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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock: July

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

Rock B-Days/Today In Rock: July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 27
Al Ramsey (Gary Lewis & the Playboys) - b. 1943 - d. 11/27/85
Mick Vaughan (Paper Lace) - 67
Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, Quiet Riot, Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult, Rondinelli, The Lizards, Leslie West, Axel Rudi Pell) - 62
Karl Mueller (Soul Asylum) - b. 1963 - d. 6/17/05
Rex Brown (Pantera, Crowbar, Down, Kill Devil Hill) - 53
Abe Cunningham (Deftones + more) - 44
Dave 'Brown Sound' Baksh (Sum 41) - 37

July 28
George Cummings (Dr. Hook) - 79
Rick Wright (Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, The Screaming Abdabs, Sigma 6) - b. 1943 - d. 9/15/08
Mike Bloomfield (The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bob Dylan, Electric Flag, Janis Joplin, Dr. John, was part of the Super Session album with Al Kooper and Stephen Stills and many others) - b. 1943 - d. 2/15/81
Simon Kirke (Free, Bad Company, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band) - 68
Steve Took (co-founder of T-Rex with Marc Bolan, Shagrat, Steve Took's Horns) - b. 1949 - d. 10/27/80
Gregg Giuffria (Angel, Giuffria, House Of Lords, White Sister) - 66
Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs, Kansas, Deep Purple, Living Loud, Angelfire, Flying Colors, others) - 63
Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach) - 41

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 20
1940: The industry publication Billboard combines their sales charts for the first time, including all major labels. The first #1 is Tommy Dorsey's 'I'll Never Smile Again,' with vocals by Frank Sinatra.
1954: The Blue Moon Boys made their live debut appearing on the back of a flatbed truck outside a new drug store for its grand opening in Memphis. The band line up was Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black. The name was taken from a song they had recorded just two weeks previously, 'Blue Moon of Kentucky.'
1957: John Lennon invites Paul McCartney to join the Quarrymen.
1960: Roy Orbison's 'Only The Lonely' peaks at #2 on the U.S. pop chart. The song was originally offered to both Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers who passed.
1961: The Beatles, known as The Beat Brothers, get some press in the British paper Mersey Beat, which announces their first record deal.
1963: The Beatles get their first UK #1 LP with 'Please Please Me.'
1963: Jan and Dean's 'Surf City' hits #1 only two weeks after its release. Written by Beach Boy Brian Wilson, with the Beach Boys on backing vocals. The pair had recorded the song in a converted garage underneath their apartment in Bel Air, California.
1964: Capitol Records issues The Beatles 'Something New,' in the U.S. The Beatles album includes eight songs from the original British release of 'A Hard Day's Night.'
1964: The Beatles 'And I Love Her' b/w 'If I Fell' 45 single is released. It reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Beatles performed 'And I Love Her' just once outside Abbey Road Studios - on 14 July 14, 1964 they played it for an edition of the BBC's Top Gear radio show, which was broadcast two days later. The song was written mainly by McCartney, though John Lennon claimed in an interview with Playboy that his major contribution was the middle eight section ("A love like ours/Could never die/As long as I/Have you near me")
1964: The Beatles 'I'll Cry Instead' b/w 'I'm Happy Just To Dance With You' 45 single is released. Recorded for the 'A Hard Day's Night' soundtrack, it reached #25, and was in the Billboard Top 30 for two weeks and in the Top 100 for seven weeks. It was also on the album 'Something New.'
1965: Bob Dylan released 'Like a Rolling Stone.' The single became his first major hit, reaching #2.
1965: The Lovin' Spoonful release their first single, 'Do You Believe in Magic,' from the album of the same name. It will reach #9 on the U.S. Pop chart and was later ranked #216 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1966: The Kinks 'Sunny Afternoon' b/w 'I'm Not Like Everybody Else' 45 single is released.
1968: Paul McCartney’s girlfriend, Jane Asher, announced on British TV's 'Dee Time,' that her engagement to Paul McCartney was off. Paul reportedly was watching at a friend's home and was surprised by the news. McCartney met Linda Eastman on a business trip the previous month.
1968: Iron Butterfly's classic album, 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' entered Billboard's Hot 200 chart at #117. It was the band's second LP and contained the 17 minute title track that filled the entire second side of the disc. A shortened, single version of the song only made it to #30, but the album climbed to #4 and went on to sell over four million copies in the U.S. alone. A remastered edition was released by Rhino Records in 1995 that contains the single version as well as a live version of 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.'
1968: Cream started a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with 'Wheels Of Fire.'
1970: The Doors release 'Absolutely Live.' Though recorded absolutely live, producer Paul Rothchild had to splice together song segments from a number of shows to get the final tracks.
1973: Mott the Hoople's 'Mott' album is released. It reached #35 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #7 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #366 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1974: The Doobie Brothers played England’s Knebworth Festival with The Allman Brothers and Van Morrison.
1974: Bob Dylan's 'Before The Flood' enters the album chart.
1974: The Ramones decided to make their drummer Joey Ramone the lead vocalist.
1975: Motorhead played their first gig at the Roundhouse in London.
1975: On Bruce Springsteen’s 'Born to Run' tour stop in Providence, Rhode Island, The E Street Band played their first gig with “Little Steven” Van Zandt on guitar.
1979: E.L.O. takes out advertisements in several US magazines dedicating the release of 'Don't Bring Me Down' to NASA's Skylab project.
1979: REO Speedwagon release their 8th studio album, 'Nine Lives.'
1981: The Ramones release their 6th studio album, 'Pleasant Dreams.'
1986: To celebrate his 39th birthday and his band's 20th anniversary, Carlos Santana played a reunion concert with the 17 current and original members of his band in San Francisco.
1986: Van Halen manager Ed Leffler was beaten up by an unknown assailant in a Dallas hotel elevator.
1986: 'Sid and Nancy,' the biopic about The Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious, premieres. Gary Oldman stars as Vicious.
1987: Mick Jagger shot the video for 'Let’s Work' in New York. The track came from for his solo album, 'Primitive Cool.'
1991: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 'Into The Great Wide Open' enters the charts.
1993: Candlebox release their self-titled debut. The set sells more than three million copies.
1999: The Rolling Stones reported a gross income of $337 million from almost two years of touring from their 'Bridges to Babylon' and 'No Security' tours. The Stones had played to over 5.6 million people, selling out all but 20 shows.
1999: Paul McCartney had an upcoming single bootlegged when ‘I Got Stung’ was taken from a BBC broadcast and distributed over the Internet. The track was from his forthcoming release ‘Run Devil Run’ album.
1999: The Ramones make their final public appearance together to promote their release 'Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! The Ramones Anthology.' Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, Tommy, Marky and C.J. Ramone all sign CDs at the Virgin Megastore in New York City.
2000: The Evergreen Ballroom in Lacey, Washington was destroyed by a fire. During the ballroom's heyday in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, many of music's greats played there: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Duke Ellington, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Ike & Tina Turner and Fats Domino. Glen Campbell had lived in the kitchen at the venue for a while before he became famous.
2003: A tooth said to have been pulled out of Elvis's mouth after an injury failed to sell on the auction site eBay. The tooth had been put on a 10-day sale with a reserve price of $100,000. Bids had pushed the price up to $2m but they were later found out to be fraudulent.
2004: Van Halen release 'The Best of Both Worlds,' a compilation featuring material recorded with lead vocalists David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar. Three new recordings with Hagar are the last to feature bassist Michael Anthony.
2004: For the first time in his career, Jimmy Buffett had the #1 album on Billboard's Hot 200 album chart when 'License To Chill' debuted at the top spot during its first week of U.S. sales, selling over 239,000 copies.
2004: The Hives released their 'Tyrannosaurus Hives' album.
2006: Pearl Jam plays a benefit for the Northwest Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America in Portland, OR. Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has been battling Crohn's disease for about 20 years.
2006: Three Days Grace's 'Animal I Have Become' ends an 11-week run of Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Dani California' at #1 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Meanwhile, the Raconteurs 'Steady, As She Goes' pushes 'Dani' out of the top spot on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks after a 13 week run.
2006: Pink Floyd's 'P.U.L.S.E.' DVD, an expanded version of the '94 concert film, debuts at #1 on Billboard's Top Music Video survey after moving almost 93,000 units in its first week out.
2007: Eric Clapton teams with the Fender Guitar Company to design a limited-edition line of guitars and amplifiers to raise money for the Crossroads Centre, the rehab facility he founded in Antigua. An Eric Clapton Crossroads Stratocaster with '57 Twin-Amps sells for $30,000. Without the amp it's 10-grand less.
2007: It's KISS Appreciation Day in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. The group is presented with the Key to the City prior to their concert.
2009: Jackson Browne settled his lawsuit against US Senator John McCain and the Republican Party after his 1977 hit 'Running On Empty' was used without permission in a 2008 McCain presidential campaign ad that aired on TV and the Internet. McCain and the Republican Party apologized for using the song in the ad and said that McCain himself "had no knowledge of, or involvement in, the creation or distribution of the video."
2009: It's announced that Beastie Boys Rapper Adam Yauch (aka MCA) has a cancerous tumor in his parotid salivary gland and lymph node that requires surgery followed by several weeks of localized radiation. "This is something that is very treatable," says Yauch in a video message. As a result, the group cancels all scheduled shows, including All Points West and Lollapalooza festivals. Yauch battles the disease for three years.
2009: U2 launches an initiative offering music and vocal lessons to Irish youth. The band pledges more than $7 million to the program, which is administered by the Music Network nonprofit group. "The Music Network scheme is really well thought out and (U2 decided) that we should just get behind it," says guitarist the Edge.
2009: A digital EP featuring four versions of David Bowie's seminal 1969 hit 'Space Oddity' is issued through the U.K. iTunes store. The collection is released in honor of the 40th anniversary of both man's first walk on the moon and the song's original drop date.
2010: Sheryl Crow releases her 7th album '100 Miles From Memphis.' Guests on the album include the Stones' Keith Richards and Justin Timberlake. 'Summer Day' is the lead single.
2011: Incubus' 'If Not Now, When?' beats out 'The Truth Is...' by Theory Of A Dead Man to debut at #1 on Billboard's Alternative and Rock Album Chart.
2011: Pictures of The Beatles' first U.S. concert in Washington DC on February 11th, 1964, taken by a then 18-year-old Mike Mitchell, sold at Christie's auction house for $361,938. Security in those days was very casual and Mitchell was just feet from the band as he snapped the black and white photos which he stored for years in a box in his basement.
2012: Roger Waters 'The Wall' world tour is the highest-grossing show of the year, according to Boxscore Billboard. The trek earned $131.4 million in six months, far outdistancing tours by Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen and Pearl Jam.
2012: The inaugural three-day Firefly Music Festival, featuring Jack White, The Killers, The Black Keys, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse and the Flaming Lips, is held at Dover's International Speedway in Delaware. 30,000 watch shows on the festival's four stages.
2013: KISS perform at Rock Fest in Cadott, WI where they introduce a wounded military veteran named Ramon Rivera and present him and his wife with a brand new, mortgage-free house. The donation is made possible by the festival, Military Warriors Support Foundation and co-sponsors Impact Gel.
2015: Slash lists his Tuscan-style estate for almost $11 million. He and his wife, Perla Hudson, filed for divorce the previous year.
2015: Pretty Green, the men's fashion brand and high-street chain founded by Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, turns a profit for the first time in its six year history. Growth came from both store sales and a wholesale business.
2015: Wayne Carson, who wrote the Classic Rock 'n' Roll songs 'Always on My Mind,' 'The Letter,' 'Neon Rainbow' and 'Soul Deep,' passed away at the age of 72 after suffering congestive heart failure.
2016: Slipknot's sophomore album, 'Iowa,' tops Metal Hammer magazine's poll of the 100 Greatest Albums Of The 21st Century.

July 21
1956: Billboard magazine claims that Elvis Presley "is the most controversial entertainer since Liberace." The article also notes that Ed Sullivan, who once said Presley would never appear on his show, just signed the singer for three appearances.
1958: 'Hard Headed Woman' by Elvis Presley hits #1 on the Billboard chart. At the time, the King was in Fort Hood Texas, doing basic training in the US Army.
1960: Elvis Presley receives a first degree black belt in karate.
1963: Birth of Beatlemania? 4,000 fans without tickets try to crash a Beatles gig in Blackpool, England. The only way the band can get in is via the roof.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of three nights at the Cafe-a-Go-Go in New York City. The club featured many well known acts including: Grateful Dead, Tim Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Jefferson Airplane, and Cream who all appeared at the club.
1969: The Beatles started work on the John Lennon song 'Come Together' at Abbey Road studios in London. The track became the opening song on The Beatles 'Abbey Road' album and was later released as a double A-sided single with 'Something,' their twenty-first single in the UK and twenty-sixth in the US where it reached the top of the charts.
1971: Carole King's 'Tapestry' is certified gold. The LP, released four months earlier, was the number one album in the US for 15 weeks and would stay on Billboard's Top 200 album chart for 292 weeks.
1971: Carole King's 'It's Too Late' hits #1.
1971: Black Sabbath's 3rd album, 'Master of Reality' is released in the UK. It was released in the US in August.
1972: Rod Stewart releases of 'Never A Dull Moment.'
1972: T. Rex released their 7th studio album, 'The Slider.'
1973: Jim Croce started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.' Jim said that the Leroy Brown character was inspired by a tough guy that he had met in the Army a few years earlier. Croce was killed in a plane crash three months later.
1973: While Billboard listed it at #4, Cashbox magazine said that Three Dog Night's version of 'Shambala' was the hottest selling single in the country. A simultaneous release by B.W. Stevenson was also a hit on the US Country charts.
1976: To capitalize on the multi-platinum success of their past two releases, KISS released 'The Originals,' a specially priced box set containing their lesser-known first three studio albums.
1977: Linda Ronstadt, who's just released a cover version of The Rolling Stones' 'Tumblin' Dice,' joins the band onstage at their Tucson, AZ concert to sing it with them.
1977: Despite protests, The Sex Pistols made their first appearance on the UK music show Top Of The Pops, where they lip-synched to their third single, 'Pretty Vacant.' The performance helped push the song up the charts to #7.
1979: Triumph's 3rd studio album, 'Just A Game' is released.
1980: Pink Floyd's 'Comfortably Numb' b/w 'Hey You' 45 single is released.
1980: Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux is seriously injured in a car wreck. He dies two days later. Godchaux and his wife, Donna, a background vocalist, had been with the Dead from 1971 until 1979.
1984: The debut album from Stryper 'The Yellow and Black Attack' is released.
1986: As the Police are recording the follow-up to their 'Synchronicity' album, Sting announces he'd rather go it alone, launching both solo recording and acting careers. The Police disband.
1987: Dio release their 4th studio album, 'Dream Evil.'
1987: Guns N’ Roses released 'Appetite for Destruction,' their debut album on Geffen Records. Featuring the singles 'Welcome to the Jungle,' 'Sweet Child o' Mine,' and 'Paradise City,' he album now has worldwide sales in excess of 28 million, 18 million of which are in the US, making it the best-selling American debut album of all time.
1987: Paul McCartney finished recording Russian versions of rock and roll songs for his Soviet-only release 'Choba B CCCP.'
1990: Roger Waters performs the classic Pink Floyd album 'The Wall' at the Berlin Wall. Having left Pink Floyd, he is joined by the Scorpions, Van Morrison, Bryan Adams, Joni Mitchell, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Carrack, Sinéad O’Connor, Rick Danko, The Hooters, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of The Band, Marianne Faithfull and Thomas Dolby. Over 200,000 attend and the show was also available on pay-per-view.
1994: Oasis make their U.S. debut at the New Music Seminar in New York.
1996: Soundgarden's usually sedate Kim Thayil is arrested for hitting a fan who was trying to take his picture in a North Carolina hotel.
1998: Anthrax released their 8th studio album 'Volume 8: The Threat Is Real.'
2003: Black Sabbath removed images from a film that played during their Ozzfest set that associated George W. Bush with Adolf Hitler after drummer Bill Ward posted his disapproval on his Web site.
2005: Long John Baldry (born John William Baldry) dies of a chest infection. He was 64. Baldry (who got his nickname because of his 6’7″ stature) was an English singer who worked with Rod Stewart, Elton John, The Kinks and The Beatles. Baldry's band, Bluesology, had a young pianist named Reginald Dwight, who went on to become Elton John. He was later a successful voiceover artist. In the 1960’s, he was perhaps one of the few openly gay performers in Britain.
2005: Megadeth's 'Gigantour' kicks off in Fresno, CA.
2006: The Rolling Stones were the top touring band in the world for the first half of 2006, reporting $147.3 million in grosses from 45 shows in US arenas and international stadiums.
2007: Sharon Osbourne's music mogul father Don Arden died in a Los Angeles nursing home at the age of 81. Dubbed the Al Capone of Pop for his uncompromising business practices, he steered The Small Faces, Black Sabbath and ELO to stardom.
2008: The Police played the first of two nights at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado during the final leg of their 152-date world Reunion tour. The tour became the third highest grossing tour of all time, with revenues reaching over $340 million.
2008: Kid Rock enters a no-contest plea to assault charges stemming from a 2007 incident at an Atlanta-area Waffle House. Rock is slapped with a $1,000 fine and is put on a year's probation. He also has to do 80 hours of community service and attend six anger-management classes. Rock was arrested after he and some associates scuffled with a fellow Waffle House customer.
2009: Former New Riders Of The Purple Sage frontman John "Marmaduke" Dawson dies in Mexico after a battle with stomach cancer. He was 64. Dawson and late Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia co-founded the psychedelic-Country act.
2010: 'KoRn III: Remember Who You Are' is #1 on Billboard's Rock and Alternative charts and #2 on the Top 200 Albums chart.
2010: Prior to a hometown show at Long Island's Jones Beach, John Mayer doles out free samples ice cream samples from a Ben & Jerry's truck. "We had an idea of catering to the tailgating crowd, and the epitome of the sound of summer is ice cream truck bells," says Mayer's manager Michael McDonald.
2010: Police in Auburn, IN, find marijuana and other drugs on Bret Michaels two tour buses. One bus is initially stopped for a problem with its tail lights, but police later call in a K-9 team who sniff out the drugs.
2011: Never-before seen photographs of the Beatles' first US concert in Washington DC sold in New York for more than $360,000. The Fab Four played their first US concert on February 11 1964, at the Washington Coliseum, two days after their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Mike Mitchell, of Washington, was 18 at the time and took photographs just feet away. Among the highlights was a backlit photograph Mitchell shot while standing directly behind the Fab Four which sold for more than $68,000 dollars.
2011: Blink-182's Tom DeLonge, who suffered from skin cancer on his chest the previous year, launches "boomerlovesboobies.com" with Keep A Breast.org to raise money for cancer awareness.
2013: Joe Satriani performs the national anthem at the U.S. Grand Prix in Laguna Beach, CA.
2014: Slash is the first recipient of the Guitar Legend Award at the inaugural AP Music Awards in Cleveland. Joan Jett nabs the AP Icon Award and during her performance she brings Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace onstage to help with 'Soulmates To Strangers.'
2014: Billy Joel wins Newsday's That's So Long Island competition to determine the area's most iconic person, place or thing.
2014: Tim "Herb" Alexander, drummer with Primus and Puscifer, undergoes successful open heart surgery following a heart attack.

July 22
1956: Buddy Holly cuts 'That'll Be The Day' in Nashville. The track is credited to Buddy Holly & The Three-Tunes (his backing band before the Crickets). The song is re-recorded before becoming a hit.
1961: The Everly Brothers had the UK's number one record with 'Temptation,' a song that was first introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1933 film Going Hollywood. The tune reached #27 in America during a three week run on the Billboard Top 40 a month earlier.
1963: The Beach Boys 'Surfer Girl' b/w 'Little Deuce Coupe' 45 single is released.
1963: The Beatles' first US album, 'Introducing The Beatles' was pressed by Vee-Jay Records, who thought they had obtained the legal rights from EMI affiliate, Trans-Global Records. When it was finally released in January, 1964, Capitol Records would hit Vee Jay with an injunction against manufacturing, distributing, advertising, or otherwise disposing of records by the Beatles. After a trial, Vee-Jay was allowed to release any Beatles records that they had masters of in any form until October 15th, 1964. After that time, they no longer had the right to issue any Beatles product.
1963: The Beatles kicked of a UK tour with Gerry and the Pacemakers and Tommy Quickly, at the Odeon Cinema in Weston-Super-Mare.
1965: The Rolling Stones were found guilty of insulting behavior after they urinated on the wall of a gas station in East Ham, England, earlier in the year. Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman and Brian Jones were all fined five British pounds each. The owner of the gas station said that to add insult to injury, the band drove off “making a well-known gesture.”
1966: John Mayall with Eric Clapton 'Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton' album is released.
1967: The Doors made their debut on American Bandstand, performing/lip-synching 'Light My Fire' and 'Crystal Ship.'
1967: Vanilla Fudge plays its debut concert in New York City.'
1967: Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother & the Holding Co. appeared at the Convention Hall in San Diego, California.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at The Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen, Scotland. The venue is home to one of Scotland's finest dance floors, famous for its bounce, which floats on fixed steel springs. During the 1960s The Beatles, (in 1963), The Small Faces and Cream all appeared at the Beach.
1968: The 'Mike Bloomfield/Al Kooper/Stephen Stills: Super Session' album is released.
1968: Elvis Presley begins filming the movie 'Charro!,' which is the only one where he has a beard. Only one Elvis song is used in the film, and it is a commercial failure.
1969: Elvis Presley's NBC-TV Special soundtrack (a/k/a 'The '68 Comeback Special') is certified gold.
1971: Thirteen days after lead singer Jim Morrison passed away, The Doors 'L.A. Woman' is certified gold.
1971: John and Yoko spent the second day filming the ‘Imagine’ promotional film at their home in Tittenhurst Park Ascot, England. Today's footage included the morning walk on the grounds though the mist and John Lennon singing ‘Imagine’ in the white room on his white piano.
1972: The Who release the single 'Join Together.'
1973: David Bowie released the single 'Life On Mars,' which peaked at #3 on the UK chart. The track which was first released in 1971 on the album Hunky Dory, features guest piano work by Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. The line "Look at those cavemen go" is a reference to the song "Alley Oop," a one-off hit in 1960 for American doo-wop band The Hollywood Argyles.
1977: Elvis Costello's debut album, 'My Aim Is True' is released in the U.K. The set is later released in the U.S.
1977: Yes' 8th studio album, 'Going for the One' is released.
1979: The Sony Walkman went on sale to the public.
1979: Little Richard, now known as Reverend Richard Penniman, tells a California congregation, “If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody.”
1980: A reunited Allman Brothers Band announced that they’d signed with Clive Davis’ Arista label.
1982: Motley Crue begin a 2 night stand on this day and the next at the Country Club in Reseda, California.
1989: Courtney Love marries her first husband, James Moreland, who is the singer of the band Leaving Trains. The marriage ends with an annulment only three months later, after Love is allegedly forced to have an abortion due to her drug abuse. Love says that “Moreland was a transvestite and that their marriage was ‘a joke'”, and Moreland contends that “most people would want to kill themselves just waking up to her.”
1994: More than 54,000 fans packed Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as Billy Joel and Elton John performed the first of five concerts together.
1995: Oasis and R.E.M. perform at Slane Castle in Dublin. More than 75,000 attend.
1995: Canadian singer David Clayton-Thomas angered patrons at a Blood, Sweat And Tears concert in the heavily Jewish Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield. Halfway through the show he remarked that the weather was "as hot as the last train car going to Auschwitz." Clayton-Thomas later apologized, saying he spoke "in the heat of the moment."
1996: Donovan has to cancel a North American tour when he is denied entry to the US because of a 1966 marijuana possession conviction.
1999: Woodstock '99 begins in Rome, NY. Limp Bizkit, Rage Against The Machine, Dave Matthews Band, Metallica and Counting Crows and more are part of the lineup.
2000: Oasis appeared at London's Wembley Stadium, the gig was broadcast live around the world on TV.
2000: 'Bent," by Matchbox 20, is the #1 song in the U.S.
2003: The soundtrack to the Bob Dylan movie 'Masked And Anonymous' is released. It contains new Dylan material and an eclectic collection of performers covering Dylan songs.
2003: Jane's Addiction release their 'comeback' album 'Strays.'
2004: Peter Frampton sues Billabong clothing company for using "baby I love your waves" as a marketing slogan. Frampton claims it is "an obvious reference" to his hit song 'Baby, I Love Your Way.'
2004: David Crosby and Graham Nash announce they are running to be co-presidents. Regardless of the fact the Nash, born in England, can't be president, vice president or even co-president, the pair have an interesting agenda which includes: the cleaning out of Area 51 "to address the illegal alien issue," free money and a night in the Lincoln bedroom to donors who can pay $200 grand for the privilege.
2005: Rob Zombie's second horror film, 'The Devil's Rejects' is in theaters.
2006: Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US album chart with ‘American V: A Hundred Highways.’ Released posthumously on July 4, the vocal parts were recorded before Cash's death, but the instruments were not recorded until 2005.
2007: Boston leader Tom Scholz receives the Celebrity Animal Advocate of the Year award at the Animal Rights National Conference in L.A. The guitarist dedicates the honor to late Boston singer Brad Delp, who took his own life in March. "(Brad's) commitment to ethical vegetarianism over 30 years ago was a major factor in my emerging awareness of the unnecessary cruelty to animals in our society," says Scholz.
2008: One Day As A Lion with Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha and former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore issue their self-titled five track debut EP. In an online post the group is described as "a sonic reflection of the visceral tension between a picturesque fabricated cultural landscape, and the brutal socioeconomic realities it attempts to mask." The name is taken from the infamous '70 black and white photo taken by Chicano photographer George Rodriguez containing the caption "It's better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb."
2008: Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor foots the bill for the band's seventh studio album, 'The Slip,' which is released digitally on their website for free with the tag, "This one's on me." Fans wanting a physical copy, however, will have to shell out their money for a limited-edition two months later. (NIN also did this four months earlier with the free digital release of 'Ghosts I–IV,' an album made up of almost entirely instrumental, unnamed tracks).
2008: Candlebox release their comeback album, 'Into The Sun.' It's the Seattle group's first studio effort since 1998's 'Happy Pills.'
2008: Seether's 'Burrito' (a previously unreleased acoustic version recorded in 2005) appears on 'The Lost Boys: The Tribe' soundtrack. Airbourne and Blind Melon songs are also on the straight-to-DVD film, a sequel to the 1987 teen vampire movie 'The Lost Boys.'
2008: The Neil Young-directed Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tour documentary, 'CSNY: Deja Vu' is out. "It's got rough spots all the way through it, which I think is refreshing," says Young. Acting as the project's promo guy Young claims that it's the "best album the quartet has ever made."
2010: Jim James (My Morning Jacket) is one of the featured performers on the nine stop Appalachian Voices tour. The Louisville native raises awareness of eco-unfriendly mountaintop removal (MTR) to extract coal.
2010: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan collapses onstage during a show in Tampa while performing 'Bullet With Butterfly Wings.' "That wasn't a stage move or clumsiness," Corgan tweets. "I have no memory of falling against the drum riser and my guitar cabinet, but I can tell you I've got quite a good bruise [and] am moving slow."
2012: Dream Theater's "Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory" is named the Best Prog Rock Album of all time in a Rolling Stone readers poll. The 1999 set beat out Rush's '2112,' 'Close To The Edge' by Yes and Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side Of The Moon.'
2013: Estranged Cheap Trick drummer Bun E Carlos sues the band for hundreds of thousands of dollars, saying they have no right to keep using the band's name without him. Carlos claims his ex-colleagues failed to stick to an agreement that saw him leave the performing lineup while remaining a full member of the band for business purposes. But he drops the suit two years later
2013: The Rolling Stones celebrated their homecoming in London with an iTunes-only live album titled 'The Rolling Stones - Hyde Park Live,' which featured many of the band's greatest hits.
2014: Weezer releases 'Back to the Shack,' the lead single from 'Everything Will Be Alright in the End.'

July 23
1955: Chuck Berry releases his first single, 'Maybellene.'
1963: High school student Neil Young and his band, the Squires, enter a Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada studio to record their first single, a surf instrumental called 'The Sultan.'
1966: The Troggs led the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with their version of 'Wild Thing.' Lead singer Reg Presley would later say that after hearing the song for the first time, he was hesitant to record it because the words were "so corny."
1968: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded 'Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey' for their forthcoming double album 'The Beatles.'
1968: The Iveys, later known as Badfinger, sign with Apple Records after a persistent campaign by longtime Beatles associate Mal Evans, who will produce their first sessions.
1969: Three Dog Night's 'One' is certified gold.
1977: Led Zeppelin's drummer John Bonham was charged with assault after a concert at the Oakland Coliseum in California. Bonham and band manager Peter Grant had the help of their bodyguard in roughing up a security employee at the venue. After pleading guilty to misdemeanors, the accused settle out of court for two million dollars. The tour would eventually be cancelled after Robert Plant's son died a few days later.
1977: ‪Judas Priest‬ began their first American tour in ‪Oakland‬, ‎California‬ opening for ‪Led Zeppelin.
1977: Foreigner release the single for 'Cold As Ice.'
1977: Peter Frampton had the best selling single in America with 'I'm In You.' Both the song and the album of the same name would go on to reach Platinum status.
1978: Van Halen, Aerosmith, Foreigner, Pat Travers, and AC/DC performed in front of 57,000 fans at Bill Graham's Day On The Green at Oakland Coliseum.
1979: Keith Godchaux, ex-keyboard player with The Grateful Dead, dies in an automobile accident. He was 32. Godchaux mainly played piano with The Dead for the 7 years he was in the band. In 1994, he was posthumously inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Grateful Dead member.
1979: Iran's new leader, the Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini, bans rock and roll as a corruptive influence on the people, a decision that eventually inspires both the graphic novel Perseopolis and the Clash song Rock The Casbah.
1981: Billy Squire gets his first gold album with his second record 'Don't Say No.'
1983: The Police kicked off the North American leg of their Synchronicity 107-date world tour at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois. The Police also went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Synchronicity', which spent a total of seventeen weeks at #1.
1984: Sammy Hagar released his 8th solo album, 'VOA.'
1986: ‎Bon Jovi‬ released the single 'You Give Love A Bad Name/'
1988: After forty-nine weeks on the US album chart, 'Hysteria' by Def Leppard went to the #1 position.
1988: Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of the Moon' fell off the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart for the first time since March 17, 1973 (736 weeks).
1989: Ringo Starr kicked off his first "All-Starr Band" tour since the break-up of the Beatles with a show in Dallas. His backup band included guitarist Joe Walsh, organist Billy Preston and Bruce Springsteen's sax man Clarence Clemons.
1992: Bruce Springsteen begins his first tour in four years.
1993: Prior to a scheduled performance at the New Music Seminar in New York, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain ODs in a hotel bathroom. He's rushed to a hospital and survives yet another close call.
1994: The International Astronomical Union names an asteroid in Mars' orbingit ZappaFrank, after the musician Frank Zappa, who'd passed away from cancer the year before.
1995: Two R.E.M. fans died at Dublin's Slane Castle gig, one drowned in the River Boyne and the other was allegedly pushed from a bridge.
1996: The Black Crowes released their 4th album, 'Three Snakes and One Charm.'
2001: 59 year old Paul McCartney, who lost his first wife Linda to cancer three years ago, became engaged to 33 year old Heather Mills, an activist for the disabled. It was the first marriage for the 33-year-old Mills, a former swimwear model whose left leg was amputated below the knee after she was run down by a police motorcyclist in 1993. The pair would split in 2006 and divorce in 2008 with a settlement that cost McCartney millions.
2001: Megadeth is banned from playing in Malaysia. The band was scheduled to perform in the Southeast Asian country three weeks later but was forced to cancel because authorities thought their albums contained "unsuitable imagery."
2003: The US National Registry of Historic Places declares Memphis, Tennessee's Sun Studios, at 706 Union Avenue, a historic landmark.
2004: Bill Brown of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils and The Titanic Blues Band dies of smoke inhalation from a house fire at 44. In the home at the time was his friend and fellow musician Don Shipps, who was also killed.
2004: The Projekt Revolution Tour kicks off with Linkin Park, KoRn and Rapper Snoop Dogg.
2004: Legendary producer Eddie Kramer auctions off more than 2,000 pieces of Rock-related memorabilia online, including rare recordings by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and KISS.
2005: The two-day Lollapalooza 2005 kicks off in Chicago with Billy Idol, Dashboard Confessional, Liz Phair and Weezer. Also at Lollapooza, former Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell performs portions of his musical-theater production The Satellite Party. Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and bassist Flea help out.
2005: Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood are selected as PETA's 2005 World's Sexiest Vegetarians. Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Green Day's Mike Dirnt and System Of A Down's Serj Tankian were finalists.
2007: It's announced that guitarist Nuno Bettencourt and drummer Kevin Figg have left Satellite Party (prior to the group's North American tour). "Although I am very proud of the music and production of (debut album) 'Ultra Payloaded', I have always felt uncomfortable with the direction of the lineup and live show," says Bettencourt. Nick Perri (guitar) and Jordan Plosky (drums) are their replacements.
2007: Incubus auction off VIP meet-and-greet packages for select dates on their North American tour to benefit the band's nonprofit Make Yourself Foundation. A portion of the proceeds raised benefit the Prevent Child Abuse Oklahoma organization.
2008: Weezer's 11-week run with 'Pork And Beans' at the top of Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks ends. Foo Fighters 'Let It Die' takes over at #1.
2008: Kid Rock was sentenced to a year on probation and fined $1,000 for his part in a fight in an Atlanta waffle restaurant in 2007. The 37-year-old, also received 80 hours community service and six hours of anger management counceling. He pleaded no contest to one count of battery. Four other assault charges were dropped. Kid Rock had been performing at a gig in Atlanta before stopping off in his tour bus in the early hours of the morning. The fight took place when an argument broke out with another customer at the restaurant.
2009: On the afternoon of tonight's concert at First Energy Park, Lakewood, New Jersey, Bob Dylan was picked up by a young policewoman who had been alerted of a man who was 'acting suspiciously'. The police officer drove up to Dylan, who was wearing a blue jacket, and asked him his name, but she did not recognize him. When he was unable to produce any identification, Dylan was driven to his hotel where staff were able to vouch for him. The incident happened when Dylan decided to go for a walk in the afternoon while on tour with Willie Nelson who were due to perform at the local baseball stadium with John Mellencamp.
2010: Rage Against The Machine play in their L.A. hometown for the first time in over a decade. The benefit concert at the Hollywood Palladium protests Arizona's controversial SB 1070 immigration law. De la Rocha calls Arizona's law, which allows police to demand identification documents from anyone they suspect may be an illegal immigrant, "part of an entire state's campaign to humiliate and to criminalize an entire population."
2010: Surgical instruments allegedly used to conduct Elvis Presley's autopsy were removed from an upcoming auction amid doubts about their authenticity. Forceps, needle injectors, rubber gloves and a toe tag were among the items that were expected to fetch about $14,000 at Chicago, Illinois' Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. The so-called "memorabilia" was supposedly kept by a senior embalmer at the Memphis Funeral Home where the singer's body was stored prior to his funeral, but the claims were questioned after another employee revealed that the equipment was sterilized and used again 'n other autopsies.
2010: Kings of Leon have a strange encounter during a show in St. Louis when just a few songs into their set, they abruptly leave the stage, complaining about a flurry of bird poop coming from a flock of pigeons chilling in the rafters. The band never returns, and a full refund is made available to all concertgoers.
2011: Amy Winehouse was found dead at her north London home, she was 27. A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that a 27-year-old woman had died in Camden and that the cause of death was as yet unexplained. London Ambulance Service said it had been called to the flat at 1554 BST and sent two vehicles but the woman died. The troubled singer had a long battle with drink and drugs which overshadowed her recent musical career.
2011: A yellow Ferrari previously owned by Eric Clapton sold for £66,500 at auction. The rare 2003 Ferrari 575 Maranello, which had only 10,000 miles on the clock, was snapped up by a private buyer at a sale at the Classic Car Sale at Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England. The yellow Maranello was bought new by Mr Clapton, who signed its service book, was later sold to BBC radio presenter Chris Evans.
2013: Fight Or Flight, with Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren, release their debut album, 'A Life By Design?'
2013: The Winery Dogs‬ released their self-titled debut album.
2014: Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin gets a speeding ticket in her hometown of Wasilla. She blames her excessive speed (63mph in a 45) on Sammy Hagar's 'I Can't Drive 55,' which was playing on her radio. When Hagar gets word, he Tweets Palin offering to cover the ticket.
2015: Avenged Sevenfold announce that drummer Arin Ilejay has left the group. Ilejay joined A7X in 2011 when he replaced Mike Portnoy.

July 24
1960: The Ventures instrumental 'Walk Don't Run' hits the charts.
1964: A riot broke out during a Rolling Stones gig at The Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, Lancashire, after Keith Richards noticed a man with his hands on the stage exhorting the crowd to spit, and warned him, but the spitting continued. Richards is then reported to have stood on his hands and kicked him in the face, whereupon some of the 7000 fans in attendance started fighting, causing over 4,000 Pounds in damage. Blackpool City Council later voted to ban The Stones from playing in the city. 44 years later, the 2008 council voted to lift the ban, but a spokesman for the group said they had no plans to return.
1965: The Byrds hit the charts for the first time with an electric cover of Bob Dylan's 'Mr. Tambourine Man.' The song convinces the otherwise acoustic Dylan to use electric guitars.
1965: The Beach Boys record 'California Girls.' It reaches #3 in September. The song was the first Beach Boys recording to include vocals from Bruce Johnston who had joined the group to substitute for Brian Wilson on concert tours.
1966: The Beatles' Liverpool home, the Cavern Club, reopens after bankruptcy forced it to close.
1967: Jefferson Airplane's 'Surrealistic Pillow' LP is certified gold. The record contains two Airplane classics 'White Rabbit' and 'Somebody To Love.' Both songs were originally recorded by singer Grace Slick's previous band, The Great Society.
1967: The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein, among other celebrities, take out a full-page ad in The Times newspaper in Britain calling for the legalization of marijuana. On the same day, Asia's edition of Life Magazine features The Beatles on the cover, sporting a new look featuring long hair and facial hair, a major stylistic statement at the time, and carrying the headline "The New, Far-Out Beatles."
1967: Encouraged by Pattie Harrison, The Beatles and their partners – minus Ringo and Maureen Starkey, whose second child Jason had been born five days previously – attend a lecture on Transcendental Meditation (TM) by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, London. TM involved the silent repetition of a word or sound to produce a state of mind that reduces stress, calms the mind, and energizes both mind and body. They later travel with him to Wales to attend more lectures.
1969: Paul McCartney recorded a demo of his new song ‘Come and Get It’ at Abbey Road studios in London. McCartney gave the song to The Iveys, (soon to become known as Badfinger). The song was later used as the theme for the movie The Magic Christian. The Beatles also recorded ‘Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard’ for their forthcoming Abbey Road album.
1970: Yes release their 2nd studio album, 'Time and a Word.'
1971: Paul Revere and the Raiders went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'Indian Reservation.' The song was first recorded in 1959 by Marvin Rainwater and released as 'The Pale Faced Indian' and then later by Don Fardon in 1968.
1972: Bobby Ramirez, drummer with Edgar Winter’s White Trash, is killed in a bar fight in Chicago. He was 24. Ramirez was playing that night in a band that opened for Uriah Heep. He was beaten and kicked to death by thugs who thought his hair was too long. Rick Derringer, who launched a successful solo career after White Trash ended, says, “Bobby had the best groove of any drummer I’ve ever played with. When I hear the recordings of our rhythm section it blows my mind how tight we are. I miss him even now.”
1976: Thin Lizzy's 'The Boys Are Back In Town,' peaks at #12 in the U.S.
1976: Elton John, who had already achieved stardom in the United States, had his first hit in the UK with 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart,' a duet with Kiki Dee. Like many of Elton's singles from his early career, the song was never included on an original album.
1976: Two years after it peaked at #60 in the US, Hall And Oates' 'She's Gone' is re-issued by Atlantic Records. This highly edited, remixed version would climb to #7.
1977: Led Zeppelin perform their final concert in the U.S. in Oakland, CA. Rick Derringer and fellow Birmingham, England friends Judas Priest were the opening acts.
Led Zeppelin manager, Peter Grant and drummer, John Bonham beat up a couple of promoter Bill Graham's employees backstage after a misunderstanding over payment. Grant and Bonham plead guilty and in an out of court settlement cough up $2 million. Two days after the concert at the Oakland Coliseum, Robert Plant learns that his son Karac has died, which cancels the rest of their tour.
1978: The Robert Stigwood film 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band' is released to scathing negative reviews and it becomes a legendary Hollywood flop. The movie stars The Bee Gees, Peter Frampton and Steve Martin. Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Earth Wind & Fire and Billy Preston are also featured performers in the movie. Mainly forgotten are the almost 100 guest appearances from stars like Keith Carradine, Bonnie Raitt, Helen Reddy, Rick Derringer, Minnie Riperton, Al Stewart, Heart, Etta James, Johnny Winter, Wolfman Jack, Nils Lofgren, and Gary Wright.
1982: ‎Twisted Sister‬ performed in the UK for the first time at the Wr exum Football Club. Other bands on the bill include Budgie, Tank, Raven and more.
1982: Survivor started a six week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Eye Of The Tiger', taken from the film 'Rocky III'. It also hits #1 in the UK. Survivor won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance for the song.
1982: John Cougar (Mellencamp) topped the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with 'Hurts So Good.' Two weeks later the record would climb to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stay in the Top 10 for 16 weeks, longer than any other song in the 1980s.
1983: The Police's 'Synchronicity' begins a 17 week run at the top of the U.S. album chart.
1987: The movie 'La Bamba,' about the late teen star Ritchie Valens, opens in the U.S. Lou Diamond Phillips stars as Valens, who died in the infamous plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. It's generally well-received, especially the soundtrack by Los Lobos. Marshall Crenshaw appears as Buddy Holly and Brian Setzer as Eddie Cochran. The production had the full support of the Valenzuela family and Bob and Connie Valenzuela even came to the set to help the actors portray their characters correctly.
1988: After 49 weeks on the U.S. chart, Def Leppard's 'Hysteria' finally reaches #1. It's one of the longest climbs in chart history.
1990: Pantera released their 5th studio album, 'Cowboys from Hell.'
1990: Winger released their 2nd album 'In the Heart of the Young.'
1990: Judas Priest gets blamed for teen suicides in Reno. The case goes to trial with the judge ruling in favor of the group.
1992: Bruce Springsteen begins his first tour in four years.
1993: U2 started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Zooropa' the Irish bands fourth US #1. Zooropa won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1994.
1995: Performing in the heavily Jewish suburb of West Bloomfield, Michigan Blood, Sweat And Tears lead singer David Clayton-Thomas makes an inappropriate comment about the weather, saying it was "as hot as the last train car going to Auschwitz." The press make sure to find an Auschwitz survivor in the crowd to declare the remark "stupid."
1997: Police gave Oasis singer Liam Gallagher a formal caution after he admitted criminal damage following an incident with a cyclist in Camden, north London. Gallagher had grabbed the rider from the window of his chauffeur driven car and broken the man's Ray-Bans sunglasses.
1999: Phil Collins married for the third time. The 48-year-old drummer wed marketing consultant Orianne Cevey in Lausanne, Switzerland. Guests at the wedding included Elton John, Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler.
2001: Jimmy Eat World release their self-titled debut album.
2002: A garden centre was sued over claims it killed a collection of the late singer Freddie Mercury's prized koi fish. Mercury's former partner, Mary Austin who inherited the Japanese koi collection claimed 84 fish died when the electricity powering a temporary pond was accidentally turned off by a worker from Clifton Nurseries, of Maida Vale, West London. At the time of Mercury's death he had amassed one of the best collections of the fish in the UK. One koi can be worth £250,000.
2003: Ozzy Osbournes long-standing tour manager, Bobby Thompson, was found dead in his Detroit hotel room. Thompson had been battling throat cancer.
2003: 'Masked And Anonymous' starring Bob Dylan premieres in NY. The L.A. screening is the following day.
2004: Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro appears on FOX's 'America`s Most Wanted.' He discusses how the show helped catch his mother's murderer. Caroline Navarro was shot in 1983 and her killer was apprehended 13 years later on a tip from a viewer.
2005: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, The Darkness' Dan Hawkins and Queen's Brian May judge the Riffathon finals in London. The annual competition raises money for the ABC Trust charity, which helps disadvantaged Brazilian youths.
2007: Sum 41 release their fourth studio album, 'Underclass Hero.'
2007: KoRn's spoof film trailer, 'Devolution: Nature's U-Turn' gets a tongue-in-cheek slam from Devo keyboardist-singer Gerald Casale. Devo, short for devolution-the idea that humans are evolving backwards-has been around for decades. On the band's site Casale writes: "We denounce this as imposters playing with fire." All that earns him is the wrath of KoRn fans who bury him in abusive messages. "Gee, I'm sorry we thought all this up 30 years ago," quips Casale.
2008: Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and bassist D'arcy Wretzky-Brown file suit against Virgin Records over profits from the group's digitally released music. They claim that the label signed an 2005 deal with frontman Billy Corgan that shut them out of royalties generated by downloads, ringtones and other electronic transmissions. Iha and Wretzky-Brown seek damages for breach of contract and other alleged violations.
2009: Billy Corgan fronts a one-off outfit called Spirit In The Sky at a Los Angeles remembrance of the late Sky Saxon, lead singer for the 60's Garage Rock band the Seeds ('Pushin' Too Hard'). It's Corgan's first public performance with Pumpkins drummer Mike Bryne, who replaced Jimmy Chamberlin.
2009: Following a four-year hiatus, Blink-182 launch a reunion tour.
2010: A doodle drawn by the late John Lennon raises nearly $56,000 at a London auction. The caricature was scribbled during the 1969 Montreal Bed-In demonstrations with his wife Yoko Ono to protest the Vietnam War.
2011: Dan Peek, who sang lead vocals and played guitar, bass, keyboards and harmonica for the band America, dies of fibrinous pericarditis at his home in Missouri. Peek wrote 'Lonely People' and 'Today’s The Day' which both became #1 hits. He later became a successful Christian pop music artist.
2012: Slipknot's compilation 'Antennas To Hell' is released. The set is dedicated to late bassist Paul Gray. "To us, (the album) was just a compilation to celebrate the fact that our fans have been with us since day one, and to basically celebrate what we call the Paul years," says Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor.
2012: The Beatles release 'Tomorrow Never Knows' exclusively through iTunes. The set presents the group's "most influential Rock songs" (such as the title track, 'Revolution' and 'Helter Skelter').
2013: 'Hyde Park Live' is #1 on iTunes in 11 Western European countries. Available exclusively via iTunes the set captures the final shows of the Rolling Stones '50 & Counting' tour.
2013: Rush's show in Calgary, cancelled due to heavy flooding and damage, is moved to nearby Red Deer. The concert becomes a benefit for the Alberta Flood Relief. "After seeing the devastation from the recent floods, we felt compelled to do what we could," says bassist Geddy Lee.
2013: Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin gets arrested after an altercation with a neighbor and defacing a concrete wall the singer claims was built on his property. Scantlin is booked into the Hollywood Community Police Department on the charge of felony vandalism.
2014: Chubby Checker settles his lawsuit with Hewlett-Packard over their app: "The Chubby Checker." The app, which sold for 99 cents, purported to estimate a man's penis size based on his shoe size.
2015: Lamb Of God release out 'VII: Sturm Und Drang' (German for "storm and stress"). The title indirectly refers to frontman Randy Blythe's arrest in Prague on murder changes (he was later acquitted).

July 25
1925: The first 50,000-watt radio station, WDY from Schenectady, NY, begins transmission.
1956: Songwriter Mike Stoller, the co-writer of 'Hound Dog,' survives the sinking of the ship Andrea Doria after it collided with the MV Stockholm, near Nantucket, Massachusetts. Fifty-one others died.
1960: Roy Orbison reached #2 on the US singles chart with ‘Only the Lonely,’ his first hit. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself
1960: The Ventures 'Walk Don't Run' enters the US Pop chart and introduces the instrumental Surf sound to Rock 'n' Roll. The song will peak at #2 a month later.
1960: Elvis Presley's 'It's Now or Never' debuted on Billboard's Pop music chart. The song was adapted from the Italian tune 'O Sole Mio,' written in 1899.
1962: The Beatles played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool at lunchtime, at night they performed again at the Cavern Club, and then they appeared at the Cabaret Club, Liverpool. The Cabaret Club booking was Brian Epstein's attempt to get The Beatles into the cabaret circuit, but it is a miserable failure with no response from the audience.
1964: The Beatles third album 'A Hard Day's Night' started a twenty-one week run at the top of the UK charts. It was simultaneously #1 in the US. This was the first Beatles album to be recorded entirely on four-track tape, allowing for good stereo mixes.
1964: A first in cross-marketing history: Billboard reports that The Beatles' new film, 'A Hard Day's Night,' has already made its production costs back on the soundtrack album.
1965: Bob Dylan plugged in for his headlining set backed by the Butterfield Blues Band at The Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. Folk music ‘purists’ tried to boo him off the stage, while the rest of the audience gave him an enthusiastic response. It is usually said that the reason for the crowd's hostile reception was Dylan's 'abandoning' of the folk orthodoxy, or poor sound quality on the night (or a combination of the two). After being urged by Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) to return to the stage and go acoustic, Dylan sang two songs to the now-silent audience - 'It's All Over Now, Baby Blue' and 'Mr. Tambourine Man.'
1966: The Monkees record their debut single, 'Last Train To Clarksville.'
1966: Brian Jones plays his last U.S. concert date with the Rolling Stones. It's in San Francisco, the same city where The Beatles permanently concluded their touring the same year.
1967: An advertisement advocating the legalization of marijuana appeared in the London Times, signed by all four Beatles.
1968: The Beatles record Take 1 of 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' for The White Album.
1969: The Beatles record a slew of songs for 'Abbey Road': 'Sun King,' 'Mean Mr. Mustard,' 'Come Together,' 'Polythene Pam' and 'She Came In Through the Bathroom Window.'
1969: Neil Young appeared with Crosby, Stills and Nash for the first time when they played at The Fillmore East in New York. Young was initially asked to help out with live material only, but ended up joining the group on and off for the next 30 years. Graham Nash recalls that, “A lot of people asked, ‘Was it great that Neil Young joined CSN or did that kill CSN?’ It was like lobbing a hand grenade in a vacuum.” Stephen Stills also says he tried to convince Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, and George Harrison to be their fourth member prior to Young joining.
1969: The Seattle Pop Festival took place at the Gold Creek Park, Woodinville, Washington. Acts who appeared over three days included, Chuck Berry, Tim Buckley, The Byrds, Chicago Transit Authority, Albert Collins, Bo Diddley, The Doors, The Flock, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Guess Who, It's A Beautiful Day, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Spirit, Ten Years After, Ike & Tina Turner, Vanilla Fudge, Alice Cooper and The Youngbloods.
1970: Chicago released their single '25 or 6 to 4.'
1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival released their 5th album, 'Cosmo's Factory.' It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for nine consecutive weeks beginning on the August 22 chart. In 2003, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Cosmo's Factory 265 on its list of 500 Greatest Albums.
1970: The English quartet, Mungo Jerry cracked the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut single, 'In The Summertime,' which will go on to reach #3. The song had already topped the UK chart in mid-June.
1971: The Beach Boys release 'Surf's Up.'
1973: The Doobie Brothers 'China Grove' b/w 'Evil Woman' 45 single is released.
1976: After splitting from the Sex Pistols earlier in the year, John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) returns with Public Image Limited.
1980: Kiss unveiled Eric Carr as their new drummer at New York City’s Palladium. Paul Stanley says, “Originally, he was going to be the Hawk. We had a costume built with a protruding chest and feathers all over it. But he looked like the mascot for a high school football team. All that was missing were the big foam chicken feet. It was horrible. Fortunately, he came up with the idea of the Fox. He wore the same size boots as Peter, so we used existing boots and had the platforms built up even more. The boots ended up being like stilts, and he still looked tiny next to us.”
1980: AC/DC released their sixth internationally released studio album 'Back In Black,' the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott. The album has sold over 50 million copies worldwide to date, making it the second highest-selling album of all time, and the best-selling hard rock or heavy metal album.
1981: A Bob Dylan show in Avignon, France ended in tragedy when a fan was killed after falling on a tangle of electrical cables, knocking the power out. In the midst of the blackout, another fan fell off a wall she was standing on and later died.
1981: Rick Springfield's 'Jesse's Girl' was the top selling single in America. It would go on to be named Best Male Rock Vocal Performance at next year's Grammy Awards.
1981: Pat Benatar's 3rd album, 'Precious Time' is released.
1983: Metallica release their debut album 'Kill ‘Em All.' It is recorded in 17 days and goes on to sell over three million copies in the U.S.
1984: Original 'Hound Dog' singer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton dies at age 57 in Los Angeles after a long-time struggle with alcohol abuse. Thornton often dressed as a man while performing and was unabashedly gay, a brave move at the time. She sold two million copies of her single 'Hound Dog' prior to Elvis Presley recording it, and also recorded 'Ball ‘n’ Chain,' later covered by Janis Joplin.
1985: Bob Dylan appeared at the 12th World Festival of Youths and Students in Moscow.
1986: Loudness‬ released the album 'Lightning Strikes.'
1989: Beastie Boys release their second album, 'Paul's Boutique,' which is named after a store in Brooklyn.
1989: ‎Alice Cooper‬ released the album 'Trash.'
1990: Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa became the proud parents of Evan James.
1994: Alice In Chains bail as Metallica's opening act for the Shit In The Sheds Tour. The decision comes one day before the 20-stop trek is slated to start. Though vigorously denied by the band's management, singer Layne Staley's heroin problems are seen as the cause.
1999: On the third day of the Woodstock '99 festival on Griffiss Air Force Base, overpriced water, overflowing toilets and a Limp Bizkit performance of 'Break Stuff' leads to riots, groping and injuries. Conditions deteriorated as the festival raged on, and by the final day, MTV was covering the event with the tagline "Apocalypse Woodstock." 120 people being arrested and three people died during the 3-day festival in separate incidents and many were hospitalized after drinking polluted water.
2001: The Doors' John Densmore, Bonnie Raitt, and others are arrested in Itasca, IL, for demonstrating against a company which they claim destroys the rainforest.
2002: ‎Ozzy Osbourne‬ appeared on the cover of ‪‎RollingStone
2003: Erik Braunn from American psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, died of cardiac failure at the age of 52. Braunn was just 16 years old when he joined Iron Butterfly who had the 1968 US #14 single 'In-A- Gadda-Da-Vida.' He later discovered the Southern Rock band Black Oak Arkansas.
2004: Jimmy Buffett went to #1 on the US album chart with 'License To Chill', the singer songwriters first #1 album.
2005: Megadeth lead singer Dave Mustaine sued David Ellefson, alleging the bassist used the name of the group without his permission.
2006: Metallica's back catalog is finally available online via Apple's iTunes service. A long time hold out, the group got into a legal dispute with file-sharing site Napster in '20
2006: Tom Petty's solo album 'Highway Companion' drops. The Jeff Lynne/Tom Petty/Mike Campbell produced disc features first single, 'Saving Grace.'
2006: 'The Essential Alice In Chains,' a two-CD compilation, is released.
2007: Rolling Stones donate part of the proceeds from a concert in Warsaw, Poland, to the families of 26 people killed in a bus crash three days earlier in France. The vehicle was returning to Poland from a trip to a Catholic shrine when it plummeted into a ravine. Poland holds a three-day mourning period for the victims with a moment of silence during the Stones show.
2008: Nine Inch Nails 'Lights In The Sky' tour gets underway at the Pemberton Festival (in Pemberton, British Columbia-north of Vancouver). Tickets are pre-sold in extremely limited allotments to curb illegal scalping.
2008: The Rolling Stones split with longtime label EMI and signed a new deal with the Universal Music Group, which covers not only future studio albums but the band's lucrative back catalog from 1971's 'Sticky Fingers' onward.
2008: A Memphis, Tennessee auction house announced that a collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia, including his grand piano, gold-rimmed sunglasses and his Triumph TR-6 sports car would be among the items up for bid at an upcoming sale
2008: Paul McCartney addresses the outgoing class at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts. McCartney is the institution's main financial supporter.
2009: Doors drummer John Densmore performs with the Native American band Burning Sky at a Grand Canyon-area site that's considered sacred by the Havasupai tribe. The Gathering at Red Butte protests a nearby uranium-mining project that's threatening to encroach on the land.
2010: Paul McCartney's former wife, Heather Mills, told the press that the trauma and pain she went through after losing her leg in a traffic accident was nothing compared to the way she felt after she and the former Beatle split up. The two separated in 2006 after four years of marriage and went on to fight an bitter public divorce battle which saw her gain a $38.9 million settlement.
2010: John Fogerty's 'Centerfield' is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The title track from Fogerty's 1985 album is a mainstay at baseball games and features the lyrics "Put me in coach, I'm ready to play, today." He takes the stage at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and performs the song before the start of the annual induction ceremonies.
2013: Black Sabbath launch their comeback North American tour in Houston. The trek supports '13,' the band's first album with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978's 'Never Say Die!'
2013: Circa Zero, with The Police's Andy Summers, make their debut at the El Rey Theatre in L.A.
2014: Courtney Love (Hole), Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Pussy Riot and Yoko Ono back a Kickstarter campaign to launch the School of Doodle, a self-directed learning lab dedicated to activating girls' imaginations through entertainment, education and community. Each supporter teaches an online class.
2014: Metallica's Kirk Hammett debuts his zombie action figure at Comic Con in San Diego. Only 300 of the toys are produced in support of the indie Metal label, Nuclear Blast USA. Hammett autographs each toy sold.
2014: A disturbed Soundgarden fan, Jessica Leigh Robbins, 32, is arrested accused of stalking Chris Cornell and his family for months.
2014: The pop star parodist, Weird Al Yankovic became the first comedy act to hit the top spot for more than 50 years. 'Mandatory Fun,' Yankovic’s 14th album, and his best-selling since 'Straight Outta Lynwood,' which was released in 1991 went to #1 on the US album chart. The last comedy album to reach #1 in the US was Allan Sherman’s 'My Son, the Nut' in 1963.

July 26
1962: The Beatles appeared at Cambridge Hall, Southport, Lancashire supporting of Joe Brown & the Bruvvers.
1965: Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson marries Carol Freedman, the first of what would be four wives, in Los Angeles.
1966: The Rolling Stones played San Francisco. The concert was their last American live performance with founding guitarist Brian Jones.
1968: Decca pulled The Rolling Stones 'Beggars Banquet' from its release schedule and cited the sleeve as the problem. The design featured a graffiti-covered toilet. It was one of the first disagreements between the band and the label. Mick Jagger angrily pointed out that Decca released Tom Jones’ A-tom-ic Jones with a nuclear explosion printed on its jacket sleeve.
1969: Brian Jones was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine following his death on July 3rd.
1969: Elvis Presley opened at the Showroom of the International Hotel in Las Vegas for a four week engagement which netted him $1 million dollars. The concerts were universally acclaimed as a triumph.
1970: Jimi Hendrix played in his home town of Seattle for the last time when he appeared at Sicks Stadium.
1973: ZZ Top's 3rd album, 'Tres Hombres' is released.
1974: The first Beatles Convention was held in Boston.
1974: Graffiti artists were hired to spray paint sites in London to promote the UK release of The Rolling Stones new single 'It's Only Rock 'n' Roll.'
1974: The Allman Brothers appeared at Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts with The Eagles as the support band.
1975: The Eagles started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'One Of These Nights.'
1976: Ted Nugent's self-titled album is certified gold.
1976: With three of the four original backing musicians now departed, the last Three Dog Night concert is held in Los Angeles. When they would re-unite in 1981, all the original members except bassist Joe Schermie came back onboard.
1977: Elvis Costello is arrested while performing outside the London Hilton. CBS Record executives are meeting there and Elvis wants an audition for a U.S. deal. Costello is taken away and fined but CBS invites him back for a proper audition, which he nails.
1977: Led Zeppelin cut short their 11th North American tour after Robert Plant's five-year-old-son Karac died unexpectedly of a virus at their home in England.
1979: Two years after it was originally released in Britain, The Clash’s self-titled debut album received an American release. In the meantime, The Clash had become one of the biggest-selling import albums ever.
1980: The Rolling Stones started a seven week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Emotional Rescue,' the group's eighth US #1. 'Emotional Rescue' was the first Rolling Stones album recorded following Keith Richards' exoneration from a Toronto drugs charge that could have landed him in jail for years.
1980: Rainbow, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Saxon, April Wine and Riot all appeared at the Monsters Of Rock festival in Donington Park, England, tickets were £7.50.
1983: Asia release their 2nd studio album, 'Alpha.'
1986: Peter Gabriel went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'Sledgehammer', a #4 hit in the UK. The song's music video has won a number of awards, including a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and Best British Video at the 1987 Brit Awards. Gabriel was also nominated for three Grammy Awards. As of 2011, 'Sledgehammer' is the most played music video in the history of MTV.
1987: With the Cold War winding down, American export Billy Joel plays a concert in Leningrad - something that would be impossible a few years earlier. The show is released as the album KOHUEPT (Concert).
1990: Brent Mydland from The Grateful Dead was found dead on the floor of his home aged 38 from a drug overdose.
1992: Paul Stanley of Kiss married model Pamela Bowen.
1997: There's heavy rain, mud and high winds but Rage Against The Machine still perform at the Fuji Rock Festival held in Japan at a mountain resort.
2000: Oasis were booed of stage during a show at the Paleo Festival in Switzerland after singer Liam Gallagher had insulted the 35,000 strong audience.
2000: The file-sharing service Napster is ordered by a US federal judge to cease trading copyrighted music files in the next 48 hours.
2003: Mick Jagger celebrated turning 60 at a private party in Prague. Among the invitees was former Czech president Vaclev Havel, who gave Jagger a two-foot-high crystal vase.
2003: Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain was arrested outside of a Wantagh, New York gig after allegedly running over a parking attendant.
2003: Limp Bizkit appear at the Hawthorne Racetrack in Chicago as part of Metallica's Summer Sanitarium tour with Deftones, Linkin Park and Mudvayne. But the crowd soon shows how they feel about frontman Fred Durst and his crew: Limp Bizkit are reportedly booed as soon as they hit the stage. It gets worse from there as Durst is pelted with coins and bottles, leading him to launch into homophobic taunts, according to local papers. As a result, Limp Bizkit leaves the stage after 30 minutes and only six songs, but not before Durst challenges audience members to a fight.
2005: Courtney Love blasts ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl in Spin magazine. "Dave gets to walk away unscathed and be the happy guy in Rock, when he's one of the biggest jerks," says the widow Cobain. "He's been taking money from my child (that would be Francis Bean Cobain) for years." Grohl wisely declines to respond.
2005: 'Stricken,' the first single from Disturbed's third studio album, 'Ten Thousand Fists,' is released.
2005: Fans attending a Billy Corgan concert in Melbourne, Australia, shout requests for Smashing Pumpkins songs. The ex-Pumpkins frontman, who is touring to support his solo album 'TheFutureEmbrace,' gets angry when the shouting doesn't subside and walks off the stage.
2006: A press release announces that Seether frontman Shaun Morgan will check himself into rehab for a "dependence on a combination of substances"" This news leads the group to cancel their participation on Staind's summer tour. Seether fulfills a week's worth of scheduled appearances before Morgan enters rehab.
2006: The guitar on which Sir Paul McCartney learned his first chords sold for £330,000 at an auction at London's Abbey Road Studios. The Rex acoustic guitar helped McCartney persuade John Lennon to let him join his band, The Quarrymen, in 1957.
2006: The final edition of 'Top of the Pops' was recorded at BBC Television Centre in London. Just under 200 members of the public were in the audience for the show which was co-hosted by veteran disc jockey Sir Jimmy Savile, its very first presenter. Classic performances from the Spice Girls, Wham, Madonna, Beyonce Knowles and Robbie Williams featured in the show alongside the Rolling Stones, who were the very first band to appear'on 'Top of the Pops' on New Year's Day in 1964.
2007: Jimmy Page takes the stand at a music-bootlegging trial in Glasgow, Scotland. The defendant, Robert Langley, is accused of attempting to sell unauthorized Led Zeppelin recordings (among other charges). Defense lawyers argue that Page had previously shown a flexible attitude toward bootlegging, but the legendary guitarist insists there's a difference between trading pirated recordings and selling them. "What is unacceptable with this passing off is when somebody is trying to make a huge profit and is making it look official when it's substandard quality," says Page. Following Page's testimony Langley changes his plea to guilty. He is eventually sentenced to 20 months in prison.
2009: AC/DC singer Brian Johnson appeared as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car on the BBC television program 'Top Gear.' His time of 1:45.9 tied him with Simon Cowell for the second fastest time. He was introduced by host Jeremy Clarkson as "a man who has sold more albums than The Beatles, and I bet almost none of [the audience] have ever heard of him."
2010: 'Sex, Drugs and Bon Jovi; is in bookstores. Authored by Bon Jovi's original tour manager Rich Bozzett, the unauthorized biography is presented as a first-hand account of the band's early years. "I lived with the band and saw it all, from the incredible fan support to how Jon and the band dealt with the drugs, alcohol and sex that were all part of that world," says Bozzett.
2010: SPIN magazine celebrates its 25th anniversary with concerts. SPIN25 in New York City features the Smashing Pumpkins, Black Keys and the Flaming Lips.
2010: Creed gives a charity performance at the Hard Rock to benefit Nashville flood victims. All concert proceeds go to Hands On Nashville, a group that supports volunteers in the area.
2011: Singer Sheryl Crow is named an ambassador for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Her goal is to mobilize musicians and fans to help children with cancer and their families. "A cancer diagnosis is a complete and total show stopper that leaves a family feeling completely helpless," says Crow, a cancer survivor and mother-of-two. "By uniting the music industry through Music Gives, we are going to help give these families hope by raising funds for St. Jude, a place that is on the cutting edge of cancer research and always looking for a cure."
2011: Ford became the first major auto manufacturer to announce plans to ditch the CD player in favor of a USB port. A company spokesperson said "The in-car CD player, much like pay telephones, is destined to fade away in the face of exciting new technology." GM and Chrysler would follow in 2015, although the devices were still available on some models. CD players have been estimated to cost auto makers about $30 to install.
2013: US singer-songwriter JJ Cale died of a heart attack at the age of 74. He became famous in 1970, when Eric Clapton covered his song 'After Midnight.' In 1977 Clapton also popularized Cale's 'Cocaine.' The two worked together on an album which won a Grammy award in 2008.
2013: Iron Maiden top Billboard's weekly Hot Tours list with $19 million (US) in box office revenue from their Maiden England summer European tour.
2015: Puddle Of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin is arrested following a 100 mile per hour police chase in Minnesota. Police say Scantlin slurred his words and had "very watery and bloodshot eyes." He's charged with DUI and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.

July 27
1955: Chuck Berry's first hit record, 'Maybellene' enters the Billboard R&B chart where it will reach #1 during an 11 week run. The song, adapted from the traditional fiddle tune 'Ida Red,' tells the story of a hot rod race and a broken romance. It also climbed to #5 on the Pop chart.
1957: The Everly Brothers had the best selling song in America with 'Bye Bye Love.' The tune has been ranked 210th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and has also been recorded by Connie Francis, Roy Orbison, Ray Charles, Trini Lopez, Ray Stevens and Simon And Garfunkel.
1958: Fan's of rock & roll music were warned that tuning into music on the car radio could cost you more money. Researchers from the Esso gas company said the rhythm of rock & roll could cause the driver to be foot heavy on the pedal, making them waste fuel.
1963: During a UK tour The Beatles played the last night of a six night run at The Odeon Cinema, Weston-super-Mare. The Beatles spent the day with photographer Dezo Hoffman, who took photos and 8mm movies of The Beatles at their hotel, on the beach dressed in Victorian bathing suits, and go-karting.
1968: The Rascals switched from light Rock to making a political statement when they released 'People Got To Be Free.' The song entered the Hot 100 six weeks after Bobby Kennedy was shot and would go on to number one for five weeks, ending up the fifth most popular song of the year.
1968: Cass Elliot releases her first solo single following the break up of The Mamas And Papas. 'Dream a Little Dream of Me' had been around since 1931 and had been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Kate Smith, Frankie Laine and many others. Cass' version would be the most successful as it rose to #12 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1969: Led Zeppelin and The Doors played at the Seattle Pop Festival. Robert Plant stated that he was not impressed by Jim Morrison's bizarre performance
1973: The New York Dolls release their self-titled debut album.
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd released 'Sweet Home Alabama.' It was a response to Neil Young's critical 'Southern Man,' and included the line "Hope Neil Young will remember, southern man don't need him around anyhow." It became the band's highest charting single, reaching #8.
1976: Tina Turner filed for divorce from her husband, Ike.
1976: Bruce Springsteen sued his former manager, Mike Appel, for fraud and breach of contract. Appel later filed a countersuit and tied up Springsteen’s recording of the follow-up to 'Born to Run' for the next two years.
1976: John Lennon received his green card and was granted permanent residency status in the US after a four-year court battle. He survived FBI surveillance, including being followed, wire-tapped and harassed for his outspoken beliefs on many subjects, including politics, religion, sexual freedom and women’s rights. Sadly, he was murdered 7 months before he could apply for full citizenship.
1979: Alice Cooper’s Indian Art Store in Scottsdale, Arizona was hit by a fire bomb that destroyed $200,000 worth of in artwork and jewelry. Cooper says interest in Native American art was a family affair. “My mom and dad both did missionary work with the Apache Indians. All my friends were Apache kids growing up. It’s funny because my mom was releases her Cherokee and my dad was Sioux.” Regarding the attack, he says, “Maybe it was some disco-music freak. I’ve been making some positive anti-disco remarks lately.”
1983: Metallica‬ began first major tour supporting ‎Raven‬ playing in ‪‎New Brunswick,‬ ‪‎New Jersey‬.
1981: Stevie Nicks debut solo album, 'Bella Donna' is released.
1984: Quiet Riot release their 4th studio album, 'Condition Critical.'
1984: Pantera release their second album, 'Projects In The Jungle.'
1984: Metallica's release their second studio album, 'Ride The Lightning.' It takes three years for the effort go gold but it eventually sells over six million copies.
1986: Queen became the first western act since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to perform in Easton Europe when they played at Budapest's Nepstadion in Hungary, the gig was filmed and released as 'Queen Magic in Budapest.'
1990: Bobby Day, known for his 1958 hit 'Rockin' Robin,' died of cancer at the age of 60. Day was also an accomplished songwriter who had success with 'Over and Over,' made popular by the Dave Clark Five in 1965 and 'Little Bitty Pretty One' by Thurston Harris in 1957.
1991: Bryan Adams begins a string of ballads that go to #1 with '(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.' The others are 'All For Love' (with Rod Stewart and Sting) and 'Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?' Jesus Jones' hit, 'Right Here, Right Now' is #2.
1992: Ozzy Osbourne speaks out about his demonic reputation in a USA Today article. "It's a wonder I haven't been blamed for the outbreak of AIDS," says Ozzy.
1993: Steve Vai's third solo album, 'Sex & Religion' is released. It's credited simply to "Vai," and is his first to feature traditional vocals, which were provided by a then-unknown Devin Townsend.
1993: Smashing Pumpkins release their 'Siamese Dream' album.
1994: Bob Seger serves jury duty in Michigan and, as the foreman in a criminal trial, finds the defendant guilty.
1995: In Montpelier, France, The Rolling Stones were joined onstage by support act Bob Dylan for a version of his 'Like a Rolling Stone.'
2001: Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkeson died from chronic liver and lung disease in a hotel room in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. He was 49. Wilkeson was a survivor of the deadly Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash in 1977, but never completely recovered from his injuries – he broke his jaw, had most of his teeth knocked out, suffered a crushed chest (with a punctured lung), and broke his left arm so badly that it was almost amputated. In another strange twist of fate, he again almost died in the early 1990s when bandmate Ed King found him on the group’s tour bus, sleeping, but with his throat cut and bleeding. He was taken to the hospital and recovered but it is still a mystery as to who was responsible, although Wilkeson’s girlfriend at the time was a suspect. Wilkeson was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
2002: John Entwistle of The Who dies in Paradise, Nevada from a cocaine-induced heart attack at age 57.
2004: Linkin Park releases a DVD/comic book/T-shirt set in conjunction with their single, 'Breaking The Habit.' The disc includes the song's video and behind-the-scenes footage.
2006: Sharman Networks, the company that produced software called Kazaa, which made it easy for an estimated 389 million computer users to download music and movies over the Internet, agreed to pay more than $115 million to music companies and the movie industry to settle global piracy lawsuits.
2007: An animated Green Day appears in 'The Simpsons Movie.' Green Day dies (drown like American idiots in a polluted Lake Springfield) though their funeral gets the plot rolling. Prior to their demise, they perform a killer version of 'The Simpsons Theme.'
2007: KISS perform as a trio for the first time ever. Paul Stanley misses the concert in San Jacinto, CA, after experiencing an irregular heartbeat prior to the show. Paramedics stopped and restarted his heart to give it a regular rhythm after his heart spontaneously jumped to 190 plus beats per minute.
2008: The Philadelphia Soul, an Arena Football team co-owned by Jon Bon Jovi, wins the Arena Bowl XXII championship in New Orleans. They beat the San Jose SaberCats 59-56. "We worked very hard, and we have a great organization that I'm very proud of," says Bon Jovi.
2010: 'Growing Up Twisted' with Dee Snider, premieres on the A&E Network. The show also features Dee kids Jesse, Shane, Cody and Cheyenne, and wife Suzette.
2010: Avenged Sevenfold's fifth studio album, 'Nightmare' is released. It's the band's first album since the passing of drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan the previous December. They brought in Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy to finish the album.
2010: A film chronicling Eric Clapton's 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival is screened in 475 North American theaters. The one night only showing is hosted by Clapton and features performances by ZZ Top, Steve Winwood, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy and John Mayer.
2011: Foo Fighters 'Walk,' the second single off of their album, 'Wasting Light,' replaces the set's lead single, 'Rope' at #1 on the Billboard Top Rock Songs chart. 'Rope' had a 20 week run in the top spot.
2012: Paul McCartney and Arctic Monkeys are among the acts performing at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
2012: Van Halen's 'Jump' beats out the Rolling Stones 'Start Me Up' to be named the world's best sporting song by the music rights organization PRS For Music. A poll of the organization's members was taken to mark the Olympic Games.
2012: The Gold and Silver editions of 'Clockwork Angels: The Novel,' a side project based on the Rush album of the same name, is available. Written by Kevin J. Anderson and Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart, both Gold and Silver are limited editions-approximately 300 copies each. The standard edition is issued days later.
2012: The Beatles were headed back to the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 albums chart with the iTunes-exclusive compilation 'Tomorrow Never Knows.' The set includes 14 classic songs by the band and marked the first time The Beatles released an album exclusively to iTunes that had never been previously issued.
2015: Guitarist DJ Ashba announces his departure from Guns N' Roses after six years. Ashba states he plans to focus on Sixx: AM (led by Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx). "I want to take a moment to thank Axl (Rose, GN'R frontman) from the bottom of my heart for not only the most incredible experience of my life, but for truly believing in me," writes Ashba, in a handwritten letter to fans.

July 28
1954: The Crew Cuts reached the top spot of the Billboard Pop singles chart with 'Sh-Boom,' a song that many consider to be the premier forerunner of 1950's Rock and Roll. The tune stayed at the top for seven weeks.
1954: The first press interview with 19-year-old Elvis Presley was published in the Memphis Press-Scimitar. Columnist Edwin Howard had quickly spoken with Elvis the day before while the singer took a lunch break from his truck driving job at Crown Electric. In his column Howard wrote, "This boy has something that seems to appeal to everybody...equally popular on Popular, Folk and Race Record programs."
1956: Gene Vincent made his first appearance on national TV by performing on The Perry Como Show. His first single, 'Be-Bop-A-Lula' was still climbing the US charts and would eventually make it into the Top 10. Vincent bought the song from a fellow hospital patient while he was recovering from leg injuries. A demo was sent in to Capitol Records as part of an Elvis sound-alike contest and a re-recorded version gave Vincent his first big hit.
1956: Elvis Presley's 'I Want You, I Need You, I Love You' became the number one song in the US. On the way to the recording session the previous April, an already nervous Elvis had his fear of flying re-enforced when one of the engines of his chartered plane cut out and the crew was forced to make an emergency landing on a small, deserted runway.
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis makes his first national TV appearance, singing 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On' on NBC's The Steve Allen Show. He went over so well, he was booked for two more appearances.
1958: Billboard magazine reports on a claim from the Esso Research Center "...tuning in Rock 'n' Roll music on a car radio can cost a motorist money, because the rhythm can cause a driver to unconsciously jiggle the gas pedal, thus wasting fuel."
1958: Billboard magazine publishes the Most Played By Jockeys chart and the Top 100 for the final time. They would be combined into the Hot 100 a week later.
1961: The Tokens record 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight,' which will reach the US Pop chart in November and climb to number one by Christmas. The song was originally a hit in South Africa in 1939 for its writer, Solomon Linda, under its original title "Mbube" (pronounced EEM-boo-beh) which means "Lion".
1964: On their second visit to Sweden, The Beatles played two shows at an ice hockey arena, the Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm. During the first show, both Paul McCartney and John Lennon received mild electrical shocks from ungrounded microphones. Supporting acts included The Kays, The Moonlighters, and The Streaplers.
1968: The Beatles hold their "Mad Day Out," an all-day group photography session across London, which produces most of their well-known latter-day photographs, including the cover of Life and the inside gatefold of their Beatles 1967-1970 album.
1969: Police in Moscow reported that thousands of public phone booths had been vandalized after thieves were stealing parts of the phones to convert their acoustic guitars to electric. A feature in a Russian youth magazine had shown details on how to do this.
1970: 'Ned Kelly,' the film starring Mick Jagger in the title role, opened in Australia. Halliwell’s Film Guide fumed, “Obstinately unlikable action picture with some kind of message which never becomes clear amid all the cleverness.”
1970: The Kinks 'Lola' b/w 'Mindless Child Of Motherhood' 45 single is released.
1972: Mott the Hoople's 'All The Young Dudes' b/w 'One Of The Boys' 45 single is released.
1973: The self-titled debut by the New York Dolls, produced by Todd Rundgren, is released to critical acclaim and mediocre sales. The album does serve as an influential precursor to the developing punk rock scene with such songs as 'Personality Crisis,' 'Trash,' and 'Jet Boy.'
1973: MCA Records introduces the newly signed Lynyrd Skynyrd to the press and explains how to pronounce the band's name.
1973: Chicago's 'Chicago VI' LP hits #1 for the first of five weeks in the US.
1973: Grand Funk Railroad's 'We're An American Band' is released. It will top the Billboard chart near the end of September.
1973: The Watkins Glen outdoor summer jam was held outside of Watkins Glen, New York with The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead and The Band. Over 600,000 rock fans attended. 150,000 tickets were sold for $10 each, but for all the other people it was a free concert. The crowd was so huge that a large part of the audience was not able to see the stage.
1975: Black Sabbath release their 6th studio album, 'Sabotage.'
1975: Bob Dylan played his first session for the 'Desire' album. On 'Romance in Durango,' he was joined by Eric Clapton on dobro, while Emmylou Harris played steel guitar on 'Abandoned Love.'
1976: The Steve Miller Band's 'Fly Like An Eagle' LP is certified gold.
1976: KISS release their 10th single,'Detroit Rock City.'
1978: In response to a fan’s request, Ted Nugent autographed his arm with a Bowie knife.
1978: An episode of the sitcom 'What’s Happening!' featured a guest appearance by The Doobie Brothers.
1979: Rainbow release their 4th studio album, 'Down to Earth.'
1979: After a show in Cleveland, Joe Perry quits Aerosmith when he gets in screaming match with Steven Tyler. He is replaced by Jim Crespo, but rejoins the band in 1984.
1985: Portland, OR, declares today "Kingsmen Day" in honor of their garage-rock native sons, who scored a legendary hit with their version of 'Louie Louie.'
1986: R.E.M. release their 4th album, 'Lifes Rich Pageant.'
1987: The Beatles' company, Apple, sues shoemaker Nike, Capitol Records, EMI, and Wieden Kennedy advertising agency for $15 million for unauthorized use of the Beatles song 'Revolution' in one of their 'Nike Air' TV ads. Nike claimed it had paid their US label, Capitol, $250,000 for the rights, and also that Yoko Ono had given her blessing. The suit was eventually settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
1992: Rapper Ice T announced that Warner Brothers Records would pull the controversial song 'Cop Killer' from all future copies of his 'Body Count' album. The song had been the target of protests by law enforcement groups who said it encouraged the killing of police. Ice T said he would give away recordings of "Cop Killer" at his concerts. In an ironic twist, he would later join the cast of the NBC police drama, 'Law and Order: SVU.'
1995: After decades of legal wrangling, James Al Hendrix, surviving father of Jimi, is once again granted legal use of his son's name and likeness for merchandising.
1996: Marge Ganser Dorste of the Shangri-Las died of breast cancer at the age of 48. They are best known for their hits 'Leader of the Pack' and 'Remember (Walkin' in the Sand).'
1999: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith told the New York Daily News he was trying to prevent his ex-wife from printing naked photos of him in a new book. He said, “She has some old pictures we took one night in a toxic psychosis and she thought it would be very funny to put them in her book.”
2004: Courtney Love is sentenced to 18 months probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance. She also agrees to enter a drug rehab program. Love was arrested in October after she allegedly tried to break into the home of former manager and boyfriend Jim Barber. Authorities said cocaine and other opiates were found in her system.
2011: Meatloaf passed out onstage at Pittsburgh's Trib Amphitheater during an apparent asthma attack. After about ten minutes he regained his composure and finished the show.
2014: Linda Ronstadt was honored with a National Medal of Arts at the White House in Washington, D.C. The honor was a particularly special moment for Ronstadt, who didn't make it to her induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (in April of this year), since Parkinson's disease limited her ability to travel. The singer was brought into the East Room by wheelchair, but she walked onto the stage to receive her award. During the ceremony, President Barack Obama revealed, "I had a little crush on her back in the day."
2014: Ted Nugent had some of his upcoming casino dates canceled over remarks he made earlier about U.S. President Barack Obama.

July 29
1961: Bob Dylan performed at New York’s Riverside Church as part of a 12-hour radio broadcast.
1961: Dick Clark presents his very first Caravan of Stars revue at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ, featuring The Jive Five, The Shirelles, and Clarence "Frogman" Henry.
1963: The Newport Folk Festival was held after a four-year layoff. Headliners included Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary. With a good sense of timing, Peter, Paul & Mary also released their interpretation of Dylan’s 'Blowin’ in the Wind,' which later went to #2.
1963: With the US charts full of Hot Rod songs, Capitol Records sent disc jockeys a list of car terms and phrases to help promote The Beach Boys latest release ‘Little Deuce Coupe.'
1965: The Beatles second feature film 'Help!' had its UK premiere at The Pavilion in London. The Beatles later said the film was shot in a "haze of marijuana". According to Starr's interviews in The Beatles Anthology, during the Austrian Alps film shooting, he and McCartney ran off over the hill from the "curling" scene set to smoke a joint.
1966: A U.S. magazine targeted to teenagers called Datebook causes an uproar when they reprint some of John Lennon's interview 4 months earlier in the London Evening Standard, where Lennon said, "We're more popular than Jesus now." The American media jumps on the quote and turns it into a major story.
1966: Cream make their live debut at the Twisted Wheel club in Manchester, England.
1966: Bob Dylan crashed his motorcycle in Woodstock, New York. The incident immediately passed into myth, with many wondering if Dylan was hurt at all or simply used the accident to disappear from public life. Middletown Hospital admitted him with a concussion and broken neck vertebrae. Dylan continued to suffer from paralysis and mild amnesia for the next month. It is eight years until he tours again. In his memoir Chronicles, he writes, “I had been in a motorcycle accident and I’d been hurt, but I recovered. Truth was that I wanted to get out of the rat race. Having children changed my life and segregated me from just about everybody and everything that was going on. Outside of my family, nothing held any real interest for me and I was seeing everything through different glasses.”
1967: The Doors started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with an edited version of 'Light My Fire.' The group's first US #1, it only reached #49 on the UK chart. Eventually, many radio stations in the US would start playing the full six minute and fifty second album cut, which features a longer instrumental break.
1968: The first recording session of The Beatles seven-minute epic 'Hey Jude' took place at Abbey Road studios London. The Paul McCartney song was written about John Lennon's son Julian.
1968: Gram Parsons leaves The Byrds after refusing to play to segregated audiences on their upcoming tour of South Africa. Although this was the “official” reason, both Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn say Parsons wanted to stay in London because he was enamored with the “rock star” lifestyle and his new friendship with the Rolling Stones.
1970: The Rolling Stones’ contract with Decca ended. The band informed manager Allen Klein that “neither he nor ABKCO Industries have any authority to negotiate recording contracts on their behalf.” Delivering one more song to the label to fulfill its obligation, the famously unreleasable 'C********* Blues' (aka Schoolboy Blues), they also begin the process of forming their own label, Rolling Stones Records (which will feature the debut of the band's "tongue and lip" logo).
1973: Led Zeppelin play the last of three nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Although their 33-date North American tour grosses over 4 million, about $203,000 in cash is stolen that night from the safe at The Drake Hotel in New York where the band is staying. Tour manager Richard Cole is arrested as a suspect but later released. The money is never recovered and no one is ever arrested. The gigs at MSG were filmed and recorded for the group’s feature movie 'The Song Remains the Same.'
1974: Neil Peart officially joins Rush, replacing John Rutsey, who leaves the band due to health problems and creative differences. Peart has to learn the band’s entire live repertoire in only two weeks, as their American debut is on August 11 in Pittsburgh, opening for Manfred Mann and Uriah Heep.
1974: Cass Elliot (born Ellen Naomi Cohen; also known as Mama Cass) dies in her sleep in London, England. She was 32. Elliot was the powerful and charismatic singer in the Mamas And The Papas. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Contrary to urban legend, she did not choke on a ham sandwich, but had a heart attack after playing a sold out show. Sadly, drummer Keith Moon died in the same room four years later. Elliot was married twice and had a daughter who was seven when she died.
1976: Eric Clapton began his first English tour in five years at Hempstead’s Pavilion Theatre.
1980: David Bowie opened on stage in Denver in the title role of Elephant Man to critical acclaim.
1987: Ben and Jerry’s introduces “Cherry Garcia,” named after the Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia. It is their first flavor named after a rock star.
1988: Pete Drake, pedal steel guitar player and record producer, dies of emphysema in Brentwood, TN. Drake was always in demand and worked with Elvis Presley, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr and many Nashville stars. He was instrumental in using the “talk box”, later popularized by Peter Frampton and Joe Walsh.
1990: Elton John checked into a Chicago clinic to cure bulimia and an addiction problem, taking over a year off from touring and recording.
1991: During their Use Your Illusion Tour, Guns n' Roses played the first of four nights at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California.
1993: Eddie Guzman, percussionist for Rare Earth, dies of complications due to diabetes. He was 49. Guzman was a “working man’s” percussionist, with heavily bandaged fingers that worked the congas relentlessly. Guzman also appeared on the 1997: Pantera release their only live album, 'Official Live: 101 Proof.'
1997: Alice Cooper releases his 4th live album, 'A Fistful of Alice.'
1998: Miramax Films bought the rights to The Beatles’ landmark movie 'Hard Day's Night.' The DVD was released later that year, complete with new footage and digitally re-mastered stereo sound.
2002: Ozzy Osbourne started a three-week break from Ozzfest as his wife, Sharon, began chemotherapy treatments. System of a Down took over as headliners. To compensate for any disappointment, Sharon arranged for the fans to receive a free treat from the food concession stands.
2003: Bobby Thompson, Ozzy Osbourne’s longtime tour manager, died in his hotel room in Birmingham, Michigan after a long battle with throat cancer.
2005: An anonymous bidder plays one million dollars for the original handwritten lyrics to The Beatles' 'All You Need Is Love' at the Hippodrome nightclub in London.
2006: Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson were married on a luxury yacht in San Tropez. Among the guests Elton John’s partner David Furnish and photographer Dave LaChappelle. She wears a white string bikini and he wears a white t-shirt and hat. They both file for divorce in November after only four months of marriage.
2008: Alice Cooper‬ released the album 'Along Came a Spider.'
2011: Chuck Berry throws out the first pitch at the St. Louis Cardinals baseball game on the same day his statue is unveiled on Delmar Boulevard in the city.
2011: At a Dallas concert, Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill leaves the stage after complaining about the heat. He never returns, and the band cancels the rest of their tour. The incident is officially blamed on "dehydration," but Caleb's brother (and bass player) Jared later Tweets: "There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade."

July 30
1954: Elvis Presley made his first advertised concert appearance, opening for Slim Whitman at the "Hillbilly Hoedown," held outdoors at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis. He was billed third as "Ellis Presley" and performed 'That's All Right, Mama,' 'Blue Moon Of Kentucky,' and 'I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin').'
In the middle of the first song, a badly stage-frightened Elvis unconsciously began to duplicate a move he usually made in the studio, shaking his leg in time with the music. The crowd of mostly girls went absolutely wild, confusing Elvis and his band.
1955: Johnny Cash recorded his first version of 'Folsom Prison Blues' at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Cash was inspired to write this song after seeing the movie 'Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison' (1951) while serving in West Germany in the United States Air Force at Landsberg, Bavaria (itself the location of a famous prison).
1965: The Rolling Stones 4th US album, 'Out of Our Heads' is released.
1966: The Beatles started a five week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Yesterday...And Today,' the group's 8th #1 album. Issued only in the United States and Canada, the album is remembered primarily for the controversy surrounding its original cover image, the "butcher cover" featuring the band dressed in white smocks and covered with decapitated baby dolls and pieces of meat.
1966: The Troggs started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Wild Thing.' Because of a distribution dispute, The Troggs' single was available on two competing labels: Atco and Fontana. Because both pressings were taken from the identical master recording, Billboard combined the sales for both releases, making it the only single to simultaneously reach #1 for two companies.
1968: The Beatles' Apple Boutique, a psychedelic clothing store located at 94 Baker Street in London, closes for business after seven months of bad business practices and rampant theft. With the group and its intimates having had the pick of the remaining inventory the night before, Apple Boutique employees are instructed to simply let people in off the street to take whatever merchandise they like. The store was closed that evening for good.
1969: The Beatles continued working on their forthcoming album Abbey Road, recording overdubs on ‘Come Together.' ‘Polythene Pam/She Came In Through the Bathroom Window,' ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’ and ‘Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight.' The Beatles began to assemble the "medley" that would make up side two of the album. Paul McCartney told tape operator John Kurlander to discard ‘Her Majesty,' but Kurlander tacked it onto the end of the tape, about 20 seconds after the end of ‘The End.' Hearing it like this, Paul decides to keep it, including the lengthy silence preceding it.
1974: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California on a double bill with Roger McGuinn from The Byrds.
1975: The Charlie Daniels Band goes gold with 'Fire On The Mountain.'
1983: Journey headline the Day on the Green festival for the third and final time at the Oakland Coliseum. Other acts on the bill include Triumph, Eddie Money, Bryan Adams and Night Ranger.
1987: David Bowie kicked of the North American leg of The Glass Spider Tour at the Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.
1988: Steve Winwood started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Roll With It.' Later Motown songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland were credited with co-writing the song due to its resemblance to the Junior Walker hit '(I'm a) Roadrunner.'
1989: Eric Clapton concludes an extensive tour (Europe and Africa) in Maputo, Mozambique, playing to over 100,000.
1989: Guns N' Roses‬ released the single for 'Nightrain.'
1991: Axl Rose throws a fit when his limo driver is cited for an illegal left turn as he was driving the singer to a Guns N’ Roses show at the Forum in Los Angeles. Axl tells the Inglewood policeman that he will cancel the concert unless he tears up the ticket. Police say they agreed, fearing a riot might erupt if the show did not go on. Axl’s publicist later says, “Before a show, Axl is volatile. It’s a sensitive time and...someone had told the limo driver to turn left.” Later, the police reviewed the case and issue the driver a $60 ticket.
1991: Metallica release their 8th single, 'Enter Sandman.'
1994: Offspring's 'Come Out And Play' tops the U.S. Modern Rock chart.
1996: The 'MTV Unplugged' album by Alice In Chains was released.
2002: Def Leppard release their 8th studio album, 'X.'
2002: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band release 'The Rising.' Centered around Springsteen's reflections on the 9/11 attacks, his 12th studio album is his first studio effort in seven years, and his first with the E Street Band in 18 years.
2003: The Rolling Stones headline a one-day festival in Toronto to help quell the fears of the SARS virus, which is decimating the city’s tourism industry following an outbreak of the virus. It’s billed as the biggest concert ever in Canada with over 450,000 people in attendance. Other performers include AC/DC, Rush and Justin Timberlake, who was booed by the crowd, who were expecting more hard rock acts.
2003: Sam Phillips, the founder of both Sun Studio and Sun Records, dies in Memphis, TN of respiratory failure. He was 80. He died just one day before the original Sun Studio was designated a National Historic Landmark. Phillips played an important role in the emergence and development of rock and roll and rockabilly as the major form of popular music in the 1950s. He also recorded what some consider to be the first rock and roll record, 'Rocket 88' by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats in 1951. In 1986, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2004: Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil pleads no contest to charges that he assaulted a prostitute at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel in Nevada. A sex worker accuses Neil of grabbing her around the throat and throwing her against the wall. The judge fines him $1000 and orders him to complete anger management courses in 60 days.
2005: A new book published to mark the 35th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix claimed the guitarist pretended to be gay so he would be discharged from the army. 'Room Full of Mirrors' by Charles Cross said army records showed Hendrix was discharged from the 101st Airborne Division aged 19 in 1962 for "homosexual tendencies."
2005: Chuck Berry, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler and former Van Halen and Extreme frontman Gary Cherone perform at the Celebration of the Sea Music & Film Festival in Key Largo, FL. Celebration of the Sea Foundation, a Florida based not-for-profit dedicated to producing educational programs designed to raise public awareness of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, sponsors the festival.
2006: Axl Rose is unable to finish a concert at London’s Wembley Arena due to low blood pressure. Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach sings the final two songs of Guns N' Roses' set.
2006: After 42 years, the Top of the Pops airs for the final time on the BBC. The show had featured virtually every pop star during its run.
2008: Billy Corgan sues Illinois filmmaker Lester Cohen for more than $100,000 in damages for withholding footage in an effort to receive additional payment and unlawfully posting portions of the footage on the Internet. Corgan hired Cohen to document his recording sessions and performances from '03 to '05. Just to put a fine point on things, Corgan says the submitted work isn't up to professional standards. 2008: Queen: The Unseen Archive, a collection of previously unreleased photographs taken by Peter Hince, the head of the band's road crew in the '70s and '80s, is unveiled at London's Proud Central gallery.
2009: Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher won his long battle to be recognised as co-writer of the band's hit ‘Whiter Shade of Pale.' Law Lords ruled that Fisher, who claimed he wrote the song's organ melody, was entitled to a share of future royalties. In 2006, the High Court ruled he was entitled to 40% of the copyright, but the Court Of Appeal overturned the ruling in 2008 saying he waited too long, 38 years, to bring the case to court.
2011: Rage Against The Machine perform at the L.A. Rising concert at Memorial Coliseum. "L.A. is the city that we love, and it's got rebellion in its blood!" says frontman Zack de la Rocha. The band's first major hometown performance in a decade is also their only live date celebrating their 20th anniversary.
2011: U2 wrap up their 360 world tour, the highest grossing tour of all time. The trek began in Barcelona in June of 2009, and concludes over two years later at the Magnetic Hill Concert Site, in Moncton, Canada.
2012: John Mellencamp receives the John Steinbeck award, given to those individuals who exemplify the spirit of "Steinbeck's empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of the common man." Previous recipients include Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne and Joan Baez.
2013: Five Finger Death Punch released the first installment of a double album, 'The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1.' The set includes the track 'Lift Me Up' with Judas Priest's Rob Halford.
2014: Guitarist Dick Wagner dies of respiratory failure. He was 71. Wagner worked with many rock artists, including Lou Reed, Kiss, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith and Alice Cooper. He may be best known for writing the song “Only Women Bleed.” After suffering two heart attacks, a stroke, a paralyzed left arm, a diagnosis of hydrocephalus, two brain surgeries, installation of a pacemaker and more in the previous six years, in 2013 he was completely recovered and started playing and touring again.

July 31
1845: France's army gives legitimacy to Belgian Adolphe Sax's latest invention, the saxophone, by including it in their marching band.
1955: Elvis Presley performed three shows at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida, (2 matinee and 1 evening). A full scale riot broke out after the show when Elvis announced to the 14,000 strong crowd, "Girls, I'll see you backstage." Fans chased Elvis into the dressing room tearing off his clothes and shoes. Other acts who appeared here include Tom Jones, The Animals, James Brown, Buddy Holly, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash and the Doors.
1957: Richard Starkey (later known as Ringo Starr) is thought to have made his debut at the Cavern Club, playing drums with the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group. John Lennon made his first appearance at the club a week later with The Quarry Men Skiffle Group. Paul McCartney made his first appearance in January 1958 with The Quarry Men.
1966: Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker play under the Cream moniker for the first time. It's at the 6th Annual National Jazz & Blues Festival in Windsor. They performed together once before but were billed under their individual names.
1967: An appeal court in London, England, gave Mick Jagger a conditional discharge and quashed Keith Richard’s conviction for permitting his house to be used for the purpose of smoking cannabis resin.
1968: Working at Trident studios in London, England, (with its 8-track equipment, EMI was still using 4-track recorders), The Beatles recorded four takes of a new Paul McCartney song 'Hey Jude.' The song, inspired by John Lennon's son Julian, is finished the following day.
1968: Iron Butterfly's 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' b/w 'Iron Butterfly Theme' 45 single is released.
1969: Elvis Presley kicked off a four week run at the Las Vegas International Hotel, (his first live show since 1961). He reportedly netted $1.5 million for the shows. On the menu was an Elvis special, polk salad with corn muffins & honey.
1971: James Taylor went to #1 on the US singles chart with the Carole King song 'You Got A Friend', (included in her album 'Tapestry' and James Taylor's album 'Mud Slide Slim'). The song would go on to win the 1971 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal male Performance and Song Of The Year.
1971: After being denied entrance to a Who concert in New York City's Forest Hills Stadium, an ex-convict stabs and kills a 22 year old security guard.
1972: Chicago's 'Chicago V' LP is certified gold. A single from the LP, "Saturday in the Park", would reach number three in September.
1976: Blue Oyster Cult's 'Don't Fear The Reaper' is released.
1980: The Eagles perform their last concert at the Long Beach Arena before splitting up. They reunite in 1994. The concert, a benefit gig, no less – is played out amid muttered onstage threats between Glen Frey and Don Felder, who spend the entire show describing to each other the beating each plans to administer backstage. “Only three more songs until I kick your ass, pal,” Frey tells Felder.
1981: Journey release their seventh studio album (and eighth overall), 'Escape.'
1981: Ozzy Osbourne's solo debut, 'Blizzard Of Oz,' goes gold in the U.S. The album eventually achieves multi-platinum status with sales of 6 million copies worldwide. 1981: Debbie Harry's first solo album is released in the U.K. 'KooKoo' was recorded during Harry's year-long hiatus from Blondie. The cover art, a stark, black-and-white image of Harry's face sliced with four spikes, is the creation of Swiss artist H.R. Giger. Though a U.K. hit, the album fails to make the U.S. Top 20.
1982: Survivor's 'Eye Of The Tiger' was at #1 on the US album chart. The song, which was commissioned by actor Sylvester Stallone for the theme for the movie 'Rocky III,' received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song and go on to sell over five million copies.
1993: Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is arrested at a hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY after he gets into a shoving match with two police officers. His wife had called the police from a motel after she said Betts became drunk and abusive.
1995: Jamaica issues a commemorative series of postage stamps honoring local native and reggae legend Bob Marley.
1999: Pearl Jam '60 remake 'Last Kiss' peaks at #4 on the pop charts.
2000: The Mamas and the Papas founder and vocalist “Papa” John Phillips is arrested for funding his drug habit by trading books of stolen prescriptions for bottles of pharmaceutical drugs at a Manhattan pharmacy, then trading those with his drug dealers for cocaine. Phillips is later sentenced to 8 years in prison, but serves only 30 days in jail and commits to a high-profile publicity tour, visiting schools and appearing on talk shows accompanied by his daughter Mackenzie, to talk about the perils of drug and alcohol addiction.
2005: Saliva singer Josey Scott debuts his TNT show 'Wanted.'
2006: Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose visits the Teenage Cancer Trust Ward in London to talk to patients about their illnesses and interests. "We were so touched that Axl wanted to visit," says the ward's CEO, Simon Davies. The visit comes at the end of a GN'R European tour.
2007: KoRn's 'Untitled' album is released. It's actually untitled, as in no title at all. "It's not going to be titled," states singer Jonathan Davis. "We didn't want to label this album. It has no boundaries. It has no limits and why not just let our fans call it whatever they wanna call it?"
2007: Little, Brown and Company wins a bidding war for the rights to Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards' autobiography. The publisher reportedly shells out more than $7 million for the memoir, which Richards pens with author James Fox.
2007: Lynyrd Skynyrd headline a benefit concert in Aspen, CO for the Doug Flutie Foundation for Autism. Flutie, an ex-NFL QB, has a son who suffers from autism.
2008: It's Motley Crue Saints Of Los Angeles Day in L.A. 'Saints Of Los Angeles' is the title of their latest album.
2008: Attorneys representing the Black Crowes claim that Country singer Gretchen Wilson's 'Work Hard, Play Harder,' infringes on the copyright of the band's 'Jealous Again.' "I expect all parties to reach a relatively quick resolution to avoid litigation," says the Crowes' manager.
2008: Alice Cooper breaks a rib and damages some ligaments after falling during a concert in Redmond, OR. but continues to tour.
2008: A limited-edition print of John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' is among the items sold through the Grammy Charities online auction. Memorabilia from The Beatles, Ringo Starr, ex-Doobie Brothers singer Michael McDonald and Crosby, Stills & Nash are also auctioned.
2008: Def Leppard are featured on 'Live From Abbey Road,' the music series on the Sundance Channel.
2009: Jackson Browne's 'Here' plays during the end title credits in the Kevin Spacey movie Shrink. "(The song is) about trying to be here in the present, even if you don't really care for the present," explains Browne.
2010: Switchfoot perform at the 2010 Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree final arena show in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.
2010: A KISS LED television is unveiled. The TV set is adorned with the official KISS logo and an image of KISS that remains on the screen for eight seconds.
2010: The Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan and Godsmack's Sully Erna join the cover/jam band Camp Freddy: Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction), Billy Morrison (The Cult), Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver), Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction) and Donovan Leitch (son of the '60s Folk singer) on stage at the Nokia Theater in L.A. for the X-Games/ESPN party. Corgan delivers a version of Poison's 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn' (as well as the Pumpkins' classic 'Bullet With Butterfly Wings').
2012: Sheryl Crow was granted a temporary restraining order against a man accused of threatening to shoot her. The order stated that Phillip Gordon Sparks had to stay 90 metres away from Crow and must not contact her, her family or anyone who works with her.
2012: Appearing at the Helsinki Olympiastadion in Finland, at the end of a European tour, Bruce Springsteen played his longest show ever - 4 hours and 6 minutes.
2013: Maxwell's, the Hoboken Rock club/restaurant closes. "After much thought, given the changing nature of Hoboken and the difficulties of trying to run a business in this town, we decided it was time," says co-owner Todd Abramson. Founded in '78, the venue hosted The Replacements, Husker Du and Sonic Youth in the '80s and Nirvana, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the '90s.
2015: Teenage Time Killers debut album, 'Greatest Hits Volume 1,' with appearances by Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe and Slipknot's Corey Taylor, is out. The all-star group is the brainchild of Corrosion Of Conformity vocalist Reed Mullin and guitarist Mick Murphy.
2015: Lollapalooza Chicago begins in Grant Park tonight with Paul McCartney headlining. Metallica headlines on August 1.
2015: U2 wrap up an eight show stand at New York's Madison Square Garden with a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen. The Boss and U2 perform 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' and 'Stand By Me.'
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Rock B-Days/Today in Rock History: May

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Rock B-Days/Today in Rock History: May

Rock Birthdays:
May 1:
Judy Collins - 78
Jerry Weiss (Blood Sweat & Tears, Ambergris, Al Kooper) - 71
Jim Clench (April Wine, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Loverboy) - b. 1949 - d. 11/3/10
Glen Ballard (songwriter and record producer – has worked with or had songs played by Van Halen, Aerosmith, Stevie Nicks, Toto, P.O.D., Ringo Starr, Alanis Morissette, No Doubt, Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R., Goo Goo Dolls, Michael Jackson, Pointer Sisters, Patti Austin, Evelyn King, Teddy Pendergrass, Christina Aguilera, Wilson Phillips, Sheena Easton, Annie Lennox + many more. He won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture for the song "Believe" (The Polar Express) - 64
Felix Hanemann (Zebra, Harry Slash & The Slashtones, Hindenberg) - 64
Bruno Ravel (Danger Danger) - 53
Johnny Colt (The Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rock Star Supernova, Brand New Immortals, Train) - 51
D'Arcy Wretsky-Brown (Smashing Pumpkins, Filter) - 49
Mark “Gus” Scott (Trixter) - 49

May 2:
Link Wray - b. 1929 - d. 11/5/05
'Bunk' Gardner (Mothers of invention) - 84
Bob Henrit (DayBreakers, Roulettes, Argent, Unit Four Plus Two, Kinks) - 73
Goldy McJohn / John Goadsby (The Mynah Birds, The Sparrows, Steppenwolf, Humble Pie, The Saints, Freddy & the Screamers, Southern Pacific, sessionist) - 72
Lou Gramm (Black Sheep, Foreigner, Lou Gramm Band, Shadow King, solo) - 67
John Glascock (The Gods, Carmen, Jethro Tull, Toe Fat, Chicken Shack, The Juniors, Head Machine)- b. 1951 - d. 11/17/79
Prescott Niles (The Knack) - 63
David Rhodes (Random Hold, Peter Gabriel, sessionist on albums by a wide variety of artists, including Roy Orbison, Tim Finn, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Joan Armatrading, Blancmange, Pretenders, Scott Walker and Talk Talk, solo) - 61
Darrell "Dwarf" Millar (ex-Laidlaw, Killer Dwarfs) - 52

May 3:
Pete Seger - b. 1919 - d. 1/27/14
James Brown - b. 1933 - d. 12/25/06
Frankie Valli / Francis Stephen Castelluccio (The Four Seasons, solo) - 83
Pete Staples (Troggs, Ten Feet Five, Wild Things) - 73
Bruce Hall (REO Speedwagon) - 64
David Michael Phillips (King Kobra, Icon, Keel) - 56
Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders, Whitesnake, Neil Schon, The Dead Daisies) - 54
Jay Darlington (Oasis, Kula Shaker, Magic Bus) - 49
Josey Scott (Saliva) - 45
Paul Banks (Interpol, solo) - 39

May 4:
Ed Cassidy (Rising Sons, Spirit) - b. 1923 - 12/6/12
Dick Dale (The King of the Surf Guitar, The Del-Tones) - 80
Ronnie Bond (The Troggs) - b. 1940 - d. 11/13/92
David G. Laflamme (It's A Beautiful Day, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Jerry Garcia, Merle Saunders, Janis Joplin. Electric Chamber Orkustra, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks) - 76
George Wadenius (Blood, Sweat & Tears, Saturday Night Live band, session player and/or touring musician with Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Dr. John, David Sanborn, James Brown, Marianne Faithfull, Kent, Paul Simon, Joe Thomas, Dionne Warwick, Roberta Flack, Donald Fagen, Doug Katsaros, Michael Franks, and Luther Vandross + more) - 72
Zal Cleminson (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Nazareth, Tear Gas, Bo-Weavels, Elkie Brooks, Midge Ure, Bonnie Tyler) - 68
Bruce Day (Santana, Pablo Cruise) - 66
Mick Mars (Motley Crue) - 66
Mike Hinton (Roky Erickson, Merl Saunders & the Rainforest Band, Country Joe McDonald and Friends, Johnnie Johnson and Unreal, Kingfish, Max Gail Band, High Noon (with Mickey Hart), Norton Buffalo and the Knockouts, Schellville Southside Blues Band) - b. 1956 - d. 8/1/13
Matt Thor (Rough Cutt, Jailhouse, Stephen Pearcy) -
Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer) - 53
Vinnie Chas (Pretty Boy Floyd) - b. 1963 - d. 4/6/10
Mike Dirnt (Green Day, Foxboro Hot Tubs, The Frustrators, Screeching Weasel, Squirtgun) - 45

May 5:
Bill Ward (Mythology, Black Sabbath, Ward One, solo) - 69
Dick Kemper (Vandenberg) - 61
Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Atomic Playboys, Jerusalem Slim, Vince Neil) - 58
Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth (Overkill) - 58
James LaBrie (Dream Theater, Winter Rose, MullMuzzler, solo + more) - 54
Shawn Drover (Megadeth, Eidolon, Act Of Defiance) - 51
Devin Townsend (The Devin Townsend Band, Devin Townsend Project, Strapping Young Lad, Casualties of Cool, Steve Vai, Punky Brüster, IR8, Front Line Assembly, Grey Skies, Caustic Thought, Noisescapes, Ayreon, the Wildhearts, Bent Sea, ReVamp, removal, Darkest Hour) - 45
Josh Smith (Halestorm) -

May 6:
Kal Mann (songwriter; Elvis Presley, Bobby Rydell + more) - b. 1917 - d. 11/28/01
Colin Earl (Mungo Jerry, Foghat) - 75
Bob Seger (Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Bob Seger System, solo) - 72
Davey Johnstone (The Elton John Band, Alice Cooper, session work: Bob Seger, Stevie Nicks​ + more) - 66
Tommy Funderburk (singer; The Front, solo, has recorded with artists such as Jon Anderson, Laura Branigan, Coverdale-Page, Melissa Manchester, Magnum, Mötley Crüe, Steve Lukather, Richard Marx, Rick Springfield, Richie Kotzen, Starship, REO Speedwagon, Whitesnake, Yes + more) -
Shaun Murphy / Stoney (Singer; The Moody Blues, Bob Seger, Herbie Hancock, Phil Collins, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Maria Muldaur, Bruce Hornsby, Michael Bolton, J.J. Cale, Coco Montoya, Alice Cooper, Little Feat, Jake Wade and the Soul Searchers, solo)
Dwain Miller (Keel) -
Shawn Duncan‬ (Odin, BulletBoys‬, DC4) - 53
Tony Scalzo (Fastball, The Goods) - 52
Mark Bryan (Hootie & the Blowfish) - 50
Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, No Use for a Name, Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants) - 46

May 7:
Derek Taylor (press officer, author; Beatles, Byrds, Beach Boys) - b. 1932 - d. 9/8/97
Bill Kreutzmann (The Warlocks, Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, The Dead) - 71
Jerry Nolan (The New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers, Levi and the Rockats, The Idols, Sid Vicious, London Cowboys, solo) - b. 1946 - d. 1/14/92
Prairie Prince (born Charles Lempriere Prince) (The Tubes, Journey, worked with Chris Isaak, Todd Rundgren, Brian Eno, David Byrne, XTC, Tom Waits, Paul Kantner, George Harrison, Dick Dale, Glenn Frey, Richard Marx, Bill Spooner, Neil Hamburger, John Fogerty, Nicky Hopkins, Tommy Bolin, Phil Lesh + more) - 67
Bernie Marsden (UFO, Cozy Powell's Hammer, Babe Ruth, Paice Ashton & Lord, Whitesnake, The Moody Marsden Band, The Snakes, The Company of Snakes, solo) - 66
Marty Willson-Piper ( The Church, Seeing Stars, Noctorum, The Saints, All About Eve) - 59
Phil Campbell (Motorhead, Persian Risk) - 56
Johnny Lee Middleton (Savatage, Trans-Sierian Orchestra) - 54

May 8:
Robert Johnson, blues singer, guitarist. Influenced Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Eric Clapton, (Cream covered 'Crossroads) The Rolling Stones, ('Love In Vain') - b. 1911 - d. 8/16/38.
Rick Nelson - b. 1940 - d. 12/31/85
Jim “Motorhead” Sherwood (Frank Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention) - d. 1942 - d 12/25/11
Danny Whitten (Crazy Horse) - b. 1943 - d. 11/18/72
Paul Samwell-Smith (The Yardbirds, Box Of Frogs, Producer for Cat Stevens, Jethro Tull, Carly Simon, Renaissance, Murray Head, Chris de Burgh, Beverley Craven, Illusion + more) - 74
Bill Legend (T. Rex, The Romford Golden Sunshine Band, The 4 Zodiacs, Epics, Legend, Zooky) - 73
Gary Glitter - 73
Chris Frantz (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Artistic, The Heads) - 66
Alex Van Halen (Van Halen) - 64
Billy Burnette (Fleetwood Mac, Bekka and Billy) - 64
Eric Brittingham (Cinderella, Naked Beggars, Devil City Angels, Bret Michaels) - 57
Jim Sheppard (Nevermore, Sanctuary) - 56
Jerry Best (Lion, Freak Of Nature, Dio, Heavy Bones) - 54
‪‎Pepper Keenan‬ (Corrosion Of Conformity) - 50
Joe Bonamassa (Bloodline, Black Country Communion, Beth Hart, Rock Candy Funk Party, Jason Bonham, Joe Lynn Turner, solo) - 40

May 9:
Sonny Curtis (Three Tunes, Crickets, solo) - 80
Colin Eric Allen (Has played drums for many musicians including Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson, Memphis Slim, Solomon Burke, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Zoot Money's Big Roll Band, Stone The Crows, Marc Bolan and T.Rex, Mick Taylor, Focus, Donovan, Georgie Fame, Brian Joseph Friel, and The British Blues Quintet) - 79
Nokie Edwards/Nole Floyd Edwards (Musician/Actor, Ventures) - 78
John Hawken (The Nashville Teens, Spooky Tooth, Third World War, Renaissance, Strawbs, Illusion, Vinegar Joe, sessions, solo) - 77
Danny Rapp (Danny and the Juniors) - b. 1941 - d. 4/5/83
Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco, and The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, Au Go Go Singers, The Richie Furay Band) - 73
Steve Katz (Blood, Sweat & Tears, American Flyer, The Blues Project, others. Producer) - 72
Billy Joel (The Echoes, The Hassles, Attila, solo) - 68
Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick) - 67
John "Rhino" Edwards (Status Quo) - 64
Benjy King (Producer, arranger, engineer, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist; Scandal, Rick Derringer, Frankie & The Knockouts, Patty Smyth, Alan Merrill, Tommy James, Lou Christie, Fiona, Ellen Foley, solo + more) - b. 1954 - d. 9/21/12
Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode, Soulsavers solo) - 55
Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan (Oasis) - 46
Ryan 'Nik' Vikedal (Nickelback) - 42
Bec Hollcraft (Stars In Stereo) - 28

May 10
Jackie Lomax (Dee and the Dynamites, The Undertakers, The Lomax Alliance, Heavy Jelly, Badger, worked with The Tea Bags, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Leon Russell and Nicky Hopkins) - b. 1944 - d. 9/15/13
Donovan - 71
Graham Gouldman (10cc, Wax, Mindbenders, Hotlegs) - 71
Dave Mason (Traffic, solo, played and recorded with: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Steve Winwood, Fleetwood Mac, Delaney Bramlett, Cass Elliot, Jim Capaldi, Ron Wood, Phoebe Snow, Joe Walsh, Don Felder) - 70
Jay Ferguson (Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne, solo) - 70
Sid Vicious/John Simon Ritchie (Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Vicious White Kids, The Flowers Of Romance, solo) - b. 1957 - d. 2/2/79
Bono (Paul Hewson - U2) - 57
Danny Carey (Tool, contributed to albums by ZAUM, Green Jellÿ, Pigface, Skinny Puppy, Adrian Belew of King Crimson, Carole King, Collide, The Wild Blue Yonder, Lusk, the Melvins + more) - 56
John Nymann (Y&T) -
Richard Patrick (Filter, Army of Anyone, Nine Inch Nails) - 49

May 11
Eric Burdon (Alan Price Combo, The Animals, War, Eric Burdon & Jimmy Witherspoon, solo) - 76
Les Chadwick (Gerry and the Pacemakers) - 74
Butch Trucks (The Allman Brothers Band, The 31st of February, The Vikings) - 670
Christoph “Doom” Schneider (Rammstein) - 51
Perttu Kivilaakso (Apocalyptica) - 39

May 12:
Ian McLagan (Small Faces, Faces, Rod Stewart, The New Barbarians, Bump Band, Billy Bragg and the Blokes, Michael Grimm, Izzy Stradlin) - b. 1945 - d. 12/3/14
Steve Winwood (Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith, Eric Clapton, Jim Capaldi, Ginger Baker's Air Force, solo) - 69
Ray Gillen (Badlands, Black Sabbath, Phenomena, Blue Murder, Sun Red Sun) - b. 1959 - 12/1/93
Billy Squier (Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Magic Terry and The Universe, Kicks, The Sidewinders, Piper, solo) - 67
Barry Borden (Mother's Finest, Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet) - 63
Eric Singer (KISS, Alice Cooper, Badlands, Black Sabbath, Lita Ford, Eric Singer Project, Brian May, Avantasia) - 59
Billy Duffy (The Cult, Coloursound, Theatre Of Hate, The Nosebleeds) - 56
Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion, owner of Epitaph Records) - 55
Paul D'Amour (Tool, Lusk, Feersum Ennjin, Lesser Key) - 50

May 13
Richie Valens - b. 1941 - d. 2/3/59
“Blue” Lou Marini (Saturday Night Live Band, Blues Brothers, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Joe Beck Quartet, James Taylor, Levon Helm, Steely Dan, Lew Soloff, Philip Bailey + more) - 72
Magic Dick / Richard Salwitz (The J Geils Band) - 70
Pete "Overend" Watts (Mott The Hoople, Mott, British Lions, Mott) - 70
Stevie Wonder - 67
Danny Kirwin (Fleetwood Mac, solo) - 67
Paul Thompson (Roxy Music) - 66
Darius Rucker (Hootie & The Blowfish, solo) - 51
Chuck Schuldiner (Death, Control Denied, Voodoocult, Slaughter) - b. 1967 - d. 12/13/01
Buckethead (Brian Carroll) (Deli Creeps, Guns'n'Roses, worked with: Bill Laswell, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Iggy Pop, Les Claypool, Serj Tankian, Bill Moseley, Mike Patton, Viggo Mortensen, That 1 Guy) - 48
Ana Popovic - 41

May 14
Dub Jones (The Coasters, The Cadets) - b. 1928 - d. 1/16/00
Bobby Darin - b. 1936 - d. 12/20/73
Jack Bruce (Cream, Blues Incorporated, Graham Bond Organization, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Manfred Mann, Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, West Bruce & Lang, BBM (Baker, Bruce & Moore); BLT (with Robin Trower), Spectrum Road - b. 1943 - 10/25/14
Lek LecKenby (born Derek Leckenby) (Herman’s Hermits) - b. 1946 - d. 6/4/94
Gene Cornish (The Young Rascals) - 71
Al Ciner (American Breed, Three Dog Night) - 70
David Byrne (Talking Heads, solo) - 65
John Rutsey (Rush) - b. 1953 - d. 5/11/08
Tom Cochrane (Red Rider, solo) - 64
Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot, Badd Boyz, King Kobra, Shortino, Raiding The Rock Vault) - 64
Steve Hogarth (Marillion, The H Band) - 58
C.C. Deville (born Bruce Anthony Johannesson) (Poison, Samantha 7) - 55
Ian Astbury (Southern Death Cult, The Cult, The Doors of the 21st Century) - 55
Eric Peterson (Testament) - 53
Mike Inez (Alice In Chains, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society, Slash's Snakepit, Jerry Cantrell, Spys4Darwin, Heart) - 51
Henry Garza (Los Lonely Boys) - 39
Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) - 38

May 15
Wavy Gravy - 81
Brian Eno - (Roxy Music, producer, David Bowie, Coldplay, Talking Heads, Robert Fripp, Cluster, Devo, U2, David Byrne, Robert Wyatt, 801, solo) - 69
Gary Thain (Champion Jack Dupree, Martha Velez, Keef Hartley Band, Miller Anderson, Pete York Percussion Band, Uriah Heep, Ken Hensley, Me And The Others / The New Nadir) - 69
Dennis "Fergie" Fredericksen (MSFunk, Trillion, Angel, Le Roux, Toto, Frederiksen/Phillips) - b. 1951 - d. 1/18/14
Mike Oldfield - 64
Zoltan Bathory (Five Finger Death Punch, U.P.O.) - 39

May 16
Roger Earl (Tramps, Savoy Brown, Foghat) - 71
Robert Fripp (King Crimson, Fripp & Eno, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Blondie, David Sylvian, League of Gentlemen, Van der Graaf Generator, G3, Porcupine Tree, To70h Willcox, The Damned, Andy Summers, Trey Gunn, Theo Travis, Slow Music Project, solo) - 70
Darrell Sweet (The Shadettes, Nazareth, The Burntisland Pipe) - b. 1947 - d. 4/30/99
Jock Bartley (Firefall, Tommy Bolin, Zephyr, Gram Parsons)-
Richard Page (Pages, Mr. Mister, Third Matinee, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, solo) - 64
Stella Nova / Steve New (Rich Kids, Public Image Ltd, Sid Vicious, Public Image Ltd, Iggy Pop, Chrissie Hynde, Kim Fowley, Glen Matlock + more) - b. 1960 - d. 5/24/10
Boyd Tinsley (Dave Matthews Band, Dave Matthews & Friends, Alanis Morissette, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones solo, sessionist) - 53
Krist Novoselic (Nirvana, Eyes Adrift, Sweet 75) - 52
Chuck Garric‬ (‎Alice Cooper, L.A. Guns‬, Dio‬, Beasto Blanco) - 50

May 17
Taj Mahal - 75
Bill Bruford (The Breed, Savoy Brown, Mabel Greer's Toy Shop, Yes, King Crimson, UK, Genesis, Earthworks, Chris Squire, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, Gong, National Health, Steve Howe, Gordian Knot, Annette Peacock, solo) - 68
Claude Schnell (Magic!, Rough Cutt, Hughes/Thrall, Dio, Holy Grail, Hear N' Aid, Y&T, Impelliteri + more) -
Audie Desbrow (Great White) - 60
Paul Di’Anno (Iron Maiden, Fear, Killers, Gogmagog, Battlezone, Icarus Witch, Dianno) - 59
Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails, How to Destroy Angels, Option 30, The Innocent, Exotic Birds, Tapeworm, Atticus Ross, David Fincher, Slam Bamboo, Queens of the Stone Age) - 52
‪Michael Starr‬ (Steel Panther) - 52
Dave Abbruzzese (Pearl Jam, Hairy Apes BMX, Course of Empire, Green Romance Orchestra, The I.M.F.'s, Stevie Salas, Bernard Fowler) - 49
Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss, Them Crooked Vultures) - 44

May 18
Big Joe Turner (blues singer, songwriter) - b. 1911 - d. 11/24/85
Rick Wakeman (Yes, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Strawbs, Warhorse, solo) - 68
Bill Wallace (The Gettysburg Address, Logan Avenue Comfort Station, Dianne Heatherington and the Merry Go-Round, Brother, The Guess Who, Crowcuss, LesQ, Kilowatt) - 68
Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil) - 61
Randy Rand (Autograph) -
Ronald "Bad Ronbo" Dwarf (Killer Dwarfs) - 57
Paige Hamilton (Helmet) - 57
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D.) - 52
Billy Howerdel (A Perfect Circle, Ashes Divide + more) - 47
Jack Johnson - 42
Courtney Cox‬ (Femme Fatale‬, The Iron Maidens‬) - 28

May 19
Pete Townshend (The Who, Detours, Deep End, Ronnie Lane, solo) - 72
Steve Currie (T. Rex) - b. 1947 - d. 4/28/81
Jerry Hyman (Blood Sweat & Tears) - 70
Tom Scott (The Blues Brothers, The L.A. Express, Tom Scott Quartet, Neoteric Trio, Joni Mitchell, John Lennon, many other sessions, solo) - 69
Dusty Hill (ZZ Top) - 68
Joey Ramone (The Ramones, Sibling Rivalry, Sniper) - b. 1951 - d. 4/15/01
Phil Rudd (AC/DC) - 63
Iain Harvie (Del Amitri) - 55

May 20
Joe Cocker - b. 1944 - d. 12/22/14
Jimmy Henderson (Black Oak Arkansas) - 63
Guy Hoffman (Violent Femmes, Oil Tasters, BoDeans, Absinthe) - 63
Jay Schellen‬ (Hurricane, Asia, Badfinger, Raiding The Rock Vault‬) - 57
Tom Gorman (Belly) - 51

May 21
Albert Grossman (artist manager; Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Electric Flag + more) - b. 1926 - d. 1 /25/86
Tom "Big Daddy" Donahue (Legendary Radio Program Director and created first alternative "free-form" radio station KMPX in San Francisco. The Father of Progressive Radio. He later took the format to KMET and KPPC-FM in Los Angeles. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 as a non-performer, one of only three disc jockeys to receive that honor.) b. 1928 - d. 4/28/75
Vincent Crane (Atomic Rooster, Crazy World of Arthur Brown) - b. 1943 - d. 2/14/89
John Dalton (The Kinks) - 74
Hilton Valentine (The Animals, solo) - 74
Bill Champlin (Chicago) - 70
Stan Lynch (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, songwriter & producer) - 62
John Galvin (Molly Hatchet) - 62
Greg Smith (Wendy O. Williams, Alice Cooper, Rainbow, Blue Öyster Cult, Dokken, Vinnie Moore, Joe Lynn Turner, Ted Nugent, Tommy James & the Shondells, Alan Parsons, The Turtles, Felix Cavaliere, Chuck Negron, Joey Molland. Denny Laine, Mitch Ryder) - 54
Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Patti Smith) - 54
Anthony Corder (Tora Tora) - 51
Gabbie Rae - 19

May 22
Bill Lordan (Gypsy, Robin Trower, B.L.T., Sly & The Family Stone, The Mystics, Charlie Souza, Bill Lordan Experiment, solo) - 70
Doug Gray (The New Generation, Toy Factory, The Marshall Tucker Band) - 69
Bernie Taupin (Elton John's co-writer, Farm Dogs, solo) - 67
Jimmy Lyon (Eddie Money, Greg Kihn Band, Tina Turner) - 62
Danny B. Harvey (The Head Cat, Lonesome Spurs, The Rockats) -
Morrissey / Steven Morrissey (The Smiths, The Nosebleeds, Slaughter & The Dogs, solo) - 58
Jesse Valenzuela (Gin Blossoms) - 55
Michael Davis (Lizzy Borden) -
Dan Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) - 50

May 23
Robert Albert "Bob" Moog - Founder of Moog Music and a pioneer of electronic music, best known as the inventor of the Moog synthesizer - b. 1934 - d. 8/21/05
Danny Klein (J Geils Band, Danny Klein's Full House) - 71
Jim Mankey (Concrete Blonde, Sparks, solo) - 65
Rick Fenn (10CC, Mike Oldfield, Nick Mason, Rick Wakeman + more) - 64

May 24
Tommy Chong (Cheech & Chong) - 79
Bob Dylan (Traveling Wilburys, solo) - 76
Priscilla Presley - 72
Steve Upton (Wishbone Ash) - 71
Albert Bouchard (Ünderbelly, Blue Oyster Cult, Blue Coupe, The Brain Surgeons) - 70
Waddy Wachtel (Sessionist, Stevie Nicks, The Cowsills, Jackson Browne, Bernard Fowler, Blondie Chaplin, Keith Richards, Warren Zevon, James Taylor, George Thorogood, Bob Weir, J.D. Souther, Linda Ronstadt + more) - 70
Cynthia ‘Plaster’ Caster - 70
Mark Rivera (Musical Director, Sessionist, Foreigner, Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel, Simon & Garfunkel, John Lennon, Billy Ocean, Joe Walsh, Billy Joel + more) - 65
Jimmy Haun (Yes, Air Supply, Lodgic, Circa, sessions, solo) -
Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard, Eric Burdon & The New Animals, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton + more) - 58
Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, The Notting Hillbillies, solo) - 57
Steve McDonald (Redd Kross, Off! + more) - 50
Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes, Hookah Brown, Circle Sound, solo) - 48

May 25
Klaus Meine (Scorpions) - 69
Robby Steinhardt (White Clover, Kansas, Steinhardt-Moon + more) - 67
Chuck Ruff (Sawbuck, Edgar Winter, Sammy Hagar + more) - b. 1951 - d. 10/14/11
Glen Drover (Eidolon, King Diamond, Megadeth, Testament, Queensrÿche) - 48
Adam Gontier (Three Days Grace, Saint Asonia, solo) - 39

May 26
Levon Helm (The Band, Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks, Levon Helm's Ramble on the Road, Levon Helm and The RCO All-Stars, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, solo) - b. 1940 - d. 4/19/12
Terrence "Verden" Allen (The Inmates, Mott the Hoople, Cheeks, Thunderbuck Ram, Soft Ground, solo) - 73
Gary Peterson (Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive) - 72
Mick Ronson (Mott The Hoople, David Bowie, Ian Hunter, Bob Dylan, Rolling Thunder Revue, Morrissey, Van Morrison, solo) b. 1946 - d. 4/29/93
Stevie Nicks (Buckingham/Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, solo) - 69
Richard Sohl (Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Nina Hagen, Elliott Murphy) - b. 1953 - d. 6/3/90
Lenny Kravitz - 53
Kevin Moore (O.S.I., Chroma Key, Dream Theater, Fates Warning, solo) - 50
Kristen Pfaff (Janitor Joe, Hole) - b. 1967 - d. 6/16/94
Alan White (Starclub, Oasis) - 45

May 27
Bruce Cockburn (singer, songwriter) - 72
Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship, Jorma Kaukonen Trio, Rod Stewart, Sons of Fred, Les Fleur de Lys, Sam Gopal Dream, Steamhammer, Jade, Silver Metre, Stoneground, Starship, Hot Tuna, guest on many sessions/albums, solo) - 69
Eddie Harsch (The Black Crowes, James Cotton, Bulldog, Detroit Cobra) - 60
Siouxsie - Susan Dallion (Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Creatures) - 60
Claude Schnell (ex-Dio) - 59
Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains) - 51

May 28
T Bone Walker - b. 1910 - d. 3/6/75
Papa John Creach (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, solo) - b. 1917 - d. 2/22/94
John Fogerty (The Golliwogs, Creedence Clearwater Revival, solo) - 72
Lee Sklar (The Section, James Taylor, Warren Zevon, Phil Collins, Jackson Browne, Toto, Era, contributed to over 2,000 albums as a session musician) - 70
Wendy O. Williams (The Plasmatics) - b. 1949 - d. 4/6/98
Eddie Jobson (Roxy Music) - 62
Dan K. Brown (The Fixx) -

May 29
Gary Brooker (Procol Harum, The Paramounts, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings) - 72
Francis Rossi (Status Quo, Graham Bonnet, solo) - 69
Mike Porcaro (Toto) - b. 1955 - d. 3/15/15
Mel Gaynor (Simple Minds) - 58
Melissa Etheridge - 56
John Micelli (Meat Loaf, My Chemical Romance, toured with Blue Öyster Cult and Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, others) - 56
Blaze Bayley (Wolfsbane, Iron Maiden, Blaze) - 54
Marc Tornillo (Accept, T.T. Quick) - 54
Noel Gallagher (Oasis, High Flying Birds, The Rain, Tailgunner, Smokin' Mojo Filters, Inspiral Carpets) - 50
Chan Kinchla (Blues Traveler) - 48

May 30
Lenny Davidson (The Dave Clark 5) - 73
Topper Headen (The Clash, solo) - 62
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Street Sweeper Social Club, The Nightwatchman, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band + more) - 53
Steve West (Danger Danger) - 53
Pete Holmes (Black 'N Blue, MSG, Malice) -
Stephen Malkmus (Pavement, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Silver Jews, The Crust Brothers) - 51
Sven Pipien (The Black Crowes) - 50
Phil Martini (Tokyo Dragons, The Quireboys, The Union, Joe Elliott's Down 'n' Outz, I Am I) -
Patrick Dahlheimer (Live, The Gracious Few) - 46

May 31
Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary, solo) - 79
John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) - b. 1948 - d. 9/25/80
Mike Edwards (ELO, stage work) - b. 1948 - d. 9/3/10
Mick Ralphs (Mott The Hoople, Bad Company) - 73
John Young (John Young Band, Lifesigns, Uli Jon Roth, Asia + more) - 61
Scotti Hill (Skid Row) - 53
Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy, The Damned Things + more) - 37

Today In Rock History:

May 1
1942: The U.S. government seizes the nation’s jukebox factories and puts them to work making war materials.
1955: An unknown guitarist named Chuck Berry is signed to Chess Records by Leonard Chess at the urging of Muddy Waters.
1955: On tour with Hank Snow's All Star Jamboree, Elvis Presley played three shows at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sun Records had just released Elvis' fourth single, ‘Baby, Let’s Play House.’
1957: The first issue of 16 Magazine, featuring Elvis Presley on the cover, is published.
1962: The Beatles started a month long residency at The Star Club, in Hamburg, Germany.
1964: The Beatles received $140,000 dollars for the rights to having their pictures included in packages of bubble gum in the USA.
1964: The Rolling Stones sign a management agreement with Andrew Loog Oldham and Eric Easton. Oldham, who worked for The Beatles, helps shape the Stones' rebellious image.
1965: Herman’s Hermits started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter.'
1966: The Beatles made their final live, paid appearance in the UK when they played a 15 minute set at the NME Poll Winners concert at Empire Pool, Wembley. Also appearing were The Spencer Davis Group, The Fortunes, Herman's Hermits, Roy Orbison, Cliff Richard, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Small Faces, Dusty Springfield, The Walker Brothers, The Who and The Yardbirds. The Fab Four were not filmed because a financial agreement could not be reached. Their last song is 'I'm Down.'
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience 'Hey Joe' b/w '51st Anniversary' 45 single is released.
1967: Elvis Presley (32) marries Priscilla Beaulieu (21) at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. This was the first marriage for them both and the only time Elvis was officially married. The cake cost $3200, which at the time was more than the price of an average car. Elvis gave his new bride a $4,000 ring that featured a three karat diamond surrounded by twenty smaller diamonds. She gave him a plain gold band. Priscilla's maid of honor was her sister, Michelle. Joe Esposito and Marty Lacker were duel best men, but the rest of the "Memphis Mafia" were conspicuously absent because they hadn't been invited. The only celebrity guest was comedian Redd Foxx, and the newlywed’s first dance was 'Love Me Tender.' The ceremony was followed by a reception for 80 guests. Lisa Marie Presley was born exactly nine months later to the day.
1967: The Beach Boys’ Carl Wilson is arrested for draft-dodging by the FBI. He is a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, and is eventually exonerated.
1968: Paul McCartney and John Lennon watch Bill Haley play Royal Albert Hall in London.
1969: Bob Dylan recorded an appearance for The Johnny Cash Show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. After two solo numbers from Dylan, Johnny Cash joined him for a rendition of 'Girl From The North Country'.
1970: Pink Floyd appeared at the Santa Monica Civic Center in California.
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at University of California- Irvine's Crawford Hall. Tickets were $4 and Lee Michaels was the support act.
1970: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of 13 US shows this month when they appeared at the Milwaukee Auditorium.
1970: The Grateful Dead played at Alfred College in Alfred, New York.
1971: The Rolling Stones' 'Brown Sugar' is released. It would reach #1 in the US and #2 in the UK.
1972: Pink Floyd performed the first of two nights at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
1972: Jeff Beck Group release their self-titled 4th studio album. It reached #19 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart.
1973: Bachman-Turner Overdrive, featuring former Guess Who guitarist Randy Bachman, release their first album. The LP would take six months to hit the charts and over a year before the single 'Let it Ride' became a Top 25 hit.
1975: The Rolling Stones kick off their tour by rolling down 5th Avenue in New York City playing 'Brown Sugar' from the back of a flatbed truck. Ron Wood has joined the band, though not officially at this point.
1975: James Taylor released his 6th album, 'Gorilla.' It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The track 'How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)' was a hit, topping the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1975: Bachman-Turner Overdrive begin their first UK tour at the Glasgow Apollo. They are supported by Thin Lizzy.
1975: Styx received their first Gold record as 'Styx II' was certified Gold for selling 500,000 copies in the U.S.
1976: Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Presence', the group's fifth #1 album.
1976: ‪Iron Maiden‬ played their first gig ever at St. Nicholas Hall in Poplar, London. The first lineup of the band: Dave Sullivan, Paul Day, Ron Rebel Matthews, Terry Rance and Steve Harris.
1977: The Clash launch their first U.K. tour. The forty show 'White Riot Tour' begins at London's Roxy Theatre (with openers The Jam and The Buzzcocks) and actually includes a 'riot' (audience goes wild ripping the bolted seats from the floor) at the Rainbow Theatre.
1978: David Bowie’s world tour stoped at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1979: Elton John became the first pop star to perform in Israel. In three weeks time he also became the first Western solo pop performer to tour Russia.
1979: Having become a born-again Christian, Bob Dylan begins work on his Gospel-oriented album 'Slow Train Coming.'
1980: The South African government banned Pink Floyd's single 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)' after black children adopted the song as their anthem in protest against inferior education.
1982: Joan Jett's 'I Love Rock 'N Roll' enters the 7th and final week at #1 on Bilboard's Hot 100.
1983: Lita Ford's debut solo album 'Out for Blood' is released.
1984: Lita Ford releases her 2nd solo album 'Dancin' on the Edge.'
1984: Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy. The founder of Fleetwood Mac had released a solo album called 'The Visitor' in 1981. Although the critics loved it, 'The Visitor' ended up losing a lot of money, as did Fleetwood's real estate investments, leading to eventual financial ruin. It didn't help that he was spending thousands of dollars of cocaine a month.
1986: American songwriter and producer Hugo Peretti died aged 70. Wrote and produced many classic hits including, 'Can’t Help Falling In Love,' 'Twistin’ The Night Away' 'Shout,' 'The Hustle,' and 'You Make Me Feel Brand New.'
1988: Pink Floyd's, 'Dark Side of the Moon' finally dropped off the US albums chart after a run of 725 weeks (almost 14 years).
1988: Billy Joel escapes punishment for defamation charges brought against him by Jack Powers, whom he called a "creep" during an interview with Playboy magazine. The judge cited the 1st Amendment and dropped all charges.
1990: Billy Idol's 4th studio album, 'Charmed Life' is released. It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The song, "Cradle of Love" was featured on the soundtrack to the movie, "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane," and is famous for its video, which won the 1990 MTV Video Music Award for "Best video from a film". The video, directed by David Fincher, features Betsy Lynn George as a teenager who knocks at her neighbor's door and asks to play a tape, before stripping to the music.
1990: Flotsam and Jetsam release their 3rd studio album, 'When the Storm Comes Down.' It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The song, 'Cradle of Love' was featured on the soundtrack to the movie, 'The Adventures of Ford Fairlane,' and is famous for its video, which won the 1990 MTV Video Music Award for "Best video from a film". The video, directed by David Fincher, features Betsy Lynn George as a teenager who knocks at her neighbor's door and asks to play a tape, before stripping to the music.
1993: Rage Against The Machine's self-titled debut lands on the U.S. album chart where it will stay for over a year.
1993: Supermodel Naomi Campbell announced her engagement to U2 bassist Adam Clayton. Campbell later called off the engagement but they remain friends to this day.
1993: Aerosmith's 'Livin' On The Edge' is in the 4th of 9 weeks at #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.
1995: Live’s 'Throwing Copper' hits #1 on the Billboard album charts, exactly one year after the day of its release.
1996: The Red Hot Chili Peppers album 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' is certified multi-platinum for selling four-million copies. It was released five years earlier.
1997: Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt had a quadruple heart by-pass operation after visiting his doctor and complaining of chest pains.
1997: The house where Kurt Cobain committed suicide went up for sale. The asking price for the five-bedroom house built in 1902 was $3 million. The carriage house where the Nirvana guitarist died had been demolished.
1999: The Paintings of Paul McCartney exhibit opened at the Lyz Art Forum in Siegen, Germany. The exhibit featured 70 paintings by the former Beatle, including a piece called 'Bowie Spewing' McCartney's representation of a young David Bowie.
2000: A $1.8 million civil fraud suit is filed against Neil Young in Los Angeles Superior Court by a former Village Voice writer Jimmy McDonough, who claims Young reneged on an agreement to have a biography written about him when Young blocked the book's publication.
2002: John Lennon's home recordings (singing to his step-daughter Kyoko) are auctioned off in London for $195,000.
2005: Bruce Springsteen went to #1 on the UK album chart with 'Devils & Dust,' his 6th UK chart topper.
2005: Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas went to No.1 on the US album chart with his first solo album 'Something To Be.' This marked the first time a male artist from a rock group had debuted at number one with his first solo album since the Billboard Top 200 was introduced 50 years ago.
2006: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards falls out of a palm tree at a private island resort in Fiji (or maybe not but he does have a head injury). Taken to a New Zealand hospital Richards receives treatment for a concussion. What would possess Richards to climb a palm tree? Reportedly, the accident occurred after drinking vodka all day and rum at night with fellow Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. He is released from the hospital a couple days later.
2007: 'The Spider-Man 3' Soundtrack is released. The set includes 'Falling Star' from Jet plus previously unreleased tunes by Wolfmother ('Pleased To Meet You') and the Killers ('Move Away').
2007: 'The Hymns For Peace: Live At Montreux 2004' DVD documents a star-studded concert, led by Carlos Santana, at Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival. The two-disc set features an interview with Santana and behind-the-scenes footage.
2007: Alice Cooper's memoir 'Alice Cooper, Golf Monster' is in bookstores. As the title indicates the tome focuses on how Coop's love of golf helped him kick his alcohol dependency.
2007: Jon Bon Jovi guests on the Rock-themed edition of American Idol. He gives feedback to the remaining six contestants, who present their own renditions of Bon Jovi songs.
2007: Pete Townshend's Lifehouse Method project is launched. It's an online computer program that generates personalized music for users. "You enter data about yourself, you share some stuff about how you feel, and you get back a piece of music," says Townshend. The Who guitarist began developing the concept in conjunction with the group's aborted early-70s project Lifehouse, and used the program to write the song 'Fragments' for the band's 'Endless Wire' album.
2007: Rush release their 19th studio album, 'Snakes & Arrows.' Produced by Grammy-winner Nick Raskulinecz, the album is the trio's first studio effort in five years.
2007: Black Sabbath (with Ronie James Dio) release their 'Live at Hammersmith Odeon.' It was recorded over thre nights on the Mob Rules Tour.
2008: Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger is fined $588 and has his driver's license revoked for a year following his conviction for drunken driving. A judge in Surrey, Canada, gives Kroeger the minimum sentence for his 2006 offense.
2008: Seether spearheads a charity campaign for Kids Help Phone, which offers free counseling and support for Canadian youth.
2008: Having been fired from Velvet Revolver only a month earlier, Scott Weiland performs with a reunited Stone Temple Pilots on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.
2008: Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel make Time magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people. And so does Radiohead (in the Builders & Titians category) for delivering 'In Rainbows' directly to online consumers.
2009: 'A Road To Recovery' benefit concert in New York features Rage Against The Machines' Tom Morello, Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell and Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell. The foundation is dedicated to helping young people battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises.
2009: Deep Purple's Steve Morse helps set a Guinness World Record for the largest guitar ensemble at the annual 'Thanks Jimi Festival' in Wroclaw, Poland. A crowd of 6,346 players perform DP's 'Smoke On The Water' and the Jimi Hendrix classic 'Hey Joe' "It looked like we were in a forest," wrote Morse. "Nothing but guitars for as far as you could see."
2009: A anonymous fan won a two hour, one on one guitar lesson with Queen's Brian May after bidding more than 7,500 pounds at a charity auction in London. The auction was held in support of the Action for Brazil's Children Trust, of which May is a patron.
2009: The voices and images of KISS' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are featured in the first of two episodes of the animated Nickelodeon series 'The Fairly OddParents.' The second segment airs two days later. The episodes are part of a three part installment titled 'Wishology.'
2010: Stone Temple Pilots' single 'Between The Lines' hits #1 on Billboard's Rock and Alternative charts. It is the first track off the group's self-titled album.
2010: 'Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage,' a documentary about the Canadian band, wins The Heineken Audience Award at New York's Tribeca Film Festival.
2010: The two-day Bamboozle Festival gets rolling in Rutherford, NJ. Paramore headlines the first day and Weezer the next. This is Paramore's fifth appearance at the festival but first as a headliner. It's also Weezer's festival debut.
2011: Longtime National Rifle Association supporter Ted Nugent speaks and performs at the NRA's annual meeting in Pittsburgh. On a stage decorated with automatic weapons, he tells the audience they should ratchet up their efforts to publicize gun rights. "You need to fix everybody in your lives to be absolutely pro-gun," says Nugent. "You need to talk guns all the time. You need to talk hunting all the time. The gun community should be all about public relations."
2011: Kid Rock is given the NAACP's Great Expectations Award during ceremonies held at Detroit's Cobo Center. Rock delivers the keynote address at the Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner despite protests over his use of the Confederate flag in his shows.
2012: Pennywise release their 10th studio album, 'All Or Nothing.' It's the group's first set with vocalist Zoli Teglas.
2012: Marilyn Manson's 'Born Villain' album is released. It features of cover of Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain' with Johnny Depp.
2012: The Red Hot Chili Peppers release 'We Salute You,' an EP with covers of songs originally recorded by the Ramones, Iggy & the Stooges, Neil Young, David Bowie, Beach Boys and Dion & The Belmonts.
2012: Jack White's debut solo album, 'Blunderbuss,' debuts at #1 on the U.K. album chart.
2012: 'The Avengers Assemble,' the soundtrack for the film The Avengers is released. The compilation includes Buckcherry's 'Wherever I Go,' with songs by Soundgarden, Rise Against, and Shinedown. The film is in theaters three days later.
2012: Tom Morello leads a May Day Occupy Wall Street protest from Bryant Park to lower Manhattan. He also releases a free download of his documentary 'World Wide Rebel Tour' in honor of International Worker's Day.
2012: 'The Beatles: On The Road 1964-1966,' a collection of photographs by Harry Benson, is in bookstores. The book initially retails for over $600.
2013: A Minnesota man is arrested for impersonating Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and racking up more than $100,000 in medical bills. While at the hospital, he signs autographs.
2013: ‪Stephen Pearcy‬ released his book 'Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life In Rock.'
2013: Black Sabbath record the second of two shows in Melbourne, Australia, which makes up the 'Live...Gathered In Their Masses' DVD.
2014: John Fogerty, John Mellencamp, Darius Rucker, Stevie Nicks and Dusty Hill are heard in public service announcements for Veterans Matter, an Ohio based charity dedicated to decreasing the number of homeless former military service people. The campaign runs for a month.
2014: Former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera's autobiography "My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura To Soulfly And Beyond" is released.
2017: KISS performed at the Olympijskiy Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

May 2
1956: For the first time in the history of Billboard's record charts, the same five songs appear in both the Pop and R&B Top Ten. They are: Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel' (#1 Pop, #6 R&B), Carl Perkins' 'Blue Suede Shoes' (#4 Pop, #3 R&B), Little Richard's 'Long Tall Sally' (#9 Pop, #1 R&B), The Platters' 'Magic Touch' (#10 Pop, #7 R&B) and Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers' 'Why Do Fools Fall in Love' (#7 Pop, #4 R&B).
1956: The Biggest Rock and Roll Show of '56 packs 'em in with Bill Haley & His Comets and Bo Diddley, among other acts. The caravan tour starts in Hershey, PA.
1956: With 'Folsom Prison Blues' still riding high on the Country charts, Sun Records releases Johnny Cash's ode to staying faithful while on the road, 'I Walk The Line.' It would prove to be Johnny's breakthrough hit, reaching #1 on Billboard's Country chart and #17 on the Hot 100. As for 'Folsom Prison Blues,' a 'live' version of the song that was recorded at the prison itself would be a hit all over again in 1968.
1960: Production began on Elvis Presley's 'G.I. Blues,' It was his first post-Army movie.
1960: In the aftermath of the payola scandal, Billboard magazine reports that many radio stations are adopting what they called a "better music" format and banning Rock and Roll.
1960: Dick Clark testifies before a Congressional committee investigating payola (and is cleared).
1960: The Everly Brothers had the ninth-fastest rising song in rock history (74-15) with 'Cathy's Clown.'
1963: The Beatles were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'From Me To You', the group's first #1 and the first of eleven consecutive #1's. The title of the song was inspired from a letters column called 'From You To Us' that ran in the British music newspaper, The New Musical Express.
1964: The Beatles held on to #1 for a fifth week with 'Can't Buy Me Love.' It was the 14th week in a row that the Beatles had owned the #1 song (from 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' to 'She Loves You' to 'Can't Buy Me Love').
1964: 'The Beatles' Second Album' reaches #1 on the Billboard LP chart in just its second week of release. It was the first album ever to make it to the top that quickly.
1964: For the first time in 51 weeks, The Beatles were not at the top of the UK album chart as they were finally unseated by The Rolling Stones debut LP.
1964: The Rolling Stones made their first appearance on the US singles chart when 'Not Fade Away' entered the chart at #98.
1965: Despite his vow that they would never be invited back, Ed Sullivan includes The Rolling Stones on his Sunday night variety show, along with Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield. Sullivan would later say that he received "thousands of calls complaining" about The Stones. To prevent any disturbances among the group’s fans, The Stones were locked in the Ed Sullivan Show studios for the entire day. They performed 'The Last Time,' 'Little Red Rooster,' 'Everybody Needs Somebody' and '2120 South Michigan Avenue.'
1966: Simon & Garfunkel released the single 'I Am a Rock.'
1966: The Mamas & The Papas' 'Monday Monday' hits #1 on the Billboard Pop charts.
1967: Capitol Records announce the abandonment of Brian Wilson's 'Smile' album. Wilson took over a year to compose and produce the LP, but after hearing The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' album, he became convinced that 'Smile' would be seen as second best. It would eventually be released on September 28th, 2004 on CD and a two-disc vinyl LP.
1969: Jimi Hendrix appears at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band played at College Discotheque in Macon, Georgia.
1969: Elvis Presley finished filming his last movie, 'Change of Habit.'
1969: The Who gave a press preview of their new rock opera 'Tommy' at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London. The actual album wouldn't be released to the record buying public until May 23.
1969: The Beatles recorded a re-make of the new George Harrison song ‘Something’ at Abbey Road Studios in London. They recoded 36 takes of the song, which included Billy Preston on piano.
1969: Pink Floyd appeared at Manchester Chamber Of Commerce in England. The show was recorded for the forthcoming album 'Ummagumma.'
1969: Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at the Pasadena Rose Palace in Pasadena, California.
1970: Norman Greenbaum's Gospel / Rock hit 'Spirit In The Sky' topped both the UK record chart and the Cash Box Best Sellers list. Greenbaum would later tell Rolling Stone magazine, "I'm just some Jewish musician who really dug Gospel music. I decided there was a larger Jesus Gospel market out there than a Jehovah one."
1971: Hawkwind played at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London.
1971: It's day two of the Mayday protests, as demonstrators fed up with the war in Vietnam try to shut down the US government by blocking off streets and bridges in Washington, DC. Thousands of arrests are made, many to bystanders who have nothing to do with the protest. At the foot of the Washington Monument, where much of the action is taking place, Jonathan Edwards performs his new song, 'Sunshine.' As the arrests continue, he plays the song over and over, "because there's no better song for the soundtrack of that movie."
1972: Bruce Springsteen auditioned for CBS Records A&R man John Hammond in New York. Springsteen played a short set for him in his office; Hammond was so impressed that he arranged a real audition that night at the Gaslight Club in New York for other Columbia executives. Bruce passed the audition.
1973: King Crimson played at Alpine Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1974: Genesis performed at Massey Hall in Toronto.
1975: Alice Cooper appears at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1975: The Beatles closed down Apple Records.
1977: Eric Clapton recorded 'Wonderful Tonight.'
1977: It took three and a half years but Bruce Springsteen's 'The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle' goes gold.
1978: David Bowie performed at the Civic Centre Arena in Ottawa, Canada.
1978: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 'You're Gonna Get It!' album is released.
1979: Roxy Music played at De Montfort Hall in Leicester, England.
1979: Van Halen release their 4th single 'Dance The Night Away.'
1979: The Who introduced their movie, 'Quadrophenia,' as well as their new drummer, Kenny Jones. Jones had been a member of The Small Faces with Steve Marriott.
1980: Pink Floyd's hit single 'Another Brick in the Wall (Part II),' with its chorus of kids chanting "We Don't Need No Education", is banned by the South African government. Black children, upset about inferior education, adopt the song as their anthem. The government says the song is "prejudicial to the safety of the state."
1980: The Grateful Dead performed at the Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.
1981: Eric Clapton peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'I Can’t Stand It' which was Clapton’s 4th top 10 single in the U.S.
1982: Adam and the Ants call it quits when Adam Ant departs for a solo career.
1983: Iron Maiden's 'World Piece Tour' begins.
1983: The Kinks released their comeback single 'Come Dancing.'
1986: Judas Priest kicked off their 'Fuel For Life' Tour is support of 'Turbo' at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque. Openers included Bon Jovi, Dokken, Krokus, Loudness and Warlock.
1987: 'The Finer Things' by Steve Winwood remained at #1 for a second week on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1988: Poison's sophomore album, 'Open Up And Say... Ahh,' enters the LP chart where it rises to # 2.
1988: Living Colour's debut album 'Vivid' is released. It would take almost a year to catch on, as the band slowly builds a following through touring, radio play and MTV.
1988: Melissa Etheridge's self-titled debut album is released. It reached #22 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. Four tracks hit the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart - 'Bring Me Some Water' (#10), 'Like the Way I Do' (#28), 'Chrome Plated Heart' (#22) and 'Similar Feature' (#6).
1991: The Rolling Stones are cited for Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the 36th Ivor Novello Awards in London. The honor is named after the Cardiff, Wales born entertainer Ivor Novello and has been presented annually by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors since 1955.
1991: The video for the R.E.M. song 'Losing My Religion', was banned in Ireland because its religious imagery was seen as unfit for broadcast.
1991: Nirvana booked into Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California for 16 days. On a budget of $65,000 and with Butch Vig producing the band started recording what would become the ‘Nevermind’ album.
1992: Nirvana's 'Come As You Are' peaks at #32 on the pop chart.
1992: Bonnie Raitt is awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
1992: Tom Petty rushed the release of his song 'Peace in L.A' following the Rodney King riots. Petty had written and recorded the song only a day before.
1992: Metallica reached the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the 4th time as 'Nothing Else Matters' peaked at #34.
1994: Varg Vikernes, leader of the Norwegian black metal band Burzum, begins his trial for the murder of rival black metal musician (and former bandmate) Oystein Aarseth, co-founder of the band Mayhem. The two men had had a confrontation in August of 1993 which ended with the fatal stabbing of Aarseth. Vikernes was convicted at the trial and was sentenced to 21 years in prison; however he was released early in May of 2009 on probation and currently continues to do business as Burzum, with several albums released since then. He still has fans.
1995: Slaughter released their 3rd studio album, 'Fear No Evil.'
1995: Pink Floyd's album 'The Wall' goes Diamond, with sales of over 10 million in the US. It later eclipses that total with sales of well over 20 million.
1997: U2 begin a U.S. trek with Rage Against The Machine as the supporting act. The first stop is in Salt Lake City.
1997: The Wallflowers performed in the parking lot of the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando, Florida to raise money for Kids for the World.
1998: Heavy metal guitarist Hideto "Hide" Matsumoto (of X-Japan) commits suicide at age 33 by hanging himself.
2000: Deep Purple appear on U.S. radio show, Rockline.
2000: Metallica chatted online with the fans about their Napster woes. The band also turned over a list of 300-thousand Napster users to the company, who they accused of copyright infringement.
2000: Asis released their 8th studio album, 'Rare.'
2003: The Donnas celebrate their 10th Anniversary.
2004: Total Guitar magazine's readers voted Guns N' Roses' anthem ‘Sweet Child O' Mine’ as the greatest guitar riff ever ahead of Nirvana's grunge anthem ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. Led Zeppelin's ‘Whole Lotta Love’ came third, followed by Deep Purple's ‘Smoke On The Water’. Total Guitar editor Scott Rowley said: "To a new generation of guitarist's, Guns N' Roses are more thrilling than the Sex Pistols."
2005: It's announced that Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has split with his wife, Samantha, due to 'irreconcilable differences'. In other Linkin Park news, the group seeks an end to their contract with Warner Music Group. They are distraught over the label's financial condition and commitment to its artists. Linkin Park, who sold more than 35 million CDs, represents 10% of WMG's worldwide sales.
2005: During a Boston club gig to promote his solo album, guitarist Joe Perry is joined by fellow Aerosmith bandmate Steven Tyler who plays harmonica and provides backing vocals.
2005: Eric Clapton joined former Cream members drummer Ginger Baker and bass player Jack Bruce for the first of four nights at London's Royal Albert Hall 36 years after they had split up. Tickets were changing hands for more than £500 on eBay and fans had flown over from the USA to witness the reunion, which Clapton aged 60, is said to have agreed to because of the failing health of the other former members of the band.
2006: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was released from hospital in New Zealand after the 62 year-old suffered "mild concussion" when he fell out of a coconut tree while on holiday in Fiji. He was airlifted to Auckland's Ascot Hospital for observation, where he underwent a brain scan.
2006: Donna D'Errico from Baywatch filed for divorce from Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx.
2006: Pearl Jam release their self-titled 8th studio album.
2006: Pearl Jam release their first studio effort for their new label, J Records. PJ's 8th self-titled studio album contains the single 'World Wide Suicide.'
2006: Tool release their 4th studio album, '10,000 Days.' The group also launches a North American tour in support of the album. It starts in Seattle and ends three weeks later in Boston.
2006: Apple stores in the UK and North American conduct advance listening parties for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Stadium Arcadium' double album that is released a week later.
2006: Godsmack's 'IV,' tops the Billboard 200 chart. Selling 211,000 copies in its first week the album is the second CD from the Boston group to debut at #1. '03's 'Faceless' was the first.
2006: White Stripes singer-guitarist Jack White and his wife, Karen Elson, welcome their daughter (and first child) Scarlett Teresa into the world. The girl's name comes from Gone With the Wind character Scarlett O'Hara and White's mother, respectively.
2006: Shinedown help rebuild homes for those affected by Hurricane Katrina, and raise awareness for the New Orleans Habitat for Humanity initiative. They also serve up an acoustic set.
2007: U2 frontman Bono offers his support to a bipartisan group of U.S. legislators who are pushing a bill to add $10 billion to a global-education fund. "I can't vote for any of them, but I'm thankful for what they're doing," says Bono. Also, the singer presents the Front Line Award for Human Rights Defenders to Gege Katana, an activist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, at a ceremony in Dublin, Ireland.
2007: The first of three sold-out concerts paying tribute to Boston frontman Brad Delp is held in Arlington, MA. 'In My Life: A Concert for Brad' features members of Delp's Beatles tribute act BeatleJuice. Delp committed suicide, two months earlier, on March 10.
2007: FOX's American Idol gets down to the nitty-gritty while the finalists get some pointers during a Bon Jovi appearance. Jon Bon Jovi had previously advised each contestant on their performance.
2008: 'Inside The Fire,' the lead single from Disturbed's 'Indestructible' album, reaches the top spot on Radio & Records' Active Rock Chart. It's the group's 6th song to reach #1 on the survey.
2008: 'Iron Man' is in theaters. Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello makes a brief cameo as a terrorist-and meets an untimely demise. He's Insurgent #5 in the movie and his guitar work is heard on the soundtrack.
2008: 3 Doors Down headline the two-day 23rd annual Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil in Birmingham, AL. Seether and Candlebox also are on the bill.
2008: A collection of photos by Bryan Adams of Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart, among others, is on display in New York. The two-week Hear The World Ambassadors exhibition is part of an initiative to raise awareness of hearing loss.
2008: Ringo Starr discusses his life as a member of The Beatles and his solo career on a HBO special-'Ringo Starr: Off The Record.'
2009: Bon Jovi make their first-ever appearance at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It's the Jazz Fest's 40th anniversary.
2009: Bob Dylan mingled unnoticed with other Beatles tourists during a minibus tour to John Lennon's childhood home. He was one of 14 tourists to examine photos and documents in the National Trust-owned home, where Lennon grew up with his aunt Mimi and uncle George. Dylan who was on a day off on a European tour paid £16 for the public trip to the 1940s house in Woolton, Liverpool.
2010: KoRn is a featured act on the Jagermeister Music Tour that starts at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, SC. "KoRn is not only a Grammy-winning band, but one that had been vocal about their love for Jagermeister since the '90s," says Bill Henderson, Jagermeister Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising. And please, always listen to KoRn responsibly.
2010: A flood in Nashville damages the Grand Ole Opry House and Country Music Hall of Fame. John Fogerty, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and Keith Urban are among those who lose guitars and other equipment that is held in a storage facility. Also destroyed are the bass used on the Hank Williams song 'Your Cheatin' Heart,' and a Stratocaster owned by Jimi Hendrix.
2011: 'Iron Maiden: In The Studio,' a behind-the-scenes look at the band, is in U.K. bookstores.
2011: Maryland's Consumer Protection Division settles with both Ticketmaster and TNOW Entertainment Group over allegations that the two companies knowledgeably misled consumers looking to purchase tickets to a '09 Bruce Springsteen concert in Washington, D.C. The companies are fined. According to Maryland's protection division, Springsteen fans looking for tickets on Ticketmaster's website were misled and directed to the TicketsNow resale site where tickets were sold at inflated prices.
2011: Jack White's solo debut, 'Blunderbuss' is #1 on the Billboard 200. It sells 138,000 copies during its first week.
2012: Greg Ham's funeral takes place at the Fitzroy Town Hall in Melbourne, Australia, with more than 300 mourners attending. The Men at Work flute player died two weeks earlier on April 19, at his home in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton North.
2012: Two instrumental tracks by Aerosmith's Joe Perry are featured on the CBS crime series 'CSI.' "The first piece is pure adrenaline Rock n' Roll. The second gave me a chance to work for my DJ son Roman, who contributed some of his electronic dance music," says Perry. The episode is titled 'Dune And Gloom.'
2013: Jeff Hanneman of Slayer passed away at the age of 49. Hanneman died of liver failure in a Southern California hospital near his home in Los Angeles. On May 9, 2013, the official cause of death was announced as alcohol-related cirrhosis. Hanneman and his family had apparently been unaware of the extent of the condition until shortly before his death. The guitarist had been suffering from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease that he is believed to have contracted from a spider bite in 2011.
2013: Bassist Adam Seward leaves Against Me! "No drama here. I reached a point where I need to focus on other things," says Seward. "The last 10 years ruled." Seward's departure follows drummer Jay Weinberg's exit months earlier.
2013: The Global Citizen Tickets Initiative is launched. Live music fans can undertake a variety of social actions, ranging from signing petitions to calling their representatives, to earn points they can use to win free tickets to concerts. Participating artists include Black Sabbath, Foo Fighters, Kings Of Leon, Nine Inch Nails, No Doubt, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young.
2014: Robert Plant announced that he had signed a new deal with Nonesuch Records in preparation for his 10th solo album.
2014: Motley Crue singer Vince Neil becomes part-owner of the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League. KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons already own the AFL team L.A. KISS.
2015: Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe opens a two month photography exhibition entitled 'D RANDALL BLYTHE: Show Me What You're Made Of' at Sacred Gallery in Manhattan's SoHo District.
2015: Andrew W.K. premieres his weekly two-hour radio show that discusses "what it is to be alive-a celebration of life itself." The show is on Glenn Beck's radio network.
2015: The 3rd annual Metallica Night at AT&T Park in San Francisco has the band wearing black Giants jerseys as they perform the U.S. national anthem. Drummer Lars Ulrich throws out the game's first pitch.
2016: Red Sun Rising land their second #1 single on the Rock Radio Chart with 'Emotionless.' 'The Otherside' was the first. The song is from the group's debut album, 'Polyester Zeal.'
2016: 'Steven Tyler... Out On A Limb' at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall in New York City is a collaboration between the Aerosmith frontman and director Brett Ratner to benefit Janie's Fund, Tyler's charity that helps girls overcome the trauma of abuse and neglect. The performance includes stories from Tyler's childhood to life with Aerosmith.
2017: Fozzy release their new single 'Judas.'

May 3
1958: Alan Freed has trouble on his hands when a brawl breaks out following a Big Beat Show at the Boston Arena (a hockey rink) featuring Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly. Several of the estimated 5,000 teens in attendance are injured and Freed will later be charged with incitement of a riot and destruction of property. Rock and Roll became demonized in Boston, and the city did not host another Rock concert until 1964, when The Beatles came through.
1964: Gerry And The Pacemakers make their US television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show a full month before their first appearance on the Billboard chart with 'Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying.'
1965: The Beatles were kept busy filming scenes for their forthcoming film 'Help!' on Salisbury Plain with the British Army's Third Tank Division.
1965: The Who play the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England.
1967: Beach Boy Carl Wilson goes to court on draft evasion charges.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at Moulin Rouge in Ainsdale, Lancashire, England.
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded 'Voodoo Chile.' It was featured on the 'Electric Ladyland' double album and became an UK #1 single on November 21, 1970 two months after the guitarist's death.
1968: The Beach Boys tour with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Maharishi's lectures on spiritual enlightenment bomb and the tour falls apart.
1969: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrest Jimi Hendrix at Toronto's International Airport for possession of narcotics. He was released on $10,000 bail until his acquittal the following December. He claims a fan gave him the drugs and that he had no idea what they were.
1971: Grand Funk Railroad "consent" to meet with members of the press, who have never treated the group with respect, despite their string of Gold records. 150 reporters were invited to New York's Gotham Hotel. Only 6 showed up.
1971: At a Coopenhagen, Denmark gig at K.B. Hallon, Led Zeppelin played 'Four Sticks' live for the only time in their career. They also play 'Misty Mountain Hop' for the first time in concert.
1972: Pink Floyd played at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
1974: Led Zeppelin launches its Swan Song label.
1974: Status Quo release their 7th studio album, 'Quo.' It reached #2 on the UK Albums chart. Despite the band believing the album's opening track, 'Backwater,' was the most suitable candidate for release as a single, the only track to actually be released as a single was 'Break the Rules,' in April 1974, and it reached in the UK at #8.
1975: Chicago started a two week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Chicago VIII', the group's third US #1.
1976: David Bowie played the first of six sold out nights at Wembley, on his 'Station To Station' tour, his first UK gig in three years.
1976: Paul McCartney makes 'is first concert appearance in America in almost ten years as Wings kick off the 32-date 'Wings Over America' tour at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The show is McCartney's first U.S. performance since The Beatles last concert in 1966 at Candlestick Park
1976: Aerosmith release their 4th studio album 'Rocks.' It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and charted three singles on the Billboard Hot 100, two of which reached the Top 40 ('Back in the Saddle' #38 and 'Last Child' #21). It is ranked #176 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1977: Paul Simon, Phoebe Snow, Jimmy Cliff and others perform a benefit for the New York Public Library that raises $30,000..
1978: 'FM,' a film about the struggles of a radio station, debuts in Los Angeles. The soundtrack features Steely Dan, Steve Miller, The Eagles, Neil Young, Billy Joel and Warren Zevon. More people would buy the soundtrack than bothered to see the film.
1978: The first date of a 12-date UK tour by The Climax Blues Band supported by Dire Straits.
1980: Bob Seger's album, 'Against The Wind,' begins a six week run at the top of the U.S. album chart. The record stays on the chart for 110 weeks.
1981: Motley Crue release their first single 'Stick To Your Guns,' with the b-side 'Toast of the Town.'
1983: Pink Floyd's 'Not Now John' (Obscured Version) b/w 'The Hero's Return, Parts I and II' 45 single is released. It comes from Pink Floyd's 1983 album, 'The Final Cut.' The track is the only song from the album featuring the vocals of David Gilmour, found in the verses, with Roger Waters singing the refrains and interludes, and was the only single released from the album, though the word "f***" was obscured in the single release.
1984: The vintage line-up of Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord and Paice reunited as Deep Purple.
1985: The Firm's 'Satisfaction Guaranteed' b/w 'Closer' 45 single is released. Featuring former Free and Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers, ex-Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, ex-Uriah Heep and Manfred Mann's Earth Band drummer Chris Slade and bass player Tony Franklin. The band made two albums in the mid-80’s. 'Satisfaction Guaranteed' was the 2nd single from their self-titled debut. It reached #73 in the Billboard charts.
1986: Robert Palmer's 'Addicted To Love' tops the Billboard singles chart on its way to becoming a world-wide million seller. Originally recorded as a duet with Chaka Khan, her record company wouldn't grant her a release to work on Palmer's label, Island Records, and her voice was removed.
1986: Bob Seger's 'American Storm' album, with 'Like A Rock,' peaks at #13 on the U.S. album chart.
1988: Queensryche released their 3rd studio album 'Operation: Mindcrime.'
1988: Poison released their 2nd studio album 'Open Up and Say... Ahh!'
1988: Living Colour release their debut album, 'Vivid.' It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The track, 'Cult Of Personality' reached #13 on The Billboard Hot 100 chart and #9 on the Mainstream Rock chart. 'Glamour Boys' also reached the Top 40 (#31).
1993: Guns N' Roses release their 13th single, 'Civil War.'
1994: To launch their 'Voodoo Lounge' tour, The Rolling Stones sailed a boat down the Hudson River in New York.
1997: Ten months after its release, the Wallflowers' 'Bringing Down The Horse' peaks at #4 on the U.S. album chart.
2000: AC/DC's 'Stiff Upper Lip' goes Gold in the U.S.
2000: The Offspring's 1994 breakthrough album 'Smash' is certified platinum by the RIAA for the sixth time.
2001: A news release states George Harrison has undergone cancer surgery. Early prognosis is good but it doesn't last.
2003: Ozzy Osbourne announces he is leaving his record label Sony after 23 years after becoming bored with the partnership, and because of the departure of Sony's controversial boss, Tommy Mottola.
2004: Scorpions released their 15th studio album, 'Unbreakable.'
2004: The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal by two musicians who claimed they were owed royalties from Ozzy Osbourne. Bassist Robert Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake had fought a long-running battle since 1997 with the Osbourne family claiming they were entitled to money from the albums ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman.’ Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy's wife and manager, said that the pair had "harassed" her family and had had their contributions removed from the albums because of their "abusive and unjust behavior".
2004: Disturbed taps ex-Union Underground member John Moyer to fill the bass slot vacated late in 2003 by Steve 'Fuzz' Kmak.
2004: The prosecutor in the misdemeanor drug case against Courtney Love says she tested positive for cocaine and other drugs after her October 2003 arrest. Assistant City Attorney Jerry Baik declines to identify the other drugs.
2005: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry releases his self-titled solo album. He covers The Doors' 'Crystal Ship' and Woody Guthrie's 'Vigilante Man.' 'Shakin' The Cage' is the first single. It reaches #110 on the Billboard charts.
2005: Nine Inch Nails release their 4th studio album, 'With Teeth.' A N.I.N. tour headed by Trent Reznor, with vocalist Alessandro Cortini, guitarist Aaron North, A Perfect Circle/ex-Marilyn Manson bassist Jeordie White and drummer Jerome Dillon is already underway.
2005: Limp Bizkit's release their 5th album, 'The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1),' containing 'The Truth.'
2006: A London court rules that Purple Haze Records does not have the right to distribute or sell Jimi Hendrix's music. Experience Hendrix, the business entity that oversees Hendrix's musical legacy, brought the action to halt the unauthorized use of the late guitarist's recordings.
2006: The first Bob Dylan radio program was aired on XM Satellite Radio. Tracks played on his show included Blur, Prince, Billy Bragg, Wilco, Mary Gauthier, L.L. Cool J and The Streets.
2006: David Bowie says he's "fed up" with the music industry and plans spending some time away from the spotlight. "I'm taking a year off-no touring, no albums," Bowie tells Vanity Fair magazine.
2006: Neil Young releases 'Living With War.' He says the (President) Bush bashing, anti-war (Iraq) album is "Metal Folk protest."
2008: Deep Purple's Ian Gillan, Cream's Jack Bruce and the Guess Who's Randy Bachman perform the first of two Toronto benefit concerts celebrating the life of guitar virtuoso Jeff Healey. The shows raise money the Daisy's Eye Cancer Fund, which supports children stricken with retinoblastoma. Healey, who lost his sight as an infant due to the disease, passed away March 2 at age 41.
2008: Having already performed at a Barrack Obama rally, John Mellencamp does the same at a Hillary Clinton campaign stop. "I'm not endorsing any (presidential) candidate," says Mellencamp. "I'm just supporting the Democrats in hopes that we can turn this country around."
2009: Jon Bon Jovi is one of fourteen inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. "This group of Hall of Famers embodies the spirit of New Jersey, a combination of drive, determination and creativity that has led them to greatness," says NJ Governor John Corzine. "I'll stack up Jersey to just about anywhere there is," adds Bon Jovi who is recognized for both his musical contributions and his charitable work.
2009: Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Tom Morello, John Mellencamp, Warren Haynes and more take part in 'The Clearwater Concert: Creating the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders' at New York's Madison Square Garden. It's a celebration of Folk legend Pete Seeger's 90th birthday and raises funds for Seeger's Hudson River Sloop Clearwater organization, which focuses on keeping the Hudson River clean.
2009: Pearl Jam's songs are featured on the two-episode season finale of the CBS police drama 'Cold Case'. The shows, titled 'The Long Blue Line' and 'Into the Blue' (airing a week later) include tunes from the band's debut album, 1991's 'Ten.'
2009: No Doubt's reunion tour starts in Atlantic City. It's the group's first trek since '04.
2010: Elton John is banned from performing in Egypt. The ban follows comments made in a Parade magazine interview where Elton claimed Jesus was a "super-intelligent gay man." He also criticized the policies of Middle Eastern countries toward homosexuals.
2011: Stevie Nicks' 7th solo album and first in a decade, 'In Your Dreams' is released.
2011: The Beastie Boys release their long anticipated 'Hot Sauce Committee Part 2.' The multiple delays were due to Adam Yauch's ongoing battle with cancer.
2011: Sixx A.M. released the album 'This Is Gonna Hurt.'
2011: Steven Tyler releases his autobiography 'Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?' The publisher, Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins, says the 400 page book has "all the unexpurgated, brain-jangling tales of debauchery, sex and drugs and transcendence you will ever want to hear."
2011: An exhibition of Mick Jagger portraits opens at the National Portrait Gallery in London. 'Mick Jagger: Young in the 60's' exhibit features twelve portraits of the Rolling Stones frontman taken by Gered Mankowitz, the band's first official photographer, and others. This is the gallery's first photo exhibition solely on Jagger.
2012: Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shavell narrowly avoided a potential deadly helicopter crash when their pilot became disoriented during a flight in bad weather and missed some trees by just two feet. Flying home to their estate in East Sussex, England after a day in London, the McCartney's were not aware of how close they came to crashing at the time. The UK's Department of Transport launched an investigation into the incident the following November.
2013: The Adam Yauch Playground is dedicated. Formerly known as Palmetto Playground, the recreational area is near Yauch's childhood home in Brooklyn Heights. Fellow Beastie Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz attends. Yauch, aka MCA, died of cancer in '12 at age 47.
2013: It's the first Metallica Night at AT&T Park as the San Francisco Giants play the visiting L.A. Dodgers. Metallica performs the National Anthem and throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Ticket holders receive a limited edition Metallica/Giants hat with a portion of the sales donated to charity.
2013: The Rolling Stones '50 & Counting' tour kicks off at the Staples Center in L.A.
2014: Drummer Bobby Gregg, who played on Bob Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' and Simon and Garfunkel's hit rock version of 'The Sound of Silence,' dies at age 78 in Las Vegas from reasons unknown. Gregg would go on to play drums with Paul Simon, Peter, Paul & Mary, and John Cale. He also worked as a producer and A&R man for CBS and Epic Records.
2015: Mark Hoppus joins All Time Low on stage in L.A. for a rendition of 'Tidal Waves,' an ATL ballad featuring the Blink-182 singer.
2016: 7,000 AC/DC fans who bought tickets to see the band perform at Werchter Festivalpark in Werchter, Belgium request their money back because they don't want to watch Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) on lead vocals. He replaced the ailing Brian Johnson for the final stretch AC/DC's tour.
2016: Scott Stapp announces that he's the singer for Art Of Anarchy, replacing the late Scott Weiland. The group features former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumble Foot" Thal and John Moyer of Disturbed.

May 4
1886: Chichester Bell and Charles Tainter received a US patent for the graphophone. Their invention was meant to replace Thomas Edison's phonograph and featured wax-coated cylinders which were considered an improvement over the phonograph's tinfoil cylinders which had been delicate and difficult to remove.
1956: Gene Vincent records 'Be Bop A Lula' for Capitol Records at Owen Bradley's studio in Nashville, Tennessee. It would climb to #7 in the US and #16 in the UK the following Summer, eventually selling over 2 million copies. Vincent has said that he wrote the words to the song after being inspired by a comic strip called 'Little Lulu.'
1956: England's New Musical Express erroneously reports that "Elvin" Presley will be performing an upcoming gig at the Palladium in London. Elvis never plays Europe.
1957: ABC-TV broadcasts the debut of 'Rock n' Roll Revue.' The half-hour program, hosted by Rock promoter Alan Freed includes Guy Mitchell, The Del-Vikings, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, The Clovers, June Valli, Martha Carson and the Alan Freed Rock And Roll Orchestra.
1959: The first Grammy Awards were held simultaneously in both Beverly Hills and New York City. Record of the Year and Song of the Year awards both went to 'Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)' by Domenico Modugno, while Album of the Year went to The Music from Peter Gunn by Henry Mancini in Los Angeles.
1960: Bobby Rydell takes American Bandstand viewers on a tour of his Philadelphia home.
1963: The Beatles score their first UK #1 when 'From Me To You' reaches the top for the first of a seven week run. The song's title was inspired from a letters column called From You To Us that ran in the British music newspaper, The New Musical Express.
1963: The Beach Boys 'Surfin U.S.A.' LP hits the charts. It will enjoy a 78 week stay and top out at #2.
1964: The Moody Blues form in Birmingham, England. The group was the brainchild of vocalist Denny Laine, who recruited Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas, Graham Edge and Clint Warwick.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on UK TV's Top Of The Pops,' performing 'Purple Haze.' During afternoon rehearsals for the show, Mick Jagger pops into the studio to see Hendrix.
1967: The Turtles receive their first of two Gold singles for their recent #1 Pop hit, 'Happy Together.' Atlantic Records head Jerry Wexler did not want to release the song. US disc jockey Murray the K heard the track and encouraged Atlantic to release it. Their second Gold single will come later in the year for 'She'd Rather Be With Me.'
1967: Pink Floyd performed at the Locarno Ballroom in Coventry, West Midlands, England.
1968: Steppenwolf makes its US television debut, performing 'Born to Be Wild' on ABC-TV's American Bandstand.
1968: The Yardbirds played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: Mary Hopkin won her heat on the ITV talent show Opportunity Knocks. She later signed with The Beatles owned Apple Records, Paul McCartney produced her UK No.1 single “Those Were The Days,” which also made No. 2 in the US. Hopkin later married record producer Tony Visconti.
1968: The Who appear at Melody Fair in North Tonawanda, New York.
1969: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr all show up at the London wrap party for 'The Magic Christian.' The film, based on Terry Southern’s novel, stars Peter Sellers and Ringo.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Central City Park in Macon, Georgia.
1970: Four students were shot and killed by the National Guard at Kent State University in Ohio during an anti-war demonstration. Neil Young reacted to the senseless slayings by writing and recording the song, 'Ohio.' with Crosby, Stills & Nash, the very next day. Days later, over 900 colleges are closed as four million students protest. The Kent State campus remains closed for six weeks. 100,000 march on Washington, D.C. which leads to such civil unrest that President Nixon is taken to Camp David for two days.
1972: The Grateful Dead perform at the Olympia Theater in Paris during their fabled Europe ’72 tour.
1972: Pink Floyd played at the Music Hall in Boston on the last night of a North American tour. The show was moved from the Orpheum Theater, a smaller venue due to the high ticket demand.
1973: Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1973: Led Zeppelin opened their 1973 US tour, which is billed as the 'biggest and most profitable Rock and Roll tour in the history of the United States.' The group would gross over $4 million from the dates, flying between gigs in 'The Starship' a Boeing 720 passenger jet, complete with bar, shower room, TV and video in a 30' lounge and a white fur bedroom.
1974: Grand Funk Railroad started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with their version of the Little Eva hit 'The Loco-Motion.' It was only the second time that a cover version had been a #1, as well as the original. (The first was 'Go Away Little Girl,' a hit for Steve Lawrence in 1963 and Donny Osmond in 1971).
1975: Elvis Presley kicked off a 31 date North American Tour by playing two shows at the Civic Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
1976: KISS perform their first concert in their hometown of New York City.
1976: David Bowie performed the first of four nights at the Empire Pool, Wembley, in London. Earlier in the day, he gave a rare interview to Jean Rook of the Daily Express.
1976: The Rolling Stones played at the AWD Dome in Bremen, Germany.
1977: The Beatles release 'The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl.' It features songs by The Beatles compiled from two live performances at the Hollywood Bowl during August 1964 and August 1965. Even though the recordings on The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl were between twelve and thirteen years old at the time of release, the album reached #1 on the New Musical Express chart in the U.K. and #2 on the Billboard chart in the United States. The album has yet to be released on compact disc in either country.
1977: The Patti Smith Group, David Johansen, Dead Boys, Blondie, Suicide and Richard Hell & The Voidoids all appeared at a Punk Benefit at CBGB's in New York City.
1978: Jefferson Starship receive a Platinum record the album 'Earth.' It will be their last LP with Grace Slick and Marty Balin. Just a few weeks later, both quit and the band had to be revamped.
1979: Electric Light Orchestra receive recognition for their Outstanding Contribution To British Music at the Ivor Novello Awards in London. It's for their double album, 'Out Of The Blue.'
1979: Rush appeared at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1980: ZZ Top performed at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.
1980: An acoustic performance by the East Los Angeles band Los Lobos brought a hostel response from an Olympic Auditorium audience who came to hear Punk music. Opening for Public Image Ltd, the group was bombarded with bottles and other debris. It would take seven more years for the band to crack the Hot 100 with a couple of Richie Valens songs, 'La Bamba' (#1) and 'Come On, Let's Go' (#21).
1982: .38 Special's 5th studio album, 'Special Forces' is released.
1982: Duran Duran's first major hit, 'Hungry Like The Wolf,' is released in the U.K. It reaches #5 on the UK charts. ‬
1984: Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders marries Jim Kerr of Simple Minds. They divorce in 1990.
1984: King Crimson played at Kenmin Hall in Kanagawa, Japan.
1985: Don Henley peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'All She Wants to Do Is Dance,' which was Henley’s third top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1987: Paul Butterfield, blues harmonica player and vocalist, and founder of The Butterfield Blues Band, dies in North Hollywood, CA from a heroin overdose. He was just 44. Butterfield was from Chicago and was mentored by the likes of Muddy Waters and Elvin Bishop. His band played at both The Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock. In 2015, he was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Butterfield developed his drug addiction after suffering from several surgeries to relieve his peritonitis, a serious and painful inflammation of the intestines.
1989: Stevie Ray Vaughan set out on what would be his last ever tour at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia. The guitarist was killed in a helicopter crash on 27th Aug 1999 after a concert at Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin, after playing 107 of the 110 dates.
1990: David Bowie's ex-wife Angela goes on The Joan Rivers Show and says that she once walked in on Bowie and Mick Jagger naked in bed. Angela signed a gag order when she divorced Bowie that kept her from talking for 10 years, and was taking advantage of the opportunity.
1990: Slaughter‬ performed onstage for the very first time in ‎Lubbock‬, ‎Texas‬.
1991: Governor Ann Richards declares "ZZ Top Day" in Texas, honoring the group for "bringing the powerful beat of Texas boogie to enthusiastic audiences across the globe."
1992: KISS release their 44th single,'Unholy,' from the 'Revenge' album.
1992: Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke gives KISS the keys to the city & declares it KISS Day.
1994: The RIAA (the record industry) certifies that the Gin Blossoms album 'New Miserable Experience' has sold over four million copies. The album, released three years earlier, has 'Hey Jealousy' and 'Found Out About You.'
1995: John Fogerty was awarded $1.35 million by a San Francisco judge after winning a
copyright lawsuit brought on by Saul Zaentz & Fantasy Records.
1996: Rage Against The Machine's sophomore album 'Evil Empire,' is #1 in the U.S. selling 250,000 copies in the week of its release. The album won the 1996 Grammy award for Best Metal Performance.
1997: Courtney Love placed an advert in The Seattle Times selling the house she had shared with Kurt Cobain. The five bedroom four bathroom house was on the market for $3 million. The carriage house where Kurt Cobain died had been knocked down during refurbishment.
1999: Black Label Society release their debut studio album, 'Sonic Brew' in the U.S. It had already ben released in Japan on October 28, 1998.
2000: Metallica were demanding online music service Napster cut off 335,000 users who they claimed had been illegally trading their songs. The band had passed on the names of all those they considered to be "stealing" their material over the internet in the latest development in an ongoing battle over the protection of music copyrights on the web.
2004: Former Guns N' Roses members, Slash and Duff McKagan, file a lawsuit against GN'R frontman Axl Rose alleging he nixed movie music licensing deals that would have generated at least $1 million.
2004: Sevendust release an unplugged concert CD/DVD collection titled 'Southside Double-Wide Acoustic Live.'
2004: Death Angel release their 4th studio album, 'The Art of Dying.'
2004: A Perfect Circle's DVD 'Lost In The Bermuda Triangle' is released.
2004: Sheryl Crow performs on board a United Airlines flight from Chicago to L.A. marking the launch of United`s partnership with Sony's Music. The deal allows music purchases to earn air miles while miles can be traded for music downloads.
2006: Jon Bon Jovi is honored for his charitable efforts during the Help USA organization's annual Tribute Awards Dinner in New York. Help USA provides services to the nation's homeless.
2007: Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger punches a man in the face outside a Vancouver, BC, nightclub. According to reports the 'victim' harassed Kroeger by shouting "Nickelback sucks."
2008: Bruce Springsteen is one the 15 inaugural members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame (along with Frank Sinatra and actress Meryl Streep) in the Arts & Entertainment category.
2010: Godsmack release their 5th studio album, 'The Oracle.'
2010: Extreme release their live album, 'Take Us Alive.'
2010: Poison frontman Bret Michaels is discharged from Barrow Neurological Institute in Arizona after suffering a brain hemorrhage two weeks earlier. He receives on-going physical therapy at another facility.
2012: Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys dies of cancer at 47. Yauch, also known as MCA or Nathanial Hörnblowér, was the co-founder of the hip hop/rock trio that scored 3 Grammys and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. The two remaining band members have backed Yauch’s wishes stated in his last will and testament: “Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes.”
2014: Elton John tops the Sunday Times Giving List. As the U.K.'s most generous donor, John gave $36 million in 2013, with a large amount going to his AIDS foundation. U2's Bono also makes the list with $12 million in donations.
2015: REO Speedwagon and Imagine Dragons team up for "Mash Up Mondays," a collaborative performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The two bands become Imagine REO Speedragons.
2016: Little Richard's attorney told Rolling Stone that on-line reports of his client's declining health were untrue and that the 83-year-old Rock 'n' Roll pioneer was still healthy and active.
2016: After Donald Trump's campaign plays 'Start Me Up' following his victory speech celebrating his path to the Republican nomination, The Rolling Stones ask him to stop, joining several other artists in decrying his use of their songs.

May 5
1900: The Billboard, a magazine for the music and entertainment industries, began weekly publication after six years as a monthly. By midyear it was calling itself "The Official Organ of the Great Out-Door Amusement World."
1956: Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel" tops the U.S. charts for the first of seven weeks. The King's major label debut is also #1 on the Country & Western charts, and it makes it to #5 on the R&B survey. It became his first million-seller, and was the best-selling single of 1956. The lyrics were based on a newspaper article about the suicide of a lonely man who jumped from a hotel window.
1960: Roy Orbison 'Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel)' b/w 'Here Comes That Song Again' 45 single is released. I became his first major hit. As an operatic rock ballad, it was a sound unheard of at the time, described by the New York Times as expressing "a clenched, driven urgency". It is seen as a seminal event in the evolution of Rock and Roll. Released as a 45rpm single by Monument Records in May, 1960, it went to #2 on the United States Billboard pop music charts in late-July 1960 and to #14 on the Billboard R&B charts. It reached #1 in the United Kingdom, a position it achieved on October 20, 1960, staying there for two weeks (out of a total of 24 weeks spent on the UK singles chart from 28 July 1960). In 1999, 'Only the Lonely' was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it #232 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1961: Roy Orbison's 'Running Scared' hits the top of the charts.
1962: Chris Montez records 'Let's Dance,' which will reach #4 on the Billboard chart and #2 in the UK next Fall.
1963: On a recommendation by George Harrison, Dick Rowe Head of A&R at Decca records, (and the man who turned down The Beatles), went to see The Rolling Stones play at Crawdaddy Club, London. The band were signed to the label within a week.
1966: Manfred Mann went at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Pretty Flamingo.' The recording features future Cream bassist Jack Bruce, who briefly joined the band in 1965. On their Top Of The Pops appearance, singer Paul Jones performed while standing on one leg.
1966: The Who performed at Town Hall in Kidderminster, West Midlands, England.
1967: Scott McKenzie's 'San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)' first appears on the US singles chart and soon becomes an anthem of the Flower Power movement and hippies everywhere.
1967: The Kinks released 'Waterloo Sunset' as a single which went on to peak at #2 on the UK chart. Songwriter and Kinks singer Ray Davies later stated that the song was originally entitled 'Liverpool Sunset', after his love for Liverpool and Merseybeat.
1968: Pink Floyd performed two shows at Theatre 140, in Brussels, Belgium.
1968: After months of internal dissension, Buffalo Springfield play their final concert at The Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California. Richie Fury would go on to form Poco and Stephen Stills teamed up with David Crosby and Graham Nash in Crosby, Stills and Nash.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" is released. It will reach #2 in the US and top the chart in the UK.
1969: The Beatles single 'Get Back' was released in the US. John Lennon claimed in 1980 that "there's some underlying thing about Yoko in there"," claiming that Paul McCartney looked at Yoko Ono in the studio every time he sang "Get back to where you once belonged."
1971: The Rascals 8th studio album (a double-LP), 'Peaceful World' is released. It peaked at #122 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single 'Love Me' reached #95 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1972: Paul Simon, Chicago and Carole King all perform at a benefit concert for U.S. presidential candidate George McGovern.
1972: Blind blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis died of a heart attack at age 76. His unique finger-picking style influenced many other artists.
1972: Jethro Tull and Wild Turkey appeared at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1972: The first day of the three day Bickershaw Festival took place in Wigan, England, with The Grateful Dead, Dr John, Donovan, The Kinks, Captain Beefheart, Hawkwind, America, Family, Country Joe MacDonald, Wishbone Ash, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Brinsley Schwarz and the Flamin Groovies.
1973: At Tampa Stadium in Florida, Led Zeppelin played to 56,800 fans. The band grossed $309,000. At the time, the show set a record for the largest paying crowd at an American rock concert. The band played for two and a half hours without an intermission. Tickets were $5.00.
1973: Paul Simon's 'There Goes Rhymin' Simon' album is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #4 on the UK Albums chart. It received two nominations at the Grammy Awards of 1974, including Best Male Pop Vocal performance and Album of the Year. It was ranked #267 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1973: King Crimson played at The Forum in Montreal, Quebec.
1973: Elvis Presley went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite.'
1973: David Bowie reached #1 on the U.K. Album Chart for the first time with 'Aladdin Sane' which spent five weeks on top of the chart. It reached #17 in the U.S. The follow-up to his breakthrough 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,' the name of the album is a pun on "A Lad Insane."
1973: Sweet peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Little Willy' which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1974: Television perform at CBGB's in New York. The support act was the Stillettoes, playing their first show at CBGB's. They would later become Blondie.
1975: Rod Stewart starts dating actress Brit Ekland after meeting at an L.A. party.
1975: Yes performed at Colston Hall in Bristol, England.
1977: The Grateful dead played at Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut.
1978: Aerosmith performed at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1978: AC/DC's 'Powerage' album is released. It's their 4th studio LP (the 5th to be released in Australia).
1978: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band's album, 'Stranger in Town' is released. It's his 10th studio album and 2nd with The Silver Bullet Band. It goes on to peak at #4 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell six million copies in the U.S.
1979: 28 year old Suzi Quatro reached #5 on the Hot 100 with a duet with Chris Norman called 'Stumblin' In.' It would be the only time she cracked the US Top 40.
1979: On the last date of a US tour, The Boomtown Rats appeared at The Palladium in New York City.
1979: Van Halen played at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1980: The Who appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1980: Saxon release their 2nd studio album 'Wheels of Steel.'
1980: Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio play the 1st of four sold out shows at London's Hammersmith Odeon with Girlschool as openers.
1981: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 4th album, 'Hard Promises' is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. Its original working title was 'Benmont's Revenge.' This was the second Tom Petty album on the Backstreet Records label. The album's release was delayed while Petty and his distributor MCA Records argued about the list price. The album was slated to be the next MCA release with the new list price of $9.98, following Steely Dan's Gaucho and the Olivia Newton-John/Electric Light Orchestra Xanadu soundtrack. This so-called "superstar pricing" was $1.00 more than the usual list price of $8.98. Petty voiced his objections to the price hike in the press and the issue became a popular cause among music fans. Non-delivery of the album or naming it Eight Ninety-Eight were considered, but eventually MCA decided against the price increase. During the recording of the album John Lennon was scheduled to be in the same studio at the same time. Tom Petty was looking forward to meeting him when he came in. The meeting never occurred; unfortunately, John Lennon was murdered before he could ever make it into the studio. In order to pay tribute to one of their influences the band decided to etch "WE LOVE YOU JL" on the master copy of the album. To this day "WE LOVE YOU JL" is seen on every Hard Promises vinyl copy pressed. The album's title comes from a line in the chorus of 'Insider.'
1983: The one thousandth edition of Britain's music show, 'Top of the Pop's is broadcast on BBC-TV. The weekly version of the show ran from January 1st, 1964 to July 30th, 2006.
1983: Clarence Quick, the bass voice of the Del Vikings on their 1956 hit, 'Come, Go With Me,' died of a heart attack. He was just 46 years old.
1984: Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr married Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde in a horse drawn carriage in Central Park, New York City.
1984: Duran Duran were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Reflex,' the group’s second and last chart topper. It stays there 4 weeks and 14 in total in the top 100. The song was taken from their 3rd album 'Seven and the Ragged Tiger,' which was also a US #1.
1986: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chairman Ahmet Ertegen announces that Cleveland, Ohio has been chosen as the city where the Hall will be built.
1988: Testament release their 2nd studio album 'The New Order.'
1990: The John Lennon tribute concert was held at the Pier Head Arena in Merseyside, featuring Ringo Starr, Lenny Kravitz, Al Green, Joe Cocker, The Christians, Kylie Minogue, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Deacon Blue, Lou Reed, Joe Walsh and Wet Wet Wet.
1990: During a North American tour Nirvana appeared at the Einstein-A-Go-Go in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
1990: Jason Bonham gets married. He joins Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones for a five song set at his wedding reception near Kidderminster, England.
1990: Aerosmith reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the 6th time as'“What It Takes' peaked at #9. It spends 17 weeks on the chart.‬
1992: Wildside released their album, 'Under The Influence.'
1992: The Beach Boys appear on ABC-TV's 'Full House.'
1995: Steven Adler is arrested for felony drug possesion when he is found with Heroin.
1996: Rage Against The Machine went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Evil Empire.' The album's title is taken from the phrase "evil empire", which was used by former US President Ronald Reagan and many conservatives in describing the former Soviet Union. The album won the 1996 Grammy award for Best Metal Performance.
1997: Governor George W. Bush declares May 5th as ZZ Top Day in the state of Texas.
1997: Bruce Springsteen was awarded Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, which is considered the musical equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
1997: U2's 'Pop' album goes platinum in the U.S. Even so, it's sales are among the lowest in U2's catalog.
1997: Oasis' management company sends an e-mail to over 100 unauthorized websites threatening legal action if they continue to use Oasis music.
1998: Bad Religion release their 10th full-length studio album 'No Substance.'
1998: In Michigan, a bill is introduced to the state legislature to regulate concert attendance by minors under the age of 18, giving the state the authority to deem whether specific concerts are harmful to minors. The bill is opposed by the likes of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and does not pass.
2000: Rod Stewart undergoes a one-hour throat operation at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to remove a growth on his thyroid. The growth turns out to be benign.
2002: Legendary songwriter and early Rock n' Roll linchpin Otis Blackwell dies. Blackwell's creations include Elvis Presley hits 'Don't Be Cruel' and 'All Shook Up' and Jerry Lee Lewis' 'Great Balls Of Fire.'
2002: Two disc jockeys from Denver's KRFX-FM, Rick Lewis and Michael Floorwax, stopped a live radio interview with Detroit rocker Ted Nugent after he used derogatory racial terms for Asians and Blacks. The station received calls after the show from angry listeners, mostly from people saying they were glad Nugent was taken off the air. During the live interview, he had been warned once for his language but continued with his racist diatribe. The two DJs said Nugent came on the show about three times a year, but won't be back any time soon. The comments cost Nugent a gig at the Muskegon Summer Celebration.
2004: Jamaican record producer Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, who signed Bob Marley & the Wailers to his Studio One label, dies of a heart attack at age 72.
2005: Founding drummer Steve Gorman joins the Black Crowes on their reunion tour. His first gig back with the band is in Atlanta.
2006: Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison are featured in separate programs on CMT. First, there's the documentary 'Bruce Springsteen: The Seeger Sessions.' It's followed by 'Van Morrison: One Night in Nashville,' containing live footage.
2006: The Red Hot Chili Peppers release their 9th studio album 'Stadium Arcadium.'
2006: Live release their 7th studio album, 'Songs From Black Mountain.; It's the group's first on Epic Records. On the same day, they start their U.S. tour in Jackson, MS.
2006: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil hosts the 10th annual Skylar Neil Memorial Golf Tournament in Simi Valley, CA. Neil created the charity event in memory of his daughter, who died in 1995 of stomach cancer at age four. Proceeds go to combat childhood illnesses.
2008: To thank fans for years of support, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails posts their album 'The Slip' for free on their Web site. "Thank you for your continued and loyal support," writes frontman Trent Reznor in an online post. "This one's on me." 'The Slip' on CD is released the following July.
2009: Ex-Ace/Squeeze/Mike & the Mechanics singer-keyboardist Paul Carrack releases his album, 'I Know That Name.' The Eagles' Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit are heard on the song 'I Don't Want To Hear Any More.'
2009: Slash mentors the finalists during Rock Week on 'American Idol.'
2009: Elton John presents 'The Red Piano Live In Las Vegas,' a DVD and a Blu-ray disc, with performances from John's Vegas show, 'The Red Piano.'
2012: Rush receive the 2012 Governor General's Performing Arts Award, a recognition of lifetime artistic achievement. The award, presented in Ottawa, includes $25,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and a commemorative medallion struck by the Royal Canadian Mint.
2012: Adopt The Arts, co-founded by drummer Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N' Roses), air a public service announcement in hopes of saving arts programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Adopt The Arts was created following the district's decision to eliminate all funding for elementary school arts programs.
2012: Former KoRn guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch performs with the group for the first time in seven years at the Carolina Rebellion Festival. "I want to bring out one of my dearest, oldest and most beloved friends to have some fun with us," says vocalist Jonathan Davis. Welch left KoRn in 2005 to focus on his sobriety and his faith.
2012: Hornitos Premium Tequila and Twisted Sister release the Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Mashup 'We’re Not Gonna Take It.'‬
2013: Robert Plant obtained a temporary restraining order against an overzealous female fan he alleged was a threat to his safety. Plant said that the woman had been harassing him for over three years and believed that they are in a relationship, even though Plant insists the pair has never met.
2014: Helix release their 13th studio album, 'Bastard Of The Blues.'
2015: Deep Purple top a Rolling Stone magazine readers' poll of acts that should be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2016. Electric Light Orchestra land at #2 with Yes at #3.
2015: Craig Gruber, original bassist in Rainbow, dies of prostate cancer in Florida at the age of 63. Gruber played on the first three Elf albums with Ronnie James Dio, and also worked with Gary Moore.
2015: Slash's guitar solo on Guns N' Roses' 'Sweet Child O' Mine' is #1 on the NME editors' list of the 50 Greatest Guitar Solos. Jimmy Page's work on Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' and the Jimi Hendrix solo 'All Along The Watchtower' are second and third, respectively.
2015: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry win a Sports Emmy Award for their video remake of 'Dream On' with the Southern California Children's Chorus to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The ceremony takes place in Frederick P. Rose Hall at New York's Lincoln Center.
2015: A group of UK musicians, including Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Soul singer Beverly Knight, released a charity single called 'Save the Children (Look Into Your Heart),' to benefit children in Nepal following the devastating earthquake there.
2015: Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann's memoir 'Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and Drugs With The Grateful Dead' is released.
2016: Red Hot Chili Peppers debut 'Dark Necessities.' The song is the first official single released by the band in almost 4 years.
2016: The Rolling Stones demand that presidential candidate Donald Trump stop playing their music ('Start Me Up,' 'You Can't Always Get What You Want,' 'Sympathy For The Devil' and 'Brown Sugar') at his rallies. A Stones spokeswoman says Trump did not ask for permission to use the songs.
2016: Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo, both avid surfers, take part in a cleanup at San Francisco's popular Ocean Beach as part of an event sponsored by the San Francisco Giants. The fourth annual Metallica Night at AT&T Park is the following evening.

May 6
1937: The Hindenburg blimp crashed in Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36 people. A photograph of the disaster was later used as the cover of Led Zeppelin’s first album.
1957: Chuck Berry records 'Rock And Roll Music.'
1965: In their Fort Harrison Hotel (known at the time as the Jack Tar Harrison Hotel) in Clearwater, Florida, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards work out the opening guitar riff of 'Satisfaction,' following Richard's purchase of a Gibson fuzz-box earlier that day. Keith Richards said he fell asleep and woke up in the middle of the night with a guitar riff in his head. Half-asleep, he recorded the riff to his tape recorder; it would become the basis for 'Satisfaction.'
1965: British singer Marianne Faithfull marries artist John Dunbar in Cambridge with Peter And Gordon's Peter Asher serving as the best man. After giving birth to a son on November 10th, Marianne would leave her husband to live with Mick Jagger.
1966: The Rolling Stones: 'Paint It, Black' b/w 'Stupid Girl' 45 single is released. It was the first single from the US version of their 4th album 'Aftermath.' The single reached #1 in both the United States and the United Kingdom charts in 1966. In 2004 it was ranked #174 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1966: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded overdubs on 'I'm Only Sleeping' and worked on various mixes of the track. The song features the then-unique sound of a reversed guitar duet played by Harrison who perfected the part with the tape running backwards so that, when reversed, it would fit the dreamlike mood.
1966: Paul Revere & The Raiders 5th studio album, 'Midnight Ride,' is released. It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and features the hit, 'Kicks,' which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also includes '(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone,' a song The Monkees covered and became a U.S. top 20 hit in 1967.
1966: The Who appeared at the Top Hat Ballroom in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
1966: During a four month world tour, Bob Dylan played the first night of 11 UK dates at the ABC in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1967: Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens all appeared at the Imperial Ballroom in Nelson, Lancashire, England.
1967: The Who's Keith Moon offers this insightful advice to young drummers during an interview in Melody Maker Magazine: "To get your playing more forceful, hit the drums harder."
1967: Otis Redding played at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
1967: Pearls Before Swine begin recording an album called 'One Nation Underground.' The LP includes a song called 'Miss Morse,' which would be banned in New York when it was discovered that lead singer Tom Rapp was singing F-U-C-K in Morse code. After disc jockey Murray The K played the record on the air, local Boy Scouts correctly interpreted the chorus and phoned in a complaint.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at Kitson Hall in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
1968: Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice, and The Association played at the First European International Pop Festival, Palazzo Dello Sport, Rome, Italy.
1969: King Crimson appeared at Maida Vale Studio in London.
1970: The Grateful Dead played at Kresge Plaza on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1970: Poco's self-titled 2nd album is released. It reached #72 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1971: Ike & Tina Turner earn their only gold record for their cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Proud Mary.' It peaks at #4 in the US.
1972: Elton John's 'Rocket Man' is released. It will reach #6 in the US and #2 in the UK. In 2004, it was ranked #242 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1972: The Tyrannosaurus Rex double album 'Prophets, Seers And Sages And The Angels Of The Ages / My People Were Fair And Had Sky In Their Hair But Now Their Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows' went to #1 in the UK. It's the longest title of an album ever at the time.
1973: Paul Simon's first solo tour began with a performance at the Music Hall in Boston. Recordings from the tour were later released on the 1974 album, 'Live Rhymin.'
1975: Rush played at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1976: The Rolling Stones appeared at Forest National in Brussels, Belgium.
1977: Led Zeppelin broke their own concert attendance record at a show in Michigan, when more than 76,000 fans saw their performance.
1977: Having just been signed to their first major recording contract, Dublin's Boomtown Rats, led by vocalist Bob Geldof, perform for a group of record company employees at Studio 51 in London.
1977: The Boomtown Rats played their first gig in England when they appeared at Studio 51 in London.
1977: REO Speedwagon performed at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1978: The Knack is formed.
1978: Van Halen release their 2nd single, 'Runnin' with the Devil.' It peaks at #84 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1978: Kansas peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their 5th album 'Point of Know Return,' which spent 51 weeks on the chart & went on to sell four million copies in the U.S. alone.
1979: Yes played at Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington.
1980: Van Halen appeared at the Rochester Community War Memorial in Rochester, New York.
1981: Dire Straits performed at Rhein-Main-Hall in Wiesbaden, Germany.
1984: Fictional group Spinal Tap played a gig at New York's CBGB's.
1984: Tina Turner's 'What's Love Got to Do With It' is released. The song would eventually climb to number one, win Grammys for record and song of the year and established Turner as a major solo star. When Tina left her husband and former band mate Ike Turner in 1975, she was carrying nothing more than thirty-six cents in change and a gas station credit card.
1989: Living Colour peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their debut album 'Vivid,' which was co-produced by Mick Jagger & went on to sell two million copies in the U.S. They also peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Cult of Personality' which was their first top 40 single.
1993: Jerry Lee Lewis’ house in Mississippi is raided by the IRS, who seize personal property and later auction it off to help pay the $1.6 million Lewis owes in back taxes.
1993: David Crosby made his first appearance on 'The Simpsons' in a cameo role as a 12-step sponsor.
1994: Weezer release their self-titled debut (aka 'Blue Album'). The album has 'Undone-The Sweater Song' and 'Buddy Holly.'
1994: Pearl Jam filed a memorandum with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice claiming that Ticketmaster has a monopoly, which led them to cancel their scheduled tour that summer.
1995: Melissa Etheridge sets a record with back-to-back singles, 'Come to My Window' and 'I'm The Only One' on Billboard’s Hot 100 for at least 40 weeks.
1995: Oasis scored their first UK #1 single when 'Some Might Say' went to the top of the UK charts. It was the first single to be released from the Manchester bands second album '(What's the Story) Morning Glory?' And the last Oasis track to feature original drummer Tony McCarroll.
1996: Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville sang at a White House event celebrating the musical diversity of the US. President Bill Clinton and his wife Hilary were the hosts for 'In Performance at the White House,' which was later broadcast on public television.
1997: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held in Cleveland, Ohio for the first time. Among those inducted were Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Jackson Five, The Bee Gees, Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell, The Young Rascals and Parliament Funkadelic.
1997: Joni Mitchell failed to show up for her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. She apparently wanted to avoid the media hoopla over her reunion with the daughter she gave up for adoption 32 years earlier.
1997: The Band's Rick Danko is arrested in Tokyo for heroin possession. He claims it's all a misunderstanding. He says his wife shipped the package containing the drug after he asked her to send him 'medication'.
2001: Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and his wife Skylar welcome a baby boy into their family.
2002: Otis Blackwell, a prolific songwriter and producer, dies from a heart attack. He was 71. Blackwell’s famous songs include 'Don’t Be Cruel,' 'Great Balls of Fire,' 'Fever,' 'All Shook Up,' and 'Return to Sender.' It’s estimated that Blackwell’s songs have sold more than 185 million copies.
2002: The Guinness Hit Singles book listed 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen as the UK's favorite single of all time, followed by 'Imagine' by John Lennon, 'Hey Jude' by The Beatles, 'Dancing Queen' by ABBA and 'Like A Prayer' by Madonna.
2002: Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo appeared as themselves on an episode of the short-lived sitcom 'That 80’s Show.'
2003: Metallica is featured on MTV's Icon. Besides the band being honored others featured on the tribute include Snoop Dog, Sum 41, Limp Bizkit, Staind, Avril Lavigne and Korn.
2003: Anthrax​ release their 9th studio album 'We've Come for You All.' It features John Bush on vocals.
2004: David Bowie cancelled a concert in Miami after a local stagehand was killed in a fall before the show began.
2004: A sale at Christie's in London, England became the most successful pop auction in the company's history after Beatles memorabilia sold for a record £788,643. The auction included a leather collar worn by John Lennon which sold for £117,250. A signed copy of a management deal with The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein sold for £122,850. A Vox Kensington guitar used by Lennon and Harrison went for £100,000. Also sold - a coloured felt-pen drawing by Lennon (£10,000), a letter with his signature (£5,500), and a pen-and-ink drawing called Happy Fish (£9,500).
2004: KoRn frontman Jonathan Davis appears as a crack dealer in the romantic comedy 'Seeing Other People,' which stars Jay Mohr and Julianne Nicholson. The film makes its premiere in Beverly Hills, CA. Limited national release follows the next day.
2004: John Lennon memorabilia is auctioned by Christie's. Lennon art work, a Vox Kensington guitar and a leather collar are sold. The total value exceeds $400,000.
2004: Pearl Jam allows 'Yellow Ledbetter' to be played during a scene in the final episode of 'Friends.' It's the first time Pearl Jam licenses a song for a TV show.
2005: Audioslave became the first American rock group to perform a free outdoor concert in Cuba. An estimated 50,000 attend the free gig in Havana. Audioslave then travels around the island meeting musicians and young people.
2005: Starbucks banned the sale of Bruce Springsteen's latest album 'Devils and Dust' over concerns about its adult content. The retailer, which stocked CD's at its branches in the US said it would be promoting other albums instead.
2005: Doctors determine that Ozzy Osbourne is suffering from Parkin Syndrome, a genetic disorder that attacks the central nervous system causing involuntary shaking. It's a type of early-onset Parkinson disease. Ozzy is put on daily meds to treat the ailment. "I'd always assumed it was the booze and stuff," Osbourne says.
2006: Radio history was made as ‪Eddie Trunk‬ did first real interview with ‎Axl Rose‬ in nearly 15 years on his radio show in New York City.
Axl announced that Guns N’ Roses long-awaited & long delayed album 'Chinese Democracy' would be released that fall. It wasn’t released until November 2008.
2006: Green Day nabs the Favorite Rock Act trophy at the MTV Asia Awards. KoRn's 'Twisted Transistor' nwins the Favorite Video category.
2006: Sting is presented an honorary Doctor of Music degree by England's Newcastle University. The institution hands out special degrees annually to individuals who "have achieved successes that are an inspiration."
2006: A memorial stone in honor of the late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott is unveiled in his birthplace of Kirriemuir, Scotland. "The whole community has been quite behind this," says the chairman of the town's community council.
2007: Amy Lee of Evanescence marries Josh Hartzler, the inspiration for the song 'Bring Me To Life.'
2008: The Police join New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in Times Square to announce that their last concert ever will take place in the Big Apple during the coming summer. Also, the band vows to donate $1 million to support MillionTreesNYC, an initiative to plant trees throughout the city. The Police are also presented the key to the city.
2008: Neil Young participates in the keynote address at the JavaOne computer-programming conference in San Francisco. He joins executives from Sun Microsystems to announce plans to release his long-awaited archival box set via the Blu-ray format, fueled by Java technology. The interactive set offers music, movies, videos and photographs.
2009: Bob Dylan's 'Together Through Life' album debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200, moving about 125,000 copies during its first week of release. It's Dylan's second consecutive studio effort to top the chart, following 2006's 'Modern Times,' and the fifth #1 of his career.
2009: Slash puts some life into American Idol playing a rendition of Alice Cooper's 'School's Out' with the four finalists. He also serves as the week's music mentor. 2009: An autographed $60,000 Steinway baby grand piano donated by Billy Joel is auctioned online to benefit music students at the Mount Carmel-Holy Rosary School of Manhattan. The school's music program is supported by Ten O' Clock Classics, a nonprofit organization that provides free lessons and instruments to Catholic-school students. Joel is a Ten O' Clock board member.
2009: Donald "Ean" Evans, the bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, died of cancer at the age of 48. He joined the band in 2001 following the passing of Leon Wilkeson and remained with them until his death.
2009: An autographed $60,000 Steinway baby grand piano donated by Billy Joel is auctioned online to benefit music students at the Mount Carmel-Holy Rosary School of Manhattan. The school's music program is supported by Ten O' Clock Classics, a nonprofit organization that provides free lessons and instruments to Catholic-school students. Joel is a Ten O' Clock board member.
2009: The video for U2's 'No Line On The Horizon' single, 'Magnificent,' debuts on the band's website. Directed by Alex Courtez, the clip features the U2 performing in and walking through the streets of Fez, Morocco.
2010: U2 is #2 in a Harris poll of America's favorite musical artists. Pop-wailer Celine Dion tops the list. Elvis Presley and The Beatles are tied at #3. The poll of 2,320 adults was conducted the previous March by Harris Interactive.
2010: Bullet For My Valentine's 'Fever' is #1 Billboard's Hard Rock Albums chart moving 71,000 copies in its first week. It's #3 on the Billboard 200.
2010: A segment of the FOX science fiction show 'Fringe' airs with a score composed by Pearl Jam's Mike McCready.
2010: Jason Newsted's first art exhibition opens at San Francisco's Micaela Gallery. "My purpose has shifted from making crazy and colorful music, to making crazy and colorful paintings," says the former Metallica bassist ('86-'01).
2010: Bruce Springsteen teams up with former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky to give students at New Jersey's Fairleigh Dickinson University a glimpse into the creative process. They share their thoughts on writing before a crowd of 400. "You react to your own history; you can't help it," says Springsteen.
2011: Steven Tyler presents the Stevie Ray Vaughan award to Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan at the seventh annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in L.A. Gahan, a former heroin addict, almost died a handful of times during the '90s. Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman is also honored. Paramore and Jane's Addiction are among the performers. Proceeds benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.
2012: An episode of the TV show 'Mad Men' features The Beatles' 'Tomorrow Never Knows.' The show, which is set in the 1960's, pays $250,000 to use the song. "It was always my feeling that the show lacked a certain authenticity because we never could have an actual master recording of The Beatles performing," says show creator Matthew Weiner.
2012: Over 300 guests, including Chubby Checker, Berry Gordy, Paul Anka, Marie Osmond and Stevie Wonder, gathered on the grounds of Dick Clark's Malibu estate for a private memorial service. Clark's three children spoke first, followed by his widow Kari, who read a list of "65 reasons I love Dick Clark." The long-time host of TV's American Bandstand died April 18 of a heart attack.
2013: Bush's 'Machinehead' is named the Ultimate Workout Song Of 2013 in Gold Gym's March Music Madness Battle of the Bands tournament (which obviously extended into May). Gym members voted from a pool of 64 songs.
2013: Lenny Kravitz appears in a PSA in support of the United Nations Children's Fund. Their mission is to stop preventable child deaths. Kravitz states that UNICEF's immunization program, if appropriately supported, can help save the lives of 6.9 million children per year.
2014: Joe Satriani's 'Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir,' is in bookstores. "I'm excited for my fans to get a deeper look inside my creative process in the studio and the stories behind the songs," says Satriani. The forward is by legendary Queen lead guitarist Brain May.
2015: Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach appears on the History Channel's 'American Pickers.' He discusses the Chet Atkins model Gretsch guitar.
2015: The results of the evolution of western pop music, spanning from 1960 to 2010, was published in The Royal Society Open Science Journal. The scientists who looked at more than 17,000 songs found three music revolutions - in 1964, 1983 and 1991. In 1964 the invasion of British bands introduced a radical new rocky sound. Synthesisers, samplers and drum machines, drove a second major style shift in 1983. The third, in 1991, came about when rap and hip-hop went mainstream. The team also refuted claims that pop music was starting to sound the same.
2016: Andy Biersack, frontman for Black Veil Brides releases his debut solo record "The Shadow Side" under his Andy Black moniker.
2016: The Iowa Supreme Court rules that the daughter of late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray can sue a doctor who prescribed drugs to Gray for the loss of her father's companionship, even though she was still a fetus when Gray died of a drug overdose in '10. The court acknowledges that this the first time it's had to decide a case centered on the rights of a child during the time it is a fetus.
2016: The San Francisco Giants' 4th annual Metallica Night at AT&T Park has the band's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett performing their version of "The Star Spangled Banner." Drummer Lars Ulrich throws out the first pitch and later Hetfield sings "Happy Birthday" to Giants legend Willie Mays--his 85th.
2016: Stevie Wonder closed out a public memorial for Prince with a performance of 'Purple Rain' in front of several thousand fans in Los Angeles.

May 7
1955: Ray Charles gets first #1 on the R&B chart with 'I Got A Woman.' It was later ranked #235 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Elvis Presley covers the song and The Beatles make it a pre-fame show staple.
1966: Simon And Garfunkel's 'I Am a Rock' enters the Hot 100. During its eleven week chart run, it peaks at #3.
1966: The Mamas And Papas hit #1 in the US with 'Monday, Monday,' a song that the group (except for writer John Phillips) would later admit that they didn't really like. On March 2nd, 1967, the effort would bring them a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
1966: Del Shannon enters the Billboard Hot 100 for the 16th time with 'The Big Hurt,' which will stall at #94.
1967: Bob Dylan gives his first interview since his 1966 motorcycle accident to the New York Daily News.
1967: Soviet youths openly defied police and danced The Twist in Moscow's Red Square during May Day celebrations.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played two shows at London's Saville Theatre. Ringo Starr, Brian Jones and members of The Beach Boys and The Moody Blues were in the audience.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at The Mojo Club in Tollbar, Sheffield, England, opened and owned by Peter Stringfellow.
1967: Pearls Before Swine begin recording an album called 'One Nation Underground'. The LP included a song called 'Miss Morse,' which would be banned in New York when it was discovered that lead singer Tom Rapp was singing F-U-C-K in Morse code. After disc jockey Murray The K played the record on the air, local Boy Scouts correctly interpreted the chorus and phoned in a complaint.
1968: On a plane ride returning home from his last gig with the band Bluesology, keyboard player Reginald Dwight looks for a stage name he can use for his burgeoning solo career. In the cabin, he comes across the band's horn player Elton Dean and lead singer Long John Baldry, and asks them if he can appropriate their names to concoct a new one for himself. They agree, and Elton John is born.
1970: Black Sabbath played at Osteseehalle in Kiel, Germany.
1970: Simon & Garfunkel's 5th (and last) LP 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' hit the #1 spot. The album went on to sell of 25 million copies.
1970: During a North American tour Pink Floyd appeared at Pauley Pavilion, on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, California.
1971: 'Moonage Daydream' was released as a single by Arnold Corns, a band formed by David Bowie. The name was inspired by the Pink Floyd song, 'Arnold Layne.' It was one of Bowie's side projects and a bit of a dry run for 'Ziggy Stardust.' The song later reappeared on 'Ziggy Stardust' in a new version with updated lyrics.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the University of Tennessee -Chattanooga.
1972: The Grateful Dead performed at the Bickershaw Festival in Wigan, England as part of their historic tour of Europe. The entire tour was released as a 73-CD box set.
1972: Reginald Dwight changed his name by Deed poll to Elton Hercules John.
1972: The Rolling Stones released the second album on their own label, 'Exile on Main Street' featuring two hit singles, 'Tumbling Dice' and 'Happy'. In 2003, the album was ranked #7 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, the highest of any Stones album on the list.
1973: 'Money/Us and Them' was released as a 7-inch single in the US by Pink Floyd
1973: George Harrison releases 'Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth),' which will become his second #1 single in the US.
1974: Led Zeppelin held a party at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City for the launch of their new label Swan Song. Other label signings including, Scottish singer Maggie Bell (whose album 'Suicide Sal' was the labels fourth release), and Bad Company also attended.
1975: Yes played at Colston Hall in Bristol, England.
1976: Genesis performed at Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth, Texas.
1977: 'Back In The Saddle' by Aerosmith enters the Top 40, but just barely. The track peaks at #38.
1977: Ten weeks after entering the Billboard singles chart, The Eagles' masterpiece, 'Hotel California' became the band's 4th US #1 hit. The Eagles also won the 1977 Grammy Award for Record of the Year for 'Hotel California' at the 20th Annual Grammy Awards in 1978. The song's guitar solo is ranked 8th on Guitar Magazine's Top 100 Guitar Solos and was voted the best solo of all time by readers of Guitarist magazine.
1978: The Eagles beat the editorial team of Rolling Stone magazine in a softball game at the University of Southern California. The final score was 15-8.
1978: David Bowie played the first of three nights on his Low/Heroes world tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1978: The 90,000 tickets on sale for Bob Dylan's upcoming concerts at London's Wembley Empire Pool sell out in less than eight hours.
1979: Van Halen appeared at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1980: Black Sabbath, with vocalist Ronnie James Dio, begin a four night stand at London's Hammersmith Odeon Theater in London to promote their 'Heaven & Hell' LP.
1982: The first Men at Work album, 'Business as Usual,' already a #1 hit in their native Australia, is finally released in America. In November, it rises to the top in the US.
1983: After cracking the Top 20 a year earlier with 'The Break-up Song,' San Francisco's Greg Kihn Band reaches #2 on the Hot 100 with a song called 'Jeopardy.' A year later, Weird Al Yankovic will parody the song as 'I Lost On Jeopardy,' which has since been referenced several times on the game show itself.
1986: John Mellencamp joined protesting farmers on the steps of the Farmer’s Home Administration Office in Chillicothe, MO.
1988: Aerosmith's 'Angel' gets to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1988: Talking Heads peaked at #19 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their final studio album 'Naked' which went on to go Gold in the U.S.
1989: Jane’s Addiction ended their U.S. tour in support of their major label debut 'Nothing’s Shocking' with a two night stand at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium.
1991: A judge in Macon, Georgia dismisses a wrongful death suit against Ozzy Osbourne after a local couple fails to prove their son was inspired to attempt suicide by Ozzy's music.
1991: Wilson Pickett was arrested in his hometown of Englewood, New Jersey after repeatedly driving over the lawn of his neighbor, Mayor Donald Aronson. Pickett was charged with drunk driving and threatening to kill the mayor. Police seized a knife and a baseball bat from Pickett's van. The threatening charge was dropped after Pickett agreed to perform a free charity concert. He was later sentenced to a year's probation on the drunken driving charge to run concurrently with a one-year jail term for a later drunk driving incident in which Pickett hit and seriously injured an 86-year-old pedestrian.
1991: 54-year-old Rolling Stone Bill Wyman ended his 22-month marriage to 21-year-old Mandy Smith. She received a $6.5 million divorce settlement, even though she spent only eight weeks with Wyman during their marriage. They first met when Smith was only 13.
1992: A leather Jacket worn by John Lennon during 1960-1963, was sold at Christies, London, England for £24,200.
1992: John Frusciante leaves the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As a result, he is airbrushed out of a Rolling Stone magazine cover shot of the band. The guitarist rejoins RHCP six years later but departs again in 2008.
1992: Nigel Preston drummer with The Cult died in London, England at age 32. Was a founding member of The Death Cult, he also played and recorded with Sex Gang Children, Theatre of Hate and The Gun Club.
1994: Rush set the record for most performances at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens with their 22nd concert at the venue. Rush were on tour in support of their 15th studio album 'Counterparts.'
1994: Randy Bachman led 1,322 guitarists who had gathered in Vancouver to play Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business", for 68 minutes and 40 seconds. The record would only last for two years.
1994: Aerosmith played the first of seven nights at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan, during their 245 date Get A Grip world tour.
1996: Pantera's 8th studio album, 'The Great Southern Trendkill,' is released. Due to tension and conflicts within the band, Phil Anselmo records his vocals in New Orleans while the rest of the band lays down tracks in Dallas.
1998: Steve Perry officially leaves Journey, honoring an agreement made with Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain that they would reform the band without him if he was not able to tour. He is replaced with the similar-sounding Steve Augeri. Drummer Steve Smith also left the group.
2001: The Black Crowes release their 6th studio album 'Lions.'
2001: Paul McCartney's greatest hits compilation album, 'Wingspan: Hits and History' is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #5 on the UK Albums chart.
2002: The Rolling Stones arrive by blimp at New York’s Van Cortland Park to announce their 2002/2003 world tour.
2003: After an investigation that lasted nearly four months, police in London, England cleared Pete Townsend on charges that he downloaded child porn from the Internet. Investigators did confirm that Townsend had accessed a site containing such images in 1999 and as a result, he has been listed on a national register of sex offenders.
2004: Rudy Maugeri, the baritone voice of the 1950s doo-wop group, The Crew Cuts, died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Las Vegas. He was 73. Taking their name from a popular hair style of the day, the quartet formed in Toronto and went on to have several hits in the US, including the number one 'Sh-Boom' in 1954 and the number three 'Earth Angel' in 1955.
2004: Hoobastank land their first Top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 'The Reason.' It hits the #10 spot.
2005: 'Holiday,' the 3rd single from Green Day's seventh studio album, 'American Idiot,' is released. The track goes on to top both the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and Alternative Song charts.
2005: System Of A Down perform 'B.Y.O.B.' and 'Chop Suey!' on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Guitarist-singer Daron Malakian screams an expletive that is broadcast uncensored. Even so, western civilization remains intact.
2006: The Who's Roger Daltrey performs at the closing ceremony for Arsenal's stadium, known as Highbury, in London. Daltrey sings 'Highbury Highs,' after Arsenal plays its final game at the venue. "I'm more excited about this than I was about playing Woodstock!" claims Daltrey.
2007: A wrongful-termination lawsuit brought by Don Felder against his former Eagles bandmates is settled. No details are released. The guitarist was fired from the band in February 2001.
2007: It's announced that Evanescence guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray have left the band. "We shared some great times together playing live, but they were ready to move on and so we have parted ways," claims singer Lee in a written statement. But LeCompt says he was fired "without any warning." Gray states that he quit. Later, Lee returns to the subject adding, "They didn't really care about Evanescence at all and just stayed around for the money."
2008: Def Leppard's 'Songs From The Sparkle Lounge' enters the Billboard 200 at #5 in its first week out. Selling 55,000 copies, the album is the band's 11th straight release to reach the Top 20.
2008: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band play a benefit concert at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. They perform 'Darkness On The Edge Of Town' and 'Born To Run'
albums in their entirety. That is "something we've never done before and you're not gonna see anywhere else," claims The Boss. The event raises more than $3 million with proceeds going to support and pay for renovations to the historic venue, which hosted numerous Springsteen concerts.
2008:The National Association of Recording Merchandisers honor Jackson Browne and B.B. King at organization's 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner in San Francisco. Browne receives the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award, while King is presented with the Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement.
2009: Comcast offers exclusive Green Day content via the On Demand television service and comcast.net. 10 songs from a club show at the Fox Theater in Oakland are presented with more than 30 of the band's videos.
2009: Apple approves NIN: Access iPhone application. The computer company had rejected the app update due to objectionable material, but Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor responds arguing that Apple's decision is hypocritical because its iTunes store sells NIN albums with expletive lyrics.
2010: Exodus release their 9th studio album, 'Exhibit B: The Human Condition.'
2010: 'Iron Man 2' opens in U.S. theaters. The soundtrack features AC/DC's 'Highway To Hell,' and 'Let There Be Rock.' There are also soundtrack contributions from Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello.
2011: The Eagles perform at Universal Studios in Hollywood to honor philanthropists Shelli and Irving Azoff as they receive the 2011 Spirit of Life Award presented by City of Hope. The Eagles were the first major act Azoff managed on his way to becoming an industry legend. City of Hope raises money for research, treatment, and education programs for life threatening diseases including cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.
2011: A bust of Bruce Springsteen titled "Soulful Humanitarian" is unveiled in Asbury Park. Created by Stephen Zorochin and sponsored by the Arts Coalition of Asbury Park (ArtsCAP) and the Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts (SICA), the sculpture is on display for five months.
2011: The first Carolina Rebellion Festival takes place in Charlotte, NC at the Metrolina Expo. The lineup features Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Three Days Grace, Stone Sour, Seether and Bullet For My Valentine. 2011
2012: Alice Cooper, actor Johnny Depp, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry jam at the Dark Shadows premiere party for an exclusive audience.
2013: Joe Satriani's 14th studio album, 'Unstoppable Momentum' was released.
2013: Rod Stewart's his first album of new material in almost 20 years, 'Time' is released.
2013: Carlos Santana is inducted into the House of Blues Las Vegas' Blues God Ceiling. The ceiling features clay busts of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Janis Joplin.
2013: As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis is arrested after he allegedly asks an undercover detective to murder his estranged wife.
2015: Slash and Myles Kennedy partner with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to raise awareness of the slaughter of African elephants. They composed the song 'Beneath The Savage Sun' after witnessing the devastation of the elephants first-hand.
2015: Eric Clapton and Little Richard are among the inductees into the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis.
2015: Three of B.B. King's 11 surviving children lost a bid in a Las Vegas court to take control over their father's affairs after they said they suspect the 89-year-old Blues legend's manager of stealing his money and neglecting his medical care while blocking them from seeing him in home hospice care.
2015: The Treatment announced that singer Mitchel Emms and guitarist Tao Grey have joined the band replacing Matt Jones and Fabian "Dee" Dammers, respectively.
2016: Axl Rose makes his debt fronting AC/DC. Rose steps-in for Brian Johnson who suffers from severe hearing loss. The concert takes place in Lisbon, Portugal. Rose gets good reviews.
2016: Following his unexpected death, Prince takes the top two spots on the Billboard albums chart with 'The Very Best of Prince' at #1 and 'Purple Rain' at #2. With his music unavailable on most streaming services and download distributors, physical albums are in many cases the best way to get his music.

May 8
1961: Teen heart-throb Ricky Nelson officially changes his name to 'Rick' on his 21st birthday.
1964: The Beatles had held the #1 position on the US singles chart for fourteen weeks with three #1's in succession. 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' for seven weeks, 'She Loves You' for two weeks and 'Can't Buy Me Love', for five weeks.
1965: Shooting of the promotional film for Bob Dylan’s 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' took place at the side of the Savoy Hotel in London. Actors in the background were Allen Ginsberg and Bob Neuwirth. The original clip was actually the opening segment of D. A. Pennebaker's film, 'Don't Look Back,' a documentary on Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England. In the film, Dylan, who came up with the idea, holds up cue cards for the camera with selected words and phrases from the lyrics. The cue cards were written by Donovan, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Neuwirth and Dylan himself. While staring at the camera, he flipped the cards as the song played.
1965: Eight spots in the Billboard Top Ten were occupied by British acts, setting an all-time record: #1 - 'Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter' by Herman's Hermits, #3 - 'Ticket to Ride' by The Beatles, #4 - 'Game of Love' by Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders, #6 - 'I Know a Place' by Petula Clark, #7 - 'Silhouettes' by Herman's Hermits, #8 - 'I'm Telling You Now' by Freddie And The Dreamers, #9 - 'The Last Time' by The Rolling Stones and #10 - 'Cast Your Fate to the Wind' by Sounds Orchestral.
1966: Pink Floyd appeared at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr signed a business management contract with Allen Klein and his company ABKCO, but Paul McCartney refused to sign, continuing to let the Eastmans represent his interests.
1970: The Beatles 12th and final album, 'Let It Be' was released, (it was recorded before ‘Abbey Road’ and originally to be called 'Get Back.' The album came in a deluxe-boxed edition with a 'Get Back' book.
1970: The Doors perform at Detroit's Cobo Arena where John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful joins them for half a dozen songs. Unfortunately the show ran past its twelve o'clock curfew, contrary to the guidelines set out by the American Federation Of Musicians, and The Doors would be banned from returning to Cobo. A recording of the concert would be released in 2000 as 'Live In Detroit.'
1970: The Who performed at the University of Kent in Canterbury, Kent, England. The opening act was Genesis.
1972: Keyboardist and singer Billy Preston becomes the first Rock performer to headline at Radio City Music Hall. Others to soon follow will include David Bowie and Mountain.
1974: Graham Bond dies when he commits suicide by throwing himself in front of a train. He was just 36. Bond was the keyboard player in Blues Incorporated and then formed the Graham Bond Quartet, with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. At the time of his death, he allegedly believed he was the son of occult figure Aleister Crowley.
1975: Rush played at Lewis University in Lockport, Illinois.
1975: Bad Company's second album, 'Straight Shooter' goes gold.
1976: The Steve Miller Band's 'Take The Money And Run' is released. It peaks at #11 in the US.
1976: Peter Frampton reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time as 'Show Me the Way' reached its peak at #6.
1976: In Houston, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson duet on “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Backstage, Nelson is given a subpoena to appear before a grand jury investigating drug trafficking.
1976: John Sebastian, who had left The Lovin' Spoonful for a solo career in 1968, hit the top of Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 chart with the theme to the TV show,' Welcome Back Kotter.' John would later say that he wrote the song in 15 minutes. Oddly enough, it even reached #93 on the Billboard Country Chart. The series was originally called 'Kotter,' but after Sebastian wrote the song, the title was changed to accommodate. Sebastian tried writing a song called 'Kotter,' but could only rhyme that word with "otter."
1977: The Grateful Dead played one of their most celebrated shows – Barton Hall at Cornell University in Cornell, New York, a very popular show among Grateful Dead tape collectors.
1978: David Bowie appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1979: Supertramp's album, 'Breakfast in America' goes Platinum and will eventually hit #1. The group would get three top 15 singles from the album: 'The Logical Song,' 'Goodbye Stranger' and 'Take the Long Way Home.'
1979: Yes performed at the Seattle Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington.
1980: Black Sabbath played at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1981: Loverboy's self-titled debut album goes gold.
1982: Neil Bogart, founder of Casablanca Records, dies of cancer at 39. Casablanca Records signed such acts as Kiss, T. Rex, Angel, Donna Summer, The Village People and Joan Jett.
1982: Paul McCartney scored his 5th UK #1 album with 'Tug Of War.' The album featured the duet with Stevie Wonder 'Ebony & Ivor,', which was inspired by McCartney hearing comedian Spike Milligan say "black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony, folks!", (the ebony (black) and ivory (white) keys on a piano).
1982: A group of seasoned L.A. studio musicians calling themselves Toto, enter the Billboard Pop chart with 'Roseanna.' The record will climb from #81 all the way to the top and be named Record of the Year at the 1983 Grammy Awards.
1984: Roger Waters released his first solo album 'The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking.' The concept album, as originally envisioned by Waters in 1977, rotated around a man's thoughts during a midlife crisis, and featured guest musicians Eric Clapton on guitar, David Sanborn on saxophone and Michael Kamen on piano.
1898: The Traveling Wilburys were tracking 'Traveling Wilburys I' at Dave Stewart's studio in Los Angeles.
1990: ‎Bruce Dickinson‬ of Iron Maiden‬ released his first solo album 'Tattooed Millionaire.'
1990: Tom Waits wins a $2.5 million lawsuit against Frito-Lay, which had used a Waits sound-alike in a commercial.
1992: The three surviving Beatles and John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, won a legal battle to block the CD release of a Beatles recording made at the Star Club in Hamburg in 1962.
1993: Mark Knopfler received an honorary music doctorate from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England.
1993: Aerosmith entered the US album chart at #1 with 'Get A Grip'. The album went on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide as well as winning the band two Grammy awards. It's the band's first #1 album.
1995: Rick Nelson receives a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1996: A Los Angeles judge ruled against Tommy Lee and wife Pamela Anderson in their bid to keep Penthouse magazine from publishing still photos from an X-rated home movie that was stolen from their home.
1998: The Beatles are awarded tapes from the "Star Club" era. The group and Yoko Ono had gone to court to stop the release of these live, bootleg recordings.
2000: Iron Maiden release the single for 'Wicker Man,' from the band's 12th studio album, 'Brave New World.' The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in the "Best Metal Performance" category the following year.
2001: Sum 41's 'All Killer, No Filler' album with hit single, 'Fat Lip,' is released.
2001: Staind release their 'Break The Cycle' album.
2001: The road manager for Insane Clown Posse is arrested at an Omaha show for attacking an Eminem supporter who was tossing M&M candies on stage to taunt ICP about their Detroit rival.
2003: Elton John announced that he & long-time lyricist Bernie Taupin will write the score for a Broadway musical based on the Anne Rice novel The Vampire Lestat.
2004: Fleetwood Mac launches a 36 date tour starting in Madison, Wisconsin.
2004: Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell marries publicist Vicky Karayiannis in Paris. It's the second time they exchange vows. The couple initially wed when Cornell's divorce became official but decided to re-tie the knot in a more traditional manner.
2005: Bruce Springsteen was at #1 on the US album chart with 'Devils and Dust,' his 13th #1 studio album.
2006: A Red Hot Chili Peppers concert filmed in Milan, Italy, airs on MTV.
2006: The Rolling Stones called off their forthcoming European tour after guitarist Keith Richards underwent emergency brain surgery. The 62 year-old guitarist suffered "mild concussion" when he fell out of a coconut tree on holiday in Fiji.
2006: Michael Davis, the former bassist for Detroit's MC5, was involved in a motorcycle accident in which he suffered a fractured spine, bruised ribs, and several abrasions. He was expected to make a full recovery.
2006: Apple Corps, the label owned by the Beatles' members and/or their families, lose a trademark-infringement lawsuit against Apple Computer. A London court rules that the computer company did not breach a 1991 contract involving the "Apple" name and logo, because its iPod and iTunes services are involved in selling music rather than creating it.
2006: The two Australian miners are rescued after spending nearly two weeks trapped more than a half-mile underground. The miners passed the time listening to the Foo Fighters on their iPods. As a result, lead Foo Fighter David Grohl promises, "there's two tickets to any Foo's show, anywhere, and two cold beers waiting for you."
2006: Davide Campari-Milano, an Italian beverage corporation, agrees to purchase an 80-percent share of Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Tequila company for $80 million. The 11-year-old Cabo Wabo ships 70,000 cases annually.
2007: A collection of Grateful Dead memorabilia earns more than $1.1 million during an auction in San Francisco. Guitars owned by the late Jerry Garcia draw the most action, including a cream-colored 1975 Travis Bean electric that nets $312,000.
2007: Fu Manchu released their 9th album, 'We Must Obey.'
2007: Megadeth released their 11th studio album, 'United Abominations.'
2009: Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis receives the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the 5th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in Los Angeles. He's recognized for his contributions to the charity, which provides support to musicians with substance-abuse problems.
2009: Bob Dylan led the Billboard Hot 200 album chart for the 5th time when 'Together Through Life' debuted in the #1 spot. It gave the Rock 'n' Roll icon back-to-back chart toppers as 2006's 'Modern Times' also started in the penthouse.
2009: Nine Inch Nails launch their joint tour with Jane's Addiction in West Palm Beach, FL. It's Jane's Addiction's first tour with their original lineup in eighteen years. Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello's side project, Street Sweeper, are also on the bill.
2010: Jack White raises money for Nashville flood relief by donating all sales of his Music City-based Third Man Records store.
2012: Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider releases his solo album 'Dee Does Broadway' which features his take on Broadway classics. Snider and Cyndi Lauper duet on 'Big Spender.' Snider also issues his autobiography 'Shut Up And Give Me The Mic.'
2012: Lead singer for Florida punk band Against Me! comes out as transgender and announces gender reassignment surgery. Previously Tom Gabel, but as of now is to be known as Laura Jane Grace. The band's next album, 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues,' is directly inspired by this turn of events and Gabel's/Grace's struggles with gender dysphoria.
2014: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan announces that Tommy Lee, of Motley Crue, will be playing drums on the album 'Monuments To An Elegy.'
2014: Chuck Berry was named as one of the 2014 Polar Music Prize laureates. A spokesperson from the award committee said: "In the course of three minutes he conjures up an image of the everyday life and dreams of a teenager, often with the focus on cars. Chuck Berry, born in 1926, was the first to drive up onto the highway and announce that we are born to run."
2014: U2 is on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, nearly six months after a major bicycle accident forced Bono to cancel the band's planned weeklong residency on the late night program. The appearance includes an impromptu acoustic performance, with the band in disguise, at the 42nd St. subway station in New York City.
2015: Gwar announce via Facebook that Vulvatron (Kim Dylla), their only female member, has been fired. Vulvatron joined Gwar in '14 following the death of frontman Dave 'Oderus Urungus' Brockie.
2015: Rush: R40 Live Tour, the group's 40th anniversary North American trek, gets underway. The first stop is Tulsa.

May 9
1958: Alan Freed quit his job at radio station WINS over what he says is the station's failure to support him after he was indicted for causing a riot in Boston.
1963: During a concert at London's Albert Hall, Paul McCartney met future girlfriend, 17 year-old Jane Asher, for the first time.
1963: The Rolling Stones sign their first management contract with Andrew Loog Oldham's management company Impact, agreeing to license their UK output to Decca.
1964: Chuck Berry began his first ever UK tour at The Astoria Theatre in London, supported by The Animals, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Karl Denver and the Nashville Teens.
1964: After 14 weeks at number one, The Beatles are finally pushed out of Billboard's top spot by 63 year old Louis Armstrong's 'Hello Dolly.'
1965: During a UK tour Bob Dylan played the first of two sold out nights at London's Royal Albert Hall. All four members of The Beatles were in the audience.
1966: The Doors played at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California auditioning for the position of the venue's house band.
1968: Blue Cheer, supported by Quill, appeared at Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: Neil Young & Crazy Horse played at The Stone Ballroom in New Haven, Connecticut.
1969: Beatles guitarist George Harrison’s experimental album 'Electronic Sounds' was released. It was the 2nd and final record released on the Beatles' short-lived Zapple Records label, a subsidiary of Apple Records. It failed to chart in the UK, and only reached #191 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1970: 'Cricklewood Green,' from Ten Years After, peaks at #14 on the U.S. album chart.
1970: The Guess Who hit the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 with "American Woman". The song was born by accident when guitarist Randy Bachman was playing a heavy riff on stage after he had broken a string and the band had taken a break. The other members joined in on the jam and Burton Cummings started singing the first thing that came into his head. A fan in the audience had it all on tape and presented it to the group after the show. It was quickly developed into a full song in the studio and ended up spending 3 weeks at the top of the US singles chart.
1973: Mick Jagger adds $150,000 of his own money to the $350,000 raised by The Rolling Stones' January benefit concert for victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake.
1974: Bonnie Raitt played two shows at Harvard Square Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The opening act was Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Rolling Stone critic John Landau saw Springsteen and wrote 'I have seen rock & roll's future and his name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time." Landau went on to become Springsteen's manager and producer.
1974: Bob Dylan, appeared at a Friends of Chile benefit at New York’s Felt Forum. He plays 'Spanish Is the Loving Tongue' and 'Blowin’ in the Wind' with Arlo Guthrie, Phil Ochs, and Pete Seeger.
1975: Hawkwind released their 5th studio album, 'Warrior on the Edge of Time.'
1975: KISS, The James Gang and Rush all appeared at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. Advance tickets cost $5.00.
1977: The Grateful Dead performed at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1978: Fee Waybill of The Tubes, broke a leg after falling from the stage at the Hammersmith Odeon in London whilst wielding a chainsaw during the bands set. He says, "I had a chain saw and we were doing ‘I Was a Punk Before You Were a Punk’ when I went to jump off the edge of the stage and I slipped off with my left leg, and my whole body twisted around and I broke my right leg. It broke before I hit the ground and I am laying there, can’t get up, the chainsaw is still running, and no one comes to my rescue! Everyone figured it was just part of the show.”
1980: 'I Don’t Like Mondays' by The Boomtown Rats won the best pop song and outstanding British lyric categories at the 25th Ivor Novello Awards. Supertramp’s 'The Logical Song' won Best Song Musically and Lyrically. Boomtown Rats lead singer Bob Geldoff was inspired to write the song after hearing about the tragic shooting spree when 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 a San Diego elementary school. Spencer showed no remorse for her crime and her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.” Geldoff was in Altanta, Georgia and described the inspiration, “I was doing a radio interview in Atlanta and there was a telex machine beside me. I read it as it came out. Not liking Mondays as a reason for doing somebody in is a bit strange.”
1981: Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield met for the first time in Newport Beach, CA. Lars had placed an ad in a local newspaper called The Recycler that read "Drummer looking for other metal musicians to jam with Tygers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head and Iron Maiden.” James responded, and Metallica was officially formed later that year.
1986: The Rolling Stones 'One Hit (To The Body)' b/w 'Fight' 45 single is released. The single reached the top 30 in the US but is notable for being the first single by the band to miss the UK Top 75.
1987: Lou Gramm's 'Ready Or Not' b/w 'Lover Come Back' 45 single is released. It reached #54 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the Hot Mainstream Rock chart.
1989: R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry collapses due to a bronchial infection during the group's European tour. Four shows in Germany are canceled.
1992: Seventeen years after his first US record chart entry, Bruce Springsteen makes his US TV debut when he appears on Saturday Night Live with host Tom Hanks. He performs three songs to promote his two recently-released albums, 'Lucky Town' and 'Human Touch,' which were not selling as well as had been hoped.
1993: Kurt Cobain is treated at a Seattle hospital for a drug overdose. He has a combination of heroin (self-inflicted) and bupreorphine (injected by his wife, Courtney Love).
1994: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 7th studio album, 'The Seventh Sign.'
1995: Morbid Angel released their 4th full-length studio album, 'Domination.'
1998: Jimmy Page appeared on US TV's 'Saturday Night Live' with rapper Sean 'Puffy' Combs and performed 'Come With Me' from the 'Godzilla' movie soundtrack. The song sampled the guitar riff from Led Zeppelin's song 'Kashmir.'
1998: Brian Wilson plays his first ever solo concert (no Beach Boys) at a show in St. Charles, Illinois.
2000: Metallica‬ released the single 'I Disappear' from the M:i-2' (Mission Impossible 2) soundtrack.
2000: Bad Religion release their eleventh full-length studio album 'The New America.' This is the band's final release on Atlantic Records and their final recording with drummer Bobby Schayer, who had been a member of Bad Religion since 1991.
2001: Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach is nominated for a Broadway.com Audience Award for his role in the Broadway show 'Jekyll & Hyde.'
2001: With a total of 18.5 million sales, KISS is ranked 90th on the RIAA's list of Top Artists Of All Time. Appearing in the top 10 are Led Zeppelin at #3 and AC/DC at #9.
2001: Jimmy DeKnight a.k.a. James Myers, co-writer of 'Rock Around The Clock' dies. The song was written in 1952 and originally recorded by Sunny Dae & His Knights. In 1954, Bill Haley & The Comets have a minor hit with it but when their version is featured during the opening credits of the movie Blackboard Jungle (1955), the song launches Rock n' Roll.
2002: Sammy Hagar & The Waboritas are joined on stage at the Fillmore in San Francisco, by Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, and then by Metallica's Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett. The musicians perform several songs under the name High Maintennance.
2003: Doug Aldrich officially joins Whitesnake.
2004: A pastor at the New Hope Christian Reformed Church in Calgary, Canada, plays Metallica music and 'The Unforgiven' video during his sermon. "Metallica are a lot like the Old Testament prophets who would rail against the crap that`s going on in the world," says Pastor John Van Sloten. Previous services included tunes by Evanescence and U2.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers release their double album 'Stadium Arcadium.'
2006: KoRn release 'Live & Rare,' a compilation of mostly of live tracks including an 2003 gig at New York's legendary CBGB club and performances from Woodstock '99.
2006: Tool's fourth album, '10,000 Days,' sells over 560,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Pearl Jam's self-titled CD is #2 moving more than 279,000 units.
2006: Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Emerson, Lake & Palmer's Greg Lake and Argent's Russ Ballard participate in a London fund-raiser with proceeds going to Evelina Children's Hospital Appeal and Camp Simcha.
2007: An undisclosed settlement is reached in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the relatives of 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott against a Columbus, OH, nightclub. The Damageplan/Pantera guitarist and three others were killed by a deranged gunman during a Damageplan show in December 2004.
2007: Queen's Brian May goes back to college to get his PhD in astronomy. The guitarist abandoned his education back in the '70s for a career in music. At London's Imperial College, May focuses his studies on interplanetary dust.
2007: Rush's 'Snakes & Arrows,' lands at #3 on the Billboard 200 selling 93,000 units in its debut week. It's the group's first album in five years.
2008: Slash and Alice Cooper are honored in Hollywood. The Velvet Revolver guitarist receives the MusiCares From The Heart Award at the event, which raises money for the organization's efforts to help musicians fighting addiction. Cooper is handed the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication to and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and his devotion to helping other addicts with the recovery process.
2008: Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx is honored at Covenant House California's ninth annual Awards Gala in Beverly Hills. Sixx is recognized in part for helping to launch Running Wild In The Night, a fundraising initiative for the youth homelessness charity.
2008: Jon Bon Jovi and the Philadelphia Soul arena football team he co-owns lend their support to a $3.3 million initiative to construct 12 transitional housing units at a North Philly facility run by Project H.O.M.E. During the groundbreaking ceremony the Bon Jovi frontman is recognized for his contributions.
2009: 'Quadrophenia,' a touring stage adaptation of The Who's 1973 concept album, makes its debut in Plymouth, England. The album's guiding force, Pete Townshend, is involved in the production.
2011: Aerosmith frontman and American Idol judge Steven Tyler releases a solo single, '(It) Feels So Good. '
2011: A Los Angeles Times article claims that judges quote Bob Dylan more than any other songwriter when passing down their opinions. (Other contenders were Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and R.E.M.). Apparently, judges identify Dylan with the principles that led them into jurisprudence.
2011: Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is named personality of the year at the U.K.'s Sony Radio Academy Awards. The Ronnie Wood Show is broadcast in Britain.
2011: A week-long tribute to Bob Marley begins on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.' It marks the 30th anniversary of the Reggae star's death from melanoma in 1981. During the week there are performances Marley's son Ziggy, Chris Cornell, Jakob Dylan and Lenny Kravitz. "Big up Jimmy Fallon for honoring the memory of my father," says Ziggy.
2012: Halestorm become the first female fronted band to score a #1 hit on the Active Radio charts. They do it with 'Love Bites (So Do I),' a track from their album, 'The Strange Case Of...'
2013: As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis pleads not guilty to a charge of solicitation of murder of his estranged wife. The judge sets bail at $3 million.
2013: David Bowie's latest video, which starred Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard, was temporarily pulled from YouTube over its graphic content. 'The Next Day' featured heavy religious imagery, including Cotillard bleeding from stigmata marks. The video sees Bowie performing in a basement bar, surrounded by religious figures, while Oldman, dressed as a priest, punches a beggar before dancing with a prostitute, played by Oscar-winner Cotillard. YouTube admitted making the "wrong call" in removing the video, and reinstated it with an adult content warning.
2013: Iron Maiden and Robinsons Brewery launch the band's Trooper beer in select Robinsons pubs. Thanks to pre-sales, over a quarter of a million pints are produced for the U.K. alone. Robinsons employees have to work a six-day week to keep up with demand.
2014: Robinsons Brewery in the U.K. announces that Trooper Beer has sold 5 million pints in its first year.' album.
2014: Peter Gabriel cancels a concert in Kiev, scheduled for the following day, due to security concerns. "Due to the on-going unrest in Ukraine it has become clear that the security of the touring personnel and equipment cannot be guaranteed during the planned visit to the country and this has presented us with significant logistical difficulties that we have been unable to resolve," reads Gabriel's statement. The Ukraine, riff with political and ethnic strife, is also under threat of a Russian invasion.
2015: Metallica headline the inaugural U.S. version of the Rock In Rio festival at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds in Las Vegas.

May 10
1954: Bill Haley And His Comets '(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock' b/w 'Thirteen Women (And Only One Man In Town)' 45 single is released. It was a #1 single on both the US and UK charts and also re-entered the UK Singles Chart in the 1960s and 1970s.
1960: The Silver Beetles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) auditioned for promoter Larry Parnes and singer Billy Fury for a job as Fury's backing group. Parnes was also looking for backing group's for his lesser-known acts, and The Silver Beetles were selected as backing group for singer Johnny Gentle's upcoming tour of Scotland. The group had changed its name from 'The Beatals' to 'The Silver Beetles' after Brian Casser (of Cass and the Cassanovas) remarked that the name 'Beatals' was "ridiculous". He suggested they use the name 'Long John and the Silver Beetles', but John Lennon refused to be referred to as 'Long John'.
1963: The Rolling Stones recorded the Chuck Berry song 'Come On' at Olympic Studios in London. This was the bands first release - issued on the June 7, 1963 by Decca Records.
1964: Bob Dylan arrived in the U.K. for his first major U.K. tour which kicked off at London’s Royal Albert Hall on the 17th.
1964: Rolling Stones conduct their first 'official' recording session at London's Olympic Studios with manager Andrew Loog Oldham producing. They record their version of Chuck Berry's 'Come On.' The song is the group's first single though it's initially rejected by Decca Records who call the track "dreadful." It eventually peaks at #21 in the U.K.
1965: The Rolling Stones began recording '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' at Chess Studios in Chicago, with Brian Jones on harmonica. The group re-recorded it two days later at RCA Studios in Hollywood, with a different beat and the Gibson Maestro fuzzbox that Keith Richards had recently acquired, adding sustain to the sound of the guitar riff.
1965: In London, The Beatles cover of two Larry Williams songs, 'Bad Boy' and 'Dizzy Miss Lizzy,' on Williams' birthday. The songs appear on 'Beatles VI.'
1966: Paul Revere & The Raiders anti-drug song, 'Kicks,' peaks at #5 on the U.S. chart. The song was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil for The Animals, who passed on it.
1966: A year after returning to her home state of Texas from San Francisco, Janis Joplin heads west again. She was summoned by Chet Helms, a friend who is now managing Big Brother & the Holding Company. He dispatches Travis Rivers, an old acquaintance of Janis’ from her Port Arthur, Texas days to convince the singer to join Big Brother. Joplin had even considered becoming a member of 13th Floor Elevators.
1967: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards appeared at Chichester Crown Court in Sussex, charged with being in possession of drugs, they elect to go to trial pleading not guilty and were both granted £100 bail. The same day, Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was arrested for unlawful possession of drugs.
1968: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Fillmore East in New York.
1968: Jim Morrison incited a riot at a Doors' concert in Chicago. After writhing, jumping and even sliding maracas into his pants, Morrison had the crowd so wound up, they rushed the stage, eventually destroying it.
1969: The Turtles and The Temptations performed at the White House for a ball given by President Richard Nixon's daughter, Tricia. Mark Volman of The Turtles was reported to have fallen off the stage several times. Lead singer Howard Kaylan says, “We were loaded — high from smoking pot back at the hotel and a wee bit tipsy from all the French champagne that was being freely dispensed — and we were roaming around the most important home in America unsupervised. We were even able to actually lay out lines of coke on Abraham Lincoln’s desk.”
1969: Led Zeppelin made their first appearance on the UK album chart when the bands debut album charted at #6, going on to spend 71 weeks on the UK chart. It entered the US chart the following week at #10. Now considered one of the most important debuts in rock, creating an entirely new interpretation of the rock and roll genre because of the groundbreaking music and recording techniques. The album was recorded in 36 hours.
1969: The Who played the first of three nights at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan on their North American 'Tommy' tour.
1969: The Moody Blues topped the U.K. album chart for the first time with 'On the Threshold of a Dream,' which spent two weeks on top.
1970: David Bowie was awarded an Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Song 'Space Oddity,' which he performed that night accompanied by the Les Reed Orchestra. The event was transmitted live via satellite to venues in America, France, Spain, Australia, Holland and Venezuela.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Sports Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
1970: The Stooges begin recording their classic 'Fun House' album.
1971: Yes appeared at Teatro Lirico in Milan, Italy.
1972: Hawkwind played at City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1972: Jethro Tull released their fifth LP 'Thick As A Brick.' The album had only one song, which was the whole album. The original packaging, designed like a newspaper, claimed that the album was a musical adaptation of an epic poem by a (fictional) 8-year-old genius, though the lyrics were actually written by the band's frontman, Ian Anderson.
1973: The TV special 'James Paul McCartney' is broadcast on Britain's ITV. He runs through a sing-along and a dance routine before closing the show with 'Yesterday.'
1974: KISS released their 2nd single, 'Kissin' Time.'
1974: New York Dolls released their 2nd album, 'Too Much Too Soon.' It reached #167 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and is the last studio album by the original classic line-up, The album was produced by Shadow Morton, a songwriter and record producer closely associated with girl group The Shangri-Las.
1974: Eric Clapton recorded 'I Shot The Sheriff,' which goes on to hit #1 in the US.
1974: Queen appeared at the Uris Theater in New York.
1974: Bill Wyman's 'Monkey Grip' album is released. It reached #99 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It was recorded with a star-studded session band that included names like Lowell George, Dr John, Leon Russell, Danny Kortchmar, and Dallas Taylor.
1974: The Who sold out Madison Square Garden in New York City for four nights selling 80,000 tickets.
1974: A party to celebrate the launch of Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song label at Los Angeles’ Bel Air Hotel ended with the guests tossing food and chinaware at each other. Bad Company and Dave Edmunds would both record for the label, which shut down in 1983.
1975: Springfield, Missouri's Ozark Mountain Daredevils topped the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with their biggest hit, 'Jackie Blue.'
1975: Apple Records officially dissolves.
1975: Springfield, Missouri's Ozark Mountain Daredevils topped the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with their biggest hit, 'Jackie Blue.'
1976: Aerosmith played at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1976: The Rolling Stones kicked off a 12-date UK tour at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow.
1977: Rush appeared at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1977: Adam & The Ants make their debut at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts. They play a lunchtime concert.
1978: The Rolling Stones 'Miss You' b/w 'Far Away Eyes' 45 single is released. It peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached #3 in the United Kingdom. The song was originally nearly nine minutes long, but was edited to nearly five minutes for the album version, and to three-and-a-half minutes for the radio single. In order to properly edit the radio single without audible bumps and glitches, a separate mix was constructed and then edited for continuity. The b-side of the single was another album track, 'Far Away Eyes,' a tongue-in-cheek country and western tune sung by Jagger in a pronounced drawl. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine rated 'Miss You' #498 in its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1979: Roxy Music played at City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1980: Genesis 'Misunderstanding' b/w 'Behind The Lines' 45 single is released. It reached #14 in the US and $42 in the UK.
1980: Pete Townshend’s solo album 'Empty Glass' is released in the U.S. John Rockwell in The New York Times says, “it a success that sounds like The Who of a decade before,” while Jon Parales in Mademoiselle says it shows “Pete has risen to the challenge set forth by punk rock.”
1980: Bob Dylan performed at City Hall in Portland, Maine.
1982: Duran Duran's sophomore album, 'Rio,'is released worldwide. Sound quality issues stall the album. But with the problems solved it is re-issued the following November. The double platinum set peaks at #6 on the Billboard 200 and remains on the chart for 129 weeks.
1983: After receiving no interest from any major record labels, Metallica begin recording their debut album for Megaforce Records on a budget of just $15,000. Originally titled 'Metal up Your Ass,' the LP's name was later changed to 'Kill 'Em All' and would peak at #120 on the Billboard Hot 200.
1984: Twisted Sister release their 3rd studio album 'Stay Hungry,' which goes on to become their most successful album selling over three million copies in the U.S.
1984: David Gilmour played at the Forum in Montreal.
1985: The Go-Go's announced they were breaking up. The members went on to enjoy solo success, (Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wiedlin) and the group reformed in the late 90's.
1986: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee married TV star Heather Locklear in a courtyard in Santa Barbara, California with five hundred guests. Tommy wore a white leather tuxedo. The union will last for eight years.
1986: Paul Simon plays three songs from his upcoming 'Graceland' album on 'Saturday Night Live.' He's backed by South African musicians, including the vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who perform with him on 'Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes.' With South Africa under a cultural boycott in an attempt to stop Apartheid, its music was sequestered. Simon's appearance with musicians from the country and the subsequent album introduced the sound to a global audience, but also caused problems for Simon when he faced criticism for violating the boycott.
1988: Prince releases his 10th album, 'Lovesexy,' which becomes his first chart-topper in the UK.
1990: Steelheart release their self-titled debut album.
1994: Weezer release their self-titled debut (aka The Blue Album).
1995: The Black Crowes announced they planned to donate all proceeds from their Oklahoma City concert to the victims of the federal building bombing.
1999: American singer, songwriter poet, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books Shel Silverstein died of a heart attack aged 57. Wrote, 'A Boy Named Sue' for Johnny Cash (which Silverstein won a Grammy for in 1970) and many songs for Dr Hook including 'Sylvia's Mother' and 'The Cover of the Rolling Stone.' He also had an avid following on Dr. Demento’s radio show with his novelty songs.
2000: Pearl Jam played a 15-hundred seat club in Bellingham, Washington to celebrate the release of their album 'Binaural.'
2000: The MP3-swapping Web site Napster banned 317,377 users after Metallica alleged Napster users pirated their recordings.
2003: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith receives an honorary doctorate degree in music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He also gives the commencement address.
2004: The Meat Puppets' Cris Kirkwood pleads guilty to one charge of assault in Phoenix. The charge stems from a 12/26/03 altercation with a post office security guard during which Kirkwood was shot. In addition to his work with the Puppets, Kirkwood sat in with Nirvana on their legendary 1993 MTV Unplugged performance.
2005: Selling 272,000 copies in its first week, 'With Teeth' tops the Billboard 200 album chart. It's the second time Nine Inch Nails lands at #1. The first was with 'The Fragile' in 1999.
2005: Styx released their 15th studio album, 'Big Bang Theory.'
2005: David Wayne (Metal Church, Reverend, Wayne) died from complications following a car crash in Tacoma, Washington. He was 47.
2006: Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones was discharged from a hospital in New Zealand following surgery to relieve pressure in his head following a fall from a palm tree.
2006: Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele was sentenced to four years in jail after pleading guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter. In February 2003, a fire at a nightclub set off by the metal band's pyro killed 100 people. Biechele, 29, could have gotten as much as 10 years behind bars. He also received an 11-year suspended sentence and three years of probation. He was the only participant who pleaded guilty.
2006: Chris Daughtry gets voted off Season Five of 'American Idol' in a shocker, as he was favored to win. He finished fourth: Taylor Hicks won that season.
2006: 'Tarzan,' with score by Phil Collins, opens on Broadway.
2006: Godsmack appears on NBC's 'Last Call With Carson Daly.'
2007: The surviving members of Pink Floyd took part in a tribute concert to pay respects to their former front man, Roger "Syd" Barrett, who died on July 7, 2006, at the age of 60, following complications from diabetes. David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason, take the stage. Bassist Roger Waters also performs but not with the group.
2007: A British tribunal rules against Police frontman Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler. A sexual-discrimination suit was initiated by their former chef. The ruling labels Styler's treatment of Jane Martin "shameful" and decrees that the then-pregnant employee was unlawfully dismissed by the couple. Styler doesn't buy it calling the ruling an "unjust and unfair attack on Sting and me."
2008: Steve Winwood is awarded an honorary doctor of music degree during the commencement exercises for Boston's Berklee College of Music.
2008: Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington celebrates the 13-year anniversary of Club Tattoo in Tempe, AZ. Bennington and his friend Sean Dowdell founded the tattoo and body-piercing parlor.
2010: Anthrax announces that Joey Belladonna has rejoined the group. Belladonna was the band's vocalist from '85 to '92.
2010: Nicole Fiorentino, formerly with Veruca Salt announces, via her MySpace page, that she's the new Smashing Pumpkins bassist. Fiorentino is the 4th female bassist in Pumpkins' history following D'Arcy Wretzky, Melissa Auf der Maur and Ginger Pooley.
2010: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon kicks off a week of special performances devoted to celebrating the reissue of the Rolling Stones' classic album 'Exile On Main Street.' First up is Green Day who perform 'Rip This Joint.'
2011: Anvil released their 14th studio album, 'Juggernaut of Justice.'
2011: The Cars release 'Move Like This,' their first album since 1987's 'Door To Door' (they broke up soon after the album was completed). The LP includes the group's original lineup except for bassist Benjamin Orr who passed away in 2000.
2011: Warren Hayes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule) releases the album 'Man In Motion.'
2011: 'AC/DC Live At River Plate,' a live concert DVD documenting their Black Ice World Tour, is released.
2011: Avenged Sevenfold premiere the music video for 'So Far Away,' a tribute to late Avenged drummer Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan. 'The Rev' died in 2009 from an overdose of prescription drugs. The band says the video is a "raw and emotional" and a "very personal goodbye" to him.
2011: A reunited System Of A Down begins a reunion tour in Edmonton, Canada. The band had been on 'indefinite hiatus' since 2006 (Ozzfest).
2011: Jane's Addiction (Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro and Stephen Perkins and touring bassist Chris Chaney) perform at the Google I/O Developer's Conference in San Francisco playing a career-spanning set.
2011: The ornate iron gates of a children's home which inspired John Lennon's psychedelic Beatles anthem 'Strawberry Fields Forever' were removed after The Salvation Army, which owned the former home, decided to put the red Victorian gates into storage. Beatles fans who passed the Liverpool site on tours would now be met with 10ft high replicas. The original gates were being taken to a secret location for storage, and would eventually be auctioned off.
2011: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler releases solo single '(It) Feels So Good.' It peaks at #35 on Billboard's Hot
2013: A two-year degree in heavy metal music was branded an "easy option" by education campaigners. The foundation degree was being offered by New College Nottingham in the UK. The course, which was due to start later this year would include modules on the music business, the history of heavy metal and its role in films and video games and would show students how to compose and perform heavy metal songs.
2013: Two men were arrested in Dublin after the city center statue of Phil Lynott was pushed over and seriously damaged. The memorial to the Thin Lizzy icon has been removed from its Harry Street location for repairs, and the men were later released without charge. The life-size bronze sculpture was unveiled in 2005 and had become a tourist destination and landmark since then.
2013: Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ricky Medlock wins Best Theme Song for 'Native Colors' and for Best Long Form Film for 'Homeland Nation' at the 14th annual Native American Music Awards in Niagara Falls, NY.
2014: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page gives the commencement speech at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He tells the grads "their love of music will sustain them through the unexpected twists and turns that lie ahead." Page is also a recipient of an honorary doctorate in music.
2015: Prince's Rally 4 Peace event is at Baltimore's Royal Farms Arena. The concert is an effort to unify the community following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody and the subsequent riots.

May 11
1957: Buddy Holly And The Crickets audition for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts program, but are rejected.
1963: The Beatles' first LP, 'Please Please Me' hits the top of the UK album chart, where it would stay for an amazing 30 weeks. It would finally be displaced by their follow-up, 'With The Beatles,' which was on top for another 21 weeks.
1964: The Rolling Stones were refused lunch at The Grand Hotel in Bristol, where they were staying, because they were not wearing jackets and ties. The Daily Mirror describes them as "the ugliest group in Britain."
1964: The Beach Boys 'I Get Around' b/w 'Don’t Worry Baby' 45 single is released. The single entered the Billboard chart on June 6 at #17. The song reached the #1 spot on the Billboard charts on July 4, replacing 'A World Without Love' by Peter and Gordon and becoming the band's first #1 hit in the United States. The song remained at #1 for two weeks before being replaced by 'Rag Doll' by The Four Seasons. The single also reached #1 on the United States Variety charts on July 1.
1964: The Beatles' Four by The Beatles' (EP) is released in the U.S. It was the second of three Beatles EPs released in the United States, and the first of two by Capitol Records. The album featured four songs that had previously been heavily imported into the US as Canadian singles. It made #92 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
1965: The Byrds make their TV debut singing 'Mr. Tambourine Man' on NBC's Hullabaloo. The song currently sat at #87 on the Hot 100, but would rise to the top of the chart by June 26th. Although the song's composer, Bob Dylan, wrote four verses for the song, The Byrds' rendition used only the second and two repeats of the chorus.
1966: Small Faces released their self-titled debut album. It reached #3 on the UK Albums chart, and includes the hit singles 'Whatcha Gonna Do About It' and 'Sha-La-La-La-Lee.'
1967: The Beatles recorded 'Baby, You’re a Rich Man' at Olympia Studios. It was the first time they’d recorded outside of Abbey Road.
1967: Pink Floyd begin two days of recording with producer Joe Boyd, working on the tracks 'Interstellar Overdrive,' 'Arnold Layne,' 'Let’s Roll Another One' and 'Nick’s Boogie.'
1968: Jimi Hendrix moves into a London townhouse formerly owned by the Messiah’s composer George Frederick Handel. The guitarist tells the Daily Mirror that he will “not let the tradition down.”
1969: Yes played at Frank Freeman’s Club in Kidderminster, England.
1969: The Rolling Stones go to #5 in the American album charts with their new release 'Beggars Banquet.' It peaked at #3 in the UK charts the previous year.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band performed the first of two nights at the Piedmont Music Festival in Atlanta.
1969: Jethro Tull release their debut album 'This Was.'
1970: The Beatles 'The Long and Winding Road' b/w 'For You Blue' 45 single is released.
1970: The soundtrack to the original Woodstock festival was released. The three record set featured many of the top Rock artists of the time, including Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joe Cocker and The Who. The album would go Gold within two weeks.
1971: King Crimson appeared at Guild Hall in Plymouth, England.
1972: John Lennon appears on The Dick Cavett Show on ABC-TV and says that he believes the FBI has tapped his phone as part of a plan to have him deported from the U.S. Lennon’s visa had been revoked in March and deportation proceedings were filed, supposedly because of a previous marijuana conviction in England. The real reason may have been that J. Edgar Hoover was convinced that Lennon planned to disrupt the 1972 Republican Convention by staging a number of get-out-the-vote concerts.
1972: David Cassidy, then at the very peak of his career, appears in a controversial nearly naked pose on the cover of Rolling Stone.
1972: David Bowie played at Assembly Hall in Worthing, England.
1972: The Grateful Dead’s fabled European tour stops at Rotterdam, Netherlands for a show at the Civic Hall.
1973: Wings kicked off their first official tour at the Bristol Hippodrome, playing 15 UK shows.
1973: Alice Cooper appeared at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1973: Hawkwind released their 4th album, 'The Space Ritual Alive in Liverpool and London.'
1973: Wishbone Ash released their 4th studio album, 'Wishbone Four.'
1974: Robert Plant plays 'Love Me' with Elvis Presley after meeting him for the first time as Led Zeppelin attended Elvis Presley show at the Los Angeles Forum in California. After a shaky start to the show, Elvis stopped the band and jokingly said: “Wait a minute…if we can start together fellas, because we’ve got Led Zeppelin out there, lets try to look like we know what were doing.” All four members of Zeppelin met with Elvis after the show, spending over 2 hours backstage. Elvis asked for all the group’s autographs for his daughter Lisa Marie.
1974: Three Dog Night's 'The Show Must Go On' reaches #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 and #1 on the Cashbox best sellers chart. The song turns out to be the band's final Top Twenty hit and their last Gold single.
1974: Steely Dan release the 'Ricky, Don't Lose That Numb' single.
1975: Greg Allman appeared on Cher's TV variety show. They were married the following month, and divorced in 1979.
1975: Led Zeppelin play 'Kashmir' live for the first time during a gig at the Ahoy in Rotterdam.
1976: AC/DC begin their first U.K. tour. They open for Back Street Crawler.
1978: Rush appeared at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1978: At the end of their 'News Of The World' 46 date tour, Queen played three sold-out nights at Wembley Arena in London.
1979: Rod Stewart's 'Blondes Have More Fun' show stopped at the Cobo Arena in Detroit. Tickets were $12.50.
1979: George Harrison's 'Love Comes To Everyone' b/w 'Soft Touch' 45 single is released. It was issued as the 2nd single of his self-titled album. The song peaked at #38 on the US Adult Contemporary charts
1981: Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley died of lung cancer and a brain tumour aged 36. Had the 1981 single 'No Woman No Cry', plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles. In 1990. February 6 was proclaimed a national holiday in Jamaica to commemorate his birth. The compilation album, 'Legend,' released in 1984, is the best-selling reggae album ever with sales of more than 20 million copies. Time magazine chose Bob Marley & The Wailers 'Exodus' as the greatest album of the 20th century. He is the best selling reggae artist of all time and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
1982: Iron Maiden kicked off the North American leg of their tour in support of The Number of the Beast at the IMA Auditorium in Flint, MI opening for Rainbow. Throughout the North American leg they also opened for 38 Special, the Scorpions & Judas Priest.
1985: Bruce Springsteen and a small group of friends went out for a boy’s night out in Lake Oswego, Oregon, two nights before his wedding to Julianne Phillips. Drinking in the Gemini pub Springsteen sang some of his own songs, karaoke-style.
1985: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Southern Accents,' which was their 4th top 10 album & went on to sell one million copies in the U.S.
1987: Motley Crue release their 7th single. 'Girls, Girls, Girls.'
1989: Accept released their 8th studio album, 'Eat the Heat.' It featured David Reece on vocals and was Produced by Dieter Dierks. It peaked on the Billboard charts at #139‬.
1989: Badlands release their debut album. The band features Jake E. Lee, Eric Singer, Greg Chaisson and the late Ray Gillen.
1989: Roy Orbison was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York. Eric Clapton presented the award to Orbison's widow, Barbara.
1990: Ritchie Valens is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 31 years after his death.
1990: Trixter release their self-titled debut albumr. It attained gold status, reaching #28 on the Billboard 200 chart.
1992: Iron Maiden release their 9th studio album, 'Fear Of The Dark.'
1993: Nirvana denied rumors that Geffen wouldn’t release 'In Utero' because of its un-commercial nature.
1995: Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray played a tribute concert to Stevie Ray Vaughan in his hometown of Austin, Texas. The quintet had all played with Vaughan on the night in 1990 when he died in a helicopter crash.
1996,:Bill Graham the Irish journalist credited with discovering U2 died of a heart attack aged 44. He was also the co-founder of the Irish music paper Hot Press. Members from Clannad, U2, Hothouse Flowers and Gavin Friday all attended his funeral.
1998: Soundgarden's Matt Cameron fills in for the ailing Jack Irons on Pearl Jam's tour. The drummer's first gig is an appearance on Late Night With David Letterman.
2001: Oasis, The Black Crowes and Spacehog kicked off 'The Tour of Brotherly Love', a North American tour at The Hard Rock in Las Vegas, Nevada. (The three bands featuring pairs of brothers (Noel and Liam Gallagher, Chris and Rich Robinson, Royston and Antony Langdon).
2003: 57 year old Noel Redding, former bass player with The Jimi Hendrix Experience, died from complications of cirrhosis of the liver. Redding joined Hendrix's band in 1966 and played on three albums before parting ways with the legendary guitarist in 1969.
2003: Jackson Browne appears on the 'Brake My Wife, Please' episode of The Simpsons.
2005: Former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page plays 'Whole Lotta Love' before the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. The performance celebrates Warner Music Group's (WMG) I.P.O. the day before. Even with Page the WMG stock loses ground (and money). Originally, the label asked Linkin Park to entertain the financial folks but the group turned them down.
2006: Guitarist Dave Baksh announces he is leaving Sum 41 to pursue a career with his new band, Brown Brigade.
2006: The Foo Fighters 'Best Of You' is named Rock Video of the Year at the 15th annual Music Video Production Association Awards in Los Angeles. The White Stripes 'My Doorbell' takes home the Alternative Video of the Year honor. Smashing Pumpkins receive an honorary Kratz Award for Creative Excellence.
2006: Fuel guitarist Carl Bell and bassist Jeff Abercrombie offer their band's vacant singer position (formerly occupied by Brett Scallions) to ousted American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry. Bell and Abercrombie make their proposal on the syndicated entertainment-news program Extra. Daughtry rejects their offer.
2006: Godsmack's Sully Erna clarifies his band's position on the Iraq War during CNN's Showbiz Tonight. "By no means has this band ever supported any war for any country," claims Erna. "What we support is our troops." The singer had recently been grilled in a magazine interview over his group allowing one of its songs to be used in a U.S. Navy recruitment ad.
2006: Ratt was featured on VH1's 'Behind The Music.'
2007: The Mamas & The Papas, Otis Redding and Al Kooper are all inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.
2007: Chris Cornell receives the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the third annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in Los Angeles. He's recognized for his support of the organization and for his work in aiding artists recovering from substance abuse. Cornell, Army Of Anyone and the late Vaughan's backing band, Double Trouble, perform.
2008: John Rutsey, original drummer of Rush, died of complications from diabetes. He was 55. Rutsey founded Rush with Alex Lifeson and Jeff Jones and performed on their debut album. Rutsey was replaced by Neil Peart. "Although our paths diverged many years ago, we smile today, thinking back on those exciting times and remembering John's wonderful sense of humor and impeccable timing," reads a message from former Rush bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.
2009: Ozzy Osbourne makes a surprise appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. 9-year-old Yuto Miyazawa, a Japanese guitar prodigy, performs a rendition of Ozzy's 'Crazy Train.' "(It's) the best thing I've seen in my life," says Osbourne.
2010: We Are The Fallen (consisting of former Evanescence members and fronted by American Idol contestant Carly Smithson) release their debut album, 'Tear The World Down.'
2011: Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall's daughter Elizabeth appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine's June issue. Her six-page, eight photo spread showed the 27-year-old baring all and seductively smoking a cigarette.
2011: 'Hot Sauce Committee Part Two,' the eighth studio effort from the Beastie Boys, makes its debut at #1 on Billboard's Alternative Albums, Rock Albums and Hip-Hop Albums charts. It's #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
2011: Alice Cooper appears in "4-D" concert at the Battersea Power Station in London. The Jagermeister Ice Cold Event features a holographic image of Cooper performing with his original band (Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce) in the U.S. "Working with Jagermeister to appear as holograms on the other side of the Atlantic is the ultimate experience-a cutting-edge conjuring trick that celebrates the future and our history," says Cooper in a statement.
2011: One of the rarest rock t-shirts in the world sold for $10,000, the largest sum ever paid for a vintage t-shirt. The record-setting sale of a 1979 Led Zeppelin t-shirt on eBay was sold by Kyle Ermatinger of Stormcrow Vintage. The recent completion of the transaction placed the purchase as the world's rarest and most expensive vintage t-shirt.
2011: The three surviving members of Pink Floyd perform together for the first time since '05's Live 8 concert (and for only the second time in 30 years). David Gilmour and Nick Mason join Roger Waters during the latter's show at the O2 arena.
2012: Rob Zombie and Megadeth tour together for the first time. The month-long tour kicks off in Holmdel, NJ.
2013: Tool, the Deftones and Slash appear at the inaugural Ozzfest Japan near Tokyo. The two-day festival also features Black Sabbath's first-ever performance in Japan.
2014: Ed Gagliardi, original bassist of Foreigner, died of cancer at 62. He played on the first two Foreigner records.
2014: The Black Keys 8th studio album, 'Turn Blue,' is released. The set was co-produced by Danger Mouse and the Keys.
2014: Killer Be Killed with Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera, Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders, Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Greg Puciato and ex-Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch, issue the self-titled debut album.
2015: FOX cancels American Idol after 15 seasons. Though the show, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, favored pop singers, it was a platform for Chris Daughtry; had Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) as a judge; and featured performances by several Rock acts. Tyler debuts his Country solo single, 'Love Is Your Name.'
2015: Police in Queensland, Australia issue a joke BOLO (be on the lookout) for Nickelback citing "crimes against music." The band is on their Down Under tour. The Queensland Police Service warn the public of the hazards of listening to the band's music.
2015: Roger Daltrey threatens to end The Who's concert at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island due to fans smoking marijuana near the stage. Daltrey is reportedly allergic to pot and it has an "almost immediate (impact) on his voice."
2016: Hinder release 'Stripped,' an unplugged (acoustic) EP with the track 'Not An Addict.'
2016: Former Trivium drummer Nick Augusto performs with Devil You Know for the first time on their North American trek. Augusto was recruited when Devil You Know's John Sankey was unable to tour.
2016: The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) and Metropolis Studios in London announce the establishment of a Freddie Mercury Scholarship, honoring the late Queen frontman. The scholarship, which goes to an ACM student annually, is endorsed by Queen's Roger Taylor and Brian May.
2016: Def Leppard meet the Arkansas School For The Deaf's football team after nearly 1,500 people sign an online petition to get the group to take a photo in front of the school's football scoreboard. The team's mascot is a leopard-a deaf leopard.

May 12
1951: The #1 record on America's R&B chart was a song called 'Rocket 88' by Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats. Many Rock historians say that this was the first true Rock and Roll record. Although Brenston sang, played sax and is credited as composer, 'His Delta Cats' were actually Ike Turner And His Kings of Rhythm.
1958: The Everly Brothers' 'All I Have to Do Is Dream' hits #1 for the first of five weeks.
1958: The movie, 'Let's Rock,' with Paul Anka, Danny and the Juniors and The Royal Teens, opens.
1958: Link Wray's guitar instrumental 'Rumble' first appears on the Billboard Top 100 chart at #81. Even though it has no lyrics what so ever, the song was banned by many US radio stations who feared the title would promote teen violence. Despite the boycott, the song would still rise to #16 and sell over a million copies.
1960: 'Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party For Elvis Presley' is broadcast on ABC-TV. For a fee of $125,000, Elvis sang his most current releases, 'Stuck On You' and 'Fame And Fortune.' The famous singers both perform a medley of 'Love Me Tender' and 'Witchcraft' together. The show marked Presley's last TV appearance for eight years.
1961: The Beatles in Hamburg, West Germany, signed a recording contract with producer Bert Kaempfert. That evening they played at The Top Ten Club in Reeperbahn, Hamburg.
1962: Billboard magazine reports that last year's most-played jukebox record was 'Big Bad John' by Jimmy Dean. The second most-played was Chubby Checker's 'The Twist.'
1963: When CBS censors tell him he cannot perform his 'Talking John Birch Society Blues,' Bob Dylan walks out of dress rehearsals for The Ed Sullivan Show. When told the tune may be libelous, Dylan refuses to appear on the show.
1964: The Beach Boys started a four week run at the top of the Billboard album chart with a 'live' LP called 'Beach Boys Concert,' the group's first US #1.
1965: The Rolling Stones re-record 'Satisfaction' at RCA Studios in Hollywood, with a different beat and the Gibson Maestro fuzzbox adding sustain to the sound of the guitar riff. Two days earlier the band recorded the song at Chess Studios in Chicago. The song will top the Hot 100 for four straight weeks in July. Mick Jagger would later say "It was the song that really made The Rolling Stones, changed us from just another band into a huge, monster band."
1967: Pink Floyd played London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, one of their first concerts experimenting with quadraphonic sound. This was reportedly the first show to include loudspeakers placed at the back of the hall to give a 'sound in the round', ie quadraphonic, effect. The sound system, developed by EMI technicians, was stolen after the show and not recovered for some years. Adding to the otherworldly experience, Roger Waters throws potatoes at a gong, Nick Mason mic’s up a saw to cut through a log, Simon Wright creates huge soap bubbles to waft over the crowd, and the band’s roadies toss daffodils into the crowd.
1967: A British radio station debuts The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' album in its entirety.
1967: Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' b/w 'Lime Street Blues' 45 single is released in the UK. It was the debut song by the British band Procol Harum, and reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart on June 8, 1967, and stayed there for six weeks. Without much promotion, it reached #5 on the US charts, as well. It is one of the fewer than 30 all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) copies worldwide. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' at #57 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1967: 'Are You Experienced', the debut album by Jimi Hendrix was released in the UK. It was in August of 1967 in the U.S. It reached #2 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #15 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2005 Are You Experienced was selected for permanent preservation in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in the United States. Hendrix also played a gig at the Bluesville Club, Manor House in London on this day.
1968: Jimi Hendrix was arrested by police on his way to Toronto for possession of hashish and heroin. Hendrix claimed the drugs had been planted on him.
1968: Brian Jones makes his final live appearance with The Rolling Stones when they appear at the New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert at the Empire Pool in Wembley, England.
1969: Martin Lamble, drummer for Fairport Convention, dies at age 19 when the band's van crashes on the way home from a gig in Birmingham, England. Bandmate Richard Thompson's girlfriend, Jeannie Franklyn, is also killed.
1969: Pink Floyd appear at the Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street in London.
1971: Mick Jagger marries Nicaraguan fashion model Bianca Perez Morena de Macias in St. Tropez, France. The guest list includes the other members of the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Stephen Stills. The couple separated in 1977.
1971: Jerry Lee Lewis is granted a divorce from Myra Gale Brown, who was the daughter of his bass-player cousin. She was just 13 when they wed.
1972: The Rolling Stones released their 10th British and 12th American studio album, 'Exile on Main St.' It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape charts for four weeks, and topped the UK Top 75 Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #7 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1972: David Bowie played at Polytechnic of Central London.
1973: The Mothers of Invention performed at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1973: Led Zeppelin started a three week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Houses Of The Holy', the group's third US #1. It went on to spend 39 weeks on the US chart. Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
1974: The Kinks appeared at the University of California in Santa Barbara.
1975: Jefferson Starship give a free concert in New York's Central Park in front of 60,000 fans. The band and concert sponsor, WNEW-FM, pay $14,000 for clean-up and damage done to the park.
1975: Steely Dan earns a gold record for their 'Katy Lied' album.
1975: Genesis appeared at Rhein am Main Halle in Wiesbaden, Germany.
1976: The Rolling Stones performed at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland.
1977: Led Zeppelin received the outstanding contribution to British music at the second Ivor Novello Awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.
1977: After being dropped by both EMI and A&M records in less than 6 months, Richard Branson's Virgin records announced they had signed The Sex Pistols for £15,000 ($28,000). "I've always liked Richard Branson because, pompous rich t--t that he is, he has a great sense of rebelliousness," lead singer Johnny Rotten says.
1979: The new Jefferson Starship, with Mickey Thomas replacing Grace Slick as lead vocalist, debuted at a free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Thomas had been the lead singer on Elvin Bishop's 1976 hit 'Fooled Around and Fell in Love.'
1979: The Who played at Arenes de Frejus in Cannes, France.
1980: The Who are on the cover of People magazine
1980: Linda Ronstadt earns a gold record for 'Mad Love' which contains three Elvis Costello tunes.
1981: The Who's first album without Keith Moon, 'Face Dances' goes Gold. It is considered a disappointment even to the band itself. The L.P. makes it to #4 but offers just one hit single, 'You Better You Bet' (#18).
1981: Debbie Harry announces that she's going to record a solo album, while continuing to work with Blondie.
1981: Van Halen kicked off their 82 date North American Fair Warning Tour at the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1983: Meat Loaf filed for bankruptcy, even though his 'Bat Out of Hell' L.P. sold millions of copies in the late 1970s. Later, 'Back Into Hell' would bring him back to the charts with the hit single, 'I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That).' At the time of his bankruptcy, Meat Loaf's latest album "Midnight at the Lost and Found" was sitting at number 7, but the album's single, 'If You Really Want To' stalled at #59.
1983: ZZ Top played at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi.
1985: Phil Collins kicked off the North American leg on his 'No Jacket Required' World Tour at the Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1986: Joe Strummer of The Clash was banned from driving after being convicted of drink driving.
1987: All 40-thousand tickets for three Pink Floyd concerts in Montreal sold out in 4½ hours. Residents around the Montreal Forum complained that police failed to protect their property from rowdy fans.
1988: Megadeth released their single 'Mary Jane.'
1989: Morbid Angel released their debut album, 'Altars of Madness.'
1990. Thunder peak at #25 on the UK charts with 'Backstreet Symphony.'
1990: Former Eagles Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Timothy B. Schmit played together at a Los Angeles convention.
1992: The Black Crowes release their 2nd album, 'The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion.' It hit #1 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. It features four hit singles; 'Remedy' (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for 11 weeks), 'Thorn in My Pride' (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for four weeks), 'Sting Me' (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for two weeks), and 'Hotel Illness' (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for six weeks). It was a record for an album to feature four album rock #1 hits (previously set by Tom Petty in 1989, with three).
1992: The rumor mill is in full swing. It's so bad that Judas Priest's Rod Halford holds a press conference in L.A. to deny reports that he is HIV positive or has AIDS.
1994: Motley Crue released their single, 'Misunderstood,' featuring John Corabi on vocals.
1995: Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose filed a restraining order against Karen McNeil in Los Angeles Superior Court. McNeil was charged with trespassing at his Malibu home two weeks earlier on April 27th.
1996: 17-year-old Bernadette O'Brien died the day after being injured 'body surfing' at a Smashing Pumpkins gig at The Point, Dublin.
1997: Paul McCartney's 10th solo album, 'Flaming Pie' is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums, and #2 on the UK Albums chart. The singles 'Young Boy,' 'The World Tonight' and 'Beautiful Night' became UK hits, all making the top 40 in the sales charts. The only single in the US from the album was 'The World Tonight,' a top 30 entry on the Billboard mainstream rock listing. It received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year, although Bob Dylan won the award with his back-to-form album 'Time Out of Mind.'
1998: Lenny Kravitz releases his '5' album.
1998: British media reported that Elton John had split with his manager of 30 years, John Reid. Reports said the two had argued over John's career and financial matters.
2000: Following the launch of Metallica's legal case against the popular online file-sharing service Napster, Chuck D of Public Enemy and Lars Ulrich of Metallica appear on The Charlie Rose Show, where they debate whether MP3 downloading is a vehicle for piracy or a return of power to the people.
2000: Thieves stole the gates to Liverpool, England’s Strawberry Fields. The children’s home inspired the John Lennon song. The gates were later turned in to the police by a scrap dealer.
2001: File this under strange but true: After 27 years as a fugitive from a New Jersey prison, convicted child-killer Edward Solly is arrested in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he has been masquerading as long-dead Sha Na Na guitarist Vinnie Taylor, complete with a website and nightclub act.
2002: NirvanaClub.com posted four clips of the unreleased song 'You Know You’re Right' online.
2003: Helloween released their 10th studio album, 'Rabbit Don't Come Easy.'
2004: U2's Bono visits Prime Minister Paul Martin to applaud Canada's funding to battle AIDS.
2006: Guns N’ Roses played a gig at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. The first of four shows featured six new songs from the long-awaited 'Chinese Democracy' album. It's guitarist Ron Thal's (aka Bumblefoot) debut with the group. He replaces Buckethead who left in 2004.
2006: Metallica's James Hetfield is honored at the second annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in Hollywood. He receives the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his "devotion to helping other addicts with the recovery process."
2006: Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, the Romantics, Eddie Money and War perform at a fund-raider for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Proceeds from the 'No Speeches, No Tuxes. .. It's Only Rock and Roll' go toward the facility's education programs.
2007: The Edge receives an honorary doctor of music degree from Boston's Berklee College of Music. He's acknowledged "for enduring contributions to American and international culture."
2007: The second annual VH1 Rock Honors in Las Vegas pays tribute ZZ Top, Heart, Ozzy Osbourne and Genesis. The ceremony features spoken-word and film presentations. Alice In Chains, Queens Of The Stone Age and Nickelback perform.
2008: Neil Young had a spider named after him. US university biologist Jason Bond discovered a new species of trapdoor spider and decided to name it after his favourite musician. Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi was found in Jefferson County, Alabama, in 2007.
2008: Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland enters a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department jail to begin serving his sentence for a DUI conviction stemming from an arrest the previous November. He's in custody for 10 hours but only sends 14 minutes behind bars before he's released.
2008: In preparation for 'Death Magnetic,' their new album, Metallica launch their Website Mission: Metallica (http://www.missionmetallica.com).
2008: Paul McCartney was granted a divorce from his second wife, Heather Mills. The settlement gave her a lump sum of 16.5 million pounds, together with assets of 7.8 million pounds, which included the properties she owned at the time. Paul was later quoted as saying "There'll be no more nagging, no more chaos, no more Heather... bliss. I have peace at last".
2008: ‎Iron Maiden‬ released the Greatest Hits album 'Somewhere Back In Time - The Best Of: 1980 - 1989.'
2009: 'John Lennon: The New York Years' opens at New York's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex NYC. The Lennon-themed exhibit, created by his widow, Yoko Ono, benefits the Spirit Foundation, a charity begun by Lennon and Ono.
2009: Better Than Ezra release their album 'Paper Empire.'
2010: Godsmack's 'The Oracle' hits #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 117,000 copies in the first week of its release. It's the band's third #1 album. The single 'Cryin' Like A Bitch,' also lands at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart.
2011: The three surviving members of Pink Floyd perform together for the first time since 2005's Live 8 concert (and for only the second time in 30 years). David Gilmour and Nick Mason join Roger Waters during the latter's show at the O2 arena.
2011: The video for Steven Tyler's solo single "(It) Feels So Good," premieres on American Idol. The Aerosmith frontman is also an American Idol judge.
2011: The Monkees, minus Mike Nesmith, embark on a 45th Anniversary Tour with a date at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. It's the group's fourth reunion tour, as Davy Jones dies in 2012.
2012: The Eagles are presented with an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music by College President Roger Brown at the school's commencement ceremony at Boston University's Agganis Arena.
1969: Poco released their debut album,
2012: Kid Rock teams up with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Fox Theatre for a fundraising concert to benefit the orchestra. "As a musician, and of course a Detroiter, I am proud to be supporting this longstanding cultural institution," says Kid Rock. The performance raises over $1 million.
2013: After the Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield records the David Bowie song 'Space Oddity' on board the International Space Station, his sublime rendition is posted to YouTube, quickly garnering millions of views.
2014: Ozzy Osbourne and Slash perform at the 10th anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert at Club Nokia in L. A. Joe Walsh presents the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award to Osbourne for his support of the MusiCares MAP Fund which helps musicians battle their addictions.
2014: Neil Young, with help from Jack White, sends a cover of Willie Nelson's 'Crazy' (famously recorded by Patsy Cline) straight to vinyl during an appearance on The Tonight Show. Young uses White's refurbished '40s-era Voice-o-Graph recording booth. The vinyl is played at the end of the show.
2015: Duff McKagan publishes 'How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions)' along with a companion EP featuring Izzy Stradlin and Jerry Cantrell.
2016: Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Sabbath) and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) are honored by Adopt The Arts at the Fonda Theatre in L.A. Adopt The Arts is raising awareness and money to keep arts education in public schools.
2017: Former KISS drummer Peter Criss plays a farewell show in Melbourne, Australia.
2017: Warrant released their 'Louder Harder Faster' album.

May 13
1955: Elvis Presley's performance in Jacksonville, Florida is the first Presley show at which a riot ensues. After Elvis tells the audience, "Girls, I'll see you backstage," he has some of his clothes ripped off, but escapes unharmed.
1957: Elvis Presley begins filming his third movie, 'Jailhouse Rock,' in Hollywood.
1958: Six months after marrying his third wife, 13-year-old second cousin Myra Gale Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis is finally granted a divorce from his second wife, Jane Mitcham.
1965: Elvis Presley's sixteenth movie, 'Tickle Me,' premieres in Hollywood. It opens nationally two weeks later.
1966: The Rolling Stones release 'Paint It Black,', one of the first Rock records to use a sitar. The single will hit #1 in both the UK and the US.
1966: The Kinks recorded 'Sunny Afternoon' at Pye Studios in London. The song went on to reach #1 in the U.K. & #14 in the U.S.
1967: Ray Davies announced in British magazine New Musical Express that he was leaving The Kinks to focus on writing & producing. Three days later Davies changed his mind about leaving.
1967: The Monkees 2nd album 'More Of The Monkees,' went to #1 on the charts. In 1967 only four albums reached #1; 'The Sound Of Music' which spent 17 weeks at #1, The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper's,' 25 weeks at #1 and The Monkees' first and second albums spent 9 weeks at #1.
1967: The Who played at the Shoreline Hotel in Bognor Regis in West Sussex, England.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at St. George”s Ballroom in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England.
1968: Frank Zappa released his debut solo album, 'Lumpy Gravy.' It was recorded with the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra. Released on August 7, 1967 on Capitol Records (on STEREO 4-track tape cartridge only), it was subsequently reedited and reissued by Verve Records on May 13, 1968, and later reissued independently by Zappa.
1968: John Lennon and Paul McCartney gave a series of interviews to help launch Apple Corps in the US.
1968: Beatles shock Britain as they refuse invitation to play for the Queen at London Palladium.
1969: The Beatles pose for the photo that becomes the cover of their 'The Beatles 1967-1970' compilation, recreating the cover of their first album, 'Please Please Me,' now with far more hair on their heads and faces.
1969: Led Zeppelin became the first major British rock group to appear in Hawaii, when they appeared at The Civic Auditorium in Honolulu. A review in the Honolulu Advertiser stated: “The showmanship exceeded any rock performance here to date. I wondered before the concert if Led Zeppelin could sound as good as their Atlantic album – they sounded better.”
1970: The world premiere of The Beatles film 'Let It Be' took place in New York City. The film which was originally planned as a television documentary features an unannounced rooftop concert by the group, their last performance in public. Released just after the album, it was the final original Beatles release.
1970: Badfinger records 'No Matter What,' which will reach #8 in the US and #5 in the UK near the end of the year.
1971: Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane crashed her Mercedes into a wall near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and was hospitalized.
1971: Scott McKenzie's 'San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)' b/w "What's The Difference' 45 single is released.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee.
1972: David Bowie performed at Technical College in Slough, Berkshire, England.
1973: The Grateful Dead played at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.
1973: The movie 'That'll Be The Day,' starring David Essex, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Billy Fury and John Hawken of The Nashville Teens opens in the UK.
1975: A radio station in Jacksonville, Florida knocks out the city's phone service giving away tickets to Elvis Presley's concert.
1975: Yes played at the Gaumont Theatre in Southampton, England.
1976: Kiss played the first UK date on their current 'Alive' World Tour at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1976: David Bowie performs at Ahoy Sports Stadium in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
1977: Linda Ronstadt indirectly declines an offer placed in Hustler magazine, promising a million dollars to any of ten female celebrities (including Ronstadt) willing to pose for a nude photo shoot.
1977: EMI in Britain and Capitol Records in the US release 'The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl,' an album made from live recordings of the Beatles' American tours of 1964 and 1965.
1978: Aerosmith appeared at the BJCC Arena, Birmingham, Alabama.
1978: Jimmy Buffett appears on Saturday Night Live singing 'Son of a Sailor.'
1978: Jefferson Starship peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Single Chart with 'Count on Me,' which was their 2nd top 10 single as Jefferson Starship in the U.S.
1979: Donny & Marie Osmond's 'A Little Bit Of Country, A Little Bit Of Rock 'n' Roll' special on ABC-TV includes guests Chuck Berry and Chubby Checker.
1980: Rush played at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
1983: Def Leppard appeared at The Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi on their 'Pyromania' World tour.
1984: Van Halen performed at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1985: Tipper Gore infamously creates the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) after hearing her daughter listening to the Prince song 'Darling Nikki.' The four member group of politically connected wives pressure the RIAA to put warning stickers on albums with offensive lyrics. In testimony before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Dee Snider, Frank Zappa and John Denver oppose this form of censorship. They lose, but the stickers on albums actually increase sales.
1985: Bruce Springsteen marries actress Julianne Phillips in a ceremony presided over by Little Richard in Lake Oswego, Oregon. The couple divorces three years later.
1985: Dire Straits released their 5th studio album, 'Brothers in Arms.' It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & selling nine million copies in the U.S.
1985: Magnum released their 5th studio album, 'On a Storyteller's Night.'
1986: Ted Nugent appears on Dr. Ruth Westheimer's TV show and tells the audience "Life is one big female safari and Dr. Ruth is my guide."
1987: U2 played the third of a five night run at Brenden Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
1988: Iron Maiden's 'Seventh Tour Of A Seventh Tour' kicks off in Moncton, Canada.
1989: Bon Jovi went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'I'll Be There For You', the group's 4th and last #1 in the US. It spent one week on top of the chart.
1989: Simple Minds went to #1 on the UK album chart with 'Street Fighting Years,' their 4th #1 album. The album featured 'Mandela Day', 'Belfast Child' and 'Biko.'
1993: The Red Hot Chilli Peppers make an appearance on the Simpsons.
1996: Oasis became the fastest selling group in UK history after all 330,000 tickets for their summer shows sold out in just nine hours, the tickets for shows at Knebworth and Loch Lomand were priced at £22.50.
2002: Eddie Money appears on the CBS sitcom 'The King of Queens' in the aptly titled episode "Eddie Money."
2003: The estate of late Who bassist John Entwistle is auctioned off. Stage clothes, guitars and a stuffed shark are among the items.
2003: Staind release their '14 Shades Of Grey' album.
2003: Marilyn Manson's 'The Golden Age Of Grotesque' album is released.
2003: Cold release their 'Year Of The Spider' album.
2003: Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong pleads guilty to selling drug paraphernalia over the Internet.
2004: Kiss’ Gene Simmons came under fire from the Australian Muslim community after he branded the Islamic culture “vile” in a Melbourne radio interview. Stating the western world is under threat from extremists and a culture that treats women worse than dogs, he dismisses the Arab world as "God's armpit." Simmons would later state that his comment was taken out of context.
2004: Paul McCartney's rehearsals at London's Millennium Dome for an upcoming tour causes nearby residents to complain to authorities. Local officials promise to monitor noise levels.
2004: Courtney Love pleads innocent to assault charges stemming from an incident in which she allegedly struck a man in the head with a microphone stand at a New York show the previous March. After entering her plea Love conducts an impromptu press conference inside the women's bathroom.
2004: Velvet Revolver kick off their first North American tour in Kansas City, MO.
2006: Godsmack were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘IV’ the American heavy metal bands second #1 album.
2006: Cheap Trick perform on the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the first day of qualifying to determine pole position for Indy 500.
2007: Brian May was under 24-hour security watch after a deranged man announced he was setting off to murder him - then disappeared. Police were hunting for a schizophrenic who left a letter behind at his home blaming the Queen guitarist for his illness. In it the man said May was an "impostor" and that HE was the real rock star. He signed the letter "Brian May."
2008: Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland is released from a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department jail facility only 10 hours after checking himself in to begin serving his sentence for a DUI bust the previous November. After being booked, Weiland spends a 14 minutes in an actual cell before being set free.
2008: Yes frontman Jon Anderson is hospitalized after experiencing a serious asthma attack.
2008: The Turtles' Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, better known as "Flo and Eddie," sue Capitol Records for allowing Ice Cube to sample the group's 1972 song 'Buzzsaw' for Cube's 1992 hit 'Jackin' For Beats.'
2008: Filter release 'Anthems For The Damned.' "It's safe to say that Filter's back," says frontman Richard Patrick. The group's last album, 'The Amalgamut,' came out in 2002.
2008: Death Cab For Cutie issue their 6th studio album, 'Narrow Stairs.' 'I Will Possess Your Heart' is the first single.
2008: KoRn's 'Live At Montreux' 2004 DVD is in stores. The group's original line-up performs 17 songs.
2008: Bryan Adams' '11' (his eleventh album) is released in the U.S. It's available exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores nationwide.
2008: Dokken released their 10th studio album, 'Lightning Strikes Again.'
2009: Alice Cooper performs 'School's Out' at Arizona State University's commencement ceremonies in Tempe. President Barack Obama is the guest speaker. "Of all the people I've ever shared a stage with, Obama is the biggest Rock star," quips Cooper, who is a well-known Republican.
2009: 'American David,' Bono's ode to Elvis Presley, premieres on British radio. Prior to the piece, the station airs a message warning of potentially objectionable content. The 14-minute poem was written in 1995 and recorded during an 2007 radio interview.
2010: 'The Rolling Stones: Against The Wall,' a London exhibition of photographs of the Rolling Stones, some not made public before, opens in London. It shows the work of photographers David Montgomery, Roberto Rabanne and Bob Gruen is shown.
2010: Bruce Springsteen is a surprise guest at the 21st annual Rainforest Foundation benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. Springsteen performs 'Dancing In The Dark' at the fund-raiser hosted by Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler.
2011: Godsmack frotnman Sully Erna launches a tour to promote his debut solo album, 'Avalon.'
2011: 'Like A Rolling Stone' was voted as Bob Dylan's best-ever song by Rolling Stone Magazine, who had asked the opinions of a panel of writers, academics and musicians to compile a poll to mark Dylan's 70th birthday on May 24. 'Like A Rolling Stone', was described by U2's Bono as "a black eye of a pop song," while Mick Jagger praised the simplicity of Desolation Row. Keith Richards argued that the original 1963 solo version of 'Girl From The North Country,' ranked 30th, was superior to Dylan's 1969 duet of the same song with Johnny Cash.
2011: Jack Richardson (producer of Guess Who, Bob Seger) dies at age 81.
2012: Donald “Duck” Dunn, bassist with Booker T and the MG’s, dies in his sleep in Tokyo. He was 70. He was in the country touring with Steve Cropper and Eddie Floyd. Dunn was nicknamed “Duck” while watching cartoons with his father and played on thousands of recordings while signed to Stax Records. H was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Dunn was featured in the Blue Brothers movie as himself where he famously declared, “We had a band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline!”
2013: The sale of Iron Maiden's Trooper beer is halted in Sweden by the country's state-run liquor store monopoly due to legal concerns over the image of the band's mascot, Eddie, on the label. The alcohol law stipulates how the label can look.
2013: Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin is arrested in L.A. on domestic violence charges. He allegedly "roughed up his ex-wife in front of several witnesses."
2013: Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith teams up with MusicRadar.com to kick off a podcast entitled In Conversation with Chad Smith. Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is the first guest.
2013: Creed is named the worst band of the '90s by the readers of Rolling Stone magazine. The Scott Stapp fronted group beats Nickelback, Limp Bizkit and Hanson for the dubious honor.
2015: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler debuts his Country solo single, 'Love Is Your Name,' on the season 14 finale of American Idol.
2015: Roger Daltrey threatens to end The Who's concert at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island due to fans smoking marijuana near the stage. Daltrey is reportedly allergic to pot and it has an "almost immediate (impact) on his voice."
2017: Axl Rose joins Billy Joel at his concert in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium for 'Big Shot' and AC/DC's 'Highwayto Hell.'

May 14
1955: Bo Diddley's 'Bo Diddley' backed with 'I'm A Man' land on the R&B charts. Both songs are later covered in the '60s by British groups.
1956: Buddy Holly is fitted with contact lenses for his 20/800 eyes by Lubbock optometrist Dr. J. Davis Armistead. Although they cost him $125, Holly can't get used to them and will revert to his trademark glasses.
1957: Elvis Presley swallows his own porcelain tooth cap, which lodges in one of his lungs, causing him to be rushed to the hospital in Los Angeles. The cap is lodged in a lung and Presley has to stay overnight to get it removed.
1960: The Silver Beats (John Lennon, Paul McCartney George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) performed at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool. They played a few songs during the "interval" to audition for promoter Brian Kelly. Also appearing are Cliff Roberts & the Rockers, The Deltones, and Kingsize Taylor & the Dominoes. This is the only occasion on which the group uses the name "Silver Beats," quickly changing it back to "Silver Beetles."
1964: Jan And Dean record 'Little Old Lady From Pasadena,' which will enter the Billboard Pop chart in July and top out at #3 by the first of August.
1965: San Francisco radio station KYA hosts the Rolling Stones, the Byrds, Beau Brummels, Paul Revere & the Raiders, and the Vejtables at the Civic Auditorium.
1965: Donovan's debut album, 'What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid' is released in the UK four days after his 19th birthday. It was released in the US as 'Catch the Wind' on Hickory Records in June 1965.
1965: The Who appeared at Civic Hall in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England.
1966: The Who played at Palais in Bury, Manchester, England.
1966: The Rolling Stones' 'Big Hits (High Tides And Green Grass)' is released. The album sells over two-million copies.
1966: The Kingsmen's 'Louie Louie' enters the Billboard Hot 100 for the ninth time. This time it only stayed on the charts for two weeks, going to #97. When it was first released in 1963, it made it to #2 during a thirteen week run.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at the Elizabethan Ballroom in Manchester, England.
1967: Pink Floyd played 'Pow R Toc H' and 'Astronomy Domine' live on the arts program The Look of the Week broadcast by BBC2 television. Syd Barrett and Roger Waters were interviewed by classic music critic Hans Keller. Below is video from that appearance.
1968: John Lennon and Paul McCartney appear on NBC-TV's Tonight Show with guest-host Joe Garagiola sitting in for Johnny Carson. The conversation included some light hearted banter about meditation, the forming of Apple Corps. and song writing. They mention that they just returned from India for meditation and that The Beatles would begin recording The White Album when they returned to the U.K.
1968: The Rascals record 'People Got To Be Free,' a song written by the group because of the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. It will become their fourth and final million-selling single.
1968: Cream performed at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
1969: Neil Young's 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere' album is released. It's his first album with backing band Crazy Horse. The songs 'Cinnamon Girl,' 'Down by the River' and 'Cowgirl in the Sand' were written when Young had a 103 degree fever. It reached #34 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1969: King Crimson performed at the Revolution Club, London, while Yes appeared at the Marquee Club.
1969: During a UK tour, Fairport Conventions van crashed on the M1 motorway on the way home from a gig in Birmingham killing the group's 19 year-old drummer Martin Lamble and Richard Thompson's girlfriend Jeannie Franklyn.
1970: The Grateful Dead played at Merramac Community College in Kirkwood, Missouri.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1971: Pink Floyd's 'Relics' album is released in the UK (July 15, 1971 in the US). ?the compilation album reached #152 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #32 on the UK Albums chart. The release of 'Relics' was sparked by the success of 'Atom Heart Mother' which peaked at #1 on the British charts.
1972: Rory Gallagher released his 3rd album, 'Live in Europe.'
1973: Led Zeppelin performed at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans.
1974: Another Grateful Dead show at a college venue. This time at Adams Field House at the University of Montana in Missoula.
1975: Yes appeared at the Gaumont Theatre in Southampton, England.
1976: The Rolling Stones played at Granby Halls in Leicester, England.
1976: Keith Relf, former lead singer for The Yardbirds, was electrocuted while tuning a guitar which was not properly grounded. The accident happened in his West London home where he was found by his eight year old son, still holding the plugged-in electric guitar. Though the shock was probably not enough to kill under usual circumstances, Relf had been ill at the time and it proved to be too much. He was just 33.
1977: The Talking Heads headline at London's Rock Garden. In the audience is Brian Eno who later produces several of the group's albums and contributes material.
1977: The Eagles’ 'Hotel California' enters it’s last week at #1 on the US album charts. It held the top spot for five weeks in the spring of 1977, and on two occasions earlier in the year.
1977: Heart's 3rd studio album, 'Little Queen' is released. It went on to peak at #9 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & sell three million copies in the U.S.
1980: Black Sabbath performed at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland.
1982: The Clash's released their 5th studio album, 'Combat Rock.' It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #2 on the UK Albums chart.
1984: The 'Chicago 17' album is released. It was the 15th studio album, and 17th album overall. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1986: Prince joins the Bangles on stage in San Francisco to perform 'Manic Monday' (which Prince wrote) and Jerry Lee Lewis' '50's classic, 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On.'
1987: Mötley Crüe hold a listening party for their album 'Girls, Girls, Girls' at a strip club in Hollywood called The Body Shop. They are quite familiar with the venue, which is mentioned in the title track.
1988: Atlantic Records celebrates its 40th anniversary with a star-studded bash at New York's Madison Square Garden. The show features reunions of Led Zeppelin, The Bee Gees, The Rascals, Genesis, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Wilson Pickett, The Coasters, Yes, Foreigner, and many others. A re-united Led Zeppelin hits the stage with Jason Bonham filling in for his late father John.
1991: Primus' major label debut 'Sailing the Seas of Cheese,' is released. The album features 'Jerry Was a Race Car Driver,' 'Tommy the Cat,' and'"Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers.'
1993: The acoustic guitar that Elvis Presley used to make his first recordings, 'That's All Right Mama' and 'Blue Moon of Kentucky' in 1954, sold for $152,000 at an auction in London, England.
1993: The US tabloid Weekly World News claims that Elvis Presley has only recently died.
1993: During an auction at Christies in London the acoustic guitar that Elvis Presley used to make his first recordings in 1954, 'That's All Right Mama' and 'Blue Moon of Kentucky', sold for £130,285, ($152,000). And four 'Super Hero', Costumes worn by the group KISS sold for £20,000, ($35,385).
1995: The Rolling Stones sold out two New York-area stadium shows in 81 minutes, an average of 1400 tickets every 60 seconds.
1996: Def Leppard release their 6th studio album 'Slang.'
1997: Bruce Dickinson released his 4th solo album, 'Accident of Birth.'
2001: Scorpions release their unplugged album 'Acoustica.'
2002: Rush release their 17th studio album, 'Vapor Trails.'
2002: Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Little Richard were presented with the Icon Award as part of the 50th annual BMI Pop Awards at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
2002: The musical 'We Will Rock You' opened in the West End of London, England at the Dominion Theatre. The musical was written by British comedian and author Ben Elton in collaboration with Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor. The musical tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and does the same. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown. WWRY has since become the longest-running musical at the Dominion Theatre.
2004: Mike McCready performs at a concert to benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America in Seattle. The Pearl Jam guitarist suffers from Crohn's disease.
2004: Legendary record producer Phil Spector, who is awaiting trial on a murder charge, is arrested after getting into a scuffle with his chauffeur. Both are charged with misdemeanor battery resulting from a dispute over their business relationship. Police arrive to find them attempting to place each other under citizen's arrest.
2004: Steven Tyler fulfills a terminally ill female fan's wish when he gives her a kiss after Aerosmith's concert in Winnipeg, Canada.
2005: Queens Of The Stone Age guest on Saturday Night Live.
2005: Bruce Springsteen's 'Devils & Dust' is the #1 album on the Billboard charts.
2006: Billy Joel speaks at Syracuse University's commencement ceremony at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. "Do what you love," advises Joel. "Don't (choose a career) for security or status, prestige, money or, for crying out loud, don't do it for somebody else." The previous year, Joel donated more than $300,000 to the institution's music school.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers started a two-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with 'Stadium Arcadium,' the band's 9th studio album, also a US chart topper.
2007: Scorpions released their 16th studio album, 'Humanity: Hour I.'
2007: Capitol/EMI announces that Paul McCartney's post-Beatles catalog will be sold digitally.
2007: Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor speaks out against record labels marking up album prices to compensate for declining sales. He says he discovered that NIN's 'Year Zero' had a list price of more than $29 in Australia. "No wonder people steal music," he says.
2007: Linkin Park streams a concert filmed in New York a day before their 'Minutes To Midnight' album is released.
2007: Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor attend the celebration marking the fifth anniversary of the London production of Queen-themed musical 'We Will Rock You.'
2008: Metallica and Scars On Broadway play a benefit concert at the Wiltern theater in L.A for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a nonprofit music-education school co-founded by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. The gig kicks off a 26-date North American and European Metallica tour.
2009: Linkin Park are in Egypt to shoot the video for 'New Divide.' The clip is directed by Linkin Park's DJ Joseph Hahn.
2009: Ex-KoRn guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch kicks off his debut solo tour in Colorado Springs, CO.
2009: Chickenfoot (Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith) launch their first-ever North American tour in Seattle.
2010: Kurt Cobain is the inspiration behind an exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. It consists of works from artists who used Cobain's imagery to capture "the ideals, aspirations and disappointments of the '90s generation."
2010: Pretty Maids released their 12th studio album, 'Pandemonium.'
2012: Australian Guitar magazine names AC/DC's Angus Young the greatest guitar player in Australian music history. Angus' brother, Malcolm, lands at #11.
2012: Queen appear at the 10th anniversary a performance of the musical 'We Will Rock You.' Guitarist Brian May emerges from a trap door to play the guitar solo from 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' Later, drummer Roger Taylor joins May for 'The Show Must Go On.'
2012: Ringo Starr revealed that he has lost his personal Beatle photographs. "I don't know where they are," he said with a sigh. "I wish I did. There's been several moves and things happen."
2013: The Massachusetts Appeals Court reinstated a defamation lawsuit filed by Boston founder Tom Scholz against the ex-wife of the band's late lead singer, Brad Delp. Delp committed suicide in 2007 and Scholz claimed that remarks Micki Delp made to the Boston Herald could be construed as blaming Scholz for his death. Lower courts had ruled that Micki was stating her opinions, and were therefore considered protected speech under the First Amendment. In November, 2015, The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court also ruled against Scholz.
2013: Pop Evil release their 3rd album 'Onyx.'
2013: Judas Priest's film 'Epitaph' is screened in New York and London in advance of the movie's theatrical release two days later.
2013: Five Finger Death Punch issue the single 'Lift Me Up' digitally. The track features Priest frontman Rob Halford. "First and foremost, just to work alongside an icon like Rob Halford, THE Metal God, was absolutely surreal," says Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody.
2013: Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) writes an open letter to California Pizza Kitchen's CEO demanding that the restaurant chain stop de-horning baby calves. "I strongly urge you to take immediate action to stop this unspeakable barbarism by requiring your suppliers to phase out dehorning."
2013: It was reported that KISS planned to open over 100 restaurants in North America. The band who had just opened the third branch of Rock & Brews in the greater Los Angeles area said that they wished to open 100 more in the next five years. The band planned to open new branches at LAX airport in Los Angeles, Maui in Hawaii and Kansas City in Missouri over the coming year.
2015: U2 launch their Innocence + Experience Tour in Vancouver. They open with 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone).'
2015: Black Sabbath are honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Ivor Novello Awards in London. Ozzy Osbourne misses the event but former drummer Bill Ward reunites with guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler to accept the prize.
2015: The documentary 'Quiet Riot: Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back,' is screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
2015: Pete Townshend and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder host 'An Evening Celebrating The Who,' a tribute concert in Chicago to benefit Teen Cancer America, which was established in 2012 to replicate the work of the U.K.'s Teenage Cancer Trust.
2015: B.B. King, the best known blues player in the world dies at the age of 89. In a career that spanned over 60 years, he won 15 Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Rolling Stone magazine placed him behind only Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
2016: Following its inaugural year success, the Northern Invasion expands to two days outside the Twin Cities. Disturbed, Rob Zombie, KoRn, Shinedown and Chevelle perform.
2016: President Barack Obama welcomes the leaders of Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland to the White House. "I do wanna point out that Finland has perhaps the most Heavy Metal bands in the world per capita and also ranks high on good governance," says Obama. "I don't know if there's any correlation there."
2016: Tony Barrow, the Beatles press officer who coined the term "Fab Four," died at his home in Morecambe, England, just three days after his 80th birthday.

May 15
1963: The Rolling Stones sign with Decca Records in London
1965: The Byrds debut on the pop charts with their electric cover of Bob Dylan's 'Mr. Tambourine Man.' The single's success prompts Dylan to go electric. The song will climb to #1 by June.
1965: Bob Dylan's single 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' peaked at #39 on the US charts, giving Dylan his first US top 40 hit.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played two shows in Berlin, West Germany.
1967: Paul McCartney met American photographer Linda Eastman for the first time, during a Georgie Fame concert at the Bag O'Nails nightclub in London, England. They married on March 12, 1969.
1968: George Harrison and Ringo Starr attended the premiere of 'Wonderwall' at the Cannes Film Festival. The 1968 film by first-time director Joe Massot starred Jack MacGowran and Jane Birkin, and featured cameos by Anita Pallenberg. The soundtrack was composed by then-Beatle George Harrison. The film provides the name for the Oasis track 'Wonderwall', which was inspired by George Harrison's score.
1969: John Lennon's 'Life With The Lions' was released on Apple's avant-garde imprint Zapple. One side of the album was recorded on a cassette player at London's Queen Charlotte Hospital during Yoko Ono's pregnancy which ended in a miscarriage.
1970: King Crimson released their 2nd album, 'In the Wake of Poseidon.' It reached #31 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1971: Pink Floyd play at the Crystal Palace Bowl in London. Performing in front of a large lake, a number of fish are killed by the loud music. Reports varied, but it was caused either by vibrations from the band's estimated 95-decibal sound system or smoke flares set off in the water. The band received a bill for the dead fish.
1971: Two short John Lennon films are shown at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
1971: Crosby Stills Nash & Young scored their second #1 album with '4 Way Street.' The live album featured recordings from shows at The Fillmore East in New York, and The Los Angeles Forum. It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and spent one week on top.
1973: Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of four sold-out nights at the Speakeasy in London s part of their Catch A Fire Tour.
1974: Frank Zappa and his wife Gail announce the birth of their third child, a boy named Ahmet Rodan Zappa. The lad is named after legendary music executive Ahmet Ertegun and his middle name came from a Japanese monster movie. Ahmet's older brother and sister are Dweezil Zappa and Moon Zappa, and his younger sister is Diva Zappa.
1974: The Rolling Stones’ bassist Bill Wyman released his debut solo album 'Monkey Grip.' Wyman was the first member of the Stones to release a solo album.
1975: Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks play their first concert with Fleetwood Mac in El Paso, TX.
1976: The Rolling Stones went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Black And Blue', the group's 6th US #1 album. It was the band's first studio album released with Ronnie Wood as the replacement for Mick Taylor.
1976: The Steve Miller Band released their 9th studio album 'Fly Like an Eagle,' which went on to reach #3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell four million copies in the U.S.
1977: Procol Harum played their last ever concert when they appeared at New York's academy of music.
1982: Asia went to #1 on the US album chart with their self-titled album. It spent a total of nine weeks at #1.
1982: After cracking the Billboard Top 40 in 1980 with 'Angel Say No,' the four man Rock group from San Francisco named Tommy Tutone reached #5 with '867-5309 / Jenny.' Lead singer Tommy Heath said that he really does know a girl named Jenny whose parent's phone number was 867-5309. Many folks with that phone number had it changed to avoid prank calls.
1981: The Moody Blues 10th album,'Long Distance Voyager' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart for three consecutive weeks in the summer of 1981, and #7 on the UK Albums chart. It was the Top 20 singles 'Gemini Dream' (#12) and 'The Voice' (#15).
1981: Squeeze released their 4th studio album, 'East Side Story.' It reached #44 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and contains a top 10 UK single, 'Labelled With Love,' and their first US chart hit 'Tempted' (Billboard Hot 100 at #8).
1982: Iron Maiden release the single for 'The Number Of The Beast.'
1982: Five weeks after first appearing on the Billboard Pop chart, 'Ebony and Ivory' reached #1. The Paul McCartney/Stevie Wonder duet would stay at the top for seven weeks. It was also a #1 hit in the UK.
1982: Asia’s self-titled debut album reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart, where it spent nine non-consecutive weeks at #1.
1984: Nils Lofgren replaces Steven Van Zandt in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
1984: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's released their 2nd studio album,. 'Couldn't Stand the Weather.' It #31 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1984: Kick Axe released their debut album, 'Vices.'
1985: Stryper's 2nd album, 'Soldiers Under Command' was released.
1986. Run DMC release 'Raising Hell.' It includes a remake of 'Walk This Way' which greatly helped Aerosmith regain their former glory‬.
1986: Sam Phillips is a guest on The Late Show With David Letterman where the host spends six awkward minutes trying to interview the record producer about the early days of Rock 'n' Roll. Instead of answering the questions put to him, a disinterested Phillips seems bent on making silly comments about Letterman's teeth and giving short, flippant answers.
1987: Mötley Crüe release their 4th album 'Girls, Girls, Girls,' which went on to reach number two on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. It becomes the band’s 3rd straight album to go quadruple platinum.
1990: Dio release their 5th studio album, 'Lock Up the Wolves.'.
1990: Lita Ford releases her 4th studio album, 'Stiletto.'
1990: Sacred Reich released their 2nd studio album, 'The American Way.'
1992: Testament's 2nd album, 'The Ritual' is released.
1995: Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland is arrested for heroin and cocaine possession in Pasadena by sheriff’s deputies who find cocaine in his car and heroin in his wallet. He is later sentenced to one year’s probation.
1996: Independent Television in Britain broadcast the earliest known footage of The Beatles, shot in February of 1961. That was three years before the group became world-famous. The film, which had no soundtrack, was found in a drawer in a house in Liverpool.
1996: Independent Television in Britain broadcast the earliest known footage of The Beatles, shot in February 1961. That was three years before the group became world-famous. The film, which had no soundtrack, was found in a drawer in a house in Liverpool.
1997: Courtney Love sold the Seattle mansion she shared with Kurt Cobain. A local family purchased the house in the salubrious Denny Blaine area for $3 million.
1997: Oasis became one of the first artists to attempt to exert censorship over the Internet. The group were working with Sony to put an end to unofficial websites carrying lyrics, sound files and photographs of the band.
1997: The Muzak company announced that it will turn four Kiss songs into elevator friendly instrumentals. The Kiss songs to receive the Muzak treatment were 'Beth,' 'Sure Know Something,' 'A World Without Heroes' & 'Every Time I Look at You.'
1998: Garbage, preparing for a lengthy world tour, play the first of three low-key Midwest shakedown dates under the name Stupid Girl.
2001: Megadeth released their 9th studio album, 'The World Needs a Hero.' It peaks at #16 and stays six weeks on Billboard's 200 album chart. ‬
2001: 'God Bless the Go-Go's,' the Go-Go's 4th album, is released. It is the band's first studio album in 17 years.
2001: Weezer releases 'Weezer' (aka The Green Album).
2003: Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul cast more doubt on the future of the band stating, "There is no future for Pantera right now. There is no commitment from Philip or Rex to Pantera and our great fans."
2005: Nine Inch Nails were at #1 on the US album chart with 'With Teeth', the bands fifth album and second US #1 album.
2006: Alice Cooper hits Fargo, ND for a concert appearance. While in the city he has his handprints enshrined on the North Dakota capital's Walk of Fame, then travels to the suburb of Alice to receive the key to that city.
2006: The Eagles' Don Henley leads a dedication ceremony for a trail called Thoreau's Path at Massachusetts' historic Walden Pond. "Walden has come to represent a powerful way of thinking," says the drummer/environmentalist. In 1990, Henley founded the Walden Woods Project to help conserve the area where 19th century author Henry David Thoreau wrote his classic treatise.
2007: Founding Styx bassist Chuck Panozzo publishes his autobiography, 'The Grand Illusion.'
2007: Megadeth released their 11th studio album, 'United Abominations.'
2008: Kid Rock makes a donation to a Boy Scout troop from Oviedo, FL., who had their equipment stolen the previous week. A trailer and camping gear was taken, jeopardizing a planned summer expedition to Tennessee.
2008: Gene Simmons makes a cameo appearance as himself on ABC's 'Ugly Betty.'
2009: Randy Bachman, a founding member of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, was invested as an officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General Michaelle Jean in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. The Order of Canada is the country's highest civilian honor and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement.
2009: Green Day release their 8th studio album, '21st Century Breakdown.' The set goes to #1 in fourteen countries and is certified gold or platinum in each becoming Green Day's best chart performance to date.
2009: The Offspring's 'S*** Is F***ed Up' North American tour gets underway in Nashville.
2009: Elton John receives the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award at the 75th annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at New York's Marriott Marquis Hotel. The honor recognizes John's contribution to the Broadway musical 'Billy Elliot.'
2009: Randy Bachman becomes an Officer of the Order of Canada during a ceremony in Ottawa.
2011: Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga suffers a minor stroke after the band's show in Des Moines, Iowa. They cancel the remaining tour stops so Mayorga can "make a 100% recovery."
2011: Rock star Meat Loaf and rapper Lil Jon are eliminated one week before the Season 11 finale of Donald Trump's show The Celebrity Apprentice.
2011: Carlos Santana accepts Major League Baseball's "Beacon of Change" award in Atlanta then blasts the controversial immigration laws of Arizona and Georgia. "This is the land of the free," says Santana. "If people want the immigration laws to keep passing, then everybody should get out and leave the American Indians here."
2011: John Lennon's original handwritten lyric sheet for The Beatles 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' is auctioned for $384,148 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. The lyrics were sketched out on a single sheet of paper and have crossed-out words and phrases. The song first appeared on the 1967 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
2012: Godsmack release their 'Live & Inspired' album.
2013: Eric Avery quits Nine Inch Nails before the revamped band starts touring. "As the tour dates kept growing I just got overwhelmed," says the former Jane's Addiction bassist on Facebook.
2013: Black Sabbath premiere the song 'End Of The Beginning' on the season finale of the TV show 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.'
2014: KoRn begin their first U.S. headlining tour with their original guitarist, Brian 'Head' Welch, since 2004. The first stop is in Belle Vernon, PA.
2014: Metallica's James Hetfield, Green Day's 'Billie Joe Armstrong and Joe Satriani perform at Sammy Hagar's Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco. The event helps the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. 2014
2015: he 2nd annual "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" benefit concert with Hagar and Hetfield is again in S.F.
2015: George Harrison's Maton Mastersound guitar, used for '63 live performances, is auctioned for $485,000 by Julien's Auctions in New York. Elvis Presley's 1967 marriage license to Priscilla Presley (nee Beaulieu) sells for over $41,000 and his '76 MCI Crusader tour bus goes for $263,000.
2015: Ozzy Osbourne and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis appear in a video promoting Animals Asia's campaign to raise awareness of moon, sun and brown bears that are caged and farmed for their bile, which is used in traditional medicines. Supporters can pick up a shirt with the slogan, 'Let a Bear Shit In the Woods.'
2015: Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson says doctors have given him the "all clear" in his battle with tongue cancer.

May 16
1957: Buddy Holly signs with Coral Records.
1963: The Beatles appeared live on the national BBC TV children's program ‘Pops and Lenny’, at Television Theatre in Shepherd's Bush Green, London, in front of an live audience. The Beatles performed ‘From Me to You’ and a shortened version of ‘Please Please Me.
1965: Driving away from a gig at the Civic Hall in Long Beach, California, the limo taking the Rolling Stones back to their hotel was besieged by fans who caved in the roof by standing on it. The band attempted to hold the roof up while their chauffeur drove off with bodies falling onto the road. Policeman John Hurley recalls, “In order to move the limo, I sat on the hood and used my feet to push the kids away. I was still on the hood when the driver sped away, not stopping for signals at several intersections. I had nothing to hold on to except my fingernails in the grooves of the hood.” Seven girls were taken to the hospital with minor injuries along with a policeman who suffered a cut hand.
1965: The Beach Boys appear on The Ed Sullivan Show performing their latest hit, 'Help Me Rhonda.'
1966: The Beach Boys release their classic 'Pet Sounds' album. Their 11th studio album, it reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #2 on the UK Top 40 Album Chart. It is ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. It has since been recognized as one of the most influential records in the history of popular music and one of the best albums of the 1960's.
1966: Bruce Springsteen's band The Castiles buys an hour of studio time at the Bricktown Recording Studio in the Brick Mall Shopping Center in New Jersey. They pay $50 to cut two songs written by the 16-year-old Springsteen.
1966: Bob Dylan’s iconic 'Blonde On Blonde' album was released, reaching #9 in the US charts and #3 in the UK. It was rock's first double album, and Dylan's seventh studio effort, it was recorded with Al Kooper, Robbie Robertson and Nashville country music session players, and had what Dylan later called ‘that wild mercury sound’.
1966: Jeff Beck recorded 'Beck’s Bolero' which would be the B-Side of his debut single 'Hi Ho Silver Lining' at IBC Studios in London. The song was written by Jimmy Page who also played on the song along with John Paul Jones and Keith Moon.
1967: The Monkees' 3rd LP, 'Headquarters' was released. It was their first album recorded primarily by the four members of the group and would reach #1 in the US for one week before being relegated to second place for eleven consecutive weeks by 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.'
1968: Tony Joe White records 'Polk Salad Annie.'
1969: Jefferson Airplane bass player Jack Cassady is arrested for possession of marijuana at the Royal Orleans Hotel in New Orleans. At his trial he gets a 2½ year suspended sentence.
1969: John Lennon, declared "an inadmissible immigrant to the US", seeks a visa to visit America. Lennon's standing visa was revoked by the US Embassy in London ten days before because of his drug conviction in November 1968.
1969: Pete Townshend of The Who spent a night in jail in New York City after being charged with assault. The group was performing at the Fillmore East when a fire broke out at a supermarket next door. A plainclothes policeman leapt onto the stage to warn the crowd and Townshend, thinking the cop was a member of the audience, booted him off.
1970: Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin is arrested for possession of marijuana and for contributing to the delinquency of minors in Bloomington, Minnesota. Balin's hotel room was raided by police at 5:30am. They found Balin and friends with several girls aged between 12 to 17 years old. He is sentenced to one year's hard labor and a $100 fine. He appeals and ends up paying only the fine.
1970: Lead guitarist Randy Bachman quits the Guess Who. He would later form Bachman-Turner Overdrive and enjoy six Billboard Top 40 hits with the band.
1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's 'Deja Vu' LP hits #1. It spent one week on top of chart & went on to sell seven million copies in the U.S. In 2003, the album was ranked #148 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1970: The Who released their 1st live album, 'Live at Leeds.' It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #3 on the UK Albums chart. It is ranked #170 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1974: Queen cancels the remaining dates after Brian May collapsed in New York while the band were on a US tour. May was flown back to England suffering from hepatitis.
1974: Neil Young made an unannounced appearance at The Bottom Line in New York and played songs from his new album 'On The Beach.'
1976: Paul McCartney & Wings' 'Silly Love Songs' is hits #1 on the Billboard Pop chart.
1976: Patti Smith made her UK debut at The Roundhouse in London.
1977: Foreigner's debut album goes gold. Guitarist Mick Jones and Ian McDonald formed the group a year earlier.
1977: The London Evening Standard reported that Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant had been arrested at Atlanta Airport for being drunk and pulling a knife. Since Plant was at his home in Wales at the time of the incident, the person arrested was a man impersonating Plant and the British paper ran an apology the following night.
1978: Joe Walsh's 'But Seriously, Folks...' album is released.
1980: Former Buggles members Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes joined Yes, replacing Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson.
1980: Dr. George Nicjopoulous (Dr. Nick to his patients) is indicated on 14 counts of over-prescribing drugs to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and others. Though he will be acquitted in November, his case will be reopened twelve years later, when his license will be revoked.
1980: Paul McCartney's 'McCartney II' album is released.
1983: Iron Maiden's 4th studio album 'Piece of Mind" is released.
1984: Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in Memphis, Tennessee for ‘staggering drunk’ down Beale Street. Osbourne was released from the Memphis jail five hours later, after drying out, and was not required to return for a court appearance. He continued on with a tour in support of 1983’s 'Bark at the Moon.'
1985: A royalty check totaling $6.5 million from the sales of 'We Are The World' is handed over to the USA for Africa Foundation by Columbia Records executive Al Teller. The total raised would eventually rise to over $50 million.
1987: U2's 'With Or Without' is the #1 song in the U.S. It stayed on top for three weeks.
1987: Poison's single 'Talk Dirty To Me' peaks at #9 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1987: David Crosby marries his longtime girlfriend Jan Dance in Los Angeles. “I think we saved each other’s lives,” he says. “The French having a saying for it, ‘raison d’etre’. A reason for being. And we have that.” Bandmate Stephen Stills gave away the bride and Graham Nash renewed his vows with wife Susan.
1992: Guns N' Roses start their 2nd leg of their European Use Your Illusion World Tour at Slane Castle, Slane, Ireland‬. Soundgarden is the opening act.
1992: Melissa Etheridge's 'Never Enough' tour kicks off in Burlington, VT.
1992: Red Hot Chili Peppers peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik,' which went on to sell seven million copies in the U.S.
1992: U2 peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'One' which was their 5th top 10 single in the U.S.
1995: The Eagles'' Hell Freezes Over' Tour ends. It's seen by over 2 million fans and earns $135 million.
1998: The Dave Matthews Band's 'Before These Crowded Streets' enters the U.S. charts at #1.
1998: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards fell while reaching for a book of nude art in his Connecticut home. The fall breaks his ribs, causing the Stones to postpone many dates on their 'Bridges To Babylon' tour.
2000: Pearl Jam release their 6th studio album 'Binaural.'
2000: Motorhead released their 15th studio album, 'We Are Motörhead.'
2000: Prince announces that he will resume using his name (Prince) rather than a symbol to identify himself. The use of the symbol was his response to all sorts of corporate dealings that he had a problem with. Now that the contracts have expired he's back to being Prince again.
2005: Trent Reznor gets his day in a New York courtroom when he testifies in the lawsuit he filed the previous year against former Nine Inch Nails business associate John Malm. Reznor accuses Malm of bilking N.I.N. out of millions through deception and shady business tactics.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers' 9th album, 'Stadium Arcadium,' sells 442,000 copies in its first week of release to earn the group its first #1 on the Billboard 200. The album tops the charts in 16 other countries as well.
2006: Mark Knopfler files suit against the female motorist who knocked him off his motorcycle in London some three years earlier. The former Dire Straits frontman broke his collarbone, his shoulder and seven ribs in the accident. He also had to cancel a scheduled European tour while he recovered. The woman was convicted of careless driving and later deported to Ecuador. Knopfler seeks approximately $566,000 in damages.
2006: Bono serves as guest editor for the London newspaper, The Independent. The publication donates half of the day's profits to the U2 singer's RED initiative to fight HIV/AIDS in impoverished nations. Bono interviews British Prime Minister Tony Blair and guitarist the Edge covering the revival of New Orleans' music scene.
2006: Paul McCartney and his second wife, Heather Mills McCartney announce they're separating, confirming a spate of rumors. "Both of us still care about each other very much," the couple claim in a joint statement. "But [we] have found it increasingly difficult to maintain a normal relationship with constant intrusion into our private lives." The couple married in '02 and had a daughter, Beatrice Milly, the following year.
2006: A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel says the band may never take the stage again. "I think (A Perfect Circle/Tool singer Maynard James Keenan and I) both entertain the fact that (the group could reunite) but for right now we don't have any plans to do it again," adds Howerdel. "A Perfect Circle is done for now."
2007: The Who open their European tour in Lisbon, Portugal. "If you want to catch the new Who at their most effective for 20 years, come and join us," says guitarist Pete Townshend of the tour.
2007: The Steve Miller Band perform at the 2nd annual Matt's
19 Promise Benefit Concert in New York. The event raises money to fund treatment, research and education programs for young people with terminal illnesses.
2007: Parma, Italy, names streets after Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
2007: ZZ Top cancels their summer European tour because bassist Dusty Hill is suffering from a benign growth in his inner ear. Medication is used rather than surgery.
2007: Mike Love's lawsuit against fellow Beach Boys member Brian Wilson and the British newspaper Mail On Sunday was dismissed as being without merit. Love had sued over the free distribution of a 2004 CD that included the Beach Boys' name and Love's image.
2007: HellYeah announce that ex-Damageplan bassist Bob "Zilla" Kakaha has replaced Jerry Montano, who left the group. HellYeah drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who played with Kakaha in Damageplan, wanted to work with Kakaha again.
2008: Tracks from 3 Doors Down's self-titled album appear on TouchTunes digital jukeboxes four days before the disc hits stores.
2008: The two-day second annual Riverfront Park Crawfish Boil has headliner 3 Doors Down sharing the stage with Finger Eleven and Papa Roach.
2008: The video for 'Love Remains The Same,' the first single from former Bush singer Gavin Rossdale's debut solo album, 'Wanderlust,' premieres online.
2009: Green Day performs on the season finale of NBC's Saturday Night Live.
2009: The two-day Rock On The Range 2009 gets underway with headliners Slipknot and Motley Crue. Alice In Chains, KoRn, Hoobastank, Buckcherry and Avenged Sevenfold also perform at the Columbus, OH, event.
2009: Rock Stars' Cars & Guitars 2 exhibit opens in Dearborn, MI. On display are Pete Townshend's '56 Lincoln and a smashed Rickenbacker guitar sculpture; costumes and guitars from KISS, including Gene Simmons' "Axe" bass guitar and Paul Stanley's "Star" guitar; Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason's Lola/Cosworth T297 race car; a '68 Ford Mustang Fastback, "Bullitt," driven by Sheryl Crow for her music video, "Steve McQueen"; ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons' '32 Ford Coupe, "Eliminator;" and a '53 Buick Skylark owned by Metallica's James Hetfield.
2009: Bob Dylan went to #1 on the US album chart with ‘Together Through Life’, his 33rd studio album. The album received two Grammy Award nominations in Best Americana Album category and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance category for 'Beyond Here Lies Nothin'. Its the only album by Dylan to top the US and UK charts consecutively.
2010: Lenny Kravitz headlines the Gulf Aid Benefit Concert at the Mardi Gras World River City venue in New Orleans Proceeds go to the Gulf Relief Foundation to support those impacted by the BP oil spill.
2010: R.I.P. RONNIE JAMES DIO 1942 - 2010: The world of heavy metal lost one of its biggest and most-loved voices with the passing of Ronnie James Dio one year ago this week. Dio died following a short battle with stomach cancer; he was 67 years old. He was a frontman bigger than life on stage yet humble behind the scenes. Known for his voice, the malocchio "metal horns" hand gesture he learned from his Italian grandmother (warding off the evil eye) and most of all for his genuine warmth, Dio’s career spanned from his doo-wop bands of the late ‘50s/early ‘60s (Ronnie and the Red Caps and Ronnie Dio and the Prophets) to Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and, finally, Heaven & Hell (with his former Sabbath bandmates). Rolling Stone magazine eulogized Dio with these words: “It wasn’t just his mighty pipes that made him Ronnie James Dio — it was his moral fervor…what always stood out was Dio’s raging compassion for the lost rock & roll children in his audience. Dio never pretended to be one of the kids — he sang as an adult assuring us that we weren’t alone in our suffering, and some day we might even be proud of conquering it.”
2010: Paul McCartney told Scotland's Sunday Mail newspaper that he is convinced The Beatles would have reformed in recent years if all their members had survived, because they would have signed up for a reunion "just for a laugh". He pointed out that the band was asked to reunite shortly after they split, but said "It wasn't really a good idea then, but I think if this much time had elapsed, I could easily see it happening. Somebody would have said, 'Oh go on. Just for a laugh.'"
2011: According to a poll conducted by MusicRadar.com, Pink Floyd's '73 album 'Dark Side Of The Moon' has the greatest cover of all time. The artwork, a single ray of light split by a prism into a colorful array, beats out Nirvana's 'Nevermind.' The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' is third.
2014: Tim Lambesis, singer for As I Lay Dying, is sentenced to six years in prison for attempting to hire a hit man to kill his wife of eight years, Meggan Lambesis.
2014: Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley reveals in an online post that he was hospitalized after he "collapsed to the ground unconscious" when his "liver and kidney's collapsed" due to alcohol abuse. "The reason I got so sick is from all the hard boozing I've been doing over the years," writes Whibley. "It finally caught up to me."
2014: A backlash ensues after a YouTube video showing Olivia Douglas, a nine-year-old girl being encouraged to swear on stage by Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody, goes viral. Filmed and posted by Douglas' father, it shows Moody hugging the girl while trying to make her chant "Burn motherf***er burn," a lyric from "Burn MF." She appears uncomfortable and looks towards her father, behind the camera, for reassurance. There are strenuous objections to using a child as a 'stage prop'.
2015: Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith receives the "Livin' the Dream" award at Little Kids Rock's first ever Family Jam. The event, which raises over $85,000 for music education, takes place at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CA.

May 17
1958: Ferriday, Louisiana celebrates Jerry Lee Lewis Day with a parade honoring their home town boy who was just about to leave on his fateful tour of England.
1963: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, The Weavers and Peter, Paul and Mary were the featured acts at the very first Monterey Folk Festival in Monterey, California.
1966: Bob Dylan, whose music had recently "gone electric," appeared at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. Just before he began to sing his latest hit, 'Like A Rolling Stone,' an obvious folk purist in the audience who was upset by Dylan's switch from acoustic to electric guitars, shouted, "Judas!" Dylan replied with "You're a liar," then told his band to play the song "f****** loud."
1967: Bob Dylan's legendary documentary 'Don't Look Back' debuts at the Presidio Theatre in San Francisco.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles began recording a new John Lennon song ‘You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)’. The song was not finished until November 1969, and was not released until March 1970 (as the B-side of the ‘Let it Be’ single).
1969: For just 35 cents, you could pick up a copy of this month's Rolling Stone magazine with Joni Mitchell on the cover.
1969: The Chicago Transit Authority (later known simply as Chicago) release their self-titled debut double album.
1969: The Beatles 'Hey Jude' is named the Best Selling 'A' Side at the annual Ivor Novello Awards in London.
1971: Paul and Linda McCartney's 'Ram' album is released.
1972: The Hollies 'Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)' b/w 'Look What We've Got' 45 single is released.
1973: Yes receive Gold records for both 'Yessongs' their triple-record live set and 'The Yes Album.'
1973: Bachman–Turner Overdrive release their self-titled debut album.
1974: NBC-TV's The Midnight Special offers another salute to '50s and '60s Rock-and-Roll, with Frankie Avalon as host and performances by Sam & Dave, Lou Christie, Frankie Ford, The Fleetwoods, Shirley and Lee, and Fabian.
1974: The Elton John TV special 'Say Goodbye To Norma Jean And Other Things' airs on ABC.
1975: Elton John was awarded a Platinum record for his album 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.' It was the first L.P. to sell one million copies on its first day of release.
1975: Led Zeppelin played the first of five sold-out nights to 17,000 fans at Earls Court Arena in London.
1975: Mick Jagger tripped and in an attempt to break his fall, put his fist through the window of a restaurant in Long Island, New York. Jagger required 20 stitches but the Rolling Stones' North American tour proceeded in two weeks as planned.
1975: Queen's first U.S. single, 'Killer Queen,' peaks at #12 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1976: Rainbow's 'Rising' album is released. It reached #48 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #6 on the UK Albums chart.
1978: Lou Reed starts a week-long series of shows at the Bottom Line club in New York City. Several tracks are used on his live album, 'Take No Prisoners.'
1979: The Police performed at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California.
1979: Patti Smith Group's album 'Wave' is released. It reached #18 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1980: Peter Criss dropped out of Kiss and was replaced by drummer Eric Carr. Carr was first heard on the concept album, 'The Elder' in 1981. Both Ace Frehley and Criss had been opposed to the idea of 'The Elder' and when it bombed, Frehley also quit the band. Criss had co-written Kiss' biggest hit single, 'Beth,' and the band had to wait until 1990 to return to the US Top 10 when 'Forever' made it to number 8.
1980: Paul and Linda McCartney are the guest hosts of NBC's Saturday Night Live, where they perform their new single, 'Coming Up,' a recent Billboard #1.
1982: U2 begins recording their 3rd album 'War' at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin.
1982: Black Sabbath was awarded the Gold Ticket for playing to over 100,000 fans at Madison Square Garden throughout their career during a concert in support of 'Mob Rules,' their 2nd album with Ronnie James Dio singing for them.
1983: The Fixx album 'Reach the Beach' is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, bolstered by three Top 40 singles - 'One Thing Leads to Another' (#4), 'Saved by Zero' (#20), and 'The Sign of Fire' (#32).
1983: David Bowie's 'Let’s Dance' hits #1 on the US chart.
1986: Van Halen's 'Why Can't This Be Love' reaches #3 on the pop chart.
1986: The Self Aid--Make It Work concert in Dublin raises funds for the unemployed. U2, Elvis Costello & The Attractions and Van Morrison perform.
1987: A fire destroys Tom Petty's Los Angeles home and causes $800,000 worth of damage. It is later discovered that an arsonist had drenched the house’s back staircase in lighter fluid. “We were shaken for years by it,” Petty admitted. “It’s sort of like being raped, I would imagine. It really took a long time. And it was 10 times as bad, because you knew that somebody just went and did it. Somebody tried to off you.”
1988: The Vinnie Vincent Invasion album 'All Systems Go' is released. It peaked at #64 on Billboard's 200 album chart
1988: Judas Priest's 'Ram It Down' album is released.
1989: Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman's first 'Sticky Fingers' restaurant opened in London.
1989: Promoters in Montreal announced the cancellation of a July 5th reunion concert by The Who because of poor ticket sales. There was heavy demand for tickets for the other 25 dates on the tour.
1990: Nirvana played the last date of a North American tour at the Zoo in Boise, Idaho. This was Chad Channing’s final gig with the band, drummer Dave Grohl replaced him in Sept of this year after his band Scream had split-up.
1992: Phil Collins’ sore throat caused Genesis to cancel a concert two songs into their set at Tampa Stadium.
1995: After all these years, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Little Richard appear together for the first time at a concert in Sheffield, England.
1996: Blues guitarist Johnny Guitar Watson died of a heart attack while on tour in Yokohama, Japan. According to eyewitness reports, he collapsed mid guitar solo. His last words were "ain't that a bitch."
1996: Kevin Gilbert, multi instrumentalist and songwriter, dies of accidental autoerotic asphyxiation. Gilbert was a member of Giraffe, who also worked with his one-time girlfriend Sheryl Crow and co-wrote many of the songs on her debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club, including the 1995 Grammy Record of the Year 'All I Wanna Do.'
1999: Bruce Fairbairn dies of unknown causes in Vancouver at 49. Fairbairn was a legendary producer, responsible for hit records like Bon Jovi’s 'Slippery When Wet' (12x platinum), Aerosmith’s 'Permanent Vacation' (5x platinum), AC/DC’s 'The Razors Edge' (5x platinum), and from bands such as Loverboy, Yes, Poison, Scorpions, Jackyl, Van Halen, INXS, Kiss and many more. He was found dead by Yes singer Jon Anderson, with whom he was making an album.
2000: The Eagles filed a lawsuit against Bill Arnold for allegedly violating a trademark for naming his restaurant Hotel California Grill. Arnold’s comment on the lawsuit was “This is a restaurant, not a song. We’re not infringing on the rights of Don Henley, Glenn Frey or anyone.”
2003: After a three year absence, Third Eye Blind returns with their album 'Out Of The Vein.'
2004: U2`s Bono delivers the commencement address to the graduating class of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The U2 frontman also gets an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the school. In a prepared statement Penn president Judith Rodin says "Bono has been a powerful force for change."
2004: 3 Doors Down announce the creation of The Better Life Foundation, to benefit children in need of food, shelter and medical assistance.
2005: System Of A Down's 'Mezmerize' is released.
2005: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil introduces his new wine, Vince Vineyards, in Las Vegas. He also performs with the Pussycat Dolls dancers.
2005: 3 Doors Down's 'Here Without You' wins Song Of The Year at the 53rd annual BMI Pop Awards in Los Angeles. The performing-rights organization honors the tune that received the most airplay. Nickelback, Linkin Park, Audioslave, Fuel, Live and Evanescence are also recognized for having heavily played songs.
2006: Original Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin joins his former band onstage in New York at the last of four shows at the city's Hammerstein Ballroom. Kid Rock also makes a guest appearance.
2006: Paul McCartney and his wife Heather Mills admitted that they had given up the fight to save their marriage, saying that after fours years together, they were going their separate ways.
2007: Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and Disturbed's David Draiman perform at a concert paying tribute to Pantera/Damageplan guitarist 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott. The Black Tooth Bash in L.A. has appearances by Staind's Aaron Lewis, ex-Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and members of Alice In Chains and Slipknot. The are also guitars hand-painted by Rock stars are auctioned with proceeds benefiting Little Kids Rock music-education charity.
2007: The online show, Spread Entertainment, makes its debut with host ex-Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. "It's like a looser version of (The Phil) Donahue (Show) in a nightclub," says Navarro. "I wanted to create a party atmosphere." It's filmed at LA's Dragonfly in front of a studio audience.
2008: Stone Temple Pilots kick off their reunion tour with a headlining performance at the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, OH. The 17-song set spans STP's career and includes 'Vasoline.'
2009: 'Aerosmith: Essential Interviews,' a book compiling memorable conversations with the band members (including Q & A's from a wide variety of magazines), is available in paperback and as a digital download.
2010: ZZ Top made a cameo appearance on 'Two and a Half Men' appearing in a fantasy sequence.
2011: Scott Weiland's ironically titled autobiography 'Not Dead & Not for Sale' is in bookstores. The Stone Temple Pilots frontman wrote the tome with David Ritz.
2012: 'Nothing Like I Planned: The Art of John Mellencamp,' a collection of the singer/songwriter's paintings, opens at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville.
2012: U2's Bono performs at the annual benefit to support the Jazz Foundation of America's efforts to raise funds and awareness for artists who have fallen into financial despair. Producer Quincy Jones brings Bono onstage at the Apollo Theater in Harlem to sing, appropriately enough, 'Angel Of Harlem.'
2012: Alice Cooper is the keynote speaker at the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music's commencement ceremony at the Wiltern Theater in L.A.
2013: Scottsdale (AZ) firefighter Todd Pendleton takes an autographed Alice Cooper guitar with him as he climbs to the summit of Mt. Everest to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. "After a week long climb, 24 hours in a tent in 60 miles winds, and 16 grueling hours on summit day. We reached the summit at 7:30 in the morning."
2013: Bob Dylan was made an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Dylan, who was unable to attend the New York ceremony, said he felt "extremely honored" and "lucky" to be admitted. Dylan's induction was decided by a vote of the Academy's 250 members.
2014: Stone Sour announce they have fired Jim Root but the guitarist is still a member of Slipknot. "We feel it's best for both bands and hope that is reflected in the days to come," reads a Stone Sour statement.
2014: George Harrison's '62 Rickenbacker 425 is auctioned at Julien's Auctions for $657,000. Harrison used the guitar for The Beatles first appearance on the television programs Ready Steady Go! and Thank Your Luck Stars in '63. Harrison is said to have originally paid between $400 and $500 for the guitar in '63.
2015: George Harrison's Maton Mastersound guitar, used during the Beatles' live performances in the summer of 1963, sold for $485,000 by Julien's Auctions in New York.
2015: Green Day return to 924 Gilman Street for a special benefit concert to help raise money for victims of a building fire in Oakland that affected two local, independent publishing houses. It's Green Day's first appearance at the all ages non-profit in 21 years; they were banned for signing a major label deal.
2015: Van Halen open the 2015 Billboard Music Awards with their '84 hit, 'Panama.' The Top Rock Album award goes to Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories.'
2016: Lamb Of God receive gold plaques for their 3rd album, 'Ashes Of The Wake.' The 2004 album sold more than 500,000 copies.
2016: 'With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles And Mistakes On My Way Back To Korn' chronicles Brian 'Head' Welch's departure from KoRn in '05, and his subsequent struggles before rejoining the group in '13.
2016: The German postal service honors the late Motorhead singer/bassist Lemmy Kilmister with a series of limited-edition postage stamps. The stamps are available for a month.
2016: Alanis Morissette sues her former business manager, Jonathan Schwartz, claiming he stole $4.7 million from her from 2009-2016. The following year, Schwartz admits to that theft and also to stealing another $2 million from other clients. Morissette is compensated in a settlement.

May 18
1959: Wilbert Harrison's 'Kansas City,' written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller is #1 on the pop chart. The song is later covered by The Beatles.
1963: The Beatles kicked off their first British tour as a headline act with a concert in Slough, England.
1964: The Animals record 'House Of The Rising Sun' in one take in London. It is on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
1964: A riot broke out in Hamilton, Scotland during a Rolling Stones UK tour when over 4,000 fans with forged tickets gatecrashed the bands gig at the Chantingall Hotel.
1966: The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals), made their first recordings at Mr Music Inc in Brick Town, New Jersey. They cut two Springsteen songs, ‘Baby I’ and ‘That’s What You Get.' The songs were cut directly to disc, of which seven or eight test pressings of the studio takes were made.
1966: During his 1966 world tour, Bob Dylan and Robbie Robertson from The Band were filmed singing several songs in a hotel room in Glasgow, Scotland, the footage turning up in the film 'Eat The Document.' The film was originally commissioned for the ABC television series 'Stage '66,' but after Dylan edited the film himself ABC rejected it as "incomprehensible for a mainstream audience."
1966: The Hollies record 'Bus Stop.'
1967: John Lennon and Paul McCartney sang backing vocals on The Rolling Stones track 'We Love You' during a session at Olympic Studios in London.
1967: The Beatles were selected to represent the UK for the first-ever global-wide satellite broadcast. The group agreed to be shown in the studio recording a song written especially for the occasion, scheduled for June 25. John Lennon wrote ‘All You Need is Love’ which was thought to sum up the 1967 'summer of love' and The Beatles' sympathies. With the satellite broadcast being broadcast to many non-English-speaking countries, the BBC asked The Beatles to "keep it simple."
1967: Pink Floyd started recording their forthcoming single 'See Emily Play' at Sound Techniques Studios in Chelsea, London. Syd Barrett was inspired to write 'See Emily Play,' by the ‘looning about’ of the early Pink Floyd fan Emily Young, (who is now a renowned sculptor). Guitarist David Gilmour, playing gigs in France with his own band in that period, visited Floyd in the studio during a trip to London.
1968: The first Miami Pop event took place with an estimated 100,000 people attending the concert, which was promoted by Richard O'Barry & Michael Lang (later famous as the promoter of Woodstock). Bands featured at the festival included Steppenwolf, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Mothers of Invention, Blue Cheer, Chuck Berry, The Blues Image, Pacific Gas and Electric, Three Dog Night and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown.
1968: Grateful Dead, The Doors, The Steve Miller Band and Jefferson Airplane all appeared at The Northern California Rock Festival in Santa Clara.
1969: The Beatles 'Get Back' is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1970: The Beatles 12th and final studio album, 'Let it Be' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tapes chart for four weeks in early summer, 1970, and topped the UK Albums chart for three weeks. In 2012, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #392 in the magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 2003.
1971: The Band kicks off their first European tour in Amsterdam.
1972: The Grateful Dead perform at the Kongressaal Deutsches Museum in Muenchen, Germany on their Europe ’72 tour.
1972: According to today’s New York Times, the Beatles have agreed to split the fortune they accrued in their partnership. Paul McCartney says they’ve come to this arrangement to free up the $17 million that was frozen as they sued one another.
1973: Yes release their first live album 'Yessongs.' It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart, and #7 on the UK Albums chart. The album is formed of recordings from their supporting world tours for their studio albums, 'Fragile' and 'Close to the Edge,' between February and December 1972.
1973: Pink Floyd plays the first of two shows at London’s Earl’s Court Exhibition Hall after the official UK release of 'Dark Side of the Moon.'
1974: The Who headlined The Summer of ’74 festival at the Charlton Athletic Football Ground in London. Also on the bill were Lou Reed, Humble Pie and Bad Company.
1976: Angel's 2nd album, 'Helluva Band' is released.
1976: Warren Zevon released his self-titled album.
1977: The Grateful Dead perform at the renown Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
1978: Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first night on a 19-date North American tour at the Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
1978: 'The Buddy Holly Story,' a film starring Gary Busey, premiered in Holly's hometown of Lubbock, Texas. The movie will be a critical and commercial success, although insiders said it had little historical accuracy. Busey would later be nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his role.
1979: David Bowie's 'Lodger' album is released. It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #4 on the UK Albums chart.
1979: Journey hosted 'The Midnight Special.' They performed 'Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’ & 'City of the Angels.' The Jacksons & Herbie Hancock was also special guests on the program.
1980: Peter Criss leaves Kiss for the first of three times. He is replaced by drummer Eric Carr.
1982: Joe Strummer reappeared after disappearing for a month moving to Paris to get away from The Clash. He cited exhaustion & doubts about his career as the reason for this disappearance.
1985: Scottish Rock band Simple Minds make their breakthrough in North America when 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' tops the Billboard singles chart. The song was written specifically for the film 'The Breakfast Club' and was only the second tune recorded by the group that they did not write. Written by Keith Forsey (who won an Oscar for 'Flashdance... What a Feeling') and Steve Schiff (guitarist and songwriter from the Nina Hagen band.
1988: Fleetwood Mac played the first of six sold out nights at Wembley Arena, London on their The Tango In The Night Tour.
1989: A judge in Tampa, Florida gave permission to original Byrds drummer Michael Clarke to continue using the Byrds' name for another group he had formed.
1991: R.E.M. went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Out Of Time,' which began two non-consecutive weeks on top.
1991: Rod Stewart manages a Top 5 pop hit with 'Rhythm Of My Heart.'
1992: Saxon released their 11th studio album, 'Forever Free.'
1993: Winger release their 3rd album, 'Pull.'
1993: KISS 'Alive III' album was released.
1993: KISS get a spot on the Hollywood Rock Walk.
1996: 'Crash' from the Dave Matthews Band debuts at #2 behind "Fairweather Johnson" by Hootie & the Blowfish.
1996: Soundgarden perform on the season finale of Saturday Night Live.
1996: Brad Nowell of Sublime marries Troy Dendekker, the mother of his son, Jakob. He dies of a drug overdose a week later.
1999: AFI's 'Black Sails At Sunset' album is released.
1999: W.A.S.P. released their 8th album, 'Helldorado.'
2003: Stone Temple Pilots' singer Scott Weiland is arrested for drug possession in Burbank, CA. Weiland is released on $100,000 bail.
2004: New Jersey’s Country Cow Creamery gets permission from Ozzy and his wife Sharon to create flavors in their name. Ozzy’s is called Carnivorous Carrot Cake (cinnamon spice ice cream with carrot cake dipped in hazelnut liqueur) and Sharon’s is Death By Sharon (dark chocolate ice cream with dark chocolate fudge and bits of brownie dunked in Godiva chocolate liqueur).
2004: Clint Warwick, the original bassist for The Moody Blues, died from liver disease at the age of 63. Clint left the band in 1966 after playing on their only number one hit, 'Go Now.'
2004: It's announced that Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood is the British Broadcasting Corp.'s composer in residence. He is tasked with composing a new work that could include the BBC Concert Orchestra.
2004: Metallica is honored in Los Angeles at ASCAP's annual Pop Music Awards. The group receives the inaugural Creative Voice Award. Also, songs by Audioslave and Puddle Of Mudd are recognized as some of the most performed tunes of 2003.
2004: Lenny Kravitz releases his album 'Baptism.' Kravitz wrote, produced and recorded all 13 songs, including lead track 'Minister of Rock N' Roll.'
2005: Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles is shut down for a free outdoor show by Audioslave that airs later on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live. However, some rowdy fans among the audience of 10,000 break through a barricade causing police to ask that the show be stopped. Audioslave play one more song 'Cochise,' before wrapping it up.
2005: Last Call With Carson Daly airs the debut performance of the Country ballad "The Man I Didn't Know" by Velvet Revolver/STP frontman Scott Weiland. Weiland wrote the song about his father.
2006: George Thorogood and the Destroyers kick off a four month tour starting in New Haven, CT. in support of their album 'The Hard Stuff.'
2006: KoRn's Jonathan Davis tosses out the ceremonial first pitch before a Chicago Cubs-Washington Nationals game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Outside the park, Davis hands out thousands of $10 bills to fans to help promote specially priced $9.99 lawn seats on his band's Family Values Tour with the Deftones, Stone Sour and Flyleaf.
2006: Alice In Chains officially kick off their reunion tour at Los Angeles' Roxy Theater. They get support Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, former Screaming Trees leader Mark Lanegan and Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan who accompanies Alice In Chains on guitar for five songs.
2006: Bruce Springsteen is honored as an inaugural inductee into the New Jersey Walk of Fame during a ceremony in Newark.
2006: Axl Rose is involved in an altercation with designer Tommy Hilfiger at a New York club during a private birthday party for actress Rosario Dawson. Rose claims the fashion mogul began smacking him, apparently after a dispute over a V.I.P. table. Following the incident, Hilfiger is removed from the celebrity-filled bash. Later that evening, GN'R performs an acoustic set. Rose dedicates the song 'You're Crazy' to his "good friend Tommy Hilfiger."
2007: Evanescence announce that Dark New Day guitarist Troy McLawhorn and drummer Will Hunt have been selected to replace John LeCompt and Rocky Gray. The pair departed a few weeks earlier.
2007: Four days after suffering a stroke, Bo Diddley walked around the intensive-care unit at Creighton University Medical Center and doctors were encouraged that the singer-songwriter-guitarist would be able to perform again. Unfortunately, the only time he ever sang in public again was an impromptu, one song performance at the unveiling of a plaque devoted to him in early November. He would pass away after suffering heart failure at his home on June 2, 2008.
2007: U.D.O. released their 11th album, 'Mastercutor.'
2009: Linkin Park's 'New Divide' goes to radio and is available on iTunes. The track is also the theme song for the film 'Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen.'
2010: The Black Keys release their 6th album, 'Brothers. '
2010: Avenged Sevenfold's single and title track from their 5th studio album, 'Nightmare,' is digitally released.
2010: Exodus release their 9th studio album 'Exhibit B: The Human Condition.'
2010: ZZ Top plays a benefit for the victims of the Chilean earthquake at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile. It's the first major concert in the country since the devastating 8.8 magnitude earthquake in February of 2010. "The whole world knows about the effects caused by the earthquake that happened in your beautiful country," says frontman Billy Gibbons.
2011: The annual Forbes Celebrity 100 list includes U2 (#4) and Bon Jovi (#8). The Forbes list evaluates earnings, power, influence and social media popularity. Lady Gaga and Oprah Winfrey are #1 and #2.
2011: John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for the 1967 Beatles song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' sold for $237,132 at an auction at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. The sale of the sheet featured the song's third verse and the opening words to 'She's Leaving Home.' Both songs are on the 1967 album 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' It was speculated the song was about the drug LSD, however, The Beatles denied this, with Lennon saying the inspiration had come from a picture his son Julian had drawn of a classmate named Lucy Vodden - who died of the immune system disease Lupus in 2009.
2012: Tom Morello performs at the National Nurses United rally before a crowd of 5,000 protesters at Chicago's Daley Plaza during the NATO convention. "They couldn't shut us down because we stood up," says Morello. "It was a few politicians, their skeevy lawyers and some trembling NATO generals who caved in."
2012: Sammy Hagar donates $10,000 to the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish Food Bank in Atlantic City. "When I see children that aren't eating, that's when I get really touched, so my first goal is to help children as much as possible because they're the future of this planet," says Hagar, who contributes funds to food banks on every stop on Chickenfoot's tour.
2013: KROQ's Weenie Roast features an unexpected Stone Temple Pilots performance. Fronted by Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, who imitates some of former STP vocalist Scott Weiland's signature serpentine stage moves, the group premieres their single, 'Out Of Time.' The Black Keys and 30 Seconds To Mars are the headliners.
2013: A custom-built VOX guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison during the recording of The Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour' sells at auction for $408,000. Harrison used the guitar to practice 'I Am The Walrus' in 1967 and Lennon played it during a videotaping of 'Hello, Goodbye' later that year.
2013: Motley Crue are inducted into the Mohegan Sun Walk of Fame in Uncasville, CT. prior to the band's concert. The award recognizes those individuals who have made significant contributions to the success of Mohegan Sun casino.
2015: Faith No More release 'Sol Invictus,' their first studio album since 1997's 'Album Of The Year.'
2015: Graham Parker & The Rumour's second album since reforming in 2011, 'Mystery Glue' is released.
2015: "It's nice to be in a world like professional wrestling where I'm treated like a normal person," says Smashing Pumpkins frontman and wrestling promoter Billy Corgan at a joint press conference with Marilyn Manson prior to their double-bill tour. Manson recalls the pair's early encounters. "I tried to convince him to wear makeup and he tried to make me have more chords in my music."
2015: Yes reveal that founding member Chris Squire has been diagnosed with leukemia. He passes away the following month (June 27).
2016: 'Gimme Danger,' an Iggy & The Stooges documentary, makes its official premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Director Jim Jarmusch calls the film a "love letter to possibly the greatest band in Rock n. Roll history."
2016: Queen's collaboration with David Bowie on the 1981 single "Under Pressure" is voted Britain's favorite duet in a poll conducted by Morar Consulting.
2016: Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler lists his gated estate in Beverly Hills for $3.22 million.

May 19
1958: Ritchie Valens starts his recording career at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood. He records the self-penned 'Come On, Let's Go' for Del-Fi Records in Los Angeles. The song would peak at #42 on the Billboard singles chart the following October.
1958: Bobby Darin's 'Splish Splash' was released. It was the first recording made on an eight track recorder at Atlantic Records and would eventually reach #3 in America.
1960: American DJ Alan Freed was indicted along with seven others for accepting $30,650 in payola from six record companies. Two years later, he was convicted and given a suspended sentence and a $300 fine.
1961: The Everly Brothers launch their own record label, Calliope, intended for the purpose of discovering and developing new talent. Their own recordings will continue to be issued exclusively by Warner Brothers
1965: The FBI begins investigating the lyrics to the song 'Louie Louie' and spends two years analyzing them. At the end of their investigation, a statement is issued saying, “the lyrics of the song on this record was not definitely determined by this Laboratory examination, it was not possible to determine whether this recording is obscene.”
1965: During a U.K. show, Kinks drummer Mick Avory hits guitarist Dave Davies over the head with a cymbal. Davies requires 16 stitches but declines to press charges.
1965: The Beatles 'Ticket To Ride' is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1966: The Grateful Dead debut at San Francisco's Avalon Ballroom.
1967: Pink Floyd played at Club A’ Go Go in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England.
1967: The Beatles held a press party at manager's Brian Epstein's house in London for the launch of the 'Sgt Pepper's' album. Linda Eastman was hired as the press photographer.
1969: The Beatles' single 'Get Back' is awarded a Gold record for sales over 1 million. Paul McCartney would later say "We were sitting in the studio and we made it up out of thin air..."
1969: Poco released their debut album, 'Pickin' Up the Pieces.' It reached #63 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1969: The Who appeared at The Rock Pile in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1970: New Riders of the Purple Sage, along with The Grateful Dead, performed at the Washington University Quadrangle in St. Louis, Missouri.
1971: Emerson, Lake And Palmer and Mott the Hoople played at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, Missouri.
1971: King Crimson performed at the Lyceum Ballroom in London.
1972: David Bowie appeared at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.
1972: Elton John's 5th studio album. 'Honky Château' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for five weeks, and reached #2 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #357 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1972: Uriah Heep release their 4th album, 'Demons and Wizards.' It reached #23 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, bolstered by the Top 40 hit 'Easy Livin' (#39).
1973: Paul Simon releases the single 'Kodachrome,' which would become a hit in the US, but was banned from air play in the UK because it contains a brand name.
1973: Humble Pie played at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Fairground Coliseum in Columbus, Ohio.
1974: The Grateful Dead performed at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.
1975: Aerosmith's 'Sweet Emotion' b/w 'Uncle Salty' 45 single is released.
1975: Eagles 'One Of These Nights' b/w 'Vision' 45 single is released.
1975: Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Saturday Night Special' b/w 'Made in the Shade' 45 single is released. It's the only single released from the 'Nuthin' Fancy' album.
1976: The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards crashes his Bentley into a highway divider in Newton Pagnell, a town 50 miles north of London. Police take various substances from his vehicle and Richards will be charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana.
1976: Bob Dylan played at Henry Levitt Arena in Wichita, Kansas.
1976: Aerosmith performed at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
1976: Billy Joel released his 4th album, 'Turnstiles.' It reached #122 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single, "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" hit the Top 20, reaching #17.
1978: Dire Straits released their first major label single 'Sultans Of Swing', recorded on a £120 budget. The song was first recorded as a demo at Pathway Studios, North London, in July 1977, and quickly acquired a following after it was put on rotation at Radio London.
1978: KISS‬ played Magic Mountain Amusement Park while filming 'KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park.'
1978: The Kinks' 'Misfits' album is released. It reached #40 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single, 'A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy' hit the Top 40, reaching #30.
1979: The closest thing to a Beatles' reunion happened when Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr played together at Eric Clapton's wedding reception. Joining them for a jam session were Clapton, Mick Jagger and Ginger Baker. The all-star band plays songs from Little Richard and Eddie Cochran. The bride, Patti Boyd, was formerly married to George Harrison.
1979: Supertramp went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Breakfast In America', the group's only US #1.
1979: Van Halen appeared at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1980: Ringo Starr and his future wife Barbara Bach were involved in a car crash less than half a mile from where Marc Bolan was killed. The car was a write-off but Starr and Bach were not seriously injured.
1980: Black Sabbath played at City Hall in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England.
1981: Sting was named songwriter of the year at the 26th Ivor Novello Awards.
1982: Blue Oyster Cult appeared at Rudi Sedlmayr Halle in Munich, Germany.
1983: Roxy Music performed at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto.
1984: The Cars release 'Magic' from the 'Heartbeat City' album.
1984: Bob Marley and the Wailers started a 12-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with the compilation album 'Legend,' released to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of Marley's death.
1986: Peter Gabriel released his 5th album 'So,' which was his first solo album not titled Peter Gabriel. It later went on to reach #2 on the Billboard 200 Album chart & sell five million copies in the U.S. It is ranked at 187 on Rolling Stone's list of 500 greatest albums of all time. The album received four Grammy Award nominations: Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, Song of the Year, Record of the Year (all for 'Sledgehammer'), and Album of the Year.
1986: The Ramones released their 9th studio album, 'Animal Boy.'
1988: The British Phonographic Industry is rebuffed by the UK's House Of Lords when it tries to prevent electronics manufacturer Amstrad from producing and marketing a dual tape deck which makes it easy for consumers to copy cassettes. Because the company includes copyright warnings with the machine, The House ruled that they were not encouraging people to break the law.
1989: Ron Wilson, The Surfaris' drummer who recorded Rock and Roll's most influential drum solo, 'Wipe Out,' died of a brain aneurysm at the age of 49.
1990: Heart peaked at #33 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Brigade,' which went on to sell two million copies in the U.S.
1992: KISS release their 16th studio album, 'Revenge.'
1992: Aerosmith donated $10,000 to MIT in Boston to fund an explicit exhibition of photographs & sculptures after the National Endowment for the Arts pulled support.
1993: Depeche Mode begin their Devotional tour in Lille, France. They reach new levels of excess on the trek, culminating with lead singer Dave Gahan having a heart attack during a show.
1996: Peter Frampton, The Smashing Pumpkins and Sonic Youth made guest appearances on The Simpsons season finale Homerpalooza,' where they were on tour as part of a music festival that Homer Simpson joined as a carnival freak.
1998: U2 give a concert in Belfast in support of an upcoming Peace Agreement vote. The show comes on the heals of frontman Bono being named one of the 20 most hated men in Northern Ireland.
1998: Kansas released their 13th studio album, 'Always Never the Same.'
1998: Sonny and Cher get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For Sonny, who died January 5, 1998, it's a posthumous honor.
2000: Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers Band is essentially kicked out of the band for “creative differences,” which are allegedly related to drugs and/or alcohol use.
2001: Weezer appears on Saturday Night Live. They perform 'Hash Pipe' and 'Island In The Sun' with Will Farrell.
2004: Incubus performs 'Talk Shows On Mute,' on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman.
2006: VH1 Classic's 'Decades Rock Live!' series pays tribute to Elvis Costello. The Atlantic City concert features Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Death Cab For Cutie. 2006: Sting's annual Rainforest Foundation benefit concert is held at New York's Carnegie Hall with appearances by Billy Joel, James Taylor and Sheryl Crow.
2006: Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp opens for INXS on a seven week North American tour.
2007: U2 play a brief (two songs) set on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. Their film, 'U2 3D,' makes its premiere.
2007: Evanescence, Hinder and Velvet Revolver headline the inaugural 'Rock on the Range' music festival in Columbus, OH. The show's bill also features Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Chevelle, Puddle Of Mudd, Papa Roach and Buckcherry also perform.
2007: Eric Clapton, Yes' Jon Anderson and Procol Harum's Gary Brooker appear at the Countryside Rocks concert in Newbury, England. The event benefits the Countryside Alliance, an organization that opposes a U.K. ban on hunting with dogs in rural regions. Steve Winwood and ex-Who/Faces/Small Faces drummer Kenney Jones also perform.
2007: Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours, make their debut at the Diamond Head Crater Celebration in Honolulu.
2008: 'From Life To Life,' a garden tribute to the late George Harrison, opens in London at the Chelsea Flower Show. The garden was co-designed by Harrison's widow, Olivia. On hand are Ringo Starr and Beatles producer George Martin. "I think it's a nice gesture for George," says Starr. "He loved the garden."
2008: A poem written by 16 year old Bob Dylan, who was still using his birth name, Robert Zimmerman, was slated to be offered for sale at a Christie's auction, where it was expected to sell for $10,000 to $15,000. Written on both sides of a single page, the verses tell the poignant story of a dog named Little Buddy who is killed at the hands of a drunkard, and the boy who mourns him.
2008: Green Day side project Foxboro Hot Tubs embark on their first-ever tour (in support of 'Stop Drop And Roll!!!') in Little Rock.
2009: Green Day gives an intimate (an audience of about 300) MySpace Music concert in New York to promote their '21st Century Breakdown' album.
2009: Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready plays 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the Seattle Mariners home game against the Los Angeles Angels. McCready's performance takes place in conjunction with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Night at Safeco Field. McCready is a long-time sufferer of Crohn's disease. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the Northwest Chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation.
2009: The first episode of the TV show Glee airs, featuring a Glee Club performance of Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin' that brings the song back to the charts. The Glee version made #4 - which was 5 spots higher than journey's original.
2010: Bret Michaels (Poison) is on The Oprah Winfrey Show live via satellite. The frontman and reality TV star talks about his near-fatal brain hemorrhage (the previous month) and the associated difficulties he's suffered. Just a few days later, Michaels has what doctors call a 'warning stroke'. They also find a hole in Michaels heart (which they say is treatable and unrelated to his previous condition).
2010: 'Stairway To Heaven' was named the UK's favourite rock song in a survey by listeners to radio station Absolute Classic Rock. Led Zeppelin had two other tracks in the top 10; ‘Whole Lotta Love’ was voted at #4 and ‘Rock 'n' Roll,' from the group’s fourth album, was at #7.
2010: Howard Jones rejoins Killswitch Engage for a string of shows. Jones left the band abruptly during a tour the previous November and was replaced by All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte.
2010: Elvis Costello cancels a pair of planned summer concerts in Israel, citing the region's ongoing political struggles as the reason. In a statement, he says he's unwilling to face the nearly unavoidable backlash associated with a performance in Israel. Costello also acknowledges the Palestinians' "many despicable acts of violence perpetrated in the name of liberation."
2011: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler revealed he once had sex with a man during his wild youth. In his memoir, 'Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?,' he revealed, "Gay sex just doesn't do it for me. I tried it one time when I was younger, but I just didn't dig it."
2012: Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger hosts and performs on the final episode of Saturday Night Live's 37th season. He is backed alternately by Arcade Fire and the Foo Fighters. It's Jagger's first time as host of the NBC comedy and his third appearance as the musical guest.
2012: Black Sabbath (without Bill Ward) play their first hometown show in 13 years at Birmingham's 02 Academy. The show sells out in 10 minutes.
2013: Bon Jovi's 'Army Of One' is the theme for the Discovery Channel's seven-part 'North America' series.
2013: A guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison sold for $408,000 at auction. The custom-made instrument, built in 1966 by VOX was bought by an unidentified US buyer in New York. Harrison played ‘I Am the Walrus’, on the guitar in a scene from Magical Mystery Tour in 1967. Lennon used it in a video for 'Hello, Goodbye' later that year. After playing the guitar, Lennon gave it as a 25th birthday present to Alexis "Magic Alex" Mardas, a member of The Beatles' inner circle in the 1960s.
2014: California Breed, with guitarist Andrew Watt, and a pair of Black Country Communion alum, bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes and drummer Jason Bonham, release out their self-titled debut album.
2014: Judas Priest released the single 'March Of The Damned.'
2015: The Circle, with Sammy Hagar, Chickenfoot and former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and Wabos guitarist Vic Johnson, release their debut live album, 'At Your Service.'
2016: John Berry, an original member of the Beastie Boys, dies at a hospice in Danvers, MA. He played on the Beastie Boys' first seven-inch EP in '82 then left a short time later. Credited with originating the group's name, Berry was 52.

May 20
1920: The Canadian Marconi Company, station XWA (Experimental Wireless Apparatus) in Montreal, Canada, gave what it would later claim to be the first scheduled radio broadcast in North America. Its call letters were changed to CFCF on November 4, 1920, and while the meaning of that call sign has never been officially confirmed, it is generally believed to be "Canada's First, Canada's Finest".
1954: Bill Haley And His Comets' 'Rock Around the Clock' was released. The record would find only limited success until the following year when it was included on the soundtrack of the film 'Blackboard Jungle.' The song is ranked #158 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1960: The Silver Beetles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) played the first night of a short tour of Scotland backing singer Johnny Gentle, at Alloa Town Hall in Clackmannanshire. Three of the Silver Beetles adopted stage names: Paul McCartney became Paul Ramon, George Harrison was Carl Harrison, and Stuart Sutcliffe became Stuart de Stael.
1965: The Who performed at Town Hall in Kidderminster, West Midlands, England.
1966: George Harrison paid a visit to the Maharishi Yogi for the first time.
1966: The Beatles complete filming four song promo films for 'Paperback Writer' and three song promo films for 'Rain.' Two of the Paperback Writer promos are in color, the other two in black and white. Two Rain promos are in color and one in black and white. The color promos are for the US market, where color television broadcasting is being done, but the UK is still restricted to black and white only, and so the black and white films are for UK broadcast.
1966: Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of the Who grew tired of waiting for John Entwistle and Keith Moon to arrive for a concert. They take the stage at the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, England with the bass player and drummer of the local band that opened the show. When Moon and Entwistle finally show up in the middle of the set, Townshend whacks Moon on the head with his guitar, leaving him with a bruised eye and in need of three stitches. Moon and Entwistle quit the band...for a week.
1966: Bob Dylan and The Band played at the ABC Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland. Some members of the audience were unhappy with Dylan ‘going electric’, and attempted to overpower the band by playing their own harmonicas.
1967: Jimi Hendrix signed with Reprise Records on the US Warner Brothers label. He would eventually give them three albums, 'Are You Experienced?,' 'Axis: Bold as Love' and 'Electric Ladyland.' The live L.P. 'Band of Gypsys' was released on Capitol Records a few months before his death.
1967: George Harrison visits the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for the first time.
1967: The Young Rascals score the second of their three Billboard #1 records when 'Groovin' reached the top. Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati wrote this song because their work schedule would only allow them to see their girlfriends on Sunday afternoons.
1967: The BBC announces that it will not play The Beatles' 'A Day In The Life,' claiming it contained explicit drug references. On the same day, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr go to the BBC to record interviews for the show 'Where It's At.'
1967: Pink Floyd performed at Floral Hall in Southport, Lancashire, England. The support act was Big Sleep.
1968: The Beatles, armed with a bunch of new songs after their visit to India, met at George Harrison's home in Esher, Surrey. They taped 23 new songs on George's 4-track recorder, many of which would end up on The Beatles' next two albums, (the White Album) and Abbey Road. The demos include: ‘Cry Baby Cry’, Revolution’, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, ‘Blackbird‘ and ‘Child of Nature’ (a Lennon song that became ‘Jealous Guy’).
1968: BBC 2 TV aired a short play 'The Pistol Shot', featuring a young dancer& artist named David Bowie.
1968: Pete Townshend of The Who marries his first and only wife, Karen Astley, daughter of composer Ted Astley. The couple would divorce in 2000.
1969: Led Zeppelin started three days of recording and mixing sessions at A&R Studios in New York City, which included the recording of 'Heartbreaker' and various other parts for new tracks for the group's forthcoming second album. The band were under pressure to finish sessions for their second album so they could release it in time for the Autumn market.
1969: Chicago singer Peter Cetera is attacked at a Dodgers/Cubs game at Dodger Stadium because of his long hair. He says, “Four marines didn’t like a long-haired rock ‘n’ roller in a baseball park, and of course I was a Cub fan, and I was in Dodger Stadium, and that didn’t do so well. I got in a fight and got a broken jaw in three places, and I was in intensive care for a couple of days. With my jaw wired together, I actually went on the road, and I was actually singing through my clenched jaw, which, to this day, is still the way I sing.” He was the band's lead singer and bass player before leaving for a solo career in 1985.
1969: Blood, Sweat & Tears 'Spinning Wheel' b/w 'More and More' 45 single is released. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in July of that year, remaining in the runner-up position for three weeks. In August of that year, the song topped the Billboard easy listening chart for two weeks. It was also a crossover hit, reaching #45 on the US R&B chart.
1970: The Beatles' last film, 'Let It Be' premiered in the U.K. It was basically a documentary of the group's break-up, including footage of their last public performance on the roof of their Apple Corps headquarters in London.
1970: George Harrison meets producer Phil Spector at Abbey Road Studios to play demos of the songs which will appear on his debut album, 'All Things Must Pass.'
1970: Mountain played at the Eastown Theater in Detroit, Michigan.
1971: Johnny Cash's 'Singing In Vietnam Talking Blues' b/w 'You've Got A New Light Shining' 45 single is released.
1971: Chicago bassist Peter Cetera had to undergo five hours of emergency surgery after he lost four teeth in a fight at a Chicago Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field due to some of the Cubs fans objecting to Cetera’s long hair.
1972: Fleetwood Mac and McKendree Spring appeared at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee.
1972: T Rex were at #1 on the UK singles chart 'Metal Guru,' the band’s 4th and final chart topper. They also had the UK #1 album with 'Bolan Boogie.'
1972: Uriah Heep played at Liverpool Stadium in Liverpool, Merseyside, England.
1973: King Crimson appeared at the Civic Theatre in Ottawa, Canada.
1973: The Grateful Dead performed at the Stadium on the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara.
1974: KISS played at Foothills Arena in Calgary, Alberta.
1975: AC/DC headlined at Croxton Park Hotel in Thornbury, Australia.
1976: Aerosmith played at Municipal Auditorium in Mobile, Alabama.
1977: Rush performed at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
1977: The stage show 'Beatlemania' opens at the Winter Garden Theater in New York.
1978: Paul McCartney led his group Wings to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the third time with 'With A Little Luck.' It reached #5 in his homeland.
1978: 'The Buddy Holly Story' with Gary Busey playing Holly, opens in Holly's hometown of Lubbock just a day after the world premiere in Dallas.
1979: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1979: KISS released their 20th single, 'I Was Made for Lovin' You.' It peaks at #11 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1980: Bob Dylan performed at the Franklin County Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
1980: KISS release their 8th studio album, 'Unmasked.'
1981: Bruce Springsteen performed at Bingley Hall in Stafford, England during a European tour.
1983: David Bowie played at Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany.
1983: Def Leppard released their 'Rock Of Ages' single.
1985: Savatage released their 2nd full-length album, 'Power of the Night.'
1985: Night Ranger's released their 3rd studio album '7 Wishes.'
1985: Robert Plant's 'Shaken 'n' Stirred' album is released. It reached #20 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, bolstered by the single, 'Little by Little,' which reached the Top 40 (#46) and topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for two weeks.
1985: Daryl Hall and John Oates headlined a concert for the grand re-opening of the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem. The performance was recorded and later released as a 'live' album which also featured two of the original Temptations, David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick.
1987: Poison released the 'I Want Action' single.
1988: Priscilla Presley held a press conference to deny that Elvis is still alive.
1988: Pantera released their album, 'Power Metal.'
1988: Iron Maiden's 'Seventh Tour Of A Seventh Tour' stops in Toronto. Guns N' Roses is the opener.
1989: Ferry 'Cross The Mersey' by Ferry Aid started a three week run at #1 on the UK singles chart. The song was recorded to raise funds for the Hillsborough Football victims. Gerry Marsden, Paul McCartney, Holly Johnson and The Christians all featured on the recording.
1989: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were the musical guest on the season finale of Saturday Night Live where they performed 'Runnin’ Down a Dream' & 'Free Fallin.'
1991: Paul McCartney's 'Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)' album is released. It reached #14 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #7 on the UK Albums chart. Initially released in a limited edition run in 1991, 'Unplugged (The Official Bootleg),'with artwork that recalls Снова в СССР's was reissued in a more permanent fashion in the late 1990s.
1992: After The National Endowment for the Arts refused to fund an explicit exhibition called Corporal Politics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aerosmith bailed the show out with a ten-thousand dollar donation.
1993: Aerosmith filmed the video for the'r single 'Cryin’ at the Central Congregational Church in Fall River, MA where Lizzie Borden used to worship.
1995: Eagles' drummer Don Henley married model Sharon Summerall at his Malibu ranch. In attendance were Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, David Crosby, Randy Newman, Jimmy Buffett, Jackson Browne, Billy Joel, Sting and Sheryl Crow. The house band at the reception features Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Billy Joel and Tony Bennett.
1996: The much anticipated 'Until It Sleeps...' is released by Metallica.
1996: Melissa Etheridge is named Songwriter of the Year at the annual ASCAP Awards in Beverly Hills.
1997: Foo Fighters 'The Colour And The Shape,' is released. The group's sophomore set reaches the Top 10 in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Even though Foo Fighters are an American band, the word “Colour” in the album title is always spelled with the British spelling. This was a nod to producer Gil Norton, who is British.
1997: U2 caused traffic chaos in Kansas City, Missouri after they paid for traffic control to close down five lanes so they could shoot the video for 'Last Night On Earth'. Apart form major traffic jams a passing Cadillac crashed into a plate glass window trying to avoid a cameraman.
1997: Slaughter released their 4th studio album, 'Revolution.'
1998: Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward was taken to hospital in London after suffering a heart attack during a band rehearsal. He is temporarily replaced by Vinny Appice.
1998: Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee is sentenced to 180 days in jail, three years’ probation and a fine of $6,200 to be paid to a battered women’s shelter for kicking his soon-to-be ex-wife, Pamela Anderson, while she was holding their young son.
2000: The Guess Who perform in their home town of Winnipeg, leading to a reunion tour. The line-up featured Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Jim Kale, Donnie McDougall and Garry Peterson. Kale would be replaced by another former member, Bill Wallace, before the first show.
2001: R.E.M. started a two-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with 'Reveal.'
2002: Slash joined Motorhead onstage at Hollywood's House of Blues on May 20th to perform 'Born To Raise Hell'
2003: Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland was charged with cocaine and heroin possession after being arrested in L.A.
2003: Ted Nugent was dropped from the bill of the Muskegon Summer Celebration in his Michigan home state after he allegedly used racial slurs in a radio interview.
2004: Nine Inch Nails boss Trent Reznor sued his old manager, alleging he was cheated out of millions since signing with J. Artist Management in 1989.
2005: Panic Channel with former Jane's Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro performs at the first MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in Los Angeles. Navarro recieves the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his longtime support of the MAP charity, which assists musicians recovering from drug addiction.
2005: KoRn makes an appearance at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in L.A. The trade show is geared toward the interactive-entertainment industry.
2005: The Beach Boys get a monument in their home town of Hawthorne, CA. It's California Historical Landmark No. 1041.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at NASCAR's Nextel All-Star Challenge in Concord, NC. 2006: A benefit "picnic concert" featuring performances by Eric Clapton, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Queen's Roger Taylor and Pink Floyd bandmates Roger Waters and Nick Mason is held in Newbury, England. Proceeds aid the Countryside Alliance, a U.K. organization that promotes rural recreation.
2006: Ozzy Osbourne appears at the Prince's Trust 30th Birthday concert at the Tower of London. Prince Charles and other members of the British royal family attend the benefit event. "I have met lots of young people helped by the Prince's Trust and been inspired by all of them," Osbourne says of the charity, which provides financial aid and mentor programs for young people.
2006: A benefit "picnic concert" featuring performances by Eric Clapton, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Queen's Roger Taylor and one-time Pink Floyd bandmates Roger Waters and Nick Mason is held in Newbury, England. Proceeds aid the Countryside Alliance, a U.K. organization that promotes rural recreation.
2006: It's Levon Helm Day in Woodstock, NY. Helm, best known as the drummer/singer for The Band, is a long time Woodstock resident.
2006: Tool were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘10,000 Days’ the American bands second #1 album.
2007: Rush singer & bassist Geddy Lee made an appearance on Bob and Doug McKenzie Two-Four Anniversary special which aired in Canada. A short film of Bob and Doug would be shown as an intro a song on their tour that year.
2007: Former Creed singer Scott Stapp is arrested at his Boca Raton, FL. mansion on suspicion of domestic assault with intent to commit a felony. Police respond to a 911 call placed by Stapp's wife, one-time Miss New York USA Jaclyn Nesheiwat, who alleges that an intoxicated Stapp threw a glass bottle at her face and nearly hit her. Stapp spends the night in jail. Later, he expresses regret. "I am truly sorry and seek forgiveness from my wife," writes the singer in a statement. He adds that "things were stated to the police in the heat of anger that were not completely accurate."
2007: A letter from the Organizers of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel urges the Rolling Stones not to perform in Israel "until the time comes when it ends its illegal occupation of Palestinian territory."
2007: Linkin Park went to #1 on the UK album chart with Minutes To Midnight the bands 5th Top 20 UK album. Also a US chart topper.
2008: 3 Doors Down release their self-titled 4th studio album. It features the hit lead single 'It's Not My Time.'
2008: King's X's 'XV' album is released.
2008: BMI's 56th annual Pop Awards are held in L.A. Hinder picks up the performing-rights organization's Song of the Year award for garnering the most airplay with 'Lips Of An Angel.' Nickelback has three songs honored ('Far Away,''Rockstar' and 'If Everyone Cared') for being among the year's most played.
2008: The Steve Miller Band's first-ever DVD package, 'Live From Chicago,' is in stores. The three-disc set includes footage from two '07 concerts, a behind-the-scenes documentary and live renditions of 12 of the group's hits.
2009: Green Day's '21st Century Breakdown' makes its debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The disc claims the top spot after moving 215,000 copies in only three days. It's the group's second chart topper. "'American Idiot' was the first.
2009: Elton John delivers an impassioned keynote speech in support of HIV/AIDS research at the 2009 BIO International Convention in Atlanta. "Let us demand that researchers have the resources to undertake every new investigation of every promising scientific approach," says John.
2009: Former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man John Fogarty announced to the press that he had finished his latest CD, 'The Return of the Blue Ridge Rangers,' a sequel to his 1973 solo album. Released on August 25th, it would peak at #25 on the Billboard 200.
2009: KISS, Carlos Santana and Queen's Brian May are guest performers on the season finale of FOX's 'American Idol.' Kris Allen wins the competition over the heavily favored Adam Lambert.
2009: Marilyn Manson released his 7th studio album, 'The High End of Low.'
2010: Weezer is on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The one-time sedate frontman Rivers Cuomo drops to his knees during a rowdy performance of "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To.' DeGeneres describes the performance as "fantastic."
2011: U.D.O. released their 13th studio album, 'Rev-Raptor.'
2013: Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek died after a long battle with bile duct cancer at a hospital in Rosenheim, Germany at the age of 74.
2014: Former Heart bassist Mark Andes and drummer Denny Carmassi file a lawsuit against the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame because they were left out of the band's '13 induction ceremony-but their photographs were used in promotional materials. The pair spent nine years with Heart and appeared on all their Grammy-nominated tracks and half their hit singles.
2014: Following final week appearances by Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, the Foo Fighters are the last musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman. Dressed in tuxedos, they perform 'Everlong' while a montage of classic clips are shown. Letterman calls the Foo Fighters his "favorite band."
2014: Prince Rupert Loewenstein, the Rolling Stone's business manager and financial advisor from 1968 to 2007, died at the age of 80 after a long illness. 2014: California Breed released their only album. The 3 piece band featured Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and guitarist Andrew Watt.
2015: Whitesnake release 'The Purple Album,' a tribute to Deep Purple featuring songs from singer David Coverdale’s two albums with the band. “It’s a tribute. A homage. It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago,” states Coverdale. We can’t wait to play these songs in concert!”
2015: The Rolling Stones played a surprise gig at the 1,300-capacity Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles during which they performed the entire 'Sticky Fingers' album. The audience included Jack Nicholson, Bruce Willis, Harry Styles, Leonard Cohen and Patricia Arquette.
2016: Mudcrutch release '2.' The Tom Petty led group was his pre-Heartbreakers band.
2016: The inaugural Rock n' Derby takes place in Schaghticoke, NY. The three-day event, which combines demolition derbies and Hard Rock, features Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm and Shinedown.
2016: Dirk Verbeuren makes his live debut with Megadeth at the Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, OH. He fills in for Chris Adler who is on tour with Lamb Of God.
2016: Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and his Mad Season collaborators, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, play the 14th annual "Flight To Mars" benefit concerts in Seattle. Proceeds from the two-day event benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. McCready suffers from Crohn's disease.
2016: The Encyclopedia Of KISS, written by Brett Weiss, is released.

May 21
1955: Chuck Berry records 'Maybellene' (essentially a reworking of 'Ida Red') in Chicago with Blues great Willie Dixon on bass. The song is Berry's first hi, peaking at #5 on the US Pop chart and #1 on the R&B chart. In the heyday of Pat Boone, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and The McGuire Sisters, it was one of the few Rock 'n' Roll songs to get any radio air play that year.
1963: The Beatles recorded two BBC radio programs at the Playhouse Theatre in London. They recorded five songs for 'Saturday Club' and six songs for 'Steppin' Out.'
1964: The Beatles (Die Beatles) 'Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)' b/w 'I'll Get You' 45 single is released. The German language version of 'She Loves You.' The lyrics were translated to German language by Camillo Felgen, a Luxembourger singer, lyricist and television/radio presenter, upon request by EMI's German producer Otto Demler. The German sub-label of EMI, Odeon Records, persuaded George Martin and Brian Epstein, insisting that the Beatles "should record their biggest songs in German so that they could sell more records there." The single peaked at #97 in the Billboard Hot 100.
1965: The Who’s 2nd single, 'Anyway Anyhow Anywhere' backed with 'Daddy Rolling Stone' is released in the UK on Brunswick. Derek Johnson in New Musical Express calls is “a wild racer, with just about every conceivable gimmick...it commands attention and should do well.”
1965: Ten years into the Rock Era, it looks like it's here to stay. Time magazine reports on the rock revival with the cover story, 'Rock 'n' Roll: The Sound of the Sixties.'
1966: Bruce Springsteen and his band The Castiles perform at Freehold Regional High School in New Jersey. All the band members are juniors at the school.
1966: The Mamas And The Papas went to the top of the Billboard album chart with 'If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears,' which contained the singles 'Monday Monday' and 'California Dreamin.' The LP was initially credited to the grammatically incorrect The Mama's and The Papa's, which was corrected on later printings.
1967: Jimi Hendrix signed with Reprise Records on the Warner Brothers label.
1967: Pink Floyd was at Studio 3, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, St. John’s Wood in London to record songs for their debut album, 'Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.'
1968: The Monkees appeared at The Olympia Stadium in Salt Lake City.
1968: Rolling Stone Brian Jones appeared at Great Marlborough Street Magistrates court in London on a charge of possession of marijuana, Jones was released on £200 bail.
1969: The Beatles officially announce the appointment of Allen Klein and his ABKCO to handle their financial affairs. Earlier, Klein took over management of the Rolling Stones.
1969: Yes played at Harrods Way Inn in London.
1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released the protest single 'Ohio,' written and composed by Neil Young in reaction to the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970, when unarmed college students were shot by the Ohio National Guard.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Seabreeze High School Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Florida.
1971: Paul McCartney releases 'Ram,' which, unlike his first solo LP, is not a one-man show. His wife Linda is on vocals and he enlists session men David Spinozza, Hugh McCracken on guitar and bass along with drummer Denny Seiwell. The album went on to reach #2 on the album chart and sell one million copies in the U.S.
1971: Free announced that they were splitting up. They would reform before the end of the year before splitting up for good in 1973.
1971: King Crimson played at Regal Cinema in Cambridge, England.
1972: The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Faces, Family, Curved Air, Atomic Rooster, The Kinks, Rory Gallagher, Uriah Heep, Country Joe McDonald, Buddy Miles, Status Quo, Brinsley Schwarz, Spencer Davis, The Strawbs and Humble Pie all appeared at the 2nd British Rock Meeting, Insel Grun in Germersheim, West Germany. The festival was due to take place in Mannheim, West Germany, but after protests from the locals, the concert actually took place in nearby Germersheim.
1973: Edgar Winter's 'Frankenstein' is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1973: ‎Deep Purple‬ released the 'Smoke On The Water' single.
1973: David Bowie performed at the Theatre Royal in Norwich, England.
1974: Two would-be concert promoters were arrested by police in on fraud charges in connection with selling mail order tickets for a forthcoming Elten John show. (Elten with an E and not an O). Police took away over $12,000 in checks.
1975: ZZ Top appeared at Boston’s Music Hall.
1975: Elton John's album 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy' is certified Gold.
1976: The Rolling Stones open a 6-night stand at London's Earl's Court Theatre. The indifference of the Stones' performance causes them to be targeted as "dinosaurs" by the growing British Punk movement.
1976: Aerosmith receive a gold LP for 'Rocks.' The album will eventually go to #3 on the album chart.
1976: Blue Öyster Cult's 4th studio album, 'Agents of Fortune' is released. It reached #29 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #26 on the UK Albums chart.
1977: Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' album takes over the #1 spot from the Eagles 'Hotel California.'
1977: Rod Stewart was at #1 on the singles chart with the double A sided single 'I Don’t Want To Talk About It / First Cut Is The Deepest.’
1977: Grateful Dead performed at Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida, a show that can be heard on Dick’s Picks #29.
1978: Black Sabbath played at City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1979: The Charlie Daniels Band 'The Devil Went Down To Georgia' b/w 'Rainbow Ride' 45 single is released. The song was the band's biggest pop hit, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1979: Elton John became the first solo Rock artist to tour Russia when he played the first of eight concerts. The first stop is Leningrad where Soviet officials monitor the show to make sure that Elton doesn't kick over his piano stool during 'Bennie And The Jets.' He was currently enjoying chart success back in the USA with 'Mama Can't Buy You Love,' his first Top 10 hit in 2½ years.
1979: Saxon release their debut album.
1980: A thief breaks into Electric Lady Studios in New York City, the recording studio built by Jimi Hendrix and steals five Hendrix Gold records. They are for the albums 'Are You Experienced?,' 'Axis: Bold as Love,' 'Cry of Love,' 'Rainbow Bridge' and 'Live at Monterey.'
1980: Bob Dylan performed his final gospel show in Dayton, OH. A second show there was canceled due to poor ticket sales.
1980: Joe Strummer of the British punk group the Clash is arrested in Hamburg, Germany for hitting a fan on the head with his guitar. A fight broke out between the band and the audience following a concert. He is released after an alcohol test proves negative.
1981: Iron Maiden embark on their first tour of Japan with four sold out shows.
1981: Reggae star Bob Marley receives a state funeral in Jamaica and is buried with honors. Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga delivers the eulogy: "His voice was an omnipresent cry in our electronic world. His sharp features, majestic looks, and prancing style a vivid etching on the landscape of our minds. Bob Marley was never seen. He was an experience which left an indelible imprint with each encounter. Such a man cannot be erased from the mind. He is part of the collective consciousness of the nation."
1982: Riot released their 4th album 'Restless Breed.' It's the first with vocalist Rhett Forrester.
1982: Queen release their album 'Hot Space.' It peaks at #22 on Billboard's 200 album chart.
1982: The Hacienda Club was opened in Manchester, England. Madonna made her UK TV debut at the club when C4 music show The Tube was broadcast live. It was home to many Manchester acts and Oasis, Happy Mondays, U2, The Smiths, Charlatans, James, M People, who all played at the club.
1983: David Bowie topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the second time with 'Let's Dance' featuring guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. It was Bowie's first single to reach #1 on both sides of the Atlantic. The music video was made by David Mallet on location in Australia including a bar in Carinda in New South Wales, featured Bowie playing with his band while impassively watching an Aboriginal couple’s struggles against metaphors of Western cultural imperialism.
1983: Def Leppard make their only appearance on American Bandstand and perform 'Photograph' and 'Rock of Ages.'
1983: Def Leppard peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Photograph.'
1983: ZZ Top releases their video for 'Gimme All Your Lovin,' which marks the first appearance of The Eliminator, which is Billy Gibbons' 1933 Ford Hot Rod. The car appears in 3 other ZZ Top videos and becomes closely associated with the band. Gibbons has another one built just like it to bring on tour.
1983: 'Little Red Corvette' goes to #6 in the US, giving Prince his first Top 10 hit on the Hot 100. The video is one of the first by a black artist to go in hot rotation on MTV.
1985: The superstar Hear N' Aid recording session takes place.
1987: Iron Maiden ended their tour in support of 'Somewhere in Time' at the Festival Hall in Osaka, Japan.
1987: Anvil released their 4th studio album, 'Strength of Steel.'
1988: Cinderella release their 2nd album 'Long Cold Winter.'
1988: White Lion peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Wait.'
1988: Prince scored his first UK #1 album with 'Lovesexy.' The cover, based on a photo by Jean Baptiste Mondino, caused some controversy upon release as it depicts Prince in the nude. Some record stores refused to stock it, or wrapped the album in black.
1996: The Wallflowers 2nd album, 'Bringing Down The Horses,' is released.
1996: Soundgarden's 5th album, 'Down On The Upside,' is released.
1996: Scorpions 13th studio album 'Pure Instinct' is released.
1996: Metalica released their 13th single, 'Until It Sleeps.'
1996: Styx and Kansas kicked off a three-month tour at the Five Seasons Center in Cedar Rapids, IA. This was Styx’s first tour with their classic lineup in 13 years.
2000: Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots marries a model named Mary Forsberg. Celebrity guests include Weiland's bandmates and Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers.
2001: U2 lead singer Bono and his wife Ali welcome a new baby boy.
2001: Producer, arranger and keyboardist Tommy Eyre died of cancer aged 51. He worked with George Harrison, Wham!, Dusty Springfield, and BB King. Eyre played and arranged Joe Cocker’s hit 'With A Little Help From My Friends' and Gerry Rafferty’s 'Baker Street.'
2001: Izzy Stradlin released his 4th studio album, 'River.'
2002: Ted Nugent releases a hunting-based cook book called 'Kill It And Grill It.'
2002: Motley Crue are sued by former producer Tom Werman, who claims the band owes unpaid royalties from the 'Shout At The Devil,' 'Theater Of Pain' and 'Girls, Girls, Girls' albums. Werman is seeking $400,000 plus court costs.
2002: Dio release their 9th studio album 'Killing the Dragon.'
2002: Pooson released their 6th studio album, 'Hollyweird.'
2003: Ike Turner is refused entry into Japan because of a past drug conviction.
2006: A businessman shells out $117,000 at a charity auction in Hertfordshire, England, to eat a meal prepared by Ozzy Osbourne. "I hope that guy knows all I can f**kin' cook is beans on toast," says Ozzy.
2007: Creed singer Scott Stapp was arrested at his Florida home and charged with assault. The 33-year-old was held without bail following the charges, which related to a domestic assault.
2007: Velvet Revolver's 'She Builds Quick Machines,' the first single from their 'Libertad' album, hits radio.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne makes the first on two consecutive appearances on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live to support his album, 'Black Rain.'
2008: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith checks into a rehab clinic in Pasadena, CA to kick prescription medication dependency that started as he was recovering from surgeries that repaired damage to his feet.
2008: Pink Floyd win the Polar Music Prize, the Swedish music award. The honor recognizes Floyd's "monumental contribution over decades to the fusion of art and music in the development of popular culture." Past award winners include Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.
2008: At BMI's Film & Television Awards in L.A. the performing-rights organization bestows trophies on The Who's Pete Townshend for composing the theme songs to CBS' CSI, CSI: NY and CSI: Miami.
2008: David Cook becomes the first 'Rocker' to win American Idol. He beats out teen-heartthrob David Archuletta. On the season finale, ZZ Top performs 'Sharp Dressed Man' with Cook. Graham Nash and Bryan Adams also appear.
2009: Green Day blasts retail chain Wal-Mart for refusing to stock '21st Century Breakdown' due to explicit lyrics. "They won't carry our record because they wanted us to censor it," explains frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. "We just said no." Despite Wal-Mart's ban, '21st Century Breakdown' is the #1 album in the U.S.
2009: Sting and Sheryl Crow are among the performers at the 'One Night Live' concert in Toronto. The event raises more than $1.8 million for the Women & Babies Program at the city's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
2010: U2's lead singer Bono had emergency spinal surgery after suffering an injury while preparing for tour dates. The 50-year-old singer was treated at a specialist neurosurgery clinic in Munich and was expected to stay there for a number of days.
2010: Y&T released their 12th studio album, 'Facemelter.'
2011: Bob Dylan came out on top as both the most inspirational individual for poets and the dream collaborative partner, in a survey carried out by The Foyle Poetry Society. The extensive survey questioned poets asking which musician and which genre of music most inspired their writing. The young people, aged between 11 and 17, from countries throughout the world also voted for artists such as David Bowie, Regina Spektor, Florence and the Machine, Leonard Cohen, Morrissey and Pete Doherty.
2012: The US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from a Boston University student who was successfully sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for illegally sharing music on peer-to-peer networks. In 2009, a jury ordered Joel Tenenbaum to pay $675,000, or $22,500 for each song he illegally downloaded and shared.
2013: Uriah Heep and Spiders From Mars bassist Trevor Bolder dies of cancer at the age of 62. Bolder joined David Bowie's backing band in 1971 before replacing John Wetton in Heep five years later. "Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with," says Bowie. "But he was foremostly a tremendous guy, a great man."
2013: Jack White appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The accompanying article is titled: The Strange World of a Rock & Roll Willy Wonka.
2013: U.D.O. released their 14th studio album, 'Steelhammer.'
2013: 30 Seconds To Mars release their 4th album, 'Love Lust Faith + Dreams.'
2013: Fight Or Flight, with Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren, issue their debut single, 'First Of The Last.'
2013: Trevor Bolder, the bassist in David Bowie’s legendary 1970s backing band Spiders From Mars, died from cancer at the age of 62. Bolder appeared on the studio albums 'Hunky Dory' (1971), 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars' (1972), 'Aladdin Sane' (1973), and 'Pin Ups' (1973). He joined Uriah Heep in 1976, replacing John Wetton.
2014: Spirit files a lawsuit against Led Zeppelin claiming the guitar arpeggio opening of 'Stairway To Heaven' infringes Spirit's 1968 instrumental track 'Taurus.' Zeppelin opened for Spirit in 1969.
2014: KISS perform on the Season 13 finale of 'American Idol' where they are joined by Rock leaning finalist Caleb Johnson, who ends up winning the competition.
2014: Guns N' Roses begin their 'No Trickery! An Evening of Destruction' Las Vegas Residency.
2015: Jon Bon Jovi performs his song 'Reunion' during the graduation ceremony at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ. The singer also receives an honorary doctor of letters for his work in philanthropy. The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation addresses issues of hunger, homelessness and poverty.
2015: Black Sabbath received a lifetime achievement prize at the Ivor Novello songwriting awards. Guitarist Tony Iommi picked up the trophy, confirming the band would embark on their "final tour" next year.
2016: Auctioneers at Julien's auction house in New York sold one of Elvis Presley's acoustic guitars for $354,400. Other items in the sale included John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for The Beatles' 'Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite' which brought $354,400
2016: Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza dies after collapsing on stage during an L.A. performance by his progressive Jazz trio OHM. The 51-year-old succumbs to heart failure.

May 22
1954: Bob Dylan is bar mitzvahed in Hibbing, Minnesota.
1955: Police in Bridgeport, Connecticut cancel a dance at the Ritz ballroom featuring Fats Domino. Authorities say the cancellation is because they discovered that "Rock and Roll dances might be featured" and justify their action by citing "a recent near riot at the New Haven Arena" where Rock 'n' Roll dances were held.
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis lands in London. After being badgered by the press, he admits that he's married to his cousin (actually, second cousin twice removed) and that Myra is only 13-years old. The ensuing scandal forces the cancellation of Lewis' U.K. tour and eventually derails his career. The London Morning Star runs an editorial calling Lewis "an undesirable alien" and calls for his deportation, leading to his British tour being canceled after just three of the scheduled thirty-seven performances. Jerry Lee would later say, "When this so-called news broke, it was like I had committed an unforgivable sin. I did not."
1965: The Beatles went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'Ticket To Ride.' The song was the third of six #1 singles in a row on the American charts, a record at the time.
1965: Kinks guitar player Dave Davies is knocked unconscious when he falls into drummer Mick Avory's cymbal during a London concert. The group cancels the remainder of their UK tour.
1966: At age 16, Bruce Springsteen records for the first time as a member of the Castilles. The song 'That's What You Get' is never released.
1967: The Monkees 3rd album, 'Headquarters'is released. It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1968: Cream's 2nd album 'Disraeli Gears' goes gold.
1971: The Rolling Stones album 'Sticky Fingers' started a four-week run at #1 on the US charts, the group's second US #1 album. The artwork for 'Sticky Fingers,' which, on the original vinyl release, featured a working zipper that opened to reveal cotton briefs was conceived by American pop artist Andy Warhol. The cover, a photo of Joe Dallesandro's crotch clad in tight blue jeans, was assumed by many fans to be an image of Mick Jagger. The album also features the first usage of the "Tongue and Lip Design" designed by John Pasche.
1971: The Flying Burrito Brothers self-titled 3rd album is released. It reached #176 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1972: The Guess Who record their 'Live At The Paramount' album in Seattle, Washington.
1976: Wings started a five week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Silly Love Songs', McCartney's fifth US #1 since leaving The Beatles. It made #2 in the UK.
1976: The Doobie Brothers album, 'Takin' It To The Streets,' peaks at #8 and sells over a million copies.
1977: Blondie (and Television) begin their U.K. tour in Glasgow, Scotland.
1979: Cheap Trick's breakthrough album 'Live At Budokan,' featurin' "I Want You To Want 'e" goes platinum. The album does so well as an import, Epic Records releases it in the U.S.
1980: U2 kicked off their 23 date '11 O'Clock Tick Tock' tour at The Hope & Anchor in London.
1981: Hall And Oates' 'Kiss on My List' is awarded a Gold record. The song will make it to #1 in the US and become the first of three chart toppers the duo will amass in the next 12 months.
1989: Independent record promoter Ralph Tashjian became the first person ever convicted under the 29-year-old US payola law. He pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to distributing cash and cocaine to a radio station in order to get airplay for records by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Laura Branigan.
1990: Soundgarden's 1st video release, 'Louder Than Live' is out. It features songs performed live at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, California on December 7, 1989 and December 10, 1989.
1992: Ringo Starr released 'Time Takes Time,' his first studio album in nine years. To promote it, Starr toured with an all-star band that included his son Zak on drums, along with Burton Cummings, Dave Edmunds and Todd Rundgren.
1993: Dave Mustaine of Megadeth appeared on the cover of Kerrang Magazine.
1996: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant launch into a drunken verbal assault of first class passengers on a transatlantic British Airways flight. Among those on board were actors Telly Savalas and Dudley Moore.
1997: Fleetwood Mac performs on MTV's Unplugged. The performance is played on both MTV and VH1.
1999: Ticket demand turns a five show gig in July at New Jersey's Continental Airlines Arena into a fifteen show stand for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The reunion shows set the record for one stay at
2000: The ASCAP awarded Steely Dan the Founders Award, the ASCAP’s top honor for lifetime achievement in songwriting.a single arena.
2001: The three remaining members of Rage Against The Machine and ex-Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell solidify plans to record a full length album together, and Audioslave was born.
2001: Ozzy Osbourne's appearance in 'Little Nicky' is among the performances nominated in the Best Cameo in a Movie category of the 2001 MTV Movie Awards.
2001: Mötley Crüe release 'The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band.' The book becomes a New York Times Bestseller and is being made into a movie.
2001: Staind release their 3rd studio album, 'Break The Cycle.' Featuring the single, 'It's Been Awhile,' the set sells over four-million copies within a year.
2002: Alien Ant Farm's tour bus crashes in Spain. The driver is killed. Band members and crew suffer injuries.
2004: Dozens of people are sent to the hospital and more than 200 are treated for heat exhaustion (temperatures near 90 degrees) at a music festival in Washington, D.C. An estimated crowd of 60,000 attend the show, which includes performances by the Offspring, Lostprophets, P.O.D. and Papa Roach.
2005: Dave Matthews Band hit #1 on the US album chart with 'Stand Up.' The album entered the chart at #1 with sales of 465,000.
2006: The Seattle City Council unanimously votes to name a five-acre tract after hometown hero, Jimi Hendrix. The guitarist's stepsister, Janie, calls the honor "long overdue."
2006: The J. Geils Band's entire original lineup perform together in their hometown of Boston at a private party celebrating bassist Dick Klein's 60th birthday. It reportedly is the first time the six members play together onstage in more than 20 years.
2006: Led Zeppelin receive the Polar Music Prize, Sweden's most prestigious music award. The award is the result of the group's "playful and experimental music [whose] eclectic elements" helped "define the genre of Hard Rock." The surviving members are presented with a check worth $123,000 by the King of Sweden.
2006: Green Day earn the Creative Voice Award at the 23rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards. The performance-rights/collection organization's award goes to the group or performer whose work has a sense of creativity and a desire to contribute to the community.
2007: The Smashing Pumpkins play their first show since December 2000 in Paris. Original members, frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, are augmented by Ginger Reyes (bass), Jeff Schroeder (guitars) and Lisa Harriton (keyboards).
2007: Ozzy Osbourne releases his 10th studio album 'Black Rain.' "It's a well-put-together album," says Ozzy. "I took my time on (it) and (guitarist) Zakk (Wylde) plays some amazing stuff as always." The album was recorded at Osbourne's home studio in L.A.
2008: Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Radiohead are recognized for their songwriting accomplishments at Britain's prestigious Ivor Novello Awards in London. Gilmour takes a Lifetime Achievement trophy.
2008: PlayStation 3 video game is in stores. The soundtrack features KoRn's 'Haze.'
2009: ABC's Good Morning America kicks-off their summer concert series with a live performance by Green Day in New York's Central Park.
2009: White Stripes drummer Meg White married Jackson Smith at ex-husband and bandmate Jack White's Nashville home. Jack and Meg White were married for four years and divorced in 2000. The event was part of a double wedding, which also saw Jack Lawrence and Jo McCaughey marry. Lawrence plays bass in Jack White's other musical projects, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather.
2010: VH1 airs 'Dedicated To Dio' in honor of the life and musical career of Ronnie James Dio who passed away from stomach cancer a week earlier.
2011: U2 earns the Top Touring Act prize for their 360 tour at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Top Rock Artist is Train who also win Top Rock Song for 'Hey Soul Sister.'
2011: Pop Evil, apparently frustrated with their distributor (Universal Music), tear up their contract on stage at the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, OH. Spin.com calls it one of the "10 Best Moments of Rock on the Range." The group later signs with eOne Music.
2011: Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer made his second appearance on The Simpsons where he appeared as himself.
2011: Vinnie Vincent, ex-Kiss and Vinnie Vincent Invasion guitarist, is arrested in Smyrna, Tennessee after his wife, Diane Cusano, charges that he slapped her face, grabbed her hair, dragged her through shattered glass, and, as she tried to escape from their property, repeatedly hurled her to the ground. A SWAT team is brought to his home after he refuses to open the door for four hours. Eventually, Vincent surrenders, but in a search of the home police find four dead dogs in sealed containers. Vincent and his wife claim that bad weather had delayed their burials. His wife is now deceased from complications of chronic alcoholism, and Vincent’s whereabouts are a mystery.
2012: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conpirators release the 'Apocalyptic Love' album.
2012: 64-year-old Gregg Allman told TV host Piers Morgan of his plans to marry wife number seven, a 24-year-old British woman.
2012: 'Ya Know?,' an album of Joey Ramone demos, is released. Joan Jett, Steve Van Zandt, Richie Ramone and various members of Cheap Trick contributed to the album's production. The title mimics the phrase Ramone, who passed in 2001 of lymphoma, characteristically finished each of his sentences.
2012: British newspaper The Sun, reported that Mick Jagger's lavish Caribbean holiday home on Mustique was available for hire, at £9,500 a week, but added that Mick, demanded full details of applicants’ backgrounds, including professions, before they were even considered. Bandmate Keith Richards' beach-front Caribbean holiday home at Parrot Cay Resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands was also available for rent, at £35,000 a week.
2013: Maria Alekhina, an imprisoned member of the Punk band Pussy Riot, goes on an 11-day hunger strike after a Berezniki, Russia judge refuses to allow the performer to attend her parole hearing. Alekhina and Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova are serving two-year sentences on trumped up charges of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred."
2013: Carole King is presented with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the White House by President Obama, who calls the singer-songwriter a "living legend." "It is yet another of the many important messages to young women that women matter, women make a difference," King says in an interview with Associated Press
2014: Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie was honoured with a lifetime achievement at this year's Ivor Novello songwriting awards. McVie played with Fleetwood Mac for 28 years and wrote some of their most famous songs, including 'Don't Stop' and 'Little Lies.'
2014: After Jon Bon Jovi expresses an interest in buying the Buffalo Bills football team and moving them to Toronto, an opposition group, 12th Man Thunder, enlist local businesses to establish "Bon Jovi-free zone" in Buffalo.
2014: Paul McCartney was hospitalized for a virus that caused him to cancel a string of dates in the Orient. He was treated in a Tokyo hospital and later made a complete recovery.
2015: Neil Young previews 'Rock Starbucks' on the Democracy Now website. The track, from his album 'The Monsanto Years,' is highly critical of the ubiquitous coffee chain. "Still no latte's for me folks. I am not going to support a company that actively tries to defeat the will of the people by fighting their right to know what is in the food they eat," writes Young, explaining the song.
2015: Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson announces he's signed a memorandum of understanding for the relaunch of African airline Air Djibouti, to be operated by his Cardiff Aviation. The airline began service in 1963 but ceased in 2002. Dickinson, a pilot, founded Cardiff Aviation in '12 as an aircraft maintenance business.
2016: The second annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Ride And Concert raises $50,000 for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

May 23
1953: Bill Haley And His Comets saw their first release for Essex Records, 'Crazy Man, Crazy' enter the Cashbox Best Sellers chart at #19. The success will be short lived however, as the record would fall out of the Top 50 two weeks later.
1960: The Everly Brothers' 'Cathy's Clown' hits #1, where it has a five week stay. The duo had also accomplished this feat 1958 when 'All I Have To Do Is Dream' spent over a month at the top position. It also spent seven weeks at #1 in the UK. It became the Everly Brothers' biggest hit single and their 3rd and final US chart topper, selling eight million copies worldwide.
1963: The Beatles, touring with Roy Orbison, performed at the Odeon Cinema in Nottingham, England.
1963: Paul Revere and the Raiders sign their first major label contract with Columbia Records.
1964: The Beach Boys release 'I Get Around.' By the 4th of July in 1964, it would become the #1 song in the US, topping the charts for two weeks.
1964: Elvis Presley's 9th film, 'Follow That Dream,' opens.
1966: The Beatles 'Paperback Writer' is released. It will go on to become the band's twelfth Billboard #1 hit. The song also topped the charts in the United Kingdom, West Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Norway.
1966: The Doors play their first show. The gig is at the The Whisky A-Go-Go in West Hollywood, where they would become the house band for a while.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appeared at Klub Bongo in Malmö, Sweden.
1967: After several days abortive work at Abbey Road Studios, Pink Floyd moved to Sound Technique studios in Chelsea, London to record 'See Emily Play' and 'Scarecrow.'
1967: Pink Floyd performed at Town Hall in High Wycombe, England.
1968: Pink Floyd played two late shows at the Paradiso in Amsterdam.
1968: Johnny Lee Hooker, supported by The Hallucinations performed at Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: The Who release their 4th album 'Tommy,' which is a double album and is the first album to be billed as a rock opera. It goes on to sell over two million copies in the U.S. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's, and #2 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #96 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 1998 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for "historical, artistic and significant value".
1969: Bob Seger performed at the Hullabaloo Club in Oregon, Ohio.
1969: Sly and the Family Stone, Clarence Carter, and Rotary Connection performed the first of a two night stand at the Fillmore East in New York.
1969: Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago. Admission was $5.
1970: The Grateful Dead played their first British concert at the Hollywood Rock Festival. The Dead's four hour set is preceded by a performance by Mungo Jerry, playing their big hit 'In the Summertime.'
1970: Paul McCartney's debut solo album, 'McCartney,' started a three-week run at #1.
1970: The Beatles 12th and final studio album 'Let It Be' started a three week run at #1 on the UK chart.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Columbia High School Auditorium, Decatur, Georgia.
1971: Iron Butterfly disband one month after 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' falls off the Album Chart, following a 138 week run.
1971: Frank Zappa appears at the Ohio Theater in Columbus, Ohio.
1971: Rory Gallagher's self-titled 1st solo album is released. It reached #32 on the UK Albums chart.
1973: Jefferson Airplane were prevented from giving a free concert in Golden Gate Park when San Francisco authorities passed a resolution banning electronic instruments. The group later wrote ‘We Built this City’ about the ban.
1973: Clive Davis is fired as president of Columbia Records. He was allegedly using company funds for private use, including $53,700 worth of alterations to his apartment and $20,000 for his son's bar mitzvah.
1973: David Bowie performs at the Brighton Dome in Brighton, England.
1974: George Harrison announced the launch of his own record label, 'Dark Horse.' The label’s first signing was Ravi Shankar.
1975: Peter Gabriel plays his final show with Genesis before going solo. It's in St. Etienne, France.
1975: Elton John's 9th studio album 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tapes for seven weeks upon release, and reached #2 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #158 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. 'Someone Saved My Life Tonight", the only single released from the album (and a #4 hit on the U.S. Pop Singles chart.
1975: Alice Cooper played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1976: NBC tapes Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue at Colorado State University. The concert later airs under the title 'Hard Rain'
1977: Linda Ronstadt begins work on her 'Simple Dreams' album at Sound Factory One in Los Angeles.
1978: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their 117 show Darkness on the Edge of Town Tour at Shea’s Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. Several of the shows are broadcast on radio and become instant classics.
1978: Bob Seger performed at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1979: The Who documentary 'The Kids Are Alright' premieres in New York.
1979: Due to a record company dispute, Tom Petty was forced to file for bankruptcy owing $575,000. A long-running battle with his record company followed.
1979: KISS release their 7th studio album, 'Dynasty.'
1980: Iron Maiden release their 2nd single, 'Sanctuary.'
1980: U2's '11 O'Clock Tick Tock' b/w 'Touch' 45 single is released in the UK.
1980: Black Sabbath performed at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester, England.
1981: Rush played at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
1981: Though issued in the U.K. nearly five years earlier, AC/DC's 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap' peaks at #3 on the U.S. album chart.
1983: Eric Clapton appeared at Civic Hall in Surrey, England.
1986: Poison release their debut studio album 'Look What the Cat Dragged In.' It peaks at #3 on Billboard's 200 album chart. ‬
1986: AC/DC's 'Who Made Who' album was released. It was the soundtrack to the Stephen King movie 'Maximum Overdrive.'
1987: Twelve former members of the Doobie Brothers reunited for a charity concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The show raised $350,000 for Vietnam veterans, about two-thousand of whom attended the show for free.
1987: Helloween's 2nd studio album, 'Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I' is released.
1988: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts released their 6th studio album, 'Up Your Alley.'
1988: ‎Metallica‬ played ‎The Troubadour‬ in ‎West Hollywood‬.
1990: Nick Mason, drummer for Pink Floyd, marries his second wife, Annette Lynton, in London.
1991: Photographer Michael Lavine took what would be the publicity shots for Nirvana’s 'Nevermind' album at Jay Aaron Studios in Los Angeles. The idea for the front cover shot of the baby swimming was taken after Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl saw a TV documentary on water babies and was taken by Kirk Weddle. Several babies were used; five-month old Spencer Eldon’s photo came out best.
1992: A statement issued by Freddie Mercury’s attorneys stated that Mercury had bequeathed the majority of his estate ($17 million) to his long-time friend Mary Austin.
1994: Melissa Etheridge's self-titled debut album goes platinum (one million sales) five-and-a-half years after its release.
1995: Dokken release their 5th studio album, 'Dysfunctional.' It peaks at #47 on Billboard's 200 album chart.
1997: Fleetwood Mac concludes their 'live' performance in front of an invited audience. The concert footage is shown on both MTV and VH1 and is released as 'The Dance.'
1999: The UK's Royal Mail issued a 19p stamp featuring Freddie Mercury to mark his contribution to the Live Aid charity concert in 1985. The late Queen front man was an avid philatelist whose collection was bought by the Post Office in 1993.
2000: Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan announces the group will disband following their current tour. Internal riffs and management troubles are tagged as the cause.
2000: Matchbox 20 release 'Mad Season.'
2000: A Perfect Circle release their debut album, 'Mer de Noms.' In addition to Maynard James Keenan of Tool, the group features guitarist Billy Howerdel and drummer Josh Freese, who had been working on the Chinese Democracy album for Guns N' Roses. It ends up with worldwide sales of well over 2 million.
2000: Noel Gallagher walked out on his band Oasis during a European tour. The move was put down to a series of burst-ups with his brother Liam. The band drafted in replacement guitarist Matt Deighton for the rest of the European dates.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne gets a Legend Award at the MTV Video Music Awards-Japan.
2005: D.A.D. released their 9th album, 'Scare Yourself.'
2005: Bruce Dickinson released his 6th solo album, 'Tyranny of Souls.'
2005: Audioslave releas their 2nd studio album. 'Out of Exile.'
2005: A post on The Darkness website says bassist Frankie Poullain has left the group due to "musical differences."
2006: The King of Sweden presented the surviving members of Led Zeppelin with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm recognising them as "great pioneers" of rock music. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were joined by the daughter of drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980. The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, manager of Swedish pop group Abba, who named it after his record label, Polar Records. Previous winners include Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and producer Quincy Jones.
2006: Sammy Hagar Day is declared in San Bernardino, CA. The Red Rocker, a former area resident, pledges to support a local burn facility by donating proceeds from select tickets to the kickoff of his tour in nearby Devore.
2006: Def Leppard's long delayed covers album, 'Yeah!,' is released. The group's 12th studio effort, includes songs originally recorded by David Bowie, Electric Light Orchestra, Thin Lizzy, T. Rex, Free and the Kinks. There are 5 different versions (regular, iTunes, Target, Wal Mart, Best Buy and Japanese) all with different tracks.
2006: Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top takes parts in a musical tribute to late Country legend Buck Owens during the Academy Of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
2007: The US Library of Congress hands out the first Gershwin Award to Paul Simon for being a "performer whose lifetime contributions exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins."
2007: Linkin Park's 3rd studio album, 'Minutes To Midnight,' debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 623,000 copies during its first week.
2007: Green Day performs John Lennon's 'Working Class Hero' on the American Idol season finale on FOX-TV.
2007: 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End' premieres in Tokyo. The highly touted appearance of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards as the father of Capt. Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp) turns out to be rather uneventful. A bearded Richards only gets to play acoustic guitar and display the shrunken head of Sparrow's mother. Depp modeled his Sparrow character on Richards.
2008: David Kuntz, claiming to be David Lee Roth was pulled over for speeding in Brantford, ON. Kuntz told police he was Roth & that he was suffering an allergic reaction. The real Roth was performing at Madison Square Garden with Van Halen.
2008: VH1 Classic's My Playlist premieres with Judas Priest talking about their 10 favorite music videos.
2008 Weezer's video for 'Pork and Beans' debuts.
2009: Grace Slick is on hand for the opening of an exhibit of her artwork at a Las Vegas gallery. The display includes several Alice in Wonderland-inspired pieces, including one titled The White Rabbit's Tea that Slick created specifically for the showing.
2010: Bret Michaels wins Donald Trump's reality show Celebrity Apprentice despite suffering a brain hemorrhage and a stroke, and the discovery of a hole in his heart. Michaels appears on the show's season finale, against doctor's orders. His $250,000 prize is donated to the American Diabetes Association.
2010: The Rolling Stones scored their first UK #1 album in 16 years with the re-release of their classic 1972 double LP 'Exile On Main Street.' The album, which was first released in 1972, had been reissued with previously unheard tracks. Their last chart topping album was 1994’s 'Voodoo Lounge.'
2012: The Ozzy Osbourne and Friends tour gets underway in Helsinki. Originally intended as a Black Sabbath reunion, the trek is shortened and renamed due to guitarist Tony Iommi's health (battling cancer) and a monetary dispute with original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, who declined to participate. The 'friends' include Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler and guitarist Zakk Wylde.
2012: Recordings by Prince, Bo Diddley and the Grateful Dead are added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Bo Diddley's 1955 double-sided hit, 'I'm A Man'/'Bo Diddley,' the Grateful Dead's 1977 'Live At Barton Hall' concert recording and Prince and the Revolution's 1984 soundtrack album, 'Purple Rain,' are deemed to be "cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures."
2012: A "serious respiratory infection" sends Elton John to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. for "extensive tests." The ailment forces the cancellation of the singer's Las Vegas show.
2012: Aerosmith unveiled their first new song in six years, 'Legendary Child,' and also performed an old favorite, 'Walk This Way,' on the season finale of American Idol. Months earlier this would have seemed impossible even though frontman Steven Tyler was a judge on the show. Guitarist Joe Perry once famously said the singing completion was "one step above [Teenage Mutant] Ninja Turtles." John Fogerty joined eventual winner Phillip Ph'llips to sing two Creedence Clearwater Revival songs, 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain' and "Bad Moon Rising,'
2013: Aerosmith perform at Social Star Awards at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. 288 Social Stars are handed out at the world's first social media awards ceremony; winners are based on data gleaned from 1.7 billion social media users.
2014: To celebrate their 40th anniversary, KISS release 'KISS 40.'
2014: The parents of a camera assistant who was killed after being hit by a train while shooting footage for a biopic about Gregg Allman were suing the musician and the film's producers. The case claimed film-makers "selected an unreasonably dangerous site for the filming location" and failed to take actions to adequately protect the crew.
2015: Bad weather results in the cancelation of Rocklahoma Festival sets by Linkin Park and Volbeat. Anthrax and Halestorm perform at the outdoor Pryor, OK venue before the thunder, lightning and heavy rain intervene.
2016: Disturbed's cover of Simon & Garfunkel's 'The Sound Of Silence' is heard during a freestyle dance on 'Dancing With The Stars.' Contestant Nyle DiMarco, who is deaf, asked the band's permission to use the track.
2016: Radiohead perform 'Creep' for the first time in nearly seven years during a concert in Paris.

May 24
1962: Elvis Presley was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Good Luck Charm,' his 11th UK #1 single. It completed his second hat-trick of chart topping singles in the UK.
1963: Elmore James, blues guitarist and singer, dies of a heart attack in Chicago at 45. James wrote 'Shake Your Money Maker,' which was covered by Fleetwood Mac in 1968. Known as “The King of the Slide Guitar,” James influenced Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Keith Richards and is mentioned in the Beatles’ song 'For You Blue.'
1963: The Beatles recorded the first of their very own BBC radio program, 'Pop Go the Beatles.' The theme song for the program was a version of 'Pop Goes the Weasel.' The Beatles' guests for this first show were the Lorne Gibson Trio.
1964: The Beatles' 'Love Me Do' is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1966: Elvis Presley begins filming his 20th film, 'Frankie And Johnny,' in Hollywood.
1966: Captain Beefheart appeared at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California. Supported by Buffalo Springfield and The Doors.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at Gröna Lund in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1968: The Rolling Stones released the single 'Jumpin Jack Flash' in the UK, the track gave them their 7th UK #1 hit. It was released June 1st in the U.S. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards' country house, where they were awoken one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded: "Oh, that's Jack – that's jumpin' Jack." Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull also were arrested on charges of marijuana possession on this day. In March 2005, Q magazine placed 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' at #2 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. In 2004, Rolling Stone rated the song 124th on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. VH1 placed it at #65 on its show 100 Greatest Rock Songs.
1968: Small Faces' 'Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake' album is released. It reached #159 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and topped the UK Albums charts for six weeks, beginning June 29.
1968: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: Pink Floyd appeared at The Punchbowl Hotel in Lapworth, England.
1969: Led Zeppelin performed at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago.
1969: The Who peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Pinball Wizard,' their 4th top 40 single in the U.S.
1969: 'Get Back' by The Beatles shot to #1 on Billboard's Pop chart where it would remain for 5 weeks, becoming the group's 17th US #1 record. The song featured an organ solo by Billy Preston, who became the only non-group member ever credited on a Beatles single.
1969: The Guess Who make their US Television debut on American Bandstand, performing 'These Eyes' and 'Laughing.'
1969: Bob Dylan's 9th album 'Nashville Skyline' album peaks at #3 on the charts. The album featured 'Lay Lady Lay,' which became one of Dylan's biggest pop hits, reaching #7 in the US, his biggest single in three years.
1970: Peter Green plays his last gig with Fleetwood Mac at the Bath Festival in Somerset, England. Former Fleetwood Mac road manager Dennis Keane believes Green and fellow member Danny Kirwan were recruited to be in some sort of cult. “That is what they do: They get you in and they strip you of your identity, of your money.” After dropping particularly strong acid, “Both of them, as of that day, became seriously mentally ill,” says Keane.
1970: Surprisingly, the Hollywood Festival is not in L.A. The U.K. event features Traffic, the Grateful Dead and Free. But the breakout performance comes from Black Sabbath.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Shady Grove Music Fair in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
1971: Bob Dylan’s 30th birthday is commemorated with a Peanuts cartoon commenting on the event. Dylan himself spends the day visiting the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
1972: Grateful Dead Europe ’72 tour plays at the Lyceum in London, England.
1973: Led Zeppelin 'Over The Hills And Far Away' b/w 'Dancing Days' 45 single is released. It was Houses of the Holy's first US single, reaching #51 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, later becoming a staple of the classic rock radio format.
1973: David Bowie played at the Odeon Theatre (Lewisham), in London.
1974: David Bowie releases his 8th studio album 'Diamond Dogs.' The cover art creates controversy as it features Bowie as a half-man, half-dog creature painted by Belgian artist Guy Peellaert. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #1 on the UK chart.
1976: AC/DC performed at The Nashville in London.
1977: Marc Bolan plays his last show with T. Rex. The concert takes place at Gröna Lund in Stockholm, Sweden, with Bolan the only original member of the band at that point. The singer would die in an auto accident on September 16 that year.
1977: At Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky, Emerson, Lake & Palmer begin an extravagant, 11-month tour with a 70-piece orchestra, 63 roadies, a choir and a karate instructor for drummer Carl Palmer. The tour is a stunning spectacle, but a financial disaster.
1978: Van Halen's self titled debut album was certified Gold by the RIAA. It later went on to sell ten million copies in the U.S.
1978: Neil Young appeared at The Boarding House in San Francisco.
1979: The three remaining members of Genesis give the fans a thrill by manning the box office and selling their own tickets to the upcoming show at the Roxy in Los Angeles.
1979: Yes played at Selland Arena in Fresno, California.
1980: Genesis fans turning up at the Roxy Club box office in Los Angeles to buy tickets for a forthcoming gig were surprised to find the band members Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford selling the tickets themselves.
1980: In Hamburg, Germany, a battle between The Clash and the audience results in Joe Strummer's arrest. Strummer struck one audience member in the head with his guitar.
1980: Twisted Sister kicks off their "Bad Boys Summer Tour '80" at Detroit in Port Chester by recording the show for a future WLIR Broadcast.
1981: Van Halen played at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
1982: Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Boz Scaggs, and Country Joe & the Fish play a benefit concert for Vietnam vets at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
1982: An 11-minute Paul McCartney/Ringo Starr film is screened at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
1986: The Count Five, whose hit 'Psychotic Reaction' reached #5 in the US in 1965, reunited for the first time in 18 years to play at their high school reunion in San Jose, California.
1986: Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork reunited as The Monkees when they kicked off their 145-date "20th Anniversary World Tour" at the Concord Hotel in the Catskill Mountains. The group has risen in popularity thanks to MTV, which started airing old episodes of their TV show.
1988: Frehley's Comet 'Second Sighting' album is released.
1988: Van Halen release their 8th studio album 'OU812.'
1988: Camper Van Beethoven's 'Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart' album is released. It reached #135 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. It was the band's first major-label album, and was produced by Dennis Herring, the first time the band had used an outside producer.
1990: Axl Rose files for divorce after only 30 days of marriage to Erin Everly.
1991: Guns n' Roses played the first show on their 192-date Use Your Illusion world Tour at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin. The tour lasted until July of 1993.
1991: Gene Clark, a founding member of the Byrds and formerly of the New Christy Minstrels, died following a heart attack at 46. He was The Byrds' dominant songwriter between 1964 and early 1966, penning most of the band's best-known originals from this period, including 'I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better,' 'She Don't Care About Tim,', 'Set You Free This Time,' and 'Eight Miles High.' He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the Byrds in 1991.
1992: Police in Montgomery were called when an impostor posing as Steve Miller left a hotel owing a $600 unpaid bill, he did however leave a $73 tip on a $8 drinks bill.
1993: W.A.S.P. released their album, 'The Crimson Idol.'
1993: Guns N' Roses release the' (Strictly Limited Edition) Civil War' E.P. It includes an exclusive interview w/Slash.
1994: Toad the Wet Sprocket's album 'Dulcinea' is released. It reached #34 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. Two songs from Dulcinea reached Top 40 designation on the Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts: 'Fall Down' and 'Something's Always Wrong.'
1994: Bret Michaels of Poison loses control of his Ferrari and crashes into a telephone pole in Burbank, CA. He breaks his thumb, nose and collarbone, loses four teeth, cracks his sternum, and receives a hairline fracture of his upper jawbone. According to police reports, he passed out behind the wheel while driving.
1994: The Allman Brothers Band plays 'Nobody Left To Run To Anymore' on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.'
1997: Ozzfest '97 starts in Bristow, VA, with separate sets by Ozzy Osbourne and the re-formed Black Sabbath (Osbourne, Tommy Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward).
1998: Robbie Robertson, the former guitarist for The Band, is a presenter at the first Native American Music Awards in Mashantucket, CT. Robertson is of Mohawk ancestry.
1999: David Bowie broadcasts the sessions for the song 'What's Really Happening' over the Internet. The song is co-written by Alex Grant, the winner of a songwriting contest.
1999: Queen singer Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991, was honored on a new set of millennium stamps issued by the Royal Mail. Mercury, who featured on the 19p stamp, was a keen stamp collector, and his collection was bought by the Post Office in 1993. The stamp marked his contribution to the Live Aid charity concert in 1985, and caused controversy by featuring a small portion of Queen’s drummer, Roger Taylor, in the background - UK stamps by tradition only carry pictures of living persons who are members of the Royal Family.
2000: A New York Judge told Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde that if she wanted her March arrest for protesting the sale of leather goods in a Gap store dismissed, she'd better keep her nose clean for the next six months.
2003: Paul McCartney made his first ever live performance in Russia when he appeared in-front of 20,000 fans in Red Square. Before making his way to the show, he sits down for tea with Russian premier Vladimir Putin.
2004: An auction of Bruce Springsteen's birth certificate on eBay is shut down by the Boss' legal team.
2004: Creed disbands with guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and ex-Creed bassist Brian Marshall forming Alter Bridge with singer Myles Kennedy.
2005: Audioslave release their sophomore album 'Out Of Exile.'
2005: Seether release their 'Karma And Effect' album.
2005: Motley Crue files a lawsuit against NBC for allegedly banning the group from appearing on the network after singer Vince Neil slips in an expletive during the group's New Year's Eve performance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Crue claims the action violates their free speech rights. "This is a discrimination issue," says bassist Nikki Sixx.
2005: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne put the Beverly Hills house that was featured on the hit reality television show 'The Osbournes' up for sale. Pop superstar Christina Aguilera eventually purchased the house.
2006: Elton John is awarded about $188,000 in damages from a libel suit against U.K. newspaper The Daily Mail. The paper had falsely printed that John had told guests at one of his charity balls not to approach him. John donates the money to his Elton John AIDS Foundation.
2006: The Rolling Stones officially announce the postponement of a series of concerts at the start of their European tour in the wake of guitarist Keith Richards' accident resulting in a head injury. The band cancels 15 shows.
2006: Collective Soul hit the road for a brief tour in support of their 'Home: A Live Concert Recording With the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra' CD/DVD package. The 10-show trek begins in Colorado Springs, CO.
2006: 'Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon' is released. The tribute to Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side Of The Moon' features The Doors' Robbie Krieger, Styx's Tommy Shaw, Yes' Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe and Asia/ex-King Crimson singer-bassist John Wetton.
2006: Bob Dylan's 'American Journey 1956-1966' officially opens at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. The exhibit debuts on Dylan's 65th birthday.
2006: 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End' opens. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards plays the father of Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp's role). "(It was) just something to do," says Richards, who sees similarities between being a pirate and life in a Rock group. "Both are ways to make a good dishonest living."
2006: Taylor Hicks wins Season 5 of American Idol, defeating Katharine McPhee.
2007: Art Garfunkel joined Paul Simon in a rare reunion in Washington, D.C. which commemorated Simon's receipt of the Library of Congress' first Gershwin Award, recognizing contributions to the popular song as an art form. Simon introduced his former partner by saying "My dear friend and partner in arguments, Art Garfunkel," before they launched into 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and 'Cecilia.' Also appearing on the show were Stevie Wonder and James Taylor.
2007: Elton John nabs the Most Performed Song trophy at the 52nd annual Ivor Novello Awards in London. John co-wrote the Scissor Sisters' hit 'I Don't Feel Like Dancin,' with two of the band's members. Also, Peter Gabriel takes home a Lifetime Achievement award.
2007: Vans footwear announces a limited-edition Corey Taylor slip-on sneaker designed by the Stone Sour/Slipknot frontman as part of the 21st Century Leaders artwork project. A portion of proceeds benefit the Whatever It Takes charity organization.
2008: Rush plays their first Winnipeg concert in 26 years. Ticket sales raise funds to help finance the building of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in that city. Rush also sells special T-shirts on Canadian dates to raise a promised $100,000 for the project.
2008: R.E.M.'s appearance on PBS' 'Austin City Limits' is broadcast.
2009: Billy Joel was sued by his former drummer for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid royalties. Liberty Devitto claimed that Joel hadn't paid him proper royalties for 10 years of his work. Devitto was Joel's drummer from 1975 until 2005, when he said he was abruptly kicked out of the band without so much as a phone call.
2010: Paul Gray, bassist and founding member with Slipknot, was found dead in a hotel in Des Moines, Iowa. The body of the 38-year-old musician was found by an employee at the hotel in a suburb of the city. Autopsy results were released that stated Gray had died of an overdose of morphine, and had also shown signs of “significant heart disease.” The nine members of Slipknot wore masks in public and referred to other bandmates by numbers, Gray was number two.
2010: John Fogerty's 1985 hit 'Centerfield' was selected to be honored at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies. The event would mark the first time a musician or song has been honored in such a way.
2010: David Byrne (Talking Heads) sues Florida governor and independent candidate for the U.S. Senate, Charlie Crist, for using his group's 1985 hit 'Road To Nowhere' in a campaign ad slamming his then-Republican primary opponent Marco Rubio. Byrne claims Crist didn't ask for or receive permission to use the song; Byrne also asserts that such use wrongfully insinuates his endorsement of Crist's candidacy. "I was pretty upset by that," Byrne tells Billboard. Byrne sues for $1 million because it's the amount he is typically offered for use of his songs in commercials.
2011: Journey released their 14th studio album 'Eclipse.'
2011: Ringo Starr apologized during a BBC interview for saying earlier that he missed nothing about his hometown of Liverpool. "I apologize to those people, as long as they live in Liverpool, not outside. No real Scouser took offence, only I believe people from the outside."
2011: 'Rockers And Rollers: A Full Throttle Memoir,' a book by AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson, chronicles the close relationship between Rock and Roll and the automobile-two of Johnson's passions. It's in bookstores.
2011: On his 70th birthday, Bob Dylan is the subject of an academic conference held at the University of Bristol in the U.K. The Seven Ages of Dylan tracks the changes in Dylan's sense of himself, and of his art, and his audience's response to these changes.
2011: Mark 'Bam Bam' McConnell, who was a member of Sebastian Bach's band for eight years, dies after suffering kidney and liver failure. He joined the former Skid Row frontman in 1997 and remained until 2005.
2012: Aerosmith unveiled their first new song in six years, 'Legendary Child,' and also performed an old favorite, 'Walk This Way,' on the season finale of American Idol. John Fogerty joined eventual winner Phillip Phillips to sing two Creedence Clearwater Revival songs, 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain' and 'Bad Moon Rising.'
2013: Stone Temple Pilots file a lawsuit against their former lead singer, Scott Weiland, following their recruitment of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. The band accuses Weiland of "hijacking its name and songs to promote his solo career." The band also claims sole rights to the name Stone Temple Pilots, their music, copyrights and trademarks.
2013: Incubus, through their Make Yourself Foundation, team up with RYOT.org to aid Oklahoma tornado victims. The goal is to raise $20,000 for the relief effort.
2013: 'Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction' exhibit opens at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "This first-ever exhibit gives us an opportunity to tell the story of one of the definitive Rock 'n' Roll bands," states Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2015: In an interview with Nigel Farndale of the UK publication The Telegraph, Art Garfunkel said that in the early years of their career he felt sorry for Paul Simon because of his height, and he offered him love and friendship as a compensation. "And that compensation gesture has created a monster."
2016: Having announced his decision to leave Pop Evil, drummer Josh "Chachi" Marunde makes his final appearance with the band in Grand Rapids.
2016: Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is a guest speaker at a business seminar called Varldens Farligaste Mote (The World's Most Dangerous Meeting), an annual e-commerce seminar held in Gothenburg, Sweden.
2016: Gord Downie, lead singer of The Tragically Hip, announces that he has a terminal brain cancer called glioblastoma. Downie, who was diagnosed in December and has been going through treatment, does one last tour with the band, closing with a show in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario, on August 21.

May 25
1938: Vernon Presley is sentenced to a three year term at Parchman penal plantation in Mississippi for forging a check. His wife Gladys and son Elvis are forced to live on welfare.
1965: Kinks guitar player Dave Davies is knocked unconscious when he falls into drummer Mick Avory's cymbal during a London concert. The group cancels the remainder of their UK tour.
1965: Blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, Sonny Boy Williamson died in his sleep. Van Morrison, Aerosmith, The Who, The Animals, Yardbirds and Moody Blues all covered his songs. According to the Led Zeppelin biography 'Hammer of the Gods,' touring the UK in the 60's, Sonny Boy set his hotel room on fire while trying to cook a rabbit in a coffee percolator.
1965: The Rolling Stones perform 'How Many More Years' with their hero Howlin’ Wolf on ABC’s 'Shindig!'
1967: Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' entered the UK chart for the first time, where it went on to become a #1 hit. 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' became the most played song in the last 75 years in public places in the UK (as of 2009). The first video for the song was shot in the ruins of Witley Court in Worcestershire, England. Directed by Peter Clifton whose insertion of Vietnam War newsreel footage caused it to be banned from airplay on the Top Of The Pops TV show. The band subsequently made another video.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the Gwent Constabulary ('A' Division) Spring Holiday Barn Dance, held at The Barn, Grosmont Wood Farm in Cross Ash, Wales, UK.
1967: Janis Joplin performed at the Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco with the Clara Ward Singers and H.P. Lovecraft.
1968: The Yardbirds appeared at Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1968: Pink Floyd performed at Mayfair Suite in The Belfry Hotel, Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham, England. Support acts were Young Blood and Pineapple Incident. Admission included dinner.
1968: Simon And Garfunkel's 'Bookends' replaces their own 'The Graduate' at the top of the US album chart.
1968: Rolling Stones release 'Jumpin' Jack Flash.'
1968: The Monterey Pop Festival is canceled because of pressure from the local government and citizenry. Shortly thereafter, the festival's bookkeeper can't be located nor can $52,000.
1968: The Doors performed at Patio Gardens in Farmington, Utah.
1969: The Hollies recorded 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' with Elton John on piano. It will reach #3 in the UK and #7 in the US.
1969: Led Zeppelin and The Who appeared together at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. This was the only time the two group's ever appeared together, with Zeppelin opening the show. On the tickets Led Zeppelin was spelt Lead Zeppelin.
1969: A benefit concert was held for Fairport Convention at The Roundhouse, London to raise money for the families of the band's drummer Martin Lamble, Richard Thompson's girlfriend and clothes designer Jeannie Franklyn who were all killed in an accident driving back from a gig. Also on the bill, Family, Pretty Things, Soft Machine and John Peel.
1969: Jimi Hendrix played at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose, California.
1970: Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green plays his last official show with the band, although he did fill in a few years later when they lost their lead guitarist.
1971: King Crimson appeared at Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1972: David Bowie played at Chelsea Village in Bournemouth, England.
1973: Carole King gives a free concert for 100,000 fans in New York's Central Park.
1973: During a 21-date UK tour Wings played the first of three sold out nights at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1974: Jim Morrison’s widow, Pam, died of a drug overdose.
1974: Three Dog Night's last million selling single, 'The Show Must Go On,' peaks at #4 on the pop chart.
1974: Rick Wakeman became the first member of the group Yes to have a #1 UK album when 'Journey To The Centre Of The Earth' went to the top of the charts.
1974: Aerosmith performed at Cape Cod Coliseum in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
1975: Rush played at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
1976: The Who perform at the Palais Des Sports in Lyons, France.
1976: Bob Dylan appeared at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1976: The Rolling Stones performed at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London.
1977: The Broadway tribute Beatlemania opens at the Winter Garden Theater.
1977: The Grateful Dead appeared at The Mosque, in Richmond, Virginia.
1978: David Gilmour released his self-titled debut solo studio album in the UK. It was released June 17, 1978 in the U.S. It reached #29 on The Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart, and #17 on the UK Albums chart.
1978: Keith Moon of the Who, performs for the last time with the band at a secret concert for fan club members at London’s Shepperton Film Studios. The show was a mini-concert for their career-spanning documentary 'The Kids Are Alright.' The band had been off the road for nearly two years, and gave a solid but stilted performance. Keith Moon died 3 1/2 months later.
1978: After seeing The Hype (soon to become U2) appearing at the Project Arts Centre, in Dublin, Paul McGuinness became their manager.
1979: Yes appeared at the Long Beach Civic Arena in Long Beach, California.
1980: Black Sabbath played at the Odeon in Birmingham, England.
1981: Anvil released their 1st studio album, 'Hard 'n' Heavy.'
1983: Dio releases their epic debut album 'Holy Diver.' It peaked at #56 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
1983: Roxy Music performed at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
1984: David Gilmour appeared at the Orpheum Theater in Boston, Massachusetts.
1985: Dire Straits scored their second UK #1 album with 'Brothers In Arms',' also #1 in the US and 24 other countries. 'Brothers In Arms' was one of the first albums to be directed at the CD market, and was a full digital recording (DDD) at a time when most popular music was recorded on analog equipment. The album won two Grammy Awards at the 28th Grammy Awards, and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards, and has gone on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide.
1988: Iron Maiden's 'Seventh Tour of a Seventh Tour' stops in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with opener Guns N' Roses.
1990: Fleetwood Mac played the first of 42 North American dates on their 'Behind The Mask' world tour at the PNE Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. Squeeze were the opening act.
1990: Lou Gramm departed Foreigner. Guitarist Mick Jones said Gramm’s departure was due to Gramm’s solo work conflicting with Foreigner’s commitments. Gramm later re-joined Foreigner in 1992 before departing again in 2003.
1991: Yes peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Union,' which was their final studio album to go Gold in the U.S.
1993: Styx vocalist Dennis DeYoung makes his theatrical debut as Pontius Pilate in the 20th anniversary production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' in Universal City, CA.
1993: ‎Anthrax‬ released their 6th studio album 'Sound Of White Noise.'
1995: The earliest known recording of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, from 1961, was sold at Christies in London for £50,250 ($85,425).
1996: Brad Nowell, the founder, lead singer and guitarist of Sublime, dies of a heroin overdose in San Francisco at 28. Nowell had married only a week prior to his death, and left behind a young son. His final album with Sublime sold over 6 million copies.
1997: The day after his 56th birthday, Bob Dylan was admitted into a Los Angeles hospital with chest pains. What was feared to be a heart attack turned out to be a case of histoplasmosis, or an inflammation of the sac around his heart. He canceled a European tour. Dylan later admitted: 'I really thought I'd be seeing Elvis soon'. Treated by drugs and rest, Bob was back on the road only 10 weeks later, for 22 American and Canadian shows.
1997: A report showed that Elvis Presley was now the world's bestselling posthumous entertainer with worldwide sales of over one billion, over 480 active fan clubs and an estimated 250,000 UK fans who still buy his records. Ironically he had died owing $3 million.
1998: Doro (Pesch) released her 6th solo album, 'Love Me in Black.'
2000: Eddie Van Halen is tested for cancer at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. The hospital denies reports that Van Halen suffers from cancer but that's what he has.
2001: Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher won a damages settlement from The Daily Mirror after they claimed he lied in court during divorce proceedings with Meg Matthews.
2002: The HF Festival in Washington, D.C. has The Strokes, Papa Roach and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Sponsored by radio station WHFS, the RFK show promotes up and coming groups.
2003: Marilyn Manson were at #1 on the US album chart with 'The Golden Age of Grotesque,' the bands second US #1.
2004: Phish announce they are breaking up. The group releases an album and rolls through a summer tour before they are gone. A few years later they reform.
2004: Slipknot release 'Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses.'
2004: Billy Corgan helps honor the Chicago area Neuqua Valley High School's music program when he presents the school with a special honor from the Grammy Foundation. He also performs and fields questions from students during the ceremony.
2004: Courtney Love pleaded guilty to being under the influence of a controlled substance, a charge which stemmed from a 2003 arrest. She then became eligible for a sentence that would require her to attend a drug treatment program instead of going to jail.
2004: Phish, often regarded as a younger version of The Grateful Dead, announce they are breaking up. The group releases an album and rolls through a summer tour before they are gone. A few years later, they reform.
2005: Domenic Troiano, Canadian rock guitarist, dies of prostate cancer at 59. Troiano was best known as the guitarist and songwriter in The James Gang and The Guess Who. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1996.
2005: System Of A Down's 'Mezmerize' tops the Billboard 200 Album chart after selling 453,000 copies in its first week.
2005: The Alameda County Sheriff's Office in California announced that it was officially closing the stabbing case of Meredith Hunter, the 18-year-old American who was killed at the 1969 Rolling Stones Altamont Free Concert. Investigators, concluding a renewed two-year investigation, dismissed the theory that a second Hell's Angel took part in the stabbing.
2005: A three day 'Behind The Aerosmith Door' tour starts. The Boston excursion, put on by the group's official fan club, stops at recording studios and other landmarks that shaped the band's history. There's even a meet-and-greet with drummer Joey Kramer. The trip's price tag exceeds $1,100.
2005: Radiohead's Thom Yorke visits the British Parliament urging them to support a new climate-control initiative. The Big Ask campaign seeks to make the U.K. government accountable for reducing carbon dioxide emissions as a way to help combat global warming.
2006: Kinks leader Ray Davies and Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson are honored at the UK's prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, held in London. Davies nabs the Outstanding Contribution to British Music honor, while Anderson receives the International Achievement trophy.
2006: Queen, Def Leppard, KISS and Judas Priest are recognized for their musical achievements at the inaugural VH1 Rock Honors in Las Vegas. Members of Queen perform with the Foo Fighters and Godsmack plays a four-song medley of Judas Priest tunes. A one-off supergroup featuring Velvet Revolver's Slash and Motley Crue's Tommy Lee pay musical tribute to KISS. The show airs six days later.
2006: Styx recorded and filmed their concert with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH which was released later that year.
2007: The Doors exhibit opens at the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. On display are Ray Manzarek's Vox Continental keyboard and a Jim Morrison poem, "Ode To L.A. While Thinking Of Brian Jones, Deceased."
2007: The horror flick, 'Bug,' is in theaters. The soundtrack features 'Beautiful Da'" by Velvet Revolver vocalist Scott Weiland.
2008: Jet releases a YouTube video featuring their song 'Shine On' that honors the life and work of Australian ophthalmologist Fred Hallows. It is estimated that Hallow’s work in Australia and other developing nations has helped bring eyesight to over one million people. In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, lead singer Nic Chester said, "hopefully [the video] encourages people to make a donation to keep Fred's work going."
2009: '21 Guns,' from Green Day's 8th album '21st Century Breakdown,' is released as a digital download single and goes to radio.
2010: Rage Against The Machine's frontman Zack de la Rocha leads 'The Sound Strike,' a boycott of Arizona by musicians in protest of the state's controversial immigration law. SB1070 requires local authorities to determine a person's immigration status if he or she is suspected of being undocumented. In an open letter, de la Rocha writes that the law will lead to racial harassment. Serj Tankian, Joe Satriani and Sonic Youth are among those joining the effort.
2010: Alice In Chains first album in 14 years, 'Black Gives Way To Blue,' goes gold (500,000 units shipped). It entered the Billboard 200 at #5 with first-week sales exceeding 125,000 copies. The singles 'Check My Brain' and 'Your Decision' went to #1 on the Rock Songs chart.
2010: The self-titled Stone Temple Pilots comeback album is released. The album is the band's first studio effort since 2001's 'Shangri-La Dee Da.' It features the #1 single (on Rock and Alternative charts) 'Between The Lines.'
2010: The first EP from the Smashing Pumpkins 'Teargarden By Kaleidyscope' project, 'Vol. 1: Songs For A Sailor,' is available as a digital download. There's also a limited edition physical release packaged in a silk screened wooden box.
2010: Songs by Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Beck, Eels and Elvis Costello are featured on the soundtrack for the second season of the HBO's series 'True Blood.'
2010: Pantera tracks from their '96 release 'The Great Southern Trendkill' are released to the Rock Band Network for use on Playstation, Wii and Xbox systems.
2011: U2's Bono and The Edge appear on the American Idol finale along with the cast of 'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark' to perform 'Rise Above,' a song from the show. The pair composed the score for the play.
2011: Rush's 'Countdown' is used as the wake-up call to astronauts on the space shuttle Endeavor. A one-minute clip of the 1982 track is beamed from Earth to the shuttle.
2012: Against Me! singer/guitarist Tommy Gabel makes her live debut as Laura Jane Grace, performing with the band for the first time since coming out as transgender. The San Diego show is the first stop in a month-long U.S. tour.
2013: Motley Crue's Tommy Lee retires his roller coaster drum set following a concert at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. During Lee's drum solos, the rig spun him around upside down while he played.
2013: Marshall Lytle, bassist for Bill Haley And His Comets on their hits 'Crazy Man, Crazy' and 'Rock Around The Clock,' died of lung cancer at the age of 79.
2014: Metallica's 1991 self-titled album ('The Black Album') surpasses 16 million in U.S. sales. It's the biggest seller of the SoundScan era (which began in '91).
2016: Pop Evil introduce drummer Hayley Cramer as Josh "Chachi" Marunde's replacement. Marunde announced his departure the previous month.

May 26
1956: Two months after missing the program because of a devastating car accident, Carl Perkins finally appears on 'The Perry Como Show.' Unfortunately by this time his hit 'Blue Suede Shoes' had already peaked in popularity and much of Perkins' career momentum was lost.
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis performs his third and last show of his aborted tour of England. Scandal over his marriage to 14 year-old cousin Myra short-circuits the tour. After headlines that said, "Clear Out This Gang," "Baby Snatcher Go Home", "We Hate Jerry Shout Ex-Fans", and "Lewis: Bigamist," Jerry Lee and Myra return to the U.S. the following day.
1962: The Isley Brothers' 'Twist and Shout' is released on Wand Records. It will rise to #17 on the US Pop chart and will be covered two years later by The Beatles, whose version rose to #2.
1963: Elvis Presley records '(You're The) Devil In Disguise,' which will peak at #3 on the Billboard chart and #1 in the UK by next August and be certified Gold by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000 units in the US.
1964: Marianne Faithful recorded the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards song ‘As Tears Go By,' accompanied by future Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page on guitar and John Paul Jones on bass.
1965: The Rolling Stones appear on TV's Rock 'n' Roll show, 'Shindig!' along with Jackie De Shannon, Sonny and Cher and Jimmie Rodgers. They perform 'How Many More Years' with one of their big influences, bluesman Howlin' Wolf.
1965: The Beatles record their final musical appearance at the BBC. Just over three years since their first appearance on BBC radio, The Beatles recorded their final musical appearance on this day at Number 1 Studio at Piccadilly Theatre in London. 2:30-6:00pm. It was their 52nd radio appearance for the corporation, and was broadcast on the BBC Light Programme on June 7, 1965.
1966: The Beatles and Rolling Stones turned out to see Bob Dylan play London’s Royal Albert Hall.
1966: The Rolling Stones were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Paint It, Black', their sixth UK #1 single. It was originally titled 'Paint It Black' without a comma. Keith Richards has stated that the comma was added by the record label, Decca. It was the first #1 single to feature a sitar on the recording.
1966: The Who were at the Locarno Ballroom in Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, England.
1966: Columbia and RCA Victor, two of America's biggest record labels, announce that they will raise the list price of L.P.s by one dollar on June 1st. It's the first increase since 1953.
1966: The Beatles recorded 'Yellow Submarine' at Abbey Road studios in London. Recovering from a case of food poisoning, producer George Martin missed this recording, EMI engineer Geoff Emerick worked on the session. The track features John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water, shouting "Full speed ahead Mister Captain!" The idea for the song came to Paul McCartney late one evening. “The color yellow came to me, and a submarine came to me,” he has stated. Both John Lennon and Donovan contributed to the lyrics. It was a melody that Paul felt would suit Ringo perfectly.
1967: The Beatles masterpiece, 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' was released in the UK, one week before its American debut. The album took over 700 hours to record under the direction of George Martin and cost $75,000 to produce. A then state-of-the-art four track recorder was used to build each song layer by layer. The LP spent 22 weeks at the top of the UK albums chart and 15 weeks at number one in the US. The iconic album cover, depicting the band posing in front of a collage of celebrities and historical figures, was designed by English pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth based on a sketch by Paul McCartney. 'Sgt. Pepper' has now sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
1967: The Hollies 'Carrie Anne' b/w 'Signs That Will Never Change' 45 single is released. It became a hit in 1967, reaching #3 on the UK Singles Chart. It was also a hit in the US, peaking at #9 on the pop charts.
1967: Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention's 2nd album, 'Absolutely Free' is released. It reached #41 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1968: US blues artist Little Willie John died in prison after being convicted of manslaughter. Co-wrote and was the first to record a 'Fever' (covered by Peggy Lee in 1958), and 'Need Your Love So Bad' covered by Fleetwood Mac. James Brown recorded a tribute album 'Thinking Of Little Willie John... And A Few Other Nice Things.'
1968: Pink Floyd, Blonde On Blonde and The Pretty Things all appeared at the OZ magazine benefit at the Middle Earth Club, Covent Garden, London, England. OZ was a satirical humour magazine, founded by Richard Neville and based in Sydney, Australia from 1963. In its second and better-known incarnation it became a counter-culture magazine, based in London from 1967 to 1973.
1969: John and Yoko began an eight-day 'bed in', in room 1742 of The Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada, to promote world peace. They recorded ‘Give Peace a Chance’ in the hotel room (Petula Clark can be heard on the chorus). The song was credited to Lennon & McCartney, even though Paul had nothing to do with the record. Lennon may have been showing his appreciation for McCartney's help on 'The Ballad of John and Yoko' single, which the two of them recorded without George and Ringo.
1969: Janis Joplin lands on the cover of Newsweek with the headline, "Janis Joplin: Rebirth of Blues."
1969: The Hollies record 'He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,' with a young Elton John providing piano.
1969: Simon & Garfunkel’s 'Bookends' goes to #1 on the American album chart, knocking their own 'Graduate' soundtrack out of the top spot.
1970: George Harrison begins work on what will become 'All Things Must Pass.' Phil Spector produces the triple album set.
1971: Don McLean records 'American Pie.' Although he has never actually said so, most music lovers assume he is singing about February 3rd, 1959, when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. Richardson were killed in a plane crash, as 'the day the music died.'
1971: The Doobie Brothers 'Nobody' b/w 'Slippery St. Paul' 45 single is released. From The Doobie Brothers self-titled first album, 'Nobody' is the first single from the album, 'Nobody,' but it failed to chart, as did the album itself. The single was re-released in 1974 after the group had become a highly successful touring and recording act, peaking at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100. 'Nobody' was later re-recorded for the group's 2010 album, 'World Gone Crazy.'
1971: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Mile High Raceway in Denver, Colorado.
1972: Ike and Tina Turner appeared at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1972: At the point of the band splitting up David Bowie offered Mott The Hoople two of his new songs, 'Suffragette City,' which they turned down and 'All The Young Dudes,' which they recorded. The song gave the group a #3 UK and US Top 40 hit.
1973: The Beatles '1967-1970' album went to #1 on the US chart.
1973: The Edgar Winter Group went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'Frankenstein', the bands only US #1. The group featured ex McCoys guitarist Rick Derringer. The track that had been over-dubbed and patched so many times in the studio, the band ended up calling it 'Frankenstein.'
1973: Deep Purple releases their 'Smoke On The Water' (edited version) b/w 'Smoke On The Water' (edited version -live) 45 single. The song is based on the true story of how someone had fired a flare gun into the ceiling of the Casino in Montreux, Switzerland, during a concert by Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention. The resulting fire destroyed the building where Deep Purple was set to record a live album the next day. The single will reach #5 in the US and #21 in the UK. In 2004, the song was ranked #434 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time, ranked #4 in Total Guitar magazine's Greatest Guitar Riffs Ever, and in March 2005, Q magazine placed 'Smoke on the Water' at #12 in its list of the 100 greatest guitar tracks.
1974: KISS performed at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
1975: Rush appeared at the Paramount Theatre in Portland, Oregon.
1976: Aerosmith played at Memorial Coliseu in, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1976: Poco's 11th album, 'Rose of Cimarron' is released. It reached #89 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and features the title track, which reached #94 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1976: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant launch into a drunken verbal assault of first class passengers on a transatlantic British Airways flight. Among those on board were actors Telly Savalas and Dudley Moore.
1977: The Broadway tribute 'Beatlemania' opened at the Winter Garden Theater.
1977: Kiss give Marvel Comics a vial of their blood to mix with the red ink used to print their upcoming comic book. The photo op takes place at the printing plant in Depew, New York, where the comic will be made.
1977: The Grateful Dead performed at the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
1978: On Irish television this day, a program called Youngline a series for young people highlighting their interests. It included a feature on a new pop group, The Hype, soon to be renamed U2.
1978: Neil Young appeared at The Boarding House in San Francisco.
1979: 'Sunday Girl' gave Blondie their second UK #1 hit single. The track was taken from the group's 'Parallel Lines,' which went on to become the biggest selling album of 1979.
1979: The first day of the two day Loch Lomond Festival featured The Stranglers, Dr Feelgood, Skids, Third World, The Dickies. Day two featured The Average White Band, Buzzcocks, Rockpile and The Boomtown Rats, who played 'I Don’t Like Mondays' live for the first time.
1983: David Bowie performed at the Amphithéâtre de Fréjus in Fréjus, France.
1984: ‎Scorpions‬ single 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' hit #25 on the ‪‎Billboard‬ singles chart.
1986: ‎Europe‬ released their 3rd studio album, 'The Final Countdown.'
1989: To demonstrate the power of radio, over 8,000 stations in the US go silent for 30 seconds at 7:42am.
1990: Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx married Brandi Brandt.
1990: David Bowie was sued by his ex wife Angie for $56 million.
1990: Heart peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You.' The song was written by Mutt Lange & originally offered to Don Henley.
1993: Megadeth are hit with a lawsuit claiming that the song 'Go To Hell' forced a 15 year old Texas fan to kill his mother. Both Ozzy and Judas Priest have been accused of influencing fans. In 1986 a pair of youths made a suicide pact, apparently forced by Priest's 1978 album Stained Class. Ozzy's '87 song 'Suicide Solution' was also pinpointed as being the reason why a fan killed himself.
1993: Singapore lifted its ban on music by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Chicago and Creedence Clearwater Revival. The ban against Prince and Guns N' Roses, however, stayed.
1994: Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis' only child, marries the self-proclaimed "King Of Pop," Michael Jackson. The marriage doesn't last two years.
1995: Bodycount guitarist Ernie C is revealed as the producer of Black Sabbath's new record, Forbidden. Ice-T makes a guest appearance on the first cut 'The Illusion Of Power'.
1995: The Rolling Stones played two semi-acoustic concerts at the Paradiso Amsterdam over two days. Keith Richards later said that the Paradiso concerts were the best live shows the Stones ever did. The venue is housed in a converted former church building that dates from the nineteenth century, subsequently squatted in 1967 by hippies who wanted to convert the church into an entertainment club.
1996: A fire at the Chelsea home of Eric Clapton caused over one and a half million pounds worth of damage; Firemen arrived on the scene to find Clapton braving the blaze to save his collection of guitars. Clapton rescues all of his guitars before the 3rd floor caves in.
1996: Van Halen hit #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart with 'Humans Being.' It stays two weeks. ‬
1997: Bob Dylan was admitted to a Malibu Hospital with chest pains, causing all his summer tour to be cancelled.
2000: Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee begins a five day jail sentence for violating his parole by drinking alcohol. A Malibu judge extends Lee’s probation until May 26, 2003, reinstates random drug testing and orders him to enroll in Alcoholics Anonymous.
2002: The first episode of 'At Home With The Osbournes' was shown on MTV in the UK. Already becoming a hit in the the US, the show focused on the madman and his family (his wife Sharon, and two of their three children). Oblivious to the camera, they bicker, squabble, curse and hang out backstage at Ozzy shows.
2004: Blink-182 spend 40 minutes helping paint a home in Harrisburg, PA, as part of Raise The Roof, a partnership between Clear Channel Entertainment and Habitat for Humanity, which provides homes for people in need. The band plays a show that evening at the Star Pavilion in nearby Hershey.
2004: Days after touching down in the Democratic Republic of Congo in order to film a documentary on the war-torn country, Sum 41 are forced to evacuate from their hotel in Bukavu after serious fighting erupts. They are rescued by UN peacekeeper, Chuck Pelletier. Sum 41 would go on to name their third studio album Chuck in honor of Pelletier.
2004: Rush kick off their R30: 30th Anniversary Tour in Nashville, TN at the Starwood Amphitheatre‬.
2005: Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails pulls his band from the MTV Movie Awards over the stage's design. "We were set to perform 'The Hand That Feeds' with an unmolested straightforward image of George W. Bush as the backdrop," says Reznor. Not wanting to get political MTV vetoes the idea. "Apparently, the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me," concludes Reznor.
2006: Alice In Chains begin a European tour with new front man William DuVall, replacing the late Lane Staley. The first show is at Super Bock Super Rock in Lisbon, Portugal.
2006: Gwen Stefani of No Doubt and her husband, Gavin Rossdale of Bush have their fist child: a son named Kingston James McGregor Rossdale.
2006: The right-leaning National Review reveals their list of the 50 greatest conservative rock songs. At the top is 'Won't Get Fooled Again' by The Who, which is praised for its revolutionary spirit. Next on the list is 'Taxman' by The Beatles and 'Sympathy For The Devil' by The Rolling Stones.
2008: Paul McCartney receives an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University in New Haven, during the school's commencement ceremony. A Yale band plays 'Hey Jude' as McCartney is presented with the doctorate. University President Richard Levin told McCartney "Here, there and everywhere, you have pushed the boundaries of the familiar to create new classics. We admire your musical genius and your generous support of worthy causes."
2009: Marilyn Manson releases 'The High End Of Low.'
2009: 'Black Gives Way To Blue,' Alice In Chains comeback album is certified gold by the RIAA with shipments exceeding 500,000 copies. The group's fourth studio album is their first with vocalist/guitarist William DuVall, who replaced the late Layne Staley.
2010: The Season 9 final of TV's American Idol featured guest appearances by Alice Cooper, Barry and Robin Gibb, Hall And Oates, Joe Cocker, Janet Jackson and The Doobie Brothers' Michael McDonald.
2010: Elton John performs at the Mawazine World Rhythms Festival, the largest music festival in Morocco, despite protests by Islamist groups and conservative parties, who object to the singer's lifestyle. "We deal with artists and intellectuals for what they do, without taking into account their private life," says organizer El Hassan Neffali in a statement. "Somebody's private life is one thing, and their art or creative activities are another."
2010: Bon Jovi play the first of three concerts celebrating the opening of the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The stadium is the home of the New York Giants and Jets. Train is the opening act, so technically, they are the first to perform in the stadium.
2010: Poison's Bret Michaels appears during the 'American Idol' finale. He performs 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn' with 3rd place finalist James Casey. Lee DeWyze beats Crystal Bowersox in an upset.
2010: The Rolling Stones reissue of their classic album 'Exile On Main Street' peaks at #2 in the U.S. as the 'Glee: Showstoppers' keeps it out of the top spot. The TV show soundtrack outsells the Stones by more than 2 to 1. The Black Keys set 'Brothers,' selling just a few thousand copies less than the Stones, is #3.
2011: Alice Cooper cancels his first concert in 30 years. "Alice got food poisoning somewhere on our trip between Phoenix, Mexico City and Santiago (where the concert was scheduled). Once we were on the plane to Santiago after an 8-hour layover in Mexico City, Alice started to feel ill," says Coop's rep. Alice is back on stage the following evening.
2011: Phil Spector had his latest attempt to overturn his murder conviction rejected by California court officials. The 71-year-old record producer was found guilty of the murder of actress Lana Clarkson and sentenced to 19 years to life behind bars in 2009.
2011: Roger Daltrey was forced to cancel three Summer shows in his native Britain due to poor ticket sales.
2012: Former David Bowie/Tin Machine guitarist Reeves Gabrels makes his debut with The Cure during the band's performance at the PinkPop festival in Holland. Gabrels had previously worked with the group in '97.
2012: Ian Astbury of The Cult marries musician Aimee Nash in Las Vegas.
2012: Judas Priest play the final show of their 'Epitaph' tour to a sold-out audience at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. According to Priest, the 'farewell' trek is their last extensive world tour-but not their last shows. "We don't plan on retiring," says guitarist Glen Tipton. "We've said that this is our last world tour." The show is out on DVD the following month.
2013: Paul McCartney pays his respects at Elvis Presley's grave during the former Beatle's first visit to Graceland. McCartney leaves a personalized guitar pick on grave.
2014: Canadian police charged original Bachman-Turner Overdrive rhythm guitarist Tim Bachman with several sexual offenses that allegedly took place during the 1990s. His arrest came just a year after he was acquitted of similar charges.
2015: US authorities were investigating the death of blues legend B.B. King after two of his daughters claimed he was poisoned. Karen Williams and Patty King said the musician had been given "foreign substances to induce his premature death" by his business manager Laverne Toney. King died in his sleep at his Las Vegas home on May 14th of this year at age 89.
2016: Ozzy Osbourne has a Midland Metro tram named after him in his native Birmingham, England. Then he visits Birmingham Children's Hospital to support fundraising efforts for the construction of a Rare Disease Centre.
2016: The Duff McKagan documentary 'It's So Easy And Other Lies: Live At The Moore' is screened in the U.S. Directed by Christopher Duddy, the Guns N' Roses bassist tells his life story during a 2013 live performance in Seattle.

May 27
1957: Buddy Holly and the Crickets released their first record, 'That'll Be The Day.' A UK #1 and US #3 hit. was later ranked at #39 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. In 2005, the recording was placed in the National Recording Registry, a list of sound recordings that "are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States."
1963: Bob Dylan 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan' is released. Establishing Dylan as a leader in the singer-songwriter genre and a supposed spokesman for the youth-orientated protest movement, it reached #22 on the US charts and #1 on the UK charts. 'The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan' showcased Dylan’s songwriting talent for the first time and propelled him to national and international fame. It was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry in 2002. The citation read: "This album is considered by some to be the most important collection of original songs issued in the 1960s. It includes 'Blowin' in the Wind,' the era's popular and powerful protest anthem." The following year, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #97 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1964: 11 boys are suspended at a boarding school in London for having hair like Mick Jagger's.
1966: Before performing at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Bob Dylan invited The Beatles into his dressing room. Paul McCartney played Dylan an early version of 'Tomorrow Never Knows.' Dylan remarked “Oh, I get it, you don’t want to be cute anymore.”
1966: The Exploding Plastic Inevitable show, featuring The Velvet Underground and the Mothers of Invention, plays its first gig on the West Coast, at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium.
1967: Columbia and RCA Victor, two of America's biggest record labels, announce that they will raise the list price of L.P.s by one dollar on June 1st. It's the first increase since 1953.
1967: The Who play one of their weirdest dates, the Oxford Pembroke College May Ball, in Oxfordshire, England. They are expected to play dance music but most of the prom goers spend the evening with their hands over their ears as first Cream and then The Who perform their standard repertoire. Pete’s guitar is stolen after the show.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the 'Bank Holiday Beano' held at the Civic Hall, Nantwich, England. The supporting act was The SOS.
1968: Pink Floyd were at EMI Studios, Abbey Road, St. Johns Wood in London recording tracks for 'A Saucerful of Secrets.'
1968: The Iron Butterfly record their seventeen minute epic 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' at Ultrasonic Studios in Hempstead, Long Island, New York. The west coast band performs the song as part of a soundcheck while waiting for their producer to arrive and are unaware they are being recorded. According to VH1 (in '09), the title track of the multi-platinum album is the 24th greatest Hard Rock song of all time.
1969: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1972: Spirit and The J Geils Band played at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago.
1972: David Bowie appeared at Ebbisham Hal in, Epsom, England on his Ziggy Stardust tour.
1972: The Rolling Stones' 'Tumbling Dice' peaks at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario, California.
1974: Aerosmith appeared at the JFK Coliseum Manchester, New Hampshire.
1975: Wishbone Ash performed at Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan.
1975: Wings 4th album 'Venus and Mars' is released (May 30 in the UK). It topped both the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart, and the UK Albums chart.
1976: Keith Moon arrives at Brecknock School in North London school to inspect the boys of the 51st Company of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. For the occasion, Keith dons full evening attire. Keith had spent £500 ($750) on brand new bugles and drums. “Blimey,” he tells the press, “I know just how they felt playing with rotten instruments. I was in the sea cadets as a boy.” That night he and John attend the Rolling Stones’ concert at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London.
1976: Aerosmith's 'Last Child' b/w 'Combination' 45 single is released. The song peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1977: The Sex Pistols single 'God Save The Queen' was released in the UK. Banned by TV and radio, high street shops and pressing plant workers refused to handle the record. It sold 200,000 copies in one week and peaked at No.2 on the UK charts behind Rod Stewart's 'I Don't Want to Talk About It'. There have been persistent rumours, (never confirmed or denied), that it was actually the biggest-selling single in the UK at the time, and the British Phonographic Industry conspired to keep it off the #1 slot.
1977: Declan McManus made his live debut as Elvis Costello at the Nashville in London.
1977: Elvis Costello 'Alison' b/w 'Welcome To The Working Week' 45 single is released in the UK. Because 'Alison' was recorded before Elvis Costello and the Attractions formed, his backing band was Clover. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it #318 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and Entertainment Weekly voted it as one of Costello's top 10 greatest tunes.
1978: Bruce Springsteen performed at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA.
1978: The Rolling Stones release 'Miss You.'
1979: Yes appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1980: Journey played at the Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois, a Chicago suburb.
1980: Go Go's 'We Got The Beat' b/w 'How Much More' 45 single is released in the UK. The song's single release brought the Go-Go's underground credibility in the UK. The song climbed to #35 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart due to the popularity of the song in clubs as an import. The following year the Go Go's re-recorded the song for their debut album 'Beauty and the Beat.' Released in January 1982 as the album's second single, the song became the Go-Go's biggest hit, spending three weeks at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, behind Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' 'I Love Rock 'n Roll.' It was during the song's time in the U.S. top 10 that 'Beauty and the Beat' topped the U.S. Billboard 200.
1980: During a performance taped for Italian TV David Lee Roth vaults off drummer Alex Van Halen's drum riser and right into some low hanging lights. The Van Halen frontman suffers a fractured nose and multiple contusions.
1981: Van Halen headlined at the Richfield Coliseum in Richfield, Ohio
1983: Metallica finish recording the album 'Kill 'Em All.'
1983: Motorhead released the single 'I Got Mine.'
1984: Bob Dylan performed at the Arena di Verona in Verona, Italy.
1984: The 'American Rock Festival' took place at Timber Ridge Ski Area in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The lineup featured Ozzy Osbourne, Triumph, Motley Crue, Night Ranger, Accept and Ratt.
1986: Journey​ release their 9th studio album, 'Raised on Radio.'
1987: During a U2 concert in Rome, the sound system was so loud, emergency services was flooded with calls from local residents who thought they were being hit by an earthquake.
1988: The Monsters of Rock Tour, which featured Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken and Kingdom Come, kicks off with a 3-night stand at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin. The tour lasts for two months.
1988: Def Leppard kicked off the third leg of their North American Hysteria world tour at George M. Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska.
1989: The Cult peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Sonic Temple,' which went on to sell one million copies in the U.S. It spends 33 weeks on the chart.
1989: The Beach Boys and Chicago began touring together for the first time in 14 years. Brian Wilson joined the group for a few shows during the tour.
1989: The Grateful Dead performed at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California.
1993: The Red Hot Chili Peppers 'greatest hits' package 'What Hits!?' is certified platinum.
1994: The Eagles played their first show in fourteen years when they played a show in Burbank, California. The Hell Freezes Over tour is the group's fist since parting ways in '80. The tour's title is a reference to a Don Henley quote regarding the prospects of an Eagles reunion. With this tour, The Eagles become the first to charge over $100 per ticket for arena shows.
1995: 'Cracked Rear View' by Hootie & the Blowfish becomes the #1 album about 10 months after it was first released.
1996: Rob Halford unveiled his new project, imaginatively-titled Halford.
1997: The legendary HSAS side-project, 'Through The Fire,' featuring Sammy Hagar, Journey guitarist Neil Schon, Santana drummer Michael Shrieve and bassist Kenny Aaronson, is released for the first time on CD in North America.
1997: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was left with cuts and bruises after a scuffle with a youth at the Tower Thistle Hotel in east London. Members of the band had been drinking at the bar when the fight broke out.
1998: AC/DC are among the artists honored in a new series of Australian stamps designed to honor Aussie rock greats of the 50s, 60s, and 70s - their 1975 classic 'It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N' Roll)' provided the inspiration for one of the new designs.
1998: Drummer Simon Wright rejoins Dio.
1998: Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward remains in a London hospital after suffering a mild heart attack during rehearsals for Sabbath's European tour.
1999: Winners at the Ivor Novello song writing awards included Rod Stewart who won a Lifetime Achievement Award and Chrissie Hynde won outstanding contribution to British Music.
1999: Rush became the first rock band to receive a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto.
2000: Paula Yates was awarded $680,000 in an out-of-court settlement from her boyfriend Michael Hutchence fortune. Hutchence had died in 1997 INXS singer Hutchence was found dead in his hotel suite in Sydney in 1997 at age 37.
2001: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler sings 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the 85th annual Indianapolis 500.
2003: The three surviving members of Led Zeppelin: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, appeared at the New York premiere screening of the band's self-titled DVD.
2003: Led Zeppelin‬ released the live album 'How The West Was Won.' It was recorded during the California portion of their '73 North American tour at the Los Angeles Forum and The Long Beach Arena.
2003: Metallica premiered the video for 'St. Anger,' filmed at San Quentin State Prison, on MTV2.
2004: The Darkness are named Songwriters Of The Year at Britain's Ivor Novello Awards held in London. "It's a great award because it's the heaviest," cracks frontman Justin Hawkins. Radiohead nabs the International Achievement trophy.
2005: New York jurors award Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor $2.9 million and full control of all the band's trademarks in a lawsuit he filed in '04 against his former manager John Malm. Reznor accused Malm of fraud and breach of fiduciary duties.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Stadium Arcadium’ the bands ninth studio album. It's the band's first #1 in their 22 year career.
2006: Bruce Springsteen's U.S. tour in support of his album 'We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions' launches in Boston. The Boss takes along a 17-member backing band to do justice to the songs of the legendary Folk singer Pete Seeger.
2006: Texas Rockers Flyleaf conclude their first-ever headlining tour in Noblesville, IN.
2007: The Police play a special show for fan club members at General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada, a day prior to the launch of their world tour (also in Vancouver).
2007: Saatchi & Saatchi were fired by Doc Martens for running an advertising campaign featuring dead rock stars such as Kurt Cobain and Sid Vicious wearing the brand's boots in heaven. David Suddens, the chief executive of Doc Martens parent company Airwear, said the brand had not commissioned the series of four print ads. "Dr Martens are very sorry for any offence that has been caused by the publication of images showing dead rock icons wearing Dr Martens boots."
2008: Sir Paul McCartney was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University in the United States. Yale's president, Richard Levin, said; The former Beatle had awakened a generation, giving a fresh sound to rock and roll and to rhythm and blues. A band played Hey Jude as Sir Paul, 65, walked on stage to accept his degree.
2008: Bono's humanitarian efforts earn him an honorary doctorate from Tokyo's Keio University.
2008: John Lennon's estate backs a joint initiative between Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and Peace One Day to promote the nonprofit organization's Peace Day event later in the year. The partnership announcement in New York is highlighted by a re-creation of Lennon and Yoko Ono's '69 Montreal "bed-in" event to promote the ice-cream company's Lennon-themed flavor-Imagine Whirled Peace.
2009: Gerard Way (of My Chemical Romance) becomes a father when wife Lyn-Z (of Mindless Self Indulgence) gives birth to daughter Bandit Lee.
2009: Limp Bizkit kicks off their comeback tour in Riga, Latvia, marking their first concert together in eight years. "We are blessed to be united again," says frontman Fred Durst.
2009: A credit card company sued Courtney Love, claiming she owed more than $350,000. In court papers filed in Los Angeles, American Express said it had suspended Love's Amex Gold card after she "failed and refused" to make payments.
2010: Dozens of AC/DC fans needed treatment after complaining of burning eyes during a concert on the runway of Wels Airport, Wels, Austria. Around 150 fans had to be treated. Doctors found that the fans showed allergic reactions to bark mulch spread at the venue, the runway of Wels Airport, to avoid the soil getting too muddy after hours of massive rainfall.
2010: Velvet Underground's Lou Reed and his wife, performance artist Laurie Anderson, curate the month-long Sydney Vivid Live Festival. Reed, Anderson and Metric's Emily Haines are among the performers but what's really of note is Reed and Anderson's high-frequency concert for dogs as "an inter-species social gathering." The short concert (based on dog's limited attention span) is inaudible to humans.
2011: Metallica frontman James Hetfield is inducted into the Downey High School Hall of Fame. "I hated my school, literally, I hid as much as possible in my music and listening to music," says Hetfield during the ceremony. "I showed up in classes to get credits and things, just to make it through, but I really did not feel like I identified with anyone. So to be back here is completely surreal." Hetfield attended the California school for his freshmen and sophomore years.
2011: Elton John and his partner David Furnish are the first gay couple nominated for the Premier Inn Celebrity Dad of the Year Award. They became parents to son Zachary the previous Christmas. The honor goes to the celebrity dad who balances a hectic public life with the demands of parenting.
2012: On his 90th birthday, actor Christopher Lee announces the release of his Heavy Metal single 'Let Legend Mark Me as the King.'
2013: A report was published saying how many musicians were frustrated with fans filming gigs on their smartphones. Jack White and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs had both put up signs at their concerts asking people to leave their mobiles in their pockets.
2014: Paul McCartney leaves Japan after being discharged from a Tokyo hospital following five days for treatment of a virus that caused the former Beatle to cancel his tour of the country and a show in South Korea.
2014: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora debuts an anti-drug song, "Lighthouse," during his appearance at a Toms River, N.J. drug abuse forum. The event raises awareness of heroin and painkiller abuse among school kids. Sambora struggled with alcohol abuse.
2014: The Beastie Boys' suit against Monster Energy begins. The group's remaining members and the wife of late MC Adam Yauch allege that Monster used several of their songs in advertising without gaining permission first. The group seeks $150,000 in damages.
2014: Marty Friedman released his 12th studio album, 'Inferno.'
2015: A collection of Pearl Jam promotional concert posters is unveiled at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The exhibit, screen prints commissioned over the years, is part of the Experience the City of Music program at the airport.
2015: The Vaccines question the decision to make The Who one of the headline acts of Glastonbury 2015, saying that Florence & The Machine should have been given the honor instead. "The Who are such a safe booking," says The Vaccines frontman Justin Young. "People are complaining about the lack of women at the top of festival bills and the lack of new artists."
2015: Queen: Play The Game, the band's official app, is out. It contains "imagery from Queen's official archive."
2015: A U.S. District Judge granted a motion for class certification in a lawsuit against Sirius-XM over its performance of pre-1972 sound recordings. The suit, originally launched by Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (Flo and Eddie) of The Turtles, was now open to anyone who owns a pre-1972 recording that got played on Sirius-XM's satellite radio service after August 21, 2009.
2016: The three-day Rocklahoma celebrates its tenth year in Pryor, OK. The line-up includes Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and Megadeth.
2016: After several bands cancel shows in North Carolina due to the passing of the anti-transgender Bathroom Bill, the Dave Matthews Band plays Charlotte but donates a portion of the proceeds to charitable organizations that defend equality.

May 28
1955: Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on the Big D Jamboree radio program, broadcast from the Dallas Sportatorium by KRLD.
1957: The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) is established. They launch the Grammy Awards in 1958.
1958: Buddy Holly gets his draft notice, but poor eyesight keeps him out of the Army.
1960: The Every Brothers' 'Cathy's Clown' begins a five week run at #1 in the U.S.
1960: Elvis Presley visits Vegas, and his entourage is for the first time dubbed the "Memphis Mafia" in the local media, due to their penchant for wearing long coats and dark glasses.
1963: New York disc jockey Murray The K receives a copy of The Beatles' 'She Loves You' and plays it on radio station WINS-AM. It is believed to be the first Beatles' song ever broadcast in the US.
1963: American Bandstand features The Ronettes performing 'Be My Baby' and Bobby Rydell singing 'Let's Make Love Tonight.'
1964: The BBC received over 8,000 postal applications for tickets for The Rolling Stones forthcoming appearance on the British TV show, Juke Box Dury.
1964: Marianne Faithful records her hit debut 'As Tears Go By.' The song is written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) but the real story is who's on the record. Jimmy Page plays guitar and John Paul Jones is on bass. That would be one-half of the future Led Zeppelin.
1965: Elvis Presley's 'Tickle Me' movie opens nationally.
1966: All four Beatles spent the day with Bob Dylan in his room at the Mayfair hotel in London, England.
1966: The Who appear at South Pier in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, watching rushes of D.A. Pennebakers's forthcoming documentary film, 'Don't Look Back,' which covered Dylan's 1965 concert tour of the United Kingdom.
1966: Love appeared at the Whisky A Go Go West Hollywood, California, supported by The Doors.
1966: Produced by Phil Spector (as his crowing achievement), Ike & Tina Turner's epic 'River Deep Mountain High' is released. The song stiffs in the U.S., climbing only to #88 on the American chart (though it enters the Top 5 in England), causing Spector to briefly retire from the music business.
1967: The Who go to CBS Studios, London and record backing tracks for 'I Can See For Miles,' 'Armenia City In The Sky' and 'Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand.' However, further recording is cancelled after Keith ruptures his stomach wall and has to be carted off by ambulance.
1967: The Association make their television debut, performing 'Along Comes Mary' on CBS-TV's Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
1968: The Beatles had not only their biggest hit, but also the largest selling record of the 1960s when 'Hey Jude' reached the top of the US charts. The song, written by Paul McCartney for John's son Julian, would stay at #1 in America for nine weeks and sell over eight million copies. In 1996, Julian paid 25,000 pounds for the recording notes to the song at an auction.
1969: Led Zeppelin performed at Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull were arrested at their London home and charged with possession of cannabis, they were released on £50 ($85) bail.
1970: Eric Burdon And War are awarded a Gold record for 'Spill the Wine.'
1971: The James Gang release 'Walk Away.'
1971: Pink Floyd completes four days of recording sessions for Meddle at EMI Studios in London.
1971: King Crimson performed at Greens Playhouse, Glasgow, Scotland.
1971: Studio engineer Glyn Johns gives The Who’s 'Won’t Get Fooled Again' its final mix before mastering.
1971: Duncan Zowie Haywood Bowie is born to David Bowie and his wife Angela. Duncan will go on to become the successful film director behind 'Moon' (2009) and 'Source Code' (2011).
1972: Dave Mason, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Linda Ronstadt played at the YMCA downtown center lawn in Peoria, Illinois.
1973: Bassist Ronnie Lane left The Faces and went on to form Slim Chance, (who had the 1974 hit 'How Come'). Lane was disappointed over poor album reviews and Rod Stewart’s lack of commitment.
1973: Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon was on both the UK and US album charts. It remained in the US charts for 741 discontinuous weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history. (After moving to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, the album notched up a further 759 weeks, and had reached a total of over 1,500 weeks on the combined charts by May 2006).
1974: Ten Years After played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1974: A re-release of The Beach Boys' 1963, #3 hit, 'Surfin' U.S.A.' cracks the Billboard Top 40, reaching #36. It had been over five years since the band had a hit record with 'I Can Hear Music,' which had reached #24. Unfortunately, the re-issue of 'Surfin' fell out of the Top 40 after just one week and they would have to wait until the Summer of 1976 to have another chart entry with 'Rock And Roll Music,' which would climb to #5.
1975: The Doobie Brothers 5th album, 'Stampede,' is certified Gold.
1975: AC/DC appeared at the Sundowner in Geelong, Australia.
1976: Yes headlined at the Civic Center in Roanoke, Virginia.
1976: Aerosmith performed at Colt Park in Hartford, Connecticut.
1976: The Allman Brothers Band temporarily disbanded after Greg Allman testified against Scooter Herring, his personal road manager, who was charged with drug trafficking. Herring was subsequently sentenced to 75 years in prison. An album of previously unreleased live material was issued later in the year under the title "Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas". In the two years that the band was apart, Gregg Allman married Cher, while Dickey Betts formed his Great Southern band. Due to the judge’s handling of jurors, Scooter ends up serving only about 3 years in prison. He is later pardoned by President Jimmy Carter, and dies peacefully in 2007.
1977: Bruce Springsteen settles his court battle with his former manager and producer, Mike Appel, after not being able to record for two years. Appel was instrumental in getting Springsteen his contract with CBS and also produced his first three albums.
1977: Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers played together for the first time when they performed as part of Mike Howletts band, Strontium 90 in Paris France.
1977: Heart, Steve Miller, The Eagles and Foreigner all appeared at a Day On The Green concert from the Oakland-Alameda County Stadium in Oakland, California.
1977: The Grateful Dead performed at the Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut.
1977: Heart's 'Barracuda' b/w 'Cry To Me' 45 single is released. It was the first single from the band's second album 'Little Queen' and became Heart's second top-20 hit in the U.S., peaking at # 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2009, it was named the 34th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.
1978: Rush played at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin.
1979: Rush appeared at Stadhalle in Offenbach, Germany.
1979: Jimmy McCulloch, guitarist with Thunderclap Newman and Wings, was found dead in his flat in Maida Vale, North West London after suffering heart failure. He was 26.
1982: 'Rocky III' hits theaters. This one features a new theme song written around a key line of dialogue in the film: 'Eye of the Tiger.' Sylvester Stallone asked the upstart Chicago band Survivor to write and record the song when he couldn't get permission to use the Queen song 'Another One Bites The Dust.'
1982: Frank Zappa performed at the Palais des Sports in St Etienne, France.
1982: Promoter Bill Graham staged a special Vietnam Veterans benefit concert in San Francisco starring The Jefferson Starship, The Grateful Dead and Country Joe.
1982: Roxy Music's 8th album 'Avalon' is released. It reached #53 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and topped the UK Albums chart. The single, 'More Than This,' preceded the album and was a Top 10 hit in Britain (#6).
1983: The four day US Festival '83' kicked off in Devore, California. It featured The Clash, U2, David Bowie, The Pretenders, Van Halen, Stray Cats, Men At Work, Judas Priest, Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson, INXS, Joe Walsh, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Triumph and the Scorpions. Over 750,000 fans attended the festival, including 350,000 of them on Heavy Metal Sunday.
1983: Iron Maiden release the 'Piece Of Mind' album.
1983: Slash is in the audience at the legendary Gazzarri’s on the Sunset Strip in LA. for the band Rapidfire’s show, when he first sees Axl Rose perform live.
1984: Lita Ford released her 2nd solo album, 'Dancin' on the Edge.'
1985: D-A-D (then known as Disneyland After Dark) unveil their 1st release, the E.P. 'Standin' On the Never Never.'
1985: Lizzy Borden released their 1st full-length studio album, 'Love You to Pieces.'
1986: Bob Seger's 'Like A Rock' album, featuring the title track and 'American Storm,' is certified platinum.
1988: Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler married second wife Teresa Barrick in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. This was Tyler’s second marriage and the couple would divorce in January 2006.
1988: Iron Maiden peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,' which went on to go Gold in the U.S.
1990: Mitch Mitchell former drummer with The Jimi Hendrix Experience took out a High Court action against Private Eye magazine over an allegedly defamatory item.
1991: Smashing Pumpkins released their debut studio album, 'Gish.'
1995: Hootie & the Blowfish started a four-week run at #1 on the US album charts with 'Cracked Rear View.' The album went on to sell over 15 million copies.
1996: Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan was rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles after an apparent drug overdose. The singer was later arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin.
1996: Slayer released their 7th studio album, 'Undisputed Attitude.'
2000: The White Stripes perform on TV for the first time, playing 'Apple Blossom' and 'You're Pretty Good Looking' on the Detroit Public Television series 'Backstage Pass.'
2004: The Jim Jarmusch-directed indie flick 'Coffee And Cigarettes' opens with Meg and Jack White (White Stripes).
2005: System Of A Down perform at Madrid's Festimad. Sixty-mile an hour winds blow the roof off the outdoor stage. Promoters want to cancel but S.O.A.D. waits out the storm and hits the stage at 3:45 am playing a full set for the 30,000 in attendance.
2005: A Mick Jagger impersonator spent over an hour accepting free drinks and enjoying VIP perks at a New York night spot. Club officials only realized that the man wasn't Jagger after looking at a photo of the Rolling Stones' front man and noticing that the unnamed imposter was younger and heavier than Jagger.
2006: Staind perform at the 90th running of the Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
2006: Beck and the members of his band are accompanied on stage by marionette puppets of themselves during their headlining performance at the Sasquatch! Festival in George (about 125 miles east of Seattle), WA.
2007: The Police kicked off their 152 show 30th Anniversary Reunion Tour at General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada in front of 22,000 fans. The tour went on for fifteen months, sold 3.7 million tickets & went on to gross $358 million, making it the third highest grossing tour of all time.
2007: Chris Cornell released his 2nd solo studio album, 'Carry On.'
2008: Motley Crue's Tommy Lee and Rapper Ludacris headline a benefit concert in L.A. for the Griffith Park Recovery Fund.
2009: Pearl Jam's performance of 'The Fixer' is filmed by director Cameron Crowe for a Target commercial.
2009: Lucy Vodden (nee O'Donnell), the childhood pal of John Lennon's son Julian, passed away at the age of 46 after losing her battle with auto-immune disease lupus. She was the inspiration for The Beatles' track "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds", written mostly by John after Julian showed his father a nursery school drawing he called "Lucy - in the sky with diamonds," depicting his classmate.
2010: While still recovering from a brain hemorrhage and a "warning stroke," Bret Michaels (Poison) performs his first concert since suffering the health setbacks. The show is Biloxi, MS.
2010: Reality TV star Kelly Osbourne told the press that her father Ozzy was once banned from her school in England after passing wind and falling asleep in the middle of a parent / teacher interview.
2012: Iron Maiden's 'The Number Of The Beast' is named the greatest album in British music made during Queen Elizabeth II's 60-year reign, according to retailer HMV's online survey of 30,000 music fans.
2013: Alice In Chains release 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.' It's the group's second full-length effort with singer William DuVall.
2013: Black Star Riders, a the Thin Lizzy offshoot, release their debut album, 'All Hell Breaks Loose' in the U.S.
2013: The George Harrison memorial garden at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Estate near Watford is open to the public. "It is not generally known that George Harrison was an immensely talented and passionate gardener," says Harrison's widow, Olivia. The Bhaktivedanta Manor Estate, established in '73, is northwest of London.
2014: Filming begins for the final season of FX's 'Sons Of Anarchy' with Marilyn Manson in a recurring role as a white supremacist named Ron Tully.
2014: The Rolling Stones top Billboard magazine's list of the top 25-selling live acts of the past 25 years grossing more than $1.5 billion on the road since '90, playing more than 500 shows to almost 20 million fans. U2 is in second place with Bruce Springsteen third, earning $1.2 billion gross over 700-plus shows in front of 15 million fans.
2015: L7 perform together for the first time in 18 years at the Echo in Los Angeles. The show is in preparation for a reunion tour. 2015: Pete Townshend receives the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the MusiCares Benefit Concert in New York City. The award is for Townshend's work with the charity, which assists musicians with addiction recovery. The honor is presented by Bruce Springsteen.
2015: Pink Floyd's two living co-founders, Roger Waters and Nick Mason, help unveil an honorary plaque at London's University of Westminster (formerly Regent Street Polytechnic), the site of the band's formation, to mark the group's 50th anniversary. "If we'd gone up for Britain's Got Talent, I don't think we would have made it past the audition stage; we weren't terribly good," says Mason. "We were effing awful," adds Waters.
2015: Frankie Ford, whose 1959 hit 'Sea Cruise' reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, died of natural causes at the age of 76.

May 29
1959: Herndon Stadium in Atlanta holds one of the first outdoor rock concerts, featuring Ray Charles, Jimmy Reed, and B.B. King. Nine thousand people attend.
1961: Ricky Nelson has his first Top 10 hit in two years with 'Travelin' Man.' 'Hello Mary Lou' is on the flip-side. The single reaches #1.
1962: Chubby Checker wins a Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Recording for 'Let's Twist Again' and Ray Charles wins for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording for 'Hit The Road Jack.'
1965: The Beach Boys 'Help Me Rhonda' knocks The Beatles 'Ticket To Ride' from the top spot on the pop chart. The song, originally released as 'Help Me Ronda' on the LP 'Today!', began to receive radio airplay and was soon re-recorded and issued as a single with the new spelling. It was the first Beach Boys' hit to feature the voice of rhythm guitarist Al Jardine. The record made the Top Ten in eight other countries.
1965: Bob Dylan’s album 'Bringing It All Back Home' was at #1 on the UK charts, his second chart topping album. It would be displaced the following day by the soundtrack to' The Sound of Music.'
1967: The Move, Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, Zoot Money, Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band all appeared at the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall in Spalding, Lincoln, England. Pink Floyd were only a support band and played in a corner of the shed with a white sheet behind them with the colored oil shining onto it. Tickets cost £1 ($1.70). The poster advertising the show promised a "Knockout Atmosphere."
1969: Crosby, Stills & Nash 'Crosby, Stills & Nash' is released.
1969: The Who appeared at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago.
1970: Pink Floyd’s soundtrack to the Michelangelo Antonioni film Zabriske Point had its UK album release. It featured previously unreleased Pink Floyd tracks 'Heart Beat, Pig Meat,' 'Crumbling Land,' and 'Come In Number 51, You’re Time Is Up.'
1970: Jethro Tull played at the Eastown Theater in Detroit, Michigan.
1971: Canada's 5 Man Electrical Band enters the US charts with what would prove to be their biggest hit and signature tune, 'Signs.'
1971: 'Brown Sugar,' The Rolling Stones' first release on their own label, became their 6th US #1 single. Speculation on the meaning of the title has ranged from a sexist racial slur to Mexican heroin, but the song was purportedly about Mick Jagger’s affair with American singer Marsha Hunt. They also have the #1 album, 'Sticky Fingers.'
1971: Thirty-six people are given medical attention after unknowingly drinking LSD laced cider at a San Francisco Grateful Dead show at Winterland. This was the first of two nights at Bill Graham’s venue. Tickets cost $2.
1972: Paul McCartney releases his version of the nursery rhyme, 'Mary Had A Little Lamb' as kind of tongue-in-cheek joke to get back at the BBC for banning his earlier single "Give Ireland Back To The Irish". It reached the US Top 30.
1973: The Byrds break up when founding member Roger McGuinn performs his first solo concert at New York's Academy of Music. Use of "The Byrds" name gets sticky in ensuing years, and in 1989 McGuinn plays some shows with original members Chris Hillman and David Crosby to stake their legal claim to the name.
1973: Record executive Clive Davis is fired from Columbia for misappropriating $100,000. He later founded Arista Records and engineered Santana’s comeback with 'Supernatural.'
1973: David Bowie performed at Victoria Hall in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
1973: Mike Oldfield releases his ambient masterpiece 'Tubular Bells.' The opening piano solo was used briefly in the soundtrack to the William Friedkin film 'The Exorcist' (also released in 1973), and the album gained considerable airplay because of the film’s success.
1975: Aerosmith performed at Cobo Arena in Detroit.
1975: Rush appeared at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas.
1976: ZZ Top appear at Groves Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
1977: Fleetwood Mac, Bob Seger, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Kenny Logins all appeared at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Tickets cost $10 – $12.50.
1977: Elvis Presley walks off the stage in the middle of the concert in Baltimore upset with his performance.
1977: Columbia Records president Goddard Lieberson died of cancer at the age of 66. Lieberson was responsible for the introduction of the LP record and for popularizing soundtracks and original cast albums.
1979: Yes performed at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado.
1980: Thin Lizzy played at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1980: The Grateful Dead performed at the Civic Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
1981: Bruce Springsteen appeared at the Wembley Arena in London.
1982: The 'Combat Rock' album from The Clash is released.
1982: Paul McCartney started a three week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with 'Tug Of War.' With contributions from Stevie Wonder, George Martin, Carl Perkins and Ringo Starr, the LP featured 'Ebony And Ivory' and McCartney's ode to John Lennon, 'Here Today.'
1982: Survivor's 'Eye Of The Tiger' b/w 'Take You On A Saturday' 45 single is released.
1983: The US Festival's Heavy Metal Day bangs heads with over 300,000 people partying with Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Triumph, Scorpions, Motley Crue and Quiet Riot.
1983: Kiss play their last concert in their traditional makeup, but 13 years later they slap it on again when they reunite.
1983: Styx played at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.
1988: Bob Dylan duets with Band drummer Levon Helm on the group's 'The Weight' at a Helm show in New York. The duo also perform Chuck Berry's 'Nadine.'
1989: Lisa Marie Presley gives birth to Elvis' granddaughter, Danielle Riley Keough (pronounced KEE-oh). By the time she reached the age of 14, she was working as a fashion model and has since become an accomplished actress, co-starring in the 2010 film 'The Runaways' with Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart and Tatum O'Neal.
1989: John Cipollina, guitarist of Quicksilver Messenger Service, dies from complications of a lifelong genetic disorder that produces symptoms similar to COPD. He was 45 years old. In 2003, he was ranked #32 by Rolling Stone magazine on their 100 Great Guitarist of All Time list.
1991: After just completing the recording of the 'Nevermind' album, Nirvana played a last-minute show at the Jabberjaw in Los Angeles. In the audience was Iggy Pop, Dave Grohl's girlfriend and L7 bassist Jennifer Finch who brought along her best friend Courtney Love.
1992: Concerned that students are identifying with Freddie Mercury, who had recently died of AIDS, the principal at Sacred Heart School in Clifton, New Jersey doesn't allow 8th graders to perform the Queen song 'We Are The Champions' at their graduation ceremony. When students flood the radio station Z100 with requests for the song, it is re-released as a single.
1993: Radiohead's 'Pablo Honey' lands on the U.S. album chart. The first stop is at #184. The album eventually gets to #32 and sells a couple million copies worldwide.
1997: Jeff Buckley accidentally drowns in Memphis after jumping into the Wolf River Harbor, a channel of the Mississippi River, with all of his clothes on, including his boots. He was 30 years old. Before drowning, Buckley could be heard singing the chorus to Led Zeppelin’s 'Whole Lotta Love.' No drugs or alcohol were found in his system. Buckley becomes a mythic icon and reaches his biggest sales and popularity after his death.
1999: The skeletal remains of Iron Butterfly bassist Philip Kramer are discovered in Malibu’s Decker Canyon by photographers, four years after he went missing. He disappeared in '95 and was rumored to have fallen victim to foul play. Not so. Kramer apparently drove off a Malibu road on his way to LAX and crashed into a canyon. He was 42.
2000: Iron Maiden‬ released the album 'Brave New World.' It is their first with lead singer Bruce Dickinson since 1992's 'Fear Of The Dark.'
2001: The Eagles made their first ever visit to Russia when they appeared at SC Olymisky in Moscow.
2002: David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar kicked off their co-headlining tour at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH outside of Cleveland.
2002: A 16ft by 6ft mosaic designed by John Lennon went on display at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool. The mosaic had been built into Lennon's swimming pool at his Kenwood home in Surrey where he lived between 1964 and 1968.
2004: The video for Linkin Park's final single from their 'Meteora' album, 'Breaking The Habit,' premieres on MTV2.
2004: Saliva frontman Josey Scott marries Kendra Lynnett Edney at Elvis Presley's Memphis estate, Graceland. Memphis native Scott is a Presley fanatic who counts one of the King's former limos among his possessions.
2006: David Gilmour plays the first of two solo shows at London's Royal Albert Hall. The shows are filmed for a DVD directed by David Mallet (who also directed a Gilmour concert DVD four years earlier).
2007: Satellite Party, with ex-Jane's Addiction/Porno For Pyros frontman Perry Farrell, release their debut album, 'The Ultra Payloaded,' containing debut single, 'Wish Upon A Dog Star.'
2007: In an online post, Eddie Van Halen writes that he's "truly grateful" for the encouraging messages sent him during his stay at a rehabilitation facility. "It was an intensely personal thing that I'm not really comfortable talking about right now," says the guitarist. "But I want everyone to know that their support has and always will mean the world to me."
2007: A piano used by John Lennon on the night he died was put up for sale for $375,000 on The Moments in Time memorabilia website. The upright grand piano was part of the Record Plant Recording Studios in New York where the former Beatle recorded his 1971 'Imagine' album. Lennon was said to be so fond of the instrument that he had it moved to whichever studio he was working in and had used the piano hours before being shot on December 8, 1980.
2008: Disturbed perform to a global online audience when they play the Pepsi Free Concert Series in Las Vegas.
2008: KISS has a late-night meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at a hotel in Stockholm, Sweden. The group is in town to play a concert and Rice is there for an international conference on Iraq (and the war). "I was thrilled," says Rice. "It was really fun to meet KISS and Gene Simmons."
2008: A Jimi Hendrix photo exhibit titled 'Hendrix Revealed: A Life Through the Lens' opens with an invite-only party at the Celebrity Vault gallery in Beverly Hills. The display features Hendrix images taken by 17 photographers from '67-'70.
2009: Ozzy Osbourne files a lawsuit against Tony Iommi, his Black Sabbath bandmate. Osbourne claims that Iommi illegally took sole ownership of the Black Sabbath name, and Ozzy wants 50% of the trademark. Ozzy says, “It is with great regret that I had to resort to legal action against my long-term partner Tony Iommi, but after three years of trying to resolve this issue amicably, I feel I have no other recourse.” The lawsuit is settled out of court the following year.
2009: Legendary producer Phil Spector (The Beatles, John Lennon and George Harrison) is sentenced to a prison term of 19 years to life for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who was shot to death at Spector's mansion in 2003.
2010: Sabrosa Park (at the small town of Sabrosa, north of Portugal) was renamed B.B. King Park in honor of King and the free concert he had played before 20,000 people.
2010: Paul McCartney feared for his safety after his tour bus came under attack from a group of thugs following a concert at the Foro Sol arena in Mexico City. The bus driver was forced to stop when a mob ran up to the vehicle and began jumping up and down on its roof. Police were eventually called and McCartney's entourage escaped unharmed.
2012: Bob Dylan is among the Medal of Freedom recipients. During a White House ceremony, President Obama says he's "extremely grateful" to be able to personally thank the honorees "for the great work they have done" in America and worldwide. The Medal of Freedom is America's highest civilian honor.
2012: Lisa Marie Presley intervened to stop a letter written to her by ex-husband Michael Jackson from being auctioned. The handwritten note by the late King Of Pop was of a personal nature and was reportedly penned between 1993 and 1996. Auction house owner Darren Julien stated "We wanted to honor the request and continue our good relationship with Ms. Presley."
2013: The Velvet Underground settle a legal dispute with the Andy Warhol Foundation over the rights to use the famous banana cover Warhol designed for the band's 1967 album, 'The Velvet Underground and Nico.' The "confidential settlement" ends a dispute that began four years earlier.

May 30
1956: Time magazine prints an article entitled Teener's Hero, which tries to explain Elvis Presley's mystique. After a drawn-out description of his singing style, the writer says of Presley's appeal: "his movements suggest, in a word, sex."
1964: The Rolling Stones 'England's Newest Hit Makers' album is released. It was the American debut album by the band and it reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The album was recorded over five days at Regent Sound Studios in London, through January and February of 1964. It was produced by the managers at the time, Eric Easton and Andrew Loog Oldham.
1964: 'Love Me Do' became The Beatles 4th US #1 hit. The version released in America is one that had Andy White playing drums while Ringo played the tambourine. The British single was a take on which Ringo played the drums.
1965: The Rolling Stones played the final night of a US tour at the New York Academy of Music. During the afternoon the band recorded six songs for the Clay Pole TV show.
1965: The Who performed at Mojo Club in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
1966: The Who appeared at Sincil Bank Football Ground in Lincoln, England.
1966: The Doors appeared at the Hullabaloo in West Hollywood, California.
1966: The Jefferson Airplane perform at a benefit for the Haight-Ashbury Legal Organization in San Francisco.
1966: The Young Rascals 'You Better Run' b/w 'Love Is A Beautiful Thing' 45 single is released.
1966: The Beatles 'Paperback Writer' b/w 'Rain' 45 single is released. The single went to the #1 spot in the United States, United Kingdom, West Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Norway. On the US Billboard Hot 100, the song was at number one for two non-consecutive weeks, being interrupted by Frank Sinatra's 'Strangers in the Night.' 'Paperback Writer' was the last new song by the Beatles to be featured on their final tour in 1966, and was the group's only U.S. #1 released that year.
1968: The Beatles began recording what became known as the White Album, a two LP set whose official title was simply 'The Beatles.' The first track they lay down is 'Revolution.'
1968: Cream appeared at Eagles Auditorium in Seattle, Washington.
1969: Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at The Fillmore East in New York City.
1969: Neil Young & Crazy Horse performed at La Cave in Cleveland, Ohio.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Detroit, Michigan.
1972: Roxy Music play their first major date at Lincolnshire, England’s Great Western Express Festival.
1973: David Bowie appeared at the New Theatre Oxford in Oxford, England.
1973: George Harrison's 'Living in the Material World' album is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's & Tape chart for five consecutive weeks beginning late June.
1975: Aerosmith played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1975: Alice Cooper’s first solo album 'Welcome to My Nightmare' was certified Gold by the RIAA.
1976: Rush performed at the Nelson Center in Springfield, Illinois.
1977: It’s the last chance to see Elvis play Florida as he appears tonight at Jacksonville’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
1978: Led Zeppelin enters a recording studio for the first time since the death of Robert Plant's son, Karac, in July 1977. The sessions will be the band's final proper studio album, 1979's 'In Through The Out Door.'
1979: Yes performed at the Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas.
1980: Carl Radle, bass guitarist for Derek And The Dominos, died of kidney failure. After The Dominos split, he continued to work with other artists such as George Harrison, Joe Cocker and J.J. Cale. He was just 37 years old.
1980: Peter Gabriel's 3rd album, 'Peter Gabriel (Melt) is released. The album reached #22 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and hit #1 on the UK Albums chart. It also contains two of Gabriel's most famous songs, the U.K. Top 10 hit 'Games Without Frontiers' and the political song 'Biko,' about the late anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko.
1981: Phil Collins 'In The Air Tonight' b/w 'The Roof Is Leaking' 45 single is released.
1981: Pete Townshend plays a solo show at Brockwell Park in Brixton, England in support of a march against unemployment in Britain.
1981: ZZ Top played at the Birmingham–Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama.
1984: King Crimson performed at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, Canada.
1987: David Bowie kicked off his 87-date Glass Spider world tour at the Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam, Holland.
1989: Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) appears on a British TV show called 'Hypotheticals,' where he addresses the fatwa issued against the author Salman Rushdie. Islam seems to support the fatwa - when asked if he would attend a protest where a Rushdie effigy is burned, he replies, "I would have hoped that it'd be the real thing."
The remarks alienate many Cat Stevens fans, including members of the band 10,000 Maniacs, who pull their cover of 'Peace Train' from future pressings of the 'In My Tribe' album.
1990: Midnight Oil plays in front of the Exxon Building in New York to protest the corporation's global polluting.
1992: The Black Crowes went to #1 on the US album chart with 'The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion.'
1992: Paul Simon marries Edie Brickell. Simon, who was previously married to Carrie Fisher, was 26 years older than Brickell when they wed.
1994: Metallica kick off the 'Shit Hits The Sheds' tour at the Darrien Lake Performing Arts Centre near Buffalo, in support of the recently released 'Live Shit Binge & Purge' box set.
1996: Gin Blossoms release 'Til I Hear It From You'/'Follow You Down' as a double-sided single.
1997: Neil Young cancelled his European tour after he cut his finger open while making a ham sandwich.
2001: The Home Shopping Network sells three autographed guitars with signatures from Metallica's James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted, and Lars Ulrich within three minutes for $1,495 each.
2003: Rod Stewart files for divorce from model Rachel Hunter. They separated in 1999 and have two children.
2003: Mickie Most, producer of artists such as The Animals, Jeff Beck & Herman’s Hermits died of cancer. He was 64 years old.
2005: Judas Priest kicks off their 'Angels Of Retribution' reunion tour in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
2005: Despite efforts by the Greek Orthodox Church, Slipknot performs at the Lykavittos Theatre in Athens. The church campaigned to cancel the show because they disapproved of the band's 'shocking' appearance and felt their song lyrics and concerts promoted Satanism. Yikes!
2006: 'The Hard Stuff' from George Thorogood and the Destroyers is released. The 15-track disc has originals and vintage Blues tunes.
2007: Four of Aerosmith's five members visit Navy aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz, on their way to a concert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. They group does a 'meet-and-greet' with military personnel.
2007: Paul McCartney uses the Home Shopping Network to promote his album. A 30-minute special on 'Memory Almost Full,' has in-studio footage as McCartney discusses the recording of the album.
2007: A leaked copy of the new White Stripes album 'Icky Thump' was played completely on Chicago's radio station Q101-WKQX. Jack White personally called the US radio station from Spain, where he was touring, to voice his displeasure.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne's 'Black Rain' album is his highest-charting ever. It debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200 after selling 152,000 copies in its first week.
2008: Green Day went to #1 on the US album chart with ‘21st Century Breakdown,’ the bands eighth studio album.
2008: Everclear plays the first of two shows for U.S. soldiers when they take the stage at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "There are folks in uniform all over the world, and at home, looking out for us-and to play for them is an honor," says frontman Art Alexakis. A second concert for military personnel is on Oahu five weeks later (7/6).
2008: Disturbed perform 'Into The Fire' at Spike TV's Guys Choice awards in Culver City, CA. Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash snags the Outstanding Literary Achievement honor for his bio.
2009: Billy Idol and Dave Mason perform at the For The Arts benefit concert in Santa Monica, CA. The event supports the Education Foundation of Santa Monica & Malibu in the organization's effort to raise $15 million for a "permanent endowment fund" benefiting music and art programs at the area's public schools.
2009: At Spike TV's Guy's Choice ceremony in Culver City, CA, Eddie Van Halen is presented the Guitar God honor and Metallica gets the fan-voted Ballsiest Band award.
2009: Mick Jagger offered to buy an ice cream van but was turned down by its owner - who'd promised his daughter he would drive her to her wedding in it. Guiseppe Della Camera, had spent ten years restoring the rusting van to perfection after he spotted it on a farm - being used as a chicken shed. The restoration was such a success Sir Mick offered to buy the vehicle when he saw it at a show on Wandsworth Common. Camera said, 'Jagger told me he'd really fallen in love with my van and asked me if I would consider selling it. I was stunned when he offered me £100,000.
2009: Ozzy Osbourne was suing the band's guitarist Tony Iommi over royalty payments. The 60-year-old had accused Iommi of falsely claiming to have sole rights to the band's name which has cost him royalties from merchandise sales. Osbourne was seeking unspecified damages, lost profits and a declaration he is a half-owner of the trademark. Iommi claims Osbourne legally relinquished rights to the band's name in the 1980s. Osbourne said he believed all four original members of the band should share Black Sabbath's name equally.
2009: 81-year-old music legend Fats Domino made a rare appearance at a charity event in New Orleans that raises funds to rebuild schools and playgrounds damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Although he did not perform, The Fat Man watched his old friends Little Richard, B.B. King and Chuck Berry hit the stage and waved at the 3,000-strong crowd.
2010: Ronnie James Dio, who fronted Black Sabbath, Dio, Rainbow, and Heaven & Hell, is laid to rest at the Hall of Liberty in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills. He passed away two weeks earlier from stomach cancer.
2011: Blondie's 'Panic Of Girls,' the group's first album in eight years, is available for download.
2012: Slash's album, 'Apocalyptic Love,' is #1 on the Independent Albums Chart and also tops the Hard Music Albums Chart in its first week of release. The album sits at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and #2 on the Canadian chart.
2013: As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis posts a bond and is released from the San Diego County jail after being arrested for allegedly hiring a hitman to kill his wife.
2013: On a more positive note, Aerosmith, Extreme, Godsmack, The J. Geils Band and Boston are among the performers at the Boston Marathon benefit concert at the TD Garden. Donations are distributed to the survivors of the 4/15 bombings and to the families of those killed in the terrorist attack.
2013: Jack White pays $142,000 in back taxes for Detroit's historic Masonic Temple saving it from a threatened auction. Masonic directors rename one of the venue's several stages the Jack White Theater.
2013: The 9th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert at Club Nokia in L.A honors Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. He receives the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the fund. The MusiCares MAP Fund aids musicians recovering from addiction. 2013
2013: A new museum dedicated to the life of Johnny Cash staged its official opening. The museum in Nashville, Tennessee, was set up by wife and husband team Shannon and Bill Miller and features the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world.
2015: Julie Harris, an Academy Award-winning costume designer who outfitted The Beatles for their films 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Help!,' passed away at the age of 94. She was once quoted as saying, "I must be one of the few people who can claim they have seen John, Paul, George and Ringo naked."
2015, Jeremy Brown, guitarist for Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, died of unknown causes at the age of 34. Brown began playing with the Stone Temple Pilots singer in 2008

May 31
1956: Buddy Holly, sees the John Wayne movie 'The Searchers' and gains some song writing inspiration when Wayne utters the line "That'll be the day."
1961: Jimi Hendrix enlists in the Army for 3 years and is stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky as a member of the Screaming Eagles fighting squad. He is honorably discharged a little over a year later after breaking his ankle during a parachute jum
1961: Chuck Berry opens an amusement park that he calls Berry Park, in Wentzville, Missouri near St. Louis. The 30-acre complex features a swimming pool, miniature golf course, Ferris wheel, a children's zoo and a picnic grove with barbecue pits.
1962: The Beatles played the last night of a 7-week run at the Star-Club in Hamburg, West Germany. During their residency they would play for four-and-a-half hours on weekdays and six hours on Saturdays, with some songs lasting over 20 minutes to fill out the time.
1964: The Dave Clark Five appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first of 11 appearances. They perform 'Glad All Over.'
1966: Filming begins on 'The Monkees (Here Come The Monkees),' the first filmed episode of the television series The Monkees (though not the first shown). The Monkees' first single, 'Last Train to Clarksville' was released in August 1966, just weeks prior to the TV broadcast debut. In conjunction with the first broadcast of the television show on September 12, 1966 on the NBC television network, NBC and Columbia had a major hit on their hands.
1967: Big Brother & the Holding Company film a scene in the Richard Lester movie 'Petulia.'
1968: Love appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan
1968: Working on what will become The White album, The Beatles add overdubs of bass and vocals on ‘Revolution’. After numerous overdubs have been added, the final six minutes of the song evolved into chaotic, jamming, with Lennon repeatedly shouting "alright” and Yoko Ono speaking random phrases. The jam becomes the basis for ‘Revolution 9’, and this session is the first that Yoko attends.
1968: Jimi Hendrix appeared at Hallenstadion in Zürich, Switzerland.
1969: Jimi Hendrix was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents.
1969: During their Montreal bed-in, John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded 'Give Peace a Chance.'
1969: The Rolling Stones recorded 'Honky Tonk Women.'
1969: Joe Cocker's 'With A Little Help From My Friends' album hits the charts.
1969: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: Pink Floyd appeared at the “Eight Weeks Ball” held at the Main Marquee, Pembroke College, Oxford, England.
1970: Black Sabbath's self-titled debut studio album is released.
1971: Badfinger records 'Day After Day.'
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Piedmont Music Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.
1972: Roxy Music appeared at the Marquee Club in London.
1973: To celebrate John Bonham’s 25th birthday, Robert Plant leads an audience at the Felt Forum in Los Angeles in a rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Later that night Bonham celebrates with George Harrison, who ends up throwing his birthday cake at the drummer. Bonham tosses Harrison into the hotel pool.
1973: Deep Purple performed at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1973: Steely Dan received their first Gold record for their debut album 'Can’t Buy a Thrill,' which went on to be certified Platinum 20 years later.
1974: Gordon Lightfoot's LP 'Sundown' is certified gold, on the strength of the title tune, which went to #1, and 'Carefree Highway' which climbed to #10.
1974: Chicago's 'Call On Me' b/w 'Prelude To Aire' 45 single is released. From their album 'Chicago VII,' it reached #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Easy Listening chart.
1974: Roxy Music appeared at Painter’s Mill Music Fair in Owings Mills, Maryland.
1975: For John Bonham's 25th birthday, Robert Plant led an audience at the Forum in Los Angeles in a rendition of 'Happy Birthday.' Later that night Bonham celebrated with George Harrison, who ended up throwing a birthday cake at the drummer. Bonham then tossed Harrison into the hotel pool.
1975: During a press conference held at the 5th Avenue Hotel in New York City to announce The Rolling Stones forthcoming American tour, the Stones themselves came down the street playing live from the back of a flat-bed truck.
1975: The Eagles release 'One Of These Nights,' which will become the second of their five US #1 singles. The B-side, 'Visions,' features lead vocals by guitarist Don Felder, the only Eagles song to do so.
1975: 10cc's 'I'm Not In Love' b/w 'Channel Swimmer' 45 single is released. It became the band's second #1 single and stayed on the top spot in the UK for two weeks. Largely expected to scale the Hot 100 summit, the record only peaked at #2 in the US for three weeks, shut out of the top spot by a different number-one song each week (Van McCoy's 'The Hustle,' The Eagles 'One Of These Nights,' and the Bee Gees' 'Jive Talkin').
1976: The Who headline a bill at the Charlton Athletic Grounds in England and put their name into the Guiness Book of World Records as the loudest rock band ever, when their set measures at 120 decibels. Supporting acts are The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Little Feat, The Outlaws and Streetwalkers. Motörhead and Manowar go on to break the record decades later. The loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium is 142.2 decibels and was achieved by fans of the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in September of 2014.
1976: The Beatles 'Got To Get You Into My Life' b/w 'Helter Skelter' 45 single is released. First released in 1966 on the album 'Revolver,' it was released as a single from the 'Rock 'n' Roll Music' compilation album in 1976, a decade after its initial release and six years after The Beatles split up. It reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, The Beatles' last top 10 hit there until their 1995 release 'Free as a Bird.'
1976: Yes played at Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City, Tennessee.
1977: Beatlemania opens on Broadway. It runs for a total of 1,006 performances.
1977: Kiss release their 14th single 'Christine Sixteen.'
1977: Emerson, Lake & Palmer kicked off an American tour accompanied by a 70-piece orchestra. It cost the band 200-thousand dollars a week to keep the circus on the road.
1977: The Patti Smith group started a nine night residency at New York’s CBGB’s.
1977: The Police appeared at The Railway Hotel in Putney, London.
1977: Emerson, Lake & Palmer kick off an American tour accompanied by a 70-piece orchestra. It costs the band $200,000 a week to keep the circus on the road.
1977: Britain's BBC announced a ban on the Sex Pistols' anti-royalist song 'God Save The Queen,' saying it is "in gross bad taste." The cover of the single showed a picture of The Queen with a safety pin through her lip. Shops and pressing plant workers refused to handle the record, but it still managed to reach #2 on the UK chart.
1978: David Bowie performed at the Falkoner Theater in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1979: Dire Straits played at Rhein-Neckar Halle in Heidelberg, Germany.
1979: Supertramp perform at New York's Madison Square Garden, where they receive a Gold record for their million selling album 'Breakfast In America.'
1979: Steely Dan earns a gold record for 'Can't Buy A Thrill.' The album features the group's first hit 'Reeling In The Years.'
1980: The J. Geils Band peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Love Stinks,' their 6th top 40 single in the U.S.
1981: ZZ Top appeared at Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1982: The Clash released 'Combat Rock.'
1982: R.E.M. signed a five-album deal with I.R.S. Records, an independent label based in California. When their contract with I.R.S. Records ended in 1988, they signed with Warner Brothers Records.
1982: The Rolling Stones play an unannounced show at London's 100 Club, a citadel of the Punk movement. The Sex Pistols played there six years earlier.
1983: 'Speaking In Tongues,' the Talking Heads first platinum album, is released. The band's 5th studio album reached #15 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart; #55 on the Top R&B Albums chart, and #21 on the UK Albums chart. The single, 'Burning Down the House,' reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1984: Bob Dylan performed at St. Pauli Stadion in Hamburg, Germany.
1985: The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), sends its first letter to the RIAA requesting a ratings system for albums and concerts. The group is led by Tipper Gore, who is the wife of Senator Al Gore, so the record industry takes it seriously, and cuts back on their Metal budgets. The end result is warning stickers on albums containing offensive lyrics.
1986: Jeff Krulik and John Heyn film the parking-lot antics of fans tailgating at a Judas Priest concert in Landover, Maryland. The result is 'Heavy Metal Parking Lot,' a 16-minute film that captures the energy and absurdity of heavy metal culture in the '80s.
1986: Peter Gabriel notched his second solo UK #1 album with 'So,' featuring the singles 'Sledgehammer' and a duet with Kate Bush 'Don’t Give Up.'
1986: Genesis enters the Hot 100 with 'Invisible Touch,' joining four acts by current or former members of the group on the chart.
1989: At New York’s International Rock Awards, Keith Richards was given the Living Legend Award. The Rolling Stones guitarist was joined in the all-star jam by Eric Clapton and Tina Turner. Eric Clapton takes the trophy for Best Guitarist.
1989: Embroiled in litigation over the use of the name Yes, several band members announced they planned to tour under the name Yesshows.
1989: David Bowie's Tin Machine made their live debut at the International Music Awards in New York.
1992: The Grateful Dead played at the Sam Boyd Silver Bowl in Las Vegas.
1993: Jon Bon Jovi's wife Dorothea Hurley gives birth to their first child, a daughter named Stephanie Rose.
1994: Pink Floyd's 'Take It Back' b/w 'Astronomy Domine (Live)' 45 single is released.
1993: Alan McGhee, head of Creation Records, sees Oasis perform in Glasgow. Thinking he's found a cross between the Sex Pistols and The Beatles, he signs the group.
1999: Phil Kramer, who took Lee Dorman's place when Iron Butterfly re-formed in 1975, was found in a canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains, over four years after he called a police to say he was going to commit suicide. At the time of his death, he was 42.
2000: The Guess Who reunites for a tour.
2004: American guitarist Robert Quine was found dead of a heroin overdose in his New York City home. Worked with Richard Hell And The Voidoids, Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Lloyd Cole, Marianne Faithfull, Tom Waits, and They Might Be Giants
2005: Jackson United, a side project of Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett, releases their debut album, 'Western Ballads.' In addition to his guitar work, Shiflett handles lead vocals.
2005: Puddle Of Mudd release their first DVD, 'Live at the Key Club: Striking That Familiar Chord.' The two hour concert was taped in West Hollywood the previous November. There's also an acoustic set and band interviews.
2005: Billy Idol, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and Alice Cooper are heard on the 'Rock School' soundtrack. The documentary is about the Philadelphia music school for children who want to learn to Rock.
2005: After being in operation for over 70 years, The Salvation Army closed Strawberry Field, a Liverpool children's home which inspired The Beatles’ song 'Strawberry Fields Forever.'
2006: VH1 Rock Honors, paying tribute to Def Leppard, KISS, Judas Priest and Queen, is broadcast.
2006: Pearl Jam perform in front of a few hundred fans at a small New York club for a taping of an episode of VH1 Storytellers.
2007: Rob Grill, lead singer of The Grass Roots, is arrested for illegal possession of prescription painkillers at his home in Mount Dora, Florida.
2007: 'Bob Dylan: Intimate Insights From Friends and Fellow Musicians' is unveiled at Book Expo 2007 in New York. Collected by journalist Kathleen Mackay, it features stories about Dylan from Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, U2's Bono and members of The Beatles and The Band.
2007: U2 guitarist the Edge hosts the 2008 Icons of Music Sale in New York. The event benefits Music Rising, the Hurricane Katrina-relief charity he co-founded. The auction features rare memorabilia including two of The Edge's guitars and a hand written poem by Jim Morrison. Nine Inch Nails, Green Day, Metallica, Slash and Jimmy Page also contribute items.
2008: Ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne transforms Battery Maritime Building in New York into a musical instrument by attaching devices that cause beams and pipes in the structure to vibrate and produce sound. It's an 11-day exhibition.
2008: Death Cab For Cutie were at #1 on the US album chart with their 6th release 'Narrow Stairs.'
2009: KISS' Gene Simmons is interviewed on A&E's 'Private Sessions.'
2009: Kings Of Leon perform 'Use Somebody' at the MTV Movie Awards in Universal City.
2010: 'Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It' makes its debut on VH1. The series takes a "serious look" at the Poison frontman's offstage life.
2011: Black Stone Cherry's 3rd album, 'The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea" is released.
2011: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder releases the 16 track album 'Ukulele Songs,' his sophomore solo album.
2011: Gibson Guitar's website names Led Zeppelin's John Bonham the #1 Rock drummer of all time. "For this ability to make a band sway and groove like no other, never hogging the spotlight but remaining the subtle champion of Led Zeppelin, Gibson.com recognizes him as our Top Rock drummer, a talent unrivaled and irreplaceable," reads the site.
2011: A John Bonham birthday tribute concert is held at the House Of Blues in L.A. "When I first thought of this, the idea seemed too cool and simple not to try; get a John Bonham replica drum set, complete with gong and timpani, up front, center stage, and have each drummer perform their favorite Led Zep song with a house band (The Moby Dicks)," says Whitesnake drummer Brian Tichy. In addition to Tichy, the drummers include Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses), Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver/Guns N' Roses) and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater).
2012: Alice In Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell is given the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the eighth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert at Club Nokia in L.A. The honor is for the guitarist's dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process.
2013: Scott Weiland files a countersuit against his former band Stone Temple Pilots. He seeks in excess of $7 million in damages for what he believes was a conspiracy to oust him. In the documents Weiland asks, "How do you expel a man from the band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics, and was the face of for twenty years? You don't, but three of the instrumentalists from the band 'Stone Temple Pilots'' tried."
2014: Queen's musical, 'We Will Rock You,' closes after a 12-year run London's Dominion Theatre. There were 4,600 performances for more than 6.5 million people.
2014: The trustee for Randy California, leader of the band Spirit who died in 1997, sues Led Zeppelin, claiming a song California wrote called 'Taurus' was stolen for the intro to 'Stairway To Heaven.' One of the claims in the suit: "Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin were fans of Spirit, were aware of their album, and were influenced on an emotional level by their performances and recordings, so much so that they would go to watch Spirit perform in concert... Merely four days after opening for Spirit, Zeppelin had already lifted Spirit's material for their live sets."
2015: Over $155,000 is raised during two fundraisers to benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. A celebrity bowling tournament and a motorcycle ride/BBQ/concert in the L.A. area mark the fifth anniversary of the singer's passing due to stomach cancer.
2015: Members of Mastodon appear in an episode of the cable TV series 'Game of Thrones,' playing a group of wildings who are brutally murdered before getting resurrected by White Walkers.
2016: Prophets Of Rage, featuring members of Rage Against The Machine (Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk), along with Rappers Chuck D from Public Enemy and B-Real from Cypress Hill make its live debut at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood.
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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock History: April

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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock History: April

Rock Birthdays
April 1
Adolph Rickenbacker - b. 1886 - d. 3/76
Johny Barbata (The Sentinals, The Turtles, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, many others) - 72
Ronnie Laine (Faces) - b. 1946 - d. 6/4/97
Henry Gross (Sha Na Na, solo) - 66
Jeff Porcaro (Toto, session drummer) - b. 1954 - d. 4/5/92
Eric Meyer (Dark Angel) - 51
Keith St, John (Burning Rain, Lynch Mob, Montrose) - 48
Jesse Tobias (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morissette, Splendid, Morrissey) - 45
Richard Christy (Chared Walls Of The Damned, Death, Iced Earth) - 43
Michael Poulson (Volbeat) - 42
Adrian Patrick (Otherwise) -
Vega De La Rocka (Metalachi) - 35
Arejay Hale (Halestorm) - 29

April 2
Kurt Winter (Guess Who) - b. 1946 - d. 12/14/97
Leon Wilkerson (Lynryd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band, The Allen Collins Band) - b. 1952 - d. 7/27/01
Dr. Demento - 76
Leon Russell (Asylum Choir, solo) - b. 1942 - d. 11/13/16
Emmylou Harris (solo, has worked with many other artists including Gram Parsons, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, The Band, Mark Knopfler, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Rodney Crowell, Little Feat, and Neil Young) - 70
Joe Vitale (Joe Walsh, Barnstorm, Amboy Dukes, Michael Stanley Band, Stills-Young Band, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Eagles, Dan Fogelberg, Peter Frampton, John Entwistle, Zakk Wylde, solo + more) - 68
Dave Bronze (Procol Harum, Robin Trower, Dr. Feelgood, Eric Clapton, Nik Kershaw, Art of Noise + more) - 65
David Robinson (The Modern Lovers, The Cars) - 63
Tony Franklin (Roy Harper, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Blue Murder, The Firm, Kenny Wayne Shepherd) - 55
Phil Demmel (Machine Head, Vio-Lence, Metal Alligeance) - 50
Greg Camp (Smash Mouth) - 50
Tony Fredianelli (Third Eye Blind) - 48

Apr. 3
Jan Berry (Jan & Dean) - b. 1941 - d. 3/26/04
Richard Manuel (The Band, Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks, The Revols, Bob Dylan, The Pencils) - b. 1943 - d. 3/4/88
Dee Murray (Elton John band, Spencer Davis Group) - b. 1946 - d. 1/15/92
Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention, Linda Thompson, Kamila Thompson, French Frith Kaiser Thompson, Danny Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Golden Palominos, solo) - 68
John Siegler (Utopia, sessionist)
Dave Ragsdale (Kansas, solo) - 59
Mike Ness (Social Distortion, Easter, solo) - 55
Sebastian Bach (Skid Row, solo, Frameshift, Damnocracy) - 49
Chris Oliva (Savatage) - b. 1963 - d. 10/17/93
Andrew Shirley (Switchfoot, All Together Separate) - 43
Corky Gainsford (Otherwise) -

Apr. 4
Muddy Waters - b. 1913 - d. 4/30/83
Clive Davis - 85 (Record producer, A&R executive and music industry executive. He has won five Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer. From 1967 to 1973, Davis was the president of Columbia Records. He was the founder and president of Arista Records from 1975 through 2000 until founding J Records. From 2002 until April 2008, Davis was the chairman and CEO of the RCA Music Group (which included RCA Records, J Records and Arista Records), chairman and CEO of J Records, and chairman and CEO of BMG North America. While at Columbia he signed Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, Laura Nyro, The Electric Flag, Santana, The Chambers Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Chicago, Billy Joel, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Loggins & Messina, Aerosmith, Earth, Wind & Fire and Pink Floyd (for rights to release their material outside of Europe). At Arista, Davis signed Barry Manilow, Arista's first mega super seller, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Patti Smith, Al Jourgensen, The Outlaws, Eric Carmen, Exposé, Ace of Base, The Right Profile, Air Supply, Ray Parker, Jr. and Raydio, and Alicia Keys, and he brought Carly Simon, Grateful Dead, The Kinks, Jermaine Stewart, Gil Scott-Heron (on whose episode of TV One's Unsung Davis was interviewed) and Lou Reed to the label. He founded Arista Nashville which became the home to Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Pam Tillis, and Brad Paisley. Davis founded LaFace Records with L.A. Reid and Babyface. LaFace subsequently became the home of TLC, Usher, Outkast, P!nk and Toni Braxton. He founded Bad Boy Records with Sean Combs and it became the home of the Notorious B.I.G., Puffy Combs, Mase, 112, and Faith Evans, although Davis would later admit that he never quite understood rap music. In 1998, Davis signed LFO from European Success. LFO charted #1 with "Summer Girls" in 1999, and went on to multiplatinum success. Davis was made aware of Cissy Houston's daughter Whitney Houston after he saw the Houstons perform at a New York City nightclub. Impressed with what he heard, Davis signed her to Arista. Houston became one of the biggest selling artists in music history under the guidance of Davis at Arista.)
Dave Hill (Slade) - 71
David "Pick" Withers (Dire Straits, Dave Edmunds) - 69
Berry Oakley (Allman Brothers Band) - b. 1948 - He was killed in a motorcycle accident November 11, 1972.
Gary Moore (Skid Row, Coliseum II, Thin Lizzy, solo) - b. 1952 - He died on February 6, 2011 of a heart attack while on vacation in Spain.
Peter Baltes (Accept, Don Dokken) - 59
Craig Adams (Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission, The Cult, Coloursound, The Alarm) - 55
Dean Roberts (Leatherwolf) -
Mike Starr (Alice in Chains, Sun Red Sun, Days of the New, Gypsy Rose, SATO) - b. 1966 - d. 3/8/11
Josh Todd (Buckcherry) - 47
Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) - 40

Apr. 5
Peter Grant (Manager of Led Zeppelin, Yardbirds and Bad Company. Died from a heart attack on 1995 at age 60. Known as being one of the shrewdest and most ruthless managers in rock history, Grant secured 90% of concert gate money and intimidated record store owners who dealt in bootlegs. The former wrestler, also worked as a film extra and bodyguard. During the early 60's Grant worked as a tour manager for Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and The Animals.) - b. 1935 - d. 11/21/95
Alan Clarke (The Hollies) - 75
James 'Les" Binks (Judas Priest) - 69
Kent Henry (born Henry Plischke) (Blues Image, Steppenwolf) - 69
Dave Holland (Trapeze, Justin Hayward, Judas Priest) - 69
Peter Case (The Nerves, Plimsouls, solo) - 63
Mike McCready (Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Mad Season, The Rockfords, Shadow '86, Flight to Mars, Walking Papers, M.A.C.C) - 51
Jon Donais‬ (Anthrax‬, Shadows Fall‬) - 37

Apr. 6
Udo Dirkschneider (Accept & U.D.O.) - 65
Warren Hayes (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule, The Warren Haynes Band, Dickey Betts Great Southern Band, The Dead, Dave Matthews Band, Coheed and Cambria, David Allan Coe, Phil Lesh & Friends) - 57
Johnny Dee‬ (x‬, Doro‬) - 53
Leo Leoni (Gotthard) - 51
Brian Jones (Lillian Axe) - 41

Apr. 7
Ravi Shankar (Indian sitar player) - b. 1920 - 12/11/12
Spencer Dryden (The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Jefferson Airplane, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Dinosaurs) - b. 1938 - 1/11/05
Mick Abrahams (Jethro Tull, Blodwyn Pig, Screaming Lord Sutch) - 74
Wells Kelly (Orleans, Meatloaf, Clarence Clemmons, others, sessions) - b. 1949 - d. 10/30/84
Dallas W. Taylor (Clear Light, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Neil Young, Manassas, Ohiho Knox, sessions) - b. 1948 - d. 1/18/15
John Oates (Hall & Oates) - 68
Janis Ian - 66
Bruce Gary (The Knack) - b. 1951 - d. 8/22/06
Adam Woods (The Fixx) - 64

Apr. 8
Keef Hartley (Little Big Band, Dog soldier, The Artwoods, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Keef Hartley Band, solo) - b. 1944 - d. 11/26/11
Steve Howe (Yes, Asia, GTR, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, Bodast, Tomorrow, The Syndicats, Explorer's Club, solo) - 70
Mel Schacher (Question Mark and the Mysterians, Grand Funk Railroad, Flint) - 66
Izzy Stradlin (born Jeffrey Dean Isbell) (Guns N' Roses, Izzy Stradlin & The Ju Ju Hounds, Hollywood Rose, London) - 55
Julian Lennon - 54
Donita Sparks (L7, Donita Sparks and The Stellar Moments) - 54
Paul Gray (Slipknot) - b. 1972 - d. 3/24/10

Apr. 9
Carl Perkins - b. 1932 - d. 1/19/98
Terry Knight / Richard Terrance Knapp (Producer, singer, Grand Funk Railroad) - b. 1943 - d. 11/1/04
Steve Gadd (Kate Bush, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Al Jarreau, Joe Cocker, Stuff, Bob James, Chick Corea, Eric Clapton, Pino Daniele, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Eddie Gomez, The Manhattan Transfer, Michal Urbaniak, Steps Ahead, Al Di Meola, Manhattan Jazz Quintet, Carly Simon, Richard Tee, Jon Bon Jovi, Chet Baker, Paul Desmond, The Bee Gees, and Michael McDonald) - 72
Glen Burtnik (Styx, Liverpool, solo) - 62
Mark Kelly (Marillion) - 56
Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few, The Hiwatts) - 48
Gerald Way (My Chemical Romance) - 40
Albert Louis Hammond, Jr. (The Strokes) - 37

Apr. 10
Bunny Wailer / Neville Livingston (Bob Marley, Wailers) - 70
Fred Smith (Blondie, Television, others) - 69
Brian Setzer (The Brian Setzer Orchestra, The Bloodless Pharoahs, Stray Cats, The Tomcats, Drake Bell, solo) - 58
Joe Cole (Black Flag, Rollins Band) - b. 1961 - d. 12/19/91
Warren DeMartini (Ratt) - 54
Tim "Herb" Alexander (Primus, Laundry + more) - 52
Mike Mushok (Staind) - 47
Bryce Soderberg (Lifehouse) - 37

Apr. 11
Tom Hill (Geordie) - 67
Doug Hopkins (Gin Blossoms, The Chimeras) - b. 1961 - d. 12/5/93
Nigel Pulsford (Bush) - 54
Tom Hunting (Exodus) - 52
Michael O'Mara (L.A. Guns/Gunzo, Pyromania, True 2 Crue, Zepidemic)
Oliver Riedel (Rammstein) - 46
Tom Thacker (Sum 41) - 40
Christopher James Gaylor (All American Rejects) - 38
Josh Stone (solo, SuperHeavy) - 30

Apr. 12
John Kaye (Steppenwolf) - 73
Jakson Spires (Blackfoot) - b. 1951 - d. 3/16/05
Pat Travers (Pat Travers Band) - 63
D.D. Verni (Overkill) - 56
Art Alexakis (Everclear) - 55
Nicholas Lofton Hexum (311, The Nick Hexum Quintet) - 47
Jose Mangin (host on SiriusXM's LiquidMetal and former host of Headbangers Ball) - 40 years ago!

Apr. 13
Jack Casady (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane) - 73
Lowell George (Little Feat) - b. 1945 - One time member of Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention. Lowell died from a heart attack on June 29, 1979.
Riff West (Molly Hatchet) - b. 1950 - 11/19/14
Max Weinberg (Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) - 66
Randy Piper (Sister, Circus Circus, W.A.S.P., Animal, F-4) - 64
Jimmy Destri (Blondie) - 63
Butch Taylor (Dave Matthews Band) - 56
Marc Ford (Black Crowes, Burning Tree, The Neptune Blues Club, Jefferson Steelflex, Fuzz Machine, The Sinners, Blue Floyd, The Steepwater Band, Ryan Bingham, Ben Harper, The Scarecrows) - 51
Hillel Slovak (The Red Hot Chili Peppers) b. 1962 - Died from a heroin overdose on June 27, 1988.
Aaron Lewis (Staind) - 45

Apr. 14
Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow) - 72
Kenny Aaronson (Dave Edmunds, Chuck Leavell, Michael Shrieve, Steve Cropper, Brian Setzer, Lita Ford, Tony Iommi, Dave Gilmour, Billy Idol, Billy Squier, Foghat, Brian Setzer, Dave Edmunds, HSAS (Sammy Hagar, Neil Schon, Kenny Aaronson, Michael Shrieve), Mick Taylor, Graham Parker, Hall and Oates, Edgar Winter, Robert Gordon, Leslie West Band, Rick Derringer, Joan Jett + more) - 65
Daniel "Danny" Bowes (Thunder, Terraplane) - 57
Vinnie Moore (UFO, Red Zone Rider, Alice Cooper, Vicious Rumors, solo) - 53
Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season, solo) - 50
Martyn LeNoble (Thelonious Monster, Porno for Pyros, Jane's Addiction, The Cult, Soulsavers, Dave Gahan, Mark Lanegan) - 48
Adam Duce (Machine Head) - 45
Win Butler (Arcade Fire) - 37

Apr. 15
Dave Edmunds (solo, Love Sculpture, Rockpile, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band) - 73
Mike Chapman (Producer: The Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Blondie, The Knack, Exile, Toni Basil, Nick Gilder, Tina Turner, Pat Benatar, Huey Lewis and the News + more) - 70
Phil Mogg (UFO) - 69
Jeff Golub (Billy Squier) - 62
Gene Allen (Lizzy Borden, Royal air Force, Phoenix Down) -
Frankie Poullian (The Darkness) - 50
Phil Labonte (Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, All That Remains) - 42

Apr. 16
Dusty Springfield - b. 1939 - d. 3/2/1999
"Lonesome" Dave Peverett (Savoy Brown, Foghat, The Gods) - b. 1943 - d. 2/7/2000
Gerry Rafferty - (Stealers Wheel, Humblebums, solo) - b. 1947 - Died on Jan. 4, 2011 at the age of 63 after suffering a long illness.
Lee Kerslake (Ozzy Osbourne, Uriah Heep, The Gods, Toe Fat, Head Machine, National Head Band, Ken Hensley, David Byron, Living Loud) - 70
Michael Bruce (Alice Cooper) - 69
Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil) - 64
Dave Pirner (Murphy & Pirfinkle, Soul Asylum) - 53

Apr. 17
Don Kirshner - b. 1934 - d. 1/17/11 - (Songwriter, producer, impresario and publicist -the bands: The Monkees, The Archies and Kansas - Don Kirschner's Rock Concert TV show)
Roy Estrada (Little Feat, Frank Zappa, Mothers of Invention, Captain Beefheart, Lowell George) - 74
Jan Hammer (solo, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tommy Bolin, Carlos Santana, Joni Mitchell, Mick Jagger, Neil Schon, Jeff Beck, Al Dimeola, Clarence Clemons, Steve Lukather) - 69
Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Green Jelly) - 53
Liz Phair - 50
Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) - 43
Vassilios Metropoulos (Otherwise) -
Heidi Shepherd (Butcher Babies) - 32

Apr. 18
Glen Hardin (The Crickets, Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, John Denver, Ricky Nelson, Gram Parsons + many more) - 78
Mike Vickers (Manfred Mann) - 77
Skip Spence (Moby Grape, Jefferson Airplane) - b. 1944 - He died on April 16, 1999
Tommy Shannon (Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Double Trouble, Arc Angels, Storyville) - 71
Mick Sweda (Bulletboys, King Kobra) - 58
Kelly Hanson (Hurricane, Foreigner) - 57
Bernie K (Sound Barrier) -
‪Mike Mangini‬ (Dream Theater, Extreme, Annihilator, MullMuzzler, Tribe of Judah, Mourning Widows) - 54
Greg Eklund (Everclear) - 47
Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alter Bridge, Tremonti) - 43

Apr. 19
Alexis Korner (“The Father of British Blues") - b. 1928 - d. 1/1/84
Eddie Kramer (Producer and Engineer: Jimi Hendrix, Traffic, Blue Cheer, John Mayall, Led Zeppelin, Humble Pie, Peter Frampton, Derek and the Dominoes, KISS, Mott the Hoople, April Wine, Angel, Ace Frehley, Robin Trower, Foghat, Fastway, Triumph, Alcatrazz, Anthrax, Loudness, Buddy Guy, Icon, Pretty Maids, Carl Perkins, Brian May + more) - 75
Alan Price (The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, The Alan Price Set, Price and Fame, Alan Price and Friends, The Animals, Eric Burdon, The Electric Blues Company, Bobby Tench, Zoot Money) - 75
Larry Ramos (The Association) - b. 1942 - 4/30/14
Bernie Worrell (Parliament, Funkadelic, Talking Heads) - 73
Mark Volman (The Turtles, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Flo & Eddie) - 70
Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs, Winger, Fiona, Platypus, Jelly Jam, Rudess/Morgenstein Project) - 64
Bob Rock (The Payola$, Rock and Hyde, Metallica - Producer and Engineer - Loverboy, Honeymoon Suite, Black 'N Blue, Kingdom Come, The Cult, Blue Murder, Mötley Crüe, Little Caesar, Electric Boys, David Lee Roth, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, Bryan Adams, Our Lady Peace, Quireboys, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Veruca Salt, Colin James, Tal Bachman, Econoline Crush, American Hi-Fi, Tonic, The Tragically Hip, Michael Bublé, Gavin Rossdale, Bush, The Offspring, Prism, Survivor, Loverboy, Krokus, Chilliwack, Aerosmith, Simple Plan, 311) - 63
Tony Martin (Black Sabbath, Cozy Powell's Hammer, Misha Calvin, Rondinelli, Aldo Giuntini, Phenomena) - 60
Joe Floyd (Warrior) -
Pamela Moore (Queensrÿche, Radar, Solna, Eden's Curse, solo) -
Bekka Bramlett (Fleetwood Mac, The Zoo, Faith Hill, Delaney and Bonnie, Bekka & Billy, Sessions as a backing vocalist for: Belinda Carlisle, Warrant, Richie Sambora, Faster Pussycat, Mitch Malloy, Joe Cocker, Vince Gill, Bad Company, Iris DeMent, Delbert McClinton, Jonny Lang, Hank Thompson, Bryan White, Kenny Rogers, Jim Horn, Buddy Guy, Travis Tritt, Rita Coolidge, Lee Ann Womack, Billy Burnette, Jewel, Dwight Yoakam, Brooks & Dunn, Tanya Tucker, Amy Grant, Jim Lauderdale, 3 Doors Down, Bob Seger, Albert Lee, Robert Plant, Bonnie Bramlett + more) - 49
Jon Dette (Slayer, Testament, Anthrax, Iced Earth, Animetal USA, Killing Machine) - 47

Apr. 20
Jimmy Winston (The Moments, Small Faces) - 72
Ken Scott (British record producer/engineer widely known for being one of the five main engineers for the Beatles, as well as engineering Elton John, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Duran Duran, the Jeff Beck Group) - 70
Craig Frost (Flint, Grand Funk Railroad, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band) - 69
Jon Hyde (Hokus Pokus, Detective, Monarch) -
Kal Swan (Tyton, Lion, Bad Moon Rising) - 54
Joe Floyd (Warrior, producer) -
Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Transatlantic, Liquid Tension Experiment, Neal Morse, OSI, Avenged Sevenfold, Adrenaline Mob, Stone Sour, Flying Colors, Bigelf, The Winery Dogs) - 50
Mikey Welsh (Weezer, The Rivers Cuomo Band + more) - b. 1971 - d. 1/8/11

Apr. 21
Iggy Pop (James Osterberg) - 70
Robert Smith (The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Glove, Easy Cure, Crystal Castles, Malice, 65daysofstatic, solo) - 58
Oni Logan (Lynch Mob, Dio Disciples) -
Branden Steineckert (The Used, Rancid, Apocalypse Radio) - 39

Apr. 22
Glen Campbell singer, songwriter, member of the legendary “Wrecking Crew” (playing on recordings by Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, The Monkees, Nancy Sinatra, Merle Haggard, Jan and Dean, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Phil Spector + more), Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, The Champs, The Forte' Four, The Green River Boys, The Beach Boys, Bobbie Gentry, Anne Murray, John Hartford, Jimmy Webb, Kenny Rogers, Leon Russell, Roy Clark, Linda Ronstadt, Andy Williams, solo) - 81
Peter Frampton (The Herd, Humble Pie, Frampton's Camel David Bowie, George Harrison, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, solo) - 7
Paul Carrack (Warm Dust, Ace, Roxy Music, Squeeze, Nick Lowe, Mike + The Mechanics, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters + many others, solo) - 66
Kenny Lyon (Lemonheads) - 61
Robb Reiner (Anvil) - 59
Hook Herrera (Gov't Mule, Kevin Kinney, Mötley Crüe, The Reverend Horton Heat, Willy DeVille + more) - 7
Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down) - 43
Kimberley Dahme (Boston, solo) -
Daniel Johns (Silverchair) - 38

Apr. 23
Roy Orbison (solo, Traveling Wilburys, Teen Kings, The Wink Westerners, Class of '55) b. 1936 - Orbison died on December 6, 1988
Glenn Cornick (Jethro Tull, Wild Turkey, Paris, Carthago) - b. 1947 He died in Hilo, Hawaii, on August 28, 2014 due to congestive heart failure at 67
David Cross (King Crimson, Radius, Electric Chamber Music, David Cross Band, solo) - 68
John Miles (Tina Turner, The Alan Parsons Project, Influence, The John Miles Set, solo, + more) - 68
Steve Clark (Def Leppard) b. 1960 - Clark died on January 8, 1991 after a night of heavy alcohol