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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock: August

by on Aug.01, 2014, under ROCK B-DAYS/TODAY IN ROCK

Rock Birthdays: August
August 1:
Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead, Legion of Mary, Reconstruction, Jerry Garcia Band, Old and in the Way, Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Merle Saunders) b. 1942 - d. 8/9/95
Tommy Bolin (Zephyr, Billy Cobham, James Gang, Deep Purple, Moxy, Alphonse Mouzon, others, solo)) b. 1951 - Bolin died of a heroin overdose on December 4th, 1976.
Boz Burrell (King Crimson, Bad Company, Snape, Zoot Money's Big Roll Band, Tam White, Jon Lord, others) - b. 1946 - d. 9/21/06
Tim Bachman (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) - 63
Robert Cray - 61
Joe Elliot (Def Leppard) - 55
Betsy Bitch (Bitch) -
Adam Duritz (Counting Crows, others, solo) - 50
Dan Donegan (Disturbed) - 44
Dhani Harrison - 36

August 2
Garth Hudson (The Band) - 77
Jim Capaldi (Traffic, Capaldi) b. 1944 - d. 1/28/05
Andy Fairweather-Low (As a session guitarist has worked with Bob Dylan, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Elton John, Jackson Browne, Bill Wyman, Sheryl Crow and Ringo Starr) - 66
Joe Lynn Turner (Cem Köksal, Fandango, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Mother's Army, Brazen Abbot, Hughes Turner Project, Sunstorm, The Jan Holberg Project, Avantasia) - 63
Butch Vig (Musician, songwriter, Producer; Firetown, Spooner, Garbage. Nirvana, Foo Fighters, others) - 59

August 3
Morris 'B.B.' Dickerson (War, The Creators, The Lowrider Band) - 65
Joey Alves (Y&T) - 59
Lee Rocker / Leon Drucker (Stray Cats, Phantom Rocker & Slick, solo, sessions) - 53
James Hetfield (Metallica) - 51
Shirley Manson (Garbage) - 47

August 4
Robbin Crosby (Ratt) b. 1959 - d. 6/6/02
Stefan Kaufmann (U.D.O., ex-Accept) - 54
Max Cavelera (Soulfly, Killer Be Killedex-Sepultura) - 45

August 5
Rick Huxley (Dave Clark Five) - b. 1940 - d. 2/11/13
Rick Derringer (The McCoys, Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter, Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band, many collaborations, guest appearances, solo) - 67
Gregory Leskiw (Guess Who) - 67
Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister) - 57
Pat Smear (Germs, Deathfolk, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Mike Watt, solo) - 55
Craig Wells (Metal Church) - 51
Adam Nathaniel Yauch aka MCA (Beastie Boys) - b. 1964 – d. 5/4/12
Jennifer Finch (L7) - 48

August 6
Andy Warhol - (artist, manager for the The Velvet Underground and designer of the Rolling Stones lips logo) b. 1928 - d. 2/22/87
Allan Holdsworth (Musician, composer, producer; many collaborations, sessions, guest appearances, solo) - 68
Vinnie Vincent/Vincent John Cusano (Vinnie Vincent Invasion, KISS, Dan Hartman, Treasure, Wendy O. Williams, John Waite, others) - 62
Robert Mason (Lynch Mob, Cry of Love, Warrant) - 50

August 7
Andy Fraser (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Free) - 62
Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) - 56

August 8:
The Edge/David Howell Evans (U2) - 53
Rikki Rockett (Poison) - 53

August 9
Benjamin Orr (The Cars) b. 1947 - d.10/3/00
Rinus Gerritsen (Golden Earring) - 68
Dennis "Snake" Belanger (Voivod) - 54

August 10
Bobby Hatfield (The Righteous Brothers) - 74
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) - 67
Jon Farris (INXS) - 53

August 12
Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) - 65
Morten "Morty Black" Skaget (TNT, Jorn) - 54

August 13
Michael McKean aka: David St. Hubbins (Spinal Tap) - 67

August 14
David Crosby (Crosby, Stills & Nash - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) - 73

August 15:
Tom Johnston (The Doobie Brothers) - 66
Tommy Aldridge (Black Oak Arkansas, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, and many others) - 64

August 17:
Gilby Clarke (Candy, Kill For Thrills, Guns N' Roses, Rock Star Supernova, Slash's Snakepit) - 52
Steve Gorman (The Black Crowes) - 49

August 18:
Andres "Andi" Deris (Helloween) - 50
Blas Elias (Slaughter, Blue Man Group) - 47
Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake, ex-Billy Idol, ex-Foreigner, S.U.N.) - 46

August 19:
Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith) - 75
Ian Gillan (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Gillan) - 69
John Deacon (Queen) - 63
Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper) - 55
Joey Tempest (Europe) - 51

August 20: Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) - 66
Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) b. 1949 - d. 1/4/86
Doug Fiegler (The Knack) b. 1952 - d. 2/14/10
Dimebag Darrell (Darrell Lance Abbott) b. 1966 - d. 12/8/04
Ray "Alder" Balderrama (Fates Warning) - 47
Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) - 44

August 21:
Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze, Hughes/Thrall, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion, Californian Breed) - 63
Joe Strummer (The Clash) b. 1952 - d. 12/22/02
Steve Smith (Journey) - 57
Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) - 47

August 22
Vernon Reid (Living Colour) - 56
Juan Croucier (Dokken, RATT) - 55
Layne Staley (Alice In Chains) b. 1967 - d. 4/5/02

August 23
Keith Moon (The Who) b. 1946 - d. 9/7/78
Rick Springfield - 65
Jimi Jamison (Survivor) - 63
Gary Hoey - 54
Dead DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) - 53
Paul Douchette (Matchbox 20 ) - 42
Micheal Miley (Rival Sons) -
Shifty Shellshock (Seth Bender) (Crazytown) - 40

August 24
David Frieberg (Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship) - 76
John Cipploina (Quicksilver Messenger Service) b. 1943 - d. 5/29/89
David Hensley (Uriah Heep) - 69
Danny Joe Brown (Molly Hatchet) b. 1951 - d. 3/10/05
Michael Derosier (ex-Heart) - 63
John Bush (Armored Saint, Anthrax) - 51
Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) - 46

August 25:
Gene Simmons (KISS) - 65
Rob Halford (Judas Priest) - 63
Geoff Downes (YES, Asia) - 62
Elvis Costello (Elvis Costello & The Attractions) - 60
Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard/Thin Lizzy/ex-Dio) - 52
Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion)- 48

August 26
Nik Turner (Hawkwind) - 74
Denis "Piggy" D'Amour (VOIVOD) b. 1959 - d. 9/24/59
Shirley Manson (Garbage) - 48

August 27:
Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck, Bogert & Appice) - 70
Simon Kirke (Free, Bad Company) - 65
Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Company Of Snakes, ex-Black Sabbath, Snakecharmer) - 64
Alex Lifeson (Rush) - 61
Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) - 58

August 28: Steve Whiteman (Kix) -

August 29:
Tony MacAlpine (Portnoy Sheehan MacAlpine Sherinian, G3, Planey X) - 54
Armand Mandy Meyer (Krokus, Gotthard, Unisonic) - 54
(David) Kyle Cook (Matchbox 20) - 39

August 30
"Papa" John Phillips (The Mamas and the Papas) - b. 1935 - d. 3/18/01
Mickey Moody (Whitesnake) - 64
Roland Grapow (Helloween, Masterplan) - 55

August 31:
Bob Welch (Fleetwood Mac, solo) b. 1945 - d. 6/7/12
Van Morrison - 69
Rudolf Schenker (Scorpions) - 66
Glenn Tillbrook (Squeeze) - 57
David T. Chastain (Chastain) - 51
Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake, Dokken) - 51
Gene Hoglan (Testament, Fear Factory, Dethklock, Strapping Young Lad, Dark Angel)

Today In Rock History

August 1
1963: The first Beatles Monthly Fan Club Magazine was published. It continued until 1969 and at its peak was selling 350,000 copies a month.
1964: The title track from The Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Night topped the record charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The film was originally titled Beatlemania, until producers heard an offhanded comment by Ringo Starr as he flopped into a canvas chair and said "It's been a hard day's night, that was."
1965: The Rolling Stones played the London Palladium for the first time, supported by The Walker Brothers, The Moody Blues and a group called Steam Packet, which featured a young Rod Stewart.
1968: During a North American tour The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at City Park Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana.
1969: The first Atlantic City Pop Festival kicked off. It featured performers like Iron Butterfly, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, Little Richard, Janis Joplin, Santana, Procol Harum and Joe Cocker.
1970: In London, Performance, which starred Mick Jagger, finally premiered. The completed film had been on the shelf for two years, allegedly due to director David Cammell’s refusal to re-edit the controversial portrait of rock decadence. Film critic John Simon said, “You don’t have to be a drug addict, pederast, sado-masochist or nitwit to enjoy it, but being one or more of these things would help.”
1971: George Harrison held his first Concert for Bangladesh at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The concert featured Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton and raised money to combat famine in the Asian nation.
1971: Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye left the band to form Badger.
1972: A year after Tony Kaye jumped ship, drummer Bill Bruford left Yes to join King Crimson
1973: American Graffiti premiered in Los Angeles and became something of a surprise hit. The film, centered on a group of teenagers growing up on the West coast of the US in the 1960s, cost just over $700,000 to make, but has garnered an estimated return of well over $200 million in box office receipts and home video sales. The soundtrack album reached #10 in America and has been certified triple Platinum.
1973: The Grateful Dead celebrated Jerry Garcia’s birthday with a concert at Roosevelt Stadium. A nude woman popped out of a giant cake onstage.
1974: At Atlanta’s Omni, Eric Clapton welcomed guests Keith Moon and Pete Townshend to play on “Layla.”
1980: George Harrison formed Handmade Films, his own movie studio.
1980: Def Leppard made their US live debut when they appeared at the New York City concert opening for AC/DC. It was also Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott's 21st birthday.
1981: MTV went on the air in 2.1-million American homes. The first video played was The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star.”
1985: Starship released their single “We Built This City.” The city, incidentally, was built on rock and roll.
1986: Three weeks after he had fallen into a diabetic coma, Jerry Garcia was released from hospital.
1987: Bob Seger’s song “Shakedown,” from the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack, went to number one. It was the Detroit rocker’s first-ever chart-topping single. The tune was originally supposed to be recorded by Glenn Frey, who had contracted laryngitis.
1987: The Grateful Dead's LP "In The Dark" enters the Billboard album chart. The disc contains the group's only US Top 40 hit, "Touch Of Grey", which would reach #9.
1987: MTV Europe was launched, the first video played being 'Money For Nothing' by Dire Straits which contained the appropriate line 'I Want My MTV'.
1994: When President Bill Clinton invited The Rolling Stones to play the White House, they refused. Instead, they kicked off their Voodoo Lounge tour at Washington, D.C.’s RFK Stadium.
2000: AC/DC kicked off their 140 date Stiff Upper World Lip Tour at the Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
2007: John Lennon's "granny" sunglasses were snapped up by a British collector at auction. The sunglasses, from one of the last Beatles concerts, were expected to fetch around £1m, but auction bosses refused to say what the actual figure was. Lennon gave the gold-rimmed glasses to his Japanese interpreter in Tokyo in 1966, and the translator removed the lenses when Lennon died.
2007: The Police played the first of two sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City on their Reunion Tour.
2008: A half-hour Beatles recording that included the band cracking jokes and breaking into giggles while they rehearsed material in 1964 went up for auction by the Berkshire-based firm, Cameo. The tape sold for $19,600.
2009: Daughtry went to No.1 on the US album charts with ‘Leave This Town’, the bands second studio album.

August 2
1962: Robert Zimmerman legally changed his name to Bob Dylan.
1963: In the first of many moves from band to band, Eric Clapton quit The Roosters to form Casey Jones and the Engineers.
1969: Bob Dylan attended his high school reunion in Hibbing, Minnesota. He and his wife left after a drunk tried to pick a fight. The very same day, his track “Lay Lady Lay” entered the Top 40.
1969: At Abbey Road, Paul McCartney produced Badfinger’s “Come and Get It,” which reached number seven.
1971: Creedence Clearwater Revival kicked off a 10 date US tour at the Assembly Centre, Tulsa.
1973: Bachman Turner Overdrive signed with Mercury Records.
1974: Deep Purple released their classic Machine Head, which went to number seven, and featured the head-banging single “Smoke on the Water.”
1974: Guitarist Jeff Baxter and drummer Jim Hodder left Steely Dan.
1975: The Eagles topped the American charts with “One of These Nights.”
1976: Pink Floyd’s road manager Peter “Puddy” Watts died of a heroin overdose. His voice can be heard on the band’s Dark Side of the Moon album.
1977: The Who bought Shepperton film studios in London for 500-thousand dollars.
1987: Billy Joel played a show in the Soviet Union city of Leningrad, an event he found so moving he later wrote a song about it.
2003: Kiss and Aerosmith kicked off their co-headlining tour.
2004: Eric Clapton bought a 50% share in Cordings to save the historic gentleman's outfitters from closure. The store, based in London since 1839 had run into financial difficulties. The guitarist said he had been fond of the shop since a window display caught his eye when he was 16, and had become a regular shopper their. Cordings was the originator of the Covert coat and the Tattersall shirt and made riding boots for the Queen Mother, the Duke of Windsor and Mrs Simpson.
2007: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards signed a deal reportedly worth more than $7 million to write his autobiography. The book, which traces his life from cherubic choirboy to Rock 'n' Roll survivor, hit stores in the fall of 2010.

August 3
1963: The Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool for the very last time. They had performed 274 concerts at the dingy, basement club since their debut there 2½ years earlier. Their first gig paid them £5 ($14) and their last brought in £300 ($840).
1966: The South African government banned the broadcast of Beatles songs after John Lennon’s remark that his group was more popular than Jesus.
1967: To promote Ravi Shankar’s Hollywood Bowl concert, George Harrison joined the sitar player at his news conference.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of five nights at the Salvation Club in New York City.
1968: The Newport Pop Festival kicked off. It featured performers like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Steppenwolf.
1968: “Hello, I Love You” became The Doors’ second and final number-one single. The group had 8 top 40 US hits from 67-71.
1968: The two day Newport Pop Festival took place in Costa Mesa, California with Alice Cooper, Canned Heat, Chambers Brothers, Charles Lloyd Quartet, Country Joe and the Fish, Electric Flag, James Cotton Blues Band, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf and Tiny Tim. Over 100,000 fans attended the festival.
1971: Paul McCartney announced the formation of his new group Wings with his wife Linda and former Moody Blues guitarist and singer Denny Laine.
1974: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band opened for Canadian songbird Anne Murray in New York. It was the last gig Bruce played with drummer Ernie “Boom Boom” Carter and keyboardist David Sancious.
1974: Guitarist, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter left Steely Dan to join The Doobie Brothers. Jeff Porcaro would take his place before moving on to form Toto. Michael McDonald also hitched up with Steely Dan when Porcaro joined, but he too eventually left to become a member of The Doobies.
1974: Bad Company went to No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled debut album.
1979: The Knack hit the top of both the album and singles charts with their LP, "Get The Knack" and the single, "My Sharona".
1985: Tears For Fears started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Shout', the duo's second US No.1.
1987: Def Leppard released their Hysteria album. Their third album spent six weeks at number one.
1991: In Houston, Ted Nugent faced off against animal rights groups at a hunting show.
1991: Metallica held a playback party to launch their self-titled album at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Kurt Cobain and Chris Novoselic from Nirvana both attended.
2000: Pearl Jam played the first date on the North American leg of their Binaural 73-date world tour at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
2002: In East Troy, Wisconsin, the surviving members of The Grateful Dead played together as The Other Ones.
2004: Laci Van Zant, the father of the Van Zant Southern rock dynasty, died. He was 89. His son Ronnie founded Lynyrd Skynyrd, which Johnny Van Zant joined following his brother’s death in a plane crash. A third son, Donnie, played with 38 Special, and now Johnny and Donnie are playing together as Van Zant, a country duo.
2007: 2007, Queen guitarist Brian May handed in his astronomy PhD thesis - 36 years after abandoning it to join the band. May had recently carried out observational work in Tenerife, where he studied the formation of "zodiacal dust clouds".

August 4
1963: The Beatles appeared at the Queen's Theatre in Blackpool. So many fans crowded around the theatre, blocking every entrance, that The Beatles had to go through a construction area, up and across some scaffolding to the roof of the theatre, from where they were lowered through a trap door.
1963: The Beatles appear on the US record charts for the first time as "From Me To You" debuts at #116.
1966: John Lennon's comment that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus Christ" was re-printed in an American teen magazine called Datebook and was widely reported in North America. The statement, made to London Evening Standard journalist Maureen Cleave several months earlier, caused a public outcry in the US and led to mass destruction of Beatle records. Thirty five radio stations banned all Beatles songs and even the Ku Klux Klan made threats against the group. What Lennon actually said was "Christianity will go. It will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that, I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus Christ now; I don't know which will go first - rock 'n roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me."
1968: The second day of the two day Newport Pop Festival took place in Costa Mesa, California with Blue Cheer, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Grateful Dead, Illinois Speed Press, Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and The Byrds. Over 100,000 fans attended the festival.
1975: Led Zeppelin's vocalist Robert Plant and his family suffer severe injuries in a car accident while on vacation on the Mediterranean island of Rhodes. Plant, his wife, son and daughter suffer broken bones and assorted bruises. The accident delays the group's Fall tour of the US for two full years.
1980: After a five year hiatus, John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording their album "Double Fantasy" at New York's Hit Factory Studio. The LP would go to number one in the US after its release in November, less than a month before Lennon was gunned down outside his New York apartment. "Double Fantasy" received the 1981 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
2010: Don Henley reached an out-of-court settlement with Republican Senatorial candidate Chuck DeVore who used parodies of two Eagles' hits for an election campaign without permission. "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" and "The Boys of Summer" were used in campaign videos on YouTube as "All She Wants To Do Is Tax" and "Hope Of November".

August 5
1957: American Bandstand, with 26 year old host Dick Clark, premiered on the ABC television network. The program had been broadcast locally on Philadelphia station WFIL since 1952. The first record Clark played on the network debut show was "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly and his first guests were the Chordettes. The smooth talking Clark hosted the show until 1989 when he was replaced by David Hirsch, but the show would be cancelled five months later.
1966: The Beatles released Revolver in the U-K.
1967: Pink Floyd released their debut album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, in England. The LP did not contain the two singles released earlier in the year, "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play". It only managed to climb to #131 on The Billboard Hot 200 and took nearly 27 years to be certified Gold when it received the honor in March, 1994.
1969: George Harrison had his new Moog synthesizer brought into the studio for The Beatles to use in finishing their forthcoming album ‘Abbey Road’. Moog overdubs were recorded onto ‘Because’.
1972: Clive Davis signed a young band called Aerosmith to CBS Records after seeing them play Max’s Kansas City in New York. They received 125-thousand dollars at the signing.
1974: Kim Fowley brought together the four girls who would go on to form The Runaways, which included Joan Jett and Lita Ford.
1975: After a New York performance, Aerosmith signs a $125,000 recording contract with Columbia Records.
1978: The Rolling Stones saw their only Disco-style effort, "Miss You" become their eighth number one single in the US. It reached #3 in the UK. It has been reported that the lyrics were inspired by Mick Jagger's deteriorating relationship with his wife, Bianca.
1979: Def Leppard signed to Phonogram records with an advance of $180,000 giving them a 10% royalty on 100% of sales for the first two years.
1983: Crosby Stills Nash & Young member David Crosby was sentenced to five years in jail in Texas for cocaine and firearms offences. Crosby had slept through most of his trial.
1984: Bruce Springsteen played the first of ten nights at the Meadowlands in New Jersey to mark the homecoming of the Born in the USA Tour.
1985: Bruce Springsteen kicked off the fourth leg of his Born in the USA world tour at the Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington D.C.
1985: The establishment of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was announced.
1985: Yngwie Malmsteen's Marching Out album is released.
1992: Jeff Porcaro drummer from Toto died age 38. His death has been the subject of controversy: some say the attack was caused by an allergic reaction to garden pesticide, while others say Porcaro's heart was weakened by smoking and cocaine use. Porcaro also worked with many other acts including Sonny and Cher, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Steely Dan, Paul Simon and Boz Scaggs.1994: Billy Idol was admitted to a hospital after suffering a drug overdose.
1996: Bruce Springsteen sued two London bootleggers who were distributing an album attributed to him titled Unearthed.
2003: Lynyrd Skynyrd cancelled the remainder of their Party of a Lifetime tour after lead guitarist Gary Rossington’s doctor told him to take it easy. Rossington had undergone open-heart surgery six months earlier.
2003: The Rolling Stones were forced to postpone a gig in Benidorm, Spain after 60-year-old Mick Jagger contracted laryngitis.
2009: Plans for a free show to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock music festival were cancelled by Michael Lang, one of the original promoters. Lang told Rolling Stone magazine that the reason for the cancellation was "Money. No sponsors."

August 6
1970: Steppenwolf, Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Poco and Johnny Winter perform at the Concert For Peace at New York's Shea Stadium. The concert date coincided with the 25th anniversary of dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
1981: Stevie Nicks released her first solo album, "Bella Donna", which contained the singles, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (with Tom Petty) and "Leather and Lace" (with Don Henley).
2009: Aerosmith lead singer, 61-year-old Steven Tyler, was airlifted to Rapid City Regional Hospital after falling from the stage during a concert at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Rapid City, S.D.

August 7
1987: An L.A. judge throws out a lawsuit against OZZY OSBOURNE filed by the parents of a teenager who committed suicide while listening to the song 'Suicide Solution'.
1991: Charges of assault and property damage are filed against GUNS N' ROSES lead singer Axl Rose in connection with a riot during a show in St. Louis.

August 8
1964: The Animals released “House of the Rising Sun,” which became their first chart-topper.
1966: South Africa banned Beatles records as a reaction to John Lennon’s remark that the band was “more popular than Jesus.”
1969: The Beatles held their photo session for the Abbey Road LP cover in front of the Abbey Road studios.
1970: Janis Joplin bought a headstone for her heroine Bessie Smith’s unmarked grave in Philadelphia.
1976: Epic Records released Boston’s self-titled first album. The album became the fastest-selling debut ever.
1980: The Plasmatics suffered a blow in London when local authorities told them they couldn’t blow up a car onstage at the Hammersmith Odeon.
1981: MTV made its first live concert stereo broadcast. The lucky band was REO Speedwagon.
1985: Keith Richards guest stared on Phantom, Rocker & Slick’s “My Mistake.” He accepted a leopard-skin coat as payment.
1986: Having served his sentence for possession of drugs and firearms, David Crosby was released from prison.
1991: Rock organist Billy Preston, known for “Nothing From Nothing,” was charged with exhibiting pornography to a minor.
1992: In Montreal, an onstage explosion injured Metallica lead singer James Hetfield, leading the band to call off their portion of the show. Guns N’ Roses hit the stage next and also cut their set short because of Axl Rose’s voice problems. In turn, the Canadian fans rioted.
2002: 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell was cleared of assault charges stemming from a fight at a party. Terry Alexander claimed Harrell knocked out seven of his teeth after he discovered he was being secretly taped. Alexander claimed he needed to tape his conversations because of his fading memory.
2005: ”Walking in Memphis” singer Marc Cohn was shot in the head during a tour bus-jacking in Denver. He miraculously survived..

August 9
1973: Guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell left Wings.
1975: Promoter Don Kirshner held the first Rock Music Award Show in Santa Monica, California. Big winners included The Eagles, Bad Company and Stevie Wonder.
1977: Bachman-Turner Overdrive called it quits. Their biggest hit was the 1974 number one “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.”
1978: Muddy Waters performed for President Jimmy Carter at the White House.
1980: A thief stole ten Gerald Scarfe illustrations based on Pink Floyd’s The Wall album. The pictures were exhibited in the foyer of Earls Court, where the band was performing five shows.
1995: Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack at the Serenity Knolls drug rehabilitation facility in California. The Grateful Dead guitarist was 53.
1996: The Ramones split up.
2003: The Who’s Roger Daltrey made his L-A stage debut playing “Dr. Doolittle” in My Fair Lady.

August 10
1964: Mick Jagger was found guilty of breaking the speed limit and driving without insurance in Liverpool, England. His lawyer said that he was on an errand visiting two fans injured in a car crash.
1968: The Who released their single “Magic Bus.”
1970: Elvis Presley began a 58-show stand at the Las Vegas Hilton International Hotel.
1970: In Miami, Jim Morrison’s trial for indecent exposure began.
1972: Following a Wings concert in Gothenburg, Sweden, Paul and Linda McCartney were both arrested and later fined for drug possession.
1976: Elton John played his first of seven sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden.
1985: After Paul McCartney advised him to use his millions to invest in a music catalog, Michael Jackson bought ATV’s for 47.5-million dollars. The horde contained 251 Beatles songs credited to “Lennon/McCartney.”
1993: Billy Joel was sued by songwriter Gary Zimmerman, who said Joel’s “River of Dreams” sounded suspiciously like one of his own tunes. Zimmerman wanted ten-million dollars.
1995: Jimmy Buffett serenaded President Bill Clinton on his birthday.
2003: The recording industry asked Congress to repeal the “work for hire” amendment. Sheryl Crow and Don Henley had been among those artists complaining that the law prevented them from ever owning their masters.
2005: A judge ruled that legendary New York punk club CBGB did not have to pay its landlord 90-thousand dollars in back rent. The Bowery Residents’ Committee was attempting to evict the venue from the neighborhood.

August 11
1965: The Beatles’ second movie, Help!, premiered in New York.
1966: John Lennon tried to put out the fire he started, when he noted that The Beatles seemed bigger than Jesus, by apologizing at a televised press conference. Meanwhile, the city of Memphis asked The Beatles not to play any concerts there and stock in Capitol Records dropped.
1967: Pink Floyd spent the day at Abbey Road studios, where they worked on recording “Apples and Oranges.” The song became their third single.
1968: The Beatles released “Hey Jude,” their first single to bear their Apple imprint. Backed with “Revolution,” it went to number one.
1972: The mayor of San Antonio declared today Cheech & Chong Day.
1973: After seeing them play in New York, Bill Aucoin approached Kiss to offer his services as manager. He also promised them a record deal, which they later made with Casablanca.
1976: Keith Moon was admitted into a Miami hospital after collapsing.
1987: Rolling Stone declared The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band the best album of the previous 20 years.
1993: At a U2 concert in London, the band was joined onstage by author Salman Rushdie. He had been in hiding since a fatwa was declared against him by Iran.
1995: In Belvedere, California, the funeral of Jerry Garcia was held at an Episcopal church.
1999: Kiss got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

August 15
1962: Pete Best played his last gig as The Beatles’ drummer.
1965: The Beatles played at Shea Stadium for an audience of 56 thousand. The crowd set a record for attendance at a rock concert. A record was also set by the takings, a whopping 304-thousand dollars.
1969: The first Woodstock Festival kicked off in Bethel, New York. After 400-thousand people showed up, it was declared a free festival.Woodstock Festival kicked off on Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, New York. The free event that included performances from Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Santana, The Who, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and many others. Thirty-two acts performed during the sometimes rainy three day festival, and there were also three deaths, two births and four miscarriages. It is widely regarded as one of the most pivotal moments in popular music history and was listed among Rolling Stone’s 50 Moments that Changed the History of Rock and Roll.
1980: George Harrison published his first book, I Me Mine.
1983: Joey Ramone went under the knife for brain surgery after being beaten up in a fight.
1987: In Montreal, Keith Richards began work on his first solo album, Talk Is Cheap.
1991: Paul Simon played a free concert in New York’s Central Park to an estimated audience of 750-thousand people.
1995: Mötley Crüe vocalist Vince Neil’s four-year-old daughter died of multiple organ failure in Los Angeles.
1996: James Brown offered the takings from one of his concerts to a Long Island women’s shelter. The shelter turned down the donation, saying that Brown was accused of beating his wife in the past.
2002: A candlelight vigil to celebrate 25 years since the death of Elvis Presley began at his Graceland mansion in Memphis.
2002: A memorial to John Lennon was unveiled in Durness, Scotland. As a young boy, Lennon spent his summers in the village.
2002: The Rolling Stones played a secret gig in Toronto to warm up for their 40th anniversary tour.
2003: David Bowie and his wife, Iman, became the proud parents of Alexandria Zahra Jones.

August 16
1962: Beatles manager Brian Epstein fired Pete Best and replaced him with Ringo Starr.
1969: Janis Joplin performed at Woodstock in Bethel, New York. During The Who’s set the same day, Abbie Hoffman leaped onstage to protest, but Pete Townshend was having none of it. He clobbered the activist with his electric guitar. Townshend later explained he had no idea who Abbie Hoffman was.
1974: The Ramones played the New York club CBGB for the first time.
1975: Singer Peter Gabriel announced he was leaving Genesis.
1977: Elvis Presley died. Although many suspect Elvis accidentally administered himself a drug overdose, the official verdict was coronary arrhythmia. He was 42.
1980: Drummer Bill Ward left Black Sabbath.
2000: INXS cancelled their New Zealand tour due to poor ticket sales. The four-date trek was to be their first since the death of Michael Hutchence with new singer Jon Stevens.
2002: Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi filed a suit against a Bridgeville, Pennsylvania bar for allegedly playing their music without a license. The two New Jersey rockers sought between 750 and 30-thousand dollars in damages.
2002: Jimi Hendrix’s brother, Leon, sued for his share of the Hendrix estate. Jimi originally left control of his legacy to his dad, Al. When Al Hendrix died in April 2002, he gave everything to his daughter, Janie. Leon claimed all he received was a gold record.

August 17
1960: The Beatles began a three-month residency at Hamburg’s Indra Club. It was the first time they played under their new name.
1966: John Lennon told a Canadian journalist of his admiration for draft dodgers evading the Vietnam War.
1969: Woodstock stretched into its third day in New York.
1970: Christine McVie joined her husband John’s band, Fleetwood Mac.
1974: Pink Floyd released their album Atom Heart Mother.
1974: Fleetwood Mac successfully got an injunction against another band touring with the same name.
1974: Following Rick Wakeman’s departure, Patrick Moraz was hired as a keyboardist for Yes.
1977: The day after Elvis died, President Jimmy Carter commemorated “The King,” saying, “Elvis Presley’s death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique and irreplaceable. More than 20 years ago, he burst upon the scene with an impact that was unprecedented and will probably never be equaled. His music and his personality, fusing the styles of white country and black rhythm and blues, permanently changed the face of American popular culture. His following was immense and he was a symbol to people the world over, of the vitality, rebelliousness and good humor of his country.”
1986: Def Leppard’s Rick Allen played his first gig with the band since the automobile accident that cost him an arm.
1995: Microsoft paid The Rolling Stones an undisclosed sum, rumored to be several million dollars, so they could use the song “Start Me Up” in Windows 95 advertisements.

August 18
1962: Ringo Starr played with The Beatles for the first time at a Horticultural Society dance in Birkenhead, England.
1977: The funeral for Elvis Presley was held at Graceland before 150 invited mourners. Tens of thousands more gathered outside the gates.
1977: In England, The Police played their first gig as a three-piece after the departure of guitarist Henri Padovani.
1986: Bon Jovi released Slippery When Wet. The album eventually went six times platinum.
1992: Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love became the proud parents of Frances Bean.
1997: To announce their Bridges to Babylon tour, The Rolling Stones drove to a Brooklyn Bridge press conference in a ’55 Cadillac.
1999: Kiss and Alice Cooper’s music publishers reached a settlement out of court. Cooper sued Kiss because their song “Dreamin’” from Psycho Circus sounded a little too similar to his 1971 hit “Eighteen.”
2003: The Rolling Stones made over three hundred of their post-1971 songs available as purchasable downloads on
2005: Iron Maiden were pelted with eggs, bottle caps and ice on their last appearance at Ozzfest. The power was also cut off several times.

August 19
1964: The Beatles kicked off their second American tour at San Francisco's Cow Palace.
1980: After Alice Cooper cancelled a Toronto show because of illness, 14-hundred ticket-holders rioted.
1997: Fleetwood Mac released The Dance, the soundtrack to a TV special featuring the reunited Californian rockers.
2002: Notorious rock groupie Cynthia Plastercaster, best known for immortalizing rock star’s nether regions in plaster, began selling replicas of her work on the Internet.
2003: David Bowie played songs from his new album, Reality, at a low-key tour warm-up gig in Poughkeepsie, New York.
2005: Courtney Love was sentenced to a chemical dependency program after a judge found she broke her probation. Love admitted to taking drugs in July.

August 22
1966: Police in New York City managed to talk two teenagers down from a 22nd floor ledge. The girls had threatened to commit suicide unless they met The Beatles.
1968: John Lennon’s wife, Cynthia, sued him for divorce after she discovered Yoko Ono living in their London home.
1969: The three-day Wild West Festival started at San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium. It featured performances by Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Santana and The Youngbloods.
1970: Eric Clapton entered the studio to begin recording the Derek & The Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.
1979: Led Zeppelin released their final studio album, In Through the Out Door.
1998: Actor Jim Carrey joined Elton John onstage in Anaheim, California to sing “Rocket Man.”
2002: Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider was fired from his Connecticut radio show.

August 23
1962: John Lennon married his first wife, Cynthia, in Liverpool, England. Fellow Beatles George and Paul were in attendance. John’s wedding night was spent playing with the Beatles at Liverpool’s Riverpark Ballroom.
1966: In Chicago, Big Brother & The Holding Company signed to Mainstream Records in return for airfare back to San Francisco.
1968: Flushing Meadows in Queens hosted the New York Rock Festival, which featured the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Big Brother & The Holding Company and The Soft Machine.
1968: Ringo Starr temporarily quit The Beatles.
1970: Lou Reed left The Velvet Underground following a gig at the New York club Max’s Kansas City. The group’s manager carried on and made Doug Yule the frontman. Yule toured with a variety of line-ups and the band’s final 1973 album Squeeze featured no original members.
1975: Paul Kossoff, former guitarist with English rockers Free, had a scare when his heart stopped beating for 35 minutes. Doctors at a London hospital kept him alive until a blood clot in his leg was removed. Kossoff later emerged from his coma and returned to his band Black Night Crawler. He died the following year.
1975: Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled album entered the charts. It was the former blues band’s first record with pop-oriented songwriters Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham on board.

August 24
1967: The Beatles had their first meeting with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the Park Lane Hilton. The band was convinced they should meet the guru by George Harrison’s then-wife, Patti. Mick Jagger and his then-girlfriend, Marianne Faithfull, tagged along.
1968: To celebrate his birthday the day before, Keith Moon drove a Lincoln convertible into the pool of Flint, Michigan’s Holiday Inn.
1978: Rolling Stone put comeback kid Bruce Springsteen on its cover to herald the release of the long-awaited Darkness on the Edge of Town. It was his first album since 1975’s massive breakthrough Born to Run.
1979: The Cars attracted an audience of 500-thousand people to their free gig in New York’s Central Park.
1981: Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20-years-to-life in prison for the murder of John Lennon
1989: At the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, The Who performed their rock opera Tommy with an all-star cast that included Elton John, Billy Idol and Patti LaBelle.
1994: Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abruzzese left the band to study music. He was later replaced by Jack Irons, who had played with Red Hot Chili Peppers.

August 25
1967: The Beatles studied transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at a Spiritual Regeneration League conference in Bangor, Wales.
1970: Elton John played his first ever American concert at Los Angeles’ Troubadour.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band released their “Ramblin’ Man” single. It became their biggest hit, and went all the way to number two.
1975: Elton John was back at the Troubadour club, this time to play three benefit concerts. His residency raised 150-thousand dollars for the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA.
1982: Robert Plant's debut solo effort, Pictures At Eleven, goes gold.
1988: Metallica release their fourth album, And Justice For All. It jumped straight into the Top 10 in the U.S.
1994: Robert Plant and Jimmy Page reunite in a London studio to record Unledded, their MTV Unplugged set.
1994: A judge dissolved the marriage of Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel.
1994: Jimmy Buffett’s plane crashed into a lake following a take-off from Nantucket. Buffett escaped the plane and swam to safety.
1994: Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant shared a stage to record an episode of MTV Unplugged. The success of the show led to two more albums and several tours by the duo.
1999: Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx was charged with a breach of the peace after he told a Las Vegas audience they should turn some cars over.

August 26
1967: Jimi Hendrix releases 'Purple Haze'
1970: Jimi Hendrix performs his last concert on the Isle Of Wight.
1976: Aerosmith hits the cover of Rolling Stone.
1992: Tax inspectors in Germany investigate the Scorpions for tax-evasion.
1996: Following Phil Anselmo's near-fatal heroin overdose in Dallas, local authorities are considering charges against the Pantera frontman for possession and use of illegal substances.
2010: John Lennon's toilet, painted with blue flowers in and around the bowl, sold for £9,500 ($15,500) at a Beatles auction in Liverpool. The device was part of Lennon's Tittenhurst Park home when he bought it in 1969 and was removed three years later by a contractor, whose son-in-law decided to sell it after all these years.

August 27
1966: The Beatles performed their last live concert for a paying audience.
1970: The Kinks’ sensitive ode to a transvestite, “Lola,” was released.
1976: Spirit performed a special reunion concert in Santa Monica, California. Neil Young was so overcome, he got onstage to play “Like a Rolling Stone” with them, but guitarist Randy California pushed him away. After the band’s bass player explained Young was there by his invitation, the concert proceeded as normal.
1978: Jon Lord joins Whitesnake.
1990: In Alpine Valley, WI, Stevie Ray Vaughan is killed in a helicopter crash, along with three members of Eric Clapton's band.
1998: Reb Beach becomes the new guitarist for Dokken.
1999: KISS' $14 million film, Detroit Rock City, opens making ONLY $2 million in it's first weekend.
2001: The Runaways reunite at the Sun Theater in Anaheim, CA to perform 'Cherry Bomb'.
2002: Guns N’ Roses performed “Welcome to the Jungle” at the MTV Video Music Awards. Axl Rose, appearing with dreadlocks, was the only original member of the band onstage.
2003: Appearing on a New York radio station, Mets catcher Mike Piazza played “IRS,” a new Guns N' Roses tune from their long-awaited album Chinese Democracy. The band’s management immediately demanded the track be retrieved.

August 28
1967: The Grateful Dead and Big Brother and the Holding Company play at the wake of a Hell's Angels member who was struck by a car in San Francisco.
1968: The Doors are awarded a Gold record for "Hello, I Love You", which had reached #15 in the UK and #1 in the US.
1969: Paul and Linda McCartney become parents to a daughter they name Mary, after Paul's mother.
1971: Canada's Five Man Electrical Band saw their hit single "Signs" peak at #3 on the US Pop chart.
1973: Deep Purple received a Gold record for "Smoke On the Water", which hit #5 in the US, on its way to selling over two million copies. It was the band's biggest success since "Hush" which also reached #5 in 1968.
1976: A 'live' version of Peter Frampton's "Baby, I Love Your Way" peaks at #12 on the US Pop singles chart.
1978: Marvel Comics publishes KISS' second comic book special.
1982: Iron Maiden break from their U.S. tour to headline the Reading Festival.
1986: Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and Neil Young perform in a show that's billed as, Get Tough On Toxics, in Long Beach, California. The show also featured all of The Eagles except Glenn Frey, who was in the hospital with an intestinal disorder.
1993: Billy Joel had the number 1 album in the US when "River of Dreams" reached the top on the strength of the title track and "All About Soul". The L.P. would go on to sell over 4 million copies in America, but the album cover, which was painted by Billy's then wife Christie Brinkley, was bashed by critics, some calling it the worst album cover of the year. The couple would divorce one year later.
2002: Bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake have had their case against the Osbournes dismissed by Judge Christina A. Snyder who says that the statute of limitations had long since expired, and because the two artists could not show cause as to why they were improperly credited on the albums in question, Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman. Daisley and Kerslake were looking for over 20 million in lost songwriting royalties.

August 29
1966: Seven years to the day since John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison first performed together at Liverpool's Casbah Coffee Club, The Beatles play their last paid, public concert in front of 25,000 fans at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. The band did 11 songs in just over a half an hour, opening with "Rock & Roll Music" and closing with "Long Tall Sally". Although their latest album, "Revolver" had just been released a few weeks earlier, the band chose not to play even a single cut from it.
1967: Brian Epstein's funeral is held in Liverpool. The event was not attended by The Beatles, who wished to give his family privacy by not attracting the media and fans.
1981: The soundtrack to the film Heavy Metal, featuring Sammy Hagar and Cheap Trick, enters the album charts.
1990: Elton John checks into a rehab center in Chicago to get treatment for bulimia, alcoholism and drugs.
1992: Guns N' Roses' 'November Rain' peaks at #3 on the pop singles chart.
2009: A 1970 interview with John Lennon, in which he revealed some of the reasons that The Beatles split, appeared in Rolling Stone magazine. John said that his band mates disrespected and "insulted" his wife, Yoko Ono, adding, "They despised her... It seemed I had to be happily married to them or Yoko, and I chose Yoko." He also took a shot at his former songwriting partner, saying "We got fed up with being sidemen for Paul."

August 30
1968: The Beatles released their “Hey Jude” single. The song, written for the young Julian Lennon by Paul McCartney, went to number one.
1968: John and Yoko Lennon hosted the One on One concert in New York's Madison Square Garden, where they raised over $250,000 to aid mentally retarded children. Among the music greats appearing were Stevie Wonder and Roberta Flack.
1969: The three day Texas International Pop Festival opens in Dallas. Performers include Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and more.
1969: Bob Seger files for divorce from his wife, Sandy, after just ten months of marriage.
1972: John Lennon and Yoko Ono were joined by Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack and Sha Na Na at a fund raising concert for the One To One charity at New York's Madison Square Gardens. Several of the performances were later included on Lennon's, "Live in New York City" album.
1973: The Doors finally broke up. Following Jim Morrison’s death in July 1971, the band had released two more albums.
1981: The Rolling Stones released their Tattoo You album.
1986: David Lee Roth's 'Yankee Rose' peaks at #16.
1986: Former lead vocalist for The Spencer Davis Group, Steve Winwood had the number one record in the US with "Higher Love".
1989: Billy Joel fired his manager and former brother-in-law Frank Weber after an audit revealed discrepancies. Joel later took him to court and sued for $90 million.
1989: Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin is arrested for creating a disturbance on an airline flight.
1991: Guns N' Roses, Skid Row and Nine Inch Nails appear on the same bill at London's Wembley Stadium.
1993: Billy Joel became the first musical guest to perform on CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman after Letterman’s switch from NBC to CBS.
1999: Megadeth's Risk debuts at #16 on the Billboard charts, selling 74,000 copies in its first week.

August 31
1965: The Rolling Stones announce that Allen Klein, who they met three days ago, will co-manage the group along with Andrew Long Oldham. At the same time, they sign a five year recording deal with Decca Records.
1967: Four days after the death of Brian Epstein, The Beatles announced that they would be handling their own managerial affairs.
1968: 18-year-old Danny Kirwan joined Fleetwood Mac as their third guitarist. He was later fired after recording 1972’s Bare Trees.
1968: Cream's "Fresh Cream" enters the Billboard LP chart where it would climb to #39. It faired much better in the UK, reaching #6.
1968: Decca Records releases what has been called The Rolling Stones most political song, "Street Fighting Man". The number was written after Mick Jagger attended a March 1968 anti-war rally at London's US embassy, during which mounted police attempted to control a crowd of 25,000. The single proved to be very popular, but was kept out of the US Top 40 (reaching #48) because many radio stations refused to play it based on what were perceived as subversive lyrics.
1969: Bob Dylan makes his first paid appearance since his motorcycle accident three years earlier at England's Isle of Wight Pop Festival. He's backed by The Band and pockets £38,000 for the one hour show.
1971: A security guard was stabbed to death during a Who concert in Forest Hills, New York.
1971: The Rolling Stones and Brian Jones’ father filed a lawsuit against their first manager Andrew Oldham, citing him for “royalty deprivation.”
1973: Paul McCartney receives a Gold record for "Live and Let Die".
1974: In a US federal court, John Lennon testifies that he believes the Nixon administration tried to have him deported because of his involvement with the anti-war demonstrations at the 1972 Republican convention in Miami. He also suspected his phones were tapped and that he was under surveillance by government agents.
1974: The Rolling Stones released Goat’s Head Soup. It was not remembered as one of their classics, but on the back of the hit single “Angie,” it went to number one.
1976: George Harrison is found guilty of subconscious plagiarism of the song "He's So Fine" in writing his hit, "My Sweet Lord". He would eventually pay the copyright holder, Bright Tunes, $587,000 in damages.
1988: Julianne Phillips filed for divorce from Bruce Springsteen. “The Boss” had been seeing The E Street Band’s Patti Scialfa, whom he later married.
1989: The Rolling Stones kicked off their Steel Wheels tour at Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium.
1990: At a memorial service for guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Wonder sing "Amazing Grace".
1998: On the verge of launching, Bowie hosted several online concerts by performers that included Ani DiFranco and The Jesus & Mary Chain.
2003: Elton John, Tim McGraw and Kid Rock played the 100th birthday celebration of Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee.
2003: Poison vowed to carry on with their tour after a fire in a transport truck destroyed their instruments and stage equipment.

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