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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock History: April

by on Apr.01, 2018, under ROCK B-DAYS/TODAY IN ROCK

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) - 73
Ronnie Laine (Faces) - b. 1946 - d. 6/4/97
Henry Gross (Sha Na Na, solo) - 67
Jeff Porcaro (Toto, session drummer) - b. 1954 - d. 4/5/92
Peter O'Toole (Hothouse Flowers) - 53
Eric Meyer (Dark Angel) - 52
Keith St. John (Burning Rain, Lynch Mob, Montrose, Quiet Riot + more) - 49
Jesse Tobias (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morissette, Splendid, Morrissey) - 46
Richard Christy (Chared Walls Of The Damned, Death, Iced Earth) - 44
Michael Poulson (Volbeat) - 43
Adrian Patrick (Otherwise) -
Vega De La Rocka (Metalachi) - 36
Arejay Hale (Halestorm) - 30

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 - 77
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) - 71
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) - 69
Dave Bronze (Procol Harum, Robin Trower, Dr. Feelgood, Eric Clapton, Nik Kershaw, Art of Noise + more) - 66
David Robinson (The Modern Lovers, The Cars) - 64
Tony Franklin (Roy Harper, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Blue Murder, The Firm, Kenny Wayne Shepherd) - 56
Phil Demmel (Machine Head, Vio-Lence, Metal Alligeance) - 51
Greg Camp (Smash Mouth) - 51
Tony Fredianelli (Third Eye Blind) - 49

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) - 69
John Siegler (Utopia, sessionist) -
Dave Ragsdale (Kansas, solo) - 60
Mike Ness (Social Distortion, Easter, solo) - 56
Sebastian Bach (Skid Row, solo, Frameshift, Damnocracy) - 50
Chris Oliva (Savatage) - b. 1963 - d. 10/17/93
Andrew Shirley (Switchfoot, All Together Separate) - 44
Corky Gainsford (Otherwise, Blue Man Group) -

Apr. 4
Muddy Waters - b. 1913 - d. 4/30/83
Clive Davis (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.) - 86
Dave Hill (Slade, The Vendors, The N' Betweens, Blessings in Disguise, Slade II) - 72
David "Pick" Withers (Dire Straits, Dave Edmunds, sessions) - 70
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) - 60
Craig Adams (Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission, The Cult, Coloursound, The Alarm) - 56
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, Josh Todd & The Conflict) - 48
Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) - 41

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) - 76
James 'Les" Binks (Judas Priest) - 70
Kent Henry (born Henry Plischke) (Blues Image, Steppenwolf) - 70
Dave Holland (Trapeze, Justin Hayward, Judas Priest) - 70
Peter Case (The Nerves, Plimsouls, solo) - 64
Mike McCready (Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Mad Season, The Rockfords, Shadow '86, Flight to Mars, Walking Papers, M.A.C.C) - 52
Jon Donais‬ (Anthrax‬, Shadows Fall‬) - 38

Apr. 6
Udo Dirkschneider (Accept, U.D.O.) - 66
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) - 58
Johnny Dee‬ (Britny Fox‬, Waysted, Blaze Bayley, Doro + more‬) - 54
Leo Leoni (Gotthard, CoreLeoni) - 52
Brian Jones (Lillian Axe) - 42

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) - 75
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) - 69
Janis Ian - 67
Bruce Gary (The Knack) - b. 1951 - d. 8/22/06

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) - 71
Mel Schacher (Question Mark and the Mysterians, Grand Funk Railroad, Flint) - 67
Adam Woods (The Fixx) - 65
Izzy Stradlin (born Jeffrey Dean Isbell) (Guns N' Roses, Izzy Stradlin & The Ju Ju Hounds, Hollywood Rose, London) - 56
Julian Lennon - 55
Donita Sparks (L7, Donita Sparks and The Stellar Moments) - 55
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) - 73
Glen Burtnik (Styx, Liverpool, solo) - 63
Mark Kelly (Marillion) - 57
Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few, The Hiwatts) - 49
Gerald Way (My Chemical Romance) - 41
Albert Louis Hammond, Jr. (The Strokes) - 38

Apr. 10
Nate Nelson (The Flamingos) - b. 1932 - d. 4/10/82
Bunny Wailer / Neville Livingston (Bob Marley, Wailers) - 71
Burke Shelley (Budgie) - 71
Fred Smith (Blondie, Television, others) - 70
Brian Setzer (The Brian Setzer Orchestra, The Bloodless Pharoahs, Stray Cats, The Tomcats, Drake Bell, solo) - 59
Joe Cole (Black Flag, Rollins Band) - b. 1961 - d. 12/19/91
Warren DeMartini (Ratt, Dokken, Whitesnake, solo) - 55
Tim "Herb" Alexander (Primus, Laundry + more) - 53
Mike Mushok (Staind, Saint Asonia) - 48
Bryce Soderberg (Lifehouse) - 38

Apr. 11
Bob Harris (British music presenter known for being a host of the BBC2 music program 'The Old Grey Whistle Test,' and as a co-founder of the listings magazine Time Out) - 72
Tom Hill (Geordie) - 68
Stuart Adamson (The Skids, Big Country) - b. 1958 - d. 12/16/01
Doug Hopkins (Gin Blossoms, The Chimeras) - b. 1961 - d. 12/5/93
Nigel Pulsford (Bush) - 57
Tom Hunting (Exodus) - 53
Michael O'Mara (L.A. Guns/Gunzo, Pyromania, True 2 Crue, Zepidemic)
Oliver Riedel (Rammstein) - 47
Tom Thacker (Sum 41) - 41
Christopher James Gaylor (All American Rejects) - 39
Josh Stone (solo, SuperHeavy) - 31

Apr. 12
Guy Stevens (Producer: Mott The Hoople, Free, The Clash + more) - b. 1943 - d. 8/28/81
John Kaye (Steppenwolf) - 74
Jakson Spires (Blackfoot) - b. 1951 - d. 3/16/05
Pat Travers (Pat Travers Band) - 64
D.D. Verni (Overkill) - 57
Art Alexakis (Everclear) - 56
Nicholas Lofton Hexum (311, The Nick Hexum Quintet) - 48
Jose Mangin (host on SiriusXM's LiquidMetal and former host of Headbangers Ball) - 41
Alessandro Venturella (Slipknot) - 34
Brendon Urie (Panic! at the Disco) - 30

Apr. 13
Jack Casady (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane) - 74
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) - 67
Randy Piper (Sister, Circus Circus, W.A.S.P., Animal, F-4) - 65
Jimmy Destri (Blondie) - 64
Butch Taylor (Dave Matthews Band) - 57
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) - 52
Hillel Slovak (The Red Hot Chili Peppers) b. 1962 - Died from a heroin overdose on June 27, 1988.
Aaron Lewis (Staind) - 46

Apr. 14
Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Blackmore's Night) - 73
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) - 66
Daniel "Danny" Bowes (Thunder, Terraplane) - 58
Vinnie Moore (UFO, Red Zone Rider, Alice Cooper, Vicious Rumors, solo) - 54
Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season, solo) - 51
Martyn LeNoble (Thelonious Monster, Porno for Pyros, Jane's Addiction, The Cult, Soulsavers, Dave Gahan, Mark Lanegan) - 49
Adam Duce (Machine Head) - 46
Win Butler (Arcade Fire) - 38

Apr. 15
Bessie Smith (Legendary Blues Singer) - b. 1894 - d. 9/26/37
Adolph Jacobs (The Coasters) - b. 1939 - d. 7/23/14
"Mighty" Sam McClain (Blues singer, songwriter) - b. 1943 - d. 6/15/15
Dave Edmunds (solo, Love Sculpture, Rockpile, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band) - 74
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) - 71
Phil Mogg (UFO) - 70
Michael Kamen (American composer and orchestral arranger. Worked with many acts including Pink Floyd, Queen, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Metallica and more. Kamen co-wrote Bryan Adams' ballad ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It for You') - b. 1948 - d. 11/18/03.
Jack Lancaster (Blodwyn Pig, Aviator, The Soul Searchers, solo; has performed live on tour, composed for television and film, performed as a session musician and has produced, written and arranged recording sessions with artists including Gary Moore, Phil Collins, Rod Argent, Anthony Phillips, Hans Zimmer, Stéphane Grappelli, Brian Eno, Vangelis and Rick van der Linden) -
Jeff Golub (Billy Squier) - b. 1955 - d. 1/1/15
Gene Allen (Lizzy Borden, Royal air Force, Phoenix Down) -
Frankie Poullian (The Darkness) - 51
Ed O'Brien (Radiohead, 7 Worlds Collide) - 50
Phil Labonte (Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, All That Remains) - 43
Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) - 38

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) - 71
Michael Bruce (Alice Cooper, Billion Dollar Babies, The Josiah-Bruce Band, The Mich ael Bruce Group) - 70
Boll 'Sputnick' Spooner (The Tubes) - 69
John Bentley (Squeeze, solo) - 67
Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil, politician) - 65
Jason Scheff (Chicago, solo + more) - 56
Dave Pirner (Murphy & Pirfinkle, Soul Asylum) - 54

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) - 75
Jan Hammer (solo, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tommy Bolin, Carlos Santana, Joni Mitchell, Mick Jagger, Neil Schon, Jeff Beck, Al Dimeola, Clarence Clemons, Steve Lukather) - 70
Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Green Jelly) - 54
Liz Phair - 51
Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) - 44
Vassilios Metropoulos (Otherwise) -
Heidi Shepherd (Butcher Babies) - 33

Apr. 18
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (blues artist) - b. 1924 - d. 9/10/05
Glen Hardin (The Crickets, Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, John Denver, Ricky Nelson, Gram Parsons + many more) - 79
Mike Vickers (Manfred Mann) - 78
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) - 72
Mick Sweda (Bulletboys, King Kobra) - 59
Kelly Hanson (Hurricane, Foreigner) - 58
Bernie K (Sound Barrier) -
‪Mike Mangini‬ (Dream Theater, Extreme, Annihilator, MullMuzzler, Tribe of Judah, Mourning Widows) - 55
Greg Eklund (Everclear) - 48
Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alter Bridge, Tremonti) - 44

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) - 76
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) - 76
Larry Ramos (The Association) - b. 1942 - 4/30/14
Bernie Worrell (Parliament, Funkadelic, Talking Heads) - 74
Mark Volman (The Turtles, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Flo & Eddie) - 71
Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs, Winger, Fiona, Platypus, Jelly Jam, Rudess/Morgenstein Project) - 65
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) - 64
Tony Martin (Black Sabbath, Cozy Powell's Hammer, Misha Calvin, Rondinelli, Aldo Giuntini, Phenomena) - 61
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) - 50
Jon Dette (Slayer, Testament, Anthrax, Iced Earth, Animetal USA, Killing Machine) - 48

Apr. 20
Jimmy Winston (The Moments, Small Faces) - 73
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) - 71
Craig Frost (Flint, Grand Funk Railroad, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band) - 70
Jon Hyde (Hokus Pokus, Detective, Monarch) -
Kal Swan (Tyton, Lion, Bad Moon Rising) - 55
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) - 51
Mikey Welsh (Weezer, The Rivers Cuomo Band + more) - b. 1971 - d. 1/8/11

Apr. 21
Iggy Pop (James Osterberg) - 71
Robert Smith (The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Glove, Easy Cure, Crystal Castles, Malice, 65daysofstatic, solo) - 59
Oni Logan (Lynch Mob, Dio Disciples) -
Branden Steineckert (The Used, Rancid, Apocalypse Radio) - 40

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) - b. 1936 - d. 8/8/17
Peter Frampton (The Herd, Humble Pie, Frampton's Camel David Bowie, George Harrison, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, solo) - 68
Paul Carrack (Warm Dust, Ace, Roxy Music, Squeeze, Nick Lowe, Mike + The Mechanics, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters + many others, solo) - 67
Kenny Lyon (Lemonheads) - 62
Robb Reiner (Anvil) - 60
Hook Herrera (Gov't Mule, Kevin Kinney, Mötley Crüe, The Reverend Horton Heat, Willy DeVille + more) -
Shavo Odadjian (System Of A Down) - 44
Kimberley Dahme (Boston, solo) - 52
Daniel Johns (Silverchair) - 39

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) - 69
John Miles (Tina Turner, The Alan Parsons Project, Influence, The John Miles Set, solo, + more) - 69
Steve Clark (Def Leppard) b. 1960 - Clark died on January 8, 1991 after a night of heavy alcohol consumption combined with prescription drugs.
Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat, Sin City Sinners) - 51
Stan Frazier (Sugar Ray) - 50

Apr. 24
Tony Visconti (Producer, Arranger, Musician; David Bowie, T. Rex, The Moody Blues, Sparks, Kristeen Young, Morrissey, Richard Barone, Thin Lizzy, Alejandro Escovedo, Kaiser Chiefs, many more) - 74
Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Don Harrison Band) - 73
Jack Blades (Rubicon, Night Ranger, Damn Yankees, Shaw/Blades, Revolution Saints, solo) - 64
Boris Williams (The Cure, Thompson Twins, Strawberry Switchblade, Shelleyan Orphan, Babacar) - 61
David J / David Jay Haskins (Bauhaus, The Jazz Butcher, Love & Rockets) - 61
Billy Gould (Faith No Man, Faith No More, Brujeria, Fear And The Nervous System, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Harmful) - 55
Joey Vera (Fates Warning, Armored Saint, Anthrax, Engine, Motor Sister + more) - 55
Patty Schemel (Hole) - 51
Shannon Larkin (Ugly Kid Joe, Godsmack) - 51
Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) - 50
Brian Marshall (Creed, Alter Bridge) - 45
Tyson Ritter (The All-American Rejects) - 34

Apr. 25
Albert King - b. 1923 - 12/21/92
Jerry Leiber, (& Stoller) (songwriter and producer for Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Monkees, Cliff Richard. Among their hit songs: Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, King Creole, Don't, There Goes My Baby, Searchin', Yakety Yak and Kansas City) - b. 1933 - d. 8/22/11
Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Southern Pacific, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, The Don Harrison Band) - 73
Steve Ferrone (Average White Band, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Scritti Politti + more) - 68
Fish (Derek Dick - Marillion, Tony Banks, Ayreon, solo) - 61
Billy Rankin (Nazareth, solo + more) - 59
Paul Baloff (Exodus, Piranha, Hirax, Heathen) - b. 1960 - d. 2/2/02
Eric Avery (Jane's Addiction, Garbage, Nine Inch Nails, Deconstruction, Polar Bear, Smashing Pumpkins, solo + more) - 53

Apr. 26
Duane Eddy - 80
Bobby Rydell / Robert Louis Ridarelli (singer) - 76
Gary Wright (Spooky Tooth, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Wonder Wheel, solo) - 73
Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie, Jeff Beck, Hank Williams Jr, others, solo) - 69
John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream, Ratt, Brides of Destruction, Angora, E.S.P. - The Eric Singer Project, Union, Angel City Outlaws, Twenty 4 Seven, Tuff, The Dead Daisies) - 59
Chris Mars (Golden Smog, The Replacements) - 57
Joey Jordison (Slipknot, Murderdolls, Scar The Martyr + more) - 43
Jose Antonio Pasillas II (Incubus) - 42

Apr. 27
Casey Kasem (Legendary DJ, host of America's Top 40 radio countdown) - b. 1932 - d. 6/15/14
Jerry Mercer (Mashmakhan, Roy Buchanan, The Wackers, April Wine) - 79
Peter Ham (Badfinger, The Iveys) - b. 1947. - d. 4/24/75
Jim Keltner (Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Delaney Bramlett, John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band, George Harrison, Traveling Wilburys, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, The Manhattan Transfer, Steve Miller Band, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Harry Chapin, others) - 76
Gordon Haskell (Ravens, League of Gentlemen, King Crimson, solo) - 72
Ace Frehley (Cathedral, Molimo, Wicked Lester, KISS, Frehley's Comet, solo) - 67
Wally Palmar (The Romantics, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band) - 65
Whitey Kirst (Iggy Pop, The Web of Spider, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Goon Moon, solo) - 51
Will Boyd (Evanescence) - 39
Tara McLeod‬ (Kittie) - 34

Apr. 28
John Wolters (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) - b. 1945 - d. 6/16/97
Steve Khan (Steely Dan, Billy Joel, Michael Franks, Hubert Laws, Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, James Brown, Maynard Ferguson, Weather Report, solo) - 71
Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers Band, The Rolling Stones, Sea Level, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Gov't Mule, John Mayer + more) - 66
Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth, Ciccone Youth, Mirror/Dash, Free Kitten, Harry Crews, CKM, Anxious Rats, Body/Head) - 65
Eddie Jobson (Jethro Tull, UK, Yes, Curved Air, Roxy Music, Frank Zappa + more) - 63
Jimmy Barnes (Cold Chisel, solo) - 62
Doug Marks (Hawk, founded Metal Method Guitar Lessons and instructional videos) -
Karl Logan (Manowar) - 53
Daisy Berkowitz (Marilyn Manson) - 50

Apr. 29
Joe Porcaro (Pink Floyd, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Freddie Hubbard, Don Ellis, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, Natalie Cole, The Monkees, Gladys Knight, Madonna, James Newton Howard, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Danny Elfman, John Frizzell, Steve Porcaro) - 88
Otis Rush (Blues guitarist/vocalist) - 83
Klaus Voormann (Artist, Musician; The Beatles, Manfred Mann, Plastic Ono Band, Badfinger, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, Carly Simon, many others) - 80
Tommy James (Shondells, solo) - 71
Joel Larson (The Grass Roots, Gene Clark Group, The Turtles, The Merry-Go-Round, Lee Michaels) -
Mark Kendall (Dante Fox, Great White) - 61
Greg Christian‬ (Testament‬) - 52

Apr. 30
Wayne Kramer (MC5, Air-Raid, Mudhoney, The Gun Club, Pere Ubu) - 70
Bob "Willard" Henke (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, Goose Creek Symphony) - 67
Paulo 'Destructor' Xisto Pinto, Jr (Sepultura) - 49
Chris Henderson (3 Doors Down) - 47
J.R. Richards (Dishwalla) - 46

Today in Rock History
April 1
1877: Thomas Edison devises a telephone design that becomes the basis for his later claim to the invention of the microphone.
1955: 29-year-old George Martin, became the head of A&R for EMI's Parlophone label. In a career that spanned more than six decades, the future Beatles' producer, is considered one of the greatest record producers of all time, with 30 number-one singles in the UK and 23 in the US.
1955: Elvis Presley releases his 4th single 'Baby, Let's Play House' backed with 'I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone.'
1956: Elvis Presley does a screen test in Hollywood, a scene from 'The Rainmaker.' Elvis gets a three-picture deal from Paramount out of it. He ends up starring in 31 movies.
1956: Little Richard and Fats Domino are on the 'Rhythm and Blues of 1956' tour. It kicks off in Richmond, VA, and winds up in Canada.
1957: After being rejected by no less than 30 labels, the Everly Brothers' 'Bye Bye Love' is released on Cadence Records. It hits #2 on the pop chart and tops the Country & Western chart.
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis' third Top 10 single, 'Breathless,' peaks at #7.
1959: Freddy Cannon releases 'Tallahassee Lassie,' which becomes his first hit. The song is later covered by The Rolling Stones.
1961: Rock and roll singer Troy Shondell releases his sole hit, 'This Time.'
1961: The Beatles began a three-month residency at The Top Ten Club in Hamburg, playing 92 straight nights. The group played for seven hours a night on weekdays and eight hours at weekends with a fifteen-minute break every hour. It was during this visit that Astrid Kirchherr cut Stuart Sutcliffe's hair into the style destined to become known as the "Beatle haircut" which The Beatles later adopted themselves.
1964: John Lennon was reunited with his absentee father, Fred.
1965: The Rolling Stones release their 3rd American studio album, 'The Rolling Stones, Now!,' including the hit 'Heart Of Stone.'
1965: The Who recorded an appearance for 'Top Of The Pops' at the Manchester, UK television studio. The band then played a gig supporting Donovan at The Town Hall in Wembley, with Rod Stewart & the Soul Agents appearing at the bottom of the bill.
1966: The Who and The Yardbirds appear together in a live French edition of 'Ready, Steady GO!' called, appropriately, 'Ready, Steady, Allez!' According to producer Vicki Wickham, both groups run out of the studio and into the alley at the end of the show. The cameras chase them only to catch the bands urinating against a wall. The same night The Who perform at La Locomotive Club in Paris, compèred by Ronnie Bird who will soon release 'Ne t’en fais pas pour Ronnie,' a French-language re-write of 'A Legal Matter.' The show is broadcast on Radio Luxembourg.
1966: David Bowie releases his first solo single, 'Do Anything You Say.' Bowie had previously recorded as David Jones and The Lower Third.
1966: The Troggs use 45 minutes of spare studio time to record 'Wild Thing' at Regent Sound Studio in London. The raw, simple little tune would climb to #2 in the UK and #1 in the US, selling over a million copies by the following June.
1966: John Lennon bought a copy of Timothy Leary's 'The Psychedelic Experience and The Tibetan Book Of The Dead,' where he read near the beginning of the book's introduction; "When in doubt, relax, turn off your mind, float downstream," which captured Lennon's imagination and became the first line of 'Tomorrow Never Knows', (which he recorded 5 days later).
1967: The Beatles recorded the song 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' It was the last they recorded for the album of the same name.
1967: An audience rioted at a Rolling Stones gig in Vienna. 154 fans were arrested.
1967: The Kinks appeared in concert at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, Scotland.
1967: Janis Joplin performed at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Birdcage Club in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
1967: Day Eight of The Who appearing on Murray the K's 'Music In The Fifth Dimension' shows at RKO 59th Street Theater. Pete in conversation with NME's Keith Altham, "Originally we were supposed to do four numbers, but we complained and said it was impossible to put the act over with only four numbers, so they cut it to two!" Roger: 'I mean, how can you ever put The Who on stage and say 'play two songs, work the audience into a frenzy, and smash all your gear!"
1968: Dick Clark appears at a San Francisco concert headlined by the Siegel Schwall Band. He is shilling his new movie, 'Psych-Out,' which features Jack Nicholson rocking at the Fillmore West.
1969: After playing on hits for the likes of Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, four session musicians start Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, where they record The Staple Singers, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones.
1969: Ambrose Slade (Slade) made their live debut in the UK at Walsall Town Hall in Walsal, England.
1969: The Beach Boys sue their label, Capitol Records, for $2 million in unpaid royalties and for 'general mismanagement'. They also announce the formation of Brothers Records, distributed by Warner/Reprise Records.
1969: The Atlantic City Pop Festival has Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Little Richard and Joe Cocker on the bill.
1970: 50 musicians recorded the orchestral scores for The Beatles tracks ‘The Long And Winding Road’ and ‘Across The Universe’ for the Phil Spector produced sessions. The bill for the 50 musicians was £1,126 and 5 shillings, ($1,914).
1970: As an April Fool's joke, John Lennon and Yoko Ono issued a statement to the press that they were having dual sex change operations.
1970: Earls Court in London received over one million postal ticket applications for The Rolling Stones forthcoming six concerts as part of the group's European tour.
1970: The Joni Mitchell album 'Ladies Of The Canyon,' with the songs 'Big Yellow Taxi' and 'The Circle Game' is released.
1970: The Moody Blues appeared at the Terrace Ballroom in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1970: Ringo Starr goes into the studio to lay down the final drum tracks for the 'Let It Be' album. In the studio only with producer Phil Spector, he is the last Beatle to record anything for the group (until he, Paul and George work on 'The Beatles Anthology').
1970: The Woodstock movie premieres in Hollywood. It eventually grosses $50 million in the United States and goes on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
1971: John Entwistle releases his and The Who’s first commercial solo record 'I Believe In Everything' backed with 'My Size.' To promote it he hires a stagecoach with livery to deliver the single to Harlequin Records in London. The stagecoach ends up getting a parking ticket.
1971: Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' is played on the radio for the first time. The song is part of a London concert recording that is broadcast on the BBC's 'John Peel Rock Hour.' Over the ensuing decades it becomes the most played song on the radio.
1971: 'The Cry of Love' album goes gold six months after Jimi Hendrix's death.
1972: Following a successful run as a Country performer, Jerry Lee Lewis returns to Rock n' Roll with 'The Killer Rocks On.'
1972: The three-day Mar Y Sol festival in Puerto Rico took place, featuring Rod Stewart, Dr John, The Allman Brothers, The J. Geils Band, Osibisa, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Alice Cooper, The Mahavishnu Orchestra and a then-unknown Billy Joel. Security was simple as the event took place on an island accessible by ticket only.
1973: Roxy Music performed at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
1974: KISS played at The Agora in Cleveland, Ohio.
1974: Blue Suede's 'Hooked On A Feeling' is the #1 Billboard hit.
1974: The Who sell out a record 80,000 seats in 60 hours for Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1974: Tom Petty leaves Gainesville, FL, headed for L.A. with a Mudcrutch demo in hand. It soon finds interest from seven record labels & Petty later signed with British record producer Denny Cordell’s label Shelter Records and formed the Heartbreakers.
1975: Journey release their self-titled debut album.
1975: Genesis appeared at Friedrich Ebert Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
1976: The Who return to Boston Garden to make up for the show of March 9th they didn’t finish because of Keith Moon’s collapse. Keith runs around the stage to show he’s in fine shape and Roger Daltrey adds “thanks for waiting for the encore!” John Entwistle, however, has a rougher time. After numerous requests by Roger to “turn down,” John throws his bass onto the stage and tells Roger he can play it. This show is later bootlegged as 'Behind Blind Eyes.'
1976: AC/DC made their live debut in the UK, playing at The Red Cow in Hammersmith, London.
1976: Rush perform at the Civic Centre Arena in Ottawa, Canada.
1976: Rush's classic '2112' album is released. The band's 4th studio album reached #61 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In a reader's poll held by Rolling Stone, it came #2 in the list of favorite Prog Rock albums. The Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada, a non-profit Canadian charitable organization dedicated to promoting the preservation of Canada's audio-visual heritage, has sponsored MasterWorks, which annually recognizes 12 culturally significant Canadian classics from the film, radio, TV and music industries. In 2006, 2112 was one of the albums chosen to be preserved.
1976: Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s house is robbed and over $50,000 of guitars are taken.
1976: Jimmy Buffett released one of his most popular songs,'Margaritaville.'
1976: John Lennon's father Freddie died of stomach cancer in Brighton General Hospital at the age of 63. Just days before, after being told of his father's condition, John had sent a huge bouquet of flowers with a card that read "With much love from John, Yoko and Sean."
1976: The Buzzcocks played their debut live gig when the appeared at Bolton Institute Of Technology. The power was turned off after three numbers.
1977: Elvis Presley is admitted to a Memphis hospital suffering from fatigue and intestinal flu (he stays there for six days).
1978: The Philadelphia Fury, the soccer team co-owned by Mick Jagger, Peter Frampton, Paul Simon & Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman played their first game against the Washington Diplomats at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. The Fury lost 3-0
1978: Eric Clapton peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Lay Down Sally' which was Clapton’s second top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1978: Billboard’s Hot 100 inludes Angel’s 'Ain’t Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore' at #89 & John Travolta/Olivia Newton John’s 'You’re The One That I Want' at #65 (debuts), KISS’ 'Rocket Ride' at #48, Billy Joel’s 'Just The Way You Are' at #16 and Kansas’ 'Dust In The Wind' at #10. ‬
1978: Elvis Costello and The Attractions appeared at The Bracknell Sports Centre in Berkshire, England.
1979: The Who released their album 'The Kids Are Alright.'
1980: Iron Maiden perform their first major headline gig at the Rainbow in London. The Tygers Of Pan Tang open select dates.
1980: ZZ Top played at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1981: John Lennon's 'Woman' goes gold. It's the 3rd Top 10 single from 'Double Fantasy.' The other two are 'Starting Over' and 'Watching The Wheels.'
1981: The Go Go's sign with IRS Records.
1982: Aldo Nova released his self-titled debut album.
1983: Ratt play the Roxy in West Holywood, CA.
1983: Kirk Hammett joins Metallica after Dave Mustaine is let go.
1985: Rolling Stone Magazine declares U2 "The Band of the Eighties."
1985: Slayer‬ appeared at Slipped Disc Records in ‪NYC‬ for a meet and greet to promote the album 'Hell Await.'
1985: David Lee Roth officially leaves Van Halen to start a solo career. Roth later reconsiders and joins Van Halen briefly in 1996 and in 2000, before re-joining permanently in 2006.
1986: Bruce Hornsby and the Range release 'The Way It Is,' an album that would produce four hits (including the title track) and be certified multi-platinum.
1989: The Bangles' ballad 'Eternal Flame' is the #1 song in the U.S.
1989: Living Colour are the musical guests on Saturday Night Live, performing 'Cult of Personality' and 'Open Letter to a Landlord.'
1991: The Rolling Stones release 'Flashpoint,' a live album recorded throughout their 'Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle' Tour.
1992: Billy Idol pleads no contest to charges of misdemeanor assault and battery and is fined $2,000. The incident happened in October of 1991, when Idol ended up in a car with two women and allegedly punched one of them.
1992: Nigel Preston dies of a heroin overdose. He was 28. Preston was the drummer and founding member of the Cult, who missed the filming of the video 'She Sells Sanctuary' because he had been booked for armed robbery the previous evening.
1992: Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' is their first certified platinum album.
1992: Nirvana's classic single, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' goes platinum.
1993: Neil Young, David Crosby, Kenny Loggins and the Wilson sisters were among the performers at a pro-environment rally in Portland, Oregon. Thousands of people listened in the rain.
1993: Melissa Etheridge appears at the 'March On Washington' event in the nation's capital.
1994: Kurt Cobain jumps a six foot wall at a rehab center in Marina del Rey and returns to Seattle. He kills himself four days later.
1995: A former Led Zeppelin fan was arrested for trying to stab Jimmy Page at a Page & Plant concert.
1999: Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer and Rhythm & Blues Hall of Famer Jesse Stone dies in Altamonte Springs, Fla. He is 97. Stone, one of the founders of Atlantic Records, helped define the rock sound through his work as writer and arranger of such seminal hits as Big Joe Turner’s 'Shake, Rattle & Roll.'
2000: Carlos Santana earns his second #1 single with 'Maria, Maria' from his 'Supernatural' album. It had a nione week run at #1.
2000: Ted Nugent, opening for KISS, tells the Houston audience, "If you're not gonna speak English, get the f**k out of America." This anti-Latino rant gets a Nugent show slated for next August canceled.
2002: Paul McCartney kicked off the first leg of his 19 date ‘Driving USA’ North American tour at The Oakland Arena in Oakland, CA. While promoting his 'Driving Rain' album, McCartney also performs Wings and Beatles classics. It's the highest grossing tour of the year taking in more than $100 million.
2003: Pearl Jam kicked off their first North American tour in three years at Denver’s Pepsi Center. During the show, Eddie Vedder took a George W. Bush mask and impaled it with his microphone stand during the song 'Bu$hleaguer' which caused some fans to walk out..
2003: As an April Fool's gag, Bruce Springsteen Web site, Backstreets.com, reported that “The Boss” would take part in a Bruceapalooza show with Cream's Jack Bruce, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson and Bruce Cockburn.
2003: White Stripes release their 4th album, 'Elephant.'
2004: Paul Atkinson dies of liver and kidney disease. He was 58. Atkinson was the guitarist in the Zombies and a successful A&R rep who received the President’s Merit Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for his work. He worked for Columbia and RCA discovering and signed such bands as ABBA, Bruce Hornsby, Mr. Mister, Judas Priest, and Michael Penn.
2005: During the first leg of their 'Vertigo' World tour, U2 performed at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Southern California, with Kings Of Leon as the opening act. By the end of the 131 date tour, 4,619,021 tickets had been sold with a total gross of $389 million.
2005: 'Rockin' The Corps,' a show for an audience of more than 25,000 military personnel and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station in Oceanside, CA, features Godsmack, KISS and Ted Nugent. The concert celebrates the return of armed forces from overseas (Iraq, Afghanistan and other nations).
2005: A fan site claims Maynard James Keenan is abandoning Tool "for the time being, if not entirely" due to a religious conversion.
2006: Rare memorabilia from The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, and Van Halen is auctioned to benefit the cancer-treatment center at Phoenix Children's Hospital.
2006: A Buckcherry episode of DirecTV's 'CD USA' airs.
2006: Spin magazine publishes a review of the Guns N' Roses album 'Chinese Democracy,' which Axl Rose and his gang have been working on since 1994. It's an April Fool, and the album isn't released until 2008.
2006: Concert tickets are auctioned off to benefit Music Rising, the instrument-replacement initiative co-founded by U2's the Edge. Tickets are for shows by Nine Inch Nails, Def Leppard, Sammy Hagar and Queensryche.
2007: Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford, Steven Tyler, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, and Robert Plant appear in public-service announcements on VH1 Classic as part of Autism Awareness Month.
2007: REO Speedwagon sing the national anthem at the opening-day baseball game in St. Louis, as the Cardinals take on the New York Mets.
2007: Neil Young, Rush, Three Days Grace and Red Hot Chili Peppers compete for trophies at the 2007 Juno Awards, Canada's top music honors. They all come up empty.
2007: The Hammersmith Palais in London, subject of The Clash song '(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais,' hosts its last concert - a gig by The Fall.
2008: The last televised interview granted by John Lennon is released on DVD. The two-disc set, titled 'The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder: John, Paul, Tom and Ringo,' features a 1975 Lennon interview plus Snyder's chats with Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney and videos by Starr and Wings.
2008: R.E.M. release 'Accelerate.' "I feel like there's a confidence in the material, and a communication between the three (band members) that hasn't been there for some time," says frontman Michael Stipe. As for the album's relevance, Stipe adds, "There's a line in one of the (album's) songs where this guy feels like one of his feet is nailed to (a car's) floorboard. I feel like, as a culture, that's where we are right now."
2008: The Rolling Stones release 'Shine A Light,' the soundtrack to their concert film of the same name, directed by Martin Scorsese.
2008: Theory Of A Deadman release their 3rd full-length studio album 'Scars & Souvenirs.'
2008: It's Cheap Trick Day in Illinois. Guitarist Rick Nielsen and drummer Bun E. Carlos attend a news conference celebrating the event in the band's hometown of Rockford, IL. It was declared in June the previous year that April 1st of every year would be Cheap Trick Day.
2008: Nickelback's Chad Kroeger is found guilty of drunken driving in a Canadian court. The conviction stems from an early-morning June 2006 traffic stop in Surrey, British Columbia. Kroeger's blood-alcohol level tested at nearly twice the legal limit when he was pulled over for speeding in his Lamborghini.
2008: Scott Weiland officially leaves Velvet Revolver. "This band is all about its fans and its music and Weiland isn't 100 percent committed to either," says guitarist Slash in a statement. "Among other things, his increasingly erratic onstage behavior and personal problems have forced us to move on." On the same day, STP reveal plans for an extensive reunion tour.
2008: Sevendust release their 7th studio effort, 'Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow,' with the lead single 'Prodigal Son.' They also kick off a U.S. tour that starts in Port St. Lucie, FL. Saliva opens on most dates with Black Stone Cherry playing the remainder.
2008: Candlebox release their live album, 'Alive In Seattle.'
2009: 'The Imagine A Better World' collection, a line of ecologically friendly plush toys based on sketches John Lennon made for his son Sean, are available. The collection includes stuffed elephants, rhinoceroses and giraffes made from organic terry cloth, natural corn fibers and other 'green' fabrics.
2009: Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band launch their tour in support of the 'Working On A Dream' album in San Jose, CA.
2009: The Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame (in Cleveland) unveils a Bruce Springsteen exhibit titled 'From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen.'
2009: Carlos Santana announced that he has been booked to perform about 36 concerts per year at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The show was to be called 'The Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits.'
2010: 'Kings Of Leon: Sex On Fire' is in bookstores. Written by Michael Heatley, the biography uses 'insider accounts' to tell the band's story.
2010: Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke reform Bad Company for a U.K. tour. Birmingham is the first stop. "These dates are to thank the fans for keeping the music alive," says Rodgers. "We made great music together and had the time of our lives doing it" adds Ralphs.
2012: KISS are presenters at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. They hand the Vocal Group award to Lady Antebellum. Train frontman Pat Monahan performs a duet of 'Marry Me' with Country star Martina McBride as a couple is married on stage.
2012: Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) is "fired" from the TV show Celebrity Apprentice by host/boss Donald Trump. For his brief efforts, Snider nets $325,000 for the March of Dimes.
2012: The Juno Awards are held in Ottawa, Ontario. Nickelback are nominated in four categories but get shut out.
2012: TouchTunes adds The Beatles' studio albums to its catalog. "It is a privilege to partner with EMI and Apple Corps Ltd. to make available the sound recordings of the most celebrated band of all time," says Charles Goldstuck, CEO of TouchTunes Interactive Networks.
2013: A signed copy of The Beatles' album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' sold at Dallas-based Heritage Auctions for $290,500 (£191,000). The selling price far exceeded the $30,000 (£19,700) originally estimated for the rare LP record. The UK Parlophone copy of the album included a high gloss cover and vinyl gatefold sleeve.
2013: 'Sempiternal,' by Bring Me The Horizon, is released. The title is common parlance for either an infinite or an indeterminately long period of time.
2014: Lacuna Coil's 'Broken Crown Halo' album is released. It's the last album to feature drummer Cristiano 'Criz' Mozzati and guitarist Cristiano 'Pizza' Migliore, who left just weeks earlier.
2014: Chevelle release their 7th album, 'La Gargola.'
2014: Recordings by U2, ('The Joshua Tree'), the Everly Brothers, ('Cathy's Clown'), Jeff Buckley, ('Hallelujah'), Linda Ronstadt, ('Heart Like a Wheel') and Creedence Clearwater Revival's('Fortunate Son') were among those newly selected for induction into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
2015: Cynthia Lennon [née Powell] dies of cancer in Mallorca, Spain. She was 75. Cynthia was the first wife of John Lennon, and Julian Lennon’s mother. The couple, who met just before Beatlemania swept the music world, divorced in 1968 after Cynthia discovered her husband's affair with Japanese artist Yoko Ono.
2016: Weezer release their 10th studio album. The eponymous LP is referred to as 'The White Album.'
2016: Black Stone Cherry release their 5th studio album 'Kentucky.'
2016: Cheap Trick released their album, 'Bang, Zoom, Crazy... Hello.'
2016: Aviva Maloney, who played in The Monkees' back-up band for nearly twenty years, filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Warner Music Group. She claimed she later found out that the reason she was let go was because she didn't look good on stage.
2016: Singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, from Guns N' Roses' 'Appetite For Destruction'-era lineup, perform together for the first time in nearly twenty-six years at the Troubadour in L.A. The show is billed as "Not In This Lifetime," quoting what Rose once said regarding a possible classic GN'R lineup reunion.
2017: 'Guns N' Roses FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Bad Boys of Sunset Strip' is released. The book tells the story of how the band “unleashed their debut album upon the atrophied and decadent Rock charts of Reagan's America.”
2017: After months of uncertainty and controversy, Bob Dylan finally accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature at a jovial, champagne-laced ceremony. The academy, which awards the coveted prize, ended prolonged speculation as to whether the 75-year-old troubadour would use a concert stopover in Stockholm to accept the gold medal and diploma awarded to him back in October.

April 2
1955: Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black), Slim Whitman, Hoot and Curley, Johnny Horton, Tibby Edwards and Floyd Cramer all appeared at the Louisiana Hayride broadcast from Shreveport Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, and shown on KWKH Television.
1957: Elvis Presley played two concerts before 23,000 people at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Presley performed outside the US only four times in his career - the two concerts in Toronto, one the next night in Ottawa and a later performance in Vancouver.
1964: The Beach Boys record the instrumental track for 'I Get Around' at United Western Recorders in Hollywood. It becomes their first US #1 single by the following July, selling nearly two million copies.
1964: The Beatles had their fourth UK #1 single with 'Can't Buy Me Love.' With advanced sales of over 2.1 million, it holds the record for the greatest advanced orders for a single in the UK.
1965: The Who made their first radio appearance on the UK BBC's 'Joe Loss Pop Show.'
1965: The UK music show 'Ready Steady Go!' takes on a temporary name change to 'Ready Steady Goes Live!' Acts would now perform their songs live instead of miming to their records. The series ran until December 23rd, 1966, with the last show being titled 'Ready Steady Goes!'
1966: The Who 'Substitute' b/w 'Waltz For A Pig' 45 single is released.
1966: Bob Dylan 'Rainy Day Women #12 And 35' b/w 'Pledging My Time' 45 single is released.
1966: A charity concert at The Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California, took place featuring, Jan and Dean, Sonny & Cher, The Mamas And The Papas, The Turtles, Otis Redding, Donovan and Bob Lind.
1967: An 18 year old Steve Winwood officially leaves the Spencer Davis Group to form the band Traffic with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. Winwood had been with Spencer Davis since he was 15.
1967: An overzealous audience member throws a smoke bomb onto the stage at The Rolling Stones concert at the Town Hall in Vienna, Austria, leading to a riot and the arrest of 154 fans.
1967: The Beatles are photographed with a photo collage and wax figures from Madame Tussaud's museum for the cover artwork of their soon to be released 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album at Chelsea Manor Studios in London. Before the album sleeve is printed, figures of Adolf Hitler and Jesus Christ were removed.
1967: The last day of Murray the K's 'Music In The Fifth Dimension' shows from the RKO 58th Street Theater in New York City. It's the final day and The Who and the other bands just can't wait to go home. For the last and final show The Who and Cream planned to have an egg-and-flour fight on stage but Murray the K heard about it and threatened not to pay them if they went ahead with it. So instead they had a food fight in the dressing room which was left in a complete mess and flooded after Pete Townshend left a shower running.
1968: Janis Joplin and Big Brother & the Holding Company, as her band was being billed, performed at The New Generation in New York.
1968: Jimi Hendrix appeared at the Paul Suave Arena in Montreal, Canada.
1968: The Byrds 'You Ain't Going Nowhere' b/w 'Artificial Energy' 45 single is released. The song was written by Bob Dylan in 1967 in Woodstock, New York, during the self-imposed exile from public appearances that followed his July 29, 1966, motorcycle accident. The Byrds recorded a version of the song in 1968 and issued it as a single. The Byrds' version is notable for being the first commercial release of the song, predating Dylan's own version by three years; a later cover by Byrds members Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman reached the top 10 of the Hot Country Songs charts in 1989. It reached #74 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #45 on the UK Singles Chart.
1969: Bruce Springsteen’s new group Child made their live debut at the Pandemonium Club in Wanamassa, New Jersey.
1970: Phil Spector completed final editing and mixing for The Beatles 'Let It Be' album, 16 months after the ‘Get Back’ project had begun.
1970: Janis Joplin get tattoos on her wrist and heart, the one on her chest reading "One For The Boys."
1971: Janis Joplin was at #1 on the US album charts with the posthumously released 'Pearl.' The album features the #1 hit 'Me and Bobby McGee,' written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster on which she played acoustic guitar.
1971: Rod Stewart begins recording his third solo album, 'Every Picture Tells A Story.' The album, which contains the hit 'Maggie May,' is Stewart's breakthrough effort.
1971: Ringo Starr releases his best solo effort and biggest chart success, 'It Don't Come Easy.' The track was written by Ringo and produced by George Harrison. It climbs to #4 in both the US and the UK and was the first of ten Billboard Top 40 hits he will enjoy over the next ten years.
1973: The Beatles '1962-1966' and '1967-1970' albums are released. Fans call them "the red album" and "the blue album." 1962-1966: Reached #3 on both the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and on the UK Albums chart. 1967-1970: It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and reached #2 on the UK Albums chart.
1973: The Grateful Dead performed at the Boston Garden.
1973: Led Zeppelin played at the Centre Sportif on the Ile de Vannes in Paris.
1974: Queen performed at Barbarella in Birmingham, England.
1975: Genesis appeared at Killesberghalle in Stuttgart, Germany.
1975: Bad Company release their 2nd studio album, 'Straight Shooter.'
1975: KISS released their 5th single, 'Rock and Roll All Nite.'
1976: Robin Trower played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1977: Fleetwood Mac went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Rumours,' less than two months following its release. The album stays on the chart for over a year-and-a-half. Along with winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, the record has sold over 45 million copies worldwide. Also on this day Fleetwood Mac kicked off a 7-date UK tour at the Odeon in Birmingham, England.
1977: Kansas reached the top 5 of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time as 'Leftoverture' peaked at #5 where it stayed for four weeks.
1977: Wings peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with a live rendition of Paul McCartney’s 'Maybe I’m Amazed' which was their eleventh top 10 single in the U.S.
1977: Billboard’s Hot 100 inludes KISS’ 'Calling Dr. Love' at #48, Fleetwood Mac’s 'Go Your Own Way' at #29, The Electric Light Orchestra’s 'Do Ya' at #24, Kansas’ 'Carry On Wayward Son' at #11, Wings’ 'Maybe I’m Amazed' at #10, The Eagles’ 'Hotel California at #8, and Hall & Oates’ 'Rich Girl' at #1‬.
1978: Cheap Trick performs at Tokyo's Budokan Hall with the album recorded, 'Live At Budokan" eventually selling over three million copies. It's Cheap Trick's best seller.
1978: KISS release their greatest hits album, 'Double Platinum.'
1983: Pink Floyd's 'The Final Cut' tops the U.K. album chart. It cracks the Top 10 in the U.S., peaking at #6.
1983: U2's 'War' album hits the US LP charts.
1987: U2's 5th studio album, "The Joshua Tree," makes its debut at #7 on the U.S. album chart.
1987: U2 kicked off their 29-date North American 'Joshua Tree' tour at Arizona State Activity Center.
1987: One of the greatest jazz drummers of all time, Buddy Rich died aged 69 due to complications caused by a brain tumor. Rich worked with many acts including, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey's band, Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson. Rush's Neil Peart organized a pair of 90s tribute albums (titled Burning for Buddy), which also featured the work of Kenny Aronoff, Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd, Max Roach, Steve Smith and Matt Sorum.
1990: Nirvana went into Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin and started work on demo versions of ‘In Bloom’, ‘Dive’, ‘Lithium’, ‘Pay To Play’, ‘Imodium’, ‘Sappy’ and ‘Polly’ with Butch Vig producing.
1990: Eric Clapton was fined £300 with £10 costs by Walton-on-Thames Magistrates court, after being booked for speeding at 105 mph. Clapton was also banned from driving for three months.
1991: White Lion's 4th studio album, 'Mane Attraction' is released.
1991: Lenny Kravitz releases his 'Mama Said' album. It brings him international acclaim with a #8 spot on the UK Albums Chart and #39 in the US.
1992: Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' is certified platinum by the record industry.
1993: The London press announces that the son of Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman is engaged to the mother of Bill's ex-wife Mandy Smith. The engagement is called off a few months later.
1993: Savatage release their 7th album, 'Edge of Thorns.'
1993: Testament released their 2nd EP, 'Return to the Apocalyptic City.'
1994: KISS play Chicago’s Blazefest at The Odeum in Villa Park, IL.
1997: Joni Mitchell is reunited with Kilauren Gibb, the daughter she gave up for adoption 32 years earlier.
1999: The Black Crowes played a concert in Knoxville, Tennessee. Joshua Harmon, a teenager sitting in the second row sued the band a year later for $5,000 claiming significant hearing loss.
2001: Journey released their 11th studio album, 'Arrival.'
2003: Singer Edwin Starr died at his British home in Nottingham aged 61. Formed The Future Tones in 1957, had the 1970 US #1 and UK #3 anti-Vietnam War protest song 'War.' According to Starr, the song was recorded in one take.
2004: Paul Atkinson, guitarist for The Zombies, lost his battle with liver and kidney disease. He was just 58.
2005: Green Day is named Favorite Music Group at the 18th annual Kids Choice Awards. The event is held in Los Angeles and broadcast on Nickelodeon.
2006: Bryan Adams gets into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The formal presentation is during the Juno Awards
2006: A John Lennon schoolbook containing the 12-year-old's drawing of Lewis Carroll's poem The Walrus and the Carpenter was sold at auction for $239,733. The poem inspired Lennon to write The Beatles' 1967 song ‘I Am the Walrus.’ Also sold for $22,741, was a ship's log book written by Lennon during a stormy trip to Bermuda in 1980, and a letter from Paul McCartney to his bandmates Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr failed to reach its $94,742 reserve price.
2006: Ex-Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Queen's Brian May, Alice Cooper, Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde donate footwear to an online auction to benefit the Mines Advisory Group. The organization helps clear land mines.
2006: Foo Fighters perform during the 'Election Day (Part 1)' episode of the NBC political drama 'The West Wing.' The group also appears on the show a week later.
2006: The Rolling Stones play the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
2006: KISS bassist-singer Gene Simmons is the grand marshal of the Honda Grand Prix auto race in St. Petersburg, FL. He gets to wave the checkered flag at the IndyCar event.
2006: Green Day receive the Favorite Music Group honor for the second year in a row at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.
2007: Linkin Park issue the first single, 'What I've Done,' from their 3rd studio album, 'Minutes To Midnight.'
2007: Canada's MuchMusic cable network broadcasts Behind The Pain, a documentary chronicling Three Days Grace singer Adam Gontier's battle with addiction to painkillers. "The whole message behind it is that there is hope," says Gontier.
2008: The Martin Scorsese-directed Rolling Stones film 'Shine A Light' hits theaters as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Jack White hit Rolling Stone's cover.
2009: Ace Frehley performs at the grand opening of the Hard Rock Cafe in Yankee Stadium. He plays his solo hit 'New York Groove' during the private event.
2010: Two men received minor injuries and a third suffered a broken leg when part of the stage being set up for a concert by Elton John at the Chichen Itza ruins in Mexico collapsed during construction.
2011: The U.S. Festival makes its overseas debut at O'Higgins Park in Santiago, Chile. The two day event features headliners Jane's Addiction and the Killers, plus 30 Seconds To Mars, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Deftones.
2011: Robbie Robertson is inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in Toronto. Robertson has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
2011: For the first time since 1982, Sir Elton John appears on the Saturday Night Live. He's the host and musical guest, along with Leon Russell, his collaborator on the 2010 album 'The Union.'
2012: Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson appears at the Buddy Rich 25th Anniversary Memorial Concert at the London Palladium. Dickinson joins Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, Cream/Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker and the Buddy Rich Orchestra in paying tribute to the Jazz drummer and bandleader.
2012: U2's Bono and the Edge announce that they are investors in the file-hosting service Dropbox, a service that provides users with online file storage designed to be a tool of collaboration.
2012: Slayer's 'Reign In Blood' wine, named after their 1986 album, is available in Sweden and online. The Cabernet Sauvignon is made in California.
2012: 'Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone' is in bookstores. Ramone (John Cummings), one of the founding members of the legendary New York City-based Punk band the Ramones, died of prostate cancer in '04. "Johnny's legacy to him was so important, even while he was sick," says Ramone's widow Linda. "It was like he knew he was dying, and he wanted to do something."
2013: A decade after its physical release, the stripped-down, Phil Spector-free version of The Beatles' 'Let It Be' made its debut on iTunes.
2013: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora exits the band's tour to deal with "personal issues."
2013: 'In Your Dreams,' a documentary about Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks, is screened in over 50 North American theaters. The flick tracks Nicks as she records the album of the same name.
2013: Late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott is named the second greatest Australian singer of all-time in a Herald Sun newspaper survey. Pop singer John Farnham tops the list.
2013: Rush frontman Geddy Lee, a long-time Toronto Blue Jays fan, throws out the first pitch at the Jays home opener.
2013: A grand piano used in the Motown Records studios was fully restored and put on display at a museum dedicated to the legendary record label in Detroit. Sir Paul McCartney helped fund the restoration of the 1877 Steinway, which was originally in Motown's Studio B. and was used to create hits for names including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Edwin Starr.
2013: Killswitch Engage release 'Disarm The Descent,' their 6th studio album but first since the departure of singer Howard Jones and the reuniting with the group's original vocalist Jesse Leach (last heard on '02's 'Alive Or Just Breathing'). "From the music, to the lyrics, to the artwork, we are all proud of what we have accomplished," says Leach.
2014: William Brockie, the father of late Gwar frontman Dave Brockie (stage name Oderus Urungus), sues the band for allegedly holding onto his son's musical equipment, artwork and ashes. He also seeks $1 million in compensatory damages plus punitive damages for a supposed breach of contract and the unauthorized use of Brockie's image. The group denies all charges in a statement. Brockie died from a heroin overdose in March of 2014.
2014: Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) is among the musicians teaching an online Stanford University music courses. The classes help students understand music as a "tool for unlocking creative potential."
2014: Recordings by U2 ('The Joshua Tree'), the Everly Brothers ('Cathy's Clown'), Jeff Buckley ('Hallelujah'), Linda Ronstadt ('Heart Like a Wheel') and Creedence Clearwater Revival ('Fortunate Son') were among those newly selected for induction into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
2015: Panic! At The Disco announce that founding member Spencer Smith has officially left. The drummer was on hiatus since '13 to treat his addictions.
2015: Brazilian guitarist ‪Kiko Loureiro‬ officially joined ‎Megadeth‬. He replaces Chris Broderick who split the previous November.
2017: Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, a major Chicago Cubs fan, appears in a Major League Baseball commercial featuring the Cubs sluggers Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.
2017: Dave Mustaine’s vineyards pick up the Platinum Award/Best in Show at the San Diego International Wine Competition. The Megadeth frontman names each of his wines after one of his songs.
2018: Jack White’s 'Boarding House Reach' is #1 on the Billboard 200. It’s his 3rd consecutive chart-topping record as a solo artist.

April 3
1956: Elvis Presley appears on The Milton Berle Show live from the flight deck of the USS Hancock. He earns $5,000 and performs 'Heartbreak Hotel' and 'Blue Suede Shoes.' It's estimated that one out of every four Americans sees the show.
1959: The BBC bans The Coasters' song 'Charlie Brown' because of the word "spitball." Two weeks later they would change their decision and start to play the single, which rose to #6 on the UK chart.
1960: Elvis Presley enters a Nashville studio where he records 'It's Now Or Never' and 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?'.
1960: The Everly Brothers kick off their first U.K. tour in London, where they were supported by The Crickets.
1963: Elvis Presley's 'It Happened At The World's Fair' movie opens in Los Angeles (it opens nationally a week later).
1964: Bob Dylan made his first entry on the UK charts with 'The Times They Are A-Changin,' which would reach #9. In 2004 the song was ranked #59 on Rolling Stone's list of the '500 Greatest Songs of All Time'.
1965: Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs release their garage classic 'Wooly Bully.'
1966: Pink Floyd perform at The Marquee Club in London.
1966, Peter Tork opened a solo stint in Hollywood at The Troubadour. Tork had already auditioned for The Monkees, who he will join later in the year.
1967: The Who are in Pye No. 2 Studio in England to record their new single, another Pete Townshend composition called 'Pictures of Lily' which Pete had written one night in his girlfriend Karen Astley's flat in Eccleston Square, Victoria, London. Also put on tape this day was John's composition 'Doctor Doctor' which became the B-side. The session was produced by Kit Lambert with Alan McKenzie as engineer.
1967: Working on The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper' album at Abbey Road studios in London, George Harrison recorded his lead vocal on his song 'Within You Without You,' as well as a sitar part, and some acoustic guitar parts.
1968: Simon & Garfunkel's 4th studio album, 'Bookends' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for seven non-consecutive weeks, with Simon & Garfunkel's 'The Graduate' soundtrack topping the charts for two weeks in between. Four singles charted:'"A Hazy Shade of Winter,' 'At the Zoo,' 'Fakin' It' and 'Mrs. Robinson,' which peaked at #13, #16 and #23 and #1, respectively. In 2003, the album was ranked #233 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1968: Moby Grape's 'Wow / Grape Jam' (2 LPs) is released. It was released as two completely different albums in separate covers but packaged together and sold for the price of a single LP. 'Grape Jam' was originally intended to be a free bonus album to be given away with Wow. Each album was later released as an individual CD with bonus tracks. Wow originally had a color gatefold sleeve, while Grape Jam had a color non-gatefold cover. This was Moby Grape's highest charting release in the U.S., peaking at #20 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
1969: The Doors' Jim Morrison turns himself in to the FBI in Los Angeles. He is charged with inter-state flight to avoid prosecution on six charges of lewd behavior and public exposure at a concert in Miami on March 2nd, 1969. He is later released on $2000 bail.
1971: Tom Waits appeared at the Heritage Coffee House in San Diego, California.
1972: Puerto Rico’s Mar y Sol Festival ends, having run out of its already meager supply of food. Hundreds of Americans who flew to Puerto Rico to see Emerson, Lake & Palmer are stranded at the San Juan airpo
1973: A artistic photo of Alice Cooper and kindred spirit, 'soft watch' painter Salvador Dali, is hung in the Knoedler Gallery in New York.
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd record their classic 'Free Bird' (often written as 'Freebird') at Studio One in Doraville, GA. The song comes out six months later.
1975: Steve Miller was charged with setting fire to the clothes of a friend, Benita Diorio. When police arrived at Miller's house, Diorio was putting out the flames, Miller then got into a fight with some of the policemen and was charged with resisting arrest.
1976: Aerosmith’s self-titled debut album peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, two and a half years after its initial release when it peaked at #166.
1976: David Bowie peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Golden Years' which was Bowie’s second top 10 single in the U.S.
1976: A then-unknown Sex Pistols opened for The 101'ers at The Nashville Rooms in London. The 101ers were a pub rock band, notable as being the band that Joe Strummer left to join The Clash.
1978: The 'FM' soundtrack is released with songs by Tom Petty, Steely Dan and a Linda Ronstadt version of 'Tumbling Dice.'
1978: B.B. King and lawyer F. Lee Bailey, chairmen of the Foundation for the Advancement of Inmate Rehabilitation and Recreation, visit Boston’s Norfolk Prison. King performs for the cons.
1979: The 'Van Halen II' album is released and goes gold. The group spent eighteen days recording their debut but only six for their sophomore effort.
1981: The Elvis Presley documentary movie 'This Is Elvis' (with Ral Donner narrating) premieres in Memphis.
1982: Motorhead released their 10th single, 'Iron Fist.' This is the last single featuring the classic Motörhead line-up of Lemmy, "Fast" Eddie Clarke and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor.‬
1983: Danny Rapp (Danny & the Juniors) dies at age 41 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He's discovered in a hotel room in Quartzsite, Arizona.
1983: After completing a 29-date UK tour, U2 appeared on BBC TV's 'Top Of The Pops' performing their latest single 'Two Hearts Beat As One.'
1984: Van Halen's 'Jump' is a certified gold record.
1987: Voivod released their album 'Killing Technology.'
1988: The Traveling Wilburys record 'Handle With Care' in Malibu, Florida. The Quintet is comprised of Nelson (George Harrison), Lucky (Bob Dylan), Otis (Jeff Lynn), Charlie (Tom Petty) and Lefty (Roy Orbison).
1989: 23 people were arrested after several thousand fans without tickets tried to crash a Grateful Dead concert at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena. "I don't want those deadenders ever back again," Mayor Sophie Masloff declares.
1991: Paul McCartney recorded his unplugged session for MTV.
1991: U.D.O, released their 4th album, 'Timebomb.'
1993: 'Coverdale/Page,' a one-off album featuring Whitesnake/Deep Purple singer David Coverdale & Jimmy Page debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. The album went on to sell a million copies in the U.S. The track 'Pride And Joy'enters its 6th & final week at #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart.
1994: A forthcoming tour by Nirvana and Hole was cancelled amid continuing speculation about Kurt Cobain's drug problems.
1995: Scorpions released their 3rd live album, 'Live Bites.' It Culled tracks from live shows recorded between 1988 & 1994 in Leningrad, San Francisco, Mexico City, Berlin and Munich.
1998: Dave Navarro announces he is leaving the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
2000: The Black Crowes were sued by Ohio fan Joshua Harmon for $385,000 claiming that Harmon suffered hearing damage after sitting in the second row at a Black Crowes concert the previous April in Knoxville, TN.
2001: W.A.S.P. released the album 'Unholy Terror.'
2001: Anvil released the album 'Plenty Of Power.'
2002: Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine announces that due to an injury to his left arm and hand he has decided to exit the band and explore other areas of the music business where he might make a contribution without being able to play his instrument.
2003: Stax records songwriter Homer Banks died aged 61. Wrote 'I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down,' recorded by Sam & Dave and a UK hit for Elvis Costello. Rod Stewart, The Emotions, Isaac Hayes, Millie Jackson and Johnny Taylor all covered his songs.
2004: Limp Bizkit cancel their South African tour due to unspecified "personal reasons."
2005: Green Day and Sum 41 are winners at Canada's 2005 Juno Awards in Winnipeg. Green Day's 'American Idiot' takes home the International Album of the Year trophy, while Sum 41's 'Chuck' claims the Rock Album Of The Year honor.
2005: Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr is arrested in Seattle for "investigation of property destruction and theft" after allegedly pulling a hood ornament off a car. Starr left Alice In Chains in 1993.
2006: 'The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock' album is released.
2006: Nickelback wins Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year honors at the Juno Awards. Neil Young is also a two time winner earning the Adult Alternative Album of the Year honor for 'Prairie Wind,' and the Producer of the Year trophy for his work on 'The Painter,' a song on the CD. Bryan Adams is also inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
2006: U2's Bono charges Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with exploiting the singer's image to win support for his re-election campaign. In an editorial that appears in Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper, Bono takes exception to his picture being used in a brochure promoting Berlusconi's work on behalf of the world's poorest countries. Bono claims Italy is not doing its share to aid the Third World.
2006: 'Dani California,' the first single from the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 9th studio album, 'Stadium Arcadium' makes its radio premiere when KTBZ/Houston's Don Jantzen plays the song continuously for his three hour show. The single peaks at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
2007: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards denied that he snorted the ashes of his late father. Jane Rose, Richards' manager, told MTV News the remarks were made ‘in jest’, and she could not believe they had been taken seriously. Richards had said in an interview with the NME: ‘He was cremated and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow.’ But NME interviewer Mark Beaumont was convinced that Richards was not joking when speaking to him about the alleged incident. ‘He did seem to be quite honest about it. There were too many details for him to be making it up,’ he later told BBC news.
2007: Jon Bon Jovi is in Brooklyn to assist in the renovation of an energy-smart condominium complex. The restoration of the low-income housing facility is sponsored by the Force for Global Good initiative launched by Delta Air Lines in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International.
2007: World Wide Red Light District agrees to cease distribution of a sex-tape with Ex-Creed frontman Scott Stapp, Kid Rock and four women. Stapp filed an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against adult-film company.
2007: Kings Of Leon's 3rd studio album 'Because Of The Times' is released.
2007: Static-X release 'Cannibal.' "I think it's the most Metal record we've ever made," says frontman Wayne Static who co-produced the disc.
2007: Shadows Fall released their album 'Threads Of Life.' The album debuted at #46 on the #Billboard 200 chart. The song 'Redemption' received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 50th Grammy Awards.
2007: 'Black Sabbath: The Dio Years' retrospective is released. The disc features nine songs from Ronnie James Dio's '79-'82 stint and three from the '92's 'Dehumanizer.' There are also three new tracks and a live song.
2007: The soundtrack to 'Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten' is released. It contains Clash and solo Strummer tunes, including a pair of previously unreleased covers of 'I'm So Bored With the U.S.A.' (The Clash) and 'Corrina, Corrina' (Bob Dylan).
2007: 'The Rock, Paint, Bid' online auction to benefit MusiCares begins. Among the items are Guitar Hero II video-game controllers designed by Nickelback, Buckcherry and My Chemical Romance.
2008: The MTV reality show 'Rock The Cradle' features the offspring of Eddie Money, the Eagles' Joe Walsh and the Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston, and the son of Twisted Sister's Dee Snider. They compete against one another, demonstrating their vocal chops, in eight live weekly competitions.
2009: Metallica released their 'Broken, Beat & Scarred' single. The song was their 6th single and was from their 9th studio album, 'Death Magnetic.'
2010: Guitarist Benji Madden wins a celebrity boxing match. He knocks out former MTV 'Headbangers Ball' host Riki Rachtman during a bout at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. "Benji Madden just kicked my ass," says Rachtman. "I got wasted by the guy in Good Charlotte."
2011: Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea are the victims of a robbery at their New Jersey home. The thief, later apprehended, reportedly makes off with over $100,000 worth of Dorothea's jewelry.
2011: Beady Eye, Paul Weller and Primal Scream give a benefit concert at the Brixton O2 Academy in London for victims of the 3/11/11 Japanese earthquake/tsunami. Proceeds go to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.
2012: 'April Fool,' the lead single from Patti Smith's album 'Banga' is available on iTunes. The song features Television's Tom Verlaine.
2012: Elton John and Sting perform at a Carnegie Hall charity benefit for the Rainforest Fund.
2012: KISS bassist Gene Simmons endorses Mitt Romney for president saying, "America is a business and should be run by a businessman." Then he attends the opening ceremony of his Rock & Brews restaurant chain with a luncheon to benefit the Wounded Warrior program. Simmons presents two severely injured vets with a check for $25,000.
2013: Police in Manchester begin recording attacks on Goths, Emos and Punks as hate crimes following a campaign by the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Lancaster was murdered in '07 at the age of 20 because she and her boyfriend were wearing Goth clothing.
2013: Whitesnake released their live album, 'Made In Japan,' in Japan. It was released at a later date in other territories. It was recorded at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Saitama during the Loud Park Festival.
2014: Arthur Smith, one of postwar country music's finest guitar pickers, dies at age 93 of natural causes. His 1949 instrumental 'Guitar Boogie' was one of the first to showcase the electric guitar and as such had a major influence on the development of rockabilly and rock in general.
2015: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong opens a music store, Broken Guitars, in Oakland, CA.
2015: Robert Burns Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd's original drummer, was killed in a single car accident in Georgia at the age of 64. His car struck a mailbox and a tree with the front of the vehicle. Burns was the only occupant of the car and was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. He played on the band's first two albums, 1973's 'Pronounced 'Leh-'nerd 'Skin-'nerd' and 1974's 'Second Helping' before leaving due to the rigors of touring. He rejoined Skynyrd on stage at the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony performance in 2006 where he was enshrined alongside his former band mates.
2016: The iHeartRadio Music Awards honor U2 for their contributions to the music industry and social causes with an Innovator Award.
2016: Former Guess Who lead singer Burton Cummings was inducted into The Canadian Music Hall Of Fame as a solo artist during a ceremony at the 2016 Juno Awards in Calgary. The entire band had previously been enshrined in 1987.
2017: Art Of Anarchy, featuring Creed singer Scott Stapp, Disturbed bassist John Moyer and ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, kick off their first headlining tour. The first stop is in Amityville, NY.
2017: David Byrne (Talking Heads) slams President Donald Trump’s budget proposal to eliminate funding for federal arts agencies and initiatives at a rally in New York City.

April 4
1956: Elvis Presley played the first of two nights in San Diego Arena. The local Police chief issued a statement saying if Elvis ever returned to the city and performed like he did, he would be arrested for disorderly conduct.
1960: RCA Victor decides to release all future singles, starting with its next, Elvis Presley's 'Stuck On You,' in both mono and stereo versions.
1963: The Hollies cut test recordings at London's Abbey Road Studios.
1964: The Beatles held the top five places on the US singles chart, at #5 'Please Please Me', #4 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', #3, 'Roll Over Beethoven', #2 'Love Me Do' and at #1 'Can't Buy Me Love.' They also had another nine singles on the chart, bringing their total to fourteen singles on the Hot 100. Billboard magazine wrote, “Just about everyone is tired of Beatles. Disc jockeys are tired of playing the hit group, the writers of trade and consumer publications are tired of writing about them and the manufacturers of products other than Beatles records are tired of hearing about them. Everyone's tired of the Beatles – except the listening and buying public.” The Beatles also have the #1 and #2 albums, 'Meet the Beatles' and 'Introducing the Beatles.' Beatles singles also occupy positions #31, #41, #46, #58, #65, #68, and #79. The following week, another two songs would enter the Top 100, giving The Beatles a total of 14 songs on the singles chart.
#31: I Saw Her Standing There (Capitol)
#41: From Me To You (Vee Jay)
#46: Do You Want To Know A Secret (Vee Jay)
#58: All My Loving (Capitol)
#65: You Can't Do That (Capitol)
#68: Roll Over Beethoven (Capitol)
#79: Thank You Girl (Vee Jay)
There were also two Beatles tribute records on the list: 'We Love You Beatles' by The Carefrees at 42, and 'A Letter To The Beatles' by The Four Preps at #85. The following week two more Beatles singles entered the chart: 'There's A Place' (#74) and 'Love Me Do' (#81).
1964: The Rolling Stones released their self-titled debut album.
1964: A court orders The Trashmen of 'Surfin' Bird' fame to pay royalties to Beechwood Music, holder of the copyright for The Rivingtons' 1962 hit 'Papa Oom Mow Mow,' which The Trashmen hit borrows heavily from.
1966: The Who performed at Top Rank Suite in Reading, Berkshire, England.
1967: Paul McCartney advised Beatles publicist and Monterey Pop Festival organizer Derek Taylor that they should book a young guitarist called Jimi Hendrix for their gig.
1967: Jimi Hendrix guests on the first broadcast of the BBC show 'Dee Time,' hosted by Kiki Dee. Cat Stevens is also on the show.
1968: US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. is killed after being shot on a Memphis motel balcony. King's life inspires a number of songs, including U2's 'Pride (In The Name Of Love).' b
1969: Jethro Tull appeared at The 13th Hour in Evansville, Indiana.
1969: Slade was formed in Wolverhampton, England.
1969: CBS cancels the highly rated but controversial 'Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.' Artist to appear on the show include The Who, The Doors and Jefferson Airplane.
1970: Brinsley Schwarz's promotion company sent 133 UK journalists, by plane to New York to see the band supporting Van Morrison at the Fillmore East, at a cost of £120,000 ($204,000). The event turned into a disaster. The group planned to leave a few days before the show to rehearse, but were denied visas on a technicality. They were finally given visas on the morning of the show, and arrived hours before the concert. The plane carrying the journalists developed a mechanical fault, delaying the flight and when the journalists arrived In New York 18 hours later, they were all hung over. Brinsley Schwarz gave a underwhelming live performance, resulting in a flood of scathing reviews.
1970: Crosby Stills Nash & Young went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Deja Vu.'
1970: Janis Joplin reunites with Big Brother & the Holding Company in San Francisco for a one-off reunion concert.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Ludlow Garage, a venue which began life as an automobile shop, and later became a music club located in the Clifton neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio.
1970: Pink Floyd were at EMI Studios in London holding recording sessions for 'Atom Heart Mother.'
1970: Led Zeppelin played at the Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ticket prices ranged from $4 to $6.
1971: The Grateful Dead perform at the Manhattan Center in New York.
1971: Black Sabbath appeared at the Alexandria Roller Rink in Alexandria, Virginia.
1972: ZZ Top released their 2nd album, 'Rio Grande Mud.' It reached #104 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The album title was inspired by the Rio Grande, the river that forms the border between Mexico and Texas and means "big river" in Spanish.
1972: Don McLean’s 'American Pie' enters its 7th and final week atop the US album charts.
1972: Elvis Presley releases 'An American Trilogy' with 'First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' on the flip side.
1973: A taped Elvis Presley concert entitled 'Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii' is telecast on NBC and proves to be a huge success. The total worldwide audience for the show, the first commercial worldwide satellite broadcast, amounts to over a billion people.
1973: In a press release, Atlantic Records announced that shipments of Led Zeppelin’s album 'Houses of the Holy,' released on March 28, were large enough to qualify for gold status. The label also revealed plans for a thirty city tour commencing May 4th.
1974: KISS played at the Nordic Arena in Hartland, Michigan.
1974: Van Halen make their Sunset Strip debut at Gazzarris. The group later becomes the house band at the West Hollywood club.
1975: Genesis appeared at the Circus Kröne in Munich, Germany during Peter Gabriel’s last tour with the band.
1976: The Sex Pistols played the first night of a residency at the El Paradiso club in Soho, London, England.
1977: The Clash release their self-titled debut album.
1978: David Bowie performed at Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood, California.
1980: ZZ Top appeared at the New Haven Coliseum, New Haven, Connecticut.
1981: Styx went to #1 for the first and only time on the US album chart with 'Paradise Theatre,' a concept album based on the rise and fall of a theatre in Chicago.
1981: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Phil Collins’ 'I Missed Again' at #47, The Who’s 'You Better You Bet' at #35, REO Speedwagon’s 'Take It On The Run' at #27, April Wine’s 'Just Between You And Me' at #25, and The Police’s 'Don’t Stand So Close To Me' at #12‬.
1981: The Who’s 'Face Dances' album entered the Billboard album chart.
1986: Judas Priest released their single 'Turbo Lover.' It was one of the first tracks recorded for the 'Turbo' album with the use of guitar synthesizers.
1987: Starship (were about down to Mickey Thomas and Grace Slick at this point) take the Diane Warren's 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now,' to #1.
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Bryan Adams’ 'Heat Of The Night' at #42, Poison’s 'Talk Dirty To Me' at #41, Peter Wolf’s 'Come As You Are' at #24, Lou Gramm’s 'Midnight Blue' at #11, Europe’s 'The Final Countdown' at #8, and Genesis’ 'Tonight Tonight Tonight' at #3. ‬
1987: U2 entered the US album chart at #7 with 'The Joshua Tree' making it the highest chart new entry in America for seven years.
1989: Bon Jovi release their single, 'I'll Be There for You.' It would eventually go to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. ‬
1992: Beastie Boys make their first concert appearance playing instruments at a show at The Palladium in Los Angeles.
1992: The film soundtrack from 'Wayne's World' started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart.
1994: Kurt Cobain’s mother filed a missing persons report about her son.
1994: Pink Floyd's 14th and last studio album, 'The Division Bell' is released. It topped both the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart (for four weeks) and UK Albums chart.
1994: 'No Excuses,' the lead single from Alice In Chains' third EP, 'Jar Of Flies,' is released. The track peaks at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, making it Alice In Chains' only Top 50 song. It is also their first #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks.
1995: Blind Guardian released their 5th studio album, 'Imaginations from the Other Side.'
1995: Black Sabbath released their 2nd official live release, 'Cross Purposes Live.'
1996: Jerry Garcia's widow, Deborah, and Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir scatter part of Jerry's ashes in the Ganges River in India. Eleven days later, the other portion of Garcia’s ashes was strewn on waters near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
1996: Alanis Morissette's 'Ironic' peaks at #4 on the pop chart.
1996: More trouble for Wilson Pickett, who after serving a one-year jail sentence in 1994 is arrested at his New Jersey home and charged with possession of two grams of cocaine. Still on probation, he enters a rehab center in August.
1998: 'Van Halen III,' the first and last album with vocalist Gary Cherone (Extreme), enters the U.S. chart at #4.
1998: Van Halen's 'Without You' holds the #1 spot on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs for the 5th of 6 weeks.
2003: Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach was sacked from the touring production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar.' He wrote on his Web site, “The producers of the show have elected to let my understudy go on in place of me.” He vowed to return to rock 'n' roll.
2003: The Rolling Stones played their first ever gig in India, in the middle of a monsoon before a crowd of 30-thousand fans.
2004: Disturbed holds an open audition in Chicago to replace Fuzz. The bassist left a few months earlier. A L.A. audition session was held in March.
2005: Eric Clapton, Robert Plant and The Who's Roger Daltrey perform at the fifth Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concert series at London's Royal Albert Hall.
2005: Kurt Cobain's Washington hometown adds a sign below their "Welcome to Aberdeen" that reads "Come As You Are." The sign is up in time for the 11th anniversary of the Nirvana leader's death.
2005: The reunited Queen performed at Rome's Palalottomatica, in spite of a request from city officials to postpone their concert out of respect for Pope John Paul II, who died earlier in the week.
2006: Songs by Nickelback, Rush and Default are featured on the Canadian compilation 'Oh What A Feeling 3.' The four-CD box set contains tracks by artists who have won or been nominated for Juno Awards. Proceeds from the release benefit MusiCan, the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund, Safehaven Project for Community Living and War Child Canada charities
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers' video, 'Dani California,' premieres on MTV and the MTV Overdrive broadband service.
2006: Rob Zombie's 4th solo album, 'Educated Horses,' is #1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chsrt. The set sells over 100,000 copies in its first week. That lands the CD at #5 on the Billboard's Top 200.
2006: Queensryche release their 9th studio album, 'Operation: Mindcrime II.' The original 'Operation: Mindcrime' was issued in 1988. The role of Dr. X (played by actor Anthony Valentine on the first album) went to Ronnie James Dio.
2006: The double-disc compilation, 'The Essential Judas Priest,' is released. Also, they roll out 'Live Vengeance '82' concert DVD. The 95-minute film was shot in Memphis, TN.
2007: A Swedish couple ran into trouble with authorities after trying to name their baby Metallica. Michael and Karolina Tomaro went to court with the country's National Tax Authority about naming their daughter after the rock band. The six-month-old has been baptised Metallica, but tax officials said the name was "inappropriate". Under Swedish law, both first names and surnames need to win the approval of authorities before they can be used.
2007: Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards issued a statement that said he was joking when he told NME magazine that the strangest thing he ever snorted was his father's ashes. "It was an off-the-cuff remark, a joke and it is not true. File under April Fools' joke".
2008: Eleven Seven Records announce that Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx has been named the label's president. The artist roster includes Buckcherry, Trapt and Drowning Pool.
2008: The Martin Scorsese-directed Rolling Stones concert film, 'Shine A Light,' opens at 93 IMAX theaters in the U.S. The next week, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Jack White appear on the cover of Rolling Stone with the headline, "Blues Brothers."
2008: Procol Harum founder Gary Brooker won his court battle over royalty rights to the band's most famous hit, 1967's 'A Whiter Shade of Pale.' In 2006, London's High Court awarded former keyboard player Matthew Fisher 40 percent of the copyright of the track, which has sold an estimated 10 million copies worldwide, after he successfully argued that he wrote the organ music to the song. Brooker appealed and judge John Mummery said that while Fisher should be credited with co-authorship, the fact that it took him 38 years to take the case to court meant he should not benefit financially.
2009: Metallica's single, 'Cyanide,' from 'Death Magnetic,' is #1 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
2009: Cleveland's Public Hall, site of historic concerts by The Beatles in 1964 and The Doors in 1968, is center stage again as the site of the 24th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The class of 2009 inductees includes Jeff Beck, Metallica, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Run-DMC and Bobby Womack. Early Influence inductee Wanda Jackson and Sidemen inductees Bill Black, DJ Fontana and Spooner Oldham. Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine is invited to the ceremony but his Megadeth obligations prevent it. However, Mustaine does pen an open letter to the band congratulating them. Ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted does perform with the group.
2009: Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder performs at the David Lynch Foundation's 'Change Begins Within' benefit concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall. But even he is eclipsed as Ringo Starr joins Paul McCartney at the end of the latter's event-closing set for a rendition of 'With a Little Help From My Friends.' Paul introduces Ringo as Billy Shears, the fictional singer of the song on 'Sgt. Peppers.' The show raises approximately $3 million for the foundation.
2010: The Boston Red Sox opened their 2010 campaign in style by having Neil Diamond sing 'Sweet Caroline.' which plays over the loudspeakers during the 8th inning of every Red Sox home game. Aersomith front man Steven Tyler took the field during the 7th inning stretch to sing 'God Bless America.'
2010: Bob Dylan is refused permission to play in Beijing and Shanghai by China's Ministry of Culture. Dylan's involement in the '60s counterculture movement is reportedly the reason. The decision forces Dylan to cancel plans for a Southeast Asia tour.
2011: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne owe over $1.7 million in back taxes ($718,948 from '08, and $1.024 million from 2009) according papers filed at the Los Angeles County Recorder's Office. Ozzy's wealth is estimated at well over $100 million.
2011: Beady Eye (with former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher) release a cover of The Beatles' 'Across The Universe' to raise funds for the British Red Cross' Japan tsunami relief. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, where The Beatles produced the original, Beady Eye's version is downloadable through the band's official website.
2011: Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr reached out to cancer survivor Alexx Kipp through the Make-A-Wish Foundation by meeting him at the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles, where they chatted and played drums together. Ringo later surprised Kipp by giving him his drum set.
2011: Manowar drummer Scott Columbus died. He was 54. The exact cause of his death is still unknown.
2012: Shinedown's 'Amaryllis,' debuts at #1 on Billboard's Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts. Selling over 105,000 copies in its first week, the album is #4 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Digital Albums chart.
2012: The Eagles perform their first concert in South Africa. More than 60,000 fans see the show at Cape Town Stadium.
2012: Three former members of Absent Element, the band which featured one-time American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry, file suit in Guilford County Superior Court seeking royalties for 'Home' and three other songs. "The songs listed in this lawsuit were written solely by me and no one else," replies Daughtry. Former band members counter that they are entitled to a share of the royalties because they, along with Daughtry, had agreed to split revenues equally.
2013: Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman turned himself in to British police after reports emerged suggesting he began a sexual relationship with his second wife, Mandy Smith, when she was 14 years old. After a brief meeting, the authorities decided not to pursue charges.
2013: Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) cancels planned shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg over the Russian government's crackdown on human rights groups; Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, among them.
2014: Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King was heckled by audience members during a concert in St. Louis, Missouri for giving what they later called a weak performance. After paying up to $150 to see the 88-year-old King, several people walked out.
2015: Marilyn Manson is sucker punched by a fellow patron at a Denny's in Alberta, Canada. The rocker, who stopped by the restaurant for a late-night meal after a show promoting his 'Pale Emperor' album, denies claims that he insulted the assailant's girlfriend and spurred the incident.
2016: Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor sits in with The 8G Band for the first of four nights on Late Night With Seth Meyers.
2016: It was reported that David Bowie had dominated the UK album charts for the first quarter of 2016. Bowie had the most entries to the chart with six albums in the top 40, after fans sought out his music in the wake of his death in January with his final album 'Blackstar' becoming the second best selling album of the year so far, (behind Adele's '25').
2017: Ghost lead singer and founder Tobias Forge, who performs as Papa Emeritus, is sued by four former members (Nameless Ghouls) who accuse him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from album sales and tours. Forge’s lawyer disputes the claims and infers the group was never a partnership.

April 5
1961: On 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet' episode 'A Question of Suits and Ties,' Ricky Nelson sings 'Travelin' Man' in what could be considered the first music video.
1962: The Beatles performed at the Cavern Club in Liverpool as part of a special night presented by the Beatles' fan club. The Beatles wear their black leather outfits for the first half of the performance, for old time's sake, then change into their new suits for the second half of the show.
1964: The Beatles film the famous opening scene from their first movie, 'A Hard Day's Night,' running away from several rabid female fans at London's Marylebone train station.
1964: Jerry Lee Lewis plays at The Star Club in Germany and records an LP called 'Live At The Star Club,' backed by The Nashville Teens (who were neither from Nashville or in their teens). Unfortunately, due to legal constraints, the album would only be available in Europe for several decades.
1965: The Beach Boys, with a rare Al Jardine lead vocal, release their #1 hit, 'Help Me, Rhonda.'
1965: 30 year old Sonny Bono and his 18 year old wife Cher are signed to Atco Records by Ahmet Ertegun. The duo had earlier made a handful of unsuccessful singles as Caesar And Cleo, but over the next seven years they would enjoy eleven Billboard Top 40 hits.
1967: Elvis Presley's 24th movie, 'Double Trouble,' premieres in Hollywood.
1967: Paul McCartney flies to America to attend girlfriend Jane Asher's 21st birthday party in Denver, Colorado. He gave her a large diamond ring, which she later lost.
1967: Monkees fans march in London in protest of band member Davy Jones' announced induction.' into the Army. The teen heartthrob is eventually exempted from duty for being his family's main provider.
1968: Simon & Garfunkel's 'Mrs. Robinson' b/w 'Old Friends/Bookends' 45 single is released.
1968: With tensions high the night after Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated, James Brown goes ahead with his concert at the Boston Garden, agreeing to televise the show to help keep calm in the city.
1968: Vanilla Fudge played at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1969: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Roundhouse in Dagenham in East London.
1969: 'These Eyes' by The Guess Who enters the Billboard chart on its way to #6 a month later. Guitarist Randy Bachman wrote the basic piano chords with an original title of 'These Arms.' Vocalist Burton Cummings changed the title to 'These Eyes' and added the middle eight bars.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Ludlow Garage in Cincinnat'i, Ohio.
1971: Chicago became the first American Rock group to perform at Carnegie Hall. They played six sold out shows and recorded the concerts for the four-record album, 'Chicago at Carnegie Hall,' which became their 3rd album to make the top 5 in the US.
1971: Rolling Stones Leave England and become tax-exiles. In an interview with Mick Jagger and Roy Carter of the NME shortly before the release of Exile on Main Street, Mick said, “So after working for eight years I discovered at the end that nobody had ever paid my taxes and I owed a fortune. So then you have to leave the country. So I said fuck it, and left the country.”
1971: Keith Moon performs again as part of an All-Star Jam Session at the Bumpers Club in London.
1971: The Grateful Dead performed at the Manhattan Center in New York City.
1972: Elvis Presley kicked of a 15 date US tour at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1973: Yes appeared at The Forum, Inglewood, California.
1974: Genesis performed at the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1974: The Guess Who host a celebrity tennis tournament in Toronto to benefit Ballet of Canada.
1975: Lynyrd Skynyrd played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1975: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Alice Cooper’s 'Only Women' at #83 (debut), Styx’s 'Lady' at #42, John Lennon’s 'Stand By Me' at #36, Ace’s 'How Long' at #35, and Queen’s 'Killer Queen' at #32‬.
1977: David Bowie and Iggy Pop perform together on Dinah Shore's daytime show on NBC.
1977: Black Sabbath appeared at the Pavillion de Paris in Paris.
1978: Duran Duran play their first live gig, in Birmingham, England. Singer Stephen Duffy leaves the band two years later and is replaced by Simon Le Bon shortly before the band are signed to EMI records.
1979: Journey's 'Evolution' album is released.The album peaks at #20 on Billboard's 200 album chart in May 1979.
1979: Roxy Music played at the Masonic Auditorium in Detroit, Michigan.
1980: The Grateful Dead were the musical guests on Saturday Night Live. They performed 'Alabama Getaway' and 'Saint of Circumstance.'
1980: Genesis went to #1 of the U.K. Album Chart for the first time with 'Duke,' which began a two reek run on top.
1980: R.E.M. makes its debut at a friend’s birthday party held in a converted Episcopal church in Athens, GA. under the name Twisted Kite.
1981: Canned Heat's vocalist/harmonica player, Bob 'The Bear' Hite, dies between sets at a North Hollywood club at the age of 36.
1982: The record industry trade magazine Record World folds after 36 years.
1983: The Beach Boys and The Grass Roots are banned from playing a 4th of July concert in Washington, D.C. by Interior Secretary James Watt who states the group attracts the "wrong element of people." Watt picks Wayne Newton as the replacement. President Ronald Regan would overturn the decision two days later.
1983: Danny Rapp, leader of 50's group Danny and the Juniors committed suicide in a hotel in Arizona by shooting himself. (1958 US #1 & UK #3 single 'At The Hop').
1984: At the American Video Awards, the Best Group Video honor goes to the Police for 'Every Breath You Take.' The black and white clip was the handy work of the team of Godley & Creme.
1985: Thousands of radio stations play 'We Are The World' simultaneously at 10:50 a.m. EST. In the next few weeks, the song goes to #1 in America and the UK.
1986: John Mellencamp's 'R.O.C.K. In the USA' peaks at #2 on the U.S. charts.
1986: Ozzy Osbourne peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'The Ultimate Sin,' which was Osbourne’s first top 10 album as a solo artist in the U.S.
1986: Van Halen hit #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart with 'Why Can't This Be Love.'
1986: Guns N’ Roses play the The Whisky A Go-Go.
1987: Jazz drummer Buddy Rich's funeral takes place in Los Angeles, with Frank Sinatra, Artie Shaw, and Johnny Carson in attendance.
1988: Bluesy folk rock singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman releases her self-titled debut album. It reached #1 on both the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and the UK album charts. The first single 'Fast Car' was very popular, peaking at #5 in the UK and #6 in the US. The second single 'Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution' was less successful, reaching only #75 in the US, but received much airplay and also charted in the Adult Contemporary and Modern Rock charts amongst others. 'Baby Can I Hold You,' the 3rd single, reached #48. In 1989, the album was rated #10 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Albums of the 80s,' In 2003, the album was ranked #261 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1991: The Grateful Dead wrap up their three-day stand at Atlanta's Omni. Here's the tally: 57 arrests and 4,556 LSD tabs confiscated; along with 29 bags of 'shrooms and 24 lids of marijuana.
1992: Kansas recorded their 2nd live album at the Whisky A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, which was released the following July as 'Live at the Whisky. '
1993: Construction began on the Roll and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
1994: Kurt Cobain committed suicide by shooting himself in the head at his home in Seattle. Cobain’s body wasn’t discovered until April 8, by an electrician who had arrived to install a security system, who initially believed that Cobain was asleep, until he saw the shotgun pointing at his chin. A suicide note was found that said, "I haven't felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing...for too many years now". A high concentration of heroin and traces of Valium were found in Cobain’s body. His death was officially ruled as suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.
1995: Jimi Hendrix's former girlfriend, Monika Danneman, committed suicide after losing a court case brought by another former lover, Kathy Etchingham. The two had been in dispute over the circumstances of Hendrix's death, leading to the police reopening their inquiries into the incident in 1993.
1997: The Chemical Brothers went to #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Block Rockin Beats.' The song was taken from their 2nd album 'Dig Your Own Hole,' and won a Grammy award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
1997: Aerosmith debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Nine Lives,' which was their 2nd and final album to reach #1 in the U.S. where it went on to sell two million copies.
1997: Kiss performed without Peter Criss in Columbus, GA due to severe pains in his arms. Peter’s drum tech Eddie Kanon performed in the Criss cat makeup, 'Beth' was removed from the set list and Paul Stanley sang lead on 'Black Diamond.'
1998: Drummer extraordinaire Cozy Powell, who had played with acts including Jeff Beck, Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath and more, died in a car crash. He reportedly was going 104 mph in bad weather on the M4 in England while talking with his girlfriend on the phone when a rear tire blew out and he lost control of the car. Cozy was driving under the influence of alcohol and not wearing a seatbelt and he died at the scene. He was 50 years old.
2000: The Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek reunited with guitarist Robby Krieger at a Los Angeles tribute to their legendary band.
2002: R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was acquitted of air rage charges. Buck was alleged to have gone on a drunken rampage after drinking 15 glasses of wine during a transatlantic flight to London in 2001. U2's Bono testified on Buck's behalf.
2002: Layne Staley died of a drug overdose, eight years to the day after Kurt Cobain committed suicide. Like Cobain, the Alice in Chains singer's body was not found until several days later. Staley struggled throughout his adult life with depression and a severe drug addiction. He died from a combination of heroin and cocaine, commonly known as a “speedball.”
2002: The Calling's guitarist Aaron Kamin is electrocuted during a soundcheck prior to a Bangkok concert. He is hospitalized.
2004: Nirvana fans held a vigil in Seattle's Viretta Park on the 10th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death.
2004: It's announced that Matt Laughran is Cold's guitarist replacing Kelly Hayes who stepped in after Terry Balsamo left earlier in the year to join Evanescence.
2005: Aberdeen, Washington added the phrase "Come As You Are" to their "Welcome to Aberdeen” sign on the 11th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death.
2005: Adema releases Planets,' their album with vocalist Luke Caraccioli, who replaced Mark Chavez.
2006: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee bows out of the group's Alberta, Canada, show due to an ongoing bout of tendonitis. The band enlists Harvey Warren, from the Canadian tribute act Broken Toyz. He calls the gig 'a chance of a lifetime'.
2006: Gene Pitney was found dead aged 65 in his bed in a Cardiff hotel. The American singer was on a UK tour and had shown no signs of illness. Pitney helped The Rolling Stones break the American market with his endorsement of the band. Jagger and Richards wrote his hit 'That Girl Belongs to Yesterday' which became the Stones duo's first composition to reach the American charts. He scored the 1962 US #4 single 'Only Love Can Break A Heart.' and 1967 solo UK #5 & 1989 UK #1 single with Marc Almond 'Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart,' plus over 15 other US & UK Top 40 hits.
2007: A Bruce Springsteen tribute concert, that features a Springsteen performance, is held at New York's Carnegie Hall. Proceeds benefit Music For Youth, which provides music education to unprivileged kids.
2007: Former KISS guitarist Mark St. John died of a brain hemorrhage. He was 51 years old. According to the Orange County Coroner, the cause of death was a brain hemorrhage brought on by an accidental overdose of methamphetamines. St. John was Kiss' third official guitarist, having replaced Vinnie Vincent in 1984 and appeared on the album 'Animalize.'
2008: Apple's iTunes overtook supermarket group Wal-Mart to become the largest music retailer in the US. Market research firm NPD said iTunes surpassed Wal-Mart in January and February if 12 downloads are considered equal to the sale of one CD album. iTunes had sold more than four billion songs since its launch in 2003.
2008: Toto breaks up after performing its final concert in Seoul.
2009: Deftones are at the Bamboozle Left Festival in Irvine, CA. It's the band's first show since a November 2008 car crash left bassist Chi Cheng in a coma.
2009: 'Itch, Love Stories About Heroin,' author Tanya Vece's biography about the life and tragic death of Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley, is in bookstores. "The perception that he was just this junkie who got caught up in the music business, that's not it at all," says Vece, the eldest daughter of Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx. "I want people to know Layne for who he really was."
2009: Kid Rock performs at WrestleMania's 25th anniversary event in Houston. AC/DC's 'Shoot To Thrill' and 'War Machine' (from 'Black Ice') are the official theme songs.
2010: Atoms For Peace began their first proper U.S. tour with two sold-out shows at New York City's Roseland Ballroom. Joining the Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke are Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, producer Nigel Godrich and session musicians, drummer Joey Waronker and percussionist Mauro Refosco.
2011: The Ravonettes' 5th album, 'Raven In The Grave' is released.
2011: Robbie Robertson releases his first solo album in over a decade, 'How To Be Clairvoyant.'
2011: An online EMI artists auction benefiting the Red Cross's Japan earthquake and tsunami aid efforts gets underway. The two-week auction features an exclusive Iron Maiden limited edition Ed Force One A2 print (signed by the band). Megadeth donates a guitar signed by frontman Dave Mustaine. Items from The Beatles, the Beach Boys, Coldplay and 30 Seconds To Mars are also on the block.
2011: Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is charged with battery and disorderly conduct for allegedly jabbing his ex-girlfriend, Alicia Jacobs, in the Shimmer Cabaret lounge at the Las Vegas Hilton twelve days earlier. Neil's arraignment is the following month.
2011: Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong reprises his role as St. Jimmy for the final Broadway performances of 'American Idiot,' the musical inspired by the Green Day album of the same name.
2011: A statue in tribute to Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain was unveiled in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, The unveiling marked the 17th anniversary of Cobain's death, which occurred on April 5, 1994. The statue designed by local artists Kim and Lora Malakoff was of his signature Fender Jag-Stang guitar. The concrete guitar was eight and a half feet tall and also featured a ribbon with lyrics written on it from Nirvana's 'On a Plain'. It reads: "One more special message to go and then I'm done and I can go home."
2011: The Recording Academy announced a major streamlining of its Grammy categories, cutting them from 109 down to 78. Gone are awards for Best Male and Female Vocal in the Pop, Country and R&B genres, Pop and Country collaboration, and Best Pop, Rock and Instrumental Performances. In all, 52 awards were eliminated and 21 were created.
2012: The Philip Lynott Exhibition opens at the 02 in London, celebrating the legacy of the Thin Lizzy frontman.
2012: 'Louder Than Love - The Grande Ballroom Story' makes its' the world premiere at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Many iconic Midwest bands got established by playing the Grande. The film features Alice Cooper, Motorhead's Lemmy and Slash.
2012: Jim Marshall, also known as The Father of Loud or The Lord of Loud, died at age 88. Marshall was an English businessman and pioneer of guitar amplification. His company, Marshall Amplification, created equipment that is used by some of the biggest names in rock music, producing amplifiers with an iconic status. In 2003 Marshall was awarded an OBE for “services to the music industry and to charity”. Marshall is considered to be one of the four fathers of rock music equipment along with Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover.
2013: Anthrax frontman Joey Belladonna sings the national anthem at the Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic game at the United Center in Chicago.
2013: Mark Knopfler cancelled two shows in Russia in protest over what he called the country's "crackdown" on human rights groups. The former Dire Straits frontman pulled out of the gigs in June after Russian authorities searched the offices of organizations including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Critics said the raids were an attempt to crush government dissent.
2013: Volbeat released the album 'Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies.'
2016: Tom DeLonge, ex-Blink-182, launches a cross-media series, Sekret Machines. The first installment is a 704-page hardcover novel, 'Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows,' which DeLonge wrote with author A.J. Hartley.
2016: The Rolling Stones first exhibition showcasing hundreds of items from their career opens at the Saatchi Gallery in London. However, the group is banned from performing on the lawn outside the venue because residents in the affluent neighborhood overrule the Stones' proposal.
2017: Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O'Neill is found dead in a Tampa, Florida, hotel room. The band announces the 61-year-old rocker died from a chronic illness.

April 6
1956: The iconic Capitol Records Tower opens at the corner of Hollywood and Vine in LA. The 13-story building is said to be designed to look like a stack of records, but the architect says that is just a coincidence. More trivia – the blinking red light on top of the building spells out H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D in morse code.
1956: Paramount signs Elvis Presley to a three picture deal just five days after his first screen test in Hollywood. Elvis was to be paid $100,000 for his first movie, $150,000 for the second and $200,000 for the third.
1957: The classic Elvis single 'All Shook Up' is released.
1959: Fabian's 'Turn Me Loose' enters the Billboard Pop chart, where it will reach #9. The song was written especially for the teen idol by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman.
1960: The Everly Brothers started their first UK concert tour at London's New Victoria Theatre, supported by The Crickets.
1962: Russia's official newspaper, Pravda, warns Soviet teens of the decadent dangers of the new "twist" dance craze.
1963: Fats Domino moves from Imperial to ABC Paramount Records. He had been with Imperial Records since the start of his career. Unfortunately, Fats had only one more Top 40 hit, 'Red Sails In The Sunset,' which reached #35 later in the year.
1965: The Beach Boys record 'California Girls,' which will reach number three in the US by August. In 2004, the song was ranked #71 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1965: The Beatles 'Beatles For Sale' [EP] is released in the UK.It entered the UK EP chart on 10 April and reached the top spot on April 24. It remained there for five weeks, and spent another week at #1 from June 12. The EP was only ever released in mono.
1966: The first session of what would become The Beatles album 'Revolver' started in the evening at Abbey Road studios London, with the recording of the basic track of 'Tomorrow Never Knows.'
1967: The first master tape of The Beatles new album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' was made. The song order on side one is different from the final product at this point, the last five songs on that side being initially ordered as follows: ‘Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite’, ‘Fixing a Hole’, ‘Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds’, ‘Getting Better’, and ‘She's Leaving Home’. The Beatles had specified that there were to be no gaps between songs - a unique idea at the time.
1967: The Young Rascals 'Groovin’ b/w 'Sueno' 45 single is released.
1968: The Beatles Apple Corps Ltd. record company, management and publishing firm, opened their offices in London.
1968: Simon and Garfunkel went to #1 on the US album chart with the soundtrack of Mike Nichols' movie 'The Graduate,' on the strength of the hit single 'Mrs. Robinson.' In 1996, 'The Graduate' was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
1968: Pink Floyd announces that founder Syd Barrett has officially left the group, saying that he is suffering from psychiatric disorders compounded by drug use.
1968: The Troggs played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: Johnny Winter's self-titled 2nd official album is released. It reached #24 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1969: The first and last Palm Springs Pop Festival is held. Expecting 15,000 to see Ike & Tina Turner, John Mayall and others, 25,000 show up. Crowd control troubles and rioting result.
1969: Original bassist Pete Quaife leaves The Kinks. Nobby Dalton takes his place.
1969: Led Zeppelin played at the Boat Club in Nottingham, Leicestershire, England.
1970: Hawkwind appeared at Speakeasy Club in London.
1971: After her performance at the Troubadour club in Los Angeles, 25 year old Carly Simon is introduced to 23 year old James Taylor. Carly and James did an interview that ran in the Jan. 4, 1973 issue of Rolling Stone. In the interview she recalled the night:
CARLY: "When we were officially introduced it seemed as though we'd known each other for a long time as we knew about each other from the summer place [Cape Cod, Mass.]. James came up and embraced me upon first meeting, and then we went into the bathroom and fucked." The pair would marry the following year, but split in September of 1981.
1971: The Rolling Stones release 'Brown Sugar,' the first single on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, which introduces the infamous licking-tongue-and-lips logo designed by John Pasche.
1971: Yes performed at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1972: The Monkees' Micky Dolenz guest stars in tonight's 'Barbara Lost' episode of ABC-TV's 'My Three Sons.'
1972: Genesis appeared at the Palasport in Belluno, Italy.
1973: Roxy Music performed at Green’s Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland.
1973: Queen sign their first recording contract.
1973: David Bowie released 'Drive-In Saturday' which became a Top 3 UK hit. The lyrics name-checked Mick Jagger ("When people stared in Jagger's eyes and scored"), the model Twiggy ("She'd sigh like Twig the wonder kid"), and Carl Jung ("Jung the foreman prayed at work").
1973: The Smothers Brothers win over $750,000 from CBS Television in a lawsuit over the cancellation of their TV show.
1974: The Rolling Stones premiere their concert film 'Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones' at New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre. The band’s famed tongue logo hangs above the venue’s marquee, and the occasion is celebrated with the release of 2,000 white doves into the air. The film is the first-ever to feature a quadraphonic soundtrack.
1974: The California Jam 1 festival took place in Ontario, California, featuring The Eagles, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Earth Wind and Fire, ELP, Black Oak Arkansas and Seals & Croft. Over 200,000 fans attended. Deep Purple were identified at the time as the loudest band in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records.
1974: Billy Joel scores his first Top 40 hit with 'Piano Man.'
1974: A seven piece group called Blue Swede became the first Swedish act to top the US charts when their version of 'Hooked On A Feeling' went to #1. Although the arrangement brought a fresh sound to the old B.J. Thomas hit, the single didn't chart at all in the UK.
1975: Rush played at Lisner Auditorium, at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
1977: Led Zeppelin played the first of four nights at the Chicago Stadium. Tickets were $9 and $10
1978: Peter Frampton guest-stars on NBC-TV's 'Black Sheep Squadron.'
1979: Rod Stewart marries Alana Hamilton, the ex-wife of actor George Hamilton. They would be together for five years.
1979: Van Halen appeared at the Center For the Performing Arts in San José, California.
1979: Twisted Sister sell out New York’s Palladium. First time an unsigned band had headlined and filled the 3,000-seat theater.
1980: Rush played at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1983: Ronald Reagan's secretary of the Interior, James Watt, cancels an appearance by The Beach Boys at Washington DC's Independence Day festivities, infamously stating that the band would attract "an undesirable element."
1984: E-Street Band member Steve “Little Steven” Van Zandt announces that he’s exiting the band. He rejoins the band in 1999 when they reunite with Springsteen.
1987: Roger Waters says he will contest the use of the name “Pink Floyd” by anyone else other than himself as he believes he is the creative driving force behind the band.
1987: The Cult release their 3rd album, 'Electric.' It reached #38 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1988: ‎Poison‬ released the single 'Nothin' But A Good Time.'
1991: Ringo Starr guests as himself on Fox TV's "Brush With Greatness" episode of The Simpsons.
1991: R.E.M.'s 'Losing My Religion' enters the singles charts on it's way to #4 and a million sold.
1991: Over a year after its release, The Black Crowes peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their debut album 'Shake Your Money Maker' which went on to sell five million copies in the U.S.
1991: Tesla peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of Five Man Electrical Band’s 'Signs,' which was their 2nd and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1991: Billboard's Hot 100 includes Queensrÿche’s 'Silent Lucidity' at #43, Divinyls’ 'I Touch Myself' at #24 and Tesla’s 'Signs' peaking at #8.
1992: George Harrison appeared in his first British post-Beatles solo concert, 22 years after the break-up of the group. The London show was a benefit for the Natural Law party, a fringe group with several candidates in the British election three days later.
1992: Pearl Jam's 'Even Flow' single is released. The song eventually peaks at #3 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
1993: Bruce Hornsby releases his first solo album, 'Harbor Lights.' Jerry Garcia, Pat Metheny, Bonnie Raitt, Branford Marsalis, and Phil Collins all make appearances on this jazzy recording.
1993: Peter Criss, former drummer for the rock group KISS, settles a libel lawsuit against Star magazine for portraying him as a homeless alcoholic. ”At least now I can go on with a clearer head, now that this is over,” he said. “I could write a song about this whole thing. Maybe I will.” A Jan. 8, 1991, story in the Star said Criss was “living like a dog,” getting his meals on bread lines and sleeping in a men’s room at the Santa Monica Pier. It was all a hoax.
1993: Monster Magnet released their 2nd full length album, 'Superjudge.'
1993: Tool released the album 'Undertow.'
1994: Soul Asylum's 'Grave Dancers Union' album, with 'Runaway Train,' is certified double platinum (2 million sales).
1996: The Beatles debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Anthology 2' which spent one week on top of the chart & went on to be certified four times Platinum.
1998: On the TV show 'Murphy Brown,' Candice Bergen's lead character turns 50, and her coworkers celebrate by recreating an episode of American Bandstand. Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, Fabian and Lesley Gore all make appearances.
1998: Wendy O. Williams former singer of The Plasmatics died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Williams was known for her wild stage theatrics which included blowing up equipment, near nudity and chain-sawing guitars. In January 1981 police in Milwaukee arrested her for simulating sex on stage, later that same year in Cleveland, Ohio Williams was acquitted of an obscenity charge for simulating sex on stage wearing only shaving cream.
1999: An All-Star Tribute To Johnny Cash is held in New York with performances by Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Dave Matthews and, of course, Rosanne Cash. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and U2 appear via satellite.
1999: Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of Grateful Dead appear at an Al Gore Presidential fundraiser, with Gore's wife, notorious anti-rock crusader Tipper, playing congas.
2000: An all-star tribute to Joni Mitchell was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City featuring performances by Elton John, Bryan Adams, Shawn Colvin, James Taylor, Cyndi Lauper, Richard Thompson, k.d. Lang, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
2003: Linkin Park started a two week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Meteroa’ the bands first US and UK #1 album.
2004: Modest Mouse release their 4th full-length album, 'Good News For People Who Love Bad News.'
2004: Nickelback, 3 Doors Down, Hoobastank, Saliva and Bon Jovi are among the acts contributing songs to the compilation 'There's A Rumble in the House! The Greatest Hits Of The Arena Football League--Volume 1 CD.' Jon Bon Jovi co-owns the AFL's Philadelphia Soul.
2004: 66 year old Niki Sullivan, one of the original Crickets, passed away at his home in Independence, Missouri. Sullivan joined up with Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison and Joe Mauldin in 1956 and played on most of the songs the band recorded. He co-wrote a number of his hit songs and sang back-up vocals on 27 of the 32 songs Buddy recorded over his brief career. The hassle of touring finally forced him to drop out of the group in 1957. He retired from the music business, but occasionally performed at Holly tribute events.
2005: Based on their cultural or historical significance, James Brown's 'Live At The Apollo' ('65), the Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' ('66), 'The Allman Brothers Band At The Fillmore East' ('77) and Nirvana's 'Nevermind' ('91) are added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.
2005: A Polish government decree relating to the recent death of Pope John Paul II forces Judas Priest to cancel their concert in Katowice. John Paul was the first Polish Pope.
2006: Alice In Chains confirm that William DuVall of the Atlanta-based Comes With The Fall is the group's new frontman, replacing the late Layne Staley.
2006: Tom Morello is honored during the second annual Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards at the National Museum of Women in Washington, D.C. The guitarist is recognized for his ongoing activism as a champion of workers' rights.
2006: Bruce Springsteen enters the Freehold High School Hall of Fame. The Boss' mother, Adele, accepts the honor during the inaugural induction ceremony and reads a note on her son's behalf. Springsteen is unable to attend because "he was working on a new record."
2007: Chris Cornell's solo North American tour starts in Las Vegas.
2007: Walt Disney Pictures says Rolling Stones guitarist, Keith Richards, won't publicize the movie 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.' Richards has a cameo, as Capt. Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp) father.
2007: White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, who is battling colon cancer, receives a guitar autographed by The Who's Roger Daltrey, KISS' Paul Stanley and Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson.
2008: Triumph is inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards. Shortly after this Triumph announced plans for a reunion tour in 2009, which didn’t take place.
2008: Jethro Tull commemorates their 40th anniversary with a U.K. tour that begins in Swindon and concludes in London.
2009: CBS' telecast of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game opens with a 90-second snippet of Green Day's 'Know Your Enemy,' the first single off the band's album, '21st Century Breakdown.'
2009: Divorce proceedings begin in London to officially end Pete Townshend's 40-year marriage to Karen Astley. According to court documents, Astley claims that The Who's guitarist's actions are "no longer tolerable." Townshend is in a long-term relationship with Rachel Fuller, a musician with whom he frequently collaborates.
2010: 'Slash & Friends,' the debut solo album from the former Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist, is released in the U.S. The set features guest vocals by the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie, Iggy Pop, Chris Cornell and Ozzy Osbourne.
2010: The Scorpions are added to Hollywood's Rock Walk of Fame during a ceremony at the Hollywood Guitar Center store.
2011: Bob Dylan plays his first-ever concert in China at the Beijing Worker's Gymnasium. His set consists of pre-approved songs submitted to the government's Culture Ministry and approved by communist leaders
2012: Accept release their 13th studio album, 'Stalingrad.' It's their first album to crack the top 100 in the US since 'Metal Heart' in '85.
2013: Imagine Dragons’ 'Radioactive,' tops the Rock Songs chart. The song also peaks at #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and is the band's first Top 10 single.
2014: Bruce Springsteen kicks off his performance at the NCAA March Madness Music Festival in Dallas with a cover of Van Halen's 'Jump.', and
2014: Former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan plays his first full show with the band in 17 years. The Buenos Aires stop is the first of five concerts McKagan performs with the group. "Our regular bass player, Mr. Tommy Stinson, is doing a show at Coachella with The Replacements, so we had to try to find a new guy," says GN'R frontman Axl Rose.
2015: Singer-songwriter Don McLean's original manuscript and notes to his anthem 'American Pie' are auctioned to anonymous bidder for $1.2 million.
2015: Singer Johnny Solinger announces he has left Skid Row after 15 years so that he can focus on his solo career. However, bassist Rachel Bolan claims Solinger was let go. Solinger replaced original vocalist Sebastian Bach when the band reformed in 1999. TNT frontman Tony Harnell takes over from Solinger.
2015: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler officially signs with Dot Records to release his debut Country solo album.
2016: Drowning Pool launch their fifth USO tour at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

April 7
1956: The CBS Radio Network premiered the first regularly scheduled national broadcast rock & roll show, Alan Freed's 'Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party.'
1956: Little Richard's 'Long Tall Sally' enters the US Pop chart, where it would climb to #6. The record would top the R&B chart and became the first of his three US Top 10 hits. A cover version by Pat Boone appeared on the Pop chart simultaneously and reached #8.
1958: The Alan Freed's Big Beat Show played two shows at the Memorial Hall in Canton, Ohio, It featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Frankie Lymon, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors, The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins and The Pastels.
1958: Capitol Records officially abandons the sale of 78 RPM singles in the UK, choosing to issue all new releases as 45 RPM only.
1959: As the snow melts in Mason City, Iowa, Buddy Holly's glasses are found from the plane crash that killed him two months earlier. They are turned in to police, where they stay until 1980, when a sheriff finds them and returns them to Holly's widow.
1962: The Rolling Stones began to take shape when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met guitarist Brian Jones at the Ealing Jazz Club. Jones performs 'Dust My Blues' which impresses Jagger and Richards. Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts came into the picture in January of 1963.
1962: The Beatles played at the Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool without George Harrison who was ill. This was the group's last performance before leaving for their third extended engagement in Hamburg, West Germany.
1966: Working at Abbey Road studio’s in London, The Beatles recorded overdubs on the new John Lennon song ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ and the new Paul McCartney song ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’ for the forthcoming 'Revolver' album.
1967: Paving the way for what would become an FM radio format, Tom Donahue, a San Francisco DJ, starts to program 'progressive' music on San Francisco's KMPX-FM. KMPX begins playing Rock 'n' Roll album cuts instead of 45 RPM singles.
1967: The Who flew to Essen for a two-week German tour. Their entourage was without Keith who missed the flight and had to take the next one. Along for the tour were Kit Lambert with Richard 'The Beast' Green as Who publicist. Also along for the ride were Pete's Royal College of Art chums, film-maker Richard Stanley and photographer Chris Morphet. Publicity film and stills were shot in the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) of the group larking about with bunches of flowers, juggling oranges, playing a Melodica and rolling down a grassy hill. All very groovy 60s kinds of thing that several groups (starting with The Beatles) were photographed doing for teen magazines and Sunday newspapers.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Floral Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the ABC Theatre in Carlisle, Cumbria, England.
1968: At the Generation Club in New York, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, B.B. King, Richie Havens and Buddy Guy take the stage for a jam session in tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., who was killed three days earlier.
1968: At the end of a North American tour The Who played at the CNE Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario.
1969: John Lennon recorded 'Give Peace a Chance' in his Toronto hotel room. It became his first solo single.
1969: Sly & The Family Stone's 4th studio album, 'Stand!' is released. It reached #13 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #3 on the Top R&B LP's chart, bolstered by the #1 hit (on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Top R&B Singles charts) 'Everyday People.' In 2003, the album was ranked #118 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1969: Nazz 'Nazz Nazz' is released. It reached #80 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1970: On this week’s Top 5 singles chart; #5, 'Bridge Over Trouble Water'by Simon and Garfunkel, #4, 'Spirit In The Sky,' Norman Greenbaum, #3, 'Instant Karma' by John Lennon, #2, 'ABC' The Jackson Five, and at #1, 'Let It Be,' The Beatles.
1970: Genesis appeared at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.
1970: Delaney & Bonnie's 3rd album, 'Delaney & Bonnie & Friends: On Tour with Eric Clapton' is released. It reached #29 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #39 on the British album chart.
1971: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's 2nd album, '4 Way Street' is released. It shipped Gold and reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. A document of their tour from the previous year, the live recordings presented were taken from shows at The Fillmore East, New York, June 2–June 7, 1970 The Chicago Auditorium, Chicago, July 5, 1970 and The Forum, Los Angeles, June 26–June 28, 1970.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at The Place, a small club in Miami, Florida.
1972: The Grateful Dead appeared at The Empire Poo in, London, England, tickets cost £1 ($1.50.)
1973: Yes performed at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.
1974: Aerosmith played at Michigan Palace in Detroit.
1974: The Eagles with opener Jesse Colin Young play Robertson Gymnasium in Santa Barbara, CA.
1975: Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quit Deep Purple to form his own band Rainbow. Tommy Bolin replaced Blackmore. Blackmore would re-join Deep Purple in 1984 before leaving for good in 1993.
1975: Deep Purple performed at the Palais Des Sports in Paris.
1976: Rush appeared at the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
1976: The Beatles 'Helter Skelter' [mono] b/w 'Helter Skelter' [stereo] DJ promo 45 single is released in the US.The song was written by Paul as a deliberate effort to create a sound as loud and dirty as possible. It was included in the Beatles 1968 double LP, The Beatles, aka The White Album. It was ranked #52 on Rolling Stone Magazine's "The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs" list.
It was also released in 1976 as the B-side of a single with 'Got To Get You Into My Life.' The single peaked at #7 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Then on April 6, 1976 it was released as a “Not For Sale” promotional 45 single.
1976: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Heart’s 'Crazy On You' debuting at #86, Nazareth’s 'Love Hurts' at #49, KISS’ 'Shout It Out Loud' at #40, Sweet’s 'Action' at #20, David Bowie’s 'Golden Years' at #17, and Aerosmith’s 'Dream On' at #16.
1977: The Damned that are the first British Punk band to play U.S. shows. They begin a four-night stand at CBGBs.
1977: Black Sabbath played at Stadthalle in Offenbach am Main, Germany.
1978: Prince releases his debut album, 'For You.'
1978: The Police released 'Roxanne.' The single didn’t chart in England or the U.S. until the following year.
1978: The Band's 'The Last Waltz' album is released. The triple-album documents the Band's "farewell" concert which took place at Bill Graham's Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving Day 1976. The event included an actual Thanksgiving dinner for 5000 attendees, with ballroom dancing and a stage set for La Traviata borrowed from the San Francisco Opera.
1978: Genesis' 9th studio album '...And Then There Were Three...' is released in the UK (March 23 in the US). It reached #14 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and reached #3 on the UK Albums chart, and remained on the charts for 32 weeks. It is the band's first album as a trio.
1979: 24 year old Rickie Lee Jones performs her upcoming single 'Chuck E's In Love' on 'Saturday Night Live.' The song would rise to #4 on the Billboard chart and help bring Jones a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. She also performs a full-beatnik rendition of 'Coolsville,' complete with cigarette and beret.
1979: The Doobie Brothers' 'Minute By Minute' is the #1 album in the U.S. It sells three-million copies.
1979: The California Music Festival took place in front of 110-thousand fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Aerosmith, Van Halen, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick, April Wine, The Boomtown Rats and more performed.
1979: Dire Straits peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their debut single 'Sultans of Swing.'
1981: The Who's former manager Kit Lambert died after falling down a flight of stairs in his mother's home in London, England. Along with his partner, Chris Stamp, Lambert guided The Who from 1964 through 1967 and produced many of their albums including 'The Who Sell Out' and 'Tommy.'
1981: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their first full-scale tour in Hamburg, Germany. This was Springsteen's first tour outside North America, which would take in 10 countries.
1984: The Romantics single 'One In A Million' peaks at #37 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1984: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Night Ranger’s 'Sister Christian' at #48, Steve Perry’s 'Oh Sherrie' debuts at #47, Duran Duran’s 'New Moon On Monday' at #43, Bon Jovi’s 'Runaway' at #42, The Romantics peak at #37 with 'One In A Million,' and Kenny Loggins’ 'Footloose' was #1.‬
1984: Keel played their first-ever concert at The Perkins Palace in Pasadena, CA.
1985: Grateful Dead appeared at The Spectrum in Philadelphia.
1986: Elton John is recognized for his Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the 31st Ivor Novello Awards.
1987: Roger Waters' lawyers issued a statement that Roger believed himself to be the creative driving force behind Pink Floyd and therefore he would contest the use of the name by anyone else and any former members of Pink Floyd.
1987: Pastor Oral Roberts says that God will kill him if he doesn’t raise $1 million in donations. In response, Ozzy Osbourne sends him one dollar to use toward psychiatric treatment.
1987: Whitesnake releases their self-titled 7th album, which goes on to sell over 8 million copies in the U.S. alone. It peaks at #2 on Billboard's 200 album chart and #8 on the UK Albums chart. The breakthrough included four hit tracks: 'Give Me All Your Love' (Billboard Hot 100 #48, Mainstream Rock #22), 'Here I Go Again' (Billboard Hot 100 #1 Mainstream Rock #4),'"Is This Lov'" (Billboard Hot 100 #2 Mainstream Rock #13), and 'Still Of The Night' (Billboard Hot 100 #79 Mainstream Rock #18).
1988: Alice Cooper nearly hanged himself while rehearsing his act at the Wembley Arena in London when a safety rope broke and left him swinging by his neck. He was promptly rescued by a quick thinking roadie.
1988: Ritchie Blackmore leaves Deep Purple to form Rainbow with Ronnie James Dio. He is replaced by Tommy Bolin. Blackmore rejoins Deep Purple in 1984 but leaves permanently in 1993.
1989: Sepultura released their 3rd studio album, 'Beneath the Remains.'
1990: Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee suffers a mild concussion after falling 20 feet from the scaffolding above his elevated drum kit. Tommy was descending as usual on a bungee rope but panicked when he thought his roadie wouldn’t pull the brake in time. He was turned upside down and smashed heads with a person in the audience, before he hit the ground head-first and blacked out. He was immediately rushed to the hospital in New Haven, CT.
1990: Opeth was formed.
1990: After a year on the album chart, Bonnie Raitt's 'Nick Of Time' finally reaches #1.
1990: Guns N’ Roses perform their last concert with the Appetite For Destruction lineup at Farm Aid IV at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis. Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Elton John, Bruce Hornsby, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Don Henley, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson also perform.
1990: At Farm Aid IV in Indianapolis, Elton John sings 'Candle In The Wind' for 18 year old Ryan White, who is suffering from AIDS. White will die just hours after the show and Elton will act as a pallbearer at his funeral four days later.
1990: Motley Crue's Tommy Lee was injured when performing a stunt during a concert, falling 20 feet from a lighting rig. Tommy was descending as usual on a bungee rope but panicked when he thought his roadie wouldn’t pull the brake in time. He was turned upside down and smashed heads with a person in the audience, before he hit the ground head-first and blacked out. He was immediately rushed to the hospital in New Haven, CT.
1994: Courtney Love was arrested on drugs and theft charges after a reported overdose. At this time, Love was unaware that her husband Kurt Cobain was dead at their home, (his body wasn’t discovered until April 8, by an electrician who had arrived to install a security system at their house).
1995: Eddie Van Halen had a loaded Beretta semi-automatic pistol taken away from him after Burbank airport police discovered the handgun in his carry-on luggage. He misses a concert and gets fined.
1997: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher married actress Patsy Kensit at Marylebone Registry office in London. They divorced three years later.
1997: U2's 'Discotheque' album is certified gold by the record industry.
1997: Soundgarden's Chris Cornell informs the group's label, A&M, that the band is history.
1998: Legendary rock drumer Cozy Powell, dies in a car wreck outside of Bristol when his car hits plows into road a divider.
1998: Goo Goo Dolls released their single 'Iris,' from their album 'Dizzy Up The Girl.' The song became one of the biggest alternative rock staples of the 1990's, and also is one of the biggest crossover hits in the history of popular music. It reached #1 on the modern rock, pop and adult contemporary charts and became the most played song of 1998 for all formats. The worldwide hit also went to #1 in Australia, Canada and Italy.
2000: Heinz, bass player and singer with The Tornadoes died aged 57. The group had the Joe Meek produced 1962 UK and US #1 single 'Telstar,' making them the first UK group to score a US #1 single. Heinz had the 1963 solo hit 'Just Like Eddie,' a tribute to Eddie Cochran, which featured future Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.
2001: Paul McCartney bought the four-bedroom Beverly Hills home of Courtney Love for $3.995m. The gated 1930's house had it's own swimming pool and 1.5 acres of land.
2003: Jury selection began in a wrongful-death suit brought against Tommy Lee in connection with the 2001 drowning death of a boy at a pool party.
2004: Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil had a misdemeanor battery case dismissed after he completed 100 hours of community service. Neil was charged after a 2002 scuffle outside a Sunset Strip nightclub.
2004: Cold kicks off a U.S. trek with Sevendust.
2004: Kid Rock hosts a New York City event celebrating the Ford Mustang's 40th anniversary.
2004: A High Court judge rules that a trademark battle between Apple Computer Inc. and The Beatles' record company Apple Corps Ltd. should be heard in London. The record company is suing Apple Computer claiming the American company violated a '91 agreement by entering the music business with its iTunes online store.
2005: Singer-guitarist Mark Lanegan takes a break from the Queens Of The Stone Age tour. Exhaustion is cited as the reason. QOTSA's website wishes Lanegan "a speedy recovery, so that he can return [to] the touring Queen's circus ASAP."
2005: Velvet Revolver performs 'Dirty Little Thing,' from their 'Contraband' album, on NBC's Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
2005: Canadian born Mighty Mike, the diminutive emcee on Motley Crue's 2005 tour is refused entry into the United States following the band's show in Winnipeg, Canada. Not the type to take things too seriously, the Crue lets the one-liners fly. "This could set U.S./Canadian relations back a couple of weeks," quips singer Vince Neil. Drummer Tommy Lee jokes, "It's no big deal, hopefully Mighty Mike will grow from this experience."
2005: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne revealed that their eldest daughter Aimee had surgery after a breast cancer scare.
2006: An internet fan site broke the news that Love front man Arthur Lee was battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He would succumb to the disease on August 3rd.
2008: 66 year old Bob Dylan received an honorary Pulitzer Prize for his "profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."
2006: Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton performs at the 11th annual Banned In Boston event. Hamilton dresses as former first lady Barbara Bush for a musical number. "I always seem to find myself cast in drag," jokes the bassist. "I seem to be getting kind of good at it, which worries me." The fund-raiser supports the city's Urban Improv violence-prevention program.
2007: Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready performs with his UFO tribute band, Flight To Mars at the fifth annual Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America benefit concert in Seattle. McCready has long suffered from Crohn's disease.
2007: Judas Priest singer Rob Halford appears on the debut episode of Rocknation, a syndicated weekly cable TV Heavy Metal program.
2008: The newly reunited Stone Temple Pilots announce a 65-date reunion tour and play for the first time since 2002.
2008: 66 year old Bob Dylan received an honorary Pulitzer Prize for his "profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."
2009: 'Sick,' from Duff McKagan's band Loaded, is released. It's the band's follow-up to 2001's 'Dark Days.' Two songs are streamed on Playboy's official site where McKagan writes a financial column.
2009: Chickenfoot, the "supergroup" with Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith appear on the cover of the June issue of Guitar World.
2009: Neil Young's 'Fork In The Road' album is released.
2009: The jukebox musical 'Rock of Ages,' a celebration of glam metal and classic rock of the '80s, opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York.
2009: The Bob Dylan documentary DVD, 'Never Ending Tour Diaries,' is released. Former Dylan drummer Winston Watson recorded home-video footage during a five-year run with Dylan in the '90s. There are on-stage collaborations with Neil Young, George Harrison and the Rolling Stones.
2009: Green Day perform their '21st Century Breakdown' album in its entirety at a 500-capacity club in San Francisco. The trio is augmented by two extra guitarists and a keyboardist at the surprise show.
2009: Slipknot takes home Best Live Band and Monster Riff of the Year trophies at the first-ever Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards in L.A. Ozzy Osbourne receives a lifetime achievement honor. Other winners include Metallica, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and Pantera/HellYeah drummer Vinnie Paul. The ceremony celebrates Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.
2010: Public Image Ltd. make their first television appearance in over 18 years when they perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) tells Kimmel "it just annoys me to see how much I've influenced modern music without any appreciation."
2010: The Top 9 American Idol finalist perform songs from The Beatles' "Lennon-McCartney Songbook." Paul McCartney makes a brief cameo.
2012: The first Lollapalooza Brazil in Sao Paulo is headlined by the Foo Fighters. Arctic Monkeys, Foster The People and Joan Jett are among the performers at the two-day event. Over 70,000 attend to support the expansion of the festival to South America.
2013: Former AC/DC bassist Neil Smith dies after a battle with cancer. He was 60.
2013: Andy Johns, the legendary producer and engineer, dies of complications from a stomach ulcer. He was 62. Johns worked on classic albums that have sold in excess of 160 millions copies by bands ranging from Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones to Van Halen and Cinderella.
2014: 25-year-old Peaches Geldof, daughter of the Live Aid mastermind Bob Geldof, is found dead in Kent, England after overdosing on heroin. Her mother, Paula Yates, died in 2000 when Peaches was 11.
2015: Elton John and Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) release a joint statement in support of transgender prisoners in the state of Georgia, where the issue had come to the forefront. "Transgender women in male prisons have an equal right to protection from violence and abuse in prison, yet they continue to face horrific injustices," states the duo.
2015: The original manuscript of Don McLean’s 'American Pie' sold for $1.2 million at a New York auction. The 16-page draft had been expected to fetch as much as $1.5 million at the Christie’s sale. McLean said writing the song was “a mystical trip into his past”.
2016: DJ Ashba (Guns N' Roses) opens Ashba Clothing, a retail store, at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas.
2016: Simon And Garfunkel's 52-year-old track 'The Sounds Of Silence' made a surprise return to the Billboard charts when it debuted at #6 on the Hot Rock Songs chart as well as #2 on the Streaming Rock Songs chart. The song was featured in a viral video that showed actor Ben Affleck looking pensive as his 'Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Freedom' co-star Henry Cavill discussed the negative reviews given to their new movie.
2017: Deep Purple release their album 'Infinite.'
2017: The 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center took place in Brooklyn, New York. The inductees: Yes, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, 2Pac with the Award for Musical Excellence going to Nile Rodgers. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson inducted Yes, Dhani Harrison did the honors for ELO, David Letterman inducted Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne for Joan Baez, Snoop Dog for 2Pac and Pharell for Nile Rodgers.
2017: Megadeth bassist David Ellefson leads the grand opening celebration of the first brick and mortar Ellefson Coffee Co. in his hometown of Jackson, MN. Previously, the coffee was only available online.
2017: Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin exits the stage mid-song during a Dallas concert after having a stare down with drummer Dave Moreno. Scantlin places his hands on his hips before shouting “David what?” A few seconds later he drops the mic, picks up his bag and walks offstage.

April 8
1956: During a tour of Colorado, Texas and New Mexico, Elvis Presley played two shows at Denver Coliseum in Colorado, (1 matinee and 1 evening).
1960: Elvis Presley's 10th album, 'Elvis is Back!' is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard chart, and topped the UK Album chart.
1963: John and Cynthia Lennon become the proud parents of a baby boy who they name Julian, after John's late mother, Julia. He grow up to have a music career of his own, scoring Top Ten hits with 'Valotte' (#9 in 1984) and 'Too Late for Goodbyes' (#5 in 1985).
1966: The Who played at Queens Hall in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
1966: The Righteous Brothers reach the top of the Billboard singles chart for the second time with '(You're My) Soul and Inspiration.'
1967: The Doors first single, 'Break On Through (To The Other Side),' hits a wall, stalling at #126 in the US. Their next release, 'Light My Fire,' does much better, going to #1.
1967: Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Arthur Conley and Booker T And The MG’s all appeared at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in England.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the Rhodes Arts Complex in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.
1967: John Lennon took his Rolls Royce to coachbuilders J.P. Fallon Ltd. in Surrey to inquire if they could paint his car in psychedelic colors. This was based on an idea by Marijke Koger ("The Fool" who was a member of Dutch team of gypsy artists). J.P. Fallon commissioned Steve Weaver's pattern of scroll and flowers for the Phantom V. The cost for having the work done came in at £2,000. A custom interior/exterior sound system was also installed as well as a Sony television; telephone (WEYBRIDGE 46676) and a portable refrigerator.
1969: Led Zeppelin performed at Cherry Tree in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England.
1970: The UK premiere of the Woodstock movie took place in London.
1971: Pink Floyd began the recording sessions for the album Meddle at EMI Studios in London.
1971: Chicago began a week long stint at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, which was released as a quadruple album box set later in the year.
1972: Written after the 'Bloody Sunday Massacre', in Northern Ireland Paul McCartney and Wings released 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish.' The song was banned by the BBC and the IBA. It peaked at #16 in the UK and #21 in the U.S.
1972: The Grateful Dead perform at the Wembley Empire Pool in London as part of their landmark Europe ’72 tour, which has been released on CD as a complete box set.
1973: During his 'Ziggy Stardust' world tour, David Bowie played the first of three sold out nights at Shinjuku Koseinenkin, Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan.
1973: 'Journey Through The Past' Neil Young's filmed autobiography premieres at the Dallas Film Festival.
1974: Paul McCartney & Wings 'Band On The Run' b/w 'Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five' 45 single is released. The single sold one million copies in 1974 in the United States, where it reached #1, and it went to #3 in the UK. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies. It was the second of five #1 singles for the band on the Billboard Hot 100.
1974: Dr. John releases the album 'Desitively Bonnaroo.' The title, a creole saying for "good stuff," provides the appellation for the Bonnaroo music festival.
1974: Brownsville Station played at Cobo Arena in Detroit.
1975: Rush appeared at the Civic Theatre in Akron, Ohio.
1975: Aerosmith released their 3rd album, 'Toys in the Attic.' It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It is ranked #228 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album's title track is part of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list. Steven Tyler said that his original idea for the album cover was a teddy bear sitting in the attic with its wrist cut and stuffing spread across the floor. They decided, in the end, to put all of the animals in instead.
1975: John Lennon was a guest on the Tomorrow Show on NBC with Tom Snyder. It was later broadcast on April 29.
1976: The Rolling Stones 'Fool To Cry' b/w 'Hot Stuff' 45 single is released. It reached #6 on the UK Singles Charts and #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1976: Firefall released their self-titled debut album. It features three singles that reached the Billboard Hot 100 - 'You Are the Woman' (#9), 'Livin' Ain't Livin' (#42) and 'Cinderella' (#34).
1976: David Bowie’s world tour moves to Europe for a performance at Philips Halle in Dusseldorf, Gemany.
1976: Bad Company performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1976: Genesis appeared at the Beacon Theater in New York.
1977: The Damned became the first English punk group to play New York’s famed venue CBGB. At their hotel, they discovered that The Rolling Stones left a birthday cake, seven meringue pies and three prostitutes for them.
1977: Clash release their self-titled debut album in the UK. It was released in the United States in 1979, dropping four tracks and adding five other tracks. It reached #12 on the UK Albums chart. In 2000, Q magazine rated the album #48 on its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.
1977: Judas Priest‬ released their 3rd studio album 'Sin After Sin' featuring the single 'Diamonds & Rust.'
1978: Eddie Money saw his first U.S. hit, 'Baby Hold On' enter the Billboard chart, where it would reach #11. He would go on to place nine more songs in the Top 40, including two Top 10 hits 'Take Me Home Tonight' (#4 in 1986) and 'Walk On Water' (#9 in 1988).
1979: Aerosmith played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the first night on their 38 date 'Night In The Rut' Tour.
1979: Van Halen began their first world tour.
1980: Van Halen performed at the Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, Alberta.
1980: Brian Johnson fills the vacant vocalist slot in AC/DC, 6 weeks after the death of Bon Scott. Scott himself had spoken about Johnson to his bandmates when he saw him onstage in England in the early 1970's.
1982: Toto's 'Toto IV' album is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The album received six Grammy Awards including Record of the Year for 'Rosanna,' Album of the Year and Producer of the Year for the band. The single 'Rosanna' reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the album's 3rd single, 'Africa,' became the group's only Hot 100 #1 hit. 'I Won't Hold You Back' came next and reached the top 10 in the USA.
1988: R.E.M. left IRS Records and signed with Warner Brothers records.
1988: Yngwie Malmsteen's 4th studio album, Rising Force 'Odyssey' is released.
1989: 26-year-old David Hirsch replaced 59-year-old Dick Clark on American Bandstand. His debut also marked Bandstand's move to the USA cable network from national syndication. Clark had been the host of the program for 33 years.
1994: The Recording Industry Association of America announced that Pink Floyd's 1973 album 'Dark Side of the Moon' had become the fourth biggest-selling album in U.S. history and had passed the 13 million mark in sales. Worldwide, 'Dark Side of the Moon' has sold more than 25 million copies.
1994: The Offspring's breakthrough album 'Smash' is released. Thanks to the success of the singles 'Come Out and Play' and 'Self Esteem,' 'Smash' eventually becomes one of the best selling independent records of all time, selling at least 15 million copies worldwide.
1994: An electrician hired to install a security system at Kurt Cobain's residence finds the body of the 27 year old Nirvana front man lying on the floor of a room above the garage with a shotgun on his chest and a suicide note nearby. Not everyone was convinced his death was a suicide and The Mystery Of Kurt Cobain's Death is still a hotly debated topic today.
1996: Ted Nugent demonstrated archery at Michigan’s state capitol in Lansing. Nugent declared archery as a way to keep kids off alcohol and drugs.
1997: KISS released the compilation album 'Greatest Kiss.'
1997: Singer-songwriter Laura Nyro dies at age 49 of ovarian cancer.
1998: The Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood was exploring islands near Rio de Janeiro in a small boat when one of the engines caught fire. He, along with ten other passengers were rescued when nearby journalists came to their aid.
1998: Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee is sentenced to at least six months in County Jail after pleading no contest to a felony charge of beating his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee. He was released after 90 days for good behavior. Concurrently, he completed a 30-day sentence for beating a security guard at a Crüe concert in Phoenix.
2000: Santana returned to the top of the US singles chart for the second time in six months with 'Maria Maria,' another track pulled from the Grammy Award winning album 'Smooth.'
2000: At the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California, Santana recreated tracks from his 'Supernatural' album with Dave Matthews, Lauryn Hill, Sarah McLachlan and Rob Thomas for a TV special.
2002: Marilyn Manson denied claims that he was responsible for the death of a woman after a party at his mansion in 2001. Jennifer Syme, a former girlfriend of actor Keanu Reeves, died when her Jeep Cherokee hit three parked cars. Her mother, Maria St John, was suing the singer for wrongful death, claiming Manson was negligent in "instructing the woman to operate a motor vehicle in her incapacitated condition".
2003: Godsmack's 3rd album, 'Faceless,' is released.
2003: Judas Priest released their 4th live album, 'Live in London.'
2003: Jet play their first L.A. concert. Just 50 people show up. Exactly one year later, the group gives two sold out L.A. shows at the legendary Wiltern theater.
2003: Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley, releases her first solo album, 'To Whom It May Concern.' It debuts at #5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
2004: Vince Neil pleads no contest to battery charges stemming from an 2003 incident in which he allegedly assaulted a prostitute at a legal Nevada brothel. The judge gives Neil a 30-day suspended jail sentence, orders him to complete anger-management sessions and fines him $1,000.
2005: Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash performs the U.S. and Canadian national anthems at the Toronto Blue Jays' home opener against the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
2006: The Rolling Stones play their first-ever concert in mainland China with a gig in Shanghai at Shanghai's Grand Stage Theatre. The Stones were banned from performing three songs ('Brown Sugar,' 'Honky Tonk Women,' 'Rough Justice'). Chinese rock star Cui Jian joined the band on stage for a duet with Mick Jagger on 'Wild Horses.'
2008: Led Zeppelin topped the list of Classic Rock magazine’s ‘Best Live Acts Of All Time’. The Who were voted in at #2 and AC/DC at #3.
2008: P.O.D. release 'When Angels & Serpents Dance.' The album marks the band's first effort since original guitarist Marcos Curiel returned to the band.
2008: ASHES diVIDE roll out their debut album 'Keep Telling Myself It's Alright.' The group is the brainchild for former A Perfect Circle guitarist and founding member, Billy Howerdel.
2008: Former Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery releases 'Help Wanted.' Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and Garbage singer Shirley Manson all guest on the album.
2010: Slipknot's Joey Jordison makes his debut as Rob Zombie's drummer during a performance at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards at Club Nokia in L.A. And the winners are: Album of the Year - Alice In Chains' 'Black Gives Way To Blue'; Best Live Band - Metallica; Best Vocalist - Ronnie James Dio (Heaven & Hell); Best Guitarist - Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society); Best Drummer - Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan (Avenged Sevenfold).
2010: Malcolm McLaren former manager of the Sex Pistols, the New York Dolls and Bow Wow Wow died from cancer at age 64. As a solo artist he scored the 1983 UK #3 single 'Double Dutch.' He set up the fashion store Let It Rock in the late 60's with Vivienne Westwood selling rubber and fetish gear. He recruited local kids who frequented his Kings Road boutique 'Sex' and dubbed them the Sex Pistols.
2011: Ozzy Osbourne provides the voice for the Earth Troll character in an installment of the Disney Channel's 'Fish Hooks.' The segment focuses on the importance of recycling.
2012: It was reported that organizers for the 2012 ceremony had recently asked the manager of The Who if legendary drummer Keith Moon would be able to perform at the forthcoming London Olympics Games. Who manager Bill Curbishley, told The Times how he responded to the request. "I emailed back saying Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to The Who's anthemic line 'I hope I die before I get old,'" he said. "If they have a round table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him."
2013: 'Bill Wyman's Scrapbook' is available. The limited-edition book by the former Rolling Stones' bassist has letters, photographs and memorabilia from his musical career.
2014: A documentary that chronicled the history of one of the British Invasion's most popular bands called, 'The Dave Clark Five and Beyond -- Glad All Over,' premiered on PBS' Great Performances.
2014: KISS frontman Paul Stanley publishes his autobiography, 'Face The Music: A Life Exposed.'
2014: Black Label Society release their 9th studio album, 'Catacombs Of The Black Vatican.' It is the first BLS set to feature former Breaking Benjamin drummer Chad Szeliga.
2015: Sixx A.M., with Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, launch their first North American headlining tour in San Francisco.
2016: Zakk Wylde's solo album 'Book Of Shadows II' is released. The set from the Black Label Society guitarist marks the 20th anniversary of the first 'Book Of Shadows' release
2016: Guns N' Roses begin their 'Not In This Lifetime' tour in Las Vegas featuring original members Slash, Duff McKagan and Axl Rose.
2016: Deftones release their 8th album, 'Gore.'
2016: Filter release their 7th album, 'Crazy Eyes.'
2016: Zakk Wylde's solo album 'Book Of Shadows II' is released. The set from the Black Label Society guitarist marks the 20th anniversary of the first 'Book Of Shadows' release.
2016: Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller and Chicago are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during a ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple) and vocalist/bassist Peter Cetera (Chicago) are no-shows while guitarist Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) and Steve Miller are critical of event ticket prices. Miller goes on a backstage rant saying the Hall is like "a private boys club," and lets loose on the organizers. "It's a bunch of jackasses and jerks and f--king gangsters and crooks." Miller also notes the absence of a single female inductee.
2016: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band cancel their concert in Greensboro, NC to protest the passing of the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, also known as the "bathroom bill." Springsteen condemns lawmakers for passing a bill that "infringes so heavily on the rights" of the state's LGBT community. "No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden," Springsteen writes. Pearl Jam follows suit, bowing out of a show in Raleigh.
2016: The Baltimore Orioles play the Woody Guthrie song 'This Land Is Your Land' during the seventh inning stretch in their game against the Rays, starting a tradition of playing the song at every Friday home game. It's part of their "Community Heroes" program to honor local citizens and an effort to diversity their musical selections to reflect progressive ideals. On Saturday nights they play 'America The Beautiful,' and on Sundays it's 'God Bless America.'
2016: The Guns N' Roses reunion tour gets underway in Las Vegas. Axl Rose, who fractured his foot at a warm-up show, performs from the throne Dave Grohl used to play Foo Fighters shows when he was hobbled.
2016: Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani are officially divorced after 14 years of marriage. They share three sons: Kingston, Zuma, and Apollo.

April 9
1860: What is believed to be the world's oldest recording was made by French inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville when he recorded a young lady, believed by historians to be his daughter, singing "Au Clair de la Lune". The song was captured on a "phonautograph", a device that engraved sound waves onto a sheet of paper blackened by the smoke of an oil lamp. The event took place 17 years before Thomas Edison invented his phonograph.
1953: Elvis Presley performs at the L.C. Humes High School talent contest, singing 'Keep Them Cold, Icy Fingers Off Of Me.'
1956: Gene Vincent records 'Be-Bop-A-Lula' (and 'Race With The Devil') in Norfolk, VA. A week later, the guitarist is back performing with the group.
1963: The Beatles appeared live on the ITV show Tuesday Rendezvous, miming ‘From Me to You’ and ‘Please Please Me’ (during the closing credits). In the evening The Beatles played live at the Gaumont State Cinema in Kilburn, London.
1964: Capitol and Vee Jay Records settle their feud out of court over the rights to recordings by The Beatles. Capitol contended in the suit that Vee Jay's rights to the Beatles had been cancelled on August 8th 1963, for non-payment of royalties. Vee Jay was forced to stop selling 'From Me To You,' 'Please Please Me,' 'Love Me Do' and other early Beatle releases.
1964: The Rolling Stones make their first live appearance on British TV's Ready Steady Go!
1965: Rolling Stones' dress sense attacked by E.M. Roberts, a Welsh headmaster, who is particularly critical of corduroy trousers. He said it was a 'disservice to the young if adults interpret freedom as a complete disregard of the rules'.
1965: Bruce Johnston joins The Beach Boys as the permanent replacement for Brian Wilson. Glen Campbell had been briefly been playing bass on the road and singing Brian Wilson's vocal parts.
1965: The Yardbirds 'For Your Love' b/w 'Got To Hurry' 45 single is released. Written by future 10cc member Graham Gouldman, it peaked at #3 on UK Singles Chart and became their highest charting single in the U.S., peaking at #6.
1965: The Beatles 'Ticket To Ride' b/w 'Yes It Is' 45 single is released in the UK. It was recorded February 15, 1965 and released two months later. In 2004, this song was ranked #384 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
1966: Jeff Beck collapsed on stage during a Yardbirds gig in Marseilles, France. A week later, the guitarist is back performing with the group.
1967: The Doors and The Jefferson Airplane appeared at Cheetah on the Santa Monica Pier in Venice, California. This was the largest show The Doors had played to date with a crowd of over 3,000.
1967: The Who appeared at Thalia Theater in Wuppertal, Germany.
1968: Jimi Hendrix and B. B. King performed at the Generation Club in New York.
1969: King Crimson makes its debut performance at the Speakeasy in London.
1969: Emerson, Lake and Palmer perform their first concert at the Speakeasy in London.
1969: Yes played at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: Bob Dylan's 9th studio album, 'Nashville Skyline' is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and topped the UK Albums chart. The single, 'Lay Lady Lay' was a Top 10 hit, reaching #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1970: Paul McCartney announces a "temporary break with The Beatles," citing "personal differences" and adding that he will no longer record with John Lennon. Paul disapproved of Yoko Ono and of Beatles financial advisor Allen Klein. When a reporter called Lennon to comment upon McCartney's resignation, John said, "Paul hasn't left. I sacked him." A week after McCartney's announcement, he released his first solo album, spelling the end of the Beatles.
1970: Pink Floyd kicked off their 2nd North American tour at The Fillmore East in New York City.
1970: Dr. John:\'s 3rd album, 'Remedies' is released. A dark, almost psychedelic release from 1970 which is murky, mysterious and sometimes downright evil sounding. A great late-night listening record for flirting with the dark side of the psyche.
1973: Newly signed to EMI Records, Queen played a showcase gig for their new record label at the Marquee Club in London.
1973: Paul McCartney releases the ballad 'My Love,' which becomes his second solo chart topper.
1974: Bruce Springsteen is introduced to Jon Landau, a rock critic who would later become his manager and help produce Born to Run.
1976: American folk singer songwriter Phil Ochs hung himself at his sisters home in Queens, New York. He wrote ‘There But For Fortune’, a hit for Joan Baez.
1977: Shatterstar Featuring Rudy Sarzo, Jeff Rollings (RIP), Bob Marlette & Frankie Banali play the Rush West club in Glen Ellyn, IL near Chicago.
1977: Peter Gabriel scores debut solo hit with 'Solsbury Hill.'
1977: During a Led Zeppelin concert at Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Jimmy Page collapsed onstage due to food poisoning one hour into their set.
1977: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Aerosmith’s 'Back In The Saddle' at #84 (debut), Fleetwood Mac’s 'Go Your Own Way' at #51, Queen’s 'Tie Your Mother Down' at #49, KISS’ 'Calling Dr. Love' at #31, The Electric Light Orchestra’s 'Do Ya' at #29, and Abba’s 'Dancing Queen' was #1. ‬
1978: Rainbow's 3rd studio album, 'Long Live Rock 'n' Roll' is released. It reached #89 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #7 on the UK Albums chart. It was their last album to feature original lead vocalist Ronnie James Dio.
1979: Blondie received their first Gold record for their 3rd album 'Paralell Lines,' which went on to sell a million copies in the U.S.
1982: The Grateful Dead played at the Community War Memorial Auditorium in Rochester, New York.
1982: Iron Maiden releases 'The Number Of The Beast.' The album goes straight into the UK charts at #1.
1983: ‎Dave Mustaine‬ played his last concert in Brooklyn with ‪Metallica‬. It look place at the legendary club L'Amour.
1983: David Bowie was at #1 on the UK singles chart with the title track from his latest album 'Let's Dance,' his 4th UK #1 and featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitar. A US #1 hit, it was Bowie’s first single to reach #1 on both sides of the Atlantic.
1984: R.E.M.'s 2nd album, 'Reckoning' is released. It reached #27 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. Produced by Mitch Easter and Don Dixon, the album was recorded at Reflection Sound Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina over 16 days in December 1983 and January 1984. Dixon and Easter intended to capture the sound of R.E.M.'s live performances, and used binaural recording on several tracks. Singer Michael Stipe dealt with darker subject matter in his lyrics, and water imagery is a recurring theme on the record.
1984: Cher, for her performance in 'Silkwood,' loses the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award to Linda Hunt (in 'The Year Of Living Dangerously'). Cher would win for Best Actress three years later for her role in 'Moonstruck.'
1986: 'Time,' a musical co-written and produced by one-time drummer, Dave Clark (former namesake of the Dave Clark Five), makes its debut in London.
1988: Dave Prater of soul duo Sam & Dave was killed when his car left the road and hit a tree in Syracuse, Georgia, on his way to his mother’s house in Ocilla. He was 50. Prater recorded for Stax Records from 1965 to 1968, with hits including 'Soul Man' and 'Hold On, I’m Coming.'
1988: Brook Benton, most often remembered for his 1970 #4 hit, 'A Rainy Night In Georgia,' died of complications from spinal meningitis at the age of 57. Along with his own hits, Benton also wrote 'A Lover's Question' by Clyde McPhatter and 'The Stroll' by The Diamonds.
1989: The Rolling Stones' 52-year-old bassist, Bill Wyman, reveals his plans to marry 19 year old Mandy Smith. The two had been dating since she was 13 with the consent of her mother. The pair divorced in 1991.
1991: Record producer Martin Hannett died. He worked with many Manchester acts including The Smiths, New Order, Joy Division, Happy Mondays, Magazine as well as U2 and The Psychedelic Furs.
1992: Fort Smith, Arkansas resident Sean Pierce is walking home wearing a T-shirt he purchased the day before at a Van Halen concert when he's arrested for 'violating a statute against wearing a smutty shirt'. The shirt has the title of the group's album 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge' printed on it. Van Halen offers to pay Pierce's fine.
1993: Nirvana headline a concert in San Francisco to benefit the Tresnjevka Woman's Group in Zagreb. Bassist Kirst Novoselic (who is of Croatian descent) says, "I was really pissed off by everything I'd been reading and nobody was doing anything about it." Civil war and 'ethnic cleansing' crippled the former Yugoslavia (Balkans region).
1994: Pantera entered the US album chart at #1 with 'Far Beyond Driven.'
1997: Soundgarden announce that they are to disband. The group reforms thirteen years later.
1997: Songwriter Mae Boren Axton died aged 82 after drowning in her bath at her home in Hendersonville, Tennessee after an apparent heart attack. Known as the "Queen Mother of Nashville" she wrote over 200 songs including a co-writing credit on the Elvis Presley hit 'Heartbreak Hotel.' She was the mother of country singer, songwriter Hoyt Axton.1997: Songwriter Laura Nyro died at her home in Danbury, Connecticut of ovarian cancer at the age of 49. Nyro wrote numerous hit songs including 'Eli's Coming' by Three Dog Night, 'And When I Die' by Blood, Sweat And Tears, 'Stoney End' by Barbra Streisand, along with 'Stoned Soul Picnic' and 'Wedding Bell Blue' by the Fifth Dimension.
1999: Bruce Springsteen begins his first tour with the E Street Band since 1988 with a concert in Barcelona. The European leg ends in June, with the first American show in their home turf of New Jersey on July 15. The tour lasts until July 2000, a total of 132 shows.
2002: Megadeth released their 'Rude Awakening' DVD.
2002: Motorhead release their 16th studio album, 'Hammered.' WWE Superstar Triple H did Co-Vocals on the song 'Serial Killer.'
2004: Pearl Jam receive an IMPACT Award from the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy. The honor recognizes musicians who "have crossed all musical boundaries and who have been recognized as an asset to the music community."
2007: Action figures of singer Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora are unveiled. The Sambora doll plays a double-neck guitar, while the Bon Jovi figurine is at a microphone stand. Makes sense. The dolls are in stores a few months later.
2008: R.E.M.'s 'Accelerate' sells 115,000 copies in its first week to land at #2 on the Billboard 200. The album makes its debut at #1 in the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and the Czech Republic and #2 in Germany, Italy, Holland and Austria.
2008: Green Day admits (in an email to MTV) that they are also the Garage Rock band Foxboro Hot Tubs. The group posted a downloadable EP titled 'Stop Drop and Roll!!!' for free a couple months earlier.
2008: 'Idol Gives Back,' American Idol's charity effort, features Heart performing a shortened version of "Barracuda" with pop singer Fergie. U2's Bono, former Idol contestant Chris Daughtry and actor Brad Pitt also appear. Though the show fails to earn the previous year's ratings it does raise millions of dollars for various U.S. charities that help disadvantaged children.
2008: Elton John's benefit concert for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in New York nets $2.5 million for her campaign. "There is no one more qualified to lead America," Elton tells the crowd at Radio City Music Hall.
2008: Steve Miller receives the ASCAP Golden Note Award at the performing-rights organization's 25th annual Pop Music Awards at L.A.'s Kodak Theatre. ASCAP president Marilyn Bergman calls Miller an "iconic music creator whose enduring and instantly recognizable songs say 'America' around the world."
2008: Elton John performed in concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall to raise funds for Hillary Clinton's US Presidential campaign. With ticket prices ranging from $125 to $2,300, the effort took in over $2.5 million.
2008: Shinedown guitarist Jasin Todd is arrested in Jacksonville, FL, on charges of disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer. Though it was in the works prior to the arrest, two days later Todd is officially out of Shinedown.
2009: Duff McKagan's Loaded celebrate the release of their 'Sick' album (issued two days earlier) with a release party in their hometown of Seattle, the first date of Loaded's U.S. tour.
2010: 'When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors' is shown in select U.S. theaters. The biographical film, charting the group's rise and fall, is narrated by actor Johnny Depp.
2010: Eddie Vedder wins a copyright infringement case revolving around the lyrics to a song the singer performed for the 2007 Sean Penn-directed movie 'Into The Wild.' The song's composer sued the Pearl Jam frontman for changes made to 'Hard Sun.' But a U.S. District Court judge rules that some lyric changes are allowed under the law.
2010: Based on a true story of an Army vet who snapped and stole a tank, Megadeth unveil the video for 'The Right To Go Insane.' The clip features frontman Dave Mustaine sneaking onto a military facility, stealing a tank and crashing into things. Filming caused a stir a month earlier because no one informed authorities of the tank so the police stormed the set assuming it was some terrorist activity.
2010: 30,000 BBC station 6 Music listeners name John Frusciante (fomerly of the Red Hot Chili Peppers - he left in '09) the top guitarist of the last 30 years. Slash (Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver) comes in second.
2011: A self-portrait by late Pink Floyd vocalist Syd Barrett is stolen from the Syd Barrett Arts and Letters Exhibition at the Idea Generation Gallery in London. The 12-inch by 9-inch self-portrait is later returned, in the mail, undamaged and intact.
2012: Ron Wood's painting exhibit, 'Faces, Time and Places,' opens at the 498 Broome St. Gallery in New York City.
2012: KISS make the first of two appearances on ABC-TV's 'Dancing With The With The Stars' competition. The performances promote their tour with Motley Crue. A second stint comes the following night.
2012: Queen's 'Greatest Hits' is the all-time best-selling album in the U.K., according to the Official Charts Company. The album tops the list having sold 5.8 million copies. The Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is next, with sales of 5 million.
2012: A ballet based on the life Elton John, 'Love Lies Bleeding,' makes its television debut on the CBC. The one-hour ballet was filmed by director Moze Mossanen at the Banff Centre's Eric Harvie Theatre.
2012: 'Florence + The Machine MTV Unplugged' is available via digital retailers. The set features tracks from the group's debut 'Lungs' and follow-up 'Ceremonials.' There's also a duet with Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age/Eagles Of Death Metal) on the Johnny Cash/June Carter classic "Jackson." The CD version is out the following day.
2013: Drowning Pool released their 5th studio album, 'Resilience.' It's the band's first set with lead singer Jasen Moreno, who replaced Ryan McCombs.
2013: Device, a group led by Disturbed's David Draiman and former Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo, release their self-titled debut album. "It's not Metal," Draiman says. "It's futuristic Rock."
2013: Stone Sour release 'House Of Gold & Bones Pt. 2,' the conclusion of their two part concept album. Produced by David Bottrill (Tool, Muse), the set was recorded at Sound Farm Studios just outside of Des Moines.
2013: Volbeat release their 'Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies' album. It features former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano and is co-produced by Caggiano and Jacob Hansen.
2015: The Replacements launch their 'Back By Unpopular Demand' Tour, their first U.S. trek in 24 years. It begins at Seattle's Paramount Theatre.
2015: Imagine Dragons' track 'I'm So Sorry' is heard in the trailer promoting the third season of the Netflix show 'Orange Is The New Black.'
2018: Fleetwood Mac officially announced that they had fired guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and replaced him with Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House for their upcoming tour.

April 10
1956: Leo Fender patents the successor to his popular "Telecaster" model of electric guitar, this time called the "Stratocaster."
1957: Rick Nelson sings 'I'm Walkin' on his parent's TV show, 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,' beginning his Rock n' Roll career. Originally done to impress a date, the record sells half a million copies in the next week alone.
1958: Dick Clark devoted an hour of his American Bandstand TV show to the memory of Chuck Willis, who had died earlier in the day from peritonitis. Willis recorded hits that included: 'C.C. Rider' (#12), 'What Am I Living For' (#9) and "'Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes' (#24).
1959: Bobby Darin records 'Splish Splash.' The record will become a world wide hit, although he was outsold in Britain by a rival version from comedian Charlie Drake.
1961: Del Shannon is the guest on ABC-TV's American Bandstand, singing his recent breakthrough hit, 'Runaway.'
1962: The Beatles former bass player Stuart Sutcliff died. (original bassist for eighteen months from January 1960 to June 1961). Sutcliff had stayed in Hamburg Germany after leaving the group. He died of a brain haemorrhage in an ambulance on the way to hospital at age 22. Sutcliffe was included in the band because he had the equipment and place to rehearse, although he couldn't play very well. His girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr, created The Beatle haircut for Stu, and John and Paul followed soon after. Sutcliffe can be heard on very early Beatle tracks included on 'Anthology 1.' He left the band in 1961 to resume painting because his headaches were getting too severe to play.
1964: 'The Beatles Second Album' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for five weeks beginning May 2, 1964, replacing 'Meet the Beatles!' It was the first time an artist replaced itself at #1 one on the U.S. album charts. Songs for this album were compiled from four different UK releases. Included were the five remaining tracks from the group's second British LP With the Beatles. Those songs were left off the previous Capitol album 'Meet the Beatles!' Also included were 'Thank You Girl' (the B-side to the British single 'From Me to You'), the single 'She Loves You' / 'I'll Get You,' 'You Can't Do That' from the A Hard Day's Night soundtrack in the UK, and two new songs, 'Long Tall Sally' and 'I Call Your Name,' both released a month later in the UK on the 'Long Tall Sally' EP.
1965: A British school in Wrexham, North Wales, asked parents to please keep children in school uniform and not to send them to school in 'corduroy trousers', like the ones worn by The Rolling Stones.
1967: Paul McCartney visits a Beach Boys recording session and is said to have loaned his production assistant to the track 'Vegetables' for the Smile album.
1967: The Who begins a six-day season at Brian Epstein's Saville Theatre, with Jimi Hendrix on the bill.
1967: The Young Rascals 'Groovin’ b/w 'Sueno' 45 single is released. Written by group members Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati and with a lead vocal from Cavaliere, it is indeed a slow, relaxed groove, based on Cavaliere's newfound interest in Afro-Cuban music. Instrumentation included a conga, harmonica, and an effective, Cuban-based bass guitar line from ace session musician Chuck Rainey. The result was fairly different from the Rascals' white soul origins, enough so that Atlantic Records head Jerry Wexler did not want to release 'Groovin'. Cavaliere credits disc jockey Murray the K with intervening to encourage Atlantic to release the song. “To tell you the truth, they didn’t originally like the record because it had no drum on it,” admits Cavaliere. “We had just cut it, and he came in the studio to say hello. After he heard the song, he said, ‘Man, this is a smash.’ So, when he (later) heard that Atlantic didn’t want to put it out, he went to see (Atlantic executive) Jerry Wexler and said, ‘Are you crazy? This is a friggin’ #1 record.’ He was right, because it eventually became #1 for five straight weeks.”
1968: Bill Kreutzmann invites Mickey Hart to join Grateful Dead as its second drummer.
1968: The Mothers of Invention appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: Drummer Mickey Hart accepts an invitation from Bill Kreuztmann to join the Grateful Dead.
1968: Janis Joplin performed at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival agree to perform at the upcoming Woodstock Festival in New York. They play but for contractual reasons, do not appear in the accompanying film.
1969: Canned Heat, Pogo and Ace of Cups play Robertson Gym on the University of Santa Barbara campus. Tickets were $2.50 for students, $3.50 general admission and $3.50 at the door.
1970: Elton John's self-titled 2nd album is released in the UK. It was released as his first album in the U.S. on July 22. It reached #5 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #468 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
1970: Doors singer Jim Morrison was dragged off stage by keyboardist Ray Manzarek during a concert in Boston, after Morrison asked the audience, "Would you like to see my genitals?". Theater management quickly switched off the power. Morrison had been arrested in Miami a year earlier for "lewd and lascivious behavior" during a performance.
1970: 27 year-old Paul McCartney issued a press statement, announcing that The Beatles had split, (one week before the release of his solo album). McCartney said, "I have no future plans to record or appear with The Beatles again, or to write any music with John". John Lennon, who had kept his much-earlier decision to leave The Beatles quiet for the sake of the others, was furious. When a reporter called Lennon to comment upon McCartney's resignation, Lennon said, "Paul hasn't left. I sacked him."
1970: Emerson, Lake And Palmer was formed when drummer Carl Palmer joined keyboardist Keith Emerson and singer/guitarist Greg Lake.
1971: The Doors 'Love Her Madly' peaks at #11 on the pop charts.
1971: The Grateful Dead played at East Hall at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
1972 - Delaney & Bonnie's 'Where There's A Will There's A Way' b/w 'Lonesome And A Long Way From Home' 45 single is released in the U.S., from the album 'On Tour with Eric Clapton.'
1973: Led Zeppelin's 5th album, 'Houses of the Holy' was certified Gold. It was the band's 5th Gold record and went on to sell 11 million copies in the US.
1975: Pink Floyd performed at the Seattle Center Coliseum, the first US date of their North American tour.
1976: The UK music magazine The Melody Maker reviewed a show by The Sex Pistols with the words, "I hope we shall hear no more of them."
1976: Peter Frampton's 'Frampton Comes Alive!' reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first of ten non-consecutive weeks on top and became the biggest selling live album of all time. Today it’s the 4th biggest selling live album of all time. The LP would stay on the chart for 97 weeks and was voted Album of the year in the 1976 Rolling Stone readers poll.
1976: Three years after its initial release, Aerosmith's classic, 'Dream On,' peaks at #6 on the U.S. pop chart. After its initial release it only peaked at #59.
1976: Bad Company’s 3rd album 'Run with the Pack' peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart where it stayed for two weeks. The following December, it would become their first Platinum album.
1978: Gene Simmons and Cher appear on the cover of Rolling Stones as a couple.
1978: Jethro Tull's 11th album, 'Heavy Horses' is released. It reached #19 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and peaked at #20 on the UK Albums Chart.
1981: Tygers Of Pan Tang release their album, 'Spellbound.'
1982: Iron Maiden scored their first UK #1 album with 'The Number Of The Beast.' The bands 3rd studio album saw the debut of vocalist Bruce Dickinson and the final appearance of the late drummer Clive Burr. This was their first album to reach #1 in the UK Albums Chart, and be certified platinum in the US.
1982: 'Ebony and Ivory,' a duet by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney, debuts on the US charts at #29. It will eventually reach #1 in both the US and UK, becoming Wonder's first British chart topper. The song listed at #59 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of all time, but in October 2007 it was named "the worst duet in history" by BBC 6 Music listeners and these days gets little airplay on either side of the Atlantic.
1982: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Loverboy’s 'When It’s Over' at #79 (debut), Soft Cell’s 'Tainted Love' at #50, The Human League’s 'Don’t You Want Me' at #39, Foreigner’s 'Juke Box Hero' at #26, Van Halen’s '(Oh) Pretty Woman' at #14, and Journey’s 'Open Arms' at #7.
1989: The Cult release their 4th album, 'Sonic Temple.' It will go on to peak at #10 on the US chart, and #3 on the UK Albums chart. The album features the tracks 'Fire Woman,' 'Sun King,' 'Edie (Ciao Baby)' and 'Sweet Soul Sister.'
1990: Death Angel release their 3rd studio album, 'Act III.' The album was produced by famed metal producer Max Norman and was their only major label release.
1991: Peter Noone guest stars as a rock star on the "Glitter Rock - April 12, 1974" episode episode of NBC-TV's 'Quantum Leap.'
1992: Sam Kinison died at the age of 38 after his Pontiac Trans Am was struck head-on on U.S. Route 95, around 15 miles northwest of Needles, California, by a pickup truck driven by 17-year-old Troy Pierson, who had been drinking alcohol. Pierson ultimately got a sentence of probation and did not serve one day in jail. Kinison’s brother and manager, Bill, had been following in a van and witnessed the accident. Kinison was not wearing a seat belt and was initially able to walk around after the accident. His brother urged him to lie down, but within minutes, he had died from internal injuries.The pickup truck crossed the center line of the roadway and went into Kinison's lane. At the time of the collision, Kinison was traveling to Laughlin, Nevada to perform at a sold-out show.
1992: Axl Rose left Chicago before a Chicago sheriff could arrest him for allegedly starting a riot during a Guns N’ Roses concert in St. Louis the previous July. St. Louis County authorities had issued a warrant for Rose’s arrest.
1993: Depeche Mode's 8th album, 'Songs of Faith and Devotion,' reaches #1 in America, knocking Whitney Houston's soundtrack from 'The Bodyguard' off the top spot, and holding off challengers Eric Clapton, Kenny G and Sting.
1994: Over 5,000 fans attended a public memorial service held for Nirvana's Kurt Cobain at the Seattle Center. Cobain shot himself five days earlier.
1998: Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland married Heather McMillan. The honeymoon was spent visiting amusement parks across the country.
1998: Cleveland radio disc jockey Eddie O'Jay, a pioneer of R&B radio who inspired The O'Jays' moniker and became their manager, dies at age 73.
1998: Matchbox 20's show at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, taped the previous month, is broadcast on MTV as "Live From The 10 Spot.
1999: Offspring release their single, 'Why Don't You Get A Job?'.
1999: The all-star tribute concert 'Here There and Everywhere: A Concert For Linda' is held at London's Royal Albert Hall, where Paul McCartney, George Michael, Chrissie Hynde, Elvis Costello and Sinead O'Connor raise money for animal charities while remembering Paul's wife Linda, who has recently succumbed to breast cancer.
1999: Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin plays his first show with Smashing Pumpkins since being re-instated. He was kicked out three years earlier due to drug problems.
2001: Bruce Springsteen won a court battle to keep the rights to his early songs. Ronald Winter of Masquerade Music had released the album 'Before The Fame' was found to be in breach of copyright.
2003: Little Eva (Boyd), whose version of 'The Loco-Motion' went all the way to #1 in the U.S. in 1962, passed away at the age of 57 after a long illness. Eva was working as a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin who asked her to record the song they'd just written. 'The Loco-Motion' was also a hit for Grand Funk Railroad in 1974 (US #1) and for Kylie Minogue in 1988 (US #3).
2005: The final episode of The Osbournes was aired on MTV in the UK. The show reached a peak audience of eight million at it's height during a three year run. Ozzy Osbourne was at a loss to explain its popularity, saying, "I suppose Americans get a kick out of watching a crazy Brit family like us make complete fools of ourselves every week."
2006: Bon Jovi and Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles win the Collaborative Video of the Year trophy for 'Who Says You Can't Go Home' at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville.
2007: A fire destroyed the former home of the late Country singer Johnny Cash. The 13,880-square-foot house, located in the Nashville suburb of Hendersonville, was home to Johnny and his wife June until their deaths in 2003. The property was purchased by The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb in January 2006. Gibb and his wife Linda had said they planned to restore the home on Old Hickory Lake and hoped to write songs there.
2007: Hellyeah, with Mudvayne's singer Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett, former Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott and Danzig bassist Jerry Montano, release their debut album. The album debuted at #9 on the Billboard chart. This was their only album to feature original bassist Jerry Montano.
2007: Fans of the late, great Doors singer, Jim Morrison, petition Florida governor Charlie Crist to pardon the Lizard King who was convicted of exposing himself (among other charges) during the infamous Miami concert in '70. The case was on appeal when Morrison died in Paris a year later. Surprisingly, Crist claims he's seriously considering a pardon, which eventually grants.
2008: Whitesnake singer David Coverdale and guitarist Doug Aldrich treat an invitation-only crowd to an acoustic performance at a New York club to celebrate the release of the band's 'Good To Be Bad' album.
2010: Mired in a sex abuse scandal that won't go away, the Vatican tries to change the topic by praising The Beatles. The Vatican's official newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano publishes its first-ever statement praising the group. The article acknowledges that The Beatles took drugs and lived an "uninhibited lifestyle," but contends they also wrote powerful songs that "changed forever pop music." To top it off, the paper pretty much dismisses John Lennon's infamous "we're bigger than Christ" statement (made forty-four years earlier) as a non-issue.
2011: U2's 360 tour is the highest grossing tour of all time following their performance in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The group's $558 million in earnings tops the Rolling Stones' 'A Bigger Bang' tour.
2011: Just days after performing his first concert in China, Bob Dylan debuts in Vietnam playing at the RMIT University in Ho Chi Minh City for approximately 4,000 fans.
2012: Halestorm release their 2nd album 'The Strange Case Of...'.
2012: Zakk Wylde's 'Bringing Metal To The Children: The Complete Berzerker's Guide To World Tour Domination' book is released.
2012: Bonnie Raitt's 19th album, 'Slipstream' is released. It's her first studio recording in seven years.
2013: Ghost released the album 'Infestissumam.' The album debut at #28 on the Billboard chart.
2014: Major record labels including Warner Music, Universal Music, Sony Music and Capitol Records filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the file sharing site Megaupload, asking for $13 million in damages.
2014: The estate of Elvis Presley filed a lawsuit against Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A., the Italian company that manufactures Beretta guns, for using Presley's image in an advertising campaign.
2015: Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett's 'Fear FestEvil' convention gets underway. Slash, Corey Taylor and John 5 appear as horror panelists during the three day event.
2015: KISS opened their 40th Anniversary South American Tour at Stadium El Campin in Bogata, Columbia.
2016: The Queens Museum (NYC) presents “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk,” a retrospective exhibition that examines the group’s influence.

April 11
1956: While flying from Amarillo to Nashville, Elvis Presley's plane is forced to make an emergency landing in Arkansas. The incident will leave him with a permanent fear of air travel.
1957: Elvis Presley's 'All Shook Up' hits #1 on the Billboard Pop charts.
1959: After the BBC lifts its ban on The Coasters' new single 'Charlie Brown,' the song is played on radio's Pick of the Pops. It will go on to become the group's best selling UK hit, reaching #6.
1961: A 19 year old Bob Dylan plays his first New York gig at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village, when he opens for John Lee Hooker.
1962: Elvis Presley's 'Follow That Dream' movie premieres in Ocala, Florida, near where it was filmed. It opens nationally six weeks later.
1963: 'From Me To You,' by The Beatles, is released in the U.K.
1964: The Beatles set a new chart record when they had 14 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. The songs ranged from ‘Can't Buy Me Love’ at #1 to ‘Love Me Do’ at #81.
1965: In a rare joint appearance both The Beatles and Rolling Stones perform at the New Musical Express concert at London's Wembley Empire Pool. The show put on by the most important music trade paper in Britain features the magazine's poll winners. Also on the bill are the Animals, The Kinks, The Moody Blues, Them, Tom Jones, The Seekers, Freddie And The Dreamers, Herman's Hermits, Cilla Black and Donovan.
1966: Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Dewey Martin, and Bruce Palmer make their public debut as Buffalo Springfield at the Troubadour in Hollywood, California. They got their name after seeing it on the side of a steamroller.
1966: NBC broadcasts the last episode of the Rock and Roll TV show, 'Hullabaloo,' which features Paul Anka, Lesley Gore, Peter And Gordon and The Cyrkle. The show had been on the air since January 1965, a year after ABC came up with Shindig!
1967: Flying back to London from the U.S. after participating in The Beach Boys' aborted 'Smile' sessions, Paul McCartney writes 'Magical Mystery Tour' and sketches the ideas for the film of the same name.
1967: During a 18-date European tour The Rolling Stones played two shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris.
1968: Janis Joplin, along with Big Brother And The Holding Company, made their national TV debut on ABC-TV's Hollywood Palace.
1969: Credited to The Beatles with Billy Preston, 'Get Back' is released as a single in the UK. An alternate mix appears on the 'Let It Be' album.
1970: Peter Green quit Fleetwood Mac while on tour in Germany, to avoid breach of contract he agreed to finish the current tour.
1970: Norman Greenbaum's 'Spirit In The Sky' tops out at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although the song would sell over two million copies, it would be his only U.S. Top 40 hit.
1970: The Beatles started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with 'Let It Be.' It became the group's 19th U.S. #1 in 6 years. It displaced Simon & Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Waters' at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Meanwhile, John Lennon's 'Instant Karma (We All Shine On)' sits at #3 on the pop chart.
1971: Edgar Winter's White Trash released their self-titled album. It was the 2nd studio album by Edgar Winter, and his first with his group White Trash. It reached #111 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and produced the single 'Keep Playin' That Rock and Roll", which went to #70 on Billboard's Top 100.
1972: Creedence Clearwater Revival release their 7th and final studio album, 'Mardi Gras.'
1972: Argent's 'Hold Your Head Up' b/w 'Keep On Rollin' 45 single is released. It reached #5 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles charts. The album version is 6:15 while the single version is 3:15. The DJ edit has a run-time of 2:53.
1973: The Beach Boys appeared at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia. The Beach Boys were at a very low ebb in popularity in America and this show proved a financial disaster for the promoter, with less than 3,000 tickets sold for the 16,000 capacity venue. Opening act was Mothers Finest and middle of the bill was Bruce Springsteen who played a 60-minute set.
1974: David Bowie Arrives in New York on the SS France. Checks into the Sherry Netherlands Hotel on 5th Avenue. During his stay in New York Bowie spent time putting together a new tour band and seeing live music, particularly black artists such as The Temptations, The Spinners and Marvin Gaye at venues in Harlem such as the Apollo Theater.
1976: During a tour of Australia, Queen appeared at the Entertainments Centre in Perth.
1977: Alice Cooper played to an audience of 40,000 in Sydney, Australia, the largest crowd to attend a rock concert in the country's history. After the show Cooper was placed under house arrest at his hotel until he posted a bond for $59,632. That amount was the sum that a promoter claimed to have paid Cooper for a 1975 Australia tour he never made. The two settled when it was found that the promoter did not fulfill his part of the agreement either.
1981: The Police's 'Don't Stand So Close To Me' peaks at #10 on the U.S. pop charts. It was their 2nd top 10 single in the U.S.
1981: Whitesnake released their 4th studio album, 'Come an' Get It.'
1981: Eddie Van Halen married actress Valerie Bertinelli, co-star of the 1980's television hit, 'One Day at a Time.' The two had met eight months earlier when Bertinelli's brother took her to a Van Halen concert in Shreveport, Louisiana. They would separate in 2001 and divorce in 2005.
1981: Daryl Hall And John Oates reached the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 with their 10th Top 40 hit, 'Kiss On My List.' The tune was a #33 hit in the UK.
1983: Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes perform 'Up Where We Belong' at the Academy Awards in LosIt aAngeles, where the song wins in the Best Original Song category. The record had reached #1 in America in November of 1982, selling over two million copies.
1983: Iron Maiden's 'Flight of Icarus' single is released. It was the band's first single to be released in the United States and the band's 8th overall.
1983: Savatage release their debut album 'Sirens.'
1983: R.E.M. release their 'Murmur' album.
1983: Metallica fires original guitarist Dave Mustaine due to Mustaine’s alcoholism, drug abuse and personality clashes with the rest of the band. Mustaine says, “I would drink and have fun until someone would refute something I had said. And then that was war, baby. I’d be aggressive and confrontational because I was a violent drunk. I lost all inhibitions when I was drinking, and that didn’t go over to well in the end.” Mustaine later formed Megadeth.
1985: A court ruling gave the Rock group Boston the right to record for MCA instead of CBS. The legal dispute had prevented the release of the band's 3rd album for more than five years.
1986: Dave Clark's musical Time opened at London's Dominion Theatre, starring Cliff Richard. Despite poor reviews, the show enjoyed a long run.
1987: Robert Cray Band's 'Strong Persuader' album moves to #13 on the charts, becoming the highest-charting blues LP for 24 years.
1988: Cher wins the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the film Moonstruck.
1988: Iron Maiden's the 7th studio album, 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son' is released. The album debuted at #1 on the UK Official Charts (their first since 'The Number of the Beast') as well as #12 on the Billboard charts.
1990: Elton John plays at the funeral for Ryan White, the 18-year-old got AIDS from a blood transfusion.
1990: Celtic Frost release their 5th studio album, 'Vanity/Nemesis.'
1991: Ringo Starr became the first living member of The Beatles to make a guest appearance on The Simpsons. Starr asked to be animated the way he was in 'Yellow Submarine' because he didn’t like his appearance in The Beatles cartoon series. The episode was titled 'Brush With Greatness.'
1992: Pearl Jam were the musical guest on NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' in New York City where they performed 'Alive' & 'Porch.' Sharon Stone was the host.
1992: Def Leppard scored their second UK #1 album with 'Adrenalize.'
1992: Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson & British comedian Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean reached #9 on the U.K. Singles Chart with a cover of Alice Cooper’s 'Elected' which was recorded for the U.K.’s charity organization Comic Relief.
1994: Oasis release their debut single, 'Supersonic.' It peaks at #31 in the UK. It was also the band’s first single to chart in the United States, where it peaked at #11 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
1995: ‎White Zombie‬ released their last album 'Astro-Creep: 2000.'
1995: Firehouse release their 'Firehouse 3' album.
1997: Grand Funk reformed for a three concert tour to raise money for the Bosnian-American Relief Fund. Further gigs were booked over the following eighteen months and a 3 CD collection was released in 1999.
1997: Paul McCartney gives a twenty-minute concert playing songs from his upcoming album 'Flaming Pie' from the top of a building he owns in London.
1999: Carlos Santana receives the Special Achievement Award at the American Latino Media Arts Awards in Pasadena.
2000: No Doubt release their 'Return To Saturn' album.
2000: Great White release their'The Best Of Great White' Greatest Hits album.
2000: Bulletboys release their 'Burning Cats And Amputees' Greatest Hits album.
2002: Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock are engaged after he proposes to her in the desert outside Las Vegas.
2005: Melissa Etheridge is named one of Time Magazine's “Most Influential People” in the world not only for her inspirational life and career, but also after bravely going public with her fight with breast cancer, undergoing two operations, and performing at the Grammy’s the previous February.
2005: It's revealed that Green Day, along with Marilyn Manson and Eminem, are on a list of musicians banned from performing at the Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University in Carson. Two Green Day shows are in jeopardy. But calm heads prevail and the concerts are allowed. However, Metallica remains on the list along with more than two dozen others.
2005: Eagles Of Death Metal play the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. What's unique is the show's first two songs are performed without amps and transmitted via radio to audience members listening on miniature receivers. The final three songs get the full speaker treatment. The event is held to promote the prevention of hearing loss.
2006: 10,000 Elton John related items, including clothing and accessories, go on sale to benefit Elton John AIDS Foundation. The event, dubbed Elton's Closet, is held in New York's Rockefeller Center.
2006: Queen appear on American Idol in pre-taped segments working with and encouraging the contestants.
2006: A Queen compilation titled 'Stone Cold Classics' is released. The disc includes the group's best-known songs, as well as two performances featuring one-time frontman Paul Rodgers.
2006: 'The Essential Judas Priest' compilation album is released.
2006: Buckcherry releases 'Fifteen,' the band's first album in four years.
2006: 'MTV2 Headbangers Ball - The Revenge' compilation album features Slipknot, Korn, 10 Years, Mudvayne, Avenged Sevenfold and Black Label Society.
2007: Richie Sambora and wife, actress Heather Locklear, divorce after 11 years of marriage.
2007: Linkin Parks' 'What I've Done' hits #1 on Radio and Records Alternative National Airplay. The first single from the group's 'Minutes To Midnight' album is their sixth consecutive #1.
2007: Hellyeah release their self-titled debut album.
2007: Godsmack singer Sully Erna is involved in an automobile accident in Methuen, MA. One woman is seriously injured. According to police, Erna's Hummer rear-ended another vehicle causing it to smash into a third car.
2007: Bassist Tommy Stinson's hand injury resulting from a tumble down a flight of stairs causes Guns N' Roses to postpone a tour of Japan.
2008: Rush kicked off the 3rd and final leg of their 'Snakes and Arrows' Tour in support of their 18th studio album of the same name in San Juan, PR at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico. It was the first time Rush had ever played Puerto Rico.
2008: Dave Matthews performs at the kick-off for the Seeds of Compassion Festival in Seattle. The Dalai Lama speaks at the event the following day.
2008: Shinedown singer Brent Smith reports that Silvertide guitarist Nick Perri has replaced Jasin Todd. The announcement comes two days after Todd was arrested in Jacksonville, FL, on charges of disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer. Smith adds that Todd's departure from the group "all went down awhile ago." The singer also announces that Eric Bass is the band's bassist.
2008: Finger Eleven perform 'Paralyzer' at the Miss USA Pageant in Las Vegas.
2009: Perry Farrell celebrates his 50th birthday with a belated (he was born on 3/29) bash in Las Vegas that includes performances by his bands Porno For Pyros and Jane's Addiction. The set marks Porno For Pyros' first appearance in 12 years.
2011: Ray Davies of The Kinks told RollingStone.com that he was scheduled to meet with his brother Dave to discuss a possible reunion. Earlier attempts were derailed when Dave suffered a stroke in 2004.
2011: Former Florida governor Charlie Crist and ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne reach an out of court settlement over the politician's illegal use of 'Road To Nowhere' during his 2010 Senatorial campaign. Crist makes a formal video apology that is posted on YouTube.
2011: Chicago blues musician Lacy Gibson dies at age 74 of a heart attack.
2012: Axl Rose announces that he has no plans to attend Guns N' Roses induction ceremony into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "I won't be attending ... and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N' Roses to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," Rose writes on Facebook.
2012: Rush receives The Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award at the 4th annual Revolver Golden God Awards held at Club Nokia in L.A. "Our 'lifetimes' are not over yet, and we dearly hope our 'achievements' are not either, so I suppose you could say that to us this is the So Far, So Good award," says Rush drummer Neil Peart. Duff McKagan also presents the inaugural edition of the Riff Lord award to Slash.
2013: Stern Pinball introduce a Metallica pinball machine. Players hear 'For Whom The Bell Tolls,' 'Master Of Puppets' and 'Enter Sandman,' among other Metallica classics.
2013: With an estimated fortune of $1.05 billion, Paul McCartney once again topped the London Sunday Times' Rich List, a rundown of Britain's wealthiest musicians. He has been at the top of every Rich List since the newspaper began compiling it in 1989.
2014: KISS, Beatles manager Brian Epstein, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens and the E Street Band are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. KISS is inducted by former Rage Against the Machine guitarist and obsessive Kiss fan Tom Morello. He closes his speech by saying, “Tonight proves, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that the high school bullies and the critics were mistaken. We Kiss fans were right. So let’s celebrate. Nirvana are included by REM’s Michael Stipe, who says, “Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard. Nirvana were kicking against the mainstream. They spoke truth and a lot of people listened.”
2014: 'Chasing the Sun: Oasis 1993-1997,' a two-day exhibition of art and memorabilia commemorating the twentieth anniversary of Oasis's first single, 'Supersonic,' opens in London.
2015: The Coachella Music Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, CA. is where AC/DC play their first show in six years. Retired rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young is replaced by his nephew Stevie Young, while drummer Chris Slade takes over from Phil Rudd.
2015: Jack White headlines the Coachella Music Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, CA.
2015: Vince Neil's Las Vegas Outlaws take on the L.A. KISS in an Arena Football League matchup in Anaheim. The Motley Crue frontman's Outlaws beat the winless KISS 61-48.
2016: People hate Nickelback because the group appears to "lack authenticity." That's what Finnish doctoral student Salli Anttonen claims in her paper Hypocritical Bullsh*t Performed Through Gritted Teeth: Authenticity Discourses in Nickelback's Album Reviews in Finnish Media.
2017: Mastodon top Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart with 'Emperor Of Sand.' The album also goes to #7 on the Billboard 200, making it Mastodon’s 3rd consecutive Top 10 album. 'The Hunter' and “Once More ‘Round the Sun' were the first two.
2017: Five Finger Death Punch claim they're being held hostage by their "sinking ship" of a record label file a lawsuit. The band says the Prospect Park imprint is drowning in debt and is more like "Prospect Dark."
2017: 'So Let It Be Written,' the first unauthorized biography of Metallica frontman James Hetfield, is out. Authored by Mark Eglinton, the forward is provided by Testament’s Chuck Billy. "Hopefully this book will rekindle certain special memories about one of Metal's most charismatic and important individuals."
2017: J Geils died of natural causes at his home in Groton, Massachusetts at the age of 71. Geils formed his namesake band in 1970, and they released 11 albums prior to their dissolution in 1985, mainly due to the departure of lead singer Peter Wolf. In 2012, Geils was forced to file a lawsuit against the other members of the band when they planned to tour without him. With the J. Geils Band he had the 1982 U.S. #1 & UK #3 single 'Centerfold', which was taken from their #1 1981 album 'Freeze Frame.'

April 12
1954: Big Joe Turner releases 'Shake, Rattle And Roll.'
1954: Bill Haley & His Comets record '(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock' at Pythian Temple studios in New York City. The record will become a modest hit, selling 75,000 copies, but would become a national sensation when it was featured in the movie 'The Blackboard Jungle' twelve months later. It went on to be a world-wide #1 and the biggest selling pop single with sales over 25 million. Written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers, 'Rock Around The Clock' was first recorded by Italian-American band Sonny Dae and His Knights.
1957: Alan Freed's Rock 'n' Roll Easter Jubilee opens for a ten-day run at Brooklyn's Paramount. Buddy Knox, Charlie Gracie and Bo Diddley are also included on the show.
1963: Bob Dylan plays his first major solo concert at New York's Town Hall.
1963: Billed as 'A Shot Of Rhythm and Blues', The Beatles were one of eight other groups who appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
1963: The Beatles 'From Me To You' b/w 'Thank You Girl' 45 single was released in the U.K. It was released in the U.S. on May 22. The single was the Beatles' first #1 in some of the United Kingdom charts, second in others, but failed to make an impact in the United States at the time of its initial release. However, a 1963 cover version released by Del Shannon resulted in the song becoming the first Lennon–McCartney tune to enter the American pop chart. It was one of the very last songs to be credited "McCartney–Lennon"; soon afterwards their songs began appearing credited to "Lennon–McCartney." Nine days after it's release, it kicked off a twenty-one week run in the British charts, culminating with reaching #1 on May 4, a position it would retain for seven weeks.
1964: 22-year-old Chubby Checker marries 21-year-old Catharina Johanna Lodders, who had won the Miss World Pageant in 1962. She is said to be the subject of his 1963, Billboard #12 hit, 'Loddy Lo.'
1965: The Byrds release their 'Mr. Tambourine Man' b/w 'I Knew I'd Want You' 45 single. Originally written and performed by Bob Dylan, it was released on his 1965 album 'Bringing It All Back Home.' Dylan's and The Byrds' versions have appeared on various lists ranking the greatest songs of all time, including an appearance by both on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 best songs ever. Both versions also received Grammy Hall of Fame Awards.
1966: Jan Berry of Jan and Dean is almost killed when he crashes into a parked truck near Dead Man’s Curve in Los Angeles. Berry is partially paralyzed and suffers brain damage after being in a coma for almost two months.
1967: Mick Jagger was punched in the face by an airport official during a row at Le Bourget Airport in France. Jagger lost his temper after The Stones were being searched for drugs resulting in them missing their flight.
1967: Greyhound bus company begins a guided tour service of 'Hippyland' in San Francisco.
1968: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention play a National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammy people) dinner. Zappa calls the shindig a "load of pompous hokum." He tells the audience tells the audience, "All year long you people have manufactured this crap, now for one night you're gonna have to listen to it!".
1968: Life magazine does a story on The Doors but, like so many others, focuses on Jim Morrison. They push the singer's myth right over the top with the quote "he appears in public and on his records to be moody, temperamental, enchanted in the mind and extremely stoned on something."
1969: After scoring a series of instrumental hits in the early 1960's, The Ventures were back on Billboard's Hot 100 for the last time with the theme from the TV show, 'Hawaii Five-0.'
Blood, Sweat And Tears' first hit, "You've Made Me So Very Happy", tops out at number two on the Billboard Pop chart. They would have two more second place finishes with "Spinning Wheel" and "And When I Die", but never enjoyed a number one record on the Hot 100.
1969: Blood, Sweat And Tears' first hit, "You've Made Me So Very Happy", tops out at #2 on the Billboard Pop chart. They would have two more second place finishes with 'Spinning Wheel' and 'And When I Die,' but never enjoyed a #1 record on the Hot 100.
1969: John Lennon changes his middle name to Ono from Winston on the roof of the Apple Records building in London.
1969: Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman.
1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the Philadelphis Spectrum. Tickets were $6.50/5.50/4.50/3.50.
1969: Led Zeppelin enter the British albums chart with their self-titled debut in its third week of release.
1971: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's album 'Four Way Street' is certified gold before it even appears on the LP chart.
1971: Paul McCartney's 'Another Day' b/w 'Oh Woman, Oh Why' Promotional 45 single was released to radio stations, who requested a MONO mix. This alternate mono version of the B-side to 'Another Day featured some extra 'gun-shots' and distinctive McCartney vocals. 'Another Day' and 'Oh Woman, Oh Why' were not originally released as part of a Paul McCartney album, they were released as bonus tracks on later editions of 'Ram.'
1972: Manassas release their self-titled debut double album. The band includes Stephen Stills, Chris Hillman, Dallas W Taylor, Joe Lala and Al Perkins, among others. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. Interestingly, Stills' album shared the Top 10 with an album by David Crosby and Graham Nash (Graham Nash/David Crosby) and an album by Neil Young (Harvest), all collectively members of the quartet Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
1972: The Rolling Stones release 'Exile on Main Street.
1973: The movie musical 'That'll Be The Day,' starring David Essex, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Billy Fury and Dave Edmunds premieres in London.
1973: The J. Geils Band released their 4th album, 'Bloodshot.' It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and includes the Top-40 (#30) hit, 'Give it to Me.'
1974: Poco released their 7th album, 'Seven.' It reached #68 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1975: David Bowie announced his second career retirement, saying, 'I've rocked my roll. It's a boring dead end, there will be no more rock 'n' roll records from me.'
1975: Elton John started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Philadelphia Freedom', his 4th U.S. #1. The song was inspired by Billie Jean King's World Team Tennis League entry.
1975: During a North American tour, Pink Floyd played the first of two nights at The Cow Palace in San Francisco.
1975: The film version of The Who's 'Tommy' opens.
1975: Linda Ronstadt has a major hit with the release of an Everly Brothers cover, 'When Will I Be Loved.'
1976: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band releases their 'Live Bullet' album. It was recorded live at Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan on September 4 & 5, 1975, in front of 24,000 fans. It reached #34 on the Billboard Top 200 LP's chart during its 168 week stay.
1979: Mickey Thomas replaces Marty Balin as the lead singer for Jefferson Starship. Thomas' voice had previously been heard on the 1976 Elvin Bishop hit, 'Fooled Around and Fell in Love.'
1980: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes The J. Geils Band’s 'Love Stinks' at #83 (debut) & 'Come Back' at #54, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 'Refugee' at #39, The Pretenders’ 'Brass In Pocket (I’m Special)' at #33, Queen’s 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' at #8, and Blondie’s 'Call Me' at #2. ‬
1982: John Cougar's 5th album, 'American Fool' is released. It reached #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and feature three Billboard Hot 100 charting tracks: 'Hurts So Good' (#2), 'Jack and Diane' (#1), and 'Hand to Hold On To' (#19).
1984: 'Louie Louie Day' is held in Olympia, Washington as an unsuccessful attempt is made to make it the official state song.
1984: Rush release their 10th studio album, 'Grace Under Pressure.' It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The band shared production duties with Peter Henderson after Producer Steve Lillywhite initially agreed to do the record. "He got an offer from Simple Minds, changed his mind, blew us off and went and did the Simple Minds record," said Geddy Lee.
1986: Belinda Carlisle of The Go-Go's marries actor Morgan Mason.
1986: Ozzy Osbourne with special guests Metallica performed at teh Johnstown War Memorial in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
1986: KISS' Asylum Tour wraps up. It was their first North America only tour since 1979's 'Dynasty' Tour. ‬
1986: Billboard’s Hot100 includes Journey’s 'Be Good To Yourself' at #51 (debut), Honeymoon Suite’s 'Feel It Again' at #47, Loverboy’s 'This Could Be The Night' at #21, Elton John’s 'Nikita' at #17, Van Halen’s 'Why Can’t This Be Love' at #12, and The Bangles’ 'Manic Monday' at #3. ‬
1988: Cheap Trick released their 10th studio album, 'Lap of Luxury.' Billboard’s Hot 100 sees 'The Flame' hit #1 on July 9th,' Don’t Be Cruel' peaks at #4 on Oct. 8th & 'Ghost Town' was #33 on Dec. 24th. It’s the band’s 3rd highest disc on Billboard’s 200 album chart at #16. ‬
1989: Great White release their 4th studio album, '...Twice Shy.'
1989: Mark & Brian (Mark Thompson & Brian Phelps) on Los Angeles station KLOS asked 'what ever happened to David Cassidy' The singer called the station up and the presenters invited him onto the show. David played three songs live on air and was subsequently signed by a new record label.
1990: The Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ announced that Asteroids 4147-4150 were named Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr. Astronomer Dr. Bowell says, “My colleague and I have been fans of the Beatles for 25 years. We thought this would be an unusual distinction for them.”
1990: During their 'Behind The Mask' World Tour, Fleetwood Mac played the first of five nights at Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.
1992: The Eagles' Don Henley leads 6,000 fans through Walden Woods in Massachusetts as part of a benefit walk to save the literally significant woods popularized by Henry Thoreau's work.
1993: The Grateful Dead sang the US national anthem before the San Francisco Giants' home opener.
1993: Actress Lisa Bonet files for divorce from Lenny Kravitz.
1993: Megadeth released the single 'Skin O' My Teeth.' The B-side is 'Holy Wars... The Punishment Due (General Schwarzkopf Mix).'‬
1994: Hole release their 'Doll Parts album.
1996: The John Mellencamp Pavilion at Indiana University is dedicated. Mellencamp contributes $1.5 million toward the building's construction.
1996: The Hollywood Rock Walk inducts Jan & Dean, The Ventures, the Chantays and The Surfaris.
2000: Metallica filed a suit against Napster, Yale University, The University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright infringement. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says, “We take our craft — whether it be the music, the lyrics, or the photos and artwork — very seriously, as do most artists. It is therefore sickening to know that our art is being traded like a commodity rather than the art that it is.”
2002: Ozzy Osbourne received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
2005: Mudvayne released the album 'Lost And Found,'
2006: The Jimi Hendrix Experience's 1967 debut album, 'Are You Experienced,' is among 50 recordings chosen to be preserved in the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. Honorees are selected annually for their cultural or historical importance.
2007: Aerosmith kicks off their world tour in San Paulo, Brazil. This trek marks the return of bassist Tom Hamilton who missed the previous trek recovering from throat cancer.
2007: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is in New Orleans to help build houses for Habitat for Humanity.
2007: The Beatles' company, Apple Corps, settled a 30 million pound ($59.2 million) royalties dispute with the band's label, EMI. The suit alleged unpaid royalties on Beatles albums based on an audit of sales between 1994 and 1999, a period which included the release of three Anthology compilations. Details of the settlement were not disclosed.
2008: Lou Reed marries singer Laurie Anderson in Boulder, CO. They had lived together for the previous 10 years.
2008: Metal Skool changed their name to Steel Panther.
2009: The Dead, the group featuring the four main surviving Grateful Dead members, launch their first tour since 2004. The trek starts in Greensboro, NC. The Dead's touring lineup includes Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes.
2010: Faith No More perform their first local show in 12 years at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco.
2010: Bret Michaels is rushed to a San Antonio hospital after suffering abdominal pain. There he undergoes an emergency appendectomy. This is the first of several serious medical issues.
2010: The Vatican's official newspaper L'Osservatore Ramano published a story praising The Beatles and saying that it forgives John Lennon's 1966 comment that the group was "bigger than Jesus."
2011: The auction house Profiles In History announced that they would be placing the handwritten lyrics for John Lennon's "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" up for auction. The expected price was to be $200,000.
2011: The Foo Fighters release their seventh studio album, 'Wasting Light.' Produced by Butch Vig ('Nevermind'), the set has a guest appearance by ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic (bass and accordion on 'I Should Have Known').
2011: 'Bob Dylan In Concert - Brandeis University 1963,' a previously unknown concert recording, is released by Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings. The performance was just two weeks prior to the release of 'The Freewheeling Bob Dylan' album.
2011: 'This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography And Life Through The Distorted Lens Of Nikki Sixx,' a collection of photography and stories by the Motley Crue bassist, is in bookstores.
2012: The Eagles perform at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai. It's their first Middle-Eastern concert.
2012: Pantera release their 'Piss' single.
2012: Saxophone player Andrew Love died aged 70. He was best known for being a member of The Memphis Horns with trumpet player Wayne Jackson where the two created the signature horn sound at Stax Records on hit records by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and others such as Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley and Dusty Springfield.
2013: Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival is at New York City's Madison Square Garden for the first time.
2014: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine is the featured soloist with the San Diego Symphony. Mustaine plays music by Classical composers Richard Wagner, Antonio Vivaldi and Antonin Dvorak.
2015: 'Sunny Afternoon,' a play based on Ray Davies' early years in The Kinks, is named Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards in London. Davies is given an Outstanding Achievement Award.
2016: U2's Bono goes to Capitol Hill to garner support for development efforts across the Middle East and Africa. Bono states that the U.S. is uniquely positioned to help millions of refugees around the world and prevent chaos.
2016: A US court ruled that Led Zeppelin founders Robert Plant and Jimmy Page must face trial in a copyright row over the song 'Stairway to Heaven'. The copyright infringement action had been brought by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, who played on the same bill as Led Zeppelin in the 1960s, and claimed he should be given a writing credit on the track.

April 13
1957: Elvis Presley's 'All Shook Up' went to #1 on the Cash Box best seller list and The Billboard Pop chart, where it would stay for the next eight weeks.
1962: The Beatles made their third trip to Germany for a 48-night residency at The Star Club in Hamburg. Gene Vincent joins them for two weeks of the run. During the seven week run The Beatles had only one day off. During their stay they will record two tracks with Tony Sheridan, 'Sweet Georgia Brown' and Swanee River,' but whether these were the versions of Sheridan's songs that were eventually released is uncertain.
1963: 'Surfin' USA' by the Beach Boys was released in the U.S., where it will become the group's second Billboard chart-maker, reaching #3. The song was a note-for-note copy of Chuck Berry's 'Sweet Little Sixteen' with new lyrics. After Berry sued, he was granted royalties and all further issues of the song gave him writing credit.
1965: The Who began recording “Anywhere, Anyhow, Anyway” at IBC Studios in London.
1965: The Beatles record the song 'Help!' during an evening recording session at Abbey Road in London.
1965: The Beatles win their first Grammy Awards, taking Best New Artist and Best Performance by a Vocal Group for 'A Hard Day's Night.'
1966: At Abbey Road, the Beatles record “Paperback Writer.'
1966: During a four month world tour, Bob Dylan appeared at Sydney Stadium in Sydney Australia, the first of seven shows in Australia.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the Tilbury Railway Club in Tilbury, England.
1967: Rolling Stones perform behind Iron Curtain for the first time at the Palace of Culture in Warsaw. Police use tear gas to subdue 2,000 fans.
1967: Jerry Lee Lewis plays the villain, Iago, in 'Catch My Soul,' an updated musical version of Shakespeare's Othello. Lewis gets the best reviews but the show closes on this day.
1970: Led Zeppelin becomes the first band in history to sell out the Montreal Forum.
1970: Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' goes gold.
1970: The debut album from Chicago Transit Authority goes gold.
1970: Genesis appeared at Friars in Aylesbury, England. Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and band received £10 for the gig.
1971: The Rolling Stones released 'Brown Sugar,' the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, which introduces the infamous licking tongue and lips logo.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band's classic album, 'Eat A Peach,' goes gold.
1973: Roger Daltrey releases first solo LP, produced by Adam Faith, entitled 'Daltrey.' The album went on to reach #45 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & had most of its songs co-written by the then-unknown Leo Sayer.
1973: During an appearance on ABC’s 'In Concert,' The J. Geils Band was censored while performing 'Give It to Me' due to the lyric “get it up."
1973: David Bowie's 'Aladdin Sane' album is released. It was recorded at London's Trident Studios. The name of the album is a pun on 'A Lad Insane.' It reached #17 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and topped the UK Albums chart. It was one of six Bowie entries in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time (#277).
1973: The Wailers, led by Bob Marley, release their 5th studio album and major label debut, 'Catch a Fire.' The first album on their new label, Island Records, it makes Marley and the Wailers international recording stars and brings reggae music to the forefront. It reached #171 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and #51 on the Billboard Black Albums chart. It is #123 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1974: Elton John went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with 'Bennie And The Jets,' his second U.S. #1.
1974: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes The O’Jays’ 'For The Love Of Money' at #90 (debut), Rick Derringer’s 'Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo' at #48, David Essex’s 'Rock On' at #30, Billy Joel’s 'Piano Man' at #27, Paul McCartney and Wings’ 'Jet' at #14, and Elton John’s 'Bennie And The Jets' at #1. ‬
1974: Paul McCartney's 'Band On The Run,' went to #1 on the U.S. album charts. McCartney's third US #1, which went on to sell over 6 million copies world-wide.
1979: Five days into Van Halen's latest tour, David Lee Roth collapsed from exhaustion and a stomach virus on stage at Spokane Coliseum in Washington. Earlier that day, Eddie & Alex Van Halen, along with Michael anthony made an appearance at Music Market Records & Tapes for an in-store signing. David Lee Roth unable to make it due to illness, spending the day in bed at their hotel.
1979: Thin Lizzy releases their 9th studio album, 'Black Rose: A Rock Legend.' The album, which featured guitarist Gary Moore, contained the hits 'Do Anything You Want To,' 'Waiting For An Alibi' and 'Sarah,' which was written with Moore about Lynott's newborn daughter. It reached #2 on the UK Albums chart, and #81 on the Billboard Top Lp's chart.
1980: The 1950's musical 'Grease' finally closes its Broadway show after 3,883 performances and earning over $8 million. The show ranked 12th on Broadway's all-time appearance list.
1981: Billy Squier's 2nd album, 'Don't Say No' is released. It stayed on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart for 111 weeks, reaching #5. It includes the hits 'In the Dark,' 'Lonely Is the Night,' 'My Kinda Lover' and 'The Stroke.'
1982: Guitarist Brad Gillis plays his 1st show with Ozzy Osbourne.
1982: David Crosby was arrested when police found him preparing cocaine backstage in his dressing room before a show in Dallas.
1983: Pete Farndon, bassist for The Pretenders died of a drug overdose. He was just 30 years old.
1983: R.E.M. released their debut album, 'Murmur.' It reached #36 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. A re-recorded version of 'Radio Free Europe' was the album's lead single and reached #78 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1989, it was rated #8 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s.
1985: 'We Are The World' is #1. The song, which raises money for Africa relief. It opens with Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Tina Turner and Billy Joel singing the first verse. Michael Jackson and Diana Ross follow, completing the first chorus together. Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson and Al Jarreau sing the second verse, before Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry and Daryl Hall go through the second chorus. Co-writer Jackson, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper and Kim Carnes follow with the song's bridge. This structuring of the song is said to "create a sense of continuous surprise and emotional buildup". 'We Are the World' concludes with Bob Dylan and Ray Charles singing a full chorus, Wonder and Springsteen duetting, and ad libs from Charles and Ingram.
1985: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Til Tuesday’s 'Voice Carry' at #81 (debut), Katrina & The Waves’ 'Walking On Sunshine' at #50, David Lee Roth’s 'Just A Gigolo' at #43, The Power Station’s 'Some Like It Ho' at #17, Murray Head’s 'One Night in Bangkok' at #12, and Animotion’s 'Obsession' at #9‬.
1987: TNT release their 3rd studio album, 'Tell No Tales.'
1987: Fleetwod Mac released their 14th studio album, 'Tango In the Night.' It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top albums Chart. Four singles from the album reached the Billboard Top 20: 'Big Love' at #5, 'Little Lies' at #4, 'Everywhere' at #14 and 'Seven Wonders' at #19.
1991: R.E.M. made their broadcast television debut as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live performing 'Losing My Religion' & 'Shiny Happy People.'
1992: Iron Maiden release their 22nd single, 'Be Quick or Be Dead.'
1993: Declared by then-Massachusetts Governor William Weld, the first ‘Aerosmith Day’ was observed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
1993: Bruce Springsteen's 'In Concert/MTV Unplugged' album is released.
1994: The Los Angeles Times reported that Kurt Cobain’s drug overdose in Italy a month earlier was in fact a failed suicide attempt.
1994: Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley announced they had separated after nine years of marriage.
1996: Rage Against The Machine appeared on NBC's 'Saturday Night Live.' Their two-song performance was cut to one song ('Bulls On Parade') when the band attempted to hang inverted American flags from their amplifiers. They were protesting the show's host Steve Forbes of Forbes Magazine and General Electric, owner of NBC, SNL's network.
1999: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers released their album 'Echo.'
2000: D-A-D released their 7th album, 'Everything Glows.'
2000: Metallica sue Napster, the UUniversity of Southern California, Yale and Indiana U. for Copyright Infringement‬.
2001: After the conclusion of the KISS 'Farewell' Tour, Ace Frehley once again left the band lineup.
2003: The Beatles Apple Corp company was listed as Britain's fastest profit-growth firm with an annual profit growth of 194%.
2003: For the first time since Jimmy Carter was in the White House, Lynyrd Skynyrd had a hit single on the radio. Rock stations across the country played the band's 'Red White and Blue,' an anti-protest song that includes the line "If they don't like it, they can just get the hell out." The song's success prompted the band to rush out its new album 'Vicious Cycle' in May.
2004: Crossfade release their self-titled debut album. The profanities on the album are censored, but the band are unable to release an explicit version due to lack of funds.
2005: Johnnie Johnson, a Rock 'n' Roll pioneer who teamed with Chuck Berry on 'Roll Over Beethoven' and 'No Particular Place to Go,' died of natural causes at the age of 80.
2006: The Black Crowes' Chris and Rich Robinson embark on their first acoustic tour, called 'Brothers Of A Feather.' They play covers, Crowes classics and new material. The first stop on the two week trek is Brooklyn, NY.
2007: Julian Lennon sold a 'significant' stake of his share in the songs his father John wrote for The Beatles to US music publishing company Primary Wave. The firm would now receive payments when any Lennon compositions were sold on CD, performed live or played on the radio. The company, who were about to market Julian Lennon's new music project, declined to reveal how much the deal was worth.
2007: The first single from Ozzy Osbourne's 'Black Rain' album, 'I Don't Want To Stop' is on his web site.
2007: Bring Me the Horizon vocalist Oli Sykes appears in Magistrate's Court, after being accused of urinating on a female fan at one of the band's gigs six days earlier. Due to lack of evidence, charges are later dropped.
2008: Founding Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke, ex-Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter and former Boston axeman Barry Goudreau (collectively called Super Group) back Chuck Berry at a benefit concert in Boston. The event raises money for the Right Turn organization that supports New England musicians fighting substance abuse and other health issues.
2008: The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend play a special acoustic set during the final night of the Teenage Cancer trust's 2008 concert series at London's Royal Albert Hall.
2008: Queen guitarist Brian May begins his tenure as chancellor of England's Liverpool John Moores University. "I am passionate about education and lifelong learning," says May in a statement. "It is never, ever too late to start learning. I proved that by completing my Ph.D., 30 years after I started it."
2008: Producer and drummer Clifford Davies, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home in Atlanta. He was 59. Davies had worked with Ted Nugent from 1979-1982. It was reported that Davies was "extremely distraught" over outstanding medical bills.
2009: Phil Spector was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion six years before. The verdict would send the 69 year old music producer to prison for at least 18 years.
2009: 'Arma . . . Geddon,' the lead single from Marilyn Manson's 'The High End Of Low,' is released to radio.
2010: Jeff Beck releases his first solo album in seven years, 'Emotion & Commotion.'
2010: Brian May launched a major new campaign to try to prevent the return of legalised blood sports to the British Countryside. The 'SAVE-ME' campaign - named after May's song, called on the British public to consider how their vote will affect the welfare of animals; and in particular fox-hunting, stag hunting and hare-coursing. The first 'SAVE-ME campaign poster was unveiled by Brian at a prime advertising site on London's West Cromwell Road.
2010: The songs of Elvis Presley are featured on 'American Idol.' '09 Idol runner-up, Adam Lambert, advises the finalists.
2011: After learning from the press that America's Internal Revenue Service had placed a lien on one of their Los Angeles-area residences, Ozzy and Sharron Osbourne moved quickly to pay off their $1.7 million U.S. tax debt. Sharon pointed the finger directly at their financial advisors for not doing their job properly.
2011: Don Henley, Stevie Wonder and more perform at the annual Grammys on the Hill event at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel in Washington D.C.
2011: Zakk Wylde was guitarist for James Durbin on American Idol during his performance of 'Heavy Metal.'
2012: Five of Tom Petty's guitars were stolen from a soundstage in Culver City, California, where Petty and his band, the Heartbreakers, were rehearsing for their upcoming worldwide tour. The stolen gear included a 1967 Blonde Rickenbacker, a 1967 Epiphone Sheridan, a 1965 Gibson SG TV Jr., a Fender Broadcaster and a Dusenberg Mike Campbell Model, which belonged to Campbell himself. Petty was offering a "no questions asked" reward bounty of $7,500 to anyone with information leading to the guitars' recovery.
2012: The Black Keys make their fifth appearance at Coachella Festival but their first as a headliner.
2012: A New York judge ordered Prince to pay $3.95 million to Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics for failing to promote the 3121 line of scents after indicating that he would do so.
2013: Keith Richards makes a surprise appearance on the second night of Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival. Clapton and Richards guitarist play the Blues standard, 'Key To The Highway' and 'Sweet Little Rock n' Roller.'
2013: Deftones bassist Chi Cheng passes away. He had been in a coma-like semi conscious state since an 2008 car accident.
2013: Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” tops the Rock Songs chart. The song also peaks at #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and is the band's first top 10 single.
2016: Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea performs the national anthem at Kobe Bryant's final NBA game. Flea is a mega L.A. Lakers fan. The home team beats the Utah Jazz.
2016: Led Zeppelin's single-day world record for merchandise sales in an arena is broken by Bryant. During his final game at the Staples Center, $1.2 million worth of Kobe merchandise is sold. In '07, Led Zeppelin's London O2 Arena concert moved $1 million worth of merchandise.

April 14
1955: Fats Domino's 'Ain't It A Shame' b/w 'La-La' 45 single is released in the US. The 45 single listed the song as 'Ain't It A Shame,' despite the real title 'Ain't That A Shame.'
1963: The Beatles meet The Rolling Stones for the first time after one of the Stones’ concerts at The Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England. All four members of The Beatles were in the audience. The name of the club derived from Bo Diddley's 1960 song 'Doing the Craw-Daddy,' which The Rolling Stones regularly performed as part of their set. In turn the club would inspire the name of the American music magazine 'Crawdaddy!'
1964: The King Bees, (featuring a young David Bowie then David Jones), played at a wedding reception at the Jack Of Clubs in London.
1965: The Elvis Presley/Shelley Fabares movie, 'Girl Happy' opens.
1966: The Beatles record 'Paperback Writer' and the vocals for 'Eleanor Rigby.'
1966: The Spencer Davis Group were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Somebody Help Me,' the group's second UK #1.
1967: David Bowie's novelty record 'The Laughing Gnome' was released in the UK. The track consisted of the singer meeting and conversing with the creature of the title, whose sped-up voice (created by Bowie and studio engineer Gus Dudgeon) delivered several puns on the word "gnome". The song became a hit when reissued in 1973, despite it being radically different to his material at the time, the single made #6 in the UK charts.
1967: Jimi Hendrix The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdink all appeared at the The Odeon, Blackpool, England, tickets cost 5 and 10 shillings, ($0.70 and $1.40).
1967: The final episode of 'Where The Action Is,' which brought Paul Revere And The Raiders to fame, airs on ABC-TV.
1968: Producer Phil Spector marries Ronnie Bennett of The Ronettes. Although Ronnie's mother was in attendance. the other two Ronnettes, her sister Estelle and her cousin Nedra Talley were not invited. The union would prove to be a very unhappy one for Bennett, who filed for divorce in 1972, citing several instances of alleged cruelty.
1968: During a performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Pink Floyd demonstate 'Azimuth co-ordinator', a device for projecting sound from anywhere in the concert hall, called 'more furious madness from the massed gadgets of Auzimenes's.
1969: The recording of 'The Ballad Of John and Yoko' took place, with just two Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars and lead vocals. The song was banned from many radio stations as being blasphemous. On some stations, the word 'Christ' was edited in backwards to avoid the ban.
1969: 'In the Ghetto,' the lead single from Elvis Presley's 'From Elvis In Memphis,' is released. The song reaches #3 on the pop chart to become Presley's first Top 10 hit in four years.
1969: The Monkees' TV special, '33 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee,' aired on NBC. The plot featured Rock musicians Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll as mad scientists looking for something to rot the minds of young people. It ended up being The Monkees' final performance as a quartet until 1986, as Peter Tork quit the group at the end of the production.
1969: At Abbey Road Studios, John Lennon and Paul McCartney record 'The Ballad of John and Yoko,' The Beatles' single that didn't include George and Ringo. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars.
1969: Pink Floyd debuted a new performance piece at the Royal Festival Hall, South Bank London. The Man/The Journey are two suites of music built around existing songs and new pieces of music the band was working on. Included in the action on stage were sequences during which the band sawed wood and nailed pieces of it to form a table. Another had the members were served tea. There is a well known bootleg tape of the September 17th show in Amsterdam that has the same set list.
1970: Stephen Stills broke his wrist in a car accident, resulting in the cancellation of an American tour by Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young. Stills drove into a parked car while watching a police patrol car in his rear-view mirror.
1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival made their live UK debut when they played the first of two nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
1971: The Illinois Crime Commission issued a list of 'drug-oriented records' including 'White Rabbit' by Jefferson Airplane, 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' by Procol Harum and The Beatles 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.'
1972: Gentle Giant's 'Three Friends' album is released. It is the progressive rock band's first US release to chart, peaking at #197 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's.
1973: Led Zeppelin start a two-week run at #1 on the album charts with 'Houses of the Holy.' The six kids pictured on the cover are actually a collage of two child model siblings, Stefan (5) and Samantha (7) Gates. The photo shoot lasted 10 days at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
1974: Pete Townshend plays solo for the first time at Roundhouse in London. He’s backed by tapes he made in his home studio.
1975: Genesis play the first of two nights at Empire Pool in Wembley, England.
1975: After rumour's that Jimmy Page, Steve Marriott, Jeff Beck and Chris Spedding would replace Mick Taylor as guitarist in The Rolling Stones, a press release confirmed that former Faces guitarist Ron Wood would be joining the band for their forthcoming American tour.
1975: The Doobie Brothers get their first gold single for 'Black Water.'
1978: Art Garfunkel started a six week run at #1 in the UK with the theme from the film 'Watership Down,' 'Bright Eyes' which went on to become the biggest selling single of the year. The song was written by the man behind The Wombles, Mike Batt.
1979: The Doobie Brothers went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with 'What A Fool Believes', the group's second U.S. #1. The record, sung by Michael McDonald, would win Grammy Awards in 1980 for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year.
1979: Dire Straits debut hit 'Sultans Of Swing' peaks at #4. They also peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their self-titled debut album. It later went on to sell two million copies in the U.S.
1979: Florida Jam '79 featuring headliners Aerosmith took place at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Also on the bill are Ted Nugent, Blackfoot, Brownsville Station, Cheap Trick and Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush.
1980: A bill is introduced to make Bruce Springsteen's 'Born To Run' New Jersey's state song. After some consideration, the song was eventually cited by legislators as the state's "rock anthem."
1980: The debut self-titled album from Iron Maiden was released.
1980: Judas Priest release their 6th studio album, 'British Steel.'
1980: The Knack's 2nd album, 'But The Little Girls Understand' was certified Gold by the RIAA. It was released the prior February 15.
1980: Blondie's 'Call Me' hits #1 Billboard Pop charts.
1980: Paul McCartney & Wings 'Coming Up' b/w 'Coming Up (Live At Glasgow)' / 'Lunch Box/Odd Sox' 45 single is released. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies. Although the live version received more airplay and was considered to be the “hit”, Billboard listed the A-side on the Hot 100 for the first 12 weeks on the chart, including three weeks at #1, before switching to the more popular B-side for the remaining nine weeks on the chart. In the U.S., Columbia Records promoted the live version, which subsequently received more airplay than the studio version. McCartney was unaware of Columbia’s move, otherwise he might have pushed for the A-side, which he thought was the stronger version. An executive from Columbia Records explained the switch by stating “Americans like the sound of Paul McCartney’s real voice.” This single became Wings’ 6th and final #1 single.
1982: Van Halen release their 5th studio album, 'Diver Down,' which goes on to sell four million copies in the U.S., and spends 65 weeks on the album chart. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums Chart.
1983: The Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon died from a drug overdose. He was fired from the group on June 14, 1982 (two days before Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott was found dead of heart failure). Farndon was in the midst of forming a new band with former Clash drummer Topper Headon when he died.
1983: Tears For Fears appeared at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester, England.
1983: David Bowie's 15th studio album, 'Let's Dance' is released. Co-Produced with Nile Rodgers, it reached #4 on the Billboard Top 200Top Lp's Chart, and hit #1 on the UK Albums Chart. The title track became one of Bowie's biggest hit singles, hitting #1 in the U.S., U.K., and many other countries.
1986: 'Stars' is released from the Hear N' Aid benefit album, featuring 40 artists from the Metal community (led by Ronnie James Dio), aiding in the fight against African famine relief.
1986: Judas Priest release their 10th studio album, 'Turbo.'
1986: Members of the First Church of the Nazarene in Ironton, Ohio, held a record burning after evangelist Jim Brown told them that the song 'A Horse is a Horse,' the theme song from the US TV show Mr. Ed, contained satanic messages when played backwards.
1987: Fleetwood Mac releases their 'Tango In The Night' album.
1989: Tom Petty's 'Full Moon Fever' album is released. It's credited just to him, although members of The Heartbreakers play on it.
1990: Rock and roll singer Thurston Harris, known for his hit 1957 cover of Bobby Day's 'Little Bitty Pretty One,' dies at age 58 of a heart attack.
1994: Kurt Cobain was cremated at the Bleitz Funeral Home, Seattle. The death certificate listed Cobain's occupation as Poet/Musician and his type of business as Punk Rock. One third of Cobain’s ashes were later scattered in the Wishkah River in Washington, one third were scattered in a Buddhist temple in New York & the rest are with Courtney Love.
1996: Rage Against The Machine's video for 'Bulls On Parade' debuts on MTV.
1997: Depeche Mode release their 9th album, 'Ultra' in the UK. Work on the album had to be stopped in 1996 when lead singer Dave Gahan nearly died of a drug overdose; he spent a lot of time making court appointements and trying to get sober when operations resumed. The band is in no condition to tour to support the album, but it still makes #1 in the UK and sells over 500,000 copies in America.
1998: Helloween released their 8th studio album, 'Better Than Raw.'
1998: Clutch's 3rd full-length album, 'The Elephant Riders' is released.
1999: Metallica filed suit against Napster Inc, Yale University, the University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright infringement. Yale and Indiana were dropped from the suit after they blocked access to Napster on campus servers.
2000: At a show at The Garage in London, The all-girl punk rockers L7 raffle off a chance to "meet intimately" with their drummer, Dee Plakas, claiming they "want their fans to get more bang for their buck." Whether or not they go through with the stunt is unclear, but the stunt drums up plenty of publicity for the show.
2001: Staind's 'It's Been Awhile,' from the album 'Break The Cycle,' is released. The song peaks at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 but goes to #1 on both the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.
2002: Nickelback score Juno Awards for Best Group, Best Single ('How You Remind Me') and Best Album ('Silver Side Up').
2004: Former American Bandstand host, Dick Clark, revealed that he has had type 2 diabetes since 1994, but kept it a secret from everyone except close friends and family.
2004: A card featuring the mug shot of White Stripes frontman Jack White is added to an updated edition of Starz Behind Barz, a deck of novelty playing cards. Other celebrities with arrest pictures featured in the set are Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland, Marilyn Manson, Kid Rock, Ozzy Osbourne and Tommy Lee.
2005: Audioslave launch a club tour playing songs from past bands (Soundgarden & Rage Against The Machine) feeling it is "time to own those histories." They had avoided performing 'Black Hole Sun' and 'Bulls On Parade' to avoid using those songs as a "crutch" to "help sell and break Audioslave."
2006: The film, 'Herbie Hancock: Possibilities,' opens in theaters in New York and Los Angeles. Carlos Santana and Sting are featured in the documentary about the making of jazz keyboardist '05 duets album 'Possibilities.'
2006: The Heritage Auction Galleries' Signature Music and Entertainment auction in Dallas features Kurt Cobain's '60s Mosrite Gospel guitar. When the late Nirvana frontman's guitar first was put on the block in 2004 it sold for $117,500.
2006: The Offspring's Greg K (Kriesel) and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington are among the musicians teeing off at the Punk Rock Pro-Am charity golf tournament in Jamul, CA. The event raises funds for the Surfrider Foundation and the Music For A Cure organization.
2007: Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello and Zack de la Rocha perform together in Chicago at the Coalition of Immokalee Worker's 2007 Truth Tour.
2008: The Robert Plant/Alison Krauss collaboration 'Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)' wins the Wide Open Country Video of the Year trophy at the CMT Awards in Nashville. Bon Jovi's duet with LeAnn Rimes, 'Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore,' wins the Collaborative Video prize, and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and bassist Timothy B. Schmit are also award presenters.
2008: Dr. Brian May of Queen was appointed The Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University in Liverpool, UK. The title Chancellor is an honorary title and is the titular head of the university who is appointed on the approval of the board of governors. The duties of the chancellor include the conferring of degrees at graduation ceremonies and being an ambassador for the university both nationally and internationally. May stepped down at the end of his five year term in 2013.
2009: Testament release their 3rd live album, 'Live Eindhoven '87.' It features the group's complete 1987 performance at that year's Dynamo Open Air Festival.
2009: Former Beatle George Harrison was honoured with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Sir Paul McCartney attended the unveiling outside the landmark Capitol Records building, joining Harrison's widow Olivia and son Dhani. Eric Idle, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty also attended the ceremony.
2009: Kings Of Leon are on the cover of Rolling Stone for the first time. "It's one of those things I'm pretty sure will sink in down the road, like, 'holy s**t," says frontman Caleb Followill. The accompanying article is titled The God-Fearing, Booze Swilling Rise of America's Hottest Band.
2009: The EVH Brand Signature Striped Sneakers, a line modeled after Eddie Van Halen's favored footwear, is announced. The design mimics Van Halen's Frankenstein guitar. "(For 15 years) people would ask me, "Where can I get a pair of those?'" explains Van Halen. "So making them available and official seemed like a natural progression."
2009: The horror film Bled is released direct to DVD. The flick features Five Finger Death Punch's Ivan Moody who had no acting experience prior to accepting a role. "I was really excited to do it!" Moody plays the Incubus, 'a wraith-like monstrosity'.
2010: Ozzy Osbourne's song 'Let Me Hear You Scream,' from his album 'Scream,' makes its debut on the CBS series 'CSI: New York.' The song is heard in a scene depicting a prison riot.
2010: ‎Peter Steele,‬ former singer with ‪‎Type O Negative‬ died of heart failure. He was just 48 years old.
2010: Blues musician Mississippi Slim, real name Walter Horn Jr., dies at age 66 after suffering a heart attack.
2011: The Beatles first recording contract is auctioned for over $114,000 at London's Theater Royal. Signed in 1961 by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and the group's original drummer Pete Best, while band was performing club dates in Hamburg, Germany, the contract with Kaempfert Productions on behalf of Polydor Records was for the group's early recording and publishing rights.
2012: The Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood and drummer Kenney Jones appear in-person at John Varvatos 315 Bowery Boutique in New York City to promote the publication of a limited edition book by Wood, Jones and keyboardist Ian McLagan simply titled 'Faces 1969-1975.' It tells the group's story incorporating over 200 photographs from start to finish.
2012: Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Small Faces/Faces, Donovan, Laura Nyro, The Miracles and The Midnighters are inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame at Cleveland's Public Hall. As expected, frontman Axl Rose is a no-show. The flu keeps Rod Stewart from fronting the Faces during their induction. Also, Rock and Roll's first generation of backing bands get their due. The Blue Caps (Gene Vincent), The Comets (Bill Haley) and the Crickets (Buddy Holly) are inducted.
2012: Slash (Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver) begins a six-part BBC program that looks at his influences and development. AC/DC, Aerosmith and Metallica are among the groups discussed in the six-hour radio program.
2013: The inaugural Fort Rock Festival takes place at JetBlue Park in Ft. Myers, FL. 3 Doors Down, Stone Sour and the Offspring are the headliners.
2015: Halestorm release their 3rd studio album 'Into The Wild Life.'
2015: To commemorate the 35th anniversary of their 'British Steel' album, Judas Priest team with Chicago's Dark Matter Coffee to present a limited-edition British Steel blend that is available at Dark Matter locations.
2015: Activision announces the re-launch of Guitar Hero with event at New York City's Best Buy Theater. Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way are on hand as the company unveils a new iteration of the game.
2015: 65-year-old Billy Joel announced that he and his 33-year-old girlfriend, Alexis Roderick, were expecting a baby. The child would be her first and his second.
2015: Percy Sledge, whose 1966 hit 'When A Man Loves A Woman' topped both the Billboard Pop chart and R&B chart, died of liver cancer at the age of 74. The song came when Sledge's girlfriend left him for a modelling career after he was laid off from a construction job in late 1965.
2016: Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed the National Anthem at Staples Center in Los Angeles for Kobe Bryant's LA Lakers farewell game.
2016: Prince plays what turns out to be his last show. It's at Atlanta's Fox Theatre. He passes away a week later (4/21). His last song is 'Purple Rain.'
2016: 'Lemmy: The Definitive Biography,' written by Mick Wall is available in the U.K. The book on the late Motorhead frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister contains original interviews with Lemmy, former bandmates, friends, managers, fellow artists and record industry staffers.

April 15
1956: Mitch Miller, music director of Columbia Records, engages in a spirited debate with Allan Freed over the "potentially negative effects of Rock 'n' Roll on teenagers" on Eric Sevareid's news program on CBS-TV. Two psychiatrists also joined the discussion. Miller made no secret of the fact that he hated Rock music, and was quoted as saying, "It's not music. It's a disease."
1960: Dick Clark's movie 'Because They're Young,' a friendlier 'Blackboard Jungle' of sorts with appearances by James Darren and Duane Eddy, premieres in New York.
1962: Elvis Presley's 'Good Luck Charm' is Billboard's #1 Pop Hit.
1964: The Beatles filmed outside shots at the Scala Theatre in Tottenham Street London for their forthcoming movie ‘A Hard Day's Night.' Ringo Starr famously tells the other Beatles after a long day of filming, that it's been "a hard day's night." John Lennon turns the phrase into a song, and the movie title is changed from Beatlemania! to 'A Hard Day's Night.'
1965: Simon & Garfunkel's 'I Am A Rock' b/w 'Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall' 45 single is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, the 3rd single (chronologically) by Simon & Garfunkel to reach the top 5 (after 'The Sound of Silence' and "'Bound').
1966: Buffalo Springfield made their live debut when they opened for The Byrds at a concert in San Bernardino, CA.
1966: In England, The Rolling Stones release 'Aftermath,' their first LP to feature all original material. It would soar to the top of the UK album chart and stay there for eight weeks. It was the band's 4th British studio album and their 6th US album, released on June 20, 1966 with a different track listing.
1966: Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Englebert Humperdinck appear live at the Blackpool Odeon in England. Tickets cost 5 and 10 shillings, ($0.70 and $1.40).
1966: The Spencer Davis Group scored their second UK #1 single with 'Somebody Help Me,' a song that failed to crack the Top 40 in the US.
1967: The Who hit the U.S. Top 40 for the first time with 'Happy Jack.' It peaks at #24.
1967: The Who play two shows, in two different venues on a mini-tour of West Germany. First off an early show at the Siegerlandhalle in Siegen followed by a late show at the Rhein-Main Halle in Wiesbaden.
1969: Pink Floyd appeared at the Royal Festival Hall, London, England.
1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival played their second of two back-to-back nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall, with Booker T & The MGs as the supporting act.
1971: The Beatles won an Oscar for Best Film Music (Original Song Score) for 'Let It Be.'
1971: Grand Funk Railroad's 4th studio album, 'Survival' is released. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1971: Rolling Stone magazine reported that the Illinois Crime Commission had issued a list of “drug oriented records” which included Jefferson Airplane’s 'White Rabbit.' 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' by Procol Harum & 'Yellow Submarine' by The Beatles.
1972: Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen entered the Billboard Top 40 for the first and only time with 'Hot Rod Lincoln,' which will climb to #9. The record is a re-worked version of 'Hot Rod Race,' a #29 hit for Tiny Hill in 1951.
1972: Billy Joel performs before a small invited audience at Philly's Sigma Sound Studios which is broadcast on WMMR. After the show, the station puts his performance of 'Captain Jack' in rotation, and Joel builds a following. This leads to a contract with Columbia Records, which releases Joel's breakthrough album, 'Piano Man,' in 1973.
1972: The Rolling Stones 'Tumbling Dice' b/w 'Sweet Black Angel' 45 single is released. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for The Rolling Stones' 1972 double album 'Exile on Main St.', it was the album's first single. The single peaked at #7 on the US charts and #5 in the UK. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it as #424 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The lyrics tell the story of a gambler who cannot remain faithful to any woman.
1973: Faces release their 4th and final studio album, 'Ooh La La.' It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd's 2nd album., 'Second Helping' is released. It featured its biggest hit single, 'Sweet Home Alabama,' an answer song to Neil Young's 'Alabama' and 'Southern Man".' The song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August 1974. This was the first Lynyrd Skynyrd album to feature the band's trademark triple guitar attack. The album reached #12 on the Billboard album charts. It was certified Gold on 9/20/1974, Platinum and 2x Platinum on 7/21/1987 by the R.I.A.A.
1975: Kiss, Rush and the Heavy Metal Kids all appeared at Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA.
1976: Former Spooky Tooth keyboardist Gary Wright releases 'Love Is Alive.'
1977: The Ian Gillan Band release their 2nd studio album, 'Clear Air Turbulence.'
1977: Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Gary Rossington were awarded honorary Atlanta citizenship certificates for their part in saving Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre. They band gave a gold album for 'One More for the Road' to Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson. The band donated another gold record to Atlanta's Fox Theatre, where the double live album was recorded.
1978: Kansas peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Dust in the Wind' which was their first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1978: Television were forced to postpone their gig at Bristol's Colston Hall after the 40 foot truck carrying their equipment was involved in a crash killing the driver.
1982: Billy Joel suffered a broken wrist when the motorcycle he was driving was hit by a car. The singer broke his left wrist when his 1978 Harley Davidson hit a car in Long Island, New York. The hospital switchboard was jammed with calls from his fans, and Joel issued a plea through a spokesman that the calls ceased because they were "tying up lines for those people who are really sick."
1978: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes The Ramones’ 'Do You Wanna Dance' at #96 (debut), KISS’ 'Rocket Ride' at #40, Eddie Money’s 'Baby Hold On' at #36, Styx’s 'Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)' at #30 and John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John’s 'You’re The One That I Want' at #19. ‬
1982: Anvil release their 2nd studio album, 'Metal on Metal.' Produced by Chris Tsangarides, the album spawns the anthemic title track, which instantly becomes an Anvil concert standard.
1983: The Bad Brains' 2nd full-length album, 'Rock for Light' is released. Produced by The Cars' Ric Ocasek, the album features both new compositions (such as the title track and 'How Low Can a Punk Get?'), as well as re-recordings of tunes that originally appeared on the group's debut ('Sailin' On,' 'Banned in D.C.'). Years later, Kurt Cobain would list Rock for Light as one of his all-time favorite records.
1984: Accept released their 8th single, 'Balls to the Wall.'
1985: During his 'Born In The USA' world tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the fourth of five sold out nights at Yoyogi Olympic Pool in Tokyo, Japan.
1985: Overkill release their debut studio album 'Feel The Fire.'
1987: Queen were presented with an award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the 32nd annual Ivor Novello Awards held in London.
1988: Pink Floyd kicked off a 27-date North American tour at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
1989: Poison's cover of Loggins and Messina's 1970s hit, 'Your Mama Don't Dance,' peaks at #10 on the pop chart. It was their 4th top 10 single in the U.S.
1989: W.A.S.P. release their 4th studio album, 'The Headless Children.'. It features Franki Banali on drums and becomes the band’s highest charting album on the Billboard 200, peaking at #48 on April 29, 1989.
1989: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes GNR’s 'Patience' at #44, Metallica’s 'One' at #37, Living Colour’s 'Cult Of Personality' at #26, Bon Jovi’s 'I’ll Be There For You' at #11, Poison’s 'Your Mama Don’t Dance' at #10, Roy Orbison’s 'You Got It' at #9.‬
1989: Roy Orbison had his final Top 10 single on the US chart with 'You Got It,' four months after he passed away. The song was written by Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty and appeared on Orbison's 'Mystery Girl' album that was released posthumously.
1989: Bonnie Raitt's album 'Nick Of Time' enters the U.S. charts. It rises to #1.
1989: American all girl group The Bangles started a four week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Eternal Flame.' It also went to #1 in Australia (biggest selling single of 1989) and the United States.
1992: Vivian Campbell‬ played his first show with ‎Def Leppard‬ at McGonagles Club in Dublin, Ireland. It was a warm-up before the band appeared at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert 5 days later. The show was notable for the only playing of the song 'Die Hard The Hunter' at the time with Vivian. Viv had actually played the venue many times with his band Sweet Savage in the late 70's/early 80's.He was actually unveiled at a press conference the day before the show.
1995: Selena tops the Latin Charts with a cover of The Pretenders' 'Back On The Chain Gang.'
1995: Firehouse peak at #14 on Billboard's Hot 100 with, 'I Live My Life For You.'
1995: Van Halen peak at #2 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart with 'Can't Stop Loving You.'
1996: The rest of Jerry Garcia's ashes were scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A small portion had been scattered in the Ganges River in India 11 days earlier. The Grateful Dead leader had died on Aug. 9, 1995.
1997: Dokken release their album 'Shadowlife.' It's the band's last with George Lynch on guitar
1999: U2 make their film debut when the indie flick 'Entropy' premieres in L.A. The band play themselves but Bono is the only one with a speaking part.
2001: Punk pioneer Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Ross Hyman) singer of The Ramones died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital after losing a long battle with lymphatic cancer, He was 49. Ramone died listening to the U2 song 'In A Little While' which Bono later called an honor. On Nov. 30, 2003, a block of East 2nd Street in New York City was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place.
2003: Fleetwood Mac released their first album with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham in 16 years, 'Say You Will' which peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
2004: Andrea 'TrixXxie Blue' Terry, a Nevada brothel worker, files a civil suit against ex-Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil. The singer earlier pleaded no contest to assault charges. Neil became violent when Terry refused to have sex with him for free. Terry seeks 20K for lost wages and other costs.
2004: Guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt (of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) launches his search for the nation's #1 garage band. Battle of the Bands competitions are held in nine cities starting in Boston and concluding in New York. The winner earns a spot at a Van Zandt-sponsored Garage Rock Festival, along with brand new equipment.
2005: Radiohead's Thom Yorke performs a five song acoustic set for thousands of London protesters at an all-night rally organized by the Trade Justice Movement. The group favors revised trade sanctions for the world's poor countries. The protest concludes the following morning with a march on PM Tony Blair's residence.
2006: Elton John cleans out his closet and raises over $700,000 for his AIDS Foundation when he sells over 10,000 articles of clothing in his Elton's Closet sale in New York.
2006: A 1961 Mosrite guitar once owned by late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain sells for $118,000 in an online auction. Cobain purchased the guitar in 1990 in San Francisco and it reportedly was one of his favorites. The original case bears the words 'Nirvana' and 'F**k Elvis'.
2006: Pearl Jam is the musical guest on NBC's Saturday Night Live for the first time in 12 years.
2008: The film 'Totally Baked' is released directly to DVD with three original tunes by AC/DC's Brian Johnson. The singer also serves as the stoner comedy's executive producer.
2008: Metallica release vinyl versions of 'Kill 'Em All' and 'Ride The Lightning.' The albums are available as a single LP and as a double-disc, 45-rpm package for superior sound quality.
2008: Tom Morello, operating under his Nightwatchman alias, kicks off is Justice Tour in L.A. During each stop of the seven-city trek, the Rage Against the Machine guitarist focuses on a different social cause, such as homelessness, affordable housing and veterans care.
2008: Rush release 'Snakes & Arrows Live.' The two-CD concert album was recorded the previous October in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
2008: Everclear's 'The Vegas Years,' a covers collection of hits originally recorded by Tom Petty, Thin Lizzy and Hall and Oates is available as an import.
2008: The film 'Totally Baked' is released directly to DVD with three original tunes by AC/DC's Brian Johnson. The singer also serves as the stoner comedy's executive producer.
2009: Bruce Springsteen auctions off four pairs of tickets and backstage passes to his concerts in Boston. Bidders who exceed $10,000 are automatically invited to a meet-and-greet with the Boss and his E Street Band. All proceeds benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank.
2010: Metallica continues touring Europe despite the eruption of an Iceland volcano that spews so much ash into the air that all Euro flights are cancelled. The band relies on bus travel, a mode of transportation they have avoided since 1986 when a tour bus accident took the life of original bassist Cliff Burton. The 28-hour trek takes Metallica from Oslo to their next show in the Latvian capital of Riga.
2010: Pavement plays a reunion show at the Fox Theater in Pomona, CA. "I'd say it's nice to be back," remarks percussionist Bob Nastanovich. "But I've never f***ing been here before!"
2011: Five Finger Death Punch have two albums simultaneously go gold. They are the band's debut, 'The Way Of The Fist' and sophomore effort 'War Is The Answer.'
2012: Ted Nugent makes inflammatory comments about President Barack Obama during a radio interview at the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention is St. Louis. Nugent tells the gun rights group he will be 'dead or in jail' if Obama is re-elected. His rant leads to a meeting with the Secret Service and the controversy causes the NRA to pull video of Nugent's interview from their website.
2013: 'Led Zeppelin: Sound and Fury,' a digital book, is released exclusively through the Apple iBookstore.
2013: Iced Earth released their 2nd live album, 'Live In Ancient Kourion.'
2014: Neil Young's Kickstarter campaign to fund his PonoMusic player nets over $6 million, eight times the goal, to become the third highest-funded campaign in Kickstarter history.
2014: Shane Gibson, a former touring guitarist for KoRn, passes away from a rare blood clotting disorder in Birmingham, AL. Hewas best known as the man who replaced original KoRn guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch. Gibson was 35.
2014: Birds Of Satan with Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins, My Ruin's Mick Murphy and Chevy Metal's Wiley Hodgden, release their self-titled debut album.
2014: Years of alcohol abuse take their toll on Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, who collapses in his kitchen and is placed in an induced coma. He makes a slow and painful recovery in which he has to relearn guitar.
2015: The Who's farewell tour of North American, 'The Who Hits 50!,' begins in Tampa, FL.
2015: Faith No More kick off their tour in Vancouvr, BC following a five-year break. The trek supports 'Sol Invictus,' their first album in 18 years.
2015: It was reported that Digital music revenues matched physical sales for the first time in 2014, thanks to strong growth in the streaming market. The digital market rose 6.9% to $6.9 billion, representing 46% of all global music sales. CDs, vinyl and other physical formats also accounted for 46% of the market.
2016: The 'Santana IV' album is released. The band's 23rd studio album reunites Carlos Santana with guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Gregg Rolie, percussionist Michael Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve. They are on record together for the first time in 45 years (since 'Santana III').
2016: Lita Ford releases her 'Time Capsule' album.
2016: Josh "Chachi" Marunde announces his impending departure from Pop Evil. The drummer wants to spend more time with his family. His last show with the group is a month later.
2017: Jethro Tull hits #1 on the Classical Albums chart with 'Jethro Tull: The String Quartets.'
2017: Allan Holdsworth, jazz fusion guitarist, dies of heart disease at his home in Vista, CA. He was 70. Holdsworth was revered by many rock guitarists, including Eddie Van Halen, who helped him secure a deal with Warner Brothers Records, which resulted in a Grammy nomination.

April 16
1955: Elvis Presley was the headliner on The Big D Jamboree, a live radio show on KRLD in Dallas, Texas. Tickets for the show at the Sportatorium were $.60 for adults, $.30 for children.
1956: Buddy Holly's 'Blue Days, Black Nights' b/w 'Love Me' 45 single is released in the U.S. Holly’s first U.S. 45, also included in his 1958 album 'That'll Be the Day.' Decca, Holly’s first major record label, after failing to produce a hit single from Holly’s early recordings, packaged these 1956 tunes after he had some success with recordings from the Brunswick and Coral labels.
1963: The Beatles perform on BBC TV for the first time on 'The 625 Show.'
1964: The Beatles filmed the "chase scenes" for 'A Hard Days Night' with actors dressed as policemen in the Notting Hill Gate area of London. In the evening they recorded the title track for the film, ‘A Hard Day's Night’ at Abbey Road. John and Paul had the title first, and had to write a song to order, completing the track in nine takes.
1964: The Rolling Stones' self-titled, debut album was released in Great Britain. It sold over 200,000 copies, hitting #1 two weeks later and was the first non-Beatles album to reach the top in over a year. Six weeks later (May 30) it would be issued in America with a slightly different track list, where it would reach #11. In the U.S. it was subtitled 'England's Newest Hit Makers,' which later became its official title.
1965: The Hollies began their first US tour in New York. It wasn't until the following year that the group cracked the US Top 10 with 'Bus Stop.'
1966: Bob Dylan's 'Rainy Day Women #12 & 35' is released.
1967: Cream appeared at the 'Daily Express Record Star Show' at The Empire Pool in Wembley, England.
1967: The Who play two concerts in one day, the first at the Oberschwabenhalle in Ravensburg followed by a gig for 1,400 fans at the Donauhalle in Ulm, West Germany.
1969: The Beatles recorded 13 takes of backing tracks for 'Something' at EMI Studios in London.
1969: Elektra Records dropped Detroit's MC5 from their label after the band took out an advertisement in a local paper that included the company logo and said; "Fuck Hudsons." The band were protesting at the Michigan department store's refusal to stock their albums.
1970: The Led Zeppelin single 'Whole Lotta Love' was certified Gold in the U.S. after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at #4 on the U.S. singles chart. In the UK Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on December 5, 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a 'no-singles' approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK, and he halted the release.
1971: Ringo Starr's 'It Don't Come Easy' b/w 'Early 1970' 45 single is released. It was Starr's first solo single in the UK, but his second in the US (the first was 'Beaucoups of Blues'), following the breakup of the Beatles. This song may also be considered Starr's signature song. The song was issued as a non-album single and debuted on the American Billboard chart on May 1, 1971. It peaked at #4 and remained in the Top 40 for 11 weeks. It was produced by George Harrison, who also played guitar on the song. Additional musicians included Gary Wright on piano, Klaus Voorman on bass and backing vocals from Pete Ham and Tom Evans.
1971: The Rolling Stones release 'Brown Sugar,' which is the first single out on their own label, Rolling Stones Records.
1972: The Electric Light Orchestra made their debut at The Fox and Greyhound in Croydon, London, promoting their debut album, 'No Answer.' The concert didn't get very good reviews and founding member Roy Wood split several months later, leaving Jeff Lynne to write and produce most of the band's material.
1972: Pink Floyd performed at the Township Auditorium in Columbia, South Carolina.
1972: The legendary ‪Rainbow Bar & Grill‬ opened in ‎West Hollywood, CA.‬
1973: Paul McCartney's first television special, 'James Paul McCartney,' airs in America on the ABC. The show featurES a few Beatles songs, new Wings tracks, sketches, and a final performance of a song called 'Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance,' originally written for Twiggy. It would be broadcast in the UK on May 10th.
1973: During his Ziggy Stardust World tour, David Bowie appeared at the Kobe in Kobe Kokusai Kaikan, Japan.
1974: Queen make their U.S. live debut at Regis College in Denver, CO. opening for Mott the Hoople.
1975: Genesis play the Gaumont Theatre in Southhampton, UK on their 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' Tour.
1976: Aerosmith played at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, the first date on their 76 date North American 'Rocks' Tour. Opening acts included Jeff Beck, Rush, and Nazareth.
1976: Boz Scaggs goes to visit friend Bobby "Blue" Bland backstage at the famed Antone's in Austin, TX, and is beaten unconscious by two bouncers.
1977: Fleetwood Mac release 'Dreams.'
1980: Eric Clapton's live double album 'Just One Night' is released. Recorded live at the Budokan Theatre, Tokyo in December 1979 when Clapton was touring with his last record, 'Backless.' For this tour, Clapton's back-up band included regular Joe Cocker keyboardist Chris Stainton and famed English country picker Albert Lee. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1982: Motorhead release their 'Iron Fist' album.
1983: Styx 'Mr. Roboto' peaks at #3 on Billboard's Hot 100. It spends a total of 18 weeks on the chart. ‬
1983: Billboard's Hot 100 includes Phil Collins’ 'I Don’t Care Anymore' at #72, Journey’s 'Faithfully' at #55 (debut), Bryan Adams’ 'Straight From The Heart' at #39, Duran Duran’s 'Rio' at #35, Def Leppard’ 'Photograph' at #32, David Bowie’s 'Let’s Dance' at #15, and Styx’s 'Mr. Roboto' at #3 (peak).‬
1983: Kirk Hammett played his very first gig with Metallica at The Showplace in Dover, New Jersey.
1984: Saxon release their 6th studio album, 'Crusader.'
1984: Venom release their 3rd album, 'At War with Satan.'
1985: During the North American leg of their 'Unforgettable Fire' tour U2 played the first of three nights at The Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1987: Deep Purple's 'House Of Blue Light' tour opens.
1988: INXS single 'Devil Inside' peaks at #2 in the U.S.
1988: Scorpions release their 10th studio album, 'Savage Amusement.'
1990: Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Tracy Chapman, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt perform at the Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute To A Free South Africa concert at London's Wembley Stadium.
1990: Nirvana appeared at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1991: The Temple Of The Dog self-titled album is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The album is a tribute to Andrew Wood, the former lead singer of Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone. Wood died on March 19, 1990 of a heroin overdose. The line-up included former Mother Love Bone members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, Wood's former roomate Chris Cornell, drummer Matt Cameron, Mike McCready and Eddie Vedder. McCready and Vedder were featured on the album due to their involvement with Ament and Gossard's next project, which became Pearl Jam. It peaks at #5 Billboard's 200 album chart‬.
1992: Guns N' Roses launch a European tour with Soundgarden as the opening act.
1992: Nirvana appears on the cover of Rolling Stone with Kurt Cobain wearing a T-shirt that says, "Corporate Magazines Still Suck."
1992: David Milgaard is released from jail in Canada after serving 23 years for a crime he didn't commit. The Tragically Hip, who have helped in his fight for justice, write the song 'Wheat Kings' about the ordeal.
1993: David Lee Roth was arrested in New York's Washington Square Park for allegedly buying a $10 bag of marijuana. Roth’s offense had a maximum penalty of 15 days in jail and a $250 fine but was ultimately “adjourned pending dismissal,” meaning the charges would be wiped out if Roth stayed out of trouble for a year.
1993: Billy Burnette leaves Fleetwood Mac to pursue a country music career.
1993: Paul McCartney headlined a concert at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate 'Earth Day' along with Ringo Starr, Don Henley and Steve Miller. McCartney had last performed there as a member of the Beatles in 1965.
1994: Pearl Jam made their second appearance on 'Saturday Night Live' where they performed 'Not for You,' 'Rearviewmirror' & 'Daughter.' During the closing credits, Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder pointed out the letter K on his shirt over his heart which was considered by many as Vedder’s tribute to Kurt Cobain.
1994: Prince had his first UK #1 with 'The Most Beautiful Girl In The World', (his 37th single release). It was his first release since changing his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol.
1995: Bob Seger’s wife Juanita Dorricott gave birth to their second child, a daughter named Samantha Char.
1996: Rage Against The Machine release their 2nd studio album, 'Evil Empire.'
1996: KISS appeared in full make-up at the 38th Grammy Awards, where they announced a reunion tour. It would mark the first time all four members had appeared together in over fifteen years. The tour would go on to gross $143.7 million dollars.
1996: Having been released four years earlier, Soundgarden's 'Badmotorfinger' is recognized for selling 2-million copies.
1997: Elton John is awarded an honorary membership in the Royal Academy of Music with the likes of Classical composers Franz Liszt and Richard Strauss. John is also re-appointed chairman of the Watford Football Club.
1999: Original Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape drummer Skip Spence dies from lung cancer at the age of 52. He had battled schizophrenia and alcoholism and had been on a ventilator for 11 days before his death. Skip had spent 6 months in Bellevue and was a diagnosed schizophrenic, battling drug and alcohol problems his entire life. But, he was also called one of “psychedelia’s brightest lights” – just a few weeks after his death, the tribute CD More Oar: A Tribute to The Skip Spence Album was released and featured such luminaries as Robert Plant, Tom Waits, and Beck, all paying tribute.
2002: Sheryl Crow releases her 4th studio album 'C'mon, C'mon.'
2002: David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar hold a press conference in Los Angeles to announce their joint headlining tour: Sam & Dave The Heavyweight Champs of Rock n Roll.
2003: Jerry Lee Lewis files for divorce from his sixth wife, former Jerry Lee Lewis fan club president Kerrie McCarver
2004: Jet's 'Cold Hard Bitch' moves to the #1 spot on Billboard Magazine's Mainstream Rock chart, ending the 13-week run at the top by Nickelback's 'Figured You Out.'
2005: Def Leppard auctions off a meeting with band members along with attending a private rehearsal in Los Angeles before the start of their U.S. tour. Proceeds benefit the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre and the T.J. Martell Foundation.
2005: 'OK Computer' by Radiohead was voted the best album of all time in a poll by UK TV station Channel 4. U2 were in 2nd place with 'The Joshua Tree' and Nirvana in 3rd with 'Nevermind.'
2006: Dio released the 'Holy Diver – Live' album. It was recorded on tour in 2005.
2007: Bon Jovi performs at the CMT (Country Music Television) Awards ceremony.
2007: W.A.S.P. release their 13th studio album, 'Dominator.'
2007: Annihilator released their 12th album, 'Metal.'
2008: Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh announces a performance-oriented scholarship for Ohio's Kent State University, which he attended in the late '60s. Walsh donates $50,000 to the institution's College of the Arts.
2008: Bruce Springsteen endorses Barack Obama for president. "Critics have tried to diminish Senator Obama through the exaggeration of certain of his comments and relationships in order to distract us from discussing the real issues," writes Springsteen.
2009: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan appears in a video ad for TNA Wrestling's Lockdown event in Philadelphia. In the commercial, Corgan recites an altered version of the lyrics to 'Bullet With Butterfly Wings' while standing in a steel cage.
2010: Soundgarden play a 'secret show' reunion gig at Seattle's Showbox Theater. For their first stage appearance in thirteen years, the band appears under the name Nudedragons-an anagram of Soundgarden.
2010: KISS launch an auction for a fan 'meet and greet' (concert tickets, photo with the group and money to spend on the KISS online store) in the U.K. to raise money for Brazilian children. The ten-day eBay auction is held in conjunction with the ABC Trust's Action For Brazil's Children campaign.
2011: Rob Zombie announces that he has just finished directing a commercial for a fabric softener. "A very scary TV commercial for Woolite called 'The Torturer,' Zombie writes on his website. The commercial was shot in Vancouver, B.C.
2011: A Nirvana exhibit at Seattle's Experience Music Project opens. 'Taking Punk To The Masses' has frontman Kurt Cobain's famous yellow sweater, a smashed Univox guitar and handwritten lyrics. "There's a story with Nirvana at its center, but it's a story that also includes the many people, bands and institutions that make up a music community," says Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, who adds that Cobain was "a visionary artist who touched people all over the world."
2011: Jack White (White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather) is honored with Nashville's first ever Music City Ambassador award. Originally from Detroit, White relocated to Nashville. 2011: Rob Zombie announces that he has just finished directing a commercial for a fabric softener. "A very scary TV commercial for Woolite called 'The Torturer,," Zombie writes on his website. The commercial was shot in Vancouver, B.C.
2012: Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer launches his own organic coffee brand, called Rockin' & Roastin. It's an organic, fair traded coffee that is available in four different roasts.
2013: Skid Row release their first new material in seven years when the EP 'United World Rebellion Chapter One' is released.
2013: Fall Out Boy end a three-year hiatus with the release of their comeback album 'Save Rock And Roll.' "This isn't a reunion because we never broke up," says a post on the band's website. To promote the album, the group throws out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium before L.A. takes on the San Diego Padres.
2013: Edwin Shirley the co-founded Edwin Shirley Trucking, which became one of the largest music transport companies in Europe died of cancer. Brian May noted Shirley's importance to their touring operation: "Edwin was at the head of Queen's vehicle convoy for so many years I can't begin to remember how many... He was a great pal of Gerry Stickells, our illustrious Tour Manager and the two of them wrote the book on how to party on tour."
2014: Black Label Society's, 'Catacombs Of The Black Vatican,' debuts on top of Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart (#5 on the Billboard 200) selling 26,000 copies its first week of release.
2014: Bassist Nick Oliveri performs with Queens Of The Stone Age for the first time in 10 years. He sings lead vocals on 'You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire' during the encore at a Portland, OR show.
2015: Alice Cooper performs at the grand opening of John Varvatos fashion store in Detroit, his home town.
2015: Nielsen SoundScan released figures that showed vinyl album sales were up 53% during the first three months of the year, compared to last year. The top selling album during that period was The Beatles' 'AbbEy Road,' which sold 172,000 copies. Vinyl unit sales rose to 9.2 million in 2014, up from 6.1 million in 2013.
2015: Former Rolling Stones bassist, 78-year-old Bill Wyman announced that he would release 'Back to Basics,' his first solo album in 33 years, on June 22nd on Proper Records.
2015: Slayer release their single 'When The Stillness Comes.'
2016: Metallica are Record Store Day Ambassadors. Their Berkeley, CA in-store concert is streamed live. Following their performance Metallica go El Cerrito, where the group lived from '83 to '86. The band receives a proclamation from El Cerrito's mayor recognizing the group's ties to the community.
2016: AC/DC announce that Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose will replace the ailing Brian Johnson for the remainder of AC/DC's 2016 tour, then AC/DC guitarist Angus Young appears with Guns N' Roses during their headlining set at Coachella.
2016: Black Veil Brides vocalist Andy Biersack marries Juliet Simms, best known as a contestant on the 2012 season of the NBC reality TV talent competition 'The Voice.' They'd been dating for five years.
2016: Iron Maiden release their 43rd single, 'Empire of the Clouds.'

April 17
1955: Fats Domino's 'Ain't That a Shame' is released on Imperial Records. It will rise to the top of the Billboard R&B chart and #10 on the Pop chart, becoming the first of 37 Top 40 hits The Fat Man will have over the next eight years.
1960: 21-year-old Eddie Cochran dies from injuries sustained in a car accident while on tour in the United Kingdom. Cochran died as a result of a traffic accident in a taxi carrying Cochran, his fiancee Sharon Sheeley and Gene Vincent traveling through Chippenham, Wiltshire, on the A4. The speeding taxi blew a tire, lost control, and crashed into a lamp post on Rowden Hill, where a plaque now marks the spot. No other car is involved. Sheeley and Vincent are seriously injured but survive. Cochran and Vincent had recently decided to extend their successful tour of the U.K. Their touring mate, Freddy Cannon, was supposed to be with them, but was running late and took another cab.
1961: Paul Revere And The Raiders' first US chart hit, 'Like Long Hair' tops out at #38 on the Billboard chart. The song was a boogie-woogie arrangement of Rachmaninoff's 'Prelude in C-Sharp Minor' and featured Revere on piano.
1964: Them (with Van Morrison) make their first concert appearance, at Belfast's Maritime Hotel.
1964: The Rolling Stones released their self-titled debut album in the UK. It topped the UK Albums chart for 12 weeks. It was released in the US on May 30, 1964 with a different track listing.
1964: After an extensive U.S. government investigation of the Kingsmen's hit song 'Louie Louie,' and its supposedly filthy lyrics, the FBI issued a report claiming the words of the Kingsmen's famous version are incomprehensible.
1965: RCA and LearJet Corporation announce the development of the combination 8 track tape player and car radio that will become available in next Fall's new cars.
1965: The Beach Boys release 'Help Me Rhonda,' featuring rhythm guitarist Al Jardine on lead vocal. The song will become the group's second Billboard #1.
1965: Bob Dylan's debut album 'The Freewheelin” Bob Dylan' was at #1 on the album chart. The album opens with 'Blowin' in the Wind,' which became an anthem of the 1960s, and an international hit for folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary.
1965: Paul McCartney spent the day shopping for furniture in Portobello Road, London disguised in a cloth cap, moustache, glasses and overcoat.
1965: The Moody Blues peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Go Now' which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1966: The Who performed at the Regal Cinema in London.
1966: 'Wild Thing" by The Troggs is released. By June, it will be #1 in the U.S. and #2 in the UK.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played in Luton, Bedfordshire, England.
1969: The Band make their solo stage debut at Winterland in San Francisco.
1970: Pink Floyd play the first of two nights at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA.
1970: Country Joe & the Fish along with the Hampton Grease Band played at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1970: Paul McCartney releases his first solo album 'McCartney' in the UK. (April 20 in the US). It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's for three weeks, and reached #2 on the UK Albums chart. McCartney played all the instruments on the album.
1970: Ten Years After release their 4th studio album, 'Cricklewood Green.' At least one of the members of the band was living with his Dad, who lived in the Cricklewood area of London, whenever he was home in the UK. Somehow, some seeds ended up in the back yard of his Dad's house before he left for the tour. When he returned home, his Dad had watered and taken care of the plants. There were a couple of 6 foot tall 'plants' growing in the backyard. The un-named band member quickly cut the plants down and let them dry. While recording the album, the plants, which had become known to the band as "Cricklewood Green" were consumed. Plus they thought it was a great name for the album.
1970: Johnny Cash performs at the White House. President Nixon requests 'Okie From Muskogee,' a Merle Haggard song, but Cash plays 'A Boy Named Sue' instead.
1970: Santana began sessions for what would be their breakthrough album 'Abraxas' at Wally Heider Recording Studio in San Francisco, California. When released in September of this year, Abraxas peaked at #1 on the U.S. chart.
1971: Three Dog Night started a six week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with 'Joy To The World.' The group's second U.S. #1.
1971: Each of the four ex-Beatles has a solo single on the UK chart. Paul McCartney with 'Another Day', John Lennon 'Power To The People', George Harrison 'My Sweet Lord' and Ringo Starr 'It Don't Come Easy.'
1971: The Doors' 'Love Her Madly' is released. It would become the band's 7th Billboard Top 40 single, reaching #11.
1972: The Grateful Dead perform at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark during their legendary Europe ’72 tour.
1972: Keith Richards Girlfriend Anita Pallenberg gave birth to their second child, daughter Dandelion.
1972: Neil Young's 'Old Man' b/w 'The Needle And The Damage Done' 45 single is released. The song was written for the caretaker of the Northern California Broken Arrow Ranch, which Young purchased for $350,000 in 1970. The song compares a young man's life to an old man's and shows that the young man has, to some extent, the same needs as the old one. James Taylor played six-string banjo (tuned like a guitar) and sang on the song, and Linda Ronstadt also contributed vocals.
1972: Elton John's 'Rocket Man' b/w 'Suzie (Dramas)' 45 single is released. It rises to #2 in the UK and #6 in the U.S.
1973: Pink Floyd's album 'The Dark Side of the Moon' went gold in the U.S. The LP went on to stay in the U.S. chart for more than ten years and become the longest charting rock record of all time.
1973: Yes appeared at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1973: The Eagles 'Tequila Sunrise' b/w 'Twenty-One' 45 single is released.
1973: The Eagles 2nd studio album, 'Desperado' is released. It reached #41 on the Billboard Top 200 LP's & Tapes chart. Although the title track is one of the Eagles' signature songs, it was never released as a single. The song 'Desperado' was ranked #494 on Rolling Stone's 2004 list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". The album did yield two singles, though: 'Tequila Sunrise' and 'Outlaw Man.' Those two singles reached #64 and #59 respectively.
1974: Vinnie Taylor, guitarist with Sha Na Na was found dead in a Holiday Inn hotel room in Charlottesville, Virginia from a drug overdose.
1975: Ritchie Blackmore plays his last concert with Deep Purple (during their initial run) at the Palais des Sports in Paris. The guitarist has already formed Rainbow.
1975: Pink Floyd performed at the Coliseum in Denver, Colorado.
1975: Elvis Presley bought a Convair 880 Jet formally owned by Delta Airlines for $250,000, which he re-christened Lisa Marie. Presley spent a further $600,000 refurbishing the Jet to include personal quarters, a meeting area and a dance floor.
1976: Thin Lizzy's 'Jailbreak' album is released.
1976: Thin Lizzy release th single, 'The Boys Are Back In Town.' It peaks #12 on Billboard's Hot 100 on July 24, 1976. It was their only top 20 single (in the U.S.) and one of two Hot 100 hits for them. ‬
1976: Queen's 'A Night At The Opera' peaks at #4 on the U.S. album charts.
1976: David Bowie performed at Hallenstadion in Zürich, Switzerland.
1976: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Heart’s 'Crazy On You' at #86 (debut), Nazareth’s 'Love Hurts' at #49, Bad Company’s 'Young Blood' at #42, KISS’ 'Shout It Out Loud' at #40, Hall & Oates’ 'Sara Smile' at #29, and Aerosmith’s 'Dream On' at #16.‬
1977: The Stranglers, Cherry Vanilla, The Police, and The Jam all appeared at The Roundhouse in London.
1978: Genesis played at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1979: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Cameron Indoor Stadium, on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
1979: Written by Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins, the Doobie Brothers' 'What A Fool Believes' tops the U.S. singles chart.
1980: Bob Marley performs at the Independence Day celebration in Salisbury, Zimbabwe.
1980: ‎Black Sabbath‬ performed first ever live show with ‪Ronnie James Dio‬ on vocals in ‪Aurich‬, ‎Germany on The Heaven & Hell Tour.
1980: Pink Floyd's 'Run Like Hell' b/w 'Don't Leave Me Now' 45 single is released.
1982: Van Halen's cover of Roy Orbison's '(Oh) Pretty Woman' just misses the U.S. Top 10, peaking at #12.
1982: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Toto 'Rosanna' at #81 & Asia’s 'Heat Of The Moment' at #68. Tommy Tutone’s '867-5309/Jenny' was #15, Huey Lewis and the News’ 'Do You Believe In Love' #7, and The J. Geils Band’s 'Freeze Frame' at #4.
1982: Iron Maiden's 3rd album, 'Number Of The Beast,' enters the U.K. chart at #1.
1982: Huey Lewis & the News single 'Do You Believe In Love' peaks at #7 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1982: Motorhead release their 5th studio album, 'Iron Fist.'
1983: Felix Pappalardi, producer and bass player with American rock band Mountain was shot dead by his wife Gail Collins during a jealous rage. Collins was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and sentenced to four years in prison. Pappalardi who was 43 had produced the Cream albums 'Disraeli Gears' and 'Wheels of Fire.'
1986: Hear N' Aid's 'Stars' video premieres.
1986: Stevie Ray Vaughn cancelled his tour of Europe following the American bombing of Libya.
1986: Bruce Hornsby and the Range 'The Way It Is is' album is released.
1987: Carlton Barrett, drummer for Bob Marley And The Wailers, was shot and killed outside his home in Kingston, Jamaica. Barrett's widow, her lover and an accomplice were charged with murder two weeks later.
1989: Ozzy Osbourne's 'No Rest For The Wicked' is certified platinum by the record industry. It was last certified in 1997 at 2X platinum.‬
1989: Annihilator‬ released their debut album 'Alice In Hell.'
1991: Nirvana appeared at the OK Hotel in Seattle, Washington, where they played a new song, ‘Smell’s Like Teen Spirit’ live for the first time.
1993: Aerosmith‬ released the single 'Eat The Rich.'
1993: David Bowie went to the top of the UK album chart with 'Black Tie, White Noise,' his 8th UK #1 LP.
1994: Pink Floyd started a four-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with The Division Bell, their fourth chart topping album.
1998: Linda McCartney died at 56 after a long battle against cancer, while vacationing with her family near Tucson, Arizona. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995. Paul was at her bedside, speaking to her when she passed away. She married Paul in 1969 when she was working as a photographer. As well as a being a member of Wings, she became an animal rights campaigner and launched her own brand of vegetarian food.
2001: Halford released their 1st live album, 'Live Insurrection.'
2003: Earl King the New Orleans Blues guitarist died aged 69. King wrote the classic song 'Come On, (Let The Good Times Roll),' covered by Jimi Hendrix.
2004: Kurt Cobain's Mark IV-style Mosrite Gospel guitar sold for $100,000 at the Icons of 20th Century Music auction held in Dallas, Texas. Other items sold included Elton John and Bernie Taupin's song writing piano which sold for $140,000 and a 1966 Rickenbacker guitar owned by The Byrds Roger McGuinn's sold for $99,000.
2004: ABC News reports that AC/DC's 'Shoot To Thrill' is among the Rock tracks that U.S. Marines play in Fallujah, Iraq, to rattle Iraqi insurgents.
2004: Scorpions start their Unbreakable World Tour in Hanover, Germany.
2006: Dio's 'Holy Diver - Live' album is released.
2006: Ric Ocasek made his first appearance on 'The Colbert Report' where he put Todd Rundgren “on notice”.
2006: A big-budget Coke commercial with a new song by Jack White called 'Love Is The Truth' hits Ythat happened ouTube, then quickly goes away.
2006: A charity performance of Lestat, a vampire-themed musical composed by Elton John and Bernie Taupin is held in New York. Lyricist Taupin appears at the special pre-Broadway opening event to benefit John's AIDS Foundation.
2007: 'Year Zero' from Nine Inch Nails, is released. Trent Reznor cites the Bush administration as the chief inspiration behind the album's bleak vision of the future. "As an American, I'm appalled by the behavior of our government and the direction that it has taken and its arrogance," says Reznor.
2007: Bryan Ferry was forced to make an apology after praising Nazi iconography in a German magazine. Talking to Welt am Sonntag, he said the Nazis "knew how to put themselves in the limelight and present themselves...I'm talking about the films of Leni Riefenstahl and the buildings of Albert Speer and the mass marches and the flags. Just amazing - really beautiful." British MPs asked shoppers to think twice about shopping in Marks and Spencer asking for Ferry to be dropped as the face of the M&S Autograph menswear collection. Ferry said he was "deeply upset" by the publicity surrounding the interview.
2007: Breaking Benjamin issue a special collector's edition of their 3rd album, 'Phobia.' It has the band's first-ever concert DVD, which was recorded the previous February in Bethlehem, PA.
2007: Ozzy Osbourne released his 35th single, 'I Don't Wanna Stop.'
2008: Danny Federici, the longtime keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen and a member of The E Street Band, died of cancer at the age of 58. Federici had worked with Springsteen for over 40 years, starting with Steel Mill and Child with Springsteen.
2008: Van Halen resume their '08 tour in Reno. This comes after guitarist Eddie Van Halen has a battery of unspecified tests, likely checking for the recurrence of cancer).
2009: Saliva hit the stage with Silvertide's vocalist Walt Lafty as a temporary replacement for the ailing Josey Scott on the SnoCore Tour. Scott is recovering from an ulcer operation. The show takes place in Sayreville, NJ. Despite Lafty's efforts, Saliva bails on the SnoCore trek after a couple shows.
2009: 'Crank 2: High Voltage' opens. Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and Tool's Maynard James Keenan both appear in the film. Bennington is a veteran of the first Crank movie. The soundtrack contains songs written and performed by Faith No More's Mike Patton.
2009: Ted Nugent reunites with the other members of his late-60s group, the Amboy Dukes, for the Detroit Music Awards. The psychedelic band, which is best-known for its 1968 hit 'Journey To The Center Of The Mind,' receives a distinguished achievement honor at the event. The band also performs for the first time in over 30 years.
2009: Don Henley sues California politician Charles DeVore over the unauthorized use of his songs 'The Boys Of Summer' and 'All She Wants To Do Is Dance.' DeVore used the songs in videos promoting his U.S. Senate campaign. Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, who co-wrote 'Boys,' is also plaintiff.
2009: Davy Jones of The Monkees visits Bikini Bottom when he plays himself on the SpongeBob SquarePants episode 'SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One.'
2010: 'Between The Lines,' the lead single from Stone Temple Pilots self-titled comeback album, is #1 on Billboard's Rock Songs chart.
2010: Record Store Day has the Smashing Pumpkins giving a special performance at Space 15 Twenty in L.A. Fans receive the EP 'Teagarden By Kaleidyscope Vol 1: Songs For A Sailor.'
2012: Ted Nugent tells a NRA audience that if President Barack Obama wins a second term, he’ll “either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” He also urges Republicans to “ride into that battlefield and chop their [Democrats] heads off in November.”
2013: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inducts Heart, Rush, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and Donna Summer along with Lou Adler and Quincy Jones.
2013: Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor launches a comic book series, 'House Of Gold & Bones' (also the name of the Stone Sour concept double album). "This has been a dream of mine for years now, and this project was tailor made for a comic, no pun intended," says Taylor. The sci-fi/fantasy is a morality play "set in this crazy world where nothing's really what it seems, but at the center of it is really a concept about life and evolution and changes."
2013: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry receive the ASCAP Founders Award during the 30th annual Pop Music Awards (presented by the performance rights organization) at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.
2013: The Doors' drummer John Densmore publishes his memoir 'The Doors: Unhinged.' This is Densmore's second shot at chronicling The Doors. His first was 1991's 'Riders On The Storm.'
2013: The Rascals reunited for three weeks worth of shows on Broadway called Once Upon A Dream. It was the first time they had been together for any extended period of time since 1970.
2014: The bio flick 'Super Duper Alice Cooper' has its world premiere at New York's Tribeca Film Festival.
2015: Don Henley settled his lawsuit with the Duluth Trading Company after the Wisconsin apparel makers sent promotional emails to their customers urging them to "Don a Henley and Take It Easy" last Fall. Duluth Trading posted an apology on its website and made an undisclosed contribution to the Walden Woods Project, the not-for-profit organization founded by Henley in 1990.
2015: Neil Young plays a surprise concert at SLO Brew in San Luis Obispo, CA. Young was joined on stage by Lukas & Micah Nelson(Country legend Willie Nelson's sons) and their band Promise of the Real. The Nelson brothers band ultimately tours as Young's backing band and record with him.
2016: Paul McCartney is joined by Nirvana's Krist Novoselic for a cover of The Beatles 'Helter Skelter' during the Seattle stop of McCartney's North American tour.
2016: The annual independent music retailer celebration called Record Store Day spurred sales of 521,000 vinyl albums according to Nielsen Music. Vinyl album sales in 2016 stood at 4.09 million, which accounted for 6.6 percent of all album sales.

April 18
1957: Buddy Knox, whose 'Party Doll' was a recent #1, is called up for six months of active duty with the US Army Reserve. Roulette Records rushed Knox to the studio to cut over 20 songs to ensure his career does not stall while he's in uniform. He does anyway.
1963: The Beatles and Del Shannon perform on 'Swinging Sound '63' at London's Royal Albert Hall. The show is broadcast live on the BBC. Backstage at the show Paul McCartney meets an actress and TV personality named Jane Asher. She would become his fiancee but never his wife.
1964: American Bandstand airs a taped telephone interview with The Beatles.
1964: The Beatles held the UK and U.S. #1 position on this day with 'Can't Buy Me Love.'
1964: The Beatles appeared on the UK TV comedy program 'The Morecambe and Wise Show,' playing ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.
1966: The famous Cavern Club in Liverpool was sold to restaurant owner Joseph Davey for 55-hundred pounds.
1966: In London, John Lennon and George Harrison turned up at a concert by The Lovin’ Spoonful at the Marquee Club.
1968: During a European tour, Pink Floyd played 2 shows at the Piper Club in Rome, Italy.
1969: Jimi Hendrix performed at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee.
1970: Norman Greenbaum peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Spirit in the Sky,' which was Greenbaum’s first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1970: Badfinger peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Come and Get It,' which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1970: Santana, Taj Mahal and It”s A Beautiful Day all appeared at London”s Royal Albert Hall.
1970: Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) played in the Main Gym at Ocean County College in New Jersey. Tickets cost $2.00.
1970: Iron Butterfly perfoms at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
1970: Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant collapsed onstage at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona due to exhaustion. The band cancelled their subsequent show in Las Vegas.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Harrisburg Area Community College ion Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
1972: Pink Floyd appeared at Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
1973: David Bowie performed at Shibuya Public Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
1973: The Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young documentary 'Journey Through The Past,' directed by Neil Young, debuts at the Dallas Film Festival.
1974: Queen headlined at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1975: John Lennon releases 'Stand by Me' is released in the UK (March 1975 in the US). There have been over 400 recorded versions of 'Stand by Me,' including versions by John Lennon, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, U2, Usher, and Elton John. It was ranked #121 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1999, BMI named it as the fourth most-performed song of the 20th century, with about 7 million performances.
1975: ZZ Top:'s 4th album, 'Fandango!' is released. It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's charts. The only single released from the album, 'Tush,' peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1975: Alice Cooper's 'Welcome to my Nightmare: The Making Of A Record Album' debuts on National Television.
1975: Genesis play the first of two nights at Empire Theatre in Liverpool, England on their 'The Lamb Lies On Broadway' Tour.
1976: Bob Dylan performs at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1976: The Steve Miller Band album 'Fly Like An Eagle; goes gold after being released a little over a year earlier.
1978: The movie 'FM,' which will become the basis for the TV show 'WKRP in Cincinnati,' makes it's debut. Linda Ronstadt and Jimmy Buffett both appear in the film.
1978: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1980: 'Another Brick In The Wall (part II)' becomes Pink Floyd's only #1 single in the U.S.
1980: Judas Priest has a top 5 album in the UK as 'British Steel' peaks at #4. It's the first time that's happened in band history.
1981: Yes’ rhythm section – Alan White and Chris Squire – began rehearsals with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Although their planned super-group (rumored to be named XYZ) never recorded anything, it spelled the temporary end of Yes. Yes would reform 2 1/2 years later, releasing '90125,' which contained the #1 single, 'Owner of a Lonely Heart.'
1984: The Pretender's 'Learning To Crawl' is certified platinum.
1987: Foreigner singer Lou Gramm peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with his debut single as a solo artist, 'Midnight Blue.'
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Bon Jovi’s 'Wanted Dead Or Alive' at #46, Poison’s 'Talk Dirty To Me at #28, Chris DeBurgh’s 'The Lady In Red' at #24, Bryan Adams’ 'Heat Of The Night' at #21 and Cutting Crew’s '(I Just) Died In Your Arms' at #10.‬
1987: On the 1st leg of their 'Joshua Tree' tour, U2 played the second of five nights at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in California.
1987: MTV's Headbangers Ball made its debut.
1988: Eric Clapton's 'Crossroads' (Box Set) is released. The set includes his work with The Yardbirds, John Mayall's Blues Breakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and Derek and the Dominos, as well as his solo career. Several live or alternate studio recordings were previously unreleased. Anthony DeCurtis won a Grammy Award for Best Liner Notes for his contribution to the album.
1988: The accused murderer of reggae legend Peter Tosh, Dennis "Leppo" Lobban, goes on trial in Jamaica.
1988: The Motown song writing team of Holland-Dozier-Holland is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
1992: Def Leppard started a five-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with 'Adrenalize,' which began a five week run on top, beating out 'Human Touch' and 'Lucky Town' released simultaneously by Bruce Springsteen.
1995: Scorpions release their 3rd live album, 'Live Bites.'
1995: Oasis drummer Tony McCarrol was told by phone that he was being sacked from the group. McCarrol sued the Manchester group for millions in unpaid royalties and in 1996 Oasis agreed to pay him a one-off sum of £550,000 ($935,000).
1996: Bernard Edwards bass guitarist and producer from Chic, died of pneumonia in a Tokyo Hotel room while touring Japan. Also worked with ABC, Power Station, Sister Sledge, Sheila and B. Devotion, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis, Debbie Harry, Air Supply, and Rod Stewart.
1996 Gavin Rossdale of Bush is shirtless on the cover of Rolling Stone, but the article inside trashes the band, calling them "Nirvanawannabes."
2000: Four Monkee look-alikes were signed to play the 60's pop legends in a TV movie about the group's meteoric rise. The film called 'Daydream Believers' was set to start filming in Toronto.
2003: Etta James gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2003: Aerosmith and Kiss announced that they would be touring together on a co-headlining tour named 'Rocksimus Maximus,' which would start in August and go on through the end of the year and gross over $64 million.
2004: Guns N’ Roses reached #1 on the U.K. Album Chart with their Greatest Hits album. The album peaked at #3 in the U.S.
2005: Singer Clare Torry wins a lawsuit over royalties and songwriting credit for the Pink Floyd song 'The Great Gig In The Sky.' She contributed improvised vocals to the 1973 creation.
2006: 'Sir Elton John -- Elements of an Icon,' a free exhibit featuring outfits and accessories owned by John opens in New York.
2006: A sale of clothes belonging to Sir Elton John raised more than $700,000 for the singer's Aids charity. Over 10,000 pieces were sold during a five-day sale in New York City at the specially-created shop, Elton's Closet, at New York's Rockefeller Center.
2007: Clarence Clemons is inducted into the Legends of Music Walk of Fame in his hometown of Norfolk, VA. The saxophonist (with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) also performs at a concert following the ceremony.
2007: Paul McCartney and his hometown of Liverpool, England, are jointly presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism prize at the 2007 Enjoy England Awards for Excellence in London. "It's great to think that in some small way I've done something to help tourism for the place of my birth, which I'm so proud of," says Sir Paul.
2008: R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard and ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic endorse Oregon's Steve Novick for the U.S. Senate. Supporters who contribute to the Democrat's campaign are eligible for free tickets to a Pearl Jam concert.
2008: Whitesnake‬ released the album 'Good To Be Bad.'
2009: Shinedown performs an acoustic version of 'Second Chance' on CBS' The Early Show. They also appear in a few teaser segments throughout the program. Later in the day, they give an acoustic performance and do an autograph-signing session in New York as part of Record Store Day.
2009: Sable Starr dies of brain cancer in Reno, Nevada, at the age of 51. In the 1970's she was a famous groupie, following rock stars around the venues of LA from the age of 14. At the time of her death she has retired from the rock and roll lifestyle and is working in a casino.
2009: Yes drummer Alan White, bassist Chris Squire and Cars guitarist Elliot Easton perform John Lennon compositions at an all-star concert in Snoqualmie, WA. Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, a charity that supports the fight against breast cancer.
2010: Atoms Of Peace play the third night of the Coachella festival. Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is joined by Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, producer Nigel Godrich, and session musicians Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco.
2010: The AC/DC Marvel's 'Iron Man 2' soundtrack album is released. It peaks at #4 on Billboard's 200 album chart.‬
2011: Elton John announced that he'll return to The Coliseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with his 'Million Dollar Piano' show starting in September. His first stay at Caesars Palace ended in April 2009, but was extended to a five-year run because of audience demand.
2012: An original and extremely rare 1963 mono copy of The Beatles ‘Please Please Me’ album, signed by the Fab Four, sold on an eBay auction for nearly $25,000. Paul McCartney and John Lennon both signed their names with “love” in royal blue ink whereas George Harrison and Ringo Starr signed their names in midnight blue ink. The autographs were signed in May of 1963.
2012: ASCAP, the performing rights organization, honors Peter Frampton and Trent Reznor at their annual Pop Awards in L.A.
2012: A collection of five vintage guitars belonging to Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, worth a reported $175,000, are recovered by law enforcement after they were stolen the previous week. Petty took to Twitter to help recover them, offering a $7,500 reward, no questions asked.
2012: Legendary host of American Bandstand and television producer Dick Clark dies of a massive heart attack at Saint John's hospital in Santa Monica. Clark was 82. Clark was a disc jockey and television personality who hosted American Bandstand and introduced “rock & roll” to many teenagers. He was also the host and creator of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, along with numerous other specials, game shows and TV award shows.
2013: Storm Thorgerson, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of The Moon died aged 69. A childhood friend of the founding members of the band, he became their designer-in-chief. His credits also include albums by Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse. In 2003, Thorgerson suffered a stroke, from which he recovered. He was later diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer, which he battled for several years.
2013: Rush and Heart are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Nokia Theater in L.A. "They (Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson) blasted any sexist barriers in front of them," says Soundgarden's Chris Cornell in his induction speech. Public Enemy becomes the fourth hip-hop act inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (the others that preceded PE into the Hall were Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Run-DMC, and the Beastie Boys). Other 2013 inductees are Albert King, Donna Summer, and Randy Newman.
2014: Linda Ronstadt's newest album, 'Duets' rose to #32 on the Billboard album chart, her highest position since 'Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind' peaked at #7 in 1990.
2015: Ringo Starr was inducted into Cleveland's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, becoming the last of The Beatles to receive that honor. Also inducted into The Hall were Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lou Reed, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bill Withers, The 5 Royals and Green Day. Paul McCartney inducts Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder inducts Bill Withers, Patti Smith inducts Lou Reed, Peter Wolf inducts the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Fall Out Boy inducts Green Day, John Mayer inducting Stevie Ray Vaughan and Miley Cyrus inducts Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.
2015: Metallica‬ released its early cassette 'No Life 'Til Leather' on ‪Record Store Day 2015‬.
2015: Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is the Record Store Day Ambassador and The Foo Fighters play a set for 150 fans during at The Record Connection in Niles, OH.
2015: Eddie Vedder makes a surprise appearance at Seattle's Easy Street Records to perform 'Leaving Here' with the Sonics for that band's Record Store Day performance. The legendary Garage Rock group's show benefits Seattle's public radio station KEXP.
2015: That Metal Show‬ aired on ‪VH1 Classic‬ featuring ‪Kirk Hammett‬ and ‎Michael Schenker‬.
2016: Following Bruce Springsteen and others, Pearl Jam cancel their concert in Raleigh, North Carolina to protest the state's HB2 law, also known as the anti-LGBT "bathroom bill." "It is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina," writes the band "This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and you can be assured that we are equally frustrated by the situation."
2017: Metallica’s 'Hardwired To Self-Destruct' goes platinum (1-million units).
2017: "From Cradle To Stage: Stories From The Mothers Who Rocked And Raised Rock Stars" by Virginia Grohl, is released. The book’s forward is by her son, Dave, of Foo Fighters fame.

April 19
1965: The Beatles single ‘Ticket to Ride’ b/w 'Yes It Is' 45 single was released on Capitol Records in the U.S. The single's label stated that the song was from the upcoming movie 'Eight Arms to Hold You' (the original name for the movie 'Help!'). It was recorded February 15, 1965 and released two months later. In 2004, this song was ranked #384 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". The song was released as a single on April 9 in the United Kingdom and April 19 in the United States with 'Yes It Is' as its B-side, topping the Hot 100 for a week in the US and the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in the UK.
1965: The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) Show featuring The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Four Tops, James Brown, The Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles opened in London, England under the title Teenage Command Performance.
1967: Jimi Hendrix The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens, played two shows at The Odeon in Birmingham, England.
1967: On their last day in West Germany following ten days of gigs and publicity shoots The Who are at the Stadhalle in Bremen where they videotape a mimed performance of their latest single 'Pictures of Lily,' which was released two days later on 21 April. This videotape clip was inserted into NDR TV's Beat Club show which was then broadcast on May 1.
1967: Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens, played two shows at The Odeon in Birmingham, England.
1968: Big Brother and The Hoilding Company with openers Mint Tattoo played Selland Arena in Fresno, CA.
1968: John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study was complete. Ringo and Paul had already left.
1968: Johnny Cash appeared at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
1968: The Zombies released their 3rd studio album, 'Odessey and Oracle' in the UK. In 2003, Rolling Stone placed Odessey at #80 in its "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list.'Time of the Season' was released as a single and became a surprise hit in early 1969 (#3 in the US). The album was received indifferently on release, though has since become critically respected.
1968: Pink Floyd released their 4th UK single 'It Would Be So Nice,' written by Richard Wright, with “Julia Dream” by Roger Waters on the B-side. Pink Floyd were on tour in Europe on this day, and played their second night at the Piper Club, in Rome, Italy.
1969: Ten Years After played at The Rock Pile in Toronto, Ontario.
1969: Smile (later to be known as Queen) perform at the Revolution Club in London.
1969: Steppenwolf peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Rock Me' which was their 3rd and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1969: A cover of Otis Redding's classic, 'Try A Little Tenderness' is Three Dog Night's first charting single. It peaks at #29.
1969: The Beach Boys' excellent cover of The Ronettes' 1966 hit, 'I Can Hear Music' peaks at #24 on the Hot 100. The Ronettes' version stalled at #100.
1971: The Doors 6th studio album, 'L.A. Woman,' is released. It's their last with lead singer Jim Morrison, who dies just two-and-a-half months later.
1971: Chicago's 'Lowdown' b/w 'Loneliness Is Just A Word' 45 single is released. Wwitten by Peter Cetera and Danny Seraphine for Chicago and recorded for their 3rd album 'Chicago III' (1971). It was the second single released from this album, and peaked at #35 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
1971: Hawkwind performed at the Playhouse Theatre in London.
1972: Genesis appeared at the Teatro Mostra Mediterraneo in Naples, Italy.
1973: Yes played at the Georgia Tech Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia.
1974: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band appeared at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The gig was unadvertised by its promoter, who gambled that word-of-mouth would be enough to fill the 550-seat venue, only 250 people attended. Tickets cost $4.50 and $5.50 in advance.
1974: While in New York, David Bowie sees Todd Rundgren’s band Utopia at Carnegie Hall, and attends the aftershow party.
1974: Eagles 'Already Gone' b/w 'Is It True?' 45 single is released. Recorded by the Eagles for their 1974 album 'On the Border,' written by Jack Tempchin and Robb Strandlund and produced by Bill Szymczyk, it peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 29, 1974, and spent 15 weeks on the chart. Tempchin had already written one of the Eagles' previous singles, 'Peaceful Easy Feeling.' 'Already Gone' was one of the first songs that the Eagles recorded after they moved to Los Angeles, and is one of the few Eagles songs not written by any member of the band.
1975: During a 29 date North American tour Pink Floyd performed at the Tucson Community Center Arena in Tuscon, Arizona.
1975: The Raspberries split up.
1975: Elton John fires his rhythm section, bassist Dee Murray and drummer Nigel Olsson. They would have to wait until the next decade for the pianist to rehire them.
1977: Led Zeppelin played at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1977: Heart released their 2nd studio album, 'Magazine.'
1978: More than forty musicians, including The Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen, Carly Simon, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Daryl Hall, petition Jimmy Carter to halt the USA's commitment to nuclear power.
1978: 'Because The Night' is released by the Patti Smith Group. Composed by Smith and Bruce Springsteen, it is the group's most successful recording making it to #13.
1980: 32 year old English singer with Geordie Brian Johnson joined Australian group AC/DC, replacing the late Bon Scott.
1980: Blondie's 'Call Me' (from the American Gigolo soundtrack) is the #1 song in the U.S. Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick In The Wall' is #2.
1980: Judas Priest reached the top five of the U.K. Album Chart for the first time with British Steel which peaked at #4. It would also be their first album to reach the top 40 of the Billboard 200 Album Chart peaking at #34 in July of the same year.
1980: R.E.M. played their first gig as R.E.M. at the 11:11 Koffee Club in Athens, Georgia to 150 people. The show ended at 2am when police closed it down due to the venue being unlicensed.
1982: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
1982: Paul Simon And Art Garfunkel reunite for a European tour after the success of their New York Central Park concert the year before. Tensions between the pair cause them to split again before they can tour the US and by the time the album they were working on came out 18 months later, all traces of Garfunkel's contributions had been electronically removed.
1984: King Crimson played at The Vogue Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1984: Van Halen play the Montreal Forum on the '1984' tour.
1984: 'KISS: Animalize Live Uncensored' home video was released. It was recorded at Cobo Hall on December 8, 1984 during the Animalize World Tour.
1985: Bryan Adams was on the UK album chart with 'Reckless.' His 4th studio album was the first Canadian album to sell more than one million units within Canada. Six singles were released from the album: ‘Run to You,’ ‘Somebody,’ ‘Heaven,’ ‘Summer of '69,’ ‘One Night Love Affair,’ and ‘It's Only Love.’ All six singles made the top 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100, a feat that at the time had been accomplished previously only by Michael Jackson's Thriller.
1986: Prince started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Kiss.' Prince also had the #2 song 'Manic Monday', by The Bangles, which he wrote under the pseudonym 'Christopher.'
1986: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Honeymoon Suite’s 'Feel It Again' at #43, Loverboy’s 'This Could Be The Night' at #34, Heart’s 'These Dreams' at #23, Dire Straits’ 'So Far Away' at #21, Van Halen’s 'Why Can’t This Be Love' at #9 & Falco’s 'Rock Me Amadeus' at #4.
1988: Sonny Bono (Sonny & Cher) is inaugurated as mayor of Palm Springs, California.
1990: Aerosmith is the big winner at the Boston SKC Awards. Joe Perry is voted Outstanding Guitarist, Tom Hamilton is the Outstanding Bassist, 'Pump' is the Outstanding Pop/Rock Album, 'Janie's Got A Gun' earns the Outstanding Song/Songwriter honor and the group earns Outstanding Pop/Rock Band trophy.
1990: The TV movie, 'Summer Dreams: The Story Of The Beach Boys' airs on ABC.
1990: On this week’s BBC- TV’s 'French and Saunders' show, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Lemmy, Mark King (Level 42,) and Gary Moore all appeared in a comedy courthouse sketch. The sketch ended with all the guitarist’s jamming together.
1993: Los Angeles session musician Steve Douglas (Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan) dies at age 54 of heart failure.
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.
1994: Live's 'Throwing Copper' album is released.
1996: Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Peter Frampton and Cypress Hill appear on the "Homerpalooza" episode of The Simpsons.
1997: Taylor Hawkins makes his debut as the Foo Fighters' drummer at the Alligator Lounge in Santa Monica, CA.
1997: Eldon "El Duce" Hoke (drummer, lead singer of The Mentors) dies at age 39 after being struck by a train in Riverside, California. The coroner's report calls the cause of death a "misadventure."
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.
1999: Neil Young performed at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, but the venue mistakenly billed him as Bob Dylan. During the concert, Young jokingly said “That was Bob playing guitar with me on the last song.”
2000: Phil Collins wins a royalties lawsuit against Louis Satterfield and Rahmlee Michael Davis. The two members of Earth, Wind and Fire's horn section were overpaid $390,000 in royalties when they backed Collins on his 1990 tour. Five songs on which the pair performed were later included on the 'Serious Hits... Live!' album, but royalties were paid based on all fifteen tracks.
2000: The Allman Brothers Band announce that founding guitarist Dickey Betts will not be a part of their summer tour. Reason given: "sadly, there are creative differences."
2001: David Lee Roth confirmed internet rumors that he briefly reunited with Van Halen the previous July and wrote new songs with Eddie Van Halen and that he had not been in contact with the band since then. Roth later rejoined Van Halen in 2006.
2002: Alice In Chains' frontman Layne Staley is found dead. Drug overdose is listed as the probable cause. Coroner says he may have been dead for up to two weeks before his body was discovered. He was 34 years old.
2002: Police were investigating how tracks from the forthcoming Oasis album 'Heathen Chemistry' had been illegally circulated on the Internet. They thought the person responsible had access to their private recording sessions.
2003: Good Charlotte's 'The Anthem' peaks at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100.
2004: Two singles from Staind's '14 Shades of Grey' CD, 'Zoe Jane' and 'Yesterdays,' are released to radio.
2004: A stage musical version of the film, 'Jailhouse Rock' opens in London.
2004: Billy Corgan performs his first-ever-solo acoustic show in his native Chicago. The 90 minute set features new songs.
2005: Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. announced that two 30-second TV commercials designed to attract vacationing families to Graceland to experience the "real" Elvis Presley would air nationally in the U.S. starting in April 2006. It was the first time that the company has used television advertising to promote Graceland tourism.
2005: Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler releases his solo album "Ohmwork." The disc is a follow-up to the '97 effort, "Black Science.
2005: American Head Charge guitarist Bryan Ottoson is found dead in a bunk on the group's bus while touring in support of Mudvayne. A short time later American Head Charge recruits Black Flood Diesel's Benji Hellberg to finish the tour.
2005: 'XXX: State Of The Union' soundtrack is unleashed with KoRn and Rapper Xzibit's cover of Public Enemy's classic 'Fight The Power.' The soundtrack also features a mash-up with Three Days Grace and Atlanta Rapper Bone Crusher. The film is in theaters ten days later.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea denounces President George W. Bush in an online message. "Bush should definitely be impeached," writes Flea. "He is a liar and his lies have (brought) misery to millions of people."
2006: A Florida judge throws out an invasion-of-privacy suit brought against Scott Stapp and video distributor World Wide Red Light District by a woman who appeared in a 1999 sex tape with the ex-Creed singer and Kid Rock. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Gerald Hubbart rules that the woman cannot sue while remaining anonymous. She is given 20 days to re-file under her own name.
2006: A school exercise book hand-illustrated by a 12-year-old John Lennon is among the Beatles-related memorabilia up for bid during a London auction. There's also a logbook of a 1980 trip to Bermuda and Lennon's christening bracelet.
2007: The De-Faced Value art exhibit featuring images of Phil Collins reworked by various artists and musicians opens at a London gallery. Robert Plant, Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman and ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman created portraits by painting over copies of the Collins albums 'Face Value' and 'No Jacket Required.' Proceeds benefit the U.K. charity Children In Hunger.
2007: KoRn announces that Slipknot's Joey Jordison is their drummer for their 'Family Values' Tour. The announcement is made at a KoRn hosted costume ball held in a Los Angeles cemetery.
2007: Reports are confirmed that bassist Jerry Montano has left Hellyeah.
2007: Nine Inch Nails perform a secret gig for a small group of fans in an abandoned Los Angeles warehouse. The attendees are summoned by cell phone to an Art Is Resistance meeting. It's part of the 'Year Zero' album promotional campaign.
2008: Van Halen take the stage in Las Vegas at Tiger Woods' annual Tiger Jam charity event, which raises approximately $1.5 million.
2008: Metallica visit at Rasputin Music shop in Mountain View, CA, as part of Record Store Day, a national celebration of independent record retailers. The group signs autographs and talks with fans.
2009: A tribute concert for Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Ean Evans, who has cancer, takes place in Columbus, MS. Called the 'Mississippi Kid Festival,' there are performances by Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke, as well as members of 38 Special, the Marshall Trucker Band and Molly Hatchet. Evans joined Skynyrd in 2001.
2010: The soundtrack to 'Iron Man 2' is released. It features 15 AC/DC tracks including 'Shoot To Thrill,' which a video is shot for. There's also a special edition with a 50-minute DVD featuring AC/DC footage and movie clips.
2010: 'Man On A Train' begins shooting in Orangeville, Ontario. The film features U2 drummer Larry Mullen who plays a bank robber. The movie is a remake of an 2002 French flick.
2010: Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' is voted the UK's favorite Rock anthem in a poll conducted by digital station Absolute Classic Rock. At #2 is The Who's 'Won't Get Fooled Again.'
2010: A week after Catholic Church officials published an article in the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano newspaper that said they forgive John Lennon's remarks about The Beatles being "bigger than Jesus", Ringo Starr rejected their forgiveness. The newspaper's editors had written, "The Beatles said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysterious messages, that were possibly even Satanic... (but) what would Pop music be like without the Beatles?" Ringo was unimpressed and replied "Didn't the Vatican say we were Satanic or possibly Satanic? And they've still forgiven us? I think the Vatican, they've got more to talk about than the Beatles."
2011: Jon Bon Jovi opens Covenant House, a homeless shelter in Philadelphia. The development has 10 two-bedroom units which houses 20 formerly homeless people aged 18 to 21.
2012: 'Headlong Flight,' the lead single from Rush's 'Clockwork Angels' album goes to radio.
2012: Members of Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, KISS and Metallica begin an unprecedented South American tour called Titans of Rock. The line-up has Duff McKagan, Joe Elliot, Steve Stevens, Gene Simmons, Matt Sorum, Jason Newsted, and Vince Neil. The trek starts in Lima, Peru.
2012: Ted Nugent meets with the Secret Service over comments he made about President Barack Obama during the National Rifle Association convention the previous week. Nugent told the gun rights group he would be "dead or in jail" if Obama is re-elected. The Secret Service decides to let the matter drop determining that Nugent doesn't pose a threat to Obama.
2012: Disgraced music mogul Phil Spector launched a lawsuit against City of Alhambra officials in California for allegedly destroying the home where he murdered actress Lana Clarkson almost a decade ago. Spector claimed a city-commissioned construction project on the hill where his home stands caused significant damage to his property.
2012: Greg Ham dies of a heart attack in Australia. He was 58. Ham played multiple instruments in the band Men at Work, including saxophone, flute, organ, piano and synthesizer.
2012: Levon Helm, a member of Ronnie Hawkins' Hawks, who became Bob Dylan's backup group before going out on their own as the Band, died of throat cancer at age 71. Helm was the drummer and lead vocalist of The Band and sang on classics such as 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,' 'Up on Cripple Creek,' and 'The Weight.' He also had a successful career as an actor, appearing as Loretta Lynn’s father in Coal Miner’s Daughter and as Captain Jack Ridley in The Right Stuff, plus others. In 1994, Helm was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Band. Elton John and Bernie Taupin named their song “Levon” in his honor.
2013: 'Ain't In It For My Health,' a documentary about Levon Helm debuts in New York City on the first anniversary of the drummer's passing. Directed by Jacob Hatley, the film combines archival footage along with sequences shot during the last few years of Helm's life.
2013: 3 Doors Down bass player Robert Todd Harrell is arrested on vehicular homicide and drug charges after he being involved in a fatal crash in Nashville. As a result, 3 Doors Down cancel tour plans. Harrell was arrested the previous year for driving under the influence.
2013: Black Sabbath released the single 'God Is Dead?'
2014: Stephen Pearcy leaves Ratt after performing with them for 30 years.
2014: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong joins The Replacements on stage at the Coachella festival.
2014: Industry sales figures revealed that his year's Record Store Day saw a surge in vinyl sales, with an increase of 133% over the previous week.
2014: As part of Record Store Day, Jack White nails the record for the world's fastest single release. The first pressings of 'Lazaretto' arrive in fans' hands 3 hours, 55 minutes and 21 seconds after being recorded live in Nashville. The B-side is a cover of Elvis Presley's 1969 song 'Power Of My Love.' Also released: Bruce Springsteen's four-song vinyl EP, 'American Beauty' and R.E.M.'s 'Unplugged: The Complete 1991 And 2001 Sessions.' That collection comes from a pair of MTV Unplugged appearances plus 11 tracks not originally included.
2015: 'Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck,' a documentary about the Nirvana frontman, premieres at the TriBeCa Film Festival.
2016: Deftones' 8th studio album, 'Gore,' debuts at #2 on The Billboard 200 (beat out of the top spot by The Lumineers' 'Cleopatra'). It is the band's highest-charting effort since their self-titled third album went to #2 in '03.
2016: Following a hugely successful touring exhibition, Dysfunctional Family Portraits, consisting of Slipknot photos by Paul Harries, is available in North America. The book was released in the U.K. the previous year.
2017: Ted Nugent and Kid Rock visit President Trump in the Oval Office They are joined by Sarah Palin, the former Alaskan governor and GOP vice presidential nominee. Palin jokes that she invited Rock and Nugent because 'Jesus was booked.”

April 20
1949: Phil Spector's father commits suicide when Phil is just 9 years old. The title of the song 'To Know Him Is To Love Him,' which Phil Spector wrote for the Teddy Bears, comes from the inscription on his father's headstone.
1957: Elvis Presley's 'All Shook Up' starts an eight week stay at the top of the U.S. record charts. Songwriter Otis Blackwell would later say that he wrote the tune at the suggestion of an associate who was shaking a bottle of Pepsi. The song went on to be the biggest single of 1957, selling over 2 million copies.
1961: Del Shannon's 'Runaway' is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1963: Rick Nelson marries his first wife, Kris Harmon, daughter of college football legend Tom Harmon and brother of actor Mark Harmon, in Los Angeles. A pregnant Kris gives birth to daughter Tracy only six months later. The couple divorce in 1982.
1966: During a 12 hour session at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles worked on a new John Lennon song ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’, and a new George Harrison song ‘Taxman’.
1968: Deep Purple made their live debut in Tastrup, Denmark. Originally known as Roundabout, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore renames the band Deep Purple after his grandmother’s favorite song. 'Deep Purple' had been a hit for Peter De Rose. Blackmore’s grandmother had repeatedly asked if they would be performing the song.
1968: The Rolling Stones record 'Jumpin' Jack Flash,' which will reach #1 in the UK and #3 in the US by next July.
1968: Apple Music, the Beatles' new label, runs their famous 'This Man Has Talent' ads in Britain's New Musical Express, seeking demo tapes from unknown artists. Most are never heard but pile up in Apple's offices, and the majority of the label's signings are acquired through more conventional means. Artists such as Badfinger, James Taylor, Mary Hopkin, Jackie Lomax, David Peel, and Elephant’s Memory were signed up.
1968: The Righteous Brothers played at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia
1969: Jimi Hendrix appeared at McFarlin Memorial Auditorium in Dallas, Texas.
1970: Neil Young With Crazy Horse 'Cinnamon Girl' b/w 'Sugar Mountain' 45 single is released. 'Cinnamon Girl' debuted on the 1969 album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, which was also Young's first album with backing band Crazy Horse. Released as a single the following year, it reached #55 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970.
1970: The New York Times reported that Catholic and Protestant youth group's had adopted The Beatles 'Yellow Submarine' as a religious symbol.
1970: Jethro Tull's 3rd album, 'Benefit' album is released. It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and became Tull's first million-seller.
1970: Paul McCartney releases his first solo album, 'McCartney,' in the US.
1970: Traffic, Mott The Hoople, If and Bronco all appeared at The Roundhouse in London. Tickets are 25 shillings
1971: Jethro Tull played at the Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Detroit, Michigan.
1971: Five friends at San Rafael High School in California coin the term "4:20" as a euphemism for smoking pot. April 20th becomes a popular day to spark one up, as does 4:20 pm. Note that the Boston song 'Smokin' clocks in at 4 minutes, 20 seconds, and if you multiply the title numbers in Bob Dylan's 'Rainy Day Women #12 And #35,' you get 420.
1972: David Bowie appeared at the Harlow Playhouse in Harlow, England.
1972: Dr. John's 5th album, 'Dr. John's Gumbo' is released. It reached #112 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked number 402 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It is a tribute to the music of his native city, New Orleans.
1973: King Crimson performed at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago
1974: Queen headlined at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1974: Paul McCartney releases their 'Band on the Run' single in the U.S.
1974: Robin Trower's 2nd solo album, 'Bridge of Sighs' is released. It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, during its 31 week stay. The album was produced by organist Matthew Fisher, formerly Trower's bandmate in Procol Harum. Acclaimed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick was this album's sound engineer.
1975: Roxy Music played at the Festival Theatre in Adelaide, Australia.
1976: George Harrison, who is good friends with Eric Idle, joins Monty Python on stage at the comedy troupe's show at New York's City Center. Dressed as a Canadian Mountie, Harrison joins the chorus for 'The Lumberjack Song.' No mention is made of Harrison's appearance, and few in the audience recognize him. The next night, Harry Nilsson shows up to perform the same feat, but with disastrous results, as he falls into the audience and breaks his arm.
1976: The Rolling Stones finally released their long-awaited album 'Black and Blue.'
1977: Led Zeppelin performed at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1978: REO Speedwagon appear in the movie FM, about a top Los Angeles radio station and its motley crew of rock 'n roll DJs who fight corporate oppression.
1979: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey.
1979: George Harrison's 'Love Comes To Everyone' b/w 'Soft-hearted Hana' 45 single is released in the UK. (May 11, 1979 in the U.S.) It was issued as the 2nd single of his self-titled 1979 album. The song was performed live by the ex-Beatle once only during his Japanese Tour in 1991. The song peaked at #38 on the US Adult Contemporary charts.
1981: John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas is sentenced to 5 years in jail after pleading guilty to drug possession charges. His five year sentence will be suspended after thirty days in exchange for 250 hours worth of community service. Phillips started touring the US lecturing against the dangers of taking drugs.
1983: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
1985: Girlschool released their 2nd studio album, 'Hit and Run.'
1987: In Rhode Island, police considered charging a youth who was said to have bitten the head off a gerbil in tribute to Ozzy Osbourne.
1990: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 5th studio album, 'Eclipse.'
1991: John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival marries his second wife, Julie Lebiedzinksi, in Bristol, IN. The two are still married.
1991: Steve Marriott leader of Small Faces and Humble Pie, died in a fire at his home in Essex. His work became a major influence for many 90's bands. Small Faces had the 1967 UK #3 & U.S. #16 single 'Itchycoo Park', plus 1968 #1 UK album 'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake', Humble Pie, 1969 UK #4 single 'Natural Born Bugie'. As a child actor he played parts in Dixon of Dock Green and The Artful Dodger in Oliver. Marriott was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Small Faces.
1992: Metallica released their 10th single, 'Nothing Else Matters.' It would peak at #34 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1992: 'A Concert For Life' took place at Wembley Stadium as a tribute to Queen singer Freddie Mercury and for aids awareness. Acts appearing included; Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi, David Bowie, Mick Ronson, James Hetfield, George Michael, Seal, Paul Young, Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield, Robert Plant, Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Axl Rose and Slash.
1993: Aerosmith released their 11th studio album, ‘Get a Grip’, which became their first album to debut at #1. It went on to sell 7 million copies in a 2-year timespan in the United States alone and sold 20 million copies worldwide as well as winning the band two Grammy awards. Six songs reached various Billboard charts: 'Amazing" - Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks (#3), Billboard Hot 100 (#24), Billboard Top 40 Mainstream (#9). 'Cryin' - Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks (#1), Billboard Hot 100 (#12), Billboard Top 40 Mainstream (#11). 'Eat the Rich' - Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks (#5). 'Fever' - Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks (#5). 'Livin' on the Edge' - Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks (#1), Billboard Hot 100 (#18), Billboard Top 40 Mainstream (#19). 'Crazy' - Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks (#7), Billboard Hot 100 (#17), Billboard Top 40 Mainstream (#7). 'Get a Grip' featured guests including Don Henley, who sang backup on 'Amazing,' and Lenny Kravitz, who offered backup vocals and collaboration to 'Line Up.' As on 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump,' this album featured numerous song collaborators from outside the band including Desmond Child, Jim Vallance, Mark Hudson, Richie Supa, Taylor Rhodes, Jack Blades, and Tommy Shaw.
1995: Eddie Van Halen pled no contest to an incident which took place thirteen days earlier where a semi-automatic pistol was seized from his carry-on luggage at Burbank Airport where he was detained. He was fined $300 & given probation for one year.
1996: The opening date of Kiss’ reunion tour at Detroit’s Tiger Stadium sold out in 47 minutes with ticket prices ranging from $27.50-$85.
1998: U.D.O. released their 6th album, 'No Limits,'
1999: Billy Joel performs what he says is his last Rock music concert at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. He planned on devoting his efforts to Classical music, but later returned to touring and singing his hits.
1999: Alice Cooper released his 4-CD box set, 'The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper.' It includes select tracks from every studio album released up until then, plus many B-sides, unreleased songs, and other rarities.
2000: Robert Plant appeared at Disney's Theatre of the Stars in Orlando, Florida to leave his handprints outside the theater.
2001: A memorial concert for former Small Faces and Humble Pie front man Steve Marriott took place at the London Astoria with Peter Frampton, Midge Ure, Chris Farlowe and Humble Pie.
2002: Pop singer Alan Dale ('(The Gang that Sang) Heart of My Heart') dies at age 76. Also known for playing a rock 'n roll singer in the 1956 film 'Don't Knock the Rock,' featuring Alan Freed, Little Richard, The Treniers, and Bill Haley & His Comets.
2002: In the dispute over who owned the rights to Nirvana's recordings former members Dave Grohl and Kirst Novoselic asked a Seattle Court to prove that Courtney Love was mentally stable. They told the court that Love was 'irrational, mercurial, self-centered, unmanageable, inconsistent and unpredictable.' They also claimed a contract was invalid because Love was 'stoned' at the time.
2003: Godsmack were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Faceless.’
2004: Drowning Pool release their sophomore LP 'Desensitized.' It's their first album with vocalist Jason 'Gong' Jones who replaced late singer Dave Williams.
2004: U2 frontman Bono makes Time magazine's 2004 list of the 100 most influential people.
2004: Anthrax released their 2nd full-length live album, 'Music of Mass Destruction.'
2004: Black Label Society released their 5th studio album, 'Hangover Music Vol. VI.'
2006: David Gilmour, performs the title track from his solo release 'On An Island' on NBC's Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
2006: Bob Dylan wins the DVD of the Year trophy for the Martin Scorsese-directed 'No Direction Home' documentary at the sixth annual Jammy Awards in New York.
2007: Bob Seger's 'Face The Promise' takes home the Outstanding National Major Label Recording prize, while the song 'Wait for Me' and its accompanying video also earn honors at the 2007 Detroit Music Award.
2007: Guitars played by Eric Clapton's (including his famous 'Blackie'), Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana are displayed at the Holy Grail Guitar Exhibition in Dallas. It's part of the 30th annual Dallas International Guitar Festival.
2009: 'Know Your Enemy' the first single from Green Day's '21st Century Breakdown' album goes to radio.
2010: Green Day's musical, 'American Idiot,' opens on Broadway at the St. James Theatre, a year after its debut at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
2010: Ratt release their 7th studio album, 'Infestation.' It peaked at #30 on Billboard 200 album chart.
2011: The Beastie Boys' 'Fight For Your Right Revisited' premieres on VH1. Directed by the Beastie's Adam Yauch, the short film is about the group's '87 Rap/Rock anthem '(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party).'
2011: Elton John performs during the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival. There is a screening Cameron Crowe's documentary 'The Union,' which features John and Leon Russell, followed by a live performance.
2011: Kid Rock makes a surprise visit to Romeo High School, his old stomping ground, and presents the music program with a donation of $5,000. He appears at the end of the Detroit area school's Get Up and Get Moving pep assembly. Rock's donation is matched by a contribution from Best Buy Mobile and the Grammy Foundation.
2011: K.K. Downing, guitarist and founding member of Judas Priest, announces he is leaving the band. The band name 31-year-old Richie Faulkner as Downing's replacement for their upcoming 'Epitaph' tour.
2011: The Foo Fighters 7th album 'Wasting Light' is their first #1 album in the U.S.
2011: The Revolver Golden Gods Awards show is held at L.A.'s Club Nokia. Avenged Sevenfold take home the Album of the Year trophy (presented by Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez of Alice In Chains). The band's M. Shadows earns the Best Vocalist Award. Alice Cooper picks up the Golden God honor.
2012: Bert Weedon, inventor of “Play In A Day” guitar guides, dies at the age of 91. Released in 1957 in Britain, “Play In A Day” sold over two million copies and was a major influence on musicians including Jimmy Page, Tony Iommi, Eric Clapton, Brian May and John Lennon.
2012: 'The Grateful Dead: The Epic Tour' online video game is out. It is based on 10 especially memorable Dead shows staged between '70 and '90. "What we're doing is creating an adventure by traveling through Grateful Dead history, Grateful Dead time and space," states Adam Blumenthal of Curious Sense, the digital media company that created The Epic Tour.
2013: Jack White is Record Store Day Ambassador 2013. The day features special releases by David Bowie, Black Keys, Iggy & the Stooges, Linkin Park, Deftones and Avenged Sevenfold offer special releases. Record Store Day, an internationally celebrated event to celebrate the art of music, spurred sales of 244,000 vinyl LPs according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was the largest one-week total for vinyl albums since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.
2013: Kings Of Chaos, featuring three Guns N' Roses vets - drummer Matt Sorum, bassist Duff McKagen and guitarist Gilby Clarke - make their live debut at the Stone Music Festival in Sydney.
2013: Neil Diamond sang 'Sweet Caroline' at Fenway Park in Boston during the seventh inning stretch. The city was celebrating returning to normal day-to-day life after the accused Boston Marathon bomber had been arrested the day before.
2015: Jack White performs the first of a series of low key acoustic shows. The first stop is at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.
2015: Norway's Ministry of Culture announced that the country will start turning off FM radio on January 11, 2017, with the intent to stop transmission of the last FM signal to the country's northernmost regions by December 13 of that year. In its statement, the Norwegian government said the cost of transmitting national radio channels through the FM network is eight times higher than via the Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) system, the standard digital radio technology used across Europe.
2017: Prince's complex-turned-museum, Paisley Park in Chanhassen, MN marks the one-year anniversary of his death with the four-day “life and legacy” celebration.
2017: Rush receive the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award at the annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner. The honor is for the group’s achievements and longstanding career in the music industry, social activism and support of humanitarian causes.
2017: On the one-year anniversary of beginning immunotherapy to combat oral cancer, Poison drummer Rikki Rockett launches a fundraising drive to support the therapy. Funds go to the Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health where Rockett underwent treatment.

April 21
1956: Elvis Presley gets his first #1, as 'Heartbreak Hotel' moves into the top spot on the charts.
1960: Dick Clark testifies before a Congressional committee investigating the payola scandal. He admits he had a financial interest in 27 percent of the records he played on the show over a two year period, but is cleared of all charges.
1961: The Beatles played their first-ever gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.
1962: Elvis Presley's 'Good Luck Charm' hits #1.
1963: Beatles and Rolling Stones meet for the first time during a Rolling Stones performance at Crawdaddy Club. 'We got all nervous', says Bill Wyman, 'but then we had a chat with them afterwards and stayed up all night rapping and became really good mates.'
1965: The Beach Boys appear on ABC-TV's 'Shindig!,' performing their current hit, 'Do You Wanna Dance?,' which will reach #12 in the U.S.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' The final recordings were a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow ‘A Day in the Life’, in the run-out groove. They recorded assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cut-up and randomly re-assembles and edits backwards. At John Lennon’s suggestion, they also added a high-pitch 15 kilocycle whistle audible only by dogs. These were omitted from the American version of the album.
1967: The Who appeared at The Dome in Brighton, England.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at City Hall in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England.
1967: Pink Floyd played two shows, an early performance at the Starlite Ballroom, in Greenford, and the late show at UFO, held at The Blarney Club, Tottenham Court Road in London.
1969: Janis Joplin performed at The Royal Albert Hall, London, (her first London appearance). The opening act was Yes. Her performance earned rave reviews in Disc, Melody Maker, and Telegraph, among others.
1969: Andy Warhol agrees to design the artwork for the Rolling Stones 'Sticky Fingers' record. The iconic design includes a working zipper, which is very difficult to produce, but makes it one of the most memorable album covers of all time.
1969: Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention's 5th studio album, 'Uncle Meat' is released. It reached #43 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It was released as a double album by Bizarre and Reprise Records, subtitled "Most of the music from the Mother's movie of the same name which we haven't got enough money to finish yet." It was originally developed as a part of No Commercial Potential, a project which spawned three other albums sharing a conceptual connection: 'We're Only in It for the Money,' 'Lumpy Gravy' and 'Cruising with Ruben & the Jets.' The album also served as a soundtrack album to a proposed science fiction film which would not be completed, though a direct-to-video film containing test footage from the project was released by Zappa in 1987.
1970: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax, Elton John (making his solo concert debut) and Heavy Jelly all appeared at The Roundhouse in London. Tickets cost 25 shillings.
1970: Three Dog Night, along with Stone the Crows, played at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1970: Elton John performs his debut solo gig as a support act for T. Rex in London. Also on the bill were Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax, and Heavy Jelly.
1971: Rolling Stones release the 'Sticky Fingers' album.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band played at New Haven Arena, New Haven, Connecticut.
1972: David Bowie performs at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1972: Pink Floyd appeared at the Lyric Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland.
1972: The Grateful Dead performed an eighty minute set that was taped for the German TV show 'Beat Club,' in Bremen, Germany.1973: King Crimson played at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1973: Alice Cooper went to #1 on the U.S. album chart with 'Billion Dollar Babies.' The effort also topped the chart in the UK. In keeping with the band's controversial style, the lyrics covered topics such as necrophilia, the fear of dentists, horror, and sexual harassment. The album would be certified Platinum in 1986.
1974: Genesis appeared at the Montreal University Sports Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The show was broadcast by CHOM-FM radio, and is a popular bootleg among Genesis fans.
1975: Yes headlined at Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1976: Elvis Presley performed at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.
1976: Women Against Violence Against Women ca inled for a boycott of all Warner Communications albums because of the promotional campaign for The Rolling Stones' new album 'Black and Blue.' The album was being promoted with a controversial advertising campaign that depicted the model Anita Russell, bruised and bound, under the phrase ‘I'm Black and Blue from the Rolling Stones - and I love it!’
1976: Former Raspberries lead singer Eric Carmen enters the US Pop chart with his first and biggest solo hit, 'All by Myself.' The record would reach #2 on Billboard's Hot 100, #1 on the Cash Box Top 100 and #12 in the UK.
1976: A night after George Harrison joins Monty Python during their performance of 'The Lumberjack Song' at a New York show, Harry Nilsson tries it. While Harrison blended in as a member of the chorus (dressed as a Mountie), Nilsson wears dark glasses and makes a spectacle. When he goes to the front of the stage to shake hands with audience members, he falls into the crowd and breaks his arm.
1977: Elvis Presley begins his last concert tour in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1977: ZZ Top appeared at the Rochester Community War Memorial in Rochester, New York.
1978: The Grateful Dead played at Rupp Arena on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.
1978: Fairport Convention singer Sandy Denny died at age 31. While on vacation with her parents in Cornwall, England, Denny was injured in a fall down a staircase. A month after the fall she collapsed at a friend’s home. Four days later she died at the hospital, her death was ruled to be the result of a traumatic mid-brain hemorrhage. She was a member of Fairport Convention and a solo artist. Her 1967 song “Who Knows Where the Time Goes,” was covered by Judy Collins. . She was the only guest vocalist to ever appear on a Led Zeppelin album, dueting with Robert Plant on the song 'Battle of Evermore.'
1979: Roxy Music played at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.
1980: Pete Townshend's 'Empty Glass' album is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, bolstered by the #9 hit, 'Let My Love Open the Door.' It was rated #57 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s. The album deals with a plethora of issues that Townshend was struggling with, including alcoholism, drug abuse, marital problems and deceased friends. Empty Glass also contained the devotional love song, 'Let My Love Open the Door,' which became a top 10 hit single in the U.S., along with the other (modestly successful) singles, 'Rough Boys' and 'A Little Is Enough.'
1981: U2 performed at The Decade in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This small club in the Oakland section of town hosted a number of up and coming acts like The Ramones and the Police, as well as impromptu shows from Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi during its heyday.
1982: Clash frontman Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in the group cancelling a tour. The singer was found living rough in Paris, France.
1984: 'Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)' hits #1 on the Hot 100, giving Phil Collins his first solo chart-topper. He would go on to have six more.
1984: The 'Footloose' soundtrack is #1 on the U.S. Album Chart. The album contains Kenny Loggins' title track and the Top 10 Ann Wilson (Heart) and Mike Reno (Loverboy) duet, 'Almost Paradise.'
1984: Billboard's Hot 100 includes Phil Collins’s 'Against All Odds...' at #1, Kenny Loggins’ 'Footloose' at #2, Night Ranger’s 'Sister Christian' at #32, Van Halen’s 'I’ll Wait' at #33, Bon Jovi’s 'Runaway' at #39, Duran Duran’s 'The Reflex' at #46, and Scorpions 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' at #47. ‬
1984: Van Halen appeared at the Colisée de Québec in Quebec City.
1986: Accept release their 7th studio album, 'Russian Roulette.'
1987: Testament release their debut studio album 'The Legacy.'
1987: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 'Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)' album is released. It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The track 'Jammin' Me' topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for four weeks, and reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1990: Paul McCartney played in front of 184,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, creating a new world record for the largest crowd attending a rock concert.
1990: KISS reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the second & final time with 'Forever,' which peaked at #8 & was written by Paul Stanley & Michael Bolton.
1990: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Damn Yankees’ 'Coming Of Age' at #85 (debut), Faster Pussycat’s 'House Of Pain' at #40, Alannah Myles’ 'Black Velvet' at #14, Aerosmith’s 'What It Takes' at #13, Mötley Crüe’s 'Without You' at #9, and KISS peaks at #8 with 'Forever.'
1990: Van Halen christen the opening night of their Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with a live performance. Sammy Hagar would eventually buy out the rest of the band due to the club’s early financial failure. In later years, Cabo Wabo became a huge success.
1992: Slaughter‬ released the album 'The Wild Life.'
1992: Beastie Boys release their 3rd studio album, 'Check Your Head.' It reached both the Billboard 200 Top Albums (#10) chart and Top R&B (#37) chart.
1993: Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann rescues a 17-year-old surfer in Mendocino, CA after noticing him drowning in a riptide.
1993: Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman married for the third time when he tied the knot with 33-year-old fashion designer Suzanne Accosta in the medieval French village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. They’re still married to this day and they’ve had three children together.
1994: Courtney Love turned in the shotgun Kurt Cobain used to kill himself with to a guns-for-tickets trade-in program.
1996: The Wallflowers release their sophomore album, 'Bringing Down The Horses.' Entirely composed by frontman Jakob Dylan, the set peaks at #4 on the album chart the following month and sells 3 million copies.
1998: Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant released their 'Walking into Clarksdale' reunion album. The single 'Most High' reached #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and #26 in the UK, and was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1999. 'Walking into Clarksdale' took 35 days to record. The album was recorded and mixed by Steve Albini over a five-month period at Abbey Road Studios. Clarksdale is a town in the Mississippi Delta, a historical home of Delta blues music.
1999: Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra led by Michael Kamen record the 'S&M' live album at The Berkeley Community Theatre on the first of two nights.‬
2000: Neal Matthews of The Jordanaires died of a heart attack. He sang back-up on Elvis Presley's 'Don't Be Cruel' and 'Hound Dog' and also worked with Ricky Nelson, Patsy Cline, Red Foley, Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, George Jones, Marie Osmond, Tom Jones and Merle Haggard.
2001: R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was charged by police at Heathrow airport with being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting British Airways crew. Buck was taken into custody after landing on a flight from Seattle and questioned by police for 12 hours. He is accused of drinking 15 glasses of wine, overturning a service cart and engaging in other bad behavior, but charges are eventually dropped. Buck claimed that ingesting both a sleeping pill and wine caused him to lose it.
2003: EMI and Universal Music sue the file-sharing service Napster for copyright violations.
2003: Brother Records launched a lawsuit against former Beach Boy Al Jardine for using the band's name when he tours, contrary to a January 28th court ruling. Jardine appeared under variations of the Beach Boy name, including Beach Boys Family and Friends and Al Jardine of the Beach Boys. Jardine would win the lawsuit the following November
2005: Alex Lifeson of Rush pleads no contest to a charge of resisting arrest in Florida from an incident involving his son at the Ritz Carlton hotel. He is sentenced to 12 months of probation, and later receives a confidential settlement from the hotel.
2005: Tampa Bay is the first stop on Sevendust' U.S. tour. This is the group's first trek with guitarist Sonny Mayo. He replaces Clint Lowery, who left Sevendust to focus on his group, Dark New Day.
2006: A musical centering on Kinks songs premieres at Arts Bank Theater in Philadelphia. 'The Kinks: A Rock 'n Roll Fantasy' is about a London Rock musician in the early 1990's.
2006: E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren hits the road in support of his solo album, 'Sacred Weapon.' The first stop is Falls Church, VA. 2006: A post on the Smashing Pumpkins' web site officially announces that the group will reunite and record. But the only two committed at this point are frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.
2007: Eddie Van Halen is an honorary race official at the Subway Fresh Fit 500 (part of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series) in Phoenix.
2007: Graham Nash's photography is exhibited at New York's Morrison Hotel Gallery. The presentation includes portraits of Nash's bandmates David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Neil Young.
2007: The Icons of Music Auction in New York to benefit Music Rising, the Hurricane Katrina-relief charity co-founded by U2's the Edge, raises over $2.4 million. The Edge is on hand to witness a final bid of $410,000 for a guitar once owned by the late Jimi Hendrix. A pair of axes donated by the Edge go for $240,000 and $105,000, respectively, while a signed guitar by U2 frontman Bono sells for $187,500.
2007: Doris Richards died of cancer. The 91-year-old mother of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards bought her son his first guitar for his 15th birthday. He learned some chords from her father, Gus Dupree, a musician who instilled him with an early passion for music.
2009: Bob Seger was named in a negligence lawsuit filed by a man who says he suffered injuries when his motorcycle was struck by the rocker's 2004 Lexus driven by Seger's bass player Christopher Campbell. Campbell was ticketed for failure to stop after the accident, which happened about 30 miles northwest of Detroit.
2009: Don Henley filed a lawsuit against Republican politician Charles DeVore for using two of his songs, 'The Boys of Summer' and 'All She Wants To Do Is Dance' in campaign ads that appeared on YouTube.
2009: Tinted Window's self-titled debut album is out. The 'supergroup' has Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Fountains Of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger and Hanson's Taylor Hanson. They also perform on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman
2009: Jane's Addiction release 'A Cabinet Of Curiosities,' a limited-edition box set of rarities. There are demos, live cuts, covers and videos.
2009: Jon Bon Jovi is honored for his charity work by the Food Bank for New York at the nonprofit organization's sixth annual Can-Do Awards Dinner. The singer is recognized, in part, for his support of efforts to provide housing to low-income families.
2009: Rod Stewart makes a surprise appearance at Jeff Beck's L.A. concert. It's the first time they perform together in over 25 years. "It is a privilege to be onstage with this guy," says Stewart. The two first worked together in the shortlived Jeff Beck Group in the late 1960's.
2009: Iron Maiden‬'s first feature-length film, 'Flight 666' was released in theaters around the world.
2010: In a NME interview Courtney Love declares that she wants to be known as Courtney Michelle (Michelle being her middle name). The Hole frontwoman says the 'Love' moniker has too much baggage.
2010: Patti Smith receives the ASCAP Founders Award at the 27th annual Pop Music Awards in L.A. "Patti fused raw Rock energy with the heart of a poet and ignited the 1970s New York Punk scene," says ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams.
2010: Elton John headlines American Idol's 'Idol Gives Back' program. He performs 'Your Song' on behalf of his Elton John AIDS Foundation. Jeff Beck and Joss Stone play a rendition of Screamin' Jay Hawkins 'I Put A Spell On You.'
2011: 'Talihina Sky: The Story Of Kings Of Leon' premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film has band interviews and live footage.
2011: Alter Bridge provides live recordings from their tour on USB flash drives. The USB drive is in the shape of Mark Tremonti's PRS guitar.
2012: Iggy Pop is the official ambassador for Record Store Day 2012 which celebrates independent record stores. "I got my name, my musical education and my personality all from working at a record store during my tender years," says Pop in a statement.
2013: Christina Amphlett, lead singer of the Divinyls, dies of breast cancer in New York City at 53. Her cancer treatment was complicated by her multiple sclerosis, making her unable to receive radiation or chemotherapy. Amphlett was also a stage and screen actress.
2013: Rush get their 9th Juno Award when 'Clockwork Angels' is named Rock Album of the Year.
2013: Former Krokus drummer Dani Crivelli dies. The drummer performed on the 'Heart Attack' album and subsequent tour before leaving the group.
2013: Sir Paul McCartney tops the London Sunday Times Rich List of musical millionaires for 25th consecutive time.
2015: Blink-182's Tom DeLonge rolls out 'To The Stars: Demos, Odds And Ends,' an LP that came directly from his 'personal stash'.
2015: 60-year-old Phil Rudd, drummer for the Australian rock band AC/DC, plead to guilty to a charge of making a threat to kill, at a court in Tauranga, New Zealand. A month after firing a number of employees over a lack of security at a launch party for his latest solo album in August, 2014, Rudd admitted he telephoned an associate and said he wanted one of the people he fired "taken out." Rudd was released on bail until his next hearing in June.
2016: The Ramones self-titled debut set tops Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time. Second place goes to The Clash's self-titled debut.
2016: Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson), dies of an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl at his home, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was 57. Prince has been called one of the most influential artists of the rock & roll era and is a seven-time Grammy winner and an Academy Award winner for his seminal film Purple Rain. Prince scored Top 10 hits with 'Little Red Corvette,' 'When Doves Cry,' 'Let’s Go Crazy' and 'Kiss,' and several of his songs also became hits for others, including 'Nothing Compares 2 U' for Sinead O’Connor, 'Manic Monday' for the Bangles and 'I Feel for You' for Chaka Khan. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility.
2016: Lonnie Mack (born Lonnie Macintosh), performer of “the first of the guitar-hero records” dies of natural causes near his log-cabin home outside of Nashville, Tennessee. He was 74. Mack was a major influence for Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Dickey Betts, Warren Haynes, Adrian Belew and Ted Nugent. Mack also recorded with the Doors on 'Morrison Hotel.' Years later, they released an instrumental entitled 'Blues for Lonnie.'
2016: Five Finger Death Punch is sued by their label Prospect Park. The lawsuit, filed in California Superior Court, states: "The members of FFDP have unequivocally repudiated their contractual obligations. In doing so, the members of FFDP are shamelessly attempting to cash in before the anticipated downfall of their addicted bandmate (Ivan Moody)." The group obviously denies the charge.
2017: Of Mice & Men perform with bassist Aaron Pauley taking over lead vocals from Austin Carlile for the first time at the Las Rageous Festival. Carlile announced his departure the previous December due to his battle with the Marfan Syndrome genetic disorder.
2018: 30 Seconds To Mars debut at #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'America.' Frontman Jared Leto promotes the album by traveling across America by “any means possible.” It’s their best showing to date.

April 22
1957: Elvis Presley had his custom built 'Music Gates' installed at Gracelands. The gates were designed by Abe Saucer and custom built by John Dillars Jr, of Memphis Doors inc.
1959: Alan Freed premieres his last Rock 'n' Roll movie, 'Go Johnny Go,' starring Chuck Berry, Jackie Wilson, Ritchie Valens, Eddie Cochran, Jimmy Cavallo and The Flamingos.
1962: Jerry Lee Lewis' three-year-old son, Steve Allen Lewis (named after the TV host and good friend), drowned in the shallow water of a still under construction swimming pool at the Lewis home near Coro Lake, Tennessee.
1964: In the UK, the President of the National Federation Of Hairdressers offered a free haircut to the next group to reach the top of the Pop chart. He was quoted as saying 'The Rolling Stones are the worst, one of them looks as if he's got a feather duster on his head.'
1965: The Beatles were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ticket To Ride.' Taken from the film 'Help!' it was the group’s seventh UK chart topper.
1966: The Troggs 'Wild Thing' b/w 'From Home' 45 single is released in the UK. 'Wild Thing' is a song written by New York City-born songwriter Chip Taylor. Originally recorded by The Wild Ones in 1965, "Wild Thing" is best known for its 1966 cover by the English band The Troggs, which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1966. The song peaked at one position lower in Britain. As performed by The Troggs, 'Wild Thing' is ranked #257 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1966: Two dozen local group's appeared at a “battle of the bands” gig in Matawan Keyport Roller Drome in New Jersey. All acts performed three songs each. The Rogues won first place, second was Sonny & The Starfires, and third place went to The Castiles, (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals). The three winners were given an opportunity to perform at the Roller Drome the following week as part of a major concert headlined by The Crystals.
1966: With Andy Warhol producing, the Velvet Underground start recording their debut, 'Velvet Underground & Nico.'
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at the Odeon Theatre in Manchester, England.
1967: Pink Floyd performed a 45-minute set at Benn Memorial Hall, in Rugby England. Keyboardist Rick Wright was quoted in a local paper, “We started off as an R&B group, but later decided to adopt our own style. Our music is made to represent hallucinatory effects and this is enhanced by the use of lights.”
1967: Elvis Presley's 23rd film, 'Easy Come, Easy Go,' premieres in Hollywood.
1968: Cream performed at Massey Hall in Toronto.
1968: The Monkees 5th studio album, 'The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees' is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, the first Monkees album not to reach #1. It featured the group's sixth million-selling single in 'Valleri' and yet another number one in 'Daydream Believer,' a bittersweet pop song from the pen of former Kingston Trio member John Stewart. Perhaps no other two tracks define Davy Jones as a pop music singer more than these two hits.
1969: John Winston Lennon legally changed his name to John Winston Ono Lennon during a short ceremony on the roof of the Apple Records building in London. John always hated his middle name, given to him by his mother in honor of Winston Churchill, but British law did not allow him to change it. He could however add Ono, and would never use Winston again, except for legal documents.
1969: In Dolton, England, The Who performed their rock opera 'Tommy,' live in its entirety for the first time.
1969: Fleetwood Mac kicked off a 10-date UK tour at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Also on the bill, BB King, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and Duster Bennett.
1970: Iron Butterfly release 'Live,' their 1st live album.
1970: Pink Floyd performs at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York.
1971: Pink Floyd premiered their song 'Return of the Son of Nothing.' The song was later re-titled 'Echoes.'
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
1971: Pink Floyd performs at Norwich Lads Club in Norwich, England.
1972: Deep Purple scored their second UK #1 album with 'Machine Head.'
1972: Alice Cooper peaks at #49 on Billboard's Hot 100 with the single 'Be My Lover.'
1973: Yes appeared at the West Palm Beach Auditorium in West Palm Beach, Florida.
1974: It was Tina Turner’s first day on the set of 'Tommy.' Her part was the 'Acid Queen.'
1974: The L.A. group Redbone earned a Gold record for the single 'Come and Get Your Love,' which was currently #5 on the Hot 100.
1975: Pink Floyd performed at the Sports Arena in San Diego, California as part of their North American tour.
1975: Genesis play the first of two nighta at Usher Hall in Edinburgh, UK on their 'The Lamb Lies On Broadway' Tour.
1975: Rush appeared at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1976: Bob Dylan played at the Belleview Biltmore Hotel in Clearwater, Florida.
1977: The Grateful Dead play at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1977: Black Sabbath appeared at Lisebergshalle in Gothenberg, Sweden.
1978: John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their first ever musical appearance as The Blues Brothers when they appeared on 'Saturday Night Live'. They play a cover of 'Soul Man' by Sam & Dave, who they used as the basis for their characters.
1978: Former Stealers Wheel vocalist Gerry Rafferty releases his biggest solo hit, 'Baker Street.' It will reach #2 on the Hot 100 and #3 in the UK and was written about one of London's most famous streets, home to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes.
1978: Bob Marley And The Wailers perform at the 'One Love Peace Concert' in Jamaica. It was Marley's first public appearance in Jamaica since being wounded in an assassination attempt a year and a half earlier. At the concert, Marley manages to unite Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley with rival Edward Seaga, who had both been using local warlords to battle for power.
1978: Linda Ronstadt's 'Tumbling Dice' b/w 'I Will Never Marr' 45 single is released. In an interview with Hit Parader magazine, Ronstadt said that her band played 'Tumbling Dice' for soundchecks, but nobody knew the words. Jagger suggested that Ronstadt should sing more rock songs and suggested 'Tumbling Dice.' Ronstadt made him write down the lyrics.
1978: KISS peak at #39 on Billboard's Hot 100 with the Ace Frehley classic, 'Rocket Ride.'
1978: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Genesis’ Follow You Follow Me' at #83 (debut), Meat Loaf’s 'Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad' at #46, KISS’ 'Rocket Ride' at #39, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John’s 'You’re The One That I Want' at #11 and Kansas’ 'Dust In The Wind' at #6.‬
1978: Former Stealers Wheel vocalist Gerry Rafferty releases his biggest solo hit, 'Baker Street.' It will reach #2 on the Hot 100 and #3 in the UK and was written about one of London's most famous streets, home to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes.
1979: The Rolling Stones played two concerts for the blind at the Civic Auditorium in Oshawa, Ontario. The shows were done in lieu of a jail sentence for guitarist Keith Richards, who was convicted of heroin possession in Toronto two years earlier. John Belushi emceed both concerts.
1980: The J. Geils Band release their most successful album to date, 'Love Stinks.'
1980: The Who appear at The Salt Palace Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1980: The Joe Perry Project plays two shows (7 & 10pm) at the Agora Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio.
1981: Two days after being released from a St. Paul, Minnesota hospital following a month-long treatment for bleeding ulcers, Eric Clapton is involved in a car accident and is hospitalized in Seattle, Washington, suffering bruised ribs and a lacerated shin.
1985: Eric Clapton played at The Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia.
1989: Guns N’ Roses released the single 'Patience.'
1990: Sammy Hagar opened his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Mexico.
1990: Ric Ocasek of The Cars performed his debut solo concert at New York City’s Central Park as part of Earth Day festivities on a bill that also included the B-52’s and Hall & Oates.
1991: The Dave Matthews Band played their first ever-live show when they appeared at The Earth Day festival in Charlottesville, Virginia.
1993: The Who's 'Tommy' opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. It is performed 899 times until it closes in June of 1995.
1996: Pantera release 'The Great Southern Trendkill.' It turns out to be the group's last platinum album.
1997: Offspring's 'Ixnay On The Hombre' goes platinum. It's the group's first album for Columbia Records.
1997: Fates Warning release their 8th studio album, 'A Pleasant Shade of Gray.'
1998: Faith No More announces they are splitting up.
1999: Marilyn Manson released a statement on the Columbine High School shootings. “It's tragic and disgusting anytime young people's lives are taken in an act of senseless violence. My condolences go out to the students and their families.”
1999: Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra led by Michael Kamen record the 'S&M' live album at The Berkeley Community Theatre on the 2nd of two nights.‬
2003: Black Label Society released their 4th studio album, 'The Blessed Hellride.'
2003: Songwriter Felice Bryant died of cancer at 78. Along with her husband Boudleaux, she wrote The Everly Brothers hits, 'Bye Bye Love,' 'All I Have To Do Is Dream' and 'Wake Up Little Susie.' Other acts to record their songs include Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Tony Bennett, Simon And Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, The Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ruth Brown, Cher, R.E.M. and Ray Charles.
2004: Metallica quashed an Internet rumor that James Hetfield committed suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills. They releases a statement that read, “Contrary to what you may have read on message boards, James Hetfield is alive and doing extremely well.”
2004: It was reported that U.S. Marines were blasting AC/DC’s 'Shoot to Thrill' at high volumes in the hopes of driving insurgents from their homes in Iraq.
2006: Ozzy Osbourne is interviewed on IFC's Henry Rollins Show.
2006: Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington throws a party to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Club Tattoo shops he co-owns. The Tempe, AZ., event features performances by Bennington's Bucket of Weenies side group, Linkin Park Rapper Mike Shinoda's Fort Minor Project, and Story Of The Year.
2006: Tom Petty is a special guest at ASCAP's 'I Create Music Expo.' Petty is interviewed and takes questions from musicians and composers.
2008: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora pleads no contest to a drunken-driving charge stemming from an arrest the previous month in Laguna Beach, CA. A related DUI count is dropped as part of the deal, which calls for the guitarist to pay penalties totaling $1,600, attend an alcohol-education class and undergo three years probation.
2008: It was revealed that 60's singer Tommy Steele took Elvis Presley on a secret tour of London in 1958 after Presley struck up a friendship with Steele. When the rock legend flew into London for a day, Steele apparently took him round the city, showing him famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament. For more than 50 years, Presley fans had believed the only time Elvis ever set foot in the UK was during a stop-over at Prestwick Airport in Scotland in March of 1960.
2008: Saints Of The Underground (Jani Lane, Keri Kelli, Robbie Crane and Bobby Blotzer) release their album 'Love The Sin, Hate The Sinner.' ‬
2009: 3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold performs at the Nashville4Africa benefit concert in Music City. The event raises money for African charities.
2009: Elton John ends his Red Piano residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas following five years of on-and-off performances.
2009: Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson receive the Founders Award at ASCAP's 26th annual Pop Music Awards in L.A. The performing rights organization's president Marilyn Bergman describes the Wilsons as "music trailblazers" whose "success and influence helped pave the way for other female artists.
2009: A reunited Poco performs at The Maverick in Santa Ynez, CA. Bassist Timothy B. Schmit, now with The Eagles, joins in. The Poco lineup also includes singer-guitarist (and Buffalo Springfield co-founder) Richie Furay. Poco plays the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, CA, four days later.
2009: Jeff Beck is joined onstage by Rod Stewart for the first time in over 25 years at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
2010: Following an emergency appendectomy ten days earlier, Poison frontman Bret Michaels suffers a severe headache caused by bleeding at the base of his brain stem and is rushed to the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix for treatment.
2010: Bruce Springsteen receives the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award. Presented by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, the honor goes immigrants or their descendants "who have made a major contribution to the American experience." Springsteen's maternal great-grandmother, Raffaela Zerilli, arrived at Ellis Island from Vico Equense, Italy in 1900. "You can't really know who you are and where you're going unless you know where you came from," says Springsteen.
2010: 'James Hetfield: The Wolf At Metallica's Door,' the biography of Metallica's frontman was published.
2011: At age 51, Bryan Adams becomes a father for the first time when his baby girl Mirabella Bunny is born.
2011: Ginger Fish (Kenneth Robert Wilson) joins Rob Zombie as a permanent band member (replacing Joey Jordison who returned to Slipknot).
2011: Elton John appears on '20/20,' the ABC TV news magazine show. In an interview with Barbara Walters, John and his partner David Furnish discuss the raising of their son, Zachary.
2011: Kings Of Leon guitarist Matthew Followill and his wife, musician Johanna Bennett, welcome son Knox Cameron Patrick into the world. Matthew is the first Followill to become a father. Knox is born in Nashville and weighs 6 lbs., 10 oz.
2011: Pearl Jam receive the Planet Defender award from Rock the Earth, a not-for-profit environmental advocacy organization.
2012: Killswitch Engage play a reunion show in Worcester, MA. It's their first concert since the return of frontman Jesse Leach four months earlier.
2012: Cheap Trick perform at the Earth Day concert at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Bad weather keeps the attendance low.
2013: Richie Havens, who rose to fame as the opening act at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, died following a heart attack at the age of 72. Havens legendarily opened the 1969 Woodstock rock festival, playing for nearly three hours. The promoters kept extending his set because other performers could not get to the site, due to traffic congestion. Later, he dabbled in acting, performed at Bill Clinton’s inauguration, and co-headlined the 1996 Tibetan Freedom Concert for an audience of more than 100,000. During his lengthy career he scored just one Billboard Top 40 hit, a cover of George Harrison's 'Here Comes The Sun,' which reached #16 in 1971.
2014: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil becomes a part owner of the Arena Football League's Jacksonville Sharks. Neil plans to move the franchise to his adopted hometown of Las Vegas.
2014: Sebastian Bach released his 5th solo album, 'Give 'Em Hell.'
2016: Candlebox release their 6th album, 'Disappearing In Airports.'
2017: St. Vincent (Annie Clark) is the Record Store Day ambassador. She is the first female Rock performer to hold that title in Record Store Day's 10-year history. The top vinyl album seller is the Grateful Dead set 'P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 7/29/66.' The #1 single is a seven-inch with remastered versions of The Beatles' 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and "Penny Lane." The annual event promotes brick-and-mortar music shops through special releases.

April 23
1956: Elvis Presley, accompanied by Bill Black and Scotty Moore, made his Las Vegas debut at the New Frontier Hotel when he opened for the Freddie Martin Orchestra and comedian Shecky Greene. Despite having 'Heartbreak Hotel' at the top of the charts, Elvis was not well-received by the middle-aged audience. Management of the Frontier was so unimpressed, they gave Elvis his walking papers after one week of a two-week engagement. Presley wouldn't play Las Vegas again for almost 13 years.
1960: The Nerk Twins appeared at The Fox And Hounds in Caversham, Berkshire, England. The Nerk Twins being John Lennon and Paul McCartney.The pub is owned by McCartney's cousin and her husband. The duo play another set the next day.
1962: A song called 'My Bonnie' by Tony Sheridan and The Beatles was issued in America on the Decca label. It was the first commercial release anywhere in the world to carry The Beatles name. John Lennon would later say "It's just Tony Sheridan singing with us banging in the background. They're flogging it, but I wish they'd just shut up! It's terrible! It could be anybody." The mono 45 failed to chart on Billboard or Cashbox.
1963: Jan And Dean record 'Surf City' with The Beach Boys providing background vocals. The Brian Wilson penned tune became the first surf song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and even crossed over to the R&B chart where it reached #3.
1963: Bob Dylan performs his first major solo concert in New York City at NYC's Town Hall.
1964: The Beatles shoot the 'Can't Buy Me Love' scene for their movie 'A Hard Day's Night.'
1965: The Rolling Stones kicked off their third North American tour at the Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal, Canada. The 4,750-seat, multi-purpose arena was built in 1962.
1969: The Beatles were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Get Back' the group's 16th UK #1. Credited to "The Beatles with Billy Preston", it was the Beatles' only single that credited another artist, 'Get Back' was also the Beatles' first single release in true stereo in the U.S.
1969: Joe Cocker's debut album, 'With a Little Help from My Friends' is released. It reached #35 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1969: Los Angeles' famed folk and rock club The Ash Grove, launching pad for everyone from Linda Ronstadt to Canned Heat, catches fire and nearly burns to the ground.
1970: Norman Greenbaum's 'Spirit in the Sky' is awarded a Gold record. The single sold two million copies in 1969 and 1970 and reached #3 in the U.S. and #1 in the UK.
1971: The Rolling Stones ninth British and 11th American studio album, 'Sticky Fingers' is released. It topped both the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart (4 weeks) and UK Albums chart (5 weeks). In 2003, 'Sticky Fingers' was listed as #63 on Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1971: The J. Geils Band 'Wait' b/w 'Cruisin' For A Love' 45 single is released. It wass the 2nd single from their 1970 debut 'The J. Geils Band' album.
1973: Lou Reed's 'Walk On The Wild Side' is released. Herbie Flowers plays the hypnotic bass line.
1973: Manassas released their 2nd and last album, 'Down the Road.' It reached #26 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single, 'Isn't It About Time,' reached #56 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
1974: Mama Cass Elliot collapses before an appearance on The Tonight Show where she had been scheduled to host the program. She was later taken to hospital on a stretcher.
1975: During a North American tour Pink Floyd played the first of five sold out nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California.
1975: Bob Seger's 8th album, 'Beautiful Loser' is released. It reached #131 on the Billboard Top 200 LP's chart. It set the stage perfectly for the breakthrough success of his next release a year later, 'Live Bullet.' The last Seger studio album released before he formed his famed backing group, the Silver Bullet Band.
1975: The Doobie Brothers 'Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)' b/w 'Slat Key Soquel Rag' 45 single is released. It reached a Hot 100 peak of #11 that June, signaling a downturn in the Doobie Brothers' popularity which would last until 1979.
1975: Pete Ham of Badfinger hangs himself in his London home. Ham, who was the group's lead singer and primary songwriter, was despondent over the business dealings that saw the bands album 'Wish You Were Here' pulled from stores and his income cut off.
1976: The Ramones released their debut album. The cover depicts the band members standing in a line leaning against a brick wall, taken by Roberta Bayley. It has been ranked #33 on Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The cover was ranked #58 on the top 100 greatest album covers of all-time by Rolling Stone. The set, which peaks at #111, features the single 'Blitzkrieg Bop.'
1976: The Rolling Stones release their 13th British and 15th American studio album, 'Black and Blue.' It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for four weeks, and reached #2 on the UK Albums chart.
1976: Jethro Tull released their 9th studio album, 'Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die!' in the UK (May 17, 1976 in the US). It reached #14 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's.
1976: Budgie released their 6th album, 'If I Were Brittania I'd Waive the Rules.'
1976: AC/DC embarked upon their first U.K. tour with a gig at London's Red Cow Pub.
1977: Joan Jett supported by Blondie perform at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles.
1977: Van Halen‬ & Quiet Riot rock Glendale College Auditorium in Glendale, CA. Tickets were $3.75.
1978: Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious filmed his version of 'My Way' for the Sex Pistols film 'The Great Rock n Roll Swindle.'
1979: David Bowie premiered his new single 'Boy's Keep Swinging', on the BBC's TV's 'Kenny Everett Video Show.'
1979: Blondie's Heart Of Glass is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1981: Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, who are all in Germany appearing at different festivals, join Johnny Cash on stage in Stuttgart for a performance that is recorded and released as the album The Survivors. The trio toured together back in 1957.
1983: U2 kicked off their 48-date ‘War’ North American tour at The Carolina Concert For Children benefit in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
1987: Carole King sues her record label for breach of contract, claiming that owner Lou Adler owes her over $400,000 in royalties. She also asks for rights to her old recordings.
1987: Death Angel release their debut studio album, 'The Ultra-Violence.'
1987: Roy Orbison celebrated his 51st birthday by re-recording some of his biggest hits. Included were 'Oh Pretty Woman,' 'Crying,' 'Only the Lonely,' 'Dream Baby,' 'Running Scared' and many others. These newer recordings are nowhere near the quality of the originals, so if you're in the market, make sure you buy the original hits, available from Sony Music and specialty labels like Rhino.
1988: Roy Orbison celebrated his 52nd birthday at a Bruce Springsteen concert, during which the audience sang happy birthday to him. Orbison died that December of a heart attack.
1988: Iron Maiden's 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son' is the #1 album in the U.K. It spent one week at the top.
1991: Founder member of The New York Dolls Johnny Thunders (John Anthony Genzale, Jr), died of a drug overdose. He renamed himself Johnny Thunders, after a comic book of the same name. The influential New York Dolls formed in 1972 and made just two albums. A teenage Morrissey acted as president of the UK branch of the New York Dolls fan club. Formed The Heartbreakers with Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan, and Television bassist Richard Hell.
1993: During their 'Use Your Illusion' Tour, Guns n' Roses played the first of two nights at Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, Mexico.
1994: Pink Floyd's 'The Division Bell' is the #1 album in the U.S. It spent four weeks on top of the chart and went on to sell three million copies in the U.S.
1994: An Earth Day concert in Minneapolis features Melissa Etheridge, Robert Cray and Natalie Merchant.
1995: Peter Hodgson, from Liverpool found a tape in his attic containing 16 of The Beatles' earliest recordings made in 1959. The tape included ‘Hello Little Girl’, a Lennon-McCartney composition that the Beatles never recorded and Ray Charles' ‘Hallelujah, I Love Her So’. The sessions had been made on a reel-to-reel recorder that Hodgson's father had lent to Paul McCartney.
2002: Dokken released their 8th studio album, 'Long Way Home.'
2003: Twisted Sister announce their reformation for their first tour in 16 years. The following month they kick off the tour on USO military bases in South Korea.
2003: Pearl Jam purchased a 1,400 square-mile area of rainforest in Madagascar to compensate for the 5,700 tons of greenhouse gas emissions they estimated that they will incur on their tour of North America.
2004: Green Day is forced to send out a press release proving to people that Billie Joe is still alive after several rumors on the internet had him dead.
2004: The White Stripes are winners at the 2004 Detroit Music Awards. The Stripes take home the Outstanding National Major Label Recording honor (for 'Elephant') and the Outstanding National Single award (for 'Seven Nation Army').
2005: Slipknot's North American tour experiences another casualty when exhaustion forces bassist Paul Gray to be hospitalized and miss the band's homecoming show in Ames, IA. Earlier in the month, vocalist Corey Taylor's illness forced the cancellation of a couple shows. Gray rejoins the group when they start their European tour.
2006: System Of A Down perform at the fourth annual Souls benefit concert in Los Angeles. The event is designed to draw people's attention to the Armenian genocide that was committed during the early 20th century.
2006: Phil Walden, founder of Capricorn Records, one of the linchpins of 1970's Southern Rock, dies at age 66. Capricorn's best known act was the Allman Brothers Band.
2007: U2's The Edge is honored for his contributions to the Food Bank for New York City at the Can-Do Awards Dinner. The NYC event raises more than $1 million for the Food Bank, an organization that feeds 250,000 people a day. The guest list includes Bill Clinton, David Bowie, U2 bassist Adam Clayton, Patti Smith and members of R.E.M. The guitarist is a longtime supporter of the organization's battle against hunger.
2008: Jane's Addiction is awarded the Godlike Genius Award for Extraordinary Services to Music at the first U.S. NME Awards in L.A. The original line-up performs for the first time since 1991. Also, Foo Fighters 'Echoes, Silence, Patience + Grace' wins Album Of The Year while The Killers take home the Best Indie/Alternative Group and Best Indie/Alternative Track ('Tranquilize') trophies. And finally, Mick Jones (The Clash) receives the Inspiration Award.
2008: Smashing Pumpkins are inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk in L.A. Frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin (the only original members left) are on hand.
2008: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was sentenced to three years probation after admitting to driving under the influence of alcohol. 48-year-old Sambora who was not at the court hearing would also have to attend first offender alcohol awareness classes. He was arrested in Laguna Beach after his car was seen weaving between traffic lanes.
2008: Nine Inch Nails release 'Discipline' to radio. The track reportedly is delivered to radio stations within 24 hours of being mixed in the studio.
2008: The Grateful Dead donate 40-plus years of music and memorabilia to the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dead Central, located in the school's library, houses recordings and exhibits.
2009: Carlos Santana is honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at Billboard's 20th annual Latin Music Conference & Awards in Miami Beach, FL. Santana is recognized for helping to spread the influence of Latin music across other genres, including Pop and Rock.
2010: U2's seventh studio album, 'Achtung Baby,' is #1 on Spin magazine's list of the best albums of the past 25 years (to celebrate the publication's 25th anniversary).
2010: Asia released their 12th studio album, 'Omega.'
2011: Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth (collectively known as "Big Four") play their first U.S. concert together in Indio, CA.
2011: Norio Ohga, former President and Chairman of Sony, dies in Tokyo. He was 81. Ohga was credited with spurring the development of the compact disc.
2012: Ted Nugent was axed from a concert at U.S. military base Fort Knox following the controversy over his rant against President Barack Obama when he insisted Americans had to rise up against Obama and the Democrats when America goes to the polls in November.
2012: Chris Ethridge, bassist and co-founder of The Flying Burrito Brothers, passed away at the age of 65.
2013: Rob Zombie releases his album 'Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.'
2013: Glen Campbell's publicist told members of the press that his client is no longer capable of performing on stage due to advancing Alzheimer's disease. Sandy Brokaw went on to say that the 77-year-old Campbell planned on recording one final album called 'See You There,' which would feature new renditions of old songs.
2014: Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose receives the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in L.A. GN'R, with founding bassist Duff McKagan, headline the event.
2014: Winger release their 6th studio album 'Better Days Comin'.

April 24
1954: Billboard magazine featured a headline that read: "Teenagers Demand Music with a Beat - Spur Rhythm and Blues." It was a sign of things to come. Within a year, R&B music by both Black and White artists caught the public's fancy.
1956: Elvis Presley signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures that allowed him one film a year with other studios.
1957: 16 year old Ricky Nelson releases his first record, 'Teenager's Romance,' with his cover of Fats Domino's 'I'm Walkin' on the flip side. The disc sold nearly 60,000 copies within three days and eventually went over a million.
1959: 'Your Hit Parade,' the Saturday night, Pop-music show that had been running since April 12th, 1935, has its final US radio broadcast.
1961: Del Shannon releases 'Runaway.' The high pitched keyboard sound is produced by a musitron. It has since been ranked at #466 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1961: Bob Dylan makes his recording debut when he plays harmonica on the Harry Belafonte song 'Calypso King.' Dylan makes $50 for the session.
1965: The Kinks peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Tired of Waiting for You' which was their third top 10 single in the U.S.
1966: The Who performed at Birmingham Hippodrome in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at Blue Opera Club, held at at The Feathers public house in London, England. A patron threw a penny a Roger Waters resulting in gash to his forehead.
1968: The Beatles new company Apple Records turned down the offer to sign new artist David Bowie.
1968: Enjoying a wild birthday party Keith Moon drummer with The Who drove his Lincoln car into a Holiday Inn swimming pool.
1969: Paul McCartney publicly denies rumors that he is dead.
1969: Led Zeppelin played at Fillmore West in San Francisco. It is a popular bootleg concert.
1970: Tricia Nixon, President Richard Nixon's daughter, invites Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick to the White House. Slick chooses revolutionary Chicago Seven defendant Abbie Hoffman as her escort. Hoffman doesn't get past the Secret Service and Slick leaves, missing the social connection of a lifetime.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Woodrose Ballroom in Deerfield, Massachusetts.
1971: Fleetwood Mac announce that guitarist Bob Welsh will be the replacement for the departed Jeremy Spencer.
1971: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's '4 Way Street' album hits #1.
1971: Alice Cooper peaks at #21 on Billboard's Hot 100 with '(I'm) Eighteen...' It was their first top 40 single in the U.S.
1971: The Grateful Dead appeared at Wallace Wade Stadium, on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
1972: Pink Floyd played at the Sports Arena in Toledo, Ohio.
1972: John Lennon's controversial single, ‘Woman Is the Nigger of the World’ was released in the U.S. The song peaked at #57, despite virtually every radio station in the country refusing to play it. Yoko Ono said the phrase during a magazine interview in 1967 and Lennon later explained that he was making a point that women deserved higher status in society.
1973: King Crimson appeared at the State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1974: Grand Funk Railroad's cover of Little Eva's early '60s pop hit 'Locomotion' hits #1. It is one of the few times a song tops the chart by two different performers.
1974: Pamela Courson the long-term companion of the late Jim Morrison died of a drugs overdose. It was Courson who found The Doors singer dead on July 3, 1971 in the bathtub of their apartment in Paris, France.
1975: Peter Ham, British singer, songwriter with Badfinger committed suicide by hanging himself in the garage of his Surrey home, aged 27. Ham co-wrote 'Without You', with band mate Tom Evans (who also later committed suicide). The song won an Ivor Novello award for Song Of The Year in 1973, and was a hit for Harry Nilson and Mariah Carey. Ham was a founder member of The Iveys, who became Badfinger, were signed to the Beatles' Apple label, their first hit 'Come And Get It' was written by Paul McCartney.
1975: Genesis play the first of two nights at City Hall in Nedwcastle, England on their 'The Lamb Lies On Broadway' Tour.
1976: 'Wings At The Speed Of Sound' went to #1 on the US album chart. It spent seven non-consecutive weeks on top of the chart and was Paul McCartney's 5th #1 after The Beatles.
1976: Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday Night Live on TV. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a cab to the studio, but decided they were too tired. This was the last time Lennon and McCartney were together.
1976: Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' makes it into the U.S. Top 10 at #9. It was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1976: Led Zeppelin scored their 6th #1 album with 'Presence.'
1976: David Bowie performed at Nya Masshallen in Helsinki, Finland.
1977: Talking Heads begin their first European tour, supporting The Ramones.
1977: Following in Johnny Cash's footsteps, Santana and others perform a California's Soledad Prison.
1977: Pink Floyd performed at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
1978: David Bowie appeared at the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1980: ZZ Top performed at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1981: Motley Crue played their very first gig at the Starwood in West Hollywood. It was two sets opening for Y&T.
1982: John Cougar's 'Hurts So Good' is released. It's his first Top 10 song and peaks at #2.
1982: The Motels 'Only The Lonely' b/w 'Change My Mind' 45 single is released. It reached #9 on the Billboard HOT 100 chart and #6 on the Mainstream Rock chart. From their album 'All Four One,' which reached #16 on the Billboard charts.
1982: Ozzy Osbourne appeared at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1983: Bryan Adams, Sammy Hagar, Aerosmith, and Journey performed at the Miami Baseball Stadium.
1984: 48 year old Jerry Lee Lewis married wife number six, 22 year old Kerrie McCarver. They would split in 2002.
1987: Deep Purple played at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1989: Kingdom Come released their 2nd album, 'In Your Face.'
1989: Tom Petty released his debut solo album 'Full Moon Fever,' which would go on to be the biggest selling non-compilation album of his career, selling five million copies and contain the hit singles 'I Won’t Back Down,' 'Runnin’ Down a Dream' and 'Free Fallin’.
1990: The road crew for Roger Waters discovered an unexploded World War II bomb while constructing the set for 'The Wall' concert in Potsdamer Platz, Germany.
1991: Jane’s Addiction performed at New York City’s Madison Square Garden for the first time for a sellout concert with 14,314 in attendance.
1992: David Bowie married Somali born model and actress Iman in Switzerland. Iman first got married at the age of eighteen to a young Somali man. Then, in 1977, she wed American basketball player Spencer Haywood.
1992: Wilson Pickett was arrested after hitting an 86-year-old man with his car. Pickett was charged with driving with open bottles of alcohol in his car.
1992: 'Elvis -- The Great Performances' airs on CBS-TV.
1993: At Farm Aid 6, Willie Nelson, John Cougar Mellencamp and Neil Young were among 40 artists who played in front of 40,000 people at the concert in Ames, Iowa.
1995: Oasis released 'Some Might Say' which went on to give the band their first UK #1 single.
1996: After being forced to cancel shows, Stone Temple Pilots issue a statement saying that lead singer Scott Weiland has "become unable to rehearse or appear for these shows due to his dependency on drugs. He is currently under a doctor's care in a medical facility."
2001: L.A. Guns released their 9th studio album, 'Man in the Moon.'
2003: Creed is sued by several fans after a series of concerts where they were to intoxicated to perform.
2004: System Of A Down headline the SOULS, 2004 concert in Los Angeles. The event benefits the Armenian National Committee of America, which seeks to raise awareness about Armenian genocide. System Of A Down also raise money for Amnesty International by auctioning off three pairs of tickets to their show.
2004: David Bowie invites fans to create a mash up; namely taking a track from his 'Reality' album and mixing it with a classic Bowie song. The record industry views this as a form of bootlegging but Bowie's web site offers prizes for creativity.
2005: After 94 performances, the Broadway musical and Beach Boys tribute Good Vibrations closes.
2006: System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian and drummer John Dolmayan launch a three-day rally in Washington, D.C. to urge politicians to pass legislation recognizing the Armenian genocide of the early 1900s. The campaign kicks off with a demonstration outside of the Turkish Embassy. More than 1,000 people attend.
2007: David Bowie and Robert De Niro are photographed smiling together in New York at the opening party for the renowned actor's Tribeca Film Featival. There had been speculation that De Niro was fuming over Bowie's supposedly competing High Line Festival which is a couple weeks later.
2007: Sheryl Crow said a ban on using too much toilet paper should be introduced to help the environment. The singer suggested using "only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required". Crowe made the comments on her website after touring the US on a biodiesel-powered bus to raise awareness about climate change. Crow had also designed a clothing line with what she called a "dining sleeve". The sleeve is detachable and can be replaced with another "dining sleeve" after the diner has used it to wipe his or her mouth.
2007: 'One Man Revolution,' the first album by the Nightwatchman, guitarist Tom Morello's solo acoustic persona, is released. The disc is produced by Brendan O'Brien, a veteran of both Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave projects.
2007: US President George W. Bush is denied a luxury suite at the Imperial Hotel in Vienna when Mick Jagger, in town with The Rolling Stones on a tour, books it first.
2007: 'The String Quartet Tribute To Chris Cornell' is issued. The album features orchestral versions of songs written or co-written by the singer during his tenure with Soundgarden and Audioslave, as well as from his solo career.
2008: Filter hits the road for the first time in nearly six years to promote 'Anthems For The Damned.' The six-week tour starts in Austin.
2008: Jane's Addiction reunite to rock the NME Awards.
2008: 'Pork & Beans,' the first single from Weezer's self-titled sixth album, is available for digital download.
2009: The video for Green Day's 'Know Your Enemy,' the first single from '21st Century Breakdown,' premieres on MTV, VH1 and all other worldwide MTV Networks platforms.
2009: Aerosmith settles a class-action lawsuit brought against them after they pulled out of a sold-out concert on Maui, Hawaii, in September 2007. As part of the deal, the group gives a free performance on Maui in 2009. The suit claimed that the cancellation cost ticket buyers up to $3 million in various expenses.
2009: Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne is presented with ASCAP's Golden Note Award on during the performing-rights organization's "I Create Music" Expo in L.A.
2009: Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Elton John are ranked third, sixth and eighth, respectively, on The Sunday Times of London's list of wealthiest U.K. music celebrities. Sting and Keith Richards also appear in the tally's Top 10.
2010: Rush’s documentary 'Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage' premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
2010: Al four original members of The Rascals reunite for only the second time since breaking up four decades earlier (first time since their 1997 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction). The group performs at Robert De Niro's Tribeca Grill in New York to raise money for the Kristen Ann Carr Fund after an invite by The E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt. Hopes of a more permanent reunion were quickly dashed by guitarist Gene Cornish, who said "I speak on behalf of the band when I say all the money offers in the world could not entice The Rascals to reunite." They would get back together however, for a series of concerts beginning in 2012.
2011: 'American Idiot,' the Green Day musical inspired by the album of the same name, ends its Broadway run at the St. James Theatre after 13-months (421 performances). Following the final curtain, Green Day performs a ten-song set at the theater. Ticket sales dropped after Armstrong left the cast but he rejoined the musical, playing St. Jimmy, for the final performances.
2011: 'God Bless Ozzy Osbourne' premiered at the ‪Tribeca Film Fest‬ival.
2012: Jack White's debut solo album, 'Blunderbuss' is released.
2012: The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour begins in Tucson, AZ.
2012: Ozzy Osbourne became a grandfather when his son Jack's fiancee, Lisa Stelly, gave birth to the couple's first child.
2013: Steven Van Zandt introduces 'Rock And Roll: An American Story,' a multimedia-based curriculum for middle and high school students. The program also covers Rock's roots and social impact.
2014: Stephen Pearcy announces he has quit Ratt. "I am officially done with having anything to do with them, due to the constant turmoil, unresolved business, personal attacks and threats in the public forum, and most of all, disrespect to the fans," explains Pearcy.
2015: Two and a half years after a video of the Louisville Kids Band performing an all-percussion version of Ozzy Osbourne's 'Crazy Train' surfaced on YouTube, Ozzy donates $10,000 to the non-profit musical project. The video garnered over 800,000 views.
2015: Rufus Taylor, the son of Queen drummer Roger Taylor, plays his first show with The Darkness. It is in London. Taylor replaces Emily Dolan Davies, who left the previous month, after a short stint with the band.
2016: Iron Maiden give their first-ever concert in China. It's at the Beijing LeSports Center during the group's 'The Book Of Souls' world tour.

April 25
1949: An article by Deac Aylesworth in Look Magazine predicted that radio was doomed and that within three years, TV would overshadow radio completely.
1955: The UN's commission on narcotics releases a report stating "definite connection between increased marijuana smoking and that form of entertainment known as bebop and rebop."
1960: Eddie Cochran is laid to rest in Cypress, CA. He was killed in a London car accident a week earlier while on tour with Gene Vincent.
1960: Elvis Presley started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Stuck On You', his first hit single after his two-year stint in the US Army. It became his first #1 single of the 1960's and thirteenth overall.
1961: Elvis Presley makes his last stage appearance for nearly eight years, at Bloch Arena in Hawaii.
1965: During a North American tour, The Rolling Stones appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to over 16,000 fans.
1966: The Who release the 'The Who Sings My Generation' album.
1967: Just days after the completion of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' The Beatles embark upon their next project, recording the theme to 'Magical Mystery Tour' at Abbey Road studios in London.
1968: The Beatles turn down a chance to perform before the Queen at a British Olympic Appeal Fund show. They'd already performed before the queen.
1969: The Moody Blues released their 4th album, 'On the Threshold of a Dream.' It topped the UK Albums chart and reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1969: Jethro Tull's 'Living In The Past' b/w 'Driving Song' 45 single is released in the UK. The song was originally recorded during sessions for Tull's 1969 album 'Stand Up,' but not included on the album, and released in the same year as a stand-alone single. However, it became more popular after its 1972 release on Tull's compilation album, also called 'Living in the Past.' After its release on the album, it became the band's first Top 20 hit in the US, peaking at #11.
1970: The Who 'The Seeker' b/w 'Here For More' 45 single is released.
1973: Sweet received their first Gold single in the U.S. for 'Little Willy' which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1978: Queen's 'We Are The Champions' is certified gold.
1974: Pamela Courson the long-term companion of the late Jim Morrison died of a drugs overdose. It was Courson who found the Doors singer dead on July 3, 1971 in the bathtub of their apartment in Paris, France.
1974: The streaking fad hits its peak as Rolling Stone reports that Yes and Greg Allman concerts have been interrupted by naked people running around.
1975: The original New York Dolls break up after Jerry Nolan and Johnny Thunders leave the band in the middle of a tour in Florida. They carry on with replacements into 1976, but disband that year, returning again in 2004.
1975: The Alice Cooper horror/music special 'Alice Cooper: The Nightmare' (featuring Vincent Price) airs on ABC.
1977: Elvis Presley made the last recordings of his life during a concert at the Saginaw, Michigan Civic Center. Three songs from the show appeared on the posthumously released Presley album, 'Moody Blue.'
1978: Queen's single 'We Are the Champions' was certified Platinum.
1979: The Police made their debut on BBC TV's 'Top Of The Pops' performing 'Roxanne'. The single which was taken from their album Outlandos d'Amour was written from the point-of-view of a man who falls in love with a prostitute.
1979: The movie 'Rock and Roll High School' starring the Ramones is released.
1980: Black Sabbath release their 9th studio album, 'Heaven and Hell.' It’s the first Sabbath album to feature Ronnie James Dio as lead singer, replacing Ozzy Osbourne. The album reaches #28 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart goes on to reach platinum status in the U.S.
1981: Wings disband when guitarist Denny Laine quits.
1983: Krokus released their 7th studio album, 'Headhunter.'
1985: During their ‘The Works’ world tour, Queen played the first of four nights at Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.
1985: Exodus' first studio album 'Bonded by Blood' is released.
1987: U2 reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time with 'The Joshua Tree,' which began a nine week run on top of the chart & went on to sell ten million copies in the U.S.
1988: Bon Jovi's manager Doc Mcgee was convicted on drug offences arising from the 1982 seizure of 40,000lb of marijuana smuggled into north Carolina from Colombia. McGee was sentenced to a five year suspended prison term and a $15,000 fine, and is ordered to set up an anti-drug foundation. He gives back to the community by organizing the Moscow Music Peace Festival, an all-star hard rock event dedicated to promoting world peace and helping curb illegal drug use in the Soviet Union. Ironically, several of the headliners at the time were heavy drug users, including Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row and Mötley Crüe..
1989: The self-titled debut album from Blue Murder was released.
1990: At Sotheby’s auction house in London, Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Fender Stratocaster that he used during his appearance at Woodstock sold for $334,620 making it the most expensive guitar ever sold at the time.
1992: Soundgarden's 'Batmotorfinger' enters the U.S. album chart at #39.
1993: Legendary album artist Stanley "Mouse" Miller, designer of Grateful Dead's "skull and roses" logo, has his upcoming liver transplant financed by the band.
1994: Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys was sentenced to 200 hours of community service for attacking a TV cameraman during the memorial services for actor River Phoenix the previous November.
1994: The Eagles played the first of two shows at Warner Studios in Burbank, CA where they recorded their ‘Hell Freezes Over’ album. Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmit first got back together the previous December for the making of a Travis Tritt video of their song, ‘Take It Easy.’ The name of the album was taken from an earlier quote by Glen Frey, who responded to the question "When will the Eagles get back together?" The concert is taped and shown on MTV later in the year.
1996: A pair of skin-tight trousers owned by Queen singer Freddie Mercury was sold at a pop memorabilia sale in London.
1997: U2's 'Pop Mart' world tour kicked off at The Las Vegas San Boyd Stadium in front of 35,000 fans. The tour featured the largest video screen in the world and would visit 80 cities around the planet.
1999: Paul Simon performs 'Mrs. Robinson' and receives loud cheers following the line "Where have you gone Joe Di Maggio?" during a ceremony honoring the Yankee Clipper at New York's Yankee Stadium.
2000: Bush & Moby play Rimac Arena on the University of California San Diego campus.
2000: Limp Bizkit announce that their Back To Basics Tour will be sponsored by Napster.
2000: Venom release their 10th album, 'Resurrection.'
2000: Papa Roach release 'Infest.' The album will go on to become the 20th highest-selling album of 2000 in the United States. The album also earns Papa Roach two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Music Video (for 'Broken Home').
2000: Eric Clapton is reunited with his former Derek and the Dominos keyboard player Bobby Whitlock for their first performance together in 29 years. The setting is the London-based BBC TV series Later With Jools Holland.
2003: The parents of the late Doors frontman Jim Morrison sue the remaining members for touring with a new singer as "The Doors 21st Century" using the band's image and logo.
2004: Billy Joel lost control of his car on a rain-slicked road in Bayville, New York and crashed into a house. No one in the building was injured and the piano man walked away unscathed except for cutting his hand. It was Joel’s third car accident in two years.
2005: Bruce Springsteen played the opening show on his Devils & Dust Tour North American Tour at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.
2006: Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland and Duff McKagan are guest hosts on 'Nashville Star.' They participate in the jam session that is a regular feature of the show.
2006: The Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Dani California' tops Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, while still at #1 on the Modern Rock charts.
2006: Jon Bon Jovi's duet with Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles, 'Who Says You Can't Go Home,' hits the #1 spot on Billboard's Hot Country chart. Bon Jovi is the first Rock act to ever top the Country chart.
2006: A New York bankruptcy court rules that Creative Trains, a company owned by Neil Young, may proceed in establishing a joint business entity with the cash-strapped model-train maker Lionel. The new venture, known as Liontech Trains, develops an upgraded control system for Lionel. The latter corporation's creditors had opposed the partnership because Young also owns a stake in Lionel, but a judge decrees that the venture can move forward.
2006: Godsmack's 'IV' album is released.
2006: Bruce Springsteen's 'We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions' is released.
2007: Aides to George Bush were told they couldn’t book a luxury five star hotel suite because Mick Jagger had already booked it during The Rolling Stones current world tour. Jagger had splashed out £3,600 a night for the suite at the five-star Imperial Hotel in Vienna, Austria, in advance of the band appearing in Vienna. President Bush had sent U.S. secret service agents to vet the hotel before finding it was booked.
2007: Nine Inch Nails 6th studio album, 'Year Zero' hits #2 on the Billboard 200 chart just one week after its release. It sells 187,000 copies.
2007: U2's Bono appears on FOX's 'American Idol' during the second night of the program's two-part Idol Gives Back charity special. The U2 singer meets with the finalists to discuss the mission of the ONE campaign, which he co-founded to combat poverty in the world's underprivileged nations.
2008: Phil Collins announces his retirement from releasing albums and touring. A few years later, he would retire from the business completely to spend time with his family.
2008: Def Leppard released their 10th studio album, 'Songs from the Sparkle Lounge.' It peaks at #5 on the Bilboard charts.
2010: The London Sunday Times' annual list of the Top 20 richest British music millionaires includes Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton. McCartney leads all other musicians with a net worth of over $700 million. By contrast, fellow ex-Beatle Starr has a 'modest' $215 million.
2012: Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor) appear on 'American Idol' to perform with the top six Idol finalists.
2015: Anthrax launch a U.S. tour with Volbeat but they do it without drummer Charlie Benante due to ongoing problems with his hand. He is replaced by Jon Dette, who covered for Benante in 2013 while he underwent surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome.
2015: Motorhead cancel appearances at the Monsters Of Rock festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil due to frontman Lemmy Kilmister's illness. He is sent to the hospital for "a serious gastric disorder, followed by dehydration."
2015: Eagles' drummer Don Henley lashed out on his Facebook page against fans using cell phones to capture images and video at the band's concerts. "The madness, the rudeness, the thoughtlessness must stop. Constantly looking at the world through a viewfinder is not seeing. Listening to live music while recording on a smartphone is not hearing. Experiencing life second-hand is not living. Be here now." At Eagles' shows on their most recent tour, ushers were instructed to reprimand those who ignored the ban and remove repeat offenders.
2015: Bill Ward released his 3rd solo album, 'Accountable Beasts.' It was released as a digital download
2016: R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe authors an op-ed in USA Today asking Georgia governor Nathan Deal to veto a bill that would allow students to carry guns on college campuses. "If the governor signs the bill on his desk, he'll be going against the 78% of Georgians who say they oppose guns on campus, as well as a host of college administrators and prominent student and faculty organizations that have spoken out against the bill," writes the Georgia native.

April 26
1960: Production begins on Elvis Presley's first post-Army movie, 'G.I. Blues' in Los Angeles.
1962: Four days after his three year old son drowned in the family swimming pool, Jerry Lee Lewis arrives in London to begin a tour of England. It has been four years since Lewis fled the UK because of the disclosure that he was married to his thirteen year old cousin, Myra Gale Brown. Lewis would perform thirty-two times and gross nearly $50,000.
1963: Frankie Avalon inks a deal to appear in the Hollywood movie, 'Beach Party,' where he and Annette Funicello would sing, battle a motorcycle gang led by Eric Von Zipper and dance to Dick Dale And The Del Tones.
1964: The Beatles attended a London birthday party for Roy Orbison, who had turned 28 a few days earlier.
1964: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and the Dave Clark Five headlined the NME poll winner's concert at Wembley Empire Pool in London.
1965: Bob Dylan arrives in England for a tour promoting his new album, 'Bringing It All Back Home.' D.A. Pennebaker films his performances and acerbic exchanges with the press for the documentary 'Don’t Look Back.'
1965: The Rolling Stones’ concert in Ontario, Canada came to an early end when the police chief unplugged their microphones and amps.
1965: The Who perform at Town Hall in Bridgwater, Summerset, England. They are paid £200 ($320).
1966: The Who performed at the Lynx Club in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England.
1966: At Abbey Road, The Beatles recorded 32 takes of 'Octopus’s Garden.'
1967: Mama Cass Elliot gives birth to a daughter she names Owen Vanessa. She never told anyone who the father is.
1968: The Beatles recorded 'Octopus’s Garden.' The song was one of only two songs written by Ringo Starr that The Beatles recorded.
1969: King Crimson appeared at the Technical College in Ewell, Surrey, England.
1969: Jimi Hendrix played at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1969: The Original Cast of 'Hair' started a 13-week run at number one on the album chart.
1969: The Doobie Brothers played at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California.
1969: 'Get Back,' credited to the Beatles with Billy Preston, goes to #1 on the UK singles chart.
1969: During the bands second North American tour Led Zeppelin played the second of two nights at The Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. It was during this show that 'Whole Lotta Love' was played live for the first time.
1969: The Bob Seger System's 'Ramblin' Gamblin' Man' album is released.
1969: The fortunes of Canada's Guess Who were about to change as their latest single 'These Eyes' entered the Billboard Top 40. It would climb to #6 and was followed by twelve more hits over the next five years. Lead singer Burton Cummings would later recall; "We fought RCA tooth and nail not to release that as a single because we wanted to be a Rock band."
1970: Jimmy Page's solo appearance on the BBC's 'Julie Felix Show' revealed an interesting change of direction for Led Zeppelin. While the band was pegged as a purveyor of blues bombast, his performance of the acoustic 'White Summer/Black Mountain Side,' influenced by folk guitarist Bert Jansch, was a good indication of the gentler direction of 'Led Zeppelin III.'
1971: John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison officially end their plans to appeal Paul McCartney's efforts to legally disolve The Beatles.
1972: Alice Cooper 'School’s Out' b/w 'Gutter Cat' 45 single is released.
1972: Pink Floyd played the first of two nights at Ford Auditorium in Detroit, Michigan in support of 'Dark Side of the Moon.'
1973: Elton John launches his Rocket Records.
1974: Queen appeared at the Orpheum Theater in Boston.
1975: Pink Floyd perform at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Tickets range from $5.50 to $8.50.
1976: David Bowie performed at Kungliga Tennishallen in Stockholm, Sweden.
1976: 'Wings At The Speed Of Sound' went to #1 on the US album chart. Paul McCartney's 5th #1 album after The Beatles became his most successful American chart album, spending seven unconsecutive weeks at #1. The album featured the hits 'Let 'Em In' and 'Silly Love Songs'.'
1977: Grateful Dead performed at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.
1977: Studio 54 opens in New York City, owned by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager. Within a month of opening, the New York State Liquor Authority raids the club for selling liquor without a license, and closes it temporarily.
1977: Jim Steinman's play 'Neverland' opens at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Five months later, three of the songs he wrote for the production appear on Meat Loaf's seminal album 'Bat Out Of Hell,' which would become one of the 10 best-selling albums of all time.
1978: 'The Last Waltz,' director Martin Scorsese's acclaimed documentary of The Band's star-studded last concert, opens in theaters. The film features performances by Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Joni Mtchell, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, The Staple Singers and Dr. John.
1978: Ringo Starr's TV special, 'Ringo,' a musical version of 'The Prince and the Pauper' aired on American television. Ringo played both characters, George Harrison provided the narration. The special finishes 53rd out of 65 shows for thst week.
1979: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1980: Blondie were at #1 on the singles chart with 'Call Me,' featured in the Richard Gere movie 'American Gigolo.'
1980: Humble Pie performed at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia.
1980: The Who play at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.
1980: Van Halen played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1982: Out on a day's shopping, Rod Stewart was robbed by a gunman of his $50,000 Porsche on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.
1982: Meat Loaf played the first of four sold out nights at Wembley Arena in London.
1982: Iron Maiden's 'The Number of the Beast' single is released.
1982: While on his way to rehearse with The Clash in London, singer Joe Strummer had a change of heart and boarded a train to France, which caused The Clash to cancel a tour. Strummer re-appeared three weeks later claiming he was suffering from exhaustion. Strummer returns and The Clash are performing live again by the end of the month.
1982: Rod Stewart was robbed of his $50,000 Porsche on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Stewart had recently released a remake of the 1975 hit by the band Ace, 'How Long,' which failed to crack the US Top 40.
1984: Mike McCartney unveiled the £40,000 statue of The Beatles by John Doubleday at the new £8 million Cavern Walks shopping centre in Liverpool, England. John's first wife, Cynthia, was also in attendance.
1986: Van Halen started a three-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with '5150', their first album with Sammy Hagar.
1986: Judas Priest peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Turbo,' which went on to sell one million copies in the U.S.
1988: Mick Jagger appeared in White Plains, New York, Federal Court in the copyright infringement case brought by reggae singer Patrick Alley, who claimed the Mick Jagger solo track 'Just Another Night' was a plagiarism of his own song of the same name. Alley was claiming $7 million in profits from the track. During the case Sly Dunbar played drums to the court to show how the beats were different in each song and Mick sang and played demos of his song to show the court the development of the track. At the end of the week-long trial, Jagger won the case.
1990: Nirvana appeared at the Pyramid Club in New York City. The bands label Sub Pop filmed the show and the performance of ‘In Bloom’ was later used as a promo clip.
1994: Grace Slick pleaded guilty to pointing a shotgun at police in her California home. She claimed she was under stress because her home had burned down the previous year. She was later sentenced to 200 hours of community service and told to attend four Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week for three months.
1995: Courtney Love reportedly turned down an offer of $1 million from Playboy to pose nude for the magazine.
1995: Tony McCaroll, Oasis' original drummer, is fired from the group following an altercation with Noel and Liam Gallagher nearly a week earlier.
1997: ABC's telecast of 'U2: A Year in POP' becomes the lowest-rated prime-time program in the history of major network television.
1998: U2 made a guest appearance on the 200th episode of 'The Simpsons.' According to writers, U2 contacted them about making an appearance and the writers immediately wrote them into the episode.
2003: The Morgan Creek Bridge in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is renamed the James Taylor Bridge in honor of the singer, who mentioned it in his song 'Copperline.'
2003: David Lee Roth apprehended and detained a knife-wielding man he discovered trespassing on his Southern California estate. The former Van Halen frontman kept the felon at bay with a shotgun. Says Roth: “Anyone found bearing arms here at night...will be found here in the morning.” It later turns out the man is his neighbor, and is booked on possession of the knife and methamphetamines.
2005: A public memorial service is held in Minneapolis for American Head Charge guitarist Bryan Ottoson who died suddenly the previous week while on tour with Mudvayne.
2005: Bruce Springsteen's 13th studio album 'Devils & Dust' is released. The album debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
2005: Hater, with ex-Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd, release 'The 2nd.' As the title idicates, this is the group's sophomore effort and features former bandmate/current Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron.
2006: Eric Clapton is named the ambassador for the Entertainment Industry Foundation's National Arts and Music Education Initiative. He's featured in a public-service announcement promoting a campaign to help fund arts and music programs for young people.
2007: During opening statements in Phil Spector's murder trial, defense attorney Bruce Cutler told the jury that before police even had a cause of death, they had murder on their mind. "Fame and success come back to haunt you." After months of testimony, jurors would announce a deadlock of ten for guilty and two for not guilty. The judge then declared a mistrial and a new trial was slated to begin in August, 2008. Spector was convicted on April 14th, 2009.
2009: Alice Cooper, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and ex-Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau perform at the second annual Rock & Roll Supergroup Benefit Concert in Boston. The show raises money for the Right Turn addiction-recovery organization, which provides support and rehabilitation to artistic people dealing with alcoholism, drug addiction and mental-health problems.
2010: Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie launch a limited North American tour starting in Winnipeg. "The dream or the nightmare comes true!," Zombie writes on his website of what's biled as 'The Gruesome Twosome Tour.' .
2010: Linkin Park offer an iPod, iPhone and iPad app where users play through multiple levels to eventually unlock a lost track, 'Blackbirds,' that was written specifically for the Linkin Park: 8-Bit Rebellion game. "They were able to turn my sketches and our creative ideas into a living, breathing world," says frontman Mike Shinoda in a statement.
2012: Paul McCartney appears in a special live episode of NBC's '30 Rock.' After wandering on to the set looking for a bathroom, McCartney returns claiming to have hit his head and lost his memory. At that point, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) claims to be Paul's girlfriend and leads him away.
2013: Three Days Grace score their tenth #1 single on Billboard's Active Rock chart. 'The High Road,' from their 2012 album 'Transit To Venus,' gives Three Days Grace the record for the most #1's on the chart. They had been tied with Linkin Park and Shinedown.
2014: Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble are on the list of inaugural inductees into the Austin City Limits Hall Of Fame.
2016: Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck's air-sea-land performance, the first of its kind in the world, is the subject of a short Jagermeister documentary video. Tuck performed continuously during a skydive, a speedboat ride and a sled drive for the German herbal liqueur maker's publicity stunt.
2016: In the first week after the death of Pop star Prince, fans bought 654,000 copies of his albums and downloaded 2.82 million of his songs. 'The Very Best of Prince,' 'Purple Rain' and 'The Hits / The B-Sides' re-entered the Billboard 200 albums chart at 1, 2 and 6, respectively.
2016: The National Film And Sound Archive of Australia published previously unseen footage of The Beatles getting ready for a television performance in Manchester on November 1st, 1965. The 49 second silent video was donated by Melinda Doring, daughter of make-up artist Dawn Swane, who shot the original film while helping to prepare the band for their show.

April 27
1956: Capitol Records signs Gene Vincent, intending to market him as the next Elvis.
1957: Elvis Presley makes his first concert appearance outside the U.S. It's in Toronto.
1963: The Beatles performed at The Memorial Hall, Northwich, Cheshire, England. The Beatles made a total of six concert appearances at this venue in Northwich.
1964: The Beatles 'Love Me Do' b/w 'P.S. I Love You' 45 single is released. When the single was originally released in the United Kingdom, it peaked at #17; in 1982 it was re-issued and reached #4. In the United States the single was a #1 hit in 1964.
1964: John Lennon’s book 'In His Own Write' was published in the United States. Newsweek declared that The Beatles’ singer-guitarist is “an unlikely heir to the English tradition of literary nonsense.”
1966: The Beatles started recording the new John Lennon song 'I'm Only Sleeping' at Abbey Road studios in London. Recording began at 11:30 PM. The band recorded 13 takes, concluding on May 6th. The song features the then-unique sound of a reversed guitar duet played by George Harrison, partly because the tape was played backwards accidentally. Paul McCartney wanted to see if the band could recreate the sound. George recorded two guitar parts specifically for that purpose. It was released on the album 'Yesterday And Today.'
1966: The Kinks 'Dedicated Follower Of Fashion' b/w 'Sittin' On My Sofa' 45 single is released. It reached the top of the charts in The Netherlands and New Zealand. In the U.S., however, it barely managed to crack the Top Forty, peaking at #36. The lyrics won Ray Davies an Ivor Novello Award for songwriting in 1966.
1967: Traffic enters U.S. charts with debut album 'Mr. Fantasy.'
1968: Simon & Garfunkel release 'Mrs. Robinson' from 'The Graduate' soundtrack.
1968: Sly & The Family Stone's 2nd studio album, 'Dance to the Music' is released. It reached both the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart (#142) and Top R&B LP's (#11) chart.It contains the Top Ten hit single of the same name, which was influential in the formation and popularization of the musical subgenre of psychedelic soul and helped lay the groundwork for the development of funk music.
1969: The Who performed at the Kinema Ballroom in Dunfermline, England.
1969: A court found John Lennon’s erotic lithographs “unlikely to deprave or corrupt,” and his exhibition in London was re-opened.
1969: Pink Floyd performed at Mothers Club in Erdington, Birmingham, England. Recordings from this show were included in the group’s 1969 album 'Ummagumma.' Radio 1 DJ John Peel served as the emcee, He wrote in his weekly column for Disc & Music Echo, “At one moment they are laying surfaces of sound one upon another in symphonic thunder; at another isolated, incredibly melancholy sounds which cross another sounding like dying galaxies lost in sheer corridors of time and space.”
1969: Joe Cocker made his debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, singing 'Feelin' Alright.'
1970: David Bowie and The Hype, Barclay James Harvest, High Tide and The Purple Gang all performed at Stockport Grammar School, England.
1971: Alice Cooper's 'Caught In A Dream' b/w 'Hallowed Be My Name' 45 single is released. From the album, 'Love It to Death.' It reached #94 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1971: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Fillmore East in New York City. The Beach Boys also appeared on stage with the Dead, who together performed a short set of Beach Boys songs.
1972: New York mayor John Lindsey stepped into the John Lennon immigration furor and asked that the radical Beatle not be deported.
1972: Pink Floyd appeared at Ford Auditorium in Detroit, Michigan.
1973: King Crimson played at Irvine Auditorium in Philadelphia.
1974: A free afternoon event was held in the parking lot of the University of Connecticut, Ice Hockey Arena in Storrs. The four acts that appeared were Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Fairport Convention and Fat Back. Springsteen then went on to play another gig that evening at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.
1974: The Cherry Blossom Music Festival in Richmond, Virginia, turns into a riot when police start busting fans for drugs. Over 70 people are arrested. Steve Miller and Boz Scaggs are on the bill.
1974: Genesis appeared at the Century Theatre in Buffalo, New York.
1975: Pink Floyd played the last of a four night run at Los Angeles' Sports Arena. A total of 511 fans were arrested over the four nights, most for possession of marijuana. L.A. Police Chief Ed Davis says "They have a dope festival. It"s called a Rock concert or something."
1975: Genesis play the first of two nights at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, England on their 'The Lamb Lies On Broadway' Tour.
1976: Customs officers on a train at the Russian/Polish Border detained David Bowie, after Nazi books and mementoes were found in his luggage. Bowie claimed that the material was being used for research on a movie project about Nazi propaganda leader Joseph Paul Goebbels.
1977: Eric Clapton performed at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1978: David Bowie appeared at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1979: Roxy Music played at the Festival Hall in Osaka, Japan.
1979: Ozzy Osbourne is fired from Black Sabbath and replaced by Ronnie James Dio. Osbourne first reunites with the band at Live Aid in 1985 and then many times after.
1980: Rush performed at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1980: Three years and a day after opening its doors, New York's legendary Studio 54 was closed for liquor license violations. Several months earlier, owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager were jailed for tax evasion. The club would reopened under new management in 1981.
1981: Ringo Starr married actress and one time 'Bond girl' Barbara Bach. The pair met while filming the movie, 'Caveman,' with Dennis Quaid and Shelley Long. In attendance at the wedding were George Harrison and Paul McCartney.
1981: Wings announced that they were splitting up due to Denny Laine leaving the band. Laurence Juber and Steve Holley already left in February.
1984: Twisted Sister‬ released their 6th single 'We're Not Gonna Take It.'
1985: USA For Africa started a three-week run at #1 on the US chart with 'We Are The World'. The US artists' answer to Band Aid had an all-star cast including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes and Ray Charles, along with the composer's of the track, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.
1986: Robert Palmer's 'Addicted To Love' is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1987: U2 makes the cover of Time magazine with the headline "Rock's Hottest Ticket."
1987: Slade released their 14th album, 'You Boyz Make Big Noize.'
1987: ‎Ace Frehley‬ released his 2nd solo album 'Frehley's Comet.'
1990: The American leg of David Bowie's 'Sound and Vision' world tour starts. Bowie says this tour will be the last time he will perform his old hits like 'Golden Years' and 'Fame.'
1993: Vince Neil releases his debut solo album, 'Exposed.'
1994: John Mellencamp and Elaine Irwin had their first child together when their son Hud was born. This was Mellencamp’s 4th child.
1994: The Fillmore re-opened in San Francisco. Acts that played there were Smashing Pumpkins and American Music Club.
1996: Oasis played the first of two nights at Manchester’s Maine Road football ground as a ‘thank you’ to their fans, the 80,000 tickets sold out in hours.
1997: Bill Ward released his 2nd solo album, 'When the Bough Breaks.'
1999: R.E.M. makes its television series debut on Fox’s 'Party of Five.'
1999: The Lollapalooza festival tour is cancelled for the second consecutive year.
2003: Former Talking Heads singer and guitarist David Byrne made a guest appearance on 'The Simpsons' who helps Homer Simpsons produce & record a song.
2003: Iggy Pop reunited with The Stooges for the first time in 30 years on the closing night of California's Coachella Festival. Other performers included The White Stripes, The Hives, Primal Scream, Blur, Hot Hot Heat, The Libertines and Queens of the Stone Age.
2004: The Recording Industry Association of America filed 477 more lawsuits against accused file sharers. Sixty-nine of the accused had allegedly been using university networks to distribute music through peer-to-peer services.
2004: Joan Jett released her 10th studio album, 'Naked.' It was only released in Japan.
2005: U2 films the video for 'City Of Blinding Lights' at General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada. More than 3,500 people are recruited to be the audience as the group runs through the song seven times to get all the angles. U2 then plays a few other songs from 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.'
2005: Motley Crue's performance in Grand Rapids, MI, is filmed for a TV special and DVD.
2005: The Foo Fighters begin work on the 'Best Of You' video with director Mark Pellington. The song is the first single from the group's 'In Your Honor' album.
2006: Keith Richards is taken to hospital with a head injury after falling out of a palm tree on vacation in Fiji. He suffered a brain hemorrhage and later undergoes cranial surgery in New Zealand which caused The Rolling Stones to postpone their European tour.
2006: Slash and his second wife, Perla, file for divorce in Los Angeles. Married in '2001, they have two sons. Perla worked as Velvet Revolver's manager.
2006: Members of Cheap Trick and the Allman Brothers Band initiate a class-action suit against Sony BMG claiming that the music company hasn't paid them what's due from digital-download sales. The action also includes ring tone sales. Cheap Trick and the Allmans ask for more than $25 million in damages.
2007: John Mellencamp entertains wounded military personnel at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The performance is televised live on HDNet. "You can support the troops and not support the war," says Mellencamp, a vocal critic of the Iraq invasion.
2008: A giant inflatable pig, covered with political slogans, that was part of Roger Waters stage set during his performance at the Coachella Festival in Indio, CA, breaks free from its mooring. Festival organizers offer $10,000 cash and four lifetime passes to Coachella to whoever tracks it down. The pig crash-lands a few miles away and is found two days later. The two couples split the reward.
2008: Prince makes the crowd go crazy by covering Radiohead during an epic headlining set after being a last-minute addition to the Coachella Festival.
2009: Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament was the victim of a robbery outside Southern Tracks Recording studios in Atlanta, where the band were recording. Ament and a band employee had arrived at the rear of the studio when three assailants brandishing knives emerged from the woods wearing black masks and smashed the windows of a rented Jeep. The robbers grabbed a BlackBerry and Ament’s passport and stole $3,000 in cash and $4,320 worth of goods.
2009: The RIAA agreed to accept $7,000 to settle a piracy lawsuit it brought against a suburban New York family. The settlement ended a four-year battle between record companies and a 46 year old mother of five, who was accused of illegally downloading and distributing music.
2009: Aerosmith were to hold a free concert in Hawaii to placate angry fans who brought a legal case against them. Fans filed a class action case, which claimed the band had cancelled a sold-out show in Maui two years ago, leaving hundreds of fans out of pocket in favor of a bigger gig in Chicago. Lawyers for the would-be concert-goers said Aerosmith had now agreed to put on a new show, and would pay all expenses. Everyone who bought a ticket to the original concert would receive a free ticket.
2011: Rod Stewart was honored at the 28th annual ASCAP Pop Awards in Los Angeles.
2012: Bob Dylan receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, which is the highest honor awarded to a United States civilian citizen. Dylan is only the 29th musician to receive the award.
2012: Motley Crue singer Vince Neil appears in the season finale of Ghost Adventures, the paranormal series airing on The Travel Channel. Vince joins the show's team of paranormal investigators.
2012: Neal Schon, Sammy Hagar and Joe Satriani perform at the Ronnie Montrose tribute, A Concert for 'Ronnie Montrose - a Celebration of His Life in Music,' at San Francisco's Regency Ballroom. Hagar was an original member of Montrose.
2013: Slash appears in a PSA style video calling attention to the crisis facing sharks.
2013: A blue plaque was unveiled at Swansea railway station in Wales, honoring Peter Ham who co-wrote 'Without You', a hit for both Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey. Ham who was a member of Badfinger were signed to The Beatles Apple Records label. Ham took his own life in 1975 at the age of 27.
2014: KISS frontman Paul Stanley's autobiography 'Face The Music: A Life Exposed' debuts at #2 on The New York Times print hardcover non-fiction Best Sellers list.
2015: Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, is named a Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development for TNA Wrestling. A huge wrestling fan, part of his job is to "develop characters and create story lines" for TNA's flagship program Impact Wrestling.
2015: Guns N' Roses leader Axl Rose is unsuccessful in a last-minute appeal to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to halt the executions of two Australians on decade-old drug charges. The pair and six others are executed by a firing squad two days later.
2017: Guitarist Craig Chaquico filed a lawsuit to prevent some of his former bandmates from using the name Jefferson Starship. Chaquico said the band's members agreed to retire the name after founding member Paul Kantner left the group in 1985. Chaquico allowed Kantner to use the Jefferson Starship name for several years, but that right ended when Kantner died in 2016, the lawsuit said.

April 28
1958: Alan Freed's Big Beat Show played 2 shows at the Central High School Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The tour featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, Buddy Holly, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors, The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins and The Pastels.
1963: Andrew Oldham saw The Rolling Stones for the first time in London’s Crawdaddy Club. He agreed to manage the band the next day. Oldham, who worked for Brian Epstein (The Beatles' manager), later produces the Stones' first recording session even though he has no prior experience.
1964: Elvis Presley released his recording of 'Viva Las Vegas' from the movie of the same name.
1964: The Beatles recorded the TV special ‘Around The Beatles’ at Wembley studios England. As well as performing songs they played Act V Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ with John playing the female role of Thisbe, Paul as Pyramus, George as Moonshine and Ringo as Lion. Paul later named his cat Thisbe.
1966: The Kinks perform at the Mecca Ballroom in Nottingham, England.
1966: The Young Rascals's 'Good Lovin' hits #1 on Billboard's Pop Charts. This is the first of three #1 songs for group, which later records as just The Rascals.
1966: The Who perform at The Witchdoctor at the Savoy Room in Catford, England.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at the Tabernacle Club in Hillgate, Stockport, England.
1967: The Grateful Dead, The Doors, UFO and Captain Speed play the Stockton Ballroom in Stockton, CA.
1967: Johnny Cash appeared at the Burlington Auditorium in Burlington, Iowa.
1967: Mama Cass Elliot of the Mamas and the Papas gives birth to her only child, Owen Vanessa Elliot. She keeps the identity of the girl’s father a mystery during her lifetime. In later years, Owen tracks down her biological father with the help of Cass Elliot’s bandmate, Michelle Phillips.
1968: The Broadway musical 'Hair' opened at the Baltimore Theatre in New York City. The show featured the songs ‘Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In’, ‘Good Morning Starshine’ and the title song. The production ran for 1,729 performances, finally closing on July 1, 1972. The show is made into a movie in 1979. The show returns to Broadway in 2009.
1968: The Mothers of Invention played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: Cream performed at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, Missouri.
1969: Yes appeared at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: The Chicago Transit Authority released their self-titled first album. After a legal problem with the actual train system in Chicago by the same name, they shortened their name to simply "Chicago."
1970: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the State University of New York in Stony Brook.
1971: Hawkwind appeared St. Michels Mount in Penzance, England.
1972: The first single from David Bowie's 'The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust' is released, 'Starman' b/w 'Suffragette City.' The song was a late addition to the album 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars' included at the insistence of RCA’s Dennis Katz, who heard a demo and loved the track, believing it would make a great single. The lyrics describe Ziggy Stardust bringing a message of hope to Earth's youth through the radio, salvation by an alien 'Starman.'
1972: Pink Floyd played at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago.
1973: King Crimson performed at the Academy of Music in New York.
1973: Pink Floyd's album 'Dark Side Of The Moon' went to #1 on the US chart, it went on to enjoy a record breaking 741 weeks, selling over 20 million copies world-wide.
1973: The Faces scored their first #1 album with 'Ooh La La.'
1974: Queen appeared at Exposition Hall in Portland, Maine.
1975: John Lennon is the guest on tonight's episode of NBC-TV's Tonight Show, while Ringo Starr appears on NBC's Smothers Brothers Show to sing his latest hit, 'No No Song.'
1976: The Rolling Stones played at Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany.
1977: Eric Clapton appeared at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1978: Mike Oldfield played the first of two nights at London’s Wembley Arena.
1978: AC/DC release 'Powerage.'
1978: Cheap Trick played a couple of shows in Japan (Apr. 28 & 30) at the Budokan arena. The shows were recorded for a live album to be released in Japan. The US division of their label wanted to release it in the US, but rumor has it the bands management didn't want it released. The reasons: the band wouldn't get any advance on it and the recording was missing some very important parts. The label won the argument and it became Cheap Trick's best-selling recording, ranking number 426 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of "the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". The album peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 and became the group's best selling album with over three million copies sold.
1979: Blondie's 'Heart Of Glass' is the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. They would score three more chart toppers over the next two years. When 'Heart of Glass' hit #1, Andy Warhol throws a party for the group at Studio 54 in New York.
1980: Marshall Tucker Band bass player Tommy Caldwell died of injures from a car accident aged 30 in his hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was the original frontman for the Marshall Tucker Band between 1973 and 1980.
1980: The Grateful Dead played at Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama.
1981: Former member of T Rex, Steve Currie was killed in a car crash returning to his home near Vale de Parra, Algarve, Portugal, he was 33 years old. Joined T. Rex (recently renamed from Tyrannosaurus Rex) as bass guitarist in late 1970, also worked as a session player, played on 'Motorbikin' by Chris Spedding.
1982: The California State Assembly consumer-protection-committee heard testimony from "experts" who claimed that when ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was played backward, contained the words: "I sing because I live with Satan. The Lord turns me off, there's no escaping it. Here's to my sweet Satan, whose power is Satan. He will give you 666. I live for Satan."
1983: During the second leg of their 'War' North American tour, U2 performed at the Rochester Institute Of Technology Ice Rink in Rochester, New York.
1983: Iron Maiden release the single for 'Flight Of Icarus.'
1984: King Crimson appeared at Kani Hoken Hall in Tokyo.
1984: Bon Jovi made their debut appearance on U.S. television on American Bandstand where they performed 'Runaway' & 'She Don’t Know Me.'
1985: Bryan Ferry releases his 'Slave To Love' single.
1985: Eric Clapton performed at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
1987: Ozzy Osbourne found himself on a plane bound to Boston with returning spring-breakers from Miami. He bought three rounds of drinks for all and entertained the passengers with a rendition of 'Crazy Train' over the PA system.
1988: During a North American tour, Pink Floyd perform at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas.
1988: Rush played at Wembley Arena in London.
1989: Jon Bon Jovi marries his high school sweetheart, Dorothea Hurley, at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.
1990: Guns N' Roses leader Axl Rose married Erin Everly, daughter of The Everly Brothers Don at Cupid's Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. They divorced in January of 1991 after a stormy nine months of marriage. Erin later files a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Axl for domestic violence, which is settled out of court.
1990: Robert Plant peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with his 5th full-length solo album 'Manic Nirvana' which went on to go Gold in the U.S.
1990: Motley Crue peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Without You,' which was their 2nd and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1991: Bonnie Raitt marries her first husband, actor Michael O'Keefe, in New York. The couple would divorce in 1999.
1995: Bob Seger receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Motor City (Detroit) Music Awards. Seger was born in nearby Dearborn.
1999: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1999: Marilyn Manson cuts short a concert in Des Moines, IO, and abruptly walks offstage after he realizes that someone stuck a large yellow smiley face on one of his stage props. The resulting rowdiness ends in 23 arrests.
2002: Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil assaults record producer Michael Schuman outside of the Rainbow Bar and Grill on the Sunset Strip. He later pleads guilty to a misdemeanor charge of battery.
2003: Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack went into rehab. The 17 year old was a patient at Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, California.
2003: Apple launches iTunes and so starts the decline of CD sales. It becomes the first widely-successful legal music download site, thanks to the emergence of the iPod, which lets people take their music with them. At first, the service was available only to Mac users and the music files were encoded in Apple's proprietary format restricting where they could be played.
2005: Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society takes a baseball bat to the Big Easy nightclub in Boise, Idaho. The show is cancelled. Wylde and another man are briefly detained by police, but the case is dropped when no one wants to press charges.
2006: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx gets served papers, as one-time Baywatch babe Donna D'Errico, files for divorce to end their nine year marriage, reportedly because of irreconcilable differences.
2006: The Edge (U2) makes two surprise onstage appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. "(Being here) is a chance to see some of the things that have been happening as a result of the work that Music Rising has been doing," says the guitarist of the post-Hurricane Katrina charity initiative he helped start.
2006: Neil Young streams his album 'Living With War' for free on his official web site. The 10-track effort includes the song 'Let's Impeach The President.'
2007: Aerosmith headline A Concert for Lili Claire in Las Vegas. The annual event raises money for the Lili Claire Foundation, which provides support to children with neurogenetic conditions.
2007: Jonathan Davis of Korn's wife Devn gives birth to the couple's second child, Zeppelin.
2008: Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) is sentenced to 192 hours in jail after pleading no contest to a DUI charge stemming from his arrest on a L.A. freeway on-ramp the previous November. Weiland, who had originally entered a not-guilty plea is also ordered to enter an 18-month alcohol-treatment program and pay $2,000 in fines.
2009: Heaven & Hell's 'The Devil You Know' album is released. The lead sing'e is "Bible Black.' Aside from Dio, the band also includes Sabbath vets Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi and Vinny Appice.
2009: A TV commercial for insurance featuring Iggy Pop was ruled as misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority. In the advert, the singer was seen exclaiming that he had an insurance policy with Swiftcover but the company did not cover musicians at the time of the ad being shown. Swiftcover had since started to offer policies to musicians, and stated that Mr Pop would continue to endorse the company.
2009: The Black Crowes release 'Warpaint Live,' a two-CD set recorded in L.A. The 2008 concert features songs from 'Warpaint' plus older material.
2009: Bob Dylan's 'Together Through Life' is released. He says the album has a "more of a romantic edge" than the songs on his previous studio effort, 'Modern Times.'
2010: Metallica's 'Master Of Puppets' tops Musicradar.com's list of The 50 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time. The 1986 album is followed by Iron Maiden's 'The Number Of The Beast' (#2) and Guns N' Roses' 'Appetite For Destruction' (#3).
2010: Gene Simmons tells Britain's Daily Telegraph in an interview that KISS is among the world's most recognizable brands. "You don't know how big the image is," says Simmons. "By some experts, it is believed to be the most recognized pop culture image on Earth -- even above Mickey Mouse."
2011: "Our support for Richie (Sambora) is absolute," Bon Jovi says in a statement. "Although he will be absent from upcoming shows for the time being, we very much look forward to his healthy return." The 52 year-old guitarist, who is coping with two breakups and the death of his father, enters rehab. Bon Jovi's tour continues with guitarist Phil 'X' Xenidis filling in.
2011: Recording equipment seller MJQ Ltd. announced that it would be auctioning off microphones and equipment from John Lennon's home studio, on which he recorded early solo albums and his hit song "Imagine". The microphones were expected to fetch at least 5,000 pounds each.
2011: Fox News Channel anchor Glenn Beck blasts an episode of the Fox TV show Glee in which the cast performs My Chemical Romance's anthem, 'Sing.' "I've watched it with a sense of horror, combined with a sense of admiring awe," says Beck of musical comedy-drama. "Pay attention to the lyrics. This is propaganda." A few days later, MCR's frontman Gerard Way responds, dismissing Beck's criticism. "I can't tell what he's angrier about, the fact that it's how I feel about the persistent sterilization of our culture, or the fact that it's on network television for everyone to hear."
2012: 'AC/DC: Australia's Family Jewels,' an exhibit about the band, opens at the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle. The display features 400 pieces of memorabilia related to the band and its 40-year history.
2014: Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell appeared in court after being arrested over a domestic dispute. The arrest came after a caller from the singers' home phoned the emergency services and then hung up. Simon told a Superior Court judge in Norwalk, Connecticut, he had a rare argument with his wife on Saturday night at their home and they were now fine.
2014: Scorpions drummer James Kottak is sentenced to one month in a Dubai jail for being intoxicated and drinking without a license, flipping off passengers on his flight from Russia, and allegedly exposing himself. He is also convicted of insulting Islam. Kottak spent time in prison, forcing the Scorpions to find a fill-in drummer for the tour. He later said, “I am determined to come to grips with my alcoholism and am doing everything on a daily basis to beat this relentless disease.”
2014: Members of Queensryche and their former singer Geoff Tate announce they have reached a settlement in their dispute over the use of the band's name. Original Queensryche members Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton plus recent members, Todd La Torre and Parker Lundgren, are the sole entity recording and touring as Queensryche. Tate wins the exclusive rights to perform 'Operation: Mindcrime I' and 'II' in their entirety as a unique performance.
2015: Stone Sour release their covers EP 'Meanwhile In Burbank' on iTunes. The set contains their versions of songs by Metallica, Black Sabbath, Alice In Chains, Judas Priest and KISS.
2015: Motorhead's five-day Motorboat cruise from Miami to the Bahamas with Slayer, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies and Corrosion Of Conformity gets underway.
2015: Jack Ely, best known for singing the Kingsmen’s hit 'Louie Louie,' dies of an unknown illness in Oregon at 71. His son Sean said that Ely was a Christian Scientist and he believed that his father suffered from skin cancer. During the recording of the song, the band tried to replicate a live performance, leading Ely to practically shout the words. He was also wearing braces at the time of the performance, which famously slurred his words.
2015: Paul McCartney played Japan's famed Nippon Budokan where he included a performance of 'Another Girl' live'for the first time ever. The song, included on The Beatles' 1965 album 'Help,' had never been played on stage anywhere by the band or any of its members solo.
2015: Everclear's 'Black Is The New Black' album is out. "This is not an upbeat Everclear record," states frontman Art Alexakis. "It's pretty dark, lyrically and musically. Which is kind of bizarre because right now things are really good!"
2015: 'Angel Acoustic,' an unplugged set from Theory Of A Deadman is released.
2015: Jack Ely, former singer of The Kingsmen ('Louie, Louie'), dies at the age of 71.

April 29
1960: With the payola scandal still in the news, Dick Clark relinquished the rights to music publishing that he owned. The value of those rights, Clark indicated later, amounted to about $80 million.
1963: Publicist Andrew Oldham and agent Eric Easton signed a management deal with The Rolling Stones after buying the rights to the bands first recordings for £90. They also persuade keyboard player Ian Stewart to drop out of the line up and become the bands road manager, (and still play piano at the back of the stage).
1965: Jimmy Nicol, the drummer who stood in for Ringo Starr during a Beatles Australian tour in 1964, appeared in a London Court faced with bankruptcy with debts of 4,000 pounds. Later in the year he would join the successful Swedish group, The Spotnicks, recording with them and twice touring the world. As for his eight show stint with The Beatles, Nicol would later say "Standing in for Ringo was the worst thing that ever happened to me. Until then I was quite happy earning thirty or forty pounds a week. After the headlines died, I began dying too."
1967: The 14 hour Technicolour Dream benefit party for The International Times was held at Alexandra Palace in London. Seeing the event mentioned on TV, John Lennon called his driver and went to the show. Coincidentally, Yoko Ono was one of the performers. Other acts to appear included The Flies, Pink Floyd, Arthur Brown, The Move and Suzie Creamcheese.
1967: Jimi Hendrix The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens played two shows at Bournemouth Winter Gardens in England.
1967: The Turtles' Happy Together' album is released.
1967: The Grateful Dead, The Doors, UFO and Captain Speed play a show at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, CA.
1969: Working on tracks for the forthcoming Beatles 'Abbey Road' album, Ringo Starr added his vocal to 'Octopus's Garden.' It was only the second time that one of Ringo's own compositions had been recorded by the band, the first being 'Don't Pass Me By' in 1968.
1970: As he announced the upcoming release of his first solo album 'All Things Must Pass,' George Harrison said he expected The Beatles would one day re-form. They never did.
1971: Promoter Bill Graham announced he was closing The Fillmore in both San Francisco and New York.
1972: New York Mayor John Lindsay intervened in the immigration proceedings against John Lennon. Lindsay called attempts by the U.S. government to deport Lennon "a grave injustice in light of Lennon's unique contributions to music and art." Lennon was granted permanent resident status in the U.S. in 1976.
1973: In Stockton, California, police fired tear gas on a crowd of 15,000 that had come to see Fleetwood Mac, Canned Heat, Elvin Bishop and Buddy Miles play a festival at a baseball stadium. In the ensuing chaos, 28 cops were hurt and 50 people were arrested.
1975: Hawkwind begin their North American Warrior On The Edge Of Time tour at the Ambassador Theatre in St. Louis.
1975: Genesis play the first of two nights at Colston Hall in Bristol, England on their 'The Lamb Lies On Broadway' Tour.
1976: Bruce Springsteen jumps the fence at Graceland in an attempt to meet Elvis Presley. Security guards catch him. Springsteen tells them who he is but the guards are unimpressed and escort 'The Boss' off the premises without ever meeting 'The King'.
1977: Eric Clapton concludes his tour at London's Rainbow Theatre. After walking off stage during his set, then returning and admitting that he's "tired and emotional," Pete Townshend joins Slowhand for 'Layla' and 'Crossroads.'
1977: The Grateful Dead played the first of five nights at the New York Palladium.
1977: Alice Cooper released his 3rd solo studio album, 'Lace and Whisky.'
1977: Cheap Trick release their sel-titled
1978: P.J. Proby was fired from his role in thdebut album. e London stage musical, 'Elvis,' after repeatedly changing his lines from the script. Proby had been cast as the oldest of three Presleys in the play.
1979: Van Halen release their single, 'Dance The Night Away.'
1980: 'Against The Wind' by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band was simultaneously certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA. The album later went on to sell five million copies in the U.S. & became Seger’s first and only #1 album in the U.S.
1980: Black Sabbath starts their first world tour with new lead singer Ronnie James Dio.
1981: Van Halen release their 4th studio album 'Fair Warning.' It went on to reach #5 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sells two million copies in the U.S.
1983: Michael Jackson's 'Beat It' (with Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo) is the #1 song in the U.S. It has a 3-week stay at the top.
1985: Freddie Mercury releases his solo album 'Mr. Bad Guy.' Although it sells okay in the UK, in the US it doesn't make even the top 150.
1988: Eric Clapton's wife, Patti "Layla" Boyd, files for divorce, citing Clapton's affair with an Italian TV personality, who bore his child.
1990: The TV movie 'Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys' airs on ABC.
1993: Mick Ronson, guitarist for David Bowie's band Ziggy Stardust's Spiders From Mars, died of liver cancer at the age of 46. He also worked with other artists ranging from Lou Reed to Elton John, Ian Hunter, Bob Dylan and Morrissey.
1996: Phil Spector calls off a planned project to produce Celine Dion when they can't agree to terms.
1996: Black Sabbath release the later years compilation 'The Sabbath Stones,' featuring vocalists Glenn Hughes, Tony Martin and Ronnie James Dio.
1997: Lynyrd Skynyrd releases the album 'Twenty,' which is titled after the fact that it's being released twenty years after the plane crash that claimed the lives of three band members. It's their 9th studio album.
1998: Steven Tyler suffered a knee ligament injury after he dropped his microphone stand on his knee during 'Mama Kin' at a concert in Anchorage, Alaska delaying Aerosmith's 'Nine Lives' tour and necessitating camera angle adjustments for the filming of the video for 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing.'
1999: Tommy Lee quits Mötley Crüe after his reunion with Pamela Anderson Lee. He says, “I wish the guys all the best of luck this summer. I will miss them and the fans, but it’s time for me to totally embrace my family and my new projects.” His new project is Methods of Mayhem.
2000: Bush & Moby play the Santa Barbara Bowl.
2001: Rod Stewart announces that “I think [marriage] vows should be changed, because they’ve been in existence for 600 years, when people used to live until they were only 35. So they only had to be with each other for 12 years, then they would die anyway. But now, it’s a big commitment because you’re going to be with someone for 50 years. It’s impossible. The vows should be written like a dog’s license that has to be renewed every year.”
2002: A car crash in Orlando involving vocalist Scott Stapp forces the cancellation of the final twenty dates on Creed's Weathered Tour. Stapp suffers neck and back injuries.
2003: A $5 million lawsuit against former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty was dismissed after a personal-injury lawyer claimed that he suffered hearing loss in his left ear from attending a Fogerty concert. The Judge said the plaintiff assumed the risk of hearing damage when he attended the concert in 1997.
2003: Great White played their first gig since a fire at one of their Rhode Island shows killed 100 people. The concert established a scholarship fund for the son of guitarist Ty Longley, who died in the fire.
2003: Jack Osbourne entered the Las Encinas rehab clinic in Pasadena, California. He was suffering from insomnia and depression following the success of the The Osbournes TV show.
2004: Metallica wins a Prism Award (Music Video category) in Los Angeles for their "Frantic" clip. The honors are handed out to acknowledge accurate portrayals of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction in various entertainment fields.
2006: Incubus members Brandon Boyd, Mike Einziger and Ben Kenney play an acoustic set at Amnesty International USA's Make Some Noise for Darfur benefit concert in Portland, OR. The Nightwatchman (Audioslave's Tom Morello) and Collective Soul also perform. The goal is to heighten awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur region of western Sudan.
2006: Courtney Love performs at a Los Angeles benefit. She is accompanied by Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan and producer-songwriter Linda Perry. Both contributed to Love's album, 'How Dirty Girls Get Clean.'
2007: Rage Against The Machine take the stage on the last day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (in Indio, CA). It's their first show since disbanding in 2000. According to guitarist Tom Morello, Rage Against The Machine decided to perform at the festival "to deliver a knockout blow to the Bush administration. Hopefully, one night in the desert is all it will take."
2007: Mick Jagger, Elton John and ex-Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler participate in the Global Day for Darfur campaign in London. A statement is issued, endorsed by the performers, accusing the international community of providing inadequate protection to more than 200,000 civilians "slaughtered" in Sudan's Darfur region.
2007: Sammy Hagar receives Recording Academy Honors Awards for his musical achievements and artistic contributions to the community at the San Francisco Chapter Recording Academy Honors. Metallica frontman James Hetfield is a presenter.
2007: Police guitarist Andy Summers appears at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to promote his autobiography, 'One Train Later'.
2008: Mudcrutch's self-titled debut is released. The band is Tom Petty's pre-Heartbreakers unit. The album "has an edgy Country-Rock feel," says Petty.
2008: Steve Winwood issues his album 'Nine Lives' with ;'Dirty City'" a track that features Winwood's former Blind Faith bandmate, Eric Clapton.
2008: Def Leppard's 'Songs From The Sparkle Lounge' is released. 'Nine Lives' is the first single. Also, the group performs the track on ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars.'
2009: The documentary 'Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful' makes its debut as a work in progress during the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
2009: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler headlines the Rock n' Roll Fantasy Camp in Hollywood. The camp's itinerary includes a recording session at Capitol Studios and a live performance at the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip.
2014: The Quiet Riot movie 'Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back'‬ premiered at the Newport Film Festival. The film, which was made possible by a Kickstarter campaign, revolves around drummer Frankie Banali's struggles to keep the group going following the 2007 drug overdose death of frontman Kevin DuBrow.
2014: Atlanta Rhythm Section bassist Paul Goddard died of cancer at age 68.
2016: Scott Bennett, a multi-instrumentalist who has recorded and toured steadily with Brian Wilson since 1998, was convicted of rape by instrumentation and sexual battery. Bennett's attorney vowed to appeal the conviction, maintaining that both parties were inebriated.
2016: Rob Zombie's 'The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispense' album" is released. Produced by Chris 'Zeuss' Harris, the album features guitarist John 5 and drummer Ginger Fish.
2016: Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd do a shot-for-shot remake of the Styx video for 'Too Much Time On My Hands.'

April 30
1957: Elvis Presley recorded the Leiber and Stoller song 'Jailhouse Rock' as featured in his 3rd motion picture of the same name. In the movie, Mike Stoller had a small role as a piano player. The song went on to top the Cashbox Best Sellers list, the Billboard Pop music chart, the R&B chart and even the Country And Western chart. 'Jailhouse Rock' later became the first song to debut at #1 in Great Britain.
1960: The Everly Brothers started a seven week run at the top of the UK singles chart with 'Cathy's Clown,' giving Warner Brothers Records a #1 hit with their very first release.
1964: The Beatles receive $140,000 for the rights to having their pictures included in packages of bubble gum in the USA.
1964: During a UK tour The Beatles played two shows at The Odeon Cinema in Glasgow. They were also interviewed by BBC Scotland and STV for the evening news programs.
1965: Bob Dylan begins the tour immortalized in the documentary 'Don't Look Back,' performing at the City Hall in Sheffield, England.
1965: Herman’s Hermits make their U.S. stage debut with The Zombies as their opening act.
1965: The Kinks kick off their first UK tour as headliners, with The Yardbirds as one of the opener.
1966: The Young Rascals went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'Good Lovin.' Another version of the same song by The Olympics had stalled at #81 the previous year.
1967: Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens all appeared at the Granada Theatre in Tooting, London.
1968: The Kaleidoscope Ballroom opens on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles with Jefferson Airplane and Canned Heat.
1968: Blood, Sweat & Tears founder Al Kooper leaves the band after the recording of the group's debut album 'Child s Father To Man.'
1970: Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager for the Allman Brothers Band, was arrested for murder after he stabbed a club manager during an argument over a contract. At the ensuing trial, Lyndon's lawyers argued that he had been temporarily insane at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman Brothers would drive anyone insane. Lyndon was acquitted.
1971: The New York Times says promoter Bill Graham plans to close down the Fillmore East after a four year run. Changing concert economics is blamed.
1973: Paul McCartney & Wings 'Red Rose Speedway' album is released.
1975: The Vietnam War ends with the fall of Saigon. Many returning veterans suffer ill effects, which is the subject of the song 'Still in Saigon' by The Charlie Daniels Band.
1976: The Who's drummer Keith Moon paid nine cab drivers $100 each to block-off both ends of a New York street so he could throw the contents of his hotel room out of the window.
1976: KISS‬ released the single 'Flaming Youth.'
1976: AC/DC put out their 1st internationally released studio album 'High Voltage.'
1976: Bob Marley & The Wailers 'Rastaman Vibration' album is released.
1977: Steve Miller's 'Jet Airliner' is released. It will become his 4th U.S. Top 10 hit.
1977: Led Zeppelin broke a new world attendance record at a concert when they played to 76,229 people at a gig at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. The Who held the previous record at the same venue with 75,962 people.
1978: The Clash are among the acts at a "Rock Against Racism" concert, playing to over 50,000 in London's Victoria Park to combat the National Front, a neo-Nazi group in the UK whose slogan is "Keep Britain White."
1980: The film 'McVicar' with Roger Daltrey from The Who in the title role premiered in London. John McVicar was a 1960's armed robber turned writer who Scotland Yard publicly announced to be Public Enemy Number One and "wanted dead or alive".
1982: American music journalist, author and musician Lester Bangs died of a heart attack aged 33. Bangs worked for Rolling Stone, Creem and The Village Voice.
1982: Cheap Trick releases their 6th studio album 'One on One.'
1983: Muddy Waters, born McKinley Morganfield, dies of heart failure at his home in Westmont, Illinois. He was 68. Dubbed the “Father of Chicago blues” he influenced countless rock acts including Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, AC/DC, Humble Pie and so many more. The Rolling Stones got their name from his song 'Rollin’ Stone.' He has been ranked #17 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
1983: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of London's legendary Marquee Club, Manfred Mann reforms in their original Sixties incarnation to play the venue they (and so many others) started in.
1984: Motley Crue‬ released the single 'Too Young To Fall In Love.' It peaked at #90 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1984: Roger Waters 'The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking' album is released
1986: Keel's 3rd studio album 'The Final Frontier' is released.
1988: For the first time since its release 11 years earlier, Pink Floyd's landmark LP 'Dark Side Of The Moon' leaves the Billboard charts, only to return a few months later. The band is still on the chart though, with 'A Momentary Lapse Of Reason' at #62.
1988: Aerosmith peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Angel,' which was their 3rd top 10 single in the U.S.
1990: Motley Crue's 'Without You' peaks at #8 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1991: Yes release their 13th studio album 'Union.'
1991: Nirvana signed a recording contract with Geffen's DGC label for $290,000.
1999: 51 year old Darrell Sweet, drummer of the Scottish Rock group Nazareth, suffered a fatal heart attack just as the band was embarking on the second leg of a US tour. The band had arrived at the Amphitheater in New Albany, Indiana, when Sweet began feeling ill and within minutes went into cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the New Albany Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
1999: All five members of Aerosmith visit shooting victim Lance Kirklin in a Colorado hospital before their show in Denver that evening. The band dedicates 'Living On The Edge' to the student, who was one of 28 wounded and 13 killed by two deranged classmates at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado on April 20th.
2001: A light aircraft carrying Sting went off the runway as it landed in Florence. None of the four aboard, Sting a friend and two pilots were hurt. Brake failure was suspected as the cause of the accident.
2002: Roger Daltrey of The Who stars as a music teacher on the 'That '70s Musical' episode of 'That 70's Show'.
2002: Linkin Park's 'Hybrid Theory' album is certified 8x platinum,
2003: ‎Metallica‬ played at ‎San Quentin‬ prison while filming title track of band's ‎St. Anger‬ album.
2004: Gene Simmons of KISS plays an angry mob king in the NBC crime drama 'Third Watch.'
2004: Ray Charles appears at his Los Angeles recording studio to attend a ceremony marking it as a national historic landmark. It is the last public appearance he ever makes.
2005: The Dave Matthews Band agreed to pay $200,000 after their tour bus dumped human waste on a boatload of tourists in Chicago in August 2004. Bus driver Stefan Wohl who was alone on board the bus at the time the sewage was dumped was fined $10,000, the band had already donated $100,000 to two group's that protect the Chicago River and its surrounding area. The Dave Matthews Band offered their "deepest apologies" to more than 100 boat passengers who were on an architectural tour.
2006: Tool headline at the second night of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA. It's the band's first scheduled U.S. performance since 2002.
2006: Bruce Springsteen performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It's his first appearance at the event and he is critical of the government's response to Hurricane Katrina, saying "I saw sights I never though I would see in an American city. The criminal ineptitude makes you furious."
2008: A giant inflatable pig which floated away during a Roger Waters concert was recovered in tatters in California. Two families from La Quinta who found what was left of the inflatable, decided to share four life tickets to the Coachella festival that were offered as part of the reward.
2008: Gail Renard, who was given the hand written lyrics to 'Give Peace A Chance' by John Lennon in 1969, announced plans to sell the lyric sheet at a Christie's auction. At the time, Lennon told Renard to hang on to the piece of paper, saying "It will be worth something someday." The piece of music history was expected to fetch around $400,000, but when it was actually sold in July of this year, it went for $790,000.
2011: Foreigner's 'Extended Versions' (recorded live in Nashville in 2010) peaks at #88 on Billboard's album chart.
2012: Accept peak at #81 with their album 'Stalingrad.'
2013: Iggy Pop And The Stooges release their 5th studio album, 'Ready To Die.' It's the first to feature guitarist James Williamson since the band's classic 1973 album 'Raw Power.'
2013: Deep Purple release their 19th studio album, 'Now What?!' It's their first release in seven years.
2013: Fleetwood Mac release 'Extended Play,' that includes their first new music in 10 years.
2013: Ozzy Osbourne's wife, Sharon, was subpoenaed to testify for the prosecution in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial. She reportedly had evidence to support Katherine Jackson's claim that promoters were negligent in ignoring life-threatening health concerns while organizing Michael's 'This Is It' comeback concerts.
2014: 'Super Duper Alice Cooper' screens in more than 250 theaters across the U.S. The film documents Cooper's rise, fall and eventual resurrection.
2015: Ben E. King, songwriter and singer of 'Stand By Me,' dies at age 76.
2015: John Fogerty paid a visit to The Late Show With David Letterman during a week-long farewell to the legendary host who was set to retire on May 20th. Fogerty performed a medley of his CCR hits, including 'Travelin' Band,' 'Proud Mary' and 'Fortunate Son.'
2015: The U2 album cover 'Songs Of Innocence' is called out by Russian politician Alexander Starovoltov, a member of the conservative LPDR Party. He asks the country's attorney general to investigate Apple for distributing "gay propaganda" to Russian youth. The physical edition of the album features drummer Larry Mullen Jr. hugging the waist of his 18 year old son. Both are shirtless, so Starovolotov to assume it's promoting gay sex.
2016: A fan-funded statue of AC/DC frontman Bon Scott is unveiled at the 10th annual Bonfest in the singer's hometown of Kirriemuir in Scotland. After Scott was born, his family moved to Australia.
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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock History: March

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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock History: March

Rock Birthdays - March
March 1:
Jerry Donald Fisher (Blood, Sweat & Tears, Jerry Fisher & the Music Company) - 75
Roger Daltrey (The Who, The RD Crusaders, No Plan B Band, solo + more) - 74
Mike D’Abo (Manfred Mann's Earth Band, A Band Of Angels, The Manfreds, solo) - 74
Dave Marsh (Music Critic, Author, Editor, Radio host - Early Editor for Creem Magazine, wrote for Newsday, The Village Voise, Rolling Stone, written numerous books, committee member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) - 68
Rob Affuso (Skid Row, Sebastian Bach) - 55
Ryan Peake (Nickelback) - 45
Daniel Dekay (Diemonds) -

March 2:
Lou Reed (Louis Firbank) (Velvet Underground, solo) - b. 1942 - d. 10/27/13
Rory Gallagher (Taste, solo) - b. 1948 - d. 6/14/95
Ralph Schuckett (keyboardist, songwriter, record producer and TV/film composer; Clear Light, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Jo Mama, Carole King, Lou Reed, Todd Rundgren, Utopia, many sessions) - 70
Larry Carlton (Fourplay, The Crusaders, sessions - Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, many others, solo) - 70
Hunt Sales (Todd Rundgren, Tony Sales, Iggy Pop, Tin Machine + more) - 64
Dale Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons, Prince, Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio) - 63
Mark Evans (AC/DC, Finch, Contraband, Heaven, The Party Boys, Dave Tice Band) - 62
Steve "Lips" Kudlow (Anvil) - 62
‎Scott Dalhover‬ (‎Dangerous Toys‬) - 55
Stevie Rachelle‬ (Tuff‬) - 52

March 3:
Junior Parker (blues singer/songwriter who wrote ‘Mystery Train’, which was covered by Elvis Presley. He also worked with B.B. King and Howlin’ Wolf) - b. 1927 - d. 11/18/71
Mike Pender (The Searchers, solo) - 76
Jance Garfat (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) - b. 1944 - d. 11/6/06
Terence Charles "Snowy" White (Pink Floyd, Thin Lizzy, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Roger Waters & The Bleeding Heart Band, Max Middleton, Snowy White's Blues Agency, Snowy White and the White Flames) - 70
Richie Cannata (producer, multi-instrumentalist, saxophonist in Billy Joel's band, worked with The Beach Boys, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez and more) - 69
Re-Styles / Shirley Marie MacLeod (The Tubes) - 68
Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon, Black Oak Arkansas, Ted Nugent, Cher) - 65
Robyn Hitchcock (Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians) - 65
Ricky Wilson (The B-52's) - b. 1953 - d. 10/12/85
John Lilley (The Hooters) - 64
Chris “Merrick” Hughes (Adam and the Ants) - 64
Kevin Steele (Roxx Gang, The Mojo Gurus) - 55
Lonnie Vencent (Hawk, Bulletboys) - 55
David Draiman (Disturbed) - 45
Joe "Blower" Garvey (Hinder) - 34

March 4:
Chris Squire (The Selfs, The Syn, Mabel Greer's Toyshop, Yes, XYZ, Conspiracy) - b. 1948 - d. 6/27/15
Chris Rea - 67
Pete John Haycock (Climax Blues Band, Electric Light Orchestra Part II, The Love Power Band, solo) - b. 1951 - d. 10/30/13
Jason Newsted (Flotsam & Jetsam, Metallica, Voivod, Rock Star Supernova, Newsted) - 55
Paul Bostaph (Slayer, Forbidden, Testament, Blackgates) - 55
Evan Dando (The Lemonheads) - 51
Anders Jolholm (Volbeat) - 47

March 5:
Richard Bell (Full Tilt Boogie Band, Crowbar, Ronnie Hawkins, The Band, Burrito Deluxe, Porkbelly Futures, Colin Linden, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, sessionist) - b. 1946 - d. 6/15/07
Louis Cennamo (Renaissance, The Herd, Colosseum, Steamhammer, Armageddon, Illusion) - 72
Alan Clark (Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Geordie, solo + more) - 66
Nick Launay (Producer, engineer; Public Image Ltd, Killing Joke, Gang of Four, The Slits, Midnight Oil, The Church, INXS, Tim Finn, Talking Heads, David Byrne, The Posies, Silverchair, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Ataris, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush, Eric Clapton, Lou Reed, Arcade Fire, Cassandra Wilson, many others) - 58
John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ataxia, Trickfinger, Josh Klinghoffer, The Mars Volta, Omar Rodríguez-López, Venetian Snares, Swahili Blonde, Warpaint, Truth Hurts, Pearl Jam) - 48

March 6:
Ben Keith/Bennett Keith Schaeufele (Neil Young, Great Speckled Bird, Terry Reid, Todd Rundgren, Lonnie Mack, The Band, Blue, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Paul Butterfield, J. J. Cale, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Ian and Sylvia, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Anne Murray, Ringo Starr, solo) - b. 1937 - d. 7/26/10
Hugh Grundy (The Zombies, A&R Columbia Records) - 73
Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, Kate Bush, Jokers Wild, Deep End, Richard Wright, The Orb, Bryan Ferry, solo) - 72
Walter Trout (John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, John Mayall's Bluesbrekers, Bluesbreakers, Canned Heat, The Radicals, solo) - 67
‎Joey DeMaio‬ (‎Manowar) - 64 ‬
Michael Romeo (Symphony X) - 50
Chris Broderick (Megadeth, Jag Panzer, Nevermore, Act Of Defiance) - 48
Jaret Reddick (Bowling for Soup, coolfork!, Jarinus, Love Händel, People on Vacation, Terminal Seasons, The Boster) - 46

March 7:
Chris White (The Zombies, Argent) - 75
Arthur Lee (The American Four, Love, solo) - b. 1945 - d. 8/3/06
Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum, Robin Trower) - 72
Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band, solo) - 72
Jules Shear (Jules and the Polar Bears) - 66
Matt Frenette (Loverboy) - 64
Eric Knutson‬ (Flotsam And Jetsam‬) - 52
Randy Guss (Toad The Wet Sprocket) - 51
Warrel Dane (Sanctuary, Nevermore) - b. 1969 - d. 12/13/17
Alessandro Venturella‬ (Slipknot‬) - 40

March 8:
"Mississippi" John Hurt (Blues singer, guitarist) - b. 1892 (some sources state his birthday as July 3, 1893) - d. 11/2/66
Micky Dolenz (Monkees) - 73
Randy Meisner (Eagles, Poco, Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band, Linda Rondstadt, solo) - 72
Michael Allsup (Three Dog Night) - 71
Mel Galley (Whitesnake, Trapeze, Phenomena, Finders Keepers, Glenn Hughes, Cozy Powell, solo) - b. 1948 - d. 7/1/08
Dave Lambert (Strawbs, solo) - 69
Clive Burr (Iron Maiden, Samson, Desperado) - b. 1957 - d. 3/12/13 (due to complications related to MS)
Gary Numan (Tubeway Army, solo) - 60

March 9:
Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere & The Raiders) - 76
John Cale (Theater of Eternal Music, The Velvet Underground, John Cage, Phil Manzanera, Nico, Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Kevin Ayers, Nick Drake, solo) - 76
Trevor Burton (The Move, Danny King & The Mayfair Set, Balls, Raymond Froggatt and The Pink Fairies, Steve Gibbons Band, The Trevor Burton Band) - 74
Robin Trower (Procol Harum, The Paramounts, Bryan Ferry, Jack Bruce, solo) - 73
Jim Cregan (Rod Stewart, Family, Cockney Rebel, Farm Dogs, others, solo) - 72
Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann's Earth Band) - 70
Frank Rodriguez (? & The Mysterians) - 57
Shannon Leto (Thirty Seconds To Mars) - 48

March 10:
Dean Torrence (Jan & Dean) - 78
Tom Scholz (Boston) - 71
Ted Mckenna (Tear Gas, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Rory Gallagher, The Greg Lake Band, Michael Schenker Group, Ian Gillan, Gwyn Ashton, The Paul Rose Band Band of Friends) - 68
Gail Greenwood (Belly, L7, Boneyard) - 58
Jeff Ament (Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam, Temple Of The Dog, Green River, War Babies, Three Fish, Derranged Diction, RNDM) - 55
Rick Rubin (Producer: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, Slayer, Danzig, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Metallica, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Weezer, Linkin Park, The Cult, Neil Diamond, Joe Strummer, Mick Jagger, System of a Down, The Mars Volta, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Sheryl Crow, ZZ Top + many more) - 55
Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam) - 52
Edie Brickell (Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, The Heavy Circles, The Gaddabouts, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell) - 52
Tommy Denander (Prolific sessionist with artists such as: Michael Jackson, Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper, Ricky Martin, BB King, Don Henley, Sheryl Crow, David Coverdale, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Toto, Fee Waybill, Richard Marx, Robin Beck, House Of Lords, Westlife, Backstreet Boys, David Archuleta, Tokio Hotel, Radioactive, Michael Schenker, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kenny Loggins, Kelly Keagy, Jimi Jamison and others) - 50
Kari Kane (Pretty Boy Floyd) - 49
Douglas Ardito (Puddle Of Mudd) - 47
John Charles LeCompt (Evanescence, We Are The Fallen, Machina, Living Sacrifice, Mourningside) - 46
Jerry Horton (Papa Roach) - 41
Ben Burnley (Breaking Benjamin) - 38
Ryan Patrick (Otherwise) -

March 11:
Harvey Mandel (Charlie Musselwhite, solo, Canned Heat, The Rolling Stones, John Mayall, Pure Food & Drug Act) - 73
Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge, Tommy Bolin, Alice Cooper, solo) - 71
"Blue" Weaver / Derek John Weaver (Mott The Hoople, The Strawbs) - 71
George Kooymans (Golden Earring, Tornados) - 70
Robert Fleischman (Journey, Asia, Liberty N' Justice, Vince Vincent Invasion, Channel, solo, others) -
Bruce Watson (Big Country) - 57
Lenny Wolf (Stone Fury, Kingdom Come) - 56
Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Damageplan, Rebel Meets Rebel, Hellyeah, Gasoline) - 54
‪‎Uli Kusch‬ (Helloween, Masterplan‬, Gamma Ray) - 51
Geoff Gayer (Leatherwolf) -
Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers, many others) - 49
Adam Wakeman (Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Snakecharmer) -
Joel & Benji Madden (Good Charlotte) - 39

March 12:
Leonard Chess (Founder of Chess Record Label) - b. 1917 - d. 10/16/69
James Taylor - 70
Bill Payne (Little Feat, Phil Lesh and Friends, J. J. Cale, Doobie Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Bryan Adams, Pink Floyd, Bob Seger, Toto, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Helen Watson, Stevie Nicks, Shocking Edison, Stephen Bruton, solo, many others) - 68
Mike Gibbons (The Iveys, Badfinger) - b. 1949 - d. 10/4/05
Guy Speranza (Riot) - b. 1956 - d. 11/8/03
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden, British Lion, solo) - 62
Minoru Niihara‬ (‎Loudness‬) - 58
Matthew McDonough‬ (‎Mudvayne) - 49

March 13:
Mike Stoller (Songwriter, composer; Stoller & Leiber) - 85
Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention, he has toured and/or recorded with Chris Rea, Jethro Tull, Jimmy Page, Andy Fairweather-Low, Rosanne Cash, Elton John, XTC, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Cat Stevens, Brian Eno, Nick Drake, Spirogyra + many more) - 70
Rustee Allen (Robin Trower, Sly & the Family Stone, Graham Central Station, others) - 65
Adam Clayton (U2, Automatic Baby, Passengers, Daniel Lanois, Little Steven) - 58
David Draiman (Disturbed, Device) - 45
Ed Sloan (Crossfire) - 41

March 14:
Jim Pons (The Turtles, The Leaves, The Mothers of Invention, Flo and Eddie, Film Director) - 75
Walter Parazaider (Chicago) - 73
Rick Dees (Legendary Hall of Fame DJ, Actor, TV Host (Into the Night, Solid Gold) + more) - 68
Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies, Los Cyclos, Infectious Grooves, Cyco Miko) - 56

March 15:
Lightnin' Hopkins (blues singer/songwriter0 - b. 1912 - d. 1/30/82
D.J. Fontana (Elvis Presley) - 87
James Mitchell (tenor saxophone, The Memphis Horns. Worked with Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Sam And Dave, Elvis Presley, The Doobie Brothers, Otis Redding and more) - b. 1931 - d. 12/18/00
Arif Mardin (Turkish-American music producer and arranger. In 1969, he became Vice President of Atlantic Records and later served as Senior Vice President until 2001. He worked with Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Wilson Pickett, Average White Band, The Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand and more recently Norah Jones) - b. 1932 - d. 6/25/06
Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead) - 78
Mike Love (The Beach Boys) - 77
Hughie Flint (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, McGuinness Flint) - 77
Sly Stone (Sly and The Family Stone) - 75
David Costell (Gary Lewis and the Playboys) - 74
Howard Scott (War) - 72
Ry Cooder (Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, Buena Vista Social Club, Rising Sons, Little Village, worked with Gordon Lightfoot, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Randy Newman, John Lee Hooker, solo) - 71
Hernandez Lugo (? & The Mysterians) - 71
Stephen Nisbett (Steel Pulse, owner of his own record company, Grizzly Records) - b. 1948 - d. 1/18/18
Preston Hubbard (Fabulous Thunderbirds) - 65
Dee Snider (Twisted Sister, Desperado, Widowmaker) - 63
Bret Michaels (Poison, solo) - 55
Billy Sherwood (Yes, Circa, The Prog Collective, Conspiracy, solo, producer) - 53
Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) - 50
Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) - 50
Mark Hoppus (Blink 182, +44, solo) - 46
DJ Joseph Hahn (Linkin Park) - 41
Marshal Dutton (Hinder) -

March 16:
Michael Bruce (Alice Cooper, Billion Dollar Babies, The Josiah-Bruce Band, The Michael Bruce Group) - 70
Richie Teeter (Dictators, Twisted Sister) - b. 1951 - d. 4/11/12
Nancy Wilson (Heart, Roadhouse Royale) - 64
Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T, Alice Cooper, Megadeth, White Lion, Suicidal Tendencies, Lita Ford, Dokken, Black Star Riders) - 55
Wolfgang Van Halen (Van Halen, Tremonti) - 27

March 17:
Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship) b. 1941 – d. 1/28/16
John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful, solo) - 74
Pattie Boyd (ex-wife of Eric Clapton and George Harrison) - 74
Harold Ray Brown (War, Night Shift, Lowrider) - 72
Fran Byrne (Ace) - 70
Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy, The Greedies, Phenomenon, 21 Guns, Black Star Riders) - 67
Marc Russo (The Doobie Brothers, Yellowjackets) -
Wally Stocker (The Babys) - 64
Jizzy Pearl (Love/Hate, L.A. Guns, Ratt, Adler's Appetite, solo, Quiet Riot) - 60
Paul Black (LA Guns, Jo & Paul's Sonic Boom) - 59
Roxy Petrucci (Madam X, Vixen) - 56
Janet Gardner (Vixen) - 56
Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan, The Marked, Spirits in the Sky, Starchildren) - 51
Van Conner (Screaming Trees) - 51
Melissa Auf der Mar (The Smashing Pumpkins, Tinker, Hole, Hand of Doom, The Chelsea, solo) - 46
Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) - 43

March 18:
Wilson Pickett - b. 1941 - d. 1/19/06
Eric Woolfson (Alan Parsons Project, solo) - b. 1945 - d. 12/2/09
Barry "BJ" Wilson (Procol Harum, The Paramounts) - b. 1947 - d. 10/8/90
Bobby Whitlock (Bobby Whitlock and CoCo Carmel, Derek & The Dominos, Delaney & Bonnie, George Harrison, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, many others, solo) - 70
John Hartman (Doobie Brothers) - 68
Bernie Torme (Gillan, Guy McCoy Torme, Ozzy Osbourne, Atomic Rooster, Desperado, Tormé) - 66
John Elefante (Kansas, Mastedon, solo) - 60
Grant Hart (Husker Du, Nova Mob, solo) - b. 1961 - d. 9/13/17
Jeff LaBar (Cinderella, Naked Beggars, solo) - 55
Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth, Ignitor, Spastic Ink) - 53
Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) - 52
Jon Levin (Warlock, Doro, Dokken) - 52
Adam Levine (Maroon 5) - 39

March 19:
Michael Wilhelm (The Charlatans [SF band), The Flamin' Groovies, Loose Gravel, solo) - 76
Paul Atkinson (The Zombies) - b. 1946 - d. 4/1/04
Ricky Wilson (The B-52's) - b. 1953 - d. 10/12/85
Billy Sheehan (Talas, UFO, David Lee Roth, Richie Kotzen, Marty Friedman, Tim "Ripper" Owens, B'z, Steve Vai, G3, Niacin, Mr. Big, The Winery Dogs) - 64
Anthony Marinelli (performed on the synthesizer for albums including Michael Jackson's 'Thriller,' also worked with Lionel Richie, Kenny Loggins, Herb Alpert, Supertramp, The Crystal Method, Billy Childs and James Brown. Marinelli has also scored many film soundtracks) - 59
Zach Lind (Jimmy Eat World) - 41
Matt Mcjunkins (30 Seconds to Mars, ASHES dIVIDE, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) -

March 20:
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - b. 1915 - d. 10/9/73
Sam Lay (recorded and performed with Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Eddie Taylor, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, Bo Diddley, Magic Sam, Jimmy Rogers, Earl Hooker and Muddy Waters. In the mid-1960s, Lay later joined the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Bob Dylan used Lay as his drummer when he introduced electric rock at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. Lay also recorded with Dylan, notably on the album 'Highway 61 Revisited') - 83
Carl Palmer (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia, Atomic Rooster, PM, 3, solo) - 68
Jimmie Vaughan (Fabulous Thunderbirds, solo, The Vaughan Brothers, The Tilt-A-Whirll) - 67
Jance Garfat (Dr Hook & the Medicine Show) - b. 1944 - d. 11/6/06
Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) - 46
Chester Bennington (Linkin Park, Dead by Sunrise, Julien-K, Grey Daze, Stone Temple Pilots) - b. 1976 - d. 7/20/17

March 21:
Son House / Eddie James House Jr (Blues singer, guitarist) - b. 1902 - d. 10/19/88
Solomon Burke (Rhythm & blues singer) - b. 1940 - d. 10/10/10
John Boylan (American producer and songwriter, worked with Rick Nelson, the Association, the Dillards, managed Linda Ronstadt and introduced her to a then unknown group of musicians who went on to become her backing band in 1971, and later became the Eagles) - 77
Rose Stone / Rosemary Stewart (Sly & The Family Stone) - 73
Ray Dorset (Mungo Jerry, Good Earth) - 72
Eddie Money - 69
Roger Hodgson (Supertramp, Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, Argosy, solo) - 68
Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) - 67
Andy Parker (UFO, Waysted) - 66
Jonathan Norton (drummer/percussionist/vocalist worked with Eels, Lisa Germano, Tracy Chapman, Rufus Wainwright, Fiona Apple, Michael Penn, Aimee Mann, Lucinda Williams) - 60
Robert Sweet (Stryper, Roxx Regime, King James, Blissed, Dbeality, Final Axe, Menchen, Seventh Power) - 58
Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats, Phantom Rocker & Slick, Dead Men Walking with Kirk Brandon, Mike Peters, Captain Sensible, Headcat) - 57
Share Ross (Vixen, Contraband, Down N’ Outz) - 55
Sean Dickson (The Soup Dragons) - 51
Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel) - 50
Deryck Whibley (Sum 41) - 38

March 22:
Keith Reif (Yardbirds, Ressistance) - b. 1943 - d. 3/22/43 - Reif died on May 14th 1976 from an electric shock received from his improperly grounded guitar amplifier rehearsing at home.
Chris Stainton (Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, The Grease Band, Spooky Tooth, Eric Clapton, Boxer, The Who, Jim Capaldi, Ian Hunter, Elkie Brooks, Bryn Haworth, Maddy Prior, Roger Waters, B.B. King, Jimmy Smith , David Gilmour, The Alarm, Bryan Ferry, Tundra, Billl Wyman's Rhythm Kings) - 74
Harry Vanda (Easybeats) - 72
Randy Jo Hobbs (The McCoys, Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter) - b. 1948 - d. 8/5/93
Jay Dee Daugherty (Patti Smith, Tom Verlaine, The Church, Indigo Girls + more) - 66
Aaron North (Jubilee, The Icarus Line, Nine Inch Nails) - 39
Andy Pugh (Otherwise) -

March 23:
David Grisnman (Jerry Garcia, With Old & in the Way + mpre) - 73
Ric Ocasek (The Cars, solo) - 69
Phil Lanzon (Uriah Heep) - 68
Ira Black (Metal Church, Vicious Rumors, Heathen, Lizzy Borden, Attika7, Dokken + more) - 47

March 24:
Carol Kaye (The Wrecking Crew) - 83
Mike Kellie (Spooky Tooth, The Only Ones, session drummer for; The Who (Ken Russell's film soundtrack of Tommy), Joe Cocker, Traffic, George Harrison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Peter Frampton;, Maurice Gibb, Luther Grosvenor, Paul Kossoff, Jim Capaldi, Pat Travers, Andy Fraser and more) - 71
Lee Oskar (War, S.O.B. (Same Old Band), Lowrider Band) - 70
Nick Lowe (Producer, Brinsley Schwarz, Rockpile, Elvis Costello, The Attractions, The Imposters, Huey Lewis and the News, Noise To Go, The Cowboy Outfit, Johnny Cash, Little Village, Bill Kirchen, solo) - 69
Steve Lang (April Wine) - b. 1949 - d. 2/4/17
Dougie Thomson (Supertramp, The Alan Bown Set) - 67
Steve Souza‬ (‎Exodus‬) - 54
Chad Butler (Switchfoot) - 44

March 25:
Elton John - 71
Michael Stanley (Michael Stanley Band) - 69
Jeff Healey - Canadian guitarist, singer - b. 1966 - d. 3/2/08 of cancer
Ron Keel (Steeler, Keel, solo) - 57
Frank Ferrer‬ (‎Guns N' Roses, The Psychedelic Furs, Love Spit Love) - 52

March 26:
Steven Tyler (Aerosmith, solo) - 70
Richard Tandy (Electric Light Orchestra, Jeff Lynne, Tandy Morgan Band) - 70
Fran Sheehan (Boston) - 69
Jeff Plate (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Metal Church, Savatage) - 56
Trey Azagthoth‬ (Morbid Angel‬) - 53
James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins, Starchildren, A Perfect Circle, Vanessa and the O's, Tinted Windows, Whiskeytown) - 50

March 27:
Robert Lockwood Jr. (Blues guitarist) - b. 1915 - d. 11/21/06
Andy Bown (Status Quo, The Herd, Judas Jump, Peter Frampton, Pink Floyd) - 72
Tony Banks (Genesis, Bankstatement, Strictly Inc., solo) - 68
Wally Stocker (Babys, Humble Pie, Air Supply) - 65
Andrew Farris (INXS) - 59
Kevin Chalfant (Journey, 707, Steel Breeze, The Storm, Alan Parsons Live Project) -
Johnny April (Staind) - 53
Brent Fitz (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Alice Cooper, Vince Neil, Theory Of A Deadman, Union, The Guess Who, Bulletboys, Econoline Crush, Gene Simmons, Torque) - 48
Brendan Hill (Blues Traveler, Stolen Ogre) - 48

March 28:
Charlie McCoy (session musician on harmonica and a wide variety of instruments, member of Area Code 615 and played the harmonica on the 1970 theme for UK BBC TV Music show 'The Old Grey Whistle Test', 'Stone Fox Chase.' McCoy has performed with musicians including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins, Waylon Jennings and Loretta Lynn) - 77
Chuck Portz (The Turtles) - 73
John Evan (Jethro Tull, John Evans Band) - 70
Jackie Chambers (Girlschool) - 58
Ged Grimes (Danny Wilson, Simple Minds) - 56
Steve Turner (Mudhoney, The Fall-Outs, The Thrown Ups, Monkeywrench) - 53
Kofi Baker (Kofi Baker's Cream Experience, Ginger Baker, has toured with John Ethridge (Soft Machine), Steve Waller (Manfred Mann), Randy California (Spirit), Steve Marriot's Humble Pie) - 49
Matt Nathanson - 45
Dave Keuning (The Killers) - 42

March 29:
Chad Allen (Expressions, Guess Who) - 75
John 'Speedy' Keene (Thunderclap Newman, session player with The Who, Rod Stewart, Kenny G, Motörhead, The Lightning Seeds, The Mission + others, solo) - b. 1945 - d, 3/21/02
Billy Thorpe (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs, solo) - b. 1946 - d. 2/28/07
Bobby Kimball (Toto, Yoso, Far Corporation, solo) - 71
Michael Brecker (Brecker Brothers, many jazz and rock collaborations included work with Steely Dan, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Donald Fagen, Dire Straits, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, John Lennon, Aerosmith, Dan Fogelberg, Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Daltrey, and Parliament-Funkadelic) - b. 1949 - d.1/13, 2007
Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction, Porno for Pyros, Psi com, Satellite Party, PerryEtty vs Chris Cox) - 59
John Popper (Blues Traveler, The John Popper Project, Frogwings, The Duskray Troubadors) - 51
Donnie Vie (Enuff Z'Nuff) - 50

March 30:
Ken Forssi (Love,The Surfaris, session player) - b. 1943 - d. 1/5/98
Eric Clapton (The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Plastic Ono Band, Santana, Delaney, Bonnie & Friends, Derek and the Dominos, B.B. King, George Harrison, solo + more) - 73
Jim Dandy (Black Oak Arkansas) - 70
Dave Ball (Bedlam, Procol Harum) - b. 1950 - d. 3/31/15
Gary Falcone (Has recorded with bands and artists such as Yes, Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, Celine Dion, Don Henley, Joe Cocker, David Lee Roth, Kenny Loggins, Megadeath, Chicago, Wang Chung, Neil Diamond, Randy Newman, Aaron Neville, Janet Jackson, Sam Kinison, Barry Manilow, Sammy Hagar, Eddie Van Halen, Sergio Mendes, Thomas Dolby, Billy Joel, Patty LaBelle, Paul Stanley, Steve Vai, David Foster, Monkeys, Jose Feliciano, Lynyrd Skynrd + more) - 63
Rupert Greenall (The Fixx) - 58
Re Styles (Shirley Marie MacLeod) (The Tubes) - 58
Tracy Chapman - 54
Rick Richards (The Georgia Satellites, Izzy Stradlin and The JuJu Hounds, Raggedy Ann + more) -
Joey Castillo (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Mark Lanegan, Zilch, Wasted Youth, Goatsnake, Danzig, Sugartooth, Mark Lanegan Band, Desert Sessions, Son of Sam) - 52
Steve Summers‬ (‎Pretty Boy Floyd‬) - 52
Berry Duane Oakley (Bloodline, Oakley Krieger Band + more, others) - 45

March 31:
Herb Alpert - 83 (Formed A&M Records with Jerry Moss, at first operating from his garage at home)
Hugh McCracken (guitarist/session musician - He appeared on many recordings by Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Billy Joel, Roland Kirk, Roberta Flack, B. B. King, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, The Monkees, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, James Taylor, Phoebe Snow, Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, Graham Parker, Eric Carmen, Loudon Wainwright III, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, The Four Seasons, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Gary Wright and Andy Gibb. Because of such high demand for his work, McCracken declined Paul McCartney's invitation to help form his new band, Wings after appearing on his 1971 album 'Ram') - b. 1942 - d. 3/28/13
Al Nichol (The Turtles) - 72
Mick Ralphs (Bad Company, Mott The Hoople, David Gilmour, solo) - 74
Thiis van Leer (Focus, solo) - 70
Keith Boyce (The Heavy Metal Kids, Gates Of Dawn, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Mike Oldfield, Bram Tchaikovsky, Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns), Tim Bogert, Savoy Brown + more) -
Sean Hopper (Huey Lewis & The News) - 65
Tony Brock (The Babys, Rod Stewart, Strider, Roy Orbison, Jimmy Barnes, Elton John) - 64
Angus Young (AC/DC, Kantuckee, Tantrum, Marcus Hook Roll Band) - 63
Jeff Young (Megadeth, Equilibrium, Broken Silence) - 56
Erik Turner (Warrant) - 54
Patrick Lachman (Damageplan, Halford) - 48

Today In Rock History
March 1
1941: The world's first commercial FM radio station, Nashville's W47NV, begins broadcasting.
1952: Already operating a recording studio, Memphis Recording Service, Sam Phillips starts Sun Records by releasing 'Drivin' Slow' by 16-year-old saxophonist Johnny London. The label launches the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.
1957: Chuck Berry's classic" 'School Days' is released.
1957: The Everly Brothers sign with Cadence Records and record 'Bye Bye Love,' a teen-age love song that was written by 37 year old Boudleaux Bryant and his 31 year old wife, Felice. Although nearly 30 other artists turned the song down, The Everly's version will rise to #2 in the US and #6 in the UK by next May.
1958: Buddy Holly & The Crickets launch their one and only U.K. tour in London. They play two sets each evening for 25 nights.
1966: Gene Clark announces he's left the Byrds. A fear of flying is given as the reason.
1958: Elvis Presley begins filming the movie 'King Creole' in New Orleans.
1961: Elvis Presley signed a five-year movie deal with producer Hal Wallis.
1963: Filming begins in Hollywood for Elvis Presley's 13th film, 'Fun In Acapulco.'
1963: Gerry And The Pacemakers release their first British single, 'How Do You Do It,' which will go on to top the UK chart the following April. The song had been turned down by Adam Faith and although The Beatles had recorded it, they declined to issue their version.
1965: After selling over 3 million copies in the US alone, Petula Clark's 'Downtown' is awarded a Gold record. The song, which had been recorded in four different languages, was a success in a dozen other countries and was inducted into The Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2003.
1966: Gene Clark of The Byrds announced he was leaving the group due to his chronic fear of flying. He had also had some problems getting along with Roger McGuinn.
1966: A day after Liverpool’s Cavern Club closed due to bankruptcy, a hundred Beatles fans barricaded themselves inside. Still, the vacant venue, where the Beatles had a two-year residency, was later turned into a subway station.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios, London, The Beatles started recording a new song John Lennon song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.' The song was inspired by a drawing his 3 year-old son Julian returned home from school with one day. The picture, which was of a little girl with lots of stars, was his classmate - Lucy O’Donnell, who also lived in Weybridge, and attended the same school as Julian.
1967: In Ottawa, The Animals refuse to go on unless they are paid in advance. The concert is canceled. As a result, the audience riots resulting in several thousands of dollars worth of damage.
1967: 'Happy Jack' peaks at #4 on the German charts. It is The Who’s biggest singles hit in that country.
1968: Elton John’s first single 'I’ve Been Loving You Too Long' was released on the Phillips label. It didn’t chart.
1968: On or around this date, Pink Floyd officially announces Syd Barrett’s departure from the band.
1968: The Hollies played at the Civic Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
1968: Johnny Cash marries June Carter of the gospel stars The Carter Family. They remain married for 35 years until her death. Before they married one another, Johnny had been married once; June had been married twice.
1969: Jim Morrison is arrested after a Doors concert in Miami after allegedly showing his penis to the audience during a show in Miami. Although it has never been confirmed that he actually exposed himself, he did say, “You want to see my c*ck, don’t you? That’s what you came for isn’t it? YEAHHHH!” Morrison was inebriated, but he was also playing in a venue that had been oversold to three times its capacity, on a hot night with no air-conditioning. He would be found guilty of two misdemeanors — indecent exposure and “open profanity,” and sentenced to eight months hard labor. Morrison died in Paris while the sentence was on appeal. On December 9, 2010, a pardon was requested by outgoing Florida Governor Charlie Crist and the state Clemency Board unanimously granted it.
1969: Pink Floyd performed at University College, in Bloomsbury, London, England.
1969: The Who play Mother’s Club in Erdington Birmingham, England.
1969: The Jeff Beck Group performed at the Alexandria Roller Rink in Alexandria, Virginia.
1970: Mott The Hoople, supported by Genesis, appeared at The Northcote Arms in Middlesex, England.
1970: On The Ed Sullivan Show, two clips were aired of The Beatles performing 'Let It Be' and 'Two of Us.' It was the last time the band appeared on the show that broke them in America.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi.
1971: Tony Iommi‬ was nearly killed when a crazed fan dashed towards him with a large knife in ‎Memphis‬, TN.
1972: John Lennon was granted an extension on his American work visa.
1973: Jerry Lee Lewis' 'The Session' comes out. The album features an all-star cast, including Peter Frampton and Alvin Lee, as they roll through the oldies. It is Jerry Lee's highest charting album.
1973: The New York's Joffrey Ballet performs 'Deuce Coupe Ballet' consisting entirely of Beach Boys music.
1973: Elvis Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker renegotiates Elvis into a 50-50 split on new royalties, and lands another seven-year, fourteen-album deal with RCA for $3.5 million.
1973: Elvis Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, sells all of Elvis' back catalog recordings to RCA for a lump sum of $5.4 million, forgoing all future royalties, in an apparent attempt to garner the King some quick, much-needed cash.
1973: Pink Floyd releases 'Dark Side Of The Moon.' Though it is RIAA certified at 15X platinum, some estimates claim it has sold 50 million copies worldwide.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the New Haven Arena in New Haven, Connecticut.
1974: Rush release their self-titled debut album. It's also their last with drummer John Rutsey. ‬The album's 'Working Man' becomes a breakout song in blue collar Cleveland, Ohio, after winning WMMS disc jockey Donna Halper's endorsement. One year later the band releases 'Fly by Night,' its first album to include Neil Peart.
1974: Aerosmith release their 2nd studio album, 'Get Your Wings.'
1974: Queen begin their first UK tour in Blackpool.
1974: Chris Difford placed an ad in a shop window “lyricist seeks musician for co-writing.” Glen Tillbrook answered the ad. The pair went on to form Squeeze.
1975: Bob Dylan's album 'Blood On The Tracks' hits #1.
1975: The Eagles had their first million seller and first #1 record in the US when 'Best of My Love' reached the top of the Billboard chart. 'Take It Easy' had made it to #12, 'Witchy Woman' reached #9, 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' hit #22 and 'Already Gone' stalled at #32.
1975: Winners at this years Grammy Awards included Paul McCartney for Best pop vocal on 'Band On The Run' and Elvis Presley wins for Best Inspirational Performance for his live version of 'How Great Thou Art.'
1976: KISS‬ released their 6th single 'Shout It Out Loud.'
1976: David Bowie performed at the Detroit Olympia in Detroit, Michigan.
1977: Iggy Pop and David Bowie, plus The Vibrators appeared at Friars in Aylesbury, England.
1977: After years of estrangement, Bob Dylan's wife, Sara Lowndes -- subject of 'Lay Lady Lay' and 'Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands,' among other songs -- files for divorce in Santa Monica, CA.
1977: Manfred Mann gets their first Gold record for 'Blinded by the Light,' a song written by Bruce Springsteen. It was their first US #1 record since 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy,' thirteen years earlier.
1977: Canadian band, Max Webster, fronted by Kim Mitchell release their 'High Class In Borrowed Shoes' album
1978: David Coverdale released his 2nd solo album, 'Northwinds.'
1979: The Coca-Cola Company introduces Mello Yello as a competitor to Pepsi's Mountain Dew in the urine-colored soda category. Donovan hopes they will use his song 'Mellow Yellow' in their advertising, but the company declines.
1980: Patti Smith marries MC 5's Fred 'Sonic' Smith in Detroit. They have two children, and remain married until his death from heart failure in 1994.
1981: Ted Nugent releases his live album 'Intensities In 10 Cities.‬'
1981: NBC-TV airs 'Elvis And The Beauty Queen,' the story of his final years and his relationship with girlfriend Linda Thompson, featuring future star Don Johnson as Elvis Presley.
1982: Rod Stewart performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1982: MTV launches its catchy "I Want My MTV" campaign. The effort builds public demand for cable systems to offer the channel. Pete Townshend, Mick Jagger and David Bowie v release their fourth album, 'Power Metal,' It's their first to feature Phil Anselmo on vocals.
1982: Krokus release their 6th studio album, 'One Vice at a Time' .
1985: Ford licenses The Beatles' 'Help!' for a new commercial, the very first such use of the group's songs in a TV ad.
1986: The Rolling Stones release their album 'Dirty Work'
1986: Mr. Mister's 'Kyrie' hits #1 in America. The refrain "Kyrie eleison" is Greek for "Lord, have mercy."
1990: During a Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers concert at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA, Bob Dylan & Bruce Springsteen made guest appearances on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 'Travelin’ Ban'” & the Animals’ 'I’m Crying.'
1991: The Oliver Stone film, 'The Doors' is released. It stars Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison, after Ian Astbury of the Cult turns the role down.
1993: Q magazine publishes an interview with Sting and Bob Geldof where Sting explains how his sex lasts for hours through the benefits of yoga.
1994: Nirvana played their final ever concert when they appeared at The Terminal Einz in Munich, Germany. The 3,000 capacity venue was a small Airport Hanger. The power went off during the show so they played an impromptu acoustic set including a version of The Cars 'My Best Friend's Girl.' Kurt Cobain is very sick, and the rest of the tour is cancelled. He is found dead a little over a month later.
1994: Soul Asylum's 'Runaway Train' wins Best Rock Song at the 36th annual Grammy Awards in New York. Ozzy Osbourne wins Best Metal Performance Grammy for 'I Don't Want To Change The World.' Bruce Springsteen, Steve Winwood and Bonnie Raitt perform a tribute to Cutis Mayfield.
1995: Quiet Riot released their 8th studio album, 'Down to the Bone.'
1995: D-A-D released their 5th studio album, 'Helpyourselfish.'
1995: Bruce Springsteen’s 'Streets of Philadelphia' won three Grammys for Song of the Year, Best Male Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song. Sheryl Crow winss Best New Artist and Record of the Year for 'All I Wanna Do.' Soundgarden earn a pair of statues for 'Black Hole Sun' (Best Hard Rock Performance) and 'Spoonman' (Best Metal Performance) Also, the trophy for Best Rock Performance-Female went to Melissa Etheridge for 'Come To My Window.' Eric Clapton wins his ninth Grammy, winning Best Traditional Blues Album for 'From The Cradle.'
1995: R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry left the stage during the middle of a concert in Lausanne, Switzerland with a severe headache. He was later diagnosed with a brain aneurysm & concerts scheduled through May were postponed.
1997: A Motley Crue fan who claimed his hearing had been irreparably damaged after a show in New Jersey had his lawsuit thrown out of court. The judge told Clifford Goldberg who had sat near the front of the stage, knew the risk he was taking.
1997: 'Bowie Bonds' were issued on the US Stock Exchange. Linked to David Bowie's back catalog albums with money earned on the bonds via interest from royalties, investors could expect to make an 8% profit in about 10 years.
2004: Warner Music Group leaves parent company Time Warner for the first time, bought out as a separate entity by investors led by former Universal Music head Edgar Bronfman Jr.
2005: Judas Priest released their 14th studio album, 'Angel of Retribution.' It's their first album in 15 years to feature Rob Halford, on vocals and it peaks at #13 on Billboard's 200‬ Chart.
2005: A British judge finds that Linkin Park cannot file lawsuits against people selling unauthorized posters of the band. The group had wanted to copyright its name to terminate the sale of bootleg merchandise.
2005: Purple Haze Records in Britan is prohibited from selling a bootleg 1969 Jimi Hendrix Experience concert. Purple Haze claims they purchased the rights from another company, who apparently didn't own the rights either.
2005: Slipknot percussionist Clown (Shawn Crahan or No. 6) skips the band's appearance NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien because his wife, who reportedly has Crohn's disease, is sick. Slipknot perform 'Before I Forget' and dedicates the song to Crahan and his family.
2006: A limited-edition line of teas featuring original artwork from late Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia are sold by the Republic of Tea company. A portion of the proceeds from J. Garcia Artisan Teas benefit DrawBridge, a nonprofit arts organization for homeless youths.
2006: Steely Dan's Donald Fagen begins his first solo tour in New Brunswick, NJ.
2006: Carlos Santana and his wife Deborah, are honored for their work with the Milagro Foundation during a Beverly Hills, CA, charity gig. The organization raises money to benefit underprivileged children around the world.
2008: 'What I Learned About Success From the World's Greatest Rock Stars' is in bookstores. Written by Rock radio personality Dayna Steele, the book has her reminiscences of interactions with Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, David Bowie, Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Sammy Hagar, U2's Bono and Ozzy Osbourne. The foreword is by KISS' Gene Simmons.
2010: U2 tops the 2009 Billboard Money Makers list earning more than $108 million. Bruce Springsteen is second with a mere $57 million.
2010: Megadeth perform their classic album, 'Rust In Peace,' in its entirety during a tour in celebration of the album's 20th anniversary. The first show is in Spokane, WA.
2011: 'Rope,' the lead single from the Foo Fighters' seventh album 'Wasting Light,' is released. The song tops the Billboard Rock Songs chart a week later.
2011: The spacesuit worn by Ozzy Osbourne in the Best Buy Super Bowl commercial is sold to raise money for Sharon Osbourne's Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
2011: A New York City law firm launched a $700,000 lawsuit against Prince for unpaid legal services.
2012: The ‪AC/DC‬ pinball machine was released.
2013: Saxon released their 20th studio album, 'Sacrifice.'
2013: Jo Wood, former wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, publishes her autobiography, 'Hey Jo.' One precious moment talks about Ronnie bringing cocaine to the hospital following birth of their son Tyrone.
2015: Tickets for The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well tour showed up on Stub Hub with a top-price at $116,000 for the three-day show. The cheap seats for the event, set for Chicago's Soldier Field July 3-5, could be had for a mere $1350. Originally the seats were priced from $59.50 to $199.50 per day.
2016: 76-year-old Ginger Baker posted on his blog that he had cancelled all of his scheduled shows for the year and was going into immediate retirement. The former drummer for Cream and Blind Faith explained that he had been diagnosed with serious heart problems.

March 2:
1955: Bo Diddley records 'Bo Diddley' and 'I'm A Man' during his first session at at Universal Recording Studio in Chicago, where he laid down 'Bo Diddley', which went on the top the US R&B chart by the following June. Even though the song didn't crack the Hot 100, it was added in 2012 to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry list of "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important" American sound recordings.
1955: Elvis Presley appeared at Porky's Rooftop Club in Newport, Arkansas. Constantly on the road, performing night after night this was the group's 46th show this year, (Elvis along with Scotty Moore and Bill Black).
1957: The Del-Vikings saw their biggest hit, 'Come Go With Me,' enter the Billboard Top 40 where it would peak at #4, selling over a million copies in the process. Dion would cover the song in 1963, but could do no better than #48. The Beach Boys also tried their luck with the tune and reached #18 in 1982.
1960: After completing his national service and flying back to America, Elvis Presley stepped on British soil for the first and only time in his life when the plane carrying him stopped for refueling at Prestwick Airport, Scotland.
1961: The Everly Brothers had their 3rd UK #1 single with 'Walk Right Back' a song written by Sonny Curtis of The Crickets.
1963: Franke Valli & The Four Seasons started a three week run at #1 with 'Walk Like A Man.' With this single. the Four Seasons became the first group in the history of the Billboard Charts to have three consecutive #1 songs. During the recording session, the room directly above the studio caught fire, and smoke and water began pouring in. Producer Bob Crewe was so intent on finishing the production that he blocked the studio door and continued recording until firemen broke the door down.
1963: The Cascades achieved their only Billboard Top 40 hit when 'Rhythm Of The Rain' topped out at #3. The song was also a top 5 hit in the UK.
1964: Beatles begin work on their first movie 'Hard Day's Night' in London at Marylebone train station in London, with director Richard Lester.
1964: The Beatles 'Twist & Shout' b/w 'There's a Place' 45 single is released. Written by Phil Medley and Bert Russell, it was originally titled 'Shake It Up, Baby' and recorded by the Top Notes and then covered by The Isley Brothers. It was covered by The Beatles with John Lennon on the lead vocals and originally released on their first album 'Please Please Me.' Released by by Vee-Jay Records on the Tollie label, it reached #2 on April 4, 1964, during the week that the top five places on the chart were all Beatles singles. (In the Cashbox singles chart for the same week, 'Twist and Shout' was #1) In the United States, 'Twist and Shout' was the only million-selling Beatles single that was a cover record, and the only Beatles cover single to reach the Top 10 on a national record chart. The song failed to hit #1 because the Beatles had another song occupying the top spot, 'Can't Buy Me Love.'
1968: Blue Cheer gave birth to heavy metal when their interpretation of 'Summertime Blues' was released. The single goes to #14.
1968: Cat Stevens begins a three-month hospital stay after being diagnosed with tuberculosis.
1968: 'Call Me Lighting' backed with 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' enters the US charts. It reaches #40 in the Billboard charts and #38 in Cash Box. That night The Who perform at New Edmonton Gardens in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. After the show they are thrown out of their hotel’s English-style pub for having long hair. In response John Entwhistle writes the song 'What Are We Doing Here?'
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono performed at a jazz festival in Cambridge, England. It was the first time a Beatle had performed solo.
1970: Genesis appears at the Mistrale Club, Beckenham, in the London Borough of Bromley, England.
1972: Yes appeared at the Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, New York.
1973: David Bowie played at the Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan.
1973: The Doobie Brothers 3rd studio album 'The Captain and Me.' It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and features some of their most popular hits including 'Long Train Runnin', 'China Grove' and 'Without You.'
1973: Todd Rundgren's 'A Wizard, a True Star' album is released. It reached #86 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The album, and especially the first side of the vinyl recording, is an extended medley after the fashion of the Beatles' late recordings; brief songs segue into one another, and the lyrics are frequently humorous or hallucinatory. The first side features a cover version of 'Never Never Land' from the Broadway version of Peter Pan, with the second side featuring a medley of covers of R&B hits. The album's length (55:56) pushed the limits of how much music could fit on a long-playing record; as a result, the sound quality is a little lower in comparison. Acknowledging that on the album's inner sleeve, which was packed with his handwritten notes, Rundgren advised listeners to turn up the volume on their speakers, being that each side of the record is about 6 or 7 minutes longer than standard records. The compact disc version was thought to avoid these difficulties.
1974: At this year's Grammys Stevie Wonder won four awards: Album of the year for 'Innervisions,' Best R&B song and Best vocal for ‘Superstition’ and Pop vocal performance for ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life.' 'Innervisions' also won for Best Engineered Recording.
1975: Los Angeles Police pull over Paul McCartney's Lincoln Continental for allegedly running a red light. They detect the smell of marijuana and arrest Linda McCartney for having six to eight ounces of the drug in her purse. Paul was driving but is not charged with anything.
1976: The Who appeared at the Pavillon de Paris in Paris.
1977: Black Sabbath performed at The Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland.
1977: Quiet Riot release their self=titled debut album in Japan. The band features Randy Rhoads on guitar.
1977: AC/DC appeared at The Top Rank in Swansea, England.
1977: David Bowie and Iggy Pop played at Newcastle City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1978: Eric Clapton performed at the Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama.
1979: Rush appeared at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.
1979: Stevie Ray Vaughn played at Soap Creek Saloon in Austin, Texas.
1980: ZZ Top performed Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1981: Iron Maiden released their 4th single, 'Twilight Zone,' from the album 'Killers.' At the time of its release, it was the band's second-most successful single, peaking at #31 in the UK Singles Chart.
1982: David Bowie made his television acting debut, appearing in a production of 'Bertolt Brecht’s Baal' on the BBC.
1983: Sony, Philips and Polygram introduce a revolutionary new digital audio system called a Compact Disc that contains up to 1 hour of music.
1984: Mick Jagger's wife Jerry Hall gave birth to Elizabeth Scarlett Jagger.
1984: 'This Is Spinal Tap' premiered, forever changing the perception of hard rock and heavy metal bands. Whether it be finding the way to the stage from the backstage tunnel, turning the amp to “11”, or the miniature Stonehenge stage setup, Spinal Tap is forever ingrained in rock n’ roll lore.
1985: John Fogerty peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'The Old Man Down the Road' which was Fogerty’s only top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1985: Phil Collins started a five-week run at #1 on the UK chart with his 3rd solo LP 'No Jacket Required.'
1987: Overkill released the album 'Taking Over.' The album is Overkill's last to feature drummer Rat Skates, who left the band later in 1987 and was replaced by Sid Falck.
1988: U2 win a couple of Grammys (Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance) for 'Joshua Tree.' Paul Simon's 'Graceland' is named Record Of The Year at the 30th Grammy Awards. 'Bring On The Night' by Sting is awarded Best Pop Vocal Performance and George Michael and Aretha Franklin win Best R&B Performance for 'I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me).'
1991: 21 years after its initial release, 'All Right Now' by Free reached #2 on the UK singles chart when it was reissued to coincide with its use in a Wrigley's Chewing gum TV ad.
1996: The Gin Blossoms released their album 'Congratulations, I'm Sorry.' It contains hits 'Til I Hear It From You' and 'Follow You Down.'
1996: Oasis scored their second UK #1 single when 'Don’t Look Back In Anger' went to #1. From the band’s 'What’s The Story Morning Glory' album, it was the first Oasis single to feature Noel on lead vocals instead of his brother, Liam Gallagher.
1999: The Las Vegas House of Blues opened with a performance by Bob Dylan. U2’s Bono joined him to sing 'Knocking on Heaven’s Door.'
1999: Dusty Springfield died of breast cancer at the age of 59, after a five year battle. She would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame less than two weeks after she passed away, having placed 18 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 from 1964 to 1970. Her first huge single was 'I Only Want To Be With You,' she later recorded the Bacharach-David composition 'The Look of Love' for the James Bond film 'Casino Royale.' She also collaborated and had hits with the Pet Shop Boys and many others. Her friend Elton John said, “I’m biased but I just think she was the greatest white singer there ever has been...Every song she sang, she claimed as her own.”
2003: Singer, songwriter Hank Ballard died at his Los Angeles home from throat cancer. His exact age is uncertain as most biographies say he was 66, but friends say he was actually 75. He originally released 'The Twist' on the B-side of his 1959 tune 'Teardrops On Your Letter,' but after Chubby Checker took the song to #1, Ballard re-released his version and had a Top 30 hit with it as well in 1960. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990
2004: Metallica kicked off the first North American leg of their 137 date ‘Madly in Anger with the World Tour’ at the America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Metallica offers audio recordings of every show on their tour for sale within days of each performance via their LiveMetallica.com. website. Godsmack are the openers.
2004: Springfield, IL. Mayor Timothy Davlin proclaims Puddle Of Mudd Day following the group's gig there.
2004: 'The Essential Cheap Trick' compilation album is released.
2005: Tesla performs an acoustic set at New York's Irving Plaza. It's part of a commemorative tour. The group's 'Five Man Acoustical Jam' was released in 1990.
2005: Fred Durst files an $80 million lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against several online media companies that hosted an illicit homemade sex video starring the Limp Bizkit vocalist. The invasion-of-privacy suit includes a motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent further distribution of the flick.
2006: Paul McCartney and wife Heather Mills head to the ice floes off the Canada's east coast to oppose the opening of seal hunting season.
2006: A woman who says she appeared in a sex tape featuring Scott Stapp and Kid Rock files an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Stapp and the company trying to distribute the video. She thought the former Creed frontman would keep the '99 tape in his private possession, while Stapp maintains the video was stolen from him. The woman wants the tape taken out of circulation and a few dollars to cover emotional distress.
2007: U2 singer Bono receives the Chairman's Award at the NAACP's 38th Image Awards in L.A.
2007: The Orcutt Children's Arts Foundation honors Jackson Browne at its fourth annual event in Santa Maria, CA. The foundation raises money to fund opportunities for local schoolchildren to take part in visual and performing-arts activities.
2007: Jimi Hendrix was crowned the 'wildest guitar hero' of all-time in a poll of music fans for Classic Rock magazine. Hendrix beat Keith Richards into second place, with Stevie Ray Vaughan in third. Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page made it to number four, followed by Dimebag Darrell, who played for several heavy metal bands including Pantera and Damageplan.
2008: Canadian guitarist and singer Jeff Healey died of cancer. Healey lost his sight to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes when he was eight months old, resulting in his eyes being surgically removed. After living cancer-free for 38 years, he developed sarcoma in his legs. Despite surgery for this, the sarcoma spread to his lungs and ultimately was the cause of his death. Healey released over 12 albums, presented a long running radio show and worked with many artists including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, BB King, ZZ Top, Steve Lukather, Eric Clapton and Ian Gillan.
2008: Nine Inch Nails release their 6th album, an almost entirely instrumental 'Ghosts I-IV,' as a free digital release - a concept they will revisit with their next album, 'The Slip,' in July. Physical copies are sold at a regular price a few months after the digital releases.
2009: U2 begins a five-night run on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman to promote their album 'No Line On The Horizon.' It's the group's first performance on Lettermen since 2001.
2009: Van Morrison is the first-ever musical guest on the debut of NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Morrision performs songs from his 1968 album 'Astral Weeks.'
2010: The Music of The Who, a charity tribute concert, takes place at New York's Carnegie Hall. Performances of The Who's catalog by Patti Smith, Living Colour and others, benefits Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Church Street School for Music & Art and The American Symphony Orchestra.
2012: Five days after Kid Rock endorsed Mitt Romney for President, Motor City Madman Ted Nugent does the same.
2013: A pencil doodle by Paul McCartney when he was a teenager sold for over $5,000. The sketches were drawn by McCartney during the late 1950’s while a student at the Liverpool Institute High School For Boys. The drawings showed multiple faces with different expressions on a single sheet of paper in pencil. The auction house said the drawing sold for $5,692.
2014: Nominated for Best Original Song, U2 plays 'Ordinary Love,' from the movie 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom,' during the Oscars. But they lose to "Let It Go" from the movie 'Frozen.'
2015: Europe released their 10th studio album, 'War of Kings.'
2015: ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, announced that in 2014 the organization gained a 6% increase in revenue to just over $1 billion, up from the $944.4 million it collected in 2013.
2016: Bob Dylan sold his personal archive of notes, draft lyrics, poems, artwork and photographs to the University of Tulsa, where they would be made available to scholars and curated for public exhibitions. The 6,000 item collection also included master recording tapes of Dylan's entire music catalog, along with hundreds of hours of film video.

March 3
1956: Elvis Presley's RCA debut, 'Heartbreak Hotel,' enters the Top 100, debuting at #68. Although many staff members at RCA Victor believed that the release was a mistake, the song would rise to #1 on the US Pop chart for 8 weeks and spend 17 weeks at the top of the Country chart.'"Heartbreak Hotel' would later be ranked #45 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1957: The head of the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago, Samuel Cardinal Strich, bans Rock 'n' Roll from Catholic schools in his district, saying "When our schools and centers stoop to such things as Rock And Roll tribal rhythms, they are failing seriously in their duty." A week after his remarks, a survey of record retailers, distributors and disc jockeys revealed that the Cardinal's words had no affect on Rock record sales in the area.
1959: The Drifters, with new lead vocalist Ben E. King, record their breakthrough hit, 'There Goes My Baby,' at Atlantic's studios in New York. The song will become the group's first of 16 Billboard Top 40 hits.
1963: The Beatles played the last show on a UK tour supporting Helen Shapiro at The Gaumont Cinema in Hanley, Stoke.
1965: Eric Clapton plays his last show with The Yardbirds, leaving to join John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. He is replaced by Jeff Beck.
1966: The Rolling Stones start work on 'Aftermath' in Hollywood. The album contains 'Paint It Black' with Brian Jones on sitar.
1966: Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Richie Furay, Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin created the group, Buffalo Springfield. Their stay on the Rock music scene would only last a couple of years before the group would fragment. Stills teamed up with David Crosby of The Byrds and Graham Nash of The Hollies to form Crosby, Stills and Nash, while Young released several solo projects before joining them. Furay got together with Jim Messina and Randy Meisner to create Poco in 1968. Palmer dropped out of the lime light while Martin toured as Buffalo Springfield with fill-in musicians.
1966: Fans at Ottawa, Ontario's Coliseum riot after waiting an hour for The Animals to perform. The band however, refuses to play unless they are paid in advance. The concert is eventually cancelled.
1966: The Who played at the Victoria Ballroom in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England.
1967: The Jeff Beck group, featuring a virtually unknown singer named Rod Stewart, along with bass player Ron Wood and drummer Aynsley Dunbar, make their debut at the Astoria in London on a package tour with Roy Orbison & The Small Faces. Due to receiving poor notices, The Jeff Beck Group was asked not to complete the tour.
1967: A twice-nightly tour kicked off in the UK at The ABC in Romford Essex featuring, The Small Faces, Jeff Beck, Roy Orbison and Paul and Barry Ryan.
1967: The Doors appear at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at Market Hall in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England.
1967: After a promoter refuses to pay the Animals an advance for their concert in Ottawa, the band decides not to play. The audience riots and causes $5,000 in damages
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
1968, Blood, Sweat & Tears appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: Led Zeppelin recorded their first BBC Radio 1 'Top Gear' session during the afternoon at the Playhouse Theatre in London, England. Songs recorded were 'Dazed And Confused,' 'Communication Breakdown,' 'You Shook Me' and 'I Can't Quit You Baby.'
1970: Genesis plays at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.
1971: South African radio lifts five-year ban on Beatles.
1971: Elton John makes his first major London appearance at the Royal Albert Hall. He's backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco
1972: Jethro Tull released their 5th studio album, 'Thick as a Brick.'
1972: Harry Nilsson receives a Gold record for his album, 'Nilsson Schmilsson.'
1973: Jimi Hendrix's personal manager, Michael Jeffrey, was one of 68 people killed in a plane crash in France. Jeffery was en route to a court appearance in London related to Hendrix.
1973: The live album 'The Concert for Bangla Desh,' taken from the Madison Square Garden benefit concert organized by George Harrison, and featuring Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, wins the Grammy for Album of the Year.
1973: Slade's 'Cum On Feel The Noize' entered the UK at #1, making Slade the first act to achieve this since The Beatles.
1973: The #1 Billboard Album is Elton John's 'Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player.'
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd played at Ellis Auditorium North Hall in Memphis, Tennessee.
1975: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
1976: David Bowie performed at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1977: The first night of an UK tour with Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Cherry Vanilla, and The Police kicked off at the Roxy Club in London.
1978: Van Halen start their first ever US tour in Chicago as the opening act for Journey and Montrose. Even then, they had the legendary "brown M&Ms" provision in their contract. It ends in December after 174 shows.‬
1978: Whitesnake (originally billed as David Coverdale’s Whitesnake) plays its first show in England at Lincoln Technical College. What was supposed to be their first show at The Nottingham Sky Bird Club had been cancelled‬ due to logistical problems - the stage was too small. The band is comprised of David Coverdale, guitarist Mick Moody, fellow guitarist Bernie Marsden, bassist Neil Murray, keyboardist Pete Solley and drummer David “Duck” Dowle.
1978: Patti Smith Group's 'Easter' album is released. It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, bolstered by the success of the single, 'Because the Night' (co-written by Bruce Springsteen and Smith), which reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 in the UK.
1978: Frank Zappa's live double album, 'Zappa in New York' is released. It reached #57 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The group included future Missing Persons/UK drummer Terry Bozzio, Jethro Tull/Roxy Music/UK keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson and a fantastic horn section that would gain notoriety in the Saturday Night Live house band (The Brecker Brothers), among others. Although the concert was recorded during a multi-night stand at New York's Palladium in December of 1976, the album's release was held up by Warner Bros. because of their objection to the homo-erotic track 'Punky's Whips.' Surprises abound on Zappa in New York, such as a cameo by Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo, who introduces the aforementioned 'Punky's Whips' and other tracks.
1979: Frank Zappa' double album 'Sheik Yerbouti' is released. It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The first album to be released on his own eponymous label after his departure from Warner Bros. Records, it emphasized the comedic aspect of his lyrics more than ever before, beginning a period of increased record sales and mainstream media attention. Sheik Yerbouti remains Zappa's biggest selling album worldwide with over 2 million units sold to date. The title is a play on words; Zappa appears on the cover in character in Arab headdress, and the name, meant to resemble an Arabic transcription, is pronounced like the title of KC and the Sunshine Band's 1976 disco hit 'Shake Your Booty.'
1980: Sotheby's hold their first auction of rock memorabilia. Four dollar bills signed by The Beatles sell for $528. A napkin signed by Elvis Presley fetches $800.
1981: U2 begins their first major tour of the US with two shows at a Washington, DC, club called The Bayou.
1981: The Elvis Presley documentary movie, 'This Is Elvis' (with Ral Donner narrating) premieres in Memphis.
1982: A re-formed version of The Mamas And The Papas, with original members John Phillips and Denny Doherty, joined by Phillips' daughter Mackenzie and Spanky McFarlane of Spanky and Our Gang, play the first show of their brief reunion tour.
1983: A Hell’s Angels biker identified only as “Butch” confirms, in front of a U.S. Senate hearing, that the motorcycle gang had indeed taken out a contract to kill Mick Jagger. The Rolling Stones leader was seen as having blamed the gang for the death of concertgoer Meredith Hunter at Altamont.
1984: John Lennon peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Nobody Told Me' which was final top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1984: The Police peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Wrapped Around Your Finger' which was their 6th and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1986: 'Master Of Puppets,' the 3rd studio album by Metallica is released. It's the group's first record to be certified gold for sales of over 500,000 copies but their last to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who dies in a bus crash in Sweden while the group is touring to promote the album. It reached #29 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #167 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1989: Triumph release their greatest hits 'Classics' album.
1989: D-A-D release their 3rd album, 'No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims.'
1990: During a world tour Paul McCartney played the first of 6 sold-out nights at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The final night was broadcast live to venues in 10 other Japanese cities.
1993: Sting holds his 3rd annual Rainforest benefit concert at New York's Carnegie Hall. In addition to the ex-Police frontman, Don Henley, Bryan Adams and Tina Turner perform.
1994: In Italy Kurt Cobain lapses into a coma after overdosing on the drug Rohypnol. After having his stomach pumped, he awakes from his coma. This possible suicide attempt is a precursor to his death by his own hand about a month later.
1994: The Smashing Pumpkins were banned from appearing on BBC TV's 'Top Of The Pops' due to the content of the song's lyrics.
1995: Foo Fighters made their live debut during a benefit show at The Satyricon in Portland, Oregon.
1995: R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry undergoes successful brain surgery. Berry collapsed due to a brain aneurysm during a concert in Switzerland.
1997: U2's 9th studio album, 'Pop' is released. It hits #1 in 35 countries, including the U.S.
1998: Bad Religion's breakthrough album, 'Stranger Than Fiction,' released almost four years earlier, is certified gold by the RIAA, becoming the band's only album to achieve this certification in the United States.
1999: Oasis agreed to pay their former drummer Tony McCarroll a sum of £550,000 ($935,000) after he sued the Manchester band for millions in unpaid royalties. McCarroll had been fired from the band in 1995.
1999: US music professor Peter Jeffrey went to court to sue The Smashing Pumpkins, their promoters and a company who make ear plugs after claiming his hearing was damaged at a concert in Connecticut.
2003: Ray Jackson sued Rod Stewart over Stewart’s song 'Maggie May.' Jackson claimed he came up with mandolin melody & claimed that he lost over $1.5 million because he wasn’t credited for the distinctive “hook”. He was paid $22 for the recording session with Stewart in 1971.
2004: Elton John announced he was planning to marry his long-term partner David Furnish if new UK laws allowed it. A Civil Partnership bill was being passed through Parliament which would give gay couple's greater rights.
2006: Axl Rose files a counterclaim in Los Angeles against his former Guns N' Roses bandmate Slash to reaffirm his control of the band's copyrights. The singer contends that Slash and ex-GN'R bassist Duff McKagan have filed 'baseless lawsuits' against him. "Axl has a responsibility to protect the Guns N' Roses legacy and expose the truth," says Rose's lawyer.
2006: Gary Glitter (born Paul Gadd) is sentenced to three years in a Vietnamese prison after being found guilty of molesting two young girls ages 10 and 11.
2007: Incubus play their first-ever concert in Iceland.
2007: Peter Frampton narrates a recital of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf at a library in Independence, KY. The free lunchtime performance features music by the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.
2008: Beatles engineer Norman Smith died at the age of 85. Smith who worked on every studio recording the band made between 1962 and 1965 was nicknamed "Normal Norman" by John Lennon. As a producer in 1966, he signed Pink Floyd and produced their early albums.
2008: The Black Crowes release their 7th studio album, 'Warpaint.'
2008: Kid Rock's attorney enters a not-guilty plea in Georgia's DeKalb County State Court in regard to an 2007 fight Rock was involved in at an Atlanta Waffle House restaurant. Rock faces a misdemeanor battery charge after being arrested along with members of his entourage five months earlier following an altercation. Rock claims he was provoked.
2008: Scott Weiland exits a rehab facility after undergoing treatment for an undisclosed substance problem. The singer faces a charge of driving under the influence of drugs. Two days later he pleads not guilty.
2009: Queensryche release their 12th studio album, 'America Soldier,' a concept album looking at war from a frontline soldier's perspective.
2009: To celebrate the release of U2’s 12th studio album and their appearance every night for a week on 'The Late Show with David Letterman,' New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg temporarily renames part of 53rd Street in midtown Manhattan, U2 Way.
2009: England's Liverpool Hope University announces a Master of Arts program focusing on The Beatles. Students complete four 12-week modules and write a dissertation in the postgraduate class titled 'The Beatles, Popular Music and Society.'
2010: Police storm the set of Megadeth's 'Right To Go Insane' video because the band is using a M68a tank. The band had neglected to inform authorities about the tank so panic ensued.
2010: The Israeli boycott of Metallica ends peacefully when an agreement is reached to lower ticket prices. The controversy stemmed from fan complaints about the cost of admission for concert at the Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv.
2011: R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe performs at the annual Tibet House U.S. benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. The event is hosted by composer Philip Glass and includes an appearance by Patti Smith.
2011: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler launches a new mobile phone app called Steven Tyler's AppSoLewdly. Available exclusively at iTunes, the app allows fans access to uncensored content, including photos and videos made by Tyler.
2012: Twisted Sister honor a fallen police officer at a benefit show at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. John Falcone, a Poughkeepsie police officer, was killed while on duty the previous month. "We tend to do our benefits based on the proximity of the person and the place, the conditions, the circumstances, as it relates to us," explains guitarist Jay Jay French. All proceeds go to law enforcement support organizations.
2012: Legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose dies at the age of 65. He the bands Montrose and Gamma and also performed and did session work with a variety of musicians, including Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock, Van Morrison, The Beau Brummels, Boz Scaggs, Beaver & Krause, Gary Wright, Tony Williams, The Neville Brothers, Dan Hartman, Marc Bonilla, Edgar Winter, and Johnny Winter. The first Montrose album was often cited as "America's answer to Led Zeppelin" and Montrose the guitarist was often referred to as one of the most influential guitarists in American hard rock.
2013: Bobby Rogers, a founding member of the Motown group The Miracles, died at the age of 73 following a long illness. His voice can be heard on the group's hits 'Shop Around,' 'You've Really Got a Hold on Me,' 'The Tracks of My Tears,' 'Going to a Go-Go,' 'I Second That Emotion' and 'The Tears of a Clown.'
2015: 'Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute' album was released. It featured Gus G, Brad Gillis, Doug Aldrich, George Lynch, Jon Donais, Bernie Torme, Joel Hoelkstra, Tom Morello, Bruce Kulick and more.
2015: Keith Richards objected to a planned £1.5million cafe being built on a beachfront near his country mansion. The guitarist lodged an objection against the new development which is near his Redlands estate where he was famously arrested with band mate Mick Jagger in 1967 in a drugs raid. Richards is opposed to the planned restaurant which was earmarked for West Wittering beach in West Sussex.
2015: The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed that they were currently reviewing a petition asking them to consider reopening the investigation into the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper on February 3rd, 1959. The petition, submitted by New England pilot L.J. Coon, asked the NTSB to consider factors other than pilot error when determining what caused the crash.
2017: Former American Idol singer James Durbin joins Quiet Riot as new vocalist.
2017: Jim Fuller, a co-founding member of The Surfaris whose lead guitar work is heard on the band's signature hit "Wipe Out", died at the age of 69 after a long illness.
2017: During his show at New York's Madison Square Garden, Billy Joel brought two members of The Young Rascals, Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish on stage. The pair proceeded to play their biggest hit, 'Good Lovin', with Cavaliere reprising his famous Hammond B-3 organ solo.
2018: Journey's 'Greatest Hits' became just the third album to spend 500 weeks on the Billboard 200 in the chart's 61-year history. It joined Bob Marley And The Wailers' 'Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers' (510 weeks) and the longevity all-time leader, Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of the Moon' (937 weeks). The disc debuted in December, 1988 and peaked at #10 the following year. Between October 1990 and December 2009 it disappeared from the chart, but after a change in eligibility rules it returned and has stayed there pretty much ever since.

March 4
1957: Gene Vincent's 'Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps' album is released.
1963: 'Surfin' U.S.A.' by The Beach Boys, With lead vocals by Mike Love climbs to #3 on the pop chart.
1966: John Lennon's statement that The Beatles were 'more popular than Jesus Christ' was published in The London Evening Standard. “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular then Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and ordinary.” Christian group's in the US were outraged resulting in some states burning Beatles records. Lennon later apologized.
1966: The Beatles 'Yesterday' (Extended Play) is released in the UK. It was also released in Portugal and Spain. All four of the tracks also appeared on the 'Help!' album: 'Yesterday,' 'Act Naturally,' 'You Like Me Too Much' and 'It's Only Love.' The Beatles' 11th EP was released in mono only, and the cover photograph was taken by Robert Whitaker. Unusually for 1966, each Beatle took lead vocals on a song. The EP's release happened to coincide with the first publication of John Lennon's comments that The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus Christ". 'Yesterday' entered the UK EP chart on March 12 and spent six weeks at #1. In all it remained on the hit parade for 13 weeks.
1966: The Who's 'Substitute' b/w 'Instant Party/Circles' 45 single is released in the UK. It reached #5 in the UK, and was later included on the compilation album 'Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy' in 1971. It became a UK top 10 hit again when re-issued in 1976, reaching #7.
1967: Eighteen year old Stevie Winwood and his brother, Muff, announce they are leaving The Spencer Davis Group. Steve forms Traffic later that year.
1967: The Rolling Stones' 'Ruby Tuesday' went to #1 the Billboard singles chart after American disc jockeys shied away from playing the flip side, 'Let's Spend The Night Together.'
1967: Janis Joplin performs with the Steve Miller Band in the 'Journey to the End of Night' event at California Medical Center auditorium.
1967: The Who played at the California Ballroom in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England.
1968: Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention's 3rd studio album, 'We're Only in It for the Money' is released. It reached #30 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked number 296 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1970: In Tampa, Florida, Janis Joplin is fined $200 for using obscene language during a November 1969 concert there. Joplin is currently in Rio de Janeiro, where she hopes to “get off drugs and dry out.”
1971: The Rolling Stones announced that they were to become the UK's first rock and roll tax exiles, residing in France. The band also kicked off a 9-date UK tour at Newcastle City Hall, supported by The Groundhogs.
1972: Badfinger receive a Gold record for the Billboard #4 hit, 'Day After Day.' The song featured George Harrison on guitar and Leon Russell on piano.
1972: Neil Young's 'Harvest' hits the U.S. LP chart.
1972: David Bowie performed at Southsea Pier Pavilion in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
1972: T. Rex peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Bang a Gong (Get It On)' which was their only top 10 single in the U.S.
1973: To promote new album 'Dark Side of the Moon,' Pink Floyd being a three-week tour of the U.S. at the Dane County Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1974: Queen performed at Festival Hall in Paignton, England.
1975: Led Zeppelin played at the Dallas County Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Tickets were priced from $6.50 to $8.50.
1976: Crazy Horse appeared at the Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan.
1977: The Rolling Stones perform the first of two nights at Toronto's small El Morcambo Tavern, a rare intimate show that provides four tracks for their notoriously bad 1977 LP 'Love You Live.'
1977: CBS released The Clash's self- titled first album in the UK. CBS in the U.S. refused to release it until 1979. Americans bought over 100,000 imported copies of the record making it one of the biggest- selling import records of all time.
1978: The internal Revenue Service carried out a dawn raid at the home of Jerry Lee Lewis and removed cars worth over $170,000 to pay off his tax debts.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo.
1978: David Coverdale's new band Whitesnake play their first show at Lincoln Technical College.
1982: Frank Zappa's son Dweezil and his daughter Moon Unit formed a band called Fred Zeppelin. Their first single was 'My Mother is a Space Cadet.'
1983: Thin Lizzy's 12th and final studio album, 'Thunder and Lightning' is released.
1983: During a concert at the Convention Center in Louisville, KY, Neil Young collapsed onstage due to exhaustion.
1984: The Police play the final concert of their Synchronicity tour in Melbourne, Australia. It is their last show, except for a few special events together, until 2007.
1985: Trouble release their 2nd studio album, 'The Skull.'
1985: Accept released their 6th studio album, 'Metal Heart.' The album reached #94 on the Billboard chart.
1986: Richard Manuel commits suicide by hanging. He was 42. Manuel was best known as the pianist, regular lead singer, and occasional drummer of the Band. After kicking his drug and alcohol addiction, Manuel became despondent when manager and father figure Albert Grossman died, and returned to his addictions. Prior to his death, he had ingested cocaine and an entire bottle of Grand Marnier. In 1994, Manuel was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Band.
1987: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers obtained a restraining order against the B.F. Goodrich Tire Company from using a song similar to Petty’s 'Mary’s New Car.'
1988: David Lee Roth starts his 'Skyscraper' Tour in Lakeland, Florida. It ends Dec. 13th after 146 shows. ‬
1988: Def Leppard starts European leg of the 'Hysteria' Tour in Stockholm, Sweden with McAuley Schenker Group as openers.‬
1989: Time Inc. and Warner Communications merge into Time Warner, creating the world's largest media company.
1990: Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones announces his judicial separation from his bride of nine months, the former Mandy Smith. When they wed, he was 52 and she was 18.
1993: Pearl Jam wins Best New Band and singer Eddie Vedder nabs Best New Male Singer at Rolling Stone's Music Awards. Meanwhile, the Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea (Michael Balzary) is voted Best Bassist in Rolling Stone's Reader's Picks.
1994: Kurt Cobain was rushed to hospital after overdosing on alcohol and drugs in a Rome hotel during a Nirvana European tour. Cobain had taken 50-60 pills of Rohypnol mixed with champagne; rumours on the internet claimed that Kurt was dead.
1994: Cheap Trick released their 12th studio album 'Woke up with a Monster.'
1996: The Beatles song 'Real Love,' compiled from a John Lennon demo recording, is released in the UK.
1998: Bad Religion's breakthrough album, 'Stranger Than Fiction,' released almost four years earlier, is certified gold by the RIAA, becoming the band's only album to achieve this certification in the United States.
2003: Evanescence release their first album, 'Fallen,' featuring the hits 'Bring Me To Life' and 'Going Under.'
2003: Bruce Springsteen plays Hank Ballard's 1960 hit 'Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go' at his show in Jacksonville, Florida, to honor Ballard, who died two days earlier.
2004: Brian Wilson appeared at the Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow during his 11-date UK tour. The shows saw Wilson performing the full suite of songs from his unreleased masterpiece Smile.
2005: 'Be Cool,' the sequel to the 1995 film 'Get Shorty,' is released with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler portraying himself.
2005: 3 Doors Down perform at the launch of the college sports network ESPNU in Stillwater, OK. The live telecast takes place at a pep rally hosted by Oklahoma State University prior to their basketball game against the University of Texas.
2005: Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton hosts Peace Games 2nd annual School House Rocks benefit in Boston. The bassist, a longtime supporter of Peace Games, a youth charity that promotes anti-violence, performs and donates a package of Aerosmith memorabilia for a silent auction held at the event.
2008: The Black Crowes release their 'Warpaint' album, containing the single 'Goodbye Daughters Of The Revolution.'
2008: Louis Vuitton announces that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is the new public face of French luxury handbag and luggage fashion house. Richards donates his modeling fee to Al Gore's Climate Project.
2009: Not Fade Away Gallery in New York unveils a display titled 'The British Are Coming: The Beatles and the Rolling Stones 1964-66' featuring many unseen photos taken Bob Bonis who served as tour manager for both groups.
2010: A video for President Obama's United We Serve volunteer program featuring Jon Bon Jovi makes its debut at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
2010: Redbone co-founder Lolly Vegas, who wrote and sang their hit 'Come and Get Your Love,' dies of lung cancer at age 70.
2011: Kings Of Leon perform 'The Immortals' in a video which is shown in movie theaters (and later on TV) to promote the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship on Turner Sports and CBS.
2011: In an interview with Al Jazeera, Roger Waters (ex-Pink Floyd) encourages fellow musicians to avoid playing shows in Israel. "I'm against Israel for exactly the same reasons that I was against South Africa: it's a two-tiered racist system," Waters says.
2011: Duff McKagan launches Meridian Rock, a money management company for Rock stars. The bassist, who took courses and schooled himself in money matters, has also written financial columns for the Seattle Weekly and Playboy.com.
2011: Detroit members of the NAACP protest the organization's plans to give their Great Expectations Award to Kid Rock. They claim Rock's use of the Confederate flag in his shows does not fit with the organization's mission. "It's a slap in the face for anyone who fought for civil rights in this country," says Adolph Mongo, head of Detroiters for Progress.
2012: According to Nielsen SoundScan in the US, vinyl sales increased 36 percent in 2011 compared to the previous year, concluding that vinyl records where making a big comeback for music fans.
2012: The Black Keys are inducted into the Firestone High School's Hall of Fame. Drummer Pat Carney and singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach are both graduates of the Ohio school.
2015: Kid Rock's 'First Kiss' album sells 137,000 units in its debut week to land at #2 on the Billboard 200.
2015: Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker states that guitarist Tom DeLonge's "indefinite" departure from the group should just be definite. "I think the right thing for him to do would (be to) just man up and quit the band. I think that would give him some closure too." The comment comes after a series of acrimonious statements between band members.
2015: Beastie Boys' 'Licensed To Ill' is certified as selling 10 million copies by the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA). The trio's debut album was released in 1986.
2015: Daryl Hall and John Oates were suing cereal maker Early Bird Foods & Co. over the company's use of the name Haulin' Oates for their maple syrup granola bars. The two musicians accused the Brooklyn-based firm of infringing on their trademark with the packet of cereal deliberately creating a phonetic play on the band's well-known name.

March 5
1951: Ike Turner cuts 'Rocket 88,' a song many consider the first Rock n' Roll record with producer Sam Phillips at his Memphis Recording Service. When the up-tempo combination of Swing and Jazz is released, it is credited to Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats. Three months later it tops the R&B chart.
1953: America learns of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's death when Air Force Staff Sergeant Johnny Cash intercepts a coded message from Russia. Cash enlisted in 1950 after he turned 18 and was assigned to the 12th Radio Squadron Mobile of the US Air Force Security Service at Landsberg, West Germany, where he proved his skill as a Morse Code operator.
1955: Elvis Presley makes his regional T.V. debut on 'The Louisiana Hayride.' It's the first time the show is carried over the TV airwaves by local station KWKH, making this Presley's first television appearance.
1959: Chuck Berry performs 'Almost Grown' and 'Little Queenie' on American Bandstand.
1959: Bobby Darin records 'Dream Lover,' which would reach #2 in the US the following summer.
1960: Sgt. Presley leaves the Army after a two year hitch. Elvis gets discharged at Fort Dix, NJ and receives his final paycheck of $109.54. He was later quoted as saying, "You can't breathe or even go to the bathroom without them knowin' about it...I never hated anything so much in my life as I have the army." He will be on reserve for 4 more years.
1963: The Beatles recorded what would be their 3rd single ‘From Me to You’ just five days after John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song. Originally planned as the B-side of the record, it was switched to the A-side during the recording session, with ‘Thank You Girl’ demoted to the B-side. The song was written while riding on a tour bus (opening for Helen Shapiro).
1963: Country singers Patsy Cline (30), Cowboy Copas (49) and Hawkshaw Hawkins (41) are killed in a plane crash near Camden, Tennessee. They were travelling to Nashville after appearing at a benefit concert for disc jockey “Cactus” Jack Call, who had died in a car crash. Cline was the first country singer to cross over as a pop artist and in 1973, she was the first female solo artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1997, 34 years after her death, Cline’s recording of “Crazy” was named the #1 jukebox hit of all time.
1965: The Mannish Boys released their debut single 'I Pity The Fool', featuring a young David Bowie.
1965: Rolling Stones kicked off their 5th UK tour at The Regal Theatre, Edmonton, London. A 14-date package tour with The Hollies, The Konrads and Dave Berry and the Cruisers.
1965: The Kinks 'Kinda Kinks' was released in the UK (August 11, 1965 in the US). It reached #3 on the UK albums chart, and it features the UK #1 hit, 'Tired of Waiting for You.'
1965: The Yardbirds release 'For Your Love.'
1966: The Yardbirds begin recording their final album, 'Little Games.' It's future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page's only complete album with the band.
1967: The Lovin’ Spoonful appeared at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
1967: Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, The Ryan Brothers and Lee Dorsey all perform at the Saville Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in London. Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles leased the theatre in 1965, presenting both plays and music shows. The venue became notorious for its Sunday night concerts.
1968: Jerry Lee Lewis opens as Iago in Catch My Soul, a rock musical version of Shakespeare's Othello, in Hollywood.
1969: The rock magazine Creem is published for the first time.
1969: Elvis Presley goes to Hollywood and begins filming his last non-concert movie, 'Change Of Habit,' co-starring Mary Tyler Moore as a nun who falls for Elvis.
1969: Yes played at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: The Byrds 7th album, 'Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde' is released. It reached #153 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #15 on the UK Albums Chart.
1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono check into the London Clinic. Later in the month the couple begin a primal-scream course led by therapist Dr. Arthur Janov. Lennon starts writing songs, such as 'Mother' and 'Isolation' – that will appear on Plastic Ono Band.
1971: Led Zeppelin kick off what they call their "Thank-you" tour by playing in some of the same UK halls and clubs that they appeared in when they were first starting out. Their contracts state that they will play for their 1968 fee if club owners agree to charge 1968 prices at the door. The first show was at The Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of 'Black Dog,' 'Stairway To Heaven.' 'Going To California' and 'Rock And Roll.'
1971: Badfinger begin their first tour as headliners with a gig in Toledo, OH.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Long Beach Civic Arena in Long Beach, California.
1972: The Grateful Dead played at San Francisco’s Winterland Arena.
1973: The former U.S. manager of Jimi Hendrix Michael Jeffrey was one of 68 people killed in a plane crash in France. Jeffery was en-route to a court appearance in London related to Hendrix.
1974: Gregg Allman's 'Laid Back' goes gold. The album, released the previous year, contains 'Midnight Rider.'
1974: Bob Seger's 7th album, 'Seven' is released. Although the album failed to make the Billboard Top 200 albums chart, the single 'Get Out Of Denver' reached #80 on the Billboard Hot 100. Critics and longtime Seger fans tend to regard the album as a lost classic, much like its predecessor 'Back in '72.'
1975: Rod Stewart meets actress Britt Eklund at a party at Joni Mitchell's house, beginning a 5-year romance.
1975: Rush played at the Electric Ballroom in Atlanta, Georgia.
1976: David Bowie appeared at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1976: Slade release their 5th studio album, 'Nobody's Fools.'
1977: AC/DC performed at the County Cricket Ground in Northampton, England.
1977: C-H-U-M radio contest winners get to see the Rolling Stones in a Toronto nightclub. Some tracks recorded that night wind up on 'Love You Live.'
1979: ABC Records (US) cites declining profits and goes out of business.
1981: The Grateful Dead played at Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1982: John Belushi died of a drug overdose of cocaine and heroin at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood at the age of 33. He and Dan Aykroyd had a hit record as The Blues Brothers in 1978 with a remake of the Sam and Dave classic, 'Soul Man,' while their album 'Briefcase Full of Blues' reached #1 on the Billboard 200, going double Platinum. Belushi was one of the original cast members on Saturday Night Live, played “Joliet” Jake Blues in The Blues Brothers and also appeared in the film 'Animal House.' His tombstone reads “I may be gone, but rock n roll lives on.”
1983: Cliff Burton played his very first gig with Metallica at The Stone in San Francisco. ‎Kirk Hammett‬ also played his last show with ‪Exodus. Order of Performances 1. Lääz Rockit, 2. Exodus, 3. Metallica.
1983: Aerosmith appeared at the Cape Cod Coliseum in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
1983: ‎Twisted Sister‬ played the famed Marquee Club in ‪‎London‬.
1983: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Vandenberg’s 'Burning Heart' at #43, The Greg Kihn Band’s 'Jeopardy' at #34, Supertramp’s 'My Kind Of Lady' at #32, Phil Collins’ 'You Can’t Hurry Love' at #29, Golden Earring’s 'Twilight Zone' at #16 and Journey’s 'Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)' at #15. ‬
1984: Yngwie J. Malmsteen's 1st album,'Rising Force' is released. The album received a nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1986 Grammy Awards.
1984: David Gilmour released his 2nd solo studio album, 'About Face.' It reached #32 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #21 on the UK Albums chart. The album was co-produced by Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour. Two songs, 'All Lovers Are Deranged,' and the more radio-friendly 'Love on the Air' were co-written by Gilmour, who composed the music, and his longtime friend, Pete Townshend of The Who, who served as lyricist. The remainder of the songs are credited solely to Gilmour himself. Some of the musicians working with Gilmour were Jeff Porcaro, Pino Palladino, Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, Roy Harper, Michael Kamen (who also worked on Waters' album, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking), Sam Brown and Steve Winwood.
1985: Eric Clapton performed at the Wembley Arena in London.
1985: REO Speedwagon's 'Can't Fight This Feeling' is #1 on the Billboard singles charts.
1988: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Bruce Springsteen’s 'Tunnel Of Love' at #56, George Harrison’s 'When We Was Fab' at #31, Def Leppard’s 'Hysteria' at #20 and Foreigner’s 'Say You Will' at #15. #1 was George Michael’s 'Father Figure‬.'
1992: R.E.M. cleaned up in The Rolling Stone Music Awards winning Album of the year, for 'Out Of Time', Artist of the year, Best single for 'Losing My Religion', Best video for 'Losing My Religion' and Best band, Best guitarist and Best songwriter awards.
1994: Grace Slick is arrested for pointing a shotgun at police at her home in Tiburon, California after they were summoned at 3:30am by an intoxicated caller. She refuses to drop the firearm when ordered to do so, so police tackle her and wrestle the gun away. Slick is later sentenced to 200 hours of community service, mandatory Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and random drug and alcohol testing. The incident prompts her to quit drinking. “I can’t drink anymore because I’m so bad at it,” she admits. “If I had continued I’d be dead by now. There isn’t any other drug that can turn you into an ass in just three hours. I love it. It’s fabulous. But I just can’t do it.”In June, she would be sentenced to 200 hours of community service and three month's worth of Alcoholic's Anonymous meetings.
1996: Overkill released their album 'The Killing Kind.' It was their first album to feature guitarists Joe Comeau and Sebastian Marino.
1996: The Beatles 'Real Love' b/w 'Baby’s In Black' 45 single is released. Written by John Lennon. Lennon made six takes of the song in 1979 and 1980 with 'Real Life,' different song that merged with 'Real Love.' The song was ignored until 1988 when the6thh take was used on the documentary soundtrack 'Imagine: John Lennon.' 'Real Love' was subsequently reworked by the three remaining members of The Beatles (Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) in early 1995, an approach also used for another incomplete Lennon track, 'Free as a Bird.' 'Real Love' was released as a Beatles single in 1996 in the United Kingdom, United States and many other countries; it was the opening track on the Beatles' 'Anthology 2' album. It is the last "new" credited Beatles song to originate and be included on an album. To date, it is the last single by the group to become a Top 40 hit in the US. The song reached #4 and #11 in the UK and US singles charts, respectively, and earned a gold record faster than a number of the group's other singles.
1999: Trauma Entertainment files a $40 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against the members of Bush for failure to deliver their next album.
2001: Kiss singer & guitarist Paul Stanley was served divorce papers from his wife of nine years Pamela Bowen Stanley, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce.
2001: Aerosmith release their 13th studio album, 'Just Push Play.'
2002: Black Label Society release their 3rd album, '1919 ★ Eternal.' The album featured future Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo.‬
2002: The first episode of 'The Osbournes' TV show was aired on MTV in the US. Focusing on Ozzy and his family, they bicker, squabble, curse and hang out backstage at Ozzy's shows. In its first season, it became the most-viewed series to date on MTV.
2004: Paul McCartney’s net worth was estimated by the U.K.’s The Mail on Sunday to be $1.3 billion, more than Mick Jagger, Elton John & Madonna’s fortunes combined.
2004: Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down is arrested in Moss Point, MS, after allegedly assaulting a newspaper carrier who accused him of stealing papers from a coin-operated vending machine. An attorney for Harrell contends that the bassist paid for the newspapers.
2005: A charity cover of 'Across The Universe' marks the first time in nine years that a John Lennon/Paul McCartney song lands on the Billboard Hot 100 (#22). The Beatles originally recorded the song in 1969 for the World Wildlife Fund and it appeared on 'Let It Be.' Bono, Velvet Revolver and other artists performed the song at the Grammys to raise funds for Tsunami Aid.
2005: A commemorative plaque for the The Jimi Hendrix Experience was unveiled in Loisin-sous-Lens. Hendrix had appeared at The Twenty Club when it opened in 1967. It was his first European tour where he was totally unknown. Club owner Rikki Stein stated: “The place was packed and at the end of ’Wild Thing’, his first number, there was total silence. The entire audience just stood there, open-mouthed. They’d never seen or heard anything like it in their life.”
2006: Elton John hosts an Academy Awards party to benefit his AIDs Foundation. The event raises $2.9 million.
2006: David Crosby was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana after leaving his bag in a New York hotel. The luggage was found by a hotel employee looking for identification, finding instead a handgun and weed.
2007: Records by the Rolling Stones and Paul Simon were chosen for preservation by the US Library of Congress. The Stones' 'Satisfaction' and Simon's 'Graceland' album entered the National Recordings Registry, which preserves historic works for future generations. Other recordings chosen this year included Carl Perkins' 'Blue Suede Shoes,' 'Be My Baby' by The Ronettes, 'A Change Is Gonna Come' by Sam Cooke and the album 'The Velvet Underground and Nico.'
2007: Saxon released their 17th studio album, 'The Inner Sanctum.' It is the first album by the band to feature drummer Nigel Glockler since 1997's 'Unleash the Beast.'
2007: Deftones announce plans to donate royalties from their 'Hole In The Earth' ringtone to Virgin Mobile's RE*Generation, an advocacy group focused on at-risk and homeless teens. The initiative, which began in 2006, is a partnership with StandUp for Kids and YouthNoise nonprofit organizations.
2009: Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix, entities who oversee the late Jimi Hendrix's copyrights, are back in court again as they file a trademark-infringement lawsuit in a federal court charging the Las Vegas-based HendrixLicensing.com with selling unauthorized Hendrix-branded merchandise. "Protection of my brother's legacy and his unique gift is our family's highest priority," says the late guitarist's stepsister and Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix.
2010: Over 100 tracks from Linkin Park's 'LP Archives: Official Tour Bootlegs' are available for download to LP Underground fan club members.
2011: 61 year-old Charles Mulchrone's teenage love for The Beatles paid dividends when he sold his old autograph book at Sheppard's auction house, Durrow, for 1,300 euros. It contained the signatures of John Lennon and Yoko Ono when the couple stayed at a hotel in Mulranny in the summer of 1968. Charles plucked up the courage to approach them and got their signatures, he said they were "sweet as pie" to him. John Lennon had bought Dorinish island in Clew Bay, Ireland and it was said that he had wanted to build a house there.
2013: Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe is acquitted of manslaughter charges by a Czech court. He was accused of pushing Daniel Nosek off the stage during a 2010 Lamb Of God show, leading to a head injury which later caused Nosek's death. "I am a free man," says Blythe, following the verdict. "Please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. I only wish for them peace."
2013: 'People, Hell And Angels,' a collection of 12 previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix recordings, laid down between 1968 and '70, is released.
2013: Krokus released their 17th studio album, 'Dirty Dynamite.' It includes a cover of the Beatles song'"Help!'
2013: Linkin Park begins selling a special bracelet with all of the proceeds going to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Sales go through the band's non-profit foundation, Music for Relief.
2013: Rock & Brews announces that KISS legend Paul Stanley will join Gene Simmons in the restaurant venture.‬
2013: Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath and rapper Coolio appear on Celebrity Wife Swap, where they send their respective partners to each others' homes. McGrath's wife, Carin, struggles with all the chores she has to do at Coolio's house, while Coolio's girlfriend Mimi - who leaves him just weeks after the episode is taped - squirms under the watchful eye of helicopter parent McGrath.
2014: 'One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band,' debuts at #10 on the New York Times Best Sellers List. The oral history contains never before published interviews with band members.
2014: Movie director Richard Lester, who directed The Beatles' film 'Help!', announced that he was putting the piano John Lennon and Paul McCartney played while filming the movie was going up for auction. The instrument was expected to sell for 50,000 Pounds (over US $83,600).
2018: The Gibson guitar company laid off about fifteen employees from it's Custom Shop as it continued to battle bankruptcy. Founded by Orville Gibson in 1902 as The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company, the firm reportedly had an outstanding debt of $519 million as of December 31, 2017.

March 6
1958: The Everly Brothers record their hit ballad 'All I Have To Do Is Dream,' which will become their 2nd U.S. #1 hit, after 'Wake Up Little Susie.' It will also top the UK chart. '
1964: Elvis Presley’s 14th movie 'Kissin’ Cousins' was released in the U.S. Completed in just 17 days, the picture was widely panned by critics, but as always, fans flocked to theaters to see their idol. 'Kissin' Cousins' earned $3 million at the box office and finished at #26 on the year end list of the top-grossing movies of 1964.
1964: The Rolling Stones 'Not Fade Away' b/w 'I Wanna Be Your Man' 45 single is released. Credited to Buddy Holly (originally under his first and middle names, Charles Hardin) and Norman Petty (although Petty's co-writing credit is most likely a formality), and first recorded by Holly's band The Crickets in Clovis, New Mexico, on May 27, 1957. The Stones version was recorded in late January 1964 and released by Decca on February 21, 1964 in the UK (with 'Little by Little' as the B-side), it was their first Top 5 hit in Great Britain, reaching #3. On March 6, 1964 it was the Rolling Stones' first single release in the United States, on the London Records label, with 'I Wanna Be Your Man' as the B-side (briefly preceded by 'Stoned,' which had immediately been withdrawn). The single reached #48 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
1965: Rolling Stones record tracks in Liverpool for 'Got Live if You Want It' LP.
1965: 'The Rolling Stones Number 2' album went back to #1 on the UK charts for six weeks.
1965: The Temptations went to #1 on the US singles chart with the Smokey Robinson penned 'My Girl,' making the group the first male act to have a chart topper for Motown Records. The single reached #43 in the UK.
1966: The Rolling Stones started recording sessions for their 10th UK single ‘Paint It Black’ at RCA studios in Hollywood. It was originally titled 'Paint It Black' without a comma. Keith Richards has stated that the comma was added by the record label, Decca. The song went on to reach #1 in the U.S.
1967: The Beatles recorded sound effects onto the song ‘Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band’ at Abbey Road studios in London. The beginning audience murmurs and sounds of a band preparing for a performance are added, along with screams from a tape of the Beatles in concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
1970: A far out line-up at the Fillmore East in New York - Neil Young & Crazy Horse, the Steve Miller Band and Miles Davis.
1970: David Bowie released the single 'The Prettiest Star' in the UK as a follow-up single to 'Space Oddity'. The track featured Marc Bolan on guitar, with whom Bowie would spend the next few years as a rival for the crown of the king of glam rock. Despite receiving good reviews, the single reportedly sold fewer than 800 copies, a major disappointment on the back of the success of 'Space Oddity.'
1970: Charles Manson released an album called 'Lie' to help raise money for his defense in the Tate-LeBianca murder trial. The album jacket was made to look like a cover of Life magazine with the letter f removed from the word Life. In the mid sixties, Manson had been a wanna-be musician who befriended Beach Boys’ drummer Dennis Wilson, eventually talking the group into recording one of his songs, 'Cease To Exist.' The title was changed to 'Never Learn Not To Love' and was released as the B-side of the single 'Bluebirds Over The Mountain,' which eventually climbed to #61 in the US in early 1969.
1970: Canned Heat and Bloodrock appeared at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1971: Led Zeppelin performed at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. It's the group's first show in Dublin, where they played 'Stairway To Heaven' live for only the second time.
1971: The Rolling Stones performed at the Coventry Theatre in Coventry, West Midlands, England.
1971: Judas Priest (formerly Freight) play their first gig at St. John’s Hall in Essington. It includes It features founding members K.K. Downing and Ian Hill along with drummer John Ellis and singer Al Atkins.‬
1972: Pink Floyd played the first night on a 7-date tour of Japan at the Tokyo-To Taiikukan, in Tokyo, Japan.
1972: Badfinger's 'Baby Blue' b/w 'Flying' 45 single is released. The song was written by Pete Ham, produced by Todd Rundgren, and released on Apple Records. Ham wrote the song about a woman named Dixie Armstrong, whom he had dated during Badfinger's last US tour.
'Baby Blue' was released as a single in a blue-tinted picture sleeve. Because Al Steckler, the head of Apple US, felt that it needed a stronger hook in the opening, he overdubbed reverb on the snare drum track in the first verse and the middle eight to create a "US single version" for the song in February 1972. It would become the group's last Top 20 single, peaking at #14 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.
1973: John Lennon's visa extension is cancelled by the U.S. Immigration Department. It's just another step in the long legal battle to determine whether Lennon will be allowed to stay. In the end, Lennon wins.
1973: An attempt to bring Elvis Presley to the UK for shows at London’s Earl’s Court failed. Promoters had hoped that Elvis would be available during the summer but were told that Elvis now had US tour and filming commitments.
1974: Yes played at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1975: Genesis performed at the Pavilhao dos Desportos in Cascais. Portugal.
1975: Average White Band win gold record for 'Pick Up the Pieces.'
1975: Led Zeppelin is awarded a gold record for their classic double album 'Physical Graffiti.' In 2006 the album was certified platinum 16 times.
1976: Fleetwood Mac release the Stevie Nicks-penned single 'Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win).' It’s becomes their biggest hit so far, peaking at #11.
1976: Elton John was immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds in London. The first rock star to be so since The Beatles.
1976: The Beatles 'The Singles Collection 1962-1970' (Box set) is released. On February 6, 1976 the 9 year contract The Beatles had signed with EMI came to an end. However EMI retained the right to reissue anything it wanted from the old catalog. The first edition of The Singles Collection came with 22 singles in a green box. All 22 singles had the same design for the front sleeve but different photographs on the rear. A little later EMI released the collection in a newly designed box (2nd Edition) and added Yesterday/I Should Have Known Better (R 6013). As this sold out, it was reissued with 24 singles, adding Back In The USSR/Twist And Shout (R 6016). The 3rd Edition of The Singles Collection was issued in 1978. EMI again added a new single, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band/With A Little Help From My Friends/A Day In The Life.
1977: Rush appeared at The Palladium in New York.
1979: Roxy Music performed at the Congresgebouw in The Hague, Netherlands.
1982: King Crimson played at Alexander Hall at Princeton University.
1982: Dick Clark's American Bandstand podium is given to the Smithsonian.
1982: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes The Cars’ 'Shake It Up' at #4, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ (cover of the Arrows) 'Love Rock N’ Roll' at #3, Journey’s 'Open Arms' at #2 and #1 was The J. Geils Band’s 'Centerfold.'
1987: Bon Jovi film part of their video for 'Wanted Dead Or Alive' at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN.
1988: Frank Zappa appeared at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
1989: Dream Theater released their debut studio album, 'When Dream and Day Unite.' It’s the only Dream Theater album to feature Charlie Dominici on vocals.‬
1989: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and wife Theresa become parents to daughter Chelsea Anna.
1990: Aerosmith is inducted into Hollywood's Rock Walk on Sunset Boulevard in the midst of a three night sellout stand at The Forum in Los Angeles.
1993: Bon Jovi's 'Bed Of Roses' peaks at #10 on Billboard's Hot 100. It was their 9th Top 10 in the U.S.
1993: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Ugly Kid Joe’s 'Cats In The Cradle' at #27, Bon Jovi’s 'Bed Of Roses'at #10 (peak), Duran Duran’s 'Ordinary World' at #3, and #1 was Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle with 'A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme).'
1995: During a 12-date tour of Australian and New Zealand, Pearl Jam played at Perth Entertainment Center in Perth, Australia.
2000: Eric Clapton is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a third time, a first. Now in as a solo artist, he's also in as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Potentially, Eric could be inducted four more times based on his membership in John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, and Derek & The Dominos. The Lovin' Spoonful, Bonnie Raitt, legendary L.A. session drummer Hal Blaine and guitar pioneer Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley) are also inducted.
2001: Metallica land in 18th place on Forbes Magazine's list of Most Powerful Celebrities.
2001: Led Zeppelin was named as "the most bootlegged band" when 422 illegal albums were counted. The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Beatles were next in line with over 350 unauthorized titles available.
2001: Mike "Smitty" Smith, the original drummer for Paul Revere And The Raiders died of natural causes at his home in Hawaii at the age of 58.
2002: Tommy Thayer plays his first show with KISS at a private affair at the Grand Lido Braco in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Other performers included Scorpions, Nazareth, and Sugar Ray.
2004: David Crosby was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana after leaving his bag in a New York hotel. The luggage was found by a hotel employee looking for identification, finding instead a handgun and marijuana. The employee called authorities, and Crosby, discovering the missing luggage himself, telephoned to say he would return for it. He was met by New York police, who arrested him.
2004: Dave Matthews Band receives the special Chairman's Award from the NAACP for their devotion to social and environmental causes.
2006: David Gilmour's 3rd solo album 'On An Island' is released. The Pink Floyd guitarist's set features Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright, touring bassist Guy Pratt, David Crosby and Graham Nash.
2006: In the wake of its pre-release leak, the new Pearl Jam single 'World Wide Suicide' becomes available for free download without digital rights management restrictions from the band's website.
2007: KoRn's 'MTV Unplugged' album is released. The set was taped the previous year.
2007: Heaven & Hell, featuring an early-'80s Black Sabbath lineup (including Ronnie James Dio), begin their world tour with a Canadian trek that starts in Vancouver.
2007: Experience Hendrix, the business entity that oversees Hendrix's estate files a suit against Electric Hendrix Vodka for trademark infringement and false advertising.
2007: A two-hour film culled from rare footage of John Lennon that was to premiere at a free screening at Berwick Academy in South Berwick, MA, gets cancelled after the legal team representing Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, orders the school not to screen the movie. Ono claims she owns the rights to 3 Days In The Life, though its director, Ono's first husband, Tony Cox, sold the film to three fans in 2000. The footage was shot in February 1970 for a never-completed documentary project.
2007: the 'VH1 Classic Presents: Metal Mania - Stripped, Vol 3' album was released. mThe album featured 15 acoustic renditions of hair metal classics including 'In My Dreams' and 'Way Cool Jr.'
2007: The Librarian of Congress added Carl Perkins’ 'Blue Suede Shoes,' The Ronettes’ 'Be My Baby,' The Rolling Stones’ '(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,' The Velvet Underground & Nico’s self-titled debut album, The Wailers’ 'Burnin’, Paul Simon’s 'Graceland' & Sam Cooke’s 'A Change Is Gonna Come'to enter the 2006 National Recording Registry. The selection is for recordings deemed "significant."
2007: Neil Young's 'Heart Of Gold' DVD wins in the Best New Concert category at the third annual Music DVD Awards in West Hollywood, CA. Chuck Berry's 60th birthday concert, 'Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll,' with performances by the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards and Eric Clapton, earns the Best of Show honor.
2007: According to Dr. Bill Bass, a forensic anthropologist hired by the son of J.P. Richardson, The Big Bopper suffered massive fractures and likely died immediately in the 1959 plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Jay Richardson had hired Dr. Bass of the University of Tennessee to look into rumors that a gun may have been fired on board the plane and that the Big Bopper might have survived the crash and died while trying to get help. Dr. Bass' report says that those rumors are groundless. "There was no indication of foul play. [He] died immediately. He didn't crawl away." Jay Richardson was pleased with the findings, saying "I was hoping to put the rumors to rest."
2009: U2 are on ABC's 'Good Morning America' to promote 'No Line On The Horizon.' It's the first time the group has been on a U.S. morning show.
2009: Phil Collins participates in a San Antonio ceremony commemorating the historic 1836 battle at the Alamo between Mexican soldiers and Texan defenders. The Genesis frontman is an Alamo aficionado, and collects artifacts and memorabilia. He's also made an honorary member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas.
2009: Thousands of Phish fans descend upon Hampton, Virginia, to see Page McConnell, John Fishman, Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon return to the stage.
2010: Alice In Chains nail their second #1 song from 'Black Gives Way To Blue' with 'Your Decision.' The follow-up to 'Check My Brain' has a six-week run at the top.
2010: The U.K.'s Royal Mail unveils a Pink Floyd souvenir stamp featuring the artwork from the band's '94 album, "The Division Bell." "It's the first time Royal Mail has worked with a major Rock band to produce a product of this kind, and reflects the band's enormous global impact," says Royal Mail's Julietta Edgar.
2011: Meat Loaf is a contestant on Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice TV show. He completes business-oriented tasks to raise money for charity.
2012: 'Wrecking Ball,' Bruce Springsteen's 17th studio album, is released.
2012: Elvis Costello and Living Colour are among the performers at the Robert Johnson Centennial Celebration at the Apollo Theatre in New York City. "Robert Johnson's music continues to weave its way, beyond the Blues, into and through almost every other popular genre today," says event director Joe Morton. Concert proceeds go toward the construction of The Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis.
2012: It's announced that Rush are among the winners of a Governor General's Performing Arts Award, one of Canada's most prestigious prizes. They receive $25,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and a commemorative medallion struck by the Royal Canadian Mint.
2013: Alvin Lee dies in Spain at 68. According to his website, he died from "unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure". While Ten Years After is best known for the hit 'I'd Love To Change The World,' Lee gave an incendiary performance of 'I'm Going Home' at Woodstock that was immortalized in the movie.
2013: Yoko Ono gave producers of the NBC comedy 'The New Normal' permission to use John Lennon's 'Beautiful Boy' during the season finale.
2014: Queen announce they will tour with Adam Lambert, the American Idol runner-up, as their lead vocalist. Lambert fronted the band for one-off shows but nixed earlier tour proposals.
2016: Reports began appearing that Graham Nash made comments to the Dutch publication Lust For Life that indicated that the end of the line had come for Crosby, Stills And Nash. He was quoted as saying "You asked me if there's more of CSN? My answer is no, and that's very sad,because we're pretty good. But I don't like David Crosby right now. He's been awful to me these last two years, just fucking awful."
2016: Lana Rae Meisner, wife of former Eagles' bassist Randy Meisner, died after she accidently shot herself while looking for something in a closet. Although the couple had a history of domestic incidents, police immediately cleared Randy of any wrongdoing whatsoever.

March 7
1955: Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" enters the Rhythm & Blues charts. It's the first time a Country & Western artist lands on the R&B charts.
1958: The first US DJ convention is held in Kansas. Broadcasters vote against Top 40 formatting recently adopted by American stations.
1962: The Beatles appear on the BBC for the first time, recording for the radio show Here We Go, also marking the band's first full live performance caught on tape, and the first performance in what would become their trademark collarless suits designed by Beno Dorn.
1964: The Beatles' 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' battles 'She Loves You' for the top spot on the U.S. charts.
1964: Capitol Records is swamped with requests for heavyweight boxing champion Cassius Clay's album 'I Am the Greatest' after Clay defeated Sonny Liston on February 25th.
1965: During a Rolling Stones gig at The Palace Theatre in Manchester, England a female fan fell from the circle while the group were playing. The crowd below broke her fall and the girl escaped serious injury just breaking a few teeth.
1966: Tina Turner records her vocals for 'River Deep Mountain High.' Producer Phil Spector spends $22,000 on the song. Ike & Tina's version stiffs in the U.S. but rules the U.K. chart.
1966: Brian Wilson released 'Caroline No' the first solo single by a Beach Boy. Before it evolved into the final song we know today, the song was originally written as 'Carol I Know'. It would later peak at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart & be included on The Beach Boys’ album 'Pet Sounds.'
1967: Working on their next album The Beatles recorded additional overdubs for 'Lovely Rita', including harmony vocals, effects, and the percussive sound of a piece of toilet paper being blown through a haircomb.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Winter Gardens in Malvern, Worcestershire, England.
1968: The definitive (and lengthy-16:51) version of 'Toad,' Ginger Baker's epic drum solo, is recorded at Fillmore West in San Francisco (2nd show). The original studio-take appears on Cream's debut 'Fresh Cream.' This version is found on the studio/live 'Wheels Of Fire,' the first double-album to go platinum.
1969: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Bluesville 69 Club at the Hornsey Wood Tavern in Finsbury Park, London, England. The venue was a function room at the back of the pub, and was so small that the stage was only just big enough for John Bonham's drums, and the rest of the group had to stand on the floor at the same level as the crowd.
1969: The Who release their 17th single, 'Pinball Wizard.'
1969: Steppenwolf released their 3rd studio album, 'At Your Birthday Party.'
1970: Mountain release their debut studio album, 'Climbing!' It reached #17 on the Billboard chart, bolstered by the single, 'Mississippi Queen,' which reached #21 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at the Casino de Montreux in Montreux, Vaud, Switzerland.
1970: Simon & Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Waters' is the only song keeping Creedence Clearwater Revival's two-sided hit 'Travelin' Band'/'Who'll Stop The Rain' out of the top spot on the U.S. pop chart. It was CCR's 5th top 10 single in the U.S.
1970: Pink Floyd played a 3 PM show at the University of Bristol Arts Festival in Bristol, England.
1971: Genesis performed at La Ferme in Woluwe St Lambert, Belgium.
1971: Black Sabbath and Fleetwood Mac played at the Painters Mill Music Fair in Owings Mill, Maryland.
1972: Yes played at Kutztown State College in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.
1973: CBS records hold a showcase concert at Max's Kansas City in new York to mark the signing of Bruce Springsteen. During the gig, CBS records boss John Hammond suffered a heart attack.
1973: The 'Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory' album from Traffic goes gold.
1973: The Byrds release their 12th and final album, 'Byrds.' It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #31 in the UK. It was recorded as the centerpiece of a reunion between the five original members of The Byrds: Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, and Michael Clarke. The last time that all five members had worked together as The Byrds was in 1966, prior to Gene Clark's departure from the band.
1974: Yes appeared at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1975: In London, the audience at the Hammersmith Odeon learns about Chuck Berry’s unusual concert practices when he walks off stage after 58 minutes. Berry defends himself by saying he was contracted to play only 45. He added, “They wouldn’t turn the house lights on. I always have them on for my last number.”
1975: David Bowie releases his 9th album 'Young Americans.' It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The album featured the song 'Fame' (co-written with Carlos Alomar and John Lennon), which gave Bowie his first US #1 hit single for two weeks in later 1975.
1976: David Bowie played at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1976: A likeness of Elton John is added to the waxworks at Madame Tussaud's in London. He's the first rock start to be immortalized in wax since The Beatles.
1977: Foreigner's self-titled debut album is released. 'Feels Like The First Time' and 'Cold As Ice' make an immediate impact.
1978: Johnny Winter appeared at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1978: While on their first world tour in Madison, WI, Van Halen played the Shuffle Inn, as the Orpheum Theater couldn't accomodate 3 bands (VH was on tour with Journey & Montrose). The band had a 3 night stay over at the Sheridan Inn, raising hell partying before their next gig in Milwaukee, resulting in a thank you in the liner notes of the Van Halen II album to the "The Sheridan Inn (seventh floor) Madison, Wisconsin, and all the hall managers who waded through the rubble of Van Halenized backstages around the world."
1979: The Police get a badly needed break when they play the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas, where the radio station KLBJ has been playing their single 'Roxanne,' the first station in America to do so. The song starts to catch on, and seven weeks later peaks at #32, giving the band their first hit.
1980: Rush performed at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California.
1980: Judas Priest kicked off their British Steel Tour at Cardiff University in Cardiff, Wales. During the UK leg of the tour, they were supported by Iron Maiden.
1981: Eric Clapton headlined at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
1981: The Grateful Dead played at Cole Field House on the Campus of the University of Maryland at College Park.
1981: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Molly Hatchet’s 'The Rambler' at #92 (debut), Loverboy’s 'Turn Me Loose' at #48, The Alan Parsons Project’s 'Games People Play' at #18, REO Speedwagon’s 'Keep On Loving You' at #4. Eddie Rabbitt’s 'I Love A Rainy Night' was #1.
1983: KIX release their 2nd studio album, 'Cool Kids.' The album reached #177 on the Billboard charts.
1987: Peter Gabriel reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the second and final time with 'Big Time,' which peaked at #8. The song featured Stewart Copeland from The Police on drums.
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Duran Duran’s 'Skin Trade' at #43, Lou Gramm’s 'Midnight Blue' at #29, Cinderella’s 'Nobody’s Fool' at #26, Beastie Boys’ '(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)' at #7 and Bon Jovi’s 'Livin’ On A Prayer' was #1.
1987: The first five Beatles albums, 'Please Please Me,' 'With the Beatles,' 'A Hard Day's Night,' 'Beatles for Sale' and 'Help!' were released on Compact disc. Capitol Records decided to release the original UK mixes of the Beatles albums, which means that the first four CDs are released in mono. This marks the first time that many of these mono mixes were available in the US.
1987: The Beastie Boys appear on 'Soul Train,' where they perform 'Brass Monkey.' They win over host Don Cornelius, who tells them, "You're very chilling, very hip, and we like your music."
1988: The Beatles 'Past Masters Volume One & Volume Two' are released. The two-volume compilation album was part of the issue of the band’s entire back catalogue on CD. Compiled by the noted Beatles authority Mark Lewisohn, this collection of many of the band's biggest hits as well as rarities includes every song released commercially by the band that was not available on The Beatles’ twelve original UK albums or the 'Magical Mystery Tour' LP.
1994: The U.S. Supreme Court decided that rap group 2 Live Crew’s parody of Roy Orbison’s 'Oh, Pretty Woman' did not break federal copyright laws.
1995: Warrant release their Beau Hill produced 4th studio album, 'Ultraphobic.' It featured former Kingdom Come and Wild Horses members Rick Steier and James Kottak.
2000: Pantera's 'Reinventing The Steel' album is released. It's the last studio album with Phil Anselmo (vocals), Dimebag Darrell (guitar), Rex Brown (bass) and Vinnie Paul (drums).
2000: Armored Saint release their 5th studio album, 'Revelation.' The band reformed in the entire 'Symbol of Salvation' lineup to record 'Revelation' in 1999 after six years of being disbanded.
2000: Disturbed released their debut album 'The Sickness.' The album peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200 chart.
2003: AC/DC's Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson performed an acoustic version of 'You Shook Me All Night Long' live on 'The Howard Stern Show.'
2006: Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, a project led by the Foo Fighters' drummer, release their self-titled debut album.
2006: Rod Stewart is ordered to pay $3 million to Harrah's in Las Vegas after defaulting on a show in 2000.
2006: Steely Dan's Donald Fagen releases his third solo album 'Morph The Cat.'
2006: Van Morrison is named an honorary citizen of Nashville in a ceremony held during the singer-songwriter's concert at the city's famed Ryman Auditorium.
2007: The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' tops the National Association of Recording Merchandisers Definitive 200, a list of "great, classic albums." Rock artists with discs landing in the Top 10 include Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, U2, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.
2007: Blues Traveler singer and harmonica player John Popper is arrested after the blue Mercedes he is traveling in is clocked doing 111 mph on a highway west of Spokane, WA. State patrol officers search the car and find guns and a small amount of marijuana. Grand Funk Railroad celebrates their 40th anniversary by playing 40 concerts. The first stop is Trinidad, CA. However, this edition is without guitarist/vocalist Mark Farner.
2007: Rhett Hutchence the brother of INXS singer Michael Hutchence defended his decision to sell some of the late star’s belongings online saying he needed money to set up home with his new girlfriend. Items in the auction included lyrics, T-shirts and a fax his brother had sent to his then girlfriend Kylie Minogue.
2008: ZZ Top are honored at the Austin Film Society's annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, (which coincides with South By Southwest). The trio receives the AMD Live! Soundtrack Award, The gala raises funds to promote movie appreciation and support emerging filmmakers.
2008: The Zombies' four surviving members reunite in London for the first of two special 40th anniversary performances of their 1968 album, 'Odessey And Oracle.' It's the first time all of the surviving original Zombies play the songs live onstage. Guitarist Keith Airey replaces founding guitarist Paul Atkinson, who died in 2004.
2009: Grand Funk Railroad celebrates their 40th anniversary by playing 40 concerts. The first stop is Trinidad, CA. However, this edition is without guitarist/vocalist Mark Farner.
2012: A class action suit filing reveals that Sony will pay $7.95 million to Cheap Trick, the Allman Brothers Band and others, to end a five-year dispute over digital music revenue. Most of the settlement goes to artists who have a minimum of 28,500 downloads from Apple's iTunes store.
2012: Funeral services were held for Davy Jones at Holy Cross Catholic parish in Indiantown, Florida. The three surviving Monkees, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz, did not attend so as not to draw more attention to the grieving family. Instead, they attended memorial services in New York City as well as organising their own private memorial in Los Angeles along with Jones's family and close friends.
2012: Sales of albums by The Monkees soared following the death of singer Davy Jones. 'Best Of The Monkees' re-entered the Billboard album chart at #20 with sales of over 17,000 units, followed by 'Flashback With the Monkees,' coming in at #125, selling over 5,000 copies. .
2012: The She-Bop-A-Lula, a photography exhibit of female Rockers, opens at the Strand Gallery in London. The 60-plus images feature Debbie Harry (Blondie), Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Joan Jett, Janis Joplin, Suzi Quatro and Patti Smith. The exhibition supports Breakthrough, the UK's leading Breast Cancer Charity.
2013: A memorial show for late Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr is held at Seattle's Studio Seven just a day before the second anniversary of Starr's death from a suspected overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol at age 44.
2013: Peter Banks, the original Yes guitarist, dies in his London home from heart failure at age 65. Banks is heard on the group's first two albums. He left the band in 1970 when orchestral arrangements proposed by singer Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire replaced almost all of his parts.
2015: Three-fifths of a Guns N' Roses reunion takes place as Slash and Gilby Clarke plus bassist Duff McKagan perform during a Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2016: AC/DC are forced to postpone their 'Rock Or Bust' tour dates as Brian Johnson faces ‘total hearing loss.'
2016: Michael White, the British producer whose work includes the films 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' and 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show,' dies of heart failure at age 80.
2017: Tom DeLonge (Blink 182) and co-author Peter Levenda publish 'Sekret Machines: GODS,' an “investigative journey to the heart of the UFO phenomenon.”

March 8
1961: The Beatles played at The Cavern Club in Liverpool at lunchtime. That night they performed twice: at Aintree Institute in Aintree, Liverpool, and at Hambleton Hall in Huyton, Liverpool.
1962: The Beatles make their radio debut on the BBC performing covers of 'Dream Baby,' 'Please Mr. Postman' and 'Memphis, Tennessee.' It was reportedly the first time The Beatles wore suits onstage.
1964: The Dave Clark Five appear for the first time on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show, performing 'Do You Love Me' and 'Can’t You See That She’s Mine.' It will be the first of eighteen appearances for the group.
1965: David Bowie makes his first TV appearance when his band The Manish Boys appears on the British show 'Gadzooks! It’s All Happening' when they performed their current single 'I Pity The Fool.' At the time, he's still known as David Jones.
1965: Bob Dylan's single 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' was released. The lead track from his 'Bringing It All Back Home' album, gave Dylan his first top 40 hit. It peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also entered the Top 10 on the singles chart in the United Kingdom. The song is also noted for its innovative film clip, in what became one of the first 'modern' promotional film clips. The clip was shot in an alley behind the Savoy Hotel in London, the cue cards which Dylan holds were written by Donovan, Allen Ginsberg, and Dylan himself.
1965: The Beach Boys 8th album, 'The Beach Boys Today!' is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #6 on the UK Top 40 Album Chart. Three singles hit the Top 40 in the US: 'Dance, Dance, Dance' (#8), 'When I Grow Up (to Be a Man)' (#9), and 'Do You Wanna Dance?' (#12).
1966: Bob Dylan recorded 'Just Like A Woman' for his 'Blonde On Blonde' album at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
1968: Promoter Bill Graham's East Coast version of the Fillmore, the Fillmore East opens in New York City. Big Brother and the Holding Company tops the bill that includes Albert King and Tim Buckley. Although the club was only open for 4 years, many seminal live albums were recorded there, including ones from The Allman Brothers Band, Joe Cocker, Derek and the Dominos, The Grateful Dead, Humble Pie, Jefferson Airplane, Frank Zappa and many more.
1968: Elvis Presley's 26th movie, 'Stay Away, Joe,' premieres in New York City. The comedy features Elvis as a Native American rodeo champion.
1968: Cream played the first of two nights at at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California. The concert was recorded with some tracks ending up on their 'Wheels Of Fire' double album.
1969: The Small Faces split up after performing their final concert, on the Channel Islands. Singer Steve Marriott announced he was leaving the band to focus on Humble Pie. Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenny Jones linked up with Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart and formed The Faces.
1969: 'Proud Mary' is Creedence Clearwater Revival's first million selling single.
1969: Elektra Records signs Detroit's MC5.
1970: The New York Times publishes an advance review of The Who’s 'Live at Leeds' by Nik Cohn in which he calls it “...the definitive hard-rock holocaust. It is the best live rock album ever made.”
1970: Led Zeppelin played at Cricus Krone Bau in Munich, Germany.
1970: Pink Floyd performed at Mothers in Erdington, Birmingham, England.
1971: The Who hold the fourth and last session of the ill-fated 'Lifehouse' project. Filming still has not begun, the band is completely confused about Pete’s plans, the audience is uncooperative, mostly calling out for old Who tunes during the new Lifehouse songs, and producer/manager Kit Lambert is openly critical, stamping about and yelling, “What in the hell are we doing here?” Since Lambert is due to travel to New York the next week to produce Labelle’s first album at the Record Plant, he suggests The Who fly over and record the new material there as well. Lifehouse was a science fiction rock opera by the Who intended as a follow-up to 'Tommy.' It was abandoned as a rock opera in favor of creating the traditional rock album, Who’s Next.
1971: The Rolling Stones appeared at Green’s Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland.
1971: WPAX Hanoi goes on the air. Abbie Hoffman and many others make tapes in a loft in New York; tapes are then broadcast to US troops. Station opens with Jimi Hendrix's Star-Spangled Banner.
1972: King Crimson played at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1973: Ron Mckernan, keyboard player with The Grateful Dead, died at age 27 from a stomach hemorrhage and liver failure brought on by alcohol poisoning in Corte Madera, CA. Pigpen was a founding member and the original frontman of The Grateful Dead. Initially nicknamed “Big Ron,” Pigpen probably got his name for his similarity to the permanently dirty character in the comic strip Peanuts. McKernan was close friends with Janis Joplin, bonding with their love of alcohol over psychedelic drugs.
1973: Paul McCartney was fined £100 ($170) for growing cannabis at his farm in Campbeltown, Scotland. McCartney claimed some fans gave the seeds to him and that he didn’t know what they would grow.
1973: Genesis performed at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall.
1974: Rising from the ashes of Free and Mott The Hoople, the newly-formed Bad Company play their first live gig, at Newcastle City Hall in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.
1974: The Cars 'Since You're Gone' single is released.
1974: Queen's 'Queen II' album is released. It reached #49 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1974: Yes performed at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1974: Bad Company kicked off their first UK tour at Newcastle City Hall.
1975: The New Music Express says the Rolling Stones have selected American guitarist Wayne Perkins to replaced Mick Taylor. But it's Ron Wood (formerly of the Faces and Jeff Beck Group) who eventually gets the nod.
1975: The Ramones played at CBGB’s in New York.
1975: Styx single 'Lady' peaks at #6 on Billboard's Hot 100. It was their first Top 10 hit in the US.
1975: John Entwistle’s solo project, 'The Ox,' perform at New York City’s Academy Of Music.
1975: Keith Moon’s forthcoming solo album 'Two Sides Of The Moon' receives a favorable review in Melody Maker. The article also includes a photo of Iggy Pop riding on Keith’s back.
1976: Roxy Music appeared at the Calderone Theater in New York.
1976: Having left Spooky Tooth for a solo career, Gary Wright gets a gold record for "Dream Weaver.
1977: Foreigner release their self-titled debut album. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart (during its 113 week stay), and included three Top 40 singles - 'Feels Like the First Time' (#4), 'Cold as Ice' (#6) and 'Long, Long Way from Home' (#20).
1977: Santana performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1978: Steely Dan goes platinum for the first time with their 'Aja' album.
1979: Rolling Stone reports that inflation has ballooned the cost of making and promoting a major label LP to between $350,000 and $500,000.
1980: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Led Zeppelin’s 'Fool In The Rain' at #69, Foreigner’s 'Women' at #50, 38 Special’s 'Rockin’ Into The Night' at #44, Pat Benatar’s 'Heartbreaker' at #24, Tom Petty’s 'Refugee' at #17m and Queen’s 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' at #1. ‬
1980: Rush peak at #4 on Billboard's 200 album chart with 'Permanent Waves.' It's their 1st Top 5 album in the U.S.‬
1982: The Cars 'Since You're Gone' b/w 'Think It Over' 45 single is released. Since You're Gone peaked at #24 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100. 'Think It Over' peaked at #41 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.
1984: Van Halen played at Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1994: Ozzy Osbourne with special guests Motley Crue played the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1986: ZZ Top performed at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
1986: Roger Daltrey’s tribute to Keith Moon, 'Under a Raging Moon,' hits the British charts. It is released in different formats including a double 45 EP pack with live cuts from 1985. It peaks at #43.
1986: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Honeymoon Suite’s 'Feel It Again' at #86 (debut), Robert Palmer’s 'Addicted To Love' at #38, The Bangles’ 'Manic Monday' at #26, ZZ Top’s 'Stages' at #21, Loverboy’s 'This Could Be The Night' at #19, Heart’s 'These Dreams'
at #4 and Mr. Mister’s 'Kyrie' at #1.
1987: At Detroit's Joe Louis Arena Bob Seger announces the end of "his last tour ever", only to start touring again soon after.
1990: Bonnie Raitt is named the Best Female Singer in Rolling Stone magazine's Critic's Awards.
1990: Rolling Stone dubs Jefferson Airplane's disastrous new comeback album Most Unwanted Comeback of the Year
1993: Beavis & Butthead premiered on MTV.
1994: David Lee Roth released his Nile Rodgers produced 4th full-length studio album, 'Your Filthy Little Mouth.' It features Frehley’s Comet bassist John Regan, with Travis Tritt also on co-lead vocals on 'Cheatin' Heart Cafe.'
1994: Kurt Cobain was discharged from the Rome American Hospital in Italy, where he was recovering from an overdose of prescription drugs and champagne.
1994: Soundgarden's 4th album, 'Superunknown' is released. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 310,000 copies in its opening week and reached high positions on charts worldwide. Five singles were released from the album: 'The Day I Tried to Live,' 'My Wave,' 'Fell on Black Days,' 'Spoonman' and 'Black Hole Sun,' the latter two of which won Grammy Awards. In 1995, the album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. The album has been certified five times platinum by the RIAA in the United States and remains Soundgarden's most successful album. In 2003, the album was ranked #336 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album was ranked #38 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Albums of the Nineties, and #5 on Guitar World magazine's top 10 list of guitar albums of 1994.
1994: Rush appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1995: Ingo Schwichtenberg commits suicide by jumping in front of a subway train. He was just 29. Schwichtenberg was the drummer and a founding member of Helloween. Schwichtenberg was fired from the band in 1993 for drug and alcohol abuse and also for his refusal to take his medication for his schizophrenia, which would lead to bizarre episodes such as uncontrollable sobbing, causing him to cancel shows.
1997: The Wallflowers 'One Headlight' tops the Modern Rock chart.
2004: 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell was charged with simple assault in Moss Point, Mississippi. Harrell allegedly hit a newspaper deliveryman who accused him of taking more than one paper from a vending machine outside the local Cheap-O Deep-O. The 53-year-old deliveryman was also charged with pulling a gun.
2004: The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office charged Courtney Love with disorderly conduct. The charge was in connection with her 2003 arrest for drugs after she allegedly tried to break into her boyfriend's apartment.
2005: Black Label Society released their album 'Mafia.' The track 'In This River' was written before the death of Zakk Wylde's friend and fellow guitarist Dimebag Darrell, but it has since been dedicated to him.
2005: A 9-year-old boy wakes from a coma after hearing Green Day's "American Idiot." Wales resident Corey George, a Green Day fan, was hit by a car and unconscious for two weeks when his parents played him the disc. "Within an hour he had opened his eyes," says Corey's father.
2005: Rush gets the Classical treatment. 'The String Quartet Tribute to Rush's 2112,' arranged by Todd Rubenstein, makes its debut.
2005: Axis of Justice, co-founded by Audioslave's Tom Morello, helps a Coalition of Immokalee Workers (C.I.W.) reach a settlement with Taco Bell. The coalition boycotted the fast-food chain over unfair working conditions. "By standing up and standing together, we can change the world," says Morello. Most C.I.W. members are immigrants with low-wage jobs in Florida.
2006: Sammy Hagar's Tahoe Wabo in Nevada is honored as one of the Top 100 bars and clubs in the United States by the editors of Nightclub & Bar magazine.
2006: Pearl Jam's 'World Wide Suicide,' hits #3 on Billboard Radio Monitor's Modern Rock chart becoming the group's highest debut (to date) single. A week later, Pearl Jam tops the chart.
2007: Eddie Van Halen quietly announces that he's checked in to rehab. "I have decided to enter a rehabilitation facility to work on myself, so that in the future I can deliver the 110 percent that I feel I owe (Van Halen's fans)," the guitarist says in a statement. The rehab move causes Eddie to miss his group's induction into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame.
2009: A blue plaque in honour of The Who drummer Keith Moon was unveiled on the site of the Marquee Club in Soho, London, where in 1964 the band played the first of 29 gigs there. Surviving Who members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend attend the marker's unveiling, which is sponsored by the U.K.'s Heritage Foundation. Fans on scooters turned up to pay tribute to Moon, who was 32 when he died of an accidental overdose in 1978.
2009: U2 started a two week run at #1 on the UK album chart with their 12th studio album 'No Line on the Horizon.'
2010: The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announces they have recruited Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro to star their anti-fur Ink Not Mink ads.
2011: Mike Starr, former bassist for Alice In Chains, is found dead by police in a Salt Lake City home. "There is nothing to indicate that this was foul play by another individual," says a police representative. Three weeks earlier, the 44 year-old Starr was jailed after he was found in illegal possession of prescription drugs. Mike was the original bassist of Alice In Chains, and was the last person to see singer Layne Staley alive; he blamed himself partly for Staley’s death. Starr also appeared on Celebrity Rehab in 2010 with fellow recovering addicts Mackenzie Phillips and Tom Sizemore.
2011: 'Rope' is #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart just a week after its release. The song is the lead single from the Foo Fighters' seventh studio album, 'Wasting Light.'
2011: Seether's 'Country Song,' the first single from 'Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray.' It goes to #1 on both the US & Canada Active Rock charts‬ as well as #1 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart.
2012: Blaze Bayley released the album 'The King Of Metal.'
2013: The Journey documentary 'Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey,' opens in U.S. theaters. The movie focuses on singer Arnel Pineda, and how he came to join the band.
2015: Jon Bon Jovi sings 'Dead Or Alive,' with comedians serving as back-up singers, on Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars. Hosted by Jon Stewart, and taped at New York's Beacon Theatre a week earlier (2/28), the event raises funds for autism education and support programs.
2016: Sir George Martin, the “fifth Beatle,” dies in his sleep at his home in Wiltshire, England. He was 90. “If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George,” Paul McCartney said in a statement. “From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. He was like a second father to me.” Martin spent seven years with the Beatles, the most successful group in music history, and produced virtually all of their albums. He also worked with countless others over a career that spanned decades, including Peter Sellers, Shirley Bassey, America, Cheap Trick, Jeff Beck, UFO, Ultravox and Celine Dion. Elton John had Martin produce his updated version of 'Candle in the Wind,' done in honor of Princess Diana, in 1997. Twenty-three Martin productions hit #1 in the United States, along with thirty in the UK.
2016: AC/DC postponed the rest of their current US tour after singer Brian Johnson was warned he was going deaf. The band posted a statement on their website saying doctors had advised Johnson to stop touring immediately or "risk total hearing loss".

March 9
1964: The Beatles filmed the last day of train scenes for the movie 'A Hard Days Night.' During their six days of filming aboard a moving train, The Beatles traveled a total of 2,500 miles on the rails.
1964: Capitol Records released a song called 'Letter To The Beatles' by The Four Preps. The lyrics describe a boy lamenting the fact that he's lost his girlfriend to The Fab Four. On its first day, the record shot to No.85 on the charts and it looked like The Preps were going to have another hit on their hands. Unfortunately they had included a few bars from 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' without permission and Capitol was forced to withdraw the single to avoid a lawsuit.
1966: The Beach Boys record 'God Only Knows.'
1967: Pink Floyd and The Thoughts perform at The Marquee Club in London.
1967: The Small Faces, Family and The Strollers appeared at the Skyline Ballroom, Hull, Yorkshire.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Skyline Hotel in Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.
1968: Jimi Hendrix and Soft Machine played at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York.
1968: 'Who’s Who in America' was released, becoming the first edition to include notable rock stars other than Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Making the cut were The Rolling Stones, The Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas and The Papas, The Doors, The Monkees, The Grateful Dead and Donovan.
1968: Bob Dylan started a ten week run at #1 on the UK chart with 'John Wesley Harding.' The album marked Dylan’s return to acoustic music after three albums of electric rock music and was exceptionally well received by critics, also reaching the second spot on the US charts. The commercial performance was considered remarkable, considering that Dylan had made Columbia Records release the album without much publicity.
1968: The Who return to the site of their first non-New York U.S. show, the Grande Ballroom in Dearborn, Michigan, with Soap opening. At this show The Who add 'Little Billy' to their show list. They also break all attendance records for the ballroom.
1969: Janis Joplin played at the University of Toledo Fieldhouse in Toledo, Ohio.
1969: CBS aired a rerun of the The Smothers Brothers’ Comedy Hour, a variety show notable for its satiric humor and musical appearances by the Beatles, the Doors, and the Who. The program came under fire when guest Joan Baez used her appearance to publicize the predicament of her husband, who had been arrested for objecting to the draft. The network explained the decision by stating that because that week’s episode did not arrive in time to be previewed, it would not be shown. An edited version aired two months later.
1970: Having recently changed their name from Earth to Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward made their concert debut at The Roundhouse in London.
1971: Led Zeppelin performs at Leeds University in Leeds, England, during their 'Back To The Clubs' tour.
1971: Alice Cooper's 3rd album, 'Love It to Death' album is released. 'I'm Eighteen' was the band's first Top 40 hit in the U.S., a success that led to a recording deal with Warner Brothers Records.
1972: A George McGovern presidential fundraiser stars Carole King, James Taylor, Quincy Jones and Barbra Streisand (Cass Elliot, of The Mamas & the Papas, serves as a celebrity usher).
1973: Black Sabbath kicked off an 8-date sold out UK tour at Green’s Playhouse in Glasgow.
1974: Aerosmith appeared at the Orpheum Theater in Boston.
1974: Bad Company play their first show in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.
1974: David Essex 'Rock O'npeaks at #5 on Billboard's Hot 100. It's his only US top 10.
1975: Elvis Presley begins his final recording session at RCA’s Hollywood studios.
1975: Genesis played at the Nuevo Pabellon Club in Badalona, Spain.
1976: David Bowie appeared at the Memorial Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida.
1976: The Who postponed their North American tour after Keith Moon collapsed at the Boston Garden.
1976: Queen go gold with 'A Night at the Opera,'
1976: Keith Moon collapses onstage at the beginning of a Who concert at the Boston Garden.
1977: The Sex Pistols, with Sid Vicious as their new bassist, sign with A&M in the label’s London offices. The next day they will stage a publicity stunt in which they sign a contract in front of Buckingham Palace.
1977: Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' becomes the group's second consecutive platinum album.
1978: The Eagles record 'I Can't Tell You Why.'
1978: Bob Dylan performs at the Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
1979: 'Heroes of Rock and Roll' documentary is first shown on ABC
1981: Robert Plant played a secret gig at Keele University, England with his new band The Honey Drippers.
1983: Randy Newman's 'I Love L.A.' b/w 'Song For The Dead' 45 single is released.
1985: REO Speedwagon's 'Can't Fight This Feeling' goes to #1 for three weeks. The #3 slot is held by Glenn Frey's 'The Heat Is On' with David Lee Roth's cover of the Beach Boys' classic 'California Girls' right behind.
1985: Mountain released their 5th studio album, 'Go for Your Life.'
1984: Yes performed at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois.
1985: Mick Jagger released his solo single 'Just Another Night' a #12 hit in the US.
1986: Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith go to Magic Ventures Studios in New York, where they record parts of their song "Walk This Way" so Run-D.M.C. can transform it into a Hip-Hop jam. Neither act is thrilled about the collaboration (Run-D.M.C.'s producer Rick Rubin spearheaded the effort), but the resulting track is a huge hit, revitalizing Aerosmith's career and delivering a new (mostly white) audience to the rappers.
1987: U2 released their breakthrough album 'The Joshua Tree.' The band's 5th album would become their first #1, produce two #1 hits, and win the band their first two Grammy awards. It topped the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart for nine weeks during its 103 weeks stay. It reached #2 on the UK Albums chart. It won the two Grammy awards in 1987 for Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album at #27 on their 2012 list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, calling it "an album that turns spiritual quests and political struggles into uplifting stadium singalongs". It was U2's best position on the list.
1987: John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Carole King & Gerry Goffin, Sam Cooke, and Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil are all inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
1987: Gary Moore released his 7th studio album, 'Wild Frontier.'
1987: Whitesnake release their 'Still of the Night' single.
1990: At The Central in Seattle, Mother Love Bone plays their last show, as their lead singer Andrew Wood dies of a heroin overdose 10 days later. Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard from the band form Pearl Jam later that year.
1991: 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go' gave The Clash their only UK #1 single after the track was used for a Levi's TV advertisement. The track was first released in 1982 from their album 'Combat Rock' album.
1992: Skid Row with special guest Pantera played at the Sacramento Exhibit Hall in Sacramento, California.
1993: Lenny Kravitz releases 'Are You Gonna Go My Way.'
1993: Overkill release their 6th studio album, 'I Hear Black.' The album debuted at #122 on the Billboard 200 Chart, It was also the band's first album to feature drummer Tim Mallare.
1993: Sting releases his 4th solo album, 'Ten Summoner's Tales,' which contains the hit 'Fields of Gold.'
1995: Oasis make their U.S. network T.V. debut on Late Night With David Letterman.
1996: 'Wonderwall' by Oasis reaches #8 on the U.S. singles chart.
1998: Iron Maiden released the single 'The Angel And The Gambler.' It was their first single off the album 'Virtual XI.'
1999: Scorpions released the album 'Eye II Eye.'
2000: PETA member – and Pretenders lead singer – Chrissie Hynde leaped into the window of a New York Gap store to protest the alleged use in their clothing of cow leather from India, where the animal is held sacred. She and three others were arrested and charged with criminal mischief.
2001: Eric Singer replaces Peter Criss as the drummer for KISS. He began his second tour of duty with KISS, performing while wearing the band’s famous “Catman” makeup for the first time at a show in Yokohama, Japan.
2004: Brides Of Destruction released their debut album 'Here Come The Brides.' It was their only album that featured Nikki Sixx, who would leave the band to rejoin Motley Crue for their reunion tour in 2005.
2004: Exodus return after a 12-year hiatus with their 6th studio album 'Tempo of the Damned.'
2004: Tesla released the album 'Into The Now.' It was the band’s first studio album since 1994’s 'Bust A Nut.' ‬
2004: The White Stripes' Jack White pleads guilty in a Wayne County, MI, court to assault and battery charges stemming from a 12/13/03 fight with Von Bondies frontman Jason Stollsteimer. White is ordered to pay $750 in fines and attend anger-management classes. A long standing dispute over the level of White's involvement in the Von Bondies debut album sparked the confrontation.
2004: Former Crazy Town guitarist Rust Epique died of heart failure from an apparent heart attack at his home in Las Vegas. Epique was 36. Crazy Town had the 1999 world-wide #1 single 'Butterfly.'
2005: 53-year-old Danny Joe Brown, the original lead singer of Molly Hatchet, died from renal failure due to complications from diabetes. Brown was the front man for the band's self-titled album in 1978, which went Platinum. He is best known for writing and singing on such songs as 'Flirtin’ with Disaster' a+nd 'Whiskey Man.'
2005: The tour bus driver for The Dave Matthews Band pleads guilty to dumping sewage into the Chicago River, which hit a group of tourists cruising on an architectural tour. Stefan Wohl denied the charges at first, but admitted it when confronted with surveillance video. The band was not on the bus at the time.
2007: KISS' Gene Simmons & TommyThayer perform at a rally for the U.S. Armed Forces at Camp Pendleton.‬
2007: Brad Delp lead singer of US rock band Boston committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in after lighting two charcoal grills inside his sealed master bathroom at his home in the New Hampshire town of Atkinson. Although Tom Scholz was the primary songwriter in Boston, Delp co-wrote a few songs including 'Smokin', 'Let Me Take You Home Tonight' and 'Party.' He was found with a note paper-clipped to his shirt which read: “Mr. Brad Delp. I am a lonely soul.”
2007: Red Hot Chili Peppers and YouTube launch a contest with fans making a video for 'Charlie,' a track from RHCP's 'Stadium Arcadium' album. The winner gets $5,000 plus a trip to Paris to meet the band and attend a concert.
2007: Courtney Love gets sued by a luxury rehab center, Brau Monde International, in Newport Beach, CA. Love checked in following a drug overdose at a Hollywood club in '05. According to the center, Love has paid some, but not all, of her bill.
2007: KISS' Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer play for military personnel at Camp Pendleton in California. The set is filmed for an episode of A&E's Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
2007: John Mellencamp is presented with a finished custom Exile motorcycle built for the TLC network's 'Motorcycle Mania 4.' At the Dayton Beach event, Mellencamp performs a solo acoustic version of 'Pink Houses.' The program documenting the bike's construction airs the following month.
2007: Staind frontman Aaron Lewis performs solo on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.
2008: A documentary about Boston's Brad Delp premieres on a Salem, MA, cable station marking the one-year anniversary of the singer's suicide. 'Remembering Brad Delp...With a Little Help From His Friends' has performance clips and interviews.
2008: 'Nine Lives,' the first single from Def Leppard's "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge," is heard at the beginning of NBA games broadcast on ABC.
2009: The Allman Brothers Band takes up their annual residency at New York's Beacon theater with 10 shows in 13 days. The previous year's stand was cancelled because frontman Gregg Allman was undergoing treatment for hepatitis C.
2011: Whitesnake released their 11th studio album, 'Forevermore.' The album debuted at #49 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
2011: Phil Collins clears up rumors about why he is retiring. Speculation has included health problems, bad reviews, depression and an interest in devoting time to his collection of Alamo memorabilia, but Collins states the real reason is: "So I can be a full time father to my two young sons on a daily basis."
2011: Eric Clapton auctions more than 70 guitars and 70 amps in New York City to raise funds for the Crossroads Centre, Antigua, the drug and alcohol rehabilitation center which he founded in 1998. It's Clapton's third guitar auction to benefit the center.
2011: The Eagles perform on mainland China for the first time when they appear at the Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Arena.
2012: 76-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis gets married for the seventh time, taking his caregiver, 62-year-old Judith Brown, as his bride. Brown was previously married to Lewis' cousin Rusty.
2012: The Rolling Stones Facebook page passes the 9 million mark and guitarist Keith Richards celebrates by posting a picture of himself holding a card saying "9,000,000 Stones Fans." "Thanks to everyone of you Facebookers who like the Rolling Stones," reads the post. "It's only Rock and Roll but we love you!"
2012: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform a special concert at New York's Apollo Theater to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of satellite radio. The show airs live on Sirius XM's all-Springsteen channel E Street Radio.
2012: U2, earning $32 million in 2011, places second behind Taylor Swift, on Billboard's Top 40 Money Makers List. U2 is the only Rock act in the Top 5.
2013: Former KISS drummer Peter Criss is the American Cancer Society's Humanitarian of the Year Award honoree. Having beaten cancer himself, Criss is an advocate of regular check-ups for men.
2017: Pearl Jam donate 100% of T-shirt proceeds and 25% of all goods sold on the band's official web site to Planned Parenthood Federation Of America.
2017: Metallica’s 'Hardwired... To Self-Destruct' jumps to #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart (behind Ed Sheeran’s 'Divide') with an over 200-percent jump in sales after the record is bundled with ticket purchases for their summer tour.
2018: Judas Priest release their album 'Firepower.' It was the band's first studio album since 1988's 'Ram It Down' to be produced by Tom Allom.

March 10
1955: RCA Victor places a half-page ad in Billboard announcing Elvis Presley as the "new singing rage."
1956: Bobby Darin makes his first television appearance, singing 'Rock Island Line' on the Dorsey Brothers Stage Show. The budding entertainer is clearly nervous - he keeps glancing at his palms where he's written the song's lyrics. It would take two more years before he had his first US Top 40 hit, 'Splish Splash,' which he would follow with twenty-one more.
1958: Big Records released 'Our Song' by a teenage duo from Queens, New York, Tom and Jerry. The duo will become famous in the 1960s under their real names, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.
1964: Simon and Garfunkel records 'The Sound Of Silence' as an acoustic duo. It wasn't until record company producers added electric guitar, bass and drums, without the knowledge of Paul and Art, that the song would become a hit in late 1965.
1965: Davie Jones (David Bowie) and the Manish Boys appeared at the Bromel Club in Bromley Hill, England.
1965: The Beatles’ 'Eight Days a Week' goes to #1. It’s the first single by a British act to top the American charts but not make the charts in Britain, where it was unreleased.
1966: Bob Dylan recorded 'Rainy Day Women No 12 & 35' at CBS Studios in Nashville. The song would go on to peak at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1966: The Who played at the Ram Jam Club in Brixton, England.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appeared at Club A Go Go in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England.
1967: The Monkees held the #1 position on the album chart with More Of The Monkees.
1967: The Beatles record 'Getting Better.'
1967: Sonny & Cher guest star as "Jerry and Ramona" on 'The Hot Number Affair' episode of the NBC-TV spy spoof 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'
1968: Cream plays San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. During the show they uncork Robert Johnson's Blues classic "Crossroads." This version lands on the group's studio/live 'Wheels Of Fire' album.
1968: The Who play the Opera House in Aurora, Illinois. The show is filmed by a BBC camera crew for a Tony Palmer documentary, They also film that night’s performance at the Exposition Gardens in Peoria, Illinois.
1968: Jimi Hendrix performed at the International Ballroom in Washington, D.C.
1969: Led Zeppelin 'Good Times Bad Times' b/w 'Communication Breakdown' 45 single is released.
1970: Genesis played at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.
1970: Grand Funk Railroad began recording the album 'Closer To Home.'
1971: Beatles manager Allen Klein is barred from involvement in the band’s affairs as the Fab Four’s career together winds down. According to legend, it is also on this night that John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr go to Paul McCartney’s London townhouse and throw a brick through one of the windows.
1972: America's self-titled debut album is certified gold.
1972: Thin Lizzy released their 2nd studio album, 'Shades of a Blue Orphanage' in the UK. The title is a combination of the members' previous bands: Shades of Blue and Orphanage.
1972: Jethro Tull's 5th studio album 'Thick as a Brick' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for two weeks in June 1972. Its lyrics are based on a poem written by a fictitious boy, Gerald Bostock, said to have been adapted to music by Jethro Tull—although the band's Ian Anderson in fact wrote the lyrics himself.
1972: Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper and Yes appeared at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona.
1973: The Pink Floyd album 'Dark Side Of The Moon' was released in America, it spent over 740 weeks on the chart over a 14-year period. The album then moves to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, and logs another 759 weeks. Sales have topped an estimated 45 million copies worldwide.
1973: Steely Dan's 'Reeling In The Years' b/w 'Only A Fool Would Say That' 45 single is released. It was the 2nd single from their 1972 album, 'Can't Buy a Thrill.' It reached #11 on the Billboard HOT 100 chart. The song was written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker and features Fagen on vocals. In March 2005, Q magazine placed the song at #95 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has reportedly said that Elliott Randall's guitar solo on "Reeling In the Years" is his favorite solo of all time. That solo was also ranked the 40th best guitar solo of all time by the readers of Guitar World magazine. Fagen referred to the song as "dumb but effective" in Rolling Stone magazine.
1973: The Who played at the Sporthal de Vliegermolen, Voorburg, The Netherlands.
1974: David Bowie performs the Philadelphia concert that is later released as the album 'David Live.'
1975: John Lennon releases his cover of Ben E. King’s 'Stand by Me' b/w 'Move Over Ms. L' as a single in the U.S. There have been over 400 recorded versions of 'Stand by Me,' including versions by John Lennon, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, U2, Usher, and Elton 'ohn. "Stand'by Me" was ranked #121 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1999, BMI named it as the 4th most-performed song of the 20th century, with about 7 million performances.
1975: Led Zeppelin played at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1976: Judas Priest released their 2nd single, 'The Ripper.'
1977: At 7am in the morning on a trestle table set up out-side Buckingham Palace, London, The Sex Pistols signed to A&M Records. The contract lasted for six days.
1977: Pink Floyd's 'Animals' is certified Platinum by the RIAA. It was last certified in 1995 at 4X Platinum.
1977: AC/DC appeared at St. Andrews Hall in Norwich, England.
1979: Motorhead release their 4th single, 'Overkill.' It was was the closing song on the band's final tour, making it the last song the band ever played live.
1979: Rush appeared at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
1981: Jimmy Page takes the stage for the first time since the breakup of Led Zeppelin when he joins Jeff Beck for some encores at a London show.
1981: The Who performed at Wembley Arena in London.
1981: Joe Walsh released his 5th studio album, 'There Goes the Neighborhood.' It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and features three tracks that reached the Billboard charts - 'Rivers (Of The Hidden Funk)' (Mainstream Rock - #35), 'Things' (Mainstream Rock - #36), and 'A Life of Illusion' (Mainstream Rock #1 and Hot 100 #34).
1982: King Crimson played at Dora Cohen Hall, Oxford Polytechnic in Oxford, England.
1984: Ian Gillan quits Black Sabbath. He's replaced briefly by former Deep Purple bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes. 'Born Again' is the most overlooked Sabbath album to date. The Born Again tour had ended on March 4th. Openers on that tour had included an up & coming band, Quiet Riot. Shortly after this departure Gillan re-joined Deep Purple for a reunion tour.
1984: Van Halen held the #1 position on the US singles chart with 'Jump.'
1984: Trouble released their debut studio album, 'Psalm 9.'
1985: The Grateful Dead performed at the Community Theater in Berkeley, California.
1990: Though released the previous September, Soundgarden's debut 'Louder Than Love' finally lands on the U.S. album chart, anchoring the #108 spot.
1990: Bad English's 'Price Of Love' peaks at #5 on Billboard's Hot 100 1nd it spends 19 weeks on the charts.
1991: Iron Maiden with special guest Anthrax performed at the Salem Armory Auditorium in Salem, Oregon.
1991: Mookie Blaylock goes on the Seattle radio station KISW and announces they are changing their name to Pearl Jam, inspired by the jamming they saw at a Neil Young concert a few weeks earlier.
1992: Red Hot Chili Peppers release 'Under The Bridge.' The 2nd single from the group's 5th studio album, 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik,' goes to #2 on the Billboard chart.
1992: King's X released their self-titled 4th album. It reached #138 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart , and the single, 'Black Flag' reached #17 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
1998: Motorhead released their 14th studio album, 'Snake Bite Love.'
2000: A sign posted by Jimi Hendrix's sister in the Seattle cemetery where he's buried is stolen by an apparent memorabilia seeker. The five-by-eight-foot placard detailed plans to move Jimi's body to a mausoleum.
2000: AC/DC perform on television for the first time in more than 20 years, live from MTV Studios.
2000: The Daily Mail published pictures of Paul McCartney dancing with a cowgirl on the bar of a New York club. McCartney sang along to 'Whole Lotta Shakin' through a megaphone and mimicked a strip tease in front of 100 onlookers.
2000: Chrissie Hynde leads an animal rights rally at a GAP store in Manhattan protesting the chain's sale of "illegally and cruelly" obtained leather products.
2002: VH1 premiers it's new program, 'Ultimate Albums.' The debut episode focuses on Def Leppard's 1983 release 'Pyromania.'
2002: Alanis Morissette went to #1 on the U.S. album chart and #2 on the UK chart with 'Under Rug Swept.'
2003: Spanish hairdresser Rafael Pages paid over $1,400 for a lock of hair George Harrison cut off in 1964 to be displayed in Pages’ hairdressing museum in Barcelona.
2003: Johnny Cash was admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee to undergo treatment for pneumonia.
2003: AC/DC, The Clash, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Floyd Cramer and The Police are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. AC/DC are inducted by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, the band goes on to play 'Highway To Hell' and then performs 'You Shook Me All Night Long' with Tyler. The Police performed together for the 2nd time since their break-up during their induction.
2004: The Recording Industry Association of America orders a DJ who combined music from Metallica's 'Black Album' with rapper Jay-Z's 'The Black Album' to create what he dubbed 'The Double Black Album' to stop selling and distributing the mix CD.
2005: Danny Joe Brown, lead singer of Molly Hatchet, dies of complications from diabetes at his home in Davie, FL. The 53 year old singer joined Molly Hatchet in 1975. Three years later the group's self-titled album went platinum.
2006: Former Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and the surviving members of Alice In Chains perform with Heart. The Atlantic City performances air on VH1's 'Decades Rock Live!'.
2006: The documentary 'Metal: A Headbanger's Journey' receives its U.S. premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Tracing the evolution or devolution of Heavy Metal, the film has appearances by Korn, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Audioslave's Tom Morello, Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, Motley Crue's Vince Neil, Steppenwolf's John Kay, Alice Cooper and Rush's Geddy Lee.
2006: U2 heads Rolling Stone's list of Rock's Top 30 Moneymakers after bringing in an estimated $154.2 million during 2005. The Rolling Stones ($92.5 million), the Eagles ($63.2 million), Paul McCartney ($56 million), Elton John ($48.9 million) round out the Top 5. Earnings are tabulated from concerts, recording sales and other income sources.
2008: Billy Joel inducts John Mellencamp into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame in New York. The Ventures, Dave Clark Five, Leonard Cohen and Madonna are also inducted. Mellencamp joins Joan Jett, John Fogerty and Joel in a tribute to the DC5.
2008: Filter reunite with former bassist-turned-army sergeant Frank Cavanagh in Kuwait during the group's set at the Operation MySpace concert. Cavanagh, who parted ways with Filter in 2002, performed "Hey Man, Nice Shot" with his ex-bandmates.
2009: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 17th studio album, 'Angels of Love.'
2009: Tickets for a one-off gig by Sir Paul McCartney in Las Vegas sold out seven seconds after going on sale. The former Beatle was booked to perform at the opening of the New Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on April 19, 2009 in-front of 4,000 fans. Tickets cost $750 each.
2009: 'Got The Life: My Journey Of Addiction, Faith, Recovery and KoRn' is in stores. Written by bassist Reginald 'Fieldy' Arvizu, the book delves into the "extreme highs and drug-and-booze-fueled lows" of the Nu-Metal act and Fieldy himself-there are also details about the musician's path to finding God.
2010: Metallica fans, unable to get tickets, riot outside Bogota's Simon Bolivar Park in Colombia during the band's concert. Police trucks and tanks are deployed as the crowd attempts to illegally enter the venue, resulting in nearly 160 arrests.
2010: 'The Runaways,' based on the 1970s female Punk band, is in theaters. Directed by Floria Sigismondi, the film stars Twilight's Kristen Stewart as guitarist Joan Jett, and Dakota Fanning as frontwoman Cherie Currie.
2010: Pink Floyd sues EMI over iTunes sales of individual songs. The band's 1999 contract states Floyd songs can not be isolated and sold outside the context of their original albums. But on iTunes, songs are offered as a la carte purchases. EMI argues that separating the songs only applies to their physical releases, and predates digital music services like iTunes.
2010: Lawyers for Phil Spector appeal his 2009 murder conviction claiming he didn't get a fair trail. The legendary producer (The Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison) was sentenced to prison for 19 years to life for shooting actress Lana Clarkson at his California mansion in 2003. The appeal is rejected.
2010: An anti-abortion activist was arrested after allegedly making threats on Elton John's life. The man was upset when the singer suggested that Jesus Christ was gay in a Parade magazine interview in February, and he wrote an angry online response, entitled Why Elton John Must Die.
2011: Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper and Crosby & Nash perform at the Tucson Convention Center. The fundraiser for the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, which manages the Fund for Civility, Respect, and Understanding, supports the victims of the 1/8/11 shooting in Tucson that left six dead and seriously injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The goal is to promote civility in public debate and raise awareness for mental illness.
2011: Slipknot announce that founding member, Donnie Steele, will be the band's bassist on their summer tour, replacing the late Paul Gray. Steele left in 1995, only one year after Slipknot's formation. Gray passed away of a drug overdose in May 2010.
2012: Jack White begins his first solo headlining tour in Chattanooga, TN.
2013: Green Day give their first concert since frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's 9/22/12 onstage meltdown during the iHeart Radio Music Festival and subsequent stint in rehab.
2013: Steven Tyler and Slash perform at the John Varvatos 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit, to raise money for the Santa Monica rape treatment center.
2013: Vince Neil cuts short a Motley Crue show in Sydney, Australia and is rushed to the hospital where he undergoes surgery to remove kidney stones.
2015: Europe release their 10th studio album, 'War of Kings.'
2015: 'Ride' is the title of the debut album from Motor Sister. The band has Anthrax frontman Scott Ian, his wife Pearl Aday, bassist Joey Vera (Armored Saint) and drummer John Tempesta (The Cult).
2015: The guitar that John Lennon used to write The Beatles' 'Paperback Writer' is sold to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for $530,000.
2016: Keith Emerson, keyboardist and founder of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, is found dead with a single bullet shot to the head. He was 71.
2016: Just over a month after 'American Pie' singer Don McLean was arrested on charges of domestic assault, his wife, Patrisha McLean, filed for divorce.
2016: Eagles' drummer Don Henley told BBC Radio 2's Simon Mayo that the band would not re-group after the death of its co-founder Glenn Frey in February. Referring to the tribute to Frey at the Grammy Awards, Henley said, "I think it was an appropriate farewell. I don't think you'll see us performing again. I think that was probably it." It wasn't as Glenn's son Deacon and Vince Gill joined the band for subsequent concerts in the future.
2017: Stone Sour singles 'Bother' and 'Through Glass' are certified platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America). 2017: Kid Rock’s "American Badass Grill" is available for purchase online. The grill can simultaneously cook twelve burgers - or three beer can chickens.

March 11
1958: After finding out that her husband, Jerry Lee Lewis, has married his 13 year old cousin, Jane Mitcham files for divorce.
1959: RCA sends a Gold record to Elvis Presley as his single 'A Fool Such As I' reaches the one million sales mark.
1963: Manfred Mann hold their first concert (as the Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers) at the Marquee Theatre in London.
1964: The Beatles spent the day filming at Twickenham Studios for 'A Hard Day's Night.' Filming on a stage set made to look like a train guard's cage, where the Beatles played cards and mimed to ‘I Should Have Known Better’.
1964: Of Elvis Presley's regrettable movies, 'Kissin' Cousins,' is among the most forgettable. It premieres and has Elvis playing two roles (himself and his cousin).
1965: The Who go into IBC Studios, London to record their first album. Songs known to be recorded on this date are Pete Townshend’s 'You’re Gonna Know Me' (later retitled 'Out In The Street'), plus covers of James Brown’s 'Please Please Please' and 'I Don’t Mind,' Bo Diddley’s 'I’m A Man,' Martha and the Vandella’s 'Motoring' and 'Heat Wave,' and Paul Revere and the Raiders’ 'Louie Go Home' as 'Lubie (Come Back Home.)' On the 16th, they meet again with producer Shel Talmy for “L.P. routining” and have another studio session at IBC on the 19th. The album is eventually rejected and some of the tracks are not released for over twenty years.
1966: Love's self-titled debut album is released.
1966: Marianne Faithfull, Coltrane Union, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Rick & Us, plus Pink Floyd performed for the first of two nights billed as “The Tea Set.” The shows took place at the Rag Ball, on the Concourse Area of the University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, England. It was the first time a film was played on a screen behind the band as Pink Floyd performed their set.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appears at the International Club in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
1967: Music publisher, Dick James, announced that 446 different versions of the Paul McCartney song 'Yesterday' had been recorded so far.
1968: The Otis Redding single 'Dock Of The Bay,' went gold in the US three months after the singer was killed in a plane crash.
1970: Crosby, Stills & Nash win the Grammy for Best New Artist, beating out Chicago and Led Zeppelin.
1970: 'Deja Vu,' the first album by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, (and the second by the trio configuration of Crosby, Stills, and Nash), was released. It topped the pop album chart for one week and spawned three Top 40 singles: 'Teach Your Children,' (#16), 'Our House' (#30) and 'Woodstock' (#11). It reached #5 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #148 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1970: The Beatles 'Let it Be' b/w 'You Know My Name (Look Up My Number)' 45 single is released. Written by Paul McCartney, but credited to Lennon–McCartney. In 2004, it was ranked#20 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2010, the magazine placed the song at #8 on The Beatles' 100 Greatest Songs. It was their final single before McCartney announced his departure from the band (by that time, Lennon had already left). Both the 'Let It Be' album and the U.S. single 'The Long and Winding Road' were released after McCartney's announced departure from and subsequent break-up of the group. 'Let It Be" holds the #1 spot on "The Fans' Top 10" poll included in The 100 Best Beatles Songs: An Informed Fan's Guide by Stephen J. Spignesi and Michael Lewis. The song is #3 in the 100 Best Beatles Songs list, only behind 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and 'A Day in the Life,' which is #1.
1970: Blood, Sweat & Tears are nominated for a then-record eleven Grammy Awards (but only win three).
1970: Winners at the 12th annual Grammy awards included Joe South for song of the year with 'Games People Play.' Crosby Stills and Nash won best new artist, and The Fifth Dimension won Record of the year with 'Aquarius / Let The Sun Shine In.' Album of the Year went to producer James William Guercio and Blood, Sweat & Tears for Blood, Sweat & Tears.
1970: Led Zeppelin perform at the Musikhalle in Hamburg, Germany.
1970: Jean-Luc Godard’s 'One Plus One,' starring the Rolling Stones, opens in the U.S. The obtuse film features Godard’s trademark Marxist lecturing interspersed with scenes of the Stones composing 'Sympathy for the Devil.' The producers later recut the footage to include more Mick and redub the movie 'Sympathy for the Devil.' Critics remained baffled.
1971: Jim Morrison of The Doors arrived in Paris booking into The Hotel George's, the following week he moved into an apartment at 17 Rue Beautreillis in Paris. Morrison lived in Paris until his death on July 3, 1971.
1972: Neil Young's 'Harvest' album hits #1 in the US and UK. Backing vocals on 'Heart Of Gold' and 'Old Man' are provided by Linda Ronstadt. The set also contains 'Southern Man.'
1972: Wings' 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish' is listed as #23 in the Melody Maker chart. An article in the same issue reports it has been banned by the BBC as "unsuitable for broadcasting."
1972: Harry Nilsson was at #1 on the singles chart with his version of The Peter Ham and Tom Evans song 'Without You.' It was first recorded by Badfinger in 1970. The song was also a #1 for Mariah Carey in 1994.
1973: Pink Floyd played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada on the North American leg of the Dark Side of the Moon tour.
1974: Deep Purple performed at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia.
1974: Chicago's 'Chicago VII' album is released.
1974: Janis Joplin’s manager Albert Grossman was awarded $112,000 on her life insurance policy after the insurance company argued that Joplin’s overdose death in 1970 was a suicide & not an accident.
1975: Alice Cooper's 8th studio album, 'Welcome to My Nightmare' is released. It was Alice Cooper's first solo album and his only album for the Atlantic Records label.
1975: Mick Jagger stops by Record Plant studios in Los Angeles, and ends up getting involved in a jam session with Wings and Ron Wood.
1975: 10cc's 3rd album,'The Original Soundtrack' was released. It featured the world wide, multi million selling single 'I'm Not in Love' notable for its innovative and distinctive backing track, composed mostly of the band's multitracked vocals. The song was the band's breakthrough hit worldwide, reaching #1 in Ireland and Canada and #2 in the U.S., as well as reaching the top 10 in Australia, New Zealand and several European countries. The album was the first to be released by Mercury Records after signing the band for $1 million in February 1975. The catalyst for the deal was the fact the record executives had heard one song – 'I'm Not in Love'. Eric Stewart recalled: "At that point in time we were still on Jonathan King's label, but struggling. We were absolutely skint, the lot of us, we were really struggling seriously, and Philips Phonogram wanted to do a deal with us. They wanted to buy Jonathan King's contract. I rang them. I said come and have a listen to what we've done, come and have a listen to this track. And they came up and they freaked, and they said, "This is a masterpiece. How much money, what do you want? What sort of a contract do you want? We'll do anything, we'll sign it." On the strength of that one song, we did a five-year deal with them for five albums and they paid us a serious amount of money."
1976: The Who appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1976: David Bowie performed at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1977: T. Rex released their 12th and final studio album, 'Dandy in the Underworld.'
1977: The Clash appeared at The Roxy Club in London, supported by The Slits, the first all-female punk group who were making their live debut.
1978: The Talking Heads land on the U.S. singles chart for the first time-but just barely. 'Psycho Killer' reaches #92.
1978: Van Halen's self-titled debut is released this week in 1978.
1978: Meat Loaf’s 'Bat Out Of Hell' album began a 416-week run on the UK chart.
1979: Roxy Music played at the Olympia in Paris.
1981: Rush played at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1983: Blue Oyster Cult performed at the Holiday Star Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana.
1983: Styx launch their 'Kilroy Was Here' tour at the Fox Theater in San Diego. It ends Oct. 23rd after 59 shows. On this tour there was a theatrical stage built around the album in which band members had roles & dialogue in addition to playing the music.
1983: Quiet Riot​'s 3rd studio album, 'Metal Health' is released. It is the first Heavy Metal album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
1983: Helix release their 3rd studio album, 'No Rest for the Wicked.' The song 'Heavy Metal Love' peaked at #23 on the Mainstream Rock Chart.
1985: Eric Clapton's 'Behind the Sun' album is released.
1986: Aerosmith appeared at the Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1989: Cheap Trick's Robin Zander & Heart's Ann Wilson peak at #6 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'Surrender To Me' from the 'Tequila Sunsrise' movie soundtrack.
1989: Guns N' Roses 'Paradise City' peaks at #5 on Billboard's Hot 100. It spends 17 weeks on the chart. ‬It was their 3rd top 10 single in the U.S.
1989: Billboard's Hot 100 includes Living Colour’s 'Cult Of Personality' at #77 (debut), Cinderella’s 'The Last Mile' at #49, Def Leppard’s 'Rocket' at #46, Van Halen’s 'Feel So Goo' at # 36, Robin Zander & Ann Wilson’s 'Surrender To Me' at #6 (peak) and Guns N' Roses’ 'Paradise City' at #5. ‬
1989: 38 Special's biggest hit, 'Second Chance' enters the Billboard charts where it will reach #6 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.
1991: Pearl Jam begin recording their debut album, 'Ten,' at London Bridge Studios in Seattle.
1991: Helloween release their 4th studio album, 'Pink Bubbles Go Ape.' It marked the departure of guitarist Kai Hansen, with Roland Grapow replacing him.
1992: The Grateful Dead performed at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1993: Oasis recorded their first demos at The Real People’s studio in Liverpool. The set included 'Rock ‘n’ Roll Star,' 'Columbia,' and 'Fade Away.'
1993: Eric Clapton hit #1 in the U.S. with his 'Unplugged' album that had been in the Top 10 for six months. The additional attention created by his six Grammys at the annual awards ceremony pushed sales of his 'live' album even higher. 'Unplugged' beat out 'Achtung Baby,' 'The Beauty And The Beast' soundtrack and albums by Annie Lennox and kd lang for album of the year.
1995: Van Halen kicked off their 131-date ‘Balance World Tour’, at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, Florida. Dubbed the "Ambulance" Tour by Eddie Van Halen due to his hip surgery, and his brother, drummer Alex Van Halen wearing a neck brace for most of the tour.
1996: Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr turn down a $225 million offer to do a reunion tour.
1996: Annihilator released their 5th studio album, 'Refresh the Demon.' The re-release included a cover of the AC/DC song 'Riff Raff.'
1997: Paul McCartney is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, becoming Sir Paul McCartney. Sir Paul told reporters: "Proud to be British, wonderful day and it's a long way from a little terrace in Liverpool."
2000: KISS open its Farewell Tour at the Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ. It lasts 142 shows.
2001: Slash makes a guest appearance on Rod Stewart's cover of Prince's 'Peach.'
2001: Aerosmith are certified by the Recording Industry Association Of America as the tenth highest act in music history, with total sales of 59.5 million units.
2001: Billboard.com reports that Led Zeppelin's self-titled four-disc box set has now sold over 10 million copies in the United States, earning it a diamond certification.
2003: The band 311 designates 3/11 as their own personal holiday. They play their first "311 Day" concert at the State Palace Theatre in New Orleans, starting a tradition of playing special gatherings on March 11.
2004: Stone Sour/Slipknot singer Corey Taylor marries his fiancee, Scarlett, in Des Moines, Iowa, in front of a small gathering of friends and family. The couple has a son named Griffin who was born in 2002.
2005: The front door of Ozzy Osbourne's childhood home in Birmingham went up for sale because the current owner was fed up with fans defacing it. Ali Mubarrat, who now owned the house in Lodge Road, Aston, said over the years it had become a pilgrimage destination. He was now auctioning the door on eBay and giving the money to charity.
2007: The first official listening party for Nine Inch Nails' 'Year Zero' album is held in Salt Lake City. More than a dozen parties are held around the U.S.
2007: Heaven & Hell begin world tour in Vancouver, Canada.
2008: Kid Rock does a meet-and-greet at a Waffle House restaurant outside of Atlanta to raise money for the Nicholas House, a local homeless shelter. Rock faces misdemeanor charges resulting from an altercation months earlier at another Waffle House restaurant in Atlanta.
2009: Iron Maiden's tour manager criticised people who were arrested for trying to gatecrash a concert in Bogota. Colombian police arrested more than 100 people after stones were thrown hours before the group were due to perform. In a statement posted on the band's website, Rod Smallwood said: "We abhor the inane behaviour of a small minority of people outside." Riot police fired tear gas canisters at those who tried to enter the concert without tickets.
2009: U2's 'No Line On The Horizon' makes its debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 after selling 484,000 copies during its first week of release. It's the group's 7th #1 album.
2010: Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck singles out Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA" as a perfect example of the progressive politics he says are destroying the country. On his radio show Beck reads the lyrics to the '84 hit about the down and out experiences of a Vietnam era vet concluding that it's time to "wake up out of the propaganda."
2010: Kings Of Leon's Tap Tap Revenge game- Kings Of Leon Revenge-is available for iPhone and iPod Touch. The game features 10 songs including 'Use Somebody' and 'Sex On Fire.'
2011: Former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Andrews (Paul Di'Anno) is jailed after being convicted of fraud. Having claimed that he suffered severe nerve damage to his back that prevented him from working, he was spotted in an 2006 YouTube video jumping around on stage.
2011: All That Remains play a Tokyo show before 150 people. The small turn out is due to a massively destructive earthquake and tsunami earlier in the day. The quake interferes with train schedules which results in the small turn out. "The people that came to the show were really, really, really happy that we played for them," says frontman Phil Labonte. "They expected the show to be canceled and were glad it wasn't."
2012: Aerosmith is featured on 60 Minutes.
2012: The anti-gay group Westboro Baptist Church protests a Kansas City Radiohead show. Picketers slam the British rockers with homophobic slurs. The Westboro website states that "(Radiohead are) freak monkey's [sic] with mediocre tunes keeps you busy and focused by lightness. It changes nothing, God is undoing and digging up and throwing down this nation." Happy thoughts to you too.
2013: Bob Dylan becomes the first Rock star to be voted an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
2014: Bon Jovi tops Billboard's list of annual earnings, bringing in an estimated total of $29.4 million in 2013. The band has topped the chart for three of the previous six years.
2015: Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson is hospitalized after being stabbed in the head during a knife fight with his brother Andrew outside of the guitarist's Clive, IA home. Both are intoxicated but suffer non-life threatening wounds. The siblings are charged with assault.
2015: Jimmy Greenspoon dies of cancer in Maryland at 67. Greenspoon was the keyboardist in Three Dog Night, and also performed and recorded with the likes of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Linda Ronstadt and Jimi Hendrix, among others. Additionally, he composed original music for films, including 'Field of Dreams,' 'United 93,' 'Die Hard' and 'Predator.'
2016: Killswitch Engage released the album 'Incarnate.'
2016: Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 71. Suffering from heart disease and depression associated with alcohol, Emerson allegedly was worried about playing poorly due to nerve damage in one of his hands. Beginning with The Nice and then with ELP and his solo work, Emerson has been described as “perhaps the greatest, most technically accomplished keyboardist in rock history.” Known for extreme on-stage theatrics, Emerson could play his keyboard upside down, while using knives to wedge down the keys.

March 12
1953: Popular WDIA disc jockey Rufus Thomas signs with an upstart Memphis label called Sun Records in order to release a song called 'Bear Cat,' an answer record to Big Mama Thornton's hit 'Hound Dog.'
1957: Buddy Holly And The Crickets record 'Maybe Baby,' which would be released the following year and climb to #17 in the US and #4 in the UK.
1959: An American Bandstand viewer's pole lists 15 year old Fabian Forte as the Most Promising New Talent. The young man is currently enjoying success with 'Turn Me Loose,' which will crack the U.S. Top 10 in April.
1961: Elvis Presley records his 'Something For Everybody' album in 12 hours. The records are getting the same "rush job" as his films.
1963: John Lennon misses the first of three shows at the Granada Cinema in Bedford due to a severe cold. The Beatles perform as a trio.
1965: In the Bahamas, The Beatles wrap up filming on their second movie, 'Help!.' Ringo Starr recalled, “A hell of a lot of pot was being smoked while we were making the film. It was great. That helped make it a lot of fun.”
1965: Singer James Darren guest stars on the 'Surfin' Fred' episode (the 5th season finale) of ABC-TV's 'The Flintstones,' playing a singer named, naturally, James Darrock.
1966: The first album by Love is released in the US.
1966: The Who at Birdcage Club in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
1966: The theme song to the TV series 'Batman' reaches its chart peak of #17.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Gyro Club in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, England.
1967: The Velvet Underground release their debut album 'The Velvet Underground And Nico.' It reached #171 at the time of release. It ranked #13 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time as well as being added to the 2006 National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress.
1968: Pink Floyd were at EMI Studios in London recording the single 'It Would Be So Nice.'
1968: The Rolling Stones started recording their next single ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ with new producer Jimmy Miller at Olympic studios in London. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards' country house, where they were awakened one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded, "Oh, that's Jack - that's jumpin' Jack."
1969: Paul McCartney married photographer Linda Eastman in a small civil ceremony at the Marylebone Registry Office, in the City of Westminster in central London. Contrary to the popular rumor of the day, she was not related to the Eastmans of Eastman-Kodak fame. Paul's brother, Mike, served as the best man, but none of the other Beatles were in attendance. They then held a reception lunch at The Ritz Hotel, Paul then went to Abbey Road studios in the evening to work.
1969: George Harrison and his wife Pattie wanted to attend Paul’s wedding but were arrested for possession of marijuana (specifically, cannabis resin) at their house in Esher, Surrey, England. Sergeant Pilcher, the man behind the raid, was convicted of planting drugs in other cases and went to jail in 1972. He was well-known for singling out and busting rock stars.
1969: Simon & Garfunkel win Record of the Year for 'Mrs. Robinson. at the Grammy Awards.
1970: Led Zeppelin played at Rheinhalle in Dusseldorf, Germany.
1971: Mick Jagger marries Bianca Perez Morena de Macias.
1971: John Lennon releases his solo single 'Power to the People,' having recorded it a mere four days before.
1971: Jethro Tull release their 'Aqualung' album.
1971: The Allman Brothers record 'Live At The Fillmore East' on the first of two nights at the Fillmore East in New York. Both shows were recorded and released as The Allman Brothers live double album, which became the groups breakthrough album.
1971: Paul McCartney wins his lawsuit to dissolve The Beatles and turn their affairs over to a receiver and not Allen Klein, who is managing the other members.
1972: King Crimson appeared at Summit Studios in Denver, Colorado.
1973: The Eagles appeared at Oxford Polytechnic during a UK tour, JD Souther was the support act.
1974: John Lennon made the headlines after an incident at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Out on a drinking binge with Harry Nilsson, Lennon hurled insults at the performing Smothers Brothers and punched their manager before being forcibly removed. Nilsson says, “It ruined my reputation for 10 years. Get one Beatle drunk and look what happens.” It wasn’t the first time, however, that Lennon had been ejected from the Troubadour. A month earlier, an inebriated Lennon, at the club to see soul singer Ann Peebles, somehow ended up with a sanitary napkin attached to his forehead. “Do you know who I am?” Lennon said, when a waitress questioned why he wasn’t leaving a tip on the way out. “Yes,” the waitress reportedly shot back. “You’re some —hole with a Kotex on your head.”
1975: Led Zeppelin played at the Long Beach Civic Arena in Long Beach, California.
1975: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson marries his longtime girlfriend Charlene.
1976: David Bowie performed at the Scope in Norfolk, Virginia.
1977: The Sex Pistols were involved in a fight at London's Speakeasy Club with Bob Harris, presenter of BBC 2's The Old Grey Whistle Test resulting in one of the show's engineers needing 14 stitches in his head. Two days later Harris's solicitors contact Derek Green at A&M the bands record label. Harris's management also managed Peter Frampton, one of the label's top acts at A&M. Green discussed the matter with the company's two founders, Jerry Moss and Herb Alpert and the decision is made to cancel the Pistols contract and halt production of the bands first single, 'God Save The Queen'.
1977: Steve Miller Band peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with the title track off of 'Fly Like an Eagle,' which was their 3rd top 10 single in the U.S.
1978: Bob Dylan appears at Festival Hall in Brisbane, Australia.
1979: Roxy Music headlines at Musensaal in Mannheim, Germany.
1980: Billy Joel released his 7th studio album, 'Glass Houses.' It topped the Billboard 200 Chart for 6 weeks and was ranked #4 on Billboard's 1980 year-end album chart. It features Joel's first song to peak at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100, 'It's Still Rock and Roll to Me.' In 1981, Joel won a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for his work on 'Glass Houses.'
1980: Peter Gabriel played at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1981: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Boston Garden.
1981: The Rolling Stones release 'Sucking In The Seventies.'
1982: Diamond Head released their 2nd studio album, 'Borrowed Time.' It peaks at #24 on UK album charts.
1983: U2's 'War' album enters the U.K. album chart at #1. It went on to spend a total of 147 weeks on the chart.
1984: Marillion release their 2nd studio album, 'Fugazi.' It reached #5 on the UK album charts during its 20 week stay. It includes the UK Top 40 singles 'Punch And Judy,' that peaked at #29, and 'Assassing,' which peaked at #22.
1987: Guns N' Roses record 'Welcome To The Jungle.' The song becomes their second single (following 'It's So Easy'). A top 10 hit (#7) the song is later named "the greatest Hard Rock song of all time by VH1."
1988: David Lee Roth's 'Just Like Paradise' peaks at #6 on Billboard's Hot 100. It was his 2nd and final Top 10 as a solo artist. Def Leppard’s 'Hysteria' was at #14, Eric Carmen’s 'Hungry Eyes' at #20, Foreigner’s 'Say You Will' at #29, Aerosmith’s 'Angel' at #30 and The Bangles’ 'Hazy Shades Of Winter' at #52. ‬
1990: Nirvana and Tad performed at the Town Pump in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
1990: Motley Crue released their 12th single, 'Without You.' In April, it peaks at #8 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1991: Bulletboys release their 2nd album, 'Freakshow.' In April, it peaks at #69 on Billboard's 200 Album Chart. Their cover of Tom Waits 'Hang on St. Christopher' peaked at #22 on the Mainstream Rock Chart.
1991: Judas Priest 'A Touch Of Evil' b/w /Between the Hammer & the Anvil' single was released.
1992: Red Hot Chili Peppers perform 'Under The Bridge' on the BBC's Top Of The Pops.
1993: Oasis played at the Le Bateau in Liverpool, England in front of 20 people.
1995: The Spin Doctors played a gig at singer Chris Barron's old School in Princeton and raised $10,000 towards a trip to France and the UK for the school choir.
1996: The 'KISS Unplugged' album is released.
1998: Tankard released the album 'Disco Destroyer.'
1998: Attorneys for Korn send a cease-and-desist demand to a Michigan high school assistant principal who suspended a student for wearing a Korn T-shirt and said in an interview that Korn’s music is “indecent, vulgar, obscene and intends to be insulting.” In retribution, a local radio station gave away hundreds of free Korn T-shirts, which were donated by the band, outside the school. Ottawa County policemen helped hand out the shirts.
2002: John "Speedy" Keene of Thunderclap Newman dies at age 56.
2003: The Chinese Ministry of Culture bans four Rolling Stones' songs prior to the group's first tour of the mainland. The songs, banned for sexual references and/or inter-racial coupling, are 'Brown Sugar,' 'Honky Tonk Women,' 'Beast Of Burden' and 'Let's Spend The Night Together.'
2003: Elvis Costello filled in for David Letterman as host of The Late Show after Letterman fell ill.
2006: Former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour went to #1 on the UK album chart with his 3rd solo album 'On An Island.'
2007: Work on Metallica's 'Death Magnetic' album begins. "We're pretty f**kin' psyched about it and pretty f**kin' psyched to be sharing this experience with (producer) Rick (Rubin)," reads the group's online post.
2007: Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland and guitarist Slash present Van Halen's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Velvet Revolver perform rather than Van Halen. Frontman David Lee Roth won't share the stage with his replacement, Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony was booted after a quarter century with the band. The only inductees from the band to attend the ceremony are former members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony. Velvet Revolver plays 'Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love' and Anthony and Hagar perform 'Why Can’t This Be Love' with David Letterman and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band leader Paul Shaffer.
2007: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder inducts R.E.M. into the Hall of Fame, while Rage Against The Machine's Zack de la Rocha handles the honors for Patti Smith. Vedder joins R.E.M. for a rendition of the group's 'Man On The Moon.' The show closes with an all-star jam (Hagar, R.E.M., Vedder and the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards) on other new inductee Patti Smith's 'People Have The Power.'
2007: 'Far Cry,' the first single from Rush's 'Snakes And Arrows' album, hits radio.
2007: Disappointed with his share of the profits from a cell phone commercial that was authorized to use the group's famous 1968 hit 'The Weight,' The Band's Levon Helm sues Cingular, the commercial's creator.
2007: Matchbook Romance announce on MySpace that they are taking an "indefinite hiatus," which lasts until 2015.
2008: 'American Idol' does an all-Beatles episode, somehow securing the rights to the songs after 7 years of negotiations. Over 31 million viewers tuned in to the show. The following day, the top five Google searches were also Beatle related.
2008: 'Halloween,' the Rob Zombie-directed remake of the horror classic, wins Best Film in the 6th annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards voting. The trophy is presented at the WonderFest toy collectors' expo in Louisville, KY.
2009: Bob Dylan mingled unnoticed among 14 other tourists at John Lennon's childhood home in Liverpool. The Folk legend strolled around the place where the late former Beatle grew up with his aunt Mimi and uncle George and later said that he was "enthralled" to see the bedroom where Lennon wrote some of his earliest songs.
2010: Over 130 people were arrested and eight people were hospitalised as fans tried to gatecrash a Metallica show in Colombia. 1,500 police and four tanks were brought in to manage the crowds as property was vandalized and destroyed, as thousands of ticketless fans rioted during Metallica’s first Colombian concert in eleven years.
2010: The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh celebrates his 70th birthday (which is three days later) with a jam-session at the Bill Graham Civic Arena in San Francisco. Bandmate Bob Weir and the Black Crowes' Chris Robinson take part in the festivities.
2011: Foo Fighters’ 'Rope' begins a twenty-week run at #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart.
2012: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has harsh words for 'posers' in the music industry. During a SXSW interview, Corgan claims up-and-coming musicians "have grown up thinking that being famous is the goal, not to be respected-not to be dangerous. I was part of a generation that changed the world, and it was taken over by posers."
2012: Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack dies at his home in Dubois, WY after a battle with cancer. Hossack was 65. He had been battling cancer for some time and succumbed to complications of the disease with his family at his side. Hossack was a member of the Doobie Brothers between 1971 and 1973, playing on several of the band’s best-known hits, including ‘Listen to the Music’ and ‘China Grove.' He left the band in 1973, but returned in 1987 to record the albums 'Cycles,' 'Brotherhood' and 2010's 'World Gone Crazy.'
2013: Bob Dylan was voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, marking the first time a rock musician had been chosen for the elite honor society. Officials in the Academy, which recognizes music, literature and visual art, were unable to decide if Dylan belonged for his words or his music and instead inducted him as an honorary member
2013: David Bowie's first album in 10 years, 'The Next Day,' is released. It's also Bowie's 25th solo studio effort.
2013: Eric Clapton releases his 21st studio album 'Old Sock.' It is essentially a covers set.
2013: Bon Jovi's 12th album 'What About Now?' is released. The lead single 'Because We Can' serves as the title of the group's fifteenth major tour.
2013: Iron Maiden announces Trooper, a premium British beer. "I'm a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer," says frontman Bruce Dickenson of the handcrafted brew.
2013: Original Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr dies from health complications due to Multiple Sclerosis at age 56. Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson considered Burr to be “...the best drummer the band ever had. That’s not taking anything away from [present drummer] Nicko. It’s just that Clive had this incredible feel, and you can’t learn that, and I regret that he wasn’t given more time to try and sort himself out.” Burr played on four Maiden records, including their breakout in the U.S., 'The Number of the Beast.'
2014: KISS bassist Gene Simmons guest stars as himself in an episode of the CBS series, 'CSI (Crime Scene Investigation).'
2016: Iron Maiden's personal Boeing 747 was badly damaged after colliding with a tow truck while grounded at Santiago, Chile. The band's crew and their twenty tons of equipment were not onboard at the time of the crash, but two ground crew workers were injured.

March 13
1956: Elvis Presley's first album is released by RCA. The self-titled disc would sell over a million copies and become The King's first Gold record.
1958: The Quarry Men, with both John Lennon and Paul McCartney playing guitar, perform at the Morgue Skiffle Cellar in Oakhill Park.
1958: The Recording Industry Association of America introduced its awards for record sales, (RIAA). The Beatles hold the record for being awarded the most with 76 platinum certifications.
1961: Ricky Nelson records 'Travelin' Man,' which would go on to become his second and final U.S. #1 hit as well as reaching #2 in the UK.
1964: Billboard reported that sales of Beatles singles currently accounted for 60 percent of the US singles market and The Beatles album Meet the Beatles had reached a record 3.5 million copies sold.
1965: Beatles begin filming Australian sequences of film 'Help!'.
1965: The Beatles topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the 7th time with 'Eight Days A Week.' Paul McCartney would later say the name of the song came from a chauffeur who drove him one day. "I said, 'How've you been?'. 'Oh working hard,' he said, 'Working eight days a week.'"
1965: Eric Clapton leaves Yardbirds, considering the group to have become "too commercial." Clapton wanted to continue in a blues type vein, while the rest of the band preferred the more commercial style of their first hit, ‘For Your Love.'
1965: Tailor and Cutter magazine publicly requests that the Rolling Stones wear ties. The Stones dismiss the suggestion continuing to flout their open collars.
1965: 'Do You Wanna Dance,' The Beach Boys' cover of Bobby Freeman's 1958 #5 hit 'Do You Want To Dance' enters the Billboard Top 40 on its way to #12. It would prove to be the highest charting Beach Boys song to feature drummer Dennis Wilson on lead vocals, although it was actually Hal Blaine who played drums on the recording. Among the other studio musicians on the track were Leon Russell on organ and future Bread member Larry Knechtel on bass.
1965: The Rolling Stones 'The Last Time' b/w 'Play with Fire' 45 single is released. This was The Rolling Stones' first British single written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. It reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1965: The Kinks release 'Tired of Waiting for You.'
1966: Rod Stewart leaves Steampacket to go solo.
1966: Pink Floyd, billed as Pink Floyd Sound with AMM. A Spontaneous Underground Event, perform at The Marquee, on Wardour Street in London. Although the fourth “Spontaneous Event,” it was the first to feature the Floyd, and they became a regular fixture thereafter.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, six members of Sounds, Inc. recorded the horn parts for The Beatles song 'Good Morning Good Morning' (three saxophones, two trombones, and one french horn).
1967: The original incarnation of The Byrds release their last Top 40 single. Their cover Bob Dylan's 'My Back Pages' only gets to #30 on the Billboard 100.
1967: The Beatles' 'Penny Lane' is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1968: The Byrds' 'Greatest Hits' is certified gold.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival kicked off a three night stint at the Fillmore West with Jethro Tull.
1970: Police fear a Beatles connection when a terrorist organization calling itself Revolutionary Force 9 takes credit for three bombings in New York.
1970: Tyrannosaurus Rex 4th album, 'A Beard of Stars' is released. The band comprised of Marc Bolan (vocals, guitar, organ, bass) and the first with new partner Mickey Finn (percussion). It is notable for the beginning of Bolan using electric instruments on the T.Rex albums.
1971: The Rolling Stones appeared live at Leeds University in England.
1971: Brewer and Shipley entered the US singles chart with 'One Toke Over The Line.' The song, which featured The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia on steel guitar, peaked at #10 despite being banned by radio stations for its drug references. Brewer and Shipley maintained that the word "toke" meant "token" as in ticket, hence the line "waitin' downtown at the railway station, one toke over the line."
1971: Allman Brothers Band play their final night of a three-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York. The recordings from these shows were used for the iconic 'At Fillmore East' album.
1971: Creedence Clearwater Revival peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain?,' which was their 10th top 10 single in the U.S.
1972: The Eagles begin recording their self-titled debut album in London.
1974: The Doobie Brothers 'Another Park, Another Sunday' b/w 'Black Water' 45 single is released. Written by Tom Johnston - from the LP, 'What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits.' It reached #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 'Another Park, Another Sunday' was chosen to be the album's first single. "It's about losing a girl," stated Johnston. "I wrote the chords and played it on acoustic, and then Ted [Templeman] had some ideas for it, like running the guitars through Leslie speakers."
1976: Foghat's 'Slow Ride' peaks at #20 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1976: The Four Seasons started a three week run at #1 on the singles chart with ‘December 1963, (Oh What A Night)’, the group’s 5th #1. It was also their only UK #1. Since 1962, the group had placed 31 songs in Billboard's Top 40.
1976: Nazareth peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of 'Love Hurts,' which was their first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1976: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes The Who’s 'Squeeze Box'at #61, Styx’s 'Lorelei' at #50, Peter Frampton’s 'Show Me The Way' at #37, Sweet’s 'Action' at #30, Queen’s 'Bohemian Rhapsody' at #22, Foghat’s 'Slow Ride' at #20, Aerosmith’s 'Dream On' at #16 and Nazareth’s 'Love Hurts' at #8 (peak). ‬
1977: Iggy Pop and David Bowie kicked off a North American tour at Le Plateau Theatre in Montreal, Canada with Blondie as the opening act.
1978: Van Halen embark on their first tour.
1980: Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' goes Platinum a few weeks into its fifteen week stay at number one on the Billboard chart. The two-record set is mostly the brainchild of bassist Roger Waters, who emerges as the group's creative leader.
1981: Slade released their 9th studio album, 'We'll Bring The House Down.'
1981: John Lennon b/w Yoko Ono 'Watching The Wheels' b/w 'Yes, I'm Your Angel' 45 single is released. It was released posthumously in after John's murder. It was the 3rd and final single released from Lennon and Yoko Ono's 'Double Fantasy' album, and reached #10 in the U.S and #30 in the UK.
1982: Diamond Head released the album 'Borrowed Time.'
1983: Sammy Hagar played to a crowd of 17,000 at he Checkerdome in St. Louis for a concert that was broadcast live over radio stations across the U.S. and was also shown on MTV. The broadcast helped break Sammy out nationwide, as it was many's first exposure to the Red Rocker. St. Louis was an early and total supporter of Hagar.
1984: The Cars release the Mutt Lange produced 'Heartbeat City' album. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #25 on the UK Albums chart. The band's 5th studio album includes five American Top 40 singles, two of which ('Drive' and 'You Might Think') were Top 10 as well, reaching #3 and #7, respectively. A number of songs from the album gained significant radio and TV exposure, notably 'You Might Think,' which had a memorable music video in heavy rotation on MTV in 1984 and 1985. Another hit single frequently seen on MTV was 'Magic,' in which singer/songwriter Ric Ocasek walked on water—that is, the water in a swimming pool at a backyard barbecue party. This song reached #12 in the U.S.
1985: Bob Geldof and Midge Ure received the Best Selling A Side award at the 30th Ivor Novello Awards for 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'.
1987: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1987: Bryan Adams releases 'Heat Of The Night.' It is believed to be the first commercially available cassette single in the U.S.
1988: David Lee Roth reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Just Like Paradise.'
1992: Bad Religion release their sixth full-length studio album 'Generator.' This is the band's debut album with drummer Bobby Schayer, who remained in the band until 2000's 'The New America.'
1993: Eric Clapton started a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Unplugged.'
1993: Van Halen simultaneously debuts and peaks at #5 on Billboard's 200 album chart with 'Live: Right Here, Right Now,' which went on to sell two million copies. Sammy Hagar revealed in his 2011 autobiography 'Red' that the entire album was re-recorded in the studio.
1996: Ramones fans rioted in Buenos Aires after they found out that they had waited all night to buy tickets for a concert that was already sold out.
1999: Hole pulls out of their U.S. tour with Marilyn Manson.
2003: The surviving members of MC5 performed at the 100 Club in London with special guests which included Ian Astbury of The Cult & Lemmy of Motorhead.
2004: Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott and bassist Rick Savage play an acoustic set in their hometown of Sheffield, England, to benefit a local charity that helps parents who have sick children.
2004: Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament finishes a six-day ascent to the summit of Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak. It's part of the Climb for the Children 2004 initiative, which raises funds for the Save the Children youth-assistance organization.
2006: The Sex Pistols refused to attend their own induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City. Blondie, Herb Alpert, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Black Sabbath were all inducted but the Pistols posted a handwritten note on their website, calling the institution "urine in wine", adding "We're not your monkeys, we're not coming. You're not paying attention". Sabbath is introduced by Metallica frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, who say, "Sabbath is and always will be synonymous with Heavy Metal." Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne calls the honor "an achievement I'm really proud about." Metallica performs 'Hole in the Sky' and 'Iron Man' at the ceremony. Tony Iommi almost wasn't able to take his award back to England because airport security said it could have been used as a weapon. Kid Rock inducts Skynyrd then performs with the band. The night also has Deborah Harry refusing to let former members of Blondie perform with the present line-up. The event takes place at New York's Waldorf-Astoria.
2006: The Kinks came out the top earners for music used in TV adverts in the US, earning them £6m a year. The sixties group were enjoying a resurgence with their music being used to sell washing powder, computers and medicines. Led Zeppelin came in second place with £4m and The Rolling Stones third with £2.3m.
2007: Type O Negative released their final album 'Dead Again.'
2007: 'Live At Massey Hall,' an album documenting Neil Young's 1971 solo concert in Toronto, is released.
2007: A Guns 'N' Roses track from the long delayed 'Chinese Democracy' album, gets posted then picked up by Rock radio. According the band, the song is an unfinished, unauthorized demo. The track 'Better' was leaked from an 'experimental edit' for a Harley-Davidson commercial.
2007: Black Sabbath release the single 'The Devil Cried.' It is one of three new tracks on the 'Black Sabbath: The Dio Years'‬ album.
2008: South By Southwest features a rare performance from R.E.M.
2009: System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan buys a copy of Action Comics No. 1, the first comic book to feature the Superman character, for $317,200 at an Internet auction. Dolmayan, a longtime collector, also operates an online comic selling business. "This is one of the premier books you could collect," says Dolmayan. "It's considered the Holy Grail of comic books." He purchases the rare 1938 magazine representing an unidentified client.
2009: Alice Cooper reunites with the other surviving founding members of his namesake group (Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith-guitarist Glen Buxton passed away in 1997) on the opening day of Monster-Mania Con 12, a horror-film convention, in Cherry Hill, NJ. They don't perform but they do sign autographs.
2010: A Guns N' Roses VIP party in Sao Paulo, Brazil, turns nasty when the group doesn't show for a performance. As event organizers break the news, patrons begin fighting and destroying the club. "The audience got angry and started to mount the stage, and fight and destroy everything," an eyewitness tells the New York Post. It may have been the best GN'R no show ever.
2012: Adrenaline Mob released their debut full-length album, 'Omertá.'
2012: A fight breaks out during a Van Halen concert in Manchester, NH. Frontman David Lee Roth halts the band's rendition of Roy Orbison's "(Oh) Pretty Woman." "What do you think this is, a f-ing mosh pit?, Roth shouts at the fighters. "You've got all the best looking women on the f-ing east coast here and all you can f-ing think of is f-ing fighting?" As security sorts out the mess, Roth instructs the band to "start it back at the top...let's do the whole thing over again."
2013: Jimi Hendrix scored his highest chart debut since 1969 when his new studio album, 'People, Hell & Angels,' consisting of unreleased tracks recorded with a variety of musicians between 1968 and 1970, sold 72,000 copies in the US on the week of release and made its debut at #2 on the charts. It's the guitarist's highest-charting album since "Electric Ladyland" went to #1 in 1968.
2013: Guitarist Joe Bonamassa says he's done with Black Country Communion because there's "too much tension" when the group tours.
2013: Bob Dylan was voted into the century-old American Academy of Arts and Letters.
2014: A Jimi Hendrix stamp makes its debut at the South By SouthWest (SXSW) music festival in Austin. The late guitarist's stamp is part of the United States Postal Service's U.S. Music Icons series.
2014: Four people die and 23 are injured after a drunk driver crashes through barricades at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. The driver is accused of driving drunk and fleeing from police, then intentionally steering into the festival crowd and accelerating. Jamie West, 27, and Steven Craenmehr, 35, were killed at the scene. Sandy Le, 26, and DeAndre “Dre” Tatum, 18, later died at the hospital. The driver was later convicted of four charges of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison.
2016: Nik Green, keyboardist for John Sykes' Blue Murder passes.

March 14:
1955: Popular Country star Jimmy Dean interviews Elvis Presley on Dean's Washington, DC television show 'Town and Country Time.' A nervous Elvis answers every question with "yep" and "nope." Dean later remembered the interview as "Possibly the worst I've ever done," and during his Vegas years Presley himself would apologize for his brevity, saying he was simply scared of the camera.
1959: Elvis Presley led the Billboard Hot 200 chart with 'For LP Fans Only.' It was the first album ever issued without the artist's name to be found anywhere on the cover - front or back.
1963: On a UK tour with Chris Montez and Tommy Roe, The Beatles poerform at the Gaumont Cinema in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. For the third night in a row, John Lennon is suffering from a bad cold and was unable to perform.
1964: Billboard reports that Beatle records currently account for 60 per cent of U.S. record sales.
1964: The Beatles' 'Twist And Shout' enters the charts
1966: The Who's 'Substitute' b/w The Who Orchestra: 'Waltz For A Pig' 45 single is released in the UK. It reached #5 the UK, and was later included on the compilation album 'Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy' in 1971. It became a UK top ten hit again when re-issued in 1976, reaching #7. In 2006, it was listed at #91 in Pitchfork's list of the 200 greatest songs of the 1960's.
1966: 'Eight Miles High,' by the Byrds is released in the U.S. Influenced by Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shanker and Jazz great John Coltrane, the song is banned by several radio stations for allegedly "advocating the use of recreational drugs" (causing it to stall at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100). Considered by many to be the "the first bona fide psychedelic Rock song," it is later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, an honor reserved for "recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance."
1968: The BBC-TV program 'Top Of The Pops' broadcasts The Beatles' new promotional video for 'Lady Madonna,' which, oddly enough, is made up entirely of clips from the band's recording of 'Hey Bulldog.'
1969: Free released their debut album, 'Tons of Sobs.'
1969: Beatles get gold disc for 'Yellow Submarine.'
1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a live concert for Dutch TV show 'Fan Club' in Amsterdam, Holland.
1970: John Lennon's 'Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)' hits #1.
1970: Pink Floyd performed at Meisteringer Halle in Nurnberg, West Germany.
1970: Simon & Garfunkel’s 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' enters the second week of a ten week run atop the US album charts.
1971: Rolling Stones play a farewell concert at the Roundhouse, London, before moving to France to escape UK taxes.
1971: The Grateful Dead played at Camp Randall Field House on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
1972: Carole King and producer Lou Adler win a Grammy for 'It’s Too Late' as Record of the Year, and 'Tapestry' wins a Grammy as Album of the Year. King also took home a statue for Songwriting for 'You’ve Got A Friend,' while Carly Simon wins a Grammy as Best New Artist.
1973: Elton John was at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Crocodile Rock.'
1975: Justin Hayward & John Lodge's album 'Blue Jays' is released. It reached #16 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #4 on the UK Albums chart. It was recorded and released during the Moody Blues' five-year hiatus.
1978: Blondie were at #2 on the UK chart with their version of the Randy & the Rainbows song 'Denis', kept out of the #1 position by Kate Bush's 'Wuthering Heights'.
1981: Eric Clapton was hospitalized with bleeding ulcers causing a U.S. tour to be cancelled. He's forced to cancel the remaining 47 dates on his tour and is out for 7 months as he was back in hospital five weeks later after being involved in a car crash.
1980: Def Leppard release their debut studio album, 'On Through the Night.' The album was produced by Tom Allom. and it reached #51 on the Billboard 200 album charts and #15 on the UK Albums Chart.
1981: Roxy Music were at #1 on the UK singles chart with their cover of the John Lennon song 'Jealous Guy.'
1981: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes has Rush’s 'Limelight' at #83 (debut), AC/DC’s 'Back In Black' at #51, Loverboy’s 'Turn Me Loose' at #44, Hall & Oates’ 'Kiss Is On My List' at #14, and Styx’s 'The Best Of Times' at #4‬.
1981: Iron Maiden release the 'Twilight Zone'/'Wrathchild' single.
1982: Metallica (James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Ron McGovney and Dave Mustaine) made their live debut when they appeared at Radio City in Anaheim, California before an audience of nearly 200. They performed two original songs ('Hit the Lights' and 'Jump in the Fire'), and four Diamond Head covers in the 9 song set. Metallica formed in Los Angeles, California, in late 1981 when Danish-born drummer Lars Ulrich placed an advertisement in a Los Angeles newspaper, The Recycler, which read, "Drummer looking for other metal musicians to jam with Tygers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head and Iron Maiden." Guitarists James Hetfield and Hugh Tanner of Leather Charm answered the advertisement. Setlist:
1. 'Hit the Lights'
2. 'Blitzkrieg' (Blitzkrieg cover)
3. 'Helpless' (Diamond Head cover)
4. 'Jump in the Fire'
5. 'Let it Loose' (Savage cover)
6. 'Sucking My Love' (Diamond Head cover)
7. 'Am I Evil?' (Diamond Head cover)
8. 'The Prince' (Diamond Head cover)
9. 'Killing Time' (Sweet Savage cover)
1983: Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Alec John Such formed Bon Jovi.
1983: Europe release their self-titled debut studio album. The single 'Seven Doors Hotel' was a huge hit in Japan reaching the top 10.
1983: Marillion's 1st album, 'Script for a Jester's Tear' is released in the UK. It reached #7 on the UK album chart during its 31 week stay. The single released before the album was 'Market Square Heroes,' with the double B-sides 'Three Boats Down from the Candy' and the 17 minute epic 'Grendel.' 'He Knows You Know' and 'Garden Party' were also released as singles, and became Top 40 hits in the UK.
1984: Joe Jackson released his 7th studio album 'Body and Soul.' It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, bolstered by the hit single 'You Can't Get What You Want' (Billboard Hot 100 (#15) and Adult Contemporary (#13). In the UK it peaked at #14.
1984: Rainbow played their last ever for 11 years at Tokyo’s Budokan where they were accompanied by a Japanese symphony orchestra which included guitarist Ritchie Blackmore’s adaptation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Blackmore & bassist Roger Glover shortly re-joined Deep Purple for a reunion tour.
1985: Iron Maiden play the first of four sold-out shows at the Long Beach Arena, the first band ever to achieve this. The concerts were recorded for the live album and video 'Live After Death,' which were released the following October.
1986: Voivod release their 2nd album, 'Rrröööaaarrr.' They are credited as one of the "big four" Canadian thrash metal bands, along with Sacrifice, Razor, and Annihilator.
1986: Frank Zappa made a guest appearance on 'Miami Vice' as drug dealer Mario Fuente.
1987: Bruce Springsteen's live box set goes platinum in the U.S.
1987: Huey Lewis & The News hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Jacob's Ladder.' The song was written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother, John Hornsby.
1987. Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Poison’s 'Talk Dirty To Me' at #83 (debut), Crowded House’s 'Don’t Dream It’s Over' at #20, Europe’s 'The Final Countdown' at #17, Georgia Satellites’s 'Keep Your Hands To Yourself' at #16 and Bon Jovi’s 'Livin’ On A Prayer' at #4.‬
1988: The Beatles 'Lady Madonna' b/w 'The Inner Light' 45 picture disc single is released. It was released by EMI Records as part of an official Beatles "It Was 20 Years Ago" Picture Disc Collection. Each single was released precisely twenty years after its original release date; so for example, the 'Love Me Do' picture disc single was re-released in 1982, and so on.
1989: Extreme release their self-titled debut album. The album reached #80 on the Billboard 200 album charts.
1990: Flea and Chad Smith from The Red Hot Chili Peppers were arrested for sexually harassing a woman on Daytona Beach, Florida. They pull a woman’s bathing suit bottom partially off and start slapping her buttocks, and then Flea kneels atop her demanding that she perform oral sex on him. They plead guilty, apologize and were each fined $1,000.
1991: R.E.M. played the first of two nights at London's Borderline Club under the name of 'Bingo Hand Job.'
1991: American songwriter and Blues singer Doc Pomus died from lung cancer aged 65. He is best known as the lyricist of many rock and roll hits written with Mort Shuman including, ‘A Teenager in Love’, ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’, ‘Sweets For My Sweet’, ‘Can't Get Used to Losing You’, ‘Little Sister’, ‘Suspicion’, ‘Surrender’ and ‘Viva Las Vegas.’ His brother is famed New York attorney Raoul Felder. Pomus was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer in 1992 and also the Songwriters Hall of Fame the same year.
1992: Farm Aid V, hosted by Willie Nelson attracts about 40,000 people in Irving, Texas and features performances by Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Paul Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Bonnie Raitt.
1994: Bonnie Raitt's12th album, 'Longing in Their Hearts' is released. It topped the Billboard Top Albums chart, and won two Grammy Awards - Best Engineered Album and Best Pop Vocal Album. The title song was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and 'Love Sneakin' Up On You' was nominated for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
1995: Mad Season released their only studio album, 'Above.' The group includes Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees.
1998: A few weeks after winning a Grammy for Best Country Album, Johnny Cash's record companyand Producer Rick Rubin take out a full page ad in Billboard featuring an old photo of Cash flipping the bird, and the text: "American Recordings and Johnny Cash would like to acknowledge the Nashville music establishment and country radio for your support."
2000: Reports surfaced that drummer Josh Freese had left the revamped version of  Guns N’ Roses to perform with A Perfect Circle. Axl Rose carried on recording 'Chinese Democracy' with the assistance of the mysterious Buckethead, a guitarist known for wearing a fast-food chicken bucket on his head.
2000: 'Reinventing The Steel,' the 9th and final studio album by Pantera, is released.
2000: Poison release their 5th studio album, 'Crack a Smile... and More!'
2001: Peter Blake, who designed The Beatles classic Sgt. Pepper album cover sued the group's record company for more money. Blake was paid $340 for the famous figures in 1967, but was now 'cheesed off' that EMI had never offered to pay more money.
2002: Billy Joel is joined onstage by AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson and bassist Cliff Williams during his Tampa, Florida show (with Elton John) for a version of the AC/DC staple 'Highway To Hell.'
2003: Ozzy Osbourne held a farewell party for bassist Robert Trujillo after their show at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, who left Ozzy’s band for Metallica. At the shindig, Ozzy’s wife, Sharon Osbourne, collapsed from heat exhaustion and was rushed to the hospital.
2004: Thieves steal $325,000 worth of Elvis Presley's jewelry and kitsch from the Elvis-A-Rama Museum in Las Vegas. Among the stolen inventory: a gold-plated handgun, a custom scarf, a bracelet and Presley's Humes High School ring from 1953.
2005: U2, The Pretenders, Buddy Guy, The O’Jays and Percy Sledge were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 20th anniversary, U2 perform 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' to mark their induction into the Hall. Bruce Springsteen does the honors and says "[U2] are the keepers of some of the most beautiful sonic orchestration in Rock and Roll." U2's Bono famously states, "God makes music out of his mistakes. I know, I'm one of them." The Pretenders are inducted by Neil Young, Eric Clapton inducted Buddy Guy, Rod Stewart inducted Percy Sledge and Justin Timberlake inducted The O'Jays.
2005: U2's Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson launch a clothing line called Edun (nude spelled backward). The business utilizes fair-labor factories in South America and Africa. Bono helps with promotion but steers clear of fashion design-for good reason. "I'm the man who brought you the mullet," says the singer.
2006: Sepultura released their 10th studio album. 'Dante XXI.' This was their last album to feature Igor Cavalera on drums.
2006: U2 topped Rolling Stone magazine's annual list of the year's biggest money earners from 2005 with $154.2 million, The Rolling Stones were listed second with $92.5 million and The Eagles third with $63.2 million. Paul McCartney was in fourth place with $56 million and Elton John in fifth with $48.9 million.
2006: The Cars announced they were reforming – but without frontman Ric Ocasek. Singing duties would be handled by Todd Rundgren.
2006: Scott Stapp follows Kid Rock when he initiates a lawsuit in L.A. to block World Wide Red Light District from releasing or promoting a '99 sex tape featuring the two Rockers and four women. The former Creed frontman claims the tapes were stolen and their release has caused emotional distress.
2006: The Rolling Stones play their first-ever show at New York's famed Radio City Music Hall. It's a benefit for the Robin Hood Foundation which distributes funds to nonprofit charities.
2006: 'Flying High Again: The World's Greatest Tribute To Ozzy Osbourne' is released. The 12-track album features Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, Lita Ford, Judas Priest and Whitesnake.
2006: Queensryche's 'Operation: Mindcrime II' is released. It's the sequel to the classic 1988 album, 'Operation: Mindcrime.' This time around Ronnie James Dio plays Dr. X.
2006: Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood, Yes bassist Chris Squire's side project the Syn and Dave Mason perform in Los Angeles at a benefit show with proceeds going to the Guitar Center Music Foundation, a charity that supports music education in public schools.
2006: David Lee Roth contributes vocals to two songs ('Jump' and 'Jamie's Cryin') on 'Strummin' With the Devil,' a bluegrass tribute album to Van Halen.
2006: Black Sabbath release 'Greatest Hits 1970-1978.'
2007: The video for 'Hump de Bump,' from the Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Stadium Arcadium' album, premieres on MTV. Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis asked friend Chris Rock to direct the clip. "Sure, as long as you guys agree to be the only white people in the video," answered the comedian.
2007: The Who's Pete Townshend gives keynote address at the 2007 South X Southwest Music Conference in Austin, TX. During the speech he announces plans to launch a website for The Method project, a computer program that generates personalized music for users. Later, he jams with ex-Faces/Small Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan at the Austin Music Awards.
2007: Gibson Guitar announce a limited-edition replica of Jimmy Page's double-necked electric guitar, based on the 1971 Gibson EDS-1275 that features both a 12-string and a 6-string neck. The Led Zeppelin guitarist's majestic double neck was a fixture of the band's live shows. A run of 25 signed, 'aged' versions of the guitar retail for $33,500. A cheaper edition goes for $10,000 to $12,000.
2008: Stone Temple Pilots announce they are reuniting for one final tour.
2010: Guns N' Roses cancel their show in Rio de Janeiro because the stage collapsed due to heavy rain. The accident results in minor injuries but no fatalities.
2011: Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Leon Russell, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during ceremonies in New York. "We have always been a Hard Rock band, we just wanted to decorate it a little bit differently," says Cooper after performing 'School's Out' with a live boa constrictor around his neck.
2011: Blink-182 singer Mark Hoppus puts several items up for an online auction to aid victims of the major earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.
2011: Ronnie Hammond, the lead singer of The Atlanta Rhythm Section, died of heart failure at the age of 60. He led the band to two Billboard Top Ten hits, 'So Into You' in 1977 and 'Imaginary Lover' in 1978.
2011: Electric blues musician Big Jack Johnson dies at age 70.
2012: Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball' makes its debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. With first week sales of 196,000 units, the album beats out Adele's '21.' Springsteen is tied with Elvis Presley for the 3rd most #1 albums at 10. The Beatles hold the record with 19.
2012: Quiet Riot announce they have a new lead singer, Scott Vokoun. He's the group's 3rd vocalist in a year and a half. Vokoun replaces Mark Huff who was fired. Between Huff and Vokoun, former Montrose vocalist Keith St. John filled in.
2013: Dave Grohl is the keynote speaker at the South By Southwest conference in Austin, TX. Grohl addresses the invited bands and guests at the Austin Convention Center.
2015: Rush receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the Juno Awards. The honor recognizes outstanding Canadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada.
2016: Sony ATV Music Publishing announced that it would buy out Michael Jackson's share of a joint music publishing venture for $750m. The purchase gives Sony the rights to about three million songs, including works by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Taylor Swift, but did not include Jackson's master recordings.
2017: David Bowie is honored with a full set of 10 postage stamps from the Royal Mail (U.K.). The stamps commemorate six Bowie album covers as well as four of his tours.

March 15
1955: Fats Domino records 'Ain't It A Shame' at Master Recorders in Los Angeles.
1955: Colonel (honorary) Tom Parker becomes Elvis Presley's manager. Having already managed several major Country stars, Parker makes Elvis his life's work. The partnership is beneficial to both parties though not always artistically rewarding. Parker had previously managed the 'Great Parker Pony Circus' with one of the acts being a troupe of dancing chickens.
1955: Ray Charles peaked at #2 on the US R&B charts with the Atlantic single 'I Got A Woman', widely considered the first song to be labelled "soul" - a blending of R&B and gospel.
1958: Elvis Presley gives his last live performances at Russwood Park in Memphis, before going into the Army.
1965: Elvis Presley begins filming his 19th movie, 'Harum Scarum,' in Los Angeles.
1967: The first session recording George Harrison's new song ‘Within You Without You’ took place at Abbey Road studios, London. George was the only Beatle to perform on this song, which was still called 'Untitled'. Harrison played the swordmandel and tamboura, Natver Soni played tabla, Amrat Gajjar played dilruba, PD Joshi played swordmandel, and an undocumented musician played a droning tamboura.
1968: The Beatles' 'Lady Madonna' b/w 'Inner Light' 45 single is released in the UK. It was recorded on February 3 & 6, 1968 before the Beatles left for India. It topped the UK Singles chart.
1968: Life Magazine calls Jimi Hendrix "the most spectacular guitarist in the world."
1968: The Byrds play the Grand Ole Opry. The Nashville establishment doesn't think much of a bunch of 'hippie longhairs' playing the Country music institution, even though the band had cut their hair shorter than usual for the show.
1968: The Rolling Stones started daily sessions at Olympic Studios in London to start recording their next album, Beggars Banquet. Working from 7pm to 8am each day without a break, the Stones worked on 'Jumpin’ Jack Flash', 'Child Of The Moon', 'Jigsaw Puzzle' and 'Parachute Woman' as well as the instrumental foundation for a song called 'Did Everybody Paid Their Dues?' (which would later become 'Street Fighting Man').
1969: Janis Joplin was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents.
1969: Tyrannosaurus Rex singer Marc Bolan's first book of poetry 'The Warlock Of Love' was published.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono get caught "standing in the dock at Southampton, trying to get to Holland or France" as passport problems stall their wedding. They would get married 5 days later in Gibraltar, and use their adventure in the lyrics to 'The Ballad Of John And Yoko.'
1969: Cream started a two-week run at #1 on the UK chart with their 4th and final original album 'Goodbye.' The single, 'Badge', (which was written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison) was subsequently released from the album a month later.
1969: Bob Dylan gave a brief phone interview to Jann Wenner that was later published in Rolling Stone.
1969: During a Scandinavian tour Led Zeppelin played two shows in one day. The first was at Teens Club Box 45 in Gladsaxe, Denmark and the second at the Brondby Pop Club in Norregard, Denmark.
1970: Pink Floyd played a concert at Niedersachsenhalle in Hannover, West Germany. Roger Waters announced the closing number 'Atom Heart Mother' as 'Consequently.'
1971: CBS-TV announces it will cancel The Ed Sullivan Show, then the longest-running TV show in history, after 23 years.
1972: Radio station KHJ in Los Angeles is raided at 7 a.m. Police were called by the station's fans who thought there must be something amiss as Robert W. Morgan played Donny Osmond's 'Puppy Love' over and over again from 6 a.m.
1973 The Emerson, Lake & Palmer film Pictures At An Exhibition, taken from a 1970 performance at the Lyceum in London, opens in theaters. The album of the same name is taken from a later performance.
1973: Elton John had the #1 album in the US with 'Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player,' which contained two hit singles, 'Crocodile Rock' and 'Daniel.' According to Philip Norman's 1990s authorized biography, Groucho Marx jokingly pointed his index fingers at Elton, as if holding a pair of six-shooters. John is reported to have put up his hands and said, "Don't shoot me, I'm only the piano player", so naming the album.
1974: The Emerson, Lake and Palmer film, 'Pictures At An Exhibition' premieres in Los Angeles.
1974: Yusuf / Cat Stevens 'Oh Very Young' b/w '100 I Dream' 45 single is released in the UK. 'Oh Very Young' It was released on his 1974 album 'Buddha and the Chocolate Box.' The song, which expresses an older person's wistful appreciation of the idealism of youth and the inevitable disillusionment of maturity, reached #10 in the U.S. charts.
1975: The Doobie Brothers hit #1 on the U.S. singles chart with 'Black Water', the group's first of two U.S. #1's. The song was originally was issued as the "B" side of 'Another Park, Another Sunday.' Four years later, they would duplicate the feat with 'What A Fool Believes.'
1975: Electric Light Orchestra peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Can’t Get It Out of My Head,' which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1975: Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti' hits #1 on the UK charts. It was the first on their own ‘Swan Song’ label, the album spent six weeks at #1 on the chart.
1975: Led Zeppelin sold 30-thousand tickets in just six hours for their shows at London’s Earls Court.
1975: Mickey Finn announced he was leaving T. Rex and Marc Bolan said he would carry on under his own name. Bolan died in a car accident about two years later.
1975: Mick Jagger was in paternity trouble. He reportedly reached a settlement with former lover Marsha Hunt.
1976: KISS release the 4th studio album, 'Destroyer.' The platinum album features the hit ballad 'Beth,' 'Detroit Rock City,' 'Shout It Out Loud,' and 'God of Thunder.' It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's. In 1989, Kerrang Magazine listed the album at #36 among the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time".
1976: At the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, Deep Purple play their last show with their Mark IV lineup, which includes David Coverdale, Ian Paice, Jon Lord and Glenn Hughes, and has been extant since 1968. The group gets back together in 1984 with Paice, Lord, Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore and Roger Glover.
1977: Pink Floyd played the first of six sold-out nights at Empire Pool in Wembley, London, England.
1977: Bad Company’s 4th studio album 'Burnin’ Sky' was certified Gold by the RIAA. It was commercially, Bad Company’s second least successful album in the U.S. with Paul Rodgers singing for them.
1977: Kansas received their first Platinum album for their 4th studio album 'Leftoverture,' which later went on to sell four million copies in the U.S. alone.
1978: American Hot Wax (story of a week in the life of DJ Alan Freed) premieres in New York. It is widely considered one of the best Rock and Roll movies of all time and features appearances and performances by Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
1979: At a party following a Stephen Stills concert, Elvis Costello gets in an argument with Bonnie Bramlett of Delaney and Bonnie, and reportedly refers to Ray Charles as a "blind, ignorant nigger." Costello pleads inebriation, and says he was just trying to outrage her.
1980: Peter Gabriel reached the top 10 on the U.K. Singles Chart for the first time with 'Games Without Frontiers,' which peaked at #4.
1980: The film 'Rude Boy,' starring the Clash, premieres at London’s Prince Charles Cinema. The band members were disenchanted with the movie and it didn’t see release in the U.S. until 2006..
1981: AC/DC release their 25th single, 'Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution.' It hits #15 in the UK.
1982: Asia's self-titled debut album is released. Ex-members of such bands as Yes (guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Geoff Downes), King Crimson (bassist/vocalist John Wetton), and ELP (drummer Carl Palmer) formed the supergroup. The album reached #1 in the U.S. on the Billboard album charts. Asia was certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA on February 10, 1995. The album contains the band's biggest hit and signature song, 'Heat of the Moment,' which reached #4 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1982: The Songwriters Hall Of Fame, formed in 1969, finally lets Bob Dylan in at the 13th annual dinner held at the Hilton Hotel in New York City. After the ceremony Dylan gave a short interview to Jane Hansen, which was broadcast by NBC,-TV in New York City.
1983: Cathy Smith is arrested for second-degree murder for providing the drugs that killed John Belushi.
1984: John Lennon/Yoko Ono 'I'm Stepping Out' b/w 'Sleepness Night' 45 single is released. It's the final single from the final John Lennon and Yoko Ono album 'Milk and Honey.' In it, Lennon celebrates his enthusiasm for the night life of New York City, and makes tongue in cheek reference to his "househusband" period. It reached #88 in the UK Singles chart and #55 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
1986: Starship's 'Sara' hits #1 on the Hot 100. It's the second chart-topper (following 'We Built This City') for the 3rd iteration of the group, which was previously Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.
1988: Mick Jagger opened his first ever solo tour, his first ever performances in Japan and his first full concerts since 1982, with three shows at Osaka's Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan. The show is mostly made up of Rolling Stones songs, including songs not performed for a long time, including 'Bitch,' 'Gimmie Shelter,' 'Ruby Tuesday' and 'Sympathy For The Devil' as well as the Jimi Hendrix song 'Foxy Lady.'
1989: The Rolling Stones signed a $70 million contract to play 50 North American dates. It was the largest contract in rock history.
1993: The 'Coverdale•Page' album by David Coverdale and Jimmy Page was released.
1993: 'Rooster,' a single from Alice In Chains' sophomore album 'Dirt,' was released. Written by guitarist Jerry Cantrell for his father, who went by the nickname 'Rooster' while serving with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, the song peaks at #7 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
1994: Motley Crue released their self-titled album featuring John Corabi on vocals. The album peaked at #7 on the Billboard Charts.
1994: Pantera released the single 'I'm Broken.' The song was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 1995 Grammy Awards.
1994: Sammy Hagar released his compilation album, 'Unboxed.'
1995: Mad Season, a band with Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), John Baker Saunders and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), issue their debut album, 'Above.'
1999: Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame by U2's Bono. Springsteen performed with the E Street Band for the first time in a decade. Producer George Martin, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Del Shannon, Curtis Mayfield, The Staple Singers and Dusty Springfield were also inducted. Neil Young handles McCartney's induction honors.
2000: Mick Jagger was ordered to increase his child support payments to Brazilian model Luciana Morad from $5,500 a month to $10,000. Mick was asked to confirm that he was the father of her child by the court, while Ms Morad was seeking a $10 million settlement. Morad told the court her monthly expenses: $3,500 for a nanny; $2,500–3,000 for food and $3,350 to rent her place on New York’s Upper West Side.
2000: Sir Paul McCartney confirmed that him and former model Heather Mills had become 'an item'. The couple had met after working on the same charity project.
2000: Yngwie Malmsteen's 'Anthology 1994-1999' is released in Japan through Pony Canyon.
2000: Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello guest starred on 'Star Trek: Voyager.'
2001: Pantera's Philip Anselmo is given a release to use his real name in side-project bands.
2002: Liverpool Airport is rechristened Liverpool John Lennon Airport in an official ceremony. Yoko Ono unveiled a seven foot bronze statue of John Lennon overlooking the check-in hall of the airport. The re-branding featured a sketch of Lennon's face with the words 'Above Us Only Skies.'
2002: A rare autographed copy of The Beatles album 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' sold at auction for 34,000 Pounds. (about $59,000).
2002: Marshall Leib of The Teddy Bears died of a heart attack at the age of 63. Leib, along with Carol Connors and Phil Spector, scored a Billboard chart topper in 1958 with 'To Know Him Is To Love Him.'
2002: KoRn's 'Follow The Leader' album is certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA.
2003: Clutch released their album 'Earth Rocker.'
2003: Guns N’ Roses members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff asked for a preliminary injunction against Geffen Records to prevent the release of a Greatest Hits CD. A US District Court judge denied their request.
2003: The Offspring announce that their new album will be called 'Chinese Democracy,' mocking the long-delayed Guns N' Roses release. Offspring lead singer Dexter Holland says, "Axl ripped-off my braids, so I ripped-off his album title."
2004: George Harrison, Jackson Browne, Prince, Bob Seger, The Dells, Traffic and ZZ Top were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City. Bruce Springsteen inducts Browne, fellow Traveling Wilburys Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty induct Harrison, Kid Rock inducts Seger, Dave Matthews inducts Traffic and Keith Richards inducts ZZ Top.
2004: Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm issues a proclamation declaring Bob Seger Day.
2004: Metallica gets the Governors Award from the San Francisco Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). The award is given to artists who transcend musical boundaries.
2004: A U.S. District Court judge denied the request of a preliminary injunction against Geffen Records filed by Axl Rose, Slash & Duff McKagan to prevent the release of a Guns N’ Roses Greatest Hits album.
2006: David Bowie unfurls his Serious Moonlight concert DVD. The 1983 Vancouver show was previously only available on VHS.
2006: Pink Floyd's David Gilmour's solo album, 'On An Island' debuts at #6 on the Billboard 200 chart after moving more than 96,000 copies in its first week.
2006: Phil Collins and his wife of six years, Orianne, announced their separation "claiming they've been growing apart."
2006: A crew of workers with the Louisiana State Museum recovered what was left of three pianos in Fats Domino's New Orleans home, which was submerged in almost 10 feet of water when Hurricane Katrina caused a levee break near his neighborhood last August. Museum officials were hoping the Domino family would donate a black Steinway baby grand for inclusion in a traveling exhibit about hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
2007: Guitarist Tom Morello begins a tour under his Nightwatchman moniker to support his 'One Man Revolution' album. The seven show jaunt starts at the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, TX. He gets the all-star treatment when ex-Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell, Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash and Primus frontman Les Claypool join him onstage as they roll through Rage Against The Machine and Jane's Addiction songs.
2007: Former Fuel frontman Brett Scallions replaces the Cult's Ian Astbury as the lead singer of The Doors spin-off group Riders On The Storm.
2007: Kelly Ann Kozlowski accuses Kid Rock of assault. In the end, the case isn't pursued due to 'insufficient evidence'. Big surprise. About a week later, Rock files legal action seeking unspecified damages from Kozlowski, charging her with defamation, trespassing and invasion of privacy.
2009: Task Brasil auctions autographed guitars and other items signed by Jimmy Page, Slash, Jack Bruce and Eric Burdon on e-Bay. Task Brasil is a charity assisting Brazilian children living in harsh conditions. Page is a major supporter of the organization.
2010: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2010 - Genesis, The Hollies, The Stooges, Jimmy Cliff and ABBA, are inducted at the 25th Annual Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Wyclef Jean inducts Cliff, Trey Anastasio inducts Genesis, Steven Van Zandt inducts The Hollies and The Stooges are inducted by Billie Joe Armstrong. Original Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel does not attend as he's preparing for a European tour. Iggy Pop performs 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' with help from Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament.
2011: Sammy Hagar's biography, 'RED: My Uncensored Life in Rock,' is in bookstores.
2011: Disney Studios scrapped plans for a 3D remake of The Beatles 1968 film 'Yellow Submarine.' The new film which was being developed by Forrest Gump Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis was going to incorporate the 16 Beatles songs and recordings from the original animated film. Budget issues and a cancelled meeting with surviving Beatles' members were cited as reasons for the film's demise.
2011: Jon Bon Jovi criticizes Apple's Steve Jobs in the Sunday Times Magazine saying that Jobs is "personally responsible for killing the music business." "Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes and getting lost in an album; and the beauty of taking your allowance money and making a decision based on the jacket, not knowing what the record sounded like," says Bon Jovi. Apple's iTunes had recently sold its 10 billionth track.
2012: Bruce Springsteen is the keynote speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. NPR provides a live stream of Springsteen's address.
2012: KISS open a band-themed 18-hole miniature golf course in Las Vegas. There's also a state-of-the-art arcade, a KISS gift shop, a Rock n' Roll All Nite Cafe and the Hotter Than Hell Wedding Chapel.
2012: The Temptations joined a class action lawsuit against Universal Music, seeking revenue from digital downloads and ringtones.
2012: Lisa Marie Presley announced that she would release her first new album, in five years, 'Storm and Grace.'
2013: Green Day perform at the SXSW Festival in Austin and are on hand for the screening of two documentaries: Broadway Idiot, which chronicles the Broadway adaptation of the band's album, 'American Idiot' and 'Quatro!,' covering the band's recording of their album trilogy, "Uno!," "Dos!" and "Tre!".
2013: Friends of Lana Clarkson, the actress murdered by music producer Phil Spector, were protesting at a screening of the film about his trial. The movie, starring Al Pacino, towards Spector's defence case. Clarkson's former publicist, Edward Lozzi, called the film a "slap in the face".
2013: Elton John was forced to cancel a concert in Birmingham, Alabama, just hours before the show due to medical reasons.
2014: Iggy & The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton dies of a heart attack after suffering a stroke three years prior at the age of 64. He co-founded the band in 1967 with frontman Iggy Pop, bassist Dave Alexander, and his guitarist brother Ron.
2015: Elton John boycotts Italian fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana following comments made by founder Stefano Gabbana who referred to children born via vitro fertilization as 'synthetic'. He added that children should not be raised by same sex parents. Elton's children (Zachary & Elijah) were conceived using vitro fertilization.
2015: Mike Porcaro bassist with Toto died following a battle Lou Gehrig's Disease. He was 59. b He was the middle brother of Toto members Jeff Porcaro and Steve Porcaro. He also worked and toured with Michael Franks, Seals and Crofts, Larry Carlton, and Boz Scaggs.

March 16
1964: DJ Alan Freed is charged with income-tax evasion by federal grand jury probing into radio and record company payola, less than two years after he admits guilt in the same investigation.
1964: The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the U.S. with 2,100,000 copies of their latest single 'Can't Buy Me Love.'
1964: The Beatles 'Can't Buy Me Love' b/w 'You Can't Do That' 45 single is released. 'Can't Buy Me Love' was recorded on January 29, 1964 at EMI's Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France, where the Beatles were performing 18 days of concerts at the Olympia Theatre. The Beatles established four records on the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Can't Buy Me Love' at #1. Until Billboard began using SoundScan for their charts, it had the biggest jump to #1: (#27 to #1; no other single had ever done this). It gave the Beatles three consecutive #1 songs ('I Want to Hold Your Hand' was replaced at #1 by 'She Loves You' which was in turn replaced by 'Can't Buy Me Love'). The three songs spent a combined total of 14 consecutive weeks at #1. When 'Can't Buy Me Love' went to #1 (April 4, 1964), the entire top five of the Hot 100 was by the Beatles, the next positions being filled by 'Twist and Shout,' 'She Loves You,' 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' and 'Please Please Me,' respectively. No other act has held the top five spots simultaneously. During its second week at #1 (11 April 1964), the Beatles had fourteen songs on the Hot 100 at the same time. The song spent five consecutive weeks at #1. The only Beatles songs to exceed that mark were 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' at seven weeks and 'Hey Jude' at nine weeks. Rolling Stone ranked 'Can't Buy Me Love' at #289 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1965: The Beatles continue filming in Austria for their second movie, 'Help!' They completed the "ski lift" segment of the film.
1965: The Rolling Stones were at #1 on the singles chart with 'The Last Time,' the band’s third chart topper and first #1 for songwriters Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
1967: Pink Floyd were at Studio 3, EMI Studios in London, recording for the album 'Piper at the Gates of Dawn.' They recorded a short version on this day of 'Interstellar Overdrive' that was released in July on a French EP.
1968: The Who's 'Call Me Lightning' b/w 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' 45 single is released The single peaked at #40 on the U.S. singles chart. The B-side of the U.S. single 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' was written by John Entwistle.
1968: Otis Redding's '(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay' hits #1, becoming the first-ever posthumous #1 hit. Redding died in a plane crash on December 10, 1967.
1969: Fleetwood Mac, The Move, Amen Corner, Peter Sarstedt, The Tymes, Harmony Grass and Geno Washington all appeared at Pop World 69 at London’s Wembley Empire Pool.
1970: The Beatles released 'Let It Be.'
1971: 'Let It Be' wins a Grammy for Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture or Television Special in 1970. George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr (composers) for 'Let It Be' performed by The Beatles. Paul and Linda accept the award from presenter John Wayne.
1971: Winners at this years Grammy Awards included, Simon and Garfunkel who won Record of the year, Song of the year and Album of the year for 'Bridge Over Troubled Water.'
1971: Blues legend Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) wins his first Grammy Award for his album 'They Call Me Muddy Waters.'
1971: With Leon Russell sitting in on piano, Bob Dylan cuts 'Watching the River Flow' and 'When I Paint My Masterpiece.'
1972: John Lennon lodged an appeal with the US immigration office in New York, after he was served with deportation orders arising from his 1968 cannabis possession conviction.
1972: Neil Diamond appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in London.
1973: T. Rex 8th album 'Tanx' is released. It reached #102 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1973: Humble Pie's 7th album, 'Eat It' is released. A double album, it reached #13 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #34 on the UK Albums chart. Side 1 features Steve Marriott- penned rock and roll; Side 2 offers classic R&B covers; Side 3 is a collection of Marriott’s acoustic songs; and Side 4 excerpts a live concert performance from Glasgow.
1973: Alice Cooper's 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' b/w 'Raped And Freezin' 45 single is released. The single reached #25 on the US charts and #10 on the UK charts, and helped 'Billion Dollar Babies' to reach #1 in both the UK and the US. Michael Bruce and Alice Cooper wrote the song.
1974: During a U.S. tour Elvis Presley played the first of four nights at the Midsouth Coliseum in Memphis Tennessee. This was the first time Elvis had played in Memphis since 1961.
1975: London’s Rainbow Theatre, home to many a memorable live album, closes with an all-star concert that includes Procol Harum, John Martyn, Hatfield & the North, Richard & Linda Thompson, Frankie Miller, Sassafras, and the Kevin Coyne Band.
1977: After being with the label for just six days The Sex Pistols were fired from A&M due to pressure from other label artists and its Los Angeles head office. 25,000 copies of ‘God Save The Queen’ were pressed and the band made £75,000 ($127,500) from the deal.
1978: REO Speedwagon's 7th studio album, 'You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can't Tuna Fish' is released. Both singles released from the album reached the Billboard Hot 100 - 'Roll With The Changes' (#58) and 'Time For Me To Fly' (#56).
1979: Twisted Sister sold out 3,000 seatNew York’s Palladium. It was the first time an unsigned band had headlined and filled the three-thousand seat theater.
1979: CBS-TV airs the 'Wings Over America' special, chronicling the adventures of Paul McCartney's band Wings on their 1975-1976 tour.
1980: The Police record an early version of 'Driven To Tears' in Melbourne’s Armstrong Studios (Armstrong’s / Studio 2).
1981: U2 plated The Woodstock Concert Theater in Anaheim, California on the fourth leg of the North American 'Boy' tour.
1981: Accept release their 3rd album, 'Breaker.'
1981: The Who's 9th album, 'Face Dances' is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #2 on the UK charts.
1985: Glenn Frey peaks at #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'The Heat Is On' from the 'Beverly Hills Cop' soundtrack.
1985: Duran Duran peak at #16 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'Save A Prayer.'
1985: David Lee Roth's debut solo EP, 'Crazy From The Heat,' peaks at #15 on Billboard's 200 Album chart.
1985: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Tears For Fears 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World' at #70, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ 'Don’t Come Around Here No More' at #64, The Power Station’s 'Some Like It Hot' at #57 & Foreigner’s 'That Was Yesterday' at #47. ‬
1987: MTV goes international with the channel's Australian launch.
1989: MTV America launched a contest to give away Jon Bon Jovi's childhood home.
1992: During a Metallica gig at Orlando Arena fans dangled an usher by his ankles from the balcony as trouble broke out at the concert. The band was charged $38,000 for repairs and cleaning after the audience trashed the building.
1994: Motley Crue released the single 'Hooligan's Holiday.'
1996: The Ramones performed what they claimed would be their last ever date in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1999: Jeff Beck released 'Who Else!' It was his first solo album in six years.
1999: Stone Temple Pilots play in impromptu gig at the Viper Room in L.A. It's the first time in two years the band has performed.
1999: The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) creates the Diamond sales award for album sales in excess of 10 million copies. Eagles' Their Greatest Hits, gets the first diamond award. Groups who have already hit the mark are AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Boston, Journey, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Van Halen and ZZ Top.
2000: The record industry acknowledges that a pair of Dave Matthews Band albums are multi-platinum: 'Crash' at seven million copies sold while 'Under The Table Dreaming' sits at six million.
2004: Mick Jones of The Clash joined The Libertines onstage at a Love Music Hate Racism gig in London and performed The Clash hit “Should I Stay or Should I
Go” with the band.
2004: Courtney Love showed up to court two hours late for a preliminary hearing for a drug possession charge. During the proceedings, Love fired her legal team and rehired them after a warning from the judge.
2005: Billy Joel checked into a rehabilitation centre for alcohol abuse. A statement from the 55-year-old singer's spokesperson put his latest problems down to "a recent bout of severe gastrointestinal distress."
2006: Staind plays the first of three concerts for U.S. military service members stationed in Germany during their European tour. The Mannheim concert is followed by shows in Franconia and Baumholder.
2006: 3 Doors Down embark on a 13-city overseas headlining tour that begins in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
2007: The Archdeacon of Trinidad and Tobago recommends that Elton John be banned from performing at the upcoming Plymouth Jazz Festival. John is the scheduled headliner. The clergyman claims that John's sexual orientation conflicts with biblical teachings and that his presence may spread homosexuality throughout the Caribbean island. "(John) is not coming here to preach about what lifestyle people should have," says a festival official.
2008: Daniel MacMaster, vocalist for Bonham, died of complications from a Group A strep infection that entered his bloodstream while he battled pneumonia; he was 39.
2008: KISS performs at the opening event of the 2008 Formula One auto racing season in Melbourne, Australia.
2009: Saving Abel's self-titled major label debut is certified gold by the RIAA, just a year and five days after its release.
2009: System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian performs a one-off show with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in Auckland, New Zealand. The concert is recorded for a DVD.
2010: Songs recorded by the Rolling Stones are featured on American Idol.
2010: A rare Led Zeppelin recording from the group's 1971 gig at St Matthew's Baths Hall in Ipswich, England was unearthed at a car boot sale. The bootleg copy of the audio from the group's gig on November 16, 1971 was picked up for just "two or three pounds" by music fan Vic Kemp.
2010: The White Stripes documentary 'Under Great White Northern Lights' is available on DVD, CD and vinyl as part of the limited edition box set. The Emmett Malloy-directed film chronicles the band's 2007 Canadian tour.
2011: Jack White makes a surprise appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin to mark the launch of his Third Man Rolling Record Store.
2011: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, suffering the effects of a kidney stone, collapses before a show in Russia but manages to play an abbreviated 6 song set.
2011: Stone Temple Pilots begin their first ever tour of Australia and New Zealand with a concert at Challenge Stadium in Perth. Ten days later the tour ends at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.
2012: Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Billy Corgan, Robbie Krieger and Perry Farrell appear in the documentary film Sunset Strip, which premieres during the SXSW festival in Austin.
2012: Tom Morello takes his SXSW show (at the Swan Dive) to the street and turns it into an "Occupy SXSW" event. Police arrive and shut down the performance.
2013: Guns N' Roses have a working tap onstage. "We're Rocking the Sidney Myer Music Bowl (an outdoor venue in Melbourne, Australia) with some ice cold beer on tap off the riser," writes the band on their website.
2015: Free bassist Andy Fraser dies in Temecula, CA, after suffering a heart attack. The musician had been dealing with AIDS and cancer in recent years. He was 62. The London-born musician became a founding member of the British group when he was just 15 and went on to write most of the material with Free lead singer Paul Rodgers, including Free’s 1970 hit 'All Right Now.'
2015: Molly Hatchet's original drummer Bruce Crump passes away at age 57.
2017: Ray Davies, frontman of The Kinks, is knighted for services to the arts by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.
2017: James Cotton, legendary blues harmonica player, dies of pneumonia in Austin, TX. He was 81. Cotton got his start with Sam Phillips at Sun Records, and in 1955 was recruited by Muddy Waters to join his band, where he stayed for the next decade. Cotton played with numerous musicians over the years, including Gregg Allman, the Grateful Dead, Johnny Winter, Santana, Todd Rundgren, Steve Miller, Janis Joplin and so many more. He won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for Deep in the Blues in 1996.

March 17
1956: Carl Perkins makes his first TV appearance, on the 'Ozark Jamboree.'
1956: The movie 'Rock Around The Clock' premieres in Washington, DC. The film features Bill Haley & His Comets and Little Richard.
1957: Elvis Presley buys the Graceland mansion for $102,500, which would be about $850,000 today. Not content with the 10,000+ square foot home, the King almost doubles its size before moving in. The original building had at one time been a place of worship, used by the Graceland Christian Church and was named after the builder's daughter, Grace Toof.
1966: Keith Moon of The Who secretly marries his pregnant girlfriend, Kim Kerrigan.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles finished the recording of ‘She's Leaving Home’ after adding backing vocals to the track. Harpist Sheila Bromberg who was part of the string section on the track became the first woman to play on a Beatles recording.
1967: Jimi Hendrix Experience 'Purple Haze' b/w '51st Anniversary' 45 single is released in the UK. It entered the UK charts at #39 and peaked at #3, spending 14 weeks in the chart. It was released in the US on June 19, 1967, where it peaked at #65, spending only 8 weeks in the chart. In March 2005, Q magazine ranked 'Purple Haze' at #1 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. Rolling Stone magazine placed the song at #17 in their "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
1967: Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave and Booker T and The MG’s appeared at London’s Finsbury Park Astoria on the first night of a 17-date UK tour.
1967: Grateful Dead release their self-titled debut album. It reached #73 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1968: The Rolling Stones begin recording their 7th studio album, 'Beggar's Banquet,' at Olympic Studios in London.
1968: Mick Jagger joins a demonstration at Grosvenor Square in London to protest the Vietnam War. When the group, estimated at 25,000, marches to the American embassy, they are met with police resistance and rioting ensues. Jagger had left the protest before it reached the embassy, but used the events as inspiration for the Rolling Stones song 'Street Fighting Man.'
1968: A Pink Floyd show to be held at tUniversiteit Leuven, in Leuven, Belgium was cancelled just as the band was about to take the stage when fighting broke out between French and Flemish members of the audience.
1969: James Taylor​'s 'Carolina In My Mind' b/w 'Something's Wrong' 45 single is released. Released as a single, the song earned critical praise but not commercial success. It was re-recorded for Taylor's 1976 Greatest Hits album in the version that is most familiar to listeners. It has been a staple of Taylor's concert performances over the decades of his career. The song references Taylor's years growing up in North Carolina. Taylor wrote it while overseas recording for The Beatles' label Apple Records. He started writing the song at producer Peter Asher's London flat on Marylebone High Street, resumed work on it while on holiday on the Mediterranean island of Formentera, and then completed it while stranded on the nearby island of Ibiza with a Swedish girl Karin he had just met. The song reflects Taylor's homesickness at the time, as he was missing his family, his dog, and his state.
1970: Chicago's 'Make Me Smile' b/w 'Colour My World' single is released. 'Make Me Smile' became the band's first Top 10 record, peaking at #9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1971: Peter Gabriel married is girlfriend Jill. They were together on and off for 17 years.
1973: Pink Floyd’s 'Dark Side of the Moon' first entered the charts. The album spends 741 weeks, a record, on the Billboard 200.
1973: Dr Hook's single 'On The Cover Of Rolling Stone peaked at #6 on the US chart. The single was banned in the UK by the BBC due to the reference of the magazine.
1976: Bob Dylan’s protest song 'Hurricane' led to boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter’s murder case being reopened.
1976: The Doobie Brothers 'Takin' It To The Streets' b/w 'For Someone Special' single is released.
1977: Emerson, Lake & Palmer's 5th studio album, 'Works Volume 1' is released. It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It is a double album divided into four major sections, one each highlighting each band member, and one for combined works.
1978: The Irish high school band U2 win the Limerick Civic Week Pop '78 talent competition with a prize earning them a chance to record a demo for CBS Records. They had recently changed their name from The Hype.
1978: Elvis Costello and The Attractions 2nd album and his first with The Attractions, 'This Year’s Model' is released. It reached #30 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #4 on the UK Albums chart. In 2000, Q magazine placed This Year's Model at #82 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 2003, the album was ranked #98 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1979: Bad Company's 5th studio album, 'Desolation Angels' is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. Paul Rodgers stated that the album's title came from the novel of the same name by Jack Kerouac.
1979: Talking Heads make their first major TV appearance, performing 'Take Me to the River' on American Bandstand. The lip-synced performance goes well, but the interview is a little awkward.
1981: Blues Project, with Al Kooper, Steve Katz and Roy Blumenfeld, reunite for one-off concert at Bonds in New York.
1984: 'New Moon On Monday,' Duran Duran's 10th single, peaks at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1984: Van Halen's 'Jump' peaked at #1 in the US. Over the years David Lee Roth has given various accounts of the meaning behind the lyrics, but most often says they are about a TV news story he saw where a man was about to kill himself by jumping off a building. The album '1984' peaked at #2.
1984: Billboard’s Hot 100 has the mighty Van Halen at #1 with 'Jump,' Queen’s 'Radio Ga-Ga' was at #28, UB40’s 'Red Red Wine' at #37, The Romantics’ 'One In A Million' at #47, Billy Idol’s 'Rebel Yell' at #48, Genesis’ 'That’s All' at #51 and Yes’ 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart #57‬
1985: Serial killer Richard Ramirez kills a man and leaves an AC/DC hat behind at the crime scene. Ramirez becomes known as the “Night Stalker” as he continues his killing spree. It’s revealed by a childhood friend that AC/DC is his favorite band, and some speculate that AC/DC stands for “Anti-Christ/Devil’s Child,” which the group disavows.
1988: The Grateful Dead performed at the Henry J. Kiser Auditorium in Oakland, California.
1990 Ozzy Osbourne releases his 'Just Say Ozzy' live EP.
1990: Rick Grech dies from kidney and liver failure due to alcoholism at 43. Grech was the bassist of Blind Faith and Traffic and also was an active session musician, playing with Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane, Muddy Waters, The Bee Gees and Gram Parsons.
1992: After reuniting at their ex-manager's funeral, Spinal Tap issue their 17th album, 'Break Like The Wind.'
1998: Van Halen release 'Van Halen III,' their 11th studio album. It is the only album with former Extreme lead singer Gary Cherone, and the only album to not attain platinum status. The band even does a signing at the Times Square Virgin Megastore.
1998: Mick Fleetwood joins The Corrs onstage for a St. Patrick’s Day performance at Royal Albert Hall in London. Their performance of the Fleetwood Mac song 'Dreams' is released as a single and becomes the first hit for The Corrs, going to #6 in the UK.
1998: Matchbox Twenty's 'Yourself Or Someone Like You' is named the Best Selling Recording by a New Artist by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers. Selling over 3 million copies it stays on the album chart for over two years.
2000: Widower Paul McCartney admitted that he was dating model Heather Mills and it was also revealed that the ex-Beatle was worth around $865 million dollars.
2001: Seven Pearl Jam bootleg albums from their North American tour debut in the Billboard 200 albums chart, breaking the record for most appearances on the chart in a single week that the band established the previous year, when five bootlegs from their European tour landed on the chart.
2003: Paul McCartney topped the Rolling Stone rich list with earnings of $72 million dollars, followed by The Rolling Stones and Dave Matthews Band.
2003: Dire Straits' guitarist Mark Knopfler breaks his collarbone and six ribs in a London motorcycle accident.
2004: The Kinks singer Ray Davies received his CBE medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the music industry.
2004: Hoobastank headlines the MTV Campus Invasion tour. Lostprophets and Ima Robot are also along for the three month trek.
2004: Courtney Love makes an appearance on the 'Late Show with David Letterman.' With her back to the camera, she lifts her skirt, and later goes topless, which is blocked out for viewers.
2004: The White Stripes' Jack White sits in with Bob Dylan on the final night of his three-night stand in Detroit.
2005: Robert Plant is presented with his lifetime achievement Grammy award at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
2006: Kid Rock enters into a preliminary agreement with World Wide Red Light District video distributors to block the release of a 1999 sex tape. Rock's lawyers and the company agree to extend a temporary injunction on selling the 45-minute video without further court proceedings. The skin flick features Rock and ex-Creed frontman Scott Stapp with four women.
2006: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora files a legal request in Los Angeles calling for his prenuptial agreement with estranged wife Heather Locklear to be honored. He asks for joint custody of his 8-year-old daughter with Locklear, Ava Elizabeth, while Locklear wants to grant him only visitation rights. In addition, Sambora doesn't want to be required to provide spousal support. The document also reveals that the couple separated the previous December.
2006: Ann Wilson of Heart is interviewed by the artistic director of Seattle's Experience Music Project as part of the institution's Oral History Program. Proceeds from the event benefit the Experience Music Project's School Group Visit program.
2007: KISS' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley participate in a panel discussion about their KISS Comic Group at Wizard World Los Angeles comic-book convention.
2007: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band wrap up their 'Face The Promise' tour in their hometown of Detroit.
2008: Heather Mills rakes in almost $50 million in her divorce from Paul McCartney. Mills is labeled “opportunistic” but claims that losing her leg was “easier to cope with than my divorce from Paul.”
2008: Radiohead and Aniboom animation company launch a contest in which fans create their own animated videos for one of nine songs from "In Rainbows." 10 semifinalists receive $1,000 each to make short clips for their chosen tunes. One grand-prize winner, selected by Radiohead, receives $10,000 to create a full-length video.
2009: Chicago blues harmonicist Lester "Mad Dog" Davenport dies of prostate cancer at age 77.
2010: Universal Music Group unveil their Six-String iPhone application. Users can "play along - pluck, strum and change chords" to tracks by Bon Jovi, Tom Petty and others.
2010: Alex Chilton (born William Alexander Chilton) dies from a heart attack. He was 59. Chilton was the lead singer for The Box Tops and Big Star, gaining a cult following with many rock and alternative bands. At only 16, he attained a #1 record with 'The Letter.'
2010: The Jimi Hendrix album 'Valleys Of Neptune' debuts at #4 on the Billboard charts, selling 95,000 copies in its first week. It's the guitarist's highest-charting album since 1971's 'The Cry Of Love,' also issued posthumously, peaked at #3. Four Hendrix albums also return to the Billboard chart. He even graces the cover of Rolling Stone.
2011: Nirvana and Rush apps (based on 'Nevermind' and '2112' & 'Moving Pictures,' respectively) are released with video content, band member interviews and social networking content. The apps do not include full songs.
2013: John Lennon and George Harrison were honored with a blue plaque at the site of the former Apple Boutique in a ceremony in London held at at 94 Baker Street. The new plaque reads "John Lennon, M.B.E., 1940-1980, and George Harrison, M.B.E., 1943-2001, worked here."
2017: The 10th annual Musink, presented by Travis Barker (Blink-182), begins at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA. The three-day convention, America's largest tattoo and music festival, features headliners NOFX, The Used, Bad Religion and Pennywise.
2017: Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, a band featuring Alice In Chains singer William DuVall, make its U.S. live debut in Austin during South By Southwest (SXSW).

March 18
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis is the first artist to sing three songs on American Bandstand – 'Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Goin’ On,' 'You Win Again' and 'Breathless.'
1960: The Everly Brothers record 'Cathy's Clown,' which is released as the first single under their new 10-year deal with Warner Bros. Records.
1960: The film 'Rio Bravo,' starring Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan and John Wayne, premieres in New York City.
1965: The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 ($8.50) for urinating in a public place. The incident took place at a gas station after a gig in Romford, Essex, England. This was after the last show on their 5th UK package tour with The Hollies, The Konrads, all girl-group Goldie and the Gingerbreads and Dave Berry and the Cruisers.
1965: John Lennon gave his friend and ex-Quarry Man Pete Shotton £20,000 to open Hayling Supermarkets. Lennon, George Harrison and Shotton became joint directors of Hayling Supermarkets Ltd.
1965: Excerpts from six numbers performed by The Who at The Marquee Club in February appear on a French Television program called 'Seize Millions de Jeunes' on ORTF TV 2. It is part of documentary about Mods shot by two French acquaintances of the band’s co-manager Chris Stamp. A scheduled appearance that day at the Civic Hall in Crawley is postponed until April 18th.
1966: That morning, The Who are filmed miming to 'I Can’t Explain,' 'Bald Headed Woman,' and 'Substitute' at Tower Pier, London for Dick Clark’s ABC-TV U.S. program 'Where The Action Is.' That evening they head out to Wembley’s Studio One to perform 'Substitute' and 'Barbara Ann' on 'Ready, Steady, GO!,' then head to Basildon to play the Locarno Ballroom.
1967: The UK music magazine New Musical Express announced that former Spence Davis Group member Steve Winwood was planning to form a new group with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. The ensemble would choose the name Traffic.
1967: The Beatles scored their 13th US #1 single with 'Penny Lane.' The song's title is derived from the name of a street near Lennon's house, in Liverpool. McCartney and Lennon would meet at Penny Lane junction in the Mossley Hill area to catch a bus into the center of the city.
1967: The Who's 'Happy Jack' b/w 'Whiskey Man' single is released. It peaked at #3. It was also their first top forty hit in the USA, peaking at #24. It was included on the USA version of their 2nd album. The album was titled 'A Quick One' in the UK and re-titled 'Happy Jack' in the USA.
1967: The Monkees 'A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You' b/w 'The Girl I Knew Somewhere' 45 single is released. Written by Neil Diamond, Davy Jones sang the lead vocal (this was Jones' first lead vocal on a Monkees single). It went to #1 in the US Cashbox charts and #2 on the Billboard charts. The record's B-side was Michael Nesmith's 'The Girl I Knew Somewhere,' which also charted on Billboard, peaking at #39.
1967: Pink Floyd sign their first recording contract, with EMI.
1967: Pink Floyd played at Enfield College of Technology in Enfield, England.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany.
1967: Peter, Paul and Mary's 7th studio album, 'Album 1700' is released. It reached #15 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. Released over two years later, the single 'Leaving on a Jet Plane' turned out to be Peter, Paul & Mary's biggest (and final) hit, becoming their only #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The first single from the album, 'I Dig Rock And Roll Music' reached the Top Ten (#9).
1968: The Beatles 'Lady Madonna' b/w 'The Inner Light' single is released. It was recorded on February 3 & 6, 1968 before the Beatles left for India. It reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the UK chart. 'Lady Madonna' is based Paul McCartney's piano part for the song on Humphrey Lyttelton's 1956 trad jazz recording 'Bad Penny Blues,' which George Martin produced. McCartney said of writing the song in a 1994 interview, "'Lady Madonna' was me sitting down at the piano trying to write a bluesy boogie-woogie thing...It reminded me of Fats Domino for some reason, so I started singing a Fats Domino impression. It took my voice to a very odd place." Domino himself covered the song later in 1968.
1969: Jimi Hendrix performed at Ellis Auditorium AmphiTheater, Memphis, Tennessee.
1970: Steppenwolf's politically-oriented 'Monster' album goes gold.
1971: Jimi Hendrix 'Freedom' b/w 'Angel' 45 single is released. From the album 'The Cry of Love,' which was released posthumously in 1971 and became a hit. This was the only single released from the album and was somewhat successful on the charts, reaching #59 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It is now one of the more popular songs in the Hendrix collection, and is a staple in many compilation works.
1971: Led Zeppelin played at the Mayfair Ballroom in Newcastle, England during their 'Back to the Clubs' tour.
1972: Neil Young's has a #1 hit with 'Heart Of Gold.' Backing vocals were provided by James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt.
1972: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Led Zeppelin’s 'Rock And Roll' debuting at #71, Yes’ 'Roundabout' at #28, T. Rex’s 'Bang A Gong (Get It On)' at #13, America’s 'A Horse With No Name' at #2 and Neil Young's 'Heart Of Gold' was at #1. ‬
1972: Deep Purple released their 10th single, 'Never Before.'
1972: T. Rex played the first of two sold out nights at Wembley's Empire Pool. Ringo Starr filmed the shows for the 'Born To Boogie' Apple documentary.
1972: Yes appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1972: Paul Simon scored his first solo #1 album when his self-titled debut went to the top of the charts.
1973: Paul McCartney and Wings played a benefit gig for the drug charity, Release at The Hard Rock Cafe in England.
1973: King Crimson played at the Rainbow Theatre, London.
1974: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first of eight shows over four nights at Gertie’s in Dallas, Texas.
1975: 'Tommy: The Movie' has its world premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. A morning press conference is attended by all the movie’s stars except Oliver Reed, Jack Nicholson, Roger Daltrey, and director Ken Russell. Daltrey and Russell are back in England working on his next film, 'Lisztomania.' The film receives a standing ovation despite occasional sound problems. Afterwards, The Who and celebrities attend a midnight party designed by new Hollywood hotshot Allan Carr in a sealed-off section of a New York subway station located under the IND Station at 57th Street and Sixth Avenue.
1976: 'The Man Who Fell To Earth,' starring David Bowie, premieres in London. The film is based on Walter Tevis' novel of the same name, about an alien who visits Earth in search of water for his planet, which is suffering from a drought.
1976: Bob Dylan played at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1976: The Who perform at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1977: The Clash released their debut single 'White Riot' b/w '1977' in the UK. It peaked at #38 on the UK charts. In March 2005, Q magazine placed 'White Riot' at #34 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.
1977: Iggy Pop's debut solo album, 'The Idiot' is released. It reached #30 on the UK Albums chart and #72 on the Billboard Top 200 LPs & Tapes chart. 'Sister Midnight' and 'China Girl' were released as singles in February and May 1977, respectively—both with the same B-side, 'Baby.' It was the first of two LPs released in 1977 which Pop wrote and recorded in collaboration with David Bowie.
1977: The Grateful Dead played at Winterland Arena in San Francisco, California.
1977: AC/DC performed at Lanchester Polytechnic in Coventry, England.
1978: California Jam 2 draws an estimated 350,000 fans to Ontario Motor Speedway near Los Angeles. Performers include Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Santana, Heart, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush and Rubicon, featuring a young Jack Blades. ABC televises the event. A Double LP album from the was released.
1978: Rush played at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1979: Roxy Music performed at Eissporthalle in Berlin, Germany.
1982: Ozzy Osbourne's legendary guitarist Randy Rhoades plays his last concert in Knoxville, TN. He dies the following day in a Florida plane crash.
1982: Asia released their self-titled debut album. This “supergroup”, featuring bassist/vocalist John Wetton, drummer Carl Palmer, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and guitarist Steve Howe, was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 1970's – Yes, ELP, King Crimson, and The Buggles.
1983: Billy Squier kicks off his first arena headlining tour in support of 'Emotions in Motion.' Def Leppard are the opening act.
1984: Van Halen played at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
1985: Peter Gabriel's 'Birdy' (OST) is released. It was the first soundtrack and 6th album overall by Peter Gabriel, for the movie of the same name. The album marked Gabriel's first work with producer Daniel Lanois.
1986: Raven released the album 'The Pack Is Back.' The album reached #121 on the Billboard charts, and was produced by legendary producer Eddie Kramer.
1989: A radio station in California arranged to have all it’s Cat Stevens Records destroyed by having a steamroller run over them in protest of the singer’s support of Ayatollah Khomeni.
1991: When the Irish Family Planning Association is found guilty of illegally selling condoms in Dublin, U2 steps in to pay the fine-about $900.
1994: In a tragic forerunner of later events, police confiscate 4 guns and 25 boxes of ammo after Kurt Cobain's wife, Courtney Love calls them, fearing he would commit suicide.
1994: The Rolling Stones introduce Darryl Jones as the replacement for baseman Bill Wyman, who had previously announced that he would no longer tour with the band.
1995: Bruce Springsteen 'Greatest Hits' is the #1 US LP.
1996: Released nearly two years earlier, Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' is credited with selling over 5 million copies.
1996: The Beatles 'Anthology 2' is released. Like its predecessor, it topped the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and the UK Albums chart. It is the second of the three-volume Anthology collection, all of which tie-in with the televised special The Beatles Anthology. The opening track is "Real Love", the second of the two recordings that reunited the Beatles by means of magnetic tape.
1996: The Sex Pistols announce they are reforming for their 20th anniversary, which they call the Filthy Lucre Tour. Lead singer Johnny Rotten, who once vowed never to reunite the group, says, "We have found a common cause to bring us back together again, and it's your money." They would get tour again in 2002 and 2007.
1997: Autograph released the album 'Missing Pieces.'
1997: Aerosmith release their 12th studio album, 'Nine Lives.' The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.‬
1997: It's announced that Joni Mitchell has been reunited with the daughter she gave up for adoption many years earlier.
2000: A film company paid over a million dollars for nine hours of film shot by Yoko Ono during the 1970's that showed John Lennon smoking hash and talking about his political beliefs.
2001: John Phillips dies of heart failure in Los Angeles. He was 65. Phillips was the vocalist and guitarist of The Mamas & the Papas. He was also a promoter, most notably of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. His life was marked by many scandals including drug trafficking, alleged incest, and alcoholism after a liver transplant. His second solo album was released on Rolling Stones records and featured Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood. Phillips was married to Michelle Gilliam, they had one child together, Chynna Phillips, vocalist of the 1990’s pop trio Wilson Phillips.
2002: The Ramones, Talking Heads, Brenda Lee, Gene Pitney, Isaac Hayes and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are welcomed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Ramones were inducted into the by Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam and close friend of the Ramones. The ceremony took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Wallflowers member Jakob Dylan inducts Tom Petty.
2002: The Doobie Brothers, Dionne Warwick and Petula Clark are among the entertainers at Liza Minelli's wedding reception.
2003: Former Metallica member Jason Newsted becomes Ozzy Osbourne’s bassist, but it only lasts until the end of the year.
2004: Courtney Love exposed her breasts during an appearance on David Letterman's TV talk show. The singer who had her back to the audience flashed at the presenter while singing the song Danny Boy. After the show, she went on to perform a surprise gig at the Plaid night-club in Manhattan where she was alleged to have injured a man by throwing a microphone stand into the crowd. Ms Love was charged with assault and reckless endangerment.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne's late guitarist Randy Rhoads is inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne attend the ceremony.
2004: Courtney Love is arrested in New York and charged with reckless endangerment and third-degree assault after throwing a microphone stand at an East Village nightspot, striking a man in the head. This incident adds to Love`s legal troubles.
2005: Pearl Jam performs a benefit concert for Seattle's Northwest School. Guitarist Stone Gossard attended the prep school. Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson also take the stage.
2008: Lou Reed, Damien Rice, Moby and more take part in the Speak Up! concert (which benefits Iraq war veterans) held at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.
2008: Robert Plant's collaborative album with Bluegrass performer Alison Krauss, 'Raising Sand,' is certified platinum.
2009: New Orleans singer/pianist Eddie Bo dies of a heart attack at age 78.
2009: Chickenfoot, the "supergroup" with Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith play a private show, the group's debut, for Best Buy employees in the Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA.
2009: One-time Steppenwolf guitarist, Kent Henry, dies in Portland, OR. He was a member of Blues Image prior to replacing Larry Byrom in Steppenwolf. He was 60.
2010: Stone Temple Pilots perform at SXSW in Austin to promote their self-titled comeback album. During their encore the group is joined by former Doors guitarist Robby Krieger who STP frontman Scott Weiland introduces as "a man who was part of the greatest Rock & Roll group in history." Krieger and STP perform The Doors classic 'Roadhouse Blues.'
2012: Following shows at the Apollo Theater in NYC and SXSW, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kick off their first U.S. tour in over two years at the Philips Arena in Atlanta. The "Wrecking Ball" tour, to promote the album of the same name, is the Springsteen's first trek with the E Street Band since the death of saxophonist Clarence Clemons the previous June. Two saxophonists replace Clemons. One of whom is Jake Clemons, Clarence's nephew.
2013: 30 Seconds To Mars debut 'Up In The Air' from the SpaceX cargo mission, where it's played by astronauts on the International Space Station. Meanwhile, back on earth, Houston mayor, Annise D. Parker, proclaims 30 Seconds To Mars Day.
2013: John Lennon and George Harrison get a blue plaque in London. The plaque marks the site of The Beatles former Apple Records boutique on Baker Street. It is unveiled by Rod Davis, the banjo player in Lennon's first band, The Quarrymen.
2013: David Bowie’s first album in a decade become the fastest-selling of the year, hitting the top spot in the UK charts in its first week of release. The Next Day was the 66-year-old’s first #1 since 1993’s 'Black Tie White Noise' and sold 94,000 copies in the first week.
2014: The Beastie Boys settle their lawsuit against toy maker GoldieBlox over the unauthorized use of 'Girls.' The company created a parody of the 1987 track in an ad where three girls were seen singing the melody with altered lyrics. The Beastie Boys get a monetary settlement and a public apology from GoldieBlox.
2014: Joe Lala (drummer for The Blues Image) dies of lung cancer at age 66.
2015: Stone Sour confirm that guitarist Christan Martucci is the permanent replacement for Jim Root. Martucci had been Sour Sour's touring guitarist.
2017: The legendary Chuck Berry passes away of a reported cardiac arrest at his home near St. Louis, Missouri. He was 90. Berry revolutionized music by transforming the major elements of rhythm and blues into what we now know as rock and roll. His career started in Chicago when Muddy Waters introduced him to Leonard Chess of Chess Records, where he recorded the million-selling single 'Maybelline.' He followed that with 'Roll Over Beethoven,' 'Rock and Roll Music,' 'Sweet Little Sixteen,' 'Johnny B. Goode' and so many others. His influence cannot be underestimated – from John Lennon who said “if you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry'” to Bruce Springsteen who proclaimed “Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived” to Rolling Stone magazine who best summed his career up by saying “he’s the father of rock & roll” who “gave the music its sound and its attitude, even as he battled racism – and his own misdeeds – all the way.” Among many other honors, Berry received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986 and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000.

March 19
1958: During his only UK tour, Buddy Holly played two shows at the Regal Cinema in Hull, Yorkshire.
1958: As Tom and Jerry, Simon & Garfunkel release their third single called 'Our Song.'
1962: Bob Dylan’s self-titled debut album was released in the Untied States. Initially poor sales led the record to be known around Columbia Records as 'Hammond’s Folly.' John Hammond was producer of Dylan’s early recordings and the man responsible for signing Dylan. It did not chart in the US, but did reach #13 on the UK Albums chart. The album was praised by the New York City weekly newspaper Village Voice as an “explosive country blues debut,” but featured only two Dylan original compositions, 'Talkin’ New York' and 'Song To Woody,' with the rest being old folk standards.
1964: The British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who is the "Mr. Wilson" in their song Taxman, presents The Beatles with the Show Business Personalities of 1963 award at the Variety Club of Great Britain Annual Show Business Awards.
1965: The Tailor And Cutter Magazine ran an article asking The Rolling Stones to start wearing ties. The current fashion did not include wearing ties with shirts and many tie-makers were facing financial disaster. Mick Jagger said of the appeal, “The trouble with a tie is that it could dangle in the soup. It is also something extra to which a fan can hang when you are trying to get in and out of a theater.”
1966: The Who played Kings Hall in Stoke-On-Trent, England.
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played two shows at The Capitol Theatre in Ottawa, Canada.
1968: Jimi Hendrix Experience's debut album 'Are You Experienced goes gold.
1968: Bob Dylan's 'John Wesley Harding' album goes gold.
1968: Donovan travels to India to study transcendental meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1969: During a UK tour, Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Top Rank Club in Cardiff, Wales.
1970: Pink Floyd played at the Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden.
1970: Rolling Stone magazine reveals that opening lyrics to John Lennon's 'Come Together' were written by Chuck Berry for 'You Can't Catch Me' - "Here come old flat top, he come groovin' up slowly."
1970: David Bowie marries his first wife, Angela, who contrary to rumor, was not the subject of The Rolling Stones' song, 'Angie.'
1971: Jethro Tull release 'Aqualung,' the groups 4th studio album. It would eventually peak at #7 on Billboard's 200 Album chart and #4 on the UK Albums chart. 'Aqualung,' to many, is Tull's masterpiece. The title track and 'Locomotive Breath,' would be joined by 'My God,' 'Cross-Eyed Mary,' and 'Hymn 43' as classic rock staples. There's no arguing with its commercial success, having sold more than seven million copies and continuing to outsell anything in the back catalog. ‬
1971: Humble Pie performs at the Fillmore East in New York. In attendance are members of The Who.
1971: T Rex were at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hot Love.’ The group’s first of four UK #1’s spent six weeks at the top of the charts.
1971: Mott the Hoople released their 3rd album, 'Wildlife.' After the edgier rock of their first two albums this record has a softer feel (leading to its nickname "Mildlife" among band members). Even Ian Hunter's trio of compositions is introspective, though disarmingly beautiful. For the first (and only) time Mick Ralphs' contributions predominate, leading to an almost country-rock feel.
1974: Jefferson Airplane re-named the group and became Jefferson Starship. The new line-up included Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, drummer Johnny Barbata, David Freiberg, Peter Kaukonen, Craig Chaquico and Papa John Creach.
1974: Aerosmith release their 4th single, 'Same Old Song and Dance' b/w 'Pandora's Box.'
1975: America'S 'Sister Golden Hair' b/w 'Midnight' 45 single is released. It was their 2nd single to reach #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, remaining in the top position for just one week.
1975: America's 5th studio album, 'Hearts' is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and produced three hit singles: 'Sister Golden Hair' went to #1 on the Billboard singles chart and #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart; and 'Daisy Jane' which peaked at #20 on the Billboard singles chart and #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart; and the funky 'Woman Tonight' which reached #44 on the Billboard singles chart and #41 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks including 'Old Virginia,' 'Bell Tree' and 'Midnight.' The album was produced by legendary Beatles producer George Martin.
1975: During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. Tickets cost $7.50 in advance.
1975: KISS release 'Dressed to Kill,' their 3rd studio album. Produced by Casablanca Records president Neil Bogart, it reached #32 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. 'C'mon and Love Me' and 'Rock and Roll All Nite' were released as singles. Both failed to rise up the charts until 'Rock and Roll All Nite' was released in its live format as a single later that year off their live album 'Alive!' and reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1975. KISS start their 'Dressed To Kill Tour' in Northampton, Pennsylvania. 'KISS Alive!' was recorded on this tour. ‬
1975: 'Tommy: The Movie' has its Los Angeles premiere at Mann’s Wilshire Theater. Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, John Entwistle, Ann-Margret, Tina Turner, Elton John, and Robert Stigwood attend. All are interviewed by David Frost for an ABC Wide World Special. Other celebrities interviewed by Army Archerd going into the theater or the afterwards party held at the Studio One Club include Paul and Linda McCartney, Ron Wood, Kenney Jones, Sally Kellerman, Dean Martin, Tommy Smothers, and Ryan and Tatum O’Neal. The special airs on U.S. television on the 26th.
1976: Former Free guitarist, 26 year old Paul Kossoff died of heart failure while on a flight across the US. He had been troubled with heart disease most of his life. Free is most often remembered for their hit, 'All Right Now.' Lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to form Bad Company with Free drummer Simon Kirke, Boz Burrell (from King Crimson) and Mick Ralphs (of Mott the Hoople).
1976: The Doobie Brothers 6th studio album, 'Takin' It to the Streets' is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and two Top 40 single - 'Takin' It to the Streets' (#13) and 'It Keeps You Running' (#37).
1976: Bad Company's 'Run With The Pack' b/w'"Do Right By Your Woman' 45 single is released in the UK.
1976: Gary Thain bass player with Uriah Heep died of a drug overdose aged 28.
1978: Billy Joel makes his U.K. concert debut at London's Theatre Royal. in 1989.
1979: Elton John appeared at the Odeon Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland. Tickets £5.00
1980: In proceedings against the doctor who supplied the prescription drugs that killed Elvis Presley, Elvis' autopsy is entered as evidence. Dr. George Nichopoulos, who was known as "Dr. Nick" was eventually found guilty of overprescribing the drugs. He later has his medical license revoked.
1980: Pete Townshend is filmed miming to his single 'Rough Boys' for the Kenny Everett Video Show in the UK accompanied by Kenney Jones.
1981: The J. Geils Band hit #1 on the singles chart with 'Centerfold.'
1982: Ozzy Osbourne and former Quiet Riot member Randy Rhoads was killed when the plane he was riding in crashed. After driving much of the night, the band had stopped near a small airstrip. The tour bus driver, Andrew Aycock, talked the band's keyboardist, Don Airey, into taking a test flight in a 1955 Beechcraft Bonanza, the joyride ended, and the plane landed safely. Then Aycock took Rhoads and Rachel Youngblood on another flight and attempts were made to "buzz" the tour bus. The left wing clipped the bus, which sent the plane spiraling into a nearby house and bursting into flames. All three bodies were burned beyond recognition, and were identified by dental records.
1984: The Beatles 'Can't Buy Me Love' b/w 'You Can't Do That' 45 picture disc single is released. This picture disc 45 single was released by EMI Records as part of an official BEATLES "It Was 20 Years Ago" Picture Disc Collection. Each single was released precisely twenty years after its original release date; so for example, the 'Love Me Do' picture disc single was re-released in 1982, and so on.
1987: Ozzy Osbourne's 'Tribute" was released in honor of Randy Rhoads. It came out on five years to the day after his death. The album peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 chart.
1988: Whitesnake's 'Give Me All Your Love' peaks at #48 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1988: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Foreigner’s 'I Don’t Want To Live Without You' debuting at #64, Whitesnake’s 'Give Me All Your Love' at #48, Aerosmith’s 'Angel' at #23, INXS’ 'Devil Inside' at #16 and Def Leppard’s 'Hysteria' at #11.
1990: Andrew Wood, lead singer of Mother Love Bone, dies of a heroin overdose at age 24. Members of the band go on to form Pearl Jam. Several bands wrote songs in tribute to his life including Alice In Chains ('Would?'), Chris Cornell ('Say Hello 2 Heaven') and Candlebox ('Far Behind').
1990: Robert Plant released his 5th solo album, 'Manic Nirvana.'
1993: Jeff Ward (drummer for several bands, including Low Pop Suicide and Nine Inch Nails) commits suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning at age 30. Several bands dedicated albums to him after his death, including Nine Inch Nails’ 'The Downward Spiral.'
1994: Sheryl Crow's 'Tuesday Night Music Club' hits the charts. It stays there for over a year, peaking at #3.
1996: 'Beatles Anthology II' is released. The album featured 'Real Love', a track the remaining members of the Beatles recorded using an old demo track of John Lennon's. The song was first recorded by Lennon in 1977 with a handheld tape recorder on his piano at home, it originated as part of an unfinished stage play that Lennon was working on at the time entitled 'The Ballad of John and Yoko.'
1997: Aerosmith release their 'Nine Lives' album.
1999: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band played the second night at the Asbury Park Convention Hall in New Jersey as warm up dates for their forthcoming Reunion Tracks tour.
2001: Aerosmith (inducted by Kid Rock), Queen (inducted by the Foo Fighters), Paul Simon (inducted by Marc Anthony), Soloman Burke and Steely Dan (inducted by Moby) are inducted at the 16th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame award ceremonies at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Keith Richards inducted Johnnie Johnson and James Burton. Richards also took part in the closing jam with Bono, Paul Simon, Kid Rock, Solomon Burke, Robbie Robertson and others.
2001: Gojira released their debut album 'Terra Incognita.'
2002: Megadeth released their 1st live album, 'Rude Awakening.'
2004: The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' and Bruce Springsteen's 'Born To Run' albums are added in the Library of Congress. The Library digitally stores and saves significant musical works.
2005: Paul Rodgers along with Queen's guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor perform at the Nelson Mandela 46664 AIDS Awareness Concert in South Africa.
2006: Green Day is recognized for their musical contributions by the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy.
2006: The Offspring's Dexter Holland runs in the Los Angeles Marathon. He raises money for the Innocence Project, a nonprofit charity that supports the legal funds of people wrongly convicted of crimes.
2009: Eric Clapton performs with the Allman Brothers Band during their annual residency at New York's Beacon Theatre.
2009: High-definition footage from Motley Crue's Crue Fest 2008 DVD is screened at dozens of U.S. theaters. Shot during the traveling festival's stop in Toronto, the DVD features the Crue plus performances by Buckcherry, Trapt and Papa Roach.
2009: Bruce Springsteen makes a guest appearance on Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.'
2010: 'The Runaways' movie hits theaters. The film, which focuses on Starring Kristen Stewart as group member Joan Jett, is a flop.
2010: Scorpions release their 17th studio album, 'Sting in the Tail.' It would eventually peak at #23 on Billboard's 200 Album chart.
2012: A graveside memorial marks the 30th anniversary of Randy Rhoads' death. More than 350 friends, family and fans pay their respects.
2013: 'Specter At The Feast' by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club arrives. The band used the album to overcome the '10 death of frontman Robert Been's father, Michael, who was involved with the band. "No one really wanted to find those words or dig in deep," says Been. "You have to go back again and dig a bit deeper, and it was excruciating."
2013: 'The Next Day' is David Bowie first UK #1 album in 20 years. The album sells over 94,000 copies its first week easily beating the 2nd place album, Bon Jovi's 'What About Now?'
2013: Anthrax release their Classic Rock covers E.P., 'Anthems.' The set includes their versions of 'Jailbreak' (Thin Lizzy), 'Smokin' (Boston), 'T.N.T.' (AC/DC) and more.
2015: Blink-182 perform their first show without co-founding guitarist Tom DeLonge. In his place at the Roxy in West Hollywood is Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba.
2017: The We Are X' hits #1 on the U.K. Rock and Metal Chart. The Japan X documentary soundtrack also tops the charts in several other counties.

March 20
1960: Elvis Presley conducts his first post-Army recording session. The hit 'Stuck On You" is one of the tracks. Scotty Moore and Bill Black, who had quit Presley's touring band in 1957, were in the studio with him for the last time.
1961: Elvis Presley's 'Surrender' hits #1. It used updated lyrics put to a melody that was written in 1911 as 'Come Back To Sorrento.' The song also hit #1 in the UK.
1961: Elvis Presley begins filming his 9th movie, 'Blue Hawaii,' on location.
1961: Ricky Nelson records 'Hello Mary Lou,' which would climb to #9 in the U.S. by early May.
1964: The Beatles 'Can't Buy Me Love' b/w 'You Can't Do That' 45 single is released in the UK.
1964: The Beatles appeared live on the UK television program 'Ready Steady Go!' lip syncing to ‘It Won't Be Long’, ’You Can't Do That’, and ‘Can't Buy Me Love’. They were also presented with a special award from Billboard magazine, in recognition of The Beatles having the top three singles on the chart simultaneously.
1967: The Beatles' 'Penny Lane b/w Strawberry Fields Forever' is certified gold.
1968: Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Richie Furay and Jim Mesina, were arrested in Los Angeles for 'being at a place where it was suspected marijuana was being used.' Clapton was later found innocent, the others paid small fines.
1969: John Lennon married Yoko Ono at the British Consulate Office in Gibraltar. They spent their honeymoon in Amsterdam campaigning for an international "Bed-In" for peace. They planned another "Bed-in" in the United States, but were denied entry. The couple then went to Montréal, and during a "Bed-in" at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel recorded ‘Give Peace a Chance’. Lennon also detailed this period in The Beatles' ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’, recorded by Lennon and McCartney on April 14, 1969. Lennon said at the time, “We chose Gibraltar because it is quiet, British and friendly. We tried everywhere else first. I set out to get married on the car ferry and we would have arrived in France married, but they wouldn’t do it. We were no more successful with cruise ships. We tried embassies, but three weeks’ residence in Germany or two weeks’ in France were required.” The Beatles song “The Ballad of John and Yoko” details the ordeal of finding a location for the nuptials.
1970: David and Angela Bowie were married at Beckenham Registry Office in London. They met at a press reception for King Crimson's 'The Court Of King Crimson' album. They were divorced in 1980.
1970: The Grateful Dead performed at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York.
1970: The Who 'The Seeker' b/w 'Here For More' 45 single is released in the U.K. It reached #19 on the UK single chart. It hit the Billboard charts in the U.S. on April 11, 1970, eventually peaking at #44.
1971: At their own expense The Rolling Stones placed full page advertisements in all the UK's music papers disclaiming any connection with the release of the Decca album 'Stone Age' saying 'in our opinion the content is below the standard we try to keep.'
1971: Janis Joplin started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with the Kris Kristofferson written 'Me And Bobby McGee'. Joplin died the year before on October 4th at age 27.
1971: The Iron Butterfly's 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' slips off the Billboard album chart after a 138 week run.
1972: Paul Simon's 'Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard' b/w 'Congratulations' 45 single is released. It reached #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Simon made a video for this song in 1988 that showed him playing basketball with some school kids on a playground. The video had a rap intro by Biz Markie and Big Daddy Kane, and a cameo by baseball legend Mickey Mantle, who lip-synchs the chorus. At the end of the video, NFL Hall-of-Famer John Madden is shown giving tips to the young players.
1972: Ringo Starr records 'Back Off, Boogaloo,' which will become the 2nd of his seven U.S. Top 10 singles. The session was produced by George Harrison.
1973: Slade were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Cum On Feel The Noize,' the group’s 4th UK #1.
1973: Jim Croce's 'Bad, Bad Leroy Brown' b/w 'A Good Time Man Like Me Ain't Got No Business (Singin' The Blues)' 45 single is released. It spent two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1973. Croce was nominated for two 1973 Grammy awards in the Pop Male Vocalist and Record of the Year categories for 'Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.'
1976: Status Quo started a three-week run at #1 on the UK chart with their 3rd #1 album 'Blue For You.' The bands record label set up a deal with Levi Jeans, advertising in over 6,000 clothes shops to help promote the album.
1976: Alice Cooper married 19 year old Sheryl Goddard. She was a dance instructor who had performed on his 'Welcome To My Nightmare' tour. Cooper was 28 and according to legend had just rejected several advances from actress Raquel Welch.
1976: Boz Scaggs' 'Silk Degrees' featuring 'Lowdown' hits the charts. It's his 7th solo album and the first to go platinum. It will climb to #2. Among the accompanying studio musicians were David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Porcaro and David Hungate, who would go on to form the band Toto.
1976: Bad Company release 'Young Blood.'
1977: Lou Reed was banned from appearing The London Palladium in England because of his punk image.
1977: T-Rex played their final gig when they appeared at The Locarno in Portsmouth, England.
1978: Paul McCartney & Wings 'With A Little Luck' b/w 'Backwards Traveller / Cuff Link' 45 single is released. It hit #1 in the U.S. later that spring. It also reached #5 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and it reached #5 in the UK.
1980: 28 year old Joseph Riviera held up the Asylum Records office in New York and demanded to see either Jackson Browne or The Eagles. Riviera wanted to talk to them to see if they would finance his trucking operation. He gave himself up when told that neither act was in the office at the time.
1981: Praying Mantis released their debut album 'Time Tells No Lies.' The band at one time had former Iron Maiden members Clive Burr and Paul Di’Anno.‬
1982: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 'I Love Rock and Roll' started a 7 week run as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1988: Iron Maiden released their 16th single, 'Can I Play with Madness.' It peaks at #3 on the UK charts.
1989: After 37 years on the air, Dick Clark announces he will discontinue hosting his creation, ABC-TV's highly influential 'American Bandstand.' The show continues with another host, but folds for good soon after.
1990: Eric Clapton plays 3 songs on Saturday Night Live: 'Pretending,' 'No Alibis' and 'Wonderful Tonight.'
1990: CBS Records loses its $20 million lawsuit against Boston's Tom Scholz. The label claims Scholz failed to fulfill contract obligations (10 albums in 5 years). Of course, Scholz countersues for unpaid royalties. Boston ends up recording next for MCA.
1991: Eric Clapton's four year old son, Conor, fell to his death from the 53rd story of a New York City apartment after a housekeeper who was cleaning the room left a window open. The boy was in the custody of his mother, Italian actress, Lori Del Santo and the pair were visiting a friend's apartment. Clapton was staying in a nearby hotel after taking his son to the circus the previous evening. The tragedy inspired his song ‘Tears in Heaven.'
1994: Rush were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the Juno Awards of 1994 at the O’Keefe Centre in Toronto.
1995: The Beatles 'Baby It’s You' (EP) is released. It reached #67 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the UK chart. The Beatles performed 'Baby It's You' as part of their stage act from 1961 until 1963. They recorded it on February 11, 1963 for their first album, 'Please Please Me,' along with 'Boys,' another song by the Shirelles. American label Vee-Jay Records included it on 'Introducing... The Beatles and Songs, Pictures and Stories of the Fabulous Beatles.' Capitol included it on 'The Early Beatles.' The Beatles released a live version on 'Live at the BBC' in 1994. The song was issued as a CD single and a vinyl single in 1995 in both the UK and the US, their first in nearly a decade. Both versions have four tracks, making it an EP instead of a regular issue single.
1998: Matchbox Twenty tape their show at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom for later broadcast on MTV as 'Live From The 10 Spot.'
1999: Garbage perform on Saturday Night Live.
2001: Sepultura released their album 'Nation.' The song 'Human Cause' featured Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed.
2003: On the day the Iraq war begins, Bruce Springsteen opens his Melbourne, Australia show with a quiet, acoustic version of his hit 'Born In The U.S.A.' and follows it with a cover of Edwin Starr's 'War.'
2006: Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) and surprise guest James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) appear at the Bring 'Em Home concert, marking the third anniversary of the United States-led invasion of Iraq. The event is held at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.
2006: While on tour in Peru, Carlos Santana slams the United States' decision to wage war in Iraq. "I try to present a dimension that brings harmony and healing. My concept is the opposite of George W. Bush," says Santana. "There is more value in placing a flower in a rifle barrel than making war."
2007: Founding Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship singer-guitarist Paul Kantner is sued for trademark infringement by former band mate Grace Slick and ex-manager Bill Thompson. Kantner used the Jefferson Starship moniker in apparent violation of a 1985 settlement. Slick and Thompson let it slide until Kantner's band crossed the line, at least according to the plaintiffs, by signing a lucrative sponsorship deal involving Microsoft.
2008: During a concert in Glasgow, Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland announces to the audience that they are witnessing 'the last tour' by the group. Later, the vocalist argues with a sound person before storming off the stage.
2008: The Eagles kick off their world tour in support of their album, 'Long Road Out of Eden.'
2009: Smashing Pumpkins announce that drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has left the group. The departure leaves frontman Billy Corgan as the only remaining original member.
2009: Motley Crue play their single 'White Trash Circus' on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!
2009: Metallica performs at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. The group celebrates the release of the 'Guitar Hero: Metallica' video game.
2009: Tinted Windows with Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, singer Taylor Hanson of Hanson and bassist Adam Schlesinger from Fountains Of Wayne make their live debut at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin.
2012: 'Lucifer Rising And Other Sound Tracks,' Jimmy Page's early 1970's home studio --recordings of avant garde music, is available on the former Led Zeppelin guitarist's website.
2012. KISS & Mötley Crüe announce 'The Tour,' a 40 date co-headlining U.S. trek.
2013: Bon Jovi tops the Billboard album chart with "What About Now?" The group sells 96,000 copies its first week.
2013: U2's Bono is the only musician to land on Forbes magazine's Top 10 Most Influential Celebrities list. Bono is eighth, behind Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg but ahead of Suze Orman and Clint Eastwood.
2013: "I still miss him," Yoko Ono tweets on what would have been the 44th anniversary of her marriage to John Lennon. The tweet includes an image of the bloodied glasses Lennon was wearing when he was shot to death on 12/08/80. Ono also includes a plea to end gun violence.
2015: Andy Summers documentary 'Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police' opens in New York City
2015: Twisted Sister and Adrenaline Mob drummer A.J. Pero died of a heart attack. He was 55. Adrenaline Mob's band members attempted but failed to wake Pero on their tour bus traveling from Baltimore to Poughkeepsie.

March 21
1952: Alan Freed staged the Moondog Coronation Ball, which was billed as the “first ever rock ‘n’ roll stage show.” Held at the Cleveland Arena and organized by WJW DJ Freed ("Moondog" on the air), the show was to feature performances by Billy Ward and The Dominoes, Tiny Grimes, and Paul Williams. The crowd is over capacity, with over 10,000 people inside and another 20,000 waiting outside and police shut down the show because of fire code violations after just one song by Williams. Doors and windows were smashed, a few fights broke out, but no one asked for their $1.75 admission back. The event proves to the music industry that this type of R&B music has widespread appeal - to white audiences as well as black.
1956: The movie 'Rock Around The Clock,' about a concert promoter (played by DJ Alan Freed) who brings Rock and Roll to the masses, opens in theaters. The film stars Bill Haley and His Comets and is named after their hit song. It is one of the first movies based on rock music and aimed at teenagers.
1956: Elvis Presley appeared at the 4,000 seated YMCA Gymnasium in Lexington, North Carolina. Also on the bill, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, featuring June Carter, Rod Brasfield, Hal and Ginger. Tickets cost $1 for general admission and $1.50 for reserved seats.
1961: The Beatles played The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England for the first time.
1963: Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas enter Abbey Road studios to record the Lennon / McCartney tune 'Do You Want To Know A Secret,' which will reach #1 in the UK, topping The Beatles themselves.
1964: After 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' had held the #1`1 position on the US singles chart for seven weeks, The Beatles started a two-week run at #1 with 'She Loves You'.
1965: The Who performed at the Trade Union Hall in Watford, England.
1966: The Beach Boys release the 'Sloop John B' b/w 'You're So Good To Me' 45 single. 'Sloop John B' was originally a traditional tune from the West Indies folk song, 'The John B. Sails,' taken from a collection by Carl Sandburg (1927).
1967: John Lennon takes his first major LSD trip and freaks out while recording backing vocals on the track 'Getting Better.' Producer George Martin, not realizing the effects of the drug, takes Lennon to the roof of Abbey Road Studios to get some fresh air. Paul and George, upon learning where John was, rush up to get him down. The group works on a piano track for 'Lovely Rita' instead.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at Speakeasy in London.
1969: Simon & Garfunkel's 'The Boxer' b/w 'Baby Driver' 45 single is released. Written by Paul Simon in 1968 and first recorded by Simon & Garfunkel, 'The Boxer' was released as the follow-up single to their #1 hit 'Mrs. Robinson,' and reached #7 on the U.S. charts. Rolling Stone ranked the song #105 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1970: The Faces, with new singer Rod Stewart, released their debut album 'First Step.' Before Stewart joined the group, they were known as The Small Faces. In the USA it was initially miscredited to the Small Faces due to a miscommunication with the label. It reached #119 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1970: Beatles 'Let It Be' debuts at #6 on Billboard Hot 100, the highest ever new entry.
1970: Santana peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Evil Ways' which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1970: Pink Floyd played the last date of their March European Tour at the Tivolis Koncertsal in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1971: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Boat Club in Nottingham, England on their 'Back To The Clubs' tour. This was the first tour which saw Zeppelin performing 'Stairway To Heaven', 'Black Dog' and 'Going To California'. Zeppelin opened the set with 'Immigrant Song' and 'Heartbreaker'
1972: The Grateful Dead played the first of seven nights at the Academy of Music in New York City, New York.
1974: Yes appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1975: Led Zeppelin played at the Seattle Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington. Two people were arrested for scalping the $7.50 face value tickets for as much as $20.
1975: Frankie Valli's 'My Eyes Adored You' hits #1 on the Billboard singles chart.
1975. Alice Cooper kicked off his Welcome to My Nightmare Tour in Kalamazoo, MI.
1976: David Bowie and Iggy Pop were busted for suspected marijuana possession in New York. Police found 182 grams (a little over 6.4 ounces) of weed. The pair spent the rest of the night in the Monroe County Jail and were released at about 7 a.m. on $2,000 bond each. His hearing takes place on April 20 (4/20), and the charges are dropped.
1977: AC/DC's 'Let There Be Rock' album is released in Australia. It was the band's 3rd internationally released album, released in the rest of the world the following July 25 via Atlantic Records.
1977: Slade released their 7th album, 'Whatever Happened to Slade.'
1977: Bassist Sid Vicious makes his debut with the Sex Pistols at Notre Dame Halls in London. Nancy Spungen is in the audience.
1977: The Eagles performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1978: Carole King's third husband, Rick Evers, dies of a drug overdose after working on Carole's album 'Welcome Home,' which was released two months later. Evers had co-writing credits on three songs from the album and appears on the cover with King.
1978: Dire Straits played at The Marquee Club in London.
1980: Judas Priest released the single 'Living After Midnight.' The song peaked at #12 on the UK Official Charts.
1981: REO Speedwagon's 'Keep on Loving You' is the #1 U.S. single. John Lennon's 'Woman' is at #2, followed by 'Best Of Times' from Styx at #3.
1981: John Lennon peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart posthumously with 'Woman' which was Lennon’s 6th top 10 single in the U.S.
1981: Debuts on Billboard’s Hot 100 include Phil Collins’ 'I Missed Again' at #79, REO Speedwagon’s 'Take It On The Run' at #65, The Who’s 'You Better You Bet' at #63, Styx’s 'Too Much Time On My Hands' at #60. The #1 spot was held by REO Speedwagon’s 'Keep On Loving You.'
1982: Scorpions released their 19th single, 'No One Like You.' It was released as the lead single from the band's 8th studio album 'Blackout.'
1983: Pink Floyd released their 12th studio album, 'The Final Cut' in the UK. It's their last album recorded with Roger Waters. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It is the only Pink Floyd album on which Waters is credited for the writing and composition of every song. Most of the lyrics are sung by Waters; lead guitarist David Gilmour provides vocals on only one of the album's tracks.
1983: Saxon released their 5th studio album, 'Power & the Glory.' The album has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.
1983: Zebra released their self-titled debut album. The album peaked at #29 on the #Billboard charts.
1984: Strawberry Fields, an area in Central Park bought by Yoko Ono in memory of her late husband was opened. Every December 9, thousands of fans converge on the spot to remember her late husband, who was murdered by a deranged fan on that day in 1980.
1984: The #1 song in America was Van Halen’s 'Jump.'
1985: Bruce Springsteen kicked off the second leg of his Born in the USA world tour at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.
1987: ZZ Top wrapped up their 14 month 'Afterburner' world tour with a final show at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
1987: Beatlemania returns to US charts as the group holds down the Top 4 on US CD chart:
1. 'Hard Day's Night'
2. 'Please Please Me'
3. 'Beatles for Sale'
4. 'With the Beatles'
1987: U2 scored their 3rd UK #1 album with 'The Joshua Tree,' selling 235,000 in it's first week. The album became the fastest selling in UK history and the first album to sell over a million CDs, spending a total of 156 weeks on the UK chart. It was also a U.S. #1.
1987: Whitesnake released their 19th single, 'Still of the Night.'
1988: Lynyrd Skynyrd releases 'Southern by the Grace of God,' their 2nd live album. It features music recorded in 1987 in what was supposed to be a one-time touring tribute to band members who died in a 1977 plane wreak that seemingly ended the band. Four years later, an updated Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup records new material and begins touring again regularly.
1989: Dick Clark announced that he would no longer host 'American Bandstand.'
1989: Bonnie Raitt's 'Nick of Time' album is released. The album was ranked number 229 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It won Grammys for Album Of The Year (Bonnie Raitt, Don Was), Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (Bonnie Raitt) and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (Nick of Time).
1991: Leo Fender, the inventor of The Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars died from Parkinson's disease. He started mass producing solid body electric guitars in the late 40s and when he sold his guitar company in 1965, sales were in excess of $40 million a year.
1991: Smashing Pumpkins sign a record deal with Caroline Records/Virgin. The group started as a duo with guitarist Billy Corgan and bassist D'Arcy.
1992: Eric Clapton's 'Tears In Heaven' (about his deceased son, Conner), peaks at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1992: Johnny & Edgar Winter performed together for the first time in 15 years at the Sting club in New Britain, CT.
1994: Bruce Springsteen took home a Best Original Song Oscar for 'Streets of Philadelphia.' The song appears in the film 'Philadelphia' starring Tom Hanks. The song goes on to win four Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo, and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television.
1994: The Grateful Dead performed their last concert with Jerry Garcia in Cleveland, Ohio.
1994: Yes release their album 'Talk.' It peaks at #33 on Billboard's 200 album chart.
1995: MTV airs Melissa Etheridge's 'Unplugged' set. It includes a duet with Bruce Springsteen on 'Thunder Road.'
1992: Johnny & Edgar Winter performed together for the first time in 15 years at the Sting club in New Britain, CT.
2000: Pantera released their 9th and final studio album, 'Reinventing the Steel.' The album reached #4 on the Billboard 200 chart.
2000: Dio released their 8th studio album, 'Magica.' The album marked the return of guitarist Craig Goldy and also featured Jimmy Bain on bass and Simon Wright on drums.
2000: Mr. Big released the album 'Get Over It.' It was their first studio album to feature guitarist Richie Kotzen.
2000: Kurt Cobain and Happy Monday's singer Shaun Ryder both beat older stars such as Keith Richards and Keith Moon in a league of rock 'n' roll excess compiled by UK music weekly Melody Maker. Liam Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson all featured in the Top 10.
2002: John "Speedy" Keene, vocalist and drummer for Thunderclap Newman died at the age of 56. The band's biggest hit came in 1969 with 'Something In The Air.'
2003: Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry divorces his first wife, model Lucy Helmore, after 21 years, on grounds of adultery.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne was named the nation's favorite ambassador to welcome aliens to planet earth. The 55-year-old singer came top of a poll as the face people want to represent them to alien life. The poll of internet users was carried out following the discovery of signs of water on Mars. Ozzy won 26 per cent of the vote. A spokesman for Yahoo! News said: "As the world waits desperately for signs of alien life, we decided to ask our users who they thought was best suited for this most auspicious of roles. Ozzy is a great choice but I'm not sure what the Martians would make of his individual approach to the English language."
2005: MTV aired the final episode of 'The Osbournes.' Dr. Phil McGraw visited the family where he held a frank discussion about drug abuse & other issues.
2006: Three South African women whose father, Solomon Linda, wrote 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' in 1939, won a six-year court battle that gave them 25 per cent of all past and future royalties from the song. Linda who was a cleaner at a Johannesburg record company when he wrote the song, received virtually nothing for his work and died in 1962 with $25 in his bank account. The song had been recorded by Pete Seeger (as 'Wimoweh,') The Kingston Trio, The Tokens, Karl Denver and R.E.M. and was featured in the Disney film 'The Lion King.' It was estimated that the song had earned $15 million for its use in The Lion King alone.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers make their entire back catalog, from their self-titled 1984 debut to 2002's 'By the Way,' available for purchase digitally in North America through iTunes. There are extra tracks, bonus videos and artwork.
2006: The Black Crowes release first-ever concert DVD, 'Freak N' Roll...Into the Fog,' featuring two-and-a-half hours of footage recorded during the band's August '05 stint in San Francisco. It also includes behind-the-scenes clips.
2007: Paul McCartney officially becomes the first artist to sign with Starbucks' Hear Music label (launched in partnership with Concord Records). The former Beatle states he has already started an album.
2008: Beach Boys founding members Mike Love and Al Jardine settle a lawsuit Love filed in 2003, claiming Jardine was touring under variations of the group name, to which Love owns the rights. The settlement leads to a reunion of the group in 2012 for their 50th anniversary.
2008: Kid Rock is accused of helping beat up three men outside a Hollywood bar in 2006. A lawsuit filed in L.A. contends the alleged victims were 'assaulted and battered' by Rock and others after asking for autographs. The plaintiffs, who also claim Rock's party stole cameras and bags during the attack, seek a settlement worth at least $15 million.
2009: Guns N' Roses reveal that guitarist Dj Ashba has replaced Robin Finck. "Dj's a gifted, energetic guitarist that Guns N' Roses is proud to have on board," says singer Axl Rose in a statement.
2009: U2 went to #1 on the US album chart with 'No Line on the Horizon,' the bands 12th studio album.
2009: Disturbed's 'Music as a Weapon IV' tour begins in Waterloo, IA. The group also introduces an Official Bootleg Series offering audio downloads of all of their tour performances. Killswitch Engage and Lacuna Coil are the opening acts.
2009: The Neil Young concert film 'Trunk Show' premieres at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX. Directed by Jonathan Demme, the movie has footage from a pair of 2007 Philly shows.
2010: The CBS prime-time drama 'Cold Case' features only Pink Floyd songs.
2010: Phil Spector was allegedly beaten at the state prison in Corcoran, California, after mouthing off to another inmate. The 70 year old former record producer, who was jailed in 2009 for murdering actress Lana Clarkson, wound up with bruises, a black eye and lost a couple of teeth.
2011: Blues musician Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins dies at age 97.
2011: Canada's Bryan Adams is the 2,435th star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame. Adams' star is placed in front of the Musicians Institute on Hollywood Boulevard.
2011: 'Ladies and Gentleman: The Rolling Stones' app is out. The video content includes footage filmed over four nights in Texas in during the band's Exile on Main Street tour in 1972.
2011: A lost David Bowie album called 'Toy,' which went unreleased since 2001, mysteriously appeared on several file-sharing websites. The collection of mostly re-recorded tracks from Bowie's early years, had been locked in a dispute with Virgin Records.
2012: Thanks to a price war between Google Play and AmazonMP3 digital stores Guns N' Roses 'Greatest Hits' is on sale for 25 cents. The 85,000 copies purchased push the set to #3 on the Billboard 200 - behind One Direction and Adele.
2013: Led Zeppelin receives the inaugural International Lifetime Achievement Award at the Echo Awards in Berlin. Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones are on hand to accept the trophy. The Echo Awards are presented by the German Phono Academy.
2013: 'Ramones', by the Ramones (1976), Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' (1973), and Big Brother & The Holding Company 'Cheap Thrills' (1968) are added to the Library of Congress' national registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
2013: John Mayer hosts a Google+ hangout, an online virtual meeting place with his fans. The PR action of the pop-blues rocker is a historic precedent, in that this marks the first time such a big-name celebrity has made an exclusive appearance on Google+, a social network competitor to Facebook.
2014: A letter from John Lennon to producer Phil Spector written in the mid-70s (during Lennon's "Lost Weekend") sells at auction. It accuses Harry Nilsson and The Who's drummer Keith Moon of urinating on a studio console.""Phil: Should you not yet know it was Harry and Keith who pissed on the console," the letter begins. Lennon, facing expulsion from A&M Studio in Hollywood over the incident, produced Nilsson's 1974 album, 'Pussy Cats,' which featured Moon. The letter is sold to a private collector.
2015: Former Adrenaline Mob drummer Mike Portnoy rejoins his former bandmates to perform a show in New Jersey following the sudden death of the group's recent drummer AJ Pero from an apparent heart attack a day earlier.
2015: Robert Plant joins Jack White on stage for a version of Led Zeppelin's 'The Lemon Song' during White's headlining set at Lollapalooza Argentina.
2016: A rare Beatles record found in the loft of Les Maguire - the keyboardist in fellow Liverpool act, Gerry and the Pacemakers sold for £77,500 at auction. The 10-inch acetate of 'Till There Was You' and 'Hello Little Girl' from 1962 was described as "a Holy Grail item". It was the first Beatles disc to be cut before the band broke into the national charts.

March 22
1955: At Memphis Recording Service (also home of Sun Records), Johnny Cash has his first session. With Luther Perkins on guitar and Marshall Grant on bass, Johnny sang five Country / Gospel numbers, of which 'Mr. Porter' was the only useable cut. Phillips tells Johnny to come back when he's written a hit.
1956: Carl Perkins is seriously injured in a car accident near Dover, Delaware on his way to perform on NBC-TV's Perry Como Show. He received a broken collarbone and a concussion in a car accident that killed his brother Jay. An eight seat Chrysler Imperial that was loaned to Perkins while he awaited delivery of his new Cadillac Sixty Special, plowed into the back of a pickup truck after his manager, Dick Stuart fell asleep. The accident also killed the local farmer who was driving the pickup and Perkins would spend several days in the hospital. This stymies promotion for his single 'Blue Suede Shoes,' but the song still reaches #2 in May.
1957: Elvis Presley's 'All Shook Up' b/w 'That's When Your Heartaches Begin' 45 single is released. Elvis recorded the song at Radio Recorders in Hollywood. Take 10 was selected for release. In March the song enterred Billboard's Top 100 Chart at #25. It topped the Hot 100 on April 13, staying there for 8 weeks, becoming his 2nd single to hit #1. It also peaked at #3 on the Country Charts. It is certified 2x platinum by the RIAA and was ranked #352 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It also became Presley's first #1 single in the UK, staying there for 7 weeks. Sales of the song exceeded 2 million, and it was named Billboard's Year End #1 song for 1957.
1963: The Beatles 'Please Please Me' debut album is released in the UK. The LP would reach the top spot in May and remained there for thirty weeks before being replaced by 'With the Beatles.' The collection, minus 'Please Please Me' and 'Ask Me Why' would be issued by Vee-Jay Records in North America on January 10th, 1964 as 'Introducing... The Beatles.'
1965: The Beatles 'The Early Beatles' album is released in the U.S. It was more of an early compilation because all of the tracks had previously been featured on the early 1964 Vee-Jay release 'Introducing...The Beatles.' It was The Beatles' 6th album on Capitol Records, and their 8th album for the American market.
1965: Who manager Kit Lambert receives a letter stating that their April 15th gig at the Locarno Ballroom, Swindon has been canceled because the promoter has had a lot of trouble lately and he feels that The Who are not the type of Group that would go well in his Ballroom. A copy of this document later appears included in the Live at Leeds album. The Who play that night at Parr Hall in Warrington, Lancashire.
1965: Bob Dylan's 5th studio album 'Bringing It All Back Home' was released. The album was the first of Dylan's LPs to break into the US top 10, and it also topped the UK charts later that Spring. The lead-off track, 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' became Dylan's first single to chart in the US, peaking at #39. The album's iconic cover, photographed by Daniel Kramer, features Sally Grossman, wife of Dylan's manager Albert Grossman, lounging in the background. The artefacts scattered around the room include vinyl LPs by The Impressions and Robert Johnson.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at The Guildhall in Southampton, England.
1967: The Who play their first American live gig at New York’s Paramount Theater.
1968: The Grateful Dead performed at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: Two days after their wedding in Gibraltar, John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their "Bed-in," inviting members of the media into their Amsterdam hotel room where they are promoting peace with songs, signs and dialogue. These events are outlined in the song 'The Ballad of John and Yoko.'
1969: The Who's 'Pinball Wizard' b/w 'Dogs Part Two' 45 single is released in the U.S. It reached #4 on the UK charts and #19 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1969: Led Zeppelin appeared at Mothers in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.
1970: Joe Cocker performed at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.
1970: The New York club Electric Circus is damaged by a bomb.
1970: Led Zeppelin played to a sold out crowd of 6,000 at the Seattle Arena in Seattle, Washington. Ticket prices ranged from $4-6.
1971: John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band 'Power To The People' b/w 'Touch Me' 45 single is released. It peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the British singles chart.
1971: At a truck stop in Jackson, Alabama, The Allman Brothers Band are arrested by state troopers and charged with marijuana and heroin possession after drugs are found in the back seat of the band's car. It was their first bust all together, though a roadie had recently been shot off his motorcycle by two cops in another brush with the law. The charges were later reduced to disturbing the peace and the band paid over $5,000 in fines and expenses.
1972: Yes played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan
1973: King Crimson appeared at Town Hall in Leeds, England.
1974: King Crimson filmed at show at ORTF TV Studios in Paris.
1974: The Eagles release their 3rd studio album, 'On the Border.' It’s the first Eagles album to feature guitarist Don Felder. It reached #17 on the Billboar Top 200 Album Chart, and #28 on the UK Albums Chart. The single 'Best of My Love' hit #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary Chart in 1975.
1974: Ten Years After play their last gig at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1974: Frank Zappa's 18th album, 'Apostrophe (') is released. It reached #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. An edited version of its lead-off track, 'Don't Eat the Yellow Snow,' was Zappa's first chart single, reaching #86. It remains Zappa's biggest commercial success in the US.
1975: Franki Valli returned to the US Top 40 for the first time in nearly seven years when 'My Eyes Adored You' went to #1, his first solo #1. The song was originally titled 'Blue Eyes In Georgia' by its writers, Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan, but Valli altered the lyrics to suit himself.
1975: Led Zeppelin started a six week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Physical Graffiti,' the group's 4th U.S. #1 album. On its first day of release the album shipped a million copies – no other album in the history of Atlantic records had generated so many sales. 'Physical Graffiti' has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies. It stays at #1 until May 3rd when it's replaced by 'Chicago VIII.‬'
1975: The Rolling Stones went into the studio and began recording 'Black and Blue.'
1975: Genesis played at the Salle d’Exposition in Annecy, France.
1976: Elvis Presley 'The Sun Sessions' is released, a compilation of Elvis Presley recordings at Sun Studios in 1954 and 1955.
1976: David Bowie performed at the Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut.
1976: While campaigning for President, Jimmy Carter tells NARM (The National Association of Record Merchandisers) that he listened to Dylan, Grateful Dead, and Led Zeppelin while Governor of Georgia.
1976: Elvis Presley's 'The Sun Sessions' compilation album is released. It includes all the master takes of Elvis' 1954-55 recordings for Sun Records. It reached both the Billboard 200 Top LP (#76) and Country LP (#2) Charts, and went to #16 on the UK Albums Chart.
1977: Aerosmith's 'Back In The Saddle' b/w 'Nobody's Fault' 45 single is released in the U.S. It's the band's 16th single, and it peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1978: The Police signed to A&M Records.
1978: A Beatles parody special called 'The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash,' airs on ABC. The special stars various members of the Monty Python troupe.
1980: Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick In The Wall', started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart. It's also #1 in the UK, Germany, Australia, Italy and in many other countries around the world. Pink Floyd received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Rock Duo or Group for the song, but lost to Bob Seger's 'Against The Wind.' It's a rare hit single for the band, whose only other Top 40 appearance is 'Money,' which hit #13 in 1973.
1980: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes The Romantics’ 'What I Like About You' at #49, Journey’s 'Anyway You Want It' at #47, Gary Numan’s 'Cars' at #45, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 'Refugee' at #15, Queen’s 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' at #3 and Pink Floyd’s 'Another Brick In The Wall' at #1.‬
1982: Iron Maiden's 3rd studio album, 'The Number of the Beast' is released. It's their first album with Bruce Dickinson singing for them. It has been cited as one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time.
1982: The Beatles 'Reel Music' album is released, a compilation featuring a selection of songs by The Beatles that were featured in their films. It reached #19 on the Billboard 200 Top LP Chart. It was the first Beatles album released after John Lennon's death.
1983: Iron Maiden released their 2nd live album, 'A Real Live One.'
1984: Queen filmed the video for ‘I Want To Break Free’ at Limehouse Studio in London. Directed by David Mallet, it was a parody of the northern British soap opera 'Coronation Street' with the band members dressed in drag. Guitarist Brian May later said the video ruined the band in America, and was initially banned by MTV in the US.
1984: Bob Dylan and Liberace appear on Late Night With David Letterman. And no, they don't perform together.
1984: Savatage release their 'The Dungeons Are Calling' EP.
1985: Alcatrazz's only studio album with Steve Vai, 'Disturbing the Peace,' is released. The band's 2nd studio album, Produced by Eddie Kramer, with the lead-off track, 'God Blessed Video,' would attract a whole new audience years later when it was included on the popular video game, 'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.'
1986: Dokken peak at #77 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'In My Dreams.'
1986: Heart enjoyed their first chart-topper with 'These Dreams.' The lyric is written by Bernie Taupin, who is Elton John's songwriting partner. At #2 is another Rock ballad, 'Sara' by Starship. John Mellencamp's 'R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.' holds the #5 spot.
1986: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Ozzy Osbourne’s 'Shot In The Dark' at #95 (debut), Dokken’s 'In My Dreams' at #77 (peak), Van Halen’s 'Why Can’t This Be Love' at #43, Rolling Stones’ 'Harlem Shuffle' at #31, Loverboy’s 'This Could Be The Night' at #11 and Heart’s 'These Dreams' at #1.
1986: Mark Dinning, who scored a U.S #1 hit in 1960 with 'Teen Angel,' died following a heart attack at the age of 52. The song had been written by his sister, Jeannie. Although he never had another hit, Mark continued performing throughout the 1960s, but felt his lack of success was because "groups were in and singles were out" once the British Invasion started. He died just after returning home from a club appearance in Jefferson City, Missouri.
1987: Anthrax's 3rd studio album, 'Among the Living' is released. The cover shows an image of Henry Kane, a character in the film Poltergeist II: The Other Side, which the band finds terrifying.
1989: After 33 years Dick Clark announces he'll no longer host 'American Bandstand.'
1989: White Zombie released their 2nd studio album, 'Make Them Die Slowly.'
1992: Polygram Records officially announced that Tears For Fears had split up, Roland Orzabal continued using the name Tears For Fears.
1994: Ted Nugent recorded a public service announcement warning kids against inhaling aerosol spray cans.
1994: Pantera release their 7th album, 'Far Beyond Driven' .
1994: Dan Hartman died of an AIDS-related brain tumor in Westport, Connecticut. He was 43. Hartman was a singer, songwriter and producer who had also been a member of the Edgar Winter Group and wrote the band’s hit “Free Ride.” His biggest single was “I Can Dream About You,” which was featured on his album of the same name as well as the Streets of Fire soundtrack in 1984. Had the 1978 #1 dance hit ‘Instant Replay,’ wrote hits for others and collaborated with Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Young, James Brown, Holly Johnson and Steve Winwood.
1994: The Smashing Pumpkins single 'Disarm' is released. Written by Billy Corgan, who considers it the most personally important song on the album 'Siamese Dream.' It is banned by the U.K.'s Top of the Pops T.V. show because of the lyric "cut that little child." In the U.S., the track peaks at #5 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
1994: Pantera's 7th studio album, 'Far Beyond Driven' is released. It debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 becoming the first Extreme-Metal album to top the chart. It is also the first album where Darrell Abbott is credited as 'Dimebag Darrell'.
1996: Don Murray dies from post-operative complications for ulcer surgery. He was 50. Murray was the drummer in The Turtles.
1997: Paul McCartney’s birth certificate was sold to a Beatles memorabilia bidder for $84,146.
1997: Marilyn Manson severs an artery in his hand forcing the cancellation of another set of concerts.
2000: A fan fell 90 feet to his death during a Kiss concert at the Oakland Arena in California.
2000: In the presence of Angus Young, the Spanish town of Leganes unveiled a sign designating a street “Calle de AC/DC.”
2000: Yusuf Islam the former singer Cat Stevens joined the campaign to save the Section 28 ban on the promotion of homosexuality in UK schools. He praised peers for fighting the government's plans to scrap Section 28.
2001: Earl Beal of the Philadelphia vocal group The Silhouettes died at the age of 76. The group topped the Billboard chart in 1958 with 'Get A Job.'
2003: Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose sent Offspring a cease and desist letter after they announced plans to call their new record 'Chinese Democrazy.'.
2004: A new book claimed that Elvis Presley's ancestors came from a small village called Lonmay in the North East of Scotland. Author Allan Morrison said he'd found evidence that Elvis's great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather was married in the village 300 years ago.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne was voted the nation's favourite ambassador to welcome aliens to planet Earth. The 55 year old singer topped a Yahoo poll as the face people wanted to represent them to alien life.
2004: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is charged with two counts of battery, more than three months after a New Year's Eve scuffle with sheriff`s deputies at a Naples, FL, hotel. Deputies say the fight started when the guitarist`s son refused to get off the stage at The Ritz-Carlton, where the house band was performing. Lifeson tried to intervene when deputies escorted his son off the property.
2004: The Who's Pete Townshend, appearing on a BBC documentary, says he considered suicide after his 2003 arrest on suspicion of possessing child pornography. He was eventually cleared of possessing pornographic images.
2004: A 'serious' bomb threat forces the cancellation of a Limp Bizkit concert in Katowice, Poland, just minutes before the band is scheduled to take the stage. The crowd exits without incident and frontman Fred Durst vows that "Bizkit will return to Poland."
2005: 'Nirvana-Nevermind,' a documentary DVD on the making of the "Nevermind" album, is released. Bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl and producer, Butch Vig appear.
2005: Queens Of The Stone Age release their 4th album 'Lullabies To Paralyze.'
2005: Overkill released the album 'ReliXIV.'
2005: Billy Idol released his album 'Devil's Playground.'
2005: The Black Crowes reunite for five shows at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.
2005: The soundtrack to the WB TV drama 'Summerland' is released. The set features Collective Soul and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Collective Soul contributes 'General Attitude' from their 'Youth' disc, while Shepherd offers up his hit 'Alive.'
2005: Billy Idol's first album of new material in twelve years, 'Devil's Playground' is released.
2005: Rod Price, founding member of Foghat died after falling down a stairway at his home after suffering a heart attack. He was 57. Price was the original guitarist in Foghat, known as the “Slide King of Rock And Roll.” Price played on Foghat’s first ten albums.
2006: Aerosmith canceled their North American tour as Steven Tyler entered the hospital for throat surgery. A publicist denied the singer was suffering from throat cancer.
2007: Incubus put their European tour on hold and cancel a South American trek because guitarist Mike Einziger's severe hand injury requires surgery.
2007: Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger reports that the band's charity single 'If Everyone Cared' raised more than $200,000 for Amnesty International and International Children's Awareness Canada.
2010: Them Crooked Vultures kick off a series of concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall to benefit Britain's Teenage Cancer Trust. The Who and Noel Gallagher are among the acts who also take the stage during the week-and-a-half long fundraiser.
2011: Green Day's 'Awesome As F***,' drops. The two-disc set (either CD and DVD or CD and Blu-ray) includes performances from the band's '09 -'10 world tour with portions filmed in Japan. It's their first live release since '05's 'Bullet In A Bible.'
2011: Soundgarden release their first live album, 'Live On I-5' (named after the West Coast interstate).
2011: The Foo Fighters play the first of two shows that raise over $1 million for victims of the Australian floods and New Zealand earthquakes. The show at the Auckland Town Hall is followed five days later by a performance at the Riverstage in central Brisbane.
2012: Paul McCartney announced that his 1971 album 'Ram,' which included the hit single "Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey", had been re-mastered and would be re-released next May. Macca was quoted as saying "This is an album from a long, long time ago, when the world was different. It reminds me of my hippie days and the free attitude with which it was created."
2013: A rare set of 61 black-and-white photos photographs taken at The Beatles' 1965 concert at Shea Stadium are auctioned for approximately $46,700. Photographer Marc Weinstein used a fake press pass to get backstage.
2013: My Chemical Romance announces their breakup after 12 years as a band. "We've been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible," reads a band statement. "We shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends." Frontman Gerald Way adds that the band wanted to end it before moving in uncomfortable directions. However, just over a year later the group issues the single "Fake Your Death," which they call their eulogy song.
2013: Pretty Maids released their13th studio album, 'Motherland.'
2013: Depeche Mode released their 13th album, 'Delta Machine.'
2015: 'Inventory,' a composition by Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe and Matthew Frain, a member of the Richmond Ballet in Richmond, VA debuts at Richmond's dance fest.
2016: Smashing Pumpkins' In Plainsong Tour, an "acoustic-electro evening" of music, kicks off in Portland, OR. Original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is in the line-up alongside guitarist Jeff Schroeder. Liz Phair serves as the opening act.
2016: Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl posts an open letter asking local authorities in Cornwall, England to lift restrictions on a teen Metal band, Black Leaves Of Envy, who are deemed too loud to jam in a family garage. "I believe that in doing so, you will be sending a message that Cornwall is not only a home to music and the arts, but a place that encourages children to follow their dreams," writes Grohl.
2016: A 10-inch vinyl record recorded by The Beatles in '62 is bought by an anonymous British collector for $110,000. It features 'Hello Little Girl,' the first song John Lennon ever wrote.
2017: Former Boston drummer, 67-year-old Sib Hashian, collapsed and died on stage during a performance on a Caribbean cruise ship. The Legends Of Rock cruise also featured Sib's old Boston bandmate Barry Goudreau, original Beach Boys star David Marks and Foreigner singer Lou Gramm.

March 23
1955: Elvis Presley auditions for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. He performs 'Good Rockin' Tonight.' The scouts pass on Elvis preferring Pat Boone.
1956: Elvis Presley releases his self-titled debut studio album. It spent ten weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart in 1956, the first rock and roll album ever to make it to the top of the charts. In 2003, it was ranked #55 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1956: Fats Domino headlines the first day of a 3-day concert organized by the DJ Alan Freed in Hartford, Connecticut. Over the course of the shows, 11 fans are arrested by over-zealous police. It's a litmus test for rock concerts and their effect on young people, as psychiatrist Francis Braceland testifies afterwards that rock music is "a communicable disease with music appealing to adolescent insecurity and driving teenagers to do outlandish things. It is cannibalistic and tribalistic."
1963: The Beach Boys 'Surfin' USA' peaks at #3 on the U.S. pop chart.
1964: Elvis Presley received his final discharge from the US Army Reserve. He had left active duty in February of 1960
1964: The Beatles 'Do You Want To Know A Secret' b/w 'Thank You Girl' 45 single is released. It reached the #2 spot behind another Beatles song, 'Can't Buy Me Love' on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Cash Box chart. In the U.S., it was the most successful Beatles song on which Harrison sang lead vocal until "Something" peaked at #1 as part of a double-sided number one hit with 'Come Together' in 1969.
1964: The Beatles' 'Souvenir Of Their Visit To America' is released. It was the first of three Beatles E.P.'s released in the United States and the only one released by Vee-Jay Records.
1964: The Duke of Edinburgh presents The Beatles with an award for Best Beat Group at the annual Carl-Alan Awards.
1964: John Lennon publishes 'In His Own Write.' The title was originally 'In His Own Write and Draw' (since it also contains sketches). The book becomes an instant best-seller.
1967: Jimi Hendrix hits the UK chart with 'Purple Haze.'
1967: At a ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in London, The Beatles were awarded three Ivor Novello awards for 1966: Best-selling British single ‘Yellow Submarine’, most-performed song ‘Michelle’, and next-most-performed song 'Yesterday'. None of the Beatles attended and the winning songs were played by Joe Loss and his Orchestra. The lead vocal for ‘Michelle’ was sung by Ross MacManus, whose son would go on to become the professional musician Elvis Costello.
1968: Blue Cheer enter the Billboard Hot 100 for the first and only time with their Heavy Metal version of Eddie Cochran's 1958 hit 'Summertime Blues.' The single would rise to #14 and helped push the album 'Vincebus Eruptum' to #11. Jim Morrison of The Doors called the trio "The single most powerful band I've ever seen."
1969: The Rally for Decency in Miami attracted 30,000 people. The rally protested “longhairs and weird dressers” and later was commended by President Richard Nixon. Celebrities at the event included Kate Smith, Jackie Gleason, The Lettermen and orange juice pitchwoman and future anti-gay advocate Anita Bryant.
1970: Although The Beatles had abandoned the tracks originally cut for 'Let It Be,' their business manager Allen Klein invited Phil Spector to remix the recordings. Spector’s tampering with the original recordings further alienated Paul McCartney from the band.
1970: Leon Russell's self-titled debut album was released. It reached #60 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, bolstered by the track 'A Song For You.'
1972: Pink Floyd spent the first of eight days recording performances at Pompeii’s Roman Amphitheatre.
1972: The film of 'The Concert For Bangla Desh' featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton premiered in New York. The concert raises $250,000 (almost $1.5 million in today’s dollars) for Bangladesh relief, and becomes the first benefit concert of this magnitude in history, setting the template for many future philanthropic music campaigns.
1973: John Lennon was ordered to leave the U.S. within 60 days by the immigration authorities; he began a long fight to win his Green Card which he was given on July 27, 1976.
1973: Paul McCartney & Wings 'My Love' b/w 'The Mess' is released in the UK. It the most successful track from their 1973 album 'Red Rose Speedway.' McCartney wrote it about his feelings for his wife Linda, also in the band It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the UK Singles Chart. It also went to #1 on the Easy Listening chart for three weeks. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies. The song was recorded live with an orchestra at Olympic Studios. It contains a guitar solo by the Irish guitarist Henry McCullough, then part of the Wings line-up.
1973: Bruce Springsteen released his first single, 'Blinded by the Light.'
1973: King Crimson released their 5th studio albu, 'mLarks' Tongues in Aspic.' It reached #61 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It was the debut of King Crimson's third incarnation, featuring original member and guitarist Robert Fripp and new members John Wetton (vocals, bass guitar), David Cross (violin, Mellotron), Jamie Muir (percussion), and Bill Bruford (drums), as well as lyricist Richard Palmer-James.
1973: Roxy Music's 'For Your Pleasure' album is released. It reached #4 on the UK Albums chart, but only #193 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #394 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1974: Hall & Oates' 'She's Gone' peaks at #60 on the Hot 100. Later that year, a version by Tavares hits #50, and in 1976, the original goes to #7 when it is re-released. The duo were each dealing with girl problems when they wrote the song together.
1975: The Band appears at the Students Need Athletics Culture & Kicks (SNACK) benefit at San Francisco's Kezar Stadium. Proceeds go toward covering an education budget shortfall.
1976: Judas Priest's release their 2nd album, 'Sad Wings of Destiny.' It was Judas Priest's second and final studio record made while under contract with Gull Records, an independent UK company. Despite critical acclaim, the band was struggling financially due to lack of support from the label. Shortly after changing management, the band severed their ties with Gull and signed with Columbia Records. Consequently, Judas Priest lost all rights to the recordings on their first two albums and to all demo recordings made during the sessions while under contract with Gull. Sad Wings of Destiny was initially published and distributed by Janus Records in the United States.
1977: Elvis Presley performs at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. This was the first date of 49 date U.S. tour over three months and Presley's last ever tour. His last ever show was on June 26, 1977 at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Indiana.
1978: Rolling Stone reported that Fleetwood Mac was working on plans to perform in Moscow. The group’s advisor Michael Shapiro said there was one small condition: “Everything of course, depends on world peace.”
1979: The 'Van Halen II' album is released. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1979: Van Halen's 'Dance the Night Away' b/w 'Outta Love Again' 45 single was released.
1980: A gunman holds up Elektra Records in New York demanding to speak to Eagles or Jackson Browne. He gives up and leaves when told they live in California.
1980: U2 sign a worldwide deal with Island Records. They get about $100,000 for their first album.
1980: Journey releases their 6th album, 'Departure.' It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The album includes 'Any Way You Want It,' the lead off track and top 25 single. The album would mark the last full time studio album appearance of founding member Gregg Rolie, who had become tired of life on the road and decided to leave the band after assisting in the selection of his replacement, Jonathan Cain, then of The Babys.
1982: Rick Springfield released his album 'Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet.' The album went platinum, and produced three top 40 singles; 'Don't Talk to Strangers' (#2 for 4 weeks), 'What Kind of Fool Am I' (#21) and 'I Get Excited' (#32). 'Don't Talk to Strangers' and 'Calling All Girls' also received Album Rock airplay, charting at #11 and #4 respectively.
1983: ZZ Top's 8th studio album, 'Eliminator' is released. It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It ranked #396 on Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and was listed at #39 in The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80's. The album was on the charts for over a year, and had huge hits with 'Sharp Dressed Man,' 'Gimme All Your Lovin' and 'Legs.'
1985: Billy Joel married Christie Brinkley on a boat moored alongside the Statue Of Liberty. Her engagement ring was described as a diamond solitaire "the size of a sugar cube." The pair would split in March of 1994.
1985: John Lennon's son Julian gave his first concert in San Antonio, Texas. Over the next two years he would place four songs on the Hot 100, including 'Valotte' (#9) and 'Too Late For Goodbyes' (#5).
1985: John Fogerty went to #1 on theBillboard album chart with his 3rd solo LP, 'Centerfield.' Using over-dubbing, Fogerty played all of the instruments on every track. The RIAA has since certified the album Double-Platinum (2 million album sales) on the strength of the hit singles 'The Old Man Down the Road,' 'Rock and Roll Girls' and the title track.
1985: Dio peaks at #30 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart with 'Hungry For Heaven' .
1985: Journey's peaks at #9 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'Only The Young' from the 'Vision Quest' soundtrack. It stays 16 weeks on the chart
1985: Former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man John Fogerty went to #1 on the U.S. album chart with 'Centerfield.'
1987: Whitesnake release their 'Is This Love' single.
1988: In front of a crowd of 46,000 Mick Jagger makes his first onstage solo appearance in Japan. The Rolling Stones had previously been banned from the country by Japanese authorities.
1988: Fates Warning release their 4th studio album, 'No Exit.'
1989: The Ramones release their 11th studio album, 'Brain Drain.'
1990: Fleetwood Mac kicked off their 'Behind The Mask' world tour with 14 dates in Australian starting at the Boondall Entertainment Centre in Brisbane.
1991: Elton John joined George Michael on stage at London's Wembley Arena for a duet on the 1974 hit 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me.' The 'live' version will be released as a single and would top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic next December. Michael will donate $500,000 from the royalties to various charities.
1993: Depeche Mode released their final album with Alan Wilder, 'Songs of Faith and Devotion.' It was also their last album to go to #1 in the U.S.
1997: U2 were at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Pop’ the bands 5th U.S. #1 album.
1998: Iron Maiden released their 11th studio album, 'Virtual XI.'
1999: Quiet Riot released the album 'Alive And Well.' The band did a cover of AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell' for the album.
It was recorded following a reunion of the classic 80's Quiet Riot lineup of Kevin DuBrow, Rudy Sarzo, Carlos Cavazo, and Frankie Banali. It includes a cover of 'Highway to Hell' by AC/DC.
2002: ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and his girlfriend of about 10 years, actress Charleen “Chuck” McCrory, get married in Houston.
2004: The Allman Brothers release their live album, 'One Way Out.'
2004: A 14-track 'Guns N' Roses Greatest Hits' is released. Frontman Axl Rose did not sanction the track selection, which results in an online petition in protest. A suit filed by Rose and ex-bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan also fails to halt the album.
2004: Van Halen announces plans for a U.S. tour. They don`t have dates or venues, just a list of 11 cities they intend to visit. The group also fails to mention who the band's singer will be. It ends up being Sammy Hagar.
2004: Triumph release their live album, 'A Night Of Triumph.'
2006: A photographer files a complaint against Kid Rock. According to the charges, the shutter bug was beaten by Rock's bodyguards a day earlier as he attempted to take a picture of the musician outside a Los Angeles hotel. The accuser further alleges that Rock took his camera before leaving the scene with his entourage.
2006: Tom Morello calls out numbers during the Rock-N-Roll Bingo charity event in Los Angeles. Proceeds benefit the South Central Farmers activist organization.
2007: The Spectrum Dance Theater debuts 'Never-Mind,' an interpretive dance program based on Nirvana's music. The world premiere is in Seattle.
2007: Jackson Browne and Cars guitarist Elliot Easton perform at a benefit concert for L.A.'s Midnight Mission homeless shelter. The Malibu event is hosted by Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora.
2007: Ex-Grand Funk Railroad frontman Mark Farner, former Deep Purple/Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner, Eddie Money and Cheap Trick's Robin Zander participate in the Rock On Scramble & Jam benefit show in Fort Myers, FL. Proceeds go to the March of Dimes and the John Entwistle Foundation.
2007: Stone Sour headline the Jagermeister Music Tour. The first show is in St. Paul, MN.
2007: 30 Seconds To Mars' 'From Yesterda' replaces Three Days Grace's 'Pain' at the top of Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. Meanwhile, 'From Yesterday' sits just outside the Top 10 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks at #11.
2008: Jack Johnson was at N#1 on the U.S. album chart with his 5th album 'Sleep Through The Static,' the album spent three weeks at the top of the charts.
2008: Neil Aspinall, who ran the Apple Corps music empire for the Beatles from 1970 – 2007 died at a hospital in New York from cancer aged 66. A school friend of Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison, he was regarded by some of the band as the "fifth Beatle" becoming the Beatles' road manager in 1961 before becoming their personal assistant. He led the legal battle with Apple computers over the use of the Apple name and a royalties dispute between the Beatles and record label EMI. Aspinall had also played background instruments on Beatles tracks including 'Magical Mystery Tour,' 'Within You Without You' and 'Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite.'
2009: Paul McCartney joins the International Board of Advisors of the OneVoice campaign, which promotes Israeli-Palestinian peace. "(OneVoice representatives) told me that the vast majority of people in both societies are moderates and simply want a better life for their families," explains McCartney. "This gave me great hope that, one day, people like them will help to bring about a peaceful resolution to the (area's) troubles."
2010: An Ask Billboard: Battle of The Rock Bands, Part 2 online survey picks Metallica over Guns N' Roses. Metallica wins by 16 million votes.
2010: Jim Marshall dies in New York City. He was 74. Marshall’s iconic photographs graced more than 500 album covers and included classic shots like Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival. In 2014, Marshall was posthumously given a Trustees Award at the Grammys – the first photographer to receive one.
2011: During his Pittsburgh concert, Elton John pays tribute to late movie icon Elizabeth Taylor by dedicating 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On M'" to her on the night of her passing. Taylor, like John, was active in raising awareness (and money) to combat AIDS and HIV.
2011: The Who's Pete Townshend told Britain's Uncut magazine that he regretted ever forming the band. "What would I have done differently? I would never have joined a band. Even though I am quite a good gang member and a good trooper on the road, I am bad at creative collaboration."
2012: Ministry released the album 'Relapse.'
2012: Iron Maiden released their 10th live album, 'En Vivo!'
2013: The David Bowie Is exhibition opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum in central London. The four-month show displays Bowie's stage costumes, handwritten lyrics, photography, films, music videos and set designs.
2014: Gwar frontman David Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) is found dead at his home in Virginia. Months later, the Virginia State Medical Examiner's Office concludes that Brockie died of an accidental heroin overdose. He was 50 years old.
2015: Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock released their 4th album, 'Spirit on a Mission.' It includes Herman Rarebell & Francis Buchholz‬.
2016: Metallica's '86 album ' Master Of Puppets' is among 25 sound recordings selected for induction into the U.S. Library Of Congress National Recording Registry.
2018: The UK’s mighty Thunder release new CD/DVD, Stage.
2018: L.A. Guns’ release the live album, 'Made In Milan.'

March 24
1945: Billboard published the first LP chart.
1958: 23 year old Elvis Presley is sworn in as Private 53310761 for a two year hitch in the U.S. army, where he would earn $78 per month. Accompanied by his parents and newspaper reporters from all over the world, Elvis answered an onslaught of nonsensical questions before summing up his feelings: "I simply want to be treated like all the other fellows."
1962: The Beatles appeared at The Barnston Women's Institute, admission was seven shillings and six pence, ($1.05).
1962: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first performed together as Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys.
1963: The Beatles were the opening act for American Pop stars Chris Montez and Tommy Roe in the quartet's hometown of Liverpool.
1965: Bill Wyman, bass player with The Rolling Stones is knocked unconscious when he gets a shock from a mic stand onstage during the first performance of the band's tour in Odense, Denmark.
1965: The Beatles continued filming ‘Help’ at Twickenham Studios, England. They shot the interior temple scenes, including the one where they "dive through a hollow sacrificial altar and into water". That scene was then cut to the swimming pool scene filmed in the Bahamas on February 23.
1966: The New York State Assembly made it illegal to sell bootleg recordings.
1966: The Beatles posed with mutilated and butchered dolls for the cover of the album, 'Yesterday and Today.' After a public outcry, the L.P. was pulled from stores and re-issued with a new cover that showed them sitting in and around a steamer trunk.
1968: As Janis Joplin’s solo career staggered along, the San Francisco Chronicle advised that she should “go back to Big Brother, if they’ll have her.”
1969: Sly & The Family Stone's 'Stand!' b/w 'I Want To Take You Higher' 45 single is released. The b-side was also a hit single in 1969/1970. In 2004 the song was ranked #241 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1972: Slade released their 1st live album 'Slade Alive!'
1973: Pink Floyd released 'Dark Side of the Moon.'
1973: Alice Cooper went to #1 on the UK album chart with 'Billion Dollar Babies.' Also a #1 in the U.S.
1973: Led Zeppelin's 'Dancing Days' premieres on the BBC. The song is the lead track from the group's 5th album, 'Houses Of The Holy.'
1973: During a show in Buffalo, NY, a fan bites Lou Reed on the butt. The assailant shouts "leather" before security hauls him away. Reed commented after the concert that the U.S. “seems to breed real animals.”
1975: Grand Funk 'Bad Time' b/w 'Good And Evil' 45 single is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June. Produced by Jimmy Ienner and arranged by Tony Camillo, it was the group's 4th single to reach the Top 10, and was the band's final Top 40 hit in the U.S.
1975: Led Zeppelin kick of a three night stint at The Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood, CA. (March 24, 25 & 27) Ticket prices were $6.75,$7.75 & $8.75.
1975: Lynyrd Skynyrd release their 3rd studio album, 'Nuthin' Fancy.' It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single 'Saturday Night Special' made the Top 40, reaching #27 on the Hot 100.
1977: Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams' b/w 'Songbird' 45 single is released. It was the 2nd single from the 'Rumours' album, and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week on June 18.
1978: British record labels are granted the right to seize bootleg recordings.
1979: Motörhead's 2nd studio album, 'Overkill' is released. It reached #24 on the UK Album Chart. Kerrang! MAgazine listed the album at #46 among the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time.
1980: The Beatles 'Rarieties' is released. A compilation album by The Beatles featuring a selection of songs by The Beatles, it reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1982: The Talking Heads release their first live album, 'The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads.' It reached #31 on the Billboard 200 Top Album Chart, and went to #22 on the UK Albums Chart.
1984: Kurt Jefferies wins MTV's 'Lost Weekend With Van Halen' promotion. He is never the same again.
1984: Warlock released their debut album 'Burning The Witches.' The first nucleus of the band was formed under the name “Snakebite” in Düsseldorf, West Germany in 1980.
1984: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Scorpions’ 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' at #83 (debut), Bon Jovi’s 'Runaway' at #50, Billy Idol’s 'Rebel Yell' at #46, Phil Collins’ 'Against All Odds' at #12, and Van Halen's 'Jump' at #1‬.
1986: Van Halen released their 7th studio album, '5150,' the band’s first recording with new singer Sammy Hagar. Produced by Mick Jones (Foreigner) and recorded at Eddie Van Halen's home studio, the set goes to #1 on the Billboard album chart, spending 3 weeks on top.
1986: Loudness release their 6th studio album, 'Lightning Strikes' in Japan.
1986: The Rolling Stones released their 18th British and 20th American album, 'Dirty Work.' It reached #4 on both the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and UK Album Chart.
1988: Riot released the album 'Thundersteel.'
1988: Frehleys Comet released the album 'Second Sighting.' 'Dancin' With Danger' is a cover version of a song recorded by the band Streetheart which featured future Loverboy members Paul Dean and Matt Frenette.
1990: Alannah Myles takes 'Black Velvet' to #1. The song references Elvis Presley.
1991: The Black Crowes were booted off the ZZ Top tour after Chris Robinson dissed Miller Beer, the sponsors of the tour.
1992: Slik Toxik released the album 'Doin' The Nasty.' The album won the 1993 Juno Award for Best Rock Album of the Year.
1996: The Oasis album '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?' peaks at #4 on the U.S. album chart. It goes on to sell seven million copies worldwide.
1997: U.D.O. released their 5th studio album, 'Solid.' Former Accept drummer Stefan Kaufmann joined U.D.O. as a guitar player on this album.
1998: Journey release 'Greatest Hits Live.' It spends 7 weeks on Billboard's 200 album chart‬.
2000: A film company paid £635,000, ($1,079,500) for over nine hours of film shot during the 1970's by Yoko Ono. The film contained shots of Lennon smoking hash and talking about his political beliefs.
2000: Sir Elton John's 'Aida' opened on Broadway. It took Elton 21 days to write the music and five years to make the production.
2000: Jack and Meg White of The White Stripes get divorced not long after releasing their second album, 'De Stijl.' Despite the split, the band stays together until 2011.
2001: Duane Allman Boulevard is dedicated in Macon, Georgia, near where he died at age 24 in a motorcycle crash on October 29, 1971.
2001: Sammy Hagar and his wife, Kari, welcome their second child, Samantha Pastel Hagar, in a Northern California hospital.
2002: Randy Newman, who had been previously nominated 15 times, finally won his first Oscar for 'If I Didn't Have You,' from the animated feature 'Monsters Inc. '
2003: Ex-Van Halen singer David Lee Roth started a fill-in job as a morning DJ in L-A for a week.
2003: Linkin Park's 'Meteora' debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
2004: A Los Angeles judge grants Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland permission to take a nine-hour break from drug rehab to shoot a video for 'Slither,' the first single from the band's debut album, 'Contraband.'
2005: Anthrax announced they were reforming with their 'Among the Living' line-up for a tour.
2005: Rod Price, a founding member of Foghat, died after falling down a stairway at his home. The 57 year old guitarist was with the band for three Platinum and eight Gold records, including their highest charting U.S. single 'Slow Ride' in 1976.
2006: Rage released the album 'Speak Of The Dead.'
2006: Doro released her 10th studio album, 'Warrior Soul.'
2006: 'Stoned,' a film based on the 1969 death of original Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, gets its U.S. premiere at select theaters in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berkeley, CA. Songs by Jefferson Airplane, Traffic and the Small Faces, as well as cover versions of Stones tunes, are featured in the movie.
2006: Graham Nash and former Buffalo Springfield bassist Jim Messina perform a benefit show for the Algalita Marine Research Foundation in Hermosa Beach, CA. The acoustic concert is part of the environmental organization's Watershed Expo 2006 educational conference.
2007: Australia's Jet launch a five-week North American tour in support of their 'Shine On' album. The first show is in Homestead, FL.
2007: Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland and his wife, Mary, trash a room at Graciela luxury hotel. The Burbank establishment considers pressing charges. Later that day, Mary is arrested for torching her husband's wardrobe in front of their Toluca Lake home. Later, Mary blames her bipolar disorder for the incidents. "The weekend's difficulties were brought on by a reaction to an imbalance in (my) medications," she explains in a statement. "Reports that we were fighting are untrue. Scott was simply trying to help calm me down."
2007: Paul McCartney receives the Wyler Award for his animal-rights activism at the Humane Society of the United States' 21st Genesis Awards in Beverly Hills, CA.
2008: During a North American tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.
2008: R.E.M.'s 'Accelerate' album is streamed in its entirety via the online social music service iLike. The album is streamed for three days. The CD comes out a week later.
2008: Scott Weiland confirms his intention to leave Velvet Revolver after their European trek.
2008: The Smashing Pumpkins file a breach-of-contract lawsuit in Los Angeles against their former label Virgin Records. The band claims Virgin 'irreparably harmed the group' by illegally authorizing the use of the Pumpkins' music and image for a joint promotional campaign by Amazon.com and PepsiCo. "It's a frustrating situation, honestly, to be treated so poorly by a label where we had so much success," says frontman Billy Corgan.
2008: Jimi Hendrix's estate has wins a summary judgment in the U.K. against The Times of London. Experience Hendrix and a co-claimant sued The Times for using a live Jimi Hendrix Experience recording as a CD insert in a September 2006 edition of the newspaper. The London court determines that the newspaper didn't establish sufficient rights to the recording.
2008: Neal Aspinall, The Beatles' road manager, friend and business partner, dies in New York at age 66 after an apparent battle with lung cancer. Aspinall grew up with Paul McCartney and George Harrison and helped oversee its Apple Corps company until his 2007 resignation.
2009: Prince launches Lotusflow3r.com, which for $77 subscriptions, offers access to his videos and music. It shuts down after a year.
2009: Tom Morello's Justice Tour starts in Seattle. Members of Velvet Revolver, System Of A Down, Slipknot and Soundgarden are among the guests. The trek raises money for various anti-poverty organizations. "The model of the Justice Tour is simple," says Morello. "Feed the poor. Fight the power. Rock the f**k out." The other two tour stops are S.F and L.A.
2009: The prosecutor in the Phil Spector murder retrial told the jury he was a "demonic maniac" when he drinks and "a very dangerous man" around women. Deputy District Attorney Truc Do urged jurors to find the music producer guilty of murdering Hollywood actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. During her closing argument, she also accused Mr Spector of demonstrating a "conscious disregard for human life".
2009: Raven released their 12th album, 'Walk Through Fire.'
2009: Papa Roach's release their 'Metamorphosis' album.
2009: Mastodon release their 'Crack The Skye' album.
2010: Bon Jovi plays a special show for fans of the defunct Philadelphia Soul Arena Football League team at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. Jon Bon Jovi, the team's majority owner, promised a free show if the Soul didn't win a championship in 2009 but the league folded before the season. Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was a minority owner.
2010: Sheryl Crow performs at the Starbucks shareholders meeting in Seattle. She confesses to being a "Starbucks groupie."
2010: 24/7 Wall Street names U2's Bono the "Worst Investor in America" due to his involvement with Elevation Partners, "arguably the worst run institutional fund of any size in the United States" according to the site. Bono is one of the five members of the firm's investment team which made a series of bad investments including the Palm mobile device.
2010: Johnny Maestro died of cancer at the age of 70. He was the lead singer for The Crests on their seven Top 40 records, including the 1959, #2 hit 'Sixteen Candles.' He also led The Brooklyn Bridge to #3 with 'The Worst That Could Happen' in 1969.
2011: Roger Daltrey gives a one-night performance of The Who's 'Tommy' at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Daltrey's show is part of the Teenage Cancer Trust's annual week of music and comedy benefit performances.
2012: Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir teams up with members of The National (Aaron Dessner, Scott and Bryan Devendorf) for a night of music and voter education at Weir's TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA. The Bridge Session, a live webcast, has music and a political discussion.
2013: Black Crowes return from the self-imposed 'indefinite hiatus' when they launch a week-long U.K. tour in Manchester.
2013: Stevie Nicks appears on 'Oprah's Master Class.' Nicks offers some useful advice to the cable show's viewers. "If you're gonna start doing coke, save your money because it's gonna cost you $50,000 to go to rehab."
2013: Pictures of The Beatles' 1965 Shea Stadium concert, taken by an amateur photographer who bluffed his way backstage, sold for £30,000 at auction. Marc Weinstein used a fake press pass to get next to the stage for the historic New York show. His 61 black and white images with copyright fetched £30,680, the successful bidder was a South American gentleman currently living in Washington who is a huge collector of Beatles memorabilia.
2014: Magnum released their 18th studio album, 'Escape from the Shadow Garden.'
2015: Stevie Nicks is honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2015 USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore 33rd Annual Awards Dinner. Nicks holds the USO record for the most hours spent over a five-year period visiting combat-wounded service members. She also wrote the song 'Soldier's Angel' after visiting recovering vets.
2015: Van Halen announce their 2015 summer tour and upcoming Jimmy Kimmel appearance.
2015: Albums by The Doors, Steve Martin and Sly And The Family Stone were selected for inclusion into America's Library of Congress National Recording Registry. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' by The Righteous Brothers, 'Sixteen Tons' by Tennessee Ernie Ford and 'Stand By Me' by Ben E. King were also chosen.
2017: Steel Panther release their album, 'Lower The Bar.'
2017: Art Of Anarchy release their album, 'The Madness.'
2017: Pete Shotton, a former member of John Lennon's pre-Beatles group The Quarrymen, passed away at the age of 75. In 1956, Lennon formed a Skiffle group named after Quarry Bank High School, and Shotton joined on percussion, playing a washboard. He left shortly after Lennon met Paul McCartney because they were moving more towards Rock 'n' Roll, thus negating the need for a washboard.

March 25
1955: The movie 'Blackboard Jungle' is released, giving new exposure to the song 'Rock Around The Clock,' which is featured in the film. A few months later, the song becomes the first ever #1 rock song.
1956: Alan Freed's 3-day Rock n' Roll Show in Hartford, Connecticut, concludes after several arrests. Hartford Institute of Living psychiatrist Dr. Francis Braceland claims "Rock n' Roll is a communicable disease driving teenagers to do outlandish things. It's cannibalistic and tribalistic."
1957: Elvis Presley buys the Graceland Mansion in Memphis for $102,500.
1958: Having been sworn in as Private 53310761 the previous day Elvis Presley received the regulation short back and sides haircut from army barber James Peterson. Presley would earn $78 per month as an army private.
1958: Buddy Holly appeared at The Gaumont Theatre in London, the final date on his only UK tour. Also on the bill was Gary Miller, The Tanner Sisters, Des O'Connor, The Montanas, Ronnie Keene & His Orchestra.
1960: Roy Orbison records 'Only The Lonely.'
1960: Ray Charles updates Hoagy Carmichael's 'Georgia On My Mind,' a song that first became a #10 hit for Frankie Trumbauer in 1931. Charles' version will become his 5th Billboard Pop chart hit and his first #1 next November.
1961: Elvis Presley performs at the Block Arena in Pearl Harbor. The benefit show (for the USS Arizona) is Elvis' last live performance for over seven years.
1963: The Beach Boys 'Surfin' USA' album is released.
1963: Johnny Cash records one of his biggest Pop hits, 'Ring Of Fire,' which will climb to #17 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Country Chart. The song was written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore and was originally recorded by June's sister, Anita Carter. When her version failed to become a hit, Johnny added the mariachi-style horns and changed a few of the words. Four years later, Johnny and June were married.
1964: The Beatles made their debut on UK TV show 'Top Of The Pops' singing 'Can't Buy Me Love' and ‘You Can’t Do That.’ The show had been recorded on March 19th.
1965: Jeff Beck joined The Yardbirds and would later help record the hits, 'Heart Full of Soul' and 'Shapes of Things' before leaving in the Fall of 1966. Jimmy Page had also joined the band, but The Yardbirds would split up in 1968. Page then re-shaped the group to form The New Yardbirds, later renaming them Led Zeppelin.
1965: The Yardbirds release 'For Your Love,' which will reach #3 in the UK and #6 in the U.S. Organist Brian Auger was hired to play keyboards on the track, but when he arrived at the recording studio there was no organ, or even a piano there. All that could be found was a two-tiered harpsichord on which Auger improvised the now familiar intro. After the session he wondered, "Who in their right mind is going to buy a Pop single with harpsichord on it."
1966: At a photo session in Bob Whitaker’s studio in London, The Beatles posed in white coats using sides of meat with mutilated and butchered dolls for a publicity photo that is used by Capitol in America for the cover of the Beatles’ next American album, 'Yesterday And Today.' After a public outcry, the LP was pulled from stores and re-issued with a new cover, making the original an instant collector’s item. The total cost to Capitol to replace the cover and promotional materials was $250,000, wiping out their initial profit. At the time, some of the Beatles defended the use of the Butcher photograph. Lennon said that it was “as relevant as Vietnam” and McCartney said that their critics were “soft.” However, this opinion was not shared by all band members. George Harrison said in The Beatles Anthology that he thought the whole idea “was gross, and I also thought it was stupid. Sometimes we all did stupid things thinking it was cool and hip when it was naïve and dumb; and that was one of them.”
1966: The Who play the Corn Exchange in Hertford, England.
1966: The Yardbirds 'Shapes Of Things' b/w 'New York City Blues' 45 single is released.
1967: Buffalo Springfield peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'For What It’s Worth,' which was their first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1967: The Turtles begin a three week run at #1 with 'Happy Together.' The song, written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, two former members of a band called The Magicians, had been rejected a dozen times before it was offered to The Turtles.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at the Gliderdrome Bingo Hall in Boston, Lincolnshire, England. The building was originally an open air skating rink. A roof was added just after the outbreak of World War II. The Gliderdrome was destroyed by fire on in May of 1959, but the “new” Glider was opened within a year on Wednesday, January 27, 1960.
1967: The Doors debut album, featuring 'Light My Fire.' enters the Billboard Hot 200 chart. The LP had been released during the first week of January and would end up leading Billboard for three weeks and Cashbox for a week.
1967: The Who and Cream made their U.S. concert debuts at the RKO 58th Street Theatre in New York City as part of a multi-artist extravaganza promoted by DJ Murray the K.
1967: The Rolling Stones licked off a three-week European tour in Orebro, Sweden. Arriving in Copenhagen for the tour the group were delayed after customs officers search all their luggage for drugs.
1967: Pink Floyd played three gigs in 24 hours. The appeared at the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, England, then the New Yorker Discotheque in Swindon and then played at the Shoreline Club in Bognor Regis (in the early hours March 26).
1967: The Beatles perform 'All You Need Is Love' during a global satellite broadcast.
1968: The 58th and final episode of 'The Monkees' TV series was broadcast in the U.S.
1969: John and Yoko invited the world’s press into their hotel suite at the start of a week long “Bed-In” at the Amsterdam Hilton. The couple invited the world’s press into their hotel room every day, to talk about promoting world peace.
1969: Roy Orbison marries his second wife, 19-year-old Barbara Jakobs, in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Barbara would go on to manage Roy's career and following his death in 1988, took charge of his business affairs. Sadly, she would die from pancreatic cancer at the age of 61 on December 6, 2011, 23 years to the day after her husband's death. .
1969: Yes appeared at Madam Toussauds Hall Of Kings in London.
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at the Denver Coliseum in Denver, Colorado.
1970: Band of Gypsys (Jimi Hendrix) 'Band of Gypsys' live album is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's Chart and at #6 on the UK Top Albums Chart. It was recorded over two nights (Dec. 31, 1969 and Jan. 1, 1970) at the Fillmore East.
1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's 'Deja Vu' album goes gold.
1971: Grand Funk Railroad played at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the O’Shaughnessy Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota.
1971: New York radio station WNBC banned the song 'One Toke Over the Line' by Brewer and Shipley because of its alleged drug references. Other stations around the country follow suit, but the record still makes it to Billboard's #10.
1972: America started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with their debut hit 'Horse With No Name.'
1972: Deep Purple's 6th studio album, 'Machine Head' is released. The album reached #7 in the U.S., remaining on the Billboard 200 for 118 weeks.
1972: The Kinks 'The Kink Kronikles' compilation album is released. It reached #94 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #231 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1973: King Crimson performed at Colston Hall in Bristol, England.
1973: Roxy Music appeared at Festival Hall in Torbay, England.
1974: Ritchie Blackmore leaves Deep Purple for the first time, in Paris.
1974: Rolling Stone reports that concerts by Yes, Gregg Allman, and the Beach Boys have all been hit by streakers, no doubt inspired by Ray Stevens’ #1 hit 'The Streak.'
1974: KISS performed at the Bayou Theater in Washington D.C.
1974: Gregg Allman himself performs the last date of a solo tour. To reassure the audience that the Allman Brothers Band are not splitting up, the entire band comes out and performs a 90-minute encore.
1974: Gordon Lightfoot 'Sundown' b/w Too Late For Prayin' 45 single was released. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100and Easy Listening Charts, and #13 on the Hot Country Singles Chart.
1975: Aerosmith played at the War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It's the first concert on their 63-date North American 'Toys In The Attic' tour.
1976: David Bowie and Iggy Pop are busted for marijuana possession in Rochester, NY. Bowie pleads not guilty. The charges are eventually dropped.
1976: The Talking Heads begin a series of shows as the headliner at CBGBs in New York. They had regularly played the venue as an opener.
1976: Paul McCartney​ & Wings 5th album, 'Wings at the Speed of Sound' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for seven weeks throughout the summer of 1976 (and blocking the Beatles' then-new compilation Rock 'n' Roll Music, which reached #2), and reached #2 on the UK Albums chart.
1976: Jackson Browne's first wife, Phyllis, commits suicide less than a year after they were married. Much of the music on Browne's album, 'The Pretender' displays the sense of despair at her death.
1977: After a decade of having only local success in the Michigan area, 33 year old Bob Seger gets his big break. His 7th album, 'Night Moves' goes Platinum on the strength of three Top Forty hits: 'Night Moves,' 'Mainstreet' and 'Rock and Roll Never Forgets.'
1977: Elvis Costello released his debut single 'Less Than Zero,' which fails to chart.
1978: One of the greatest covers in Rock history, Van Halen's take on the Kinks' 'You Really Got Me' doesn't do much damage on the Top 40, only reaching #36.
1978: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Queen’s 'We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You' at #48, Eddie Money’s 'Baby Hold On' at #46, Styx’s 'Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)' at #41 and Van Halen’s 'You Really Got Me' at #36 (peak).
1978: '20 Golden Greats by Buddy Holly and The Crickets' went to #1 on the UK album chart, giving Holly his first ever chart topping, LP almost 20 years since his first release in 1959.
1978: Kansas performed at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1979: Van Halen kicked off their first headlining tour as the 'World Vacation' tour hit Selland Arena in Fresno, CA.
1980: The Police are the first Western Rock group to play Bombay (now Mumbai), India.
1980: Judas Priest release their classic 'British Steel' album.
1980: Scorpions release their 'Animal Magnetism' album.
1980: Triumph release their 4th studio album, 'Progressions of Power.'
1981: Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a dove at a press conference in L.A., claiming it was a rubber one and the whole legend is born.
1981: Rush appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1982: The Police performed at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.
1985: Prince wins a Best Original Song Score Oscar for the film 'Purple Rain.'
1985: The Power Station's self-titled debut album is released. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #12 on the UK Albums chart.
1986: Guns N' Roses signed a world-wide deal with Geffen Records, after the A&R rep sees them just once. He tells other agents the band is terrible so he can close the deal. Chrysalis Records has a chance to sign the band, but loses out when their A&R rep (female) refuses to walk down Sunset Boulevard naked (an Axl request). The Gunners receive a $75,000 advance and their 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction, sells more than 28 million copies worldwide.
1988: Krokus released their 10th studio album, 'Heart Attack.' The album featured the return of original Krokus founding member Chris von Rohr.
1989: Mike + The Mechanics' sentimental 'The Living Years' is the #1 pop song. The 'Mike' in the group is guitarist Mike Rutherford of Genesis fame.
1989: Fire destroyed a recording studio on Chuck Berry's farm at Wentzville, Missouri. Among the items lost was a tape containing 13 unreleased Berry songs.
1990: Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson wins a Golden Raspberry award for 'Worst Original Song' for 'Bring Your Daughter...to the Slaughter' from 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child' movie.
1990: Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee is arrested for mooning the audience during a gig in Augusta, GA. Lee is charged with “Indecent Exposure/Live Sexually Explicit Act” and fined $1,647. The arresting officer tells the Augusta Chronicle that Lee, “…could not have been a nicer guy, and the entire group was extremely cordial and even thanked us for doing our jobs!”
1991: Sepultura released their 4th studio album, 'Arise.' The album peaked at #119 on the Billboard chart.
1993: The Grateful Dead performed at the Dean Smith Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
1995: Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder was rescued after a riptide carries him 250 feet offshore in New Zealand.
1997: George Thorogood & The Destroyers released their 10th studio album, 'Rockin' My Life Away.'
1997: GWAR released the album 'Carnival Of Chaos.' It was the last Gwar album to feature Peter Lee as Flattus Maximus.
1997: Queensryche released the album 'Hear In The Now Frontier.' It peaked at #19 on the Billboard chart and would be their last album with original guitarist Chris DeGarmo in the lineup.
1999: Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan performs with his dad (Billy Corgan Sr.) at a benefit for Chicago's Next Street program which helps homeless teens.
2001: Bob Dylan earns an Oscar for his song 'Things Have Changed' from the film 'Wonder Boys.'
2002: Bono from U2 made a appearance at the air rage trial of R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, telling the court 'I came to court because Peter is actually famously know for being a peaceable person. I once had to twist his arm to get him to a boxing match'. Buck was later cleared of all charges. He had been accused of attacking two cabin staff and covering them in yogurt, knocking over a trolley and trying to steal a knife. Buck did not deny his behavior but claimed a Zolpiden sleeping pill reacted violently with alcohol, turning him into a “non-insane automaton”.
2002: Iron Maiden release their 5th live album, 'Rock In Rio,' recorded on their 2001 'Brave New World' Tour. ‬
2003: Liv Tyler the daughter of Aerosmith singer Steven married Royston Langdon from Spacehog.
2003: George Thorogood & The Destroyers released their 12th studio album, 'Ride 'Til I Die.'
2003: Overkill released their 12th full-length studio album, 'Killbox 13.'
2004: MTV's Headbanger's Ball Tour featuring Drowning Pool and Damageplan kicks off in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
2004: 'Suspicion,' the final ever episode of 'The Chris Isaak Show, an adult comedy starring Chris Isaak, airs on Showtime.
2005: Beck's 'E-Pro' tops Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart ending Green Day's 16 week run with 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams.'
2005: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were forced to flee their Buckinghamshire mansion after a blaze broke out while they were sleeping. The couple were roused by a fire alarm and ran to safety in the garden, rescuing their pets as they escaped. This is the same estate where Ozzy nearly killed himself in a quad bike accident two years earlier. The mansion was also robbed in 2004.
2006: Tom Morello (under the Nightwatchman moniker) performs at a benefit concert in San Francisco to aid the Doe Family Legal Fund, which supports a group of protesters suing San Francisco law officers over an alleged '04 police-brutality incident.
2007: Flyleaf's first U.S. headlining trek, the Justice & Mercy tour, starts in Memphis.
2007: Modest Mouse's 'We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank' goes to the top of the album chart selling nearly 129,000 copies in its first week. The set features the guitar work of former Smiths' guitarist, Johnny Marr.
2007: Elton John spends his 60th birthday performing his 60th show at New York's Madison Square Garden. The concert opens with an introduction by former President Bill Clinton. Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams and longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin join John onstage.
2008: P.O.D. kick off a tour of Hard Rock Cafes to promote their album 'When Angels & Serpents Dance.'
2008: The Raconteurs release 'Consolers Of The Lonely.' It's available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download. The video for the lead single, 'Salute Your Solution,' is also released.
2008: Richie Sambora was arrested in California on suspicion of drink driving. The 48 year-old Bon Jovi guitarist was arrested after a police officer noticed his black Hummer weaving in traffic lanes in Laguna Beach. He was ordered to appear in court on one count of driving under the influence.
2008: Guns N’ Roses sign with Geffen Records, after the A&R rep sees them just once. He tells other agents the band is terrible so he can close the deal. Chrysalis Records has a chance to sign the band, but loses out when their A&R rep (female) refuses to walk down Sunset Boulevard naked (an Axl request). The Gunners receive a $75,000 advance and their 1987 debut album, 'Appetite for Destruction,' sells more than 28 million copies worldwide.
2008: B-52s release 'Funplex,' their first album of original material in 16 years.
2008: Songs by Theory Of A Deadman, Airbourne and Saliva (with Shinedown singer Brent Smith) are released on the 'WWE: The Music, Vol. 8' compilation. The tunes serve as entrance music for some of the wrestling organization's stars.
2009: The Green Day documentary, 'Heart Like A Hand Grenade' premieres in Hollywood. The film "offers an intimate look (at) the band recording their album 'American Idiot', art house style." The long delayed project is directed by indie filmmaker John Roecker (Live Freaky! Die Freaky!).
2009: Prince opens his new $77 subscription website Lotusflow3r to the public. Unfortunately, eager fans are greeted by a host of problems including bandwith issues and confusion on how to even get to the site's subscription page.
2009: Slash makes a surprise visit to an East Los Angeles middle school. He's there on behalf of the Little Kids Rock organization, which promotes music education for children. Slash sits for a Q&A session before playing GN'R's classic 'Sweet Child o' Mine' with a group of students. Four Slash autographed acoustic guitars are donated to the school.
2010: Kings Of Leon set a record for downloads in the U.K. They move more than 250,000 copies of their '08 album 'Only By The Night.'
2010: Frontman Liam Gallagher's clothing line, Pretty Green, a collection of T-shirts, jeans and footwear, is available online in the U.S. Meanwhile, estranged brother, guitarist Noel, plays his first solo concert since Oasis' 2009 implosion. The London's Royal Albert Hall show (with a second the following evening) benefits Teenage Cancer Trust.
2010: Axl Rose's former managers file a $1.9 million lawsuit that claims the Guns N' Roses leader reneged on an 2008 verbal agreement. The dollar amount represents 15 percent of an estimated $12 million GN'R earned from Southeast Asia, Canada and South America tours.
2011: 'Songs For Japan' is released. Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, U2, R.E.M., Bon Jovi and Elton John donate tracks to the album for Japan Disaster Relief. Two weeks earlier (3/11), the country suffered a horrific earthquake, tsunami and massive nuclear power plant radiation (caused by the earthquake).
2011: Bret Michaels files a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Tony Award Productions and CBS, blaming them for his 2010 brain hemorrhage. A backdrop fell on Michaels after a performance at the 2009 Tony Awards. The incident left him with a broken nose and a split lip. Michaels claims that he was not properly advised on how to exit the stage.
2013: Iron Maiden release the expanded 'Maiden England '88.'
2014: KISS make the cover of the Rolling Stone (magazine) for the first time. The ongoing feud between original KISS members, in advance of their Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction, lands them on the cover for the very first time.
2014: A little over a year after disbanding, My Chemical Romance issue their greatest hits compilation, 'May Death Never Stop You,' featuring the single 'Fake Your Death,' which they call their eulogy song.
2014: Asia released their 14th studio album, 'Gravitas.'
2015: Radiohead's OK Computer' and The Doors' self-titled '67 debut are selected, as seminal works, for inclusion into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.
2015: Ringo Starr told Rolling Stone magazine that The Beatles would have gotten back together at some point if John Lennon and George Harrison had lived. "We still had the songs and we still could play. We could have put it together...Of course, it's ended now. John and George are gone."
2016: Asking Alexandria release their album 'The Black.'
2016: Metal Church release their album 'XI.' The band's 11th studio release also marks the return of vocalist/frontman Mike Howe. It was the band's first album with Howe in 23 years.
2016: The Rolling Stones give a free concert in Havana, Cuba. They are are the biggest act to perform there since Cuba's communist revolution in '59. The Stones spend around $7 million to finance the trip.
2016: Judas Priest released the live album 'Battle Cry.'
2016: Amon Amarth released the album 'Jomsviking.' The album peaked at #19 on the Billboard charts and was produced by Andy Sneap.
2017: Imagine Dragons begin a 29-week run at #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart with 'Believer.'
2017: Having announced they are ‘retiring’ after their current tour, Yellowcard play what they say is their final concert. It’s in Anaheim, where the band played their first-ever sold out show.
2017: The 5th annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert & Award Show in L.A. has the debut live performance of Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson's band Roadcase Royale.
2017: Megadeth’s A Tout le Monde wins its first Gold Medal from the Beverage Testing Institute based out of Chicago who rank the beer as "Exceptional.”

March 26
1956: After Bob Neal's management contract with Elvis Presley expired on March 15th, Colonel Tom Parker takes over. His position of personal representative and manager will pay him 25 percent of Presley's earnings.
1957: Ricky Nelson records his first songs for the Verve label. 'A Teenager's Romance' will climb to #2 on the Billboard chart and a cover of Fats Domino's 'I'm Walkin' will reach #4. Over his fifteen year recording career, Rick will place 36 songs in the US Top 40.
1958: Eddie Cochran records his only U.S. Top Ten hit, 'Summertime Blues,' which will rise to #8 in the U.S. next Fall. It reached #18 in the UK.
1961: The Beatles performed at the Casbah Coffee Club in West Derby, Liverpool, their last performance before travelling to Hamburg, West Germany, for their second visit.
1964: Chuck Berry records 'No Particular Place To Go.'
1964: Former Beatles drummer Pete Best appears on the game show 'I've Got A Secret.'
1964: The British invasion continued to make its way around the world with The Beatles having the top six positions on the Australian pop chart.
1965: It's announced that Jeff Beck will replace Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds. Clapton objected to the perceived commercial direction the group was taking.
1965: Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman all received electric shocks from a faulty microphone on stage during a Rolling Stones show in Denmark. Bill Wyman was knocked unconscious for several minutes.
1966: The photograph for the "butcher" cover for The Beatles' American 'Yesterday And Today' album is taken.
1966: The Strangeurs, featuring future Aerosmith frontman Steven Tallarico (later Steven Tyler), open for The Byrds at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York. The Strangeurs arrange for girls to sit in the front row and scream for them, but it's hardly necessary as the crowd goes nuts during their set, where they play six songs instead of their allotted two.
1966: The Who performed at St. George’s Ballroom in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appeared at the Tabernacle Club in Stockport in Manchester, England.
1968: Pink Floyd performed live for the program 'Late Night Line Up' at BBC Lime Grove Studios in London. It was broadcast on September 10th by BBC2 TV.
1968: Blues artist Little Willie John died in prison under mysterious circumstances after being convicted of manslaughter two years earlier. He had fourteen hits on the U.S. R&B charts and the same number on the Pop charts, including 'Fever,' 'Sleep,' and 'Talk To Me, Talk To Me.'
1969: Marvin Gaye was at #1 on the UK singles chart, with 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine.' The song was first recorded by The Miracles and had also been a million seller in 1967 for Gladys Knight and the Pips.
1970: Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul And Mary was arrested in Washington, DC for "Taking immoral liberties" with a 14 year-old girl. He pleads guilty and is sentenced to three months in jail. Just days earlier, the trio had won a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children for their album, 'Peter, Paul and Mommy.' Yarrow was later pardoned by President Gerald Ford.
1970: Canned Heat and the MC5 played at the Varsity Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Alumni Hall in Atlanta, Georgia.
1970: The Woodstock movie premieres in Hollywood.
1971: The Rolling Stones lips and tongue logo appears for the first time when it is used on VIP passes for their show at the Marquee Club in London. It's a "farewell" show, before the band leaves to live in France, and record 'Exile On Main St.'
1971: The 'Pictures at an Exhibition' live album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer was recorded at Newcastle City Hall in England.
1971: Black Sabbath appeared at Memorial Coliseum in Dallas, Texas.
1972: Yes played at Lakeland Community College in Mentor, Ohio.
1972: Mott The Hoople was ready to call it quits when friend of the band David Bowie offered to produce their next album, and offered them two new songs he'd written: 'Suffragette City,' which the band turned down, and 'All The Young Dudes,' the song that provided them with their breakthrough.
1973: Beck, Bogert & Appice 'Beck, Bogert & Appice' album is released. It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1973: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
1974: Queen appeared at Douglas Palace Lido, Isle Of Man, England.
1974: David Essex received a Gold record for the hit 'Rock On,' which made #5 in the US and #3 in the UK.
1975: The film version of The Who's 'Tommy' premieres in London.
1976: Genesis kicked off their first North American tour with Phil Collins singing for them in London, ON.
1976: Keith Richards' girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg gave birth to a baby boy, Tara. He died ten weeks later from pneumonia.
1976: Thin Lizzy's 6th studio album 'Jailbreak' is released. It reached #18 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, helped by the #12 hit, 'The Boys Are Back in Town.' It was their first album to chart in the U.S. and became their only Gold record in the U.S.
1976: The final U.S. show of David Bowie’s World Tour.was held at Madison Square Garden in New York. Afterwards, a small party was held at the Penn Plaza Club for Bowie and the crew.
1976: One-man blues band Duster Bennett was killed in a car accident. He worked with Alexis Korner, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac and B.B. King and released tghe 1970 album 'Smiling Like I’m Happy.'
1976: Santana's 7th studio album, 'Amigos' is released. It reached #10 on both the Billboard 200 Top LP's and Top Black LP's charts. The single, 'Let It Shine,' reached the Billboard Hot 100 (#77) and Top Black Singles (#78) charts.
1977: The Clash release their first single, making an immediate political statement with 'White Riot.' It is only released in the UK, and not available in America until two years later.
1977: 'Rich Girl' hits #1 for the first of three weeks, giving Hall & Oates their first of six chart-toppers on the Hot 100.
1977: Elvis Costello releases his debut single 'Less Than Zero' on Stiff Records.
1978: Aerosmith performed at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.
1980: Seven years after its release, Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of the Moon' breaks the record for the longest-charting Pop album, previously held by Carole King's 'Tapestry.' At the same time, their latest single 'Another Brick In The Wall' was topping both the Cashbox Best Sellers chart and the Billboard Hot 100.
1980: Jon Paulos, drummer for The Buckinghams on their string of 1967 hits, including 'Kind Of A Drag' and 'Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,' died of a drug overdose. He was 32.
1980: The Police became the first Western pop group to play in Bombay, India for over ten years when they played a one off gig in the city.
1980: Van Halen release their 3rd studio album 'Women and Children First.' It went on to reach #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & sell three million copies in the U.S. Kerrang Magazine listed the album at #30 among the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time. The album is somewhat different to their first two albums in the way that it features more studio overdubs. 'Could This Be Magic' contains the only female backing vocal ever recorded for a Van Halen song; Nicolette Larson sings during some of the choruses. The rain sound in the background is not an effect. It was raining outside, and they decided to record the sound in stereo using two Neuman KM84 microphones, and add it to the track. The opening track, 'And the Cradle Will Rock...', begins with what sounds like a guitar, but is, in fact, a phase shifter-effected Wurlitzer electric piano played through Van Halen's 1960's model 100-watt Marshall Plexi amplifier.
1983: Motley Crue open the first of five shows for KISS on the West Coast leg of their 'Creatures Of The Night' tour.
1983: Duran Duran peak at #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'Hungry Like The Wolf.'
1983: Duran Duran's 'Is There Something I Should Know' debuts at #1 on the U.K. chart. Previously, only Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard and The Beatles had ever managed that feat. The group were on a US promotional trip on this day, where they were greeted by 5,000 screaming fans at an in-store appearance in New York City.
1983: Golden Earring peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Twilight Zone' which was their first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1985: Slayer​'s 'Hell Awaits' album is released. The album was produced by Brian Slagel.‬
1985: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 6th album, 'Southern Accents' is released. It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #23 on the UK chart. The album's first single,'Don't Come Around Here No More,' cowritten by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Its music video featured Alice in Wonderland imagery.
1985: ‎Guns N' Roses‬ featuring Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Tracii Guns, Ole Beich (bass) & Rob Gardner (drums) performed their first ever concert at ‪The Troubadour‬ in West Hollywood, CA.
1986: Guns N' Roses sign with Geffen Records for an estimated $250,000.
1987: Nike begins airing a commercial using the Beatles song 'Revolution,' marking the first time an original version of a Beatles song is used in an ad.
1987: James Hetfield of Metallica breaks his wrist while skateboarding causing the band to cancel a scheduled appearance on Saturday Night Live and delay the release of the 'Garage Day Re-Revisited' album. The band's management company reportedly added a clause to his contract that forbid skateboarding while Metallica were out on tour.
1988: Iron Maiden's 'Can I Play With Madness' single is released. It was the first single from their 7th studio album, 'Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,' and hit #3 on the UK's Official Charts.
1988: Def Leppard 'Hysteria' single peaks at #10 on Billboard's Hot 100. It's their first Top 10 single in the U.S‬.
1988: Donald Fagen's 'Century's End' b/w 'Shanghai Confidential' 45 single is released. Written by Donald Fagen and Timothy Meher. it was featured on the soundtrack to the film 'Bright Lights, Big City.'
1990: Gary Moore's 10th solo album, 'Still Got the Blues' is released. It reached #83 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and features two Billboard charting singles - 'Movin On' (Mainstream Rock - #30) and 'Still Got The Blues' (The Billboard Hot 100 - #97, Mainstream Rock - #9).
1990: Heart released their 10th studio album, 'Brigade.'
1991: Mr Big's​ 2nd studio album, 'Lean into It' is released. The album peaked at #15 on the #Billboard 200 charts, while the single 'To Be with You' hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1991: Keel's 2nd studio album, 'The Right to Rock' is released.
1991: Metal Church release their 4th album, 'The Human Factor.' It was the band's only release on Epic Records.
1991: Bob Dylan's 'The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991' is released. The compilation box set was the first installment in the Dylan bootleg series, comprising material spanning the first three decades of his career, from 1961 to 1989. It has been certified with a gold record by the RIAA as of August 1997, and peaked at #49 on the Billboard 200 and #32 in the UK. Of the 58 total tracks, 46 are session outtakes from the recording sessions for studio albums. The remaining dozen tracks are with one exception live recordings and demo records, three of latter being later duplicated on Volume 9 of the series.
1994: Soundgarden entered the Billboard album chart at #1 with 'Superunknown.' It spent one week at #1, and went on to sell five million copies in the U.S.
1997: Whitesnake released their 9th studio album, 'Restless Heart.'
1997: Machine Head released the album 'The More Things Change...' It is the band's last release to feature original lead guitarist Logan Mader, and the first to feature current drummer Dave McClain.
2000: Santana started a two-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with Supernatural. The album went on to win eight Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Song Of The Year.
2000: Phil Collins is awarded an Oscar for Best Original Song for 'You'll Be In My Heart' from the Disney animated feature 'Tarzan'.
2001: Sum 41 released their single 'Fat Lip.'
2002: Hatebreed released the album 'Perseverance.' It would be the band’s last album to feature Lou Richards on lead guitar before his departure in 2002.
2002: All That Remains released their debut album 'Behind Silence And Solitude.' It was the only All That Remains album with guitarist Chris Bartlett and bass guitarist Dan Egan.
2002: Three Dog Night's original bass player, Joe Schermie, Jr., who played on all the group's biggest hits from 1968-1973, died of a heart attack. He had just turned 55 a month earlier.
2002: Randy Castillo, drummer who played with Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Ozzy, and Lita Ford (among others), died of cancer (squamous cell carcinoma). He was 51.
2004: 62 year old Jan Berry, of Jan & Dean fame dies following a massive seizure. Together, the pair sold more than 10 million records and placed 14 hits in the US Top 40. Jan was a week away from his 63rd birthday.
2004: 3 Doors Down, who hail from Escatawpa, MS, play a homecoming charity concert in nearby Mobile, AL. A portion of the show`s proceeds benefit local charities. The group donates eight guitars and a dozen decorated drumheads for an auction benefiting Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity, among other charities.
2006: Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s 'Stairway To Heaven' as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
2006: Jon Bon Jovi plays himself in an episode of NBC's 'The West Wing.' The show features the New Jersey rocker lending his support to Democratic presidential candidate Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits). Bon Jovi also performs a portion of 'Welcome To Wherever You Are' from'"Have A Nice Day.'
2006: Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
2006: 'Call On,' the first single from the Kings Of Leon's 3rd studio album, 'Because Of The Times,' is released.
2006: U2's The Edge donated his favourite guitar a 1975 Gibson Les Paul to a charity he co-founded to replace instruments lost or destroyed when Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S.
2007: Digital downloads of all of Elton John's albums are available for purchase exclusively (for a little over a month) by iTunes. The releases include nearly 400 tracks from John's four-decade career.
2008: The B-52's lose their apostrophe, becoming the B-52s with the release of their album 'Funplex.' The apostrophe, which is grammatically incorrect, was there because when a friend designed their logo, that person put it there.
2008: Guitarist Clint Lowery returns to Sevendust to replace Sonny Mayo.
2008: A promotion is launched promising a free can of Dr Pepper to nearly everybody in America if Guns N' Roses release their long-delayed 'Chinese Democracy' album in 2008. "We completely understand and empathize with Axl's (Rose) quest for perfection," says Pepper marketing director Jaxie Alt.
2008: In Flames released the album 'A Sense Of Purpose.' This was the band’s last album with guitarist Jesper Stromblad.
2009: The Allman Brothers 40th Anniversary show takes place at the Beacon Theater in New York.
2009: On ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Ozzy Osbourne claims he's started writing his autobiography. "I can't remember anything," says Ozzy. "It's going to be the thinnest book in the world."
2009: Metallica unveils the video for their single, 'Broken, Beat And Scarred,' from 'Death Magnetic.' The 2008 concert clip was directed by Wayne Isham.
2009: 3 Doors Down headline the Mississippi Rocks The Ryman concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The show celebrates modern music in Mississippi.
2009: A jumpsuit that Elvis Presley wore at a concert at New York's Madison Square Garden sold at an auction for $212,588.
2011: Slash auctions personal items, including a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a 1966 Corvette Stingray, and the Guild guitar used on the 1989 hit 'Patience.' "I have a bad habit of collecting stuff that I don't necessarily use," says Slash. "I know that somebody would love to have that car because muscle cars are very, very popular," Slash says in a statement. Proceeds go to the Los Angeles Youth Network which aids homeless and abused adolescents.
2012: All-American Rejects issue their 4th studio album, 'Kids In The Street.'
2012: Jet announce they have disbanded following a two-year hiatus. The four-piece formed in 2001 and were best known for their debut set, 'Get Born,' featuring the hit 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl.'
2012: Alter Bridge's 'Live At Wembley,' an album/DVD package from their headlining performance in 2011 at London's Wembley Arena is released.
2012: Iron Maiden's live DVD/CD set 'En Vivo' is in stores. Filmed in Santiago, Chile there's an 88-minute tour documentary titled 'Beyond The Beast' which provides a behind-the-scenes look at the band.
2013: Suicidal Tendencies release their 11th studio album, '13.'
2013: The Strokes release their 5th album, 'Comedown Machine.'
2013: Sevendust release their 9th studio album, 'Black Out The Sun.' The band self-produced and recorded the album at The Architekt Studios in Butler, NJ with the help of mixer/engineer Mike Ferretti.
2015: The Who perform at the Teenage Cancer Trust benefit at London's Royal Albert Hall. They perform at the venue after receiving an apology for being banned more than 40 years earlier (12/9/72). The Hall worried about the damage Rock acts and their fans would inflict. "We've had a long think and, on reflection, you're welcome back any time," writes the Hall's management.
2016: Guitarist James Iha rejoins his former Smashing Pumpkins bandmates on stage for the first time in sixteen years at the Ace Hotel in LA. Iha, who is celebrating his 48th birthday, walks onstage with guitar in hand and performs with Pumpkins leader Bill Corgan.
2016: Stone Temple Pilots reunite with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington for a one-off performance at From Bach To Rock to benefit Palos Verdes Peninsula public schools. Bennington briefly fronted STP.
2016: Billy Joel's iconic hit, 'Piano Man,' was selected by the US Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its "cultural, historic, or artistic significance." Even though the record only made it #25 on the Hot 100 in 1974, it had become Joel's signature song, and was ranked at #421 in the 2004 list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

March 27
1952: Sun Records of Memphis, Tennessee began releasing records. The label would later become the home of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others.
1958: CBS records announced the invention of stereophonic records. Although the new format would be playable on ordinary record players, when used on the new stereo players, a new rich and fuller sound would be heard.
1960: Two anti-payola bills are introduced in US Congress by Representative Emanuel Celler of New York. He blames payola for "the cacophonous music called Rock and Roll" and says that Rock and Roll would never have gained popularity, "especially among teenagers," if not for the result of payola.
1961: The very first record ever released by Del Shannon, 'Runaway' enters the Billboard chart on its way to becoming a million selling, #1 hit. In 2004, Rolling Stone rated the song as #466 on their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1964: The British invasion continued to make it's way around the world with The Beatles having the top six positions on the Australian pop chart.
1965: Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton in Yardbirds,
1965: Bob Dylan's 'Bringing It All Back Home' album is released.
1965: The Who released their first US chart entry, 'I Can't Explain.' Although the song could only climb as high as #93 on the Billboard Hot 100, the band still gained a large following thanks to their exciting live performances.
1966: The Who appeared at the Central Pier in Morecambe, Lancashire, England.
1966: Roy Orbison fell off a motorbike during a UK tour, fracturing his foot. He played the remaining dates sitting on a stool and walking on crutches.
1967: The Young Rascals record 'Groovin.'
1967: 'Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits' album is released. It contains every Top 40 single Dylan enjoyed through 1967. It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's, and #3 on the UK Album chart. Certified 5x platinum in the United States, it is one of his very best-selling albums.
1967: Fats Domino played his first ever UK date at London's Saville Theatre, supported by The Bee Gees and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
1967: At a ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in London, The Beatles were awarded three Ivor Novello awards: best-selling British single of 1966 - 'Yellow Submarine,' most-performed song of 1966 - 'Michelle' and next-most-performed song - 'Yesterday.'
1967: The first of several riots break out on the Rolling Stones European tour. This one occurs in Halsinborg, Sweden.
1968: The Who appear at The Forum in Montreal, Canada. Opening for them is The Troggs making their North American debut.
1968: The Beatles were at #1 on the singles chart with 'Lady Madonna,' the group’s 14th chart topper.
1969: Pink Floyd played at St. James’ Church Hall, Chesterfield, England, supported by King Mob Echo and Gandalf’s Garden.
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1970: Alice Cooper released their 2nd studio album 'Easy Action.' The title comes from a line in the musical film 'West Side Story,' which was one of the band's favorite films.
1971: Ike & Tina Turner's R&B take on Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Proud Mary' is their first Top 10 single (#4).
1971: New York radio station WNBC banned the song 'One Toke Over the Line' by Brewer & Shipley because of its alleged drug references. Other stations around the country followed.
1971: George Harrison peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'What is Life' which was Harrison’s 2nd top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1971: Bruce Springsteen & Friendly Enemies opened for The Allman Brothers Band at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey, tickets cost $4.00. Springsteen had just disbanded his group Steel Mill and within a few weeks would form Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom with Steve Van Zandt.
1971: Three Dog Night's version of Hoyt Axton's 'Joy To The World' enters the Billboard Hot 100 on its way to becoming the biggest selling single of the year. Unlike most Three Dog Night songs recorded at that point, instead of having just the three main vocalists singing harmony, the song was recorded with all seven members of the band singing.
1972: Elvis Presley records what proves to be his last Top Ten hit during his lifetime, 'Burning Love.' It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Cashbox Best Sellers chart and #7 in the UK. The song's writer, Dennis Linde, later overdubbed the opening guitar riffs into the record's final mix.
1972: Grand Funk Railroad fires manager/marketing guru Terry Knight. The action triggers numerous lawsuits and public backbiting.
1973: Jerry Garcia from The Grateful Dead was arrested when police found cocaine and LSD in his car after being busted for speeding in New Jersey.
1973: Rolling Stone magazine reported that after becoming a disciple of Sri Chinmoy, Carlos Santana had changed his name to 'Devadip', which means 'the lamp of the light of the Supreme'.
1975: Lynyrd Skynyrd played at the Bayfront Center Arena in St. Petersburg, Florida.
1976: Genesis appeared at Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener, Ontario.
1976: Paul McCartney and Wings were forced to postpone forthcoming US tour for three weeks after guitarist Jimmy McCulloch fell in his hotel bathroom and broke a finger.
1976: Gary Wright peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Dream Weaver' which was Wright’s first top 10 single in the U.S. The song is inspired by the writing of Paramahansa Yogananda.
1977: Genesis played at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1978: The Beatles parody 'All You Need Is Cash' featuring The Rutles was shown in the UK on BBC-TV. It was first broadcast on March 22, 1978 on NBC, earning the lowest ratings of any show on Prime time network television that week.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at the Entertainment Centre in Perth, Australia.
1979: Eric Clapton married Pattie Harrison (the ex wife of George) at Temple Bethel in Tucson, Arizona. Patti applied for a divorce in 1988. Pattie was the subject of the song 'Layla.' Harrison attends the wedding and remains friends with Clapton.
1979: Dire Straits' 'Sultans Of Swing' peaks at #4 on the U.S. singles chart.
1979: Bruce Springsteen's debut video for 'Rosalita' gets aired on the BBC.
1979: Ian Hunter's 'You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic' album is released. It reached #35 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The title was dreamed up by co-producer Mick Ronson which he had planned for one of his solo albums. Hunter loved the title so much that he offered Ronson co-writing credit on the first single 'Just Another Night' in exchange for the use of the title for the album. The album became one of Hunter's biggest sellers at the time. Later, singer Barry Manilow covered the song 'Ships' which became a top ten hit.
1980: Rush appeared at Memorial Arena in Victoria, British Columbia.
1981: Eric Clapton performed at Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1981: AC/DC releases 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap' in the U.S.
1981: Rush recorded their concert at the Montreal Forum for their second live album 'Exit...Stage Left,' which was released in October of 1981 and on video in 1982.
1982: Former Small Faces and Faces bass player Ronnie Lane was admitted to hospital for treatment for multiple sclerosis, (Lane died from the disease in 1997).
1982: Saxon with openers Metallica played the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood.
1984: Bryan Adams went into Little Mountain Sound, Vancouver, Canada to record 'Run To You' for his 4th studio album, 'Reckless.' It was the first single released from the album and and the music video shot in London and Los Angeles was nominated for the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards in five different categories. It ultimately peaks at #6 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1984: Metallica made their UK live debut at the Marquee in London.
1984: Ratt's debut studio album 'Out of the Cellar' is released. It peaks at #7 on Billboard's 200 album chart. 'Round & Round' reaches #12 & 'Wanted Man' peaks at #87 on Billboard's Hot 100. The lady on the cover is the beautiful Tawny Kitaen.
1984: Scorpions release their 9th studio album, 'Love at First Sting.' The album peaked at #6 on the Billboard charts. The song 'Rock You Like a Hurricane' reached #25 and 'Still Loving You' reached #64 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1984: King Crimson's 'Three of a Perfect Pair' album is released‬. It reached #58 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1985: Bon Jovi's second studio album '7800° Fahrenheit' is released. It charts for 85 weeks and goes platinum.
1986: Ozzy Osbourne embarks on his 'Ultimate Sin' tour in Wichita, KS. with Metalica as the opener.
1986: Van Halen's '5150' tour, the first gig with Sammy Hagar as lead vocalist, kicks off 112 date North American tour at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, LA. The show sells out in five minutes. Hagar says, “We had made the commitment that we weren’t going to play any of the old material – only ‘You Really Got Me,’ ‘I Can’t Drive 55,’ ‘One Way To Rock’ and ‘Jump.’ Two of mine and two of theirs. When you’re rich and famous rock stars and young and really in the middle of it, you make some stupid mistakes and ironically you get away with it half the time, which makes you even stupider. I thought ‘Man, this could bomb.’”
1987: U2 performed from the roof of a store in downtown LA to make the video for 'Where The Streets Have No Name.' attracting thousands of spectators and bringing traffic to a standstill. The police eventually stop the shoot due to traffic concerns.
1988: The Grateful Dead played at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.
1990: Social Distortion's self-titled 3rd album is released. It reached #128 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and features three tracks that reached on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart - 'Ball and Chain' (#13), 'Let It Be Me' (#11), and 'Ring of Fire' (#25).
1991: Britny Fox released their 4th album, 'Bite Down Hard.'
1992: On the Auburn Hills (MI) stop of U2's Zoo TV Tour, Bono orders 10,000 pizzas from a local pizzeria. An hour later just 100 pepperoni pizzas are delivered. Still, each of the three delivery guys gets a $50 tip.
1993: Kyuss begins a run of Australian tour dates opening for Metallica, during the latter group's tour in support of 'The Black Album,' at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney.
1995: Elton John and Tim Rice win the Oscar for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture for 'Can You Feel The Love' from 'The Lion King.'
1997: Ian Dury, the English rocker who initially rose to fame during the late 1970s as founder and lead singer of the British band, Ian Dury And The Blockheads, died of colorectal cancer a few weeks short of his 58th birthday. Dury had been disabled by polio as a child, formed Kilburn and the High Roads during the 1970’s. His first album 'New Boot’s And Panties' became a punk classic spending 90 weeks on the UK chart, featured the 1979 UK #1 single 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick.' He also was an actor, painter and became a Unicef ambassador in the fight against AIDS.
2001: Bruce Springsteen releases 'Live In New York City,' the accompanying album to an HBO concert film that follows the Boss and his E Street Band on a ten-show tour, ending at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
2003: John Lennon's boyhood home in Liverpool is opened to the public.
2004: Disturbed hold an open audition in L.A. to replace bassist Fuzz (Steve Kmak) who left in early '03. Another open audition is held a week later in Chicago. Matt Konopinski gets the nod before John Moyer takes over.
2006: Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
2006: Venom released their 11th studio album,'Metal Black.'
2006: Pete Wells, guitarist in Rose Tattoo, dies of prostate cancer at age 59.
2006: Sting and wife Trudie Styler star in a one-off performance of a play called Twin Spirits in New York. Proceeds go to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS charity.
2007: The wife of then Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland was arrested on suspicion of burning over $10,000 of his belongings outside their home after police in southern California found a bin of smouldering clothes. Earlier that day, the couple left two rooms vandalised after an argument at a luxury hotel.
2007: Good Charlotte issue 'Good Morning Revival.' The album features 'The River' with Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows and guitarist Synyster Gates.
2007: Machine Head released their 6th album, 'The Blackening.' The single 'Aesthetics of Hate' was written as a tribute to Dimebag Darrell.
2007: Former Jefferson Airplane and Starship singer Grace Slick along with former manager Bill Thompson, filed a lawsuit in California federal court charging that another former member, Paul Kantner, violated both trademark rights and an $80,000 legal settlement he signed in 1985 by using the name Paul Kantner's Starship while touring.
2008: Sevendust announce the return of original guitarist Clint Lowery. He replaces Sonny Mayo, who joined when Lowerry left in 2004 for Dark New Day.
2008: REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin is a guest on a special celebrity edition of FOX's 'Don't Forget The Lyrics.' The singer successfully remembers REO's 'Keep On Loving You' (plus a couple other '80s songs) on the way to winning $350,000 for the MusiCares charity.
2009: Peter Gabriel delivers a petition to the Mexican government urging the investigation of the murders and disappearances of hundreds of women along the country's border with the United States. Gabriel also meets with Mexican president Felipe Calderon who vows that the Mexican government will actively seek justice for the victims. The appeal is launched by the Gabriel-founded Witness organization, which seeks to end human-rights violations worldwide.
2009: Collective Soul perform at a benefit concert in Atlanta for the Save Darfur Coalition.
2010: The May 2010, edition of Q goes on sale containing a list of the top frontmen of all-time as selected by the magazine's readers. Oasis' Liam Gallagher is #1 beating out Bono, Freddie Mercury, Jim Morrison and John Lennon. "There is Elvis (Presley) and me," says the ever humble Gallagher. "I couldn't say which of the two is best." Blondie's Debbie Harry, at #12, is the only woman to make the list.
2011: Neil Young takes home the Artist of the Year honor at the Juno Awards. It's his first appearance at the Canadian event in 29 years.
2012: Shinedown release their 4th full-length album 'Amaryllis.' "It's not a record for the faint of heart," admits Smith. "I was looking for the kind of emotion that made every hair on the back of my neck stand on end. Because of that, I feel in my heart and soul that this album is a game changer for our band."
2012: David Bowie's landmark album 'Ziggy Stardust' was celebrated with a blue plaque in central London. Former Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp, unveiled a plaque at the spot where the cover of the 1972 release was shot. The location in Heddon Street, just off Regent Street, is now a pedestrianised area brimming with bars and restaurants.
2012: Overkill released their 16th studio album, 'The Electric Age.' It was the first Overkill album to crack the top 100.
The album peaked at #77 on the Billboard 200 charts.
2012: Kill Devil Hill released ther self-titled debut studio album.
2013: Gordon Stoker, the tenor voice of The Jordanaires who backed Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves and many more, passed away at the age of 88. Estimated sales of records that the vocal group sang on total more than eight billion copies.
2013: Crawdaddy magazine founder Paul Williams dies at age 64. Not to be confused with the singer/songwriter/actor Paul Williams, the subject of the 2011 documentary, 'Paul Williams Still Alive.'
2014: Fleetwood Mac officially announce the return of singer/keyboardist Christine McVie. She left the group 16 years earlier due to a fear of flying. The reunion and an upcoming tour are announced on The Today Show.
2014: Drummer Matt Chamberlain performs live with Soundgarden for the first time in Lima, Peru. Due to prior oblations with Pearl Jam, Soundgarden's Matt Cameron is unavailable for a series of South American shows.
2015: Adam Horovitz (a.k.a. Ad-Rock) of the Beastie Boys makes his first 'solo' TV appearance on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Horovitz is there to promote his featured role in the film 'While We're Young.'
2017: Anthrax launch their craft beer, Wardance, a pale ale from Butternuts Beer and Ale Brewery.
2017: In the week following his death, Chuck Berry returns to the Billboard 200 when his ‘05 compilation 'The Definitive Collection' goes to #33. It’s his best showing in 45 years.

March 28
1958: Eddie Cochran records his classic tune 'Summertime Blues.' It was later covered by artists such as Blue Cheer, The Who & Rush.
1958: Buddy Holly kicked off the first night of a 43 date tour at Brooklyn Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. The Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show also featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors, The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins, The Pastels, Jo-Ann Campbell and Ed Townsend. Freed decides that Chuck Berry should close the show rather than Jerry Lee Lewis. An enraged Jerry Lee sets his piano on fire during 'Great Balls Of Fire.' On most days the acts played two shows.
1963: Radio Caroline goes on the air. The pirate radio station (actually a ship broadcasting off the English coast) gives music fans an alternative to the BBC. The first song aired is the Rolling Stones' 'Not Fade Away' (written and originally recorded by Buddy Holly).
1964: Madame Tussauds in London unveiled the wax works images of The Beatles, the first pop stars to be honored. They would later use their wax versions on the cover of the 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album.
1964: Jan And Dean's double sided hit, 'Dead Man's Curve'/'New Girl in School' enters the U.S. chart where it peaks at #8.
1964: Heavyweight boxing champ Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) hits #102 in the U.S. with his cover of 'Stand By Me.'
1966: The Rolling Stones best of' compilation 'Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)' is released in the United States. It was the band's first official compilation album. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart during its two year stay.
1966: The Young Rascals released their self-titled debut LP 'The Young Rascals.' It reached #15 on the Billboard Top LP's chart and #10 in Cashbox.
1967: Working on session for the new Beatles album 'Sgt Pepper' at Abbey Road studios in London, John Lennon recorded his lead vocal for ‘Good Morning Good Morning’, and Paul McCartney added a lead guitar solo to the track. Lennon had decided he wanted to end the song with animal sound effects, and asked that they be sequenced in such a way that each successive animal was capable of scaring or eating the preceding one.
1967: Van Morrison records 'Brown Eyed Girl,' which will enter the Billboard chart next August and rise to #10. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at the Chinese R&B Jazz Club, Corn Exchange in Bristol, England.
1968: Steppenwolf appeared at the Terrace Ballroom in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1968: Pink Floyd recorded a performance of 'Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun' for the BBC 2 TV 'Omnibus – The Sound of Change' show at the Abbey Mills Pumping Station, East Stratford, in London. The special, which was produced by Tony Palmer, also featured performances by The Who, Cream and Jimi Hendrix focused on the “socio-political context of rock music.” The show was later broadcast in black and white on November 3rd and repeated (in color) in May of the following year.
1969: Led Zeppelin played at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: Ringo Starr announces The Beatles will make no public appearances in the near future. John counters saying the group will make several appearances during the year. Ringo is right.
1969: Joe Cocker plays his first live gig in the US.
1970: Crosby, Stills & Nash release 'Woodstock,' a song celebrating the 1969 festival which contains some factual errors, especially when it comes to the head count. Not surprising, since it was written by Joni Mitchell who passed on performing at the legendary concert to appear on The Dick Cavett Show.
1970: John Lennon peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles Chart with 'Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)' which was Lennon’s first top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1970: Grand Funk Railroad and Illinois Speed Press played at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1970: Simon and Garfunkel were in the 5th of six consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billbord Hot 100 singles chart with 'Bridge Over Troubled Water.' They also hit #1 on the UK singles chart, the duo's only UK #1. Only Art Garfunkel sang on the track.
1971: Yes appeared at Deutschlandhalle Berlin Arts Festival in Berlin, Germany.
1972: King Crimson played at the Orpheum in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
1972: Grand Funk fires manager Terry Knight, who promptly sues them. After nearly two years of litigation, the band ultimately won their separation from Knight, but at heavy financial cost.
1973: The Doobie Brothers 'Long Train Runnin' b/w 'Without You' 45 single is released. It was included on the band's 1973 album 'The Captain and Me' and released as a single, becoming a top 10 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #8. This song became very famous for its intro with the guitar.
1973: Led Zeppelin's 5th studio album 'Houses Of The Holy' is released. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed 'Houses of the Holy.' It was certified 11x platinum by the RIAA in 1999. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's for two weeks during its 39 week run, and topped the UK chart. In 2003, Houses of the Holy was ranked #149 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The cover is a collage of several photographs which were taken at the Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland, by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis. The two children who modeled for the cover were siblings Stefan and Samantha Gates. The title track was originally recorded for the album, but was delayed until the band's next album 'Physical Graffiti' in 1975.
1973: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Civic Center Arena in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1974: Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup dies of a stroke. Crudup wrote Elvis Presley's first regional hit 'That's All Right (Mama).'
1974: During a UK tour, Queen appeared at Aberystwyth University in Wales.
1975: ZZ Top performed at the Toledo Sports Arena in Toledo, Ohio.
1975: At an Elvis Presley concert at the Hilton in Las Vegas, Barbra Streisand goes backstage and offers Elvis the lead role in her upcoming film 'A Star Is Born.' Elvis is interested, but on the advice of his manager Colonel Parker, he demands too much money and top billing, so Kris Kristofferson is chosen for the role instead.
1976: Genesis began their first North American tour since Peter Gabriel left the band, performing in Buffalo, New York, with Phil Collins taking over as lead singer.
1977: Kiss played the first of five sold-out nights on their Alive II world Tour at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
1977: During a UK tour, Pink Floyd played the first of four sold out nights at New Bingley Hall, Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford.
1978: Aerosmith appeared at the Orpheum Theatre in their hometown of Boston.
1978: Alice Cooper appears on 'The Muppet Show,' where he performs 'Welcome to My Nightmare' and 'School's Out.' He also offers to give the Muppets fame and riches if they'll sign their souls over to him. Kermit is horrified. Gonzo spends the entire episode looking for a pen.
1979: The day after they are married, Eric Clapton sings 'Wonderful Tonight' to his new wife Pattie at his concert in Tucson. He wrote the song about her while waiting for her to get ready to go out.
1980: Genesis' 10th studio album, 'Duke' was released. It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1981: Blondie started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Rapture', the group's 4th U.S. #1 and a #5 hit in the UK. It was the first #1 song in the U.S. to feature rap and its lyrics, notable for name-checking hip-hop pioneers Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash.
1981: Elton John's version of The Beatles 'I Saw Her Standing There' was released as a tribute to John Lennon.
1981: Rush peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their 8th studio album 'Moving Pictures,' which spent three consecutive weeks at #3. The album became their most commercially successful album in the U.S. where it sold four million copies.
1981: Helix released their album 'White Lace & Black Leather.' It was their first album featuring bassist Mike Uzelac and only album with drummer Leo Niebudek.
1982: On his way to a "no-nukes" rally, David Crosby was arrested after crashing his car on the San Diego Highway. Police also found cocaine and a pistol in the Crosby Stills & Nash stars car. When the police asked Crosby why he carried the gun, his reply was, "John Lennon."
1984: Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac files for bankruptcy amidst reports that he has lost $8 million.
1984: King Crimson's 'Three of a Perfect Pair' album is released. It reached #58 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1985: 6,000 radio stations in the US and Canada simultaneously played 'We Are the World,' the fundraising song for African famine relief recorded by 45 superstar performers at 10:15 am EST. Sales of the single, album, video and related merchandise initially raised more than $38 million in the US.
1986: The Grateful Dead performed at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.
1987: After hearing that Arizona Governor Evan Mecham would not honor the new national holiday Martin Luther King Day, the racially integrated Doobie Brothers move their upcoming show from Phoenix to Las Vegas.
1987: Billboard's Hot 100 includes Bryan Adams’ 'Heat Of The Night' at #54 (debut), Poison’s 'Talk Dirty To Me' at #50, Chris DeBurgh’s 'The Lady In Red' at #41, Cutting Crew’s '(I Just) Died In Your Arms' at #34, Bon Jovi’s 'Livin’ On A Prayer' at #19 and Europe’s 'The Final Countdown' at #8.‬
1988: King's X​ debut album 'Out of the Silent Planet' is released. The album peaked at #144 on the Billboard Charts.
1991: AC/DC released their single 'Are You Ready.' The song was featured in the 2001 movie 'Rock Star.'
1991: The funeral is held for Eric Clapton's son Conor, who was 4 years old when he fell to his death out an open window. Clapton's song 'Tears In Heaven' is about Conor.
1991: Phil Collins and George Harrison were among tmany mourners who attended funeral service in England for Eric Clapton's son Conor.
1992: Over a $100,000 worth of damage was caused at The Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California when Ozzy Osbourne invited the first two rows of the audience on stage. Several others took up the offer and the band was forced to exit the stage.
1992: During a North American tour Pearl Jam performed at the Cabaret Metro in Chicago with Smashing Pumpkins as the support act.
1992: INXS headline the Concert For Life in Sydney's Centennial Park. The AIDS and heart research benefit raises over $1.5 million.
1992: Van Halen's 'Right Now' peaks at #55 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1992: Billboard's Hot 100 includes Metallica’s 'Nothing Else Matters' at #85 (debut), Van Halen’s 'Right Now' at #55 (peak), Bryan Adams’ 'Thought I’d Died And Gone To Heaven' at #45, Ozzy’s 'Mama I’m Coming Home' at #35, and Mr. Big’s 'To Be With You' at #4. ‬
1993: Poison release their 'Until You Suffer Some (Fire and Ice)' single.
1994: Pink Floyd's​ 14th studio album, 'The Division Bell' is released.
1994: After Chris Novoselic and Dave Grohl threaten to disband Nirvana if Kurt Cobain doesn't get drug treatment, Cobain enters the SoCal Exodus Recovery Center. This is after Cobain nearly dies from an OD in Rome only weeks earlier. Cobain walks out three days later.
1995: Skid Row released their 3rd studio album, 'Subhuman Race.' Produced by Bob Rock, It peaked at #35 on Billboard’s 200 album chart. It was the band’s last album with Sebastian Bach and Rof Afuso.. ‬
1996: Genesis drummer Phil Collins announces he's leaving the group to pursue a solo career, soundtrack work and some jazz projects.
1998: Kiss played the first of five sold-out nights on their 'Alive II' world Tour at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
2000: Jimmy Page accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages from a magazine which claimed he had caused or contributed to the death of his Led Zeppelin bandmate John Bonham. Page's solicitor, Norman Chapman, told High Court Judge Mr Justice Morland that the feature in Ministry magazine printed in 1999 claimed Page was more concerned with keeping vomit off his bed than saving his friend's life, and that he stood over him wearing Satanist robes and performing a useless spell. The magazine also apologized and offered to pay Page's legal bills. The money awarded to Page was donated to the Action for Brazil's Children Trust.
2003: The recent SARS scare forces The Rolling Stones to cancel their upcoming series of shows in Hong Kong -- though they would later reschedule those shows and play them as a sign to visitors that China was safe to visit.
2004: Van Halen confirms that Sammy Hagar will return as their lead singer for an upcoming North American tour.
2005: Queen kicked off their first tour with Paul Rodgers of Bad Company and Free replacing Freddie Mercury on vocals at London’s Brixton Academy.
2005: After playing a warm-up date the night before at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, U2 kicked off their 'Vertigo' tour at the iPay One Center in San Diego, California. The 131 date world tour would see the band playing in North America, Europe, South America and Japan. By the time it finished, the Vertigo Tour had sold 4,619,021 tickets, grossing $389 million; the second-highest figure ever for a world tour.
2006: Rob Zombie's 'Educated Horses' album with 'Foxy, Foxy' is out. "It's amazing how different things can be when you work with people who are excited and energetic," says Zombie of the album.
2006: Stewart Copeland's 'Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out' is released on DVD. The drummer pieced together the movie from Super 8 footage he filmed throughout the Police's career.
2007: 3 Doors Down's Brad Arnold and Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ricky Medlocke take part in the 'Fashion Fights Poverty' photo shoot in Nashville. Arnold appears in the 'Dress Responsibly,' a style guide and catalog focusing on "ethical and socially conscious clothes."
2010: Rush are inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Primus frontman Les Claypool pays tribute by performing a rendition of 'Spirit Of Radio.'
2011: Vicious Rumors released their album 'Razorback Killers.' It features several guests including Brad Gillis, Testament guitarist Eric Peterson and Mark McGee.
2012: A plaque is unveiled at 23 Heddon Street in London's West End to mark the spot where David Bowie was photographed for the cover of his landmark '72 album, 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust.' Bowie stares into photographer Brian Ward's camera from a dimly-lit doorstep on a small side-street. The plaque coincides with the album's 40th anniversary.
2012: Blues harmonica player Jerry "Boogie" McCain, known for the self-penned tunes 'Ain't No Use for Drug Abuse' and 'Burn the Crackhouse Down,' dies at age 81.
2012: The 12th annual 'Concert for Teenage Cancer Trust' kicks-off at London's Royal Albert Hall. Paul McCartney, Roger Daltrey, Pulp and Paul Weller perform during the weeklong series with proceeds going toward improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer.
2012: A Quiet Riot concert in Scottsdale, AZ marks the debut of vocalist Scott Vokoun fronting the group.
2013: Hugh McCracken dies of leukemia in New York City at 70. He appeared on many recordings by Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Billy Joel, Roland Kirk, Roberta Flack, B. B. King, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, The Monkees, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, James Taylor, Phoebe Snow, Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, Graham Parker, Eric Carmen, Loudon Wainwright III, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, The Four Seasons, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Gary Wright and Andy Gibb. Because of such high demand for his work, McCracken declined Paul McCartney's invitation to help form his new band, Wings after appearing on his 1971 album 'Ram.'
2013: Charlie Daniels was recovering after having a pacemaker implanted to regulate his heart rate. The 76-year-old 'Devil Went Down To Georgia' singer was slated to resume his current tour in just a couple of weeks.
2014: Gamma Ray released their 11th studio album, 'Empire of the Undead.' It was their first album to feature new drummer Michael Ehre.
2015: Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds perform at the 15th annual 'Teenage Cancer 'benefit at London's Royal Albert Hall. Noel's ex-Oasis bandmate and brother Liam, attends the show.
2017: Anthrax celebrate the release of their very own craft beer (the day before), 'Wardance' with a New York City ‘beer crawl’.

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1956: The North Alabama White Citizens Council comes out against Rock n' Roll calling it "immoral."
1958: Elvis Presley begins boot camp in Ft. Hood, Texas, where he insists on doing KP and guard duty just like the other soldiers.
1966: Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was injured during a gig in Marseilles after a fan threw a chair at the stage, Jagger required eight stitches in the cut.
1967: During a European tour The Rolling Stones appeared at the Bremen-Stadthalle in Germany. Also on the tour, The Easybeats and The Creation.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles finished recording ‘Good Morning Good Morning’. They then started work on a new song ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’, (originally titled ‘Bad Finger Boogie’), recording 10 takes of the rhythm track, then Ringo overdub a double-tracked lead vocal.
1968: Sly & the Family Stone performed at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: Zombies' 'Time Of The Season' is #1 in the U.S. The song is released nearly two years after the group had disbanded.
1969: A baby boy is born that will be adopted by Ronnie and Phil Spector, who will name the child Donte Phillip Spector.
1969: Blood Sweat & Tears' self-titled LP hits #1.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Black Sabbath, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Curved Air, J.J. Jacks