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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock History: March

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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock History: March

Rock Birthdays - March
March 1:
Jerry Donald Fisher (Blood, Sweat & Tears, Jerry Fisher & the Music Company) - 74
Roger Daltrey (The Who, The RD Crusaders, No Plan B Band, solo + more) - 73
Mike D’Abo (Manfred Mann's Earth Band, A Band Of Angels, The Manfreds, solo) - 73
Rob Affuso (Skid Row, Sebastian Bach) - 54
Ryan Peake (Nickelback) - 44
Daniel Dekay (Diemonds) -

March 2:
Lou Reed (Louis Firbank) (Velvet Underground, solo) - b. 1942 - d. 10/27/13
Rory Gallagher (Taste, solo) - b. 1948 - d. 6/14/95
Hunt Sales (Todd Rundgren, Tony Sales, Iggy Pop, Tin Machine + more) - 63
Dale Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons, Prince, Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio) - 62
Mark Evans (AC/DC, Finch, Contraband, Heaven, The Party Boys, Dave Tice Band) - 61
Steve "Lips" Kudlow (Anvil) - 61
‎Scott Dalhover‬ (‎Dangerous Toys‬) - 54
Stevie Rachelle‬ (Tuff‬) - 51

March 3:
Jance Garfat (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) - b. 1944 - d. 11/6/06
Terence Charles "Snowy" White (Pink Floyd, Thin Lizzy, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Roger Waters & The Bleeding Heart Band, Max Middleton, Snowy White's Blues Agency, Snowy White and the White Flames) - 69
Re-Styles / Shirley Marie MacLeod (The Tubes) - 67
Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon, Black Oak Arkansas, Ted Nugent, Cher) - 64
Robyn Hitchcock (Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians) - 64
John Lilley (The Hooters) - 63
Kevin Steele (Roxx Gang, The Mojo Gurus) - 54
Lonnie Vencent (Hawk, Bulletboys) - 54
David Draiman (Disturbed) - 44
Joe "Blower" Garvey (Hinder) - 33

March 4:
Chris Squire (The Selfs, The Syn, Mabel Greer's Toyshop, Yes, XYZ, Conspiracy) - b. 1948 - d. 6/27/15
Chris Rea - 66
Pete John Haycock (Climax Blues Band, Electric Light Orchestra Part II, The Love Power Band, solo) - b. 1951 - d. 10/30/13
Jason Newsted (Flotsam & Jetsam, Metallica, Voivod, Rock Star Supernova, Newsted) - 54
Paul Bostaph (Slayer, Forbidden, Testament, Blackgates) - 54
Evan Dando (The Lemonheads) - 50
Anders Jolholm (Volbeat) - 46

March 5:
Richard Bell (Full Tilt Boogie Band, Crowbar, Ronnie Hawkins, The Band, Burrito Deluxe, Porkbelly Futures, Colin Linden, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, sessionist) - b. 1946 - d. 6/15/07
Alan Clark (Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Geordie, solo + more) - 65
John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ataxia, Trickfinger, Josh Klinghoffer, The Mars Volta, Omar Rodríguez-López, Venetian Snares, Swahili Blonde, Warpaint, Truth Hurts, Pearl Jam) - 47

March 6:
Ben Keith/Bennett Keith Schaeufele (Neil Young, Great Speckled Bird, Terry Reid, Todd Rundgren, Lonnie Mack, The Band, Blue, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Paul Butterfield, J. J. Cale, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Ian and Sylvia, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Anne Murray, Ringo Starr, solo) - b. 1937 - d. 7/26/10
Hugh Grundy (The Zombies, A&R Columbia Records) - 72
Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, Kate Bush, Jokers Wild, Deep End, Richard Wright, The Orb, Bryan Ferry, solo) - 71
Walter Trout (John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, John Mayall's Bluesbrekers, Bluesbreakers, Canned Heat, The Radicals, solo) - 66
‎Joey DeMaio‬ (‎Manowar) - 63 ‬
Chris Broderick (Megadeth, Jag Panzer, Nevermore, Act Of Defiance) - 47
Jaret Reddick (Bowling for Soup, coolfork!, Jarinus, Love Händel, People on Vacation, Terminal Seasons, The Boster) - 45

March 7:
Chris White (The Zombies, Argent) - 74
Arthur Lee (The American Four, Love, solo) - b. 1945 - d. 8/3/06
Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum, Robin Trower) - 71
Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band, solo) - 71
Matt Frenette (Loverboy) - 63
Eric Knutson‬ (Flotsam And Jetsam‬) - 51
Randy Guss (Toad The Wet Sprocket) - 50
Alessandro Venturella‬ (Slipknot‬) - 39

March 8:
Micky Dolenz (Monkees) - 72
Randy Meisner (Eagles, Poco, Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band, Linda Rondstadt, solo) - 71
Michael Allsup (Three Dog Night) -70
Mel Galley (Whitesnake, Trapeze, Phenomena, Finders Keepers, Glenn Hughes, Cozy Powell, solo) - b. 1948 - d. 7/1/08
Clive Burr (Iron Maiden, Samson, Desperado) - b. 1957 - d. 3/12/13 (due to complications related to MS)

March 9:
Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere & The Raiders) - 75
John Cale (Theater of Eternal Music, The Velvet Underground, John Cage, Phil Manzanera, Nico, Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Kevin Ayers, Nick Drake, solo) - 75
Trevor Burton (The Move) - 73
Robin Trower (Procol Harum, The Paramounts, Bryan Ferry, Jack Bruce, solo) - 72
Shannon Leto (Thirty Seconds To Mars) - 47

March 10:
Dean Torrence (Jan & Dean) - 77
Tom Scholz (Boston) - 70
Ted Mckenna (Tear Gas, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Rory Gallagher, The Greg Lake Band, Michael Schenker Group, Ian Gillan, Gwyn Ashton, The Paul Rose Band Band of Friends) - 67
Gail Greenwood (Belly, L7, Boneyard) - 57
Jeff Ament (Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam, Temple Of The Dog, Green River, War Babies, Three Fish, Derranged Diction, RNDM) - 54
Rick Rubin (Producer: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, Slayer, Danzig, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Metallica, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Weezer, Linkin Park, The Cult, Neil Diamond, Joe Strummer, Mick Jagger, System of a Down, The Mars Volta, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Sheryl Crow, ZZ Top + many more) - 54
Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam) - 51
Edie Brickell (Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, The Heavy Circles, The Gaddabouts) - 51
Tommy Denander (Prolific sessionist with artists such as: Michael Jackson, Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper, Ricky Martin, BB King, Don Henley, Sheryl Crow, David Coverdale, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Toto, Fee Waybill, Richard Marx, Robin Beck, House Of Lords, Westlife, Backstreet Boys, David Archuleta, Tokio Hotel, Radioactive, Michael Schenker, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kenny Loggins, Kelly Keagy, Jimi Jamison and others) - 49
Kari Kane (Pretty Boy Floyd) - 48
John Charles LeCompt (Evanescence, We Are The Fallen, Machina, Living Sacrifice, Mourningside) - 45
Jerry Horton (Papa Roach) - 40
Ben Burnley (Breaking Benjamin) - 37
Ryan Patrick (Otherwise) -

March 11:
Harvey Mandel (Charlie Musselwhite, solo, Canned Heat, The Rolling Stones, John Mayall, Pure Food & Drug Act) - 72
Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge, Tommy Bolin, Alice Cooper, solo) - 70
George Kooymans (Golden Earring, Tornados) - 69
Robert Fleischman (Journey, Asia, Liberty N' Justice, Vince Vincent Invasion, Channel, solo, others) -
Lenny Wolf (Stone Fury, Kingdom Come) - 55
Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Damageplan, Rebel Meets Rebel, Hellyeah, Gasoline) - 53
‪‎Uli Kusch‬ (Helloween, Masterplan‬, Gamma Ray) - 50
Geoff Gayer (Leatherwolf) -
Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers, many others) - 48
Adam Wakeman (Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Snakecharmer) -
Joel & Benji Madden (Good Charlotte) - 38

March 12:
James Taylor - 69
Bill Payne (Little Feat, Phil Lesh and Friends, J. J. Cale, Doobie Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Bryan Adams, Pink Floyd, Bob Seger, Toto, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Helen Watson, Stevie Nicks, Shocking Edison, Stephen Bruton, solo, many others) - 67
Mike Gibbons (The Iveys, Badfinger) - b. 1949 - d. 10/4/05
Guy Speranza (Riot) - b. 1956 - d. 11/8/03
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden, British Lion, solo) - 61
Minoru Niihara‬ (‎Loudness‬) - 57
Matthew McDonough‬ (‎Mudvayne) - 48

March 13:
Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention, he has toured and/or recorded with Chris Rea, Jethro Tull, Jimmy Page, Andy Fairweather-Low, Rosanne Cash, Elton John, XTC, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Cat Stevens, Brian Eno, Nick Drake, Spirogyra + many more) - 69
Rustee Allen (Robin Trower, Sly & the Family Stone, Graham Central Station, others) - 64
Adam Clayton (U2, Automatic Baby, Passengers, Daniel Lanois, Little Steven) - 57
David Draiman (Disturbed, Device) - 44
Ed Sloan (Crossfire) - 40

March 14:
Jim Pons (The Turtles, The Leaves, The Mothers of Invention) - 74
Walter Parazaider (Chicago) - 72
Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies) - 55

March 15:
Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead) - 77
Mike Love (The Beach Boys) - 76
Sly Stone (Sly and The Family Stone) - 74
Howard Scott (War) - 71
Ry Cooder (Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, Buena Vista Social Club, Rising Sons, Little Village, worked with Gordon Lightfoot, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Randy Newman, John Lee Hooker, solo) - 70
Preston Hubbard (Fabulous Thunderbirds) - 64
Dee Snider (Twisted Sister, Desperado, Widowmaker) - 62
Bret Michaels (Poison, solo) - 54
Billy Sherwood (Yes, Circa, The Prog Collective, Conspiracy, solo, producer) - 52
Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) - 49
Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) - 49
Mark Hoppus (Blink 182, +44, solo) - 45
DJ Joseph Hahn (Linkin Park) - 40
Marshal Dutton (Hinder) -

March 16:
Michael Bruce (Alice Cooper, Billion Dollar Babies, The Josiah-Bruce Band, The Michael Bruce Group) - 69
Nancy Wilson (Heart) - 63
Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T, Alice Cooper, Megadeth, White Lion, Suicidal Tendencies, Lita Ford, Dokken, Black Star Riders) - 54
Wolfgang Van Halen (Van Halen, Tremonti) - 26

March 17:
Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship) b. 1941 – d. 1/28/16
John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful, solo) - 73
Pattie Boyd (ex-wife of Eric Clapton and George Harrison) - 73
Harold Ray Brown (War, Night Shift, Lowrider) - 71
Fran Byrne (Ace) - 69
Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy, The Greedies, Phenomenon, 21 Guns, Black Star Riders) - 66
Marc Russo (The Doobie Brothers, Yellowjackets) -
Wally Stocker (The Babys) - 63
Jizzy Pearl (Love/Hate, L.A. Guns, Ratt, Adler's Appetite, solo, Quiet Riot) - 59
Paul Black (LA Guns, Jo & Paul's Sonic Boom) - 58
Roxy Petrucci (Madam X, Vixen) - 55
Janet Gardner (Vixen) - 55
Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan, The Marked, Spirits in the Sky, Starchildren) - 50
Van Conner (Screaming Trees) - 50
Melissa Auf der Mar (The Smashing Pumpkins, Tinker, Hole, Hand of Doom, The Chelsea, solo) - 45
Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) - 42

March 18:
Wilson Pickett - b. 1941 - d. 1/19/06
Eric Woolfson (Alan Parsons Project, solo) - b. 1945 - d. 12/2/09
Barry "BJ" Wilson (Procol Harum, The Paramounts) - b. 1947 - d. 10/8/90
Bobby Whitlock (Bobby Whitlock and CoCo Carmel, Derek & The Dominos, Delaney & Bonnie, George Harrison, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, many others, solo) - 69
John Hartman (Doobie Brothers) - 67
Bernie Torme (Gillan, Guy McCoy Torme, Ozzy Osbourne, Atomic Rooster, Desperado, Tormé) - 65
John Elefante (Kansas, Mastedon, solo) - 59
Jeff LaBar (Cinderella, Naked Beggars, solo) - 54
Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) - 51
Adam Levine (Maroon 5) - 38

March 19:
Michael Wilhelm (The Charlatans [SF band), The Flamin' Groovies, Loose Gravel, solo) - 75
Paul Atkinson (The Zombies) - b. 1946 - d. 4/1/04
Billy Sheehan (Talas, UFO, David Lee Roth, Richie Kotzen, Marty Friedman, Tim "Ripper" Owens, B'z, Steve Vai, G3, Niacin, Mr. Big, The Winery Dogs) - 63
Zach Lind (Jimmy Eat World) - 40
Matt Mcjunkins (30 Seconds to Mars, ASHES dIVIDE, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) -

March 20:
Carl Palmer (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia, Atomic Rooster, PM, 3, solo) - 67
Jimmie Vaughan (Fabulous Thunderbirds, solo, The Vaughan Brothers, The Tilt-A-Whirll) - 66
Jance Garfat (Dr Hook & the Medicine Show) - b. 1944 - d. 11/6/06
Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) - 45
Chester Bennington (Linkin Park, Dead by Sunrise, Julien-K, Grey Daze, Stone Temple Pilots) - 41

March 21:
Eddie Money - 68
Roger Hodgson (Supertramp, Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, Argosy) - 67
Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) - 66
Andy Parker (UFO, Waysted) - 65
Robert Sweet (Stryper, Roxx Regime, King James, Blissed, Dbeality) - 57
Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats, Phantom Rocker & Slick, Headcat) - 56
Share Ross (Vixen, Contraband, Down N’ Outz) - 54
Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel) - 49
Deryck Whibley (Sum 41) - 37

March 22:
Keith Reif (Yardbirds, Ressistance) - b. 1943 - d. 3/22/43 - Reif died on May 14th 1976 from an electric shock received from his improperly grounded guitar amplifier rehearsing at home.
Chris Stainton (Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, The Grease Band, Spooky Tooth, Eric Clapton, Boxer, The Who, Jim Capaldi, Ian Hunter, Elkie Brooks, Bryn Haworth, Maddy Prior, Roger Waters, B.B. King, Jimmy Smith , David Gilmour, The Alarm, Bryan Ferry, Tundra, Billl Wyman's Rhythm Kings) - 73
Harry Vanda (Easybeats) - 71
Randy Jo Hobbs (The McCoys, Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter) - b. 1948 - d. 8/5/93
Jay Dee Daugherty (Patti Smith, Tom Verlaine, The Church, Indigo Girls + more) - 65
Aaron North (Jubilee, The Icarus Line, Nine Inch Nails) - 38
Andy Pugh (Otherwise) -

March 23:
Ric Ocasek (The Cars, solo) - 68
Phil Lanzon (Uriah Heep) - 67
Ira Black (Metal Church, Vicious Rumors, Heathen, Lizzy Borden, Attika7) - 46

March 24:
Carol Kaye (The Wrecking Crew) - 82
Mike Kellie (Spooky Tooth, The Only Ones, session drummer for; The Who (Ken Russell's film soundtrack of Tommy), Joe Cocker, Traffic, George Harrison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Peter Frampton;, Maurice Gibb, Luther Grosvenor, Paul Kossoff, Jim Capaldi, Pat Travers, Andy Fraser and more) - 70
Lee Oskar (War, S.O.B. (Same Old Band), Lowrider Band) - 69
Nick Lowe (Producer, Brinsley Schwarz, Rockpile, Elvis Costello, The Attractions, The Imposters, Huey Lewis and the News, Noise To Go, The Cowboy Outfit, Johnny Cash, Little Village, Bill Kirchen, solo) - 68
Dougie Thomson (Supertramp, The Alan Bown Set) - 66
Steve Souza‬ (‎Exodus‬) - 53
Chad Butler (Switchfoot) - 43

March 25:
Elton John - 70
Jeff Healey - Canadian guitarist, singer - b. 1966 - d. 3/2/08 of cancer
Ron Keel (Steeler, Keel, solo) - 56
Frank Ferrer‬ (‎Guns N' Roses) - 51

March 26:
Steven Tyler (Aerosmith, solo) - 69
Richard Tandy (Electric Light Orchestra, Jeff Lynne, Tandy Morgan Band) - 69
Fran Sheehan (Boston) - 68
Jeff Plate (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Metal Church, Savatage) - 55
Trey Azagthoth‬ (Morbid Angel‬) - 52
James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins, Starchildren, A Perfect Circle, Vanessa and the O's, Tinted Windows, Whiskeytown) - 49

March 27:
Andy Bown (Status Quo, The Herd, Judas Jump, Peter Frampton, Pink Floyd) - 71
Tony Banks (Genesis, Bankstatement, Strictly Inc., solo) - 67
Wally Stocker (Babys, Humble Pie, Air Supply) - 64
Andrew Farris (INXS) - 58
Kevin Chalfant (Journey, 707, Steel Breeze, The Storm, Alan Parsons Live Project) -
Johnny April (Staind) - 52
Brent Fitz (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Alice Cooper, Vince Neil, Theory Of A Deadman, Union, The Guess Who, Bulletboys, Econoline Crush) - 47
Brendan Hill (Blues Traveler, Stolen Ogre) - 47

March 28:
John Evans (Jethro Tull, John Evans Band) - 69
Jackie Chambers (Girlschool) - 57
Steve Turner (Mudhoney, The Fall-Outs, The Thrown Ups, Monkeywrench) - 52
Kofi Baker (Kofi Baker's Cream Experience, Ginger Baker, has toured with John Ethridge (Soft Machine), Steve Waller (Manfred Mann), Randy California (Spirit), Steve Marriot's Humble Pie) - 48
Matt Nathanson - 44
Dave Keuning (The Killers) - 41

March 29:
Chad Allen (Expressions, Guess Who) - 74
John 'Speedy' Keene (Thunderclap Newman, session player with The Who, Rod Stewart, Kenny G, Motörhead, The Lightning Seeds, The Mission + others, solo) - b. 1945 - d, 3/21/02
Billy Thorpe (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs, solo) - b. 1946 - d. 2/28/07
Bobby Kimball (Toto, Yoso, Far Corporation, solo) - 70
Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction, Porno for Pyros, Psi com, Satellite Party, PerryEtty vs Chris Cox) - 58
John Popper (Blues Traveler, The John Popper Project, Frogwings, The Duskray Troubadors) - 50
Donnie Vie (Enuff Z'Nuff) - 49

March 30:
Ken Forssi (Love,The Surfaris, session player) - b. 1943 - d. 1/5/98
Eric Clapton (The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Plastic Ono Band, Santana, Delaney, Bonnie & Friends, Derek and the Dominos, B.B. King, George Harrison, solo + more) - 72
Jim Dandy (Black Oak Arkansas) - 69
Dave Ball (Bedlam, Procol Harum) - b. 1950 - d. 3/31/15
Gary Falcone (Has recorded with bands and artists such as Yes, Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, Celine Dion, Don Henley, Joe Cocker, David Lee Roth, Kenny Loggins, Megadeath, Chicago, Wang Chung, Neil Diamond, Randy Newman, Aaron Neville, Janet Jackson, Sam Kinison, Barry Manilow, Sammy Hagar, Eddie Van Halen, Sergio Mendes, Thomas Dolby, Billy Joel, Patty LaBelle, Paul Stanley, Steve Vai, David Foster, Monkeys, Jose Feliciano, Lynyrd Skynrd + more) - 62
Rupert Greenall (The Fixx) - 57
Re Styles (Shirley Marie MacLeod) (The Tubes) - 57
Tracy Chapman - 53
Rick Richards (The Georgia Satellites, Izzy Stradlin and The JuJu Hounds, Raggedy Ann + more) -
Joey Castillo (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Mark Lanegan, Zilch, Wasted Youth, Goatsnake, Danzig, Sugartooth, Mark Lanegan Band, Desert Sessions, Son of Sam) - 51
Steve Summers‬ (‎Pretty Boy Floyd‬) - 51
Berry Duane Oakley (Bloodline, Oakley Krieger Band + more, others) - 44

March 31:
Herb Alpert - 82 (Formed A&M Records with Jerry Moss, at first operating from his garage at home)
Mick Ralphs (Bad Company, Mott The Hoople, David Gilmour, solo) - 73
Thiis van Leer (Focus, solo) - 69
Keith Boyce (The Heavy Metal Kids, Gates Of Dawn, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Mike Oldfield, Bram Tchaikovsky, Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns), Tim Bogert, Savoy Brown + more) -
Sean Hopper (Huey Lewis & The News) - 64
Tony Brock (The Babys, Rod Stewart, Strider, Roy Orbison, Jimmy Barnes, Elton John) - 63
Angus Young (AC/DC, Kantuckee, Tantrum, Marcus Hook Roll Band) - 62
Jeff Young (Megadeth, Equilibrium, Broken Silence) - 55
Erik Turner (Warrant) - 53

Today In Rock History
March 1
1941: The world's first commercial FM radio station, Nashville's W47NV, begins broadcasting.
1952: Already operating a recording studio, Memphis Recording Service, Sam Phillips starts Sun Records. The label launches the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.
1957: Chuck Berry's classic" 'School Days' is released.
1957: The Everly Brothers sign with Cadence Records and record 'Bye Bye Love.'
1958: Buddy Holly & The Crickets launch their one and only U.K. tour in London.
1966: Gene Clark announces he's left the Byrds. A fear of flying is given as the reason.
1958: Elvis Presley begins filming the movie 'King Creole' in New Orleans.
1961: Elvis Presley signed a five-year movie deal with producer Hal Wallis.
1963: Filming begins in Hollywood for Elvis Presley's 13th film, 'Fun In Acapulco.'
1966: A day after Liverpool’s Cavern Club closed due to bankruptcy, a hundred Beatles fans barricaded themselves inside. Still, the vacant venue, where the Beatles had a two-year residency, was later turned into a subway station.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios, London, The Beatles started recording a new song John Lennon song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.' The song was inspired by a drawing his 3 year-old son Julian returned home from school with one day. The picture, which was of a little girl with lots of stars, was his classmate - Lucy O’Donnell, who also lived in Weybridge, and attended the same school as Julian.
1967: In Ottawa, The Animals refuse to go on unless they are paid in advance. The concert is canceled. As a result, the audience riots resulting in several thousands of dollars worth of damage.
1967: 'Happy Jack' peaks at #4 on the German charts. It is The Who’s biggest singles hit in that country.
1968: Elton John’s first single 'I’ve Been Loving You Too Long' was released on the Phillips label. It didn’t chart.
1968: On or around this date, Pink Floyd officially announces Syd Barrett’s departure from the band.
1968: The Hollies played at the Civic Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
1968: Johnny Cash marries June Carter of the gospel stars The Carter Family.
1969: Jim Morrison is arrested after a Doors concert in Miami after allegedly showing his penis to the audience during a show in Miami. He would be found guilty of two misdemeanors — indecent exposure and “open profanity,” and sentenced to eight months hard labor. Morrison died in Paris while the sentence was on appeal. On December 9, 2010, a pardon was requested by outgoing Florida Governor Charlie Crist and the state Clemency Board unanimously granted it.
1969: Pink Floyd performed at University College, in Bloomsbury, London, England.
1969: The Who play Mother’s Club in Erdington Birmingham, England.
1969: The Jeff Beck Group performed at the Alexandria Roller Rink in Alexandria, Virginia.
1970: Mott The Hoople, supported by Genesis, appeared at The Northcote Arms in Middlesex, England.
1970: On The Ed Sullivan Show, two clips were aired of The Beatles performing 'Let It Be' and 'Two of Us.' It was the last time the band appeared on the show that broke them in America.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi.
1971: Tony Iommi‬ was nearly killed when a crazed fan dashed towards him with a large knife in ‎Memphis‬, TN.
1972: John Lennon was granted an extension on his American work visa.
1973: Jerry Lee Lewis' 'The Session' comes out. The album features an all-star cast, including Peter Frampton and Alvin Lee, as they roll through the oldies. It is Jerry Lee's highest charting album.
1973: The New York's Joffrey Ballet performs 'Deuce Coupe Ballet' consisting entirely of Beach Boys music.
1973: Elvis Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker renegotiates Elvis into a 50-50 split on new royalties, and lands another seven-year, fourteen-album deal with RCA for $3.5 million.
1973: Elvis Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, sells all of Elvis' back catalog recordings to RCA for a lump sum of $5.4 million, forgoing all future royalties, in an apparent attempt to garner the King some quick, much-needed cash.
1973: Pink Floyd releases 'Dark Side Of The Moon.' Though it is RIAA certified at 15X platinum, some estimates claim it has sold 50 million copies worldwide.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the New Haven Arena in New Haven, Connecticut.
1974: Rush release their self-titled debut album.
1974: Aerosmith release their 2nd studio album, 'Get Your Wings.'
1974: Queen begin their first UK tour in Blackpool.
1974: Chris Difford placed an ad in a shop window “lyricist seeks musician for co-writing.” Glen Tillbrook answered the ad. The pair went on to form Squeeze.
1975: Bob Dylan's album 'Blood On The Tracks' hits #1.
1975: The Eagles had their first million seller and first number one record in the US when 'Best of My Love' reached the top of the Billboard chart. 'Take It Easy' had made it to #12, 'Witchy Woman' reached #9, 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' hit #22 and 'Already Gone' stalled at #32.
1975: Winners at this years Grammy Awards included Paul McCartney for Best pop vocal on 'Band On The Run.'
1976: KISS‬ released their 6th single 'Shout It Out Loud.'
1976: David Bowie performed at the Detroit Olympia in Detroit, Michigan.
1977: Iggy Pop and David Bowie, plus The Vibrators appeared at Friars in Aylesbury, England.
1977: After years of estrangement, Bob Dylan's wife, Sara Lowndes -- subject of 'Lay Lady Lay' and 'Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands,' among other songs -- files for divorce in Santa Monica, CA.
1977: Manfred Mann gets their first Gold record for 'Blinded by the Light,' a song written by Bruce Springsteen. It was their first US #1 record since 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy,' thirteen years earlier.
1978: David Coverdale released his 2nd solo album, 'Northwinds.'
1980: Patti Smith marries MC 5's Fred 'Sonic' Smith in Detroit.
1981: Ted Nugent releases his live album 'Intensities In 10 Cities.‬'
1981: NBC-TV airs 'Elvis And The Beauty Queen,' the story of his final years and his relationship with girlfriend Linda Thompson, featuring future star Don Johnson as Elvis Presley.
1982: Rod Stewart performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1982: MTV launches its catchy "I Want My MTV" campaign. The effort builds public demand for cable systems to offer the channel. Pete Townshend, Mick Jagger and David Bowie v release their fourth album, 'Power Metal,' It's their first to feature Phil Anselmo on vocals.
1982: Krokus release their 6th studio album, 'One Vice at a Time' .
1985: Ford licenses The Beatles' 'Help!' for a new commercial, the very first such use of the group's songs in a TV ad.
1986: The Rolling Stones release their album 'Dirty Work'
1991: The Oliver Stone film, 'The Doors' is released.
1994: Nirvana played their final ever concert when they appeared at The Terminal Einz in Munich, Germany. The 3,000 capacity venue was a small Airport Hanger. The power went off during the show so they played an impromptu acoustic set including a version of The Cars 'My Best Friend's Girl.'
1994: Soul Asylum's 'Runaway Train' wins Best Rock Song at the 36th annual Grammy Awards in New York. Ozzy Osbourne wins Best Metal Performance Grammy for 'I Don't Want To Change The World.' Bruce Springsteen, Steve Winwood and Bonnie Raitt perform a tribute to Cutis Mayfield.
1995: Quiet Riot released their 8th studio album, 'Down to the Bone.'
1995: D-A-D released their 5th studio album, 'Helpyourselfish.'
1995: Bruce Springsteen’s 'Streets of Philadelphia' won three Grammys for Song of the Year, Best Male Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song. Sheryl Crow winss Best New Artist and Record of the Year for 'All I Wanna Do.' Soundgarden earn a pair of statues for 'Black Hole Sun' (Best Hard Rock Performance) and 'Spoonman' (Best Metal Performance) Also, the trophy for Best Rock Performance-Female went to Melissa Etheridge for 'Come To My Window.' Eric Clapton wins his ninth Grammy, winning Best Traditional Blues Album for 'From The Cradle.'
1995: R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry has a brain aneurysm during a concert in Switzerland, and has to to leave the stage.
1997: A Motley Crue fan who claimed his hearing had been irreparably damaged after a show in New Jersey had his lawsuit thrown out of court. The judge told Clifford Goldberg who had sat near the front of the stage, knew the risk he was taking.
1997: 'Bowie Bonds' were issued on the US Stock Exchange. Linked to David Bowie's back catalog albums with money earned on the bonds via interest from royalties, investors could expect to make an 8% profit in about 10 years.
2004: Warner Music Group leaves parent company Time Warner for the first time, bought out as a separate entity by investors led by former Universal Music head Edgar Bronfman Jr.
2005: Judas Priest released their 14th studio album, 'Angel of Retribution.' It's their first album in 15 years to feature Rob Halford, on vocals and it peaks at #13 on Billboard's 200‬ Chart.
2005: A British judge finds that Linkin Park cannot file lawsuits against people selling unauthorized posters of the band. The group had wanted to copyright its name to terminate the sale of bootleg merchandise.
2005: Purple Haze Records in Britan is prohibited from selling a bootleg 1969 Jimi Hendrix Experience concert. Purple Haze claims they purchased the rights from another company, who apparently didn't own the rights either.
2005: Slipknot percussionist Clown (Shawn Crahan or No. 6) skips the band's appearance NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien because his wife, who reportedly has Crohn's disease, is sick. Slipknot perform 'Before I Forget' and dedicates the song to Crahan and his family.
2006: A limited-edition line of teas featuring original artwork from late Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia are sold by the Republic of Tea company. A portion of the proceeds from J. Garcia Artisan Teas benefit DrawBridge, a nonprofit arts organization for homeless youths.
2006: Steely Dan's Donald Fagen begins his first solo tour in New Brunswick, NJ.
2006: Carlos Santana and his wife Deborah, are honored for their work with the Milagro Foundation during a Beverly Hills, CA, charity gig. The organization raises money to benefit underprivileged children around the world.
2008: 'What I Learned About Success From the World's Greatest Rock Stars' is in bookstores. Written by Rock radio personality Dayna Steele, the book has her reminiscences of interactions with Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, David Bowie, Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Sammy Hagar, U2's Bono and Ozzy Osbourne. The foreword is by KISS' Gene Simmons.
2010: U2 tops the 2009 Billboard Money Makers list earning more than $108 million. Bruce Springsteen is second with a mere $57 million.
2010: Megadeth perform their classic album, 'Rust In Peace,' in its entirety during a tour in celebration of the album's 20th anniversary. The first show is in Spokane, WA.
2011: 'Rope,' the lead single from the Foo Fighters' seventh album 'Wasting Light,' is released. The song tops the Billboard Rock Songs chart a week later.
2011: The spacesuit worn by Ozzy Osbourne in the Best Buy Super Bowl commercial is sold to raise money for Sharon Osbourne's Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
2012: The ‪AC/DC‬ pinball machine was released.
2013: Saxon released their 20th studio album, 'Sacrifice.'
2013: Jo Wood, former wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, publishes her autobiography, 'Hey Jo.' One precious moment talks about Ronnie bringing cocaine to the hospital following birth of their son Tyrone.
2016: 76-year-old Ginger Baker posted on his blog that he had cancelled all of his scheduled shows for the year and was going into immediate retirement. The former drummer for Cream and Blind Faith explained that he had been diagnosed with serious heart problems.

March 2:
1955: Bo Diddley records 'Bo Diddley' and 'I'm A Man' during his first session at Chess Records in Chicago.
1960: After completing his national service and flying back to America, Elvis Presley stepped on British soil for the first and only time in his life when the plane carrying him stopped for refueling at Prestwick Airport, Scotland.
1964: Beatles begin work on their first movie 'Hard Day's Night' in London, with director Richard Lester.
1964: Attempting to cash in, Tollie Records releases The Beatles 'Twist and Shout' in the U.S.
1968: Blue Cheer gave birth to heavy metal when their interpretation of 'Summertime Blues' was released. The single goes to #14.
1968: Cat Stevens begins a three-month hospital stay after being diagnosed with tuberculosis.
1968: 'Call Me Lighting' backed with 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' enters the US charts. It reaches #40 in the Billboard charts and #38 in Cash Box. That night The Who perform at New Edmonton Gardens in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. After the show they are thrown out of their hotel’s English-style pub for having long hair. In response John Entwhistle writes the song 'What Are We Doing Here?'
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono performed at a jazz festival in Cambridge, England. It was the first time a Beatle had performed solo.
1970: Genesis appears at the Mistrale Club, Beckenham, in the London Borough of Bromley, England.
1972: Yes appeared at the Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, New York.
1973: David Bowie played at the Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan.
1975: Los Angeles Police pull over Paul McCartney's Lincoln Continental for allegedly running a red light. They detect the smell of marijuana and arrest Linda McCartney for having six to eight ounces of the drug in her purse. Paul was driving but is not charged with anything.
1976: The Who appeared at the Pavillon de Paris in Paris.
1977: Black Sabbath performed at The Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland.
1977: Quiet Riot release their self=titled debut album in Japan. The band features Randy Rhoads on guitar.
1977: AC/DC appeared at The Top Rank in Swansea, England.
1977: David Bowie and Iggy Pop played at Newcastle City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1978: Eric Clapton performed at the Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama.
1979: Rush appeared at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.
1979: Stevie Ray Vaughn played at Soap Creek Saloon in Austin, Texas.
1980: ZZ Top performed Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1981: Iron Maiden released their 4th single, 'Twilight Zone,' from the album 'Killers.'
1983: Sony, Philips and Polygram introduce a revolutionary new digital audio system called a Compact Disc that contains up to 1 hour of music.
1984: Mick Jagger's wife Jerry Hall gave birth to Elizabeth Scarlett Jagger.
1984: 'This Is Spinal Tap' premiered, forever changing the perception of hard rock and heavy metal bands. Whether it be finding the way to the stage from the backstage tunnel, turning the amp to “11”, or the miniature Stonehenge stage setup, Spinal Tap is forever ingrained in rock n’ roll lore.
1985: Phil Collins started a five-week run at #1 on the UK chart with his third solo LP 'No Jacket Required.'
1988: U2 win a couple of Grammys (Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance) for 'Joshua Tree.'
1991: 21 years after its initial release, 'All Right Now' by Free reached #2 on the UK singles chart when it was reissued to coincide with its use in a Wrigley's Chewing gum TV ad.
1996: The Gin Blossoms released their album 'Congratulations, I'm Sorry.' It contains hits 'Til I Hear It From You' and 'Follow You Down.'
1996: Oasis scored their second UK #1 single when 'Don’t Look Back In Anger' went to #1. From the band’s 'What’s The Story Morning Glory' album, it was the first Oasis single to feature Noel on lead vocals instead of his brother, Liam Gallagher.
1999: The Las Vegas House of Blues opened with a performance by Bob Dylan. U2’s Bono joined him to sing 'Knocking on Heaven’s Door.'
2003: Singer, songwriter Hank Ballard died from throat cancer. He wrote and recorded 'The Twist' but it was only released on the B-side of a record. One year later, Chubby Checker debuted his own version of 'The Twist' on Dick Clark’s Philadelphia television show. It topped the charts and launched a dance craze that prompted the creation of other Twist songs, including 'Twist and Shout' by the Isley Brothers and 'Twistin’ the Night Away' by Sam Cooke.
2004: Metallica kicked off the first North American leg of their 137 date ‘Madly in Anger with the World Tour’ at the America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Metallica offers audio recordings of every show on their tour for sale within days of each performance via their LiveMetallica.com. website. Godsmack are the openers.
2004: Springfield, IL. Mayor Timothy Davlin proclaims Puddle Of Mudd Day following the group's gig there.
2004: 'The Essential Cheap Trick' album is released.
2005: Tesla performs an acoustic set at New York's Irving Plaza. It's part of a commemorative tour. The group's 'Five Man Acoustical Jam' was released in 1990.
2005: Fred Durst files an $80 million lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against several online media companies that hosted an illicit homemade sex video starring the Limp Bizkit vocalist. The invasion-of-privacy suit includes a motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent further distribution of the flick.
2006: Paul McCartney and wife Heather Mills head to the ice floes off the Canada's east coast to oppose the opening of seal hunting season.
2006: A woman who says she appeared in a sex tape featuring Scott Stapp and Kid Rock files an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Stapp and the company trying to distribute the video. She thought the former Creed frontman would keep the '99 tape in his private possession, while Stapp maintains the video was stolen from him. The woman wants the tape taken out of circulation and a few dollars to cover emotional distress.
2007: U2 singer Bono receives the Chairman's Award at the NAACP's 38th Image Awards in L.A.
2007: The Orcutt Children's Arts Foundation honors Jackson Browne at its fourth annual event in Santa Maria, CA. The foundation raises money to fund opportunities for local schoolchildren to take part in visual and performing-arts activities.
2007: Jimi Hendrix was crowned the 'wildest guitar hero' of all-time in a poll of music fans for Classic Rock magazine. Hendrix beat Keith Richards into second place, with Stevie Ray Vaughan in third. Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page made it to number four, followed by Dimebag Darrell, who played for several heavy metal bands including Pantera and Damageplan.
2008: Canadian guitarist and singer Jeff Healey died of cancer. Healey lost his sight to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes when he was eight months old, resulting in his eyes being surgically removed. After living cancer-free for 38 years, he developed sarcoma in his legs. Despite surgery for this, the sarcoma spread to his lungs and ultimately was the cause of his death. Healey released over 12 albums, presented a long running radio show and worked with many artists including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, BB King, ZZ Top, Steve Lukather, Eric Clapton and Ian Gillan.
2008: Nine Inch Nails release their sixth album, an almost entirely instrumental 'Ghosts I-IV,' as a free digital release - a concept they will revisit with their next album, 'The Slip,' in July. Physical copies are sold at a regular price a few months after the digital releases.
2009: U2 begins a five-night run on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman to promote their album 'No Line On The Horizon.' It's the group's first performance on Lettermen since 2001.
2009: Van Morrison is the first-ever musical guest on the debut of NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Morrision performs songs from his 1968 album 'Astral Weeks.'
2010: The Music of The Who, a charity tribute concert, takes place at New York's Carnegie Hall. Performances of The Who's catalog by Patti Smith, Living Colour and others, benefits Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Church Street School for Music & Art and The American Symphony Orchestra.
2012: Five days after Kid Rock endorsed Mitt Romney for President, Motor City Madman Ted Nugent does the same.
2013: A pencil doodle by Paul McCartney when he was a teenager sold for over $5,000. The sketches were drawn by McCartney during the late 1950’s while a student at the Liverpool Institute High School For Boys. The drawings showed multiple faces with different expressions on a single sheet of paper in pencil. The auction house said the drawing sold for $5,692.
2014: Nominated for Best Original Song, U2 plays 'Ordinary Love,' from the movie 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom,' during the Oscars. But they lose to "Let It Go" from the movie 'Frozen.'
2015: Europe released their 10th studio album, 'War of Kings.'

March 3
1956: Elvis Presley's RCA debut, 'Heartbreak Hotel,' enters the Top 100. It starts at #68 but eventually goes to #1.
1963: The Beatles played the last show on a UK tour supporting Helen Shapiro at The Gaumont Cinema in Hanley, Stoke.
1965: Eric Clapton plays his last show with The Yardbirds, leaving to join John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. He is replaced by Jeff Beck.
1966: The Rolling Stones start work on 'Aftermath' in Hollywood. The album contains 'Paint It Black' with Brian Jones on sitar.
1966: Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Richie Furay, Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin created the group, Buffalo Springfield. Their stay on the Rock music scene would only last a couple of years before the group would fragment. Stills teamed up with David Crosby of The Byrds and Graham Nash of The Hollies to form Crosby, Stills and Nash, while Young released several solo projects before joining them. Furay got together with Jim Messina and Randy Meisner to create Poco in 1968. Palmer dropped out of the lime light while Martin toured as Buffalo Springfield with fill-in musicians.
1966: The Who played at the Victoria Ballroom in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England.
1967: The Jeff Beck group, featuring a virtually unknown singer named Rod Stewart, along with bass player Ron Wood and drummer Aynsley Dunbar, make their debut in London, England.
1967: A twice-nightly tour kicked off in the UK at The ABC in Romford Essex featuring, The Small Faces, Jeff Beck, Roy Orbison and Paul and Barry Ryan.
1967: The Doors appear at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at Market Hall in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England.
1967: After a promoter refuses to pay the Animals an advance for their concert in Ottawa, the band decides not to play. The audience riots and causes $5,000 in damages
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
1968, Blood, Sweat & Tears appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: Led Zeppelin recorded their first BBC Radio 1 'Top Gear' session during the afternoon at the Playhouse Theatre in London, England.
1970: Genesis plays at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.
1971: South African radio lifts five-year ban on Beatles.
1971: Elton John makes his first major London appearance at the Royal Albert Hall. He's backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco
1973: Jimi Hendrix's personal manager, Michael Jeffrey, was one of 68 people killed in a plane crash in France. Jeffery was en route to a court appearance in London related to Hendrix.
1973: The live album 'The Concert for Bangla Desh,' taken from the Madison Square Garden benefit concert organized by George Harrison, and featuring Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, wins the Grammy for Album of the Year.
1973: Slade's 'Cum On Feel The Noize' entered the UK at #1, making Slade the first act to achieve this since The Beatles.
1973: The #1 Billboard Album is Elton John's 'Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player.'
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd played at Ellis Auditorium North Hall in Memphis, Tennessee.
1975: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
1976: David Bowie performed at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1977: The first night of an UK tour with Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Cherry Vanilla, and The Police kicked off at the Roxy Club in London.
1978: Van Halen start their first ever US tour in Chicago as the opening act for Journey and Montrose. Even then, they had the legendary "brown M&Ms" provision in their contract. It ends in December after 174 shows.‬
1978: Whitesnake (originally billed as David Coverdale’s Whitesnake) plays its first show in England at Lincoln Technical College. What was supposed to be their first show at The Nottingham Sky Bird Club had been cancelled‬ due to logistical problems - the stage was too small. The band is comprised of David Coverdale, guitarist Mick Moody, fellow guitarist Bernie Marsden, bassist Neil Murray, keyboardist Pete Solley and drummer David “Duck” Dowle.
1980: Sotheby's hold their first auction of rock memorabilia. Four dollar bills signed by The Beatles sell for $528. A napkin signed by Elvis Presley fetches $800.
1981: U2 begins their first major tour of the US with two shows at a Washington, DC, club called The Bayou.
1981: The Elvis Presley documentary movie, 'This Is Elvis' (with Ral Donner narrating) premieres in Memphis.
1983: A Hell’s Angels biker identified only as “Butch” confirms, in front of a U.S. Senate hearing, that the motorcycle gang had indeed taken out a contract to kill Mick Jagger. The Rolling Stones leader was seen as having blamed the gang for the death of concertgoer Meredith Hunter at Altamont.
1986: 'Master Of Puppets,' the 3rd studio album by Metallica is released. It's the group's first record to be certified gold for sales of over 500,000 copies but their last to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who dies in a bus crash in Sweden while the group is touring to promote the album.
1989: Triumph release their greatest hits 'Classics' album.
1989: D-A-D release their 3rd album, 'No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims.'
1990: During a world tour Paul McCartney played the first of 6 sold-out nights at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The final night was broadcast live to venues in 10 other Japanese cities.
1993: Sting holds his 3rd annual Rainforest benefit concert at New York's Carnegie Hall. In addition to the ex-Police frontman, Don Henley, Bryan Adams and Tina Turner perform.
1994: In Italy Kurt Cobain lapses into a coma after overdosing on the drug Rohypnol. After having his stomach pumped, he awakes from his coma. This possible suicide attempt is a precursor to his death by his own hand about a month later.
1994: The Smashing Pumpkins were banned from appearing on BBC TV's 'Top Of The Pops' due to the content of the song's lyrics.
1995: Foo Fighters made their live debut during a benefit show at The Satyricon in Portland, Oregon.
1995: R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry undergoes successful brain surgery. Berry collapsed due to a brain aneurysm during a concert in Switzerland.
1997: U2's ninth studio album, 'Pop' is released. It hits #1 in 35 countries, including the U.S.
1998: Bad Religion's breakthrough album, 'Stranger Than Fiction,' released almost four years earlier, is certified gold by the RIAA, becoming the band's only album to achieve this certification in the United States.
1999: Oasis agreed to pay their former drummer Tony McCarroll a sum of £550,000 ($935,000) after he sued the Manchester band for millions in unpaid royalties. McCarroll had been fired from the band in 1995.
1999: US music professor Peter Jeffrey went to court to sue The Smashing Pumpkins, their promoters and a company who make ear plugs after claiming his hearing was damaged at a concert in Connecticut.
2004: Elton John announced he was planning to marry his long-term partner David Furnish if new UK laws allowed it. A Civil Partnership bill was being passed through Parliament which would give gay couple's greater rights.
2006: Axl Rose files a counterclaim in Los Angeles against his former Guns N' Roses bandmate Slash to reaffirm his control of the band's copyrights. The singer contends that Slash and ex-GN'R bassist Duff McKagan have filed 'baseless lawsuits' against him. "Axl has a responsibility to protect the Guns N' Roses legacy and expose the truth," says Rose's lawyer.
2006: Gary Glitter (born Paul Gadd) is sentenced to three years in a Vietnamese prison after being found guilty of molesting two young girls ages 10 and 11.
2007: Incubus play their first-ever concert in Iceland.
2007: Peter Frampton narrates a recital of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf at a library in Independence, KY. The free lunchtime performance features music by the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.
2008: Beatles engineer Norman Smith died at the age of 85. Smith who worked on every studio recording the band made between 1962 and 1965 was nicknamed "Normal Norman" by John Lennon. As a producer in 1966, he signed Pink Floyd and produced their early albums.
2008: The Black Crowes release their 7th studio album, 'Warpaint.'
2008: Kid Rock's attorney enters a not-guilty plea in Georgia's DeKalb County State Court in regard to an 2007 fight Rock was involved in at an Atlanta Waffle House restaurant. Rock faces a misdemeanor battery charge after being arrested along with members of his entourage five months earlier following an altercation. Rock claims he was provoked.
2008: Scott Weiland exits a rehab facility after undergoing treatment for an undisclosed substance problem. The singer faces a charge of driving under the influence of drugs. Two days later he pleads not guilty.
2009: Queensryche release their 12th studio album, 'America Soldier,' a concept album looking at war from a frontline soldier's perspective.
2009: To celebrate the release of U2’s 12th studio album and their appearance every night for a week on The Late Show with David Letterman, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg temporarily renames part of 53rd Street in midtown Manhattan, U2 Way.
2009: England's Liverpool Hope University announces a Master of Arts program focusing on The Beatles. Students complete four 12-week modules and write a dissertation in the postgraduate class titled 'The Beatles, Popular Music and Society.'
2010: Police storm the set of Megadeth's 'Right To Go Insane' video because the band is using a M68a tank. The band had neglected to inform authorities about the tank so panic ensued.
2010: The Israeli boycott of Metallica ends peacefully when an agreement is reached to lower ticket prices. The controversy stemmed from fan complaints about the cost of admission for concert at the Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv.
2011: R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe performs at the annual Tibet House U.S. benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. The event is hosted by composer Philip Glass and includes an appearance by Patti Smith.
2011: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler launches a new mobile phone app called Steven Tyler's AppSoLewdly. Available exclusively at iTunes, the app allows fans access to uncensored content, including photos and videos made by Tyler.
2012: Twisted Sister honor a fallen police officer at a benefit show at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. John Falcone, a Poughkeepsie police officer, was killed while on duty the previous month. "We tend to do our benefits based on the proximity of the person and the place, the conditions, the circumstances, as it relates to us," explains guitarist Jay Jay French. All proceeds go to law enforcement support organizations.
2012: Legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose dies at the age of 65. He the bands Montrose and Gamma and also performed and did session work with a variety of musicians, including Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock, Van Morrison, The Beau Brummels, Boz Scaggs, Beaver & Krause, Gary Wright, Tony Williams, The Neville Brothers, Dan Hartman, Marc Bonilla, Edgar Winter, and Johnny Winter. The first Montrose album was often cited as "America's answer to Led Zeppelin" and Montrose the guitarist was often referred to as one of the most influential guitarists in American hard rock.
2015: 'Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute' album was released. It featured Gus G, Brad Gillis, Doug Aldrich, George Lynch, Jon Donais, Bernie Torme, Joel Hoelkstra, Tom Morello, Bruce Kulick and more.
2015: Keith Richards objected to a planned £1.5million cafe being built on a beachfront near his country mansion. The guitarist lodged an objection against the new development which is near his Redlands estate where he was famously arrested with band mate Mick Jagger in 1967 in a drugs raid. Richards is opposed to the planned restaurant which was earmarked for West Wittering beach in West Sussex.
2017: Former American Idol singer James Durbin joins Quiet Riot as new vocalist.

March 4
1963: 'Surfin' U.S.A.' by The Beach Boys, With lead vocals by Mike Love climbs to #3 on the pop chart.
1966: The Who release 'Substitute' as a single.
1966: John Lennon's statement that The Beatles were 'more popular than Jesus Christ' was published in The London Evening Standard. “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular then Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and ordinary.” Christian group's in the US were outraged resulting in some states burning Beatles records. Lennon later apologized.
1967: Eighteen year old Stevie Winwood and his brother, Muff, announce they are leaving The Spencer Davis Group. Steve forms Traffic later that year.
1967: The Rolling Stones' 'Ruby Tuesday' went to #1 the Billboard singles chart after American disc jockeys shied away from playing the flip side, 'Let's Spend The Night Together.'
1967: Janis Joplin performs with the Steve Miller Band in the Journey to the End of Night event at California Medical Center auditorium.
1967: The Who played at the California Ballroom in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England.
1970: In Tampa, Florida, Janis Joplin is fined $200 for using obscene language during a November 1969 concert there. Joplin is currently in Rio de Janeiro, where she hopes to “get off drugs and dry out.”
1971: The Rolling Stones announced that they were to become the UK's first rock and roll tax exiles, residing in France. The band also kicked off a 9-date UK tour at Newcastle City Hall, supported by The Groundhogs.
1972: Badfinger receive a Gold record for the Billboard #4 hit, 'Day After Day.' The song featured George Harrison on guitar and Leon Russell on piano.
1972: Neil Young's 'Harvest' hits the U.S. LP chart.
1972: David Bowie performed at Southsea Pier Pavilion in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
1973: To promote new album 'Dark Side of the Moon,' Pink Floyd being a three-week tour of the U.S. at the Dane County Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1974: Queen performed at Festival Hall in Paignton, England.
1975: Led Zeppelin played at the Dallas County Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Tickets were priced from $6.50 to $8.50.
1976: Crazy Horse appeared at the Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan.
1977: Rolling Stones record their album 'Love You Live' in concert at Toronto's El Macombo Club.
1977: CBS released The Clash's self- titled first album in the UK. CBS in the U.S. refused to release it until 1979. Americans bought over 100,000 imported copies of the record making it one of the biggest- selling import records of all time.
1978: The internal Revenue Service carried out a dawn raid at the home of Jerry Lee Lewis and removed cars worth over $170,000 to pay off his tax debts.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo.
1978: David Coverdale's new band Whitesnake play their first show at Lincoln Technical College.
1982: Frank Zappa's son Dweezil and his daughter Moon Unit formed a band called Fred Zeppelin. Their first single was 'My Mother is a Space Cadet.'
1983: Thin Lizzy's 12th and final studio album, 'Thunder and Lightning' is released.
1984: The Police play the final concert of their Synchronicity tour in Melbourne, Australia. It is their last show, except for a few special events together, until 2007.
1985: Trouble release their 2nd studio album, 'The Skull.'
1985: Accept released their 6th studio album, 'Metal Heart.'
1986: Richard Manuel commits suicide by hanging. He was 42. Manuel was best known as the pianist, regular lead singer, and occasional drummer of the Band. After kicking his drug and alcohol addiction, Manuel became despondent when manager and father figure Albert Grossman died, and returned to his addictions. Prior to his death, he had ingested cocaine and an entire bottle of Grand Marnier. In 1994, Manuel was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Band.
1988: David Lee Roth starts his 'Skyscraper' Tour in Lakeland, Florida. It ends Dec. 13th after 146 shows. ‬
1988: Def Leppard starts European leg of the 'Hysteria' Tour in Stockholm, Sweden with McAuley Schenker Group as openers.‬
1989: Time Inc. and Warner Communications merge into Time Warner, creating the world's largest media company.
1993: Pearl Jam wins Best New Band and singer Eddie Vedder nabs Best New Male Singer at Rolling Stone's Music Awards. Meanwhile, the Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea (Michael Balzary) is voted Best Bassist in Rolling Stone's Reader's Picks.
1994: Kurt Cobain was rushed to hospital after overdosing on alcohol and drugs in a Rome hotel during a Nirvana European tour. Cobain had taken 50-60 pills of Rohypnol mixed with champagne; rumours on the internet claimed that Kurt was dead.
2004: Brian Wilson appeared at the Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow during his 11-date UK tour. The shows saw Wilson performing the full suite of songs from his unreleased masterpiece Smile.
2005: 'Be Cool,' the sequel to the 1995 film 'Get Shorty,' is released with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler portraying himself.
2005: 3 Doors Down perform at the launch of the college sports network ESPNU in Stillwater, OK. The live telecast takes place at a pep rally hosted by Oklahoma State University prior to their basketball game against the University of Texas.
2005: Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton hosts Peace Games 2nd annual School House Rocks benefit in Boston. The bassist, a longtime supporter of Peace Games, a youth charity that promotes anti-violence, performs and donates a package of Aerosmith memorabilia for a silent auction held at the event.
2008: The Black Crowes release their 'Warpaint' album, containing the single 'Goodbye Daughters Of The Revolution.'
2008: Louis Vuitton announces that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is the new public face of French luxury handbag and luggage fashion house. Richards donates his modeling fee to Al Gore's Climate Project.
2009: Not Fade Away Gallery in New York unveils a display titled 'The British Are Coming: The Beatles and the Rolling Stones 1964-66' featuring many unseen photos taken Bob Bonis who served as tour manager for both groups.
2010: A video for President Obama's United We Serve volunteer program featuring Jon Bon Jovi makes its debut at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
2011: Kings Of Leon perform 'The Immortals' in a video which is shown in movie theaters (and later on TV) to promote the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship on Turner Sports and CBS.
2011: In an interview with Al Jazeera, Roger Waters (ex-Pink Floyd) encourages fellow musicians to avoid playing shows in Israel. "I'm against Israel for exactly the same reasons that I was against South Africa: it's a two-tiered racist system," Waters says.
2011: Duff McKagan launches Meridian Rock, a money management company for Rock stars. The bassist, who took courses and schooled himself in money matters, has also written financial columns for the Seattle Weekly and Playboy.com.
2011: Detroit members of the NAACP protest the organization's plans to give their Great Expectations Award to Kid Rock. They claim Rock's use of the Confederate flag in his shows does not fit with the organization's mission.
2012: According to Nielsen SoundScan in the US, vinyl sales increased 36 percent in 2011 compared to the previous year, concluding that vinyl records where making a big comeback for music fans.
2012: The Black Keys are inducted into the Firestone High School's Hall of Fame. Drummer Pat Carney and singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach are both graduates of the Ohio school.
2015: Kid Rock's 'First Kiss' album sells 137,000 units in its debut week to land at #2 on the Billboard 200.
2015: Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker states that guitarist Tom DeLonge's "indefinite" departure from the group should just be definite. "I think the right thing for him to do would (be to) just man up and quit the band. I think that would give him some closure too." The comment comes after a series of acrimonious statements between band members.
2015: Beastie Boys' 'Licensed To Ill' is certified as selling 10 million copies by the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA). The trio's debut album was released in 1986.

March 5
1951: Ike Turner cuts 'Rocket 88,' a song many consider the first Rock n' Roll record. Three months later it tops the R&B chart.
1955: Elvis Presley makes his regional T.V. debut on 'The Louisiana Hayride.' It's the first time the show is carried over the TV airwaves by local station KWKH, making this Presley's first television appearance.
1959: Chuck Berry performs 'Almost Grown' and 'Little Queenie' on American Bandstand.
1960: Sgt. Presley leaves the Army after a two year hitch. Elvis gets discharged at Fort Dix, NJ.
1963: The Beatles recorded what would be their third single ‘From Me to You’ just five days after John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song. Originally planned as the B-side of the record, it was switched to the A-side during the recording session, with ‘Thank You Girl’ demoted to the B-side. The song was written while riding on a tour bus (opening for Helen Shapiro).
1965: The Mannish Boys released their debut single 'I Pity The Fool', featuring a young David Bowie.
1965: Rolling Stones kicked off their fifth UK tour at The Regal Theatre, Edmonton, London. A 14-date package tour with The Hollies, The Konrads and Dave Berry and the Cruisers.
1965: The Yardbirds release 'For Your Love.'
1966: The Yardbirds begin recording their final album, 'Little Games.' It's future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page's only complete album with the band.
1967: The Lovin’ Spoonful appeared at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
1967: Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, The Ryan Brothers and Lee Dorsey all perform at the Saville Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in London. Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles leased the theatre in 1965, presenting both plays and music shows. The venue became notorious for its Sunday night concerts.
1968: Jerry Lee Lewis opens as Iago in Catch My Soul, a rock musical version of Shakespeare's Othello, in Hollywood.
1969: The rock magazine Creem is published for the first time.
1969: Elvis Presley goes to Hollywood and begins filming his last non-concert movie, Change Of Habit, co-starring Mary Tyler Moore as a nun who falls for Elvis.
1969: Yes played at the Marquee Club in London.
1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono check into the London Clinic. Later in the month the couple begin a primal-scream course led by therapist Dr. Arthur Janov. Lennon starts writing songs, such as 'Mother' and 'Isolation' – that will appear on Plastic Ono Band.
1971: Led Zeppelin kick off what they call their "Thank-you" tour by playing in some of the same UK halls and clubs that they appeared in when they were first starting out. Their contracts state that they will play for their 1968 fee if club owners agree to charge 1968 prices at the door. The first show was at The Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of 'Black Dog,' 'Stairway To Heaven.' 'Going To California' and 'Rock And Roll.'
1971: Badfinger begin their first tour as headliners with a gig in Toledo, OH.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Long Beach Civic Arena in Long Beach, California.
1972: The Grateful Dead played at San Francisco’s Winterland Arena.
1973: The former US manager of Jimi Hendrix Michael Jeffrey was one of 68 people killed in a plane crash in France. Jeffery was en-route to a court appearance in London related to Hendrix.
1974: Gregg Allman's 'Laid Back' goes gold. The album, released the previous year, contains 'Midnight Rider.'
1975: Rod Stewart meets actress Britt Eklund at a party at Joni Mitchell's house, beginning a 5-year romance.
1975: Rush played at the Electric Ballroom in Atlanta, Georgia.
1976: David Bowie appeared at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1976: Slade release their 5th studio album, 'Nobody's Fools.'
1977: AC/DC performed at the County Cricket Ground in Northampton, England.
1977: C-H-U-M radio contest winners get to see the Rolling Stones in a Toronto nightclub. Some tracks recorded that night wind up on 'Love You Live.'
1979: ABC Records (US) cites declining profits and goes out of business.
1981: The Grateful Dead played at Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1982: John Belushi died of a drug overdose at the age of 33. He and Dan Aykroyd had a hit record as The Blues Brothers in 1978 with a remake of the Sam and Dave classic, 'Soul Man,' while their album 'Briefcase Full of Blues' reached #1 on the Billboard 200, going double Platinum. Belushi was one of the original cast members on Saturday Night Live, played “Joliet” Jake Blues in The Blues Brothers and also appeared in the film 'Animal House.' His tombstone reads “I may be gone, but rock n roll lives on.”
1983: Cliff Burton played his very first gig with Metallica at The Stone in San Francisco, CA. ‎Kirk Hammett‬ also played his last show with ‪Exodus. Order of Performances 1. Lääz Rockit, 2. Exodus, 3. Metallica.
1983: Aerosmith appeared at the Cape Cod Coliseum in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
1983: ‎Twisted Sister‬ played the famed Marquee Club in ‪‎London‬.
1984: Yngwie J. Malmsteen's 1st album,'Rising Force' is released.
1984: David Gilmour released his 2nd solo studio album, 'About Face.'
1985: Eric Clapton performed at the Wembley Arena in London.
1985: REO Speedwagon's 'Can't Fight This Feeling' is #1 on the Billboard singles charts.
1992: R.E.M. cleaned up in The Rolling Stone Music Awards winning Album of the year, for 'Out Of Time', Artist of the year, Best single for 'Losing My Religion', Best video for 'Losing My Religion' and Best band, Best guitarist and Best songwriter awards.
1994: Grace Slick is arrested for pointing a shotgun at police in her Tiburon, CA home. In June, she would be sentenced to 200 hours of community service and three month's worth of Alcoholic's Anonymous meetings.
1999: Trauma Entertainment files a $40 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against the members of Bush for failure to deliver their next album.
2001: Aerosmith release their 13th studio album, 'Just Push Play.'
2002: Black Label Society release their 3rd album, '1919 ★ Eternal.'
2002: The first episode of 'The Osbournes' TV show was aired on MTV in the US. Focusing on Ozzy and his family, they bicker, squabble, curse and hang out backstage at Ozzy's shows. In its first season, it became the most-viewed series to date on MTV.
2004: Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down is arrested in Moss Point, MS, after allegedly assaulting a newspaper carrier who accused him of stealing papers from a coin-operated vending machine. An attorney for Harrell contends that the bassist paid for the newspapers.
2005: A charity cover of 'Across The Universe' marks the first time in nine years that a John Lennon/Paul McCartney song lands on the Billboard Hot 100 (#22). The Beatles originally recorded the song in 1969 for the World Wildlife Fund and it appeared on 'Let It Be.' Bono, Velvet Revolver and other artists performed the song at the Grammys to raise funds for Tsunami Aid.
2005: A commemorative plaque for the The Jimi Hendrix Experience was unveiled in Loisin-sous-Lens. Hendrix had appeared at The Twenty Club when it opened in 1967. It was his first European tour where he was totally unknown. Club owner Rikki Stein stated: “The place was packed and at the end of ’Wild Thing’, his first number, there was total silence. The entire audience just stood there, open-mouthed. They’d never seen or heard anything like it in their life.”
2006: Elton John hosts an Academy Awards party to benefit his AIDs Foundation. The event raises $2.9 million.
2006: David Crosby was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana after leaving his bag in a New York hotel. The luggage was found by a hotel employee looking for identification, finding instead a handgun and weed.
2007: Records by the Rolling Stones and Paul Simon were chosen for preservation by the US Library of Congress. The Stones' 'Satisfaction' and Simon's 'Graceland' album entered the National Recordings Registry, which preserves historic works for future generations. Other recordings chosen this year included Carl Perkins' 'Blue Suede Shoes,' 'Be My Baby' by The Ronettes, 'A Change Is Gonna Come' by Sam Cooke and the album 'The Velvet Underground and Nico.'
2007: Saxon released their 17th studio album, 'The Inner Sanctum.'
2007: Deftones announce plans to donate royalties from their 'Hole In The Earth' ringtone to Virgin Mobile's RE*Generation, an advocacy group focused on at-risk and homeless teens. The initiative, which began in 2006, is a partnership with StandUp for Kids and YouthNoise nonprofit organizations.
2008: Just two days out of rehab, Scott Weiland enters a not guilty plea through his attorney to a charge that he was driving under the influence of drugs when he was arrested on a Los Angeles freeway on-ramp the previous November. The Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver singer remains free on $40,000 bail but faces up to one year in prison if convicted.
2009: Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix, entities who oversee the late Jimi Hendrix's copyrights, are back in court again as they file a trademark-infringement lawsuit in a federal court charging the Las Vegas-based HendrixLicensing.com with selling unauthorized Hendrix-branded merchandise. "Protection of my brother's legacy and his unique gift is our family's highest priority," says the late guitarist's stepsister and Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix.
2010: Over 100 tracks from Linkin Park's 'LP Archives: Official Tour Bootlegs' are available for download to LP Underground fan club members.
2011: 61 year-old Charles Mulchrone's teenage love for The Beatles paid dividends when he sold his old autograph book at Sheppard's auction house, Durrow, for 1,300 euros. It contained the signatures of John Lennon and Yoko Ono when the couple stayed at a hotel in Mulranny in the summer of 1968. Charles plucked up the courage to approach them and got their signatures, he said they were "sweet as pie" to him. John Lennon had bought Dorinish island in Clew Bay, Ireland and it was said that he had wanted to build a house there.
2013: Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe is acquitted of manslaughter charges by a Czech court. He was accused of pushing Daniel Nosek off the stage during a 2010 Lamb Of God show, leading to a head injury which later caused Nosek's death. "I am a free man," says Blythe, following the verdict. "Please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. I only wish for them peace."
2013: 'People, Hell And Angels,' a collection of 12 previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix recordings, laid down between 1968 and '70, is released.
2013: Krokus released their 17th studio album, 'Dirty Dynamite.'
2013: Linkin Park begins selling a special bracelet with all of the proceeds going to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Sales go through the band's non-profit foundation, Music for Relief.
2013: Rock & Brews announces that KISS legend Paul Stanley will join Gene Simmons in the restaurant venture.‬
2014: 'One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band,' debuts at #10 on the New York Times Best Sellers List. The oral history contains never before published interviews with band members.

March 6
1958: The Everly Brothers record their hit ballad 'All I Have To Do Is Dream.'
1965: Rolling Stones record tracks in Liverpool for 'Got Live if You Want It' LP.
1965: 'The Rolling Stones Number 2' album went back to #1 on the UK charts for six weeks.
1966: The Rolling Stones started recording sessions for their tenth UK single ‘Paint It Black’ at RCA studios in Hollywood. It was originally titled 'Paint It Black' without a comma. Keith Richards has stated that the comma was added by the record label, Decca.
1967: The Beatles recorded sound effects onto the song ‘Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band’ at Abbey Road studios in London. The beginning audience murmurs and sounds of a band preparing for a performance are added, along with screams from a tape of the Beatles in concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
1970: A far out line-up at the Fillmore East in New York - Neil Young & Crazy Horse, the Steve Miller Band and Miles Davis.
1970: David Bowie released the single 'The Prettiest Star' in the UK as a follow-up single to 'Space Oddity'. The track featured Marc Bolan on guitar, with whom Bowie would spend the next few years as a rival for the crown of the king of glam rock. Despite receiving good reviews, the single reportedly sold fewer than 800 copies, a major disappointment on the back of the success of 'Space Oddity.'
1970: Charles Manson released an album called Lie to help raise money for his defense in the Tate-LeBianca murder trial. The album jacket was made to look like a cover of Life magazine with the letter f removed from the word Life. In the mid sixties, Manson had been a wanna-be musician who befriended Beach Boys’ drummer Dennis Wilson, eventually talking the group into recording one of his songs, 'Cease To Exist.' The title was changed to 'Never Learn Not To Love' and was released as the B-side of the single 'Bluebirds Over The Mountain,' which eventually climbed to #61 in the US in early 1969.
1970: Canned Heat and Bloodrock appeared at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1971: Led Zeppelin performed at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. It's the group's first show in Dublin, where they played 'Stairway To Heaven' live for only the second time.
1971: The Rolling Stones performed at the Coventry Theatre in Coventry, West Midlands, England.
1972: Pink Floyd played the first night on a 7-date tour of Japan at the Tokyo-To Taiikukan, in Tokyo, Japan.
1973: John Lennon's visa extension is cancelled by the U.S. Immigration Department. It's just another step in the long legal battle to determine whether Lennon will be allowed to stay. In the end, Lennon wins.
1973: An attempt to bring Elvis Presley to the UK for shows at London’s Earl’s Court failed. Promoters had hoped that Elvis would be available during the summer but were told that Elvis now had US tour and filming commitments.
1974: Yes played at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1975: Genesis performed at the Pavilhao dos Desportos in Cascais. Portugal.
1975: Average White Band win gold record for 'Pick Up the Pieces.'
1975: Led Zeppelin is awarded a gold record for their classic double album 'Physical Graffiti.'
1976: Fleetwood Mac release the Stevie Nicks-penned single 'Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win).' It’s becomes their biggest hit so far, peaking at #11.
1976: Elton John was immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds in London. The first rock star to be so since The Beatles.
1977: Rush appeared at The Palladium in New York.
1979: Roxy Music performed at the Congresgebouw in The Hague, Netherlands.
1982: King Crimson played at Alexander Hall at Princeton University.
1982: Dick Clark's American Bandstand podium is given to the Smithsonian.
1987: Bon Jovi film part of their video for 'Wanted Dead Or Alive' at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN.
1988: Frank Zappa appeared at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
1989: Dream Theater released their debut studio album, 'When Dream and Day Unite.'
1989: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and wife Theresa become parents to daughter Chelsea Anna.
1990: Aerosmith is inducted into Hollywood's Rock Walk on Sunset Boulevard.
1993: Bon Jovi's 'Bed Of Roses' peaks at #10 on Billboard's Hot 100. It was their 9th Top 10 in the US.
1995: During a 12-date tour of Australian and New Zealand, Pearl Jam played at Perth Entertainment Center in Perth, Australia.
2000: Eric Clapton is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a third time, a first. Now in as a solo artist, he's also in as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. The Lovin' Spoonful, Bonnie Raitt, legendary L.A. session drummer Hal Blaine and guitar pioneer Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley) are also inducted.
2001: Metallica land in 18th place on Forbes Magazine's list of Most Powerful Celebrities.
2004: David Crosby was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana after leaving his bag in a New York hotel. The luggage was found by a hotel employee looking for identification, finding instead a handgun and marijuana. The employee called authorities, and Crosby, discovering the missing luggage himself, telephoned to say he would return for it. He was met by New York police, who arrested him.
2004: Dave Matthews Band receives the special Chairman's Award from the NAACP for their devotion to social and environmental causes.
2006: David Gilmour's 3rd solo album 'On An Island' is released. The Pink Floyd guitarist's set features Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright, touring bassist Guy Pratt, David Crosby and Graham Nash.
2006: In the wake of its pre-release leak, the new Pearl Jam single 'World Wide Suicide' becomes available for free download without digital rights management restrictions from the band's website.
2007: KoRn's 'MTV Unplugged' album is released. The set was taped the previous year.
2007: Heaven & Hell, featuring an early-'80s Black Sabbath lineup (including Ronnie James Dio), begin their world tour with a Canadian trek that starts in Vancouver.
2007: Experience Hendrix, the business entity that oversees Hendrix's estate files a suit against Electric Hendrix Vodka for trademark infringement and false advertising.
2007: A two-hour film culled from rare footage of John Lennon that was to premiere at a free screening at Berwick Academy in South Berwick, MA, gets cancelled after the legal team representing Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, orders the school not to screen the movie. Ono claims she owns the rights to 3 Days In The Life, though its director, Ono's first husband, Tony Cox, sold the film to three fans in 2000. The footage was shot in February 1970 for a never-completed documentary project.
2007: The Rolling Stones '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' is chosen by the Librarian of Congress to enter the 2006 National Recording Registry. The selection is for recordings deemed "significant."
2007: Neil Young's 'Heart Of Gold' DVD wins in the Best New Concert category at the third annual Music DVD Awards in West Hollywood, CA. Chuck Berry's 60th birthday concert, 'Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll,' with performances by the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards and Eric Clapton, earns the Best of Show honor.
2009: U2 are on ABC's 'Good Morning America' to promote 'No Line On The Horizon.' It's the first time the group has been on a U.S. morning show.
2009: Phil Collins participates in a San Antonio ceremony commemorating the historic 1836 battle at the Alamo between Mexican soldiers and Texan defenders. The Genesis frontman is an Alamo aficionado, and collects artifacts and memorabilia. He's also made an honorary member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas.
2009: Thousands of Phish fans descend upon Hampton, Virginia, to see Page McConnell, John Fishman, Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon return to the stage.
2010: Alice In Chains nail their second #1 song from 'Black Gives Way To Blue' with 'Your Decision.' The follow-up to 'Check My Brain' has a six-week run at the top.
2010: The U.K.'s Royal Mail unveils a Pink Floyd souvenir stamp featuring the artwork from the band's '94 album, "The Division Bell." "It's the first time Royal Mail has worked with a major Rock band to produce a product of this kind, and reflects the band's enormous global impact," says Royal Mail's Julietta Edgar.
2011: Meat Loaf is a contestant on Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice TV show. He completes business-oriented tasks to raise money for charity.
2012: 'Wrecking Ball,' Bruce Springsteen's 17th studio album, is released.
2012: Elvis Costello and Living Colour are among the performers at the Robert Johnson Centennial Celebration at the Apollo Theatre in New York City. "Robert Johnson's music continues to weave its way, beyond the Blues, into and through almost every other popular genre today," says event director Joe Morton. Concert proceeds go toward the construction of The Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis.
2012: It's announced that Rush are among the winners of a Governor General's Performing Arts Award, one of Canada's most prestigious prizes. They receive $25,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and a commemorative medallion struck by the Royal Canadian Mint.
2013: Alvin Lee dies in Spain at 68. According to his website, he died from "unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure". While Ten Years After is best known for the hit 'I'd Love To Change The World,' Lee gave an incendiary performance of 'I'm Going Home' at Woodstock that was immortalized in the movie.
2014: Queen announce they will tour with Adam Lambert, the American Idol runner-up, as their lead vocalist. Lambert fronted the band for one-off shows but nixed earlier tour proposals.

March 7
1955: Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" enters the Rhythm & Blues charts. It's the first time a Country & Western artist lands on the R&B charts.
1958: The first US DJ convention is held in Kansas. Broadcasters vote against Top 40 formatting recently adopted by American stations.
1962: The Beatles appear on the BBC for the first time, recording for the radio show Here We Go, also marking the band's first full live performance caught on tape, and the first performance in what would become their trademark collarless suits designed by Beno Dorn.
1964: The Beatles' 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' battles 'She Loves You' for the top spot on the U.S. charts.
1965: During a Rolling Stones gig at The Palace Theatre in Manchester, England a female fan fell from the circle while the group were playing. The crowd below broke her fall and the girl escaped serious injury just breaking a few teeth.
1966: Tina Turner records her vocals for 'River Deep Mountain High.' Producer Phil Spector spends $22,000 on the song. Ike & Tina's version stiffs in the U.S. but rules the U.K. chart.
1966: Brian Wilson released 'Caroline No' the first solo single by a Beach Boy. Before it evolved into the final song we know today, the song was originally written as 'Carol I Know'.
1967: Working on their next album The Beatles recorded additional overdubs for 'Lovely Rita', including harmony vocals, effects, and the percussive sound of a piece of toilet paper being blown through a haircomb.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Winter Gardens in Malvern, Worcestershire, England.
1968: The definitive (and lengthy-16:51) version of 'Toad,' Ginger Baker's epic drum solo, is recorded at Fillmore West in San Francisco (2nd show). The original studio-take appears on Cream's debut 'Fresh Cream.' This version is found on the studio/live 'Wheels Of Fire,' the first double-album to go platinum.
1969: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Bluesville 69 Club at the Hornsey Wood Tavern in Finsbury Park, London, England. The venue was a function room at the back of the pub, and was so small that the stage was only just big enough for John Bonham's drums, and the rest of the group had to stand on the floor at the same level as the crowd.
1969: The Who release their 17th single, 'Pinball Wizard.'
1969: Steppenwolf released their 3rd studio album, 'At Your Birthday Party.'
1970: Mountain release their debut studio album, 'Climbing!'
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at the Casino de Montreux in Montreux, Vaud, Switzerland.
1970: Simon & Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Waters' is the only song keeping Creedence Clearwater Revival's two-sided hit 'Travelin' Band'/'Who'll Stop The Rain' out of the top spot on the U.S. pop chart.
1970: Pink Floyd played a 3 PM show at the University of Bristol Arts Festival in Bristol, England.
1971: Genesis performed at La Ferme in Woluwe St Lambert, Belgium.
1971: Black Sabbath and Fleetwood Mac played at the Painters Mill Music Fair in Owings Mill, Maryland.
1972: Yes played at Kutztown State College in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.
1973: CBS records hold a showcase concert at Max's Kansas City in new York to mark the signing of Bruce Springsteen. During the gig, CBS records boss John Hammond suffered a heart attack.
1973: The 'Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory' album from Traffic goes gold.
1973: The Byrds release their final album, 'Byrds.'
1974: Yes appeared at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1975: In London, the audience at the Hammersmith Odeon learns about Chuck Berry’s unusual concert practices when he walks off stage after 58 minutes. Berry defends himself by saying he was contracted to play only 45. He added, “They wouldn’t turn the house lights on. I always have them on for my last number.”
1975: David Bowie releases his 9th album 'Young Americans.' The album featured the song 'Fame' (co-written with Carlos Alomar and John Lennon), which gave Bowie his first US #1 hit single.
1976: David Bowie played at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1976: A likeness of Elton John is added to the waxworks at Madame Tussaud's in London.
1977: Foreigner's self-titled debut album is released. 'Feels Like The First Time' and 'Cold As Ice' make an immediate impact.
1978: Johnny Winter appeared at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1980: Rush performed at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California.
1980: Judas Priest kicked off their British Steel Tour. During the UK leg of the tour, they were supported by Iron Maiden.
1981: Eric Clapton headlined at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
1981: The Grateful Dead played at Cole Field House on the Campus of the University of Maryland at College Park.
1983: KIX release their 2nd studio album, 'Cool Kids.'
1987: The first five Beatles albums, 'Please Please Me,' 'With the Beatles,' 'A Hard Day's Night,' 'Beatles for Sale' and 'Help!' were released on Compact disc. Capitol Records decided to release the original UK mixes of the Beatles albums, which means that the first four CDs are released in mono. This marks the first time that many of these mono mixes were available in the US.
1995: Warrant release their Beau Hill produced 4th studio album, 'Ultraphobic.'
2000: Pantera's 'Reinventing The Steel' album is released. It's the last studio album with Phil Anselmo (vocals), Dimebag Darrell (guitar), Rex Brown (bass) and Vinnie Paul (drums).
2000: Armored Saint release their 5th studio album, 'Revelation.'
2000: Disturbed released their debut album 'The Sickness.'
2003: AC/DC's Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson performed an acoustic version of 'You Shook Me All Night Long' live on 'The Howard Stern Show.'
2006: Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, a project led by the Foo Fighters' drummer, release their self-titled debut album.
2006: Rod Stewart is ordered to pay $3 million to Harrah's in Las Vegas after defaulting on a show in 2000.
2006: Steely Dan's Donald Fagen releases his third solo album 'Morph The Cat.'
2006: Van Morrison is named an honorary citizen of Nashville in a ceremony held during the singer-songwriter's concert at the city's famed Ryman Auditorium.
2007: The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' tops the National Association of Recording Merchandisers Definitive 200, a list of "great, classic albums." Rock artists with discs landing in the Top 10 include Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, U2, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.
2007: Blues Traveler singer and harmonica player John Popper is arrested after the blue Mercedes he is traveling in is clocked doing 111 mph on a highway west of Spokane, WA. State patrol officers search the car and find guns and a small amount of marijuana. Grand Funk Railroad celebrates their 40th anniversary by playing 40 concerts. The first stop is Trinidad, CA. However, this edition is without guitarist/vocalist Mark Farner.
2007: Rhett Hutchence the brother of INXS singer Michael Hutchence defended his decision to sell some of the late star’s belongings online saying he needed money to set up home with his new girlfriend. Items in the auction included lyrics, T-shirts and a fax his brother had sent to his then girlfriend Kylie Minogue.
2008: ZZ Top are honored at the Austin Film Society's annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, (which coincides with South By Southwest). The trio receives the AMD Live! Soundtrack Award, The gala raises funds to promote movie appreciation and support emerging filmmakers.
2008: The Zombies' four surviving members reunite in London for the first of two special 40th anniversary performances of their 1968 album, 'Odessey And Oracle.' It's the first time all of the surviving original Zombies play the songs live onstage. Guitarist Keith Airey replaces founding guitarist Paul Atkinson, who died in 2004.
2009: Grand Funk Railroad celebrates their 40th anniversary by playing 40 concerts. The first stop is Trinidad, CA. However, this edition is without guitarist/vocalist Mark Farner.
2012: A class action suit filing reveals that Sony will pay $7.95 million to Cheap Trick, the Allman Brothers Band and others, to end a five-year dispute over digital music revenue. Most of the settlement goes to artists who have a minimum of 28,500 downloads from Apple's iTunes store.
2012: Sales of albums by The Monkees soared following the death of singer Davy Jones. 'Best Of The Monkees' re-entered the Billboard album chart at #20 with sales of over 17,000 units.
2013: A memorial show for late Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr is held at Seattle's Studio Seven just a day before the second anniversary of Starr's death from a suspected overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol at age 44.
2013: Peter Banks, the original Yes guitarist, dies in his London home from heart failure at age 65. Banks is heard on the group's first two albums.
2015: Three-fifths of a Guns N' Roses reunion takes place as Slash and Gilby Clarke plus bassist Duff McKagan perform during a Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2016: AC/DC are forced to postpone their 'Rock Or Bust' tour dates as Brian Johnson faces ‘total hearing loss.'

March 8
1961: The Beatles played at The Cavern Club in Liverpool at lunchtime. That night they performed twice: at Aintree Institute in Aintree, Liverpool, and at Hambleton Hall in Huyton, Liverpool.
1962: The Beatles make their radio debut on the BBC performing covers of 'Dream Baby,' 'Please Mr. Postman' and 'Memphis, Tennessee.'
1964: The Dave Clark Five appear for the first time on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show, performing 'Do You Love Me' and 'Can’t You See That She’s Mine.' It will be the first of eighteen appearances for the group.
1965: David Bowie makes his first TV appearance when his band The Manish Boys appears on the British show 'Gadzooks! It’s All Happening' when they performed their current single 'I Pity The Fool.' At the time, he's still known as David Jones.
1965: Bob Dylan's single 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' was released. The lead track from his 'Bringing It All Back Home' album, gave Dylan his first top 40 hit. The song is also noted for its innovative film clip, in what became one of the first 'modern' promotional film clips. The clip was shot in an alley behind the Savoy Hotel in London, the cue cards which Dylan holds were written by Donovan, Allen Ginsberg, and Dylan himself.
1966: Bob Dylan recorded 'Just Like A Woman' for his 'Blonde On Blonde' album at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
1968: Promoter Bill Graham's East Coast version of the Fillmore, the Fillmore East opens in New York City. Big Brother and the Holding Company tops the bill that includes Albert King and Tim Buckley. Although the club was only open for 4 years, many seminal live albums were recorded there, including ones from The Allman Brothers Band, Joe Cocker, Derek and the Dominos, The Grateful Dead, Humble Pie, Jefferson Airplane, Frank Zappa and many more.
1968: Elvis Presley's 26th movie, 'Stay Away, Joe,' premieres in New York City. The comedy features Elvis as a Native American rodeo champion.
1968: Cream played the first of two nights at at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California. The concert was recorded with some tracks ending up on their 'Wheels Of Fire' double album.
1969: The Small Faces split up after singer Steve Marriott announced he was leaving the band. Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenny Jones linked up with Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart and formed The Faces.
1969: 'Proud Mary' is Creedence Clearwater Revival's first million selling single.
1969: Elektra Records signs Detroit's MC5.
1970: The New York Times publishes an advance review of The Who’s 'Live at Leeds' by Nik Cohn in which he calls it “...the definitive hard-rock holocaust. It is the best live rock album ever made.”
1970: Led Zeppelin played at Cricus Krone Bau in Munich, Germany.
1970: Pink Floyd performed at Mothers in Erdington, Birmingham, England.
1971: The Who hold the fourth and last session of the ill-fated 'Lifehouse' project. Filming still has not begun, the band is completely confused about Pete’s plans, the audience is uncooperative, mostly calling out for old Who tunes during the new Lifehouse songs, and producer/manager Kit Lambert is openly critical, stamping about and yelling, “What in the hell are we doing here?” Since Lambert is due to travel to New York the next week to produce Labelle’s first album at the Record Plant, he suggests The Who fly over and record the new material there as well. Lifehouse was a science fiction rock opera by the Who intended as a follow-up to 'Tommy.' It was abandoned as a rock opera in favor of creating the traditional rock album, Who’s Next.
1971: The Rolling Stones appeared at Green’s Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland.
1971: WPAX Hanoi goes on the air. Abbie Hoffman and many others make tapes in a loft in New York; tapes are then broadcast to US troops. Station opens with Jimi Hendrix's Star-Spangled Banner.
1971: Alice Cooper's 3rd album, 'Love It to Death' album is released.
1972: King Crimson played at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1973: Ron Mckernan, keyboard player with The Grateful Dead, died at age 27 from a stomach hemorrhage and liver failure brought on by alcohol poisoning in Corte Madera, CA. Pigpen was a founding member and the original frontman of The Grateful Dead. Initially nicknamed “Big Ron,” Pigpen probably got his name for his similarity to the permanently dirty character in the comic strip Peanuts. McKernan was close friends with Janis Joplin, bonding with their love of alcohol over psychedelic drugs.
1973: Paul McCartney was fined £100 ($170) for growing cannabis at his farm in Campbeltown, Scotland. McCartney claimed some fans gave the seeds to him and that he didn’t know what they would grow.
1973: Genesis performed at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall.
1974: Rising from the ashes of Free and Mott The Hoople, the newly-formed Bad Company play their first live gig, at Newcastle City Hall in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.
1974: The Cars 'Since You're Gone' single is released.
1974: Queen's 'Queen II' album is released.
1974: Yes performed at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1974: Bad Company kicked off their first UK tour at Newcastle City Hall.
1975: The New Music Express says the Rolling Stones have selected American guitarist Wayne Perkins to replaced Mick Taylor. But it's Ron Wood (formerly of the Faces and Jeff Beck Group) who eventually gets the nod.
1975: The Ramones played at CBGB’s in New York.
1975: Styx single 'Lady' peaks at #6 on Billboard's Hot 100. It was their first Top 10 hit in the US.
1975: John Entwistle’s solo project, 'The Ox,' perform at New York City’s Academy Of Music.
1975: Keith Moon’s forthcoming solo album 'Two Sides Of The Moon' receives a favorable review in Melody Maker. The article also includes a photo of Iggy Pop riding on Keith’s back.
1976: Roxy Music appeared at the Calderone Theater in New York.
1976: Having left Spooky Tooth for a solo career, Gary Wright gets a gold record for "Dream Weaver.
1977: Foreigner release their self-titled debut album.
1977: Santana performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1978: Steely Dan goes platinum for the first time with their 'Aja' album.
1979: Rolling Stone reports that inflation has ballooned the cost of making and promoting a major label LP to between $350,000 and $500,000.
1980: Rush peak at #4 on Billboard's 200 album chart with 'Permanent Waves.' It's their 1st Top 5 album in the US.‬
1984: Van Halen played at Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1986: ZZ Top performed at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
1986: Roger Daltrey’s tribute to Keith Moon, 'Under a Raging Moon,' hits the British charts. It is released in different formats including a double 45 EP pack with live cuts from 1985. It peaks at #43.
1987: At Detroit's Joe Louis Arena Bob Seger announces the end of "his last tour ever", only to start touring again soon after.
1990: Bonnie Raitt is named the Best Female Singer in Rolling Stone magazine's Critic's Awards.
1990: Rolling Stone dubs Jefferson Airplane's disastrous new comeback album Most Unwanted Comeback of the Year
1993: Beavis & Butthead premiered on MTV.
1994: David Lee Roth released his Nile Rodgers produced 4th full-length studio album, 'Your Filthy Little Mouth.'
1994: Kurt Cobain was discharged from the Rome American Hospital in Italy, where he was recovering from an overdose of prescription drugs and champagne.
1994: Soundgarden's 4th album, 'Superunknown' is released.
1994: Rush appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1995: Ingo Schwichtenberg commits suicide by jumping in front of a subway train. He was just 29. Schwichtenberg was the drummer and a founding member of Helloween. Schwichtenberg was fired from the band in 1993 for drug and alcohol abuse and also for his refusal to take his medication for his schizophrenia, which would lead to bizarre episodes such as uncontrollable sobbing, causing him to cancel shows.
1997: The Wallflowers 'One Headlight' tops the Modern Rock chart.
2004: 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell was charged with simple assault in Moss Point, Mississippi. Harrell allegedly hit a newspaper deliveryman who accused him of taking more than one paper from a vending machine outside the local Cheap-O Deep-O. The 53-year-old deliveryman was also charged with pulling a gun.
2004: The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office charged Courtney Love with disorderly conduct. The charge was in connection with her 2003 arrest for drugs after she allegedly tried to break into her boyfriend's apartment.
2005: A 9-year-old boy wakes from a coma after hearing Green Day's "American Idiot." Wales resident Corey George, a Green Day fan, was hit by a car and unconscious for two weeks when his parents played him the disc. "Within an hour he had opened his eyes," says Corey's father.
2005: Rush gets the Classical treatment. 'The String Quartet Tribute to Rush's 2112,' arranged by Todd Rubenstein, makes its debut.
2005: Axis of Justice, co-founded by Audioslave's Tom Morello, helps a Coalition of Immokalee Workers (C.I.W.) reach a settlement with Taco Bell. The coalition boycotted the fast-food chain over unfair working conditions. "By standing up and standing together, we can change the world," says Morello. Most C.I.W. members are immigrants with low-wage jobs in Florida.
2006: Sammy Hagar's Tahoe Wabo in Nevada is honored as one of the Top 100 bars and clubs in the United States by the editors of Nightclub & Bar magazine.
2006: Pearl Jam's 'World Wide Suicide,' hits #3 on Billboard Radio Monitor's Modern Rock chart becoming the group's highest debut (to date) single. A week later, Pearl Jam tops the chart.
2007: Eddie Van Halen quietly announces that he's checked in to rehab. "I have decided to enter a rehabilitation facility to work on myself, so that in the future I can deliver the 110 percent that I feel I owe (Van Halen's fans)," the guitarist says in a statement. The rehab move causes Eddie to miss his group's induction into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame.
2009: A blue plaque in honour of The Who drummer Keith Moon was unveiled on the site of the Marquee Club in Soho, London, where in 1964 the band played the first of 29 gigs there. Surviving Who members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend attend the marker's unveiling, which is sponsored by the U.K.'s Heritage Foundation. Fans on scooters turned up to pay tribute to Moon, who was 32 when he died of an accidental overdose in 1978.
2009: U2 started a two week run at #1 on the UK album chart with their 12th studio album 'No Line on the Horizon.'
2010: The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announces they have recruited Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro to star their anti-fur Ink Not Mink ads.
2011: Mike Starr, former bassist for Alice In Chains, is found dead by police in a Salt Lake City home. "There is nothing to indicate that this was foul play by another individual," says a police representative. Three weeks earlier, the 44 year-old Starr was jailed after he was found in illegal possession of prescription drugs. Mike was the original bassist of Alice In Chains, and was the last person to see singer Layne Staley alive; he blamed himself partly for Staley’s death. Starr also appeared on Celebrity Rehab in 2010 with fellow recovering addicts Mackenzie Phillips and Tom Sizemore.
2011: 'Rope' is #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart just a week after its release. The song is the lead single from the Foo Fighters' seventh studio album, 'Wasting Light.'
2011: Seether's 'Country Song,' the first single from 'Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray.' It goes to #1 on both the US & Canada Active Rock charts‬ as well as #1 on the US Mainstream Rock chart.
2013: The Journey documentary 'Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey,' opens in U.S. theaters. The movie focuses on singer Arnel Pineda, and how he came to join the band.
2015: Jon Bon Jovi sings 'Dead Or Alive,' with comedians serving as back-up singers, on Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars. Hosted by Jon Stewart, and taped at New York's Beacon Theatre a week earlier (2/28), the event raises funds for autism education and support programs.

March 9
1964: The Beatles filmed the last day of train scenes for the movie 'A Hard Days Night.' During their six days of filming aboard a moving train, The Beatles traveled a total of 2,500 miles on the rails.
1964: Capitol Records released a song called 'Letter To The Beatles' by The Four Preps. The lyrics describe a boy lamenting the fact that he's lost his girlfriend to The Fab Four. On its first day, the record shot to No.85 on the charts and it looked like The Preps were going to have another hit on their hands. Unfortunately they had included a few bars from 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' without permission and Capitol was forced to withdraw the single to avoid a lawsuit.
1966: The Beach Boys record 'God Only Knows.'
1967: Pink Floyd and The Thoughts perform at The Marquee Club in London.
1967: The Small Faces, Family and The Strollers appeared at the Skyline Ballroom, Hull, Yorkshire.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Skyline Hotel in Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.
1968: Jimi Hendrix and Soft Machine played at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York.
1968: 'Who’s Who in America' was released, becoming the first edition to include notable rock stars other than Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Making the cut were The Rolling Stones, The Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas and The Papas, The Doors, The Monkees, The Grateful Dead and Donovan.
1968: Bob Dylan started a ten week run at #1 on the UK chart with 'John Wesley Harding.' The album marked Dylan’s return to acoustic music after three albums of electric rock music and was exceptionally well received by critics, also reaching the second spot on the US charts. The commercial performance was considered remarkable, considering that Dylan had made Columbia Records release the album without much publicity.
1968: The Who return to the site of their first non-New York U.S. show, the Grande Ballroom in Dearborn, Michigan, with Soap opening. At this show The Who add 'Little Billy' to their show list. They also break all attendance records for the ballroom.
1969: Janis Joplin played at the University of Toledo Fieldhouse in Toledo, Ohio.
1969: CBS aired a rerun of the The Smothers Brothers’ Comedy Hour, a variety show notable for its satiric humor and musical appearances by the Beatles, the Doors, and the Who. The program came under fire when guest Joan Baez used her appearance to publicize the predicament of her husband, who had been arrested for objecting to the draft. The network explained the decision by stating that because that week’s episode did not arrive in time to be previewed, it would not be shown. An edited version aired two months later.
1970: Having recently changed their name from Earth to Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward made their concert debut at The Roundhouse in London.
1971: Led Zeppelin performs at Leeds University in Leeds, England, during their 'Back To The Clubs' tour.
1972: A George McGovern presidential fundraiser stars Carole King, James Taylor, Quincy Jones and Barbra Streisand (Cass Elliot, of The Mamas & the Papas, serves as a celebrity usher).
1973: Black Sabbath kicked off an 8-date sold out UK tour at Green’s Playhouse in Glasgow.
1974: Aerosmith appeared at the Orpheum Theater in Boston.
1974: Bad Company play their first show in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.
1974: David Essex 'Rock O'npeaks at #5 on Billboard's Hot 100. It's his only US top 10.
1975: Elvis Presley begins his final recording session at RCA’s Hollywood studios.
1975: Genesis played at the Nuevo Pabellon Club in Badalona, Spain.
1976: David Bowie appeared at the Memorial Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida.
1976: The Who postponed their North American tour after Keith Moon collapsed at the Boston Garden.
1976: Queen go gold with 'A Night at the Opera,'
1976: Keith Moon collapses onstage at the beginning of a Who concert at the Boston Garden.
1977: The Sex Pistols, with Sid Vicious as their new bassist, sign with A&M in the label’s London offices. The next day they will stage a publicity stunt in which they sign a contract in front of Buckingham Palace.
1977: Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' becomes the group's second consecutive platinum album.
1978: The Eagles record 'I Can't Tell You Why.'
1978: Bob Dylan performs at the Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
1979: 'Heroes of Rock and Roll' documentary is first shown on ABC
1981: Robert Plant played a secret gig at Keele University, England with his new band The Honey Drippers.
1985: REO Speedwagon's 'Can't Fight This Feeling' goes to #1 for three weeks. The #3 slot is held by Glenn Frey's 'The Heat Is On' with David Lee Roth's cover of the Beach Boys' classic 'California Girls' right behind.
1985: Mountain released their 5th studio album, 'Go for Your Life.'
1984: Yes performed at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois.
1985: Mick Jagger released his solo single 'Just Another Night' a #12 hit in the US.
1986: Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith go to Magic Ventures Studios in New York, where they record parts of their song "Walk This Way" so Run-D.M.C. can transform it into a Hip-Hop jam. Neither act is thrilled about the collaboration (Run-D.M.C.'s producer Rick Rubin spearheaded the effort), but the resulting track is a huge hit, revitalizing Aerosmith's career and delivering a new (mostly white) audience to the rappers.
1987: U2 released their breakthrough album 'The Joshua Tree.' The band's fifth album would become their first #1, produce two #1 hits, and win the band their first two Grammy awards.
1987: John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Carole King & Gerry Goffin, Sam Cooke, and Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil are all inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
1987: Gary Moore released his 7th studio album, 'Wild Frontier.'
1990: At The Central in Seattle, Mother Love Bone plays their last show, as their lead singer Andrew Wood dies of a heroin overdose 10 days later. Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard from the band form Pearl Jam later that year.
1991: 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go' gave The Clash their only UK #1 single after the track was used for a Levi's TV advertisement. The track was first released in 1982 from their album 'Combat Rock' album.
1992: Skid Row with special guest Pantera played at the Sacramento Exhibit Hall in Sacramento, California.
1993: Lenny Kravitz releases 'Are You Gonna Go My Way.'
1993: Overkill release their 6th studio album, 'I Hear Black.'
1995: Oasis make their U.S. network T.V. debut on Late Night With David Letterman.
1996: 'Wonderwall' by Oasis reaches #8 on the U.S. singles chart.
1998: Iron Maiden released the single 'The Angel And The Gambler.'
1999: Scorpions released the album 'Eye II Eye.'
2000: PETA member – and Pretenders lead singer – Chrissie Hynde leaped into the window of a New York Gap store to protest the alleged use in their clothing of cow leather from India, where the animal is held sacred. She and three others were arrested and charged with criminal mischief.
2001: Eric Singer replaces Peter Criss as the drummer for KISS. He began his second tour of duty with KISS, performing while wearing the band’s famous “Catman” makeup for the first time at a show in Yokohama, Japan.
2004: Brides Of Destruction released their debut album 'Here Come The Brides.'
2004: Exodus return after a 12-year hiatus with their sixth studio album 'Tempo of the Damned.'
2004: Tesla released the album 'Into The Now.'
2004: The White Stripes' Jack White pleads guilty in a Wayne County, MI, court to assault and battery charges stemming from a 12/13/03 fight with Von Bondies frontman Jason Stollsteimer. White is ordered to pay $750 in fines and attend anger-management classes. A long standing dispute over the level of White's involvement in the Von Bondies debut album sparked the confrontation.
2005: 53-year-old Danny Joe Brown, the original lead singer of Molly Hatchet, died from renal failure due to complications from diabetes. Brown was the front man for the band's self-titled album in 1978, which went Platinum. He is best known for writing and singing on such songs as 'Flirtin’ with Disaster' a+nd 'Whiskey Man.'
2005: The tour bus driver for The Dave Matthews Band pleads guilty to dumping sewage into the Chicago River, which hit a group of tourists cruising on an architectural tour. Stefan Wohl denied the charges at first, but admitted it when confronted with surveillance video. The band was not on the bus at the time.
2007: KISS' Gene Simmons & TommyThayer perform at a rally for the U.S. Armed Forces at Camp Pendleton.‬
2007: Brad Delp lead singer of US rock band Boston committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in after lighting two charcoal grills inside his sealed master bathroom at his home in the New Hampshire town of Atkinson. Although Tom Scholz was the primary songwriter in Boston, Delp co-wrote a few songs including 'Smokin', 'Let Me Take You Home Tonight' and 'Party.' He was found with a note paper-clipped to his shirt which read: “Mr. Brad Delp. I am a lonely soul.”
2007: Red Hot Chili Peppers and YouTube launch a contest with fans making a video for 'Charlie,' a track from RHCP's 'Stadium Arcadium' album. The winner gets $5,000 plus a trip to Paris to meet the band and attend a concert.
2007: Courtney Love gets sued by a luxury rehab center, Brau Monde International, in Newport Beach, CA. Love checked in following a drug overdose at a Hollywood club in '05. According to the center, Love has paid some, but not all, of her bill.
2007: KISS' Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer play for military personnel at Camp Pendleton in California. The set is filmed for an episode of A&E's Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
2007: John Mellencamp is presented with a finished custom Exile motorcycle built for the TLC network's 'Motorcycle Mania 4.' At the Dayton Beach event, Mellencamp performs a solo acoustic version of 'Pink Houses.' The program documenting the bike's construction airs the following month.
2007: Staind frontman Aaron Lewis performs solo on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.
2008: A documentary about Boston's Brad Delp premieres on a Salem, MA, cable station marking the one-year anniversary of the singer's suicide. 'Remembering Brad Delp...With a Little Help From His Friends' has performance clips and interviews.
2008: 'Nine Lives,' the first single from Def Leppard's "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge," is heard at the beginning of NBA games broadcast on ABC.
2009: The Allman Brothers Band takes up their annual residency at New York's Beacon theater with 10 shows in 13 days. The previous year's stand was cancelled because frontman Gregg Allman was undergoing treatment for hepatitis C.
2011: Whitesnake released their 11th studio album, 'Forevermore.'
2011: Phil Collins clears up rumors about why he is retiring. Speculation has included health problems, bad reviews, depression and an interest in devoting time to his collection of Alamo memorabilia, but Collins states the real reason is: "So I can be a full time father to my two young sons on a daily basis."
2011: Eric Clapton auctions more than 70 guitars and 70 amps in New York City to raise funds for the Crossroads Centre, Antigua, the drug and alcohol rehabilitation center which he founded in 1998. It's Clapton's third guitar auction to benefit the center.
2011: The Eagles perform on mainland China for the first time when they appear at the Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Arena.
2012: 76-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis gets married for the seventh time, taking his caregiver, 62-year-old Judith Brown, as his bride. Brown was previously married to Lewis' cousin Rusty.
2012: The Rolling Stones Facebook page passes the 9 million mark and guitarist Keith Richards celebrates by posting a picture of himself holding a card saying "9,000,000 Stones Fans." "Thanks to everyone of you Facebookers who like the Rolling Stones," reads the post. "It's only Rock and Roll but we love you!"
2012: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform a special concert at New York's Apollo Theater to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of satellite radio. The show airs live on Sirius XM's all-Springsteen channel E Street Radio.
2012: U2, earning $32 million in 2011, places second behind Taylor Swift, on Billboard's Top 40 Money Makers List. U2 is the only Rock act in the Top 5.
2013: Former KISS drummer Peter Criss is the American Cancer Society's Humanitarian of the Year Award honoree. Having beaten cancer himself, Criss is an advocate of regular check-ups for men.

March 10
1955: RCA Victor places a half-page ad in Billboard announcing Elvis Presley as the "new singing rage."
1958: Big Records released 'Our Song' by a teenage duo from Queens, New York, Tom and Jerry. The duo will become famous in the 1960s under their real names, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.
1964: Simon and Garfunkel records 'The Sound Of Silence' as an acoustic duo. It wasn't until record company producers added electric guitar, bass and drums, without the knowledge of Paul and Art, that the song would become a hit in late 1965.
1965: Davie Jones (David Bowie) and the Manish Boys appeared at the Bromel Club in Bromley Hill, England.
1965: The Beatles’ 'Eight Days a Week' goes to #1. It’s the first single by a British act to top the American charts but not make the charts in Britain, where it was unreleased.
1966: The Who played at the Ram Jam Club in Brixton, England.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appeared at Club A Go Go in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England.
1967: The Monkees held the #1 position on the album chart with More Of The Monkees.
1967: The Beatles record 'Getting Better.'
1968: Cream plays San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. During the show they uncork Robert Johnson's Blues classic "Crossroads." This version lands on the group's studio/live 'Wheels Of Fire' album.
1968: The Who play the Opera House in Aurora, Illinois. The show is filmed by a BBC camera crew for a Tony Palmer documentary, They also film that night’s performance at the Exposition Gardens in Peoria, Illinois.
1968: Jimi Hendrix performed at the International Ballroom in Washington, D.C.
1970: Genesis played at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.
1970: Grand Funk Railroad began recording the album 'Closer To Home.'
1971: Beatles manager Allen Klein is barred from involvement in the band’s affairs as the Fab Four’s career together winds down. According to legend, it is also on this night that John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr go to Paul McCartney’s London townhouse and throw a brick through one of the windows.
1972: America's self-titled debut album is certified gold.
1972: Thin Lizzy released their 2nd studio album, 'Shades of a Blue Orphanage.'
1972: Black Sabbath and Yes appeared at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona.
1973: The Pink Floyd album 'Dark Side Of The Moon' was released in America, it spent over 740 weeks on the chart over a 14-year period. The album then moves to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, and logs another 759 weeks. Sales have topped an estimated 45 million copies worldwide.
1973: The Who played at the Sporthal de Vliegermolen, Voorburg, The Netherlands.
1974: David Bowie performs the Philadelphia concert that is later released as the album 'David Live.'
1975: John Lennon releases his cover of Ben E. King’s 'Stand by Me' as a single in the U.S.
1975: Led Zeppelin played at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1976: Judas Priest released their 2nd single, 'The Ripper.'
1977: At 7am in the morning on a trestle table set up out-side Buckingham Palace, London, The Sex Pistols signed to A&M Records. The contract lasted for six days.
1977: Pink Floyd's 'Animals' is certified Platinum by the RIAA. It was last certified in 1995 at 4X Platinum.
1977: AC/DC appeared at St. Andrews Hall in Norwich, England.
1979: Motorhead release their 4th single, 'Overkill.'
1979: Rush appeared at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
1981: Jimmy Page takes the stage for the first time since the breakup of Led Zeppelin when he joins Jeff Beck for some encores at a London show.
1981: The Who performed at Wembley Arena in London.
1982: King Crimson played at Dora Cohen Hall, Oxford Polytechnic in Oxford, England.
1984: Ian Gillan quits Black Sabbath. He's replaced briefly by former Deep Purple bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes. 'Born Again' is the most overlooked Sabbath album to date. The Born Again tour had ended on March 4th. Openers on that tour had included an up & coming band, Quiet Riot.
1984: Van Halen held the #1 position on the US singles chart with 'Jump.'
1984: Trouble released their debut studio album, 'Psalm 9.'
1985: The Grateful Dead performed at the Community Theater in Berkeley, California.
1990: Though released the previous September, Soundgarden's debut 'Louder Than Love' finally lands on the U.S. album chart, anchoring the #108 spot.
1990: Bad English's 'Price Of Love' peaks at #5 on Billboard's Hot 100 1nd it spends 19 weeks on the charts.
1991: Iron Maiden with special guest Anthrax performed at the Salem Armory Auditorium in Salem, Oregon.
1991: Red Hot Chili Peppers release 'Under The Bridge.' The second single from the group's fifth studio album, 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik,' goes to #2 on the Billboard chart.
1991: Mookie Blaylock goes on the Seattle radio station KISW and announces they are changing their name to Pearl Jam, inspired by the jamming they saw at a Neil Young concert a few weeks earlier.
1998: Motorhead released their 14th studio album, 'Snake Bite Love.'
2000: A sign posted by Jimi Hendrix's sister in the Seattle cemetery where he's buried is stolen by an apparent memorabilia seeker. The five-by-eight-foot placard detailed plans to move Jimi's body to a mausoleum.
2000: AC/DC perform on television for the first time in more than 20 years, live from MTV Studios.
2000: The Daily Mail published pictures of Paul McCartney dancing with a cowgirl on the bar of a New York club. McCartney sang along to 'Whole Lotta Shakin' through a megaphone and mimicked a strip tease in front of 100 onlookers.
2000: Chrissie Hynde leads an animal rights rally at a GAP store in Manhattan protesting the chain's sale of "illegally and cruelly" obtained leather products.
2002: VH1 premiers it's new program, 'Ultimate Albums.' The debut episode focuses on Def Leppard's 1983 release 'Pyromania.'
2002: Alanis Morissette went to #1 on the US album chart and #2 on the UK chart with 'Under Rug Swept.'
2003: Johnny Cash was admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee to undergo treatment for pneumonia.
2003: AC/DC, The Clash, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Floyd Cramer and The Police are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. AC/DC are inducted by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, the band goes on to play 'Highway To Hell' and then performs 'You Shook Me All Night Long' with Tyler.
2004: The Recording Industry Association of America orders a DJ who combined music from Metallica's 'Black Album' with rapper Jay-Z's 'The Black Album' to create what he dubbed 'The Double Black Album' to stop selling and distributing the mix CD.
2005: Danny Joe Brown, lead singer of Molly Hatchet, dies of complications from diabetes at his home in Davie, FL. The 53 year old singer joined Molly Hatchet in 1975. Three years later the group's self-titled album went platinum.
2006: Former Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and the surviving members of Alice In Chains perform with Heart. The Atlantic City performances air on VH1's 'Decades Rock Live!'.
2006: The documentary 'Metal: A Headbanger's Journey' receives its U.S. premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Tracing the evolution or devolution of Heavy Metal, the film has appearances by Korn, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Audioslave's Tom Morello, Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, Motley Crue's Vince Neil, Steppenwolf's John Kay, Alice Cooper and Rush's Geddy Lee.
2006: U2 heads Rolling Stone's list of Rock's Top 30 Moneymakers after bringing in an estimated $154.2 million during 2005. The Rolling Stones ($92.5 million), the Eagles ($63.2 million), Paul McCartney ($56 million), Elton John ($48.9 million) round out the Top 5. Earnings are tabulated from concerts, recording sales and other income sources.
2008: Billy Joel inducts John Mellencamp into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame in New York. The Ventures, Dave Clark Five, Leonard Cohen and Madonna are also inducted. Mellencamp joins Joan Jett, John Fogerty and Joel in a tribute to the DC5.
2008: Filter reunite with former bassist-turned-army sergeant Frank Cavanagh in Kuwait during the group's set at the Operation MySpace concert. Cavanagh, who parted ways with Filter in 2002, performed "Hey Man, Nice Shot" with his ex-bandmates.
2009: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 17th studio album, 'Angels of Love.'
2009: Tickets for a one-off gig by Sir Paul McCartney in Las Vegas sold out seven seconds after going on sale. The former Beatle was booked to perform at the opening of the New Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on April 19, 2009 in-front of 4,000 fans. Tickets cost $750 each.
2009: 'Got The Life: My Journey Of Addiction, Faith, Recovery and KoRn' is in stores. Written by bassist Reginald 'Fieldy' Arvizu, the book delves into the "extreme highs and drug-and-booze-fueled lows" of the Nu-Metal act and Fieldy himself-there are also details about the musician's path to finding God.
2010: Metallica fans, unable to get tickets, riot outside Bogota's Simon Bolivar Park in Colombia during the band's concert. Police trucks and tanks are deployed as the crowd attempts to illegally enter the venue, resulting in nearly 160 arrests.
2010: 'The Runaways,' based on the 1970s female Punk band, is in theaters. Directed by Floria Sigismondi, the film stars Twilight's Kristen Stewart as guitarist Joan Jett, and Dakota Fanning as frontwoman Cherie Currie.
2010: Pink Floyd sues EMI over iTunes sales of individual songs. The band's 1999 contract states Floyd songs can not be isolated and sold outside the context of their original albums. But on iTunes, songs are offered as a la carte purchases. EMI argues that separating the songs only applies to their physical releases, and predates digital music services like iTunes.
2010: Lawyers for Phil Spector appeal his 2009 murder conviction claiming he didn't get a fair trail. The legendary producer (The Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison) was sentenced to prison for 19 years to life for shooting actress Lana Clarkson at his California mansion in 2003. The appeal is rejected.
2011: Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper and Crosby & Nash perform at the Tucson Convention Center. The fundraiser for the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, which manages the Fund for Civility, Respect, and Understanding, supports the victims of the 1/8/11 shooting in Tucson that left six dead and seriously injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The goal is to promote civility in public debate and raise awareness for mental illness.
2011: Slipknot announce that founding member, Donnie Steele, will be the band's bassist on their summer tour, replacing the late Paul Gray. Steele left in 1995, only one year after Slipknot's formation. Gray passed away of a drug overdose in May 2010.
2012: Jack White begins his first solo headlining tour in Chattanooga, TN.
2013: Green Day give their first concert since frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's 9/22/12 onstage meltdown during the iHeart Radio Music Festival and subsequent stint in rehab.
2013: Steven Tyler and Slash perform at the John Varvatos 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit, to raise money for the Santa Monica rape treatment center.
2013: Vince Neil cuts short a Motley Crue show in Sydney, Australia and is rushed to the hospital where he undergoes surgery to remove kidney stones.
2015: 'Ride' is the title of the debut album from Motor Sister. The band has Anthrax frontman Scott Ian, his wife Pearl Aday, bassist Joey Vera (Armored Saint) and drummer John Tempesta (The Cult).
2015: The guitar that John Lennon used to write The Beatles' 'Paperback Writer' is sold to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for $530,000.

March 11
1963: Manfred Mann hold their first concert (as the Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers) at the Marquee Theatre in London.
1964: The Beatles spent the day filming at Twickenham Studios for 'A Hard Day's Night.' Filming on a stage set made to look like a train guard's cage, where the Beatles played cards and mimed to ‘I Should Have Known Better’.
1964: Of Elvis Presley's regrettable movies, 'Kissin' Cousins,' is among the most forgettable. It premieres and has Elvis playing two roles (himself and his cousin).
1965: The Who go into IBC Studios, London to record their first album. Songs known to be recorded on this date are Pete Townshend’s 'You’re Gonna Know Me' (later retitled 'Out In The Street'), plus covers of James Brown’s 'Please Please Please' and 'I Don’t Mind,' Bo Diddley’s 'I’m A Man,' Martha and the Vandella’s 'Motoring' and 'Heat Wave,' and Paul Revere and the Raiders’ 'Louie Go Home' as 'Lubie (Come Back Home.)' On the 16th, they meet again with producer Shel Talmy for “L.P. routining” and have another studio session at IBC on the 19th. The album is eventually rejected and some of the tracks are not released for over twenty years.
1966: Love's self-titled debut album is released.
1966: Marianne Faithfull, Coltrane Union, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Rick & Us, plus Pink Floyd performed for the first of two nights billed as “The Tea Set.” The shows took place at the Rag Ball, on the Concourse Area of the University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, England. It was the first time a film was played on a screen behind the band as Pink Floyd performed their set.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appears at the International Club in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
1967: Music publisher, Dick James, announced that 446 different versions of the Paul McCartney song “Yesterday” had been recorded so far.
1970: Crosby, Stills & Nash win the Grammy for Best New Artist, beating out Chicago and Led Zeppelin.
1970: 'Deja Vu,' the first album by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, (and the second by the trio configuration of Crosby, Stills, and Nash), was released. It topped the pop album chart for one week and spawned three US Top 40 singles: 'Teach Your Children,' 'Our House,' and 'Woodstock'.
1970: Blood, Sweat & Tears are nominated for a then-record eleven Grammy Awards (but only win three).
1970: Winners at the 12th annual Grammy awards included Joe South for song of the year with 'Games People Play.' Crosby Stills and Nash won best new artist, and The Fifth Dimension won Record of the year with 'Aquarius / Let The Sun Shine In.' Album of the Year went to producer James William Guercio and Blood, Sweat & Tears for Blood, Sweat & Tears.
1970: Led Zeppelin perform at the Musikhalle in Hamburg, Germany.
1970: Jean-Luc Godard’s 'One Plus One,' starring the Rolling Stones, opens in the US. The obtuse film features Godard’s trademark Marxist lecturing interspersed with scenes of the Stones composing 'Sympathy for the Devil.' The producers later recut the footage to include more Mick and redub the movie 'Sympathy for the Devil.' Critics remained baffled.
1971: Jim Morrison of The Doors arrived in Paris booking into The Hotel George's, the following week he moved into an apartment at 17 Rue Beautreillis in Paris. Morrison lived in Paris until his death on July 3, 1971.
1972: Neil Young's 'Harvest' album hits #1 in the US and UK. Backing vocals on 'Heart Of Gold' and 'Old Man' are provided by Linda Ronstadt. The set also contains 'Southern Man.'
1972: Wings' 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish' is listed as #23 in the Melody Maker chart. An article in the same issue reports it has been banned by the BBC as "unsuitable for broadcasting."
1972: Harry Nilsson was at #1 on the singles chart with his version of The Peter Ham and Tom Evans song 'Without You.' It was first recorded by Badfinger in 1970. The song was also a #1 for Mariah Carey in 1994.
1973: Pink Floyd played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada on the North American leg of the Dark Side of the Moon tour.
1974: Deep Purple performed at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia.
1974: Chicago's 'Chicago VII' album is released.
1975: Alice Cooper's 8th studio album, 'Welcome to My Nightmare.'
1975: Mick Jagger stops by Record Plant studios in Los Angeles, and ends up getting involved in a jam session with Wings and Ron Wood.
1976: The Who appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1976: David Bowie performed at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1977: T. Rex released their 12th and final studio album, 'Dandy in the Underworld.'
1977: The Clash appeared at The Roxy Club in London, supported by The Slits, the first all-female punk group who were making their live debut.
1978: The Talking Heads land on the U.S. singles chart for the first time-but just barely. 'Psycho Killer' reaches #92.
1978: Van Halen's self-titled debut is released this week in 1978.
1978: Meat Loaf’s 'Bat Out Of Hell' album began a 416-week run on the chart.
1979: Roxy Music played at the Olympia in Paris.
1981: Rush played at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1983: Blue Oyster Cult performed at the Holiday Star Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana.
1983: Styx launch their 'Kilroy Was Here' tour at the Fox Theater in San Diego. The stage presentation of their concept album features costumes and dialogue. It ends Oct. 23rd after 59 shows. ‬
1983: Quiet Riot​'s 3rd studio album, 'Metal Health.'
1983: Helix release their 3rd studio album, 'No Rest for the Wicked.'
1985: Eric Clapton's 'Behind the Sun' album is released.
1986: Aerosmith appeared at the Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1989: Cheap Trick's Robin Zander & Heart's Ann Wilson peak at #6 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'Surrender To Me' from the 'Tequila Sunsrise' movie soundtrack.
1989: Guns N' Roses 'Paradise City' peaks at #5 on Billboard's Hot 100. It spends 17 weeks on the chart. ‬
1991: Helloween release their 4th studio album, 'Pink Bubbles Go Ape.'
1992: The Grateful Dead performed at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1993: Oasis recorded their first demos at The Real People’s studio in Liverpool. The set included 'Rock ‘n’ Roll Star,' 'Columbia,' and 'Fade Away.'
1995: Van Halen kicked off their 131-date ‘Balance World Tour’, at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, Florida. Dubbed the "Ambulance" Tour by Eddie Van Halen due to his hip surgery, and his brother, drummer Alex Van Halen wearing a neck brace for most of the tour.
1996: Annihilator released their 5th studio album, 'Refresh the Demon.'
1997: Paul McCartney is knighted by the Queen Elizabeth, becoming Sir Paul McCartney.
2000: KISS open its Farewell Tour at the Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ. It lasts 142 shows.
2001: Slash makes a guest appearance on Rod Stewart's cover of Prince's 'Peach.'
2001: Aerosmith are certified by the Recording Industry Association Of America as the tenth highest act in music history, with total sales of 59.5 million units.
2001: Billboard.com reports that Led Zeppelin's self-titled four-disc box set has now sold over 10 million copies in the United States, earning it a diamond certification.
2003: The band 311 designates 3/11 as their own personal holiday.
2004: Stone Sour/Slipknot singer Corey Taylor marries his fiancee, Scarlett, in Des Moines, Iowa, in front of a small gathering of friends and family. The couple has a son named Griffin who was born in 2002.
2005: The front door of Ozzy Osbourne's childhood home in Birmingham went up for sale because the current owner was fed up with fans defacing it. Ali Mubarrat, who now owned the house in Lodge Road, Aston, said over the years it had become a pilgrimage destination. He was now auctioning the door on eBay and giving the money to charity.
2007: The first official listening party for Nine Inch Nails' 'Year Zero' album is held in Salt Lake City. More than a dozen parties are held around the U.S.
2007: Heaven & Hell begin world tour in Vancouver, Canada.
2008: Kid Rock does a meet-and-greet at a Waffle House restaurant outside of Atlanta to raise money for the Nicholas House, a local homeless shelter. Rock faces misdemeanor charges resulting from an altercation months earlier at another Waffle House restaurant in Atlanta.
2009: Iron Maiden's tour manager criticised people who were arrested for trying to gatecrash a concert in Bogota. Colombian police arrested more than 100 people after stones were thrown hours before the group were due to perform. In a statement posted on the band's website, Rod Smallwood said: "We abhor the inane behaviour of a small minority of people outside." Riot police fired tear gas canisters at those who tried to enter the concert without tickets.
2009: U2's 'No Line On The Horizon' makes its debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 after selling 484,000 copies during its first week of release. It's the group's 7th #1 album.
2010: Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck singles out Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA" as a perfect example of the progressive politics he says are destroying the country. On his radio show Beck reads the lyrics to the '84 hit about the down and out experiences of a Vietnam era vet concluding that it's time to "wake up out of the propaganda."
2010: Kings Of Leon's Tap Tap Revenge game- Kings Of Leon Revenge-is available for iPhone and iPod Touch. The game features 10 songs including 'Use Somebody' and 'Sex On Fire.'
2011: Former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Andrews (Paul Di'Anno) is jailed after being convicted of fraud. Having claimed that he suffered severe nerve damage to his back that prevented him from working, he was spotted in an 2006 YouTube video jumping around on stage.
2012: Aerosmith is featured on 60 Minutes.
2013: Bob Dylan becomes the first Rock star to be voted an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
2014: Bon Jovi tops Billboard's list of annual earnings, bringing in an estimated total of $29.4 million in 2013. The band has topped the chart for three of the previous six years.
2015: Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson is hospitalized after being stabbed in the head during a knife fight with his bother Andrew outside of the guitarist's Clive, IA home. Both are intoxicated but suffer non-life threatening wounds. The siblings are charged with assault.
2015: Jimmy Greenspoon dies of cancer in Maryland at 67. Greenspoon was the keyboardist in Three Dog Night, and also performed and recorded with the likes of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Linda Ronstadt and Jimi Hendrix, among others. Additionally, he composed original music for films, including 'Field of Dreams,' 'United 93,' 'Die Hard' and 'Predator.'
2016: Killswitch Engage released the album 'Incarnate.'
2016: Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 71.

March 12
1961: Elvis Presley records his 'Something For Everybody' album in 12 hours. The records are getting the same "rush job" as his films.
1963: John Lennon misses the first of three shows at the Granada Cinema in Bedford due to a severe cold. The Beatles perform as a trio.
1965: In the Bahamas, The Beatles wrap up filming on their second movie, 'Help!.' Ringo Starr recalled, “A hell of a lot of pot was being smoked while we were making the film. It was great. That helped make it a lot of fun.”
1966: The first album by Love is released in the US.
1966: The Who at Birdcage Club in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Gyro Club in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, England.
1967: The Velvet Underground release 'The Velvet Underground And Nico' album.
1968: Pink Floyd were at EMI Studios in London recording the single 'It Would Be So Nice.'
1968: The Rolling Stones started recording their next single ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ with new producer Jimmy Miller at Olympic studios in London. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards' country house, where they were awakened one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded, "Oh, that's Jack - that's jumpin' Jack."
1969: Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman at Marylebone Register Office. They then held a reception lunch at The Ritz Hotel, Paul then went to Abbey Road studios in the evening to work. George Harrison and his wife Patti were arrested on the same day and charged with possession of 120 joints of marijuana.
1969: Simon & Garfunkel win Record of the Year for 'Mrs. Robinson. at the Grammy Awards.
1970: Led Zeppelin played at Rheinhalle in Dusseldorf, Germany.
1971: Mick Jagger marries Bianca Perez Morena de Macias.
1971: John Lennon releases his solo single 'Power to the People,' having recorded it a mere four days before.
1971: Jethro Tull release their 'Aqualung' album.
1971: The Allman Brothers record 'Live At The Fillmore East' on the first of two nights at the Fillmore East in New York. Both shows were recorded and released as The Allman Brothers live double album, which became the groups breakthrough album.
1971: Paul McCartney wins his lawsuit to dissolve The Beatles and turn their affairs over to a receiver and not Allen Klein, who is managing the other members.
1972: King Crimson appeared at Summit Studios in Denver, Colorado.
1973: The Eagles appeared at Oxford Polytechnic during a UK tour, JD Souther was the support act.
1974: John Lennon made the headlines after an incident at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Out on a drinking binge with Harry Nilsson, Lennon hurled insults at the performing Smothers Brothers and punched their manager before being forcibly removed.
1975: Led Zeppelin played at the Long Beach Civic Arena in Long Beach, California.
1976: David Bowie performed at the Scope in Norfolk, Virginia.
1977: The Sex Pistols were involved in a fight at London's Speakeasy Club with Bob Harris, presenter of BBC 2's The Old Grey Whistle Test resulting in one of the show's engineers needing 14 stitches in his head. Two days later Harris's solicitors contact Derek Green at A&M the bands record label. Harris's management also managed Peter Frampton, one of the label's top acts at A&M. Green discussed the matter with the company's two founders, Jerry Moss and Herb Alpert and the decision is made to cancel the Pistols contract and halt production of the bands first single, 'God Save The Queen'.
1978: Bob Dylan appears at Festival Hall in Brisbane, Australia.
1979: Roxy Music headlines at Musensaal in Mannheim, Germany.
1980: Billy Joel's 'Glass Houses' album is released.
1980: Peter Gabriel played at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1981: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Boston Garden.
1981: The Rolling Stones release 'Sucking In The Seventies.'
1982: Diamond Head released their 2nd studio album, 'Borrowed Time.' It peaks at #24 on UK album charts.
1983: U2's 'War' album enters the U.K. album chart at #1. It went on to spend a total of 147 weeks on the chart.
1984: Marillion release their 2nd studio album, 'Fugazi.'
1987: Guns N' Roses record 'Welcome To The Jungle.' The song becomes their second single (following 'It's So Easy'). A top 10 hit (#7) the song is later named "the greatest Hard Rock song of all time by VH1."
1988: David Lee Roth's 'Just Like Paradise' nalbum peaks at #6 on Billboard's Hot 100. It was his second and final Top 10 as a solo artist.
1990: Nirvana and Tad performed at the Town Pump in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
1990: Motley Crue released their 12th single, 'Without You.' In April, it peaks at #8 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1991: Bulletboys release their 2nd album, 'Freakshow.' In April, it peaks at #69 on Billboard's 200 Album Chart.
1991: Judas Priest released the single 'A Touch Of Evil.'
1992: Red Hot Chili Peppers perform 'Under The Bridge' on the BBC's Top Of The Pops.
1993: Oasis played at the Le Bateau in Liverpool, England in front of 20 people.
1995: The Spin Doctors played a gig at singer Chris Barron's old School in Princeton and raised $10,000 towards a trip to France and the UK for the school choir.
1996: The 'KISS Unplugged' album is released.
1998: Attorneys for KoRn send a cease-and-desist demand to a Michigan assistant principal who suspended a student for wearing a Korn T-shirt to school.
2003: The Chinese Ministry of Culture bans four Rolling Stones' songs prior to the group's first tour of the mainland. The songs, banned for sexual references and/or inter-racial coupling, are 'Brown Sugar,' 'Honky Tonk Women,' 'Beast Of Burden' and 'Let's Spend The Night Together.'
2006: Former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour went to #1 on the UK album chart with his third solo album 'On An Island.'
2007: Work on Metallica's 'Death Magnetic' album begins.
2007: Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland and guitarist Slash present Van Halen's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Velvet Revolver perform rather than Van Halen. Frontman David Lee Roth won't share the stage with his replacement, Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony was booted after a quarter century with the band.
2007: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder inducts R.E.M. into the Hall of Fame, while Rage Against The Machine's Zack de la Rocha handles the honors for Patti Smith. Vedder joins R.E.M. for a rendition of the group's 'Man On The Moon.' The show closes with an all-star jam (Hagar, R.E.M., Vedder and the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards) on other new inductee Patti Smith's 'People Have The Power.'
2007: 'Far Cry,' the first single from Rush's 'Snakes And Arrows' album, hits radio.
2007: Disappointed with his share of the profits from a cell phone commercial that was authorized to use the group's famous 1968 hit 'The Weight,' The Band's Levon Helm sues Cingular, the commercial's creator.
2008: 'American Idol' does an all-Beatles episode, somehow securing the rights to the songs after years of negotiations.
2008: 'Halloween,' the Rob Zombie-directed remake of the horror classic, wins Best Film in the sixth annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards voting. The trophy is presented at the WonderFest toy collectors' expo in Louisville, KY.
2010: Over 130 people were arrested and eight people were hospitalised as fans tried to gatecrash a Metallica show in Colombia. 1,500 police and four tanks were brought in to manage the crowds as property was vandalized and destroyed, as thousands of ticketless fans rioted during Metallica’s first Colombian concert in eleven years.
2010: The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh celebrates his 70th birthday (which is three days later) with a jam-session at the Bill Graham Civic Arena in San Francisco. Bandmate Bob Weir and the Black Crowes' Chris Robinson take part in the festivities.
2012: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has harsh words for 'posers' in the music industry. During a SXSW interview, Corgan claims up-and-coming musicians "have grown up thinking that being famous is the goal, not to be respected-not to be dangerous. I was part of a generation that changed the world, and it was taken over by posers."
2012: Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack dies at his home in Dubois, WY after a battle with cancer. Hossack was 65. He had been battling cancer for some time and succumbed to complications of the disease with his family at his side. Hossack was a member of the Doobie Brothers between 1971 and 1973, playing on several of the band’s best-known hits, including ‘Listen to the Music’ and ‘China Grove.'
2013: Bob Dylan was voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, marking the first time a rock musician had been chosen for the elite honor society. Officials in the Academy, which recognizes music, literature and visual art, were unable to decide if Dylan belonged for his words or his music and instead inducted him as an honorary member
2013: David Bowie's first album in 10 years, 'The Next Day,' is released. It's also Bowie's 25th solo studio effort.
2013: Eric Clapton releases his 21st studio album 'Old Sock.' It is essentially a covers set.
2013: Bon Jovi's 12th album 'What About Now?' is released. The lead single 'Because We Can' serves as the title of the group's fifteenth major tour.
2013: Iron Maiden announces Trooper, a premium British beer. "I'm a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer," says frontman Bruce Dickenson of the handcrafted brew.
2013: Original Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr dies from health complications due to Multiple Sclerosis at age 56. Burr was the drummer on Maiden's first three albums.
2014: KISS bassist Gene Simmons guest stars as himself in an episode of the CBS series, 'CSI (Crime Scene Investigation).'

March 13
1958: The Recording Industry Association of America introduced its awards for record sales, (RIAA). The Beatles hold the record for being awarded the most with 76 platinum certifications.
1964: Billboard reported that sales of Beatles singles currently accounted for 60 percent of the US singles market and The Beatles album Meet the Beatles had reached a record 3.5 million copies sold.
1965: Beatles begin filming Australian sequences of film 'Help!'.
1965: The Beatles started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Eight Days A Week,' the group's 7th US #1.
1965: Eric Clapton leaves Yardbirds, considering the group to have become "too commercial." Clapton wanted to continue in a blues type vein, while the rest of the band preferred the more commercial style of their first hit, ‘For Your Love.'
1965: Tailor and Cutter magazine publicly requests that the Rolling Stones wear ties. The Stones dismiss the suggestion continuing to flout their open collars.
1965: The Kinks release 'Tired of Waiting for You.'
1966: Rod Stewart leaves Steampacket to go solo.
1966: Pink Floyd, billed as Pink Floyd Sound with AMM. A Spontaneous Underground Event, perform at The Marquee, on Wardour Street in London. Although the fourth “Spontaneous Event,” it was the first to feature the Floyd, and they became a regular fixture thereafter.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, six members of Sounds, Inc. recorded the horn parts for The Beatles song 'Good Morning Good Morning' (three saxophones, two trombones, and one french horn).
1967: The original incarnation of The Byrds release their last Top 40 single. Their cover Bob Dylan's 'My Back Pages' only gets to #30 on the Billboard 100.
1967: The Beatles' 'Penny Lane' is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1968: The Byrds' 'Greatest Hits' is certified gold.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival kicked off a three night stint at the Fillmore West with Jethro Tull.
1970: Police fear a Beatles connection when a terrorist organization calling itself Revolutionary Force 9 takes credit for three bombings in New York.
1971: The Rolling Stones appeared live at Leeds University in England.
1971: Brewer and Shipley entered the US singles chart with 'One Toke Over The Line.' The song, which featured The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia on steel guitar, peaked at #10 despite being banned by radio stations for its drug references. Brewer and Shipley maintained that the word "toke" meant "token" as in ticket, hence the line "waitin' downtown at the railway station, one toke over the line."
1971: Allman Brothers Band play their final night of a three-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York. The recordings from these shows were used for the iconic 'At Fillmore East' album.
1972: The Eagles begin recording their self-titled debut album in London.
1976: Foghat's 'Slow Ride' peaks at #20 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1976: The Four Seasons started a three week run at #1 on the singles chart with ‘December 1963, (Oh What A Night)’, the group’s 5th #1.
1977: Iggy Pop and David Bowie kicked off a North American tour at Le Plateau Theatre in Montreal, Canada with Blondie as the opening act.
1978: Van Halen embark on their first tour.
1980: Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' goes Platinum a few weeks into its fifteen week stay at number one on the Billboard chart. The two-record set is mostly the brainchild of bassist Roger Waters, who emerges as the group's creative leader.
1981: Slade released their 9th studio album, 'We'll Bring The House Down.'
1984: The Cars release the Mutt Lange produced 'Heartbeat City' album.
1985: Bob Geldof and Midge Ure received the Best Selling A Side award at the 30th Ivor Novello Awards for 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'.
1987: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1987: Bryan Adams releases 'Heat Of The Night.' It is believed to be the first commercially available cassette single in the U.S.
1988: David Lee Roth reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Just Like Paradise.'
1992: Bad Religion release their sixth full-length studio album 'Generator.' This is the band's debut album with drummer Bobby Schayer, who remained in the band until 2000's 'The New America.'
1993: Eric Clapton started a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Unplugged.'
1993: Van Halen simultaneously debuts and peaks at #5 on Billboard's 200 album chart with 'Live: Right Here, Right Now.'
1999: Hole pulls out of their U.S. tour with Marilyn Manson.
2004: Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott and bassist Rick Savage play an acoustic set in their hometown of Sheffield, England, to benefit a local charity that helps parents who have sick children.
2004: Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament finishes a six-day ascent to the summit of Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak. It's part of the Climb for the Children 2004 initiative, which raises funds for the Save the Children youth-assistance organization.
2006: The Sex Pistols refused to attend their own induction into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City. Blondie, Herb Alpert, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Black Sabbath were all inducted but the Pistols posted a handwritten note on their website, calling the institution "urine in wine", adding "We're not your monkeys, we're not coming. You're not paying attention". Sabbath is introduced by Metallica frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, who say, "Sabbath is and always will be synonymous with Heavy Metal." Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne calls the honor "an achievement I'm really proud about." Metallica performs 'Hole in the Sky' and 'Iron Man' at the ceremony. Tony Iommi almost wasn't able to take his award back to England because airport security said it could have been used as a weapon. Kid Rock inducts Skynyrd then performs with the band. The night also has Deborah Harry refusing to let former members of Blondie perform with the present line-up. The event takes place at New York's Waldorf-Astoria.
2006: The Kinks came out the top earners for music used in TV adverts in the US, earning them £6m a year. The sixties group were enjoying a resurgence with their music being used to sell washing powder, computers and medicines. Led Zeppelin came in second place with £4m and The Rolling Stones third with £2.3m.
2007: Type O Negative released their final album 'Dead Again.'
2007: 'Live At Massey Hall,' an album documenting Neil Young's 1971 solo concert in Toronto, is released.
2007: A Guns 'N' Roses track from the long delayed 'Chinese Democracy' album, gets posted then picked up by Rock radio. According the band, the song is an unfinished, unauthorized demo. The track 'Better' was leaked from an 'experimental edit' for a Harley-Davidson commercial.
2007: Black Sabbath release the single 'The Devil Cried.' It is one of three new tracks on the 'Black Sabbath: The Dio Years'‬ album.
2008: South By Southwest features a rare performance from R.E.M.
2009: System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan buys a copy of Action Comics No. 1, the first comic book to feature the Superman character, for $317,200 at an Internet auction. Dolmayan, a longtime collector, also operates an online comic selling business. "This is one of the premier books you could collect," says Dolmayan. "It's considered the Holy Grail of comic books." He purchases the rare 1938 magazine representing an unidentified client.
2009: Alice Cooper reunites with the other surviving founding members of his namesake group (Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith-guitarist Glen Buxton passed away in 1997) on the opening day of Monster-Mania Con 12, a horror-film convention, in Cherry Hill, NJ. They don't perform but they do sign autographs.
2010: A Guns N' Roses VIP party in Sao Paulo, Brazil, turns nasty when the group doesn't show for a performance. As event organizers break the news, patrons begin fighting and destroying the club. "The audience got angry and started to mount the stage, and fight and destroy everything," an eyewitness tells the New York Post. It may have been the best GN'R no show ever.
2012: Adrenaline Mob released their debut full-length album, 'Omertá.'
2012: A fight breaks out during a Van Halen concert in Manchester, NH. Frontman David Lee Roth halts the band's rendition of Roy Orbison's "(Oh) Pretty Woman." "What do you think this is, a f-ing mosh pit?, Roth shouts at the fighters. "You've got all the best looking women on the f-ing east coast here and all you can f-ing think of is f-ing fighting?" As security sorts out the mess, Roth instructs the band to "start it back at the top...let's do the whole thing over again."
2013: Jimi Hendrix scored his highest chart debut since 1969 when his new studio album, 'People, Hell & Angels,' consisting of unreleased tracks recorded with a variety of musicians between 1968 and 1970, sold 72,000 copies in the US on the week of release and made its debut at #2 on the charts. It's the guitarist's highest-charting album since "Electric Ladyland" went to #1 in 1968.
2013: Guitarist Joe Bonamassa says he's done with Black Country Communion because there's "too much tension" when the group tours.
2014: A Jimi Hendrix stamp makes its debut at the South By SouthWest (SXSW) music festival in Austin. The late guitarist's stamp is part of the United States Postal Service's U.S. Music Icons series.
2016: Nik Green, keyboardist for John Sykes' Blue Murder passes.

March 14:
1963: On a UK tour with Chris Montez and Tommy Roe, The Beatles poerform at the Gaumont Cinema in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. For the third night in a row, John Lennon is suffering from a bad cold and was unable to perform.
1964: Billboard reports that Beatle records currently account for 60 per cent of US record sales.
1964: The Beatles' 'Twist And Shout' enters the charts
1966: 'Eight Miles High,' by the Byrds is released in the U.S. Influenced by Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shanker and Jazz great John Coltrane, the song is banned by several radio stations for allegedly "advocating the use of recreational drugs" (causing it to stall at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100). Considered by many to be the "the first bona fide psychedelic Rock song," it is later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, an honor reserved for "recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance."
1968: The BBC-TV program 'Top Of The Pops' broadcasts The Beatles' new promotional video for 'Lady Madonna,' which, oddly enough, is made up entirely of clips from the band's recording of 'Hey Bulldog.'
1969: Free released their debut album, 'Tons of Sobs.'
1969: Beatles get gold disc for 'Yellow Submarine.'
1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a live concert for Dutch TV show 'Fan Club' in Amsterdam, Holland.
1970: John Lennon's 'Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)' hits #1.
1970: Pink Floyd performed at Meisteringer Halle in Nurnberg, West Germany.
1970: Simon & Garfunkel’s 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' enters the second week of a ten week run atop the US album charts.
1971: Rolling Stones play a farewell concert at the Roundhouse, London, before moving to France to escape UK taxes.
1971: The Grateful Dead played at Camp Randall Field House on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
1972: Carole King and producer Lou Adler wins a Grammy for 'It’s Too Late' as Record of the Year, and 'Tapestry' wins a Grammy as Album of the Year. King also took home a statue for Songwriting for 'You’ve Got A Friend,' while Carly Simon wins a Grammy as Best New Artist.
1973: Elton John was at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Crocodile Rock.'
1981: Eric Clapton was hospitalized with bleeding ulcers causing a US tour to be cancelled. He's forced to cancel the remaining 47 dates on his tour and is out for 7 months as he was back in hospital five weeks later after being involved in a car crash.
1980: Def Leppard release their debut studio album, 'On Through the Night.'
1981: Iron Maiden release the 'Twilight Zone'/'Wrathchild' single.
1982: Metallica made their live debut when they appeared at Radio City in Anaheim, California.
1983: Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Alec John Such formed Bon Jovi.
1983: Europe release their self-titled debut studio album.
1984: Rainbow played their last ever gig as a band when they performed in Japan. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore folds the band to rejoin Deep Purple. Rainbow is later revived.
1985: Iron Maiden play the first of four sold-out shows at the Long Beach Arena, the first band ever to achieve this.
1986: Voivod release their 2nd album, 'Rrröööaaarrr.'
1987: Bruce Springsteen's live box set goes platinum in the US.
1987: Huey Lewis & The News hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Jacob's Ladder.'
1989: Extreme release their self-titled debut album.
1990: Flea and Chad Smith from The Red Hot Chili Peppers were arrested for sexually harassing a woman on Daytona Beach, Florida. They pull a woman’s bathing suit bottom partially off and start slapping her buttocks, and then Flea kneels atop her demanding that she perform oral sex on him. They plead guilty, apologize and were each fined $1,000.
1991: R.E.M. played the first of two nights at London's Borderline Club under the name of 'Bingo Hand Job.'
1992: Farm Aid Five, hosted by Willie Nelson attracts about 40,000 people in Irving, Texas and features performances by Paul Simon, Neil Young and John Mellencamp.
1998: A few weeks after winning a Grammy for Best Country Album, Johnny Cash's record company takes out a full page ad in Billboard featuring an old photo of Cash flipping the bird, and the text: "American Recordings and Johnny Cash would like to acknowledge the Nashville music establishment and country radio for your support."
2000: Reports surfaced that drummer Josh Freese had left the revamped version of  Guns N’ Roses to perform with A Perfect Circle. Axl Rose carried on recording 'Chinese Democracy' with the assistance of the mysterious Buckethead, a guitarist known for wearing a fast-food chicken bucket on his head.
2000: 'Reinventing The Steel,' the ninth and final studio album by Pantera, is released.
2000: Poison release their 5th studio album, 'Crack a Smile... and More!'
2001: Peter Blake, who designed The Beatles classic Sgt. Pepper album cover sued the group's record company for more money. Blake was paid $340 for the famous figures in 1967, but was now 'cheesed off' that EMI had never offered to pay more money.
2002: Billy Joel is joined onstage by AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson and bassist Cliff Williams during his Tampa, Florida show (with Elton John) for a version of the AC/DC staple 'Highway To Hell.'
2003: Ozzy Osbourne held a farewell party for bassist Robert Trujillo, who left Ozzy’s band for Metallica. At the shindig, Ozzy’s wife, Sharon Osbourne, collapsed from heat exhaustion and was rushed to the hospital.
2004: Thieves steal $325,000 worth of Elvis Presley's jewelry and kitsch from the Elvis-A-Rama Museum in Las Vegas. Among the stolen inventory: a gold-plated handgun, a custom scarf, a bracelet and Presley's Humes High School ring from 1953.
2005: U2, The Pretenders, Buddy Guy, The O’Jays and Percy Sledge were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 20th anniversary, U2 perform "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" to mark their induction into the Hall. Bruce Springsteen does the honors and says "[U2] are the keepers of some of the most beautiful sonic orchestration in Rock and Roll." U2's Bono famously states, "God makes music out of his mistakes. I know, I'm one of them."
2005: U2's Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson launch a clothing line called Edun. The business utilizes fair-labor factories in South America and Africa.
2006: Sepultura released their 10th studio album. 'Dante XXI.'
2006: U2 topped Rolling Stone magazine's annual list of the year's biggest money earners from 2005 with $154.2 million, The Rolling Stones were listed second with $92.5 million and The Eagles third with $63.2 million. Paul McCartney was in fourth place with $56 million and Elton John in fifth with $48.9 million.
2006: The Cars announced they were reforming – but without frontman Ric Ocasek. Singing duties would be handled by Todd Rundgren.
2006: Scott Stapp follows Kid Rock when he initiates a lawsuit in L.A. to block World Wide Red Light District from releasing or promoting a '99 sex tape featuring the two Rockers and four women. The former Creed frontman claims the tapes were stolen and their release has caused emotional distress.
2006: The Rolling Stones play their first-ever show at New York's famed Radio City Music Hall. It's a benefit for the Robin Hood Foundation which distributes funds to nonprofit charities.
2006: 'Flying High Again: The World's Greatest Tribute To Ozzy Osbourne' is released. The 12-track album features Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, Lita Ford, Judas Priest and Whitesnake.
2006: Queensryche's 'Operation: Mindcrime II' is released. It's the sequel to the classic 1988 album, 'Operation: Mindcrime.' This time around Ronnie James Dio plays Dr. X.
2006: Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood, Yes bassist Chris Squire's side project the Syn and Dave Mason perform in Los Angeles at a benefit show with proceeds going to the Guitar Center Music Foundation, a charity that supports music education in public schools.
2006: David Lee Roth contributes vocals to two songs ('Jump' and 'Jamie's Cryin') on 'Strummin' With the Devil,' a bluegrass tribute album to Van Halen.
2006: Black Sabbath release 'Greatest Hits 1970-1978.'
2007: The video for 'Hump de Bump,' from the Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Stadium Arcadium' album, premieres on MTV. Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis asked friend Chris Rock to direct the clip.
2007: The Who's Pete Townshend gives keynote address at the 2007 South X Southwest Music Conference in Austin, TX. During the speech he announces plans to launch a website for The Method project, a computer program that generates personalized music for users. Later, he jams with ex-Faces/Small Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan at the Austin Music Awards.
2007: Gibson Guitar announce a limited-edition replica of Jimmy Page's double-necked electric guitar, based on the 1971 Gibson EDS-1275 that features both a 12-string and a 6-string neck. The Led Zeppelin guitarist's majestic double neck was a fixture of the band's live shows. A run of 25 signed, 'aged' versions of the guitar retail for $33,500. A cheaper edition goes for $10,000 to $12,000.
2008: Stone Temple Pilots announce they are reuniting for one final tour.
2010: Guns N' Roses cancel their show in Rio de Janeiro because the stage collapsed due to heavy rain. The accident results in minor injuries but no fatalities.
2011: Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Leon Russell, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during ceremonies in New York.
2011: Blink-182 singer Mark Hoppus puts several items up for an online auction to aid victims of the major earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.
2012: Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball' makes its debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. With first week sales of 196,000 units, the album beats out Adele's '21.' Springsteen is tied with Elvis Presley for the 3rd most #1 albums at 10. The Beatles hold the record with 19.
2013: Dave Grohl is the keynote speaker at the South By Southwest conference in Austin, TX.
2015: Rush receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the Juno Awards. The honor recognizes outstanding Canadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada.

March 15
1955: Fats Domino records 'Ain't It A Shame.'
1955: Colonel (honorary) Tom Parker becomes Elvis Presley's manager. Having already managed several major Country stars, Parker makes Elvis his life's work. The partnership is beneficial to both parties though not always artistically rewarding.
1958: Elvis Presley gives his last live performances before going into the Army-two shows in Memphis.
1965: Elvis Presley begins filming his 19th movie, 'Harum Scarum,' in Los Angeles.
1967: The first session recording George Harrison's new song ‘Within You Without You’ took place at Abbey Road studios, London. George was the only Beatle to perform on this song, which was still called 'Untitled'. Harrison played the swordmandel and tamboura, Natver Soni played tabla, Amrat Gajjar played dilruba, PD Joshi played swordmandel, and an undocumented musician played a droning tamboura.
1968: Life Magazine calls Jimi Hendrix "the most spectacular guitarist in the world."
1968: The Byrds play the Grand Ole Opry. The Nashville establishment doesn't think much of a bunch of 'hippie longhairs' playing the Country music institution, even though the band had cut their hair shorter than usual for the show.
1969: Janis Joplin was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents.
1968: The Stones started daily sessions at Olympic Studios in London to start recording their next album, Beggars Banquet. Working from 7pm to 8am each day without a break, the Stones worked on 'Jumpin’ Jack Flash', 'Child Of The Moon', 'Jigsaw Puzzle' and 'Parachute Woman' as well as the instrumental foundation for a song called 'Did Everybody Paid Their Dues?' (which would later become Street Fighting Man).
1969: Tyrannosaurus Rex singer Marc Bolan's first book of poetry 'The Warlock Of Love' was published.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono get caught "standing in the dock at Southampton, trying to get to Holland or France" as passport problems stall their wedding. They would get married 5 days later in Gibraltar, and use their adventure in the lyrics to 'The Ballad Of John And Yoko.'
1969: Cream started a two-week run at #1 on the UK chart with their fourth and final original album 'Goodbye.' The single, 'Badge', (which was written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison) was subsequently released from the album a month later.
1969: Bob Dylan gave a brief phone interview to Jann Wenner that was later published in Rolling Stone.
1969: During a Scandinavian tour Led Zeppelin played two shows in one day. The first was at Teens Club Box 45 in Gladsaxe, Denmark and the second at the Brondby Pop Club in Norregard, Denmark.
1970: Pink Floyd played a concert at Niedersachsenhalle in Hannover, West Germany. Roger Waters announced the closing number 'Atom Heart Mother' as 'Consequently.'
1971: CBS-TV announces it will cancel The Ed Sullivan Show, then the longest-running TV show in history, after 23 years.
1972: Radio station KHJ in Los Angeles is raided at 7 a.m. Police were called by the station's fans who thought there must be something amiss as Robert W. Morgan played Donny Osmond's 'Puppy Love' over and over again from 6 a.m.
1974: The Emerson, Lake and Palmer film, 'Pictures At An Exhibition' premieres in Los Angeles.
1975: The Doobie Brothers hit #1 on the US singles chart with 'Black Water', the group's first of two US #1's.
1975: Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti' hits #1 on the UK charts. It was the first on their own ‘Swan Song’ label, the album spent six weeks at #1 on the chart.
1975: Mickey Finn announced he was leaving T. Rex and Marc Bolan said he would carry on under his own name. Bolan died in a car accident about two years later.
1975: Mick Jagger was in paternity trouble. He reportedly reached a settlement with former lover Marsha Hunt.
1975: Led Zeppelin sold 30-thousand tickets in just six hours for their shows at London’s Earls Court.
1976: KISS release the 4th studio album, 'Destroyer.' The platinum album features the hit ballad 'Beth' and 'Detroit Rock City.'
1976: Deep Purple MK 4 play their final show at the Empire Liverpool.
1977: Pink Floyd played the first of six sold-out nights at Empire Pool in Wembley, London, England.
1978: American Hot Wax (story of a week in the life of DJ Alan Freed) premieres in New York. It is widely considered one of the best Rock and Roll movies of all time and features appearances and performances by Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
1979: At a party following a Stephen Stills concert, Elvis Costello gets in an argument with Bonnie Bramlett of Delaney and Bonnie, and reportedly refers to Ray Charles as a "blind, ignorant nigger." Costello pleads inebriation, and says he was just trying to outrage her.
1980: The film 'Rude Boy,' starring the Clash, premieres in London.
1981: AC/DC release their 25th single, 'Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution.' It hits #15 in the UK.
1982: Bob Dylan was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
1983: Cathy Smith is arrested for second-degree murder for providing the drugs that killed John Belushi.
1988: Mick Jagger opened his first ever solo tour, his first ever performances in Japan and his first full concerts since 1982, with three shows at Osaka's Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan. The show is mostly made up of Rolling Stones songs, including songs not performed for a long time, including 'Bitch,' 'Gimmie Shelter,' 'Ruby Tuesday' and 'Sympathy For The Devil' as well as the Jimi Hendrix song 'Foxy Lady.'
1989: The Rolling Stones signed a $70 million contract to play 50 North American dates. It was the largest contract in rock history.
1993: The 'Coverdale•Page' album by David Coverdale and Jimmy Page was released.
1993: 'Rooster,' a single from Alice In Chains' sophomore album 'Dirt,' was released. Written by guitarist Jerry Cantrell for his father, who went by the nickname 'Rooster' while serving with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, the song peaks at #7 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
1994: Motley Crue released their self-titled album featuring John Corabi on vocals.
1994: Pantera released the single 'I'm Broken.'
1994: Sammy Hagar released his compilation album, 'Unboxed.'
1995: Mad Season, a band with Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), John Baker Saunders and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), issue their debut album, 'Above.'
1999: Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame by U2's Bono. Springsteen performed with the E Street Band for the first time in a decade. Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Del Shannon and Dusty Springfield were also inducted. Neil Young handles McCartney's induction honors.
2000: Mick Jagger was ordered to increase his child support payments to Brazilian model Luciana Morad from $5,500 a month to $10,000. Mick was asked to confirm that he was the father of her child by the court, while Ms Morad was seeking a $10 million settlement. Morad told the court her monthly expenses: $3,500 for a nanny; $2,500–3,000 for food and $3,350 to rent her place on New York’s Upper West Side.
2000: Sir Paul McCartney confirmed that him and former model Heather Mills had become 'an item'. The couple had met after working on the same charity project.
2000: Yngwie Malmsteen's 'Anthology 1994-1999' is released in Japan through Pony Canyon.
2000: Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello guest starred on 'Star Trek: Voyager.'
2001: Pantera's Philip Anselmo is given a release to use his real name in side-project bands.
2002: Liverpool Airport is rechristened Liverpool John Lennon Airport in an official ceremony. Yoko Ono unveiled a seven foot bronze statue of John Lennon overlooking the check-in hall of the airport. The re-branding featured a sketch of Lennon's face with the words 'Above Us Only Skies.'
2002: KoRn's 'Follow The Leader' album is certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA.
2003: Guns N’ Roses members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff asked for a preliminary injunction against Geffen Records to prevent the release of a Greatest Hits CD. A US District Court judge denied their request.
2003: The Offspring announce that their new album will be called Chinese Democracy, mocking the long-delayed Guns N' Roses release. Offspring lead singer Dexter Holland says, "Axl ripped-off my braids, so I ripped-off his album title."
2004: George Harrison, Prince, Bob Seger, The Dells, Traffic and ZZ Top were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City. Bruce Springsteen inducts Browne, fellow Traveling Wilburys Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty induct Harrison, Kid Rock inducts Seger, Dave Matthews inducts Traffic and Keith Richards inducts ZZ Top.
2004: Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm issues a proclamation declaring Bob Seger Day.
2004: Metallica gets the Governors Award from the San Francisco Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). The award is given to artists who transcend musical boundaries.
2006: David Bowie unfurls his Serious Moonlight concert DVD. The 1983 Vancouver show was previously only available on VHS.
2006: Pink Floyd's David Gilmour's solo album, 'On An Island' debuts at #6 on the Billboard 200 chart after moving more than 96,000 copies in its first week.
2006: Phil Collins and his wife of six years, Orianne, announced their separation "claiming they've been growing apart."
2006: Remnants of Fats Domino's three pianos are discovered and saved by the Louisiana State Museum after attempting to salvage his Ninth Ward home after Hurricane Katrina.
2007: Guitarist Tom Morello begins a tour under his Nightwatchman moniker to support his 'One Man Revolution' album. The seven show jaunt starts at the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, TX. He gets the all-star treatment when ex-Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell, Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash and Primus frontman Les Claypool join him onstage as they roll through Rage Against The Machine and Jane's Addiction songs.
2007: Former Fuel frontman Brett Scallions replaces the Cult's Ian Astbury as the lead singer of The Doors spin-off group Riders On The Storm.
2007: Kelly Ann Kozlowski accuses Kid Rock of assault. In the end, the case isn't pursued due to 'insufficient evidence'. Big surprise. About a week later, Rock files legal action seeking unspecified damages from Kozlowski, charging her with defamation, trespassing and invasion of privacy.
2009: Task Brasil auctions autographed guitars and other items signed by Jimmy Page, Slash, Jack Bruce and Eric Burdon on e-Bay. Task Brasil is a charity assisting Brazilian children living in harsh conditions. Page is a major supporter of the organization.
2010: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2010 - Genesis, The Hollies, The Stooges, Jimmy Cliff and ABBA, are inducted at the 25th Annual Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Wyclef Jean inducts Cliff, Trey Anastasio inducts Genesis, Steven Van Zandt inducts The Hollies and The Stooges are inducted by Billie Joe Armstrong. Original Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel does not attend as he's preparing for a European tour. Iggy Pop performs 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' with help from Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament.
2011: Sammy Hagar's biography, 'RED: My Uncensored Life in Rock,' is in bookstores.
2011: Disney Studios scrapped plans for a 3D remake of The Beatles 1968 film 'Yellow Submarine.' The new film which was being developed by Forrest Gump Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis was going to incorporate the 16 Beatles songs and recordings from the original animated film. Budget issues and a cancelled meeting with surviving Beatles' members were cited as reasons for the film's demise.
2011: Jon Bon Jovi criticizes Apple's Steve Jobs in the Sunday Times Magazine saying that Jobs is "personally responsible for killing the music business." "Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes and getting lost in an album; and the beauty of taking your allowance money and making a decision based on the jacket, not knowing what the record sounded like," says Bon Jovi. Apple's iTunes had recently sold its 10 billionth track.
2012: Bruce Springsteen is the keynote speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. NPR provides a live stream of Springsteen's address.
2012: KISS open a band-themed 18-hole miniature golf course in Las Vegas. There's also a state-of-the-art arcade, a KISS gift shop, a Rock n' Roll All Nite Cafe and the Hotter Than Hell Wedding Chapel.
2013: Green Day perform at the SXSW Festival in Austin and are on hand for the screening of two documentaries: Broadway Idiot, which chronicles the Broadway adaptation of the band's album, 'American Idiot' and 'Quatro!,' covering the band's recording of their album trilogy, "Uno!," "Dos!" and "Tre!".
2014: Iggy & The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton dies of a heart attack after suffering a stroke three years prior at the age of 64. He co-founded the band in 1967 with frontman Iggy Pop, bassist Dave Alexander, and his guitarist brother Ron.
2015: Elton John boycotts Italian fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana following comments made by founder Stefano Gabbana who referred to children born via vitro fertilization as 'synthetic'. He added that children should not be raised by same sex parents. Elton's children (Zachary & Elijah) were conceived using vitro fertilization.
2015: Mike Porcaro bassist with Toto died following a battle Lou Gehrig's Disease. He was the middle brother of Toto members Jeff Porcaro and Steve Porcaro. He also worked and toured with Michael Franks, Seals and Crofts, Larry Carlton, and Boz Scaggs.

March 16
1964: DJ Alan Freed is charged with income-tax evasion by federal grand jury probing into radio and record company payola, less than two years after he admits guilt in the same investigation.
1964: The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the U.S. with 2,100,000 copies of their latest single 'Can't Buy Me Love.'
1965: The Beatles continue filming in Austria for their second movie, 'Help!' They completed the "ski lift" segment of the film.
1965: The Rolling Stones were at #1 on the singles chart with 'The Last Time,' the band’s third chart topper and first #1 for songwriters Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
1967: Pink Floyd were at Studio 3, EMI Studios in London, recording for the album 'Piper at the Gates of Dawn.' They recorded a short version on this day of 'Interstellar Overdrive' that was released in July on a French EP.
1969: Fleetwood Mac, The Move, Amen Corner, Peter Sarstedt, The Tymes, Harmony Grass and Geno Washington all appeared at Pop World 69 at London’s Wembley Empire Pool.
1970: The Beatles released 'Let It Be.'
1971: 'Let It Be' wins a Grammy for Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture or Television Special in 1970. George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr (composers) for 'Let It Be' performed by The Beatles. Paul and Linda accept the award from presenter John Wayne.
1971: Winners at this years Grammy Awards included, Simon and Garfunkel who won Record of the year, Song of the year and Album of the year for 'Bridge Over Troubled Water.'
1971: With Leon Russell sitting in on piano, Bob Dylan cuts 'Watching the River Flow' and 'When I Paint My Masterpiece.'
1972: John Lennon lodged an appeal with the US immigration office in New York, after he was served with deportation orders arising from his 1968 cannabis possession conviction.
1972: Neil Diamond appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in London.
1974: During a US tour Elvis Presley played the first of four nights at the Midsouth Coliseum in Memphis Tennessee. This was the first time Elvis had played in Memphis since 1961.
1975: London’s Rainbow Theatre, home to many a memorable live album, closes with an all-star concert that includes Procol Harum, John Martyn, Hatfield & the North, Richard & Linda Thompson, Frankie Miller, Sassafras, and the Kevin Coyne Band.
1977: After being with the label for just six days The Sex Pistols were fired from A&M due to pressure from other label artists and its Los Angeles head office. 25,000 copies of ‘God Save The Queen’ were pressed and the band made £75,000 ($127,500) from the deal.
1979: Twisted Sister sold out 3,000 seatNew York’s Palladium. It was the first time an unsigned band had headlined and filled the three-thousand seat theater.
1979: CBS-TV airs the 'Wings Over America' special.
1980: The Police record an early version of 'Driven To Tears' in Melbourne’s Armstrong Studios (Armstrong’s / Studio 2).
1981: U2 plated The Woodstock Concert Theater in Anaheim, California on the fourth leg of the North American 'Boy' tour.
1981: Accept release their 3rd album, 'Breaker.'
1985: Glenn Frey peaks at #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'The Heat Is On' from the 'Beverly Hills Cop' soundtrack.
1985: Duran Duran peak at #16 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'Save A Prayer.'
1985: David Lee Roth's debut solo EP, 'Crazy From The Heat,' peaks at #15 on Billboard's 200 Album chart.
1987: MTV goes international with the channel's Australian launch.
1989: MTV America launched a contest to give away Jon Bon Jovi's childhood home.
1992: During a Metallica gig at Orlando Arena fans dangled an usher by his ankles from the balcony as trouble broke out at the concert. The band was charged $38,000 for repairs and cleaning after the audience trashed the building.
1994: Motley Crue released the single 'Hooligan's Holiday.'
1996: The Ramones performed what they claimed would be their last ever date in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1999: Jeff Beck released 'Who Else!' It was his first solo album in six years.
1999: The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) creates the Diamond sales award for album sales in excess of 10 million copies. Eagles' Their Greatest Hits, gets the first diamond award. Groups who have already hit the mark are AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Boston, Journey, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Van Halen and ZZ Top.
2000: The record industry acknowledges that a pair of Dave Matthews Band albums are multi-platinum: 'Crash' at seven million copies sold while 'Under The Table Dreaming' sits at six million.
1999: Stone Temple Pilots play in impromptu gig at the Viper Room in L.A. It's the first time in two years the band has performed.
2004: Mick Jones of The Clash joined The Libertines onstage at a Love Music Hate Racism gig in London and performed The Clash hit “Should I Stay or Should I
Go” with the band.
2004: Courtney Love showed up to court two hours late for a preliminary hearing for a drug possession charge. During the proceedings, Love fired her legal team and rehired them after a warning from the judge.
2005: Billy Joel checked into a rehabilitation centre for alcohol abuse. A statement from the 55-year-old singer's spokesperson put his latest problems down to "a recent bout of severe gastrointestinal distress."
2006: Staind plays the first of three concerts for U.S. military service members stationed in Germany during their European tour. The Mannheim concert is followed by shows in Franconia and Baumholder.
2006: 3 Doors Down embark on a 13-city overseas headlining tour that begins in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
2007: The Archdeacon of Trinidad and Tobago recommends that Elton John be banned from performing at the upcoming Plymouth Jazz Festival. John is the scheduled headliner. The clergyman claims that John's sexual orientation conflicts with biblical teachings and that his presence may spread homosexuality throughout the Caribbean island. "(John) is not coming here to preach about what lifestyle people should have," says a festival official.
2008: Daniel MacMaster, vocalist for Bonham, died of complications from a Group A strep infection that entered his bloodstream while he battled pneumonia; he was 39.
2008: KISS performs at the opening event of the 2008 Formula One auto racing season in Melbourne, Australia.
2009: Saving Abel's self-titled major label debut is certified gold by the RIAA, just a year and five days after its release.
2009: System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian performs a one-off show with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in Auckland, New Zealand. The concert is recorded for a DVD.
2010: Songs recorded by the Rolling Stones are featured on American Idol.
2010: A rare Led Zeppelin recording from the group's 1971 gig at St Matthew's Baths Hall in Ipswich, England was unearthed at a car boot sale. The bootleg copy of the audio from the group's gig on November 16, 1971 was picked up for just "two or three pounds" by music fan Vic Kemp.
2010: The White Stripes documentary 'Under Great White Northern Lights' is available on DVD, CD and vinyl as part of the limited edition box set. The Emmett Malloy-directed film chronicles the band's 2007 Canadian tour.
2011: Jack White makes a surprise appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin to mark the launch of his Third Man Rolling Record Store.
2011: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, suffering the effects of a kidney stone, collapses before a show in Russia but manages to play an abbreviated 6 song set.
2011: Stone Temple Pilots begin their first ever tour of Australia and New Zealand with a concert at Challenge Stadium in Perth. Ten days later the tour ends at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.
2012: Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Billy Corgan, Robbie Krieger and Perry Farrell appear in the documentary film Sunset Strip, which premieres during the SXSW festival in Austin.
2012: Tom Morello takes his SXSW show (at the Swan Dive) to the street and turns it into an "Occupy SXSW" event. Police arrive and shut down the performance.
2013: Guns N' Roses have a working tap onstage. "We're Rocking the Sidney Myer Music Bowl (an outdoor venue in Melbourne, Australia) with some ice cold beer on tap off the riser," writes the band on their website.
2015: Free bassist Andy Fraser dies in Temecula, CA, after suffering a heart attack. The musician had been dealing with AIDS and cancer in recent years. He was 62. The London-born musician became a founding member of the British group when he was just 15 and went on to write most of the material with Free lead singer Paul Rodgers, including Free’s 1970 hit 'All Right Now.'
2015: Molly Hatchet's original drummer Bruce Crump passes away at age 57.

March 17
1956: Carl Perkins makes his first TV appearance, on the 'Ozark Jamboree.'
1956: The movie 'Rock Around The Clock' premieres in Washington, DC. The film features Bill Haley & His Comets and Little Richard.
1957: Elvis Presley buys the Graceland mansion for $102,500, which would be about $850,000 today. Not content with the 10,000+ square foot home, the King almost doubles its size before moving in. The original building had at one time been a place of worship, used by the Graceland Christian Church and was named after the builder's daughter, Grace Toof.
1966: Keith Moon of The Who secretly marries his pregnant girlfriend, Kim Kerrigan.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles finished the recording of ‘She's Leaving Home’ after adding backing vocals to the track. Harpist Sheila Bromberg who was part of the string section on the track became the first woman to play on a Beatles recording.
1967: Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave and Booker T and The MG’s appeared at London’s Finsbury Park Astoria on the first night of a 17-date UK tour.
1967: Grateful Dead release their self-titled debut album.
1968: The Rolling Stones begin recording their seventh studio album, 'Beggar's Banquet,' at Olympic Studios in London.
1968: Mick Jagger joins a demonstration at Grosvenor Square in London to protest the Vietnam War. When the group, estimated at 25,000, marches to the American embassy, they are met with police resistance and rioting ensues. Jagger had left the protest before it reached the embassy, but used the events as inspiration for the Rolling Stones song 'Street Fighting Man.'
1968: A Pink Floyd show to be held at tUniversiteit Leuven, in Leuven, Belgium was cancelled just as the band was about to take the stage when fighting broke out between French and Flemish members of the audience.
1970: Chicago's 'Make Me Smile' b/w 'Colour My World' single is released.
1971: Peter Gabriel married is girlfriend Jill. They were together on and off for 17 years.
1973: Pink Floyd’s 'Dark Side of the Moon' first entered the charts. The album spends 741 weeks, a record, on the Billboard 200.
1973: Dr Hook's single 'On The Cover Of Rolling Stone peaked at #6 on the US chart. The single was banned in the UK by the BBC due to the reference of the magazine.
1976: Bob Dylan’s protest song 'Hurricane' led to boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter’s murder case being reopened.
1976: The Doobie Brothers 'Takin' It To The Streets' b/w 'For Someone Special' single is released
1977: Emerson, Lake & Palmer's 5th studio album, 'Works Volume 1' is released.
1978: The Irish high school band U2 win the Limerick Civic Week Pop '78 talent competition with a prize earning them a chance to record a demo for CBS Records. They had recently changed their name from The Hype.
1979: Bad Company's 5th studio album, 'Desolation Angels' is released.
1981: Blues Project, with Al Kooper, Steve Katz and Roy Blumenfeld, reunite for one-off concert at Bonds in New York.
1983: 'New Moon On Monday,' Duran Duran's 10th single, peaks at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1984: Van Halen's 'Jump' peaked at #1 in the US. Over the years David Lee Roth has given various accounts of the meaning behind the lyrics, but most often says they are about a TV news story he saw where a man was about to kill himself by jumping off a building. The Aalbum '1984' peaked at #2.
1985: Serial killer Richard Ramirez kills a man and leaves an AC/DC hat behind at the crime scene. Ramirez becomes known as the “Night Stalker” as he continues his killing spree. It’s revealed by a childhood friend that AC/DC is his favorite band, and some speculate that AC/DC stands for “Anti-Christ/Devil’s Child,” which the group disavows.
1988: The Grateful Dead performed at the Henry J. Kiser Auditorium in Oakland, California.
1990 Ozzy Osbourne releases his 'Just Say Ozzy' live EP.
1990: Rick Grech dies from kidney and liver failure due to alcoholism at 43. Grech was the bassist of Blind Faith and Traffic and also was an active session musician, playing with Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane, Muddy Waters, The Bee Gees and Gram Parsons.
1998: Van Halen release 'Van Halen III,' their 11th studio album. It is the only album with former Extreme lead singer Gary Cherone, and the only album to not attain platinum status. The band even does a signing at the Times Square Virgin Megastore.
1998: Mick Fleetwood joins The Corrs onstage for a St. Patrick’s Day performance at Royal Albert Hall in London. Their performance of the Fleetwood Mac song 'Dreams' is released as a single and becomes the first hit for The Corrs, going to #6 in the UK.
1998: Matchbox Twenty's 'Yourself Or Someone Like You' is named the Best Selling Recording by a New Artist by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers. Selling over 3 million copies it stays on the album chart for over two years.
2000: Widower Paul McCartney admitted that he was dating model Heather Mills and it was also revealed that the ex-Beatle was worth around $865 million dollars.
2003: Paul McCartney topped the Rolling Stone rich list with earnings of $72 million dollars, followed by The Rolling Stones and Dave Matthews Band.
2003: Dire Straits' guitarist Mark Knopfler breaks his collarbone and six ribs in a London motorcycle accident.
2004: The Kinks singer Ray Davies received his CBE medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the music industry.
2004: Hoobastank headlines the MTV Campus Invasion tour. Lostprophets and Ima Robot are also along for the three month trek.
2004: Courtney Love makes an appearance on the 'Late Show with David Letterman.' With her back to the camera, she lifts her skirt, and later goes topless, which is blocked out for viewers.
2004: The White Stripes' Jack White sits in with Bob Dylan on the final night of his three-night stand in Detroit.
2005: Robert Plant is presented with his lifetime achievement Grammy award at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
2006: Kid Rock enters into a preliminary agreement with World Wide Red Light District video distributors to block the release of a 1999 sex tape. Rock's lawyers and the company agree to extend a temporary injunction on selling the 45-minute video without further court proceedings. The skin flick features Rock and ex-Creed frontman Scott Stapp with four women.
2006: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora files a legal request in Los Angeles calling for his prenuptial agreement with estranged wife Heather Locklear to be honored. He asks for joint custody of his 8-year-old daughter with Locklear, Ava Elizabeth, while Locklear wants to grant him only visitation rights. In addition, Sambora doesn't want to be required to provide spousal support. The document also reveals that the couple separated the previous December.
2006: Ann Wilson of Heart is interviewed by the artistic director of Seattle's Experience Music Project as part of the institution's Oral History Program. Proceeds from the event benefit the Experience Music Project's School Group Visit program.
2007: KISS' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley participate in a panel discussion about their KISS Comic Group at Wizard World Los Angeles comic-book convention.
2007: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band wrap up their 'Face The Promise' tour in their hometown of Detroit.
2008: Heather Mills rakes in almost $50 million in her divorce from Paul McCartney. Mills is labeled “opportunistic” but claims that losing her leg was “easier to cope with than my divorce from Paul.”
2008: Radiohead and Aniboom animation company launch a contest in which fans create their own animated videos for one of nine songs from "In Rainbows." 10 semifinalists receive $1,000 each to make short clips for their chosen tunes. One grand-prize winner, selected by Radiohead, receives $10,000 to create a full-length video.
2010: Universal Music Group unveil their Six-String iPhone application. Users can "play along - pluck, strum and change chords" to tracks by Bon Jovi, Tom Petty and others.
2010: Alex Chilton (born William Alexander Chilton) dies from a heart attack. He was 59. Chilton was the lead singer for The Box Tops and Big Star, gaining a cult following with many rock and alternative bands. At only 16, he attained a #1 record with 'The Letter.'
2010: The Jimi Hendrix album 'Valleys Of Neptune' debuts at #4 on the Billboard charts, selling 95,000 copies in its first week. It's the guitarist's highest-charting album since 1971's 'The Cry Of Love,' also issued posthumously, peaked at #3. Four Hendrix albums also return to the Billboard chart. He even graces the cover of Rolling Stone.
2011: Nirvana and Rush apps (based on 'Nevermind' and '2112' & 'Moving Pictures,' respectively) are released with video content, band member interviews and social networking content. The apps do not include full songs.
2013: John Lennon and George Harrison were honored with a blue plaque at the site of the former Apple Boutique in a ceremony in London held at at 94 Baker Street. The new plaque reads "John Lennon, M.B.E., 1940-1980, and George Harrison, M.B.E., 1943-2001, worked here."

March 18
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis is the first artist to sing three songs on American Bandstand – 'Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Goin’ On,' 'You Win Again' and 'Breathless.'
1960: The Everly Brothers record 'Cathy's Clown.'
1965: The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 ($8.50) for urinating in a public place. The incident took place at a gas station after a gig in Romford, Essex, England.
1965: John Lennon gave his friend and ex-Quarry Man Pete Shotton £20,000 to open Hayling Supermarkets. Lennon, George Harrison and Shotton became joint directors of Hayling Supermarkets Ltd.
1965: Excerpts from six numbers performed by The Who at The Marquee Club in February appear on a French Television program called 'Seize Millions de Jeunes' on ORTF TV 2. It is part of documentary about Mods shot by two French acquaintances of the band’s co-manager Chris Stamp. A scheduled appearance that day at the Civic Hall in Crawley is postponed until April 18th.
1966: That morning, The Who are filmed miming to 'I Can’t Explain,' 'Bald Headed Woman,' and 'Substitute' at Tower Pier, London for Dick Clark’s ABC-TV U.S. program 'Where The Action Is.' That evening they head out to Wembley’s Studio One to perform 'Substitute' and 'Barbara Ann' on 'Ready, Steady, GO!,' then head to Basildon to play the Locarno Ballroom.
1967: The UK music magazine New Musical Express announced that former Spence Davis Group member Steve Winwood was planning to form a new group with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. The ensemble would choose the name Traffic.
1967: The Beatles scored their 13th US #1 single with 'Penny Lane.' The song's title is derived from the name of a street near Lennon's house, in Liverpool. McCartney and Lennon would meet at Penny Lane junction in the Mossley Hill area to catch a bus into the center of the city.
1967: The Who's 'Happy Jack' b/w 'Whiskey Man' single is released.
1967: Pink Floyd sign their first recording contract, with EMI.
1967: Pink Floyd played at Enfield College of Technology in Enfield, England.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany.
1968: The Beatles 'Lady Madonna' b/w 'The Inner Light' single is released.
1969: Jimi Hendrix performed at Ellis Auditorium AmphiTheater, Memphis, Tennessee.
1970: Steppenwolf's politically-oriented 'Monster' album goes gold.
1971: Led Zeppelin played at the Mayfair Ballroom in Newcastle, England during their 'Back to the Clubs' tour.
1972: Neil Young's has a #1 hit with 'Heart Of Gold.' Backing vocals were provided by James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt.
1972: T. Rex played the first of two sold out nights at Wembley's Empire Pool. Ringo Starr filmed the shows for the 'Born To Boogie' Apple documentary.
1972: Yes appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1972: Paul Simon scored his first solo #1 album when his self-titled debut went to the top of the charts.
1973: Paul McCartney and Wings played a benefit gig for the drug charity, Release at The Hard Rock Cafe in England.
1973: King Crimson played at the Rainbow Theatre, London.
1974: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first of eight shows over four nights at Gertie’s in Dallas, Texas.
1975: 'Tommy: The Movie' has its world premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. A morning press conference is attended by all the movie’s stars except Oliver Reed, Jack Nicholson, Roger Daltrey, and director Ken Russell. Daltrey and Russell are back in England working on his next film, 'Lisztomania.' The film receives a standing ovation despite occasional sound problems. Afterwards, The Who and celebrities attend a midnight party designed by new Hollywood hotshot Allan Carr in a sealed-off section of a New York subway station located under the IND Station at 57th Street and Sixth Avenue.
1976: 'The Man Who Fell To Earth,' starring David Bowie, premieres in London. The film is based on Walter Tevis' novel of the same name, about an alien who visits Earth in search of water for his planet, which is suffering from a drought.
1976: Bob Dylan played at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1976: The Who perform at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1977: The Clash released their debut single 'White Riot.' It peaked at #38 on the UK charts.
1977: The Grateful Dead played at Winterland Arena in San Francisco, California.
1977: AC/DC performed at Lanchester Polytechnic in Coventry, England.
1978: California Jam 2 draws an estimated 350,000 fans to Ontario Motor Speedway near Los Angeles. Performers include Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Santana, Heart, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush and Rubicon, featuring a young Jack Blades. ABC televises the event. A Double LP album from the was released.
1978: Rush played at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1979: Roxy Music performed at Eissporthalle in Berlin, Germany.
1982: Ozzy Osbourne's legendary guitarist Randy Rhoades plays his last concert in Knoxville, TN. He dies the following day in a Florida plane crash.
1982: Asia released their self-titled debut album. This “supergroup”, featuring bassist/vocalist John Wetton, drummer Carl Palmer, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and guitarist Steve Howe, was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 1970's – Yes, ELP, King Crimson, and The Buggles.
1983: Billy Squier kicks off his first arena headlining tour in support of 'Emotions in Motion.' Def Leppard are the opening act.
1984: Van Halen played at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
1989: A radio station in California arranged to have all it’s Cat Stevens Records destroyed by having a steamroller run over them in protest of the singer’s support of Ayatollah Khomeni.
1991: When the Irish Family Planning Association is found guilty of illegally selling condoms in Dublin, U2 steps in to pay the fine-about $900.
1994: In a tragic forerunner of later events, police confiscate 4 guns and 25 boxes of ammo after Kurt Cobain's wife, Courtney Love calls them, fearing he would commit suicide.
1994: The Rolling Stones introduce Darryl Jones as the replacement for baseman Bill Wyman, who had previously announced that he would no longer tour with the band.
1995: Bruce Springsteen 'Greatest Hits' is the #1 US LP.
1996: Released nearly two years earlier, Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' is credited with selling over 5 million copies.
1996: The Beatles 'Anthology 2' is released.
1996: The Sex Pistols announce they are reforming for their 20th anniversary, which they call the Filthy Lucre Tour. They would get tour again in 2002 and 2007.
1997: Autograph released the album 'Missing Pieces.'
1997: It's announced that Joni Mitchell has been reunited with the daughter she gave up for adoption many years earlier.
1997: Aerosmith release their 12th studio album, 'Nine Lives.'
2000: A film company paid over a million dollars for nine hours of film shot by Yoko Ono during the 1970's that showed John Lennon smoking hash and talking about his political beliefs.
2001: John Phillips dies of heart failure in Los Angeles. He was 65. Phillips was the vocalist and guitarist of The Mamas & the Papas. He was also a promoter, most notably of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. His life was marked by many scandals including drug trafficking, alleged incest, and alcoholism after a liver transplant. His second solo album was released on Rolling Stones records and featured Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood. Phillips was married to Michelle Gilliam, they had one child together, Chynna Phillips, vocalist of the 1990’s pop trio Wilson Phillips.
2002: The Ramones, Talking Heads and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are welcomed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Ramones were inducted into the by Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam and close friend of the Ramones. The ceremony took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Wallflowers member Jakob Dylan inducts Tom Petty.
2002: The Doobie Brothers, Dionne Warwick and Petula Clark are among the entertainers at Liza Minelli's wedding reception.
2003: Former Metallica member Jason Newsted becomes Ozzy Osbourne’s bassist, but it only lasts until the end of the year.
2004: Courtney Love exposed her breasts during an appearance on David Letterman's TV talk show. The singer who had her back to the audience flashed at the presenter while singing the song Danny Boy. After the show, she went on to perform a surprise gig at the Plaid night-club in Manhattan where she was alleged to have injured a man by throwing a microphone stand into the crowd. Ms Love was charged with assault and reckless endangerment.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne's late guitarist Randy Rhoads is inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne attend the ceremony.
2004: Courtney Love is arrested in New York and charged with reckless endangerment and third-degree assault after throwing a microphone stand at an East Village nightspot, striking a man in the head. This incident adds to Love`s legal troubles.
2005: Pearl Jam performs a benefit concert for Seattle's Northwest School. Guitarist Stone Gossard attended the prep school. Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson also take the stage.
2008: Robert Plant's collaborative album with Bluegrass performer Alison Krauss, 'Raising Sand,' is certified platinum.
2009: Chickenfoot, the "supergroup" with Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith play a private show, the group's debut, for Best Buy employees in the Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA.
2009: One-time Steppenwolf guitarist, Kent Henry, dies in Portland, OR. He was a member of Blues Image prior to replacing Larry Byrom in Steppenwolf. He was 60.
2010: Stone Temple Pilots perform at SXSW in Austin to promote their self-titled comeback album. During their encore the group is joined by former Doors guitarist Robby Krieger who STP frontman Scott Weiland introduces as "a man who was part of the greatest Rock & Roll group in history." Krieger and STP perform The Doors classic 'Roadhouse Blues.'
2012: Following shows at the Apollo Theater in NYC and SXSW, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kick off their first U.S. tour in over two years at the Philips Arena in Atlanta. The "Wrecking Ball" tour, to promote the album of the same name, is the Springsteen's first trek with the E Street Band since the death of saxophonist Clarence Clemons the previous June. Two saxophonists replace Clemons. One of whom is Jake Clemons, Clarence's nephew.
2013: 30 Seconds To Mars debut 'Up In The Air' from the SpaceX cargo mission, where it's played by astronauts on the International Space Station. Meanwhile, back on earth, Houston mayor, Annise D. Parker, proclaims 30 Seconds To Mars Day.
2013: John Lennon and George Harrison get a blue plaque in London. The plaque marks the site of The Beatles former Apple Records boutique on Baker Street. It is unveiled by Rod Davis, the banjo player in Lennon's first band, The Quarrymen.
2013: David Bowie’s first album in a decade become the fastest-selling of the year, hitting the top spot in the UK charts in its first week of release. The Next Day was the 66-year-old’s first #1 since 1993’s 'Black Tie White Noise' and sold 94,000 copies in the first week.
2014: The Beastie Boys settle their lawsuit against toy maker GoldieBlox over the unauthorized use of 'Girls.' The company created a parody of the 1987 track in an ad where three girls were seen singing the melody with altered lyrics. The Beastie Boys get a monetary settlement and a public apology from GoldieBlox.
2015: Stone Sour confirm that guitarist Christan Martucci is the permanent replacement for Jim Root. Martucci had been Sour Sour's touring guitarist.
2017: The legendary Chuck Berry passes away at his home at the age of 90.

March 19
1958: During his only UK tour, Buddy Holly played two shows at the Regal Cinema in Hull, Yorkshire.
1958: As Tom and Jerry, Simon & Garfunkel release their third single called 'Our Song.'
1962: Bob Dylan’s self-titled debut album was released in the Untied States. Initially poor sales led the record to be known around Columbia Records as 'Hammond’s Folly.' John Hammond was producer of Dylan’s early recordings and the man responsible for signing Dylan. The album was praised by the New York City weekly newspaper Village Voice as an “explosive country blues debut,” but featured only two Dylan original compositions, 'Talkin’ New York' and 'Song To Woody,' with the rest being old folk standards.
1964: The British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who is the "Mr. Wilson" in their song Taxman, presents The Beatles with the Show Business Personalities of 1963 award at the Variety Club of Great Britain Annual Show Business Awards.
1965: The Tailor And Cutter Magazine ran an article asking The Rolling Stones to start wearing ties. The current fashion did not include wearing ties with shirts and many tie-makers were facing financial disaster. Mick Jagger said of the appeal, “The trouble with a tie is that it could dangle in the soup. It is also something extra to which a fan can hang when you are trying to get in and out of a theater.”
1966: The Who played Kings Hall in Stoke-On-Trent, England.
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played two shows at The Capitol Theatre in Ottawa, Canada.
1968: Jimi Hendrix Experience's debut album 'Are You Experienced goes gold.
1968: Bob Dylan's 'John Wesley Harding' album goes gold.
1968: Donovan travels to India to study transcendental meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1969: During a UK tour, Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Top Rank Club in Cardiff, Wales.
1970: Pink Floyd played at the Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden.
1970: Rolling Stone magazine reveals that opening lyrics to John Lennon's 'Come Together' were written by Chuck Berry for 'You Can't Catch Me' - "Here come old flat top, he come groovin' up slowly."
1970: David Bowie marries his first wife, Angela, who contrary to rumor, was not the subject of The Rolling Stones' song, 'Angie.'
1971: Jethro Tull release 'Aqualung,' the groups 4th studio album. It would eventually peak at #7 on Billboard's 200 Album chart. ‬
1971: Humble Pie performs at the Fillmore East in New York. In attendance are members of The Who.
1971: T Rex were at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hot Love.’ The group’s first of four UK #1’s spent six weeks at the top of the charts.
1974: Jefferson Airplane re-named the group and became Jefferson Starship. The new line-up included Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, drummer Johnny Barbata, David Freiberg, Peter Kaukonen, Craig Chaquico and Papa John Creach.
1974: Aerosmith release their 4th single, 'Same Old Song and Dance.'
1975: During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. Tickets cost $7.50 in advance.
1975: KISS release 'Dressed to Kill,' their 3rd studio album.
1975. KISS start their 'Dressed To Kill Tour' in Northampton, Pennsylvania. 'KISS Alive!' was recorded on this tour. ‬
1975: 'Tommy: The Movie' has its Los Angeles premiere at Mann’s Wilshire Theater. Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, John Entwistle, Ann-Margret, Tina Turner, Elton John, and Robert Stigwood attend. All are interviewed by David Frost for an ABC Wide World Special. Other celebrities interviewed by Army Archerd going into the theater or the afterwards party held at the Studio One Club include Paul and Linda McCartney, Ron Wood, Kenney Jones, Sally Kellerman, Dean Martin, Tommy Smothers, and Ryan and Tatum O’Neal. The special airs on U.S. television on the 26th.
1975: During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. Tickets cost $7.50 in advance.
1976: Former Free guitarist, 26 year old Paul Kossoff died of heart failure while on a flight across the US. He had been troubled with heart disease most of his life. Free is most often remembered for their hit, 'All Right Now.' Lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to form Bad Company with Free drummer Simon Kirke, Boz Burrell (from King Crimson) and Mick Ralphs (of Mott the Hoople).
1976: Gary Thain bass player with Uriah Heep died of a drug overdose aged 28.
1978: Billy Joel makes his U.K. concert debut at London's Theatre Royal.
1979: Elton John appeared at the Odeon Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland. Tickets £5.00
1980: In proceedings against the doctor who supplied the prescription drugs that killed Elvis Presley, Elvis' autopsy is entered as evidence. Dr. George Nichopoulos, who was known as "Dr. Nick" was eventually found guilty of overprescribing the drugs. He later has his medical license revoked.
1980: Pete Townshend is filmed miming to his single 'Rough Boys' for the Kenny Everett Video Show in the UK accompanied by Kenney Jones.
1981: The J. Geils Band hit #1 on the singles chart with 'Centerfold.'
1982: Ozzy Osbourne and former Quiet Riot member Randy Rhoads was killed when the plane he was riding in crashed. After driving much of the night, the band had stopped near a small airstrip. The tour bus driver, Andrew Aycock, talked the band's keyboardist, Don Airey, into taking a test flight in a 1955 Beechcraft Bonanza, the joyride ended, and the plane landed safely. Then Aycock took Rhoads and Rachel Youngblood on another flight and attempts were made to "buzz" the tour bus. The left wing clipped the bus, which sent the plane spiraling into a nearby house and bursting into flames. All three bodies were burned beyond recognition, and were identified by dental records.
1987: Ozzy Osbourne's 'Tribute" was released in honor of Randy Rhoads. It came out on five years to the day after his death.
1988: Whitesnake's 'Give Me All Your Love' peaks at #48 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1990: Andrew Wood, lead singer of Mother Love Bone, dies of a heroin overdose at age 24. Members of the band go on to form Pearl Jam.
1990: Robert Plant released his 5th solo album, 'Manic Nirvana.'
1994: Sheryl Crow's 'Tuesday Night Music Club' hits the charts. It stays there for over a year, peaking at #3.
1996: 'Beatles Anthology II' is released. The album featured 'Real Love', a track the remaining members of the Beatles recorded using an old demo track of John Lennon's. The song was first recorded by Lennon in 1977 with a handheld tape recorder on his piano at home, it originated as part of an unfinished stage play that Lennon was working on at the time entitled 'The Ballad of John and Yoko.'
1997: Aerosmith release their 'Nine Lives' album.
1999: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band played the second night at the Asbury Park Convention Hall in New Jersey as warm up dates for their forthcoming Reunion Tracks tour.
2001: Aerosmith (inducted by Kid Rock), Queen (inducted by the Foo Fighters) and Steely Dan are inducted at the 16th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame award ceremonies at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Keith Richards inducted Johnnie Johnson and James Burton. Richards also took part in the closing jam with Bono, Paul Simon, Kid Rock, Solomon Burke, Robbie Robertson and others.
2002: Megadeth released their 1st live album, 'Rude Awakening.'
2004: The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' and Bruce Springsteen's 'Born To Run' albums are added in the Library of Congress. The Library digitally stores and saves significant musical works.
2005: Paul Rodgers along with Queen's guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor perform at the Nelson Mandela 46664 AIDS Awareness Concert in South Africa.
2006: Green Day is recognized for their musical contributions by the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy.
2006: The Offspring's Dexter Holland runs in the Los Angeles Marathon. He raises money for the Innocence Project, a nonprofit charity that supports the legal funds of people wrongly convicted of crimes.
2009: Eric Clapton performs with the Allman Brothers Band during their annual residency at New York's Beacon Theatre.
2009: High-definition footage from Motley Crue's Crue Fest 2008 DVD is screened at dozens of U.S. theaters. Shot during the traveling festival's stop in Toronto, the DVD features the Crue plus performances by Buckcherry, Trapt and Papa Roach.
2009: Bruce Springsteen makes a guest appearance on Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.'
2010: 'The Runaways' movie hits theaters. The film, which focuses on Starring Kristen Stewart as group member Joan Jett, is a flop.
2010: Scorpions release their 17th studio album, 'Sting in the Tail.' It would eventually peak at #23 on Billboard's 200 Album chart.
2012: A graveside memorial marks the 30th anniversary of Randy Rhoads' death. More than 350 friends, family and fans pay their respects.
2013: Anthrax release their Classic Rock covers E.P., 'Anthems.' The set includes their versions of 'Jailbreak' (Thin Lizzy), 'Smokin' (Boston), 'T.N.T.' (AC/DC) and more.
2015: Blink-182 perform their first show without co-founding guitarist Tom DeLonge. In his place at the Roxy in West Hollywood is Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba.

March 20
1960: Elvis Presley conducts his first post-Army recording session. The hit 'Stuck On You" is one of the tracks. Scotty Moore and Bill Black, who had quit Presley's touring band in 1957, were in the studio with him for the last time.
1961: Elvis Presley's 'Surrender' hits #1.
1961: Elvis Presley begins filming his ninth movie, 'Blue Hawaii,' on location.
1964: The Beatles appeared live on the UK television program 'Ready Steady Go!' lip syncing to ‘It Won't Be Long’, ’You Can't Do That’, and ‘Can't Buy Me Love’. They were also presented with a special award from Billboard magazine, in recognition of The Beatles having the top three singles on the chart simultaneously.
1967: The Beatles' 'Penny Lane b/w Strawberry Fields Forever' is certified gold.
1968: Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Richie Furay and Jim Mesina, were arrested in Los Angeles for 'being at a place where it was suspected marijuana was being used.' Clapton was later found innocent, the others paid small fines.
1969: John Lennon married Yoko Ono at the British Consulate Office in Gibraltar. They spent their honeymoon in Amsterdam campaigning for an international "Bed-In" for peace. They planned another "Bed-in" in the United States, but were denied entry. The couple then went to Montréal, and during a "Bed-in" at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel recorded ‘Give Peace a Chance’. Lennon also detailed this period in The Beatles' ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’, recorded by Lennon and McCartney on April 14, 1969.
1970: David and Angela Bowie were married at Beckenham Registry Office in London. They met at a press reception for King Crimson's 'The Court Of King Crimson' album. They were divorced in 1980.
1970: The Grateful Dead performed at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York.
1971: At their own expense The Rolling Stones placed full page advertisements in all the UK's music papers disclaiming any connection with the release of the Decca album 'Stone Age' saying 'in our opinion the content is below the standard we try to keep.'
1971: Janis Joplin started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with the Kris Kristofferson written 'Me And Bobby McGee'. Joplin died the year before on October 4th at age 27.
1971: The Iron Butterfly's 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' slips off the Billboard album chart after a 138 week run.
1973: Slade were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Cum On Feel The Noize,' the group’s 4th UK #1.
1976: Status Quo started a three-week run at #1 on the UK chart with 3rd third #1 album 'Blue For You.' The bands record label set up a deal with Levi Jeans, advertising in over 6,000 clothes shops to help promote the album.
1976: Alice Cooper married 19 year old Sheryl Goddard. She was a dance instructor who had performed on his 'Welcome To My Nightmare' tour.
1976: Boz Scaggs' 'Silk Degrees' featuring 'Lowdown' hits the charts. It's his seventh solo album and the first to go platinum.
1976: Bad Company release 'Young Blood.'
1977: Lou Reed was banned from appearing The London Palladium in England because of his punk image.
1977: T-Rex played their final gig when they appeared at The Locarno in Portsmouth, England.
1980: 28 year old Joseph Riviera held up the Asylum Records office in New York and demanded to see either Jackson Browne or The Eagles. Riviera wanted to talk to them to see if they would finance his trucking operation. He gave himself up when told that neither act was in the office at the time.
1982: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 'I Love Rock and Roll' started a 7 week run as the #1 US Single.
1988: Iron Maiden released their 16th single, 'Can I Play with Madness.' It peaks at #3 on the UK charts.
1989: After 37 years on the air, Dick Clark announces he will discontinue hosting his creation, ABC-TV's highly influential 'American Bandstand.' The show continues with another host, but folds for good soon after.
1990: Eric Clapton plays 3 songs on Saturday Night Live: 'Pretending,' 'No Alibis' and 'Wonderful Tonight.'
1990: CBS Records loses its $20 million lawsuit against Boston's Tom Scholz. The label claims Scholz failed to fulfill contract obligations (10 albums in 5 years). Of course, Scholz countersues for unpaid royalties. Boston ends up recording next for MCA.
1991: Eric Clapton's four year old son, Conor, fell to his death from the 53rd story of a New York City apartment after a housekeeper who was cleaning the room left a window open. The boy was in the custody of his mother, Italian actress, Lori Del Santo and the pair were visiting a friend's apartment. Clapton was staying in a nearby hotel after taking his son to the circus the previous evening. The tragedy inspired his song ‘Tears in Heaven.'
1998: Matchbox Twenty tape their show at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom for later broadcast on MTV as 'Live From The 10 Spot.'
1999: Garbage perform on Saturday Night Live.
2003: On the day the Iraq war begins, Bruce Springsteen opens his Melbourne, Australia show with a quiet, acoustic version of his hit 'Born In The U.S.A.' and follows it with a cover of Edwin Starr's 'War.'
2006: Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) and surprise guest James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) appear at the Bring 'Em Home concert, marking the third anniversary of the United States-led invasion of Iraq. The event is held at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.
2006: While on tour in Peru, Carlos Santana slams the United States' decision to wage war in Iraq. "I try to present a dimension that brings harmony and healing. My concept is the opposite of George W. Bush," says Santana. "There is more value in placing a flower in a rifle barrel than making war."
2007: Founding Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship singer-guitarist Paul Kantner is sued for trademark infringement by former band mate Grace Slick and ex-manager Bill Thompson. Kantner used the Jefferson Starship moniker in apparent violation of a 1985 settlement. Slick and Thompson let it slide until Kantner's band crossed the line, at least according to the plaintiffs, by signing a lucrative sponsorship deal involving Microsoft.
2008: During a concert in Glasgow, Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland announces to the audience that they are witnessing 'the last tour' by the group. Later, the vocalist argues with a sound person before storming off the stage.
2008: The Eagles kick off their world tour in support of their album, 'Long Road Out of Eden.'
2009: Smashing Pumpkins announce that drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has left the group. The departure leaves frontman Billy Corgan as the only remaining original member.
2009: Motley Crue play their single 'White Trash Circus' on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!
2009: Metallica performs at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. The group celebrates the release of the 'Guitar Hero: Metallica' video game.
2009: Tinted Windows with Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, singer Taylor Hanson of Hanson and bassist Adam Schlesinger from Fountains Of Wayne make their live debut at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin.
2012: 'Lucifer Rising And Other Sound Tracks,' Jimmy Page's early 1970's home studio --recordings of avant garde music, is available on the former Led Zeppelin guitarist's website.
2012. KISS & Mötley Crüe announce 'The Tour,' a 40 date co-headlining U.S. trek.
2013: Bon Jovi tops the Billboard album chart with "What About Now?" The group sells 96,000 copies its first week.
2013: U2's Bono is the only musician to land on Forbes magazine's Top 10 Most Influential Celebrities list. Bono is eighth, behind Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg but ahead of Suze Orman and Clint Eastwood.
2013: "I still miss him," Yoko Ono tweets on what would have been the 44th anniversary of her marriage to John Lennon. The tweet includes an image of the bloodied glasses Lennon was wearing when he was shot to death on 12/08/80. Ono also includes a plea to end gun violence.
2015: Andy Summers documentary 'Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police' opens in New York City
2015: Twisted Sister and Adrenaline Mob drummer A.J. Pero died of a heart attack. He was 55. Adrenaline Mob's band members attempted but failed to wake Pero on their tour bus traveling from Baltimore to Poughkeepsie.

March 21
1952: Alan Freed staged the Moondog Coronation Ball, which was billed as the “first ever rock ‘n’ roll stage show.” Held at the Cleveland Arena and organized by WJW DJ Freed ("Moondog" on the air), the show was to feature performances byBilly Ward and The Dominoes, Tiny Grimes, and Paul Williams. The crowd is over capacity and police shut down the show because of fire code violations after just one song by Williams. Doors and windows were smashed, a few fights broke out, but no one asked for their $1.75 admission back. The event proves to the music industry that this type of R&B music has widespread appeal - to white audiences as well as black.
1956: The movie 'Rock Around The Clock,' about a concert promoter (played by DJ Alan Freed) who brings Rock and Roll to the masses, opens in theaters. The film stars Bill Haley and His Comets and is named after their hit song. It is one of the first movies based on rock music and aimed at teenagers.
1956: Elvis Presley appeared at the 4,000 seated YMCA Gymnasium in Lexington, North Carolina. Also on the bill, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, featuring June Carter, Rod Brasfield, Hal and Ginger. Tickets cost $1 for general admission and $1.50 for reserved seats.
1961: The Beatles played The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England for the first time.
1963: Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas enter Abbey Road studios to record the Lennon / McCartney tune 'Do You Want To Know A Secret,' which will reach #1 in the UK, topping The Beatles themselves.
1964: After 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' had held the #1`1 position on the US singles chart for seven weeks, The Beatles started a two-week run at #1 with 'She Loves You'.
1965: The Who appeared at the Trade Union Hall in Watford, England.
1966: The Beach Boys release 'Sloop John B,' a traditional tune from the West Indies.
1967: John Lennon takes his first major LSD trip and freaks out while recording backing vocals on the track 'Getting Better.' Producer George Martin, not realizing the effects of the drug, takes Lennon to the roof of Abbey Road Studios to get some fresh air. Paul and George, upon learning where John was, rush up to get him down. The group works on a piano track for 'Lovely Rita' instead.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at Speakeasy in London.
1970: The Faces, with new singer Rod Stewart, released their debut album 'First Step.' Before Stewart joined the group, they were known as The Small Faces.
1970: Beatles 'Let It Be' debuts at #6 on Billboard Hot 100, the highest ever new entry.
1970: Santana peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Evil Ways' which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1970: Pink Floyd played the last date of their March European Tour at the Tivolis Koncertsal in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1971: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Boat Club in Nottingham, England on their 'Back To The Clubs' tour. This was the first tour which saw Zeppelin performing 'Stairway To Heaven', 'Black Dog' and 'Going To California'. Zeppelin opened the set with 'Immigrant Song' and 'Heartbreaker'
1972: The Grateful Dead played the first of seven nights at the Academy of Music in New York City, New York.
1974: Yes appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1975: Led Zeppelin played at the Seattle Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington. Two people were arrested for scalping the $7.50 face value tickets for as much as $20.
1975: Frankie Valli's 'My Eyes Adored You' hits #1 on the Billboard singles chart.
1975. Alice Cooper kicked off his Welcome to My Nightmare Tour in Kalamazoo, MI.
1976: David Bowie and Iggy Pop were busted for suspected marijuana possession in New York. Police found 182 grams (a little over 6.4 ounces) of weed. The pair spent the rest of the night in the Monroe County Jail and were released at about 7 a.m. on $2,000 bond each. His hearing takes place on April 20 (4/20), and the charges are dropped.
1977: AC/DC's 'Let There Be Rock' album is released. It was the band's 3rd internationally released album.
1977: Slade released their 7th album, 'Whatever Happened to Slade.'
1977: Bassist Sid Vicious makes his debut with the Sex Pistols at Notre Dame Halls in London. Nancy Spungen is in the audience.
1977: The Eagles performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1978: Carole King's third husband, Rick Evers, dies of a drug overdose after working on Carole's album 'Welcome Home,' which was released two months later. Evers had co-writing credits on three songs from the album and appears on the cover with King.
1978: Dire Straits played at The Marquee Club in London, England.
1981: REO Speedwagon's 'Keep on Loving You' is the #1 US single. John Lennon's 'Woman' is at #2, followed by 'Best Of Times' from Styx at #3.
1981: John Lennon peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart posthumously with 'Woman' which was Lennon’s 6th top 10 single in the U.S.
1983: Pink Floyd released their 12th studio album, 'The Final Cut' in the UK. It's their last album recorded with Roger Waters. The US release was slated for April 2nd.
1983: Saxon released their 5th studio album, 'Power & the Glory.'
1984: Strawberry Fields, an area in Central Park bought by Yoko Ono in memory of her late husband was opened. Every December 9, thousands of fans converge on the spot to remember her late husband, who was murdered by a deranged fan on that day in 1980.
1984: The #1 song in America was Van Halen’s 'Jump.'
1985: Bruce Springsteen kicked off the second leg of his Born in the USA world tour at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.
1987: ZZ Top wrapped up their 14 month 'Afterburner' world tour with a final show at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
1987: Beatlemania returns to US charts as the group holds down the Top 4 on US CD chart:
1. 'Hard Day's Night'
2. 'Please Please Me'
3. 'Beatles for Sale'
4. 'With the Beatles'
1987: U2 scored their 3rd UK #1 album with 'The Joshua Tree,' selling 235,000 in it's first week. The album became the fastest selling in UK history and the first album to sell over a million CDs, spending a total of 156 weeks on the UK chart. Also a US #1.
1988: Lynyrd Skynyrd releases 'Southern by the Grace of God,' their 2nd live album. It features music recorded in 1987 in what was supposed to be a one-time touring tribute to band members who died in a 1977 plane wreak that seemingly ended the band. Four years later, an updated Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup records new material and begins touring again regularly.
1989: Dick Clark announced that he would no longer host 'American Bandstand.'
1989: Bonnie Raitt's 'Nick of Time' album is released. The album was ranked number 229 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It won Grammys for Album Of The Year (Bonnie Raitt, Don Was), Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (Bonnie Raitt) and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (Nick of Time).
1991: Leo Fender, the inventor of The Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars died from Parkinson's disease. He started mass producing solid body electric guitars in the late 40s and when he sold his guitar company in 1965, sales were in excess of $40 million a year.
1991: Smashing Pumpkins sign a record deal with Caroline Records/Virgin. The group started as a duo with guitarist Billy Corgan and bassist D'Arcy.
1992: Eric Clapton's 'Tears In Heaven' (about his deceased son, Conner), peaks at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1992: Johnny & Edgar Winter performed together for the first time in 15 years at the Sting club in New Britain, CT.
1994: Bruce Springsteen took home a Best Original Song Oscar for 'Streets of Philadelphia.' The song appears in the film 'Philadelphia' starring Tom Hanks.
1994: The Grateful Dead performed their last concert with Jerry Garcia in Cleveland, Ohio.
1994: Yes release their album 'Talk.' It peaks at #33 on Billboard's 200 album chart.
1995: MTV airs Melissa Etheridge's 'Unplugged' set. It includes a duet with Bruce Springsteen on 'Thunder Road.'
1992: Johnny & Edgar Winter performed together for the first time in 15 years at the Sting club in New Britain, CT.
2000: Pantera released their 9th and final studio album, 'Reinventing the Steel.'
2000: Dio released their 8th studio album, 'Magica.'
2000: Kurt Cobain and Happy Monday's singer Shaun Ryder both beat older stars such as Keith Richards and Keith Moon in a league of rock 'n' roll excess compiled by UK music weekly Melody Maker. Liam Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson all featured in the Top 10.
2002: John "Speedy" Keene, vocalist and drummer for Thunderclap Newman died at the age of 56. The band's biggest hit came in 1969 with 'Something In The Air.'
2003: Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry divorces his first wife, model Lucy Helmore, after 21 years, on grounds of adultery.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne was named the nation's favorite ambassador to welcome aliens to planet earth. The 55-year-old singer came top of a poll as the face people want to represent them to alien life. The poll of internet users was carried out following the discovery of signs of water on Mars. Ozzy won 26 per cent of the vote. A spokesman for Yahoo! News said: "As the world waits desperately for signs of alien life, we decided to ask our users who they thought was best suited for this most auspicious of roles. Ozzy is a great choice but I'm not sure what the Martians would make of his individual approach to the English language."
2005: MTV aired the final episode of 'The Osbournes.' Dr. Phil McGraw visited the family where he held a frank discussion about drug abuse & other issues.
2006: Three South African women whose father, Solomon Linda, wrote 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' in 1939, won a six-year court battle that gave them 25 per cent of all past and future royalties from the song. Linda who was a cleaner at a Johannesburg record company when he wrote the song, received virtually nothing for his work and died in 1962 with $25 in his bank account. The song had been recorded by Pete Seeger (as 'Wimoweh,') The Kingston Trio, The Tokens, Karl Denver and R.E.M. and was featured in the Disney film 'The Lion King.' It was estimated that the song had earned $15 million for its use in The Lion King alone.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers make their entire back catalog, from their self-titled 1984 debut to 2002's 'By the Way,' available for purchase digitally in North America through iTunes. There are extra tracks, bonus videos and artwork.
2006: The Black Crowes release first-ever concert DVD, 'Freak N' Roll . . . Into the Fog,' featuring two-and-a-half hours of footage recorded during the band's August '05 stint in San Francisco. It also includes behind-the-scenes clips.
2007: Paul McCartney officially becomes the first artist to sign with Starbucks' Hear Music label (launched in partnership with Concord Records). The former Beatle states he has already started an album.
2008: Beach Boys founding members Mike Love and Al Jardine settle a lawsuit Love filed in 2003, claiming Jardine was touring under variations of the group name, to which Love owns the rights. The settlement leads to a reunion of the group in 2012 for their 50th anniversary.
2008: Kid Rock is accused of helping beat up three men outside a Hollywood bar in 2006. A lawsuit filed in L.A. contends the alleged victims were 'assaulted and battered' by Rock and others after asking for autographs. The plaintiffs, who also claim Rock's party stole cameras and bags during the attack, seek a settlement worth at least $15 million.
2009: Guns N' Roses reveal that guitarist Dj Ashba has replaced Robin Finck.
2009: U2 went to #1 on the US album chart with 'No Line on the Horizon', the bands twelfth studio album.
2009: Disturbed's 'Music as a Weapon IV' tour begins in Waterloo, IA. The group also introduces an Official Bootleg Series offering audio downloads of all of their tour performances. Killswitch Engage and Lacuna Coil are the opening acts.
2009: The Neil Young concert film 'Trunk Show' premieres at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX. Directed by Jonathan Demme, the movie has footage from a pair of 2007 Philly shows.
2010: The CBS prime-time drama 'Cold Case' features only Pink Floyd songs.
2010: Phil Spector was allegedly beaten at the state prison in Corcoran, California, after mouthing off to another inmate. The 70 year old former record producer, who was jailed in 2009 for murdering actress Lana Clarkson, wound up with bruises, a black eye and lost a couple of teeth.
2011: Canada's Bryan Adams is the 2,435th star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame. Adams' star is placed in front of the Musicians Institute on Hollywood Boulevard.
2011: 'Ladies and Gentleman: The Rolling Stones' app is out. The video content includes footage filmed over four nights in Texas in during the band's Exile on Main Street tour in 1972.
2011: A lost David Bowie album called 'Toy,' which went unreleased since 2001, mysteriously appeared on several file-sharing websites. The collection of mostly re-recorded tracks from Bowie's early years, had been locked in a dispute with Virgin Records.
2012: Thanks to a price war between Google Play and AmazonMP3 digital stores Guns N' Roses 'Greatest Hits' is on sale for 25 cents. The 85,000 copies purchased push the set to #3 on the Billboard 200 - behind One Direction and Adele.
2013: Led Zeppelin receives the inaugural International Lifetime Achievement Award at the Echo Awards in Berlin. Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones are on hand to accept the trophy. The Echo Awards are presented by the German Phono Academy.
2013: 'Ramones', by the Ramones (1976), Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' (1973), and Big Brother & The Holding Company 'Cheap Thrills' (1968) are added to the Library of Congress' national registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
2013: John Mayer hosts a Google+ hangout, an online virtual meeting place with his fans. The PR action of the pop-blues rocker is a historic precedent, in that this marks the first time such a big-name celebrity has made an exclusive appearance on Google+, a social network competitor to Facebook.
2014: A letter from John Lennon to producer Phil Spector written in the mid-70s (during Lennon's "Lost Weekend") sells at auction. It accuses Harry Nilsson and The Who's drummer Keith Moon of urinating on a studio console.""Phil: Should you not yet know it was Harry and Keith who pissed on the console," the letter begins. Lennon, facing expulsion from A&M Studio in Hollywood over the incident, produced Nilsson's 1974 album, 'Pussy Cats,' which featured Moon. The letter is sold to a private collector.
2015: Former Adrenaline Mob drummer Mike Portnoy rejoins his former bandmates to perform a show in New Jersey following the sudden death of the group's recent drummer AJ Pero from an apparent heart attack a day earlier.
2015: Robert Plant joins Jack White on stage for a version of Led Zeppelin's 'The Lemon Song' during White's headlining set at Lollapalooza Argentina.

March 22
1955: At Memphis Recording Service (also home of Sun Records), Johnny Cash has his first session.
1956: Carl Perkins is seriously injured in a car accident near Dover, Delaware on his way to perform on NBC-TV's Perry Como Show. This stymies promotion for his single 'Blue Suede Shoes,' but the song still reaches #2 in May.
1963: The Beatles 'Please Please Me' debut album is released in the UK.
1965: The Beatles 'The Early Beatles' album is released in the U.S. It was more of an early compilation because all of the tracks had previously been featured on the early 1964 Vee-Jay release 'Introducing... The Beatles.' It was The Beatles' 6th album on Capitol Records, and their 8th album for the American market.
1965: Who manager Kit Lambert receives a letter stating that their April 15th gig at the Locarno Ballroom, Swindon has been canceled because the promoter has had a lot of trouble lately and he feels that The Who are not the type of Group that would go well in his Ballroom. A copy of this document later appears included in the Live at Leeds album. The Who play that night at Parr Hall in Warrington, Lancashire.
1965: Bob Dylan's 5th studio album 'Bringing It All Back Home' was released. The album was the first of Dylan's LPs to break into the US top 10, and it also topped the UK charts later that Spring. The lead-off track, 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' became Dylan's first single to chart in the US, peaking at #39. The album's iconic cover, photographed by Daniel Kramer, features Sally Grossman, wife of Dylan's manager Albert Grossman, lounging in the background. The artefacts scattered around the room include vinyl LPs by The Impressions and Robert Johnson.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at The Guildhall in Southampton, England.
1967: The Who play their first American live gig at New York’s Paramount Theater.
1968: The Grateful Dead performed at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: Two days after their wedding in Gibraltar, John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their "Bed-in," inviting members of the media into their Amsterdam hotel room where they are promoting peace with songs, signs and dialogue. These events are outlined in the song 'The Ballad of John and Yoko.'
1969: The Who's 'Pinball Wizard' b/w 'Dogs Part Two' 45 single is released in the US.
1969: Led Zeppelin appeared at Mothers in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.
1970: Joe Cocker performed at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.
1970: The New York club Electric Circus is damaged by a bomb.
1970: Led Zeppelin played to a sold out crowd of 6,000 at the Seattle Arena in Seattle, Washington. Ticket prices ranged from $4-6.
1971: John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band 'Power To The People' b/w 'Touch Me' 45 single is released. It peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the British singles chart.
1971: At a truck stop in Jackson, Alabama, The Allman Brothers Band are arrested by state troopers and charged with marijuana and heroin possession after drugs are found in the back seat of the band's car. It was their first bust all together, though a roadie had recently been shot off his motorcycle by two cops in another brush with the law. The charges were later reduced to disturbing the peace and the band paid over $5,000 in fines and expenses.
1972: Yes played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan
1973: King Crimson appeared at Town Hall in Leeds, England.
1974: King Crimson filmed at show at ORTF TV Studios in Paris.
1974: The Eagles release their third studio album, 'On the Border.' It’s the first Eagles album to feature guitarist Don Felder.
1974: Ten Years After play their last gig at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1974: Frank Zappa's 18th album, 'Apostrophe (') is released. It reached #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. An edited version of its lead-off track, 'Don't Eat the Yellow Snow,' was Zappa's first chart single, reaching #86. It remains Zappa's biggest commercial success in the US.
1975: Frankie Valli's 'My Eyes Adored You' hits #1 in the US, his first solo #1.
1975: Led Zeppelin started a six week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Physical Graffiti,' the group's fourth US #1 album. On its first day of release the album shipped a million copies – no other album in the history of Atlantic records had generated so many sales. 'Physical Graffiti' has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
1975: The Rolling Stones went into the studio and began recording 'Black and Blue.'
1975: Genesis played at the Salle d’Exposition in Annecy, France.
1976: Elvis Presley 'The Sun Sessions' is released, a compilation of Elvis Presley recordings at Sun Studios in 1954 and 1955.
1976: David Bowie performed at the Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut.
1976: While campaigning for US President, Jimmy Carter tells NARM (The National Association of Record Merchandisers) that he listened to Dylan, Grateful Dead, and Led Zeppelin while Governor of Georgia.
1977: Aerosmith's 'Back In The Saddle' b/w 'Nobody's Fault' 45 single is released in the US. It's the band's 16th single.
1978: The Police signed to A&M Records.
1978: A Beatles parody special called 'The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash,' airs on ABC. The special stars various members of the Monty Python troupe.
1980: Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick In The Wall', started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart. It's also #1 in the UK, Germany, Australia, Italy and in many other countries around the world. Pink Floyd received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Rock Duo or Group for the song, but lost to Bob Seger's 'Against The Wind.' It's a rare hit single for the band, whose only other Top 40 appearance is 'Money,' which hit #13 in 1973.
1982: Iron Maiden's 'The Number of the Beast' album is released.
1982: The Beatles 'Reel Music' album is released, a compilation featuring a selection of songs by The Beatles that were featured in their films.
1983: Iron Maiden released their 2nd live album, 'A Real Live One.'
1984: Queen filmed the video for ‘I Want To Break Free’ at Limehouse Studio in London. Directed by David Mallet, it was a parody of the northern British soap opera 'Coronation Street' with the band members dressed in drag. Guitarist Brian May later said the video ruined the band in America, and was initially banned by MTV in the US.
1984: Bob Dylan and Liberace appear on Late Night With David Letterman. And no, they don't perform together.
1984: Savatage release their 'The Dungeons Are Calling' EP.
1985: Alcatrazz's only studio album with Steve Vai, 'Disturbing the Peace,' is released. The band's 2nd studio album, Produced by Eddie Kramer, with the lead-off track, 'God Blessed Video,' would attract a whole new audience years later when it was included on the popular video game, 'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.'
1986: Dokken peak at #77 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'In My Dreams.'
1986: Heart enjoyed their first chart-topper with 'These Dreams.' The lyric is written by Bernie Taupin, who is Elton John's songwriting partner. At #2 is another Rock ballad, 'Sara' by Starship. John Mellencamp's 'R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.' holds the #5 spot.
1987: Anthrax's 3rd studio album, 'Among the Living' is released. The cover shows an image of Henry Kane, a character in the film Poltergeist II: The Other Side, which the band finds terrifying.
1989: After 33 years Dick Clark announces he'll no longer host 'American Bandstand.'
1989: White Zombie released their 2nd studio album, 'Make Them Die Slowly.'
1992: Polygram Records officially announced that Tears For Fears had split up, Roland Orzabal continued using the name Tears For Fears.
1994: Ted Nugent recorded a public service announcement warning kids against inhaling aerosol spray cans.
1994: Pantera release their 7th album, 'Far Beyond Driven' .
1994: Dan Hartman died of an AIDS-related brain tumor in Westport, Connecticut. He was 43. Hartman was a singer, songwriter and producer who had also been a member of the Edgar Winter Group and wrote the band’s hit “Free Ride.” His biggest single was “I Can Dream About You,” which was featured on his album of the same name as well as the Streets of Fire soundtrack in 1984. Had the 1978 #1 dance hit ‘Instant Replay,’ wrote hits for others and collaborated with Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Young, James Brown, Holly Johnson and Steve Winwood.
1994: The Smashing Pumpkins single 'Disarm' is released. Written by Billy Corgan, who considers it the most personally important song on the album 'Siamese Dream.' It is banned by the U.K.'s Top of the Pops T.V. show because of the lyric "cut that little child." In the U.S., the track peaks at #5 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
1994: Pantera's 7th studio album, 'Far Beyond Driven' is released. It debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 becoming the first Extreme-Metal album to top the chart. It is also the first album where Darrell Abbott is credited as 'Dimebag Darrell'.
1997: Paul McCartney’s birth certificate was sold to a Beatles memorabilia bidder for $84,146.
1997: Marilyn Manson severs an artery in his hand forcing the cancellation of another set of concerts.
2000: A fan fell 90 feet to his death during a Kiss concert at the Oakland Arena in California.
2000: In the presence of Angus Young, the Spanish town of Leganes unveiled a sign designating a street “Calle de AC/DC.”
2000: Yusuf Islam the former singer Cat Stevens joined the campaign to save the Section 28 ban on the promotion of homosexuality in UK schools. He praised peers for fighting the government's plans to scrap Section 28.
2003: Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose sent Offspring a cease and desist letter after they announced plans to call their new record 'Chinese Democrazy.'.
2004: A new book claimed that Elvis Presley's ancestors came from a small village called Lonmay in the North East of Scotland. Author Allan Morrison said he'd found evidence that Elvis's great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather was married in the village 300 years ago.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne was voted the nation's favourite ambassador to welcome aliens to planet Earth. The 55 year old singer topped a Yahoo poll as the face people wanted to represent them to alien life.
2004: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is charged with two counts of battery, more than three months after a New Year's Eve scuffle with sheriff`s deputies at a Naples, FL, hotel. Deputies say the fight started when the guitarist`s son refused to get off the stage at The Ritz-Carlton, where the house band was performing. Lifeson tried to intervene when deputies escorted his son off the property.
2004: The Who's Pete Townshend, appearing on a BBC documentary, says he considered suicide after his 2003 arrest on suspicion of possessing child pornography. He was eventually cleared of possessing pornographic images.
2004: A 'serious' bomb threat forces the cancellation of a Limp Bizkit concert in Katowice, Poland, just minutes before the band is scheduled to take the stage. The crowd exits without incident and frontman Fred Durst vows that "Bizkit will return to Poland."
2005: 'Nirvana-Nevermind,' a documentary DVD on the making of the "Nevermind" album, is released. Bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl and producer, Butch Vig appear.
2005: Queens Of The Stone Age release their 4th album 'Lullabies To Paralyze.'
2005: Overkill released the album 'ReliXIV.'
2005: The Black Crowes reunite for five shows at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.
2005: The soundtrack to the WB TV drama 'Summerland' is released. The set features Collective Soul and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Collective Soul contributes 'General Attitude' from their 'Youth' disc, while Shepherd offers up his hit 'Alive.'
2005: Billy Idol's first album of new material in twelve years, 'Devil's Playground' is released.
2005: Rod Price, founding member of Foghat died after falling down a stairway at his home after suffering a heart attack. He was 57. Price was the original guitarist in Foghat, known as the “Slide King of Rock And Roll.” Price played on Foghat’s first ten albums.
2006: Aerosmith canceled their North American tour as Steven Tyler entered the hospital for throat surgery. A publicist denied the singer was suffering from throat cancer.
2007: Incubus put their European tour on hold and cancel a South American trek because guitarist Mike Einziger's severe hand injury requires surgery.
2007: Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger reports that the band's charity single 'If Everyone Cared' raised more than $200,000 for Amnesty International and International Children's Awareness Canada.
2010: Them Crooked Vultures kick off a series of concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall to benefit Britain's Teenage Cancer Trust. The Who and Noel Gallagher are among the acts who also take the stage during the week-and-a-half long fundraiser.
2011: Green Day's 'Awesome As F***,' drops. The two-disc set (either CD and DVD or CD and Blu-ray) includes performances from the band's '09 -'10 world tour with portions filmed in Japan. It's their first live release since '05's 'Bullet In A Bible.'
2011: Soundgarden release their first live album, 'Live On I-5' (named after the West Coast interstate).
2011: The Foo Fighters play the first of two shows that raise over $1 million for victims of the Australian floods and New Zealand earthquakes. The show at the Auckland Town Hall is followed five days later by a performance at the Riverstage in central Brisbane.
2013: A rare set of 61 black-and-white photos photographs taken at The Beatles' 1965 concert at Shea Stadium are auctioned for approximately $46,700. Photographer Marc Weinstein used a fake press pass to get backstage.
2013: My Chemical Romance announces their breakup after 12 years as a band.
2015: 'Inventory,' a composition by Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe and Matthew Frain, a member of the Richmond Ballet in Richmond, VA debuts at Richmond's dance fest.
2016: Smashing Pumpkins' In Plainsong Tour, an "acoustic-electro evening" of music, kicks off in Portland, OR. Original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is in the line-up alongside guitarist Jeff Schroeder. Liz Phair serves as the opening act.
2016: Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl posts an open letter asking local authorities in Cornwall, England to lift restrictions on a teen Metal band, Black Leaves Of Envy, who are deemed too loud to jam in a family garage. "I believe that in doing so, you will be sending a message that Cornwall is not only a home to music and the arts, but a place that encourages children to follow their dreams," writes Grohl. 2016: A 10-inch vinyl record recorded by The Beatles in '62 is bought by an anonymous British collector for $110,000. It features 'Hello Little Girl,' the first song John Lennon ever wrote.

March 23
1955: Elvis Presley auditions for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. He performs 'Good Rockin' Tonight.' The scouts pass on Elvis preferring Pat Boone.
1956: Elvis Presley releases his self-titled debut studio album. It spent ten weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart in 1956, the first rock and roll album ever to make it to the top of the charts. In 2003, it was ranked #55 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1956: Fats Domino headlines the first day of a 3-day concert organized by the DJ Alan Freed in Hartford, Connecticut. Over the course of the shows, 11 fans are arrested by over-zealous police. It's a litmus test for rock concerts and their effect on young people, as psychiatrist Francis Braceland testifies afterwards that rock music is "a communicable disease with music appealing to adolescent insecurity and driving teenagers to do outlandish things. It is cannibalistic and tribalistic."
1963: The Beach Boys 'Surfin' USA' peaks at #3 on the U.S. pop chart.
1964: The Beatles' 'Souvenir Of Their Visit To America' is released. It was the first of three Beatles E.P.'s released in the United States and the only one released by Vee-Jay Records.
1964: John Lennon publishes 'In His Own Write.' The title was originally 'In His Own Write and Draw' (since it also contains sketches). The book becomes an instant best-seller.
1967: Jimi Hendrix hits the UK chart with 'Purple Haze.'
1967: At a ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in London, The Beatles were awarded three Ivor Novello awards for 1966: Best-selling British single ‘Yellow Submarine’, most-performed song ‘Michelle’, and next-most-performed song 'Yesterday'. None of the Beatles attended and the winning songs were played by Joe Loss and his Orchestra. The lead vocal for ‘Michelle’ was sung by Ross MacManus, whose son would go on to become the professional musician Elvis Costello.
1969: The Rally for Decency in Miami attracted 30,000 people, including Jackie Gleason and The Lettermen. The rally protested “longhairs and weird dressers” and later was commended by President Richard Nixon.
1970: Although The Beatles had abandoned the tracks originally cut for 'Let It Be,' their business manager Allen Klein invited Phil Spector to remix the recordings. Spector’s tampering with the original recordings further alienated Paul McCartney from the band.
1970: Leon Russell's self-titled debut album was released.
1972: Pink Floyd spent the first of eight days recording performances at Pompeii’s Roman Amphitheatre.
1972: The film of 'The Concert For Bangla Desh' featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton premiered in New York.
1973: John Lennon was ordered to leave the US within 60 days by the immigration authorities; he began a long fight to win his Green Card which he was given on July 27, 1976.
1973: Bruce Springsteen released his first single, 'Blinded by the Light.'
1973: King Crimson released their 5th studio albu, 'mLarks' Tongues in Aspic.' It reached #61 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It was the debut of King Crimson's third incarnation, featuring original member and guitarist Robert Fripp and new members John Wetton (vocals, bass guitar), David Cross (violin, Mellotron), Jamie Muir (percussion), and Bill Bruford (drums), as well as lyricist Richard Palmer-James.
1973: Roxy Music's 'For Your Pleasure' album is released. It reached #4 on the UK Albums chart, but only #193 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #394 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1974: Hall & Oates' 'She's Gone' peaks at #60 on the Hot 100. Later that year, a version by Tavares hits #50, and in 1976, the original goes to #7 when it is re-released. The duo were each dealing with girl problems when they wrote the song together.
1975: The Band appears at the Students Need Athletics Culture & Kicks (SNACK) benefit at San Francisco's Kezar Stadium. Proceeds go toward covering an education budget shortfall.
1976: Judas Priest's release their 2nd album, 'Sad Wings of Destiny.'
1977: Elvis Presley performs at the Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. This was the first date of 49 date US tour over three months and Presley's last ever tour. (His last ever show was on 26th June 1977 at the Indianapolis Indiana Market Square Arena).
1978: Rolling Stone reported that Fleetwood Mac was working on plans to perform in Moscow. The group’s advisor Michael Shapiro said there was one small condition: “Everything of course, depends on world peace.”
1979: The 'Van Halen II' album is released. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1980: A gunman holds up Elektra Records in New York demanding to speak to Eagles or Jackson Browne. He gives up and leaves when told they live in California.
1980: U2 sign a worldwide deal with Island Records. They get about $100,000 for their first album.
1980: Journey releases their 6th album, 'Departure.' It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1983: ZZ Top's 8th studio album, 'Eliminator' is released. It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It ranked #396 on Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and was listed at #39 in The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80's.
1985: Billy Joel married Christie Brinkley. They divorced in 1994.
1985: Dio peaks at #30 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart with 'Hungry For Heaven' .
1985: Journey's peaks at #9 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'Only The Young' from the 'Vision Quest' soundtrack. It stays 16 weeks on the chart
1985: Former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man John Fogerty went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Centerfield.'
1987: Whitesnake release their 'Is This Love' singkle.
1988: In front of a crowd of 46,000 Mick Jagger makes his first onstage solo appearance in Japan . The Rolling Stones had previously been banned from the country by Japanese authorities.
1988: Fates Warning release their 4th studio album, 'No Exit.'
1989: The Ramones release their 11th studio album, 'Brain Drain.'
1990: Fleetwood Mac kicked off their 'Behind The Mask' world tour with 14 dates in Australian starting at the Boondall Entertainment Centre in Brisbane.
1997: U2 were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Pop’ the bands fifth US #1 album.
1998: Iron Maiden released their 11th studio album, 'Virtual XI.'
1999: Quiet Riot released the album 'Alive And Well.'
It was recorded following a reunion of the classic 80's Quiet Riot lineup of Kevin DuBrow, Rudy Sarzo, Carlos Cavazo, and Frankie Banali.
It includes a cover of 'Highway to Hell' by AC/DC.
2002: ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and his girlfriend of about 10 years, actress Charleen “Chuck” McCrory, get married in Houston.
2004: The Allman Brothers release their live album, 'One Way Out.'
2004: A 14-track 'Guns N' Roses Greatest Hits' is released. Frontman Axl Rose did not sanction the track selection, which results in an online petition in protest. A suit filed by Rose and ex-bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan also fails to halt the album.
2004: Van Halen announces plans for a U.S. tour. They don`t have dates or venues, just a list of 11 cities they intend to visit. The group also fails to mention who the band's singer will be. It ends up being Sammy Hagar.
2004: Triumph release their live album, 'A Night Of Triumph.'
2006: A photographer files a complaint against Kid Rock. According to the charges, the shutter bug was beaten by Rock's bodyguards a day earlier as he attempted to take a picture of the musician outside a Los Angeles hotel. The accuser further alleges that Rock took his camera before leaving the scene with his entourage.
2006: Tom Morello calls out numbers during the Rock-N-Roll Bingo charity event in Los Angeles. Proceeds benefit the South Central Farmers activist organization.
2007: The Spectrum Dance Theater debuts 'Never-Mind,' an interpretive dance program based on Nirvana's music. The world premiere is in Seattle.
2007: Jackson Browne and Cars guitarist Elliot Easton perform at a benefit concert for L.A.'s Midnight Mission homeless shelter. The Malibu event is hosted by Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora.
2007: Ex-Grand Funk Railroad frontman Mark Farner, former Deep Purple/Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner, Eddie Money and Cheap Trick's Robin Zander participate in the Rock On Scramble & Jam benefit show in Fort Myers, FL. Proceeds go to the March of Dimes and the John Entwistle Foundation.
2007: Stone Sour headline the Jagermeister Music Tour. The first show is in St. Paul, MN.
2008: Jack Johnson was at N#1 on the US album chart with his fifth album 'Sleep Through The Static', the album spent three weeks at the top of the charts.
2008: Neil Aspinall, who ran the Apple Corps music empire for the Beatles from 1970 – 2007 died at a hospital in New York from cancer aged 66. A school friend of Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison, he was regarded by some of the band as the "fifth Beatle" becoming the Beatles' road manager in 1961 before becoming their personal assistant. He led the legal battle with Apple computers over the use of the Apple name and a royalties dispute between the Beatles and record label EMI. Aspinall had also played background instruments on Beatles tracks including 'Magical Mystery Tour,' 'Within You Without You' and 'Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite.'
2009: Paul McCartney joins the International Board of Advisors of the OneVoice campaign, which promotes Israeli-Palestinian peace. "(OneVoice representatives) told me that the vast majority of people in both societies are moderates and simply want a better life for their families," explains McCartney. "This gave me great hope that, one day, people like them will help to bring about a peaceful resolution to the (area's) troubles."
2010: An Ask Billboard: Battle of The Rock Bands, Part 2 online survey picks Metallica over Guns N' Roses. Metallica wins by 16 million votes.
2011: During his Pittsburgh concert, Elton John pays tribute to late movie icon Elizabeth Taylor by dedicating 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On M'" to her on the night of her passing. Taylor, like John, was active in raising awareness (and money) to combat AIDS and HIV.
2012: Ministry released the album 'Relapse.'
2013: The David Bowie Is exhibition opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum in central London. The four-month show displays Bowie's stage costumes, handwritten lyrics, photography, films, music videos and set designs.
2014: Gwar frontman David Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) is found dead at his home in Virginia. Months later, the Virginia State Medical Examiner's Office concludes that Brockie died of an accidental heroin overdose. He was 50 years old.
2015: Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock released their 4th album, 'Spirit on a Mission.' It includes Herman Rarebell & Francis Buchholz‬.

March 24
1945: Billboard published the first LP chart.
1958: Elvis Presley is inducted into the Army. His serial number is: 53310761.
1962: The Beatles appeared at The Barnston Women's Institute, admission was seven shillings and six pence, ($1.05).
1962: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first performed together as Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys.
1965: Bill Wyman, bass player with The Rolling Stones is knocked unconscious when he gets a shock from a mic stand onstage during the first performance of the band's tour in Denmark.
1965: The Beatles continued filming ‘Help’ at Twickenham Studios, England. They shot the interior temple scenes, including the one where they "dive through a hollow sacrificial altar and into water". That scene was then cut to the swimming pool scene filmed in the Bahamas on February 23.
1966: The New York State Assembly made it illegal to sell bootleg recordings.
1968: As Janis Joplin’s solo career staggered along, the San Francisco Chronicle advised that she should “go back to Big Brother, if they’ll have her.”
1969: Sly & The Family Stone's 'Stand!' b/w 'I Want To Take You Higher' 45 single is released. The b-side was also a hit single in 1969/1970. In 2004 the song was ranked #241 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1972: Slade released their 1st live album 'Slade Alive!'
1973: Pink Floyd released 'Dark Side of the Moon.'
1973: Alice Cooper went to #1 on the UK album chart with 'Billion Dollar Babies.' Also a #1 in the US.
1973: Led Zeppelin's 'Dancing Days' premieres on the BBC. The song is the lead track from the group's fifth album, 'Houses Of The Holy.'
1973: During a show in Buffalo, NY, a fan bites Lou Reed on the butt. The assailant shouts "leather" before security hauls him away.
1975: Grand Funk 'Bad Time' b/w 'Good And Evil' 45 single is released.
1975: Led Zeppelin kick of a three night stint at The Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood, CA. (March 24, 25 & 27) Ticket prices were $6.75,$7.75 & $8.75.
1975: Lynyrd Skynyrd release their 3rd studio album, 'Nuthin' Fancy.' It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single 'Saturday Night Special' made the Top 40, reaching #27 on the Hot 100.
1978: British record labels are granted the right to seize bootleg recordings.
1978: Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams' b/w 'Songbird' 45 single is released.
1979: Motörhead's 2nd studio album, 'Overkill' is released.
1980: The Beatles 'Rarieties' is released. A compilation album by The Beatles featuring a selection of songs by The Beatles, it reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1982: The Talking Heads release their first live album, 'The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads.'
1984: Kurt Jefferies wins MTV's 'Lost Weekend With Van Halen' promotion. He is never the same again.
1986: Van Halen released their 7th studio album, '5150,' the band’s first recording with new singer Sammy Hagar. Recorded at Eddie Van Halen's home studio, 5150, the set goes to #1 on the Billboard album chart, spending 3 weeks on top..
1986: Loudness release their 6th studio album, 'Lightning Strikes' in Japan.
1986: The Rolling Stones 'Dirty Work' album is released.
1990: Alannah Myles takes 'Black Velvet' to #1. The song references Elvis Presley.
1991: The Black Crowes were booted off the ZZ Top tour after Chris Robinson dissed Miller Beer, the sponsors of the tour.
1992: Slik Toxik released the album 'Doin' The Nasty.'
1996: The Oasis album '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?' peaks at #4 on the U.S. album chart. It goes on to sell seven million copies worldwide.
1997: U.D.O. released their 5th studio album, 'Solid.'
1998: Journey release 'Greatest Hits Live.' It spends 7 weeks on Billboard's 200 album chart‬.
2000: A film company paid £635,000, ($1,079,500) for over nine hours of film shot during the 1970's by Yoko Ono. The film contained shots of Lennon smoking hash and talking about his political beliefs.
2000: Sir Elton John's 'Aida' opened on Broadway. It took Elton 21 days to write the music and five years to make the production.
2000: Jack and Meg White of The White Stripes get divorced not long after releasing their second album, 'De Stijl.' Despite the split, the band stays together until 2011.
2001: Duane Allman Boulevard is dedicated in Macon, Georgia, near where he died in a motorcycle crash.
2001: Sammy Hagar and his wife, Kari, welcome their second child, Samantha Pastel Hagar, in a Northern California hospital.
2003: Ex-Van Halen singer David Lee Roth started a fill-in job as a morning DJ in L-A for a week.
2003: Linkin Park's 'Meteora' debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
2004: A Los Angeles judge grants Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland permission to take a nine-hour break from drug rehab to shoot a video for 'Slither,' the first single from the band's debut album, 'Contraband.'
2005: Anthrax announced they were reforming with their 'Among the Living' line-up for a tour.
2006: Doro released her 10th studio album, 'Warrior Soul.'
2006: 'Stoned,' a film based on the 1969 death of original Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, gets its U.S. premiere at select theaters in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berkeley, CA. Songs by Jefferson Airplane, Traffic and the Small Faces, as well as cover versions of Stones tunes, are featured in the movie.
2006: Graham Nash and former Buffalo Springfield bassist Jim Messina perform a benefit show for the Algalita Marine Research Foundation in Hermosa Beach, CA. The acoustic concert is part of the environmental organization's Watershed Expo 2006 educational conference.
2007: Australia's Jet launch a five-week North American tour in support of their 'Shine On' album. The first show is in Homestead, FL.
2007: Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland and his wife, Mary, trash a room at Graciela luxury hotel. The Burbank establishment considers pressing charges. Later that day, Mary is arrested for torching her husband's wardrobe in front of their Toluca Lake home. Later, Mary blames her bipolar disorder for the incidents. "The weekend's difficulties were brought on by a reaction to an imbalance in (my) medications," she explains in a statement. "Reports that we were fighting are untrue. Scott was simply trying to help calm me down."
2007: Paul McCartney receives the Wyler Award for his animal-rights activism at the Humane Society of the United States' 21st Genesis Awards in Beverly Hills, CA.
2008: During a North American tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.
2008: R.E.M.'s 'Accelerate' album is streamed in its entirety via the online social music service iLike. The album is streamed for three days. The CD comes out a week later.
2008: Scott Weiland confirms his intention to leave Velvet Revolver after their European trek.
2008: The Smashing Pumpkins file a breach-of-contract lawsuit in Los Angeles against their former label Virgin Records. The band claims Virgin 'irreparably harmed the group' by illegally authorizing the use of the Pumpkins' music and image for a joint promotional campaign by Amazon.com and PepsiCo. "It's a frustrating situation, honestly, to be treated so poorly by a label where we had so much success," says frontman Billy Corgan.
2008: Jimi Hendrix's estate has wins a summary judgment in the U.K. against The Times of London. Experience Hendrix and a co-claimant sued The Times for using a live Jimi Hendrix Experience recording as a CD insert in a September 2006 edition of the newspaper. The London court determines that the newspaper didn't establish sufficient rights to the recording.
2008: Neal Aspinall, The Beatles' road manager, friend and business partner, dies in New York at age 66 after an apparent battle with lung cancer. Aspinall grew up with Paul McCartney and George Harrison and helped oversee its Apple Corps company until his 2007 resignation.
2009: Tom Morello's Justice Tour starts in Seattle. Members of Velvet Revolver, System Of A Down, Slipknot and Soundgarden are among the guests. The trek raises money for various anti-poverty organizations. "The model of the Justice Tour is simple," says Morello. "Feed the poor. Fight the power. Rock the f**k out." The other two tour stops are S.F and L.A.
2009: The prosecutor in the Phil Spector murder retrial told the jury he was a "demonic maniac" when he drinks and "a very dangerous man" around women. Deputy District Attorney Truc Do urged jurors to find the music producer guilty of murdering Hollywood actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. During her closing argument, she also accused Mr Spector of demonstrating a "conscious disregard for human life".
2009: Raven released their 12th album, 'Walk Through Fire.'
2009: Papa Roach's release their 'Metamorphosis' album.
2009: Mastodon release their 'Crack The Skye' album.
2010: Bon Jovi plays a special show for fans of the defunct Philadelphia Soul Arena Football League team at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. Jon Bon Jovi, the team's majority owner, promised a free show if the Soul didn't win a championship in 2009 but the league folded before the season. Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was a minority owner.
2010: Sheryl Crow performs at the Starbucks shareholders meeting in Seattle. She confesses to being a "Starbucks groupie."
2010: 24/7 Wall Street names U2's Bono the "Worst Investor in America" due to his involvement with Elevation Partners, "arguably the worst run institutional fund of any size in the United States" according to the site. Bono is one of the five members of the firm's investment team which made a series of bad investments including the Palm mobile device.
2011: Roger Daltrey gives a one-night performance of The Who's 'Tommy' at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Daltrey's show is part of the Teenage Cancer Trust's annual week of music and comedy benefit performances.
2012: Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir teams up with members of The National (Aaron Dessner, Scott and Bryan Devendorf) for a night of music and voter education at Weir's TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA. The Bridge Session, a live webcast, has music and a political discussion.
2013: Black Crowes return from the self-imposed 'indefinite hiatus' when they launch a week-long U.K. tour in Manchester.
2013: Stevie Nicks appears on 'Oprah's Master Class.' Nicks offers some useful advice to the cable show's viewers. "If you're gonna start doing coke, save your money because it's gonna cost you $50,000 to go to rehab."
2015: Stevie Nicks is honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2015 USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore 33rd Annual Awards Dinner. Nicks holds the USO record for the most hours spent over a five-year period visiting combat-wounded service members. She also wrote the song 'Soldier's Angel' after visiting recovering vets.
2013: Pictures of The Beatles' 1965 Shea Stadium concert, taken by an amateur photographer who bluffed his way backstage, sold for £30,000 at auction. Marc Weinstein used a fake press pass to get next to the stage for the historic New York show. His 61 black and white images with copyright fetched £30,680, the successful bidder was a South American gentleman currently living in Washington who is a huge collector of Beatles memorabilia.
2015: Stevie Nicks is honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2015 USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore 33rd Annual Awards Dinner. Nicks holds the USO record for the most hours spent over a five-year period visiting combat-wounded service members. She also wrote the song 'Soldier's Angel' after visiting recovering vets.
2017: Steel Panther release their album, 'Lower The Bar.'
2017: Art Of Anarchy release their album, 'The Madness.'

March 25
1955: The movie 'Blackboard Jungle' is released, giving new exposure to the song 'Rock Around The Clock,' which is featured in the film. A few months later, the song becomes the first ever #1 rock song.
1956: Alan Freed's 3-day Rock n' Roll Show in Hartford, Connecticut, concludes after several arrests. Hartford Institute of Living psychiatrist Dr. Francis Braceland claims "Rock n' Roll is a communicable disease driving teenagers to do outlandish things. It's cannibalistic and tribalistic."
1957: Elvis Presley buys the Graceland Mansion in Memphis for $102,500.
1958: Having been sworn in as Private 53310761 the previous day Elvis Presley received the regulation short back and sides haircut from army barber James Peterson. Presley would earn $78 per month as an army private.
1958: Buddy Holly appeared at The Gaumont Theatre in London, the final date on his only UK tour. Also on the bill was Gary Miller, The Tanner Sisters, Des O'Connor, The Montanas, Ronnie Keene & His Orchestra.
1960: Roy Orbison records 'Only The Lonely.'
1961: Elvis Presley performs at the Block Arena in Pearl Harbor. The benefit show (for the USS Arizona) is Elvis' last live performance for over seven years.
1963: The Beach Boys 'Surfin' USA' album is released.
1963: Johnny Cash records one of his biggest Pop hits, 'Ring Of Fire,' which will climb to #17 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Country Chart. The song was written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore and was originally recorded by June's sister, Anita Carter. When her version failed to become a hit, Johnny added the mariachi-style horns and changed a few of the words. Four years later, Johnny and June were married.
1964: The Beatles made their debut on UK TV show 'Top Of The Pops' singing 'Can't Buy Me Love' and ‘You Can’t Do That.’ The show had been recorded on March 19th.
1965: Jeff Beck joined The Yardbirds and would later help record the hits, 'Heart Full of Soul' and 'Shapes of Things' before leaving in the Fall of 1966. Jimmy Page had also joined the band, but The Yardbirds would split up in 1968. Page then re-shaped the group to form The New Yardbirds, later renaming them Led Zeppelin.
1965: The Yardbirds release 'For Your Love,' which will reach #3 in the UK and #6 in the US. Organist Brian Auger was hired to play keyboards on the track, but when he arrived at the recording studio there was no organ, or even a piano there. All that could be found was a two-tiered harpsichord on which Auger improvised the now familiar intro. After the session he wondered, "Who in their right mind is going to buy a Pop single with harpsichord on it."
1966: At a photo session in Bob Whitaker’s studio in London, The Beatles posed in white coats using sides of meat with mutilated and butchered dolls for a publicity photo that is used by Capitol in America for the cover of the Beatles’ next American album, 'Yesterday And Today.' After a public outcry, the LP was pulled from stores and re-issued with a new cover, making the original an instant collector’s item. The total cost to Capitol to replace the cover and promotional materials was $250,000, wiping out their initial profit. At the time, some of the Beatles defended the use of the Butcher photograph. Lennon said that it was “as relevant as Vietnam” and McCartney said that their critics were “soft.” However, this opinion was not shared by all band members. George Harrison said in The Beatles Anthology that he thought the whole idea “was gross, and I also thought it was stupid. Sometimes we all did stupid things thinking it was cool and hip when it was naïve and dumb; and that was one of them.”
1966: The Who play the Corn Exchange in Hertford, England.
1966: The Yardbirds 'Shapes Of Things' b/w 'New York City Blues' 45 single is released.
1967: Buffalo Springfield peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'For What It’s Worth,' which was their first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1967: The Turtles begin a three week run at #1 with 'Happy Together.' The song, written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, two former members of a band called The Magicians, had been rejected a dozen times before it was offered to The Turtles.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at the Gliderdrome Bingo Hall in Boston, Lincolnshire, England. The building was originally an open air skating rink. A roof was added just after the outbreak of World War II. The Gliderdrome was destroyed by fire on in May of 1959, but the “new” Glider was opened within a year on Wednesday, January 27, 1960.
1967: The Doors debut album, featuring 'Light My Fire.' enters the Billboard Hot 200 chart. The LP had been released during the first week of January and would end up leading Billboard for three weeks and Cashbox for a week.
1967: The Who and Cream made their U.S. concert debuts at the RKO 58th Street Theatre in New York City as part of a multi-artist extravaganza promoted by DJ Murray the K.
1967: The Rolling Stones licked off a three-week European tour in Orebro, Sweden. Arriving in Copenhagen for the tour the group were delayed after customs officers search all their luggage for drugs.
1967: Pink Floyd played three gigs in 24 hours. The appeared at the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, England, then the New Yorker Discotheque in Swindon and then played at the Shoreline Club in Bognor Regis (in the early hours March 26).
1967: The Beatles perform 'All You Need Is Love' during a global satellite broadcast.
1968: The 58th and final episode of 'The Monkees' TV series was broadcast in the US.
1969: John and Yoko invited the world’s press into their hotel suite at the start of a week long “Bed-In” at the Amsterdam Hilton. The couple invited the world’s press into their hotel room every day, to talk about promoting world peace.
1969: Roy Orbison marries his second wife, 19-year-old Barbara Jakobs, in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Barbara would go on to manage Roy's career and following his death in 1988, took charge of his business affairs. Sadly, she would die from pancreatic cancer at the age of 61 on December 6, 2011, 23 years to the day after her husband's death. .
1969: Yes appeared at Madam Toussauds Hall Of Kings in London.
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at the Denver Coliseum in Denver, Colorado.
1970: Band of Gypsys (Jimi Hendrix) 'Band of Gypsys' is released.
1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's 'Deja Vu' album goes gold.
1971: Grand Funk Railroad played at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the O’Shaughnessy Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota.
1971: New York radio station WNBC banned the song 'One Toke Over the Line' by Brewer and Shipley because of its alleged drug references. Other stations around the country follow suit, but the record still makes it to Billboard's #10.
1972: America started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with their debut hit 'Horse With No Name.'
1972: Deep Purple's 6th studio album, 'Machine Head' is released.
1972: The Kinks 'The Kink Kronikles' compilation album is released.
1973: King Crimson performed at Colston Hall in Bristol, England.
1973: Roxy Music appeared at Festival Hall in Torbay, England.
1974: Ritchie Blackmore leaves Deep Purple for the first time, in Paris.
1974: Rolling Stone reports that concerts by Yes, Gregg Allman, and the Beach Boys have all been hit by streakers, no doubt inspired by Ray Stevens’ #1 hit 'The Streak.'
1974: KISS performed at the Bayou Theater in Washington D.C.
1974: Gregg Allman himself performs the last date of a solo tour. To reassure the audience that the Allman Brothers Band are not splitting up, the entire band comes out and performs a 90-minute encore.
1975: Aerosmith played at the War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It's the first concert on their 63-date North American 'Toys In The Attic' tour.
1976: David Bowie and Iggy Pop are busted for marijuana possession in Rochester, NY. Bowie pleads not guilty. The charges are eventually dropped.
1976: The Talking Heads begin a series of shows as the headliner at CBGBs in New York. They had regularly played the venue as an opener.
1976: Paul McCartney​ & Wings 5th album, 'Wings at the Speed of Sound' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for seven weeks throughout the summer of 1976 (and blocking the Beatles' then-new compilation Rock 'n' Roll Music, which reached #2), and reached #2 on the UK Albums chart.
1976: Jackson Browne's first wife, Phyllis, commits suicide less than a year after they were married.
1977: After a decade of having only local success in the Michigan area, 33 year old Bob Seger gets his big break. His 7th album, 'Night Moves' goes Platinum on the strength of three Top Forty hits: 'Night Moves,' 'Mainstreet' and 'Rock and Roll Never Forgets.'
1977: Elvis Costello released his debut single 'Less Than Zero,' which fails to chart.
1978: One of the greatest covers in Rock history, Van Halen's take on the Kinks' 'You Really Got Me' doesn't do much damage on the Top 40, only reaching #36.
1978: 20 Golden Greats by Buddy Holly and The Crickets went to #1 on the UK album chart, giving Holly his first ever chart topping, LP almost 20 years since his first release in 1959.
1978: Kansas performed at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1979: Van Halen kicked off their first headlining tour as the 'World Vacation' tour hit Selland Arena in Fresno, CA.
1980: The Police are the first Western Rock group to play Bombay (now Mumbai), India.
1980: Judas Priest release their classic 'British Steel' album.
1980: Scorpions release their 'Animal Magnetism' album.
1980: Triumph release their 4th studio album, 'Progressions of Power.'
1981: Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a dove at a press conference in L.A., claiming it was a rubber one and the whole legend is born.
1981: Rush appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1982: The Police performed at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.
1985: Prince wins a Best Original Song Score Oscar for the film 'Purple Rain.'
1986: Guns N' Roses signed a world-wide deal with Geffen Records.
1988: Krokus released their 10th studio album, 'Heart Attack.'
1989: Mike + The Mechanics' sentimental 'The Living Years' is the #1 pop song. The 'Mike' in the group is guitarist Mike Rutherford of Genesis fame.
1989: Fire destroyed a recording studio on Chuck Berry's farm at Wentzville, Missouri. Among the items lost was a tape containing 13 unreleased Berry songs.
1990: Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson wins a Golden Raspberry award for 'Worst Original Song' for 'Bring Your Daughter...to the Slaughter' from 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child' movie.
1990: Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee is arrested for mooning the audience during a gig in Augusta, GA. Lee is charged with “Indecent Exposure/Live Sexually Explicit Act” and fined $1,647. The arresting officer tells the Augusta Chronicle that Lee, “…could not have been a nicer guy, and the entire group was extremely cordial and even thanked us for doing our jobs!”
1991: Sepultura released their 4th studio album, 'Arise.'
1993: The Grateful Dead performed at the Dean Smith Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
1995: Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder was rescued after a riptide carries him 250 feet offshore in New Zealand.
1999: Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan performs with his dad (Billy Corgan Sr.) at a benefit for Chicago's Next Street program which helps homeless teens.
2001: Bob Dylan earns an Oscar for his song 'Things Have Changed' from the film 'Wonder Boys.'
2002: Bono from U2 made a appearance at the air rage trial of R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, telling the court 'I came to court because Peter is actually famously know for being a peaceable person. I once had to twist his arm to get him to a boxing match'. Buck was later cleared of all charges. He had been accused of attacking two cabin staff and covering them in yogurt, knocking over a trolley and trying to steal a knife. Buck did not deny his behavior but claimed a Zolpiden sleeping pill reacted violently with alcohol, turning him into a “non-insane automaton”.
2003: Liv Tyler the daughter of Aerosmith singer Steven married Royston Langdon from Spacehog.
2003: Overkill released the 12th full-length studio album, 'Killbox 13.'
2004: MTV's Headbanger's Ball Tour featuring Drowning Pool and Damageplan kicks off in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
2004: 'Suspicion,' the final ever episode of 'The Chris Isaak Show, an adult comedy starring Chris Isaak, airs on Showtime.
2005: Beck's 'E-Pro' tops Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart ending Green Day's 16 week run with 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams.'
2005: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were forced to flee their Buckinghamshire mansion after a blaze broke out while they were sleeping. The couple were roused by a fire alarm and ran to safety in the garden, rescuing their pets as they escaped. This is the same estate where Ozzy nearly killed himself in a quad bike accident two years earlier. The mansion was also robbed in 2004.
2006: Tom Morello (under the Nightwatchman moniker) performs at a benefit concert in San Francisco to aid the Doe Family Legal Fund, which supports a group of protesters suing San Francisco law officers over an alleged '04 police-brutality incident.
2007: Flyleaf's first U.S. headlining trek, the Justice & Mercy tour, starts in Memphis.
2007: Modest Mouse's 'We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank' goes to the top of the album chart selling nearly 129,000 copies in its first week. The set features the guitar work of former Smiths' guitarist, Johnny Marr.
2007: Elton John spends his 60th birthday performing his 60th show at New York's Madison Square Garden. The concert opens with an introduction by former President Bill Clinton. Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams and longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin join John onstage.
2008: P.O.D. kick off a tour of Hard Rock Cafes to promote their album 'When Angels & Serpents Dance.'
2008: The Raconteurs release 'Consolers Of The Lonely.' It's available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download. The video for the lead single, 'Salute Your Solution,' is also released.
2008: Richie Sambora was arrested in California on suspicion of drink driving. The 48 year-old Bon Jovi guitarist was arrested after a police officer noticed his black Hummer weaving in traffic lanes in Laguna Beach. He was ordered to appear in court on one count of driving under the influence.
2008: Guns N’ Roses sign with Geffen Records, after the A&R rep sees them just once. He tells other agents the band is terrible so he can close the deal. Chrysalis Records has a chance to sign the band, but loses out when their A&R rep (female) refuses to walk down Sunset Boulevard naked (an Axl request). The Gunners receive a $75,000 advance and their 1987 debut album, 'Appetite for Destruction,' sells more than 28 million copies worldwide.
2008: B-52s release 'Funplex,' their first album of original material in 16 years.
2008: Songs by Theory Of A Deadman, Airbourne and Saliva (with Shinedown singer Brent Smith) are released on the 'WWE: The Music, Vol. 8' compilation. The tunes serve as entrance music for some of the wrestling organization's stars.
2009: The Green Day documentary, 'Heart Like A Hand Grenade' premieres in Hollywood. The film "offers an intimate look (at) the band recording their album 'American Idiot', art house style." The long delayed project is directed by indie filmmaker John Roecker (Live Freaky! Die Freaky!).
2009: Prince opens his new $77 subscription website Lotusflow3r to the public. Unfortunately, eager fans are greeted by a host of problems including bandwith issues and confusion on how to even get to the site's subscription page.
2009: Slash makes a surprise visit to an East Los Angeles middle school. He's there on behalf of the Little Kids Rock organization, which promotes music education for children. Slash sits for a Q&A session before playing GN'R's classic 'Sweet Child o' Mine' with a group of students. Four Slash autographed acoustic guitars are donated to the school.
2010: Kings Of Leon set a record for downloads in the U.K. They move more than 250,000 copies of their '08 album 'Only By The Night.'
2010: Frontman Liam Gallagher's clothing line, Pretty Green, a collection of T-shirts, jeans and footwear, is available online in the U.S. Meanwhile, estranged brother, guitarist Noel, plays his first solo concert since Oasis' 2009 implosion. The London's Royal Albert Hall show (with a second the following evening) benefits Teenage Cancer Trust.
2010: Axl Rose's former managers file a $1.9 million lawsuit that claims the Guns N' Roses leader reneged on an 2008 verbal agreement. The dollar amount represents 15 percent of an estimated $12 million GN'R earned from Southeast Asia, Canada and South America tours.
2011: 'Songs For Japan' is released. Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, U2, R.E.M., Bon Jovi and Elton John donate tracks to the album for Japan Disaster Relief. Two weeks earlier (3/11), the country suffered a horrific earthquake, tsunami and massive nuclear power plant radiation (caused by the earthquake).
2011: Bret Michaels files a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Tony Award Productions and CBS, blaming them for his 2010 brain hemorrhage. A backdrop fell on Michaels after a performance at the 2009 Tony Awards. The incident left him with a broken nose and a split lip. Michaels claims that he was not properly advised on how to exit the stage.
2013: Iron Maiden release the expanded 'Maiden England '88.'
2014: KISS make the cover of the Rolling Stone (magazine) for the first time.
2014: A little over a year after disbanding, My Chemical Romance issue their greatest hits compilation, 'May Death Never Stop You,' featuring the single 'Fake Your Death,' which they call their eulogy song.
2014: Asia released their 14th studio album, 'Gravitas.'
2015: Radiohead's OK Computer' and The Doors' self-titled '67 debut are selected, as seminal works, for inclusion into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.
2015: Ringo Starr told Rolling Stone magazine that The Beatles would have gotten back together at some point if John Lennon and George Harrison had lived. "We still had the songs and we still could play. We could have put it together...Of course, it's ended now. John and George are gone."
2016: Asking Alexandria release their album 'The Black.'
2016: Metal Church release their album 'XI.' The band's 11th studio release also marks the return of vocalist/frontman Mike Howe.
2016: The Rolling Stones give a free concert in Havana, Cuba. They are are the biggest act to perform there since Cuba's communist revolution in '59. The Stones spend around $7 million to finance the trip.

March 26
1961: The Beatles performed at the Casbah Coffee Club in West Derby, Liverpool, their last performance before travelling to Hamburg, West Germany, for their second visit.
1964: Chuck Berry records 'No Particular Place To Go.'
1964: Former Beatles drummer Pete Best appears on the game show 'I've Got A Secret.'
1965: It's announced that Jeff Beck will replace Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds. Clapton objected to the perceived commercial direction the group was taking.
1965: Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman all received electric shocks from a faulty microphone on stage during a Rolling Stones show in Denmark. Bill Wyman was knocked unconscious for several minutes.
1966: The photograph for the "butcher" cover for The Beatles' American 'Yesterday And Today' album is taken.
1966: The Strangeurs, featuring future Aerosmith frontman Steven Tallarico (later Steven Tyler), open for The Byrds at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York. The Strangeurs arrange for girls to sit in the front row and scream for them, but it's hardly necessary as the crowd goes nuts during their set, where they play six songs instead of their allotted two.
1971: The Rolling Stones lips and tongue logo appears for the first time when it is used on VIP passes for their show at the Marquee Club in London.
1972: Mott The Hoople was ready to call it quits when friend of the band David Bowie offered to produce their next album, and offered them two new songs he'd written: 'Suffragette City,' which the band turned down, and 'All The Young Dudes,' the song that provided them with their breakthrough.
1973: Beck, Bogert & Appice 'Beck, Bogert & Appice' album is released.
1975: The film version of The Who's 'Tommy' premieres in London.
1976: Keith Richards' girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg gave birth to a baby boy, Tara. He died ten weeks later from pneumonia.
1976: Thin Lizzy's 'Jailbreak' album is released.
1977: The Clash release their first single, making an immediate political statement with 'White Riot.' It is only released in the UK, and not available in America until two years later.
1977: 'Rich Girl' hits #1, giving Hall & Oates their first of six chart-toppers on the Hot 100.
1977: Elvis Costello releases his debut single 'Less Than Zero' on Stiff Records.
1980: Seven years after its release, Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of the Moon' breaks the record for the longest-charting Pop album, previously held by Carole King's 'Tapestry.' At the same time, their latest single 'Another Brick In The Wall' was topping both the Cashbox Best Sellers chart and the Billboard Hot 100.
1980: The Police became the first Western pop group to play in Bombay, India for over ten years when they played a one off gig in the city.
1980: Van Halen release their third studio album 'Women and Children First,'
1983: Motley Crue open the first of five shows for KISS on the West Coast leg of their 'Creatures Of The Night' tour.
1985: Slayer​'s 'Hell Awaits' album is released.
1985: ‎Guns N' Roses‬ performed first ever concert at ‪The Troubadour‬ in West Hollywood, CA.
1986: Guns N' Roses sign with Geffen Records.
1988: Iron Maiden's 'Can I Play With Madness' single is released.
1990: Gary Moore's 'Still Got the Blues' album is released.
1991: Mr Big's​ 'Lean into It' album is released.
1991: Keel's 'The Right to Rock' album is released.
1994: Soundgarden entered the US album chart at #1 with 'Superunknown.'
2002: Randy Castillo, a well-known drummer who played with Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Ozzy, and Lita Ford (among others), died of cancer. He was 51.
2004: 62 year old Jan Berry, of Jan & Dean fame dies following a massive seizure.
2004: 3 Doors Down, who hail from Escatawpa, MS, play a homecoming charity concert in nearby Mobile, AL. A portion of the show`s proceeds benefit local charities. The group donates eight guitars and a dozen decorated drumheads for an auction benefiting Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity, among other charities.
2006: Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s 'Stairway To Heaven' as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
2006: Jon Bon Jovi plays himself in an episode of NBC's 'The West Wing.' The show features the New Jersey rocker lending his support to Democratic presidential candidate Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits). Bon Jovi also performs a portion of 'Welcome To Wherever You Are' from'"Have A Nice Day.'
2006: U2's The Edge donated his favourite guitar a 1975 Gibson Les Paul to a charity he co-founded to replace instruments lost or destroyed when Hurricane Katrina hit the US.
2007: Digital downloads of all of Elton John's albums are available for purchase exclusively (for a little over a month) by iTunes. The releases include nearly 400 tracks from John's four-decade career.
2008: Guitarist Clint Lowery returns to Sevendust to replace Sonny Mayo.
2008: A promotion is launched promising a free can of Dr Pepper to nearly everybody in America if Guns N' Roses release their long-delayed 'Chinese Democracy' album in 2008. "We completely understand and empathize with Axl's (Rose) quest for perfection," says Pepper marketing director Jaxie Alt.
2009: On ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Ozzy Osbourne claims he's started writing his autobiography. "I can't remember anything," says Ozzy. "It's going to be the thinnest book in the world."
2009: Metallica unveils the video for their single, 'Broken, Beat And Scarred,' from 'Death Magnetic.' The 2008 concert clip was directed by Wayne Isham.
2011: Slash auctions personal items, including a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a 1966 Corvette Stingray, and the Guild guitar used on the 1989 hit 'Patience.' "I have a bad habit of collecting stuff that I don't necessarily use," says Slash. "I know that somebody would love to have that car because muscle cars are very, very popular," Slash says in a statement. Proceeds go to the Los Angeles Youth Network which aids homeless and abused adolescents.
2012: Jet announce they have disbanded following a two-year hiatus. The four-piece formed in 2001 and were best known for their debut set, 'Get Born,' featuring the hit 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl.'
2015: The Who perform at the Teenage Cancer Trust benefit at London's Royal Albert Hall. They perform at the venue after receiving an apology for being banned more than 40 years earlier (12/9/72). The Hall worried about the damage Rock acts and their fans would inflict. "We've had a long think and, on reflection, you're welcome back any time," writes the Hall's management.

March 27
1952: Sun Records of Memphis, Tennessee began releasing records. The label would later become the home of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others.
1958: CBS records announced the invention of stereophonic records. Although the new format would be playable on ordinary record players, when used on the new stereo players, a new rich and fuller sound would be heard.
1960: Two anti-payola bills are introduced in US Congress by Representative Emanuel Celler of New York. He blames payola for "the cacophonous music called Rock and Roll" and says that Rock and Roll would never have gained popularity, "especially among teenagers," if not for the result of payola.
1961: The very first record ever released by Del Shannon, 'Runaway' enters the Billboard chart on its way to becoming a million selling, number one hit. In 2004, Rolling Stone rated the song as #466 on their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1964: The British invasion continued to make it's way around the world with The Beatles having the top six positions on the Australian pop chart.
1965: Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton in Yardbirds,
1965: Bob Dylan's 'Bringing It All Back Home' album is released.
1965: The Who released their first US chart entry, 'I Can't Explain.' Although the song could only climb as high as #93 on the Billboard Hot 100, the band still gained a large following thanks to their exciting live performances.
1966: Roy Orbison fell off a motorbike during a UK tour, fracturing his foot. He played the remaining dates sitting on a stool and walking on crutches.
1967: The Young Rascals record 'Groovin.'
1967: 'Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits' album is released.
1967: Fats Domino played his first ever UK date at London's Saville Theatre, supported by The Bee Gees and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
1967: At a ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in London, The Beatles were awarded three Ivor Novello awards: best-selling British single of 1966 - 'Yellow Submarine,' most-performed song of 1966 - 'Michelle' and next-most-performed song - 'Yesterday.'
1971: New York radio station WNBC banned the song 'One Toke Over the Line' by Brewer & Shipley because of its alleged drug references. Other stations around the country followed.
1971: Bruce Springsteen & Friendly Enemies opened for The Allman Brothers Band at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey, tickets cost $4.00. Springsteen had just disbanded his group Steel Mill and within a few weeks would form Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom with Steve Van Zandt.
1971: Three Dog Night's version of Hoyt Axton's 'Joy To The World' enters the Billboard Hot 100 on its way to becoming the biggest selling single of the year. Unlike most Three Dog Night songs recorded at that point, instead of having just the three main vocalists singing harmony, the song was recorded with all seven members of the band singing.
1972: Elvis Presley records what proves to be his last Top Ten hit during his lifetime, 'Burning Lov.'It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Cashbox Best Sellers chart and #7 in the UK. The song's writer, Dennis Linde, later overdubbed the opening guitar riffs into the record's final mix.
1973: Jerry Garcia from The Grateful Dead was arrested when police found cocaine and LSD in his car after being busted for speeding in New Jersey.
1973: Rolling Stone magazine reported that after becoming a disciple of Sri Chinmoy, Carlos Santana had changed his name to 'Devadip', which means 'the lamp of the light of the Supreme'.
1976: Paul McCartney and Wings were forced to postpone forthcoming US tour for three weeks after guitarist Jimmy McCulloch fell in his hotel bathroom and broke a finger.
1978: The Beatles parody 'All You Need Is Cash' featuring The Rutles was shown in the UK on BBC-TV. It was first broadcast on March 22, 1978 on NBC, earning the lowest ratings of any show on Prime time network television that week.
1979: Eric Clapton married Pattie Harrison (the ex wife of George) at Temple Bethel in Tucson, Arizona. Patti applied for a divorce in 1988. Pattie was the subject of the song 'Layla.' Harrison attends the wedding and remains friends with Clapton.
1981: AC/DC releases 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap' in the U.S.
1982: Former Small Faces and Faces bass player Ronnie Lane was admitted to hospital for treatment for multiple sclerosis, (Lane died from the disease in 1997).
1984, Bryan Adams went into Little Mountain Sound, Vancouver, Canada to record 'Run To You' for his fourth studio album, 'Reckless.' It was the first single released from the album and and the music video shot in London and Los Angeles was nominated for the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards in five different categories.
1984: Metallica made their UK live debut at the Marquee in London.
1984: Ratt's debut studio album 'Out of the Cellar' is released.
1985: Bon Jovi's second studio album '7800° Fahrenheit' is released.
1986: Ozzy Osbourne embarks on his 'Ultimate Sin' tour in Wichita, KS. with Metalica as the opener.
1986: Van Halen's '5150' tour, the first gig with Sammy Hagar as lead vocalist, kicks off 112 date North American tour at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, LA.
1987: U2 performed from the roof of a store in downtown LA to make the video for 'Where The Streets Have No Name.' attracting thousands of spectators and bringing traffic to a standstill. The police eventually stop the shoot.
1995: Elton John and Tim Rice win the Oscar for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture for 'Can You Feel The Love' from 'The Lion King.'
2003: John Lennon's boyhood home in Liverpool is opened to the public.
2006: Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
2007: The wife of then Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland was arrested on suspicion of burning over $10,000 of his belongings outside their home after police in southern California found a bin of smouldering clothes. Earlier that day, the couple left two rooms vandalised after an argument at a luxury hotel.
2007: Former Jefferson Airplane and Starship singer Grace Slick along with former manager Bill Thompson, filed a lawsuit in California federal court charging that another former member, Paul Kantner, violated both trademark rights and an $80,000 legal settlement he signed in 1985 by using the name Paul Kantner's Starship while touring.
2012: David Bowie's landmark album Ziggy Stardust was celebrated with a blue plaque in central London. Former Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp, unveiled a plaque at the spot where the cover of the 1972 release was shot. The location in Heddon Street, just off Regent Street, is now a pedestrianised area brimming with bars and restaurants.
2013: Gordon Stoker, the tenor voice of The Jordanaires who backed Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves and many more, passed away at the age of 88. Estimated sales of records that the vocal group sang on total more than eight billion copies.

March 28
1958: Eddie Cochran records his classic tune 'Summertime Blues.'
1958: Buddy Holly kicked off the first night of a 43 date tour at Brooklyn Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. The Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show also featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors, The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins, The Pastels, Jo-Ann Campbell and Ed Townsend. Freed decides that Chuck Berry should close the show rather than Jerry Lee Lewis. An enraged Jerry Lee sets his piano on fire during 'Great Balls Of Fire.' On most days the acts played two shows.
1963: Radio Caroline goes on the air. The pirate radio station (actually a ship broadcasting off the English coast) gives music fans an alternative to the BBC. The first song aired is the Rolling Stones' 'Not Fade Away' (written and originally recorded by Buddy Holly).
1964: Madame Tussauds in London unveiled the wax works images of The Beatles, the first pop stars to be honored. They would later use their wax versions on the cover of the 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album.
1964: Jan And Dean's double sided hit, 'Dead Man's Curve'/'New Girl in School' enters the US chart where it will rise to #8.
1966: The Rolling Stones best of' compilation 'Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)' is released in the United States.
1966: The Young Rascals released their self-titled debut LP 'The Young Rascals.'
1967: Working on session for the new Beatles album 'Sgt Pepper' at Abbey Road studios in London, John Lennon recorded his lead vocal for ‘Good Morning Good Morning’, and Paul McCartney added a lead guitar solo to the track. Lennon had decided he wanted to end the song with animal sound effects, and asked that they be sequenced in such a way that each successive animal was capable of scaring or eating the preceding one.
1967: Van Morrison records 'Brown Eyed Girl,' which will enter the Billboard chart next August and rise to #10. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007.
1969: Ringo Starr announces The Beatles will make no public appearances in the near future. John counters saying the group will make several appearances during the year. Ringo is right.
1969: Joe Cocker plays his first live gig in the US.
1970: Crosby, Stills & Nash release 'Woodstock,' a song celebrating the 1969 festival which contains some factual errors, especially when it comes to the head count. Not surprising, since it was written by Joni Mitchell who passed on performing at the legendary concert to appear on The Dick Cavett Show.
1972: Grand Funk fires manager Terry Knight, who promptly sues them. After nearly two years of litigation, the band ultimately won their separation from Knight, but at heavy financial cost.
1973: Led Zeppelin's fifth studio album 'Houses Of The Holy' is released. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed 'Houses of the Holy.' It was certified eleven times platinum by the RIAA in 1999. In 2012, it was ranked #148 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1974: Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup dies of a stroke. Crudup wrote Elvis Presley's first regional hit 'That's All Right (Mama).'
1976: Genesis began their first North American tour since Peter Gabriel left the band, performing in Buffalo, New York, with Phil Collins taking over as lead singer.
1978: Alice Cooper appears on The Muppet Show, where he performs 'Welcome to My Nightmare' and 'School's Out.' He also offers to give the Muppets fame and riches if they'll sign their souls over to him. Kermit is horrified. Gonzo spends the entire episode looking for a pen.
1979: The day after they are married, Eric Clapton sings 'Wonderful Tonight' to his new wife Pattie at his concert in Tucson. He wrote the song about her while waiting for her to get ready to go out.
1981: Blondie started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Rapture', the group's fourth US #1, a #5 hit in the UK
1981: Elton John's version of The Beatles 'I Saw Her Standing There' was released as a tribute to John Lennon.
1982: David Crosby was arrested after crashing his car on the San Diego Highway. Police also found cocaine and a pistol in the Crosby Stills & Nash stars car. When the police asked Crosby why he carried the gun, his reply was, "John Lennon."
1984: Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac files for bankruptcy amidst reports that he has lost $8 million.
1985: 6,000 radio stations in the US and Canada simultaneously played 'We Are the World,' the fundraising song for African famine relief recorded by 45 superstar performers at 10:15 am EST. Sales of the single, album, video and related merchandise initially raised more than $38 million in the US.
1987: After hearing that Arizona Governor Evan Mecham would not honor the new national holiday Martin Luther King Day, the racially integrated Doobie Brothers move their upcoming show from Phoenix to Las Vegas.
1988: King's X​ 'Out of the Silent Planet' album is released.
1991: Phil Collins and George Harrison were among tmany mourners who attended funeral service in England for Eric Clapton's son Conor.
1992: Over a $100,000 worth of damage was caused at The Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California, when Ozzy Osbourne invited the first two rows of the audience on stage. Several others took up the offer and the band was forced to exit the stage.
1992: During a North American tour Pearl Jam performed at the Cabaret Metro in Chicago with Smashing Pumpkins as the support act.
1992: INXS headline the Concert For Life in Sydney's Centennial Park. The AIDS and heart research benefit raises over $1.5 million.
1994: Pink Floyd's​ 'The Division Bell' album is released.
1994: After Chris Novoselic and Dave Grohl threaten to disband Nirvana if Kurt Cobain doesn't get drug treatment, Cobain enters the SoCal Exodus Recovery Center. This is after Cobain nearly dies from an OD in Rome only weeks earlier. Cobain walks out three days later.
1996: Genesis drummer Phil Collins announces he's leaving the group to pursue a solo career.
1998: Kiss played the first of five sold-out nights on their 'Alive II' world Tour at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
2000: Jimmy Page accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages from a magazine which claimed he had caused or contributed to the death of his Led Zeppelin bandmate John Bonham. Page's solicitor, Norman Chapman, told High Court Judge Mr Justice Morland that the feature in Ministry magazine printed in 1999 claimed Page was more concerned with keeping vomit off his bed than saving his friend's life, and that he stood over him wearing Satanist robes and performing a useless spell. The magazine also apologized and offered to pay Page's legal bills. The money awarded to Page was donated to the Action for Brazil's Children Trust.
2003: The recent SARS scare forces The Rolling Stones to cancel their upcoming series of shows in Hong Kong -- though they would later reschedule those shows and play them as a sign to visitors that China was safe to visit.
2004: Van Halen confirms that Sammy Hagar will return as their lead singer for an upcoming North American tour.
2005: After playing a warm-up date the night before at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, U2 kicked off their 'Vertigo' tour at the iPay One Center in San Diego, California. The 131 date world tour would see the band playing in North America, Europe, South America and Japan. By the time it finished, the Vertigo Tour had sold 4,619,021 tickets, grossing $389 million; the second-highest figure ever for a world tour.
2006: Stewart Copeland's 'Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out' is released on DVD. The drummer pieced together the movie from Super 8 footage he filmed throughout the Police's career.
2007: 3 Doors Down's Brad Arnold and Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ricky Medlocke take part in the 'Fashion Fights Poverty' photo shoot in Nashville. Arnold appears in the 'Dress Responsibly,' a style guide and catalog focusing on "ethical and socially conscious clothes."
2010: Rush are inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Primus frontman Les Claypool pays tribute by performing a rendition of 'Spirit Of Radio.'
2012: The 12th annual 'Concert for Teenage Cancer Trust' kicks-off at London's Royal Albert Hall. Paul McCartney, Roger Daltrey, Pulp and Paul Weller perform during the weeklong series with proceeds going toward improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer.
2012: A Quiet Riot concert in Scottsdale, AZ marks the debut of vocalist Scott Vokoun fronting the group.
2013: Hugh McCracken dies of leukemia in New York City at 70. McCracken was an in-demand session musician who played on recordings by Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Billy Joel, B. B. King, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, The Monkees, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bob Dylan and many others.
2015: Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds perform at the 15th annual 'Teenage Cancer 'benefit at London's Royal Albert Hall. Noel's ex-Oasis bandmate and brother Liam, attends the show.

March 29
1956: The North Alabama White Citizens Council comes out against Rock n' Roll calling it "immoral."
1958: Elvis Presley begins boot camp in Ft. Hood, Texas, where he insists on doing KP and guard duty just like the other soldiers.
1966: Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was injured during a gig in Marseilles after a fan threw a chair at the stage, Jagger required eight stitches in the cut.
1967: During a European tour The Rolling Stones appeared at the Bremen-Stadthalle in Germany. Also on the tour, The Easybeats and The Creation.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles finished recording ‘Good Morning Good Morning’. They then started work on a new song ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’, (originally titled ‘Bad Finger Boogie’), recording 10 takes of the rhythm track, then Ringo overdub a double-tracked lead vocal.
1969: Zombies' 'Time Of The Season' is #1 in the U.S. The song is released nearly two years after the group had disbanded.
1969: A baby boy is born that will be adopted by Ronnie and Phil Spector, who will name the child Donte Phillip Spector.
1969: Blood Sweat & Tears' LP 'Blood Sweat & Tears' hits #1.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Black Sabbath, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Curved Air, J.J. Jackson's Dilemma, Shy Limbs, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Sunflower Brass Band and Toe Fat all appeared at the London Free Easter Festival in Bethnal Green, London, England.
1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono announced they were expecting a baby.
1972: In Bombay, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page recorded versions of 'Four Sticks' and 'Friends' with the Bombay Symphony Orchestra. Unfortunately, differing music theories led to the sessions being scrapped. Said Plant, “It's very hard for them to cope with the Western approach to music with their counting of everything, their times and so on.”
1973: Dr. Hook And The Medicine Show got their picture on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine after their hit, 'The Cover of Rolling Stone' reached #6 on the US singles chart. According to members of the group, they really did buy five copies for their mothers, just like the song said.
1973: Lynyrd Skynyrd record 'Gimme Three Steps.'
1975: All six Led Zeppelin studio albums were on the Billboard 200 album chart at the same time, including their latest, 'Physical Graffiti,' at #1. Following were 'Led Zeppelin IV' at #83; 'Houses of the Holy' at #92; 'Led Zeppelin II' at #104; 'Led Zeppelin' at #116; and 'Led Zeppelin III' at #124.
1975: Jeff Beck's 'Blow by Blow' album is released.
1978: David Bowie kicked off his 'Low/Heroes' 77-date World Tour at San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California.
1978: Thin Lizzy filmed their London, U.K. performance for the 'Live And Dangerous' video.
1978: After fourteen years of marriage, Tina Turner's divorce from her husband Ike became final.
1979: Supertramp release their sixth album 'Breakfast in America,' which goes on to sell six million copies in the U.S. and win two Grammy Awards. It was recorded in 1978 at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles. It featured four U.S. Billboard hit singles: 'The Logical Song' (#6), 'Goodbye Stranger' (#15), 'Take the Long Way Home' (# 10), and 'Breakfast in America' (#62).
1979: After attending a Dire Straits show during their residency at the Roxy in Los Angeles, Bob Dylan asked Mark Knopfler and drummer Pick Withers to play on the sessions for his next album. 'Slow Train Coming' was the album, recorded in Muscle Shoals in May of 1979, with Jerry Wexler producing. Dylan had first heard Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler when his assistant Arthur Rosato played him the single 'Sultans of Swing.'
1980: Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side Of The Moon', spent its 303rd week on the US album chart, beating the record set by Carole King's album 'Tapestry.'
1980: Brian Johnson of the band Geordie replaces the deceased Bon Scott in AC/DC. Johnson's first album with the band is 'Back In Black,' which becomes the second-best selling album worldwide to 'Thriller.'
1982: Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney release 'Ebony And Ivory.'
1982: Scorpions released the album 'Blackout.'
1983: At the end of their 29 date 'War' UK tour, U2 performs at Hammersmith Palais in London.
1986: Beatles records officially went on sale in Russia. Before that, only tapes were available on the black market, but most Soviet music lovers could not afford them. There was little information about The Beatles in the USSR and official Soviet publications about the band were mainly critical and condemnatory.
1996: Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson Lee sued Penthouse in an effort to prevent the magazine from distributing a home video of the couple having sex.
1998: 'The Not In Our Name: Dead Man Walking' benefit concert to repeal the death penalty is held in L.A. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament perform.
1999: The David Bowie Internet Radio Network broadcast its first show for Rolling Stone Radio. The show was Bowie's favorite songs with Bowie introducing each track.
2001: Brian Wilson was honored in a three hour tribute at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Guest performances included Billy Joel singing 'Don't Worry Baby,' while Paul Simon sang an acoustic version of 'Surfer Girl.' Wilson-Phillips made a rare appearance, as did The Go-Gos and the trio of Carly Simon, David Crosby and Jimmy Webb. Also singing Beach Boy songs were Ann and Nancy Wilson, Elton John and Aimee Mann. Brian Wilson himself also took the stage for the final three songs, 'Barbara Ann,' 'Surfin' U.S.A.' and 'Fun, Fun, Fun.'
2003: Guitarist Mike Smith makes his debut with Limp Bizkit at Wrestlemania XIX in Seattle. Smith replaces Wes Borland (temporarily).
2004: Jon Bon Jovi becomes a dad for the first time.
2004: Prince launches his first arena tour in six years.
2005: Neil Young was treated for a brain aneurysm at a hospital in New York. Doctors expected the 59 year old to make a full recovery. The aneurysm was discovered when Young's vision became blurred after he performed with The Pretenders at their induction ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and experienced blurred vision. Post-surgery, Young decides to stop smoking pot so that he can be more cognizant of his body as he ages.
2005: AC/DC's two-DVD set 'Family Jewels' with concert performances, television appearances and promotional videos from '75 to '93 is released. Disc one contains clips featuring original frontman Bon Scott, with disc two covering the Brian Johnson years.
2005: Weezer releases 'Beverly Hills,' the lead single from their 'Make Believe' album.
2006: The Beatles' business entity, Apple Corps, relaunches its trademark-infringement battle with Apple Computer in London over the latter's iTunes service. The action claims that the iPod manufacturer violated a 1991 agreement in which they agreed to steer clear of music-related endeavors. Of course, Apple Corps is seeking millions in compensation.
2006: Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge is injured when his motorcycle hits a car in his hometown of Birmingham, AL. Burbridge receives minor leg wounds. He's back performing with his other band, Oteil and the Pacemakers, a short time later.
2007: U2 singer Bono accepted an honorary knighthood at a ceremony in Dublin. Fellow band members The Edge and Adam Clayton joined the frontman's wife and four children at the British ambassador David Reddaway's official residence. He was not entitled to be called "Sir" because he is not a British citizen. The U2 singer's title is Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE).
2007: A stage production based on Neil Young's 2003 concept album, 'Greendale,' premieres at Dallas' Undermain Theatre. 'Greendale's' songs are performed by a live band and an ensemble cast.
2008: 3 Doors Down perform at the SpeedJam 2008 auto-racing event at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.
2009: Nominated in five categories at the 38th annual Juno Awards In Vancouver, Nickelback wins Group of the Year, Album of the Year ('Dark Horse') and Fan Choice at Canada's equivalent of the Grammys. They also perform their 'Dark Horse' hit 'Something In Your Mouth.'
2009: 'Guitar Hero: Metallica,' is released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems. There are also songs from Slayer. "There had been some issues with (the content of) their lyrics but we stood up for Slayer, and we finally got Slayer cleared," states Metallica's Lars Ulrich. Alice In Chains' 'No Excuses,' Foo Fighters' 'Stacked Actors' and System Of A Down's 'Toxicity' round out the set list.
2009: A commercial for Dr Pepper Cherry soda featuring KISS' Gene Simmons and his son, Nick, premieres. The KISS track 'Calling Dr. Love' is also featured in the Trust Me, I'm a Dr. campaign.
2009: Oasis' 1995 hit 'Wonderwall' tops a Virgin Radio listener's poll of the best British songs of all time.
2011: A website that illegally sold Beatles songs online for 25 cents each agreed to pay record companies almost $1m to settle a legal case. BlueBeat.com, based in the US, streamed and sold music by The Beatles, Coldplay and others until it was sued in 2009. In the few days before it was forced to shut down, it had distributed more than 67,000 Beatles tracks.
2012: Red Hot Chili Peppers begin their first U.S. tour in five years, and after postponing the start of the trek due to singer Anthony Kiedis' foot injuries. Tampa is the first stop on the 'I'm With You' tour, the group's first U.S. trek since the departure of longtime guitarist John Frusciante (and the addition of one-time touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer).
2012: Slash releases a version of his song 'Gotten,' featuring Maroon 5's Adam Levine on vocals. Download proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Youth Network which helps over 10,000 runaway and homeless youth on the streets of L.A. every night.
2013: A letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney, written in 1971 during the aftermath of The Beatles' breakup, was announced as being one of the items being put up for sale on May 30th as part of an online auction organized by Profiles in History.
2015: 72-year-old Norman Greenbaum, who wrote and sang the 1969 hit 'Spirit in the Sky,' was critically injured when the car he was riding in turned left, crossing into the path of an on-coming motorcycle. The 20-year-old motorcyclist was killed and his passenger was severely injured. After a lengthy recovery, Greenbaum returned to the stage in Santa Rosa, California on November 15, 2015.
2015: After weeks of speculation, following the departure of drummer Shawn Drover, Megadeth confirm that Lamb Of God's Chris Adler is going to be their new drummer.

March 30
1957: Buddy Knox became the first artist in the Rock 'n' Roll era to write his own number one hit when 'Party Doll' topped the Billboard chart. Buddy would go on to place four more songs in the Top 40 between 1957 and 1961.
1958: Little Richard had his final US Top 10 hit with a song he had recorded in October, 1956, 'Good Golly Miss Molly.' The previous Autumn he had given up Rock 'n' Roll and had enrolled at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, to study theology.
1962: The Russian newspaper Pravda warns communist youths about the dangers of dancing the Twist.
1964: Former Beatles drummer Pete Best appears on US TV's 'I've Got A Secret.' It only took a handful of questions before the panel guessed his former occupation and when host Gary Moore asked him why he left the group, he said "I thought I'd like to start of group of my own and I thought at that time they weren't going to go as big as they are now."
1966: In Paris, 85 rioters are arrested at a Rolling Stones concert.
1967: During an appearance by Jimi Hendrix on 'Top Of The Pops' a technician created a lip-sync mishap by putting on the backing track of Alan Price's 'Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear', to which Hendrix responded 'I don't know the words to this one man.'
1967: The photo session took place at Chelsea Manor studios in London with Michael Cooper for the cover of The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper's' album, using cardboard cutouts and wax figures to represent The Beatles’ heroes, including depictions of Edgar Allan Poe, Lenny Bruce, Vidal Sassoon, Laurel and Hardy and Bob Dylan. Mae West initially declines but is later won over by a personal request from the group. After the shoot The Beatles resumed work at Abbey Road studios on ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ adding guitars, bass, tambourine, and backing vocals. The session began at 11:00 pm and ends at 7:30 am.
1967: The Turtles's 'Happy Together' hits #1 on the Billboard singles chart.
1968: 'Live Yardbirds' is recorded at Anderson Theatre in New York City. Originally rejected for release by the group due to poor sound quality, the album, which features Jimmy Page, is rolled out three years later to capitalize on Page's Led Zeppelin success.
1970: Led Zeppelin walked off stage during a Pittsburgh gig and said they wouldn’t play until the police stopped intimidating their audience. Ten minutes later they resumed the show.
1971: Six months after his death, Jimi Hendrix's album, 'The Cry of Love' is certified Gold.
1974: The Ramones play their first "show" in the band’s rehearsal space on Manhattan’s East 20th Street — then known as Performance Studios. It took place before just a handful of friends and associates, including future drummer Tommy Erdelyi, who, at the time, was acting as the trio’s manager. The included Jeffrey Hyman (Joey Ramone) who was still sitting in on drums, with bassist Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone) trying in vain to also handle lead vocals, and guitarist John Cummings (Johnny Ramone).
1976: The Sex Pistols played their first show at The 100 club in London. They begin a weekly residency at the club in June.
1977: The Eagles’ 'Hotel California' went to the number-one spot on the album chart.
1978: Paul Simonon and Topper Headon of The Clash were arrested in Camden Town, London after shooting down racing pigeons with air guns from the roof of Chalk Farm Studios. Four police cars and a helicopter were required to make the arrest. Their fines totalled £800 ($1,360).
1978: U2 won 500 pounds and a CBS audition in a Guinness talent contest in Limerick, Ireland.
1979: Triumph's 'Just a Game' album is released.
1981: Pretenders 'Extended Play' is released in the U.S. The five-track EP because of the differences between the U.S. and British approaches to record-making. The Pretenders scored on both sides of the Atlantic with their debut album in January 1980, then released two successful singles in Britain, 'Talk of the Town' (March 1980), which made the U.K. Top Ten, and 'Message of Love' (January 1981), which also was a hit. But one-off singles are a rarity in the U.S., and since the band did not have a full-length album ready yet, Sire Record put the singles on this EP to forestall imports. They then appeared again on 'Pretenders II' five months later.
1981: U2 demanded cash for a concert in Lubbock, Texas, at which point the club owner pulled out a gun and told them they would take a check like everyone else.
1982: U2 played the second of two nights at the San Francisco Civic Centre.
1984: Greg Lake left Asia and was replaced by original Asia guitarist John Wetton.
1985: Phil Collins started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'One More Night,' his second US chart topper.
1992: R.E.M. started recording sessions for their 'Automatic For The People' album at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York.
1992: The soundtrack to 'Wayne's World' was the #1 album in the US. It featured the return to the charts of Queen's, 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' actually making the song a bigger hit the second time around. Tracks by Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, as well as a new version of 'Dream Weaver' from Gary Wright, were also included on the LP.
1994: Pink Floyd played their first concert in more than five years, opening a North American tour before more than 55,000 fans in Miami.
1996: The Gin Blossoms crack the U.S. Top 10 for the first time with the two-sided single, 'Til I Hear It From You' and 'Follow You Down.' The single reaches #9.
1996: A contractual dispute leads Offspring to part ways with Epitaph Records. The group eventually signs with Columbia Records.
1999: KISS cancels 3 concerts in Russia after the American bombing of Yugoslavia.
2000: Rolling Stone Mick Jagger made a nostalgic visit to his old school. He opened the new arts centre that had been named after him at Dartford Grammar. The singer said he had spent the worst years of his life at the school.
2003: Linkin Park went to #1 on the UK album chart with their third album ‘Meteora.’ It was also a US #1.
2004: Todd Harrell (3 Doors Down) is acquitted of one count of simple assault in a Moss Point, MS., municipal court. The charges stemmed from a 3/5/04 altercation with a man who accused the bassist of stealing newspapers from a coin-operated vending machine.
2004: Guns N’ Roses pulled out of the Rock in Rio Lisbon festival after the sudden departure of guitarist Buckethead.
2004: Aerosmith 'Honkin' on Bobo' album is released. It features 11 covers including 'Baby, Please Don't Go,' 'Stop Messin' Around' and 'Road Runner,' and a brand new song 'The Grind.'
2006: Courtney Love sells a 25-percent share of her stake in Nirvana's publishing rights to Larry Mestel, of Primary Wave Music Publishing. "I needed a partner to take Kurt Cobain's songs and bring them into the future and into the next generation," says Love. It's claimed Love made more than $50 million on the deal.
2007: The debut U.S. concert by Heaven & Hell, the band featuring a Ronnie James Dio-fronted Black Sabbath lineup, is recorded for a DVD and CD. The performance takes place at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
2007: Guitars signed by Bruce Springsteen, The Who's Pete Townshend and Sting are up for bid at the third annual Musicians On Call Benefit Concert and Auction in New York. The event helps support the organization's program of entertaining hospital patients through live and recorded music.
2007: A man was arrested by police and detained under the Mental Health Act after trying to force his way into Paul McCartney’s mansion, screaming: “I must get to him.” The middle-aged man burst through security patrols into McCartney’s isolated Sussex estate; guards who feared an assassination attempt were scrambled to intercept him as he sped towards the front door. He was finally halted by trees and a fence just yards from Sir Paul’s six-bedroom home at Peasmarsh.
2007: Stevie Nicks performs two of her more famous songs from her tenure with Fleetwood Mac, 'Landslide' and 'Rhiannon,' on NBC's Today Show. The appearance is in support of her career-spanning compilation, 'Crystal Visions: The Very Best Of Stevie Nicks.'
2008: Heart performs on a cruise to raise money for the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation to aid in the fight against breast cancer. The week-long 'Cruise For Our Cause' visits several Caribbean locations. The excursion is organized by Olivia, a travel company that caters exclusively to the lesbian community.
2008: The Rolling Stones and director Martin Scorsese attend the New York premiere of the band's 'Shine A Light' concert film.
2009: Saliva's Josey Scott has an emergency operation to treat a hemorrhaged arterial bleeding ulcer. The surgery, which takes place in Jackson, TN, forces Saliva to cancel 13 appearances on the 'Snocore' tour.
2009: Tickets for U2's first four North American shows (Chicago, Toronto, Boston and New York) on their '360 Tour' sell out in record time. The band then schedules an extra concert in each city.
2010: Paul McCartney performs at the Hollywood Bowl for the first time since 1993. The show is a stop on his 'Up and Coming' tour.
2010: The 51st birthday party for Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell (his actual B-Day was the day before) at Les Deux in L.A. is also the band's first appearance with bassist Duff McKagan. One of the songs is a rendition of Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love.'
2010: The Who close out a series of concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall marking the 10th anniversary of benefit shows in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust charity. They perform a complete rendition of their 1973 rock opera 'Quadrophenia' with guest vocalists Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Tom Meighan (Kasabian).
2011: Harper/Collins announced that Billy Joel had decided to back out of a book deal that would have seen him publish his memoirs. Tentatively called 'The Book of Joel,' the autobiography was slated to deal with Joel's musical history, his failed marriage to Christie Brinkley, as well as his battles with substance abuse.
2012: Jerry Lee Lewis gets married for the 7th time. The lucky lady is Judith Brown, an ex-wife of a cousin and Jerry’s caregiver. She is also the aunt of Myra Gale Brown, who married Lewis when she was just 13.
2013: Producer Phil Ramone dies of complication from surgery of an aortic aneurysm at 79. Trained as a classical violinist at the Juilliard School, Ramone went on to win 14 Grammys and produce artists as diverse as Ray Charles, Elton John and Bob Dylan. He is also credited as recording Marilyn Monroe’s hazy version of 'Happy Birthday, Mr. President' for JFK. Later, he invented surround sound for movies and produced the first ever album on CD – Billy Joel’s '52nd Street.'
2013: A rare, signed copy of The Beatles' album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' sells for $290,500 at an auction in Texas. The previous record for a signed cover was $150,000 for the band's 1964 set 'Meet The Beatles.'
2014: Bachman-Turner Overdrive are inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame as part of the 43rd Annual Juno Awards at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
2015: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil performs the National Anthem before the Las Vegas Outlaws debut game at the Thomas & Mack Center. Rockstar Sports Group, of which Neil is a partner, were awarded the Arena Football League franchise the previous September.
2015: Van Halen shut down Hollywood Boulevard to play their hits on the first of a two-night run on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Singer David Lee Roth cuts his nose while furiously twirling a metal baton during the opening number, 'Panama.' He gets it bandaged and carries on but the injury requires fourteen stitches. The mini-concert promotes the group's album 'Tokyo Dome Live In Concert.'
2015: 'Led Zeppelin,' a concert film opens in U.S. theaters. The two-hour film features over a dozen live performances from the 1970s.
2015: 'Brian-Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of Brian Wilson,' a tribute concert honoring the Beach Boys' singer/songwriter is held in L.A. The show features appearances by The Killers' Brandon Flowers, Heart's Ann Wilson and Wilson Phillips.

March 31
1949: RCA Victor introduced the 45rpm single record, which had been in development since 1940. The 7-inch disc was designed to compete with the Long Playing record introduced by Columbia a year earlier. Both formats offered better fidelity and longer playing time than the 78rpm record that was currently in use. Advertisements for new record players boasted that with 45rpm records, the listener could hear up to ten records with speedy, silent, hardly noticeable changes.
1957: Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Obie Wheeler, Carl Perkins and Glen Douglas open a tour of the South in Little Rock, Arkansas.
1957: Billed as the nation's only atomic powered singer, Elvis Presley played two shows (2pm and 6pm), at the Olympia in Detroit, Michigan in front of 24,000 fans.
1958: Chuck Berry's 'Johnny B. Goode' is released. It would enter the Billboard charts six weeks later and peak at #8 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart. The song is named after his piano player (Johnnie Johnson) and the street where he grew up (Goode Avenue). The song's original lyrics referred to Johnny as a "colored boy", but Berry later acknowledged that he changed it to "country boy" to ensure radio play.
1962: The Beatles played their first gig in the South of England when they appeared at The Subscription Rooms, Stroud. Tickets cost 5 shillings, ($0.70).
1964: The Beatles set a recording industry record that may never be equaled. They held the top 5 positions on the US singles chart with 'Can't Buy Me Love' at #1, 'Twist and Shout' at #2, 'She Loves You' at #3, 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' at #4 and 'Please Please Me' at #5. In Canada, they had nine of the top 10 singles, while the Australian charts saw them occupying the first six places.
1964: Filming for 'A Hard Days Night,' The Beatles played a "live television performance" in front of a studio of screaming fans (one of those fans was Phil Collins). The four songs used in the film were ‘Tell Me Why’, ‘I Should Have Known Better’, ‘And I Love Her’, and ‘She Loves You’.
1967: Robert Plant releases second pre-Zep solo single, 'Our Song.'
1967: Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar live on stage for the first time when he was appearing at The Astoria in London, England. It was the first night of a 24-date tour with The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdink. He burned his hands during the stunt and was later taken to the hospital. The Fender Stratocaster burned on stage by Hendrix sold for £280,000 at a 2008 London auction of rock memorabilia.
1969: George Harrison and his wife, Patti, appeared in a U-K court on a marijuana possession charge. They were fined 250 pounds.
1969: In Amsterdam, John Lennon and Yoko Ono called off their “bed-in” so they could premiere Yoko’s new film, 'Rape,' in Vienna. They also announce their "Bagism" project, giving the entire press conference from inside a white bag.
1972: The Beatles Official Fan Club closed. The Beatles Monthly magazine had ceased three years previously.
1972: Deep Purple released their 'Machine Head' album.
1973: Lou Reed enters the Top 40 with 'Walk on the Wild Side.'
1973: Pink Floyd’s 'Dark Side of the Moon' entered the Billboard album chart for the very first time.
1973: Elton John appears on the front page of Melody Maker, which proclaims "Now Elton's A Teen Idol!"
1976: Led Zeppelin released their seventh studio album 'Presence' on their own Swan Song Records.
1977: Elvis Presley's concert in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is postponed during intermission when he is too ill to go onstage. The next day, he is admitted to a Memphis hospital for a six day stay, suffering from fatigue and intestinal flu.
1980: Scorpions 'Animal Magnetism' album is released.
1982: The Doobie Brothers announced that they were splitting up. The band started in the 1970s with the #11 hit 'Listen to the Music' and would re-unite for 1989's Top Ten smash, 'The Doctor.'
1983: Pink Floyd released 'The Final Cut,' their last album with Roger Waters.
1989: Guns N’ Roses released their acoustic single 'Patience.'
1992: White Zombie releases 'Devil Music Vol. 1.'
1992: Bruce Springsteen releases the 'Human Touch' and 'Lucky Town' albums simultaneously. A creative spurt at the end of the 'Human Touch' sessions produced 'Lucky Town.' The single, 'Human Touch' (backed by 'Lucky Town's' 'Better Days'), peaks at #1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart.
1992: Def Leppard released their fifth studio album 'Adrenalize', the first by the band following the 1991 death of guitarist Steve Clark. Former Dio and Whitesnake guitarist Vivian Campbell, was brought in as the newest member in April 1992.
1994: Nirvana's Kurt Cobain walks out of the drug treatment Exodus Recovery Center in Marina del Rey and with him goes any chance of survival. Cobain entered the treatment center only three days earlier. He is dead of a self-inflicted gun shot wound a week later.
1995: Jimmy Page escaped being knifed when a fan rushed the stage at a Page and Plant gig at Auburn Hills, Michigan. The fan was stopped by two security guards, who he knifes instead. After his arrest, he told police that he wanted to kill Jimmy Page because of the Satanic music he was playing.
1996: Phil Collins announced his departure from Genesis after having spent 21 years as their lead singer.
2000: The film 'High Fidelity' hit theaters in the U.S. It featured an appearance by Bruce Springsteen, his first Hollywood cameo.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne confirmed he was reforming Black Sabbath for a summer tour.
2004: Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello and System Of A Down's Serj Tankian are among the musicians who take part in the Axis of Justice concert series in West Hollywood, CA.
2005: 'When Metallica Ruled The World' premieres on VH-1.
2006: The London Teenage Cancer Trust concerts feature the Scorpions, Judas Priest and Deep Purple's Ian Gillan. The event is co-produced by Roger Daltrey.
2006: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry announced that digital music sales almost tripled around the world in 2005, reaching $1.1 billion in value.
2007: A new world record for the longest non-stop concert was set by hundreds of musicians in Japan. The performance began on the evening of 23 March in the city of Omi, with musicians aged between six and 96 taking turns with over 2,000 tunes being performed over 182 hours. Organisers praised the musicians, one of whom carried on despite a major earthquake during her piano piece. The previous world record was set in Canada in 2001 with 181 hours.
2007: Heaven & Hell (essentially the Ronnie James Dio edition of Sabbath - Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler but not Bill Ward) appear on VH1 Classic's 'Hangin' With.'
2008: U2 join Madonna and sign a huge contract with Live Nation. They take a lot of of stock in the company that they'd later sell off.
2009: Queensrÿche's​ 'American Soldier' album is released.
2009: Stevie Nicks releases 'The Soundstage Sessions: Live in Chicago.' The limited-edition CD/DVD contains audio and video footage from Nicks' performance for PBS' Soundstage series.
2009: 'The Complete Metallica,' a digital 'box set' is available exclusively through iTunes. It features nine studio albums, plus covers and live tracks.
2009: The Ozzy Osbourne clan returns to TV when their FOX variety series 'Osbournes Reloaded' premieres. The family show mixes live performances and skits. More than 15 FOX affiliates across the United States refuse to air the episode after deeming the program's content unsuitable for younger viewers. In addition, another 10 affiliates bump the show from prime time to a later hour.
2011: Bruce Springsteen's open letter against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's budget plan is printed in the Asbury Park Press. Springsteen states the governor's policy favors the state's most wealthy residents.
2012: Lars Ulrich and drummer Mike Portnoy are featured guests on the 10th season kick-off episode of 'That Metal Show.'
2015: Joni Mitchell was rushed to hospital after being found unconscious at her Los Angeles home. The singer songwriter was admitted to intensive care where she underwent tests. Los Angeles fire officials said paramedics had answered a 911 call in Bel Air, where Mitchell lives, and had taken a patient whom they did not identify to hospital.
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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock History: January

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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock History: January

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock History: December

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec. 14
1959: The Ohio State University Research Center issues a report showing that rock and roll is the overwhelming favorite music of people aged 14-18. However, most over the age of eighteen who were polled considered it their least favorite form of music.
1962: Bill Wyman made his live debut with The Rolling Stones at the Ricky Tick Club, Star and Garter Hotel in Windsor, England. The group were know as The Rollin' Stones during this period.
1963: The Beatles 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' replaces 'She Loves You' at #1 on the U.K. pop chart. It's the first time in U.K. chart history an act replaces itself at the top. The Beatles 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' replaces 'She Loves You' at #1 on the U.K. pop chart. It's the first time in U.K. chart history an act replaces itself at the top.
1963: The Beatles played a show for their Southern Area Fan Club at Wimbledon Palais in London. To prevent damage to the stage from fans the management of the Palais constructed a platform for The Beatles to perform on, surrounded by a steel cage.
1966: Elvis Presley's film 'Spinout' premieres in Los Angeles.
1967: Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was rushed to St Georges hospital in London after collapsing. A doctor reported Jones was tired and suffering from over strain and was also recovering from having some teeth out.
1967: Dick Clark announces that he's filming a movie about hippies, 'The Love Children,' starring Jack Nicholson and Dean Stockwell and featuring the music of The Strawberry Alarm Clock and the Seeds.
1968: Iron Butterfly's 'In-A-Gadda-Da Vida' album goes gold. The album sells three million copies as it stays on the album chart for nearly three years.
1968: Tommy James and the Shondells release 'Crimson and Clover.'
1968: Deep Purple played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1970: John Lennon's 'Instant Karma!' is certified gold.
1970: George Harrison's 'My Sweet Lord' is certified gold.
1970: Grand Funk Railroad performed at Park Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1971: The Grateful Dead were in Ann Arbor, Michigan where they played at Hill Auditorium.
1971: 'Led Zeppelin IV' was riding high in the Top 10 of the US album charts. In 2006, the album was rated #1 on Classic Rock magazine's '100 Greatest British Albums' poll, and #1 in a poll conducted by Guitar World. The album has now sold over 23 million copies in the US. The typeface for the lyrics to 'Stairway to Heaven,' printed on the inside sleeve of the album, was Jimmy Page's contribution. He found it in an old arts and crafts magazine from the late 19th century. He thought the lettering was interesting and arranged for a designer to create a whole alphabet
1972: Seals and Crofts' 'Summer Breeze' is certified gold.
1972: 'Born To Boogie,' a film about T-Rex and Marc Bolan, makes its London debut. The film was produced and directed by Ringo Starr. The film was based around a concert at Wembley Empire Pool, London, England and was released on The Beatles Apple Films label.
1972: Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1973: Bruce Springsteen appeared at the Pinecrest Country Club in Shelton, Connecticut. Only 200 tickets were sold for the show.
1973: Roger Daltrey of The Who performs the second of two nights as Tommy in the second all-star concert version of the orchestral 'Tommy' at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1973: Yes' 6th studio album, 'Tales from Topographic Oceans' is released in the UK (January 9, 1974 in the US). It topped the UK albums chart and reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart during a chart stay of 27 weeks after its US release in January 1974.
1974: Mick Taylor leaves Rolling Stones to form new group with Jack Bruce.
1974: Styx re-released'“Lady' which went on to become their first top ten hit in the U.S. peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1974: Pink Floyd played the last show of the 1974 British Winter Tour at the Hippodrome in Bristol. These shows were notable for the concert debut of 'You Gotta Be Crazy,' an early version of 'Dogs' that would subsequently appear on the 'Animals' album.
1975: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1976: AC/DC played at the Civic Centre in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia.
1978: Rush appeared at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1979: ZZ Top performed at Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City, Tennessee.
1979: The Clash's 3rd studio album, 'London Calling' is released in the UK (January 1980 in the US). It reached #27 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and #9 on the UK chart. In 2003, it was ranked at #8 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1980: Steely Dan’s ‘Gaucho’ hits US LP chart.
1980: Yoko Ono asked for a ten-minute silent vigil to take place around the world at 2 p.m. EST. Over 100,000 people gathered in Central Park & 30,000 people assembled in observance in Liverpool. Lennon was murdered in New York less than a week earlier.
1981: During their 'Ghost In The Machine World Tour' The Police played the first of three sold out nights at Wembley Arena in London.
1984: George Harrison joined Deep Purple on stage during their concert in Sydney, Australia.
1985: James Taylor marries actress Kathryn Walker.
1985: ZZ Top peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Sleeping Bag' which was their second and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1995: Little Richard, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are among the performers honoring Frank Sinatra on the TV special Sinatra: 80 Years My Way.
1995: The FBI, acting on a judge's order, releases most (but not all) of its documents revealing the organization's attempts to deport John Lennon.
1996: Smashing Pumpkins release 'The Aeroplane Flies High.' The 5 disc box set contains singles, b-sides and covers.
1997: Kurt Winter, former guitarist for The Guess Who died of kidney failure. He was 51 years old.
1999: Sir Paul McCartney appeared at The Cavern Club Liverpool, England in front of 300 people with David Gilmour, Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, Pete Wingfield on keyboards and the legendary Mick Green (of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates) on guitar. It marked McCartney's last gig of the year and the 20th Century. His last gig at the venue was in 1963. The show went out as a live webcast and was estimated to have been watched by some three million people worldwide (a record at the time for an online audience), BBC Radio 2 broadcast the show live and BBC1 TV also aired the historic performance.
2000: The search for Loverboy bassist Scott Smith, who was swept off his sailboat November 30th in the San Francisco Bay, officially ends.
2000: Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher recorded a cover version of Slade's 1973 #1 'Merry Xmas Everybody' for the Christmas Day edition of the BBC1 comedy show 'The Royle Family.'
2001: Billy Preston pleads guilty to insurance fraud in a Los Angeles court and agrees to testify against six other defendants in the same case.
2003: Ozzy Osbourne reached the top of the U.K. Singles Chart for the first time with a cover of Black Sabbath’s 'Changes' remade as a duet with his daughter Kelly. It was the first father and daughter chart topper since Frank & Nancy Sinatra in 1967.
2004: Clint Lowery leaves Sevendust. Dropped by their label, the band is mired in disputes. Lowery returns four years later.
2004: A public memorial is held in Arlington, TX, for "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott who was shot to death on-stage in Columbus, OH, on December 8th. Former Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell performs and there are eulogies from Eddie Van Halen and Zakk Wylde. Ex-Chains bassist Mike Inez and members of Slipknot attend. Van Halen holds his cell phone up to the microphone and plays a profanity-laced message left by an excited Abbott after a concert he played with Van Halen. “I just wanted to give you a … call to tell you thank you so … much, man, for the most awesome, uplifting, euphoric, spiritual rock and roll extravaganza ever,” Abbott said in the message to Van Halen. Eddie Van Halen also placed Darrell’s original black and yellow stripes guitar into the Kiss Kasket he was buried in.
2004: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler becomes a grandfather when his daughter Liv (who is married to Royston Langdon of Spacehog) gives birth to a baby boy in New York.
2004: A shoulder injury forces Ozzy Osbourne to cancel an appearance at the Royal Variety Performance in London. The Prince of Darkness needs surgery to relieve discomfort from a metal plate that was inserted into his shoulder following an ATV accident.
2004: A lawsuit is filed in L.A. Superior Court claiming that a soccer ball kicked from the stage during an August 31st Rod Stewart concert at the Hollywood Bowl caused a concertgoer "personal injuries, physical disability and physical and emotional distress, pain and suffering." Stewart, a one-time aspiring soccer player, ceased kicking soccer balls into the audience when similar suits mounted in the 1980's.
2005: Jimmy Page is appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Page is recognized for his charitable work with underprivileged Brazilian youth over the past decade.
2006: Lou Reed plays his 1973 solo album 'Berlin' live for the first time. A series of "theatrically realized" performances tell the story of a drug-addicted couple. The four-day engagement runs at New York's St. Ann's Warehouse.
2006: Linkin Park's Brad Delson stops by Los Angeles' Nightingale Middle School to deliver 36 electric guitars donated by Little Kids Rock, an organization that provides musical instruments and instruction to public-school students.
2006: Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records in 1947, dies at age 83 after injuries sustained in a fall while attending the Rolling Stones show six weeks earlier at New York's Beacon Theatre. Ertegun who founded Atlantic Records with Herb Abramson in 1947, and helped make Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin stars. He signed the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin in the early ’70s. Atlantic Records and subsidiary label, ATCO, were instrumental in ushering in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Their artists included Cream and the Iron Butterfly.
2007: Billboard magazine says the Police's reunion tour, which earned more than $210 million, is the highest-grossing tour of 2007. Another reunion trek, this one by Genesis, netted approximately $129 million to land at #2 on the list. Billboard also names Daughtry's self-titled debut the top-selling album of the year. In addition, Nickelback's 'All The Right Reasons' and Linkin Park's 'Minutes To Midnight' are in the survey's Top 20. Papa Roach's 'Forever' is the #1 single for the year on the Mainstream Rock chart.
2009: An anti-meat video featuring Paul McCartney debuts. "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian," McCartney says during the graphic video.
2010: President Barack Obama appoints Jon Bon Jovi to the White House Council for Community Solutions. The Council was created in 2009 "to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs."
2010: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces that Alice Cooper (the band), Darlene Love, Dr. John and Tom Waits are the 2011 inductees.
2010: Motorhead 'The Wörld Is Yours' exclusive edition was released 6 years ago! The standard release came one month later.
2011: Seether's 'Country Song,' the lead single from the group's 5th studio album, 'Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray,' is named Billboard's Active Rock Song of the Year.
2011: The Black Keys 'El Camino' album sells 206,000 copies in its first week to debut at #2 on the Billboard Album Chart (behind Michael Buble's 'Christmas').
2011: 'DimeBash 2011' features Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), David Draiman (Disturbed), Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), Joey Jordison (Slipknot) and Scott Ian (Anthrax). The tribute to the late Pantera/Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was gunned down on stage seven years earlier (12/08/04), raises money for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund.
2012: Queen guitarist Brian May launches his eBook '40 Years Of Queen' in London. The work covers the band's history, with personal anecdotes about each member, iTunes links to songs and concert set lists.
2013: It's announced that the railway platform where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met by accident will be marked with a blue plaque - a permanent sign that commemorates either a famous person or historical moment. The future Rolling Stones, who had gone to the same primary school, ran into each other at Dartford Station on 10/17/61. The encounter led to the formation of the Stones.
2015: Alex Van Halen is honored at the Nashville Drummers Jam 7, an annual charity event.

December 15
1955: Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Two releases the 'Folsom Prison Blues' b/w 'So Doggone Lonesome' 45 single is released.
1956: Elvis Presley gave his final performance on 'Louisiana Hayride.' Presley made 50 appearances on the live radio program that was broadcast on KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana. At the end of the show, Horace Logan first made the now legendary phrase "Elvis has left the building."
1959: The Everly Brothers record 'Let It Be Me' in New York. It's the first time the duo has recorded outside of Nashville and the first time they use an orchestra.
1962: Bill Wyman plays his first live gig with The Rolling Stones.
1962: The Beatles played two separate shows at the the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead, Merseyside. First they played a standard booking, then at midnight, the first-ever "Mersey Beat" poll awards show took place. The Beatles closed the show (at 4:00 am).
1964: The Beatles issue 'Beatles '65.' It's their 5th Capitol album and 7th American album. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's album charts in its' second week and stayed there for nine weeks, after which it stayed at #3 for five weeks.
1967: The Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ album goes gold. The album contains 'I Am The Walrus' and 'Strawberry Fields Forever.' It is, in part, the soundtrack for The Beatles ill-conceived TV special, of the same name, that airs the day after Christmas.
1967: The Beatles release The Beatles' Fifth Christmas Record.
1967: Vanilla Fudge played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1967: The Who release their 3rd studio album in the UK, 'The Who Sell Out.' The album was to have been released a month earlier but was delayed while permission was sought from all the companies mentioned in the commercials. While getting the rights for the commercials, someone forgets to secure the rights for the Radio London jingles and a lawsuit erupts. Those who rush out to buy the first copies of the album in the store find a psychedelic poster designed by Adrian George inside. Good condition posters are now one of the most sought-after Who artifacts. Melody Maker declares: “The Who drop out of everything that is supposedly fashionable and therefore valid in 1967’s flowery year. On the whole, this album easily surpasses anything The Who have done before.” The album peaks at #13 in the UK charts, failing to make the top ten as their two previous albums had done. With 'I Can See For Miles' rising no higher than #10 in the singles charts, it points toward The Who’s sinking popularity in their home country.
1968: Appearing on the ‘Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’, Grace Slick appears in blackface and raise a black-leather glove in a black power salute at the end of 'Crown of Creation.' The incident is one of several that leads to the show’s cancellation.
1969: John Lennon and Plastic Ono Band (Featuring George Harrison, Delanie and Bonnie, Keith Moon and Billy Preston) make their debut UK concert appearance in ‘War is Over’ UNICEF Peace For Christmas benefit gig at The Lyceum. The same day, posters, paid for by John and Yoko, go up around the world, stating ‘War is over if you want it.’
1970: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
1971: A Led Zeppelin concert scheduled for City Hall in Salisbury, England, had to be postponed due to Jimmy Page’s being ill. It was held five days later on the 21st.
1972: King Crimson played at Guild Hall in Portsmouth, England.
1972: Roxy Music appeared at Selland Arena in Fresno, California.
1972: The Grateful Dead performed at the Long Beach Arena.
1973: Genesis debut on US album charts with ‘Selling England by the Pound.’
1973: Aerosmith appears on 'American Bandstand' to perform 'Dream On.'
1974: Genesis performed at the Montreal Forum.
1975: The Who played at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1976: Aerosmith appeared at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec.
1977: Rush played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1977: The Who perform a set at the 2000-seat Gaumont State Theatre in the London suburb of Kilburn. The audience is made up of those lucky enough to have heard an announcement that morning on Capitol Radio. The entire event is set up and filmed by Jeff Stein for The Kids Are Alright because there was no good footage of The Who performing their hits 'Baba O’Riley' and 'Won’t Get Fooled Again.'
1977: Sex Pistols are denied visas to enter the US. Johnny Rotten because of a drugs conviction, Paul Cook & Sid Vicious because of 'moral turpitude' and Steve Jones because of his criminal record. They were due to appear on 'Saturday Night Live' two days later at the start of a US tour. Elvis Costello fills in for them, but then gets banned from the show for 12 years for playing an unscheduled song, 'Radio, Radio.'
1978: Rush performed at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1979: U2 appeared at the Windsor Castle Pub, Harrow Road in London. Admission was free.
1979: Blue Oyster Cult performed at Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1979: Supertramp's 'Take The Long Way Home,' hits #10 on the Billboard charts.
1979: Pink Floyd tops the U.K. singles chart for the only time in their career with 'Another Brick in the Wall Part II' which spent 5 weeks on top of the chart. The song, which was also the final #1 single of the 1970s, received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Rock Duo or Group, but Floyd lost to Bob Seger’s 'Against the Wind.'
1980: Yes played at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1980: Eagles 'Seven Bridges Road' b/w 'The Long Run' 45 single is released. The single, bundled with a live version of "The Long Run", reached #21 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #55 on the country music charts.
1981: Rolling Stones performed at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.
1982: Prince appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1983: Blue Oyster Cult played at the Civic Center in Danville, Illinois.
1984: 'Do They Know It’s Christmas' by Band Aid entered the UK chart at #1 and stayed at the top for five wees. Band Aid was masterminded by former Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof, who had been moved by a TV news story of famine in Ethiopia. Geldof had the idea of raising funds with a one-off charity single featuring the cream of the current pop world. Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Paul Young, Culture Club, George Michael, Sting, Bono, Phil Collins, Paul Weller, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo and Bananarama all appeared on the recording. The original version became the biggest selling single in UK Singles Chart history, selling a million copies in the first week alone, and passing three million sales on the last day of 1984. It became a Christmas number one, and has sold 3.7 million copies domestically. It remained the highest selling single in UK chart history until 1997, when Elton John’s 'Candle in the Wind 1997' was released in tribute to Princess Diana, which sold almost 5 million copies in Britain. Worldwide, the single had sold 11.8 million copies by 1989.
1984: U2 reached number #33 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Pride (In The Name of Love)' which was their first top 40 single in the U.S.
1989: Melissa Etheridge makes her national TV debut on 'Late Night With David Letterman'.
1990: Rod Stewart married model Rachel Hunter in Beverly Hills. Stewart was quoted as saying "I Found the Girl that I Want, I won't be putting my banana in anybody's fruit bowl from now on." They split in 1999.
1992: Nirvana release a collection of outtakes, demos, non-album singles and live sessions titled 'Insecticide.' Kurt Cobain agreed to the release of this compilation due to having complete control over the album’s artwork.
1994: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora married actress Heather Locklear in a civil ceremony at his Red Bank, NJ home. The couple divorced in 2006.
1998: Badlands release their 3rd and final album, 'Dusk.'
1999: Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren announced that he was running for the Mayor of London. He said he would be campaigning for brothels, pot shops and boozing in libraries.
2001: American funk and soul singer Rufus Thomas died of heart failure aged 84. Recorded on Sun Records in the 1950s and on Stax Records in the 1960s and 1970s. Scored the 1963 US #10 single 'Walking The Dog' and the 1970 UK #18 and US #28 single 'Do The Funky Chicken.' A street is named in his honor, just off Beale Street in Memphis.
2001: Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh was given an honorary Doctorate of Music from Kent State University in Ohio.
2001: An intruder who broke into George Harrison's home and stabbed him earlier in the year is found not guilty by reason of insanity.
2001: Joe Walsh receives an honorary Doctorate of Music in recognition of his musical achievement and involvement in environmental and humanitarian causes from Kent State University. Walsh attended school there off and on for six years during the 60’s, without ever graduating. He says, “I majored in English and minored in music. Unfortunately, I was at the Kent State shootings. After that, I didn’t look at college the same. Then, the James Gang started to gather momentum and I decided I’d try pursuing music as a profession. Being at the shootings really affected me profoundly. I decided that maybe I don’t need a degree that bad.”
2003: Courtney Love was sentenced to 18 months in drug rehabilitation after she admitted being under the influence of cocaine and opiates. She was banned from taking non-prescription drugs, drinking alcohol or being in places that serve alcohol.
2005: Ronnie James Dio lays down vocals for Queensryche's 'Operation: Mindcrime II.' He plays Dr. X on the sequel of the 1988 concept album, 'Operation: Mindcrime.'
2006: B.B. King receives the Medal of Freedom, from President George Bush, in recognition of his musical accomplishments.
2007: Alice Cooper participates in a dedication ceremony for The Rock, a music-themed youth center that's to be built at Phoenix's Grand Canyon University. The $7 million project is being spearheaded by Cooper's Christian nonprofit the Solid Rock Foundation.
2008: Metallica release their 34th single, 'All Nightmare Long.'e
2009: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces that Genesis, The Stooges, the Hollies and ABBA will be inducted in 2010.
2009: The soundtrack to the film 'Nowhere Boy,' which chronicles John Lennon's teen years, is issued. The two-disc collection features Jerry Lee Lewis ('Wild One'), Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps ('Be-Bop-A-Lula'), Big Mama Thornton ('Hound Dog,' the original version), Little Richard ('Rip It Up') and Elvis Presley ('Shake, Rattle & Roll' and 'Baby Let's Play House' - it's from the latter that Lennon lifted the opening line to The Beatles 'Run For Your Life').
2010: Various Pink Floyd items were sold at an Entertainment Memorabilia auction by Bonhams in Knightsbridge London. A demo pressing of the single ‘Point Me To The Sky/Careful With That Axe Eugene’ sold for £720 ($1152.) Pink Floyd signatures, in various blue marker pens on four separate pieces of paper mounted and framed together with a copy of Dark Side Of The Moon sold for £624 ($998,) and a demo pressing of the single by Syd Barrett, 'Octopus' /'Golden Hair' from 1969, misspelt 'Barratt' corrected in ink on A-side, sold for £300 ($480.)
2010: The vintage Epiphone FT79 acoustic guitar, once owned by Jimi Hendrix is up for auction at Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia in London. The guitar was purchased by Hendrix in New York for about $25, and reportedly became his prime instrument during the recording of the final Experience album, 1968's 'Electric Ladyland.' Hendrix gave the guitar away in 1970 and it was later used by David Bowie on his 'Diamond Dogs' album. Also, John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to The Beatles song 'I'm Only Sleeping' are on the block. The lyrics are on the back of a letter chasing payment for a radiophone bill.
2011: Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross are nominated for a Golden Globe. The pair created the score for the film 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.'
2012: The Rolling Stones pay-per-view event titled 'One More Shot' is telecast from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and the Black Keys make guest appearances.
2013: Journey guitarist Neal Schon weds Michaela Salahi in San Francisco. The pay-per-view event is on TMZ.
2013: 'Courtney Love, My Story' is in bookstores. In the autobiography Courtney covers relationships with her late husband Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), as well as, Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins).
2013: KISS top the fan voting for the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. They get 239,417 votes, or 17.22% of the more than 1.39 million cast. Nirvana is second with Deep Purple at #3.
2015: The week following the death of Scott Weiland, eight slots on Billboard's Top 10 Hard Rock Digital Songs are held by Weiland's former bands, Stone Temple Pilots (six) and Velvet Revolver (two). STP's 'Plush' has 18,000 downloads to lead sales.

December 16
1956: A New York Episcopal minister predicts that the whole "Elvis Presley craze" will pass. He calls Presley a "whirling dervish of sex."
1957: Elvis Presley's 'Elvis' Christmas Album' hits #1.
1960: George Harrison is deported from Germany during a Beatles tour. At 17, he is too young to have a work permit.
1965: Released as a double A-side The Beatles 'Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out,' became their 9th UK #1, and their third Christmas chart topper in a row. The single was a US #1 in January 1966.
1966: The Beatles 'Pantomime: Everywhere It's Christmas - The Beatles Fourth Christmas Record' is released in the UK. Recorded between sessions for 'Strawberry Fields Forever,' for the 1966 offering, the usual greetings and thanks gave way to a 'Pantomime'-themed collection of original songs and dramatic skits. The songs include 'Everywhere It's Christmas,' 'Orowainya', and 'Please Don't Bring Your Banjo Back.' Paul McCartney plays the piano. The sketches performed include 'Podgy the Bear and Jasper' and 'Felpin Mansions.'
Once again, the US fan-club members did not get a flexi-disc. Instead, they received a postcard with the message on one side and a short version of The Beatle Bulletin on the other, with enough room for a mailing label and postage.
1966: Pink Floyd appeared at a prohibition themed dance, the AA Students Christmas Carnival, held at The Architects Association in Bedford Square, London.
1966: Jimi Hendrix releases ‘Hey Joe’ in the UK. It is released on Polydor Records after being rejected by Decca. It went on to be a #6 hit in the UK, and the single was released in the United States on May 1, 1967 with the B-side '51st Anniversary' but failed to chart. Chas Chandler, who was now managing Hendrix had seen Folk singer Tim Rose perform the song at the Cafe Wha? in New York City.
1967: Rolling Stones' lead guitarist and founding member Brian Jones was sentenced to probation and a fine for various drug offenses.
1967: The Rolling Stones announce that they have signed Mick Jagger's girlfriend, Marianne Faithfull as the first act on their new Mother Earth record label.
1967: Pink Floyd played two shows with Gospel Garden and The Rare Breed in Birmingham, England. The first show took place at the Ritz Ballroom, King’s Health. The late show was billed as the Saturday Spectacular, and held at The Penthouse, Constitution Hill.
1968: 'Creedence Clearwater Revival,' the group's debut album goes gold.
1968: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Bath Festival Pavilion in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England.
1969: The Who played at the Coliseum Theatre in London,
1969: At the Fillmore West in San Francisco, Keith Emerson's band The Nice shares a bill with Greg Lake's band, King Crimson. The pair enjoy a jam session before the show and discuss a partnership, which with the addition of Carl Palmer from Atomic Rooster, becomes Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
1970: The Kinks 'Apeman' b/w 'Rats' 45 single is released. While it did not do as well on the U.S. Pop Singles chart as its predecessor, 'Lola,' did, it was a major hit in the UK, peaking at #5 on the singles chart.
1970: Four albums by Creedence Clearwater Revival, 'Bayou Country,' 'Cosmo's Factory' and five singles ('Down On The Corner,' Lookin' Out My Back Door,' 'Travelin' Band,' 'Bad Moon Rising' and 'Up Around the Bend') are certified gold.
1971: Frank Zappa's film '200 Motels' premieres at London's Piccadilly Classic Cinema in the UK. The film which also featured Ringo Star, covers a loose storyline about The Mothers of Invention going crazy in the small town Centerville.
1972: Yes appeared at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1973: Stephen Stills loses a paternity suit filed by a Mill Valley, California woman.
1974: Ian Hunter quits Mott the Hoople.
1974: Grand Funk Railroad's 'Some Kind Of Wonderful' b/w 'Wild' 45 single is released.
1974: Guitarist Mick Taylor announced he was leaving The Rolling Stones saying he felt that now was the time to move on and do something new.
1976: Aerosmith played at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1979: Kiss performed their last concert with their original lineup at the Toledo Sports Arena until their reunion tour in 1996.
1980: Bruce Springsteen performed at the Boston Garden.
1981: Ray Charles receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey.
1983: "I will not be making anymore records with The Who," writes guitarist Pete Townshend in a statement. "I will not perform live again anywhere in the world with The Who." Of course, he later changes his mind leading to many "final" Who tours.
1986: The Grateful Dead played at the Oakland Alemeda-County Coliseum.
1986: Metallica with special guests Metal Church performed at the Edmonton Covention Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
1986: Guns N' Roses released their 'Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide' EP.
1989: Billy Joel went to #1 on the US album chart with his 11th studio release 'Storm Front.' The album featured one of Joel's three #1 hits, 'We Didn't Star