Ric Grech (Family, Blind Faith, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Traffic, KGB) – b. 1946 – d. 3/17/90
Jim Steinman (Producer, composer, lyricist, Meat Loaf) – 69
Dan Peek (America, solo) – b. 1950 – d. 7/24/11
Eddie Macdonald (The Alarm) – 57
Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) – 54
Rick Allen (Def Leppard) – 53
Joe LeSte’ (Bang Tango, Beautiful Creatures) – 52
Jay Black (Jay and the Americans) – 78
Keith Emerson (The Nice, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Emerson Lake & Powell, 3, Keith Emerson Band, Billy Sherwood, solo) – b. 1944 – d. 3/11/16
JD Souther (born John David Souther) (vocals, songwriter – Eagles, Joe Walsh, Linda Ronstadt) – 71
Dave Pegg (Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention) – 69
Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band) – 59
Andrew Elt (Sleeze Beez) – 54
Bobby Dall (Poison) – 53
Ron McGovney (Metallica) – 53
Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (Korn, Fieldy’s Dreams, StillWell, L.A.P.D., solo) – 47
Thomas Brendahl (Volbeat) – 36
Nick Simper (Deep Purple) – 71
Joe Lala (Actor, voice actor, drummer and percussionist, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Manassas, The Bee Gees, Whitney Houston + more) – b. 1947 – d. 3/18/14
Adam Ant – 62
Delbert McClinton – 76
Chris Difford (Squeeze, Difford & Tilbrook, solo) – 62
James Honeyman-Scott (Pretenders) b. 1956 – d. 6/16/82
Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) – 60
Jeff Watson (Night Ranger, Mother’s Army, The Jeff Watson Band + more) – 60
Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey) – 51
Wayne Static (Static X, solo) – b. 1965 – d. 11/1/14
Ike Turner – b. 1931 – d. 12/12/07
Art Garfunkel (Simon & Garfunkel) – 75
Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits) – 69
Donnie McDougall (The Guess Who) – 68
Gram Parsons (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers) – b. 1946 – d. 9/19/73
Bryan Adams – 57
David Bryson (Counting Crows) – 55
Brian Wheat (Tesla) – 53
Ruyter Suys (Nashville Pussy) – 48
Jack Douglas (Producer) –
George Young (The Easybeats, AC/DC producer + more) – 70
Glenn Frey (Eagles, solo) – b. 1948 – d. 1/18/16
Rushton Moreve/John Russell Morgan (Steppenwolf) – b. 1948 – d. 7/1/81
Craig Goldie (Craig Goldy’s Ritual, David Lee Roth, Dio, Giuffria, Rough Cutt, Dio Disciples) – 55
Corey Glover (Living Colour, Galactic, solo) – 52
Greg Graffin (Bad Religion, solo) – 52
Paul Gilbert (Racer X, Mr. Big, G3, solo) – 50
Mary Travers (Peter, Paul & Mary) – b. 1938 – d. 9/16/09
Johnny Rivers – 74
Joni Mitchell – 73
Nick Gilder (Sweeney Todd, solo) – 65
Tommy Thayer (KISS, Black ‘N Blue) – 56
Brian Jay (Keel) – 56
Robin Finck (Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails) – 45
Robert Caggiano (Volbeat, Anthrax, The Damned Things) – 40
Bonnie Bramlett (Delaney & Bonnie) – 72
Roy Wood (The Move, ELO, Wizzard, solo) – 70
Bonnie Raitt – 67
Larry Burnett (Firefall) – 65
Porl Thompson (The Cure, Page and Plant, Shelleyan Orphan, Babacar, others) – 59
Jackie Ramos (Hericane Alice, Bangalore Choir, Bad Moon Rising, Bang Tango) –
Tom Fogerty (Credence Clearwater Revival) – b. 1941 – d. 9/6/90
Joe Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult, Soft White Underbelly) – 68
Alan Gratzer (REO Speedwagon) – 68
Dennis Stratton (Praying Mantis, Iron Maiden) – 62
Tommy Caldwell (The Marshall Tucker Band) – b. 1949 – d. 4/28/80
Jeff Martin (Racer X, Badlands) – 57
Chris Jericho (Fozzy) – 46
Susan Tedeshi (Tedeshi Trucks Band) – 46
Screaming Lord Sutch (David Edward Sutch) – b. 1940 – d. 6/16/99
Glen Buxton (Alice Cooper) – b. 1947 – d. 1019/97)
Roy Thomas Baker (Producer, songwriter, arranger) – 70
Greg Lake (The Gods, King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia, Emerson, Lake & Powell, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, solo) – 69
Ronnie Hammond (Atlanta Rhythm Section) – 66
Mario Cipollina (Huey Lewis & The News) – 62
DJ Ashba (Beautiful Creatures, BulletBoys, Guns N’ Roses, SIXX A.M.) – 44
Chris Joannou (Silverchair) – 37
Hank Garland (Session guitarist with Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison + more) – b. 1930 – d. 12/27/04
Chris Dreja (Metropolitan (or Metropolis) Blues Quartet, The Yardbirds, Box of Frogs) – 71
Vince Martell (Vanilla Fudge, solo) – 71
Pat Daugherty (Black Oak Arkansas) – 69
Jim Peterik (Survivor, The Ides of March, Pride of Lions) – 66
Marshall Crenshaw (singer, songwriter) – 63
Dave Alvin (The Blasters, X, The Knitters, The Flesh Eaters, solo + more) – 61
Mike Mesaros (The Smithereens) – 59
Mic Michaeli (Europe, Glenn Hughes, Brazen Abbot, Last Autumn’s Dream) – 54
Stefan Schwarzmann (Accept, U.D.O., Running Wild, X-Wild, Krokus, Helloween) – 51
Jason White (Green Day) – 43 – He was a touring member of Green Day from 1999 until 2012 and played lead guitar in the majority of their live shows. During late 2012 he became an official member of the band, with Green Day becoming a four-piece group.
Booker T. Jones (Booker T. & the MGs) – 72
Neil Young (The Squires, The Mynah Birds, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Crazy Horse, The Stray Gators, The Stills-Young Band, solo) – 71
Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult) – 69
Laurence Juber (Wings, Al Stewart, solo) – 64
David Ellefson (Megadeth) – 52
Tony Montana (Great White) – 51
John Hammond Jr. – 74
Toy Caldwell (Marshall Tucker Band) – 69
Roger Steen (Tubes) – 67
Bill Gibson (Huey Lewis and the News) – 65
Aldo Nova – 67
James Young (Styx) – 66
Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot, Hughes/Thrall, W.A.S.P., Heavy Bones) – 65
Alec Jon Such (Bon Jovi) – 65
Stephen Bishop – 64
Paul Hackman (Helix) – b. 1953 – d. 7/5/92
Nina Gordon (Veruca Salt, solo) – 49
Brian Yale (Matchbox Twenty) – 48
Butch Walker (Southgang, Marvelous 3, Producer, solo) – 47
Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs) – 46
Travis Barker (Blink 182, Transplants, +44, Box Car Racer) – 41
Tobin Esperance (Papa Roach) – 37
Steve Fossen (Heart, Alias) – 67
Graham Parker (Rumour, The Figgs, solo) – 66
Frank Infante (Blondie, New York Dolls, Iggy Pop, Divinyls, Joan Jett) – 65
Tony Thompson (The Distance and Crown Of Thorns, Chic, The Power Station + more) – b. 1954 – d. 12/12/03
Dann Huff (White Heart, Giant, musician, session musician, singer-songwriter and producer) – 56
Chad Kroeger (Nickelback) – 42
Mark “Marky” Anthony Chavez (Adema) – 38 – born in Bakersfield. CA. He’s a graduate of Bakersfield’s Garces Memorial High School and the half-brother of KoRn vocalist Jonathan Davis.
Paul Raymond (Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown, UFO, MSG, Waysted) – 71
Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) – 52
Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver, Wasted Youth, Electric Love Hogs, Dave Navarro, Loaded, DKFXP, Cyco Miko, Zilch, Infectious Grooves, Danzig, Sugartooth) – 5
Gene Clark (The Byrds) – b. 1944 – d. 5/24/91
Gordon Lightfoot – 78
Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) – 70
Jim Babjak (The Smithereens) – 59
Jeff Buckley – b. 1966 – d. 5/29/97
Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses, The Dead Daisies) – 50
Ben Wilson (Blues Traveler) – 49
Herman Rarebell (Scorpions, Micheal Schenker Group, Herman ze German, solo) – 67
Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy, Whitesnake, Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force, Blue Oyster Cult, Geoff Tate’s Queensryche, Animetal USA) – 66
Graham Parker (Graham Parker & the Rumour, solo) – 66
John McFee (The Doobie Brothers) – 63
Michael Ramos (BoDeans) – 58
Jan Kuehnemund (Vixen) – b. 1961 – d. 10/10/13
Kirk Hammett (Death Angel, Headbanged, Exodus, Metallica) – 54
Johnny Christ – Jonathan Lewis Seward (Avenged Sevenfold) – 32
Ray Collins (Frank Zappa) – b. 1937 – d. 12/24/12
Fred Lipsius (Blood Sweat & Tears, performed with Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, and jazz greats Cannonball Adderley, Thelonious Monk, Zoot Sims, Eddie Gomez, Al Foster, George Mraz, Larry Willis, Randy Brecker) – 73
Joe Correro (Paul Revere and Raiders, Hamilton Joe Frank & Reynolds) – 70
Ron Wikso (The Storm, Foreigner, John Pratt, Gregg Rolie Band, Richie Sambora, Firefly + more) – 57
Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, The Cult, Neurotic Outsiders, Slash’s Snakepit, Hawk, Y Kant Tori Read, Johnny Crash, Velvet Revolver, Kings Of Chaos, Camp Freddy) – 56
Michael Lee / Michael Gary Pearson (Page and Plant, The Cult + more) – b. 1969 – d. 11/24/08
Travis McNabb (Better Than Ezra) – 47
Justin Gunnar Walter Chancellor (Peach, Tool) – 45
Norman Greenbaum (Dr West’s Medicine Show & Junk Band, solo) – 74
Mike Vernon (Record producer – Bluesbreakers, David Bowie, Duster Bennett, Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, John Mayall, Christine McVie and Ten Years After + more) – 72
Duane Allman (Allman Brothers, Derek and the Dominos) – b. 1946 – d. 10/29/71
Joe Walsh (Eagles, James Gang, Barnstorm, solo, Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band) – 69
Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush) – 62
Mike D – Michael Diamond (Beastie Boys) – 51
Davey Havok (AFI, Blaqk Audio) – 41
Jared Followill (Kings Of Leon) – 30
Oliver “Oli” Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon) – 30
Dr. John – 76
Lonnie Jordan (War, solo) – 68
John “Rabbit” Bundrick (Bob Marley, Who, Free, Crawler, Kossoff Kirke Tetsu and Rabbit, solo + more) – 68
Gary Pihl (Sammy Hagar, Boston) – 66
Peter Koppes (The Church) – 61
Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes, The Zen Circus, The Break) – 56
Roderick “Rod” Michael Price (Black Cat Bones, Foghat, collaborated with Shaky Vic’s Blues Band, Champion Jack Dupree, Duster Bennett, Eddie Kirkland, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon and David “Honeyboy” Edwards, solo) – b. 1947 – d. 3/22/05
Floyd Sneed (Three Dog Night, The Ohio Players) – 74
Stevie Van Zant (South Side Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Steel Mill, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul) – 66
Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club) – 66
Lawrence Gowan (Styx) – 60
Daryl Gray (Helix) – 58
Mick Cripps (L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat) – 56
Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, OSI) – 54
Ronny Munroe (Metal Church, Presto Ballet, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) – 51
Rowen Robertson (Dio, Violets Demise, DC4, Dio Disciples) – 45
Alex Grossi – (Quiet Riot, Adler’s Appetite, Beautiful Creatures, Bang Tango, Love/Hate, Jani Lane, Angry Salad) – 40
Corey Beaulieu (Trivium) – 33
Bruce Hornsby (Bruce Hornsby & the Range, Hornsby & the Noise Makers, Skaggs & Hornsby, Bruce Hornsby Trio, Grateful Dead, The Other Ones, Bobby Hi-Test and the Octane Kids) – 62
Ken Block (Sister Hazel) – 50
Chris Adler (Lamb Of God, Megadeth) – 44
Pete Best (The Beatles) – 75
Donald “Duck” Dunn (Booker T & the MG’s, The Blues Brothers, session bassist for Stax Records + many more) – b. 1941 – d. 5/13/12
Bev Bevan (The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, Black Sabbath, ELO Part II, Bev Bevan’s Move) – 71
Lee Michaels – 71
Bob Burns (Lynyrd Skynyrd) – 66
Clem Burke a.k.a Elvis Ramone (Blondie, The Romantics, The Ramones, Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan, Eurythmics, The Tourists, Dramarama, The Fleshtones, Iggy Pop, Joan Jett, Chequered Past) – 61
Chris Hayes (Huey Lewis & The News) – 59
Tony Rombola (Godsmack) – 52
Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (Cryptic Slaughter, Drown, Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne, Prong + more) – 47
Satchel/Russ Parrish (SteelPanther, Fight, Paul Gilbert, The Thornbirds, The Atomic Punks) – 46
Nick Walsh (Famous Underground, SlikToxik) – 46
Chad Taylor (Live) – 46
Percy Sledge – 76
Steve Rothery (Marillion, The Wishing Tree, Enchant, Steve Rothery Band) – 57
Mark Lanegan (Queens of The Stone Age, Screaming Trees, Isobel Campbell, Soulsavers, The Gutter Twins, Mad Season) – 52
Mark Morton (Lamb Of God) – 44
Ben Wells (Black Stone Cherry) – 31
Tina Turner – 77
Alan Henderson (Them) – 72
John McVie (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac) – 71
Bert Ruiter (Focus, Earth and Fire, solo) – 70
Adam Gaynor (Matchbox Twenty) – 53
Marten Andersson (Lizzy Borden, Lynch Mob, Starwood, Dario Lorina) – 42
Stu Block (Iced Earth) – 39
Al Jackson Jr (Booker T and the MG’s) – b. 1935 – d. 10/1/75
Jimi Hendrix (The Isley Brothers, Little Richard, the Blue Flame, Curtis Knight, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, Band of Gypsys) – b. 1942 – d. 9/18/70
Randy Brecker (Brecker Brothers, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Cobham, Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Sandip Burman, Charles Mingus, Blood Sweat & Tears, Horace Silver, Frank Zappa, Parliament-Funkadelic, Gary Husband’s Force Majeure, Chris Parker, Jaco Pastorius, Dire Straits, others) – 71
Dave Winthrop (Supertramp, Chicken Shack, Secret Affair, freelance) – 68
Daryl Stuermer (Jean-Luc Ponty, George Duke, Joan Armatrading, Frida Lyngstad, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Philip Bailey, Phil Collins, Genesis, solo) – 64
Charlie Burchill (Simple Minds) – 57
Charlie Benante (Anthrax, Stormtroopers Of Death) – 54
Mike Bordin (Faith No More, Ozzy Osbourne) – 54
David Prichard (Armored Saint) – b. 1963 -d. 2/27/90
Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge, Slash) – 47
Randy Newman – 73
Paul Shaffer – 67
Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Skin Yard, Temple of the Dog) – 54
Jimmy D’Anda (Bulletboys, Lynch Mob, Lies, Deceit & Treachery, Let It Rawk) – 51
John Mayall (John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Canned Heat, Cream, Fleetwood Mac, Keef Hartley Band, Mark-Almond, Pure Food and Drug Act + more) – 83
Denny Doherty (The Mamas & Papas) – b. 1940 – d. 1/19/07
Felix Cavaliere (The Young Rascals, The Rascals, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Steve Cropper, Felix Caviliere’s Rascals) – 74
Ronnie Montrose (Montrose, Edgar Winter Group) – b. 1947 – d. 3/3/12
Barry Goudreau (Boston, RTZ, Ernie and the Automatics, Delp and Goudreau, Orion The Hunter) – 65
Masayoshi Yamashita (Loudness) – 55
Andy LaRocque (King Diamond) – 54
Terry Glaze (Pantera, Lord Tracy, Blowphish, The Crayfish) – 52
Mike DiMeo (Riot, Josie Sang, The Lizards, Masterplan, Johnny Winter, Vinnie Moore, Tommy James and The Shondells, Bonnie Tyler, The Groove Kings + more) – 48
Michael Dempsey (The Cure) – 48
Erik Ferentinos (Stephen Pearcy)
Michael Grant (L.A. Guns)
Ringo Garza (Los Lonely Boys) – 35
Dick Clark – b. 1929 – d. 4/18/12
Rob Grill (The Grass Roots, solo) – b. 1943 – d. 7/11/11
Leo Lyons (Jaybirds, Ten Years After) – 73
Roger Glover (Episode Six, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Gillan & Glover) – 71
Billy Idol (Generation X, solo) – 61
John Ashton (The Psychedelic Furs) – 59
Cherie Currie (The Runaways, solo) – 57
Mike Matijevic (Steelheart) – 52
Mike Stone (Criss, Queensrÿche, The Stick People, solo) – 47
Today In Rock History
1894: Billboard Advertising, a trade publication dealing with all manner of billboard advertising and selling for a dime, begins publication. Within a few years, it will begin focusing on the entertainment shows advertised by billboards, and by the 1930s Billboard, as it has come to be known, is covering radio and sales of the new medium, juke box records.
1956: Elvis Presley bought a new Harley Davidson motorbike, Presley spent the day riding round Memphis on his new bike with actress Natalie Wood.
1959: Elvis Presley’s current stint in the Army means that for the first time in nearly five years, no Elvis single resides on the Billboard charts.
1962: The Beatles returned to the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany for a two-week residency.
1963: The Beatles make their first appearance as a tour headliner at a show in Gloucestershire, England.
1964: The Beach Boys begin their first UK tour in London.
1964: The Dave Clark Five makes their US television debut on CBS’ Ed Sullivan Show. The clean-cut image of the group members visibly relieves the host, who is still suffering from the Stones riot of a few days’ earlier. After the band plays ‘Glad All Over,’ Ed goes out of his way to tag them as “nice, neat boys.”
1965: A Rolling Stones gig in Rochester, New York came to an abrupt halt after seven minutes when three-thousand fans tried to rush the stage.
1966: The Doors played the first night of a month long residency at the Ondine Discotheque in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.
1968: George Harrison released his first solo album, ‘Wonderwall Music.’ He’s the first member of The Beatles to release a solo album. The songs which were mostly Harrison instrumentals, featured Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and an unaccredited banjo contribution by Peter Tork of The Monkees.
1969: The Beatles topped the album charts in America with ‘Abbey Road.’ It stayed at #1 for 11 weeks. It was their 13th US #1 album. The cover 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 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, black suit), the Corpse (Paul, barefoot), and the Gravedigger (George, in jeans and a denim shirt).
1969: Elvis Presley’s ‘Suspicious Minds’ hits #1. It’s his first chart-topper since ‘Good Luck Charm’ in 1962.
1974: Scorpions released the album ‘Fly to the Rainbow.’
1975: Elton John started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Island Girl’, his 5th US #1.
1975: Touring Australia for the first time Paul McCartney and Wings kicked an 11-date tour at The Entertainment Centre in Perth.
1979: Aerosmith released the album ‘Night In The Ruts.’
1979: Bob Dylan debuts the songs from his new album, a Christian polemic called ‘Slow Train Coming,’ on the first night of his new tour in San Francisco, CA. A shocked audience boos the new material throughout the set.
1980: Bruce Springsteen ‘The River’ goes to #1 on the Billboard album charts. It’s the first #1 album for Bruce.
1985: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) agrees to some demands made by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC). As a result, any album deemed to contain offensive lyrics must be issued with a warning label, or the lyrics must be printed on the sleeve.
1987: Black Sabbath released the album ‘The Eternal Idol.’
1994: Nirvana release ‘MTV Unplugged in New York.’ Two tracks not aired on the MTV Broadcast appear on the album.
1994: Megadeth released the album ‘Youthanasia.’
1996: U2 set up a video link to an internet site from their recording studio in Dublin so fans could watch them record their new album.
1999: With getting music over the internet still a novel concept and technical challenge, Third Eye Blind offers their single ‘Anything’ exclusively online. It’s free, but can only be played for 3 weeks.
1999: Rage Against The Machine release ‘The Battle Of Los Angeles’ album.
2003: Bruce Springsteen and Michael J. Fox performed ‘Light of Day,’ the title track of the 1987 movie starring Fox, during a Parkinson’s Disease benefit at New Jersey’s Stone Pony.
2004: 61-year old Terry Knight, the former manager of Grand Funk Railroad, was murdered at his home in Killeen, Texas. Knight was defending his daughter during a domestic disturbance, when he was stabbed by her boyfriend, 26 year old Donald Alan Fair. Knight began his music career by leading a Michigan band called Terry Knight and the Pack, who scored a Billboard top 50 hit with ‘I, Who Have Nothing.’
2005: Black Sabbath is inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame by Brian May of Queen. The band played ‘Paranoid’ at the ceremony and Ozzy mooned the crowd.
2012: Metal Hammer magazine published a list of the “Top ten rock and heavy metal moustaches…Ever”. The list which included mustaches worn by the likes of Frank Zappa, all the members of Black Sabbath, (except Ozzy Osbourne). James Hetfield, Lemmy and Freddie Mercury.
2014: Wayne Static, singer with Static X passed away.
1920: KDKA in Pittsburgh becomes the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States. They are not the first station on the air, but the first to get the broadcast license. With consumers unsure of the benefits of radio, the station announces results of the Harding-Cox presidential election, getting the news to those with a radio much faster than everyone who had to wait for the morning paper.
1956: A Fats Domino concert in Fayetteville, NC, turns into a riot. While both blacks and whites attend (during a racially charged time), Domino claims the trouble is caused by a combination of “the beat and the booze.”
1959: The East German government sends 15 young people to prison for publicly showing their devotion to Elvis Presley (and speaking ill of the East German regime).
1963: The British paper the Daily Mirror uses the headline “Beatlemania!” for the first time, proclaiming, “Everyone, everywhere is catching it.”
1963: The Beach Boys release ‘Be True To Your School.’
1967: Pink Floyd spent the day at Abbey Road Studios in London recording ‘Paintbox.’
1967: The Beatles completed recording their next single ‘Hello Goodbye’ at Abbey Road studios London with a second Paul McCartney bass line. The McCartney song had been selected for the A-side for The Beatles next single, the flip side to be Lennon’s ‘I Am the Walrus’.
1968: Cream performed at Madison Square Garden during their farewell tour. The band was given a platinum disc commemorating American sales of the double album ‘Wheels of Fire.’
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival release ‘Willy and the Poor Boys’ the third studio album that the band released in 1969.
1969: The Ed Sullivan Show has The Band performing ‘Up On Cripple Creek.’
1969: The Rolling Stones quasi-documentary ‘Sympathy For The Devil,’ directed by Jean-Luc Godard, premieres in San Francisco.
1970: The Rolling Stones live album ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out’ is certified gold, as are Neil Young’s ‘After The Goldrush,’ the Moody Blues ‘Question of Balance’ and ‘Live at Monterey.’
1972: The Band’s double-live ‘Rock Of Ages’ album goes gold.
1973: Bob Dylan begins work on ‘Planet Waves.’ The project includes contributions by Robbie Robertson and The Band.
1974: George Harrison opened his North American tour in Vancouver, the first-ever solo tour by a Beatle, and the first time Harrison himself had hit the road since 1966.
1974: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s album ‘So Far’ hits #1.
1976: In an interview with the BBC program The Old Grey Whistle Test, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and manager Peter Grant explained they got the idea to make The Song Remains the Same after using large TV screens at their 1975 Earl’s Court concerts.
1979: The Who release their film ‘Quadrophenia’ in the U.S. It features the acting debut of Sting, who plays Ace Face.
1979: Mick Jagger and first wife Bianca divorce.
1979: AC/DC played the second of three sold out nights at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, with Def Leppard supporting.
1987: Dokken released the album ‘Back For The Attack.’
1990: AC/DC kicked off ‘The Razors Edge World Tour’ in #Worcester, Massachusetts.
1994: David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center after suffering liver failure. He luckily finds a liver donor less than three weeks later for a transplant.
1994: Bob Dylan’s companion of nearly 20 years sues him for more than $5 million, saying she co-wrote his music and helped manage his career. Ruth Tyrangiel attests in a lawsuit that she, ”devoted all aspects of her life to (Dylan’s) needs, interest and well-being.” The case is later settled out of court.
1996: Counting Crows go to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Recovering From Satellites.’
1998: Atlantic Records takes a crack at online video, launching a music video service called Instavid. A partnership with RealNetworks, it was advanced for its time but doomed because of the dearth of broadband.
1999: Rage Against The Machine release ‘The Battle Of Los Angeles’ album.
1999: Foo Fighters release their 3rd studio album ‘There’s Nothing Left To Lose.’ The album marks the first appearance of drummer Taylor Hawkins. Early pressings of the disc included a temporary tattoo, similar to the one featured on the album cover.
2003: In Hong Kong, Sting denounces the U.S. led invasion of Iraq, and urges the world to help reconstruct the war-ravaged nation.
2004: It’s Election Day and there are a couple politically oriented releases. ‘The Axis Of Justice’ concert in Los Angeles is out on CD/DVD. The July concert features Tom Morello (Audioslave) and Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), plus Tool/A Perfect Circle singer Maynard James Keenan and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. Also, A Perfect Circle’s ‘eMotive’ disc is released with songs that focus on themes of “war, peace, love and greed.”
2004: Silvertide, Shinedown and Future Leaders Of The World launch their tour in Chicago as the current leader of the world, George Bush, wins another term.
2005: Bon Jovi’s three month North American tour in support of their ‘Have A Nice Day’ album gets underway in Des Moines, Iowa.
2005: My Chemical Romance nabs Woodie of the Year (Artists of the Year) at the student-selected mtvU Woodie Awards held in New York. Green Day earns the Alumni Woodie (The You’re Still OK in Our Book Award) while Fall Out Boy gets a Road Woodie (Best Tour).
2006: Godsmack’s Sully Erna and former Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul compete in the VH1 Classic Rock ‘n’ Roll Celebrity Poker Tournament in Las Vegas.
2007: Alice In Chains perform at Symphony Legacy, the Seattle Symphony Guild organization’s 10th anniversary benefit concert. Proceeds benefit the Seattle Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center.
2007: Led Zeppelin’s eagerly-awaited reunion concert in London was postponed for two weeks after guitarist Jimmy Page broke a finger. The tribute concert in honor of late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun was scheduled for November 26, but ends up happening on December 10.
2007: John Mellencamp attends Tent City, an annual gathering in Toledo, OH, where volunteers provide health services and other aid to the city’s homeless. “I think it’s fantastic that people have come together and shown compassion for the people who need compassion,” says Mellencamp, who also gets the key to the city.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne blasts police in Fargo, North Dakota, for staging a sting operation in his name before his concert Monday night at the Fargodome. The sting lured unsuspecting fans to an invite-only party where they were promised a meet and greet and tickets to the show. Invites went out to more than 40 people who’d allegedly ignored court summons and child-support payments or failed to pay fines. When the invitees arrived at the “party,” they were promptly handcuffed and arrested on various outstanding warrants.
2008: Bruce Springsteen debuts ‘Workin’ On A Dream’ in front of 80,000 people in Cleveland during his final rally in support of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. “Help us rebuild our house big enough for the dreams of all our citizens,” Springsteen asks the future president following a six-song set.
2008: Slipknot performs their first-ever concert in Israel.
2008: ‘AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack’ arrives for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
2009: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are the special guest hosts on ‘WWE Raw,’ the USA network’s professional wrestling show.
2010: David Gilmour’s guitar sound on Pink Floyd’s 1979 track ‘Comfortably Numb’ is named by Guitarist magazine as the song with the ‘greatest guitar tone of all time’. ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’ by Jimi Hendrix is #2.
2010: Weezer’s rarities collection ‘Death To False Metal’ is released.
2010: ‘The Big Four Live From Sofia,’ a two disc DVD containing performances by Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth at the 2009 Sonishpere Festival, is released.
2011: Detroit Lions fans launch an online petition to replace Nickelback as the halftime entertainment during football team’s Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers. The petition organizers state that Detroit has many great performers (Bob Seger, Aretha Franklin, Alice Cooper, Kid Rock, etc.) to showcase the city’s musical contributions and don’t think a performance by a Canadian band is appropriate.
2011: Bob Brunning, bassist for Fleetwood Mac and Savoy Brown, passes away due to a heart attack at his home in England. Brunning also wrote several books including Blues -The British Connection and Fleetwood Mac: The First Thirty Years. He joined Fleetwood Mac in 1967 but was soon replaced by John McVie. Brunning was 68.
2011: ‘The Sound Of Winter,’ the 2nd single from Bush’s album, ‘The Sea Of Memories,’ is #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs. It’s the band’s first Alt. chart topper since ’99.
2011: A documentary about Punk Rock dads, ‘The Other F Word,’ begins a thirteen city screening at the Film Forum in New York. It features members of Blink-182 and Pennywise, plus Art Alexakis (Everclear), Fat Mike (NOFX), Lars Frederiksen (Rancid) and skater Tony Hawk.
2011: A 33-minute film on the making of the album ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ is shown at Soho House West Hollywood. Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, narrates. There’s behind-the-scenes footage of the musician’s artistic process.
2012: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry appear on ABC’s ‘The View’ to promo their album, ‘Music From Another Dimension.’
2012: Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel and Sting play a televised benefit concert titled ‘Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together’ on NBC for victims of the hurricane. NBC’s Matt Lauer hosts the show which is a fundraiser American Red Cross.
2015: Five Finger Death Punch bassist Chris Kael donates his bass guitar to The Riff bar and cafe in Helsinki, Finland after playing a show earlier in the evening to kick off of the band’s European headlining tour.
2015: Carlos Santana’s percussionist Raul Rekow passes away. He played on fifteen Santana studio recordings.
1956: The title track from Elvis Presley’s first movie, ‘Love Me Tender,’ is the top song in the U.S. It replaces the two-sided hit ‘Don’t Be Cruel’/’Hound Dog’ to give Presley an unprecedented 16 consecutive weeks at #1.
1957: Sun Records released Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘Great Balls of Fire.’ The single became his biggest hit and peaked at #2. The track lands in the upper reaches of the pop, Country and R&B charts.
1958: Elvis Presley went on maneuvers for the first time with the US Army’s 32nd Tank Regiment near the German, Czech border.
1963: The last night of a 30 date UK tour featuring The Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Mickie Most and The Flintstones took place at The Hammersmith Odeon, London. All the acts had played two shows every night.
1964: The mayor of Cleveland banned The Rolling Stones following a 17-year-old’s fall from a balcony during their gig at the Public Hall. Locker is quoted as commenting, “Such groups do not add to the community’s culture or entertainment.” Judge Gagliardo, says the concerts “were like feeding narcotics to teenagers.”
1967: Pink Floyd kick off their debut U.S. tour in San Francisco.
1967: The filming for The Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ was completed finishing with a sequence at Ringo’s country house in Weybridge, Surrey. BBC television bought the rights to broadcast the film twice, the first broadcast, in black-and-white was scheduled for December 26, 1967. The second showing, on the color channel BBC2, not yet available to all Britons, was set for January 5, 1968.
1972: James Taylor and Carly Simon were married by a judge in Simon’s Manhattan apartment, beginning their eleven year marriage. That evening, Simon joined him on stage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and announced their union to a cheering audience. They have two children, and a string of hit records apiece, before divorcing in 1983.
1973: Daryl Hall and John Oates release ‘Abandoned Luncheonette,’ their first album under their own names (a previous album was released as ‘Whole Oates’).
1977: Elton John announced he was retiring from the stage during a concert in London. His retirement ended in February of 1979.
1978: The Cars arrived in England to begin a mini-tour promoting their debut single ‘Just What I Needed.’
1979: The Eagles started a nine-week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘The Long Run.’ It’S the group’s 4th US #1 album.
1987: David Bowie played the first of eight sold out nights at The Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia. The shows were part of the 1987-date ‘Glass Spider’ world tour.
1988: Ratt released the album ‘Reach For The Sky.’
1988: U2’s ‘Rattle And Hum’ concert movie opens.
1991: A free concert was held in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park to honor the memory of promoter Bill Graham, who was killed in a helicopter crash the week before. The Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Journey, Santana, Jackson Browne, Joe Satriani and Joan Baez were among the performers.
1992: Grateful Dead tell stunned fans that they will not play their traditional New Year’s Eve concert in San Francisco.
1992: Bon Jovi release their fifth studio album, ‘Keep The Faith.’ It’s their first studio release in five years and the group’s last with bassist Alec John Such. It features three Top 40 hits: ‘Keep The Faith,’ ‘Bed of Roses’ and ‘In These Arms.’ The album sells over 2 million copies in the U.S.
1993: Russian inventor Leon Theremin died. Most famous for his invention of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments. He first performed the theremin with the New York Philharmonic in 1928.
1995: Hootie & the Blowfish and Bob Dylan reach a settlement regarding the unauthorized use of Dylan’s lyrics in ‘Only Want To be With You.’
1997: Oasis’ album ‘Be Here Now’ is certified platinum.
1997: University of Iowa student Todd Miller comes to an out of court settlement with Metallica after suing them for losing his sense of smell at a concert. Miller said he was unwillingly picked up and passed along over the top of the crowd at a 1993 concert as a body surfer and was eventually dropped on his head, where he sustained a serious injury that resulted in the loss of much of his sense of smell.
2000: Bon Jovi kicked of the North American leg of their ‘Crush Tour’ at the Independence Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.
2003: Aerosmith performed the Hank Williams, Jr. theme song ‘Are You Ready For Some Football?’ live on Monday Night Football.
2004: Eric Clapton becomes a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE. The honor, is conferred by Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
2005: Shinedown’s frontman Brent Smith suffers from “a non-threatening blood-circulation problem.” His condition forces the group to pull out of their Orlando gig with 3 Doors Down. Smith’s ailment is monitored at a Jacksonville hospital.
2006: Eddie Van Halen’s 15-year-old son, Wolfgang, is named Van Halen’s new bassist. He replaces founding member Michael Anthony, who’d been touring with former VH singer Sammy Hagar.
2006: Former Beatle Paul McCartney presents the live debut of his classical album, ‘Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart),’ a four-part oratorio, at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The special concert features the same ensemble that appears on the disc.
2008: ‘Pearl Jam: Vote For Change 2004’ viewing parties are held on the eve of the 2008 elections. An indie film documenting the group’s run on the 2004 Get Out the Vote tour is free on the band’s official website.
2008: Foo Fighters receive the Band of the Year trophy at Classic Rock magazine’s Roll of Honour 2008 ceremony in London. Ozzy Osbourne is also awarded the Living Legend prize, presented by Slash.
2008: Neil Young addresses the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco. He tells the audience that his experimental, energy-efficient Linc Volt car is an example of what independent automotive innovation can accomplish.
2008: Deftones bassist Chi Cheng is hospitalized following a serious car accident in Santa Clara, CA. He is listed in “serious but stable condition.” He remians in a coma until his death in April of 2013.
2010: Photographs of John Lennon taken during a radio interview in New York just days before his death go on sale. Lennon’s interview with Radio 1’s Andy Peebles became known as ‘The Last Lennon Tapes.’
2011: Corey Smoot, the GWAR guitarist known as Flattus Maximus is found dead by his bandmates as they prepared to cross the border into Canada. The coroner finds that Smoot died from a coronary artery thrombosis brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease.
2012: Joan Jett unveils a Florida print ad with her picture that reads: “I Am Joan Jett and I Am a Vegetarian.” Jett also receives the Nanci Alexander Activist Award, named after the founder of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida.
1963: The Beatles performed for Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon at the Royal Variety Performance in London. John Lennon informed the audience, “Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. All the rest of you, rattle your jewelry.”
1964: The Beatles wrapped up sessions for their album ‘Beatles for Sale.’
1966: The Rolling Stones release ‘Got Live If You Want It!’
1967: Pink Floyd made their US live debut when they performed at Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco. Floyd shared the bill with local group Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring singer Janis Joplin and Richie Havens.
1968: At Abbey Road Studios, Pink Floyd recorded ‘Point Me at the Sky’ and ‘Careful with That Axe, Eugene.’
1968: Cream perform their last US concert (in Providence, Rhode Island) prior to their breakup.
1969: Led Zeppelin played a disastrous gig at Ontario’s Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. John Bonham was too ill to perform ‘Moby Dick,’ Jimmy Page blew out his amplifier and only two-thousand people turned up to see the band.
1972: The Doobie Brothers reached #11 on the singles chart with ‘Listen to the Music.’
1973: At London’s Rainbow Theater, Pink Floyd and Soft Machine played a benefit for the Machine’s Robert Wyatt. The drummer was paralyzed after falling from an open window during a party.
1974: Paul McCartney & Wings release their classic single ‘Junior’s Farm.’
1976: A Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert at New York City’s Palladium Theater was delayed when someone phoned in a bomb threat. Springsteen jokes that the threat was made by former manager Mike Appel, who’s currently suing him.
1977: ‘The Last Waltz,’ director Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed documentary of The Band’s star-studded last concert, premieres in New York City, featuring Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Joni Mtchell, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, The Staple Singers, Dr. John, and more.
1978: Boston, the band, played Boston, the city, kicking off two sold-out nights at the Boston Garden.
1978: Talking Heads released their single ‘Take Me to the River.’ It became their first top 40 single, peaking at #26.
1978: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were sued by former bass player Greg Reeves for over one million claiming he was owed from sales of their album ‘Deja Vu’.
1978: Linda Ronstadt’s album ‘Living In The USA’ hits #1 on the Billboard chart.
1978: Van Morrison is the musical guest on tonight’s episode of NBC-TV’s ‘Saturday Night Live,’ performing ‘Wavelength’ and ‘Kingdom Hall.’
1980: Bob Marley was baptized at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Kingston. He converted to a Christian Rastafarian and took on the new name Berhane Selassie.
1981: Black Sabbath released the album ‘Mob Rules.’
1986: Yngwie Malmsteen released the album ‘Trilogy.’
1990: The musical tribute ‘Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story’ opens on Broadway.
1991: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame admitted Bobby “Blue” Bland, Booker T & the MG’s, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, The Isley Brothers, Sam & Dave and The Yardbirds.
1992: Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin signed to Warner-Chappell’s music publishers for an unprecedented 39-million dollars.
1994: Fred “Sonic” Smith (born Frederick Dewey Smith), dies of heart failure in Detroit. He was 45. Smith was the guitarist and co-founder of the MC5, innovators of the punk movement in the U.S. Smith married fellow artist and songwriter Patti Smith in 1980 and had two children with her. The band Sonic Youth took its name from Smith’s nickname.
1996: Melissa Etheridge and partner Julie Cypher hit the cover of Newsweek. It’s not for music, but to promote an article on gay parenting.
1997: Capitol Records releases the four-disc set ‘The Pet Sounds Sessions,’ chronicling the creation of The Beach Boys’ classic 1966 LP. It contains, in addition to a remastered version of the original album, as well as outtakes, unreleased tracks, and acapella tracks.
2004: KISS bassist/singer Gene Simmons begins taping a six-episode TV series, ‘Rock School.’ Filmed predominately in England, Simmons teaches 12-year-olds how to form a Rock band and write a song.
2006: Staind frontman Aaron Lewis plays a special benefit show at his old high school in Longmeadow, MA. Proceeds go to the facility’s creative arts department.
2006: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry suffers a concussion during the band’s concert in Las Vegas when he is hit in the head by a camera boom rig. The incident occurs while the group’s performance of ‘Back in the Saddle’ is being filmed for upcoming NASCAR promotional spots. Despite his injury, Perry is able to finish the show.
2009: A Los Angeles county judge rules that the former members of Sublime may not perform under that name. Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh appeared as Sublime at the Cypress Hill Smokeout Festival just 11 days earlier. The group was slapped with an injunction for illegal use of a trademark by the estate of deceased frontman Bradley Nowell.
2010: U2 wins the Top Tour and Top Draw honors at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards in New York. Metallica receives the Eventful Fans’ Choice Award, while AC/DC takes home the Top Boxscore trophy for their three-night stint at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Rush earns the “Legend of Live” award in recognition of their contributions to live music and the touring business. The honors, given out for the best tours of the year, are determined by box office earnings.
2010: Metallica perform at the launch party for Activision’s video game ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops at Hangar 8’ of the Santa Monica airport.
2011: The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Robert Plant, formerly of Led Zeppelin, announce the launch of the UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program, in hopes of changing a medical culture that categorizes patients as either adults or children, with few special considerations for teens.
2013: Janis Joplin is posthumously awarded the 2,510th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star is directly in front of the entrance to Musicians Institute.
2014: Queen issue a previously unreleased track to iTunes featuring the late Freddie Mercury. Proceeds from ‘Let Me In Your Heart Again’ benefit the RED campaign, which supports the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
2014: The Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC, a Slayer inspired sports car makes its debut at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association show in Las Vegas.
1966: The Monkees first hit, ‘Last Train To Clarksville,’ hits #1. The song charts before the Monkees TV show premieres. Bobby Hart who co-wrote the song got the idea for the lyrics when he turned on the radio and heard the end of The Beatles’ ‘Paperback Writer’. He thought Paul McCartney was singing ‘Take the last train’, and decided to use the line when he found out McCartney was actually singing ‘Paperback Writer.’
1967: Bob Dylan records ‘All Along the Watchtower’ at Columbia Studio A in Nashville. The song, which was later famously covered by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, originally appeared on Dylan’s ‘John Wesley Harding’ album.
1967: Tired of his latest hobby, Elvis Presley auctions off several items of horse-riding paraphernalia at his Circle G ranch in Horn Lake, MS. 2,000 fans attend the auction.1968 1968: Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits) and Mireille Strasser, at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Mayfair, London, The couple are still married.
1970: Led Zeppelin release ‘Immigrant Song.’
1970: Aerosmith performed their first ever gig when they played at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts. Sometimes referred to as “The Bad Boys from Boston,” Aerosmith became the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group.
1970: Long since retired from touring with his group, Brian Wilson joins The Beach Boys on stage at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles only to suffer inner ear damage in his good ear from an excessively loud sound system. After losing his balance a few times, he is helped backstage.
1971: Firsts at Elvis Presley show at the Metropolitan Sports Center in Minneapolis, MI: comic Jackie Kahane begins his lifelong stint as opening act, and Elvis ends the show with cape outstretched in a bizarrely Christlike pose — another gimmick that will become a staple of Elvis’ live act. Announcer Al Dvorin uttered the well known phrase: “Elvis has left the building” at the end of the show. He was asked to make the announcement in an effort to quiet the fans who continued to call for an encore.
1973: Sequencing the pre-taped sections with the live parts proves difficult during The Who’s performance of Rock opera ‘Quadrophenia.’ Pete Townshend storms off the Newcastle stage in disgust. He later returns but The Who perform other material from their extensive repertoire.
1974: Traffic earn a gold record for their album ‘When The Eagle Flies.’ It is the group’s final gold album in the 1970’s.
1977: The manager of the Virgin record store in Nottingham, England was arrested for displaying a large poster advertising the new Sex Pistols album, ‘Never Mind The Bollock’s, Here’s The Sex Pistols.’ High street stores banned the album after police warned they could be fined under the 1898 indecent advertising act.
1977: Ozzy Osbourne quits Black Sabbath for the first time. He soon returns.
1979: Mick Jagger officially divorces his first wife Bianca.
1982: Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys part ways on the orders of Wilson’s new psychiatrist and caretaker, Dr. Eugene Landy.
1983: Billy Joel was at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Uptown Girl’, which stayed at the top of the chars for five weeks. The song was initially written about his relationship with his then-girlfriend Elle Macpherson, but it ended up also becoming about his soon-to-be wife Christie Brinkley (both women being two of the most famous supermodels of the 1980’s).
1983: Topper Headon of The Clash was arrested for walking his dog while drunk on London’s Fulham Road.
1986: Bobby Nunn of The Coasters died of heart failure in Los Angeles. Scored the 1958 US #1 single ‘Yakety Yak,’ 1959 US #2 and UK #6 single ‘Charlie Brown.’
1988: The Beach Boys, who haven’t had a #1 hit since ‘Good Vibrations’ in 1966, top the charts with the Brian Wilson-less ‘Kokomo,’ used in the movie Cocktail. At the time, it was the longest gap between #1 hits for any artist.
1994: Fred “Sonic” Smith, MC5 guitarist and husband of Rocker Patti, dies of a heart attack at 45.
1994: Sheryl Crow scored her first UK Top 10 single when ‘All I Wanna Do’ entered the charts at #4. The US singer songwriter went on to become the first US female to score six UK hits off her debut album ‘Tuesday Night Music Club.’
1995: A charity performance of ‘The Wizard of Oz in Concert’ is staged at New York’s Lincoln Center, featuring Jewel (Dorothy), Jackson Browne (The Scarecrow), Roger Daltrey (The Tin Man), and Nathan Lane (The Cowardly Lion).
1995: Garbage play their first live show at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, MN.
1999: Van Halen announce that singer Gary Cherone is out of the band.
2000: The Who guest star on the ‘A Tale of Two Springfields’ episode of The Simpsons.
2000: U2 scores their eighth UK #1 album when ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ tops the chart, keeping Blur off the top.
2000: Creed were at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘With Arms Wide Open.’
2003: Evanescence’s lead guitarist and founding member Ben Moody leaves the group during their first world tour.
2003: Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers was found dead in hotel room in Michigan 30 minutes before he was due on stage, aged 63. The autopsy report from the Kalamazoo County Medical Examiner gave the opinion that Hatfield suffered a sudden, unexpected death due to acute cocaine toxicity.
2005: Beach Boys singer Mike Love sues the group’s mastermind Brian Wilson, who love claims is “shamelessly misappropriating Mike Love’s songs, likeness and the Beach Boys trademark” in promotion for his album ‘SMiLE.’ The lawsuit was later dismissed.
2005: Guitar innovator Link Wray dies at his home in Copenhagen, Denmark. Wray is best remembered for his ’58 instrumental hit ‘Rumble.’ He got the distorted guitar sound by punching holes in his speaker with a pencil.
2007: Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell puts a collection of his clothes on the eBay auction block. The items include casual attire like the guitarist’s T-shirt from the 1993 Lollapalooza tour to the black leather jacket he’s pictured wearing on the ‘Dirt’ CD cover. The sale benefits MusiCares and the Layne Staley Fund.
2007: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page receives the Living Legend Award at the 2007 Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony in London.
2007: Jimi Hendrix is inducted into Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame. A commemorative star honoring the late guitarist unveiled. Hendrix began his professional music career in Nashville during the early ’60s following his discharge from the Army.
2008: Bruce Springsteen and his wife, E Street Band singer Patti Scialfa, perform at the second annual ‘Stand Up for Heroes’ benefit in New York for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which raises money for wounded servicemen and their families.
2008: Actor Michael J. Fox (Back To The Future/Spin City) joins The Who onstage by during A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s benefit concert. Fox, who has the disease, straps on a guitar for the band’s final song, ‘Magic Bus,’ telling the crowd, “This is almost worth getting Parkinson’s for.” The event raises $4.3 million for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
2009: U2 play a free concert at the Brandenburg Gate to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the falling of the Berlin Wall. Part of the performance is broadcast into Berlin’s O2 Arena for the MTV Europe Music Awards show where U2 picks up the Best Live Act award.
2009: In L.A., Judge John Walter issues EMI a temporary restraining order and demands that BlueBeat “cease and refrain from directly or indirectly infringing in any manner [on] copyrighted works.” EMI had sued BlueBeat after the company sold 25-cent MP3 downloads and offered free access to streaming selections from The Beatles re-mastered collection. The site also featured songs by Coldplay, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and Smashing Pumpkins.
2009: Ozzy Osbourne is presented with the Legend of Live honor at the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards in New York.
2010: Keith Richards’ autobiography ‘Life’ was at #1 on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller list.
2011: A John Lennon tooth is auctioned in England for almost $32,000 at Omega Auction House in Stockport, England. The tooth was given to Lennon’s former housekeeper, Dot Jarlett, after it had been pulled. Lennon told Jarlett to give it to her daughter as a souvenir. A Canadian dentist has the highest bid.
2012: Original KISS drummer Peter Criss’ autobiography, ‘Makeup To Breakup: My Life In And Out Of KISS,’ debuts on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers List.
2012: Queen guitarist Brian May releases his rendition of the Oscar-winning song ‘Born Free’ with proceeds going to the Born Free Foundation, an international wildlife charity.
2012: Blue Oyster Cult’s original line-up reunites to play a 40th Anniversary concert in New York City.
2012: With one day to go until the United States General Election, which includes the presidential election, dozens of music stars take to the press to support incumbent Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, including Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, Bruce Springsteen, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Jay-Z, Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder. This should come as no surprise, as music celebrities traditionally come out to support the progressive candidate in elections.
2014: Bruce Springsteen headlines the ‘Stand Up For Heroes’ benefit show at New York’s Theater at Madison Square Garden. The event raises funds for injured service members and their families.
2014: KISS begin their first-ever residency (19 nights) in Las Vegas at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
2014: The funeral for Jack Bruce was held in London. Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and noted musicians Phil Manzanera, Gary Brooker, Vernon Reid and Nitin Sawhney among others were in attendance. Dozens assembled at the Golders Green Crematorium paying a last tribute singing ‘Morning Has Broken’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Theme for an Imaginary Western’. The Scottish-born bass player and singer died in October of 2014 as a result of liver disease.
1954: Elvis Presley, who has been playing a radio concert show called the Louisiana Hayride, records a radio commercial for Southern Maid Doughnuts, who sponsors the show. It was the only commercial he ever recorded and was not false advertising: he really did love those hot donuts.
1964: During their first promotional visit to the UK, The Beach Boys appeared live on ITV’s ‘Ready Steady Go!’.
1965: Bill Graham (later to become America’s biggest promoter) puts on his first show at Fillmore West with Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.
1965: Bob Dylan and Robbie Robertson meet up with Brian Jones and jam through the night of the famous electricity blackout, at the New York Hilton Hotel
1965: Rolling Stones: ‘Get Off of My Cloud’ tops the US singles charts. The song knocked The Beatles ‘Yesterday’ from the #1 position.
1965: Guests on tonight’s episode of ABC’s musical variety show ‘Shindig!’ include The Rolling Stones, Fontella Bass, and the Strangeloves.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studio in London, The Beatles mixed four songs, ‘Hello Goodbye’, ‘Your Mother Should Know’, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and ‘I Am the Walrus’. Due to the radio feed used in ‘I Am the Walrus’ being recorded in mono, the song changes from stereo to mono at the line “Sitting in an English garden”.
1967: During a three hour session Bob Dylan recorded ‘All Along The Watchtower’ and ‘John Wesley Harding’ at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
1968: The Monkees film ‘Head’ opens in New York City. The movie was co-written by Jack Nicholson and also featured Teri Garr, Annette Funicello, Frank Zappa, Dennis Hopper and Toni Basil. The film was initially a total flop but has since become a cult classic.
1970: Aerosmith performs together for the first time at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts. The new band got the gig because Joe Perry’s mother knew someone at the school. Tickets for the show were $1.
1972: Deep Purple’s ‘Machine Head’ album goes gold.
1972: Billy Murcia dies in London from asphyxiation at 21. Murcia was the original New York Dolls drummer, but while on tour in England he passed out from an accidental overdose, was placed in a bathtub and force-fed coffee in an attempt to revive him. Unfortunately, he died before the New York Dolls recorded their first record.
1973: On September 19, 1973, Gram Parsons died from a massive overdose of morphine and alcohol. In honor of a mutual pact with his friend and tour manager, Phil Kaufman, Kaufman stole Parsons’ body from the LAX airport, drove it out to Joshua Tree National Park, and burned it in the desert. Kaufman and friend Michael Martin were charged and fined $300 each for the theft of the coffin and the body but the court agreed that the two men were merely carrying out Parson’s last wishes to be cremated in the desert.
1975: The Sex Pistols perform their first show. It lasts for 20 minutes at St. Martin’s Art School in London. The band opens for the band Bazooka Joe at St. Martin’s School of Art in London. Bazooka Joe’s lead singer is Stuart Goddard, who is so inspired by the set that he drops out of art school and takes the name Adam Ant.
1976: Steve Miller: ‘Rock ‘N’ Me’ tops the US singles chart.
1983: The ABC miniseries ‘Princess Daisy’ debuts, featuring Ringo Starr in one of his last acting roles as a gay fashion designer.
1986: ‘Amanda’ by Boston hits #1 on the Billboard singles chart.
1990: Scorpions released the album ‘Crazy World.’
1993: Meatloaf ‘I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Wont Do That)’ tops the US single chart.
1993: Pearl Jam ‘VS’ album enters the Billboard charts at #1. The album sold 950,378 copies making it the highest sales in US album history in one week up to that point.
1998: Marilyn Manson is the top winner at the 1998 Billboard Music Video Awards, nailing two for ‘The Dope Show,’ the first single and video from the group’s latest release, ‘Mechanical Animals.’ ‘Dope Show’ also wins best hard rock/metal clip.
1999: Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), broadcasts the one of the first online radio shows, which is called Rotten Radio. On the 4-hour webcast, Rotten allows callers and guests to say whatever they please free of censorship. The show lasts until August, 2000.
2001: In anticipation of the November 20 release of his latest solo album, Virgin establishes the online Mick Jagger Preview Jukebox. The site features 90-second clips of all the tracks on Jagger’s ‘Goddess in the Doorway,’ his first solo album since 1993’s ‘Wandering Spirit.’
2003: Metallica kicked off their 137-date ‘Madly in Anger with the World Tour’ at Yoyogi Taiikukanin in Tokyo, Japan. The Madly in Anger with the World tour was the fourth-highest grossing tour of 2004, bringing in $60,500,000 in ticket sales.
2004: An online Heavy Metal auction featuring items from Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS and Van Halen is held at the Hard Rock Cafe in midtown Manhattan. There are stage outfits from KISS and Eddie Van Halen, the original album cover artwork from Metallica`s “‘Master Of Puppets,’ the 1989 MTV Music Award given to Guns N` Roses for the ‘Sweet Child O` Mine’ video and a bass played by the late Cliff Burton (Metallica).
2006: AC/DC singer Brian Johnson is one of 10 celebrities competing in a U.K. reality-TV show called ‘The Race.’ The Sky One channel show pits male and female teams against each other in a series of racing challenges. Johnson loses to Sabrina, the Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart in his opening contest, but later emerges as one of the favorites and wins the competition.
2006: Restrictions imposed by Portland, ME, fire marshals causes Guns N’ Roses to cancel their show only two-and-a-half hours before it is due to start. Fans are able to exchange their tickets for ones to Worcester, MA, show two days later. Reportedly, only a little over half the tickets for the Portland concert had been sold at the time of the cancellation.
2006: Queen and Whitesnake win two trophies each at the second annual Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony in London. Queen is recognized in the Best Reissue and Classic Songwriter categories, while Whitesnake earns the DVD of the Year and Band of the Year awards. Alice Cooper collects the Living Legend trophy. The event is organized by U.K. magazine Classic Rock.
2006: Bon Jovi singer Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora team up with Country act Sugarland to perform live on a special episode of ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ in Nashville on the same day of the Country Music Association (CMA) awards.
2007: The Bon Jovi concert film ‘Lost Highway: The Concert’ is screened in U.S. theaters. The footage is from a Chicago show filmed earlier in the year where the group played all the songs from the album. Also, ‘Believe,’ the official Bon Jovi band biography, is in bookstores.
2007: Meat Loaf cancelled his European tour after being diagnosed with a cyst on his vocal cords. The 60-year-old had already scrapped two gigs on doctor’s orders.
2007: Finger Eleven are the first band to offer a concert in high definition via Xbox Live Marketplace. The Toronto show is placed online for gamers.
2007: Previously unreleased live tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Jackson Browne are featured on the ‘Serve2’ compilation. Proceeds from the album benefit the World Hunger Year charity’s Artists Against Hunger & Poverty initiative.
2008: Paul McCartney is presented with the Ultimate Legend Award at the MTV Europe Music Awards in his hometown of Liverpool.
2008: ‘Let The Cosmos Rock: Queen + Paul Rodgers Live From the Ukraine’ is shown in high-definition and surround-sound audio in more than 300 U.S. theaters. The footage is from a concert just two months earlier in Kharkov.
2008: Linkin Park’s ‘Leave Out All The Rest’ is prominently featured in the CBS show ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.’
2012: Aerosmith release their album ‘Music From Another Dimension.’
2012: The film ‘Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965’ is finally released. The film chronicles the Rolling Stones ‘activities’ while performing four shows in Dublin.
2012: Bob Dylan posts an update to his Facebook page for the first time using the occasion to predict the re-election of President Obama. Dylan set up his Facebook account in 2007.
2013: Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) perform at the 7th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit in New York. Organized by the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the event raises funds for injured service members, veterans and their families.
2013: Blink-182 celebrate the 10th anniversary of their self-titled, 5th studio album by playing it from beginning to end at the Hollywood Palladium.
2013: Van Halen appear on the animated show ‘South Park.’ The group attends a meeting in Jerusalem of the world’s major religions and brings them together with a performance of ‘Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love.’
2014: AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is charged with attempting to have two men killed. The New Zealand court also accuses him of methamphetamine and cannabis possession. Almost immediately, the court drops the murder-for-hire charge but pursues the drug charges.
1963: The Beatles make their only two appearances ever in Ireland playing two shows at the Adelphi Cinema, Dublin. The group hooked up with screenwriter Alun Owen, who had been appointed to write the screenplay for The Beatles’ first (as yet untitled) motion picture.
1966: John Lennon meets Yoko Ono for the first time when he visits her art exhibition in London.She presents him with a card that simply says, “Breathe,” and he responds by panting. He later says, “When I met Yoko…that was it. The old gang of mine was over the moment I met her. I didn’t consciously know it at the time, but that’s what was going on. As soon as I met her, that was the end of the boys, but it so happened that the boys were well known and weren’t just the local guys at the bar.”
1967: Reg Dwight (Elton John) and his song writing partner Bernie Taupin signed to DJM publishing, their signatures had to be witnessed by their parents because they were both under 21 years of age. Taupin answered an advertisement for a lyric writer placed in the New Musical Express, the pair have since collaborated on over 30 albums.
1968: Jim Morrison and The Doors were banned from the city of Phoenix after he asked the audience to stand up at their concert.
1969: The Rolling Stones kicked off an American tour in Fort Collins, Colorado. Also on the bill were Chuck Berry, B.B. King and Ike & Tina Turner. It’s their first American tour with guitarist Mick Taylor (who replaced Brian Jones). This is the tour that includes a stop at Altamont.
1969: Providing overwhelming evidence that he is still alive, Paul McCartney appears on the cover of Life magazine. When asked about why he didn’t appear sooner when the rumors started swirling, McCartney said, “I have done enough press for a lifetime, and I don’t have anything to say these days.”
1969: ‘Whole Lotta Love,’ probably the most famous track on ‘Led Zeppelin II,’ is released. Recorded at London’s Olympic Studios and mixed at A&R studios in New York, the song was nicked in-part from Willie Dixon’s ‘You Need Lovin.’
1970: MGM Records purges several acts from their roster. After their label head, Mike Curb, tells Billboard they are dumping acts that “exploit and promote hard drugs through music,” Eric Burdon, who is on the label, asks out of his contract and launches a ‘Curb the Clap’ campaign.
1970: Chicago release the single ‘Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?’
1970: ‘Led Zeppelin III’ is released.
1971: Led Zeppelin released their 4th album. With no title printed on the album, and generally referred to as Four Symbols, The Fourth Album or ‘Led Zeppelin IV,’ it has gone on to sell over 37 million copies worldwide. The 19th century rustic oil painting on the front of the album was purchased by Robert Plant from an antique shop in Reading, Berkshire, England. The 20th century urban tower block on the back of the full gatefold LP cover is Butterfield Court in Eves Hill, Dudley, England.
1974: Ted Nugent won the National Squirrel Shooting Archery Contest because he successfully picked off a rodent at a distance of 150 yards. He also shot dead 27 other mammals during the three day event.
1975: A new world record was set for continuous guitar string plucking by Steve Anderson who played for 114 hours 17 minutes.
1987: Bruce Springsteen: ‘Tunnel of Love’ album hits #1 on the Billboard charts. His eighth studio album went triple platinum in the US, with ‘Brilliant Disguise’ being one of his biggest hit singles, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1982: Iron Maiden begin their first tour of Australia.
1983: The Rolling Stones release their album ‘Undercover.’
1988: Iron Maiden release the single ‘The Clairvoyant’
1988: John Fogerty was victorious in the court case brought against him by Fantasy Records. The label, which owned his recordings with Creedence Clearwater Revival, alleged he plagiarized his own ‘Run Through the Jungle’ on his 1985 hit ‘The Old Man Down the Road.’
1991: Frank Zappa was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
1991: Rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin quits Guns N’ Roses and is replaced by guitarist Gilby Clarke. Stradlin cities a combination of Axl Rose’s personal behavior and the difficulties of being around Slash, Matt Sorum, and Duff McKagan, due to his new-found sobriety.
1995: Alice In Chains’ ‘Alice in Chains’ is released on CD and cassette. Previously, the album only existed in a vinyl edition, released on Halloween of 1995.
1995: Eric Clapton receives the Order of the British Empire (OMB) from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.
1995: Nirvana’s ‘Incesticide’ a collection of early recordings, out-takes and BBC sessions goes platinum.
2002: Guns N’ Roses fans in Vancouver rioted after Axl Rose failed to show for the opening date on the group’s comeback tour. A band spokesperson said Rose’s plane was grounded in Los Angeles due to bad weather.
2003: The Rolling Stones played Hong Kong for the first time, headlining a concert to quell fears of a SARS epidemic.
2003: Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour was made a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
2004: Robert Plant headlines a tribute concert to Blues icon Leadbelly at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
2006: Foo Fighters release an acoustic live album titled ‘Skin And Bones.’ The 15-track collection, recorded in L.A., features songs from the unplugged half of their “In Your Honor” double album, classic Foo songs and a version of the Dave Grohl sung Nirvana B-side ‘Marigold.’
2006: Genesis announced they are reforming for an upcoming world tour.
2006: ‘The Doors By The Doors’ is published. It’s the band’s first authorized autobiography.
2008: To celebrate ‘Astral Weeks’ 40th anniversary, Van Morrison performs his classic album in its entirety during a two-show engagement at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The singer is backed by the same ensemble of jazz musicians that played on the original 1968 recording.
2008: Gene Simmons of KISS wins $500,000 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation during his appearance on FOX’s Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? It’s a record sum earned by a celebrity guest on the game show.
2010: E!’s ‘Married To Rock’ debuts with Susan Holmes McKagan (the wife of former Velvet Revolver/Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan), Etty Farrell (who is married to Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell), Josie Stevens (the spouse of Billy Idol’s guitarist Steve Stevens) and AJ Celi (who is in a relationship with The Cult guitarist Billy Duffy).
2012: A woman died and 19 were injured after scaffolding collapsed outside a Linkin Park concert in Cape Town, South Africa. The temporary scaffolding outside Green Point stadium came down in high winds just before the concert. The concert went ahead, with the band only learning of the death afterwards.
2014: Two wealthy fans paid $300,000 to eat lasagne with Bruce Springsteen at his house. Springsteen started off the annual Stand Up For Heroes event by playing an acoustic set, then offering the instrument to the highest bidder. When bidding reached $60,000, he threw in a guitar lesson, which someone offered $250,000 for. At this point, he offered up a lasagne dinner at his house, a ride around the block in the sidecar of his motorbike and the shirt off of his back. All the money went to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which helps injured servicemen and their families when they return home.
1957: Elvis Presley’s third movie, ‘Jailhouse Rock,’ opens nationally. It had a premiere a few weeks earlier at the Memphis theater where Elvis was once an usher.
1961: Brian Epstein phoned The Cavern to try to get a ticket to the next Beatles concert. He became the band’s manager shortly after seeing them.
1965: The Beatles worked on a new George Harrison song ‘Think For Yourself’ at Abbey Road for their ‘Rubber Soul’ album. After rehearsing the song, they recorded the basic instrumental track in one take.
1965: The Dave Clark Five perform for Queen Elizabeth II at London’s annual Royal Variety Performance.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of four nights at Munich’s Big Apple Club.
1967: ‘How I Won the War,’ starring John Lennon, had its New York premiere.
1968: Cynthia Lennon was granted a divorce from her husband in London. John Lennon was not in court because he had rushed to Yoko Ono’s bedside at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital. Ono suffered a miscarriage shortly afterwards.
1969: Led Zeppelin finished their 4th tour of the United States at San Francisco’s Winterland Theater. On the same day, their album ‘Led Zeppelin II’ entered the British charts, where it would stay for 138 weeks.
1969: The Rolling Stones performed in Los Angeles, where they smashed the concert gross record previously held by The Beatles.
1970: Jim Morrison made recordings of his spoken word material. After his death, The Doors set the poems to music as ‘An American Prayer.’
1971: At London’s Empire Ballroom, Paul McCartney threw a party to launch his new group Wings.
1971: David Bowie begins recording what will become ‘Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars’ in London.
1971: ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ is released. With no title printed on the album, and generally referred to as Four Symbols, The Fourth Album or Led Zeppelin IV it has gone on to sell over 37 million copies worldwide. The four symbols on the album represent each band member. The 19th century rustic oil painting on the front of the album was purchased by Robert Plant from an antique shop in Reading, Berkshire, England. The 20th century urban tower block on the back of the full gatefold LP cover is Butterfield Court in Eves Hill, Dudley, England.
1975: Elton John debuts at #1 on US LP chart for second time with ‘Rock of the Westies.’
1975: John Lennon names his good friend Elton John the godfather of his new son, Sean.
1975: David Bowie makes his US television debut on CBS’ variety show, ‘Cher,’ performing ‘Fame.’ Bowie also sings a medley of tracks with Cher, including ‘Young Americans,’ ‘Song Sung Blue,’ ‘One,’ ‘Da Doo Ron Ron,’ ‘Wedding Bell Blues,’ ‘Maybe’ ‘Day Tripper,’ ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ and ‘Youngblood.’
1977: Suzi Quatro makes her first appearance as Leather Tuscadero on ABC-TV’s ‘Happy Days.’ She plays the little sister of Fonzie’s girlfriend Pinky.
1980: Bruce Springsteen ‘The River’ album hits #1 on the US charts.
1980: KISS kicked off their 11 date ‘Unmasked Tour’ of Australia and New Zealand laying two nights at Perth Entertainment Centre.
1987: U2 plays a free ‘Save the Yuppie’ concert at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. An arrest warrant is issued for Bono after he spray paints “Rock n Roll Stops Traffic” on a fountain sculpture. It is filmed for the bands ‘Rattle and Hum’ documentary.
1987: The Beach Boys’ Carl Wilson marries his second wife, Gina Martin, daughter of legendary crooner Dean.
1988: Jerry Lee Lewis declares bankruptcy.
1994: Sonny Bono of Sonny and Cher and former mayor of Palm Springs, Calfornia, is elected to the US House of Representatives, representing the 44th district in California.
1994: A memorial service is held for legendary guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith, late of the MC5 and The Sonics, at Mariner’s Church in Detroit, MI.
1995: Sony gets control to the publishing rights to many Beatles songs when Michael Jackson merges his ATV Music Publishing with Sony Music Publishing. Jackson purchased the Beatles catalog in 1985.
1996: Oasis is named the Best Act in the World at the Q Awards in London. Vocalist Liam Gallagher celebrates in fine fashion. He gets into a scuffle with a news photographer, argues publicly with his girlfriend then gets arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine.
1998: Metallica release a remake of Bob Seger’s’s ‘Turn The Page’, as the first single from ‘Garage Inc.’
2002: David Gilmour of Pink Floyd is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.
2006: The Whisky-A-Go-Go club, the legendary L.A. venue that was the launching pad for the Doors, is designated a landmark by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as part of the festivities launching a yearlong celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary. All three surviving Doors members take part in the festivities, which include signing copies of their autobiography, ‘The Doors by the Doors.’ Drummer John Densmore even hosts a reading of Jim Morrison’s poetry.
2007: At the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Elvis Costello appeared live with members of the folk-rock band Clover for the very first time. Clover was the backing band from the original recording sessions of Costello’s 1977 debut album My Aim Is True. The Music Hall appearance benefited the Richard de Lone Special Housing Fund.
2008: AC/DC started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Black Ice.’ It’s the bands fifteenth studio album and the second-best selling album of 2008. ‘Black Ice’ went to #1 in 29 countries, including Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US.
2010: After being let go from NBC after the return of Jay Leno on ‘The Tonight Show,’ Conan O’Brien returns on TBS. Jack White is an opening night guest with the two closing the show with a performance of Eddie Cochran’s ‘Twenty Flight Rock.’
2011: Rush release ‘Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland’ on CD and DVD.
2011: David Crosby and Graham Nash perform at the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City’s financial district.
2012: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ tour earns the Top Draw honor and Roger Waters’ The Wall Live tour nails the Top Tour award at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards in NYC. The Top Draw award goes to the tour that sold the most tickets while the Top Tour category acknowledges the highest-grossing tour of the year.
2012: Canada’s CBC Radio names Rush’s Alex Lifeson as the Greatest Canadian Guitarist. A panel of CBC producers and hosts compiled the list which has Jeff Healey at #2, followed by The Band’s Robbie Robertson. Neil Young is 5th.
2012: A Jimi Hendrix inspired clothing line designed by Lyric Culture is available exclusively at Bloomingdale’s.
2014: National Geographic announces that a species of frog that sounds like a bat has been named after Ozzy Osbourne. The frog, who lives in the Brazilian Amazon, is named Dendropsophus ozzyi by the scientists who discovered it.
2014: Don Dokken announces that bassist/vocalist Mark Boals has replaced Sean McNabb in Dokken.
1955: The Everly Brothers make their first studio recordings at Nashville’s Old Tulane Hotel studios, cutting four tracks in 22 minutes. Family friend Chet Atkins facilitated a chance for The Everly Brothers to record for Columbia Records in early 1956. Their first and only single for the label, ‘Keep A’ Lovin’ Me’, was a flop, and they were quickly dropped from Columbia.
1958: Elvis Presley’s ‘Hound Dog’ hits three million copies sold in the US. It’s only the third single to do so. Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ & ‘Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer’ by Gene Autry are the other two.
1960: Elvis Presley begins filming his seventh movie, ‘Wild In The Country.’
1961: Brian Epstein went to Liverpool’s Cavern Club to get a glimpse of The Beatles.
1963: The Kingsmen release ‘Louie, Louie.’
1964: Elvis Presley releases ‘Blue Christmas b/w Wooden Heart.’
1966: John Lennon visits London’s Indica Gallery to see the exhibit ‘Unfinished Paintings and Objects’ and meets the artist behind the showing, Yoko Ono. She presents him with a card that simply says, “Breathe,” and he responds by panting. He attempts to hammer a nail into one of her interactive artworks, which invites viewers to do just that; since the exhibit does not open to the public till the next day, however, Ono refuses, leading the gallery’s owner to beg her to reconsider due to John’s fame. Ono still refuses, claiming to have never heard of The Beatles, but says he can hammer one in for five shillings. John responds that he’ll let her have an imaginary five shillings if he can hammer in an imaginary nail. Two years later, the two would meet again and quickly fall in love. On the same day, many conspiracy buffs believed that Paul McCartney was killed in a car crash, and Beatles manager Brian Epstein also informed a British promoter that the band would no longer perform live.
1967: Roger McGuinn kicks David Crosby out of The Byrds. Crosby recalls that frontman Roger McGuinn and bassist Chris Hillman “came zooming up in their Porsches and said that I was impossible to work with and I wasn’t very good anyway and they’d do better without me. And frankly, I’ve been laughing ever since. F— ’em. But it hurt like hell. I didn’t try to reason with them. I just said, ‘it’s a shameful waste… goodbye.’” Crosby shortly thereafter formed Crosby, Stills & Nash. Gene Clark replaced Crosby in The Byrds.
1967: The first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was published in San Francisco. It featured a photo of John Lennon on the cover, dressed in army fatigues while acting in his recent film, How I Won the War in his guise as “Private Gripweed.” The first issue had a free roach clip to hold a marijuana joint. The name of the magazine was compiled from three significant sources: the Muddy Waters song, the first rock ‘n’ roll record by Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.
1968: Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant married his wife, Maureen. The couple had their reception at Led Zeppelin’s first ever London show at The Roundhouse.
1969: Simon and Garfunkel record what would become their signature tune, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ with future member of Bread, Larry Knechtel on piano. Art wanted Paul to sing the song, but Paul insisted that Art’s voice was better suited for it.
1971: Carly Simon attends James Taylor’s concert at Carnegie Hall and the two soon fall in love.
1971: Elvis Presley releases ‘Merry Christmas, Baby.’
1973: Cat Stevens episode of ‘In Concert’ aired on ABC.
1973: Billy Joel released his album ‘Piano Man.’
1974: Bachman Turner Overdrive ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ went to #1 on the US singles chart. Randy Bachman stuttered through the lyrics of the demo recording as a private joke about his brother Gary, who had a speech impediment. The record company liked that take better than the non-stammering version and released it.
1976: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Mystery To Me’ album goes gold.
1989: Nine Inch Nails ‘Pretty Hate Machine’ is released.
1990: Eric Carr played his final show for KISS at the end of the ‘Hot in the Shade’ tour at Madsion Square Garden in New York.
1993: The Dave Matthews Band released their first album, ‘Remember Two Things’ on the Bama Rags label.
1995: Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith breaks his wrist playing basketball. The injury forces the cancellation of a planned tour.
1996: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was arrested after being stopped by police in London’s Oxford Street and charged with possession of a class A controlled substance.
1998: Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun and Bobby “Blue” Band receive lifetime achievement awards from the Blues Foundation at a ceremony held at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.
1996: For the first time, Bob Dylan licenses one of his songs for commercial use, in this case, The Times They Are A Changin’ to the Bank of Montreal.
1999: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announces the biggest-selling artists of the century in the United States: The Beatles have sold the most albums (106 million), Garth Brooks is the best-selling male solo act, and Barbra Streisand the best-selling female. Elton John’s 1997 ‘Candle In The Wind’ is the best-selling single of the century, and the best-selling album is the Eagles’s ‘Greatest Hits 1971-1975.’
1999: Gary Glitter, charged under his real name, Paul Gadd, appears in a London court to defend himself against charges of seducing and sexually humiliating a 14-year-old female teenage fan in 1980. Glitter is later acquitted of those charges, but goes to jail for four months after admitting to owning a collection of 4,000 hardcore photographs of children being abused on his computer. He is currently in prison for 16 years on separate charges for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.
1999: American producer, songwriter and co-founder of Atlantic records. Herb Abramson died.
2004: Incubus, Hoobastank and Breaking Benjamin appear on the CD soundtrack accompanying the Xbox video game ‘Halo 2.’
2004: ‘Queen On Fire: Live At The Bowl,’ is released. The show documents Queen’s 1982 concert at London`s Milton Keynes Bowl and was originally broadcast on British Television and MTV.
2006: KoRn record an unplugged set in New York for MTV. The program airs a couple months later.
2006: David Bowie and Alicia Keys perform ‘Changes’ at a benefit for the Keep a Child Alive organization, which helps disadvantaged children in Africa.
2006: The Rolling Stones’s ‘Bigger Bang’ tour is recognized as the top tour, based on gross dollars, and top draw, based on ticket sales at the Billboard Touring Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The awards, based on box-office figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, wrap up the third annual Billboard Touring Conference. The band grossed nearly $230 million for the period that the awards cover (Dec. 1, 2005-Sept. 29, 2006), and drew nearly 2 million fans to shows all over the world.
2007: KoRn’s Jonathan Davis starts a month long solo acoustic tour. His set includes cover tunes and songs he recorded for 2002’s ‘Queen Of The Damned’ movie soundtrack.
2007: Striking members of the Writers Guild of America in L.A. get support from Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and Zack de la Rocha. The two perform an acoustic version of ‘Bulls On Parade’ during a rally attended by 3,500 strikers.
2007: Queens Of The Stone Age are kicked out of a Los Angeles rehab clinic after staff objects to their lyrics. QOTSA plays an intimate set for patients but the sound is cut part way through their opening number, ‘Feel Good Hit Of The Summer,’ which features a chorus of “Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol, c-c-c-c-c-cocaine.” The group is physically ejected from the facility.
2007: Bruce Springsteen performs a 30-minute acoustic set at the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation benefit in New York. The organization aids victims of domestic abuse.
2008: Kid Rock wins the World’s Best Pop Male Artist and World’s Best Pop/Rock Male Artist prizes at the World Music Awards in Monaco. He also performs at the event. In addition, The Beatles receive a Diamond Award for selling more the 100 million albums worldwide. Ringo Starr is on hand to accept the trophy on behalf of the group.
2009: ‘Kozmic Blues: The Life and Music of Janis Joplin,’ a weeklong presentation of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s 2009 American Music Masters series, begins in Cleveland. There are Joplin tribute performances and interviews with people who knew and/or worked with the singer.
2009: A New York casting call goes out for the Green Day musical, ‘American Idiot.’
2010: A fire in a 10,000 square foot warehouse used to store Neil Young’s vintage cars, guitars, paintings, and cases of other memorabilia causes damages estimated at over $800,000. An investigation later determines that the fire started in a 1959 Lincoln Continental and spread to the warehouse. Young had outfitted the car with electric batteries and a biodiesel-powered generator as part of his company, LincVolt.
2010: Alter Bridge release their third studio album ‘AB III.’
2010: Slipknot demands that fans return items that were stolen from the gravesite of bass player Paul Gray. Gray died of an accidental morphine overdose earlier in the year.
2010: Soundgarden makes a rare televised appearance on the second night of Conan O’Brien’s show on TBS.
2010: Bon Jovi play their single ‘What Do You Got’ live on The Late Show With David Letterman to promote their greatest hits collection.
2010: Former President George W. Bush’s ‘Decision Points’ is in bookstores. In it, Bush admits that he once confused U2 frontman Bono with singer-turned-U.S. Congressman Sonny Bono. “He knew our budgets, understood the facts, and had well informed views about the challenges in Africa,” wrote Bush. When later asked by advisors if he knew who Bono was, Bush said he thought Bono was the man who “used to be married to Cher.”
2011: Bruce Springsteen performs at the ‘Stand Up for Heroes’ benefit at the Beacon Theatre in New York City for the fifth straight year. The New York Comedy Festival benefit is for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which supports charitable, scientific, and educational activities. Springsteen’s guitar is auctioned off at the end of the show for $160,000.
2013: Metallica frontman James Hetfield receives the ‘Livin’ The Dream Award’ from Little Kids Rock during the organization’s annual benefit event at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, CA. The ‘Livin’ The Dream Award’ was named in honor of Facebook’s late president Josef Desimone.
2013: Steven Tyler is the head judge at the Miss Universe pageant at Moscow’s Crocus City. And the winner is Gabriela Isler (Venezuela).
2014: Ozzy Osbourne receives the Global Icon Award at the MTV EMAs (MTV Europe Music Awards) in Glasgow, Scotland.
2014: Neil Young calls for a boycott of Starbucks because of the company’s involvement in a lawsuit to overturn a Vermont state law that requires food producers to disclose the use of any genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their products.
2014: Music composed by Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is heard during the CBS TV show ‘CSI.’
1954: Bill Haley scored his first US Top ten single with ‘Shake Rattle And Roll’. He had dropped his cowboy image about a year and a half earlier, while renaming The Saddlemen to Bill Haley and His Comets. The song became the theme song for the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League. ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’ was originally made popular by Big Joe Turner.
1957: Buddy Holly releases ‘Peggy Sue.’
1957: Elvis Presley appeared at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. This was Presley’s last concert of the 1950’s. Presley served in the United States Army between March 1958 and March 1960.
1961: Joan Baez plays her first major headlining concert, opening at New York’s Town Hall in a sold-out, critically acclaimed show.
1963: After a gig in Birmingham, England, The Beatles find themselves attempting to escape a throng of fanatically devoted fans for the first time, escaping through the crowd by dressing up as policemen.
1965: The final recording session at Abbey Road studios in London took place for The Beatles ‘Rubber Soul’ album. They needed three new songs to finish the album so an old song ‘Wait’ is pulled off the shelf and the group recorded two new songs from start to finish. Paul’s ‘You Won’t See Me’ and John’s ‘Girl’, the basic tracks for both songs being completed in two takes.
1966: The Grateful Dead performed at a Hell’s Angels dance held at San Francisco’s Sokol Hall.
1967: Van Morrison makes his only appearance on ABC-TV’s ‘American Bandstand,’ lip-synching his big hit ‘Brown Eyed Girl.’
1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono release ‘Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins’ which is the first of three experimental albums they produce. The album features a cover photo of the pair naked, which many record stores carry in a brown paper wrapper.
1969: Jim Morrison is arrested by the FBI and charged with drunk and disorderly conduct, and interfering with the flight of an aircraft. He and actor friend Tom Baker are flying to Phoenix, AZ for a Rolling Stones show when they start “attacking and sexually harassing” a flight attendant after a day of drinking. They spend the night in jail but are released the next day on $2,500 bail; the charges are later dropped. Baker later dies of a drug overdose in 1982.
1970: The Doors performed live with Jim Morrison for the last time in New Orleans.
1970: Bob Dylan publishes his first novel, a poorly received stream-of-consciousness work called ‘Tarantula.’
1970: Apple Records releases John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Plastic Ono Band’ album.
1971: ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ landed in stores. The much-anticipated record had been delayed due to problems with the final mixing and cover artwork, which didn’t feature a title or the band’s name. Robert Plant said, “The hierarchy of the record business aren’t into the fact that covers are important to a band’s image. We just said they couldn’t have the master tapes until they got the cover right.”
1972: Berry Oakley (born Raymond Berry Oakley III) is killed when his motorcycle hits a bus in Macon, Georgia. He was 24. Oakley was the bass player in the Allman Brothers band, and died only three blocks from where Duane Allman had died a year earlier. After the accident, Oakley claimed he was okay, declined medical treatment, and went home. Three hours later, he was rushed to the hospital in terrible pain, and died of cerebral swelling caused by a fractured skull. Doctors at the time stated that even if he had gone straight to the hospital from the scene of the accident, he would not have survived. Oakley’s bass lines in ‘Whipping Post’ from the live album At Fillmore East display his musical prowess.
1973: Thirty US radio stations broadcasted a ‘live’ Mott The Hoople concert. In reality it was the band recorded in the studio with the applause dubbed in.
1973: Elton John ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ album hits #1 on the US charts.
1976: KISS goes gold with their album ‘Rock and Roll Over.’
1978: David Bowie played the first night of his 8-date ‘Low/Heroes’ tour of Australia and New Zealand at The Oval in Adelaide. This was Bowie’s first ever show in Australia.
1979: San Francisco witnessed the premiere of ‘Rock Justice,’ a rock opera penned by Jefferson Starship’s Marty Balin. The show ran for four nights at the Old Waldorf nightclub. Balin played a rock star on trial for suffering a career nosedive.
1986: Despite Roger Waters effort to legally dissolve Pink Floyd, the remaining band members (David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright) issue a press release saying they plan to carry on. The courts eventually allows them to continue with the name.
1989: The Berlin Wall comes down and Melissa Etheridge and Joe Cocker are there to perform.
1990: Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood was hit by a car in England and broke both his legs.
1990: A 21 year-old AC/DC fan dies after suffering fatal head injuries when a New Jersey State trooper tries to break up a fight in a parking lot after an AC/DC show at Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey. The trooper hit the fan causing him to fall backwards and strike his head. The trooper is eventually cleared of all wrongdoing, but the fan’s family later receives a $250,000 settlement payment on behalf of the state police.
1994: Rick Neilsen of Cheap Trick, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees and Billy Vera all appear on the TV show ‘Boy Meets World’ in the episode ‘Band on the Run.’
1994: Christie’s auction house in New York City holds their first-ever auction of rock memorabilia, including The Beach Boys’ guitars, a stage outfit worn by Jimi Hendrix, and John Lennon’s famous Army fatigues.
1995: Smashing Pumpkins double album ‘Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness’ album hits #1 on the Billboard charts. The band close out the day with an appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live.’
1997: Metallica leads the ‘Million Decibel March’ in Philadelphia.
1997: Green Day’s in-store appearance at a New York Tower Records turns into a riot. First, Billie Joe Armstrong paints ‘Nimrod’ (their current album’s title) on the walls, incites the crowd to cut loose, body surfs the audience and moons people on the street. Tower cancels the group’s planned post concert appearance.
1999: Eddie Van Halen announced he was undergoing hip replacement surgery.
2000: Creed’s ‘With Arms Wide Open’ tops the Billboard Hot 100.
2003: A New Jersey radio station pulled all Jethro Tull music from its playlist after frontman Ian Anderson criticized excessive displays of the American flag, arguing, “It’s easy to confuse patriotism with nationalism.”
2003: Kid Rock’s self-titled LP containing a cover of Bad Company’s ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’ is released.
2003: John Mellencamp speaks to an Indiana University Rock music history class. He discusses songwriting, performing and MTV.
2003: Courtney Love pleaded not guilty to two felony charges of drug possession at a court in Beverly Hills.
2003: Phil Collins revealed that he had lost nearly 60 percent of his hearing in his left ear.
2003: The owner of a pub in Wiltshire, England, is awarded £40,000 in damages after suing Van Morrison for pulling out of a scheduled performance at the pub in the summer of 2002 at the last moment.
2003: Pearl Jam’s collection of B-sides and other tracks, ‘Lost Dog’ is released.
2005: ‘Rock and Roll, Part 2’ singer Gary Glitter vanished from his home in Ba Ring Vung Tau after Vietnamese authorities discovered a 15 year old girl living there.
2005: Staind and P.O.D. kick off their ‘Fall Brawl’ tour of the U.S. in San Jose, CA. with Taproot as the opening act.
2005: Billy Joel begins touring again, launching his first solo tour in eight years.
2005: Green Day appears on NBC’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien.
2006: Axl Rose performs Paul McCartney’s ‘Live and Let Die’ at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research dinner in New York. The Guns N’ Roses frontman is backed by Beatles tribute act the Fab Faux.
2007: Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland is arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. Police say Weiland failed a sobriety test following a car crash in California and posted $40,000 bail after refusing to give a blood or urine sample.
2008: Mudcrutch, Tom Petty’s pre-Heartbreakers band, release their ‘Extended Play Live’ EP. The four performances were recorded during the group’s California tour earlier in the year. Also, a Mudcrutch documentary premieres on VH1 Classic.
2009: Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour receives an honorary doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University in England. The Doctor of Arts degree is bestowed for Gilmour’s “outstanding contribution to music as a writer, performer and innovator.”
2009: Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is divorced by his wife Jo after 24 years on the grounds of his admitted adultery (with Russian cocktail waitress Ekaterina Ivanova).
2011: VH1 declares ‘National Metal Day.’ They celebrate by airing a slew of Metal programming.
2011: The four original members of Black Sabbath (Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward) announce they will tour in 2012 and record a new album the first original line-up release in over three decades. The press conference is hosted by Henry Rollins. Ward ends up not being part of the tour or album project and a war of words begins in the press.
2011: Alice Cooper guitarist Dick Wagner returns to the stage to play his first Cooper show since suffering a heart attack and stroke five years earlier.
2012: At the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia, INXS drummer Jon Farriss announces, “Tonight is very likely to probably be the last show we ever do.” The next day, the band confirms that they are calling it quits after 35 years. Band member Kirk Pengilly states that it “was appropriate to finish where they had started 35 years earlier.” The last song they perform is ‘Need You Tonight.’
2013: Jack White and his record label, Third Man Records, launch the Great Third Man Turkey Drive, with proceeds going to the Nashville Rescue Mission, a non-profit organization that offers assistance to the homeless in Nashville.
2014: ‘Queen Forever’ is out. The compilation includes ‘There Must Be More To Life Than This,’ a long-lost duet with Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson. It also features ‘Let Me In Your Heart Again,’ a previously unheard track featuring Mercury.
2014: Pink Floyd release ‘The Endless River,’ their first new album in 20 years. The project, which is a tribute to late Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright, features material recorded by David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Wright during the sessions for 1994’s ‘The Division Bell.’
2014: Metallica, Black Keys, Bruce Springsteen and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl perform at the Concert for Valor in Washington D.C. The Veterans Day event raises funds for veterans charities.
2014: An Evening Of Who Music to benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust is held in London. The event, part of The Who’s 50th anniversary celebration, has performances by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Oasis/Beady Eye singer Liam Gallagher and Rush frontman Geddy Lee.
2015: The ‘Rock & Brews’ restaurant chain co-founded by KISS’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, offers veterans, active military personnel and first responders a complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a choice of a side on Veterans Day in the U.S.
2015: Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, drummer of Motörhead, dies of liver failure. He was 61. Phil had two stints in Motörhead, from 1975–1984 and from 1987–1992. The Motörhead line-up consisting of Lemmy, “Fast” Eddie Clarke and Taylor is considered the “classic” line-up of the band. Taylor had many physical mishaps during his lifetime – once he was dropped on his head, which broke his neck, and he also broke his wrist, causing him to play with his drumstick taped to his hand. Taylor was eventually fired for “poor performance,” but reunited with the band several times prior to his death.
1931: In London, the Abbey Road recording studios were opened by the Gramophone Company, a predecessor of the British music company EMI, its current owner.
1955: Fats Domino is named the favorite Rhythm & Blues artist in Billboard’s annual DJ’s Poll.
1955: Chuck Berry is named the most promising Rhythm & Blues artist in Billboard’s annual DJ’s Poll.
1957: The movie ‘Jamboree,’ featuring a scene where Jerry Lee Lewis performs ‘Great Balls of Fire,’ debuts in theaters. Also appearing in the film are Fats Domino, Carl Perkins, Frankie Avalon and Connie Francis.
1964: On his 19th birthday Neil Young writes ‘Sugar Mountain,’ where he reflects on his fleeting youth (“You can’t be 20 on Sugar Mountain”).
1966: Grateful Dead are the house band at a dance put on by the Hell’s Angels biker gang at San Francisco’s Sokol Hall.
1966: Teens on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip protesting a recent curfew are beaten by police, inspiring Stephen Stills to write the Buffalo Springfield song ‘For What It’s Worth.’
1966: Donovan releases ‘Mellow Yellow.’
1970: Doors make their final appearance as a quartet in New Orleans.
1971: ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ is released.
1973: Queen begin their first UK tour in Leeds, supporting Mott the Hoople.
1988: U2 started a six-week run at #1 on the US album chart with their 6th studio album ‘Rattle And Hum’ which went on to sell over 14 million copies.
1990: Ron Wood (Faces, Rolling Stones) is badly injured when hit by a car in London, breaking both legs. Wood had crashed his car on the M4 motorway near Marlborough, Wiltshire, England and was trying to wave other cars past his when he was run over.
1992: Ozzy Osbourne asks Black Sabbath’s original lineup to open for him at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, California. Says guitarist Tony Iommi: “It was Ozzy’s first farewell tour, so we genuinely believed that he was going to retire.” Ronnie James Dio vehemently refused to open for Ozzy, so Rob Halford sang with the band instead. On the 14th, the band’s full original lineup played ‘Black Sabbath,’ ‘Fairies Wear Boots,’ ‘Iron Man,’ and ‘Paranoid.’
1994: It’s Melissa Etheridge Day at her old high school in Leavenworth, KS.
1997: Carly Simon is hospitalized with breast cancer, undergoing both chemo and a mastectomy.
1999: Glam legend Gary Glitter is acquitted in England’s Bristol Crown Court of sexual assault on a minor stemming from an incident with a fan in the Eighties; however, that same day, Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) is sentenced to four months in jail for four counts of possessing child pornography found in 1997.
2001: The three living former Beatles met for the last time at George Harrison’s hotel in New York City for lunch. Harrison died two weeks later at a friend’s home in Los Angeles.
2002: Die-hard Beatles fans were enraged after Paul McCartney altered the song writing credits on his ‘Back In The US 2002’ album, changing them to McCartney and Lennon from Lennon and McCartney.
2003: Session drummer Tony Thompson (The Power Station and Chic) dies of kidney cancer in Los Angeles, California at age 48. It happens only two months after Power Station bandmate Robert Palmer died from a heart attack. Thompson also played drums with Led Zeppelin at Live Aid in 1985.
2003: Courtney Love pleads innocent to drug charges stemming from an October 2nd arrest. She makes a long and rambling statement in a Beverly Hills courtroom.
2005: Foo Fighters make their fourth appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Dave Grohl was also on SNL twice as Nirvana’s drummer.
2005: Paul McCartney is the first musician to broadcast live music into space when a segment of his Anaheim show is beamed, via NASA, to the International Space Station 220 miles above the Earth.
2005: Vietnamese authorities visit Gary Glitter’s home in Ba Ring Vung Tau and find his live-in companion, a fifteen-year-old girl. The singer, however, has vanished.
2006: Alice In Chains perform the national anthem prior to the NFL match-up between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
2006: AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson is involved in a car accident while competing in the finale of the U.K. reality-TV series ‘The Race.’ Johnson’s vehicle clips the rear of a race car driven by R&B singer Ms. Dynamite, who loses control and crashes into a wall. Dynamite is airlifted to a local hospital with minor injuries while Johnson, who is uninjured, goes on to win the race.
2007: E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt launches a program to educate middle-school and high-school students about the history of Rock music. The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation partners with the National Association for Music Education and Scholastic publishers for Little Steven’s Rock and Roll High School.
2007: Bruce Springsteen makes a post-Veterans Day visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Injured military personnel attended a Springsteen concert that evening.
2008: Robert Plant is a winner at the 42nd annual CMA Awards in Nashville. Plant and his Raising Sand collaborator Alison Krauss earn the Musical Event of the Year honor for their rendition of the Everly Brothers’ ‘Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On).’
2008: Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich sells the Jean-Michel Basquiat painting ‘Untitled (Boxer)’ for $13.5 million (less commission) at a Christie’s auction in New York.
2008: John Ronald “Mitch” Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix) dies after years of alcohol-related health problems in Portland, Oregon at age 61. In 2005, he was named the 23rd greatest drummer of all time by Rolling Stone.
2009: U2 and their concert promoter are fined $55,000 for breaking noise regulations at three concerts the previous summer at Dublin’s Croke Park. The homecoming shows drew approximately 240,000.
2010: Bon Jovi appears on NBC’s ‘Today Show’ to promote the release of their ‘Ultimate Collection’ package. Fans get to pick one of the songs the band plays and they choose ‘You Give Love A Bad Name.’
2010: Jackson Browne, Patti Smith, Cyndi Lauper and Aimee Mann are among the musicians participating in a John Lennon tribute concert at New York’s Beacon Theatre. The proceeds benefit the Playing for Change Foundation, which brings music education programs to impoverished communities around the world.
2011: Blues drummer Doyle Bramhall dies of heart failure in his sleep in Alpine, Texas at age 62. He worked with both Jimmie Vaughan (in The Chessmen) and Stevie Ray Vaughan (in The Nightcrawlers). He is the father of blues musician Doyle Bramhall II.
2011: Kid Rock, the Killers and Bob Seger co-headline the first ever Orlando Calling festival. The two day fest also features the Raconteurs, the Pixies and the Doobie Brothers.
2012: U2’s Bono is in Washington D.C. to encourage Congress and the Obama administration to keep funding relief efforts in poverty stricken countries.
2012: The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are also in the nation’s capital to help raise awareness for their teenage cancer charity, ‘Who Cares: Teen Cancer America.’
2014: Gregg Allman, Cheap Trick, Gov’t Mule and Peter Frampton perform at the Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute concert, ‘One More for the Fans,’ at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. At the show’s conclusion, Lynyrd Skynyrd is presented with a Marquee Award from the theatre, as well as an Atlanta city council document proclaiming it Lynyrd Skynyrd Day.
1963: The Beatles recorded a television interview at Westward Television Studios in Plymouth, Devon for a local teen program ‘Move Over, Dad.’ Due to a large crowd of excited fans outside, The Beatles had to be smuggled from their dressing-room at the ABC Cinema, where they were scheduled to appear that night, into an adjacent building, then through a tunnel, to get to Westward Studios for the interview taping.
1964: The official Rolling Stones biography, ‘Our Own Story’ is published.
1964: Decca Records released The Rolling Stones’ ‘Little Red Rooster’. Written by Willie Dixon (as The Red Rooster), and previously recorded by Howlin’ Wolf and Sam Cooke, the single was recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago.
1965: The Castiles, featuring a young singer named Bruce Springsteen appeared at The Fire House in Hazlet, New Jersey. The night was billed as a ‘Teenage Go, Go Dance.’
1967: Beatles ‘Yellow Submarine’ film opens in the US.
1968: Rolling Stone Brian Jones bought ‘Cotchford Farm’ in Sussex. ‘Winnie The Pooh’ author AA Milne had owned the house.
1969: John Lennon purchases the island Dorinch off the Ireland coast and invites any hippie who wishes to live there.
1969: Crosby Stills Nash & Young played the first of four nights at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California.
1970: Syd Barrett released his second solo album ‘Barrett’ only 10 months after his debut ‘The Madcap Laughs.’ David Gilmour produced the whole album, which also featured performances by Pink Floyd’s Richard Wright on keyboards.
1971: Santana’s ‘Santana 3′ hits #1 US album charts. It was recorded live at the Fillmore West ans spent five weeks at #1.
1973: Jerry Lee Lewis Jr. was killed in a car accident near Hernando, Mississippi. Lewis had been working as the drummer in his father’s band.
1974: An imposter posing as Deep Purple guitar player Ritchie Blackmore crashes a borrowed Porsche in Iowa City, IA, having already conned food and shelter from several Deep Purple fans.
1976: Rod Stewart’s ‘Tonight’s The Night’ hits #1 on the Billboard singles chart. It was Rod’s second US #1, and had an 8 week run.
1981: U2 kick off a 23 date tour in support of their ‘October’ album at JB Scott’s in Albany, NY.
1987: U2 give a ‘Save The Yuppies’ concert in San Francisco. Bono, who is wearing a hat, promises to pass it around (for contributions) later.
1990: Patricia Boughton filed a lawsuit against Rod Stewart claiming that a football he kicked into the crowd during a concert at Pine Knob Music Theatre had ruptured a tendon in her middle finger. And as a result the injury had made sex between her and her husband difficult.
1990: Temple of the Dog plays their only show at the Off Ramp in Seattle. Comprised of members of Soundgarden and what would become Pearl Jam, the group was formed as a tribute to Mother Love Bone signer Andrew Wood, who died of a heroin overdose.
1992: 90,000 people attend a concert in Mexico City as Elton John performs in Mexico for the first time.
1992: Sting gets an honorary doctorate from England’s University of Northumbriia in recognition of his artistic achievements and ecological efforts.
1996: On the last leg of their Ballbreaker World Tour, AC/DC played the first of four sold out nights at Sydney Entertainment Center in Sydney, Australia.
1999: R.J. Vealey dies of a heart attack, immediately following a show. He was just 37. Vealey was the drummer for the Atlanta Rhythm Section and a respected studio musician as well as the drummer in Roy Orbison’s backup band. His death was later attributed to chronic cocaine abuse.
2000: The Beatles sanction their first official Web site.
2004: Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea speaks at the second annual ‘We The Planet Festival of Music, Consciousness and Activism’ in Oakland, CA. The eco-friendly event has environmental workshops and performances and is powered by bio-diesel fuel generators and solar panels.
2004: Aerosmith`s Joe Perry signs copies of ‘People We Know, Horses They Love’ in Boston. The book, which profiles celebrities who have a fondness for horses, features the guitarist.
2006: Legal proceedings begin in London over songwriting credits for the classic 1967 Procol Harum song ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale.’ Organist Matthew Fisher sues Procol Harum frontman Gary Brooker, one of the tune’s two acknowledged co-authors, as well as a music-publishing company, claiming he deserves a share of the recording’s royalties because of the significant contributions he made to the song’s melody. By the way, Fisher’s organ is the song’s dominant sound. A month later, the judge rules in his favor.
2006: “I think religion has always tried to turn hatred toward gay people,” says Elton John in the Observer’s Music Monthly Magazine. John, who exchanged vows nearly a year earlier in a civil-union ceremony with David Furnish, goes on to add, “I would ban religion completely. Organized religion doesn’t seem to work. It turns people into really hateful lemmings, and it’s not really compassionate.”
2006: ZZ Top is honored by the Recording Academy’s Texas chapter for outstanding achievements and contributions to the musical community during a gala in Austin. Proceeds benefit the MusicCares organization, which aids musicians needing financial, medical or personal help.
2007: U2’s the Edge contributes to the Give One, Get One campaign that provides XO laptop computers to children in developing countries. The guitarist produced the sound that’s heard when the specially designed device is switched on.
2008: VH1 Classic Celebrity Bowl-Off, hosted by Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, is at Lucky Strike Lanes in Hollywood. Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee and Velvet Revolver’s Matt Sorum are among the bowlers raising money for the VH1 Classic Rock Autism campaign.
2008: Elton John celebrates the opening of his Broadway musical, Billy Elliot by donning a tutu for the show’s curtain call.
2009: At a concert at Michigan’s Auburn Hills Palace, Bruce Springsteen yells out “Hello, Ohio!” He continues to refer to the wrong state several times until E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt finally corrects him.
2010: 3 Doors Down perform at the seventh annual benefit concert for the Better Life Foundation in Tunica, MS. Theory Of A Deadman and Saving Abel also play at the Mississippi Army National Guard sponsored event.
2012: Soundgarden release ‘King Animal,’ the band’s 6th studio album but their first since 1996’s ‘Down On The Upside.’
2012: ZZ Top is presented the Living Legend Award at Classic Rock Magazine’s 2012 “Roll of Honour” ceremony at the Roundhouse in London. Rush takes Album of the Year and Band of the Year.
2012: The original collage that was reproduced and included in copies of The Beatles’ 1967 classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band record sold for $87,720. The piece, which was designed by Peter Blake, was sold to an unnamed bidder as part of an auction of modern British art at Sotheby’s in London.
2013: Bob Dylan receives France’s highest cultural award, the Legion of Honor, in Paris. Dylan is praised for serving as an “inspiration to young people.”
2015: Alice Cooper voices all the characters in ‘Peter And Wolf In Hollywood’, a modern reinterpretation of the Prokofiev classic. The plot revolves around Peter, his hippie grandfather and an escaped wolf from the L.A. Zoo and comes with a specially-designed iPad app for children (ages 5-8).
1955: Bill Haley & the Comets’ ‘Rock Around The Clock’ returns to the British charts nearly a year after its initial release. It returns at least once a decade through the ’70’s.
1956: Jerry Lee Lewis cuts his first tracks, including his debut single ‘Crazy Arms,’ for Sun Records in Memphis.
1961: The Elvis Presley film ‘Blue Hawaii’ premieres.
1961: Ray Charles has a #1 pop hit with his signature song, ‘Georgia On My Mind.’
1962: The Beatles play the final show of a 14 date run at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany.
1966: Jefferson Airplane record ‘Somebody To Love.’
1967: Pink Floyd were added to a 16-date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, The Move, The Nice, Amen Corner, The Outer Limits and The Eire Apparent. It kicked off on this day at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with only one performance, as opposed to the rest of the dates, which called for two shows per night. The headlining Hendrix was allotted exactly 40 minutes; The Move, who preceded him onstage, had just half an hour, and Pink Floyd, who appeared between after The Outer Limits, were allowed between 15 and 20 minutes per show
1967: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Half-A-Wind Show art exhibition closed at London’s Lisson Gallery.
1967: The Monkees ‘Daydream Believer’ is certified gold.
1969: David Bowie ‘Space Oddity’ album is released.
1969: Hamburg, Germany’s famous rock and roll venue, the Star Club, announces it will permanently close its doors at the end of the month.
1969: Led Zeppelin began recording their third album at Olympia Studios, kicking off with a run-through of ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You.’ Robert Plant said, “If bootleg record-makers got it together properly instead of waving those evil mikes on the end of broomsticks, this is the kind of sound they would get at a Led Zeppelin live concert.”
1970: Santana releases ‘Black Magic Woman.’
1977: KISS played the first date on their 51-date ‘Alive II Tour’ at the Myriad Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1981: The Go-Go’s make their national T.V. debut on ‘Saturday Night Live’ where they sing ‘Our Lips Are Sealed’ and ‘We Got The Beat.’
1982: ‘Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,’ is the #1 song in the U.K. The Police track was recorded in Canada.
1987: The long-since divorced Sonny and Cher perform ‘I Got You Babe’ on ‘Late Night with David Letterman.’ Cher flubs it a bit, but she and Sonny become very emotional doing their signature song.
1990: In Newsweek, The Who’s Pete Townshend said he is bisexual. He said, “I know how it feels to be a woman because I am a woman. And I won’t be classified as just a man.”
1992: John Mellencamp keyboard player John Cascella is discovered dead in his car in Indiana of a heart attack. He was 45. Authorities believe he suffered a heart attack while driving. Mr. Cascella, also known for his work on accordion, joined the Mellencamp band 10 years ago and was an integral element of the group’s folk-rock sound. He also owned Cascella Productions, which created music for commercials and movies in Indianapolis.
1992: An Ozzy Osbourne show in Costa Mesa is billed as the last-ever live performance of Black Sabbath. Not only are there subsequent Sabbath shows, but this one doesn’t have drummer Bill Ward, as Vinnie Appice fills in.
1994: Five years after its release, Melissa Etheridge’s ‘Brave And Crazy’ CD, is certified platinum by the record industry.
1995: Alice In Chains release their self-titled 3rd record.
1995: The Rolling Stones release the ‘Stripped’ album.
1996: At the MTV Europe Music Awards, Oasis wins Best Group and Best Song (‘Wonderwall’).
1997: Johnny Cash, who was recently diagnosed with a form of Parkinson’s Disease, is treated for pneumonia at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.
1997: Judas Priest’s first album with vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens, ‘Jugulator’ is released. Taking over from Rob Halford, Owens had previously fronted British Steel, a Judas Priest cover band.
1999: EMI Music Distribution begins offering retailers a $3 rebate on each unit sold of the latest Garth Brooks album ‘In… The Life Of Chris Gaines,’ in order to boost sales. In exchange for the rebate, retailers are asked to lower the price of the Capitol album – which lists for $17.98 on CD as low as possible.
1999: Billy Idol and Sammy Hagar led 20,000 motorcyclists on the 16th-annual Love Ride. The parade raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
2000: The Offspring give away $1 million of its own money to a lucky fan. Two finalists in the band’s online giveaway, where fans who downloaded the song ‘Original Prankster’ were automatically entered, appear on MTV’s ‘Total Request Live’ to compete in a trivia contest to determine who will take the prize. 14-year-old Ashley Hitchcock wins, correctly identifying Noodles as the oldest member of the band. The Offspring release ‘Conspiracy Of One’ featuring ‘Original Prankster’ it’s the group’s last studio effort with drummer Ron Welty.
2000: Rush singer and bassist Geddy Lee releases his first and only solo album, ‘My Favorite Headache.’
2004: The Rolling Stones were refused permission to pursue a claim against their former record company Decca for unpaid royalties through the courts. A High Court judge in London said the dispute would go to arbitration and not be decided in court. The dispute was over their ‘Forty Licks’ compilation CD, which was released in 2002 and was the first collection to span their entire career.
2004: Linkin’ Park win Best Alternative Artist, for the second year in a row, and Bon Jovi gets an Award of Merit at the 32nd American Music Awards in L.A. Also, recently discovered TV footage of The Beatles is broadcast for the first time since 1964.
2005: U2’s the Edge and Bono perform ‘In A Little While’ (from ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’) at a lifeguard station on Miami Beach, FL., prior to their band’s Miami performance. The scene is filmed for a project called ‘A Day in the Life of Edge.’
2005: A New York judge rules that a defamation lawsuit filed the previous January against KISS’ Gene Simmons can move forward. Georgeann Walsh Ward claims that she was depicted as a “sex-addicted nymphomaniac” in the VH1 documentary When KISS Ruled The World because photos of her are shown as Simmons discusses his many sexual conquests.
2005: Staind performs on ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live.’
2006: Staind issues their best-of album, ‘The Singles: 1996-2006.’ The 16-song collection features ‘It’s Been Awhile’ and ‘Outside,’ plus previously unreleased live acoustic covers of tunes by Tool, Alice in Chains and Pink Floyd. ‘Staind: The Videos,’ a separate DVD, is also released with 14 of the band’s promo clips, plus two unplugged live performances.
2006: A four-disc Sublime box set titled ‘Everything Under the Sun’ drops. The career-spanning collection features music videos, live performances, a band interview, unreleased demos, live rarities, studio outtakes and remixes (including a mid-’90s mix by Snoop Dogg). The package comes 10 years after the death of Sublime frontman Brad Nowell from a drug overdose.
2006: The Beatles have the most discs on a Top 100 list of all-time greatest albums chosen by Time magazine staff. The five Beatles albums are ‘Rubber Soul,’ ‘Revolver,’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,’ ‘The White Album’ and ‘Abbey Road.’ Bob Dylan’s three albums are ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ ‘Blonde On Blonde’ and ‘Time Out of Mind.’ The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and U2 manage to place two albums each on the list.
2006: Neil Young presents ‘Live at the Fillmore East 1970.’ The album features songs Young playing with Crazy Horse at the legendary, and now defunct venue.
2006: Led Zeppelin were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame by Roger Taylor of Queen. Jimmy Page personally accepted the award in front of a 3,000 strong audience during the 3rd annual induction ceremony which was held at the famed Alexandra Palace in London.
2006: The 1994 Nirvana documentary ‘Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!’ is released on DVD.
2006: ‘Paul McCartney: The Space Within US’ DVD is released. Based on an A&E concert special, the disc also has sound-check performances, interviews with McCartney, band members and celebrities.
2006: Army Of Anyone, ex-Filter frontman Richard Patrick and sibling Stone Temple Pilots members Dean and Robert DeLeo, release their self-titled debut album. The disc’s first single is ‘Goodbye.’
2006: ‘Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi’ soundtrack is released with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl’s previously unreleased solo track ‘Vile,’ System Of A Down’s ‘Question’ and Queens Of The Stone Age’s ‘Mexicola.’ The accompanying DVD features an appearance by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea.
2006: Led Zeppelin is inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in London. Wolfmother perform a tribute to Zep (surviving band members don’t attend). Bon Jovi, R&B great James Brown and Rod Stewart also enter Hall of Fame. The New Jersey Rockers and the Godfather of Soul both take the stage. The Beatles’ producer George Martin receives a special award.
2006: Wolfmother and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke contribute tracks to the third installment of the ‘Give. Listen. Help.’ benefit compilation series. Proceeds from the limited-edition album, which features live cuts, remixes and B-sides, goes to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This disc is available at Urban Outfitters stores (and on their website).
2008: Ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler enters a no-contest plea to a heroin possession charge stemming from his July arrest in L.A. Alder says when he’s clean and sober he hopes to rejoin GN’R.
2011: Van Halen announce they have signed with the California based Interscope Records, as they have a new album ready for release.
2011: A Pink Floyd phone app, ‘This Day in Pink Floyd,’ is released. It features daily trivia, song info and 200 quiz questions, in addition to more than 100 band images.
2012: Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger introduces the HBO documentary, ‘The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane,’ at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.
2012: The 27th annual WhyHunger Hungerathon auction begins. Featured items include a red Fender Stratocaster signed by Keith Richards (Rolling Stones), a black Stratocaster autographed by Def Leppard, and a sunburst Stratocaster signed by Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora. Founded in 1975 the WhyHunger auction has raised over $30 million to fight global hunger.
2013: Paul McCartney posted a letter on his website calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to release 30 Greenpeace activists whom Russian authorities arrested during a protest over Arctic oil drilling in September. All the activists involved had their charges dropped in late December of this year.
2013: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson receives the Spirit Of Prog honors at the Classic Rock Awards in London. “This is very well deserved,” says former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who presents the award to Lifeson.
2013: The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, and Bon Jovi are among the finalists for the 2013 Billboard Touring Awards, in New York. And the winner is Bon Jovi – for the highest-grossing/best-selling road show of the year.
2015: Linkin Park’s Music for Relief charity celebrates its 10th anniversary with a benefit show dubbed ‘Linkin Park and Friends’ in L.A. Blink-18’s Mark Hoppus jams with the band. Proceeds go to disaster relief and Power the World, a sustainable energy organization.
2015: After canceling their two Paris concerts in the wake of terrorist attacks that killed 129 people the day before, U2 visit the memorial site near the Bataclan club where Eagles Of Death Metal concert goers were attacked. They pay homage to the victims.
1926: The first network radio broadcast, four-and-a-half hours of varied performances from New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel and other remotes around the country, airs on the new National Broadcasting Company (soon to be known as NBC).
1956: The New York premier of Elvis Presley’s first movie, ‘Love Me Tender’ took place. It premiered at New York’s Paramount Theater. A fifty-foot cardboard cutout of Elvis was placed outside the theater to promote the movie.
1959: Johnny & the Moondogs (made up of future Beatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison) took part in the finals of a talent competition in which the winner appeared on English TV’s Star Search. They played two Buddy Holly songs: ‘Think It Over’ and ‘It’s So Easy.’ They must have been good as they were invited back for the next round of audition the next day. Unfortunately for John, Paul and George, the last bus back to Liverpool left before the judging was due to occur, and the band was forced to pull out as they had no money to rent a hotel room.
1964: Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones is admitted to Chicago’s Passavant Hospital for pneumonia, having reached a temperature of 105. He will miss the last four dates of the Stones’ US tour.
1965: The Rolling Stones performed on NBC’s ‘Hullabaloo’ for the first time, singing ‘Get Off My Cloud.’
1965: The Beatles completed their sessions for ‘Rubber Soul.’
1966: The Doors officially signs a 7 record deal with Elektra Records. The band reluctantly agrees to release ‘Break On Through’ as their first single.
1967: Obsessive fans looking for ‘Paul Is Dead’ clues on album covers and in songs push two previous Beatles albums, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ back onto the Billboard album charts.
1967: The Rolling Stones release ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request.’
1968: Janis Joplin performs her last gig with Big Brother and the Holding Company at New York’s Hunter College.
1969: The Beatles’ last photographic session produces today’s cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
1969: Hamburg’s Star Club, the place where The Beatles developed into a powerful Rock ‘n’ Roll group, announces it’s closing down.
1969: Janis Joplin was arrested for using obscene language at a concert in Tampa, Florida. When a policeman tried to control the crowd with a bullhorn, she allegedly told him, “Don’t f*** with those people! Hey, Mister, what’re you so uptight about? Did you buy a five-dollar ticket?” When she was requested to tell the audience to sit down, Joplin allegedly replied, “I’m not telling them s***.” Charges were later dropped.
1971: Grand Funk Railroad releases ‘E Pluribus Funk,’ the last album they would record as a trio (Mark Farner, Mel Schacher, and Don Brewer). The original release cover is round and covered with a silver-like film to resemble a large coin. On the back side of the cover, there is a picture of Shea Stadium to celebrate Grand Funk beating The Beatles’ attendance record by selling out in just 72 hours.
1974: The Faces released ‘You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything,’ which became their last single when Rod Stewart announced he was leaving the band in 1976.
1976: Jackson Browne’s album ‘The Pretender’ goes gold.
1977: Led Zeppelin played the first of four shows at the Chicago Stadium, Illinois during their North American tour. Two more were scheduled for later in the tour but were cancelled due to the death of Robert Plant’s son.
1981: New Iron Maiden singer, Bruce Dickinson, is introduced to UK audiences at the Rainbow.
1983: Ozzy Osbourne released the album ‘Bark At The Moon.’
1984: KISS played the first North American date on their 119 date ‘Animalize Tour’ at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
1986: Lou Reed and Sam Moore perform their updated version of ‘Soul Man’ on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ The song is being featured in the movie of the same name.
1986: Bassist Jason Newsted makes his first appearance with Metallica at a concert in Tokyo.
1990: David Bowie opens on Broadway in the title role of ‘The Elephant Man.’
1992: The Doors’ Robbie Krieger, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, Spencer Davis, Richie Havens, and The Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian all guest star on tonight’s ‘Rock Of Ages’ episode of FOX’s ‘Married With Children.’
1992: Ozzy Osbourne said his show in Costa Mesa, California would be his last concert ever. The show was in in Costa Mesa, California on the final leg of the ‘No More Tours Tour.’ Black Sabbath with frontman Rob Halford opened the show. The show turned into a Sabbath reunion when Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward joined Ozzy on stage for a four-song encore.
1999: Elton John threatened to cancel a show in Winnipeg, Canada after customs officers searched his plane and kept his entourage waiting at the airport for two hours.
1999: KoRn play their album ‘Issues’ (released the following day) from start-to-finish at a venue not known for hosting nu-metal: the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
2000: Tesla reunite.
2004: Queens Of The Stone Age contribute ‘In Your Head’ to the in-game soundtrack of Need For Speed Underground 2 video game.
2005: Sony Records celebrates the 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s classic ‘Born To Run’ album by releasing a CD/DVD set.
2005: Rush releases ‘R30 – Live in Frankfurt’ on DVD. Footage is from an October 2004 concert in Germany.
2005: ‘Sublime: Gold,’ a 42 track retrospective drops. The songs are from the band’s three studio albums, plus previously unreleased material.
2005: Def Leppard’s ‘Rock of Ages: The DVD Collection’ hits stores. It has music videos of classic hits ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me,’ ‘Foolin’ and ‘Love Bites.’ Bonus features include rehearsal footage and audio commentary.
2005: One-of-a-kind watches made from leather goods donated by Ozzy Osbourne, members of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Audioslave and Velvet Revolver go on sale. Proceeds benefit the MusiCared MAP Fund, which aids musicians battling substance abuse.
2005: P.O.D. releases ‘The Warriors EP Vol. 2 .’ The seven-track CD includes demo versions of two new songs, ‘Teachers’ and ‘Ya Mama,’ along with live renditions of ‘Boom’ and ‘Wildfire’ recorded the previous year.
2005: Green Day’s live DVD ‘Bullet In A Bible’ drops. The footage is from two London shows taped June 18-19.
2005: Slipknot appear as characters in the ‘Infected’ video game. “We wanted to make sure we were badasses,” says percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan.
2005: U2’s concert DVD, ‘Vertigo 2005/U2 Live From Chicago’ is in stores. The double-disc set includes the ‘Beyond the Tour’ documentary.
2006: Disturbed, Flyleaf and Nonpoint embark on the ‘Music As A Weapon’ tour in Providence, RI. This happens just as Tool’s ‘The Pot’ moves into #1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart displacing Disturbed’s ‘Land Of Confusion.’
2007: The first episode of Daryl Hall’s show ‘Live From Daryl’s House’ airs on the web, with Hall performing from his home in Millerton, New York. The series gains traction and gets picked up by the Palladia network. Over the years many musical luminaries appear, performing a mix of their own songs, covers and Hall & Oates tracks.
2007: Velvet Revolver announces the cancellation of their tour of Japan because have been denied visas by the country’s immigration department. “We don’t understand why the authorities won’t give us visas when they granted them for us in 2005 for what was a successful tour and a great experience,” says a group statement. The promoter blames the problem on “increasingly tough Japanese immigration officials (who took) exception with the backgrounds of various band members.”
2007: Linkin Park’s ‘Music For Relief and Unite The United’ launch an eBay auction of music memorabilia to raise money for victims of California wildfires. On the block are autographed items from Linkin Park, Aerosmith, Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie and Smashing Pumpkins.
2007: ‘Shaking The Blues,’ an Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) sponsored concert, takes place in L.A. ANSA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating the African AIDS pandemic and advancing democracy and equality in South Africa. Jackson Browne is one of the performers.
2007: In a charity auction a 25-year-old man from Scotland pays $170,000 for two tickets to the Led Zeppelin reunion show at the O2 Arena in London. Over a million people entered a lottery for the 18,000 tickets, which sold for a face value of $255.
2007: The Police are winners at the 4th annual Billboard Touring Awards in New York. The trio’s reunion trek is the Top Tour and Top Draw.
2008: Slash, Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons are among the performers at a Cleveland tribute concert honoring electric-guitar pioneer Les Paul. The event is part of the American Music Masters series, supported by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
2008: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush, along with Ace Frehley, are guests on VH1 Classic program ‘That Metal Show.’
2008: Rod Stewart serves as the musical entertainment at a 60th birthday party for Prince Charles in Highgrove, England. Stewart reportedly agrees to perform free of charge (rather than his usual $1.5 million fee) as a present for Charles, a longtime friend.
2009: Foo Fighters’ ‘Wheels’ is #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart. It holds the top spot for two weeks.
2009: The Library of Congress announces that Paul McCartney is the winner of the Gershwin Prize of Popular Song.
2011: A cardboard sign reading “Bed Peace,” created by John Lennon for his 1969 bed-in peace protest in Montreal, was sold by Christie’s auction house to an anonymous telephone bidder for $155,600.
2011: Mark “Moogy” Klingman (keyboardist for Utopia) dies of bladder cancer in New York City at age 61.
2011: After announcing their break-up a couple months earlier, R.E.M. issues their first career spanning retrospective ‘Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011.’ The set includes tracks recorded after the completion of the band’s final album, ‘Collapse Into Now.’
2012: Bono meets with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to discuss global development, AIDS and efforts to fight poverty. It’s part of the U2 frontman’s three-day lobbying effort in the nation’s capital.
2012: Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen donates $20,000 to San Diego’s Gerson Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the holistic treatment of cancer and other degenerative diseases. Collen auctions off his ‘Wings’ guitar for $15,000 and then kicks in $5,000 of his own money.
2013: ‘Metallica: The Complete Illustrated History’ is in bookstores. Publisher Voyageur Press on calls the book “the authoritative tribute to one of history’s most successful and admired Heavy Metal bands.”
1962: The Beatles recorded their second appearance on Radio Luxembourg, for the program The Friday Spectacular. The Beatles were interviewed and then they played in front of a live audience both sides of their latest single, ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘P.S. I Love You’.The Beatles paid a visit to the Devonshire Arms pub in London and the editorial offices of Disc magazine.
1965: George Martin spent the day firming up the track listing of the Beatles’ ‘Rubber Soul.’
1968: Led Zeppelin played Manchester College of Science & Technology in England. They were paid 225 pounds.
1968: Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Electric Ladyland’ album hits #1.
1971: Led Zeppelin’s self-titled debut goes gold.
1971: Frank Zappa appears on the UK show ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test,’ performing live and showing clips from his ‘200 Motels’ film.
1973: NBC’s ‘Midnight Special’ showed David Bowie’s 1980 ‘Floor Show’ special. The show was taped in London’s Marquee Club, one of the venues where Bowie played with his early bands.
1974: John Lennon: ‘Walls and Bridges’ hits #1 on the US album charts.
1974: John Lennon was #1 in the US singles chart with ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night.’ Elton John played on the session and made a deal with Lennon that if the song reached #1, Lennon would have to appear on stage live with Elton. Lennon kept his side of the deal and appeared live with Elton. They played three songs together: ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’ and ‘Whatever Gets You Through the Night.’ Backstage after the concert, Lennon got back with Yoko Ono after a temporary split.
1976: Resident genius of The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, comes out of an eight-year seclusion to give an interview to BBC 2’s music show ‘Old Grey Whistle Test.’
1977: Rush received three gold records for sales of their albums ‘2112,’ ‘All the World’s a Stage’ and ‘A Farewell to Kings.’
1978: The film version of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ opened. It starred Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees, Earth Wind & Fire, Alice Cooper and Steve Martin.
1978: Queen performed at Madison Square Garden. During ‘Fat Bottomed Girls,’ several female nude cyclists joined them onstage.
1979: Pink Floyd released their single ‘Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2’ in the UK, where it went to #1.
1982: Steve Miller Band’s ‘Abracadabra’ album goes platinum.
1984: Triumph release ‘Thunder Seven.’
1985: U2 launched their own record label, Mother Records. The intent was ‘to unearth fresh musical talent in Ireland’ and the label released several one-off single releases for The Hothouse Flowers, In Tua Nua and Cactus World News amongst others.
1987: Lenny Kravitz married actress Lisa Bonet, who was that day celebrating her 20th birthday. They divorced in 1993.
1987: Former Clash drummer Topper Headon was jailed for 15 months at Maidstone Crown Court, England for supplying heroin to a man who later died.
1988: Stephen Love, The Beach Boys’ former business manager, is convicted of embezzling $906,000 from the band and is sentenced to five years probation and ordered to make $86,000 in restitution. Love is the younger brother of Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love and a cousin of group members Brian Wilson and Carl Wilson.
1988: Dokken released the live album ‘Beast From The East.’
1990: Bonnie Raitt and Bruce Springsteen play the first of two all acoustic shows in L.A. to benefit the Christic Institute. The organization filed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. government sanctioned illegal arms sales and drug trafficking to finance cover operations in the Iran-contra scandal.
1994: Dino Valente (born Chester William Powers, Jr.) died of a brain tumor in Santa Rosa, CA. at 57. Valente, who was also known as Jesse Oris/Otis Farrow, was the lead singer and founder of Quicksilver Messenger Service. He famously wrote the song ‘Get Together’ which became an appeal for peace and brotherhood and was a hit for The Youngbloods. Unfortunately, Valente was involved in several drug busts and to raise money for his defense, he sold the publishing rights for “Get Together” to the manager of the Kingston Trio (the Trio had first recorded the song in 1964).
1995: Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘One Hot Minute’ album is certified platinum.
1996: ‘The Beatles Anthology Volume 3’ went to #1 in the American album chart. The Beatles became the first act to have three #1 albums in a 12-month period.
1999: KoRn released the album ‘Issues.’
2000: Joe C. (born Joseph Calleja) died in his sleep. He was just 26. Joe C. was a rapper who appeared often with Kid Rock. He was 3 ft. 9 in. because he had celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that can cause stunting and dwarfism. His dwarfism resulted in multiple medical problems which required him to take 60 pills daily and receive constant medical treatment.
2002: Texan multi-billionaire David Bonderman hired The Rolling Stones to play at his 60th birthday party held at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
2003: Kid Rock is named the Best Pop/Rock Male Artist at the American Music Awards. Linkin Park gets Best Alternative Performer.
2005: The CBS special ‘I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash’ airs. U2, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and the Foo Fighters are among the performers. Kid Rock and Jerry Lee Lewis perform ‘I Walk The Line.’
2005: The Who, Kinks, Pink Floyd, Ozzy Osbourne & Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix are inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in London. Ozzy lightens the mood by mooning the audience while performing with Sabbath. “I thought they needed livening up a bit,” says the Prince of Darkness. Also, two former Jimi Hendrix sidemen, drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox, participate in the tribute jam honoring the late guitar legend that follows his induction. Steve Winwood and Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash also take part in the performance.
2006: 3 Doors Down announce they will promote the merits of high-end audio equipment for a campaign launched by the Consumer Electronics Association. The band’s five members appear in video interviews conducted in conjunction with the initiative. “We want our audience to be able to experience [our music] the way that we intended it in the studio,” says guitarist Matt Roberts.
2006: ‘Queen’s Greatest Hits’ is declared the most popular album of all time in Britain, with more than five-and-a-half million units sold. At #2: The Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper.’
2006: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sends 417 more letters to sixteen college administrators threatening mass lawsuits if file-sharing is found happening on university servers.
2006: Green Day partner with environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council to launch ‘Move America Beyond Oil,’ a campaign calling for clean, renewable energy. “People are sick of our oil addiction and feel like nobody is doing anything about it,” says guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong. “The solutions are there, the support is there, but the leadership is not. Our message is that it’s OK to take on that responsibility.”
2007: An exhibit on The Beatles movie ‘Help!’ opens at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland to coincide with the release of the film on DVD ten days earlier.
2009: Elton John’s eighth annual AIDS Foundation benefit event, An Enduring Vision, takes place in New York. Former President Bill Clinton and actress Sharon Stone are honored for their work.
2009: Alice In Chains single, ‘Your Decision’ is released. The dark power ballad referencing the band’s late frontman Lane Staley is the third single from ‘Black Gives Way To Blue.’ The song goes #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs and the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts.
2010: Kid Rock releases his 8th studio album ‘Born Free.’ It features guest performances by Martina McBride, Sheryl Crow, Bob Seger and Rapper T.I.
2010: The Beatles’ 13 original albums, the two-volume ‘Past Masters’ compilation, the ‘1962-66’ and ‘1967-70′ collections are finally available from the iTunes’ Store as albums or individual songs.
2010: ‘West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology’ is released. The collection spans the guitarist’s session work for the Isley Brothers and Little Richard, among others, to late career recordings and demos.
2011: The Google Music service, consisting of streaming audio and downloads, is launched in the U.S. Exclusive content by Pearl Jam and other acts is available to users.
2012: Scott Gorham, guitarist for Thin Lizzy, releases his official memoir, ‘The Boys Are Back in Town: Thin Lizzy.’
2013: 3 Doors Down host their 10th annual concert for their ‘Better Life Foundation,’ which provides assistance to children and young adults with special needs. Black Stone Cherry also perform.
2013: Journey donates more than $350,000 to victims of a typhoon that struck the Philippines. The band also leads a US appeal for more funds. Journey frontman Arnel Pineda is from the Philippines.
2014: U2’s Bono is rushed to the hospital and undergoes five hours of surgery to repair facial and shoulder injuries after having a bike accident in New York’s Central Park. The singer suffers numerous serious injuries, including a “facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye,” three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade and a fracture of his left humerus bone in his upper arm. The latter injury was particularly damaging, with the bone shattering in six different places and tearing through his skin. The singer revealed this year that he still can’t play guitar and suffers numbness. “It feels like I have somebody else’s hand.” The injury forced the group to postpone a planned weeklong residency on ‘The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.’
2015: Songwriter P.F. Sloan dies at age 70 following a brief bout with pancreatic cancer. Among his extensive ’60’s credits, Sloan composed Barry McGuire’s ‘Eve Of Destruction’ and Johnny Rivers’ ‘Secret Agent Man.’
1979: John Glascock dies from a congenital heart valve defect. He was 28. Glascock was the bass player for Jethro Tull and got his start in the band Carmen. His heart issue was worsened by an infection caused by an abscessed tooth. He died almost penniless, having signed a bad contract with Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson.
1979: David VanLanding (born William David VanLandingham), singer with Michael Schenker Group and Crimson Glory, dies in a car accident when he collides with a dump truck in Clearwater, Florida. VanLanding did three tours with MSG and appeared on their 1997 double album ‘The Michael Schenker Story Live.’ He was also a vocal coach and played with many local cover bands.
1952: Four days after he divorces his first wife, Bill Haley marries his pregnant girlfriend.
1956: Fats Domino performs his classic ‘Blueberry Hill’ on The Ed Sullivan Show. The song had been around for over a decade having been recorded by Gene Autry and even Glenn Miller.
1958: Johnny Cash suffers an attack of acute appendicitis while preparing for a show in Ottumwa, Iowa, and is hospitalized.
1963: Beatles manager Brian Epstein asks the group’s fans to please refrain from pelting the group with “jellybabies” (jellybeans) at their concerts. (The Beatles had made the mistake of remarking how much they liked them.)
1963: The Beatles received silver LP discs for ‘Please Please Me’ and ‘With the Beatles’ at a ceremony held at EMI House in London. They also received a silver EP for ‘Twist and Shout’ and a silver single for ‘She Loves You’. The band then attend a cocktail party and a formal lunch in the EMI boardroom with company executives and invited guests. Also on this day, the US NBC news program ‘The Huntley-Brinkley Report’ was the first to air footage (albeit pre-recorded) of The Beatles in concert.
1964: Beatles press officer Brian Sommerville informs Paul Nathan, an associate of Elvis Presley film producer Hal Wallis, that the group are huge fans of the King and would love to appear at the end of Elvis’ next Paramount picture (which would turn out to be 1966’s ‘Paradise, Hawaiian Style’). The deal is never finalized.
1966: Pink Floyd played a “philadelic” music event at England’s Hornsey College of Art.
1967: Pink Floyd released their third single, ‘Apples and Oranges,’ in England.
1968: The third (and final) album from the Jimi Hendrix Experience, ‘Electric Ladyland’ goes gold.
1968: A group called Pogo, which includes Randy Meisner, Jim Messina and Richie Furay, debuts at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. They change their name to Poco to avoid legal action over the comic strip Pogo.
1970: ‘Led Zeppelin III’ hit #1 on the UK & US album charts. The original cover and interior gatefold art consisted of a surreal collection of random images. Behind the front cover was a rotatable laminated card disc, covered with more images, including photos of the band members, which showed through holes in the cover. The distinctive cover was based on a suggestion of Jimmy Page’s that it should resemble an old-fashioned gardening seed chart. Designed by Richard Drew aka Zacron, the sleeve photographs were taken by fellow Leeds Polytechnic lecturer Martin Salisbury.
1970: Elvis Presley meets actor Paul Frees in Los Angeles and notices Frees’ BNDD (Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs) badge. Elvis becomes determined to acquire one for himself.
1970: Jerry Lee Lewis and Myra divorce after fourteen years of marriage. The controversy surrounding Jerry Lee’s marriage to his then fourteen year old second cousin virtually halted his career in the 1950’s.
1971: Procol Harum record ‘Procol Harum Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.’
1972: Danny Whitten, a guitarist and songwriter with the rock band Crazy Horse, died of a heroin overdose. Neil Young, who occasionally used Crazy Horse as a backing band, recorded his 1975 masterpiece ‘Tonight’s the Night’ as a tribute. Young’s song ‘The Needle and the Damage Done’ was also written about Whitten’s heroin use (before he died of an overdose).
1974: John Lennon was at #1 in the US singles chart with ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night.’ Elton John played on the session and made a deal with Lennon that if the song reached #1, Lennon would have to appear on stage live with Elton. Lennon kept his side of the deal and appeared live with Elton. They played three songs together: ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’ and ‘Whatever Gets You Through the Night.’ Backstage after the concert, Lennon got back with Yoko Ono after a temporary split.
1974: Genesis release their double album ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.’ It is the last album by the group to feature lead singer Peter Gabriel. It takes over 15 years for the album to go Gold.
1975: Bruce Springsteen’s first gigs in London were hyped with posters reading, “Finally the world is ready for Bruce Springsteen.” Having already appeared on the covers of Newsweek and Time, Springsteen finally cracked and tore down the posters in the lobby of London’s Hammersmith Odeon.
1978: Billy Joel’s ’52nd Street,’ containing ‘My Life’ and ‘Big Shot,’ begins an eight week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart.
1979: Chuck Berry is released from Lompoc Prison in California after serving a four-month sentence for tax evasion.
1980: The self-titled debut album from the B-52s goes gold. The story goes a “retired” John Lennon heard the album (released in 1979) and felt the time was right for his return.
1983: R.E.M. made their first appearance outside the US when they appeared on Channel 4 UK TV show The Tube. The following night they made their live UK debut when the played at Dingwalls, London.
1984: Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan won Entertainer of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year at the W.C. Handy National Blues Awards.
1985: Seven of Jimi Hendrix’s gold records are stolen from his father’s home during a burglary. A few months later, Warner Bros. Records replaces them in a ceremony with Mo Ostin, who signed Hendrix to the label in 1967.
1986: Boston: ‘Amanda’ is the #1 song in the U.S.
1987: U2 decided to support themselves as they played their second night in L.A. as a mythical country group called The Dalton Brothers.
1987: ‘Mony Mony’ by Billy Idol hits #1 on the Billboard Pop charts.
1988: The film ‘Buster,’ which starred Genesis drummer Phil Collins as a British train robber, opened in the United States.
1990: At a rock memorabilia auction, Paul McCartney’s birth certificate sold for $18,000.
1991: U2’s seventh studio album ‘Achtung Baby’ is released.
1992: Black Sabbath receive a star at the Rock Walk in Hollywood, California.
1993: Nirvana recorded their MTV unplugged special at Sony Studios, New York. Nirvana played a setlist composed of mainly lesser-known material and cover versions of songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Meat Puppets and Lead Belly. The album won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 1996. Unplugged it’s not, since frontman Kurt Cobain insists on feeding his acoustic guitar through effects pedals and amplifiers.
1993: Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam is arrested in the New Orleans French Quarter outside the Blue Crystal, a punk rock bar, for public drunkenness and disturbing the peace. Apparently, there was a bar fight with a waiter and Vedder’s friend, Chicago White Sox pitcher and Cy Young award winner, Jack McDowell, was knocked unconscious and taken to the hospital.
1994: A portion of a Dallas Rolling Stones concert is broadcast live online, which is a first for a major label group.
1997: AC/DC releases ‘Bonfire.’
1997: Metallica release their ‘Reload’ album, the follow-up to ‘Load.’ The group’s 7th studio album debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200.
1997: MSG releases ‘Written In The Sand.’
1997: In Bristol, England, Gary Glitter is detained and questioned by police after a computer store repairing the glam star’s computer found it loaded with child pornography.
1999: Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall separate eight years to the day after their marriage in Bali when Brazilian model Luciana Morad names Jagger as the father of her unborn child.
2003: John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to The Beatles’ “Nowhere Man” sold for over $300,000 at a New York auction.
2002: Bill Wyman, former Rolling Stones bassist, sends a cease-and-desist letter to a writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution bearing the same name, which the writer was born under in 1961, on grounds that it violated the copyright of the bassist Wyman, who legally took the name at age 28 in 1964. No lawsuit is ever filed.
2003: Blink 182 release their self-titled album.
2003: American composer and orchestral arranger Michael Kamen died of a heart attack in London aged 55. Worked with Pink Floyd, Queen, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, David Bowie, Eurythmics, Queensryche, Rush, Metallica, Herbie Hancock, The Cranberries, Bryan Adams, Jim Croce, Sting, and Kate Bush. Kamen co-wrote the Bryan Adams’ ballad ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It for You.’ His involvement with Mr. Holland’s Opus, a film about a frustrated composer who finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher, led Kamen to create The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation in 1996. He composed 11 ballets, and won three Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, two Ivor Novello Awards, and an Emmy.
2004: U2’s Bono and Edge perform at the dedication of the Bill Clinton Presidential Center and Library in Little Rock.
2004: Linkin Park earns the Best Rock honor at the 2004 MTV Europe Music Awards held in Rome. Ozzy Osbourne and Kid Rock are among the presenters.
2005: The movie ‘Walk The Line,’ based on the life of Johnny Cash and starring Joaquin Phoenix as the singer, opens in US theaters.
2005: The U.S. Senate defeats a resolution honoring Bruce Springsteen for his contributions to American culture. Sponsored by New Jersey Senators Frank Lautenberg and Jon Corzine to coincided with the 30th anniversary of the release of the Boss’ classic “Born To Run album,” the motion is rejected by Republicans, apparently in response to Springsteen’s endorsement of Democratic nominee John Kerry during the 2004 Presidential elections.
2005: AC/DC’s Angus Young tops Maxium Magazine’s list of the “25 greatest short dudes of all time.” The 5-foot, 2-inch guitarist beat out the two inch taller Napoleon Bonaparte and former NBA guard Spud Webb, who is 5-foot, 7-inches.
2007: US celebrity publicist Paul Wasserman died aged 73 of respiratory failure. His clients included The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Paul Simon, Tom Petty and James Taylor. His career ended in 2000, when he was jailed for six months for swindling some of his friends by falsely claiming to be selling shares in investment schemes that he said were backed by stars like U2.
2007: Daughtry earns three statues at the 2007 American Music Awards in L.A. The group captures Favorite Breakthrough Artist, Favorite Pop or Rock Album and Favorite Adult Contemporary Music Artist trophies. Nickelback (Favorite Pop or Rock Band, Duo or Group) and Linkin Park (Favorite Alternative Rock Music Artist) also go home with awards.
2008: Nickelback release their sixth studio effort, ‘Dark Horse.’
2008: Nine Inch Nails name drummer Ilan Rubin (from Lostprophets) to replace Josh Freese following NIN’s 2008 North American ‘Lights In The Sky’ tour.
2008: Foo Fighters ‘Live at Wembley Stadium’ concert video is released. The package features 18 performances from two 2007 shows, including guest appearances by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones.
2008: Sammy Hagar releases ‘Cosmic Universal Fashion.’ The 10-song collection contains a cover of Beastie Boys hit ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!).’ He also plays the first of a pair of St. Louis benefit shows to aid the local ‘Blessings in a Backpack’ charity. The program supplies nutritious meals to financially disadvantaged schoolchildren.
2009: The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights presents U2 frontman Bono with its 2009 Ripple of Hope Award at the Center’s annual dinner held at Chelsea Piers in New York. The award honors Bono for his role in founding the advocacy organization ONE and (Product) RED, along with his efforts to fight against poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.
2009: Kings Of Leon take “Woodie of the Year,” the highest honor, at mtvU’s Sixth Annual Woodie Awards held at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The event recognizes the best music on college radio, as voted by listeners.
2009: Bon Jovi’s ‘The Circle’ tops the Billboard 200 moving over 160,000 copies in its first week of release.
2010: Sex Pistols John Lydon (still Johnny Rotten to many) says the engagement of Prince William and his fiance Kate Middleton is a “beautiful love story.” The Lydon-penned Sex Pistols single ‘God Save The Queen’ created a controversy in 1977 during the week of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. The anti-monarchy tone sparked widespread anger. “My animosity is towards the institution, not the people themselves,” says Lydon, more than thirty years later. “What I’ve always resented with the Royals was the austere nonsense that was being propagated.” Queen Elizabeth, the queen referenced in the Sex Pistols song, is William’s grandmother.
2010: The Allman Brothers return to the stage for the first time since Gregg Allman’s liver transplant playing the first of three shows at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre.
2012: Linkin Park takes home the Best Alternative Band trophy at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards. Stevie Wonder performs a tribute to the late Dick Clark, who hosted American Bandstand and created the American Music Awards in 1973. Clark passed away in April of 2012.
2013: Kings Of Chaos (ex-Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum, plus Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple fame, long time Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, and Slipknot’s Corey Taylor) perform at Avalon Hollywood with proceeds going to the Dolphin Project, which aims to save dolphins from slaughter and exploitation.
2015: Survivor’s Frankie Sullivan files a lawsuit against Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee for using Survivor’s ‘Rocky III’ theme ‘Eye Of The Tiger,’ which Sullivan co-wrote, without permission the previous September at the high-profile rally for Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
2015: Andrew Ricks, a Florida police officer, is fired for joining the Death Metal band Vital Remains on stage, in full uniform, to sing their song ‘Let The Killing Begin’ on the night of the Paris terrorist attacks (11/13/15). “An incident of this nature erodes the thin fibers of trust which already exist between the community and the police and it will not tolerated within the Sanford Police Department,” says Police Chief Cecil B. Smith in a statement.
2015: The tour bus carrying Hinder is involved in a crash outside Cookeville, TN. Bassist Mike Rodden suffers broken ribs.
1949: At the age of 14, Jerry Lee Lewis makes his debut playing ‘Drinking Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee’ at the opening of a Ford dealership in Ferriday.
1955: Carl Perkins records ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ at Sun Studios in Memphis. The rock ‘n’ roll classic became a US No.2 hit for Perkins in 1956. It of course has been covered by many acts including Elvis Presley and John Lennon.
1957: Elvis Presley’s first Christmas album, ‘Elvis’ Christmas Album,’ is released. It will become the best-selling holiday album of all time.
1957: Chicago radio station WCFL is picketed by the local chapter of the Elvis Presley fan club when it bans Presley’s records. Nevertheless, the station doesn’t flinch.
1959: An unnamed RCA executive tells reporters that, when he returns from the Army, Elvis Presley’s music will be very different than the rock and roll he performed previously. Manager Colonel Tom Parker rushes to issue an official denial to fans.
1960: While in Los Angeles during the filming of his seventh movie, ‘Wild In The Country,’ Elvis Presley suffers a bit of road rage, pulling a gun on a group of passengers in another car who had supposedly insulted him.
1963: The Beatles played gigs at three different venues. First, they performed a lunchtime show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, followed by an 85 mile drive to the Midlands, where they performed at Smethwick Baths Ballroom. That was followed by a set at Aldelphi Ballroom, West Bromwich in Staffordshire.
1965: At the Glad Rags Ball in London, The Who’s Roger Daltrey storms off stage in the middle of a set plagued with PA problems. Rumors of a Who breakup spread quickly through London with most of them naming Boz Burrell (King Crimson and Bad Company) as Daltrey’s possible replacement..
1965: David Bowie and the Lower 3rd appeared at The Marquee Club in London.
1973: Led Zeppelin begin recording the demos for their new album, ‘Physical Graffiti,’ including a new song entitled ‘Driving To Kashmir.’
1971: Blues great B.B. King celebrates his 25th year in show business with a European tour starting in London.
1975: The J. Geils Band completes the recording of their two record live ‘Blow Your Face Out’ at Detroit’s Cobo Arena.
1976: Van Morrison’s ‘Moondance’ album goes gold six years after its release. It’s his first gold album.
1979: Loverboy plays their first ever concert, opening for Kiss at The Coliseum in Vancouver.
1979: Frank Zappa’s one and only rock opera, ‘Joe’s Garage,’ is released. The second half came out November 19th, the first half was released in the previous September. The opera mixes styles of Blues, Jazz, Doo Wop, Lounge, Orchestral, Rock, Pop and Reggae. While it draws controversy at the time for profane lyrics, it has since been hailed as a cultural milestone and landmark album. The work also looks forward to Zappa’s later crusade against the PMRC with its themes of government censorship, and introduces a few memes into the Zappa lexicon, including ‘The Central Scrutinizer,’ ‘a little green rosetta,’ and of course, the term ‘roto-plooker.’
1982: Led Zeppelin release the ‘Coda’ album.
1983: Tom Evans from Badfinger committed suicide by hanging himself in his back garden from a willow tree. Family members said the singer, songwriter was never able to get over his former bandmate’s Pete Ham’s suicide. Evans co-wrote ‘Without You’ a hit for Harry Nilson and Mariah Carey.
1988: Bon Jovi’s ‘Bad Medicine’ tops the pop charts.
1991: Paul McCartney’s first classical piece, ‘Liverpool Oratorio,’ is performed in America for the first time, at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
1992: Linda Rondstadt is the guest star on an episode of Fox-TV’s ‘The Simpsons,’ titled ‘Mr. Plow.’
1994: Nirvana’s ‘MTV Unplugged in New York’ is the #1 album in the US.
1994: ‘Out In L.A.,’ a collection of Red Hot Chili Peppers b-sides and previously unreleased material, is released.
1994: Crosby Stills & Nash member David Crosby had a successful liver transplant operation at Dumont-UCLA in Los Angeles. Crosby’s liver was deteriorated from extensive alcohol and drug abuse, as well as hepatitis-C.
1995: The first installment of The Beatles Anthology documentary airs on ABC.
1996: Ozzy Osbourne releases the single, ‘Walk On Water’, from the soundtrack to ‘Beavis & Butthead Do America.’
1997: The US premiere of Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘Standing Stone’ is played in Carnegie Hall by St. Luke’s Orchestra under the baton of Laurence Foster.
1998: Motley Crue fans are able to fulfill all their fashion needs when the bands new retail store, S’Crue, opens at 7201 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. The store stocks merchandise from the band’s worldwide tours, clothing from both the clothing lines by bassist Nikki Sixx and vocalist Vince Neil, and all Motley Crue albums.
2001: Mick Jagger released his new solo album ‘Goddess In The Doorway.’ First day sales stood at 954 copies.
2001: Scott Weiland lead singer with The Stone Temple Pilots was arrested after allegedly fighting with his wife at the Hard Rock hotel in Las Vegas. Weiland was booked on one count of domestic battery and was released 12 hours later. The band had performed at the club that night.
2002: Audioslave’s self-titled debut album enters the Billboard 200 chart at #7 after moving 162,000 copies in its first week-on its way to selling over 3-million copies.
2002: Matchbox 20’s album ‘More Than You Think You Are’ is released.
2003: English bassist player Greg Ridley died from pneumonia. He was a member of the VIP’s with Keith Emerson, Spooky Tooth, and Humble Pie. He also formed Strange Brew with Clem Clempson and Cozy Powell.
2004: Godsmack embark on a headlining acoustic tour in Columbia, S.C.
2004: Songwriter/producer Terry Melcher dies. The son of actress Doris Day, he worked with the Byrds, Beach Boys and Paul Revere & The Raiders. In the late 1960s , Melcher was allegedly the actual target when Charlie Manson’s followers killed Sharon Tate. Manson didn’t think Melcher gave his music a chance.
2004: Craig Nicholls (The Vines) reveals that he has Asperger Syndrome, a neurobiologcal disorder that causes autistic-like episodes and severe communication difficulties.
2005: KoRn make their first in-studio television performance when they appear on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. The band plays “Twisted Transistor,” the first single from their “See You On The Other Side” album.
2005: KISS’ Paul Stanley weds Erin Sutton in Pasadena, CA. It’s the second marriage for Stanley.
2005: Former glam rock star Gary Glitter was arrested in Vietnam after being detained at Ho Chi Minh airport as he tried to board a plane to Bangkok. Police said Glitter was being held under suspicion of committing lewd acts with two girls under the age of 18.
2006: Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda presents his first art exhibition at a Los Angeles gallery. The show, titled ‘Diamond Spades Hearts Clubs,’ features paintings and other works.
2006: The Bob Dylan-themed musical ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ closes after just 28 performances at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The production, created by choreographer Twyla Tharp, featured over two dozen Dylan songs. It was buried by negative reviews.
2007: Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot) dies of a presumed accidental cocaine overdose. He would be found in his Las Vegas home six days later.
2007: The members of Red Hot Chili Peppers file a lawsuit against Showtime Networks for unfair competition and unjust enrichment over the TV show ‘Californication,’ the same name as the band’s multi-platinum 1999 album.
2007: Queen guitarist Brian May is appointed chancellor of England’s Liverpool John Moores University in recognition of his contribution to the arts and promotion of science education.
2007: Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt accompany Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards to Iowa rallies. The musicians perform at community meetings in Davenport, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.
2011: Elvis Costello urges fans not to buy his box set, ‘The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook,’ because it is too expensive. “Unfortunately, we find ourselves unable to recommend this lovely item to you as the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire,” Costello writes on his website. The tracks were recorded over two nights at The Wiltern Theater in L.A.
2011: The riff from AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’ is featured in a commercial for Walmart. The ad promotes Black Friday and pre-holiday shopping in general. AC/DC’s 2008 album ‘Black Ice’ was sold exclusively through Walmart.
2012: ‘AC/DC Live At River Plate,’ the group’s first live album in 20 years is released. They also release their entire catalog on iTunes. In less than a week, 696,000 individual songs are sold in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.
2012: Kid Rock releases his album ‘Rebel Soul.’
2012: Two farmers were found not guilty of health and safety offences after a giant hay bale crushed former ELO cellist Mike Edwards to death. He was killed instantly when the 600kg bale rolled down a field and landed on his van near Totnes in Devon in September 2010.
2012: Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk releases a solo digital EP, ‘The Garden.’ It has five new songs plus remixes. “I wanted to try to hyper-speed that process a bit and deconstruct my versions of the songs by handing them off to other creative people right at the beginning,” says Kowalczyk of the remixes.
2012: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx launches ‘Sixx Sense: The Magazine’ which features exclusive content from his syndicated radio show.
2013: Five Finger Death Punch release their album ‘The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 2.’
2013: Bruce Springsteen’s single, ‘High Hopes’ is leaked online. The track was recorded during Springsteen’s Australian tour the previous March.
2013: Bon Jovi comes in third on Forbes Magazine’s highest earners list from June 2012 to June 2013 bringing in $79 million in the twelve-month period. He only trails Madonna and Lady Gaga.
2013: ‘The Best Of Nickelback Volume I’ is released.
2014: Faith No More release ‘Motherf***er,’ their first official single in 17 years.
2014: Billy Joel is the recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, presented by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
2015: Josh Homme, co-founder of Eagles Of Death Metal, seeks donations for his ‘Sweet Stuff Foundation’ to help the families of victims killed in the 11/13/15 terrorist attacks in Paris. The Eagles Of Death Metal were performing at the Bataclan club where 89 people were killed. Homme was not on tour with the group and was not in Paris at the time of the attack.
2015: Jimmy Page picks up the EMP Founders Award at Seattle’s Experience Music Project Museum. He leads a cross-generational, all-star band (Paul Rodgers – Bad Company, Kim Thayil – Soundgarden, Duff McKagan – Guns N’ Roses and Rick Nielsen – Cheap Trick) through a rendition of the Led Zeppelin classic ‘Rock And Roll.’
2015: Europe’s ‘The Final Countdown,’ featured in a Geico (insurance) ad, accumulates 48,000 in digital sales and 9.5 million U.S. streams on its way to a 4 week run atop Billboard’s Hard Rock Digital Songs chart, marking the band’s first #1 on a Billboard chart. The song peaked at #8 on the Hot 100 in 1987.
1955: After agreeing to perform Tennessee Ernie Ford’s hit ‘Sixteen Tons’ on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show, Bo Diddley instead plays the song he was actually there to promote, his own hit ‘Bo Diddley.’ A furious Sullivan blackballs Bo from ever appearing on the show again. The singer has claimed he was never paid for the performance.
1955: Sun Records owner, Sam Phillips, sells Elvis Presley’s recording contract to RCA Records for $35,000. At the time it is an astronomical amount for a largely unknown singer. He uses the proceeds from the sale to develop other musicians and their work, including Carl Perkins’s hit ‘Blue Suede Shoes.’ He also invests in a local hotel chain called Holiday Inn, which later reaps huge benefits.
1959: Alan Freed, who is an influential DJ on the radio station WABC and host of the TV show ‘Alan Freed’s Big Beat Party,’ is fired from both outlets when he refuses to sign a statement saying he took payola, which was the practice of record companies paying for airplay.
1961: Bob Dylan cuts his first tracks for Columbia Records in New York. The results appear on Dylan’s self-titled debut.
1961: Billboard reports on the stunning popularity of the ‘Twist’ craze, stating that three separate films, starring Chubby Checker, Joey Dee and the Starlighters, and Dion, are scheduled for production, and New York television station WOR is airing hourly twist lessons of between one and five minutes, also featuring Checker.
1964: John Lennon acts out his own ‘Deaf Ted, Danoota, (and me),’ taken from his recent book of whimsy In His Own Write, for later broadcast on BBC’s comedy show ‘Not Only… But Also,’ assisted by Dudley Moore and Norman Rossington.
1967: Strawberry Alarm Clock’s ‘Incense And Peppermints’ is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1967: Arlo Guthrie releases ‘Alice’s Restaurant.’
1967: The Beach Boys releases ‘Smiley Smile.’
1967: Time magazine reviews The Doors sophomore album ‘Strange Days,’ saying the group takes listeners “into symbolic realms of the unconscious – eerie night worlds filled with throbbing rhythms, shivery metallic tones, unsettling images.”
1968: Janis Joplin manager Albert Grossman approaches Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites about creating her new backup group, which will eventually be known as the Kozmic Blues Band.
1968: The Monkees film ‘Head’ opened in six US cities. Reviews were harsh and the picture was a box office disaster.
1970: Tom Waits gets his first-ever paid gig, appearing as “Thomas Waits” and receiving $25.00 by opening for Michael Milner and Claire Hart.
1970: The Kinks’ Ray Davies flies to London to re-record a section of the lead vocals for the group’s latest single, ‘Apeman.’ Radio stations are objecting to the line “The air pollution is foggin’ up my eyes,” claiming “foggin'” sounds too much like another f-word.
1972: Elton John releases ‘Crocodile Rock.’ It becomes Elton’s first U.S. #1.
1973: Sometime during the Who’s show at San Francisco’s Cow Palace, Keith Moon downs a pile of horse tranquilizers handed to him by an audience member and chases them with a bottle of brandy. Evidently mumbling something to the effect of “I can take it, I’m Keith ‘F***ing’ Moon.” He ends up passing out and is in a near-coma when taken to the hospital. Lucky fan, Scot Halpin, is pulled from the audience and completes the set. Halpin performs ‘Smokestack Lightning,’ ‘Spoonful,’ and ‘Naked Eye’ with the group, then takes a bow with them. Rolling Stone later awards Halpin their “Pick-Up Player Of The Year Award.”
1973: Alice Cooper’s ‘Muscle of Love,’ the 7th studio album is released. It is the final studio album recorded by the original Alice Cooper band.
1973: Allan Sherman (born Allan Copelon) dies of emphysema. He was 48. Sherman was a song parodist, and creator of the hit single ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.’ He inspired later parodists like “Weird Al” Yankovic, who dedicated his first album to him. In 1971, Sherman was the voice of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat on television.
1975: George Harrison and Paul Simon share the stage on Saturday Night Live to perform ‘Homeward Bound’ and ‘Here Comes The Sun.’ Earlier in the year, the show’s producer Lorne Michaels offered The Beatles $3000 to reunite. In the opening sketch, he is seen arguing with Harrison over how much of that money he should get.
1975: The Who kick off their North American tour at The Summit in Houston, TX. At a post-concert party, bassist John Entwistle is arrested for disorderly conduct. He spends a few hours in jail before The Who roll on to the next stop.
1979: Iron Maiden sign to EMI.
1987: The Who kick off their North American tour in Houston. At a post-concert party bassist John Entwistle is arrested for disorderly conduct. He spends a few hours in jail before The Who roll on.
1990: Cinderella release their album ‘Heartbreak Station.’
1991: The Rolling Stones sign a $45 million deal with Virgin, making them rock’s highest paid group at that time.
1993: Stone Temple Pilots are the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
1994: David Crosby receives a liver transplant at UCLA’s Medical Center in a seven hour operation.
1995: The Beatles ‘Free As A Bird’ is gets its first radio play. The song starts as a John Lennon demo with instrumentation added by the surviving Beatles. George Harrison has a copy and gives it to an Adelaide DJ who plays the song 24 hours before it’s officially released to radio. Harrison is in town for the Australian Grand Prix.
1997: Music journalist Robert Palmer dies of liver disease in Valhalla, New York, at age 52. Palmer wrote for The New York Times and Rolling Stone and penned the book ‘Deep Blues.’
1997: Paul McCartney tapes an interview and live performance of ‘Flaming Pie’ and ‘Young Boy’ for the Oprah Winfrey Show.
2001: Aerosmith release a new 2CD collection, ‘Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology,’ through Universal.
2001: Hoobastank release their self-titled debut.
2001: Creed release their ‘Weathered’ album.
2001: Kid Rock releases his ‘Cocky’ album.
2001: Charlie Daniels undergoes surgery for prostate cancer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
2003: Legendary record producer Phil Spector is charged with murder in the death of actress Lana Clarkson at his Los Angeles home. Spector enters a plea of not guilty.
2004: In exchange for payment of a $65,200 fine, charges are dropped against Liam Gallagher of Oasis for a 2002 fight in a Munich, Germany hotel. Gallagher lost two front teeth in the fight, when he and band members got into a drunken brawl with other hotel patrons.
2004: The Experience Music Project in Seattle unveils an exhibit called ‘Bob Dylan’s American Journey, 1956-1966.’ Dylan guitars, hand written and typed lyrics and concert posters are on display along with Dylan interviews.
2005: Chris Whitley dies of lung cancer in Houston, TX. at 45. Producer Daniel Lanois discovered Whitley and allowed him to record his debut album ‘Living With The Law’ at his studio in New Orleans. After his death, musician John Mayer said, “Whitley’s somewhat prostrated place in pop culture earned him a sidebar of an obituary, but to those who knew his work, it registers as one of the most under appreciated losses in all of music.”
2005: Scott Stapp, formerly of Creed, sings the national anthem at NASCAR’s Ford 400 race in Homestead, FL. The appearance also promotes his album ‘The Great Divide.’
2005: U2 are profiled on CBS’ 60 Minutes.
2005: Foo Fighters release a six-track EP that’s only available at Best Buy retailers. There’s a live rendition of ‘Best of You,’ a demo version of ‘D.O.A.’ and a cover of Cream’s ‘I Feel Free.’
2006: Army of Anyone, with Richard Patrick of Filter and Stone Temple Pilots Dean and Robert DeLeo appear on NBC’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien.
2006: 30 Seconds To Mars premiere their video for the single ‘From Yesterday’ on MTV2. Filmed in the People’s Republic of China, the martial arts-themed clip is (to date) the only American Rock video shot in its entirety in the country. 30 Seconds frontman Jared Leto directed.
2006: A multimedia exhibition focusing on Black Sabbath opens in Los Angeles. Black Sabbath Resurrection uses video, music and graffiti art to tell a sci-fi/fantasy story centering on the group. Vintage Sabbath posters and other related items are displayed in an adjacent gallery.
2006: Billy Idol’s ‘Happy Holidays,’ an album with 17 Christmas songs ranging from traditional carols to modern holiday themes, is available on his web site.
2007: ‘Rock Band’ video game is out. The 58-song soundtrack includes the Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones, The Who, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden and the Clash. The soundtrack also features songs from indie up-and-coming acts.
2007: The three disc ‘Live Earth – The Concerts For A Climate In Crisis,’ is released. It has performances from the 7/7/07 international concert series to raise awareness about global warming. Foo Fighters, Linkin Park, Metallica, Chris Cornell, the Smashing Pumpkins, Bon Jovi and founding Pink Floyd member Roger Waters are featured.
2007: Velvet Revolver were forced to cancel a four-city Japanese after their requests for visas was rejected. Officials were said to have refused the band entry to Japan due to previous drug convictions.
2007: A 10-foot guitar replica signed by Paul McCartney goes for more than $120,000 at the London GuitarTown benefit auction. Similar sculptures autographed by Robert Plant and Ozzy Osbourne, and real instruments signed by Roger Waters, Ronnie Wood, Slash are also auctioned. The event raises money for three U.K. charities: the Prince’s Trust, Teenage Cancer Trust and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.
2007: Nirvana’s 1993 ‘MTV Unplugged’ session is out on DVD. The 15-track release features two songs, ‘Oh Me’ and ‘Something In The Way,’ that were performed during the session but didn’t air on MTV’s initial broadcast.
2008: KISS bassist-singer Gene Simmons gives the keynote speech at the Billboard Touring Conference in New York. Simmons takes the opportunity to express some frustration that his band isn’t yet in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “I believe we have more gold records in America than any other group, but it’s OK.” While KISS might still be left out in the cold, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are two-time winners, Top Draw and Top Tour. Also, Bon Jovi’s Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation is presented the Humanitarian Award. The organization is singled out for providing affordable housing to those in need. And finally, the Allman Brothers Band is given the Legend of Live honor for “significant and lasting impact” on the touring world. “They’re an American institution and concert icons,” says a Billboard spokesperson. In accepting the honor, Gregg Allman acknowledges his older brother, the late guitar great Duane Allman. “I’m sure he’s looking down [on] this and is really proud of us,” says Gregg.
2010: ‘Oasis: The Truth,’ written by former Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll, is out. The book chronicles his experience in the band before he was fired in 1995.
2012: Something Unto Nothing (S.U.N.), a group with multi-platinum vocalist and ‘Canadian Idol’ judge Sass Jordan and multi-instrumentalist Brian Tichy, release their debut full-length, self-titled album digitally.
2012: Rush are inducted into the Guitar Center’s RockWalk on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard. “It is an honor to have our names added to this illustrious list of great and highly talented musicians,” says Geddy Lee.
2012: The Rolling Stones launch their first official App as part of the band’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
2013: ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ by Bon Jovi returns to the Hot 100 at #25, thanks to a viral video of a Boston Celtics fan dancing to the song. Billboard tweaked their methodology earlier in the year so streaming views of songs were factored into the chart tally.
2013: Hinder announces that frontman Austin Winkler has officially left the band. This comes after the singer sat out a tour earlier in year for “personal reasons.”
2013: The Beatles debut at #7 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart with ‘On Air – Live At The BBC Vol. 2.’ The set, recorded fifty years earlier, sells 37,000 copies in its first week. Along with 37 previously unreleased performances, there are 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter between John, Paul, George and Ringo and their BBC radio hosts.
2015: Tommy Lee returns to the drum kit in Abu Dhabi for Motley Crue’s ‘The Final Tour.’ “I’m back to 100 percent,” says Lee, after being treated for a repetitive stress wrist injury. Lee had been limited to playing piano with his good hand on the band’s traditional set closer, ‘Home Sweet Home.’
2015: AC/DC are among those inducted into The Age Music Victoria Hall Of Fame in Australia. 2015: Tom Petty launches his own satellite radio station as SiriusXM – Tom Petty Radio. The focus is on all aspects of Petty’s career (solo, with the Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch).
1960: The Beatles’ George Harrison, then just seventeen, is deported from Hamburg, Germany, where the group had been performing at the Kaiserkeller club, back to his native England. Historians typically blame the club’s owner, Bruno Koschmider, who may have tipped the authorities to George’s age; The Beatles had broken his exclusive contract by playing in other venues, then returned to their rooms in one of his other venues and set it on fire in protest of being canned.
1962: Elvis Presley’s 11th film, ‘Girls! Girls! Girls!’ opens in US theaters.
1963: The Elvis Presley film ‘Fun in Acapulco’ premieres.
1967: The Who release ‘The Who Sell Out,’ known as one of the first “concept” albums, on Decca Records. The album features the classic ‘I Can See For Miles.’
1968: With girlfriend Yoko Ono about to miscarry their first son, John Ono Lennon II, John Lennon asks for a tape recorder to be brought to the hospital so that he can record the baby’s dying heartbeat. Later that day, Yoko miscarries; the baby is buried in a secret location and the recording appears on the duo’s album ‘Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions’ as a track called ‘Baby’s Heartbeat,’ followed by ‘Two Minutes Silence’ for his death.
1970: Two months after his death Jimi Hendrix was at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’ the closing track on Electric Ladyland, the third and final album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. This was the guitarist’s only UK #1 single. Hendrix’s solo on the track was named the 11th greatest solo of all-time in Guitar World’s 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.
1974: Marty Balin, one of Jefferson Airplane’s founders, rejoins the group for a concert at the Winterland in San Francisco. He would join the band for their next album, ‘Red Octopus.’
1975: Nazareth score their only major US hit as ‘Love Hurts’ hits the US charts, ultimately peaking at #8.
1975: The first gathering of the KISS Army took place. Indiana natives Bill Starkey and Jay Evans founded the KISS Army after a local radio station refused to play KISS. During KISS’ 1975 show at Hulman Civic-University Center in Terre Haute, Starkey was brought on stage and honored with a plaque from the band.
1975: Elton John is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in conjunction with an ‘Elton John Week’ being declared in Los Angeles.
1975: Queen released their 4th album, ‘A Night at the Opera.’
1976: Boston’s debut album goes platinum.
1976: The Stranglers supported by Chelsea appeared at The Nashville in London, England. This was Billy Idol’s last gig with Chelsea, who then joined Generation X before becoming a solo artist.
1980: ‘Van Morrison In Ireland,’ a one hour documentary with on-stage and off-stage footage premieres in London.
1980: Steely Dan releases ‘Gaucho.’ The album features contributions from Rick Derringer and Mark Knopfler.
1980: Iron Maiden begin a mini UK tour to introduce new member Adrian Smith.
1980: REO Speedwagon release their 9th studio album ‘Hi Infidelity.’ It went on to become the biggest selling rock LP of 1981, eventually selling over ten million copies.
1980: Eagles drummer Don Henley runs afoul of the law when a sixteen year old girl is treated at Henley’s home for drug intoxication. The law finds marijuana, cocaine and Quaalude’s. Henley is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is fined $2,000 and given two years’ probation.
1981: Queen and David Bowie hit #1 in the UK with ‘Under Pressure.’ They recorded the song together when both acts were working in a German recording studio. It was David Bowie’s first released collaboration with another recording artist.
1982: Joni Mitchell marries her bass player, Larry Klein, at manager Elliot Roberts’ home in Malibu, California.
1987: Billy Idol’s version of Tommy James & the Shondell’s ‘Mony Mony’ is the #1 US single. Ironically it replaces ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ by Tiffany at #1. Both songs were originally recorded by Tommy James & the Shondells.
1987: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Brilliant Disguise’ peaks at #5.
1988: Pink Floyd release their live album ‘The Delicate Sound of Thunder.’
1988: Jimmy Page set out on his first ever-solo tour at The Hummingbird in Birmingham, England, appearing with John Miles and Jason Bonham.
1990: Mick Jagger marries Jerry Hall in Bali. The couple already have a common-law marriage and two children – the result of having been together for ten years. Jagger later claims the ceremony wasn’t legal. A British court, unable to find documentation, agrees with him.
1991: An animated Aerosmith perform ‘Walk This Way’ on the ‘Flaming Moe’ episode of The Simpsons. The band is one of the first musical guests on the show.
1995: Former Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant suffered a fatal heart attack while driving to his home at Eastbourne. His son Warren was by his side. He was 60 years old. Grant was buried on December 4, 1995 at Hellingly Cemetery. Known as being one of the shrewdest and most ruthless managers in rock history, Grant secured 90% of concert gate money and intimidated record store owners who dealt in bootlegs. The former wrestler, also worked as a film extra and bodyguard. During the early 60’s Grant worked as a tour manager for Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and The Animals.
1995: Bruce Springsteen releases his eleventh studio album ‘The Ghost Of Tom Joad.’
1995: Bruce Springsteen kicked off his ‘Ghost of Tom Joad’ Tour at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It’s the first of 128 shows.
1995: Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong is arrested for mooning the audience during a show in Milwaukee. He pays a $141.50 fine for indecent exposure.
1995: The ‘Beatles Anthology I’ sets a first-day sales record, selling 450,000 copies.
1995: Soundgarden’s ‘Alive In The Superunknown’ is A&M Records first multi-media/enhanced CD.
1995: The Offspring’s self-titled the debut studio album is finally issued on CD. The set, originally out on vinyl in 1989, gets the CD treatment after the band’s 3rd album ‘Smash’ becomes a hit.
2003: Fred Durst reportedly requires seven stitches on his chin after getting struck by an object thrown from the audience during a ‘Back 2 Basics’ concert in New York. The Limp Bizkit frontman manages to finish the concert before seeking treatment.
2003: Meatloaf undergoes heart surgery in London. The 52-year-old singer collapsed during a London show four days earlier.
2003: The acoustic guitar on which George Harrison learned how to play is sold at a London auction for 276,000 pounds. The original price of the guitar: three and one-half pounds.
2003: KoRn release their 6th studio album ‘Take A Look In The Mirror.’
2003: The Los Angeles Times reports that Phil Spector’s chauffeur heard him say, “I think I killed somebody,” after the shooting death of b-movie actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, California, home.
2005: Robert Plant, David Gilmour, Roger Daltrey and Elton John appear on a tribute single honoring late British radio DJ John Peel. It’s a cover of the Buzzcocks’ ‘Ever Fallen In Love.’ Proceeds benefit Amnesty International.
2005: Ozzy Osbourne sings for Queen Elizabeth II at Britain’s Royal Variety Performance. Ozzy was invited the previous year but had to miss the annual event due to other commitments. He cancels an L.A. appearance just to he make the show. “I cannot turn down this incredible honor twice,” says Ozzy. He performs a cover of The Beatles’ ‘In My Life’ backed by Slash.
2006: The soundtrack to the Cirque du Soleil troupe’s Beatles-themed Las Vegas production, ‘Love,’ is released. Beatles producer George Martin and his son Giles compiled the soundtrack developing mash-ups of several songs.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers win favorite Rock band and favorite alternative-music artist at the American Music Awards in L.A. The Peppers accept their trophies via satellite from London. Nickelback wins the favorite Rock album award for ‘All the Right Reasons.’
2006: 27-year-old Devon Townshend is accused of hacking into a workplace computer to acquire Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington’s cell phone data. The Albuquerque, NM, resident allegedly accessed Bennington’s phone records and digital pictures and made a threatening call to the vocalist’s wife, Talinda.
2007: It’s announced that founding E Street Band member, keyboardist Danny Federici, is undergoing treatment for melanoma and won’t be a part of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Magic’ tour. Federici died the following year n April 17, 2008. The Danny Federici Melanoma Fund was started after his death.
2008: Rhino Entertainment and Sprint introduce Rock The Phone, a website offering ringtones by The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, ZZ Top and Ramones. During a short introductory period they give away a free ringtone of the Doors’ classic ‘Love Me Two Times.’
2008: Bruce Springsteen’s title track off of his ‘Working On A Dream’ album (released in January 2009) hits radio.
2008: Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander’s third annual ‘Rockin’ the First Tee’ charity concert and golf tournament gets underway in Clearwater, FL. Cheap Trick performs The Beatles’ entire ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album with the Florida Rock Symphony. The fundraiser supports the First Tee of Clearwater, which aids underprivileged youths in the area.
2008: System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian announces that he’s donating proceeds from the song ‘Fears’ to help support Amnesty International’s Write-A-Thon campaign, which asks people to send messages on behalf of political prisoners worldwide.
2009: The Dave Matthews Band performs ‘You And Me’ and ‘Shake Me Like A Monkey’ on Saturday Night Live. But the most memorable moment comes when Matthews impersonates Ozzy Osbourne in “The Mellow Show” sketch. He changes Black Sabbath’s ‘Iron Man’ to ‘I Am Tired, Man.’
2009: The guitar and case from Bo Diddley’s (1928-2008) last-ever stage show is auctioned for $60,000.
2010: Kid Rock, Bon Jovi and Santana perform at the American Music Awards on ABC.
2011: Nickelback release their 7th studio album, ‘Here And Now.’
2011: Occupy Musicians (Occupymusicians.com), an online resource for musicians who support the Occupy Wall Street movement and its affiliated protests, is launched. Among the first signers are Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Lou Reed. Organizers say the site will help coordinate performances at protest sites.
2014: AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson and his Fifty Plus Racing team host Endures for a Cure Alzheimer’s Benefit in Chattanooga, TN. The team donates close to $100,000.
2014: AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young retired from the group after being diagnosed with dementia.
1899: The world’s first radio company, the Marconi Wireless Company of America, is incorporated in New Jersey.
1955: Elvis Presley sends a telegram to his new manager, Colonel Tom Parker, which reads: “Dear Colonel, Words can never tell you how my folks and I appreciate what you did for me. I’ve always known and now my folks are assured that you are the best, most wonderful person I could ever hope to work with. Believe me when I say I will stick with you through thick and thin and do everything I can to uphold your faith in me. Again, I say thanks and I love you like a father.”
1955: RCA Records sign Elvis Presley. For a mere $35,000 to $40,000 (numbers vary) they buyout Elvis’ Sun Records contract.
1957: Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel appeared as Tom and Jerry on ABC-TV’s American Bandstand. Close friends through childhood, the first time they appeared on stage together was in a school play, Alice in Wonderland (Simon as the White Rabbit, Garfunkel as the Cheshire Cat). They later began performing together in their junior year as Tom and Jerry, with Simon as Jerry Landis and Garfunkel as Tom Graph.
1963: The Beatles ‘With the Beatles’ album is released in the UK. It spent 51 weeks on the UK charts. The LP had advance orders of a half million and sold another half million by September 1965, making it the second album to sell a million copies in the UK, (after the soundtrack to the 1958 film ‘South Pacific’).
1963: U.S. president John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas. The Beach Boys song ‘Warmth of the Sun’ is inspired by the incident.
1963 Phil Spector (who is Jewish) releases ‘A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector,’ which he worked on all summer with his best musicians. U.S. president John F. Kennedy is killed the same day, and the album suffers dismal sales, although some of the songs, including The Ronettes’ version of ‘Frosty The Snowman,’ later become holiday favorites.
1964: The Who appeared at the Goldhawk Social Club in London.
1965: Bob Dylan marries his first wife, Sara Lowndes, in Nassau County, NY; as she is already pregnant with his first child, the marriage is kept a secret for the next two months. The marriage took place under an oak tree on a judge’s lawn on Mineola, Long Island, New York. Sara is the mother of singer Jakob Dylan. The couple would divorce in 1977.
1965: Wilson Pickett appeared at The Flamingo Club in London.
1965: The Who tape their Saturday Club appearance at Aeolian Hall, Studio One of the BBC. Songs recorded live in studio, and released 35 years later on BBC Sessions, are ‘My Generation,’ ‘The Good’s Gone,’ and ‘La La La Lies.’
1967: Pink Floyd performed shows at 6:30 and 8:50 pm at the Guildhall in Portsmouth, England.
1967: Bob Dylan releases the original version of ‘All Along The Watchtower.’ The following year, the song is famously covered by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
1968: The Beatles double ‘White Album’ was released in the UK. Featuring ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,’ ‘Dear Prudence,’ ‘Helter Skelter,’ ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Back In The USSR,’ and George Harrison’s ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps.’ Most of the songs on the album were written during March and April 1968 at a Transcendental Meditation course in Rishikesh, India. The group returned to EMI Studios in May with recording lasting until October. During these sessions, arguments broke out among the Beatles, and witnesses in the studio saw band members quarrel over creative differences.
1968: Singer Marianne Faithfull, heavily addicted to cocaine, miscarries what was to be her second child in Ireland. It was fathered by boyfriend Mick Jagger.
1968, Iron Butterfly, Canned Heat and The Youngbloods played the first of two nights at New York:s Fillmore East, tickets cost $3 – $5 (£1.79 – £3.13.)
1968: Pink Floyd appeared at Crawdaddy, held at The Club House, Richmond Athletic Club, Richmond, England, supported by Arcadium.
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, along with Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys, played at Memorial Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida.
1969: Iron Butterfly supported by Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) appeared at the Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. The gig was held in the school’s 3,500 seat Crenshaw Gymnasium.
1970: Black Sabbath performed at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1970: Deep Purple appeared at Fairfield Hall in Croydon, England.
1971: Yes appeared at Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta, Georgia.
1972: Roxy Music played at University of York in Hesslington, York, England.
1972: The Grateful Dead performed at Municipal Auditorium in Austin, Texas.
1973: Genesis played at the Felt Forum in New York.
1974: Elton John appeared at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1975: A single from ‘The Who By Numbers,’ ‘Squeeze Box’ backed with ‘Success Story’ is released in the US. It reaches #10 in the Billboard charts and #11 in Cash Box. It also spends sixteen weeks in the Billboard Top 100, the longest charting of any Who single in America.
1976: Neil Young and Crazy Horse performed at the Music Hall in Boston.
1976: Jerry Lee Lewis is arrested for drunk driving in Memphis. Later, at 3:00 AM, he appears at Graceland, Elvis Presley’s residence, brandishing a pistol and demanding to see Elvis. He is handcuffed and taken to jail.
1977: Though subsequently played at sporting events for decades around the world, Queen’s two-sided single, ‘We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions’ stalls at #2 in the U.K.
1977: Rush appeared at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1978: Hawkwind performed at Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England.
1979: Stevie Ray Vaughn played at the Cascade Room at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly, Rhode Island.
1980: John Lennon’s ‘Double Fantasy’ hits the UK album charts.
1980: Dire Straits’ ‘Makin’ Movies’ album hits the US Top 40 charts.
1981: The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ron Wood jam in Chicago with Blues heroes Muddy Waters (who wrote ‘Rollin Stone’ from which the group took its name) and Buddy Guy.
1983: “We’re R.E.M. Actually we’re not. They couldn’t make it so we’re here in their place, playing all the hits of the day.” Following frontman Michael Stipe’s jokey introduction, R.E.M. kicks off a show at London’s Marquee.
1983: ZZ Top appeared at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester, England.
1985: Dokken release ‘Under Lock and Key.’
1986: Iron Maiden’s ‘Stranger In A Strange Land’ single is released.
1986: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble kicked off a 149-date North American and European tour at the Towson Center in Towson, Maryland.
1990: Rolling Stone Bill Wyman announces the dissolution of his year-and-a-half-long marriage to model Mandy Smith. It was the third marriage for Wyman and the first for Smith, who was 34 years his junior. (The duo had begun dating when she was 13) In an even more stunning development, Wyman’s 30-year-old son soon married Mandy’s mother, who was 16 years older than him, which, if Bill had remained married, would have made him his own grandfather.
1991: Alice Cooper came to the rescue of two fans; Patrick and Dee Ann Kelly, whose California home was about to be re-possessed. Patrick had painted Coopers face on the house to help sell the property. Mr Cooper signed autographs to help raise money for the couple.
1992: Paul Simon kicked off his first tour of South America in Brazil. Simon recorded his previous album ‘The Rhythm of the Saints’ with many Brazilian musicians.
1994: Pearl Jam release their third studio album,’Vitalogy.’ It was first released on vinyl, and became the first vinyl album to appear on the US chart, since the domination of the compact disc format. They followed the release in other formats two weeks later, whereupon it became the second-fastest-selling CD in history, behind only the band’s previous release ‘Vs.’
1997: INXS singer Michael Hutchence is found dead after hanging himself in an Australian hotel. He was 37. Hutchence body was found at 11.50am naked behind the door to his room. He had apparently hanged himself with his own belt and the buckle broke away and his body was found kneeling on the floor and facing the door. It had been suggested that his death resulted from an act of auto eroticism, no forensic or other evidence to substantiate that suggestion was found.
1997: Eight months after the group originally disbands, Soundgraden’s compilation ‘A-Sides’ is released.
2000: Ted Gardner, former manager of Tool, sues the members of the L.A. band, their corporation, and their publishing company, alleging breach of contract and fraud.
2002: Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors announce plans to reform with The Cult lead singer, Ian Astbury, and The Police drummer, Stewart Copeland. They initially tour as ‘The Doors of the 21st Century,’ but a lawsuit by original drummer, John Densmore (who declined to tour citing hearing loss), forces them to stop using the ‘Doors’ moniker. They change their name to ‘Riders on the Storm’ as a result of the litigation.
2003: Carmen Electra (Tara Patrick) and ex-Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro marry. The marriage doesn’t last three years.
2003: The Compaq Center in Houston closes with a final concert by ZZ Top, who performed there when it was known as The Summit. Their first concert there was in November 1975. The venue would be acquired by Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church.
2004: Marilyn Manson, with a MTV camera crew in tow, makes a surprise visit to Temple University. Manson tells an Art and Society class, “We create our own gods. We create our own devils.”
2004: Incubus` Brandon Boyd appears in a New York court to face a criminal-possession-of-a-weapon charge. He pleads guilty and gets a $250 fine. Weeks earlier, Boyd was arrested for carrying a souvenir switchblade while trying to board a plane at New York`s LaGuardia Airport.
2004: U2 plays a surprise outdoor concert in Brooklyn`s Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park. They also tour Manhattan playing impromptu performaces from a flatbed truck. It’s all filmed for a MTV special.
2004: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne appear on British television to plead for the return of items stolen the previous day from their Buckinghamshire, U.K. estate. Among the items stolen was Ozzy and Sharon’s wedding ring and over $3 million in jewelry. The Osbournes offer nearly $190,000 for information that will convict the burglars. Osbourne had one of the burglars in a headlock however the burglar would later break free & jump out of a 30 foot tall window & was apparently injured by the fall.
2005: Ex-Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha appears at a Los Angeles concert to help the South Central Farmers organization. The group wants to save a local community farm.
2005: Sixteen pages of poetry written by University of Minnesota student Robert Zimmerman (using his new name, Bob Dylan, for the first time) are auctioned off for $78,000 in New York.
2005: Papa Roach release their first DVD, ‘Live & Murderous in Chicago,’ with 75-minutes of a concert filmed by 12 cameras. The package also contains all the group’s videos and behind-the-scenes footage.
2005: Audioslave perform ‘Doesn’t Remind Me’ on NBC’s Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
2005: ‘Over The Years and Through The Woods,’ a live CD/DVD from Queens Of The Stone Age, is out. Prior to the London shows singer-guitarist Josh Homme underwent knee surgery but he wanted to do the concerts because the group had already nixed five previous London appearances. “I took enough Vicodin to kill a small child,” says Homme. “I didn’t want to cancel again.”
2005: Rykodisc re-releases Nine Inch Nails’ 1989 debut album, ‘Pretty Hate Machine.’ However, N.I.N. mastermind Trent Reznor is “pretty aggravated” by Rykodisc’s no-frills reissue. The label was unwilling to spend the money to produce a deluxe edition. The album had been out of print for several years.
2005: Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp unfurls his solo debut, ‘The Great Divide.’ The album’s title track, and first single, are featured in a NASCAR ad campaign that airs during the Chase For The Nextel Cup auto-racing series.
2005: Green Day nab the Favorite Artist: Alternative Music trophy, as well as the Favorite Album: Pop/Rock honor for their ‘American Idiot’ CD at the American Music Awards in L.A.. The band didn’t attend the festivities nor did the Rolling Stones. But the Stones are shown on the Salt Lake City stop of their A Bigger Bang world tour.
2005: System Of A Down unleash ‘Hypnotize,’ the second half of a double album (the platinum-certified ‘Mezmerize’ was released earlier). They celebrate by performing a show in New York as part of MTV2’s 2$Bill Concert Series. Earlier in the day, the group does an in-store signing at the Virgin Megastore in New York’s Times Square. The first 400 people to purchase the CD attend the autograph session.
2006: Elton John hosts a London charity performance of the stage hit ‘Billy Elliot The Musical.’ John composed the music. Proceeds benefit the British children’s charity the Place2Be.
2006: After decades of living in California, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is finally naturalized as a citizen of the United States.
2006: A custom motorcycle autographed by 2006 tour partners, Def Leppard and Journey, is auctioned online to raise money for the Cure Autism Now charity.
2006: New Cars frontman Todd Rundgren says his version of the Cars has made “an improvement on the original.” OK, you can stop laughing now. Rundgren does come back to reality by admitting this incarnation’s future, beyond the current tour, is really up to the fans. “If they come out and buy tickets, there’s life,” explains the singer/guitarist. “If they do not, then the audience has spoken.”
2009: Green Day beat out Kings Of Leon and Shinedown to win the Favorite Alternative Rock Artist honor at the American Music Awards. They also perform ’21 Guns.’
2009: Slash and Ozzy Osbourne play a concert in Hollywood to raise funds for the Los Angeles Youth Network (they work with homeless young people). The former Guns N’ Roses guitarist co-hosts the event with performances from Travis Barker (Blink-182), Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Chester Bennington (Linkin ParK) and Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers).
2009: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band wrap up their two-year world tour in Buffalo, NY. For this show they play their 1973 classic, ‘Greetings From Asbury Park.’ It is the first-ever live performance of the entire album.
2010: My Chemical Romance release ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys,’ their first studio album in four years (since 2006’s ‘Black Parade’).
2010: Vince Neil competes on ABC’s ‘Skating With the Stars.’ The Motley Crue frontman skated competitively for two years in his pre-Crue days.
2010: For those who didn’t download the songs for free when they were available, fans can purchase the Smashing Pumpkins ‘Teargarden By Kaleidyscore Vol. II: The Solstice Bare.’ It’s the second EP of a 44-song set.
2010: ‘LENNONYC,’ a PBS documentary, premieres on American Masters. “John Lennon spent the last decade of his life in New York City, finding freedom, inspiration and tragedy there before his death in 1980,” says John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono. “It is a very strange city. It was his love and it was his death.”
2010: After just one week of availability on the iTunes store, The Beatles’ music sold more than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs. The Fab Four’s debut on iTunes was accompanied by an extensive world-wide marketing campaign.
2013: Megadeth are among the performers at a Nashville concert honoring the late Country music legend George Jones. “I am honoring George’s belief in the veterans,” says Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, “which is the best way I know to show respect to his legacy, and to his wife and family.
2015: Foo Fighters roll out the ‘Saint Cecilia’ EP. The free set, recorded in Austin, is dedicated to the victims of the 11/13/15 Paris massacre where terrorist attacked an Eagle Of Death Metal concert, among other targets. The tragedy led to the cancellation of the Foos’ remaining European dates.
2015: Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach and Devil You Know cancel a Milan, Italy concert after rumors generated by the hacktivist collective Anonymous state the concert is one of several potential ISIS targets.
2015: Ozzy Osbourne’s performance at Ozzfest Japan (held outside of Tokyo) features Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society and Ozzy’s former guitarist) and Ozzy’s Black Sabbath bandmate, bassist Geezer Butler.
2015: ‘Jaco,’ Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo’s biopic on the life of Jazz-fusion legend Jaco Pastorius, makes its world premiere in L.A.
2015: Pop singer Justin Bieber’s wears a Nirvana shirt to the American Music Awards. The wardrobe decision upsets some Nirvana fans who lash out via social media. But Courtney Love (the widow Cobain) tweets “You’re cool in my book @justinbieber xc.”
1899: The world’s first jukebox was installed at San Francisco’s Palais Royal Hotel.
1936: Robert Johnson began his first recording sessions in San Antonio, TX at the Gunter Hotel where sixteen songs were recorded.
1954: Under new management (but not yet Col. Tom Parker), Elvis Presley is billed as the “Hillbilly Cat.”
1956: Sheet metal worker Louis Balint was arrested after punching Elvis Presley at a Hotel in Toledo. Balint claimed that his wife’s love for Elvis had caused his marriage to break up. He was fined $19.60 but ended up being jailed because he was unable to pay the fine.
1959: RCA denies rumors that Elvis Presley will change his style once out of the army.
1960: Elvis Presley’s ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ hits #1 on the Billboard charts.
1962: The Beatles traveled to St. James’ Church Hall in London for a ten-minute audition with BBC Television. The audition came about when Beatles fan, David Smith of Preston, Lancashire wrote to the BBC asking for The Beatles to be featured on BBC television. Assuming that Smith was The Beatles’ manager, the BBC wrote back to him, offering The Beatles an audition. Smith brought his letter to NEMS Enterprises, and Clive Epstein (Brian’s brother) arranged for audition to take place. Four days later, Brian Epstein received a polite “thumbs-down” letter from the BBC.
1964: ‘The Beatles Story,’ an adoring and glossy look at the group is released by Capitol Records. The Beatles also release ‘I Feel Fine’ (with the feedback intro) and ‘She’s A Woman.’
1964: The Rolling Stones are banned from the BBC for unprofessionalism after showing up late for appearances on the radio shows ‘Top Gear’ and ‘Saturday Club.’
1964: The High Numbers perform for the first time as The Who-Maximum R&B.
1965: Dave Clark Five perform at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1965: Marc Bolan appeared live on the UK TV show ‘Five O’Clock Funfair,’ performing ‘The Wizard.’
1966: Elvis Presley’s movie ‘Spinout’ premieres. The critics hate the movie but the fans turn it into a hit. It co-stars Bill Bixby and Nancy Sinatra.
1966: The Monkees ‘I’m A Believer’ b/w ‘(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone’ 45 single is released. The Neil Diamond composed song, produced by Jeff Barry, hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week ending December 31, 1966 and remained there for seven weeks, becoming the last #1 hit of 1966 and the biggest-selling record for all of 1967. Because of 1,051,280 advance orders, it went gold within two days of release. It is one of the fewer than thirty all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) copies worldwide. The song is listed at #48 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100.
1967: A 16 date UK package tour played its 7th night at the Sophia Gardens Pavilion, Cardiff. Featuring The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice, The Outer Limits, The Eire Apparent and Amen Corner, the entourage performed twice nightly. In 1974, Pink Floyd returned to the venue, which has since been demolished, to be replaced by the ‘Really Welsh Pavilion.’
1967: San Francisco DJ (and underground radio pioneer) Tom Donahue claims Top 40 is dead. Top 40 mutates into Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR), a kind of code for tighter playlists.
1967: The Who appeared at The New Barn, Lions Delaware County Fairgrounds in Muncie, Indiana.
1968: Led Zeppelin plays at Sheffield University in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
1968: Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant finalized a deal to sign Led Zeppelin to Atlantic Records. Dusty Springfield recommended Jimmy Page to label boss Ahmet Ertegun.
1968: Pink Floyd appeared at the The Large Hall, Regent Street Polytechnic in London, England.
1968: It’s reported that San Francisco’s Family Dog collective has lost its license to hold its famed marathon Grateful Dead concerts at the Avalon Ballroom.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band headlines the second night of the “Turkey Trip” at Duke Tire Company in Atlanta, Georgia. Other performers included Hampton Grease Band, Brick Wall, and Sweet Young ‘Uns Booger Band.
1970: Cat Stevens releases his ‘Tea for the Tillerman’ album.
1971: Yes performed at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.
1971: Led Zeppelin played at Public Hall, in Preston, England. Admission was £1.
1971: During a European tour The Mothers Of Invention appeared at The Rheinhalle in Dusseldorf.
1972: Pink Floyd performed the second of five shows at the Salle Valliers in Marseille, France. The shows were a collaboration with the Ballets de Marseille and Maia Plissetskaia, from the Bolshoi Theatre. The band’s portion of the program was the third portion of the presentation which consisted of a ballet in four movements based on the following set list: One of These Days / Careful With That Axe, Eugene / Obscured By Clouds / When You’re In / Echoes.
1973: The Grateful Dead appeared at County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas.
1974: Elton John started an 11-week run at #1 on the UK chart with his ‘Greatest Hits,’ album. It also enjoyed a 10-week run as the US chart topper.
1974: The Rolling Stones scored their fifth US #1 album with ‘It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll.’ The album which was the last Stones album for guitarist Mick Taylor peaked at #2 in the UK.
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd release ‘Free Bird’ as a single. It’s the group’s second Top 40 hit (‘Sweet Home Alabama’ was the 1st).
1974: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Heart Like A Wheel’ album is released.
1974: Keyboardist Gary Wright leaves Spooky Tooth. He ends up having two solo hits (‘Love Is Alive’ and ‘Dream Weaver’).
1975: Queen started a nine-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ The promotional video that accompanied the song is generally acknowledged as being the first pop video. When the band wanted to release the single various record executives suggested to them that, at 5:55, it was too long and would never be a hit.
1976: Ten hours after his last arrest, Jerry Lee Lewis was nicked again after brandishing a Derringer pistol outside Elvis Presley’s Graceland’s home in Memphis, demanding to see “The King.” When police arrived they found Lewis sat in his car with the loaded Derringer pistol resting on his knee.
1977: Aerosmith played at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California.
1978: Billy Joel appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1979: Pink Floyd released ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)’ which rapidly topped the charts in the UK, followed by the US and 9 other countries.
1979: Keith Richard’s girlfriend Anita Pallenburg was cleared by a court of shooting a man found dead at her home. 17-year-old Scott Cantrell had shot himself in the head with a gun owned by Keith Richards while in Pallenberg’s bed, at the South Salem, New York house shared by Richards and Pallenberg. Cantrell had been employed as a part-time groundskeeper at the estate and was involved in a sexual relationship with Pallenberg.
1979: ‘The Rod Stewart Special’ airs on NBC-TV.
1979, Marianne Faithfull is arrested at Norway’s Oslo Airport on charges of marijuana possession. She signs a confession and is allowed to carry on with her tour of the country.
1980: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
1981: The Moody Blues played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1981: AC/DC release their 8th studio album ‘For Those About to Rock,’ which goes on to sell four million copies in the U.S.
1983: ZZ Top appeared at City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1984: Eric Clapton performed at the Sports and Entertainment Center in Melbourne, Australia.
1985: American blues artist Big Joe Turner died of a heart attack aged 75. Hew wrote ‘Shake Rattle and Roll’, (a hit for Bill Haley and the Comets) and ‘Sweet Sixteen.’ He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and called “the brawny voiced ‘Boss of the Blues’”.”
1987: Black Sabbath release their 13th studio album, ‘The Eternal Idol.’
1988: Motley Crue released their ‘Raw Tracks’ EP.
1989: Nuclear Assault release their 3rd studio album, ‘Handle with Care.’
1989: Paul McCartney played the first of five nights at the Los Angeles Forum during a 104-date world tour. It was his first appearances in North America in thirteen years.
1989: During a 104-date world tour, Paul McCartney played the first of five nights at the Los Angeles Forum, California, his first appearances in North America in thirteen years.
1990: Bad Religion release their 5th full-length studio album ‘Against the Grain.’ This is the band’s last recording with drummer Pete Finestone, who left the band just prior to the recording of their next album ‘Generator,’ which eventually dropped in 1992.
1991: Stevie Ray Vaughan debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘The Sky Is Crying’ which was the first posthumously compilation album of Vaughan’s work released. The album went on to sell two million copies in the U.S.
1991: Michael Jackson had his 4th UK #1 single with ‘Black or White,’ which featured Slash on guitar. It was also a #1 hit in the US.
1991: Genesis scored their fifth UK #1 album with ‘We Can’t Dance,’ featuring the singles ‘Jesus He Knows Me,’ and ‘I Can’t Dance.’
1991: Queen frontman Freddie Mercury issues a statement confirming that he has AIDS and calling for help in fighting the disease. Mercury would die the next day.
1993: Emerson, Lake And Palmer receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1993: Guns N’ Roses release their 5th studio album, ‘The Spaghetti Incident?’
1993: Metallica release their 1st live album, ‘Live Shit: Binge & Purge.’
1994: Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Pisces Iscariot’ goes platinum.
1994: Tommy Boyce (born Sidney Thomas Boyce), commits suicide. He was just 55. It is estimated that Tommy Boyce’s solo compositions and collaborative efforts have produced record sales over and above 85 million. Boyce and his songwriting partner Bobby Hart wrote the theme to ‘Days of Our Lives,’ ‘Scooby- Doo Where Are You,’ and hits for singers like Andy Williams, Dean Martin, The Animals, Del Shannon and most of the Monkees’ hits, including ‘Last Train To Clarksville’ and ‘I’m Not Your Stepping Stone.’ They were also instrumental in lowering the voting age to 18 after spearheading the “Let Us Vote,” or “L.U.V.” campaign. Boyce had recently suffered a brain aneurysm prior to his death.
1995: Junior “Jr.” Walker (born Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr.) dies of cancer at 64. Walker was a singer and saxophonist who played on Foreigner’s hit ‘Urgent.’ His band, Jr. Walker & the All Stars, had many R&B hits on the Motown label.
1995: U2 is named the Best Group at the MTV Europe Awards.
1995: Garbage makes their UK debut in London. The show is the first of a series of European dates.
1998: Metallica release the ‘Garage Inc’ album.
1999: Metallica with Michael Kamen conducting The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra ‘S&M’ album is released.
1999: Motley Crue release their 1st official live album, ‘Live: Entertainment or Death.’
1998: Guns N’ Roses release ‘Live Era ’87–’93.’
1999: Yngwie Malmsteen releases his 11th studio album, ‘Alchemy.’
2002: Rush performed the final concert of their tour in support of ‘Vapor Trails’ at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. This concert would be released on DVD the following year as the acclaimed ‘Rush in Rio.’
2002: Otis Reddings’ widow and his former manager filed a lawsuit against the author of a biography written in 2001 about the R&B legend, claiming the book was filled with lies. The lawsuit, filed in Atlanta’s Fulton County, sought $15 million in damages and claimed that the book detailed rumors about the singer’s drug use, extramarital affairs and divorce, causing “harm to the plaintiffs.” It also cites rumors that Otis’ manager plotted with the Mafia to kill Otis by causing the plane to crash in order to claim $1 million in life insurance.
2004: U2 release their eleventh studio album ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.’ Recorded with longtime U2 producer Steve Lillywhite, the first single is ‘Vertigo.’
2004: Nirvana’s box set ‘With The Lights Out’ was released. 81 tracks, including 68 previously unreleased songs, spans Nirvana’s career ranging from an 1987 cover of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Heartbreaker’ to Kurt Cobain solo material recorded in 1994.
2004: ‘Live At Red Rocks,’ from Incubus is released.
2004: Creed’s double-disc retrospective CD/DVD, ‘Greatest Hits’ is released. The 13 song set also contains nine videos and previously unreleased live performances.
2004: A deluxe edition and a DVD-Audio of Nine Inch Nails 1994 album ‘The Downward Spiral’ is released. It includes the usual previously unreleased remixes and rarities.
2004: Bon Jovi performs on NBC’s Today Show. The group plays three songs promoting their 5-disc box set, ‘100 Million Bon Jovi Fans Can`t Be Wrong.’ One song is chosen by fans (‘It’s My Life’) voting at NBC.com.
2005: Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger sues the band’s former drummer, Ryan Vikedal, for royalties he had been receiving since leaving the group eleven months earlier. Court documents claim that Vikedal failed to return moneys he had wrongly been paid since his departure.
2006: “Health issues” force Breaking Benjamin to drop out of their tour with headliners Godsmack. Soil is their replacement. According to Breaking Benjamin’s bassist Mark James Klepaski, singer Ben Burnley’s severe dizziness and dehydration is the reason.
2007: Bono and The Edge from U2 made a surprise appearance at a charity gig, playing four songs before 250 people. The London gig at the Union Chapel was held as part of the Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions.
2008: 15 years after their last album, Guns N’ Roses released ‘Chinese Democracy’ in the US, exclusively via the electronics retailer Best Buy. Nine years previously, Geffen Records had reportedly paid Axl Rose $1 million to finish the album, with a further $1 million if he handed it in to them by March 1, 1999.
2008: Dr. Pepper makes good on its offer to send a free can of the beverage to “everyone in America” (excluding ex-GN’R members Slash and Buckethead) when ‘Chinese Democracy’ is released. “We never thought this day would come,” says Dr Pepper VP of marketing Tony Jacobs. “But now that it’s here all we can say is: The Dr Pepper’s on us.” Fans go to Dr Pepper.com to receive a coupon redeemable for a 20-oz. Dr Pepper.
2008: Linkin Park wins the Alternative Rock Favorite Artist at the 36th annual American Music Awards in L.A. Scott Weiland, Nickelback, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are among the presenters.
2008: Tony Iommi gets a spot on the Walk of Stars in his hometown of Birmingham, England. Iommi follows Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne, who was the first person to receive the honor the previous year.
2008: Yes donates $10 from every ticket sold for their concert in Albany, NY, to the Stride Adaptive Sports organization. The proceeds go toward the fourth annual Wounded Warrior Snowsports Event, which provides an adaptive snowboarding and skiing vacation for injured U.S. soldiers and their families.
2008: The Vatican’s newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, “forgives” John Lennon’s controversial 1966 statement about The Beatles being “more popular than Christ” as a “youthful joke.” The article maintains that Lennon’s comment “after many years sounds only like a ‘boast’ by a young working-class Englishman faced with unexpected success.”
2009: Little Richard has hip replacement surgery, which does not go well. The rocker will never walk again and remains in constant pain.
2009: Metallica’s concert DVD, ‘Francais Pour Une Nuit (French For One Night),’ is released. The 18-song set, recorded the previous summer (7/7) in Nimes, France, has songs from various points in the group’s career. There are interviews and video clips shot by audience members.
2009: The Rolling Stones re-release ‘Wild Horses’ as a digital package, following Susan Boyle’s performance of the song on the X Factor the night before. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, ‘Wild Horses’ is on the Stones’ 1971 album, ‘Sticky Fingers.’ Boyle’s version is the opening track from the middle-aged Scottish singing sensation’s debut album, ‘I Dreamed A Dream.’ ‘Wild Horses’ has been more notably covered by Neil Young, Guns N’ Roses and Sheryl Crow.
2010: The Beatles sell more than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs worldwide in the first week that the group’s music is available on iTunes. The best-selling album in the U.S. is ‘Abbey Road,’ and the best-selling song is George Harrison’s ‘Here Comes the Sun’ which is on the album.
2010: Yngwie Malmsteen releases his 18th studio album, ‘Relentless.’
2012: Nirvana, Primus and Eric Burdon & The Greenhornes are among the Black Friday Record Store Day releases. Record Store Day Black Friday is held at independently owned stores.
2012: According to a new list of the 200 rarest records published in Record Collector magazine, the original acetate of the pre-Beatles demo by the Quarrymen of ‘That’ll Be The Day’ was worth £200,000 ($320,630). Several other Beatles records figured in the top 20. Low-numbered copies of The Beatles (White Album) were said to be worth £7,000 ($11,222 USD), though a copy of a mono White Album #0000005 sold for £19,201 ($30,782 USD) in 2009.
2015: Bring Me The Horizon donate $10,000 from merchandise sales toward the medical expenses of former tour mates The Ghost Inside. All five band members suffered injuries when their tour bus collided with an oncoming semi-truck in Texas.
2015: ‘Licensed To Ill,’ a musical about the Beastie Boys, begins a three week run at the Camden People’s Theatre in London.
1961: In yet another important development for British blues-rock, Chicago blues legend Howlin’ Wolf makes his first appearance in the UK for his first European tour, touring behind his latest single, ‘Little Baby.’
1964: The Who appeared at The Marquee Club in London. Between 1964-1968 The Who made 29 appearances at The Marquee.
1965: The Young Rascals release ‘Good Lovin’.
1966: The Beatles begin the ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ sessions. Ironically, they start on John Lennon’s ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ which doesn’t appear until the next album ‘Magical Mystery Tour.’
1966: Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs, Bryan Hyland, and Distant Cousins appeared at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
1967: The Who play The Swinging Gate in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After the show The Who go to local booking agent Linda Wren’s home for Thanksgiving dinner.
1968: Jefferson Airplane played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: The Beatles release ‘The White Album’ in the U.S.
1968: Cream performed their farwell concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England.
1969: The Rolling Stones ‘Let It Bleed’ album is certified gold.
1969: The Rolling Stones played at the Detroit Olympia in Detroit, Michigan.
1971: Led Zeppelin appeared at Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1972: King Crimson performed at Essex University in Colchester, England.
1972: ABC-TV’s Don Kirshner-produced ‘In Concert,’ the network’s weekly late-night answer to NBC’s Midnight Special, debuts. The initial episode features musical performances by Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Allman Brothers Band, and Poco. KHJ-Los Angeles disc jockey Robert W. Morgan was the offstage announcer for the show. Kirshner’s deadpan, stilted introductions are mimicked by comedians across the country.
1973: Ringo Starr’s ‘Photograph’ hits #1. It was his first of two US chart toppers as a solo artist. Written by Starr and George Harrison, the promotional film shot for the single showed Starr walking around his new house at the time, Tittenhurst Park, which had been previously the home of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, (and where the ‘Imagine’ promo film was shot).
1974: In the midst of his infamous “Lost Weekend,” John Lennon rehearses with Elton John for Elton’s upcoming Madison Square Garden performance, at which Lennon will make a surprise cameo.
1974: Genesis appeared at the Masonic Temple in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1974: Roxy Music played at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.
1975: The Who performed at The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia.
1976: Chicago started a three week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘If You Leave Me Now,’ the American group’s only UK #1. It went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance.
1977: Yes appeared at Ahoy-Hallen Rotterdam in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
1978: In a clear prelude to his coming “Christian” direction, the Jewish-born Bob Dylan plays tonight’s gig in Fort Worth, Texas, wearing a large gold cross around his neck.
1978: David Bowie played the first of two sold-out nights at the RAS Show Grounds in Sydney during his 8-date ‘Low/Heroes’ tour of Australia and New Zealand.
1978: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.
1979: Stevie Ray Vaughn performed at Lupo, in Providence, Rhode Island.
1979: Iron Maiden release ‘The Soundhouse Tapes’ on their own label, Rock Hard Records.
1980: Bruce Springsteen played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1980: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
1981: Alice Cooper headlined at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1984: Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe marries for the first time, to nude model Elaine Starchuk (AKA Candice). They divorce the following year.
1990: Alias, a band featuring early Heart members Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen & Mike Derosier peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with the power ballad ‘More Than Words Can Say.’
1991: Reverend Little Richard officiates the marriage of pop singer Cyndi Lauper and actor David Thornton.
1991: Eric Carr, drummer for KISS, died of complications from a rare form of heart cancer. He was 41 years old. Carr replaced Peter Criss in Kiss in 1980 and remained a band member until he became ill in 1991. For his Kiss stage persona, Carr was known as “The Fox.”
1991: Freddie Mercury of Queen dies from AIDS. Freddie wrote 10 of the 17 songs on Queen’s Greatest Hits album including ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Killer Queen,’ ‘Somebody to Love,” ‘We Are the Champions,’ ‘Bicycle Race,’ ‘Don’t Stop Me Now,’ ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ and ‘Play the Game.’ Mercury was openly bisexual and although his last relationship was with hairdresser Jim Hutton, he left almost all of his assets, including his ashes, to Mary Austin, his former girlfriend and his best friend. When he died, his friend Dave Clark of The Dave Clark Five was with him. As a member of Queen, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
1992: Bill Wyman’s divorce with Mandy Smith was finalized, awarding his ex-wife £580,000. The Rolling Stones bassist had started to date Smith when she was 13, the marriage lasted for two years.
1993: Albert Collins (born Albert Gene Drewery) dies of lung cancer at 61. Collins was known as “The Master of the Telecaster,” due to his long association with Fender guitars. Collins was famous for his informal and entertaining shows, where he would use his long guitar lead to walk through the crowd, sometimes ending up on the street while still performing. He was also a major influence of Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray and many other blues guitarists. He shared a Grammy for the 1985 album ‘Showdown!’ which he recorded with Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland.
1994: Oasis earn the Best U.K. Band trophy at the first annual MTV Europe Music Awards held at the Pariser Platzin Berlin. Aerosmith won the award for Best Rock Band.
1997: On today’s episode of ‘Judge Judy,’ Johnny Rotten of The Sex Pistols is the defendant in a wrongful termination lawsuit brought on by his former drummer. Judy Rules in Rotten’s favor, and thanks him for his patience.
1998: EMI unleashes the Ultimate Iron Maiden Box Set, featuring all 12 of the band’s albums.
1998: Pearl Jam’s 1st live album, ‘Live On Two Legs’ is released.
1998: The Simpsons released their second album of originally recorded songs ‘The Yellow Album’ which featured guest appearances by Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Linda Ronstadt & Parliament-Funkadelic.
1999: Eddie Money appears on The Drew Carey Show. The plot is incredibly far-fetched and Money doesn’t even sing in the episode.
1999: During a Bonhams of London rock auction, Buddy Holly’s first driving license sold for £3,795; and a copy of The Beatles 1968 ‘The White Album’ numbered 00000001, sold for £9,775.
2003: Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger wins the Rock Music Award at the 14th annual SOCAN (Canada`s Grammys) Awards for ‘Hero,’ from 2002`s Spider-Man soundtrack. ‘Hero’ also features Saliva`s Josey Scott. International Achievement Awards are presented for Nickelback`s ‘How You Remind Me’ and Default`s ‘Wasting My Time.’
2003: Iron Maiden released the single ‘Rainmaker.’
2005: An intoxicated Scott Stapp gets into a brawl with members of 311 at a Baltimore hotel. 311 singer S.A. Martinez, suffers a fractured knuckle during the altercation and maintains that he and his bandmates acted in self-defense.
2005: Bob Geldof called for fair trade at an awards event in Rome that recognised his antipoverty efforts. “Africa must be allowed to trade itself out of poverty,” he said as he received the Man of Peace award from the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
2006: Evanescence’s ‘The Open Door’ is certified platinum. It sold 450,000 copies in its first week of release, the album only needed five weeks to pass the 1 million-sales mark.
2006: Axl Rose drops Eagles Of Death Metal from the Guns N’ Roses tour after one performance (in Cleveland). Helmet joins Sebastian Bach to fill the opener slots.
2006: Interviews with U2’s Bono and the Edge are featured on the first episode of HBO’s Off the Record. The series is hosted by Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart.
2006: Fender sells replicas of Eric Clapton’s famous guitar “Blackie.”
2006: Whitesnake release their 3rd live album ‘Live: In the Shadow of the Blues.’
2007: Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea lost his $4.8 million home in a wildfire that swept through Malibu.
2008: Michael Lee (born Michael Gary Pearson) dies from an epileptic seizure at 39. Lee was an English drummer who worked with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, The Cult, Ian Gillan, Thin Lizzy aand many others.
2008: China’s communist government condemns Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy.” They claim the album as an attack on the country and say GN’R is part of a Western conspiracy to “grasp and control the world using democracy as a pawn.”
2009: Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers release ‘The Live Anthology,’ a box set that includes recordings and video footage from throughout their career.
2009: Eighteen years to the day after Freddie Mercury’s death, Queen guitarist Brian May attends a ceremony to honor Freddie Mercury in Feltham, Middlesex, U.K. The tribute includes the unveiling of a Hollywood-style star honoring the singer. Mercury moved to the town when he was 17.
2010: Kid Rock’s ‘Born Free’ debuts at #1 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart. The Rick Rubin produced album, Rock’s eighth studio effort, also debuts at #5 on the 200 chart.
2014: Foo Fighters sell their own Christmas sweaters with the design of a Rock-n-Roll gingerbread man.
2014: Soundgarden’s ‘Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path,’ a 3-CD, 50-track rarities collection is released.
2014: ‘REMTV,’ a DVD/CD set that chronicles R.E.M.’s numerous MTV appearances is released.
2014: Unused photographs taken during The Beatles Abbey Road photo session are sold at auction for $180,000. The outtakes show The Beatles out of step and walking in the opposite direction.
2015: Scorpions are the first band to perform in Paris since an extremist group orchestrated a terror attack that left 130 dead. Fans sing the French national anthem during the sold-out concert at the Bercy arena.
1957: Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps make their national TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1957: An article in Billboard claims, perhaps presumptively, that the era of the “package tour” is dead, with rock and roll artists feeling they can take a bigger cut from individual “record hops.”
1961: The Everly Brothers report for duty at Camp Pendleton in southern California after joining the Marine Corps Reserves. By enlisting together, the brothers ensured that they would not be drafted – and separated.
1965: London’s famed department store, Harrods, opens for The Beatles for two hours after closing time in order to allow the members of the group to do their Christmas shopping.
1966: The Beatles record The Beatles’ Fourth Christmas Album.
1966: Jimi Hendrix Experience make their debut at Bag O’ Nails Club in London. The “media showcase” is the group’s introduction to the U.K. press.
1967: Strawberry Alarm Clock hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Incense And Peppermint.’
1967: The Who play the first of two nights at The Village Theatre in New York City. The Vagrants, with guitarist Leslie West, and The Rich Kids open for them.
1967: The Who peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘I Can See for Miles’ which was their first and only top ten single in the U.S.
1967: Spirit, Country Joe & the Fish, and Moby Grape perform at the Terrace Ballroom in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1968: Yes plays at the Revolution Club in London.
1968: Cream perform the first of two farewell shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall. A fanatic crowd of over 10,000 chant “God save the Cream” as the group leaves the stage.
1969: John Lennon returns his MBE (Member of the British Empire) with an attached letter that reads, puckishly, “Your Majesty, I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts. With love, John Lennon of Bag.”
1969: The Rolling Stones appeared at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band appears at the National Guard Armory in Birmingham, Alabama.
1970: Pink Floyd performed at Friedrich Ebert Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
1970: George Harrison’s ‘My Sweet Lord’ b/w ‘Isn’t It a Pity’ single is released in the U.S. It was issued on January 15, 1971 in the UK.
1971: The surviving Doors tell Rolling Stone magazine they plan to continue despite lead singer Jim Morrison’s death earlier in the year. They produce two lackluster albums before pulling the plug.
1972: Chuck Berry was at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Ding a-Ling,”‘ his only UK chart topper. The song was originally recorded by Dave Bartholomew in 1952. Berry’s version was from a concert recorded at the Locarno ballroom in Coventry, England, on February 3, 1972. Boston radio station WMEX disc jockey Jim Connors was credited with a gold record for discovering the song and pushing it to #1 over the airwaves and amongst his peers in the United States.
1972: London’s Rainbow Theater cancels the premiere of ‘Pink Floyd Live at Pompei’i after the theater owner and the promoter could not come to terms.
1972: Poco release their 5th album, ‘A Good Feelin’.
1973: The Grateful Dead perform at Feyline Field in Tempe, Arizona.
1974: Genesis played at Allen Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio.
1975: The Who perform at the Murphy Centre, on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
1975: Deep in debt, Elvis Presley takes out a $350,000 loan from the National Bank of Commerce in Memphis, TN. His Graceland estate is put up as collateral.
1976: The Band film their final performance on Thanksgiving Day at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Director Martin Scorsese makes it a documentary called ‘The Last Waltz.’ The show also features guest stars Bob Dylan, Paul Butterfield, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Neil Diamond, Bobby Charles, The Staple Singers, and Eric Clapton. It is generally hailed as one of the greatest rock concerts ever.
1977: Eric Clapton releases his ‘Slowhand’ album.
1977: Aerosmith played at the Aladdin Theatre in Las Vegas.
1978: The Police appeared at The Electric Ballroom in London.
1978: Eric Clapton played at City Hall in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England.
1978: The Cars’ ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’ is the first commercially released picture disc in the U.K. That marketing ploy and the song’s clever plot take it to #3 on the pop chart.
1978: Playing The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is hit in the face with a bottle thrown from the audience. The band leaves the stage and the show is cancelled after Joe Perry tells the crowd, “We love you, but you can’t throw things at us.” A firecracker was thrown on stage during an Aerosmith show the previous year.
1979: Bob Marley & The Wailers perform at the Santa Barbara County Bowl.
1979: Fleetwood Mac performs at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1979: ZZ Top appeared at Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1980: Black Sabbath plays at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, Australia.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Jefferson Coliseum in Birmingham, Alabama.
1984: Band Aid is founded by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for anti-poverty efforts in Ethiopia. They record the song ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ in Notting Hill, London at S.A.R.M. Studios, and release it four days later. Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Sting and U2 are among the 40 artists who participate. At the time, the single sells over three million copies and becomes the biggest-selling single of all time in the UK.
1988: Having successfully completed their stint in an Arizona rehab clinic, Ringo Starr returns to England with his second wife, actress Barbara Bach.
1989: Alice Cooper’s ‘Poison’ hits #7, the rocker’s first Top 40 hit in nine years.
1991: Skid Row released the single ‘In A Darkened Room.’
1993: Pete’s Townshend’s musical version of Hughes’ children’s’ story ‘The Iron Man’ opens in London for a short run. David Thacker is the Production Director, while Anthony Castro serves as the Music Director.
1995: Alice In Chains release their self titled 3rd studio album.
1996: A statue in Montreux, Switzerland by sculptor Irena Sedlecka was erected as a tribute to Freddie Mercury. It was unveiled by Freddie’s father and Montserrat Caballé, with bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor also in attendance. The statue stands almost 10 feet (3m) high overlooking Lake Geneva.
1997: The original Zombies lineup of Rod Argent on organ, Colin Blunstone on vocals, Paul Atkinson on guitar, Chris White on bass, and Hugh Grundy on drums reunite onstage for the first time in 30 years at London’s Jazz Cafe, performing two songs only: ‘She’s Not There’ and ‘Time Of The Season’ to promote their new box set ‘Zombie Heaven.’
1998: Spin magazine editor Craig Marks tells police that shock rocker Marilyn Manson’s bodyguards pinned him against a wall and hauled him up into the air. Marks claims he was invited backstage to talk with Manson after the artist performed at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Manson allegedly threatened Marks. “He said ‘You know I can kill you, your family and everyone you know,'” Marks claims.
2000: A burglar breaks into Alice Cooper’s home in Paradise Valley, AZ and takes an estimated $6,500 of merchandise including several of Cooper’s gold records, and clothes and shoes belonging to one of his daughters. Cooper was out of town at the time of the burglary, but his mother and three of his children were present, although no one was harmed.
2002: Audioslave make their live debut performing a brief concert on the roof of the Ed Sullivan Theater in NYC for the Late Show with David Letterman. It is also the first time a band plays on Letterman’s marquee.
2003: Puddle Of Mudd release ‘Life On Display.’
2003: Meat Loaf undergoes surgery in a London hospital after being diagnosed with a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat. The 52-year-old singer had collapsed on November 17th as he performed at London’s Wembley Arena.
2004: John Mellencamp performs ‘R.O.C.K. In The USA’ and ‘Walk Tall’ during the Turkey Day halftime show at Detroit’s Ford Field. The show’s theme is: Join The Team: Millions of People Giving Back in Hundreds of Ways to Celebrate One America which promotes giving back to communities in need.
2004: Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider hosts VH-1 Classic’s ‘A Very Classic Thanksgiving.’ The guest list features ex-Monkee Davey Jones, Eddie Money, MC Hammer and Teri Nunn of Berlin.
2004: Steven Tyler visits Women’s Hope substance-abuse treatment center in Dorchester, MA. His Thanksgiving Day talk is about sobriety after his own struggles with drugs and alcohol.
2007: Quiet Riot frontman Kevin DuBrow’s body was found in his Las Vegas home November 25, dead at age 52. He was believed to have died six days earlier of an accidental cocaine overdose.
2008: Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland rolls out his second solo album, ‘Happy (In Galoshes).’ It was co-produced by Weiland and Doug Grean with engineering assistance from Steve Albini. Making a guest appearance are No Doubt’s Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young.
2008: Linkin Park releases ‘Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes’ CD/DVD, that documents the group’s show in England, during the ’08 Projekt Revolution tour.
2008: The ‘Punisher: War Zone’ soundtrack has Seether, Slipknot, Slayer and Rob Zombie’s ‘War Zone,’ his first new music in three years. “I love writing music for films, rather than just throwing them an unwanted B-side or remix,” says Zombie.
2008: The 14-track ‘For The Troops II’ with songs by 3 Doors Down and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry is unfurled. The album is also distributed at U.S. military bases and military personnel are able to download the set for free.
2008: Rush’s ‘Snakes & Arrows Live’ DVD is in stores. The three-disc set features high-definition footage from two 2007 Rotterdam, Netherlands shows and an 2008 concert in Atlanta.
2008: The book ‘Runway Runaway’ is in stores. The memoir by Lorelei Shellist, the former girlfriend of late Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark, recounts the musician’s troubled life and untimely death. Shellist describes Clark as “haunted” and says he was “on an endless mission to self-medicate.” Clark died of a drug overdose in 1991 at age 30.
2009: Linkin Park releases ‘LPU 9.0: Demos,’ containing nine previously unreleased tracks, including demo versions of hit songs. The album is only available to members of the Linkin Park Underground fan club.
2009: Brian May joined Freddie Mercury’s 87-year-old mother Jer Bulsara in Feltham town centre, at a ceremony to unveil a plaque to the late singers memory. They were joined by over 2,000 fans from as far as Japan and Australia who descended on the Centre, in Feltham High Street in England. The plaque reads: “Freddie Mercury – musician, singer and songwriter” along with the dates he lived in Feltham, between 1964 and 1968.
2010: A restaurant fell victim to a prankster who had them make 178 pizzas by claiming they were for singer Bob Dylan and his crew. An imposter wearing a fake pass for a Dylan concert called in an Antonio’s restaurant and placed the huge order worth more than $3,900. He told the owner the pizzas were for Dylan and his crew who had appeared in concert in Amherst, Massachusetts. Staff at Antonios worked until 5.30am to make the pizzas, but were left stunned when no one returned to collect the order.
2010: At a concert in Auckland, U2 honors 29 miners killed in the Pike River, New Zealand, coal mine a day earlier. During the song ‘One Tree Hill,’ the names of the dead miners are scrolled across the big screens onstage.
2010: Bret Michaels releases a video of his cover of Sublime’s ‘What I Got’ as “a very special tribute to all of Bret’s supportive fans.” Michaels recorded the song for his ‘Custom Built’ album.
2011: The second Black Friday Record Store Day (named for the day after Thanksgiving shopping spree) features special releases from Soundgarden, the Black Keys, Kings Of Leon and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The day supports indie music retailers.
2011: Resistance Pro, a wrestling company founded by longtime fan Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), stages its first event at Club Excalibur in Chicago.
2011: Don DeVito, a longtime Columbia Records executive who produced the key Bob Dylan albums ‘Blood on the Tracks’ and ‘Desire’ died aged 72 after a 16-year battle with prostate cancer. DeVito had also worked with artists including Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Aerosmith. DeVito started off as a guitarist touring for Al Kooper, and had his own band, The Sabres, which later broke up mid-tour. According to Columbia, DeVito was stranded in Fort Smith, Ark., when he happened to meet Johnny Cash and developed what would become a lifelong friendship; Cash would later introduce DeVito to Dylan.
2012: Led Zeppelin’s ‘Celebration Day,’ the 2007 reunion concert, tops the iTunes chart. AC/DC, who released their entire catalog to iTunes nine days earlier, holds the #2 spot with ‘Back In Black.’ In addition, AC/DC sells 696,000 individual songs in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.
2012: The Rolling Stones play the first of five arena dates celebrating their 50th anniversary. The London O2 concert features appearances by former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. Due to noise ordinances the two-hour concert ends at 11:05 pm before the Stones have a chance to play ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.’
2012: Elton John dedicates his show in Beijing to Chinese political dissident and artist Ai Weiwei, saying the show is for “the spirit and talent” of Ai.
2012: A memorial fund marathon is run in honor of the late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley is held in Seattle. The event benefits Therapeutic Health Services, which is an organization that helps to “rehabilitate individuals and heal families affected by alcohol dependence, drug dependence or mental illness.”
2013: Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge unfurls his first children’s book, ‘The Lonely Astronaut On Christmas Eve’.
2013: The Beastie Boys share an open letter with The New York Times regarding toymaker GoldieBlox’s use of the song ‘Girls’ in a viral video ad. In a preemptive lawsuit, the toy company claimed what they did constituted fair use. Beastie Boys write they were “impressed by the creativity and the message” but the song had been used without our permission.” The ad generated over eight million views. The suit is settled on March 19, 2014, with GoldieBlox issuing an apology and making a donation to charity.
2013: ‘The Great Pretender,’ a documentary about the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, wins the International Emmy Award for Best Arts Program at the 41st International Emmys in New York.
2013: The Beatles, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Linkin Park are among the artists on ‘Songs For The Philippines,’ an iTunes album to raise money for those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines. All proceeds go to the Philippine Red Cross.
2014: Drummer Shawn Drover quits Megadeth after a ten year tenure. His announcement comes a day before guitarist Chris Broderick also bails on Megadeth.
2014: Iron Maiden reissue ‘Somewhere In Time’ and ‘Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son’ on vinyl.
2015: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules against Boston guitarist Tom Scholz in his defamation lawsuit against the Boston Herald and Micki Delp, the former wife of late singer Brad Delp. Scholz sued both parties after the newspaper printed articles which Scholz claimed could be construed as blaming him for Delp’s 2007 suicide.
1954: On tour, Elvis Presley sends a telegram to his parents: “Hi babies, here’s the money to pay the bills, don’t tell no one how much I sent I will send more next week. There is a card in the mail. Love Elvis.”
1958: Johnny Cash made his debut on the US country chart when ‘Cry! Cry! Cry!’ made it to #14. His next seven singles would all make the country top 10, with ‘I Walk the Line’ and ‘There You Go’ both hitting #1.
1962: The Beatles recorded their second single ‘Please Please Me’ in 18 takes and ‘Ask Me Why’ for the flip side at EMI studio’s London. When released in the US on the Vee-Jay label, the first pressings featured a typographical error: The band’s name was spelled “The Beattles”.
1964: The Zombies record ‘Tell Her No.’
1965: The Lovin’ Spoonful release their debut album, ‘Do You Believe in Magic.’
1967: The Beatles made a promotional video for their song ‘Hello Goodbye,’ with the video playing on The Ed Sullivan Show on this date. It was never shown at the time in the UK due to a musician’s union ban on miming.
1967: The 10th date of a 16-date UK package tour with Pink Floyd playing alongside The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move, The Nice, The Eire Apparent, The Outer Limits and Amen Corner took place at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, England. With all of the dates, there were two shows per night.
1968: Cream played their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Also on the bill were Yes and Taste. The concert was filmed and released as Cream’s Farewell Concert which has often been criticized for both its mediocre sound and visual effects: during Ginger Baker’s drum solo, he seems to change clothes at lightning speed due to careless post-editing.
1969: The Band’s eponymous second album is certified gold.
1969: John Lennon works on a Beatles song for the last time when he mixes the song ‘You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)’ at Abbey Road Studios. The song was used as the B-side of their ‘Let It Be’ single.
1969: Pink Floyd and Mouseproof appeared at The Civic Hall in Dunstable, England, with tickets priced 14 shillings, ($1.68).
1971: Yes release their 4th studio album, ‘Fragile.’
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Ritz Theater in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
1972: The Grateful Dead performed at the Civic Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas.
1973: The New York Dolls made their live UK debut at Biba’s Rainbow Room in London.
1973: Badfinger release their 4th and last album, ‘Ass.’
1974: Led Zeppelin spend their time rehearsing at London’s Livewire Theatre while they wait for the release of ‘Physical Graffiti.’ The record company was holding up the album’s release due to its complicated cutout sleeve.
1975: Slade, Gary Glitter, Leo Sayer and The Troggs all appeared live on UK TV pop show ‘Supersonic.’
1975: During a UK tour Queen played two shows at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester.
1976: Kevin Godley and Lol Creme left 10cc to work as a duo and concentrate on other projects including developing ‘The Gizmo,’ a device used to make neo-orchestral sounds on a guitar. Godley and Creme also become successful video directors during the ’80s, creating videos for groups including Ultravox, The Police, Duran Duran, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and Wang Chung, as well as directing the ground-breaking promo for their own ‘Cry’ in 1985.
1976: Sex Pistols release the ‘Anarchy in the UK’ single. Originally issued in a plain black sleeve, the single was the only Sex Pistols recording released by EMI, and reached #38 on the UK Singles Chart, before EMI dropped the group in January 1977.
1977: Yes performed at Antwerpen Sportspaleis in Antwerp, Belgium.
1978: Styx played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1979: Fleetwood Mac kicked off their tour in support of ‘Tusk’ at the Mini Dome at Idaho State University in Pocatello.
1979: Bob Dylan’s all-gospel show gets an angry reaction in Tempe, Ariz. Dylan himself spends most of his time onstage berating the audience and then refuses to play an encore.
1979: Bill Haley, on what would be his last tour of the UK, plays for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Command Performance in London, .
1980: Motorhead play the first of four shows at London’s Hammersmith Odeon Theatre. Performances from this show and subsequent ones are compiled into the classic ‘No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith.’
1980: The movie ‘Rockshow,’ a documentary of Paul McCartney’s 1976 ‘Wings Over America’ tour, premieres in New York.
1980: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Jefferson Coliseum in Birmingham, Alabama.
1982: Van Halen plays at the River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1982: Aerosmith appeared at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1983: Asia peaked at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘The Smile Has Left Your Eyes’ which would be their last top 40 single.
1983: John Cougar announces he’s John Cougar Mellencamp. He always hated his stage name (given to him by a one-time manager). Soon the made-up Cougar moniker is dropped completely. Mellencamp’s ‘Crumblin’ Down’ single peaks at #9 in the U.S.
1983: Quiet Riot’s ‘Metal Health’ album reaches #1. It became the first Heavy Metal album to reach #1 on the Billboard charts.
1985: Starship’s ‘We Built This City” is #1. It was written by Martin Page and Elton John’s songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin. The song beats out Glenn Frey’s ‘You Belong To The City.’
1988: ‘Hysteria’ by Def Leppard logs its 62nd week in US Top 10, the fifth longest run for 25 years.
1988: U2 peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Desire’ which was their third top ten single in the U.S.
1988: Russian cosmonauts aboard Soyuz 7 took a cassette copy of the latest Pink Floyd album ‘Delicate Sound Of Thunder’ into space and played it in orbit, making Pink Floyd the first rock band to be played in space. David Gilmour and Nick Mason both attended the launch of the spacecraft.
1989: The Rolling Stones played a concert at Death Valley Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Hugo.
1989: MTV’s Unplugged series premieres with an episode featuring Squeeze. Jules Shear hosted the first season.
1990: The inaugural Billboard Music Awards were held in Santa Monica, California.
1994: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their live album ‘No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded’ which went on to go Platinum in the U.S.
1994: The Eagles ‘Eagles Hell Freezes Over’ is the #1 album in the US. It has a two week run at #1. The album name is in reference to a quote by Don Henley after the band’s breakup in 1980; he commented that the band would play together again “when Hell freezes over.”
2000: The Beatles go to #1 on the US album chart with ‘Beatles 1.’ The album includes virtually every number-one single released from 1962 to 1970. Issued on the 30th anniversary of the band’s break-up, it was their first compilation available on one CD. The world’s best-selling album of the 21st century, ‘1’ has sold over 31 million copies.
2001: Elton John appears on the show ‘Ally McBeal’ in the ‘I Want Love’ episode.
2001: At the Queen’s Royal Command Performance in London, Elton John, Cher and Donny Osmond perform.
2002: Actor and major Elvis fan Nicolas Cage divorces Lisa Marie Presley after less than four months, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
2002: Sum 41 release their ‘Does This Look Infected’ album.
2006: Yoko Ono takes out a full-page ad in Sunday’s edition of The New York Times calling for a day of healing worldwide on the anniversary of the death of her husband, John Lennon.
2006: A limited-edition series of signature Lyon by Washburn electric guitars modeled after instruments played by KISS’ Paul Stanley and Weezer’s Brian Bell (among others), go on sale exclusively at Target stores. Each guitar is hand-signed, numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity and a box featuring photos of the guitarist.
2007: The White Stripes’ video for ‘Conquest’ premieres on MTV. Jack White took bullfighting lessons for his role in the clip.
2007: A limited number of Takamine acoustic guitars signed by the Eagles are sold exclusively at Samsclub.com. The $2,500 guitars raise money for the Walden Woods Project, an organization founded by drummer/vocalist Don Henley to help preserve the site treasured by environmentalist Henry David Thoreau. “The sale of these autographed guitars…will (help) educate and motivate the next generation of conservationists,” says Henley.
2007: ‘The Songs In The Key of Hope’ benefit concert paying tribute to the songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller takes place in New York. The event raises money for the Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation. Leiber and Stoller penned the ’50’s classics, ‘Jailhouse Rock,’ ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Stand By Me.’
2008: Atlantic Records becomes the first major label whose digital sales have surpassed its CD sales. Downloads of music and ringtones now account for more than half of Atlantic’s US sales.
2008: Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Chinese Democracy’ album fails to achieve massive first-week sales numbers, and Axl Rose points the finger at Dr Pepper for not having honored its promise made back in March 2008, when the soda company had offered everybody in the US a free can of soda if Guns N’ Roses released in 2008 the album which had been announced by Axl Rose for many years.
2009: ‘Paul McCartney: Good Evening New York City’ is the title of a one-hour ABC special airing on Thanksgiving night.
2010: Liam Gallagher (Oasis/Beady Eye) promotes his clothing line, Pretty Green, during a club event at London’s HMV’s Relentless Garage. There are performances by Liam’s brother Paul and Oasis’ Andy Bell.
2010: Record Store Day launches a Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving shopping spree) edition. Metallica, U2, Soundgarden and the Black Keys issue special albums. Record Store Day, founded in 2007, is designed to help boost sales at independent record stores.
2010: Metallica released the album ‘Live At Grimey’s,’ as part of Record Store Day Black Friday.
2012: Adler, named after original Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, issue their debut album, ‘Back From The Dead.’ The album features guest appearances by Adler’s former Guns N Roses bandmate Slash and Rob Zombie/ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5.
2012: The Black Keys and their producer, Danger Mouse, settle a lawsuit filed in L.A. earlier in the year against Pizza Hut for copyright infringement over the misuse of two ‘El Camino’ tracks ‘Gold On The Ceiling’ and ‘Lonely Boy’ in a commercial. The settlement details are kept private.
2013: Black Sabbath released the album ‘Live…Gathered In Their Masses.’
2013: Bon Jovi appear at charity concert organized by Prince William at Kensington Palace to benefit the Centerpoint charity, which aids homeless young people.
2014: Guitarist Chris Broderick leaves Megadeth after a seven year run. His announcement comes a day after drummer Shawn Drover announced his departure.
2014: Creed frontman Scott Stapp releases a Facebook video telling fans that he is currently homeless. He says an audit revealed money had been stolen from him and royalties had not been paid. Stapp’s wife, Jacklyn, who recently filed for divorce, disagrees claiming Stapp is using drugs and that he threatened to kill himself and hurt his family.
1942: Jimi Hendrix is born in Seattle with the moniker Johnny Allen Hendrix. Four years later, Jimi’s dad changes his son’s name to James Marshall.
1957: The Crickets (Buddy Holly) debut album, ‘The “Chirping” Crickets’ is released.
1961: Neil Christian and the Crusaders, featuring a young Jimmy Page on guitar, played a concert at Holloway Women’s Prison in London, England. The inmates were all dressed in washed out yellow, green, blue and red faded floral print dresses and wore homemade mascara, using the charcoal from burnt matches.
1962: The Beatles recorded their first BBC radio session at the BBC Paris studio on Regent Street in London. They played ‘Twist and Shout,’ ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘P.S. I Love You.’ The tracks were aired on the BBC Light Program ‘Talent Spot.’
1964: ‘I Feel Fine,’ by The Beatles drops in the U.K. The song is one of the first, if not the first, to incorporate feedback.They also perform on the British TV show ‘Ready Steady Go!’
1964: Mick Jagger was fined £16 for driving offenses by a court in Tettenhall, Staffs. His solicitor told the court: “The Duke of Marlborough had longer hair than my client and he won some famous battles. His hair was powdered, I think because of fleas. My client has no fleas.”
1965: The Who’s My Generation’ reaches its UK peak at #2, being beaten out of first place by The Seekers’ ‘The Carnival Is Over.’ The Who also play the London School of Economics.
1965: Author Ken Kesey and his band of “Merry Pranksters” hold the first “Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” in San Francisco.
1965: The Beach Boys ‘The Little Girl I Once Knew’ b/w ‘There’s No Other (Like My Baby)’ 45 single is released.
1965: Lovin’ Spoonful release ‘You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice.’
1967: Beatles release ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ in the U.S.
1967: The Beatles ‘Hello Goodbye’ b/w ‘I Am The Walrus’ 45 single is released.
1967: The 16-date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice, The Outer Limits, The Eire Apparent and Amen Corner played two shows at the Whitla Hall, Queens College in Belfast. It was Jimi’s 25th birthday and before the shows the guitarist was given a birthday cake by the promoters This was to be the only concert that The Jimi Hendrix Experience ever played in Ireland.
1968: Pink Floyd performed at Keele University in Newcastle-under-Lyme, England.
1968: Steppenwolf’s self-titled debut album reaches gold record status. It contains ‘Born To Be Wild,’ ‘The Pusher’ and the Chuck Berry influenced ‘Berry Rides Again.’
1969: The Rolling Stones played the first of four shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The group played to 55,000 fans over the four nights grossing over $100,000. The first two shows were recorded for ‘Get Yer Ya Yas Out.’ Ike and Tina Turner were the supporting act, and a “very drunk, very stoned” Janis Joplin join Tina onstage for a duet during their performance.
1969: Celebrating his 27th (and last) birthday, Jimi Hendrix sees The Rolling Stones perform in Madison Square Garden.
1970: The Kinks 8th studio album, ‘Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One’ is released.
1970: George Harrison released ‘All Things Must Pass.’ The triple album included a number of songs that were left over from Beatle sessions. It would go on to be certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA, making it the best selling album by a solo Beatle.
1970: Black Sabbath, Cactus and Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) all appeared at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey. All three acts played two shows, with tickets costing $5.00.
1971: ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ enters the Billboard albums chart at #36. Jimmy Page remembers, “We all had a good laugh when the record went into the charts and they had to reproduce the symbols instead of a conventional title.”
1971: Alice Cooper releases his 4th studio album, ‘Killer.’
1974: George Harrison performed at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1975: Rush appeared at the Cumberland County Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
1976: Rod Stewart played the first night of a UK tour at Belle Vue Kings Hall in Manchester.
1976: Queen release the ‘Somebody To Love’ single.
1977: Yes performed at Stadthalle in Bremmen, Germany.
1978: Genesis appeared at Shinjuku Kosei Nenkin Hall in Tokyo.
1979: Aerosmith played at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1980: ZZ Top performed at Municipal Auditorium in Mobile, Alabama.
1981: Before Napster, there was the dual-cassette recorder. In an effort to stop people from making copies of tapes, ads run in the British press saying, “Home taping is wiping out music.” The Boomtown Rats, 10cc, Elton John and Cliff Richard all backed the campaign.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead cancel a show at Orlando’s Tangerine Bowl because only 10,000 tickets have been sold to the 60,000-seat arena.
1982: The Grateful Dead and the Beach Boys play the Jamaica World Music Festival in Montego Bay.
1982: Ozzy Osbourne’s live album ‘Speak Of The Devil’ hits stores, his third solo release.
1985: Megadeth and Wendy O. Williams opened for Motorhead at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California.
1986: Bon Jovi hit #1 on the US singles chart with ‘You Give Love A Bad Name.’ It peaked at #14 in the UK. The song was released as the first single from the album ‘Slippery When Wet,’ in 2009, and it was named the 20th-greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1.
1987: W.A.S.P. release their 1st live album, ‘Live…In the Raw.’
1987: Dokken released the album ‘Back For The Attack.’
1991: Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album goes platinum.
1991: Freddie Mercury’s funeral service was conducted by a Zoroastrian priest in front of 35 of his close friends and family, with Elton John and the remaining members of Queen among those in attendance. Mercury was cremated at Kensal Green Cemetery in West London, England. At Mercury’s request, his longtime companion Mary Austin takes his ashes – she has never disclosed their location.
1994: Rod Stewart and The Faces appeared at The Odeon in Lewisham in London. Paul and Linda McCartney both joined the band on stage for a few numbers.
1995: The Beatles’ ‘Anthology I’ sets a first week sales record, selling 1.2 million copies.
1997: A disturbed rock fan brought the funeral of INXS singer Michael Hutchence to a standstill when he tried to launch himself from a 20 ft. high balcony with a cord around his neck. He was removed by police and taken away to a psychiatric unit.
1999: Influential independent rock icons Pavement announce that they have broken up. During their show at London’s Brixton Academy, bandmember Stephen Malkmus tells the crowd that the show will be the band’s last.
2000: Having been found guilty of the kidnapping and murder of Sandra Rosas, wife of Los Lobos’ Cesar Rosas, Gabriel Gomez, the victim’s half-brother, leads police to a shallow grave in a nearby canyon. Dental records are used to ID Rosas body.
2003: Figures released by The Rolling Stones showed that the band had grossed $280 million from their 2002 ’40 Licks World Tour.’ The report also showed they had made over $1 billion from 1989-2002 from royalties, album sales and tour revenue.
2005: Multimillionaire defence contractor David H. Brooks booked New York’s Rainbow Rooms and his daughter Elizabeth’s favorite acts for her ‘bat mitzvah’ coming-of-age celebration. The stars who appeared included Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Stevie Nicks and 50 Cent. The party cost an estimated $10 million, including the price of corporate jets to ferry the performers to and from the venue. Two years later Brooks was arrested for embezzling millions from his company DHB Industries.
2006: Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson announce they are getting divorced less than four months after they were maried. Both parties cite “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their separation. The couple were officially married in Beverly Hills, CA, but also held three other ceremonies celebrating their nuptials.
2006: The Rolling Stones’ ‘A Bigger Bang’ world tour is #1 all-time, according to Billboard magazine’s Boxscore monitor. It grossed $437 million putting it ahead of U2’s ‘Vertigo’ tour, which earned approximately $377 million.
2007: Sebastian Bach releases his first solo album in seven years. ‘Angel Down’ features Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose on three tracks.
2007: Incubus releases ‘Look Alive.’ The DVD has 17 performances filmed during the band’s Light Grenades Tour. There’s also behind-the-scenes footage.
2007: David Bowie’s ‘Outside'(’95), ‘Earthling’ (’97), ‘Hours’ (’99),'”Heathen’ (’02) and ‘Reality’ (’03) albums are released as a box set. There’s also a bonus disc of rarities (like a cover of the Kinks ‘Waterloo Sunset’), B-sides and remixes.
2007: The first of seven CDs in the ‘Ultimate Grammy Collection’ is available. The discs celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grammy Awards.
2007: KISS bassist-singer Gene Simmons gets roasted in L.A. Comedians and celebrities take part in his charity event and hold nothing back.
2008: Bono’s (Red) campaign launches an anti-AIDS initiative with Starbucks. A percentage of money raised by sales of select Starbucks drinks benefit the (Red)-supported Global Fund’s fight AIDS in Africa.
2008: Linkin Park sells their rarities collection ‘Songs From The Underground’ exclusively through Best Buy outlets. The limited-edition CD, previously available only to members of the LP Underground fan club, includes a live version of frontman Chester Bennington singing the Temple Of The Dog classic ‘Hunger Strike’ with Chris Cornell.
2011: Jimi Hendrix is named the greatest Rock guitarist ever by a panel convened by Rolling Stone magazine. Following Hendrix are Brits Eric Clapton (Cream, solo), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) and Jeff Beck (Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group, solo). Then come the Americans led by B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) and Duane Allman (Allman Brothers Band) in that order. The Who’s Pete Townshend rounds out the Top 10.
2011: Ken Russell, who directed the film version of The Who’s ‘Tommy,’ dies after a series of strokes.
2012: Jimi Hendrix’s favorite guitar is auctioned in London on what would have been his 70th birthday. The black Fender Stratocaster, played at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, sells at auction 237,000 pounds (approx. $380,000 US).
2012: Liam Gallagher’s (Oasis/Beady Eye) Pretty Green clothing line officially takes a no-fur stance and requests addition to PETA’s (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) list of no-fur brands.
2013: Five Finger Death Punch score their second Top 5 album in four months with ‘The Wrong Side of Heaven And The Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 2.’ The album enters the Billboard Top 200 album chart at #2. ‘Vol. 1’ also landed in the Top 5.
2014: KISS appear in the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade surrounded by 600 cheerleaders. They lip-synch a version of ‘Rock And Roll All Nite.’
2015: Stone Sour issue ‘Straight Outta Burbank’ as part of Record Store Day’s annual Black Friday. The covers EP has a rendition of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’ with guest vocals by Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale. Megadeth offer a 12-inch single of their latest track, ‘The Threat Is Real.’
2015: Bring Me The Horizon’s song ‘Throne,’ off their album ‘That’s The Spirit,’ is #1 on the Active Rock Radio chart, replacing Breaking Benjamin’s ‘Angels Fall.’ It’s the U.K. band’s first #1 song on the chart.
1960: Elvis Presley’s ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight?’ hits #1. It had a six week run at #1 and included a spoken passage loosely based on Shakespeare.
1962: The Beatles performed two evening shows: the first at The Cavern Club in Liverpool and the second at the 527 Club in Liverpool. The 527 Club show was a dance for the staff of Lewis Department Store in Liverpool, held on the top floor of the store.
1963: ‘She Loves You’ by The Beatles returned to #1 for the second time on the UK singles chart.
1964: The Kinks peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘You Really Got Me’ which was their first top ten single in the U.S.
1964: The Shangri-Las went to #1 on the singles chart with the teen death song ‘Leader Of The Pack.’
1966: The Monkees’ ‘I’m A Believer’ is certified gold.
1967: The Beatles’ Fifth Christmas Record is released. It was their last fan club record as a group. The Beatles Christmas records were spoken word and musical messages on a flexi-disc for fan club members in the U.S. and U.K.
1968: On their first North American tour, Deep Purple play the first of four nights at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, California.
1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear at the Marylebone Magistrates’ Court in London, to answer charges of cannabis resin posession. Lennon pleads guilty and is fined 150 pounds and 20 guineas.
1969: The Rolling Stones release ‘Let It Bleed.’
1969: Johnny Winter’s ‘Johnny B. Goode’ b/w ‘I’m Not Sure’ 45 single is released.
1969: Pink Floyd performed at the Brunel University Arts Festival Weekend at Refrectory Hall, Brunel University in Uxbridge, England.
1969: Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young played at Memorial Auditorium in Dallas, Texas.
1969: Ringo Starr records tracks for his ‘Sentimental Journey’ LP.
1970: Dave Edmunds was at #1 on the singles chart with his version of the 1955 Smiley Lewis hit ‘I Hear You Knocking.’ Also the first release on the new MAM record label.
1970: The Who play Lanchester Polytechnic in Coventry. The Who plan to leave on a high note but after cutting down Tommy and losing ‘Summertime Blues,’ and ‘Shakin’ All Over,’ they realize they’ve only played 45 minutes. Pete Townshend later declares the show a “disaster.”
1970: Bob Dylan’s 11th studio album ‘New Morning’ was on the UK charts, his sixth UK #1. The album featured ‘If Not For You,’ which was recorded by both George Harrison on his 1970 album ‘All Things Must Pass,’ and became the title track for Olivia Newton-John’s 1971 debut album.
1970: George Harrison’s ‘My Sweet Lord’ single is released.
1970: Elton John releases his breakthrough ‘Your Song’ single.
1970: Slade release their 2nd album, ‘Play It Loud.’
1971: Rory Gallagher’s 2nd solo album, ‘Deuce’ is released.
1971: Pink Floyd perform at Hill Auditorium at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
1971: The Who played at Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee. Keith Moon caused $1400 worth of damage to his hotel room.
1972: Genesis appeared at Imperial College in London.
1973: Lynyrd Skynyrd played at St. Louis Arena in St. Louis, Missouri.
1973: Alice Cooper’s ‘Teenage Lament ’74’ b/w ‘Hard Hearted Alice’ 45 single is released.
1974: Yes release their 7th studio album, ‘Relayer.’
1974: John Lennon joined Elton John onstage at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Lennon promised Elton after the two recorded ‘Whatever Gets You Thru The Night,’ that if the song hit #1, he would appear on stage with him. The two sang their hit as well as The Beatles’ ‘I Saw Her Standing There.’ Backstage at the show wife Yoko Ono meets back up with John, ending the 18-month separation from her, known as the “Lost Weekend.” This was John Lennon’s last appearance on stage in a public concert.
1974: Eric Clapton played at Friedrich-Ebert Halle IN Ludwigshafen, Germany.
1975: Rush played at the Civic Center in Asheville, North Carolina.
1976: The Sex Pistols appeared on BBC TV’s ‘Nationwide’ and ITV’s ‘London Weekend Show.’
1977: ‘Elvis: the Musical,’ starring Shakin’ Stevens, opens in London.
1977: Yes performed at Deutschlandhalle in West Berlin, Germany.
1978: Bob Dylan headlined at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi.
1978: The Blues Brothers released their debut album ‘Briefcase Full of Blues.’ The album hit #1 on the Billboard 200 and went double platinum. Two singles were released, ‘Rubber Biscuit.’ which reached #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 and ‘Soul Man,’ which reached #14.
1979: Iron Maiden signed with EMI Records. Earlier in the month they recorded two songs for the compilation Metal For Muthas released by the same label.
1979: Ringo Starr’s home in Los Angeles, which he rented from Harry Nilsson caught fire. Nobody was injured, but many of Starr’s Beatles momentos were lost in the fire.
1979: Aerosmith played at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1980: The Grateful Dead performed at the Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1980: The Alan Parsons Project’s ‘The Turn of a Friendly Card’ album is released
1981: Foreigner’s ballad ‘Waiting For A Girl Like You’ stalls at #2 on the U.S. chart. It’s kept out of the top spot by Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Physical.’
1984: Prince releases the ‘I Would Die 4 U’ single.
1987: R.E.M. get their first Top 10 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘The One I Love.’
1987: David Bowie played the second of four sold-out nights during his ‘Glass Spider Tou’r in Australia and New Zealand at the Kooyong Stadium in Melbourne.
1987: Metallica released video compilation of their late bass player Cliff Burton called ‘Cliff Em All.’
1990: Law enforcement officials in Los Angeles decide there isn’t enough evidence to prosecute Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose for assault in connection with a dispute involving his neighbor. The neighbor claims that Rose hit her over the head with an empty wine bottle.
1991: Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin leaves the band and is replaced by Gilby Clarke.
1991: Nirvana recorded a performance for BBC TV music show Top Of The Pops in London. When asked to lip-sync ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ to a pre-recorded tape Kurt Cobain protested by singing an octave lower (he later confirmed he was imitating Morrissey from The Smiths), and attempted to eat his microphone at one point. He also changed some of the lyrics, exchanging the opening line “load up on guns, bring your friends,” for “load up on drugs, kill your friends.”
1993: Steppenwolf drummer Jerry Edmonton died in a car accident in Santa Ynez, California. He was 47. Both he and his brother Dennis, also known as Mars Bonfire, changed their surnames to Edmonton in the 1960s. Bonfire wrote the Steppenwolf hit ‘Born To Be Wild.’ Edmonton married former Steppenwolf bandmate Andy Chapin’s widow in the 1980’s and has been called one of the most underrated drummers in rock.
1999: Rage Against The Machine were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘The Battle Of Los Angeles’ the bands second US #1.
2002: Original drummer with Oasis, Tony McCarroll fails in a bid to sue the group’s lawyers after he was sacked because he took too long to file his claim. Judge Justice Gray, at the High Court in London, told McCarroll his case could not proceed because he had brought his claim outside of the six-year time limit.
2004: Metallica played the last show on their 137-date ‘Madly in Anger with the World Tour’ at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. It became the fourth-highest grossing tour of 2004, reaping $60,500,000 in ticket sales.
2004: Everything is up for bid these days including a lunch with Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) on his private plane. It’s part of the People for the American Way`s annual eBay Celebrity Auction. Memorabilia donated by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Linkin Park, Offspring and Pearl Jam are also on the block.
2005: During Pearl Jam’s concert at the Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Ramones drummer Marky Ramone joined them onstage for a rendition of The Ramones’ ‘I Believe in Miracles.’
2005: KoRn perform a five-song set to a crowd of European contest winners and U.S. soldiers during a trans-Atlantic flight from London to New York. Vocalist Jonathan Davis sings through the plane’s PA system. The contest winners and soldiers attend a New York show to promote KoRn’s ‘See You On The Other Side’ album.
2005: Audioslave’s Chris Cornell files a lawsuit against his ex-wife and the manager of his previous group Soundgarden. The lawsuit charges Susan Silver with conspiring to divert the singer’s earnings to his former bandmates, an action that apparently emanates, at least in part, “from the dissolution of their personal relationship.” Cornell is seeking more than $1 million in damages.
2005: 100 previously unseen photographs taken at a 1972 Led Zeppelin concert in Sydney are on display for two days at the Lismore Regional Gallery in Lismore, Australia.
2006: Pamela Anderson filed for divorce from Kid Rock after just four months of marriage. In a statement on her website the 39-year-old confirmed she had split from Rock.
2006: Incubus release their ‘Light Grenades’ album. It’s the band’s first studio effort since 2004’s ‘A Crow Left Of The Murder,’ contains 13-tracks featuring the single ‘Anna Molly.’
2007: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx and his former wife Donna D’Errico reach a settlement in their divorce case. Sixx and the ex-Baywatch actress were married for 10 years.
2008: It’s AC/DC Day in Vancouver, B.C. The mayor’s proclamation coincides with the group’s show in the city, a stop on their North American tour.
2009: ‘I Will Not Bow,’ by Breaking Benjamin hits #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart.
2010: Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are named the top feud in the history of Rock by Rolling Stone magazine. At #2 are Simon & Garfunkel, followed by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey and The Kinks Ray and Dave Davies. Most of the major feuds are between the lead singer and guitarist. The legendary John Lennon – Paul McCartney – George Harrison rift (Ringo Starr was always the peacemaker) is #6.
2010: ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ has its first Broadway preview. With a score composed by U2’s Bono and The Edge, the long delayed, high tech show, the most expensive in Broadway history ($65 million), has several glitches and receives generally negative reviews.
2010: Guitarist Randy Bachman and bassist Fred Turner, formerly of Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO), perform before 63,000 Canadian football fans at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton during the halftime show of the 98th CFL Grey Cup.
2012: Led Zeppelin’s 2007 reunion concert, ‘Celebration Day,’ debuts at #9 on the Billboard 200 chart with opening week sales of 101,000 copies. It is Led Zeppelin’s 13th Top 10 album.
2013: Joan Jett appears at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Even after getting bounced from the South Dakota float, due to her pro-vegetarianism stance, Jett still performs.
2013: It was reported that George Harrison’s sister was living in a pre-fabricated home and “struggling for money” since her allowance from The Beatles star’s estate was cut off about a year after he died. 82-year-old Louise Harrison admitted that she had no access to her brother’s multi-million dollar fortune and was cash-poor living in rural Missouri. She never challenged her brother’s estate, adding “I don’t care about the money, it’s been over ten years and I haven’t made any ripples.”
2014: AC/DC release their 17th studio album, ‘Rock Or Bust.’
2014: The Black Friday edition of Record Store Day includes Metallica’s limited-edition 12-inch vinyl of ‘Lords Of Summer’ and Judas Priest’s expanded edition of their 2014 album ‘Redeemer Of Souls.’
2015: Slash performs the National Anthem with the USC marching band prior to the school’s football game against UCLA.
2015: Frontman Dee Snider explains why Twisted Sister allowed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump the use of their 1984 hit ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ on the campaign trail. “(The song) is about rebellion, speaking your mind and fighting the system,” says Snider. “If anybody’s doing that, (Trump) sure is.” Snider adds that his own beliefs strongly differ from Trump’s.
1959: The Grammy Awards show is televised nationally for the first time.
1959: Bobby Darin wins the Best New Artist Grammy and also takes the award for Record of the Year for ‘Mack The Knife.’
1962: The Beatles record their first U.K. #1 (on some charts it only reaches #2), “Please Please Me” at Abbey Road Studios in London.
1963: The Beatles chalk up another U.K. success with the release of ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand.’ There are 700,000 advance orders with sales surpassing a million after only a few days.
1965: Colorado Governor John A. Love declared a Rolling Stones day throughout the State as The Stones appeared at The Denver Coliseum in Colorado
1966: The Beatles record ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’
1966: Elvis Presley hears Tom Jones’ version of ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’ on the radio just outside Little Rock, and calls the radio station to hear it several times. Elvis would eventually cover the song.
1967: Bob Dylan completes work on John Wesley Harding, his first album since his 1966 motorcycle accident.
1968: Pink Floyd performed at the Hanover Lounge, Bedford College, in Regents Park, London.
1968: John Lennon is fined $360 in a London court. The judge believes John’s explanation that he no longer uses marijuana and had merely forgotten about the stash. Wife Yoko Ono is entirely cleared of charges. Lennon is the first Beatle to be charged with such a crime.
1968: John Lennon releases his first solo album, ‘Unfinished Music No. 1 – Two Virgins.’ The record is sold in a plain brown wrapper due to its controversial cover photo of a naked Lennon and Yoko Ono.
1968: The Who releases ‘The Who Sell Out.’
1969: The Beatles nail a two-sided #1 with John Lennon’s ‘Come Together’ and George Harrison’s ‘Something.’ Both songs are on ‘Abbey Road.’ It became the group’s 18th U.S. #1. Lennon was inspired by Timothy Leary’s campaign for governor of California titled “Come together, join the party” against Ronald Reagan giving him the idea for the track. ‘Something’ was the first Beatles song written by George Harrison to appear as an A-side.
1970: Pink Floyd appeared at the Circus Crone in Munich, Germany.
1971: Pink Floyd release the 7″ single ‘One Of These Days’/’Fearless’ in the U.S.
1975: During a UK tour Queen appeared at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1975: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen began a nine week run at #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart. At the time of its release it received mixed reviews, but it later went on to become one of the most revered singles in popular music history.
1976: ZZ Top release their 5th studio album, ‘Tejas.’
1976: Lancaster local council cancelled the Sex Pistols gig at Lancaster Poly, England. The reason was given in a statement by the council saying, “We don’t want that sort of filth (The Sex Pistols) in the town limits.”
1977: ‘KISS Alive II’ is released.
1977: Kansas goes platinum with ‘Point Of No Return.’ It went on to sell four million copies in the U.S.
1977: Epic Records East Coast A&R Director Bruce Harris writes a letter to Punk aficionado Paul Dougherty stating that he feels the Sex Pistols are superior to and will be more profitable to the label than The Clash. And as a result ‘The Clash,’ later considered a brilliant debut, sits on the shelf for two years before finally becoming available in the U.S.
1978: Neil Young’s ‘Comes A Time’ goes gold.
1978: The Rolling Stones ‘Shattered’ b/w ‘Everything Is Turning To Gold’ 45 single is released.
1979: Paul Simon hits his record label, CBS, with two lawsuits in an attempt to break his contract.
1979: The 4 original members of KISS perform for what they think will be the last time together. However, they reunite in 1996 for a tour in full makeup.
1980: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Double Fantasy’ album was released. Though initially poorly received, the album is notable for its association with Lennon’s murder three weeks after its release. It then became a worldwide commercial success, and went on to win the 1981 Album of the Year at the 24th Annual Grammy Awards.
1982: Metallica performed their first headlining concert in San Francisco at the Old Waldorf, where they would relocate to the following February. The opening act was Exodus, which featured guitarist Kirk Hammett who joined Metallica the following April after firing Dave Mustaine, who later went on to form Megadeth.
1986: Bon Jovi’s ‘You Give Love a Bad Name’ is the #1 US Single.
1984: Deep Purple release ‘Perfect Strangers.’
1985: KISS’ 91-date North American ‘Asylum’ Tour begins in Little Rock, AK.
1986: Bruce Springsteen enters US album chart at #1 with ‘Live 75-85′ boxed set – only the 4th album and first box set ever to go into chart at the top spot.
1988: Guns N’ Roses release their 2nd studio album, ‘G N’ R Lies.’
1992: U2′s first TV special, called ‘U2′s Zoo TV Outside Broadcast,’ is shown on Fox-TV. It was directed by famed music video director Kevin Godley.
1993: Motorhead release their 11th studio album, ‘Bastards.’
1995: Sammy Hagar married model Kari Karte at Mt. Tamalpais right outside of San Francisco. It was Hagar’s second marriage & they remain married to this day.
1997: Ozzy Osbourne’s career retrospective ‘The Ozzman Cometh’ peaks at #13 in the U.S.
1997: ‘Perfect Day’ performed by various artists including Elton John, Bono, Tom Jones & David Bowie went to #1 on the UK singles chart. Originally written and recorded in 1973 by Lou Reed, this new collaboration of 29 major artists was a fund raiser for the BBC Children In Need charity.
1999: American singer and bandleader Curtis Knight died at the age of 54. Jimi Hendrix had been a member of his band in the 1960’s. Though Hendrix wasn’t in the group very long, he was featured on over 60 songs, 26 studio and 35 live recordings some of which have been released on record.
2000: Chuck Berry’s longtime piano player, Johnnie Johnson, sues the rock legend, alleging that he wrote the music for 52 of Berry’s classics. The suit is thrown out by a judge who rules that the statute of limitations has run out on any claims.
2000: U2’s Larry Mullen came to the rescue of motorcyclist who had been involved in an accident. Larry was driving home when he saw the motorcyclist who had crashed and stopped to call for help on his phone and then waited for the ambulance to arrive.
2001: Former Beatle George Harrison passes away of cancer at the age of 58. His final hours are spent with his wife, son, and musician Ravi Shankar at his side. He is cremated and his ashes are scattered over the Ganges River.
2003: Bono, Queen, and Peter Gabriel are among the performers for a crowd of 40,000+ at Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. They help raise money for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign to raise AIDS awareness in Africa.
2004: Band Aid’s updated version of ‘Do They Know It`s Christmas?’ comes out. The band includes Paul McCartney, U2’s Bono and Chris Martin of Coldplay. Band Aid’s Bob Geldof and Midge Ure hope to raise public awareness and funds for famine victims in the Darfur region of Sudan. ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ originally came out in 1984.
2004: Green Day release the second single from the ‘American Idiot’ album. ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ hits #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart, Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and Hot Modern Rock Tracks.
2005: An acoustic guitar owned by the Staind’s frontman, Aaron Lewis, gets a bid of $4,850 on an eBay charity auction to benefit the Longmeadow Educational Excellence Foundation. “I can’t believe it got that much,” says Lewis who presents the autographed guitar to Kelly Duluoz of Kent, WA. “I’m starting to think about selling all my guitars for that kinda money,” claims Lewis.”
2005: System Of A Down hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart with ‘Hypnotize,’ the second half of their two-part ‘Mezmerize/Hypnotize’ set. It sells more than 320,000 copies in its first week out. Six months earlier, ‘Mezmerize’ also made its debut at #1.
2005: BMI presents Steve Winwood with its prestigious BMI Icon honor at the performance-rights organization’s annual London Awards.
2005: Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Sting, Rod Stewart, Phil Collins, Queen’s Brian May and ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, autograph playing cards for an auction to raise funds for the London-based Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
2005: Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and members of Iron Maiden attend a benefit party at London’s Hard Rock Cafe for ailing ex-Maiden drummer Clive Burr. The drum kit Burr used on Maiden’s 1982 tour is added to the Hard Rock’s collection of rock memorabilia. The Cafe donates more than $17,000 to aid Burr in his battle against multiple sclerosis.
2006: Three Days Grace’s Three Days to Change Tour lands at Toronto’s Center for Addiction and Mental Health, the facility that helped frontman Adam Gontier kick his own addictions a year-and-a-half earlier. The band appears various rehab centers and shelters, performing and leading Q&A sessions during their tour.
2006: Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong posts an open letter urging fans to write President George W. Bush regarding the United States’ growing energy crisis. Green Day and the Natural Resources Defense Council launch the Move America Beyond Oil campaign, that promotes clean, renewable energy.
2006: AFI is voted Best Vegetarian Band in the peta2’s (the animal rights group) inaugural Libby Awards. Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor is named Best New Fur Foe. PETA lobbies against the use of animals for food or clothing.
2006: A two-day auction begins on items that belonged to the late founding Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett. Among the items on the block at the fine-art sale in Cambridge is Barrett’s own never-before-seen artwork, some signed by the musician, two hand-painted bicycles, homemade speakers and a classical guitar. Ten paintings sell for more than $100,000 while the auction raises $200,000. A portion funds “educational development” in the art world.
2006: A DVD from a February benefit concert honoring James Taylor with performances by Bruce Springsteen, David Crosby, Jackson Browne and Sting airs on PBS TV. Taylor was named the 2006 MusiCares Person of the Year.
2007: Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle, a convicted sex offender, was arrested for failing to properly register a new permanent address. The 59-year-old had pleaded guilty in 1993 to charges of attempted capital sexual battery by an adult on a victim younger than 12 and being principal to lewd and lascivious behavior on a child younger than 16. He was sentenced to eight years of probation. He later alleged he plead guilty to save the girls (his ex-girlfriend’s daughters) from testifying at trial. Both daughters now support him fully and claim the charges were bogus. He is currently writing a biopic called ‘Free Bird’ about the 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd plane clash; he was one of the survivors.
2007: During a Christies Rock & Roll auction held the Rockefeller Plaza, New York City a collection of 276 ticket stubs compiled by a rock journalist who covered many rock concerts at New York City venues sold for $2,000. The tickets included concerts by: Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, Traffic, Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead and Bruce Springsteen.
2007: Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh (Eagles) perform at the 10th annual Collaborating for a Cure Benefit in New York. The pair play their solo stuff plus Eagles tunes. Proceeds go to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.
2008: Jackson Browne headlines a concert in Santa Monica, CA. to raise money for hurricane relief in the Gulf Coast, Haiti and Cuba.
2010: Metallica’s four sold-out shows at Sydney’s Acer Arena, the largest indoor arena in the country, sets an Australian record with the group selling 74,244 tickets.
2010: Courtney Love is sued by Jacob & Company jewelers over lost merchandise. The Hole frontwoman allegedly borrowed the items and failed to return them.
2011: ‘This Is A Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl,’ an unauthorized bio of the Foo Fighters frontman (and former Nirvana drummer), is in U.S. bookstores.
2012: Alice Cooper is joined on stage by actor Johnny Depp during a performance at the Orpheum Theater in L.A. Depp plays guitar on covers of The Doors’ ‘Break On Through (To The Other Side),’ The Beatles’ ‘Revolution,’ Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Foxy Lady’ and The Who’s ‘My Generation.’
2013: U2’s ‘Ordinary Love,’ is featured in the Nelson Mandela biopic, ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.’ Written specifically for the film, the song is also released as a limited edition 10-inch vinyl on Black Friday, an event sponsored by Record Store Day organizers to encourage the support of independent local record stores.
2013: Paul McCartney sponsors the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka, Japan, to promote his album ‘New.’ “I like sumo, I got hooked on it many years ago,” McCartney tells a reporter at the event.
2014: Faith No More play a five song set at San Francisco’s Amoeba Records on Record Store Day’s Black Friday event marking their first U.S. performance in four years.
2014: Former Lillian Axe and Stiff guitarist Jon Ster dies in Dallas of heart failure at aged 52.
1960: George Harrison is deported from Germany for working under the legal age limit (he’s 17). The remaining Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney and drummer Pete Best) eventually follow him back to Liverpool ending the band’s first Hamburg excursion.
1965: Jumping on the bandwagon, the state of Colorado declares a “Rolling Stones Day.” The group is performing a concert in Denver.
1966: Jeff Beck officially leaves The Yardbirds after a year and a half in the band. He would later form the Jeff Beck Group.
1968: Both ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ and the album that it’s from, ‘Steppenwolf The Second,’ sit at #3 on the respective singles and album charts. The song is lodged behind Diana Ross & The Supremes’ ‘Love Child’ and The Beatles’ former #1 hit ‘Hey Jude.’
1969: The Monkees made what would be their last live appearance for 15 years when they played at The Oakland Coliseum in California.
1969: Pink Floyd performed at the Lyceum Ballroom along the Strand in London. Supported by Audience and Cub’s Blues Band.
1969: David Bowie, The Graham Bond Organisation and Dusty Springfield all performed at a fund raising show in London for youth magazine Rave.
1969: The Rolling Stones played the final night on a 17 date North American tour at the International Raceway Festival in West Palm Beach, Florida at the first annual Palm Beach Music & Art Festival. Also appearing on the bill: The Moody Blues, Ten Years After, King Crimson, Janis Joplin, The Band, Steppenwolf and Iron Butterfly.
1969: Directed by Charles Grodin, the Simon & Garfunkel TV special ‘Songs Of America’ airs on NBC, getting killed in the ratings by an ice skating presentation. The program had a very political tone, as it showed footage of Robert Kennedy’s funeral and the Vietnam War, which led to their original sponsor AT&T to disassociate itself from the special. It marked the broadcast debut of the song ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water.’
1971: Sly And The Family Stone were at #1 on the singles chart with ‘Family Affair,’ their fourth and final #1. Rolling Stone magazine later ranked the song #138 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1972: The BBC bans Wings’ ‘Hi, Hi, Hi’ for “unsuitable lyrics” after just one play. Though group leader/songwriter Paul McCartney tries to be subtle the sexual innuendo is just a bit too obvious for the broadcasters. Still, it hits the Top 10 in both the U.K. and U.S.
1974: Eagles hit #1 on the US chart with ‘Best of My Love’, their first #1.
1974: Elton John started a ten-week run at #1 on the US album chart with his ‘Greatest Hits’ album.
1976: Bob Dylan released a live version of ‘Stuck Inside of Mobile’ with the Memphis Blues Again, which featured ‘Rita May’ as the B-side.
1977: David Bowie Joins Bing Crosby on Crosby’s 42nd annual Christmas special. The show was recorded in September, and Crosby died that October. The show is remembered for Crosby’s unusual duet with David Bowie, where they sang a modified version of ‘Little Drummer Boy,’ with Bowie singing the new “Peace On Earth” lyrics composed by the show’s writers.
1979: The Grateful Dead appeared at Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1979: Pink Floyd release their 11th studio album, ‘The Wall.’
181: The Rolling Stones ‘Waiting On A Friend’ b/w ‘Little T and A’ 45 single was released.
1982: Sammy Hagar releases his 7th solo album,’Three Lock Box.’
1983: The self-titled debut album from Rough Cutt is released.
1983: Bad Religion release their second full-length studio album ‘Into the Unknown.’
1985: Phil Collins had his 5th #1 with ‘Separate Lives.’ The song was taken from the film ‘White Nights.’
1988: ‘Paradise City’ from Guns N’ Roses debut studio album ‘Appetite For Destruction’ is released as a single. It goes to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1994: The Breeders guitarist Kelley Deal is arrested at her Ohio home after accepting a private-courier package containing four grams of heroin. A heroin addict since her teens, Deal later enters rehab in Minnesota.
1994: The Beatles release ‘Live at the BBC.’
1997: Metallica hit #1 on the US album chart with ‘Reload’, the bands third US #1 album.
1997: Rage Against The Machine’s sophomore album, ‘Evil Empire,’ is certified double platinum. The album was released the previous year.
1999: Elton John was blasted by the Boy Scout Association after he appeared on stage at London’s Albert Hall performing ‘It’s A Sin’ with six male dancers dressed as Boy Scouts. The dancers had peeled of their uniforms during the performance.
2000: Scott Smith (born Donald Scott Smith) dies in a sailing accident off the coast of San Francisco. He was 45. Scott was the bassist in Loverboy and was sailing with friends when a freak 26-foot wave swept him overboard in shark-infested waters.
2000: John J. Cascella is discovered dead in his car in Indiana of a heart attack. He was just 45. Cascella, a keyboardist and accordion player for John Mellencamp, joined the band 10 years ago and was an integral element of the group’s folk-rock sound. He also owned Cascella Productions, which created music for commercials and movies in Indianapolis.
2003: A block of East 2nd Street in New York City was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place. It is the block where Joey once lived with band mate Dee Dee Ramone and is near the music club CBGB, where the Ramones played their first gigs. In 2010, it was reported that “Joey Ramone Place,” was New York City’s most stolen sign. As of September 27, the sign has been moved to 20 feet above ground level.
2004: ‘Collision Course,’ a CD/DVD featuring a mash-up between Linkin Park and Jay-Z, is released. The CD contains six studio tracks produced by Linkin Park’s MC Mike Shinoda and the DVD has footage of Linkin Park and Jay-Z together onstage. It debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200, subsequently selling nearly two-million copies in the U.S. and becoming the best-selling CD/DVD of the year.
2005: ‘God’s Favorite Son’ is released. The documentary covers Bono (life, music and charity work) and, to a lesser extent, U2.
2005: Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony’s signature barbecue sauces are featured at all U.S. Hard Rock Cafe locations. The chain adds a steak dish made with Mad Anthony’s sauce to its menu while collectable sauce bottles are available for purchase. Anthony also visits select Hard Rock eateries to sign autographs and greet fans.
2006: A guitar played by George Harrison in 1963 and a ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album sleeve signed by The Beatles are among the items on the block at the Cooper Owen Music Legends auction in London. Memorabilia from the Rolling Stones, The Who, Eric Clapton and David Bowie are also available.
2006: The sale of Syd Barrett’s final belongings were sold by Cheffins auctioneers in Cambridge, England. The sale of the 77 items raised £119,890 ($233,786). Ten paintings alone raised over £55,000 ($88,000) and two bicycles over £10,000 ($16,000.) The sale included such things as the armchair he used to sit in, his home-made bread bin, tools, notebooks and binders, and books. The sale catalog described Barrett, who was fired from Pink Floyd in 1968, as a man with a “total disinterest in materialism.”
2007: After being denied visas to tour Japan earlier in the year, Velvet Revolver are forced to postpone their Australian trek due to unspecified band-related health troubles.
2007: Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and U2’s Bono appear in pre-taped segments on ‘My Night At The Grammys,’ a two-hour CBS special. The program features previous winners and performers reflecting on the 25 most memorable Grammy Awards highlights.
2007: Queen and Paul Rodgers release their first studio recording together, ‘Say It’s Not True.’ The track is available as a free download to mark World AIDS Day (the following day) and to raise awareness of ex-South African president Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign.
2007: More than 600 items, including artwork, jewelry, furnishings and costumes are auctioned by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne over two days in Beverly Hills. A portion of the proceeds go toward the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation.
2007: During a Christies Rock & Roll auction held the Rockefeller Plaza, New York City a collection of 276 ticket stubs compiled by a rock journalist who covered many rock concerts at New York City venues sold for $2,000. The tickets included concerts by: Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, Traffic, Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead and Bruce Springsteen.
2009: The Smashing Pumpkins settle a pair of lawsuits against their former label, Virgin Records, over the use of their music. Legal papers were filed in 2008 over the use of the band’s music in promotions and commercials, as well as royalty payments owed to former members James Iha and D’arcy Wretzky-Brown.
2009: Metallica release ‘Orgullo, Pasión, y Gloria: Tres Noches en la Ciudad de México.’
2010: AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is convicted on minor drug charges in his hometown of Tauranga, New Zealand. He was caught with just under an ounce of marijuana. Though fined about $200, the conviction makes it difficult for him to travel on AC/DC’s extensive world tours.
2011: The French Government awards Lenny Kravitz the honor of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.
2011: Slipknot/Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor and Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro appear at the Avalon Theater in L.A. for a Drop in the Bucket charity event organized by Henry Rollins (Black Flag/Rollins Band). The charity funds projects bringing clean water to parts of Africa.
2012: Metallica announce the launch of their record label, Blackened Recordings. The label administers Metallica’s catalog which is now owned by the group under a provision in their contract with Warner Music Group.
2012: Daughtry and 3 Doors Down donate $15,000 to the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy charity Hometown Heroes after a performance in Asbury Park, NJ.