of their 1998 hit ‘My Hero’ during his campaign without the band’s permission. “It’s frustrating and infuriating that someone who claims to speak for the American people would repeatedly show such little respect for creativity and intellectual property,” says a Foo Fighters statement. On a happier note, the Warren, OH city council pass a resolution changing the city’s Market Alley to David Grohl Alley, in honor of the locally grown Foo Fighters frontman.
2010: Ozzy Osbourne blasts the Westboro Baptist Church for paraphrasing lyrics from his song ‘Crazy Train’ after they tell reporters the U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are “punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.” Ozzy says, “I am sickened and disgusted by the use of ‘Crazy Train’ to promote messages of hate and evil by a church.”
2010: In honor of what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday (the next day) the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, plant a time capsule filled with Lennon’s solo recordings and fan contributions in Cleveland. The plan is to store the capsule until a ceremonial presentation on October 9th, 2040.
2010: ‘Clapton’ debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Rock Albums chart. It displaces Linkin Park’s ‘A Thousand Suns.’ Eric Clapton’s 19th studio album and his first in 5 years, also lands at #5 on the Top 200 Albums chart.
2011: Elton John gives the 3,000th live performance in his storied career at the Las Vegas Colosseum in Caesar’s Palace.
2011: Former Weezer bassist (1998-2001) Mikey Welsh is found dead in his Chicago hotel room. He left Weezer due to drug problems. Welsh was 40.
2012: Pete Townshend’s autobiography ‘Who I Am’ is in U.S. bookstores. “Rock n’ Roll is a tough career, however cynically or comically it is portrayed by its detractors,” says The Who’s guitarist/songwriter. “I am lucky to be alive and to have such a crazy story to tell, full of wild adventures and creative machinations.”
2012: The Beatles ‘Hey Jude’ is named the song most often referred to in works of literature according to a list compiled by Small Demons. The website claims the song is mentioned in at least 55 works of fiction.
2012: Record label EMI recalled a vinyl, anniversary edition of The Beatles’ hit single ‘Love Me Do’ after discovering they had accidentally pressed a version that included session musician Andy White playing drums instead of Ringo Starr. Copies of the disc featuring the wrong version were reportedly selling for big money on the internet auction website eBay.com.
2012: Green Day is forced to cancel their appearance at the New Orleans’ Voodoo Music Festival, citing Billie Joe Armstrong’s problems with substance abuse and rehab. Armstrong had previously had an onstage outburst mid-show in Las Vegas in September of 2012, which began the band’s decision to get treatment for Billie.
2013: KoRn issue ‘The Paradigm Shift.’ The album marks the band’s return to Nu Metal, following the Dubstep influenced ‘The Path Of Totality,’ and the addition of co-founding guitarist Brian “Head” Welch.
2013: ‘Fortress,’ from Alter Bridge, is out. “We pushed ourselves harder and further than we ever have previously in order to make the most out of every individual arrangement,” says guitarist Mark Tremonti. “We wanted this album to be our most unpredictable and exciting one yet.”
2013: ‘CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,’ with Blondie, the Talking Heads and Joey Ramone, is out. The film, in theaters three days later, chronicles the legendary Manhattan club that guided the birth of Punk.
2013: Richie Ramone, former drummer for the Ramones, releases his debut solo album, ‘Entitled.’
2013: While on their South American tour, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford meet with Uruguay President Jose “Pepe” Mujica. “We believe in what he stands for,” states Tyler. “His behavior – the way he gives 70% of his salary to the people to build homes here, in a very small country, I think he’s doing it the right way – grass roots – and we believe in that.”
2015: Green Day’s ‘Heart Like A Hand Grenade’, the ‘lost’ documentary chronicling the making of their Bush-era protest album/Rock opera ‘American Idiot,’ premieres at the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival.
2015: Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Yes, The Cars, Steve Miller Band and Nine Inch Nails are among the artists nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame’s induction class of 2016. Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and Steve Miller get in.
1958: Eddie Cochran records ‘C’mon Everybody.’
1959: Paul McCartney helps to force the last non-Beatle member of the Quarrymen, Ken Brown, from the skiffle group after Brown gets paid for an engagement at Liverpool’s Casbah Club for which he was too sick to perform. This leaves the Quarrymen as John, Paul, and George; by May of the following year, the group, now featuring Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best, would be known as the “Beatals.”
1964: The Rolling Stones cancel an upcoming South African tour when the British Musicians Union declares an embargo of the country due to their apartheid polices.
1964: The Beach Boys record ‘Dance Dance Dance’ with Glen Campbell playing the lead guitar intro. It became their twelfth US Top 40 hit.
1965: The Beatles start a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Yesterday,’ the groups tenth US #1. The track was not released as a single in the UK until 1976.
1967: Legendary New York DJ Murray The K is fired from station WOR-FM, where he had moved to take advantage of the new free-form format of FM radio, when the station’s new owners decided to move to a set playlist.
1971: Van Morrison releases ‘Wild Night.’
1971: The Who played a show at the University of Surrey, Guildford, with guest John Sebastian joining in on harmonica on ‘Magic Bus.’ Sebastian was the only outside musician ever to jam with The Who on stage up to that point. Backstage, the group celebrated John Entwistle’s 27th birthday.
1973: Paul Simon’s ‘Loves Me Like A Rock’ is certified gold.
1973: Priscilla Presley finalizes her divorce from Elvis with a second, revised settlement giving her $14,200 a year in support, $725,000 in cash now, half of the sale of the couple’s Palm Springs home, and five percent of all new recordings. The ex-couple leave the courthouse holding hands.
1973: Queen’s ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ b/w ‘Son And Daughter’ 45 is released.
1975: On father John Lennon’s 35th birthday, Yoko Ono gives birth to Sean Ono Taro Lennon.
1975: KISS made their famous trip to Michigan’s Cadillac High School.
1976: The Who & Grateful Dead began their two days of shows at the Oakland Coliseum for The Day on the Green #8 and #9.
1976: The Sex Pistols signed to EMI records for $68,000, but the contract was terminated three months later with the label stopping production of the ‘Anarchy In The UK’ single and deleting it from its catalog. EMI later issued a statement saying it felt unable to promote The Sex Pistols records in view of the adverse publicity generated over the last few months.
1976: Scorpions release their 4th studio album, ‘Virgin Killer.’
1978: The Faces’ Ian McLagan marries his longtime girlfriend, former model (and first wife of Keith Moon) Kim Kerrigan.
1978: David Bowie releases his second live album, ‘Stage.’ The album was recorded at concerts in Philadelphia, Providence and Boston.
1978: The Faces’ Ian McLagan marries his longtime girlfriend, former model (and first wife of Who drummer Keith Moon) Kim Kerrigan.
1979: Styx releases ‘Babe.’
1980: Despite years of hits in the UK, Gary Glitter declares bankruptcy.
1980: John Lennon releases the single ‘Starting Over’ on his 40th birthday. The ‘Double Fantasy’ track is Lennon’s first record in five years.
1981: The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. Prince was the support act and dressed in his controversial bikini briefs and trench coat, he ran off stage after 15 minutes due to the crowd booing and throwing beer cans at him.
1984: Armored Saint released their 1st album, ‘March of the Saint.’
1984: The extraordinarily popular children’s show ‘Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends’ begins its run on BBC-TV, featuring a narrator by the name of Ringo Starr.
1985: On what would have been John Lennon’s 45th birthday, Yoko Ono formally opened the three and a half acre garden at the Strawberry Fields site in New York’s Central Park. The area was planted with trees, shrubs and flowers gathered from across the world and with a one million dollar donation from Yoko.
1987: Bruce Springsteen releases ‘Tunnel Of Love.’
1990: Styx release their 12th studio album, ‘Edge of the Century.’
1990: Slayer released their 5th studio album, ‘Seasons in the Abyss.’
1990: Testament release their 4th studio album, ‘Souls of Black.’
1993: Nirvana entered the US album chart at #1 with ‘In Utero,’ their 3rd and final studio album. Kurt Cobain had originally wanted to name the album ‘I Hate Myself and I Want to Die.’
1995: Savatage release their 1st live album, ‘Japan Live ’94.’
1999: Las Vegas’ Grand Hotel holds an auction of several hundred thousand dollars’ worth of Elvis memorabilia, including the King’s wristwatch, cigar box, and his 1956 Lincoln Continental.
2000: On what would have been John Lennon’s 60th birthday, the book ‘Lennon Remembers, The Complete Rolling Stone Interviews’ is released, containing material too controversial to publish years earlier.
2000: The first ever John Lennon museum opens in Japan on what would have been Lennon’s 60th birthday. Yoko allows it to run for 10 years before terminating the agreement, as she felt Lennons spirit should stay in motion.
2001: U2 frontman Bono, R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, and Moby make unannounced appearances in New York, at the second of two anti-violence benefit concerts organized by the Beastie Boys.
2003: Joe Strummer’s ‘Streetcore’ album is posthumously released. The former Clash guitarist died of a heart attack the previous December at age 50.
2006: Elton John is presented with a Disney Legends Award. The singer-songwriter, who won an Oscar for his work on the ‘Lion King’ soundtrack, is recognized for his musical contributions to the Disney legacy.
2007: Kid Rock releases the album ‘Rock N Roll Jesus.’ Co-produced by Rock and Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance) the album features longtime backing group, the Twisted Brown Trucker Band.
2007: Alter Bridge release their 2nd ‘Blackbird.’
2007: Overkill release their 14th studio album, ‘Immortalis.’
2007: The documentary ‘American Landing: Jimi Hendrix At Monterey’ premieres in Los Angeles.
2007: Eric Clapton makes an appearance on NBC’s Today Show to promote ‘Clapton: The Autobiography,’ and career-spanning two-CD collection, ‘Complete Clapton,’ both released on this day.
2007: Imagine Peace Tower is dedicated in Reykjavik, Iceland. Built in honor of John Lennon, it’s unveiled on what would have been the late Beatle’s 67th birthday. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend the ceremony. “I hope Imagine Peace Tower will give light to the strong wishes of world peace from all corners of the planet and give encouragement…in a world filled with fear and confusion,” says Yoko Ono, Lennon’s widow. The tower of light is illuminated through December 8th, the 27th anniversary of Lennon’s death.
2007: George Harrison’s solo catalog is available via iTunes. He’s the final member of The Beatles to have his music go on sale digitally.
2008: Paul McCartney, a vegetarian for 30 years, was said to be furious when he heard that a Liverpool branch of McDonald’s restaurant displayed his picture, accusing them of using it to attract customers. Sir Paul was quoted as saying “What sort of morons do McDonald’s think Beatles fans are?”
2008: Def Leppard opens the 2008-09 National Hockey League season with the NHL Face-Off Rocks show at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. The band performs ‘C’mon C’mon’ before the Detroit Red Wings raise their 2008 Stanley Cup Championship banner. Joe Elliot is later handed the Stanley Cup which he inadvertently places upside down on a nearby table.
2008: Marilyn Manson’s original bassist, Gidget Gein (Brad Stewart), dies of an apparent drug overdose in Burbank, CA. at 39. Gein first joined the group when it was called the Spooky Kids.
2011: Paul McCartney gets married for a third time at Old Marylebone Town Hall, where Paul married Linda Eastman in 1969. American Nancy Shevell is his new bride.
2012: Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant attend two special premiere screenings of ‘Celebration Day’ at the historic Ziegfeld Theater in New York. The film documents the band’s 2007 concert at London’s O2 Arena.
2012: Paul McCartney receives a BMI Million-Air Award to honor over 4 million U.S. broadcast performances of his James Bond film song, ‘Live and Let Die.’
2012: KISS release their 20th studio album, ‘Monster.’
1902: Kalamazoo, MI, mandolin maker Orville Gibson founds the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co, Ltd. In 1936 it would create the first commercially successful electric guitar.
1939: The inspiration for the 1966 Beatles song ‘Eleanor Rigby’ died in her sleep of unknown causes at the age of 44. The song wasn’t initially written about her, as Paul McCartney’s first draft of the song named the character Miss Daisy Hawkins. Eleanor Rigby’s tombstone was noticed in the 1980s in the graveyard of St. Peter’s Parish Church in Woolton, Liverpool, a few feet from where McCartney and Lennon had met for the first time in 1957.
1956: Elvis Presley’s ‘Love Me Tender’ entered the US chart for a 19 week stay, peaking at #1 for 5 weeks.
1959: The Quarry Men play at the Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool. Member Ken Brown was suffering from a heavy cold and could not perform, which ultimately caused an argument when Paul McCartney said that Brown should’nt get a share of the performance fee. John Lennon and George Harrison side with McCartney and Brown quits The Quarry Men.
1966: The Monkees release their debut album.
1966: Simon & Garfunkel released their 3rd album ‘Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.’
1966: The Beach Boys release the single ‘Good Vibrations’ is released. It hits #1 a couple of weeks later.
1969: The debut album ‘In The Court Of The Crimson King’ by King Crimson was released. It is generally viewed as one of the first works to truly embody the progressive rock genre.
1970: Pink Floyd releases ‘Atom Heart Mother.’
1970: The US’ Federal Communications Commission (FCC) head, Nicholas Johnson, responds to recent comments made by Vice President Spiro Agnew that attacked radio stations for playing songs that contained “drug culture propaganda…(in) too many of the lyrics the message of the drug culture is purveyed,” saying, “If we really want to do something about drugs, let’s do something about life…The song writers are trying to help us understand our plight and deal with it. It’s about the only leadership we’re getting. They’re not really urging you to adopt a heroin distribution program, Mr. Vice President.”
1970: The first issue of the legendary UK rock newspaper Sounds is published.
1975: Deep Purple’s only studio album to feature guitarist Tommy Bolin is released. ‘Come Taste the Band’ also features David Coverdale on vocals. It’s the band’s 10th studio album.
1977: Steve Perry joins Journey. He replaces Robert Fleischmann. Perry’s first gig with the band is two-and-a-half weeks later.
1978: Journey’s ‘Infinity’ album goes platinum. It’s the band’s first album with Steve Perry.
1978: At Aerosmith’s show in Philadelphia, PA, an audience member tosses a cherry bomb firecracker onto the stage, injuring singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry. This causes the band to perform behind a chain-link fence at subsequent concerts.
1979: Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley declares today ‘Fleetwood Mac Day’ and unveils a star for the band on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6608 Hollywood Blvd.
1979: The film ‘The Rose,’ a thinly-veiled biopic of Janis Joplin starring Bette Midler, premieres in Hollywood. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Frederic Forrest), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Bette Midler, in her screen debut), Best Film Editing and Best Sound.
1980: Budgie released their 8th studio album, ‘Power Supply.’
1980: Thin Lizzy released their 10th studio album, ‘Chinatown.’
1980: The funeral took place for Led Zeppelin’s drummer John ‘Bonzo’ Bonham.
1980: Bruce Springsteen releases ‘The River.’
1981: Billy Joel releases ‘Songs In The Attic.’ It’s the first digitally recorded live album and peaks at #8 on the charts.
1985: Guns N’ Roses was asked to fill-in for L.A. Guns at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Those in attendance that night got an added bonus when the band performed ‘Paradise City’ for the first time ever.
1987: Wanda Nicholls made an official complaint that David Bowie raped her and bit her on the legs and back. Bowie dismissed the alleged incident, claiming Nicholls was ‘publicity seeking.’
1987: Whitesnake’s ‘Here I Go Again,’ goes to #1 on the singles chart.
1988: U2 release their sixth studio album ‘Rattle And Hum.’ The double album sells over one million copies in the U.S.
1991: D.A.D. release their 4th studio album, ‘Riskin’ It All.’
1992: Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash (Saul Hudson) marries Renee Suran in Marina Del Rey, California.
1994: Annihilator release their 4th album, ‘King of the Kill.’
1995: Tony Macalpine released his 7th studio album, ‘Evolution.’
1995: Peter Frampton releases ‘Frampton Comes Alive II.’ The album is the sequel to his 1975 smash ‘Frampton Comes Alive,’ the best-selling live album in history.
1995: Green Day release their 4th studio album ‘Insomniac.’ The release becomes the group’s third-best selling album behind ‘Dookie’ and ‘American Idiot’ with sales of over 8 million copies worldwide.
1999: A charity auction selling Elvis Presley’s belongings was held at The Grand Hotel, Las Vegas. A wristwatch sold for $32,500, a cigar box $25,000, an autographed baseball sold for $19,000, and a 1956 Lincoln Continental sold for $250,000.
2001: At a time when broadband was rare, U2 webcasts a show for free on U2.com from their Elevation tour in South Bend, Indiana.
2001: Dennis DeYoung sues Styx, his former band, for touring and singing his songs without him. He’d left the band in 1999 due to chronic fatigue syndrome.
2009: Pearl Jam hit #1 on the US album chart with their ninth studio ‘Backspacer.’
2005: Perry Farrell appears on the debut episode of VH1 Classic’s ‘Decades Rock Live’ series. The one-hour program features footage from a Doors tribute concert that included Farrell and other artists performing with founding Doors members Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger.
2005: Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters’ ‘Ca Ira’ album debuts at #1 on Billboard’s traditional classical chart.
2006: Evanescence’s ‘The Open Door,’ sells 447,000 copies during its first week of release to top the Billboard 200 chart.
2006: Green Day are recognized by People for the American Way at their 2006 Spirit of Liberty Awards in Los Angeles. “[Green Day’s] ‘American Idiot’ has effectively raised social and political consciousness among audiences worldwide,” writes the PFAW in a prepared statement. The organization is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
2006: Rare images of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and Janis Joplin are among the photos on sale in New York at the second annual Rock for MS benefit exhibition. Pics of the Stones’ Keith Richards, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and Crosby, Stills & Nash are also featured. The event raises raise money for the multiple sclerosis charity MSFriends.
2008: Shinedown appears in the HBO documentary ‘Blindsided,’ which tells the story of guitarist Jared Hara who went blind at the age of 11 due to a genetic disease. He jams with Shinedown on their tour bus and performs in-concert with the group.
2008: Nine Inch Nails parts ways with drummer Josh Freese following the completion of group’s ‘North American Lights In The Sky’ tour. Freese, who had been with N.I.N. since 2005, leaves for personal reasons.
2009: Alice In Chains ‘Check My Brain,’ the second single from ‘Black Gives Way To Blue,’ is released. The song ends up going to number one on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
2010: Detroit native Kid Rock teams up with the NFL’s Detroit Lions to donate 500 tickets to the National Guard and the Paralyzed Veterans Association for a game against the St. Louis Rams at Ford Field.
2012: A Russian court suspends the sentence of Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich, whose lawyer states she didn’t participate in the February “Punk prayer” protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin because she had been stopped and led away before it began. The sentences for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Maria Alyokhina, 24, are upheld.
2012: Eddie Van Halen is named Guitar World’s first-ever Greatest Guitarist of All Time. 132 guitarists were eligible in the poll and a half-a-million votes were cast by readers. In the final round of the tournament style voting, Van Halen beat out Queen’s Brian May for the top honor.
2013: Paul McCartney and his band surprised New Yorkers by performing songs from his ‘New’ album in a short impromptu free concert to roughly 3,000 people on a long truck parked in the middle of Times Square.
2013: ‘Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County,’ with music by John Mellencamp and T-Bone Burnett and lyrics by Stephen King, opens at Bloomington’s Indiana University Auditorium. “John can make Rock ‘n’ Roll records and I can write books for the rest of our lives,” said King. “But that’s the safe way to do it – and that’s no way to live if you want to stay creative.”
2013: ‘A Night With Janis Joplin’ opens at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway. Written and directed by Randy Johnson, the production stars Mary Bridget Davis as Joplin. 2013: Jan Kuehnemund, the guitarist and founder member of Vixen, dies after a long battle with cancer.
1955: Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash kicked off an 11 date tour of the Southern US states in Abilene, Texas.
1965: The Beatles release a cover of Chuck Berry’s ‘Roll Over Beethoven.’
1967: The Doors appeared at Danbury High School, Danbury, Connecticut. Before the group came on stage an announcer told the audience not to leave their seats during the performance or they would be escorted out of the venue. There was also a beauty pageant just prior to The Doors coming on stage.
1968: During a Beatles recording session at Abbey Road six saxophonists record parts for ‘Savoy Truffle’ for the forthcoming ‘White Album.’ George Harrison distorted the saxophones to get the desired sound.
1969: Country Joe and the Fish played a concert on a semi-trailer flatbed at San Quentin Prison.
1969: Muddy Waters is severely injured in a car crash just outside Chicago that leaves three other passengers dead. Waters will remain absent from music for about a year, and will rarely stand up on stage again.
1969: Grand Funk Railroad’s album ‘On Time’ album enters the charts.
1970: Elvis Presley is made an honorary “special” deputy sheriff of Bel Air, CA.
1973: The divorce between Elvis and Priscilla Presley is finalized. The two remain close friends and walk out of the Santa Monica courthouse arm in arm.
1974: Montrose release their 2nd album, ‘Paper Money.’
1975: NBC launches Saturday Night Live. Over the next three decades the program showcases countless Rock acts but on the opening night, hosted by comedian George Carlin, the musical highlight is actor/performance artist Andy Kaufman singing the Mighty Mouse theme. Janis Ian also performs her hit ‘At Seventeen,’ as well as ‘In the Winter,’ and Billy Preston played ‘Nothing from Nothing’ and ‘Fancy Lady.’
1977: Kansas release their 5th studio album, ‘Point of Know Return.’
1981: The Rolling Stones performed at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 95 fans were arrested after trouble broke out at the venue. The tour became the largest grossing of 1981, with $50 million in ticket sales.
1983: KISS performed their 1st ever show without trademark makeup in Lisbon with Helix opening.
1986: The Pretenders release their single ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong.’
1988: Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach travel to Tucson to undergo treatment for alcohol abuse.
1990: Dave Grohl played his first gig with Nirvana when they appeared at the North Shore Surf Club in Olympia, WA.
1991: Apple Computers settles their first trademark lawsuit against the Beatles’ Apple Corps for a paltry $29 million, an issue that the Beatles’ handlers would open back up when the Internet made music sales possible on computers.
1994: KoRn release their self-titled debut album.
1997: Elton John goes to number one on the US singles chart with ‘Candle In The Wind 97’ A re-write of his 1974 hit about Marilyn Monroe. This version raised funds for the Diana, Princess of Wales charity, following her death in Paris. It went on to become the biggest selling single in the world ever.
1997: Gregg Allman, Bo Diddley, Keb’Mo’, Buddy Guy and John Hiatt are among the musicians who perform at a tribute to Muddy Waters at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C
1999: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was released on $5000 bail after facing charges relating to a riot at a gig in North Carolina in 1997. Lee allegedly incited the crowd to attack a guard and had also poured a drink over his head.
2004: Buffalo Springfield bassist Bruce Palmer dies of a heart attack at age 58.
2004: The Vote for Change tour wraps up in Washington, DC. with a concert featuring Springsteen, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., The Dave Matthews Band, Dixie Chicks and James Taylor. The goal of the tour was to get president George W. Bush voted out of office in the November elections. Bush won by a narrow margin.
2005: Audioslave release their ‘Live In Cuba’ concert DVD, which includes performances of Rage Against The Machine and Soundgarden songs.
2005: Freddie Mercury’s 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow was offered for auction on eBay by his sister, Kashmira Cooke, who inherited the car. The vehicle had not appeared in public since 2002, when it had been used to transport the Bulsara family to the premiere of the Queen stage musical ‘We Will Rock You.’ It came with a box of Kleenex Mansize tissues left in the car by Freddie.
2005: Green Day plays the first of two “secret” theater shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco. AOL Music makes the L.A. concert available for online viewing.
2005: Current and/or former members of AC/DC, Alice in Chains, Institute, Helmet, KISS, Judas Priest, Whitesnake and Dio contribute to the 11-track ‘Numbers From the Beast: An All-Star Salute To Iron Maiden.’ The set even features original Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno.
2005: Black Label Society performs at a Hurricane Katrina benefit in Nashville. Proceeds go to the Red Cross to help the hurricane victims.
2005: Rod Stewart receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after a 40-year career. Friend Larry King addresses the crowd.
2006: Former Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick is at Virgin America’s corporate headquarters in San Francisco’s International Airport to attend the dedication ceremony for start-up airline. The first plane in Virgin’s fleet is named Jefferson Airplane in tribute to the band.
2006: Bob Dylan starts a fall North American Tour in Vancouver, BC. The five-week trek has the Kings Of Leon, the Foo Fighters (performing acoustically) and Raconteurs trading off as the opening act.
2007: Graham Nash, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt launch a campaign to prevent Congress from authorizing billions in financial assistance for the nuclear power industry. Through the NukeFree.org website, they urge fans to sign a petition that is later presented to government officials.
2009: Jo Wood, wife of The Rolling Stones Ronnie Wood was granted a divorce after 24 years of marriage on the grounds of adultery. The couple split in 2008 after the 64 year old Wood began a relationship with a 20 year old woman.
2010: Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider joins the Broadway musical ‘Rock Of Ages’ for an 11-week run.
2011: Evanescence (essentially frontwoman Amy Lee with a new band) issue their 3rd studio, self-titled album.
2011: Evanescence’s Amy Lee is crowned 2011’s Hottest Chick in Hard Rock by Revolver magazine. Lee beats out Lzzy Hale of Halestorm and Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies, among others.
2011: ‘Freak Out! My Life with Frank Zappa,’ written by former assistant Pauline Butcher, is published. 2011 Butcher spent five years as part of Zappa’s entourage (after meeting Zappa in 1967), “He did nothing but get up in the morning, compose all day at the piano and then go to bed,” said Butcher. ‘Between times he was chain-smoking and drinking endless cups of coffee. The melee went on around him but he ignored it.”
2011: Former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans ‘Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC’ is available via Amazon.com. It’s the first memoir written by a band member about the group’s early years.
2011: After serving as a health columnist for the U.K.’s Sunday Times and Rolling Stone, Ozzy Osbourne releases a book titled ‘Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy – Advice from Rock’s Ultimate Survivor’ containing his best health tips. Ozzy notes that while his column may be useful it’s still entertainment.
2012: The Rolling Stones release a new new single, ‘Doom And Gloom,’ from the band’s most recent greatest hits collection, ‘GRRR.’ It was the first new studio recordings since 2005’s A Bigger Bang.
2012: Metallica’s Kirk Hammett begins a promotional tour for his coffee table book, ‘Too Much Horror Business,’ which details the guitarist’s vast collection of horror memorabilia. The first signing is at New York’s Tribeca Barnes & Noble.
2013: Duff McKagan delivers the keynote address at the CBGB Music & Film Festival Conference. The five day festival features performances by over 500 artists in over 175 venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
2013: ‘Cuatro!,’ a documentary chronicling how Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ went from the recording studio to the Broadway stage is in theaters. The 80-minute film debuted at South by Southwest.
2013: Pearl Jam released their 10th studio album, ‘Lightning Bolt.’
1955: Chrysler introduces the world’s first in-car sound systems for their 1956 cars. The players, made by Columbia, are mounted on the bottom edge of the dash, directly above the transmission hump, and are wired directly into the car radio. The 7-inch size of the 45-rpm record was ideal; but using 45s would have meant changing the record every few minutes, a little risky at highway speeds. To solve that problem, 7-inch records for the player were produced in the new 16⅔-rpm format (ultra-microgroove) offering up to an hour of playing time per side. The players were discontinued in 1961.
1956: DJ Alan Freed’s second film, ‘Don’t Knock The Rock,’ starring Little Richard, Bill Haley, and the Treniers, opens in New York.
1957: Little Richard publicly renounced rock ‘n’ roll during an Australian tour. He embraced God, telling a story of dreaming of his own damnation after praying to God when one of the engines on a plane he was on caught fire. The singer threw four diamond rings, valued at $8,000, into Sydney’s Hunter River and soon after launched a Gospel career. Five years later he switches back to Rock.
1962: The Beatles meet Little Richard for the first time when they open for him at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, England. Though Richard apparently finds John and George “rude,” he is quite taken with Paul, reportedly to the point of attempting to seduce him. On the same day, the band’s first single, ‘Love Me Do,’ enters the British charts.
1965: The Beatles record ‘Run For Your Life’ in its entirety at Abbey Road Studio’s London in five takes for their next album Rubber Soul. (Lennon later admits to lifting two lines from Elvis Presley’s 1955 hit ‘Baby Let’s Play House’). They also record another new Lennon song ‘This Bird Has Flown’, later known as ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)’. The track included George Harrison’s double-tracked sitar part, the first appearance of that Indian instrument on a pop record.
1966: The Moody Blues, still in their first incarnation as a white R&B band, split up. Denny Laine signs a solo deal with their label, Deram. The group re-forms a month later with new members Justin Hayward and John Lodge.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first headlining gig, opening at Paris’ Olympia Theatre.
1968: Big Brother And The Holding Company hits number one on the US album chart with ‘Cheap Thrills.’ The cover, drawn by underground cartoonist Robert Crumb, replaced the band’s original idea, a picture of the group naked in bed together. Crumb had originally intended his art to be the LP’s back cover, but Joplin demanded that Columbia Records use it for the front cover. Initially the album title was to have been Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills.’
1968: John Sebastain leaves the Lovin’ Spoonful and starts a solo career.
1969: Tom Zarski, a student at Eastern Michigan University, calls WKNR in Detroit, MI, and informs DJ Russ Gibb on air of the rumor that Paul McCartney died in a car crash, perhaps as long ago as 1966. Zarski tells Gibb that by playing a section of the band’s “Revolution 9′ backwards, a clue emerges: the phrase “Turn me on, dead man.” Gibb proceeds to do just that. Listeners are stunned.
1971: Gene Vincent (born Vincent Eugene Craddock), dies from a ruptured stomach ulcer at 36. While ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ was his signature hit, he had a catalog of other charting songs, which helped him to be posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. In 1960, while on tour in England, Vincent and songwriter Sharon Sheeley were seriously injured in the car crash that killed Eddie Cochran.
1973: Elton John’s album ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ is certified gold.
1975: Singer Rod Stewart ends his longtime association with The Faces by playing one final gig with them at Nassau Coliseum in New York.
1978: Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, is found dead in the Hotel Chelsea in New York City with a stab wound to her abdomen. She was 20. Vicious is charged with her murder, but dies of a heroin overdose before the case goes to trial. There was rampant speculation that Vicious was innocent and a visiting drug dealer was the murderer.
1979: Jethro Tull lead singer Ian Anderson has his right eye torn open by a thorn from a rose an adoring fan threw on stage at the band’s Madison Square Garden concert.
1979: Molly Hatchet release their 2nd studio album ‘Flirtin’ with Disaster.’
1980: Eight audience members are stabbed by a fellow concertgoer at a Blood Sweat and Tears show in Los Angeles.
1982: The Who, with The Clash opening, play New York’s Shea Stadium.
1983: KISS performed the first-ever show without their trademark facepaint.
1987: Dee Snider announces he is leaving Twisted Sister, two days after the ‘Love Is for Suckers’ tour concludes. Snider later reunites with the band ten years later.
1987: McAuley-Schenker Group release their 1st album, ‘Perfect Timing.’
1989: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 1st live album, ‘Trial by Fire: Live in Leningrad.’
1991: The Day on the Green festival in Oakland, CA features headliners Metallica, Queensrÿche, Faith No More and Soundgarden. It is the final festival presented by Bill Graham before his death.
1991: Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album hits #1 on the US charts.
1991: Nirvana plays Saturday Night Live.
1994: MTV airs the reunion concert special of Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, entitled ‘Unledded.’
1994: The Cult release their self-titled 6th studio album.
1994: A scaffolding stand holding 1200 people at a Pink Floyd concert in England collapses, throwing hundreds of people 20 feet to the ground. Under the twisted wreckage, 96 people are injured, with 36 going to the hospital with back, neck and rib injuries. David Gilmour, says, “The band is very angry and upset. It is extremely fortunate that no one was killed. We want to find out from the management of Earls Court what happened.” Eventually, a contractor and a safety inspector are charged; it was the failure of a single fitting which led to the accident.
1996: Though they’ve refused to release it on video for 27 years, largely due to dissatisfaction over their own performance, the Rolling Stones finally release their landmark 1968 all-star BBC television special, ‘The Rolling Stones’ Rock And Roll Circus.’ The show features The Who and a performance by John Lennon with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell and Stones`guitarist Keith Richards playing bass.
1999: David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young appear at New York’s Madison Square Garden to announce their forthcoming album and CSNY2K tour.
2001: Wes Borland, guitarist for Limp Bizkit, leaves the band
2002: The new Elvis Presley compilation ’30 No. 1 Hits’ debuts at #1 on the US album charts, the first Presley album ever to do so.
2003: For the first time since his notorious rendition at a Detroit baseball game in 1970, singer Jose Feliciano is invited to sing the US national anthem, performing it at a Florida Marlins playoff game with no incident.
2005: Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe is injured during a pyrotechnics explosion at a concert in Casper, Wyoming. He is treated at a local hospital for minor burns to his arm and face.
2005: Nickelback score their first number one album on the Billboard 200 chart with ‘All the Right Reasons.’ It sells 317,000 copies during its first week of release.
2005: 3 Doors Down autograph copies of their ‘Live: Away From The Sun’ DVD during the grand opening of the Hollywood Virgin Megastore in Los Angeles. Later that day the group performs on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.
2006: U2’s Bono is in Chicago to promote the (RED) line of products that benefit the fight against AIDS in Africa. He and Oprah Winfrey go shopping at retailers participating in the initiative. The effort is supported by the GAP, Apple, Converse and others.
2007: Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt are among the celebrity activists signing a letter asking Congress to make improvements to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. The document, which is sanctioned by the Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), urges lawmakers to remove abstinence-until-marriage funding requirements that are included in the legislation.
2007: Paul Rodgers, George Thorogood and Blues great B.B. King appear at the Concert To End Homelessness benefit in San Diego. The event pays tribute to King and raises funds for a new homeless shelter for young adults.
2007: A few thousand Nickelback fans are on hand at the Los Angeles Forum to film a Citibank commercial. The ad features the Canadian group performing “Gotta Be Somebody’ (a single from their sixth album, ‘Dark Horse’).
2009: Dickie Peterson of Blue Cheer dies from liver cancer in Germany. He was 63. Peterson was the lead singer and bassist of the band. Although he was born in North Dakota, Peterson spent the last several decades of his life living in Germany.
2010: Jack White (White Stripes) and Kid Rock are among the performers paying tribute to Country legend Loretta Lynn on the 50th anniversary of her first performance at the Grand Ole Opry. White produced Lynn’s 2004 comeback album ‘Van Lear Rose.’
2011: “Taz” DiGregorio (born William Joel DiGregorio) is killed in a car accident in Tennessee. He was 67. Taz was a keyboard player in the Charlie Daniels Band and co-wrote many songs with the group, including ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia.’
2011: Paul Leka, songwriter and pianist, dies of lung cancer in Connecticut. He was 68. In addition to working with artists ranging from Harry Chapin and REO Speedwagon to Gloria Gaynor, Leka co-wrote the ’60s hits ‘Green Tambourine’ and ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.’
2012: Eric Clapton auctions an abstract piece of art by a German artist Gerhard Richter for $34.2 million. The guitarist bought the painting back in 2001 for $3.4 million.
2013: Bruce Springsteen enters the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. “Election to the Academy honors individual accomplishment and calls upon members to serve the public good,” says Academy President Leslie C. Berlowitz.
1962: Don Everly collapsed during rehearsals on stage at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London the night before the beginning of a 22 date Everly Brothers UK tour. Don returns to the U.S. for treatment while brother Phil completes the trek solo.
1963: Beatlemania begins in earnest at the Beatles appear on the popular BBC television show Sunday Night At The Palladium, performing ‘She Loves You,’ ‘From Me To You,’ ‘I’ll Get You,’ and ‘Twist And Shout.’ 15 million people in the UK alone watch the live performance on television, while thousands of fans pack nearby Argyll Street to catch a glimpse of the group.
1965: The Who recorded ‘My Generation’ at Pye studios in London. Roger Daltrey would later say that he stuttered the lyrics to try to fit them to the music. The BBC initially refused to play the song because it did not want to offend people who stutter.
1968: At EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London, John Lennon recorded ‘Julia’ for the 1968 album, ‘The Beatles,’ commonly known as ‘The White Album.’ It was written by John Lennon during the Beatles’ 1968 visit to Rishikesh in northern India, where they were studying under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It was here where Lennon learned the song’s finger-picking guitar style (known as ‘Travis-picking’) from Donovan.
1970: The ashes of Janis Joplin are scattered into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Stinson Beach in California.
1971: Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ album is released.
1973: Genesis released their 5th studio album, ‘Selling England by the Pound.’
1974: Ed Sullivan dies of esophageal cancer at 73. The Ed Sullivan show ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971 and broke many cultural barriers at the time. Sullivan was a strong supporter of black music and black performers, and many times fought the network and his advertisers over his bookings. He was also not afraid to book rock and country acts, although there are many stores told of when he tried to have rock bands change particular lyrics he deemed “salty.” He also insisted that the majority of his acts sing live, rather than lip sync. The Beatles appearance on the show in 1964 is considered a milestone in American pop culture and the beginning of the British Invasion. A record setting 73 million people tuned in that evening making it one of the seminal moments in television history; over 40% of every man, woman and child living in America had watched The Beatles on Sullivan.
1975: Neil Young undergoes throat surgery in Los Angeles to remove a growth from his vocal cords. Though he recovers quickly, Young has voice problems for several months.
1976: Triumph release their self-titled debut album.
1978: Billy Joel releases his ’52nd Street’ album.
1978: AC/DC released their 1st live album, ‘If You Want Blood.’
1979: The Guinness Book of Records claims Paul McCartney (with and without John Lennon) is the most successful composer of all time.
1980: AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black,’ the group’s 1st with vocalist Brain Johnson, goes platinum.
1982: KISS release their 10th studio album, ‘Creatures of the Night.’
1982: KISS released their 27th single, ‘I Love It Loud.’
1986: Saxon released their 8th studio album, ‘Rock the Nations.’
1989: Ace Frehley releases his 4th full-length solo album, ‘Trouble Walkin’.
1989: Overkill release their 4th studio album, ‘The Years of Decay.’
1990: In a move that stuns his longtime fans, Bob Dylan is invited to perform at the West Point US Military Academy. Oddly, he performs his scathing anti-war attack ‘Masters Of War,’ even more strangely, several cadets turn his protest song ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ into a singalong.
1995: Pearl Jam’s ‘Vitalogy’ goes five times platimum (over 5 million copies sold).
1997: Billy Joel plays his new classical compositions on National Public Radio’s Performance Today show.
1998: The box set ‘The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live, 1966: The “Royal Albert Hall Concert” is released, featuring the first ever commercial release of the notorious concert where Dylan “went electric” and suffered a folk-purist heckler calling him a “Judas.”
1998: Eric Clapton opens his Crossroads detox center in Antigua, charging $9,000 US for a month of rehab.
2000: Eddie Vedder, Ani DiFranco, Ben Harper and Patti Smith all take part in a Madison Square Garden rally for US presidential candidate Ralph Nader. George Bush would eventually win the election, with Nader taking key votes from Al Gore.
2000: The Eagles’ Don Henley is sued by a fan who claims the singer bashed her on the head with maracas after she tried to take his picture at an Arkansas concert.
2004: Velvet Revolver performs in a Hollywood parking lot for 3,000 fans. The gig serves as a warm-up for their U.S. tour.
2004: The Foo Fighters play two free shows in support of Kerry, in Tempe, AZ. as part of the Arizona Democratic Party’s Debate Watch Party.
2005: Slipknot guitarist Jim Root breaks his wrist in a mountain-biking accident just prior to the group’s North American tour. Slipknot tours without him.
2006: Pearl Jam is honored at a charity event by Seattle’s YouthCare organization. The band is presented the Marleen Alhadeff Volunteer of the Year Award for its ongoing commitment to helping young homeless people.
2006: Rob Zombie hosts Turner Classic Movies’ weekly cult-film showcase, TCM Underground. The series kicks off with a double-bill by famed B-movie director Ed Wood; ‘Bride of the Monster’ and ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space.’ The program makes its debut on Friday the 13th.
2006: QVC broadcasts a live Elton John concert from Las Vegas. The one-hour special features selections from ‘The Captain & The Kid,’ along with the story behind the album’s creation.
2007: Jon Bon Jovi hosts NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Though the Foo Fighters, promoting their 6th, ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace,’ are the musical guest, Bon Jovi (the group) performs ‘Lost Highway.’
2007: Artwork by Carlos Santana is auctioned at an event in in Corte Madera, CA, to benefit the Milagro Foundation, the children’s charity founded by the guitarist and his wife, Deborah.
2008: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 16th studio album, ‘Perpetual Flame.’
2008: Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart reunite for a concert in State College, PA, to support of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Allman Brothers Band’s Warren Haynes fills in for late singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia. The Allman Brothers Band also performs.
2008: ‘MTV Essential: Metallica,’ with band member interviews, premieres as part of MTV2’s programming celebrating the 20th anniversary of Headbanger’s Ball.
2009: Aerosmith’s Joe Perry releases a solo album, ‘Have Guitar, Will Travel.’ The album’s lead single is ‘We’ve Got a Long Way To Go.’
2009: Lynch Mob release their 5th studio album, ‘Smoke and Mirrors.’
2009: W.A.S.P. release their 14th studio album, ‘Babylon.’
2009: Bob Dylan’s ‘Christmas In The Heart’ is released. All money raised from U.S. sales of the holiday collection benefit the Feeding America hunger-relief organization. “(I) hope that (Feeding America and my) efforts can bring some food security to people in need during this holiday season,” says Dylan.
2009: Bruce Springsteen performs the first of four concerts as part of the Philadelphia Spectrum’s Final Farewell Concert Series. The shows kick off a run of 10 final concerts at the legendary arena.
2010: Jeff Ament’s hometown, Big Sandy, MT, gets a skakeboard park. The park was funded by the Pearl Jam bassist (a skater since 1976) who contributed $40,000. “As small towns get smaller and smaller, I think it becomes more important for kids to have something to do outside of just school sports,” Ament tells reporters at the dedication. “My dad helped me build ramps, now I can give kids around here something else to do.”
2011: Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello performs at the Occupy Wall Street protest in Manhattan. Morello tells Rolling Stone magazine he’s one more voice to the growing chorus of millions demanding economic justice at home and around the globe.
2011: Over 2500 fans hailing from 26 countries around the world boarded the ‘Destiny’ as KISS and the KISS Navy set sail on the first ever KISS Kruise.
2011: Robert Plant and his Band Of Joy are nominated in three categories: Artist of the Year, Duo or Group of the Year and Album of the Year at the Americana Honors and Awards in Nashville”s Ryman Auditorium. They win the Album of the Year. Gregg Allman receives a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Americana culture and is recognized for his instrumental virtuosity.
2012: Co-headliners Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie exchange insults during a show at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI. Manson, upset over an abbreviated set, tells fans “I’m going to kick his (Zombie’s) ass.” When Zombie hits the stage he shouts, “some tours just don’t go (expletive) together,” and yells ” (expletive) you Marilyn Manson!”
2014: An auction of rare, vintage and signed Rush memorabilia closes after a 10-day run on eBay. The auction benefits Grapes Under Pressure 3 (GUP3) which supports humanitarian causes undertaken by the international wine community.
1955: Buddy Holly and what would become The Crickets open a show for Bill Haley & The Comets in their hometown of Lubbock, Texas. A talent scout sees Holly and arranges for the singer and his group to record some demos.
1957: The Everly Brothers had their first number one on the US singles chart with ‘Wake Up Little Susie.’ It was banned by some US radio stations for what many deemed its suggestive lyrics.
1957: Elvis Presley releases ‘Jailhouse Rock.’
1964: Rolling Stone Charlie Watts marries his first and only wife, Shirley Ann Shepherd, in Bradford, England. They’re still married.
1966: Former R&B cover band Pink Floyd debut an entire set of psychedelic originals at tonight’s gig at All Saints Hall in London.
1966: Grace Slick makes her first stage appearance with the band Jefferson Airplane at their Fillmore West gig in San Francisco.
1967: After 15 weeks at #1, The Beatles album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ is knocked out of the top spot by Bobbie Gentry’s ‘Ode To Billie Joe.’
1969: Fred LaBour, entertainment reviewer for the University of Michigan student newspaper The Michigan Daily, turns his assigned review of the new Beatles album, ‘Abbey Road,’ into a satirical piece headlined “McCartney Dead; New Evidence Brought to Light.” In the article, LaBour repeats the musical “clues” that center around the recent “Paul Is Dead” rumors and adds several of his own. He also invents the name “William Campbell” as Paul’s “replacement.” This finally causes the mainstream press to take note of the phenomenon, and when contacted by other media outlets, LaBour furthers what he thinks is a joke by validating every rumor within the rumor.
1971: The current owners of the Specialty Records catalog, music publishing firm, Arco Industries sue Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty for half a million dollars for allegedly copying several elements of Little Richard’s ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’ for the band’s single ‘Travelin’ Band.’ Ironically, CCR had covered ‘Good Golly’ just a year before ‘Travelin’ Band.’ The suit is later dropped.
1971: John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on ABC-TV’s The Dick Cavett Show to promote John’s new album ‘Imagine,’ Yoko’s new book, and their upcoming art exhibition.
1972: Joe Cocker and six members of his touring band are arrested after a concert in Adelaide, Australia, when police allegedly discover marijuana and heroin in their hotel rooms. The group are not charged but instead given four hours to leave the country.
1974: Jethro Tull released their 7th studio album, ‘War Child.’
1975: KISS release their most popular and recognizable single ‘Rock and Roll All Night.’
1977: At the personal request of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Linda Ronstadt sings the US national anthem at the beginning of their third World Series game against the New York Yankees.
1977: KISS release their 2nd live album ‘Alive II.’ It goes on to sell over 2 million copies.
1978: The KISS solo LPs from Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss all enter the charts.
1983: Riot released their 5th studio album, ‘Born in America.’
1985: Iron Maiden release their 1st live album, ‘Live After Death.’
1988: Def Leppard becomes the first act in chart history to sell seven million copies of two consecutive albums. ‘Pyromania,’ with 10 million copies sold and ‘Hysteria’ with 25 million copies sold.
1989: Motley Crue started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Dr. Feelgood’.
1993: Rage Against The Machine begin their U.S. tour in Hollywood, CA.
1994: Jimmy Page & Robert Plant release their ‘No Quarter’ album.
1996: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 9th studio album, ‘Inspiration.’
1997: Sir Paul McCartney’s symphonic poem ‘Standing Stone’ gets its world debut by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. The piece earns the former Beatle six curtain calls. Critics, however, call it dull and forgettable.
1997: Green Day released their fifth studio album ‘Nimrod.’ Recorded at Conway Studios in L.A., the album peaks at #10 on the Billboard U.S. charts and is later certified double platinum.
1997: Saxon release their 13th studio album, ‘Unleash the Beast.’
1998: B.B. King picks up a lifetime achievement award at the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
2000: The Beatles’ official autobiography ‘Anthology’ hits #1 on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list.
2003: Ozzy Osbourne seeks treatment for Parkinson’s Disease-like tremors and postpones a fall European tour. The veteran rock artist says in a statement, “I have been in Boston for the last three weeks, having medical tests for a tremor which has become markedly worse over the last two years.”
2003: Stone Temple Pilot’s singer Scott Weiland files for divorce from his wife of three years, Mary Weiland, claiming irreconcilable differences. The couple has two children and separated in September of 2002.
2004: Eric clapton is busted for speeding at 134 mph in his Porsche 911 Turbo near Merceuil, France, and fined 750 Euros. He is suspended from driving in France. After paying his fine, Clapton poses for photographs with the French police. He then left the scene in his Porsche, with his secretary behind the wheel.
2005: Slipknot launch their North American tour in Cincinnati. Guitarist Jim Root broke his wrist the day before in a mountain biking accident but Slipknot decides to start the tour without him.
2005: Lunch boxes decorated by celebrities, including Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, the Beastie Boys’ Mike D, U2’s Bono and the Edge and R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, are up for bid online to raise money for hunger relief. The eBay auction benefits the Food Bank of New York City and the Lunchbox Fund, which provides meals to South African schoolchildren.
2006: A memorial stone honoring late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton is unveiled at the site of the 1986 bus crash that killed him in D’rarp, Sweden. “That really shows the engagement and the love that our fans have for our music and the people behind it,” says Metallica frontman James Hetfield. “Cliff is one of the icons that is not easily forgotten.”
2007: The Tom Petty documentary film, ‘Running Down A Dream’ debuts at the New York Film Festival.
2007: Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington breaks his arm during the group’s concert in Melbourne, Australia. “He broke it about four songs (into the show), but didn’t let it stop him from playing the rest of the set,” writes vocalist/rhythm guitarist Mike Shinoda in an online post. “It was crazy.” How did it happen? “I went to do a jump off the top of the stairs and…fell straight back and landed right on my wrist,” explains the singer. “It f**king hurts, dude.”
2007: David Bowie inspired clothing line is at Target stores along with an EP ‘Strangers When We Meet.’ The six-track disc contains Bowie live and rare studio tracks. The Bowie apparel is the work of British designer Keenan Duffty.
2007: Heart play on the ABC special ‘Frosted Pink.’ Money raised benefits organizations that focus on cancers that affect women. Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, Sharon, also appears on the program.
2008: ‘We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year’ is released. The 12-track album has ‘Run Rudolf Run’ featuring ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman’ has Black Sabbath/Heaven And Hell vets Tony Iommi and Ronnie James Dio. Alice Cooper, Styx’s Tommy Shaw and ex-AC/DC drummer Simon Wright also contribute.
2009: Paul McCartney was named Songwriter of The Year at the 29th Annual ASCAP Awards in London. The awards presentation honored songwriters and publishers of the most performed works in the US during 2008.
2009: A tax lien is filed against Courtney Love in Los Angeles County, claiming she owes the federal government $324,335.21 in back taxes from 2007. “Ms. Cobain has every intention of paying those taxes,” claims Love’s representative, Keith Fink.
2010: Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan joins his old band and frontman Axl Rose onstage for the first time in seventeen years during a show at London’s O2 Arena. McKagan plays bass on ‘You Could Be Mine’ but switches to rhythm guitar for ‘Nice Boys’ and ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door.’
2011: Chuck Ruff dies in San Francisco, California, after a long illness at 60. Ruff was well-known for his work with The Edgar Winter Group, including the instrumental ‘Frankenstein.’ He also played on two of Sammy Hagar’s solo records.
2011: After 27 years of marriage, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth announce they are breaking up.
2012: Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson is one of 92 pilots who enter the record books by flying a simulator around the world in real time. The flight, sponsored by Aerobility, a company developing a flight simulator able to teach the disabled to fly an aircraft, takes 10 days.
2014: Exodus release their 10th studio album, ‘Blood In, Blood Out.’
2014: Lamb Of God unfurl their documentary ‘As The Palaces Burn.’ Originally planned to feature fans on the group’s 2012 world tour, the majority of the film chronicles frontman Randy Blythe’s trial and eventual exoneration of manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic.
2014: ‘Jimmy Page,’ a book by the legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist, is released. “I thought it would be unique to have an autobiography in photographs, charting my whole musical journey,” says Page in a press release.
2014: Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian releases his autobiography ‘I’m the Man: The Story Of That Guy From Anthrax.’
2014: Neil Peart of Rush releases his book ‘Far And Near: On Days Like These,’ which documents his travels.
1955: Buddy & Bob (Buddy Holly) open for Elvis Presley at the ‘Big D Jamboree’, held at Lubbock’s Cotton Club in Texas. Nashville talent scout Eddie Crandall was in audience and arranged for Holly to audition and record demos for the Decca US label.
1956: Little Richard records ‘Good Golly Miss Molly.’
1960: While in Hamburg, The Beatles back Wally Eymond, the guitarist for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes on his version of George Gershwin’s ‘Summertime.’ Beatles drummer Pete Best doesn’t make the session so the band plays with Rory Storm’s drummer, Ringo Starr. This is the first known recording of the group together, though the master is lost to history. Two years later, the group would hire Ringo permanently.
1965: Jimi Hendrix signs his first recording contract, and it is was a bad one. It had his name as “Jimmy” and for signing it, Jimi received one dollar and 1% of retail sales for any records sold. It also gave the record company the right to sell it if they wanted.
1966: The Monkees record ‘I’m A Believer.’
1966: Vocalist Signe Anderson performs her final show with Jefferson Airplane. She leaves after giving birth to her daughter four months earlier and is replaced by former Great Society singer Grace Slick.
1966: The youth-oriented International Times publication starts in England. Pink Floyd performs at the launch party.
1967: The first Sacramento Pop Festival was held, featuring Jefferson airplane, Spirit, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Stawberry Alarm Clock and Sunshine Company.
1968: The former New Yardbirds, now known as Led Zeppelin, perform their first gig under that name at England’s Surrey University.
1971: Former teen idol Rick Nelson is booed when he tries to put the past behind him and play new material at a Madison Square Garden oldies show (a Rock N’ Roll Revival). The experience prompts Nelson to write and record his last major hit ‘Garden Party.’
1973: Having experienced respiratory problems for the past four days, Elvis Presley is admitted to Memphis’ Baptist Memorial Hospital. Dr. George Nichopoulos, Elvis’ personal physician, discovers his patient’s addiction to Demerol.
1973: The US Supreme Court upholds, by a 7-2 vote, the 1971 FCC directive that bans radio DJs from playing songs that glorify drugs.
1973: The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards is found guilty in Nice, France of possessing and intending to distribute both marijuana and heroin. He receives a one-year suspended sentence, is fined 5,000 francs, and is forbidden from entering the country for two years.
1974: ‘Alice Cooper’s Greatest Hits’ goes gold as frontman Alice (Vincent Furnier) desides to go forward as a solo artist. The rest of the group continues briefly as Billion Dollar Babies.
1976: Ike & Tina Turner dissolve their 19 year-old business partnership. Their divorce is finalized several months later. Ike’s drug problems eventually land him in prison. Tina has a successful solo career.
1977: Paul Simon releases ‘Slip Slidin’ Away.’
1977: Fleetwood Mac’s classic ‘Rumours’ is released.
1978: Toto release their self-titled 1st studio album.
1979: John Lennon and Yoko Ono donate $1,000 to provide bulletproof vests for New York City policemen. The city had been too financially strapped to provide officers with proper protection.
1980: The Cars third album ‘Panorama’ goes platinum.
1980: For the first time ever, London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios auctions off thousands of dollars of equipment, including some used on Beatles recordings.
1983: The debut studio album by Alcatrazz ‘No Parole from Rock n’ Roll’ is released. It features guitar work from a then-unknown Yngwie Malmsteen and spawns such melodic metal tracks as ‘Island in the Sun’ and ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour.’
1983: ‘Genesis,’ with the hit ‘That’s All,’ is the #1 album in the U.K.
1984: The Talking Heads ‘Stop Making Sense,’ the soundtrack to the concert film of the same name is released.
1984: AC/DC released their ’74 Jailbreak’ EP. It features five tracks that had previously been released only in Australia.
1984: Manowar released their 4th album, ‘Sign of the Hammer.’
1985: Rush release their 11th studio album, ‘Power Windows.’
1987: Joe Satriani released his 2nd studio album, ‘Surfing with the Alien.’
1988: Bon Jovi start a four-week run at #1 on the Billboard charts with their fourth album, ‘New Jersey.’ The album produced five Hot 100 Top 10 singles, the most top ten hits to date for a hard rock album.
1991: Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty is the proud father of son Shane Cody, his fourth child.
1991: The first day of the Guitar Legends festival is held at Seville, Spain. The 5-day festival would include performances by Roger Waters, Joe Satriani and B.B. King.
1995: Paul and Linda McCartney make a memorable appearance on tonight’s ‘Lisa The Vegetarian’ episode of FOX’s The Simpsons, doing their voiceovers only on condition that the Lisa character stay a vegetarian forever after.
1996: Motorhead release their 13th studio album, ‘Overnight Sensation.’
1996: Corossion Of Conformity release their 5th album, ‘Wiseblood.’
1996: KoRn release their 2nd studio album, ‘Life Is Peachy.’
1996: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was charged with assault for attacking cameraman Henry Trappler who took pictures of Lee and his then-wife Pamela Anderson Lee as they were leaving Hollywood’s Viper Room. Trappler was treated at a hospital for a broken pelvis. After pleading no contest, Lee was sentenced to four months in prison.
1998: Motorhead release their 3rd live album, ‘Nö Sleep at All.’
2000: Dave Edmunds had a triple heart bypass operation at Los Angeles’s Cedars Sinai Hospital.
2001: U.D.O. released their 1st live album, ‘Live from Russia.’
2002: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 14th studio album, ‘Attack!!’
2003: Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick is shot in the right leg in front of the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood. A second bullet grazes the left side of his head. The shooting occurs at 1:20 a.m. following a heated argument outside the club. Minutes after the altercation, the 21-year-old suspect returns with a 9-mm handgun and starts firing indiscriminately into the crowd. Kulick, who is standing in front of the club at the time, was not the intended target of the shooting, according to police. The gunman is later sentenced to 10 years in prison and Kulick completely recovers.
2003: Mike Smith of The Dave Clark Five suffers a fall from a ladder While trying to climb a 7-foot gate after locking himself out of his villa at his home in Spain that leaves him paralyzed from the waist down. Smith fell heavily on his head and cracked his spine in three places. He would remain a near-quadriplegic until his death from pneumonia on February 28th, 2008, less than two weeks before the band was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2004: Bill Eyden, the session drummer hired to play on Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ dies after a lengthy illness at the age of 74. Eyden also worked with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, Charlie Watts and was a member of the resident trio at Ronnie Scott’s club in London, England until the late 60s.
2005: Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic cuts the ribbon to open of Seattle’s Hotel Max. The remodeled, former one-star hotel, displays works by local artists and photographers on room doors. The hotel’s fifth floor is devoted to the city’s famous Grunge musicians. There are life-size photographs of members of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Courtney Love.
2006: Rob Zombie’s ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ wins the Killer Movie prize at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards in L.A. The event celebrates horror-themed cinema, music and television. Presenters include Linkin Park, Korn’s Jonathan Davis, Slipknot and Zombie. 30 Seconds to Mars and Avenged Sevenfold take the stage.
2006: The inaugural Long Island Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place Patchogue, N.Y. Among the institution’s initial honorees are founding KISS members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss; Mountain’s Leslie West; the Vanilla Fudge, Joan Jett, and Billy Joel. Criss, West, Jett and Joel attend the gala, which features an all-star jam.
2006: The final concert is performed at the legendary Manhattan music club CBGB. Patti Smith, who played her first show at CBGB in February 1975, performs. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, bassist, Flea, and Television guitarist Richard Lloyd also appear. The club closes after an extended dispute between club owner Hilly Kristal and the Bowery Residents Committee, which tried to charge Kristal $19,000 in alleged back rent. After efforts to have the building preserved as a historical landmark, a men’s clothing store moves in 14 months later and throws out practically everything associated with the former music club.
2007: AC/DC secures the rights to ACDC.com, which was previously held by a pornographic site. “Feel free to visit us from work, school or, for longtime visitors to the site, from the usual privacy of your basement,” reads an announcement from the band.
2008: Jon Bon Jovi is the latest musician to disapprove of the use of his songs in John McCain’s US presidential campaign. Bon Jovi’s song, ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home’, was used during rallies held by Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Foo Fighters, Heart and Jackson Browne had all asked Mr. McCain to stop using their tracks in his presidential bid. Bon Jovi threw a $30,000 per person, fund-raising dinner for Democratic candidate Barack Obama at his New Jersey home in September.
2009: Queensryche’s ‘American Soldier Tour’ gets underway. Lita Ford performs three songs with the band during each set. Lita and Queensryche singer Geoff Tate perform ‘Close My Eyes Forever,’ the 1988 duet with Ozzy Osbourne, with Tate taking over Ozzy’s part.
2009: ‘Travelin’ Man: On the Road and Behind the Scenes With Bob Seger’ is released in bookstores. The biography, co-written by Tom Weschler, Seger’s former tour manager and photographer, and music journalist Gary Graff, focuses on Seger from the late 1960s through the 1970s. The forward is penned by John Mellencamp and the afterword comes from fellow Detroit-area musician Kid Rock.
2010: Rolling Stone magazine publishes an exclusive excerpt from guitarist Keith Richard’s memoir ‘Life,’ eleven days before the book hits stores. The 10,000 word excerpt covers the early days of the Rolling Stones.
2010: Bon Jovi headlines the ‘Concerts For The Coast’ in Gulf Shores, AL, to bring attention and economic relief to the Alabama gulf coast region.
2010: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is the voice of the Mad Hatter on Nickelodeon’s ‘The Wonder Pets’ special ‘Alice In Wonderland’ themed show.
2011: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation marks the former President’s 65th birthday by honoring his charitable work. The Hollywood Bowl concert includes Stevie Wonder and closes with Bono and the Edge performing a 40-minute, seven-song set that includes ‘Desire,’ ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ and ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday,’ which recognizes Clinton’s work on the Irish peace process.
2011: Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore announce the end of their 27-year marriage.
2012: Stevie Nicks headlines the AIDS Foundation’s 11th Annual An Enduring Vision benefit show in New York City.
2012: Duff McKagan hosts a spoken word/multi-media presentation based on his autobiography, ‘It’s So Easy (And Other Lies)’ at The Viper Room in West Hollywood.
2013: Pearl Jam release their 10th studio album ‘Lightning Bolt.’
2013: Testament release their 4th live album ‘Dark Roots of Thrash.’
2013: ‘We Will Rock You,’ a musical produced with Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, begins a North American tour at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre. The show features 24 Queen songs.
2013: At BMI’s London Awards ceremony, Sex Pistols/Public Image Ltd.frontman John Lydon receives the Icon Award for his songwriting. “John Lydon is a true icon whose influence on music, fashion and art has been felt around the world,” says Del Bryant, president of BMI.
2014: U2’s Bono said he was sorry after their latest album was automatically added to the libraries of all iTunes users around the world, saying the move was a “drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity”. iTunes users complained that the 11-track ‘Songs of Innocence’ had been added to their music library without permission and that it was not clear how to delete it. When the download controversy exploded iTunes offered an album delete option.
2015: Neil Young launches GoEarth.org, a website designed to promote global conservation.
2015: After demanding that presidential candidate Donald Trump stop playing ‘Dream On,’ Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler pens an essay for the Huffington Post calling for an update of copyright laws. “Songwriters, producers and artists can’t survive on what they are being paid.”
1951: An 18-year old Little Richard has his first recording session, laying down a handful tracks at the studios of Atlanta radio station WGST.
1954: Elvis Presley makes his broadcast debut on ‘The Louisiana Hayride’ radio show.
1963: The largest audience in British television history watch The Beatles perform on ‘Val Parnell’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium.’
1965: The Beatles recorded ‘Day Tripper’ at Abbey Road studio’s in London in three takes, they then added vocals and other overdubs, completing the song before the end of the day.
1965: Jefferson Airplane play the Longshoremen’s Hall, the first of many ‘happenings’ in the Bay Area. The Great Society, with future Airplane vocalist Grace Slick, is also on the bill.
1966: Folk singer Joan Baez is among 124 antiwar protesters arrested for blocking entrance to an Army Induction Center in Oakland, California. She is sentenced to ten days in jail.
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience 3rd studio album, ‘Electric Ladyland’ is released.
1969: Leonard Chess (born Lejzor Czyż) dies of a heart attack. He was 52. Chess was a record company executive and founder of the Chess record label which was home to Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, Sonny Boy Williamson and many more. He was the focal point of the movies ‘Cadillac Records’ and ‘Who Do You Love?’ It is said that Chess Records epitomized the independent record business and Chess himself set new standards for the industry in artist development, deal making, networking, and marketing and promotion.
1969: Black Sabbath record their debut album in this single day.
1972: Internal strife between the three remaining band members, reportedly due to leader John Fogerty’s reluctance to give up creative control lead to the public breakup of Creedence Clearwater Revival. The press statement tries to put the best possible face on the incident, “We don’t regard this as breaking up. We look at it as an expansion of our activities.”
1975: Bruce Springsteen begins a series of shows at The Roxy in Los Angeles, where he earns adulation from many celebrities and a glowing review in the L.A. Times. This leads to cover stories on Springsteen in both Time and Newsweek on October 27th.
1976: Thin Lizzy release their 7th studio album, ‘Johnny the Fox.’
1983: Thin Lizzy’s 2nd live album ‘Life:Live’ is released.
1986: An all-star “60th birthday” bash is thrown for Chuck Berry in his hometown of St. Louis. Berry is joined by Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Etta James, Robert Cray, Linda Ronstadt, and many others on stage at the local Fox Theatre. The making of the concert and the show itself are filmed by veteran director Taylor Hackford for the critically acclaimed 1987 documentary ‘Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll.’
1988: U2, Ziggy Marley and Keith Richards are among the performers at the Smile Jamaica concert, which benefits victims of Hurricane Gilbert.
1990: ZZ Top release their 10th studio album, ‘Recycler.’
1991: Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell is arrested at a Holiday Inn in Santa Monica, CA after a maid finds syringes, white powder and crack pipes. He is charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance and states, “I needed some time off so I got myself a drug addiction and booked myself into a hospital instead.”
1992: Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Celebration is held at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Tom Petty, the Band, Eddie Vedder and Johnny Cash take the stage. Dylan sings ‘My Back Pages’ and Neil Young does his version of ‘All Along The Watchtower.’ The show closes with an ensemble rendition of ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.
1992: The Offspring release their second studio album, ‘Ignition,’ which is their first release on Epitaph Records, a label owned by Bad Religion’s Brett Gurewitz.
2001: After Bob Dylan hires extra security guards in preparation for his comeback ‘Love And Theft’ tour, two of the guards turn Dylan himself back when the singer forgets his own pass. The new guards are fired.
2001: Ozzy Osbourne released his 8th studio album, ‘Down to Earth.’
2002: Billy Joel leaves the Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT, where it is rumored he’s been undergoing treatment for alcoholism.
2003: Simon and Garfunkel open their new “Old Friends” Tour with a concert in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
2004: Velvet Revolver’s first U.S. tour kicks off in Antioch, TN.
2004: Tommy Lee of Motley Crue performs with the University of Nebraska marching band during the half-time show of the Baylor-Nebraska game at Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium. It’s part of a planned NBC reality show that has the 42-year old Lee enrolled at Nebraska.
2005: Queen plays their first ever U.S. show with Paul Rodgers fronting the group in East Rutherford N.J.
2006: A Beatles photography exhibit, described as the most comprehensive ever, opens at the San Francisco Art Exchange. The Long and Winding Road — The Life and Times of John, Paul, George & Ringo features more than 100 pictures of The Beatles by more than 20 photographers, including never-before-seen shots.
2007: An AC/DC DVD box set titled ‘Plug Me In’ is released. The two-disc collection contains rare concert and television footage. One focuses on the Bon Scott era while the other delves into Brian Johnson’s tenure.
2007: ‘The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live At Monterey,’ a DVD documenting Jimi Hendrix’s breakthrough 1967 performance at the Monterey International Pop Festival is released with footage from the guitarist’s entire set plus previously unseen interviews with Hendrix and bandmates Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding.
2007: Graham Nash, David Crosby and Jackson Browne participate in the Pray For Peace Event at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The benefit, which Nash helps organize, includes an interfaith prayer service and a concert featuring acoustic performances. The event celebrates the Dalai Lama being presented with the Congressional Gold Medal, which the Buddhist leader receives the following day.
2007: Alice Cooper and Styx each receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Entertainment Buyers Association’s convention in Nashville.
2008: Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel perform at a New York fundraiser for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
2010: Auburn University researcher Justin Havird names a new species of fish “Lepidocephalichthys zeppelin” because the pectoral fin reminds him of the double-neck guitar used by Jimmy Page.
2010: For the first time ever Elton John and Leon Russell hit the road together in support of their joint T Bone Burnett produced album ‘The Union.’ The first stop is the Wang Theater in Boston. At the same show Burnett’s Speaking Clock Revue with Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp, and Gregg Allman also performs. The concert raises money for the Participant Foundation, which supports music and arts education in public schools.
2013: David Bowie is voted the best-dressed Briton in history in a poll conducted by BBC History Magazine. He garners nearly half of the 4,000 votes beating out the likes of Queen Elizabeth I, Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, and Beau Brummell.
2014: Neil Young officially unveils the Ponoplayer, a high-tech music player, at Saleforce’s Dreamforce conference in San Francisco.
2015: Saxon release their 21st studio album, ‘Battering Ram.’
1919: The Radio Corporation of America is founded by General Electric as a publicly-held monopoly.
1957: Elvis’ third film, ‘Jailhouse Rock,’ world premieres at the Loews State Theater in Memphis, TN. It is the same theater where Elvis had his first job as an usher just five years earlier.
1960: Dion & The Belmonts breakup becomes official when it is reported in Billboard magazine. Lead singer Dion DiMucci claims the group’s not bluesy enough; the band claims Dion just wants a taste of solo fame.
1962: The Beatles make their very first television appearance anywhere when part of their afternoon show at the Cavern in Liverpool is broadcast live on Granada television’s ‘People And Places.’ The band performs two songs: ‘Some Other Guy’ and ‘Love Me Do.’
1963: The Beatles record the first of their ‘Christmas Records,’ spoken word greetings sent out on vinyl to members of their fan club.
1964: Manfred Mann started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’, possibly the first #1 with a nonsenical song title.
1964: The Rolling Stones release their second album, ’12 X 5.’ It sells over 500,000 copies in the U.S., and features only three originals – the rest are covers.
1966: The Zombies release ‘She’s Not There.’
1967: ‘Hair,’ the world’s first hippie rock musical, made its public debut at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
1967: The Beatles attend a small, quiet memorial service for their manager Brian Epstein, held at the New London Synagogue in St. John’s Wood (near the Abbey Road Studios).
1968: After shows as the New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin play for the first time under their new moniker. The show is at London’s Marquee Club.
1969: Led Zeppelin’s third US tour opens at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1969: Having been refused union admission to American stages for four years due to both the Davies’ brothers incessant fighting and a procedural violation during their 1965 appearance on the NBC-TV show ‘Hullabaloo!,’ the Kinks returned to the US, opening for Spirit at the Fillmore East in New York.
1970: Eric Clapton releases his version of J.J. Cale’s ‘After Midnight.’
1973: Montrose release their debut album.
1973: The Rolling Stones performed two shows at Foret Nationale in Brussels, Belgium, as part of a tour of the UK and Europe. Opening for the tour’s shows were Billy Preston and American group Kracker, the first band to be signed to Rolling Stones Records. Bobby Keys didn’t show up for the concert, which resulted in him being banned by Mick Jagger from future Rolling Stones tours until 1989, with occasional exceptions. According to legend Bobby missed the gig due to him filling a hotel bathtub with Dom Perignon champagne and drinking most of it.
1977: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 5th studio album ‘Street Survivors’ is released.
1980: Bruce Springsteen ‘The River’ is released. It’s a double album and sells over 5 million copies.
1981: One man is killed and another injured in an attempted burglary of Rolling Stones ticket offices in Maryland.
1986: The film ‘Sid and Nancy,’ a bio film of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, opens nationally.
1987: Future Green Day founders, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt, give their first live performance as members of the band Sweet Children at Rod’s Hickory Pit in Vallejo, CA where Armstrong’s mother is working.
1989: KISS release their 15th studio album, ‘Hot in the Shade.’
1991: John Mellencamp is hospitalized in Seattle after suffering dizzy spells during a promotion at a local radio station. His doctor later attributes the problem to “too much coffee, stress and not enough breakfast.”
1993: Savatage co-founder and guitarist Criss Oliva dies when an oncoming car crossed the median and struck Criss’ 1982 Mazda RX-7 head-on, killing him instantly and seriously injuring his wife, Dawn. The drunk driver with seven prior DUIs served a mere 18 months for vehicular homicide. Dawn was critically injured and later died in 2005. Criss formed Savatage with his elder brother Jon and was offered a spot in Megadeth, but turned it down to remain with the band.
1995: The largest video release of all time is made by Rhino Home Video: 21 cassette tapes featuring 58 episodes of NBC-TV’s The Monkees.
1995: GZR release their 1st album, ‘Plastic Planet.’
1995: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 8th studio album, ‘Magnum Opus.’
1995: Sting’s former financial adviser, convicted of bilking the singer to the tune of $9.4 million, is sentenced in a London court to six years in jail.
1997: Green Day’s single ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’ is released. It sells over 2 million copies.
1998: Aerosmith conducts an interactive cybercast of their Homdel, New Jersey concert. Each band member is wearing a small camera for different points of view.
1999: Santana’s ‘Supernatural’ album hits #1, giving them their first chart topping album in 28 years.
1999: Having been diagnosed with a severe case of pneumonia, Johnny Cash is admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville.
1999: Thomas Durden died aged 79. Wrote the lyrics to Heartbreak Hotel, one of Elvis Presley’s early hits. Durden had read a newspaper account of a man who had committed suicide, the man had left a note saying, ”I walk a lonely street,” Durden used the phrase as the basis for ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’
1999: A reunited E Street Band backs Bruce Springsteen to perform the first concert at L.A.’s Staples Arena.
2000: At a charity auction organized by Mick Fleetwood in London, singer George Michael pays one and a half million pounds for the upright piano on which John Lennon wrote the 1971 hit ‘Imagine.’
2000: Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi releases his debut solo album, ‘Iommi.’ It’s star-studded with guest appearances by Queen guitarist Brian May, Nirvana drummer/Foo Fighters singer/guitarist Dave Grohl, Billy Idol, Cult singer Ian Astbury, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Pantera’s Phil Anselmo, Black Flag’s Henry Rollins and Black Sabbath bandmates Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward.
2000: A flat in Montagu Square London once owned during the 60’s by Ringo Starr went on the market for £575,000. The two bedrooms, two-story property was also home for Jimi Hendrix, John & Yoko and Paul McCartney during the 60’s.
2005: Freddie Mercury’s 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow failed to sell in an eBay auction, having not met its reserve price. It had been listed by his sister, Kashmira Cooke, who had inherited the car from him. The auction had attracted nearly 200 bids and exceeded £60,000 (approximately $93,000). The luxury vehicle had not appeared in public since 2002, when it had been used to transport the Bulsara family to the premiere of the Queen stage musical We Will Rock You. It came with a box of Kleenex Mansize tissues left in the car by Freddie.
2005: Fats Domino returns to his Ninth Ward home for the first time since Hurricane Katrina to find it utterly destroyed, with his piano and several of his gold records among the ruined items.
2006: Stone Sour’s ‘Through Glass’ is #1 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.
2006: Rod Stewart’s ‘Still the Same… Great Rock Classics Of Our Time’ debuts at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. The covers album sells over 184,000 copies in its first week to become the 4th Rod Stewart album to hit #1.
2006: ZZ Top is presented the International Entertainment Buyers Association’s Living Legend Award at a gala banquet in Nashville. ZZ Top are recognized for their “hard-rocking power-trio approach to the Blues,” and “superior musicianship…attitude, style and some devilishly funny songs.”
2006: ‘Truth and Lies,’ a DVD documentary covering the Rolling Stones career from the band’s formation in the early ’60s to ’02’s ‘Forty Licks’ tour is released.
2006: ‘The Cars Unlocked: The Live Performances,’ a two disc set, is released. “This project confirmed that we’d picked a good place to stop,” says The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek.
2006: The ‘Lucky You’ soundtrack is released with songs by Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. The Drew Barrymore film is in theaters 10 days later.
2006: Court documents allegedly filed on behalf of Heather Mills McCartney claim that estranged husband Paul McCartney was physically and verbally abusive toward her, drank heavily and used illegal drugs during their marriage. Heather’s attorneys say she “stands by everything that has been filed at court.”
2006: U2’s Bono appears in a Dublin courtroom to testify against the band’s former stylist, whom they say has been selling memorabilia that belongs to the band. Lola Cashman, appealing a 2005 ruling stating that she must return to the group items she has tried to auction off (including the Stetson hat Bono wore on the cover of the ‘Rattle And Hum’ album), claims they were given to her as gifts. Despite her assertion, U2 prevail.
2007: Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard’s side project Brad performs in New York to benefit the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.
2007: Paul McCartney is a guest DJ on BBC Radio One to mark the British national radio station’s 40th anniversary. Other musicians, including Ozzy Osbourne, do a stint as a Radio One DJ.
2007: Kid Rock’s ‘Rock N Roll Jesus’ is #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Selling in the neighborhood of 170,000 copies in its first week, it’s Rock’s first chart topping album.
2008: AC/DC release their 14th internationally released studio album, ‘Black Ice.’
2008: Guns N’ Roses ‘Chinese Democracy’ album is finally announced to be coming out after more than a decade of waiting.
2008: Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is released from the Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, CA. Barker had been in treatment for severe burns that he suffered in a 9/19/08 South Carolina plane crash that killed four passengers and seriously injured musical partner DJ AM.
2009: Johnny Depp presented Keith Richards with the ‘Rock Immortal’ Award at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California, as part of this years Scream Awards.
2009: Bono contributes a special op-ed piece to the New York Times about President Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. The U2 frontman writes that Obama has attempted to change the direction and image of the U.S. abroad. “In my view…the administration’s approach to fighting nuclear proliferation and climate change, improving relations in the Middle East and, by the way, creating jobs and providing health care at home, are rebranding in action,” explains Bono. “I think the man might deserve the hype.”
2010: Kings Of Leon guitarist Caleb Followill makes an appearance on the U.S. edition of Iron Chef. He’s a guest judge during a segment called the Secret Ingredient. Followill is so impressed by one dish that he asks the other judges whether it is “okay if we eat it all?”
2013: U2’s ‘Ordinary Love,’ the first new cut from the band in three years, is featured in the trailer for the Nelson Mandela biopic, ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.’
2013: Iron Maiden, having taken in more than $15 million in ticket sales from nine live shows, tops Billboard’s Hot Tours List for the third time in a year. The two-year Maiden England world tour nets more than $57 million from 54 concerts with a total attendance above 900,000.
2014: ‘Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways’ debuts on HBO. The eight-episode series chronicles the recording of the band’s album ‘Sonic Highways’ and the musical histories of each city visited.
2015: Neil Young and The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform a rare acoustic performance at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music to support the non-profit organization’s mission of offering students the opportunity to study music.
2015: Former Guns N’ Roses/SIXX: AM guitarist DJ Ashba performs the national anthem at the 2015 Monster Energy Cup (motorcycle racing) in Las Vegas.
1922: The British Broadcasting Corporation, or BBC, the first national broadcasting corporation, is founded on this day in London.
1956: Elvis Presley gets into a fight with two Memphis gas station attendants. As Elvis is getting his car checked, fans gather and he starts signing autographs. The station manager asks Presley to move on. A fight erupts. The two station employees are later found guilty of assault and battery.
1957: For the Quarrymen’s gig at the New Clubmoor Hall, Norris Green, Liverpool, Paul McCartney joins the group on stage for the first time, as a guitar player. Having made a few mistakes on his solo for Arthur Smith’s ‘Guitar Boogie,’ a distressed and nervous McCartney attempts to repair his image by showing Quarrymen leader John Lennon some of the songs he’s composed. John responds in kind, leading to the beginning of the Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership.
1959: 75 teens are arrested outside of the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, KS after a riot breaks out, further goading civic leaders to decry the rock and roll “menace.”
1963: Chuck Berry is released from prison after serving 19 months for a Mann Act violation (transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes).
1964: The Animals begin their first UK tour as headliners, playing the ABC Club in Manchester with supporting acts Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, the Nashville Teens, and Tommy Tucker.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays its first major show backing Billy Hallyday at the Paris Olympia Theatre.
1967: The Richard Lester movie ‘How I Won The War,’ an antiwar satire featuring John Lennon in the role of Pvt. Gripweed, opens at London’s Premiere Theatre, with all four Beatles attending. Lester directed the first two Beatle films (‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help!’)
1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono are busted for marijuana possession in their apartment in London’s Montague Square, a flat leased to them by Ringo and previously lived in by Jimi Hendrix. Having gotten wind of the bust ahead of time (and also having begun experimenting with heroin), John, Yoko, and John’s friend Pete Shotton clean the place to within an inch of its life, but the police nevertheless claim to find approximately 230 grains of cannabis resin, enough to arrest the two. Later in the day, fater paying a 150 pound fine, the pair are released, but not before Yoko begins to feel discomfort in her stomach, an ominous symptom of the miscarriage she will soon suffer.
1968: Led Zeppelin plays their first London gig at the Marquee Club. This is after the group toured Scandinavia as the New Yardbirds.
1969: In Hawaii, Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane is arrested for possession of marijuana.
1969: Rod Stewart joins the Faces, formerly known as the Small Faces.
1969: A clearly ill Bill Haley plays the First Annual Rock and Roll Revival show at New York’s Madison Square Garden and, at the end of his set, receives an eight-minute standing ovation.
1974: The Rolling Stones release ‘It’s Only Rock N’ Roll.’
1975: Paul Simon reunites with former partner Art Garfunkel on the second-ever episode of Saturday Night Live, performing ‘ n Scarborough Fair,’ ‘The Boxer,’ and their new single, ‘My Little Town.’
1976: ‘If You Leave Me Now’ by Chicago hits #1 of the Billboard singles chart.
1981: Gillan release their 5th album, ‘Double Trouble.’
1985: The Cult release their 2nd album, ‘Love.’
1986: Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie marries her second husband, Portugese music composer Eduardo Quintela.
1988: Stephen M. Love, brother of Beach Boys singer Mike Love, pleads guilty in LA Municipal Court, to one count of grand theft. He had embezzled $900,000 from the band he formerly managed.
1988: Traveling Wilburys ‘Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1’ is released.
1989: Guns N’ Roses, opening for the Rolling Stones in L.A., are not up to par, due to drug use, and that sends vocalist Axl Rose to threaten onstage, to quit the group. “Unless certain people in this band get their s–t together, these will be the last Guns N’ Roses shows you’ll f–king ever see. Cause I’m tired of too many people in this organization dancing with Mr. Brownstone.”
1990: It’s Rocky Horror Picture Show Day in L.A. on the film’s 15th anniversary.
1993: Iron Maiden release their 3rd live album, ‘A Real Dead One.’
1994: Bob Seger is inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.
1994: Queensryche release their 5th studio album,’Promised Land.’
1994: Soundgarden’s ‘Superunknown’ goes triple platinum.
1994: Tenor saxophonist Lee Allen dies of cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 68. A prominent rock-and-roll session musician, his sax playing can be heard anywhere from Little Richard’s ‘Tutti-Frutti’ to Fats Domino’s ‘I’m Walking’ to Etta James’ ‘Tough Lover.’
1994: Marilyn Manson, opening for Nine Inch Nails, is banned (for moral reasons) from performing in Salt Lake City. Still, N.I.N. frontman Trent Reznor invites Manson onstage and explains why Manson’s group isn’t playing that evening. In the process, Reznor shreds The Book of Mormon and tosses it into the crowd.
1996: Nirvana’s live ‘From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah’ enters the U.S. chart at #1.
2000: Rage Against The Machine lead singer, Zack De La Rocha, quits the politically charged rock outfit. In a statement, he says, “I feel that it is now necessary to leave Rage because our decision-making process has completely failed. It is no longer meeting the aspirations of all four of us collectively as a band, and from my perspective, has undermined our artistic and political ideal.”
2004: Bono of U2 and and Representative John Lewis (D-GA) receive the Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Only two awards are given out annually to people who have advanced civil rights.
2005: While in the Washington, D.C. area for a couple of concerts, U2’s Bono goes to Capitol Hill to address a group of House Democrats about his concerns over debt relief for impoverished nations and the ongoing global AIDS crisis. The following day Bono lunches with President Bush.
2005: An image of a naked John Lennon taken on the last day of his life, was named the top U.S. magazine cover of the past 40 years. The Rolling Stone front cover, taken by Annie Leibovitz and showing Lennon curled around Yoko Ono, was picked by editors, artists and designers.
2005: The Scorpions, Whitesnake and Queensryche appear on the acoustic compilation ‘VH1 Classic Metal Mania – Stripped Volume 2: The Anthems.’ An accompanying DVD, titled ‘VH1 Classic Metal Mania – Stripped on the Strip: Live at the Key Club,’ is also out.
2005: Mudvayne, System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian, ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Buckethead and Shadows Fall are on the ‘Masters Of Horror’ soundtrack. The Showtime series features 13 one-hour horror films by genre’s most acclaimed directors.
2005: A Perfect Circle’s Billy Howerdel is heard on ‘Jak X: Combat Racing,’ a children’s video game. “I was surprised at first [to be asked],” says the guitarist. Members of the Offspring, Limp Bizkit and Queens Of The Stone Age also contribute to the soundtrack.
2005: ITunes presents an all-star cover of Eric Clapton’s ‘Tears in Heaven’ with Ozzy Osbourne, Steven Tyler, Gavin Rossdale and Scott Weiland. The Sharon Osbourne produced charity single aids victims of Hurricane Katrina and the Southeast Asian tsunami.
2005: U2’s Bono goes to Capitol Hill to address a group of House Democrats about his concerns over debt relief for impoverished nations and the ongoing global AIDS crisis. The following day Bono lunches with President George Bush. In his spare time, he and his bandmates perform a pair of D.C. concerts.
2006: Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke says the band may refuse to continue touring if something isn’t done to reduce the environmental impact of a major act hitting the road. “The way that tours are structured now and the way it works is a ridiculous consumption of energy,” contends Yorke.
2006: Stone Sour play their first concert in Russia.
2006: Hinder’s headlining tour starts in College Station, TX. Previously, they opened for Nickelback and Staind.
2006: ‘The No Sleep Till Halloween’ tour with Papa Roach, Lostprophets and Kill Hannah draws first blood in Lowell, MA. The tour dies (ends) on Halloween night in Universal City, CA.
2007: Kid Rock makes the cover of Rolling Stone magazine (the 2007 Hot Issue). Rock is standing with his shirt open surrounded by four scantily clad (hot) women.
2007: A class-action lawsuit is filed against Aerosmith by fans who bought tickets for a nixed Maui concert. While ticket holders did receive refunds, the action seeks damages for travel expenses and other nonrefundable fees. The group’s management claims that Aerosmith bowed out of the show for logistical reasons. However, the lawyer involved in the suit counters that the band was able to play apparently more lucrative shows in Chicago and Honolulu that same week.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie launch a joint tour in Seattle. Guitarist Zakk Wylde is in Ozzy’s band for the trek.
2007: The Eagles and the Dixie Chicks co-headline the first of two shows at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
2008: Kid Rock tapes an episode of ‘VH1’s Storytellers’ series. Concert footage features songs from his ‘Rock N’ Roll Jesus’ album.
2008: Police frontman Sting and his wife Trudy are honored for their support of environmental causes by the Oceana conservation organization in Los Angeles.
2008: Smashing Pumpkins perform their single ‘G.L.O.W.’ at Spike TV’s Scream Awards in L.A. Frontman Billy Corgan uses the occasion to complain about the way the music industry has treated his band’s comeback. The show is broadcast a few days later.
2009: Aerosmith play the first of two make-up shows required in a settlement that resulted from legal action instigated by fans two years earlier. A concert on Maui comes two days later.
2011: Jane’s Addiction release out their first album in 8 years, ‘The Great Escape Artist.’
2011: ‘Kurt Cobain: The Graphic Novel,’ is available on iTunes. Written by Barnaby Legg and Jim McCarthy with art by Flameboy, the graphic, digital book and app tells Cobain’s life story in comic book style. App users can go through the novel page by page or frame by frame.
2012: ‘Roll Over Beethoven: The Life and Music of Chuck Berry’ opens at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, on Berry’s 86th birthday. The exhibit includes Berry’s ’58 recording contract with Chess Records and handwritten lyrics.
2012: KISS bassist Gene Simmons hosts KISS Army Night at the first annual Rocktoberfest at Nokia Plaza, in L.A.
2012: Bruce Springsteen campaigns alongside Bill Clinton at a campaign rally in Parma, OH in support of a second term for President Barack Obama.
2013: Paul McCartney gave an impromptu gig in Covent Garden, London to a crowd of more than 2,000 fans during the lunchtime rush. McCartney’s latest solo album ‘New’ was released in the same week.
2013: Motorhead released their 21st studio album, ‘Aftershock.’
1957: Elvis Presley gets his draft notice. His military service begins the following year.
1961: At a show in Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool, England, Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Beatles combine on stage to form the Beatmakers, performing Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,’ Ray Charles’ ‘What’d I Say?,’ the pop standard ‘Red Sails in the Sunset,’ and Charles’ ‘Hit the Road, Jack.’
1964: The incredibly influential English concert called the ‘American Negro Blues Festival’ kicks off, featuring Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Sonny Boy Williamson, among others. It is the first glimpse of these bluesmen for many upcoming British R&B and rock legends.
1966: The Yardbirds, now featuring Jeff Beck on lead guitar and Jimmy Page on rhythm guitar, arrive in New York City to start their first American tour. After two dates of the tour, Beck developed acute tonsillitis and quit the group. He would go on to form The Jeff Beck Group, that gave Rod Stewart his first major exposure.
1967: Hour Glass, with Duane and Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers Band), open for Eric Burdon & The Animals at San Francisco’s Fillmore West Auditorium.
1968: On their farewell tour Cream perform at The Forum in Los Angeles. where live Recordings from the show were included on the ‘Goodbye Cream’ album which was released the following year.
1968: An 18 year old Peter Frampton meets Steve Marriott at a Small Faces show in London. After striking up a friendship, the two started planning a new group which emerges as Humble Pie the following April.
1970: The Australian outlaw film ‘Ned Kelly,’ featuring Mick Jagger in his first starring role, is released to scathing reviews.
1970: The Band’s ‘Stage Fright’ album goes gold.
1973: During their ‘Burnin’ North American tour, Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of two nights at The Matrix Club in San Francisco.
1973: David Bowie releases his 7th ‘Pin Ups.’ The album features supermodel Twiggy on the front cover and is a collection of cover versions of some of Bowie’s favorite songs.
1974: Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s ‘Not Fragile’ hits #1.
1977: In Greenville, South Carolina, Lynyrd Skynyrd play their last show before the plane crash that would kill three of their members. Nazareth is the opening act.
1979: Journey’s ‘Evolution’ album goes platinum.
1979: Styx release their 9th studio album, ‘Cornerstone.’
1979: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ‘Damn The Torpedoes’ is released.
1980: AC/DC begin their first U.K. tour since the death of singer Bon Scott with Geordie’s Brian Johnson on vocals.
1980: U2 opens for Slade at the Lyceum Ballroom in London.
1981: At the Holiday Star Theater in Merriville, IN, Bob Dylan calls up longtime friend Larry Kegan, wheelchair-bound since the age of 15, and lets his perform Chuck Berry’s ‘No Money Down’ as tonight’s encore.
1981: Debbie Harry’s (Blondie) first solo album, ‘Koo Koo’ is certified gold.
1991: Bonnie Raitt’s ‘Something To Talk About’ peaks at #5 on the singles chart.
1992: Metallica release their 11th single, ‘Wherever I May Roam.’
1993: Pearl Jam release their 2nd studio album ‘Vs’.
1993: Sepultura release their 5th studio album, ‘Chaos A.D.’
1993: Rush release their 15th studio album, ‘Counterparts.’
1996: Nirvana’s live ‘From The Muddy Banks of the Wishkah’ enters the U.S. chart at #1.
1997: Original Alice Cooper band guitarist Glen Buxton dies from pneumonia at the age of 49. He co-wrote many classic Alice Cooper hits, including ‘School’s Out,’ ‘I’m Eighteen’ and ‘Elected.’
1998: U2 (w/o Larry Mullen) launch an Amnesty International campaign in Dublin.
2004: Twisted Sister release their 6th studio album, ‘Still Hungry.’
2004: Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart are the lead performers on the ‘Alfie’ soundtrack, released on Virgin. Jagger sings lead on about one-third of the songs, including first single Old Habits Die Hard. Another version with Jagger, Stewart and Sheryl Crow is included as a bonus track.
2004: KoRn release their ‘Greatest Hits – Volume One.’ The set includes their version of the Funk hit ‘Word Up’ and Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall.’ There’s also a remix of ‘Freak On A Leash.’
2004: Artemis Records issues a tribute to the late Warren Zevon, ‘Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs Of Warren Zevon.’ The album features Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Don Henley and The Pixies. ‘Studebaker’ is performed by Zevon’s son, Jordan and Jakob Dylan.
2004: Following a DNA test, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale confirms that he is the father of 15-year-old British model Daisy Lowe. The admission is particularly difficult for Rossdale’s wife, Gwen Stefani, who is reportedly “devastated” by the news.
2004: Melissa Etheridge is at home in California recovering from two operations to treat breast cancer. A tumor and lymph nodes were removed. Earlier, Etheridge canceled tour dates to undergo treatment.
2004: Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters) and Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) perform at a rally for Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in Las Vegas. Blink-182 singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge also attends.
2004: ‘Words & Music: John Mellenccamp’s Greatest Hits’ is out. The set covers Mellencamp’s career from 1979 – 2004.
2004: Slash picks his ultimate compilation guitar CD for the November issue of Q magazine. Among the songs selected are, ‘Machine Gun’ and ‘All Along The Watchtower’ by Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin’s ‘No Quarter,’ ‘I Ain’t Superstitious’ from the Jeff Beck Group, Derek & The Dominoes’ ‘Layla’ and ‘Burn’ by Deep Purple.
2007: Carlos Santana’s wife, Deborah, initiates divorce proceedings against the guitarist, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple, married for 34 years, had three children together. A representative for Carlos says the split is “a private matter.”
2007: Alice Cooper receives the Rock Immortal honor at the Scream Awards (Spike TV’s celebration of horror, sci-fi, comics and fantasy) in L.A. Cooper performs, accompanied by ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and Rob Zombie. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards nabs the Best Cameo Award (for ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End’). The show also features Avenged Sevenfold and Ozzy Osbourne.
2009: A clump of hair believed to have been trimmed from Elvis Presley’s head when he joined the US Army in 1958 sold for $15,000 at an auction in Chicago. Other items sold belonging to Presley included a shirt which sold for $52,000, a set of concert-used handkerchiefs, $732 and photos from the reception of Presley’s 1967 wedding to Priscilla, sold for nearly $6,000.
2009: New York’s Empire State Building is adorned with psychedelic lights to give it a tie-dye appearance in honor of the Grateful Dead. The light show precedes ‘The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New York Historical Society’ exhibit. The display features “an array of original art and documents related to the band, its members, performances, and productions.”
2010: Queen guitarist Brian May is recognized by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for his support of the Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue Center in Camberley, U.K., and for launching the ‘Save Me’ campaign to ensure that the present laws protecting animals from cruelty are kept in place. “Fighting for the welfare of our wild animals is not a task that any of us want to have to do,” says May of the award. “We do it because these magnificent animals live, breathe, see, hear, and feel pleasure and pain like we do, but they do not speak our language, so in the world of humans, they have no voice.”
2010: ‘We Win,’ a song by Loaded, the group led by the Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, is used by ESPN and Major League Baseball for their coverage of the American League Championship Series, National League Championship Series and World Series games.
2010: Kings Of Leon release ‘Come Around Sundown’ featuring the single ‘Radioactive.’ 2010:’The Union,’ the first studio collaboration by Elton John and Leon Russell, is released.
2010: Bob Dylan releases the ninth volume of his ‘Bootleg Series.’ It’s the first official collection of the Witmark Demos, 47 songs that Dylan recorded between ’62 and ’64 for his first two music publishers.
2011: Poison are sued by Kid Rocker, an obscure, long-gone Rock band, who claim their songs were plagiarized over 20 years earlier. According to Kid Rocker’s Billy McCarthy and James Stonich, Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille acquired a tape of the band’s songs when he tried out for their group in 1984.
2012: A Washington State Superior Court judge rules that former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate is allowed to perform under the Queensryche name until the lawsuit between him and his former bandmates is resolved. Upon resolution, Tate begins using the ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ name for his group.
2012: Doro releases her 12th studio album, ‘Raise Your Fist.’
2012: Green Day songs are heard in an episode of the TV crime drama, ‘CSI: NY.’ ‘Stop When The Red Lights Flash,’ ‘Amy,’ ‘Night Life,’ ‘Kill The DJ’ and ‘The Forgotten’ are the soundtrack for action sequences with no dialogue.
2013: Queen guitarist Brian May, along with historians Paula Fleming and Denis Pellerin, publish ‘Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell.’ The book is the result of May’s fascination with 19th-century demonic stereopticon images.
2014: Raphael “Raf” Ravenscroft, the sax player who played the riff on Gerry Rafferty’s classic ‘Baker Street,’ passes away at age 60 of a suspected heart attack. 2015: Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi receives the Gibson Les Paul Award at the Q Awards. Iommi played a Gibson guitar for the duration of his career.
1955: Elvis Presley and Bill Haley and his Comets both appeared at Brooklyn High School auditorium, Cleveland. The concert is filmed for a documentary of Cleveland DJ Bill Randle but never released.
1960: Elvis Presley film ‘G.I. Blues’ premieres.
1961: Bob Dylan’s self-titled debut album is released.
1961: The Beatles played a lunchtime show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool and later that night they appear at The Village Hall in Knotty Ash.
1962: ‘Monster Mash’ by Bobby Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers hits #1 on its way to becoming the most famous Halloween song of all time. Pickett’s vocals were his impression of Boris Karloff.
1963: The Rolling Stones record the first Mick Jagger/Keith Richards composition, ‘That Girl Belongs To Yesterday.’ The song is also given to American pop singer Gene Pitney who has a hit with it.
1964: A riot predictably breaks out during the Rolling Stones first-ever Paris gig, leading to the arrest of 150 concertgoers at the Olympia Theatre.
1966: The Yardbirds (featuring Jimmy Page) record a version of their hit ‘Over Under Sideways Down’ as a jingle for General Foods’ Great Shakes beverages.
1968: The Yardbirds end their stage career with a gig at Liverpool University.
1969: The Who begin a six-night run at the Fillmore East in New York, performing their new rock opera ‘Tommy’ in its entirety.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their ‘Wedding Album’ album. It includes a photo of their own wedding cake and a copy of their marriage certificate.
1973: The Rolling Stones went to #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Angie,’ the group’s 7th US chart topper. Allegedly, the song is about Angela Bowie, David’s then-significant other.
1973: The Steve Miller Band release ‘The Joker’ album. The record peaks at #2 on the charts.
1974: Former Animals lead singer Eric Burdon and his wife Rose celebrate the birth of their first daughter, which they name Mirage. (They will later think better of it and rename her Alexandria.)
1976: Marking time while lead singer Robert Plant recovers from a debilitating car accident, Led Zeppelin premiere the concert documentary ‘The Song Remains The Same’ in New York City. A document of three 1973 shows at Madison Square Garden interspersed with several slightly ridiculous “fantasy” sequences. Though critical reaction is not kind, it goes on to be a success, as does the soundtrack album. The charity night raised $25,000 for the save the children fund.
1977: Guitarist Steve Gaines, lead singer Ronnie Van Zandt, and backup singer Cassie Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd are all killed when the band’s small Convair plane runs out of fuel and does down en route from Greenville, SC, to their next gig in Baton Rouge, LA. Crash landing in a forest near Gillsburg, MS, the accident also takes the lives of the band’s assistant road manager as well as the two pilots, not to mention severely injuring the rest of the band and most of the other two dozen passengers. The remaining members would not reunite for another decade.
1977: A little over a year after its release, Thin Lizzy’s album, ‘Jailbreak,’ with ‘The Boys Are Back In Town,’ goes gold.
1977: In town for a gig with The Police, Sting kills some time by walking through the red light district of Paris. Watching the ladies of the night ply their trade gives him the inspiration for what would be the band’s first hit: ‘Roxanne.’
1978: The Police made their US debut at C.B.G.B.S, New York. The trio had flown on low cost tickets with Laker Airtrain from the UK, carrying their instruments as hand luggage.
1979: Bob Dylan appears on NBC’s Saturday Night Live to perform three new religious songs from his upcoming album ‘Slow Train Coming,’ shocking listeners with his new fundamentalist Christian direction.
1979: The Eagles started a nine week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘The Long Run,’ the bands 4th US #1.
1980: U2 release their debut album ‘Boy.’
1986: Crimson Glory released their self-titled debut album.
1989: Nine Inch Nails debut album ‘Pretty Hate Machine’ drops. Even though the set has ‘Head Like A Hole,’ ‘Down In It’ and ‘Terrible Lie,’ it only gets to #75 on the Billboard 200.
1994: In a surprise appearance, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young take the stage during Bob Dylan’s concert at New York’s Roseland Ballroom and perform ‘Rainy Day Women #12 & 35’ and ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ with the legend himself.
1998: Black Sabbath release their 4th live album, ‘Reunion.’
1998: Aerosmith release their 4th live album, ‘A Little South of Sanity.’
1999: John Mellencamp plays a surprise gig at the 350-person-capacity Mercury Lounge in New York.
1999: A year after nearly dying from pneumonia, Johnny Cash finds himself battling the condition again. Cash is listed in serious condition at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.
2001: ‘The Concert For New York City,’ a benefit show for victims of the recent 9/11 terrorist attacks, is staged at Madison Square Garden, featuring The Who, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Bon Jovi and David Bowie. More than $30 million is raised to help victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
2001: The 15th Anniversary Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA features founder Neil Young, Crazy Horse, Pearl Jam and Billy Idol. The event raises money for the Bay Area School for children with severe learning disabilities (which Young’s son attends).
2003: King Diamond release his 11th studio album, ‘The Puppet Master.’
2004: Courtney Love wins a conditional discharge and is ordered to pay $2,336 in compensation after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in a New York court. The charge stemmed from a March show where Love injured a concertgoer’s head with her microphone stand.
2004: Rage Against the Machine, System Of A Down, U2 and the Clash are featured on ‘VH1’s 25 Greatest Political Protest Songs.’ The special explores the role of politics in Rock music, with interviews and profiled songs.
2006: ‘The Prestige’ is in select U.S. theaters. The Christopher Nolan-directed film features David Bowie portraying inventor Nikola Tesla.
2007: Former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord premieres his Durham Concerto at Durham Cathedral. The concerto was commissioned to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Durham University. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performs the piece with four soloists, including Lord on Hammond organ.
2007: Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is named honorary mayor of Glens Falls, NY, for a day just prior to a Phil Lesh and Friends concert. Lesh jokingly uses the honor to “pardon” ex-Phish frontman, Trey Anastasio, for a recent drug offense.
2008: AC/DC release their first studio album in eight years, ‘Black Ice.’ It is available exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores and can also be ordered on the group’s website.
2008: Elton John marks the 35th anniversary of ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ with a special performance of the classic 1973 album at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway in New York. Proceeds benefit a number of charities, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
2008: ‘The All Together Now’ documentary DVD about the making of the Beatles-themed Las Vegas stage production, Love, and its soundtrack, is released. The disc is available exclusively via Best Buy and at the Vegas Love Boutique. The DVD is also screened at select digital movie theaters in the United States.
2009: The Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit releases ‘Expando’ his first solo album in eight years. Kid Rock and Graham Nash contribute to the set.
2010: The Northern Light Orchestra, featuring Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Bruce Kulick (KISS) and Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses) release ‘The Spirit Of Christmas.’
2010: Stone Sour top of Billboard’s Rock Songs chart with ‘Say You’ll Haunt Me.’ Neon Trees’ ‘Animal’ sits at #2 while Kings Of Leon’s ‘Radioactive’ holds the #3 spot.
2010: Jack White announces the sale of a rare copy of the White Stripes’ 1998 seven-inch single, ‘Lafayette Blues,’ for $18,000. It’s one of only 15 copies with a hand-painted cover by White and Italy Records head Dave Buick. The single, the group’s second, originally went for $6 at the Stripes’ 1998 concert at Detroit’s Gold Dollar. The song appeared on the group’s eponymous debut album.
2011: Photographer Barry Feinstein dies at 80. Feinstein was responsible for capturing more than 500 record sleeves, including Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ album and the cover photograph for Dylan’s album ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’. Feinstein’s picture of Dylan at a damp ferry port on the banks of the River Severn was also used in ‘No Direction Home,’ Scorsese’s 2005 film. The Rolling Stones sleeve for ‘Beggars Banquet,’ shot in a graffiti-covered toilet, was also Feinstein’s work.
2011: Jon Bon Jovi’s JBJ Soul Foundation opens The JBJ Soul Kitchen, a “pay-what-you-can” restaurant in Red Bank, NJ. Specializing in healthy soul food dishes, there are no prices on its menu. Diners can either earn free meals by doing volunteer work in the community or pay a suggested donation.
2012: Guns N’ Roses unplug for the 26th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert. GNR’s acoustic set includes ‘You’re Crazy,’ ‘Welcome To The Jungle,’ ‘Sweet Child ‘O Mine’ and ‘Paradise City.’ They also perform Neil Young’s ‘Don’t Let It Bring You Down’ with Young.
2012: Aerosmith’s anthem for the NFL’s New England Patriots is offered as free download. ‘Legendary Child : Patriot’s Anthem,’ is part of the Pepsi NFL Anthems program.
2014: A lawsuit claiming that Led Zeppelin plagiarized a Spirit song when composing ‘Stairway To Heaven’ is allowed to move forward. The 2014 suit claims ‘Taurus,’ written by Spirit guitarists Randy California, was the basis for the Led Zeppelin classic. Zeppelin and Spirit toured together in 1968.
2014: Sick Puppies announce that frontman Shimon Moore has left the band to “focus on other projects” and that band members Emma Anzai and Mark Goodwin are looking for a new singer. A couple days later, Moore says his departure was news to him.
2015: Songs by Pearl Jam, Haim, Lamb Of God, Black Keys, the Killers, Green Day, Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way are on the soundtrack of the ‘Guitar Hero Live’ video game.
2015: Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker’s memoir ‘Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death & Drums Drums Drums’ is released. Barker touches on “stardom, fatherhood, death, loss, and redemption.”
2015: Three Dog Night singer Cory Wells dies at the age of 74. He was a founding member and one of the group’s three vocalists (with Chuck Negron and Danny Hutton).
1908: The first two-sided vinyl record was offered for sale by the Columbia label in an ad running in this week’s Saturday Evening Post.
1956: Elvis Presley visits his favorite local movie theater, the Memphian. When the crowd who are outside scratch his new Cadillac. Elvis then starts a new habit of renting the entire theater whenever he wants to watch a movie.
1957: Elvis Presley’s ‘Jailhouse Rock’ hits #1, for the 1st of 7 weeks.
1958: Buddy Holly has his last recording session. Among the songs taped is ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.’
1961: Bob Dylan records his debut album for Columbia Records in a day at a cost of $400. Dylan plays guitar, harmonica and sings.
1964: Mod rockers the High Numbers fail their audition with the EMI label, but within a year will find success on Brunswick Records as The Who.
1965: Elvis Presley’s original bassist (1954-57) Bill Black, dies in Memphis of a brain tumor at age 39. He also was the leader of the Bill Black’s Combo.
1965: The Beatles record a new song called ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown),’ finishing recordings in three takes. They also begin working on another new John Lennon song ‘Nowhere Man.’
1966: The Brian Wilson penned Beach Boys masterpiece ‘Good Vibrations’ is released.
1968: Johnny Cash wins best album at the Country Music Awards for his live release Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.
1971: In Paris, Mick Jagger and girlfriend Bianca become the proud parents of Mick’s first child, Jade.
1972: Chuck Berry started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Ding-A-Ling,’ his first and only US and UK #1.
1974: Queen’s ‘Killer Queen’ b/w ‘Flick Of The Wrist’ 45 single is released.
1975: The city of Los Angeles declares this “Elton John Week” and awards the musician his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6915 Hollywood Blvd.
1976: Keith Moon plays what is to be his final show with the Who, a concert at the Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the final date on the band’s 1976 tour. Though Moon would perform with the Who in a couple of special performances filmed for use in the documentary, ‘The Kids Are Alright,’ this would be his last official Who date.
1977: Meat Loaf releases his 2nd album, ‘Bat Out of Hell.’
1980: The Police kick off a North American tour in Winnipeg.
1983: Dio release their 2nd single, ‘Rainbow in the Dark.’
1985: The Cinemax cable TV special ‘Carl Perkins and Friends’ is taped to honor the 30th anniversary of his hit ‘Blue Suede Shoes.’ Special guests include George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Dave Edmunds, and Ringo Starr.
1990: Judas Priest kick off a North American tour in Montreal in support of their ‘Painkiller’ album. It’s the band’s first tour with drummer Scott Travis.
1990: Accept release their 2nd live album, ‘Staying a Life.’
1990: Don Dokken released his ‘Up from the Ashes’ album.
1992: Elvis’ first grandson, Benjamin Storm, is born to Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough.
1992: Elton John sues the syndicated US television show ‘Hard Copy’ for alleging that the singer moved to the Atlanta suburbs to be near an AIDS treatment facility.
1994: Yngwie Malmsteen releases his ‘I Can’t Wait’ EP.
1995: Green Day singer Billie Joe is arrested and fined $141 after mooning the audience during a gig in Milwaukee.
1995: Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon dies of a cocaine overdose at 28. Hoon struggled with drug addiction after becoming a star. He was introduced to Axl Rose by his sister and became good friends with him, singing on both ‘Use Your Illusion I’ and ‘Use Your Illusion II.’
1996: A former executive of EMI Records, Jay Barbieri, announces the official launch of the first Internet record label, J-Bird Records at www.j-birdrecords.com. The record label is the first of its kind, a label that operates almost exclusively on the World Wide Web.
1997: Elton John’s ‘Candle In The Wind 97’ was declared by the Guinness Book Of Records as the biggest selling single record of all time, with 31.8 million sales in less than 40 days.
1998: Alice Cooper files a lawsuit against Kiss claiming their song ‘Dreamin’ sounds too similar to his song ‘I’m Eighteen.’ The suit is settled out of court the next year for a figure allegedly in the low six figures.
1999: George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles albums, lends his reputation and four decades of music business experience to a start-up Internet company catering to unsigned bands. Martin announces that he will serve as chairman of the advisory board for Garageband.com.
2003: Rush release their 5th live album, ‘Rush in Rio.’
2003: Elton John signs a three-year, $50 million deal to perform 75 shows at Caesar`s Palace. The first of his famous ‘Red Piano’ concerts at Las Vegas’ Caesar’s Palace.
2003: Academy Award winning actress Halle Berry appears in Limp Bizkit’s video ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ locking lips with frontman Fred Durst. The Who cover is on the group’s ‘Result May Vary’ CD.
2004: ‘U2 Show: The Art of Touring,’ a book featuring hundreds of rarely seen U2 concert and band photos, is in stores.
2004: The Scorpions start a U.S. tour in Seattle. Tesla and Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) are supporting acts.
2004: Bo Diddley postpones a concert in California to have a toe amputated due to complications from diabetes.
2005: Bob Seger sings the US national anthem before today’s World Series game between the Detroit Tigers and the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.
2006: Alice In Chains are among more than 20 bands that perform in different cities across North America as part of MySpace.com’s Rock For Darfur initiative to help the battle-torn region of Sudan. AIC play in Winston-Salem, NC, and a portion of profits benefit the Oxfam humanitarian organization.
2006: Evanescence were at #1 on the US album chart with their second album ‘The Open Door.’
2006: Sandy West of The Runaways dies of lung cancer at 47. She was the drummer and a founding member of The Runaways. She said that manager Kim Fowley never paid the band much financially and she had to work at many odd jobs after The Runaways disbanded to support herself. She mainly worked in construction, but was also a bartender and a veterinary assistant. She had numerous stints in jail due to criminal activity. A lifelong smoker, her lung cancer eventually moved into her brain prior to her death.
2006: ‘Revolution Rock: The Story of the Clash,’ an exhibit featuring the pioneering London Punk band opens at Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Ex-Clash guitarist Mick Jones participates in a discussion focusing on the group.
2006: Neil Young’s 20th annual Bridge School Benefit Concert gets underway. The two day event at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA, features Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and Nine Inch Nails’ frontman Trent Reznor, who gives a rare acoustic set. Young joins Pearl Jam onstage and sits in on pump organ to play ‘Good Vibrations’ with Brian Wilson. When the Dave Matthews Band covers Young’s ‘Cortez The Killer,’ Neil adds acoustic guitar. Proceeds go to the nonprofit learning organization for physically or verbally impaired children that Young’s wife co-founded. This is the fifth year Pearl Jam performs at the Bridge School concerts.
2007: Kid Rock (Robert James Ritchie) is arrested on charges of misdemeanor battery after he and his entourage allegedly beat up a man at a Waffle House in Atlanta. He is released after posting $1,000 bail.
2007: National Geographic Channel special called ‘Incredible Human Machine’ features Steven Tyler’s vocal cords. There’s high-definition footage of the Aerosmith frontman’s larynx taken during his spring 2006 throat surgery. Tyler underwent an experimental operation to repair a burst blood vessel in his throat that caused the cancellation of a number of Aerosmith tour dates.
2007: A free copy of Ray Davies (The Kinks) solo album, ‘Working Man’s Cafe,’ is in the Sunday Times of London. “Personally, it’s about reaching as many people as possible,” says Davies.
2008: ‘Berlin: Live at St. Ann’s Warehouse’ is released. It’s the soundtrack to the Julian Schnabel-directed Lou Reed concert film Berlin. The film shows Reed performing his ’73 ‘Berlin’ album during a series of New York shows.
2008: Paul Stanley releases his ‘One Live Kiss’ album.
2008: Metallica’s North American tour in support of their album ‘Death Magnetic’ starts in Glendale, AZ.
2008: Guns N’ Roses release their first new material since 1999 when the title track of their new album ‘Chinese Democracy’ is issued as a single.
2008: Jackson Browne plays the ‘Dream Believe Achieve Inspiration Gala’ in L.A. Proceeds benefit nonprofit groups that “provide educational, recreational and cultural opportunities” for South Los Angeles youths and their families.
2010: Aerosmith’s lead singer Steven Tyler sings the National Anthem at the Boston Bruins home opener. He’s there to help the hockey team’s foundation kick-off their season-long fundraising raffle for a customized Bruins motorcycle built by Tyler’s motorcycle company, Dirico Motorcycles.
2010: ‘I Met The Walrus,’ an animated video that tells the story of a young Beatles fan, Jerry Levitan, meeting John Lennon in a hotel room, is named one of the top 25 “most creative YouTube videos ever.” Over 23,000 videos were submitted from 91 countries.
2011: Paul Rodgers is sworn in as a Canadian citizen in Surrey, BC. Rodgers says, “It may not be my native land but Canada is surely now my home. While I’ll always be an Englishman, Canada has given me so much for which I am grateful. My wife, your former Miss Canada Cynthia Kereluk, a new and extended family and the chance to be truly free in a country that with its quiet strength combines the best of so many worlds. I’m proud to be a Canuck. Thank you, Merci.”
2013: Sid Bernstein, the concert promoter who staged early US shows by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, died aged 95. Bernstein booked The Beatles for their legendary show at Shea Stadium in New York in 1965, which was the first concert to be staged in a stadium. Bernstein also promoted the Fab Four’s gigs at Carnegie Hall in New York on their first US tour in 1964. He also arranged the Rolling Stones’ first five US gigs and shows for Judy Garland, Ray Charles and Tony Bennett.
2014: Primus hide five golden tickets for free shows for life in vinyl versions of their album ‘Primus And The Chocolate Factory,’ a Willy Wonka-inspired effort.
2014: ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’ by Slipknot is released. The group’s 5th studio album is their first in six years and the first to not include bassist Paul Gray and drummer Joey Jordison. Gray died in ’10 (the album’s title being a reference to him), and Jordison parted ways with the band in ’13.
2014: ‘Man On the Run’ is the title of Bush’s 6th studio album. The set’s lead single is ‘The Only Way Out.’
2014: Gene Simmons gives the world ‘Me, Inc.: Build An Army Of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win In Life and Business.’ The bassist advises readers based on his experience building the KISS brand.
1964: The High Numbers fail their EMI Records audition. They go on to become The Who.
1965: The Beatles finish John Lennon’s philosophically-oriented ‘Nowhere Man.’ It’s one for the first Beatles’ songs to be entirely unrelated to romance or love.
1965: The Animals ‘It’s My Life’ b/w ‘I’m Going To Change The World’ 45 single is released in the UK.
1966: Brian Wilson’s Beach Boys masterpiece ‘Good Vibrations,’ is released.
1968: Jimi Hendrix ‘All Along the Watchtower’ hits the UK chart.
1969: Paul McCartney issues an official press release through Apple stating that he is not dead, and then retires to his farm in Scotland.
1969: ‘Led Zeppelin II’ is released. Jimmy Page produces the album which goes on to sell over 12 million copies in the U.S.
1974: KISS release their ‘Hotter Than Hell’ album. It’s the group’s second gold record (their self-titled debut was the first).
1974: KISS release their 4th single, ‘Let Me Go, Rock ‘n’ Roll.’
1976: Bob Seger releases his 9th studio album ‘Night Moves.’ It’s his first album with The Silver Bullet Band. The album goes on to sell over six million copies in the U.S.
1976: Led Zeppelin release the soundtrack live album of the concert film of the same name, ‘The Song Song Remains The Same.’ It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1977: Foreigner’s self-titled debut album peaks at #4 on the chart. The album goes on to sell over four million copies along the way.
1982: Van Halen performs in Worchester, MA after 25,000 sign a petition asking the band to add their city to its tour schedule.
1983: The Talking Heads get their first Top 10 single, as ‘Burning Down The House’ peaks at #9.
1984: Iron Maiden release their 11th single, ‘Aces High.’
1985: Aldo Nova released his 3rd studio album, ‘Twitch.’
1986: Jane Dornacker dies in a helicopter crash at 39. Dornacker was an actress and musician with The Tubes who became an air traffic reporter with WNBC radio in NYC. Jane wrote The Tubes song ‘Don’t Touch Me There’ and toured with them as a backup singer and dancer. While giving a live traffic report, her helicopter malfunctioned and slammed into the Hudson River. She was heard screaming, “Hit the water, hit the water!” as they crashed. Almost unbelievably, she had survived another helicopter crash that same year but was able to swim to shore. Sadly, her husband had died earlier that year and her death left her 16-year-old daughter, Naomi, an orphan.
1988: Elton John sells out his upcoming show at Madison Square Garden, setting a venue record with 26 straight Elton sellouts.
1990: The band Mookie Blaylock, later known as Pearl Jam, makes their stage debut at The Off Ramp in Seattle. In the audience are members of Soundgarden and Seattle Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson.
1991: Slayer release their 2nd live album, ‘Decade of Aggression.’
1994: Rage Against The Machine headline ‘Latinpalooza’ in L.A. The fundraiser benefits the United Farm Workers and Para Los Ninos.
1996: Apple announces that The Beatles have sold an unprecedented 19 million albums this year as a result of the ‘Anthology’ juggernaut, with 41% of those sales, according to polls, going to fans who weren’t even born when the group broke up.
1996: Journey releases ‘Trial by Fire,’ their first album in ten years. It goes on to sell a million copies in the U.S. and is the last album to feature singer Steve Perry.
1998: Bob Dylan plays a “homecoming” show in Duluth, MN, the closest he’s played to his nearby hometown of Hibbing in nearly three decades.
2000: George Michael pays almost three million dollars for John Lennon’s famous upright Steinway piano, on which the ex-Beatle wrote the international anthem ‘Imagine.’ Michael issued a statement saying, in part, “I know that when my fingers touch the keys of that Steinway, I will feel truly blessed.”
2002: Foo Fighters release their album ‘One By One.’
2005: Slash joins Queen + Paul Rodgers onstage during a concert in L.A. Slash plays on a rendition of Bad Company’s ‘Can’t Get Enough.’
2006: John Mellencamp plays ‘Our Country’ prior to game two of the World Series in Detroit. The song, from Mellencamp’s ‘Freedom’s Road’ CD, is also featured in ads for Chevrolet’s 2007 Silverado pickup truck.
2007: Videos from Serj Tankian’s debut solo album, ‘Elect The Dead,’ are screened in select theaters. The System Of A Down frontman had a different director work on each video.
2008: ‘Rock N Roll Train,’ the first single from AC/DC’s album ‘Black Ice,’ is heard in an episode of the CBS show ‘Criminal Minds.’
2008: Guns N’ Roses release their 18th single, ‘Chinese Democracy.’
2010: Rush is #1 on Billboard’s “Hot Tours” chart, based on ticket sales from the band’s North American ‘Time Machine Tour.’ Over three months (August-October) the band sold more than 270,000 tickets, with a gross of $18,989,834.
2010: ‘Pearl Jam Radio’ debuts on SIRIUS XM to mark the 20th anniversary of the band’s first public performance (on 10/22/90 at the Off Ramp Cafe in Seattle).
2011: The two-day Bridge School Benefit at the Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View, CA is broadcast live for the first time. The show features performances by Neil Young, Arcade Fire, Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, Beck and Jenny Lewis. The acoustic performances celebrate the institution’s 25th anniversary and benefit children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs. Young and his wife Pegi founded the Bridge School in 1986 after not being able to find an adequate school for their son Ben.
2011: Bruce Springsteen performs a 25-song set at the Stone Pony (an early Springsteen venue) in Asbury Park, NJ. He is backed by E Street Band members Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg. The show is a private benefit for Boston College, where Springsteen’s son Evan is a student.
2012: Lenny Kravitz ‘Like A Jet’ is available for download as part of the NFL Anthems program, a national campaign that features musicians recording anthems for their home teams. “Writing a custom song for my New York Jets is something I could only dream of growing up steps from Joe Namath.”
2012: Two members of Pussy Riot are sent to Russian prison colonies. “Nadya Tolokonnikova has been sent to Mordovia, and Maria Alyokhina to Perm,” the Punk Rock band’s lawyer says. The camps are some of the few remaining that resemble Stalin’s Gulag camps. The anti-Putin protest that led to the sentence is framed as “the Russian government bringing bazookas to a stick fight” by one commentator.
2012: A week-long celebration of Chuck Berry begins at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. It’s part of the Hall’s American Music Masters series.
2013: Metal Church release their 10th studio album, ‘Generation Nothing.’
2013: Lita Ford released her 2nd live album, ‘The Bitch Is Back…Live.’
2013: Def Leppard release their 2nd live album, ‘Viva! Hysteria.’
2014: Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor makes his acting debut in ‘Fear Clinic’ which premieres at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Hollywood.
2015: A rare guitar owned by Slipknot guitarist Jim Root is stolen during the band’s a show in Portland, OR. The guitar was left backstage. “F***ing thieves. Nothing worse,” tweets Root.
1954: Elvis Presley’s second Sun single, ‘Blue Moon Of Kentucky,’ breaks out in Nashville and New Orleans, becoming his first chart hit outside of his native Memphis.
1961: Dion takes ‘Runaround Sue’ to #1.
1963: Bob Dylan records ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.
1963: The Beatles complete the final session for their second album ‘With the Beatles.’ They recorded ‘I Wanna Be Your Man,’ then drove to London airport for a flight to Stockholm, Sweden to start their first foreign tour. The Fab four were met at Stockholm airport by hundreds of girl fans that had taken the day of school.
1965: The Byrds release ‘Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season).’
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded their first single ‘Hey Joe,’ at De Lane Lea studios in London. The earliest known commercial recording of the song is the late-1965 single by the Los Angeles garage band the The Leaves; the band then re-recorded the track and released it in 1966 as a follow-up single which became a hit. The Byrds also performed and recorded a version of the song.
1966: The Yardbirds, in their first concert featuring Jimmy Page on lead guitar, open at San Francisco’s Fillmore West.
1967: The Beach Boys try to go psychedelic with ‘Wild Honey.’ A great song with an organ, harpsichord and a theremin, but it stalls well out of the Top 20.
1969: Columbia Records announces its intention to prosecute the purveyors of Great White Way, an unauthorized collection of unreleased Bob Dylan demos that is often considered the first “bootleg” record.
1970: Santana “Abraxas” hits #1 in U.S.
1970: ‘Chestnut Mare,’ by the Byrds, is released. The song becomes an FM staple.
1971: The Who’s Rock opera ‘Tommy’ falls off the LP charts after a two and a half year run.
1972: The Fifties-revival drama ‘That’ll Be The Day,’ starring Ringo Starr, David Essex, Keith Moon, Billy Fury and the Nashville Teens’ John Hawken, begins filming in England.
1976: Led Zeppelin make their belated US television debut on an episode of the syndicated ‘Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.’ They perform ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Dazed And Confused.’
1976: Chicago started a two week run at #1 on the singles chart with ‘If You Leave Me Now’. It was the group’s 18th Top 40 and first #1, It went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance.
1978: CBS Records becomes the first record label to raise the price of albums to an unheard-of $8.98.
1978: Ex-Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, in jail for the murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen, tries to end his life.
1978: Neil Young’s Zuma Beach, California, home burns to the ground in a brush fire.
1980: On the same day that John Lennon’s “comeback” single, ‘Starting Over,’ is released, his future killer signs out of his detail as a security guard for the last time. Instead of signing “Chappy,” as he usually does, the killer tellingly signs out as “John Lennon.”
1980: Mark David Chapman quit his security job and signed out for the last time. Instead of the usual “Chappy” he wrote “John Lennon”. Chapman would murder Lennon on December 8th of this year outside his New York City home.
1989: Nirvana played their first ever European show when they appeared at Newcastle’s Riverside Club in North East England. It was the first night of a 36 date European tour for the group who were sharing the bill with Tad.
1993: Creation Records signs Oasis.
1993: Though the Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Soul To Squeeze’ fails to make pop’s Top 20 (#22), the song has a five week run at #1 on the Modern Rock chart. It’s also featured on the ‘Coneheads’ soundtrack.
1994: The Stonewall Equality Show at London’s Royal Albert Hall has Sting, Elton John and Melissa Etheridge.
1995: Def Leppard gave themselves a place in the Guinness book Of World Records, by playing three gigs in three continents in 24 hours. When midnight hits on October 23, Def Leppard is already on stage playing in Tangiers, Africa. They then fly to London, England where they perform a second show and then jump back on the plane and fly to Vancouver, Canada for a final late night show that night.
1998: A St. Louis federal judge rules that the local Fort Zumwalt High School Marching Band is not allowed, as per the ruling of the superintendent of schools, to include Jefferson Airplane’s pro-drug hit ‘White Rabbit’ in its repertoire as part of a “Sixties medley.”
1999: The Rob Thomas/Carlos Santana collaboration, ‘Smooth,’ is #1 in the U.S. The track was recorded for Santana’s comeback album, ‘Supernatural.’ With lyrics by Thomas, the songs stays on top for an impressive 12 weeks.
2001: R.E.M. plays a surprise show at Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe, which guitarist Peter Buck co-owns with his wife, Stephanie Dorgan.
2001: Incubus releases their third full-length major label album ‘Morning View.’ The set, which features ‘Wish You Were Here,’ debuts at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 (266,000 copies sold in its first week).
2002: Johnnie Johnson, who is the “Johnny” in ‘Johnny B. Goode’ and Chuck Berry’s longtime pianist, loses his lawsuit against Berry claiming he co-wrote many of the Rock pioneer’s hits.
2004: Neil Young`s 18th annual Bridge School Benefit Concert features, Paul McCartney, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Sonic Youth. The two-day event takes place in Mountain View, CA.
2006: U2 launch their ‘Hunt The Lyric’ game. Contestants answer a question using U2 lyrics that have been hidden across the Internet for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to see the final show of the band’s Vertigo tour in Honolulu.
2006: Queen’s Brian May attends a launch party in England for ‘Bang! The Complete History Of The Universe,’ a book about the origins of the cosmos that he co-authored with two scientists.
2006: The Eagles perform at a party for Wal-Mart CEO, Lee Scott, at New York’s Rockefeller Center. This is prior to signing a deal (two days later) that gives the discount retailer exclusive rights to put out future recordings and other releases from the band. Wal-Mart execs and investors get their own Eagles show at New York’s Nokia Theater the following day.
2006: The Commonwealth Club of California honors Carlos Santana and his wife, Deborah, at a ceremony in San Jose, CA. The couple receive the Commonwealth Medallion Award, which is presented to “leaders who have positively shaped our era.”
2007: The remaining dates on the Sum 41/Finger Eleven’s Strength In Numbers co-headlining Canadian tour are canceled because Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley is suffering from a herniated disc in his back.
2007: Seether’s third studio album, ‘Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces’ is released.
2007: Raising Sand,’ a collaboration between ex-Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and Country/Bluegrass singer Alison Krauss, is released. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the 13-track set is largely covers, including ‘Please Read The Letter,’ a song Plant co-wrote with Jimmy Page.
2007: System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian releases his debut solo album, ‘Elect The Dead.’
2007: The ‘Saw IV’ soundtrack is released with songs by Avenged Sevenfold and Drowning Pool. The horror flick is in theaters three days later.
2007: Rob Zombie’s concert album, ‘Zombie Live’ is released. The set was recorded during the ’06 Educated Horses tour. There is also a 36-page booklet and a DVD featuring live Zombie footage and animated clips.
2007: Neil Young’s ‘Chrome Dreams II’ is released.
2007: Dial Press publishes ‘Lyrics By Sting,’ a book with the words to over 100 songs written by the Police frontman. It features his commentary on the stories behind the songs.
2010: Buffalo Springfield – Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay (bassist Bruce Palmer died in 2004 and drummer Dewey Martin passed away in 2009) reunite for their first concert in 42 years at the Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, CA.
2010: Yoko Ono unveils an English Heritage blue plaque at the first home she shared with her late husband John Lennon. The couple occupied the ground floor and basement of the residence located at 34 Montagu Square in London. Lennon worked on The Beatles’ ‘White Album’ while living in the flat which was owned, at the time, by Ringo Starr.
2010: Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante is at Disneyland on D Street to talk about a line of figurines he created with designers from the Walt Disney Company called ‘Vinylmations,’ The 9-inche dolls are made of vinyl.
2011: Noel Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, debuts his band the High Flying Birds at the Dublin Olympia Theater.
2012: ‘The Medal of Honor Warfighter’ video game with Linkin Park’s ‘Castle Of Glass’ on the soundtrack, is in stores.
2012: ‘Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page, written by journalist Brad Tolinski, is in book stores. Tolinski, editorial director of Guitar World and Revolver magazines edited more than 50 hours of Page interviews covering his entire career.
2012: Peter Criss’ bio ‘Makeup To Breakup: My Life In and Out of KISS’ is released.
2012: Stone Sour releases ‘House Of Gold And Bones Part 1.’
2012: Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has his first sit-down, live television broadcast interview in more than 20 years on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Rose promotes the band’s 12 show residency at The Joint in Las Vegas.
2012: Blink-182 announced via Twitter that they have left Interscope Records (they had been with Geffen Records, an Interscope subsidiary, since ’03).
2012: Bruce Springsteen performs a free concert in support of President Obama’s reelection campaign in Charlottesville.
2013: Pearl Jam’s ‘Lightning Bolt’ debuts at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart with opening week sales of 166,000 copies. It’s their fifth chart topper. Songs from ‘Lightning Bolt’ and other PJ tunes are the soundtrack to Major League Baseball’s World Series (between Boston and St. Louis). The deal between the group and MLB, calls for 48 Pearl Jam songs to be played throughout the games.
2013: Original KISS members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss appear on stage together for the first time in 13 years during the all-star jam at the 30th-anniversary party for Eddie Trunk’s WNEW radio show at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. The pair team up on KISS classics ‘Love Her All I Can’ and ‘Rock And Roll All Night.’
2014: Paul McCartney is interviewed by U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. During the career spanning discussion McCartney performs ‘Blackbird’ and says ‘Yesterday’ came to him in a dream.
1963: The Beatles leave for their first tour outside of England. It begins in Kalstad, Sweden, the next day.
1964: The Rolling Stones begin their second U.S. tour at New York’s Academy of Music. The group’s first tour had ended less than four months earlier.
1970: President Richard Nixon encourages broadcasters to ban Rock lyrics with drug references.
1970: Santana’s sophomore album, ‘Abraxas,’ begins a six week run at #1 in the U.S.
1973: Keith Richards gets fined and a conditional discharge after being convicted on four drug charges and three firearm offenses resulting from a June 26th police raid of his home.
1973: John Lennon sues the U.S. government for wiretapping his phone. Lennon’s anti-Vietnam War activities led the feds to conduct a surveillance program.
1977: KISS releases ‘Alive II’. The double platinum album is originally distributed with KISS rub-off tattoos and an eight page booklet.
1977: Rolling Stone Keith Richards was fined £205 after admitting having cannabis, Chinese heroin, mandrax tablets and a revolver at his Chelsea home in the UK. Later in the evening, Keith and Anita Pallenberg accidentally set fire to their London hotel bedroom.
1980: The Guinness Book of World Records presents Paul McCartney with a special rhodium album for being the best-selling songwriter in the history of recorded music, having written 43 platinum songs and sold over 100 million records.
1988: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s label Fantasy Records and former CCR leader John Fogerty begin court proceedings to determine whether Fogerty ripped off his own ‘Run Through The Jungle’ to create ‘Old Man Down The Road.’ Fantasy, who owns CCR`s song publishing, brought the suit, but Fogerty wins.
1995: Smashing Pumpkins release their double album ‘Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness.’ It includes ‘Bullet With Butterfly Wings,’ which becomes the band’s first Top 40 U.S. hit, peaking at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1995: Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders returns to her home state of Ohio to sing the national anthem in Game three of the World Series in Cleveland.
2000: Limp Bizkit’s ‘Chocolate St*rfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water’ debuts at #1 on the Billboard album charts, selling over one million copies.
2002: American record producer Tom Dowd died of emphysema. He recorded albums by many artists including: Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Derek and the Dominos, Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Cream, Lulu, Chicago, The Allman Brothers Band, The J. Geils Band, Meat Loaf, Sonny & Cher, The Rascals, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Kenny Loggins, Dusty Springfield, The Drifters and Otis Redding.
2002: Linkin Park release their their debut album, ‘Hybrid Theory.’ The album has gone on to sell over 10 million copies, being certified Diamond.
2005: Sao Paulo’s mayor agrees to allow Pearl Jam to perform December 2 & 3 in the Brazilian city’s Pacaembu stadium. Mayor Jose Serra had suspended shows after complaints from nearby wealthy residents about noise and the potential mess.
2005: A reformed Cream sell out three nights at Madison Square Garden.
2005: Songs by Def Leppard, Queens Of The Stone Age, Avenged Sevenfold, Dio, the Scorpions and Iron Maiden are heard on the soundtrack of the snowboarding-themed video game ‘SSX On Tour.’
2006: Kurt Cobain tops Forbes.com’s sixth annual Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list. Cobain’s music earned $50 million over the previous year. During that time, the singer’s widow, Courtney Love, sold 25 percent of her stake in Nirvana’s publishing rights. One licensing agreement allows Nirvana songs to be used on ‘CSI: Miami.’ Elvis Presley’s estate comes in second. Also in the top twenty: John Lennon, Johnny Cash, George Harrison, Ray Charles, and Bob Marley.
2006: My Chemical Romance release ‘The Black Parade.’ The album almost didn’t get completed because singer Gerard Way was suffering from crippling depression.
2006: Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, Queensryche’s Geoff Tate, Billy Idol, Velvet Revolver’s Duff McKagan and Alice In Chains’ Mike Inez, appear on the tribute album ‘Butchering The Beatles.’ As the name implies, the disc contains Hard Rock renditions of Beatles’ songs.
2007: Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong urges fans to sign a petition challenging Toyota over its “green” credentials. The automaker produces environmentally friendly models but is part of an industry lobby opposing a bill that would make 35 miles per gallon the fuel-efficiency standard for new cars by 2020. “Tell Toyota to stop fighting progress and start fighting global warming,” writes Armstrong.
2007: Jackson Browne, Graham Nash and Bonnie Raitt visit Capitol Hill to protest the passage of bill that allocates additional federal funds to build nuclear power facilities. The trio speaks with members of Congress and present a petition on behalf of the anti-nuclear group NukeFree.org.
2007: Bruce Springsteen’s album ‘Magic’ album debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart but dropped to second a week later (behind Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus’) only to return to the top slot again. The sales margin between the two albums is in the hundreds.
2007: To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s appearance at the Monterey International Pop Festival ex-Hendrix sidemen, bassist Billy Cox and drummer Mitch Mitchell, play a special tribute concert in London. Guitarist Gary Moore also performs. When the hour-long show is over there’s a screening of Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live at Monterey DVD.
2007: Vanity Fair magazine announce their Top 10 of the 50 greatest movie soundtracks. The Beatles’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ is placed at #2 behind Prince’s ‘Purple Rain.’
2008: ‘A Night for Vets: An MTV Concert for the BRAVE’ is broadcast with taped performances by Kid Rock, Fall Out Boy, Angels & Airwaves and Saving Abel. The program calls attention to the heroism and struggles of young veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
2008: Kid Rock has founded a scholarship for Detroit residents studying music business or music technology at Wayne State University. “I truly believe that a major part of Detroit’s healing and moving forward will come through education,” says Rock.
2008: One-time Grateful Dead keyboardist Merl Saunders dies in San Francisco of complications from a stroke he suffered in 2002. Saunders performed on the group’s ‘Europe ’72’ live set, but was known primarily for his side project collaborations with Dead singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia.
2009: Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Wolfmother, No Doubt and Gavin Rossdale (Bush) perform at Neil Young’s 23rd annual Bridge School Benefit concerts at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA.
2009: Sublime original members Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson perform under that name at Cypress Hill’s SmokeOut Festival in San Bernardino, CA. with singer Rome Ramirez, despite legal action from the family of the band’s deceased founder, Bradley Nowell (who died from a drug overdose in 1996 just as the band was achieving mainstream success).
2009: The documentary ‘Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful,’ makes its debut on Showtime. The film, directed by Paul Griffin, chronicles Bon Jovi’s ’08 Lost Highway World Tour.
2011: U2 is named The Greatest Act of the Last 25 Years at the Q Awards in London.
2013: Dave Grohl plays an acoustic only show at the third annual Blue Jean Ball benefiting Autism Speaks in L.A.
2014: Slipknot’s annual Knotfest kicks off at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA. It’s the first time Knotfest is held at the same location for multiple days. Slipknot, Anthrax, Volbeat and Black Label Society are among the performers at the three day event.
2014: Linkin Park headline Guitar Center’s 50th Anniversary concert at the Wiltern Theater in L.A.
1960: A 17-year-old art student named Keith Richards runs into his old schoolmate, an economics student named Mick Jagger, at a train station in London. Richards notices the R&B albums under Jagger’s arm, and before long the two form their first group called Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys.
1962: The Beatles give their first-ever radio interview on Radio Clatterbridge, a closed-circuit radio station serving Cleaver and Clatterbridge Hospitals in Wirral, near Liverpool. Paul is quoted as saying “John is, in fact, the leader of the group.”
1963: The British music industry claims The Beatles ‘She Loves You’ is the most broadcast song of the year.
1964: The Rolling Stones make their US television debut when they appear on CBS’s Ed Sullivan Show. After screaming fans practically tear the studio seats apart, Sullivan declares to reporters: “I promise you they’ll never be back on our show. It took me 17 years to build this up, I’m not going to have it destroyed in a matter of weeks. We won’t book any more rock ‘n’ roll groups. Frankly, I didn’t see the group until the day before the broadcast. I was shocked when I saw them.” The group returns to the program five times.
1966: At 7 months old Jeff Healey has his right eye surgical removed (and subsequently his left eye, 4 months later) and replaced with artificial ones. Healey had a form of cancer of the eyes called retinoblastoma. Three years later Healey was given his first guitar by his father and by the age of 13, the Canadian guitarist formed his first band, Blue Direction.
1968: The New Yardbirds, soon to be known as Led Zeppelin, make their live concert debut at England’s Surrey University, described on the poster as the “first big dance of the term.”
1968: The Guess Who’s ‘Laughing’ is certified gold.
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience release the double album ‘Electric Ladyland.’
1969: Pink Floyd’s ‘Ummagumma’ album is released.
1970: ‘Led Zeppelin III’ hits #1 on the Billboard charts.
1971: Four days before guitarist Duane Allman’s death ‘The Allman Brothers Band Live at the Fillmore East’ goes gold with over 500,000 sold.
1976: Bruce Springsteen plays the Philadelphia Spectrum for the first time. At one time Bruce said that he’d never play a large sports arena. Concerned about getting the sound right, he soundchecks for two hours before the show.
1977: Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd is laid to rest in a Jacksonville cemetery 5 days after dying in a plane crash that also killed band members Steve and Cassie Gaines. Skynyrd piano player Billy Powell is the only band member healthy enough to attend the funeral, and even he is on crutches with stitches on his face from the crash.
1977: Elton John appears on ‘The Muppet Show’ and performs ‘Crocodile Rock,’ ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,’ and ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.’ Elton also performs with Dr. Teeth of The Electric Mayhem.
1986: Bon Jovi ‘Slippery When Wet’ hits #1 in U.S and goes on to sell over 10 million copies.
1986: Dire Straits guitarist and singer Mark Knopfler broke his collarbone after crashing in a celebrity car race before the Australian Grand Prix.
1986: Robert Palmer’s ‘I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On’ peaks at #4 on the Hot 100.
1988: Jane’s Addiction release their album ‘Nothing’s Shocking.’
1989: ‘The Fire and the Fury Tour’ with guitarists Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan kicks off in Minneapolis.
1991: Legendary concert promoter and Fillmore West/East founder Bill Graham dies in a helicopter crash returning home from a Huey Lewis and the News concert. Graham provided a more intimate and elegant concert experience with improved sound and even light shows. Some of his bigger productions included The Band’s “Last Waltz” final concert, Grateful Dead’s New Year’s Eve shows and the annual Summer Day On The Green festival shows.
1993: Time magazine puts Eddie Vedder on the cover with the headline ‘All The Rage.’ Both Vedder and Kurt Cobain refused to speak with the magazine for the story, but they run it anyway in an attempt to explain why young people are listening to such angry music.
1994: Hootie & the Blowfish start their first US tour in South Bend, Indianaas the opening act for Big Head Todd and the Monsters.
1996: Nirvana is recognized by the record industry for selling nine million copies of ‘Nevermind’ and five million copies of ‘In Utero.’
1996: The first Ozzfest is held as a two-day festival in Phoenix, Arizona, and Devore, California.
1997: Johnny Cash reaches over to pick up a dropped guitar pick at a concert in Flint, MI and falls over on stage. Apologizing, he reveals to the audience that he is in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne and his wife/manager, Sharon host a MTV reality series, ‘Battle for Ozzfest.’ Not hard to figure out the format: Eight up-and-coming bands compete for a chance to perform at next year`s Ozzfest.
2004: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant’s ‘No Quarter: Unledded’ DVD premieres in 44 Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters on the same day it’s released. The DVD, documents a ’94 tour as they perform reworked, acoustic-based versions of several Zeppelin songs.
2004: Breaking Benjamin announce they have reached an agreement with former drummer Jeremy Hummel, who sued disputing his firing and sought payment for songs he helped write. Hummel, one of the band’s founding members, had asked for time off to be with his wife and newborn first child.
2004: Linkin Park win the Alternative Rock Song of the Year (for ‘Numb’) and Rock Artist of the Year trophies at the Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas. Green Day performs.
2005: Songs by Papa Roach, Mudvayne, Sevendust and ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Buckethead appear on the ‘Saw II’ soundtrack. The 15-track CD also contains remixes of songs by Queens Of The Stone Age and Marilyn Manson.
2005: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler tapes a Santana video in Boston. How did this happen? Originally, Puddle Of Mudd vocalist Wes Scantlin sang ‘Just Feel Better’ for Santana’s “All That I Am” album but the guitarist opted for Tyler’s version. “Both singers were incredible, but Steven took it to a supernatural level,” Santana states.
2007: Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes divorce from actress Kate Hudson is finalized in L.A. Robinson and Hudson were married on New Year’s Eve in 2000 and had one son, Ryder. The pair separated in 2006.
2007: Bon Jovi play the first of 10 shows to open the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
2007: Steven Tyler, Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd pay tribute to Country legend Hank Williams Jr. on a ‘CMT Giants’ special taped in L.A. The show airs the following month.
2008: Neil Young’s annual two-day Bridge School Benefit concert kicks off in Mountain View, CA, featuring Death Cab For Cutie and Smashing Pumpkins.
2008: AC/DC perform a final world tour dress rehearsal for 3,000 contest winners and invited guests at the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
2009: Governor Jon Corzine announces that Bruce Springsteen is one the 15 inaugural members of the New Jersey Fall of Fame. No kidding, there really is such a thing though there is no actual ‘Hall’. The Boss, Frank Sinatra and actress Meryl Streep are in the Arts & Entertainment category. The formal induction happens the following year.
2008: Smashing Pumpkins play a Best Buy store in L.A. to celebrate the launch of ‘Guitar Hero: World Tour’ (which goes on sale at midnight). Pumpkins single “G.L.O.W.” gets its initial release as part of a game songpack. Also, Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan appears as a World Tour character.
2009: As part of U2’s 360 Tour, the group broadcasts their concert at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl stadium on YouTube. “The band has wanted to do something like this for a long time,” says U2 manager Paul McGuinness in a statement. “As we’re filming the LA show, it’s the perfect opportunity to extend the party beyond the stadium. Fans often travel long distances to come to see U2 – this time U2 can go to them, globally.” Over 100,000 attend the sold out concert (a record for the venue) with an estimated 2.5 million viewing the webcast – the concert eventually draws over 10 million views.
2010: Midnight Oil’s ‘Diesel And Dust’ and AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’ are #1 and #2, respectively, in The 100 Best Australian Albums, a book listing the best Aussie LPs of the last 50 years.
2011: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith falls in a shower during a stay in a Paraguay hotel, knocking out two teeth. A local dentist repairs the famous mouth, and Tyler performs the next day.
2011: KISS guitarist Paul Stanley undergoes surgery to correct “recurring vocal cord issues.”
2011: Metallica perform for the first time in the United Arab Emirates as part of the Yas Islands Weekends.
2012: The Rolling Stones play their first show in five years at a Paris club. The warm-up for planned concerts at larger venues later in the year opens with ‘Route 66’ and closes with ‘Brown Sugar.’
2012: Meat Loaf endorses Mitt Romney for President – the singer’s first political endorsement. But at a Romney rally in Defiance, OH Meat Loaf butchers ‘America The Beautiful’ causing Romney to physically put some distance between himself and the ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ performer. The candidate does give Meat Loaf a hug at the end of the song, if only in relief that it’s finally over.
2013: Andy Powell’s ownership of the Wishbone Ash name is upheld in court. Powell, a founding member, registered the name in 2000. Co-founder Martin Turner wanted the registration declared invalid, arguing that Wishbone Ash was his “life’s work” and he’d “never willingly left” the band. Turner left twice, in 1987 and 1995, to pursue other interests .
2013: The City of Lowell, MA has Sammy Hagar Day in appreciation of a $5,000 gift from the Hagar Family Foundation to the local Merrimack Valley Food Bank. Hagar’s donations to local food banks are a regular occurrence on this tour.
2014: Neil Young’s 28th Annual Bridge School Benefit concerts kick off at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. The two-day event features Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Florence + The Machine and a reunited Temple Of The Dog.
2014: Jack Bruce passes away at age 1971 from liver disease. He played bass, sang and was the principal songwriter in Cream, as well as being an integral part of the British blues boom, with stints in Alexis Korner’s Blues Inc, the Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Manfred Mann.
2014: Slipknot perform for the first time with bassist Alessandro “Vman” Venturella and drummer Jay Weinberg on Knotfest’s second night. The pair replace the late Paul Gray and Joey Jordison, respectively.
2014: Liam Gallagher announces that his post-Oasis band Beady Eye has disbanded after five years and two albums. In addition to Gallagher, Beady Eye consisted of fellow Oasis vets, Andy Bell (guitar), Gem Archer (guitar) and Chris Sharrock (drums).
2015: Drummer Charlie Benante, recovering from carpal tunnel surgery and undergoing physical therapy, sits out Anthrax’s European tour dates with Slayer. He’s temporarily replaced by Jon Dette.
1958: Bill Haley and his Comets play the first rock ‘n’ roll concert at the Berlin Sportpalast in Germany in front of over 7,000 fans who nearly turned the show into a riot.
1961: Bob Dylan signs with Columbia Records, his first recording contract.
1962: Then known as the Rollin’ Stones and consisting of Keith Richard, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones pianist Ian Stewart and drummer Tony Chapman recorded their first demo tape at Curly Clayton Studios in Highbury, London. They recorded three songs, Jimmy Reed’s ‘Close Together’, Bo Diddley’s ‘You Cant Judge A Book By The Cover’ and Muddy Waters’ ‘Soon Forgotten.’
1964: On the last day of recording their fourth album, ‘Beatles For Sale,’ the Beatles are visited by rockabilly legend Carl Perkins, an early idol of theirs. The group decides then and there to cover Perkins’ ‘Honey Don’t.’ At one point, Ringo calls the Sun records artist “Mr. Perkins,” to which he replies, “Son, I wish you’d just call me Carl. Mr. Perkins is my daddy.”
1964: ‘Dance, Dance, Dance,’ is released by the Beach Boys.
1965: The Beatles receive Members of the British Empire (MBE) medals from Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony staged at Buckingham Palace. It is the first such honor ever given to a rock band, causing many former recipients, including many distinguished military personnel, to return their medals in disgust, to which John Lennon responded “Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war, for killing people.” He continued: “We received ours for entertaining other people. I’d say we deserve ours more.” According to John, the group is so nervous beforehand that it gets high on marijuana in a palace bathroom. during the ceremony, when Her Majesty asks the group how long it’s been together, Ringo replies “forty years.” Later, a press conference is held at the Saville Theatre.
1968: Having been fired from WOR-FM, Legendary DJ Murray The K moves across town in New York, becoming one of the WMCA-AM “Good Guys.”
1968: The two day San Francisco Pop Festival was held at Alameda County Fairgrounds. The Animals, Procol Harum, Iron Butterfly, Jose Feliciano, Deep Purple, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Canned Heat all appeared.
1970: Mrs. Alta Mae Anderson, mother of Meredith Hunter, the Rolling Stones concertgoer murdered by Hell’s Angels at their Altamont show, sues the band for hiring the infamous biker club as security.
1970: A wake was held at the Lion’s Share in San Anselmo, California to celebrate the life of Janis Joplin. The singer who died of an accidental drugs overdose had left $2,500 in her will to throw a wake party in the event of her demise. The party was attended by her sister Laura and Joplin’s close friends. Brownies laced with hashish were unknowingly passed around amongst the guests. Joplin was cremated in the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Mortuary in Los Angeles; her ashes were scattered from a plane into the Pacific Ocean and along Stinson Beach.
1970: The mother of Meredith Hunter, the man slain at the ill-fated Altamont festival, sues the Rolling Stones.
1973: The Who release their ‘Quadrophenia’ album.
1975: Elton John performs at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, dressed in a sequined Dodger outfit. It’s the last date on his sold-out American tour. He’s the first performer to play the venue since The Beatles in 1966. During his set he performs ‘I Saw her Standing There’ and ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.’
1978: The Police play their first U.S. show at Boston’s Rat Club.
1979: Pat Benatar releases the ‘In the Heat of the Night’ album.
1979: The Pretenders begin a series of Monday night shows at London’s Marquee Club to promote their single ‘Brass In Pocket.’
1980: Paul Kantner of Jefferson Starship suffers what is thought to be a stroke while recording the band’s latest album but is later revealed to be a brain embolism. He recovers after a two week hospital stay.
1981: Iron Maiden performed their first concert with Bruce Dickinson at the Palasport of Bologna, Italy.
1981: The J. Geils Band release their ‘Freeze-Frame’ album. It’s the band’s only #1 album and their biggest seller.
1981: Queen and David Bowie record ‘Under Pressure.’
1984: 19-year-old John D. McCollum killed himself with a .22 caliber handgun after spending the day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records. One year later, McCollum’s parents took court action against Ozzy and CBS Records, alleging that the song ‘Suicide Solution’ from the album Blizzard of Ozz contributed to their son’s death. The case was eventually thrown out of court.
1991: Ozzy Osbourne breaks his foot onstage after doing one of his famous “frog leaps” during a concert at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. After three more shows, infection sets in causing him to postpone the ‘Theater of Madness’ tour.
1991: Bill Graham (born Wulf Wolodia Grajonca) dies in a helicopter crash. He was 60. Graham was returning home from a Huey Lewis and the News concert at the Concord Pavilion when during bad weather, the helicopter flew directly into a high-voltage tower and burst into flames on impact, killing Graham, pilot Steve Kahn and Graham’s girlfriend, Melissa Gold. Graham was a legendary concert promoter who founded the Fillmore theaters in San Francisco and New York and later broke numerous artists by promoting major concerts with his company Bill Graham Presents (BGP). Graham had been sent to the U.S. from Germany in order to escape the Holocaust. When he was 10, he settled into a foster home in the Bronx, NY, where he got his schooling and went on to get a college business degree.
1992: Julie Fogerty, wife of husband John Fogerty of CCR, gives birth to the couple’s first son (and Fogerty’s fourth total), Tyler Jackson.
1992: Pearl Jam sets a first week sales record by selling 950,000 copies of the ‘Vs.’ album.
1994: MTV broadcasts the Eagles reunion concert. Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmitt, played for an invited audience at Warner Burbank Studios the previous April.
1998: US Federal courts refuse to issue an injunction against makers of mp3 players, one which the RIAA has been pushing for in light of rampant piracy.
1998: Marilyn Manson kicks off his ‘Mechanical Animals’ tour with a show in Kansas City.
2000: The tree from U2’s song ‘One Tree Hill’ is taken down. Located in Auckland, New Zealand, the tree had been attacked by activists and had to be removed.
2001: Courtney Love plays her first-ever solo show at the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, CA.
2003: Mia Tyler marries Papa Roach drummer David Buckner onstage in Las Vegas during an Aerosmith concert.
2004: A benefit album for Burmese humanitarian, Aung San Suu Kyi, with tracks from Pearl Jam, U2, R.E.M.and Tom Morello’s Nightwatchman, is out. ‘For The Lady: Dedicated To Freeing Aung San Suu Kyi and the Courageous People of Burma’ honors the pro-democracy leader and ’91 Nobel Peace Prize winner who has long been imprisoned by her homeland’s repressive government.
2004: Influential BBC DJ John Peel dies at age 65. His program, The John Peel Sessions, helped launch several bands.
2004: Apple launched the U2 Special Edition iPod as part of a partnership between Apple, U2 and Universal Music Group. The new U2 iPod held up to 5,000 songs and featured a red Click Wheel and custom engraving of U2 band member signatures. The iPod was being introduced as the band released their new album ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.’
2006: The Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada named the ‘2112 album by Rush a MasterWork in Canadian sound recording at a ceremony at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.
2006: Chris Cornell narrowly avoids disaster when the motorcycle he is riding is rear-ended by a truck in Los Angeles. According to a witness, Cornell was thrown 20 feet but suffered only cuts and bruises. The bike was destroyed.
2006: The “definitive” AC/DC biography, ‘AC/DC Maximum Rock & Roll’ by Murray Engleheart and Arnaud Durieux, is in Australian bookstores. With more than 100 rare photos, the book is the result of 75 exclusive interviews with band members and associates, as well as extensive research.
2006: Pearl Jam singer and California native, Eddie Vedder, appears with surfing legend Laird Hamilton on the season premiere of ‘Iconoclasts’ on the Sundance Channel. The six part program which is co-executive-produced by Robert Redford, “features two leading innovators from different fields” discussing their creative interests.
2006: A private bidder shells out $15 million for the rights to some of Jimi Hendrix’s best-known songs. The auction is organized by the estate of late Hendrix manager Michael Jeffrey. The Hendrix family contests the validity of the auction. In a prepared statement they say, “the assertion that the catalog is the property of (Jeffery’s estate) has never been upheld by any court.”
2006: ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’, a Broadway musical based on Bob Dylan’s songs, opens. Prior to Broadway, the show ran for two months in San Diego.
2006: Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor quits the band for the second and final time. The band releases a statement saying, “The four of us have dissolved our partnership and will be continuing as Duran Duran without Andy, as we have reached a point in our relationship with him where there is an unworkable gulf between us and we can no longer effectively function together.”
2007: The three-day Voodoo Music Experience begins in New Orleans. Rage Against The Machine and the Smashing Pumpkins are the headliners. Fall Out Boy, Coheed & Cambria, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Kings Of Leon also perform.
2007: Acting on the advice of director David Lynch, folk-pop icon and former student of the Maharishi, Donovan, begins drawing up plans for The Invincible Donovan University, a college for studying transcendental meditation.
2007: 1,730 guitarists played the immortal Bob Dylan classic, ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’ in a bid to break a record in the state of Meghalaya, North East India. The guitarists hoped their achievement would earn them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The current Guinness World Record was held by a guitar-ensemble from Kansas City in the US when 1,683 guitarists, played Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke On The Water’.
2008: The Smashing Pumpkins team up with singer Josh Groban to perform the band’s 1993 ballad ‘Disarm’ during the Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, CA.
2008: B.B. King is honored at the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz in L.A. King receives the organization’s Founders Award.
2009: Wolfmother release ‘Cosmic Egg,’ the group’s second album but first with the revised line-up of Aidan Nemeth (guitar) Ian Peres (bass/keyboards) and Dave Atkis (drums) – in addition to frontman Andrew Stockdale. “I did a yoga class and one of the poses we were doing was called ‘cosmic egg’, and I thought yeah, that’s it,” said Stockwell. “It’s like the fetal pose.”
2010: Results of Ozzy Osbourne’s genome sequencing are revealed. The study shows that Ozzy has a very high predisposition for alcohol and cocaine addiction, and that he was partly descended from Neanderthals.
2010: Keith Richards releases his autobiography, which is called ‘Life.’
2010: ‘Rain – A Tribute to The Beatles on Broadway’ opens. The show turns a profit in a mere seven weeks.
2010: Michael Jackson, or rather his estate, earned $275 million in the past year to head Forbes magazine’s annual list of top-earning dead celebrities. Elvis Presley is #2 with $60 million. John Lennon lands at #5 with $17 million.
2010: The addition of songs from ‘Are You Experienced?,’ the Jimi Hendrix Experience album, pushes Rock Band 3’s music catalogue to over 2,000 songs. “The success of our song downloads has afforded us the opportunity to approach Rock Band as an interactive music platform and reshape the way gamers think of expansion content,” says MTV Games chief Paul DeGooyer.
2011: Ozzy Osbourne announces he’s gone vegan meaning no foods derived from animals. “I’m not saying I’m gonna do it forever. I might go back, when my wife learns to cook. So that’ll be never!”
2011: The Black Keys release ‘Lonely Boy,’ the first single from their 7th album, ‘El Camino.’
2011: Alice Cooper urges governments to legalize hard drugs but believes that booze and tobacco should be outlawed. “You know, looking at statistics, I think drugs should be legal and alcohol and cigarettes should be illegal,” Cooper tells OK Magazine. “They kill more than drugs do.” Cooper, who battled alcohol-addiction during the ’70s, quit in ’83.
2012: Billy Idol plays a birthday party for longtime fan Michael Henrichsen. The 26-year-old spent over two years getting Idol to perform at his birthday/fundraiser in Seattle. Henrichsen even gets a birthday present from Idol. It’s this little pendant that says ‘Rebel Yell’ on it.” The event raises $13,000 for the American Red Cross and Northwest Harvest food bank.
2012: Two Rolling Stones concerts in Newark sell out in one minute. The 12/13 and 12/15 shows are part of the group’s 50th anniversary celebrations. One fan who fails to get tickets tweets, “Trying to figure out who are the bigger crooks – Ticketmaster or the band.” Scalpers sell tickets to sold-out shows at a huge mark-up. A spokesperson for Ticketmaster insists that the brisk sellout was driven by simple demand.
2013: The 27th Annual Bridge School Benefit show, features Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. It’s CSNY’s first major show since their Freedom Of Speech tour in 2006. The two-day acoustic series, which benefits the Bridge School, is held in Mountain View, CA.
2014: Staind frontman Aaron Lewis sings the National Anthem prior to the fifth game of the World Series in San Francisco. He badly botches the lyrics and later apologizes.
2014: Sting’s musical ‘The Last Ship’ premieres on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre (previews began a month earlier – 9/29). Celebrities including Billy Joel, Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, Debbie Harry and Liam Neeson are in attendance. The show closes in just three months, but garners Sting two Tony nominations for Best Score and Best Orchestrations.
2015: U2 are joined in London by Noel Gallagher (Oasis) during their encore. “We’d like to bring out one of my heroes, one of the band’s heroes,” says Bono introducing Gallagher. They perform U2’s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ and The Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love.’
1957: Police in Oakland, CA tell Elvis Presley that he is not allowed to swivel his hips onstage at the Oakland Auditorium. Elvis responds by sarcastically wiggling only his little finger while singing.
1962: The Rolling Stones,with the original lineup of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, and Tony Chapman cut their first demos at Curly Clayton Studios in Highbury, London, recording covers of Muddy Waters’ ‘Soon Forgotten,’ Jimmy Reed’s ‘Close Together,’ and Bo Diddley’s ‘You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover.’ Future drummer Charlie Watts has for now decided to stick with his job in advertising.
1964: Sonny (31-year-old Salvatore Bono) and Cher (18-year-old Cherilyn Sarkisian), exchange vows and wedding rings in their first home. Their publicity materials cite this as the day of their wedding, but the duo would not officially marry until 1969.
1969: Muddy Waters is severely injured in a car crash in Champaign, IL that leaves three other passengers dead. Waters will remain absent from music for about a year, and will rarely stand up on stage again.
1969: The Beatles album ‘Abbey Road’ is certified gold.
1970: Black Sabbath kicked off their first tour of North America at Glassboro State College in Glassboro, New Jersey. Throughout this tour they would share bills with the likes of Alice Cooper, The James Gang, Three Dog Night, Jethro Tull, The Small Faces, Badfinger, and Mungo Jerry.
1973: Aerosmith opens for headliners Mott The Hoople at Boston’s Orpheum Theater.
1975: Bruce Springsteen finds himself the first rocker to make the covers of both Time and Newsweek in the same week.
1977: Roy Estrada, an original member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention and a founding member of Little Feat, is convicted of sexual assault on a child. He is convicted again in 1994 for another act of sexual assault and serves six years in prison. In January 2012, he pleads guilty to a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child and is sentenced to 25 years in prison with no chance for parole. He is not eligible to be released until he is 93.
1979: Elton John collapses during his show atollywood’s Universal Amphitheatre and is hospitalized for “exhaustion.”
1979: Iron Maiden lands on the front cover of the U.K.’s Sounds magazine. The article claims the band and others are the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
1980: John Lennon’s killer purchases the .38 revolver (a five-shot Charter Arms “Off Duty” special) with which he will eventually kill his idol.
1980: Steve Took (born Stephen Ross Porter) dies from asphyxiation after inhaling a cocktail cherry. He was 31. Took had been a founding member of Tyrannosaurus Rex (later T. Rex) with Marc Bolan. Took was nicknamed “The Phantom Spiker” for allegedly adding LSD to drinks at parties. This in part led to his split with Bolan. Prior to his death, Took had injected morphine and eaten hallucinogenic mushrooms which contributed to his death.
1984: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne become the proud parents of a daughter, Kelly. Kelly will later launch her own singing and hosting career off the success of the reality TV show ‘The Osbournes’.
1988: U2’s documentary ‘Rattle And Hum’ has its world premiere in Dublin. The film captures the band on the road across America during their 1987 tour supporting The Joshua Tree.
1990: Slaughter peaks at #19 on the singles chart with ‘Fly to the Angels’.
1992: Bo Diddley files a lawsuit against his deceased manager Martin Otelsberg for allegedly using $75,000 of his earnings for unauthorized personal expenses. Diddley wins the lawsuit in June of 1994.
1992: Neil Young releases his twelfth studio album, Harvest Moon. It is considered by many to be the sequel to his album, ‘Harvest,’ released twenty years earlier. It sells over 2 million copies in the U.S.
1993: The TV show ‘South of Sunset,’ starring Glenn Frey of the Eagles, premieres on CBS. The pilot episode receives such low ratings that it is the only episode that is ever aired.
1996: Bruce Springsteen performs at an L.A. rally to defeat efforts to repeal California’s Affirmative Action.
1997: Drummer Bill Berry leaves REM for health reasons.
1999: KoRn debuts their new single on the season premiere of South Park. Korn members Jonathan Davis, James “Munky” Shaffer, Brian “Head” Welch, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, and David Silveria lend their likenesses and voices – as well as the song ‘Falling Away From Me’ – to the episode.
2003: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers receive the Legend award at the 2003 Radio Music Awards, despite Petty’s album ‘The Last DJ’ slamming the current state of the radio. Stevie Nicks is the presenter.
2003: Stone Temple Pilot singer Scott Weiland is arrested on his birthday in Hollywood, California, after he hits a parked van with his BMW and tries to flee from the scene but is caught fifteen blocks away. He is charged with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and released on $15,000 bail. Ironically, just a week prior, a judge had given Weiland a positive progress report on staying clean after his no-contest plea on two felony counts stemming from a May arrest on suspicion of drug possession.
2004: Rod Stewart tops the U.S. album charts for the first time in 25 years with ‘Stardust: The Great American Songbook Volume III.’
2004: Marilyn Manson kicks off his ‘Against All Gods’ tour in Las Vegas.
2004: Forbes Magazine reports that Elvis Presley’s estate has annual earnings of $40 million to claim the #1 spot on their Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list. John Lennon comes in 4th (after Peanuts creator Charles Shultz and Lord Of The Rings author JRR Tolkein) at $21 million. The more recently deceased ex-Beatle, George Harrison, tops out a $7 million annually.
2006: The A&E concert special ‘Paul McCartney: The Space Within US’ premieres. Performance and backstage footage documents his 2005 US Tour.
2006: The Rolling Stones extended ‘A Bigger Bang’ tour hits a snag when the Atlantic, NJ, stop is cancelled because Mick Jagger is suffering from a sore throat. His aliment causes a few more show cancellations but concerns about Jagger’s health doesn’t stop two New Yorkers, Rosalee and Martin Druyan, from filing a $51 million class-action lawsuit demanding compensation for all the fans who were inconvenienced by the last-minute postponement.
2007: Keith Richards marched with campaigners protesting against possible Sussex hospital cuts. The Stones guitarist joined 15,000 people for the walk through Chichester to oppose plans which could see St Richard’s Hospital downgraded. A spokeswoman for the guitarist said: “Keith is a long-standing member of the West Wittering community and is pleased to lend his support to local efforts to save St Richard’s Hospital.”
2007: Metallica perform the first of two acoustic sets at Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, CA. Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and Jack Irons (formerly of Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers) appear. The second show is the following day. The Bridge School is a nonprofit learning facility for physically or verbally impaired children.
2007: ‘Guitar Hero III’ launch events in L.A. and N.Y.C feature appearances by Slash (L.A.) and Joe Perry (N.Y.C).
2008: The Beastie Boys support Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama with a ‘Get Out and Vote Tour.’ The jaunt starts in Charlotte, SC.
2008: Elvis Presley is #1 on the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities List for the second year in a row with a take of $52 million, mostly generated from the 30th anniversary of his death and various licensing deals. John Lennon is ranked 7th.
2009: U2’s ‘84 release “The Unforgettable Fire’ gets a 25th anniversary reissue with b-sides, alternate takes and a new song – ‘Disappearing Act.’ The song was originally recorded during the ’83 sessions but set aside. The band did additional work on the tune for inclusion on the album.
2009: ‘Abbey Road’ is released for download to ‘The Beatles: Rock Band’ video game. It’s the first Beatles album available for downloadable purchase in the game’s music store. The album is also available for Xbox360 and PlayStation 3.
2009: Eric Clapton pulled out of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert in New York City after he underwent an operation to remove gallstones. His place at the Madison Square Garden gig was taken by Jeff Beck.
2010: Kings Of Leon’s ‘Come Around Sundown’ is #1 on Billboard’s Rock and Alternative Albums charts (#2 on the Billboard 200). The band’s fifth full-length album also debuts at #1 in Australia, Canada, Belgium, and the U.K.
2010: Kid Rock lashes out at Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler for his decision to join the judges panel on American Idol. “It’s the stupidest thing he’s ever done in his life,” says Rock. “[Steven] is a sacred American institution of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and he just threw it all out the window. And if [Steven made the decision] himself, he needs some serious counseling. I love him to death, but I gotta speak the truth.” Tyler responds, “he’s just jealous, he’s just jealous.” A few days later, Godsmack frontman Sully Erna calls Tyler’s move brilliant. “ I think he’s gonna be the male Paula Abdul, ’cause he’s a little bit dingy, you know what I mean?! He’s probably all pilled up.” Tyler joins Randy Jackson and fellow newbie Jennifer Lopez on the Idol panel.
2011: Beavis and Butt-Head returns to MTV.
2012: Joe Bonamassa and Lemmy Kilmister are among those who perform during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute to Chuck Berry titled ‘Roll Over Beethoven: The Life and Music of Chuck Berry.’
2012: Rolling Stones memorabilia once owned by the band’s rhythm guitarist, Ronnie Wood, is up for auction at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. The items were awarded to Jo Wood as part of the couple’s divorce settlement. “Some items, Ronnie’s a little upset about selling,” says Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions. A ’55 Fender Stratocaster guitar that Wood played onstage sells for $60,800 and a lithograph that Wood drew of guitarist Eric Clapton, signed by both, goes for $5,120. A portion of the proceeds benefit the musicians’ charity MusiCares.
2013: Lou Reed dies at the age of 71. Reed was the frontman for Velvet Underground and a successful and influential solo artist for decades. During his first year in college, Reed had a mental breakdown, after which his parents consented to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for his depression. Andy Warhol was Reed’s mentor and a lifelong friend. The Velvet Underground & Nico became one of the most influential rock albums of all time. In 2008, Reed married multi-media and performance artist Laurie Anderson. In 1996, the Velvet Underground were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Reed inducted as a solo artist in 2015.
2013: Fleetwood Mac cancels the remaining dates of their world tour after co-founder John McVie is diagnosed with cancer.
2014: The Who’s 50th anniversary compilation, ‘The Who Hits 50!’ is released with the group’s first new song in eight years. ‘Be Lucky,’ has The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, as well as touring members Zak Starkey and Pino Palladino.
2014: Sting‘s musical, ‘The Last Ship,’ opens on Broadway. Celebrities including Billy Joel, Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, Debbie Harry and Liam Neeson are in attendance. The show closes in just three months, but garners Sting two Tony nominations for Best Score and Best Orchestrations.
2015: KoRn officially unfurl a career-spanning limited edition photo album “Korn: Est. 1994.” The 300-page hard cover book “includes images from two decades paired with notes, stories and commentary from band members.”
1948: In St. Louis, Missouri, Chuck Berry marries his first and only wife, Themetta “Toddy” Suggs.
1956: Elvis Presley makes a second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. He performs ‘Don’t Be Cruel,’ ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Love Me Tender.’ Sullivan also host presents Elvis with a gold record for ‘Love Me Tender.’
1957: After a show at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, local police tell Elvis Presley that he was not allowed to wiggle his hips onstage. The next night, the Los Angeles Vice Squad filmed his entire concert to study his performance.
1958: Buddy Holly & The Crickets make their last national TV appearance, lip-synching ‘It’s So Easy’ and and ‘Heartbeat’ on American Bandstand.
1961: According to the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, this is the day on which a customer named Raymond Jones entered Epstein’s Liverpool record store, NEMS, and requested a copy of the Beatles singing ‘My Bonnie’ (a 45 the group had cut in Hamburg, Germany with singer Tony Sheridan). Epstein, impressed that someone would ask for a record cut by a local group but only available as an import, tracks the band down at the Cavern Club and offers to manage them. Several Liverpool scenesters have since cast doubt on this story, claiming the group was already well-known in town.
1961: Ground is broken for the construction of New York City’s Shea Stadium.
1962: The Beatles played at the Empire in Liverpool, their first gig at Liverpool’s top theatre. Eight acts were on the bill including Little Richard, Craig Douglas, Jet Harris and Kenny Lynch & Sounds Incorporated.
1964: The two-day TAMI (Teen Age Music International) Show begins at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA. On the bill are the Rolling Stones, James Brown, Chuck Berry, the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean and Marvin Gaye.
1968: Cynthia Lennon is granted a divorce from her husband John.
1972: The Who’s recent anthem ‘Join Together’ is adopted as the official song of the United States Council For World Affairs.
1976: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Hasten Down The Wind’ album is a certified platinum.
1977: The album ‘Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols’ is released in America.
1977: Steve Perry makes his debut as Journey’s vocalist. He sings during the encore on the group’s final night of a three-show stand in San Francisco.
1977: Queen release the ‘News of the World’ album.
1978: The animated cartoon, ‘KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park,’ was shown on NBC-TV in the U.S. The four rock stars had to deal with a mad scientist who went crazy in an amusement park. All four members of Kiss had just released their individual solo albums.
1978: Rush release their album ‘Hemispheres.’
1978: Queen played the first night on their 79-date ‘Jazz’ tour at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas.
1982: The Jam calls it a day. Bandleader Paul Weller forms the Style Council with Mick Talbot shortly thereafter.
1983: Vandenberg release their ‘Heading for a Storm’ album.
1985: ZZ Top release their ‘Afterburner’ album.
1985: Bob Dylan’s five-LP Biograph, the first major commercially successful box set, is released by Columbia.
1989: Aerosmith’s ‘Love In An Elevator’ peaks at #5 on the Billboard singles chart.
1996: ‘The Beatles Anthology 3’ is released and debuts at #1 on the U.S. album chart
1997: R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry announces he is leaving the group after 17 years. Berry now works on his hay farm near Athens, GA.
2001: The Beastie Boys play their first show in more than two-and-a-half years at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, at the first of two New Yorkers Against Violence benefits, which the rap trio organized.
2003: ‘Tonight’s The Night,’ a musical play written around the hits of Rod Stewart, opens in London’s West End.
2003: David Bowie and his wife, the supermodel Iman are the new spokesmodels for Tommy Hilfiger.
2003: ‘In Time: The Best of R.E.M.’ is released. The set contains their hits plus two new songs, ‘Bad Day’ and ‘Animal,’ and an acoustic version of ‘Pop Song ’89.’
2004: Courtney Love was ordered to stand trial on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon after Kristin King told a Los Angeles court Ms Love threw a bottle and a lit candle at her after turning up at the home of a former boyfriend in the early hours.
2004: Everclear hit the road to support their ‘Ten Years Gone: The Best of Everclear 1994-2004’ CD. The run begins in Johnson City, TN. Ticket holders receive a free CD titled ‘Closure’ that features previously unreleased tracks.
2004: KoRn frontman Jonathan Davis introduces South Park’s Halloween episode titled ‘Korn`s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery.’ In the episode KoRn help the South Park kids scare off fifth-grade bullies.
2004: Bruce Springsteen performs at John Kerry campaign rallies in Madison, WI, and Columbus, OH.
2004: Rod Stewart’s ‘Stardust: The Great American Songbook, Vol. 3’ hits #1 on the Billboard 200, marking the first time the singer reached the top of the albums chart since 1979’s ‘Blondes Have More Fun.’
2004: Everclear hit the road to support their ‘Ten Years Gone: The Best of Everclear 1994-2004’ collection. The trek begins in Johnson City, TN. Ticket holders receive a free CD titled ‘Closure,’ featuring previously unreleased tracks.
2007: The Black Crowes play at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans. An injured Rich Robinson plays guitar while seated after hobbling onstage on crutches.
2007: The first-ever exhibition of Bob Dylan’s artwork opens at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz museum in Chemnitz, Germany. On display are more than 200 Dylan watercolor and gouache adaptations of photolithographs from his 1994 book, ‘Drawn Blank.’
2008: The Queen + Paul Rodgers collaborative album, ‘The Cosmos Rocks,’ with the lead single, ‘C-Lebrity,’ is released. Rodgers, Brian May and Roger Taylor co-wrote and co-produced the collection, while playing all the instruments on the 14-track disc. The album is dedicated to late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
2008: The soundtrack to the James Bond film ‘Quantum of Solace’ is released. Raconteurs/White Stripes’ Jack White and R&B singer Alicia Keys perform the theme song ‘Another Way To Die.’ White also wrote and produced the track. The movie opens 11 days later.
2008: Booker T. & the MGs, Bob Dylan collaborator (including keyboards on ‘Like A Rolling Stone’) Al Kooper and Buddy Holly’s backing band, the Crickets are among the inductees at the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum Awards Show in Nashville. During the ceremony Keith Richards performs with the Crickets.
2008: A statue honouring AC/DC’s Bon Scott was unveiled at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour in Western Australia. Although born in Scotland, Scott grew up in Fremantle after his family emigrated to Australia in 1952 and he is buried in Fremantle cemetery.
2009: U2’s 360* world tour concludes in Vancouver, B.C. It began four-months earlier in Barcelona, Spain, with U.S. leg kicking off with a September show in Chicago.
2010: Slash and Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) release the video for their duet ‘Beautiful Dangerous.’ Fergie appears as an obsessive Slash fan who wears nothing more than panties and a revealing leopard-print top. The song is from Slash’s self-titled debut solo album.
2010: Disturbed premiere ‘The Asylum Interactive Experience.’ The game, based on the group’s 2010 release ‘Asylum,’ contains exclusive songs.
2010: Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton are featured on the Little Black Songbook application for iPhone and iPad, which means they have their own apps featuring lyrics and guitar chords for their biggest songs.
2011: Soundgarden headline the Voodoo Fest in New Orleans. It’s the group’s first show in the Big Easy since 1996.
2011: Alice Cooper appears at the London’s BFI Southbank stage for a discussion of his favorite horror films and how the genre complemented his career.
2011: The organizers of a planned Metallica concert in India were arrested after the show was called off, leading fans of the band to destroy the stage and vandalize equipment. Metallica had been booked to play in Delhi on Friday, but they postponed the show after a security barrier in front of the stage collapsed. The four promoters of the gig, were arrested on fraud charges after they refused to refund tickets. Around 25,000 people had purchased tickets to see what would have been Metallica’s first-ever concert in India.
2014: ‘The Lyrics: Since 1962’ contains every Bob Dylan lyric ever written. With over 900 pages the hardcover book retails for $200, with signed copies going for as much as $5,000.
2014: Mick Fleetwood’s memoir, ‘Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac: The Autobiography’ is released.
2014: The Allman Brothers Band play their last show together at the Beacon Theater in New York City. Four hours of music, three sets and an encore of ‘Whipping Post.’
2015: Brooks Wackerman announces his departure from Bad Religion, a band he’d been with since 2001, explaining in a statement that it was time for him “to pursue another path.” The drummer joins Avenged Sevenfold less than a week later.
2015: The Cult play their first show with bass player Grant Fitzpatrick at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, TX.
1958: While still stationed in Germany with the US Army, Private First Class Elvis Presley takes in a Bill Haley show for the troops at Stuttgart.
1965: The Rolling Stones kicked off their fourth 37-date North American tour at the Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1969: New York underground newspaper Rat becomes the first publication to compile the various rumored “clues” to the “Paul Is Dead” phenomenon.
1971: Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident only months after the release and initial success of Tha Allman Brothers Band’s ‘At Fillmore East.’
1973: The Who’s album ‘Quadrophenia’ is certified gold.
1975: Joan Baez joins Bob Dylan as a member of his Rolling Thunder Revue.
1977: The Belgian travel service issued a summons against the Sex Pistols claiming the sleeve to the bands single ‘Holidays In The Sun’ infringed copyright of one of its brochures.
1981: Rush release their live album ‘Exit…Stage Left.’
1983: Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ becomes the longest charting LP of all time, with its 491st week on U.S. top 200. It dethroned Johnny Mathis’ ‘Greatest Hits’ (April 1958-July 1968)
1984: Deep Purple release their album ‘Perfect Strangers.’
1984: Drummer Wells Kelly from Orleans and Meat Loaf died aged 45 after choking to death on his vomit.
1987: Rolling Stones guitarist and sometime painter Ron Wood gets his first public presentation, ‘Decades,’ in London, featuring mostly portraits of Wood’s famous friends over the past two decades.
1990: The inductees for the sixth annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are announced, a list which includes Wilson Pickett, Ike and Tina Turner, The Byrds, The Impressions, LaVern Baker, Jimmy Reed, and John Lee Hooker.
1991: Memphis City Council named interstate 55 through Jackson, The B.B. King Freeway.
1991: Three members of the group Pink Floyd are injured during an auto race in Mexico when their car rolls 230 feet down an embankment near San Luis Potosi. Guitarist Steve O’Rourke breaks his leg and guitarist Dave Gilmour receives minor blows to the head. Drummer Nick Mason continues the race.
1998: Singer/guitarist Brian Setzer files suit against Ken Kinnally, a former member of Setzer’s pre-Stray Cats group the Bloodless Pharaohs. Setzer alleges that, without his knowledge or consent, Kinnally licensed 1978 studio tracks and 1979 live recordings to Collectibles Records, which issued an album titled Brian Setzer & the Bloodless
2001: U2 performed for the first time on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ live from New York City.
2003: A study by the Nielsen ratings people finds that a full third the sales of ‘Beatles 1’ were to new fans between the ages of 19 and 24, skewing the fan base even younger than it had been previously.
2005: The wax figures of the younger Beatles used in the cover of the band’s ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album are auctioned off for 81,500 pounds in London after being discovered languishing in the backroom of Madame Tussauds’ famous wax museum.
2009: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a series of concerts take place at Madison Square Garden, featuring inductees like Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Mick Jagger and Aretha Franklin.
2010: ‘The Big Four: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria’ DVD with Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax was released. The event took place on June 22, 2010 at the Sonisphere Festival at Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria. Before its DVD release, it was shown at 450 movie theaters in the United States and over 350 movie theaters across Europe, Canada, and Latin America on June 22, 2010.
2013: John Lennon’s first home in Liverpool was sold for £480,000 at an auction held at the Cavern Club. The red brick terrace at 9 Newcastle Road, Wavertree, was where the member of The Beatles lived from birth in 1940, until he was five. The property has a back yard and is a few streets away from Penny Lane, made famous by The Beatles.
2014: Phil Collins handed over his large collection of Alamo memorabilia to a Texas museum. “I’m 64,” he said of his fascination with the 1836 battle. “When I was five or six years old, this thing began.” Collins’ collection included a fringed leather pouch used by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie’s legendary knife.
1960: Elvis Presley begins work on his Gospel album ‘His Hand In Mine’ in Nashville.
1964: Roy Orbison’s ‘Oh! Pretty Woman’ goes gold.
1967: Rolling Stones leader Brian Jones, already deep in drug addiction, pleads guilty in a London court to possession of cannabis and not guilty to possession of cocaine and methedrine. He spends the night in Wormwood Scrubs prison and is released on bail the next day after being sentenced to nine months, a sentence which will eventually be suspended.
1968: The MC5 began recording their album ‘Kick Out the Jams.’ It was recorded live at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom over two nights, Devil’s Night and Halloween in 1968.
1970: A Miami court sentences Doors leader Jim Morrison to six months in prison and a fine of $500 for allegedly exposing himself during a concert there in March of the previous year. The case is still on appeal when Morrison dies the following July.
1970: Davy Jones guest-stars as himself in tonight’s ‘The Teen Idol’ episode of ABC-TV’s ‘Make Room For Granddaddy.’
1971: John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ is the #1 album in the U.S. and U.K. Produced by Phil Spector, Lennon and Yoko Ono, the set features contributions from George Harrison and members of Badfinger.
1972: Elton John becomes the first rock star since the Beatles to perform for Queen Elizabeth II at her annual Royal Command Variety Performance in London.
1973: John Lennon releases his ‘Mind Games’ album.
1978: KISS’ ill-advised live-action kiddie movie ‘KISS Meet The Phantom Of The Park’ premieres on NBC-TV.
1979: Bianca Jagger, Mick’s first wife, is granted a divorce after eight years of marriage.
1985: Anthrax release their album ‘Spreading the Disease.’
1985: Rush release their album ‘Power Windows.’
1986: The Beastie Boys release ‘License To Ill.’
1989: Joe Satriani releases his ‘Flying in a Blue Dream’ album.
1993: Meatloaf’s ‘Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell’ hits #1 in U.S.
1995: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its upcoming induction of David Bowie, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Pink Floyd, The Shirelles, Jefferson Airplane, Little Willie John, and the Velvet Underground.
1996: Melissa Etheridge’s album ‘Yes I Am’ surpasses the 6-million mark in sales.
1998: KISS appears of the Fox network show ‘Millenium.’ They are shown both in and out of make-up.
1998: Bryan Adams shoots the video for ‘When You’re Gone’ with Spice Girl Sporty Spice who sang backing vocals on the record.
2000: U2’s 10th studio album, ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ is released. It garners critical acclaim and sells over 12 million copies.
2000: Elton John files a massive $20 million lawsuit against his ex-business manager and his accounting firm. He hits them with charges of misappropriation and negligence.
2003: Paul McCartney becomes the proud parent of his first child with second wife Heather Mills, a daughter named Beatrice Milly.
2003: Stone Temple Pilots’ frontman Scott Weiland is ordered to spend six months in a live-in drug rehab program. The court ruling stems from a driving under the influence charge the day before. At the time, Weiland was on probation for heroin possession.
2003: Marilyn Manson fans at a Kansas City concert push down a barrier causing the concert to be cut short. Cops are called to deal with unruly fans.
2005: Aerosmith begins a North American jaunt with Lenny Kravitiz in Uncasville, CT. Drummer Joey Kramer, recovering from rotator cuff surgery, has his son Jesse fill in during part of the tour.
2005: Former Pink Floyd bassist/singer Roger Waters is interviewed on A&E’s ‘Breakfast With The Arts.’ Meanwhile, Floyd drummer Nick Mason participates in the 72nd annual London To Brighton Veteran Car Run. The vintage-automobile event commemorates a 19th century British law that raised the speed limit for motor vehicles from 4 miles per hour to 14 mph.
2006: VH1 begins a five-part countdown series called ‘100 Greatest Songs of the 80s.’ The countdown has songs by Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, the Beastie Boys, Billy Idol, Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen and AC/DC. Holding the #1 spot is Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ (1986), #2 is Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ (1987) and #3 is held by Duran Duran’s ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’ (1982).
2007: After losing the top spot to Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain the year before, Elvis Presley once again tops Forbes Magazine’s list of highest-earning dead celebrities. John Lennon is second on the list, with fellow ex-Beatle George Harrison coming in fourth.
2007: The self-titled ‘Avenged Sevenfold,’ the follow-up to the group’s gold-certified 2005 album, ‘City Of Evil,’ is released.
2007: The Eagles ‘Long Road Out Of Eden,’ their first complete studio album since 1979 is released.
2007: The soundtrack for the film ‘I’m Not There’ is released. Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder does a rendition of ‘All Along the Watchtower’ backed by members of Sonic Youth, Wilco and Television. Sonic Youth take a run at the title track.
2007: Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood’s memoir, ‘Ronnie: The Autobiography,’ is published.
2008: Neil Young postpones his concert at the Forum in L.A. to show solidarity for union arena workers who are striking over a contract dispute. “I am extremely disappointed to have to choose between satisfying my fans or backing my brothers and sisters of the (union),” says Young in a statement.
2008: Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland endorses Senator Barack Obama for President in an online post. “Obama can take us from fear to faith,” writes Weiland. “I don’t see John McCain as the renegade and patriot he claims to be. Instead, I see Barack Obama as the patriot, that man, that president who is ready to lead.” Aerosmith’s Joe Perry disagrees supporting Senator John McCain. “I’ve been a hard-core Republican my whole life,” states Perry. “My mother and father drilled into me from the very start that if you work hard and be positive, you’ll get what you’re working for.” This is the first time the guitarist has publicly endorsed a presidential candidate.
2009: “We were great, but you sucked,” are Paul Stanley’s parting words to the audience during KISS’ set at the Voodoo Experience music festival in New Orleans. The band, despite the usual stage antics and fireworks, fails to excite the audience. But Jane’s Addiction captures the event’s spirit. “This is the perfect place to spend Halloween, wouldn’t you say so?” frontman Perry Farrell asks the audience. “Let’s celebrate death!” 2009: Pearl Jam concludes a four-show stand at Philadelphia’s Spectrum arena. It’s the final concert before the legendary venue is demolished.
2010: Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy (with Mavis Staples of the Staples Singers) perform at Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s ‘Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear’ in Washington D.C. The Comedy Central hosts (The Daily Show and Colbert Report) hold the rally to counter extremist (usually right wing) ranting.
2010: ‘Madman Across The Water: The Making of Elton’ premieres on BBC2. The documentary covers the rise of Elton John’s popularity in the U.S. during the late ’60s and early ’70s.
2012: RNDM (pronounced ‘random’) release their debut album ‘Acts.’ The group has Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, singer/guitarist Joseph Arthur and drummer Richard Stuverud.
2012: Black Country Communion (Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian) release their album, ‘Afterglow.’
2012: ‘Bruce,’ a Bruce Springsteen biography, written by Peter Ames Carlin, is in bookstores.
2013: Motorhead’s 21st album, ‘Aftershock,’ debuts at #22 on the Billboard 200 selling 11,000 copies in its first week. It’s the group’s highest charting debut.
2013: Neil Young and the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at a fundraiser for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Flea started the organization to offer music lessons to children and adults.
2015: Puscifer, fronted by Tool’s Maynard James Keenan, go for the ‘Money Shot’ on their 3rd full-length album.
2015: 45 people die and nearly two hundred are injured in Bucharest during a concert given by a local Heavy Metal band, Goodbye To Gravity. The group’s pyrotechnical show at a release party for their album, ‘Mantras Of War,’ goes awry but fans initially think the flames are part of the concert and do not immediately react. Goodbye To Gravity’s Vlad Telea and Mihai Alexandru are among the deceased.
1952: Pianist Johnnie Johnson hired 26 year old Chuck Berry as a guitarist in his band. While playing evening gigs in the St. Louis area, Berry kept his day job as a hairdresser for the next three years.
1959: The Quarry Men decided to change their name to Johnny and the Moondogs. The band were in Liverpool auditioning for the Carrol Levis show. The Quarry Men featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison.
1962: ‘Monster Mash” hits #1 on Halloween. Still the most famous Halloween song of all time, Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s vocals were his impression of Boris Karloff, known for his role as Frankenstein’s monster.
1963: The Beatles return from a tour of Sweden to find 50,000 screaming fans waiting for them at London’s Heathrow Airport, the surest proof that Beatlemania is a national phenomenon. Waiting at the airport is American TV host Ed Sullivan, who notices the furor. “Who are those guys?” he asks a bystander, who tells him they are “England’s foremost singing group.” Having never heard them, Sullivan nevertheless immediately contacts manager Brian Epstein to book the band for three appearances on his CBS show early in 1964.
1964: For the first time since January 1964, the Beatles do not have a song currently on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. No less than 14 singles hit the charts in the previous ten months.
1965: The Who appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, (the bands only appearance at the club).
1967: The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones is released on 750 pounds’ bail from Wormwood Scrubs prison in London after being charged with marijuana possession. Seven fans are arrested for demonstrating outside the prison gates.
1967: The Stooges make their live debut at a Detroit, MI, Halloween party.
1968: Paul McCartney’s new girlfriend, Linda Eastman, moves into his London home.
1970: Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas marries actor Dennis Hopper, a marriage that is annulled seven days later.
1970: James Taylor’s album ‘Fire and Rain’ is certified gold.
1970: ‘Led Zeppelin III’ hits #1 in U.S.
1974: Members of Led Zeppelin launch their new artist-owned label, Swan Song, at the Chislehurst Caves in England, with the Pretty Things, Bill Wyman, and Groucho Marx, not to mention several dozen naked models attending.
1974: The Rolling Stones earn a gold record for ‘It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll.’ It’s their last album with guitarist Mick Taylor. Taylor, who replaced Brian Jones in 1969, soon leaves for a solo career and is replaced by former Faces guitarist and Rod Stewart sideman, Ron Wood.
1975: Southern rockers The Marshall Tucker Band headline a fundraising concert for Presidential nominee Jimmy Carter.
1975: Queen release ‘Bohemian Rhapody.’ It’s the #1 song in Britain by Christmas.
1976: Elvis Presley makes his last recording, singing Jim Reeves’ ‘He’ll Have To Go’ over a pre-recorded backing track in the Jungle Room of his Graceland home.
1986: Roger Waters went to the high court to try and stop David Gilmour and Nick Mason from using the name ‘Pink Floyd’ for future touring and recording.
1987: ‘Dude (Looks Like A Lady)’ is Aerosmith’s first U.K. chart single. It lands at #45.
1989: The very first MTV unplugged show was recorded in New York, featuring UK band Squeeze, the program was aired on Nov. 26, 1989.
1990: During a gig in Seattle, Washington, Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish in Faith No More’s dressing room. They responded by walking on stage, naked during Idol’s set.
1993: Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea was at the scene of actor’s River Phoenix fatal collapse in Los Angeles.
1996: Slash announced he was no longer in Guns N’ Roses. The guitarist said that Axl Rose and he had only been civil to each other on two occasions since 1994.
1996: Rumored that he will commit suicide on Halloween, Marilyn Manson survives the night. Of course, the talk helps spike sales of ‘Antichrist Superstar.’
1998: Kiss kick off their ‘Psycho Circus’ tour with a Halloween show in Los Angeles, with Smashing Pumpkins as the opening act.
2000: Napster announces a deal with entertainment giant BMG to make its illegal file-sharing software into a paid subscription service.
2000: Godsmack release their album, ‘Awake.’
2000: U2 release ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind,’ the album contains the mega-hit ‘Beautiful Day.’
2005: The white suit John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ sells at a Las Vegas Amnesty International charity auction for $118,000. And an Austin Princess hearse driven by the late star in the documentary Imagine sold for $150,000.
2005: The Black Crowes host their first ‘Freak ‘N’ Roll’ costume contest at Chicago’s Riviera Theater.
2006: Marilyn Manson opens a Hollywood art gallery, Celebritarian Corporation Gallery of Fine Art. There are paintings of Edgar Allan Poe and even a nude Adolph Hitler.
2006: Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS serve as the grand marshals for New York’s Village Halloween Parade. They ride on a KISS float in full costume and makeup.
2006: ‘The Passing Show: The Life & Music of Ronnie Lane,’ a documentary focusing on late Small Faces/Faces bassist is released. The film features live footage plus interviews with Eric Clapton, The Who’s Pete Townshend and ex-Small Faces/Faces/Who drummer Kenney Jones.
2006: Megadeth release their 12th studio album, ‘United Abominations.’
2006: The Who’s ‘Endless Wire’ is released. It’s The Who’s first studio set since ’82’s ‘It’s Hard.’
2006: Meat Loaf’s album,'”Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose’ is released. Queen guitarist Brian May and Todd Rundgren contribute to the album.
2006: The biography ‘Nobody Likes You: Inside the Turbulent Life, Times, and Music of Green Day,’ by former Spin editor Marc Spitz, is in bookstores.
2007: Robert Plant’s collaboration with Bluegrass artist Alison Krauss, “Raising Sand,” sells 112,000 units in its first week of release to debut at #2 on the Billboard 200. Country singer Carrie Underwood’s ‘Carnival Ride’ debuts in the top spot. Still, the #2 slot marks career highs for both Plant and Krauss as solo artists.
2007: Elvis Presley tops the annual Forbes magazine list of most profitable dead celebrities, his estate having taken in $49 million over the past year. John Lennon makes the #2 spot; George Harrison, James Brown, and Bob Marley also make the list.
2008: The Smashing Pumpkins kick off their 20th anniversary North American tour in Columbus, OH.
2008: Alice In Chains’ Mike Inez, Slipknot’s Paul Gray and Velvet Revolver’s Duff McKagan are among the musicians who demonstrate their skills on Behind The Player music-instruction DVDs for guitarists, bassists and drummers.
2008: Alice Cooper hosts ‘The Monstrous Munster Mash,’ an eight-hour marathon of the 1960’s sitcom on WGN America cable network. “I grew up on The Munsters,” says Cooper. And at midnight, WGN premieres Alice Cooper’s ‘Along Came A Spider,’ a 30-minute special featuring music videos and clips from the album of the same name.
2010: My Chemical Romance open the San Francisco 49ers/Denver Broncos football game in London (it’s one of those occasional NFL international games). They play their single ‘Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)’ and ‘Welcome To The Black Parade,’ accompanied by cheerleaders. 49ers win.
2011: Pete Townshend’s lecture at the Radio Festival in Salford, U.K. on the future of radio in the Internet era is broadcast live on BBC Radio 6.
2012: Marilyn Manson wins the ‘Favorite Male Celebrity Who Dresses for Halloween Every Day” category at the first annual 2012 ‘Fright Night Awards.’ He beats Ozzy Osbourne, LMFAO’s Redfoo and gossip blogger Perez Hilton for the honor.
2012: Tony Iommi receives the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Award at the 2nd annual Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund Awards Gala in Hollywood.
2013: Rob Zombie is the featured musical guest on the Halloween episode of ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’
2014: Queen guitarist Brian May and the Unanico Group, an animation/production company, debut ‘One Night In Hell’ in the U.K. The animated film is based on May’s collection of Diableries, a set of stereoscopic cards which feature visions of the underworld.
2015: An event at Madame Zuzu’s Tea Shop in Chicago is hosted by Count William Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), “your creaky yet congenial host.” Corgan owns the shop.
2015: Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson delivers the keynote address at ‘Blog Now, Live Forever’ in Mumbai, India. The event is organized by IndiBlogger.
2015: The Ghoul Screamer guitar pedal, conceived by Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and designed by KHDK laboratories, is available.